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good time for me to make that decision, but the riding being divided in half wasn’t the driving Nanaimo-Cowichan MP Jean force in this,” she said. “It started Crowder said she was recently in the fall, when people started reminded there’s never a good asking where I was going to run. That’s never been a question time to leave. And that rang true for the 10-year before, I was always going to run. “When people started asking New Democratic Party Member of Parliament last Thursday morning me, I thought I need to make a (Jan. 23), as she announced she will conscious decision about this. not be putting her name forward And as I thought about it, and thought I’m actually going to be in the next federal election. Crowder told the media spending 63 in 2015 and I thought can I do more time with her family is the another four years? I would be 67 main reason she’s decided to step by 2019.” Crowder supporters say she will down when her term ends, 18 leave big shoes to fill. months from now. “She was very concerned about “I will not be retiring. I will be stepping away from the job as a things, sincerely, not for things Member of Parliament but I fully because it was the right thing to expect to continue to be active in say, but because she meant what my community, working hard for she said,” long-time NDP volunteer the things I believe in,” Crowder Trudy Thorgeirson said. Thorgeirson worked closely with said during a press conference held at her constituency office on Crowder even before she was Ingram Street in Duncan. “It’s hard first elected in 2004, and in many different organizations, not just in to walk away.” Crowder has been chewing on her position as MP. “I started working with her the decision since the fall, but it really hit home during the even before she got onto North Cowichan (council),” Thorgeirson Christmas holidays. “I have three adorable said. “We worked together when grandchildren who live on the I was president of the Volunteer other side of the continent, and Cowichan board, and I was able to with my travel schedule, I simply get her on the board. I think it was don’t see them enough and they’re Toastmasters where we met in the growing up before my eyes and first place. “She was really just a very friendly it’s time for me to make them a person and very easy to work with priority.” The decision didn’t stem from the and get along with. I never found federal decision last year to split her cross, just very pleasant.” Crowder said she couldn’t be her riding into the new NanaimoLadysmith and Cowichan-Malahat- more proud of the work the NDP team has done and she looks Langford ridings. “It was a factor in that it was a See Crowder Page 3 THE CHRONICLE

Twelve-year-old Jason Fisher of Crofton helps gather strings of lights during the Festival of Lights take down work party Sunday, Jan. 26 in Ladysmith. This was Fisher’s first time volunteering for a Festival of Lights work party, and he was volunteering with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets Squadron 257 Parallel. For more photos from the work party, please turn to page 10. LINDSAY CHUNG

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Cedar mourns ‘a super kid’

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The Chemainus Residents Association (CRA) is looking to connect two words that are often pitted against one another — environment and economy. With a theme of “The Environment AND The Economy,” the CRA annual general meeting Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Chemainus Senior Centre will address these issues as they relate to Chemainus. Anyone is welcome. Chemainus’ longstanding environmental issue is the fate of Echo Heights, according to a press release. “Among Chemainus’ most pressing economic issues is the large number of vacant storefronts downtown, which detracts from the shopping experience for both local residents and tourists,” it states. “Vancouver-based Anthem Properties has recently purchased an acre-and-a-half of the Willow Street area with 11 commercial sites; their renovation plans and new leasing might represent a shot in the arm of the local economy.” Tackling these twin issues will be Hul’qumi’num Treaty Co-ordinator Renee Racette on a First Nation perspective on Echo Heights, Laurie Gourley from the Island Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy on sustainable development, and North Cowichan Coun. Kate Marsh on the Climate Change and Energy Plan. A report from Anthem Properties on possible changes to downtown will round out the presentations.

A Cedar Secondary School student described as a smiling, happy kid died Monday, Jan. 20 when he was hit by a flatbed pickup truck while out longboarding. The incident happened at about 6 p.m. on MacMillan Road near the high school. Police said the youth was longboarding in the southbound lane when he was struck by the northbound truck, driven by a 28-year-old man. The victim, Ryan Thomas WallaceTarry, 17, was treated at the scene by paramedics and North Cedar Volunteer Fire Department before he was rushed to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The section of MacMillan Road where the incident occurred was closed while RCMP collision analysts investigated the scene. Police said the driver of the pickup truck was cooperating and that speed and alcohol did not appear to have contributed to the accident, but noted that the area was dimly lit and Wallace-Tarry was wearing dark clothing. “Basically the evidence is pointing toward just a tragic accident and with that in mind it’ll probably be turned over to the B.C. Coroner’s Service for investigation,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP

spokesman. Students and staff at the high school set up a memorial in one of the school’s classrooms and placed flowers and small items that included head phones and beaded bracelets and necklaces on a utility pole near the accident scene. Chad Lintott, school principal, said the students and staff made up a small community who knew WallaceTarry, in some cases from as early as kindergarten, and were taking the news hard. Counsellors from the school district were brought to provide support for students and staff. “We’re telling students to be honest with themselves and to seek support when they think they need it,” Lintott said. “To use one another as support, to seek help when necessary, but not be shy about that and be OK with their emotions.” Evidence that Lintott was himself still coming to grips with Wallace-Tarry’s death became apparent when spoke about his student in past and present tense. “No doubt there’s a great sense of loss and tragedy today,” Lintott said. “He was a very warm, very engaging k i d . Always smiling. Always h a p p y. H e ’ s really set a goal f o r

