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New option for SD68 keeps Davis Road open Ross Armour THE CHRONICLE

The Ladysmith Extended Consultation Working Group has constructed and submitted a third option to School District 68 with regards to school reconfiguration. The most notable point of the new Option C is that École Davis Road Elementary (EDR) would remain open. The move by the working group comes following two public meetings in late November, which saw numerous Davis Road parents come out and voice their concerns over the possibility of their school closing. “Option C speaks to the theme and shows a genuine willingness that we’ve looked at the public feedback,” said Aaron Stone, an active participant of the working group

and member of EDR Parent Advisory Following the public meetings, the Council (PAC). “Sure there’s strengths working group decided Option B was and weaknesses but there’s a much lower “problematic” and decided to remove this risk in terms of enrollment and erosion option from any further consideration and compared to Options A and B. It provides instead incorporate the feedback received the best long-term view for the Ladysmith into a third option, which is Option C. zone. Davis Road presented a good arguThe French Immersion program remains ment.” at Davis Road under Option C. Under OpThe working group, which also includes tions A and B, Davis Road would have Ladysmith Mayor Rob Hutchins and Da- closed at some point over the next couple vis Road principal Doug English, has of years, and French Immersion would been looking at options specific to the have been moved to North Oyster. Ladysmith area after SD68 announced “A lot of the public feedback from the its intentions to shake things up last year meetings, not just from Davis Road parwith the release of its 10-Year Enhanced ents, shows how important that school is Facilities for Learning Plan. to the Ladysmith zone. It is a school that Option C sees North Oyster Elementary continues to grow and Option C recognizclose in June 2014 and the students there es the value of that,” said Stone. move to either Ladysmith Primary or Davis Road, at the south end of Ladysmith Intermediate. Ladysmith, currently has 250 students

with a capacity of 112. Under Options A and B, parents who wished their children to remain in French Immersion would have to drive 10 kilometres one way to North Oyster. North Oyster has only 90 students with a capacity of 275. But Davis Road has been noted to have the worst school facilities in the entire district, while North Oyster holds the best in the Ladysmith area — but Stone thinks that’s a “red herring” and doesn’t believe the location issue was taken seriously with the first two options. Stone and other Davis Road parents also believe there would be no guarantees people would follow French Immersion to North Oyster anyway. “Many children and families would See Trustees Page 5

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Barge at Slack Point being dismantled

Work is being done to remove and dispose of the derelict barge that has been sitting in Ladysmith Harbour. The provincial Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is currently dismantling the barge that has been beached near Slack Point for the last couple of years. This is the last of five such barges that were abandoned in this area. “Material from the former dry dock will be separated and stored on the point while the ministry looks at disposal options,” ministry staff stated in an e-mail. “The remaining portions of this wreck are made of wood, steel and concrete. All of the garbage and other refuse has been removed and disposed of.” Dismantling work is expected to be completed within the next week. The barge was towed to Slack Point by Transport Canada in 2012. It is one of five pieces of Second World War-era dry dock that sat in the Chemainus Harbour, a remnant of the breakwater project tied to the failed Chemainus Quay and Marina. Three of those barges have sunk.

Hutchins still CVRD chair

Ladysmith Mayor Rob Hutchins will stay on as chair of the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) board. Hutchins was voted board chair by acclamation during the Dec. 11 CVRD board meeting. He will lead the board in 2014 and will also chair the Cowichan Valley Regional Hospital District board of directors. Mike Walker, the Mill Bay/Malahat director, was chosen vice-chair of the CVRD for 2014. Last year’s vice-chair, Cowichan Bay director Lori Iannidinardo, declined her nomination; North Oyster/Diamond director Mary Marcotte was also nominated.

Project Reel Life celebrates tonight

Youths’ digital media projects will be presented tonight (Dec. 17) at 7 p.m. at Ladysmith Secondary School Ross Armour THE CHRONICLE

