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Son charged after dad shot with an arrow Attempted murder? Violent incident stuns neighbourhood on a quiet Sunday evening in Maple Bay Peter W. Rusland

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Former 2008 North American Indigenous Games boss Rick Brant led the celebration at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre Friday as a large crowd turned out to witness the province announcement Cowichan had been awarded the 2018 B.C. Summer Games.

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hat was perhaps Cowichan’s worst-kept secret was let out of the duffel bag with Friday morning’s announcement: B.C.’s 2018 Summer Games will be hosted by the valley. After a blessing by Cowichan Tribes’ elder Albie Charlie, the good news was delivered by Parksville’s Liberal MLA Ron Cantelon to a packed Cowichan Aquatic Centre foyer. Both men, and other of¿cials, touted bene¿ts for local youths competing in the games. “Youths give us purpose in life, and pride,”

Charlie said. “It all begins here,” said Cantelon, noting the games’ potential economic spin-offs. “Get ready Cowichan.” Provincial taxpayers will provide some $600,000 toward the July games, while Cowichan Valley Regional District taxpayers will kick in $45,000 in cash and $50,000 in kind. Local of¿cials estimate the four-day games will pump about $2.6 million into the local economy through rentals, hotels, retail purchases, bistros and much more. But beyond bucks, the games’ real legacy will likely be life lessons taught to youths preparing for, and sharing in, the games, explained local Olympic freestyle skier Dr. Tanya ClarkeYoung. “This will be a training ground,” she said of local kids who may qualify for the Olympics after gaining games experience. “Better to learn here than at the Olympics.”

An amped Clarke-Young also talked of using the mind to envision and reach goals. “I always set little goals to get to the bigger goals,” she said, stressing “sticktoitiveness to keep going. These skills are transferable.” Cowichan school superintendent Joe Rhodes also touted local teamwork. “No one succeeds alone.” Regional Chairman Rob Hutchins agreed, noting Cowichan’s “culture, exceptional environment, and hospitality” await players, families, fans, and of¿cials to the games he called “a gift to the Cowichan region.” The games legacy was estimated by North Cowichan’s parks and recreation manager Ernie Mansueti to hit about $200,000. That purse will help fund registrations, through KidSport Cowichan, for local athletes. “We don’t want any kid not to play sports because of monetary reasons,” Mansueti said. more on A6

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Maple Bay man is in critical condition in Victoria hospital after being shot in the chest with an arrow. His adult son is in custody, facing a charge of attempted murder. Marvin Antoniuk Jr., 48, has been charged with the attempted murder of his father, Marvin Sr., after an incident Sunday near Maple Bay, police say. Antoniuk was arrested on scene that night, appeared before a justice of the peace, and has been remanded into custody on the attempted-murder charge. His next scheduled court appearance is set for tomorrow. Antoniuk Sr., in his 70s, was hit by an arrow in the chest at about 7 p.m. at the 1658 Maple Bay Road residence, RCMP Cpl. Jon Stuart said. “He’s still in (Victoria General) hospital, and still in critical condition.” Investigation continues into how and why the arrow was ¿red. The home is listed as the home of Marvin Antoniuk, but it’s not yet clear which one, or if both men are residents. “There are several people living there,” Stuart said. Identi¿cation-squad members, in white hazardsuits, combed for clues in and around the wooded property behind yellow police tape Monday. One said there was no indication of any archery shooting range in the yard. “I hope it was accidental,” neighbour Leah Flagg said after the News Leader Pictorial knocked on her door Monday. She described her neighbourhood as quiet and the residents of the crime scene as quiet people who seemed to enjoy working in the yard. She was unaware of commotion or problems on the property. Stuart said archery injuries “aren’t a common occurrence” in his 17 years as a cop. Cowichan Bowman Archery Club veteran Eric Walker agreed. more on A6

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Valley MLA expected to be back to work in March Cowichan’s MLA Bill Routley is expected back in the saddle, part time, by mid-March after healing from heart surgery, his staff said Friday. Doug Morgan said his boss is recovering at home after undergoing a valve-replacement operation

Jan. 19 at Victoria’s Royal Jubilee Hospital. “Everything went really well but obviously Bill has to heal,” he told the News Leader Pictorial. “Everything turned out wonderfully. It’s all good.” But it wasn’t so good before

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Lake Cowichan gets wish in revamped federal riding Electoral boundaries: New configuration leaves Cowichan Lake in with the Duncan area Don Bodger

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ake Cowichan’s concerns have been heard. The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for B.C. submitted a report in the House of Commons Monday that redraws the province’s federal electoral map and Lake Cowichan is included in a Cowichan-Malahat-Langford riding. An earlier draft of the report had Lake Cowichan in a Nanaimo-based riding, separate from Duncan, and no one in the town wanted that. The new proposal is more in keeping with the connection Lake Cowichan maintains with the Cowichan Valley, Lake Cowichan Mayor Ross Forrest said. “We’re glad because they were going to have us not in the same riding as the rest of Cowichan,’’ said Forrest upon hearing the news for the ¿rst time when contacted by the News Leader Pictorial Tuesday. “This is much nicer. It totally makes sense. Obviously, they took our concerns into consideration. We didn’t want to be isolated.’’ Forrest said current Nanaimo-Cowichan NDP MP Jean Crowder attended Lake Cowichan’s town council meeting last Tuesday and mentioned the report on the changes would be due out this week. “The good thing is the commission did listen to people who had some concerns,’’ said Crowder in a statement. Crowder said she hasn’t had a lot of time to look through the report, but, aside from the Lake swap, does not believe it to be substantially different from what the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission originally proposed. “In their proposals, they had put Lake Cowichan in Nanaimo-Ladysmith, and they had divided the city of Langford,” she said. “They’ve still gone over the Malahat, which a lot of people opposed. Although some points of input from our riding were heard, some other key parts were not.” The commision’s report for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford lists the population as just under

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Most residents of the Cowichan Valley will be part of riding of a riding called Cowichan-Malahat-Langford in the next federal election if a boundary commission recommendation presented Monday is adopted in Ottawa later this year. 100,000 at 99,160. The riding consists of those parts of the Cowichan Valley Regional District comprised of the City of Duncan, the Town of Lake Cowichan, the Municipality of North Cowichan, Cowichan Indian Reserve and Penelakut Island Indian Reserve No. 7, Areas A, B, C, D, E, F and I and part of Area G that includes Dayman Island, Hudson Island, Leech Island, Miami Islet, Penelakut

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he ¿rst union to form during Brentwood College School’s 90-year history, narrowly certi¿ed two weeks ago. On Jan. 17, 30 kitchen and foodservices workers voted 53.5% in favour of joining the B.C. GovernBrentwood College School ment Employees Union. Crooks Hall, the Brentwood College School kitchen facility, is the site of the school’s Ärst Thirty-eight workers were entitled union. to vote. Headmaster Bud Patel seemed Bradshaw said the BCGEU’s Those staffers, said BCGEU’s organizing representative con¿rmed optimistic about bargaining with Chris Bradshaw, have formed a a worker at Brentwood College the union local, now recognized by bargaining committee, and elected contacted the union, which sparked B.C.’s Labour Relations Board. stewards who will now negotiate an organizing drive Nov. 5. “We’ll work with the BCGEU for their ¿rst collective agreement with After the positive Jan. 17 vote, the a collective agreement. We want to the private college’s board. make this the best place to work and local was certi¿ed on Jan. 18, he “The bargaining committee will said. learn,” he said of his 460-student have meetings to determine priorities campus, sporting 200-some staff. “We want to ensure that although for their ¿rst agreement.” the result of the LRB-monitored ratiPatel was unaware how the colBradshaw hoped for smooth talks ¿cation vote was close, the BCGEU lege’s ¿rst union deal will impact about wages, bene¿ts, vacation time, Brentwood’s budgets. was certi¿ed as the bargaining agent harassment and other issues concernfor all Brentwood College kitchen“It’ll take a few months to go ing BCGEU’s Component 7 workers through the (negotiation) process.” service employees — approximately in Brentwood’s new, ultra-modern He was also unsure of speci¿c rea- 38 in all,” Bradshaw said. dining building. “The union’s goal is to reach out to sons the union formed at the seaside “Depending on willingness of the all new members, and ensure their Mill Bay college. employer to recognize employee “That could come up as we negoti- needs and priorities are represented issues, the talks can go quickly or during the upcoming collectiveate the collective agreement,” noted drag out.” bargaining process.’’ Patel.

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Regional Direct Loren Duncan was also stoked about major media, and ďƒžnancial gains, coming to Cowichan in 2018. “The multipliers will be signiďƒžcant. We’re casting a fairly broad net here.â€? Cowichan’s NDP MLA, Bill Routley, was invited to Friday’s 10 a.m. kick off, but was healing


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from heart surgery. The Games’ Cowichan debut will see 22 sports played in 26 local venues. Cowichan beat bids by Coquitlam, Maple Ridge and North Vancouver to host the competitions. The Warm Land hosted the 2008 North American Indigenous Games, the 2005 B.C. Seniors Peter W. Rusland Games, and the 1991 B.C. Winter RCMP identiďƒžcation squad member (left) shoots video Monday at 1658 Maple Bay Rd. Games.

“I can’t remember anything like this happening around here,� the Chemanus resident said. “It’s the same as other hunting sports — normally it’s safe, but something can happen.� Police said the adult son was arrested after emergency crews responded to a 911 call, discovering his father with an arrow in his chest. The victim was transported by ambulance to Duncan, then taken to Victoria General Hospital by air ambulance, Stuart stated in a release.

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Police are seeking a male suspect following an early Saturday morning robbery at the 7-Eleven convenience store on the Trans-Canada Highway in Duncan. A white male in his 20s, wearing a mask and sunglasses, entered the store and produced a knife around 4:30 a.m. The clerk reported the man demanded money and he gave him a small amount from the till. The male fled the scene immediately and headed north in the direction of Shoppers Drug Mart. Police Dog Services attended but could not locate the suspect. Surveillance video is also being reviewed. There was a customer inside the store at the time buying a coffee. Another witness was outside the store. Police are looking for any other witnesses who may have been in the area at the time and saw anything that would help to apprehend the individual. Contact the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250748-5522 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 with any additional information.

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Good move to include the Lake in new riding Boundary switch: Looks like officials listened


t seems likely Cowichan will divorce Nanaimo and marry Langford in Canada’s electoral boundary map. And the fact the Cowichan Lake area will be part of the family appears to be evidence that sometimes the government actually does listen. Canada is a living, breathing, shifting entity — families move and grow, communities develop and wane. Electoral boundaries that made sense at one point in our nation’s history eventually become counterproductive to their original goals. Seats must be added to reÀect the changing population, and last year, it was determined B.C. was among four Cowichan provinces warranting new seats — in our Lake belongs case six of them. As the agency charged with giving our with Duncan, Parliament a makeup that is both fair not Nanaimo and representative, it is the B.C. electoral boundary commission’s role to draw the lines. Last year, the commission released its draft method for squeezing the new seats in, a method that included bumping the total number of Vancouver Island ridings from six to seven. And among its methods for doing that was the decision to chop the current Nanaimo-Cowichan riding in half, with the majority of News Leader Pictorial readers becoming part of a new district called South Cowichan-Juan de Fuca. The notable exception was Lake Cowichan. During hearings in the fall, Lake leaders lobbied hard against their exclusion and it appears they were successful. The Cowichan-Malahat-Langford riding is the result, and if it survives further revisions, it could be in place in time for an election as early as April 2014. It’s not ideal; these things rarely are. But from what we can see so far, it is probably the best our region could have hoped for. Nice job. We hope it sticks.

We say:

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

This we like It’s hard to believe the Dragon Divas have been around for a decade now. Cowichan’s dragon boat ambassadors have done wonderful work in providing fun and companionship to local breast cancer survivors. We applaud the team’s work during the past 10 years and we applaud its decision to offer paddles to survivors of other kinds of cancers. It’s great therapy that’s great to share.

The Dragon Divas have made a difference to a lot of Cowichan women in the past decade.

Greed means recycling not going to change the world Toby Gorman

Nanaimo News Bulletin


’ve become convinced recycling is not going to save the world. I say this after embarking on a very unscienti¿c and crude examination process. I’ve come to the conclusion that because recycled materials like plastic, aluminum, paper and kitchen waste are now a commodity, there seems to be an awful lot of it around. My recycle bins have never been stuffed so full of, well, stuff. In our house, my wife and I have a staging area for our recyclables on the corner of our kitchen island. I’m usually the one who transports it from the island to its various containers in the garage. It has become quite a process. I’ve become mysti¿ed at the frequency of trips I’m making to the garage of late. Simple consumer items are often double and triple packaged in that impossible-to-tear plastic, tiny items come in packaging that is absurdly oversized,

and bigger items, like TVs, come with so much packaging it requires disposal during the course of several weeks. I try to keep it all in perspective though, knowing consumerism is growing globally. In India, 15 million new cellphone subscribers are signed up every month. In China, the middle class is growing so fast that country builds cities the equivalent of Greater Vancouver every month. I wonder if those countries recycle. In Canada, I appreciate the fact most of this stuff is ending up in transfer waste stations for reuse (at least I hope it is), but I can’t help but think the raw materials and energy needed to produce this packaging must be at record levels. What ever happened to the call for reduced packaging by retail corporations and their suppliers? It faded swiftly, and has since been replaced by a radical new plan that will change how recycling materials are collected, processed and marketed. According to the Packaging and Printed Paper Stewardship Plan, put forth to the provincial gov-

We find it pretty hard to believe there is not a significant number of seniors in the Duncan area who could benefit from the hot food and warm smiles of the Meals on Wheels program. Yet the numbers of those participating have dropped to the point where organizers are wondering whether the program should continue. Help is there. If you know someone who needs it, contact Meals on Wheels.


ernment last month by Multi-Material British Columbia, a group of retailers and manufacturers largely responsible for the incredible amounts of garbage and recyclable materials that society creates, the change will shift all costs of blue box recycling from civic taxpayers to industry with the goal of reducing packaging. In a nutshell, the new waste management system will see manufacturers and stores pay 100 per cent of the costs of recycling their products and packaging, but will also retain ownership of the recycled material. In my opinion, there are two Àaws in this approach. At ¿rst glance, it would seem reasonable that in order to reduce packaging costs, retailers and manufacturers would simply reduce packaging amounts. But if there is value in recycled paper, newsprint, cardboard, tins and other recyclables, where is the incentive to stop producing it? Mega-corporations like Tim Hortons and Loblaw, both of which are stakeholders in MultiMaterial B.C., aren’t dummies – they won’t incur

a cost if there isn’t a potential pro¿t in it. It only stands to reason that if recyclables are pro¿table, the more that is produced the more pro¿t is made, especially if there is a monopoly. What we can also reasonably presume is that under this new system, expected to take full effect in spring 2014, consumers will be forced to pay more for packaged materials, packaging itself won’t be reduced, and that industry will pro¿t from it. Not exactly a stunning win for the environment, especially since much of that material has the potential to still end up in the land¿ll at additional cost to taxpayers. Putting recycled materials and costs in the hands of retailers and industry can be manufactured to look like a good idea, but I’m not buying it. Toby Gorman writes for the News Leader Pictorial’s sister paper, the Nanaimo News Bulletin

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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Is the CVRD doing a good job with grants-in-aid, and how they are awarded? “It depends if local groups are abusing the assets, and if they’re taking more grants than necessary. Groups should find their own ways to get funding before seeking grants.”