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himself. He’s on his path to graduation now, which we’re very proud of, but just a lot of friends — as you can see from the reaction here today from the students and the families — very well respected. The family’s very well respected. The community is so tight, and the entire community knows that family and they all have a great respect for him and that family. A super After 10 years, Nanaimo-Cowichan NDP MP Jean Crowder won’t be putting her kid, absolutely.” name forward in the next federal election. She says she wants to spend more “It’s a tragic reminder time with her family and in her community. ASHLEY DEGRAAF that in areas where there’s poor visibility, the onus is upon the youth to wear some From Page 1 combating poverty. It hasn’t come reflective clothing forward to the day there’s an NDP up in debate at the house but I’m and bear in mind that proud to be a sponsor of that bill. they’re sharing the government in Ottawa. “My goal is to make sure that “I also had my motion passed road with vehicles,” both ends of the riding stay New unanimously, in 2006 I think, on O’Brien said. “In Democrat and I’m happy I will be Jordan’s Principle, which talked Cedar there are no sidewalks and we able to work with the successful about putting First Nations totally understand candidate in the nomination race children first instead of having that there are no to make sure that happens,” she governments fight over who should pay and we’re starting to bylaws governing that. said. “When I joined Parliament in see some results on that and that’s Also longboarders are treated as 2004, there were 19 NDP members an achievement that will be there pedestrians, so in Parliament and now we’re long after I’m gone.” But, after 10 years and numerous they’re going against the official opposition,” she said miles travelled, Crowder says it’s traffic. Tragically proudly. She is also proud of her work on that time. this youth was in a the issue of derelict vessels. “I love my community and it has very dimly lit area “(And) I’m proud to be a sponsor been a huge privilege to serve with non-reflective clothing and the end of a bill to develop a national here,” she said. on “I want to thank people for their result was the loss of strategy support, their caring and a young life.” compassion.”

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Monday, February 3rd and Monday, February 17th at 7:00 p.m. *Municipal Services Committee Monday, February 17th *Mayor’s Open Door – City Hall Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. City Hall (410 Esplanade) Business Hours Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Corner of Trans Canada Hwy. and Roberts St. except statutory holidays *Please check the website or call City Hall at 250.245.6400 to confirm times.

HOLIDAY CLOSURES City Hall, Development Services and Public Works will be closed February 10, 2014 for the Family Day Holiday, reopening February 11th.

FOURTH QUARTER UTILITY BILLS IN THE MAIL - DUE MARCH 19 Utility bills for October to December have been sent out. If you have not received your bill by the end of the month, or have any questions about it, please call 250.245.6414, ext. 6206.

RECOGNITION FOR GOOD NEIGHBOURS Nomination Deadline March 31, 2014. Do you have a neighbour who really goes the extra mile to be helpful by shoveling snow, helping with yard work or doing other good deeds? If you would like to recognize a neighbour who goes above and beyond, you can nominate them for the Good Neighbours Program (formerly the Snow Angels Program). All you need to do is send a letter or e-mail explaining why you would like to nominate your Good Neighbour. All nominees are eligible to win a cash prize and to be honoured at a Council Meeting. Send nominations to:

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PEERLESS ROAD RECYCLING CENTRE TEMPORARY DROP OFF SITE - 4142 THICKE ROAD The temporary drop off site is open while upgrades are carried out at the main site. The direct phone number for the site is 250.245.5757. Winter hours are: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For questions about materials accepted and fees, please contact the CVRD Recycling Hotline at 1.800.665.3955 or visit their website at

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Ladysmith residents brought in the most food donations during the Nanaimo Airport’s CAN-nections campaign, and this January, the Ladysmith Food Bank and food banks across Central Vancouver Island will benefit from that generosity. The Nanaimo Airport, The Winter Wonderland canned food village that along with sponsors was created in the main terminal at the Nanaimo Country Grocer, Airport supported five area food banks, including Remax Nanaimo, the one in Ladysmith. Photo Submitted Dodd’s Furniture, Air Canada and Glacier on top with nearly 41 food banks receive the Media Group, hosted a per cent of the food donations made by the six-week food drive to donation, followed by residents, but the 2,200 help fill the shelves at Nanaimo at nearly 24 cans used to build the five food banks in 2014. per cent, and Duncan, canned food village will Area residents and Parksville and Port also be allocated to the participating sponsors Alberni donations were communities based on donated more than all between 10 per cent donation support. That 3,000 pounds of food and 15 per cent ,” Mike means the Ladysmith as part of the Feed the Hooper, president and Food Bank will also Need challenge. The CEO of the Nanaimo receive 901 cans of donated food will help Airport, said in a press food, while Nanaimo fill food bank shelves release. “We’re pleased will receive 500 cans in Nanaimo, Parksville, with the results of this and the remaining Ladysmith, Duncan campaign and look communities will and Port Alberni. forward to continuing receive about 250 “Based on residents’ to grow the campaign cans each in addition donations at the airport, in future years.” to the community Ladysmith came out Not only will the contributions.

