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After 60 years of service, Kay Platt is stunned by recognition with royal ties Nick Bekolay THE CHRONICLE

Recognition was the one thing 60 years of service with the Ladysmith Legion Auxiliary failed to prepare Kay Platt for. When Platt first learned that she would be awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by Nanaimo-Cowichan MP Jean Crowder at a ceremony held in Nanaimo Tue, Dec. 18, she was “in a stupor.” “I told the lady that phoned me that I didn’t believe it,” Platt said. “I said ‘You’re kidding me.’ I never thought in a million years that I’d ever get anything like that.” Platt was revisited by that sense of disbelief again during the awards ceremony in Nanaimo, but once her surprise wore off, Platt said she felt “very, Kay Platt received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition NICK BEKOLAY/CHRONICLE very honoured to have of 60 years of service with the Legion Auxiliary. received it. I’m just an ordinary citizen.” “ L u c k i l y, t h e w a r ‘Is this what Canada’s had surgery on both Platt said she joined ended before he land- like?’” her shoulders, too, the Legion Auxiliary ed in Canada,” Kay The two Kays spent she said, limiting her (LA) because her hus- said. the next several days mobility and preventband, Vince, was a K a y r e m a i n e d i n c r o s s i n g C a n a d a ing her from reaching member of the Legion England with their by train to rendez- overhead. She reads a and a veteran of the daughter while Vince vous with Vince in lot, she said, preferring Second World War. stayed on with the Vancouver. her Kindle to paperAuxiliary members Navy on the East Coast. “My husband met me backs. She still plays would cook food for V i n c e s o o n r e a l - there,” Kay said, “and crib, too, dropping in Legion events, Kay said, ized that the longer a couple of days later, on games at the Legion and cater for dances h e r e m a i n e d w i t h we came over to the on Monday nights and and Remembrance the Navy, the longer Island. I’ve been on the on Wednesdays at the Day ceremonies. It K a y w o u l d r e m a i n Island ever since.” Eagles Hall — she’s was a supporting role in England. He took Kay and Vince raised never scored a 29, she that came naturally to his discharge shortly four children, she said, said, but Vince once “war brides” like Kay. before Christmas 1945 and their family has did — and she still K a y g r e w u p i n and returned home to since prospered. helps organize crib England, she said. At Ladysmith to await the “I have eight grand- tournaments at the 19, she met Vince while arrival of his wife and children and six great- seniors centre. he was visiting rela- daughter. Kay sailed grandchildren,” Kay Kay still attends tives while on shore across the Atlantic said, “and another one Legion and LA meetleave in England. They a b o a r d t h e Q u e e n on the way.” ings, she said, and she were married in July of Mary with 13-monthVince passed away in “does what she can” 1944 and a year later, old Kay, arriving in 2004, Kay said, a few when either group their first daughter, Halifax in August 1946. months prior to their hosts an event. also named Kay, was She hadn’t seen her 60th wedding anniverKay Platt wasn’t the born on June 30, 1945. husband in over a year. sary, but she continued only local resident to The war in Europe “If you think I was her service with both be recognized for a had ended, and Vince jittery over this,” Kay the Legion and the lengthy service career. returned to England said, referring to her LA. She’s served as LA Hugh O. Nisbet and on a month’s leave. award, “I was jittery president twice, she L i n d a B u r w o o d o f Kay and Vince were then. What if he’s not said, and she’s helped Ladysmith were both separated yet again as there to meet me?” organize Red Cross awarded medals at the Vince — who served Kay’s first impression blood drives at the Nanaimo ceremony, as an “able-bodied sea- of Canada offered little Legion, too. while Lynn Morrison man” with the Royal reassurance. At 88, Kay isn’t as nim- and Sandra Heydon C a n a d i a n N a v y — “When we first got off ble as she used to be. of Chemainus were boarded a ship bound the ship in Halifax, oh, Arthritis in her hands awarded medals at a for Canada and rede- it was a desolate area,” prevents her from knit- ceremony Dec. 17 in ployment to Japan. Kay said. “I thought ting and sewing. She’s Duncan.


Students from Erin McMenamin’s three home economics classes roasted nine turkeys and baked cookies and cupcakes for dessert in preparation for Chemainus Secondary School’s second annual Turkey Lunch-In Dec. 19, while sudents from Jennie Hittinger’s leadership class helped serve the meal. Here, Justin Therrien carves one of the turkeys.

Chemainus students serve turkey lunch Nick Bekolay THE CHRONICLE

Students at Chemainus Secondary School (CSS) were treated to a Christmas meal Wed, Dec. 19., by the school’s very own foods and nutrition classes. CSS students served up all the fixings for roast turkey sandwiches at the school’s second annual “Turkey Lunch-In,” drawing 400 people to the school’s gymnasium including students, staff and community members. Erin McMenamin, CSS’s foods and nutrition teacher, said she’s spent the last few weeks guiding her students through preparations for the meal. “We’ve been baking for not quite a month,” McMenamin added. “Some things, like cookies, we were able to bake in advance and freeze so that we weren’t overly rushed and panicked.” McMenamin’s in her second year at CSS, and she introduced the idea of hosting a school lunch as a forcredit class project last year. Being new to the school made the inaugural Turkey Lunch-In “a bit of a test” for both herself and her students, she said, albeit a “very successful” one. “This year has definitely been easier,” she added, “knowing what last year was like.” McMenamin and her students prepared nine turkeys for this year’s meal — the same number used last year — and they were fortunate enough to have the majority of them provided free-of-charge from local farmers and retailers. “Quist Farms -– Chelsea Quist is a student at our school — donated an

organic turkey,” McMenamin said, “and Duncan Butcher Shop donated a turkey, too.” McMenamin said she was able to use gift cards provided by local retailers to purchase additional turkeys from Thrifty Foods, Real Canadian Superstore and Walmart. Two more turkeys were purchased using funds provided by the school’s Parent Advisory Council (PAC). Cleaning the turkeys was McMenamin’s responsibility, but she received ample help from her students — she teaches a total of 65 students from grades nine through 12 — as they coated the birds in shortening and spices and helped keep an eye on them while they were roasting. “Cooking nine birds with six ovens was a little busy,” she added, “but we managed to do it between early Monday morning and now. Every turkey turned out perfectly!” An order of 400 buns was provided by 49th Parallel Grocery, McMenamin said, and additional supplies, including fresh vegetables, were purchased using funds provided by PAC. McMenamin’s students baked cookies for dessert, cut vegetables and prepared dips. The meal was then laid out in the school’s gym and served with help from students in the school’s leadership class. “They’re learning how to prepare a holiday meal at home,” McMenamin said, “and it’s been very successful.” Sian Peterson, principal of CSS, expressed her gratitude to the school’s PAC for its generosity, adding that it wouldn’t have been possible to provide a meal for students without PAC’s assistance.

