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Campbell River runner escapes Boston Marathon explosion KRISTEN DOUGLAS
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A Campbell River teacher running in the Boston Marathon is safe after explosions rocked the historic race Monday. Sandra Milligan, a biology instructor at North Island College and director of the Aquatic SeaLife Society working to bring a public aquarium to Campbell River, said she and her family are all okay after missing the exploSandra Milligan sion by minutes. “The bombs went off about 30 minutes after I crossed the finish line so none of us saw the actual event but heard the bombs and all the subsequent chaos,” Milligan, 46, said. “My parents and daughter were about one kilometre before the finish line with many other spectators (before the explosions).” Milligan was gingerly walking back from the finish line towards an apartment where she was staying with her family, about one kilometre from the Continued on A4
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As of Tuesday, three in the running for MLA PAUL RUDAN
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With the BC Liberals trailing the New Democrats by double digits in the polls, North Island candidate Nick Facey faces a tough battle. That’s why he’s been vigorously campaigning against NDP incumbent Claire Trevena for more than a month. But the real campaigning began Tuesday with three candidates vying for North Island MLA in the May 14 provincial election. The third is Bob Bray for the BC Conservative Party. Trevena, the region’s MLA since 2005, is the front-runner. The latest public opinion polls (Angus Reid and Ipso Reid) show the NDP leading the Liberals by about 20 points with an approval rate ranging from 48-51 per cent, with the Liberals trailing at 28-32 per cent. The Conservatives are far back along with the BC Green Party which has yet to announce a candidate for the North Island region. The Greens are running a candidate in the Comox Valley. In the coming weeks, the Mirror will follow their
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campaigns and question the candidates on the issues. Today though, let’s meet the candidates:
Claire Trevena, NDP incumbent The 50-year-old Quadra Island resident was first elected in 2005 and reelected in 2009. In the early 1990s Trevena was the BBC’s Canadian correspondent and later was employed by the CBC. Subsequently, she worked overseas on democratic development projects for which she was awarded the Canada Peacekeeping Medal.
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And prior to the 2005 election, Trevena ran a small communications business with her husband Mike McIvor. She has served as the NDP’s critic for children and family development, women’s issues, employment and income assistance, and also served as a Deputy Speaker of the House. In 2007, Trevena was instrumental in delivering a 19,000-name petition to the Legislature which supported hospitals in both Campbell River and the Comox Valley. Last year, the province, in partnership with the Comox-Strathcona Hospital Board, announced the building of two new hospitals in both communities at a cost of $600. CONTACT: Website: clairetrevena. bcndp.ca Email: Claire.Trevena. MLA@leg.bc.ca Twitter: @clairetrevena Constituency Office:
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Nick Facey, BC Liberals The 26-year-old Campbell River resident is a political newcomer who received the North Island Liberal candidacy last October. Facey is currently on leave from Simon Fraser University where he’s working towards a PhD at the Beedie School of Business. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Victoria and is also a certified university teacher who gives lectures at SFU. While attending UVic, Facey worked as co-op engineer at the former Elk Falls Mill. He has strong ties to forestry and resource industries; his grandfa-
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ther Bud worked as a logger in the North Island in the 1930s and his father Norm (who’s also working on the campaign) worked in resource industries for more than 30 years. Facey lives with his common-law wife Chelsea Cofield and their dog, Leia. He plays hockey, golf and is a backyard mechanic who pulls wrenches for fun at Saratoga Speedway. Facey’s campaign will focus on supporting economic growth, making better use of the region’s resources and supporting families. CONTACT: Website: northislandnick. ca E-mail: email@example.com Call: 250-204-0908 Constituency office: Georgia Quay, 102-901 Island Hwy., Campbell River
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Bob Bray, 68, grew up in North Vancouver. He and his wife Marilyn raised three children in Richmond and they now have seven grandchildren. Bray, a retired business executive, and his wife, a retired teacher, now live in Campbell River. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of B.C. (1966) and an MBA from SFU (1980). Bray first came in Campbell River in 1963
