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Aaron Wright, 10, plucks two Ästs full of Easter treats from the Cowichan Aquatic Centre Sunday. He was among about 50 children diving into the pool for the underwater Easter egg hunt. Andrew Leong

Hundreds rally in Shawnigan as soil permit deadline looms Tyson Jones

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on’t expect Saturday’s large rally in downtown Shawnigan Lake to be a one-off event. In fact, a public display of opposition to the proposed contaminated soil dump in the Shawnigan watershed may be repeated as soon as this weekend. Shawnigan Basin Society executive director Georgia Collins expects similar crowds April 6 and 7 at the Shawnigan Gathering at the Shawnigan Lake Community Centre. That’s where residents will be able to express their concerns about the controversial draft permit to Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon and to NanaimoCowichan MP Jean Crowder. And with only seven days remaining before

the public feedback period on the South Island Aggregates draft permit closes, organizations are also planning to meet with public health authorities Thursday. “We hope they will recognize the risk to public health and stop or delay the permit process,” Collins said. More than 150 people hit the streets in Shawnigan village on March 30 to express their concern for the town’s drinking water and its potential contamination. The four political candidates in the May 14 provincial election spoke at the rally. They expressed the same sentiment they have in the past: We do not want this soil. “If this is unsuitable for Victoria, then why is it suitable for Shawnigan Lake?” asked B.C. Liberal Steve Housser. Though all four candidates are in opposition





of the Stebbings Road site, only Conservative Damir Wallener has the backing of his party to reject or pull the permit. “Our party stands with you. And even if this permit is granted — if it gets out of the draft stage — if you entrust us with the next government, we will pull it,” says Damir Wallener. All candidates urged those present to continue doing what they are doing and eventually their voices will be heard. “We all have to be heard. Let’s march on the legislature. Let’s make people see what we are talking about,” said Shawnigan Lake resident Garry Sanders. A legislature protest planned by the Shawnigan Creek Protection Association for April 4 is postponed until further notice. It is one of several groups uniting in opposition to the plan. more on page 6

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Ditidaht d band gets 420 hectares along Nitinat Lake as part of pre-treaty deal Ditidaht First Nation chief G. Jack Thompson is hailing a signed agreement with the provincial government as a huge step forward for his people. The Ditidaht signed an incremental treaty with the province last week that provides land to create economic, community and cultural opportunities. The Ditidaht receives three parcels of land totalling slightly more than 420 hectares along Nitinat Lake

— a large tidal lake approximately 14 miles long. “The signing of this incremental treaty agreement revives our members’ interest in the treaty process,’’ Thompson said in a news release. “The Province of British Columbia has shown a measure of good faith by providing Ditidaht with economically viable lands. “We are now hopeful that this momentum carries over to the federal government. We will continue

to work with Parks Canada on our Eco-Tourism initiatives.’’ ITAs are pre-treaty agreements that promote planning and advance pre-treaty agreements for First Nations and the province prior to a final treaty. The Ditidaht — often referred to as the Nitinat — First Nation has about 750 members.

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Rats, Åooding and a tight squeeze have RCMP seeking new quarters Price pending: ALR removal first step in replacing three-decade-old Duncan police station Peter W. Rusland

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he Mounties may always get their man. Catching rats is another story. A rat infestation is just one of many reasons council aims to swap North Cowichan/Duncan’s cramped, Àoodprone detachment with an $8-million facility, behind newly diked municipal land off Beverly Street. “We’ve got rodents coming into the building,” said Insp. Kevin Hewco, noting plugged ratholes in his 1979 headquarters on Canada Avenue. Some detectives pointed to urine-stained ceiling tiles above their desks during a News Leader Pictorial tour of the cramped 1,617 square-meter detachment serving North Cowichan, Duncan and Cowichan Tribes. Cpl. Trent Casson shared rat disposal stories while backing his boss’ concerns about close quarters in their busy cop shop. “We bang into each other all the time — we’re trapped in here.” That just isn’t healthy to Hewco and his 79 of¿cers and staff. “There are lots of health-and-safety issues Peter W. Rusland in this building and North Cowichan has been North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Insp. Kevin Hewco inside one of his detachment’s aging cells offering prisoners some potential dangers. responsive to each issue,” he said. Mayor Jon Lefebure knows the need for a new Hewco and Lefebure would prefer the operation further debate, bylaws and more — would see Cell deaths could cost taxpayers some $500,000 detachment, which would be built by taxpayers under one roof, not spread into out-buildings. cash reserves built, and the balance borrowed, “once the lawsuits are done,” Hewco indicated. to RCMP specs, then rented by Ottawa for the “It’s not the type of building you could build up Lefebure explained. He’d rather spend public money on new cells, federal force. Hewco and crew would continue using their old costing about $100,000 each, in a new detachment. on; it needs to be replaced,” said the mayor. “They have an extremely poor building and Then there’s Àooding as the detachment sits in detachment while a modern one’s built. “Why invest in cells that are outdated?” he site,” he said. “It’s part of a Àood area. Access is He passed staff in cramped cubicles, entered a asked, cheering his high-tech video cell-monitor- Somenos Marsh’s Àood zone. also poor going north,” he said of the building ing system. “We’re surrounded by a creek. This buildpacked ¿le-archive, then reached six dated jail “bursting at the seams.” Hewco’s wish list spans secure bays to unload ing was sandbagged in the past,” said Hewco. cells and a spartan drunk tank. Council recently gained favourable citizen comsuspects from cruisers; more secure parking; sev- “Mould was addressed in the building in recent “We need at least double that (cell) number. ments about a new detachment that could be built We house about 2,500 prisoners a year — a lot eral meeting and interview rooms; plus a project years too.” in about a year, he said. room for analyzing exhibits and evidence. “The new building must be above the 200-year for a detachment our size. Housing prisoners is North Cowichan has applied to pull a district“It’s having the ability to brief the team, and Àood mark, or we wouldn’t even consider it,” extremely high risk; we’re responsible for their owned triangular lot, beside Fun Paci¿c’s go-kart well-being.” help the investigation move forward,” said Sgt. added Lefebure. track, out of B.C.’s agricultural land reserve. Terry Illingworth. Both guys are thinking long-term. Jailbird safety could be at risk in the orange The current building could be razed, and the “It’s tight here,” Const. Kelly Rydholm said in “This is a growing valley,” the top cop said of cells where sharp-metal edges, lighting glass, and land sold later. the Community Policing portable. “(The detachclimbing crime stats. “It’s not going to get any other Àaws might tempt suicidal suspects. Council’s ballpark price tag — still subject to ment) could be twice as big.” smaller.” “Prisoners can ¿nd ways to hurt themselves.”

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Old Chemainus elementary school site ofÄcially returned to North Cowichan Chemainus: Community meeting will discuss skatepark, dog park and other possible community uses Peter W. Rusland

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egal rails to Mural Town’s proposed skate park were greased by the education minister last week, giving the old Chemainus elementary school site back to North Cowichan council, the News Leader Pictorial has

learned. “This is great news, in terms of options it opens for us,” Mayor Jon Lefebure said Saturday, con¿rming the education minister had approved transferring the 3.8-acre site to council. Lefebure credited municipal clerk Mark Ruttan’s document digging that uncovered North Cowichan handed the site, in trust for educational use, to Cowichan’s former school board in around 1960. Effectively, the school board had owned the school and site that became surplus once Chemainus’ new elementary school was built in recent years. During that time, Chemainiacs lobbied council for a skate park, and other facilities, on the site bordering some homes. But homeowners expressed concerns about noise, crime and other worries concerning the board park and other uses. Lefebure explained council simply aimed to secure the derelict site, then weigh its options with citizens — including Àattening the former school. “We petitioned the school board, saying the school site was surplus to its educational-land needs, and they agreed.” The board has passed four readings concerning returning the site to council “but the motion had to go to the minister to be signed off.” Transferral must now be registered by the school board with B.C. land titles, Lefebure noted. Council will stage a town meeting in a month or two to probe possible site uses. FUTURE SHOP – Correction Notice On page 7 of the March 29 flyer, the Asus Laptop Featuring Next-Gen AMD Quad-Core A10-4600M Processor (K75DEBH01-CB) (WebCode: 10227299) was advertised with incorrect specifications. Please be advised that this product IS NOT a touchscreen device, as previously advertised. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our valued customers.

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Chemainus’ long-awaited skate park rode closer to reality last week when the education minister signed SD79’s motion to return the old Chemainus elementary site to North Cowichanians. “We’ve talked about a dog park, and a skate park, but we haven’t talked about a community centre there,” the mayor said. “We’ll look at all options, including some residential developments.” Green building features are possible, in accordance with council’s drive to shed its carbon footprint.




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But despite the widespread concern expressed by the community, it remains unclear if they are being heard. Even a letter sent from Cowichan Valley MLA Bill Routley to Minister of Environment Terry Lake was returned unanswered. Instead of a response from Lake, he got a response from Active Earth, the contractor for SIA. Once the public feedback period closes on the draft next week, the ministry is expected to rule on the permit. If SIA receives a permit, a 30-day public appeal process begins. Groups in opposition of the site are preparing for that appeal process just in case.

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our youths believed to be culprits in a rash of local burglaries and thefts have been arrested, RCMP say. The suspects were released and are set to appear in court April 25, Cpl. Jon Staurt of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP told the News Leader Pictorial. “Continuing investigation of these similar crimes, through examination of evidence and witness accounts, led police to identify four youths who were responsible for these offences. “These four youths have been arrested and face a variety of break-andenter, and mischief charges that cover all of these incidents,” Stuart says in Thursday’s press release. It was unknown at press time if the young suspects hail from Cowichan.

