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News New Stz’uminus Community School celebrates its grand opening Chronicle
New school opens with 98 students, including about 60 who previously went to Ladysmith public schools Niomi Pearson THE CHRONICLE
The Stz’uminus Community School held its official grand opening last Wednesday (Sept. 26), signifying the historic beginning of holistic, K-12 education for the Stz’uminus First Nation. Formerly designated as the new Stz’uminus Secondary School, the Community School will offer education to Grades 4-9, while Grades 10-12 will continue to run out of the recently-renovated Stu’’ate Lelum Secondary School until a new intermediate school can be built within the next few years. “We really want today’s children to be tomorrow’s adults who have careers, not relying on a system to give them money, not depending on Indian Affairs,” said Community School co-principal Pearl Harris. “The reason we created our own education was for the success of our children. We’re focusing on what’s better for our Stz’uminus children.” According to Harris, chief and council, along with the director of education, felt that there was a huge gap in education being offered by Stz’uminus. Prior to the start of the school year, the Nutsumaat Lelum Child Care Centre and S-HXIXNU-TUN Lelum Primary School were taking in children up to and including Grade 1, but from there, they would have to enter the public system. “When they got to public school, they feel the shock that all of a sudden they’re not hearing their language, they’re not singing their songs, and they feel out [of place],” she said. Harris, a former residential school student, said they are already seeing the benefits of educating the children using their own culture, language and protocols, while still keeping academics in the forefront. Tim Harris, acting chief and
Community School principal, said, “Our kids from the primary school (Grades 1-2) that started last year are a higher [level] than our Grade 3s coming in from the district.” There are currently 98 students enrolled at the new Stz’uminus Community School. About 80 per cent of the students are Stz’uminus First Nations children. There are also students being bussed in from Snuneymuxw (Nanaimo) and Cowichan Tribes. Numbers are being capped to prevent classes from exceeding about 20 students to ensure a successful first year in the new school, said Pearl Harris. “Our other schools are bursting at the seams right now with high numbers,” Tim Harris said. “We had to turn around last week and buy a brand-new $100,000 bus.” During the grand opening, students and teachers started the day with traditional drumming and singing, and school leaders were given the chance to thank those involved with the project from start to finish. Two totem poles carved by Luke Marston were also unveiled. “We’re proud, and education is always going to be our main focus, along with health,” Tim Harris said. Preliminary numbers released by the Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District indicate that 174 fewer students than district staff budgeted for entered Nanaimo and Ladysmith classrooms — in contrast to the numbers released Sept. 6 that indicated there were about 70 more students than projected. Last spring, the district predicted it would lose about 46 students, with 7,496 elementary students and 5,599 secondary students returning to classrooms. Preliminary numbers are 7,467 elementary students and 5,454 secondary students — 220 students fewer than were in
classrooms last year. School district spokeswoman Donna Reimer said one factor in the decline is that about 60 Ladysmith-area students are now attending the Stz’uminus Community School instead. “In general, however, enrolment across the district is declining because of demographics — fewer school-aged children. This is happening in most places across North America,” she stated in an e-mail. Updated numbers are due to be released this week. Pearl Harris said the majority of students transferring to Stz’uminus Community School have been those of First Nations descent from North Oyster Elementary School and Ladysmith Intermediate School, although there is a higher percentage of non-native students in the primary school. “The majority of our students are Stz’uminus. If anyone jumps on board with us and brings their children here, that’s their choice; we’re not trying to pull anyone from any other schools,” she said. “We’re raising the bar for the education of Stz’uminus children because we want them to be able to get a good education.” — with files from the Nanaimo News Bulletin
In top right photo, students and teachers at the newly-designated Stz’uminus Community School on Shell Beach Road sing the Stz’uminus official song in recognition of the two new totem poles unveiled at the school’s grand opening the morning of Weds., Sept. 26. At centre right, science teacher Darrell Schaan discusses a science project with his students. In bottom right photo, a totem pole carved by Luke Marston is unveiled during the grand opening celebrations.
