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New Year’s Äre victim identiÄed Name released in tragedy: Crystal Joe, 19, identified as victim of trailer blaze Peter W. Rusland

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t took a forensic investigation, but of¿cials have con¿rmed Joanne Crystal Joe as the local woman who died in a ¿fth-wheel ¿re early New Year’s Day near Duncan. Cpl. Kevin Day of the Duncan/North Cowichan RCMP con¿rmed Tuesday that dental records were needed to verify the body recovered in the wake of the blaze was indeed Joe. This comes on the heels a statement released on Facebook by family spokesperson Char La Fortune that an autopsy Thursday proved inconclusive. Speaking on behalf of the family of Abraham C. Joe — the deceased woman’s father — La Fortune explained dental records and DNA were potential ways considered to identify the remains. Day con¿rmed that Crystal Joe, 19, was one of the occupants of the trailer at the time of the ¿re. Another family representative, Chuck Seymour, was reached following a service for Joe near Duncan Tuesday. He declined comment, except to say the family was grateful to an understanding community. “On behalf of the family, we thank the citizens of the valley for their kind thoughts and well wishes,” he said. It was believed Joe died Jan. 1 at around 6 a.m. after the police received a report of a structure ¿re on reserve land near a Tzouhalem Road residence in Duncan. Mounties and North Cowichan’s southend ¿re¿ghters arrived on scene to ¿nd a ¿fth-wheel RV engulfed in Àames. A search of the charred trailer later revealed the body. The ¿re’s cause is still under investigation, Day noted.

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Glen Harper is overcome with emotion after the Duncan Curling Club was renamed in his honour Saturday. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Cowichan curling legend’s name will live forever Naming rights: Duncan Curling Club building on Sherman Road receives an appropriate designation Don Bodger

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he Duncan Curling Club facility on Sherman Road is now known as the Glen Harper Curling Centre in honour of the valley’s curling legend. The announcement following dinner Saturday night at the 60th-annual men’s bonspiel caught an emotional Harper, who turns 83 in March, completely by surprise. “I always have lots to say, but I’ve got nothing right now,’’ he said. Harper buried his head in his hands and was crying after seeing the Glen Harper Curling Centre banner unraveled and taped to the front of the head table in the club’s packed banquet hall.

“My wife, Margaret, knew about this but never told me,’’ he said. “It’s quite an honour.’’ Grandson Chris Waters remained tight-lipped so the big event wasn’t spoiled. “I’ve known about this for quite a while and it’s hard to keep a surprise,’’ he said. “We’ve been talking about it for a couple of years,’’ Ken Percival, the curling club’s board chair, said of the designation. Percival said there’s a movement toward calling curling facilities centres rather than clubs to eliminate the perception of exclusivity from the public. Naming the Duncan rink after Harper was a perfect ¿t. “He’s represented the province in national playdowns ¿ve times,’’ said Percival. Harper competed in the 1960 and 1963 Brier Canadian men’s curling championships, the mixed

nationals in 1966 and 1970, and the senior nationals in 1980. He was also instrumental in the initial building of the Duncan Curling Club. Harper can’t curl anymore but attended the 60th bonspiel to support the club’s continued efforts in the sport and gave special advise to a team that included his grandsons Chris and Jason Waters, Tanner McQuarrie and Chris Blom. Nephew Hugh Harper from Edmonton — whom Glen Harper joked has connections with unof¿cial family member Stephen — came out to play in the bonspiel and enjoyed the ceremony for Glen. Even a day after being given time to think about what had happened, Harper was still feeling overwhelmed. more on page 6


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School district wants parents to make their own choice about FSA tests Cowichan school trustees have affirmed parents right to choose whether their children write the controversial Foundation Skills Assessment. School District 79’s board voted to recognize “the right and responsibility of parents and students to determine whether or not the student’s participation in the FSA testing program is in the best interest of the student.”

The motion, which passed 5-4, has been put forward several times in the past few years, and was even approved in 2009 before being rescinded shortly after. The annual province-wide assessment tests Grade 4 and 7 students in reading, writing and numeracy, but has been criticized for allowing organizations such as the Fraser Institute to rank

B.C. schools without taking into account success in subjects such as the arts, sports, and leadership. “It’s a victory for our employees and our families, because the board is now supporting them without commenting on the merits of the test — this allows the parents to decide,” SD79 Chairwoman Eden Haythornthwaite said.

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Cowichan secondary students like Zack Friesen and Jade Schultz think a later school start time is a great idea.

In local high schools: Aboriginal students show the most improvement Krista Siefken

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Cow High students want a chance to sleep in Krista Siefken

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owichan secondary students may be getting a few more minutes of shut-eye in the mornings after School District 79 trustees agreed to consider a start-time change at the Duncan high school. “The research on teenagers and later start times in school has been out for a number of years and indicates a positive correlation in student achievement,” said Trustee Candace Spilsbury, who introduced the motion during last Wednesday’s school board meeting. Trustees asked staff to compile a feasibility study on a later school start time at Cowichan Secondary School, and Spilsbury said the study will likely come back to the board in March. This’ll be good news to the students who had asked trustee candidates to consider a

change in their start time during an all-candidates’ meeting at the school prior to the Nov. 19 election. “The input from students was to reference that research, and look at that possibility,” said Spilsbury. A potential challenge to the notion is the district’s complicated bus schedules that work around the start times of elementary, middle and secondary schools. “The busing is so interconnected with other school times, especially with feeder elementary schools, so it’s a complicated study to look at changing one school’s bell schedule and the impact that would have districtwide,” Spilsbury explained. Still, it’s been done before. Frances Kelsey Secondary School changed its start time to 8:30 a.m. — from 8 a.m. — at the start of this school year. Cowichan Secondary School currently starts classes at 8 a.m.

More time to get to school in the mornings would be appreciated by Cow High students such as Zack Friesen, Grade 12, and Jade Schultz, Grade 10. “I had a job where I worked until 10 o’clock (at night), and then I had to do homework,” Friesen said. “So a later start-time would give me more time to sleep.” Spilsbury said available research has not focused much on determining the reasons why later start times improve student performance. But she thinks it’s easy to understand. “There’s a need for additional sleep during growth,” she said. “And really, the number of students that are working part-time jobs is quite signi¿cant in the valley.” She said most schools that have moved start-times typically opt for a bell around 9 a.m.


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raduation rates are up across the board in Cowichan, but no more so than for Aboriginal students. New data shows the Aboriginal graduation rate now sits at 55.1 per cent — up from 35.6 the year before, and 34.2 the year before that. It’s still a far cry from ideal, but a signi¿cant step in the right direction. In fact, Cowichan now sits above the provincial average (53.7 per cent) for Aboriginal graduation rates. “It’s lovely to see and I hope it’s an indicator of continued improvement and success,” said Joe Rhodes, School District 79’s superintendent of schools. SD79’s grad rates were up overall, as well: 77.6 per cent of students graduated in the 2010/2011 school year, compared to 74.7 the year before, and 70.1 the year before that. The graduation rate for female students now rests at 81.1 per cent (up from 79.1 the year before) and male students are up to 74.4 per cent (up from 70.8 the previous year). Rhodes says there’s no de¿nitive explanation for the increases, but suspects a district-wide effort played a role. “I think it’s the collective recognition of the system that we could do better, and so we have,” he said. “And with the Aboriginal graduation rates, I think a big part of that has been the improved relationship we’ve developed with the Hwulmuhw Mustimuhw Education Council, the collective effort of everyone, and the restructure of the Aboriginal education department and its increased focus of support.” Still, the district still trails the overall provincial graduation average, which now sits at 81 per cent, and Rhodes says there’s more work to be done. “I’m optimistic, but also cautious,” he said. “One year is not a trend, but it certainly is a movement in the right direction.” The graduation rates were included in the Superintendent’s Report on Student Achievement for 2011/2012, which was presented to the board of education last Wednesday. The report also notes the challenge presented by the ongoing job action from teachers, the loss of the district’s literacy and numeracy specialists due to funding cutbacks, and other issues.

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Criticism accompanies cleaning deal renewal Private housecleaning: ďŹ rm will continue at Cairnsmore and CDH Peter W. Rusland

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renewed housekeeping contract with a private Âżrm has some ofÂżcials worried about cleanliness at Cowichan District Hospital and Cairnsmore Place. But Vancouver Island Health Authority brass dismissed those concerns about the $10.6-million annual deal signed for Âżve years with Crothall Services Canada covering VIHA facilities in Cowichan, Nanaimo and Victoria. VIHA ofÂżcials cited continued audits and surveys, increased stafÂżng and training, plus enhanced monitoring and advanced cleaning techniques as effective ways of assuring quality control. CDH’s top doc was satisÂżed with the deal, despite outbreaks of Norwalk viruses at CDH in recent years. “Housekeeping doesn’t fall in my bailiwick but I’m not aware of any (ongoing) housekeeping problems at CDH,â€? said Dr. Len

Roy. VIHA aims to keep it that way in the bargain with Crothall, owned by Compass Group Canada. VIHA’s Murray Hutchison said VIHA examined bids by six Âżrms but stuck with Crothall. “We enhanced what we had.â€? The deal bumps CDH’s Health Employee Union cleaning staff to 40.2 full-time equivalent positions from the current 31.5 FTEs. That’s good news to the HEU’s Mike Old — with one catch. “Our strong preference would be for VIHA to bring housekeeping back in-house for better coordination. “But we’re happy our workers aren’t facing layoffs as a result of Ă€ipping this contract.â€? A cash crunch is why VIHA is contracting out housekeeping. “We outsourced (cleaning) seven or eight years ago and at this point we don’t have the resources to bring it back inhouse,â€? Hutchison said. But given outbreaks of nasty bugs at CDH in recent years — outbreaks VIHA maintains were not tied to housekeeping — MLA Bill Routley called the renewed deal with Crothall “outrageous, because they’re

Senior arrested after kids enticed with skipping rope Peter W. Rusland

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Signs are posted to help remind staff and visitors cleanliness is essential at Cowichan District Hospital to stop the spread of infection. rewarding bad behaviour.â€? Hutchison explained cleaning standards have changed, citing CDH’s new quick-response team to attack outbreaks and do deeper cleaning continuously. “There’s been review of what happened then, and housekeeping works closely with infection control — cleaning has been enhanced at all of our sites, and contracts reĂ€ect those discussions.â€? Still, Routley and Old preferred in-house cleaning staff. “Why pay for the proÂżts for a third party when you can reinvest those proÂżts into the service?â€? asked Old. But Hutchison cited recent housekeeping audits by West-

ech, done between April 1, 2010 and March 31, 2011, with VIHA scoring the highest in B.C. VIHA’s Shannon Marshall noted the international benchmark target is 85 percent. CDH notched 92.92 per cent, while Cairnsmore earned 86.36 per cent, Marshall said. All VIHA sites are also monitored and audited by contract managers. “As part of our contract agreement with Crothall, we conduct joint VIHA/Crothall quarterly audits, every three months to four times a year,â€? she said. “All of our larger sites are audited at least monthly.â€? The contract includes an option for a Âżve-year extension by VIHA.

Duncan senior was arrested and later released Friday after what police call a suspicious incident at Duncan’s Cowichan Sportsplex. Crown counsel is in the process of approving a peace bond against the 66-year-old male who was released on various conditions, said Cpl. Kevin Day of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP. Mounties were called after the 10:30 a.m. incident in which a teacher was walking with 14 Alexander Elementary School students at the Sportsplex when two of the students started to approach a vehicle. “A male seated in the parked vehicle was hanging a skipping rope out of the vehicle window, appearing to try to get the girls to take it,â€? said Day. “The teacher confronted the male and left the area with her students before calling police.â€? Police located a man — whose name has not been released — seated in a grey 2012 Chevrolet Blazer at a Sportsplex parking lot along ChesterÂżeld Street.

His release conditions include having no contact with anyone under age 16, and not attending any place where persons are known to be, or appear to be, under the age of 16, Day said. Police continue to investigate the incident. Joe Rhodes, School District 79’s superintendent, stressed the “rare� incident was not an attempted abduction of the eight-year-old girls. He applauded Alexander staff’s quick action in calling the RCMP. “At no point were the kids in harm’s way,� Rhodes told the News Leader Pictorial. “He had a skipping rope across his windshield.� Rhodes was unaware of what the suspect may have said to the students, preferring to view the incident as a live drill concerning Cowichan district’s Stranger Danger program telling pupils, teachers and parents what to do about suspicious characters. “There haven’t been any attempts recently to invite students to a vehicle around here,� he said.“But this is a reality of our society.� A letter detailing Friday’s incident was sent to parents, Rhodes said.

