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Above: The fully engulfed structure fire at Mountain Man Services on South Shore Road in Lake Cowichan that the fire department arrived to on Thursday, Nov.15. Top right: LCFD fight the blaze for over two hours and are seen here on the roof extinguishing a hot spot. Below right: Denis Pilon, Mountain Man Services owner, surveys the remains of his workshop on Friday morning after talking with Lake Cowichan RCMP.

Mountain man has up-hill climb after business blaze Lake Cowichan Gazette

At approximately 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 the Lake Cowichan RCMP, Lake Cowichan Fire Department as well as B.C. Ambulance Services were called out to a fully involved structure fire at the Mountain Man Services building at 52 South Shore Road, behind the Post Office in downtown Lake Cowichan. Witnesses say that they could see the flames and hear the crackling of the fire from Lamb’s Hill (River Road). The building was fully engulfed in flames when the fire department arrived. There were four fire trucks and 23 firefighters on the scene for over two hours. “A structure like this is a high fuel

load building as it contains numerous flammable materials.” says LCFD Fire Chief Doug Knott. The main workshop sustained heavy damage with extensive fire damage to the attached structures as well. BC Hydro were also called out to deactivate a live fallen power line which lead to the workshop. There were no injuries reported although one fireman was taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation but has since been released. Denis Pilon, owner of Mountain Man Services, says that the buildings are a complete write off and were not insured. “I have every intention of rebuilding the business . . . even if it means completing the job one stick of wood at a time,” says an emotional Pilon. “I worry about my employees who now

have no job for the foreseeable future. “ he added. He says he employed a number of young kids, who, for some of them, this was their first real job. He says that he enjoyed being a mentor to these kids and was happy to look out for them even after the clock stopped. Pilon won’t be able to hire any of the young workers back for at least six months but is optimistic and taking a positive attitude about the situation. “Everything can be rebuilt. The best insurance I have is the people of this community and valley, who I know will help me through this difficult time.” says Pilon. He noted that there is one job that needs to be completed and he is ready to pull out the extension cords and a skill


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saw to get that job done. One of the items that can’t be replaced is his classic Harley Davidson motorcycle that was also burned in the fire. Staring at the remains of his cherished bike, he reminisced about being able to go on a little vacation every time he started it up and went for a ride. The insurance on the bike had expired only days earlier. Knott would like to remind the public to stay clear of incidents like this as they had some trouble getting both fire trucks close to the fire because of the amount of people crowding into the area. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. If any witnesses have information to assist in this investigation they are asked to contact the Lake Cowichan RCMP at 250-749-6668.


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Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Cronin fundraiser bottle drive huge success



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Left, Dianne Smith and Kevin Smith organize a table full of bottles while Bertha Gravelle works separating bottles in the background. There was a steady stream of pickups and cars heading into Saywell Park on Saturday, Nov. 17 as the bottle drive in support of Dennis Cronin proved once again that our community is always ready to come to the aid of someone needing assistance. A large group of volunteers helped unload the vehicles and bag up the bottles for pick up later in the day. Organizer Bertha Gravelle says the approximate total raised was $4,100. The next fundraiser for the Cronin family is a firewood sale and is on Saturday and Sunday, Nov.24 and 25 at the log sort in Mesachie Lake (take the Port Renfrew turn off and follow the signs) — $100 per pick-up load.


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A small town butcher: casualty of caring Diana Hutton Gazette

A suicide is a difficult thing to speak publicly about, especially in a small community. The questions that are usually asked when researching a story about why, what and how, must be asked of those left behind who are still deep in the throes of grief and loss. In many cases, the family chooses to remain silent and small towns being what they are, people tend to draw their own conclusions and sometimes rumour and conjecture can run rampant. On Oct. 21, Hans van den Heuvel better known in Lake Cowichan as “Hans the butcher” took his own life. His wife and partner of 14 years, Jean Osborne, felt that it was important that his story be told. Born February 7th, 1956 in Oss, the Netherlands Hans was described as “a strong and capable young man who was always challenging himself”. As a young man he was an avid and talented soccer and table-tennis player, loved to cycle and took on any new experience with a genuine love of life. He was well educated and fluent in four languages. His training as a butcher began at an early age and included all facets of the business from meat cutting, making deli products to proper storage and displays. He took additional training to be a meat inspector and worked as one for a time for the Dutch government. Being a young man of imagination and ambition, he found that routine and repetitous work of a meat inspector was not for him and chose instead to immigrate to Canada. He arrived in Canada in April of 1981 at the age of 25, with a sponsor, a few thousand guilders in his pocket and the desire to make a good life for himself in his adopted country. He worked in Campbell River for a time, and then became the Meat Manager of Quadra Foods on Quadra Island before moving to Lake Cowichan and opening Hans’ Butcher Shop and Deli. Hans was a renaissance man with varied interests and skills. Each morning he began his day by perusing his Dutch, hometown newspaper online so that he was up to date when speaking to friends and family back in Holland. “He was global in his views and perspective,” said Jean, his wife. He collected coins and stamps, made driftwood clocks and enjoyed classical music and art. As a business man and entrepreneur, he had a strong personal code. Besides cutting meat in his scrupulously clean shop, he also cut and wrapped game for local hunters and produced specialty meat products from

Coutesay Jean Osborne

Hans (r) proudly unpacks The Golden Bullock. Designed by a German artist, they were made for a celebration in Hans’ hometown of Oss, the Netherlands. He purchased it and had it shipped to Canada . It was his pride and joy.

his own recipes. “Hans always said, I don’t care if a person coming in is spending $2 or $200, you serve them the same,” said Randy Liboiron, butcher’s apprenticeship at Hans’ Butcher Shop. “He had a standard of care, customer service and dedication to the quality of the products he sold that was huge.” He was a happy man, cheerful and hardworking with a great sense of humour. A member of both the Royal Canadian Legion in Lake Cowichan and Duncan Dart League, his prowess at the dart board was unquestioned. In 1998 he met the love of his life, Jean Osborne and the two enjoyed 14 wonderful years together. “In all aspects of his life, he lived to a higher standard,” said Reverend Vikki Marrs, a personal friend. On Sept. 4, 2012 CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) and U.S. meat inspectors discovered E. coli bacteria in product shipped from the XL Foods Inc. plant in Brooks, Alberta. Over the next ten days corrective measures and stricter measures were put in place by the CFIA at the Brooks plant. By Sept. 13 XL Foods had issued a Health Hazard Alert to advise customers of a “beef trimmings” recall for three days production and two cases of related human illness were reported.

