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Still no agreement to revive Island train service our ˆoperations accordingly.” Gagnon said Vancouver Island is not the only Canadian region where VIA Rail is experiencing security issues. The same thing is happening in the Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec, where the track is not deemed safe for passenger

Repairs did not begin in the fall, as had been hoped Scott Stanfield Record Staff

The Island Corridor Foundation had hoped for railway track repairs to begin in the fall of 2013, but an agreement has yet to be finalized with VIA Rail. The ICF, which owns the Island railroad, has secured $20 million from three levels of government for track and trestle improvements. Funding depends on passenger rail service being re-established. Both sides say negotiations are ongoing. Foundation chair Mary Ashley says Southern Railway of Vancouver Island, the ICF rail operator, has been quietly working with VIA to develop a train service agreement that will restore passenger rail service for the Island. VIA Rail and the ICF have been exchanging documents in an effort to provide necessary language to complete the agreement. Ashley is confident the parties will be able to meet the constraints of VIA and the wishes of the people of Vancouver Island.

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Valley. She toured with Bob Dylan and John Mellencamp and performed at the Juno Awards and on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The blues/rock/country musician also volunteers her time to perform for various Comox Valley initiatives such as Pastoral Care Week at St. Joseph’s General Hospital. “My New Year’s resolution is to actually do my weekly to-do list!” says Medley. ••• Peter Coleman was recently elected Comox Valley Board of Education chair. Before moving to the Comox Valley, Coleman was a trustee in the Surrey School District. He has been a teacher and administrator, first in the public schools and later in the post-secondary sector (BCIT and SFU). He lives in Comox. “I would like to take my dog out for walks more often,” Coleman says with a laugh when asked what his new year’s resolution is. “Because she loves her walks and she only gets out once a day. I have an excuse — I’m waiting for hip replacement surgery so it’s painful for me to walk her but I’m hoping in the new year, that that will be fixed and I’ll be able to walk her more.” ••• Peter Gibson is the president of Mount Washington Alpine Resort. The Courtenay native helped make the dream to build the resort a reality and was integral in setting up the ski school and on-site rental and retail operations at the resort. He was made director of skiing when the resort first opened its doors in 1979 and moved up the ladder until he became president in 2001. “My New Year’s resolution will be to be skiing the Boomerang,” says Gibson, as staff eagerly await enough of a dumping to open this season. “That’s the last lift that gets open in the wintertime and I’m just trying to be optimistic.”

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Have you made a New Year’s resolution? We polled 10 Comox Valley people about theirs and this is what we learned: Andy Everson is a member of the K’ómoks First Nation. His grandfather was the late Chief Andy Frank of the KFN. Everson is well-known for his Northwest Coast art and his involvement with the K’umugwe Dancers. His New Year’s resolution is to maintain balance in his life. “I will strive to balance my personal, physical, spiritual and artistic pursuits with family and community responsibilities,” says Everson. “I tend to get pretty focused on one thing at a time — whether it’s an art project or training on my bike or preparing for a potlatch — that everything and everyone gets pushed to the side until I move on to the next thing to focus on. If I can find a way to balance out all my pursuits with the people that surround me, life would be that much more heavenly.” ••• Captain Thunderpants (A.K.A. Kevin Flesher) is a singing, storytelling space pirate, who is also the town crier of Cumberland and Trashy Duke in the Dukes of Dodge. Captain Thunderpants is a children’s entertainer and has created award-winning educational programs. He is a character on the Cumberland, and Comox Valley, scene. His resolution is, “To learn to say ‘no’ at least once in a while, so that I don’t come unravelled like an old carpet.” ••• The Honourable Iona Campagnolo was B.C.’s first female Lieutenant-Governor, a position she held for six years from 2001. She had a long career as a Canadian politician, as well as a career as a broadcaster and activist, before she retired. She was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1973 and promoted to Officer in 2008. She received

SINGER SUE MEDLEY has a simple new year’s resolution — to cross every item off her weekly to-do list. the Order of B.C. in 1998, as well as many other honours and designations over the years, including being inducted onto the Comox Valley Walk of Achievement. “I resolve to continue to act in support of human rights at all levels of society; including right to liberty, asylum, security of the person, health care, and the protection of the best interests of all children,” Campagnolo says of her new year’s resolution. “As I age, I am conscious of a swiftly altering world that poses threats to the future of the human family. While I always embrace change rather than fight it, I continue to remind myself that there are some irrevocable truths that must be sustained across the generations. It might be easier for individuals to cease the struggle, but the easy way is simply not acceptable in a complex world.” ••• Sandy Fairfield is the educational co-ordinator for the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS). She writes a column about wildlife on behalf of MARS, which appears in the Comox Valley Record every

Douglas also enjoys acting and has long been involved in Courtenay Little Theatre, most lately in the production of The Drowsy Chaperone. “In the words of Courtenay Little Theatre’s holiday production of The Drowsy Chaperone, I resolve ‘To live

two weeks. “Not to ‘sweat the little stuff’, focus on the things that I can change,” says Fairfield of her resolution, adding she tends to be a perfectionist and worry wart. “To try and challenge myself and embrace change, and not be such

In the words of Courtenay Little The❝ atre’s holiday production of The Drowsy Chaperone, I resolve ‘To live while I can!’ ❞ Marty Douglas a dinosaur. (I promise my sons I will learn to ‘love the computer’ and not call it an evil necessity!) “Finally I need to push myself out of my comfort zone and take up new challenges.” ••• Marty Douglas has been a licensed realtor since 1970. He has chaired the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board, the B.C. Real Estate Association, the Real Estate Council of B.C., and the Real Estate Errors and Omissions Insurance Corporation. He was recognized by the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce as Citizen of the Year in 1992.

while I can!’” says Douglas. “The main character, Man in a Chair, has a monologue about whether we should ‘live’ or ‘leave’ when faced with circumstance. I chose to ‘live.’ That shouldn’t be interpreted as ‘I’m going bungee jumping nude at New Year’s’ but more likely, ‘Yes I’ll try your vegan chilli but can I add bacon?’ “ ••• Col. Jim Benninger  is Wing Commander of 19 Wing Comox. He enrolled in the Regular Officer Training Plan in 1983, and has been posted to various locations around the world throughout his career. First

posted to Comox in 1997, he has returned here a couple of times, most recently in 2011 when he was appointed Wing Commander in June of that year. “I resolve to lead 19 Wing in achieving its vision to be the best wing in the RCAF by ensuring that our members, together with their families, remain highly motivated to serve Canada and Canadians, regardless of the challenges 2014 may bring,” says Benninger. ••• Well-known Comox Valley nurse Helen Boyd is the founder of the Care-A-Van. Using a retrofitted RV, volunteer health professionals travel to homeless people in the Comox Valley to ensure they receive the medical care they need. Boyd’s resolution is, “To continue developing interventions that prevent individuals of the Comox Valley from becoming homeless and to strengthen our relationships with members of this incredible community who believe in the work of the Care-A-Van program.” ••• Sue Medley is a multi award-winning singer/ songwriter, who is a household name in the Comox

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Jan. 4 — “Last Feb.13 — “There’s a night I didn’t want to lot of questioning going go to sleep because I on out there right now. just wanted to stare What do they want at her all night long.” their legacy to be? — Chrystal Anderson, What do they want to mother of first Comox contribute for that final Jan. 25 — “With a third of their lives?” — Valley newborn of the 10-year agreement, Sara Darling, Boomer year. Jan. 9 — “I don’t we can move past the Generation documenthink it’s any one fac- strife and disruption of tary co-producer. tor alone that’s caus- the past and focus on Feb. 22 — “It’s been ing this, but I think we what matters most — a long time coming. It’s can’t deny the fact that working together for nice to be recognized. they’re hurting, and students across Brit- They’ve been using it that if you walk around ish Columbia.” — Don for the last 20 years, in the downtown area, McRae, education min- and it’s deteriorated you see vacant stores, ister. our road system.” — Jan. 30 — “We’re Leslie Baird, Cumyou talk to other owners who are thinking optimistic — this berland mayor, re CV about closing out soon framework seems to be Waste Management — to me, it’s a huge one that we can work Centre. concern.” — Larry Feb. 27 — “Get Jangula, Courtethe message out Educate a boy and nay mayor. before the stuJan. 11 — “It you educate a man. dent population was a bunch of has decided who’s Educate a girl and you white powder; it cool, who’s not — was really deep educate a family. geek, nerd, cool, and I couldn’t see Adelaide Hoodless jock, goth, loser, anything. I fell off smart or another a 25-foot cliff, hit label.” — Steven a tree and knew right together on and move Baird, managing direcaway I was hurt. I felt forward. Whether we’ll tor, Street Smart Kidz. my leg snap in mul- get labour harmony for March 6 — “In tiple places.” – Andrew 10 years I don’t know, today’s society, nobody Stickney, Comox Valley. but it’s certainly a knows addition or subJan. 16 — “We are step in the right direc- traction anymore; we cautiously optimistic tion.” — Steve Stanley, have machines for that. that these statistics president, Comox Val- And, instead of becomrepresent a full recov- ley District Teachers’ ing simpler, it becomes ery following a severe Association. more complicated but, Feb. 1 — “They said being good consumeconomic depression that dampened travel as long as your doc- ers, we just go along trends across the coun- tor has his office or with what we’re told try.” — Fred Bigelow, her office in Campbell and swipe our card.” Comox Valley airport River you can get it – Andy MacDougall re free but since my doc- rounding up prices in CEO. Jan. 18 — “We exited tor was in Courtenay I absence of pennies. 2011 with a $30,000 had to pay.” – SamanMarch 8 — “Educate capital deficit that tha Pattison, heart a boy and you educate would have shut the patient. a man. Educate a girl Feb. 6 — “There’s a and you educate a famsociety down if not for this grant. With- great gasp factor and, ily.” – Adelaide Hoodout adequate funding, you know, it’ll be in the less, founder, Women’s we have no chance of newspapers, a 20-per- Institute. achieving our opera- cent increase, you March 13 — “Canational mission or other know, we can all clutch da had its first female society mandates and our chests, OK, that’s doctor in 1875, the first goals.” — Catherine $3 a month, is what female lawyer in 1892, Miller, president, Sid that increase actually the first female memWilliams Theatre Soci- is….” — Jon Ambler, ber of Parliament in Courtenay councillor. ety. See WOMEN, page 5

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Women ‘expect more’ in celebration of Womens’ Day Continued from page 4

1921, and the first member of the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010. But young women today say, ‘It’s not good enough. We expect more.’ “ — Richelle Gardiner-Hynds re International Women’s Day. March 15 — “Clearly, politics got on board, because the solution we’re getting is not for the best patient care. Obviously a group of people or peoples split the difference.” – Fred Bates, former regional hospital board chair, re Campbell River getting its own hospital. March 19 — “It’s important to demystify (the issue) and get down to the facts. It sounds clichéd, but (the kids) are our future police officers, educators, journalists and businesspeople.” — Sgt. Lindsey Houghton, Comox Valley RCMP. March 26 — “We are going to be definitely putting a new roof on, and Rotary will do that. That’s effective immediately — it rains harder inside the building than it does out.” — Art Meyers re Comox Valley train station. April 9 — “I don’t think they’re ever going to stop people from going. People have been going there for the last 100 years.” — Kyle Bourquin re Stotan Falls. April 11 — “…Now the airport today is nothing but a big cash cow, And now these guys who have taken it over … are now asking to get paid. And the guys who really did all the hard work did that for nothing and did it for a love of the community.” — Tom Grant. April 28 — “To be honest, I’d rather practise my guitar than do my math homework, but I’m still on the honour roll at Mark Isfeld Secondary.” — Keisja Cox. April 25 — “I know the hospice society has a dream. They’ve raised about $500,000 so far. What they’re looking for is multimillions, and we will be there to support that.” — Christy Clark. April 30 — “We think Cumberland has one of the best mountain bike trail networks on Vancouver Island and in the province.” — Mike Manara. May 2 — “He was one of those people who loved to work, didn’t work to live. He loved being in school — he was very, very rarely away.” — Phil Maund re the sudden, unex-

