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Beaufort Vineyard and Estate Winery officially belongs to new “high-profile” owners today, according to Beaufort founder Jeff Vandermolen. Beaufort’s Jeff and Susan Vandermolen wouldn’t name the new owners when they spoke to the Record Tuesday, but confirmed ownership of the vineyard and winery would transfer Feb. 6, and the buyers have purchased other land here, too.

“The new owners are pretty high-profile people and they’ve bought several other properties in the Valley, and their expectation or their plan is to develop a sizable agribusiness here in the Comox Valley,” said Jeff, adding they would be considered “high profile in the world” when asked just how ‘high profile’ they are. “My understanding is that they really want to be a part of the community and they have a real commitment to sustainable farming and agriculture, so I think they’re going to be a huge positive asset to the Valley, and quite frankly, for these guys to step up and invest in the Comox Valley is huge.” The Vandermolens, who

Festival one part of a tactical plan Scott Stanfield Record Staff

The first WinterBites festival provided 16 days of music and family-based activities enjoyed by locals and visitors last month in the Comox Valley. The festival was the first in a series of events in a tactical plan to help drive awareness, visitation and economic activity to the region, especially during the ‘shoulder season,’ as stated by the Comox Valley Economic Development Society. CVEDS partnered with Vancouver Island MusicFest, Mount Washington Alpine Resort, the City of Courtenay and Comox Valley Minor Hockey. The latter hosted a pond hockey jamboree consisting of three weekend tournaments that attracted more than 20 teams from the Island and Lower Mainland. The Association Hotel Room Tax was the major funding agent of WinterBites, which kicked off Jan. 16 with a concert at the Filberg Centre. The featured band was Chilliwack. ... see COMMUNITY ■ A2

started Beaufort in 2006, will stay on at the awardwinning winery and vineyard as winemakers and consultants for at least the next year. “They’ve got a resident manager that takes over as of Friday afternoon, and we’ll be working with them indefinitely — at least through the transition period and the next harvest and vintage — and we’ll see where it goes,” added Jeff. “But, that’s what’s going to keep us busy over the next 12 months.” The Vandermolens put Beaufort on the market in the fall of 2012 in response to interest in their successful business. According to Jeff, they expected it would take three to five years to find a suitable buyer, as a winery and vineyard is not a “cookie-cutter” business. The new owners weren’t even looking to buy a winery — they were looking for land to develop their agribusiness — but their realtor brought them to the Comox Valley to show them agricultural land here, said Jeff. “So they came up in October, had a look around and really liked what they saw,” continued Jeff. “And then we met with them personally and spent an afternoon with them talking about the agricultural opportunities here in the Valley … and about two weeks later we got an offer, and we’ve been negotiating ever since.” The Vandermolens announced in the summer that they were looking at diversifying into beer-mak-

JEFF AND SUSAN Vandermolen close a deal today to sell award-winning Beaufort Winery in the Comox Valley to “high profile in the world” people. ing. This venture has taken a backseat to the Beaufort sale negotiations, according to Jeff, but they are still researching whether a microbrewery would be feasible in the Comox Valley. A small-batch brewery with a focus on selling local beer locally is what the Vandermolens had in mind, but Jeff said that model may not be viable; beer has a low profit margin, so dis-

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Alpha Ya Ya Diallo, Barney Bentall and Ashley MacIsaac were among performers during the festival. Venues included the Westerly Hotel, Crown Isle, Filberg Centre and Native Sons Hall. Eight of nine concerts sold out, with the ninth show about 85 per cent full. “It was more than we could have hoped for for a first-year event like that,” MusicFest executive producer Doug Cox said. “The community buy-in was

ANOTHER JUNO NOMINATION For the second straight year, Helen Austin of the Comox Valley is nominated for a Juno Award. Austin, seen here at last year’s Canadian Folk Music Awards, is again in the running for Children’s Album of the Year for Colour It. PHOTO BY IAN JONES

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he’s meeting with some interested parties next week, but he also said the Vandermolens could end up with a different role in the business venture than first planned. “We may not take the ball and run with it; we may actually end up being a silent partner,” said Jeff. “But at the end of the day it is a business and it has to make money from our point of view, so I mean if the numbers don’t work,

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incredible for our first year. It was a great event. The audience was very receptive. They kept thanking us for doing something in January.” While occupancy rates at the Holiday Inn Express in Courtenay have been down because of the disrupted ski season at Mount Washington, general manager Grant Smith said January would have been worse at the hotel without the festival. “The WinterBites with the team component was really good; the music component was hard for us,” said Smith, who sits on the Destination Marketing Advisory Committee. Considering the absence of skiers,





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Small liquor sellers wary about changes Renee Andor Record Staff

Some rural agency stores are concerned the Province’s planned move to allow alcohol sales in grocery stores will force them to close their doors. “Sixty-five per cent of my business is liquor out of my total sales, and if that component is taken away from me and given to the grocery stores in town, I’m out of business,” says Imi Haji, who owns Royston Mini-Mart and is a director with B.C.’s Rural Agency Store Advisory Society. “I only survive because of that component.” Attorney General Suzanne Anton announced Friday the Province will accept the 73 recommendations listed in MLA John Yap’s Liquor Policy Review final report. One of those recommendations is that the Province should develop and implement a

retail model for liquor sales inside grocery stores, which according to the report, would meet consumer demands for convenience. Rural agency stores are often a rural area’s onestop-shop for groceries, hardware supplies, postal needs and liquor, among other things. Yap’s report notes the province’s 221 rural agency stores already offer consumer convenience. “As that is the case, I would not anticipate any new grocery model to impact these retailers,” writes Yap in his report. “In fact, I would suggest that those communities with rural agency stores should be able to maintain their current model once a new grocery model is introduced in other communities.” But, Haji worries the grocery retail model, which has yet to be developed, could squeeze rural agency stores out of liquor sales

if it does not ensure fair pricing and fair purchasing across the board. Currently, rural agency stores receive a 12-percent discount rate from the Liquor Distribution Branch or BC Liquor Stores, licensee retail stores receive a 16-per-cent discount and independent wine stores receive a 30-per-cent discount. There are 670 liquor retail licence holders in B.C., and the report recommends keeping that number the same and allowing existing licence holders to relocate to grocery stores, transfer or sell their licences. Haji worries that grocery stores buying licences would receive the same discount existing licence holders receive, meaning they would receive a four-percent greater discount than rural agency stores. He also worries how much flexibility they will have in pricing

OWNER DARYL MCLOUGHLIN at the Denman Island General Store is worried about closing if his liquor sales drop. with the new retail model. “Grocery stores like Walmart or Costco or Superstore, they’re huge corporations,” he says. “They will sell their milk cheaper than what they buy it for to draw you in because milk is not the only thing to sell.” Denman Island General Store owner Daryl McLoughlin shares Haji’s concerns, as he has a “very,

very real” concern about closing if his liquor sales drop. It’s a “huge” portion of his business, he adds. “What we want is fair pricing and fair access,” says McLoughlin, acknowledging some people would still buy liquor at his store due to convenience, even if there were a bigger gap in pricing between him and other places.

If “you need a bottle of wine, you’re not going to go all the way into Superstore to buy a bottle of wine,” he says. “But if you’re in town doing a shop and you’re able to buy a bottle of wine for $12, and because of the way the setup is we have to charge $17 for it, it’s a nobrainer where you’re going to buy most of your booze.”

MusicFest plans ‘baby steps’ with new liquor rules Scott Stanfield Record Staff

A relaxing of liquor laws might allow free-range drinking at music festivals in B.C., but it won’t prompt significant changes at Vancouver Island MusicFest. In fact, the beer garden at the annual gathering in Courtenay might remain as is, says executive producer Doug Cox. Liquor regulations demand a certain number of security guards per patron in the beer garden,

which accounts for a large part of the festival’s income. “The actual costs of security might stop us from doing anything,” Cox said. “That would outweigh the value of having a wide-open beer garden.” Besides music festivals, liquor reforms apply to stadiums, hotels and eventual sales in grocery stores. Attorney General Suzanne Anton announced Friday that government is accepting all 73 recommendations from Rich-

mond-Steveston MLA John Yap, who headed a committee researching the issue. Among other things, new rules eliminate the requirement for beer garden fencing, licensing the entire site via a simpler application. “We’re going to take baby steps with it, no matter what they regulate,” Cox said. “The thing that’s most important to us is that we continue to have people feel safe at our festival with their families. That’s the first consideration. “We’re going to be very cau-

tious,” he added. “We’re not necessarily going to change anything. That said, I think it’s a wonderful, modern, forward-thinking thing they’re doing.” At festivals throughout Europe and Canada, Cox says audiences are accustomed to free-range drinking. “The ones that I’ve been to, you don’t see drunk people walking around; it’s not a problem,” he said. “But we’ve created our own culture with our festival, and we

have to be very, very careful that we continue without scaring anyone or creating extra problems or extra expense for the event itself.” In sports stadiums, hard liquor sales will no longer be restricted to premium seating and private boxes. Certain recommendations such as liquor sales in grocery stores will take time to implement. Anton said legislation is needed for some changes. With a file from Black Press.


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Video component all in the game Renee Andor Record Staff

North Island fantasy writer Justin Cuff plans to make his novel come to life in the form of a video game. Cuff has always been a fan of the fantasy genre and has written in his spare time. A couple of years ago he published his first novel, Ultimate Fantasy – The Queen’s Realm, which generated a dedicated base of readers. “Parts of the story I wanted to bring to life in the form of a game so I started thinking about how to do that,” recalls Cuff. “So, I took some online courses for basic programming and purchased a lot of different game-making software and tools to do that, and started working on (the video game) over a year ago.” The Meridian Shard is a nostalgic, 2D, single-player, highfantasy adventure roleplaying game. It will be Cuff’s first video game and will be for PCs. Unlike many firstperson shooter games today, Cuff says his game will have a very

JUSTIN CUFF HOPES to launch his first commercial video game The Meridian Shard by the end of this year. strong emphasis on characters and plot. “What I want to focus on is going back to the story, giving the players a choice, sort of a multiple choice as they go through the game, interacting with other characters, taking different quests, and then of course completing the story that’s in the game as well,” says Cuff. “Lots of dialogue, detailed characters, and lots of satire in there as well about the gaming culture in general.” The game is set in a parallel universe. In response to fears about

an emerging plague, a warlock and mercenary recruit, (who the player controls), must deliver a royal scroll to Dularian healers, in the hope that they can help. Cuff is creating the game via his independent company Ultimate Fantasy Studio. He started a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter with a goal of receiving $6,500 by Feb. 16. Kickstarter is a crowd-funding site for creative projects only. Those who help fund a project receive something in return — in Cuff’s case, a funder

could receive a copy of the game when it’s finished or have a game character created in their likeness, for example. Cuff had raised $2,132 as of Tuesday. But, he will not receive any of the funding pledged so far if he doesn’t reach his goal by Feb. 16, as Kickstarter operates on an all-or-nothing fundraising model. Cuff says he can complete the game by the end of the year if his Kickstarter campaign is successful. If not, his release date will likely be later in 2015

because he will have to take on other employment and devote less time to working on The Meridian Shard. Cuff plans to hold a players’ event at Games & Grounds Coffee House in Courtenay when the game is complete. For more information and for a link to Cuff’s Kickstarter campaign, visit ultimatef a n t a s y s t u d i o. c o m . Cuff lives in Campbell River with his family, but often visits the Comox Valley.


