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alahat’s fire chief was delightfully surprised by Wednesday’s news Victoria is funding another 2.3 kilometres of the concrete medians on dangerous Malahat Drive — including along the deadly ‘NASCAR Corner.’ But Rob Patterson doubted Premier Christy Clark’s new $15-million fix — starting next year to finsh barriers on about half the Malahat — will stop all carnage. “Speed’s not the problem — the problem is the drivers, whether it’s a mechanical failure, driving distracted, or tailing too close,” he said, lamenting ugly chain-reaction crashes. Patterson applauded more barriers to curb cross-over crashes, but hoped he can pinpoint, for highways’ engineers, other places needing urgent safety upgrades. “There’s also the corner at the Malahat (Petrocan) gas station; that’s a horrendous corner and we’ve been there time and time again.” This week’s $15 million will help save taxpayers’ lives for several years, but Patterson touted fully dividing and twinning the Malahat. He reckoned that fix would cost the public upward of $400 million. “There would be an impact on the environment, no doubt about that.” Chicken Wrap Meal But given steadily climbing ‘Hat traffic, Grilled or Patterson visualized anCrispy inland highway linking with Nanaimo’s bypass, to handle truck and business traffic. The current turnpike would become a scenic route. Meanwhile, Patterson will take all measures necessary to save lives and prevent more wrecks. “IfStrip we have an event here, I’m still goc. Chicken Meal ing to shut the highway down.” The best solution, he suggested, is getting vehicles off the Malahat by creating more commuting and traveller transporAndrew Leong tation options. Isaac Antoine shows a six-pound coho salmon that he caught from the Cowichan River by white bridge on Allenby Road on Deluxe Cheeseburge Cheeseburger Mealon page 4 Upgrade Q4 – OCTOBER – 2013 – CANADA more Tuesday, Oct. 22





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jail sentence in the range of 18 months to two years less a day is appropriate for Const. David Pompeo, Crown prosecutor Carmen Rogers submitted Thursday in Duncan Provincial Court. A scheduled two-day sentencing hearing opened with Rogers presenting her arguments on sentencing for Pompeo to Judge Josiah Wood. Due to the enormous volume of material, it was unlikely Wood would make a decision by the end of the day Friday. Pompeo was convicted on Valentine’s Day this year of aggravated assault for shooting Bill Gillespie in September of 2009, but has yet to be sentenced as those proceedings reached the 8 1/2-month mark on David Pompeo: Halloween. arguments made “Aggravated assault by its nature is a very grave offence,’’ Rogers stressed to Wood. Rogers and defence lawyer Ravi Hira both submitted piles of documents to the court before the proceedings began. Rogers outlined her position first, with Hira to follow. Rogers also submitted Gillespie’s victimimpact statement for consideration. She said the ordeal has been significant to Gillespie physically (with the bullet still lodged in him), emotionally and financially. “This is obviously an extremely difficult case,’’ said Rogers in her opening statement. She said Pompeo has many mitigating factors put before the court, but those must be balanced with the law. Together with case law, Rogers said it sets a general range of sentencing for aggravated assault. “One of the main issues on sorting all this out you’re going to have to determine is what to make of the Crown submission that this is a breach of trust case against my friend’s submission that this is not a breach of trust case,’’ Rogers told Wood. “Police officers are in a position of trust by virtue of their positions as police officers.’’ she said. more on page 3


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Wiped out from Halloween? Enjoy the extra hour of sleep If Halloween didn’t scare the Daylights out of you, forgetting to put your clock back one hour this weekend will if you have appointments on Sunday. Pacific Daylight Savings Time officially ends at 2 a.m. Sunday. Valley residents are advised to make a clock adjustment before going to bed Saturday night

if you don’t want to stay up until the actual time. With the old adage of spring ahead, fall back, the good news is an extra hour of sleep Saturday night in case you decide to stay up late. There will obviously be an immediate change in the morning, with daylight coming much sooner. But the sunset time in the first few days of the

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City finds simple solution to illegal suites

Duncan: hopes to make them all legal in bid to increase population density

Bylaw changes aimed at legalizing illegal suites is key to Duncan’s desire to increase density and unlock more affordable housing in the city.

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oosting affordable rental housing, and making current illegal suites legal, is the goal of Duncan’s potential secondary-suite bylaw. Councillor Sharon Jackson envisioned various types of rental places, spanning carriage houses renovated from garages, to granny suites, and basement abodes. “If I have a basement suite or carriage house, and rent it for $500, that’s a far cry from $850.” She foresaw “a couple of dozen” suites could initially surface from the bylaw likely to be adopted by year’s end, pending the results of a Nov. 18 public hearing. “If you make it legal, people will want to build in their garage, for instance.” Several dozen illegal rental suites exist in Duncan now, Jackson guessed. “There’s no such such thing as a legal secondary suite in Duncan at the moment, unless it’s something grandfathered in from long ago.” The secondary-suite concept was aired during a recent open house. A report full of feedback is coming from city planner Michelle Geneau, Jackson explained of the affordable-housing concept simmering at city hall for several years. “Michelle will probably make a presentation at an upcoming council meeting. Comments were positive and pro; there were some concerns around street parking.” Secondary suites would be inspected by city staff “to make sure it’s safe and legal, so you have to ensure fire codes are respected, and things like that.” Jackson compared any worries about a boom in rental dives to Duncan’s bylaw allowing backyard chicken coops. “If we have 10 places with chickens, I’d be surprised.” The bylaw would also bring those illegal suites

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up to snuff. “There’d be a period of grace, and they’d have to say they have an illegal suite. I’m not exactly sure how it will work,” Jackson said. She backs a push toward pedestrian living in and near downtown to be a byproduct of more affordable suites — dovetailing with Duncan’s drive to drop its carbon footprint. “In our RM 1 and 2 zones, you could have a carriage or granny suite, or a basement suite — but we don’t want people renting out their attic and crawl space; we’ll do baby steps.” Cities such as Vancouver are successfully proactive on lane homes and secondary suites, she noted. “As aging populations are living at home on a modest income, and you can rent out a granny

or basement suite, it helps seniors stay in their homes longer.” Affordable secondary suites could also help plug holes in rising local housing demand. “It was just the growing understanding, and working with Social Planning Cowichan, about numbers of people living in their cars, or couch surfing,” Jackson said, citing folks working at low-paying jobs, and struggles among lowincome seniors. City hall also knows rental hassles can disrupt neighbours. “When you have renters, you can end up with problems but you have to familiarize yourself with B.C.’s Landlord and Tenant Act,” said Jackson who is a landlord. “I have a list of things I ask my tenants to

agree to, like one car,” she said, noting vital references. “You don’t just rent sight unseen.” Those kinds of tips are taught in House Of Friendship’s Ready To Rent program, applauded Jackson. “People who’ve never rented, and have no references, can have a terrible time getting an affordable place. “They’re taught how to clean a place, pay bills on time, and (organizers) set them up with places to rent.” After all, protecting home-suite-home from bad renters is key. “Your home’s the biggest investment of your life; if people see renters with peacocks — or crackheads — moving in, that wouldn’t be fun.”

Crown: police need to be held to higher standard from page 1

Don Bodger Shooting victim Bill Gillespie prepares to enter the courthouse with friends prior to the start of Const. David Pompeo’s sentencing hearing.

“We expect they will act in a way we believe is correct, but we expect they will act in a way that is objectionably reasonable.’’ Rogers said Pompeo failed in that regard. Wood said the case “is one which I have been struggling with what to do for a very long time.’’ The use of force training that Pompeo cited in his previous testimony made him fearful for his own life based on triggers he saw from Gillespie, along with evidence from experts called by the defence, is one of the central points being argued. “That is a matter I need to take into account,’’ said Wood. “I am

troubled by the use of force training. “There may be something wrong with the use of force training that may have affected moral culpability. “It is not the first case where an unarmed man has been shot by the police. I need to address that in my reasons, I think, because I am troubled by that.’’ “I don’t think this is something this case will be able to address,’’ responded Rogers. Wood said he was most concerned with the part of Pompeo’s training that led him to fire the shot. Rogers said mistakes were made earlier that didn’t make the shooting justified.

“After making several mistakes, I don’t think you can go backwards and say at this point, he was following his training,’’ she said. “At that last moment, you can’t look at it in isolation.’’ Rogers didn’t deny there are troubling aspects to the outcome. “It comes into what’s on his mind at that moment,’’ she said. “The objective reality is he didn’t do what he needed to do.’’ Rogers cited numerous cases in law relating to police officers and pinpointed details she felt were pertinent in Pompeo’s situation. She also suggested police should be held to a higher standard and sentences “must be greater in order to protect the public.’’

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“I think the train has gone the way of the dodo bird, but it’s definitely a viable option I could use.” The fire chief also cited more ride-share programs, perhaps through provincial incentives to employers with lots of employees. Clark explained the turnpike purse includes 2.3 km of the cross-over stopping slabs on the stretch north of Shawnigan Lake Road. “This section of highway has seen too many accidents and we’ve heard from first responders and residents about the need for continued improvements, and that’s what we’re doing,” Clark’s release says. Needed improvements were cited in the 2012 Malahat Corridor study — and were called a priority by the Malahat Advisory Group. It includes everyday Cowichians, plus local first responders such as Patterson. Howling for more Malahat

safety was heard by Clark. “We’re going to do more work to ensure the island’s highways meet the needs of a growing population and a growing economy,” she says. That 2.3 kilometres of medians will split the highway from south Shawnigan Lake Road up to the Malahat Summit weather station. The pending work should snuff safety worries in the speed-prone area locals call NASCAR Corner, Clark noted. Work will also cover a onekilometre, southbound passing lane extension, plus improvements to the Whittaker Road and Holker Place intersections. “As the main route north from Victoria, the Malahat will be an important part of our upcoming Vancouver Island Transportation Strategy,” noted transportation minister Todd Stone. The new upgrades build on $18 million in Malahat safety courtesy Malahat fire department improvements since 2001, VicDeadly crashes such as this, that killed three in October 2012 on NASCAR Corner, could toria’s statement says. be curbed with $15 million more in Malahat-median upgrades announced Wednesday.

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rganizers of the Malahat First Nation’s big fundraiser are pretty pumped about rolling out the red carpet for visitors, actor Adam Beach and former Lt. Gov. Steven Point this weekend. Beach and Point are due to make Peter W. Rusland/file appearances as part of the MalaAdam Beach is the honoured guest at tomorrow’s Malahat benefit bash. hat Kwunew Kwasun Cultural Resource Centre fundraiser at the Malahat Nation is hosting a ferent things for our children and Brentwood College tomorrow. fundraiser.” our nation,” said Harry. But Malahat Chief Michael Organizers are hoping to “Over the last little bit, our Harry’s mostly excited about havpeople have put together a coming one of the band’s youths speak raise about $75,000 Saturday to munity plan, and this was one of at the event on what literacy means help foot the centre’s estimated $675,000 construction bill. the things acting as a pillar to our to them. The fundraiser features a dinner culture, language and literacy.” “It’s an important time in our nacreated by the culinary team at Harry’s proud both Beach, of tion. We’re creating a foundation Dog Creek First Nation and of stability for our young people to Brentwood College in collaboration with the Malahat Nation, and Smoke Signals fame, and Point, flourish,” Harry said on Wedneswill be accompanied by traditional whose held a keen interest in this day. “Rather than talking, we’re entertainment. project, are attending in support. delivering. Live and silent auctions showcas“This is one of Steven Point’s “Talk is cheap,” the chief said, ing some of the best in Aboriginal projects from when he was noting more than 300 tickets have art and craftsmanship today are lieutenant-governor,” said Harry. been sold for the gala. also on the menu. “And Adam Beach loves doing The cultural resource centre Ground has already been broken these kinds of events. is envisioned as a place for the for the centre and concrete was There was definitely a major community to learn, teach values, influx of people coming to attend re-build culture, and provide books poured Oct. 25, Harry said. The centre will focus on the after they heard about them.” and other educational resources. Harry figured the centre should “This unique facility, which is de- community’s educational needs, and create a space for sharing, be up and running by January. signed to bring multi-generational Tickets are $120, or $960 for programming and educational op- validating and reinforcing the fundamentals of Malahat values tables of eight, but the chief noted portunities to the community, will they’re getting close to capacity. focus on literacy development and including integrity, practices, beliefs, principles and action. For information contact Dawn preschool programming,” states “It’s something we’ve decided to Holmen at (604) 483-3532 or a press release. “In order to move step out of the box for, doing the project from plan to reality,

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hawnigan Lake School’s Centennial takes place in 2016, but the preparations and special events are already under way. A larger-than-life statue of founder C.W. Lonsdale was unveiled Saturday at the school as part of the annual Founder’s Day celebrations. It is located in front of the new learning commons currently under construction on the campus. “As I look at this magnificent statue, all eight feet of it, I feel more than ever that our founder was something of a giant in the world of education and I remain very proud to be upholding his legacy,’’ stated headmaster David Robertson in a news release. Susan Birch from Wiltshire, England, the granddaughter of the