Project Reel Life is hosting its Community Celebration tonight (Tuesday, Dec. 17) at Ladysmith Secondary School. The event kicks off at 7 p.m., with doors opening half an hour prior, and it will showcase a wide variety of digital compilations, which were produced by local youths over the past year. “On Tuesday night we’re having a community celebration where we’ll be highlighting all the hard work the youths have been doing over the past year since Project Reel Life started,” said mentor Joshua Raven. The project has allowed youths the opportunity to use digital media to express stories from their life or the community, with Raven and company acting as knowledgeable aids along the way. “It’s a digital media program but there’s no constraints,” said Raven. “There’s spoken word, interpretative dance and lots of video projects like documentaries, music videos and short films. It’s all filmed and composed by the youths. “From a mentorship perspective, we are just removing any technical obstacles that might get in the way of their creativity, then all that remains is that creative flow. Sometimes it’s just which button to push.” Project co-ordinator Bill Taylor, who teaches drama at Ladysmith Secondary School (LSS), believes the prospect of youths finding a voice to express themselves is vital in modern-day society. “We’re encouraging them to take an active role in telling their own story,” said Taylor, who has also been involved extensively in the mentoring process. “It’s our job as mentors to connect them with resources to help them tell the stories. It’s about being able to have time to think about your story when you’re stuck, and get unstuck. However you access that, whether it’s through art or dance or video work, that’s what Youths involved in Project Reel Life, seen here working on their videos with mentor Joshua Raven, are we’re here for.” All the technology used in the lead up to the ready to show the community all the work they’ve done in the past year during a Community Celebration PHOTOS SUBMITTED celebration and on the night has been provided tonight (Dec. 17) at Ladysmith Secondary School, starting at 7 p.m. Taylor is an advocate of creative platforms by the Ladysmith Resources Centre AssociaRaven believes the variety of art forms that tion (LRCA), a gesture for which Raven and have been used and not limiting that has been and agreed that being a mentor was more about advising, rather than actively teaching. Taylor are very grateful. key. “We live in a consumer-driven society based on “Stories operate in multiple levels,” said Taylor. “Not limiting the art form was one of the most “The power in recording the stories and to tell interesting and powerful parts of this project money,” he said. “Kids are given devices [such them as media is a very powerful thing. These — otherwise you’re projecting on them,” he as cell phones] to consume and are taught to projects are making youth feel better about said. “We asked them what they wanted to do. buy stuff. We’re encouraging them to turn that the world and suggest there’s better choices to It’s about engaging at-risk youth in a creative around and tell their stories about the community. It’s a transformative act.” work through the struggles they’re facing and environment. A similar showcase is also being presented tonot use drugs or alcohol. It’s about listening “It’s not about what the kids are doing in five to youths’ voices and helping them find their years — it’s in the moment. The result is the morrow (Wednesday, Dec. 18) at the Stz’uminus Community Centre at 6 p.m. power as human beings.” process; it’s not about the finished product.”

Ladysmith Food Bank’s needs are year ‘round Mike D’Amour

child — 30 families of three to five in each, and about 10 families THE CHRONICLE with six-plus members.” Food and cash needed to feed Food and cash were rollin’ in for the Ladysmith Food Bank this so many was boosted earlier this month — generous donations that month during the ninth annual will help the charity do good dur- Cinnamon Bun Fun Run that saw ing the other 11 months of the year. nearly 500 runners and walkers “We feed between 350 and 400 complete a 10-km course enroute people per week,” said Jacquie to raising $2,800 and more than Stewart, co-ordinator and trea- two tons of food. Stewart said the need in a town surer/secretary of the Ladysmith with a population that tickles the Food Bank. “We plan for 80 single people, 30 8,000 mark is no greater during couples — which could be mar- the holidays, but the donations ried or a single parent with one gathered this time of year help

sustain the year-long needs of the community. That need requires 75 food bank volunteers who put in roughly 400 hours per month. “We always need at this time of year, but people forget there’s a need all year.” Not to say the boss of the food bank isn’t grateful for all the help. “I like seeing what I see and that’s people helping out,” Stewart said. “But I’d just like awareness to be all year ‘round — the food banks are all year ‘round, not just at Christmas and Thanksgiving.”

Ladysmith churches and community donations largely support the food bank, but more is always better than less, said Stewart. The food bank, at 630 Second Ave., always needs non-perishable food items such as: canned tuna, salmon, ham, beans, peanut butter, jam, cereal, oats, soup, canned or cups of fruits and vegetables, pasta sauce, pasta, noodles, Side Kicks, Kraft Dinner, coffee and tea. It’s also looking for donations of items like toilet paper, diapers, shampoo, etc.

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Dads’ Drop-In helping food bank Lindsay Chung

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The Ladysmith Dads’ Drop-In likes to get out into the community a lot, and this weekend, the group will be giving back to the community with a hot dog sale and “Food and Fund Raiser.” The Ladysmith Dads’ Drop-In is holding a hot dog sale and “Food and Fund Raiser” Saturday, Dec. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of 49th Parallel Grocery in Ladysmith. They will be raising money for the Ladysmith Food Bank and the Ladysmith Dads’ Drop-In. A program of the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association (LRCA), the Ladysmith Dads’ Drop-In supports fathers, fathers-tobe and grandfathers in their involvement with their children. “We have a lot of new dads,” said Dale Gisborne, the coordinator/facilitator of the Ladysmith Dads’ Drop-In. “They’re finding it’s really connecting with other dads who are doing the same thing with new children,

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Davis Road PAC supports Option C Ross Armour

to North Oyster.” The creation of Option C comes after Associates of École two public meetings Davis Road Elementary that saw a vast crowd (EDR) are pleased that of Davis Road parents a new option has been come out and vent created with regards to their frustrations to school reconfiguration the school board. “Davis Road before in the community. School District 68 didn’t have a chance,” will announce its final said Segreto. “This decision this Thurs- [Option C] keeps day, but prior to then, Ladysmith kids in Ladysmith Extended Ladysmith schools and Consultation Working that’s a plus. It’s the Group has created and best option we’ve seen submitted a third op- so far, and we hope tion C for the board’s SD68 sees it that way as well.” consideration. Principal Doug EngThe working group has been concentrat- lish, who has been ing on the Ladysmith part of the working school’s particularly, group, is also happy and Option C sees Da- but admits he’s revis Road stay open for mained “fairly neutral the foreseeable future. with the whole process “There’s definitely a and wasn’t at the last glimmer of hope now,” working group meeting said Carrie Segreto where the third option from Davis Road’s Par- came about.” “The community is ent Advisory Council (PAC). “There’s more very happy to have anof a positive outlook other option out there,” for families and stu- he said. “There’s redents of École Davis newed hope at the Road now, as we all south end of town, as felt horrible [at the there’s a very strong idea] of having to drive community here — as the chronicle

