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Judge to return with a sentence Erin Haluschak

years ago and attended Highland Secondary School in Comox. The accused cannot A Comox Valley teen will have to wait until the new be named because of the year to see how long he will Youth Criminal Justice Act remain in custody and the (YCJA). The hearing began Monseverity of his sentence for the second-degree murder day with family members reading emotional victim of James Denton. The three-day sentenc- impact statements, and ing hearing ended Wednes- explained the impact of day morning, with Justice James’ death on their dayto-day life. R.B.T. Goepel Baines noted noting he will Clearly, this the onus is on need more time to make is a difficult task. the Crown to prove why the his decision as I do need some accused should to whether the be sentenced teen will be time to reflect as an adult, sentenced as a and read further and presented youth or as an details. six aggravating adult. Justice R.B.T. Goepel facts to Goe“ C l e a r l y, pel including this is a difficult task,” he explained to that the accused brought a packed gallery. “I do need a weapon to a public event, some time to reflect and that he provoked the fight, and the attack with the read further details.” In August, Goepel found knife was done without the teen, who was 16 at the warning. He added that court time of the murder, guilty, and Crown prosecutor Gor- should place the most don Baines noted he is seek- weight on the seriousness and circumstances of the ing an adult sentence. Court heard throughout event, as well as consider the trial, which concluded in the accused’s age, maturiJune, that Denton, 19, was ty, character and previous stabbed twice — once in the background. Baines also took issue left armpit and once in the left lower back — near the with a psychological report entrance to G.P. Vanier Sec- prepared for the hearing. “The report is flawed,” he ondary School following the conclusion of a July 2011 stated. “Even though (the day-long music festival at author) had a copy of the the nearby Comox Valley reasons for judgment, it’s based on (the accused) selfExhibition Grounds. Denton was raised in report of the incident.” “The report should have Port Hardy, but moved to the Comox Valley several ... see LAWYERS ■ A2

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HOMETOWN BOY HONOURED Olympic distance runner Cam Levins (right) of Black Creek received an award of recognition Tuesday from Edwin Grieve (left) and Manno Theos in the Comox Valley Regional District boardroom. Levins’ name has been added to the Walk of Achievement Olympians plaque at the Comox Valley Sports Centre. Story, B12. PHOTO BY SCOTT STANFIELD

College strike action could increase Renee Andor Record Staff

CUPE college workers want to reach a negotiated settlement soon, and job action will likely escalate at North Island College if that doesn’t happen. “If our talks don’t go well this weekend, there very well could be a large escalation of our job action throughout the province,” says CUPE Local 3479 (NIC) president Michelle Waite, adding, “which will affect students because they

are coming up to exams.” Talks are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the main item is expected to be wages. Classes were cancelled for two days last week as CUPE Local 3479 members picketed at all North Island College campuses to try to pressure government to move on wages in contract negotiations. NIC classes end next week (Dec. 7 is the last day) and exams start right after, meaning further disruption to classes due to job action


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would come at a critical time for students. North Island Students Union (NISU) chair Jacelyn Lobay says NISU supports CUPE college workers. “The student union supports CUPE’s rights to bargain for a contract,” she says. “And we really would like the government to resolve this quickly so that there is no disruption to students.” She adds students are “of course” concerned about the possibility of future class cancellations due to

job action. While CUPE locals at other colleges are in the midst of job actions that won’t affect student learning this week — like shutting down specific departments — Waite says it’s business as usual at NIC. Instead, workers will rally at noon today (Friday) in front of Comox Valley MLA and Education Minister Don McRae’s office. Although he is not the Minister of Advanced Education, which is the ... see RALLY ■ A2


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little or no weight,” he added. Baines argued the prospects for rehabilitation for the accused is not good until “he truly accepts the responsibility of Mr. Denton’s murder,” despite writing an explanation and apology letter directed to the Dentons. “(The accused) needs to learn true empathy, not just the words that are advantageous in these proceedings,” he said. “He still assumes selfdefence; he still believes he was justified. That’s still not admitting responsibility.” Defence lawyer Michael Mulligan reminded court in his arguments that although second-degree murder is an “extremely serious” offence, it does not indicate that an adult sentence must be imposed. “It’s significant that there would be little practical difference in time that (the accused) would spend in jail under either sentencing,” he explained. Under the YCJA, the maximum sentence for second-

degree murder is seven years, with a maximum of four years in custody, and the remainder to be served in the community with conditions and under supervision. As an adult, second-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence, however, the judge can set parole eligibility at anywhere between 10 and 25 years. If sentenced as an adult, the accused could be eligible for day parole in February 2017, and full parole by July 2018, taking into consideration time served. “With respect to age — 16 — sentencing can amount to eight years. That in my submission is a serious and meaningful sentence. You are spending half the amount you are alive in custody,” Mulligan said. He added an adult sentence will make it difficult for rehabilitation, and that his client accepts the fact he must be punished, and added he expressed genuine remorse. Mulligan read aloud a letter Tuesday written by the

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teen expressing his regret and his apology, although the Denton family left the courtroom while it was being read. Mulligan explained in his arguments his client is “highly motivated, and he knows he can’t undo what he has done, but acknowledges the harm he’s done.” Outside the courthouse, Mulligan told media the case has been difficult for all parties involved. “What makes it so tragic is that the community is dealing with the loss of a young man who had real promise and potential — I think that’s really clear,” he said. “It’s made particularly hard, because the judge is now needing to sentence another young man, who according to reports and letters and material filed, is also someone who had lots of potential to do very good things. “So it’s a hard case, in that respect, and the judge has a difficult task weighing the evidence and making the decision he needs to make.”

ministry in charge of post-secondary education, Waite says she CUPE college workers hope “raise the awareness and to try to garner some support from various MLAs.” Waite expects some North Island College Faculty Association members and students to join the rally. “We’ve spread the word, we’ve invited our faculty association and they’re on board, and we’ve extended an invitation to the students because, again, if the

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negotiations don’t go well over the weekend this will be affecting the students,” she says. Lobay says NISU has informed students of the rally, but with the rally during class time and exams coming up she says it’s hard to guess at student turnout. CUPE college support workers, of whom there are about 3,000 in the province, have been without a contract since 2010. The union wants a four-per-cent pay hike over two years.

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Pros and cons of hospital location Erin Haluschak Record Staff

Of those expressing their opinions Tuesday night about the proposed zoning amendment for the development of the new Comox Valley hospital, a slight majority were opposed. Courtenay council heard from about two dozen people at the Filberg Centre. They commented about a 2.37-acre playing field site owned by the City facing Lerwick Road and an 11.17-acre portion of the North Island College campus. An Official Community Plan amendment and rezoning, respectively, would be required for the development of the 153-bed hospital at that site. The facility is expected to cost about $334 million and be completed in 2017. It will be jointly funded by the provincial government (60 per cent) and the ComoxStrathcona Regional Hospi-

tal District (40 per cent). “This is the most important institutional addition in many years,” said Courtenay resident George Aldcroft. “The $800,000 from VIHA that the City is getting (from the sale of the city property) for future parks is a winning solution for all parties.” Money from the sale of the Courtenay-owned land to the Vancouver Island Health Authority would be used toward a regional playing field for the entire Comox Valley to use, according to a report to Courtenay council earlier this month from City director of legislative services Peter Crawford. The land sale would officially go through only after the rezoning process is complete. Muir Road resident Tom Witty expressed concerns about the “totally unsatisfactory site for a district hospital.”

He said the land area is too small for parking and future expansion, and the infrastructure support would be a significant future burden for taxpayers of the city. Some residents, including a physician/surgeon who works at St. Joseph’s General Hospital in Comox and the Campbell River Hospital concurred with Witty, and reminded council, “Your decision must not remain political, but what is best for the patient.” Others expressed concerns around traffic, the impact on future growth of the college, loss of green space and trees and the proximity to Queneesh Elementary School. “The size of the lot is too small,” said Dave Ogilvy. “Costco looks like it has a larger lot. There’s not enough room for growth for the hospital or the college.” A group of Tamarack Drive residents, including

Bev Skwernuik who began a petition opposing the rezoning, also expressed their concerns. Some supporters of the amendments commented the process of constructing a regional hospital is not going to happen, and although there never will be a perfect situation, the project needs to move forward. “The ship has sailed a long time ago. We’re not going to be getting a regional hospital,” noted Art Meyers. “We wanted a race horse and we ended up with a camel, and now we have to run with it.” Bob Mortimer said he’s placing his trust in VIHA and their planners, while Bruce Muir and Comox Valley Regional District Area B Director Jim Gillis urged council to move forward as quickly as possible. “There is never going to be a perfect solution,” noted Muir.

Trustees fretting about student safety Renee Andor Record Staff

While the public hearing to rezone land slated for the new Comox Valley Hospital was going on Tuesday, the Valley’s Board of Education was discussing how to keep nearby students safe during and after hospital construction. Queneesh Elementary School at 2345 Mission Rd. is close to land proposed for the project. At Tuesday’s board meeting, SD71 secretary treasurer Russell Horswill noted district staff have met with the school’s Parent Advisory Council (PAC) and decided to create a subcommittee. “The purpose of that committee is going to be primarily to look at student

safety concerns during the construction, as well as the post design,” said Horswill, adding the committee plans to meet frequently to stay ahead of the issues and relay information to parents. District staff have also been meeting with City of Courtenay and Vancouver Island Health Authority staff regularly. Horswill noted the next meeting is planned for Dec. 4. Trustee Rick Grinham noted he would like to see overpasses at Ryan and Lerwick roads to make the area more safe for students. Horswill said Grinham’s suggestion is on the list for the Dec. 4 meeting. Trustee Janice Caton said she heard there will not be a treed buffer area between the hospital properties and

the school property — as originally planned. Horswill confirmed the information, adding the area was assessed and the risk of blowdown was deemed too high, and the plan is now for no buffer between the properties. SD71 director of operations Ian Heselgrave later told the Record the area directly next to the school will still have trees because the school is set back from Lerwick Road and is more in line with the college than the hospital site. He added the site is expected to be cleared early in the New Year, but then no further construction work is planned for over a year until the Request for Proposals process is over. “So we’re going to have a little bit, I’ll call it a three-

or four-week period of activity, and it’ll be idle for 14 months,” said Horswill. He also noted the district has had preliminary discussions with VIHA around establishing a protocol for lockdown of the construction site in case, for example, the school believes a child could be on the site. “So if ever we lose Johnny or Jane and we’re not sure where they’re at, and we’re worried that they have gone away from the school site and may have been interested in that crane, that we have a mechanism in place to bring the construction to an immediate halt,” said Horswill. “So we’re starting to probe the protocols now to make sure that we have actions in place to do the best we can to ensure student safety.”

THE COMOX AIR Show is set to happen Aug. 17. It’s been over seven years since the past Comox Air Show and this year the show is set to coincide with Armed Forces Day. Snowbirds are expected to demonstrate their aerial acrobatics.

Air show planned for Comox in 2013 Record Staff The Comox Air Show is gearing up to take off this summer, with Aug. 17 confirmed as the big day. It’s been more than seven years since the last Comox Air Show, which saw about 25,000 people attend. This year the show is set to coincide with Armed Forces Day, marking 70 years of Air Force history in Comox. “We intend to present the region with an amazing and memorable Air Show that will also feature displays from across the Canadian Forces,” writes Air Show director Maj. Dwayne Kerr in a promotional pamphlet. “A large variety of unique, historic and modern military and civilian aircraft from across North America will grace the sky and tarmac.” Organizers at 19 Wing have decided to keep quiet about details until their official media launch in the New Year, but the pamphlet for sponsorship opportunities notes the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Air Demonstration Squadron, Demonstration CF-18 and Skyhawks parachute team will be in attendance. Tours of static aircraft and displays from the Army and Royal Canadian Navy will also be featured. For more information, find Comox Air Show on Facebook, or visit

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Mike giving away 100 bikes Kids’ bicycles ‘metaphor for freedom and independence’ Mark Allan Record Staff

Donating to many local charities was not enough for Comox Valley Dodge owner Mike Marchi. Besides donating cash to You Are Not Alone (YANA), Tour de Rock and St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, Comox Valley Dodge has donated vehicles to ambulance paramedics and fire departments, hosted an annual open golf tournament and sponsored sports teams. Then Marchi got the idea for Mike’s Bikes. “I’m a dad and I’m an avid cyclist and an avid fitness person,” Marchi said in an interview. “To me, it’s very important that children in particular have the opportunity to have some fun and enjoy their lives when it comes to health and fitness. “I think a bike is a way to give them that, but unfortunately a lot of people in the Valley don’t have a lot of money.” “To me, a bike is an expression, a metaphor for freedom and independence,” Marchi said. I think every child deserves to have a bike.” Accordingly, he and Comox Valley Dodge will give away 100 bicycles to children this holiday season. The program has criteria, but there is not a catch, Marchi explained. “It’s not about selling cars. Comox Valley Dodge is of course my store, my company and that’s who’s doing it, but people won’t have to come here; it

COMOX VALLEY DODGE owner Mike Marchi is giving away 100 bicycles to children. has nothing to do with that.” Mike’s Bikes are for children aged five to 12. The bikes are being bought locally. The deadline to apply is Dec. 17. To do so, children, their parents, guardians or teachers would visit, click on the Request Your Bike! link and

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fewer, explain why the child should receive a Mike’s Bike. Marchi will assess applications himself. The form asks for the child’s height and gender in an effort to match kids with bikes that are the right size and colour. Bicycle helmets are not included in the offer because it would be difficult to match children with ones that fit properly. Comox Valley Dodge has a community sponsor that would provide your child a helmet for a reduced price. Depending on the outcome this year, Marchi said he plans to do a bike giveaway every year.

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The City of Courtenay reported two acts of vandalism where someone has spray painted buildings owned by the City of Courtenay. The tag that was used was “Cat Nip”. Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP. (2012-14367) On Nov. 20, RCMP were called by the staff of the Westerly Hotel Beer and Wine store at 1590 Cliffe Ave. in Courtenay, to report a theft. An unknown man entered the store and grabbed two of bottles of alcohol, then left the store without paying. The man was caught on video. (2012-14371) Police received a call on Nov. 20 of a theft of a black Schwin BMX bike from the bike rack at the Highland secondary school in Comox. (2012-14372) On Nov. 21, RCMP attended a two vehicle collision at Fitzgerald Ave. and 11th St. in Courtenay. The vehicle going West on 11th St. proceeded into the intersection before it was safe and was struck by the vehicle going North bound on Fitzgerald Ave. The driver was charged under the motor vehicle act. (2012-14407) Police received a report of a dangerous driving on Lake Trail Rd. in Courtenay on the evening of Nov. 21. The caller reported two dirt bikes without lights on, passed her on the shoulder of the road. Pedestrians were present at the time. (2012-14411) On Nov. 22 RCMP attended a parking lot in the 100 block of Back Rd. in Courtenay for a vandalism to a vehicle. A witness reported seeing a man breaking a tail light in a car at that location. The suspect fled in a dark colored truck with blue colored lights under the bumper. (2012-14425) A report of a theft from a motor vehicle was received on Nov. 22. The owner reports parking the car on a gravel parking lot near the Powell River ferry terminal and later discovered that someone had smashed the driver’s side window, jacked the car up and stole both rear tires. (2012-14432) On Nov. 23, the Comox Valley RCMP attended a break, enter and theft at the Union Bay Post office building. Two businesses were entered and computer equipment was stolen. (2012-14476) Police received a report of a single vehicle roll over on highway 19A near Fanny Bay on Nov. 23, 2012. The car was traveling Northbound and left the roadway on a single left hand corner. (2012-14490) On the night of Nov. 23, RCMP were doing traffic control at a collision on the Island Highway South near Fanny Bay when a driver would not follow police direction. The driver was found to be under the influence of alcohol. The driver was given a 90 day Immediate Roadside Prohibition and his truck was impounded for 30 days. (201214492) On Nov. 23, police received a report of 4 young men knocking down a section of fence on the 500 block of King Rd. in Comox. (2012-14496) On the night of Nov. 23, police attended Mark Isfeld secondary school for a report of youths on the roof setting off fireworks. One person reported that the youths shot the fireworks at his residence. (2012-14500) On the night of Nov. 23, RCMP police conducted a road check on 5th St. at Lewis park in Courtenay. During the road check 2 prohibited drivers were found and in another car a small amount of marihuana was located. The driver was found to be under the influence of a narcotic, was given a 24 hour suspension and had his vehicle towed. (2012-14509)

A theft of a bike was reported from the Supreme Convenience on Lake Trail Rd. in Courtenay on Nov. 24. The bike, a black and red Rossridge Runner mountain bike, was left unlocked while the owner was inside the store. (2012-14527) On Nov. 15, 2012 police received a report of a mischief to Christmas ornaments on the 300 block of Panorama crescent in Courtenay. The home owner reports that someone has piled his ornaments up together and damaged some in the process. (2012-14552) A call for service at the Canada Safeway store on Cliffe Ave. in Courtenay was taken by police on Nov. 25, 2012. The report was of a female stealing items from a car in the parking lot. The female was located and held for court. She faces charges of possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime and Fail to Comply with conditions of probation. (2012-14558) On Nov. 25, 2012 a report of a vandalism to vehicle was taken by police. The owner stated that she parked the car in the gravel lot at 795 Ryan Rd. in Courtenay and upon her return she found the rear window smashed out. Nothing was taken. (2012-14562) On Nov. 26, 2012 the Comox Valley RCMP received a report of a theft from a locked vehicle parked on the 1100 block of Denny Rd. in Comox. The owner reported that her wallet was taken but later returned and all contents accounted for. (2012-14588) Police received more complaints of vandalism in the downtown core of the City of Courtenay. On Nov. 26, 2012 several cases of spray painted graffiti were reported. (2012-14592) On Nov. 26, 2012 police received a report of an intoxicated man yelling at people. Police attended and located a man lying on the sidewalk in front of a business on the 300 block of 6th St. in Courtenay. The man was arrested for causing a disturbance and held in police cells until he was sober. (2012-14620) The Comox Valley RCMP attended a motor vehicle versus a bicycle collision at the intersection of Cliffe Ave. and 17th St. in Courtenay on Nov. 27, 2012. All witness indicate that the pickup truck entered the intersection after the light had been yellow for some time and cyclist started into the intersection before his light had changed to green. Charges under the Motor Vehicle act were laid and minor injuries resulted to the cyclist. (2012-14612) On Nov. 27, 2012 a report of a theft from a motor vehicle was taken by the Comox Valley RCMP. The owner reports parking the vehicle on the 100 block of Cliffe Ave. in Courtenay and some time over night culprits entered the unlocked car and stole some documents. (201214627) The Comox Valley RCMP are investigating a report of an attempted armed robbery that took place on Comox Rd. near Portuguese Joes in the early evening hours of Nov. 27. The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, about 5’ 10” with a medium build, wearing a hoodie. The man is reported to have brandished what appeared to be a handgun which was partially concealed in his pocket. The suspect demanded money. This investigation is continuing. (2012-14657) Police received a report of an assault on Nov. 27. The complainant reports being punched in the face two times by the accused woman. The woman was located and arrested. The woman was later released from police custody with a future court appearance. (2012-14658)

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Mikayla Volkers, a seven-year-old from Comox, surpassed her goal to raise $1,500 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). According to her mother, Ria Volkers, the final number isn’t in yet, but already the tally is around $1,850. “It’s pretty exciting,” says Ria, adding she expects a bit more to come in from a local school initiative. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we make $2,000.” Mikayla joined forces with an Australian girl, 11-year-old Rebekah Holt, to generate awareness about

COMOX’S MIKAYLA VOLKERS, 7, cut her hair on World Diabetes Day after she surpassed her fundraising goal of $1,500 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. About $1,850 has come in with a bit more left to add to the tally. Type 1 diabetes and fundraise for JDRF. Although Mikayla

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River rising seriously Storms forcing BC Hydro to release much more water from reservoir BC Hydro advises the public to stay away from the Puntledge River from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Friday through to next weekend, and during the day from Sunday through Monday. BC Hydro will more than double the water release downstream by early Sunday morning through to Tuesday morning to control the Comox Lake Reservoir level. Water flow from the spillway gates at the dam will go from about 40 m3/s to about 110 m3/s. At night starting Friday through to the end of next week, BC Hydro may release more than 110 m3/s to control the reservoir level. River flows are already high with the current wet weather and BC Hydro will ideally release water when natural river system flows from the Browns and Tsolum subside.