But their alleged vandalism-packed burglaries did happen here. That alleged crime spree spans Feb. 26 to March 19, Stuart indicates. Feb. 26 saw RCMP attend a 6:30 a.m. report of a broken window at the Sweet Shop Sugar Connections, at 104-80 Station St., Duncan, where two large windows were smashed and several candies seemed missing. An hour or so later, Mounties were called from Duncan’s White Spot Restaurant regarding an overnight burglary. Several bottles of liquor were taken. Three suspects were seen entering the restaurant during the theft. On March 7 at about 3 p.m. cops received a report people had broken in to the Travelodge Silver Bridge Inn along the Island Highway, and they were still inside. Police arrived after the suspects had ed. “It appears entry was gained through a broken window, and bottles of alcohol were taken,” Stuart says. “Two individuals were observed leaving the area. Two youths were later identied in the break and enter, and some of the stolen liquor was

recovered.” Minutes later, RCMP answered an alarm at nearby Romeo’s, where a window was found broken, but entry hadn’t been gained. March 19, just after 4 a.m., police heard an alarm call from Duncan Lanes on James Street. A front window was smashed, but it did not appear entry was gained. Fifteen minutes later, Mounties got a report of an alarm at Duncan’s Boston Pizza. A break and enter had occurred, and booze had been stolen, Stuart explains. “It was determined four people had been involved in this break and enter.” Two hours after the Boston Pizza caper, RCMP heard of a break and enter, an hour prior, at the highway’s Roadhouse Pub. “An alarm was activated at approximately 5:30 a.m. and turned off by a property rep. “Police were not called until a smashed window was noted. A witness provided a description of two youths wearing dark clothing, who were seen in the area at the time of the alarm,” Stuart says.

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Politics almost ensures dirty dirt goes away Election promise: Too many politicians with too much to gain to let soil dump be approved


oes anyone else think it is likely that the ongoing drama over the Shawnigan Lake dirty dirt will ultimately be settled in the residents’ favour? With the draft permit for a contaminated soil storage and treatment facility in the Shawnigan Lake watershed emerging is the single biggest issue in the Cowichan Valley riding six weeks before a provincial election, how could this end any other way? B.C. Liberal candidate Steve Housser may have been a relative unknown in his community a few months ago. Odds stacked But when the province announced the draft permit, he quickly leapt to the against SIA forefront in the battle to stop it. success The soil battle has given him an opportunity to step in front of a microphone in front of several engaged crowds, and portray himself as someone ¿ghting on the community’s behalf. It’s not hard to see a scenario emerging where he can play the hero for convincing minister Terry Lake to kill the project. Incumbent Bill Routley has been slower to the plate, but does any one actually think his party will miss this opportunity to portray the Liberals as the business-over-people bad guys? Conservative Damir Wallener beat both of them to the punch by getting the backing of party leader John Cummins on a pledge to pull the permit. And Kerry Davis is the Green Party candidate. With so much hay to be made politically, does anyone really think South Island Aggregates has a chance outside a legal threat or challenge? At the very least Lake will put a moratorium on the proposal “for further study” that will move it out of the way until after the election. If democracy won’t get things done here, maybe politics will.

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

This we like As the British Columbia Aboriginal Treaty process continues to lurch along like the dying brontosaurus it so much resembles, it is good to see progress being made on small fronts. Last week’s announcement of a land deal with the Ditidaht First Nation follows the announcement of a similar pact a few weeks earlier with the Malahat. These aren’t final solutions, but they are much-needed steps.

Smaller interim deals are better than the constant nothing we are used to from the Aboriginal treaty process.

It’s sad women must continue to prove their worth Maeve Maguire

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’m a lazy feminist. I expect equal bene¿ts, pay, jobs, and respect but I forget these things didn’t come without a ¿ght. Just as I’m about to get comfortable, something dreadful happens to remind me women are still not as equally respected as men. This time it’s the Steubenville rape case. What sounds more like ¿ction penned by Arthur Conan Doyle is instead an abhorrent incident in which a teenage girl was raped by two male peers who had the audacity to brag about the event on social media. If those boys were hoping to gain notoriety as misogynists they’ve achieved it, but they also poured gasoline on my feminist ¿re. Henry Rollins, actor and 1980s hardcore musician, wrote a blog to share his ideas on what society can do to stop women from being disregarded as equal participants.

He suggested we put Women’s Studies in school curriculum to reveal history’s “war heroes to politicians, writers, speakers, activists, revolutionaries and let young people understand that women have been kicking ass in high threat conditions for ages and they are worthy of respect.” His comment inspired me to share a few of the women I admire, all of whom are Canadians who kick ass in intense situations and who I believe serve as examples of why women are worthy of respect. Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada, is at the top of my list. May has what might be the greatest challenge in Canadian politics: to move her political party from obscurity to power — and she’s doing it. Who but for the true environmentalists voted for the Green Party before Elizabeth May came on board in 2006? Five years later in 2011 she won the last seat in the House of Commons, and a year later won Parliamentarian of the Year.

On Monday, businesses around Cowichan switched back to the old PST/GST system after a brief fling with the HST. Don’t expect to see great savings on your bills because of the switch, and don’t expect most small business owners to be happy with a changeover that will complicate their accounting. The anti-HST forces may have won, but what did they actually win?


May uses her deep knowledge of the law and procedure to nibble tirelessly like a little green mouse at the large block of blue Conservative cheese. She is relentless in ¿ghting for what she believes is right—and she still makes time to hug everyone she meets. She’s a warrior with warmth. You may not agree with her politics, but you must respect her ¿erce determination and sense of gratitude. Eden Haythornthwaite and Candace Spilsbury are two Cowichanians on my list of amazing women. These former school trustees were on opposite sides of the unbalanced budget debate that led to their dismissal from the school board last year. Spilsbury has defended a child’s right to excellent education in the Cowichan Valley since 1998. Haythornthwaite is so passionate about not submitting to the government’s apparent

disregard for public education that she was willing to put her job on the line for it. Again, whether or not you agree with their politics, these two women are warriors who are worthy of our respect. It’s a shame women need to prove their value, as though being bearers of life isn’t reason enough for equal respect. But if that’s how the game must be played for now, then lace up your shoes and get back on the ¿eld. Continue the ¿ght so that young men will no longer think it’s acceptable to take advantage of a girl.

Maeve Maguire is a technical writer who lives and works in Maple Bay and writes monthly in the News Leader Pictorial. Visit her blog www., or email her at

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Did you turn your lights off for the March 23 Earth Hour? “I was in Maui. I heard about it, and we turned our lights off.”

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“No, I forgot about it.”

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Latest federal budget another example of PM’s steady hand on our economy

Crofton Seawalk a nice quiet stroll

Dear editor Re: of¿cial opening of the Crofton Seawalk. This is de¿nitely a must for those who want a nice stroll. It’s very quiet with beautiful scenery and kind folk too. A nice place to walk. We bring our granddaughter there too. I encourage anyone to check it out. Ray Tony Charlie comments submitted at

Walkway a much-anticipated highlight of our regular visit

Dear editor We visit my daughther in Crofton every year for a couple of months. She lives along the seawalk, which we walk as often as we can. It is a beautiful site to visit and my grandkids love it. We will be there in May and hope to visit the site again. Richard Delsid Villelas Sr.