Over the next two weeks the investigation escalated and more related illness cases were reported and by September 27th the CFIA suspended XL Food Inc.’s licence to operate the Alberta plant. A massive beef recall was now underway, in the end resulting in more than 1700 beef products being recalled and 2000 XL employees being laid off. During this time Hans was in constant contact with his suppliers, Penguin Meat Supply of White Rock, B.C. “The media coverage was intense, it was on the news constantly and Hans was worried that somehow, something might have slipped by him and someone could get sick,” said his wife, Jean. His agitation and worry increased as the media storm continued. “He was basically shell shocked during this time,” said Liboiron. “His concern that without his knowledge something might have gotten in there that was bad was just eating him up. The weeks of this pressure were just too much for him.” He spoke of his worries constantly to both his wife, Jean and his apprentice butcher, Liboiron who tried to reassure him that he had taken every possible precaution and there was nothing to worry about. “He felt an imagined guilt, that something might have slipped by him and it began to take its toll,” said Jean. Worried that the stress was beginning to affect her husband, Jean insisted that he see a doctor. Unfortunately his own GP had retired so they went to a walk in-clinic in Duncan to seek help. Hans was prescribed something to help with the anxiety he was suffering. On October 21st, while nearly a million pounds of beef was being dumped in a landfill in Alberta, Hans van den Heuvel took his own life, passing away at the age of 56. “He was ultimately overwhelmed with caring concern for his wife, his family and his community,” said Reverend Vikki Marrs to a packed hall at the Celebration of Han’s Life.” There are no trite words or easy answers. We need hope and we need it now. But above all, love remains.” The tragedy of his passing will leave a hole in the fabric of this community. Hans was dedicated to his family, his business and his community. When local organizations needed donations for fundraising, Hans was always there. For twenty years he was behind the counter greeting customers with a ready smile and the best products and service he could provide.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Council Notes: Is it time to trash the Alternative Approval Process? Town reviews

Ian Morrison


I wrote an article in this paper several weeks ago which invited people to attend an open house at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena, where the CVRD staff would be unveiling a plan to bring the curbside collection of recycling and garbage services under CVRD management, which would result in a lower cost for customers. Yes, that is correct, lower cost to customers. I don’t want to get into the habit of repeating what was written in that article or everything that was said at the open house, yet recently opponents of the plan have launched a campaign of misinformation and half truths which could derail this elected official’s attempt to reduce the cost and improve the quality of a service that local government currently provides to its citizens through a profit driven collection contractor. The last time the CVRD put collection services out to tender, the two bids received by the private garbage haulers were so high that the CVRD chose to reject the tenders and enter into a series of short term renewals with the private garbage hauler under contract at the time. This practice was becoming increasingly expensive and came to a head when in 2011, customers were forced to swallow a 32 per cent increase in curbside collection fees. Many of you were as shocked and disgusted as I was when you received your bill, and several residents took the time to tell me so directly. Electoral area directors responded by challenging CVRD staff to explore ideas and come up with solutions that would reduce costs and provide our curbside customers with some stable pricing certainty going forward. The solution proposed is based on new technology that has proven to be very successful, cost effective, and very easy to use — according to customers across B.C. — and as close by as Port Alberni. Curbside

customers there reported something like a 98 per cent approval of the new collection system and have said the new totes are very handy and easy to maneuver. The CVRD will provide each household the wheeled totes (at no cost to the homeowner) which are designed to be grabbed and emptied by the robotic arm attached to the side of the new split packer trucks. This new system has already proven to dramatically reduce worker injuries in the areas of B.C. that have progressed to using this new and efficient technology. Again, this new system is projected to cost customers in Area F and Area I, $11 less per year than the outdated manual system in place today provided by the private contractor. Here is the part that even I have some difficulty with. The CVRD will have to purchase the new split packer garbage trucks and will get the financing at extremely competitive rates from the Municipal Finance Authority (MFA). Local government must receive permission from the electorate to finance the approximate $1.775 million to purchase the trucks. The province of B.C. says there are only two ways to get that permission from the electorate. Referendum is the preferred method — yet would cost over $50,000 to hold a region wide vote — and that would virtually eliminate the $11 cost savings in the first year of the program. The second method is one that I don’t much like and is called the Alternative Approval Process or AAP and only costs about $3,000 to conduct region wide. Many of you will have seen the official notice in local papers like this one. If 10 per cent of the electorate choose to sign the Elector Response Form and turn it in to the CVRD, the CVRD directors would have to decide to scrap this innovative initiative entirely, or decide to put the question to the electorate in a region wide referendum, which I stated above, is considerably more expensive. If opponents don’t convince enough of you and your neighbours to sign the forms and reach the 10 per cent threshold by the closing date for the AAP (4:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26), the CVRD board can then choose to

approve the Automated Curbside Collection program, and the service will likely be operating by this summer. I will tell you why I don’t like the AAP. It just isn’t very democratic! I can’t encourage people who support this attempt to modernize our curbside collection, to come out to vote in favour. Only those who are opposed get their say. I have told the residents I serve that I won’t use the AAP to get their “permission,” unless circumstances are such that there is no other reasonable choice. As in this case, this AAP is across all nine electoral areas, and a majority of CVRD directors chose this method in part because a full blown referendum is so much more costly. Mid way through the AAP process, I have begun to see some opposition develop to the CVRD’s plan to modernize and automate the curbside collection system. I feel that if the CVRD can provide each household with new garbage totes, come to my home with a new robotic split packer truck driven by a unionized staff person being paid a living wage, versus the old-style garbage trucks often using lower paid and injury plagued employees of a private hauler, and the CVRD can provide that cheaper than we currently pay, then why not. I have heard people argue that the public sector should not compete with the private sector. The private sector is focused on profit. The CVRD is here to provide a service. Plain and simple. What’s happening now isn’t rigorous debate about public versus private curbside collection. It seems more about criticizing the AAP. While I agree there should be better ways to seek public approval, if this Automated Curbside Collection program were to be defeated because people disagree with the provincially approved AAP method, the real losers are those of us who write a cheque for our garbage and recycling collection each year. If you like the idea of the Automated Curbside Collection program and the stable cost it will bring, but you really don’t like the AAP method of consulting the public, please call me and we’ll talk. Perhaps it’s time to start a movement to trash the APP.