Thank you to artist Rob Kernachan of Chemainus — who is also our cartoonist — for providing the Christmas painting that graces our front page this week. You can find Kernachan’s work online at

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Carol Ship supports Harvest House Lindsay Chung

Eagles recently. Chemainus. The ChemainusThe Carol Ship has C r o f t o n F r a t e r n a l been sailing since the Order of Eagles No. 1980s, and this is the 4400 presented $1,600 sixth year the Eagles and five or six boxes have been in charge. full of food, which This year, the Eagles was raised during the decided to give all the annual Carol Ship on proceeds from the Dec. 8, to the Harvest Carol Ship to Harvest House Food Bank in House. The Eagles

accepted food dona- others in need. We sup- time. tions on the ship, and port charities all year “Friends in Saltair said they sold cookies and round, and at this time they sat on their porch hot chocolate by dona- of year, the food bank and heard it,” said Slee. With the number of tion. is the way to “ W h a t families needing food “Most years, Harvest go.” Quoted in the Chronicle r e a l l y rising, the Harvest House does benefit,” This year’s makes House Food Bank said Wendy Slee of s h i p s o l d “We feel at this it is the received a sizable the Eagles. “We feel at out all 257 time of year, cs ihr cil ipn gs donation from the this time of year, it’s so tickets. Chemainus-Crofton important to look after “It was the it’s so important u s . I t ’s best year to look after caroling, ever due to watching others the weather,” lighted in need.” said Slee. ships and BC Ferries sharing Wendy Slee, takes a sailhot chocing off from Chemainus-Crofton Eagles olate.” Chemainus Sylvia to Thetis Island and Massey, chair of the l e n d s i t s b o a t f o r Harvest House Society, the Carol Ship. The which runs the food COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE ship heads toward bank, says donations Council Meetings Monday, January 7th and Ladysmith, where the like this help improve Monday, January 21st at 7:00 p.m. boats participating in the society’s buying *Government Services Committee Monday, January 21st Mount Brenton Power power. *Mayor’s Open Door – City Hall Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Sail Squadron’s “When we get money City Hall (410 Esplanade) Business Hours Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. C h r i s t m a s L i g h t s rather than donations Corner of Trans Canada Hwy. and Roberts St. except statutory holidays Cruise circle the ferry. of food, it’s a lot better Every year, a local because we tend to buy *Please check the website to confirm times. choir volunteers to more wholesale, so our sing during the Carol buying power is very HOLIDAY CLOSURES Ship, and this year, the good,” she said. City Hall will be closed December 24th to December 28th, 2012 and January 1st, 2013. choir from St. Michael’s Each week, the Development Services and Public Works will be closed December 24th to January 1st, reopening January 2nd. Anglican Church sang, Harvest House Food The Frank Jameson Community Centre Pool and Fitness Centre will be closed on December 24, 25, 26, 31 and January 1. and the singers were B a n k g i v e s a w a y Please call the FUNN line at 250.245.6425 during the holidays for the Holiday Schedule. amplified for the first a p p r o x i m a t e l y 2 5 6

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cans of soup and 157 packages of pasta. In November, Harvest House served 944 adults, 389 children and 36 babies between the Crofton and Chemainus food banks. “That’s an incredible amount of people,” said Massey. The Crofton food bank serves Crofton and Westholme, while the Chemainus food bank serves families in Saltair, Chemainus, Penelakut Island and the surrounding areas. “ I t ’s a f a i r l y w i d e catchment area,” said Massey. “The numbers have grown. Up until about three weeks ago, we were giving food enough for 75 households a week [in Chemainus], and last week, we were up to 94. It was the same in Crofton — it used to be 35 households a week, and last week, it was 47. I don’t know whether it’s just the Christmas season, but it really has gone up.”


NOTICES & NEWS January 2013


Dog owners are reminded that 2013 dog tags are now available. The Town offers a discount for early purchase. Fees are as follows: Price Before February 1st Price after February 1st Neutered / Spayed $20 $30 Not Neutered or Spayed $30 $40 Licences (tags) are available at City Hall, 410 Esplanade during regular office hours, at Frank Jameson Community Centre, 810 6th Avenue and Little Rascals Pet Store – 416 First Avenue.

SNOW REMOVAL In the event of a snowfall, the Town of Ladysmith will be responsible for clearing “heavily travelled” sidewalks along First Avenue and Dogwood Drive. For all other areas, property owners and residents are reminded you are required to clear snow and ice from the sidewalk in front of your premises. Removal should take place no later than 10:00 a.m. on each day of a snowfall. This will greatly assist all pedestrians and help ensure the safety of the elderly and those with limited mobility. The Town will make every effort to keep major arterial and collector streets open and clear snow from as many residential streets as possible. Thank you for your assistance in keeping our streets safe.


FOURTH QUARTER UTILITY BILLS TO BE INVOICED IN JANUARY Utility bills for October to December will be sent out in January. If you haven’t received your bill by the end of January, or have any questions about it, please call 250.245.6414, ext. 6206. If you are interested in signing up for “e-billing” for your quarterly utility bill please e-mail from the e-mail address where you would like to receive it and include your account number. Thank you for helping the Town of Ladysmith become even greener. *Note* As per statutory requirement, outstanding utility fees not paid by December 31, 2012 will be transferred to property tax arrears.

HOMEOWNER GRANT If you have not already done so, December 31st is the deadline to claim your homeowner grants for 2011 (retroactive) and 2012. Please email for more information.

ZONING BYLAW UPDATE PROJECT A project to review and update the Ladysmith Zoning Bylaw is now underway and residents will be able to have their say. The project is scheduled to be completed next summer. The aim of the Zoning Bylaw Update project is to: ✔ Lay out clear, technically sound regulations ✔ Be consistent with the Official Community Plan ✔ Implement ideas and principles from the Ladysmith Sustainability Vision and Community Energy Plan ✔ Support economic development For more information and background on why an updated Zoning Bylaw is important to our community, please visit the Zoning Bylaw Project website at

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Council shares environmental priorities Lindsay Chung

term perspective,” he said. “It will provide a way to be fiscally pruThe Cowichan Valley dent, to be informed Regional District is by science. The plan w o r k i n g t o c r e a t e will allow for a shared a shared vision for vision amongst the addressing environ- many stakeholders, mental issues region- including municipalially, and last week, ties, and a shared vision Ladysmith council had that is enforced.” Va n H e m e r t h a s a chance to weigh in. Kate Miller, the envi- already worked with the r o n m e n t m a n a g e r sub-committee of the with the Cowichan CVRD’s Environmental V a l l e y R e g i o n a l Commission to estabD i s t r i c t ( C V R D ) ’s lish some objectives Environmental Policy and priorities and has Division, and James met with the CAOs of van Hemert, a consul- member municipalities, tant working with the including Ladysmith CVRD Environmental city manager Ruth Malli. Malli has shared some Policy Division a n d E n v i r o n m e n t of the concerns from Commission, spoke the staff level, includto council Dec. 17 ing regional disposal about the Regional of sludge and water E n v i r o n m e n t a l quality in the harbour, Strategic Plan being explained van Hemert. “Although some of the prepared and asked council for its input on issues are clearly of environmental priori- concern here locally, they are regionallyties for the region. The plan will be devel- focused issues, such as oped as a core guiding disposal of sludge is a document for the CVRD, regional issue that can and in particular, the best be, at least from CVRD’s Environment a fiscal perspective, handled at a regional Commission. During their visit to level,” he said. “So council, van Hemert we’re pulling all this and Miller asked coun- information together, cillors for their input and we’re assembling on three questions it in a way that we — What are your envi- hope will provide for a ronmental priorities in coherent plan that will the near term (one to pull together and idenfive years), mid term tify initiatives already (five to 20 years) and being undertaken and long term (beyond 20 highlight in particular years)? What role can region-wide efforts the CVRD play in sup- w h e r e w e c a n p u l l porting or augmenting together the resources your environmental and tremendous leverprograms? How can aging that the CVRD this environmental has already been able plan support your pri- to avail of with respect to personnel resources orities? Ultimately, this plan and financial resources will provide focus to that is then available in regional initiatives, van turn to all the members and stakeholders.” Hemert told council. Councillors went “It will help us prioritize those initiatives on around the table offera short-term, medium- ing their thoughts on and ultimately long- the questions asked by The Chronicle

van Hemert and Miller, and they agreed on many things. Mayor Rob Hutchins hoped to see education and outreach to increase citizen awareness in the plan. “The whole issue of climate change, I’m not sure we’ve done a good enough job of educating the public, so I see a lot of people concerned, but I’m not sure how aware the general public is,” he said. “The Cowichan River Basin is a prime example of dramatic change in our climate. The rise in the temperature of the water since 1980 of the Cowichan River by 1.5 degrees centigrade. It’s documented; it’s there. How do we get that information out so it becomes public knowledge and people will take action?” One of Coun. Steve Arnett’s priorities was that every municipality has ownership and control of the watershed. Another priority for Arnett was public transportation. “We know we’re going to have an increase in population, and we have ceiling amounts of resources,” he said. “We really need to get cars off the roads … Growth, we know, is coming to the Island, and we need to plan for that now instead of react down the road.” Coun. Glenda Patterson agreed that water is a high priority, and she felt “growth control is absolutely huge.” Coun. Duck Paterson agreed with Hutchins about raising public awareness, and he felt the plan will have to be a continuous public process. He was concerned about controlling illegal dumping,

Students decorate Christmas cookies

Kira Shiell, a ninth-grader at Ladysmith Secondary School (LSS), helps a group of first-grade girls from Ladysmith Primary School decorate their Christmas Nick Bekolay/Chronicle cookies at LSS Thu, Dec. 20.

and he named water Coun. Jill Dashwood as a high priority. added emergency pre“Every municipality paredness and food should have control security to the list of over the watershed,” the priorities. he said. Coun. Bill Drysdale Public control of the spoke in favour of getwatershed is critical for ting control over the Coun. Gordon Horth watershed and also too. He liked the idea of noted that an immelooking for local solu- diate concern for the tions, rather than wait- Town of Ladysmith is ing for national policy. the waterfront.