there is in the whole town.” A press release from Davis Road PAC reads, “Option C keeps the French Immersion program within the Town of Ladysmith and provides room for it to grow ... Option C sees the Grade 7 population remaining in the elementary schools, keeping Ladysmith in alignment with the other schools in SD68 and providing the configuration supported by recent research as having better educational, social and emotional outcomes for students than other models. The longer-term plan presented in Option C, which includes two kindergarten to Grade 7 schools in Ladysmith, one of which would be dual track [French Immersion and English], supports EDR PAC’s stated preference for the K-7 model of elementary education in schools within the optimal size and program range as outlined by SD68.”

Trustees decide this week From Page 1 choose to stay with their friends [and switch to English track] in the Ladysmith schools (Primary or Intermediate) rather than follow French Immersion. The view was that the sensibilities of the French Immersion parents would lend themselves to a more rural zone, but the public feedback says that’s not the case. “I have great affinity for the facilities and people at North Oyster and have envisioned what a renewed school there would look like, but that’s being optimistic. Option C ticks all the boxes for the school board.” Despite outlining the need to work with and enhance the better fa-

cilities in the district, “Council hasn’t SD68 also feels the best changed its position number in terms of stu- since our June resodent enrolment to an lution which called elementary school, in for continuation for order to bring about grades eight to 12 at success in learning, is Ladysmith Secondary between 200 and 400. and asked the school Davis Road, Ladysmith board to work towards Primary and Ladysmith a new K-7 elementary Intermediate all cur- school at the south rently have between end of town, south of 200 and 250 students. Holland Creek, as well Another part of Op- as one in the central/ tion C, one Stone be- north area,” said the lieves to be vital, is mayor. “We’re not supthe retention of a K-7 portive of a single eland 8-12 model for ementary school. Our Ladysmith, despite sustainability docuSD68 favouring a move ment envisions walkfor Grade 7 students to able neighbourhoods Ladysmith Secondary. [with schools].” “The rest of the disSD68 will announce trict is that model and its decision following there’s lots of benefits a public board meeting to it. It’s tried and test- Wednesday, Dec. 18 at ed and it works.” Ladysmith Secondary Hutchins is support- School, starting at 6 ive of that model too. p.m.

Ladysmith Chemainus Chronicle Tuesday, December 17, 2013 5 Option A: Phase 1 - Sept. 2014 • Close Davis Road in June 2014 • Move Davis Road English track K-3 to Ladysmith Primary • Move Davis Road English track 4-6 to Ladysmith Intermediate • Option for Davis Road English track, LPS and LIS students to go to North Oyster • Grades 7 to 12 at Ladysmith Secondary • French Immersion K-7 to North Oyster • North Oyster to be a K-7 school for French Immersion and English track • SD68 to evaluate feasibility of offering late French Immersion at North Oyster • Retain Davis Road site for possible future use • Begin planning process to convert Ladysmith Primary to K-6 schoo Phase 2 - 2015 or 2016 • Close Ladysmith Intermediate • Renovate/expand Ladysmith Primary to accommodate LIS students, creating a 480-student school Long term: Build new K-6 school in Ladysmith

Option B: (which is now being removed from consideration) Phase 1- Sept. 2014

elementary schools) • Grades 8 to 12 at LSS • Move towards transition of English enrollment at Davis Road to LPS/ LIS, beginning September 2014 • Close Ladysmith Intermediate in • Single track French Immersion K-7 June 2014 at Davis Road • Convert LPS to K-6 school • Analyze feasibility of offering late French Immersion at Davis Road • Change Davis Road to a K-6 school • SD 68 to evaluate French Immersion without French Immersion offered at Ladysmith Secondary. • LIS students to attend converted • Explore uses for North Oyster LPS and Davis Road School site • Grades 7-12 at LSS • Begin planning and consultation • Move French Immersion K-7 to process for expansion/renewal of North Oyster Ladysmith Primary to a K-7 and • North Oyster to be a K-7 school for new dual track French Immersion French Immersion and English track school in Ladysmith Phase 2 - 2015 or 2016 Phase 2 - 2014-2017 • Close Davis Road • If deemed viable, begin Late Im• Renovate/expand Ladysmith mersion (Grade 6) at Davis Road Primary to accommodate additional September 2014 or 2015 Davis Road students • Retain LPS/LIS to serve Ladysmith • Retain Davis Road site for future zone K-3/4-7 English stream Option C: • If deemed viable, French Immersion Phase 1 - Sept. 2014 begins at LSS • Close North Oyster in June 2014 • Move North Oyster K-3 to LPS (one- • Monitor enrolment trends at LSS to ensure high school sustainability time option for Cedar elementary Long term: Renovate/expand LPS to schools) renewed K-7 school and build a • Move North Oyster Grades 4-7 to new K-7 dual track French ImmerLIS (one-time option for Cedar sion school in Ladysmith