recycling contract Tamu Miles Gazette

The town’s garbage and recycling collection contract with BFI Waste Management (previously WSI) will expire in Aug. 2013. According to Ronnie Gill, the town’s director of finance, this is an opportune time to “review the recycling contract and investigate the feasibility of providing these services inhouse in conjunction with the implementation of a residential organics program.” Gill delivered her report to mayor and council at the Public Works Committee meeting on Nov. 6. “The benefits of recycling are now apparent and the organics program will be just as successful. The benefits are twofold: becoming a green community and the cost savings,” says Gill’s report. The town currently has $260,000 in its equipment reserve fund that could be used towards the purchase of a split body truck, but needs to budget $60,000 for one-time start-up costs to implement the service. “The start-up costs include purchase of bins and an estimate for public education, information sessions, workshops and general awareness work,” said Gill. “The $60,000 is a one-time cost and we may want to look at not recovering that.” Mayor and council did discuss the possibility of the town becoming part of the service being adopted by the CVRD for its electoral areas starting in June of next year, but decided that this would probably be more expensive than going with an in-house service. “From the experience of the other municipalities that I’ve talked to their costs did not really change that much,” said Gill. “We don’t anticipate much of a change.” Currently BFI Waste Management costs the town approximately $1,300 a day to pick up garbage and recycling and dispose of it in Duncan. One consideration in terms of costs is the fact that the town would be responsible for sorting and disposing of waste, recyclables and organics. “One of the things we have now in terms of the contractor is they pick-up the recyclables, but not everybody puts out recycle, but we pay for every single house,” said Joseph Fernandez, the town’s chief administrative officer. “And if we are doing it in house, I think we should have an added incentive of making sure that all households put out recycle. Right now, I think a lot of it is going into the garbage and it’s costing us more.” Fernadez added that if the town is doing garbage, recycle, and organic waste collection that it would be an opportunity to better monitor what residents are putting out curbside. “If I’m not mistaken, there are communities where when the recycling is put out the carrier can look inside the bag and examine it, and then fines can be imposed,” said Coun. Bob Day. “That can come down the road.” “By moving the current operator out of the picture, we would now have to dispose of our own recycling,” said Nagi Rizk, superintendent of Public Works and Engineering. “He absorbs that cost, and we have to consider that.” It was decided that town staff would come back to the next Public Works meeting with a more detailed budget, taking into consideration things like disposal and sorting and other related costs.


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Community has great insurance policy in place It is always interesting to cover community events around the lake. The number of fundraising events that are happening on any given weekend make you realize how involved the residents of the area are in their community, their friends and neighbours. Throughout the year there are bottle drives, car washes, bake sales and more, held to help out a local group, team or sometimes to assist someone in the community who needs a helping hand. This past weekend was another example of the generosity and commitment of the community when it came to helping out a local man who is battling cancer. The number of volunteers who showed up to unload vehicles, sort cans and bottles and serve up lunch for the group was truly amazing. A very emotional Lorraine Cronin was overwhelmed by the number of people who showed up to help with the bottle drive and was quick to thank everyone from the area who had already given so much.

For a small community, we sure show up big time when help is needed. While talking to Denis Pilon, owner of Mountain Man Services, who lost his business and cherished motorcycle in a huge fire last week, something he said struck home and made me think about this community and the people who call it home. While Denis acknowledges that his building and bike had no insurance at the time of the fire and will leave him with some uncertainty in the weeks and months to come, he said “You know, this community is my insurance policy. I know whatever I have to face and deal with in the coming months, this community will help me make it through it.” I am sure he is right on that count, and while community support will never be the financial insurance we require, it certainly can be the emotional coverage we need in difficult times. It appears the Cowichan Lake community has a great insurance policy in place for that.

Return to PST worries B.C. businesses

Black Press HST protest at the B.C. legislature in 2009: the provincial sales tax returns on April 1

Tom Fletcher BC Bureau

Returning to the old provincial sales tax next April 1 will in-

crease paperwork for B.C. businesses and cost them harmonized sales tax credits on equipment and other inputs, the legislature

finance committee reminded the B.C. government Wednesday. After its annual tour of the province to get input on the 2013 budget, the committee urges Finance Minister Mike de Jong to consider its expert panel recommendations to ease the impact on business of scrapping the HST. Some industry associations want the government to provide a tax credit that would compensate them for the PST they will have to pay on purchases of machinery and equipment. Those taxes were lifted under the HST, which recovered revenue by extending seven-per-cent sales taxes to a range of consumer services that won’t be taxed starting next spring. The finance committee was also asked to consult the public on a “made-in-B.C. value-added tax” that would accomplish some

of the goals of the HST under another name. That would be a volatile discussion to begin with a provincial election set for May 14, 2013. The administrative burden of the switch starts with businesses reprogramming cash registers and other systems to go back to two separate sales taxes. The switch to the HST in 2010 revealed some national retailers were not accurately applying the B.C. sales tax, which has decades of accumulated exemptions and rules that don’t apply in other provinces. The finance ministry has been working on a system to allow businesses to register online for the return of the PST, and to train owners of thousands of businesses that have started up since the HST conversion in 2010. The ministry has set up a web-

site for businesses to manage the transition at The finance committee has also endorsed a widespread business call to balance the provincial budget starting next spring. The effects of the worldwide financial crisis of 2008 pushed B.C.’s books into the red, and deficits continued this year as B.C. had to repay a $1.6 billion HST transition fund provided by Ottawa. The B.C. Chamber of Commerce and other groups also called on the finance committee to ease the burden of B.C.’s carbon tax. Grain growers, greenhouse operators and cement manufacturers have called for relief from carbon tax on fuels, arguing that it puts them at a competitive disadvantage with Alberta, Washington and other jurisdictions.

