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Unit 27 at Lake Cowichan Mobile Home Park ablaze on the evening of Wednesday, July 18.

Suspicious fire at Lake Cowichan Mobile Home Park Tamu Miles Gazette Editor

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At approximately 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, residents at the Lake Cowichan Mobile Home Park on Meades Creek Road heard a loud explosion and came out into their yards and onto their back porches to discover that one of the units on the property was on fire. Unit number 27 was fully engulfed in flames, and the Lake Cowichan RCMP, the Lake Cowichan Fire Department, and the Youbou Fire Department were all called out to the scene. The fire quickly spread to the neighbouring unit, number 26. The two men in this unit did try to put out the fire using a garden hose, but ultimately had to be taken to hospital for smoke inhalation, according to Corp. Larry Olson. Their vehicle, a yellow Jeep, was left in front of the burning home and thankfully did not suffer any damage. It was moved the following morning when one of the occupants returned to the scene and found his keys and charred wallet inside the burned out house. Fire department crews were on the scene until approximately 2 a.m. Thursday morning getting the blaze under control. “It was approximately five hours at this call,” said Lake Cowichan Fire Chief Doug Knott. Fire crews had to take extra precautions with the dwellings because of the nature of mobile home construction.

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The aftermath of the fire the next day, Thursday, July 19. Unit 27 on the right, completely gutted with the roof ready to collapse, and unit 26 on the left with the front of the residence still somewhat intact.

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looks like they are going to have to replace the siding all down the one side. And then all the windows are melted and the blinds are melted.” Kathy Essler lives in unit 22 with her four children and her partner. “I’m a little bit paranoid,” said Essler. “So I freaked out. It took me forever to fall asleep, my adrenaline was through the roof for hours.” Pat Duringer, also a park manager, says that they have been having trouble with the resident of unit 27 for some time. “He had been evicted,” she said. “We had an order of possession for July 9.” She adds that it was more about the company the resident kept, stating that she had to deliver a letter to the resident on March 15, asking that his associate leave the trailer park. “We are so thankful to the fire department,” said Duringer. “They worked incredibly hard. It was such a volatile situation.” At this time RCMP do not have any suspects and no one in custody. The Lake Cowichan RCMP are working with the RCMP’s Island District General Investigation Section to determine the cause of the blaze. Anyone with information about the fire can call local RCMP at 250749-6668.

“The structures are dangerous, they were collapsing, so that’s why we had to keep our distance a little bit,” said Knott. “They’re so close together that when one started it started the other one.” Knott added that fire crews spent a considerable amount of their time making sure that other homes in the park did not also get set on fire. Police are treating this as a suspicious fire, however the exact cause of the blaze is under investigation as the power had been cut to the residence, according to Knott, and the man who lives in the home is in hospital, according to the park manager, Mike Duringer. Kaz Kojder, who lives in unit 25, says he was taking a nap when the fire started. “I heard screaming and I looked out the window and from here I could see the flames already. I went out to my back deck and saw how big the flames were so I knew (it) was a goner immediately and that’s when I started to worry about me.” “I just moved in. I’m almost exactly one month,” added Kojder. Kojder has insurance on his unit which will help him deal with the damage to his siding and windows, but luckily there was no structural damage to his home. “Thankfully mine is not a tear-down,” he said. “It

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Fundraiser a success for local woman with cancer Tamu Miles Gazette Editor

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Walkers, runners, and cyclists for the Walk for Cindy Kruk pose in the parking lot at Saywell Park before their 9:15 a.m. start on Saturday, July 21. The group raised money to support Kruk who was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer in March of this year.

On a cloudy and slightly cool Saturday, July 21 morning, friends and family of Cindy Kruk were at Saywell Park getting ready for their long trek to Duncan. At 9:15 a.m., pumped and ready to go, these 15 people set off after only a couple of weeks of fundraising. Following along with them were two SureSpan Structure pilot trucks carrying refreshments and snacks donated by Lake Cowichan Country Grocer. Kruk was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer in March and has since undergone surgery and is in the process of receiving treatment to try an eradicate any remaining cancerous cells. The surgery and the treatment mean that she will not be able to work for at least six months and will be facing extra medical expenses. The walk to Duncan is about 20 kilometers less than the Great Lake Walk coming up in September and participants commented that though they were a little daunted by the distance, they knew they had to see it through. “There are a variety of walkers,” said Skramstad, one of the organizers. “We may all jump in the river after to cool off and so we can get up tomorrow.” At the end of the line, the group of walkers and other supporters met at the Duncan firehall for the “Cindy Rellas Royal Ball,” which included food and the chance to participate in a raffle, and a 50/50 draw, along with other fun fundraising options. Giselle Mister, another of the organizers and friend of Kruk says that it was a very successful event and, “everybody made it to the end all in one piece.”

Education Centre waiting for Island Corridor Foundation funding for job creation programs seeks property tax exemption Tamu Miles Gazette Editor

Dalton Smith, manager for the Cowichan Lake Outdoor Education Centre, says that the Town of Lake Cowichan, on behalf of the centre, has just submitted an application for funding from the Ministry of Social Development’s Employment Program of B.C. Partnership and Innovation Fund. These funds, if approved, will go towards CLEC’s job creation program, and more specifically to projects such as the construction of public washrooms at Saywell Park, the restoration of the 1918 CNR box car at the Kaatza Station Museum, the construction of a viewing platform at Saywell Park beside the Cowichan River, the construction of a public swimming and observation deck at Saywell Park, and finally the construction of picnic tables at Saywell Park. The total cost of these initiatives comes to $169,041, which would include a provincial contribution of $57,961, if approved, and $80,000 of cash and in kind contributions from the Town of Lake Cowichan, Youbou Lands, and Catalyst Paper, as well as in kind contributions of $31,080 from the Kaatza Station Museum, Lake Cowichan Public Works, and bookkeeping and project management services provided by the Town of Lake Cowichan and CLEC respectively. “After all the discussions we’ve had, and all the confirmation and things like that, the grant applications got in, but it’s a fairly quick turnover on this now,” says Smith. “We’ll know by the twentieth of August I think. Our start-up date is September 11.” Smith adds that if the grant application is not approved, then the projects will not be able to move forward as the town simply does not have the funds to see them through on its own at this time. CLEC job creation programs not only benefit the Town of Lake Cowichan, says Smith, but they also “assist the unemployed in our community by accessing provincial and federal programs that are designed to provide meaningful and

valuable work experience that will lead to sustainable development.” There will be a total of six employees hired for the project on top of project Dalton Smith, management and manager for CLEC a foreman hired to oversee the physical construction of the projects. “They (employees) are vetted through either Community Services or Global Vocational Services in Duncan. Their mandate is to provide and to know the inventory of people that need help. So they will give us their advice on a tier system,” explains Smith. This tier system is a way of assessing people who are eligible for this kind of employment: do they match the criteria and are they suited for the kind of employment being offered? “Then they come to us, and we have to take a look at these people. For the most part we won’t turn people away except if we think we can put a team of people together that we think is good for them and for us, we’ll try and do that. We get the final say in who we take,” says Smith. Because the mandate of the project is to help those who are unemployed or in need, they will not bring with them the skills required for such a project. This means that CLEC will be providing on the job training. “And we’re providing some certificate programs in this. We’ve promised to give them OFA (Occupational First Aid) level 1, WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System), and on the job training,” says Smith. Project timelines vary and are approximate to within two to three weeks. The longest one being 14 weeks for the restoration of the 1918 CNR box car at the Kaatza Station Museum.