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One last chance to buy crafts After a one-year absence, the Last Chance Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair is back at the Florence Filberg Centre this Saturday and Sunday. The fair’s new convener, Paul Baal, is delighted with the wonderful group of crafters, mainly from the Comox Valley, who will participate with their beautiful handmade crafts in the seventh Last Chance Fair. This will be the last time before Christmas that so many crafters will be assembled in one place in this area to help you complete your Christmas shopping. There will be something for every budget, from stocking stuffers to that fine gift for that special someone. The fair will feature an excellent selection of clothing items for young and old, ranging from children’s clothes and aprons to scarves, gloves, socks, felted hats, cloth bags, and embroidered items. Also, there is a fine selection of sauces, chutneys, gourmet speciality foods and delicious British desserts. For the shopper looking for useful gifts for the kitchen, the fair has cutting boards and bread knives that are perfect for slicing the loaf from your bread machine. To dress up the dining room table for the festive season, there are tablecloths, napkins, and handpainted glassware and dishes. There is a wide range of pottery

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YANA tree auction returns It’s time once again for the Driftwood Mall Christmas Tree Auction, an annual fund raiser for YANA (You Are Not Alone). The Driftwood Mall began this fund raising initiative in 1999 and over the past 13 years Heather Tisdale has been responsible for the event. Her family decorates a tree every year. “I look forward to doing this every year,” she says. “It is one of each year’s highlights for me. YANA is such a worthwhile organization and the tree auction brings awareness to all the new people in the Valley.” Heather is proud that proceeds from the Driftwood Mall’s Christmas Tree Auction and the sale of YANA’s Christmas crackers at the display have exceeded $140,000 over the past 13 years. Individuals, families, businesses and organizations decorate trees that are on display for two weeks at the Driftwood

Mall. Some trees even have gifts under them already. The public is encouraged to view the trees and place bids on their favourites. A newcomer to the event this year is Charlene Chris-

I look forward to ❝ doing this every year. It is one of each year’s highlights for me.

Heather Tisdale tiansen from Investors Group. She chose a fruit theme for her tree, engaging her fouryear-old son Cayden by drying sliced fruit for their decorations. “Participating in this fundraiser, to me, was about rising up and supporting families and individuals just like ourselves, it is what a community is all about and it is how we all move forward collectively and I am proud to be a part of that movement. Thank

you so much, YANA!” While you’re there, vote for your favourite tree. It will be hard to choose. YANA Christmas Crackers are also on sale at the mall during the Christmas tree display. These popular crackers usually sell out well before Christmas so don’t wait too long before you purchase yours. If you are inspired to participate by decorating a tree next year, just let Heather know (she’s there every day of the event). All money raised goes to YANA and then directly to help Comox Valley families who must travel to other places for medical treatment for their children. The display is open to the public until Dec. 8 when bidding closes. For more information about YANA, visit or follow them on Facebook. — You Are Not Alone

Trees getting delivered this year Record Staff This year the Christmas trees auctioned off to support YANA (You Are Not Alone), can be delivered right to your door — thanks to a Comox Valley man who saw a need for the service. Doug Inrig went down to the Driftwood Mall Christmas Tree Auction — which raises funds for YANA each year — to bid on a tree. As he was placing his bid he discovered that if he received that tree he bid on, he would have to figure out how to transport it to his home. “You have to take them all

apart and take them home,” he says. “And then I thought ‘no this is ridiculous, I’ll get some volunteers to help deliver them things.” So he called up two of his old friends from the Pushrods — the first car club in the Comox Valley, which was around in the 60’s and 70’s — and asked if they would be available to help deliver the 29 trees. “’Course we are Doug, sure why not,’” he recounts them saying, adding “And the reason I want to do it — in memory of a couple of members who were good friends of mine, have passed away, and

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I want to do it in memory of them.” So Inrig, along with Dave Mellin and Dave Johnston, will deliver the trees in memory of past Pushrods members Robin Salter and Don MacBeth and another past member’s wife Joy Coveney. “We’ll get them all in there and we’ll just get a GPS and go around and deliver them,” he says. Dec. 8 is the last day to bid on a tree, and Inrig and his friends will deliver the trees the very next day. Winning bidders can decide whether they would like their tree delivered or not.

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Food for those most in need is a big theme for Delicious Downtown taking place this weekend part of Downtown Courtenay WinterFest. Everyone is invited to bring a few cans or a whole bag of non-perishable groceries to the Downtown Courtenay WinterFest Food Bank Drive at the old Dollar Store building (WinterFest Hub) at the corner of Fifth and England from 11 a.m. till 3 p.m. All donors will be entered in a draw to win dining gift certificates contributed by local restaurants and caterers. Bring the kids for a free hands-on eco-art and craft activity with Gayle Bates from the CVRD when you drop off your donation. At 1 p.m., the Celebration Singers will serenade donors and crafters with some beautiful music. Just up the street, oyster lovers are in for a special treat. Visit the Oyster Bar for the Food Bank, a raw oyster bar presented by Pentlatch Seafoods and Tria Culinary Studio right on the street in front of Union Street Grill and Grotto from noon to 2. A $1 donation gets you a succulent sample and all of the money goes to the food bank. Union Street owners Mark and Danielle will sweeten the pot and donate $1 from every oyster dish sold from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1 to the food bank. Butchers Block will host Natural Pastures and Bitesize Condiments from noon to 3 for tastings and they’ll be serving up delicious house made sausages and Golden Phoenix samples cooked on the barbecue starting at 11. The donation jar will be out with all funds going to a stocking fund for the homeless. — Downtown Courtenay WinterFest

Chef launching new book The culinary adventures continue at WinterFest as Eric Akis helps celebrate a Delicious Downtown at ‘Beyond’ the Kitchen Door. Join Chef Akis as he launches his new cookbook with a book signing, cooking demonstration and tasting of delicious recipes from Everyone Can Cook Everything. Meet Akis this Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. as he shares tips and techniques for holiday entertaining. This is an opportunity to meet one of Canada’s best-selling authors and take home fresh new ideas for cooking in Everyone Can Cook Everything. Known for his fun, easy-going approach to home cooking, Akis is a celebrated local author, food columnist and creator of the weekly recipes in the Thrifty’s food flyer. Everyone Can Cook Everything is a long-awaited compendium of Eric’s favourite recipes from his national bestselling book series, Everyone Can Cook. From his original book, to his subsequent cookbooks on midweek meals, appetizers, sea-

CHEF ERIC AKIS will be on hand Saturday at ‘Beyond’ the Kitchen Door in downtown Courtenay. food, slow cooker meals and celebrations, Eric has long been appreciated by readers and food writers alike for creating no-fuss, easyto-follow recipes that really work. Everyone Can Cook Everything collects the best of 10 years of cooking in one beautiful photo-rich, 400-page hardcover volume. All recipes are presented in his signature style – elegant and straightforward. Each chapter pro-

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Christmas comes to museum You’re invited to celebrate the spirit of an old-fashioned community Christmas with the Courtenay and District Museum this Saturday. Museum entry will be free to any family that brings a new or used, unwrapped toy or gift for Santa’s Workshop, or a donation for the local food bank. There will be a number of events from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., including: • Children can choose from several Christmas ornament crafts. • Pat Trask will offer an informative and fun presentation about the origin of Christmas traditions at 3.

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Silent auction at Filberg Park As part of the ongoing, year-round fundraising efforts, a collection of arts and crafts donated by the artisans of the Filberg Festival, plus gems from the Filberg Gift Shop donations, are being auctioned this Saturday. The second annual Silent Auction will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Filberg Lodge. There will be more than 100 items with something that will appeal to everyone on your Christmas list. Pottery, metal art, textiles, jewelry, antiques and collectibles will be available to be bid on, with all of the proceeds going to maintenance and restoration projects in the historic park. Bring the family down to the park at 3:30 to help decorate a

TOPPING THE TREE Glenn Wills of Wills Marine Supply got some help from Stuart at Comox Marine and Wood Working and Freddy of European Supreme Welding to make a made-in-Comox tree topper. It sits atop the Christmas tree in the Town Circle.

MORE THAN 100 items will be auctioned this Saturday at the Filberg Lodge in Comox.

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Holidays in Comox Rain or shine, Santa and his band the Dukes of Dodge will be rockin’ in downtown Comox this Saturday. The frolicking fun kicks off in Filberg Park at 3:30 p.m. by helping Santa’s elves decorate a tree for the birds. The jolly man arrives at 4 and will lead everyone through the park to Comox Avenue to join his rock band. The people parade continues down Comox Avenue to the Comox Centre Mall. Comox Avenue will be closed to vehicles from 3:45 to 5 p.m. between Port Augusta and Pritchard. In the mall, there’s lots more free entertainment until 6:30. Gillian Legendre of Detailed Face Painting, will work her artistic magic on little faces. Balloon artist Nadia from Lots of Laughs will transform balloons into whimsical creations and magician Greg Ladret will have his audience mesmerized and laughing. Ambassador Shuttle will offer rides back to your car at Filberg.

tree for the birds and animals in the Park. Santa will stop to lead a procession to the Comox Centre Mall, where he will rock the day away with the Dukes of Dodge. On Sunday, you’re invited to welcome Small World Imports back to the Filberg Lodge with their wonderful display of Tibetan rugs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. If all of this doesn’t get you in the spirit, check There are more wonderful seasonal events yet to come. — Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park Society


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Silent Auction 11am - 4pm in the Lodge Fabulous art, crafts and collectables, many donated by the 2012 Filberg Festival artisans will be auctioned with all proceeds to the ongoing restoration and maintenance projects.

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Sears opens‘refreshed’ store Sears Canada is opening a refreshed Hometown Store in Courtenay on Nov. 30 as part of its commitment to offering customers better selection, convenience and service. The store at 70029th St. is owned and operated by Norm and Dustin Parker. The 16,000-square-foot store has been completely renovated and will house a wide selection of major appliances, mattresses and more including the Sears exclusive brands of Kenmore and Craftsman. “We are personally committed to accomodating our customers’ wants and needs and providing them with an enjoyable and satisfying shopping experience,” says Norm Parker. “Customers will be delighted with the broad range of topquality products Sears has provided for our refreshed store.” The Parker family has been involved with Sears since 1967 when Norm was hired as a Sears employee with assignments in various stores including Port Alberni, Powell River, Fort St. John and Courtenay. Norm was Sears’ youngest store manager in Prince Rupert when he was 26. He became district manager with Sears for nine years, and then decided to become a store owner with the new hometown dealer formats in 1993. Norm, along with his son Dustin, built their current store in 2000. Over the years the family has been involved in many sports

We’ve come up with a winning ❝ formula for consumers in Courtenay and the Comox Valley … by combining the national resources of Sears with the local service of your neighbour — truly the best of both worlds in terms of customer service. Norm Parker

clubs throughout the community. As the family, and the business expanded, both Norm’s and Dustin’s spouses became important members of the store’s operation. Norm has now stepped away from most of the daily activities, but remains focused on total customer satisfaction. Dustin has taken over the store management overseeing the daily operations as well as the sales floor. Along with his wife Lisa, they are raising their six-yearold-daughter in the community they both grew up in and are able to greet many of their customers on a firstname basis. While the Hometown Store is locally owned and operated, all merchandise sold is supported by Sears satisfaction guarantee, as well as Sears extensive parts and service division, the largest service network in Canada. In addition, the store features Sears and third party credit card acceptance. Sears has installed systems that enable purchases made through the Hometown Store to be reserved immediately and delivery dates arranged according to each customer’s preference. “We’ve come up with a winning formula for

Icelanders gather Can you say Eyjafjallajökull? If you can, you’re probably Icelandic. And, if you’re Icelandic (meaning you have at least a drop of Icelandic blood in you, are married to an Icelander or are simply interested in the Icelandic experience), you will want to attend the annual Christmas get-together of the Icelanders of the Comox Valley. This will be the seventh year of this gettogether celebrating the Icelandic heritage. This year it takes place Dec. 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Evergreen Lounge in the Filberg Centre in Courtenay. Earlier this year, the

Thorlacius /Phillips family spent a vacation in Iceland. They will share their experience in the Land of Fire and Ice at the get-together. There will be coffee, goodies and conversation (some in Icelandic). And, you will learn how to pronounce Eyjafjallajökull, which, of course is the name of the volcano that erupted in 2010, causing much grief to air travellers in Europe and news announcers in North America. There will be a fee of $5 to cover costs. You are invited to bring goodies to share. For more information, call Erik Eriksson at 250-334-3306.

consumers in Courtenay and the Comox Valley,” continued Parker, “by combining the national resources of Sears with the local service of your neighbour — truly the best of both worlds in terms of customer service.”

The Hometown Store is open Mondays to Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 11 to 4. Sears Canada is a multi-channel retailer with a network that includes 196 corporate stores, 269 Hometown dealer stores, 12 home services showrooms, over 1,500 catalogue and online merchandise pickup locations, 102 Sears Travel offices and a nationwide home maintenance, repair, and installation network. For more, visit www.

THE PARKER FAMILY (from left) Dustin, Lisa, Madison, Sandi and Norm have run the Sears store in Courtenay since 2000. PHOTO BY RENEE ANDOR


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SINGER ANNIE BECKER is one of the attractions as WinterFair begins Saturday in Cumberland.

WinterFair in the village This Saturday, over 40 vendors will set up at the Cumberland Recreation Centre on Dunsmuir to offer wonderful, unique and varied crafts, art, goods and services to get you started for the holiday season. WinterFair launches the annual holiday shop local campaign Christmas in the Village, which runs through December and offers a diverse range of experiences for shoppers, diners and audiences in historic downtown Cumberland. WinterFair runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offers shoppers moccasins, knitting and crocheting along with other fibre arts, soap, preserves and more. Wood, glass, metal, paper, sparklies and fabric are the basis for everything from jewelry to home décor. You’ll find something for everyone on your list – even the ‘hardest to buy for’ — and probably something for yourself, too. It’s not all about shopping — although spending your money with local craftspeople and in locally owned businesses boosts the economy and supports families here. It’s also about food, and drink; visiting with friends

and neighbours and, of course (this is, after all, Cumberland) entertainment. Award-winning singer/songwriter Sue Pyper has been lauded throughout North America and her cover tunes have been wellreceived, but her own songs are blowing folks away. Whether you see Annie Becker in a packed club, intimate coffeehouse, animated music festival, or bustling street corner, those who come across this jazz queen wrapped in a folk dress wearing souled shoes will no doubt walk away with a smile on their face and a melody in their head. Pamela Tessmann, Blaine Dunaway and Anela Kahiamoe round out the day’s lineup with their own wonderful styles and instruments. This is a multifarious and multitalented group of great musicians offering up their talents to the local community for a day of fun. Join in Saturday and right through the month to celebrate in the village. Santa’s breakfast and the Light Up Truck Parade follow WinterFair on Sunday. The parade starts at 6 p.m. at Village Square with hot chocolate for

the kids. There will be latenight shopping on the Fridays in December and watch for, or join in on, traditional wassailing on Dec. 14 before the Give a Little Bit shelter benefit at the Waverley. For details, visit www.cumberlandbc. org. — Cumberland Chamber of Commerce

It’s the time of year when Cumberland villagers young and old gather to celebrate the holiday season. Santa’s Breakfast this Sunday from 8:30 to 11:30 is a Cumberland tradition. Part of Christmas in the Village: Play, Dine, Shop and Celebrate in Historic Cumberland, which runs from Dec. 1 to 15, Santa’s Breakfast features a delicious pancake breakfast and silent auction. Create your own holiday wreath or a variety of other crafts for all age, enter the gingerbread house contest, and, of course, visit with Santa! Santa’s Breakfast volunteer Gesa Ward said of last year’s event, “There is nothing more magical then seeing an empty gym turn into a Christmas Wonderland. “All the hard work and effort from all our volunteers comes together to create a wonderful festive event for the young and old

YOUNG AND OLD are welcome at Santa’s Breakfast this Sunday in Cumberland. alike.” Sponsored by Cumberland Community

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fast is a way for CCSS to thank the community for supporting its valuable programs. Proceeds from the event help fund CCSS’s after-school program and the healthy lunch program at Cumberland Elementary. Entry to the breakfast at the Cumberland Recreation Institute (CRI), at 2655 Dunsmuir Ave. is by donation. For more information about Santa’s Breakfast, contact the CCSS program co-ordinator at 250-336-8521. — Cumberland Community Schools Society



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Increasingly, snowy owls need sanctuary at MARS

SNOWY OWL OSCAR is part of a current full house at MARS — another snowy owl, eight other owls, two turkey vultures, a bald eagle, three gulls, a kingfisher, a trumpeter swan, a tundra swan, the MARS three resident ambassadors — and a partridge in a pear tree. centimetres with a wingspan of 125 to 150 centimetres. They weigh between 1.9 and three kilograms. As in all raptor species, the females are larger than the males. Unmistakeable and almost ghostly in appearance, they have large white, rounded heads, bright yellow eyes with subtle facial discs and a large black beak almost hidden amongst white fluffy feathers. Their powerful legs clad in long shaggy feathers hide super sharp black talons with more feathers protruding from their between their toes. Their dense feathers are especially designed to insulate the owl against the extreme winter temperatures and they must consume vast quantities of food to provide heat and energy. Snowy owls are formidable, stealthy daytime hunters, searching for prey between dawn and dusk. Due to the severity of the climate they live in, they are opportunistic feeders with a diet including their favo-

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to digest the food saps whatever strength they may have left. We ask people to observe any snowy owls from a distance. They are easily stressed and if they appear not to move they may well be conserving what little heat and energy they have left. Please stay well back and do not try to make them fly. Take advantage of the “lull between the storms” to look for birds in sheltered areas. You may see a rare visitor. To follow Oscar’s progress, go to www. To report snowy owls or other injured wildlife, call 1-800-304-9968, and for all other calls, phone 250-337-2021. Donations welcome. Sandy Fairfield is the educational co-ordinator for the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS). The MARS column appears every second Friday.






