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nly two weeks after battling a fire at a local business, Mountain Man Services, the Lake Cowichan volunteer fire department put their skills to the test again when they were called to extinguish a fire that broke out in the abandoned school board office, early in the morning of November 29. Gazette

The volunteer Lake Cowichan Fire Department responded to a fire at the old J.H. Boyd school site at approximately 9:00 a.m. on Nov. 29. The firefighters managed to extinguish the fire and called in the RCMP to investigate the cause of the fire.

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On Nov. 29 at 9:00 a.m, the Lake Cowichan RCMP were called in to assist the volunteer Lake Cowichan Fire Department at a fire that broke out at the old J.H. Boyd school site. After the fire was extinguished, an RCMP fire investigator attended the scene and it was determined the fire to be of a suspicious nature. The fire broke out on the inside of the

building, near an entrance which was spreading into the rafters of the structure. The quick, professional response by the local fire department extinguished this fire. As a result of this fire, the floor and ceiling are unstable and potentially dangerous. “This building is private property and any person found inside will be subject to trespassing charges,” Cpl. Larry Olson said in a press release issued to the media. The Lake Cowichan RCMP are con-


tinuing their investigation into the cause of fire. If any witnesses have any information to assist in this investigation they are asked to contact the Lake Cowichan RCMP at (250) 749-6668. “This particular building has become a real dangerous structure and the whole property a nuisance for everyone” said LCFD’s Fire Chief Doug Knott. This is not the first time the fire department has been called to this location. They

have been called numerous times over the years because of fires being set in the empty buildings on the property. The Town of Lake Cowichan has a derelict building bylaw in place and letters concerning this bylaw have been sent to the owner of this property, among others, in the past. Mayor Ross Forrest says that another letter will be sent to the owner of this property after this latest incident.

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Dylan, Amanda and Alex Sawatzky enjoyed the goodies available to those in attendance of the December Madness kick-off at the Visitor Information Centre last year. Gazette file photos

Left: Mayor Ross Forrest gives a big smile while lighting up the Christmas tree in Saywell Park to initiate December Madness. Last year was the first time this ceremonial event invited one of the community’s public figures to initiate the lighting. Forrest had the help of Lake Cowichan youngster, Brendan Scheffer to plug the tree lights in.

Town set to sparkle at Christmas light-up ELODIE ADAMS Gazette Editor

Visions of sugar plums may be dancing in children’s heads after the December Christmas Madness event in Lake Cowichan this coming weekend. The evening’s festivities on Dec. 7 will kick-off the event when the switch is pulled to light-up the town, starting with the Christmas tree in front of the Visitor Information Centre (VIC), now transformed into a Gingerbread House for the holiday season. In fact, a special, cartoon-type

light switch is being designed and made for the light-up ceremony this year by Ron McKenzie, Lake Cowichan Chamber of Commerce’s chair of programs and events and its vice-president. McKenzie insists he has had very little to do with organizing the event otherwise, but says he is very proud to be part of it and looks forward to attending. As has become the custom, Santa will arrive on the scene in the town’s fire truck from his tour around the lake, but even before that, children can come down to the Visitor Information Centre from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00

p.m. to spend time with Santa’s wife, Mrs. Claus, and entertainer Beverly McKeen. McKeen will be singing songs and telling stories that capture the spirit of Christmas. Refreshments will be provided. In recent years, Lake Cowichan stores have been open for the December Christmas Madness event, however, this year VIC coordinator Katherine Worsley says businesses have decided not to stay open late. “We noticed that there were not a lot of people out shopping on the Friday night when we do the light-up,” Worsley remarked. “So

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this year, the business members are going to be open their regular hours, and then they’re going to come and enjoy the festivities as well.” The Fire Truck Relay has become one of the most popular events for the kids. It began in 2007 as a means of letting children in all the communities around the lake know about pictures with Santa at the Country Grocer on the Saturday morning, and has turned into the main event for the more-than-100 children who gathered last year inside the Gingerbread House (VIC) after his tour of the lake. At 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 7, Santa starts his ride around the lake — but Worsley says they’re keeping it a secret as to where he will be starting the ride from. With the assistance of the local fire trucks, he will be transferred at the boundary lines of each community to the next fire department’s fire truck. All the fire departments participate. “What happened was, the kids kept stopping him as he went around the lake — and because Santa is very inquisitive of our young children — he spent time with them.” As a result, every year the number of kids that come out to wait for him after the Fire Truck Relay has been growing, attests Worsley. “The first year there was 6-10 kids there, the next year there was over 25, then the next year there was 75, and last year, over 110.” The moment of anticipation for those who are waiting in the Gingerbread House for the fire truck to pull up with and see Santa climb out is worth its weight in gold, though, she says. “The big thing is to come and meet Santa here at Saywell Park at 7:30 p.m. for the big light up of the Christmas Tree in front of

our Gingerbread House,” said Worsley. “The mayor, council and CVRD Area F and Area I directors will all be present to share in the moment.” After that, Santa will be available to listen to the wishes of the children. Refreshments will be available for the children in the evening as well. Shopping passports, available from participating businesses or at the VIC, will be in effect again this year. It’s a week-long shopping opportunity at local businesses that will end in a draw on Dec. 16 for six different $50 gift certificates. When you purchase an item from a business that is listed on the passport, you get a stamp in your passport. When you have collected five stamps, you can take that passport and drop it into the entry box that is in the VIC for the draw. If the children manage to sleep after Friday evening’s excitement, they may also see Santa and have their picture taken with him on Saturday from 11-3 p.m. at the Country Grocer store in town. “The Lady of the Lake are taking the pictures,” Worsley said. “It’s a fundraiser for them and all proceeds go to help the Lady of the Lake’s programs.” Pictures are not mandatory, but every child is welcome to come and see Santa. The LCSS 2013 Grads will be selling hot dogs and hot chocolate and the Rivernote Carollers will be singing from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. December Christmas Madness is the kick-off to a host of other Christmas-related events that will run throughout the month of December, such as the the Kaatza Lakeside Players Christmas play Dec. 4-8, Christmas Karaoke, Dec. 14 at Studio 261 Arts Space and the Winter Carnival on Ice, Dec. 23.


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Lake Cowichan residents voice opinions, concerns ELODIE ADAMS, Gazette Editor

The Town of Lake Cowichan held its bi-annual public meeting on Nov. 26 at Centennial Hall. Mayor Ross Forrest presided over the meeting with the help of Councillors Bob Day and Franklin Hornbrook. Councillors Jane Ingram and Tim McGonigle were excused for family and work commitments respectively. Also on hand in the audience was the town’s Director of Finance, Ronnie Gill, and Chief Administrative Officer Joe Fernandez. It was perhaps one of the better turnouts at the town’s public meetings that came into effect three years ago when the mayor and council were elected, with close to 40 residents in attendance. With no agenda set by council for the meeting, the floor was opened to residents to speak. The following are some of the issues brought to the table by the residents of Lake Cowichan.

Water Rates The meeting opened with a question put to the mayor and council regarding the Town of Lake Cowichan charging higher water rates for residents outside the town’s boundary versus residents within the town’s boundary. Dennis Pilon was the first to voice his disapproval at the discrimination he feels he and other outside users are being subjected to according for not living within the town’s boundary yet using the town’s water. The mayor and council explained to Pilon that it is due to the fact that through their taxes, Lake Cowichan residents subsidize their own water costs, a subsidy which outside users do not pay. Pilon’s question brought on several more comments and questions from other residents who feel that the increase of 40 per cent in the proposed water rates for 2013 is a huge jump over the four per cent increases in the past couple of years. These increases were outlined in a previous article in the

Gazette in Sept. 2012.

Community Consultation Meeting The upcoming Dec. 8 public Community Consultation session organized by School District #79, was another hot topic of the meeting, and several residents made a point of speaking to the subject. It was obvious that their concern over the future of the schools in the Lake Cowichan district is a driving force in the community. Ross assured the residents that they are as concerned about the future of the communities schools, as well.

Youth Activities On a more positive note, resident Tara Bushby addressed the town’s values and positive attributes. “I’m here today to talk about some of the more positive things in this town, and of ways we could potentially get more attention,” Bushby said. “Not just in the summertime, but all year. And I think the way to achieve that is by branding the community with certain things, using social media, Facebook and the website, to attract attention. When we have more activities, it will bring more people into town, and that will help with the economy.” Bushby also expressed her concern that there is nothing for the youth in Lake Cowichan, and suggested that if the town wants to keep its youth here and happy, there needs to be evening activities and places where the youth can go and have fun.

Communication Lake Cowichan resident David Ridley had two questions to raise at the meeting, the first concerning the town’s communication methods, the second to do with the doctor shortage. “I had great difficulties in finding out that this meeting existed,” Ridley said. “I couldn’t find it on the website, and it was not in the Gazette.” Ridley also spoke about

Elodie Adams

Former School Board trustee Duncan Brown spoke to council about the upcoming Community Consultation session, Dec. 8 at Lake Cowichan Secondary School, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

the town not always replying to letters they receive from residents. He says he feels that every letter the town receives from a resident should be acknowledged, even if it is only to tell them they are looking into the matter. “I think the whole communication thing needs to be tightened up a little bit,” he concluded on that subject.