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much to our school and our class — she parents the kids, she parents the parents, she goes that extra mile — she deserves this.” — Kindle Parsons re Canadian Family Great Teacher Award. June 11 — “I’m just really interested in space technology and kind of the unknown factor that space has to offer, so it’s mostly the unknown discoveries that are waiting to be made that I want to help do.” — Roderick Gravoueille re a homemade weather balloon he planned to launch. June 13 — “My com-

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invested a great deal of time and money to create a great riding product, but over the last few years, the numbers have not been there to support the elevated operational costs.” — Don Sharpe re Mount Washington Alpine Resort closing its summer bike park. May 16 — “Whether it’s as an employee of a non-profit organization or if it’s as a private citizen who’s engaged in efforts in the community to make life better for people, that’s where you’ll find me.” — Kassandra Dyke, defeated B.C. election NDP candidate in the Comox Valley. May 28 — “There were 10 or a dozen ducklings there who were all gathered around the mother as she was, you know, dying.” — Brad Funk. May 30 — “Sue Bannister is an amazing teacher. She gives so

ment to him was that I really don’t want to see Cumberland separated. If they want to move us into the (Nanaimo-Alberni riding), so be it, but that I was really concerned about being divided.” — Mayor Leslie Baird re redrawing federal riding boundaries. June 25 — “I was one of those kids, you know, that rip everything apart, take it all apart, and not put it back together most of the time.” — G.P Vanier Secondary student Chris Leclair after winning a gold medal for the second time in Skills Canada’s national electronics competition. SALON

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Glacier View thankful Glacier View Lodge thanks the Soroptimist International of Courtenay for their ongoing support of the lighting of the lodge’s Christmas tree.

The Soroptimist support as well as individuals purchasing lights helps make Christmas special at the Lodge. — Glacier View Lodge

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THE OWNER OF Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures will speak Jan. 9 to Comox Valley Paddlers Club members. PHOTO SUBMITTED

Time to hop in kayaks, canoes Does your bucket list have water in it? That is, does your New Year’s Bucket List include adventure on the high seas for fun and fitness and thrills? The Comox Valley Paddlers Club (www. comoxvalleypaddlers. ca) can help you achieve that goal by providing you with the knowledge and support you need to get out on the water in your kayak or canoe. Informative winter sessions are held the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 at the Lion’s Den behind Pearl Ellis Art Gallery on Comox Avenue in Comox. Local paddlers will enjoy the first meeting of the new year Jan. 9 featuring speaker Andrew Jones, owner of Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures (www. kingfisher.ca) based in Port McNeill and running kayak tours on northern Vancouver Island and farther north in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii. From four-day Kayak With Whales base camp tours in Johnstone Strait to eight- and 15-day expeditions in Gwaii Hannaas National Park and the Great Bear Rainforest, Andrew has plenty of stories and photos of magnificent scenery and wildlife to share with the Comox Valley Paddlers Club. Kingfisher’s Orca Waters Base Camp kayak tours are ideal for beginner paddlers and wildlife enthusiasts and Kingfisher also offers a wide variety of expedition tours for the more experienced paddler. Family kayak tours are also available to help introduce younger children

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PADDLERS to kayaking and the wilderness. Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures has been running fully outfitted guided kayak tours on the coast of British Columbia since 1999. They pride themselves on small group sizes, allowing close personal attention and minimal impact on the environment and the wildlife viewed from kayaks. Maximum group size is eight guests led by two guides. Respect for the wildlife, cultures, and environments that Kingfisher visits is paramount in everything they do. Kingfisher follows the Be Whale Wise Marine Mammal viewing guidelines and are founding members of the North Island Marine Mammal Stewardship Association (NIMMSA). Kingfisher’s tours operate in the traditional territories of many different First Nations and many tours incorporate visits to cultural sites along with cultural interpretation by local First Nation guides. Andrew is a past president of the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia, chairs the SKGABC Operating Standards Committee, board member of the Wilderness Tourism Association, and is president of the North Island Marine Mammal Stewardship Association. Andrew is a Certified Level 3 Sea Kayak Guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia and a Level 4 Sea Kayak Skills with the Paddle Canada.

Andrew is passionate about guiding, and when he is not on the water much of his energy is directed towards the hiring, training and retention of some of the best kayak guides on the coast. All Kingfisher kayak guides are certified by the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia. On Vancouver Island and in the Comox Valley, paddlers have a choice of kayak tour companies to choose from and each year the Comox Valley Paddlers Club offers a platform for a kayak touring

company to inform and educate local paddlers as to their options. If you are keen to learn more about kayak touring from Kingfisher Wilderness Expeditions or to learn more about the local paddlers club, attend the Jan. 9 meeting at the Comox Lions Den. The Comox Valley Paddlers Club welcomes guests or new members any time of the year. Bring your own mug for hot apple cider social time Jan. 9 at 6:30. — Comox Valley Paddlers Club

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Reprinted courtesy of

LAND OF PLENTY

A History of the Comox District

The Tsable River Mine

Cont'd. from Dec. 26, 2013

The Tsable River Mine

One other coal mine, the Tsable River Mine, continued in operation during this difficult period. Opened in 1949, this mine was located in the coal-bearing area upriver from where the old Baynes Sound Mine had operated. The seam at this slope mine was from six to 10 feet in depth making it a pillar-and-stall operation where pillars of coal were left to support the mine roof. As areas of the mine were worked out, these pillars were removed starting at the farthest end allowing the roof to meet the floor as settling occurred. Although not a gassy mine, the Tsable River Mine did have the problem of coal igniting by spontaneous combustion. When the mine was entered near the 1,000foot level of the Beaufort Range foothills, the miners rode almost to sea level to reach the coal seam. At the seam they dispersed to some 18 workplaces where mining was done with modern machinery. The seam worked was broken by two narrow strips, one of dirt, the other of rock. One piece of machinery used in the mine was a "Joy Loader," worth $20,000 in the 1940s. Two arms of the machine, working exactly like those of a human, swept the loose coal onto a conveyor belt. The Tsable River Mine was able to continue operations for some time after the closure of all other mines in the Cumberland area because of the contract that the company had with the Bamberton Cement Works near Victoria. Of the 180,000 tons of coal taken from the mine each year, almost half of it went to the Bamberton plant, with the remainder sold to Vancouver for industrial and domestic use. However, the Vancouver Province of February 20, 1960 ran the following article: Life's Work Ending for 200 About 200 miners will be out of work when the Tsable River Coal Mine closes. Their big worry is

The Tsable River Mine what other kind of job they can go to. W.W. Johnstone, mine superintendent, said the average age of the miners is about 50. "They are considered too old to be taken on anywhere else," he said. Mr. Johnstone is himself uncertain what the future holds for him. Like most miners of Cumberland and district, he has lived with and worked at coal production since he was a boy. Stan Lawrence Sr., father of the mine manager of the same name, is still working at this Canadian Collieries operation. He is 70 and has spent 53 years in mining. Mr. Johnstone has had 39 years in the mines. His father worked in the old No. 8 pit at Cumberland and his grandfather spent a lifetime as a miner in Northumberland, England. Sam Gough, timekeeper at Tsable, has spent 39 years of his 64 years in Vancouver Island mines. These are typical of some of the men who will shortly be witnessing the end of an era and the end of their working days in the production of coal. It will be nostalgic moment for most of the Cumberland district residents when Canadian Collieries pulls out. "Guess we'll all have to go on welfare," said one old miner, "there won't be anything else for us to do around here."

The Canadian Collieries was about to close the Tsable River Mine. It did close on April 14, 1960 but was reopened on May 9 of 1960, this time operated by three senior employees of the company. Stan Lawrence, George Dutfield and James Cochrane made an agreement with Canadian Collieries to lease the Cumberland Museum mine and the available machinery. Employing 100 men in the reopening, this syndicate, known as the Comox Mining Company, was able to keep the Tsable River Mine in operation until November 1966. By that time, the Bamberton Cement contract had been cancelled. Problems finding a

Coal cars leaving Number 4, Pete Bardissono and Charles Parnham at Bill Whyte collection far left

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market for the fine sizes of coal made the operation uneconomical. Today the site, located five miles west of Buckley Bay, is abandoned with all buildings razed. Only the 150-foot-high waste heap remains to show the presence of a mine that produced close to 2,000,000 tons of coal in its lifetime, a mine that still contains some 7,000,000 tons of proven reserves. All coal mines in the area were now closed. The only mine operating was the hard rock open pit copper mine located on Mount Washington. A few of the coal miners were able to secure employment with this operation, but for the coal miners of Cumberland an era had ended. The young men of the city had not been able to enter the mines for years, as seniority clauses of the union contract gave priority to the experienced miners in a time of shrinking employment. The miners' wives did not have to tell their children, "Get an education so you don't have to go into the mines." There were no mines for them to enter.

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PICK ONE UP TODAY FOR THE WORKSHOP Adel Janssen, manager of Driftwood Mall, presents Bill Kennedy of Santa’s Workshop with new toys for the popular workshop. The toys were donated by customers during the mall’s Moonlight Madness promotion.

Isfeld Interact reflect on busy winter Club held many events to help variety of causes

The Mark R. Isfeld Interact Club has been involved in many projects and events over the recent winter season. At the start of November, the nonperishable food items we gathered from our

Halloween food drive were delivered to the Comox Valley Food Bank. Thanks to those who contributed, we were able to provide several bags and boxes of food to those in need. Later in November, our club hosted fundraisers to buy a medical pack for Syria. We’ve also wrapped up our annual AntiDrinking and Driving (ADD) campaign in

collaboration with the Comox Valley Record. The money gathered from this will go to support our club’s sponsor child and the bursary our club awards to an Isfeld student. The spread with all the ads gathered in the ADD campaign was released in the Record on Dec. 19 and will appear again in midJune. With excess funds from this and other

projects the club has assisted in, we have been able to buy a disaster relief box for the Philippines. Also in December, Comox Valley MLA Don McRae spoke with the Interact club. He described to the members the details of how one gets into public service and the duties the job entails. Over the next few months, we plan to focus our efforts to

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Making Christmas changes to prevent bad feelings Q: It’s the same every year, Christmas is over and I am exhausted. I’m also feeling angry and resentful. It seems like everyone else is happy and relaxed and enjoying their days off work and I wish that was how I felt, too. The problem is that Christmas is so such work for me. It’s more work than if I went to work! We have family come to stay and the big dinner is at our house. For days on end I am cooking and cleaning while everyone else visits. I could never sit around while someone else was working and I don’t understand how my family can see me being so busy and not help. Dinner was really good and everyone said so, and I wish that made me feel that it was all worth the effort. Instead I just feel taken advantage of. Every year I look forward to Christmas and hope that it will be great, but every year I feel the same. I love my family so much and I feel bad for harbouring these feelings. How can I get rid of them? A: I can see why you feel exhausted, angry, and resentful. That sure sounds like a lot of work. Asking for help with this tells me that you are ready to make some changes so that

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needs with those of others and treating yourself a little better. Take some time to relax, do something you really enjoy, register for a class you always wanted to take, make a date with friends, take a day off from obligations — it doesn’t matter what it is as long as it lets you enjoy yourself and relieves you of caring for others. Another part of improving selfesteem is to think more positively about your-

Spending time together and building relationships is more important than having a perfect meal or a perfectly clean house.

that, over the years, you may have actually trained your family that you can take care of everything, that you love to cook and clean for them, that they can sit whilst you work, or that you don’t need any help. If that is the case, it’s time to make some changes. Here are a few things you can do through the year to effect change for next Christmas: • Improve your selfesteem. If you find that you are always doing things for others and putting yourself last then there is room for boosting your self-esteem. Try balancing your own

self. Take stock of your thoughts and if you notice that you routinely put yourself down, think about how you speak to friends and hold your self thoughts to the same standard. In other words, treat yourself as well as you treat others. • Learn how to say “no.” Never saying “no” usually leads to people being taken advantage of and feeling resentful. It also teaches others to expect that you will always say “yes.” It will be uncomfortable and maybe even scary at first, but you really need to learn how to do this.

