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RCMP Report: Theives steal boy’s Christmas gift, Youbou break-in and a second quad stolen PAGE 2

2013 Year in review: From new born twins to plane flips, derelict buidings and deadly MVAs PAGES 8, 10, 11

Health care team expected to start soon at the Lake

To your health: Programs and services to be centred at Kaatza Health Centre

Walkin’ in a winter wonderland!

quite as attractive communities as we are.” Community information sessions will be held in the New Year when residents Cowichan Lake is about to get a whole lot can meet the primary health care team and get information on the health services that healthier. will be provided and how to access these Island Health confirmed last week services. that the roughly 6,500 residents of Lake Dates and locations for the information Cowichan and surrounding area are just a sessions will be announced in the coming matter of weeks away from their promised weeks. primary health care team. ▼ The new arrangement arises from “Enhanced primary health services circumstances that left the community through a primary health care team will temporarily doctor-less. begin providing programs and services “There was a bit of a panic in the in early 2014,” the provincial health authority (formerly VIHA) announced in a community,” Forrest said. “So we formed a committee called press release. CHOOSE Cowichan Lake and we The team will be located at the Kaatza worked together with VIHA’s physician Health Centre, 58 Cowichan Ave. West recruitment and also with the Cowichan and will begin delivering services early in Family Practitioner group and they’ve the new year. done a tremendous job for us,” he said. A nurse practitioner has also been hired Ω “The goal of the working group was to for the Cowichan Lake area. The nurse develop a primary health care team that practitioner will begin practicing at the (AMOUNT SHOWN ON THE 2013 GENESIS ▼ 5.0L GDI R-SPEC) would meet the needs of residents based Brookside Medical Clinic in the New ▼ on what they considered as their most Year. important health care issues and the make“This year we went from three doctors up of this team definitely meets this goal,” to zero, and in the New Year we’ll have Lake Cowichan Councillor Bob Day said two full time doctors and however many doctors work out of the walk-in clinic and in a release. ELANTRA SONATA The Cowichan Lake Working Group, then the nurse practioner,” Lake Cowichan which consisted of representatives from Mayor Ross Forrest said. the Cowichan Communities Health The two new docs will have an HOLIDAY PRICEΩ Network, CHOOSE Cowichan Lake, international background, said the mayor. Ω ADJUSTMENTS the Cowichan Valley Division of Family We’re also getting the two doctors (AMOUNT SHOWN ON THE 2013 GENESIS Malcolm Chalmers (AMOUNT SHOWN ON THE 2013 GENESIS 5.0L GDI R-SPEC) TO Health, was formed to Practice andUP Island through a return of service program, 5.0L GDI R-SPEC) develop a model for an integrated health where international doctors do a course DON’T PAY FOR DON’T PAY FOR care team. through (Vancouver’s) St. Paul’s Hospital ONE YEAR ONE YEAR “This collaborative team was selected and two year course at the U of Victoria based onELANTRA input from local residents about SONATA that allows them to practice in Canada,” their long-term health services needs he said. ELANTRA SONATA UP TO $ , HOLIDAY UP TO $ , HOLIDAY “The doctors we have coming are from, which include local access to care,” Dr. PRICE ADJUSTMENTSΩ PRICE ADJUSTMENTSΩ Bob Burns, executive medical director for I believe, Chile, and we’re getting two of Population and Community Health for them Aug. 1.” FOR Island Health, said in a release. † Forrest said the town entertained quite DON’T PAY FOR DON’T PAY FOR ACCENT 5 DR SANTA FE SPORT ▼ place to Community took a few doctors in the international program ONEconsultations YEAR ONE YEAR UP TO 48 MONTHS determine the long-term health services † to try and convince them to work in Lake ON SELECT 2013 MODELS DON’T FOR and the working group DON’T PAY FOR needs ofPAY residents Cowichan. $2s,500 HOLIDAY UP TO lu UP TO $2,YEAR 500 HOLIDAY ONE YEAR ONE agreed onPRICE aP primary health care team ADJUSTMENTS PRICE ADJUSTMENTS “There were eight openings on From left are Janice Neiser, Shannon Kelly, Morgan Bouchard and HOLIDAY PRICE health consisting of a dietitian, primary Vancouver Island and we knew we would ADJUSTMENTS Danielle Sirup. $FOR care social worker/counsellor and a FINANCING FOR ,ACCENT have a real good chance because some of UP TO UP TO nurse, HOLIDAY UP TO $ , HOLIDAY 5 DR SANTA FE SPORT Ω Ω ▼ PRICE ADJUSTMENTS PRICE ADJUSTMENTS clinical offi ce assistant. the other areas that had openings weren’tDON’T PAY UP TO 48 MONTHS DON’T PAY FOR DON’T PAY FOR ON SELECT 2013 MODELS FOR Mike D’Amour

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THE LAKE COWICHAN GAZETTE

Generous grant will help pay for Beaver Lake dam repairs

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CVRD Area I and F volunteer appreation dinner was held on Saturday, Dec. 21. Gerald Thom, Cowichan Lake and River Stewardship Society president, had the opportunity to speak with MP Jean Crowder while Dave Darling, owner operator of OK Tire and Auto, speaks with MLA Bill Routley.

$25,000: Community support helps Cowichan Lake Salmonid Enhancement Society garner grant

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Bob Crandall, president of the Cowichan Lake Salmonid Enhancement Society, stands in front of the Beaver Lake Dam that needs upgrades in order to maintain the healthy fish populations that spawn up Beaver Creek each year.