“We can’t develop the waterfront until we solve the environmental issue,” he said. Miller and van Hemert hope to return to council when they have a more fully-drafted plan for feedback. “This isn’t just about creating reading material,” said van H e m e r t . ” I t ’s a b o u t

collecting as well a lot of the initiatives and actions that are already taking place and putting them into a framework that allows us to be fiscally responsible, to allow science to inform our decision making, and also to put focus on regional initiatives broadly in this region.”

Town of Ladysmith

2013 COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETINGS: The Town of Ladysmith holds regular Council meetings on the first and third Mondays of each month unless otherwise noted. The meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and take place in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 410 Esplanade, Ladysmith, B.C. The 2013 schedule is as follows: January 7 April 2 July 2 (Tuesday) October 7 January 21 April 15 July 15 October 21 February 4 May 6 August 6 (Tuesday) November 4 February 18 May 21 (Tuesday) August 19 November 18 March 4 June 3 September 3 (Tuesday) December 2 March 18 June 17 September 16 December 16 Council encourages and welcomes your participation. For meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Town’s website at or call 250.245.6400. Government Services Committee meetings take place on the third Monday of the month.

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Volunteers needed for Operation Red Nose Free designated driver service is looking for more volunteers in the Ladysmith-Nanaimo area for its final weekend LIndsay Chung The Chronicle

With one last weekend of service to go, Operation Red Nose is looking for more volunteers in the Ladysmith area to help provide designated driver services

and get people home o f P a c i f i c S p o r t safely during the holi- Va n c o u v e r I s l a n d , day season. which hosts Operation Calls for the free Red Nose in this area. designated driver “ We n e e d l o t s o f service during the v o l u n t e e r s f r o m holidays have gone Ladysmith, Nanaimo up this year, but the and Lantzville,” she number of volunteers said. has not, explained Volunteers can put Catharine Edwards together a team of

three people to volunteer for the night, or they can come in as individuals, and PacificSport will match them up with other volunteers, she explained. Edwards says Saturday nights are busier than Friday

nights, and there are many benefits to becoming an Operation Red Nose volunteer. “It’s a lot of fun and a great way to meet people,” she said. “You’ll get hooked once you try it once.” Operation Red Nose

has been running since Nov. 30. In the first three weekends of service, Operation Red Nose provided almost 300 rides in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith area and drove more than 6,000 kilometers. During the weekend of Dec. 16, Operation

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Red Nose provided 62 rides and delivered more than 200 people home safely. “It’s a busy, busy time,” said Edwards. Founded in Quebec City in 1984, Operation Red Nose is a program dedicated to preventing impaired driving. Hosted by PacificSport Va n c o u v e r I s l a n d , Operation Red Nose is currently in its 17th year of successful service. The Operation Red Nose designated driver service is provided during the holidays to individuals who do not feel fit to drive for whatever reason. It is a confidential, safe and effective way of getting you, your passengers and your car home at the end of the night by allowing a team of volunteers to do the driving for you. It is a free service, but donations to PacificSport are gratefully accepted. “All donations go to support local athletes,” said Edwards. PacificSport Va n c o u v e r I s l a n d , which is based in Nanaimo, provides a variety of services and programs for athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers in central and northern Vancouver Island, as well as the Sunshine Coast. Last year, Nanaimo’s Operation Red Nose volunteers safely delivered more than 1,600 people to their destinations. Anyone who would like to volunteer with Operation Red Nose needs to fill out a volunteer application form — which can be found at — and a police check, which can be picked up at the Ladysmith RCMP station. The final dates of service are Dec. 28 and 29 and New Year’s Eve. Call the Operation Red Nose Hotline 250-7556969 to arrange your ride home between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. For more information about Operation Red Nose, contact co-ordinator Rhonda Irving at nanaimo@ operationrednose. com or 250-740-6572.

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Interest expressed in Travellers Nick Bekolay The Chronicle

Flakes of plaster drift to the floor from the blistered surface of the third-floor hallway walls. Paint curls back on itself as it peels free from baseboards. Bedroom walls, once white, are stained by mould and water damage, while in other rooms, gyprock and panelling — warped and rippled from too many years of cold and damp — have been torn away to reveal the original slats-and-mortar construction of the building’s internal walls. Cobwebs droop from overhead, while ceiling tiles, installed in the 1950s or 1960s as a means of conserving heat, dangle from their frames or are altogether absent. Dust and damp — and a hint of mould — all contribute to the pungent perfume filling the dimly-lit corridors and rooms of its upper floors. This is The Travellers Hotel as it stands today — a mere shadow of its former luxu-

rious self. Run-down though it may be, The Travellers is back on the market, and Wes Smith, my tour guide and a realtor with RE/MAX Ocean Pointe Realty, is responsible for its sale. In spite of its derelict condition — the main floor has been without heat and electricity for the last eight or nine years, Smith says, and the upper floors have suffered from a similar lack of utilities for 16 years — Smith has received more than 50 serious inquiries Nick Bekolay/Chronicle from prospective buyRealtor Wes Smith stands behind the bar inside the Travellers on First Avenue. ers. Developers from Victoria, Vancouver, the Lower Mainland ects revolving around a n d C a l g a r y h a v e a pub or restaurant all expressed inter- situated below office est in the hotel, he space, apartments, a says, with particular hotel or condos. Each floor hosts interest having been o ver 4,500 square shown by a Vancouver feet of space, Smith developer responsible for restoring heritage says, providing ample buildings in Gastown. r o o m f o r e i t h e r a Smith is marketing 40-room hotel — the the building’s potential original Travellers for mixed-use devel- hosted 32 rooms — opment — the town or condos in the 1,000of Ladysmith will back to 1,500-square-foot nearly any project that range. A condo or preserves the build- hotel development ing’s heritage-status that takes advantage character — focusing of the heights reached See Travellers Page 16 in particular on proj-

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Opinion May your days be merry and bright!

YOUR WORDS “I never thought in a million years that I’d ever get anything like that.” Kay Platt, Page 3

We at the Chronicle would like to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas full of happiness and love!

Premier ponders black ink, oil BC Views

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remier Christy Clark has completed the traditional round of yearend interviews with legislative press gallery reporters. Here are excerpts from my discussion with her, dealing with the Enbridge oil pipeline proposal and the balanced budget her government has promised to present in February. TF: On the Enbridge project, are you getting the answers you want on safety? PCC: No, we’re not. We’ve set out our position. The five conditions need to be met, period. [B.C.’s conditions are “world-class” land and marine spill prevention and response, meeting legal obligations for aboriginal consultation, passing federal-provincial environmental assessment and a “fair share” of financial benefits.] PCC: We need the oilpatch producers, the Alberta government and the federal government to come to the

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table. We’ve been cross-examining Enbridge. We have not been getting any of the answers that we hoped to get. We haven’t gained a lot of comfort from that process. And none of the other conditions are even close to being met. We are doing our own study of marine traffic. We want to understand the total number of ships that are out there plying our coast right now. Because all of them have fuel in them, and some are cargo ships that are big enough to have enough [bunker] fuel as a mini-tanker would. Part of this is trying to understand where our level of Coast Guard protection needs to be today, in order to protect us should there be a spill from the existing traffic. TF: Balancing the budget: the finance ministry’s current projections call for an upturn in natural gas royalties in the coming year. With the current glut of gas, isn’t that kind of farfetched?