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Courtenay council approved an application for a 32-unit strata in the 1500 block of Dingwall Road, where the zoning bylaw was amended in 2012 to allow multi-residential development. The proposal consists of two apartment buildings, each containing 12 units and four duplexes. The property adjoins a church to the east along Dingwall and an elementary school to the southwest. Mayor Larry Jangula, recalling neighbours’ concerns about traffic and property values, was the lone member of council opposed to the application. He would like to see less density on this property. “I think the neighbours have legitimate concerns,” Jangula said. ••• Council gave third reading to a cemetery bylaw that includes a specific section for infants and children. City staff created a section of the cemetery with 96 plots specifically for infants and children. “It’s often a significant burden to take care of, saying goodbye,” said Coun. Ronna-Rae Leonard, referring to the unexpected death of a child. Children laid to rest with other children is a sign of respect, she

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a 300-per-cent increase in property taxes and a 64-per-cent reduction in gross sales. “In talking to numerous merchants, and specifically those who have closed their doors, invariably the first comment they make is taxes,” Ante states in a letter. Leonard is concerned he is asking council to be proactive in an area outside its realm. Hillian agrees council does not have the ability to change commercial tax rates. Leonard seconded Winchester’s motion to send Ante a letter explaining his request is not within council’s jurisdiction. The motion passed.



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Gift from Heart good for dental hygiene Independent dental hygienist practitioners across Canada will open their doors this Saturday for the sixth annual Gift from the Heart. On this day they will share their professional skills and offer free dental hygiene services for individuals who

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GORDON HUTCHENS AT a firing of his Tozan Anagama kiln on Denman Island, one of three Tozan kilns in the world.

College adds new course When Alan Burgess created North Island College’s Professional Potter advanced diploma, he wanted to solve a problem. “I saw a need for a professional program,” said Burgess, an internationally recognized potter who has taught ceramics for 40 years. “I was organizing an exhibit for up-andcoming potters at the Fired Up! Arts show and found many highly recommended degree graduates who produced very nice work but weren’t practising. “They didn’t have studios and couldn’t make a living from their work even though it was their dream. I thought, we’ve got to fix that.” Starting this May, the college is accepting its first students into the Professional Potter advanced diploma — a comprehensive program for accomplished students who want to build their technical, production, and business skills. “This is for potters who want to walk the walk as well as talk the talk,” said Tony Clennell, a NIC instructor and well-known potter out of Hamilton, Ontario. “In 10 intensive months, students will get sound and practical vocational skills to set up their own workshops. It’s designed to have students walk out the door with skillful throwing, mold-making, handbuilding, glazing, kiln building and marketing skills.” Students will have unrestricted access to a wide range of gas, salt, soda, electric, and raku kilns. In addition, they’ll fire one of only three traditional Tozan Anagama kilns in the world at Gordon Hutchens’ Denman Island studio.


They will also develop business strategies and accounting skills to grow their business and market their expanded portfolio with the digital photography skills needed to create a website. In the third term, students can complete an internship with a practising professional potter or a two-month residency at Medalta International. The program has drawn interest from students from across Canada and the United States, as well as caught the attention of potters guilds and associations. As president of the Alberta Potters Association, Monika Smith, says the program presents a rare opportunity to develop your body of work under the eyes of master potters, as well as learn vital business skills. “The need for a program like this is huge,” she said. “Potters can not afford to be invisible. Most people, if they want to do this for a living, will eventually have to create studio space. At that point, they have to start thinking about return on investment, how you sell your work, where, and at what price point. That’s a conversation everyone should have.” Noted instructors to date include NIC’s own Burgess and Hutchens, as well as Clennell, who also teaches ceramics at Sheridan College of Art and Design. Many more potters are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. For more program information and admission requirements, or to apply, visit www.nic. or call 1-800-715-0914. — North Island College

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Cont'd. from Jan. 23, 2014 Not being trained miners, the Chinese were hired by English or Scottish miners who were paid by the amount of coal that they produced. Given the dirty and difficult tasks, these imported workers increased the miners' production greatly while only being paid half of the wage of a white worker doing the same job. Following the terrible Nanaimo explosion of 1887, the Vancouver Coal Mining and Land Company had agreed to exclude Chinese workers from their underground workings for reasons of safety. In some of the Nanaimo area, explosions the Chinese had been made scapegoats for the accidents. The white miners whose jobs could be lost to the Chinese argued that a miner must be able to speak English to understand mine regulations, conveniently forgetting that the Italian and East European miners could not speak English. Dunsmuir continued to use the Chinese in all phases of his operation in Union: underground, at the pit head, in the coal loading facilities and at the sawmill that supplied mine timbers. The head tax that he paid for these immigrants rose from $50, to $100, and then in 1904 to $500, a sum which took the worker many years to repay. The Chinese worker came to Canada in order to put aside money to send home to his family. By the time he had repaid his head tax, his passage money and accounted for his living expenses, little money remained. He had no option but to work, regardless of the working conditions or the hostility shown to him by white miners. The head tax had effectively prohibited him from bringing his family to this country to establish a permanent family unit. Lynne Bowen in Boss Whistle quotes Cumberland miners who had worked with the Chinese in Number Four Mine: "Well, I worked Number Four with the Chinamen, so I know that the Chinamen were the best men I ever worked with. I think they were the best

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mule drivers I've ever seen. I never saw them beat a mule." "The company had cut two bits off the (Chinamen's) wages. So the Chinese decided not to fill their shovels as full each time and slowed down …" In general, the Chinese miners were liked as individuals but often hated as a group. From the time that Onderdonk brought Chinese into the country to work on the construction of the CPR, antiOriental feeling began developing. Local Member of Parliament, A.W. Neill, supported the move to exclude Orientals from the country. In this he was representing his constituency of Comox-Albemi. The 1922 explosion in Number Four Mine, Cumberland, brought suspicion once again on Oriental miners when cigarettes and matches were supposedly found with one of the dead Chinese workers. Gradually the Orientals were eliminated Cumberland Museum from the underground workings of the Gravestones collected from the Japanese Cemetery mines, but continued to work above ground and at the loading facilities of Union Bay. Fuel, was hostile to unions. The Dunsmuirs Dunsmuir sold his coal enterprise to Mackenzie The Japanese, who were working in the Union had always opposed unions. James Dunsmuir, and Mann of The Canadian Northern Railways Mines by 1892, formed their own communities. speaking to a Royal Commission in 1903 on for $7,000,000. Thus the Dunsmuirs were well However, they were lumped with the Chinese labour unrest, stated that he would rather close clear of the mining industry when labour unrest into the general "Oriental" category in mines. the mines than be told how to deal with the men reached its peak in the coal mines. Both Chinese and Japanese workers in Cumwho worked in them. In purchasing Dunsmuir's operations, Mackberland soon were pawns in a game to be played enzie and Mann renamed the company CanadiIn March of 1903, the Cumberland miners between the fledging miners' union and the an Collieries (Dunsmuir) Ltd. and with the word operators of coal mines on Vancouver Island. organized a union under the Western Federation "Dunsmuir" inherited the Dunsmuir labour The Japanese, too, were in debt to the company, of Miners and attempted to have a delegation meet attitude. living on company land and getting free water, with James Dunsmuir. He refused to meet them. The Western Federation of Miners was outThe Royal Commission of that year recommendpower and safety lamps. lawed as a "revolutionary socialist" union. By ed that employee associations, groups of miners 1911, the powerful American union, United within each mine, meet management representaMine Unions Mine Workers of America, had taken over the By 1912, attempts to form unions in the Van- tives to settle grievances. This "company unionWestern Federation of Miners. couver Island mines had continued for some 40 ism," as it was called by the miners, persisted in Premier Richard McBride was anti-union, years. The unions had organized with success in the mines of Cumberland into the mid-1930s. finding it intolerable that coal miners should On May 1, 1905, the Dunsmuirs sold the the Nanaimo operations of the New Vancouver make demands on mine owners. Coal Mining and Land Company. However, E&N and their E&N land grant to the Canadian To be continued the new owner of the NVCM&L. Co., Western Pacific Railway for $2,330,000. In 1910 James

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SID AND BEV Burrows with Shirley and Al Robb took the Record on a bus tour of Spain, Morocco and Lisbon. They are seen here at the Mausoleum of Mohammada V in Rabat.

PAT DUNN VISITED the Iqaluit firehall with his copy of the Record on a recent trip to Nunavut.

PAM LARIVIERE TOOK us along to Manitoba to the town whose name she shares – La Riviere, which is also home to Tom the Turkey.

WHEN IT COMES TO SPREADING THE NEWS, readers of the Comox Valley Record are number one. They enjoy packing a copy of their favourite hometown newspaper with them as they travel the globe to celebrate special occasions, visit friends and family, enjoy a relaxing vacation or see some of the world’s many historical and geographical landmarks. Take us along on your next trip and send your photo to or drop it off at our office.

JULIE AND RICK Howell recently toured the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad with their daughter Kim, who is teaching in Lahore, Pakistan.

ANDY STARKEY AND Steve Shortridge took the Record with them to Baffin Island, Nunavut, where they are working in minus 40 degree temperatures.

MIKE NAISH RECENTLY visited Colditz Castle in former East Germany, from where his Uncle Pat Reid and Manitoba bush pilot buddy Hank successfully escaped in the Second World War. • COMOX VALLEY RECORD • Thursday, February 6, 2014

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Family Day Second annual statutory holiday in February on Feb. 10 Families that play together, grow together! B.C. Family Day was created to celebrate the importance of families and family life. Courtenay Recreation has created a spectacular event, filled with fun for the whole family. We will be offering many activities for families to play and spend quality time together. Join in the fun with: • Organized Open Gym — 10:00 – noon; • Family Zumba 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.; • Family Gymnastics 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. & 11:45 – 1:15 p.m.; • Our first-ever Family Dance 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.; • Family Trampoline and Games 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Hang out with your kids at The LINC Youth Centre. They will be open between

3:00 – 7:00 p.m. for family drop-ins. The Courtenay Recreation-Lewis Centre will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. All the special activities at Lewis Centre are free of charge, thanks to the financial support from the Province of British Columbia. For more information, please call the Lewis Centre at 250- 338-3571. B.C. Family Day is about families spending time together playing, laughing and being active! ••• B.C. Family Day for British Columbians falls on the second Monday in February. That makes Monday Feb. 10, 2014 the day to plan for your activities this year. This will be the second year B.C. celebrates Family Day. The holiday was first introduced in 1990, and has since been embraced by other provinces.

