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Nothing says Christmas like the appearance of Santa Claus, and this Friday (Nov. 29), we’ll hear it loud and clear when Santa arrives on a fire truck for the annual Christmas Madness community celebration. Santa is expected at the Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce Visitor Centre Friday at 6:30 p.m. Santa will arrive on a fire truck and meet with MP Jean Crowder, MLA Bill Routley, Mayor Ross Forrest and council, Area F director Ian Morrison, Area I director Pat Weaver and Chamber directors to help light up the big Christmas tree outside the Visitor Centre. The jolly old elf will stick around after the tree lighting to take photographs with children under

Small Business Saturday sale. The Lake Cowichan School Class of 2014 will be selling hot dogs and raising money Saturday outside the Country Grocer HOLIDAY Chamber co-ordinator Katherine Black Friday (Nov. 29) and Small $ PRICE YEAR between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. ADJUSTMENTS Worsley says this will be the 19th Business Saturday (Nov. 30) in the COMPREHENSIVE HOLIDAY Thirty-six businesses are particiTO Annual Christmas Madness,UPand States, and Worsley encourages $ PRICE YEAR pating in the 7 Days of Christmas WARRANTY ADJUSTMENTS they’ve changed things a bit this residents to keep it local and make COMPREHENSIVE Shopping Passports this year, and year so that everything takes placeUP TO every day “small business day” WARRANTY they will be displaying red, white at the Visitor Centre under the ON SELECT here around the Lake. MODELS and green signs in their windows. gazebo and under the big tree. For Black Friday and Small 2013 ON SELECT MODELS Collect five stamps for your passThe focus remains on commuBusiness Saturday, a number of port at five different stores between nity and family. 2013 local stores are staying open late or 29 and Dec. 6, then bring your “It is very much family-focused holding Lspecial events. Stores like Nov. passport to the Visitor Centre for a events,” said Worsley, noting that Cowichan Fly and Tackle, Copper chance to win one of six $50 gift last year, 150 children and about 30 Lane Fashion Boutique, and Gal† % certifi cates merchants. adults took part in the celebration. loping Moon have extended their FINANCING FOR UP TOfrom local MONTHS The draw will take place WednesChristmas Madness is also the opening hours to give you more † day, Dec. 11 at the Gazette office. % FINANCING kickoff for the 7 Days of Christmas time to find that perfect Christmas FOR UP TO MONTHS $ To find a list ofYEAR the businesses Shopping Passports, which is in its gift. The Galloping Moon is even COMPREHENSIVE participating in the 7 Days of WARRANTY fourth year. offering complimentary eggnog $ Christmas Shopping Passports, YEAR This year, the Christmas Madcappuccinos to keep you warm. COMPREHENSIVE please turn to The Inside Back on ness and 7 Days of Christmas The Footwear Centre is also open WARRANTY page 19. L Shopping Passports kickoff falls on late and is offeringELANTRA a Black Friday/

the gazebo at the Visitor Centre. The Lady of the Lake ambassador team will be taking the photos, and all proceeds from the photos will go towards the Lady of the Lake Ambassador Program. Hot chocolate, oranges, candy and cookies will be available thanks to Country Grocer. There will also be music, and the Lake Cowichan School grads will have tables with wonderful items for sale just in time for Christmas, according to the Chamber. During Christmas Madness, people can also place their orders for candles from PartyLites. Thirty five per cent of the funds raised will go toward the Chamber’s programs and events. 2013

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Local RCMP warn of potential fraud after two complaints from Youbou Ross Armour

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The Lake Cowichan RCMP detachment has recently received various complaints regarding fraud and computer hackers. The complaints came Nov. 12 and 18, one about a phone call and the other about a suspicious e-mail. “On Nov. 12, 2013, a

complainant from Youbou contacted the Lake Cowichan Detachment to report that a male caller with a thick accent called his residence informing the complainant that he had a serious virus on his home computer,” Sgt. Wes Olsen stated in a press release to the Gazette. The caller in question asked for specific details of the com-

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puter in order to gain access to it from his mysterious base and told the complainant he’d be able to fix the problem. “The complainant was suspicious of the caller and his motives so pretended to follow along while trying to obtain information on who the caller was and what company they worked for,” said Olsen. “The caller would only provide his first name and would not reveal which company they worked for. The caller did provide a phone number of 614-3889092, which comes up as a blocked number out of Co-

lumbus, Ohio, USA.” Once the caller had seized upon the complainant’s suspicions, the call was terminated. RCMP officers believe the caller was trying to attain credit card and personal information. Lightning went on to strike twice — and in Youbou once again. “On Nov. 18, 2013, another complainant from Youbou contacted the Lake Cowichan RCMP to report that she had received a suspicious e-mail on her Shaw account from a place called DocuCentre — IV. The email contained a PDF file

that contained personal information belonging to the complainant. The complainant contacted Shaw and was told that this may be Malware and an attempted fraud or identity theft,” said Olsen. “Police would also like to remind the public that you should always be guarded about releasing any personal or credit card information over the phone, especially to somebody that calls you out of the blue. There are many types of different scams and frauds operating, with scammers finding new and innovative ways to try and

separate you from your hardearned money.” Olsen and company reckon “if it sounds too good to be true, it generally is and you should never have to spend money to win money, as many of these scams suggest.” Lake Cowichan RCMP advise anyone who is a victim of similar fraud attempts to contact The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501, e-mail info@antifraudcentre.ca or check out the fraud centre’s website. The two complainants were advised similarly.