administrative officer, begs to differ. “We don’t own the organization,” he As part of the Finance and Administra- says. However, like other municipalities on Vancouver Island through which ICF tion Committee meeting on July 17, the lands run, “we all have an interest in it.” town discussed the request of the Island Bruce says that nine out of the 14 Corridor Foundation for a permissive property tax exemption for lands in Lake local governments on Vancouver Island through which ICF lands run, have Cowichan that are part of the CVRD’s granted the foundation the maximum 10 Cowichan Valley Trans Canada Trail year permissive property tax exemption. network. “The exemption would give us finanIn a letter to the town, the ICF claims cial security going forward knowing that that because these lands were previously we do not have the risk of paying propon rural lands and only incorporated into erty taxes and also the town in 2008 as saves us and you part of town boundthe administration ary extensions, that dealing with they were previously We all have an interest in it. of PTE requests evtax exempt. three years,” Since that time, Joseph Fernandez ery states the ICF letthe ICF claims that it ter to the town. has “overlooked the Fernandez says payment of taxes to that council has made no decision as of the town on these two folios (sections of yet. land) for 2009, 2010, and 2011.” “Council has asked staff to explore difThe ICF is seeking an extension of ferent options,” he says, and adds that the an extra seven years on the three year ICF has been asked to attend the town’s property tax exemption approved by the August 21 meeting at which time council town in 2011. will let the organization know what it has The ICF, fearing that the property decided. tax sale mechanism would kick in if it As part of Tuesday’s meeting, coundid not pay its 2009 taxes, has paid that cil also discussed applying for funding year’s taxes in full, and is now seeking from the TD Friends of the Environment property tax exemption from the town for 2010 and 2011, and for the school tax Foundation. The purpose of the funding is to proportion only for 2009. mote environmental initiatives benefitting The letter from Graham Bruce, the local communities that: protect the enchief operating officer of the ICF, to the vironment and Canadian wildlife, assist town states that “while we understand and appreciate the concerns of council in young Canadians in understanding and participating in environmental activities, setting precedent on tax relief (to nonand enhance cooperation among environprofit organizations), especially when mental citizens. others are struggling, we go back to the At this time the town is considering basic premise that Island Corridor Founapplying for funding from this initiative dation is an extension of local governthat would go towards various planters ment. You, together with all other local around the town. governments and First Nations through Council and town staff are not sure which our corridor lands run, own us.” “There is no point in them taxing them- whether this project would fit into the criteria for the grant, and staff have been selves,” says Bruce. “We are closer than directed to research this possibility as cousins but not quite brothers.” well as other project options. Joseph Fernandez, the town’s chief Tamu Miles Gazette Editor


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Strap on your training shoes and get walking

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Gerrie Knott participating in one of the many Great Lake Walks over the years.

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The deadline for a $50 registration fee for the Great Lake Walk is fast approaching. Folks who wish to participate in the walk, happening on September 15, and who wish to take advantage of this second stage promotional reduction in fees, have until August 1, to register. From August 2, to September 1, registration fees will go up to $60 per person. For those who wish to register a team, the fee is the same, but the bonus is that organizers offer each sixth registration free. The Great Lake Walk is an annual charity fundraiser in which participants can choose to donate to the charity of their choice. This 55.9 kilometer walk begins at 5 a.m. in Youbou, with a breakfast offered at the Youbou New Hope Community Church between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. The cost for breakfast is $5.50. The walk can be grueling even for seasoned walkers and runners, so Gerrie Knott, a regular participant, offers a few suggestions and ways in which she prepares. “Besides walking three to four times a week I also go to Links twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and do a

boot camp with Shannon Lee,” she says. She says that those who wish to participate should start training as early as possible. “This is not something you can just walk into. I do it because I can.” Knott often takes her son’s dogs with her and does a loop from her house on Beaver Road, to the highway, and back again. She takes her iPod with her and counts her steps. She does this on the day of the Great Lake Walk as well, and says that last year she took 73,000 steps and burned just under 5,000 calories. Knott recommends bringing along several pairs of shoes and socks for the walk itself, as feet can become sweaty and develop blisters. Walk organizers provide vehicles that transport personal belongings and deliver them to the various rest stops along the way. Doug Knott, Gerrie’s husband, is one of the drivers for the walk. Doug also coordinates all of the drivers and “drives the van around the lake picking up walkers baggage and any walkers who cannot finish the walk, along with my mom and dad, Ted and Ethel Johnson, and my brother-in-law Gordy Knott who volunteers with driving the vans,” says Knott Her friend Tracy Johnson drives one of the support vehicles and her daughter Taylor has walked with Knott for the past nine years. Knott has walked in every Great Lake Walk for the past 10 years, and says she does it for her own health and personal satisfaction. However, this year she says she is walking for her sister-in-law Barb who was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. “She’s always been one of my biggest supporters,” says Knott. “She’s always at the finish line waiting for me.” But Knott adds that her entire family supports her each year as well. “The family and friends I see at the finish line also keep me going those last few kilometers. The encouragement I get is amazing and honestly I could not do it without the support from them.” For more information, registration forms, and an itinerary of the walk, go to greatlakewalk.com, or phone 250-7493740.

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Kristen Hamilton (left) and Vincent McDougall salvage salmon fry from Meades Creek on July 17. The two Lake Cowichan First Nations youth were learning the process with the help of Bob Crandall of the Lake Cowichan Salmonid Enhancement Society.

Cooperation means salmon fry have a better chance of survival Tamu Miles Gazette Editor

On July 17, members of the Lake Cowichan First Nation, including operations manager Aaron Hamilton, Kristen Hamilton, and Vincent McDougall, participated in a fry salvage from Meades Creek at the Meades Creek road bridge, with Bob Crandall, president of the Cowichan Lake Salmonid Enhancement Society. These three volunteers received membership with the CLSES. The society provided them with pole seine nets (made in the traditional First Nations design), portable air supply

bubbler, a scientific thermometer, aquaculture license copy, activity placards and pails. “With this equipment, and the training experienced today (these volunteers) are now prepared to fry salvage Meades Creek this season and (will be able to) document the same,” says Crandall. A number of coho salmon fry were successfully rescued from drying pools and were released into the Meades Creek main flow channel. CLSES and Lake Cowichan First Nation have several projects planned for local creeks over the summer.

Youth summer camp at CLEC Tamu Miles Gazette Editor

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A few of the youth from The YES leadership camp who were at CLEC this past week.

Chelsea Lake, director for The YES leadership camps program, brings youth from all over the province to take advantage of the CLEC facility here in Lake Cowichan each year. This year they have expanded from a two week booking, bringing in groups of 14-18 year old youth, to using the facility for a full six weeks. The main focus of these camps is to help youth find a different way of interacting through a supportive, loving, and kind atmosphere. Youth participate in activities such as interactive gamesbased learning sessions, dances, and a myriad of other activities.