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will a paper airplane fly? The Vancouver Island Visitor Centre is holding its second annual Kids Craft Day on Feb. 10 where kids can see how far their paper airplane will fly Deep down we are all kids at heart and we have all wondered what it would be like to pilot our own aircraft sky high above Beautiful British Columbia. On this B.C. Family Day to honour that sense of adventure, creativity and pure fun, the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre (VIVC) in the Comox Valley has planned its second annual Kids Craft Day. Kids of all ages are invited to visit the VIVC on Feb. 10 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to try their hand at paper airplane building and see if their plane can fly the farthest! Instructions and “blueprints” will be available to assist everyone in crafting their own unique airplane. If the weather co-operates, we’ll even have a distance contest outside under the CT-114 Tutor Snowbird aircraft. While the kids are busy creating their airplanes, parents can wander the exhibits, meet the staff and certainly begin planning for upcoming trips or vacations. Throughout the day there will be free refreshments to keep you fuelled and ready to fly! Registration for the craft day is not

required; however we would appreciate a quick RSVP so we can plan for numbers. This can be done by e-mailing info@vivccomoxvalley. com or phoning 250400-2882. The Vancouver Island Visitor Centre is located at 3607 Small Road in Cumberland off the Comox Valley Parkway near Highway 19, and is open 7 days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ••• The Comox Valley’s Vancouver Island Visitor Centre is the first stop to creating an unforgettable vacation. Vancouver Island Visitor Centre offers friendly, knowledgeable staff; local, regional and provincial maps and tourist information; onsite booking for accommodations and attractions, as well as restrooms, a playground and picnic area. For more information, visit — Vancouver Island Visitor Centre

Spirit Bear Swim The Royston Community Club and hall will host the first Spirit Bear Swim this coming B.C. Family Day, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. The event follows a very successful community breakfast with Santa in December, as well as community “meet and greet” block parties and is an opportunity for many local residents to share and celebrate the growing spirit of the Royston community with the whole Comox Valley. All are welcome and festivities begin at 11 a.m. at the Royston waterfront on Marine Drive at Royston Road. There will be a grand prize for best outfit, and best team spirit, and door prizes. For more information, you can contact Fred Tutt at 250-897-2338 or at 250-871-8666. — Royston Community Club

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THE COMOX COMMUNITY Centre was a beehive of activity on the inaugural B.C. Family Day last year. Well over 2,000 people took part in everything from Zumba, plasma cars, Boxfit, gymnastics to pickleball. Among those enjoying the day (counter-clockwise from right) were a mom and her daughters exploring the pre-school play area; mom Jaime and daughter Samara Moffatt riding a plasma car; and Cash, Brooke, Paige, Mackenzie and Ben taking a cake break. SPONSORED BY

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SKIERS DO CARE Team SKI – Skiers Kare Incredibly helped raise $5,171 so far for the MS Society of Canada, North Vancouver Island Chapter. It was a beautiful, sunny day on Mount Washington helping the Ski for MS event to succeed. Proceeds will remain in the region to provide local programs and services to people affected by MS on North Vancouver Island.

Speed dating in village Love Adventures and the Cumberland Hotel are offering Speed Dating this Saturday at 7 p.m. “This kind of event has done very well in Vancouver and Victoria, but has not been offered by anyone in the Comox Valley,” says

Love Adventures coowner Craig McNeil. Here is the “elevator version” of how speed dating works: singles sign up and come to the Cumby, where tables for two will be set up. The single ladies will remain seated while every two to five min-

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utes, a different single gentleman will sit for a chat. The event continues on until everyone has met each other. At the end of the event, participants select who they would like their contact information given to. The evening at the Cumberland Hotel includes dancing to Island Rootz, a roots, rock, reggae band from Salt Spring Island. For more information and registration, visit or phone 250-336-8844. You can also contact Love Adventures (a subsidiary of Drop The Needle Entertainment) at — Love Adventures

Build Your Business (Career) with Intention Terri Perrin has a unique perspective on how to build your business. REGISTER and FIND OUT … Thursday, February 13, 2014 5:30 pm at the Coast Westerly Hotel To register go online

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CVRD land buy preceding trail The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) has purchased five parcels of land comprising a portion of the Wellington Colliery railway grade as parkland for the purpose of a public trail from Royston to Cumberland. The land extends a distance of 5.1 kilometres from Baden Road in Royston to the electoral Area A/Village of Cumberland boundary. The 28 hectares of land includes the former railway grade that is currently being used as an unofficial trail amidst a second-growth forest and wildlife corridor. Acquiring these properties is consistent with the rural parks and greenways strategic plan’s 2011-2013 active priority of acquiring land for a Royston-to-Cumberland trail. It was also identified in the top 10 list of priorities by residents who attended the September 2010 open houses. Forty-six per cent of telephone survey respondents in that same year supported new trail corridors like the trail from Royston to Cumberland. “It’s great that the regional district electoral areas have been able to establish means of funding in recent years,” said Edwin Grieve, CVRD board chair. “The parcel tax and the parkland acquisition reserve allow us to plan for and acquire strategic parcels of private land for public use as opportunities

arise.” “Community residents have been advocating for public ownership of these lands for more than five years,” said Bruce Jolliffe, CVRD director for Baynes Sound-Denman/Hornby Islands (Area A). “It will be a great addition to the parks and greenways system.” The properties were purchased from G.G. McClintock Enterprises Ltd. and their partner company for $605,000. Their spokesperson commented, “We are pleased that we were able to reach a deal on the Wellington Colliery right of way that allows its continued use as a public trail. “There were other parties interested in the property, but our first preference was to have it in public hands where it could become the major part of the trail link from Royston to Cumberland.” “The creation of parks and greenways is a significant element of a livable region,” said Jim Gillis, CVRD director for Lazo North (Area ‘B’). “Public response to our community consultations has demonstrated how Comox Valley residents value new trails as part of a healthy, thriving community that will be there for all people for all time.” Further information can be obtained at — Comox Valley Regional District

Environmental scientists took to the waters last fall for the second year of a three-year initiative to map eelgrass in the Islands Trust area. The study will provide baseline information that marine scientists and conservation organizations can use to monitor marine habitats of the Salish Sea (Strait of Georgia). The project’s partners — the Islands Trust Fund, SeaChange Conservation Society, and Seagrass Conservation Working Group — released the results of that mapping this week. Eelgrass (Zostera marina) is a flowering marine plant that provides critical habitat to fish, shellfish, birds and mammals. Eelgrass meadows serve as nursery habitat, providing food and protection for over 80 per cent of the region’s commercially important fish and shellfish species at some point in their lifetimes. Sometimes called “salmon highways,” eelgrass

habitat is essential to the survival of all species of salmon along our coast. Eelgrass, also dubbed blue carbon, sequesters carbon at a much faster rate than the equivalent area of forest. When its contributions towards fisheries and carbon sequestration are taken into consideration, the plant can be considered to have a significant economic value. “According to the David Suzuki Foundation, the estimated natural capital value of eelgrass is estimated to be between $21,000 and $80,000 per hectare per year,” says Kate Emmings, Ecosystem Protection Specialist with the Islands Trust Fund. “If this was extrapolated to the estimated extent of eelgrass in B.C. — 40,000 hectares — that number would be somewhere between $1 billion and $3 billion per year.” The areas the Islands Trust Fund and its partners have mapped so far include Denman, Hornby,

A SPECIALLY DESIGNED vehicle containing an exhibit showcasing Canadians who have been recognized for extraordinary achievements will be in Comox on Feb. 11.

Travelling display shows our pride Exhibit will be open to public on Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m.

The community of Comox and surrounding areas are invited to visit It’s An Honour! This new travelling exhibit about the Canadian Honours System is making its way across the country, coming to Comox on Feb. 11. Over the next two years, it will journey to schools, community centres, special events and small towns to connect with and inspire visitors of all ages. Mounted in a specially designed 1,000-square-foot vehicle, the exhibit showcases stories of great Canadians who have been recognized for their extraordinary achievements with national honours such as the Order of Canada, Decorations for Bravery and Military Valour Decorations.

Featuring interpretative panels, multimedia elements and artifacts, this unique space provides an opportunity for visitors to learn more about these honours through an interactive learning experience. The display will be at Highland Secondary School (750 Pritchard Rd. in Comox) on Feb. 11. Classes from the school will be invited to visit throughout the school day. The exhibit will be open to the public from 3 to 6 p.m. Visitors can catch a glimpse of insignia and medals, discover the unique stories of many honours recipients and watch a hologram message from former Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. Visitors can also learn more on the role and responsibilities of the

Governor General of Canada and how to nominate deserving individuals from their community for national honours. It is accessible to everyone and admission is free. Since August 2013, the exhibit has travelled through Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories, Yukon, northern Alberta and B.C. This exhibit is made possible through the generosity of the Taylor Family Foundation as a tribute to the women, men and youth of Canada whose achievements, courage and dedication to service exemplify the heart and soul of our nation. For more information, visit www. and follow @ HonoursExhibit on Facebook and Twitter. — It’s An Honour

Mapping ongoing of eelgrass, vital marine habitat the Ballenas-Winchelsea archipelago, Bowen, Gabriola, Galiano, Gambier, Lasqueti, Mayne, Pender and Thetis Local Trust Areas. Eelgrass habitats are particularly sensitive to docks, mooring buoys and anchor chains, hardened shorelines, and contaminated or silty runoff from land. The Islands Trust Fund aims to use the eelgrass mapping to focus voluntary conservation efforts on the shorelines and watersheds that have the greatest impact on eelgrass meadows. Local governments and island communities may also use the maps when considering community education programs, land use plans and development applications along the shoreline. To view the mapping completed so far for the Islands Trust area or read the report, visit the Islands Trust Fund at marineconservation/eelgrass-mapping.aspx. — Islands Trust Fund

PROVIDING CRITICAL HABITAT to sea creatures, eelgrass has been called “salmon highways.”



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IT’S THAT TIME of the year again.

Surprise your loved one and make him/her feel really special in your life. Order a singing Valentine message, a card and a rose from the Forbidden Plateau Barbershop Quartet. We visit homes, workplaces, schools and restaurants. Areas covered are Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland. Don’t be disappointed — ring early. Call Al at 250339-3668. It costs $40 and all monies collected go to the prostate cancer support group in the Comox Valley.

MANY THANKS TO the organiz-

ers, sponsors and volunteers who made the first WinterBites event(s) happen in our community. The concept of having winter events for all ages, whether it be concerts or outdoor skating gave a boost to our spirits and our economy and smiles to many, many faces.  Well done to all involved.  We are indeed fortunate to live in the Comox Valley where creativity and community involvement are second to none!

FAMILY DAY IS a wonderful time

for parents to take the first annual family safety pledge. This is where they promise to actually stop at stop signs, etc.


like to extend a HUGE thank you to the Comox Valley community for another very successful 2013 Christmas season. During that time, 682 children from 308 families received gifts, 33 grandparents also ‘shopped’ for 100 grandchildren and approximately 200 refurbished bikes were given out. The local businesses, individuals, service clubs, local newspapers and radio stations are all a wonderful team of contributors and the workshop is very grateful to all you have done to assist in ensuring that those 682 children in need received gifts. The “elves” at the workshop are also never to be forgotten, for without them, this organization would not be possible. There are so many dedicated “elves” who have been back at the workshop year after

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I WAS NEVER quite sold on the war

in Afghanistan. But I would really like to see those Support the Troops magnets, once so ubiquitous on vehicles in the Comox Valley, reapplied. It’s not a slogan to be used just during wartime, but also when the government that sent them would attempt to give a returning soldier an inadequate lump sum and say “don’t bother us again.”

A BIG BOUQUET of sunshine to Duane and Jim and the team at Comox Valley Dodge for taking such great care of me. They went above and beyond. Thank you. A GREAT BIG thank you to Richard at My Tech Guys in Courtenay from a damsel in distress with an iPhone issue two weeks in a row.