Malcolm Chalmers

Lake CowiChan Gazette

The Cowichan Lake Salmonid Enhancement Societyhas won a $25,000 grant from the Shell Fuelling Change competition. Bob Crandall, president of the CLSES, is ecstatic about the grant and thanks everyone who voted by buying gasoline or going online. Crandall credited The Lake Cowichan Chamber of Commerce, tourism, and school kids from the area as all being part of the reason CLSES will get the money. On the Shell website the project objective was listed as: “to promote, encourage and participate in stream enhancement, fry salvage, community trout and salmon hatchery, stream and lake stewardship, classroom incubation, Salmonids in the Classroom and community awareness.” Crandall said the funds will help pay for equipment costs and work done

last summer on the Beaver Lake Dam project and the trail system upgrades for the Beaver Lake trail along Beaver Creek from Cowichan Lake to the Dam. The Beaver Lake Dam project was started by the CLSES and the provincial environment ministry in 1996. “We had to create an additional spillway, remove old earth, add blasted rock, then create spawning platforms and add gravel to make the stream habitable for the spawning salmon,” Crandall said. “All of the hard work has been paying off with over 200 pair of spawning salmon were returning to the stream.” After an 80-year-old dam in Oliver failed in June of 2010 causing a mudslide that destroyed five homes, dams like the one on Beaver Lake have been placed under scrutiny. In 2012 year the Ministry of Forests,Lands and Natural Resources inspected the Beaver Lake Dam and found it needed some minor upgrades to bring it to code. CLSES had to fix the issues or tear the dam apart. CLSES needed to raise $50,000 to pay for the repairs. On Aug. 30, Minister of State John Duncan, and fisheries minister Gail Shea awarded the society $20,120. With that money along with $5,000 from the TD Bank and $5,000 from RBC’s Blue Water Fund, workers started repairing the dam. The $25,000 from Shell helps to clear that bill and allow the area’s landscaping to be completed this summer. And the CLSES received one more stocking stuffer just prior to Christmas. On Dec. 23, Crandall announced a $4,000 donation from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for the Oliver Creek Palsson Elementary Native plant nursery, planting and trail efforts.

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Thieves steal boy’s present

Eight-year-old goes without: ATV swiped from Mesachie Lake home was destined to be under the tree Ashley Degraaf

Jayson Shand is hoping the Grinch who stole his eight-year-old son’s Christmas gift — a 55cc quad — might have a change of heart. Shand worked out a great deal to buy the four-wheeler from a friend for $75 before it was swiped from the friend’s house in Mesachie Lake. “I had this great deal lined up with my buddy,” Shand said Dec. 23. “It must have happened last week some time. He went out to the car port to work on it, tune it up before we bought it, and it was gone.” Little Jakeb missed out Christmas morning because Shand hasn’t been able to find another deal like the one he struck with his friend; most similar quads are going used for $300 to $500 online. Unfortunately, the father and painting contractor can’t afford to fork out that much as he’s been off work for more than a month. “That was his big gift, and he might have been disappointed with the lack of toys under the tree, but then he would have opened the curtain and seen the quad and it probably would have freaked him out,” he said. Shand is hoping whoever got away with the quad might re-think their actions and return it. This quad wasn’t the only four-wheeler to be pinched before Christmas. Lake Cowichan RCMP reported between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. Dec. 14 a red Kawasaki 500 ATV was stolen from a yard in the 200 block of Neva Road in Lake Cowichan.

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Wishing everyone all the best in 2014

courtesy Kevin McDonald

The quad at the right of this picture was stolen from a Mesachie Lake home just prior to Christmas.

RCMP are investigating this theft as well as a break-in to a shed on Alder Crescent in Youbou during the late evening of Dec. 20 or early morning Dec. 21. “The complainant reported that an outdoor shed had been broken in to and several items were stolen,” an RCMP press release stated. “Neighbourhood inquiries revealed that several other properties in the area were also targeted.” Anyone with information about any of these crimes should contact the Lake Cowichan RCMP at 250-749-6668 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-2228477.

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Kids’ Club urging youth to play 60 minutes Don Fennell

Black Press

An hour a day of fitness can be made fun, especially when it is coupled with other healthy choices like eating right. That’s the goal of the 60 Minute Kids’ Club, a fun and engaging online program designed to help get elementary schoolaged children active. The 60 Minute Kids’ Club is now looking to expand its community reach by partnering with Black Press. “Our strong commitment to healthy communities is wellserved in our partnership with the 60 Minute Kids’ Club” says Randy Blair, president of Black Press’ Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island divisions. “The benefits of active families are so numerous, it will deliver increasingly great news”. “We want to make (children being healthy) even more of a community effort,” says Gillian Thody, Western Canada manager of the 60 Minute Kids’ Club. And that means engaging more parents on the importance of their children making healthy choices, while demonstrating healthy choices themselves. These include physical literacy (playing for at least 60 minutes each day), eating healthy (including five or more vegetables and fruits daily and eliminating sugar and sweetened drinks), and cutting back on computer and TV time (two hours or less). Two 60-day challenges and one 45-day challenge are held throughout the school year, skipping over busy times and holidays. The first challenge of the year from Oct. 1 to Dec. 1 has just wrapped up, with the second challenge set to begin Jan. 15. Schools across Canada participate at the same time. Schools can sign up for the challenge at www.60minkidsclub.org. Each student logs in and tracks their own progress, receiving points for each log in, which aggregate under their school. This enables organizers to determine the most active kids, grades, schools, districts, regions and provinces across Canada.

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Choosing good health

Most of you were well aware of the dire straights we were in less than one year ago with the announced closing of our medical clinic. With the consequential forming of the Choose

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Notice Regular Meeting Dates - 2014 Please note that the Regular Meeting dates for Council of the Town of Lake Cowichan for 2014 are as follows: Malcolm Chalmers/file

• January 28th • February 25th • March 25th • April 22nd • May 6th • May 27th • June 24th

Pee Wee Lakers get in their 60 minutes of fitness at one of their recent games at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena.