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Everything about Coral Sirup’s wedding ring and band has special meaning. There’s the diamond from Vegas, where her husband proposed to her. There are the sapphires representing the month in which they got married and her husband’s birth month. There are Polar Bear Diamonds from the Northwest Territories where her uncle worked, and a diamond that belonged to her husband’s father. Between the two rings, there are seven diamonds, representing the seven members of Sirup’s family. The rings, which were custom-made, combine jewelry from Sirup’s family and from her husband’s family to create two pieces that are incredibly personal. “My rings are unique; they’re one-ofa-kind,” she said. “Each stone represents something and is something.” These unique rings that mean so much to Sirup were taken from her home during a break and enter on Friday, Nov. 22, and she’s been distributing posters asking for information about the missing rings and offering a reward for their return ever since. Sirup says about $10,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from her North Shore Road home near the Duck Pond, but more than anything, it’s her wedding ring and band and a ring that belonged to her grandmother that she would love to have back. Sirup had just gotten her wedding rings cleaned, and they were sitting in her jewelry box at the time of the break-in. She noticed they were missing Friday night when she came home and went to put them back on. Sirup believes the thief(s) must have jimmied the back door to get into their home, which was locked, while they were away. “I don’t feel safe in my house by myself; I can’t sleep,” she said. “I’ve never been through something like this, and it’s just terrifying. We’ve stepped up the security for all our windows and doors and got people to put in brighter lights.” Sirup says she knows of four houses in her neighbourhood that have been broken into recently, and she encourages people to make sure they have lights on their property and make sure they lock their doors. She also warns people to be wary of anyone knocking on their door asking to use their phone because she has heard this has been happening in her neigh-

Cathy Jenkins holds an empty basket from her freezer, that was full of special food for Christmas, that was all stolen.

bourhood and could be suspicious. “I would hate to have this happen to someone else,” she said. Lake Cowichan RCMP Cpl. Warren Potter confirms that the police have received complaints of someone knocking on doors in this neighbourhood and asking to use residents’ phone. He also confirmed that there have been four break-ins in the neighbourhood near the Duck Pond in recent weeks. A residence on North Shore Road was broken into on Friday, Nov. 8, although it wasn’t reported until Nov. 10, and a camera, jewelry and a small amount of cash were taken, according to Potter. In this incident, the door was unlocked. A more recent break-in occurred Thursday, Nov. 21, and a door was unlocked in this case as well. Between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Nov. 21, unknown culprit(s) entered a house near the Duck Pond just off North Shore Road in Lake Cowichan through an unlocked front door and stole two Apple iPads worth about $900, according to a press release from the RCMP. “Even though the culprit(s) did not cause any damage entering the house in this incident, it is still classified as a Break, Enter and Theft and is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada,” stated Potter.

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Another break-in in this area occurred on Nov. 21, according to Potter. After these recent incidents, the Lake Cowichan RCMP is encouraging home owners to lock their doors and windows while they are away. “They don’t need to panic, but they should be concerned and take safety precautions,” said Potter. Anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity during these recent incidents is asked to call the Lake Cowichan RCMP at 250-749-6668 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477. In another part of town, Cathy Jenkins came home on Monday, Nov. 25 after three weeks away to discover a freezerload of food had been taken. Jenkins lives on Johel Road, and she has a freezer outside her home that was almost full with food she’d bought for the holidays. She was shocked to find that everything was gone except the bread. Jenkins thinks the theft may have occurred during the day, as her landlady, who lives upstairs, works during the day, and her neighbour’s dogs would have barked if it had happened in the evening. Nobody got into the house, and Jenkins didn’t find anything else missing. “I just felt invaded,” she said. “I’m not going to let it eat me up, but I felt awful when I saw that.”


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Do you care where the new Cowichan District Hospital is located? If you do, you may want to be at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Cowichan Communities Health Network is hosting a forum on the topic designed to update the community on the hospital replacement process and give local residents a chance to share feedback about properties they think could be a good fit. Acquiring a suitable site for a new hospital is just one step in a process that remains in the very early stages, according to a press release from the Cowichan Valley Regional Hospital District. “The CVRHD wants to do its part to ensure that the right piece of property is available should a hospital project be approved in the future,” said CVRHD chairman Rob Hutchins. A new hospital for the Cowichan Valley would

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require regional and provincial government approval. At this time, no approvals or funding are in place. Should the long-term strategy for a new hospital eventually be approved and funded, the land acquired by the CVRHD would be part of its 40-percent contribution to the cost of a new hospital. An expression of interest process will take place later this year inviting landowners to submit potential sites. Constructing a new hospital would be the single largest public expenditure ever undertaken in the Cowichan Valley Regional District. Local taxpayers will pay 40% of a project expected to cost in excess of $300 million. The CVRD started saving money four years ago. “We have endeavoured to make sure we are ready if and when the Ministry of Health says ‘we have funding to help you build a new hospital,’” said Hutchins. “We haven’t got a new hospital yet; this is just one more step toward a new hospital that we desperately need.” Saturday’s forum will include a presentation about the history of CDH, as well as panel presentations about what is a community hospital, dayto-day operations and master site planning, and a question and answer session. For more information, contact Cindy Lise at 250709-5062 or cindylisecchn@shaw.ca.

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Lake Cowichan Fire Department (LCFD) has acquired a new rescue boat, something the firefighters have described as a necessity. The fire department has been fundraising for over a year and a half and has just had the new boat delivered, equipped with a trailer and all. “It’s a huge thing; we’ve gone a long time without one,” said fire chief Doug Knott. “We never expected it to come this fast.” Knott’s relief comes after a heartfelt cash injection from anonymous sources, but the fire chief admits “has a fair idea of who it’s from.” LCFD recently received two cash donations of $5,000 and $25,000 that, combined with the funds raised already, allowed the crew to go ahead and purchase the new boat. Knott believes the boat is a must-have in Courtesy Lake Cowichan Fire Dept./Coral Sirup this day and age. “We started our donation plan last June Instructor Craig Gerrard, from Raven Rescue, reviews training but we never expected the funding to arrive with LCFD firefighters at Lakeview Park Nov. 16 Firefighters receiving water rescue training are: Doug Knott, Bill Robertson, this fast,” he said. “We’ve had several Bill Hieta, Steve Johnson, Ray Bourassa, Tyler Knott, Brad incidents dating back to the spring of 2012 Kohanuk, Tom Denninger, Cory Robertson, and Taylor Poirier. where we got serious calls about incidents that included drowning. It took us to the edge of our training and ability.” Prior to the new boat’s arrival, amidst the Seemingly, the new boat and everything fundraising process, Knott and company were that goes with it will take a huge weight off appealing for a separate donation of a trailer to firefighters’ shoulders come water-related coincide with the boat once it arrived. incidents. “That was just being used as a way of “The boat is fully equipped for firefighting and something being donated, but the new boat has a rescue,” said Knott, who confirmed the vessel is brand new trailer with it as well.” indeed “brand new.”