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Shawnigan Lake School’s new statue is unveiled by headmaster David Robertson, accompanied by Sue Birch, the founder’s grand-daughter. founder, was in attendance for the unveiling. Lonsdale’s years at Shawnigan went from 1916 to 1952 inclusive. The statue was commissioned by alumni students Stuart Milbrad (1948), John Burr (1949) and Francois Elmaleh (1953) and funded by them with support of about 80 alumni and parents.. The school didn’t need any convincing that a statue of the founder would be a good way to pay tribute to Lonsdale’s vision that played such a huge role in the school’s success. “It is just 26 months

before the centennial year of this school he built out of a rain forest,’’ Phil Jarvis, director of the Shawnigan Centennial, said at the unveiling. “The motto of the Shawnigan Centennial is ‘building on strength.’ Mr. Lonsdale’s life and work embodied this phrase. The playwright Lanford Wilson once wrote, ‘whatever you do in your career, make it matter, make it count. “Looking around us today, we can see that Lonsdale certainly achieved that. And we are gathered at an appropriate location for the statue close to the new

Learning Commons and the Founder’s Study, then flanked by the Alumni garden, which was so graciously created a few years ago by John and Katharine Burr.’’ Internationallyrenowned sculptor Mardie Rees hosted a public unveiling of her creation in Gig Harbor, Washington earlier this year. Robertson, director of external relations and advancement Rudy Massimo, and director of the Shawnigan Centennial Phil Jarvis all attended. Rees used live models in period clothing to create the look she was seeking and made a foam version initially that she covered in clay. She added a vest appropriate to the time period and spent many days in her studio with her sidekick, a friend’s German shepherd, to sculpt the canine portion of the piece. Founder’s Day weekend was a chance for current students and staff to interact with graduates. Each year, members of the 50th reunion class are inducted into the Gold Club and presented with a tie, pin, certificate and a gift.


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Highway needs more than a few nice Band-aids $15 million patch job: Drivers need to get better


ew people know the traffic safety issues of the Malahat the way Malahat fire chief Rob Patterson does. That’s why you should pay attention when he says the latest $15 million the government is throwing at our most notorious stretch of highway — though welcome — amounts to just another Band-aid. Don’t read that the wrong way. We’ve long been proponents of a completely divided Cowichan highway from the Malahat to North Oyster. If the government wants to continue to chip away at that goal $15 million at a time, then that’s better than doing nothing at all. This latest roadwork anMalahat nouncement is a good thing, a step in work good the right direction. But any improvement made to the but more existing highway cannot disguise the needed fact it is less an artery to move traffic from community to community and more Main Street Cowichan. And it is populated at any given time with people who are driving too slow, or too fast, or with their minds focused more on their lives and their phones than they are on the road. Cars are such an everyday part of our lives we frequently forget they are also shiny metal boxes hurtling past each other at rates of speed deadly to the human body. Instead, we give them the same attention we give our spouses as they chatter through our favourite TV show. In an ideal world, we would build a new divided highway from Victoria to Nanaimo with a half-dozen cloverleaf exits and on-ramps and no other access points. In an ideal world, the people drving those cars will be focused on the road and nothing else. But it is not, and never will be, an ideal world. By all means keep urging the powers-that-be to improve our roads. But take it upon yourself to drive safely.

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Seeing both sides of: Cairnsmore Place improvements The case against

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Too many of our seniors are forgotten and neglected in their twilight years. Mouldy floors, asbestos and dingy, tired rooms? Our seniors deserve better. And when dedicated organzations like the Cowichan Hospital Foundation and the Duncan auxiliary are stepping up to put their efforts behind this Island Health initiative, you know it’s worthwhile. This is money well-spent.

Members of the Cowichan District Hospital Auxilliary and Order of the Eastern Star’s Sunset Chapter, tour a renovated room at Cairnsmore Place.

Even the best of us fall prey to our blinders Jay Siska

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he you-know-what hit the fan last month, after the RCMP moved in to enforce a court injunction against First Nations protesters in New Brunswick. But this column isn’t about that incident at all. It’s about the reaction on Facebook that littered my news feed, and the beating I took if I dared call to question anything the responding armchair-activists posted. Before I get into the meat of this — lest you attack me for anything I’m going to say here — let me state my position on a couple of important issues. I am in favour of First Nations’ land claims, and against fracking (what was being protested.) But how is it that people who support a certain cause get so focused on their cause

that they lose sight of both common sense and reality? And then fail to question or think critically about (and blindly re-post) anything that comes across their news feed? Tunnel-vision, that’s how. I have a friend who is essentially a career student — intelligent, educated, and passionate about issues. He hates Stephen Harper, loves science, and is an atheist. I would have previously thought of him as a career skeptic. But Thursday, he started posting some ridiculous claims and news (I use the term loosely) from extremely biased special-interest sources. These, in turn led to even more ridiculous claims being made by other supporters. I weighed in, and within a few exchanges was promptly told I was, “being a f---ing retard,” who had, “missed the point.” All I was doing was dealing with argu-

There is no doubt our seniors deserved better rooms than what they were getting at Cairnsmore. But there is plenty of doubt about whether the money spent in improving their situation was great bang for our buck. $18,000 a room? At that price, they might have been better off keeping Cowichan Lodge open and rebuilding Cairnsmore from scratch.


ments that had gone so far off the rails that the following was in the mix: New World Order, U.S. Delta Force operatives, the equivalent of “The Man,” fascism, military snipers, Illuminati (spelled as “illuminaty” by the poster) etc. etc. etc. All of it — in the end — was, and still is, sensationalist B.S. whipped-up to further a cause. It’s not much of a secret I work in the paintball industry. There’s a term we use in gun-fighting that I mentioned earlier: “tunnel-vision.” That’s where you completely lose focus on the game going on around you, and just do everything you can to eliminate what’s in front of you. Timed appropriately the effort is admirable, but any coach that’s good at his/her job will rip you in a heartbeat for doing so because 90 % of the time it ends badly for you, your team, or both.

The same can be said for discussions on controversial topics. But the paintball analogy probably isn’t the best now that I think about it. If you get focused on just one opponent and lose sight of the other flanking you, you get shot from the side. Lesson learned. If you get focused on one issue or one opponent in a debate and ignore crucial details, fail to question sources, evidence, bias, media filter, and a myriad of other variables, apparently you can just call the person who holds a differing opinion “a f---ing retard” and move on. Without learning any lesson at all. Jay Siska writes monthly in the News Leader Pictorial. Reach him at

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“Always honk the horn when backing up equipment, and always have a guide (spotter) letting drivers know the directions. Those in charge should always be aware.”

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We are teaching, Mr. Fletcher, not indoctrinating

Dear editor Tom Fletcher has seen a lot in his long career as a journalist in B.C.. He probably remembers how the BCTF and other unions fought for pay equity for women. He might even remember the protests that greeted B.C. teachers at their annual general meeting in the 1990s when we voted to support Gay Straight Alliances and safe schools for all kids. He also knows about the work we have done to promote Aboriginal education enhancement agreements, employment equity for Aboriginal teachers, and various anti-racism programs. Every single one of those things falls under what we call “social justice.” But somehow, Tom Fletcher found an odd, outdated, and angry way to turn the work teachers do to promote tolerance, fairness, and personal responsibility into a dirty word. No, Mr. Fletcher, teachers do not “indoctrinate” students. In our classrooms, we work hard to educate our students in a way that lets them explore the world around them, ask questions, and come to their own conclusions. Jim Iker, president B.C. Teachers’ Federation

In a free society, the debate is never really over

Dear editor Letter writer Sonia Furstenau says the climate issue is settled and the debate is over. After doing some digging I would, in a sense, agree. However, Richard Feynman, Nobel-winning theoretical physicist once said “science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.” I tend to agree. And despite Ms. Furstenau having formed a belief about climate change and accepting no further debate, others are not prevented from debating the issue. That’s the nature of free speech. I did some personal research. Using freely available data from Canadian and U.S. government agencies I was able to plot historical temperature and carbon dioxide levels. To me it doesn’t look much warmer but carbon dioxide has gone up substantially. If they are linked, should temperature and carbon dioxide not follow the same path? Draw your own conclusion, but for me there doesn’t seem much reason for any

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Doug August Sr. drops off a bag of clothing at the Homelessness Action Week tent at Charles Hoey Park on Oct. 19. debate, although I will always listen to accept the taxes. rational discourse. At any rate, in another 15 Larry Woodruff years we’ll know for sure so there really isn’t Cobble Hill a need to rush. Nick Caumanns Duncan

Money the reason pot is illegal

Dear editor As a non-smoker, citizen and commonsense kind of person, I have watched this issue of pot getting kicked around and spun by the very best. It is not really about what the spin doctors getting millions of our tax dollars say it is. The federal and provincial governments would love to control us all by keeping us broke paying more taxes. The revenue from pot would bring in thousands of tax dollars and stop the never-ending tax hikes, or at least slow them down. The police cannot do their thing if the government legalizes pot. Court backlogs would disappear, Police overtime for court would disappear. The wail and cry of organized crime boosts police budgets, leads to more justification for police use of force, and eats a majority of police time and budgets. With this stigmatism gone by legalizing pot the police budgets and the need for heavily armed squads of police would not be necessary, The government and the police have voiced along with their spin doctors, that pot cannot be legalized but covered their proverbial butts by announcing their corporate buddies would now be the only growers and distributors of pot. Guess if they think they might lose they at least will salvage something by letting corporate Canada be king of the pot, and yes, (sigh), the government will have to

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Floathome owners want hookups and the right to stay in the bay

Dear editor We have been working hard to dispel these rumours “sewage hook-up issue is a sore point among some residents claiming they should continue dumping into the eco-sensitive bay.” In the floating community of Cowichan Bay there are no floathome owners who have expressed anger about hooking up. Our frustration stems from public comments holding floathomes responsible for more than a century of pollution that has collected in the bay from a variety of sources. We are also concerned the bylaw draft as it stands today devalues our community and will displace over100 residents. Director Lori Iannidinardo may say they “are not just saying ‘everyone out,’” but at the end of the day, it is the written bylaw that is going to matter. Having said that, we are optimistic the EASC is willing to listen to our concerns and work with our community to draft a bylaw that will allow all of us to remain in our homes. Open communication and collaboration is a big step in finding resolution. Kelly Landry comments submitted at

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ith Cowichan Valley residents still recovering from this year’s 8%-plus property tax increase , the CVRD board is beginning discussions of its 2014 budget. As always, the single biggest budget item is staff wages and benefits. The 40 top CVRD staff, earning up to $198,000 annually, showed increases averaging 11% in 2012. This follows raises of between 11% and 34% for those same positions between 2007 and 2011. Generous pension and other benefits, not counted in these figures, boosts the cost to taxpayers by an additional 20% or more. This isn’t about the people — CVRD staff seem generally competent and helpful. The problem is that due to a combination of factors wage increases have steadily outpaced inflation by a significant margin. Over time they have gotten way out of line. Meanwhile, local residents face steadily increasing tax bills, while the average income in the Cowichan Valley — $38,937 — has lagged behind inflation, which is currently 1.1%. The 15 elected CVRD directors are responsible for approving wages and benefits, along with all other items in the budget. Directors themselves are modestly paid, between $15,819 and $23,732, with $33,309 for board Chairman Rob Hutchins. Unfortunately, salary discussions are in closed board meetings, with no opportunity for direct public input. This must change. All public sector salaries over $75,000 are published under the Financial Information Act in any case. There is no reason for secrecy. In past years, directors have been unwilling to grapple with the growth in top salaries. The general attitude seems to have been that since other local governments are also overpaying their top staff, we have to do the same. During the 2013 budget, directors spent far more time discussing whether to cut small amounts of grants-in-aid funding to local groups than they did on the $17.4 million spent on CVRD wages and benefits. Salary spending is particularly important to keep under control, as all additional spending is automatically added to the base from which increases are calculated the following year. This year, it could be different. Media discussion has resulted in more public awareness of the high wage levels at the top. A few directors have indicated a willingness to look at the issue. There has been some discussion of a freeze or roll-back of top salaries, though the majority on the board seem set to carry on with business as usual. Little is likely to change without more public feedback to the elected directors. If you have an opinion on this issue, or would like to see the CVRD board discuss it in open session, let your director know, now. Blaise Salmon is a Mill Bay resident.