Lennon McGillivray, North Cowichan

“If there’s a regional resource, why not tap into it? But there should be a limit of how many times a group can tap grants. You should have to prove you need a grant.”

Kathryn Evans, North Cowichan

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You may be surprised to Änd the super-rich in the mirror

Dear editor We have heard so much about the super-rich — the top 1% who control the wealth, cause all the problems in the ¿nancial markets, and have the power to make things better for the rest of us, if only they had a heart or a conscience. Imagine my surprise when I checked a website called the “Global Rich List” and found I was among the 60 million people who have an income of more than $55,000 a year and who are therefore, the top one percent of income earners in the world. What is more, I ¿t the pro¿le of a typical Canadian newspaper reader, so there is a good chance you, reading this letter, are part of the “one percent” as well! My ¿rst thought on making this discovery about my wealth, was denial. I don’t feel superrich. I don’t have any power over the 99%. On checking the statistics, and ¿nding they were substantially true, I set about exploring the issue of how much people in the majority of the world earn. I found half the people in the world have an income of less than $1,000 a year and 1.1 billion or 18% live on less than a dollar a day. I cannot imagine what it’s like to raise a family in that sort of poverty; but most of the people in the world have to do that, while I am living in comparative comfort. In a way, I felt helpless; but then I thought maybe there is something I can do about this gross inequality. The ¿rst thing that I have resolved is to stop complaining. The second thing is to donate what I can to organizations working to alleviate poverty in the world. The third thing is to tell my government to be more generous with my tax dollars when assisting poorer countries. I challenge the rest of the super-rich (aka average Canadians) to do the same. Sam Weller

In my opinion: Investing more in social services can save lives


he latest report from Children and Youth Representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond is aptly titled Trauma, Turmoil and Tragedy. It’s a sad review of the lives of 89 children who harmed themselves or committed suicide, and the supports they received from the Ministry of Children and Family Development. It’s important to learn from these cases. But wouldn’t it make more sense to invest in Andrew Leong keeping children from ending up in such desperAndrew Hutchison, left, addresses the haggis during 14th-annual Burns Night Celebration presented by The Co- ate situations? In providing community support wichan Pipers and Drummers Society, Jan. 26 at the Travelodge Hotel and Conference Centre, while kitchen crew to help parents cope with their problems, so they member Fred Brown prepares to carve into another haggis at the annual Burns Dinner and Entertainment event could in turn raise their children successfully, and in addressing problems before they spiral out of presented by As One That Serves (AOTS) at the Duncan United Church Heritage Hall Jan. 25. control? cally be viewed from there? Or is it because and minerals to pay and maintain the railway Turpel-Lafond’s report looks at the backgrounds the 100th anniversary of the memorial is just — timber for ties, bridge stringers, pilings and a few years away? Regardless of our reasons, so on. He told me it was for perpetuity. As I see of the 89 children. She found, unsurprisingly, that everyone seems to agree “something” needs to it, we never had the government of Canada ful- family dysfunction and poverty were at the root of their troubled lives. be done with the summit of Mount Prevost. ¿ll its part of the agreement. They have relied Half of the 89 children were exposed to domestic Perhaps the time is right to have the memoon the passage of time to fade this agreement violence at an early age. The resulting lack of trust rial designated a national monument. That from our minds. means children don’t talk about their own probshould help relieve some of the ¿nancial and Twenty-¿ve years back I went to the lems, or learn the skills to solve them. liability issues the municipality is concerned provincial archives to view the original About 75 per cent of the children were born with. Resolution of the “summer road closure” agreement contract between the colony of to mothers with substance abuse problems. The by the municipality is a major issue. How does Vancouver Island and the government of information on fathers is scarcer because so many the park on Mt. Maxwell deal with the threat of Canada. A very nice librarian guided me to simply weren’t around. forest ¿re? Certainly having the summit “open the appropriate reference drawers. I spent a And 27 per cent of the parents had themselves and accessible” year-round would seem logical couple of hours and came back to her desk been children in the ministry’s care, suggesting Victoria if and when any improvements were made. If with the reference cards and asked for these a failure to provide the support they needed to the road must be closed in ¿re season, perhaps documents. “Oh!” she said, “they have the grow into healthy adults ready to raise their own allowing a shuttle bus to operate on a limited King Crown stamped on them. Only certain Lets make Mount Prevost cairn’s children. schedule would keep the interest strong during members of the legislature are allowed to The ministry’s work is important and dif¿cult, anniversary a special one tourist season. view those documents.” and the representative’s oversight is vital. But this Dear editor The logistics will be challenging but the will So I left disappointed but convinced the report — like so many others — should force us The recent articles about a park on Mount is there. I believe it is time to get all parties government, or somebody in government, to look at how we can help children, and their Prevost renewed my interest and made me around a common table and allow everyone’s had something to hide. The reason for me to families, before problems are so serious children ask myself why so many people over the energy to focus on a common plan. Our comgo, was the Brian Mulroney government was must be taken into an imperfect, costly system of years have felt so strongly about revitalizing munity rallied to restore the Kinsol Trestle, so tearing up funding agreements, then ripping government care. That’s our role in the community the mountain memorial. Is it because we feel let’s do it again. Imagine the 100th-anniversary up spur lines across Canada, including the social services sector. obligated to honour our veterans by maintaincelebration on the top of Mount Prevost! Cowichan Bay to Youbou Line. Sometimes, the intervention can be straightforing their monument? Is it because we love and Where do I sign up? I believe there should be a royal inquiry as to ward: counselling for addiction issues, workshops respect the natural beauty that can so dramatiMark Docherty what happened to our promised rail link. And on parenting skills, help with a job search or relaCowichan C Station then the return of railway lands to the people tionship problems. Sometimes, the support needs of Vancouver Island, for us to manage as will to be more extensive, over a longer term. We work bene¿t us all. Our O country owes us a functioning John Howe with parents, prospective parents, young people and children facing dif¿culties. Duncan railway r “Should Mount Prevost’s peak be developed as a It’s challenging. Our agencies — non-pro¿t, Dear D editor municipal park?” private, Aboriginal, large, small — work across the Good editorial on E&N Railroad in the You answered: (74 votes) More letters online province, with people who need a little, or a lot, of JJan. 11 issue. The railway, I was told by my help to make the best of their lives. Some 64,000 78 per cent YES ggrandfather, was a condition that brought the Also, read fresh stories every day and share people work in the sector, supported by thousands ccolony of Vancouver Island into Confederation. your thoughts immediately through the comof volunteers. To vote on the next Question of the Week, log onto the T The E&N was bought from Dunsmuir and was ments function. And it has become increasingly more challengweb poll at tto be linked via bridge to mainland. For this at ing because our work isn’t adequately supported. tthe people of that colony gave land with timber Funding has been frozen, or cut, as demand has increased. Our hard-won expertise and innovative approaches — which could help government be more effective in addressing community problems — haven’t really been tapped. 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Michelle Fortin is the Executive Director of Watari Youth, Family and Community Services, writing on behalf of the Roundtable of Provincial Social Services Organizations.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Meals on Wheels needs interest to keep rolling

NOTICE OF OPEN BOARD MEETING The Open Board Meeting of the Board of Education will take place on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at Quamichan Middle School, in the Multi-Purpose Room, at 6:30 pm.

APPOINTMENTS TO Cowichan Station/Sahtlam/Glenora Advisory Planning Commission The Cowichan Valley Regional District is accepting applications from interested persons wishing to serve on the Cowichan Station/Sahtlam/Glenora Advisory Planning Commission. The Advisory Planning Commission consists of up to 15 members. The term of appointments shall be for one year with the option of renewal. Appointments are recommended by the Area Director but formally appointed by the Regional Board. The Advisory Planning Commission is requested to comment on matters respecting the use of land, community planning or proposed bylaws and permits as directed by the Electoral Area Director or the Regional Board under the provisions of the Local Government Act. Persons interested in volunteering their time to sit as a representative on the Advisory Planning Commission must submit a letter of application to Joe Barry, Corporate Secretary, Legislative Services Department, 175 Ingram Street, Duncan, BC V9L 1N8 no later than 8:30 am, Tuesday, February 12, 2013. Additional information may be obtained by calling Tom Anderson, General Manager, Planning & Development Department at (250) 746-2620 or toll free at 1-800-665-3955. The following information is requested in the letter of application: name, address, postal code, home and/or business telephone number, email address, history of community involvement, other relevant history, technical or special expertise, and reasons for seeking appointment.

Dwindling appetite: Volunteer says the long-standing program has seen a decline in participants Ashley Degraaf

News Leader Pictorial


he meal is feeding the tummy, but the visit is feeding the soul. That’s the idea behind long-standing community seniors program, Meals on Wheels. Organizers are worried, however, if they aren’t able to ¿nd more seniors to feed as part of the program, Meals submitted on Wheels Cowichan will soon say The gals who go by ‘Grateful Threads,’ volunteers for Islands Savings, showed off placemats sayonara. they made during Christmas for particpants in the seniors Meals on Wheels program. “That volunteer visitor who comes by with the meal may be the only Now they’re seeing only on aver“Just to have that extra set of eyes person that senior sees all day,” age about 10 participants taking part. is also great,” Hunt said, explaining explains Carol Hunt of Cowichan Winship’s been serving meals and they’ve had a few occasions where Seniors Community Foundation, co-ordinating Cowichan’s program volunteers ¿nd seniors in a bad state, reminding folks why the program is for ¿ve years. whether the senior was unconscious bene¿cial. “The need is de¿nitely there and or they were worried about their CSCF assists with the program it’s a great program,” she said, saywell-being. under the umbrella of the Vancouver ing she thinks the decline is likely Volunteers deliver Monday Island Health Authority, which runs due to press about several other through Saturday between 4 and 6 Meals on Wheels in communities Meals’ chapters in neighbouring p.m. and meals are prepared by the across the island. communities closing, including Cowichan District Hospital kitchen. Cowichan’s chapter, however, Victoria’s program. And two meals can be ordered on has seen a substantial decline in the “The food is great too,” Hunt said. Saturdays to have food for both number of clients participating. “There is a lot of customizing and Saturday and Sunday. That has volunteer Sharon Winship special meals made and it comes hot A meal can include soup, ¿sh, meat worried. to the door.” or fowl, potatoes or rice, vegetables Cowichan’s chapter has run sucThe cost per meal is only $6 but and dessert. cessfully in the past with between 18 what’s most ideal about the program, For more information or to sign up, and 25 seniors seeking scrumptious and which most people haven’t contact Cowichan Home Support at grub per day, Winship said. tuned into, is the socialization aspect. 250-737-2004.

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by John McKinley

Valley people

Ridge helps keep the freeze off


y the way, did you hear: • The ¿nal word on the Jan. 11 Dateline Cowichan photo of the 1963 beauty pageant contestants, after a reader brought in the actual newspaper clipping: the competition was sponsored by the Duncan Junior Chamber of Commerce to pick the Cowichan Exhibition queen. The winner was Catrien Oud. • Hayley A. Picard tells us Dr. Dan Duta will be using his medical skills to assist people during a stint in Africa, while his wife Dina Holbrook and daughter Gillian Duta (a Grade 1 student at Queen Margaret’s School) work in local orphanages for about one month. QMS teacher Sue Stone and senior students designed, created and donated hand-made toys which Dina and Gillian will deliver to the orphans. • Tammy Gurski and her husband Chad of Valley Carpet One are helping Variety – The Children’s Charity for most of February by donating Helping Hearts chocolates to all their clients. Each box means a donation to Variety and the ¿rm will be donating a portion of its sales during this time period to Variety, as well. • The Duncan World Community Film Festival will not be back until Ocotber, but you can check out one of its ¿lms Jan. 31.