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finish line, when she started to hear sirens. “At one intersection, a couple walked past and the woman was quite hysterical,” Milligan said. “As I continued along I saw people just standing around in small groups, looking bewildered. “I stopped at one group and asked if something had happened and they said that two bombs went off at the finish line and spectators were badly hurt. “Of course I was very concerned for my family and tried to speed up the remaining two blocks. I was very happy to see my daughter in the window, and she seemed equally happy to see me, as they heard the bombs, had the news on the television, and were very concerned.” Milligan’s 14-year-old daughter Maeve was with her grandparents who came from Ontario to watch their daughter race when pandemonium set in. “We returned from the race leisurely, having no information concerning the bombs,” Maeve said. “A man came sprinting past, practically dragging his young daughter behind him. She was crying and asking where her mommy was while he screamed into the phone.” Maeve heard the man yelling that he had heard bombs at the finish line, which prompted Maeve and her par-
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a goal for which I have worked for month,” Milligan said. “Today I am very conflicted, as a smile will appear and immediately I feel awful. “I am very saddened by this terrible event, particularly after enjoying the amazing hospitality of the people of Boston over the last few days,” Milligan added. “The spectators embrace and encourage the runners along the entire race course. I feel so sad that this enjoyment may be forever tainted. “This event, and large marathons and sporting events in general, will never be the same.” The Boston Marathon has been held on the U.S. national holiday, Patriots Day, since 1897. The race begins in Hopkinton, Massachusetts and wraps up at Boston’s Copley Square. Around 20,000 people participate in the 42.19 kilometre marathon each year. The day before the race, in a Facebook post, Milligan expressed her excitement for the marathon. “In Boston, with 26,999 other runners ready to run 42.2 km tomorrow,” Milligan said. “Feeling like the wave of human emotion in that crowd will just carry me along. Maybe the first time the new River Runners shirts will be in Boston.” At press time, it was not known who planned and carried out the explosions at the Boston Marathon and police had not determined a motive for the attack.
ents to quickly get to their apartment. “My mother didn’t return for another dozen minutes, during which time the television kept blaring the news,” Maeve said. “At that point they were advertising the blood that covered the scene.” And the news reports were grisly: three dead, 170 injured, some with appendages blown off, from twin blasts. The blast happened more than five hours after the start of the race and about one and a half hours after the first runners crossed the finish line, when most of the top runners were finished but slower and amateur runners were still on the course. Maeve described the scene after the explosions as eerily quiet. “The roads that were bustling became those of a ghost town,” she recounted. “Few cars or people walk by and those who do are in a hurried rush. The subways have shut down and buses, as well as airport flights have been delayed. Having dinner out isn’t a very pleasant idea, as a terror has carpeted the streets of Boston.” Milligan, who is a member of the River Runners club, said the tragic event has dampened her spirits and left a black mark on her accomplishment. “Personally, after completing a sporting event like this I usually had a ‘perm-grin’ – happy, satisfied and emotional about accomplishing
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Helicopter: BC Coroner Service investigating crash Continued from A1 The Rescue Coordination Center dispatched a Search and Rescue Team from CFB Comox after receiving details of the crash. The pilot and four passengers who were able to escape were initially transported to Campbell River hospital for examination. Four have since been released, while the fifth person, a passenger, remains in a Victoria area hospital undergoing further treatment. The fifth passenger on board, a 48-year-old man, was trapped in the wreckage and unable to escape, Cpl. Darren Lagan said. The
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were the pilot, a 68-yearold man from Gold River; his passengers: a 37-yearold man, a US citizen; a 71-year-old man, a US citizen; a 45-year-old man, a US citizen; a 44-year-old man, also from Gold River; and the deceased, a 48-yearold man, a US Citizen. The BC Coroner Service is now leading this ongoing investigation, and will continue to be assisted by RCMP resources. The identity of the pilot and surviving passengers will not be released, RCMP say. The BC Coroner Service will address the identity of the deceased at a later date.