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Hope Farm robbed of food Folks at Hope Farm are shaking their heads about the recent theft of 20 frozen chickens, and some bacon. Hope leaders are also praising a local business whose workers pooled their money and, anonymously, handed Hope $140 to compensate for the robbery. Hope director Rev. Michael Burdge explained the criminals busted a lock on the Drinkwater Road farm’s cooler at around noon Sept. 30, then took the birds. “I don’t know if someone stole them and is selling them, or was just a jerk,” he said, noting eggs are occasionally swiped from the farm’s roadside stand. Hope Farm is a healing centre for recovering addicts, and welcomes new volunteers, or financial or in-kind donations. For more, or to become involved, contact 250-510-2111, ***** Ninety-two Cowichan homes were without power Sunday for several hours after a tree fell on power lines behind Russell Farm Market, BC Hydro’s Ted Olynyk said Monday. Juice was restored after removal of debris that closed Mount Sicker Road for a period, starting at about 1:15 p.m. Crofton firefighters and Olynyk said earlier reports that someone was burned during the incident were unfounded. RCMP were unavailable for comment by press time. — Peter W. Rusland

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Alexandra Straub For as long as Alexandra Straub recalls, she has loved cars. She can even remember thinking at the age of six, “Only ten more years until I can get my licence!” Born in Zurich, Switzerland to Hungarian parents, she moved to Canada when she was just a baby. Spending her summers in Budapest with her grandparents helped cultivate a strong liking for motorsports. Alexandra can remember watching F1 races with her grandfather, and still does even when she goes to visit. Over a decade ago, Alexandra started her career in the automotive industry. Since then, she has had countless stories and photos published. You can find her work online, in newspapers, magazines and on television. She has hosted “Shifting Gears Automotive TV” and regularly makes appearances on various shows talking about, you guessed it, all things automotive. When she’s not testing out the latest in vehicular goodness, you’ll either find her on a motorcycle (she tests and writes about those, too), on a track or traveling the world. While she considers her “job” her hobby, Alexandra enjoys other activities that don’t necessarily involve wheels, engines or motors. Growing up on the North Shore of Vancouver, she loves the mountains and the ocean. An avid snowboarder and a wannabe surfer, count on her enjoying the outdoors when she has the chance. And to really help her relax, she scrapbooks. Share your thoughts and requests with Alexandra at

Last year, $8,362.29 was collected from the sale of cancelled stamps and postcards throughout British Columbia and Yukon to be distributed for Cancer Research or Cancer Dressings, wherever it is needed. (We must thank our friends in the community for keeping us well supplied with stamps.) Sunset Chapter #44, Duncan has one of our 39 Cancer Dressing Stations, located downstairs in the Mercury Theatre on Brae Road, Duncan. Last year, throughout our jurisdiction, 170 dedicated members volunteered 8120 hours producing 69,708 cancer dressings at a cost of $9,599.91. (We’ve used up inventory on hand, which once again reduced expenses. There is a need for dressings in Northern BC, so these numbers will likely increase next year.)

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Presently, sterilization is only being done by certain Hospitals and Clinics by trained and qualified staff in Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna andd Prince George. The present method of distribution on is - the hospital staff will give the patient a supplyy of cancer dressings to take home. Local cancer patients requiring dressings are asked to contact the Canadian Cancer Society Office at 250-746-4134. Cancer is a dreadful disease without the added burden of the expense of dressings often required. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO CHARGE TO THE PATIENT. All that is required is a doctor’s referral. By supporting our Stamp Project, attending bazaars and teas, the Cabaret Night or buying tickets on our annual Cancer Draw, you enable us to continue our efforts in the fight against cancer. We’ve had a Polar Swim each February since 2005, first at Transfer Beach in Ladysmith and starting this year, at Departure Bay in Nanaimo. Thanks to pledges/donations, the members willing to brave the chilly water, have raised over $50,000.00 for Cancer Projects. Please drop off your used stamps at the Cowichan News Leader/Pictorial Office between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Mon. to Fri., #2-5380 Trans Canada Hwy., the United Steelworkers Office, 351 Brae Road, or the local Cancer Office, #100-394 Duncan Street. NB: Our Stamps Dealers dictate how the stamps are to be trimmed, so we are asking our friends in the community NOT to TRIM stamps off envelopes. Just leave the stamps intact and we’ll do the rest. We don’t want any stamps to be spoiled. Thanks.


PUBLIC & TECHNICAL LIQUID WASTE ADVISORY COMMITTEE The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) is proceeding with an amendment to the Central Sector Liquid Waste Management Plan. The amendment will involve working with the Committee and CVRD staff to help revise the Plan to reflect current needs for sewer servicing, environmental protection and public awareness. A key role of the position will be to help design and implement a public consultation process related to the Plan’s amendment. The CVRD is requesting expressions of interest from individuals wishing to be a member of the Public and Technical Liquid Waste Advisory Committee to assist with the plan's amendment and who are prepared to volunteer their time to attend regular daytime and evening committee meetings, information meetings, open houses and other related activities during the coming months. If you are interested in serving on this Advisory Committee, please send a brief letter outlining your background and area of interest to: Emily Doyle Yamaguchi, Engineering Analyst, Cowichan Valley Regional District Engineering Services 175 Ingram Street, Duncan, BC, V9L 1N8 or via e-mail to Expressions of Interest will be received up to 4:30 p.m., Friday, November 15, 2013. Further information may be obtained by calling the Engineering Services Department at (250) 746-2530. COWICHAN VALLEY REGIONAL DISTRICT 175 Ingram Street, Duncan, B.C. V9L 1N8 Phone: (250) 746-2500 • Fax: (250) 746-2513 Email: • Web:

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1947: The Bay

by Ann Andersen

Manager of the Duncan Hudson’s Bay Co. store Mr. S. Figueiredo was transferred to the company’s larger store in Victoria. He was replaced by Mr. Arthur Wylie, who had been with the company for 11 years.

1947: recreation At a Cowichan Recreational Centre meeting: more than 1,000 youngsters were taking advantage of the facilities in the Agricultural Hall; the furnace installation was complete; a Badminton Club representative would join the committee.

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1947: golf

Former Duncan boy Ben Colk, son of Mrs. And Mrs. G. G. Colk, was one of four Vancouver golfers who met the British Ryder Cup teams in an exhibition match.

Fairbridge gets into the spirit of the season Dateline 1947: Halloween celebrated with gusto Ann Andersen

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uring recent research on Fairbridge, the former Prince of Wales farm school between Duncan and Cowichan Station, my eyes were tugged to a Halloween party there in 1947. Reports said Strathcona Cottage’s charade, directed by Miss M. K. Broadhurst and with Charlie Cousins playing St. George, should go down in farm history. “It was a veritable triumph of ingenuity,” nodded The Leader. After competitions like bobbing for apples, dodging the ball, the stage was set for blindfold boxing where the program featured a bout between Jack McFarlane and George Koenders. Then came the parade. “How the judges, Mrs. A. H. Plows and Mrs. Livingstone, managed to make decisions (on prizes for costumes) is beyond our imagination since a great percentage of the children, let along the staff, were unrecognizable,” the Leader mused. Winners included Donna Ritchie, dressed as a Halloween witch; Mary Tribe, Miss Australia; Arthur McGee and Jeff Bulcock, hillbillies; Pauline Cooper, fat lady; Catherine Eager, drum majorette; Gerald Hunter, Indian brave; Leon Field, Sherlock Holmes; Pat Phillips, milkmaid; staff, Mrs. M. Tribe, Aunt Jemima; and the Rev. T. L. Hipp, Robinson Crusoe.

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A Dragon Dance is outside a shop named Kwongsangs in Duncan’s Chinatown in 1916. —We want your historical photos of Cowichan people and places. Email a high resolution jpeg along with your phone number and a brief explanation to Or drop by during regular office hours and we’ll scan it in. More heritage photos are available for viewing online at www.

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The full-size truck market is big business for automakers and a big deal for the businesses and people who depend on them. For almost five decades the Ford F-150 has been the best selling truck, with little chance they will lose that crown in the near future. What has been happening, over the last few years, is a strong shift from General Motors to RAM in terms of establishing the second best selling truck brand. The rise in RAM popularity can be traced back to a few key changes over the last several years, from muscular styling to class-leading interiors, a refined ride, plus engine and transmission advancements. I drove the 2014 RAM model range recently, on a beautiful fall day, just outside of Toronto. The “RAM Roundup” was a great opportunity to get my hands on these new trucks well before they arrive at BC dealerships. Looks A big part of the RAM brand success has been built on the sturdy and macho exterior styling. Front and centre is a grille that was enlarged, but better integrated, for the 2013 model year. Depending on the trim the grille finish can be chrome, painted or with a different insert. This feature is one RAM owners love so, in this case, larger

is better. Behind the grille are “active shutters” that close at higher speeds to help send the wind around the vehicle to improve aerodynamic efficiency. The same idea was also behind the longer side step, which helps reduce buffeting down the side of the trucks. One option that I find fascinating, and would seriously consider, is the $1500 air suspension that can be lowered for easier entry into the RAM or loading into the bed. Plus this system automatically lowers over 100km/h to also reduce aerodynamic drag. At lower speeds and for off-road duties, the air suspension can be raised for better ground clearance. Having had a chance to drive several RAM trucks with this feature I notice the already smooth ride is even better and the cabin is further insulated from vibration. Inside In the past trucks were typically used for work. Today, trucks have grown in popularity because they can be rugged on a work site and luxurious for all occupants. Having driven the Ford and new GM trucks recently, I can easily say that RAM still has the lead in interior design and finish with the Chevrolet and GMC right behind. (Ford is looking dated but look for an all-new F-150 in 2015). The centre console can be equipped with an 8.3-inch Uconnect communications and entertainment screen. In addition, there is a large

7-inch screen behind the steering wheel for fully customizable instant information readouts. The dash and seats can be trimmed in leather typically found in luxury cars not long ago.

for gasoline truck buyers but RAM hopes this 429 lb.-ft. engine will attract more buyers.

Verdict As competitive as the car business is, the truck side is Drive The biggest It takes dynamite nuclear. Truck buyers take their trucks very change for 2014 includes to get a loyal truck seriously and the people the first diesel engine building them do too. It found in a light duty 1500 owner to change takes dynamite to get pickup truck. This is an Ital- brands but RAM a loyal truck owner to ian designed engine that has done a good change brands but RAM has been used extensively has done a good job of in Europe in Jeep products job of blasting the blasting the competition. like the Grand Cherokee. competition. Most of this success has With 420 lb.-ft. or torque, been thanks to constant this new “EcoDiesel” has Zack Spencer improvements instead of the same output as Ford’s waiting years to update Ecoboost but not the same their rigs. With a new diesel engine in towing capacity. Rated at 9200 lbs. this the 1500 to an all-new gasoline engine truck will be perfect for buyers who in the heavy-duty trucks, matched to want impressive fuel economy and sophisticated transmissions, improved good towing capacity; a balance of suspensions and cabins, it is no wonder usability and thriftiness. This engine has that RAM is on an upward swing. not been rated yet for fuel economy but thanks to a standard 8-speed automatThe Lowdown Power: 3.6L V6, ic transmission; this new EcoDiesel is 3.0L V6 turbo diesel, 5.7L V8. 6.4L V8 going to get better numbers than the and 6.7L diesel already class-leading gasoline V6 RAM. Price range: $19,995-$36,495 base Look for the new EcoDiesel RAMs prices. The diesel option adds around arriving in January of 2014. On the $4,500 heavy duty side there is also an all-new engine in the form of a 6.4L Hemi V8. The old 5.7L was not a perfect match



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Disappearing Cars: The threatened, endangered and extinct List By Rob Sass

Several years ago, there was a large reward posted for evidence that the Ivory Billed Woodpecker was not extinct as was previously thought. Strangely, the classic car world has yet to respond in like fashion for evidence that breeding pairs of Plymouth Crickets or Mercury Bobcats are still out there. We’re not offering a reward but for what it’s worth, here’s the Hagerty Insurance list of some of our favourite threatened, endangered and extinct cars: 1. 1975-80 Chevrolet Monza: The Monza, based on the infamous Chevy Vega, might well have been the most attractive GM car of the mid-1970s. More than 300,000 were built, and although the styling was

a high-quality job, build quality wasn’t any better than anything else of the era, which may explain the extreme scarcity of survivors.

Status: Threatened

2. 1971-76 Mercury Capri: The Capri was Ford of Europe’s answer to the Mustang. Like the Mustang, it was built on rather ordinary sedan underpinnings but the result was handsome, well made and, in the case of the V-6 powered cars, fast. It was quite popular in the early 1970s, selling more than 100,000 units in its first two years. Where they all went is anyone’s guess.