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Top cop considers Ladysmith ‘very safe’ Lindsay Chung
explained Chomyn. “We will respond to calls 24/7, 365 days. But there are periods of time we don’t have a physical member at the detachment. We have two officers Ladysmith Chamber of on officer-readiness at home, and Commerce members had a chance they can respond right away from to put a face to a name this month home. As well, Duncan members when they met with Ladysmith’s can respond right away if needed.” top cop. Quoted in the Chronicle The Ladysmith RCMP Detachment Commander Staff Detachment consists of 13 memSgt. Larry Chomyn held a question“I’d have no bers, including one constable who and-answer session with Chamber problem letting is a designated First Nations policof Commerce members during ing constable. their September general meeting. my wife and A number of staffing transitions Chomyn has been with the daughters walk have been taking place, noted Ladysmith detachment since around in town.” Chomyn. January 2012. He has been a police “We’re equalizing out right now, officer for 19 years, and before that, Larry Chomyn, but a number of members were he was a public school teacher. Ladysmith RCMP transitioning to the detachment,” Chomyn told Chamber of he said. “It’s always a numbers Commerce members that he congame, basically, with people comsiders Ladysmith a “very safe” offender program.” ing and going. It’s difficult right community. Despite the best intentions, now for me with people doing While there are mischief crimes such as graffiti around town, though, the nature of a call that overtime and people coming and Chomyn considers these more as comes in affects the officers’ role, going, but we’re in that transition, explained Chomyn. and we’re getting there. I’ve put a nuisance problems. “We may want to do surveillance, lot of focus on hand-picking the “I’d have no problem letting my wife and daughters walk around but if we have only two people people coming here.” on shift, and a call comes in for Chomyn told Ladysmith in town,” he said. When asked if policing is becom- domestic violence, we go to that,” Chamber of Commerce members that the local detachment ing more reactive than proactive he said. Response time varies depending is working on four priorities this and whether that has to do with year — traffic and aggressive and staffing and budgets, Chomyn said on prioritizing the calls. T h e L a d y s m i t h R C M P impaired drivers, property crime it depends on the community. “You call 9-1-1, we come and Detachment does not have 24-hour reduction and prolific offenders, Staff Sgt. Larry Chomyn, commanding officer of the Ladysmith RCMP community presence and visibility, Detachment, answered questions for Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce investigate — that’s very reactive,” staffing at the police station. Lindsay Chung/Chronicle “We are an on-call detachment,” and First Nations policing. members during their September meeting. he said. “In bigger units, they have The Chronicle
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Police urge caution with social Look for the media after inappropriate texting The Ladysmith RCMP Detachment responded to 81 calls for service from Sept. 20-27. Thursday, Sept. 20
• The Ladysmith RCMP received a report of inappropriate texting to a female in the Ladysmith area. The police are actively investigating the file in an attempt to locate and identify the individual responsible for the harassing texts. The general public is reminded to use caution in releasing personal information, cellphone numbers or other information through Facebook or other social media venues. The public is also cautioned about who they grant access to on their social media accounts and interact with. Parents are encouraged to monitor the activities of their children online. • The Ladysmith RCMP received a report of a hit-andrun accident at the Ladysmith Secondary
School parking lot. A student parked their car in the lot and upon returning at the end of the day, found that an unknown person had hit it, scraping the right-side bumper area and other minor damage. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Ladysmith RCMP Detachment. Friday, Sept. 21 • The Ladysmith RCMP received a call from BC Ferries reporting that a passenger had stolen money from a vehicle on the ferry. The RCMP attended the ferry when it docked in Chemainus and spoke to the owner of the vehicle who had the money stolen. As a result of the investigation, two males were spoken with. The 31- and 4 9 - y e a r- o l d m a l e s admitted to the theft and returned the stolen money. The ferry from Penelakut and Thetis islands was delayed
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approximately 45 minutes as a result. Saturday, Sept. 22 • The Ladysmith RCMP were called to a single-vehicle motor vehicle accident on Chemainus Road, north of Olson Road. Upon arrival, the RCMP located a green Pontiac Grand Am in the ditch on its roof with no one around. Through the investigation, the driver was located at his residence and explained that the car had spun around and went off the road, flipping onto its roof. No other passengers were noted in the vehicle, and the driver suffered minor bruising as
a result of the accident. Avenue. The bike was Sunday, Sept. 23 described as a red • T h e L a d y s m i t h youth’s Supercycle RCMP were called to a BMX bike, and it had report of a stolen cam- been left unlocked on era at the Aggie Hall. the driveway. T h e c a m e r a w a s Wednesday, Sept. 26 important to the • The Ladysmith owner, as it contained RCMP responded to a wedding photos. The single-vehicle accident police investigated the on the Trans-Canada matter and were able Highway at Aqua Terra to recover the cam- Road. era from a 22-year-old The tire on a southNanaimo male. bound vehicle burst, Monday, Sept. 24 resulting in the driver • T h e L a d y s m i t h losing control. The R C M P r e c e i v e d a vehicle went into the report of stolen pro- ditch and struck a pane tanks. Sometime hydro box. The lone over the previous three driver was not injured, days, 10 30-pound pro- and the vehicle was pane tanks were stolen towed from the locafrom the Ladysmith tion. Press on Oyster Bay Drive. Unknown individuals entered a locked steel cage where the tanks were being stored. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Ladysmith RCMP. • The Ladysmith RCMP received a report of a stolen BMX bike taken from a driveway in the 200 block of Bayview
