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Campbell River is not taking advantage of its assets nor properly accommodating tourists drawn to the community for its fishing, according to a local angler. Mike Gage of the Campbell River Salmon Foundation spoke to council last week about the opportunities the city needs to embrace in order to be successful. “We believe that this current council should do all in its power to enhance the recreational fishery in this community,” Gage said during his presentation to council, with local resident Tom Craig by his side. “We could probably attract visitors to our local streams to watch the salmon spawn – the runs are quite large now.” But the biggest obstacle to attracting tourists looking for a fishing holiday, is the lack of amenities, Gage said. “We don’t have enough proper boat ramps and the required parking for the ramps. As a renowned sports fishing town, we need to improve our existing facilities and, in our opinion, we barely maintain them. This should be a priority so the fishing resorts can be used to their fullest.” Gage said in comparison to Port Alberni – which also claims to be the Salmon Capital of the World – Continued on A2
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Campbell River’s free, public boat ramps are lacking. “We’ve got very poor ramps here. There’s hardly any parking, no
fish cleaning tables for the residents or tourists,” Gage said. “Port Alberni has got three four-lane ramps, two lanes into the water and two lanes out, plus adequate parking.
They’re building a fourth ramp right now.” Gage said it’s unfortunate Campbell River has not done more to accommodate anglers. He said since the salmon
stocks failed to return in the 1990s, chinook and chum stocks have rebounded in the last few years. “We still have the title of Salmon Capital of the
World, though some people in Port Alberni might argue that. But we’ve got far greater fish stocks travelling past here – they’ve got probably 20 per cent of what
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we’ve got,” Gage said. “Thanks to volunteer stream keepers from Oyster Bay to Sayward, and probably the best managed hatchery on the B.C. coast – the Quinsam – our fish stocks are improving.” Gage said since 1995 wild chinook stocks in the Campbell River have climbed from a low of 150 to an annual average of 800-900. Chum stocks over the same period have risen from more than 2,000 to an average of 14,000, with a spike of 60,000 one year. Gage said a healthy sports fishing industry translates to a healthy local economy because tourists drawn here for the fishing will stay in hotels, eat at restaurants and shop at local tackle shops. But he said the city first needs to invest in the industry. “We’re way behind the times. I think there should be some assistance from council to
pull up our socks in this area,” Gage said. “We’re not taking full advantage as a community with the size of the fish stocks we’ve got here. “Boat ramps, cleaning tables, are just common courtesy to the tourists who would like to come here to do more fishing,” he added. The city is currently working on improving and extending the length of the Big Rock Boat Ramp (see story on page A3), and putting in a fish cleaning table as well as washrooms. However, current plans do not see any increase in the number of parking spaces. Mayor Walter Jakeway disagrees with the Big Rock Boat Ramp designs and said the city is missing the big picture. “What we’re doing is just not big enough,” Jakeway said. “We’re going to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and not get anything for it.”
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Council got a clearer picture Tuesday night as to how the city plans to improve the Big Rock Boat Ramp but not everyone was supportive of the changes. The project will involve ramp upgrades as well as upland improvements. The ramp is expected to be replaced in order to extend its length to avoid vehicles getting stuck during low tide and to improve traction on the ramp, said Ross Milnthorp, the city’s parks, recreation, and culture manager, in a report to council. The breakwater will
also be improved. “Boaters identified the need to raise the breakwaters to decrease wave action in the basin as the waves make launching challenging on windy days,” Milnthorp said. “As well, improvements to the breakwaters will enlarge the launch basin and minimize sediment deposits which will help to decrease maintenance.” Other aspects of the project include a seasonal float or jetty which boaters can tie up to while parking their vehicles and to help with embarking and disembarking their boats, accessible washrooms and picnic tables.