TRANSIT SERVICE Ladysmith is served by BC Transit. Routes and maps are available through a link on our website at Schedules, tickets and passes are available at City Hall, Frank Jameson Community Centre and the 49th Parallel Grocery. For more information, please call City Hall at 250.245.6400.

DOG LICENCES Dog owners are reminded that 2014 dog tags are now available. The Town offers a discount for early purchase. Fees are as follows: Neutered / Spayed Not Neutered or Spayed

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Licences (tags) are available at City Hall, (410 Esplanade) during regular office hours, at Frank Jameson Community Centre, (810 6th Avenue) and Little Rascals Pet Store, (416 First Avenue).

SNOW REMOVAL In the event of a snowfall, the Town of Ladysmith will be responsible for clearing “heavily travelled” sidewalks along First Avenue and Dogwood Drive. For all other areas, property owners and residents are reminded you are required to clear snow and ice from the sidewalk in front of your premises. Removal should take place no later than 10:00 a.m. on each day of a snowfall. This will greatly help all pedestrians and add to the safety of the elderly and those with limited mobility. The Town will make every effort to keep major arterial and collector streets open and clear snow from as many residential streets as possible. Thank you for your assistance in keeping our streets safe.

GARBAGE / RECYCLING COLLECTION YOUR GARBAGE COLLECTION DAY IS CHANGING! Following the Family Day (February 10, 2014) statutory holiday, your garbage pick-up day will move forward 1 (one) day. Schedules are available on our website or at City Hall.

ZONING BYLAW UPDATE PROJECT A project to review and update the Ladysmith Zoning Bylaw is now underway and residents will be able to have their say. The project is scheduled to be completed soon. The aim of the Zoning Bylaw Update project is to: ✔ Lay out clear, technically sound regulations ✔ Be consistent with the Official Community Plan ✔ Implement ideas and principles from the Ladysmith Sustainability Vision and Community Energy Plan ✔ Support economic development For more information and background on why an updated Zoning Bylaw is important to our community, please visit the Zoning Bylaw Project website at, or click the link at, or call 250.245.6415.

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Echo Heights decision continues to upset CRA

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The Chemainus Residents Association (CRA) is upset at a decision made by North Cowichan council that will see part of Echo Heights forest dismantled and developed upon. In November, council decided to develop 20 per cent of the Echo Heights land against the wishes of many Chemainiacs. The CRA is now saying council has failed to “keep faith with the residents of our community.” “We’ve been telling council for eight years that we don’t want The Chemainus Residents Association wants council to see development to save all of Echo Heights. File Photo on the forest,” said Bernie Jones, chair of innovative and not we can make it,” said the association. “We’ve just your business-as- the mayor. submitted petitions usual subdivision,” he In a letter to the with over 1,600 names said. “Staff will bring Chronicle, Jones also on them, we conducted back their proposed suspects financial gain an analysis where 92 per plan to council and we may have influenced cent of correspondence will either adopt it, ask council’s decision way said to save it all ... This for more work to be back when. doesn’t make sense.” done, or reject it. If it’s “We cannot A rare species of tree accepted, we will see understand how grows in Echo Heights, bylaws proposed for council can continue and according to Jones, re-zoning as that area to ignore the wishes of this is all the more is R-1 right now. such a large part of the reason for the forest “Re-zoning would see community regarding to be preserved in its a public process, and this important issue. entirety. we would likely have In recent weeks we “It’s a very special area. an information meeting have been told that, if It sees Coastal Douglas first. Then we’ll have a these lands are not fir trees grow, and they formal public hearing developed at a profit only grow on B.C.’s before council decides to the municipality, coast,” he said. “There’s and people will have then promised only a small number of the opportunity to put improvements to areas that have them their comments on Chemainus might not now and they need to record.” be forthcoming. The be protected so we Lefebure, a current plans have don’t lose them.” Chemainus resident, been under discussion Part of Echo Heights did confirm he was for more than two was disturbed in the against development years and yet it is only early 1990s, but in the on the 20 per cent of in the past month or end, little came of that the forest from the get- two that the suggestion projected development. go, alongside colleague has been made that North Cowichan now Coun. Kate Marsh, but there might be a direct wishes to develop on the two were outvoted. link between the two. that part of the forest “I was not interested If this is indeed the that was disturbed, as in the 20 per cent and case we cannot help well as a little more. subdivision model, but wondering why these Originally against the I was still willing to talk plans and proposals, idea, North Cowichan about developing the both here in Chemainus Mayor Jon Lefebure 15 per cent of the forest and elsewhere in hopes the move will that was previously North Cowichan, turn out to be a positive disturbed. However, were made in the first thing for all. council has made its place if financing for “We’ve told staff we decision so now my job them depended on want to see something is to make it the best such tenuous and

unacceptable terms,” wrote Jones. Lefebure chose to look on the bright side, stating that more money acquired from land sales means the greater possibility of more community development at a quicker pace. “The reality is we pay for community development projects via a variety of sources. That can be through grants, taxes or municiplaity-owned land. If there’s more money from generating the sale of land, then there’s more money for projects, but council still has the ultimate decision.”