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The Cowichan Valley Hospice Society is searching for a couple of special volunteers to sign up for their eight-week training program starting this week. Training facilitator Kathy Skovgaard said hospice work can take on many forms, but what doesn’t change is the rewards it can provide for both the volunteers and the recipients. “People invariably come back to us and say that it has really added a sense of meaning and purpose to their life,” she said. “They also say it has helped them with their own sense of what matters and what mortality means to them as they’re exposed to it in a difference capacity.” Volunteer hospice
workers are trained (CVHS) in Duncan, The CVHS serves cli- time,” she said. “We’re to provide support for participants will be ents from Ladysmith looking for a wide, individuals in end-of- provided the tools they to the Malahat. With diverse group of vollife care, their fami- need to be an effec- two palliative beds unteers because we lies and those experi- tive hospice worker. in the Lodge on 4th, need to try to match encing grief from the S u b j e c t s i n c l u d e Skovgaard said the people to the commuloss of a loved one. Ways of Looking at society is always look- nity at large.” From bedside vigils to the Grief Process, ing for Ladysmith resiSkovgaard said there grief counselling, vol- C o m m u n i c a t i o n , dents to join the train- are also other opporunteers can perform L i s t e n i n g W i t h ing. tunities for those a variety of different Empathy, End of Life “We’re always get- wanting to lend a tasks once matched Changes, and How to ting referrals from the helping hand but not up with a family. Care for Yourself as a area,” she said. necessarily take on “Sometimes volun- Hospice Volunteer. While a lot of retir- respite. Those could teering e e s a r e include helping out takes the k n o w n t o with CVHS fundraisQuoted in the Chronicle form of take up hos- ers or volunteering going for pice work, services like gardena w a l k “People invariably come back to us Skovgaard ing. on the and say that it has really added a s a i d t h e The training takes beach t r a i n i n g place Wednesdays sense of meaning and purpose to is or a cup open to from 10 a.m. to 2:30 their life.” of cofa n y o n e p.m. from Oct. 3 to fee with w h o c a n Nov. 28. There is a Kathy Skovgaard, Cowichan Valley Hospice Society somem a k e t h e subsidized cost of one and t i m e c o m - $135 to participate, having mitment. and all applicants will the opportunity to Trainees will also “ T h e p e o p l e w h o be screened. speak with someone,” take a field trip to a come to us as volunTo register for trainSkovgaard said. cremation and burial teers are just amazing ing or find out more D u r i n g t r a i n i n g , centre and learn how human beings, and we information about which is held at the to best support fami- feel privileged to have how to help, contact C o w i c h a n Va l l e y lies with after-death their support and will- the CVHS office at H o s p i c e S o c i e t y planning. ingness to donate their 250-701-4242.
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Pacific and the City of Nanaimo will be releasing more water from two reservoirs to improve fish access through the rapids into the Nanaimo Lakes spawning areas, according to a news release from the provincial government. “Anyone using the river — especially boaters and swimmers — should be aware of the increased water flows and use extra caution,” states the release. Increased flows can combine with storms to create strong currents and undertows. The higher water levels are also expected to raise water levels at the Highway 19 bridge later in the week by about 0.3 metres (one foot). The higher water levels may last for two to three days. Harmac Pacific began releasing water from its Fourth Lake reservoir Monday, increasing flows from 2.83 to 7.07 cubic metres per second (100 to 250 cubic feet per second). The City of Nanaimo will be releasing water from its Jump Lake
reservoir, increasing flows from one to approximately 6.80 cubic metres per second (35 to 240 cubic feet per second) starting Weds., Oct. 3. Wa t e r r e l e a s e dates vary each year, depending on the number of fish entering the river and river flows resulting from rain, according to the release. Present river flows are slightly below average for this time of year. Nanaimo Hatchery staff are constantly monitoring fish movements in the river by conducting fish-count swims. These fall pulse releases of water have been taking place for more than 20 years, according to the release. These releases are the result of an agreement between several agencies, including Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, the City of Nanaimo and the Snuneymuxw First Nation, as well as Nanaimo Forest Products, which operates Harmac Pacific.
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Chemainus will get a Festival Square
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A pedestrian-friendly Chemainus town square is now being planned to complement revamping Willow Quoted in the Chronicle Street. North Cowichan “We’ll do council is focused on a green, arts-and-cul- thorough public ture oriented Festival consultation and Square twinning workshops to council’s new librarysite choice — across plan how we can Willow Street on the make that old firehouse property. space more After hearing Chemainiacs’ ideas, pedestriancouncil aims to build a friendly.” $500,000 town square in the spring, an excitJohn Lefebure, North ed Mayor Jon Lefebure Cowichan Mayor said, relieved with a win-win ending to the long, library-site saga. “This is big news.” Town square will hold p a s s e d C h e m a i n u s tourist buses, gardens, Advisory Committee’s artwork, stage and mar- recommendation to ket space, and more, he switch its chosen parking-lot site for the old explained.
