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Accident closes hwy and sends one to hospital Tamu Miles Gazette Editor

On July 21, Lake Cowchan RCMP and the Lake Cowichan Fire Department responded to an accident on Highway 18. A single vehilcle heading westbound veered left into the ditch but did not hit any oncoming traffic. Corp. Krista Hobday of the Lake Cowichan RCMP says that it is suspected that the driver fell asleep at the wheel. The passenger was airlifted to Victoria General Hospital, but was released later the same day. The driver sustained only minor injuries. The highway was shut down and traffic moving in either direction was rerouted to Cowichan Lake Road. No names have been released as of yet.

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The passenger of an accident on Highway 18 on Saturday, July 21, was airlifted to Victoria General Hospital but released the same day. Above, Lake Cowichan RCMP and fire fighters lift her into a helicopter.

Cowichan Lake and River Stewardship annual general meeting Tamu Miles Gazette Editor

The room was packed at the Cowichan Lake and River Stewardship meeting on July 29 in the basement of the Legion building in Lake Cowichan. Those in the audience included Mayor Ross Forrest, Coun. Jayne Ingram, and Area I and F directors Pat Weaver and Ian Morrison, respectively. Members came to hear project and financial reports, vote in the election of the societies president, vice president and board, and to enjoy a presentation by Dave Polster and Genevieve Singleton of Polster Environmental Services. With no new nominations, Gerald Thom was reelected president, Diana Gunderson vice president, Lois Atchison treasurer, and David Kidd as secretary. In all, the board once again has 10 members. Diana Gunderson delivered the Boater Education Report, saying that the Water Traffic sub-committee has successfully concentrated its efforts on riparian and water traffic concerns, and has formed an education committee. The committee has generated a Welcome Boaters

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brochure with the theme “Your Holiday, Our Home.” Committee members first began handing out the brochures at the Cowichan Lake Marina and the Lake Cowichan municipal boat ramp on July 14, and plans to do so again on August 5. The findings of the committee were that the CVRD boating bylaws are out-dated and need work, and that though there is a culture of respect among most boaters, much more has to be done. The Riparian Report was given by Jean Atkinson . The report states that a Riparian Insights brochure has been created, and was funded by the Pacific Salmon Foundation. The group plans to visit lake front property owners beginning on the August 4 long weekend to educate new and established home owners on the importance of leaving riparian areas intact, minimizing impact when accessing the water, restoring damaged riparian areas, respecting riparian area regulations and avoiding applicable fines. The group, with the help of the CLRSS webmaster, has been creating a web page that, when finished, will complement the new brochure.

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Municipalities discuss contaminated soil disposal informed, but it did not give them enough to change or Duke Point, according to McGonigle. their minds. However, the Province of B.C. website states that “I don’t think people are particularly swayed by the “Landfill operators, including most Regional Districts, technical arguments,” SIA-proposal opponent Joseph may not wish to accept soils containing up to special Gollner said on Friday morning. “They were good waste levels of contamination at all landfills, and may ... but it doesn’t make sense to deliberately set about not want any contaminated soils at some landfills. putting contaminated soil in a watershed under any Anyone wishing to bring contaminated soils to one of circumstance. That’s the bottom line that most people these facilities should check first with the appropriate went in with, and I think most people left with. Regional District and/or operator regarding acceptable contamination levels, fees, disposal procedures, “But at least people have a great deal more information on the actual project, applicability of provisions and that was helpful.” within the Contaminated Sites Lake Cowichan Coun. Tim Regulation (CSR) and/or the It doesn’t make sense Hazardous Waste Regulation McGonigle attended the meeting. “There were 400 chairs set up at to deliberately set about (HWR).” Kerry Park Arena, it was very well only locations listed putting contaminated soil asThe attended and there was a good input accepting hazardous waste in a watershed under any soils, not contaminated soils, from the public on their concerns. The main concern is the aquifer that circumstance. are Quantum Remedial sits below South Island Aggregates at the High Joseph Gollner Services (site),” he told mayor and council at West Landfill, and Hazco their meeting on July 24. Environmental Services (at “The final decision is not in the hands of the Comox Valley Waste Management Centre, formerly regional district, currently regional districts do not Pidgeon Lake landfill). have any jurisdiction on the soils being placed in “The Cowichan Valley Regional District is going to their jurisdiction,” said McGonigle. “Ontario has be debating motions in the coming weeks that could some legislation that gives regional districts a little bring greater focus to its efforts to gain a measure of more power (allowing them to) become involved in control over the movement and dumping of soils — the process with the minister of environment and in contaminated and otherwise — in the regional district,” their province. We are endorsing that a resolution a statement released July 19 states. go forward to have similar legislation so at least on That same release states Shawnigan Lake Director the contaminated soils site it is proposed that the Bruce Fraser will introduce a motion August 1 that will neighbouring municipalities at least get involved in deal with the appropriateness of allowing treatment some of the discussion.” of contaminated soil in a watershed that provides area McGonigle adds that the South Island Aggregate site residents with potable water. is just one of 11 on Vancouver Island that may contain Fraser said this concern covers all watersheds where contaminated soils. communities take domestic water supplies but he is “The only way this one came to light was because giving his immediate attention to the SIA application soils got dumped on private property,” said McGonigle. for a waste discharge permit as part of a reclamation At this point, any contaminated soils that may be in proposal for the Stebbings Road quarry. the Town of Lake Cowichan, or in the Cowichan Lake area are shipped to licensed facilities in Campbell River With notes from the Cowichan News Leader Pictorial.

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Cowichanians line up to ask questions during a public meeting about South Island Aggregate’s application to the Ministry of Environment.

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There are a limited number of sites at which to dump what are considered contaminated soils on Vancouver Island. This has become a hot-bed issue in the Cowichan Valley. In a meeting that lasted from 6:30 p.m, to 11:15 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, South Island Aggregate outlined its proposal to reclaim contaminated soils in an old quarry on Stebbins Road in Shawnigan Lake and allowed for input from the public. Ministry of Environment and Minister of Mines, as well as representatives and directors from surrounding municipalities were also present at the meeting. The meeting left opponents to the proposal feeling

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New bylaw aimed at protecting health and safety Tamu Miles Gazette Editor