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Carbon scheme the Liberals worst Two days after Energy Minister Bill Bennett announced the demise of the Pacific Carbon Trust, the public accounts committee convened at the legislature to pound a few more nails into its carbonsequestering coffin. Assistant Auditor General Morris Sydor was there to defend his report from last March that concluded the B.C. government was not “carbon neutral” in 2010, because the trust paid $6 million for hastily arranged offset projects that were not valid. An Encana Corp. gas flaring reduction project at Fort Nelson and a forest preserve in the Kootenays would have proceeded without assistance from $25 a tonne carbon fee imposed on hospitals, universities, colleges and until last year, school districts. In fact they did proceed without this subsidy. The government continues to deny this, BC but not many By Tom Fletcher people outside the international carbon offset sales racket believe them. The Pacific Carbon Trust’s functions will continue, Bennett said. Instead of a board of directors and 18 staff, five people headed by an assistant deputy minister will evaluate projects and bestow millions taken from college, university and health authority budgets each year. B.C.’s school districts are still paying $5 million a year to offset such nefarious activities as heating their schools. But now the money goes into a “Carbon Neutral Capital Program,” and districts have to apply to get their money back for emission-reducing projects. This is going so well, according to Bennett, that post-secondary institutions and health authorities will be converted to a similar program in the years ahead. How is that school program going? Here are some examples. The Coast Mountains School District around Terrace paid $66,452 for carbon offsets last year. It got back most of its three years

of offset payments as a grant to complete a boiler upgrade for its Kitimat high school. Abbotsford and Nanaimo school districts each have to pay about $100,000 a year. They got money back for boiler upgrades as well, although local school officials say that would not likely have been the top priority if it hadn’t been for the program that forces districts to spend grants immediately on emission reduction. Leaving aside the distortion of spending priorities caused by this restrictive tax-and-spend scheme, what happens when they run out of boilers to upgrade? And has it occurred to the government’s “carbon neutral” braintrust that those new boilers are still burning natural gas? This program is about to be foisted onto universities and hospitals. Does anyone actually believe that heating and Bureau hospitals college classrooms is a key driver of global warming? Presumably our carbon czars know that 40 per cent of B.C.’s humangenerated greenhouse gas emissions are from transportation, and a few electric cars for school district staff aren’t going to change that. And what happens when colleges and hospitals run out of boilers to modernize and insulation to upgrade? It won’t be long at this rate. In hindsight, this “carbon neutral government” scheme is perhaps the worst single idea implemented in 12 years of B.C. Liberal government. Gordon Campbell’s grand vision of a province where government sets the green standard and the private sector economy follows has simply not worked. The NDP presented a motion in April 2012 to relieve hospitals, colleges and universities of their carbon offset obligation. The idea was supported by a B.C. Liberal backbencher, who argued that B.C. should also scrap the carbon tax and quit pretending it can change the climate. His name? Bill Bennett.

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Loggers of yesteryear should be represented Dear Editor Re: Last chance for public input for roundabout ‘wow’ centrepiece, News, Nov.13 Here is just a few thoughts I believe all have considered about what do we put in the roundabout to represent the area. We think of more bear, perhaps reaching for a salmon. We see elk and deer everywhere and the occasional cougar along with turkey vultures flying overhead. If we were truthful it would be more like a bear jumping up and down on a garbage can, an elk doing his business all over our rural roads, the deer chowing down on our

veggies. All kidding aside, for me, it’s the loggers. They made this town. These days — unfortunately the greed and disregard of the industry — has turned powerful men into men trying to make a go of what’s left. The loggers of the past would shed tears knowing what has taken place. I have total respect for the men and women who made this town. They fought for good lives for one and all back in the day. Honour them and respect them today. Put a statue of a man carrying an old-time floppy saw on his shoulder, an axe at his side and one foot resting on a freshly cut tree stump. He would only have to be about five foot, six inches tall. That’s how big men were in the day, but for me they stood as high as the trees. Michael J. Foolkes Lake Cowichan

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Gail Sprung “I feel the 50% increase to the seniors pass is okay, but they should give the discount seven days a week.”

Shaun Farrell “I am not really pro-gambling. I think there must be other places to find the money. I really think they spend way too much money on employees’ bonuses.”

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What are your feelings about BC Ferries service cuts, increased cost for seniors passes and the addition of gambling?

Les Vaughan “They are all money grabs. Respect seniors, keep the gambling out, and treat the ferries like highways.”

Ted Johnson “I don’t agree with the gambling. I feel the seniors could pay more than they do, and I feel sorry for the people living on the smaller islands and those service cuts.”

Melissa Black “I think it is a crime. We don’t need gambling for one thing, and we should make sure the seniors get the discounts.”

Town square should be done by summer

Malcolm Chalmers

In what kind of a sport can you shoot a pigeon (clay) and go home with a turkey or two, or three? Just ask the members of the Valley Fish and Game Club on Mayo Road. The club held its annual Fall Turkey Shoot on Saturday, Nov. 23, and 13 members from clubs up and down the Island signed up to compete to win turkeys (not live ones). The day started at 10 a.m., participants shot until 4 p.m., and there was a concession in the clubhouse for lunch — where turkey was not being served. By 3 p.m., shooter Gurj Gakhal had won 11 turkeys and friend Chuck Webber of the Nanaimo Fish and Game Club had eight. Here, shooters line up for one of the last shoots of the day, the Annie Oakley. All shooters stand in a line, the first person shoots the pigeon,and if he misses, the next man tries. If he hits it, the first man is out. If he misses, the third in line has a chance to hit it and puts the first two out. They shoot until the last shooter stands. The winner takes home a turkey.

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It wasn’t just water that inspired people’s questions at Monday’s town hall meeting. Some residents also asked questions on the completion of the new town square. Eric Karlsen wished to know how much the project cost to which McGonigle confirmed $320,000. Council received a grant to help fund that but it does not cover the entire cost. Resident Richard Weir asked when the square would be finished. “The plan was to have it done after the library. It’ll all be done by next summer,” said McGonigle.