But Mayor Walter Jakeway said he expected to see more. “I’m disappointed the vision is so narrow,” Jakeway said. “I don’t think the Big Rock Boat Ramp site where it is, is where we really want to be. We lost the Tyee Spit boat ramp unceremoniously a few years ago when it was removed with little notice. So our boating community is running low on space.” Jakeway said the city should broaden its vision and look at other spots around the community where it could build something bigger, with more parking available. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be that boat
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going to be the Salmon Capital of the World we’ve got (to invest) in boat ramps. Our people are going out through a little sliver of a boat ramp and it’s not good enough.”
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McCallum Park was donated to the city under the condition it be used for park purposes. “The Big Rock Boat Ramp was full on a monday morning at 10:30, on a Monday morning. What are we going to do on a holiday weekend?” Jakeway said. “What we’re doing is just not big enough. We’re going to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and not get anything for it.” Coun. Larry Samson was also concerned that parking was not being expanded and Coun. Ron Kerr asked if the city had looked at other areas nearby that could be turned into a parking lot. Milnthorp said he would suggest that if properties come up for sale in the area, that council seriously consider purchasing it as an auxiliary space for parking. The complete design for the boat ramp is expected to be complete in mid-to-late October so there could potentially be some room for change. The improvements outlined by Milnthorp in his report were generated through a city consultant, parks staff, and a focus group of frequent Big Rock Boat Ramp users working together. A public open house was held to present two schematic designs, followed by a second public open house where the preliminary design was presented.
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Fees are going up by five per cent across the board at Strathcona Gardens. The Strathcona Regional District board of directors last Thursday voted to raise rates effective September 1. The increase will have an impact on all admission, program and membership fees. The price hike means rates for adults will rise from $5.50 to $5.75; seniors will pay $4.25, up from the current $4 rate; the teen/student price will rise from $3.75 to $4; children will be $3, up from $2.75; and the family rate will increase from $11 to $11.50. Even with the rate increase, fees at Strathcona Gardens will still be below the Island average. Average prices on the Island are: adults ($5.83), seniors ($4.37), teens ($4.14), children ($3.05), and family ($12.13). The rate hike was proposed by the regional district’s Strathcona Gardens Commission (which looks after Strathcona Gardens) as a way to narrow the gap between revenues and the high costs of operating the facility. Tom Yates, the acting chief administrative officer of the regional district, said fees at Strathcona Gardens are below the average of other similar facilities on Vancouver Island, likely due to the fact that the fee structure was never changed on a regular basis. Fees increased four per cent over the past six years but have not gone up since the 2009/2010 season when fees were raised by two per cent. Fees also went up two per cent in 2008/2009. Still, at least one Strathcona Gardens user wrote
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rate the same,” Jamieson wrote. “Zeroes to the various directors, including those Campbell River councillors (who sit on the regional district board), who have condoned it without actually advising the public.” Yates said at the time that the price already has the tax included. “This means that the amount paid by the customer is a fixed amount and independent of whichever tax regime happens to be in place at any given time,” Yates said. “To put it another way, the regional district calculates the taxes owing based on program revenue and determines the amount that must be given over as taxes and the amount that it may keep to support operational costs for the facility, thus avoiding constant recalculation of ticket prices.”
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Chalk one up for Campbell River’s “CIS” investigators. All it took was a single fingerprint to identify the culprit who broke into two vehicles parked in the 700 block of Robron Road. Kurtis Timothy, 26, appeared in Campbell River provincial court on Monday where pleaded guilty to the attempted theft. According to his lawyer, Peter Hertzberg, the single fingerprint and how it got there would have been a “live issue” at trial, but instead Timothy chose to plead guilty in order to move forward in his life.