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“It provides the best long-term view for the Ladysmith zone.” Aaron Stone, Page 1


he new option for school reconfiguration in Ladysmith, unveiled last week by the Ladysmith Extended Consultation Working Group, seems to be the one that takes into account what Ladysmith parents — or at least, the most vocal parents — have said they want the most. Option C — which, most significantly, proposes to close North Oyster Elementary School instead of École Davis Road and proposes to keep Ladysmith Secondary School (LSS) a Grade 8-12 school instead of Grade 7-12 — won’t make everyone happy if it’s adopted by the School District 68 board of education — no option will — but it does address some of the concerns that Ladysmith parents have voiced most loudly — notably, keeping the French Immersion program in Ladysmith, keeping Grade 7 students out of high school and maintaining a sense of community among Ladysmith’s elementary students. This third option comes after two options were presented at two public meetings in late November. Option A and B both see Davis Road closing in the next few years, French Immersion moving to North Oyster, and Grade 7 students moving to LSS. Although this third option won’t make North Oyster parents, who have been passionately and creatively fighting to keep their school open, happy, it is heartening to see that it is a direct response to the feedback the Working Group received at those two public meetings. The group listened to the community members who came to the meetings and tried its best to address their concerns in a way that makes the most sense for the most people. Now, it’s up to school trustees, who will make a decision this Wednesday (Dec. 18) during a public meeting in Ladysmith at 6 p.m. Hopefully they’ve been listening as closely as the Working Group has. —Lindsay Chung

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Calling for improvements to home-based care Our health system was originally designed to deal with the unexpected — an accident or heart attack. That’s why emergency rooms are one of the bedrocks of the system — they are our strategy to deal with trauma. And they are based on the assumption that patients will be healed. People near the end of their lives don’t fit that model or those assumptions. Too often, people with terminal illnesses are rushed to emergency rooms when they face a crisis because there is no other option available. When they need pain management and counselling, all that most health facilities can provide are protocols that demand every attempt be made to save a patient’s life. Families, doctors and patients all want a better system, one focused not just on physical care but also psychological and spiritual care. New Democrats introduced a motion, M-456, in the House of Commons in November to initiate a national program of palliative care. It read: “That, in the opinion of the House, the government should establish a Pan-Canadian Palliative and End-of-life Care Strategy by working with provinces and territories on a flexible, integrated model of palliative care that: (a) takes into account the geographic, regional,

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the committee recommended that the federal government re-establish a palliative care secretariat charged with developing and implementing a national palliative and end-of-life care strategy. The Conservatives cut all funding to the secretariat in 2007 and it folded. By 2036, the number of Canadians dying each year will grow to 425,000. Right now, 70 per cent of Canadian deaths occur at hospitals. While we are lucky in our area to have the Palliative Care Unit at the Nanaimo Hospital, people from Ladysmith and surrounding communities must travel to visit or help care for loved ones there, which can create hardship. That’s why the motion calls for improving the consistency of homebased care, particularly in rural areas and small communities. The closer to family that patients can be, the easier it will be for everyone. If you want to support this motion, go to my website at where there is a petition you can sign. There is a growing consensus among medical professionals, faith communities and average Canadians that we need more palliative care. This motion provides a way forward.