• Ask for help. Instead of handling everything yourself, try asking for assistance. Others won’t always notice what you could use help, especially if they see you as very competent and in no need of assistance. Like saying “no,” asking for help might feel awkward and uncomfortable, but don’t give up. If you start small and practise this through the year, you will be in fine shape for delegating chores next Christmas. • Relinquish a little control and learn to let go of how things “should” be. When you delegate some of the chores, you will also need to relinquish control over those chores. Things might not be done exactly as you would have done them and you can’t monitor the details or you will spend as much energy trying to control other people as you were spending doing it yourself. Striving for perfection is not always the best course of action. Spending time together and building relationships is more important than having a perfect meal or a perfectly clean house. Best of luck in the

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Pine Siskins know traditional music

old-time bluegrass and country that’ll send the winter blues packing. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30.  You can get tickets at the door or by calling Craig at 250-3394249. — Fiddlejam

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has been touring throughout the Americas with Chaplain Morrison doing energetic acoustic songs of rock, bluegrass and country with American and British folk influences. Morrison and West have a warm musical chemistry and add soaring vocal harmonies on all their tunes. Patrick is an outstanding musician who tours and records with several groups, most notably the popular Vancouver bands Headwater, Cousin Harley and the Leah Abramson Singers. He brings a solid swinging sound to his playing that instantly propels people onto the dance floor. The Pine Siskins’ live show at the Little Red Church will feature original songs, instrumentals, and newly arranged traditional material. Add to that the fun of watching elder statesman John Reischman set the pace for his younger counterparts and you’ve got

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Click your heels together and sing Click your heels together, tune up your voice and let’s hit the yellow brick road because we’re off to meet the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz. Gather your family and friends for the fifth annual singalong Jan. 18 at the Sid Williams Theatre sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Courtenay, Square 1 Travel and the Eagle FM. Dorothy, Toto and the gang will entertain you with this wellknown production of the Wizard of Oz in the film’s spectacular musical rendition of one of the best entertainment venues of all time. It’s the 75th anniversary of this 1939 musical so be ready to be entertained by the colourful cast of characters in the wonderful World of Oz. This film is notable for its use of Technicolour, fantasy storytelling, musical score and unusual characters and has become one of the best-known films and part of the American popular culture. It also features what may be the most elaborate use of characters, makeup and special effects of that time. Sing along to Over

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AVALANCHE BAR & GRILL presents House Ten85 DJs live music starting Saturdays at 9 p.m. FMI: 250-331-0334 or www.georgiastraightjazz.com. BILLY D’S PUB offers music by Jilli Martini on Friday nights from 8 to 11. COMOX VALLEY ART GALLERY presenting Jeanne MacGrotty exhibit called Residual. Season of Light displayed until Dec. 28. CVAG Christmas Art Gallery Christmas Craft Fair runs through Dec. 28. FMI: www. comoxvalleyartgallery.com or 250-338-6211. COURTENAY LITTLE THEATRE presents The Drowsy Chaperone at the Sid Williams Theatre from Dec. 28 to Jan. 4. Tickets at Sid Williams ticket centre, at www. sidwilliamstheatre.com or by phoning 250-338-2430, ext. 1. FLYING CANOE WEST COAST PUB has jam nights Thursdays, a DJ and dance Friday nights and karaoke Sundays at 9 p.m. GRIFFIN PUB north of CFB Comox hosts Jazztet on Sundays from 5 to 9 p.m. JOE’S GARAGE features Comox Valley Uke Jam on second Tuesdays. Ukulele instruction at 7 p.m., jam at 8 p.m. MARTINE’S BISTRO in Comox displays art by Marianne Enhörning until midMarch. MEX PUB has a Rock ‘n Country Jam ‘n Dance hosted by Outlaw Fever on Tuesdays (except the first Tuesday of the month), starting at 9 p.m. PEARL ELLIS GALLERY presents members’ Christmas fundraiser show and sale until Jan. 26. Free admission at 1729 Comox Ave. FMI: www.pearlellisgallery.com or Facebook. POTTERS PLACE showing work by Anne Cubitt in December. FMI: 250-3344613 or  www.thepottersplace.ca. STUDIO B in Cumberland presenting 10 Under 100 art show at 2704 Dunsmuir Ave. WAVERLEY HOTEL jam night with Brodie Dawson and friends Thursdays. Bluegrass Brunch on Sundays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. FMI: www. waverleyhotel.ca. ZOCALO CAFÉ displays art by Sophie Skapski until Jan. 12.

Friday, Jan. 3 JOHN REISCHMAN & PINE SISKINS with special guest Fiddlejam at Little red Church in Comox, 7:30 p.m. Tickets at door or by calling Craig at 250-339-4249.

Sunday, Jan. 12 ENOUGH SAID screening at Rialto Theatre, 5 p.m. For complete film series listings, visit www.comoxvalleyartgallery.com.

Wednesday, Jan. 15 WINDBORN and SAMANTHA SCOTT at Little Red Church in Comox, 7:30 p.m. Admission at door.

Thursday, Jan. 16 CHILLIWACK at Filberg Centre in Vancouver Island WinterBites Festival concert. FMI: www.winterbitesfestival.com or 1-855-400-2882. HITCHHIKING ACROSS THE ATLANTIC screening at Sid Williams Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Tickets at the Sid Williams box office or at www.sidwilliamstheatre.com.

Friday, Jan. 17 ALPHA YA YA DIALLO at Westerly Hotel in Vancouver Island WinterBites Festival concert. FMI: www. winterbitesfestival.com or 1-855-400-2882. THE WILD WINDWARD screening at Sid Williams Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Tickets at the Sid Williams box office

or at www.sidwilliamstheatre.com.

Saturday, Jan. 18 KENNY WAYNE and DAVID VEST at Westerly Hotel in Vancouver Island WinterBites Festival concert. FMI: www.winterbitesfestival. com or 1-855-400-2882. KIWANIS CLUB OF COURTENAY sponsoring fifth annual singalong at the Sid Williams Theatre, 7 p.m. Tickets for Wizard of Oz at Sid Williams box office or at info@sidwilliamstheatre. com.

Wednesday, Jan. 22 BARNEY BENTALL at Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community in Vancouver Island WinterBites Festival concert. FMI: www.winterbitesfestival.com or 1-855-400-2882.

Thursday, Jan. 23 JIM BYRNES and SOJOURNERS at Westerly Hotel in Vancouver Island WinterBites Festival concert at Filberg Centre. FMI: www. winterbitesfestival.com or 1-855-400-2882.

Friday, Jan. 24 GRAPES OF WRATH and ODDS in Vancouver Island WinterBites Festival concert at Filberg Centre. FMI: www.winterbitesfestival. com or 1-855-400-2882. RANDY (ELVIS) FRISKIE and CASSANDRA FRISKIE at Sid Williams Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Tickets at theatre Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., by phoning 250338-2430 or online at sidwilliamstheatre.com.

Saturday, Jan. 25 ASHLEY MACISAAC at Native Sons Hall in Vancouver Island WinterBites Festival concert at Filberg Centre. FMI: www.winterbitesfestival.com or 1-855400-2882.

Wednesday, Jan. 29 SUZIE VINNICK and BLIND BOY PAXTON at Crown Isle in Vancouver Island WinterBites Festival concert. FMI: www.winterbitesfestival. com or 1-855-400-2882.

Friday, Jan. 31 COUSIN HARLEY at Westerly Hotel in Vancouver Island WinterBites Festival concert at Filberg Centre. FMI: www.winterbitesfestival.com or 1-855-400-2882. WORLD COMMUNITY FILM FESTIVAL at various locations in downtown Courtenay. Tickets at 250-338-2430 or toll-free at 1-866-8988499 or online at www.sidwilliamstheatre.com.

Saturday, Feb. 1 WORLD COMMUNITY FILM FESTIVAL at various locations in downtown Courtenay. Tickets at 250-338-2430 or toll-free at 1-866-8988499 or online at www.sidwilliamstheatre.com.

Sunday, Feb. 23 LE WEEK-END screens at Rialto Theatre, 5 p.m. For complete film series listings, visit www.comoxvalleyartgallery.com.

March 6 JESSE COOK at Sid Williams Theatre. Tickets at theatre Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., by phoning 250-338-2430 or online at sidwilliamstheatre.com.

March 30 SID WILLIAMS THEATRE SOCIETY screens film Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. FMI: www.sidwilliamstheatre.com.

May 11 SID WILLIAMS THEATRE SOCIETY screens film Disney’s Aladdin. FMI: www. sidwilliamstheatre.com.


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COMOX VALLEY RECORD • Thursday, January 2, 2014

DISORDERLY NEW YEAR

ACROSS 1 Not live, as a TV show 6 Flight in a building 12 Nature lover’s prefix 15 Service station fixture 19 Old Olds 20 Chicken of — (tuna brand) 21 Digressions 23 “The Cosby Show” wife 24 Wild-animal tracking aid 25 Tree-planting observance 26 Try to find a figure of a person carved in oak? 29 Goad 30 Architect I.M. — 31 Ending of sugar names 32 Key next to F1 33 Chou En- — 36 Avid fan of German computer programs? 42 — effect on (impacts) 44 Divine being 45 Compass pt. 46 Singer Paula 47 Jurist’s org. 48 Really bug 51 One fibbing 54 R&B producer Gotti 56 Ballerina’s jump 57 Promoter of Texas’ largest city was obsequious? 62 Foot support 63 “That’s show —!” 64 Butte’s kin 65 Pt. of SSN 66 Not lenient 68 Sound of rebuke 70 Zsa Zsa’s sister 73 Relievable by scratching 77 It’s south of Can. 79 Eyes a bull’s-eye, say 83 Fess (up to) 85 “Of — I Sing” 86 Hapless thugs caught in the rain? 91 Prioritize 93 Mauna — 94 Sweet-talk

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Like Bashful Writer Harper — French ecclesiastics Drama part — Newton Active types Nonlocals visited by ghosts? Mil. bigwig Viral gene material Light blow Myrna of film “... — extra cost!” New year of which there are five anagrams in this puzzle More eerie Liken Buenos — Promotion at the top of a Web page Sled feature “Johnny B. —” (1958 hit song) Abbr. before “D.A.” Sullivan and O’Neill Detects Pitch-dark

DOWN 1 RPM gauges 2 “To sum it — ...” 3 Option for pad thai 4 African republic 5 Tim Conway’s “— on Golf” 6 Audio system 7 Deicing 8 Sleekly designed 9 “What — be done?” 10 Learn about via print 11 Most sapient 12 LGA guesses 13 Period after Ford’s presidency 14 Safely at first or second 15 Lima’s locale 16 Not duped 17 NYC bus insignia 18 —Ops 22 “You fell for it!” 27 Choose, with “for”

28 The latest 34 “What are you, some kind of —?” 35 Not in use 37 Army squad 38 By oneself 39 Hatred 40 “Not likely!” 41 Disapprove of 42 Responses to puns 43 End a mission early 49 Lowe of “Breakaway” 50 Purl’s partner 52 Munched 53 — ipsa loquitur 55 Beetles and Golfs, briefly 58 Shriveled up 59 Shih — 60 Singer Carly — Jepsen 61 With 119-Down, “Absolutely not!” 67 Bounced check abbr. 69 Greek letter 71 Wedding part 72 Blows away 74 Egg yolks are high in it 75 “Napoleon Dynamite” star Jon 76 Positive RSVPs 78 ISP of note 80 Mag with an annual “500” 81 “Little Red Book” author 82 Work crew 84 Utmost 86 Loosens, as some shirts 87 Future path 88 Saltillo snack 89 Take off 90 Jekyll’s antithesis 91 School cheers 92 All that and — of chips 98 Hit from a 102-Down 100 Ballerina’s skirt 102 Links peg 104 Formal talk 106 Not partial 107 Electroshock weapons 108 Not transparent 109 Romantic hopefuls 110 Big Apple sch. 116 “— remind you that ...?” 117 Advent 119 See 61-Down 120 Municipal laws: Abbr. 121 U.S. Senate alumnus Sam 122 Marino and Rather 123 Prego rival 124 Fed. loan agency 125 Mas’ mates

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Puzzling… Fun by the Numbers: Here’s how it works: Sudoku puzzles are formatted as a 9x9 grid, broken down into nine 3x3 boxes. To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box. You can figure out the order in which the numbers will appear by using the numeric clues already provided in the boxes. The more numbers you name, the easier it gets to solve the puzzle! SOLUTION TO LAST WEEK’S PUZZLES

JANUARY 5 to 11, 2014

The luckiest signs this week: Cancer, Leo, and Virgo.