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Snowy owls are one of my favorite owls. My first encounter with one of these stunning creatures was back in 2005, once a rare visitor at MARS we are seeing more each year. Winter is always full of surprises as weather systems can produce severe winter storms as we have seen this year. Last week birders from many places “flocked” to the Comox Valley in pursuit of a bird that is so rare that only two have ever been spotted in North America. Normally found in Asia, the first North American sighting was in Mississippi 20 years ago. This “Mega rare bird alert” has taken the stage away from the sighting of another bird at risk, the snowy owl. There are many reasons why birds and other wildlife species show up in areas that they usually don’t call home. Most often in the case of birds they become disorientated or blown off course during severe storms which would certainly account for the increased number of different local birds. However there are other reasons why the snowy owls have strayed from their normal habitat, which may be changing. In my 11 years as a volunteer at MARS, I treasure each encounter with a snowy owl — they are breathtakingly beautiful. In the past few weeks, six snowy owls have been admitted to MARS and a further seven sightings or attempted rescues have been made. Snowy owls are one of the largest owls in North America inhabiting one of the most inhospitable environments in the world. They are found in Northern Canada and Alaska, and also in the arctic areas of Europe where they eke out their existence on the frozen tundra. These owls stand between 52 and 71


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Grasses can be quite interesting in a fall garden With so many plants gone to seed and composting down in the fall garden, one really appreciates those plants that remain stellar to provide some pleasure in the landscape. Evergreen shrubs such as rhododendrons, laurels and Aucuba japonica â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Crotonifoliaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; are holding court over our garden in front and back right now. And the grasses.... For anyone who has not discovered grasses for their landscape design, you are missing out. They really stand out in a fall garden. Surpassed only by orchids, grasses are the next largest family in the plant kingdom at over 10,000 different species. With such a wide variety available, there is a grass for almost every zone and garden setting imaginable. Unless you live in central Greenland or Antarctica â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the only two places on Earth where no grasses will grow at all. Over the years, John and I have collected a few grasses. One species we are fond of is Miscanthus sinensis. Fall is when this particular grass really stands out in the garden. Never in the spring display. Being a late-season grass, it is slow to get started. In fact, John was almost rabid in his despair over the loss of his variegated Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cosmopolitanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; its first winter in our garden. He was ready to rip it out before I hogtied him. That one plant was an expensive addition to our landscape design and I was not in any hurry to add it to the compost just yet. Sure enough, come June that year it was starting to show its stuff. Patience is definitely not one of Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s virtues. But patience is well worth investing with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cosmopolitanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for its ultimate eight-foot (2.4 m) or more height to show off its stunning green and whitestriped leaf blades. This grass justly deserves its Award of Garden Merit (AGM) from the Royal Horticultural Society in 2001 and Great Plant Pick (GPP) designation for the Pacific Northwest in 2010. One disappointment with our â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cosmopolitanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is it never produces any flower scapes

many varieties as we would like. But I am thankful for the few that we have for the pleasure they provide at this dreary time of year...

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LESLIE COX for us here in Black Creek. Thankfully our other Miscanthus sinensus cultivars â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Gracillimusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (GPP 2010), â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Gold Barâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (GPP 2010), â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Strictusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (AGM 2001) and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Morning Lightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (AGM 2001; GPP 2004) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all produce lovely seed heads for us at this time of year. (I have added their awards to

give you an idea how stellar these particular grasses are as well.) And not all of the miscanthus I have listed here are as late as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cosmopolitanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to appear on the scene in spring. Both â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Gold Barâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Strictusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; are quite quick to send up fresh leaf blades. I should mention here that Miscanthus grasses should be cut back to the ground in late winter or early spring before the new blades start appearing. Another grass that is showing off in our fall garden is Carex

oshimensis â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Evergoldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (variegated Japanese sedge). I absolutely love its low mound of cascading green leaf blades with their central stripe of bright buttery yellow. And it looks right spiffy straight through fall and winter. Small wonder it received its AGM in 1993 and GPP designation in 2005. Naturally, with over 10,000 grass species I cannot touch on very many here in this space. Nor do John and I have a big enough garden to showcase as

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You can still cycle in poor weather Autumn and winter bring the rain and the cold and for many the bicycle is relegated to the garage or the shed until spring arrives again. With a little planning and a few adaptations it is easy to think of cycling for transportation instead of for those summer recreational rides. First, consider your bicycle. Make sure the brakes, gears and tires are in good working order, and that you have working lights both front and rear as required by law. Tires with more tread and a little less air will provide more traction on the road just like the winter tires on your car. The salt in road grit can be hard on your bike so rinsing it off after riding can prevent possible rust damage. Mudguards will keep you drier and cleaner in wet weather. It may be tempting to turn to a wooly hat in the cooler weather but wearing a helmet, aside from being the law, will provide protection in case of a fall or an accident. Headbands, ear warmers and skullcaps fit well



CYCLING AT NIGHT means you have to ensure motorists can see you. under a helmet, and a waterproof helmet cover will keep you really dry. Making yourself visible in the darker days and at night is vital and the combination of good front and rear lights and either a jacket with reflective

strips or a safety vest will help motorists to see you from a distance. Setting the lights on ‘blinking’ mode works especially well to catch the attention of motorists. The saying, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad

clothes” might seem a cliché, but it’s absolutely true. Layering is the solution as the outside temperature will change and exercising will generate heat. Three layers is the recommendation — a wicking layer, a cycling jersey or light fleece with a neck zip that can be adjusted for the weather, and finally a top layer or shell that is waterproof, windproof and breathable. Your lower body will stay warmer because it is your legs that are doing the work in cycling, but long tights or windproof and waterproof overpants keep the muscles warm and dry. Your feet and hands can easily get cold as they are not moving very much. Gloves need to be full finger, insulated and breathable. Thermal, wicking socks will help keep your feet warm, and shoe covers will keep your feet drier in heavy rain. If you think it is too cold or wet to ride your

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Alright, do as I say, not as I do I have to admit that I made a conscious decision to disobey a couple of traffic laws the other day. I disregarded the speed limit and failed to keep to the right lane. I didn’t think that the failing to keep right would be an issue because I was pacing a marked police vehicle that I knew was not responding to an emergency. As with many readers, it has always been a sore point with me when I know that the people who are charged with enforcing the laws were not prepared to follow those laws themselves. While I do make mistakes, I did my best to follow the rules because I felt that I could not write violation tickets if I was not prepared to be an example. This marked police vehicle was not being a good example as the driver was consistently 15 to 20 km/h over the speed limit if there was no overtaken traffic to slow down for. The vehicle also never vacated the left hand lane at any time dur-



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Fat causing serious problems for sewers in Oslo Sonya Jenssen Special to the Record

Every holiday season, the Oslo Water and Sewerage Works runs a campaign to reduce the amount of fat from food, cooking oil and food scraps dumped down the kitchen sink or in the toilet. This awarenessbuilding campaign intends to expand the knowledge around proper food disposal while exposing the vulnerabilities of our household wastewater systems. Fat dumped down the drain plugs up sewage pipes as well as causing flooding, corrosion, and increased operating and maintenance expenses. In Norway, almost all municipalities encounter plugged sewers as a result of fat being dumped down the kitchen sink and in the toilet. It is both convenient

and regarded as harmless to dispose of fats in this way; however, as these liquids cool, they coat the inside of the sewer pipes that over time leaves a layer of fat. Fat is not the only culprit guilty of plugging the sewers. Food scraps such as coffee grinds, eggshells and rice along with items such as ear swabs, baby wipes, and feminine hygiene products get trapped in the fat and accelerate the blockage. The accumulation of fat in the sewers is similar to how cholesterol builds up in our arteries. As fat builds up in the sewer, the flow of wastewater becomes restricted causing a sewer pipe to back up and overflow untreated wastewater into basements, streets, and watersheds. Corrosion and poisonous gas Blocked sewers are

Odds increasing for avalanches The season’s first significant rise in avalanche danger alerts us to the start of the avalanche season on Vancouver Island. With the first significant rise in avalanche danger being forecast by the Vancouver Island Avalanche Centre for Thursday and through the weekend, the VIAC is reminding the mountain recreating public of the need to get avalanche education and to use the Vancouver Island Avalanche Bulletin. Significant precipitation and increasingly strong wind will raise the avalanche danger in the alpine on Vancouver Island to high before the weekend. Continued precipita-

tion and strong winds through the weekend will keep danger levels up. The public is advised to check the avalanche bulletin at www.islandavalanchebulletin. com and to follow the advice given there. In addition, avalanche eduction will greatly enhance a person’s ability to understand and use the bulletin and to make safer decisions about travel in the backcountry in winter. For further information, contact the forecaster on duty at 250-897-2990 or by e-mail at forecaster@ — Vancouver Island Avalanche Centre

only one of many problems caused by fat. Fat is acidic and corrodes the pipe network, in particular, pipes constructed of concrete — also the most common material for sewer pipes. Pumps needed to transport the sewerage

employee has to scrap the fat off the pump. Not a sought-after job but one that garners respect. Up to 30 pounds can be removed from certain pumps at any one given time. An average of 140 tons of fat is

The accumulation of fat in the sewers is similar to how cholesterol builds up in our arteries.

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to the treatment plant also get plugged with fat. Fat also contributes to the formation of hydrogen sulfide, a potentially harmful gas to employees working in manholes. How is fat removed? And how much? To tackle the problem of blocked sewers and clogged pumps, the Water and Sewerage Works in Oslo flushes the city’s sewer pipes approximately 200 days of the year — some areas requiring multiple flushes per month. If the problem is a clogged pump, an

removed from the sewers and pumps in Oslo each year. The maintenance cost connected to flushing and scraping runs an annual cost of anywhere between $170,000 and $340,000. Change in awareness, change in behavior Restaurants are required to install fat separators under their main kitchen sink drain, sanctioned in the Pollution Control Act. This Act gives the Agency authority to regularly inspection restaurants to ensure

that fat separators have been properly installed. Private homeowners are required to accept the terms and conditions outlined by the agency. These nonnegotiable terms are sanctioned in municipal bylaws governing water and wastewater services. Yet, the agency has no jurisdiction to enter private homes to inspect whether or not fat has been dumped down the drain or flushed down the toilet. To get private homeowners to stop improperly disposing of fat, food scraps and other non-flushables, a public relations campaign has been initiated. A city sewer rat has been chosen as the mascot to represent improper handling of the sewer system. Sonya Jenssen previously worked for the Union Bay Improve-

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The tradition of people going around a neighbourhood singing Christmas carols is a very ancient one. However, in the Comox Valley, it’s quite a new tradition. It is a great way to experience the estuary during the winter season. On Dec. 5 from 4 to 6 p.m., join singers as they walk from 27th Street along the Riverway Walk to the Best Western Plus Westerly

Hotel. The hotel will provide a wassail cup to all carollers. Those who wish to stay for dinner will receive a special rate, but reserve seats or a table in advance by phoning 250-338-2749. Carollers will gather at the Mansfield Drive parking space near Cliffe Avenue at 27th Street in Courtenay. They will be led by John van Egmond and Jim Boase on

trumpet. Those who don’t want to walk 10 blocks could join the minstrels at the Airpark or at the Old House. This year, Rick Husband and Dale Graham, John and Joanne van Egmond and Nicole Fifi will join us for an indoor program of singing at the Westerly. Dress for the weather and for the season! Also, consider car pooling so that one

vehicle is at each end of the walk. Some shuttle service will be available but you might have to wait. Everyone should have a light and bring some carol sheets. It is not necessary to be a great singer but it is necessary that everyone has a great time, so dress for the weather! (If it is particularly inclement, we will meet in the Westerly lobby at 4 p.m.)

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Claymore BRIC (CBQ) ................ 23.17 BHP Billliton ADR (BHP) ........US$71.35 Power Shrs.QQQ (Nasdaq 100) US$65.51 Aberdeen Asia Pacific (FAP)......... 7.29 S&P TSX 60 (XIU) ...................... 17.55 Government Bonds

5 Year (CDN) ............................1.31% 10 Year (CDN) ..........................1.72% 30 Year (CDN) ..........................2.30% 30 Year Treasury Bonds (US) ......2.80% Fixed Income GICs

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neighbours and friends bumping into one another and sharing some wine,â&#x20AC;? says marketing director Marnie Martin. This December, they are opening their retail wine shop with a focus on specialized wine-related gifts and the idea was to create a place for friends and family

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When Bill Montgomery set out to develop his property into a winery back in 2004, he had no idea how incredible the journey would be. Now, with a full-time winemaker, vineyard manager and marketing director on board, 40 Knots is setting out to expand their production and move ahead in the industry. For the past six years, Montgomery and his team at 40 Knots Estate winery have been growing and producing some fine local wines. This summer, they launched the opening of their tasting room to visitors from all over the world. Just last month they released two new wines, their 2011 rosĂŠ and their first white blend Whitecaps, which is a delightfully fruity blend of Pinot Gris and Schoenberger. Just off Anderton in Comox, the winery is set upon 24 lush acres of land, 20 of which are currently planted with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Gamay, Schoenberger, Siegerrebe, and Auxerrios. Up until this year, all of 40 Knots wines have been completely estate grown and that comes as a pleasant surprise to most Valley residents. Even though it can present some challenges, winemaker Natasha Ponich believes that wine can truly possess a sense of place and that we are not just growing grapes here, but that we are capable of growing great wines. 2011 was their first foray into buying grapes from local growers and the result has been stunning. In October, they released their first white blend, 2011 Whitecaps, a delicious juicy combination of Pinot Gris and Schoenberger, and at the end


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COMOX VALLEY RECORD COMOX VALLEY’S COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER Publisher: Joanna Ross Editor: Mark Allan Ph: 250-338-5811 / Fax: 250-338-5568 / Classified: 1-855-310-3535 A division of Black Press Ltd. 765 McPhee Avenue, Courtenay, B.C. V9N 2Z7 The Comox Valley Record 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 St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to

Grey area for teachers A recent ruling by the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal highlights the need to clearly define when teachers are covered by WorkSafeB.C. and when they’re not. A social studies teacher in a B.C. school district submitted a claim to WorkSafe in 2011 for a wrist injury sustained during a lunchtime staff-versus-students softball game It was intended as a harmonious staff/student interaction. The appeal tribunal rejected the teacher’s claim for several reasons. They include that playing the ball game with students was not part of his regular duties, he was not instructed by the employer to carry out the activity, his participation was voluntary, and he was injured during his lunch break. The decision is being appealed. This case has created a grey area for teachers regarding what is considered part of their job. While not part of the work description, it’s generally expected that teachers take part in events, activities and clubs outside the instructional hours of the school day. Who’s to say a softball game at lunch time doesn’t provide an educational opportunity for students? At the very least, interaction with a teacher can build a positive experience for students outside of the classroom, hopefully encouraging further interest in studies. To accomplish that, teachers need to know what their role is and be provided with clear guidelines of what activities are covered under the umbrella of ‘work.’ The amount of volunteer work by teachers was evident last spring when they implemented a temporary ban on extracurricular activities, forcing the cancellation of some activities. If the ruling is upheld, it could reduce a teacher’s willingness to continue volunteering time for students. That would be a shame, as that lesson would be far from instructive. Nanaimo News Bulletin

Record Question of the Week This week: Seventy-three per cent of respondents said they know what to do if they encounter a cougar. Next week: Are you glad that the City of Courtenay and Maple Pool Campsite seem to be resolving their dispute? Visit www. and vote in the Poll. Comox Com Valley Dodge owner Mike Marchi is showing great community support by giving away 100 bicycles to local children — with no catches.

BC Ferries might have good reasons to introduce a cable ferry, but the decision was made before Denman residents got to comment to BC Ferries.

Politics ruined hospital plan Dear editor; I feel a strong need to comment on the letters regarding the hospital. Mr. Gillis and Ms. Frayne state that now that the decision has been made we should all get on board and support it as a team. I would ask where that sentiment was when the decision was made to build one regional hospital, based on professional advice from the health authority, a consultant group out of Calgary, the doctors of the Comox Valley, and as chair of the hospital committee with 30 years in emergency health services, me. The chosen model was estimated at $300 million and would provide a regional hospital on the Inland Island Highway north of Courtenay, and a community hospital in Campbell River. It was supported by a 17–3 vote at the regional hospital board. The naysayers who supported the Campbell River doctors’


group who argued against it did not advocate that we “act as a team” and support the decision then, but rather started a political protest that eventually got the Campbell River directors supported by the rural directors to support a new model that would be politically more acceptable. This new model is no more than a “renovation of the current model,” which will not improve

the provision of health care, because it will not provide the density of population to attract specialists, and will cost nearly twice as much, so money wasn’t a consideration either. The location is about as bad a decision as could have been made, if one takes patient care access into account, but as was pointed out it will make it more convenient for student nurses to have access from the college — like that should be the priority. It is too bad these expert folks didn’t follow their own sage advice when the first decision was made. VIHA should be commended for its original plan and politics should never have overridden that plan. For those who will suggest I am whining because “I lost,” please understand that I lost nothing. The residents requiring good health care in this area did. Fred Bates, Cumberland

St. Joe’s can still help community Dear editor, While I do not pretend to fully contemplate and understand all of the aspects involved with the consideration and planning for the future use of St. Joseph’s Hospital, it seems that the status quo of “assisting seniors” is the direction most likely to be taken. As I currently work as a provider of independent living for seniors on a daily basis, I assure your readers that assisted living for seniors is not as attractive to them as it might be to their family members and the public in general. The Comox Valley is a retirement community that has many organizations that are both capable and focused on providing our seniors with the “assistance”

they need without the need to take their home, and the majority of their belongings away from them. Personally, I feel the St. Joseph’s site would be far better used addressing the problem we have here in the Valley of far too

little industry and jobs for its citizens, and the byproducts that are created from this situation of drug and alcohol dependency that we all see vividly on a daily basis. David McLeod, Comox

We could have hospital Dear editor, Re: Let’s get on building two hospitals. Gwyn Frayne uses phrases like “befuddle the issue” and “go forward instead of fighting the old battles.” This conveniently ignores the fact that Frayne and Jim Gillis were among those responsible for

halting the original governmentapproved, fully financed plan for a single hospital. If the Citizens for Quality Health Care had chosen to “redirect their efforts” years ago, we would already have a state-ofthe-art regional hospital in the Comox Valley! Bill McLeod, Courtenay


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We must protect invaluable estuary JIM GILLIS


Glass recycled in this Valley Dear editor, Yes, Mr. Hayward, we do recycle glass. You have not been duped. You are the kind of person that we need to lead the way with recycling to reduce our waste by 70 per cent. We don’t make crystal out of it, but we use it at the landfill to reinforce asphalt. It is essential to strengthen the road surface so we can extend its life from the huge heavy trucks that pull up every day to empty our solid waste. It is a vital and important resource to the maintenance of the landfill. Your time was not wasted separating out glass. We need it! We are working hard to prepare our own recycling centres. The private property owners, who provided their parking lots for free, got fed up with that small group of citizens who treat recycling as their own personal garbage dump. We will have fewer recycling centres, but they will be specifically designed,

safer, cleaner and better maintained for our very valued recyclers. I recycle, and I am one of your elected officials. I would venture to say that every elected official is a recycler. So we need your faith in us and the system. We need a bit of public patience until we get our recycling centres developed. The end result will be worth it. Thank you for your concern and comments and for recycling. Jim Gillis, CVRD director, Area B Editor’s note: Comox Valley Regional District Area C director Edwin Grieve notes that Jim Gillis “forgot to mention that there are no longer any glass foundries in B.C. and that the only customer that will take the product is in Alberta, where it is made into fibreglass insulation. Even then it can only be a certain type of quality, clean product and the expense of shipping it there makes it unsustainable.

Society needs ethics Dear editor, Why does there continue to be wasteful spending on bureaucratic boondoggles that suffer us dearly? Every day there is another example of politicians, bureaucrats or quangos digging into the taxpayer pocket and coming out with handfuls of cash! Library executives, MLAs, mayors, MPs ‚— the list is endless! Not to mention all the huge amounts of money we throw at failed or meaningless projects and contracts. Now comes the really hard part — how do we stop it? Its simple — until ethical, moral and conscientious standards are upheld by failing teachers, parents and role models, nothing will be done!