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Lake Cowichan council took a blast from the public hose Monday over its handling of water meters. A fiery public meeting at Centennial Hall lasted more than an hour and a half, with various individuals choosing to stay longer in order to speak with councillors directly. “I have a family of five, but I’m only allowed the same usage as a pensioner on their own,” said resident Eric Karlsen. “That’s not equitable.” Resident Cathy Wagner sympathized with Karlsen. “Pensioners being allowed the same amount of water as a family of five, I don’t feel this is the best solution. I really feel we should hold out for a year, get people to register how many are in their household and take it from there.” Houses in Lake Cowichan that have a water metre are charged a set rate by the town for 35 cubic metres of water use per month. If households exceed that, they are charged for the overage. Businesses are billed if they’re over 20 cubic metres a month. Deputy mayor Tim McGonigle chaired the meeting in Mayor Ross Forrest’s absence, joined at the front desk by Councillors Jayne Ingram, Bob Day and Franklin Hornbrook. “Thirty-five cubic metres water allowance is actually much higher than the Canadian household average,” said McGonigle, who continuously thanked members of

the public for their input. “In the city of Duncan, you only get 28 cubic metres. We, in Lake Cowichan, are still in the infancy stage of water metering. As Canadians, we take our water for granted. Barb Veitch grows a vegetable garden and is concerned the current cost of water will force her to abandon her hobby. “In order to eat healthily and keep ourselves in shape, we need water,” said Veitch. “If water costs me $400 per month, I can’t afford that. Please don’t take my garden away from me.” Resident Hubert Crevels continuously pounded council on the issue. “You want me to give you money all year and then you’re going to bill me extra if I’m over 35. Why don’t we get credit if we’re under 35? It should be one or the other.” David Darling runs the OK Tire store in Lake Cowichan alongside his wife. “We’re (currently) congratulated for our conservation with a bigger bill,” said Darling. McGonigle admitted the issue is something council is “still struggling with.” Day attempted to explain some logistics. “It takes dollars to run the water system,” said Day. “We can’t just run it on usage, there’s not enough money. This is not our water. We’re sharing it with everyone in the Cowichan Valley. So it’s not about screwing the taxpayer, it’s about conservation.” “Whatever is raised through the water fund, you can only use it within the water system. We have to do that as we’re mandated to do so by Vancouver Island Health Authority,” said McGonigle.

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A new set of road reflectors has just been installed along Highway 18 between Lake Cowichan and the Trans Canada Highway junction. Work started earlier this month and was recently completed in what is an attempt to improve drivers’ visibility. “The ministry installed and replaced 26 kilometres of recessed reflectors along the centre line on Highway 18, between Highway 1 and Youbou Road, to improve road safety and visibility for motorists,” Robert Adam from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) said in an e-mail. “The reflectors are six years old and need to be replaced. The ministry will also install new pavement grooves to ensure the reflectors are level.” But despite the inevitable improvements, they may still not be satisfactory as yet for some local road users. Cyndi Charles, who lives in Lake Cowichan, is glad to see the new reflectors put in place but believes the whole process will be classed a waste of time if “they aren’t high enough.” “Last time the ministry put them in, they weren’t high enough, so when water got in there, you would end up seeing them being washed to the side of the road,” she said. Despite the reflectors’ appearance, Charles says there’s still more work to be done to improve drivers’ safety, particularly at night. “There’s so much more work to be done between Lake Cowichan and Honeymoon Bay,” she said. “It’s ridiculous there’s no white lines on the side of the road. When you look down to see the edge on the side of the road, you can’t see anything [at night].” Charles recalls the day when she claims Andy Newell, MoTI’s regional area manager of roads, travelled along the road into Lake Cowichan and then onto Honeymoon Bay and highlighted a number of improvements that needed to be done. Charles insists that hasn’t happened yet. “It’s about time they started doing what they’re supposed to do.”


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Hometown: Lake Cowichan I’ve always wanted to: go hang gliding Most people don’t know: that kids love to smile just as mush as any one else Fave food: is Italian Best thing about living here: are the people Fave activity: is hiking. My proudest moment: was when I moved here from Ontario I define down time as: time to listen to music and read. I wish I was better at: being an ambassador; just like a lot of people I have met here If I was stuck on a desert island: I would definitely need a friend I’m currently reading: a book about the education system in Finland In my car I listen to: very peaceful music.

In my fridge you’ll find: a lot of vegetables If I had a $1,000,000: I would give 10% for environment, 10% for the education of our children, 10% for the hospital the other 70% I would have some scholarships for kids