The 60 Minute Kids’ Club, which is aligned with Canadian Sport for Life, originated in 2009 with Innovative Fitness, a personal training business. At that time 5,000 Kindergarten through Grade 6 students in five schools in B.C., Ontario and Nova Scotia participated in a pilot program which produced encouraging results. In 2012, 70 schools in B.C. were involved and the program has now expanded to Alberta and Manitoba. “We hope this year to engage 100 schools in B.C.,” says Thody. To learn more about the 60 Minute Kids’ Club, visit www.60minkidsclub.org.

Lake Committee, and the very positive community promotion undertaken, we have not only seen our medical family practice clinic re-open, but we also now have, in addition, a walk-in clinic. Soon we can look forward to multi-integrated health services. By July of 2014 we will more than double the health care services available to our residents from where we were last year, with the three doctors we were so fortunate in having until their departure. I mention this issue only because of the value we place on the health of our citizens which is also at the top of our priority list. All of our decisions are based on eport ensuring a healthy, happy and sustainable community. A B.C. Healthy Community grant of $4,500 has been particularly helpful in that regard. A determined committee — the Choose Cowichan Lake Committee — recognized the value and need for good health care and hence has worked hard with other organizations towards attracting the health care professionals and the support services we require and need. This is one example of having a positive attitude, setting a goal, and working to bring that goal to fruition. One thing the members of The Choose Cowichan Lake Committee learned from hosting potential doctors from all over the globe, during this worthwhile promotion exercise, is that the doctor candidates all view our community in a much more positive light than we sometimes view ourselves. These physicians were all unanimous in describing the natural beauty that surrounds us, and more importantly, the friendliness of our citizens. It is time we recognize this is why we choose to live here, and take the necessary steps to make continuous improvements to the strong base that already exists. > MORE page 5

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On behalf of the Town of Lake Cowichan, I am pleased to recap for your benefit the major events and highlights of 2013 that have impacted our beautiful town. I am also excited about our plans for 2014. The changes the Town experienced in 2013 gives me much optimism that these will lead to the rejuvenation of the local economy. The streetscape project and the new library are a couple of the ayor s key projects that have instilled in us a great sense of community pride. The mill closures and the decline in the forest industry have caused an economic downturn that lasted the last decade. While we still, and always will, rely a great deal on the benefits derived from our forests, we can no longer be solely dependent on just one resource to drive our economy. Having an open mind and looking for other potential opportunities will make it feasible for our community to prosper both now and into the future. The natural resources we are surrounded by gives us an advantage over many other communities that have lost their primary industry, or have seen it in decline. There is much work to be done as we move forward. We have already seen what can be accomplished with positive, forward looking citizens.

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Plenty of reasons to feel good about our community Looking back, looking ahead: Your mayor’s take on the state of Lake Cowichan

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

THE LAKE COWICHAN GAZETTE

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Things I’d like to see the New Year bring to B.C.

Here are a few things I’d like than they had in the last one. to see in B.C. political life in the Remember the big issues in that coming year, but won’t. pillow-fight? Me neither. I had An orderly schedule of to look them up. Health care? legislature sittings, one in the Local organic carrots into the spring and one in the fall. hospital food. Forest industry? A I canvassed this topic with job protection commissar to force Premier Christy Clark in our year- the mills to stay open. Resource end interview, and got the usual development? They’re for it, runaround about how it’s always unless you’re against it. These been optional since old Gordon guys need a Tony Blair-type what’s-his-name set the schedule makeover. They need to be for of sittings and elections more than something, and they need to leave a decade ago. Spring is for the the past behind. budget and MLAs sit in the fall if Media that care about more they need to discuss legislation. than conflict. They need to all right, but what News organizations are in governments bad shape these want to do is days, and the ram it through as competition fast as they can, for a rapidly so that’s what fragmenting they do. The last audience is having couple of years of BC Bureau some ugly effects. By Tom Fletcher this have been a One thing sham worthy of a that needs to South American go is obsessive banana republic, with three coverage of who’s winning and chambers running simultaneously who’s losing. If the news media and opposition members trying are going to be interested mainly to prepare as they run down the in the gaffes and gotcha moments, hallways. It leads to mistakes is it any surprise that’s what in new laws and adds to the politicians try to provide? public’s cynicism about the whole The Canada Post business, but it gets things done announcement that it has to wind with minimum exposure of the up home delivery offers a recent government to criticism. Stephen example. Is it really so outrageous Harper would approve. for the CEO to suggest that A political debate about walking to the corner is good real issues, rather than just a exercise? When there’s a 24-hour competition to score points in news cycle to fill, it’s a scandal! an endless election campaign. Facts to go with opinions. I appreciate that this is Whether it’s the government’s hopelessly naive, but setting aside fantasy figures on job creation enough time to consider issues or the opposition’s arithmeticcould, at least in theory, lead to challenged child poverty claims, that happening occasionally. serious problems can’t be Certainly the hastily staged understood, much less solved, mock combat of our legislature without defining them accurately. today isn’t winning new friends Submitting government for any political party. The main advertising to scrutiny by the growth area today is people who Auditor General to make sure it is have given up on the whole thing. accurate and non-partisan would An opposition with ideas. be a good place to start. The B.C. NDP will have another leadership contest in Tom Fletcher is the legislative reporter 2014, and they’d better bring and columnist for Black Press. more modern policy to the table Reach him at tfletcher@blackpress.ca.

