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Mayors applaud multi-city deal NIC gets BUSINESS: | Inter-community business licences designed to cut red tape for people working in more than one city. JOHN HARDING

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Business leaders and politicians say they have eliminated some red tape for local entrepreneurs with the launch of the MidIsland Inter-Community Business Licence. Starting Jan. 1, businesses can purchase a licence that allows them to legally operate in 12 communities from Duncan to Campbell River. “Up until now, there has been a lot of red tape for businesses,” Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell said during a news conference at a construction site Thursday in her constituency. “This is a helping hand for them.” Contractors and others who find themselves doing work in, say, Parksville one day and Comox or Port Alberni the next, can now purchase a business licence in their home community and add this new licence for a fee. To comply with the current bylaws of most communities, businesses must have a licence to operate in each separate community. The price of this supplementary licence has not been released. “Initiatives like this allow businesses to grow,” said Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business Naomi Yamamoto, a small business owner herself for 20 years. “These businesses can now continue to grow our economy and fill jobs instead of filling out paperwork.” Rob McGorman, the owner of Bayshore Construction in Parksville, took to the podium to explain what the changes mean for his business. “We have projects scattered throughout Central Vancouver Island so we are thrilled about (the new licence),” said McGorman. “It will save

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Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell, front left, and Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business Naomi Yamamoto, front right, lead a group of municipal politicians who ceremoniously tore up old business licences on Thursday in Parksville. They gathered to announce the launch of a Mid-Island Inter-community Business Licence.

us time and money and resources to do any support the future success enforcement related to of our business.” non-complying businesses. There are a few wrinkles, There were also concerns questions without raised by individual current answers from the communities about losing politicians businessand licence business revenue leaders from gathered the new Thursday, program, regarding money that the new many com– Naomi Yamamoto munities licences. There roll over to are no chambers of requirements, for example, commerce to run tourist for the many small information booths and businesses of regional other programs. district communities like Kim Burden, the Errington or Coombs executive director of the to purchase any kind of Parksville and District business licence. Chamber of Commerce There were other and one of the leading concerns raised by town figures in the push to get and city politicians and municipalities to back others about how cashthis new licence, said strapped municipalities Thursday data from other would find the staff and places in the province (the

‘Initiatives like this allow businesses to grow.’

Okanagan, for example) that have this type of mobile licence shows towns and cities don’t lose revenue. Burden tried to paint a picture of how this would help businesses in the Parksville- Qualicum Beach area “We are within spitting distance of four or five communities that all have business licences,” said Burden. “It’s great for our members to move freely between those jurisdictions without having to go through the process of getting a business licence in every jurisdiction they work in. And it brings other businesses into our jurisdiction that might not normally come here, to perhaps fill a void. And it opens up that cooperation between municipalities.” Port Alberni Mayor John

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Douglas said he agreed with that bigger-picture view. “I think it makes a lot of sense and will promote economic growth in the entire region,” said Douglas. “We can’t be insular. I believe in shopping local but I also believe in being competitive. It’s sort of like tourism — we shouldn’t fight each other to get tourists just to one town. We want them (tourists) all on Vancouver Island and share them.” The 12 participating municipalities in the Mid-Island program are: Campbell River, Comox, Courtenay, Cumberland, Duncan, Lake Cowichan, Ladysmith, Nanaimo, North Cowichan, Parksville, Port Alberni, and Qualicum Beach. They have all adopted a common bylaw.

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North Island College has a new regional director in Port Alberni following the departure of Tom Weegar. Andrea Baluchi of Edmonton, Alberta will join the North Island College (NIC) staff on Jan. 6, 2014. She has been serving as manager of science and technology at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton. The announcement was made to staff last week, NIC communications spokesperson Beth Turner said. Before joining the science and technology department as manager, Baluchi looked after NAIT’s School of Sustainable Building and Environmental Management. Baluchi has a Master of Environmental Design from the University of Calgary. Besides taking numerous doctoral level studies, she has taken professional development courses in leadership, Aboriginal awareness and change management. She has also worked for the New York Institute of Technology in the United Arab Emirates and various other positions in the United States and Canada. “Her diverse experience, passion for effective and ethical leadership and commitment to lifelong learning will serve us well in the coming years,” Jan Carrie, vice-president of education at NIC said in a statement to staff. Weegar left NIC on Nov. 3 to take a position as president and CEO of Cumberland College, based in Nipawin, Saskatchewan. He was principal, and later regional director for Port Alberni, Alberni-Clayoquot Region for almost nine years before taking the promotion. editor@albernivalleynews.com

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Survey’s next step crucial The Top 10 to tackle list WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON

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ocal business owners are cautiously optimistic about the city-chamber of commerce business retention survey. The survey results were unveiled on Dec. 2. The initiative was carried out by a tripartite group including the city, the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce and Community Futures. Approximately 175 out of 721 licensed businesses were canvassed over six months as part of the $12,000 initiative. Among the findings was attitudes within the community top the list of barriers to business growth in the Alberni Valley. Getting a second highway into town topped the list of needs. The survey and top 10 list of things to tackle were to be distributed to the business community for feedback. The survey results takes stock of what the city has and what is needed, and it represents a starting point, Uptown Merchants’ Association spokesperson Gary Robertson said. “It’s nice to have a plan but unless you’re doing something at the street level then it doesn’t matter in the end,” he said. “This is the study