ARIES The holidays are finally over, thank goodness. You need some rest and relaxation, so treat yourself well and take some time to nap, read, or go to the movies.

LEO There’s a fair bit of emotion in the air. Tread carefully, because you’re not always very good at managing this kind of situation. It may occur to you that you’d like to move.

TAURUS Your social life is getting busier. You might be invited to a few more parties, where you’ll be really happy to bump into some old acquaintances.

VIRGO You’re very acquiescent at the moment and find yourself readily devoting body and soul to your partner. A good talk should keep things balanced all around.

GEMINI It feels like time is a rare commodity, with all there is to do both at home and at work. You might decide to do some big cleaning jobs at home if you’re still off work. CANCER You might be stricken by a sudden urge to go away on vacation. Talk to your partner about it, as he or she might easily be convinced to go with you. You could also envisage a return to school.

LIBRA Your health may be worrying you, but you can recover your energy with a simple change of diet. It is important to try to harmonize the different areas of your life. SCORPIO All eyes are on you, whether you’re single or not. Your charisma pays off, both emotionally and professionally.

SAGITTARIUS Family takes up most of your attention. Enjoy taking the time to see some of your loved ones who weren’t able to be present over the holidays.

CAPRICORN You’re sure to have plenty to say for yourself, and you’ll say out loud what others are only thinking. You may even reveal an injustice to the world.

AQUARIUS You really feel like spoiling yourself and treating yourself to a bit of luxury. If you are particularly interested in shows, or any other sort of art, let that interest guide you in your entertainment choices.

PISCES You’re overflowing with energy and feel ready to conquer the world, but discouragement is never far. Work on knowing your limits and channeling your strengths.

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Thursday, January 2, 2014 • COMOX VALLEY RECORD

Drivers, stay right of centre Keep in lane to avoid crash in S curve

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live beside a road where I can watch an S curve out of my window and visibility is limited due to vegetation on both sides. I don’t have to watch for long before I see a driver who “straightens out the S” by driving more or less in a straight line through the corners. I haven’t seen a crash happen here because of this behaviour yet, but my traffic policing experience tells me that it is just a matter

of time. It doesn’t matter that there are no lines painted on the pavement at this spot, a driver is still required to confine the path of their vehicle to the right hand half of the roadway. Lines are helpful, but they too are often ignored as evidenced by the uneven wear of the centre line in another nearby section of winding road near my neighbourhood. I’ve met drivers there who are crowding the line or actually slightly onto my side of it. Why are these drivers so poor at maintaining proper lane position?

Behind the Wheel

Tim

Schewe

Surely everyone must realize that keeping to your lane has to be one of the most important rules of driving! Just because you don’t want to slow down or are too lazy to steer properly doesn’t mean that you are entitled to use some of my side of the highway. If you maintain proper lane position then you have a safety buffer around your

vehicle that allows you to take avoidance action if something untoward should occur. Consider what might happen if you meet another driver that drives the same way you do. Maybe it is a good idea to stay to the right of centre after all. For more information on this topic, visit www. drivesmartbc.ca. Questions or comments are welcome by e-mail to comments@ drivesmartbc.ca. Tim Schewe is a retired RCMP constable with many years of traffic law enforcement experience. His column appears Thursdays.

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4Rs raffling again

It is raffle time again at 4Rs Education Centre.  This is really important to 4Rs because the funds raised from the raffle go towards the financial aid fund supporting children in need of one-to-one tutoring whose families can’t afford such services.  Tickets cost one for $5 or five for $20.   The goal is to sell 2,125 tickets. Ask your co-workers if they are interested or consider purchasing some for your staff Christmas party. These tickets make great stocking stuffers.  This year there are three great prizes, including a return flight for two

with Pacific Coastal Air from Courtenay or Campbell River to Vancouver South Terminal, with taxes and fees included — a value of $916.56. A queen/king-size quilt by Linda Hamilton and two tickets to the Vancouver Canucks playing the Anaheim Ducks on March 29 are the other prizes. The first name drawn will choose one of the three prizes. Second name drawn will choose one of the remaining two prizes. Third name drawn will receive the remaining prize. The draw date is Feb. 14. — 4Rs Education Centre

COMOX VALLEY WORSHIP DIRECTORY Church of Our Lord Holy Communion 10:00 am each Sunday at Berwick, 1700 Comox Ave. Comox, BC All Welcome Tel: 250-941-0332

www.coolcomox.ca Anglican Church in North America

BAHÁ’Í FAITH Devotional gathering – with the theme “Nobility,” January 6 at 7:15 p.m. All are welcome. ~~~ “Noble have I created thee, yet thou hast abased thyself. Rise then unto that for which thou wast created.” Bahá’u’lláh www.bahaisofcomox.org 250.702.3041…†250.702.0574 www.courtenaybahai.org

Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship “The Art of Letting Go”

We’ve Got Some Space For You!

Rev Meg Roberts and Jane Fox January 5th at 4:00 pm 250 Beach Drive, Comox (at Comox United Church)

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THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA Meeting in the Stan Hagen Theatre

COMOX UNITED An Affirming Ministry

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Sunday Worship and Children & Youth Program 10 am Saturday Service 5 pm Rev. Maggie Enwright Email: cxunited@telus.net

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ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA Comox Valley Parishes Welcome You!

St. Peter

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SUNDAY SERVICE 8:30-9:15am,10:00-11:15 am and 4-5 pm WEDNESDAY SERVICE 10-10:45 am

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COMOX VALLEY RECORD ♦ SPORTS EDITOR: EARLE COUPER ♦ THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2014

Next stop, France, as Leduc pursues Olympic berth Earle Couper Record Staff

MATHIEU LEDUC OF Comox resumes his pursuit of a spot on the Canadian team going to the Winter Olympics at an FIS World Cup ski cross race in France on Jan. 11.

Mathieu Leduc’s quest for a berth at the 2014 Winter Olympics resumes Jan. 11 at an FIS Ski Cross World Cup race in Megeve, France. T h e 24-yearold national ski cross team m e m ber from C o m o x says he LEDUC has been super busy this season. “Races started off well with a 12th place result at the World Cup in Nakiska (Alberta) in early December. “Had some tough conditions in Europe and didn’t get the results I would have liked. Olympics are still looking like a long shot, but I’ll try to get some strong results this month before the Olympic break, and you never know.” The Winter Olympics run Feb. 7-23 in Sochi, Russia.

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UBC T-Birds flying south for some winter games Earle Couper Record Staff

The UBC Thunderbirds men’s volleyball team, with Courtenay’s Joel Regehr in the lineup, concludes a three-game non-conference series today in California. UBC takes on Long Beach State University, home of the 49ers, on Jan.

2 at 5 p.m. at Walter Pyramid. The 49ers are ranked fourth in the NCAA’s top division of men’s volleyball and garnered one firstplace vote in the preseason coaches’ poll released last week. UBC, the third-ranked team in the CIS, also faced the Pepperdine University Waves (rated sixth in the

American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II M e n ’ s Coaches Top 15 JOEL REGEHR preseason poll) on Dec. 29 and Dec. 31. Both games were played at Firestone

Fieldhouse in Malibu, Calif. “It’s a great opportunity to get some top-notch competition against two of the top teams in the United States, where we have the three matches to stay sharp,” said UBC head coach Richard Schick prior to the trip. “It’s going to be a good test for us.” In between the matches,

the players got to visit some of the attractions in the area, such as Disneyland and Universal Studios. The team also attended the Pepperdine-Brigham Young NCAA men’s basketball game on Dec. 30. UBC is currently in second place in the Canada West conference standings, with a record of 9-3. After

the California trip, the T-Birds will open the second half of league play with a visit to Kelowna to face UBC Okanagan in a twogame set Jan. 10-11. Regehr, a Mark Isfeld grad, is a 6’,7” first-year middle with the Thunderbirds. He is studying kinesiology.

Logging in an exciting 6-5 final over Campbell River Sharks. Hamilton Logging is coached by Alan Dyck and assistant coach Lee McKillican; goalie Noah Koster; players: Chris Dodd, Adam McKillican, Will Drewry, Jarid Dyck, Matthew Dyck, Darrin Dyck, Hayden Leach, Logan Bood, Liam Patterson, Grayson Scott, James Share, Alexa Pollock, Brendan Russell, Luc McLaughlin and managed by Kathy Dyck. Darin Dyck scored a goal unassisted  with Chris Dodd scoring  four  thanks to three  assists by Matt Dyck,  an assist by  Adam McKillican and two second-

ary assists by Alexa Pollock and one by James Share. Chris Dodd’s extraordinary fifth goal in a shootout won this very close and exciting game. The win was totally a team effort. Comox Valley Minor Hockey Association has the largest number of Midget Integrated Recreation teams  in addition to competitive  Tier 1 and Tier 2 teams on Vancouver Island. We are also among the largest Midget Divisions in B.C. We are always happy to register new players (male and female)  who are eager to get on the ice and enjoy Canada’s game. – CVMHA Midget Recreation Division

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Hamilton Logging grabs tourney championship Comox Valley Minor Hockey Association Midget Recreation Division hosted a 16-team pre-Christmas hockey tournament from Dec. 21-23. The tournament was a phenomenal success with eight teams attending from Victoria, Juan de Fuca, Nanaimo, Alberni Valley, Oceanside, Port MacNeill and two teams from Campbell River matching our own eight Midget Recreation teams (15-, 16-, 17-year-old boys and girls). Each team played a round robin of three games within  two pools  followed by a pool vs. pool final. The scores for all 32 games were close with  more than a

COMOX VALLEY HAMILTON Logging won the CVMHA Midget Recreation Division 16-team tournament. few games settled by exciting shootouts in the final. MVPs on each team in each

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Swimmers, skiers enjoyed success APRIL • Comox Valley Skating Club members Peyton Meiers, Meghan Taylor, Jade Paganelli and Jane Schaffhauser finished in the top five at the BC/YT Section competition. • The Victoria Cougars swept the Comox Valley Glacier Kings 4-0 to win the VIJHL playoff championship. Both teams were preparing for the Cyclone Taylor Cup (B.C. Jr. B championship) which the Glacier Kings were hosting. • VIU Mariners women’s soccer player Samantha Rodgers

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was named a CCAA Academic All-Canadian. • Mount Washington Ski Club competitors posted excellent results at a race at Red Mountain. • Golfer Logan Yanick tied for fifth at the CJGA B.C. Junior Open in Vancouver. • Strathcona Nordics Andrea Lee (two golds) and Avalon Wasteneys (bronze) earned medals

at the national crosscountry championships at Whistler Olympic Park. • Mount Washington Ski Club’s Brynn Johnston won five gold medals at the Nancy Green Festival at Sun Peaks. • Royston’s Keenan Milburn was hailed as “a small town hero” in an article on the Calgary Crush (American Basketball Association) blog. • Isfeld Ice grad Tyler Olsen played a key role in helping the VIU Mariners win the national men’s university basketball championship.