Getting away with a grow operation in Lake Cowichan might not be so easy in the near future. Mayor Ross Forrest and council gave a third reading to a new safe premises respecting health and safety bylaw at the regular council meeting on Tuesday, July 24. Lake Cowichan residents could face a fine of between $1,000 and $10,000 if convicted of a grow operation on their premises, or if their premises are determined to be unsafe or hazardous. The bylaw defines hazardous conditions not acceptable at a residence, gives health and safety regulations as defined by the town, outlines the powers of local officials when dealing with unsafe premises, the duties of registered owners, the discontinuation of services if a premises is declared unsafe, and the penalties or fines faced by offenders. Hazardous conditions are defined as bypassing a hydro, water, or gas meter except when such a bypass has been specifically permitted by the town, applicable utility, or government authority; a building where exhaust vents from hot water tanks, furnaces, or fireplaces exhaust into or within a building; hazardous materials exceeding the amount allowed by definitions in Schedule E of the bylaw. The bylaw goes on to say that no one may occupy a residence where things like proper exits are blocked, electrical circuits or connections

exceed the amount permitted under the Electrical Code, where there is a visible accumulation of mould around the interior of windows or other structural components of the building, or where there has been an unauthorized alteration to a building. The bylaw also outlines the conditions upon which a residence can again be occupied if a grow operation has been discovered. A building inspector is allowed to enter a building to inspect whether there is compliance with the bylaw, carry out a special safety inspection, and take action under part six of the bylaw. The building inspector or the fire chief, if they have reasonable grounds to believe that a residence has undergone an unauthorized alteration, may post a notice on the building that prohibits entry or occupation of the building. Home owners are also charged with reporting any suspicious activity related to a grow operation within 24 hours of discovery. “The main thing that people have to understand,” said Coun. Bob Day. “Is that this bylaw will be complaint generated, just like all other town bylaws.” Residents do not have to worry that the town building inspector will be making surprise visits to homes in Lake Cowichan. “The town is not here to chase down residents or to invade privacy,” said Day. But adds that the moment activities at a residence endangers

someone else, town officials will become involved. He gave a few examples, saying that if someone were to rent a house and they noticed that there had been unauthorized changes to a home — ventilation ducts being re-routed back into the home, an excessive amount of mould on the inside of windows, or chemicals — that they could phone and report these issues to the town. Or, a rental agency might report such bylaw infractions. “This started as a controlled substance bylaw, but we were advised not to go there,” said Day. Day adds that the town, along with the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities and the province are looking at decriminalization of marijuana. “It’s not that difficult to get a medical marijuana license,” he said. “But they are controlled by the health department, not by the RCMP. They have no idea where they are. They can get the information, it is just not at their fingertips.” He reiterated that this bylaw is about the safety of Lake Cowichan residents. “This is about keeping people safe. We have a lot of rentals here.” The final reading of the bylaw will take place before the next regular council meeting on August 28, at 6 p.m. The public is invited to the meeting to express their concerns or simply to have their input. If passed at that time, the bylaw would go into effect right away.


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Tube Shack owner gives back to the community and I think that’s a great idea.” Frisby says he came up with the idea for Fundraise Fridays because As part of his Fundraiser Fridays he has been trying to find ways in happening all summer long at the which he can become part of the Lake Tube Shack, owner Aaron Frisby Cowichan community. presented the Cowichan Lake Food “I struggled to become part of the Bank with a $150 cheque on Saturday, community last year,” July 28. he said. “And just Food bank thought of ways I can volunteer Betty get to know some of Sanddar says that the people around it means a lot to here and become them that local involved with the businesses take on community. initiatives such as “I noticed that Lake this. Cowichan doesn’t “It’s fabulous!” always cash in from said Sanddar. “I’m the tubers that come really excited. in here,” he adds. And for these guys “You know, they when they put on come here and they Facebook that they leave straight away.” were going to do Frisby will have for non-profits, a clean-up crew I messaged him Tamu Miles picking up garbage back and said well From left: Cindy Vaast, and Betty Sanddar accept a cheque donation from in the river you know, we’re for the food bank from Aaron Frisby of the Tube Shack as part of the every Sunday during a non-profit, we’d business’s Fundraiser Fridays. August. This initiative love to be part of was started last year, that.” but Frisby says it has not been busy because it doesn’t matter what we get The past couple of weekends have enough this year to warrant doing we will use it eventually. We have to not been that great weather wise for buy produce, and often we have to buy it through July. They focus their bringing tubers in, but Frisby expects attention between the launch site at the milk.” that August will be much better. Tube Shack and Little Beach. The two women say they have had “August numbers are obviously a Frisby, Sanddar, and Vaast discussed response from three local residents lot better so there will be a better turn the idea of having another fundraiser who, once their gardens start out,” said Frisby in reference to the day for the food bank in August, but producing enough to harvest, have other Fundraiser Fridays that will be said they will bring down donations of nothing is definite as of yet. happening throughout the month. The next scheduled Fundraiser fresh produce before food bank day on He was also hoping for donations the second Wednesday of each month. Friday will be on August 10 for of non-perishable items for the food Cowichan Lake Community Services. “But right now the gardening is bank, but says that none were brought Remember that each tube rental on just starting to happen,” said Vaast. in. these Fridays means a percentage will “It’s been a little late this year. But But that didn’t deter the spirits of be donated to the featured not-forI’ve also had a great call from Jayne Sanddar and Cindy Vaast, another profit. Ingram and she’s thinking of next food bank coordinator and volunteer For more information about the year of us doing ‘Grow a Row’ so that who was also on hand to receive the program, contact Frisby at the Tube people that already do their gardens donation. Shack at 250-510-7433. will just add a row for the food bank, “Every little bit helps,” said Vaast. Tamu Miles Gazette Editor

Photo of Bailey Bertrand, the victim of a logging related accident, taken from a Facebook page set up to invite those who knew him to a celebration of life gathering.

Celebration of life for local man Tamu Miles Gazette Editor

On July 17, three B.C. residents were the victims of logging related accidents, one of them a Vancouver Island man. Dr. Matt Brown, the regional coroner for Vancouver Island, says that Bailey Bertrand, a 24-year-old with family living in the Cowichan Lake area, died of injuries sustained while on the job. “He was bucking up a hemlock log when another log slid and pinned him to the tree he was climbing,” said Brown. “Our understanding is that the family may have been in the business as well,” adds Brown. All three incidents are currently under investigation by the B.C. Coroner’s office as well as WorkSafeBC. Coroner Barb McLintock says they will be looking to see if any patterns are developing and from that recommendations will be decided upon as well as if there is a need for an inquest. “There have been a number of WorkSafe deaths this year,” said Brown. “But it’s not a spike or anything.” A celebration of life is planned for August 11, starting at 11 a.m., at the Cowichan Lake Education Centre, and a Facebook page has been created for those who wish to attend. “Bailey would want all of his friends to be happy and share the stories of him that would make everyone smile. We are going to honour him with just that,” reads a statement on the Facebook page. “We are very fortunate to have the CLEC centre as this is where Bailey went to summer camp, hung out with friends and created memories. It is the perfect location for a celebration of this amazing man.” The Facebook page can be found at facebook. com/events/307599332670477.

“A lot of times we purchase (fresh produce) every month, so to have actual cash and to be able to do it is great.” “We get a lot of donations,” adds Sanddar. “But what we ask for for donations is non-perishable stuff

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This year’s Terry Fox Run is set to take place on Sunday, September 9, and local organizers are already gearing up. This year, the local Cowichan Lake Retreads group is organizing the event for a second year. “Last year our Retreads, in partnership with Cowichan Recreation, had 51 participants and 34 volunteers for the Run; raising a total of $1,671.62,” said Jean Cozens, a Retreads member. “The previous year the Terry Fox Run was cancelled in Lake Cowichan with no one volunteering to organize the run.” For more information or to volunteer, contact Cozens at 250-7496156.