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If FI, or the extended period for re- you have any photos you’d like to share with us, please send them to questing facilities renewal fundWe want to begin by stating that forward to the continuation and ing from the Ministry [of Educa- Oyster each day make little pracwe respect that you have a difficult expansion of the elementary tion], but it is clear from District tical sense. It has also been argued that and challenging decision to make French Immersion program and administration that something will have to give in Ladysmith, the infusion of energy from the regarding the closure of schools. to its extension to Ladysmith Secand this option likely has the families from Ladysmith would We recognize you are faced with ondary School. We ask you to choose a course most realistic chance of success reinvigorate the North Oyster competing demands for limited financial resources, aging infraof action that will support longschool. Not likely. Because the in the long term. There will be critics who say school is in the wrong location — structure, and declining or static term community needs. We ask you to honour your own that it makes no sense to close 40 kilometres of daily driving for enrollment. We acknowledge the North Oyster and keep the aging most Ladysmith families — it be- status quo is not sustainable and established optimal school size and consistent school grade conÉcole Davis Road (EDR) open. comes a commuter school, with that changes must be made. The decisions you will ultimate- figurations across the School DisHowever, closing North Oyster cars lined up to leave at the end day, not the community- ly make will have far reaching trict when making decisions about is necessary because it is in the of the to Subscribe Subscribe wrong to fundamentally location based school environment of the impacts on our community. We schools in Ladysmith. We ask you for the population to serve the elementary schools in Ladysmith. ask that in your deliberations you to maintain a K-7 elementary and 250-245-2277 Having watched this planning respect the values, goals, and vi- 8-12 secondary school grade conLadysmith area. 250-245-2277 Includes process unfold from the begin- sion of our community found in figuration within our community. This outweighs the fact that 20 $ Includes online $ online access ning, I can now say that of the our Town’s Official Community We do not agree with, nor will we years ago, half ofaccess the North Oyster school building was overbuilt and proposals tabled, this one has my Plan and in our Sustainability Vi- support, the establishment of K-6, support. I hope trustees vote sioning Report as represented in 7-12 grade configuration. thus gaining the school a Classifi slightly firmeds our recommendations below. The We ask you to select a course of for Option C on Dec. 18. higher facilities index score. Brian Thom citizens of Ladysmith have made action that will see the continuOnly about 90 of the 300 el-Sell! Ladysmith every effort to create an attrac- ation of a K-7 elementary school ementary children living in the tive, livable, family oriented com- south of Holland Creek and as North Oyster area actually attend munity. We value our schools, not well as a K-7 elementary school that school, with very low future only as centres of education but north of Holland Creek. We do not population projections. This conalso as key neighbourhood cen- agree with, nor will we support, trasts with the approximately 800 tres. We take great pride in pro- the creation of a single large elEditor: elementary school-aged children Editor’s Note: This is a copy of viding our families and children a ementary school to house all our live in the growing Ladysmith Tune the85 per cent of an open letter sent to School Dis- rich variety of amenities. We have elementary school age children. area, withinto about local news while worked hard to ensure our comWe welcome further commustudents living in the EDR area trict 68 trustees you are away! The Ladysmith town council munity is friendly and supportive nity dialogue on this matter and attending that school, and the Subscribe to in the LPS/ has considered the school needs of children. welcome an opportunity to work 390/650 children living Parents of our community with trustees to create the best our of our local families in its review LIS area attending theirCall catchClassifed of the SD68 Facilities Plan. We fought hard for the establishment outcomes for our children, our ment school. 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For fans of famed Canadian tenor Ken Lavigne, this is a good news, bad news kind of story. First the good news. Lavigne is here Friday, Dec. 20 to perform his Home for Christmas concert at Chemainus United Church, where he and his band will perform plenty of holiday standards during two 45-minute sets. “It will be all Christmas songs — classics and secular — interspersed with personal stories,” Lavigne said while driving from his Chemainus home to Victoria to rehearse for the concert. “Everyone will have a great time,” said the personable 40-year-old married dad of three youngsters. Lavigne, who was born and raised in Victoria but has called the Little Town That Did home for the past nine years, said there is just a little more pressure to put on a great show when it’s happening in his own community. “Because it’s your hometown, there’s already a lot of love in the room for you and you want to make sure you wow them as spectacularly as you can — something a little extra special, I guess is what I’m driving at,” he said. “But there is a little bit of pressure because ultimately you are going to be running into [members of the audience] on the streets, in the grocery store, in the bank or in the post office and you don’t want anyone to, sort of, quickly avert their eyes or you don’t want any awkward silences there,” Lavigne laughed. Lavigne is in no way disingenuous when


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Contest closes Tues, Dec 17, 3 pm Tenor Ken Lavigne says that although he loves performing in Chemainus, he feels extra pressure because of the fact it is a hometown audience. PHOTO SUBMITTED he says Chemainus is home — he truly loves the little seaside town, famous for its murals spread throughout the community. “We were living in Victoria after we got married and had our first child, and I was on the road a lot,” recalled Lavigne, one of the original Canadian Tenors. “It turned out my inlaws had a beautiful piece of property with a cottage in Chemainus and they lived right next door, so we rented out the cottage and we fell in love with the place and have been living there ever since.” And, he said, things never become, er, uncomfortable. “I can say — with a straight face — I truly enjoy living next to my in-laws.” Lavigne said the size of his town has a lot to do with the great feeling he gets from living there. “Because it is such a small town, you get to know everyone in the community from the shop owners to the ladies in the bank, the people in the post office and, well, I guess it’s the people you’re surrounded by, the people who know you and they’re interested and we always chit-

chat and, yeah, it’s kind of idyllic and I wouldn’t change that for the world.” In fact, it was in Chemainus where the man who can bring the house down with a single note started to develop what would become holiday staples in his home. “We do a couple of things that have become tradition in our little household, because I think it’s important to strike out on your own with your own family and create your own traditions,” he said. “One of them is we always have to have a [real] tree so after it’s decorated we do something called the Lavigne Family Follies.” That means everyone from grandparents to toddlers has to do something: a skit, a poem or a song. “That’s something we’ve been doing for years and it’s become a tradition just gearing up in the days before Christmas,” Lavigne said. Now the bad news: at the time of this interview last week, Lavigne said the show was sold out. “I heard there were only two tickets left,” he said Tuesday.