“The battle for sobriety can be long and hard for some. That’s the case for Mr. Timothy,” said Hertzberg. Timothy struggles with drug addiction and a relapse led to the vehicle break-ins which occurred overnight on April 6-7. According to Crown prosecutor Bruce Goddard, a decorative knife was taken from a Ford pickup and a GPS stolen from a Dodge minivan, but both were later recovered. A screwdriver tip was also found broken off in the ignition of the minivan which cost $295 to replace. A forensic investigator with the Campbell River RCMP was able to lift a
single fingerprint off the bottom of a box which typically sat on the console of the minivan, but was found moved following the break-in. The print came back as a match for Timothy who has a history of committing property crimes. He was later arrested in Nanaimo on another matter and held in custody. For the attempted theft, Timothy received a 30-day jail sentence and one year probation. Hertzberg added that Timothy wants to go back to a drug rehabilitiation centre after his release in jail. Hertzberg said Timothy wants to try and be a good father and provider for his three-year-old daughter.
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The system must be given a chance to work It’s been 2½ years since South Surrey resident Jim Neiss was killed in a head-on collision as he drove to work along 16 Avenue. Last week, the trial of the man accused of dangerous driving causing death in connection with the horrific collision got underway We say: Justice in Surrey Provincial Court. Glen Theriault has pleaded not guilty must always to the charge against him, and there’s be the aim not no doubt that over the course of this vengeance week, the judge will continue to hear many heart-wrenching details of the case. Tempting as it may be for members of the public to render judgment of their own long before a verdict is pronounced – and many, no doubt, already have – it
is paramount that one of the cornerstones of our legal system not be forgotten: innocence until guilt is proven. Few would argue that there are those who knowingly take advantage of what can appear to be a system that favours offenders; grasping at every straw available until the inevitable – time behind bars – can no longer be avoided. It does not help that sentences imposed often seem to fall short when compared to the level of harm done. Two years in jail for an act that cuts someone’s life short will never feel like enough to those who have to go on living without their loved one. But we cannot forget that not everyone before the courts is playing the system. Even though investigation techniques have improved vastly over the course of a
century, it is still possible for people to be charged with crimes for which they are not guilty. Others may have made mistakes – sometimes grievous mistakes – which they will pay for, in some way, for the rest of their lives. In some instances, many of us, if we’re being entirely honest, might say “there but for the grace of God, go I.” No one would suggest for a moment that the culpability of the accused not be explored, but they are also entitled to a fair hearing and a defense that ensures that any and all extenuating circumstances are known and understood. As imperfect as our system is, for it to mean anything it must stand for a principle of justice, rather than a desire for vengeance. – Black Press
Stand up to the bullies I am writing in response to the malicious letter written by Mark Treacy and his attack on our (elected) regional district director Brenda Leigh (July 19). I don’t know who you are or what your personal agenda is but obviously you aren’t aware of the dedication and commitment she has made for our area over the years. Suggesting she has never spoken up on our behalf is absolutely false. She has been a strong voice in trying to keep our area affordable. She has spoken out against privatizing our hospital. I’m not aware of Campbell River city council speaking out against this. In my opinion she is being bullied by the city regarding water and sewer for our area and I trust that she is doing her very best to handle the situation. I do not want to be part of the city and know I am not alone. We chose to live in a rural area and we knew that we had to have and maintain septic systems when we moved here. I felt the need to write this as I felt Mark Treacy’s letter to the paper was threatening and very malicious. Brenda Leigh, thank you for all your hard work over the years and please don’t resign...we need you to stand up to the bullies for us. Carolyn Stowe We welcome your opinions on stories and issues published in our pages as well as issues of broader concern encountered elsewhere. Please keep your letters brief. We reserve the right to edit for length and liability. E-mail them to email@example.com
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B.C. NDP president Moe Sihota says an external review of the party’s performance in the May election will “look very much at the DNA of the NDP.” Early signs are not encouraging. Start with the five-member panel announced to conduct the review. The required “labour” representation is in the person of Cindy Oliver, president of the union representing college and university instructors, and Andy Ross, ex-president of COPE 378, which represents BC Hydro employees among others. Another appointee is NDP MP Jinny Sims, a former president of the B.C. Teachers’ Federation. If the party wants to further solidify its image as a lobby group for pension-subsidized government unions, it’s off to a great start.