• The Richmond Sockeyes defeated the Victoria Cougars to win the Cyclone Taylor Cup. The host Comox Valley Glacier Kings finished fourth at the four-team event. • Nine Chimo gymnasts posted great results at the B.C. championships in Prince George. • Comox Valley United defeated South Burnaby Fighting Irish 2-0 to advance to the quarter-finals of the Provincial Cup. • Courtenay marathoner Dr. Janet Green escaped harm when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. • Peter Stubbs was the top male mogul skier in B.C. with a first-place ranking for the season and winning the Provincial Mogul Grand Prix Award. • CVAC Sharks swimmers Brooke Lamoureux and Jordan Ryan earned spots on the B.C. team.

• A 4-0 win over Port Moody SC advanced Comox Valley United men’s soccer team to the semifinals of the Province Cup. • The Comox Valley Strikers won bronze at the Vancouver Island volleyball championships. • At the Comox Valley Curling Centre, the local Deb Goodwin rink won the North Island playdown to advance to the Pacific International Cup. • For the 19th time, the Banzai were the overall winners of the Royal LePage Comox Valley Snow to Surf Adventure Relay Race. • A 1-0 extra time loss to the Richmond All Blacks eliminated Comox Valley United from Province Cup competition. • Taylor Green’s MLB season with the Milwaukee Brewers was cut short when he needed to undergo hip surgery. To be continued.

PETER STUBBS WON the Provincial Mogul Grand Prix Award.

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y thrust through the coming year will be to urge my readers to connect with nature through activities such as fishing, hunting, hiking and gardening as it relates to some of our activities. The picture with the column is of yours truly sitting in my little punt, while double anchored and connecting to the ecosystem of the lake with my fly rod and by extension the line and the fly on the end of it. It is a lowkey activity that offers many ways to observe and in a sense become part of the landscape and in this way enter into a unique relationship with all the natural things going on about me. Fishing and hunting are ventures that take place with few exceptions in the outdoor world of nature. To pursue them one must spend time in natural places or at the very least in the outdoors. Fishing in the Comox Valley and its surrounding ocean waters, lakes, rivers and streams is a many

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RALPH SHAW sided affair. Each environment we practise our fishing adventures in is uniquely different from the others and the only common element is water, whether it is fresh or saltwater. Recreational ocean fishing is by its extreme diversity a truly challenging venture performed by a magnitude of different types. We are fortunate to have many places in the Valley where we can fish from shore for salmon and other species of fish. Add to shore fishing the gathering of shellfish and the opportunities expand. Many of the activities are open to all members of the family from the very young to those advanced in years. Moving away from the shore we enter the realm of trolling, jigging, and bottom fishing. While fishing in the ocean we come in contact with whales,

THE AUTHOR SITS securely anchored to the bottom with two anchors and connected to the lake with his fly line. orcas, dolphins, seals, sea lions, and a multitude of birds that are part on nature’s everpresent side show. River fishing is a diverse activity guided by the species of fish you are targeting. Chum salmon fishing is a rough and tumble type of river fishing as opposed to the quiet interaction between a

trout fisher in pursuit of his quarry with a fly rod. Rivers are complex currents of water that bring the participant into contact with a wide spectrum of the ecological life systems associated with the river and the lands through which it flows. Lakes are by location storage basins of freshwater usually associ-

ated with rivers and in some cases underground sources. They vary in size from small ponds to large bodies of water as in the case of Comox Lake. Fishing techniques will vary from trolling in open waters, shore fishing in select places and intimate fishing with bait or flies on small bodies of water. Small lakes

can be cozy places to become absorbed into the intoxicatingly fulfilling state of being one with wild places – a condition I frequently experience. Hunting by virtue of its name blends itself to close associations of nature as we walk slowly through the woods. Still hunting has all the qualities of spiritual connections with wild, natural places. Hunting in the Comox Valley takes the participant from lowland encounters with local deer and geese all the way to alpine adventures above the timberline. These ventures into wild places contribute much to understanding the complexity of wild natural environments. It may be a surprise to many, but gardening can be a direct connection to proceeds from the outdoors as in fertilizing with fish parts not used in the house. I am closing this column with some sobering thoughts about climate change. In the Dec. 24 issue of the Globe and Mail, in the business section there was a small article on

the insurance problems the recent storms have caused and I copied the following quote: “Canadian insurers are grappling with the prospect of financial damage from yet another severe storm, capping off a brutal year that raised serious questions about how the industry will deal with the costs of climate change.” To me the key words in this statement are the unequivocal recognition of problems due to climate change. Throughout the coming months I will do my best to report on climate change moments that affect the Comox Valley. To close on a happy note, reports I hear on fishing in 2014 are generally positive. Have a happy and prosperous 2014 – keep your lines wet and powder dry. Ralph Shaw is a master fly fisherman who was awarded the Order of Canada in 1984 for his conservation efforts. In 20 years of writing a column in the Comox Valley Record it has won several awards.

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CHILDREN CHILDCARE WANTED F/T GOVERNESS- Speaks English, Mandarin or French. Loves kids, traveling and is playful. Live-in or out. N/S. Duties include: care giving, tutoring for a 4 year old boy. Light housekeeping & cooking. Own a valid Visa for domestic and international travel. Are you willing to travel? What are your salary exceptions? What is your thought about reporting to an Asian woman Caucasian man, inter-racial family? Are you willing to work on this job long term? Courtenay residence. Lourdes, 250-331-0486

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AL-ANON/ALATEEN - Concerned about someone’s drinking? Contact 1-8884ALANON (1-888-425-2666). www.al-anon.alateen.org ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS If you want to drink, it is your business, if you want to Stop it is ours. Ph: A.A 250-338-8042 Call Any Time 24/7 Nar-Anon are you affected by someone’s use of drugs, we can help. Wed. Group 7:30pm at 280-4th St. Eureka Support Society contact Jack 3343485. Fri. Group 8:00pm, Komok’s Health Centre, 3322 Comox Rd. Call Rene 334-2392.

LOST AND FOUND LOST BLACK Pit Bull- been missing since Saturday, Dec 21st answers to “Odin” may have a green leash attached to a black collar. If found please call us (250)703-1208.

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BOOKKEEPER - Part timecontract position with a non profit agency. Must be proficient in Simply Accounting, Excel and Word ; able to work as a team member and have strong interpersonal skills. Criminal records check req’d. Apply to admin@cvcdcs.com by 3 pm Jan 10/14.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES CONCESSION Stand new in 2010. Fryer, char broiler, fridge, stove, fire suppress System & S.S. Exhaust fan/Hood, & more. To be moved from current site in Comox. $25,000. 250-337-0132.

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Margaret Jensen (Eccleston) February 1916 – December 2013 Born Margaret Hastings in Fanny Bay, B.C. predeceased by her brothers Ernie, Art, Norie, Joe, sisters Bessie, Mollie, Lily. Survived by her son, Ken (June) Eccleston Union Bay and her daughters, Ginny Raga Campbell River, B.C. 5 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren.

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Margaret was a seamstress and sewed for many people in Union Bay and the Comox Valley. A Happy Lady with not a bad word to say of anyone. Thank you to the staff of Cumberland Lodge, where Margaret spent her last years. No service by request.

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Company Location: Campbell River, BC Profile: Grieg Seafood BC Ltd. farms Atlantic and Pacific salmon on the east and west coasts of Vancouver Island. Our salmon is sold in Canada and the US, and is on the menu at some of the finest white-tablecloth restaurants in America’s largest cities including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City. This is an opportunity for a fit, enthusiastic individual wanting to work with a growing international company, working outdoors and applying your knowledge in fish health and rearing. Reporting to the Site Manager, the Assistant Site Manager will live on-site 8 days in and 6 days out. You are responsible for all farm operations including feeding, animal husbandry and security of fish stocks. Daily responsibilities include coordinating and directing work crews, demonstrating leadership and decision-making.

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In depth knowledge of auto feeding operation and programming.

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The City of Courtenay invites applications for the position of “Utilities Maintenance – Sewer 1” in the Operations Department.

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Understand, enforce and adhere to all government regulations, farm practices and SOP’s.

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Experience maintaining and operating compressors and bloom mitigation equipment.

Keen understanding of all fish handling procedures (i.e. grading and splits).

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Working as part of a cooperative team, and through the use of manual labour and powered equipment and tools, the incumbent constructs and/or installs, inspects, maintains, cleans and repairs various components of the City’s sewer and storm drainage systems. For complete details, go to our website at www.courtenay.ca and click on “Employment Opportunities”.

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FUR COATS, sz 14: Beautiful white Beaver $350. Hudson’s Seal $200. and Russian Mink $200. Call Lee (250)337-8857 or (250)282-3274.

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LIFT CHAIR and recliner, moss green, good condition, $550. Call (250)334-9700.

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For Sale or Trade ocean/mountain view home. 676 Pacific Heights Lane. Main level entry walkout basement 3 bdrm, 2.5 bthm, 2400 sq.ft, 4 yrs old. $449,000. Will trade for home with good parking for 35’ RV. 250-923-5065.

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HOLLYRIDGE MANOR 200 Back Road, Courtenay 1 and 2 Bedroom suites available. One of the best values in Courtenay. Unique oor plans. California kitchens. These bright, modern suites are available in quiet, secure building.

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Front Store Manager A proven leader, you are highly capable in providing direction and motivation for your team. You will organize and implement efficient merchandising, utilize your excellent interpersonal ability by providing excellent customer service, and manage sales per labour hour principles. Candidates must have managerial experience.

Available immediately 2 bedroom, 3 bedroom, in clean, quiet building with on-site manager, close to town, schools, and bus. Stove, fridge, blinds and carpet. In-suite storage with washer and dryer. Small pets welcome. Rental references and security deposit required. To View, Call 250-871-3431

RUTHERFORD MANOR 1075 Edgett Road, Courtenay 2 bdrm suite available. Reasonable rent includes stove, fridge, dishwasher, carpet, blinds and storage room in suite. N/P, security deposit and 2 rental references req’d.

For viewing call Donna 250-334-9667

ST. BRELADES 146 Back Road, Courtenay FEATURES: Fridge/stove, dishwasher, washer/dryer, Quiet, clean building. Pet friendly. 2 bedroom condos. Ideal location, walking distance to SuperStore and NIC.

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ROYSTON COTTAGE- avail now. 1 bdrm. Close to beach. W/D, F/S. NP/NS. $700+ util. 250-334-8491.

ABBEYFIELD HOUSE offers affordable, supportive seniors accommodation in a home-like setting. All meals provided. Call 250-338-7136 for tour.

WATERFRONT suite 1bdrm. N/S, utils, laundry, cable internet incld, $685. 250-335-1566.

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FOUR TIRES & rims, Hankook RW11 I Pike. 2756518. Mounted on Ford Lincoln rims, less than 10K, ice & snow. $800. Call (250)923-5027.

NORTH NANAIMO: Attention Students/Working Professionals: semi-furn private suite. New floors & paint. Shared lndry. FREE hydro & cable. N/S, No Partiers. $850/mo. Available now. 250-756-9746

SNOW TIRES - four used Toyota Venza tires, 245/55/19, used one season - $300 250-334-0391

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CLOSE TO GOOSE SPIT 3 bdrm, 2 bath, F&S, family rm, carport, fenced yrd, N/S, No pets. Avail. Immed. Pay 1/2 mth rent in 12th mth w/one yr lease. - $1,100/mth RURAL HOME 3 bdrm, 1 1/2 bath, on no thru street, 5 appls, carport, beautifully landscaped fenced yrd, deck, wired workshop, N/S, No pets. Avail. Immed. $1,350/mth BEAUTIFUL WATERFRONT HOME 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 5 appls, gas F/P, hot tub, sauna, 2 decks, N/S, pet neg. w/ref. Avail. Immed. $2,000/mth COMOX RANCHER 3 bdrm, 1 1/2 bath, 5 appls, F/P, fenced yrd. w/shed, carport, N/S, pet neg. w/ref. Avail. Dec. 1 - $1,150/mth COURTENAY COTTAGE small 1 bdrm, 1 bath, 4 appls, would suit single person, yrd area w/garden shed. N/S, No pets. Avail. Immed. - $595/mth.