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Moving: it’s tougher that you think As of this past weekend, my husband and I have officially become Lake Cowichan residents. And while I am excited about a mere five minute walk to work, the process has been challenging to say the least. Moving is never an easy task. I have moved twice in the past year and I hope not to have to do so again for quite some time. I spent most of my life on Salt Spring, and the past eight years in one house, so as you can imagine, having two kids, the accumulation of stuff was quite considerable. I am now suffering from a severe lack of sleep, have a persistent headache, and my stomach is raging a constant war against me. To help others who may be in the same situation, I thought I would share a couple of tips I found on the internet. According to PTSD Support Services, relocation stress can be expressed through headaches, backaches, stomachaches, high blood pressure, and a greater susceptibility to disease and infection. The site lists gaining a sense of control and taking care of ones self as the top ways in which to cope and recover from moving related stress. Gaining a sense of control includes making lists, planning ahead, prioritizing, and breaking down tasks into manageable parts. Taking care of ones self includes getting regular exercise (like you don’t get enough while moving), minimizing other stresses, and taking breaks. Well, I’ll give these suggestions a try, but to be honest I think the biggest relief will come in a months time when our new home is finally in order. —editor@lakecowichangazette.com

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Hitting the information highway By the time you read this I should be in Vanderhoof, the geographical centre of B.C., to visit relatives. Born in the Okanagan, raised in the Peace country and working for 20 years in Metro By Tom Fletcher Vancouver, I’ve driven from one end of the province to the other more times than I can count. A similar trip last year began just as a huge mudslide was cleared near Chilliwack. Other drives have featured mid-summer hail piled 10 centimetres deep on the Coquihalla, a near miss between two moose in the Pine Pass, plus the usual blizzards and hundreds of traffic jams for construction, accidents and growing urban volume delays. This time I’ve got a new tool on board, the mobile version of DriveBC.ca on my BlackBerry. Launched two years, ago, the mobile site has taken off with the surging popularity of smartphones. In the past year, DriveBC’s online traffic averaged 1.2 million visits a month, about half to the five-year-old desktop site and half from mobile users. It’s by far the most popular B.C. government website.

I asked DriveBC technical leader Nainesh Agarwal for these stats, and he said even he was surprised by the surge in mobile traffic in recent months. But trying out the mobile site, it’s easy to see the appeal. With a few clicks, the phone displays incident reports and web camera images for my chosen route. Webcams have been added steadily all over the province, and now watch 18 key locations on Vancouver Island, 93 in the Lower Mainland, 73 in the Southern Interior, 35 in the North and 13 at Canada-U.S. border crossings. At a glance, you can check anything from the traffic at the Lions Gate Bridge to the lineup for the Skidegate ferry on Haida Gwaii. Most pictures update every two minutes, offering a real-time look at traffic, weather and road conditions. A recent addition is “replay the day,” which shows the last 24 hours of pictures in a few seconds. Another new feature is an email alert that can be customized. You can subscribe to a particular region or highway and receive notices as soon as they are posted to the DriveBC network. And of course there is an @drivebc Twitter feed, where between 6:30 a.m. and midnight, staff update conditions and respond to inquiries. (Major events are automatically tweeted overnight.)

Verified reports are fed from highways staff and contractors all over the province and co-ordinated through the provincial highways condition centre in the Lower Mainland. It’s become a primary source of information for radio and TV traffic and news reporters around B.C. The mobile service now has an option for drivers to report new problems they encounter. After determining your smartphone’s location, the site displays the name and phone number of the local maintenance contractor who can take the report. For those who haven’t joined the smartphone era, there is an old-fashioned option. Dialing 5-1-1 anywhere in the province gives access to a toll-free line that connects to recorded DriveBC messages. Agarwal said use of that service has been declining as phones with web access become more popular. The 5-11 service also requires you to use the keypad to select your route from a numerical list, so drivers would have to pull over rather than breach the new restrictions on using handheld devices while driving. The 5-1-1 system still gets surges of heavy use during major events like the recent flooding. The plan is to upgrade the system to allow voice recognition, so drivers can use headsets to get updates on the move.

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Local resident supports the keeping of backyard chickens Re: Local resident cries fowl over chicken bylaw, Letters, July 25 I find it very interesting to hear that there is a bylaw violation in effect. In the past, I was told you were able to have up to six hens on a residential lot in Lake Cowichan. I am curious to know when it was made a bylaw violation. Chickens are wonderful pets in the backyard and are very beneficial as they lay eggs, can provide meat for the table, as well as manure for the garden. They are also very entertaining to see running around the yard going about their day. They can be very educational for children especially when they are able to see a hen raising her own flock of chicks. I love to wake up at daylight to hear the hens cackling, the roosters crowing and the chicks cheeping. I believe Ms. Rogers, or anyone else who chooses to raise chickens in their backyard, should be able to, without worrying about being fined by a bylaw enforcement officer. If the town would like to have some rules and regulations in place that is fine. However, banning them out right seems to be a poor decision in my view. I would hope that, in the near future, chickens would be allowed again in the Town of Lake Cowichan. Damian Hagan Lake Cowichan

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members is meaningful big or small and community spirit is created and witnessed when its members accept that they are not going to achieve great things, that they are not going to be heroes, but simply live each day with hope, and wonder and come together to help out another in their community or to just enjoy one another’s company. Like children, in wonderment as they hear a sound or smell a smell that is pleasing to them, the world is fantastic when mommy and daddy are sitting close beside them, holding hands and watching over them while they are playing and dancing with the new friends they meet. The community shows its spirit when residents give of themselves and expect nothing in return. The not-for-profit groups that have created an event that could become an annual occasion, have, without knowing, stirred up community spirit that needed some boosting. Though the public may not have come out in the numbers that the groups anticipated, in my opinion, the joy and the smiles of even one child sitting with family and dancing or swaying to the beat of the local musician playing at the time, is enough to say “hey, we have done a great job here.” Even after a long hard day at work, the volunteers come out each Saturday night. They show-up, pick-up, set-up, serve-up and converse -up for, and with, all who attend the event. Then they take and give more of their time by giving attention to the break-down, cleanup and returning of all borrowed items they used to make the evening comfortable for the community members. That is community spirit in full bloom. Katherine Worsley Lake Cowichan

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Former trustee stands up for restorative budget decision Re: Minister fires Cowichan School Board, News, July 11 In the July 11th Lake Cowichan Gazette, Trustee Cathy Schmidt stated the restoration budget took the focus away from other important school district issues like the installation of a computer lab at Palsson Elementary. I found this statement puzzling considering Trustee Schmidt spoke and voted against a board motion to have the lab installed even though it was supported by both the staff and the parents of that school. As part of our day to day work, our board made this a priority within our annual facilities grant discussion among many other projects. Trustee Schmidt goes on to say that this year was not the year for a restoration budget as more money was coming. However, all the funds she goes on to mention were taken in to account in the budget process we built. The provincial allocation was short $2.3 million if the Cowichan District was to offer the same programs and services it provided in the previous year. To make up this shortfall, the board cut legal and travel budgets etc., but the bulk of this deficit was made up by laying off 17 desperately needed teachers. Over the last four budgets — since 2009 — our school district has cut $11 million from supports