I DON’T LIKE to be bullied over the

matter of smart meters. I choose to keep my analog meter and I don’t intend to pay $35 a month for you reading it. Or should I say, for not reading it. I have a long driveway but it only takes five minutes to walk down it, look at the meter, record the numbers, and then walk back up it. It would be less time if the meter reader drove. That means BC Hydro wants to charge $420 an hour for a meter reader. I know folks at BC Hydro have very high salaries but that is ridiculous. However, my bills from BC Hydro show they have not actually read my meter since February 2013. My invoices clearly state, “Your bill shows an estimate.” Since I am on the equal payment plan, that doesn’t bother me. What does bother me is that in November, the anniversary date for my annual adjustment, which presumably is based on actual usage above or below my equal payment plan, I was charged an extra $48.89 when Hydro hadn’t actually read my meter for nine months. How did they arrive at that figure? In fact, that is the only time of the year when reading the meter actually makes a difference — when it is time for the annual adjustment. BC Hydro is a monopoly. That has made them think it is OK to pay themselves extremely high salaries, bully their customers, and act like they are out of

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Boutique opens doors in time for Valentine’s Day Downtown Courtenay is going to be a bit brighter as the oldest building in the Comox Valley is home to its newest storefront. Purely Flower Boutique takes residence on the site of the old Muir Gallery near the Fifth Street Bridge at 440 Anderton Ave. across from the Filberg Centre, opening Sunday. Many Valley residents already know about Purely Flower. For years, owner/operator Tamara Penna has worked part-time from home, creating wedding displays and floral arrangements for businesses in town. Finally, the boutique can live up to its name and open for daily business, offering all the modern, on-trend designs that customers have come to adore. As well as being the hottest floral designer and arranger in town, Tamara has been active in the business community since coming to Vancouver Island five years ago from Alberta.

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“The Comox Valley spoke to me,” she said. “It became my home instantly and I knew it would eventually be a perfect place to run my business and develop my brand.” Friend and colleague Karen McKinnon of McKinnon Photography recommends the boutique. “There are many reasons I love Purely Flower. Firstly, because my clients (and myself) adore her service, sincerity and artistry,” McKinnon said. “I am always confident that they will have a firstrate experience when I recommend her. Secondly, because she has a generous and playful heart.” In addition to flowers, the boutique will be a destination for gifts, many of which will be supplied by local artisans and crafters. The shop is a dreamcome-true for Tamara, who looks forward to serving the Valley with her modern brand of floral design for years to come.

Investment conference to educate, elucidate With pension plan issues, a falling Canadian dollar and uncertainty in world markets, it can be a confusing time to invest. To help make sense of it all, local investment advisers Russ Wigle and Robert Mulrooney are hosting their annual Look Ahead conference Thursday. James Gauthier, an award-winning investment funds analyst with Scotia Capital and one of Canada’s most prominent and well-informed investors, will speak with local investors. The conference is open to anyone looking to maximize the return on investments. “Whether you’re a business owner or an individual investor, a stock market dabbler or a first-time home buyer, you will get something out of this,” says Mulrooney, senior investment adviser with HollisWealth in Courtenay. “James is an extremely knowl-


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Community Information Session The North Island Hospitals Project (NIHP) is hosting a community information session to provide an update on the new $334 million, 153-bed Comox Valley hospital slated for completion in late 2017. Date: Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Location: Stan Hagen Theatre Komoux Hall (K104) North Island College 2300 Ryan Road, Courtenay, BC The meeting will start with a presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session related to the procurement, design and construction of the new facility. The NIHP team will be on hand to answer questions and gather input. For more information visit the new NIHP website at:

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What’s right for students? This week’s B.C. Supreme Court ruling that elements of legislation around teacher bargaining rights are still unconstitutional, and served to provoke a strike, should stand as a final warning to the B.C. Liberals. The decision, announced to great fanfare from the B.C. Teachers Federation, was the second such determination by Justice Susan Griffin. In 2011 she ruled that Bill 28 — enacted in 2002, it stripped class size and composition from the collective agreement — was unconstitutional. Part of her reasoning was that it removed the right to bargain those items in future. She gave the Liberals a year to sort things out, but the government ignored the ruling and kept those elements out of Bill 22, the 2012 legislation that expires on June 30. Education Minister Peter Fassbender, whose government has an eagle eye on costs, was no doubt nervous about the consequences of the ruling. The net result could see teachers and specialneeds assistants hired around the province to allow for smaller class sizes. He voiced disappointment with the ruling and claimed to have sought collaboration and cooperation in his discussions with the BCTF. That makes for a good sound bite, but government needs to focus more on the big picture, which means looking at the effect of its actions on the end users: students. No doubt it would cost more to create smaller classes, through hiring extra teachers and installing more assistants to work with students with special needs. But it would be a worthwhile investment. While we’re all for a fair bargaining structure, this is about more than teachers having slightly better working conditions. With fewer students in the room, those who need more individual help would, theoretically, have more chance to get a few minutes of their instructor’s time. At the very least, returning class size and composition to contract discussions is a step toward creating a better learning environment for our children. Victoria News Record Question of the Week This week: Forty-seven per cent of respondents said they will miss the Comox Valley Highland Games. Next week: Should the B.C. government appeal a court ruling about education? Visit and vote on the mainpage. For an older generation, it’s reassuring to hear that some people still write letters the old-fashioned way and that Vera Lynn still responds.

Victoria will appeal a ruling favouring the BCTF. Will the war that catches so many people in the crossfire never end?

Airport reliability has dropped Dear editor, In 2003, the residents of this community were asked to vote on a referendum that would directly provide most of the funding of a new terminal and ramp and get the commercial airport up and running. The vote was positive and the airport took off with the traffic count growing year after year. People all over the North Island began depending on the airport as a reliable means of transportation to and from the community. However, the reliability has dropped considerably during the past two years. People living in the community and working in the oil patch used to make their way to Edmonton and be in Comox a couple of hours later. Now there are times when they are routed Edmonton to Vancouver to Campbell River and ground transportation back to Comox. They no sooner get home than they have to leave because they

can’t count on departing from Comox. This community deserves better. The very least it deserves is regular updating on: 1. Exactly what the problem is; 2. What is being done to resolve it; 3. When can resolution be expected. This is being written through the media with the hope that the Comox Valley Airport Commission chair will reply in the same manner so residents may get some answers. In September 2013 it was alluded that tree growth had penetrated the airport zoning. If that is the case, why are the owners of the property not simply ordered to have them topped or removed? It has been my impression that the Aeronautics Act and ensuing air regulations provided legality for enforcement. The following examples provide support for this:

1. As one of the CVAC directors is well aware, the new hospital committee determining the site for the new hospital was forced to abandon the first selection because of airport zoning laws. 2. Transport Canada ordered the removal of eight wind turbines in the vicinity of the Chatham-Kent municipal airport because they violated the zoning regulations (Chatham Daily News — June 15, 2013). Maybe more specific zoning regulations are required. If so, perhaps the following extract from the Wabush Airport in Labrador may help: “5. Where an object of natural growth on any land to which these regulations apply exceeds in elevation any of the surfaces referred to in 4(a) to c, The Minister may direct the owner or occupier of the land on which the object is growing to remove the growth or the excess portion Jim Lucas, Comox thereof.”

Dear editor, May I react to the article titled “Ferries stretch budget” in the Record of Jan. 14 by a “fixed income couple?” Most of our grandchildren are located in Alberta for economic reasons. To visit them, we too have to use and pay for the ferry plus spending a lot more on gasoline to reach them. Of course, we could move to the snow-rich province to avoid the cost of the ferries, however, we choose the soft climate and beauty of living on the Island. We usually “make our own beds” and if we do, the consequences are ours to deal with. To enlighten this subject, it is my understanding from my eldest son that the ferry cost in B.C. is very reasonable in comparison with other areas in the world.

The price to live in this pristine area of the world is to my understanding very reasonable, however, this could change overnight if the waterway becomes part of the highway system, worse yet if a bridge would connect the mainland to Vancouver Island. In a short time, real estate

prices would level or even exceed house prices in Greater Vancouver. Fortunately, we can complain and have the right to do so, however, speaking for myself, I feel privileged to live in this part of the world. Ary Sala, Fanny Bay

Dear editor, I’m very pleased to see how responsibly young children are negotiating their way to schools. They respect lights and stop signs, look both ways and walk speedily to the sidewalks. Parents can be proud. One more way to ensure children’s safety would be to make

sure the children wear some bright clothing — a jacket, a scarf or even a bike light. These dark mornings make it difficult for drivers to see any walkers. We adults could also heed this suggestion. Ann Johnstone, Comox

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Editor’s note: This column was written before Tuesday’s announcement that the B.C. government will appeal a court ruling that, among other things, awards $2 million to the BC Teachers’ Federation. VICTORIA — There are two reasons why the B.C. government must appeal the latest court ruling that damns its conduct, assesses damages of $2 million plus lawyer bills and appears to hand the B.C. Teachers’ Federation the keys to the treasury. The first is practical politics. The legislature reopens Feb. 11, ironically right after Family Day. An appeal will give rookie Educa-



Fletcher tion Minister Peter Fassbender the cover he will need during the daily 30 minutes of sniper fire that is Question Period. Rise. “It’s before the courts, Madam Speaker.” Sit. Even the triggerhappy Premier Christy Clark will be staying in her trench, after the bleeding wound she received from Justice Susan Griffin last week. The second reason is practical economics. The 2014 budget has gone to press.

Government lawyers told the court that retroactively returning to 2001 classroom rules could cost $500 million, an estimate Griffin dismissed as “speculative.” It could include compensation to retired teachers for earnings they gave up. This retroactive lump would be on top of the ongoing costs, running to hundreds of millions more. This union victory began when the Supreme Court of Canada invented a constitutional right to collective bargaining in 2007, based on “freedom of association” in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  The BCTF is piggy-backing on that

City staff has shrunk Dear editor, In a recent letter to the editor (Record, Jan. 30), Andy MacDougall noted the decrease in new construction in the City of Courtenay from high values in the previous decade, and wondered whether staffing levels in the City building department have seen a corresponding reduction. First, to clarify one of the figures used in Mr. MacDougall’s letter, the year with the highest construction value was actually 2006, with total construction values reaching $99,460,421. At that time, the City had four building inspectors. The City made a conscious decision not to further increase the number of building inspectors during this building boom, predicting that the rise in construction values was cyclical and would decrease, potentially resulting in the need to lay off staff. During the economic downturn in 2008, the number of inspectors decreased by two through attrition. Today, we remain staffed with two building inspectors. There is only one other position in the building department. Formerly a clerk, that role has now evolved to include planchecking, in order to expedite the permit approval process. This department is also responsible for business licenses, including the new Inter-Community Business License

Program, and assists with bylaw enforcement, among other duties. The City is reviewing the development application process to ensure it is efficient and customerfriendly, and we have been speaking with the development community on this issue. I recently attended a “Developer’s Breakfast” to meet with industry members, and look forward to continuing a dialogue with this diverse group. We are seeking input on ways to improve communication and educate developers on the application process and requirements to avoid unnecessary delays — further reducing demands on staff time and decreasing application wait times. The lower construction values in 2013 represent a cyclical downturn, which means positive growth is on the horizon. The pending construction of a new $334-million hospital will inject significant revenue into our community. An additional sign of confidence in our local economy is the 153 new residential subdivision lots created last year — the highest total since 2006. I am confident that Courtenay is in a strong position for the years ahead. David Allen, B.E.S., CLGEM Editor’s note: David Allen is the chief administrative officer for the City of Courtenay.

landmark decision, in favour of the Hospital Employees’ Union, after Gordon Campbell ran roughshod over their sweetheart contract from the Glen Clark years. That one was settled for $85 million, including retroactive payments. In case there are parents and taxpayers who still believe that all would be calm had the NDP won the 2013 election, allow me to put that to rest. NDP leader Adrian Dix took to his Facebook page a couple of days after last week’s ruling, joining calls for an apology from Clark. That would be for what Justice Griffin characterized as deliberately provoking a strike to build public support for the latest of a long line of settlements imposed on teachers. Within minutes, Dix received this caustic response from Tara Ehrcke, president of the Greater Victoria teachers’ union. “But where was the NDP during the election campaign?” Ehrcke asked Dix. “You committed a measly $100 million — a third of what it will take to restore class sizes and less than the [NDP] platform in 2009, and only pocket change more than the Liberals’ Learning Improvement Fund of