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Beautification of the Johnston Road corridor should be a priority because of the number of tourists that funnel through there, Aaron Vissia said.

before the plan.” may have different Surveyors left no ideas about what is stone unturned, a priority than North Robertson said. Port merchants. Prioritizing how to “Each org-anization tackle the is going top 10 list to have is going to to decide take some what the stickpriorities handling. are to “Each them,” issue is Robertson going to said. “And take a people different have to group of work with – Aaron Vissia the city people to tackle and not it,” he scream at said. “As long as the them, then things get city under-stands that done.” it’s going to have to Business incentives work with everyone are fine, but the city to address all those needs to be equitable issues.” in offering business A potential chokeincentives, said Aaron point could be the Vissia, who owns a jockeying for what financial business exactly takes priority. on Johnston Road in Uptown merchants North Port.

‘It seems a shame that one needs to form a lobby group to get any action.’

“Of late, the city has chosen to direct its business retention and development efforts almost exclusively to the ‘Uptown’ area,” Vissia said. “This singular focus undermines the historical effort to create one strong city rather than two distinct areas.” Fixing the Johnston Road corridor, where millions of tourists

funnel through, should be a priority. Overgrown trees are lifting sidewalks and have become a serious tripping hazard and landscaping is littered and neglected, he said. “If efforts are not made to make it attractive why would anyone want to venture any further?” Vissia said. “Millions travel this route each year and I believe that enhancements on lower Johnston Road have just as much value as those on upper Third Avenue, yet communication continues to fall on deaf ears.” Vissia was encouraged to start a Johnston Road merchant group that could raise issues with the city in solidarity. But that may just muddy the waters. “It seems a shame that one needs to form a lobby group to get any action. Frankly, two groups with opposing voices will only create more issues and even less will get done,” he said.

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The Business Retention and Expansion Survey listed a ‘Top 10 To Tackle List’

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Attitudes

Listed by merchants as potentially the most significant obstacle to growth.

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Beautification

Beautify from the entrance of the community and throughout.

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Business succession

Business owners are older and near the end of their careers yet have no succession plan.

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Business training

Electronic media and customer service training to attract and retain customers.

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Employee attraction

Local professional services have identified employee recruitment as a problem.

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Harbour and Victoria Quay improvements Parking,

retail, event offerings, aesthetics, better signage and consistent hours of operation.

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Community marketing and promotion Leaders

identified to improve Port Alberni’s brand. The leader would make the community look good, and tell the world how great Port Alberni is.

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North Port/ South Port

Merchants want all areas of town to be given equal consideration.

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Second highway

A second entrance in and out of town is viewed as ideal to helping all aspects of the community.

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The Alberni Valley Bulldogs will be fresh as daisies after New Year’s. A little turkey to work off but nothing a Kevin Willison ‘special workout’ or two won’t fix. The team’s first home game of 2014 is on Saturday, Jan. 4 against the Prince George Spruce Kings. Game time is at 7 p.m.

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Check out the last Winter Wonderland sessions on Boxing Day. The events are at the AV Multiplex. There is an afternoon skate from 12-2 p.m. and there is another session in the evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Lace ‘em up and get out there.

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Did you know that The Travelers are back for another fundraiser concert for the Community Arts Council? The event is on Jan. 18, 2014 at the Capitol Theatre. Start time is 1:30 p.m. Paul Kurucz and his daughters present “A Splash of Tartan, A Tribute to Robbie Burns”.Tickets are $10 and are available At Rollin Art Centre and Happy Soles.

The New Groovement is going to rock the roof off of The Rainbow Room on New Year’s Eve. The 11-piece funk band features a pair of Alberni Valley-raised musicians as well. Advance tix available at Rainbow Lanes for $30 each. Doors open at 8 p.m. Party favours and a midnight snack included. For info on Rainbow Room events: www.rainbowroom.ca.

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Slippery roads force snow day in Valley WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

Slippery road conditions in the Alberni Valley prompted school closures across School District 70 on Friday, superintendent Cam Pinkerton said. A notice informing residents that schools were closed was posted to the school district’s website just after 6:30 a.m. And callers to the SD 70 board office were greeted with the message “All School District 70 schools are closed due to road conditions.” The district follows a protocol during adverse weather conditions, Pinkerton said. The district’s transportation captain as well as secretary treasurer Lindsay Cheetham surveyed road conditions in Beaver Creek, Sproat Lake and Cherry Creek at 5:30 a.m. and found them to be slippery. “Conditions improved later on but we had to make a decision and get notification out then,” Pinkerton said. According to Environment Canada, the Alberni Valley was

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The walkway connecting Clutesi Haven Marina and Victoria Quay is slick with slushy snow after a few centimetres fell on the Alberni Valley overnight Thursday and into Friday morning.