Status: Endangered

1971-76 Mercury Capri

3. 1984 Plymouth Voyager (Dodge Caravan): Introduced in 1983, Chrysler’s original

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was powered by a carbureted 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine making just 96 horsepower. Chrysler’s reinvention of the station

wagon relegated that very category to “endangered” within a decade. Despite its massive sales, we’re not sure if a single collector-grade example exists outside of Chrysler’s own museum.

it a “sporty” two-seater. The problem was that the EXP weighed 200 pounds more than the already pathetically slow Escort. It took two years to remedy the issue by giving the EXP an optional turbocharged 1.6-liter that made 120 horsepower. But the car was priced at nearly $10,000, making it more expensive than a Mustang

Status: Extinct


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Status: Endangered 5. 1975-81 Volkswagen Scirocco: The VW Scirocco was a replacement for the popular VW Karmann-Ghia. The VW Rabbit-based, front-wheel drive, water-cooled car had angular styling, courtesy of Italdesign and Giorgetto Giugiaro. As rust-prone as anything of the era, the first-genera-

tion has thinned almost to extinction, particularly those first-year cars with pretty chrome bumpers and funky plaid seats.

Status: Threatened

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Shooting for the Perfect Drive didn’t signal when I keep hearing TV F1 comhe got there either! mentary teams talking Ross devised a about the perfect race little game that he in relation to the now played every day four-time world champion while travelling Sebastian Vettel. to and from work As I watched the German across town. The driver for Infiniti-Red Keeping a healthy Perfect Drive ConBull race team take the cept was designed chequered flag in India on distance between to help drivers Sunday, the repeated ref- your car and the one concentrate and I erence to his perfect race you are following is can’t help it would reminded me of another key. a great game open-wheel racer. for us all to play Back in the early 1990s, Keith Morgan some 20 years on Vancouver Indy racer Ross from when he first Bentley strived for what outlined the idea to me. he called the ‘Perfect Drive’, not on “The idea is to drive smoothly at a the track but on the roads of B.C. constant speed with minimal brakRoss, now coaching race drivers ing,” explains Ross, who tells me he and street drivers in Washington still tries to achieve the Perfect Drive state, always told me that he found daily. the racetrack a safer place to drive. “To do so, you must anticipate light On the track he pretty much knew what other drivers were going to do, changes and ease off when you approach a stale green. You have whereas drivers on the street were to slow in such a way that if your very unpredictable. passengers had their eyes closed they And I was reminded of that the wouldn’t be aware of the exact point other morning when a young driver whizzed by me in the curb lane, then you stopped.” Keeping a healthy distance between cut in front and crossed two more your car and the one you are following lanes to turn left at an intersection is key. Others do cut into the space but just a block ahead. Of course, he



they disappear as fast as they arrive. And even if you ease off to open it up the gap again, Ross figured if even 10 cars did that to you and stayed during the average trip you might lose a minute in travel time. “The Perfect Drive can be ruined by others so I try to figure out what crazy things they might do and adjust accordingly. If I have to brake jerkily in anticipation of the other driver’s move, I don’t deduct any points!” However, if you hold up traffic or disrupt the flow then you deduct points. If you can let somebody in smoothly or provide an opportunity for somebody else to turn then you’re assisting the flow so he figured that was worth a few bonus points.” “The Perfect Drive can be different for everybody and you can work out your own scoring technique. I keep it simple and figure if I drop four points then that was nowhere near the Perfect Drive. I love his final comment: “Oh, and if you drop a point halfway through, you don’t give up and drive the rest of the way like a jerk.” Give it a try, it’s fun. ChangeGears/

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The car that conquered the world: Toyota Corolla 2010 to 2012 More than 30 million Corollas had already been produced when an all-new a tenth-generation 2009 Toyota Corolla hit the streets with a new body and chassis, increased interior space, more power and a revised suspension system. It isn’t about what a Corolla does, it’s about what a Corolla doesn’t do – stop working. In fact, Corolla could be a substitute for the word ‘durable’ in the dictionary. While the competition has certainly made great strides to improved product quality, Corolla is still the benchmark and consumer confidence in this compact car While the is reflected in used prices. Ironically, from a used car buy- competition has er perspective, it may also be its big- certainly made great gest drawback ... good luck with finding a good strides to improved used Toyota Corolla at a bargain product quality, price. The 2009 Corolla came in CE, S, LE Corolla is still the and XRS trim levels. benchmark. The highline Corolla LE (originally $21,495) added power windows and Bob McHugh locks, climate control air conditioning, a 4-speed automatic transmission, a woodgrain interior trim package, a push-button keyless start system and more. Most Corolla models come with a 1.8-litre (132-horsepower) engine and the base versions came with a smooth-shifting five-speed manual with a light, easy to operate clutch. A four speed automatic was the optional transmission and fuel economy is excellent, with a 7.5/5.6 L/100 km city/highway rating. The sporty Corolla XRS (originally $21,925) offered a bigger engine, better brakes and tires plus other stuff. Powered by a 2.4-litre (158-horsepower) engine it came with 17-inch tires on alloy wheels, electronic stability control, traction control, rear disc brakes and a strut tower brace. It was also the only version with a 5-speed automatic option. On the inside, this Corolla is roomier than the previous generation, with more shoulder room, legroom and trunk storage space. A tilt/telescoping steering column was standard on all trim levels and it came with two glove boxes, as seemingly past owners had complained about a lack of cabin storage space. Almost all Corolla models come with the same safety features,



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which includes six airbags and the front seats come with active head restraints. An anti-lock brake system is also standard, but only the XRS trim has electronic stability control and traction control. Stability control was included as standard on S and LE trim levels and optional on CE, in 2010. In 2011, stability control was made a standard feature on all Corolla trim levels. It also got a minor styling revamp, which included new headlights, grille, front and rear bumpers, taillights and trunk lid. No significant changes in 2012, other than some re-packaging of options offered. The Toyota Corolla has a loyal consumer following who appreciate the finer virtue of this car – outstanding product quality.

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weekly compilation of facts, figures, and fascinating Cowichan culture: • Painter Rosemary Danaher has graciously donated this year’s City of Duncan perpetual Arts Trophy keeper piece. Danaher’s original, 20by 16-inch watercolour Pelicans will be awarded to a publicly nominated patron, artist, or teacher who’s contributed most to Cowichan’s arts scene during the past year. The winner will be announced at city council’s Dec.

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small window offers pieces by enamalist Margot Page, plus mosaics by Veronica Scott. The show runs until Nov. 23 at 251 Craig Street, facing Duncan’s city square. Call 250-748-6776. • Valley printmaker Lynn Starter has honoured her artistic hero, the late, great Cowichan Lake stone carver Gus Galbraith, with a handpulled monotype of Gus at work. She admired Gus’ solid works at the Spring Arts Show, and bought his soapstone Raven piece. Starter admires it daily through her love of the mystical bird, and crows, often perched in her prints. Her Galbraith print was a way to say goodbye to Gus, who died in January. “To honour a fellow artist, I created a Monotype of Gus at his workbench from the 80’s; the only twist is I used my artistic licence creating the image of him carving my Raven sculpture.” The piece appeared in the Printmakers Only Group’s recent show in PORTALS.


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Silent art action at Jake’s hatching funds for Somenos Marsh’s Wild Wings project

Wild Wings’ silent art auction is under the online bid hammer. Curator-artist Jeffrey Birkin urges patrons to drop by Just Jake’s to view a total of 40 original pieces by valley artists helping fund wetland preservation projects through the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society. Bidding closes Nov. 24 for 20 works on Jakes’ right-hand wall. Bid for auction works

on display by emailing the society at Purchasers will be announced on Nov. 24. Another 20 Wild Wings works grace Jakes’ lefthand wall. Those are for sale at “attractive prices”, he said, with commissions going to the society. “We have works ranging from a Robert Bateman artist’s proof of a piece called Bank of Swans, to a very political marsh-based piece by

valley sculpting-icon Tom Faue, called Endless Encroachment, with an opening bid of $100 — as well as prints starting at an opening bid of $10,” said Birkin. “It’s a great art-buying opportunity,” noted Birkin, whose Marsh Spirit Catcher (left) acrylic is hung for sale. Jake’s is during business hours at 45 Craig St., downtown Duncan.

Artist finds unique personality in seashore flock Rachel Cruse: Painter decides this year’s Teeny Tiny Art Works show is for the birds

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achel Cruse was at Cherry Point beach watching the sunset after dropping her two children off at school. It was there she arrived at the idea of what to do for the art show she was entering. The tide was low and the seagulls were out in full force. “I was watching them and observing their personalities,” the Duncan artist and mother of two said. “Each one was different and was a character. And so I thought, you know, I can do portraits of them.” And that’s exactly what Cruse has done for the Cowichan Valley Arts Council’s annual popular Teeny Tiny Art Works show starting Nov. 2 and running until Nov. 19. She’s entering six painted 5- by 7-inch pieces showcasing seagulls who’ve been given traditional names, including Annabelle, Beatrice, and Charlie. And better yet, Cruse, who’s been an artist all her life but recently dedicated herself to painting full-time, has asked her writer sister in Edmonton to create bios for each bird. “She doesn’t know it’s for seagulls I’ve painted,” said Cruse, noting that’s part of the fun, and that her sister’s very much into classics penned by greats like Jane Austen, which is quite fitting with her traditional character names. For Cruse, keeping to CVAC’s teeny tiny guidelines has been a challenge. The show, running at CVAC’s Portals gallery in the Islands Savings Centre from Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., features pieces 8 by 10 inches and smaller and is timed well with the holiday season and gift buying. “I usually create bigger pieces,” Cruse said, pointing to a large piece that tagged along with her called Blue Moon in the Barnacle featuring

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Duncan artist Rachel Cruse poses with one of her larger canvasses called Blue Moon in the Barnacle. Cruse is entering for the first time six smaller pieces into the Cowichan Valley Arts Council’s annual Teeny Tiny art show. stunning shades of purple, blue and orange. The 39-year-old painter recently left her position as director of admissions at Sunrise Waldorf School to focus full-time on her art. “It was a hard decision, to trust that everything is going to be OK,” she said, now settled in a cozy studio in her Duncan home. “It’s peaceful creating something,” she said. “And I’m always looking at light.” Cruse often finds herself scouring for inspiration at local beaches, as well as at wild West

Coast landscapes like those found in Port Renfrew. Next year, she’s hoping to paint pieces based on trips she would like to take to shores at the northern end of the island, in the Port Hardy area. “I’d love to go to Haida Gwaii,” she said. And in the meantime, she’s hoping to establish herself not only in the community, but across Vancouver Island, having her art hung on more walls.

“Beauty is essential in life,” she said, trying to break thoughts that “art is only for rich people.” She’s working on a beach-theme series and currently a sunset-inspired set is hanging on Alderlea Farm and Café wall’s until Christmas. “That series was inspired by a poem, Never again the same. It’s about losing your mind to the beauty of a sunset, and not only is a sunset never exactly the same as another, but you aren’t the same as well.”

Three tenors featured in Romanza floor-raiser

St. John benefit: Ken Lavigne, Philip Grant, Paul Ouellette perform songs of love, betrayal and more to help Duncan church Peter W. Rusland

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Ken Lavigne’s smooth voice is the main attraction at an upcoming fundraiser in Duncan.

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hree terrific tenors will stage Thursday’s benefit to help replace asbestos-laden flooring at Duncan’s St. John the Baptist Anglican Church. Ken Lavigne, Philip Grant and Paul Ouellette will perform Romanza, billed as the “singing of love, conquest, betrayal and heartache — from a heart-melting serenade to

a spine-tingling high C.” Partial proceeds from the 200-seat floor-raiser will add to profits from the church’s Nov. 16 Christmas bazaar and a May benefit planned to help replace the parish hall’s flooring bill of about $42,000, spokeswoman Brenda Dhaene explained. Cowichanian Lavigne has sung for Prince Charles, worked with icon producer David Foster and thrilled folks at Carnegie Hall en route to his fifth CD Showtime.

Grant has a bachelors degree in opera from UBC. He co-founded the Canadian Tenors with Lavigne and Ouellette, and has performed in more than 300 professional operas worldwide. Ouellette is among Canada’s finest lyric tenors, having toured operatic shows globally, including work at the Beijing and Vancouver Olympics, Tickets to their 7:30 p.m. show are $25 advance, $30 at the door. Call 250-748-9712.

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this church is an historical gem in the heart of Cowichan Station. Come discuss its future at this forum, with a representative from the Anglican Diocese. 7 p.m. at the HUB, 2375 Koksilah Rd. Tammie Hunter’s Common Threads: explores Tammie’s unique style using black lines in her paintings —a common thread is still recognizable in her work. The Cowichan Theatre Gallery, open for public viewings one hour prior to show times. To contact the artist: swimfan62@ or call 250-7099690. Tower of Song: Oliver Swain and Glenna Garramone’s tribute to Leonard Cohen, 8 p.m., Duncan Garage Showroom, 201330 Duncan Street, Duncan. Tickets $18 advance, $20 at

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Invitation for Public Comments

The Cowichan Valley Regional District is inviting public comment regarding the special event shoots before they consider the request at an upcoming Electoral Area Services Committee meeting. You may submit your comments regarding this request to the CVRD Planning and Development Department at the address noted below or by email to Comments will be received up to 4:30 pm on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact Nino Morano, Bylaw Enforcement Officer, at 250-746-2620 (toll free 1-800-665-3955). Phone: (250) 746-2500 Fax: (250) 746-2513 Email: Website:

Community Hall, 3248 Cowichan Valley Highway 18, Duncan, $12 Guest speaker: Bruce Stewart of True Grain Bread. Doors open: 12:30 p.m. Proceeds to the Somenos Women’s Institute Bursary Fund QMS Dressage Show: Spectators and horse lovers are invited to enjoy two days of dressage testing at the QMS Shirley Burr Equestrian Centre at 8 a.m.