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The Ladysmith Arts Council is raising money to install an elevator at the Waterfront Gallery to make it accessible Lindsay Chung

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for $10 each, and holding ongoing art silent auctions. “People are being able to pick up very beautiful art for not very much money,” noted Holmes. The LAC has been working on getting an elevator for the gallery for about a year and a half. Holmes says the project will probably cost $80,000 to $90,000, including all the renovations to the art gallery and studio space that would go along with the installation of the elevator. The arts council recently applied for a BC Creative Spaces grant from the provincial Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. The LAC has already raised about $6,000, and if they get the Creative Spaces grant, Holmes expects they will need $30,000 to $35,000. The LAC, which is 100-per-cent volunteerrun, will find out if it receives the grant at the end of March. “If we get it, I’d like to have everything in place, raring to go and finished by October or November next year,” said Holmes. “But we need the community support.” This year, more than 5,000 people have visited the gallery, and Holmes estimates that of those, 10 per cent

were unable to get up the stairs. “Lots of times, we hear the door open and then shut, and we wonder why,” she said. “Or, the able-bodied person in the pair comes up and asks if we have an elevator and when we say no, they say ‘we can’t come.’ Even our own members can’t come up the stairs to the gallery.” The gallery now accepts Visa, Mastercard and debit, so anyone who wants to support the elevator fund can phone in a donation. People can also donate at 610 Oyster Bay Dr. or mail a cheque, made out to Ladysmith Arts Council, to Box 2370, Ladysmith B.C., V9G 1B8.

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Above, students at Ladysmith Primary School (including Audrey Skarvig at left) present their Christmas play Wednesday, Dec. 11. Below, from left, St. Joseph’s School students Drake (left) and Kyler, Sabrena, Chase and Roseanne perform their Christmas concert Wednesday, Dec. 11 in Chemainus; and at the bottom of the page, members of the École Davis Road choir sing for family members during the school’s Christmas Café Thursday, Dec. 12. Here, Mikayla Minhinnick (far left) smiles during one song, while Lily Martin and Ayano Lynch sing their hearts out.

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2014 COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETINGS: The Town of Ladysmith holds regular Council meetings on the first and third Mondays of each month unless otherwise noted. The meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and take place in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 410 Esplanade, Ladysmith, B.C. The 2014 schedule is as follows: January 6 & 20 Clockwise from top: 13-year-old James Lynes of Nanaimo competes in the doughnut-eating contest during Little Town Christmas; Rotary Club volunteer Richard Nelson takes a moment to say hi to a donkey at Little Town Christmas; 12-year-old Hannah Patrice plays Christmas carols inside Owl’s Nest Bistro on the Christmas Walking Tour; Sherry Barkley and her daughter Chelsey Ferguson welcome people to Vintage Treasures during the Walking Tour; and Santa and Mrs. Claus stroll through town on their way to Waterwheel Park. Lindsay Chung

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June 2 & 16

July 7 & 21

August 18

September 15

October 6 & 20

November 3 & 17

December 1 & 15

Council encourages and welcomes your participation. For meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Town’s website at or call 250.245.6400. Municipal Services Committee (formerly Government Services Committee) meetings take place on the third Monday of the month.

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Chemainus junior girls open basketball season with a loss Ross Armour THE CHRONICLE

Poor shot percentage was the downfall for Chemainus Secondary School this past Wednesday (Dec. 11), as the team began its junior girls’ basketball season with an emphatic defeat to Queen of Angels. The Cougars were defeated 48-17 at home court by their Duncan rivals in a game that emphasized the importance of making shots in the paint. “We need to improve our movement on the court and pass a little better,” said coach Jennie Hittinger. “We need to make more of the shots we took, as well as our shooting percentage was pretty low in this game.” Emily Guest, Chemainus’ best player on the night, did finish the game with nine and over half the team’s points but that wasn’t enough to prevent an eye-opening season-opening loss. Hittinger believes her team was maybe just caught cold. “Unfortunately they’ve started their season off early, and they’ve already had a few tournaments in Vancouver. This is our first game and it’s probably their eighth or ninth,” said the coach. “So a little bit more exposure and a little bit more time on the floor hopefully will be in our benefit.” The game started with Chemainus winning the tip-off, but unfortunately, the good news pretty much ended there for the hosts as they were outfought by the more efficient and industrious visitors. Visiting point guard Mikaila Cardin ran the show, making numerous assists and scoring a variety of baskets whilst talking her team through the game throughout proceedings. The first quarter finished with Queen of Angels leading 8-2, Cardin scoring two of the four baskets, with Guest scoring Chemainus’ only basket in

the first eight minutes. Guest could’ve had the lead halved by the end of the first but missed two resulting free throws after being fouled. Into the second and the scoring picked up. Despite Guest adding a further three points to her total alongside two other baskets for the home team, a scoring blitz from opposition shooting guard Mackenzie Cleaves would take the game away from the hosts. Cleaves scored four baskets in the second, including a trademark jump shot from just inside the three straight off the immediate inbound, after receiving a pass and dribbling forward. It was 27-9 at the half, and Hittinger’s troops had work to do. Queen of Angels were making far more shots from all over the court, and that’s a trend that would continue. The third quarter saw the visitors score seven baskets, two from Cardin, in reply to Chemainus’ three, including one from Guest and a fantastic layup shot buzzer beater from point guard Kayla Carlson. The fourth would be more of a quieter quarter. One basket for Chemainus from Guest alongside another four from Queen of Angels, two from Cleaves, who continued to give a masterclass in jump shot shooting, and 17-48 was the final. Despite a disappointing opening to the season, Hittinger is confident her team can make inroads at the Mid-Island Tournament and provincial qualifier coming up in February. “It’d be nice to mount a challenge at the Mid-Island Tournament. That’s our goal,” she said. Last Monday (Dec. 9), Chemainus’ junior boys’ team had better luck, as they defeated Shawnigan 57-18. Hittinger’s troops don’t play again until the new year.