Doctor Recruitment Ridley then brought up the issue of the doctor shortage in the town. Mayor Forrest reassured everybody that they are doing everything they can to try to attract doctors. He said they are working at it, and that they have talked to VIHA about it. “At our council meeting on Dec. 11, there will be representatives from VIHA and the Physician’s Recruitment Centre to let the public know what they are doing to try to attract doctors to Lake Cowichan,” Forrest said. “So I’m asking everybody, when we have our meeting on the 11th, come to the meeting and show VIHA and the Recruitment centre that we really have a big concern, that the community is concerned and cares.”

fairly recent addition to Lake Cowichan, says he has been proposing ideas for new businesses in town and has been coming up against obstacles at every step. One of Harrison’s ideas is to have an open-air craft market for local artisans. First he says he was told it wasn’t allowed on public property, and when he found private property, he still received a red light from the town. “If there was something every weekend for local homeowners that were into making crafts, like cottage industry-type products,” he suggested, “then we could be hosting a nice little craft market in town, which would improve the economy by bringing people into town.

John Harrison, who is a

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State of the roads Several residents complained about the state of the roads around the town, especially the potholes on many of the side streets. They are wondering why the town can find the money to repave the main street that runs through town, but can’t find the money to fix the potholes.

Water treatment project One of the last items to be discussed during the open meeting was the new water treatment project for the Town

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of Lake Cowichan. Council says they are starting to put money away for this project, which will be necessary in the next few years and will have a price tag in the vicinity of $3 million. One of the ways they are dong this, explained Forrest, is by raising the water rates, as was discussed and debated earlier in the meeting. “Water tax is a method for us to have some of the $3 million, roughly, that it’s going to cost, put away to start paying for it,” the mayor explained. “So if we start now, it’s less we’ve got to pay in the long run. Because one way or another, we’ve have to pay for it. And that’s how the parcel tax will work.”

Councillor Bob Day, who has been the town and district’s representative on the Board of Trustees for the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) in 2012, has accepted the position for another one-year term. Day also reported on a meeting he attended recently about the new library, scheduled to be built in Lake Cowichan in 2013. Day confirmed that VIRL awarded tender to Heatherbrae Construction for the project, whose bid of just under the $1 million ceiling was accepted.


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Standing up for what the community doesn’t want to lose While the nation is considering the demise of the Hostess Twinkie, our local communities are facing more serious considerations with regard to the future of education and medical services in the Cowichan Lake district. Much ink in our paper has been dedicated to presenting and informing the community about the issues surrounding the next Community Consultation session on Dec. 8. If the former School Board trustees are right, the outcome of this meeting may lead to the demise of the district’s local schools in the not-sodistant future.

Without a representative from our own area bringing a voice to the School Board, the town needs all the support it can get from residents who don’t want to see local education diminished for their children or for the future of the community. In a similar vein, the town is also facing a shortage of doctors. We are already down to only two doctors to serve our residents as well as the residents of our neighbouring communities. If we don’t manage to recruit more doctors in the next 12 months, we will be down to only one doctor and in all likelihood the

medical clinic would have to close. Our mayor and council are doing what they can to bring in new doctors, but bringing new doctors in doesn’t only depend on their desire to do so, it has to be done with the collaboration of the Vancouver Island Health Authority and the Doctor Recruitment Services. A meeting with representatives of these two organizations is being held on Dec. 11, and it too requires enormous support from the community by making the effort to attend. Of a total of approximately 3,000 residents in the town of Lake Cowichan,

only 40 showed up at the public meeting last week. It is imperative that we have a better turn out for these two meetings. The town of Lake Cowichan’s residents need to bring their voices and be heard on these two issues. Instead of 40, we need to see 400. Take time to think about what the community would be like without its young people staying here to attend school, or with having to drive to Duncan to consult a doctor. And come to the meetings. -

returns next year. In 2014 it is projected to bounce right back to where it is today, around $6.1 billion. That’s odd. When former finance minister Kevin Falcon announced the transition back to PST last May, he described annual revenue loss of about $500 million the first year, and more than $600 million the next.

Granted, business investment credits and HST rebates to the poor also end, saving the government a pile of cash as this significant tax reform dies. But it still looks like another fudge-it budget, designed to help another premier avoid the political graveyard at the foot of Deficit Hill.

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Whatever happens in the provincial election five months from now, taxpayers should insist that it be the last spring By Tom Fletcher vote. Now I know this isn’t sexy like the horse race of popularity polls so loved by the TV news. But integrity of public financial information is the next vital step in democratic reform, even more important than scheduled election dates. And the B.C. tradition of tabling untested election budgets, shutting down the legislature and firing up the campaign buses, has to end. The B.C. Liberals are on track to surpass the NDP on fudge-it budgets, having put millions into TV ads that insist the 2013 budget will struggle into the black. This is the hill Christy Clark has chosen to die on. Glen Clark set the modern bar with his 1996 election budget. After a run of red ink, it conjured a tidy little surplus that helped the NDP squeak out a win over the plaidshirted Gordon Campbell. Campbell’s noisy exit had its roots in his 2009 fudge-it budget, which clung to an outdated $500-million deficit forecast that had already melted down along with banks, auto makers and U.S. real estate. After the election, British Columbians found out we were really $2.8 billion in the red. Not one to waste a good crisis, Campbell ordered the harmonized sales tax. Now Premier Clark and Finance Minister Mike de Jong are proposing to balance the

budget <I>and</I> shut down the HST money machine. Clark gave a speech in Coquitlam the day before last week’s budget update, warning it “won’t be pretty.” And it’s not. In September the current-year deficit forecast jumped above $1 billion, largely due to a glut of natural gas. The latest update pushed it near $1.5 billion. Natural gas royalties are bumping along the bottom, no big change there. But now coal prices and shipments are down, and a slow real estate market has pinched the flow of cash from Bill Vander Zalm’s legacy, the property purchase tax. I erred in a previous column, saying this year’s deficit is partly due to a staged repayment of federal HST transition money. Not so. That entire $1.6 billion was booked in last year’s budget, pushing that deficit to a record $3 billion. This means the current $1.5 billion bleeder is based strictly on current revenues, debt servicing and spending. So how is this sucking chest wound going to suddenly heal next spring? De Jong provided an early version of his answer in his September financial statement. Amazingly, it projects a recovery of more than $100 million in natural gas royalties next year. Hmmm. Liquefied natural gas exports to Asia are still years away, and the U.S., our only current energy export customer, is developing its own huge shale gas and shale oil reserves. In another forecasted miracle, sales tax revenue is expected to dip by a mere $120 million as the old provincial sales tax

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Cronin Trust Fund receives a boost George Donnelly from Cowichan Lake Timber presents Bertha Gravelle, organizer for the Dennis Cronin fundraising events, with a cheque for the Cronin Trust Fund. Recently there was a firewood sale, in cooperation with Timberwest and Teal Jones, and the proceeds went to the trust fund — there is still firewood available and if you are interested you can call Gravelle at 250-749-3740 or for more information go to

Community consultation: doctors and schools in Cowichan Lake area Ross Forrest

On Friday, Nov. 2, the Cowichan Valley Regional District conducted a tour of C ow i c h a n West to familiarize its directors and staff with our area. The elected officials of Areas I and F and the Town of Lake Cowichan are familiar with the area we live in. Other Area Directors, however, who make important decisions on our behalf, may not always be totally aware of our area. I was unable to attend the first tour in the north part of our region, including electoral Areas G, H and the Town of Ladysmith but was lucky enough to participate in the tour of the west, which was informative and worthwhile for everyone in attendance. Some of the highlights were stops at Mesachie Lake Forestry Research Station (very educational), Cowichan Lake Sports Arena, the weir, our museum, our Seniors’ Centre for lunch, Lake Cowichan Sewage Treatment Plant, TATA Communications Satellite Station, University of Victoria’s property at Marble Bay and the Youbou land site. There is concern growing over a shortage of doctors in our community. The Cowichan Division of Family Practice and the Family Physician Recruitment Office has accepted our


invitation to attend our public meeting on Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. at Upper Centennial Hall. If you would like to attend, our meeting is open to the public. Please bring any questions you may have regarding the doctor shortage. A strong showing from the public will help validate our concerns. Remembrance Day service was well attended this year. Thank you to everyone who came out to honour our veterans and a special thank you to those who helped make this service special: Emcee Mike Eckert, Padre Ben Yablonski, Parade Commander Suzanne Jones, vocalist Mary Popovich, Lament-piper Frank Nichol and all those who laid wreaths and showed their respect for the fallen soldiers. In July, 2013, there will be a delegation travelling from Lake Cowichan to Ohtaki/Date City, Japan. There is still an opportunity for students, as well as adults to sign up to be part of the group. The trip will be approximately ten days with the majority of your accommodations in Japan being with home stay families. Please contact the town office for more information if you are interested. Students at Lake Cowichan Secondary School deserve a lot of credit for the initiative they put forth through an encouragement board at their school. This board is a tool to express their respect and positive feelings towards one another. You should all be proud of helping each other when it comes to dealing with the many pressures of being a teenager. It makes our town proud when we see the success people from our