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Make becoming an informed voter your priority for 2014 Do you care about the way your community is going to take shape? Then your timing couldn’t be better. Lake Cowichan’s next civic election happens Nov. 15. That’s the day you can use a pencil and a paper ballot to help elect the local government you want for the next three years — Lake Cowichan council, your CVRD directors for Areas F and H and your school board. Yes, November may still seem a long way off. But you are going to need all 11 months to be prepared.The idea is to tune in to the actions and visions of your local leaders, and explore the priorities and motivations of the other candidates sure to emerge. By paying attention now, you’ll be able to make informed votes with a firm grip on matters affecting you most — not knee-jerk choices about familiar and unfamiliar faces; or worse, not voting

and letting others rule your life. Make no mistake: politics run our lives at all levels — from property taxes and classroom sizes, to traffic lights and the water coming from our taps. And procrastination is the thief of democracy. Don’t wait for a knock at your door. Pay attention. Go to the meetings. Read the news. Ask questions. Form opinions on issues on regional issues: the new Cowichan District Hospital; school district reorganization and funding; climate change; and control of the Cowichan River. Shape your your views on local issues: water billing; the roundabout; health services; dust mitigation; government spending; economic revitalization; and crime. There is no time like the New Year to start preparing for November’s civic election; you pay to play through various taxes. Don’t let the usual suspects have all the fun.

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Jackie Jack “Better access to the lake from the main drag.”

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What changes would like to see in Lake Cowichan in 2014?

Al Stertz “I’d like to see [Town of Lake Cowichan] add more businesses on the the retail end, and carry on what they have been doing like the Tim Hortons, the roundabout and improving it in 2014.”

Nevada Johnston “I’d like to see [Town of Lake Cowichan] put in more sidewalks so we don’t have to walk around in the mud.”

More reasons to feel good about our community

It is only in recent months that some others have expressed their personal concerns on this subject. We have experienced a huge reduction in water consumption, mainly through leakage identification and proper management of water consumption. This will surely benefit everyone of us in the future with climate change ever a growing concern to all of us. Our water and sewer infrastructure have limited life spans; the use of these has an impact on those systems and that is what to a great extent determines the life spans of these infrastructure. The majority of our residents respect the monthly usage allotment permitted them and they should not be held financially responsible for wastage and unnecessary expenses to our system as a result of extreme usage by some others.

Cont’d from page 3 The possibilities are endless in what we can accomplish with the natural assets — the lake, the river, the mountains, forests and the wildlife — that we are surrounded by. There are many ways to invest in a community, and not just financially. Establishing a goal to do what it takes to make your community just a little bit better each day is the best investment you can make, and collectively we will all benefit from working together to strengthen and improve our natural environment and our well-being.

Grants fund improvements

Council and staff have worked diligently to maximize the level of grant funding for its residents for various capital and other projects. Many of the improvements we completed in 2013 were because others also recognized opportunities in our community and invested or supported us in making them happen. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure at our request expended $2.8 million to pave South Shore Road and partnered with the Town to construct the roundabout at the intersection of South Shore and North Shore Roads. ICBC provided the Town with $65,000 grant towards the roundabout expense and paid the balance of $20,000 on a $100,000 grant for safety improvements on the road improvements which began in 2012. BC Hydro and Tree Canada granted the Town $9,400 for tree planting. The Fraser Basin Council provided $8,000 for the dual electric car charging station that is located at Saywell Park. These are the type of improvements that are visible and easy to recognize on a daily basis. There are also other projects that are essential to the health and wellbeing of our Town and which have been recognized and are responding to. We have recognized the need to upgrade our Wastewater Treatment and in that regard the the Federal Gas Tax Fund approved a grant

Sue Brown “I’d like to see [Town of Lake Cowichan] clean up Saywell Park and put a beach front there for tourists. We need more tourist attractions in Lake Cowichan.”

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of $1, 001,200, in addition to their previously committed grant of $350,000. We have plans to expand our treatment plant in 2014 to allow us to meet our present and future requirements. The Federal Gas Tax Fund will also provide $172,450 for an Integrated Urban Drainage / Rainwater study which is currently underway. The Town also received grants in 2013 from Service Canada for summer student employment in the total amount of $4,422 and $37, 826 from the Province of BC for the Saywell Job Creation Programme. TimberWest donated a water lot to situate the new dock and also donated the cedar logs we milled to construct the dock. Other grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 can be listed as follows: • $1,500 mapping grant from Integrated Cadastral Information Society; • $10,000 grant from the Province of BC to undertake an organic waste to compost and energy study; • $5,158 rebate from the Carbon Action Rebate Incentive Programme; • $1,000 grant from BC Hydro to deal with graffiti’ and • $500 being a Canada Day grant. The Town is most appreciative of all the financial and in-kind assistance we receive, both large or small. We are able to make positive improvements to our Town because of the generous assistance we receive from other organizations. I should also note that Island Coastal Economic Trust has committed to providing the Town with $126,500 for our Town Square project when that is completed.