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RD to look at selling Strathcona Gardens KRISTEN DOUGLAS
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Campbell River councillors say every attempt by the city to try and coordinate recreational programs with the Strathcona Regional District in order to save taxpayers money has been thwarted and now regional directors want to look at selling Strathcona Gardens. Director and city councillor Claire Moglove said at last week’s regional district board meeting that often recreation programs offered at city facilities can also be found at Strathcona Gardens. “There is duplicity of service, there is duplicity of programs,” Moglove said. “We, the City of Campbell River, are trying the best we can to have a regional function so that everyone would benefit and in my view the city has been stymied at every step along the way.” The city asked the regional district last year to participate in a joint review of recreational services to determine if there is a way to better co-ordinate programs and activities. But the regional district balked, with electoral directors refusing to pay the money for what it viewed as the city trying
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to get a better hold on its recreational facilities and programs. Director Walter Jakeway, and city mayor, suggested the regional district consider selling Strathcona Gardens to the city after lengthy discussions during financial planning over a human resource position at Strathcona Gardens, which the Strathcona Gardens Commission (which runs the complex) did not want but others on the regional district board did. “After listening to all the anguish the board was going through over the last several months about money to fix the arena floor, the HR position, and such, I thought to maybe look at selling Strathcona Gardens would offload a lot of money and anguish for the regional district,” Jakeway said. “The city could use its horse power to modernize it. It needs a facelift and I doubt the regional district is able to afford that, where the city could probably do it through grants.” That raised the ire of Brenda Leigh, director for Area D which has helped fund Strathcona Gardens and will be contributing $515,000 of a $3.4 million budget in 2013. “Strathcona Gardens is one of the best run organizations in the region…
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there is no anguish going on,” Leigh said. “The only anguish going on is an employee phoning me saying there’s rumours going around that the regional district is going to abandon them. I don’t think the city’s thinking clearly by how much they benefit by having Strathcona Gardens as a regional facility and how much they benefit by Area D’s contribution to that facility.” Moglove agreed the city would miss Area D’s contribution and said that while she understood where Jakeway was coming from, she would prefer to see the facility further expanded as a regional service. “I think Director Jakeway, because of the length of time it’s taken to get anything going, said ‘okay, let’s buy it and see what happens,’” Moglove said. “Only three things can happen – let’s leave it as it is, the city buys it or the Strathcona Regional District contracts it out to the city. I think we need a report (from staff). I’m not personally in favour of the city buying Strathcona Gardens but we need to do something.” Directors John MacDonald (Sayward) and Gerald Whalley (Kyuquot-Sayward) were in favour of selling Strathcona Gardens
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to the city, as both represent areas detached from Strathcona Gardens. But Whalley said that is changing as the Strathcona Gardens Human Resource position is being funded from the regional district’s administration budget and not the Strathcona Gardens budget, much to his dismay. “Now that Area A, with every other director at this table, is paying for the HR position, I become a participant and I don’t want to become a participant,” Whalley said. “Director Jakeway’s report shows me how I can get out of this.” In the end the board voted in favour of a report from regional district staff investigating the feasibility, costs, and implications of having the city purchase Strathcona Gardens. Directors Jim Abram, Noba Anderson, Craig Anderson, Ryan Mennie, and Leigh were opposed to Jakeway’s motion for a report.
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Spirit Square money clarified KRISTEN DOUGLAS
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The city has released an informational report on Spirit Square after public outcry over the city’s use of funding. When the SPCA left Campbell River because the city awarded its animal control contract to a lower bidder to save money, several SPCA supporters took to Facebook to criticize the city for spending money on Spirit Square. Now the city
is clarifying why a glass roof was being put on the downtown gathering place at the same time the SPCA was packing up and vacating the old animal shelter. “The stage shelter project is funded by $60,000 in surplus funds from the original project,” reads a report on the city’s website. “This funding cannot be reallocated to a project other than Spirit Square.” But that was not originally made clear to the public, as was evident on the Mirror’s Facebook page.