ARRAN HOUSE 2 bdrm, 1 bath, F & S, coin laundry, large balcony, hot water incl., N/S, No pets. Avail. Jan. 1 - $725/mth BRAIDWOOD MANOR top floor 2 bdrm, 1 bath, F & S, coin laundry, balcony, res. pkg, N/S, cat ok. Avail. Immed. - $695/mth WILLOW WOOD 2 bdrm, 1 bath patio home, 4 appls, patio, 2 res. pkg spaces, N/S, No pets. Avail. Immed. & Jan. 1 - $750/mth BRAIDWOOD MANOR 2 bdrm, 1 bath, F & S, coin laundry, balcony, new carpeting, res. pkg., N/S, No pets. Avail. Immed $725/mth ARGO COURT 1 & 2 bdrm units, 1 bath, F & S, coin laundry, hot water & basic cable incl., N/S, cat neg. w/ref. Avail.Immed.& Jan. 15 $650 & 700/mth SPACIOUS NEWER DUPLEX 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 5 appls, fam rm, garage, fenced yrd, N/S, small pet neg.w/ref. Avail. Immed. 1 $1,200/mth CLOSE TO SUPERSTORE 2 bdrm, 1 bath, ground floor, 5 appls, patio, res. pkg, N/S, No pets Avail. Immed. $750/mth #250 rent incentive w/1yr lease. NEWER DUPLEX 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 6 appls, gas F/P, garage N/S, No pets. Avail. Dec. 1 - $1,200/mth CRAIGMARK PLACE 2 bdrm, 1 bath, 4 appls, balcony, res. pkg, storage, N/S, No pets. Avail. Immed. $800/mth CLOSE TO QUALITY FOODS 2 bdrm, 1 bath patio home, 5 appls, patio, storage, N/S, No pets. Avail. Dec. 1 - $850/mth COMOX TOWNHOUSE 3 bdrm, 1 1/2 bath, 5 appls, patio, res. pkg., walk to downtown, N/S, No pets. Avail. Immed. - $925/mth TRUMPETER’S LANDING 2 bdrm & den, 1 1/2 bath, 5 appls, F/P, patio, underground pkg, storage, N/S, No pets. Avail. Jan. 1 $1,000/mth FIVE OAKS 2 bdrm, 1 bath, 5 appls, laminate flrs, patio, N/S, No pets. Avail. Jan. 1 $725/mth CRAIGMARK PLACE 1 & 2 bdrm units, 4 appls, balcony/patio, storage, N/S, No pets. Avail. Immed. & Jan. 1 - $650 & $750/mth MAPLEWOOD MANOR 1 bdrm, 1 bath, F & S, coin laundry, Close to Superstore, N/S, No pets. Avail. Feb. 1 - $625/mth

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Do you care about where you live? Do high standards of maintenance, service and cleanliness matter to you? Do you prefer quiet, mature neighbours? If yes, please give us a call and discover how the quality of ownership and management makes all the difference. We have the best managed, finest apartments in the most convenient locations in the Comox Valley. Locally owned - we own and manage our own buildings only. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE! Please refer to available apartments listed below. TELEPHONE 250-703-2264 | 250-338-0267 | 250-339-1222

SANDPIPER VILLAGE 1650 Comox Ave. TWO BEDROOM bright and spacious south facing unit. Unique floor plan with cross ventilation. Huge, private deck overlooking garden. Recently renovated. Very attractive. Quiet, mature adult building just two blocks from Comox Mall and services. ALSO ONE BEDROOM. Call Greg @ 250-339-1222.

TRADEWINDS 1600 Comox Ave. TWO BEDROOM nicely renovated suite - spacious and modern. Excellent location in central Comox walking distance to everything. In suite storage. New designer kitchen. Large dining room. Resident social room. Elevator and security entry. Well maintained and managed, mature adult building. Call Greg @ 250-339-1222.

WESTWATER 60 Anderton Ave. TWO BEDROOM renovated suite. Ensuite, Jacuzzi tub, fireplace, in suite washer/dryer. New appliances. Walking distance to downtown. Well maintained and managed quiet, mature adult building. Resident social room. Indoor scooter parking. Elevator. No pets. Call John @ 250-703-2264.

303-1912 Comox Ave 2 Bed 2 Bath 6 Appliances $1200/mth Avail. Jan 1st DUPLEX/TOWNHOUSE 14-1335 13th St 2 Bed 1 Bath N/S N/P 5 Appliances $750/mth Avail immed. 1130A 2nd St 3 Bed 1 Bath N/S N/P 4 Appliances $1100/mth Avail immed. 2105A Urquhart 2 Bed 2 Bath N/S 5 Appliances $1050/mth Avail Jan 1st HOUSES 1905 Coleman Rd 3 Bed 2 Bath N/S 5 Appliances $1500/mth Avail Nov 15th 2705 Urquhart Ave 3 Bed 3 Bath 5 Appliances $1400/mth Avail Jan 1st MOBILE HOMES 1510 Anderton Rd. 3 Bed 2 Bath N/S 5 Appliances $1100/mth Avail Jan 1st

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OFFICE/RETAIL 910 Fitzgerald Avenue Corner Fitzgerald & Eighth Prime space available 1,825 sq. ft. available now. Street level. Excellent downtown location near Court House. On a highly visible site. Modern, well maintained professional building. Air conditioned. Ample parking. Suitable for retail or office. One of the finest professional buildings in the Comox Valley. For details phone 339-1222 or 339-0490 TRENDY TIN Town location, 1500 sq ft, 10’ ceilings, bay door, plenty of natural light. Suitable for retail, studio, offices etc. Reasonable rent, NO triple net. Ph 250-897-0950 days, 250-703-0400 eves.

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GREENBRIAR 750 Eighth Street LUXURY TWO BEDROOM CONDO. Very spacious corner suite — 1064 sq. ft. Nicely appointed with two full baths, in suite washer/dryer, full sized appliances. Very well maintained, mature adult building. Security entry. Courtenay’s finest. Three blocks from downtown. No pets. Call David @ 250338-0267.

CAPRI 1081 Stewart Ave. LARGE TWO BEDROOM bright and spacious. Unique floor plan — window in dining area. Recent renovation. Very attractive. Quiet, mature adult building central Courtenay. Security entry. Call John @ 250-703-2264.

BERKSHIRE MANOR 825 Harmston Ave. CORNER TWO BEDROOM spacious and recently renovated. Unique floor plan. Full sized appliances. Private patio. In suite storage. Security entry. Quiet, well maintained mature adult building. Small pet okay. Call David @ 250-338-0267.

CEDAR MANOR 463-12th Street A VERY SPECIAL TWO BEDROOM in mature adult building just three blocks from downtown. Fresh, recent renovation. All new appliances. Unique, bright layout. Security entry. Large private deck. This is a very attractive and unique suite. Call David @ 250338-0267.

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TOWNHOUSES / DUPLEXES GUTWALD DUPLEX

Rural living only moments to town! 3 bdrm upper duplex features 4 appl, garage space, deck, & large shared lot. N/S. N/P. $800/mo. Oct 1.

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Two bdrm, 1 bath townhome offers great living space & excellent proximity to all amenities, including shopping, NIC and rec. Main floor features kitchen w/ good cupboard space, laundry, dining, and patio. Upper floor includes 2 bdm, 1 bath, plus storage. Small pet considered w/ dep. $775/mth. Avail imm.

CONDOS / SUITES / APARTMENTS CHERRYWOOD MANOR

Spacious 1 & 2 bdrm suites located in secured entrance building. Recent renovations & includes mstr bdm w/ walk-in closet, 2 app, lrg patio & on site laundry. Conveniently located near schools & on bus routes. N/S, N/P building. Starting at $650/mth inc FREE heat and hot water. Avail imm.

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Spacious, 1 & 2 bdrm suites in secured entrance bldg, located near Cumberland Hospital and downtown core; incl 2 appls, and on site coin-op laundry; $625-675/month. Avail starting 1 Jan.

2000 FORD Explorer AWDX4 PW. window, locks, mirrors, AC. AM/FM, CD, radio. Good shape inside & out runs good. $7000 OBO 250-338-9929

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2001 DODGE Durango. Great shape. V8. 300,000 kms. Asking $3400. Call: 250-830-7219 or email: grahamam@telus.net

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1993 FORD Ranger XL 2WD 5 speed, new tires and rims. No rust, super MPG 137,000 KM. $3200.00 O.B.O. Please call 250-338-4184.

2000 FORD F150 4x4 XLT extended cab, auto, 207,000 km, great condition, $6000 obo. Call (250)331-0239.

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2001 RAM 1500- recent battery, re-built motor & trans, new tires. $4750. Call (250)703-0171.

2005 EXT. Venture Van, garaged, 96,000 km’s. Original Owner. Excellent condition. $8,900. 1 (250)758-2078

2009 SUZUKI SX4, blue sedan, great condition, 1 owner, 57,000 km. $9,500. Call (250)338-2238. RECREATIONAL VEHICLES FOR SALE

2005 SALEM Travel trailer, 22ft. Good condition. Kept under cover. $6,500 obo. 1 (250)468-9948

2011 SILVERADO LT, 4x4 Dually, 3500 HD, 6L Gas, Reg Cab Long Box, 25,650 km, 20k Reese Hitch, like New, $27,900. 250-941-1863.

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Thursday, January 2, 2014 • COMOX VALLEY RECORD

BEST OF 2013 Among our selections of our best photos of 2013 is Livea and Ryan Timms, aged eight and five respectively, displaying their catches at the Bullhead Derby in Comox (above), “Miss Team Canada” experiences a chilly wakeup call New Year’s Day during the annual Polar Bear Swim plunge at Saratoga Beach (right), Principal Lyneita Swanson congratulates Osler Shield winner and valedictorian Nicole Kardos at Highland (bottom right), what do you call a horse made of driftwood? Drifter, of course, replies creator Cheryl Moore (bottom left) and City of Courtenay workers dragged a derelict boat out of the Courtenay River (below). The vessel had been resting on its side near the boat ramp at the airpark. PHOTOS BY MARK ALLAN/PAUL RUDAN/ERIN HALUSCHAK/SCOTT STANFIELD

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Sociologist gathers, records stories When Courtenay sociologist Rick Ponting heard Howard, his 84-year-old neighbour, recount his harrowing tales of his early career as an industrial electrician, he knew that those stories and the remarkable life story of their teller had to be recorded for posterity. The endearing account of Howard the young truant (a full month of fishing as a seven-year-old!) and the romantic courtship of Jeannie only affirmed Ponting’s decision to start a business that would capture such stories to make them available to the storyteller’s loved ones and descendants. Thus emerged The Gift of Voice, one of Courtenay’s new businesses. It draws upon Ponting’s professional training as an interviewer, and the decades of interview and other research he conducted during his 32-year career as a sociologist

and university professor. “I’ve always enjoyed research and especially interviewing,� says Ponting. “It’s immensely satisfying, particularly now that I’m helping clients to make themselves known to future generations of their family. Through the recording of their stories, philosophies and accumulated wisdom, they’ll be much more than just a name on a family tree. They can be an influence, even a role model, for their great grandchildren and beyond.� The recordings provide a means of spanning the generations, and they do it in the actual voice of the interviewee. “I wish I could hear the actual voices of my parents and grandparents, all of whom have passed on,� says Ponting. Even the interviewees’ children learn things about their par-

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ents from the interviews. That is part of the ‘gift’ that is captured in the name, The Gift of Voice. Interviews can be as brief or as detailed as the client wishes. The interviews with Howard amounted to more than 12 hours spread over eight sessions and several weeks. The business model involves Ponting formulating the interview questions, conducting interviews which he records digitally, and then providing the interviewee with a CD

containing the interviews. It sounds simple, but Ponting points out that developing the right questions is crucial to the success of an interview. Interviews are by no means merely chronologies. The distinctiveness of the enterprise, and part of the added value that it offers in the marketplace, is based on Ponting’s use of sociological perspectives to create new lines of questioning. “Sociologists have various lenses for looking at the world in ways that most people do not,� Ponting said. “Part of my task is to mine the sociological literature for perspectives that yield a richer understanding of the matter under discussion. I do it without jargon so that the interviewee is comfortable with it but says: Now that’s an interesting question.� Ponting’s profes-

sionalism extends well beyond his interviewing skills that enable him to elicit answers and help clients form and articulate their thoughts and memories. It includes a sense of ethics and discretion honed through decades of interviewing persons across a wide spectrum of positions. An ethic of community service also characterizes The Gift of Voice. A commitment to donate at least 25 per cent of all profit is included on the website: giftofvoice.shawwebspace.ca. Gift certificates are available for those who wish to give interview sessions as a gift to a loved one. Ponting is also accepting bookings for those who wish to be interviewed themselves.