community achieve. One example is Divine Fit, a band out of Los Angeles, who appeared on the Jimmy Fallon Show and David Letterman Show. Daniel Boeckner is one of the members of this talented group. Daniel grew up in Lake Cowichan where his father, David, was a teacher at Lake Cowichan Secondary School and still resides here. After watching this band perform, it is obvious that there will be much more success to follow. It goes to show you that with hard work, your goals and dreams can be realized. Daniel provides much inspiration for other musicians and the realization that talent and persistence can lead to success. Volunteers are hard at work once again decorating the town for Christmas. They show great character by selflessly giving their time out in the cold to provide enjoyment for others. We extend our gratitude for your dedication and to everyone who helped by donating lights and money for our light-up. The spirit you provide is greatly appreciated. Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Cowichan School District No. 79 is hosting a meeting at Lake Cowichan Secondary School. Community consultation sessions are being held around the district to engage parents, staff and community members to consider options being contemplated for our schools. Participants are encouraged to pre-register at It is important that the public get out and have their voices heard regarding our schools and our future.

I attended the Town of Lake Cowichan’s public meeting on Nov. 26, and my main concern was the water rates for outside users. I readily understand the higher rate for outside users as not paying taxes we do not support the maintenance upkeep, so this was not a concern for me. However, two things I did want answer to: One, the rate increase by 40 per cent, when in the past two years the increase was four per cent. I feel this increase is excessive and council did not discuss my concern nor justify the increase. If a council member were to look up when we speak, it would at least give the impression they were listening. Two, I did not get a satisfactory answer to my question about metered consumption. Is the outside user rate of $565, a flat rate per year or a basic rate where we will be metered and charged an additional fee for cubic meters used in excess of a base amount? Jack Brooks Lake Cowichan

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Dennis and Lorraine Cronin and the Fundraising Committee would like to thank the community for their overwhelming generosity and support. Thank you to all the volunteers who put in endless hours over the past couple of months putting on the Hot Dog Sale, the Bottle Drive, and the Firewood Sale. To everyone who made contributions to the trust fund, we thank you. To those who dropped by to give support or a personal donation, we cannot tell you how much that means to us. We would like to recognize the following for contributing equipment, supplies or making a corporate donation at our fundraising events: 98.7 at the Lake Coast Environmental Country Grocer Lake Cowichan Cowichan Lake Timber (Karlite) Cowichan Rentals Citizen Davey Derby Dennis Cronin Fund Raising Committee Genfor Forest Services Got Wood Home Depot Jamie Svendsen Jim Eddy John Switzer

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From left : Frank, Trevor, Louisa and Brian Green. Known to friends as Louie, Louisa Spencer Green — wife of Cowichan Lake’s first permanent pioneer Frank Green — was a strong, hardworking, dependable, somewhat impatient and outspoken woman whose solid character allowed her to survive the difficulties of pioneer life.

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PAGES OF HISTORY The following excerpts first appeared in the 1955 Golden Jubilee edition of the Cowichan Leader (now the Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, which has been a newspaper of record since 1905): Louisa, called Louie by her family, never forgot the spell of that first trip over the rough trail from Duncan through the long avenue of giant trees to Cowichan Lake. She loved to tell of the last drive of logs down the river in 1909, how the logs piled up on a bar on the (Cowichan) river opposite her home. She often recalled watching the men working in the icy water (trying to free the logs) and wondering if they would appreciate a cup of hot coffee. When she offered them one, a worker loudly proclaimed, (after tasting the brew) “This coffee is better than any whiskey I have ever tasted!” She was pleased. Before arriving in Canada she had spent two years in Moscow working as governess to the children of

a wealthy Russian family. Her life with the family “whose lifestyle was a most gracious one set in a fine townhouse with many servants” (as her son recalled many years later) was now a dim memory for this young Welsh woman. The pioneer life she was to live, upon arriving at Cowichan Lake, took up every moment of every day with little time left for pondering one’s past exploits. Years later and, by then an aging widow, she still occupied the creeper-covered cottage on the riverbank that husband Frank Green had built so many years before. Set under the shade of three ancient cedars trees at Greendale, Louie had lived there since arriving as a new bride in 1909. At age 93, after a long and interesting life, Louisa Spencer Green died at the Cherry Point Lodge Rest Home in 1965. But, for the last two years, Louie spent much of her life living in the original log cabin that was built by husband, Frank Green (this area’s first permanent pioneer) so many years before. Perhaps the nastiest (or more politely put, the most unpopular) of the early settlers was Charles Henry E. Lengnick, who left his native Germany bound for East

Africa, then Australia, before finding his way to Cowichan Lake. Mentioned more than once in this column over the years, Lengnick was profiled in great detail in the Golden Jubilee edition of the Cowichan Leader (1955). “He stood five feet eight inches tall, had powerful, heavy shoulders, narrow hips, small hands and feet, wore a brown beard and moustache and had piercing blue eyes. Clothing, when he wore any, was a pair of shorts with a kind of bib and wide straps over the shoulders, leaving his torso and legs bare. Other times he wore a kilt and mostly went barefoot. His headwear was always a beret. He was known by locals as the Count or the Captain, he could lay claim to either title. “That his family was wealthy there was no doubt. He received generous financial assistance from them each month up until the outbreak of the Great War (WWI) in 1914 when all financial help was abruptly cut off.” From then on he depended on the generosity of the townsfolk, who actually (for the most part), he despised. He settled on the lakeshore across from Marble Bay

after making a small clearing in the forest. Since there was no road in, everything he needed had to be delivered by boat. On the clearing he constructed a house, that to some, resembled a Bavarian lodge. He planted a garden and many ornamental and rare trees throughout the property. Some years later after the house burnt down, he built another, this time using tin. All the while he depended — or as some said, demanded — on local people to transport all supplies and food that he and his poor woe-be-gone wife required. Since he had no money, others in the area footed the bill, as they felt sorry for his wife Elsa. In addition to having no money, he also possessed no skills, at least not skills that were required of early pioneers. Elsa, who had been sent to him as a servant by his family in Germany, was nothing more, as the story goes, than a slave. It was reported that when his wife was deathly ill and confined to her bed, he brought the goats to her bedside so she could milk them. Alas, one day in 1925 poor Elsa died some five years before her husband (master). Both were buried in Victoria’s Royal Oak Cemetery.


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Driver anxious after recent rock incident causes death on Hwy. 18 ELODIE ADAMS Gazette Editor

It happened so fast he couldn’t react, says Lake Cowichan resident David Svendsen. On November 23, Svendsen was driving on Hwy. 18 when his windshield was hit by a ball of mud that came flying off a logging truck. “I saw it the same time it hit the windshield,” Svendsen told the Gazette. “A logging truck was heading east as I was heading west, and a mud ball flew onto my windshield.” Svendsen says by the time he saw the truck coming and at the speed it was coming at him,

he had no chance to stop his vehicle. South Island Traffic Services (SITS) and Transport ministry staff are checking into who, if anyone, is legally responsible for checking log loads on logging trucks and removing debris that can be dangerous to drivers, following the death of a driver near Skutz Falls turnoff on Nov. 7. A brick-size rock fell off a logging truck heading east on Hwy. 18, which ricocheted off the road and hit the windshield of a westbound pick-up truck. The driver of the vehicle was seriously injured and died later in Cowichan District Hospital.

Council amends bylaw: no dogs permitted on public beach ELODIE ADAMS Gazette Editor

A regular town council meeting of the Town of Lake Cowichan was held on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the town hall. A number of items were on the town’s agenda for the meeting, including presentations by two outside delegations. Councillor Tim McGonigle was not in attendance as he is out of town for work. Delegations and Representations After adopting the minutes of the previous town council meeting, Mayor Forrest invited Kate Miller of the CVRD’s Environmental Policy Division and consultant James van Hemert to present their Regional Environmental Strategic Plan on future environmental programming. Miller and her team want to develop a core guiding document for the CVRD as a whole and the Environment Commission in particular. They are seeking the town’s input and support on questions about its environmental priorities over the next 20 years and what role the CVRD can play in supporting its environmental programs. Ray Anthony of the Cowichan Intercultural Society (CIS) was the next delegate to speak

about proposed projects in the Cowichan Valley District. In particular, the CIS wants to implement a new project, “Bringing Stories to the Streets,” that will explore ways of creating inclusive workplaces and helping Cowichan businesses become leaders in diversity. Following the two outside interventions, council resumed its regular agenda for the duration of the meeting. Committee Reports The minutes of monthly committee reports for November were adopted and passed. Other reports included the Lake Cowichan Fire Department incident report and fire statistics for the month of October 2012. The Lake Cowichan Fire Department responded to two motor vehicle accidents, one live fire, one medical assist and helped remove a tree that had fallen on hydro and cable lines.