firehouse space. hard surfaces for the A second motion pro- Wednesday market.” pelled council toward Tourist bus traffic will p l a n n i n g F e s t i v a l dovetail with drafting Square, said Lefebure, town square, costing c i t i n g C h e m a i n u s ’ about $500,000. Revitalization Plan call- “I understand 14 buses ing for a square around came in the other day,” the library. said Lefebure. “It puts Now Chemainiacs p r e s s u r e o n s o m e have space for both. place for them to park, “The Vancouver Island and on washrooms. Regional Library board We don’t want a town told us things won’t square that’s just full of happen until 2014 with buses.” their processes, so we have a year to plan the old firehouse site,” said Lefebure. “That’ll be a separate process from the square, though the designs will be complementary.” “We’ll do thorough public consultation and workshops to plan how we can make that space more pedestrian-friendly,” he added, aware of Mexican-style zocalos around which town and city life revolves. “We’ll add more greenery, and
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Tour de Rock visit opens our eyes
Your Words “... It wasn’t until I got to the Yukon that I figured I had something to write about.” Eric Foster, Page 14
s you pick up your paper today, the Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock will have swept through Ladysmith in a blaze of colour, noise and good feelings. From Sept. 22 to Oct. 5, the Tour de Rock team cycles from one end of Vancouver Island to the other, hitting almost every community along the way. As they cover 1,000 kilometres on two wheels, the riders participate in a variety of community events and celebrations, talking about the Tour de Rock, listening to people’s stories and generally bringing people together for one common cause. The Tour de Rock raises money for pediatric cancer research and programs for children with a history of cancer. Each rider accepts donations on behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society’s B.C. and Yukon Division. The riders’ fundraising efforts also help keep places like Camp Goodtimes in Maple Ridge in operation. Camp Goodtimes is a place where children are given the opportunity to get away for a while, forget about their daily struggles with cancer and enjoy life again. “They can talk to other kids who have survived what they are now experiencing and get pointers on things most people would never consider,” according to the Tour de Rock website. “It’s a place where kids can take a wig off in public for the first time and feel they won’t be judged. It’s a place where kids can just be kids.” The Tour de Rock does so much good. It raises a lot of money to give kids a better future, and it also opens our eyes to the suffering children with cancer and their families go through. You always hear how the riders’ lives were changed by the people they met along the 14-day journey and by the stories that touched their hearts. We’re lucky to experience some of that when the riders come to town each year. — The Chronicle
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Did you take in any of the Tour de Rock events in Ladysmith or Chemainus? Vote online at www.ladysmithchronicle.com. This web poll is informal, not scientific. It reflects opinions of website visitors who voluntarily participate. Results may not represent the opinions of the public as a whole. Black Press is not responsible for the statistical accuracy of opinions expressed here. Results from last week’s question Are you upset over School District 68 spending $24,000 to develop a new graphic identity? Yes 60% No 40% The Ladysmith-Chemainus Chronicle is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby Street, Nanaimo, B.C., V9R-2R2. For information phone 1-888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org.
Leaders’ spin contest ends in a tie BC Views
by Tom Fletcher
heUnion of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) convention is the political event of the year for B.C. party leaders, especially heading into a provincial election. Up first was NDP leader Adrian Dix, who drew a large crowd of local politicians last week for the traditional early-morning spot that follows a long evening of receptions. In contrast to his debut last year, a typical litany of political attacks on the B.C. Liberals, Dix declared he would take the high road. And perhaps mindful of Carole James’ downfall after her content-free speech to the 2010 UBCM convention, Dix set out policies. He told delegates an NDP government would restore local authority over Metro Vancouver transit (no more toothless “mayor’s council”) and mountain resorts (no more Jumbo ski resort
permits issued over local objections). Dix would also let communities decide if they want public-private partnerships for large construction projects. Then Dix accused the B.C. Liberals of cutting forest inventory spending by 77 per cent over the last decade, meaning decisions like rebuilding the Burns Lake mill are being made “in the dark” for the first time in a century. That’s a damning charge, so I checked it against forest ministry budget records. As with all government programs, accounting changes can give a misleading appearance of large cuts or increases from year to year. And indeed forest inventory spending has bounced around during the B.C. Liberal term. The budget for forest inventory staffing and operation was about $8 million in 2001-02, rising as high as $15 million and falling to a low of $5.1 million in recession-hit 2009-10. The
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estimate for the current fiscal year is $9.7 million, an increase to try to catch up with the pine beetle disaster. Crown forest inventory has indeed fallen behind due to rapid shifts caused by unprecedented insect and fire damage. But has spending been slashed as Dix claims? No. It has increased. Next up was Premier Christy Clark, in full campaign mode. In the Gordon Campbell tradition, she brought the goodies out in her speech to close the convention. More than $200 million has been scraped together to “accelerate” capital projects at schools, hospitals and other facilities across the province. These projects were already on the books, but they’ve been moved up for obvious political purposes. Or at least the announcements will be moved up. Four-laning of the last narrow stretches of the TransCanada Highway east of Kamloops will continue
over 10 years. This is a federal-provincial project that will eventually be finished regardless of who is governing in Victoria or Ottawa. It includes some of the most staggeringly expensive road building in Canada, in the Kicking Horse Pass, a short section that could require two tunnels and up to 12 more bridges. Clark also announced a long-range plan to replace the George Massey tunnel under the Fraser River. This is another project that will proceed eventually, and there is no specific financial commitment yet. I haven’t found any outright false claims in Clark’s presentation, just the kind of creative accounting and blacktop politics familiar to B.C. voters. As always, I’m pleased to hear from people with specific corrections. For now, call it a tie. Neither speech represents a proud moment for our provincial leadership. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press newspapers.
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Editor: We would like to thank the 18 Ladysmith businesses that allowed us to place our green tins in their stores this July. Thanks also to the people who donated $111.15, which will go toward helping teens in Lusaka, Zambia, become self-sufficient. Lorrain Jordan will be traveling to Zambia in November 2012 and will update us on the programs we are sponsoring. Thanks to Ladysmith and area, Good Cents for Change has given these teenagers hope. Thank you once again.