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$75 million.” Note the mindset of this prominent member of the radical fringe that controls the BCTF. “A measly $100 million.” An extra $25 million? “Pocket change.” This is the same union boss who demanded that hundreds of teachers be hired immediately, so current classes could be reorganized in the middle of the school year to make them smaller by one or two students. Parents and students would endure yet another major disruption of the public school system. No government, B.C. Liberal, NDP or Green Party, can let its unions control their own payroll, just as no private company can. That goes double for this union, which had its own obvious role in provoking an illegal strike in 2012. It made outrageous benefit demands and cancelled extracurriculars for months before it even specified its wage demand. Bargaining, if you can call it that, resumes this week. Both sides need to cease fire. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @tomfletcherbc E-mail:



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Giving back is an important part of doing business The Foundation administers a number of funds on behalf of a several local businesses. One of these companies, DeLuca Veale Investment Counsel Inc. shares its thoughts on philanthropy and why it has chosen the Foundation to assist them in their efforts. “As investment counsellors we realize the value and benefits long term funding provides,” says Jonathan Veale, President. “We know our community is faced with many challenges. As a local business we know we have to do our part not just for today but for the future. In our case we perceive the greatest need for extra benefits should be focused on our children.” When it comes to why their company chose the Foundation Veale said that while they are experts in their field, they have neither the time nor the knowledge to ensure that their charitable dollars will be utilized to their maximum potential. The Foundation, because it is better connected with the greater community, has the expertise to know where best to provide financial support. “I think the Foundation is underappreciated in our community,” said Veale. “Many people don’t realize the impact the Foundation has had over the years. It is not just the current year’s grants but the long list of historical contributions to local charitable organizations that tell the story.” Veale also added that while philanthropists don’t seek out recognition he said that it is encouraging when clients note our contributions and support of the community. “Most local businesses are community minded,” said Veale. They have a strong desire to give back to the community that has made them prosperous. However running a business is more than a full time job making it difficult to manage charitable giving. In our case the Foundation is like our very own ‘Charitable Giving Department’. It is a win-win situation for everyone.” To find out more about the Comox Valley Community Foundation, the services it provides and how you can help, like DeLuca Veale, visit the Foundation’s website at

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SSO VIOLINS PRACTISE the memorable strains of famous Strauss waltzes for their upcoming An Affair in the Afternoon tea dance. PHOTO BY JOHN W. HEINTZ


Putting the ‘tea’ in waltz

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As a prelude to Valentine’s Day, the Strathcona Symphony’s An Affair in the Afternoon is waltzing into the Comox Valley this Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. This is the fourth year Maestra Pippa Williams and the SSO present an afternoon of treats for the eye, the ears, and the palate. Combining dance with symphonic offerings from the 19th century waltz kings, the SSO’s program is designed to bring out the romantic in us all — and what a treat this old style afternoon tea dance promises to be! The SSO will fill the Native Sons Hall with dreamy Strauss waltzes and spicy polkas. Doreen Thompson and John Burke, competitive ballroom dancers from Courtenay, will demonstrate disarmingly sensual waltzes. Choreographed by Bev Martyn, Nanaimo dancers Abby Dishkin and Madison Hovey will bring youthful sparkle to the timeless polka. Irresistible sweets and treats (some of them gluten-free) have

been created especially for this event by the ever-charming SSO auxiliary team. Conductor Williams, building on the past three years of sold-out performances for An Affair in the Afternoon, delights in the great Strauss melodies.

Waltzing with a live symphony is challenging. We aren’t dancing to a strict tempo, so we have to be flexible and creative in following the music.

Doreen Thompson “All three Strauss composers wrote incredible music — uncomplicated, relaxing, soothing and poetic. It was so fashionable in its time and we’re only tapping into a small amount of a vast repertoire. “For us it’s a little like comfort food after a demanding concert of Russian classics a few weeks ago. Much of this music was written almost 100 years ago, and yet, here we are! Re-energized by this great music.”

The younger Strauss wrote over 500 pieces for dance, drawing on European and Euro-American folk and classical music traditions. So important was the waltz that great waltz composers competed the honorary title of “Waltz King,” a position that came with an accompanying royal staff and an ornamental silver baton that was passed from musician to musician. Largely responsible for the popularity of the waltz in Vienna during the 19th century, Johann Strauss II (1825-1899), the most famous composer in the Strauss family, frequently received the title. The audience will recognize several Johann Strauss II waltzes: The Blue Danube; Tales from the Vienna Woods; Emperor Waltz; and Kunstlerleben (Artists’ Life). From Strauss’s operetta, Die Fledermaus, the SSO will perform the Thunder and Lightening polka. Making it a family affair, the SSO includes Ban Frei! (Clear the Track), a “quick” polka by Johann’s younger brother Eduard Strauss (1835-1916), as well as

GLIDING TO A Strauss waltz, dancers John Burke and Doreen Thompson demonstrate the grace and agility required for ballroom waltz competitions. PHOTO BY NELSON WONG the lively Radetzsky March by the patriarch, Johann Strauss, Sr. (1804-1849). “We love this event!” enthuses Doreen Thompson. “It’s so much fun and it’s one of our favourites. “Waltzing with a live symphony is challenging. We aren’t dancing to a strict tempo, so we have to be flexible and creative in following the music. “John and I are more focused on expression than detail, and at the same time we strive to achieve artistic grace and enhance the music through dance. “It’s more athletic than it looks, but our goal is to make it appear effortless and aesthetically pleasing.”

Between the dance demonstrations, there will be plenty of opportunity for audience members to try out their own waltz and polka steps. Dress is optional — from fancy ball gowns and tuxes to comfy jeans. “It’s an event for everyone!” says Pippa Williams. “If you’re shy about waltzing, jump into a lively polka!” A limited number of tickets are available from Blue Heron Books and Laughing Oyster Bookshop — or at the door. The Native Sons Hall doors open at 1:30. For reservations or to reserve a table for eight to 10 people, call 250-331-0158.

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The Potters Place is displaying the work of ceramic artist Alan Burgess throughout February. Alan is a respected potter whose work can be found in collections across Canada and Europe. The Comox Valley is so fortunate to have  him here. This Valley is known to be the pottery mecca of Vancouver Island and it is in no small part because of the generous spirit and desire to share knowledge that Alan Burgess brings to the Fine Arts department at North Island College (NIC). He heads up the clay program and also teaches drawing at the college. He has been a source of inspiration and has been a teacher to many of the Valley’s potting community. The ceramics department at NIC has been a central resource for Valley potters under his direction, and many of the potters that make up the magnificently rich clay heritage we have here, have learned a thing or two (or three or four) from Alan over the years. Alan is spearheading a new professional potters program at

BRITISH CERAMIC ARTIST Alan Burgess has an exhibit at the Potters Place in downtown Courtenay this month. NIC, which will likely bring potters from all over the world to study in an intensive atmosphere. The program will also host visiting professional potters, which will continue to enrich our clay community even further. Alan began his career in clay in the

U.K. and his early beginnings were that of a production potter. His forms are elegant, beautiful and resolved. He is known for clean, classic shapes with rich traditional glazes and flowing surface brush designs. His exhibit at the Potters Place will

include household ware, such as bowls and mugs, as well as large vases and exhibition pieces. For more information, call 250-3344613, go to www. thepottersplace. ca  and like The Potters Place on Facebook. — Potters Place

After months of hard work, over 1,000 dedicated students from all over Vancouver Island are converging on the Comox Valley to strut their stuff. The 37th annual North Island Festival of Performing Arts (NIFPA) is a non-profit society dedicated to providing a festival for students to perform before audiences and adjudicators. The performing arts disciplines represented include musical theatre, strings, speech arts, fiddle, piano, vocal, ballet, modern dance, stage dance, and hip-hop dance. NIFPA begins Feb. 9 with Music and Speech Arts performances at the Little Red Church in Comox and continues there through to Feb. 20. Musical Theatre and Dance performances will be held at the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay and run from Feb. 20 to March 3. The public are invited to watch the festival, which occurs in sessions throughout the day and evening. Potential audience members should keep in mind that these are adjudicated performances with pauses between performances. Admission is $3/session or $15 individual

NIFPA passes are available for the entire festival and allow unlimited entry into both venues. Passes can be purchased prior to the festival at Budget Brake and Muffler (on Cliffe Avenue) or Silhouettes (on England). For a complete calendar of session dates and programs, go to This local festival is a member of Performing Arts BC (provincials). Each year, students are sent to provincials and this allows those chosen to perform in a similar process, on a more advanced scale. Last year’s provincials were held in Chilliwack and this year’s will be in Penticton the first week of June. There are three shows scheduled to wrap up the festival. The first is new —

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the Music and Speech Arts Awards Night on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Little Red Church. Participants chosen by adjudicators to represent our local festival at provincials will be presented and their talents showcased. Admission is by donation. The Festival Variety Showcase and Dance Gala are familiar favourites. Friday night showcases a variety of all disciples chosen by the adjudicators for their achievement and entertainment value. The Dance Gala is specific to dance with performances selected by adjudicators also, creating a spectacular show for the public to observe. Tickets are available at the Sid Williams box office or online at the Sid website. — North Island Festival of Performing Arts

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Met back at Rialto The Metropolitan Opera is back at the Rialto Theatre with Dvorak’s Rusalka this Saturday at 10 a.m. The great Renée Fleming returns to one of her signature roles, singing the enchanting Song to the Moon in Dvorák’s soulful fairytale opera. Tenor

Piotr Beczala co-stars as the Prince, Dolora Zajick is Ježibaba, and dynamic young maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium. Tickets are on sale at the Rialto. For more information, call 250338-5502. — Rialto Theatre

THE DARREN SIGESMUND Quintet will perform in the Denman Island Community Hall on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Juno nominee playing on Denman Galaxie Rising Star winner and 2010 Juno nominee Darren Sigesmund is a Toronto trombonist who has firmly established his Strands project as one of Canada’s leading national and international touring ensembles. Following his 2008 debut quintet CD Strands, Sigesmund released Strands II, nominated for a 2010 Juno for Best Traditional Jazz Album. Sigesmund received the 2010 Galaxie Rising Star award for Best Composition (Dance for Leila) at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. The music in Strands consists of Sigesmund’s award-winning signature — complex musical passages, accessible melodies, wordless vocalizations and a sound that synthesizes wildly diverse influences from Latin, jazz and classical music into totally distinctive works. You can hear for yourself Feb. 12 on Denman Island. From the drive and passion of Argentinian tango and Brazilian song forms, the rhythmic sophistication and fast-paced melodies of Balkan music to the lyricism and counterpoint of Western classical compositions, Sigesmund distills these influences into

cutting-edge Canadian jazz. With vigour and flair, Sigesmund has woven the textures of voice and percussion into fresh new compositions for the Strands II recording, which features special guest New York saxophonist Tim Ries of the Rolling Stones. Strands II is funded by the Toronto, Ontario and Canada Councils. In April 2011, after a fifth European tour, Sigesmund selfpresented his Strands ensemble in Toronto with special guests New York-based Mark Feldman (violin) and