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“I haven’t got over it yet,’’ he said. “I don’t usually cry, but I did.’’ Club booster and Harper’s pal Mel Smith, who helped in the club’s fundraising drive in the mid-1960s, offered his congratulations to Harper. “This place is now under Glen’s name so he has to pay all the taxes on it,’’ Smith joked. Harper had other ideas. “I told the guys, ‘don’t forget when you come in here, you’ve got to have my permission to come in and curl.’’’ —with a ¿le from Peter W. Rusland












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Curling Centre ofÄcially property of North Cowichan municipality is responsible for the envelope of the building. Everything else — the upkeep and maintenance — falls under the club’s jurisdiction. He said curling clubs everywhere are struggling to hang onto membership, unlike during Glen Harper’s heyday in the sport. “We’ve been holding on now for the last five years,’’ said Percival. “It’s been pretty steady.’’

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Cobble Hill home to a world-class show dog Blame it on Reo: Teen and her Havanese win prestigious Florida show Ashley Degraaf

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North Cowichan South End ÄreÄghters snuff out a Mazda sedan Äre in the parking lot of the Carrick Court apartments at 2515 Alexander Street at 12:33 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5. No one was injured in the incident.

obble Hill’s Emily Dorma’s got the Cesar Millan touch. That’s how Dorma’s mom Bev describes her daughter’s way with dogs. The 16-year-old recently took top spot in one of the world’s largest dog shows, the Eukanuba Nationals in Orlando, Florida. The invitation-only competition took place Dec. 17 and 18. “The number one male and number one female Havanese are invited to attend,â€? Bev explained. “She was competing against champion and grand champion top dogs from across North America.â€? Dorma’s Havanese pooch Reo suited up against 25 other females. “She won best female Havanese and she now qualiÂżes to go to Westminster and apparently to Crufts (dog show) in England,â€? Bev explained. Bragging rights are not a new thing to Dorma and six-year-old Reo. “She’s brought Reo to be number one female in Canada two years in a row now,â€? Bev said. The younger Dorma’s been showing dogs


Cobble Hill resident Emily Dorma and her dog Reo accept a blue ribbon at one of Canada’s largest dog shows, in Vancouver recently. Dorma and Reo recently took top spot in the Eukanuba Nationals in Orlando, Florida. since she was six years old. “She has a connection with dogs sort of like Cesar Millan,â€? Bev said. “You can stick any dog with her and she just automatically speaks the same language as the dog. She can get the dog to do whatever she wants.â€? She’s showed many different types of dogs too, including English mastiffs and American cockers, Afgans and Boston terriers. “I have shown many breed of dogs‌ I love them all,â€? Dorma says on her website. “We

are all here for the same reason...because we all love dogs, and to have fun.� Dorma writes a column for Dogs in Canada called “Just Juniors.� The mom-daughter duo have also combined their experience for their breeding business Misty Trails Havanese. Dorma’s currently preparing for her next gigs, including the show in Westminster as well as the Kennel Club of England’s Crufts competition.

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Local man’s rock collection a global phenomenon This hobby rocks: Brian Hamilton’s backyard home to rocks from around the world Ann Andersen

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f you’re a collector, you can probably tell a story about almost every piece in your collection. And that’s certainly true for local rock collector Brian Hamilton, whose approximately 100-piece assemblage of rocks rims an open ¿re pit nestled under trees alive with chattering grosbeaks. “I don’t know why I started this,” he muses as he reels off the history behind items in the eclectic collection he started a dozen years ago on his quiet, pretty property just outside Duncan. Fifteen of the rocks he placed himself with the rest coming from friends, neighbours and acquaintances, he explains. And the retired logging company operator knows the source of every rock, each between the size of an orange and a grapefruit. He indicates one rock from Michelangelo’s quarry in Italy, another two from China — the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City. “It’s really important not to violate local heritage laws,” Hamilton adds quickly before continuing with his fascinating list of historical and geographic names.

Just days ago on New Year’s, friends and neighbours gathered around the ¿re pit he terms “heritage.” Naturally, they wanted to talk about the rocks. “It’s not about what the rocks look like; it’s where they’re from,” he explains. A recent addition is a rock from Afghanistan brought by former navy sailor Cecil Wagner. “It’s there to honour the soldiers, not the war,” Hamilton says ¿rmly. He has a petri¿ed stone from Alberta and a piece of volcanic rock brought from a sacred mountain in B.C.’s northern First Nations Tahltan territory by a Tahltan Native. “He told me that this rock has good vibes and will chase away any bad vibes in the other rocks,” he smiles. Hamilton, who’s lived in the valley for 45 years, points out some local stones — one each from the Cowichan, Chemainus and Koksilah Rivers. Then, with his tongue ¿rmly in his cheek, he points to a nondescript rock tumbled among the others. “That one’s from what Torontonians call the centre of the universe — Toronto. And it’s come to the centre of the Cowichan Valley,” he says gesturing toward a signpost at the end of his Ann Andersen Brian Hamilton’s backyard Äre pit is ringed with rocks from locations as far-Åung as Hadrian’s Wall and the Great Wall driveway. A closer look reveals the post is cluttered with of China. valley names and distances. For example, a rock from Hadrian’s Wall built rocks discarded to make room for replacements Yes, Hamilton and wife Lorainne have systemin Northern England by the Romans to keep out are sold to visitors. atically ¿gured out that their property lies exactly the Picts was pulled from the quarry used back “It’s a conversation piece and a collection of in the middle of the valley. then by the wall builders; at China’s Great Wall, memories,” he says. But that’s another story.

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Numbers too low but in the right direction Aboriginal graduation rate: This year’s numbers positive, but much work to be done


t’s a sad state of affairs when we think a 55 per cent graduation rate for Aboriginal students is something to celebrate. Yes, Cowichan has made a signi¿cant leap from the abysmal 35.6 per cent graduation rate the year before, and yes, we can now boast being above the provincial average of 53.7 per

cent. But our schools are still losing almost half of our Aboriginal students before they ¿nish — or even reach — Grade 12. Our students deserve so much better. Still, we have to give credit where it’s Success due. School District 79 staffers are obvishould be ously doing something — or several available to things — right. And superintendent of schools Joe all Rhodes is correct: one year’s data is not a trend, but it certainly is a movement in the right direction. The district has worked hard during the past few years to repair its relationship with the Aboriginal community via the Hwulmuhw Mustimuhw Education Council. It restructured its Aboriginal education department with input from the council, and now spends the money it’s allotted for Aboriginal education with direction from council members. But these are all steps that should have been taken years ago. And there is still so much work that needs to be done. For every Aboriginal student who graduates, another does not, and that is simply not good enough. There’s no reason why Aboriginal students shouldn’t achieve the same success as the rest of the district’s students. In fact, if our district was doing everything it could — and should — be doing in this area, there’s no reason why Aboriginal students would even need to be tracked separately from the general student population.

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The good and the bad of this week in Cowichan This we don’t

This we like Today we welcome a familiar name to our readers back to our newsroom. Longtime Dateline Cowichan columnist and former Cowichan Valley Board of Education chair Ann Andersen has agreed to return to her roots as a community reporter. Andersen, who spent many years reporting on a variety of valley people and issues, has accepted a temporary general reporting position at the NLP.

Ann Andersen has been added to our staff as a general reporter.

While we’re very happy to add Andersen to the newsroom team, we have to admit we are going to miss the reason she’s here. Ashley Degraaf has traded in her notepad for a stroller — she is expecting her first child later this month and has temporarily left the newsroom on maternity leave. Our best to Ashley, husband Bryan and the pending new arrival.

Progress measurements not the issue, progress is Tom Fletcher Black Press


ow is B.C.’s economy doing? This question occupies a great deal of time in our political debate. But since that debate is mostly an exercise in selecting facts and passing blame back and forth, it’s dif¿cult to tell. Former premier Gordon Campbell set out to change that in 2001 with the establishment of the B.C. Progress Board. Independent directors established six “core targets,” environmental, health and social indicators as well as economic measures, and tracked them annually with comparisons to other provinces. This created a 10-year database that doesn’t exist anywhere else. But it hasn’t exactly been Àattering, a sign that it has been kept free of political interference. Premier Christy Clark’s recent decision to replace the Progress Board has sparked another round of political blame-storming. The NDP opposition was accustomed to jumping on the

annual rankings and trumpeting the ones that cast the B.C. Liberals in a bad light. Predictably, they portrayed the remake of the board as an effort to sweep embarrassing results under the rug. Media often focus on the political horse race rather than details of dull old policy. When the board’s annual reports came out, they typically covered the political ¿ght and glossed over the ¿ndings. The key Àaw with the Progress Board turned out to be its emphasis on provincial rankings. B.C. ranked ¿rst for the entire 10 years in health and environmental conditions, and near the bottom in a complex measure of “social condition” that was often oversimpli¿ed as poverty. In most measures, including economic ones, the rankings barely changed in a decade. In his ¿nal report, board chair Gerry Martin noted that B.C.’s improvements in economic output and income were signi¿cant, but didn’t move them up the rankings because other provinces had similar success. Big recoveries in Saskatchewan and Newfoundland meant that B.C. sometimes slipped in the relative rankings despite major

gains. Martin noted that on crime, “initial performance was so poor that B.C.’s bestin-country improvements over several years were needed just to move B.C. to about average.” Crime is part of the board’s “Social Condition Index,” along with low-birth-weight babies and long-term unemployment. This has been a favourite of opposition critics, because B.C. started low and slipped lower. But they won’t tell you the whole story, through the NDP 1990s as well as the B.C. Liberal 2000s: “B.C. ranked sixth in the Social Condition Index in 1990, improved to third in 1993, but deteriorated through the rest of the 1990s and into the next decade such that it sank to last place for 2001 and 2002,” the ¿nal report says. “Improvements between 2002 and 2007 saw B.C. reach ¿fth place in 2006 and 2007, but rank changes on low birth weights and long-term unemployment brought B.C. to seventh in 2008 and ninth in 2009.” Does this mean the NDP government of the

BC VIEWS 1990s did a bad job, or that the B.C. Liberals did better and then screwed up? It could be spun that way, but there are external factors involved. The B.C. Progress Board didn’t just do rankings. Its policy suggestions were implemented in regulatory reform, energy self-suf¿ciency, creating community courts and UBC Okanagan, and proceeding with the Site C dam. Martin notes that the successor organization, the Jobs and Investment Board, will carry on the performance monitoring and “hold government’s feet to the ¿re,” in particular on its ability to attract investment. It’s time to stop arguing about the level of poverty and ¿nd new ways to alleviate it. Tom Fletcher is the legislative reporter for Black Press. Reach him at tÀ

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Do you make New Year’s resolutions? “Personally, no. I made a resolution not to make New Year’s resolutions, and not to listen to others’ resolutions.”

“Not really. If I’m going to change something, I’m not going to wait until New Year’s to change it.”

Brandon Newall, North Cowichan

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That moment of grief was not for public consumption

Dear editor I wish your photographers would have a little more respect for families and people who are at their worst time of grief, sadness or even death for that matter. I found it appalling that your photographer (for your Jan. 4 edition) took a picture of that poor woman in one of the most devastating times in her life. I believe in capturing the moment for the news, but really. I think the photographer could have caught the moment in a less intruding way. I believe that time for that woman was a private moment, not a moment to be captured for your paper. K. Clark