blanketed with a light snowfall on Thursday night. Temperatures hovered around zero and there was a freezing drizzle Friday morning. Safety of children and bus drivers are the primary factors in calling

for a school closure because of weather. “The buses may look big with big tires but we’ve had a few slide on the road already,” Pinkerton said. “I’d rather be having a conversation about why we closed a school

than for something to happen and be having a conversation about why we didn’t.” The snowfall kept road maintenance crews busy across the Alberni Valley. The city kept two brine trucks and three staff

going on Thursday in advance of the snowfall. Additional equipment was added on Friday, streets superintendent Randy Fraser said. “The type of snow we had really helped, really small flakes. The roads were slushy this

morning but that was it.” Fraser reminded residents that in the event of a heavy snowfall the city’s priorities are to keep bus routes, and main arterial roads such as Stamp Avenue, Redford Street, Argyle Street, Gertrude Street and Third Avenue plowed. Road conditions in Alberni’s rural areas were slippery on Friday morning, said Craig Peterson, road foreman for Emcon Services Inc. Emcon is contracted by the Ministry of Transportation to provide maintenance along highways and main roads in the Alberni Clayoquot Regional District. “Sproat Lake got about three centimetres of snow and there was about fourto-six centimetres of snow out at the end of Beaver Creek,” Peterson said. Emcon had five trucks and one grader working through the night. When there is a big snow Emcon’s priorities are highways followed by bus routes then rural roads if they can get to them, he said. reporter@albernivalleynews.com Twitter.com/AlberniNews

Rothgordt trial wraps up WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

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s the countdown to the end of the year is gradually approaching, we prepare to celebrate it and reminisce. For some, the farewell to the 12 months bring memories of old traditions that were celebrated with families and friends. These memories take them back to a different era, of younger days with different people, locations and, maybe on different lands. Many of our seniors grew up with their typical traditions on the Prairie farms, the coastal mountains or maritime locations of this vast country, while others, perhaps, came from far away lands to fulfill their dreams and begin a new life. Canada has been described as the land of multipluralism and ethnicity where people from all part of the globe have come to live and prosper here. With their arrival, they have also brought their customs and experiences to enrich the Canadian mosaic. We see the variety of traditions when we celebrate festivities such as Christmas and New Year. Some examples of the ways some celebrate or celebrated the end of the year, which might have begun many generations ago with our ancestors, are: “... the belief that people should eat seven, nine, or 12 times on New Year’s Eve”. “To tell the fortunes

part of their lives. Two residents of Echo Village, Betty Vandermolen and Ruth Brohmann, share some of their memories on the year’s end celebrations.

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of the New Year by melting “tin” (actually lead) in a tiny pan on the stove and throwing it quickly in a bucket of cold water”. “When midnight arrives, the families count down and then they turn off all the lights and reopen their eyes to ‘enter the year with a new light’”. “Neighbours meet at their nearest large bonfire, while watching the midnight fireworks”. “It is traditional to eat 12 grapes, one on each chime of the clock”. “New Year’s Eve (as well as New Year’s Day) is a public holiday, and is one of the biggest holidays of the year”. “Traditionally, most households in Spanish speaking countries host or attend a midnight feast called the Media Noche”. Seniors homes in the Valley are rich of memories of events and people from seniors who often reminisce on old traditions that were

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As a child, Betty grew up in Holland. She remembers New Year’s Eve as a time to celebrate either at their home or at the neighbour’s home. Neighbours and friends would be invited. They would dance and sing all evening with lots of food to eat and yes, drink as well. The small children would be sent to bed early in the evening. The older children were allowed to stay up with the adults until midnight to welcome in the New Year. At midnight, Oliebollen were served—a traditional Dutch New Year’s Eve treat. Betty remembers this

being the job of the men—to prepare the dough early in the evening and make the Oliebollen close to midnight. There are many Oliebollen recipes with slight variations. Betty is not sure what has happened to her family’s recipe over the years, but here is a typical one to share. Dutch Oliebollen 4 cups all-purpose flour 2 ¼ cups whole milk 1 tsp. salt 3 tbsp. active dry yeast 2 tbsp. warm water OR milk 2 tbsp. finely grated lemon peel ½ cup raisins ½ cup currants ¼ cup combined crystallized ginger, lemon peel and orange peel 5 tart apples, peeled, cored and diced 8 cups sunflower cooking oil 2 cups icing sugar

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Ruth Brohmann recalls plenty of family fun on New Year’s Eve.

water OR milk and then let it stand for about 5 minutes. Add the yeast to the flour mixture and place the dough in a warm place, to rise for about 1 ½ hours. After it has risen, punch the dough down and add the grated lemon peel and the raisins, currants, peel and diced apples.