Town. This Bylaw repeals the Town of Lake Cowichan Parks Regulation Bylaw No. 8902010. The Town of Lake Cowichan Waste Collection Regulation and Rates Bylaw No. 922-2012 was read for a first, second and third time. Chief Administrative Officer Joseph Fernandez drew attention to Section 17 of the bylaw, which specifies that residents must use a designated kitchen organics container, and that the town will provide an organics collection service from residents’ dwellings once a week. And lastly, the Town of Lake Cowichan Fees and Charges for Services Bylaw No. 923-2012 was read for a first, second and third time and replaces Bylaw No. 911-2011. An amendment to Schedule A of the bylaw concerns an increase in the rental rates of campsites in Lakeview Park. New Business

Bylaws Bylaw No. 919-2012, a bylaw to regulate use of parks in the municipality was adopted with an amendment to Section 3.4 of the original bylaw. It states “Notwithstanding Section 3.3, no person shall permit a dog to enter any public beach area owned and operated by the

Under new business, a motion was carried to approve and undertake the Infiltration and In-flow Assessment project at a cost of $24,862 (plus taxes). The project is scheduled to start December 1, and Fernandez estimates the first phase will be completed by Dec. 21.

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Gazette Above from left: Rita Duston, president of the Lake Cowichan Chamber of Commerce, Elodie Adams, Gazette editor, and Mayor Ross Forrest had a difficult decision to make in choosing the best dessert among four entries from local restaurants. Below: Sandy Rainsford presents the winner’s certificate to David Sharrow of the Cow Cafe (accepting the certificate for his wife, Holly Weagant). Each entry was judged on its presentation, taste, and relevance to the theme of the Lakeside Players Christmas play, “A Christmas Carol.”

It was perhaps the most difficult decision three people had ever been asked to make. On Nov. 30, the Kaatza Lakeside Players (KLP) held a dessert contest at the Seniors Hall in Lake Cowichan. Four of the town’s restaurants were asked to submit an entry for the occasion that would represent the theme of KLP’s upcoming Christmas show, a staged radioplay adaptation of “A Christmas Carol.” The Shaker Mill, Jake’s on the Lake, the Cow Cafe, and Aroma’s were the four restaurants that entered the contest. It was the Cow Cafe’s dessert, created by Holly Weagant, that was declared the winner by the palates of the three discerning judges. Before the name of the winner was announced, the mayor told the spectators who had come to witness the event that all the desserts were delicious, and praised the efforts of the four contestants.

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Firefighters partner with community to fill Christmas Hampers for needy families ELODIE ADAMS, Gazette Editor

The Lake Cowichan Firefighters are running their Food and Toy Drive again this year in support of the Cowichan Lake Community Services Christmas Hampers program. The local firefighters have been running the Food and Toy Drive for the past four years and firefighter Steve Johnson says in that time they have raised $7,746, along with a ton of toys and food. “We just felt that there was a real need to help out the Community Services Christmas Hampers,” Johnson said. “No one wants a child or their families to go without at this time of year. Or at any time, for that matter.” The Lake Cowichan Firefighters have been partnering with the community services to help make Christmas a better time for families whose limited budgets don’t allow for anything extra at Christmas. Johnson says he finds the community

services and their volunteers do an outstanding job of organizing the event. “Firefighters like to help others, it’s part of the job,” added Johnson. “The community supports us, so we (want to) support the community.” This year, the firefighters are offering a pickup service to facilitate donations for anyone who has mobility problems. If anyone would like to make a donation between now and Dec. 14, and if they can’t make it down to Country Grocer where the donations are being collected, Johnson says they can call the firehall and someone will come to their house. To contact the fire hall, phone 250-749-3522 or call Steve Johnson at 250-749-4192, or Ray Bourassa at 749-3955. All donations of cash, non-perishable food items and new, unwrapped toys for children up to 18 years of age will be collected Dec. 14 and 15 at Country Grocer.

Town of Lake Cowichan Commission Membership Vacancies The Town of Lake Cowichan is seeking members for the following Commission:

Advisory Planning Commission Members of the Commission advise Council on all matters respecting land use, community planning or proposed bylaws and permits that are referred to it by Council. Membership is restricted to residents of the Town of Lake Cowichan and two members may be non-residents. Membership term is for a two year period, commencing January 1st, 2013. Further information regarding the above Commission is available by contacting the undersigned at 250.749.6681 during regular office hours, Monday through Friday. A brief letter outlining your interest in serving on the above should be directed to reach the Town by 3:00 p.m., December 17th, 2012 and submitted to the undersigned: Joseph A. Fernandez, Chief Administrative Officer Town of Lake Cowichan PO Box 860, 39 South Shore Road, Lake Cowichan, BC V0R 2G0 • No faxes or e-mails will be considered



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The Lake Cowichan Lion’s Club, situated on Oak Lane, was defaced sometime in the evening of Nov. 28. President Sam Beldessi says he and other members were told about the graffiti the next morning. “We were really taken aback when we were told that someone had done that,” Beldessi said. The building will have to be stripped and repainted, Beldessi says, and it will take most of the funds the club usually donates to different organizations through their fundraising efforts to be able to pay for the work that needs to be done.

A beef about the recent recall of contaminated Canadian beef Canada’s XL Foods in September. It took our government 12 days to issue even their first, limited recall. It grew to include fully a third of all Canadian beef products and became the largest food recall in Canadian history.

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Canadians’ confidence in our food system took another hit in November with revelations that meat inspectors at the XL Food plant in Alberta were told to give meat going to Japan better inspections than meat headed for Canadian store shelves. A four-year-old memo stated that inspectors should ignore signs of fecal contamination on carcasses not intended for the Japanese market. The memo stated those carcasses would be dealt with later in the process at the plant. However, union members at the XL Food plant said that wasn’t true, that the later process was simply a wash which could not remove contamination. The first duty of any government is to keep citizens safe from harm. But it was American inspectors, not Canadian ones, who detected E-coli bacteria in beef from

recall in Canadian history and consumer wariness around the safety of our meat supply. The Conservatives’ priorities on food safety are wrong. They adopted “industry self-regulation” for food safety. They cut funding for food inspection in their last budget. And they’re wrong to not take responsibility for this and help all of the beef producers, large and small, that are seeing their sales decline. The union representing workers at the XL Foods plant in Brooks confirmed that workers have been scared into refusing to report food safety issues at the plant. Among these serious concerns is a failure to properly clean knives on the production line and a processing speed that is far too fast. Near the end of November, CFIA reversed the instruction to ignore contaminated carcasses and ordered meat inspectors to stop a line and pull any carcass that had fecal contamination from the line. If that is the right thing to do now, why was it not right four years ago?

It is clear that consumers and producers on Vancouver Island want small, localscale slaughter and meat-packing plants.

Local food security is a growing concern among my constituents. Access to local, safe, humane slaughterhouses is one concern that farmers and food activists continue to raise. It is clear that consumers and producers on Vancouver Island want small, local-scale slaughter and meat-packing plants, Even these provinciallyregulated facilities are feeling the chill from the largest food


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Weir masking real problems for Cowichan River In my opinion: Summer dry spell could naturally have been much worse The Cowichan River’s mask slipped a bit this year, when it nearly ran dry in September and October. At the end of the lake and start of the river a weir was built about 55 years ago. Before that, on rare occasions, the Cowichan River dried up in late fall, but it was rare. The Cowichan has not been dry for several decades now. The weir has been masking the denuded side slopes, the hotter and drier climate and the lesser snow pack some years — weir built for a pulp mill to store and buffer summer and fall water needs. Before the weir, the lake was like a full bathtub; if inflow from ground seepage, small seasonal tributaries and summer rains was greater than the evaporation rate, the outflow was the difference. When inflow dropped below the evaporation rates — and that can be more than six cubic metres a second on a hot summer day with a bit of wind — then the Cowichan River ran dry. Like I said, it happened once in a while historically. Loren Duncan: The weir has weir a mask. masked the fact that without it the river would, in today’s world, be running dry regularly, maybe even yearly. This year the mask slipped. We saw behind the weir and what may be before us even with the weir: eventually a dry river once in a while, then more often as climate change does what it does, and as logging and watershed degradation does what it does. Maybe better management through the controversial usage of a rule band instead of a rule curve on the management of stored water will give us more time. Maybe it can fix the mask back on the Cowichan River, hide and delay the inevitable. Maybe. A great battle is being played out as an army of scientists and bureaucrats are again battling a legion of lakefront property owners about the curve-versus-band weir management issue. Will a rule band management regime help keep the mask on? Yes, most of the time, for a few more years — maybe a decade or more. Would raising the weir and storing more water mask the inevitable an additional decade or two? Assuredly, but the mask will not hide what eventually must come, what will come. Are there solutions? Sure. The lake is more than 150 metres deep. We fight about the top meter or so. A couple of pumps would enable negative storage, but that has consequences as well. Is there water in other watersheds to scavenge? Sure. Nitinat Lake comes to mind — another couple of pumps, so to speak to shift from Nitinat at sea level to Cowichan Lake at 162 metres. Interbasin transfer is controversial, but isn’t that what we do with water to Crofton? The weir was, and is, just the low-hanging fruit, and a great mask. But the mask is slipping. Sahtlam/Glenora CVRD Director Loren Duncan, lives alongside the Cowichan River.