In my opinion: School board lays out the welcome mat for the public



t the inaugural meeting of the new Cowichan Valley Board of Education on Dec. Coverage of RV tragedy 7, trustees unanimously insensitive and disresepctful endorsed an uncomproDear editor mising dedication to open Your reporting of the New Year’s Day ¿re on community engagement. Tzouhalem Road and accompanying picture is Andrew Leong/¿le The motion which a wholescale disrespectful and insensitive form of public disclosure. This is particularly horri¿c FireÄghters work in the aftermath of the New Year’s Day blaze that took the life of 19-year-old Joanne Crystal Joe. passed that night has now Two of today’s letter writers are critical of the paper’s coverage of the tragedy. enshrined this commitfor the grieving family. Haythornthwaite: ment. I was particularly bothered by the terms such open door re-direction of vast amounts of money, from or on foot, hopping on and off the train as they In that spirit, the board as “toasted” as it is a disrespectful and insensiNorth America, Europe and Down Under, visit towns, bringing millions of dollars into the of education of School tive means of describing a tragic accident. where people work for their money to useless Island economy. District 79 warmly invites all of you to come I am wondering why the paper is drawing ‘welfare countries’ where people do nothing The train is also a vital commuter link in the and speak to us at board meetings on any attention to this as a “Native family.” I have for the money they get from Western countries, national greenhouse gas reduction strategy. educational matter. yet to see traumatic stories where the families secure in the knowledge that terminally stupid Students travel up and down Vancouver Simply contact the board chairwoman Eden are described as white families. These are just carbon busters will keep the millions coming. Island to three private schools, a university Haythornthwaite at people and families. They are grieving and in Happily, in Canada we have a prime minister and several colleges. When the Malahat is before Tuesday noon of the week prior to the shock. They deserve the utmost of respect. who sees this giant scam for what it is. Kyoto treacherous with winter conditions, the train board meeting with your delegation request to This article is dripping in racism and disdain was never more than a feel good photo op; runs reliably through a scenic wonderland. The speak to us. for the Aboriginal community. foundation’s plans for daily commuter service You will ¿nd a schedule of those meetings My heartfelt sympathies go out to this family. unworkable, hypocritical nonsense. Peter Bell from Nanaimo to Victoria, as well as improved below. I hope the paper will rethink its approach in Cobble Hill freight service, will take hundreds of vehicles Apart from the very unusual instance of a how you report these very sensitive issues. and trucks off the Malahat. Eventually samepacked agenda, all requests will be approved Renee Racette day return to Courtenay, with possible dinner and if the schedule is full, your application Victoria car service, has been proposed. Let Stephen Harper know rail line will be met in the meeting which follows. Our rail line is both a future asset, with the If you have questions about this process needs federal funding Luckily, our prime minister sees costly infrastructure already in place, and a please call your board chair at 250-709-7975. Dear editor charming link to our past. For $7.5 million, the In addition, please feel free to ask questions warming scam for what it is Returning from Victoria on Thanksgiving federal government is getting a bargain. or comment on anything in our school district Dear editor Monday, I drove for 10 minutes past a line-up But as time ticks by without a federal comwhich concerns or interests you during the In this age of abundantly available informaof idling vehicles creeping along the Malahat. mitment, one grows increasingly concerned question period at the end of every meeting. tion, I ¿nd it astonishing there are so many How many of those vehicles were on the road that budget cuts will be the justi¿cation for That is what we are here for. global warming idiots in the Cowichan because passenger service on the Southern quietly shelving this project, which would be Trustees don’t have all the answers all the Valley who have still not woken up to the Vancouver Island Railway has been suspended an enormous loss for communities all up and time, but we will try and your insights will fact the whole colossal scam is about money! due to needed track repairs? Why are we still down the island. I ask your readers to voice help direct the work we do on your behalf. Your money, and worse, mine. It’s about the awaiting federal funding of $7.5 million (to their concerns to Prime Minister Stephen As well, the Cowichan Valley Board of match the committed provincial matching m Harper, at, with a copy to Trans- Education will encourage all trustees to be ffunds) to get the train running again? port Minister Denis Lebel at denis.lebel@parl. a regular and enthusiastic presence in our VIA Rail has committed to three completely and your local MP. schools and all areas of district function. rrefurbished cars, with snack bars and bike Gillian Anderson As we are the employers and the elected reprracks. Even now, with almost no advertising, Merville resentatives responsible for the conditions and “Do you feel safe walking alone in Duncan?” ttourists from all over the world use the rail line, direction in this school district, it is vital we You answered: (34 votes) pparticularly Europeans, who are accustomed to are profoundly familiar with the environment More letters online r rail travel. The Foundation envisions providing 61 per cent NO our kids, families and employees inhabit. a network of transportation options, linking the The best way to understand our obligations Also, read fresh stories every day and share rrail to the ferry terminals and towns, in concert To vote on the next Question of the Week, log onto the to all of you is to be there and we will be your thoughts immediately through the comwith the walking and biking trails that will run w web poll at there. ments function. aalong the train right-of-way. 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Homing in on a new hobby Pigeon racing: Chemainus man flying high in the longest-running sport in the world

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oug Chadwick would like to clear the air about homing pigeons. “They’ve got a bad rap because of the feral pigeons, but they’re not like that at all,” he said. “They’re hugely intelligent. There were lots of pigeon heroes from the war.” Chadwick, a past-president and founding member of the Mid-Island Racing Pigeon society, has raised pigeons since he was 10 years old. “It is the longest running sport in the world; it goes back to the Roman Empire. Once you get in, it’s like anything else, you get bit by the bug, it’s hard not to do,” he said. “It’s exciting for me to see them come whipping in, trap them and then ¿nd out how they did against everyone else.” Chadwick cares for about 72 homing pigeons in a loft outside his Chemainus home. Approximately 50 of those make up his racing Àeet; the others serve as stock for breeding. Each one has their own name, like Bella or one of his prize racers, ‘Fred the Red.’ “Most people don’t name them ... they don’t really respond to them,” he said. Sometimes referred to as ‘the poor man’s horse racing,’ pigeon racing involves clocking the velocity of the time it takes for a pigeon to return to its owner’s home from a designated release point, which, for the local racing club, is usually in Campbell River. Because there are pigeon owners across Vancouver Island, the winner is determined not by who gets home ¿rst, but by whose pigeon reaches the fastest velocity (metres per minute). Each pigeon wears an electronic band that is scanned at the beginning of the race and clocked when they reach the loft.

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Doug Chadwick is one of a few local residents who race pigeons for sport and for the opportunity to own the special birds. The Mid-Island Racing Pigeon society is looking for members. Interested persons should contact current members or visit the group’s website. “It works with a GPS now, it’s a lot easier,” Chadwick said. “Before we used to have to do the measurements all by hand.” A volunteer truck driver transports the birds to the release point. There can be anywhere from 200 to 300 pigeons released at one time. “When they take off out of the truck, it really is a sight,” Chadwick said. Once a year, the society runs a race from Bella Bella, a journey that usually takes the birds approximately six hours. “Sometimes there’s trophies involved,” Chadwick said. With limited numbers of racers and increasing natural predators, pigeon racing is becoming an aging sport, Chadwick said. “It’s getting tougher and tougher

to have them now with the bylaws, more and more people aren’t allowed to have them,” he added. “People... think that they’re rats and there’s a lot of outcry. They’re wrong.” Chadwick said it’s a great sport for anyone looking to be involved with a great group and have the opportunity to race their pets. “People become very attached to them, they become pets,” he said. “I go out in my loft every day and spend hours out there.” The Mid-Island Racing Pigeon society will be holding its annual show, where members will bring their best stock to be judged on conformation. The show is open to the public. For more information on the society and how to get involved, visit

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Marigold garden centre operator among B.C.’s top farmers to operate Marigold Nurseries, runs the garden centre on Bell-McKinnon Road in Duncan. The Smiths also own a garden centre in Victoria. “My grandfather started the nursery back in 1944 in Saanichton, and my father and our family started the garden centre in Duncan two years ago,” Smith said. Marigold Nurseries, Victoria, was strictly wholesale until the early ‘70s, when the business branched into retail, explains Marigold’s website. “The current retail store was built in the early ‘80s (in Victoria). “Les’s son Ray and his brother Len started

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working with their dad full time when they graduated high school. In 2001, Len retired and Ray is now running the business with his three children Brooke, Rayanne and Randy, who work at the nursery full-time, and are involved in the day-to-day operations of the business.” Smith, a mother of two, can be spotted with her clan in the nursery’s TV commercials and the kids also “help out” at the store. “We are proud to have had four generations of the Smith family involved in the business,” their website reads. “In the 1996 snowstorm we lost seven greenhouses resulting in $500,000 in damage. We rebuilt them all and were up and running


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s students scurry to sort and stuff four-dozen backpacks with everything from mittens to shampoo, Jamie Klassen oversees the proceedings like an old pro. “I’ve been chair of DSAC (District Student Advisory Committee) for three years now,” says the Grade 12 Frances Kelsey student. “This has become my labour of love.” DSAC, which includes representatives from each of School District 79’s middle and secondary schools, donates backpacks ¿lled with basic necessities to Cowichan youth in need. The new backpacks, donated by MCW Consulting and Monk Of¿ce, were ¿lled with toiletries, school supplies and warm clothing before handed over to representatives from Youth Outreach and the Community Options Society for distribution on Dec. 7. “It’s nice to give back to our local communities,” said Klassen. “And the project is successful every year, but this is probably one of our best years in terms of organization and spirit.” Students started collecting items at their home schools in October, and Klassen said local sponsors, such as Island Pharmacy, Staples, Wal-Mart and Handmade Hugs,


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uncan’s John White remembers ¿shing when he was only four with his mom Edna Cuthbert. He’ll also tell you he snagged his ¿rst salmon in Brentwood Bay at eight years old. It’s clear that at a young age the now 41year-old Cowichanian was hooked. It’s also pretty evident White packs a wealth of knowledge about local lakes and sweet river ¿shing spots, as well as the variety of native species. White, who’s passed down his family’s ¿shing rods and tackle and customs to his two sons, Damon and Justin, recently found out he was picked as one of three winners of Freshwater Fishing Society of BC’s Fishing Buddies contests. “I’m really excited actually,” White said. Courtesy FFSBC, he’s hauled in a full-day Kamloops ¿shing adventure with professional ¿sheries biologist and Ày ¿sherman extraordinaire Brian Chan for introducing his boys to ¿shing. White heard about FFSBC’s Fishing Buddies program launched in 2010 through Facebook. “There was a picture of a guy ¿shing on the side,” he said explaining how Facebook automatically links its users hobbies with ads. He clicked on the ¿shing dude and found himself reading about Fishing Buddies. “It was easy. I take people ¿shing all the time,” White said, noting he’s often asked

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how many days a year he ¿shes. “That’s just too hard to answer,” he said. For him, it would be like counting the scales on a coho salmon. Organizers hoped 800 anglers would sign up to share their passion for the sport with others by 2013. That goal was surpassed in the ¿rst year and in year two 13,500 anglers introduced people to this popular pastime, a press release explains. “The Fishing Buddies Program is about getting people excited about ¿shing,” FFSBC president Don Peterson said. “Going out with a buddy helps to break down barriers and shows people that it’s about more than catching ¿sh.” For White, letting lines down in local waters was his “¿rst true love.” “Some of my happiest memories were from my times ¿shing with my mom and late father,” he said. “I hope to pass my passion for ¿shing on to my kids.” White prefers river ¿shing for Coho salmon and steelhead, and he’s especially pumped about hooking largemouth or smallmouth bass found in many lakes around Vancouver Island. White plans to take both sons on his Ày¿shing trip in Kamloops. “I’d be happy just to watch them enjoy the experience,” he said. The next round of the Fishing Buddies program is underway and participants can sign up online at www.go¿¿shingbuddies. FFSBC is a not-for-pro¿t organization funded directly by anglers through freshwater ¿shing licence revenues.

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y the way, did you hear: • The Dec. 10 Chemainus Carol Ship Cruise co-sponsored by BC Ferries and the Chemainus Crofton Fraternal Order of Eagles 4400 raised $1,390.72 and eight boxes of non-perishable food items. The Mount Brenton Power Squadron and Ladysmith Yacht Club, the Island Bel Canto Singers from Nanaimo, and the MV Kuper captain are all being credited for helping make the event a success. • On Dec. 15, Dwight International students marched up Shawnigan Lake Road in an effort to raise awareness for world peace and non-violence. In addition to the Dwight students’ March for Peace, the students wrote letters for Amnesty International’s Write for Rights campaign, organized by the Grade 6, 7, and 8 students. • The Maple Bay Elementary School family has bid a fond farewell to the retiring Linda Joe, an 11-year stalwart in the classroom. Joe founded the school’s Milk Store and has been instrumental in making the school green with the formation of the E-Club and all our recycling initiatives. • Andrea Youson tells us the Cowichan Capitals paid a visit to Duncan’s Sunridge Place seniors’ facility for its Festive Christmas Dinner. • Olivia Mongard tells us Brooke Hermans, Karen Conley, Kim Wratten, Donna McLean,

Maureen Winter, Lynn Matijasevic, Kathy Allegretto, Pattie Atkinson, and Leah Gaudreault were among the members of Coastal Community’s Duncan Insurance Agency helping collect food and toys for the Salvation Army. Other local of¿ces were busy helping other valley charities. • The Chemainus/Crofton Community Schools Association is looking for volunteers to serve breakfast to children at Chemainus Elementary on Mondays, Tuesdays and sometimes Wednesday mornings from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. Contact Wendy Lambert at 250-246-3588. • Suzan Lagrove says the Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre is looking for local artists to feature for four to six week show-and-sales starting in February. Contact Lagrove at cwbs@ or call 250-746-4955. • Audrea Benoit, who was Manitoba’s ¿rst female insurance adjuster, is being remembered by friends and family Saturday during a celebration of her life at Glenora Hall. Benoit served on the Valley Seniors Organization executive, and was a hospital visitor for six years, among many other local activities during her ¿nal years. more on line at Exciting things happening for you, your friends or your family that you want to share with your community? Send us a quick email at editor@

Valley people Name: Steven Jang Occupation: steamfitter Age: 63 Hometown: Duncan If you get a chance go see: Sherlock Holmes Right now I am reading: Steve Jobs I’m listening to: blues At least once everyone should: volunteer Most people don’t know: what I do Proudest or happiest moment: growing up Biggest fear: dying prematurely If I was appointed king of the valley I would: ban cellphones and email Before I die: I want to have a big party Words I live by: hope to see you in the playoffs Andrew Leong

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Bratz Unplugged: Musical brothers Todd and Jeff Smiley play rock and folk-blues favourites at 8 p.m. in the Cobblestone Pub, downtown Cobble Hill. Two cornerstones of the valley’s musical Smiley family showcase their talents in an acoustic setting. No cover.

Bluegrass Fever: one of the newer bluegrass bands to take shape on Vancouver Island, they are in fact veterans to the genre and promise some good pickin’ and grinnin’, 9 p.m., Crofton Hotel, 1534 Joan Avenue, Crofton. Tickets $10 or three for $25. Call 250-324-2245.