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“I really like people who follow their heart and their gut.” Lena Birtwistle, Page 14


recently covered the 12th annual Joseph Mairs Memorial, which honours a coal miner and trade unionist who died in 1914 during the Occupation of Ladysmith and others like him who fought for the eight-hour work day, health and safety regulations, and union recognition. It also links the past and present with the theme “Our Common Condition.” This year’s event marked the 100th anniversary of Mairs’s death, and it featured a panel discussion with youth about “the next 100 years.” The talk touched on topics such as Idle No More and Occupy and their effectiveness in achieving political or social change, the current political system, active participation in politics, and more. Especially with a municipal election coming up in November 2014 and a federal election in October 2015, the discussion was interesting and inspiring. Asked if we are well represented by the current political system, the one woman on the panel, Victoria, noted that, first, you have to ask “who are the people who make up these institutions?” One man in the audience noted that when people aren’t participating in the system, the system serves the minority who do participate. To become better represented, the younger generation needs to become more involved. I came away with a strong sense that it’s important to get involved, be informed, be engaged and participate in the political system, whatever your beliefs are, and whatever “participate” means to you. One man urged people in the room to “be brave; challenge unjust laws.” “It wasn’t just Joseph Mairs, but my great-grandfather was a coal miner too, and they saw unjust laws and were willing to go to jail to fight them. Be brave. Lead.” Maybe your fight isn’t for union recognition and workers’ rights. Maybe it’s for arts funding, job creation, safer streets, or sustainable development. Whatever you feel is worth fighting for, the message is clear: Be brave. Do something. If we want something to change, it won’t change unless we get out of our seats and make it change. —Lindsay Chung

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remier Christy Clark has set off a storm of protest by imposing a referendum on new Lower Mainland transportation improvements, timed with the province-wide municipal elections Nov. 15. Even if you don’t live in Metro Vancouver, you’re not immune from this longrunning saga. Provincial and federal governments use your tax dollars for the big stuff, like the SkyTrain Canada Line to Vancouver airport and the South Fraser Perimeter Road, a new truck route to port facilities at Tsawwassen. Clark has promised a bridge replacement for the George Massey tunnel under the Fraser River, which may or may not be tolled like the Port Mann bridge. The patchwork of Lower Mainland tolls is a growing political liability for the B.C. Liberal government, and if further tolls are avoided, major works elsewhere in the province may be delayed

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as the budget is eaten up by the big cities. Clark announced the Massey tunnel replacement in a September 2012 speech to the Union of B.C. Municipalities. In the same speech, she also pledged to complete the four-laning of the last 240 kilometres of the Trans-Canada Highway from Kamloops to the Alberta border. That’s one of the most mountainous stretches of highway in Canada, and the province’s cost was estimated at the time to be $650 million over 10 years. Time will tell if that promise is kept. Transportation Minister Todd Stone inherited the mess left behind by former minister Kevin Falcon, who took transit authority away from Metro Vancouver politicians. He appointed a board of experts and set up a toothless “mayors’ council” to rubber-stamp their decisions, after forcing through the Canada Line ahead of a longpromised transit extension to the east. Local politicians wrangled for years over that eastern

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long history of parochial squabbling, getting their pet projects done and then suddenly developing the urge to rein in spending once it’s time to dig deep for their neighbours. Lower Mainland taxpayers are weary and confused by all this reorganizing and in-fighting. Many likely believe it is their regional government that has imposed the Port Mann bridge tolls, when in fact that is a provincial highway project over which they had no say. Clark has made it clear there is no going back from a November referendum on new regional transportation financing tools, a promise explicit in the B.C. Liberal election platform. She hopes it will increase the dismal voter turnout for local votes. If it does that, it may be worth it. Right now, civic elections are dismal affairs, with voter turnout and awareness of local issues drifting from bad to worse. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press.

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extension. They finally settled on surface light rail, only to be overruled by the province, which wanted the vastly more expensive SkyTrain. The latest rebuke to the mayors’ council was when they decided not to proceed with a costly new electronic fare card system. Falcon reversed that one after taking a junket to London and falling in love with their “Oyster card” subway system. All the glitches from TransLink’s new “Compass card” program will be encountered this summer, just before those mayors go to the polls to face voter wrath. Speaking of reversals, Stone is now demanding the mayors come up with a list of priorities for new projects. They are expected to believe their choices won’t be overruled again. Stone correctly notes that Vancouver wants SkyTrain on Broadway, Surrey wants new surface light rail, and other Lower Mainland communities want new road and bridge works. Local governments have a