Duncan Brown: Trustee Schmidt’s statement puzzling

and programs our students urgently need. The future doesn’t look any brighter as the Ministry’s five year funding estimate shows government allocation will be reduced by over a million dollars a year for the next four years. For the first time in a decade our community — represented by elected trustees — had the opportunity to press for the restoration of essential programs and services. However we also nurtured the needs of our schools while we worked to build a better budget model for our kids. This board could not simply participate in the dismantling of our education system as previous boards had done. Duncan Brown Former trustee, Cowichan Valley School Board

Circle Route gets update with new two-lane bridge at Harris River Tamu Miles Gazette Editor

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure The Upper Harris River Bridge, located along Pacific Marine Road between Lake Cowichan and Port Renfrew — a single-lane, deteriorating bridge — is being replaced with a new two-lane bridge. This photo shows the temporary bridge allowing traffic to continue as work progresses. Besides being a popular route for recreational travellers and tourists, the road is vital for supporting the local logging industry.

Work has begun on the new two lane bridge at Harris River crossing. According to a press release from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the project will cost $1.2 million. The bridge is located about 30 kilometers southeast of Lake Cowichan. A new two lane structure will replace the old single lane bridge. The new bridge is meant to improve safety and reliability for commuters and visitors alike. The $1.2 million contract has been awarded to Don Mann Excavating Ltd. of Victoria. Work began in June of this year and is set to finish sometime near the end of September. According to the press release, the new bridge will enhance the

marine environment on this portion of the Harris River by restoring the natural stream channel to improve stream flow, fish passage, and fish habitat. “The Upper Harris Bridge is located on a busy and popular stretch of highway in the Port Renfrew area, and the new structure will make travelling this route safer and more enjoyable for residents and tourists alike,” states Blair Lekstrom, minister of transportation and infrastructure. To learn more about this projects and other ministry projects, visit tranbc.ca. If readers have any personal, first-hand information they would like to pass along about this upgrade or their experience with trying to cross the bridge during its construction, email the Gazette at editor@lakecowichangzette.com.


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The Simpson log house (purchased from early residents, the Stokers), is set on a lovely acreage on Cowichan Lake near Marble Bay. Now the property of the University of Victoria, the estate was willed to the university by Suzanne Simpson who died in the early 1970s. The house once held Simpson’s lovely heirloom pieces of crystal, china, silverware, cutlery and fine furniture that she had inherited from her French parents. Most of the treasures were destroyed several years before her death. Some of the valuable heirlooms are seen in the picture on the left.

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Mrs. Suzanne (Susan) Simpson arrived here with her husband George Buchanan Simpson in 1912. Born in the south of France, Susan was the only child of wealthy, but distant, parents who left her upbringing to a farm couple in the French countryside. She later attended a university in London where she met her future husband who, like her, held a strong interest in nature, plants and adventure. After time spent in various cities and places the shy and retiring couple found a new life in the wilds of British Columbia, namely Cowichan Lake. After a few years they

purchased a log home on property along the lake shore near Bald Mountain. It was a dream come true for the unassuming, quiet couple. They spent years establishing and maintaining a magnificent rhododendron garden on the estate as well as collecting other species of rare plants.

She silently rowed to one of the deepest spots on the lake then threw the sacks overboard. Years later, alone and failing after the death of her husband in 1958, she recalled a promise she had made to her long deceased mother. Susan had promised that the fine silverware, cutlery, china, furniture, plate mirrors etc., (her inheritance) would never end up in the hands of non-

family members. Since Susan had no children, she solved the problem by smashing the furniture and burning the wood then destroying all the lovely mirrors, cutlery, china and so on, until it was worthless. One dark night, after she gathered in a sack the remains of her destroyed possessions, she quietly ventured out onto the lake in her small boat. She silently rowed to one of the deepest spots on the lake then threw the sacks overboard. She had fulfilled the promise her mother had demanded. She died about 1973 after leaving her property to the University of Victoria. A university field research centre was established on the Stoker/Simpson property and many of the prized and rare rhododendrons were used to establish Victoria’s Finerty Gardens.


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Summer Nights has much more in store Tamu Miles Gazette Editor

The Summer Nights program, put on by local not-for-profits to help raise funds for their respective societies, still has five weeks of entertainment to bring your way on Saturday evenings. This past weekend, after the open mic segment from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the entertainment shifted a little, moving away from bands or live music, and instead brought attendees the magic of Darren Polkinghorn. This coming weekend, August 4, members of the Cowichan Tribes will be attending and will be sharing with audiences some traditional First Nations drumming. “The following act we are still putting together,” says Elvin Hedden, one of the organizers. “We had someone booked but unfortunately they are not able to make it.” Hedden says that if bands, performers, solo musicians, or anyone else is wanting to fill this slot, they are welcome to give him a call. “If they phone and someone has been booked, there are little spots on the

following weekends where we can fit them in.” Hedden would also like to remind people that the open mic portion of the evening, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., is open to any kind of performer. “Last week we had Richard Elliott who read some of his recent poetry,” said Hedden. “It isn’t just music, it’s any kind of entertainer, as long as their act is family oriented. He adds that if someone wanted to get up and tell jokes or do a comedy act, that would be great, it just has to be family friendly. The remaining weekends in August seem to have something for everyone. On August 11 the booked entertainment starts off with a poet and ends with Jack Gunderson and the Joint Chiefs. This local band plays 1960s and 70s rock cover tunes. On August 18 it’s the Medford Singers, a 30-voice choir headed by Mike Simkins. The choir has performed everything from classic Broadway tunes to blues to Christmas concerts. Following the Medford Singers will be Jan Matthews One Gal Band. Matthews will sing for the audience for the remainder of the evening. On August 25, Mike Simkins returns, but this time with the Community Big Band. This group will be playing big band tunes from the 1940s all the way through to the 1970s. Afterwards, crowds will be able to take in some First Nations music with Cheryl Bear and Randy Barneston. Finally, on September 1, Summer Nights will be presenting its encore performers. These will be performers selected from the entire summer and will include Parker Smith, Ray Smith, Jack Gunderson, and a number of other bands. Each will play for a quarter of an hour. All evenings are free to attend, however organizers would like to remind everyone that donations will be accepted for the non-profit group of the evening. Non-profit groups that are involved include the Lake Cowichan Food Bank, Kaatza Lakeside Players, Cowichan Family Arts Council, Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce, CIVC Radio, Honeymoon Bay Lodge and Retreat, and the Cowichan Lake District Seniors Association. As well, bring along a non-perishable food item to donate to the Cowichan Lake Food Bank. For more information, contact Hedden at 250749-6379.