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Letters to the editor: YOUR SAY Block the road for remembrance with silence

Kim Walters Honeymoon Bay

Sincere apology Dear Editor I wish to apologize to anyone who tuned in to hear a radio special which I hosted, that was scheduled to air at noon on Sunday, Nov. 11 on CICV (Radio Cowichan, 98.7 FM “The Lake”) Due to circumstances beyond my control, an error caused my introduction to the program to be followed by a set of music inappropriate to the sombre tone and theme of both the program and the day. I am truly sorry for any offence that this error may have caused. Diana Hutton Youbou

A letter writer suggests that it’s time to close the road for the two-minutes of silence during Remebrance Day cerremony.

Are smart meters really safe? Re: Smart meter installation nearly done, Oct.31 Dear Editor In a recent column, I think that Mr. Tom Fletcher regurgitated the official B.C. Hydro position on the installation of “smart” meters. If these new meters are so safe why have so many scientists warned governments against their installation until they are proven safe? For many years Dr. Olle Johansson has been studying health effects of such wireless technology. Here’s what he has to say about their “safety”: “These wireless systems are never off, and the exposure is not voluntary. The smart meters are being forced on citizens everywhere. Based on this, the inauguration of smart meters with grudging and involuntary exposure of millions to billions of human beings to pulsed microwave radiation should immediately be prohibited until ‘the red flag’ can be hauled down

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Mary Lowther Mesachie Lake

Town response to traffic concerns mediocore Re: Speed limit stays 50km on North Shore Rd., Oct.31 Dear Editor Many smaller communities in British Columbia are facing a serious population decline as baby boomers age and seek out urban or larger centres for their retirement. High school students graduate and often move to urban centres for higher educa-

tion and training with very few returning to their home towns. As small town populations decline, services cannot be maintained (local example: difficulty of Brookside Clinic to attract a new physician resulting in probable closure and loss of medical services; usually school closures follow) and the local tax base shrinks. An additional dilemma is that of maintaining and attracting small businesses in order to provide local jobs. We know that many businesses in smaller communities have succession issues as out-of-town investors may opt for larger centres due to demographic concerns, for example, “ Who will my customers be when the population is shrinking?” After all, local employment is an important factor in deciding whether to stay in a smaller community or whether to move on to a larger centre. All of the above is embedded in the general issue of quality of life, one’s perception and real experience of vibrancy and livability of a community. Over the years, town councils of Lake Cowichan have obviously been aware of these issues when they put into motion important improvement projects, such as the arena, South Shore Road streetscape, round-about, new library, town square etc. All of these projects make our community more appealing, safer, and livable. Now, what puzzles me, is what appears to be a mediocre response by the Lake Cowichan Town Council to serious concerns about traffic issues along North Shore Road. It must be understood that Lake Cowichan and area needs businesses and the employment and livelihoods they provide to local families. It must also be understood that significant developments in the area have resulted in an increase in traffic along North Shore Road, for example, Youbou and Meades Creek traffic. It appears that Johel Bros. has provided much employment and local spin-off business through some of these developments and other public projects. We are fortunate to have local services and businesses and should support them whenever possible. After

all, they are our neighbours and friends. For this reason, I am optimistic that an important local employer such as Johel Bros. will find a way to redirect its truck away from North Shore Road whenever possible. I agree with Mayor Ross that expensive studies may not be the answer to issues raised about increased traffic along North Shore Road. One just needs to stand by the side of the road and watch school children use a crosswalk on their way to school that doesn’t even feature a pedestrian activated signal or observe how community members using scooters must dodge traffic speeding along. I am sure we all can agree on this: things have changed since the 1950s. There have been new residential and recreational developments resulting in increased traffic along this road. The neighbourhood itself has changed over the last decades from industrial thoroughfare to residential. The use of the public boat ramp has increased. We need young families in our community which means their children should be safe when they walk to their school. We want to make sure that those wishing to age-in-place rather than move to a larger centre can do so safely. Let’s not dumb down the issue of traffic concerns along North Shore Road by insisting that the speed limit cannot be lowered, that signage would be run over, or that the RCMP certifies how fast trucks are moving. We are all members of this community, newcomers and old-timers, business, families, and retirees. I hope that town council, in collaboration with businesses and the wider community, will muster the same enthusiasm and vision in addressing the concerns of the North Shore Road neignbourhood as it has shown regarding so many other important issues. It’s always a pleasure to tell out-of-town visitors that this is a great place to live. I am optimistic that solutions can be found to this community concern! Martin Breuhan Lake Cowichan







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once and for all. “The recent determination of the World Health Organization to include radiofrequent radiation on the 2B list of carcinogens also applies to devices such as smart meters.” Dr. Johannson is associated with the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, which issues Nobel Prizes in physiology and medicine. He is also a professor at the Royal Institute of Technology, which is closely tied to Nobel Prizes in physics and chemistry, and he works with the World Health Organization. Dr. Johansson is presently studying the relationship between cell phones and childhood cases of facial cancer. The WHO list of 2B carcinogens also includes lead and DDT. This is why we don’t use lead-based paint on children’s toys or spray our yards with DDT. Why then are we allowing a public utility to expose us to an equally dangerous hazard? In my opinion BC Hydro have decided that their profit justifies our risk. They have hired professional “communications managers” to convince the public that the new meters are a safe and harmless component of the new “smart grid”. Those who would like a learned opinion, from someone who is not being paid to provide it, might prefer to Google Dr. Johansson and read the results of his research.