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PCC: It is going to be difficult to present a balanced budget, but I think, because we’re going to build in some [forecast] allowance, as we always do, and because we’re going to be completely transparent about the assumptions that have led us there, and because we aren’t going to fiddle with any of the assumptions that we receive from the experts in the Ministry of Finance, it’s going to be quite clear that we have done it. We have come by a balanced budget honestly. So when it comes to natural gas, you know that the assumption we use in the budget is based on a fairly complex formula that the Ministry of Finance has relied on for probably a decade now. We don’t fiddle with that. There are those who would say we should artificially lower the [revenue projection] number that we use. But if you artificially lower it, what’s to stand in the way of artificially raising it? You either accept the advice of your experts

or you don’t. And they’re the experts, not the politicians. TF: Right now we have a deficit gap of more than a billion dollars. Can that be closed without significant spending cuts, or tax increases, or both? PCC: You will see when we get to the budget. And it will be absolutely transparent how we got there. [Laughs] Nice try. TF: If the B.C. Liberals form a government in May, will the election date be changed so we don’t have to have this discussion about questionable spring election budgets? PCC: It’s not part of the plan today, but I’m sure it’s a discussion we’ll have in the next four years. I know that people have talked about it. I’m open to it. I’m not wedded to this particular date. Next week I’ll have highlights from my year-end interview with NDP leader Adrian Dix. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press newspapers. E-mail him at tfletcher@

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Christmas on Vancouver Island

Your View

Government Contacts LOCAL: Rob Hutchins Mayor, Ladysmith 250-245-6403

Editor: Editor’s Note: Ann Benson of Yellow Point sent us this Christmas poem inspired by CBC Radio host Stephen Quinn.

REGIONAL: Rob Hutchins Chair, CVRD 250-245-6403

It’s Christmas in Vancouver Vancouver Island too. From ‘Hardy to Victoria Tofino to Nanoose.

PROVINCIAL: Doug Routley MLA, Nanaimo-North Cowichan Ladysmith Constituency Office: 250-245-9375 (Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) E-mail: douglas.routely.mla@

Citizens are stringing lights On businesses and streets. Some houses have a grand display Some glowing candle light. Besides the happiness they bring Lights have another job. They show a path for Santa Claus Through Christmas rain and fog. If we had snow, Old Santa Claus Could surely find his way. Its reflective white in bright moonlight Would make the night like day. But we have rain and low’ring clouds, Howling winds as well That gobble up the natural light And make navigation … impossible! So each year the people mark A path with coloured lights To guide Old Santa on his trek Around the world at night. Ann Benson Yellow Point

Thank you for making Old Tyme Christmas a success Editor: I would like to thank the community of Ladysmith for taking part in our first Old Tyme Christmas event Dec. 7. It was a pleasure to be involved in, and to witness, the camarade-

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Murray McNab sent us this photo of Trumpeter swans at McNab’s Corn Maze in Yellow Point. If you have any photos you would like to share with us, please send them to rie of all who attended. The town was full of goodwill and cheer, families and friends chatting around the open fire and catching up with one another over a cup of hot chocolate and many trying roasted chestnuts for the first time. The stores were busy with shoppers, and all around, the sound of carollers and laughter was in the air. A special thank you to Cathleen McMahon for putting this wonderful event together and to all the volunteers and organizations that gave their time to make this event so wonderful — without it, this event would not have been possible. Once again, Ladysmith has shown our famous community spirit. Lesley Parent President, Ladysmith Downtown Business Association

Couple grateful to thoughtful person who found their dog’s coat Editor: On Wed, Dec. 12, I took Penny and Jamie down to Slack Point with their heavy dog blankets on as it was very cold. Penny took off and half an hour later, came back through the brambles without her coat — yikes!!! I knew we could not replace that coat. The next morning, David and I dressed in heavy coveralls, work boots, leather gloves and thick hats and pruning shears and secateurs, and we went down to Slack Point to thrash a path in the brambles and find Penny’s coat …

ONLY to find it hanging on the yellow metal post at the parking lot down by the beach! Needless to say, we were delighted and thrilled with the kindness of some very thoughtful individual. A million white roses and red balloons to the kind and thoughtful person who found Penny’s dog coat down at Slack Point and put it on the post in the parking lot. You made several people and one naughty dog very happy. The world is a great and wonderful place because of people like you. Thank you so very much. David and Linda Brown Ladysmith

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Four Ladysmith businesses were recently recognized with Diversity @ Work stickers. Above, at left, the Town of Ladysmith is recognized, as Michael Jochumsen (centre) presents the sticker to, from left, co-worker Charlotte Williams, Mayor Rob Hutchins, supervisor Paul Kenny and city manager Ruth Malli. In photo at right, Rachel Gilbert presented the Diversity @ Work recognition to her boss, Richard Hill, and to her supervisor, Tara Rice. Below, Miranda Bethinger presents the Diversity @ Work recognition to her two employers — Marina Sacht at Take 5 in the top photo, and Tammy Leslie of Atchison Palmer Leslie Chartered Accountants in the bottom photo.

Diverse employers being recognized Four Ladysmith businesses recently received Diversity @ Work stickers in recognition of their inclusive hiring practices Lindsay Chung The Chronicle

es,” Community Link Connexions stated in a press release. “The sticker will allow consumers in our community to know which businesses have actually demonstrated a commitment to diversity in the workplace by hiring a person with a developmental disability. “With the distribution of the Diversity @ Work sticker, we recognize businesses that

disabilities, explained Tina Fabbro, director of Community Link. “We are aware that even if a business owner is keen on having a diverse workforce, it requires work and dedication because it’s a new approach,” she said. Fabbro says the sticker initiative also helps show customers which businesses are inclusive. “Research shows that

Four Ladysmith businesses are being celebrated for their dedication to diversity. Community Link Connexions Inc., a member of BC EmployNet, presented four new employers in Ladysmith with a Diversity @ Work window sticker in recognition of their inclusive hiring practices. The stickers were recently presentQuoted in the Chronicle ed to the Town of Ladysmith, Ta k e “We are aware that even if a 5, Atchison Palmer L e s l i e C h a r t e r e d business owner is keen on having a Accountants, and diverse workforce, it requires work Yellow Point Lodge. Two years ago, five and dedication because it’s a new other Ladysmith busiapproach.” nesses were recognized with Diversity @ Tina Fabbro, Community Link Connexions Inc. Work stickers — 49th Parallel Grocery Stores in Ladysmith and Cedar, In the Beantime Café, have developed a true 80 per cent of people Ricky’s All Day Grill, employer/employee prefer to give their Roberts Street Pizza, relationship where the business to businesses employee with a devel- that have a diverse and Tim Horton’s. The Diversity @ Work opmental disability is workforce,” she said. Fabbro says that in sticker is an initiative given all the same benof BC EmployNet, a efits and protections the last few years, it province-wide network as any other employee has become clear that of service providers that would do the same it is important for committed to advanc- job who may not have a employment services to focus on finding a ing employment oppor- disability.” T h e D i v e r s i t y @ great match between tunities for people with developmental disabili- Work sticker initiative the employee and the started in 2010 when a employer. This has ties. “We recognize busi- group of employment led to some great sucnesses that believe counsellors wanted cess stories, like that in diversity and have to recognize business of Michael Jochumsen, made a paradigm shift owners who hire peo- who works at the Town in their hiring practic- ple with developmental of Ladysmith.