Raising funds to help the animals Tamu Miles Gazette Editor

With 45 tables dedicated to the sale of gently used items, this year’s Lake Cowichan Animal Rescue Society Giant Garage Sale on August 4, at Saywell Park, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. is sure to be a hit. Coordinator and volunteer, Marg Livingstone, says she is very picky about the items she accepts for the garage sale. “If it’s not clean enough, take it home and wash it,” she said. “We look for quality stuff and that is what has led to success with the sale in the past.” That being said, Livingstone states that most of the items in the sale will be $5 and under. “We have a sticker system of different colours,” said Livingstone. “Last year we ran out of 50 cent items quickly and there are more 25 cent items than you can shake a stick at.” “We do have some specialty items,” she adds. “But they are few and far between.” These items sit around the $35 mark. Besides the garage sale, the society will also have a silent auction throughout the day. “We have 23 items for the auction and they all range in value,” said

Livingstone. “Some of them you can take away for a $3 bid. We don’t want people to say they couldn’t bid because it was too expensive.” One of the feature items in the auction is a sculpture donated by Cameron Black valued at $125. The society will also have two raffle items, one of them being a signed pet portrait by local artist Trudy Kungold Ammann. “She has in years past provided a coupon for a pet portrait,” said Livingstone. “She meets your pet and gets a feel for their personality and then works from pictures.” This year, the single print being offered is worth $125. Raffle tickets for this item are $2. The second raffle item is a gift basket donated by Country Grocer. “We also have contests,” said Livingstone. “There is no cost to enter.” There are four mystery items, some of them donated, for these contests. How it works is you guess what the item is and put your name into the draw to win the prize. For the kids Livingstone has set up a jelly bean count and a candy Lego block count. Both are free to enter. The candies will be placed in a water bottle that will also go to the winner of the

closest guess. Jelly beans and candy Lego blocks have been donated by Sugar Connections, the new candy store in Lake Cowichan. “They even counted them all for us,” said Livingstone. The concession this year will be a little different as Livingstone says she wants to offer something other than meat products. “We’re offering yogurt cups and fruit cups, which will be nice especially if it’s a hot day.” There will also be freshly popped, inexpensive popcorn. The popcorn machine was also donated by Sugar Connections. A new feature this year will be the opportunity to purchase a coffee mug with your pet’s picture on the side. This service is provided by Leon’s Designs. Mugs will be sold for $12. In previous years the garage sale has generated several thousands of dollars for the Animal Rescue Society, says Livingstone. “Hopefully it will be the same this year.” She encourages shoppers to be environmentally responsible and bring their own bags and asks that there be no early birds. Items are no longer being accepted


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Local artist, Loretta Puckrin demonstrates how she works. This is an encaustic piece which uses coloured bee’s wax melted onto a hard surface canvas.

Local uses art to carry her through tough times Tamu Miles Gazette Editor

An artist is someone who has an over whelming need to create, irrespecitive of their medium, says Loretta Puckrin. Puckrin, a Lake Cowichan resident, is the president of the Kaatza Art Group, vice president of the Cowichan Valley Arts Council and one of the chairs of Summer Nights. She moved to Lake Cowichan with her husband in late October of 2008 and the couple began to create a new life for themselves. It didn’t take long to make Lake Cowichan their home. “It was October 30 when we moved here and by the end of November we were invited to a supper at someone’s place. If you open yourself up to the community you make friends,” said Puckrin. She explains that they ended up in Lake Cowichan by default. They were living in St. Albert, Alberta and they decided that it was time for a change. “Why move across the town or in your community? If you’re going to move, move somewhere totally different.” Loretta wanted to move to the Maritimes, but her husband, Dave, was set on Ontario (back to his roots) so they started travelling around the country with their check list of what their new home should encompass. When visiting on the island they heard about Lake Cowichan. After a visit in February they decided the Lake checked everything on their list. Unfortunately, two years later Dave succumbed to cancer. His passing made the move seem like a non-event, says Puckrin. “Even after 36 years in the same house. The move was nothing in comparison to this loss. A part of me is still missing which can never be replaced. There are still times that I desperately want to talk to him.”

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Through all of this, art has remained a constant in Puckrin’s life, and she has used her artistic bent as a sort of cathartic release. After her husband’s passing, she created a piece for Final Exit, a CVAC show. She saved much of the medical paraphernalia like the IV bag and hose, the sticky tabs used to monitor a patient, surgical tape, and even lottery tickets her husband had purchased. All this was used to create a multi-layered/multi-media piece. “People found it very disturbing,” she said, “which I think is wonderful. If they have an emotional reaction then I consider that it’s a success. If they just look at it and go, ho hum, then I haven’t done my job.” Puckrin is slowly healing and coming to terms with her husband’s death. “It makes it sound very doom and gloom, but it’s not, I’m having a lot of fun with what I’m doing. Most of the time, during that first year, I kept myself busy so that I didn’t have to deal with my new life situation. Now, in the second year I’m coming to terms with it.” Puckrin works with and enjoys many mediums. “I love working in oils and encaustic, things where you can manipulate the medium extensively. You work them as you go along and it doesn’t matter if you started them a week ago or this morning you still have that malleability.” Landscaping her property has just been another medium for Puckrin to work with. “A year ago, the front was just a sea of moss and weed. So terracing it, putting in the creek, the rock garden side; that’s all been done in the last year. So I guess the outside has been my canvas.” Reflecting on the art she has created over the past four years, Puckrin says that she has noticed a change. “All of the flower close-up paintings were done when Dave was alive,” she notes. “All of the waterfall and sunrises were done since. I see that as needing to express a calm serenity — or perhaps trying to capture it in some way. I also have been more exploratory (with a lot of failures) and have become involved in printmaking and calligraphy, paper making, cast paper, monotypes of every sort, marbling, collage, art journaling — really an explosion of searching. I felt that I had been blocking the transition.” Puckrin has created over 300 original pieces of artwork over the last one and a half years. And Puckrin would like to be creating more larger pieces, but feels that this will happen over time. “I don’t feel I’m painting a lot, but I’m probably painting more than the average artist in our group. To me, a painting a week is a minimum amount of output.” Although a passion, her art must be done when she’s not working. Puckrin owns a business with one of her three children, and keeps busy with the Kaatza Art Group, CVAC and Summer Nights. She is a vendor at the Honeymoon Bay Market each weekend where she also runs a children’s art activity table. “I enjoy teaching, I do enjoy sharing,” she says. A Honeymoon Bay group was formed because she had people approaching her saying that they wished they could paint but didn’t have any artistic talent. With one woman in particular, Puckrin decided to sit down and show her that she could in fact create works of art. Puckrin now has 13 students. Each week they sit down for two hours and learn something new about how to create their vision. The works from this group have been put into a calendar available at the Honeymoon Bay Market. Classes run from September through until May. Anyone can join, and if there are enough students, Puckrin is considering splitting it into two. This year, the group will start on October 22. If you are interested in joining, creating your own local group, or in getting private lessons, you can contact Puckrin at 250-749-1629, or by email loretta@puckrin.com.