Heat the oil to about 375’F and, using 2 tablespoons which you have dipped in the hot oil, pull a ball of dough from the batter and dip it in the oil until golden brown. Allow the Oliebollen to rest on some paper towels for a few minutes, then place on an attractive serving tray and garnish liberally with icing sugar. Yields 30

Ruth Brohmann Ruth remembers when she was a young wife and mother, they would invite friends and family to their home for a New Year’s Eve dinner. Ruth made most of the dinner, but says that her husband was a great help as well. About 14 people including the children

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would sit down at 5 p.m. for a delicious meal. There was always lots of talking and laughter around the table. Once the meal was complete, everything was cleared away and they would play games until midnight when a resounding “Happy New Year” would ring out! Soon everyone would say goodnight and go home to bed. Ruth remembers New Year’s Eve always being lots of fun. (A special thanks to Mitzie Colyn for the residents’ interviews— Orlando)

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Look on bright side for 2014 Union shift is the big story for 2013 The business survey released in early December shows the biggest problem we have here in Port Alberni is our attitude. It’s less than stellar. In fact, we have a bad attitude when it comes to business in our city. As 2013 draws to a close, and we start a brand new year, we have a chance to fix that. Call it a clean slate, a turning of the page, looking at the glass half full as opposed to half empty, whatever handy cliché: we have the capability of changing our attitude. We could look at the stores that closed in 2013, such as Zellers, or storefronts that are still empty, or those businesses that left one zone in favour of another. Or we could look at the Port Albernibased Coulson company that purchased the Zellers building and is revitalizing it, PY Marine and Alberni Engineering that were bought out and saved from closing, new clothing stores that opened, Sears increasing in size and uptown businesses galvanizing to bring change to their neighbourhood. The city has worked positively for business with new bylaws covering building standards and revitalization in the South Port core. Not huge leaps, but steps forward nonetheless. The Port Alberni Port Authority has been looking overseas for investors and has big plans for a trans-shipment hub and LNG plant at the mouth of the Alberni Inlet. Whether one agrees with the plans or not, the fact remains that people are interested in investing in our community. And that bodes positively for our economic future. — Alberni Valley News

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ICTORIA – One of Canada’s great entrepreneurial success stories in recent years is WestJet, the Calgary-based airline that is expanding across the country and taking on European routes. Clive Beddoe, the founding CEO of Westjet, was famous for helping the cabin crew tidy up the plane before getting off a flight. And the company is also known for its profitsharing program, with all employees referred to as “owners” who have a stake in the success of the operation. I thought of this management approach when news emerged that the B.C. government was offering public service unions a new kind of contract, with a five-year term and wage increases tied to improved economic growth. The surprising thing is

that unions are accepting what happens when public the idea, even though sector unions back the provincial growth must losing party in a provincial exceed the government’s election,” he said. “Union independent economic bargaining power takes a forecast council trip down the pooper.” projections before it can I think there’s more than take effect in a given year. that going on. Perhaps The generally nontoday’s union leadership militant Health Sciences is beginning to accept Association was the first that its wage, benefit and to recommend acceptance pension arrangements of a five-year look pretty agreement good ‘I think with only 5.5 compared that’s a great to the harsh per cent raises guaranteed. of principle for reality Then they private were joined all of us to businesses by negotiators competing work from.’ in a global for 51,000 health and economy. – Christy Clark social services I asked employees, Premier represented Christy Clark by the B.C. Government if this new approach is Employees’ Union and inspired by private-sector other unions that have profit sharing. She agreed long been adversaries of that is the model. the B.C. Liberals. “I think that’s a great John Fryer, negotiator principle for all of us to for the BCGEU going back work from,” Clark said. to the epic battles with “Until now, the growth Social Credit governments of public sector wages has and now a professor at been completely insulated University of Victoria, from changes in the wasn’t impressed when he private sector. heard the news. “And this is the first time “These deals reflect we’ve ever been able to

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successfully link those two things. “At this point it’s still a small increment wage growth, but it’s a big change, and I hope we can continue to build on it.” From an employee perspective, it is indeed modest. If real gross domestic product increases one per cent beyond the independent forecast used in the provincial budget, employees get an additional half of one per cent raise for that year. Contrast this labour relations development with what’s happening on the federal scene. A classic confrontation is brewing between the Harper government and the Public Service Alliance of Canada. A key dispute is over sick days, which the government estimates are averaging 18 a year. PSAC currently has 15 “bankable” sick days a year, which the union president refers to as a “negotiated right.” It takes me back to my first union job.

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City cuts come first To the Editor,

Re: City hall playing homeowners for tax hike, Letters, Dec. 5. A big “Well said” to letter writer Peter Finch. I’m wondering why, despite Port Alberni comprising a slow-growth jurisdiction in a no-real-growth ‘new normal’ economy, our taxes keep rising. Shouldn’t city council instead be looking at ways to cut services, staffing, pensions and benefits, to reflect this? Not to mention the city’s enormous fleet of vehicles, doing all kinds of wonderful, essential services like grading already fine

back alleys, cutting residents’ hedges, re-surfacing perfectly good playgrounds, and installing more unnecessary benches. Instead of trying to shift the tax burden from their paymaster Catalyst, perhaps council should try to remember that we don’t live in the 1970s anymore and that a tax reduction is in order to reflect economic reality. Where are the costreducing efforts? I look forward to seeing a slate of candidates prepared to go to bat for tax cuts this time.

Chris Fulker, Port Alberni

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I was warned never to take just one sick day. We negotiated for two at a time, so always take two, the union rep told me. Implicit in this is the mindset that employees should give as little and take as much as possible. Looking through my files each December for the B.C. story of

the year, I consider what is likely to matter five or 10 years from now. This partnership approach to building the provincial economy is my pick for 2013. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @tomfletcherbc

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exude no matter what the scoreboard is, no matter what the record”.