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PAIVARINTA, Joyce Rowlands Passed away quietly and peacefully in her sleep in NGRH Thursday, December 5, 2013. She is survived by her loving husband Arvo Vaino of 43 years; sisters Gladys Rowlands, Nancy Singer and brother Robert Benell; also nieces Carol Yelland and Brenda Malazdrewich and nephew Ronald Singer and Roland Singer; special friends Martha Boden, Maggie Bannister, Elizabeth Forrester, Helena Paivarinta and Sanni Nivilla. Joyce was a member of The Sons of Norway and the Welsh Society of Nanaimo. Services will be held Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2 p.m. in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Nanaimo, BC. Reverend Fischer ofďŹ ciating. In lieu of owers donations to the Heart & Stroke and Lung Societies, or the Sons of Norway Foundation, or the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Condolences may be offered at Telford’s of Nanaimo 250-591-6644

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Help Wanted LADYSMITH PRESS needs physically fit individuals for their continually expanding collating department. Part time positions available 8 - 16 hrs/wk, $10.34/hr. Afternoon and graveyard shifts - must be available Tuesdays or Wednesdays or both. Benefits, profit sharing and advancement opportunities. Please submit your resume between 9 am and 5 pm in person to: Ladysmith Press, 940 Oyster Bay Drive, Ladysmith, BC or mail to: Ladysmith Press, PO Box 400, Ladysmith, BC V9G 1A3. No phone calls please. We would like to thank in advance all who apply, however only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

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TRADES, TECHNICAL HD MECHANIC. Noble Tractor & Equip. is seeking a Journeyman or 4th year apprentice Service Technician for our Armstrong location. A self-starter with Ag tech background is desired. Interested candidates send resume to:, or mail: Noble Tractor & Equip, 4193 Noble Rd, Armstrong, BC V0E 1B4, fax: 250-546-3165

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Ladysmith: #41-100 Gifford Rd. 2 bdrm, 2 bath level entry ocean view condo. $1100/mo. Avail Dec. 1. Ladysmith: #7-100 Gifford Rd. 2 bdrm, 2 bath lower level ocean view condo. $975/mo. Avail Dec. 1. Ladysmith: #7-941 Malone Rd. 3 bdrm, 3 bath comfortable condo. $950/mo. Avail Dec. 1. Saltair: 11145 Chemainus Rd. 3 bdrm, 2 bath ocean front home. $1500/mo. Avail Dec. 15. Ladysmith: 4275 Shell Beach Rd. 2 bdrm, 1 bath bright level entry bsmt suite. $900/mo. Avail now.

APPLIANCES APT. SIZE deep freeze $125. Medium size up right deep freeze $150. White 17cu ft fridge, $200. White 30� range $175. 30� almond range $125. White 30� propane stove $150. Apt size front load washer, dryer, $300. Kenmore Washer dryer sets $200-$350. Washers $150-$250. Dryers $100-$150. Built-in dishwashers $100-$150. White portable dishwasher $100. 6 month warranty on all appliances. Please call Greg at (250)2469859.

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LADYSMITH HANDYMAN Special. 3bdrms up, lrg LR, double garage, lrg storage. Ocean & city view. 1bdrm suite down. Owner will carry mortgage. $1200 month; or rent for $1,800 month. (250)753-0160.

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CHRIS CRAFT Engines For Sale. 2 Chris Craft 350 cid gasoline engines. Matched pair left hand and right hand rotation. Circa 1965, rebuilt in mid 1980’s and kept in storage ever since. Bore: 030 Mains: 010 Rods: 010 Bore: 030 Mains: 020 Rods: 020. Asking: $1600 for the pair (obo). Contact: (250)245-3004


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CO-ED BADMINTON - for adults and youth held Tuesdays at North Cedar Intermediate gym. Fun for all levels Equipment supplied. 7:00 - 8:30. $2 drop in fee. Phone Karen 250 722 2414 ext 249

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• Did you know many fortunate. For informaLadysmith stores tion, call 250-246-2201. are staying open late • The Royal Canadian Friday nights in De- Legion Branch 191 in cember to help you Chemainus is hosting finish your holiday a Christmas Day dinshopping? Following ner. This is a free event up on the festive feel- for all, and it starts at ings of Light Up and noon. The Legion will Old Tyme Christmas, a also be open for leftnumber of downtown overs and homemade merchants are staying soup on Boxing Day, open to 8 p.m. for your which will also be free. convenience. Take a • The Ladysmith Restroll under the lights sources Centre Asand cross some name sociation’s 2014 Day off your Christmas Planners have arrived! shopping list while At only $5 each, these supporting local busi- make great stockness owners. ing stuffers. They are • The Ladysmith available all around Downtown Business Ladysmith, includAssociation (LDBA) ing at the Chamber of is calling for nomina- Commerce office, Salations for directors. mander Books, 49th Two-year terms for Parallel Grocery and Jack Tieleman, Lesley Coronation Mall. Parent, Brian Van Ack- • Congratulations to er, Tammy Leslie and Cassidy’s Steve Smith, Teresa McKinley are a finalist for the Pinkexpiring, while there bike Male Gravity Racis also a one-year term er of the Year award! open. Please contact The 2013 race season Kim Judson at 250-245- saw Steve Smith’s 6390 or KJudson@ldcu. steady rise to the upca if you want to join per ranks of downhill the executive team. mountain bike racing • Coastal Commu- culminate with him taknity Credit Union in ing the overall World Chemainus is collect- Cup title. He stood on ing warm clothes, gifts the podium at the first and food for those less three World Cups of