“He comes to work, and he just has a beaming smile on his face every time,” said Fabbro, who picks Jochumsen up every day. “He loves his job and loves the interaction with his co-workers. This means so much to him.” Community Link is an employment training and community support service for high school students and young adults with developmental disabilities funded by Community Living BC and the Ministry of Housing and Social Development. Community Link delivers person-centered, creative, innovative and flexible services in Ladysmith and surrounding communities to assist and encourage full participation in community life. All support is grounded in the firm belief that work is an integral part of adult life and the presumption of employability. “The benefits of a diversified workforce are many — our experience confirms that the enthusiasm, dedication and positive attitude of the individuals we support have a positive impact on co-workers’ outlook and morale at work,” Community Link states on its website.

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purchase the Habitat with HFHMVI. home on Strathcona “The Family Selection Road in Ladysmith. Committee carefully This young family reviewed a number is getting the oppor- of applications from tunity for affordable suitable candidates home ownership and but ultimately felt has agreed to partner that this family was an

ideal fit for this home,” positive change in Teresa Pring, CEO of their lives.” HFHMVI, said in a Meagan Randle, a press release. “This s i n g l e m o t h e r o f is a wonderful oppor- two daughters aged tunity for this family nine and seven, was to break the cycle of selected as the new poverty and create owner of the home on

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prime downtown loca- best equipped bars tion and the fact that on the west coast,” Ladysmith is home to according to a heria lone pub and only tage registry writeup, one hotel. and featured two dinRegardless of what ing rooms to service is to become of The guests in its 32 rooms. Travellers, any redeThe Travellers’ highvelopment project class character faded will require a sizable slowly over the latter investment, Smith half of the 20th censays, costing a devel- tury, and by the early oper “at least $1 mil- 1990s, the former hotel lion to finish.” had been transformed The original hotel into low-end housing. was built by pioneerThe upper floors ing hoteliers Annie have been abandoned and Chris Stevens since the mid-1990s, in 1913 for a mere Smith says, and the $18,000 — valued at bar on the building’s $400,000 to $450,000 m a i n f l o o r h a s n ’t today, not taking into announced a last call account differences in for “eight or nine labourers’ wages. years.” Unlike most hotels T h e Tr a v e l l e r s built in Ladysmith Hotel is listed for during the mining $674,900 with a price boom era, however, that “reflects the conThe Travellers was dition of the propintended to serve a erty.” Photos of the m o n e y e d c l a s s o f Travellers’ interior clientele rather than can be found online transient miners. at www.remaxocean. The hotel “boasted of the largest and cial/422-1st-ave.

Snow keeps police busy The Ladysmith RCMP Detachment responded to 45 calls for service over the past seven days. Wi t h t h e r e c e n t snow, the Ladysmith Detachment has been busy with six minor motor vehicle collisions. In addition, the Ladysmith RCMP responded to five false alarm calls this week. There was only one property-related file in which a dog was believed to have been

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stolen. The Ladysmith RCMP have also been busy dealing with a variety of calls for service from individuals struggling with emotional concerns over the holiday season. Residents are reminded to use caution on the roadway during the holiday season and to avoid drinking and driving. The police will continue to actively conduct check stops and enforce the impaired driving laws in the area, and they want everyone to arrive at their destination safe. The Ladysmith RCMP wish all residents of the Ladysmith area a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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A&E The Yellow Point Singers welcome new members Chronicle


I t ’s b e e n a b u s y Christmas season for the Yellow Point Singers. Earlier this month, the community choir performed concerts at Oceanview Community Church in Ladysmith and at the Nanaimo Ecumenical Centre, and they also sang for seniors at Lodge on 4th in Ladysmith and at Wexford Lodge in Nanaimo. This season, the Yellow Point Singers have welcomed four new members. Gwen Bruce-Houle is from Newfoundland, where singing was part of her daily life. She read about Yellow Point Singers on the Nanaimo Sings! website and felt immediately welcome at her first rehearsal. “It’s great to find a group that take the music seriously yet are themselves so relaxed,” she said in a press release. Ronda Seeley sang with the Girl Guides and in high school choirs when she was young but then only used her singing voice to sing to her children, until her mother noticed an article about Yellow Point Singers in the local newspaper and taped the article to Seeley’s fridge, encouraging her to join the choir and to sing again. “It’s hard to feel sad or angry when you’re at practice,” she said. “ Yo u a l w a y s l e a v e rehearsals with a smile.” Wayne Kaye claims not to have sung in public since he was in elementary school, but the Ladysmith resident has a new-found love of singing, and his fellow tenors are very happy to have him join their ranks. For Bruce Forward, finding Yellow Point Singers was a continuation of a lifetime of singing with a number of musical groups. He began as a child in church choirs and then spent over 40 years with the Rotary Community


The Yellow Point Singers have welcomed four new members to their community choir this season. Pictured with pianist Sharyn Andruski-Collins are, back from left, new members Wayne Kaye, Ronda Seeley, Gwen Bruce-Houle and Bruce Forward. Choir in Prince Rupert, earlier this year, and where he crossed paths he is proud of the fact with Doug Roszmann that Forward Road in — the current direc- Ladysmith is named tor of Yellow Point after his grandfather, Singers who was a — m a n y Quoted in the Chronicle respected years ago accounw h e n “It’s great to find tant for the they each a group that local coal worked mines in w i t h d i f - take the music the early f e r e n t seriously yet are 1900s. communi- themselves so Ye l l o w ty choirs P o i n t relaxed.” but came Singers together began in Gwen Bruce-Houle, for the 1997. Today, Yellow Point Singers Northwest it is a nonM u s i c audition Festival held each year community choir with in Smithers, B.C. sopranos, tenors, altos Forward and his wife and basses. moved to Nanaimo Singers travel into

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to everyone who donated to the Pennies for Presents campaign. We raised $3088 for the Ladysmith Resources Centre Christmas Cheer Fund. A special thank you to the BC ferries employees and their families who donated $2201.75 and to Linda Cummings who spent hours rolling and boxing all the change. In total since 1997, this community has raised $45,570. Thanks Ladysmith!

Cedar from Nanaimo, Cassidy, Yellowpoint, L a d y s m i t h , S a l t a i r, Chemainus and Duncan. The choir meets weekly on Wednesday evenings at Cedar Community Secondary School. Yellow Point Singers performs for community events, and hosts two concerts annually at Christmas and in early May. “Audiences at Yellow Point Singers’ concerts can always be assured

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of a warm welcome, an interesting selection of music from a variety of sources, presented with enthusiasm and enjoyment,” the choir states in a press release. Anyone who feels the pull of the music and would like to join Yellow Point Singers is encouraged to speak to one of the choir members or contact the choir co-managers at 250-591-1170 or 250245-3727.

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players on offence, and guard Kelsey Hutt is another key player. Veteran post player Hailey Bradley is a strong defender. The team started its regular season with two losses, but both those games came down to the final minutes, with Cedar losing by six points each time. “Hopefully by the end, we can give some of these teams that we’re losing to by six a run for their money in the playoffs. That’s our goal,” Rodgers said. Cedar hosts the Wellington Wildcats on Jan. 8 in a 5 p.m. tipoff.

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Ladysmith Secondary School’s Jennika Erickson (right) goes to pass the ball to teammate Sharon Brown (far left) as Jocelyn Gamble (3) looks on during the senior girls’ basketball team’s game Thu, Dec. 20 at LSS. The 49ers lost to the Kwalikum Kondors in their final game before the winter break.