In my opinion: Canada leads the way


he week before last, Jim Flaherty released the Conservatives’ eighth comments submitted at budget. By all accounts it was a bland budget with very little earth-shaking news. It The only danger is to the credibility Andrew Leong is important in economic uncertain times that the of city’s elder-friendly program Speaker Jason Greenwood provides some permacultural tips during a workshop at the 5th-annual Duncan Seedy government refrain from radical, experimental Dear editor budgets or taxation schemes that may endanger Saturday, presented by Cowichan Green Community, on Saturday, March 23 at the Si’em Lelum Gym. Mayor Phil Kent and Island Corridor Founeconomic recovery/stability. dation executive director Graham Bruce had Of most signi¿cance to us, there is a promise to Yes, and it’s dangerous to have elders, and the less worthy of a clean, healthy, and happy life? to be kidding about Guy Frith’s homemade index gas tax funding, thereby disabled, and moms with babes in strollers Dirk Ouellette rail crossing. Dangerous? A little bit of gravel? ensuring continued increasing Mill Bay struggling over the tracks. A train might run When I walked across the track last week I was municipal infrastructure fundso happy that after all these years someone had them down, while attempting at crossing. ing for our municipalities for That’s what should be looked at “more deeply.” taken some action. I mistakenly thought the Put health of our water supply Ä rst years to come. I applaud Guy Frith and am glad he has drawn city had done it as a temporary solution espeDear editor This is in addition to the attention to the problem. I love how the Hub is cially since the trains run, what, once a month I live in Shawnigan Lake and I am tired of Community Improvement drawing so much attention to our community now? I’ve never even seen a propane tank government(s) not caring what we, the taxpayFund, the Building Canada and the follies of those in charge — the “Comon this freight run in the past 10 years. What ers say and just doing as they please. I do not Fund and the P3 Canada Fund munity” graf¿tti, that must come down and Martin Barker: I have seen is a constant Àow of struggling believe this ministry has our best interest at which are all earmarked for now this. best interest elders with canes, crutches and walkers and a heart but that of big business. I would like to infrastructure funding. Maureen Briglio, Duncan lot of parents struggling with strollers. And the know what Environment Minister Terry Lake In Canada, we continue to comments submitted at city has been on an elder-friendly campaign would say if he lived in Shawnigan and drank have a unique problem where our unemployed for a few years now too. Perhaps if the mayor our water. I think he would consider it a little do not have skill sets for certain economic secand city staff crossed the tracks more often they Aren’t Victoria’s waste practices a more carefully. How is it that Victoria has a tors/regions which are grossly in need of skilled might act quicker after witnessing some of the watershed that you cannot set foot in and our employees. wee bit selÄsh? struggles. water comes from the lake that many Victoria This dichotomy between current skill set of the Dear editor Paul Fletcher people use as their summer boating and party- labour market and the skills needed by Canadian I keep reading about all the horrors of the comments submitted at ing lake? Quite a contrast. Once SIA is allowed employers is going to be met by the Canada Job south end of our island, having to take care of to dump this contaminated soil and something Grant. Up to $15,000 is to be made available for all of the bodily wastes of Victoria, Esquimalt, leaks (because it will) you can not put a plug in training with required inputs from employers and Vigilante crossing brings needed Oak Bay, ad nauseum. We are now having it. The health of the residents should trump the provincial/territorial governments. to rise up and ¿ght the province’s decision to attention to Duncan’s follies pro¿ts of SIA. We do not want it! The federal government continues to keep taxes dump waste in our Shawnigan Lake’s waterDear editor Cathy Bhandar low for working Canadians, has started to reduce shed. Graham Bruce’s reaction to the homemade Shawnigan Lake the de¿cit and GDP to debt ratio, reduced tax loopThe good people of Greater Victoria seem to rail crossing seems harsh and over the top! holes for the wealthy and continues to develop and want their waste to disappear, without a trace. w maintain jobs that will help to protect our social N No muss, no fuss, not in their backyard! No, The CVRD has discovered the programs. tthey’d rather send it north to the good people of fountain of youth Canada continues to be among the global leaders oother places, or keep shoveling it out to sea. Dear editor in the economic recovery and is the envy of most George Carlin would have a heyday with the I read with interest that regional directors every country in the world. “Are you OK with the province’s draft permit to allow ggood people of Greater Victoria! Don’t want to missed birthdays. That was news to me. I With the newest addition, Cyprus, as yet another contaminated soil to be dumped in the Shawnigan Lake ssee it, smell it, or hear about it. Just send someserved for 17 years and never missed a birthfailed economy, to add to Greece, Spain, Italy, Porwatershed?” w where else so you don’t have to deal with it! day. When I left I was 17 years older then when tugal, Ireland and until lately the US, among many You answered: (146 votes) Doesn’t that strike you as just a wee bit selfI started. Maybe I was on the wrong commitothers, demonstrates the success of our federal iish? Are they so callous they are willing to bur91 per cent NO tees. Not a bad job — get paid big bucks and government’s economic policy. dden others with the byproducts of the good life don’t get any older. Canada continues to prosper in dif¿cult global oon Vancouver Island? Are those who live to the To vote on the next Question of the Week, log onto the Glen Ridgway economic times compared to other countries of the nnorth, or the ocean they want to dump in, any web poll at North Cowichan world without widespread austerity measures or large tax increases. The recent budget was widely approved by a wide range of stake holders ranging from Canadian Federation of Independent Business to Habitat for Humanity Canada. 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y the way, did you hear: • Between shivers, Dennis Morris and Mario Desandoli let us know about Dwight School Canada’s third-annual Polar Bear Swim on March 14. A dozen staff and a select group of students took the plunge into 7 C water and raised $900 for Dwight’s Haiti School Project. Student organizers included Roy Chavez from Peru, Amir Meysami Fard from Iran, and Victor Blasquez from Mexico. Sean Morris of Shawnigan Lake was the top student fundraiser for the second year in a row, while 11-year-old Marissa Morris served as the of¿cial photographer. • Chemainus has been elected Canada’s Most Entrepreneurial town by Reader’s Digest thanks to an entry submitted by Cynthia Faryon detailing the Little Town That Did’s mural-powered rebirth. • Lake Cowichan’s Animal Rescue Society celebrated its sixth anniversary of helping animals — 872 in total with a light luncheon last month and some humour and sadness from guest speaker Valerie Shave. Among those making a difference with the society are Margaret Livingstone and Barbara and Mike Bedard. Secretary Nora Tyler tells us volunteers are welcome. Call 250749-4040.

Valley people Name: Avery Graham Occupation: manager at Mobil1 Lube Express Age: 27 Hometown: Winnipeg If you get a chance go see: Arbitrage — an interesting thriller Right now I am reading: Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein I’m listening to: Stampa by Serena Ryder and Red Hands Walk Off the Earth At least once everyone should: swim the Cowichan River on a sunny day or taste Cowichan wine Most people don’t know I: can service any vehicle Proudest or happiest moment: graduating with my MBA in marketing, communications and management Biggest fear: I’m scared of needles and bloody bones If I was appointed queen of the valley I would: volunteer at a local charity and get 500 people to help Before I die: I want to build a school in a third-world country Words I live by: Never be a prisoner of your past. Become an architect of your future

• Chemainus Chamber of Commerce coordinator Jeanne Ross and Chemainus Visitor Centre co-ordinator Marlie Kelsey, say it time to reserve your spot for the 2013 Chemainus Giant Street Market, scheduled for Saturday, July 6. Application forms for prospective vendors are now available at • Anne Muir reports the recent Chef’s Table event at Providence Farm raised about $9,000 for the battle against MS. • Shawnigan Lake RCMP Sgt. Rob Webb reports many Cowichan folk were recognized at an annual Block Watch captain’s meeting, including CVRD’s Sybille Sanderson who presented on emergency preparedness, Julie Rosenthal as the new South Cowichan community policing coordinator, and recently retired Shirley Walker for her countless hours of volunteering. • Also in the Shawnigan detachment, Const. Amanda Curwin is transferring to South Island Traf¿c Services in May. Const. Rennard Jo will begin in April. Longtime detachment clerk Sherry Fortune recently celebrated 25 years of service with the RCMP. 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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ll manures aren’t created equal, in author and gardeningguru Carolyn Herriot’s world. “Get to know your manures,” the green thumb said, unloading tons of ideas on a group of fans during her recent stop at the Duncan Garage Showroom. Promoting her books The Zero-Mile Diet, and The Zero-Mile Cookbook, readers hung on every word about how best to protect their food from corporate control by rms such as Monsanto, and other multinationals. “Save your own seeds,” urged Herriot, who teaches seed saving and food growing at Kwantlen College. Herriot explained how various

sources and grades of manure offer different ways to keep home soil fertile year round — and the vegetables and herbs to grow in them. While she recommended various organic fertilizing methods, Herriot noted sea soils “aren’t balanced; it’s not soil.” While “not every winter is equal,” the Victoria-based writer, aiming to relocate to Cowichan said, “We have the best climate in North America here.’’ Still, deer and rabbits are a problem in the Warm Land. Her solutions included 25-foot spans of inexpensive fencing — possible in three days around an acreage — using black-mesh that blends into the landscape and allows pea-growing on it. But Herriot lamented access to farmland is expensive, but it must be made available by politicians so

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amilies are the common thread in a local quilt of groups sharing about $165,000 in Cowichan United Way donations. “I don’t know if people realize how much money we raise for our area,” said president Mike Murphy, high-ving generous Cowichanians who donated to help 18 deserving agencies. “All money donated in the valley, stays in the valley.” Cheques are being sent to those 18, spanning the Cowichan Valley Basket Society, Cowichan Valley Hospice Society, and Cowichan Women Against Violence Society, to the Clements Centre Society, and the MS Society, Murphy explained. “They all deserve something; that’s why we spread it around.” Charities apply for United Way funds, then those apps are gingerly weighed by Murphy and his committee members who realize donations have taken a hit during tough economic times. “The economy has affected us for the past three years. “Still, lots of our money comes from workplace donations where money’s taken right off their pay cheques.” Major contributors are Catalyst Paper, RBC Royal Bank, TimberWest Forest Ltd., Western Forest Products Ltd., The 1988 Foundation, and others who wished to remain anonymous, said United Way executive director Carol Stenberg. Other agencies supported include Abbeyeld Pennells House, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Canadian Red Cross,

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Link shows his form at the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl For Kids Sake fundraising event last month. BB/BS is one of 18 local charities benetting from the United Way. Community Options Society, Cowichan Family Caregivers Support Society, Cowichan Family Life Association, Cowichan Lake Community Services, Cowichan Neighbourhood House Association, Duncan Daycare Society, Hiiye’yu Lelum (House of Friendship) Society, Vancouver Island Crisis Society, and Volunteer Cowichan.

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Ho dusts off his latest collection tonight in Duncan


The Dust is rising in Duncan tonight. Victoria’s Chris Ho showcases his new collection of songs City of Dust at the Duncan Garage Showroom. Cowichan residents can discover why he was nominated for Island Artist of the Year and Island Songwriter of the Year in the Vancouver Island Music Awards and why his tune Story

of the Flood has been receiving heavy rotation on CBC. “Singer/songwriter Chris Ho is like a character out of a Wes Anderson film: quirky, deliberate, a full deck of hearts tucked up his sleeve,” Andrea Warner of CBC music is quoted as saying in an event media release. “For all the six-string troubadours in the

capital city, there is only a handful with real pop music sensibility, who can write a hook and sing it with conviction. One of those people is Chris Ho,” reports UVic’s Martlet newspaper. Duncan’s own Royal Canadians open the show. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Call 250-748-7246.