Dear Editor I attended the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Lake Cowichan cenotaph as I usually do. In spite of the snow and cold temperatures, many people showed up and took the time to remember. It was heart-warming to see young and old alike giving the time to honour those and their families who sacrificed so much to allow us to have the freedoms we do. We are truly blessed to have the lives we so often take for granted. I am however, always dismayed and perplexed how during the two minutes of silence, the traffic behind us continues to flow! In this sense it isn’t really two minutes of silence. It is so obvious to those driving by that a ceremony of remembrance is taking place. Why can’t these people stop their cars and take two minutes to honour our veterans? I have waited at traffic lights for longer periods of time. Perhaps it’s time to put a barrier across the road to ensure all who enjoy the freedom and rights we do demonstrate their thanks.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012



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small house that sat built so they could parallel to (the long haul logs to the lake. since removed) railThe men logged the way track — which mountain just east of crossed the highway Mesachie Lake three — near the site of times — with the today’s Lake Laundroroad being extended each time — allowing mat. His neighbour, them to reach the logs Colin Cameron, lived nearby on Fern Road “at each new higher adjacent to the local level” wrote John F.T Catholic Church. Saywell in his book, Kaatza The Chronicles Cameron was a man of many talents. of Cowichan Lake Cameron served as (1967). Grosskleg, and part- Lake Cowichan Volunteer Fire Department’s ner Trueman — who fire chief from 1952 left the company only to 1953 and to return at one time later — conpartnered tracted for with Swan a couple Neva of years (Cameron for Lake and Neva Logging Contracting Company Ltd.) near Rounds Truebefore Rolli Gunderson man died eventually in Duncan severing the about 1956. partnership Some members of for good. the Trueman family Rounds, B.C. was remain in the Duncan a logging camp and small community near area and were instrumental in purchasing Cowichan Lake. a memorial bench, When Grosskleg which is located at died, the logging Saywell Park, in company was taken over by his wife Helen memory of members of the Trueman family. Grosskleg who ran it Cameron, his wife successfully for many Effie (both deceased) more years. and daughter Gail Trueman, a longmoved away many time Lake Cowichan resident, lived in a years ago. PAGES OF HISTORY


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Ernie Trueman, left and neighbour Colin Cameron show off the salmon they caught at Cowichan Bay back in the 1940’s. Both men were once residents of Lake Cowichan.

Back in the 1920s Ernie Trueman and Bill Grosskleg started a local logging partnership of their own with their first venture at the North Arm of Cowichan Lake. For a short while their logging camp was tied up at the beach belonging to

one of the Boyds, on Marble Bay Road. They also logged at Mesachie Lake near the site where Hillcrest Lumber Company mill was later built. The road that now services the Ministry of Forests’ Cowichan Lake Research Station at Mesachie Lake was

Members of the public are invited to attend the 18th Annual General Meeting of the Cowichan Lake Community Forest Co-operative.

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On the far left, in the bottom row, wearing a floppy hat sits young Janie Griffin — along with several others — enjoying a day of boating on Cowichan Lake in 1916.

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Janie was no more than four-years-old when she arrived here at the Lake in 1915 with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Frank Griffin. Griffin senior had come to take the job of stationmaster at the relatively new Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railroad (E & N) station. The little girl was delighted with the move and loved living at the station (in living quarters) with its high ceilings and large rooms. She enjoyed the ticket booth where she sometimes stood on a chair to hand

out tickets to passengers and frequently was allowed to take train rides sitting up high in the caboose. In later years, she remembered the fun she had while living at the station — running around inside it and yelling at the top of her lungs because of the wonderful echoes. It was an interesting and fun filled childhood at the station for the delightful little girl named Janie (later called Jennie). Many decades later, about 1993, she returned to Lake Cowichan to visit the station. By

then it had become the Kaatza Station Museum. She was delighted, once again, to see the station she so loved. It no longer seemed as large to her as it once had. During her visit she was thrilled to see the same old station desk, telegraph machine and other memorabilia that had once been part of the train station and part of her life. On Nov.12, 2012, Jennie Porter (nee Janie Griffin) passed away peacefully at the age of 101 — 97 years after she first arrived at Lake Cowichan.


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On the Movember website they explain that “During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in Canada and around the world. With their mo’s, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health initiatives.” The Lake Cowichan B.C. Ambulance team, MoMedics are in their third year of taking part in Movember. Team captain Ryan Smith, is happy to say that the team is nearing their fundraising goal of $500 and are sitting at $310.


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Local MOmedics give a big hairy deal In the photo (l) is Smith with team supporter, a MOmedic Mo Sista, Dayna Johnson. “Each medic has their own reasons for taking part, but it is a fun way to give back and raise awarness of something that we see regularly as street paramedics,” said Smith. You can help the MoMedics’ team of Smith, Chris De Vincenzo and Jamie Hockin by showing your support with a donation to the cause at and search B.C. Ambulance Station 119 or go to LakeCowichan.Paramedics and follow the link.

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The details: Saturday, Nov.24 7 p.m. Centennial Hall $5 admission (15 years and under are free) Refreshments are available

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Museum moments take a RCMP minute on the airwaves probe

Music in the Lake goes English country A talented group of musicians from around the Cowichan Valley, including the lake area, called Jane’s Way will be the feature group for Music in the Lake on Saturday, Nov.24. Jane’s Way will play an evening of English country music with their caller, Lucinde Metcalf. They play their own renditions of traditional Celtic jigs and reels that will be sure to get you up on your feet dancing. According to the Jane’s Way website, the band came together when mandolin player, Andy Cooper, was at the Duncan Farmer’s Market and heard Jane Way playing flute and tin whistle. He asked her if she might want to get together sometime to play. That was the start, and soon after Paul Ruszel joined along with Kim Cooper and Steve Johnson.


Rolli Gunderson Don Gordon pre-recording several segments of his series Museum Moments. They will be broadcast regularly on the local radio station CICV, The Lake, 98.7FM.

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Got a minute? That’s all it takes to hear Don Gordon’s excellent oneminute Museum Moments series now being aired on the lake’s radio station, 98.7FM CICV.