Saturday in Duncan The June Fiasco: with Fairweather Father and Jonah Hicks, young rock musicians from three different bands, showcasing their original tunage, 8 p.m., Duncan Garage Showroom, 330 Duncan Street. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 door. Call 250-748-7246.

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olk music has long been more than a guitarist singing at a mike. And the Cowichan Folk Guild has proven variety is the spice of local musical life since its inception in

1985. From humble beginnings during the Cowichan Folk Festival and at bon¿re bashes, CFG has kindled thousands of songwriters, dancers, choirs, instrumentalists, and poets in genres spanning blues to sea shanties at various venues. Continuous staging of the iconic Islands Folk Festival, and a thermos of coffeehouses and soft-seat concerts, earned the folk guild, and its founders, Duncan’s Perpetual Arts Trophy in December. Co-founders Deb Maike and Mike Ballantyne explained those honours took decades of tuning. “Having been going for 27 years, there’s a whole generation of folk guild babies now having babies themselves, and becoming volunteers and musicians. That’s my reward,” Maike said. “I was a founder but it took on a life of its own,” said Ballantyne. Back in 1985 local folkies only heard acts at pubs and clubs. But seeds were sown for the guild that’s eclipsed its annual festival at Providence Farm. It all started when Ballantyne attended a barbecue at the home of Providence board member Devon Mills who’d heard Ballantyne play locally. “Amongst his guests was Deb playing the guitar,” said folk historian Ballantyne, who now lives in Central Saanich. “We started talking about folk music and gathering friends to play.” Talk led to a Providence fundraiser called the Cowichan Folk Festival that’s now the IFF turning 28 his July. “They all descended on Providence that weekend,” Ballantyne said, noting Tony Latimer’s folkfest poster and help from Michael Moss and the Cowichan Rugby Club. “It was essentially a big party for folkies and friends,” Ballantyne said. The festival drew 200 fans to Providence House’s “People trust if the circular driveway. “It was hot folk-guild logo is on as heck,” CFG an event, it’ll be a president Bill (Levity) Davey good one.” remembered of his gig with Dan Myerscough. “But it was exciting as something new with some very good acts.” The encore was forming the guild. “Because of the ¿rst festival’s success and people who came out of the woodwork — including George Halkyard,” said Ballantyne,



Abo Spectators cool down during a hot Islands Folk Festival in 2004. Inset: Cowichan Folk Guild co-founder Deb Above: Ma Maike receives silent windchime art piece, donated by Longevity John Falkner, after the Folk Guild shared arts award hon honours during an early December service at Duncan city hall. “we talked more about folk music music, and from that the guild was born.” Its birth was helped by Laura Harris and the others wanting monthly coffeehouses. “We realized we needed to form a society so Janet (Martinez) and Michael Shaw used the Courtenay Arts Council Society as a template,” said grant-sleuth Maike. The of¿cial guild staged its ¿rst monthly coffeehouse at St. Peter’s Hall in September ‘85. “A year later we moved into Duncan’s (Canada Avenue) IOOF Hall,” she said. In May 1987, the B.C. Festival of the Arts hit Duncan. “We did three days of workshops at the IOOF and the (Travelodge) Silver Bridge, where there was folk and Celtic music.” The die was cast for coffeehouses later moved to St. Andrew’s Church, then to Duncan United Church two years ago. Ballantyne also saluted George and Jean Smith, and Terry Botkin for building the guild. “The musical highlight for me was having Buffy Sainte-Marie (IFF ‘91). She especially related to First Nations, and they came out in droves.” CFG’s now a valley arts pillar that’s drawn countless fans and players. “Probably one in 1,000 wouldn’t have come here if not for our folk guild,” said Maike. CFG has staged February Winter Blahs concerts at the Cowichan Theatre, hosted a folk music show on Duncan’s former CKAY Radio, run sound for local groups, and amassed

musical library for its members. a musi Pushes were also made by ex-artistic director Brent Hutchinson who launched the theatre’s International Guitar Night with U.S. player Brian Gore. Kirsten Schrader, regional arts-and-culture manager, applauded the guild. “People trust if the folk-guild logo is on an event, it’ll be a good one.” Cowichan Valley Arts Council’s president Judy Brayden agreed. “Music’s a place we encourage in CVAC members, and we go directly to the folk guild board,” she said of the CVAC member and event partner. “We’re much more than music,” noted Davey.

“We expose people to the world of travelling musicians but there are experiences locals can also learn with mentorship.” Singer Beverley McKeen cheered CFG’s musical mission. “It’s been the vehicle for songwriters to get going, and for audiences to be participatory and aware of our plethora of performers.” “The community’s our real nut and bolts,” Davey said, noting a Youth Jammers night, Lake Cowichan’s Music at the Lake, and a spoken-word night. Still, the guild needs sponsors, money and members for outreach, said Davey. Ballantyne was proud of CFG’s genesis. “It was far too independent for any one person to hold onto the reins.”

First coffeehouse a tribute Bruce “Utah” Phillips always had the dream of playing on stage with his son. But as a kid, Duncan Phillips (right) could never reconcile that in learning to play the guitar, he would be learning one of the very things that kept him separated from his father for so many years. Utah is gone now, but along with his old road-worn Guild guitar, Duncan inherited the songs and stories of the people and places that his father wrote about over his 40-plus years of wandering the country. He performs those songs in tribute to his father with Kate MacLeod and Kat Eggleston in the first Cowichan Folk Guild Coffee House of the year, at the Duncan United Church, 246 Ingram St. Doors open at 7 p.m., Open Stage at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at the Door — CFG members by donation, non-members $7. No charge for open stage performers.

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Willy Wonka: Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the worldfamous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this Cowichan Secondary School stage adaptation of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Jan. 11 to 14, 7:30 p.m. Cowichan Theattre. Tickets $15, $12 students and seniors. Call 250-748-7529.

Friday Gold and Shadow: alternative /experimental/indie music with a message, plus melodic rock band Atlas Collapses, 8 p.m., Duncan Garage Showroom, 330 Duncan Street. Tickets are $12 advance, $15 door. Call 250-748-7246.



Leathan Milne/Colin Easthope: two singer/songwriters from Vancouver on a B.C. tour, 8 p.m., Duncan Garage Showroom, 330 Duncan Street. Tickets are $12 advance, $15 door. Call 250-748-7246.

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Jean Crowder speaks during last year’s debut V-Day performance of the Vagina Monologues. Auditions are scheduled Monday for this year’s edition. assignment. For more, call 250-746-6141, email jscull@ or come to the parking lot of the Vancouver Island Trout Hatchery (Freshwater EcoCentre) on Wharncliffe Road in Duncan on Thursdays

at noon. Dress for the weather and try to arrive on time, prepared for a remarkable and rewarding experience. The Devan Bailey Quartet: Thursday night jazz, 6 to 9

Reading Tails: Children age 6-10 can register for a free 20-minute reading session with a furry friend from the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program, Saturdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. starting Dec. 3 at the Vancouver Island Regional Library, Cowichan Branch. Call 250-746-7661 ext. 5 for more.

Sunday Noodles of the World Open Mike: Singer Joey Belanger hosts multi-talented musicians between 1 and 4 p.m. at NOW, 161 Station St., Duncan. No cover. Call 250-

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Cowichan Symphony Society Presents: Sara Buechner and the Victoria Symphony play Sibelius, Elgar and brand new Piano Concerto, 2 p.m. Cowichan Theatre. Tickets $37, $18.50 for students. Call 250-748-7529.

Co-dependents Anonymous: a 12-step meeting program for men and women who desire healthy relationships. Mondays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. Monday at Duncan Mental Health Building 3088 Gibbons Road, Thursdays at the Alano Club 107 Evans Street. Call Barb 250-748-5965 for more information.

Monday V-Day Cowichan 2012 Auditions: register to audition for V-Day Cowichan’s benefit presentation of The Vagina Monologues, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. To register email your name, phone number and email address to nnilsson@ Andy White: Irish singer/ songwriter, last here as part of Fearing and White, 8 p.m., Duncan Garage Showroom, 330 Duncan Street. Tickets are $20. Call 250-748-7246. Cowichan Stroke Recovery Association: invites stroke survivors and family to a weekly session at the Valley Seniors Organization, 198 Government Street, 9:30 a.m. Call 250-

Tuesday Holding Your Own in a Relationship: drop-in educational workshops for women experiencing relationship threats, conflict, abuse and/ or violence, Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. There is no cost. Contact the Cowichan Women Against Violence Society 250748-7000. This week’s session is Self Care. Dress Rehearsal Tuesday: musicians drop in and play new works while others attempt for the first time. No fear, no attitudes, just people getting their legs. Drum kit and amps are set in place for this evening, 8 p.m., Duncan

Garage Showroom, 330 Duncan Street. Tickets are $5. Call 250-748-7246. Cowichan Valley Camera Club: meets the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday monthly, 7 p.m. Clements Centre, Duncan. New members welcome.

Wednesday The Cowichan Valley Arts Council Youth Outreach Program: nine Grade 11 and 12 students from three local secondary schools present their work in PORTALS from Jan. 18 to Feb. 1. This show replaces the traditional scholarship program. PORTALS is open Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside the lobby of the Island Savings Centre, 2687 James Street, Duncan, B.C. Call 250-7461633. Chelsea Nisbett: pop R&B and rock with a message from the east coast, 8 p.m., Duncan Garage Showroom, 330 Duncan Street. Tickets are $12 advance, $15 door. Call 250-748-7246.

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JENSEN Evelyn Dorothy April 12, 1927 - January 2, 2012 Evelyn was born in Toronto, Ontario on April 12 , 1927. She was predeceased by her parents, two sons Oliver and Paul, two brothers and one sister. She is survived by her loving husband Erik at home. Survived by one sister Barbara in Barrie, Ontario and numerous nieces and nephews. Evelyn loved life, she and Erik enjoyed many happy years together. No service by request, in lieu of ďŹ&#x201A;owers donations may be made to the Salvation Army Cowichan Valley Ministries 280 Trans Canada Highway Duncan, B.C. V9L 3P9 FIRST MEMORIAL FUNERAL SERVICES

DeGRAAF, Raymond In loving memory of Raymond Degraaf December 25, 1961 - January 6, 2012 A memorial service will be held Sunday January 15, 2012, 10 am, H.W. Wallace Centre, 251 Jubilee Street, Duncan. Donations in memory of Raymond may be made to the ALS Society of BC, Cowichan Hospice Society or Nichiren Buddhist Society

TAYLOR, Kevin MacCauley March 5, 1960 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; November 8, 2011 The family of the late Kevin Taylor wishes to announce that a celebration of Kevinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Celebration will be at the Duncan Volunteer Fire Department, 468 Duncan Street, Duncan, B.C. Please bring happy stories and memories.

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Norm passed away after a lengthy struggle with Parkinsons, on January 4th, 2012, in Victoria, B.C., attended by his loving daughters, Linda and Pat and compassionate staff of Gorge Road Hospital Extended Care. Norm was in his 93rd year. He is survived by the love of his life, Gladys, whom he was married to for 71 years, his daughters, Linda and Pat, son, Roy and grandchildren, Jeremy, Holly, Wade, Chris, Laura, Shelley and Scott, great grandchildren, Ashley, Gerry, Sean, Hannah, Macy, Charlie, Kayla and Jacob, great great grandchildren, Jada, Austin and Salena. While born in England, Norm immigrated to Canada in 1951 with his family. He spent many years in Manitoba, Toronto and Georgetown, Ontario, and Maple Bay, B.C. His ďŹ nal years were spent in Victoria, B.C. Norm had a passion for nature, ďŹ shing and hunting, sailing, boating and art. This last decade he indulged in painting works of art for family and friends, undaunted by his Parkinsons Disease. A CELEBRATION OF LIFE service will be held on Saturday, January 14th, 2012 at the Sands Funeral Chapel at 2pm, at 317 Goldstream Ave., Colwood, B.C. Donations can be made to the PaciďŹ c Parkinsons Research Centre. Norm will be greatly missed by many. To leave a condolence, please visit SANDS of COLWOOD 250-478-3821


It is with profound sadness, we announce the sudden passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother Violet Irene Stockford. Mom was a gracious â&#x20AC;&#x153;True Ladyâ&#x20AC;? with a heart of gold whose warmth was felt and appreciated by everyone she touched. She was truly a wonderful person. Mom married Floyd, the love of her life, in Nov. 1952. They moved to Duncan in 1953 where they made their home and raised their family. After they retired Mom and Dad enjoyed many good years of travelling worldwide, but were always happy to return home to spend time with their family whom were all so very important to them. Mom was predeceased by her husband Floyd in 1999 and her son-in-law Erik in 1997. She is survived by her children Edna, Marion (Dana), Darold (Rose) and Gary (Kathy); grandchildren Sean (Kristy), Jennifer (Tyler), Michael (Daniela), Erin (James), Matthew (Andrea), Daniel and Janine; great-grandchildren Jacob, Kaya, Cailin, Nolan, Mason, and newest arrival Alex. A Funeral Service and reception will be held at Sands Funeral Chapel, 187 Trunk Road in Duncan on Wednesday, January 11, at 1:00 pm. A private family burial will be held following the reception. Flowers are gratefully declined. In momâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memory, donations to the Cancer Society would be appreciated. Mom will be missed terribly. She was the best of the best. We love you Mom. SANDS of DUNCAN 250-746-5212