Showcasing the bloom Garden Club: Art of arranging flowers explained by one of the valley’s top experts Ashley Degraaf


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t’s about recognizing an art form most folks have a hard time envisioning. That, and spreading the word about what Cowichan has to offer in its oral department. Those are the main motives behind Cowichan oral designer’s Andrea Strachan’s presentation April 13 on behalf of the Cowichan Valley Garden Club’s annual ower show and plant sale. “It would be wonderful to see more interest grow here,” Strachan, a designer with downtown Duncan’s Leaf and Petal store, said. “It’s about drawing new people in as well as getting them to try and witness something that’s different.” Strachan’s unique arrangements, often articulated by breaking conventional oral groupings, and drawing inspiration from nature’s raw materials, is what grabs customers’ attention at the store. “We often have people say to us ‘We love your stuff, because it’s different,’” she explained. “But it’s really just about paying due attention to the more minute details of nature.” In 2010 Strachan studied in Vancouver with acclaimed designer Hitomi Gillam and her Design 358 team. The following year, she travelled to Belgium to study with famous Eurooral designer Thomas de Bruyne. There she completed the program earning her European Master Certication. Strachan’s introduced to Cowichan

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Andrea Strachan brings the art of arranging owers to a new height. The certied European master oral arranger will share her expertise this weekend as part of the Cowichan Valley Garden Club’s annual ower show and plant sale. much creativity derived from Europe where it’s not unusual to hold major, upscale ower shows, fancy lights, models, music and all. That’s also where she fell in love with what she calls woodland- or faerie- inspired arrangements using not just a vase, but cool containers featuring sticks, rocks and moss. Along with closer-to-nature structures, Strachan’s arrangements are also unique in their textures, movements, and colours, and there almost always is a contrast, which could include using a softer ower with a concrete container. “When executing a oral design, Strachan strives to showcase the natural beauty of owers and awaken people’s senses with living works of art,” a garden club media release

states. “Through her presentations at the show, she is planning to show the audience how to create their own beautiful works of art using owers and foliage from our area.” Besides showing off her skills with some more out-there groupings, Strachan will demonstrate some simpler options, including trimming tulips from the garden and watching them through their evolution. “Just taking a branch and watching it over time, and how the leaves eventually unfurl, which I nd just absolutely amazing,” she said. She will perform two presentations, back to back with the same information, one at 10:30 a.m. and the other at 11:30 a.m.

Meanwhile, this year’s show also features the creative talent of Gunnell Borge from Sand Piper Gardens and Glass, who’s also set to give a demonstration at 11 a.m. titled One Pot – Four Ways, covering all four seasons of owers. The ower show end of the event provides an opportunity for the community to show off its goods as well as offering gardeners an opportunity to learn the ins and outs. Examples of a few of the many classes available for entering include cuts of a variety of spring owers, potted plants, displaying unusual plant material as well as having unknown plants identied. Club members are always on hand to answer questions.

This year’s event is also featuring garden photography as well as the usual plant sale. The latter is often a hit, so organizers encourage folks to attend early if they’re looking to buy. A portion of this year’s show’s proceeds will go to the Garden Pals community garden charity. Your ticket What: The Cowichan Valley Garden Club Annual Flower Show and Plant Sale When: Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where: Duncan United Church Hall, 246 Ingram Street, Duncan Admission: $3 per person, children under ve free

Museum showcases Cowichan as an artistic inspiration An Artist’s Delight: Spring exhibit focused on the Warm Land as a muse Ashley Degraaf


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t is said there are more artists per capita in the Cowichan Valley than pretty much anywhere else in Canada. That’s according to staffers at the Cowichan Valley Museum and Archives, whose current display is a testament to just that, showing off Cowichan’s long-standing collection of local talent. le A spring exhibit at the Cowichan Valley Museum is focused on how Cow- In what they’re calling Cowichan Country: An Artist’s Delight, the museum’s exhibit on ichan has inspired a number of artists.

view at the train station headquarters until June 8, features several Cowichan works depicting everything from the forest industry to Cowichan’s country side. “The valley has been an inspiration for western-trained artists since settlers began to arrive in the mid-19th century,” explained curator Kathryn Gagnon in a press release. “This exhibit highlights Cowichan artists’ work, which includes paintings, sketches and drawings, from the museum’s collection. “The artists are as interesting and colourful as their artwork featured in this exhibit,” she said. Featured is Lou Englehart, who showed a passion for creating sketches of the Warm Land’s industrial history, and in particular its symbols of the B.C. forestry industry beehive burners, documenting this disappearing technology.

Rosanna Hammond’s charcoal sketches depicting local First Nations elders will also be on display, as well as Gaylia Nelson’s renditions of historical buildings and structures including the Kinsol Trestle. George Lister Thornton Sharp of Thompson, B.C.’s Berwick, Pratt and Partners architectural rm, is also part of the works, as is the sketchbooks and paintings of Ethel Leather. “The artwork in this exhibit provides a fascinating view of the Cowichan Valley through the eyes of its artists,” said Gagnon. The Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives is located in the heritage-designated Duncan train station on Canada Avenue. It is open from Wednesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is by donation. For more, call 250-746-6612.

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Wednesday Growing Food Course: Classes are held twice a week through April and then once a week until Oct. 5 on Saturdays, at Cowichan Green Community, 360 Duncan St., $550 + HST. Chris Ho at the Duncan Garage Showroom: with special guests The Royal Canadians, 8 p.m. $15 at the door, $12 advance, 330 Duncan St. Alzheimer’s support: for the family and friends of people with Alzheimer’s or related dementia, 3 p.m., Duncan United Church, Ingram Street. Call 250-748-4062 or 250-743-5461, email jhope@ Cowichan Agricultural Society meets the first Wednesday of every month at CAS’s headquarters, at 5855 Clements St. at 7 p.m. To learn more about the Cowichan Agricultural Society and future events, check out CAS’s website: www. Canadian Motorcycle Cruisers: welcomes all riders for a meet-and-greet and coffee. We meet on every second Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the A&W restaurant in Duncan. For information, call 250-2462348. Jazz at the Old Firehouse Wine bar: Easy listening trio jazz and Sonja’s wine and snack recommendations from 7 to 9 p.m., 40 Ingram St.

Thursday Cowichan Valley Hospice Annual General Meeting: at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, 486 Jubilee St., 6 to 8 p.m. Guest speaker David Pope, LLB on advance care planning. Ian Tamblyn at the Duncan Garage Showroom: singer/songwriter and storyteller, 8 p.m. $30 at the door, $25 advance, 330 Duncan St. Cowichan Ultimate Frisbee: A fast-paced and fun co-ed sport for adults. Drop in and try it at the Cowichan Sportsplex on the McKinnon ball field at 7 p.m. For info, email Cowichan Spirit Drummers: Meet every Thursday at the Clements Centre, 5856 Cle-

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The Devan Bailey Quartet: plays jazz at the Bay Pub In Cowichan Bay 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday. Featuring Devan Bailey on sax, Geoff Johnson on guitar, John Robertson on stand-up bass, and Nick Jarvie on the smallest drum set you will ever see him play, with the addition of the occasional special guests. No cover.

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FULL TIME/PART TIME Class 1 or 3 driver with air, required immediately for Port Hardy. Bulk fuel/off road exp. an asset. Clean abstract. Competitive wage package w/beneďŹ ts. Send resume by fax to 250-949-6381 or email NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Help Wanted LADYSMITH PRESS needs physically ďŹ t individuals for their continually expanding collating department. Part time positions available 8 - 16 hrs/wk, $10.34/hr. Afternoon and graveyard shifts - must be available Wednesdays. BeneďŹ ts, proďŹ t sharing and advancement opportunities. Please submit your resume between 9 am and 5 pm in person to: Ladysmith Press, 940 Oyster Bay Drive, Ladysmith, BC or mail to: Ladysmith Press, PO Box 400, Ladysmith, BC V9G 1A3. No phone calls please.

HOLIDAY Relief/On-Call reception wanted for fast paced Physiotherapy ofďŹ ce. Medical ofďŹ ce experience preferred, but not a necessity. Must be competent with computers and ofďŹ ce programs, handling cash and telephones. Afternoon to evening coverage required. We are looking for someone with excellent customer relations, able to work independently, yet part of the team, personable, creative and motivated to learn and be able to complete their daily tasks. Please reply to File # A-953, c/o News Leader Pictorial, #2-5380 TCH, Duncan, BC V9L 6W4. Only those candidates considered for the position will be contacted.

TRADES, TECHNICAL GUARANTEED JOB Placement: General Laborers and Tradesmen For Oil & Gas Industry. Call 24hr Free Recorded Message For Information 1-800-972-0209.


We would like to thank in advance all who apply, however only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

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



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MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION rated #2 for work-at-home. Train with the top-rated accredited school in Canada. Financing and student loans available. Contact CanScribe today at 1-800-466-1535 CARETAKERS/ RESIDENTIAL MANAGERS

NANAIMO: SEEKING resident manager couple, 60 units. Tasks include minor repairs, rental. Remuneration equivalent to $43,000 + med. beneďŹ ts. Please Fax Resume to: 250-920-5437 or email:

EDUCATION/TRADE SCHOOLS FOODSAFE AT Island Savings Centre, April 27th & May 25th courses 8:30-4:30 $65. 250746-4154

HELP WANTED COASTAL MOUNTAIN Child & Youth Services- P/T & Casual Residential Child & Youth worker wanted. Please send resume & refs Director: or mail Box 605, Duncan, BC VOL 3X9.