Gary Versace (piano and accordion). With support from the Ontario and Toronto Arts Councils, Sigesmund is working on new compositions for a Strands III recording. Sigesmund has led his Strands project across the globe regularly since 2003, including five trips throughout Europe, with performances in Spain, the U.K., Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Denmark, and Finland. Darren has studied and performed at the internationally renowned Banff Jazz Workshop with

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acclaimed artists, such as Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, Julian Priester, Richie Beirach, Dave Liebman, Steve Coleman, Don Thompson, Pat Labarbara, and Hugh Fraser. On trombone, Sigesmund has studied trombone with Michael Davis (New York), Ian McDougall (University of Victoria), Jerry Johnson (Stratford Festival) and Gord Sweeny (Toronto Symphony). After studying at the University of Toronto for Jazz Performance Program, Sigesmund honed his composition skills under the tute-

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lage of Toronto instructor Frank Falco. For more about the musician, see www. Advance tickets for his Feb. 12 Denman Island Community Hall concert are available at Denman General Store (250335-2293), Abraxas Books (250-335-2731), Bop City Records (250338-6621) and at the door. — Concerts Denman

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Redken Recognizes Emily Twigge from CHATTERS, Courtenay As a Certified Haircolorist Get Predictable Haircolor Results With a Redken Certified Haircolorist Achieving predictable haircolor results can be a challenge for some clients due to many factors – the consultation, colorist’s understanding of the product, colorist’s skill level and technique. Redken is making it easier for clients to get the color they want by certifying their top colorist and calling them Redken Certified Haircolorists. Highlighting these highly trained colorists, dedicated to their craft and invested in becoming the best, will make it easier for clients to connect with credible colorists. Emily Twigge at CHATTERS, Courtenay has just passed the certification exam (written, practical and scenario) to become a Redken Certified Haircolorist. With a comprehensive understanding of haircolor principles, creative color, foil placement, color correction and the consultation process, Her clients are guaranteed

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Loose Gravel at Zo No piano, drums or guitar. We are breaking it down into Loose Gravel at the Zocalo this Saturday at 7 p.m. For these three contrasting horns and bass, interaction on the spot during each tune can happen with a dynamic that is impossible when they have instruments that play


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Shaikh your booty From mossy mountain forests on the west coast of Canada, global electronics producer, film composer and sound designer Adham Shaikh weaves global music tapestries that take listeners on sonic journeys transcending time and place. Adham’s sets can be described as everevolving blends of deep original global grooves, tribal rhythms, West Coast bass, complex dub and lush downtempo atmospheres. His performances range from a oneman show equipped with drum machines, iPads, and synths, all the way to his 10-piece Outworld Orkestra, amassed from a collection of the world’s finest fusionists, dancers, and visual artists performing his music live. Adham’s music traverses diverse landscapes and times, connecting the listener with a kaleidoscope of cultures. See for yourself on Valentine’s Day at the Waverley Hotel in Cumberland. Shaikh has shared

chords or even percussion. The idea is to see what happens in a band with no guitar or piano where the members interact with variety and spontaneity. Loose Gravel is Tony Morrison, Paul Nuez, Jay Havelaar and James Lithgow. — Loose Gravel


FROM FOLK AND jazz festivals to premier electronic festivals and clubs, Adham Shaikh brings the show and the heat for any occasion, including Valentine’s Day at the Waverley.

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the stage with such diverse artists as Shpongle, Ott Bluetech, Michael Franti, Ganga Giri, Mad Professor, Gaudi, Tipper, Beats Antique, Nickodemus, Fungineers and Delhi2Dublin. 2012 saw him share his creations at the great electronic music festivals Symbiosis, Beloved, LIB, Shambhala, and BassCoast. Adham has also performed internationally at festivals in Ecuador (WaterWomen), France (Hadra), U.K. (Waveform), Portugal (Boom) Japan (Dakini) and New Zealand (Luminate). 2013 had Adham performing in New Zealand, Costa Rica, and the U.S. Cumberland Village

Works supports the Cumberland Forest and its efforts to purchase three new parcels of land by 2016 before they are logged. Monthly donors will be welcome to attend this Feb. 14 show as well as new signups the night of the show. Find out more about this amazing community project at www. Learn more about Adham Shaikh at www. and https://soundcloud. com/adhamshaikh. Tickets for the Feb. 14 show are available at Bop City, the Waverley, 250-336-8322 or at — Cumberland Village Works

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HAPPENING AVALANCHE BAR & GRILL presents House Ten85 DJs live music starting Saturdays at 9 p.m. FMI: 250-331-0334 or BILLY D’S PUB offers music by Jilli Martini on Friday nights from 8 to 11. COMOX VALLEY ART GALLERY presenting three new exhibitions — the Big Foldy Painting of Death, Rhythm in Blue and Artistic Dreams. FMI: or 250-3386211. COURTENAY LITTLE THEATRE presents On Golden Pond from April 10 to 17. FMI: DENMAN READERS’ AND WRITERS’ FESTIVAL July 17 to 20. FMI: 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. HOT CHOCOLATES exhibits art by Tracy Kobus until Feb. 14. JOE’S GARAGE features Comox Valley Uke Jam on second Tuesdays of each month. Ukulele instruction at 7 p.m., jam at 8 p.m. KING GEORGE HOTEL has open jam with Pete and Jamie from the Jagsters every Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m., starting Feb. 8. 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. MUDSHARKS COFFEE BAR has show and sale of photos by Lisa Graham until Feb. 28. NORTH ISLAND FESTIVAL OF PERFORMING ARTS music and speech arts from Feb. 9 to 20 at Little Red Church. Musical theatre and dance at Sid Williams Theatre from Feb. 20 to March 3. Tickets at Sid Williams box office or PEARL ELLIS GALLERY presents Heaven and Earth, a show and sale by April Dyck until Feb. 16. Free admission at 1729 Comox Ave. FMI: or Facebook. PLEASURE CRAFT THEATRE presents an improvised soap opera every Monday in February and March at Cumberland United Church at 7 p.m. POTTERS PLACE features work by alan Burgess in February at 180B Fifth St. in Courtenay. FMI: 250-3344613 or STUDIO B in Cumberland presenting 10 Under 100 art show at 2704 Dunsmuir Ave. UNION STREET GRILL & GROTTO features art exhibit called The Artist in the Planter. WAVERLEY HOTEL jam night with Brodie Dawson and friends Thursdays. Bluegrass Brunch on Sundays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. FMI: www. WHYTE’S FRAMING AND GALLERY showing art by Sue Pyper from Feb. 15 to March 1. Opening reception Feb. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. FMI: 250-339-3366 or www.

BEE WOLF RAY at Zocalo Café, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 6

WORLD KORA TRIO at K’ómoks Band Hall. FMI:

THE FRETLESS launch new CD at Little Red Church. Tickets at Long & McQuade and Blue Heron Books. FMI: DON BERNER SEXTET at Avalanche Bar & Grill. FMI: www.georgiastraightjazz. com.

Friday, Feb. 7 SHANE PHILIP at Waverley Hotel. FMI: Tickets at Bop City, the Waverley or by phoning 250-336-8322. STRUTTIN’ AT THE SPEAKEASY at Florence Filberg Centre. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner at 7, show at 8. Tickets at Blue Heron Books and Benjamin Moore House of Color. FMI: 250-702-7057. SID WILLIAMS THEATRE SOCIETY screens film Out of Sight, 7:30 p.m. FMI: www.

Saturday, Feb. 8 JUST IN TIME VOCAL JAZZ CHOIRS present Canadiana at Sid Williams Theatre, 7:30 p.m. FMI: 250-338-2430 or www.sidwilliamstheatre. com. STRUTTIN’ AT THE SPEAKEASY at Florence Filberg Centre. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner at 7, show at 8. Tickets at Blue Heron Books and Benjamin Moore House of Color. FMI: 250-702-7057. LOOSE GRAVEL at Zocalo Café, 7 p.m. METROPOLITAN OPERA at Rialto Theatre, 10 a.m. FMI: 250-338-5502. DISCOVER ART SATURDAY at Comox Valley Art Gallery, 2 to 4 p.m. FMI: www. or call 250-338-6211.

Sunday, Feb. 9 STRATHCONA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA presents An Affair in the Afternoon at Native Sons Hall, 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets at Blue Heron Books, Laughing Oyster Bookshop or at the door. For reservations, call 250-331-0158. STRUTTIN’ AT THE SPEAKEASY at Florence Filberg Centre. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., brunch at 1, show at 2. Tickets at Blue Heron Books and Benjamin Moore House of Color. FMI: 250-702-7057. COMOX VALLEY ART GALLERY presents film Inside Llewyn Davis at Rialto Theatre, 5 p.m. FMI: 250338-6211 or

Wednesday, Feb. 12 DARREN SIGESMUND QUINTET at Denman Island Community Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets at Denman General Store, Abraxas Books, Bop City Records and at door.

Friday, Feb. 14 ADHAM SHAIKH at Waverley Hotel. Tickets at Bop City, Waverley, 250-3368322 or DAVID GOGO at Venue Formerly Known As Joe’s Garage, 9 p.m. Only advance tickets at Bop City Records. FMI: 250-702-6456. ELEVATE THE ARTS presents Valentine’s-inspired poetry at Grotto, 7 p.m. FMI:

Saturday, Feb. 22 ASH GRUNWALD at Waverley Hotel.

Sunday, Feb. 23 DAVID JAMES AND BIG RIVER perform Johnny Cash tribute at Little Red Church in Comox, 7:30 p.m. Tickets at Red Carpet Consignment and Bop City Records. LE WEEK-END screens at Rialto Theatre, 5 p.m. For complete film series listings, visit

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Thursday, Feb. 27 CUMBERLAND MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL at Riding Fool Hostel, 7 p.m. Tickets available starting Feb. 1 at Wandering Moose Café.


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LINC knows music

Kickstart is making its return to the LINC Youth Centre and staff and local artists/ instructors are gearing up for another great session! Kickstart is a free music program for youth ages 10-18 years that was formed as a way of making music accessible to youth who may not otherwise be able to access lessons due to financial or other barriers. There has been a lot of interest this year — over 20 youth registered and spaces are filling up fast. “Thanks to the 2011 Comox Taxi Golf Tournament, funds were raised to go toward music programs through Courtenay Recreation’s The LINC Youth Centre and that is where Kickstart was born,”  explains Kristine Klupsas, youth services co-ordinator at The LINC. “We have a great workshop series lined up this year that will include, guitar lessons, vocal lessons, song writing, ukulele and percussion.” Kickstart co-ordinators have also recruited some fabulous local talent to facilitate these free workshops.  • Bobby Herron will conduct percussion (Saturdays, starting Feb. 8) and beginner’s guitar (workshop at capacity). Bobby’s connection to and experience in the local music community and his energy will be sure to help the youth gain knowledge, skills and abilities in these music areas. • Jenn Forsland, local music teacher, and well-known vocal artist, will be sharing her love of music with youth in the Vocal Workshop (Wednesdays, starting Feb. 5). • Annie Becker, an accomplished singer/songwriter, who released her first album at age 11, will conduct beginner ukulele (Mondays, starting Feb. 17) and an intro to songwriting (Fridays, starting Feb. 21). If you are interested in registering for percussion, ukulele, songwriting, or vocals, call 250-334-8138, ext. 223 or stop by The Lewis Centre or The LINC Youth Centre to pick up your application — Courtenay today. Recreation Lewis Centre

FAREWELL TO ANN A memorial service for Ann Freeman was held recently at the Big Yellow Merville Hall. While her group, Fiddlejam, played the Sasha, the audience got up and danced, happily sending Ann on her way. It was a great celebration. THE LAST BITE Paul Pigat fronts Cousin Harley, which concluded the music portion of the WinterBites Festival. The event’s debut in the Comox Valley included shows by Chilliwack, Alpha Yaya Diallo, Ashley MacIsaac, Kenny (Blues Boss) Wayne with David Vest and Barney Bentall.