ROBINSON, (nee Bullock), E. Gail April 19, 1943- January 3rd, 2012. Born in Ladysmith, predeceased by her parents Charles and Eileen Bullock. Gail was proud of her three children J.J.J. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; her â&#x20AC;&#x153;greatest joyâ&#x20AC;? and her three beloved grandchildren. Raised in Saltair, Gail was the foundation of her family as they moved throughout the province. The communities of the Kettle Valley, Bella Coola Valley, and Cowichan Valley have been the beneďŹ ciaries of mumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tireless work as a volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society, the Augsburg Ladies Aide Society, the Kettle Valley Regional District, many community theatre productions, and, most recently, as president of the Chemainus District Health Care Auxiliary. Gail loved the outdoors and could create anything. She recycled years before it was cool. She hiked the Inca Trail and was kind enough to let Pops cook on their many cross continent trips in the trailer. Gail was the person who made sure that everyone else was looked after. Her career as a laboratory technician, which she returned to after her children were old enough on their own to ďŹ nish their homework before watching television, was a job where others had the glory of presenting a diagnosis, but her work behind the scenes ďŹ gured it out. Gail was loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing her because she made everyone feel more loved. We are grateful to all the healthcare professionals, neighbours and friends who supported us all. In lieu of ďŹ&#x201A;owers, please volunteer your time to support others. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society in Gailâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name graciously accepted. A grave-side service was held on Friday January 6th, 2012 at Ladysmith Municipal Cemetery followed by a reception at First Memorial Funeral Services in Duncan. FIRST MEMORIAL FUNERAL SERVICES


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WILKINSON George Beck June 8, 1921 - December 31, 2011 George was born on June 8, 1921 in Cobble Hill B.C. He had 9 brothers and sisters and is survived by Bert, Bob, Peggy (Miller) and Chuck. Also 3 children, Laurie Coates, Scott and Norman Wilkinson. Three Grandchildren, Micheal Wilkinson, Mark Coates and Alexandra Coates. One Great Grandchild Josephine Coates. George met Margaret Douglas and they were married on December 18, 1948. George served his country in World war II and was a founding member of the Cobble Hill Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. He was a member of the Rotary International, served as past President of the Calgary South Rotary Club and was a founding member of the Mill Bay Rotary Club. The family would like to express our appreciation and thanks to all the wonderful staff on Unit 3D at Kiwanis Pavilion who cared so lovingly for our father while he was there. Thanks to Cindy Johnson, Ann Aason and Debbie Lewis for all their special care and attention as his care companion. In lieu of ďŹ&#x201A;owers please make donations to the Kiwanas Pavilion, 3034 Cedar Hill Rd. Victoria, B.C. V8T 3J3. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday January 14, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at First Memorial Funeral Services 375 Brae road Duncan, B.C. Reception to follow in the First Memorial Heritage Chapel. FIRST MEMORIAL FUNERAL SERVICES


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JEFFERY, Jack Raymond October 11, 1922 to December 23, 2011 Dad, born in Victoria, passed away after a short illness in Duncan with family and friends at his side. He enjoyed his carpet bowling and conducting his beloved Seniors Choir. His strong will and quick humor will live on in his family. Predeceased by his wife Frankie, and leaves son Kerry (Maryann) and grandchildren Keith , Darren (Joey), Ray (Jen) and great grandchildren Shaya, Ella, Jack and Ana. A celebration of Jackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life will take place at 2PM on February 10th, 2012 at First Memorial Funeral Services, 375 Brae Road, Duncan, BC. FIRST MEMORIAL FUNERAL SERVICES


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SMITH, Maria May 7, 1928 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; January 8, 2012 Passed away peacefully to be with her Lord and Saviour at Cowichan District Hospital on January 8, 2012. Born in the Netherlands, May 7, 1928, Maria was predeceased by her son Osborn in 1986 and husband Walter in 2003. Survived by son Wally (Julie) and grandchildren Christopher and Angel. Also survived by sisters Tina and Pearl and brother Homer. A heartfelt thank you to Dr. Manhas and CDH nursing staff for their exceptional care of Mom in her ďŹ nal days. Sincere appreciation as well to the staff and community of Sherwood House for their many kindnesses and dedication. Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at the Christian Reformed Church, 930 Trunk Road, Duncan. In lieu of ďŹ&#x201A;owers, a donation in Mariaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memory may be made to the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation. Condolences may be shared online at SANDS of DUNCAN 250-746-5212

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A.O.T.S. annual BURNS DINNER & entertainment, Friday January 20, 6pm, 246 Ingram St. Duncan United Church. $20 each. Tickets available at church office. Call 250746-6043 Mon-Fri, 9-12 noon.

ATTENTION RESIDENTIAL School Survivors! If you received the CEP (Common Experience Payment), you may be eligible for further Cash Compensation. To see if you qualify, phone toll free 1-877988-1145 now. Free service!

FOUND, Ladies (prescription?) sunglasses in a black zippered Guess case. Can be claimed at the News Leader Pictorial office next to Buckerfields.

BRING THE family! Sizzling specials at Florida’s best beach! New Smyrna Beach, Florida. See it all at: or call 1-800-214-0166

AIRLINES ARE Hiring- Train for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified- Housing available. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance (877)818-0783.

FOUND - left at the News Leader Pictorial before Christmas, Ladies glasses, (maybe reading or prescription?), silver colour arms. Call 250-7464451 ext 222 or drop in to the News Leader Pictorial office, #2-5380 TCH, Duncan,BC

DATING SERVICE. LongTerm/Short-Term Relationships, Free to Try!!! 1-877297-9883. Live intimate conversation, Call: #4011 or 1888-534-6984. Live adult 1on1 Call: 1-866-311-9640 or #4010. Meet Local Single Ladies. 1-877-804-5381. (18+).


Become a Psychiatric Nurse - train locally via distance education, local and/or regional clinical placements and some regional classroom delivery. Wages start at $30.79/hr to $40.42/hr. This 23 month program is recognized by the CRPNBC. Gov’t funding may be available. Toll-free 1-87-STENBERG

DOG LOVERS! Enjoy a healthy, profitable career as a professional dog trainer. Government accredited program student loans and grants. Ben Kersen & the Wonderdogs.



CALL FOR ENTRIES 10TH ANNUAL Kitty Coleman Woodland Art & Bloom Festival. Fine Art and Quality Crafts Juried Show. Presented in a spectacular outdoor setting May 19,20, 21 Applications for Artisans are available at or phone 250-338-6901

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS CARDS OF THANKS Daughters of the Nile & Sunset Chapter #44 O.E.S. wish to thank all the customers who supported the Xmas Gift Wrap & to the merchants who supported us, especially the Shoe Warehouse and the Duncan Mall staff.



LOST RING. Diamond wedding, with watch, vicinity Fuller Lake arena. (250)416-0385. MISSING DOG - Inca. Husky/ Malamute/ Shepard cross. Greyish, black creamy coloured hair. Black tip on tail. White/blue eyes.250 737 1800

COWICHAN SECONDARY DRY GRAD COMMITTEE asks for your bottle/can recycling donations. Please recycle at Cowichan Valley Bottle Depot on Norcross Rd under the name Cowichan Senior Secondary Dry Grad 2012. Thank you in advance for your donations!!!

The News Leader Pictorial office is holding several sets of “found” keys”, since March 2003. Stop into the office and see if any belong to you. #2-5380 Trans Canada Hwy, Duncan, next to Buckerfields

TRAVEL & are partnering for Discussion and Medical Marijuana Farmer’s Market in Victoria or Nanaimo. Seeking Registered Charities with venue to host 1-day event for 15% of gross sales. (10’s of thousands$?) Health Canada license. Info:


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GETAWAYS Missing on Riverbottom Rd Large Gold & White Golden Lab/Boxer Cross His left rear leg is injured Has a blue collar w/red heart tag Answers to “Garth” and is very missed by his owner. Reward for info leading to his return. Please call Keith with any info (250)748-7485


FOUND COAT layer in zipperd fabric pouch/bag, Valley View prkg lot. (250)743-3595.

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Questions? PHONE OR COME INTO THE OFFICE AT CORONATION AND BRAE. Local people supporting the Cowichan Valley. We live here, we work here, we play here


LONG BEACH - Ucluelet Deluxe waterfront cabin, sleeps 6, BBQ.Storm watchers 2 nights $239 / 3 nights $299. Pets Okay. Rick 604-306-0891

If you are new to the Neighbourhood call one of these representatives for your FREE Basket of Gifts. Community Welcome David Diana Pam

Tel: 250/ 748-2134

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Baby & Community Pat 250-748-6740 250-746-4236 Pam 250-749-4165 250-246-4463 Business & Professional 250-749-4165 Welcome: Myrna 250-746-1977 Website:

Let’s get personal… the right person is out there somewhere! let us help you find them... We know there are hundreds of singles in our community. Advertise your single status seven times per week (up to 10 lines of text) for FREE! Don’t have an email address to publish in your ad? Rent one of our file numbers for $10/month. *must be 19 years of age to participate

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A NIFTY 90! The infamous ex-dairy farmer Asger Dam is celebrating 90 years young on January 17th. Join family and friends with an open house celebration on Saturday, January 14th at 540 Al Wilson Grove in Duncan from 1-4 pm Bring your smile and no gifts please. PLEASE NOTE: Because of the security of the building here, there will be someone at the door to let you in from 1 - 1:45. After that you will need to call 250-701-1951 or 710-7656 so we can come down to let you in.

Unit 2, 5380 Trans Canada Hwy., Duncan 250-746-4471 PERSONALS


EVEREADY Bunny man 50 and single, seeks a really nice Eveready Bunny woman who’s carrot patch is in the Cowichan Valley. You should be a nonsmoking rabbit, who likes her Marley-moments. Reply to File A960, c/o the News Leader Pictorial, #2-5380 Trans Canada Highway, Duncan, BC, V9L 6W4

WANTED SINGLE female between 22 & 43, who would like a loyal, responsible man who’s lovable, cute and a fighter for rights, who will be loyal to each other. Long term relationship/matrimony. Reply to File A 962, c/o the News Leader Pictorial, #2-5380 Trans Canada Highway, Duncan, BC V9L 6W4

WIDOWED 63 year old retired physically fit man seeking a lady the same age, for friendship & commitment. Camping, walking, fishing, dogs & more. Reply to File A 961, c/o the News Leader Pictorial, #2-5380 Trans Canada Highway, Duncan, BC V9L 6W4


ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS to Every Hunter in BC! Advertise in The BC Hunting Regulations Synopsis 2012-2014 publication. Increased circulation 250,000 copies! Tremendous Reach, Two Year Edition! Contact Annemarie at 1 800 661 6335 or

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Duncan: 1 bdrm suites Close to Beverly Corners, 4 blk to University, on bus route. Updated; new flooring, new paint & some new fixtures. $550-$625. Heat/hot water incld’d. NS/NP, refs.




REQUIRED IMMEDIATELY: Long log trucks for the winter season in Fort St James, BC local haul. Contact: Steve @ Newland Enterprises: 250996-8838. Good rates, good haul.

Production Welders

DROWNING IN Debts? Helping Canadians 25 years. Lower payments by 30%, or cut debts 70% thru Settlements. Avoid bankruptcy! Free consultation. Toll Free 1-877-5563500

HELP WANTED Alberta earthmoving company requires a Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic. You will work in a modern shop and also have mechanics truck for field work. The job is at Edson, Alberta. We require that you have experience on Cat crawlers and or Deere excavators. Call Lloyd at (780)723-5051.

Pacific Energy a leading manufacturer of quality wood and gas stoves, has immediate openings for Production Welders. Competitive wage rates, a comprehensive benefits program fully paid by the company are all reasons to consider a career at Pacific Energy.


IMMEDIATE POSITION available for FT person to manage C Store, applicant must have good customer skills, be able to deal with staff, scheduling, ordering & inventory. Please reply to McBrides Service Station, 9616 Chemainus Rd. No phone calls please.

INDEPENDENT ELECTRIC & Controls Ltd. Hiring immediately, Western Canada locations: Electrical/Instrumentation; Journeyman/Apprentices. Oilfield/Industrial experience an asset. Standard safety tickets required. Email resume: referencing job # CAJIJE003. M I L LW R I G H T / M E C H A N I C REQUIRED – Full time position. Vancouver Island Chip Plant. Welding experience an asset. Union wage, full benefit package. Please contact joanne.stone

VOLUNTEERS Do you ever ask yourself How can _I_ make a difference? Contact us, and together we can plant the seeds of change, because Volunteers Grow Community. 250-748-2133

LINE COOK required for the Oak & Carriage Pub. Minimum at least 3 years experience. Call Gerry or Lloyd at 250-746-4144 for interview. P/T AFTER SCHOOL care position available immediately. Must have experience with school age children. Competitive wage with room for advancement. Call (250)7012906

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PETS PETS MORKIE PUPS 3 males, 1 female. Non shredding. House raised with kids. Paper trained. 8 weeks old. $500. 250-6441620



FRIGIDAIRE Washer & Dryer, $400 obo, 4 yrs old, 1 owner. (250) 246-4182

FRIENDLY FRANK 3 HAND crochet table clothes, vintage, $30. Call (250)2453952.