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A Ladysmith Christmas: 1912 Ed Nicholson SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE

The first snowfall of the year arrived in Ladysmith on Tuesday, just in time for Christmas. On Dec. 24, several inches of the drier, powdery type of snow fell on the city, to the delight of children of all ages, more accustomed to the wet, sloppy variety usually experienced at this time of the year. There was also a rapid increase in the town’s population if, as the Chronicle’s editor suggested, “the many snow creatures popping up in lanes and yards around the city were to be included.” Having finished their own snowman earlier that morning, Euphemia Nicholson and Sandy Strang were on their way downtown to do some chores and last-minute shopping. The exhilarating combination of no school, spending money and falling snow made Christmas 1912 especially exciting for the two close friends. But best of all, Euphemia’s father had promised her that if the snow continued, he would ask his business partner, Sid Weaving, to exchange the wheels on their delivery wagon for runners, and they would all go for a sleigh ride on Boxing Day. Their first stop on this busy Christmas Eve day was the livery stable behind the Opera House where the horses were kept. Euphemia, or ‘Phemie’ as her friends called her, had two carrots and an apple in her coat pocket to give to the big bay Clydesdales Ben and Prince when they arrived. If Mr. Weaving agreed, they were going to ask him to use their favourite horse to pull the sleigh. O n t h e w a y, t h e y passed schoolmates Jamie Bland, David Gourlay and Russell Inkster. The boys were heading for the Opera House to see a matinee. “ W h a t ’s p l a y i n g ? ” Sandy asked, as he ducked away from Russell’s hastily constructed snowball.

The photo was taken around 1912, and the building is decorated for Christmas, according to Ed Nicholson of the Ladysmith Historical Society. It is the former Portland Hotel, located on the southeast corner of First and Methuen by the PHOTO COURTESY OF LADYSMITH ARCHIVES roundabout. “I d a ’s C h r i s t m a s ,” replied Jamie. “It’s about a poor girl who finds a purse and goes looking for the owner. Are you going sledding tomorrow? We can use High Street in the morning, and they may let us go down Symonds in the afternoon if it keeps snowing.” “I don’t know,” Sandy replied. “Last time it snowed, Mom said I could only go down Donkey Hill by Phemie’s house.” “That’s just because she wants you to marry Phemie,” teased Russell, as he ducked return fire from Sandy and then ran to catch up with his friends. After successful negotiations with Mr. Weaving, Sandy and Phemie headed back up Roberts Street, singing Jingle Bells as loudly as possible, until they arrived at Belle Thompson’s Dry Goods for their first purchase of the afternoon. Sandy’s mother had asked the two children to pick out a gift for Dr. Frost and his wife for their baby who had arrived the week before in the new hospital. They selected a hand-embroidered sleeping gown and left the shop just as Charlotte O’Connell and Vera Bickle were entering. The older girls, who both attended Ladysmith High School, were also doing some last-minute shopping. Vera’s father had decided to close his shop early and gave her per-

mission to accompany Charlotte to pick up her dress for the New Year’s party and dance at the new Finn Hall on Roberts. Charlotte had to be home by six to help her mother and sister finish baking the tourtieres and other holiday dishes for their late night supper. A new priest — the third for St. Mary’s since Father Nicolaye had left in 1910 — was sharing the special meal with them after the midnight mass. Her mother wanted everything to be “perfect.” Vera and close friend Belle Gourlay would also attend a special carol service that evening in the Presbyterian Church on High Street, but unlike Charlotte, they would have to wait until Christmas morning to open their gifts. The children made quick stops on First Avenue to pick up some pressed shortbread at the Scotch Bakery and raisins, dates and figs from Morrison’s. Her mother had cautioned her to make certain the Christmas pudding ingredients were weighed accurately, as the dried fruit cost 25 cents a pound! Mr. Morrison also had holly for sale at 50 cents a pound, and a number of bedraggled Douglas fir trees leaned against the storefront with a sign reading “Christmas Eve special: your pick for two cents a foot.” They were amazed that anyone would actually buy a tree when the town was surrounded

by them. Next, it was off to Cavin’s Shoe Store to buy a Christmas present for Phemie’s dad. Her brother and two sisters had decided to pool their money, and they had all agreed that a pair of sheepskin slippers would make a perfect gift. Next, they hurried down Gatacre to the “Big Store” to pick out something for Sandy’s mother. It was getting close to supper, and Mr. Leiser was already putting away the two sandwich boards from in front of the building. One sign listed the “daily holiday specials,” while the other reminded customers that the store would be closed for Christmas Day. The paint on the front of the building still showed scorch marks where the terrible fire in March had come perilously close to adding Leiser’s to the list of Gatacre Street businesses that had been destroyed. Inside, the friends considered several gift possibilities: an embroidered silk handkerchief for 25 cents, a tortoiseshell barrette for 75 cents or Lowney’s chocolates. They were his mother’s favourite candy but cost $1 for a box! Noting the children’s quandary (and anxious to get home for his own dinner), store manager Mr. Weaver let them have the chocolates for a “special Christmas price” of 50 cents! The delighted children now crossed the

street and entered Ladysmith Pharmacy to buy a stocking gift for each of their siblings. Every year, Mr. Jessup brought in Christmas ribbon candy all the way from England for the Christmas season. The children preferred this treat to the peppermint candy canes for sale at both Mr. Thomas’ confectionery and Ed Jones’s grocery. As they made their way to the cash desk with their delicacy, they politely greeted Mrs. Gould and Mrs. Giovando, who were just leaving Jessup’s after purchasing some cherry cough syrup for their friend, Mrs. Hutchinson, who was “down with the flu.” Now it was off to the Ladysmith Hardware Store. Sandy’s father had recently purchased a new paraffin stove from Mr. Rollston but, to his wife’s chagrin, had neglected to enter his name in the New Year’s Eve draw. First prize was a choice of either a new McClary range or a Champion washing machine, and Mrs. Strang would be delighted to win either one. They paused to admire the Nativity scene in the window of Thomas and Harris Dry Goods and waved across the street to Mr. Clay, who was clearing the sidewalk in front of his High Street home. Their final stop was Knight’s new bookstore on First Avenue. Mr. Knight always made a special effort to decorate his shop window for the holidays, and this year, the display included for the first time a string of the new electric lights that were rapidly replacing the traditional (but very dangerous) candles on the Christmas tree. Inside the shop, a new Edison phonograph played Christmas carols. Special wax cylinders were for sale at 40 cents for two minutes of play or 65 cents for four minutes in the deluxe concert version. After watching Mrs. Knight change cylinders, Phemie and Sandy spent time selecting Christmas gift wrap, ribbon and tags, as well as special

greeting cards for their parents. It was almost dark now, and the snow was falling heavily. However, the new cement sidewalks on First provided good traction, and in a few minutes, it was time to part. As Sandy began the slippery climb home up Roberts Street, he turned and cried out, “Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!” As Euphemia walked

the last two blocks through the snow to her home on the corner of White Street, she reviewed the gifts she had purchased that afternoon. She imagined the excited faces of her family as they opened them Christmas morning. It’s just like Reverend McMillan told us last Sunday, she thought. It really is fun opening presents, but it is even more fun giving them.

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SAVORY, David Robert It is with great sadness that we announce that David Robert Savory passed away on December 14, 2012 at the Grande Prairie Queen Elizabeth II Hospital at the age of 75. He leaves in mourning his wife of 53 years, Mary Margaret (Gallagher), and his three children, Patrick (Gisèle), Jim (Emily) and Christine (Paul). Also, his grand-children, Marc-AndrÊ, Éric, Victoria, Robert, Chris and his great-grandchildren, Tristan and Colby. He is survived by his sister, Margaret Dady. In lieu of owers, the family requests that a donation be made to the Alzheimer Society Canada.

COPP, Irene Elvira (Sis) It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and sister, Irene Elvira (Sis) Copp. Sis passed away peacefully at the age of 84 on December 17, 2012 at the Lodge on 4th. She will be greatly missed by her sons Glenn, Barry (Janice) and daughter Debbie (Neil); grandchildren Jennifer (Cormac), Tracy (Brendan), Mathew, Marc and Clayton; greatgrandchildren Hailey, Blaine, Mackenzie, Cole, Halo; many nieces and nephews; and her 2 sisters Colleen Davis and Ellen Battie. She is predeceased by her husband Len, mother Isabelle (Belle), father John, many brothers, and grandsons Shaun Copp and Jason Miller. Sis was a proud longtime member of the Eagles Auxiliary #2101. You could ďŹ nd her working at the many Eagles functions and going to their conventions. She was also an avid baseball fan – sitting through many games rain or shine, and loved playing horseshoes at Transfer Beach with Len. The family would like to thank Dr. Lisinski for all his special care he gave Mom over the many years and a very special thank you to all the caring and compassionate staff at the Lodge on 4th who went above and beyond. Friends are welcome to join the family for a Memorial Tea at the Ladysmith Eagles Hall on January 19, 2012 from 1:00 – 4:00 P.M. In lieu of owers, donations may be made in Sis’s name to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the charity of your choice.