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Blue Moon Kitchen has become a culinary destination in the Comox Valley. Amazing seasonal dining events such as the Blue Moon Farm Dinner have been created at the farm over the years with many new relationships being made in the kitchen and around the dining table, and this year will be no different. Blue Moon is also expanding their recreational cooking school program. Whether you’re a newcomer to cooking hoping to learn the basics, or an aspiring chef looking for fresh ideas, they will offer an array of courses from skill enhancing, to perfecting everyday dishes. Please call 250-3389765 to make your reservations and take a peek at www.bluemoonwinery. ca for the menus. Rijst Tafel - Dutch Indonesian Rijst Tafel or rice table is a wine paired dinner consisting of at least 12 different dishes! Chef Pieter Molenaar and his assistant Bernard LeCerf will prepare this Dutch Indonesian cuisine. Pieter was a chef at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel on the big island of Hawaii but today he practices his culinary skills and his artistic talents in the Comox Valley. February 8th, 6:00 pm – $85.00pp Made With Love - Skip the crowded restaurant this year and take a unique Cooking Class where you will prepare a fabulous 3 course dinner for two to take home and impress that special person the next day, ta dum! Valentine’s Day. Come right after work, have a bowl of soup before you start working with Chef Laura. Thursday, February 13th 5:30pm -8:30, $75 for 2 meals

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Mudsharks Coffee Bar in Courtenay features an exhibit until Feb. 28 by photographer Lisa Graham.

Photos shown at Mudsharks Local underwater photographer Lisa Graham of Seadance Photography has an exhibit this month at Mudsharks Coffee Bar. All Over the Map is an eclectic mix of colourful fine art prints from places far and near. You’ll be wowed by the huge canvas print of a lions-mane jellyfish carrying a tiny hitchhiker on its mantle and awed by the ancient gaze of an elephant printed on aluminum. You’ll want to grab a cuppa java to sip while you contemplate the variety of locations and presentation formats. Come into Mudsharks at 244-D Fourth St. in Courtenay for a taste of Asia, India and the Comox Valley. The show and sale ends Feb. 28. To see more of the interesting people and places, check out

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Some of the greatest works of art in history have been rendered in watercolour and guache. The simplicity, clarity and translucence of watercolour is unmatchable, so why do we see so few of them in the important galleries and art catalogues of the past and present? One reason is that watercolours have long been perceived as a medium of the “quick study,” a way of sketching and recording impressions. They are viewed as less time-consuming and therefore, less valuable than say, oils or acrylics. Another perception problem is permanence. Indeed, watercolours, due to their delicate nature, must be protected in some way, usually behind costly matts and glass, which in turn need frames. But what if we could have our cake and eat it, too? What if we



Book opener in series The Adventures Of Mar & Jack is a new local children’s adventure storybook inspired by the beautiful area we live in and what it has to offer. Mar & Jack Cause A Rumble On Mt. Washington is the first book in a coming series about the friendship between a playful, cheeky whiskey jack and a shy, sensible marmot as they explore their backyard and beyond. We felt strongly to keep everything about the process of bringing Mar and Jack to life as local as possible to show our pride and support for our community. We wrote and illustrated the book ourselves and had it printed locally. Partial proceeds will be donated to local charities/fundraisers. The

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ARIES You devote a lot of time to your family this week. You’re thinking about the possibility of moving. A major change in your surroundings will be extremely beneficial. TAURUS You succeed in enlarging your social circle and spend lots of time on social networks. Your business will profit from word of mouth exposure. GEMINI You might get the go-ahead for the financing of one of your projects. This is a good week to talk to your bank manager about paying off some of your debts. CANCER This week promises lots of action on the emotional and professional fronts. You are quite proud of all that you accomplish, which is great for your self-esteem. LEO You need to recharge your batteries.

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Wildlife has met the enemy – and he is us A

fter almost three weeks of living in a shroud of fog there is finally a very bright light at the end of the tunnel. The thick blanket of fog was preceded by some very heavy rainstorms. Both of these unusual weather patterns have resulted in some injuries and fatalities to local wildlife. Fog is especially hard on daytime hunters that visually locate their prey. Especially vulnerable are the bald eagles along the waterfront in Campbell River; they live in an area where they are very visible and there are lots of waterfront apartments. Because eagles often live close to humans, many people like to birdwatch from their decks and are great lookouts when an eagle is in trouble. Eagles have their own territory, which includes a nest tree and a number of perch trees where they will hang out until prey comes along. Often the perch trees can be several hundred metres from the water and in between the tree and the water there are many manmade obstacles. Eagles are scavengers by nature and any easy meal is greatly accepted, however this often leads to the birds becoming habituated to humans. As a result of the foggy weather we had more than normal eagle reports, Most turned out to be direct result of human intervention.

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Fairfield If you feel that an eagle is in distress, please contact MARS for advice on how to proceed. Do not wait until the bird has flown away. We ask you to stay away from the bird. Sometimes they are conserving their energy to keep themselves

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more buildings are encroaching on wildlife habitats, resulting in more injuries and fatalities due to the loss of safe habitats.

warm and by making them fly can ultimately lead to starvation. We received numerous reports about one eagle that had been on the same beach for a week. It was reported as “looking” sick, but was still able to fly. When sending out a rescue team we always put the team’s safety first and emphasize that we cannot chase an eagle if it can fly. When we inquired further, it turned out that the eagle was being fed by people who were approaching within a few feet to take

photos of the bird. Once a bird is unable to fly, capture is easier but sometimes a live trap has to be used to prevent further stress and damage to the eagle. Eagles are opportunistic feeders; they are also top of the local avian food chain. There is always a chance that one or two hapless birds will come along and present them with a free meal. That brings me to another somewhat disturbing incident, which includes animal cruelty involving a seagull and a small group of kids. This incident was reported and witnessed by some bystanders. For reasons known only to them, the kids were throwing rocks at the seagull. Unfortunately for the gull, one rock hit its intended target. The gull provided an unexpected meal when it landed in the water right by the eagle. Please take the time with your children to reinforce how to behave around wildlife and treat it with respect. Fortunately this kind of act of cruelty does not happen too often. As our urban areas expand, more buildings are encroaching on wildlife habitats, resulting in more injuries and fatalities due to the loss of safe habitats. One of the necessities of urban expansion is the increased need for power but the lines that conduct the power can have a huge impact on some birds.

Sooty the owl did not perish recently but another local owl did after being spooked by a nearby man with a power washer. Sandy Fairfield of MARS pleads for us to be careful and respectful around wildlife. Fortunately, BC Hydro is a great supporter of wildlife management. They try to make the power lines more visible in areas where large groups of birds congregate. Nevertheless, unfortunate incidents involving humans interacting with wildlife have made us more determined to reach as many people as we can through education. There are still so many people that do not understand how

a simple action can prove to be life threatening to wildlife. I witnessed some wellmeaning people feeding chickadees and nuthatches with “frosted cinnamon buns” which only provide empty calories and constipation! If you must help the songbirds please feed them their natural food. Hopefully we can all live peacefully together and protect our native wildlife.

••• Visit or call 250-337-2021 for more information on what to do if you find injured wildlife. Also, check for details of our ninth annual Eagle Fest on Feb. 22 in Campbell River. Sandy Fairfield is the educational co-ordinator for the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS). The MARS column appears every second Thursday.

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‘How elders will save the world’ “T

he death of an old person is like the loss of a library� — African Proverb. January is always a tough month.  It just seems that the papers are filled with obituaries of past clients. In particular, the news of Gwyn Frayne and her prognosis of terminal lung cancer struck a chord. A social worker through and through, Gwyn’s countless volunteer hours towards improving health care is a walking testament to her ability to  make use of the gifts she’s been blessed with by sharing them with her peers and future generations.  In many countries, such as Africa, Japan and Greece, elders are  revered, respected and responsible to pass on wisdom  and life experiences with younger generations. In more Westernized cultures, we are bombarded with anti-aging solutions to fight the decline of beauty and strength. Consequently,

we tend to view aging as a skeleton in the closet — something we are ashamed of and really don’t want to think or talk about. William Thomas is a gerontologist and author of the book What are Old People For: How Elders Will Save the World. He challenges readers to rewire their thinking and see the presence of elders as an essential component in completing our vision of society. Thomas argues that having a large number of seniors is considered “elder-rich� and is seen as a positive advantage to a community or Eldertopia, as he coins in this book. A common thread through his book is to see elders offering warmth, wisdom and stewardship to communities and society. Does that sound like someone you know? I can list at least 50 individuals over the age of 65 that I personally know who take Thomas’ approach in later life. When I think about

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access to services for seniors, I immediately think about Gwyn and the dedication, leadership and voice she’s providing for seniors in our community. Gwyn would be the first to say she’s not alone in her volunteerism.  She’s right (of course she is!). As we age, we tend to volunteer more.  The 2010 Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, showed individuals aged 65 to 75 volunteered 235 hours per year, compared with 156 hours per year for all Canadians. Readers might be thinking, “This whole idea of Eldertopia is quite idyllic, but is it realistic?� Well, the same argument could be made about reducing our carbon footprint or obliterating the shark fin

trade. Like any vision, it starts by raising awareness and becoming more conscious about the issue at hand. Marcel Proust once said, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.� Instead of seeing seniors as a drain, let’s see it from a different vantage point and become more aware of the contributions our grandparents and elders make to our future generations.  This gets us one step closer towards dispelling the myths of aging and reducing bias against our seniors.  Let’s stop seeing aging as a problem, but rather embracing this longevity and unlocking the answers to how we can better live together as a society. And Gwyn, thank you for all that you do and model for our community. I am better at what I do as a gerontologist for having had the opportunity to work alongside of you. I for one will con-

Left turns into the correct lane A Courtenay resident is upset with drivers who turn left from the Island Highway onto Ryan Road and fail to enter the first available lane. He identifies this as a problem for drivers travelling in the opposite direction on the highway wanting to turn right onto Ryan Road. Who would be liable, he wonders, if the rightturn vehicle failed to yield as directed by the sign and collided with a vehicle that had made the left turn into the curb lane instead of the lane next to the centreline? When you are turning left onto a roadway with multiple lanes for your direction of travel, you are required to enter the lane closest to the centreline when you complete the turn. Should you now need to use another lane, it’s time for a proper lane change; mirror, signal right, shoulder check, change. Too often, drivers move directly over to the curb lane without looking and still showing their left-turn signal. The yield sign requires a driver to yield to all other traffic. This would include vehicles, cyclists and

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and complete the right turn described at the start of the article. Should the two drivers collide, they have both broken the traffic rules. One driver has either failed to enter the proper lane or failed to make a safe lane change. The other driver has failed to yield.

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Towhees tuning up for final league games and playoffs

THE NORTH ISLAND Silvertips will be at the Sports Centre on Feb. 16 to play the Cariboo Cougars.