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The Board of Education for School District 72 is inviting public input into the development of its 2013/2014 annual operating budget. Input can be made by writing the Board or by presenting a brief at the April 30, 2013 public board meeting, to be held at the School Board Office (425 Pinecrest Road), beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Should you wish to make a presentation on April 30, please contact Lee-Ann Kruse in the Secretary-Treasurer’s office at (250) 830-2302 before noon on April 23, 2013. The number of submissions to be heard at the meeting will determine the presentation time. Written submissions should be addressed to: The Board of Education, c/o the Secretary-Treasurer 425 Pinecrest Road Campbell River, B.C., V9W 3P2 The Board will be having a special public meeting to debate and approve resolutions on May 7, 2013 and plans to adopt the 2013/2014 annual operating budget on May 21, 2013. Budget information can be found on the district website at: www.sd72.bc.ca School District 72 • Campbell River, B.C.
One reader posts “Did we ask for a cover, costing $60,000, over the stage at Spirit Square? I think not. This money could have gone to the SPCA instead.” The cover was considered by the city after organizers were forced to drape temporary tarps over the stage during poor weather. Spirit Square opened on November 2, 2009 just in time for the Olympic Torch Relay. The square was built downtown for $1.7 million.
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Plant & Jumble Sale Pottery Show & Sale Saturday, April 20, 2013 10:00am - 1:00pm C.R. Community Centre Gym 401 - 11th Avenue Bargains galore for your garden - plants, bulbs, seedlings. Rummage thru the JUMBLE for recycled treasures. Homemade baking & concession.
The Spirit Square stage shelter project will be completed this week. It was funded by $60,000 in surplus funds from the original project. This funding could only be used for Spirit Square improvements. To learn more, check out What’s New on the City’s website.
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing regarding the following will be held in the Council Chambers of City Hall located at 301 St. Ann’s Road in Campbell River, B.C. at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Property owners are required to provide all tenants, leaseholders and occupants with a copy of this Public Hearing Notice. A copy of this proposal may be inspected at the City Hall, Land Use Services Department on any regular business day between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday inclusive except Statutory Holidays. All persons who believe that their interest in property is aﬀected by the proposed Bylaw will be aﬀorded a reasonable opportunity to be heard or to present written submissions respecting matters contained in the Bylaw that is the subject of this hearing. Please note that legal considerations prevent Council from receiving any representations or submissions after the close of the Public Hearing. A speakers list will be available for persons wishing to speak at the Public Hearing. You may register in advance by calling 250-286-5700 or at the Public Hearing.
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Strathcona Regional District directors will give themselves basic medical coverage this year on top of hefty pay raises. Directors will pay 50 per cent of the Medical Services Plan (MSP) premiums while the regional district will pick up the remaining 50 per cent of the bill. Regional district staff receive 100 per cent coverage. Brenda Leigh, director for Area D, said MSP coverage is necessary as soon as salaries increase. “There are reasons why MSP premiums were likely not offered to directors in the past because my remuneration is below the poverty line and below the basic requirement for paying premiums,” Leigh said at last week’s regional board meeting. “If you’re below $22,000 (a year) you can apply for basic premium assistance so there was no need. But if our salaries are going up a little, we’ll have to pay.” Electoral directors’ salaries, which included Leigh, are going up from $20,699 to $31,128 retroactive to 2012 while municipal directors’ salaries will increase from $10,372 to $12,072 effective in 2015. The chair’s $33,145 addition to his regular directors’ pay will decrease to $19,872 but not until Jan. 1, 2014. For those with an annual income of $30,000 or more, MSP monthly charges are:
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Emergency program dissolved Strathcona Regional District directors officially dissolved the emergency grant-in-aid program which provided grants to emergency groups for emergency supplies. The program was once designed for all regional areas to get involved, but Areas A, C, and D recently opted out, which left Campbell River and Cortes Island left to foot the bill. That prompted Campbell River to leave the program in February, and Cortes director Noba Anderson reluctantly chose to pull the plug on the program last month. “Other rural areas have opted out,” Anderson said. “I’m not interested in this just being a Cortes service. I think there is value in this being a regional service. I guess I would suggest that the service as presented be dissolved, much to my disappointment.” Brenda Leigh, director for Area D, said the regional district will save money by ending the program and ensured emergency programs will still have access to regional district grants. “We’re not abandoning Search and Rescue, we’ll still be supplying them with a grant-in-aid,” Leigh said.