Gordon’s material includes a long list of one-minute sound bites — sometimes humorous and sometimes serious — but always interesting. Researching various local history topics at the Kaatza Station Museum, his one-minute segments include titles such as The Happy Hour Club, Cougar Attack, Car Bridge Collapses and The Last Train. If you have a minute tune in to the radio station each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:10 a.m., 8:10 a.m. and 4:10 p.m. for Museum Moments. The station, which has taken on a very professional sound, includes in its airtime a portion of required local content that includes music, song, open mike sessions, Museum Moments, events and so on. Producer, John Harrison, who works behind the scenes with voice presentation, talent, and resources content for intro and outro (which is the concluding section of a piece of music or radio

program) Harrison also handles recording sessions which includes Gordon’s 10 pre-recorded segments that will be broadcast at a later time. Harrison’s experience and skills have been put to good use. The station is running smoothly. Announcer, and host of the Open Mike Show, Mike Bishop, uses his skills as front man superbly. He also has a great on air voice. It is smooth and cool as a cucumber. Bishop is the general manager of the station and chairman of radio CICV board of directors. Gordon, a former mayor of the town, puts his gift-of-the-gab into each of the segments and easily manages to hit the nail on the head. Narrating interesting topics while using tone and timing perfectly makes Museum Moments sound, as it should, like a story from the past. Tune in and listen, it will only take a minute. Their signal can be also be heard on the internet at

Nanaimo couple wins Great Lake Walk’s spa package

Gazette Chris Clarke from the Honeymoon Bay Lodge and Retreat hands a coupon for a $1,000 spa package to the Great Lake Walk grand prize winner, Nanaimo resident, Janet Rathy, while Joan Hieta, president of the Great Lake Walk Society looks on.

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During this year’s Great Lake Walk event, everyone to cross the finish line after walking the full 56 kilometres was made eligible to win a $1,000 spa package at the Honeymoon Bay Lodge and Retreat. The recipient of this prize was Nanaimo resident Janet Rathy. “I was very happy to receive the news that I won,” Rathy said, “The day before I was looking at different get-away packages on the Retreat’s website.” Chris Clarke from the Honeymoon Bay Lodge and Retreat said that it was great for them to

be a part of the community event because it fits with part of the vision of the retreat which is to promote health and wellness. Great Lake Walk chair Joan Hieta adds that plans are already underway for next year’s event. The GLW society is looking at making some changes to enhance the 2013 walk — like encouraging corporate challenges — in hopes of getting registration numbers up. Check out the GLW website for updates and to take their survey, or their facebook page.

dog attack, shooting Lake Cowichan RCMP responded to an incident of a dog being shot in the Cowichan Lake Road area, which is located outside the town boundary of Lake Cowichan, on Nov. 15. Local RCMP Cpl. Larry Olson says that to date, the investigation indicates that three uncontrolled dogs aggressively approached a man out walking his two dogs. “The man and his dogs were reportedly backed in to a ditch by the three large breed dogs, when a neighbouring resident came to his aid. This man fatally shot one of the three dogs,” reports Olson. The Lake Cowichan RCMP continue to investigate this incident. RCMP officers are specifically examining the use of the firearm in a public area, and whether the actions were necessary to protect the man and his dog from injury. The Lake Cowichan RCMP are asking that anyone who witnessed this incident, or has information of value to the police investigation, to contact them at 250746-6668.



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Cancer Society looking for local volunteer drivers Melanie Brouwer Gazette

The Canadian Cancer Society is looking for more people in the Cowichan Lake area to join their Volunteer Driver Program. The program relies on a dedicated team of volunteers who donate their time and vehicles to transport patients to cancer treatment facilities. “For many people, a cancer diagnosis can mean they need to rearrange their entire lives to participate in treatment, and in the Cowichan Lake area this can be particularly challenging,” says Margaret Davis, volunteer recruiter for the Cowichan Valley. “Cancer treatment may last for weeks or months and include daily or weekly trips to the

Cancer Agency in Victoria for chemotherapy or radiation.” she adds. That’s where the Canadian Cancer Society can help. People looking for a ride simply call the Canadian Cancer Society office in Duncan (250-746-4134). They are then contacted by a dispatcher and picked up by a friendly volunteer who drives them to treatment in Victoria and back home. The drivers, many of whom have been touched by cancer themselves, provide a safe ride and a sympathetic ear. There are 53 Canadian Cancer Society drivers in the Cowichan Valley, but there are very few located in the Cowichan Lake area at the present time. Joan Henn, 76, a Honeymoon Bay resident, has been a volunteer driver for nine years. She encourages


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Great Lake Walk Society takes pride in local Lions Club The Lake Cowichan Lions Club meeting had a surprise visitor on Nov.12 as Joan Hieta made an unannounced appearance and was bearing a gift for the group. Hieta was at the meeting — representing the Great Lake Walk Society — to present a perpetual award, a Michaela Davidson print, to the Lions Club for all the years of being the Last Walker Vehicle during the Great Lake Walk. “The Great Lake Walk is all about volunteers,” said Hieta. “Without them, there would be no walk. Thank you Lions Club. “ she added. Sam Beldessi was surprised by the presentation and said it was a real shot in the arm for the club to receive the recognition for their efforts. “When you are the last walker vehicle it’s your job to watch that the last walker doesn’t get in trouble and make sure they get to the next stop,” said Beldessi. “It makes for a long day,” he says, “We usually start at 5 a.m. and are still going at eight o’clock in the evening.” Sam says nobody minds the long hours as they get to meet some interesting people from around the world taking part in the walk. In 2011 they had an interesting chat with two walkers from Libya who were attending Pearson College. The Lions Club is known for their volunteer efforts in Lake Cowichan, havSubmitted ing recently collected 9600 pairs of old eye glasses that Lions members Sam Beldessi, (l) and Eileen Pilkington (r) accept were repaired and donated to less fortunate countries. the perpetual award for Last Walker Vehicle from Great Lake Walk The 2013 Great Lake Walk will be on September 21. chairperson Joan Hieta.

AB Greenwell School hosts fun fall fair Melanie Brouwer Gazette

On Thursday evening, Nov. 15, A.B. Greenwell Elementary School in Youbou was the place to be for kids and families. The school held their annual Fall Fun Fair. Along with the local residents in attendance, many families drove in from Lake Cowichan and a number of graduated students returned to participate and help with the face painting station at the night’s events. The school’s gym held most of the activities, including a bouncy castle, a fishing game, and the most popular event — the cake walk. Upstairs, there was bingo, face painting, and book-give-away. Members of the Lake Cowichan Secondary School’s Leadership Club helped run the games. The ABG Parent’s Advisory Council ran the busy concession. Jann Drake, the school principal, noted the “great turnout.” The fundraiser amassed approximately $1,000, and all of the proceeds will go back to the school. The money raised will be used for the school in a variety of ways such as special equipment, projects within the school and field trips.