The terms of reference defy parody. In addition to unions, the panel required “more than one woman.” A sub-committee may be struck, if it has representation from “youth, women, labour, visible minority, LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisesexual, transgendered, questioning).” I presume the party’s lengthy antiharassment policy will be read out to begin all meetings. Once they finally get down to business, the list of election campaign details they must examine is long. In addition to that, they must review “stakeholder relations including community leaders, business, social movement, ethnic communities, environmental movement, affiliated unions and the labour movement.”
One of the excuses offered by leader Adrian Dix for the party’s defeat was the loss of 40,000 jobs in the B.C. forest industry. The suggestion is that those people left for Alberta, and if they were still here, they would have voted NDP. That presumed solidarity has never existed in the private sector, and in fact the highest-paid union workers have good reason to vote for lower taxes. To confirm B.C. and Canada’s “progressive” tax system, all they have to do is look at their pay stubs. The mandate for this review mentions not one actual public policy issue. Here’s one the committee might kick around. Having lost the 2009 election campaigning against the carbon tax, the NDP is now calling for it to be increased
and extended to greenhouse gases produced by industrial process emissions. A simple example is a cement kiln, which burns fuel to reach the temperature at which the components are partially burned and cement is produced. Cement manufacturers pay carbon tax on the fuel, whether it’s natural gas or shredded tires, but not on the process. B.C. cement makers are already pleading for relief, because the fuel-intensive process puts them at a price disadvantage with U.S. and Chinese producers. Further unilateral tax action by B.C. would only further increase imports, and potentially push B.C. firms out of business. Goodbye unionized private sector jobs.
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Fletcher: Stale economic notions We’re happy with Brenda Leigh in Area D Continued from A8
With regard to Mark Tracy’s and Charles Alford’s comments about Area D and its leadership, there are those of us who live in the area who are very happy with Director Leigh’s leadership and who want nothing to do with becoming part of the City of Camp-
bell River. Such annexation would not be simply for providing sewer service, as Mayor Jakeway suggests, but would open the door to higher property taxes and any further and future charges that the city could (and would) levy on us - the benefits
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It’s official. Signs went into the ground at 480 Hilchey Road last week to announce the site of Habitat for Humanity’s second Campbell River build. City councillors Andy Adams, Ron Kerr and Larry Samson were on hand to help Habitat unveil the signs July 22. Deb Roth, executive director for Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North, said Campbell River mayor, council and staff “recognize the need for affordable housing and see Habitat as a sustainable part of the solution.” “Habitat is proud to have purchased the duplex lot in April 2013 with proceeds from the Habitat for Humanity North Island ReStores,” said Roth who thanked the ReStore donors, customers, volunteers and staff who are making the build possible. The sign unveiling is the first step in offering two Campbell River families a hand up into home ownership. More than 1.3 million Canadian families struggle to afford the basic necessities, said Roth. According to a Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation report, Habitat for Humanity homeownership improves the
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From left, Deb Roth (Habitat for Humanity), Ron Freeman (Habitat), and councillors Ron Kerr and Andy Adams, Carol Nelson (Habitat) and Coun. Larry Samson unveil signs at 480 Hilchey Road – the site of Habitat for Humanity’s next community build in Campbell River.