Name: Steve Elskens Occupation: Farm’s Gate Food and Catering Age: take a guess Hometown: Dendermonde, Belgium If you get a chance go see: Marigold Exotic Hotel Right now I am reading: Book of Negroes —a powerful story of slavery I’m listening to: Cold Specks At least once everyone should: go to the farmer’s market Most people don’t know I: was raised by wolves Proudest or happiest moment: getting my first BMX bike at age nine Biggest fear: driving the Malahat If I was appointed king of the valley I would: introduce mandatory cooking lessons in school, from kindergarten Before I die: go on a bicycle trip across the world and visit all aikido dojos Words I live by: Give lots, expect nothing

Award-winning For Once in My Life screens at the Cowichan Station Hub at 7:30 p.m. It’s described as an inspiring documentary about a band of singers and musicians who have a variety of physical or developmental disabilities including: autism, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, and visual impairments. Admission is by donation. • A big shout-out and a round of applause to Marjorie and Desmond Pratt and all the folks at Arbutus Ridge, who kicked in with donations of more than 250 garments turned over to the Salvation Army in conjunction with Peter Baljet’s annual Anti-Freeze campaign this Christmas. Coat deliveries were done with the help of Osborne Reality. • The annual Heart and Stroke Celebrity Breakfast is back Monday, Feb. 4. The theme this year is Mexican Fiesta, so put on your sombrero and join organizer Colleen Marsel, MC Cam Drew and the cast of celebrity servers for an entertaining meal for a good cause. Tickets are $15 each at 250-715-8312. New event sponsors are also welcome. Exciting things happening for you, your friends or your family that you want to share with your community? Send me a quick email at We’d love to spread the word.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Divas open the dragon boats to women with other cancers Full speed ahead: Incredible support system incorporated into a caring and sharing team environment

Don Bodger

News Leader Pictorial


he Cowichan Valley Dragon Divas are changing their focus. After 10 years of promoting breast cancer awareness, the Divas have decided to include women with all types of cancer in the hope of offering support for them to become part of the dragon boat team. “By doing this, we hope that the Divas can give these other, often deadly, cancers more publicity and the awareness they deserve so that early detection which is so vital will become the norm,’’ noted Doreen Wheeldon of the Dragon Divas. “Hopefully, more money and funding might go towards research for diseases like ovarian cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer as well as lesser known diseases like endometrial cancer, uterine cancer and cervical cancer.’’ The Dragon Divas dragon boat team was formed in 2003 to help breast

Dragon Diva paddlers with $8,000 for the Diva Deck on the rooftop of CDH’s chemotherapy unit serving some 1,500 patients annually.

cancer survivors deal with their disease through exercise and camaraderie. The support system for the survivors is truly remarkable, Wheeldon pointed out, and it’s uplifting to experience being part of a team of vibrant and caring women. “It would be wonderful if other women diagnosed with those other cancers could beneÂżt in this same way — having someone to discuss issues with and especially knowing that you are not alone,’’ Wheeldon said. The dragon boat team paddles every Monday and Thursday evening from early April to the end of September in Cowichan Bay. Dragon boat racing continues to grow in popularity. The team enters festivals in Nanaimo, Victoria and Port Alberni and has competed in the past on the Lower Mainland and in the United States against international competitors from as far away as Australia and Ontario. The Dragon Divas will continue to support breast cancer, but will include

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issues related to other cancers. Money from the Divas’ golf tournament will still be donated to the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation. Past donations have gone to patio and equipment for the chemo centre, the pharmacy chemo hood, the ultrasound


campaign, the digital mammography and radiation departments. The Divas also support the Terry Fox Run and Tour de Rock campaign. There will be a meet and greet for women interested in learning more about becoming a Diva on Saturday,

Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Maritime Centre in Cowichan Bay. “We hope that women diagnosed with various cancers will consider joining the Dragon Divas and becoming part of our society,’’ offered Wheeldon.

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• • • GOOD TIMES FOR BOOMERS AND BEYOND • • • • • • The annual free income tax program for seniors that traditionally ran out of the basement of Duncan city hall will be coming back, but in a new location. Neil Peters, the finance and

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retiree living in Mill Bay, John Veale recently posted a 19-minute video on the web of his Àight in a small aircraft, one beautiful summer’s day, around the southern tip of Vancouver Island and across Cowichan Lake. What made that trip all the more unique is that Veale was Àying in an aircraft he built himself, a Bushby Mustang II. Although he grew up on the west coast, the former CBC radio announcer never dreamed he would one day be Àying around Vancouver Island in an airplane he spent 11 years building.

Veale and his wife, Pat, spent a number of their working years living in Alberta, the Northwest Territories and ¿nally Saskatchewan before they came back to British Columbia, retiring in Mill Bay in 1995. But Veale’s history of Àying and his fondness for small aircraft dates back to the ‘60s, when he was still trying to get his pilot’s licence. “I had taken some of my instruction in Edmonton,” Veale said, “and in those days, it was about $13/hour, and I could hardly afford it. So I only did about three hours, and then we moved to Yellowknife, and I continued my instruction up there.” Eventually, he had the required hours to obtain his licence, and this is where the story about building his own aircraft really begins. “After I had my licence, I answered a tiny

little print ad in a Popular Mechanics magazine,” Veale explained. “It was only about four lines, and it grabbed my attention. It said — very optimistically, I eventually learned — that it was a 300 mph airplane. So I sent away $3 for some information on the plane.” But, he adds, they had also included a brochure in with the information for the plane on the Experimental Aircraft Association, an association that has since become an international organization and which every year hosts the world’s largest air show and convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. “Originally (the convention) was all aimed at home-built airplanes,” clari¿ed Veale. “It was through joining that organization that I really got interested in building one myself.” The Bushby Mustang II is a home-built de-

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“It just looked horribly complicated. But the more I studied them, the more it began to make sense, and eventually I thought I can do this, and I started out one piece at a time, and that’s how I did it.â€? Eleven years and within 50 hours of 4,000 hours of actual construction time, is how Veale calculates how long it took him to build the aircraft. “I was learning as I went ent along, because I had no background ound in metal work,â€? he added. “It was a fascinating project.â€? The Veales were living in Saskatchewan during the years he built his aircraft, and they had already decided they wanted to retire back on Vancouver Island. So when the time came for the move, Veale — who had done most of his Ă€ying in the Prairies and was used to open, Ă€at spaces — had one of the most exhilarating Ă€ying experiences of his life when he Ă€ew solo from Regina to Duncan. “I left Regina at about 7:30 a.m., and I reached Duncan within a little over six hours of Ă€ying. “I had clear skies almost all

the way, and to be Ă€ying up at peak height over Roger’s Pass for example, and see the miles of snow Âżelds stretching out, it was pretty amazing. “And I was Ă€ying into retirement, so to speak, so it was pretty exciting, exciting,â€? he added with a chu chuckle. Now, Veale is a member of the Nanaimo Flying Club and bases his air airplane at Nanaimo Airp Airport. He says he never tires of the beauty of tthe sights while Ă€ying yin around the island and coastli coastline. The day he Âżlmed his onehour and forty minute circui circuit, now nearly two years ago, w was a perfect f t dday ffor Ă€ying. i “Coming over Cowichan Lake, it was magniÂżcent,â€? he recalled. “ It was pretty calm when I Ă€ew down the lake at a fairly low altitude. I’ve Ă€own up and down Lake Cowichan many times, but this was one of the prettier. The sun was just right, and the shadows on the lake. “I think the whole valley is so pretty, but Cowichan Lake makes for a great place to Ă€y. It’s such a different perspective from the air. It looks so different from the ground.â€? Veale says he’d like to do more on the coastline, down the inlet

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Words of Wisdom Meet: Helen Nation from Winnipeg, this valley resident lives with her husband and two cats. She enjoys quilting, needlework and bird watching What’s still on your bucket list? I want the world to be an equitable place to live What’s your secret for staying healthy? vegetarian diet, yoga, swimming and square dancing What do you do to keep busy? volunteer at Cowichan Naturalists, Cowichan Cat Rescue and the MLA’s ofďŹ ce What’s the biggest myth about retirement? You don’t have enough time to indulge yourself Tell us about a big challenge you faced planning for retirement and how you solved it? making sure there is enough money saved Name a local resource every senior needs to know about. The Cowichan Aquatic Centre and Elder College The best advice you can give someone approaching retirement? keep active and be happy

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Program powers up the aging brain Powering up: Seniors Community Foundation program offers tips to mentally stay in shape as you age Ashley Degraaf

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rowing old does not have to mean losing your mental edge. Brain power activities that can help keep your brain sharp are garnering quite the buzz in the community, according to Carol Hunt. The executive director for the Cowichan Seniors Community Foundation says she’s seen a huge amount of interest shown in the foundation’s second run at a Brain Fitness Program for seniors. The eight-session program m which started yesterday covers the anatomy of the brain, memory techniques, ques, socialization and activation, nutrition for healthy brain function, on, and plenty of exercises to add to the daily routine. “Brain power is an ongoing thing. It doesn’t end when the eight sessions are up,” Hunt said, pumped to hear participants from the last session have kept in touch and meet regularly for walking engagements and group activities. This, to Hunt, is a testament to the program’s success.

“They keep each other mindful,” she said. Hunt’s also tickled the foundation has “taken the bull by the horns” by ¿lling what she says was a huge gap in brain power activities in Cowichan. “Brain ¿tness has been offered in other communities like Nanaimo and Victoria through the Vancouver Island Health Authority,” Hunt states in a press release. “In the Cowichan region, the gap is ¿lled by the CSCF.” “There’s a huge hug problem,” she added, notin noting Cowichan seniors ar are often assessed for signs of dementia and Alzheime Alzheimer’s, which is great, but what ccomes next if there are risks show shown? It’s quite evident in the number of nu seniors are keen names on the wait list, seni functions. to tune their cognitive func After much research into the activities and topics used iin similar programs, Hunt came up with the ¿rst run, loosely based off other programs, but unique on its own. Participants take home a ton of knowledge, connections with other folks living in their community, and a huge binder for future reference. On this session’s agenda, which runs until March 21, is a talk with Cowichan’s Denise Code, who will be informing folks about diet and nutri-

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xperience and stories form words of wisdom for students seeking advice from Shawnigan entrepreneur Gay Wise. The 72-year-old was recently appointed as Royal Roads University Entrepreneur in Virtual Residence (EiVR). And although Wise hasn’t performed any formal speakingg engagements as part of the appointment, she’s been sharing tips of the trade with folks studying at Royal Roads. ’m avail“Essentially I’m tudying able to people studying in the undergradd business program,� she explained, taking a break ffrom hher business, Wise Financial Services, based out of Shawnigan Lake. The EiVR scholarship program is based on common practice in the venture capital community where seasoned business people are brought into a company to help mentor start-up leaders, Royal Roads’ Geoff Archer had previously explained. “A lot of participants are asking me what it’s like in the real world,� she said. And she has tons on her plate to share, including nitty-gritty details of blooming, booming and

failing businesses. From an accounting Âżrm, to a bicycle store and an interior design franchise, Wise has been around the block more than a few times and knows how to roll with ups and downs. She’s also currently furthering her education through Royal Roads’ MBA program as well as keeping up with her most recent venture, Wise Financial Services. But before that, Wise founded an interior design company aas well as partnered in a bicycle shop after she fell in love with riding at age 32. Her bike business comes up quite often with students. “Especially with the guys, I guess because of the mechanical end of it,â€? said she said. “It grew from being a mom-and-pop shop to one of the Âżrst bike companies to have cross-Canada mail order services,â€? she said, noting the Âżrm’s Âżrst catalogue was home-made. “I was an enthusiast, but an amateur enthusiast,â€? she said, explaining the reason she picked up expertise on the mechanical side from a friend who became her business partner. “In the mail ordering end of things, we soon noticed one trouble area came from the supply end and Âżnding custom built bike frames,â€? she said.

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Jim was born and lived in Ocean Falls for 63 plus years. He was a true “rain person� and local historian. There is a saying “that when a true rain person dies, the clouds open up and the rain comes�. This happened the evening he died. Predeceased by parents Jack & Bertha and sister “Sam� Mary Jane. Survived by brothers Dave (Marilyn) of Campbell River, Terry of Gibsons and sister Gwen of Chemainus/Ocean Falls. Numerous nieces and nephews, Debbie (Tim) Deanna (Rod), Bobbie (Darren) and Kelly.

He is survived by his wife Christine, daughters, Suzanne (Clive), Julia (Greg) and son Robert (Andrea), four grandchildren, Rachel, Brielle, Andrew & Christopher, also a sister Beverly (John), and one brother Dan.

H.W. Wallace

“Fishing was his true love.â€? Instead of owers donations can be made to the Diabetics Association or a charity of your choice.

Elizabeth passed away peacefully on January 23rd with family by her side. She has gone on to again be with the love of her Life, Gordon William Govenlock, who predeceased her in 2004. She is survived by her two stepsons, Stuart in Edmonton, and Alden (Kathie) in Duncan, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also leaves her nieces, nephew and their families. She will be greatly missed. Elizabeth was an active part of all of the communities she lived in throughout her life. She especially loved sharing her music, playing violin with various symphonies as well as the Kemp Lake Five in Sooke. There will be no funeral by request. The family will celebrate her life at the Moore 100th year reunion celebration in Stanger, Alberta, where she was born, on the long weekend in August. Many thanks to Dr. Glen Robinson and the staff at Cowichan District Hospital for the excellent care that Elizabeth received over the years and during her last few days. Online condolences may be offered at

H.W. Wallace 251 Jubilee St. 250-701-0001 JARVIS, Ron Dec. 5, 1954 - Jan. 25, 2013 Six years ago Ron’s soul began a journey to heaven that was to see fragments of his life chase after.Piece by piece he left us, until now, at last, he is made whole again. Surrounded by the four women who love him most: his mother, sister, daughter, and wife; Ron has left this world to be with his Lord. He died peacefully after a 6 year struggle with early-onset dementia, and will be remembered as being a gentle and compassionate doctor, church music leader and devoted father and husband. Ron was a man with a heart of gold, a mind as supple as quicksilver, and a love as deep as the ocean.Ron is survived by his wife, Anne, children David, Camilla ( James) and Matthew, and dearest of all, the joy of his last days, his beloved granddaughter Keighley. A service in recognition of this extraordinary man's life will be held on Saturday, February 2, at 2.30 pm at New Life Baptist Church. Fragments of a once majestic mirror; pieces broken beyond repair are now restored to glory. Online condolences may be offered at

H.W. Wallace 251 Jubilee St. 250-701-0001

Passed away suddenly while vacationing on South Padre Island, Texas. Born in Cumberland, B.C., on September 15, 1939.

Jim had numerous jobs over his lifetime in Ocean Falls; in the Paper Mill ďŹ nishing room; he owned and operated a Taxi Company; ran a ďŹ sh charter business; operated the BC Ferry ramp; plowed snow for the community; mail courier; took reservations for airlines; tourist business with history lesson plus too many other things to list!

GOVENLOCK, Elizabeth Anne Feb. 3rd 1919 – Jan. 23rd 2013

SIMPSON, William

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Upon retiring from longshoring, Bill took up his interest in restoring old vehicles. He was a member of the Cowichan Valley Chapter of the Vintage Car Club. Previous member of the Old Truck Club, and put in countless hours volunteering at the Duncan Forest Discovery Centre. He donated his fully restored Diamond T logging truck to the museum. He lived his dream and did it his way.