When are we going to realize that these kinds of corrupt practices begin with basic tenets of responsibility taught by those people who affect us the most? It is not easy to solve since there is no tangible benefit that can be easily seen. Todays’ society is so fixated on material importance that it passes over the real and true meaning of honest and integrity. We must strive to continually emphasize to all levels of government and bureaucracy that our resources have limits, our patience has limits and the political will to effectively stop this travesty is getting stronger! John Logan, Courtenay

Dear editor, The first sighting ever in Canada of a Citrine Wagtail in the K’ómoks Estuary has generated a flurry of activity and visits by bird watchers from near and far in the past week. This is just one example of how special and fortunate we are to have a Class 1 estuary in our valley. One of the key features that draws new residents and tourists alike to our community is the beauty of the estuary and its abundance of wildlife. What is clear, though, is that we have not always made choices that protected and preserved this important natural feature. In October, we witnessed the world’s fourth-largest city, New York City, experience the consequences of not understanding and developing wisely along the shores of its estuary. The power of nature, the reality of climate change and storm Sandy all bore witness to this reality. Are we in the Comox Valley going to take the necessary steps to ensure that wise decisions are made to protect our historic K’ómoks Estuary? In 2010, the elected Regional Directors in

A CITRINE WAGTAIL was spotted in the K’ómoks Estuary, the first sighting in Canada. the CVRD established a government/citizen committee to develop a Courtenay River Estuary Management Plan (CREMP). As the plan stresses, the four political jurisdictions bordering the estuary, the City of Courtenay, the Town of Comox, the CVRD and the K’ómoks First Nation will need to work collaboratively to make the plan to protect the estuary effective. During the last local elections, a majority of the candidates who were elected indicated publicly in all candidates meetings or mayoral debates that they would support the concept of a management plan for the estuary. During the next few months, these political leaders will have the opportunity

Palestinian’s story not told Dear editor, Our media swallows the Israeli political line about the ongoing conflict between them and the Palestinians. I write this as a sincere attempt to get some balance, though this may not be well received by some. The Allied saturation bombing of German cities in the Second World War was protested by churchmen and others in Britain, but the jingoism of a nation triumphant justified the politician’s actions. “They did it to us — remember Coventry!” Over the years one realizes there is another side which needs to be heard. I have met people who were on the receiving end of our actions in Dresden; so I am acutely aware of how our news can be skewed. There are Israelis, Jewish people here and in other coun-

tries, and persons like myself who know there is another narrative, that of the Palestinians, which should be heard. Some of these persons have made the difficult choice to confront their own, often hardly recognized biases, and look openly at the conflict and its history. Their conclusions have made them persona non grata to Israeli politicians, apologists and sometimes to their own families. The past century has seen enough conflict between peoples. We are all one family and need to get to know each other as different in many ways, but so alike when suffering in war and dislocation. Fear breeds distrust. Can we not reach out with love to change ourselves and the world? Joy Johnston, Comox

to demonstrate to our local citizenry their commitment to this concept. The draft Courtenay River Estuary Management Plan prepared by the government/citizen committee proposes a collaborative approach to protecting the estuary, facilitated by an Estuary Authority. This authority would be established through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) similar to the MOU established for the Regional Growth Strategy. This Authority will be comprised of elected officials as well as representatives from K’omoks

First Nation, federal, provincial, and local governments and nongovernment organizations. The estuary is a natural feature that connects all of the local governmental jurisdictions. The Estuary Authority, as proposed in the estuary management plan, will make recommendations based on the principles laid out in the management plan. The guiding consideration in all decisions will be the health and well-being of the estuary. At this time, there is no need of a major fiscal expenditure for this working Authority. The government representatives are already on salary and the NGO representatives will volunteer their time and considerable expertise as they have done for the past 18-month period it has taken to generate the draft management plan. The concept is simple. The estuary authority would put the needs, preservation and protection of the estuary first in

coming to its collective recommendations regarding any activities or developments affecting the estuary. These recommendations would then be presented to the specific jurisdictions for consideration and adoption. The final decision would be made by the respective council after reviewing the recommendations of the estuary authority. As a retired professional biologist who has served along with others on the Courtenay River Estuary Management Plan Steering Committee, I anticipate that our local political leaders will appreciate the value of our time and expertise given to create an impressive document at virtually no cost to local municipal governments — Courtenay and Comox and the K’ómoks First Nation. The minimal costs that were incurred, the part time work of one planner, were covered by the regional district. Paul A. Horgen, Area B

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Freeman on a roll in return to Valley Paula Wild

College of Music in Boston and the rest in Vancouver. “I just stick my head over the “Putting together a CD is very top of the piano until something satisfying and very nerve-wrack- interesting happens,” he says. ing,” admits Comox Valley jazz- “I do the bulk of my composing on the piano and edit it on the folk fiddler Trent Freeman. “You’re putting the past four or fiddle.” Rock, Paper, Scissors is defifive years of your life out there, opening it to public scrutiny. You nitely interesting. The fresh, innovative composifeel exposed and intimidated. ” But Freeman’s efforts were tions take the sound of downhome fiddle validated on and elevate Nov. 17 when it to sophistihis CD Rock, cated jazz. And Paper, Scissors, there are just won Instrumenenough quirky tal Solo Artist of elements to the Year at the prevent the Canadian Folk whole thing Music Awards. from becomHe watched ing too serious. the St. John, When it comes N.B., ceremony to original, from a hotel in it doesn’t get Mainz, Germany better with members of My music involves a much than this. his string quarAnd it was tet, The Fret- lot of exploration. I dive less. And danged into one style and at some all produced, recorded and if they didn’t point come out the other mixed by Paul win InstruKeim at Dove mental Group side with a new underCreek Studios of the Year and standing of that style. in the Comox Ensemble of the Trent Freeman Valley. Year for their “I’m a huge CD Waterbound. “We were all really excited,” fan of Paul’s and the work he does says Freeman who recently at Dove Creek Studios,” says Freereturned to Canada after the six- man. “And it’s always so relaxing to come home. I think well in the week tour. The 23-year old is bringing his Valley.” Freeman began his musical music home with a CD launch concert at the Bridge Lounge in adventure at age five. Given a Courtenay on Dec. 7. Performing choice of piano or violin lessons, with him, as they did on the CD, he chose violin, as it was most like will be Jordan Mann on bass, a guitar, his favourite instrument Steve Fletcher on piano and Jon at the time. He studied classical violin then got caught up in the May on drums. The double-bill evening also dynamic rhythms of traditional features Black Creek resident fiddling. Soon he was playing at dancJeff Drummond on guitar and his groove-based funky jazz band es and shows, teaching summer Sinistrio, which also includes music camps and winning fiddle Fletcher and May. Tickets are $15 contests. He’s a five-time finalist in the Canadian Grand Master at the door. Freeman wrote half the origi- Fiddling Championships. After studying at Berklee and nal compositions on Rock, Paper, Scissors while attending Berklee the University of British ColumRecord Arts

FIDDLER TRENT FREEMAN returns for a CD release party Dec. 7 at the Bridge Lounge. bia, Freeman settled in Vancouver. There he’s been working as a session musician and sideman, as well as creating and performing his own work, which has shifted from old-time fiddle to jazz. He’s also directed, produced and edited several of his own music videos, which can be viewed at www.

Aside from his lengthy road trip, his current focus has been a new CD for The Fretless. “My music involves a lot of exploration,” says Freeman who plans to move to Toronto in January. “I dive into one style and at some point come out the other side with a new understanding of that style. And somewhere

along the way, my eyes have been opened to something new. “I get a lot of my inspiration from different performers and genres. My music is always evolving.” Paula Wild is a published author and regular contributor to the Comox Valley Record’s arts and entertainment section.

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Waves will really float your boat Living on an island, many of us spend time Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay, perhaps dreaming about a sweetheart somewhere Beyond the Sea. Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water, the Just in Time Vocal Jazz Choirs concert will carry you away on a Wave of song this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Sid Williams Theatre. This isn’t your typical winter choir concert. The three choirs, Unplugged, the Jazzy Jems, and Vocal Minority, are presenting Wave, a diverse collection of swing, Latin, pop, calypso, gospel, and folk tunes with a splashy theme. Wendy Nixon Stothert has been working her magic with 80 singers, who are delighted to be tak-

ing listeners to places they’ve never been before. The audience will be Rolling in the Deep with the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, sampling the sweet waters of Jobim’s Agua de Beber while wondering just How Deep is the Ocean. Fun arrangements of pop tunes like Here Comes the Rain Again and Sting’s Set Them Free will cascade next to standards like My Favourite Things. “We are riding the wave of our incredibly successful Singa-Thon at St. Joseph’s Hospital last week,” says Nixon Stothert. “We were able to raise just over our goal of $4,000 to purchase music players for use by dementia patients at The Views and Glacier View Lodge.


“Our community has been so generous and supportive of this project. We are really looking forward to treating the audience at the Sid to our full and buoyant program of music.” Guest performances by tap dancer extraordinaire Lindsay Sterk, vivacious violinist Jack Roland and perky percussionist Jim Stepan will tantalize the ears. Accompanying the choirs is a terrific rhythm section with the brilliant Sean Mooney on piano, Grahame Edwards on bass and Jacob Gregory on drums. Tickets at the Sid box office, and 250-338-2430. — Just In Time Vocal Jazz Choirs

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Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! This past summer, the Marine Harvest charity salmon barbeque cooked up over $15,000 for deserving charities. The support received from the Comox Valley, Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Campbell River and the Real Canadian Superstore was incredible – thank you!

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United Nations threesome helping Fanny Bay Hall ‘Tis the season for a Dutch, Norwegian and Métis combo to take to the stage with a beautiful array of songs in a fundraiser concert for and at the Fanny Bay Community Hall. Juno Award winner Gary Fjellgaard will be joined by Courtenay songwriters Saskia and Darrel on Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. They are all happy to be back on home turf after a long, cold Prairies tour and especially pleased to be coming so close to Courtenay where Saskia and Darrel live when they are not on the road and have made many friends over the years and are always greeted by happy crowds of concert goers. They will perform awardwinning hits from Fjellgaard’s many CDs such as Islanders and Somewhere on the Island and Gary will perform songs from his Secret Santa Christmas CD with gorgeous original songs soon to be placed among the classics. Saskia and Darrel will bring their new Christmas CD, which features their original Christmas songs along with gorgeous classics like Ave Maria and Oh Holy Night. They will also treat the audience to songs from their new CD Songbirds. Get ready to enjoy the beautiful melodies, harmo-

nies, decorating the honest homegrown stories that these three troubadours are so well known for, add a few wild crowd-pleasers, maybe some yodelling and — voila — an unforgettable evening! From Florida to Fanny Bay this trio has played for appreciative audiences but they always stop in at home on Vancouver Island where the fans not only love but understand their music. Songs about the romance and simplicity of Canadian living stir the imagination and memories of concert goers and keep them coming back. “Gary, Saskia & Darrel: What a fabulous show! Between hilarious stories and poignant song lyrics accented by extraordinary harmonies, there was hardly a moment to catch one’s breath. It was an evening none of us will forget for a very long while! Thank you on behalf of the Anne Murray Centre for an outstanding performance.” — Susan Belliveau, Springfield, N.S. For about the performers, visit and Tickets are available at Weinberg’s Fine Foods (lower level at Buckley Bay) and Blue Heron Books in Comox. For more tickets and more information, call 250-3353282. — Saskia and Darrel

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Experience Andrew Lloyd Webber’s newly staged rock opera sensation Jesus Christ Superstar in a whole new way, on the big screen. Performances are scheduled at the Rialto Theatre in Courtenay this Sunday at 10 a.m. and Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. The theatrical pro-

Superstar at Rialto duction originally opened in the West End in 1972 and has been reimagined to capture today’s audiences with the classic musical numbers that you are sure to remember and love.

The two Rialto presentations will begin with an exclusive historical retrospective on this iconic title including interviews with cast members from the past and present. Starring Ben Forster

as Jesus, Tim Minchin as Judas Iscariot, and Melanie Chisholm (aka Mel C from the Spice Girls) as Mary Magdalene. Don’t miss the rock-n-roll event of the year! Tickets are on sale now. For more information, call the Rialto Theatre at 250-3385502.

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THE PEARL ELLIS Gallery fundraiser Dec. 4 to 22 will feature Flower Power by Maureen England and Winter in Heiloo by Saskia King among many others.

Pearl having fundraiser The Pearl Ellis Gallery is kicking off the Christmas season with a special fundraiser show — all artwork is priced at $400 or less. This annual fundraiser supports the gallery’s high school bursary program and yearly expenses. With over 50 members entered in the show there will be more art pieces on display than ever before. This exhibition opens Dec. 4, running until Dec. 22. The official opening “meet and greet” of the show will be on Dec. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. Meet the artists and enter the draw for a gift basket in support of the Comox Valley Food Bank. All entries for the draw can be acquired with either a cash donation or a nonperishable food item. The gallery will collect food and donations until Dec. 21 and the draw will be made at 4 p.m. that day. Visitors can expect to see quality pieces of work by established local artists and new artists. Brian Buckrell, Saskia King, Hans Larsen, Judi Pedder, Jill Paris Rody, Petra Herselman and Sofie Skapski

are just a few of the established artists with a variety of styles, techniques and subjects that will be displaying their work. This show will be a great opportunity to add a piece of original art work to ones collection at a very reasonable price. Even Scrooge approves of this sale! The Pearl Ellis Gallery is always a great place to visit and to shop for that unique new piece of art for one’s home, business or as a gift. The gallery also carries a good selection of art cards and calendars. Members receive a 10-per-cent discount on purchases of art during the opening reception or meet and greet the artist day of each new show. New memberships are always available for $20. Any membership taken out during this show will be in effect until Dec. 31, 2013. Anyone taking out a new membership on Dec. 8 can take advantage of the 10-per-cent discount on purchases made that day. The gallery is located at 1729 Comox Ave. in downtown Comox.

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Guitar gift put Buie on blues path at very early age Jason Buie’s journey on the blues-rock road was cemented the day he received a guitar as a gift, when he was all of six years old — maybe seven, he can’t say for sure. “I remember in Grade 2, I wanted a guitar and got one from my parents,” recalled Buie, who performs Dec. 7 at Joe’s Garage. “I used to bring it to school — I couldn’t really play it, but I’d walk around with it, feeling cool.” It was an acoustic model from Sears and, amazingly, he still has it. “It’s a smaller one, and I’ve been thinking about getting it re-fretted and made into a slide guitar. It’s always just been in my heap of stuff, from house to house over the years.” Blues music has taken Buie on a busy, eventful path from his Victoria roots to Vancouver. Six-string in hand, Buie has been playing gigs since age 16. At the time, his musical tastes were influenced by a diet of Jimi Hendrix, Cream and the more bluesy Elvis Presley tunes favoured by his parents. These sounds certainly went against the grain at his high school. “Everybody else was listening to Van Halen and I was listening to B.B. King,” recalled Buie. Blues has fuelled Buie’s career as a guitarist, songwriter and globe-travelling entertainer. He’s toured Europe a couple of times, with another trek in the works this May. At home, Buie is a key behind-the-scenes

guy and frequent performer with White Rock Blues Society, the organization he cooked up with fellow music enthusiast Rod Dranfield two years back. Before he flies off to Europe again, Buie is busy in the coming weeks with a good variety of shows, including the Joe’s Garage date. On CD, Buie’s latest release is Live at the Blue Gator, an eightsong jam he recorded with his hot band at the Kelowna bar in 2005. The disc is full of psychedelic electric blues including a smoking version of Manic Depression. For more info about his music, check out www.jasonbuieband. com. Because of limitations set out in the rules for the specialoccasions licence, tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at Bop City.

BLUESMAN JASON BUIE is back in town for one night of blues Dec. 7 at Joe’s Garage in Courtenay. Tickets must be purchased at Bop City Records before the show.

This show is sponsored by the Society For Artistic Development Comox Valley, with a portion of the

proceeds going to helping local artists develop their talent and to foster community spirit through the organiza-

tion of preforming art events. For more information, call 250-702-6456. — Joe’s Garage

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A WEE TASTE of Christmas will be offered Dec. 9 by the Island Voices Chamber Choir at the Shelter Point Distillery.

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Singing and a wee dram Let the Island Voices Chamber Choir tantalize your ears and your tastebuds Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. with a Wee Taste of Christmas. The Shelter Point Distillery (formerly the UBC Farm at Oyster River) will be the spectacular setting for this Christmas concert. Shelter Point Distillery is an artisan distillery, producing premium single-malt Canadian whiskey. This one-of-akind space is located at 4650 Regent Road, off Highway 19-A at Terrain Road, easily accessible to both Campbell River and Courtenay audiences. For directions, visit the Shelter Point Distillery website at www. shelterpointdistillery. com. Island Voices will present a varied program of seasonal choral a cappella compositions from across the centuries and from around the world, along with favourites such as Deck the Halls, Good King Wenceslas, and Have Yourself a Merry Little

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Friday, Nov. 30 TOWER OF SONG presents the songs of Leonard Cohen, Waverley Hotel. Doors open at 9 p.m. ANDERSON JAZZ SYNDICATE at Zocalo, 7:30 p.m. PAISLEY BANDITS Movember wrap-up party, Bridge Lounge. STRATHCONA WILDERNESS INSTITUTE shows film The Man Who Can Fly, Stan Hagen Theatre. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Donation of $10 suggested.

Saturday, Dec. 1 JUST IN TIME JAZZ CHOIRS present Wave at Sid Williams Theatre, 7:30 p.m. FMI: www.sidwilliamstheatre. com or 250-338-2430. CELEBRATION SINGERS at Scotia Bank Plaza in Courtenay, 1 p.m. 50TH PARALLEL at Union Street Grotto, 3-5 p.m. PAMELA TESSMANN and friends at Zocalo, 7:30. METROPOLITAN OPERA at Rialto Theatre, 10 a.m. SPIRAL SUN at Joe’s Garage, 8:30 p.m.

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JOHN REISCHMAN AND THE JAYBIRDS at Merville Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m., music at 7:30. Tickets at Long & McQuade, Music Plant, Bop City at the door or call Craig at 250-339-4249. JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR screens at Rialto Theatre,

PAUL RODGERS AND JEFF DRUMMOND in 1st Tuesday Fundraiser at Mex Pub, 7:30 p.m. KIM BANNERMAN discusses Medical Quackery and Questionable Cures from the late Victorian era, 7 p.m., Courtenay and District Museum. FMI: 250-334-0686. WORLD COMMUNITY screens film For Once in My Life, 7:30 p.m., Stan Hagen Theatre.

Wednesday, Dec. 5 IRISH ROVERS at Sid Williams Theatre, 8 p.m. FMI: www.sidwilliamstheatre. com or 250-338-2430.

Thursday, Dec. 6 WINTERHARP at Sid Williams Theatre, 7:30 p.m. FMI: 250338-2430. JUST IN TIME CHOIRS at Elks Hall. BEE WOLF RAY at Zocalo, 6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 7 RAT PACK at Sid Williams Theatre, 8 p.m. FMI: www. or 250-338-2430. SWING SET at Zocalo. Special Christmas show, 5:30 p.m. TRENT FREEMAN CD release party at Bridge Lounge. JASON BUIE at Joe’s Garage. FMI: 250-702-6456. RELENTLESS COUCHMEN at Waverley Hotel. doors open at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 8 GARY FJELLGAARD, SASKIA AND DARREL at Fanny Bay Community Hall, 8 p.m. Tickets at Weinberg’s Fine Foods in Buckley Bay and Blue Heron Books. FMI: 250335-3282. SONGS OF CAROLE TAYLOR AND JAMES TAYLOR at Cumberland Hotel. DISCOVER ART (family fun) at Comox Valley Art Gallery. HELEN AUSTIN and friends at Union Street Grotto, 3 to 5 p.m. SAX AND VIOLINS at Zocalo at 7:30 p.m. JOEY CLARKSON and friends, Billy D’s, 8:30 p.m. SID WILLIAMS THEATRE SOCIETY screens film Prancer, 6 p.m., Sid Williams Theatre. TINTOWN ARTISTS hold Christmas Sale and Open House, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rosewall Crescent in Courtenay.