health and happiness of families, with children becoming more confident and getting better grades. The survey also shows that affordable homeownership is
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A group of Barlow Road neighbours will get its crosswalk. Council, at its July 23 meeting, gave the green light to a crossing along Highway 19A at the corner of Barlow, near Rona. The crosswalk is expected to be painted on the south side of the intersection. Council’s decision pleased at least one resident sitting in on last week’s council meeting. Right after the vote, an audible ‘yay!’ came from the public gallery. The crosswalk was prompted by area residents concerned for the safety of pedestrians trying to cross the highway to access the Sea Walk. Eleven people signed their names to a letter, which was presented to council June 25, requesting a crosswalk and a flashing light. “The traffic seldom slows down or stops for families with children or people wanting to walk their dogs, crossing to reach the Sea Walk or the beach, mostly because there is no crosswalk,” wrote the group. “We are requesting a crosswalk, preferably with a flashing light, as soon as possible, before we end up with a fatality on our hands.” On the request of council, city staff came back with data from a recently conducted traffic count, which determined there was enough foot traffic to warrant a crosswalk. “The counts were used to evaluate the warrant for a pedestrian crossing,” said Drew Hadfield, the city’s transportation manager, in the report. “The warrant supports the installation of a painted crossing and the associated pedestrian crossing signage.” However, traffic counts were not high enough to make a case for a flashing light or a pedestrian-activated signal. The crosswalk is expected to cost the city between $750 and $1,000, which will come from the roads department’s operational budget for 2013. Barlow is one of the few cross streets in the area along Highway 19A that does not have some form of an assisted pedestrian crossing. Most of the intersections north of Erickson Road have either a crosswalk, pedestrian assisted flashing lights or a traffic light. The intersections south of Erickson Road – Dahl, Maryland, and Colorado – have a crosswalk and flashing pedestrian lights.
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A controversial Alder Street de velopment inched closer to reality as council approved a rezoning application at its last meeting to make way for a multi-family housing complex. Council gave third reading and adoption to David and Jared Welychko’s application to rezone the lot at 741 Alder Street – near the corner of Alder and 7th Avenue – from Residential-One (R-1) to ResidentialThree (R-3) to accom-
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modate a triplex. The application for three, 1,300 square foot, three-bedroom units has generated its fair share of opposition from residents who live near the vacant lot. Council heard from several of those neighbours at a public hearing July 9 at city hall. Although Coun. Mary Storry was opposed, council went ahead with approving the re-zoning at last week’s Tuesday council meeting but Coun. Larry Samson made sure the project is not a done deal.
“If we’d like to see a different type of building, it would come before council at a further date?” Samson asked city staff. Ross Blackwell, the city’s land use manager, replied that it will come back to council for approval of the development permit which the Welychko’s have already submitted to city hall but will still need to go before council. “If concerns remain over the potential massing arising from the R-3 setback and the impact on neighbouring prop-
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hearing that the driveway for the development is proposed to run along the side of his yard and with six parking spaces drawn up at the back of the building, that could mean a lot of traffic running alongside his home every day. Mielke noted the triplex would also look out over his house. “The height of the structure will allow tenants to peer unimpeded into our backyard and deck,” said Mielke who purchased his home knowing the area was single-family housing.
Now that could change. “When you purchase a home we feel that there’s a reasonable expectation that the neighbourhood will not change too dramatically and we feel that this triplex is quite a dramatic change,” Mielke added. Howard Milner, who lives on 7th Avenue, said if the proposal is granted his view will be obstructed. The Welychko’s are proposing to build a 7.9 metre high building. Under the R-3 zoning, the developer is allowed to build up to 10
metres high, compared to the maximum of eight metres for R-1 zonings. The triplex is also expected to be set 12.2 metres back in the front yard and have a 30.5 metre rear yard setback. All of the parameters meet what’s allowed in the R-3 zoning. Jared Welychko told council July 9 that the triplex will create “new, reasonably-priced housing within walking distance of a revitalized downtown core” and be “ideal for a retired couple or a small family looking for entry level housing.”
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It’s vacation time! Who doesn’t enjoy a week or two of fun away from the usual trials and tribulations of everyday life? But who wants to come home to a mountain of post-vacation bills? You’ve probably already taken or planned this year’s vacation and have either already paid for it–or not. Either way, here’s how to make next year’s vacation better and debt-free.
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Save before your vacation to save on your vacation! You’ll reduce your vacation costs by paying cash for your travel tickets or using cash to take advantage of ‘last-minute’ travel bargains. You can also avoid aftervacation bills by purchasing traveller’s cheques before you leave or using automated teller machines during your holiday instead of a high-interest credit card (or two).
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