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Cougar encounter no tall tale Over the years the Cowichan Lake area has had ground while clawing at her back. more than its fair share of cougar sightings as well It was then that young Tony tried to intervene as several accounts of attacks. by hitting the cougar several times with his horse Even today, sightings of cougar within the town bridle. The cougar backed off while the children boundaries are frequent. One often forgets that the tried to drive it away using their bridles. The cougar nearby woods are teeming with wildlife that we then sprung forward turning its attention to Tony rarely, if we are lucky, ever encounter. Unlike today, who sustained injuries to his scalp, shoulders, hip cougar, bear and elk were seldom, if ever, seen by and legs that required over 70 stitches. Doreen area residents unless they were deep in the nearby suffered many lacerations and blood poisoning forests or at the village garbage dump that was from the attack. located across from the Cowichan Lake Education Doreen later explained that she jumped on Tony’s Centre turnoff on South Shore Road. Today we tend back then reached around putting her arm in the to either let the animals do their thing here in town cougar’s mouth, then managed to scratch an eye of or call a conservation officer. the attacking animal before it finally let go and ran Back in the late 1940s, a cougar away. encounter here in Lake Cowichan After the children reported the made the headlines when local event to their parents, the two-andprovincial policeman Const. Andy a-half year old cougar was hunted Grant was faced by a cougar. down and shot. According to whoever According to the story, Const. Grant shot the animal, they discovered Rolli “would have lost the race with a that it had cataracts therefore found Gunderson cougar . . . except for the prompt it difficult to hunt. It was emaciated PAGES OF HISTORY and in poor health which some action and sharp shooting eye of Andy Olson, a resident of Lake Cowichan. surmised was the reason it attacked Const. Grant was standing near his the children. police car when a large cougar — said to be about In the following months Doreen and Tony 1,000 feet from the highway — raced toward his recovered from their ordeal. The story wouldn’t car and attacked him. Luckily his son-in-law Andy be complete without adding that the children later Olson, then a renowned cougar hunter, raised his received a telegram from the American president at rifle, and in one shot fell the cougar. the time, commending them for bravery and they An earlier cougar story that made headlines were also awarded the British Albert medal for internationally for many years took place near Bear “gallantry in saving life on land,” Lake in the Mesachie Lake area on September 23, In 1996, after many years of telling and retelling 1916. her story, Doreen Ashburnham Ruffner died in On that day Doreen Ashburnham, 11, and Tony California at age 86. Farrer, 8, encountered a cougar while walking along On July 9, 1930, after joining the Princess the trail from their home near Honeymoon Bay to Patricia Light Infantry (army), Farrer was killed by Bear Lake. Because the pair was looking for their a stray bullet while on maneuvers at Camp Hughes, horses, they were each carrying a bridle which Manitoba. The 22-year-old was buried in a military played a large part in their subsequent escape from cemetery at Esquimalt, B.C. He was survived by his the cougar. young wife. When they spotted the cougar on the trail in Correction: Update, Nov. 20 front of them, Doreen apparently turned the other The house on the corner of King George and direction — perhaps to run away — when the Renfrew Streets did not belong to Don Palmer, it cougar jumped on her back and knocked her to the belonged to Jim Palmer, no relation.


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Etta Weissenmayer brought plants, soap and more to the Nov. 16 Youbou Community Church craft fair. The next fair will be held Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Craft fairs keep heart of the community beating Youbou Community Church: Ongoing craft fair helps keep old church building in good repair Diana Hutton Lake CowiChan Gazette Looking for something to do in Youbou on a cold winter’s day? Try checking out the next craft fair at the Youbou Community Church. You’ll find not only a treasure trove of handmade items to help whittle down the Christmas to-do list, but also a warm welcome and a chance to meet up and visit with friends and neighbours. The old church building where the fairs are held is far more than just a venue to one man — it’s part of the heart of the community. “We’re finding more and more reasons to use this great hall,” says craft fair organizer Alister Capeling. “The money taken in from renting tables to vendors goes to directly to the Youbou Community Church Society. It’s just one of our fundraising ideas.” Funds do need to be raised to help defray the operating and maintenance costs of keeping the old building in good repair. The most pressing issue at the moment is coming up with the money needed to have the chimney repaired. Future plans include replacing the vinyl siding now on the church with more traditional wood siding to restore it to heritage status. “We’ve done some work with trying to lower our heating and energy costs by installing newer thermostats and putting plastic on the windows to help cut costs,” says Capeling. For many old time Youbonians, the old church with its multi-purpose room in the lower half has been a familiar location for a variety of community events for more than 60 years. In the past, the hall was a perpetually busy spot, with youth groups, Scouts, Guides and many others holding their meetings and events in the hall. “Back then, there wasn’t a wedding or baby shower in town that wasn’t held in the hall,” says society chair Sylvia Dean, who was born and raised in Youbou and still calls it home. “I was born in this town, and my dad was one of those who helped build the church.” Capeling’s idea of an ongoing craft fair took off, with the first one being held on Saturday, Nov. 16.

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Al Capeling organizes the craft fairs at the Youbou Community Church, which help raise money to keep the old church building in good repair.

The last two fairs of the year will take place Dec. 7 and 14 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., with January dates to be announced. Other fundraising projects include a cookbook of collected recipes from the area. Society member Brook Hodson is always active in the hunt for funds to help keep the church building going. “Brook is doing a stunning job of finding benefactors,” says Capeling. “The hall is always available for public use by donation, so that helps too. Of course, we’re always looking for new members for the society as well.” The Youbou Community Church Society is a non-religious organization whose concern is the continued use and preservation of the building itself. One of the users of the building is the New Hope Community Church (which is a member of the Congregational Christian Churches of Canada), which is led by Senior Pastor, Rev. Vikki Marrs. Marrs was on hand at last Saturday’s fair with a display of her hand-woven goods. “This church building was the hub of the community, and we’d love to see it become that again,” says Marrs. “That’s what is so neat. Everybody here today is local, and the whole community is coming out to support us.” For more information on upcoming craft fairs, contact Al Capeling at 250-710-3237.


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“There’s no place like home” — or the stage. At least, that’s what the Kaatza Lakeside Players Society is hoping as it begins auditions for its spring production this weekend. This May, the Kaatza Lakeside Players will present the wizard of oz

by L. Frank Baum. Seventy-five years have passed since this classic first hit the screen, and it remains a favourite of all ages today,” the Kaatza Lakeside Players state on their website. The show will run May 7-11, with the final show on Mother’s Day. The Kaatza Lakeside Players are holding auditions for the play this Sunday (Dec. 1) from 1-4 p.m. at Centennial Hall in Lake Cowichan.

Actors are asked to please bring water, wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to learn some simple dance steps. All ages are welcome. The cast of characters for this production is long and full of opportunity for males and females of all ages, and it can be found online at kaatzalakesidepalyers.ca. If you are auditioning for a singing role, the vocal choices for this audition are “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “If I Only Had a Brain.”

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The 1950s theme dance at the Cowichan Lake Seniors Centre on Saturday, Nov. 23 brought out 49 people ready to boogie to old rock and roll music played by local live band, Good Time Boys, featuring Elvin Hedden, Les, Bruce Egilson, Tony Robertson and Holly, all on guitars. Several dancers dressed up in poodle skirts and penny-loafers. Lots of fun was had by all. Check out all the events at the Centre by calling 250-749-6121

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Peoples Choice winner Amanda Nixon sang I Don’t Know How to Love Him from the musical Jesus Christ Superstar on stage at Centennial Hall Saturday night. Organizer Lindsay Anderson, right, of the Kaatza Lakeside Players embraces Nixon as she accepts her $300 cheque, 1st prize at the Creative Edge Talent Show.