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ROAD CLOSURES Weather permitting, the City of Campbell River will be working on the ﬁnal repairs to the road surface above the culvert crossing at Simms Creek on Galerno Road starting Wednesday Apr. 17. This work will require closing of the northbound lane crossing the bridge for three to ﬁve days. Traﬃc control will be in place, with alternating one lane traﬃc, and the sidewalk on the east side of the road will be closed during this period. We apologize in advance for these interruptions and encourage the use of other route until this work is completed. --------------------------------------------Weather permitting, the City of Campbell River will be conducting a planned repair of a water line in the 700 block of Alder Street on Thursday, Apr. 18. The work will occur between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and will cause some delays for drivers who use Alder Street between 7th and 9th avenues. Traﬃc may be reduced to one lane during this time. Drivers are asked to watch for changes in traﬃc ﬂow and use other routes if possible to avoid delays. Pedestrian will be able to continue to walk along this part of Alder Street.
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a baggy and a cell phone. The baggie contained 17 “spitballs” (i.e. individual hits) of heroin, 11 of crack cocaine and three of powdered cocaine. Also seized from Luong was $1,070 in Canadian currency and $262 in American cash. Police also noted at least two calls and several text messages coming in on the cell phone, asking to buy drugs. Luong was arrested and later released on $15,000 bail. He was also ordered to not have more than two cell phones in his possession. The large amount for bail was partly due to the fact that Luong has two previous convictions, in 1996 and 2001, for dealing drugs as well as a 1995 conviction for simple possession. In January, Luong was being tried on the 2012 trafficking charge when the trial was delayed. Later, police received word that Luong may be up to his old tricks. On March 8, Mounties observed Luong driving his grey 1992 Toyota 4x4 out to the Duncan Bay Main
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Don’t snooze through the election The 2013 provincial election will be one of the most important in a generation. At a time when the economy appears to be in slow motion, yet demands on the public purse are increasing, voters need to pay attention to who’s running. We say: We Of course, we say this for every election — to no avail. Last time around, in the must hold our 2009 provincial election, only about 50% of politicians voters bothered to cast a vote. accountable Who is to blame and will things be any different this year? It’s hard to say. Is it negative advertising that turns people off? BC NDP leader Adrian Dix says so and has promised a more
positive campaign. But will that end indifference or will people turn away from boredom. Is it helplessness and apathy that keep people away from the polls? Many people simply don’t connect with government. BC Liberal leader Christy Clark has tried to be a populist (pandering?) premier, appealing to the hockey mom vote, but has failed to attract women’s support, pundits say. Why? Perhaps B.C. voters simply distrust anything politicians say. Clearly there is a disconnect and the media may have contributed to this malaise by blowing every little incident out of proportion. As in the story of the boy who cried wolf, many voters simply tune out after a while, yet, sadly, when there is a real issue
many eligible voters simply don’t see the connection between their vote and government policy. Instead, they leave the field to special interest groups — business, unions, lobbyists — to hijack the results. The truth is that politicians will only be accountable if we hold them accountable. We have a right to toss any of them out if they don’t do what they promised so voters need to pay attention to what politicians say and they need to find out who they are. Over the next few weeks, the Campbell River Mirror will be covering this region’s four ridings with information from our local candidates. The rest is up to you. – Black Press