Above: Children circle the table at the Cake Walk during AB Greenwell’s Fall Fair while substitute teacher Heidi Calder keeps everything flowing. Right: Jack Sherren, Grade 1, has fun fishing for prizes at one of the games.


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Wednesday, November 21, 2012


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Stringing lights on the town Christmas tree are Keepy Johel (l) and Kim Hartshorn (r) — town employees — and in the bucket of hoist is Mike Hedley from Davey Tree Service. The holidays are upon us and December Madness is aiming to kick Lake Cowichan’s Christmas spirit into full gear on Friday, Dec. 7. The annual community tradition will officially get fired up at 7:30 p.m. precisely when mayor Ross Forrest lights

up the main Christmas tree at the Visitor Information Centre. Local businesses are participating in the annual Chamber of Commerce initiative. Leading up to the commencement of December Madness, decorating the town, are the volunteer elves on the seasonal decorating committee. They will be out and about in the next couple of weeks hanging lights and they could use your help. If you can volunteer, for even just

one hour, on the weekend of Nov. 24 and 25 it would be appreciated. Do you have any LED lights you are not using and would like to donate? Please drop them off with the volunteers that weekend or at the Town of Lake Cowichan’s office, Public Works’ office, Info Centre or contact Jayne Ingram at 250-710-6452. If not for the tireless contributions of Lake Cowichan’s volunteer troops, accomplishing such an ample amount of decorating would surely be impossible.

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Gazette LCSS teacher Shannon Steininger (l) works with students Robin Brooks and Madisyn Young on the finer techniques of delivering the rock.


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LCSS students caught throwing rocks On Friday morning, Nov. 16 the Lake Cowichan Secondary School’s physical education Grade 9 and 10 class were found at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena throwing rocks. In this case the rocks were curling rocks and they were part of a program that runs from mid October to the end of November where 14 and 15-year-old students are introduced to the sport of curling.

Teacher Shannon Steininger says the students seem to be enjoying the experience, so much so, that he hopes to be able to enter a junior team in the regular league at some point. Student Madisyn Young says she did a little bit of curling last year, and is having a lot of fun learning about the game, but said she was very cold. The students try their hand at curling every Friday morning.

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Initiation hockey still taking registration On Sunday, Nov. 11, Tim Hortons’ Initiation Lakers had a game against Kerry Park Islanders Initiation. It was an evenly matched battle right to the bitter end with both teams having a great time. They will be play again against Nanaimo on Sunday, Nov. 25 and Sunday, Dec. 2 at 3:15 p.m. at the Lake Cowichan Sports Arena. Initiation kids are four to six-years-old. If your child is interested in hockey, this is a great way to get them ready for the big leagues, learn about team camaraderie, sportsmanship, and most importantly how to have fun. There is still room available for this season. Registration for the 2013/14 season is in early spring. Look for registration dates in the Gazette in the new year. Come and join your local Lakers and watch some fun on the ice.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Courtesy Nitinat Lake Paddle Club

Paddling to the dock in the fore ground is Olympian Mark Oldershaw and Ditidaht students Josh and Sebastion

Members of the Nitinaht Lake Paddle Club and Canadian Olympic canoeists in Vancouver take time to pose for a group photo-.

Ditidaht youth paddle with summer Olympian Melanie Brouwer Gazette

Five youth members of the Nitinaht Lake Paddle Club recently had the opportunity to meet with a group of Canadian Olympic canoeists in Vancouver. The journey from Nitinaht took them more than 15 hours; they travelled on logging roads, highways and ferries to show their determination to learn from some of Canada’s best paddlers. Hugues Fournel, Brady Reardon and London Olympic bronze medalist, Mark Oldershaw, took the time out of their busy schedules to teach the young athletes all about their sport. The youths were treated to

a team building workshop, inspirational speeches from all three Olympians and a chance to take a photo with Oldershaw and his Bronze Medal from the 2012 London Olympic Games. After receiving some valuable tips, the Ditidaht youth had a three-person canoe race between themselves with an Olympian in each canoe. Afterwards, they gave each of the Olympians a print from Chief Jack Thompson, the brother of the late Art Thompson, a worldrenown Northwest-Coast First Nation artist. “It was an honour to paddle with the kids from the Ditidaht youth program. They showed

tremendous skill and spirit and have a lot of promise as future paddlers. I hope the program in Nitinaht continues to grow, fostering the great tradition of aboriginal canoeing and taking it into the future,” Oldershaw said. The program launched on the National Healing and Reconciliation Day on June 11, 2012. It is a symbolic day to honour the residential school survivors, a day to take back their culture and heritage. The program began with 50 school children from the community, with less than half of them having paddled before. Jason Anson, Sport Technologist, established the

Professional Electric Lakers nets win over Kerry Park

Courtesy Connie Vaughan

No.11, Richard Bergman’s drops the puck in for Lakers’ opening goal.

Taylor Svendson, No.7 and Nicholas Major, No.2 put up strong defense against a Kerry Park Islander player.

club and helped mentor five aboriginal community coaches. With the help of the community coaches, the Ditidaht First Nations plan to sustain the program long-term. “From the launch of the program we have seen the community spirit lift and come together, children’s confidence improve and a measurable success in kids with low-self esteem transitioning to normal self-esteem as a direct result of the implementation of this aboriginal paddling initiative and their participation,” says Anson. Today, 100 per cent of the Ditidaht youth paddle regularly. In the group’s first year’s

season, half of the kids won a provincial title in one or more races. They won 25 provincial canoe and kayak championship titles in both non-aboriginal and aboriginal events. The Ditidaht youth will wrap up their season next Thursday with a Christmas turkey dinner at their community hall in Nitinaht Lake. They will celebrate the birth of the Nitinaht Lake Paddle Club, a first of its kind in the Aboriginal Paddling Initiative in Canada. They will look forward to the upcoming North American Indigenous Games to be held in Regina, SK in 2014.