To the Editor,

I take issue with comments made by Parksville-Qualicum MLA, Michelle Stillwell in No ferry closures, Dec. 12 at www. pqbnews.com. Ms. Stillwell states: “First, I want to assure everyone that there are no plans to close either the Departure Bay or Duke Point ferry terminals”. These words are meaningless. There are no plans not to close these terminals either because the Liberals have no long-term plan in place for our ferry system. Since the government semi-privatized the Crown corporation, the public interest has taken a back seat to a corporate model of high corporate pay structures and an obscene bonus system. Even though the bonuses, allowed by the Liberals, are incorporated directly into the even higher corporate pay structures, the public is still paying via ever increasing fares. Ms. Stillwell states that the “Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure along with BC Ferries will look to keep ferries affordable, efficient and sustainable”. This statement is absurd. The reality is that the price point for ridership has been exceeded, ridership has dropped, and the debt has ballooned. BC Ferries is our marine highway, not a luxury. Any credible long-term plan

Bob Cole, Port Alberni

(Editor’s note: Bob Cole is the fundraising chair for the Port Alberni Junior Hockey Society, which owns the Bulldogs).

Food banks need help year round To the Editor,

would recognize the fact and ensure that critical decisions are informed by economic and social impact studies.

Scott Fraser, MLA, Alberni-Pacific Rim

‘Thick or thin, we are in’, say Bulldogs To the Editor,

It was great to see the turnout to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ last home game before Christmas. And it was even better to see and hear of the tonne and a half of non-perishable food donated by the community. Unofficially, our local fans may have exceeded all the other B.C. Hockey League teams in the quantity and quality of food donated to the Bread of Life.

Despite a rollercoaster performance where our boys can amaze or dismay us on any given night, the effort on and off the ice by this community-owned team is a testament to the tenacity of our community. Thick or thin, we are in. So paraphrasing what a New York Giants player said in their less than stellar NFL season: “every time you put on the uniform and equipment and go out there, you represent the people that played before you. You represent the people who are going to play after you. You represent the community that has always supported you. So you need to understand that this organization is built around pride and character—and that’s what you want to

Please don’t donate to food banks only during the holiday season, but continue until at least the end of February or even May 2014. That’s when recipients of government financial assistance (working families with children, seniors, and the disabled) are most likely to suffer food shortages. Citizens on government assistance received their December 2013 cheques on the 18th but any grocery funds left over from paying rent etc. must stretch for five rather than four weeks between cheques because the next one isn’t until Jan. 22, 2014. It’s difficult enough to make ends meet for four weeks, let alone five, so it’s a long five weeks ‘till Jan. 22, again ‘till Feb. 26, and then repeated from April 23 to May 28. I doubt the powers-that-be who legislated this payment schedule would ever allow themselves to go five weeks between pay periods.

Liz Stonard, Port Alberni

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sunami warning equipment slated for China Creek Marina Campground is hemmed up in bureaucratic red tape. Alberni Clayoquot Regional District directors referred the request for the system to their Alberni committee. The committee in turn is going to take the matter up with the Port Alberni Port Authority, who have thus far not been receptive to the idea. The port authority has jurisdiction over the marina campground and has its own tsunami warning system installed there. But the area is in the ACRD’s jurisdiction too. Earlier this year, the City of Port Alberni’s offer of enough equipment to assemble a five-stack warning station at China Creek.

The city will monitor the new station as it does the city-owned stations and perform weekly and monthly testing. The new station will be activated at the same time as city stations, and under the same ACRD command and control. A new replacement would cost $25,000. Maintaining a refurbished system would cost $1,000 per year. The port authority tsunami system isn’t connected to the city’s tsunami warning system and may not be triggered at the same time as the city’s. The equipment became available after the city recently replaced two of its four 20-year-old systems. There are enough parts left to build a five-speaker system. Though smaller than the standard ninespeaker system, it would effectively serve a smaller area. reporter@albernivalleynews.com

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Port Alberni Fire Chief Tim Pley displays the tsunami system that is waiting to be installed at the China Creek Marina Campground. Instead, the equipment will remain stored as talks continue.

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Honda’s contemporary on a dying breed 2014 Honda Accord Coupe V6 It’s fascinating to watch trends in the auto industry play out over time. Some changes happen quickly, with one manufacturer coming out with a feature, then the rest of the industry following suit. Backup cameras would be a good example of this. Other trends are much slower, changing because of demographic fluctuations. One example of a slow-moving trend is the two-door coupe falling out of favour and its replacement by sedans and crossovers. This trend is greatly affected by baby boomers getting older and buying more for practical reason, rather than styling. In the 1980s, and even the beginning of the 90s, there were plenty of coupes to choose from and they sold well. But where are the Honda Prelude, Toyota Celica, Pontiac Sunfire and Ford Probe coupes? Now gone and many not replaced with newer models. I’m thrilled to report that there are a few coupes still available and one that is worthy of consideration is this new 2014 Honda Accord Coupe V6. Looks The Accord Coupe is based on the all-new Accord sedan that has been selling very well for Honda. In fact, it won the Canadian Car of the Year this year as decided by the Automobile Journalist Association of Canada. Honda has done a good job of updating this big coupe with a more modern twist. Sold in three configurations from the base EX to the EX-L Navi (L stand for leather and navi is self-explanatory),