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Who deserves a property tax exemption? As you will have seen on page 2, the Island Corridor Foundation, the not-for-profit organization that owns all former Canadian Pacific and Esquimalt and Nanaimo railway track on Vancouver Island, is seeking a property tax exemption from the town of Lake Cowichan. While I don’t have an issue with not-for-profits in general seeking ways in which they can cut costs, this story got my back up a little. The railway is important as provincial plans to invest funds in the organization to restore a section of the rail will help create an option for commuters and travelers on Vancouver Island. However, the taxes they pay on the lands they own do get put back into the municipalities on whose lands they run through. But this isn’t some small organization trying to survive. The ICF has outside, U.S. even, corporations contracted to operate the track, both freight and passenger. I’m sure that the ICF, through its efforts to secure provincial funding to restore the line, as well as through these outside, corporate operators, generates enough revenue to allow for it to pay its fair share into local infrastructure, fire protection, and general administration. —editor@lakecowichangazette.com

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Nuggets from Barlee’s gold pan VICTORIA – Shortly after word came of the death of B.C. historian and politician Bill Barlee, my wife searched through By Tom Fletcher her seemingly endless trove of B.C. books and produced half a dozen of his original self-published quarterlies, known as Canada West magazine. The earliest one is Winter 1970, where the publisher’s note advises that subscription rates were increasing 20 cents per year to $2.95. Subscriptions were up to more than 1,600 and counter sales were increasing, but costs were also up and Barlee refused to accept either display advertising or U.S. subscriptions. The only colour pages in the issue are high-quality prints of four majestic paintings commissioned for the magazine. Irvine Adams’ scenes of sacred aboriginal sites in the Okanagan-Similkameen include The Gateway to Inkameep, where Barlee remarks: “Today that stream which once teemed with redfish no longer surrenders its once-valued harvest and the perimeter of the desert is gradually being eroded by man’s questionable progress.” With the typography of Old West wanted posters, Barlee provided tightly sourced accounts of B.C.’s legends.

“Lost gold mine at Pitt Lake” analyzes and adds to earlier accounts that begin with an aboriginal miner known as Slumach, who would periodically arrive in New Westminster to squander a small fortune in gold, then disappear up the remote tidal lake. Slumach was hanged for murder in 1891 and in the next 70 years, 11 more men would die trying to find his secret. A scientist as well as a storyteller, Barlee concluded that the area’s geology is wrong and the fabled gold-laden creek “probably does not exist.” A passion for prospecting runs through the magazines, and hints at Barlee’s aversion to treasure-seeking Americans.

They overran B.C. in historic waves to take gold, and according to Nelson Star reporter Greg Nesteroff, Barlee believed they continued to loot Canadian heritage sites. Nesteroff was inspired by Barlee’s work, and traced his lonely mission to restore the ghost town of Sandon, “the mining capital of the Silvery Slocan.” Barlee bought a surviving block of buildings in an effort to make Sandon another Barkerville, but heavy snow collapsed them. As tourism minister, Barlee found money to build replicas, and construction began on three. But Barlee lost his Penticton seat to Bill

Barisoff in the 1996 election, and today only half-built shells remain. “He was still selling Sandon’s restoration as an economic saviour for the region when he ran for federal office in 2000,” Nesteroff writes. “But by then he was ridiculed for it, and finished a distant second.” Barlee’s 1972 Canada West profile of the boomtown of Hedley would resonate in his career as an NDP MLA and cabinet minister in the 1990s. Hedley’s Nickel Plate and Mascot mines produced fortunes in gold, silver and copper before they played out, and Barlee led the fight to preserve their history. Today you can tour the Mascot mine, a proud historical site with a spectacular climb up the rock face that serves as the Grouse Grind of the B.C. desert. I first discovered Barlee as a reporter at the Kelowna Capital News in the early 1980s, when he did a weekly history show on CHBC television called Gold Trails and Ghost Towns. A bare-bones studio affair with tales and artifacts displayed for host Mike Roberts, the show lasted a decade. Barlee didn’t lack courage, quitting a teaching career in Trail and Penticton in 1969 to start his magazine. On subscription fees and a few classified ads, he built a life’s work that allowed him to walk the boardwalks of history and the halls of power.

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Local resident cries fowl over chicken bylaw An open letter to the town of Lake Cowichan Are you aware that the keeping of backyard hens is a bylaw violation? We are looking for your support in changing this bylaw. We fail to see how keeping a few hens negatively impacts anyone else. It hardly encourages neighbourly relations to be overly concerned with what other residents are doing on their own property . If it pleases our family to keep hens, why should someone else’s disinterest in them mean that it is a banned practice? Bylaw amendments to include the keeping hens within city limits are nothing new. According to several online sources, nine large Canadian cities (and countless small ones) have already successfully repealed the bylaw to allow for chickens. They include, but are not limited to: Vancouver, Nanaimo, Victoria, Guelph, Niagra Falls, New Westminster, Burnaby, Gibsons, Surrey, and Kingston . We have found reference to over 96 cities in the United States that currently allow chicken keeping in backyards including, but not limited to Boston, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, New Orleans, and New York city. According to an article online in the Nanaimo News Bulletin, Nanaimo relaxed their poultry laws after a one year trial run during which only two complaints were lodged and both were reported to have been easily resolved. We propose that the Town of Lake Cowichan enter a trial period of no less than one year, beginning immediately. The bylaws can then be revisited based on public input during and after the trial period. Why keep hens? 1. Chickens provide fresh local food for daily consumption. 2. Chickens create nitrogen rich fertilizer which can be used in gardens, therefore eliminating the need to purchase chemical versions. The reduction of waste is two fold, the first being no packaging to dispose of, and the second being a reduced carbon footprint due to the removal of the processing, packaging and delivery of commercial varieties. 3. A reduction in municipal waste. Chickens will gladly consume table scraps that would otherwise end up in a landfill or a compost bucket.

4. Keeping chickens educates family members on the food chain and responsible pet ownership. 5. Food security on Vancouver Island is a big concern. Vancouver Island produces only five per cent of the food we consume. In the event of a major catastrophe there is said to be only two to three days worth of food on the Island. Keeping hens that provide fresh eggs is a simple grassroots way to quell some food security concerns. 6. Chickens eat bugs and large hens even eat mice, eliminating the need for chemical pest control measures. 7. Chickens make great pets and contrary to popular misconception are not loud. Roosters on the other hand are noisy and should be reserved for acreages. Consider for a moment that the issue of backyard hens is not even really about whether or not you think someone else should be allowed to have a few hens but rather how much authority you think local municipalities should have in regulating the daily goings on in your own back yard. Imagine a local municipality telling you that you can’t have a family pet, a dog for example. Many people dislike dogs: they can bite, they bark, they poop, they wander, yelp and whine when the town siren goes off. Even people who dislike dogs would never vote for a bylaw prohibiting them. We need to respect each others’ differences and trust that we are all making positive choices for ourselves, our families, and our community. Airiane Rogers Lake Cowichan

Logjam no longer an impasse I would like share my appreciation of the Town of Lake Cowichan crew for acting quickly to remove the jammed-in wharf under the footbridge between the Duck Pond and Ohtaki Park. I brought it to the town’s attention and a few days later there was a machine working on the river to remove the wharf and the jammed logs as they were a safety hazard for swimmers, boaters and tubers on the river. Emily Twamley Lake Cowichan