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Strathcona expeditions recounted

THE LAURIE TINKLER production of the Nutcracker includes Katherine as a doll.

Countdown on for Nutcracker It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Christmas lights, packages and trees are everywhere you look. Store windows are beautifully decorated. Countdown charts are beginning to appear — only so many days left until.... The Laurie Tinkler School of Dance says the countdown to the Nutcracker has begun. For the ninth year, this Christmas classic is being brought to life on the stage of the Sid Williams Theatre. The excitement is mounting as dances are perfected, costumes are fitted and set designs are finalized. You are sure know the music. The Nutcracker March, the Waltz of the Flowers and Tchaikovsky’s famous Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy may well be already playing in your head. Step into the Sid and allow these pieces to lift you into a more magical place. And magical it is! Join the Stahlbaum’s grand Christmas Eve Party. Delight in the wonderful gifts received by Clara, Fritz and their young friends. Be transported with Clara

to her dream world! Witness the fight between and Rat King and the Nutcracker Prince. Journey on to the Land of Sweets. This production is a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of the season. With three performances, there is sure to be one that will suit your schedule. On Dec. 14 and 15, there will be evening performances at 7:30. On Dec. 15, there will be a matinee at 2. Tickets are on sale at the Sid box office. For more information, call 250-897-8885.

On a bright clear, sunny, summer morning in July 2010 a group of 13 intrepid adventurers scrambled onto the 6,000-foot summit of Crown Mountain, high in the wilderness of Strathcona Provincial Park. They had come from various walks of life, some experienced mountaineers and others on their first-ever climb. What united them all was a desire to celebrate the creation of Strathcona, the first of British Columbia’s provincial parks. The Strathcona Centennial Expedition travelled for three weeks in July and August 2010 across Vancouver Island from Campbell River to Port Alberni, over 300 kilometres through the heart of Strathcona Park. They journeyed by canoe and on foot via the rugged valleys and mountains, retracing the steps of the father of BC Parks, Price Ellison. Ellison was a rancher from the Okanagan, MLA and minister in the government of Sir Richard McBride. In the summer of 1910, Ellison and a party of 23 had completed this very same journey to assess the suitability of the Strathcona Reserve for park status. Ellison was so impressed by what he saw and experienced that he wrote a glowing account to McBride’s cabinet. In March 1911 legislation was passed enacting the Strathco-

tion photographs Stone has crafted two books that tell two stories spanning a hundred years. Strathcona 1910 Discovery Expedition and Strathcona 2010 Centennial Expedition are both engaging reads, dramatically illustrated by photos from each of the expeditions.




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WILL LITTLE JESSICA be able to help her new antlered friend find his way back to Santa? Watch Prancer on Dec. 8 and find out. PHOTO COURTESY CINEPLEX-ODEON FILMS

Reindeer focus of holiday film In celebration of the holiday season and in affiliation with Downtown Courtenay’s WinterFest, the Sid Williams Theatre Society presents a holiday film screening of the 1989 classic Prancer on Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. A wounded reindeer and a precocious eightyear-old girl form an everlasting bond in this tender holiday drama about true devotion and friendship. An enchanting film full of “heart and gumption,” says Roger Ebert. Prancer will set your imagination alight! Jessica Riggs plays an angel in her school pageant, but she becomes a real guardian angel when she finds an injured reindeer in the forest. Convinced that the deer is Santa’s very own Prancer, Jessica vows to nurse him back to health and return him safely home. But before she can carry out her plan, Jessica discovers that her father has made another — very different — plan of his own. Will Jessica be able to help her antlered friend find his way back to Santa in time to make their deliveries on Christmas Eve? The magical final scene is sure to make your heart soar! Prancer stars Sam Elliott, Cloris Leachman, Abe Vigoda, Rebecca Harrell, and Michael Constantine. This screening is a

fundraising event for the Sid Williams Theatre Society, a charitable organization dedicated to providing the Comox Valley with access to the performing arts and expanding cultural horizons. This non-profit society also operates the Sid Williams Theatre. Funds raised from the evening will support the Society’s volunteer program. Doors will open at 5 with admission by donation (a $5 donation is suggested).

Fifty artists — some of Canada’s most celebrated and many who are First Nations — have taken up paintbrushes and carving tools to portray Canada’s fragile raincoast. They feel the raincoast is threatened by the Northern Gateway pipeline proposed by Enbridge and their international partners. The goal of the artists, who include Esther Sample from the Comox Valley, is to bring attention to the dramatic beauty and ecological diversity of B.C.’s north and central coasts that will be at risk if tankers are permitted to ship tar sands oil through their narrow and dangerous channels. Over a two-week period last June they travelled to the region on an expedition organized by Raincoast Conservation Foundation to depict the rich biodiversity and integrated, ecological elements of the forest, intertidal, and ocean zones, and the people, flora and fauna that have lived there for thousands of years. The resulting works, combined with prose and poetry, have been published in a stunning art book entitled Canada’s Raincoast at Risk: Art for an OilFree Coast. Besides Sample, other artists featured in the book include Robert Bateman, Robert Davidson, Carol Evans, Roy Henry Vickers, Craig Benson

and Alison Watt. The book also features a foreword by David Suzuki and an afterword by Wade Davis, with introductory essays by Briony Penn and Jessie Housty. In addition, a striking multi-touch eBook for the iPad and iPad Mini has been produced as a digital companion to the print book. The eBook contains nine chapters of photographs and essays, information about the artists and pictures of the artwork. It is enhanced by the inclusion of 21 videos of artists at work on the beautiful North Coast and speaking about what this project means to them. The eBook will soon be available for download. The original artworks, donated by the artists and featured in the book, will become part of a travelling art show, which opened Nov. 27 in Vancouver, to raise public awareness of what is at stake on this spectacular coast and why it needs to be kept oil-free. Subsequent shows will take place in Victoria, on Salt Spring Island and in Nanaimo. The art-for-conservation idea was the brainchild of Tofino artist Mark Hobson. “Since the call went out to the artist community to participate, the response has been overwhelming, as is clearly evidenced in this book,” said Hobson. “Many feel as I do, it

will only be a matter of time before incidents, like the Exxon Valdez oil spill, repeat themselves in this incredible coastal ecosystem.” The Art for an OilFree Coast project is being co-ordinated and supported by the Raincoast Conservation Foundation. “These artists have done a magnificent job depicting the amazingly beautiful and ecologically rich wild places Northern Gateway puts at risk,” said Brian Falconer, Raincoast’s director of

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Relentlessly packing the dance floors of the Valley for the past eight years, the Relentless Couchmen always have a good time up their sleeves. With a mandate for “bringin’ the get down” from bluegrass to boogie, this is a band that’ll keep you dancin’ all night. With the recent addition of local favourite Jenn Forsland on keyboards, this six-piece band (and you never know who else might sit in!) is poised for another classic shakedown Dec. 7 at the Waverley Hotel. Tickets are available at Bop City, the Waverley Hotel or by phoning 250-336-8322. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. For more about the band, visit http:// — Cumberland Village Works

THE TINTOWN ARTISTS invite you to have an out-of-the-box Christmas shopping experience Dec. 8.

Artists busy in Tin Town a new level. Joyce Robinson’s gems and jewelry settings are beautiful, natural, earthly treasures that heal body, mind and soul. And local artists Shirley Dickie and Arlene McLeod are included this year as guest artists. As well as the art, a big part of the surprise is the pleasure of a TinTown Christmas experience. Shoppers can wander from studio to studio enjoying the festive decorations, nibbling and sipping on refreshments, listening to carolers, delighting in conversations with artists and friends as well as the samples, demos and wares of TinTown businesses open for the event.

It’s a neighbourhood affair with old-time hospitality that offsets the usual stresses of the season. It’s all available in one fun day Dec. 8 in TinTown on Rosewall Crescent in Courtenay. For more information, contact Colleen at 250338-4756. — TinTown Artists


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her from a few return engagements with Swing Set. Graham is best known for her solo vocals with local group Indigo Jazz, and for her previous work in the folk and Celtic genres. Two Swing Set CDs will be for sale. Swing Set Live at Joe’s Garage is the quartet’s most recent release, featuring accompanied and a cappella selec-

tions. Also, there are just a few copies left of Merry Christmas from Swing Set, the group’s a cappella recording of Christmas and seasonal favourites. Catch Swing Set on Dec. 7 at the warm and welcoming Zocalo Café. Admission is by donation. Reserve now at 250-331-0933 to guarantee a seat at the 5:30 or the 8 show. — Swing Set








in the Comox Valley, directing the Just In Time Vocal Jazz choirs as well as performing solo and with Swing Set. Wendy’s passion and commitment are her musical trademarks. Forsland fronts the Jenn Forsland Group, directs the Celebration Singers, teaches music privately and in the schools, and is an indemand adjudicator for music festivals. Weckesser is a stunning soloist with classical as well as jazz credentials. Her 2011 move to Cowichan Bay has not deterred



Swing Set returns to celebrate Christmas with juicy jazz harmonies. The popular a cappella jazz quartet, featuring Jenn Forsland, Wendy Nixon Stothert, Michelle Weckesser and Dale Graham, performs two shows on Dec. 7 at the Zocalo Café. Reservations are highly recommended — this event brought capacity crowds last year, and some folks were turned away. Call 250-331-0933 to reserve your table for either the 5:30 or the 8 sitting. Stothert is an acclaimed music leader










Looking for a unique and beautiful Christmas gift that will last a lifetime? Artist Sofie Skapski is opening her studio for a pre-Christmas show and sale Dec. 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Come and enjoy the ambience of an oldtime cottage, with a welcoming wood stove, hot mulled apple cider and tasty treats, while you browse the display of paintings that range from striking close-ups of native flowers and inviting forest scenes to moody seascapes, in an array of sizes. Some selected pieces are available at discounted prices. Sofie also has a large selection of cards and prints, perfect for Christmas giving. Sofie’s style flows from soft-edged representational works to lyrical mosaic-like paintings, all executed in water miscible oils. She explores colour, light and shade, concentrating on the spaces between her subjects as much as the subjects themselves. She likes to bring small things close and look at her subjects from different perspectives as she shares her visceral reaction to the natural world in her works. Skapski is an international artist with work in private collections in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Australia and England. Sofie has lived in the Comox Valley since 2004 and paints out of her home studio. She is also a regular contributor to Island Arts Magazine, and has work on display year round in a number of Comox Valley venues, as well as galleries in Qualicum Beach and Ucluelet. Visit her website at Her studio is at 1535 Piercy Ave. in Courtenay. It can be accessed from Cumberland Road or 17th Street — just look for the cute yellow cottage with orange and green trim! In the spirit of Christmas giving, please bring a non-perishable food donation for the Comox Valley Food Bank. Every donor will receive a free hand made ornament, while supplies last. — Sophie Skapski



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Puzzling… Fun by the Numbers: Here’s how it works: Sudoku puzzles are formatted as a 9x9 grid, broken down into nine 3x3 boxes. To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box. You can figure out the order in which the numbers will appear by using the numeric clues already provided in the boxes. The more numbers you name, the easier it gets to solve the puzzle! SOLUTION TO LAST WEEK’S PUZZLES

SHOOTING RESTRICTION ACROSS 1 “Got it!” 4 Defraud 8 Ice hockey footwear 14 “L’—!” (toast in Hebrew) 19 Trusts in 21 1960s-’70s Ford model 22 Giant in life insurance 23 Believability 24 “Gone” star Seyfried 25 Step 26 Start of a riddle 29 Doofus: Var. 32 Suffix with dull or drunk 33 On the whole 34 Riddle, part 2 43 Diamond legend Mel 44 Factual 45 “XXX’s and —” (Trisha Yearwood country hit) 46 French female friend 50 Riddle, part 3 57 Clapton and Carmen 58 — a scratch (no damage) 59 Due 60 Chocolate-andcaramel candy 61 Commotion 64 Bicker 67 Uno plus uno 68 Riddle, part 4 72 Bargain basement container 74 “— La Vida Loca” (1999 hit song) 75 Fighting fish 76 They’re in some pods 79 Frittata, e.g. 81 Sheltered from the wind 82 Celtic tongue 83 Riddle, part 5 90 Purveyed 91 Swerve 92 Go via ship 93 “First Blood” director Kotcheff 94 End of the riddle 100 Helix shape 104 52, to Cato 105 Termite lookalikes 106 Riddle’s answer 115 Rushed, as to attack 116 J. Paul Getty or J.R. Ewing 117 Sparkling 121 Cold — (very unfriendly) 122 Discomfort

123 Where folks in lounge chairs might get splashed 124 Geek Squad guys, say 125 One flinging something 126 It follows that 127 Psychic’s gift DOWN 1 Circle portion 2 That lady’s 3 Pub beer 4 Steak, say 5 Fails to be 6 — Ness monster 7 Leg joint 8 Like clear night skies 9 — dragon (giant lizard) 10 Oman man 11 Editor Brown 12 Outer limits 13 Long bath 14 Diversion for Fluffy 15 Spices’ kin 16 Wore away 17 Including everything 18 One way to fall in love 20 “In the red,” for one 27 Pooch’s foot 28 First-aid expert, briefly 29 Overhead bin user, e.g. 30 Prefix for “different” 31 Inherited via the mother’s side 35 Gambling parlors, for short 36 Celibate brother 37 Celibate sister 38 Velvet or Hallow ender 39 Actor Culkin 40 “Kitchy —!” 41 URL ender 42 AOL or Juno 46 Passing vote 47 Language of medieval literature 48 Enthusiastic about 49 Head swellers 51 Study of wealth: Abbr. 52 Bankrupted company of 2001 53 “Phooey!” 54 Fit for the skillet 55 Armstrong of jazz trumpet 56 Mad as — hen 61 — -Lay 62 Tyler of films

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It was a banner year, to say the least, for Olympic distance runner Cam Levins, whose name has been added to the Walk of Achievement Olympians plaque at the Comox Valley Sports Centre. The Black Creek athlete was honoured in a Tuesday ceremony at the Comox Valley Regional District boardroom, where his parents, Barb and Gus, and members of the public watched a short film featuring him in action at the 2012 London Games. Levins placed 11th in the 10,000 metres. He also became the first Canadian in a century to qualify for a 5,000m final. The 2007 Vanier graduate set a personal best of 13:18.29 in the 5,000m qualifying round. The race was among the fastest heats in Olympic history. “I had to run fast in order to make it through,” said Levins, 23. Great Britain’s Mo Farah won the final in 13:41.66 to add the 5,000m to his 10,000m gold medal. American Bernard Lagat, an idol of Levins, finished fourth in 13:42.99. Levins, beset by a chest cold before the final, ran 13:51.87, finishing 14th in the 15-man field. “It happens,” he said. “I’ll be more prepared for it next time. You do what you can to try and stop it from happening. You can only control some of the aspects. Lots of guys fell in their races. Far worse things could have happened. At least I was able to finish my races and still give the best performance I could.” Levins did not achieve a personal best in his Olympic debut Aug. 4 but nevertheless ran the best-ever 10,000m Olympic race by a Canadian. He clocked 27:40.68. His best is

CAM LEVINS OF Black Creek was honoured in a Tuesday ceremony at the CVRD board room. PHOTO BY SCOTT STANFIELD

27:27.96 — second fastest in Canadian history. “I was very happy with the 10k and my 5k heats. After getting 11th in the 10k I was really hoping to break into the top 10 in the 5k. It was a tough day. Hopefully next time I’m challenging for a medal and I won’t even remember that race.” He was referring to the

2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for which he can train full-time after signing a long-term sponsorship contract with Nike. He did so after running his final NCAA race for Southern Utah University earlier this year. He graduated with a degree in exercise science. With a population of

about 8,000 students, SUU has not won a Division 1 NCAA track and field title, but he said the school has produced some all-Americans in the past decade or so. “That’s one of the reasons why I went there because I knew they had a good tradition of track and field,” he said. Before the Olympics,

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Levins had become the top collegiate distance runner in North America by winning the 5,000m and 10,000m at the prestigious NCAA championships. He had also won his share of major competitions including the Mt. Sac Relays 5,000m and the Payton Jordan 10,000m, where he achieved Olympic standards. In the spring,

he won the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) crosscountry championships in Port of Spain, Trinidad. He capped his season last weekend by winning a third straight title at the 2012 Canadian Cross Country Championships at Jericho Park in Vancouver. Levins won a tight 10-kilometre race in 29:41, just ahead of Mohammed Ahmed of St. Catharines, Ont. in 29:42. Kelly Wiebe of Swift Current, Sask. won the bronze in 29:45. Levins ran about two minutes, 15 seconds faster than last year. “The course was just a mud pit last year,” he said. “That’s the thing about cross country, the times can be hard to judge. But it was a much faster day than last year.” Between now and 2016, Levins will be a volunteer coach at SUU. He will also compete at the world cross country championships in Poland in March, and the world track and field championships later in the year and in following seasons. “Lots of racing to do and lots of experience to garner,” he said. “I’ve been given a very good opportunity by Nike to allow me to train and to chase my dreams. “Hopefully have another good 10 years – hopefully a couple more Olympics.” For the next year at least he will continue living near SUU. From there he and his girlfriend will consider their options. After completing a chemistry undergraduate degree, she will enter pharmacy school. “It’s a little bit dependent on where she ends up as well,” he said. “If in the end I need to go somewhere else from where she is, what happens happens, but ideally we’d like to end up in the same area.”

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Kickers women wrap up season with tough loss The 2012 fall rugby season has come to an end for the CV Kickers women, who hosted the Cowichan Piggies Saturday for their final match. The beginning looked hopeful as the Kickers took possession right from their own kick off. Keeping the ball tight and the forwards making ground, the ball was spun out to fly

half Sam Kreeger, who like always ran her way breaking tackles and powering through the opposition for an impressive first try of the game. Front row Aimee Burley, Lindsay Mallette and Susie Gilson proved too powerful for Cowichan. With the Piggies’ forwards driving backwards in the scrum, Mallette was

RUGBY able to steal the ball. With the ball in the Piggies end, scrum half Paula Moore hit the corner for another five points. Cowichan answered back after a few set plays to score before the second half. After the break, Cowichan changed their game plan and

stepped it up. Hoping some fresh players would help, Comox swapped some of the lineup but fitness had set in and the Piggies were able to change the game around. With an array of penalty calls and being the last defender Carlie Beaulieu was forced to make some great try saving tackles. Inside centre Lisa Breuer had

her usual standout game, side-stepping a number of green and black numerous times only to touch the ball down after a great 55 metre run in the second half. Paula Moore, always spot on with her kicks, was able to convert all three tries. Laura Locklin joining the forward pack for the first time this season kept the for-

ward momentum for the Kickers, earning woman-of-the-match honours along with Breuer. Final score Cowichan 42, Kickers 21. “With the way we played in the first 30 minutes, you would think we had the game,” Burley said. “Fitness and some simple mistakes cost us the game. I am

proud of the way the team played together, Cowichan just wanted it more. Now we can take this and build on it. Next time we meet hopefully it will be a different story.” The Kickers continue to train Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Fallen Alders Hall in Royston. Anyone interested can join them, or visit


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They fought like a band of brothers In the end, injuries did in G.P. Vanier’s football team which contested the B.C. High School Tier II Varsity championship Saturday at UBC against the Frank Hurt Hornets of Surrey. The Towhees had the heart but after playing what many consider the real championship against the Timberline Wolves two weeks ago in the Island final, they also had the bruises. At the end of the half the score was Hornets 13, Towhees 12. Vanier brought something they did not expect and that was adversity. The team’s first touchdown run was by the indomitable Cody Fletcher, who carried the ball through the Hornets’ defence. In the second, quarterback Liam Pidsosny threw to Jimmy Brazier for a touchdown. Sadly, Brazier was tackled hard in the end zone resulting in a knee injury that sidelined him the rest of the

game. The final Vanier touchdown belonged to rookie Nick Everill with a catch that took him to the end zone. The injured Mike Roller at full back had some great runs with a combined total rushing of 55 yards. Fletcher carried the ball for 130 yards, a bit below his season average of 155 yards per game. The Hornets’ defence keyed on him and managed to read the plays and slow him down. Frank Hurt managed another touchdown putting them ahead 20-12. This was followed by a Vanier touchdown late in the third with a catch by Everill. Once again Vanier was unable to follow through with the convert, bringing the score to 20-18. Early in the fourth the Hornets stung again with another touchdown followed by two more on a running convert. The Towhees were unable to answer this one and the ball went back to

the Hornets who capitalized with another six points to lead 34-18 with 4:30 left. A beautiful flea flicker with Pidsosny pitching the ball to Fletcher, Fletcher back to Pidsosny and then a pass to Martin Erickson put the Towhees back in the game with great field position. The next play ended in an interception with the Hornets taking possession on their 10 yard line. With the clock ticking the Towhees managed to keep the Hornets from another major but were unable to score again. The final score was Hornets 34, Towhees 18. Vanier held as long as they could but in the end injuries were their undoing. At the beginning of the season no one expected the team to go this far. In the hearts of their coaches, parents and fans, they are true champions. Family on three!