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Editor: We are so appreciative of the services provided by the Ladysmith Volunteer Fire Department. They have made certain that our grandchildto-be will be transported in a completely safe manner. We have to tell the folks of Ladysmith that there is a service provided by our wonderful Ladysmith firefighters that many people might not know about. We will be the proud grandparents of a bouncing Editor: baby grandchild next week. We We say “thank you,” once again, bought a car seat and really did to all our friends and neighbours not know the correct way to who enjoyed our holly again this install it. year. Today, we met with Dan Cross A special thanks to Andy for at the Ladysmith Fire Hall. help with the cutting. The volunteer firemen there Because of your generosity, have been specially trained to we have donated $90 to the B.C. demonstrate the proper way to Cancer Fund. Yeh! install a baby car seat. They have Thank you again, and the very the manuals showing which cars best to one and all in 2014! can have which car seats and the Hope to see you next Christmas! equipment that each make and Lorraine and Jim Szasz model of car has to use for car Ladysmith seats. Dan Cross spent an hour showing us how to install this car seat. You may think it is easy. It isn’t. You must know the specifics of your car and if you can use the Universal Anchorage System (UAS), which are usually Editor: metal rings put in at the bottom Bell Let’s Talk Day 2014 happens of seat, or if you can use the seat on Jan. 28. The goal is to start a belts. If seat belts do not rachet, Canada-wide conversation about then they cannot be used. mental health — a very, very Dan taught us the correct way important conversation to have. for the baby to be buckled in. As a mother, grandmother, The seat belt cannot go into the author (Gracie’s Secret, Jagged car seat from over the baby’s Little Edges and Jagged Little shoulder, but behind it. There Lies), family counsellor at a drug are so many details that many and alcohol treatment centre on people need to know to buckle Vancouver Island, and recovering the child in correctly and install addict, I want to add a piece to the seat in the car correctly. the mental health conversation Also, if you take out the car — addiction. seat and install it into a different Did you know that one in five car, you need to know what to Canadians experiences a mental look for in different makes and health or addiction problem? models of cars. Mental illness can be described as Subscribe to Dan Cross gave me Subscribe to a website by an impairment of one’s thoughts, Vancouver Island Car Seat Techs. emotions and behaviours. It is It This “impairment” comes in 250-245-2277 250-245-2277 has a lot of very important safety varying degrees, from mild to Includes information. biggest shock $ The more severe the $ TheIncludes online access access was that most car seats are not diagnosis, the more impacted

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Council wants leashes on Holland Creek Trail Ross Armour

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British pub expected to open in Ladysmith in early summer Mike D’Amour THE CHRONICLE

The British are coming! The British are coming! And they’re bringing a few pints, a dozen or so new jobs and maybe some bangers and mash. The owners of Nanaimo’s Fox and Hounds Pub announced late last year they were moving their establishment to Ladysmith. True to their word, things are already in motion. “We’re in the process of buying the old Home Hardware store (21 High St.), and that’s what we’re planning on turning into the Fox and Hounds,” said Brad Ivens, on behalf of his

vacationing parents, we’ve always wanted Jane and Trevor Ivens, to have a place in owners of the Fox and Ladysmith.” The new Hounds. “We plan on opening establishment will be at the beginning of the a pub-style restaurant summer — June or “so kids will be allowed July, is when it should in,” Brad said. “We plan on be open.” The decision to employing 10 or 12 all local move the pub was an people, Ladysmith people.” easy one, said Brad. “We own Fibber McGees (in Nanaimo) as well, and the Fox and Hounds and Fibber were way too much alike and only two blocks away from each other,” he said. “So, we decided to completely change the Fox and Hounds into what is now the Pig and Whistle, which is more an English bistro.” Besides, he added: “Ladysmith is dying for a place like this and

The old hardware store will be divided; half will be the kitchen, and the other half will be seating for between 60 and 70 patrons. “And the upstairs will actually be used as a suite,” said Ivens, who added the timing is right to set up in Ladysmith,

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Locked doors were a saviour for a female driver travelling north on Chemainus Road Jan. 19 when two men approached her vehicle and tried to enter it. At about 10 p.m., the driver was forced to stop her car near the Westholme and Mount Sicker intersection for a man standing in the middle of the road. “The woman slowed her vehicle to a near stop, and honked her horn to get the man’s attention. At this time, a second man ran from the roadside bushes and tried to enter the vehicle,” said North Cowichan/Duncan Cpl. Krista Hobday. “Luckily the vehicle doors were locked and the men were not able to get into the car. The woman quickly drove her car around the men and left the area,

calling police.” One of the suspects was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, while the second was dressed all in black. While police confirmed this was an isolated incident, they’re warning the public to be cautious. “This was a very frightening situation for this woman, but thanks to her quick action, she was able to get away and call for help,” “Hobday said. “While this is an isolated incident, it serves as a good reminder to motorists to lock their doors and be conscious of their surroundings at all times.” RCMP members used the Police Dog Service for an extensive search but were unable to locate the culprits. They urge anyone with information to call the RCMP at 250-748-5522 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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Davis Road students learn about literacy