International Guitar Night: An inventive evening of contemporary guitar music from around the globe with IGN founder Brian Gore (USA) and featuring Italy’s Pino Forastiere, Mike Dawes from England and Quique Sinesi from Argentina, 7:30 p.m. Cowichan Theatre. Tickets: $28 | Student & Cowichan Folk Guild members: $22.50. Call 250-7487529 or go to cowchantheatre. ca.

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CFG Youth Jammers Night: Cowichan Folk Guild hosts a youth open mic, 7 p.m., Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan Street, Duncan. Tickets $4, $2 for players. Call 250-748-7246

Hope King Hour: Country singer/songwriter, 1 p.m., Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan Street, Duncan. Tickets $10 advance, $12 at the door. Call 250-748-7246. Lynn Miles: Juno / Folk Music Awards winner, 8 p.m., Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan Street, Duncan. Tickets $25 advance, $27 at the door. Call 250-748-7246.

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Featuring four premier fingerstyle guitarists from around the globe: Brian Gore (USA), Mike Dawes (UK), Pino Forastiere (Italy), and Quique Sinesi (Argentina).

PORTALS presents Annual Printmakers Only Group Exhibition & Sale: Annual POG Show features original pressed and pulled prints including etchings, linocuts, woodcuts, serigraphs, embossing, collagraphs, letterpress, monoprints and more, Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Island Savings Centre, 2687 James St. 250-746-1633 or



Featuring four premier fingerstyle guitarists from around the globe: Brian Gore (USA), Mike Dawes (UK), Pino Forastiere (Italy), and Quique Sinesi (Argentina).

1. Saturday, April 19 (additional shoot day); Sunday, April 20 (regular shoot day) 2. Saturday, May 3 (additional shoot day); Sunday, May 4 (regular shoot day)

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The Cowichan Valley Trap & Skeet Club, located at 4505 Old Lake Cowichan Road, has forwarded a request to the Cowichan Valley Regional District to add two special event shoots to their 2014 shoot and practice schedule as follows:

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Erin Generous, Executive Director of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cowichan Valley, accepts a cheque for $10,000 from Irv and Sue Harder of The Harder Foundation on Oct. 18, as Ian Campbell, Vice President of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cowichan Valley, looks on. The Harder Foundation has been supporting children and youth with Big Brothers Big Sisters for the past decade.

Hands-On at the Library: Sugar Skull Workshop: Dia de los Muertos/ Day of the Dead is about celebrating those we fondly remember and keeping them in our lives. Decorate a sugar skull to take home and put in a place of honour. At the Cowichan branch of the library at 4 p.m.

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THE family of the late Charles J. Forrest would like to give thanks to the 911 Operators who kept us calm until the emergency crews arrived. To the emergency crews who skillfully took over and gave that all important first care. To the Doctors and Nurses in the Emergency department at the Cowichan District Hospital and all the staff on 2 South, your kindness and care are incredible. To the Pastor Norm Sowden whose visits made us smile during our sadness. To Terrie and First Memorial Funeral Services who made our parting so much easier. And last but not least, to my wonderful neighbours, without their support I could not have coped with this sudden great loss in our lives. Yes there are angels among us, and many of them live in the Cowichan Valley.

WUEST, Virginia Doris Age 90, died Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at Cairnsmore Place, Duncan, B.C. She was predeceased by her husband Henry G. Wuest and is survived by her daughter, Bonnie (Morris), granddaughters Elissa and Kate (Rob) and two great grandchildren, Linus and Anna. Virginia grew up in Whitney Point, New York, the only child of Everett and Claire Bowen. She loved animals, gardening, music, swimming, fishing, cooking, knitting, reading and trained as a Lab Technician after High School. She and Henry married in 1943 when he was in the Air Force. After serving in India during W.W. II, Henry worked for the Corps of Engineers and became Dam Tender of Whitney Point. Virginia worked at City Hospital and Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, N.Y. They both enjoyed luxury cars, golfing, cards and snowmobiling. On retirement in 1976 they moved to the West Kootenays in British Columbia where they helped Bonnie and Morris farm, enjoyed their grandchildren and new friends and travelled throughout Canada and the USA. In 1988 they moved with them to Cobble Hill on Vancouver Island. They took great pleasure in exploring the island’s attractions. Virginia was a member of St. John’s Church, Cobble Hill, and also of the Cowichan Cat Rescue. She was a great lover of animals and had many favourite cats and dogs over the years. We shall always remember how much she enjoyed sitting out on her back porch watching the antics of the dogs while ‘smelling’ her flowers. For the past 6 years she had been a resident of Cairnsmore Place where she received the finest care from their dedicated staff. She loved being wheeled out to check on the flower gardens and to watch the comings and goings of residents and staff. Full of common sense and humour – she will be greatly missed by her family and friends. A graveside service will be held at St. John’s at a later date. Online condolences may be offered at

H.W. Wallace 5285 Polkey Rd. 250-701-0001 McGUINNESS, Shirley Louise Aug. 9, 1953 – Oct. 23, 2013 Shirley Louise McGuinness passed away peacefully October 23, 2013 after a valiant struggle with cancer. She was accompanied by friends and family at the Chemainus Health Care Centre. She is survived by her partner of more than 40 years Fred, her treasured sons Frederick (Manda) and Todd, brother Murray (Muriel) Davidson, sister Lorraine (Larry) Franz and brother Wesley (Kathy) Davidson. Born in Swan River, Manitoba and raised in Brandon, Manitoba, she graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics and later relocated with her family in 1991 to the Cowichan Valley. She was an active participant and leader in the Duncan Business Improvement Association. She was an avid lover of art and a great proponent of the Cowichan Valley Arts Council and Printmakers Only Group. Her Station Street Gallery prides itself in supporting local artists. She thoroughly enjoyed Sunday morning hikes and the friends she made through her hiking club. She was also a supporter of the Cowichan Hospital Foundation Society. She will be sorely missed by her family, friends and supporters and she will forever be in our hearts. A special thanks to the nursing staff at the Cowichan District Hospital and Chemainus Health Care Centre for their exceptional care. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the BC Cancer Foundation. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, November 2 at the H. W. Wallace chapel from 2- 5pm. Online condolences may be offered at

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Passed away peacefully October 28, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. Predeceased by husband Robert. Survived by Allan (Delores) Wendy (Wayne) Grandchildren Garrett, Courtney, Reece (Alysha) Kelsey (Desaray) Torrey (Shelby) Great-grandchildren Vaylen & Kayden. Special niece Phyllis (Gordon) nephew Murray (Darlene) and family. The family would like to thank Dr. Thompson, The Meadows and the staff at the Cowichan District Hospital. A Celebration of life will be held on November 2, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at the Jehovah Kingdom Hall, Canada Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

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SWAN, Leonard Edward 26 Jan. 1926 to 23 Oct. 2013 This beloved man, the patriarch of his family, blessed many lives for 87+ years. Left to miss him is Margaret, his wife of 60 years; Joanelle (Ken), Brian (Pat), Wendy (Nick), and Reginald (Tesa); his grandchildren: Alisa, Janina (Morgan), and Andria Wiebe; Bill and Kristy Fielding; and one great grandchild, also his namesake, Silas Edward. He leaves his siblings Wesley, Donald, and Mary and many dear cousins—both Burdges and Swans—and friends in Alberta, BC, and England. A man of faith, he had many church friends as well as associates in the farming community.

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PETITIONS AND FORM LETTERS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED To ensure the consideration of your views, your comments, name and address must be received on or before December 1st, 2013. Please note that your comments may be made available to the applicant or local government officials where disclosure is necessary to administer the licensing process.

FOUND: Single key attached to a lanyard, on Friday, October 11, near Canada Ave & James St. To identify the lanyard, please call the News Leader Pictorial 250-746-4471 or drop by the office at 2-5380 TCH, beside Buckerfields. LOST: CAT, young male, black and very shy. From Topaz Park area. Please check yards and sheds. Call if found (250)381-6009.



AZ, DZ, 5, 3 or 1 w/ Airbrake • Guaranteed 40hr. Work Week & Overtime • Paid Travel & Lodging • Meal Allowance • 4 Weeks Vacation • Excellent Benefits Package

Must be able to have extended stays away from home. Up to 6 months. Must have valid AZ, DZ, 5, 3 or 1 with airbrake license and have previous commercial driving experience. Apply careers and then choose the FastTRACK Application.

EDUCATION/TRADE SCHOOLS FOODSAFE AT Island Savings Centre, Nov 16th & Dec 14th, courses 8:30-4:30 $70. 250746-4154

INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR SCHOOL. NO Simulators. In-the-seat training. Real world tasks. Weekly start dates. Job board! Funding options. SignUp Online! 1-866-399-3853

HELP WANTED An Alberta Oilfield Company is hiring dozer and excavator operators, Lodging and meals provided. Drug testing required. Call (780)723-5051 Edson,Alta.


GUARANTEED Job Placement Labourers, Tradesmen & Class 1 Drivers For Oil & Gas Industry.

Call 24Hr. Free Recorded Message 1-888-213-2854

TRADES, TECHNICAL HEAVY DUTY Journeymen Mechanics required, camp position. Send resume to: or fax (780) 986-7051. JOURNEYMAN HEAVY DUTY MECHANIC is required for coastal logging operations near Woss, BC. Year round employment with full benefits. Further details can be found at Please fax resume to 250-287-9259. • Millwrights • Electricians • Welders • Instrument Mechanics • PipeďŹ tters Temporary Trade Opps. in Port Alberni & Crofton. Catalyst Paper, opps. are endless. Submit your rĂŠsumĂŠ at www.catalyst

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Cowichan NewsPictorial Leader Pictorial 25 Fri, Nov 1, 2013 Cowichan News Leader A25 PETS AND LIVESTOCK











5 yr. old neutered male cat long haired SiameseX. Must give up due to allergies. 250246-4496

TWO FULL burial plots, plus six cremations at Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens. Price $2400.00 OBO. (250) 7432054


LOST BLACK cat answers to Paddy, Shawnigan Lake. If seen or found please call (250)929-4213.



The Cowichan District Hospital Foundation is a registered charity whose purpose is the raising of funds to purchase equipment & support patient/ resident care & comfort at the Cowichan District Hospital as well as Cairnsmore Place Extended Care Facility. We are currently accepting applications for the position of Administrative Director. The Administrative Director commands the full organization of the foundation office and accordingly applicants must have a strong administrative background, a bookkeeping proficiency (familiarity with Quick Books) and comprehensive communications skills to liaison with a board of directors as well as Island Health representatives and community service groups.


Seasoned Fir cut to order Split or Rounds 250-746-0995


SEASONED firewood, 1 cord split & delivered. $200/cord. 250-701-1964.



CARPET, almost new, 6’x10’ 8”, Berber commercial quality, sand color/$20. 250-733-2630



FOUR BURIAL Plots at Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens. $600. each or all 4 for $2000. Call (250)752-3711.


Please email resumes to Deadline for submissions is November 15 2013.

DRY SEASONED FIR, $200/cord, split & delivered. 250-510-0412.

QUEEN ANN leg 4 seater sea foam green French Provincial sofa tufted back, w/matching chair, like new, $600. Tea wagon fruit wood, w/2 drop leafs & drawer, $99. Computer swivel chair, $45. Large filagree mirror, $100. Wrought iron sofa table, (tiled top), $40. RV cover, 34’ to 37’ Class A or C, new, $300. (250)758-6975.

ELECTRIC BED, twin-size, older style, in excellent shape. $150 obo. 250-748-9804 ELECTRIC MEDICAL bed, foot, head and height raise, mattress new, has only been used with foam topper and mattress cover on it, has 2 sets of foot and head boards, 1 set dark other light, has attachable side rails. Retail$2500, excellent condition. Sell, $1000. (250)751-1714.

Opportunities in Port Alberni & Crofton At Catalyst Paper, the opportunities are endless. We challenge and reward you to stretch your abilities, improve your personal and career prospects and get ahead. We're a leading producer of paper and pulp, and the largest producer of specialty printing papers and newsprint in western North America. Join us for a strong future together.

Structures Job Description

Temporary Trades


Position Summary: Performs a wide range of duties within the plant including but not limited to: welding and fabricating while maintaining good housekeeping and with regard to safety regulations on the shop floor.

For our monthly planned maintenance shutdowns in Crofton and Port Alberni, temporary work will be available on an on-call basis for:

Pre-Employment Drug Screen may be required.