The members of the audience make their choices for their favorite performer by ballot.

Lindsay Elzinga sings at the Creative Edge talent show.

Nixon, Ferguson and Vertefeuille have the Creative Edge

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Thirteen hopefuls sang, acted and made magic at the first The Creative Edge talent show put on by the Kaatza Lakeside Players at Centennial Hall this past Saturday (Nov. 23). Amanda Nixon won first prize after singing “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. Second place went to Sara Ferguson, who sang “Glitter and Gold,” penned by X-Factor runner-up Rebecca Ferguson. Rhonda Vertefeuille

Kaatza Lakeside Players: Theatre group hosts talent show featuring 13 singers, actors and magicians from the Lake and the Valley won third prize after singing a number from Les Miserables. An audience of about 175 voted with their ballots for the top entertainer in the first The Creative Edge talent show put on by the Kaatza Lakeside Players. The first prize was advertised as $500. Lindsay Anderson of the Kaatza Lakeside Players was excited to be able to invite some of the multitalented local kids to perform on stage in a Canada’s Got talent-

style showcase. She was hoping for more participants though. “I know some people wanted to audition but didn’t feel they were ready since we only announced it in October,” she said. She is hopeful they will do another contest next year with a little more lead time. With only four weeks of preproduction, the group gave the 13 entertainers a chance at the $500 prize money in a People’s

Choice award show. Singing, acting and a magic show gave the audience two hours of top-notch entertainment. The top prize of $500 was changed to the top three prizes. “It was the kids themselves that decided to take the $500 prize money and change it to $300 for first prize, $150 for second and $50 for third,” said Anderson. As the votes were being counted, local songstress and

music teacher Mary Egan Popovich took to the stage to sing a song from her latest album. Because of a change in the board of directors at the Kaatza Lakeside Players Society, a fall theatre production was not staged and the group decided to put on the talent show instead. The Kaatza Lakeside Players have announced they will be putting on their spring show, and it will be the wizard of oz. They took this opportunity to scout some new talent for that production, for which auditions start Sunday, Dec. 1.

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Bowled over: Carpet bowling comes to Honeymoon Bay New recreation program: Senior Games gold medallists help launch carpet bowling program

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Above: Lakers MVP, No.3 Devin Johel, takes a shot on Vancouver goalie Mohab Mundadi. A tie game right til the end, when Vancouver scored to make it a 5 to 4 win at the Cowichan lake Sports Arena over the weekend Top: Lakers BRI Security Bantam goalie Trenton Baslee prepares to make the save as Laker defence move in for back up.

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Malcolm Chalmers Lake CowiChan Gazette Carpet bowling has come to Honeymoon Bay through the donation of two used mats from the Valley Seniors Organization. The 2013 Seniors Games carpet bowling gold medal-winning foursome of Connie Parker (formerly of Lake Cowichan), George Capella (formerly of Honeymoon Bay), Jean McIntyre of Skutz Falls and Egon Gron of Duncan were on hand Nov. 18 at the Honeymoon Bay Community Hall to launch the area’s carpet bowling program and to teach a dozen Cowichan Lake area residents the proper etiquette and rules for play. The Duncan seniors team, which has an average age of 82.5, split the group of participants into four teams and helped them gauge the weight of the balls — called bowls — and worked to improve their throwing style. Carpet bowling is a combination of curling and bowling, with lighter balls and less running around, that appeals to the people who were here to learn the game. Karla Erickson was here because she is looking

for a sport that is not hard on the neck and shoulders. Within a few throws, she was getting the feel for the odd-shaped weighted bowls and was placing them near the jack — the little ball you need to end up closest to. Carolyne Austin from the Lake Cowichan Seniors Centre says they have an active group of players, and they hope that tournaments can be arranged between the two communities in the future. Linda Blatchford, manager of Cowichan Lake Recreation, feels if there is enough interest in carpet bowling that more mats can be purchased for other halls in the area, but for now, players will be able to play at the Lake Cowichan Seniors Centre or Honeymoon Bay. Carpet bowling in Honeymoon Bay will run until February when outdoor lawn bowling starts. For information or to join a team, Guy Patten encourages people to show up at the Honeymoon Bay Hall on Mondays at 10 a.m. or Wednesdays at 7 p.m. People can also call the Hall at 250749-4700 or call Cowichan Lake Recreation at 250-749-6742.

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LA-LA Land auto extravaganza LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Auto Show is full of eye-popping sights and some even include cars! It’s not difficult to have your head turned but it is a challenge to pick one’s top picks but I’m for the challenge. Nissan GT-R Nismo Nissan stole the show with not only one of the fastest cars in the world but the fastest man in the world. Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Usain Bolt was on hand as Nissan’s Director of Excitement. Usain was clearly taken with the new GT-R Nismo, there were also promises to get him one to replace his gold coloured GT-R. Power has been pumped up to 600hp taking this new Nismo version to 100 km/h in just two seconds. Look for the new GT-R in the spring of 2014. I suspect Usain will get his a bit earlier. Chevrolet Colorado The mid-size pickup truck market has been all but abandoned by the domestic automakers over the last few years leaving this category entirely to Toyota and Nissan with the Tacoma and Frontier trucks. Wait until next year and the choice will include the all-new Colorado from Chevrolet. Building off the success of the all-new full-size Silverado, the engineers have taken the same approach to this new truck. On the economy front, eventually there will be three engines to choose from. Out of gate, there is the base 2.5L 4-cylinder engine or a 3.6L V6. Subaru WRX Fans of the Subaru WRX will be very excited about the arrival of an all-new car but maybe a bit disappointed that this production model

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How to get noticed at the L.A. Auto Show Tinseltown. Hollywood. L.A. No matter what you call it, it’s a city of millions and it’s easy to get lost in the crowd. But not if you’re attractive, have a great body and well, you shine. With hundreds of vehicles showcased at the Los Angeles Auto Show, it takes a lot to stand out among the plethora of sparkling sheet metal, which is constantly detailed by show workers. If you’re a sexy snake, that’s automatic grounds for attention. The SRT Viper GTS was on display, but it wasn’t just any old venom-producing reptile.