Seniors’ craft class wraps up Christmas wreaths Gazette The Lake Cowichan Seniors Centre was a crafty place on Thursday, Nov. 29 when a group of the women were treated to a class on wreath making by local lady Tamu Miles. With a huge pile of cedar branches and assorted foliage to choose from piled up in the middle of the floor, the group had a great time putting together wreaths for the up-coming holiday season.

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“We’ve been collecting pieces for 32 years now and each year we set it up in a new layout,” said Donna Jones. Since the Gazette’s last visit two years ago to “Jones City” (as it is nicknamed), there have been some exciting developments as well as a 20 per cent expansion in the growth of the tiny town. Dennis, Donna and their collection were recently featured in the CTV news segment I Love this Island with host, Bruce Williams. You can view the segment on YouTube under I love this island Christmas display inside a Lake Cowichan home. “We’re now up to 142 buildings and about 750 to 800 people,” said Dennis, who is the official town planner and electrician. For Donna, who dons the mayor’s hat, an invitation-only reception over three nights has made for more holiday fun. Invited guests are asked to bring donations to the Lake Cowichan food bank and are treated to a bounteous table of homemade goodies and refreshments. The town boasts every amenity that one could imagine, from posh town-houses, bed and breakfasts to schools, churches, dance halls and a wide variety of shops and houses. For the tiny outdoor enthusiast there’s a winter camp, ice fishing hole, skating rink (complete with moving skaters) and that most Canadian of obsessions, a curling rink. The snowy streets, alight with glowing lamp posts, are busy with all manner of horse-drawn vehicles and pedestrians. This year there’s a full choir singing carols, which is on loan from a friend. The collection began 32 years ago, when Donna’s mum gave her the first set of three gingerbread buildings. The Jones are careful to match new items for correct scale size in various parts of the city. “We search all the time now,” said Donna. “We find them all over. In Canadian Tire, Rona, London Drugs, Christmas shops and on some on our trips to the U.S.” The Jones begin their setup mid-November and leave the display up until mid January. Dennis already has plans for next year’s layout, part of which will be U-shaped to aid access to the village during set up and for the many lifesized visitors who make a visit to the town part of their annual Christmas traditions. Children, especially, delight in the magical world which is the perfect height for pint-sized viewers. A retired electrician, Dennis’s ingenuity in setting up the mass of cords and timers so the town always looks its’ best is an engineering feat to be proud of. When asked if he had any secrets for keeping everything upright and in place in this miniature metropolis, Dennis replied, “I have one word. Velcro!”


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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

ELODIE ADAMS Gazette Editor

As we head into the crazy busyness of preparing for the holiday season, sometimes we forget to stop rushing around and to take a moment for ourselves. “Silent Starry Night,” a recital



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She also singers with another Cowichan Valley ensemble, the Threshold Singers, a group that sings for palliative care patients in the district. Her accompanist, Ron Killian, teaches piano in Duncan and the valley. There will also be a special




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Recital by Youbou singer and pianist: “Silent Starry Night” story-telling by Vertefeuille’s husband and their two chldren, Gus and Ginger. Admission is by donation, and the musicians have added a request for audience members to bring a non-perishable food item for the local food bank.

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Unlocked vehicles invite unwanted attention warn RCMP ELODIE ADAMS Gazette Editor

Lake Cowichan RCMP responded to a complaint of an attempted break-in to a vehicle on Lakeview Avenue Nov. 29. Const. Grant Desmet of the Lake Cowichan RCMP reported the suspect(s) appeared to be interrupted by the owner of the vehicle’s dog barking. Nothing appeared to be taken from the vehicle. “A police dog was called out to the scene,” Desmet told the media, “however, police were unable to locate the suspect.”

Then on Nov. 30 Lake Cowichan RCMP again responded to several complaints of someone entering vehicles that were parked in the area of Arbutus Street, Nitinat Avenue, and Somenos Street. Numerous items appeared to be taken from the vehicles. RCMP would like to remind people to lock their vehicles and ensure that valuables are kept out of sight. Police are asking that anyone with information contact the Lake Cowichan RCMP at (250) 749-6668 or Crime Stoppers 1-800222-8477.


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Artist rendering of the new Lake Cowichan branch of the Vancouver Island Library to be built next to the Forest Workers’ Memorial Park on South Shore Road. Media Release

The Board of Trustees for Vancouver Island Regional Library is awarding Heatherbrae Construction the tender to build the new library in Lake Cowichan. The construction budget is $1 million. The new library will be more than twice as big as the current branch and will include an increase in public access computers, new children’s literacy computer stations, comfortable lounge seating, study space, meeting rooms and a designated area for children’s programs. A larger branch also means more room for books, magazines, newspapers, DVDs and CDs. “We very much appreciate our partnership with the Town of Lake Cowichan,” says Vancouver Island Regional Library Board Chair

Ronna-Rae Leonard. “Their donation of the land on which the new library will be located has been the catalyst we needed to expand library services for the citizens of Lake Cowichan.” “It is exciting to know our new library will be under construction soon”, says Ross Forrest, Mayor of Lake Cowichan. “This new facility will be a great addition to our entire community. The need for a larger more modern library will be also fulfilled. As well, a new beautiful building will be pivotal in our downtown revitalization efforts. On behalf of Council and the residents, I would like to congratulate the Library Board of Trustees and its staff for their diligent efforts in making the new library a reality.” Construction of the new library in Lake Cowichan will begin early in 2013.

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Lake Cowichan library to host information sessions for newcomers and immigrants ELODIE ADAMS Gazette Editor

When you’re new to a community, especially if you have come from another country, there are many administrative hurdles to cross. Things like applying for health benefits, getting a driver’s licence or finding out what the best options are for your children in the education system may be confusing at first. The Cowichan Intercultural Society (CIS) in Duncan helps immigrant newcomers and refugees find their way in many areas, but it isn’t always easy for people from outlying communities to reach them. Now, through a new partnership between the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL), Cowichan Lake Branch, and CIS, newcomers will have a chance to access the settlement services that can smooth the transition into a new community. On Dec. 6 and 20, settlement coordinator Demy McEvoy will be at the Cowichan Lake Library to assist clients with some of the concerns they may have. “It’s a new endeavour,” said Melanie Reaveley, VIRL manager in Duncan, of the

partnership. “Some people might have a hard time getting to Duncan to see her, so Demy thought the library would be a good place to hold these sessions.” Reavely says it’s surprising how many new immigrants are arriving in the Cowichan Lake area. “It’s growing,” she said. “We actually have more and more people coming here. We have Spanish and Portuguese immigrants here, as well as from Tibet. And more people are coming from Eastern Europe these days as well.” CIS offers help to immigrants with citizenship and immigration inquiries, can offer assistance or give referrals to various community services and resources, or just help someone whose first language isn’t English fill out an application form. And CIS can also help local residents, if they have questions about something more general. McEvoy will be at the Cowichan Lake Library from Dec. 6 and 20 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., with future dates to be determined according to demand.

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all, love. If you’re one of the lucky ones (or choose to spend most of December watching seasonal reruns of the Walton’s and Road to Avonlea) then, as Linus would say, “That’s what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown”. But if your middle name is Ebenezer, your family is LITTLE STEPS THAT MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE more “Homer Simpson” than homey or you never did get that official NBA basketball when Ah Christmas. The word can you were eight (and it scarred you for conjure up memories and emotions life) you might belong to the other like almost no other. The smell side of seasonal people. of roasting turkey and fresh cut For the “I hate Christmas” balsam boughs and the sound of crowd, the whole stretch from midchildren’s laughter and familiar old November to that brutal hangover carols filling the air. You savour the on New Year’s morning is nothing sights of sparkling decorations and but a combination of stress, anxiety warm lighted windows, the taste of and spending. Line ups at the mall, Granny’s famous stuffing, the first pungent Japanese orange and the feel maxing out the Visa on this year’s must-have high-ticket gadget, of that cozy, old dressing gown and scrambling to find time to fish the a loved ones hand as you awaken on that most special of all mornings. And fake tree out of the attic (and get the damned lights to work) and dreading what of the emotions of Christmas? the forced visits with relatives you Nostalgia, gratitude, joy and above work hard to avoid the rest of the

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For the “I hate Christmas” crowd year. But goodness knows, Christmas is also a season of hope and faith. There are choices and options that can help put the magic and joy back into the grey days of December and make the Yule tide a season, if not to love, at least not to dread. If it’s already too late for this year, then at this year’s family gettogether, propose a different tack for next year. To help sway reticent family members who loath change; propose it as an experiment to try just once. Use the environmentally conscious approach and when all else fails, point out that it will save everyone a bale of money. Over the next few weeks, I’ll humbly offer up some ideas to help make Christmas a leaner, greener and hopefully more magic time of year once again. In the meantime, if the stresses get too much, curl up in your favourite armchair, conjure up the best Christmas memory of your past while inhaling the citrus heaven of your first Japanese orange of the season (and if that doesn’t help, wash it down with a good slug of wellspiked eggnog).