• Millwrights • Instrument Mechanics

Job Requirements: Qualifications (Education/Experience) and Required Skills: • Welder Level “C” or 1st year fabrication minimum • Forklift and Crane Operators experience • Capable of passing required physical examination • Able to speak, read, and comprehend English • Knowledge of how to read and interpret shop/engineering drawings • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills • Needs to have strong leadership abilities and be comfortable in group work environment. • Knowledge of basic tools and have good working mechanical aptitude • CWB ticket an asset • Understand and apply basic mathematical skills (adding, subtracting, division, & multiplication) • Good attendance and positive attitude is a must

• Electricians • Pipefitters • Welders

A safety-minded team player equipped with a relevant BC or IP TQ, you have the flexibility to work on a variety of projects. If you have paper or manufacturing sector experience, so much the better. Advance your skills, experience and knowledge within a supportive peer environment. If you are interested in joining our organization and you meet the above requirements, we invite you to submit your résumé at




Grape press, wood w/ metal stand, 21”w27”h. Grinder, fits wheelbarrow. 4’x2’ plastic container. 5gal clear glass bottles. $500 for all. 250-709-9979


Drop off a resume in person, 3721 Drinkwater Rd., Duncan, BC or fax resume to 250-746-8011.


10” RADIAL ARM SAW, #740 Powershop, on cabinet base w/ casters, great working order, $125 obo. 10” ROCKWELL Table Saw, includes 24/24 Align A Rip guide, new enclosed Baldor 1.5 HP motor, 115/220V, all on a cabinet w/casters, $425 obo. Will consider a package deal. 250246-4409.


20% OFF all tools, Laptops, Flutes, and Guitars!! PLUS Much Much More all at low low bargain prices. Ladders, pressure washers, generators, professional and home audio equipment, video games and systems, power and hand tools, single sockets and wrenches, pellet smoker, Pearl kick drum, too much to list!!!! Many more deals in store! 430 Whistler. 250-746-9810.

INDUSTRIAL BUILT log splitter. 30 ton, pull & electric start, Honda 13 hp with lift table. For more info call Doc 250-2468111 LARGE COLLECTION of rebuilt bicycles. Large quantity of fishing gear. Antique china cabinet w/glass front & other furniture items! 250-748-8270

LOG LATHE, for making log homes or pillars w/spare parts. Cat power plant - tandem dump truck & fork lifts. Offers. ALSO, 4x4 Ford $1200.; Radial arm saw $100; GMC High up, 20’ lift, $2500; Log cabin, can be moved, 14x16’, cedar logs & shake roof $12,000. (250)732-3239 (250)743-3198 OLDER ELECTRONIC receivers, tape decks, turn table, fax machines, speaker, electric fireplace, lamps, entertainment cabinets, professional meat slicer, etc. Call (250)741-1555. TECHNIQUE ELECTRIC organ, good condition, paid $1100. sell for $300. 36 cup coffee Urn, $15. Call (250)754-7534. VARIOUS SECOND hand household items at Red’s Emporium. Furniture, tools, dishes, etc. 19 High St, Ladysmith. Call 250-245-7927.


HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 newspaper?

BEST DEAL in Lake Cowichan! 1100sq ft Rancher, 2 bdrms possible 3rd, carport, borders creek. Bright, clean, well built w/recent upgrades. $175,000. Call 250-749-6629 or 250-510-6877.

SWIVEL Office chair - Blue fabric in good condition $15.00 250-733-2630




Career Fair. NOW HIRING

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We currently have the following openings:

Detailed job postings can be viewed at WFP offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefit package. If you believe that you have the skills and qualifications that we are looking for, please reply in confidence to: Human Resource Department Facsimile: 1.866.840.9611 Email:

You have expertise, a passion for excellence and improvement, and a commitment to safety – bring them to work as part of our team.

What’s in it for you? ‡21/14 and 15/6 rotations for Operators ‡Competitive salaries and benefits ‡Training and development opportunities Sanjel_CareerFair_CowichanNewsLead_13-1023

HD Mechanic (North Island) Excavator Operator (Gold River) Driller/Blaster (Gold River) Certified Millwright (Chemainus) Sawmill Supervisor (GY Shift-Chemainus) Grapple Yarder Hooktender (Port Alice) Hand Faller (Woss)

‡A focus on career advancement ‡Full-time or six month seasonal employment ‡Seasonal and permanent relocation assistance

MEET OUR RECRUITERS – WED. NOV. 6th, 2:00 to 7:00 pm Bring your resume and a current drivers’ abstract to Best Western Cowichan Valley Inn 6474 Trans Canada Highway, Duncan Can’t attend? Speak to a recruiter at 1.800.9SANJEL, or e-mail today.

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A26 Cowichan News Leader Pictorial Fri, Nov 1, 2013 REAL ESTATE















For Rent:

2 bdrm. suite. Incl. hydro. no pets $750/mo 250-466-4959

DUNCAN downtown condo, 2 Bdrm, 2 baths, five appl’s, gated underground parking, $950/mo & 1 Bdrm, 2 bath, $850/mo. Call 250-748-6679


CUSTOM BUILT- this house is in its own category! Featuring a covered cedar back deck, stamped concrete surface, accessible from living, kitchen and master bedroom. Granite counter tops, dual wall ovens, 5 burner gas range proudly stand out in an open layout to the living room, formal dining and breakfast nook. 3 bedrooms, main bath, powder room, ensuite & laundry on main floor. Flooring is hardwood & marble. Master bedroom is exotic hardwood and heated marble in the ensuite. Basement boasts 9’ ceilings, walk out, 3 framed bedrooms, two rough plumbed bathrooms & ample space. There is a large concrete room underneath the garage accessible from main area in basement. Above the garage is an attic room just for storage! Homes heating/AC system is geothermal. Basement walls are constructed with ICF (insulated concrete forms) as well as spray foam joist ends, creating an extremely energy efficient home! This home will not disappoint! 1749sqft main flr, 1749sqft bsmt+ 400sq ft concrete rm under garage. Elaine, 250-964-7434, Elenore, 250743-4477. 956 Gillespie Place in Mill Bay, BC

3271 Cowichan Lake Rd 2 Bedroom apartments & 3 Bedroom Townhomes _____________________

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

$100. off ďŹ rst month’s rent _____________________

Call (250) 710-7515 to view Meicor Properties Chemainus: Lockwood Villa. Well kept bldg, 1 bdrm $595 & 1 bdrm $625, available now. N/S, 1 small pet welcome. 250-246-1033. Meicor Properties Ladysmith: bachelor unit avail now $590/mo incl. heat & hot water, sm pets ok. 250-9246966.

PARKLAND PLACE 620 Dobson Road 250-748-1978 (Sylvia) 250-748-0596 (Art)

CENTRAL DUNCAN: Lovely 1 bdrm suite in seniors oriented building, heat included. NS/NP, $625. Please call Cory at 250-732-0342. DUNCAN: 2 bdrm mobile, 55+ Park, no pets, 5 appliances, some furniture, new light and bath fixtures, steel roof. Price $23,200. Call 250-597-3319

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CENTRAL LOCATION, Bach, 1 & 2 bdrms, balcony, F/S, heat & hot water (1 bldg only), parking, pet considered, $550$850/mo. Call 250-748-7764 CROFTON: 2 bdrms new paint, lrg priv patio. Avail Now. $750+ util’s. Refs req’d. Call 250-510-5488.

FREE heat, hot water and parking. Walking distance to: shopping, restaurants, Malaspina College, pubs, Chances Casino. Quiet building with video security. Adjacent to 27 acres of parkland including playing fields, walking trails, swimming holes and fishing. Small pets considered close to a leash free park. 3-!,,Ă–!$3Ă–'%4Ă–")'Ă–2%35,43 





Fundraiser Garage/Book sale!

GARAGE SALES * Great bargains

All proceeds for the Cowichan Food Connection (aka: The Bread Van)! Saturday, Nov. 2, 9-4pm. Located just south of the silver bridge between Buckerfield’s & The Brick. Furniture, books, golf clubs, sporting equipment & more! M & M Meats on location with burgers & hotdogs by donation!

* All local, in COWICHAN!

COBBLE HILL: Moving Sale. Nov 2, 9-3pm. 1504 Fairfield Rd. 1st left up from the CH Post Office. No early birds. Cash only. COWICHAN BAY: 1860 Parker Rd, off Koksilah Rd. 3 family, rain or shine. Antiques, furniture, china, misc., tires & chains. Sat., Nov 2, 9-3 pm. DUNCAN: Inside Garage Sale 1091 Prevost Rd, Oct 26 & 27 AND Nov 2 & 3, 8-am-4pm. Cash only. 701-7335. Downsizing: furniture, tools, appliances, toys, yard tools, Cmas, camping/trailer items (FUNDRAISER SALE). Sat, Nov. 2nd, 9am to 2pm at the Duncan Christian School Elementary Gym, 495 Beech Ave off Trunk Rd. Too many items to list, mostly new. Something for everyone! Proceeds for Duncan Christian School and local charities. For more info call (250)246-9917.

**TOOLS GALORE**, Sat. Nov 2, 9 to 2pm, 2260 Murison Pl, Duncan, off Jaynes. South Bend Lathe, drill press, scroll saw, many hand tools, 5x8 pool table, 6HP outboard, infrared BBQ, leather, wood furnishings, lamps and more. Cash only pls. Photos on:

3251 Cowichan Lake Rd.

Clean 1 & 2 bdrm units. Full size fridge, stove & dishwasher. Carpet & linoleum, window coverings, fireplace. Quiet, well maintained bldg with elevator & sauna. Pet friendly. Close to schools & Hospitals. CALL TO VIEW 250.710.7515 250.748.3412


Renovated, fresh paint & TLC throughout. Clean quiet building close to Beverly Corners & University. Includes heat & hot water. N/S, N/P. 1 bdrm suite $590 Available Now

Call Harold (250)732-1839

APARTMENTS FURNISHED DUNCAN (8 km north) Studio apartment, furnished, on 8 acres. Laundry, satellite, heat, hydro. $575. (250)748-1310. FULLY FURNISHED 1 & 2 bdrm condos. Long term. Middle of Duncan. W/D on site Utils, wi-fi, cable & prkg incld. Starting, $1095/mo. Call (250)746-7082. MILL BAY: Near shopping centre, furnished waterfront bachelor suite, above garage. NS/NP, $700. utils incld’d. Call (250)743-5199.

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL 1500 Sq. Ft. Shop/Warehouse for Lease. Includes wash room, Office and Easy access to the Island Hwy. $7.25/sq. Ft. Net 250-245-9811 or 250474-3585 3000 SQFT, 50’ frontage, can divide to suit. 89 South Shore Rd. (across from new Library). Search ph # 250-900-7127 on



ROWAN PROPERTY MANAGEMENT LTD. (Agent for the Owner) Office: 250-748-9090

ž 210-3226 Cowichan Lk Rd, Duncan $725 2 BR condo/5 apps/deck/great location! ž 104-369 McKinstry Rd, Duncan $725 2 BR apartment/5 apps/patio/adult orient. ž 8-5803 Banks Rd, Duncan $750 2 BR 1.5 bth townhouse/2 apps/den ž 360 Bundock Ave, Duncan $800-$825 1 BR apartment/5 apps/senior friendly ž 2-660 Jubilee St, Duncan $825 3 BR 1.5 bth townhouse/4 apps/wood fp ž 308-9916 Daniel St, Chemainus $825 2 BR condo/5 apps/corner unit/balcony ž 620 Alderwood Dr, Ladysmith $950 2 BR 2 bth home/5 apps/den/small shed ž 212 4TH Ave Extension, Ladysmith $999 3 BR 2 bth home/5 apps/den/shed/deck ž 6122 Marsh Rd, Duncan $1100 3 BR 2 bth sxs duplex/2 apps/den/wood fp ž 8-3050 Sherman Rd, Duncan $1350 3 BR 1.5 bth townhome/6 apps/fully fenced ž 640 Hunter Pl, Mill Bay $1350 3 BR 2 bth home/5 apps/hot tub/dbl garage ž 1151 Kay Pl, Mill Bay $1375 3 BR 2 bth home/5 apps/den/garage/fp ž 5945 Cornerstone Pl, Duncan $1475 2 BR 2.5 bth home/6 apps/den/garage ž 2471 Liggett Rd, Mill Bay $1550 4 BR 3 bth home/5 apps/deck/dbl garage ž 3849 Peache Dr, Cobble Hill $1900 3 BR 3 bth home/5 apps/rec. room/fp/deck For updated info please visit our website at:

Great space for; Boot Camp, Dance Studio, Gym. Wall to wall mirrors.