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As the final minutes and teams can register of nervous energy and online before the Jan. 7 furious action ticked deadline to play. Third place in the A away in their championship games, both Tier went to defending the Red Card Heroes champion Blue Toque and Free Lions hit lock FC with an 8-6 win over down mode to protect Cona Hostel, What! The Spartans took fifth their slim leads. With the opposition overall with a 4-2 vicchipping away and just tory over the Multiple Scoremisfiring gasms and on some SOCCER Smells golden opportunities, the two Like Team Spirit teams emerged victo- finished in seventh rious in their respec- after defeating the tive tiers of the Comox Untouchaballs by a 9-2 Valley Sports & Social count. Rounding out Club’s co-ed Indoor the B Tier, third place Soccer League. The Red went to the ToepuntCard Heroes, captained ers with a win over the by Taylor Cochrane, One Dollar Vegetables. Registration is open managed a 5-4 win over the Norwegian for all CVSSC’s winter Refs in the A Tier final, sports leagues, which while Free Lions cap- include indoor soctain Mandi Funk and cer, volleyball, dodgeher team held on for ball and floor hockey. a 7-6 win over the Off Teams, small groups and individuals can Side in the B Tier. The fall version of the register at www.comoxleague had 12 teams in To find out more, two tiers and will take a break for December please visit the webbefore a winter version site, or contact Scott at of the league starts up. 250-898-7286 or scott@ Any interested players

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MAZDA PEEWEE CHIEFS Player of the Week is Jackson Dyke. The 5-1/2-foot, 106pound defenceman’s favourite NHL player is Jonathan Toews. The Chiefs play Victoria Racquet Club Sunday at 1 p.m. at Sports Centre #1.

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RUGBY V.I. 3RD DIV. MEN Standings as of Nov. 25 Team W L D BP Pt Comox Valley 6 0 0 4 28 Nanaimo 3 2 0 2 14 Velox 3 1 0 1 13 Powell River 3 2 1 1 10 Cowichan 1 2 1 0 0 Saanich 0 0 1 0 -4 Port Alberni 0 1 5 0 -20 VIRU SR. WOMEN Standings as of Nov. 24 Team W L D BP Velox 8 1 0 0 UVic 3 1 0 0 Cowichan 6 3 0 0 Nanaimo 5 4 0 0

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SOCCER VANCOUVER ISLAND MEN Div. 3B Standings as of Nov. 25 Team W L T Hellas FC 8 1 3 Comox Valley 8 0 3 Vantreights 7 1 3 Cordova Bay 6 1 4 Prospect Lake 5 4 3 Penelakut United 5 6 0 Castaways 4 6 2 Gorge FC 2 8 1 SFFC Originals 1 9 1

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Kickers 4 4 0 12 CVUSC Revolution 3 3 1 10 Bandits 1 6 1 4 Wheatys 1 6 1 4 Shooters 0 7 1 1 Nov. 11 No games. Nov. 18 Oceanside 1 Nanaimo 1. Shooters 1 Wheatys 3. CVUSC Revolution 2 Marine Harvest Bandits 1. Top Scorers Sam Kawano (Outlaws) 9, Amber Kurucz (Alberni) 6, Christina Ciolfi (Oceanside) 5, Crystal Swift (Outlaws) 4, Char-

United, Hellas remain deadlocked The Comox Valley United men’s division 3 team had an important game Sunday as it was trying to distance itself from the Hellas in the battle for first place in the Vancouver Island Soccer League. In third is Vantreights of Victoria who are only three points behind. Hellas and Comox Valley are tied in points but United has a game in hand. Sunday’s home game had some excitement and nervousness to

MEN’S SOCCER start as both teams knew what was on the line. The first 10 minutes saw both teams feeling each other out, trying to impose their game on one another. On a corner kick at about the 15 minute mark, a Hellas player crossed the ball along the ground to the near post where a United defenceman, a Hellas forward and United’s goalie were attacking

to stop the ball, which somehow squeezed between all three and ended up in the net. Hellas led 1-0 at halftime. Comox Valley slowly took over in the second half as it seemed their opponent was tiring a bit, or perhaps a sigh in their play. United was enjoying more possession and positional play as it knocked on the door for a goal. At about the 65 minute mark, United winger Phil Ludwig crossed

the ball onto the head of a fully extended Luke Phye who headed up over the goalie’s hand into the far corner of the net. With it tied 1-1, the game again became an even match. The last 25 minutes saw the teams exchange a couple of half chances, but the game ended in a tie. United has seven games remaining, two of which are against Vanteights in the new year.

Ecofish Whalers on a roll Despite losing in the gold medal game during the CFB Comox tourney last weekend, the Whalers have improved their game and been on a roll. Moving into the final with three wins in as many games, the team displayed some exciting hockey. Nancy Shields and Jaime Banham shared the shutouts. Captain Allison Abraham took away MVP of the final game while Tamara Berger (Avril Homes) was voted fan favourite with her never-ending

display of craftsmanship around the opposition’s net, scoring multiple goals each game. The Whalers bounced back the following weekend with wins against Nanaimo and Parksville. Berger collected a couple of hat-tricks and Sky Zimmerman (Brian McLean) notched her first hat-trick. Sky Niskasari (Canadian Western Bank) and Denise Davidson had outstanding games on defence, preventing the opposition any scoring

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uying that special gift for hunters and fishers can be an expensive venture that should not be embarked upon unless you have an intimate knowledge of the recipientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal needs or better still involve them in the selection process even though it may appear under the Christmas tree. You can purchase an unlimited number of gifts for a fraction of the costs involved with the tackle illustrated in the picture and I will follow this column with my usual stocking stuffer column â&#x20AC;&#x201C; inexpensive gifts closer to Christmas. From the perspective of the column, the fishing rods illustrated should be considered lifetime gifts that may well outlast the recipient and be handed down to future generations. The rod on the lower part of the picture is a four-piece, 8 1/2 foot, 4/5 weight modern graphite rod assembled and produced in B.C. by RST at their assembly plant in Terrace. The reel is a RST Zirkon II -1 made in Germany. This combination has a retail value of about $1,000 at 2012 prices. The rod above it is a two piece 8 ½ foot, 4/5 weight early graphite model J Fleming that was made in Coronation, Wash. The reel is a Hardy Perfect made in England. This combination retailed for about $600 when we acquired it in the early 1970s. The rod was a gift to Elaine and with it she caught some mighty trout and enjoyed the appropriateness of the rod to her size (very small) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; now that she has withdrawn from fishing I get to use it. Both rods were designed for very sensitive fly fishing. The one rod is more than 40 years old and the other is two years. I think it is conservative to estimate the J Fleming rod has been tested by hundreds of fish throughout its ongoing fly fishing career â&#x20AC;&#x201D; while the more youthful RST rod and reel has just started its long career as a quality fishing outfit. I used these two quality fly fishing combinations to illustrate you get what you pay for and while there may be a heavy outlay of money initially, over the span of many years of use the high initial costs are much reduced


RALPH SHAW rods have become popular with many local anglers. Rods and reels and lines in this innovative type of fly fishing will vary in costs from $600 to more than $1,000. For these types of outfits it is almost mandatory that the recipient be involved in the selection process. If they are already into the sport, a gift of a teaching clinic may be appropriate. There are many other types of fishing tackle that make lasting gifts. Casting reels, trolling reels and accompanying rods are always appropriate. To truly cover the needs of hard to buy for, important people on your list, a suitable gift certificate that allows the recipient to make their own choice is often the best solution. Hunters, shooters and archers can be challenging to buy suitable gifts for, but there are

ways to pleasantly surprise. One of the most memorable and lasting gifts Elaine has given me was a 7mm x 57 rifle that is still active in the field today with our daughter using it in Port Hardy to hunt deer. Membership in an appropriate club can be

a wonderful gift. If you are giving a firearm or special archery equipment the best way is to involve the recipient if at all possible. In the case of firearms there are training courses to consider if they are first time participants. Gifts of quality can last a lifetime.







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by the reliability of the tackle over time. There is not space in this column to list the brand names of quality fly fishing reels and rods available in local tackle shops but one quality fly reel made in Saanich by the Islander Fishing reels has

an international reputation for quality and reliability under stress by large fish such as steelhead and salmon. Personal floatation devices (life jackets) that cost from $200 and survival suits that cost in excess of $300 are welcome gifts that

can be surprises. Over the past few years there has been a noticeable shift in the fly rods used in many river and beach fishing situations that require long casting in sometimes restricted places. Spey rods and more recently Switch

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Born in Edmonton July 10, 1925 Bill Lawseth passed away peacefully on November 24, 2012 in Comox, BC after a period of prolonged illness. Bill is survived in his immediate family by his spouse Sylvia, son Don, granddaughter Andrea and half-brother Eric. In his 87 years, Bill was a cowboy, biker, seaman, railway man, curler, golfer and all-round banter master. From his early days in Jasper, Alberta, through his retirement in Comox, he loved to kid around with friends and family. Never one to back away from a challenge, he will be missed by those close to him. A Celebration of Life will be held in the near future.For details, please contact Don Lawseth at 250-468-1420 or dlawseth@



Ariel Alma Furse


October 18,1942-November 17, 2012 It is with extreme sorrow that we announce the peaceful passing of our dear wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Ariel Furse, surrounded by her family at St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s General Hospital. Ariel is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Ray, her sister Joy (Carman), brother Jim (Lucille), her four children Marty (Carolyn), Rusty (Kari), Shannon, and Gillian (Lane); her eleven grandchildren; Justin, Mikaela, Jonathan, Julia, Jenna, Malia, Natasha, Ariel, Miranda, Donovan, and Zachary and many loving nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Ariel was born in Nipawin, Saskatchewan. Her family soon moved to Saskatoon. Extremely accomplished in whatever she did, she became a concert violinist (Saskatoon Symphony 7 years), Saskatchewan Provincial high diving champion for junior ladies, national level gymnast, and probably the best â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;jiverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in the city. Ray and Ariel fell in love and a year and a half later, were married on January 2, 1963. A three day â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;honeymoonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in 20 below winter in a borrowed car and then to work. Ariel earned her PHT (Putting Hubby Through university) as a private secretary while Ray earned his B.Comm at U. of S. Moving to Calgary in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;66 and on to Prince Rupert in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;68 and then on to their final home in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;74, Courtenay, B.C. In Courtenay, all heaven broke loose when the family met Jesus with Ariel leading the way. On our small â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;farmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; she raised her family and became a world class cook, a very creative seamstress, taught violin lessons, became a top level hair stylist, hosted exciting bible studies in our kitchen, and after her first two strokes five years ago, became a very accomplished artist. A celebration of Arielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life will take place on Dec. 1, 2012 at Comox Pentecostal Church at 2 p.m. Reception and fellowship to follow in the Church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the B.C. Stroke Foundation in Arielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name. A special thank you to Fran McGuckin, Arielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best friend, for her love and help in the years after Arielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first stroke five years ago. And to Dr. Peter Gee for going beyond the call and to all the doctors and nurses and staff at St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital (especially Emergency, ICU, and 3rd Floor) who gave exceptional compassionate care to Ariel and our family. Special thanks as well to the Stroke and Speech Therapy Group in Campbell River and Nanaimo for their special support and friendship. And to her â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Painting groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; friends who gave Ariel real â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;life after strokeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fun. And for His mysterious and wonderful grace, our family thank our wonderful Lord and friend, Jesus.

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March 20, 1938 - November 26, 2012 With saddened hearts we wish to announce the passing of Art on November 26, at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria with his wife Klara and son Rob at his bedside. Art was born in Rimbey, Alberta on March 20, 1938 to Isobelle and Charles (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Billâ&#x20AC;?) Montalbetti. Art enjoyed his career with the Toronto-Dominion Bank. He was predeceased by his parents and his one sister Patricia. He is survived by his wife Klara of almost 45 years and his son Robert of Redcliff, Alberta and his grandsons, Cody of Medicine Hat, and Cole of Brooks, Alberta, as well as nieces and nephews and his aunt Rina Montalbetti in Italy. He will be sadly missed as well by his feline buddy Chester. Art and Klara moved to the Comox Valley in 1980. Art enjoyed gardening, freshwater fishing, camping and the fastball games at Lewis Park and Cumberland. He will be missed. For those wishing in Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memory, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation; P.O. Box 1225, Comox, BC, V9N 7Z8 or the charity of your choice would be appreciated. A gathering of family and friends to Celebration his Life will be held at a later date.

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Nicholson, Patricia Rose (nee Brown)

September 29, 1941 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; November 21, 2012 It is with extreme sadness the family announces the passing of our beloved Wife, Mother, and Grandmother. Pat passed away peacefully at the age of 71, in St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital on Wednesday, November the 21st with her husband and family at her side. She is predeceased by her mother Audrey, father Jack, and brother Jack. Pat is survived by and will be greatly missed by her loving husband Jim, daughters Darlene (Faruk) and Karen. Grandchildren, Robert (Janice), Amanda, Samantha, Russell, Isaac, and Marylee. Great-grandchildren, Devan and Isaiah. Sisters, Dean (Garth) and Anne (Dan), and nieces and nephews. Pat was born in Vancouver in 1941. She met the love of her life Jim, in Gibsons in 1956 and went on to marry and have two daughters, Darlene and Karen. She later retired to the Comox Valley in 2000 where she enjoyed gardening, cooking, reading, feeding the squirrels and birds, spending time with her cat Holly and taking her dog Gigi for walks on the beach with her husband. Pat was a proud grandmother who loved to spent time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank Dr. Swanson, Dr. Murphy, Dr. Thomas and Ursula in ICU as well as all other nurses and staff at St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital for their compassionate care. Patâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funeral Service will take place on Monday, December 3rd, at 1:00PM from Comox Valley Funeral Home, Cremation and Reception Centre, 1101 Ryan Road. Interment will follow at Courtenay Civic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Y.A.N.A. 495 Fitzgerald Ave., Courtenay, BC V9N 2R1


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Leary, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bonnieâ&#x20AC;? Catherine Elizabeth March 11, 1943- November 22, 2012 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bonnie Leary on November 22 at St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital, Comox. Bonnie leaves behind her loving and devoted husband of over 42 years, Michael. She is also lovingly remembered by her two children, Heather and Darren (Carla), grandchildren Jake and Emerson, twin brother Bruce and brother Colin (Marg) Watson. In her youth, after moving from her birthplace of Vancouver and settling in Royston, she became fully engaged in many sports, dance recitals, youth groups and majorettes. She and Michael chose to live and raise their family in the old family house after their marriage. Subsequent to attending Victoria College (University of Victoria) and UBC, Bonnie returned to her beloved Comox Valley to follow a career as a primary teacher for three years each at Courtenay and Puntledge Park schools. In her retirement, Bonnie and Mike spent many years camping, hiking, canoeing, travelling and working in their large showplace garden, of which she was deservedly proud. Many of their adventures were spent with close friends whose support and friendship she valued until her death. The family would like to thank all the doctors and support care given to Bonnie throughout her battle with cancer. Many thanks to Dr. K Swanson and St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital for their superb care. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 15 at 1:00pm at Piercyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mt. Washington Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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FORBIDDEN Studios & Outdoor Gallery has a variety of gift ideas starting at $5 and up. Choices include unique chainsaw carvings, painted rocks, homemade soap, bags and dolls, Reflexology gift certificates, jewellery, hair products and gift certificates by Dream Shapers Hair Studio. Custom orders are welcome! Located at 4010 Forbidden Plateau Rd, Courtenay. Open 10am-5pm or call 250-338-1603. Partylite, Epicure & handmade crafts. Open house Sat Dec 1 1150 21st St. Courtenay. Shop for that special holiday gift. Door prize & more!



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HELP WANTED AN ALBERTA Construction Company is hiring Dozer and Excavator Operators. Preference will be given to operators that are experienced in oilfield road and lease construction. Lodging and meals provided. The work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Alcohol & Drug testing required. Call Contour Construction at 780-723-5051.



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The person we are looking for will be organized and be able to process orders accurately. Knowledge of the building trades an asset. Neat in appearance and be able to deal tactfully & pleasantly with customers and also have a flair for home décor. Please bring your resume’ to: Attn: Dawn Elgin Central Builders Supply Home Hardware 610 Anderton Avenue HAIR STYLIST required. Full or Part Time, guaranteed wage or commission. True Dimensions Hair Design. Please reply to:

Quinsam Communications is looking for a qualified Two-way Radio Technician 2 years experience preferred Wage to be determined by experience. Email: or Fax: 250-287-4511 Required for an Alberta Trucking Company. One Class 1 Driver. Must have a minimum of 5 years experience pulling low boys and driving off road. Candidate must be able to pass a drug test and be willing to relocate to Edson, Alberta. Scheduled Days Off. Call Lloyd 780-723-5051



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Birthdays publish a Christmas Tree Directory every Weddings Berylissue Barnes Wednesday Bill and&Friday from Special Occasions Married Dec. 1, 1962 in Victoria, November 21 to December BC 21.

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Requires a Licensed Early Childhood Educator for an Ass’t Supervisor position at Tigger Too Early Learning Centre. Min. 2 yrs exp. preferred Approx. 30-40 hrs/wk. Competitive wages and benefits. Apply to 1800 Noel Ave., Comox Ph: 250-339-3033 Fax: 250-339-7072 Email: Deadline to apply - 3pm Fri. Dec. 7, 2012


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Comox Valley Record Hours: MONDAY TO FRIDAY 8:30AM-5:00PM 765 MCPHEE AVENUE COURTENAY SOUTH COUNTRY Feed and Supply is now accepting resumes for the position of retail sales associate. Must have strong background in equestrian knowledge and equipment. Drop off resume in person at South Country Feed and Supply, 2901 Moray Avenue, Courtenay.