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SMITH GILL, Mary Avita (Vita), 1916 to 2013, was the devoted mother of Janet, Marcus and nephew Tom. Also grandmother of Alan and Alicia, graduates of Maxwell International Baha'i School, now Education and Medicine students. Vita lived most of the 20th century, a time of many changes. She was the youngest of 8 children, raised in Scotland with summer farm work in Ireland. Vita's mother was an Irish traditional midwife until the UK National Health Service came into effect. Her father had sewing machine and window cleaning businesses in Glasgow until WW!; as he was a conscientious objector he was assigned to work on trains where his leg was cut off in an accident. At age 10, Vita's schooling and piano lessons could be carried on no longer; she had to help her family carrying the laundry from their home laundry enterprise. During WW2, Vita's ďŹ ancĂŠ was one of the ďŹ rst killed. Her sister died of TB, leaving baby Tom for Vita to care for. Tom's Dad also never returned so Vita worked and raised the child as her own until he was 19; he became a ship's engineer, settling in New Zealand and raising 5 children. After WW2 Vita married Alan Gill, a staff sergeant and accountant. They emigrated to Canada in 1957 with two small children, Janet & Marcus, a third baby, Graeme, died before the voyage. They landed in Winnipeg with $35 left; Alan got 3 jobs, studied Municipal Finance and became Secretary-Treasurer of the City of St. Vital, Winnipeg. They retired to White Rock where Alan passed away in 1986 and Vita lived on her own for 18 years, active in community work. At age 88, eyesight failing but brain and energy ever bright, she moved to Shawnigan Lake to live with daughter Janet, son-in-law Edward Cundall and family. Vita's family and friends around the world join in missing her curiosity to learn; her warm love, determination and encouragement inspired us all."

PRIDHAM, Gordon Thomas Passed away peacefully into the presence of His Lord on Saturday January 19, 2013. Gordon was born in Earl Grey, Sask. on January 15, 1927. He was predeceased by his father and mother, Lawrence and Laura Pridham; sister Doris and brother Lorne. Gordon will be greatly missed by his loving wife Eunice; brothers Reg (Lois) and Ken (Dorothy); sister-in-law Gail; children Roberta (Dan), Donna (Tom), Darcy (Audrey), Gwen (Steve), Heather (Edgar), Shawn (ďŹ ance’ Guy); 14 grandchildren and 15 greatgrandchildren; nephews and nieces. Memorial service will be held at Oceanview Community Church in Ladysmith, 381 Davis Rd. on February 2nd, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. We greatly appreciate and thank Dr. Brockley and all those who have administered care to Dad over the years. In memory of Gordon, donations may be given to BC Teen Challenge Vancouver Island, P.O. Box 1418 Lake Cowichan, B.C. V0R 2G0 or Camp Imadene, P.O. Box 374, 9175 South Shore Road, Mesachie Lake, B.C. V0R 2N0. We Will Miss Your Smile Condolences may be offered at Telford’s of Ladysmith 250-245-5553

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IN THE matter of the Warehouseman’s Lien Act. Crofton Mini Storage at 1707 Chaplin rd, Crofton, BC claims a Warehouseman’s Lien against the following persons goods left in storage at Crofton Mini Storage. Lean date for both units January 24th. If not paid in full on or before January 31, 2013 the goods will be sold or disposed of on February 3rd, 2013. Colin Hunter of Victoria $2770.40 owing for Unit 3 and Russ Babchuk of unknown address owing $1668.64 for Unit B6.

The News Leader Pictorial ofďŹ ce is holding several sets of “foundâ€? keysâ€?, since March 2003. Stop into the ofďŹ ce and see if any belong to you. #2-5380 Trans Canada Hwy, Duncan, next to BuckerďŹ elds

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DAVE LANDON Motors has an opening for an Automotive Salesperson. This is a full time commissioned position and comes with a full beneďŹ ts package. The position requires a commitment of time, energy, constant learning, proďŹ ciency with new technology, ambition and t he ability to excel in customer service. If you have these skills needed to succeed, please email you resume to

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NOTICE to Creditors and Others Notice is Hereby Given that Creditors and others, having claims against the Estate of Steven Charles Gomory (A.K.A. Steve Charles Gomory and Stephen Charles Gomory), formerly of 2719 Dundas Rd. Shawnigan Lake BC, Deceased are hereby required to send the particulars thereof to the undersigned Executor, c/o George Gomory 7986 Rosewood St Burnaby BC V5E 2H3 on or before March 1, 2013, after which date the estate’s assests will be distributed, having regard only to the claims that have been received. George Steven Gomory, Executor.

Research Participants Needed! PATIENTS OF NURSE PRACTITIONERS Do you receive, or have you received, health care from a BC Nurse Practitioner? Researchers from UVic’s School of Nursing want to learn how you feel about care provided by nurse practitioners. Participation in this study means completing a short survey either by mail or telephone. To learn more and sign-up for the study, please contact Joanne Thompson Research Assistant at or 250-721-7964 University of Victoria School of Nursing

OSBORNE, Bernice Harriet


August 14, 1925 January 9, 2013 At age 87, our Bernie died from natural causes at Glenwarren Lodge on the evening of January 9, surrounded by loved ones. Predeceased by her Gloria in 2006, Bernie is best known for her contributions in the Cowichan Valley community and her 50 years of service to youth basketball in Victoria, with the Metropolitan Church, First Met and the V&DABA. A Celebration of Bernie’s Life was held January 16, 2013 and stories were shared. Bernie now rests at Shawnigan Lake Cemetery, E. Shawnigan Lake Road at Munsie. Special thanks for the love and care of staff at Glenwarren Lodge. Please share your thoughts, memories and photos of Bernie at (search for “Bernice Osborne�).


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KEYS FOUND Gibbins Rd. area of 3100 block, in mid December, MANY KEYS on a black carbineer. Can be claimed at the News Leader Pictorial, #2-5380 TC Hwy, Mon-Fri, 8:30-5.



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TURN-KEY 18 year old Lawn & Garden company is for sale. Vehicle, trailers, mowers, aerator, de-thatcher, plus all the trimmings. Customer list provides work for 3+ men. Shawnigan, Mill Bay & beyond. Possible ďŹ nancing. Call (250)701-2225.

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KEYS found Dec 23/12 on road at corner of Islay & Cairnsmore. 12 keys, & More rewards tag on a purple carabiner. Can be claimed at the News Leader Pictorial ofďŹ ce, # 2-5380 Trans Can Hwy, Duncan



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JOE BELIVEAU August 7 1978January 31 2006 7 years gone from us physically but always there in spirit. You are loved and missed as deeply today as on the day you departed for the heavens; always watching from above, your love and strength shower us and keep us strong in our moments of weakness. A father, brother, lover, friend and son-never forgotten. Love family & friends.

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Journeyman HD mechanic required for oilďŹ eld construction company. Duties will include servicing, maintenance and overhaul of our equipment. The job will be predominately shop work , but with a portion of your time spent in the ďŹ eld. A mechanics truck will be supplied for you. The job is based in Edson, Alberta. Call Lloyd at 780-723-5051.

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We are are looking looking for for aa senior senior produce produce clerk clerk who who will: will: We Provide great great customer customer service service •• Provide Order, receive, receive, trim, trim, wash, wash, prepare prepare && package package produce produce && other other •• Order, fresh products fresh products Stock, rotate rotate && maintain maintain attractive attractive displays displays •• Stock, Demonstrate leadership leadership and and the the ability ability to to motivate motivate others others •• Demonstrate The right right applicant applicant will will have: have: The •• Previous Previous produce produce experience experience or or similar similar Experience ordering ordering && buying buying •• Experience The ability ability to to safely safely lift lift 50+ 50+ lbs, lbs, work work in in an an indoor/outdoor indoor/outdoor •• The environment with with extreme extreme temperature temperature changes changes environment Strong communication communication skills skills both both verbal verbal && written written •• Strong Salary commensurate commensurate with with experience experience and and includes includes extended extended health/dental health/dental Salary beneďŹ tsts && staff staff discount. discount. Great Great opportunity opportunity for for advancement. advancement. IfIf you you have have beneďŹ the experience, experience, skills skills && ability ability to to succeed succeed in in this this position position please please send send aa the resume to: to: resume in person with resume to: email: Russell Farms Market or File A948, c/o The News Leader Pictorial, 2711 Mt. Sicker Chemainus (no phone #2-5380 TransRd, Canada Hwy, Duncan, BCcalls V9L please) 6W4



Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Coordinator Nanaimo, BC The BC Forest Safety Council is a not-for-proďŹ t society dedicated to supporting the forest industry in reducing injuries and fatalities in B.C. We strive for excellence in all aspects of our business and are deeply committed to our key beliefs. Reporting to the Director, SAFE Companies you will provide leadership and management of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and a broad range of communications support to the Council. This diverse role includes the management and support of the Council’s website, databases, and all server and network infrastructure, desktop infrastructure including all PCs, printers, MS Windows operating systems and PC-based productivity software. In addition to a degree or relevant technical diploma, you have at least 5 years working experience and Microsoft certiďŹ cation. You also have expertise with major operating systems and Microsoft OfďŹ ce, website applications and database development. You are an outstanding problem solver, excellent communicator, and relish a fast paced work environment. For more complete information and to apply by February 8, 2013, please visit the careers section at Please send your resume with competition number 2013-01 to the attention of:



BOOKKEEPER GLENORA Farm, 2 days/wk, non-proďŹ t exp pre. Comp wage. Duties include Simp Acc, A/P, A/R, payroll, reports and other duties as required. Send resume: PO Box 463 Duncan V9L 6S9, or email:

Attention: RooďŹ ng & Siding Installers Calgary’s # 1 Exterior’s company will be in your area recruiting for the following positions: skilled Roofers, Siders, Eavestroughers, Foreman & sub crews . Our RooďŹ ng & Exteriors Manager’s will be on the Island on Fri, Feb 1st and Sat, Feb 2nd. Please call Donavan at (587) 228-0473 to schedule a interview during those dates.


For more info link on the link: http://www.epicrooďŹ /about-epic/careers.html DOBSON’S GLASS Ltd., is accepting applications for a F/T Glazier; Measuring and installation of sealed units, mirrors and screens an asset. Wages based on experience. Please apply in person to, 186 Ingram St., Duncan. Family Support Worker, 17.5 hrs / week. QualiďŹ cations: Post secondary training in counselling or social work. Thorough knowledge of resources in the Cowichan Valley • Good writing and computer skills. Preference will be given to qualiďŹ ed persons of Aboriginal Ancestry. Duties: • Provide support for Aboriginal families • Provide individual counselling, • Facilitate parenting groups • Liaise with organizations on behalf of clients • A s sist clients in exploration and identifying problematic areas • Referrals based on clients needs. Deadline: Fri Feb 1 by 4 PM, Submit resume and cover letter with current references to: Hiiye`yu Lelum, PO Box 1015 Duncan B.C. V9L 3Y2 or Fax: 250 748 2238 or drop off at: 106 -5462 TCH Female Caregiver required for female adult with special needs. PT hours, evenings & some weekends. Must have drivers licence & ďŹ rst aid. Send resume to BUSY GENERAL PRACTICE clinic requires MOA with strong work ethic for full or part-time position. Experience within medical ďŹ eld would be an asset. Please reply with resume to “File A 947â€? , c/o the News Leader Pictorial, #2-5380 Trans Can Hwy, Duncan, BC, V9L 6W4


PACIFIC ENERGY Production Workers PaciďŹ c Energy, a leading manufacturer of quality wood and gas stoves, has immediate openings for production metal workers.

PIPE LAYERS req’d at Locar Industries. Min 5 yrs exp $20$25/hr depending on exp. beneďŹ ts package after 3 months. Local work. Fax resume to 250-751-3314 PYRAMID CORPORATION is now hiring! Instrument Technicians and Electricians for various sites across Alberta. Send resume by email to: or fax 780-955-HIRE. SHORE MECHANIC – F/T Heavy Duty Mechanic CertiďŹ cate or equivalent w/5 yrs exp. www.westcoast

Competitive wage rates, a comprehensive beneďŹ ts program fully paid by the company are all reasons to consider a career at PaciďŹ c Energy. Please deliver your resume in person to

2975 Allenby Rd., Duncan to the attention of Chuck Richardson or come in and ďŹ ll out an application form.


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WORK WANTED 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

PERSONAL SERVICES FINANCIAL SERVICES 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.



Canada Safeway Limited Attn: Nicole Carlin E-mail: While we appreciate your interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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CHEMAINUS DOWNTOWN. New 2 bdrm, 2 bath rancher, 1/2 block shopping/hospital. $1200. Call 250-589-2008.

DUNCAN, SOUTH: Large 3+ bdrm, full basement, 4 appls, small pet ok, N/S, $1100/mo. Avail March. 1. 250-246-1457. FEB 1 / Mar 1, One bedroom house on acreage at Shawnigan Lake. Open concept with 4 appliances. $800 per month, references and security required. 250-733-0828. LAKE COWICHAN- 2 bdrm home, close to town, nice yard, deck. NP/NS. Refs req’d. $850 mo + hydro. Avail Feb. 1st. Call 1-(250)653-4234. LAKE COWICHAN- 2 storey house on large lot, 3 bdrms up, studio & family rm downstairs, 2100sq ft, W/D, 1.5 bath, NS/NP. Available Feb 1. $1100. (604)715-3535. LK COWICHAN on Sunset Drive, newly reno’d 3 bdrm, 2 bath house w/ patio. Lake glimpses, steps to beach & use of dock. 1/2 acre lot w/ garden. Pet ok. Avail Feb. 15 or March. 1st. $950/mo. Call Ruth 1-250-812-7578. SHAWNIGAN LAKE, quiet, clean upper level of house, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, garage/storage or prkg, extra prkg avail, full laundry, lovely yard & deck, N/P, N/S, $1200 all utils incl’d. Avail now. (250)743-2519. SHAWNIGAN STATIONRancher Style Houses for Rent. Option of Rent-to-Own 2 & 3 bdrms, 2 bath. $1700/mo+ utils. NS/NP. W/D included. Email for more info or pics: Call us at 250-514-0094.

ANNUAL STOREWIDE SALE. Full month of February. Highway Antique Emporium, Hwy #1 @ Chemainus. Daily 10am-5pm, 36 dealers, 5200 sq ft. Discounts ranging to 35% off.

MILL BAY, 1120 Shawnigan/Mill Bay Rd., (Cedar Creek Park), Sat & Sun, Feb. 2nd & 3rd, 9am-3pm. Too many items to list. Rain or shine. (Indoor MOVING Sale).

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HAIRSTYLISTS HAIRDRESSING in your home, Cowichan Valley area. Barb Stewart. 250-715-6568

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MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE 53’ CONTAINER for a Semi trailer, $4800. 20’ Coleman Travel Trailer, never used, $15,000. Propane furnace, $800. Brand new Lawn mower, $1000. Call (250)735-3258. HERITAGE PAWN BARGAINS! Propane patio heater, Line 6 Spider III guitar amp, Crown Cp660 Pro Audio amp, DJ MP3 Control deck, cedar native hats, Bushnell spotting scope, Sony wireless headphones, large djembe drum. Many more deals in store! 430 Whistler. 250-746-9810. SAWMILLS FROM only $3997 - Make money & save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free Info & DVD: /400OT 1-800-566-6899 Ext:400OT.