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In my opinion: Now is as good of a time as any to re-examine our traditional approach to regional transit operations In communities outside the Lower Mainland, the delivery of public transit systems is coordinated by BC Transit, a Crown agency created by the provincial government in 1979. BC Transit works with nearly 60 municipal governments to provide transportation services to 1.5 million passengers in communities across the province. BC Transit works with local governments to contract operations to a wide range of private companies, public organizations, and non-profit agencies. In Cowichan, BC Transit works with the Cowichan Valley Regional District to select operators Operation of the Cowichan Valley regional transit system is currently contracted to one private company and two non-profit agencies. For the 2012 annual budget, the CVRD allocated nearly $2.2 million for contracting transit services, paid for largely through property taxes and rider fares. Since 2005, conventional transit services — which provide the general population with scheduled services and operate on a fixed route — have been contracted to FirstCanada ULC, a private firm that operates regional transit systems in a growing number of communities. FirstCanada ULC also has the contract for the commuter service, which runs between Duncan and Victoria. These two contracts account for the lion’s share of CVRD spending on transit. FirstCanada ULC is itself owned by FirstGroup PLC, a Scotland-based multinational that touts itself as the “leading transport operator in the UK and North America,” with annual revenues of more than $5 billion in North America alone. The rest of our regional transit operations are provided by two locally based non-profit agencies with deep roots in the community. Combined, these contracts are worth a fraction of what goes to FirstCanada ULC. Volunteer Cowichan, a non-profit founded to promote volunteerism in the community, has for 30 years operated handyDART, a custom transportation service for people with disabilities. Cowichan Lake Community Services Society, a non-profit that provides programs and facilities, has operated a transit service for rural residents in Youbou and Honeymoon Bay for the past 15 years. Awarding public transit contracts to local non-profit agencies like Volunteer Cowichan and Cowichan Lake Community Services as opposed to a subsidiary of a multi-national corporation like FirstCanada ULC makes much more sense from a community economic development perspective. Such an approach ensures our tax dollars and rider fares continue circulating in the community instead of immediately leaving the local economy and flowing into the coffers of a global corporation headquartered on the other side of the world. As numerous studies have shown, spending or investing a dollar in a local organization has twice the economic benefit of doing so in one that is foreign-owned. With the various public transit contracts in the Cowichan region up for renewal in the next two years, now is as good of a time as any for the CVRD to re-examine our traditional approach to regional transit operations and consider the benefits of contracting more of these services to locally based organizations with a genuine interest the long-term health of the community. Rob Douglas is a past board member of Volunteer Cowichan who writes monthly for the Cowichan News Leader. He can be reached at douglas.robert.g@gmail.com

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The company town of Youbou, as it looked in the late 1940’s. A section of Bald Mountain reaching into the lake can be seen on the left. Rising smoke from the Honeymoon Bay lumber mill can be seen on the right background.

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Under the headline The Stork Lands in Camp 3 was the following delicately worded 1944 birth announcement stating that “the stork left two dainty bundles in pink ribbons” at Camp 3 in October — a daughter each was left at the homes of Mr. and Mrs. Conger and a Mr. and Mrs. Morgan. On July 27, 1944, during lunch time, a forest fire broke out in the timber of the Hillcrest Lumber Company south of Honeymoon Bay. Two hundred hastily recruited men extinguished the fire within the hour. The scenario emphasized the extremely dangerous and dry conditions of the woods at that time. It was the first major fire in the Cowichan Lake area that year. August 1945: “One of the oldest landmarks in Lake Cowichan village, the eight-roomed residence owned by Ken Gillespie, was completely destroyed by fire on July 4. Mr. Gillespie built the house on the bank of the Cowichan River in 1912.” In 1988 a memorial cairn was erected in memory of Gillespie on the former Gillespie property, a small section of riverbank property on South Shore Road adjacent to the present day Bargain Shop.

1945: “Of the 214 new arrivals (newborn babies) who checked into the Duncan Hospital (Kings Daughters Hospital), thirty were born to Youbou parents.” May 1946: “The community of Youbou (as was described) lies on gently sloping property between the lakeshore and Mt. Holmes with lovely maples, dogwood and evergreens shading the attractive homes and driveways. A delightful setting, this sawmill community boasts sixty homes in the company owned town site with an additional

Two hundred hastily recruited men extinguished the fire within the hour Youbou I.T.M. Bulletins

175 privately owned homes immediately east of the company land.” With a population of one thousand, residents enjoyed the convenience of the nearby general store, movie theatre, post office and coffee shop. There was also a community hall, six-room school, and church. Twice a day return bus service to Duncan was a major convenience for many, as was the company provided electric power and running water piped in from the mountain streams. 1946: Industrial Timber Mills (I.T.M.) owned the Youbow sawmill and woods operations (logging interests) around the lake. It “operated forty miles of log-

ging railroad. The logging equipment included five Climax locomotives, 105 (rail) cars, five skidders, two trackside units, six cold-deck machines, and three diesel logging trucks with trailers, trucks and speeders. The company also owned a steam tugboat, the Wm. G. Moore, and the C. C. Yount, a diesel powered auxiliary tugboat.” 1947: Youbou’s second annual May Day celebrations began with a colourful parade then the children’s maypole dancing followed by the crowning of the May Queen ceremony. Celebrating the Queens Birthday, May Day was one of Youbou’s most popular events. Two of the many children who participated in the events included the 1946 May Queen, Betty Kral (Smith) and her princess Ann Campbell. Both women still live in the area. 1947: Over fifty members of the British Air Cadets and their officers visited the “large scale lumbering operation at Youbou as guests of British Columbia Forest Products Company.” When the two busloads of cadets arrived at Youbou (from Patricia Bay near Victoria) they were divided into two groups then taken on tour of an active logging operation at nearby Wardroper Creek. They later toured the Youbou lumber mill before being served lunch at the sawmill cookhouse. The young airmen were apparently impressed with it all and “very surprised at the brief space of time required to convert huge trees to lumber.”

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The 1962 50th High School Reunion Committee representatives, Allan Lundgren (L) and Sylvia Sayers Coloumbe (C) present Kaatza Historical Society’s president, Pat Foster, with a cheque on Wednesday, July 11. The group held a class reunion on the Lake Days weekend.