PROGRAM WORKER Community Integration Program Worker required immediately by The Community Integration Program (CIP) at the Comox Valley Child Development Association. This is a 12 hour/week, after school hours position to start ASAP. The applicant must be able to work with and establish rapport with children; be able to work independently and within a team environment and have excellent communication skills. QualiďŹ cation skills include: CertiďŹ cation in Child and Youth Care, Human Service Worker Program, or appropriate training in Child and Youth Care, and two years of recent relevant experience working with families and groups; Class 4 Driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s License and First Aid training. The successful candidate will provide recreational and social activities for children with mental handicaps based on client and parent preferences. Wage is per HSA community sector. Resumes to: Michelle Erikson, Human Resources Manager, 237 Third Street, Courtenay, BC, V9N 1E1. Closing date: December 6, 2012.

PERSONAL SERVICES ESCORTS ALL PRO Escorts & Strippers, 24-hour service. Visa/MasterCard. Always hiring. Fast friendly service.250-897-3332.


COMPASSIONATE VOLUNTEERS for womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recovery house in Courtenay. 897-0360








Auction House Vancouver Isle Art & Jewelry Tues @ 6 PM. 1611 Hudson Road, Comox. Call 250-941-1999.

UNDER $100 SHAPED SKIS, snow boards, boots $90. Call 250-339-4591. YAMAHA ELECTRIC 3 K-5 Electone organ. $100.00. Call 250-338-6837 GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420.


UNDER $200 FLY FISHING rod like new. $70. Framed Disney Lithograph $75/each. 250-9411605

UNDER $300 TREADMILL Pro-form 495pi Excellent condition. 10 hrs of workout. $250(Eve) 339-2090

CARPENTRY 250-650-1333 SKILLED carpenter. Licensed & certiďŹ ed. Free estimates, Call Doug

ELECTRICAL ELECTRICIAN. Small jobs to new construction. B Connected Electrical. 250-792-2168.

FUEL/FIREWOOD 20 YRD loads. Clean 2x4 ends for Firewood, cheap. Please call 250-334-9559. #250-703-FIRE(3473) Est. since 2004. Custom cut, split, delivered, clean wood. Well seasoned. SEASONED FIREWOOD Vancouver Islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest ďŹ rewood producer offers ďŹ rewood legally obtained during forest restoration, large cords. Help restore your forest, 1-877-902-WOOD.

GOLD IN the hills. Custom built sluce boxes and portable wash trammels. Sizes from 32â&#x20AC;? L X 8â&#x20AC;? W to 59â&#x20AC;? L X 11.5â&#x20AC;? W. Also Foldable and easy to carry models. Models start at $99. Call (250)338-8060.

MISCELLANEOUS WANTED TURN STANDING Timber on your property into money. Free estimate 250-203-5111 or 250-703-1812


Accomplished keyboard performer & music producer, John Mang, is now offering lessons on piano, organ, synthesizer and other keyboard systems. Learn to play and perform a broad range of contemporary music and sounds as heard on classic and current hit recordings. Email or call to arrange lessons. 250.941.4144



ESTHETICS/SPA THERAPY $2,000 Bursary available until Dec 31, 2012 Esthetics refresher 10 weeks

NAIL TECHNOLOGY 12 Weeks Evening classes may be available Starts Dec 4th, 2012 Starts Jan 8th, 2013 Limited seats available 250-871-8300

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WOOD PELLET fuel for sale. Clean Burn & Okanagan. Animal bedding, shavings & pellets. We deliver! 250-757-9232

HAIR DRESSING Refresher 20 weeks â&#x20AC;˘ Red Seal Exam Prep. 20 weeks




WORK WANTED PLUMBER/HANDYMAN Tired, overworked, exhausted, hot water tank that needs to be retired? Ken 250-650-4838 for an awesome price.


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ESTATE SALE. Saturday & Sunday 10am-2pm. 2055 Fitzgerald Ave. Courtenay B.C.

HOBBIES & CRAFTS A.C.L. YARD WORKS. Offering Fall Clean-up specials. Leaves, Gutters, Lawns, Gardening, Tree Pruning, Hedge Trimming, Decks, Patios & Fences. Pat 250-218-4597.

HANDYPERSONS CV HANDYMAN SERVICES30 yrs. exp. Reasonable rates. Prefer small jobs. Please call Victor, 250-703-1218. HOME REPAIR & Maintenance Service. Interior or Exterior. Call Les for Free estimate at 250-898-8887.


Grace Quilting Frame, ďŹ ts machines 9â&#x20AC;?-12â&#x20AC;?.Steel construction. Crib - king size, comes w/all accesories. $1150 obo 250-923-2995.

INVACARE FULL electric hospital bed with mattress. Only used 3 times, still under full warranty. Price new $1950 - sell 1/2 price $800. ďŹ rm. Call (250)339-3440. MEDICAL WALKER, mens, (Dolomite Legacy Lite), like new, $300 cash only please. Call (250)337-5491.

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE ADMIRAL HEAVY duty Washer/Dryer, 1yr old. $500. Craftsman riding mower, 21HP, 40â&#x20AC;? mower deck, with bagger & wagon $500. (250)914-1049.


CHILLSPOT IS The Coolest Dog Bed-A new and innovative, thermodynamically cooled dog bed, that enhances the cool tile surfaces our pets rely on during the warm weather months.

Environmentally Conscious Fast Reliable Service Scott 250-792-1668 PETS FEED & HAY GOOD FIRST cut hay for saleMust sell only $4/bale. Delivery possible. Call (250)3384209 or (250)218-2817. GOOD HORSE hay for sale 1st cut $5.50 per bale, 2nd cut $8 per. Free delivery for 50 or more. Call 250-338-5503.


3 brdm home w/double garage. Lge level lot, suitable for development, fruit trees, lots of parking Peterson Rd area. $225,000. 250-504-0235. CR Adult oriented patio home 1024 sq/ft, 2 bed, 2 bath, end unit, lots of windows, small pet, no rental, RV parking, single garage. 250-923-4233 $180,000.00


GOLDSMITH Custom Designed & Handcrafted Jewellery. Full repair service. Ring sizing while you wait. Engraving Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fashions SIMPLY TIMELESS. 379 4th Street, Courtenay. 250-871-0606



Cedar split rails 8 & 10ft. $1.00 per ft. Firewood bundles $5.00. Exercise bike like new. $200. Antique piano $500 Cross bow $100. 250-9412764

CLEANING OUT sewing room! Singer featherweight -1948- $300. Bernina Nova 80â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s- $100. Husqvarna 500 Computer $250. Husqvarna Megaquilter-$300. All in excellent condition and running well with manuals+ accessories. 250.757. 2350. HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 VIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S HOT-TUB Covers, made in BC. Professional in home service. 250-897-8037.


7 yr old 3 bdrm, 3 bath + 600 sq.ft bonus area over dbl garage on 2 acres in Royston. Lg covered south facing decks, heat pump. 250-335-1259 EAST COURTENAY 980 s.f. 3 bdrms, large living room, spacious kitchen,mostly new laminate ďŹ&#x201A;ooring. Fenced in yard, workshop w/electricity. Right across from N.I.C., aquatic center, Costco, Home Depot & new Thriftyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. 250-703-6768

Incredible 5 acre treed PARK-LIKE PROPERTY with Well-Maintained Furnished Home 1500 sq.ft, 3-bdrm, 2 bath. Extremely close to Pristine Cowichan Lake, in the town of Caycuse. Perfect for recreational property or full time living. Motivated seller $378,800. Exceptionally low yearly cost. Not leased land. Call 250-745-3387

Open House. 1052 Springbok Rd. Sat. Nov. 24. 11am1pm. 1766 sqft. 3bd/3bth. New ďŹ&#x201A;ooring, jet tub, h/w tank. Desirable area. $279,900. kijiji: 423235345 or 778-420-0017

Mountain View. 750 Oribi Drive. 4 bdrm. 3 full bathrooms. 12 yrs old. Some renos. RV parking, 5 appls. 61â&#x20AC;? TV built in w/ 5.1 surround sound. Close to schools & shopping. $359,000. 250-2877607 or 250-287-0523.



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ONE BEDROOM CONDO For RENT $850 CUSTOM DESIGN KITCHEN built in Wine Rack, NEW S/S APPLIANCES, NEW FLOORING No move in fee SORRY, NO PETS Please call 250-2020503 to set an appointment

WAREHOUSE SPACE, approx 1600 sq ft, 1491 McPhee Ave., $1500 mo. Avail now. Call (250)702-1096.



One brdrm house on 19th Ave. Large lot. 76x10. Fully fenced, garage & shop. Wood heater. Fridge, stove, W/D. Newly painted. RV parking. $180,000. 250-923-8975. SUBSTANTIALLY RENOVATED 12â&#x20AC;&#x2122;x60â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Mobile home. Move in cndt. great Starter/In law accom. New roof, New gas furnace, 100amp services. W/D, F/S incld. This mobile has all papers required through MHR. Pre Christmas Special $15, 000 delivered price Comox Valley 250-7025699

2009 WILDWOOD 27RLSS with North West Winter Package, showroom condition! Very private fully serviced lot near ocean. Includes large slide, garden shed, modular skirting, large dog kennel and pet door. Call 250-286-3343, Asking $24,500.


WE BUY HOUSES Damaged House? Pretty House? Moving? Divorcing? Estate Sale? We will Buy your House Quick Cash & Private. Mortgage Too High and House wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sell? Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make payments? We will Lease Your House, Make your Payments and Buy it Later!

Call: 1-250-616-9053

RENTALS APARTMENT/CONDO Royal LePage in the Comox Valley (Property Mgmt Division) #121 - 750 Comox Road Courtenay, BC V9N 3P6 Phone (250) 897-1300 Fax (250) 897-1330 Interior viewings for the following vacancies are by approved application and appointment only. Apartmentsâ&#x20AC;˘Condosâ&#x20AC;˘Suites

WE BUY HOUSES Damaged House? Pretty House? Moving? Divorcing? Estate Sale? We will Buy your House Quick Cash & Private. Mortgage Too High and House wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sell? Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make payments? We will Lease Your House, Make your Payments and Buy it Later!

Call: 1-250-616-9053


305-111 Edgett Rd 2 bed, 1 bath, N/S, N/P 4 appls, $700/mth AVAIL. IMMED. 2325 B VALLEYVIEW DR. 1 bed, 1 bath, N/S, N/P, 6 Appliances, $900/mth AVAIL. DEC 1 303-1912 COMOX AVE. 2 bed, 1 bath, N/S, 6 Appliances, $1200/mth AVAIL. IMMED 101-129 BACK RD 2 bed, 2 bath N/S, N/P, 6 appliances $ 850/mth AVAIL. IMMED. 2677 KENDALL AVE 1 bed, 1 bath N/P, N/S 6 appliances, $900/mth AVAIL. IMMD LARGE 1 & 2 bdrms. Free heat. Elevator. Great location! From $625/mo. 250-334-4646.

MOBILE HOME, well maintained 14x60 in adult park, Mission Hill area. 2 bed, 1 bath, covered deck, carport, small pet ok $58,500. 250334-1958




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900+ sqft 2 bdrm units in secured entrance building; master bdrms all have walk-in closets; 2 appl w/on site coin-op laundry & large patio areas; rents from $700 inc. FREE HEAT & HOT WATER; N/S; N/P; immed. possession

ULVERSTON MANOR Spacious 2 bdrm apt are located in a secured entrance building, near Cumberland Hospital & downtown core; includes 2 appl, patio area, w/on site coin-op laundry; immediate possession, N/S; N/P; $675/month.

TIDES Beautiful riverfront condo features 2 bdrms, 2 baths, 6 appl, electric fireplace, large patio, secured underground parking & storage!! Moments to Starbucks & shopping and numerous other doorstep amenities; Dec 1; $1000


Townhome offers living down & sleeping up, with recent upgrades located near downtown Courtenay; 2 bdrms, 5 appl, semi-private patio area, & assigned parking; Close to schools & shopping; N/S & N/P; $800/month; for immediate possession



Fully renovated 3 bdm, 2 bath home with beautiful solarium feature, 5 appl, garage, & tiered backyard for the gardening enthusiast; walking distance to schools & Puntledge Park; imm. possession; $1100; N/S; pets negotiable


3 bdrm home in North Courtenay features 4 appls, large living area, & storage shed; yard is large & partially fenced; located close to schools & shopping; N/S; pets negotiable; $895; Dec 1




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PARK PLACE 1970 Fitzgerald Ave, Courtenay

450-19th Street, Courtenay

DO YOU CARE about where you live? Do high standards of maintenance, service and cleanliness matter to you? Do you prefer quiet, mature neighbours? If yes, please give us a call and discover how the quality of ownership and management makes all the difference. We have the best managed, finest apartments in the most convenient locations in the Comox Valley. Locally owned - we own and manage our own buildings only. There is a difference! Please refer to available apartments listed below.

2 and 3 bedroom available. Quiet complex with on-site management. Reasonable rates. Some completely renovated units with new appliances. Sorry no pets. Security deposit and 2 rental references required.

1 & 2 bedroom available, in quiet secure building, close to Driftwood Mall and bus route. Seniors Welcome. Adult oriented and no pets please. Includes heat, hot water and basic cable. Low hydro. 2 Rental References required.

TELEPHONE 250-703-2264 | 250-338-0267 | 250-339-1222

1 and 2 Bedroom suites available. One of the best values in Courtenay. Unique ďŹ&#x201A;oor plans. California kitchens. These bright, modern suites are available in quiet, secure building.

GLENSHEE 1800 Comox Ave. ONE BEDROOM bright and spacious suite. Excellent location in the heart of Comox. Well maintained and well managed mature adult building. Security entry and elevator. Recently renovated. Very attractive. Call Greg @ 250-339-1222.

CEDAR MANOR 463 12th Street LARGE TWO BEDROOM over 1,100 sq. ft. - unique through floor plan with cross ventilation. Very bright and spacious. Recently renovated. Country kitchen, fireplace, in suite washer/dryer. Full sized kitchen appliances. Security entry. Quiet, well maintained adult building just three blocks from downtown. Call David @ 250-338-0267 or John @ 250-703-2264.

TRADEWINDS 1600 Comox Ave. Independent Living for Seniors â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Affordable Alternativeâ&#x20AC;? TWO BEDROOM nicely renovated suite - spacious and modern. Excellent location in central Comox walking distance to everything. In suite storage. Extra large kitchen and dining area. Resident social room. Elevator and security entry. A very well maintained and well managed building. Also One Bedroom + Den. Call Greg @ 250-339-1222.

WESTWATER 60 Anderton Ave. Independent Living for Seniors â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Affordable Alternativeâ&#x20AC;? TWO BEDROOM nicely renovated suite. Ensuite, Jacuzzi tub, fireplace, in suite washer/dryer. New appliances. Within walking distance to downtown. Well maintained and well managed building with quiet, mature neighbours. Resident social room. Indoor scooter parking. Elevator. Security entry. No pets. Also One Bedroom. Call John @ 250-7032264.

VILLA MONTECITO 1331 England Ave.


Call Pat at 250-703-6965

HOLLYRIDGE MANOR 200 Back Road, Courtenay

Call Sharon 250-338-7449

WILLOW ARMS APARTMENTS 1252-9th St., Courtenay Spacious 3 bedroom suite in a quiet family oriented building with secure entry and manager on site. Walking distance to schools, bus stops, and downtown. Reasonable rent includes heat, hot water, stove, fridge, carpet and drapes. No pets, two rental references and security deposit required.

For viewing please call Donna 250-334-9667

ARRAN HOUSE APARTMENTS 1015 Cumberland Rd 2 BEDROOM SUITE available in wellrespected, adult-oriented building. Close to downtown, and ideal for seniors with bus stop out front. Arran House is well managed and maintained, and offers a friendly and secure atmosphere. House cat accepted with pet deposit.


PINES APARTMENTS 1055-10th Street Avail. 1 and 2 Bdrm Suite. Completely renovated in adult oriented building with secure entry and elevator. Rent includes heat, hot water, stove, fridge, carpets and drapes. Coin laundry on-site. No pets. Security deposit required. For viewing call Donna 250-334-9667

TOWNHOUSES TORRY PINES 1560-13th Street, Courtenay ATTRACTIVE 2 & 3 bedroom townhouses have been completely renovated - enjoy new appliances, ďŹ&#x201A;ooring and bathroom ďŹ ttings in these spacious units. Friendly and quiet atmosphere make it ideal for family or working couple. Large, private patio area allows great access for your pet. Small dogs accepted with pet deposit.

Call 250-334-9717



1520/1540 Piercy Ave, Courtenay 2 bedroom available immediately, in clean, quiet building with on-site manager, close to town, schools, and bus. Stove, fridge, blinds and carpet.

146 Back Road, Courtenay FEATURES: Fridge/stove, dishwasher, washer/dryer, wall-to-wall carpets, blinds. Children welcome. Quiet, well-maintained 2 bedroom condos. Ideal location. Walking distance to Superstore and North Island College.

TWO BEDROOM over 1,000 sq. ft. Centrally located near downtown and Safeway complex. Very attractive suite with large, designer kitchen, ensuite and five full sized appliances. Quiet, mature neighbours. Well maintained and well managed building. Security entry. Call John @ 250-703-2264.

In-suite storage with washer and dryer. Small pets welcome.



HYCROFT 1835 Cliffe Ave.

1045 Cumberland Road

1075 Edgett Road, Courtenay

ONE BEDROOM nicely renovated in a quiet, mature adult building in central Courtenay. Very spacious. Well maintained and managed. Elevator and Security entry. Also Two Bedroom. Call David @ 250-3380267.

ClassiďŹ eds save

time and money

1-855-310-3535 310-3535

Call 338-7449

To View, Call 250-334-4483

BRIGHT AND SPACIOUS 1 & 2 bedroom condos available close to downtown - 2 bedroom unit features 1.5 baths. This quiet, well maintained building suits mature adults. Bus stop is conveniently located out front. Small dogs accepted with pet deposit. Call 250-334-9717

2 bdrm suite available. Reasonable rent includes basic cable, stove, fridge, dishwasher, carpet, blinds and storage room in suite. N/P, security deposit and 2 rental references reqâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d.

For viewing call Donna 250-334-9667

CYPRESS ARMS 1255 9th Street, Courtenay Available deluxe 2 bedroom suite in a quiet well maintained building. Rent includes full size stove, fridge, washer/dryer, carpet and blinds. Nice feature: large open concept. No pets. 2 Rental references and Security Deposit required.

For viewing call Donna 250-334-9667


Friday, November 30, 2012 â&#x20AC;˘ COMOX VALLEY RECORD















2001 Ford Explorer. 6 cylinder, 4 litre engine with 179,000 kms. Asking $6,000.00 Call 250-923-7979

2002 Venture Van (maroon) 220km, excellent shape, new tires, brakes, local service & Senior driven. $3900.00 Phone 250-923-5271

2002-FORD EXPLORER XLS. Runs excellent. 157,000 kms. Reduced to sell $4,999 OBO. 250-287-2009.

2003 Dodge Caravan(Sport) 7 pass. Approx. 136,000 mi. Asking $4560. Phone Bell at 250-286-0225.

COURTENAY, SPACIOUS, centrally located 2 and 3 bdrms ($650./$750.) Townhome, 1835 Piercy Ave., coin laundry, new roof, N/P. Family oriented. Call (250)702-1096.