DUNCAN, 2 bed, 2 bath adult Condo, #3-370 Cairnsmore St. Level entry, patio, small pet ok. Newly reno’d. $146,000. (250)597-8070 LUXURY Condo in Abbotsford..14th Floor. Wrap around South E/W view spans 270*. 3 BR. 3 Bath. 3 Balc 2475 Sq.Ft. spacious Beauty PH style., 604-807-5341- $589,000

BUSINESSES FOR SALE For LEASE in Duncan! 2 store fronts on Duncan St. 1442 and 1644 sq ft for you! ------------------------------------Established Business for sale: Health store in Duncan. Over 28 years in Business. Includes equip, invent $150k. Call

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MOBILE HOMES & PARKS BACHELOR PAD 55+ Park: 980sq.ft. of total comfort. 2bdrms, 6 appli’s, some furniture. Lrg covered deck, fruit trees, garden space. $79,500. Just move in!. (250)754-6436

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SHOPRIDER4 WHEEL scooter, never used, brand new condition, ďŹ ts in trunk of car. $900. obo. Call (250)729-0880.

APARTMENTS FURNISHED WATERFRONT (Shawnigan Lake) deluxe furn’d 1 bdrm, 7 appls, NS/NP. Avail immed until June. 30, $800 mo + util’s & wi-ďŹ . Ref’s. 250-743-1667.

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL $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).

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE FLOORING FLOOR INSTALLER looking for P/T work, carpet, lino, restretch & repairs. No job too small. Jerry (250)715-5852

AVAILABLE NOW in Duncan...Bright, one bedroom, living room, bath, kitchen, hardwood, private entrance. Shared laundry, garden, yard in a nice quiet neighborhood, close to town. Great for a single or couple, or community minded person. 748-6080

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HORSE PASTURE, 35 acres in Maple Bay. Use of barn, hay and grain storage also included. $125/mo per horse. Avail. immed. 1-780-381-4217.

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Large 2 BDRM corner unit. Walk to Safeway, Shoppers, Restaurants & Aquatic Centre. On bus route. Heat & H/W incl’d. Small pet OK. On-site managers. Call 250-748-1304.

CENTRAL DUNCAN- Lovely 1 BDRM suites in seniors oriented building, heat included. NS/NP. Please call Art, 250-746-7241.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS GUITARS FOR sale. 1994 Ovation Elite Model 1768, made in the USA, asking $1300. Cort 12 string acoustic, like new with soft shell carry case, asking $550. Call (250)324-2991 ask for Rob. VIOLIN SALE for Adults & children. Also, Cellos. Both very, very nice. Please call (250)701-2035.

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CHEMAINUS: 55+ Senior building, 1 bdrm. No pets, No smoking. $556 & $535/mo. Avail now. 250-246-4221 CLEAN, SPACIOUS, reno’d 1-bdrm, top oor, W/D, 2525 Dingwall St., $625 mo. Call 1-(250)474-0545. DUNCAN, 1 bdrm on Alexander St. VERY clean, secure. Sunny 3rd oor corner unit. $650. Mar 1st. (250)748-8196 DUNCAN- 2 bdrm, $850 includes utilities. NS/NP. Avail Feb 1. Call Gerry (250)7156218 or (250)746-4144.

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CENTRAL LOCATION, Bachelor, 1 & 2 bdrms, balcony, F/S, hot water, parking, pet considered, $525$850/mo. Call 250-748-7764.

North Lantzville Estate Sale Virtual waterfront, 4bdrm, lvl entry, walkout bsmnt, panoramic view, high waterfront beach access, new roof, suite or B & B income potential, ample parking on 3/4 acre. Mins from Woodgrove. Pics on $524,900. Call 250-585-2620.

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DUNCAN, 2 bdrm Condo, 5 appl’s, N/S, cat ok. Feb 1st. Ref’s req’d. $800. 3226 Cowichan Lake Rd. 250-597-0011. DUNCAN, 2 bdrm Condo in town, close to all amens, avail now, 5 appls, insuite laundry, hot water & hydro incl’d, N/S, cat ok. $800. 250-746-7536. DUNCAN in town, avail now/Mar 1st. Quiet 2 bdrm apt. 5 appl, $850-$900. 250246-6626 or 250-746-4016

2000 sqft prime downtown Duncan ground oor retail with private parking lot. Ideal for retail or could be converted for automotive shop or similar. Recent renovation. $12/ft. 250-246-8442 1700 SQ’ warehouse w/ retail and ofďŹ ce space for lease on Polkey Rd. Unit has overhead doors and ample parking. . --------1000 sq’ - 7000 sq’ Store front with excellent exposure, overhead doors, ample parking. available now. --------500 sq’ ofďŹ ce retail space for lease with highway exposure and ample parking. --------Please call (250)748-9622 to view

LOCATION, LOCATION LOCATION... Ocean view, newly renovated commercial building in downtown Crofton. Includes 1.5 bath suite, 2 ofďŹ ces, reception area, separate entrance, lots of parking.

250-246-7653. SHOP WAREHOUSE for lease, Boys Rd., Duncan, 1500sq ft w/ofďŹ ce. $7.25 sq ft Call (250)474-3585.

COTTAGES 1 BEDROOM cabin for rent, located in a trailer park at 1400 Alberni hwy, Parksville. Wireless internet and cable included. Only $600 per month 250-954-9547 2 bdrm estate cottage, approx 700 sq ft, in quiet rural area, 15 minutes west of Duncan. F/S, W/D, wood stove. Firewood NOT included. Small pet neg. $700/m. (250) 210-5113

DUNCAN- 2 bdrm, 4 appls, gas F/P, shared W/D. $900. Avail Jan. 15th or Feb. 1st. Call (250)746-8900. DUNCAN, 4 bed duplex near hospital, $1250/m. Feb 1st. N/P,N/S. (250)748-6665 DUNCAN, Walk to town, Quiet 3 bdrm upper, 1.5 baths, 5 appl’s. Fenced back yard. NS/NP. $1275 incl’s util. Avail now. 250-748-9059 HONEYMOON BAY, 3 bdrm, 1 bath, 4 appl’s, near park, lake & bus. Large yard & deck. Avail now, $700 + util’s. 1(250)380-2026 or text 1-250891-2803 LAKE COWICHAN- 2 bdrm renovated sxs duplex. Quiet, rural area. F/S. $550./mo + utils. 250-749-4061. LAKE COWICHAN 3bdrm duplex, avail Jan 15, f/s, heat incl Laundry room, garage. $890. (250)715-5810 (250)748-4253 SHAWNIGAN LAKE area. 1bdrm + den duplex. Ground level, carport & storage, quiet area. Heat, light, laundry incld. $700/mo. Avail immed. Call (250)743-2261 after 5pm.

MOBILE HOMES & PADS 2 bedroom Trailer for rent with work shop in small trailer park, located at 1365 Alberni Hwy, Parksville. $600 per month. 250-954-9547 TALL TIMBERS Park, Duncan: 3 bdrm, F/S, washer, 1.5 bath, fenced yard, small pet considered. $800/mo. Avail. March 1st. Ref’s, damage deposit. Call (250)748-7248.

HOMES FOR RENT 3 bdrm Character home in Duncan. Lrg fenced yard, pets considered. $1350/m. Call/text (250) 597-4725. Avail mid-Feb 4 to 5 Bed, 2 bath, newly updated home for rent on Maple Bay Rd. Lovely home on 1/2 acre lot w/ big deck overlooking Quamichan Lake. Home has new windows and a new efďŹ cient oil furnace. N/S N/P Small pet neg. $1350/mo Avail. March 1. Email or 250-701-7334 CHERRY PT- Clean, quiet 2 bdrm, storage room, waterfront mobile home. NS/NP. $950 inclds utils 250-743-2370 COWICHAN STATION3 bdrm Rancher, single garage in private setting. Avail March. 1st, N/S, pet neg. Refs req’d, $800/mo. Call 250-752-1213. CROFTON- OCEAN view, lrg 3 bdrm, newly renovated. $900. Call (250)246-7653. DUNCAN: 3541 Auchinachie, 3bdrm, F/S, W/D hookup, Feb 1. $1150. 250-748-3663 DUNCAN, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, Rancher, close to lake, big fenced yard, F/S, W/D, D/W, heat pump, $1485 + utils, N/S, N/P. Call 250-748-6574.

OFFICE/RETAIL 4265 Sq ft OfďŹ ce/Commercial warehouse space for lease, Downtown Duncan, large overhead door for warehouse access. Phone 250-710-8961 or 250-709-7593 DOWNTOWN DUNCAN 2500 sq.ft. 6 separate ofďŹ ces, reception, conference area & kitchen, 2nd oor, AC,. $1175/mo. 604-820-8929. DUNCAN, ofďŹ ce/retail, downtown 950 sq.ft. ground oor, completely reno’d. Reception area, 3 ofďŹ ces. $1050/month. Avail now. 604-820-8929 DUNCAN, professional ofďŹ ce space for rent, good location, parking, rates & terms negotiable. Reply to: duncanofďŹ

Green Door Society 900 sqft space for rent, incl. 2 ofďŹ ce spaces, reception. Beautifully Restored Heritage Building and grounds. Incl. triple net, $1512/mo. 250-748-3701,250-510-1209 ‘a house, a garden, a place for people’ WANT TO GET NOTICED? Prime retail/ofďŹ ce space for rent in highly visible historical building on corner of First and Roberts in Ladysmith. 1,687 sq ft. 2 bathrooms, small kitchen, new ooring, A/C

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DUNCAN, NEAR Hospital, mobile home for rent in quiet adult park. Pets ok, call for details. (250) 246-8318.

COBBLE HILL. Bright, clean, 1 bdrm suite, $600. Hydro & water included. NS/NP. Refs req’d. (250)743-8166.



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COBBLE HILL, 2 bdrm main oor, Feb 15, heat, elect incl, newer carpet, paint, no dogs, ref, security deposit req’d, $800 mo. 250-743-4154.

DUNCAN: 2 bdrm w/ den on Sherman Rd. Inclds appls, big back yard, $700. NP/NS. Avail now. (250)510-5526.

COWICHAN BAY 1 Bdrm suite, bright, mountain & ocean view, ns/np, Util./Internet incl. $750. 250-748-2810.

SHAWNIGAN: CLEAN bright and spacious 2 bdrm in Village Avail. Feb. 1st, $850, NS/NP, W/D. Security system incld’d. Call 250-812-0408.

Crofton: 2 bdrm basement suite, W/D, partial hydro included. Separate entrance, large yard, newly reno’d. $800/m. (250) 331-1465


Crofton - quiet cul-de-sac, bachelor suite (for one person), nicely furnished. N/S, N/P, W/D, built-in vac, no partiers, ref’s req. & dd. $650 (250) 246-4192 DUNCAN 2 bdrms F/S,W/D $850 utils incl. N/S, N/P Ref req’d. 250-732-8377 DUNCAN, BASEMENT Bach suite, shared laundry, hydro incl’d, N/S, N/P. Ref’s req’d, avail Feb. 1, $675/mo. Call 778-422-1127 (evenings). DUNCAN- LARGE 3 bdrm, computer room, laundry room, mud room ent. New kitchen. Partly furnished. Carport with workshop. Small fenced front yard. $1250/mo inclds hydro and utils. Phone Ronnie; (250)701-7923. DUNCAN- Lrg 1 bdrm suite, could be immediate possession. Details (250)701-0865 DUNCAN, new 2 bdrm suite, bright, F&S, W/D hookup. N/S, N/P. No partiers. Fenced, kids welcome! Avail now. $800 incl’s util. 250-748-2953 GLENORA, 1bdrm, newly reno’d. Large yard, separate ent & parking, hydro, cable & WiFi incl. Shared laundry. $700, Ref’s & DD. No partiers. Avail now. 250-701-3469 MILL BAY, bright 1 bdrm ground level suite on scenic acreage. Incls F/S, cable, hydro & internet. NS/NP, $695. Avail Feb. 1. 250-743-2187.

3 BDRM Townhouse, clean & freshly painted, 1.5 bath, F/S, drapes, WD hookup. Sundeck, lots of parking, quiet, near hospital, cheap to heat. Avail now. N/P. $875./mo. Call 250748-7992, 250-748-2727. 250709-7992.

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CARS 1988 CHEVY Caprice Classic, low mileage, 1 owner. $2250. Glass top Kenmore stove, white, $225. Both very nice. Please call (250)701-2035.

A well established Cowichan non-retail business requires the following for a long term and renewable lease: *ground oor 2,200+ sq foot ofďŹ ce with nearby or adjoining 1,200+ sq foot warehouse *min 15 parking spaces; or min 8 on site & min 7 nearby *central to Duncan location (within 5 KM to downtown) Our operation will not suit any residential occupancy nearby as we ship & receive at all hours. Your location must allow access for a 5 ton single axle truck. Required for April 2013. Please contact:

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High-stick by Powell River’s Evan Richardson, above, whacks the Caps’ Jesse Neher in the face during Friday night’s B.C. Hockey League game at Cowichan Arena. There was no penalty on the play. Below, Caps’ Luke Gordon helps create a crowd in front of the net that eventually leads to a goal behind Merritt Centennials’ goalie Jesse Gordichuk Saturday night at Cowichan Arena.

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Brown’s overtime marker gives Caps their 10th win

Small steps: Power play clicks for four of ďŹ ve goals during weekend action Don Bodger

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he Cowichan Valley Capitals Âżnally reached double digits in wins by beating the Powell River Kings 2-1 in overtime in B.C. Hockey League action at Cowichan Arena Friday night. It took 39 games for the Caps to record their 10th win, but they’re taking small comfort in any progress they can make at this point with a young team. “Any wins are good wins for us,’’ said Caps’ head coach Jim Ingram. “I like the way we played Friday. Emotional level was good.’’ Scraps involving the Caps’ Grant Nicholson and Kai Cathers helped to raise the intensity level. The Caps scored twice on the power play, including the overtime winner by defenceman Jarrett Brown after Powell River’s Jordan Burns was penalized for hooking. “We found a way to win by a goal for a change,’’ said Ingram. Captain Mikael Jung had the Caps’ other marker in the last minute of the second period. The Caps took on the Merritt Centen-

nials, one of the top teams in the Interior Division, the next night at home and lost 5-3. The last Centennials’ goal was into an empty net so it was essentially another of many one-goal losses. “We were good for 40 minutes, took the second period off,’’ said Ingram. The Centennials scored three unanswered goals in the second to erase a 2-1 deÂżcit. Brown and Garrett Skrbich notched powerplay goals for the Caps in that game. Mitch Ball’s goal late in the third period gave the Caps new life, but Reagan Soquila iced it for the Centennials with an empty-netter in the last second. Ingram’s hard-working team is continuing its development, even if the results aren’t always there. “The younger kids are starting to get more ice time and different responsibilities,’’ he said. “They’re having good moments and bad moments. That’s all part of it.’’ The Caps play a home-and-home with the Bulldogs this weekend, Friday in Port Alberni and Saturday at 7 p.m. at Cowichan Arena. “We feel we’re close with everybody,’’ Ingram said. “It’s just the ability to put away pucks leaves us high and dry.’’