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Kaatza Station Museum on the evening of June 10. Vandals targeted the side of the caboose sitting in front of the museum. The caboose has since been repainted. Police are asking that anyone with information contact Lake Cowichan RCMP at 250-7496668 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Community support spurs growth for local business we focus on (in terms of a) theme, but then if there’s a sustainable product, an ocean wise product, we’re very diverse in that sense as well.” Matt Heyne and David Sharrow of the Cow They source from local bakeries, local fish Cafe and Cookhouse opened their new location markets, and farms for both fruits and berries. in Cowichan Bay on Friday, July 20. The focus for both restaurants is a modern “It was a soft opening on Friday night,” says creative comfort food, says Heyne. Heyne. “And it was a good turnout. It’s good to The new Cow Cafe has a modern yet rustic finally be open.” feel to it, one which Heyne and Sharrow The two chefs have been busy over the last were striving for. They have kept some of the six months renovating and preparing to open furniture that was in the building when it was the new location, but Sharrow says that they the Bluenose Steak recognize that the and Seafood restaurant local Lake Cowichan which was in operation support has helped as long as 20 years them to get where they ago. are now. However, almost “What we’ve done everything else about in Lake Cowichan the space has changed. is we’ve actually “We’re trying to extended our season,” keep a bit of the says Heyne. “By history but with a offering promotions modern approach,” that start ever so says Heyne. “Myself, slightly before my wife, my partners, summer, and ones that we designed from the start ever so slightly ground up. We had after summer. We try to build a whole new to work, as well, with kitchen from scratch, local businesses to be which is all brand new, able to do draws; come top of the line.” in for Romania, order The restaurant the all you can eat and features a 65 seating enter to win . . . blank, Tamu Miles capacity waterfront you know?” Matt Heyne in front of one of the herb gardens deck, and Heyne The two bought at the new Cow Cafe location in Cowichan Bay. says he is prepared to Aromas in 2011, an accommodate a full Italian style restaurant house. with menu items that The menu is a little more seafood oriented, are locally inspired. as Heyne says he wants to showcase the area “This year we are keeping with that and what it has to offer, but other than that it momentum,” says Sharrow, “by going out to is pretty much the same as the menu in Lake Cowichan Bay.” Cowichan. Heyne and Sharrow say they try to purchase The restaurant will eventually be offering live locally grown foods as much as possible. entertainment. “But right now we’re really just “Obviously that’s not 100 per cent. You can’t trying to get in, get our feet wet, get to know do it and survive, it’s impossible,” says Heyne. the community of course, and just show people “But we do try to purchase as much local what we do on a day-to-day basis.” product as we can.” He encourages Lake Cowichan residents to The Cowichan Bay location also features a head out to Cowichan Bay so they can sample hanging herb garden made out of old pallets on the next level of the Cow Cafe. the patio, and Heyne says that they try to think To make reservations, call 250-597-4353, or sustainability with their purchasing as well. for more information go to cowcafe.ca. “It keeps the longevity of things,” he says. “So there are some products that we do use that Tamu Miles Gazette Editor

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Don Gordon, front left, and Matt and Wes from Central Island Power Line erecting a pole that will soon support a large block.

New display for museum On July 12, the Kaatza Station Museum saw the first installment of a new display behind the Bell Tower School. Two men from Central Island Power Line, Matt & Wes, took about 15 minutes to dig out the hole, place the pole in it, and back fill. “Our thanks go out to them for all their help,” says Barbara Simkins, museum curator. Don Gordon, head of the building committee, was also on hand to oversee the installation. “Over the next few weeks we will prepare the site for a large block that will rest against the ‘spar tree,’” says Simkins. “This will certainly add to our collection of logging equipment.”

Mesachie Fire Department fundraiser The Mesachie Fire Department is trying a new approach to its fundraising efforts. The department is trying to raise funds for a new rescue truck, and Fire Chief Gary Eve says he knows that local residents are taxed when it comes to shelling out to local notfor-profits and organizations. So, on July 2, firefighters set up about seven kilometers out along

the Pacific Marine Circle Route and proceeded to sell hot dogs, pop and chips, as well as hats to tourists and commuters between Cowichan Lake and Pt. Renfrew. They managed to raise $650. They will be out there again on Aug. 6, so if you are going for a drive on that holiday Monday, or you just want to help these guys out, be sure to stop for lunch.

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Lake Bloomers Garden Club members had their most recent garden tour/afternoon tea out near Skutz Falls at Carla Boe’s property on July 18. Boe’s property is situated on the top of a hill above the falls. She has lived on the property for the last three years, and during that time has managed to cultivate a thriving oasis of perennials, some vegetables, trees, and has even put in a couple of ponds with the help of Mountain Man Services. Lake Bloomers divides itself into teams to distribute responsibilities for these kinds of tours and for meetings. This month, the Carnation Team was in charge of setting up the tour and providing snacks and drinks for the lunch. Boe also kindly offered refreshments and a bottle of her homemade wine. Carolyne Austin, club president and one of the members of the Carnation team, explains the clubs summer schedule. “June, July, August, and September, are the months for tours and going to different places,” she says. “We stay local most of the time to be honest, but we will hit other things in the valley as well.” Last year the club went to a park out by Mt. Sicker. “We can do two or three tours in the month if we feel like it,” explains Austin. “But it’s just a bunch of us will get

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Members of the Lake Bloomers Garden Club sit with Carla Boe (centre right) under her grape arbour and exchange gardening tips and stories.

together and say do you want to go to soand-so’s house, but usually we do at least one a month.” For the tour at Boe’s, a tent was set up on a patch of lawn beside the house, where the snacks and refreshments were put out for members to enjoy. Some ate at the picnic table placed adjacent to the tent and along a bed of colourful perennials. Others sat under the grape trellis built onto the side of Boe’s house, in the shade. These are the same grapes used to make her homemade wine each year. She says that keeping Mom & Dad Group the grapes to herself is often a A group for Moms & Dads challenge as she has a resident bear with children under 4 who often steals from the vines. All children welcome Below the house is the larger of the two ponds on the property and Drop-in • Snacks some of the group chose to relax Mondays - 9:30am & 11am with their meal in the wooden lawn

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She does have to bring in help periodically to keep up with the maintenance. “I love it,” she says. “The neurosurgeon has told me I do not rake, sweep, mop or vacuum.” To help keep the garden low maintenance, Boe says she grows a lot of bulbs and shrubs. “And the plants I put in containers for the summer. Everything else is bulbs because that’s low maintenance, and it grows every year.” Club members enjoyed a few hours of wandering through Boe’s garden and sharing gardening tips. The next garden tour will take place on either Aug. 8 or 15 and will be held at Susanne Thom’s house in Youbou. If you are interested in becoming a club member, call Austin at 250-749-6772.

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chairs that line the path around the small body of water. A small stream runs down to the pond. “This water is pumped from the pond,” explains Boe. “It’s a recirculating system.” Within the next two years she plans to dig out another smaller pond off to the side. “People want to know when I’m going to stop, and I don’t know when I’m going to stop,” she says. Boe says she prepared for the group as part of her regular seasonal clean up. “The aim is, I want to make this low maintenance,” she explains of her gardens. “And basically three times a year I do a massive clean up and the rest of the time it’s low maintenance, and I think I pretty well have got there.This is not your normal garden,” she adds. “This is not a manicured garden. It’s sort of civilized slash on the wild side.”

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mid July. After our long, cool, wet spring we have actually had a few weeks of lovely, warm summer weather and all our plants are in a growing and blooming frenzy. You may think that it’s summer and all you have to do is water and cut the lawn. Well, there are definitely still a few other gardening jobs that need doing. So if the rabbits, deer and elk haven’t trimmed up all your plants for you, I would like to talk a little about doing some trimming called dead-heading. Since the critters don’t care much for rhododendrons and azaleas ( and these are good shrubs for our area ) it is our job to trim off the trusses after the flowers have bloomed. This will make the plant look better and it will help

the plant direct it’s energy back to growth rather than seed production. To dead head take your fingers or a pair of sharp needle nose scissors and break off the spent flower being careful not to break the new growth near the truss. The flower bases are very sticky so gloves are recommended. Then we have to look at our perennials and annuals which also benefit from dead-heading the spent blooms. Some, like irises and daylilies, generally have clusters of flowers at the top of their stems. For these use fine pointed scissors and as blooms fade, snip out the individual blooms at the swelling at the base of

the flower where the seed would form. Plants such as tall garden phlox, foxgloves, and delphiniums produce secondary flowering shoots lower on the stem. Cut the spent flowering stem close to the new sideshoots as soon as the flower fades. This will encourage the side shoots to bloom. Once all the side shoots are done, take out the stem at the base. For flowers such as peonies, dahlias, and lupins, cut their stems to a leaf node where the cut won’t be so visible. For plants such as bleeding hearts, hostas, heucheras, liatris, bergenias, red hot pokers, and many euphorbias snip off the spent flowering stems at the base of

the plant. Now for some other plants dead-heading can be done with a pair of clean sharp garden shears and just clip away all spent blooms and any leggy, untidy growth. This type of shearing is good for plants such as aubretia, basket of gold, snow-in -thesummer, thread-leafed coreopsis, hardy geraniums, candytuft, sweet alyssum, rock soapwort and spike speedwell. Also annuals such as nasturtiums and petunias when they get straggly. If you are lucky enough to have roses then the spent flower stems should be cut just above a healthy set of five leaflets. You may actually find that dead heading can become quite an obsessive habit. So happy snipping and enjoy the summer sun.