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A Celebration of Ruth’s Life will be held at a later date.



We have reunited his ashes with those of Nancy in the bay of Evening Cove, their favourite spot.

She is survived by her son, Jerry and daughter, Kathy Huard; grandson Jimmy Huard; step-son, Jan Nahrgang and wife Alice; grandchildren, Lewis and Jennifer; step-son, Ian Nahrgang and wife, Pat; grandchildren Scott, Shannon, Sean, and Samantha and step-daughter, Dianne Shute.

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We, his children, have said goodbye to Pieter on his beloved Vancouver Island.

Passed away in Nanaimo on December 4, 2012. She is predeceased by her ďŹ rst husband, James Paul Huard; her second husband, Lans Lewis Nahrgang; son, James Paul III and step-daughter, Wendy Cottle.


LADYSMITH 112 French St.

Greg Lonsdale


250-245-5553 IN MEMORIAM

In Loving Memory of

Helen K. Coward May 24, 1927 - Dec. 26, 2002

A loving & devoted wife, mother, grandmother & friend to many. You only have one mother Patient, kind and true; No other friend in all the world Will be the same to you. As we look upon her picture Sweet memories we recall; Of a face so full of sunshine And a smile for one & all. Always remembered & loved, - From all your family.

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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)753-6633.

The individual will effectively service U-Haul equipment at dealerships on an assigned route. Responsibilities will include, instructions required to operate a U-Haul dealership. Audit rental records and contracts, open new dealers as necessary.


Valid driver’s license, good driving record and the ability to operate manual and automatic transmission. Apply online at Keyword: Area Field Rep. THE LEMARE Group is accepting resumes for the following positions: •Grade Hoe Operator-with Coastal Logging Roadbuilding experience •Coastal CertiďŹ ed Hand Fallers •Coastal CertiďŹ ed Bull Buckers •Road Grader Operator •Grader Operator • Heavy Duty Mechanics Fulltime camp with union rates/benefits. Please send resumes by fax to 250-956-4888 or email to



REAL ESTATE COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL COMMERCIAL OR residential 1800 sq ft building and level lot on busy Johnston Road/Highway 4 intersection. Office, personal service, craft or residential use offers revenue and excellent holding opportunity. Corner shared with McDonalds, Macs and Co-op. Call 250-720-7453


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HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES ELECTRICAL 1A ELECTRICIAN, licenced, bonded, Small Jobs Specialist, panel upgrades and renos. All work guaranteed since 1989. Rob at 250-732-PLUG (7584).



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694 COLONIA- 3 bdrms, 2 bath, $1450. Call Ardent Properties. (250)753-0881.


LADYSMITHBEAUTIFUL Heritage character 2+ bdrm home. 11 foot ceilings, quiet St, harbour view, 5 appls. NS/NP. Refs. Avail Jan. 1. $1300+ 2 utils. (250)245-0104.


Ladysmith: bottom 1/2 of house. 2 bdrm, above grnd suite, only 4 yrs old. Private entry, deck, laundry, utils incl. You pay tel/cable/internet. $1000/mo. Avail Jan 1/15. 250-245-7049 to view.

CAT SITTING in my home. No cages. 7day to long term stay. Limited space. 250-740-5554


Ladysmith: House for rent. $739.00/month. 3 bdrm, 1 bath. All appliances included. No smoking, no pets or children, 55+. Please call Greg 250-245-0545.

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




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CENTRAL CHEMAINUS oceanview modern 2 bdrm, 1000sq ft grnd lvl, 5appl, private patio, wi-fi, prkg, $1,000. Avail Feb 1. NS/NP. Call 250246-4313 or 250-210-2580.


Professional Service Since 1992

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.

The deadline for classified advertising in the January 1st issue of the Chronicle is 9:00 AM December 28th.

Ladysmith: 1 & 2 bdrm suites from $700/mo incl. heat & hot water, ocean views, small pets ok. Ask about our incentives. 250-668-9086.

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Chemainus: Lockwood Villa, well kept bldg, 1 bdrm Jan 1st or 15th, ocean view top floor $625, 1 bdrm Feb 15, $625 incl. heat & hot water, 1 sm pet welcome. 55 +. Call Karen 250-709-2765, 250-246-1033.

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MAYTAG SXS fridge, $300, white 17 cu ft fridge $300, 30� almond 30� range, $125, white 30� range $150, white self clean convection range $250. Kenmore full size stacking washer/dryer $350, Washer dryer sets $200-$350. Washers $150-$250, Dryers $100$150. Built-in dishwashers $100-$150. 6 month warranty on all appliances. Please call Greg at (250)246-9859.

LADYSMITH 55+ Building, 385 Davis Rd. Ocean & harbour views 2 Bdrm suite. 250-246-5688

Chemainus: Ashley Court. Ground flr unit, 2 bdrm, 5 appliances. Small pet ok, avail. now. $775/mo 250-924-6966.


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2 - 2 bed, 1 bath. F/S, DW, W/D, elevator, parking, storage, bike rack. Ref. Req. Avail. Jan 1, 2nd fl $900 & 3rd fl $950/m. Ph: 250-816-9853

HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837

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

Prepare activity reports and ensure U-Haul equipment is in good operating condition. Operate the service rig and arrange for recovery of lost, stolen, or abandoned U-Haul equipment.


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Royal LePage Property Management Ladysmith: Gifford Rd., 2 bdrm, 2 bath townhouse, available Nov. 1, N/P, N/S, $1000/mo. Ladysmith: Symonds St., 4 bdrm duplex unit, close to shopping, N/S, N/P, available now, $1400/mo. Ref’s required. Ladysmith: Warehouse/retail space, 2000 square feet approx., Westdown Rd., available now. Chemainus: View St. 2 bdrm ocean view duplex, f/s, w/d, n/s, n/p, $750/mo, available now, ref’s required. Cassidy: Country setting, 2 bdrm mobile, f/s, electric heat, avail now, $850/mo + util, n/s, n/p, ref’s required.

Call Royal LePage 250-245-2252

OFFICE/RETAIL WANT TO GET NOTICED? Prime retail/office space for rent in highly visible historical building on corner of First and Roberts in Ladysmith. 1,687 sq ft. 2 bathrooms, small kitchen, new flooring, A/C

Call 250-245-2277


CLUES ACROSS 1. Twos under par 7. Expresses surprise 10. Shows exceedingly great size 12. At this place 13. One who prints from a plate 14. ‘95 U.S. Open golf champ Corey 15. Stupefy with alcohol 16. Breezed through 17. A major division of geological time 18. Humble request for help 19. Part of a deck 21. Albanian monetary unit 22. Atomic #22 27. Atomic #18 28. Catholic holiday service 33. Canadian province 34. Capital of Alberta 36. Large African antelope 37. Mexican tortilla sandwich 38. Pigmented eye membrane 39. Baby’s food protector 40. Winglike structures 41. Sun-dried brick 44. Those dull in appearance 45. Basketlike baby’s bed 48. Purpose or intent 49. Difficult to carry 50. Cry made by sheep 51. More than one spouse



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CLUES DOWN 1. Incredible edibles 2. About aviation 3. Small biting flies 4. Bulgarian monetary unit 5. Point midway between E and SE 6. Old CCCP or U___ 7. Rubber tree genus 8. Waterless 9. Female chicken 10. Relating to the Hebrews 11. Dig up 12. Diacritic caron 14. Capital of Sicily 17. Shock therapy 18. Cyto_____: surrounds the nucleus 20. Daughters of the Am. Revolution 23. Nincompoops 24. Great battle of 333 BC 25. Salt Lake state 26. Woman (French) 29. A public promotion 30. Social insect 31. Knifed 32. Formal association of people 35. Toff 36. Snaps up 38. Annona diversifolia 40. Opera vocal solo 41. Largest continent 42. Day (Latin) 43. Sole 44. Hit lightly 45. Guy (slang) 46. Black tropical Am. cuckoo 47. Screen Writers Guild Ladysmith Chemainus Chronicle Tue, Dec 25, 2012 RENTALS




LAKE COW, waterfront, semi furn/unfurn, 1bdrm grnd level, garden, N/S, $650 hydro & wifi incl’d. 250-217-1173.