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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Sall answers the call

Crowd’s craziness continues

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Hoop rivalry: Brentwood wins showcase game Don Bodger

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he atmosphere is always electric when Brentwood College and Shawnigan Lake senior boys’ basketball teams clash on

the court. The latest round of the rivalry was played last Tuesday night at Brentwood College and a loud crowd spurred the home side on to a 65-47 victory. “There’s been some classic matchups,’’ said Brentwood coach Blake Gage of the history of the event. “We’re really lucky to have a rival like that.’’ Last year’s showcase at Brentwood went into overtime before the home side prevailed. This time, the hosts held a 13-7 lead after the ¿rst quarter, increased the margin to 31-14 at the half and 49-24 after three quarters before Shawnigan nearly doubled its total from the ¿rst three in the fourth quarter. “They carved into it pretty good at the end,’’ said Gage. “They played with a lot more sense of urgency than we did,’’ said Shawnigan Lake coach Vito Pasquale. “They came out and physically handled us right from the get-go.’

Rabid Brentwood crowd drowns out a smattering of Shawnigan Lake School fans in Tuesday’s showcase basketball game. Below, Jordan Charles of Brentwood Äghts to hold onto the ball against Henry Williams of Shawnigan Lake.

Pasquale said his team blew ¿ve layups in the ¿rst quarter and that didn’t help to produce a decent start. “Then they opened up a lead in the second quarter and we couldn’t get back. In the beginning, they played us way more physical and pressured us.’’ “I don’t think Shawnigan played their best game,’’ said Gage. “It’s always a hard game to play in because the crowd is pretty crazy.’’ It’s hard to keep the players’ emotions in check with such a boisterous backing. “We were probably as reasonable as I could expect,’’ said Gage. “We didn’t try to do too much out of the ordinary.’’

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Shawnigan had about 80 fans in attendance amid the Brentwood mob. Jordan Charles led Brentwood with 25 points, including ¿ve threes. Jason Tran scored 16 while Shalev Sharabi and Hayden Frisch added 10 apiece. Henry Williams was the high man for Shawnigan with 17. Both coaches expected a tough rematch Tuesday at Shawnigan. The plan for Shawnigan, Pasquale said, was “to come out way more aggressive than the last time we played them.’’ Brentwood also won a battle of the school hockey teams Saturday at Kerry Park Arena, 3-2 over Shawnigan in a shootout.

owichan’s Junior Thunderbirds are too strong for many opponents even without their best players on the Àoor. Cowichan romped to an 80-25 junior boys’ basketball victory over Gulf Islands last Tuesday at Cowichan Secondary School while giving guys off the bench the most playing time. Jeevan Sall led the scoring with 22 points while Corwin Trent (17) and Callan Rakimov (10) also hit double ¿gures. Josh Brown accounted for most of the Gulf Islands scoring with 14 points. Cowichan plays its next game Thursday at home against Brentwood College A, starting at 3:30 p.m. The Thunderbird Classic tournament follows Feb. 1 and 2. Walnut Grove of Langley, Handsworth of North Vancouver and Valleyview of Kamloops are in the ¿eld. Cowichan plays its opening game Friday at 3 Andrew Leong p.m. against Stelly’s. St. The eyes have it for Jared Champoux of Cowichan, as he drives Michael’s, Claremont and Oak Bay are the other island past Gianni Martin of Gulf Islands last Tuesday. Cowichan led 39-12 at halftime and won convincingly 80-25. teams.

Next Home Game!

Olivia Bakker Figuring out which Bakker girl is which is the first problem for the opposition trying to defend against the Duncan Christian School Chargers’ senior girls’ basketball team twins. Olivia Bakker, 17, a Grade 12 student, and sister Rachael have both come a long way since starting as midget basketball players in Grade 8 and joining the senior team a year later. “Grade 9, I had no idea what I was doing on the court,’’ said Olivia. “I remember feeling really confused. You learn by playing in the games.’’ Coach Michelle Nederlof has witnessed the progression firsthand. “Olivia has really grown from being a wide-eyed player that really wants to learn new things to someone who can make things happen on the court,’’ said Nederlof. Olivia is now a leader on the court in games and practices for the seven-member squad. She also started in volleyball at DCS in Grade 8 and made the leap to the senior team in Grade 10. “I enjoy both,’’ said Olivia. “Volleyball’s more of a mental sport so it’s more mentally tiring than basketball is, but I think if I had to pick I would pick volleyball. But I do really enjoy basketball, too.’’



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Assistant Plumb named to replace Ingram as coach of the Capitals

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Jim Ingram is no longer the coach of the Cowichan Valley Capitals. A decision was reached “after much discussion between management, ownership and coaching staff,’’ read a statement from the B.C. Hockey League club, to replace Ingram with assistant Aaron Plumb.

Former Caps’ head coach Darren Rodney has been brought back to assist Plumb. Ingram expressed his gratitude for his time at the helm in Cowichan in a statement. “What you have here is a great group of boys,’’ he pointed out. “They are committed to one another

in their desire to move forward. I wish these boys and the Capitals’ organization much success in the future. I know that the team will continue in their work ethic in the hopes of being the best team they can.’’ The Caps are currently last overall in the BCHL.

Wildcats play through the pain to make their gain U18 indoor: Four Cowichan products help set the tempo on hobbled championship side Don Bodger

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attered and bruised, but not beaten. The Island Wildcats could have been excused for faltering during the U18 girls’ indoor hockey tournament at the Island Savings Centre Saturday and Sunday. Cowichan’s Chelsey Cleemoff had a banged-up toe that was frozen so she could play the ¿nal and other members of the team were also hobbling — even coach Ali Lee was suffering from a broken thumb that occurred just days before. But the Wildcats emerged on top of the ¿veteam event on the strength of superb performances from Cleemoff, other valley players Casey Crowley, Stefanie Langkammer and Claire Seeliger and four girls from Victoria who made up the team, culminating in a 4-0 victory over Alberta. “We had so many injuries,’’ said Cleemoff. “We were all still here — dedicated. The timing of the tournament was also dif¿cult with schooling.

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Sticking out her stick allows Shawnigan Lake School’s Antonia Gruetzediek to temporarily slow down the Wildcats’ Claire Seeliger, above left. Wildcats’ team members who dug their claws into the competition and won the U18 indoor hockey tournament, from left, include: Casey Crowley, Gill Kirkpatrick, Jenna Dhillon, Chelsey Cleemoff, Lexi De Armond, Stefanie Langkammer and Claire Seeliger. Front: goalkeeper Shinai Sorenson. Bottom right, Langkammer makes a move to try to get past Shawnigan’s Louica Unger. Bottom left, Cleemoff defends hard against Alberta’s Anna Ewasechko. “All of us have provincial exams (Monday),’’ “The game we tied was kind of not that we said Cleemoff. “In between our games we were were holding back, it was one of the ¿rst games all studying. I don’t think it gets any more dediof the tournament and we didn’t know what to cated than that.’’ expect,’’ said Cleemoff. Langkammer had her appendix taken out on The U18 girls are the younger members of a Christmas Day and is still recovering. Wildcats team that plays Premier League hockey “I’m supposed to be taking it easy,’’ she said. outdoors. They relish the opportunity to suppleTaking short shifts helped her get through it. ment their skills indoors. The Wildcats were simply relentless on offense “It’s slightly different,’’ said Seeliger. “It’s fastand defence. paced and more goals. Sometimes it can be more “I think we’re more composed,’’ said Langinteresting.’’ kammer. “We took our time and made smart The Wildcats jumped into a 3-0 lead on Alberta decisions.’’ in the ¿rst half of the ¿nal on goals by Crowley, “We seemed to compensate for it pretty good,’’ Cleemoff and Lexi De Armond. said Seeliger of the injury situation. Gill Kirkpatrick wrapped up the win with the “We had a system for the last game we wanted lone goal of the second half. and it seemed to work.’’ Cowichan’s top team, the Typhoon, won the Shawnigan Lake nipped Cowichan’s younger Alberta and the Wildcats tied 3-3 in the round preceding third-place game over Shawnigan Lake team, the Tsunami, 4-3 to get into the third-place robin portion of the tournament, but the Wildcats School 5-1. Sara Lowes and Jenner Court had game. only had four players on the Àoor at times for that two goals apiece, with Brittany Smith adding a The Wildcats went undefeated by also beating game so the rematch was a completely different single. the Tsunami 5-2, the Typhoon 5-1 and Shawnistory. Sophie Lorenz-Meyers replied for Shawnigan. gan Lake School 5-1.

Rowlings makes an immediate impact Two for the show: Pair of goals leads Div. 2 soccer squad to a 2-0 win, Hughes scores in Div. 1 victory Don Bodger

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iming is everything. Cowichan LMG Pringle was locked in a scoreless battle with Nanaimo United in a Div. 1 Island Soccer League game Saturday in Nanaimo and it looked like it might end that way. But Tyler Hughes stepped up and delivered a big-time goal with 14 minutes left to give Cowichan a 1-0 victory. “You could see it was coming,’’ said Cow-


ichan assistant coach Kevin James. “We had the majority of the possession. “It was one of those games you had to roll up your sleeves and stick with the game plan.’’ Hughes ¿red a howitzer from about 25 yards out that made a slight deÀection off a defender’s toe and fooled the keeper. “After coming off a tie in Salt Spring Island, those three points are big for us,’’ said James. “They’re a hard-working team.’’ Cowichan plays at Prospect Lake Saturday. Div. 2 action at McAdam Park Sunday featured an eventful return to the playing ranks

from the sidelines for Neall Rowlings. Lorne Chahal, the coach of the team for the last decade, is getting Cowichan results and Rowlings popped in two goals in a 2-0 triumph over Powell River. “It was my ¿rst game since last year’s exit in the quarter¿nal Cup game against Powell River and I was eager to play,’’ noted Rowlings. He scored on a left-foot shot after a pass from Kevin Smith and a Àick from Jordan Korven. Darian Achurch recorded the shutout. Jose Muro, Smith and Korven were among the standouts in a great group effort.

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Magical left foot of Neall Rowlings results in both goals for Cowichan United in a 2-0 Div. 2 win over Powell River.



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hemainus secondary’s joyful one-night stand ably displayed This Is Why We Dance. Reasons surfaced Thursday during 25 rollicking routines by teacher Sarah Lane’s Grade 9 to 12 Àoor artists. Cross-cultural choreography for some 300 friends, fans and family left pupils of varied dance experience and abilities nowhere to hide. They didn’t want to. Their smiling conveyor-belt of cool routines earned cheers, whistles and applause for several-dozen dancers backed by tunes between The Beatles, Michael Jackson and Bon Iver, to The Killers, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Pink, and Marianas Trench. Live drumming for eight-member Basket Lady was lent by the Chemainus Tzinq’uaw Dancers. This Aboriginal act added a special reminder of the area’s cultural heritage and legends. With no sets or props, the gym’s wooden Àoor hopped from opening ensemble Medley, to solos including Jami-Lynne Dalziel’s demanding Freak, Kelsie Vosshans’ balletic Crystallize, Chelsea Quist’s modern Better Than I Know Myself, Tegan

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Corolla still popular after 40 years Story and photos by Lorne Drury Metroland Media/ – The Toyota Corolla is like the ‘Energizer bunny’— it just keeps going and going. One of the best-selling cars in Canada year after year, the Canadian-built Corolla is now in its 11th generation and still going strong after 40 years on the market. In fact, Toyota Canada just released its latest sales figures to show that 2,371 Corollas were sold in December, and a total of 40,906 for all of 2012 — an increase of 11.6 per cent over the year before and 43 per cent of all Toyota car sales for the year. Not bad for a car with the current generation nearing the end of its shelf life and the 12th generation set to launch as a 2014 model. So why still such strong sales numbers now for the Corolla? There are many reasons, but styling is probably not a major one. In a compact market with ‘lookers’ like the Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and Mazda 3 in the mix, the 2013 Corolla still maintains the conservative styling that the model has always featured. But what the Corolla does offer in spades is affordability, reliability and fuel efficiency. And although there are a great many impressive new entries in the segment, the Corolla continues to satisfy thousands of dedicated followers in this country. It starts at $15,450 for the base

CE trim level that even offers a moonroof package ($2,960), which Toyota says is the lowest-priced car with a moonroof in the compact segment. My tester was the above-mentioned CE with moonroof package and four-speed automatic transmission ($1,000) that priced out at $19,410 ($21,010.20 with all taxes and freight and PDI). What you get for that price is a solid, reliable compact car that is no longer all that compact. In fact, it is fairly spacious inside although rear seat legroom is at a premium when the front seats are in their rearmost positions. The ride is comfortable and the cabin quiet except under hard acceleration. Power to the front wheels comes from a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine that makes 132 hp and 128 lb/ft of torque. This provides decent acceleration, but not a terribly exciting driving experience. Natural Resources Canada fuel economy ratings for the Corolla automatic are 7.8/5.7/6.8 L/100 km city/highway/combined and 7.4/5.6/6.6 for the manual. All Corollas are offered with the choice of a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic. The base CE has features such as tilt/telescoping steering column, 60/40 split folding rear seat, outside temperature gauge, dual vanity mirrors, 12-volt accessory power outlet, dual power adjustable/heated

exterior mirrors and lots more. Available option bundles include the Convenience Package that adds steering wheel audio controls, air conditioning, upgraded audio system with Bluetooth, and power door locks with keyless entry. Move up to the Enhanced Convenience Package and you add heated front seats, power windows and cruise control. The Moonroof Package adds all these features plus the moonroof. The Corolla S starts at $20,605 and offers more sporty features including a full skirt package, unique scuff plates, leatherwrapped steering wheel with integrated audio controls, sport seats with special fabric, fog lamps and a rear spoiler. A Moonroof Package or Technology and Leather Package are available for the Corolla S. At the top of the ladder is the Corolla LE, starting at $21,170 that has 16-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, metallic dash accents, steering wheel controls, cruise control, keyless entry, power moonroof and fog lamps. In the dash is a 6.1-inch display screen for the new-for-thisyear six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth. Optional is an Upgrade Package

with eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, automatic climate control, automatic headlamp system and smart key with pushbutton start. A Premium Package features an upgraded audio system with navigation and wood grain interior trim. The cabin of the CE-trimmed

Corolla is fairly basic with easy-touse controls. The two-tone colour scheme is attractive and the seats proved to be comfortable, even after our four-hour drive to visit friends during the holiday season. Trunk capacity of 348 litres (12.3 cu ft) is average for this segment. We had the car loaded up for a fourday stay at our friends’ home and ended up folding down the rear seat for even more cargo room. On the highway, once up to speed the Corolla cabin is quiet and the ride is soft and cushy. We didn’t push the car into corners at all

Package, again with things you might expect such as Blind Spot Detection and rear backup camera. But it also includes the Auto Park System which does just that. Pull up to a parallel parking spot and activate the system and it sizes the space up, and if big enough, works the steering and brakes to tuck you in. Lastly on the amenities side, I think the sensor under the rear bumper that detects when you swipe your foot beneath it and automatically opens the rear liftgate is pure genius. No more fumbling for the keys with two arm loads of groceries.