5 CORDS of Mill ends, $295 delivered. Or you pick up, $50 pickup load. Call us at (250)416-0069.



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.


OLDER 3 Bdrm trailer in 55+ park, Gibbins Rd. Fixer upper. Pet ok. Call 250-709-4444

Call: 1-250-616-9053 MOBILE HOMES & PARKS

RENTALS APARTMENT/CONDO MOVING to Retirement home, household item sale. By appointment 250-597-2889

STEEL BUILDINGS End of season deals! Overstock must go - make an offer! Free delivery to most areas. Call to check inventory and free brochure 1-800-668-5111 ext 170

PARK WEST APTS 55 Bay Street Stes avail. - some immed. 1 Bdrms from $875; 2 bdrms from $1125. Close to Victoria downtown, Save-On, Starbucks & transportation. Please Call Wendy 250-590-7505 Email:

REAL ESTATE HOUSES FOR SALE 2 BDRM apt located in Tansor Industrial Park, F/S, W/D, elec/gas heat, large sundeck, N/P. Avail now. $800. (250)701-1919 or 250-7011914

JEWELS, FURS BUY, SELL, Watches, Estate Jewellery, Gold, Diamonds, Repairs, Custom designs. St. Thomas Gold & Silver, 895 Fort Street, Victoria, 250-3807698.

$500/MO STARTING- weekly available, many apartment types, furnished, w/common kitchen. All utils, internet included. FREE local calls, No Credit Checks. Call Motel, 250-748-0661, (Duncan).

MEDICAL SUPPLIES CAN’T GET Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift! Call 1-866-9815991

CENTRAL LOCATION, Bachelor, 1 & 2 bdrms, balcony, F/S, hot water, parking, pet considered, $525$850/mo. Call 250-748-7764. CHEMAINUS: 55+ Senior building, main floor, 1 bdrm. N/P N/S. $515.00/mo. Avail. now. (250)246-4221

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE BIG BUILDING Sale. Clearance sale you don’t want to miss! 20X26 $4995. 25X34 $6460. 30X44 $9640. 40X70 $17,945. 47X90 $22,600. One end included. Pioneer Steel: 1800-668-5422.

CLEAN, SPACIOUS, 2-bdrm, top floor, 5 appls, laminate floors, 2525 Dingwall St., $750 mo, call 1-(250)474-0545. CLEAN, SPACIOUS, reno’d 1-bdrm, top floor, W/D, 2525 Dingwall St., $625 mo, call 1-(250)474-0545.

CAN’T GET Up your stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help! No obligation consultation. Comprehensive warranty. Can be installed in less than 1 hour. Call now 1-866-981-6591.

CLOSE TO Cowichan Bay: 1 bdrm apt., ocean front, 6 appl’s, NS/NP, $800. Feb. 1. (250)715-1789,(250)732-3304. CROFTON, BRIGHT, 1 bdrm, ground level, quiet bldg, W/D in suite, patio, $650/mo + utils. Avail now. Call (250) 416-0053 after 6pm.

HERITAGE PAWN BARGAINS!! Fortress 4-wheel scooter, Dewalt 12-inch mitre saw, snare drum, Nuance surround speakers, trumpets, air pistol, Icom VHF handheld radio. 430 Whistler. 250-746-9810.

FIR and CEDAR firewood for sale, $175 cord. Phone 250749-4180

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CROFTON- BRIGHT 2 bdrm, insuite lndry, parking. (Immed) $780 + utils. 250-210-0756.


WETHERBY APTS FOR SENIORS ONLY 55+ Spacious stes Avail. - some immed. Bach $750; 1 bdrm $890; 2 bdrms $1075 & up. Close to buses, Hillside Mall, doctors, dentists all within walking distance. Seniors lifestyle of convenience & comfort. On site laundry, social room. Staff available. Please call Bonny 250-598-1650 Email: SEAGATE APTS 707 Esquimalt Road Stes avail. - some immed. 1 bdrm $875 & up; 2 bdrms $1010 & up. Indoor pool, exercise rm and many other fitness amenities. Full view of Strait of Juan de Fuca. Please call Sylvia 250-383-1731 Email:

HIDDEN JEWEL Adult oriented, near Cowichan Aquatic Centre, large 1 bdrm, top floor, faces south, lrg balcony. New carpets, appliances, paint. Rent inclds heat & hot water. $675. (250) 748-1304.

DUNCAN: 2524 Lewis St. 2 bdrm condo, second floor, corner unit, 5 appls, new laminate floors. N/S. Avail. immediately. $875./mo, lease. Call (250)477-8046,(250)883-3204.

LADYSMITH: BRAND new 3 bdrm, 3 bath, 1600 sq.ft. townhome, 5 appls, pet friendly, $1450/mo. Call 250-245-8997. LADYSMITH, LIKE new, 1 yr old, 2 bdrm, 2 bath condo, 1250 sq ft, 360 degree ocean view, 5 appls, pet friendly, $1195 mo, 250-245-8997. LADYSMITH, LUXURY 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 2 F/P, 5 appls, 2 decks, fab ocean views, pet friendly, $1395, 250-245-8997



DUNCAN: 1 & 2-bdrm, 5 appls, close to School, Hospital and bus route. $650-$800 utils. Lv msg: 250-597-4018.


DUNCAN: 2 bdrm condo, near VIU, lrg master with walking closet, insuite laundry with storage, F/S, D/W. NS/NP. $875+ utils. Available immed.. Call 250-710-0881. DUNCAN: COZY 1 bdrm, laundry, cable/internet incld’d. New construction. $650. Call (250)701-8259. DUNCAN in town, avail Feb 1st., quiet 2 bdrm apt. 6 appliances, $900-$950. 250-2466626 or 250-746-4016 DUNCAN- SUITS responsible, clean tenant(s), 1 bdrm + den condo. D/W, ensuite W/D, NS/NP. Available Now. References req’d. $725. Call (250)746-7389. GORGE VIEW APT 258 Gorge Road East Stes avail. - Some Immed. 1 Bdrm $860; 2 Bdrms $1120; 2 Bdrm & den $1125. Amenities incl’s indoor pool, fitness facilities, above grnd and parkade pkg, on site laundry. Onsite staff avail. Please call Sue or Elena 250-380-6566 Email:

PANASONIC KX-T7433C Digital Phone System; Complete with 19 handsets. Excellent condition, perfect for start-up office. Will accept best offer. 604-363-1397.

IF YOU own a home or real estate, Alpine Credits can lend you money: It’s that simple. your credit/age/income is not an issue. 1-800-587-2161.


DRU YOGA- Mill Bay. Gentle, energizing, Thursdays in January, 5:30pm-7:00pm. Call Bobbie at 250-743-1010 or email:

Brian 250-746-8698

GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420.

HUSBAND FOR HIRE. Nothing but the best. Carpenter, plumber, painter, electrician, pressure washing. Just ask my wife! Call 250-746-4493 or 250-709-1111


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HARWOOD FORD SALES, needs Licensed Automotive Technicians, 1 hours from Calgary, Alberta. New Millenium Ford Dealership, state-ofthe-art technical equipment. 14 service bays, unlimited flat rate hours, in the heart of oil country. Send resume Joel Nichols, Fax 403-362-2921 Email:

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Please deliver your resume in person to 2975 Allenby Rd., Duncan to the attention of Chuck Richardson or come in and fill out an application form. Seeking a proven leader to fill the position of shift supervisor. Applicant must have strong customer service and people skills. Must be able to direct staff of all ages while maintaining a fun and enjoyable working environment. Experience and flexible schedule an asset. Please apply in person at DQ Duncan, 328 Trans Canada Hwy. No phone calls please.


Become a Psychiatric Nurse in your own community There is an urgent need for more Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN), particularly outside the urban areas of the province. And with the workforce aging – the average age of a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in BC is 47 years – the number of retirees from the profession is exceeding the number of graduates. Entry-level earnings start at $30.79/hour to $40.42/hour. Train Locally – The only program of its kind in BC, students can learn within their local communities via distance education, local and/or regional clinical placements, and some regional classroom delivery. This 23 month program is accredited by the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC (CRPNBC). Government student loans, Employment & Labour Market Services (ELMS), band funding & other financing options available to qualified applicants.

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COBBLE HILL- 1 bdrm cabin. Also, serviced RV pad on farmland. Call (250) 743-4392

DUNCAN, 3 bdrm. house, quiet street, $1200/mo. Avail now. (250)748-0691


DUNCAN: 55+, 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath, Pet considered, N/S. $1250+ util’s. (250)746-7435.

CLOSE TO Hospital, brand new small 1 bdrm, ground level suite, $625 incl’s cable, internet, hotwater, W/D, private patio entrance, & parking. N/S (possibly 1 indoor cat). Ref’s req. Feb 1. (250)748-2440

NEAR SHAWNIGAN Village, 1 bdrm, own electric meter, W/D, F/S, dishwasher. Quiet, parking, NS/NP $695./mo. Avail Feb. 1. (250)361-6193.

MAPLE GROVE APTS. 3271 Cowichan Lake Rd 2 & 3 Bedroom Units _____________________

*Heat & Hot water included *Family oriented *Clean & quiet *Renovated units *Indoor Pets welcome *Onsite Laundry Facilities _____________________

Call (250) 710-7515 to view SHAUGHNESSY GARDENS 3251 Cowichan Lake Rd. Clean 2 bdrm units. Full size fridge, stove & dishwasher. Carpet & linoleum, window coverings, fireplace. Quiet, well maintained bldg with elevator & sauna. Close to Schools & Hospitals. To view call Dorcas (250)710-7515 250-748-3412

YOUBOU- 2 bdrm, garden, lrg yrd, prkg, on bus route, pets ? laundry. $575. (250)210-0756

APARTMENTS FURNISHED DUNCAN- (8 km north) Furnished studio apartment, on 8 acres. Laundry, satellite, heat, hydro. $575. (250)748-1310.

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL AVAILABLE NOW 7000 sq.ft. store front with excellent exposure, overhead doors, ample parking. 250-748-9622

DUPLEXES/4PLEXES 3 BDRM SxS duplex, 1 1/2 bath, F/S, W/D hookup, fresh paint/carpet. Lrg sep yard & shed, close to all amenities, N/P. $950/m. 250-715-5685 days, 250-748-7354 after 6pm, Avail Feb 1st. CHEMAINUS, 1bdrm, W/D, F/S, Feb 1st. Small pet considered. $625 (250)748-0393 COBBLE HILL- 2 bdrm sxs duplex, 5 appls, shop, separate W/D, renovated. $950+ utils. (250)743-4767. CROFTON. SPACIOUS 2bdrm. F/S, fireplace, nice yard, carport, laundry. $825/mo. 250-748-4253, 250-715-5810. DUNCAN: BRAND new 3 bdrm, 3 bath, duplex. $1500/mo. Call (250)360-7993 DUNCANCHARMING 2 bdrm upper, natural gas F/P, 5 new appls (W/D), newly reno’d, french doors onto balcony, fenced yrd, storage, paved prkg, close to University. N/S. $975/mo. Call (250)746-8182. MUST BE SEEN! Ocean view 2 bdrm, large kitchen, living & dining room. F&S. $775/m. 250-246-4231, 250-715-5524

DUNCAN. CLEAN, Quiet, older trailer in private area. Walk to town. $385.+ hydro. N/S, Ref’s req’d. (250)597-3756. NEW Mill Bay Mobile Home. 1000 sq.ft., 2 Br / 2 Ba. Fridge, stove, D/W & laundry hook-up, sm. yard. No Smk. Pets Neg. 2 homes available. $900. Call Ash 1-250-661-4066

HOMES FOR RENT 2 BDRM bungalow, $1000/mo. Utilities’s not incl.. Available immediately (250)732-1965 3 BDRM, 2800 sq.ft., wooded lot, near Shawnigan Village. W/D/FS, DW., N/S, N/P. $1300/mo + util (250)743-2522 AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY. Two bedroom home for rent. The house was recently renovated with a new kitchen and bathroom. Laundry facilities were also installed. There is an oil furnace as well as baseboard heat for your option. The renter is responsible for utilities and we prefer not to have pets but are open to the discussion. A damage deposit of one months rent is required. The home is at 263 - 2nd Street Duncan if you would like to drive by to see the location. To arrange viewings call Celine at 250-413-7213 . CHEMAINUS: 2 bdrm upper lvl duplex. Bright, open floor plan, 180 degree ocean view, built-in vacuum, 5 appl’s, large deck, fireplace $900. NS/NP. Call (250)416-0062. CHEMAINUS: BRIGHT, clean, spacious suite with lovely garden, beautiful ocean view, very large bdrm can be divided in 2 rooms, workshop, laundry, non-smokers only, no dogs, cat ok, 10149 Victoria Road, call 604-786-1600 or t a x m a t t e r s @ t a x m a t t e r s. c a $650/mo. Avail immed. Check Craigslist for photos.