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Volunteers cook up storm with local youth Tamu Miles Gazette Editor

Community Services Photos Deserts made by Coun. Jayne From left: Const. Grant Desmet and Coun. Jayne Ingram and kids on Local Gold Ingram take a break from cooking to pose for a Day. A concoction of fruit, whipped picture at Community Services Local Gold Day. cream, and cookies.

Nick Soyhe works with youth to mix up his hamburger recipe, which was formed into hot dog shapes and barbecued.

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Last week, Cowichan Lake Community Services awarded their Volunteer of the Week to Coun. Jayne Ingram, local Honeymoon Bay volunteer fire fighter Nick Soyhe, and Const. Grant Desmet of the Lake Cowichan RCMP These three spent an afternoon, June 25 — dubbed “Local Gold Day” — cooking and generally having a good time with 13 youth who utilize the drop in and other programs at Community Services. Though this was his first time volunteering with the youth at Community Services, Soyhe has a long history of volunteering in the community, and worked for a couple of years with the services Meals on Wheels program. “I volunteer there when I have time,” said Soyhe, adding that he helps mow the lawns and was there to help paint the building. His volunteer spirit began when he was quite young. “I’ve done it all my life,” he said. “I’ve been a volunteer fire fighter for over 30 years and it sort of evolved from there. I like to help out in the community.” He even helped when the original Cowichan Lake Recreation Arena was being built, wheelbarrowing the sand that would be the foundation for the ice rink. He says he had a great time with the kids at Community Services. “My group made hamburgers shaped like hot dogs. They did all the mixing and measuring and I did all the barbecuing.” He says the recipe for the burger mix is his, “but I’ve never made it into a hot dog before.” Soyhe says he will definitely go back again, if asked. “I’m a sucker for punishment,” he jokes. Besides hamburger hot dogs, the group also made a fruit, whipped cream, and cookie dessert with Ingram. “I originally picked another desert, but then changed it because the weather was too hot,” said Ingram. “I decided to make something simple.” Ingram says she had a great time with the kids. “It was an opportunity to share with the kids doing simple things and working together. I had four in my group. They had to lay out the glasses and do it all.” She says that the biggest question of the day was who got to lick the beaters. “I haven’t done that in a long time,” she said. “It reminded me of cooking with my mom.” Ingram says that they did more than cook; that it was also an opportunity for the kids to share and just be themselves. “When you’re working with them they are so open with you, telling you things like how they made muffins with their mom or whatever. It was very interesting. I definitely want to do it again.” Ingram also volunteers at Community Services with other town councillors and the mayor cooking lunch for the volunteers who bag and sort food hampers at Christmas. She also helps out with the Community Services bus and decorating with the seniors at Christmas. “Carol Blatchford and I went to school together, we grew up together. When Community Services first got the bus, I talked to Carol about the seniors decorating at Christmas and I started spending a lot more time there.” Community Services is grateful to these three for taking time out of their day to hang out with the kids.


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Council approves four students to travel to Japan in July of 2013 Four applicants to the Ohtaki Twinning Exchange Program were approved by council to travel to Ohtaki Japan next July. These students include Alexandra Werk, Jacklyn Roach, Crystal Bell, and Lynn Ketch. Coun. Jayne Ingram, who will be traveling with the group, says the committee is still looking for more students. “We are hoping in September to start talking to kids at the school (Lake Cowichan Secondary). We would like to drum up more interest from students who would like to travel to another culture,” said Ingram. The parent committee and delegates traveling to Japan raise all their own funds for the trip. “The cost is approximately $2,500. Part of that $2,500 helps pay for the supervisors,” said Ingram. “The goal is to raise as much money as possible fundraising in the community.” This fundraising will begin as early in the fall semester as possible. “Because of the lack of kids we need to get that moving first,” said Ingram. Once all delegates have been approved then the parent committee, chaperones and students can start their fundraising efforts in earnest. “The timeline became so quick this year,” said Ingram. “We’re all so busy, but it will all fall into place.” Roach, a 14-year-old local youth, says she was inspired to take part because her brother went with their mom a couple of years ago. “We were supposed to go in 2011,” she said. “But then there was the earthquake (and tsunami).” Roach says she has never traveled further afield than Calgary, and so this will be a whole new experience. She says she is looking forward to traveling to Japan with the whole group, seeing the architecture, and meeting new people. She is also looking forward to seeing one of the students who came to Lake Cowichan as part of the program last year and a few years before. “I have close friends (from the group),” she said. Part of the experience, says Roach, will be one of growing up. “I want to get used to new things and being away from my parents for that long.” To prepare for the journey, Roach says she is getting a lot of advice from her mom, Roni, who has been an integral part of the program from its beginning. “She’s telling me a lot of things, like what to do and what not to do.” Roach also has a Japanese/English dictionary to help her navigate through the language barrier and says that when one of her friends from Japan returns this October, she will be helping Roach

learn some of the language as well. Though like most youth her age, Roach hasn’t figured out what she wants to do career wise upon graduation, she says she has been encouraged by her mom and others to become a translator. “Some people have commented that I have a good memory,” she said, and adds that learning new languages might be more fun than actual school. Roach has been saving money for the trip since before last year’s trip got cancelled, and she says she has a few things in mind in terms of gifts to bring back for her friends and family. “I have Christmas money, about $500 Canadian to spend, which is a lot in yen. I want to get a wood carving of a bear for my dad and I will probably go to the 100 yen store and get a bunch of unique things for my friends.” She says she got the idea to go to the 100 yen store from some of the students from Japan who have visited Lake Cowichan. “I have some things my homestays bought me so I’ll be keeping that in mind. Akari, who was our homestay last year, bought me a bunch of things, so I will try and look for those.” The Ohtaki Twinning Committee needs a couple more homestay hosts for the delegation coming in the fall, so if you have an interest in opening your home to the delegation coming in October, or if your child is interested in traveling with the delegation in July of next year, contact the town office at 250-749-6681.

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First place at slo-pitch playoffs goes to Mules have won a game all season.” The Distillers came in fourth, and the Youbou Fire Department and the Hammerheads tied for fifth place. Even though local slo-pitch team, the Mules, “Everything went good,” says Ryan Rai, a played last weekend’s playoffs with a few of local coach and slo-pitch player. “There were a their players having sustained injuries, they lot of close games and a lot of blow-out games.” managed to beat the team We Got the Runs by The Lake Cowichan a score of 19-7 in the Kinsmen provided the bar final game starting at for the event and though 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, business was slow during the July 28. it did pick up in the Michelle Davis, one It wasn’t a mercy game. morning, afternoon when the games of the players on the up in Youbou Mules team, says it Michelle Davis wrapped and the rest were played wasn’t a mercy game. at Centennial Park in Lake “It was 9-7 after five Cowichan. full innings,” she said “We’ll probably break after the game. “It was even,” said Brian Erikson, a Kinsmen member. close. It was 3-3 and then it was 5-5, it was “That’s what I’m guessing.” close.” “This is the first time we’ve done this event,” In all, seven teams played in the tournament said Troy Douglas, another Kinsmen member. this year, but only six played in the playoffs. “We hope we can do it every year.” Even though they did not win the gold game, Steve Friesen, of Friesen’s Meats, provided We Got the Runs did place second and the Beer food for the event. Barons came in third. While Friesen said he wasn’t extremely busy, Beer Barons player, Rory Genereaux was he did say that he would attend the event next happy with the teams placement, saying that he year if asked. was glad he stated last week that, “you never know, you could win three in a row and not Tamu Miles Gazette Editor

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Jeff Sidhu holds up the slo-pitch playoff trophy after his team the Mules beat We Got the Runs in the final game on Saturday, July 28.