Ford’s newest CUV Escapes its trucky past Story and photos by Jim Robinson, Metroland Media/ Since 2001 when it debuted, the Ford Escape was the top selling compact SUV, picking up on the winning formula begat by the original Explorer. Times have changed and truck-based compact SUVs have been swamped by a deluge of car-based crossovers, or CUVs, available today in seemingly every price range. Ford already has the Edge CUV, but the company realized that not only was the brand name Escape golden but consumers might also want something a little smaller and using less fuel. Not that the Edge is all that much bigger at about six inches longer with 45 more horses from a 3.5-litre V6, but the Escape is also 400 lb lighter. Passenger volume of the Escape is 98.1 cu ft, while the Edge is 108.4 cu ft – not much difference as I see it. When I picked up the Escape I honestly thought it was a mid-size CUV when I looked at it. It’s all part of the trend of cars and trucks growing in size. But as they get bigger, the cost of operation is decreasing at the same time, resulting in the consumer getting more for less. Thus we have the truly all-new Escape for 2013 that shares literally nothing with the out-going model except an engine on the base model and the Ford badge on the grille. While there is one transmission, a six-speed automatic with SelectShift sequential manual shift, there are no less than three engines starting with (as noted) a 2.5-litre inline four-cylinder on the base S producing 168 hp and 170 lb/ft of torque. The S is only sold in front-wheel-drive (FWD). The SE features the 1.6-litre EcoBoost inline fourcylinder engine making 178 hp and 184 lb/ft of torque in either FWD or all-wheel-drive (AWD).

during our test period, but from previous experience in earlier Corollas, I know that this isn’t the car’s strength. I could easily live with the Corolla on a day-to-day basis, but there are so many great vehicles in this entrylevel class today, that the choice would be a difficult one if I were in the market. But, no matter what you decide, be sure to put the Corolla on your shopping list because even after all these years, it still has a lot to offer in the way of basic, affordable transportation.

EcoBoost is Ford’s use of turbocharging and leadingedge technology such as variable valve timing and direct fuel injection for reduced fuel consumption but with the power of a larger displacement normally aspirated engine. On the SEL and Titanium (as tested) the EcoBoost fourcylinder is a 2.0-litre unit with 240 hp and 270 lb/ft of torque. The SEL is available in FWD and AWD while the Titanium is fitted with AWD only. In terms of fuel consumption, the Titanium in FWD format gets 9.5/6.7L/100 km (30/42 mpg) city/highway, while the AWD scores 9.8/6.9L/100 km (29/41 mpg) city/highway. Interestingly, the federal environmental stewardship tax on the Titanium is $30 when it is usually about $100. Although the engine may be small in terms of size, EcoBoost gives it the equivalent power of a V6, thus the tow rating in up to 1,588 kg (3,500 lb). In terms of cargo volume, there are 971 litres (34.3 cu ft) behind the second row split/fold rear seat and 1,920

litres (67.8 cu ft) behind the front seats. Tested here is the top-of-the-line Titanium which leaves no Ford option unplumbed and part of the $37,499 base price which included the Kodiak Brown Metallic paint. Along with strides made in fuel consumption, electronics and materials, paint is often overlooked. But on this Escape, the deep, rich brown was, as far as I could tell, free of imperfections. Hard to believe it was a mass production paint job, but the proof was literally right before my eyes. Speaking of electronics, the tester came with the MyFord Touch infotainment system with satellite radio and navigation that is an optional ($700) part of the Ford SYNC suite of driver/passenger aids. While it does all the things you’d expect from a navi/ sound/info system, it also recognizes thousands of voice commands. For instance, you can tell it to change the radio station, get someone on the phone, or set the climate control. At $1,500, another option was the Parking Technology

I covered close to 600 km in the Escape on mostly major highways, but there were a lot of back roads as well. Ford’s AdvanceTrac stability/traction control system comes with Curve Control that can slow you down as much as 16 km/h in one second if it senses you are entering a bend going too fast. Also part of the system is Roll Stability Control and optionally available is a trailer towing package included sway control that reduces engine speed and starts putting on the brakes when it senses trouble. Because you sit slightly higher, the driver’s view forward and to the side is good but it is greatly aided by the blind spot system. When you pass another vehicle, it flashes until you are well ahead and then you can pull back into a slower lane and see what you are doing all the time. As for the AWD system, I couldn’t tell you when and where grip was going because it is that seamless. As noted, “base” price for the Titanium Escape was $37,499. With the above mentioned options and a few more such as leather seating ($750) and the power panoramic sunroof ($1,759) total options were $4,830 bringing the all-in cost to $42,329, not including the $1,500 shipping fee. Considering all the amenities, the price is highly attractive compared to some of the import luxury compact CUVs and I would definitely include the Titanium in the luxury class. I could never have said that about the previous generation Escape, but it shows how Ford, despite being more than a century old, has not let itself lag. Have you driven a Ford lately? You just might want to try the 2013 Escape.

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Pilot flies high among intermediate SUV contenders Story and photos by Neil Moore Metroland Media/ Honda had forged its reputation on a lineup of small, dependable and fuelefficient vehicles. But with the passing of time, its models increased in size, along with the North American waistline and the propensity for our smaller families to carry far too much stuff. But that’s another discussion, and for those buyers who still need to haul several kids and hockey bags, the intermediate sport utility – a rugged alternative to the bland minivan and gas-guzzling, full-size SUV – seems to be the vehicle of choice. It’s a competitive segment that includes Chevy Traverse, Dodge Durango, Toyota Highlander and the redesigned Ford Explorer, and one in which the Honda Pilot – my tester for the week – has completed its best year ever in Canada, selling 5,807 units. Although launched as a 2003 model, the Pilot is still only in its second generation, with a redesign that took place in 2012. This gave the Pilot a new look up front with the clunky six-sided grille insert replaced by a more sophisticated three-bar design. Lights and turn signals were tweaked, and a new, more aerodynamic front air dam added. All models received bigger 18-inch alloys, and inside the cabin, the instrument panel was redesigned and given a more intuitive button layout. Also new is a standard equipped eight-inch colour multi-info display. What hasn’t changed is the size, with the second-generation Pilot having virtually the same footprint as its predecessor. This SUV also sits pretty much in the middle of its competition, with Traverse, Durango, Highlander and Explorer having similar dimensions. Ditto for cargo space, with the exception of Traverse, which has significantly more room than the others. Still, Pilot’s 2,464-litre maximum cargo hold (1,351 litres behind the second row) is ample for most needs, and was a huge help in clearing out my father’s basement. And unlike some three-row SUVs I’ve driven, the Pilot offers usable space behind the third row – 589 litres. Honda is a master in carving out bins, nooks and crannies for all your loose items, and in the Pilot, this begins with its large, multifunctional centre console. The look is clean, with a lid that rolls back to reveal a deep well, handy storage tray and two cupholders with rubber grips to keep your Timmy’s

double-double upright during the cut and thrust of your morning commute. Lift the armrest for another deep bin that houses both 12- and 115-volt power outlets, along with aux and USB inputs for your MP3 player. There’s another cubbie just below the HVAC controls, a handy partitioned tray above the glovebox, and dual-level storage below each of the door handles. Honda has thoughtfully lined most of these with a nubbed rubber surface, helping keep loose objects from sliding around. The instrument panel has more hard plastic than I’d like, but the fit, not to mention the accents and layout are pleasing. Rear passengers ride in comfort – particularly in top trim. In addition to loads of knee room, occupants in the reclinable 60/40 second row get their own fan and temperature settings as a part of the standard threezone climate control. They can also enjoy available seat heating, manual sunshades (Touring only) and an optional rear entertainment system. The latter feature is one I always enjoy on long trips, as my kids quietly watch their favourite movies – with headphones – while my wife and I talk or listen to music. The third-row seats aren’t as sumptuous, but as long as the middle passengers slide forward a little, the 60/40 split bench will accommodate full-size adults. But only two comfortably, three in a pinch. In terms of power, the competitors listed above all deliver more, but Honda’s proven 24-valve i-VTEC 3.5-litre V6 is no slouch. Its 250 hp and 253 lb/ft are enough to move the Pilot’s 2,091 kg curb weight with ease, and a little punch when needed. Step hard on the throttle, and the five-speed automatic downshifts briskly yet smoothly, and with a minimum of engine roar entering the Pilot’s well-insulated cabin. Off the line, takeoff is good with zero to 100 km/h acceleration in just under nine seconds. Of course, such driving will have you spending unnecessary time and dough at the fuel pump, so a lighter foot is needed to achieve anywhere near the Energuide rating of 12.3/8.2/10.5 litres/100 km (city/hwy/comb). My own combined rating was closer to 13.0, but that was mostly urban driving. If I’d spent more time on the highway, Honda’s variable cylinder management, which shuts down up to three of six cylinders under light load, would have come more into play. The Pilot’s suspension – Mac struts up front and multi-link in rear – is forgiving and contributes to its excellent road manners in the city. Steering

Elantra GT offers European flair Story and photos by Lorne Drury, Metroland Media/Wheelstalk. com Years ago, few people would have even glanced at a Hyundai model in our driveway. But last week, I must have answered questions from half a dozen neighbours about the bright red 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT sitting outside the house. That confirms for me that Hyundai is well past the days when it sold vehicles on price alone. That’s not to say that price is not a factor in the phenomenal sales success the South Korean automaker has enjoyed, but it is only part of the story. Styling has made the Elantra, and others in the Hyundai model lineup, vehicles that people WANT to buy, not just HAVE to buy because they are inexpensive. Hyundai now has three variants of the Elantra on the market with the introduction of the five-door GT hatchback this year as a 2013 model along with the Elantra Coupe and Sedan. This has made the Elantra nameplate one of the

top selling models in Canada with record sales of 5,054 units in August alone. The GT uses Hyundai’s signature “Fluidic Sculpture” design language and has an impressive 0.30 coefficient of drag. The fourth-generation Elantra sedan has a great track record already and has won numerous accolades, including the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) Car of the Year and North American Car of the Year for 2012, so the addition of the GT and Coupe only add to the already impressive sales numbers of the model. The Elantra GT replaces the Elantra Touring in the model lineup and adds a great deal more flair to the five-door variant. The Touring was more of a wagon, while the GT is a sleek-looking fivedoor hatchback. Using the “Fluidic Sculpture” styling that Hyundai has adopted as a brand, the GT has a European heritage in that it is based on the i30 model sold overseas. It has a slightly shorter wheelbase than the sedan, but the corporate styling is evident

with the large hexagonal grille and the dual character lines that flow upward from the front fenders. These design elements help create a slippery aerodynamic profile with a coefficient of drag of 0.30, bettering or on par with all but the Mazda3 Sport in the segment. The Touring model was already a solid seller and Hyundai expects the GT to account for about 25 per cent of all Elantras sold here in Canada. The Elantra GT has seating for five with one of the largest cabins in the compact hatchback segment. The 60/40 rear seats fold flat. This is where price comes into play and the GT is very well priced, starting at $19,149 for GL with six-speed manual, rising to $26,349 for the SE with Tech Package and sixspeed automatic. The front-wheel drive GT is powered by Hyundai’s Nuseries 148 hp, 1.8-litre fourcylinder engine that is shared across the Elantra lineup. It is available with a six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic with Shiftronic manual control. The engine has an aluminum

block, resulting in a 30 per cent weight saving over an iron block. Fuel consumption is rated at 7.2/4.9L/100 km city/ highway with the manual and 7.3/5.0L/100 km for the automatic. The European-tuned suspension of the GT means it is calibrated more for increased responsiveness and handling (i.e. better driver involvement), whereas the sedan is tuned in for more comfort. With its hatchback design and fold-flat second-row seats, the Elantra GT has one of the roomiest cabins in the segment. Cargo volume is 651 litres with the rear seats upright and 1,444 litres with the seats down. Adding to the familyfriendliness of the GT is the number of convenient stowage and storage features throughout the cabin. We tested the top-end SE with Tech Package that came loaded with everything the GT can throw at you, including a neat rear view camera hidden behind the Hyundai emblem on the trunk lid. When the shifter is popped into reverse, the emblem tilts out to expose the camera. Cool! At $26,349 the SE with Tech also features leather seats and door trim, seven-inch touch screen navigation, 17inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, auto-dimming rear view mirror, proximity keyless entry with push button start, alloy pedals,

is light, and with a relatively tight turning circle, I had few problems piloting this large vehicle in and around mall parking lots during the Christmas rush. You can purchase a front-drive Pilot, starting at $34,990 for the LX-2WD, but I don’t see the point in what is little more than a minivan with robust styling. All other trim levels include Honda’s front-biased, Variable Torque Management four-wheel drive system. VTM-4 anticipates the need and engages the rear wheels sooner than typical slip-and-grip systems. I drove on snowy and slushy roads much of the week, and gave little thought to the drivetrain. Like most Honda engineering, it draws little attention to itself, working seamlessly while you attend to more pressing matters. My Touring tester, as you’d expect in a fully-loaded model that prices out at $48,590, includes a long list of features like heated leather front seats with 10-way power adjust and memory for the driver, front and rear parking sensors, multi-view camera, navigation, 10-speaker 650-watt AM/FM/CD premium audio system with 5.1 theatre surround sound and 15 GB hard drive, and the previously-mentioned DVD rear entertainment system with 9-inch display. A power tailgate is also available, and is a blessing in winter and early spring. Push a button on the fob, and your hands or gloves will stay free of muck. There are plenty of worthy vehicles in this class, some of which include safety nannies you won’t find on the Pilot. But if you’re looking for a comfortable, practical family hauler – one with Honda’s stellar reputation for build quality – this vehicle should be high on your shopping list.