As proud parents, you are entitled to one FREE classiďŹ ed ad in The Cowichan News Leader to announce your baby’s arrival! (Photos may be added for $15.00 plus tax) Please visit our ofďŹ ce for a birth announcement form. OfďŹ ce Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Unit 2 5380 Trans Canada Hwy, B.C. V9L 6W4 Telephone 746-4471, Fax 746-8529 ofďŹ

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I’M BACK! New location, new hours, same great massage. Call or text 250-510-1963

CRIMINAL RECORD? Don’t let it block employment, travel, education, professional, certification, adoption property rental opportunities. For peace of mind & a free consultation call 1-800-347-2540.

FIREWOOD FIRwell seasoned split 1/2 cords $125. Split 1 cord $210. Split 2 cords $400. 2 cord rounds $300, includes delivery, 250-749-4112.

HOME PHONE reconnect. Toll Free 1-866-287-1348 Cell Phone Accessories Catalogue Everyone Welcome To Shop Online at:

STEEL BUILDINGS/metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206 or see us online at:


SEASONED FIREWOOD Vancouver Island’s largest firewood producer offers firewood legally obtained during forest restoration, large cords. Help restore your forest, 1-877-902-WOOD.

H.O. SCALE Model Train, 4-6-4 Hudson, made by Rivassi & track. (250)758-5073


VIOLINS, one Adult & one child. Also, 3/4 size Cello. Very, very nice condition. Please call (250)701-2035.


HUGE GARAGE SALE & BBQ Sat. April 6, 9am-2pm.



Phone (250)246-3569

DROWNING IN debts? Cut your debts in half & payback in half the time. Avoid bankruptcy! For a free consultation. or Toll Free 1 877-556-3500. BBB rated A+

to book a table for $10.

PETS LESSONS/TRAINING FUN WITH YOUR DOG Agility & Obedience group lessons. April 3rd. Agility 250748-9729 or 250-748-9437. Obedience 250-748-6071

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. M O N E Y P ROV I D E R . C O M $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877-776-1660.

BEST DEAL in Lake Cowichan! 1100sq ft Rancher, 2 bdrms possible 3rd, carport, boarders, creek. Bright, clean, well built w/recent upgrades. $170,000. Call 250-749-6629 or 250-510-6877.


Chemainus Garden RV Resort, 3042 River Rd. BBQ - Hot dogs $2. Drinks $1. Hosted by the Elks Charity.

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

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS PIANO APARTMENT sized“Nordheiner-Heintzman” comes with bench, $500. Call (250)753-5650.


GARAGE SALES * Great bargains * All local, in COWICHAN!

FUEL/FIREWOOD Firewood: Clear fir, full rounds, delivered, you split. $120/cord. 250-715-7079





Saturday, April 20th 9:00 - 12 noon Island Savings Centre Multi-Purpose Hall Tables still available: $20. For more info call: (250)748-7529

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE 4 WINTER snow tires, 5 months wear, as new. Asia Durun 195/50R15, on rims (off Asuna Sunfire). $250. (250)748-2070


ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIST I (Temporary Full-Time Opportunity – 6 months) Join our cohesive and supportive team of professionals as an Environmental Technologist I where you can showcase your excellent technical skills related to solid waste management and environmental initiatives. You will be responsible for a wide variety of technical tasks including developing and coordinating waste reduction and environment initiatives and programs. You have a relevant certi¿cate from a technical institute or community college plus preferably one year related job or cooperative work experience. In addition, you are eligible for membership in the ASTT as a technologist/technician or possess a combination of education, training and experience. If this describes you then the Cowichan Valley Regional District is eager to review your application. Please visit our website for complete job details and for instructions on how to apply. COWICHAN VALLEY REGIONAL DISTRICT

Phone: (250) 746-2500 Fax: (250) 746-2513

Email: 175 Ingram Street Duncan, B.C. V9L 1N8 Website:

SAWMILLS FROM only $3997 - Make money & save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free Info & DVD: www.NorwoodSaw 1-800-5666899 Ext:400OT. STEEL BUILDING - Blowout clearance sale! 20x22 $4,188. 25x26 $4,799. 30x34 $6,860. 32x44 $8,795. 40x50 $12,760. 47x74 $17,888. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800668-5422. or visit us online at:

GARAGE SALE Huge event with 66 tables of children’s toys, clothing & family goods.


DUNCAN- 3444 Auchinachie Rd, 3 bdrm, 2 bathrooms, 1500 sq ft Rancher built in 2006 with new home warranty remaining. Quality finishing with lots of extras. Great location. $339,000. 250-746-0586.

DUNCAN: WOT MOOSE, 1074 Holmes St. Sat., Apr 6, 9-2. Sports equip, high chair, light fixture, dresser, books, misc

7YR-OLD OIL furnace; 11 yr old 250gal tank w/aprox, 1000L oil. Can be viewed in operation for limited time. 250758-4344 AT LAST! An iron filter that works. IronEater! Fully patented Canada/U.S.A. Removes iron, hardness, smell, manganese. Since 1957. Visit our 29 innovative inventions; or Phone 1-800-BIG-IRON. BOWFLEX XCEED- excellent shape, owner’s manual & fitness guide, $450. Bell X spressvue PVR, $250. Full size ping pong table, collapsible, $50. Call 250-246-2238, 250-466-0323. BRAND NEW in box Buffalo Dental machine. Never used. $350 obo, bought for $600. Call (778)422-1909 after 6pm. FRIDGE & ELECTRIC range, 4 years old, white, $400 both or $225 each. (250)748-7119

$217,000 BRECHIN Views Condo. Sunny all day. 2 bdrm, 2 full baths, in-suite lndry/sewing, gas FP, balcony. Small dog OK. Req’d “Vendor’s Disclosure Statement.” SPA arbitration initiated by owner settled when remedy sought granted by Council. Price reduced from $230,000 because SPA problems ongoing; new complaint lodged with FICOM. Strata managed by Ardent Properties Inc. under a nonexpiry contract. (250)327-4716

FOR SALE BY OWNER Comfortable, Cozy 2bdrm, 980sq.ft in 55+ Mobile Park. 6 appli’s, furniture. Lrg vine covered deck, fruit trees, garden space. Reduced to $75,000. Move in! 250-754-6436

DUNCAN (Kody Place, 6135 Ryall Rd. Unit 18) 3 bdrm Townhouse, 2 bath, fenced backyard, close to all amenities, near bus stop, $195,000 obo. Please call (250)923-0784.

OTHER AREAS AMERICA’S BEST Buy! 20 acres, only $99/mo! $0 down, no credit checks, money back guarantee. Owner financing. West Texas, beautiful mountain views! Free color brochure 1-800-755-8953.









APPLIANCE REPAIR of all major brands

250-743-0326. ELECTRICIAN Licensed and bonded. Reasonable rates, free estimates, upgrades & renos. Call Kelly.

ALL RUBBISH removal, small renovations, deck work, carpentry, painting, plumbing, and eves trough cleaning. Seniors discount. Ian 250-743-6776.

* in home service * washer/dryer * electric/gas * fridge/stove * microwaves * Locally owned


Key Appliance Services


CLEANING SERVICES HOUSE CLEANING, professionally trained, competitive rates. Tamara (250)715-8275



ABLE COMPUTER REPAIR In-home service. Seniors’ discount. Nico 250-746-6167

DALE’S YARD Maintenance, south Cowichan area. Lawn cutting & yard cleanup, etc. 250-510-1904 250-743-1225

CONTRACTORS DAVE’S HANDYMAN & CONSTRUCTION SERVICES 30 Years, Licensed & certified Top to Bottom


Delivery Guy

(250) 597-8335


EXPERIENCED PAINTERS Over 25 years Power Washing Reliable Clean and efficient Great Rates Ian Ryzak Call (250)709-1747

Carpenter will do additions, Carports, Decks, Siding, Windows, Doors, Flooring, Drywall, Painting, Concrete, Roofing, Finishing,Cabinets, Counters, Plumbing, Fencing



“You Name It” “We Do It” (250)748-9150 HOUSEHOLD SERVICES

* Gutters * Windows * Siding * Moss treatment * Pressure washing


Mill Bay/Duncan 250-743-3306 Chemainus/Ladysmith 250-324-3343

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





DAVID GALE Construction for all your renovation needs. 26 yr. exp. 250-746-9956

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


No Job Too Small 25 years experience Seniors discount

Call 250-246-0248

30 yr’s Experience

We fix everything No HST


Changing to fresh colours Professionally & promptly with good prices. Interior, Exteriors Residential Commercial Free Estimates Call Bill or Lore



Big or small

Lowest Price Guarantee HERITAGE PAWN BARGAINS! TOOL SALE 20% OFF, big screen TVs up to 50”, Vintage and Pro audio equipment, Tama snare drum, Pearl 22” kick drum, guitars from $50 and up, TV Surround Sound Bars, Scotty manual downriggers, Rickard’s patio umbrella. Many more deals in store! 430 Whistler. 250-746-9810.

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

Small Island Painting

Interior ~ Exterior FREE ESTIMATES. (250) 667-1189

STUCCO/SIDING STUCCO - Including small jobs and refacing old stucco. Guaranteed. 250-715-5883.

TREE SERVICES LIBRA TREE for all your tree care needs. 70’ aerial lift, chipper. Insured, Certified Aborist Hazard Tree Assessor, Grant Haynes, (250)748-4449


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MUST VIEW Mountain View

CHEMAINUS 5-BDRM, 2.5 baths, fenced garden, F/S, W/D, $1200. inclds utils. May 1st. NS/NP. 1(250)244-1992.

LARGE 1-BDRM, in beautiful house on wooded acreage. 15 mins to Duncan, 5 mins to Lake Cowichan. N/S. $625. inclds utils. (250)749-3854.