The public steps up

The year 2013 was a very special year for groups and organizations volunteering their time to benefit their community. I have mentioned the importance and success of Choose Cowichan Lake. More and more people are taking positive actions when they recognize opportunities and potential for improvements. Another example I will mention is the Cowichan Lake River Stewardship Society and its work at Saywell Park. After learning about

Eunice Sanderson “I’d like to see all the ‘City Fathers’ complete some of the work they have started in the community, like the ambiance of the library and the park around it.

our project to install a dock by the park, it recognized the need for improvements to the foreshore and requested to assist us. After much planning and its success in accessing the funds to purchase plants, it has removed the invasive Himalayan Blackberry bushes and replaced them with over eleven hundred plants more native to that habitat. It is even more gratifying to know that we did not search out their assistance, but they recognized that need and approached us with a great plan to enhance the park. That is an example of great citizens helping their community and we are all the beneficiaries of their generosity. The Lake Cowichan Secondary School graduating class also chose to donate $5,000 to offset costs associated with the floating dock and they will forever be appreciated for their generosity. Our Minor Baseball Association also did the right thing when they had a need. When we told them we only had a budget for one of their proposed projects, they took action and enlisted volunteers and donations to complete all of the works they had prioritized at the Little League ball field. They could have just accepted us turning down their full request and waited for the next time monies were allocated for parks but instead the members were determined to accomplish their mission through volunteer contributions and worked in partnership with the town and many others to achieve their goals and needs they deemed necessary to accomplish a safe playing field and batting cage. A similar situation presented itself with our fire department. With an increase in lake and river emergency situations, it requested a rescue boat. When informed that our budget would not allow for this request in the current budget year, the members did not just sit by and wait for the next opportunity to ask again. Instead, the volunteer firefighters went out and raised the necessary funds to purchase the boat, and purchase the boat they did. The Palsson Playground Improvement vote through the Aviva Community Fund sends such a strong message on how working together can help reach unthinkable

heights. Our population number certainly did not favour us for the Aviva vote, but with sheer determination and the challenging of each other the result of being a finalist was achieved. Everyone who participated should be extremely proud of us reaching the finals and putting the final decision in the hands of a panel of judges. I’m sure we are all anticipating a favourable decision on Jan. 28, that will surely result in a new playground for the students at Palsson Elementary School. I have mentioned these recent experiences because these best exemplify the community spirit. Projects big or small and our prosperity, growth and excellence all depend on us. It takes dedicated community members to initiate projects and community members to support such projects so that we the community members can all jointly benefit from these projects. Working together can only benefit everyone and this is why we are so pleased to have signed a protocol agreement with our Lake Cowichan First Nation this year. The recognition of support for each other is strong and our opportunities will only grow as we continue to work together for our mutual benefit.

Positives despite controversy

The year 2013 saw additions to the Town that should have a positive impact on us for a very long time. Our new library is going to provide a valuable literary service to our residents and we are extremely proud of it. As much as people were hesitant about the roundabout being built, we were sure that their angst would subside once motorists began recognizing the benefit of it. This traffic feature has surely improved traffic flow at the intersection now and will do so even more in future years, given the increased flow of traffic, especially during the busy summers. When we made the decision to go with water meters four years ago, only a few citizens spoke up against the project when we were successful in obtaining the first grant of $400,000 for water meters.

Looking ahead

The New Year looks to be a promising year. We can look forward to street lights being erected in the medians of the Town’s main thoroughfare and the completion of the road project from the Town’s perspective. A tender should be issued for the construction of the Town Square sometime early in the New Year. This new amenity once completed should greatly complement the new library and Forest Workers’ Memorial Park and serve as a gathering place for residents and visitors alike. A new rescue truck for the Fire Department is now being built and delivery of it should occur early in the New Year. This will be a very beneficial piece of equipment for our Fire Department. This vehicle is expected to respond to and assist with every call the department has to attend. These includes fires , first responders or rescues. Finally there are so many of our citizens who have done outstanding things for our community; some have been recognized for their achievements, but all of you are appreciated. This past year saw us lose many of our neighbours and friends but they and their contributions to make our lives better will always be remembered. On behalf of Council, our staff and all of our employees, we hope everyone had a merry Christmas and wish everyone an exceptionally happy and prosperous New Year.


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Excitement and thrills boating through the Narrows of the lake leaping skyward in the wind with the houseboat dwellers casting off their mooring lines to escape the inferno” wrote Green in his journal Once the boat was some years later. secured safely on After taking in the scene, the families continthe island, the kids ued on their journey towards a group of three began to play while islands. By 1986, Green still had not visited their mothers set out these islands but he speculated that they were Rolli the much anticipated “doubtless familiar picnic spots for boaters and Gunderson picnic. campers.” PAGES OF HISTORY But The last island seen before bearriving back at the comhind munity of Lake Cowichan Flames leaping the happy scene lay the knowlwas the “other” Deadman’s edge and dread of the return Island. Green later stated that skyward in boat trip down the lake. the name was derived from the wind with Conditions were, if anything, a “sinister discovery, in the even worse than on the way up. early 1920s, when two huntthe houseboat The high winds were still blowers marooned overnight due dwellers casting ing and the waves seemed even to a storm, sought shelter in off their mooring higher than before. There was a grotto formed by overhangalso the grim reality of learning ing rock.” lines to escape that the boat had no life jackThere, they discovered the inferno ets — which wasn’t uncommon several cedar-bark boxes back then when almost no one containing the bones of small Trevor Green had or used life jackets. children. The belief was that Since everyone had been these children had died in a instructed to pray — and pray smallpox epidemic that had they did — and the guide/boat driver was, in almost decimated some Native tribes on the the eyes of the picnickers, an expert, the group West Coast some years before. made it safely back through the Narrows and It was also believed that as a safety precaution into the “lower lake” where the wind had lessthe small victims in their small cedar-boxes may ened. have been left there rather than risk spreading For young Trevor Green, and the rest of the the infection by removing them to a cemetery. party, the Sunday outing had, up to this point, Subsequently the remains were removed at a been terribly exciting. As their boat continued later date and interred in a cemetery. its trip towards “the Foot” (the community of In later years Green and his wife Yvonne — Lake Cowichan) an even bigger thrill was in both avid campers — spent a night on the island store. where they located the grotto. Green wrote that There on the shoreline was the Empire Lumthey had found what they believed [may] have ber Company’s loading wharf ablaze, “flames been “pieces of rib cage.” Continued from “Trevor’s take on the islands in the Cowichan Lake,” Dec. 25.