It came with the anodized carbon special edition package. Aside from 640 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque being produced from its handcrafted, all-aluminum 8.4L, mid-front V10, it comes with the first use for the Chrysler Group’s unique metallic matte exterior colour. And exclusivity is the name of its game. Only 50 will be made and they’ll be available as of January 2014. Speaking of fast things, you don’t get any faster on feet than Usain Bolt does. And if you’re paired next to Nissan’s fastest production GT-R to date, that’s an even

more potent combination. Godzilla takes on the NISMO (a.k.a. NISsan MOtorsport) badge with a healthy helping of 600 horsepower and some defining exterior features. In regard to its body, it’s more rigid than before and you’ll also find it has a factory-tuned enhanced suspension. The aero package, which not only looks good, improves road holding, minimizes the negative impact of drag, while also giving the car a menacing and muscular appearance. If you’re a luxury German vehicle and you have a

worldwide debut in L.A., chances are you’ll draw quite the A-list crowd. The Porsche Macan did such a thing, with visitors such as Jerry Seinfeld and professional tennis player Maria Sharapova paying heed.

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The Indonesian word for tiger, it’s the first Porsche in the compact SUV segment. Or you could say it’s the baby brother to the popular-selling Cayenne. Either way, they both have some spice to them. Two renditions of Macan

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SRT Viper GTS will be available: the Macan S and Macan Turbo. Standard features include active all-wheel drive and the Porsche double-clutch transmission (PDK). The Macan S is powered by a new Porsche-designed 3.0L V6 bi-turbo engine that puts out 340 horsepower. The Macan Turbo hosts a 3.6L V6 bi-turbo engine and emits 400 horsepower. Purrrr. Practical and eye catching? – You might not expect that from a cargo van, but when you team up with Hot Wheels, you’ll get exactly that: hot wheels. Ford paired up with Hot

Wheels and had its Transit Connect XLT Cargo Van LWB beaming a custom bright blue exterior with orange accents and custom 20-inch wheels. But the fun doesn’t stop on the outside. Sure, there’s a new front fascia and grille, and even a one-off “shark-fin” roof mounted antennas supporting GPS and satellite radio along with custom gull-wing doors (which replace the standard sliding doors), but there’s a party waiting on the inside. Alongside the custom ST seats, there’s a sleeping area and a 55-inch TV.

Maybe I will try my hand at camping again, but only with this van. It wouldn’t be a California auto show without a special edition Jeep Wrangler. Complete with bronze satin gloss accentuated 18-inch wheels, a matching grille, and other dark parts, the Wrangler Dragon Edition is sure to heat things up. If the bronze bits weren’t enough of a giveaway, the large dragon graphic on the hood will surely let you know that this mythical creature means business both on and off road. alexandra.straub@ drivewaybc.ca

Building blocks for a future car that will drive itself While most driving enthusiasts do not the L.A. Auto Show included two interrecognize the advent of esting automated driving a self-driving car as a technology advances good thing, drivers who that are currently under have to endure crowded development by Ford: urban parking lots and self-parking and obstacle the drudgery of stop-navoidance systems. go highway commutes What’s different about on a daily basis probably this advanced self-park have a very different technology is that it All of these sensor- allows an owner to do it view. The fully autonomous from outside the vehibased technologies car may never become a make driving safer cle with a push-button reality for non-technical remote. The vehicle can be today, and they could automatically positioned reasons. We are, however, seeing layer upon also be considered as in or be removed from a layer of new technolobuilding blocks for a tight parking stall situation. That certainly beats gies that certainly move more comprehensive crawling in or out of the things along in that automated driving rear hatch, when there’s general direction and not enough room to get in could make it technically system from a side door. This new feasible, and perhaps system builds on Ford’s production feasible, on a Bob McHugh current active park assist restricted basis. feature, which is restricted to parallel The new Ford Edge Concept revealed at

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parking situations and uses ultrasonic sensors. Using similar sensor and automated vehicle control technology, Ford engineers are also working on an advanced obstacle avoidance system. The concept vehicle detects slow-moving or stationary obstacles in the same lane ahead and warns the driver. If the driver fails to respond, the system automatically brakes or steers the Edge around the object. “Democratized technology” is an expression used frequently by Ford engineers. It’s about making leading-edge technologies, which traditionally took a long time to trickle down from expensive luxury vehicles, available on popular, affordable vehicles much sooner, or even ahead of luxury class competition. Ford’s current active park assist system is already available on 12 models. This system automatically guides the vehicle into a parallel parking spot, while the driver controls the gas and brake pedals. A lane-keeping system is available

on 11 Ford models today. This uses a forward-facing camera to scan the road surface for lane markings. The system evaluates if the vehicle is drifting out of its lane and alerts the driver by vibrating the steering wheel. If the driver does not respond, the system provides steering torque to nudge the vehicle back toward the centre of the lane. Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support is available on 10 Ford models. The system uses radar to detect moving vehicles immediately ahead and modifies cruising speed

if necessary. Blind spot information system is available on 13 Ford models. Radar sensors in the rear corners monitor the spaces next to and just behind the vehicle. On the road, these sensors trigger a warning light in the mirror when there is another vehicle in the driver’s blind spot. All of these sensor-based technologies make driving safer today and they could also be considered as building blocks for a more comprehensive automated driving system. bob.mchugh@drivewaybc.ca

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Thank you Words just don’t seem enough to express how we feel to so many friends who came forward for us in Rune’s passing. I would especially like to thank Dr. Postuk and Dr. Gary Toth for being the special people that they are. Everyone in Cowichan District Hospital went beyond & the staff on second Àoor south who treated Rune like family are great. To our local ambulance drivers we can’t thank you enough! Marie Bergstrom