LADYSMITH CAMERA CLUB - well-known Ladysmith, BC photographer Brian Nicol explains the histogram and RAW vs. JPEG, two key concepts for better digital photographs. Tues, Jan 22, at 7 pm, Hardwick Hall, High St at 3rd Ave in Ladysmith. Everyone welcome. Non-members $5 drop-in fee. LCC invites new members, novice to pro. NEW special student rates! www.LadysmithCameraClub. com

SUITES, UPPER #21- 1158 Rocky Creek Rd- 1 bdrm. $925. Call Ardent Properties, Call (250)753-0881.

TOWNHOUSES $1100 - Avail immed, Renovated, 3 bd 2 bath, N/S N/P W/D, 711 Malone, 250-619-2914

3-BDRM, 2.5 bath Townhouse. 5 appl’s, new flooring & kitchen cupboards. Recently painted. N/S. $950./mo. inclds strata fees, garbage & water. Avail Feb. 1st. (250)245-2978.


Recycle your old Christmas light strings. Contact ladysmith festival of lights at 250.245.5888 or

CARS LOOKING FOR A DEAL ON A NEW VEHICLE? Save up to 40% OFF your next new vehicle... No games or gimmicks, deal direct with local dealerships.

LRCA FRIENDLY VISITOR/PHONING TREE PROGRAMS Now taking new volunteer signups for an upcoming training session. Improve quality of life for shut-in or isolated seniors by scheduled weekly contact. Call Barb at 245-3079.

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CARS 2007 CUSTOM Chev HHR. Excellent condition. Loaded. White. 119,000 km, mostly hwy driven. On-Star. $11,900 firm. 250-755-5191.

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What’s Happening Email items for publication to with the subject line containing "What's Happening". This is a free service for non-profit groups that runs as space allows. As we have pages of entries, publication is not guaranteed and copy is subject to editing. Please keep length to 25 words or less.

Up Coming MT. BRENTON GARDEN CLUB - meeting Tues,J an 8 - 1 pm,Calvary Baptist Church, 3319 River Rd, Chemainus. DVD on Providence Farm and Robert Bateman. Guests welcome, $2 drop in fee.

the firehall or get pickup by calling 250-245-6436. Donations go to restoring their 1942 fire engine.

For more info 246-4109. ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH 1135 - 4th Ave, Ladysmith: Christmas Eve: Carol Sing 8:30 pm, Mass 9;00 pm; Christmas Day 9:00 am; New Years Eve 7:00 pm; New Years Day 9:00 am. 250-245-2077. ST. JOHN’S ANGLICAN CHURCH - 314 Buller St., Ladysmith, Rev. Daniel Fournier 250-245-5512 Dec 23 - Sunday Pot Luck Breakfast (9:00 am). Service at 10 am. Dec. 24 - Christmas Eve Services - 4:30 pm & 10:30 pm. Dec 25 - Christmas Day Service 10:00 am. LADYSMITH FIRE RESCUE - Christmas tree chipping & children's car seat installation check. Sat & Sun, Jan 5 & 6, 9 am-4 pm. Drop off your tree behind

Beyond Your Expectations

NANAIMO/LADYSMITH COMMUNITY BAND New members welcome in both concert and/or dance band. Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 6:30 pm at Dover Bay School band room. Contact Ted, 250-7223088 for more info.

On Going

SINGLE LADIES: INTERESTED IN MAKING NEW FRIENDS? We are a small group of ladies, mostly over the age of 60 who meet once a week for coffee and good conversation. We sometimes go on outings as well. If you think you might be interested, please call Sheila at 250-245-2985. LADYSMITH MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP Meets on the 1st & 3rd Friday of the month 1:30 pm basement of Ladysmith Resource Centre. LADYSMITH CELE­BRA​TIONS SOCIETY Ladysmith Days. Ladysmith city hall, on 3rd Tuesday of every month, 7 pm 250-2452263. www.ladysmithdays. com

Ladysmith Chemainus Chronicle Tuesday, December 25, 2012A23 23 DAD'S GROUP - Drop In Breakfast - Program of the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association. 630 - 2nd Ave., Upper Floor, Saturdays, 10 noon. 250-245-3079. ALZHEIMER/DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesdays. Call Jane Hope, Alzheimer Society of BC at 250-7344170. COWICHAN VALLEY HOSPICE Emotional support for those facing a life threatening illness, family and friends and for those grieving the death of a loved one. 1-888-7014242. Group, telephone & individual support available. NORTH OYSTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY Engraved bricks fundraiser. Info call Bob Handel at 250245-0919. SINGLE LADIES: INTERESTED IN MAKING NEW FRIENDS? We are a small group of ladies, mostly over the age of 60 who meet once a week for coffee and good conversation. We sometimes go on outings as well. If you think you might be interested, please call Sheila at 250-245-2985. LADYSMITH AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY - urgently requires volunteers as Museum hosts, also, the archives need interested people to assist with research etc. 250245-0100. LADYSMITH SALTAIR GARDEN CLUB Every third Thur at 7:30 pm, First United Church Hall, (corner of High St & 3rd Ave) with in-garden meetings June, July, August. Come& grow with us! New members always welcome. $10 membership, $2 drop-in. LINE DANCING Chemainus Seniors Drop In Centre. Tuesdays, 10 - 11 a.m. Jo Kelly: 250-245-1185. AL-ANON Meets Tuesdays, 7:30 pm downstairs at Ladysmith Resource Centre Association. NARCOTICS ANONYOMOUS Meets Sundays, 7-8 pm Downstairs at Ladysmith Resource Centre Association. DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB

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Meets Tuesdays weekly, 1 pm. Beginners welcome. Town and Country Mobile Home Park. 250-245-4522. LADYSMITH LEGION LADIES AUXILIARY Meets 2nd Wednesdays monthly, 7 pm. NANAIMO-CEDAR FARMER’S INSTITUTE Cedar United Church Hall. 2nd Thursdays Oct. to June. Visitors welcome. Info: 250722-3397. PROBUS CLUB OF LADYSMITH (for information see, meets every third Wed morning of the month at the new Seniors' Centre Hall, 2nd Ave. and Buller St. Doors 9.30. No mtg. in August. Call Vince Devries 245-0907 or Don Fisher 245-5965. LADYSMITH MEDITATION Drop in Wednesday nights, 7 pm., 281 Dogwood Drive. Meditation lessons, discussion & goodies.  Free. 250-245-4102. bjhiggs@






LADYSMITH HEALTHCARE AUXILIARY GIFT SHOPS are in need of volunteer clerks for our 2 shops at the Healthcare Centre and the Lodge on 4th. We are also looking for knitters to contribute to our shops. For more information please call Cathy @ 250-245-2240. DO YOU WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY? Kiwi Cove Community Garden is looking for volunteers to grow organic produce for the Ladysmith Food Bank. Please contact Bill Tilland 250-924-5269. LADYSMITH DOWNTOWN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION meets on the third Thursday of each month, 7:30 am upstairs at the Legion. This dedicated group of business owners discuss everything business-related in Ladysmith from partnerships with organizations, upcoming events, business strategies and tips, website performance and sometimes, a guest speaker. CHRONIC PAIN SUPPORT GROUP meets 3rd Mon of each month 5:15-6:45. Ladysmith Community Health Centre 1111-4th Ave, Room 101 250-667-5587

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Clamato Juice 1.89 litres, limit 2 total

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White Mushrooms 5.47 kg





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