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Cowichan Valley Teachers’ Federation calls for trustee by-election Editor: Editor’s Note: This letter to Education Minister Don McRae was copied to the Chronicle. Dear Don: A grave situation has occurred in School District No. 79. The government has silenced the voice of our community through replacing our democraticallyelected trustees with a government appointee. As a teacher yourself, you know the serious implications this action has on our Valley. Already, there have been proposed changes to a policy, which once passed, will allow for the district to create its own guidelines to manage itself with neither public feedback nor consultation nor awareness. In addition, the board committees, which were formally run by elected trustees, will not be meeting as they have in the past, as the appointed official simply cannot do the valued work of nine elect-
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Bill Drysdale sent us this photograph of Ladysmith Festival of Lights Society volunteers Gord Cargil, John Lees, and past president Rollie Holland painting barriers — which were made by Holland — with yellow paint graciously donated by General Paints in Nanaimo in preparation for the 25th anniversary Ladysmith Festival of Lights to be held Nov. 29. “Volunteers make it happen!” says Drysdale. If you have a photograph you would like to share with the Chronicle, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. ed individuals, as he has serious time constraints due to his other commitment — the operation and leadership of the largest district in the province. It is our hope that you will allow for an opportunity to restore public confidence in our school board and in our provincial government by working with that body to allow a by-election within 60 days. Thank you, Naomi Nilsson President, Cowichan Valley Teachers’ Federation
Jim Manly will challenge blockade of Gaza Editor: This week, mid-Island resident,
two-term Island MP and retired United Church minister Jim Manly will join other prominent internationals to challenge the blockade of Gaza aboard the Swedish tall ship S/V Estelle as part of the international “Freedom Flotilla Coalition.” The ship will carry school supplies and materials to rebuild structures destroyed by Israel during its 2008 attack on Gaza known as Cast Lead. Gaza is the world’s largest open-air gulag where 1.5 million Palestinians are illegally imprisoned by the state of Israel. Their dire living conditions are worsened by an Israeli siege limiting medical items, food, water, building materials and fuel. Operation Cast Lead — purportedly named after the medieval torture method of pouring molten lead down the throat of the victim — killed 1,400 Gaza resi-
dents while destroying hospitals, schools, ambulances, UN facilities — and more than 30 members of the Samouni family. A similar humanitarian attempt to break the blockade in 2010 saw Israeli forces murder nine unarmed passengers of the MV Mavi Marmara in international waters. That atrocity spurred the founding of Mid-Islanders for Justice and Peace in the Middle-East, www.MidIslanders.com, of which Mr. Manly is a founding member. Jim Stachow North Oyster
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Town of Ladysmith Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Section 227 of the Community Charter, that Council will give final consideration to Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw 2012, No. 1808 at a Council meeting at 7:00 p.m. on October 15th, 2012 at City Hall, 410 Esplanade, Ladysmith, B.C. Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw 2012, No. 1808 proposes to exempt from taxation the following buildings, the lands on which the buildings stand and the lands surrounding certain buildings for the year 2013. 2013 Estimate for Amount of Tax Revenue Foregone Based on 2012
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SECTION 1 St. Mary’s Catholic Church 224.2(f) Buildings for Public Worship
(2013 + 2%) (2014 + 2%)
4,355.83 10,327.04 10,533.58
1135 4th Ave Remainder of DL 145, LD43 Oyster Land District except Plans 33231 & VIP72186 (Specifically the area of land and buildings outlined in red on Schedule ‘B’) Folio 1448.000
Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada 224.2(f) Buildings for Public Worship
1149 4th Ave Lot A, Plan 46331, DL43, Oyster District (Specifically the area of land and buildings outlined in red on Schedule ‘C’) Folio 1449.080
United Church of Canada 224.2(f) Buildings for Public Worship
232 High Street Lot A, Plan VIP63119, DL56 Oyster Land District Folio 327.010
Ladysmith Fellowship Baptist Church 224.2(f) Buildings for Public Worship
381 Davis Rd Lot 1, Plan 43316, DL 43, LD43 Folio 1041.500
Anglican Synod Diocese of BC 224.2(f) Buildings for Public Worship
314 Buller St Lot A, Blk 76, LD 43 Plan 703A Folio 494.000
101 1st Ave Lot 1, DL56, LD43, Plan 31443 Folio 1338.000
4,155.92 10,255.03 10,460.13
207 Jamison Rd. Lot 1, DL 56, LD 43, Plan 21490 (Specifically the area of land surrounding the building footprint as shown on Schedule D) Folio 1322.300
Ladysmith Historical Society (Museum) 224.2(a) Non-Profit
721 1st Ave Lot 11, Blk 7, LD43, Plan 703 Folio 0055.000
Alcoholics Anonymous 224.2(a) Non-Profit
12 Buller St Lot 14, Blk 7, LD43, Plan 703 Folio 0058.000
Ladysmith Maritime Society 224.2(a) Non-Profit
616 Oyster Bay Dr Lot 4, DL 8G/11G, LD43, Plan 45800 Portion & DL24 & 56, except Plan VIP64405, VIP71943 & VIP72131 Folio 1109.322 now included with 1602.100 including the Visitor Centre (Schedule “G”) AND Unit C, I & M - 610 Oyster Bay Dr Lot 4, Plan 45800 Parent parcel 1109.300
6,271.73 15,110.57 15,412.78
Ladysmith Golf Club Society 224.2(i) Recreational
380 Davis Rd. DL43, LD43, except Plans 2478, 4670, 5873, 7527, 8922, 12027, 14051, 15693, 835R, 34197, 48247 & VIP57353. exc E&N R/W Pcl A (DD24404N) Pcl C (DD344431), VIP65242 Folio 1017.005
Ladysmith Festival of Lights 224.2(a) Non-Profit
1163 4th Ave Lot A, DL146, LD43, Plan 34438 Folio 1449.200
Arts Council of Ladysmith & District 224.2(a) Non-Profit
Units J, K & L - 610 Oyster Bay Rd Lot 4, Plan 45800 Folio 1109.328