ROOMS FOR RENT LAKE TRAIL Guesthouse rooms from $160 wkly $550 monthly. Call 250-338-1914 576 England Avenue Courtenay, B.C. 250-338-6900 APARTMENT/CONDOS Comox 2 BDRM, rancher style duplex in quiet area. F/S, D/W, garage. Great place with large kitchen, bath & storage throughout home $1100 3 BDRM, rancher style upstairs duplex. 5 appls, laminate ďŹ&#x201A;oors good area of Comox - $1200

250-897-1611 Licensed Professionals CLOSE TO DRIFTWOOD MALL 3 bdrm, 2 bath rancher, 4- appls.,double garage, heat pump, RV pkg, N/S, small pet neg. w/ref, Avail Dec. 1- $1,200 BECKTON ESTATE 3 bdrm, 1 full/2 half bath family home, 5 appls, gas F/P, fenced yard, w/irrigation,landscaping incld. N/S, No pets, Avail. Nov. 1 $1,200/mth

COURTENAY 3 BDRM,rancher duplex on Urquhart. Large open concept with F/S, W/D and laminate ďŹ&#x201A;oors. N/S, N/P $950/mth


SENIOR ASSISTED LIVING ABBEYFIELD HOUSE offers affordable, supportive seniors accommodation in a home-like setting. All meals provided. Call 250-338-7136 for tour.

SHARED ACCOMMODATION MALE WISHES to share 2bdrm suite Downtown Courtenay M/F okay. 250-334-2082


2 BDRM unit on Back Road. Open living/dining room with F/S, D/W, W/D. Lots of storage. N/S, N/P $800/mth

COURTENAY, COZY legal suite, 1 bdrm, 2 appls, private entrance, carport, includes hydro, N/S, N/P, refs reqâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d, $750 mo, avail Dec.1. 250-871-5755

COURTENAY: NEWER, spacious 3 bdrm duplex, 2.5 bath, 3 applâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, garage, fenced yard, NS/NP, quiet in town neighborhood. Long term preferred. $990/mo. Call 1-604-4852908, 250-203-4078.


HOMES FOR RENT Royal LePage in the Comox Valley (Property Mgmt Division) #121 - 750 Comox Road Courtenay, BC VAN 3P6 Phone (250) 897-1300 Fax (250) 897-1330 Interior viewings for the following vacancies are by approved application and appointment only. Houses & Suites 339B Nim Nim 2 bed, 1 bath, N/S, 5 appls $1000/mth Avail. Immed. 7403 South Island Hwy. 2 bed, 2 bath, 5 appl $1050/mth Avail.immed. 2286 Lambert Dr 3 bed, 2 bath, N/S, 2 appls. $1300/mth Avail. Immed. 289A NIM NIM 4 Bed, 2 Bath, N/S, N/P 5 appls., $1150/mth AVAIL. NOV 15 #40-2355 VALLEYVIEW DR. 3 bed 1.5 Bath N/S 5- appls $1100/mth AVAIL. DEC 1 7-147 STEWART ST 3 bed 1.5 bath N/S 5 appls., $1100/mth AVAIL. DEC. 1ST 1888 BATES ROAD 3 Bed, 2 bath, N/S, 5 appls. $1400/mth AVAIL. DEC1 ST COURTENAY. CUTE & cozy 3-bdrm, 1.5 bath, near downtown. Coved ceilings, H/W ďŹ&#x201A;oors, wood insert, carport, fenced yard, organic gardens. D/W, W/D. NS/NP. $1200/mo. Dec. 1st. (250)339-9999. AFFORDABLE FAMILY housing Campbell river & Courtenay 2, 3, 4 bdrm units, w/d hook up, f/s, children a must, refs reqâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d. Call 250-923-4145 or 250-703-0357. ARDEN AREA: Cozy 3 bdrm mobile home on lovely lot. No through Rd. Gas F/P in living room. Avail. Dec. 1st. $985. Call (250)760-0189 or email: COURTENAY - for rent 3 bdrm house top ďŹ&#x201A;oor $1150/mo. 250-890-1217

9/52Ă&#x2013;#/--5.)49 Ă&#x2013;9/52Ă&#x2013;#,!33)&)%$3 Ă&#x2013;$BMM TRUMPETERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S LANDING modern newer condos bordering the airpark. Avail. units include 1 bdrm & den, and 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 6 appls, custom ďŹ nishing, balconies/patios, underground pkg, storage units, some with wonderful ocean views. N/S, No pets. Avail. Immed & Dec 1. rents from $1200/mth. ROSEWOOD TOWNHOUSES 2 bdrm, 1 bath, F & S, coin laundry, basic cable incl., N/S, No pets. Avail Immed. & Nov 1, $250 move-in incentive. $725/mth. Call Res. Mgr. 334-8602 PARKSIDE Newer 2 bdrm, 2 bath condo, 6 appls, balcony, underground pkg, storage, adult oriented. N/S, No pets. Avail. Immed. $1100/mth WOODCOTE MEWS 3 bdrm, 1 1/2 bath, 5 appls, n/s, small pet. neg. Avail. Immed. -$1,100/mth CLOSE TO COLLEGE 2 bdrm, 2 bath townhouse, 5 appls, patio, res, pkg, N/S, No pets. Avail. Nov 1 $800/mth BRAIDWOOD MANOR 2 bdrm, 1 bath, 3 appls, patio, res. pkg. N/S. No Pets. Avail Immed. $ 725/mth BRITTANIA PLACE 2 bdrm + denpatio home in Crown Isle, 2 baths, 6 appls, gas F/P, double garage, golf course view, adult oriented, N/S, No pets. Avail. Immed. - $1,300/mth. If rented by Dec. 15/2012- half of Dec. 2013 rent is free. WILLOW WOOD 2bdrm, 1 bath, 4 appls,patio, two pkg. spaces, N/S, No pets. Avail Immed.- $725/mth MANOR PARK 2 bdrm, 2 bath condo, 5 appls, F/P, laminate ďŹ&#x201A;oors, partial views, n/S, small pet neg. w/ref. Avail. Dec 1- $1,100/mth PUNTLEDGE TERRACE 2 bdrm, 2 bath townhouse, 4 appls, woodstove, newlyrenovated, N/S, No peta. Avail.Dec.,1 - $925/mth 2 LEVEL WEST CTNY DUPLEX, 3 bdrms, 1.5 bath, 4 appls, carport, partially fenced yard, N/S, No pets, Avail Dec1 - $1000/mth PUNTLEDGE PARK DUPLEX, 2 bdrms, 2 bath, 5 appls, family rm, fenced yard, shed, N/S, No pets Avail Jan 1/13 - $600/mth MAPLEWOOD MANOR, 1 bdrm, 1 bath, fridge & stove, coin laundry, patio, res. prg, N/S, No pets. Avail Jan /13 $600/mth 2-BDRM TOWNHOUSE with 5 appls., patio & covered parking. N/P or partiers. Lake Trail area $850/mo Nov.15 or Dec.1 250-334-4724 / 250-650-4724.

2003 FORD TAURUS. One owner. Loaded, 67,000km. $5,600. 250-287-0198

2008 Pontiac G5 great shape 63,900k. Power windows, locks, air. $6,900 new set of snow tires incld. 250-792-2620

2009 VW Jetta Wagon 2.5L Excellent condition. Spice Red w/ grey interior. New snow tires included. 53,000 km (hwy) $17,900. 250-702-3523

1-800-961-7022 DL# 7557

CARS 1999 Buick Century Limited Edition 3.1lt, ps,pw,ac, new goodyear all season radial tires, fully maint.$1650.00 obo 250-287-8570/250-923-1355 1999 HONDA Accord, automatic, fully loaded, leather interior, 6 disc CD player, sunroof, good condition, $5400. Call (250)923-7412.

20â&#x20AC;&#x2122; CONTINENTAL Cargo Trailer, like new. Sell $7500. Cost $12,000. (250)871-3934.


2005 CHEVY Trail Blazer LS Exc cond. 103,000kmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 6cyl auto, air, cruise, privacy glass, many extras. $10,500. Call after 5pm or leave msg. 1 (250)754-0725

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SHIPPING CONTAINERS 20â&#x20AC;&#x2122; or 40â&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Buy or Rent. Safe and secure. Easymove Container Services. Serving Vancouver Island. 1-(888)331-3279


250-897-1611 Licensed Professionals

1997 Honda Civic hatch back . 149,000 km. 5-speed, mounted proďŹ le tires with alloy wheels plus brand new snow tires. Very reliable runs great $3500. 250-703-1356

2005 GRAND-AM, V-6, auto, 133,000km. White exterior/gray interior. One owner. Very clean, runs great. $4,200 obo. (250)616-7252

2011 MAZDA-TRIBUTE 36,000km. Warranty and serviced to date. $24,999. Call 250-287-2009. 1977 IT-400 YAMAHA. Runs and drives great. Lots of power. Fresh piston. $800 ďŹ rm. 250-287-1163. RECREATIONAL VEHICLES FOR SALE

1988 GMC Sierra w/canopy. 93,000 miles. 1- owner. USA built, Good engine $2000. 250-334-9650

1983 Slumber Queen 8 foot Camper. Fridge, Stove, Furnace and bathroom. Good condition. $1,500 obo. Call 250-339-4239

1995 DODGE Ram 2500 SLT reg cab long box, 5.9 gas, 4x4. A/C, P/W P/D, 177,000km. Air bags One owner.$6495. 250-338-0385

2007 CUSTOM Chev HHR. Excellent condition. Loaded. White. 119,000 km, mostly hwy driven. On-Star. $11,900 ďŹ rm. 250-755-5191. 2009 TOYOTA Venza 1-owner V6, AWD, Sunroof, 6 speed auto, crossover vehicle, lots of option. 40,000 Km. $26,900 250-890-0199

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2004 LE2600 Sunseeker Sleeps 6. Good tires, walk round queen bed, lots of storage, slide out w/awning, dual thermal pane windows. N/S. Recent inspection. 3yr extended warr. 121,000 kms. $35,000 ďŹ rm. 250-287-4625.

2000 Dodge Dakota Quad cab 5.9L 164,000 kmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. 2- wheel Dr. Lots of new parts. Recent tune up. $5,600 OBO call 250871-7767 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 loaded very nice $6800. 338-4184. 1983 Suzuki GS 1,054 km. Garage $2500. 250-338-4184

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BOATS 1973 25â&#x20AC;&#x2122; C&C Sloop. Glass hull & teak interior. 7 sails (4 never used). 2010 50HP Nissan outboard, approx. 200 hrs. Must sell, leaving country. $8500. obo. Please call Heather at (250)914-1232 or email:

2004 GREW BOWRIDER 17ft, Mercury 90 2-stroke motor, with trailer, low hours. Asking, $12,000. Mike 250-597-3389.


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Comox Valley Worship Directory Church of Our Lord


Holy Communion 10:00 am each Sunday

Study circles – small groups meet for collaborative study of spiritual subjects.

at Berwick, 1700 Comox Ave. Comox, BC All Welcome Tel: 250-941-0332


Comox Valley Community Church

“Knowledge is one of the wondrous gifts of God. It is incumbent upon everyone to acquire it.” Bahá’u’lláh 250.702.3041gh250.702.0574

Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship

Sunday Worship and Children & Youth Program 10 am Saturday Service 5 pm Rev. Maggie Enwright

Doing 250 Beach Drive, Comox (at Comox United Church)


MENNONITE UNITED MENNONITE CHURCH (BLACK CREEK) A Christ centered faith community dedicated to the Worship of God and the promotion of peace and social justice in His name.

Sunday Worship: 10:30 AM Sunday School: 10:30 AM 2277 Enns Road, Black Creek. Pastor Gordon Carter Office: 250.337.5341 Email:


Sunday Celebration 10:30 am

Hearing Assistance

Real Life

St. George’s


“The church with a heart in the heart of the city” SUNDAY SERVICE SUNDAY SERVICE: 10:30 am 10:30AM SUNDAY SCHOOL SUNDAY SCHOOL Nursery-Grade 7

Become a People Prepared

Worship Services 10am Sundays Mark Isfeld School 1551 Lerwick Road, Courtenay

Pastor Dave Koleba Associate Pastor Jake Hron

Val 250-338-7727 (office)


Seeking | 250-339-3966

6th & Fitzgerald Ave.

Real Change

We Meet every 1st and 3rd Sunday

Full Wheelchair Access

Nursery -Grade 7

Minister: Peggy Jensen 250-334-4961

“A place for you: John 14:2

10 am Sunday Worship


Comox Community Baptist Church

“Sounding forth the Supremacy of Christ in all things”

December 2nd First Sunday of Advent Theme: Hope.

Eve Mark, Choir Director 250-338-4785

1290 Guthrie Rd., Comox

Everyone Welcome

Rev. Julianne Kasmer, Minister


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Hosts of “Comox Valley School of Supernatural Ministry”

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2201 Robert Lang Drive

250-338-5811 250-338

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(Old Fish and Game Building)



1105 Pritchard Rd., Comox 250-339-7527

GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH 467 - 4th Street (just east of Fitzgerald)

725 Aspen Rd., Comox

2182 Comox Avenue, Comox


Sunday Worship & Children’s Program 11 AM

1580 Fitzgerald Ave. Courtenay 250-338-8221


Pastor A. Ronald Sedo

10:00AM at Brooklyn Elementary School

Nursery - Kid Jam Youth Group

Pastors Darryl & Kim Burry

Independent - Fundamental

Shepherd Of The Valley Lutheran Church (ELCIC)

A Special Advent service is followed by lunch and an afternoon of decorating the church, creating Advent wreaths for home, other crafts and fun.


Sundays 10 am

~ A Place to Discover Your Life Purpose ~



1st Street & Penrith

Faith Family

@ 10:30 am

of the North Island College at 10 am Sunday Morning



Join us this Sunday

Meeting in the Stan Hagen Theatre


Real People


Congregational Christian Churches of Canada


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Bay Community Church


Sunday Morning Service - 10:00 a.m. Adult Bible Study - 11:30 a.m. Children’s Sunday School - 11:30 a.m. Evening Service - 6:30 p.m.

Service 10:30am Guest Speaker: Rev. Charles Scott

Wednesday Tel/Fax 250-339-2882 Full Wheelchair Access

Prayer and Bible Study - 7:00 p.m. Rev. Paul Johnson, Pastor


Hearing Assistance


Canadian Baptists of Western Canada

SUNDAY SERVICE 10:30 A.M. Pastor Rev. Peter Hudson Interim Pastor

Everyone Welcome. 1250 Anderton Road, Comox


2946 Kilpatrick Ave. Church Phone: 250-338-1312 Morning Service 11am Evening Service 7pm Need healing from a wounded heart? Need to be free from guilt or shame? Want to be forgiven of all sin and have a clean slate on life? Come and receive healing and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.


WEEKEND LITURGIES Saturday 5 pm Mass Sunday 8:30 am & 10:30 am Mass CONFESSION: Sat: 4 - 4:30 pm & before all masses Children’s Liturgy of the Word & Youth Group; September-May

Pastor: Father Marek Paczka, SDS Full Wheelchair Access


Hearing Assistance

ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA Comox Valley Parishes Welcome You!


St. Peter

9:15 am Contemporary Service

Jim Lyster, Rector 218 Church St., Comox • 250-339-2925

11:00 am Traditional Service Nursery Care & Jr. Church @ 9:15 am

PASTORS: Peter Rabey & Randy Dyck 2963 Lake Trail Road, Courtenay (across from Arden Elementary) 250-334-3432

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SATURDAY 5:40 Express Contemporary Worship SUNDAY 8:00 am & 10:00 pm Worship

St. John the Divine The Rev. Rodney Ives, Priest in charge 579 - 5th Street, Courtenay

Sunday Holy Eucharist 8:30 am & 10 am Sunday School 10 am Wednesday Holy Eucharist 10 am

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COMOX VALLEY RECORD • Friday, November 30, 2012

Gillete 3x deodorant

Herbal Essences or Aussie hair care or styling


or bodywash 354-473 mL, selected varieties

selected sizes & varieties 300 - 400 mL

selected varieties


Nice’N, Easy Root Touch up or Natural Instincts hair colour or Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara or Outlast lip colour

Olay Regenerist or Total Effects Facial Skin care or hair removal kit 2455528/2455515/2284618









Scope Classic, Outlast or Crest 3D white rinse or Oral-B battery powered toothbrush




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Crest 3D Professional effects or 2HR express whitestrips

Gillette Good News, Daisy or Custom disposable razors




Pampers Mega diapers 28-60’s 762713

selected varieties

10-12’s selected varieties


Always Infinity or Radiant pads 12-18’s, liners 64’s or Tampax radiant tampons 16’s















exact™ mouthwash 1L 121188/963609

Halls lozenges

Suave hair care

singles, 9’s

selected varieties, 444 mL




Colgate toothpaste 85 mL or extra clean manual toothbrush



111456/266818 551630/319938



exact™ disposable razors 32’s


Goody hair accessories selected varieties, 814689/722916/918317





cotton swabs





Conair hair appliances selected varieties


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We Match Prices! *Look for the symbol in store. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITES (note that our major supermarket competitors may not). Due to the fact that product is ordered prior to the time of our Ad Match checks, quantities may be limited. We match select items in our major supermarket competitors’ flyers throughout the week. Major supermarket competitors are determined solely by us based on a number of factors which can vary by store location. We match identical items (defined as same brand, size, and attributes) and for fresh produce, meat and bakers, we match a comparable item (as determined solely by us).


Friday, November 30, 2012 • COMOX VALLEY RECORD



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LLoaded, Loa oa Low km’s, Auto






Loaded Loa aded Leather



2006 Ci Civic i LX X

2008 C 2 Civic i i DX


11,853 3


11,3 368 68










NOW MSRP $30,700






23,100 0 Black Leather


25,700 0 Tan Leather

$ 0''&3&/%4 **


NOW MSRP $27,400

23,400 0 Pearl Gray Leather










OP1798 P1798

OP1801 801

2012 Optima EX

0P1776 76

2012 Optima LX+

2012 Optima EX Turbo Gray Leather Sunroof 27,100 0 Pearl



NOW MSRP $32,100




23,100 Black Leather

NOW MSRP $27,400










2012 Optima EX Turbo

NOW MSRP $30,700




OP1743 43

2012 Optima EX

NOW MSRP $28,400

2012 Optima EX+


NOW MSRP $28,400


Leather Sunroof 24,800 0 Black


25,700 0 Black Leather

23,400 0 Black Leather

NOW MSRP $29,800


2007 Mi Mini nii Cooper C S


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2009 D Dodge d JJourney SE

2008 Dodge Dakota SXT

for great savings on 2012 Optimas!







Loaded,, Leather,, Sunroof Loa




2008 Pontiacc Montana

Only Onl ly 18,200 km

Loaded, Loa aded, Only 30,000kms


2000 GMC 2500 500 SLTT


2006 Chevyy Impala LS S





7,995 SR1943A

2006 Hyundai Elantra SE 2

LLoaded, Loa oaaaded, Only 119,000kms

55,000 55 ,000 kms

LLoaded Loa oaaded


2002 Ford Focus 2TW Wagon

2007 Ci Civic i EX Coupe

2009 Toyota Corolla LE



12,87 877 77



Auto,, Onlyy 73,000 Auto , kms


2006 Ci 2 Civic i H Hybrid b d

1999 Toyota ta C Camry LE

Loaded, 70 km Loa $




2002 Ci Civic i LX LX-G

Loaded, One Owner, Auto Lo













OP1787 87

2012 Optima EX Turbo+


2012 Optima LX+

*Bi-weekly payments based on 4.65% variable interest, 96 months, oac. All taxes and levies included. ^NOW prices include all factory incentives.

COURTENAY KIA 1025A Comox Road Courtenay • 1-877-380-1633 • DL#30891

Wayne Grabowski Jan Vandenbiggelaar Malcolm Fletcher GSM

Sales Specialist

Sales Specialist


Stacey Dion

Sales Specialist

Darren Lloyd-Jones Loretta Lafortune Sales Specialist

Finance Specialist

Comox Valley Record, November 30, 2012  

November 30, 2012 edition of the Comox Valley Record

Comox Valley Record, November 30, 2012  

November 30, 2012 edition of the Comox Valley Record