                  

  



   

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Youth and life/work success in 2014 The world of work has changed drastically and quickly. Behaviours and skills required to create life/ work success in today’s world of work are often not those that most of us in the parents and educators categories learned in our youth. Many of us didn’t have a positive and robust career education. Beth Campbell Duke, author of Future-Proof Careers: Expert Advice To Help You Guide Your Young Adult Towards Life/Work Success, believes career educators in high schools, colleges and universities hold the key to re-engaging youth and helping them create long-term success. But institutions are slow to change, and if you’re a parent of a teen or young adult you don’t have time to wait. “Things have changed,� says Campbell Duke. “In today’s world, career education and skills are fastbecoming life skills. That puts parents and educators into a difficult situation. How do we help guide our young adults with effective skills that many of us are trying to gain for ourselves?� You don’t need to be a career counsellor to help guide young adults towards life/ work success. Campbell Duke interviewed a number of experts to

glean tips and advice for parents. “The most important thing for parents to understand about the current world of work is that our traditional ideas about job security have changed,� says Campbell Duke. “This makes it more impor-

tant than ever that we understand how things work, and make sure our actions reflect our new understanding. “This is by far the biggest challenge we face. “Parents don’t need to help their young adults write a resume

or prepare for interviews — their job is about setting a solid foundation of beliefs and attitudes. Our job as parents is to help our children understand how to build on their strengths.�  http://FutureProofCareers.com.

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Opportunity for Public Comment On BC Ferries’ Proposal For A Cable Ferry The British Columbia Ferry Commission, the independent regulator of BC Ferry Services Inc. (“BC Ferries�), is seeking public comment on BC Ferries’ proposal to build and operate a cable ferry on Route 21 (Buckley Bay on Vancouver Island – Denman Island). BC Ferries has submitted an application pursuant to Section 55(2) ofthe Coastal Ferry Act seeking the commissioner’s approval of a major capital expenditure for the cable ferry project. Under Section 55 of the Act, the commissioner may approve a major capital expenditure if the proposed expenditure is reasonable, prudent, and consistent with the current Coastal Ferry Services Contract, and any long-term capital plan established by the ferry operator. Visit “What’s New� at www.bcferrycommission.com for a copy of BC Ferries’ application and Section 55 Application Guidelines established by the commissioner. In accordance with the commission’s regular process for public comment, written submissions can be sent by email to info@bcferrycommission.com or by mail to BC Ferry Commission, PO Box 9279 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria BC, V8W 9J7. Deadline for written submissions is January 23, 2014. Submissions received by the Ferry Commission may, at the discretion of the commissioner, be published on its website.


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stay home, rest, drink plenty of fluids and recover? I was shocked to read about Dr. Charmaine Enns recommending that people who think they might have the flu are encouraged to visit their doctor,  pharmacist or local public health. Why would people go to the doctor if they think they might have the flu? Why clog up a doctor’s office for the flu and flu-like symptoms? Beside prompting anyone with a runny nose to go to a doctor, she recommends going to see a pharmacist. What can be done there? Purchasing over-the-counter cold and flu medications that may make you feel better or may make you feel worse. For sure they will cost you money and not shorten the duration of your viral illness. Next, go to public health. Not the place to go if you are ill. They are not qualified to deal with serious acute illness but they may want you to come with your sniffles so they can record another “flu-like illness.” If you are seriously ill with complications from the flu, you should go to the emergency department. Of course, if you feel your health deteriorating, see your doctor. I hope everyone gets a dose of common sense in their Christmas stockings this year. Rest, eat well and wash your hands! Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Healthy Happy New Year. I fear flu paranoia — not the flu!

I HAD A young man coming into my

office, Theo Lemay. He had a birthday party instead of gifts he asked everyone to donate money. He decided to donate $30 to the Dawn to Dawn Action on Homelessness Society. I would like to see this action of kindness mentioned in the newspaper. It was a nice gesture on his part.

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plaining about taxpayer subsidies for corporate bonuses. He also has a theory that raising traffic speed limits would reduce accidents.  Minister Stone may be the bright light in the premier’s office, but he really, really needs a reality check. The B.C. Liberals seems to think that photo radar is an exclusive left wing idea that should be buried with the NDP. Minister Stone is wrong on this one, too. He is right about one thing — speed does not kill. Drivers who speed kill. Especially impaired or distracted texting  drivers. The pub parking lots are again full after that tough B.C. drinking /driving law scare. Now they  may be driving faster on the way to the next party.

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youth of our valley. There is so much animosity and suffering going on the world, and we, smug in our little valley, criticize how others behave, yet we are often no better. How hard is it to treat others the way you would like to be treated? Oh sure, it is coming out now for the holiday season, but will be quickly tucked away for the rest of the year. Why not try to be nice all of the time? It costs nothing, but is incredibly valuable. To quote Herman Hesse from his essay Christmas, December 1917, “Before we celebrate another Christmas, before we try once again to appease our one eternal and truly important yearning with massproduced imitation sentiment, let us face up to our wretched situation. No idea or principle is to blame for all our wretchedness, for the nullity, the coarseness, the barrenness of our lives, for war and hunger and everything else that is evil and dismal: We ourselves are to blame. And it is only through ourselves through our insight

and our will, that a change can come about. It makes no difference whether we go back to the teachings of Jesus and make them our own again, or whether we seek new forms. Where they strike the eternal core of humanity, the teachings of Jesus and of Lao Tzu, of the Vedas and of Goethe are the same. There is only one doctrine, There is only one religion. There is only one happiness. There are a thousand forms, a thousand heralds, but only one call, one voice. The voice of God does not come from Mount Sinai, it does not come from the Bible. The essence of love, beauty, and holiness does not reside in Christianity or in antiquity or in Goethe or Tolstoy — it resides in you, in you and me, in each one of us.”

AT 12:13 PM PST in Courtenay on Island Highway South near the intersection with Marriott Road, the driver of a Petro Canada fuel oil truck travelling south ran me off the clear pavement onto the marbles covering the shoulder of the road. Honking his/ her horn while driving at  80 km/h or more while barrelling down on a cyclist who was travelling as far to the right of the road as is safe  was not safe driving. His/her decision to force a cyclist onto the dangerous surface shows a total lack of safe driving skills or a total lack of knowledge of rules of the road. Either way, your company is employing a person who is a hazard to others and a liability to your company. A BIG SMILING, glorious bouquet

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COMOX VALLEY’S COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER Publisher: Zena Williams : publisher@comoxvalleyrecord.com Editor: Mark Allan : editor@comoxvalleyrecord.com Business Development: Joanna Ross : sales@comoxvalleyrecord.com Ph: 250-338-5811 / Fax: 250-338-5568 / Classified: 1-855-310-3535 A division of Black Press Ltd. 765 McPhee Avenue, Courtenay, B.C. V9N 2Z7 www.comoxvalleyrecord.com editor@comoxvalleyrecord.com The Comox Valley Record is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org

Pass the veggies and watch your waistline After a season of over-indulging, many Canadians woke up Jan. 1 and said this is the year they get heart-healthy. That wakeup call to become more active and eat better can’t come a moment too soon, according to the Canadian Medical Association. The CMA’s latest report on the nation’s heart health says we’re not doing very well — in fact, we’re almost on life support. Across the nation, fewer than 10% of Canadian adults meet the criteria for “ideal” cardiovascular health, which means most still don’t get enough exercise (at least 30 minutes of walking per day), and most don’t eat properly (consuming five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day). People are getting heavier and we see this everywhere, and in our own waistlines, which seem to expand with each passing year. But adults aren’t alone in risky health behaviours. According to the study, only about 20% of kids between 12 and 19 years are making lifestyle choices to keep them healthy — including being active for an hour or more a day. Where is all this heading? The bad news is unless people’s habits change, there will be more incidences of diabetes, hypertension, cancer, heart attacks and stroke. If you think our hospitals are crowded now, imagine what the wards will be like a few years from now. The sad part is that many baby boomers are planning for long lives. Unless they make changes now, however, they will be sick or disabled for 10 of those years, according to a Heart and Stroke Foundation report released in 2013. Ironically, most boomers think they are healthy but in fact many are stressed, sedentary, eat poorly and drink too much alcohol. Could this be the year Canadians change those statistics and turn this unhealthy ship around? Pass the veggies while we think about it. Tri-City News

Record Question of the Week This week: Fifty per cent of respondents so far say they are pleased about a recommendation, with conditions, to allow an Enbridge pipeline. Do you have an opinion? A strong one? Visit www.comoxvalleyrecord.com and vote in our Question of the Week. Courtenay sociologist Rick Ponting has created a new Comox Valley business by telling people’s life stories and saving them for posterity.

After countless hours lobbying and fundraising, the resumption of service of a Vancouver Island railway doesn’t appear to be any closer to reality.

Being bullied about meters Dear editor, Re: New digital hydro meters. I am a retired senior, on a small pension, with two analog meters on the wall of my bedroom, right next to where I sleep. I have chosen not to accept the new meters for the following reasons: No one can say with absolute certainty what the long-term effects from these meters will be; Hydro will not agree to indemnify us for fire or damage caused by the meters, and it is only a matter of time before someone figures out how to hack into the VHF signals put out by them. I am a reasonable person and am willing to pay a nominal fee to have my meter read, but it does not have to be read on a bimonthly basis; instead, it could be read on a quarterly or triannual basis, with an interim charge in between, based on average monthly usage and adjusted at the time of reading (as is currently the case with us).

However, what Hydro is mandating as a supposed alternative, is unreasonable: radio off meter - $100 + $20/month; or keep old meter @ $35/month = $420/year x 60,000 residences = $25,200,000. Instead of trying to work with us to resolve the situation in a fair and reasonable manner, they have chosen to try and bully us into taking the new meters. Why do the meters need to be read on a bimonthly basis

and if they are going to have to read the “signal off” meters at $20/month, why the exorbitant charge to read the old meters? I wrote Minister of Energy Bill Bennett on Sept. 16 on this subject. No reply after five weeks. I was told they “couldn’t find” (lost) the fax. Refaxed again at their request – no reply as of this writing. Hydro has indicated that they will look at the situation in the new year. Why not now? In the meantime, they have been sending out letters to us. The most recent, threatening to cut off our power if we do not make one of the “choices” by Dec. 1 and refuse to pay their exorbitant charge. I urge all the residents affected by this, to stand together to fight Hydro’s bullying and to not be swayed into taking the new meters by intimidation. Keith G. Seguin, Courtenay

everyone can see the problems. If this province has the money to build convention centres, new roofs for BC Place, bridges, highways, give tax breaks to multinational corporations then it has money to pay those on disability. It is to be hoped our MLA will work towards remedying the situation, which Mr. McIntyre explains so clearly. Not only is the issue a lack of

monthly income but the lack of affordable housing for the disabled. If the provincial government is not willing to provide it, municipal governments have a moral obligation to provide housing for people that does not take up more than 30 per cent of their income. E. A. Foster, Comox

Instead of trying to work with us to resolve the situation in a fair and reasonable manner, they have chosen to try and bully us into taking the new meters.