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February Work got underway on the new library branch in Lake Cowichan, near the corner of South Shore Rd. and Renfrew Ave. *** The threat of school closures in School District 79 drew a packed crowd to the district’s public meeting, Feb. 6 at Quamichan Middle School. On the threatened list, along with nine other schools in the district, was A.B. Greenwell Elementary, located on the site of the former Yount Elementary school, in Youbou. *** Although she was already busy pursuing her post-secondary academic studies at the Kelowna campus of the University of B.C., 2012 grad Jorden Matson returned to LCSS on Feb. 18 to receive the Governor General’s Academic Medal for 2011-2012 from school principal, Nicole Boucher. ***

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Robert Bell (l) received the Nichole Stock Community Services Award for 2012 and Mike Bishop was named 2012 Citizen of the Year.

Mike Bishop was this year’s recipient for the 2012 Citizen of the Year Award, and Robert Bell received the 2012 Nichole Stock Community Service Award. Bell was presented as an ‘unsung hero’ through the countless hours he has spent in over 20 years with the Salmonid Enhancement Society, as a dog-walker and critter-lover in general for the SPCA, as the manager for the Lake Cowichan Minor Hockey Association Midgets when his son, Jeff, was coaching, and for making the most remarked-on Lady of the Lake floats for the parade. As Citizen of the Year, Bishop was chosen for the immense amount of work he did in spearheading the Summer Nights in 2012, a weekly Saturday night event that brought many community members out throughout the summer.

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*** The turnout for the public review process of the Town’s 2013-2018 financial plan was dismal to say the least. To a crowd of three, the towns Chief Administrative Officer, Joseph Fernandez, along with Ronnie Gill, Director of Finance, outlined the proposed budget.

May Courtesy Spooksville Katie Douglas, Keean Johnson and Nick Purcha, the three stars of Spooksville, have been getting an up-close look at Lake Cowichan as they try to get to the bottom of the many strange and other worldly happenings that plague the fictional town of Springville.

April Small businesses in Lake Cowichan were dutifully taking the necessary steps to ensure their tills are ringing in the right taxes due to the elimination of the GST. *** Students from the Grade 1 and 2 class of Palsson Elementary school joined the Cowichan Lake Salmonid Enhancement Society on the bridge of the

Friendship Forest trail to receive a cheque for $5,000 from the Royal Bank of Canada. *** Lillian Laird, owner of The Print Spot was recognized for her entrepreneurial skills during the Duncan/Cowichan Chamber of Commerce Black Tie Awards on Saturday, April 13. *** Lake Cowichan Secondary School got an “A” in the annual Fraser Institute ranking of B.C. schools.

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The Gazette learned Brookside Medical Clinic is no longer expecting the arrival of a second physician. In response, VIHA announced Lake Cowichan was a priority area for community primary health care team development. *** Spooksville TV series producers aim to drop some scary money into Cowichan’s economic coffers this year as they arrived for four months of shooting, including several scenes scheduled for the Cowichan Lake area. *** Lake Cowichan Secondary School principal and teachers outlined a new timetable and course offering model designed to provide more flexibility and availability of courses to Grade 10, 11 and 12 students while still adhering to the provincial curriculum. *** Government appointed trustee, Mike McKay, announced the school district restructuring plan. It meant closure of AB Greenwell in Youbou, Palsson Elementary, becoming a kindergarten to Grade 4 model, and Lake Cowichan Secondary School (currently Lake Cowichan School) becoming a school containing both a Grade 4-7 and a Grade 8-12 program. *** Johel Brothers Contracting Ltd., a valley excavating-anddevelopment pillar, confirmed it had filed for creditor protection,. “It’s business as usual,” owner Dave Johel said. “We’re out bidding and going for it,” he said, admitting his company is struggling with tough economic times. “We definitely need some tuning up.”

June Water for fish and the Crofton mill received a provincial reprieve, with a nod to delay releasing stored Cowichan River flows until later in July. But local officials remain worried about long-term flow answers to droughts from rising climate change. ***

The 2013 Cowichan Lake Days were Going Country. Bob Day, chairperson of the Cowichan Lake Days committee, says the committee came up with the theme in January, inspired in part by Sunfest, the country music festival in Duncan. *** Thanks to a $25,000 anonymous donation, Fire Chief Doug Knott, was pleased to announced the Lake Cowichan Volunteer Fire Department could make the final payment on a custom-built, 15-foot Zodiac rescue boat. *** The B.C. Ambulance Service assured travellers its radio service and back-up options were dependable on the Pacific Marine Circle Route, but cellphone reception between Lake Cowichan and Port Renfrew can be poor. Motorists can expect delays in help arriving, or being reached at all. *** Youbou’s A.B. Greenwell Elementary School saw its last end-of-the-year ceremony on the afternoon of June 19. Though the ceremony was tinged with sadness at seeing the school close, school staff and Principal Jann Drake chose to approach the day in a positive light. *** Roadwork underway at the intersection of North Shore and South Shore roads will ultimately result in a new roundabout and a freshly paved stretch of road through the Lake Cowichan core. Town hall told frustrated drivers they would just have to be patient while it happens.