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

Call: 1-250-616-9053

RENTALS APARTMENT/CONDO $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).

$595 & UP! Large 1 & 2 BDRM corner unit. Walk to Safeway, Shoppers, Restaurants & Aquatic Centre. On bus route. Heat & H/W incl’d. New carpet & appls. New laminate. Call 250-748-1304. AVAIL APRIL. 1st. Duncan (Industrial area), 1 bdrm + den upper, in suite W/D, F/S. Suits responsible tenant, N/S, N/P, refs req’d, $775 mo. Call (250)746-7389. CENTRAL LOCATION, Bachelor, 1 & 2 bdrms, balcony, F/S, heat & hot water, parking, pet considered, $550$875/mo. Call 250-748-7764. CROFTON- 2 bdrm apt, $750. 5 appls, 2nd oor. References required, 1 pet considered. N/S preferred. Call or text 250-709-1379. DUNCAN: 1 bdrm condo. Bright and clean, main oor. Well maintained and quiet building on McKinstry. Large bdrm with extra storage. Ensuite laundry. Walking distance to shopping and University campus. 5 appl’s, N/S. Parking. Near by storage locker. Avail. May 1 (possibly sooner) $775. 250-701-0808 DUNCAN, BRIGHT 2 bdrm, 2 bath condo, top oor, 5 appl’s, close to hospital & schools. On bus route. $800/mo. Available now. Call 250-701-8759. (DUNCAN), CLEAN, bright 2bdrm top oor. 5 appl’s. $795/mo. Call 1-250-474-0545 DUNCAN DOWNTOWN, lrg bright level entry 2 bdrm. Heat, hotwater, parking incl. $850, N/S, ref’s. (250) 246-1457 DUNCAN: SPACIOUS 2 bdrm condo, central, 4 appls. N/S, NP $825. Apr 1. 250-746-1019 or 250-746-4509, after 6pm

HOLLYHOUSE APTS 2551 Alexander Street 1 Bedroom $620 - $645 2 Bedroom $725 - $750 Balconies, elevator, games room, sauna, on-site laundry. Walk to shopping, Sportsplex, VIU and Aquatic Centre Includes: H/W, fridge & stove, parking, blinds & storage. Sorry, no pets For appointment to view, call resident manager 250-748-8248 LADYSMITH, LRG 2 bdrm, 2 bath, adult orientated condo, 5 appls, N/S. Small dog or cat ok. $1000 mo. Avail now. (250)246-2238, 250-667-7107. LEWIS STREET Condo. 2 bdrm, 5 appls, N/S, no partying, close to town. Available immed. Ref’s a must. $800 mo. Call (250)746-5615 or (250)710-2756. SHAWNIGAN LAKE- (southwest) clean & adorable 1 bdrm Apt, W/D, lake views, N/S. Available immed. $650 mo + utils. 1 year lease req’d. Call 250-743-5036.

Terrace Estates 3420 Auchinachie Road ---------------------------------Spacious

Affordable 1 and 2 bedroom suites -----------------------------Renos & upgraded security features Large balconies In-suite storage Close to schools, shopping and walking trails No pets allowed Includes: Heat, Hot water and parking

Free Cable Hook up -------------------------------------Resident managers on site

CALL NOW 250-748-3321 SPRINGRIDGE MANOR Has a new look!

Renovated, fresh paint & TLC throughout. Clean quiet building close to Beverly Corners & University. Includes heat & hot water. No pets. 1 bdrm suite $590

(250)748-3729 WESTWIND MANOR 2548 Lewis Street 1 Bedroom $625-$640 2 Bedroom $730-$745 Balconies, elevator, bbq/picnic area, games room, on-site laundry Walk to shopping, Sportsplex, VIU and Aquatic Centre Includes: H/W, parking, blinds & storage Sorry, no pets For appointment to view, call resident manager 250-715-1523

CHEMAINUS LAKEFRONT duplex home. 3-bdrm + den upper, 2 baths. $1400 mo + utils. Ref’s req’d. Call (250)616-1954 (306)320-1880

DUPLEXES/4PLEXES 3 BDRM duplex, 3 bath, W/D hookup. N/S, N/P. $1100/m. 1 (250) 748-2892 3 bdrm, upper level, F/S, W/D, dishwasher, 2 bath, walk-in closet, garage, Lane Rd. N/S, N/P, $945/m. (250)748-0102 DUNCAN- 2 bdrm, 4 appls, gas F/P, shared W/D, family oriented area. $900 mo. Avail immed. Call (250)746-8900. 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

HOMES FOR RENT AVAIL NOW Wharncliffe Rd Clean & well maintained 3 bdrm, 1.5 bath, back patio, ďŹ ve unit complex. FS/WD, fenced small garden. 1 yr lease $1200 + some util. Pet considered. Call 250-701-7217. CHEMAINUS- 4 bdrms, 2913 Rose St, 2 bath, full bsmnt, new lam oors. $1300. + utils. Avail now. (250)210-1648.



Shawnigan Lake: 3 bdrm hse, 5 appl., N/P, N/S, No partiers, ref req. $1000/m. (250) 743-7565

For Scrap Vehicles Call

DOWNTOWN DUNCAN 2500 sq.ft. 6 separate ofďŹ ces, reception, conference area & kitchen, 2nd oor, AC,. $1175/mo. 604-820-8929.

TRUCKS & VANS Auto Financing 1.800.910.6402

DreamTeam Auto Financing “0� Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals

1-800-961-7022 DL# 7557

DUNCAN: RETAIL/OFFICE space for lease, highway exposure, A/C, ample parking. 250-746-5657 or 748-8671

1983 GMC 1/2 ton pickup, 4x4, 6.2 diesel, auto. Good condition. $2695. ALSO: Tool box with tools $95. (250) 7467888 1985 GMC Flatdeck, 3 yr old propane system but motor worn out but still running. $800. (250) 749-4362

Green Door Society

WANT TO GET NOTICED? Prime retail/ofďŹ ce space for rent in highly visible historical building on corner of First and Roberts in Ladysmith. 1687 sq. ft. 2 bathrooms, small kitchen, new ooring, A/C. Available June 1st. Call 250-245-2277

STORAGE DANDY MINI Storage on Joan Ave, assorted mini lockers available: 4x6, $40. 9x20, $215. 7x9, $79. 6x7, $55. Units are heated. Call or text (250)709-1379. DUNCAN - STORAGE in secure private garage near CDH, approx 14 x 17 with shelving, plus space for small car. Availble April 1. $175/mo. Call after 6 pm (250)748-8855

SUITES, LOWER COWICHAN BAY. 1000 sq ft, ocean view, 1 Bdrm, F/S, W/D. NS/NP. $900./mo Hydro, cable, wireless incld. May 1. (250)246-7109, (250)701-1209

1989 NISSAN Pick-Up $3,000. 4-cyl, standard, great on gas, great cond. Full spare and cab, 177,000km. Maintenance records. (250)713-5264 1995 G10 CHEVY cargo vanV-6 Vortec engine. $2500. Call (250)746-8182.

SHAWNIGAN LAKE very nice 2 bdrm, sep ent, F/S, D/W, W/D, woodstove, new paint, NS/NP, avail now, $800 + portion of hydro. (250)516-8276. SOMENOS ROAD, North end. 1 Bdrm level entry. 2 acre property, garden. Private drive & parking. Full kitchen, W/D, full bath. $780. incl. heat/hydro/cble. Small pet considered. May 1st. 250-746-6481.

We would like to thank in advance all who apply, however only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Whether THEY’RE growing OUT OF IT


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


2004 HONDA Accord LX, one owner, 4 cyl, auto, keyless entry, loaded! 89,500 km. Michelin tires. Shop maintained, 65 point inspection, new battery. $8900. (250)748-6161

1999 Ford F150, long box, V6, 4 wheel dr., new brakes/tires. $6500 ďŹ rm. (250) 715-5412 2003 GMC 4x4 SLE- w/matching Leer canopy, excellent cond, must be seen, gently driven, 150,000 km, extra cab, auto, A/C, P/S, P/B, P/W, PDL, tow package. $11,900. Call (250)743-0910.


2010 CHEVY SILVERADO 4x4, quad cab, loaded, auto, running boards. 50,000 km, lady driven. $24,000. (250)732-5928

DUNCAN- 2 bdrm, priv entr, grnd level, small yard, close to amenities. Laundry available. $700 mo + utils. NS/NP, no parties. Call 250-701-3213. LAKE COWICHAN: 2 bdrm. Avail. Apr. 1st. $750. Bright, clean, newer. Close to schools, bus and stores. Private patio. W/D, cable, phone, internet and hydro all incld’d. N/S, cat ok. (250)932-0013.

The Cowichan News Leader Pictorial Attn: Bill Macadam, Publisher #2 5380 Trans Canada Hwy Duncan, BC V9L 6W4 email:

Tight Line Towing (250)709-5692

Shawnigan: Small 2 bdrm Aframe house. F/S, woodstove, W/D hookup, elect. heat. Ref req. 1 sm pet allowed. $750/m. (250) 743-3782 Avail. May 1

900 sqft space for rent, incl. 4 ofďŹ ce spaces, reception, washroom and 2 parking spaces. Beautifully Restored Heritage Building and grounds. Incl. triple net, $1600/mo. 250-748-3701,250-510-1209

LAKE COWICHAN- clean 2 bdrm cottage. Quiet, rural area. F/S. $600 mo + utils. 250-749-4061. SKUTZ FALLS area of Lk Cowichan: Cottage on 3 acre fenced property. $780.+ utils. Inclds satallite TV. Pet neg. Avail April 15. (250)749-4780.