Ensure clean food I am a consumer, mother and grandmother and I deeply value my right to have access to clean food. I am passionate about this beautiful planet I call home and I am committed, heart and soul to doing what I can to ensure that I leave her healthy and whole so that the generations that follow will continue to benefit from the bounty she has to offer. So yes, I am very emotional about clean food! As a parent and grandparent, I am concerned that there is not a single long-term study of the health impacts of GMO?s and Monsanto or other Bio Tech giants funded the studies available. This seems highly suspect to me. How can we suggest that there is no long-term health impact when there is no long-term study to verify this. The concern is that the novel proteins produced in GMOs are like nothing our bodies have ever seen. There is the potential for allergic reactions and long term responses like kidney and liver issues as our bodies try to detoxify these alien proteins. It also worries me that the same agency that mandates certified organic farmers produce only non-genetically modified product is poised to approve the sale of GE Alfalfa in Canada. This will make it virtually impossible for many organic farmers to remain organic. Unlike other GE crops, Alfalfa is a perennial crop that is pollinated by bees. There is no way to prevent organic alfalfa from Continued on A9
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Don’t count B.C. Conservatives out this election
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As the B.C. NDP launched its election campaign last week with a package of income tax hikes, higher than those in the B.C. Liberals’ election budget of February, a third party leader confirmed his own plan to increase personal and business income tax rates. It’s not readily apparent from his recently released ‚fiscal framework document, but B.C. Conservative leader John Cummins told me his plan to phase out B.C.‚‘s carbon tax does indeed include raising income tax rates that were lowered to make the carbon tax “revenue neutral.” I reached Cummins in Prince George, where he was continuing his aggressive courtship of northern B.C. with an announcement that federal gas tax revenues would be redirected to a new fund for locally determined road improvements. Earlier he vowed to study the deplorable state of north-
ern ambulance service. Cummins has more good news for the north: that’s where a regionally phased elimination of the carbon tax would begin. It’s also the area of thinnest population, meaning the impact on the B.C. treasury would be less. This, after all, a tax budgeted to bring in $1.2 billion in the current year. The B.C. Conservatives continually remind people that the carbon tax falls disproportionately on rural, remote and particularly northern folks who face long distances, long winters, and public transit options ranging from slim to none. This has ceased to be much of an issue for the urban B.C. majority, who are focused on bridge tolls, ferry fares and the like. The B.C. Conservatives decry the population decline of rural B.C., with international immigration almost exclusively going to
big cities, while temporary foreign workers increasingly fill agricultural and industrial jobs in the Interior. The party’s still-evolving platform echoes the NDP’s call for more skills training and increased completion rates for trade apprentices. Cummins is in favour of the proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline and the massive buildup of infrastructure needed to add liquefied natural gas to B.C.‚‘s energy export mix. He sees that enormous industrial expansion as the path to shift population growth beyond the south of the province. Cummins is surprisingly cool to one industrial project, the proposed Site C dam on the Peace River, calling himself undecided. He also sounds skeptical about the B.C. Liberal plan to extend B.C.‚‘s electricity grid and use that to develop further independent power. This sounds to me like political position-
ing rather than economic analysis. An antiSite C independent candidate has significant support in Peace River North, creating a three-way struggle for a key B.C. Conservative target The B.C. Conservative platform also totals up the billions in long-term electricity contracts with private power producers and¬†suggests¬†the price for this clean energy has been set too high. This is another echo of the NDP’s vague position. So if the B.C. Conservatives are gung-ho on oil and gas and think the carbon tax is¬†a mistake, do they think there should be any effort to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions? Cummins sidestepped that question, preferring to talk about conventional¬†air pollution, whether it’s in the Fraser Valley or as a by-product of a northern industrial boom. Continued on A9
Food: Use my voice