360-watt sound system and mirror mounted turn signal indicators. The GLS version, priced at $21,349 is expected to be the volume leader and it adds power adjustable driver’s seat, panoramic sunroof, fog lamps, 16-inch alloys and leatherwrapped steering wheel to the

base model. The six-speed automatic is a $1,200 option. On the road, the GT feels like much more of a driver’s car than the sedan, largely because of the European tuning, which gravitates to the sportier side of the equation. Inside, wind and road noise is negligible at cruising speed,

but engine noise picks up when you accelerate rapidly or on steep inclines. Otherwise, the car is comfortable, quiet and easy to drive. All in all, the GT is a great family car at a reasonable price. No wonder Hyundai is selling Elantras in record numbers.

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Cowichan News Leader Pictorial B5 • Cars • RVs • Boats • Go Green

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Details are everything on 2013 Ram pickups on the new 3.6-litre V6 and will be optionally available on the 5.7-litre Hemi V8 later this year. The quad cam V6 is used widely across the Chrysler model lineup and, in the Ram, it produces 305 hp and 269 lb/ft of torque. More importantly, it offers 42 per cent more horses, 11 per cent more torque and an expected 22 per cent better fuel economy than the 3.7-litre V6 it replaces. Official fuel ratings were still being calculated at this writing but Ram executives expect the 3.6-litre with eight-speed will be the segment leader in light trucks, beating out current leader Ford F-150 with its 3.7-litre V6. The second engine choice is the proven overhead valve 5.7-litre Hemi V8 with 395 hp and 407 lb/ ft of torque, with a stated 12 per cent fuel consumption improvement over the 2012 version of the Hemi. Standard transmission is a six-speed automatic. Lastly is the 4.7-litre SOHC V8 with 310 hp and 330 lb/ft of torque mated to a six-speed automatic and aimed primarily at fleet sales. Ram is offered in 4X2 and 4X4 versions in short and long boxes, three cab sizes (Regular, Quad and Crew) and no less than seven trim levels (SXT, SLT, Outdoorsman, Big Horn, Sport, Laramie and Laramie Longhorn). Starting price for the base SLT 4.7-litre is $26,995; but because of the hundreds of ways to mix and match, overall pricing is too complicated to detail here. This is what Chrysler Canada told

NASHVILLE, Tenn.: When it comes to pickups, details are everything – something not lost on engineers when it comes to the new 2013 Ram 1500. Forgetting trim levels, there are literally hundreds of ways to outfit light pickups due to the myriad of needs and uses. A new wrinkle these days are everrising fuel/operating costs and that means combining expected brawn with new levels of weight saving and fuel economy. It starts with the use of an eightspeed automatic transmission, the first I know of in a pickup truck. The TorqueFlite 8 also does away with column or floor shifters supplanted by a rotary knob mounted to the left of the centre stack. This “e-shift” dial is simple to see and use, even with work gloves on. Appreciated by those who know trucks is the ability to shift from Reverse to Drive quickly when towing or navigating in snow, mud, loading ramps, work sites and parking lots. The eight-speed is part of a new thermal management system that quickly raises the temperatures of the transmission and engine. Ram engineers found that heating fluids as soon as possible improved fuel efficiency by 1.7 per cent purely by cutting parasitic losses. The eight-speed will be standard

me officially. “Essentially, the V6 with eightspeed is $1,200 over the 4.7 and another $200 for the Hemi 5.7 with six-speed. So $1,400 for a Hemi over the base 4.7. But on the SLT you can actually choose the V6 or the Hemi for same price (again different packages, etc.).” At the press launch in Nashville I spent the whole day in the 3.6-litre in SLT trim, which is one step up from the base SXT and what I thought will prove the most popular choice, especially in the Crew Cab version I drove. Ram claims the 3.6-litre has the same grunt as a V8. With just my co-driver and I aboard, it certainly felt very strong on the combination of mostly secondary roads south of Nashville. The ride, not the power, was the best part. Even without the optional air suspension, the Ram tracked the narrow roads in that part of the state tenaciously. Later towing a big trailer with a large ATV strapped to it, the Ram pulled up and down gentle grades with no discernable sense of the transmission hunting the rev range for more power. Even though our SLT was basically entry level, the seats were big and supportive with dozens of cubbies and storage areas scattered throughout, which is what those who will gravitate to the SXT or SLT are looking for. But if you want premium luxurylike fittings, the Longhorn has without doubt the most opulently equipped interior offered by

any vehicles under the Chrysler Corporation banner. The optional air suspension ($1,500) offers five ride heights that raise or lower the body over a range of four inches. It changes ride height at speed as selected manually from the console or key fob. With the air suspension, Ram claims best in class step-in height or 553.4 mm (21 in), ground clearance 274 mm (10.8 in), best departure angle 27.8 degrees and breakout angle of 24.2 degrees. Little details, as noted above, are a big deal with pickup buyers and the Ram has sweated a lot of them. The unique Ram Box built into each

side of the bed can now be opened and locked remotely and it is also illuminated. It keeps things dry but, if needed, it can carry ice and there is a drain plug. With the eight-speed transmission, there are active shutters in front of the radiator. When closed, they help direct air away from the engine bay to improve aerodynamics. They automatically open when needed. There are some 45 safety/driver aids on every Ram, most standard. With 16 per cent of Canadian vehicle sales being pickups, obviously a lot is riding on the 2013 Ram, and officials in Nashville were buoyed by the fact their sales

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One Hundred Voices provide musical soundtrack to Idle No More


One Hundred Voices for One World are Idle No More. The Cowichan Valley choir is joining with the Cowichan Spirit Drummers, Paul Ruszel and Bopoma (featuring Ted Wright, left) Saturday in a benefit concert for the political movement centred on the federal government’s Bill C-45 and the First

Nations and environmental concerns that it has created. “I am deeply touched by Idle No More. This musical event is the way I support Canada, my community of Duncan, First Nations’ rights, and humanity as a whole — through song,” 100 Voices director Cari Burdett said in a media release.

Immediately following the music, Joe Thorne — Cowichan band member and Duncan city councillor — will lead a discussion about Idle No More, describing how he finds the community currently “awakening to the truth.” The show begins at 2 p.m. in the Mercury Theatre, 331 Brae Rd. in Duncan.

Singing, dancing and a love story for the ages Oklahoma! South Island Musical Society stages Rodgers and Hammerstein classic Peter W. Rusland

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he timeless, sweeping Broadway music Oklahoma! returns to Cowichan this week with 50 South Island Musical Society members slapping stage leather. They’re being led through Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning singalong score by choreographer Cathy Schmidt, music director Hilary Coupland, and drama director Leslie Croghan. “SIMS did Oklahoma! many years ago, and how can you not be involved?” Schmidt asked. “We have an amazing cast, and it’s a challenge as a choreographer with some great musical numbers.” Familiar songs span Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’ , Pore Jud is Daid, People Will Say We’re In Love, All Er Nuthin’, Kansas “This truly is a City, and love story.” many more — some involving footwork as farm gal Laurey (Sarah Lane) is courted by cowpoke Curly (Dr. Graham Brockley). “The two lead characters know what they want but don’t know how


to get there — it takes Jud to get them together,” said dance coach Schmidt. “We had to teach our men’s chorus tap a bit, and they rose to the challenge,” she said of rehearsals saddled Oct. 9. “Josiah George (as Will Parker) has a soft shoe in Kansas City, and so do the men — the whole cast also does a time-step during Farmer and the Cowman in the opening of act two.” But Oklahoma! is more than Prairie prancin’ and romancin’. Schmidt pointed to loner Jud (Dave Ehle) who lends a darker side. “The struggle Jud goes through as a human being shows he’s not just the bad guy. The dream sequence will leave the audience saying ‘Wow.’” That’s what Ehle said of a stage role to perk his daily grind. “I’m in my late ‘40s and was getting bored,” the mental-health worker said. “I was looking for something I haven’t done before for a spark to life.” He found it in the Jud character. “Jud’s isolated and lives alone in a smokehouse. In modern terms, he’d be the porn-addicted social outcast. “He’d like to meet a woman but doesn’t have the skills; he’s really a modern character,” said Ehle, who’s task was tackling singing duty. “I sing in the shower.” Soft-soap is added by SIMS’ veteran Cliff Braaten. He’s cast

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Laurey (Sarah Lane) dances with Curly McLain (Graham Brockley) as Dave Ehle’s Jud Fry glowers in a scene from the South Island Musical Society’s Oklahoma! as travelling salesman Ali Hakim — while building sets with Chris Killam and Brad Heyde. “We’ve got an old, 16-foot windmill. The other major sets are Jud’s smokehouse, and Aunt Eller’s (Lara Cardriver) two-story house.” Construction happened in a former Pioneer Square bistro turned

workshop. “The biggest challenge was ¿guring out if it all works, and ¿ts together,” Braaten said, citing pneumatic air-casters for on stage movement. Meanwhile, Schmidt was stoked about Oklahoma’s main event. “This truly is a love story.”

Your ticket What: Oklahoma! When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1, 2, 8 and 9; 2 p.m. Feb. 3. Where: Cowichan Theatre Tickets: $32, $27 from SIMS members; Feb. 1 premiere $20, $8 students. Call 250-748-7529.

Jorgen’s mastery of Swan Lake stuns Cowichan crowd Review: Dancers dance on Review: in silence after rare technical glitch stops music Peter W. Rusland

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vil Von Rothbart’s hex seemed to vex Cowichan Theatre’s sound system Sunday during Ballet Jörgen’s lavish Swan

Lake. Act-one’s computer glitch cut music to the stage stacked with a cunning cast that made local artistic history by continuing to dance in silence during the rare technical gap. It left the crowd dangling as if in suspended animation during an unforgettable 55 seconds. It seemed an eternity to Ed Lazenby, the theatre’s part-time soundman, who saved the show by staying calm and amazingly restoring the music at the right place.

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Gustavo Hernandez wowed a Cowichan audience with his athletic leaps as the jester. “It felt like forever, but when I checked, it was 55 seconds-ish.” But Lazenby wasn’t looking to blame anyone — to him, it was simply live show-biz. “We ran this music today, but it didn’t catch the glitch the second time,” he said. “A glitch in (Ballet Jörgen’s laptop) computer froze the score.” So Lazenby used BJ’s computer and iTunes to pinpoint the place to the mend the musical gap. “They gave me enough information to ¿nd it,” he said of the

acclaimed Canadian troupe. “You’re dealing with computers; who’s to say it’d ever happen again? They kept going.” Did they ever. Ballet Jörgen’s personi¿ed professionalism earned a long, standing ovation from a show signifying what live art really means. You can’t get this kind of dramatic jolt in a cineplex, or by playing a video game. Even without the mistake recovery, Sunday’s performance was sterling — that’s what made the score scare so spellbinding.

Bengt Jörgen’s shiny troupe blended 1700s costumes, effective sets, creative lighting, adept acting and lithe legwork — with intoxicating results. Syncromesh moves and expression told the four-act story of a lovely maiden (Saniya Abilmajineva) transformed into a swan by half-man, half-wolf sorcerer, Von Rothbart (Hiroto Saito). His evil against tragic heroics from young Siegfreid (Daniel Da Silva) fueled choreographed conÀict amid a gaggle of white-tutu swans, dark henchmen, and colourful characters aplenty in the Fortress of Louisville ruled by Siegfried’s mom, the Countess (Clea Iveson). Precise execution during solos and duets joined a shifting geometry of ensemble numbers. It’s tough to put a new spin on and old classic like Swan Lake. Ballet Jörgen succeeded in specAndrew Leong tacular fashion. Classical ballet rating: 11 feath- Daniel Da Silva is the young hero Siegfreid in the Jorgen Ballet production of Swan Lake. ers out of 10.

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Prostate Cancer Support Group: at the Canadian Cancer Office, 394 Duncan St. 7 p.m.

Emily Spiller / Johnny Good: Live looping artists. $15 door $12 advance, 8 p.m., Duncan Garage Showroom, 330 Duncan St. Think Tank Session: for Chemainus Chamber at the Seniors Centre, upstairs meeting room 5:30 p.m. RSVP to Travels with Avis: art show of 49 paintings/linocuts by Avis Rasmussen, Cowichan Theatre, Duncan. Ongoing until 30 January.

Thursday Film Screening: Awardwinning film “For Once in My Life” at 7 p.m. at the Hub in Cowichan Station. Suggested donation: $5

Vocal Workshop: with Laurel at the Art House, 1756 Wilmot Ave at 7:30 p.m. No experience necessary. By donation. Andrew Leong

Guest pianist Ian Parker performs George Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra at the Cowichan Theatre on Friday, Jan. 18. Buckman Coe: Americana, roots and reggae, 8 p.m., Duncan Garage Showroom, 330 Duncan St, $15 advance, $18 door. The Cowichan Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group: meets the last Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Canadian Cancer Society Board Room, 100 – 394 Duncan Street, Duncan. No registration required, please

drop by. For further information call Gord 250-743-6960 Triple P parenting seminar :

Friday Bake Sale: Fundraiser for the Hiiye’yu Lelum (House of Friendship) Society at the Quw’ ustun Smuneem Elementary School in Duncan for students to purchase during lunch hour.

Wil / Ryan McMahon: Singer/ songwriters, 8 p.m., Duncan Garage Showroom, 330 Duncan St, $20 advance, $22 door. Oklahoma: Opening night at the Cowichan Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: opening night only: Adult $20, Student $8 Cowichan Valley Arthritis Support Group Meeting: St. John’s Anglican Church hall, 1 p.m.

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David Vest: Maple Blues Award nominee. $25 door $20 advance, 8 p.m., Duncan Garage Showroom, 330 Duncan St.

Scotch Broom Pull: at the Somenos Garry Oak Protected Area (end of York Rd in Duncan) at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Event details and online registration can be found at: http://support.

Documentary Night at the Cowichan Library: Frank Wolf follows the proposed Enbridge pipeline route by foot, bike, raft, and kayak and talk with the people who live and work on the line, 6 p.m.


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