HIGH quality travel trailer. 2011 Surveyor Sport SP186, little used, new condition. For info call (250)743-6686 or visit

LAKE COWICHAN 3-bdrm duplex, avail now, f/s, heat incl Laundry room, garage. $890. (250)715-5810, (250)748-4253


The successful candidate will be an outgoing high energy person who enjoys working in a team environment. You should have experience in general ofďŹ ce duties as well as exceptional customer service and communication skills.

Resumes with cover letter should be forwarded in conďŹ dence by April 12, 2013 to:

LADYSMITH 3 bdrm, 2 storey home, D/W, small yard, NS/NP, $895 mo. Avail April. 15. Call 1-250-248-4816.



1997 PLYMOUTH Camper Van, pop up roof, clean, fridge, stove, furnace, new Michelin tires, etc. $7900 OBO. 250715-6482, 250-746-8936

Responsibilities include providing exceptional customer service and clerical work. This position requires basic computer skills (email, word processing, Excel), strong telephone skills, 40 wpm typing and proof reading skills.

DUNCAN - Older house, 2-3 bedroom, no dogs, $1200. Phone (250)748-0691

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

--------1000 sq’ - 7000 sq’ Store front with excellent exposure, overhead doors, ample parking, available now. --------Please call (250)748-9622 to view

The Cowichan News Leader Pictorial requires an ambitious exible individual for a part time temporary ofďŹ ce assistant for approximately 16 hours per week, Monday to Thursday.

DUNCAN - Marchmont. 2 suites. 2 bdrm upper, $850 & 2 bd lower, $750, F/S & shared laundry. Avail April 1st. Ref’s. (250)246-1874 or 701-7826

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





COWICHAN RIVER LEASE: Private, modern, suits 1 or 2 people. Inoor heat. 1 Bdrm, steamspa, hot tub, ďŹ replace, 5 appl’s, veg garden potential. River access. N/S, no dogs. $990.

OfďŹ ce Assistant

MARINE 1987 BIGFOOT (11.5’) and truck. Roomy, comfortable, clean interior. Queen & Dble beds. Good shape. 1 owner. $9,000. (250)758-2067


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Rare 37’ Bertram Cruiser. $59,000, will consider trades. Survey, pictures, contact info go to: 250-758-7105


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Soccer stars in spotlight Don Bodger

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Kerry Park Islanders celebrate their Island League Peewee Tier 3 title and the team later did well at the provincials in Creston.


Peewee Islanders in contention Fair play: Strong 2-1-1 record falls just short of the playoff round during a fine showing Don Bodger

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erry Park Islanders didn’t make the playoff round, but showed they belonged with the best teams in the provincial Peewee Tier 3 hockey championships at Creston. The Islanders ¿nished ¿fth overall in the 11-team tournament but sported a sparkling 2-1-1 record in four games, including a 3-3 tie in the last game against Arbutus, the team that won the bronze medal.

Kerry Park won its ¿rst two games over Kamloops 6-2 and 3-0 over Cranbrook with a shutout shared by Tyson Duffe and Teja Brown. The Islanders’ only loss was 6-2 against Terrace. They needed to beat Arbutus to advance but fell just short. “We outplayed them the whole time,’’ said coach Tom Shadlock. “We, unfortunately, couldn’t get it by them.’’ It came down to goal differential, but Kerry Park gave its all with a wide 40-25 advantage in shots on goal.

The Islanders were awarded the Fair Play Trophy for best behaviour on and off the ice. “That was really nice,’’ said Shadlock. Mason Shadlock was the captain of the team. Isaac Tonkin-Palmer and Samson McLean were assistant captains. Other members of the team were: Teja Brown, Jarrett Juch, Kirk Whittaker, Lauchlan McDonald, Blake Cleasby, Ben Rose, Dallin Foreman, Deklon Shadlock, Isaac LaRoy, Danny Bruce, Jason Mackay, Denton Macdonald, Tyson Duffe and Brandon Reymerink.

pirited competition from here, there and everywhere. • Mill Bay’s Elise Wyatt, now attending DePaul University, was among the players invited to the Canadian women’s national soccer team’s Excel Program for a U-20 national team camp March 16 to 25 in Portland, Oregon. Needless to say, the Blue Demon women’s soccer team star was excited about the opportunity. “When I was 15 years old, I wrote ‘Team Canada’ on my bed,’’ she said. “My mom got a little mad, but that was my dream.” It could be a huge ¿rst step for her on the way to realizing that dream. • I ran into our resident valley player on the national women’s soccer team, Emily Zurrer, at the Duncan Safeway store at the start of the Easter weekend. But she wasn’t here for long. Emily had just returned from Japan and was leaving again for Europe where the team is playing friendlies this week in France and England. Emily said the hamstring that kept her out of Olympic competition in London last year has healed just ¿ne and isn’t giving her any problems. • The senior girls’ basketball team at Shawnigan Lake School recently competed in the island tournament. The opening game brought a 67-48 victory over Ballenas. “Our girls defended the opposition’s top two players extremely well, frustrating them and their coach all game,’’ noted coach Darrin Austin. Rosa Valan played one of her best games of the year despite being in foul trouble for

AFEATS THLETE’S most of the second half, ¿nishing with a game high 23 points. Other top scorers were sisters Casey Crowley and Nicole Crowley with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Shawnigan played St. Michael’s University in the semi¿nal. “Our girls battled throughout, but were only able to keep up to St. Michael’s offensively during the ¿rst and third quarters,’’ noted Austin. Nicole Crowley and Julianna Campbell did an amazing job defending St. Michael’s top player. The girls played an elimination game against Lambrick Park. “Similar to the game between these two teams at the South Island tournament, this game was ¿lled with the same intensity,’’ noted Austin. “The speed at which the girls played was exhausting to watch as both teams played an uptempo style of play.’’ Lambrick held on to win 71-64. Casey Crowley did her best to slow down Lambrick’s best player while at the same time contributing 22 points. Valan played another impressive game, contributing 17 points.

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Three teams post runaway wins by more than 30 points Women’s football: Crew, Matrix and Law dominant Don Bodger

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Crew roadblock forms in front of WildÄre quarterback Dieneke Pedersen by charging rusher Sam Jory, who records one of her Äve sacks in the Sunday game at McAdam Park. The Crew has retooled its lineup with players like Jory, one of the top youth athletes in the valley at No. 12 the last two years, and still remains a league power.


hirty-two points was the closest margin during the three games played in the Cowichan Women’s Football League at McAdam Park Sunday. The Crew, Matrix and the Law all ran away from their opponents in convincing fashion. The Crew won its second straight after defaulting the season-opener due to a lack of players, beating the Wild¿re 45-13. Veterans Alita Mattin and Janelle Mould led the Crew scoring with three and two touchdowns, respectively. Mattin also had an interception and a pair of one-point converts. Rookie Sam Jory scored her ¿rst CWFL TD on a great lateral from quarterback Jennie Hittinger. Jory also did a superb job at rusher with ¿ve sacks. Willy Toews scored the Crew’s other TD. Darbi Aitchison managed a one-point conversion and Hittinger recorded an interception that eventually led to the lateral to Jory for a TD. The Wild¿re got TDs from Erica Dow and quarterback Dieneke Pedersen. Jeannine Gaudreau added a

one-point conversion and Zazil Martinez recorded a sack on defence. The Matrix scored a 41-6 victory over the Roofco Sirens on the adjacent ¿eld during the early games. Caryn Taylor enjoyed a productive game with three TDs and a twopoint conversion. Emily Verbruggen collected a pair of TDs and a onepoint conversion. Christine Cronin-Switzer scored the other Matrix TD, with one-point conversions from quarterback Tara McCaffery and Heather Horn rounding out the offense. Jodi Fortier put a TD on the board for the Sirens. She also had a sack, along with Kaelyn Corbin. The Law blanked Blue Steel Brew 32-0 in the afternoon game. Jaimie Olson (2), Leanne Closson, Toni Williams and Jackie Poznecov accounted for the Law’s TDs. Converts were added by Wendy Charles and Closson while Rachel Hastings recorded a sack. BSB suffered its second straight shutout loss after a victory in its league debut. “It’s a bit of a learning curve for us with lots of rookies but we had fun doing it, that’s for sure,’’ noted BSB’s Heidi Padjen, formerly of the Crew. Padjen and Sam Miiller had inter-

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Hands-on experience occurs for Tara McCaffery of the Matrix and Jessica KatoKoch of the Sirens Sunday. ceptions for BSB and Kirbee Crisp turned on the afterburners seen during her days as a ¿eld hockey player for three sacks. The league is currently in its 30th season. “It looks like it will be a year of change for the league, with new teams forming and more new players on the roster, plus a new Àag concept and Rotary Park under construction, there is a feeling of new energy by all,’’ noted longtime coach Chris Mann. “It will be a great year to be playing in the CWL.’’

Breakers’ fundraising event Saturday Don Bodger

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The Cowichan Valley Breakers swim team is hosting a fundraising extravaganza Saturday.

The extravaganza takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Duncan Curling Club parking lot. The agenda includes a bake sale, garage sale, bottle drive and car wash. “This team-building event will

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hopefully be equally successful at fundraising to keep our swim and training costs low and as many kids swimming as possible,’’ noted Breakers’ media coordinator Sara Lowe.