*** Susan Simmons said swimming the length of Cowichan Lake in one day was one of the most difficult things she’s ever done. But talking to her the day after, she leaves the impression it’s also one of the best things she has done. *** A commemorative sign marking a local man’s favourite stretch of road has vanished, and the man’s mother would like to see it make its way home. Helen Evans said she first noticed the sign’s absence from a forested stretch of Meade Creek Road three weeks ago while out walking with a friend. *** Lake Cowichan will not be left without doctors after all. A new walk-in clinic will be coming to the Cowichan Lake area sometime in September, said Dr. Vincent Rossouw, a family physician from the Beverly Medical Clinic in Duncan. Rossouw, and two other physicians will open the walk-in clinic in the same building as the Lake Cowichan Island Pharmacy at 138 South Shore Road (across from the Visitor Centre).

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Curt Knippelberg is on the road to recovery after surgery last month to remove a cyst from his brain.

Courtesy Trish Waddington Students wait for a bus on the side of Youbou Road as a logging truck passes by them. Residents say the logging truck traffic kicks up clouds of heavy dust that makes it hard to breathe when out walking and going as far to say that mud — from the roadway — has washed down driveways and into the basement of a home.

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Klaus Kuhn, former director for Area I, was not happy that Pat Weaver, current director for Area I, and the members of the Nature and Habitat Fund Advisory Committee voted to commit $5,000 to a TimberWest truck wash in Youbou to deal with the community’s dust problem. *** A Lake Cowichan man was convicted of money laundering after tossing US $2.6 million overboard as Mounties intercepted his boat off Sidney. Jeffrey Melchior must forfeit the cash, and serve three years in jail.

*** Curt Knippelberg was a typical small town kid. Born and raised in Lake Cowichan, he loved his family, hockey and all that the great outdoors in his backyard had to offer. That community played a big part in a fundraising campaign that sent him to India for the brain surgery he felt necessary to change his life. “The night before I was set to have the surgery, the nurses in India went on strike. The doctors there felt it was far too risky to proceed with the back-up staff that they brought in,” said Knippelberg. “It was crushing, we had to turn around and come home and start all over again.” The setback took a heavy toll on Curt’s team but for him, there was no giving up. “Curt was so positive through it all,” said Carol LaForge, Curt’s grandmother. “He’s never, ever wavered and he’s been so appreciative of the incredible support he’s been given.” Finally, Curt’s dream has been realized. He underwent surgery in Australia to remove the cyst from his brain about a month ago and is now back home recuperating.


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Great Lake Walk cancelled due to lack of entries injuries in a crash that killed David Foote of Duncan.

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The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) were in negotiations with TimberWest to complete the necessary legal work before construction can begin on the Youbou truck wash to addres the community’s dust problem, said Youbou director Pat Weaver. *** A 78-year-old Lake Cowichan man was found dead in “Duck Pond Park” (officially named the Riverside Park) sometime around 8:45 a.m. The death was ruled not suspicious. *** Lake Cowichan’s new top cop has a longstanding relationship with both the Cowichan Valley and resort community policing. Sgt. Wes Olsen, the RCMP’s new Detachment Commander for Lake Cowichan, grew up in the Cowichan Valley, he said, attending high school and playing hockey here. ***

Road project is wide enough to include planned medians. Road crews are awaiting word from engineers if they can proceed with plans to place a median in the centre of the road near Saywell Park. *** Gord Tuck’s training regimen paid off for the 40-year-old adaptive skier Aug. 12 in the form of a national championship title and a new Canadian record. *** Another piece fell into place in the campaign to improve health services at the lake. The Vancouver Island Health Authority is adding a nurse practitioner to the arsenal of local services this fall. *** A 41-year-old Saltspring Island man died after being struck by a falling tree in a logging site in Lake Cowichan Monday, police confirmed. At 1:30 p.m., Lake Cowichan RCMP were notified of the accident near the Meade Creek Mainline.

September A Duncan pilot was counting his blessings after his Volmer VJ-22 Sportsman seaplane flipped while launching on Cowichan in Marble Bay. *** A 50-year-old Victoria man died en route to hospital after he collapsed in Cowichan Lake near Heather Campground Monday morning. An RCMP press release states police and file BC Ambulance Services Pete White, owner of Payless Pete’s watches as two logging trucks pass each other in responded to the distress call at front of his store on South Shore Road. 3 a.m. near the boat launch at the campsite. *** The Town of Lake Cowichan The 2013 Great Lake Walk and expected to hear in a few days Ultra Marathon, set for Sept. 21, whether the $3 million South Shore was cancelled due to a lack of

entries. The 56-kilometre event around Cowichan Lake has been a fixture on the calendar in late September since 2002. “It was kind of looming,’’ Joan Hieta, chair of the Great Lake Walk Society, said of the cancellation. “It was one of those years. Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong.’’

The Town of Lake Cowichan expected to take action soon on the first of four residential properties that have been identified as being in hazardous condition. Joseph Fernandez, Lake Cowichan’s chief administrative officer, says they are currently looking at demolishing one derelict house on South Shore Road, as the Town moves forward with remedial orders on certain properties in Lake Cowichan. *** Local golfer Dawn Coe-Jones was inducted in to the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame. *** The Caycuse Fire department continued to be strapped for cash — the department could not afford to insure all its emergency vehicles. “If we blow a tire, we go around cap in hand looking for donations to fix the tire,” fire chief Ron Cough said. *** They listened, they discussed, they said no. That was the answer from Lake Cowichan town council to citizens who wanted to see their monthly water allowances averaged over the course of a year, rather than month-

file Laker Gord Tuck set back-to-back records in the Adaptive Slalom category at the 2013 Waterski Nationals.