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The inside back: A little of this and that into the Christmas spirit at Cowichan Lake Recreation’s annual Youbou Christmas Craft Fair on Nov. 30. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Youbou Community Hall you’ll find many homemade goods and upstairs there will be a variety of homemade and second round goods. Come out and find the perfect gift or stocking stuffer, or rent a table to display your own gift ideas. Call 250-749-6742 for more information. • LCS will be bringing back Darren Laur — staff sergeant with the Victoria City Police Department and award winning author — for a parent information session on internet safety for your children, but it’s great session for the whole family. This popular and informative free evening is set for Dec. 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (not Dec. 11 as previously noted). • Lake Cowichan Animal Rescue invites you to help them celebrate their 1,000 assisted-animals milestone on Nov. 30 Gazette    from noon to 4 p.m. at the Bell tower School (next to Kaatza Wendy Klyne, Symon Whalvin and Kyt Cuthbert of the chamber Station Museum. You can also help to support the society by pose with Donald Lawson, right, from Averill Creek Winery. donating your refundable cans and bottles at The Depot on North Shore Road and save your Country Grocer till receipts The Cowichan Lake and District Chamber of Commerce for them — CG donates 1% back. Call 250-749-4040 for held a wine and cheese event at the Shaker Mill Restaurant more information. on Nov. 20 as a part of their monthly meetings. • You will be able to stock up on baking and Christmas crafts Close to 60 members and guests enjoyed a selection of wine and cheese along with scrumptious appetizers provided at the Saint Louis de Montfort Christmas Bazaar and luncheon on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Drop by the Shaker Mill and Gerard’s Speciality Foods. by for some Christmas cheer and help support the Catholic  Gil Mauro explained the different types of cheeses that Church. the group would be sampling and the wine pairings for the • The local library branch will be hosting two free Christmas evening. Award-winning Averill Creek Winery — just east about 15 crafting events: Adults and teens on Dec.12 , 6-8 p.m., turn minutes down the Highway 18 — shared tastes of a selection old books into ornaments and on Dec. 14, 11-12:30 p.m., kids can watch a puppet show and enjoy hot chocolate and of their whites, reds and their delicious dessert wine, crafts afterwards. Go to virl.bc.ca/event/christmas-family-fun Cowichan Black, a medium sweet wine made 100 per cent for more details. from local blackberries.

From Friday, Nov. 29 to Friday, Dec. 6, make a purchase at one of the local businesses below. When you have collected five stamps, just slide your passport in to the draw box at the [Visitor Centre] Gingerbread House. Participating businesses for 7 Days of Christmas Shopping Passport: Country Grocer, Payless Pete’s, IDA Pharmacies, OK Tire & Auto, IRLY, Fit for a Princess, Pet Emporium, Shaker Mill, Home Hardware, Subway, Cowichan Fly & Tackle, West Coast, A&W, Footwear Centre, Lake Cowichan Computers, Lake Furniture & Appliances, Angie’s Esthetics, Chameleon Arts, South Shore Cabinetry, Link Salon, Copper Lane, Scarlett’s, Heads or Nails, Fields, Jake’s at the Lake, Lordco, Cow Cafe, Galloping Moon, Bavarian Bakery, Cafe Mochica, J&V’s, Gerard’s Specialty Foods, Remedy, Curry in a Hurry, and Lake Cowichan Eyecare & Hearing.

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FOR ALL YOUR HEATING and COOLING NEEDS • Oil, Gas & Electric Furnaces • Heat Pumps • Refrigeration • Duct Cleaning

Gazette   Leslie and Lori from Home Hardware Lake Cowichan are ready to stamp your shopping-passport during Christmas Madness starting this Friday, Nov.29.

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OPEN: Mon.-Sat: 5a.m.-10p.m. Sun: 7a.m. - 8p.m.

email: ldhc@shaw.ca

En-TIRE-ly at your Service 250-749-6614

Gas • Diesel Boat Gas Confections • Bait • Ice

MINI EXCAVATOR & BOBCAT SERVICES

250-749-3174

• Fish • Pet food/supplies • Otter Co-op Livestock Feed • Wood Pellets • Grooming

GAS BAR

140 HP chipper for fast, efficient cleanup

Insured & Licensed • Free Estimates & Advice

250-748-3939

14 North Shore Rd. Lake Cowichan

Cowichan Veterinary Housecall Services

“Sharing the care.” Vaccinations, de-wormer medical examinations, flea control, nutrition consults, microchips, vet products, minor surgeries, private euthanasia

250-932-5552 Dr. Brenda Bernhardt


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Ask us THE about the new TELUS Device Price Match promise. LAKE COWICHAN GAZETTE www.lakecowichangazette.com

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Ask us about the new TELUS Device Price Match promise.

Black Friday weekend. Black weekend. No Friday better time to get the smartphone you've wanted. No better time always to get the smartphone you've always wanted.

BlackBerry® Z30 * BlackBerry® Z30

$0

$0*

LG G2

$99* LG G2

$99*

Samsung GALAXY Note™ 3 * Samsung GALAXY Note™ 3 *

$199

$199

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November 29, 30 | December 1, 2

*Pricing and availability may vary. On a 2-year term with any rate plan or rate plan plus add-on(s) totalling $70 or more per month. TELUS, the TELUS logo, the future is friendly, and telusmobility.com are trademarks of TELUS Corporation, used under license. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © 2013 TELUS.

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DEALER LOGO AND 951A Canada Ave ADDRESS GO HERE 250-748-4847 *Pricing and availability may vary.line On a 2-year term with rate plan or rate plan plus add-on(s) totalling $70 or more per month. TELUS, the TELUS logo, the future is friendly, and telusmobility.com are trademarks of TELUS Corporation, used (dotted does notanyprint)

under license. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © 2013 TELUS.

Cowichan Commons 250-715-1599

We SERVICE what we sell!

*Pricing and availability may vary. On a 2-year term with any rate plan or rate plan plus add-on(s) totalling $70 or more per month. TELUS, the TELUS logo, the future is friendly, and telusmobility.com are trademarks of TELUS Corporation, used under license. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © 2013 TELUS.

B1- 845 Deloume Road, Mill Bay 250-733-2626


Lake Cowichan Gazette, November 27, 2013