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Marian Bates, who has lived in Honeymoon Bay since 1981 and in the Cowichan Lake area for the past 50 years, received the 2012 Honeymoon Bay Community Society Citizenship Award as part of the Canada Day celebrations in Honeymoon Bay. Bates, who has a lively, yet easy going and approachable personality has always been community minded. Sitting at a table on the deck of the Coffee Mill in Honeymoon Bay, she shares some of her memories of the community and what it has meant to her. “I’ve been on probably five different hall committees at the (Honeymoon Bay) hall over the years in various positions,” she explains. First she was on the hall board, which then changed to being a commission, “when we changed to an improvement district.” “Now they have a community society. I was chairman of the improvement district for seven years.” Bates has also owned a business and started a newspaper during her time in Honeymoon Bay. Residents may remember the Honeymoon Bay Market that was located close to where the firehall is now on the South Shore Road. “We bought the store, that’s closed up over here, from Linda and Ken Friesen,” she says, waving a hand to indicate a building across the road. The Bay Buzzer was started in the late 1980s, and Bates, who says she has always been interested in history, wrote articles for the paper called “Cobweb Corner.” “It’s just been kind of easy for me to follow the history of this area. I moved to Lake Cowichan in 1963. My husband worked at the load out down there which is now Point Ideal.” Bates also wrote a book about Honeymoon Bay to celebrate the communities fiftieth anniversary. The book was titled, appropriately, Memories: Honeymoon Bay 50 Years. Bates still writes for the Honeymoon Bay News, put together by Guy and Bonnie Patten who are also long-time residents of the area. “I did all the history for them,” she says, “and now I’m just doing whatever comes to mind. If there’s an event, I write about the event, if I have a gripe, I write about the gripe. It’s my column, I can do what I like.” Bates enjoys this creative freedom. “People say ‘I can hardly wait for that paper to come out ‘cause I want see what you’re coming out with this month.’ So it’s kind of fun.” She says she had certain conditions when she began writing the column. “I made it clear in the first place: don’t correct my writing. You can correct my spelling, but don’t correct my writing because I write like I talk and that’s the way I want it to be. If you’re going to change it, I’m not going to write it because I’m flippant and I get away

with it, and that’s me.” At the end of August, Bates and her husband, Roger Wall, will be moving to Sidney to be closer to family. But Bates says she she will miss Honeymoon Bay. “You can’t argue with the view and the tranquility,” she says. “But it’s the people. The people here are 90 per cent nice,” she jokes. “You know, there’s a lot of lovely people that live here, and it’s a strong community in a community sense; they work together, and there’s always been good things here.” Bates says she is looking forward to her new home and getting to know the members of her new community. “I’m really looking forward to where we’re going to live in Summergate Village. It’s a senior village with a lot of amenities. You don’t have to go anywhere,” she says. “And we both love Sidney and the walk along the water, and the shops, and people are friendly. It’s sort of like another small town.” As for receiving the Citizenship Award, Bates says she was extremely pleased and happy. “It’s nice to be remembered for all the things I’ve done in the community. I didn’t do them to get a reward for them, I did them because I’ve always enjoyed working in the community. Plus, recognition is always nice.” A farewell party is planned for Bates and her husband on August 11 at the Honeymoon Bay Hall from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be hamburgers and hot dogs provided, but party goers are encouraged to bring along a dish to share.

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Slo-pitch playoffs just around the corner The last game of the regular slo-pitch season in Lake Cowichan was played on Friday, July 20 between the Beer Barons and We Got the Runs. The final score was 11-4 for The Runs. Team member Rory Genereaux from the Beer Barons says that his team is really good at holding the other team down, but when it comes to batting, they often struggle. However, he is looking forward to the playoffs which begin on July 26 and run through to the 28. “It will be a blast,” he says. “You never know, you could win three in a row and not have won a game all season. It’s just a toss up.” There are still make-up games to be played before the playoffs begin on July 26. The first of these make up games was played on Monday, July 23 and the second will be played on Tuesday, July 24 in both Lake Cowichan and Youbou. The last day of the playoff games will begin on Saturday, July 28 in both Lake Cowichan and Youbou and will go until about 12:30 p.m., at which time all games will shift to Lake Cowichan in Centennial Park where the final

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Above: Summer Muzyka puts everything she has into her swing. Her team, We Got the Runs won over the Beer Barons with a score of 11-4 on Thrusday, July 20. Right: “Bear” works to help his team, the Beer Barons, try and come back against We Got the Runs. Both teams will be playing in the playoffs beginning July 26.

teams left standing will battle it out for the trophy. There will be prizes following the final games on Saturday, everything from T-shirts to sweaters, jackets and other NSA slo-pitch gear. On July 28, the local Kinsmen will be hosting a beer gardens at the games at Centennial Park, and Steve Friesen of Friesen Meats will be providing a concession. There have been seven teams playing this season, but only six will be heading into the playoffs. The Lake Cowichan Fire Department is not playing in the playoffs this year as many in the department will be on call for the weekend. Ryan Rai, a local coach and team slo-pitch player, says that it’s still a bit early to tell where all the teams stand going into the playoffs. “We still have to play the make up games,” he says. “It all depends on what happens.” As of July 23, Rai says it looks like the Distillers are in first place and the Mules in second.

Retreads visit Cheewhat cedar

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Beth Kidd and Willa Suntjens together with Cowichan Outdoor Group members, dwarfed by biggest Cheewhat Cedar

At the Youbou junction just outside town at 8:30 a.m. the local Retreads group met up with members from the Duncan hiking club. We drove up the sunny side of the lake through Youbou and bumped along the forest roads past the end of the lake and eventually reached a tee junction. Turning right would take us to Port Alberni or Bamfield while turning left would take us towards Nitinat Lake and Carmanah Provinical Park. We went left, skirted some

rivers and climbed a hill past Nitinat Lake. Up top we stoped by a barely visible bridge. As we leaned out over the bridge we could barely see a small river through the trees far below. On further we found a pull-out and some red ribbons hanging on the trees. Precisely 87 kilometers and about 2 hours from the Youbou junction. We found the narrow trail and worked our way over fallen logs and rocks down in the direction of the lake.