EXECUTIVE HOME 4000 sq.ft. Cowichan Valley Hwy, with great view, 4 bdrm, 3 1/2 bath, 2 fireplaces plus approx. 1 acre horse paddock. Available immediately, $2500 per month, utilities not included. For viewing, contact 250240-2891 or 250-248-0015.

COWICHAN BAY: 1bdrm grnd level, sep. ent., NS/NP. $650 incls. utils & lndry. Avail. Jan. 1st. Call 250-743-3755.

MILL BAY: Completely reno’d, 1200 sq ft, 2 bdrm mobile home in adult section (45+), Cedar Creek Trailer Park. Hardwood floors, 1.5 bath. No Smoking, N/P, only pad rental included. (Must be seen). Avail now, $975/mo. Call and leave message @ 250-743-3431 1250-477-6155.

DUNCAN, NEW 1 bdrm main level, quiet person, sep ent/parking, private, F/S, W/D, N/S, N/P, $725. Utils incl. Avail immed. Call 250-746-1867.

MILL BAY, main floor of country home, beautiful ocean views, priv patio, shared utils, $1100 mo. 250-743-5090. North Cowichan, small 1 bdrm house, large lot, F/S, W&D, separate garage, N/S,N/P. $700. (250)746-5290 YOUBOU- LAKE view, reno’d 3bdrm W/D, woodstove, refs, $950. 1-250-653-9898.

OFFICE/RETAIL DOWNTOWN DUNCAN 2500 sq.ft. 6 separate offices, reception, conference area & kitchen, 2nd floor, AC,. $1175/mo. 250-715-6880. DUNCAN: RETAIL space for lease, highway exposure, A/C, ample parking. 250-748-8671

PASTURE BARN and pasture for rent. Cowichan Station area. (250)748-8818 evenings.

SUITES, LOWER CHEMAINUS BACHELOR, kitchenette, W/D. Private bath & entrance. Walk to town. $600 utils incld. Available Now. Call (250)246-1546.



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DUNCAN, George St., 2 bdrm, level entry, sep entrance & driveway. Shared WD. Incl’s hydro. Ref’. Jan 1. $750/mo. (250)710-6430 after 5pm

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Hawks take over Ärst with sweep of Bruins Mill Bay Rec Hockey: Spotts and Grant lead a surge by the Bucs to get back into the race Don Bodger

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Close call for shot rock calls for a measurement, above, with Blair Cusack of the Wes Craig rink conducting the honours while Glen Allen awaits the outcome on behalf of his team in the A event Änal of the Duncan men’s curling bonspiel’s 60th anniversary event. Below, another rock is about to be added to a crowded house, as Jim Machell and Craig Burton conduct furious sweeping for Gerald Poelman’s rink.

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he celebration of 60 years for the Duncan Curling Club’s men’s bonspiel will go down as a landmark event. The designation of the club as the Glen Harper Curling Centre was complemented by some superb play on the ice by the participating 34 teams. “We’re already calling it the Harper Centre,’’ said Wes Craig, who played in the Duncan Iron Works A event ¿nal. “You’ve got to shorten it a bit. “I think Glen deserves all the honours. He’s done a lot for that club.’’ The weekend also featured a big 50th birthday bash for Gerald Poelman. “Everything kind of happened all at once,’’ said bonspiel chair Sandy Rai. The Victoria rink of Dennis Sutton, Neil Danger¿eld, Darren Boden and skipped by Glen Allen won the A event over Craig’s new senior team combination of Blair Cusack, Tony Anslow and Kevin Britt 8-5. “They’re a pretty good team,’’ said Craig. “They’re old teammates of mine.’’ Craig has played extensively over the years with Danger¿eld and Sutton. Craig’s senior team is gearing up for playdowns in a couple of weeks. “It’s nice to get in a couple of spiels beforehand,’’ said Craig.

Britt is the newcomer to the group. Craig was down one when the Sutton rink scored two in the eighth for the win. “The ice was great all weekend,’’ praised Craig. “Everything went really well. Rai said it was a great ¿eld of out-of-town rinks. “Two or three from Vancouver and Campbell River,’’ he noted, were matched up with the strong Duncan, Kerry Park and Lake Cowichan local contingent as well as Victorians. Third place in the A event went to the Gallant rink of Port Coquitlam, with the Percival rink of Duncan in fourth. Jim Bangle’s Duncan team that included Kevin Lamont and Rick Cargill held the lead all the way

and won the Creative Woodcraft B event ¿nal over Don Vermiere of Victoria 8-5. Duncan’s Bob Gallaugher and Kertz rinks were third and fourth, respectively. The Leon Signs C event was won by Frank Smith of Nanaimo over locals Gerald Poelman, Graham Smith, Craig Burton and Jim Machell. Poelman tied it in the eighth, but Frank Smith prevailed in an extra end. The Webb rink of Nanaimo came third and Duncan’s Mattin rink ¿nished fourth.



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Randy Thiessen and his Kerry Park rinkmates captured top honours in the Ingram Pharmacy D event over Chris and Jason Waters, Tanner McQuarrie and Chris Blom. Thiessen took an early lead and never looked back, wrapping up the game in six ends.

he Mill Bay Rec Hockey League has never seen a closer race this late in the season. Four of the league’s ¿ve teams still have a chance at ¿rst place with just a few nights remaining on the 28-game schedule. Statistics released by league president Al Johnson at the 20-game mark are one thing, but results since the start of the new year have tightened the standings up even more. “Everybody except the Cowboys, all four of them have a shot,’’ said Johnson. As of Jan. 2. the Bruins were leading with 26 points followed by the Hawks at 25, Titans at 23 and the Buccaneers at 18. The Cowboys were at the back of the pack with 11. Since then, the Hawks played the Bruins in back-to-back games and won both 5-2 and 4-2. As a result, the Hawks have taken over ¿rst place with 29 points and the Bruins are stuck at 26. The Bruins are in a bit of a bind, having lost star player Trevor Greco for the duration of the season due to work commitments. At the same time, the Bucs have made a signi¿cant move to gain on the other frontrunners by beating the Titans 10-4 and the Cowboys 14-4. Aaron Spotts and Jordan Grant, formerly of the B.C. Hockey League’s Cowichan Valley Capitals, have ignited the surge of the Bucs with their proli¿c scoring abilities. “They’re on a line together,’’ said Johnson. “They’re really good.’’ Spotts and Grant have been teamed up with either Corey Turcotte or Curt Steacy to put the Bucs back in contention with 22 points. They’re now one back of the Titans, who still have 23 but hold a game

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in hand. The Titans are a dynamite team with Rodney Lavoie in the lineup, but he works in Alberta and only plays a couple of games a month. Without Lavoie, the Titans haven’t done nearly as well. “When he shows up, he offsets Grant and Spotts,’’ said Johnson. It’s all created some intriguing matchups in the league and there’s more on the way, as league action resumes Wednesday. “It’s getting really tight,’’ conceded Johnson. The Bucs are heading into back-to-back games against the Hawks and could move up the ladder even more with victories. The Titans are in a good situation with back-to-back games against the Cowboys to ¿nish the season and back-to-back with the Hawks before that. Meanwhile, Johnson announced the league’s all-star festivities, normally held in early January, will now take place during the ¿nal day of the year on March 31. Excluding the games played since New Year’s, Tanner Wiersma of the Hawks was leading the league in scoring with 45 points. A.J. Dzhevelekyan of the Bruins was second with 37 points, the Bucs’ Trevor Gicas was next with 33, Tylor Branzsen of the Bruins and the Titans’ Garrett Burnside each had 32, Spotts and Keegan Young of the Cowboys were both at 31, B. Wallace of the Hawks and Greco followed at 29 and John Dewar of the Bruins rounded out the top 10 at 28. Dzhevelekyan still led the scoring race for the Kevin Ng memorial trophy with 25, but had Wiersma close on his heels at 24. Gicas and Wallace were both at the 20-goal mark. Wallace was the power-play goal-scoring leader with ¿ve. Rob Wakelin tops the list of highest-scoring defencemen with 18. Dan Currie of the Hawks sports a 4.00 goals against average to lead goalies.

Lauren King-Nyberg Loads of basketball talent is packaged within diminutive Lauren KingNyberg. The Duncan Christian School junior girls’ basketball team point guard keeps improving with every game. King-Nyberg, 14, a Grade 9 student at DCS, isn’t afraid to take the three-point shot and goes hard on the rebounds and defense. All facets of her game are coming together well, as King-Nyberg showed during the B.C. Christian Schools tournament. “She always gives it her all,’’ said Whitney Toporowski, who assists coach Michelle King with the DCS team. King-Nyberg just started playing organized basketball in Grade 8. “I have just been playing with my brothers and stuff for a while,’’ she said. “It’s a great sport. I love it.’’ King-Nyberg scored 19 points in a tournament game against Unity. Don Bodger



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Reid and rinkmates the B.C. junior men’s curling champions

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Duncan’s Nolan Reid and his Victoria teammates are heading to the national championships after winning the junior men’s provincial curling crown in Victoria. Reid played second for a rink skipped by Josh Hozack that

included Corey Chester at third and Zac Capron at lead. The team begins competition in the nationals at Napanee, Ont. on Feb. 4. Reid and company beat North Shore Winter Club’s Patrick McEachran 3-2 in a barnburner

final. “At the end of the round robin, we were 4-3,’’ said Reid. “We had to play two tiebreakers and then we had the semi and the final. “We just picked it up. I guess we started playing a bit harder — do or die situation.’’

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here’s plenty of room for improvement, but members of the Duncan Christian School junior girls’ basketball team are in the right frame of mind. Despite losing all three games in the B.C. Christian Schools junior girls’ tournament, the DCS girls took many positives from the experience. “We’ve got a young team,’’ said coach Michelle King. “They’re playing in a junior league — they’re in Grade 8 and Grade 9.’’ The older Grade 10 players on the other teams in the tournament obviously had a distinct advantage. The Grade 8 DCS players have stepped up and are learning the ropes

quickly. “We’ve only had ¿ve practices so far,’’ said King. “They did a smashing job of covering when the Grade 9s needed a break. “We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us having just started our season. They’re a very gutsy group. I love the group. They’re just so great.’’ M.E.I. of Abbotsford won the championship, beating Paci¿c Christian handily 66-40 at the DCS gym. Abbotsford took third by virtue of its 60-25 triumph over Credo while Surrey Christian knocked off Paci¿c Academy 44-20 in the ¿fth-sixth game, Langley topped Unity 29-19 in the seventh-eighth game and Richmond Christian prevailed over DCS 38-15 to decide the ninth and 10th places. DCS lost its opening game to

Surrey 64-34 despite 19 points from Darby Rae. Lauren King-Nyberg was on ¿re in the second game. She scored all 13 of her team’s fourth-quarter points and ¿nished with 19 in a 59-31 loss to Unity. Rae added another 10 points. “We’re doing good for our ¿rst games of the season,’’ said King-Nyberg. “It’ll get better near the end.’’ The girls gained con¿dence with each game and took more shots. Grace Tadrus of M.E.I. was the tournament MVP. All-stars included: Taylor Claggett (M.E.I.), Erin Olsen (Paci¿c Christian), Moriah Konynenbelt (Abbotsford), Robyn Floastra (Credo), Tess Noort (Surrey), Justina Johl (Paci¿c Academy), Laura Jung (Langley), Andrea Van Ryk (Unity), Erika DyNing (Richmond) and Samantha Davison (DCS).

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The basketball’s like a hot potato, as Janny Chan of the Richmond Christian Eagles battles with Duncan Christian Chargers’ Samantha Davison and Lauren King-Nyberg during a B.C. Christian Secondary Schools junior girls’ basketball tournament game Saturday at the Duncan Christian School gym.