The Ladysmith Seniors Centre Society wish to thank the following contributors for their donations to our fundraising raffle. • Ladysmith Credit Union • Lonsdale Funeral Group • Coast Realty • Anonymous • Dr. Holly Blaikie • Rexall Drugs • Island Savings • Pharmasave • High Street Hair • Smile & Style Family Hair Salon • Chopstix Salon • Canada Safeway • Ladysmith Dollar Store • Old Town Bakery

Your support was greatly appreciated

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Erik Veistrup (left), president of the Chemainus Valley Historical Society, receives a cheque for $250 from Melody Smythies, Peter Matthews and Brad Grigor from the Chemainus and District Chamber of Commerce. The funds come from the 50/50 draw at the Golden Brush Awards and go towards the museum’s building fund. LINDSAY CHUNG the season and then swept the final three races of the year to emerge victorious after a heated battle with Gee Atherton. Smith also took wins in his

home country, taking the Canadian National Championships, the Crankworx Canadian Open, and the Crankworx Air DH. “At only 24 years of age, Smith

has amassed an incredible list of results, and we expect even more of the same in the coming years from the good-natured shredder,” states Pinkbike.

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Welcome to the driver’s seat

Driving can be challenging no matter where you live in the province at this time of the year. Bob McHugh

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Winter Weather: Planning to arrive alive



Top ten winter road trip tips: 1. A full night’s sleep ahead of a long drive is important. 2. It’s also a good idea to let a friend know when you’re leaving and the time you expect to arrive. 3. Fill the windshield washer bottle with seasonal cleaner and carry an extra container in the trunk. 4. Don’t forget to bring sunglasses – glare from snow can be hard on the eyes. 5. Wear (warm) clothes that allow good movement to steer and operate the foot pedals. 6. Bring water plus non-perishable food supplies on longer trips. 7. An emergency (first aid) kit. 8. Check the weather forecast, road conditions and for road closures on your route before heading out on a long trip. 9. Good winter tires are mandatory on most high-elevation BC highway routes during the winter. 10. If you must drive in bad weather, it’s a good idea to refuel when the tank drops below half full. If the car breaks down or gets stuck in the snow, having engine heat until help arrives could be important. Useful winter driving web sites:,

When to install winter tires? 100% performance level

flake symbol on the sidewall Winter weather has already to indicate that it meets a touched most parts of BC specific winter tire industry and there is a threat of performance test. A series more severe snowstorms in of tragic accidents that the coming days. involved vehicles equipped Driving can be challenging with all-season tires, mainly no matter where you live on the Sea-to-Sky Highway in in the province at this What makes a BC, played a significant role time of the year. The heavy BC winter road trip in the adaptation of this tire rain, fog, wind or slushy uniquely challenging designation. snow that’s common in The traction qualities of a coastal areas can present (and interesting) is winter tire will deteriorate an unpredictable and more as it wears and loses tread dangerous driving situation that it’s possible to experience all (or depth. As a general rule, than sub-zero, crunchy a half-worn winter tire hard-packed snow. Then most) of the above performs at about the same there’s the biggest driving conditions, in a same- level as a good all-season challenge of them all – ice tire in cold, slippery condiin its various road surface day drive. tions. A half worn all-season incarnations. Bob McHugh tire will perform about the What makes a BC winter same as a good summer tire. road trip uniquely challengAnd a half-worn summer tire… well, let’s ing (and interesting) is that it’s possible not go there! to experience all (or most) of the above When road traction conditions are poor, conditions, in a same-day drive. try to avoid asking tires to do more than Even if daytime temperatures are mild, one job at a time – specifically, don’t overnight temperatures typically drop steer and brake at the same time. Start close to or below the freezing mark on a braking sooner and try to get all braking regular basis. done while the vehicle is in a straight line, Your car’s tires are what keep you on the in advance of a turn. Steady and smooth road and out of the ditch. Before you set steering actions work best and use a out today, be it to work or to pay a visit gentle push on the gas pedal as you exit to friends or family across the province, the turn. please check your tires. According to ICBC, about one-in-25 Below seven degrees Celsius, the rubber crashes in BC are caused by wildlife colcompound used in a winter tire (or lisions. Although they tend to be more all-weather tire) remains softer and active in spring and fall, they can be offers better traction qualities than attracted by roadside vegetation and an all-season or summer tire. you need to be extra watchful for A winter or all-weather tire is wildlife during the dusk and dawn. marked with a mountain/snow-







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From all the gang at the 49th!


2013 - Remaining 9 Days of our 12 Days of Christmas Sale These one day only specials are while stock lasts TUESDAY DECEMBER 17


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348 ml tin. Limit 4 total


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