Keerstin Arden The results of Keerstin Arden’s five days a week of practice are evident. The 11-year-old Happy Valley Elementary School Grade 6 student makes the trek from Langford to train with the Duncan Dynamics Gymnastics Club. “Me and Coral (Strugnell), we car pool up together,’’ said Arden. “Either my mom is driving up or hers. So it’s not too bad. And it depends on traffic. If there’s hardly any traffic, it’s like closer to a half an hour so actually it’s not that bad.’’ Arden started in gymnastics at the age of two and began recreational classes at Lion’s Pride Gymnastics in Victoria when she was six. It’ll be a year this summer since Arden became a member of the Duncan Dynamics. The Level 4 Tyro gymnast’s strongest apparatus is the beam. “I’m more of a light gymnast,’’ she explained. “I’m not very powerful. Some of the tricks on there you don’t have to be powerful, just lighter. I’m pretty good at staying balanced.’’ Arden was first in all her events and first all-around during the Dynamics’ own recent Orcas’ meet and won a choreography award for the beam. “I was pretty happy,’’ she said.



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Volleyball perfection sets a path for other successes Class act: Going five-for-five at UBC brings a considerable amount of satisfaction Don Bodger

“It de¿nitely hit me at nationals. I almost started crying I’m done.”

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annie Richards is one of a select few athletes who’s played on ¿ve straight Canadian university champion-




year at Kelsey and her stint with the Breakers led to some youth and junior national team experiences. She had senior national team aspirations before joining the university ranks, but admitted it was a bit of a transition. “First year was such a shock that you don’t feel like anything prepared you,’’ Richards said. “It’s such a huge learning curve. You step up or don’t. “(Breakers’ coach) Mark Jackson had us training at such a high level. I knew how hard I needed to push myself to be successful. Obviously, the skills they taught me helped a lot.’’ Richards gives full credit to Doug Reimer for not only being a great coach, but a mentor. “He is the reason for this team success,’’ she said. “He recruits girls that are not only good athletes, but have great personalities.’’ Nothing could have prepared Richards for what happened during her third year at UBC. She naturally went through a dif¿cult time after her dad’s suicide and that’s when Reimer’s support made a huge difference. Richards approached Reimer about splitting the libero role. “I just said I’d like to come back with a very limited role,’’ she said. “He was so amazing. By the time


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ship teams. The rarity occurred when Shawnigan Lake resident Richards, 22, and her UBC Thunderbird teammates romped to a sixth consecutive national title in women’s volleyball at Sherbrooke, Quebec. Richards has been a member of the last ¿ve since graduating from Frances Kelsey Secondary School. “It’s pretty incredible for a team to go through a full turnover,’’ she said. UBC swept the Alberta Pandas 2513, 25-23, 25-18 in the national ¿nal to cap another remarkable season. “Trinity (Western) was de¿nitely our biggest competition this year,’’ said Richards. “They’re the only team that took a set off us all year.’’ Richards said it was great being part of such a loving, caring and focused group. “We’re de¿nitely all perfectionists,’’ she said. “There was de¿nitely a lot of time focused on developing our team and recognizing what our team identity was early. “We never looked beyond what we were currently doing. This is our team now and these are our goals for today.’’ She added the team wasn’t necessarily the craziest about cheering but simply left it all on the court during games. Richards was the valley’s cowinner of the youth athlete of the year award during her Grade 12

Dannie Richards


nationals came around, I was starting to feel better, but I was not starting. “Because of everything that happened, it de¿nitely had a huge impact on my career. Of course, there’s regrets but a lot of things were out of my control.’’ Now, Richards has come to the realization that her long tenure in volleyball is over and admits it’s an odd feeling. “It feels like it’s gone so quickly,’’ she said. “It de¿nitely hit me at nationals. I almost started crying I’m done. It’s over. It’s de¿nitely a shocker.’’ But there will be plenty of life after volleyball for Richards. She may play some beach volleyball or get into coaching. Most of all, she has her studies that will be completed with a Bachelor of Science at the end of June and a graduation ceremony in November. She’s planning a masters in neuroscience and would love to specialize in medicine with a rural practice. “I would love to go abroad even,’’ Richards said. “I’m super open to going anywhere.’’ Sports has given her a foundation that will be bene¿cial in other areas. “It kind of shaped who I am as a person. It’s given me values and how to work with others. I think it will de¿nitely carry through in the rest of my life.’’

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Dannie Richards did a great service to the volleyball program during her years at UBC. She was faced with some personal challenges along the way but conquered them over time by concentrating and working hard at her studies and sports. Richards joined a mental health awareness group at UBC to understand more about what happened with her dad.

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Royal team crowned champs of indoor mini tournament playoff

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Ten games were played in rapid succession to conclude the Cowichan Indoor Hockey League season. Surprisingly, only one game between Red and Yellow was scoreless during the 15-minute duration of the contests.

Yellow and Green actually split four goals in a scoring spree, with Beth Corish and Mariah Ketch scoring both for their respective teams. Red and Royal did the same by tallying four goals. But Red got the best of Royal 3-1 on two

goals by Brittany Smith and one from Kim Smith while Sara Lowes countered for Royal. Navy won the league but the Royal team emerged on top during the mini-tournament. See for a summary of other games.

Six wrestlers complete preparations for nationals Running back to Saskatoon: The big moment finally arrives Don Bodger

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ix athletes from the Cowichan Valley Wrestling Club are going into this week’s national championships in Saskatoon full of optimism. For some, it’s their ¿rst time on the national stage. Others in the group have been there before and know what to expect. In either case, coach Nick Zuback has the wrestlers well-prepared both through practices locally and in Port Alberni when he was away during spring break. Maegan Kuruvita of Cowichan Secondary and Nolan Mitchell of Claremont, both provincial high school champs, are among the competitors. Kuruvita will wrestle at 65 kilograms for girls and Mitchell at 46 kg in boys. Chelsea Warke and Kayden Dorma are bound for their nationals in just their second year of wrestling, Warke at 46 kg girls and Dorma at 50 kg boys. Also attending are Randi Thomas (90 kg girls) and Molly O’Donnell (52 kg girls). The group departs Wednesday from the valley. Weigh-ins are Thursday followed by competition Friday and Saturday. FILA trials for the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles leading up to the Amateur Wrestling World Championship take place Sunday. Zuback is looking for big things from the Cowichan wrestlers, not necessarily national championships, but strong placings in their respective categories. The ¿nal practice before the competition was held Monday at Queen of Angels School. “The six look good,’’ said Zuback. “They’ve been training pretty hard for the most part. “De¿nitely, I think Maegan and Nolan have been there before. They know what the competition will be like.’’ Ontario is probably the strongest province on the national wrestling scene, Zuback said, with B.C. right behind. “Training’s been good,’’ said Kuruvita, the co-winner of the News Leader Picto-

rial’s Youth Athlete of the Year award in the valley for 2012. Kuruvita, who was ¿fth at nationals last year, isn’t sure what the competition will be like since “a lot of people graduated,’’ she said of her age division. Kuruvita isn’t looking too far ahead or putting too much pressure on herself. “I’m more just kind of a one match at a time kind of person,’’ she said. Grade 9 Quamichan Middle School student Warke is on the brink of the 46 and 49 kg weight classes. “I might be going 46 if I make it,’’ she said. “Forty-six, there’s less people. Most kids that age aren’t that small.’’ Warke has been the club’s most improved wrestler the last two years and continues to work hard that paid off with national qualifying. “I’m really just excited,’’ she said. “I’m a little bit nervous, but not that much.’’ Dorma said he’s also “not getting too nervous, just excited.’’ Dorma said he’s aiming to “just do my best, not expecting anything huge.’’ For a second-year wrestler, the Grade 9 Frances Kelsey student wants to focus on certain skills. “Scrambling and just snapdowns and things like that,’’ he said.

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Things happen fast in wrestling so coach Nick Zuback wants to make sure his wrestlers are well-prepared. Above, he works on technique with Grade 10 student Nolan Mitchell. Below, from left, are: Kayden Dorma, Maegan Kuruvita, Mitchell and Chelsea Warke. The Cowichan Valley Wrestling Club is also being represented at this week’s national championships in Saskatoon by Randi Thomas and Molly O’Donnell.

Maritime hospitality sticks with curlers Family affair: Gallaughers and friend James Turner represent B.C. well in national Legion event Don Bodger

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The Gallaugher family team, from left, of Robbie, Shannon (Ward) and Bob plus James Turner assemble at the national Legion curling championships in Alberton, Prince Edward Island.

he valley’s Gallaugher family clan obviously saves its best performances for the Legion provincial curling championships when the nationals are held in the Maritimes. For the second time in four years as provincial champs, skip Bob Gallaugher, daughter

Shannon (Ward) and son Robbie made the long trip east. Three years ago, they went to Newfoundland with lead Paul Little and this time they headed to Alberton, Prince Edward Island for national competition accompanied by lead James Turner. The Gallaughers have nothing but great memories from their two experiences. “They treat you pretty good back there,’’ said Bob Gallaugher. “The Maritime people, the

hospitality is second to none.’’ The Alberton Curling Club only had three sheets of ice so it was small-town Canadian curling at its best. “The ice had frost on it and it was heavy,’’ said Gallaugher. “We play more of a soft-touch game. You can’t do it on that ice. We adjusted the best we could but we couldn’t hold onto a lead.’’ The Gallaugher foursome ¿nished 1-5 in the seven-team

round robin, but all the results were close. “The competition de¿nitely improved,’’ said Gallaugher. “We’d have had to be at the top of our game to win it. We could easily have been 5-1 as 1-5. We’re the only team that went 10 ends with every team.’’ The only game the Gallaughers won was the only game Nova Scotia lost so they de¿nitely showed they were on par with everyone else.

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