Retreads take in the view at Marble Bay Park Following an exploration by Jean Atkinson, a large group of retreads set out to follow Atkinson up and over Marble Mountain in Marble Bay Park. We climbed steadily up past the fawn coloured water tank to the summit on a well worn trail. It was fairly steady climb and had some of us huffing and puffing a bit, although we were in good spirits as we enjoyed the well laid out trail and great views. After catching our breath it was cautiously down the north side which is even steeper. However, we had gravity on our side and apart from the occasional miss-step we made it down. In some spots trail makers had placed steps and these were a great help. Finally, we were right down to the edge of the lake on the north arm opposite Spring Beach. Here we enjoyed lunch as we looked out over the north arm of the lake, and watched an enthusiastic swimmer swim a long way out and back to his abode. We also speculated about the nature of a building we could see in the trees about 200 meters above Youbou Road. The hike was completed by a walk on level ground back across the now dry Meades Creek, through a trail to Nantree Road and then up Marble Bay Road to the parking lot. All agreed that it was a wonderful hike with great views. We noted that it was right in our backyard and we did not know about it. We also like that it provided a good cardiac workout while allowing us to be in the shade for much of the time. Our next hike is local and will no doubt end with relaxing and having a swim at the lake. —Submitted by David Kidd David Kidd

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ECKERT, Curt Lane April 10, 1954 - July 18, 2012 It is with sad regret we announce the passing of Curt. He was predeceased by his father H.L. (Bud) Eckert and mother Joan Eckert (nee Lowry) in 1975 and 1984 respectively. Curt is survived by his brother: Robert E Lusier; sister Carol-Ann Vessey (nee Lusier); nephews Rod Vessey (Michele), Devin Vessey (Ikuko), Jason, Corey and Kevin; niece Dana; three grandnieces Amy, Alyssa, and Keira; also many cousins and second cousins in the community of Lake Cowichan. Curt was a very considerate and loving person, he loved his nephews and nieces, the outdoors, and challenging the game of Jeopardy. He travelled in his work and got to enjoy many different places around North America, he was very soft spoken. We will miss his companionship. A special thank you from the family to all who attended Curt. There will be no service by request. Condolences may be shared online at www.sandsfuneral.com

Sands of Duncan 250-746-5212

EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES/ RESUMES

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Western Forest Products Inc. Detailed job postings can be viewed at http://www.western forest.com/building-value/our -people-employment/careers

EDUCATION/TRADE SCHOOLS COMMERCIAL BEEKEEPING CertiďŹ cate Program. GPRC Fairview Campus. Extensive study of beekeeping, queen rearing, and honey business. Paid work experience. Affordable on-campus residences. Starts January 7, 2013. Call Lin 1-780-835-6630 www.gprc.ab.ca/fairview. IF YOU’RE Interested in real estate, then take Appraisal and Assessment, a specialized two-year business major at Lakeland College’s campus in Lloydminster, Alberta. Your training includes assessment principles, computerized mass appraisal valuation of properties, farmland evaluation and property analysis. Start September; 1-800-6616490, ext. 5429. www.lakelandcollege.ca

COMING EVENTS

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. FULL TIME Class 1 or 3 driver, with air, required immediately for Port Hardy. Bulk fuel/off road exp. an asset. Clean abstract. Competitive wage package w/beneďŹ ts. Email/fax resume to: 250-9496381. port_hardy_agency@telus.net.

COMING EVENTS

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HELP WANTED ALPINE TOYOTA Attention Toyota Product Advisors Alpine Toyota has an immediate opening for a Toyota Product Advisor. Our dealership is situated in Cranbrook B.C., the major business and recreation hub for the entire East Kootenay. We are currently looking for a Product Advisor with a track-record of success who is interested in working in a positive team environment. We offer ongoing training, a generous compensation plan and an engaged group of Team Leaders to help our Product Advisors achieve their goals. For the right applicant, relocation expenses and a guaranteed income will be considered. If you love selling Toyota products and the quality of life that can be found in the East Kootenay’s sounds interesting, please forward your resume in conďŹ dence to our Sales Team Leader by email: kdunsire@alpinetoyota or by phone at (250)4894010. If you present the qualities and values we are looking for, we will contact successful applicants for an interview. An Alberta Construction Company is hiring dozer, excavator and labour/rock truck operators. Preference will be given to operators that are experienced in oilďŹ eld road and lease construction. Lodging and meals provided. The work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Alcohol & Drug testing required. Call Contour Construction at 780-723-5051. CITY OF YELLOWKNIFE Assistant Superintendent, Solid Waste Facility. The City of Yellowknife is seeking an individual to assume the position of Assistant Superintendent, Solid Waste Facility. For more information on this position, including the required qualiďŹ cations, please refer to the City of Yellowknife’ s web page at: www.yellowknife.ca or contact Human Resources at (867) 920-5659. Submit resumes in conďŹ dence no later than August 10,2012, quoting competition #902-105M to: Human Resources Division, City of Yellowknife, P.O. Box 580, YK, NT, X1A 2N4; Fax (867) 669-3471 or Email: hr@yellowknife.ca. CONCRETE FINISHERS and Form Setters. Edmonton based company seeks experienced concrete ďŹ nishers and form setters for work in Edmonton and northern Alberta. Subsistence, accommodations provided for out of town work; john@raidersconcrete.com Cell 780-660-8130. Fax 780444-7103. EXPERIENCED PARTS Person and an Inventory Clerk are required for a progressive auto/industrial supplier. Hired applicant will receive top wages, full beneďŹ ts and RRSP bonuses plus moving allowances. Our 26,000 sq.ft. store is located 2.5 hours N.E. of Edmonton, Alberta. See our community at LacLaBicheRegion.com Send resume to: Sapphire Auto, Box 306, Lac La Biche, AB, T0A 2C0. Email: hr@sapphireinc.net

HELP WANTED SOCIAL WORKER, RN and ACTIVITY WORKER Sunridge Place, a Residential Complex Care facility in Duncan is recruiting for a casual Registered Nurse, a regular part-time Social Worker, and a casual Activity Worker. If you wish to be part of an enthusiastic team who are making a difference in the lives of seniors, please send your resume to: apply@sunridgeplace.ca Thank you to all applicants for your interest in Sunridge Place, however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

THE LEMARE GROUP is accepting resumes for the following positions: • Grapple Yarder Operators • Hooktender • Line Machine Operator • Chaser • 2nd Loader Buckerman • Off Highway Logging Truck Drivers • Excavator Operator with Logging Road Construction Experience • CertiďŹ ed Driller/Blaster • Heavy Duty Mechanics Full time with union rates/beneďŹ ts. Please send resumes by fax to 250-956-4888 or email to ofďŹ ce@lemare.ca.