Family Literacy Week activities at École Davis Road included a Read-to-Win program, dressing up as book characters and more Ross Armour

books home. At recess, “It’s a really neat if they brought a book, activity.” they can take a book Every student in back. If they brought the school will also five, they can take five. receive a book for It’s a cheap way of free. circulating books and Mauriks believes getting kids excited literacy skills to about them. be of the upmost “The D.E.A.R importance in program involved elementary school buddy classes education. where we match “It’s really primary classes with fundamental and intermediate classes we’re all about reading and they all come and writing. To have together to read an event like this gives together,” she added. us the opportunity

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École Davis Road Elementary held a celebration assembly this past Friday (Jan. 24) to bring the curtain down on a week of literacythemed activities for the students. The assembly saw a number of classes read literature out loud, featuring both French Immersion and English track groups, in front of a packed gym of parents and teachers. Te a c h e r- l i b r a r i a n Patrice Mauriks was the main co-ordinator for the event and the entire Family Literacy Week. “Our two ongoing activities that carried into this week were the reading incentive program (Read-toWin/Lisez-et-gagnez),” said Mauriks. “I did one for the primary students and one for the intermediate students. The primary one was really simple. They just had to read for 14 days, everyday, for 20 minutes. They then filled out a calendar and when they brought that back, that allowed them to get their name in the draw for the grand prizes.

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Play is a powerful story of a dynamic man

Review: Tommy Douglas: The Arrows of Desire is an engaging look at one man’s life and a country’s history Lindsay Chung THE CHRONICLE

The program for the Ladysmith Little Theatre production of Tommy Douglas: The Arrows of Desire says that Douglas “gave us Medicare, Arts Boards and countless other gifts which produced whole people. He was a prolific disciple of The Social Gospel of Jesus, which lit his path through half a century of political battles as he gave voice to those with none, gave true meaning to the words: ‘freedom, peace, hope, faith, justice and love.’” And in the twoact one-man play, presented in Ladysmith through a partnership between Ladysmith Little Theatre and Phantom Poets Touring Theatre Company of Canada, the ideas of freedom, peace, hope, faith, justice and love are explored with passion and fervour as Douglas is summoned from his grave 28 years after his death to recount his life and times. This journey through Douglas’s life is an interesting, often humorous, exploration of not only one man’s life but also the political history of our nation. Through Douglas’s eyes and in his own

Scotland, and Father of Public from politics. performance that had in Tommy Douglas: a sold-out Sunday he came to Canada Health Care. An interesting tie- The Arrows of matinee crowd with his family in continues at different times 1911, settling first in in is that Douglas Desire served at Ladysmith Little absolutely silent or Winnipeg. He spent actually laughing and clapping, 45 years in public Ladysmith from 1969 Theatre until Feb. 9. and he earned a office as a Member to 1979 as MP for For more information, Parliament Nanaimo-Cowichan- visit www. standing ovation of for his powerful and as Premier of The Islands, and this l a d y s m i t h t h e a t r e . portrayal of Douglas, Saskatchewan, and was the last riding he com or call the box who was known for he is known as the served before retiring office at 250-924-0658. being dynamic and charismatic. I liked the format of the play, with Douglas telling his own story in his own words. It brought someone who has been dead for 28 years and who served this country long before I was born to life and it was a bit like watching a biography instead of reading one. This was a very entertaining E-mail entries to: way to learn more Name: & put “Tommy Douglas’’ in the subject line. about a man who Include your name and phone number. Or bring has helped shape our entry to the Chronicle’s office, 940 Oyster Bay Address: country. Drive, or enter online at After the and click on “contests” Phone: performance, Nolan offered a Q&A Contest closes Tues, Jan 28, 3 pm period, where audience members had a chance to find out more about Douglas, about the play and about how Nolan came to write about Douglas. It’s a great addition, and audience members If you are prohibited from driving during your “N” stage, on Sunday had many you will loose any time you have accumulated toward interesting questions graduating out of the graduated licensing program. for Nolan. In other words, the clock is reset to zero! Douglas was born

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Lena Birtwistle will debut new material and perform with drummer John Androsky for the first time Saturday, Feb. 8 when she opens for PixElle at In The Beantime Café in Ladysmith. ANDREW LEONG

Expect new material from Lena Singer-songwriter Lena Birtwistle has been writing a lot and preparing to release a new album Lindsay Chung