...and for those who never tire of Christmas

Elodie Adams

Left: Three Lake Cowichan Senior Line Dancers took time out on Dec. 1 to attend the St. Louis de Monfort Christmas Bazaar and luncheon.

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Cowichan Rocks Curling Club’s Tuesday League

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ince will come to Lake Cowichan to curl for the championship title. The curling club is in the planning stages for this event, and welcomes any volunteers who wish to assist with the committee work. Events such as these bring huge community benefit and economic spin off to the area, and the Cowichan Rocks Curling Club has built themselves a reputation in the past for hosting these types of events because of the fantastic job they do. And finally, March 9 is the date for a new venture: the first Bowling/Curling Spiel. Participants will bowl three games in the Historic Youbou Lanes Bowling Alley, followed by lunch and an afternoon of curling, dinner and prizes. Transportation will be provided and Cowichan Lake recreation manager Linda Blatchford promises fun for all who participate. No experience necessary in either sport, she adds, and the cost for the whole day is only $65. To register, call Linda at 250-749-6742.

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2013 Cowichan Rocks Curling Club events The annual men’s curling bonspiel is scheduled for January 17 — 20 at the Lake Cowichan Recreation Centre. Team entry fee is $220 which includes a weekend of curling, prizes, Saturday night dinner and entertainment. To register, call the arena at 250-749-6742. The Cowichan Rocks Curling Club Ladies will be hosting their annual curling and games fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 2. This event is usually well attended, and raises money for a different cause each year. Anyone wishing to sign up for this event should call Tricia Mayea at 250-749-4140. Cowichan Lake Recreation, in partnership with Cowichan Rocks Curling Club, is very excited to announce that they have been awarded the right to host the 2013 BC Masters Curling Championship event by Curl BC, Feb. 28 March 3, 2013. Eight teams of senior ladies and eight teams of senior men qualifying from around the prov-

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Cowichan Rocks Curling Club’s Tuesday night mixed curling league is going great guns this year, reports league coordinator and recreation centre manager Linda Blatchford. “We have five full teams and are making up a sixth team each week using spares and people willing to come out once in a while,” Blatchford told the Gazette. “It is a fun league, not so competitive (as the Monday and Wednesday night leagues, coordinated by the Cowichan Rocks Curling Club’s president Thor Repstock). It’s a perfect place for new curlers to start out. Blatchford says they can accommodate eight full teams in this league, so there’s still room for more. She would love to encourage inexperienced curlers to give curling a try, or even encourage people who have curled in the past to come back to the game. “People with bad backs or knees can once again curl effectively using the stick,” Blatchford added. “The stick is a wonderful tool for pushing the rock while standing and walking rather than by squatting and coming out the

hack.” Blatchford also noted that using the stick has improved her game enormously. Cowichan Lake Recreation Centre provides a number of pieces of house equipment (brooms, sticks, and sliders) that are available for everyone to use. The fact that someone doesn’t have their own equipment shouldn’t deter them from coming out, the recreation centre manager says. Blatchford also announced a new league that will be starting up in January 2013 – the Stick Curling and Lunch League – scheduled for Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. This league, she says, is perfect for those who do not wish to drive after dark, and has the added advantage of allowing people to give curling with sticks a try to see how it works and also to socialize over lunch before heading home. Then, a five-week session for kids five years old and up will be offered, where members of the curling club give introductory curling skills to youngsters in an effort to see curling continue to grow in the community. Regular curling leagues run until approximately March 9.

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Stand Up For Your Community Defend Our Schools Community Meets the School District December 8th 2012 9:30 - 11:30 am Lake Cowichan Secondary School Contact Duncan Brown 250-709-0527 Di Gunderson 250-749-3335 Oppose the Cuts and Closures In Cowichan Schools

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Cowichan Lake Baptist Church

Lake Cowichan Christian Fellowship

8259 Beaver Road Lake Cowichan

57 King George St. South Lake Cowichan

Sunday Service 10:30 am Sunday School 10:30 am

Sunday Service 10:30am

Pastor Dale Winters

Pastor Terry Hale


Tim Horton’s gifts new jerseys to little Lakers


Roman Catholic Congregational St. Louis de Montfort 60 Fern Road Lake Cowichan

‘New Hope’ Community Church 10648 Youbou Rd, Youbou



Mass Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

Breakfast at 10:00 am Sunday Service 11:00 am

Fr. Alfredo Monacelli

Rev. Vikki Marrs

Community Consultation Sessions School District 79 invites the public to attend one of four Community Consultation Sessions to discuss options being considered in an era of declining enrollment and increased costs. Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am at Lake Cowichan Secondary School


The Tim Hortons Initiation Lakers received brand new beautiful jerseys from Steve Carlson, general manager of all the Tim Hortons in the Cowichan Valley. The kids were so excited to receive them and had a little extra glide in their stride that day on the ice. Back row: Coach Chris Hoskins, Tyler St.James, Steve Carlson, Linden Hoskins, Carter McCloy, Anaya Bath, Roxanne Garnett (team manager), Jesse Bell, coach- Al Fawcett Front Row: Korbyn McGonigle, Brody Garnett, Reid Nahirnick, Ollie Fawcett, Ethan Anderson, Liam Fawcett Missing from the photo are Logan Fulton and Kaylen Anderson

Pee Wees to host tourney

Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Chemainus Secondary School Saturday, January 12, 2013 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am at George Bonner Middle School Saturday, January 12, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Quamichan Middle School To allow us to prepare for the session, you are encouraged to pre-register at Please don’t forget to tell us which session you plan to attend. Participants who pre-register will receive a copy of presentation material in advance of the session. BROCHURES BROCHU RES CA CATAL TALOGU O OGU ES CON CONTES TESTS TS S PR RODU ODUCT CTS CT TS T S ST TOR ORE RES S FLYERS FLY ERS S DE DEALS ALS S COUPO COU UPO PO ONS S BRO BR ROC CHU HU U URE RES ES S CA CATAL AL LOGU OGUES ES ES

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Elodie Adams photos

A Lakers player attempts to take control of the puck from the Fuller Lake offensive and lead the play away from the Lakers net in a home game on Dec. 1 that the Lakers lost.

Novice players learn leadership on the ice

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On the weekend of Nov. 2425, the Lake Cowichan Lakers Synergy Safety Novice C1 were on the road for two away games. After a tough loss to the Cowichan Valley C1 team at Island Savings Centre on Saturday, the Synergy Safety team rebounded to a 9-0 win over Kerry Park Novice B3 on Sunday morning. Kevin Ferguson was strong between the posts. Mariah Segee assisted Jayden Chupik with the team’s first goal of the game. All second year Novice players demonstrated leadership throughout the game, especially Dylan Cummings who set up many plays that allowed his team- mates to score goals. Brooklynn Creelman dug his way to his first goal of the season.

The Johel Bros. Group Pee Wee Lakers hockey team is hosting a tournament December 7-9 at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena. The Lakers have invited three Pee Wee teams from the Alberni Valley, Campbell River and Powell River to compete with the 11- and 12-year-old home team. The round-robin tournament will kick-off on Friday, Dec. 5 with a game at 5:30 p.m. and wind up with the gold and silver final at 11:30 a.m. On Sunday, Dec. 7. Lakers’ face-off: Friday at 5:30 p.m. Lakers vs the Alberni Valley Bruins Saturday at 9:00 a.m. Lakers vs Campbell River Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Lakers vs Powell River Sunday at 10 a.m. Bronze final Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Silver/gold final.







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AN ALBERTA Construction Company is hiring Dozer and Excavator Operators. Preference will be given to operators that are experienced in oilďŹ eld road and lease construction. Lodging and meals provided. The work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Alcohol & Drug testing required. Call Contour Construction at 780-723-5051. HAIRSTYLIST WANTED full time/part time for First Choice Hair Cutters in their Victoria location. Guaranteed $11/hour, 25% proďŹ t sharing, paid overtime, beneďŹ ts, paid birthday, vacation pay, annual advanced training and advancement opportunities. Call 250360-1408 today for an interview. 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 THE LEMARE Group is accepting resumes for the following positions: â&#x20AC;˘Grade Hoe Operator-with Coastal Logging Roadbuilding experience â&#x20AC;˘Coastal CertiďŹ ed Hand Fallers â&#x20AC;˘Coastal CertiďŹ ed Bull Buckers â&#x20AC;˘Off Highway Logging Truck Driver â&#x20AC;˘Grapple Yarder Operators â&#x20AC;˘ Heavy Duty Mechanics Fulltime camp with union rates/beneďŹ ts. Please send resumes by fax to 250-956-4888 or email to ofďŹ

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FENCING ALL TYPES of fencing, repairs. Reliable, on-time. Free estimates. Call 250-888-8637. REPLACE THAT old fence! Reliable, honest, BBB. PH# (250)886-1596,

FURNITURE REFINISHING FURNITURE REFINISHING. Specializing in small items, end-tables, coffee tables, chairs. Free pick-up & delivery. References available. 250-475-1462.