250-701-7923 DUPLEXES/4PLEXES

CHEMAINUS: LRG 1 bdrm 1/2 duplex, 6 appls. Refs req’d. $900. 778-227-2704. DUNCAN: NEAR Hospital. 3 bdrm SxS duplex. F/S; W/D hook-up. N/S, N/P. $900./mo + utils. (250)743-1519. DUNCAN: quiet, level entry 1 bdrm, 4 appl’s, gas F/P, 1 car garage/shop. N/S,N/P. $925 incl util. Nov 1. 250-748-9059

HOMES FOR RENT 2 BDRM house, $725, F/S, W/D, fenced lrg yard, storage shed, N/P, N/S. (250) 7486614 9:30 am - 4:00 pm, Tues-Fri. Avail. Nov 1. AVAILABLE Wharncliffe Rd Clean & well maintained 3 bdrm, 1.5 bath, back patio, five unit complex. FS/WD, fenced small garden. 1 yr lease $1100 Pet considered. Call 250-7017217. LAKE COWICHAN- 3-bdrm duplex, avail Dec 1, f/s, heat incl Laundry rm, garage. $890. (250)715-5810, (250)748-4253 SIDNEY 3br 2 bath recroom close to schools bus shopping.1500 Dean778-351-2244


Affordable Duncan OfďŹ ce Space

CHEMAINUS: 1 bdrm, lower level, new kitchen cabinets & carpeting, private entrance & patio in quiet setting, ocean view N/P, N/S util. incl. $725 (250) 416-0062 Cozy 2 bdrm level entry suite in a nice home on bus route close to Maple Bay School. Private ent., quiet neighborhood. NS, no partiers. Small pet considered. $850/mo incl. utilities. 250-748-3174 DUNCAN: 1 bdrm, bright semi-furnished suite, lvl entry, $700/m, incl., heat/hydro, internet neg., private patio, parking, NS/NP. Liz 250-732-6110 DUNCAN, 1 bdrm suite, fully contained, incl’s heat, A/C, cable & internet. No pets. $750. Dec 1st. (250)748-8020 MAPLE BAY- 1 bdrm bsmt suite waterfront house. $650 inclds utils & W/D. NP/NS. 1604-936-0277, 604-787-6470. SPACIOUS lower 1 bdrm suite, separate entrance & street parking. H/W, W/D, utilities included. $750/m. Close to amenities. Duncan. N/S, N/P. (250)857-5656

SUITES, UPPER LAKE COWICHAN. 1 bdrm, 2 bath. Beautiful, private, central. Long-term $700. Shortterm OK. Search ph# 250-9007127 on


Affordable business offices in Duncan centre available to rent on a monthly basis. Exterior window offices available. Separate phone lines, some business services can be negotiated for support. $350 per month plus any negotiated services. For details call Cliff 250-748-5000 Retail/OfďŹ ce and Commercial rental space at different locations in downtown Duncan. 60sqft storage spaces available, retail/office space 530 sqft, warehouse/office space up to 2700 sqft. For more informatiuon phone 250710-8961 or 250-709-7593

2008 FOREST RIVER MicroLite Trailer (18’): tandem axle, full bath, 3-burner stove, hood exhaust, oven, microwave, full fridge w/freezer, dinette, dble bed, AC, loads of storage. SUV can pull. $12,500 obo. 1 (250)758-9939

5TH WHEEL: 2001 22’ Komfort, 1 owner, 1 slide, sleeps 6, full bath w/tub & shower, full size fridge w/freezer, $9700 obo. 250-748-8202



For Scrap Vehicles Call

Tight Line Towing (250)709-5692 TRUCKS & VANS 1991 Mazda MPV, seats 7, V6, fully loaded, 1 owner, 218,000 km, $995. Runs well. 250-748-1528 or 250-7327090

1992 DODGE Cummins, diesel truck. 2-wheel drive, extended cab. Exc. condition. $6000 firm. (250) 597-1108


1995 SUZUKI VAN 4x4, new tires, body in good shape, has leaking head gasket, $850. 250-746-6054



Spots available at Great Rates. Daily, weekly, monthly. Pool, Hot tub, exercise room, laundry, putting green, hiking, fishing, Pickle Ball Court. Free coffee in one of the best clubhouses on the island. Nanaimo area. 250-754-1975 or

2001 MERCURY Grand Marquis. Silver, new Michelin tires, 147,000 km, tinted windows, leather, loaded, dual exhaust. Drive in luxury, exc. condition, $5500. OBO (250) 727-1122

1996 DODGE 2500, re-built transmission, new water & fuel pump, good tires, well maintained. Asking $4200 (250) 748-3473

RV PADS COBBLE HILL: Small service RV pad on farm land. Call (250)743-4392.

SHARED ACCOMMODATION DUNCAN, wanted male/female to share two bedroom duplex with garage close to Walmart $575.00 month includes hydro cable Internet phone unlimited long distance must have some furniture, clean reliable mature small pet OK. Call Mike 250-732-8486

NORTH NANAIMO: Attention Students/Working Professionals: fully furnished room, nice, quiet area. Own bathroom, cable, FREE WiFi, shared kitchen and laundry. N/S, N/P, no partiers. $550/mo. Avail. immediately. 250-756-9746 SHARED: Chemainus/Ladysmith executive home on 2 acres, lrg ocean view room with full ensuite. Must be seen to be appreciated. N/S. $700/m. (250) 709-3872

SUITES, LOWER 2-BDRM lower suite in Tudor house. New paint,new laminate. 3-acre lot. Ocean view. Heat included. $875/m. Cherry Point Rd. Cowichan Bay. 604460-0662

2001 Pontiac Grand AM, 4 dr. Immaculate condition, Gold color, 104K, AM/FM w/CD player, garage kept. Ask $4250. (250) 715-0875 2004 PONTIAC Sunfire, 93,000 km. Good condition except chip on windshield. $2800 obo. (250) 746-4264

2010 CHEVY SILVERADO 4x4, quad cab, auto, tow hitch, running boards. 52,000 km, lady driven. $23,000. OBO Call (250)732-5928. CHEV high-up 5 ton & Ford 4x4 bush box, for cash or trade on small 2 wheel drive pickup. (250)732-3239

MARINE 2005 Ford Mustang Retro GT, 5 speed, mineral gray, great shape, low miles. $14,000. (250)858-8300 RECREATIONAL VEHICLES FOR SALE

MARINE ACCESSORIES Mariner Boat Motor, 30 HP, does not run, $150. Call 250245-2456.

BOATS CAL-20 Sailboat. Great shape, 5 sails incl. new genoa. Bottom painted Aug.’13. VHF. Keel upgraded. $2700 or $3200 w/ Yamaha motor, obo. 250-709-5089

1996 SPORTSMASTER 23.5’ 5th Wheel. Lrg 2-door fridge, stove w/oven, microwave, lrg shower, AC, awning, new rubber roof, metal siding. $6,400. 1 (250)740-3935

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Cowichan NewsPictorial Leader Pictorial 27 Fri, Nov 1, 2013 Cowichan News Leader A27 Fearon Gagnon tries on hand experience in the art of knitting at the Cowichan Valley Fleece and Fibre Festival at Cobble Hill Hall on Oct. 26.










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HOUSEHOLD SERVICES HAIRSTYLISTS * Gutters * Windows * Siding * Moss Removal * Pressure washing

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

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HANDYPERSONS Handiman Service, 40 years experience, home & yard, ref. available. Ken (250)746-8280



WESTHILL GARDEN Service. Fall Clean-up, Pruning, and Hedges. 250-709-4742

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ROMAX MASONRY. Exp’d & Professional. Chimneys, Brick Veneer, Retaining Rock Walls, Cultured Stone, Interlocking Paving. Excavating. Fully insured. Estimates. 250-588-9471

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

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

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Preston (Sonny) Bruce at Boston’s Fenway Park in 1998 being honoured by the Red Sox for his Heart & Stroke Million Dollar Fundraising Campaign in tribute to his wife Madge Bruce

Garage/ Book Sale Saturday, Nov. 2 9 to 4 p.m.

All proceeds for the Cowichan Food Connection (aka: The Bread Van)!

Hot Dogs & Hamburgers by Donation courtesy of Located just South of the silver bridge between Buckerfield’s and The Brick. Furniture, books, golf clubs, sporting equipment & more!

Red Sox Win At Fenway

It’s been 95 years since the Boston Red Sox won the World Series at Fenway Park. It was to be the last game that Babe Ruth (the Bambino) played for the Sox and then was traded to the New York Yankees. The year was 1918. Considered the greatest baseball player ever, baseball lore said there was a curse over Fenway Park for trading the Bambino to the Yankees. This may well have been true for the Red Sox didn’t win a World Series for 86 years. As baseball lore goes it was in 1998 when ‘Sonny’, who was three when the Sox won their last championship, made a trip to Fenway Park to pray to the baseball gods to lift the ‘Curse of the Bambino’. Unfortunately Dad died in 2002 but two years later the Red Sox won the World Series in what is arguably one of the greatest comeback stories of sport. But there was still unfinished business. The Red Sox had not won a World Series at Boston’s historic Fenway Park in 95 years that is until Wednesday October 30, 2013. Dad died October 31st 2002. We think he was at Fenway Wednesday night.

Dad used to kid Mum that the reason heaven was such a great place was because God loved baseball, especially if there was a World Series game on Sunday. Our family likes to believe that God called Dad because the Red Sox needed an angel in heaven. Now Dad with Mum’s blessing is pitching for Jesus in the heavenly fields and every October he keeps a special eye on his Red Sox. As a family we would like to say thank you to so many of you who have shared memories about mum and dad even till today, years after they have died. Mum in 1988 and Dad in 2002, It means a lot to us. Sharing a memory of a loved one with family is a beautiful tribute and a wonderful act of kindness. Next time you bump into a friend that lost someone that you still hold a memory of, share it with them. It will make their day‌and yours. We know this to be true because of the stories you have shared with us. God Bless The Bruce family. PS to Yankee fans‌God is Real, God is Good, God is a Red Sox fan!

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Michaels sister act at St. Mary’s results in dual academic honours

Got a sports story? email phone 250-856-0045


A valley sister act is gaining notoriety at St. Mary’s University in Halifax. Past Brentwood College senior girls’ volleyball team captains Shelby Michaels, pictured left, and Tessa Michaels were both recently awarded Canadian Interuniversity Sport Academic All-Canadian status for

2012-13. Shelby graduated from Brentwood in 2011 and Tessa a year later. This is the second straight year Shelby has received the CIS honour. The Michaels girls are both studying commerce and putting their volleyball talents to work for the St.

Mary’s Huskies. Shelby is the captain of the team and was also one of 22 juniors from across the country to attend a national team training and selection camp during the spring, held in Winnipeg. — Don Bodger

Softball pitching great settling into valley life

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ome of the island region’s worldclass athletes who weren’t brought up in the valley just seem to naturally gravitate here. A case in point is Korrey Gareau, one of the greatest softball pitchers of all time, who has called Cobble Hill home since 2005. Gareau was in the world spotlight during his prime for many years. He grew up under the microscope of high expectations but it never fazed him and he always delivered under pressure situations. “I was always the dependent one,’’ said Gareau, who turns 41 on Dec. 11 and still looks like he could throw a pretty mean pitch. “The game was on the line, I always had the ball. “There’s very few times I was on a team where I wasn’t the starter.’’ Gareau only recently settled down from his globetrotting playing days to spend more time with wife Brigitte and sons Colton, 11, and Brody, 5. “I enjoyed it a lot, but I sacrificed a lot of things,’’ Gareau conceded. Born in The Pas, Manitoba, Gareau came to Campbell River at an early age and grew up there, starting in ball at the age of five.

“My dad played ball, all his buddies,’’ said Gareau. “I just hung out at the ball park. My dad coached me all the way through.’’ Since Campbell River offered a softball program, Gareau never had to make the transition from baseball. He played softball from the beginning and found instant success as a pitcher. “It was totally natural,’’ Gareau said. “I didn’t have to work too much at it. I was one of those guys, I was lucky.’’ After graduating from high school in 1990, Gareau went to New Zealand and played for a top-level club team in Wellington. “It was basically a year and a half of straight ball. They’re always playing ball.’’ When Gareau returned to Canada, he hooked up with the Victoria Money Mart team. “One of my buddies’ dads was kind of the manager of the team,’’ he said. “I just played my junior years with them.’’ Gareau’s phenomenal play and legendary status was just beginning to take shape at that time. In a junior game, Gareau once struck out the first 20 batters he faced and was working on a no-hitter when a batter beat out a bunt with two out in the seventh inning. He promptly struck out the next hitter.