now so bad,” she said. “I’m I get inspired by all sorts of really wanting to book house different sounds. Each song concerts. I’ve got all this new that comes out sounds way After writing tons of new material I’m excited to share.” different from the last. I Even while sticking to a would kind of describe it like songs in recent months, pattern, a bunch of kids from a mixed singer-songwriter Lena two-song-a-month Birtwistle can’t wait to get Birtwistle says she doesn’t marriage — they’re all family, necessarily sit down and try but they don’t look alike.” playing for people. Birtwistle is inspired by a lot And she’ll get a chance to write. “It’s more like ‘something’s of local artists and musicians Saturday, Feb. 8 when she performs at In the Beantime coming, and I need to go like Ben Folds Five, Buddy Café in Ladysmith with figure it out right now,’” she Guy, Damien Rice, Feist, said. “Sometimes Fleetwood Mac, PixElle. Jamiroquai, New Birtwistle, who lives in I’ll get a melody Pornographers Cassidy, says she hasn’t in my head, and and Peter played at the Beantime for I’ll go try to figure Gabriel. a long time, so she’s excited it out musically. “I really like to get back, and she has a Sometimes I’ll get people who are lot of new material to share. words and an idea. really strong, This will also be her first Sometimes I’ll go independent show with John Androsky on to an instrument and I’m feeling people who go drums. so outside the box “He’s got a really good something that and go against feel,” said Birtwistle. “He’s a intensely the grain,” she really intuitive and sensitive I’ll play what I’m said. “I really drummer, so I’m really feeling like. I tend Lena Birtwistle to write really like people who excited to work with him.” follow their Birtwistle, who is a member honestly, so the words heart and their of Kendall Patrick and the original gut.” Headless Bettys and has that come out are One of performed with Sid Johnson not as interesting, B i r t w i s t l e ’s as The Adamantines, is just raw thoughts getting ready to release a new and emotions. I’ll take each favourite bands is Metric. line and figure out how I can “I really like Emily Haines; solo album. “I’m really excited about it,” manipulate each line to either she’s one of those strong she said. “I finished recording have more imagery or be female role models who follows her heart,” she said. it at the end of 2012. I thought more interesting.” Birtwistle performs an “She does all the songwriting I was going to release it last eclectic mix of rock, blues, in her band too. year, but it didn’t work out.” “I work with Kendall She’s now busy putting jazz, reggae, pop and a bit the finishing touches on the of country, and she says she Patrick too, and that’s one album, and she thinks they recently wrote a song with a of the things I admire about Latin feel and one of her news her — she’s such a prolific will be printed very soon. songwriter. Her lyrics and Since recording the album, songs sounds European. “My strength, I think, is epic music, everything about her Birtwistle says she has been writing “a ton.” Since last rock ballads, but between is so inspiring to me. I think April, she’s been writing two all my originals, especially working with her has helped good songs a month. And my new stuff, I might call my music to grow.” Birtwistle and Patrick now, she’s really ready to play it Americana or Canadiana,” she said. “I like so many played in the band Ah, Venice them for people. “I really want to play right different styles of music that out of Nanaimo for about a THE CHRONICLE

I’ve got all this new material I’m excited to share.

year and went on tour with them, and she found them inspiring as well. “Their music was so creative and so full of amazing harmonies; I think that also opened me up to new music,” said Birtwistle. “Everyone in the groups I had been working in was so positive and nurturing and supportive. Everyone would be so into everyone else’s ideas and so willing to help and offer feedback. We were always jamming together. This is the first time in my life I’ve had so many musician friends.” Outside of playing, Birtwistle also teaches music at Arbutus Music in Nanaimo, At In the Beantime, Birtwistle will open for PixElle, a trio of female singer-songwriters who came together after jamming together. Individually, Cara McCandless, Naomi Payan and Tanya Gillespie all pursue musical endeavours of their own. When they come together as PixElle, the combination of musical styles, capabilities and influences is what makes them unique, according to their bio. Birwsitle and PixElle perform Saturday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at In the Beantime Café at 18 High St. Tickets are $15 or $30 for the show and dinner. Call 250-245-2305 to reserve your tickets, or buy them at the coffee shop. For more information about Birtwistle, visit w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / lenabirtwistlemusic. To learn more about PixElle, visit www.


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Winter has his sights set on B.C. soccer title Cowichan LMG Pringle captain Jesse Winter is gearing up for the Jackson Cup and the provincial championships Ross Armour

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HANKEY, Reginald Emil (Reg) It is with sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Reg Hankey on January 13, 2014. Reg was born on April 10th, 1932 in Chemainus and after living in Ladysmith for a few years his family moved to Chemainus. The house on Chemainus Rd. that he grew up in remained his home for almost his entire life. He met Dot and they were married in 1952. A few years later, when his father was moving, Reg bought the house and he and Dot raised their boys there. Reg worked as a longshoreman for many years and became a foreman for Canadian Stevedoring. He enjoyed his job and was well liked and respected by everyone working on the waterfront. Reg retired in 1995. Reg was predeceased last year by Dot, his wife of 60 years. He will be greatly missed by his children Ken (Laura), Tom (Kris), Dave (Louise) and Don. Reg leaves 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; Erika (Chris and their daughter Allison), Sara (Nick and their daughter Millie-anne), Liz (Kyle and their son Connor), Bryan and Scott. He also leaves his sister Doris Grande of Parksville. He will be missed by many other relatives and friends. Reg enjoyed hunting, ďŹ shing and the outdoors. He loved a good game of crib or bridge, a good joke and a good hockey game. An informal tea will be held on Saturday, February 1st, 2014 from 12 - 3 p.m. at the Chemainus Senior Drop in Centre, 9824 Willow Street, Chemainus, BC. Flowers are gratefully declined, donations may be made in Reg’s memory to The Clements Centre Society, 5856 Clements Street, Duncan, BC.