Eco-Tourism Building (mechanical room and public storage only) 224.2(a) Non-Profit
Transfer Beach Lot 2, Plan 36262 (Specifically the area of land and buildings outlined in red on Schedule ‘E’) Folio 1110.110
Ladysmith Health Care Auxiliary 224.2(a) Non-Profit
910 1st Ave (Thrift Shop) Lot 1, Blk 30, Plan 703A Folio 263.000
Canadian Legion Branch #171 224.2(a) Non-Profit
621 1st Ave Lot A, Blk 8, Plan 703 (except the section outlined in Schedule “F”) Folio 70.000
Ladysmith Senior Citizens Housing Society 224.2(a) Non-Profit
Ladysmith Maritime Society 224.2(a) Non-Profit
Staff Writer 6,076.57 11,798.19 12,034.15
Section 3 St John’s Masonic Temple Assoc (Leased by Town for parking lot) 225.2(a) Partnering Agreement
26 Gatacre St Lot 9, Blk 9, LD43, Plan 703 Folio 85.000
Ladysmith & District Historical Society archives 225.2(a) Partnering Agreement
1115A - 1st Ave Lot 1, VIS5873, DL118, LD43 Folio 1373.010
Municipal Parking lot 225.2(a) Partnering Agreement
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SECTION 2 Ladysmith Senior Citizens Housing Society 224.2(a) Non-Profit
SD68 will update the public
63,098.74 44,667.25 107,765.99 109,921.32 112,119.72
As required by Section 227 of the Community Charter, we have estimated costs of providing the permissive tax exemptions for the current year and the next two years. Properties will not be automatically exempt in 2014 and 2015. The above Bylaw may be inspected at City Hall, 410 Esplanade, Ladysmith, British Columbia during normal office hours (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) excluding statutory holidays.
The NanaimoLadysmith school board is ready to report back to the public about all the input it received during strategic planning meetings last year. Last spring, representatives of the School District 68 (SD68) board of education visited every school in NanaimoLadysmith as part of the school district’s strategic planning process. At the school meetings, people were asked what key areas they thought the district should focus on to improve student learning. Several meetings were also held with members of the public. More than 1,000 people responded at the meetings and through an online process, giving the board almost 6,000 suggestions, according to a news release from SD68. Now, the district has reviewed all of those thoughts and summarized them into major themes. At meetings being held Oct. 9 and 11, the school board will report back on the input it has collected to date and will ask parents, students, staff and the public about their priorities. Employees, parents, students and members of the public are invited to attend a public meeting Tues., Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Ladysmith Secondary School and Thurs., Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Cedar Community Secondary School. More information about the strategic planning public consultation is available online at www.sd68. bc.ca.
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It’s harvest time at Yellow Point Cranberries Lindsay Chung THE CHRONICLE
When they think of cranberry harvests, many people automatically think of bright red cranberries floating in water. But the reality is that the fresh cranberries you purchase from farms, markets and stores were dry-harvested using machines that comb the berries off dry fields, explains Yellow Point Cranberries owner Grant Keefer. Keefer and his wife Justine offered tours of their cranberry farm on Yellow Point Road Sun., Sept. 30 to explain the harvesting process. “Cranberries are very seldom in water; they don’t grow in water,” he said. “It’s a harvesting tool is what the water is all about. The reality is the majority of processed cranberries are harvested in water, but for fresh fruit, the majority are harvested on land.” The Keefers have been in Yellow Point since 2001. “Justine and I decided to start cranberry farming, and we looked about five years for the property,” said Keefer. The property they found hadn’t been used for much for many years, so they slowly started working the fields, and they started producing cranberries in 2005. Keefer’s family is from Richmond, and they had grown cranberries there. “It’s in your blood,” he said. “It’s what I grew up with.” Ye l l o w P o i n t Cranberries produces about 200,000 pounds of cranberries a year. The Keefers belong to the Ocean Spray co-
operative, and most of their cranberries go to Ocean Spray. Besides providing cranberries for Ocean Spray, the Keefers sell their cranberries to local farmers’ markets and local stores. Cranberries grow upright on low shrubs in the field. Right now, the Keefers are dryharvesting for fresh fruit, getting berries off the field using machines that comb the fruit off the vines and into sacks. “It’s very slow, but that’s the way it’s done because it’s very delicate on the plants,” said Keefer. The Keefers will s o o n b e g i n w a t e rharvesting, which is much more efficient. The fields are flooded, and they use a machine to knock the fruit off the vines. They can flood a field in six to eight hours and beat the berries in one field in one and a half hours, explained Keefer. Cranberries that are water-harvested are used for cranberry juice and to make sweetened, dried cranberries. A t Ye l l o w P o i n t Cranberries, they start harvesting at the end of September, and they will be picking up until the end of October, explained Keefer, noting they will have fresh cranberries at the farm into November. Regularly, two to three people work part-time on the family farm, and one person works full-time, but during harvest, they may have up to five, six or even eight people in the fields. “We have really good neighbours and really good people helping,” said Keefer. The Keefers produce
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Ladysmith flood fundraiser raises $2K Lindsay Chung The Chronicle
When missionary Ted Wall returns to the flood-ravaged Philippines this week,
he’ll bring more than $2,000 from Ladysmith. A Philippines Flood Fundraiser held Sept. 22 at Oceanview Community Church raised $2,042 for Wall
to take with him to help people in the Philippines. Organizer Kristie Hornett was very impressed with the event.