“That one hit stands out the most,’’ Gareau said. “I had 21 strikeouts and a one-hitter.’’ His fielders had absolutely nothing to do the entire game. Money Mart won the junior nationals in 1994. “We all graduated and I went across the road,’’ said Gareau. He hit the senior ranks in 1995 as a member of Victoria Pay Less where everybody from the Pacific Northwest and beyond who hadn’t heard about him discovered his amazing talents very quickly. “I was a starter right away,’’ said Gareau. “It was perfect timing to get into it.’’ The ‘95 International Softball Congress Worlds were in Sioux City, Iowa where Pay Less finished in the top 10. “It was definitely an eyeopener,’’ said Gareau. “That was the cream of the crop at the time. “Being with Pay Less at the time, you’re young and you learn to grow up pretty fast.’’ There were too many memorable ISC Worlds to mention after that for Gareau. One that stands out is the 1997 tournament in Victoria where “we put on a show,’’ he said. Then known as Legends, Victoria hosted and won the nationals and lost the ISC final at home to The Farm,

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Gareau kids Colton, left, and Brody flank famous dad Korey, wearing his sweatshirt from The Farm. He won a world championship playing for the Wisconsin team in 2007. Gareau, right, pitching for the Victoria Legends team that followed Pay Less. a legendary franchise from Wisconsin that Gareau eventually played for in later years. He retired in 2008, but not before winning the Worlds with The Farm the year before. Gareau was with the national team from 1999 to 2008. He’s up for nomination into the ISC Hall of Fame in Kimberly, Wisconsin in 2015. Gareau might yet lace

up the boots again for the national team and oldtimers’ ball with Joe DiLalla’s group in Duncan. But the primary focus will be coaching some baseball for his sons’ teams in Duncan. “It’s a learning curve for me,’’ Gareau said. “It’s a different game. “It’s one thing to play the game. It’s another to teach the game.’’

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Ryan Andre had another outstanding game for Cowichan LMG Pringle in 2-0 win over Vic West.

owichan LMG Pringle soared back to the top of the Div. 1 Island Soccer League standings with a 2-0 win over Vic West Saturday in Victoria. Cowichan scored early in both halves and maintained total control to hand Vic West its first loss of the season. “That was definitely our best 90-minute game anyway,’’ said Cowichan coach Glen Martin. “We started strong and finished strong.’’

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Connor Crichton put Cowichan on the scoreboard at the three-minute mark. “Connor was at kind of a tough angle and put it in the far corner,’’ said Martin. There was no further scoring in the half, but Cowichan kept up the tempo and controlled the ball. Vic West had one dangerous chance on a one-time cross, but put it over the bar. Martin kept the same lineup on the field for the start of the second half. Five minutes in, Brad Archibald

got into the mix and Bram Taylor wound up scoring on a nice shot. “We really had them on their heels then,’’ said Martin. “Overall, I think we outworked them actually and looked like we wanted it more than they did.’’ Ryan Andre, Taylor, Brad Thorne and Crichton were all standouts in their roles. “Everybody that started had a good game,’’ said Martin. Cowichan leads the pack at 5-1-1 for 16 points. Vic West and Lakehill are both at 4-1-

1, Bays United Liquor Plus at 3-1-1 and Saanich Fusion at 3-1, as a logjam builds among the top five teams. Cowichan completes the first half of the schedule against Gorge Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Ladysmith Turf.

United blanks Nanaimo

Cowichan United improved its Div. 2 record to 5-3 by beating Nanaimo United 2-0 Friday. “The game started very different as we had four different starters but they all stepped up,’’ noted Cowichan’s Neall Rowlings. Kodi Archbold scored at the 10-minute mark on a

hard shot that ricocheted off the Nanaimo defence. Archbold won the hard hat for the game for all his hard work. Jacob Ready scored late in the second half on a wellcontrolled finish after turning his check in the box. Darian Achurch notched his third shutout of the season. Cowichan remains tied for second place with Comox United that beat Gorge 3-2. Cowichan won the league with a +7 goal differential last year and is already at that mark again. “It’s good to see the depth this squad has when we have to make changes,’’ Rowlings indicated.

Bulldogs record another shutout for eighth win

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Rugby explosion: Secondhalf scoring goes ballistic

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he Cowichan Rugby Club’s First Division men put points on the board Saturday like they were going out of style. The Piggies racked up 10 tries and gave up nothing to visiting Velox Academy in a 68-0 whitewashing at the Herd Road Grounds. “The boys put a fantastic 80 minutes together,’’ noted coach Gord McGeachy. “From the opening whistle we were able to dominate possession, save for a few occasions. “Scoring was a bit slow to get going. Lots of possession did not immediately translate into points, but we were able to run in three first-half tries.’’ “On average, we were a much smaller team but we beat them technically in the forwards and outskilled them in the backs,’’ Cowichan’s Andrew

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Lonely feeling comes over Cowichan’s Mike Needham, as he’s left alone to contend with Tyler Carter and Teigan Watier of Velox in Div. 1 men’s rugby action Saturday at the Cowichan Rugby Club. Needham and his mates didn’t receive much of a challenge in a 68-0 victory. Gudmundseth indicated. Cowichan took a 21-0 lead at the half and “the second half is where the first half’s hard work paid off,’’ according to McGeachy. Cowichan ran in seven more tries. “It was a complete team effort with the forwards really dominating play up-front and the backs getting plenty of scoring chances,’’ McGeachy observed.

Mike Rae was player of the game for his two tries and numerous tackles. Louis Gudmundseth, Gabe Farrell and Mike Needham also had two tries each, with singles from Rob McDonnell and Cam Hall. Owen Wood made nine of 10 convert attempts. Cowichan took it on the chin from the UVic Vikes in Island Women’s Division action, losing 85-10.

he Cowichan Bulldogs can secure second place in the Vancouver Mainland Football League’s Midget Division with a victory over the Redmen in Nanaimo this weekend. It promises to be a titanic battle, with Nanaimo also still in the running for second place. The Bulldogs are hoping for lots of local support for the game at Nanaimo’s Pioneer Park at 2 p.m. Sunday. Cowichan moved to 8-1 on the season by shutting out the Meadow Ridge Knights 20-0 on the Lower Mainland Saturday. “The defence had another excellent game, having another shutout,’’ noted Cowichan coach Doug (Opie) Williams. Cowichan was still missing its linebacker core, but Brandon St. Clair, Brock Gowanlock and R.J. Piche did a great job filling the void. St. Clair led the defence with seven tackles while Gowanlock added five and made a fumble recovery and Piche’s fourth-quarter sack stopped a third-down attempt by Meadow Ridge. Piche also made three tackles. Other defensive highlights included

a sack by Clayton Key that led to Gowanlock’s fumble recovery and Niko Ceska’s interception stopped the Knights from marching into the end zone. “The offense was also missing some starters, but others stepped up,’’ Williams indicated. Drayson Price had a big game with 144 yards rushing and a touchdown along the ground plus six reception yards for a TD. Liam Palcu-Johnston tallied 76 yards rushing, including one he broke for 35 yards. He also scored a TD on the second to last play of the game. The offensive line of Tyler Hudson, Eric Maslen, Mackey Singh, Ryan Hennig and Travis McDonald opened up some huge holes in the Meadow Ridge defence. Quarterback Erik Kenner made a great run on an option play, faking to Price and then running 45 yards to set up the Bulldogs’ second TD. The passing game only produced the one reception to Price and Kenner was intercepted once. Williams vows this will give the team something to work on before the Nanaimo game. The Nanaimo/Cowichan Red Dogs saw their record slip to 2-6 after a 40-0 loss to the Langley Mustangs, one of the teams tied for first place in the Bantam Division.

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Cowichan Valley Capitals’ Steen Cooper has made the final roster of Team Canada West following a training camp in Calgary. Cooper, who doesn’t turn 18 until Nov. 25, left immediately with his selected teammates for the World Junior A Hockey Challenge in

Yarmouth, Nova Scotia that starts Saturday and runs until Nov. 13. Cooper was one of nine B.C. Hockey League players named to the squad. Team Canada West is in Group B of the tournament with the Czech Republic and Switzerland.

Half marathon winner Marrs down-to-earth

Bronze medal for Brentwood

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Easy does it: Signing up on the day just another sign of long-distance phenom’s natural abilities

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he sky’s the limit for Brentwood College’s young senior girls’ volleyball team. Coach Jill Fougner’s squad reached new heights this season by earning the bronze medal in the Independent Schools Association tournament at Crofton House. “It was a very good tournament,’’ said Fougner. “We played a total of 14 sets.’’ Traditional best-of-threes were not played until the final and the bronze medal game. Brentwood had a nailbiter with Crofton House that ended 26-24, 22-25. Crofton House went straight to the final, as a result. “That was tough for us because we split with them,’’ said Fougner. York House ended up winning the championship over Crofton House while Brentwood beat Mulgrave for the bronze in two straight. Karlien le Roux of Brentwood was selected to the all-tournament team. “The team’s playing very well,’’ said Fougner. “They’re young and showed some good spunk this weekend and consistency.’’ Besides the split with Crofton House, Brentwood lost two to York House, split with Mulgrave in the first meeting of the teams and swept Shawnigan Lake School, St. Michael’s and West Point Grey. “We just needed a game off York and would have been through to finals,’’ said Fougner. Next up is the North Island Championships at Kwalikum before Brentwood hosts the Island playdowns the following weekend.

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Beauty queens Mary scornaienchi (Ms. Runnerup), Judy Abbott (Misfit) and Keltie Watson (Misshapen) make a guest appearance in shawnigan Lake’s Half-A-Half. Below, Kelsey Foote of Cowichan Bay heads to the finish for the Half-A-Half and thomas Marrs, right, coasts to victory in the Half Marathon.

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ost people need loads of preparation to run a half marathon. Not Thomas Marrs. The Duncan long-distance phenom made a last-minute decision to enter the Shawnigan Lake Kinsol Half Marathon and wound up coming first among 143 finishers. Yonden Sherpa of Shawnigan Lake won the HalfA-Half distance event out of a field of 113. Marrs, who turns 23 on Nov. 9, topped the half marathoners in 1:19:31. He put his experience as a previous Great Lake Walk and Ultramarathon winner to work to easily outdistance runner-up Claire Morgan of Victoria by more than six minutes. “It was only this morning he decided to do it,’’ said Marrs’ dad Ben at the finish line. Thomas Marrs hasn’t done a half marathon since the Comox Valley event last year. He did well there, but didn’t finish as high because Olympic team members were there. Marrs said he felt “all right’’ on the Shawnigan course. “I’ve done it twice before,’’ he said. Marrs has encountered some foot and leg problems that’s limited his recent running participation. But he certainly didn’t appear to be suffering any lingering affects Sunday and left everyone in the dust. “I just went the same pace the whole time,’’ Marrs said. “It was really good. Just the sun gets your eyes a little bit.’’ Conditions were ideal, but the low level of the sun and large shadowy sections along the course kept runners squinting. It’s not often the overall women’s winner comes second overall but Morgan, 38, managed to do it. She’s done the race four times. “I felt really good — it’s a beautiful course and the conditions were perfect,’’ Morgan said. “This course is not a personal best kind of course — obviously rolling hills and the gravel is a bit slower.’’ Crossing the Kinsol Trestle is a big thrill for the runners. “The trestle was in this patch of sun,’’ said Morgan. “It was glowing. It was beautiful.’’ Morgan is no stranger to success in the race, having won the women’s division twice before. “I don’t know if I’ve ever been second overall before,’’ she said. Morgan just did the Royal Victoria Marathon two weeks earlier and placed in the top 10 for the women. Six Victorians occupied the next spots in the Shawnigan Half Marathon finish order — Felipe Edora (1:26:53), Ken Chew (1:27:04), Gary Duncan (1:27:18), Tony Elwell (1:29:23), Michael Lord (1:30:41) and Matt Patriquin (1:31:28). Behind Sherpa’s victorious 41:44 time in the Half-AHalf were: Roger Plamondon of Courtenay (44:15), Nyah Miranda of Cobble Hill (45:08), Olivia Haggis from Victoria (45:42), Tom Oster of Victoria (45:55), Terry Riggins from Nanoose Bay (46:28) and Norm Olsen of Nanaimo (46:49).

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Getting a leg up on the competition is the aim of Brevin Alphonse of Khowhemun Elementary, as he’s challenged by Noah Forseth of Drinkwater during the School District 79 Elementary boys’ soccer tournament at Ecolé Mount Prevost School field last Thursday.

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Boudreau, the tournament organizer and principal of Tansor Elementary School. “The weather cooperated with brilliant sunshine and positive comments were received from players, coaches and parents regarding the new location and delivery of the tournament.’’ The Grades 4 and 5 junior boys had 12 teams from eight schools playing on the Wednesday. The competitive fun involved 155 players. The Grades 6 and 7 senior boys took the field Thursday, with 10 teams from nine schools for a total of 130 players participating.

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massive soccer invasion took place at Ecole Mount Prevost Elementary School last Wednesday and Thursday. The School District 79 junior boys’ and senior boys’ tournaments occupied the new location, with great spirit and camaraderie shown in all games. “The tournament always focuses on sportsmanship, collegiality and creating new friendships amongst players and coaches,’’ noted Joseph

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