which are both 4-cylinder way the radio stores and equipped models. The top retrieves pre-set radio trim is the EX-L Navi with stations. It took a long V6. This top trim level is the time to set the stereo model seen here: it comes up and having to go with LED projector headback and forth between lamps, 18-inch wheels and different screens is not duel chrome exhaust tips. If you like the idea that intuitive. The rest of The 4-cylinder equipped the dash is large, with big models come with halogen of a smart looking car cup holder and plenty of headlamps and 17-inch storage areas. that is well equipped alloy wheels. The coupe The steering wheel and powerful, you starts at $26,400, a $2,500 buttons and heat controls premium over the regular might want to move on on the dash use first rate an Accord Coupe. sedan but when the switches and they are sedan is equipped with placed with precision. Zack Spencer alloy wheels, the price is Drive Another trend almost identical. The EX-L that Honda is bucking, with this Accord is $30,100 for the leather and navi and Coupe, is the inclusion of a 6-speed the V6 premium is $35,500. Not an manual transmission and V6 engine. The inexpensive car but most are very well latest movement is to turbo or superequipped. charged 4-cylinder engines to replace V6

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Inside It’s a big and comfortable coupe. The back seat is actually usable for adults and the front seats are very comfortable. The trunk is huge and the back seat folds for extra long items but the seats do not split and fold, plus the opening to the back seat is small. Standard feature on all Accord models is a backup camera and heated seats. Honda, in my opinion, has raised the bar in the mid-sized category and produced the nicest dash I have seen in this class. There are two screens in the centre console, one for the navigation unit and the other for the radio. They are framed in beautiful, high quality satin metal, chrome and soft touch materials. One area that could be improved is the

power plants and duel clutch automatic transmission in favour of a manual. I’m glad that Honda still offers this layout; it shows they are serious about being a true enthusiast’s car company. Granted, most buyers will get the very good 6-speed automatic transmission with the 3.5L V6, but with 278hp and 252 lb.ft. of torque it will be a very lively car in either configuration. The manual is a joy to use and it is like a throwback to drive a V6 equipped manual car. The 4-cylinder models have 185hp from a direct injection 2.4L engine and either a manual transmission or continuously variable transmission (CVT) for added fuel savings. The CVT is capable of 7.8L/100km in the city and 5.7L on the highway. The

V6 uses more at 10.0L/100km in the city and 6.1L on the highway. Verdict When I started reviewing cars back in the early 1990s, cars like this were common: a mid-sized sedan with a V6 engine and a manual transmission. I can clearly remember driving a Toyota Camry, Nissan Maxima and Accord equipped this way. While most companies are moving away from this design, Honda is sticking with it for now. Soon Honda will have smaller turbocharged 4-cylinder engines available and this big coupe might too be fitted with something more efficient. If you like the idea of a smart looking car that is well equipped and powerful, you might want to move on an Accord Coupe V6 before it follows the latest trend.

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John Cloke receives his new member pin from Stormie Holland who also received hers on Tuesday night at Rim Rock at the annual installation Christmas party for the Kiwanis.

Ronald George presents Stormie Holland with her new member to Kiwanis document.

Kiwanian Robin Nadig presents past Kiwanis president Carol Gauthier with a lovely floral bouquet for her service.

ABOVE: New Kiwanis president, Tony Joyce, left receives a handshake from Kiwanis divisional Lieutenant Governor Ronald George. RIGHT: The newly installed Kiwanis Club with charter member, Bruce Berry, second from left.

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To everyone that has lost a loved one since last Christmas I send this poem that was sent to me when my Dad passed away. My late mother and I found tremendous comfort reading it; it was as if he was speaking to us from beyond. May this Comfort you and your family in your time of need.

Kathy Ruissen, Scotiabank customer rep. holds up one of the many stars that were made by Earnest Bodger. Bodger said he made so many stars he didn’t know what to do with them so he approached the Scotiabank and they agreed to match money made by selling the stars. There is over $2,000 so far. Friday was the last day of the fundraiser for the ADSS Breakfast Club.

Michelle Cheetham and Penny Matthews of the AV Curling Club accept a cheque for $1,162. from Suzanne Jones Small Business Advisor for the Scotiabank. Bank employees raised the money and Scotiabank matched the total. Half of the money raised goes to needy families and the other half for maintaining the curling club.