Saturday, Nov. 10, Novice C2 Professional Electric Lakers played an exciting home game against the Kerry Park B2 Islanders — there second match up this season. At the end of the first period Islanders led the score board 4-1, Lakers only goal was scored by No.11 Richard Bergman assisted by No.16 Seth Nahirnick. Coaches Vaughan, Clayton and Atchison gave the kids a quick pep talk during the intermission and they started the second period on fire. Only 1:20 into the period, No.6 Jorden Nicholson scored his second goal of the season, assisted by No.14 Jackson Lee. Lakers didn’t slow down, Bergman kept the fire going with four more goals with line mates Nahirnick and No.5 Chase McKinlay. Moving the puck up the boards created scoring chances for line mates No.1 Jake Walters, No.7 Taylor Svendson, and No.17 MacKenzie Callihoo. Islanders finish the period with a 7-6 lead. During the third period Nicholson, No.18 Andrew St. James and Lee kept the pressure on. Two break-away chances by No.18 St. James, and a pair in the net by Lee tied the game 8-8. The blue line was held, and the puck dumped deep by defense, No.3 Brenton Harris, No.2 Nicholas Major, No.4 Tyler Friesen, and No.10 Isabella Atchison. Then the opportunity came and — Atchison saw it — using the boards sending the puck forward, she took the break-away. Atchison scored her first goal of the season and the winning goal of the game. Lakers took their first win of the season 9-8 over the Islanders. An outstanding game was played by No.15 Mayson Callihoo in net for the Lakers as goalie. “Great team effort by all.” says coach Vaughan of the Novice C2 Professional Electric Lakers as they took their first win of the season against the Kerry Park B2 Islanders. —Submitted by Connie Vaughan

Atom Lakers host tournie The Royal Bank Atom Lakers are hosting a home tournament from Friday, Nov. 23 to Sunday, Nov. 25 at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena. It’s a great opportunity get your hockey fix and cheer the kids on. “There will be puck toss and a raffle table with lots of prizes to be won,” says Jen Hieta, the teams manager. “The raffle draw will be Sunday at 11 a.m.”

Lakers novice C1 and C2 face off

Lakers’ face-off:

All Lakers’ Novice players showed up to play on Sunday, Nov.11 to the best of their ability. It was an energetic game throughout with the Professional Electric Novice C2 Lakers taking the game with a final score of 12-8 against the Synergy Safety Novice C1 Lakers. Isabella Atchison scored for Novice C2 Lakers on an exciting breakaway. Jackson Lee was a driving force for Novice C2 Lakers scoring four goals. Xander Longbottom showed leadership for Novice C1 Lakers scoring three goals. Goalies, Taylor Svendsen for C2 and Brooklyn Creelman for C1, were strong between the posts each making many great saves. —Submitted by Belinda Waller

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IF YOU ARE ... • New in Town • Expecting a Baby DEATHS

GORANSON Lynn Marie (Abar), born May 18, 1945 died peacefully and with great courage with family by her side on Nov 10/2012. Predeceased by her loving husband and best friend Bill, parents Cecile and Harold Abar and sisters Diane and Cindy and brother Keith. Survived by her loving children; Travis (Selena), Leilanie (Corrin) and Leah. Also survived by her grandchildren Ashley, Keagan, Brent, Carson, Abby and her godson Reese. Lynn is also survived by her sister Ellen (Gardner), and brothers Lee (Karen), Larry (Delores), Neil, Bruce (Kari-Anne), and Jay (Winter). She will be mourned by her many nieces, nephews and many wonderful friends and of course by her faithful companion Kiko. Our Mother always carried herself with such grace, integrity and honesty. A devoted wife and mother, she put her family ďŹ rst always before herself and her kindness, generosity and never ending positivity impacted many lives and she will always be remembered for her gracious heart! A Memorial Tea will be held at the Mesachie Lake Fire Hall on Nov 24th from 1-4pm. We ask that in lieu of owers that a donation be made in our Mother’s honour to the BC Cancer Foundation.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

HELP WANTED AN ALBERTA Construction Company is hiring Dozer and Excavator 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. AUTO SERVICE Journeyman Technician required immediately at EJ Klassen GM in Port Hardy, Vancouver Island. Above average wages and beneďŹ ts. Fax resume 250-9497440 email: EXPERIENCED PARTS Person 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 Send resume to: Sapphire Auto, Box 306, Lac La Biche, AB, T0A 2C0. Email:



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Wednesday, November 21, 2012


The inside back: A little of this and that The Lake Cowichan branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library will be hosting two events on Tuesday, Nov. 20. VIRL’s customer services librarian Sheila HammondTodd will be giving one-on-one sessions to customers wanting to learn about using e-readers from 5 6:30 p.m. Dr. Meghan Polack, O.D., will be giving a presentation entitled “For Mature Eyes Only” — common eye diseases for aging eyes and ways to protect eye health to prevent eye diseases — from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Gazette

Cowichan cashmere is going to the dogs

Oscar and Joey, miniature dachshunds, were out and about with owners Jay and Karen deGoesbriand proprietors of Cowichan Pet Emporium. The wool henley shirts that the dogs are wearing are usually seen on those working out doors. The pet store carries a variety of dog apparel and pet supplies.

Valley Fish and Game Club is preparing for their annual Turkey Shoot. It is on Saturday, Nov.24 from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. at the club. There will be a concession available and everyone is welcome to attend.

Christmas in Honeymoon Bay

Creative crafters and happy customers filled the Honeymoon Bay Hall as the holiday season kicked into gear at the lake. All the tables were filled with an assortment of crafts and home baking as many people sought out that special gift for the coming season.

☞ Early start for Youth drop-in

Youth Drop-in on Wednesdays after school at Cowichan Lake Community Services will have an early start time of 1:20 p.m. on Nov.21 (and whenever there is an early dismal from school on a Wednesday) and finish at 3 p.m. instead of the regular 4 p.m.. The centre provides a safe environment — that is supervised — for youth from Grade 6 and up to hang out. Among some of the activities available at the informal drop-in centre will be games like foosball and Wii. Some snacks will be provided at no cost and there will also be an affordable concession.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012


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Lake Cowichan Gazette, November 21, 2012  
Lake Cowichan Gazette, November 21, 2012  

November 21, 2012 edition of the Lake Cowichan Gazette