TRADES, TECHNICAL ELECTRICAL Company located in Campbell River requires a Journeyman Electrician. Must have valid Driver’s License and be able to travel out of town on short trips. Service experience as well as Residential/Commercial experience would be an asset. Please forward resume to electricianjourneyman2@gmail.com EXCEL Homes is an established Calgary new home builder building in Calgary and the surrounding community. As one of Calgary’s leading builders, we provide our customers with high quality, innovative, and sustainable home solutions. Excel is looking for Framing Contractors for single family homes as well as all construction positions within the company. Make the move and build your career with Excel Homes! Contact careers@excelhomes.ca for more information or visit our website: www.excelhomes.ca.

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PERSONAL SERVICES

PERSONAL SERVICES

FINANCIAL SERVICES

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

TRANSPORTATION AUTO FINANCING

LEGAL SERVICES

PLUMBING

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APARTMENT/CONDO

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

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

STEEL BUILDING - Huge 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.

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.

REAL ESTATE

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

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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

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.

HOMES WANTED MERCHANDISE FOR SALE 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).

HAULING AND SALVAGE

UNDER $200 KENMORE STOVE and 20 cu.ft. fridge, white. $200. (250)749-0164.

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.

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

HOMES FOR RENT 2 BEDROOM house for rent, locate at 1400 Alberni Hwy, just outside of Parksville. $800 per month. 250-954-9547

SUITES, LOWER

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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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LAKE COWICHAN 2 bdrm suite, bright, spacious. $600. + utils. NS/NP. Call (250)7496092 or (250)715-6192.

SUITES, UPPER BACHELOR SUITES with hydro, internet and cable included. Located at 1400 Alberni Hwy, just outside of Parksville $500 per month. 250-9549547

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/newspaper?

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PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

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

SELL IT FAST WITH CLASSIFIEDS! 250.388.3535

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

145 South Shore Road | Lake Cowichan | www.lkc.ca $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 #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. Check out rentals online www.lkc.ca To View Call:

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Sudoku

29. Female sibling 31. Today host Curry 33. Deriving pleasure from cruelty 34. Went quickly (archaic) 35. Kiln for drying hops 37. Misrepresentation 38. Absence of sound 40. Many blood vessels 42. Satisfies to excess 43. Glandular fever 44. Capital city of Shiga, Japan 45. Hit sharply 46. This (Spanish) 47. Payroll tax 48. Freshwater duck genus 49. In the past 50. A small drink of liquor 51. Own (Scottish) 52. Daughters of the Am. Revolution

To solve a Sudoku puzzle, every number 1 to 9 must appear in: • Each of the nine vertical columns • Each of the nine horizontal rows • Each of the nine 3 x 3 boxes

Remember no number can occur more than once in any row, column or box.

Today’s Solution

36. Goat and camel hair fabric 37. Raised meeting platform 38. Oral polio vaccine developer 39. Yield to another’s wish 40. A country’s entry permit 41. Hero of Spain El ___ 42. Partner of pepper 43. Famous grandma artist 46. Freedom from difficulty 47. Supervises flying 50. In spite of 53. Insatiable 54. Source of chocolate 55. Sulk 56. CCC 57. Amounts of time 4. Fixes firmly in 5. Indian frocks DOWN 6. Music, ballet and literature 1. Popular Mexican dish 7. What part of (abbr.) 2. Fe 8. More deceitful 3. Obstruct 9. Informal term for data 10. Chinese gelatin Today’s Answers 11. Repair fabric 12. Nellie __, journalist 13. Single Lens Reflex 15. Away from one’s home 17. Mined minerals 21. Longest division of geological time 22. Affirm positively 23. Paul Adrien __, Br. physicist 25. Ballroom dance 26. Tai (alt. sp.) 27. Dental group 28. Aba ____ Honeymoon

ACROSS 1. Medical products manufacturer 5. Depletes gradually 9. Metrical foot used in poetry 13. Brand of clear wrap 14. Gabriel was one 16. Famous for his window’s & glass 18. H. Potter’s best friend 19. Tennessee’s flower 20. Narrow inlet 21. Puts it on the chopping block 22. Fed 23. Hall of Fame DJ Rick 24. Most loathsome 27. Farewell (Spanish) 29. Plant germination vessel 30. Am. Heart Assoc. 32. Sock repair 33. Gather fabric in rows 35. Muscat is the capital

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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.

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

machine. Tire alignments start as low as $89.95. For more information, call 250-749-6614.

she works full time at Aroma’s in downtown Lake Cowichan. “It’s on the market so hopefully it’ll sell and we can move on to the next stage,� said Hauck. The store began its close-out sale last weekend and plans to continue the sale this weekend in order to clear out as much merchandise as possible. All hunting tackle and fishing tackle is 50 per cent off. Because she is not charging HST, that means a savings of 62 per cent to customers. Catch the sale this Saturday, August 4. Lake Cowichan Furniture and Appliance now has Sealy mattresses for sale. Owner Lorna Vomaka says that this is a new line for them and they are excited to offer introductory prices at considerable savings. The store offers delivery of new mattresses and will even take away your old mattress free of charge. For more information phone 250-749-4363. OK Tire and Auto Service OK Tire is one of the oldest family run businesses in Lake Cowichan. Owner Dave Darling says he has upgraded much of his equipment to try and stay current and to allow him to offer Lake Cowichan residents the best possible care for their vehicles. Most recently he installed a $22,000 alignment

☞ Cowichan Lake Recreation Cowichan Lake Recreation has many activities to choose from over the summer. Enjoy Yin Yoga on Mondays and Fridays to September 24 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Upper Centennial Hall. Hatha Yoga is on Tuesdays and Fridays until September 21, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the CLSA multi-purpose room. Register for multiple yoga classes and save money. Pickle Ball runs through till September 6, on Thursday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Youbou Hall. The women’s roller derby team plays on Wednesdays through till November 21, from 6-7 p.m. Families can also take advantage of swimming lessons in Arbutus Park. A lifeguard is on duty at Arbutus Park from July 2 to August 31. The ice rink will be open for business as of August 5, which is when drop-in hockey and public skating programs will begin. August 6, begins the B.C. Hockey Officiating School. This year there are 50 participants and six leaders. Phone 250-749-6742 for details.

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SAVE

Ed’s Outdoor Hunting Shop After more than 50 years in business, Ed’s Outdoor Hunting Shop is closing its doors. Originally an appliance repair store, owner Tyra Hauck says she is shutting the location down simply because it is time for her to move on. Currently

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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:

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PETS & SUPPLIES

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

MONTHLY VET CLINIC

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DUMP TRUCK: 1-6 YARDS PHYSIOTHERAPIST

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