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I see the countless Christmas Trees around the world below, with tiny lights, like heaven’s stars, reďƒ&#x;ecting on the snow. The sight is so spectacular, please wipe away that tear, for I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year. I hear the many Christmas songs that people hold so dear, but the sounds of music can’t compare with the Christmas choir up here. I have no words to tell you, the joy their voices bring, for it is beyond description, to hear the angels sing. I know how much you miss me. I see the pain inside your heart, but I am not so far away. We really aren’t apart. So be happy for me dear ones. You know I hold you dear, and be glad I’m spending Christmas, with Jesus Christ this year. I send you each a special gift, from my heavenly home above. I send you each a memory of, my undying love. After all “Loveâ€? is the gift, more precious than pure gold. It was always most important in the stories Jesus told. Please love and keep each other, as my Father said to do, for I can’t count the blessing or love he has for each of you. So, have a Merry Christmas and wipe away that tear. Remember, I’m spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

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Quality Foods manager Gord Groves prepares to donate more than 1,000 pounds of food to the Bread of Life following a ‘Can Do’ food campaign. People in Port Alberni helped raise the donation with their food purchases in early December. LINH KHANH SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

Wishing the

Alberni Valley a wonderful holiday season and a healthy, happy New Year

This year, the Port Alberni Christmas Bird Count will be held on Sunday, Dec. 29. Volunteers can participate in the event in two ways: either by doing a feeder count for a minimum of 15 minutes, or by spending time in the field in groups combing different parts of the “count circle”—counting the number of as many different kinds of birds as can be found. “The count lasts 24 hours, but volunteers are not asked to be active for this length of time. Still, it allows the count to record nocturnal birds, like owls,” organizer Sandy McRuer said. After 21 years, this has become a traditional event in the valley with many participants returning year after year to roam field and forest in all kinds of weather. People like Rich Avis and his wife Libby, Phil Edgell and Stan Acton are the pillars of the count. Others, like artist Shelley Penner, Shirley Prince and Randy Taylor are stalwarts of the count. Feeder counters are also a vital part of the effort. It is usual that one or more of the feeder counters finds a species not found by

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A spotted Towhee is spotted on a fence post during the 2008 Christmas bird count. This year volunteers are needed for an owl count.

any of the participants in the field. A good example of a species not generally found by counters is the Anna’s Hummingbird. They stay pretty close to the sugar-filled hummingbird feeders in the winter. Some of the feeder counters that have been doing it for years include Sally Anderson, Doug Alexander, Carla Scheffers and David Parks, as well as many others. New members are invited to participate as well, McRuer said. “We are looking for people with some knowledge of the local bird species, and who have binoculars.” If you want to count birds at your feeder,

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Christmas story unfolds at Echo Village SENIORS: | Residents receive a special visit. AMYAH LABRECHE SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

Did you know that Santa has another special helper besides elves and reindeer? He is Rudolph’s best friend, and his name is Buddy. He even, occasionally, accompanies Santa to give presents to children. Buddy has bells on his harness when he goes out at Christmas time, and red bows in his mane too. But Buddy’s most eyecatching features— besides his beautiful eyes—are his shiny golden hooves. Perhaps you think I am telling you a tall tale for Christmas; but I assure you that I had the honour to meet Buddy, for real. Buddy is Kerry Salisbury’s miniature horse. He is a therapy horse, a companion, a little social butterfly and on Dec. 16 he visited the residents of Echo Village and Heritage Place.

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Kerry Salisbury, right, brings Buddy into one of the rooms to visit resident Mary Newberry. Buddy poses for photos outside Heritage Place. The miniature pony, who was born in an American petting zoo, has his hooves painted gold for Christmas.

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Tony Selva, left, takes Buddy the miniature horse for a walk around Echo Village. Buddy’s owner Kerry Salisbury keeps an eye on Buddy.

As for the Christmas story, well, for me it was a real one. I found it unusual to think about a horse in a

seniors’ residence, so when Kerry phoned to tell me that Buddy will be visiting the elders, I grabbed my

FREE Community Gaming Grant Writing Workshop ATTENTION: ALL Not-For-Profit Organizations You are invited to send one or two representatives to the following free workshop. Learn how to write successful applications for the BC Community Gaming Grants program. Presenter, Ursula Cowland will provide valuable tips to help organizations prepare and complete effective applications. There will be some time in the afternoon for individual organizations to meet with Ursula to ask questions specific to their groups. To register, email Sherrill Taylor with the name of the organization and the name(s) of the person(s) attending the workshop: sherrill.taylor@chancesrimrock.com

camera, rushed out of my home and drove to Echo Village. It was so touching to see the smiles, the joy, the sparkles in the eyes and, sadly, sometimes the big question in the expression of those who can’t remember. But all the hands remembered how to

Saturday, January 25, 2014 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Pacific Rim Room, Chances RimRock Gaming Centre Lunch will be provided. Pre-Registration is required as space is limited. Deadline: January 17, 2014. This workshop is sponsored by the Alberni Valley Gaming Association www.avga.ca

pet the pony, how to pass their fingers through Buddy’s soft hair. Buddy was pampered the day before his visit to Echo Village; he had a big bath with hot water and shampoo and a pedicure to get his hoofs all golden

and shiny. I was surprised to see his gentleness, his patience. Even his way to walk on the floors was delicate. Buddy was born 22 years ago in a Washington State petting zoo and he moved to Kerry’s place at the age of

seven. Since then, he has become part of the Salisbury family. He spends his time attending seniors’ residences, facilities, schools, birthday parties, etc. Dare I say Buddy is Port Alberni’s zootherapy ambassador? At the Salisbury farm, another miniature horse is expecting a baby. If everything goes well, soon we will see Buddy with a little buddy in training. It promises to be heartmelting.