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Saying what needed to be said Dear editor, Please accept my thanks for printing the letter by G.A. McIntyre (Record, Dec. 26). The editorial board has done well to print the letter. It needed to be said. Poverty is an issue that has not been dealt with. It was good to see it dealt with in our local paper. Mr. McIntyre is to be commended for his bravery in writing the letter. It is not often people will write letters such as this. Letters which spell out clearly what the issue is and how it impacts a person and then signs their name to it.  Our provincial government will not be able to say they do not know the depths of the issue, regarding those living in poverty, because they are disabled. Mr. McIntyre’s letter is so clear

Helping poor in Canada? Dear editor, I went on the Internet, which I think J. Gould (Record, Dec. 5) should do, and here are two lines from two different articles that I found regarding the Attawapiskat chief’s income and spending: 1) The chief of Attawapiskat made $71,000 last year while her

people live in tents! 2) So, where did the $90 million spent on Attawapiskat reserve go then? And you say why send money to the Philippines and Syria? Help the poor in Canada? No more need be said. A. Levy, Comox Valley


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What I’d like to see Here are a few things I’d like to see in B.C. political life in the coming year, but won’t. • An orderly schedule of legislature sittings, one in the spring and one in the fall. I canvassed this topic with Premier Christy Clark in our year-end interview, and got the usual runaround about how it’s always been optional since old Gordon what’s-his-name set the schedule of sittings and POLITICS elections more than a decade ago. Spring is for OM the budget and MLAs LETCHER sit in the fall if they need to discuss legislation. They need to all right, but what governments want to do is ram it through as fast as they can, so that’s what they do. The last couple of years of this have been a sham worthy of a South American banana republic, with three chambers running simultaneously and opposition members trying to prepare as they run down the hallways. It leads to mistakes in new laws and adds to the public’s cynicism about the whole business, but it gets things done with minimum exposure of the government to criticism. Stephen Harper would approve. • A political debate about real issues, rather than just a competition to score points in an endless election campaign. I appreciate that this is hopelessly naive, but setting aside enough time to consider issues could, at least in theory, lead to that happening occasionally. Certainly the hastily staged mock combat of our legislature today isn’t winning new friends for any political party. The main growth

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area today is people who have given up on the whole thing. • An opposition with ideas. The B.C. NDP will have another leadership contest in 2014, and they’d better bring more modern policy to the table than they had in the last one. Remember the big issues in that pillowfight? Me neither. I had to look them up. Health care? Local organic carrots into the hospital food. Forest industry? A job protection commissar to force the mills to stay open. Resource development? They’re for it, unless you’re against it. These guys need a Tony Blair-type makeover. They need to be for something and leave the past behind. •Media that care about more than conflict. News organizations are in bad shape these days, and the competition for a rapidly fragmenting audience is having some ugly effects. One thing that needs to go is obsessive coverage of who’s winning and who’s losing. If the news media are going to be interested mainly in the gaffes and gotcha moments, is it any surprise that’s what politicians try to provide? • Facts to go with opinions. Whether it’s the government’s fantasy figures on job creation or the opposition’s arithmetic-challenged child poverty claims, serious problems can’t be understood, much less solved, without defining them accurately. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press.

Twitter: @tomfletcherbc. E-mail: tfletcher@blackpress.ca.

A DEER APPEARS defiant while wandering the streets of Okanagan Falls.

Test your 2013 provincial knowledge 2013 B.C. news quiz. 1. When Premier Christy Clark took the stage after her upset election win May 14, the first thing she said was: A: I’m going to Disneyland! B: Well, that was easy! C: Oh no, now I have to pay off the debt! D: Socialism is dead! 2. How many proposed liquefied natural gas export proposals are there on the B.C. coast, according to the premier’s latest estimate? A: four B: six C: eight D: ten 3. After winning $25 million in the lottery, Terrace construction worker Bob Erb gave six-figure donations to: A. Local anti-poverty and other community groups B. Pay for $300,000 in dental work for locals who couldn’t afford it. C. Provide cars and trucks for people he considered needy. D. Sensible BC marijuana legalization campaign E. All of the above 4. How has the province said it would raise money to pay for a promised

new bridge to replace the Massey Tunnel? A. Tax increases B. Toll like the Port Mann Bridge. C. Small tolls on all Metro Vancouver bridges and major roads D. It hasn’t 5. What admission to U.S. border guards did some B.C. residents find can be deemed a “crime of moral turpitude” and result in America barring your entry? A. Atheism B. Past use of marijuana C. Past conviction for impaired driving C. Past or present membership in the NDP 6. Which of the following wasn’t proposed in B.C.’s liquor law review? A: Licensing alcohol sales at farmers’ markets B: Letting children into pubs with their parents C: Serving alcohol for slot players on BC Ferries D: Selling hard liquor in grocery stores 7. Burnaby’s Tung Sheng (David) Wu was convicted and jailed for performing illegal: A. Proctology B. Taxidermy C. Electronic waste recycling D. Dentistry

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8. Since his triumph in the HST referendum, former premier Bill Vander Zalm has campaigned against: A: An alleged secret global surveillance system using smart meters B: An alleged secret global climate control scheme using “chemtrails” C: An alleged secret European Union plot to control world finance through consumption taxes D: All of the above 9. What’s the transportation ministry’s solution to prevent the new Port Mann Bridge from dropping more ice bombs onto cars? A. A system of scrapers and brushes along each cable to remove ice B. Aerial drones that spray the cables with deicing solution C. A flock of seagulls trained to peck loose ice chunks D. Closing the bridge and waiting for ice to melt 10. What did Metro Vancouver mayors propose in 2013 as a new way to raise money for TransLink? A. $5 toll at the border on all vehicles heading south to the USA B. Regional sales tax of up to 0.5 per cent

C. Adding magnets to new SkyTrain fare gates to suck loose change out of pockets D. Forcing SeaBus passengers to row to help save on fuel costs E. Installing slot machines in SkyTrain stations 11. The government is considering spending $6 million to stop the B.C. legislature dome from: A: Cracking B: Peeling C: Twisting D: Sinking 12. Which was not a 911 call received by E-Comm operators who begged cellphone users to be more careful about declaring emergencies? A. Asking who won the hockey game B. Broken TV set C. Big spider in living room D. Politician breaking election promise 13. Which B.C. municipal council fended off a court challenge over its deer cull program? A: Oak Bay B: Cranbrook C: Invermere D: Penticton Answers: 1-B, 2-D, 3-E, 4-D, 5-B, 6-C, 7-D, 8-D, 9-A, 10-B, 11-C, 12-D, 13-C.


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My puppy is scared and bites hard when we play. This is very common and if not handled correctly may lead to a lifetime of anxiety or a short life because of a serious bite. We all want our doggies to be happy and it takes our understanding to help make it so. The first 4 months of puppy-hood is the ‘window’ where puppies will accept

scary things in the world. You can teach them to relax and accept every experience without fear. Play has to be learned. We simply do not understand the half of how dogs communicate and while older dogs teach they are big and scary. We can’t mimic puppies playing together. Tug of war should be avoided. Sorry guys this is unbearable for me to suggest, but it promotes aggression. The dog always wins and learns growling and biting helps them get their way. Play fetch instead. So what can you do to help your puppy adjust? Sign up for puppy kin-

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Petting and handling a pet is not only good bonding time between owner and pet, but also presents opportunities to examine the animals’s body. These informal examinations may alert to certain conditions, such as the presence of fleas or unusual growths, early on so that further action can be taken. Oftentimes pet owners discover their dogs have unusual lumps under the skin. While these may be problematic tumors, the lumps may be lipomas, which are largely harmless. According to Lipoma. net, an informative Web site for pet owners, lipomas are benign, relatively slowgrowing, fat-filled tumors that are quite common in dogs, especially as they get older. Lipomas are not cancerous, and they should be soft and easily manipulated beneath the dog’s skin. Lipomas can develop anywhere, but they’re usually found on the belly and

chest of the dog. The exact cause of these fatty tumors is unknown, but it seems to be a part of aging in some canines. Discovering a lipoma can be disconcerting to dog owners. Feeling a large lump on a pet may prompt a visit to the veterinarian’s office. A veterinarian can often distinguish a lipoma from another more serious condition by simply feeling the lump. Otherwise, the vet may recommend some diagnostic tests, such as needle aspiration, where a specimen of cells is collected. These cells will be looked at under a microscope or a biopsy of the lipoma tissue may be taken.

There is nothing a pet owner can do to prevent their dog from getting lipomas, but they can watch to make sure the lipoma does not grow too large or become uncomfortable for the dog. A lipoma that grows large enough to impede mobility or is bothersome to the dog, who may bite and lick at it, may need to be removed. Together with their vet, pet owners can make the determination as to what is best for the animal. Pet ownership requires keeping abreast of pet health issues. Lumps on an animal may not be serious, but they are worthy of a check by a veterinarian.

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Yes Buster there is a home for you not to trust humans. People had shouted at you, thrown rocks, even aimed garden hoses at you. But your foster parent knows you’ll come around. One day your face will lose that hunted look and you won’t shrink back when she reaches out to pet you. You will discover that it’s safe to walk in the house, that meals appear regularly, and that toys exist for no other reason than for your enjoyment. Then the foster’s work will be done and we will try and find you a real home. That’s not as easy as we would like, because, as I said, your story isn’t so different. There are lots of cats just like you who need homes: a little beat-up and not as cute as the many kittens we get. But the good thing is, our community has come to know Kitty Cat PALS and the work we do. Many good people respond to the plight of the abandoned and the vulnerable. Of course, others insist that abdandoned cats do just fine, thank you, and there are better things we could do with our time and money. But we animal rescuers learn that once we know how many cats in our midst live desperate lives, we

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I am at the Comox Valley & District location. You can contact me by Email comoxvalley@spca.bc.ca Phone 250-339-7722 Address PO Box 1284, 1668 Ryan Road East, Comox, BC V9M 7Z8

WOOFY’S DISCOUNT PET FOOD 2400 Cliffe Ave., Courtenay 250-338-0455 Comox Centre Mall, Comox 250-339-2272 #12-795 Ryan Rd., Courtenay 250-338-0424

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To learn more about the Comox Valley & District BC SPCA Branch such as location, adoption fees, and hours of operation, visit our web site: spca.bc.ca/comox Sponsored by these Community Minded Businesses Chevy

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Chevy was recently surrendered to the shelter because he likes to laze about on the furniture... and doesn’t like to get off! He is an even-tempered, affectionate and intelligent canine. Good with other dogs (in the shelter environment) and eager to please, Chevy is now looking for a home that wants his loyal companionship for the next many years.

Kira

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Now that all kittens have grown up (and been adopted!) Kira is ready to find a home of her very own. She is a rare female orange tabby with a lovely disposition. If you are interested in meeting this young feline, please visit her at the shelter.

COMOX PHYSIOTHERAPY CLINIC

SEARLE’S SHOES

Unit C, 1822 Comox Ave., Comox

250-5th St., Downtown Courtenay

250-339-6221

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January 02, 2014 edition of the Comox Valley Record