The new roundabout at the intersection of North Shore and South Shore roads in Lake Cowichan was lacking a centrepiece, and the town is looking to the public for ideas, said Mayor Ross Forrest *** Palsson Elementary School launched a bid to win a $50,000 grant to construct a new and badly needed playground at the school is coming down to the wire. *** Nothing says Christmas like the appearance of Santa Claus, and Lake Cowichan heard it loud and clear when Santa arrived on a fire truck for the annual Christmas Madness community celebration.

December This building on Cowichan Avenue is one of four put on demolition notice by the town of Lake Cowichan.

*** If a solution to Youbou’s dust problem is coming, it won’t be from a private truck wash partially paid for from public money. At the urging of Youbou Director Pat Weaver, the CVRD decided last week to rescind a plan to spend $5,000 from a public Youbou environmental fund to help TimberWest build a truck wash. *** A jogger got the surprise of a lifetime when he recently came face to face with a cougar near the Lake’s Cowichan’s King George and Cowichan Avenue areas. *** A Cowichan man remained in critical condition following an ugly accident that on Highway 18. Charlie Newman — son of former longtime Lake Cowichan fire chief Dick Newman and his wife Anne — remained in Victoria General Hospital with grave

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to-month. “The main reason is the summer months give the hardest hit to our water system,” Mayor Ross Forrest explained. *** Are the days of dusty whiteouts and splattered mud finally over? Youbou residents were promised a truck wash by the end of December or early January of next year.

November Cowichan Lake Community Services announced it is closing the Meals on Wheels program provided to local seniors due to lack of funding. *** The Lake Cowichan Animal Rescue Society reached the milestone of assisting its 1,000th animal. ***

Lake Cowichan has a new doctor in town and it’s seemingly a case of the return of an old friend. Dr. Gary Toth returned to his former stomping ground of Brookside Medical Clinic at 46 Stanley Road, after a stint away from the lake at Cowichan District Hospital. *** Charlie Newman was undergoing a slow recovery from his September Highway 18 crash as the community continued in a fundraising drive to support his family. *** A World War II military plane has been found in a mountain area southwest of Lake Cowichan. The plane, over 70 yearsold, was found by local loggers working out of the Mesachie Lake area for forestry company TealJones last week. *** Palsson School’s campaign to win a huge cash grant for a new playground made it as one of the top 10 finalists in the Aviva grant competition, guaranteeing $5,000 and keeping it in the running for the $50,000 grand prize.


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generator is ready to kick in to recharge the battery when the juice runs out. Similarly, the new BMWi3, while available as a pure electric vehicle, can also be purchased with a rangeextending engine. Other manufacturers are set to follow, but in the meantime the plug-in hybrid, which combines the pulling power of a gas engine and electric motor,

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Six-year-old Linden Hoskins, on the left, and his 4-year-old brother Dylan take a break from skating before they take to the ice for hockey practise on Friday, Dec. 27 at Cowichan Lake Arena.

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Five-year-old Katelyn, Darren, 6 and Danielle, 8 joined thier dad Josh and mom Louise as she opened her early birthday present at the Cowichan Lake Arena on Friday, Dec.27. Louise’s birthday wasn’t until the following week, but the family surprised her with new skates she could wear during the open skate at the arena.


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The inside back: A little of this and that ily movie night at the Honeymoon Bay Hall is Jan. 4. (Title was not confirmed by press time.) Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The $1 concession will be open.

☞ By the way, have you heard?

• Congratulations to Lake Cowichan Fire Department’s Lt. Steve Vatcher on receiving his 20 year long-service award and to Capt. Ryan Smith on receiving his 15 year service pin. • The Honeymoon Bay Society would like to give a shout out to all the volunteers that help to make the annual Pot Lick Dimmer a huge success. Guy Patten especially recognizes Dick Orman for his “drive, and countless hours make the event what it is. Orman is the chief chef, dishwasher, buyer and floor mopper. He decorates and undecorates.” Patten would like to see more young muscles on board and new ideas. If you would like to volunteer with the Honeymoon Bay Society please call Guy at 250-749-4700.

has benefited the community as a whole. The Nichole Stock Community Service Award will also go toward a member of the Cowichan Lake community. Criteria includes an individual who has exemplified volunteerism, who has served the community unselfishly on an ongoing basis, and who has not received any remuneration for the volunteer activity for which the award is being proposed. The award is named after local girl Nichole Stock, who spearheaded the Nichole Stock Penny Drive fundraiser for sick kids, which is now in its 22nd year. Stock died in 1999. Nomination forms for both the Citizen of the Year and the Nichole Stock Community Services Award are now available at the Cowichan Lake Chamber of Commerce Visitor Centre on South Shore Road or at cowichanlake.ca and click the nominations tab.

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☞ Nominations call for Citizen of the Year and Nichole Stock Community Service award

Gazette   Mackenzie Callihoo and her mom — Curves owner — Christine, with some of the approximately 500 pounds of food that members donated to the Lake Cowichan Food Bank along with 50-plus teen gifts for Cowichan Lake Community Services’ Christmas hampers. It’s that time of year again to look back and determine who “Amazing,” Christine exclaimed. “We have so many people in these the Citizen of the Year has been. The deadline to nominate comminuties that are so generous!” a local citizen for the Cowichan Lake District Chamber of

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• The annual Cabin Fever Honeymoon Bay Market will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22. Interested vendors can call Bob at 250-749-7233 or Guy at 250-749-4700. • The next Honeymoon Bay Community Society's free fam-

Commerce’s Citizen of the Year award is Monday, February 3, by 4 p.m. This same deadline also applies to the Nichole Stock Community Service Award. Both awards will be handed out during the Chamber of Commerce’s Annual General Meeting, Thursday, February 27, at the Cowichan Lake Curling Lounge. The recipient must be from the Cowichan Lake area, and have spearheaded, organized, or carried through a project that

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