“It was a really neat learning experience,” she said. “It was great to hear the passion. I felt really mentored by those who have gone before me to do some-
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thing bigger. I kind of thought there would be more people, but at the end of the day, my goal was to raise more money than I could have done myself — that’s why we had the theme ‘be part of something bigger.’” During the fundraiser, which included presentations and a silent auction, Dr. John Potts of Ladysmith spoke about his volunteer work overseas through Samaritan’s Purse. Potts has been to Kenya, Liberia, Haiti and other disaster zones to provide medical aid, and he remains on-call for emergency response through Samaritan’s Purse. Potts explained that there are two types of disaster — natural disasters, which happen quickly like an earthquake or tsunami, and man-made disasters like war or genocide, which you Lindsay Chung/Chronicle see coming — but the Missionary Ted Wall of Nanaimo (top photo) and Dr. approach to any disas- John Potts of Ladysmith speak during a Philippines ter is the same. Flood Fundraiser Sept. 22 in Ladysmith. Rescue is the first response, he explained. L o n g e r- t e r m , t h e Philippines so he could “It comes out of our response turns to com- speak at the Ladysmith hearts, and that’s just munity development fundraiser, showed what you do,” said and food, and this stage photographs from the Potts. “That happens is ongoing, he noted. Philippines and spoke right away, and it’s very “All those things you about his work there. short-lived.” Wall, who was born have to do in a disasThen, in the 12 hours ter,” he said. “Nobody and raised in Nanaimo, to three weeks after a can do them all. You was back in Canada disaster, victims need need to ask yourself for the summer, and shelter, water, sanita- ‘what am I going to be he returned to the tion and hygiene and doing?’” Philippines this past medical attention, Wall, who postponed weekend. explained Potts. The first time Wall his trip back to the went to the Philippines was on a mission trip w i t h Yo u t h Wi t h A Mission (YWAM) as part of a practical phase of a missions course he was taking. On one of the first days Wall was in the Philippines, they took a tour of the poor areas that YWAM was ministering, including the Smokey Mountain Garbage Dump in Manila, he recalled. “I felt just completely overwhelmed with compassion for the people,” he said. “I just felt like I needed to do something for these people. Turning away just wasn’t an option. When I finished my three-month outreach, there was no question I would go back. My heart had been broke for the Philippines.” Eight years later, Wall hasn’t looked back, and he says he has cherSee Turning Page 13
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From Page 12 ished every moment he has spent in the Philippines. Wall appreciates the chance he has to be in a place where he can make a difference. He has worked with Y WA M i n S m o k e y Mountain for seven years. This year, he and a friend decided they wanted to start a mission in an area where there haven’t been missionaries, and they
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For as long as he can remember, Eric Foster has always had a special place in his heart for the Yukon. “When I was a boy, I used to read quite a bit about the north — mounted policemen and trappers and Indians — I was always fascinated by the people who could stand those rough conditions and terrible winters and hardships,” he recalled. As a young adult, Foster would get the chance to experience the Great White North after accepting a job on a geological survey crew 350 miles from the Alaska Highway in 1954. Facing harsh winter conditions up to 70 below, the isolation of the landscape and the spectacular scenery, Foster would spend a combined total of about five years living, teaching and working in the Yukon. His experiences are now forever chronicled in two self-penned books, Mile 1202: Life Along the Alaska Highway, and B.C.-Yukon
Sketches: A Collection of descriptions of nature to Stories and Verse, fresh off political banter and events the press last month. current to the time. Foster said the book is “I thought it would be intera compilation of random esting to tell other people t h o u g h t s a n d r e c o l l e c - what it’s like to live in a very tions inspired by life in the small community far up the Yukon. Some of the verse Alaska Highway,” Foster
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was penned as far back as 40 years ago. “I’ve always had a flair for writing,” he said. “But it wasn’t until I got to the Yukon that I figured I had something to write about.” Mile 1202 is an autobiographical telling of life in a small isolated town, while B.C.-Yukon Sketches contains a number of poems and short stories. The verses range from being pure
said. “It’s still an interesting place because of the distances and the climate and the interesting people that have made their homes there and brought their families up there. If you’re 300 miles from a hospital, and you’ve got a serious illness, you’ve got to be on the ball to overcome things like that.” One of the sketches, titled Prospect Trail, tells the story
of Foster’s journey into the bush to establish a geological survey camp. “It took us 12 days to get there,” Foster said. “We had a [First Nations] guide and about three horses.” The book also includes a long poem about the Sudbury, a tugboat called out to rescue a Greek ship. “On the way back, there was a storm, and the cable broke and they had a heck of a time snagging the ship again, but eventually they got back safely,” said Foster. “It was a seven- or eight-day rescue.” Now a resident of Saltair, Foster first came to Canada in 1941 as a seven-year-old boy during a time when the British government was sending its disadvantaged or orphaned children overseas to places like Australia, New Zealand and Canada to start new lives. Foster was sent to the Fairbridge Farm School in the Cowichan Valley. “We lived in what we called a cottage, and there were 15 of us in each cottage,” he said. See Books Page 15
Big Fun! Big Adventure! Lots of Friends! Vic Duffhues of JoVic Pottery gets ready to take raku vases out of the kiln at his Shell Beach Road studio Saturday afternoon. Duffhues and his wife Jo offered raku firing demonstrations and studio tours throughout the weekend as part of Culture Days, a free annual event designed to give people an opportunity to celebrate and explore arts and culture in their community.