After about 20 minutes we came to a huge cedar that has succumbed and is lying on its side. On further down and over more logs and swampy areas we came to two giant cedars that dwarfed the hiker who volunteered to climb onto the logs between the trees to take pictures. Another 20 minutes and we reached the truly massive Cheewhat Cedar that was first identified by a retired logger some 20 years ago. Of course some enthusiast on a web page posted that this was a cool 30 minute hike but it took us an hour and 10 minutes. While around this tree we sat in small groups and enjoyed a brief lunch break. Then some of the more adventuresome members walked on with the aim of reaching the nearby Cheewhat Lake. After some time they returned and reported they did not get to the lake. Was it worth the drive and hike? You bet it was. These are truly massive old growth Cedars, and we are pleased to see that they are now incorporated into the Pacific Rim National Park and as such are protected. The road journey was not too unpleasant and we have learned much more about the forest areas to our west. —Submitted by David Kidd

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Mike Tuck (left) & Ron McGovern at March Meadows

Hole in one Ron McGovern earned a spot on the hole in one trophy plaque with an ace on hole number seven last Tuesday. The shot also contributed to McGovern’s low net score of 64. Leo Tardiff was runner-up with a net 65. Bruce Chisholm shot a low gross of 78. Earl Laforge had three birdies in his round of 79. Birdies were also scored by Jug Kalar, Rick Nott and John White. John McCormick had a chip in par and Bruce Chisholm had a sandy par. Senior captain, Frank Magrin, denied Duffer O’Doul’s chance to play in the recent Mt. Brenton inter club. Rumour has it, it was because of the Duffer’s propensity for using the old “foot wedge” for getting out of trouble in the rough. —Submitted by Rick Nott


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IF YOU ARE ... • New in Town • Expecting a Baby Call your Welcome Wagon hostess!

Loved and remembered, always,

It will be her privilege to give you free gifts from local businesses and civic organizations.

Tina, Beth, Wendy, Jerry, Tom, Shauna and Nikki

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DEATHS

HILDEBRANDT, Eileen Marion (nee Mitchell) July 30, 1925 - July 14, 2012 Eileen was born on July 30, 1925 in Chemainus, and passed away at the age of 86 on July 14, 2012 in Duncan. Eileen was raised on the river in Cowichan Lake and was a lifelong resident of the Cowichan Valley. Eileen was very strongminded, stoic, independent, opinionated, and above all else loved her family deeply and each one returned that love ten forth. She was predeceased by her parents Louise and Mickey Mitchell who were pioneers of the Cowichan Valley, newborn twins Dawn and Donald, son Randy, sister and brother-in-law Peggy and Frank Kammerle, brother and sister-in-law Bob and Dee Mitchell. She is survived by her children: Susan (Einar Poulsen), Gordie (Paige Young), Sam and Kelly; grandchildren: Kathleen (Rene), Colleen (Joe), David (Jill), Derek (Heather), Allison, Kirsten (Dan), Cara (Garrett), Carlie, Jason, Ashley, Michael (Tannis), Darren (Emily); great grandchildren: Brittany (Cole), Colin, Bailey (Derek), Kirstie (Damien), Dustin, Erik, Cameron, Ethan, Grayson, Rylee, Paisley, Kaylee and Tyson. No service will be held by request. A family gathering will take place following an interment in the Niche Wall close to her son Randy at Mountain View Cemetery. FIRST MEMORIAL FUNERAL SERVICES Duncan, B.C. Condolences may be shared online at www.dignitymemorial.com

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PERSONALS

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

COMING EVENTS

Quinsam Communications is looking for a qualiďŹ ed Two-way Radio Technician 2 years experience preferred Wage to be determined by experience. Email: topper@quinsam.ca or Fax: 250-287-4511 THE Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) is seeking a part time Page scheduled to work six (6) hours/ week. This employee will be available to work in the following work location: COWICHAN LAKE. The successful candidate will be an outgoing individual who takes pride in providing accuracy and completing tasks in a timely. This person will have good communication skills and the proven ability to work with people of all ages. This individual will have a demonstrated commitment to the highest quality library service and enthusiasm for innovation. The daily tasks include primarily shelving books and carrying out other simple library routines as assigned. Interested candidates should submit their resume clearly identifying the skills and knowledge that would make them successful in this position. We thank all applicants but can only contact those scheduled for an interview. Please submit your resume to: mreaveley@virl.bc.ca or a hard copy can be dropped of at the Cowichan Lake or Cowichan Branch. Please ensure you reference job posting P2012-059 Application Deadline: 31 July 2012.

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HEAVY Duty Mechanic required with certiďŹ ed inspection license; competitive wages; beneďŹ t package; full time; located in Rossland Trail area. Please send resume and or request for further detail to email: impactgroup@shaw.ca or by fax 250-364-9956.

TRADES, TECHNICAL AUTOMATED TANK Manufacturing Inc. is looking for welders. Due to a huge expansion to our plant located in Kitscoty, Alberta, 20km west of Lloydminster. We have openings for 10-3rd year apprentices or journey person welders. We offer best wage in industry. 3rd year apprentice $28$30/hr, Journeyperson $32$35/hr, higher with tank experience. ProďŹ t sharing bonus plus manufacturing bonus incentive. Full insurance package 100% paid by company. Good working environment. Join a winning team. Call Basil or Blaine at; (ofďŹ ce)780-8462231; (fax)780-846-2241 or send resume to: blaine@autotanks.ca production@autotanks.ca. Keep your feet on the ground in a safe welding environment through inhole manufacturing process. No scaffolding or elevated work platform.

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Way to go Erin! Bob & Donna Simpson

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PERSONAL SERVICES

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

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MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

REAL ESTATE

HAULING AND SALVAGE

UNDER $200

HOMES WANTED

Delivery Guy

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

LEGAL SERVICES

PETS

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PETS

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

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PUREBRED GOLDEN RETRIEVER PUPPIES due to be born Aug 15/end of Aug. Will be ready for new homes 8 wks after birth. Phone Denis at 250-9328350 or cell 250-510-8350

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NOW HIRING Western Forest Products Inc. is an integrated Canadian forest products company located on Vancouver Island that is committed to the safety of our employees, the culture of performance and the discipline to achieve results. We currently have the following openings:

Maintenance Supervisor Assistant/Field Planner Millwrights/Apprentices Hooktenders Detailed job postings can be viewed at

http://www.westernforest.com/building-value/our-people-employment/careers WFP offers a competitive salary, a comprehensive beneďŹ t package and the potential to achieve annual performance rewards. If you believe that you have the skills and qualiďŹ cations that we are looking for, please reply in conďŹ dence to: Human Resource Department Facsimile: 1.866.840.9611 Email: resumes@westernforest.com

FUEL/FIREWOOD FIR: SPLIT & delivered, $180./cord. Fir long-butts, unsplit, approx 2 cords, $250. Short-log truck loads, approx 7 cords, $700. Call 250-7494112 evenings. SEASONED FIREWOOD Vancouver Island’s largest ďŹ rewood producer offers ďŹ rewood legally obtained during forest restoration, large cords. Help restore your forest, Burndrywood.com 1-877-902-WOOD.

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/newspaper? STEEL BUILDINGHuge clearance sale! 20x24 $4,658. 25x28 $5,295. 30x40 $7,790. 32x54 $10,600. 40x58 $14,895. 47x78 $19,838. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422. www.pioneersteel.ca.