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cross-pollinating with GE alfalfa. Alfalfa is a primary source of feed for dairy and cattle farmers, making it virtually impossible for these farmers to ensure that their product remains certified organic. Nearly one hundred years ago man discovered penicillin. For many decades, we believed that penicillin was a panacea for many of our health concerns. Thirty years ago doctors prescribed antibiotics like candy and we as consumer were thrilled to take them. Mother nature had something else in mind and the result of our over use of antibiotics is a proliferation of antibiotic resistant super bugs. This example should
be a call to use caution when it comes to GMOs. As human beings we may think that we have it figured out, but all to often nature has a different idea. She demonstrated this with antibiotics and she is beginning to demonstrate this with the advent of herbicide resistant weeds and pesticide resistant insects. I am heartened to note that in British Columbia there are already 13 jurisdictions that have resolved to be GE free zones. I am also thrilled to see that in many of those jurisdictions the needs of non-organic farmers are supported. The AVICC (Association of Vancouver Island Coastal Communities) met April 13th and agreed to ask the Minister
of Agriculture for BC to put forward a resolution to make Vancouver Island a GE free zone. It is incredible to see that so many of our local leaders are ready to take their place on the right side of history. As a passionate consumer, I whole-heartedly support them. This letter is about standing for a clean, organic and non-genetically engineered food supply. As a consumer, I continue to invest my food dollar with local, organic farmers whenever possible and I use my voice to ensure that my right to have access to clean food is maintained now and into the future for generations to come. Cheryl Levine Campbell River
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Airport lighting to get $1.3 million upgrade
Airfield lighting and electrical systems at the Campbell River Airport will be improved thanks to a grant worth more than $1.3 million from Transport Canada. The total estimated cost of the project is $1,401.044, and Transport Canada will fund $1,331,002 (95 per cent of the cost), with the City funding the remaining upgrade from its Airport Improvement Fee. The improvement work will ensure the airfield lighting system meets current regulatory requirements. Upgrades will focus on: apron and taxiway lighting as well as runway edge lighting circuits and respacing these lights. Aging airfield lighting components will also be replaced and new airfield electrical regulators and lighting control system as well as new runway guard lights will be installed – all to Canadian Aviation Regulations standards. “Replacing aging electrical infrastructure will help more planes safely take off from the Campbell River Airport in reduced visibility conditions and ensure seamless commercial and general aviation operations in all weather conditions,” says Susan Sinnott of the Campbell River Airport Authority. “These improvements are another step in making the Campbell River Airport attractive to new customers and business investors.” Companies interested in bidding on this project should stay tuned for a request for proposals later.
Fletcher: Urban media’s whipping boy
Continued from A8 As a long-time former Reform and Conservative MP, Cummins is acutely aware that the urban media
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Online guide helps B.C. businesses make PST transition B.C. business owners or those starting a business will benefit from the new Small Business Guide to PST, announced Minister of State for Small Business Naomi Yamamoto. The guide explains the basics of B.C.’s PST and how it applies to goods and services for businesses. The Small Business Guide to PST is easy to navigate and covers PST registration, refunds to customers, audits and appeals, keeping books and records, and the Taxpayer Fairness and Service Code. For more information, go online for the Small Business Guide
to PST: www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/ documents_library/brochures/SmallBusinessGuide.pdf As committed, the PST was re-implemented on April 1 with all permanent exemptions. Businesses and consumers can find a general guide to what’s taxable and what’s not, under Publications at: www.gov. bc.ca/pst Tools and services available to help businesses prepare for the re- implementation of the PST include: ■ The convenient online eTaxBC PST registration tool at: www.gov.bc.ca/ eTaxBC/register
■ Online webinars covering the general principles of the PST and eTaxBC. ■ PST bulletins and notices. ■ Videos online: ● Returning to the PST - An Overview for Business ● PST in B.C. Online Registration ● File and Pay PST in B.C. ■ Businesses with questions about the PST can call the toll-free general enquiry line - 1 877 3884440 or email questions to: CTBTaxQuestions@gov. bc.ca Businesses can sign up to have a ministry PST spe-