Rennie, Hawthorne form a brick wall in the Bantam Caps’ net Great goaltending: Cowichan Valley’s dynamic duo shuts the door during Peninsula tournament playoff games to offset the lack of consistent scoring Don Bodger

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reat goaltending can make all the difference at any level of hockey. The Cowichan Valley Apex Landscaping Bantam Tier 1 Capitals received exceptional goaltending during playoff games that propelled the team to the championship of the Peninsula Eagle Cup hockey tournament over the holidays. “That’s basically why we won those games,’’ said coach Randy Beggs matter-of-factly. “They played well. They de¿nitely did their part — that’s for sure.’’ The Caps’ Ty Rennie was the team MVP in a 2-1 semi¿nal win over Port Alberni. And John Hawthorne garnered MVP honours by shutting out Powell River 2-0 in the ¿nal. “That, to me, pretty much summed it


Giant trophy is the focus of a raucous celebration from the Cowichan Valley Bantam Tier 1 Capitals during the Peninsula tournament. up for the last two games,’’ said Beggs. “The team played well, but we didn’t generate too much offense.’’ Andrew Jack tallied both goals

against Port Alberni. The defence corps was also solid in front of Rennie. Liam Craig and Jack scored in the ¿nal and Hawthorne did the rest,

stymieing every Powell River attempt on net. Reaching the ¿nal required a concentrated effort on the part of all the players. “In the round robin, we took care of business,’’ said Beggs. The Caps opened the tournament by edging Racquet Club 3-2 on goals by Keegan Bissett, Steven Robertson and Tanner Tiel. Ryan Hogg was the Caps’ MVP for the game. A 4-1 victory over Nanaimo followed, as Jack netted a pair of goals and earned MVP status. Robertson and Dawson Haines had the other markers. The Caps then beat Victoria 6-1 behind the two-goal efforts of Hogg and Jack. Single markers were added by Josh Anderson and Haines while Brendon Penner’s ¿ne defensive work earned him the MVP award. The Caps closed out the round robin with a 3-2 loss to Powell River.

Robertson had both goals and standout defenceman Anderson was named the MVP. The loss only made the Caps more determined and they wreaked revenge on Powell River in the ¿nal. The only concern for Beggs following the tournament was the offensive output. “We just don’t have that natural goalscorer on our team,’’ he said. The team returned to league play Saturday and found more scoring in a 6-4 triumph over Comox. But Tiel’s goal in the last 30 seconds was all the Caps could muster Sunday in a 5-1 defeat against Juan de Fuca. An exhibition game Saturday against Saanich will be followed by a league meeting against Racquet Club Sunday. “They’re top of the league,’’ Beggs said of Racquet Club. “That’s a pretty tall order.’’ Playoffs start during the ¿rst weekend of February. Your Community


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Amazing road record continues with Äve more points Settling the scores: Caps now need to make Cowichan Arena an unpleasant place for visitors with many crucial games coming up Don Bodger

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he road warriors are ready for a more balanced schedule. After playing the last six straight games on the road, the Cowichan Valley Capitals are still in ¿rst place in the B.C. Hockey League’s Coastal Conference. They haven’t played a home game since Dec. 14 and are looking forward to their Cowichan Arena return tonight (Wednesday) at 7 p.m. against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. The Caps are 13-3-3 away from home after winning 7-4 over the Bulldogs in Port Alberni Friday night, defeating the Chiefs 3-1 in Chilliwack Saturday and gaining a point from a 5-4 overtime loss to the Express in Coquitlam Sunday afternoon. The Caps have played so many of these three games-in-three nights weekends this season, it would have been understandable if they’d come up short a few times. But this team shows no signs of falling victim to what’s been a brutal schedule since midNovember. “Other than tired and a bit of fatigue here and there, it’s been good,’’ said Caps’ associate coach and general manager Jim Ingram. “You don’t see it that much,’’ he conceded of the Caps’ amazing road record. “We keep it real simple.’’ Only the powerhouse Penticton Vees have a better road record at 18-3-1. It’s no coincidence the Vees are No. 1 in the national Junior A rankings and the Caps have climbed into No. 17. Ingram missed Friday’s game while heading to Kelowna on a recruiting trip but was back behind the bench with Dale Purinton Saturday and Sunday on the Lower Mainland. “It was a decent weekend,’’ said Ingram. “It just didn’t quite ¿nish up the way we wanted.’’ The Caps were leading the Express 4-2 but gave up two late goals. Taylor Bourne’s tally with 3:10 remaining cut the margin to one and then

the Express capitalized on a power play with 45 seconds left. Brady Shaw completed the Express comeback with the winner at 1:39 of overtime. “They’re super-skilled,’’ said Ingram of the surging Express. “They’re opportunistic. They live off their power play. “We’ll just keep plugging away at her and control ourselves.’’ The Caps’ big guns made a big impact. Matt Brown and newly-acquired Brett Knowles both had seven-point weekends while Devin Gannon tallied ¿ve and remains in the top 10 in league scoring. Knowles’ experience showed in all three games. “He sets up well,’’ said Ingram. “Matty Brown likes to shoot.’’ It’s a dynamite combination that’s sure to keep opposition teams running around the rest of the season. Jacob Charles, Gannon, Brown and Brayden Sherbinin scored goals for the Caps against the Express. Brady Rouleau made his second straight start in net and stopped 28 shots. In Chilliwack, Brown had the game’s lone goal after the second period. Knowles scored the eventual winner early in the third and Logan Proulx put the game away in the last three minutes. The Caps netted four goals in the second period against Alberni. Seven different players scored, including rookie Steen Cooper in his ¿rst game since being selected the valley’s No. 16 top youth athlete of 2011. Brandon Mistal, Charles, Troy Paterson, Proulx, Brown and Gannon had the other goals. The Caps made the dif¿cult decision not to retain Brendon MacDonald, who’s been on an af¿liate player card, due to an abundance of 20year-olds. MacDonald has since caught on with the division rival Powell River Kings. “He’s a great kid,’’ said Ingram of MacDonald. “It was a dif¿cult thing to do. We didn’t have 20-year-old room to sign him.’’

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Back-up plan is initiated by Capitals’ defenceman Troy Paterson, above, as the Chiefs’ Garrett Forster carries the puck during Saturday’s BCHL game in Chilliwack. Left, the Capitals’ Mikael Jung gets a breakaway in the third period Friday at Port Alberni, but Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ netminder Matt Larose shuts the door at close range. Teams have now switched jerseys for the second half of the season, wearing predominantly white on the road and dark colours at home.

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It’s been quite a week for Lizzie Yates since being named the Valley’s Youth Athlete of the Year for 2011. The award was announced last Monday at Duncan Meadows Golf Course and then presented again in front of her school classmates Saturday at Shawnigan Lake School. With Yates, are: Shawnigan Lake School athletic director Mark Hall, front left, and headmaster David Robertson. Back, from left: sports editor Don Bodger of the News Leader Pictorial, sponsors of the award, and Yates’ parents Joanne and Peter. Lizzie Yates was cited not only for her athletic ability in leading Shawnigan to the provincial AA Äeld hockey title but also her academic excellence and citizenship.

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Clinic provides the answer for giving people the runaround Time is running out to sign up for the annual CeeVacs Road Runners run clinic. This is the clinic’s 19th year and all proceeds are donated to the Cowichan Sportsplex. Nearly $6,000 was raised last year. Duncan Christian School

donates the use of its gym for meetings before the run and CeeVacs coaches also donate their time. The clinic runs for 11 weeks and is geared toward the Times Colonist 10K and a possible City of Duncan centennial shuffle in

May. A wind-up social is held at the end of the clinic. There’s a few format this year with three clinics rolled into one — learn to run, five km and 10 km. Registration is on-line at clinic.shtml.

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owichan Thunderbird senior girls’ basketball team players are looking forward to the home

stretch. The North Island AAA squad started the new year with a game at Alberni and didn’t fare too well, according to coach Mark Reed. The team bounced back with a solid tournament at Mark Isfeld in Courtenay, with strong performances from top 20 valley youth athletes of the year Samantha Jory and Sophie Cutt. Both were amazing during the weekend, with Jory doing Andrew Leong especially well in rebounding in A double dose of Willy Jeklin is seen during the 25th St. Michael’s University each of the team’s games. School invitiational senior boys’ basketball tournament. Above, Sebastien Tur“This team is great defensively cotte of the Bishop Mahoney Saints from Saskatoon stretches to block a shot and building offensively and by Cowichan T-Birds’ Jeklin Thursday. The Saints won 69-58. Right, Lambrick will always work hard,’’ noted Park Lions’ Brendan Miller guards Jeklin in another game Thursday. Cowichan Reed. also lost that game 62-43. “So we are looking to play spoiler this year but I am very excited to see how we do in this home stretch and I think some teams may be surprised as we start to re¿ne our game.’’ plays home games St. Michael’s tournament: Cowichan boys lose four of five, but the outlook’s not so bad based on the calibre of the competition onCowichan Tuesdays at 5 p.m., including The tournament was very Baker, 17 points and seven for Cowichan with 10 points Knippelberg tallied 10 points Jan. 17 against Dover Bay, Jan. Don Bodger competitive, with teams from rebounds; and Cyrus Grey, four while Knippelberg had nine and and Will Slang played well, get- 31 against Alberni and Feb. 7 News Leader Pictorial Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonpoints, ¿ve rebounds and one Jeklin added eight. ting into the act with a rebound. against Vanier before heading he Cowichan ton and Saskatoon joining the steal. Knippelberg cranked up his The T-Birds’ ¿nal tournament into the North Island championThunderbirds’ senior island contingent. The T-Birds opened against game to score 28 points Friday, game brought a 57-51 loss to ships at Port Alberni Feb. 16 boys’ basketball Through ¿ve games, Mitch Bishop Mahoney Saints of but the T-Birds were beaten the rival Dover Bay Dolphins. to 18. team only won one Knippelberg was the top CowSaskatoon Thursday and lost for a third time 76-71 by St. Dorby scored 17 points and “The team promises to provide of ¿ve games in the ichan scorer with 70 points and 69-58. Mary’s Saints of Edmonton. added 13 rebounds while Knip- spectators with an exciting fastSt. Michael’s tournament but all 24 rebounds. Jerod Dorby had Jeklin (18), Dorby (16) and He rounded out his game with pelberg hit for 12 points. Aaron paced game,’’ noted Reed. is not lost. 58 points and 40 rebounds. Knippelberg (11) all reached eight rebounds and six steals. Gagnon managed a rebound Meanwhile, the Thunderbird “We had lots of positive Other individual totals were: double ¿gures to lead the scorRoe (13), Dorby (11) and and three steals. junior girls’ basketball team moments all weekend,’’ noted Willy Jeklin, 45 points and ing. Dorby and Roe both pulled St. Cyr (10) also contributed Jeklin sprained his ankle in features a solid group of players Cowichan coach Sandeep Heer. 14 rebounds; Jeremy Roe, down nine rebounds. double digit scoring. the fourth quarter of the ¿nal but has only played one game “We could not get into a Àow 26 points and 26 rebounds; The T-Birds’ second game Cowichan got into the win game. so far. for long periods of time. We Andrew Larson, 25 points and Thursday also ended in a loss, column by beating Bowness The T-Birds are back on the A busy league schedule is had some real good moments eight rebounds; Curtis St. Cyr, 62-43 against the Lambrick Trojans of Calgary 54-49, as tournament trail this week with coming up, with home games of intense defence, making it 22 points, one rebound, two Park Lions. Jeklin erupted for 17 points and a visit to the Pitt Meadows Air on Jan. 12, 16 and 23 starting at tough to be scored on.’’ assists and ¿ve steals; Jimmy Dorby was the top scorer had four rebounds. Show on the Mainland. 2:30 p.m.

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Peterson brothers make a return to the Islanders Back home again: Team’s offense receives a significant boost from the experience two valley products gained with Peninsula Don Bodger

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One-handed stab at the puck is taken by the Kerry Park Islanders’ Clay Carson, as he tries to go around the Saanich Braves’ Tyler Smith during Saturday’s Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League game at Kerry Park Arena.

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othing happened on the ice during the Christmas break for the Kerry Park Islanders. But there was plenty of news off the ice pertaining to the team over the holidays before Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League action resumed Friday. The Islanders reacquired valley products and brothers Cole and Kyle Peterson from the Peninsula Panthers in exchange for Trevor Yee and future considerations. “We’ve been working on some things,’’ said Islanders’ coach Brad Scafe. “It just worked out the trade was available. “We wanted to bring them back home. They’re both impact players. We felt by making this it’s going to allow us to score more goals. “He’s (Yee) a Peninsula boy. It just made sense for both teams.’’ The Islanders also sent Adam Wade to the Saanich Braves for future considerations. The Islanders had one card available to sign a player before the Jan. 10 deadline. “We’re looking to add one more piece of the puzzle and go from there,’’ said Scafe. He’d love to add an impact defenceman like every other junior team in the country.

The holiday season was even more signi¿cant for Scafe on a personal level. Scafe and Kim Wratten were married Dec. 29 in Maui. The couple already has two girls and there’s a boy on the way. Back to business on Friday, the Islanders were beaten 6-2 by the Braves in Saanich. After a three-week layoff, “you could see everybody still had their Christmas legs,’’ said Scafe. “We were ordinary at best. Give credit to Saanich. They’ve improved their team.’’ It was actually just 4-2 when the Braves scored an empty-netter and added another late goal, making the score seem a bit more lopsided. Kyle Peterson and Alex Milligan scored the Kerry Park goals. The rematch Saturday at Kerry Park Arena had the Islanders in front 4-1 until late in the second period. But the Braves stormed back to tie it, forcing overtime. The Islanders salvaged the two points when Cole Thomson scored at 1:52 of the extra session. Clay Carson, Cole Peterson, Conner Morgan and Milligan had the other goals. “I thought we played really well for the most part,’’ said Scafe. “We ran into some penalty trouble. We sort of let them back into the game.’’

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