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CHURCH DIRECTORY Welcome to
Attend regularly the church of your choice
St. Maryâ€™s Catholic Church 1135 - 4th Avenue Ladysmith, BC
Mass Times: Sat. 5:00 pm Sun. 9:00 am 250-245-3414 Hall Rentals Available 250-245-2077 Come to
Ladysmith First United Church 232 High Street
SUNDAY SERVICE including Sunday School at 10:30 am Rev. Min-Goo Kang NIOMI PEARSON/CHRONICLE
Eric Foster of Saltair has written two books, B.C.-Yukon Sketches: A Collection of Stories and Verse, and Mile 1202: Life Along the Alaska Highway, which are both available at Salamander Books in Ladysmith and through iTunes.
Books are now available Saltair from Page 14 Foster graduated from Cowichan High School in 1952 and left for the Yukon a short time later. He also studied English and philosophy with a minor in science and zoology at the University of British Columbia, where he graduated in 1957. In 1968, Foster returned to the Yukon, working as a teacher at the Whitehorse Vocational School for a year. He spent the next three years
in Beaver Creek, absorbing dances and hunting trips to the lifestyle. occupy their time â€œIn winter time, if it gets down â€œThey keep themselves busy below minus-40, unless they with community events.â€? really have to, they donâ€™t do Foster said he first began anything outside,â€? he said of compiling his writings for the the residents. â€œIf it gets close books back in February and to 50-below or beyond, usually recommended them as light you have to wear a scarf over historical reading. your face just so you donâ€™t Mile 1202: Life Along the breath in the air that could Alaska Highway and B.C.freeze your lungs.â€? Yu k o n S k e t c h e s are now He noted that the residents available through Salamander participate in curling bon- Books in Ladysmith and on spiels, snowmobile races, iTunes.
1149 Fourth Ave, Ladysmith, 250-245-8221 Family Worship Service every Sunday at 10:30 am Life Lesson Series: Stairway To Heaven (Nursery & Childrenâ€™s classes available) Mid-week programs for kids, preteens and teens
ST. JOHNâ€™S ANGLICAN CHURCH
314 Buller St., Ladysmith Jesus Said: â€œCome & Seeâ€? Sunday Morning Worship 8am - Holy Communion 10am - Holy Eucharist Sunday School
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Put an Eye Appointment on Your Childâ€™s Back to School Checklist Youâ€™ve spent all that time buying your child new clothes,
Kendall Patrick and the Headless Bettys
Dr. Anita Voisin shoes, a backpack and school supplies, but did you remember to have their eyes tested?
It is estimated that 80% a childâ€™s learning comes through their eyes and with the demands of the classroom, computers, homework an eye examination from your optometrist should be on your back- to- school list. When a child does not see well it impacts their progress in many ways. First there is the obvious fact that school performance can suffer. However, good vision means more than clear vision. A childâ€™s visual system is still developing and it is important to have a childâ€™s eye health and eye co- ordination tested as well. Poor vision is also attributed to behavioural issues â€“ if a child has trouble focusing or seeing their work clearly, they are more inclined to be disinterested in the task at hand and become distracted. When a child does not complete work or is habitually disruptive in the classroom, this can be reported as an attention problem. In fact, in some cases merely addressing the vision problem, whether through glasses, or vision therapy to improve eye co- ordination, results in better class performance and learning. Thankfully, the stigma of needing to wear glasses is long gone for children. In fact, children now look at glasses as another fashion accessory and are quite involved in selecting their eye wear. In some circumstances children are also being ďŹ tted with Daily disposable contact lenses as an alternative to glasses for sports and other extra- curricular activities as early as Grade 5. Success at school is dependent upon a child having a good experience. The â€˜good experienceâ€™ can be crippled by vision problems such as blurry vision, poorly coordinated eyes and conditions such as lazy eye (amblyopia).
Ladysmith-born, Nanaimo-based singer-songwriter Kendall Patrick recently formed a three-peice band with local musicians Lena Birtwistle and Jen Carnahan. Kendall Patrick and the Headless Bettys, seen here performing at the Arbutus Music open house in Nanaimo, perform originals by Patrick and Birtwistle and a sprinkling of popular covers. â€œThe girls are anticipating a 2013 full of touring and festivals, with their sights set on opportunities to move into a full-time schedule of music,â€? according to Patrickâ€™s website. Kendall Patrick and the Headless Bettys will be performing in Ladysmith this Saturday night (Oct. 6) at In the Beantime CafĂŠ. The show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets, which can be purchased at the coffee shop, are $10 for the show or $25 for dinner and the show. LINDSAY CHUNG/CHRONICLE
Eye examinations in BC are covered by MSP for children up to the age of 19. Sight is precious, so make sure you offer your child every advantage for the coming school year.
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