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Facebook, Twitter, a thousand different blogs, a million or so websites, a gazillion Google hits – there are so many online information sources available to us, but are they the best places to get the best advice for your needs? Especially when it comes to reliable nancial and investment information that accurately answers your questions and provides clear direction you can count on? Not necessarily. Here’s why. It’s easy but… There is a lot of information right at your ngertips but how reliable is it? Key your investment-related question into a search engine and just look at all the websites you have to choose from. You have to sort through a hodgepodge of unltered, unveried sources. That can not only be a lengthy and frustrating process, it can also lead you to plenty of poorly researched or incorrect
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“Busy as a beaver” certainly describes these industrious animals that are Canada’s national animal emblem. Next to capybaras, beavers are the largest semiaquatic rodents in the world. These animals are found across Canada and America with the exception of Florida and parts of southern California. Hunted and trapped for their luxurious fur, beavers were almost hunted to extinction in the 1700s to meet the demands of the European fashion market. Easily recognizable with their large flat tails and protruding front teeth, their dense brown fur is maintained with waterproofing oil allowing them to spend most of their time submerged under water. Other adaptations that allow them to dive include loose lips which can be pulled together making their mouths waterproof, together with transparent eyelids which act as goggles under water. Beaver’s hind feet are clawed and webbed resembling flippers, their front legs have fingers and claws that they use to hold food or strip the bark off wood. The most important and recognizable feature is the beaver tail, this paddle shaped tail acts as a rudder to steer them through the water whilst swimming but is also used to warn other beavers of danger when
slapped on the water. lodge is by underwater Average weight for a entrances that can withbeaver is approximately stand freezing in the winter. 27 kilograms, their body Inside the lodge there are a length plus head measure variety of chambers includ60-100 centimetres, and ing nesting, feeding and they’ve been know to live storage areas. for more than 20 years. Beavers are monogamous Habitat includes wood- mating for life; a mated pair lands, wetlands, rivers and will produce a litter of 2-4 lakes. Beavers kits each year are one of the that will remain on ly sp e cies with the parnext to man that ents until their can change or second winter alter their enviwhen they will ronment; they leave the famhave proven to ily lodge to find be masters of their own terriconstruction. tory and build If suitable Sandy Fairfield their own dams nest sites are and lodge. MARS Moment available in Beavers have river banks or lakes these the ability to drastically resourceful creatures will alter the course of streams burrow into the banks to and rivers, and will crebuild nests, but usually ate new lakes and wetland they will create their own which are beneficial in habitat by creating dams. creating new habitat for Herbivores by nature bea- a variety of other species. vers eat bark, twigs, leaves However they often venand aquatic plants. Power- ture into urban areas where ful jaws and large strong they back up creeks causing teeth allow the beavers to homes and gardens to be gnaw and fell small trees flooded. that they then carry to their As is the case with many construction site in their wildlife species that have mouths. adapted to urban living Beaver dams can be over conflicts between wildlife five metres wide and two and humans are a commetres high, and are cus- mon occurrence. This year tom designed with a fresh Mountainaire Avian Rescue air vent on the top. Trees Society (MARS) has resand other vegetation are cued two beavers, the latest intricately woven to create was found on the beach by the “lodges” and holes or the Big Rock in Campbell leaks are plugged with mud, River, where it appears to repairs are ongoing. have become disoriented The only way into the after swimming down a
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SATURDAY SALE (Jan 27, 28 &29) CLEARANCE Avenue, HUGE HUNTING Courtenay • 250.334.2942 » 870 Cliffe Campbell River • 250.287.2641 880 Island Highway,
FIRST ISSUE 1971