(250) 858-0588 - Tree Service - Landscaping - Lawn & Garden Clean ups - Hedge trimming & Pruning - Pressure washing - Gutters Free estimates * WCB CHRISTMAS CLEAN-UP? Hedge need a haircut? Tree need a trim? Call Michael at (250)588-9367. DPM SERVICES- lawn & garden, seasonal pruning, clean ups, landscape, power wash, etc. 15yrs exp. (250)883-8141 Driftwood Landscaping - Fall clean-ups, pruning, gardening, leaf clean-ups, gutters, power wash, hedges, mowing, 250590-5224 FALL CLEANUP special: $18/hr. Weeding, Pruning, etc: Free estâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Steve 250-727-0481 GARDEN OVERGROWN? Weeding, lawn cuts, cleanups, pruning. John Kaiser 250-478-7314, 250-812-8236.



J&L GARDENING Specialty yard clean-up and maintenance. Master gardeners. John or Louise (250)891-8677. (250)208-8535 WOODCHUCK Fall pruning, clean-up. Blackberry, ivy rmvl. 24yrs exp. 250-216-9476 ACCEPTING clients, From the Ground Up, custom landscapes, home renoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, garden clean-ups.



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WOMAN CONTRACTOR. Over 20 years experience in renovations. References on request. Call 250-888-7042.


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JAMES BAY- spacious 1 bdrm, $795+ utils. NS/NP. Avail Jan 1. (778)430-2116.

VIEW ROYAL: 2 bdrm, close to VGH and Island Pacific Gold Course. $950 util’s incld’d. NS/NP. (250)391-1241



BLAINE’S WINDOW WASHING. Serving Sidney & Brentwood since 1983. Average house $35. 250-656-1475

COTTAGE at 8400 West Coast Rd. Avail Immed. $600+ utils. Call 250-642-4295.

WATERFRONT SUITE $995 + shared util, 1bdrm, 2 lvls, priv entrance, hrdwd flrs, insuite lndry, granite cntrs, view deck, walk to amenities, call to view 250-818-9118

250-507-6543. AL’S V.I.P. Gutter Cleaning, Guards, windows, powerwashing, roof demoss, repairs. Insured.

LOCAL TREE CO. 30 yrs exp. Bucket truck, chipper. We buy logs. Insured. (250)883-2911.

D’ANDREA’S Gutter Cleaning/ Repairs; Power washing. Free est. Exc. ref’s. Insured. Quality guaranteed. (250)413-7541. PERIMETER EXTERIORS. Gutter Cleaning, Repairs, Demossing, Upgrades. WCB, Free estimates. 250-881-2440.

HANDYPERSONS AL’S AVAILABLE to update your home. Kitchens, baths, basements, etc. Licensed & Insured. Al 250-415-1397. ASK ROB. Carpentry, decks, landscaping, bobcat work, masonry and renos. Free Estimates. Call 250-744-4548. BEETLES RESIDENTIAL Renovations Ltd. Bathrooms, decks, painting, landscaping and handyman services. Fully insured and guaranteed. Free estimates. Call 250-889-4245. BIG BEAR Handyman. Decks, Stairs, Painting, General household repairs. Free estimate. Call Barry 250-896-6071 HANDYMAN SERVICES. Lawns, fences, pruning, flooring, painting, drywall, small renos. Mike/Chris 250-656-8961 SENIOR HANDYMAN. Household repairs. Will assist do-it-yourselfers. Call Fred, 250-888-5345.

HAULING AND SALVAGE $20 & Up Garbage & Garden waste removal. Senior Disc. Free estimates. 250-812-2279. ALL-HAUL JUNK REMOVAL Const Debris, Garden Waste. Call John 250-213-2999. CITY HAUL- a lot of junk won’t fit in your trunk, you’re in luck I own a truck. 250-891-2489. CLEAN-UP SPECIAL. You load bins, size 12 yard $100 plus dump fee or we do it all. Call 250-361-6164. FAMILY MAN Hauling. Prompt, Courteous. Call Chris for all your hauling needs. 250-920-8463. GOT A Truck, I can Haul. Reasonable rates, free estimates. Call Phil 250-595-3712

RENOS BY Don, 25 yrs exp. New, renos, repairs, decks, fencing, bathrooms, kitchens. Senior discounts. Licensed, Insured, WCB, 250-588-1545.

INSULATION MALTA BLOWN Insulation. Attics - interior/exterior walls & sound silencer. (250)388-0278 QUALITY INSULATION blown fiberglass. Affordable rates. (250)896-6652.

JAKE’S RAKE & CO. Fall clean-ups, gutters, hedges, tree trims. (250)217-3589.

MASONRY & BRICKWORK CBS MASONRY BBB. WCB. Chimneys, Fireplaces, Flagstone Rock, Concrete Pavers, Natural & Veneered Stone. Replace, Rebuild, Renew! “Quality is our Guarantee”. Free Competitive Estimates. (250)294-9942/(250)589-9942.

MOVING & STORAGE 2 BURLEY MEN MOVING. $85/hr for 2 men (no before or after travel time charges on local moves. Please call Scott or Joshua, (250)686-6507. DIAMOND MOVING- 1 ton 2 ton. Prices starting at $85/hr. Call 250-220-0734. DONE RIGHT MOVING $80/hr. Senior Discount. Free Est’s. No travel time before or after. SMOOTH MOVES. Call Tyler at 250-418-1747. WRIGHT MOVING. $80/hr for 2 men. Senior’s discount. Free Est’s. Call Phil (250)383-8283.

ALFRED, ALFRED Quality Painting. Wholesale, Discounts! 50 years experience. 250-382-3694. A PROFESSIONAL Woman painter. Karen Bales Painting & Wall coverings. Over 25yrs exp. Free est. 250-514-5220. LADY PAINTER Serving the Peninsula for over 20 yrs. Interior/exterior. Call Bernice, 250-655-1127.

✭BUBBA’S HAULING✭ Honest, on time. Demolition, construction clean-ups, small load deliveries (sand, gravel, topsoil, mulch), garden waste removal, mini excavator, bob cat service. 250-478-8858. PARRY’S HAULING We haul it all - FREE estimates. Call Shawn 250-812-7774 SAVE-A-LOT HAULING Furniture, appliance, garden waste, we take it all! Always lowest rate, senior discount. Brad 250-217-9578.


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GLEAMING WINDOWS Gutters+De-moss. Free estimate. 18 yrs. Brian, 514-7079. WCB.

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JUNK REMOVAL 7 days / wk. Fast Service, Best Prices!! Free quotes. (250)857-JUNK.

DAVE’S WINDOW Cleaning. Windows, Gutters, Sweeping, Roofs, Roof Demossing, Pressure Washing. 250-361-6190.


METAL ROOFING & siding sales. Seconds avail. Custom roof Flashings. 250-544-3106.

FUEL/FIREWOOD ARBUTUS, CYPRESS, fir, hardwoods. Seasoned. Call 250-661-7391. SEASONED FIREWOOD Vancouver Island’s largest firewood producer offers firewood legally obtained during forest restoration, large cords. Help restore your forest, 1-877-902-WOOD.

GARAGE SALES IN HOUSE sale; Sat., Dec. 8 /12. Decorators’s delight! Designer accessories and furniture. Linens, Christmas wreaths, decorations center pieces, and more. 1 day only. 7184 West Coast rd. (across from John Muir School), 9am3pm.


NEWSPRINT ROLLENDS$2-$10. Fridays only, 8:30am to 4:30pm. #200-770 Enterprise Cres, Victoria. Goldstream Press Division.



EXPERIENCED JOURNEYMAN Plumber. Renos, New Construction & Service. Fair rates. Insured. Reliable, friendly. Great references. Call Mike at KNA (250)880-0104.

ANTIQUES, BOOKS, collectibles, furniture, china, jewelry. Estates/private libraries purchased. Galleon Books & Antiques, 250-655-0700

FELIX PLUMBING. Over 35 years experience. Reasonable rates. Call 250-514-2376.


FREE ESTIMATES. Reasonable. Reliable. No job too small. Call 250-388-5544.


RUBBISH REMOVAL MALTA GARDEN & Rubbish Removal. Best Rates. BBB member. (250)388-0278.

• Wheel-chair accessible • Outdoor, indoor and covered parking available • Lockers • Elevators • Laundry room • Balconies • Bicycle storage • Crime Free Multi-Housing Program


TOP NOTCH PAINTING. Over 25 years exp. Interior/Exterior, Residential. Reliable, Reasonable and Friendly Service. Call Brad 250-580-5542.

ROOF DE-MOSS & treatment. Driveways, walkways & gutter cleaning. 30yrs exp. 744-9801.