Jingle Jaunt

A group of runners hang out at Harbour Quay following the annual Jingle Bell Jaunt 5km on Dec. 15 where they collected food donations for the Bread of Life. CARA BALDWIN SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

SALE

20% - 70% OFF

SELECT MERCHANDISE

Sale ends Dec 31 • Closed Dec. 25 & 26

Monday - Friday: 8 am - 5 pm; Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm

lbwoodchoppers.com 3509 3rd Avenue

250-723-5841


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Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 - Alberni Valley News

IT’S HERE! OUR LEGENDARY

Boxing Week

& During Boxing Week

80%

FF O SAVE UP TO TAXES!* O N Y A P S U L P E!* oy STOREWID La-Z-B e in u n e G ll a On

$

GAVIN leather reclining sofa

WE PAY THE SALES TAX!

Available in Chestnut Brown Leather Only

BOXING WEEK SPECIAL

SALE PRICE

1598

1999

$

compare at $2729

an Saveional it add

$

400

an Saveional addit

$

an Saveional addit

150

$

70

DOORCRASHER! As Shown - $1049

PINNACLE leather rocker recliner

DEMI fabric stationary sofa

849

$

compare at $1259 · sale $999 · now

Available in Cobblestone Leather Only - As Shown & During Boxing Week

WE PAY THE SALES TAX!

MASON fabric rocker recliner

999

$

compare at $1509 · now

Assorted Colours Available at the Sale Price & During Boxing Week

649

$

compare at $739 · now

Assorted Colours Available at the Sale Price

WE PAY THE SALES TAX!

& During Boxing Week

WE PAY THE SALES TAX!

VAIL fabric recliner

427

$

compare at $629 · sale $499 · now

Assorted Colours Available at the Sale Price & During Boxing Week

WE PAY THE SALES TAX!

Special Financing Available! · No Interest! · No Admin Fee!* Island Owned & Operated · Visit us online at: www.la-z-boyvi.com Courtenay Victoria Nanaimo

2937 Kilpatrick Ave NOW OPEN! 3501 Saanich Road (at Blanshard) 3200 North Island Hwy (Country Club Mall)

BOXING WEEK HOURS:

DEC 24-25: CLOSED

DEC 26: 11-5

DEC 27: 10-7

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DEC 28: 10-5:30

DEC 29: 12-5

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DEC 30: 10-5:30

DEC 31: 10-5:30

JAN 1: CLOSED

*See store for details. Financing on Approved Credit. An amount equal to the GST & PST (12%) will be deducted at time of purchase. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Hot Buys Excluded. No price adjustments Dec 26th or 27th. Although every precaution is taken, errors in price or specification may occur in print. We reserve the right to correct such errors. Not all items available at all locations. Flyer pricing in effect until December 31st, 2013 or while supplies last.


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INVITES YOU TO…

JOIN US CHRISTMAS DAY Always a Sell Out - RESERVATIONS REQUIRED!! BRUNCH BUFFET DINNER BUFFET 3 seatings: 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm Adults $20.95, Children Ages 5-10 $11.95 Children under 5 FREE Carved Ham, Roast Turkey, Hot breakfast Items, Salads, Desserts & Chocolate Fountain

$20

95

Carved Roast Beef, Roast Turkey, Cedar Baked Salmon, Salads, Desserts & Chocolate Fountain

$239

5

NEW YEARS EVE DINNER

BOXING DAY

Three Course with Champagne Appetizer Entrees • Creamy Tomato Basil Soup • Beef Filet with Snow Crab With Parmesan Cheese & Garlic Croutons • Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken Breast • Spinach Pomegranate Salad Stuffed with herbed Cream Cheese With Feta Cheese & Pecans • Coconut Curry Seafood Hot Pot • Pan-Seared Sea Scallops With Basmati Rice and Naan Bread

Nutcracker Brunch

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3 seatings: 4:00pm, 5:30pm, 7:00 pm Adults $23.95, Children Ages 5 - 10 $12.95 Children under 5 FREE

$15.95 • 5-10 Years $10.95 FREE

With baby spinach leaves

Homemade Dessert Buffet Lemon Cheesecake Hot Chocolate Fountain Chocolate with strawberries with fresh fruit Mousse

SALE ENDS DECEMBER 31

LIQUOR STORE OPEN CHRISTMAS DAY & NEW YEARS DAY

CHRISTMAS SCROOGE MANY ITEMS ON SALE BAILEYS • VODKA • RYE VQA WINE as low as

$9

99

GREAT SELECTION

E L SA

! N I W

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below government liquor store prices

HURRY IN!

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TO

a snowboard and 2 lift tickets to Mount Washington


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Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 - Alberni Valley News

Alberni District Co-op Serving the Alberni Valley since 1928 DID YOU KNOW... ICE

&

W A T E R

Co-op has Filtered, Reversed Osmosis Water 3.89 L jugs 99¢ refill Bagged Ice made from Reverse Osmosis Water 8 lb bags for $1.50

Members saved 5 cents per litre!

Moving ahead by giving back.

We have had a Furnace Department for 8 Years • Servicing / Furnace Protection Plan • Oil Tank / Furnace Installs • Also service the west coast

Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to everyone! 4885 Beaver Creek Road 250-723-2831 OR 4006 Johnston Road 250-724-0008


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December 26, 2013 edition of the Alberni Valley News

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