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RENTALS

TRANSPORTATION

TRANSPORTATION

HOMES FOR RENT

AUTO FINANCING

ANTIQUE/CLASSICS

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STORAGE SHIPPING CONTAINERS 20’ or 40’. Buy or Rent. Safe and secure. Easymove Container Services. Serving Vancouver Island. 1-(888)331-3279

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RENTALS APARTMENT/CONDO

REAL ESTATE

LAKE COWICHAN Large studio apt. Reno’d, huge covered deck, laundry, elevator, covered parking. Walk & transit. N/S. Age 55+. $500. (250)2843434 to view and photos.

FOR SALE BY OWNER

DUPLEXES/4PLEXES

CAYCUSE Well-Maintained Recreational Property/Home 1500 sq.ft, 3 bdrm 2 bath, 5 acres, garage. A stone throw from pristine Cowichan Lake. Reduced to sell $378,800. Furnished. Ready to move in! Call 250-478-2648 or 250-745-3387.

LAKE COWICHAN: 2, 1 bdrm suites in triplex. W/D, large back yard. 1 suite $375, 1 suite $400. Call 250-749-3714.

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

LAKE COWICHAN- 2 bdrm bsmt suite, spacious, clean, renovated, near town/bus, W/D, quiet tenants only. $775 iclds utils. Small pet cons, N/S. Avail Sept 1. (250)642-3707. LAKE COWICHAN 2 bdrm suite, bright, spacious. $600. + utils. NS/NP. Call (250)7496092 or (250)715-6192. L. COWICHAN, 2 bdrm lower suite, avail Sept 1, insuite laundry, $760 mo incls hydro, N/S, N/P, 250-749-6935.

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

1992, 26 ft TRAVELAIRE, Class C Motorhome. Bright, clean, sleeps 4. Twin beds in back and fold down double bed. Excellent and clean condition. Full shower with skylight, gas generator, air conditioning, second owner, new internal batteries (worth $600), new water pump, only 91,300 km. Reliable, clean and functional. REDUCED to $13,000. (250) 748-3539

AUTO FINANCING SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES

2004 VW TOUAREG. Only 135,000 km, economical, spirited V6 engine, all wheel drive and tow hitch with electric brakes. Unique 6 speed Tiptronic auto transmission. Well equipped interior, rear mounted CD changer. Beautiful, well maintained. $14,900 obo, 250658-1123 mjmarshall@telus.net

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

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PROPERTY MANAGEMENT 145 South Shore Road | Lake Cowichan |

Check out rentals online www.lkc.ca To View Call:

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$600 1 bedroom suite #2-68 Stanley Rd. Very clean suite in six-plex. Close to everything. Coin laundry room, small pet upon approval. $650 2 bedroom suite #36-211 Madill Rd. Very nice suite in popular strata. Washer & dryer, N/S, N/P. $650 2 bedroom suite #39-211 Madill Rd. Very nice suite in popular strata. Washer & dryer, N/S, N/P. $650 2 bedroom suite #47-211 Madill Rd. Very clean & well looked-after suite in popular strata. W&D, N/S, N/P. $850 2 bedroom suite 462 Pt. Ideal Rd. Lower, furnished suite in newer home. Great location, washer & dryer, garage. N/S, no pets. $880 2 bedroom suite Lower $950 3 bedroom suite Upper 6402 Summit Rd. Skutz Falls, upper & lower suites available. Country setting, patio and includes hydro, propane and washer & dryer. No smoking, no pets. $1,050 3 bedroom home 112 Johel Rd. Ground level comfy home. Fully fenced yard, washer & dryer, N/S, small pet upon approval.

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

resources in the area. Artists, artisans, arts and cultural organizations, and businesses are invited to contact Cathy Mailhot at 250-746-1099, tourismcowichan@ shaw.ca to learn more. Lake Cowichan Animal Rescue Society The local animal rescue is holding a giant garage sale on August 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Centennial Hall. There will be clean and slightly used items, a silent auction, concessions, free contest for prizes, and raffles. For more information contact Marg Livingstone at 250-749-6228.

Lake Cowichan Eye Care is offering a package deal on frames and lenses. Get glasses for as low as $97. Optometrist Megan Polack would like to remind Lake Cowichan residents that youth under 18 years of age, who do not opt for contacts, are covered under the Medical Services Plan for an eye examination. Those over 65 years of age are partially covered by MSP. Lake Cowichan Eye Care is open Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information call 250-749-4440. Shaker Mill Restaurant The Shaker Mill Restaurant is now offering a 10 per cent discount on everything on their take-out menu. A local take-out favourite is their curry chicken. However, owner Brent Fletcher says that all items are available for take-out, including breakfast, but says that some items are easier than others For more information call 250-749-6350. Tourism Cowichan Tourism Cowichan would like to put Cowichan arts, culture, and heritage on the map. To do so, they are creating an inventory of arts, cultural, and heritage

often volunteers at the Cellar Treasures Thrift Store on Wednesdays. The thrift store will now be open on Saturdays during August from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

and

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☞ Handsome Furs up for Polaris

Cellar Treasures Thrift Store Sabian Rico sits outside the St. Christopher’s, St. Aidan’s Anglican Church selling lemonade on Saturday, July 21. Rico, who is eight-years-old says that his mom

Dan Boeckner — who grew up in Lake Cowichan and went to LCSS -— and Alexei Perry, who disbanded Handsome Furs in May of this year have been shortlisted for this year’s Polaris Prize. “It came as welcome and heartwarming news for us. We are beyond honoured by this. And we are proud and deeply touched,� reads a statement on their website.

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

Store: 250-749–3355 Garage: 250-749–3213

PETS & SUPPLIES

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

MONTHLY VET CLINIC

250-732-4570

DUMP TRUCK: 1-6 YARDS PHYSIOTHERAPIST

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

250.749.3621

250-749-7233 or 250-510-1113

250-749–4454

Judith Quinlan Registered Physiotherapist

TIRES

TRUCKING

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Open 7 Days a Week

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Towing and Repairs

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250-701-1755

at the Coffee Mill site

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Offer available until August 14, 2012 to residential customers who have not subscribed to TELUS TV or Internet in the past 90 days. TELUS reserves the right to modify the channel lineup and packages. Not combinable with any other Internet promotional offers. Minimum system requirements apply. Final eligibility for the services will be determined by a TELUS representative. 1. Regular rate (currently $75.57 per month based on same service) starts on month 7. Rate includes $3 digital service fee, a $5/month discount for bundled services and a fee of 1.5% that applies to fund a contribution to the Local Programming Improvement Fund (LPIF). See telus.com/satellitetv-lpif for more information. 2. Current rental rates will apply at the end of the 3 year term. A cancellation fee applies for early termination of the TV service agreement and will be $10 for the PVR, multiplied by number of months remaining in the term. 3. A cancellation fee applies for early termination of the Internet service agreement and will be $9 for the tablet, multiplied by number of months remaining in the term. Tablet offer available while quantities last. Offer includes Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 2 10.1 (total manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $349.99). TELUS and Samsung Canada reserve the right to substitute a tablet of an equivalent or greater value without notice. The TELUS logo and Optik TV are trademarks of TELUS Corporation, used under licence. Samsung and the Samsung logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Samsung Canada. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance © 2012 TELUS.

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Lake Cowichan Gazette, July 25, 2012  

July 25, 2012 edition of the Lake Cowichan Gazette

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