1 bdrm. from $865/mo. 2 bdrm. from $1,140/mo.


ON POINT PAINTING. Polite, clean cut crew. Professional results. Call (250)744-4927.

DRIVEWAYS, WALKWAYS, Decks, etc. Reasonable rates. 250-744-8588, Norm.


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BICHON SHIH Tzu male poodle. Shots, vet checked- ready to go. $400. (250)478-1009.

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.


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WE BUY HOUSES Damaged House? Pretty House? Moving? Divorcing? Estate Sale? We will Buy your House Quick Cash & Private. Mortgage Too High and House won’t sell? Can’t make payments? We will Lease Your House, Make your Payments and Buy it Later!

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4 RS3 serviced lots, in Langford, starting at $179,000 Happy Valley. All services in. Excellent location with rural feel. Email or call 250-661-2837 or 250-857-2481 for more info.

OTHER AREAS 20 ACRES FREE! Buy 40-Get 60 acres. $0-Down, $168/mo. Money Back Guarantee. NO CREDIT CHECKS. Beautiful Views. Roads/Surveyed. Neaer El Paso, Texas. Call 1800-843-7537.

TILING A1. SHAWN The Tile GuyRes/ Comm/ Custom/ Renos. 250-686-6046

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Call Now:250.381.5084 1 & 2 Bdrm suites & cabins. Perched on a cliffside with panoramic ocean vista, overlooking The Saanich Inlet. Serene & secure. All amenities on-site, firewood. $700-$1200 inclusive. Monthly/Weekly. Pets ok with refs. 25 min commute to downtown Victoria. Must have references. Call 250-478-9231. 2 bed + den, 2 bath, 2 yr old condo, cls to downtown Sidney or ocean on Brethour Ave. $1550 + util, sm pets ok, no smoking. 250-516-3256 Granite, Hardwood, South Facing. BRENTWOOD (Central Saanich) 2-bdrm+ lrg den, bright & clean. 1600 sq.ft., located above offices, in 1 of 2 suites, sundeck, covered parking, pantry, insuite W/D. N/S. Avail Dec 15 or Jan 1st. $1095. Call 250-655-4777.

CONDO IN FIRST CLASS CONDITION FOR SALE designed for age 55+ group and comes with services. Excellent location near the Inner Harbour, Legislature, shopping etc. Will consider a rental lease also on this bright, homey, residence. Call Tony Joe-RE/MAX Camosun 250.370.7788 for more info & pictures. see: w/s http://www.


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1 BDRM Very quiet, ocean views, Clean, well maintained. Laundry, Sauna, Elevator, Hot Water, Heat. (250) 388-9384

GRANT MANOR Newly renovated suites, Starting at $675 per mo

To view call 250-642-1900 HELMCKEN & Island Hwy- 1 bdrm, $625. F/S, heat, hot water, hydro incld. No dogs, N/S. near bus. (250)479-2751. JAMES BAY: Corner 2 bdrm condo, 2 bath, good location, beautiful kitchen, NS/NP, $1500/mo. 250-361-9540.

NEAR AIRPORT & golf courses, immaculate semi detached 1 bdrm luxury cottage, 1200 sq ft, 2 priv entrances w/ propane F/P, fully furn’d w/ 8 appls, lots of cupboards, quiet area, priv prkg, must have vehicle, N/P, N/S, avail Dec. 1. $1150 mo. (250)656-4503.

DUPLEXES/4PLEXES ESQUIMALT PARKLANDS Dr- 2 bdrms, 1 bath, 5 appls, s/s duplex. Sm pet ok, sunny patio, large yard. Avail now. $1,300+utils Call Equitex 250386-6071 or

APARTMENTS FURNISHED SIDNEY EXECUTIVE suite. near ocean & town. $900. Short/long term. 250-656-8080 UPTOWN- FURNISHED studio apt. Laundry, cable, heat, hydro included. $675. 250380-7421.

SUITES, UPPER ESQUIMALT- 1 bdrm, self contained, new windows. $690. NS/NP. Avail now. Call (250)884-6790 SIDNEY- QUIET cozy 1 bdrm, W/D, utils included, NS/NP, completely furnished. Avail Jan 1. Call (250)656-7184.

TOWNHOUSES LAVENDER CO-OP is accepting applications for a quiet, 2 bdrm townhouse, W/D hookup, inside/outside storage, backyard. $876/mo. Share purchase $2500. Gross income $42,000 +. Applications available in the glass case outside the Community Hall at 10A-620 Judah St. SIDNEY- NEW 3 bdrm + den, W/D. NS/NP. $1700 mo. Avail Dec 1. Call 250-217-4060.



SIDNEY- 2 BDRM, garage, yard, deck, F/S, W/D. $1350. Call (250)812-4154.

SENIOR COUPLE just retired wish to do some writing, fishing etc. while enjoying the peace & quiet of a cottage or private suite. Reliable former homeowners, will provide worry-free care of your home & property. Prefer long term, up to $900. Exc. refs, NS/NP. Please call (778)679-2044.

TILLICUM: LARGE 3 bdrm, den, 2 bath. W/D, D/W, large fenced yard. Ample parking. Close to bus routes and shopping. Quiet street. N/S. $1700 + util’s. Call (250)418-0252.

ROOMS FOR RENT SAANICH: FURNISHED room. W/D, cable, heat, hydro, $475. Call 250-380-7421.

SHARED ACCOMMODATION LANGFORD NEW townhouse. bdrm, bath. $625, inclusive. NS/NP. Available Nov 1. Call 250-382-9434.

WISHART AREA: Single hard working mom with 11 yr old and 2 well trained cats, looking to rent a 1 or 2 bdrm, (approx $1000/mo), within walking distance to Wishart school in Colwood. Exc. ref’s. Please call 250-208-0386 and leave message.


SUITES, LOWER AVAILABLE DEC 15 or Jan 1. 1 BR plus den, full bath bsmnt suite. $900 incl utilities. F/S, W/D, 2 separate entrances. Walking distance to Millstream Village. Overlooks beautiful maple trees and Millstream Creek. Please call 250-5074694 to arrange a viewing. COLWOOD- 1 bdrm Bach, patio, shared W/D, N/S. $820 mo incls utils. 250-391-7915. ESQ/GORGE. Quiet cul-desac. 2 bdrm grnd level, fenced yard, on bus route. Shared W/D, N/S, pet? $995 mo inclds utils. Avail now. 250-384-5466. FLORENCE LAKE, 2 yr old 1 bdrm ground level suite, large mudroom, F/S, W/D, & micro. 2 priv entrances w/ sunroom & patio on 1 acre prop. Utils incl. (No Smokers), small pet ok, $950. Dec. 1. 250-391-1967.

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The inside back: A little of this and that ☞ Local businesses and services Lake Cowichan’s newest store, Gerard’s Specialty Foods, has opened at 102-205 South Shore Road. European pastry beef strudels, handmade by the owner, Gerard Burg are great for any occasion, the owner says. “We make it, you bake it” is their motto. Cowichan Fly and Tackle is holding their annual ladies’ shopping night on Saturday, Dec.15 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be no HST, prizes and refreshment. Want a chance at winning a $1,000 in groceries? Dot, at the Footwear Centre, has some great specials on — just in time for the gift-giving season. Buy one scarf at the regular price, get the second scarf at half price and a third scarf is free! Lake Cowichan’s branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library is hosting their Tuesday Talk Night on Dec.4 at 6:30 p.m. Please join us and share a Christmas memory, song, poem etc. Anything goes and everyone is welcome.

☞ Mark your calendar: Two

important community meetings On Saturday, Dec.8 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at

Shaker Mill Restaurant, the Lake Cowichan Community Services, or at the door.

Lake Cowichan Secondary School there will be a public consultation session hosted by School District 79. The community consultation sessions will be a forum to discuss options being considered in an era of declining enrollment at our schools and increased costs. On Dec.11 at 5:30 p.m. in the Upper Centennial Hall there will be a public meeting dealing with acute doctor shortage for the Cowichan Lake area. Representatives of the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) will be in attendance.

☞ Healthy Beginnings: mom and

dad group

A group for moms and dads with children under fouryears-old — but all children are welcome — has been meeting for over a year at the Kaatza Health Unit at 58 Cowichan Avenue West. Each week focus on different topics and activities The drop-in group meets each Monday at 10:30 a.m. Join them on Monday, Dec. 10 when Sundrops Centre family consultant and parenting educator Shelley Rattinck will answer any parenting or play questions.

☞ United Way breakfast fundraiser this Friday

The Cowichan Lake United Way breakfast will take place in the Shaker Mill restaurant on Friday, Dec. 7 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Coordinator Patricia Foster is happy to be arranging the breakfast again this year. Foster explained that the restaurant supplies the breakfast, and that all of the proceeds go to the United Way. Attending the breakfast is a good way to meet up with other members of the community and have a chat over coffee, with the added bonus of contributing to a good cause. Tickets are $10 per person and can be obtained at the


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December 05, 2012 edition of the Lake Cowichan Gazette

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