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CLUES DOWN 1. Protocist genus 2. Hell 3. Copies 4. 1932 & 1980 Olympic mtn. 5. Part of harness 6. Macaws 7. Mutual savings bank 8. Flat or fitted bedding 9. Canted 10. Dissertation 11. Bulgarian monetary unit 12. Wonderment 13. Used to be United ___ 19. Hawaiian garland 21. Nearly horizontal mine shaft 24. Search party group 25. One who makes it into law 26. Exclamation of pain 27. Grannys 28. Out of it (slang) 32. Loudness units 33. Soup serving dipper 35. Rough, grating 36. A public promotion 37. Pleasure seekers 41. Article 42. Winnows 46. From a distance 48. Rural delivery 49. Previously 53. Nostrils 54. Icahn’s airline 55. Poker stakes 57. Game sides 58. Sharp, glacial ridge 60. Tennis’ Kournikova 61. Spoken telegraphic dash 62. Anti pollution agency 63. ___ de sac: one end access 64. Marsh elder genus 65. Original part maker (abbr.)

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Heard around town... education,” NLSF executive director Erin van Steen said in a press release. “There is a wide variety of scholarships, bursaries and awards available to high school graduates who are active in the community, excel in sports, are interested in pursuing specific areas of study, or who have a financial need. We encourage students to apply for as many

as are appropriate for education. Waterwheel Square everything will be Plan B, so be assured them.” The 2014 awards is developed,” she completed on time, that the Market will be Funds for the booklet, which says. “We are hoping but if not, we have a happening in any case!” s c h o l a r s h i p s , lists more than bursaries and 275 scholarships, awards are provided bursaries and awards, by local service can be found online at clubs, community under organization and “Awards 2014.” The private donors. application deadline is Last year, the NLSF Friday, Feb. 21. Island Race seRIes gave $450,000 worth of Anyone interested scholarships, bursaries in supporting the 1 and awards and scholarship fund is 2 helped 306 students encouraged to contact 3 pursue post-secondary van Steen at 250-7534 4074. 5 • Jeanne Ross at 6 the Chemainus and Cedar Junior Secondary School, 2215 Gould Road 7 District of Commerce Nanaimo, BC 8 tells us she’s almost done organizing this neXT Race: Feb 23rd at 11am • Hatley Castle 8k 11am year’s Wednesday Market, which will run from May 28 to Sept. EVERYONE RUN TO WIN 24, and the July Street All Ages Awards Market July 5. Top 10 by Age and Speeds are Welcome! Category She encourages anyone who is RegisteR online at interested in being in the Wednesday Market to call her at 250-2463944 or e-mail her at chamber@chemainus. Welcome to, as there are St. Mary’s Three-year-old Ella Stuart, her five-month-old sister Danica and her mother some changes this year. Catholic Church Delaine enjoy crafts at the Vancouver Island Regional Library’s Ladysmith “The biggest change 1135 4th Avenue Branch during a morning of Family Literacy Day activities Monday, Jan. 27, will be the new look Ladysmith, BC to the location as which included stories and colouring. LINDSAY CHUNG (MJHPTZY\JJPQ^Ć^JWX Mass Times: Sat. 5:00 pm Sun. 9:00 am 250-245-3414 Browse flyers from your favourite national and local retailers


• Ladysmith Grade 12 students are being encouraged to apply for financial awards offered by the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation (NLSF) to help them pursue post-secondary education. “The Foundation, through the generous support from our many donors, is able to assist local students with the expense of higher

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The Chronicle goes to the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, Peru,

with Susan Wakefield of Ladysmith (left) and her twin, Anne Munro of Thorold, Ontario (right).

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At the 49th, one of our core values is that “we value our employees and work as a team.” We also recognize our employees for their “efforts” and it is in this regard we ask your help in selecting our “employee of the month”!




Launa Schonwald

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Ladysmith Front End Manager Launa recently joined our team in Ladysmith and has jumped right into the challenging role of Front end Manager. Launa was born and raised in Ladysmith on the top of the hill. She left to go to Northern B.C. for several years and even had a cup of coffee in Saskatchewan. Launa has been back in Ladysmith for about a year now and says she is home to stay. Most days Launa and her husband can be found walking Holland creek with their three dogs April, Blue and Jack. At work, we have found Launa to have a great blend of outgoing personality and work ethic. So the next time you are in the store please take a moment to say hello to one of our newest employees and our Front end Manager. Launa Schonwald Thank you for sharing your time and talents with us. Please enjoy lunch at our very own . . .

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Also, please remember we have a customer suggestion box instore as well. Please ask us anything we will respond within one week!


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McCain Thin Crust or Crescendo Rising Crust


465-840 grams, large, limit 4 total

2/ 10 $

CUSTOMER’S PICK for EMPLOYEE of the MONTH At the 49th, we strive to provide unparalleled customer service every day. Please let us know how we served you today: Who?:

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January 28, 2014 edition of the Ladysmith Chronicle