Major Midget hockey here Earle Couper Record Staff

The Comox Valley Minor Hockey Association is hosting a Major Midget hockey game on Sunday, Feb. 16 with the North Island Silvertips taking on the Prince George Cariboo Cougars. Admission is free, with game time 9:15 a.m. at

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United looks to finish strong and move up

of hockey. This year’s Silvertips’ lineup features goalie John Hawthorne (Denman Island) and forward Joe Surgenor (Courtenay). Other team members are from Campbell River, Parksville, Nanaimo, Powell River and Nanoose Bay. Both Surgenor and

Hawthorne played in the Major Midget hockey allstar game this year, helping Team Blue defeat Team White 8-6. Notable Major Midget graduates who have competed in the all-star game include Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers (Team White 2009).

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First place is now out of reach, but Comox Valley United has the inside track on securing second place and earning promotion to Div. 1 of the Vancouver Island Soccer League. The top two teams in Div. 2 move up at the end of the season, and Saanich Fusion nailed down first place on Feb. 1 with a 1-1 tie against Vic West. United was home to Prospect Lake



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The G.P. Vanier Towhees hosted the tall, athletic Semiahmoo Totems from White Rock on Saturday night, and everyone who saw this Quad A senior boys basketball match-up witnessed a highly entertaining exhibition tilt. High-scoring and fast, the Totems used their length to force many Vanier turnovers and convert them into fast break layups throughout the game. This form of scoring was the difference in the fourth quarter where the Towhees came within three points early on but eventually fell 84-68. Joss Biggins did his best to keep the game close, pouring in 29 points, grabbling 10 rebounds (four off the offensive boards) and shooting 10-of-16 from the foul line. Skylar Sheehan led Semiahmoo with 26 attacking points and some skilled athletic plays. Vanier head coach Larry Street noted Sheehan’s father David played for Larry Peterson at Highland in 1980 with the likes of Stevie Knight, Reed Wharton and James Shepherd. “Larry organized a small reunion of this team for Saturday night and the local coaching legend was

on Saturday, where they posted a convincing 4-0 win. Mack Zirkl recorded his division-best eighth shutout while Darren Bergh and Nick Marinus both tallied their seventh goals of the season. Luke Phye and Graeme McNeill had the other Comox Valley markers. Third-place Westcastle had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Gorge, leaving them three points back of United and also with two games left to play. Comox Valley is away to Saanich this Saturday then closes out the sea-

son with a make-up game against 10th-place Prospect Lake (date TBA). Saanich already has a Div. 1 team, and if they decide not to take promotion then the second- and third-place teams in Div. 2 would move up. If United and Westcastle end up tied, positioning will be decided on goal differential. The teams are dead even at +18: United with 29 goals for and 11 goals against while Westcastle has 36 GF and 18 GA.




tickled by the response of his former team members,” Street said. For Vanier, Foster Dewitt grabbed nine rebounds while Colton Derycke chipped in 11 points while distributing four assists. Jakob Jungwirth added nine points. “But again, we must fix our turnover ratio down the stretch for three big league games and the playoffs, which start at Vanier on Feb. 21 and 22,” Street said. On Tuesday night the Towhees played a league game at Dover Bay in Nanaimo, with result unavailable at press time. They host two big final league matches Feb. 11  (Cowichan) and Feb. 13 (Port Alberni). Game time is 7 p.m. both nights, and Feb. 13 is also Seniors Night. “Come on out and support your local Towhees,” Street said. FREE THROWS Graduating Towhees being honoured on Seniors Night include Harry Li, Colton Derycke, Jordan Balon, Jakob Jungwirth, Isaac Ng, Joss Biggins and Foster Dewitt … latest Vancouver Island top 10 polls in Scoreboard, B31 … – G.P. Vanier Towhees





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Island ski racers dominate Enquist Cup at Apex


The Mount Washington Ski Club racers travelled to Apex Mountain near Penticton this past weekend to take part in the Enquist Cup slalom races. These races are normally hosted at Mount Seymour but were relocated due to the lack of coastal snow. This meant the level of competition was elevated with the addition of racers from the strong

Okanagan region. The team from Mount Washington was composed of Campbell River athletes Cole Anderson and Maja Nymann, Kole Harle and Calvin Cotton from Mount Washington, and Liam Gilchrist of Nanaimo. Nymann, who won a gold medal in Whistler a few weeks ago, continued her podium visits. On the first day she accepted a silver medal

IN ACTION AT Apex were (from left) Liam Gilchrist, Kole Harle and Cole Anderson.

Freestylers in action in Ont. Teal Harle, Grade 11 at Podium of Life Snow Sports Academy, and Todd Heard, Grade 9 in Duncan, travelled to Ontario to compete in the Canadian open series in halfpipe and slopestyle. Both of these events will be in the Olympics this year. The event was open to all ages, with a few semi-professionals competing. The first day, skiers performed in the halfpipe where Harle qualified for the finals but Heard did not. After the judges submitted their scores, Harle ended up in fifth position. The second day was the slopestyle event, where skiers ride rails and hit jumps, spinning and flipping and grabbing. Harle did not throw down a clean run and did not progress, but Heard finished ninth. “I was quite happy

and on the second day she wore the gold. The combined results from the two days meant that Nymann also won the coveted Enquist President’s Cup. This is the 78th year of this trophy being awarded and it is a fixture on the under 16 annual race calendar.   “These are pretty remarkable results from this Grade 10 Podium of Life student,” a spokesperson said. “Maja has been in the top two positions in almost all of the races this year. Coincidentally, Maja is the first Island athlete to win this trophy since 2007 when it was won by Krystal Francisty of Duncan who has been one of Maja’s coaches over the past four or five years.”   On the boys’ side, Cole Anderson stood on the podium to collect his gold medal the first day in the under 18 category and was also third fastest male skier of the day. Unfortunately, Anderson did not finish the course the second day which is a common event is slalom races where the athletes have to play the fine line between taking risks and controlling speed in the tight and turn-y courses.   Kole Harle also was unable to finish the



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with my halfpipe run because I did not get much of a chance to train it,” commented Harle. “I did not stomp my slopestyle run this time, which was a let down. But there will be other competitions.” These placings were pretty good for such a big event, a Podium of Life spokesperson noted. Both boys fly to Prince George this week to compete in the BC Timber Tours. – Podium of Life Snow Sports Academy

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first day after breaking a ski pole but rallied on day two to come home with a silver medal. Calvin Cotton, a first year racer in the under 16 category, had consistent finishes placing 19th and 21st. Liam Gilchrist of Nanaimo finished up 17th on the second day of competi-

tion after not finishing the day before. The team will stay and train at Apex for a few days in the frigid temperatures before returning to Mount Washington where four of the five skiers attend Podium of Life Snow Sports Academy. Although the moun-

tain is not open for skiing, they will spend their time training at the Vancouver Island Mountain Centre and the Nordic Centre. The skiers are next off to Prince George to compete in the Provincial championships. – Podium of Life Snow Sports Academy

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TALENTED GYMNASTS WILL be in action this weekend at the Chimo’s annual Pajama Party meet.

Chimos hosting PJ Party meet The Comox Valley’s Chimo Gymnastics Club will host the 14th annual Pajama Party Invitational Gymnastics Meet this weekend (Saturday, Feb. 8 and Sunday, Feb. 9). Doors at the Comox Community Centre open at 9 a.m. both days with events running until 8:30 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. There will be a full concession available as well as the opportunity to participate in 50/50 draws throughout the weekend. The meet will be a qualifier for the BC Championships taking place later in the season in Kamloops. Many top Island gymnasts are expected to compete for a chance to attend the championships, not to mention taking top honours at the Pajama Party Meet. “This is the club’s largest annual fundraiser with a Pajama Party theme!” a Chimo spokesperson said. “Gymnasts often sport their best pajamas, slippers, teddy bears and robes as they march in to start competition. Spectators will be treated to some fantastic gymnastics from a range of competitor ages as well as

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both men’s events and women’s events being contested throughout the weekend.” – Chimo Gymnastics

It’s a new year and of course, with a new year comes the timehonoured tradition of making New Year’s Resolutions. “How many have you made over the years? I for one, have broken many more than I actually fulfilled,” says Judy Francis, Zone 2, Area 4 representative for the BC Seniors Games. “Have you planned to get in shape, work out more, lose some weight, perhaps gain some weight, quit smoking, make new friends, do some volunteer work, play and enjoy life more, get involved in something? “The solution to achieving many of your resolutions could be as easy as participating in the annual BC Seniors Games. If you are a resident of B.C., 55 and older, you qualify – it’s as simple as that!” Francis said. “All you have to do is decide which activity you would like to take part in and away you go. Many of the activities are separated into age categories so the older the better – how often do you hear that these days?” Several of the activities such as badminton, bridge, cribbage, darts, five-pin bowling, floor curling, ice curling, ice hockey, pickleball, swimming, table tennis and whist are in full

swing during the winter months. Did you know the ladies ice curling team from the Comox Valley Curling Club won the gold medal last year at the BC Seniors Games in Kamloops? As with many of the other activities, there will be qualifying rounds for the curlers who would like to compete in the

Games based on the number of interested teams with these qualifying rounds being held in early March. Other activities such as bocce ball, cycling, golf, horseshoes, lawn bowling, slo-pitch, tennis and track and field are more weatherrelated and the qualifying rounds, if required, are later in the spring.

The threat of cool, damp weather did not deter 59 brave golfers from playing Glacier Greens Saturday Men’s Club on Feb. 1. Conditions were better than what’s forecast for this Saturday. If there is no golf, Ben will run a poker tournament starting at 10 a.m. The greens people want everyone to use the mats on the par three tee boxes. Here are the Feb. 1 results: Hcp. 0-9: Low gross - Rob Borland 71, Stan Mills 74, Terran Berger 75. Low net - Chris Kalnay 66 c/b, Randy Doan 66, Chuck Kennedy 68. Snips - #11 Chris Kalnay #12 Bernie Johnston, #15 (POG) and

#16 Richard Martin. Hcp. 10-15: Low gross Ted Sauve 80, Wayne Ogilvie 82 c/b, Rob Egan 82 c/b. Low net - Andy Blair 68 c/b, Ferg Webster 68, Jim Loring 69. Snips - #3 Norm Fellbaum, #4 Steve Ellis, #6 Al Murray, #10 Ted Sauve, #14 Gabe Tremblay, #17 Bud Bryan. Hcp. 16+: Low gross Henry Bonde 83, Glen Meeres  87, Wayne Wood 89. Low net Keith Allan 69, Glen Parsons 70 c/b, Al Waddell 70. Snips - #2 and #17 Keith Allan, #4 Glen Meeres, #8 Paul Schroeder, #14 Al Pasanen, #15 (POG) Rudge Wilson. – Glacier Greens Golf

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) has prepared the 2014 parcel tax assessment roll as required by Section 202 of the Community Charter. Owners of properties located in the above service areas may view the roll after February 10, 2014 at the CVRD office in Courtenay during regular office hours or on the website at The parcel tax roll review panel will meet to hear requests that the roll be amended on February 26, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. in the CVRD boardroom (550B Comox Road, Courtenay, B.C.). A request must be in writing in accordance with criteria specified on CVRD website to be considered by the panel and received at the CVRD main office at least 48 hours prior to the sitting of the parcel tax roll review panel. Enquiries can be made by calling Eleni Hibberd, financial accounting technician at 250-334 6033. Beth Dunlop, Collector Comox Valley Regional District 600 Comox Road, Courtenay, B.C. V9N 3P6

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CATS Need Healing Touch too! Healing Touch…the term is used abundantly by massage therapists and healing practitioners alike. What exactly is “healing touch”? In my personal experience, healing touch comes from “compassion, humility, intuition, love and intention”. Healing touch is a result of quieting the mind and relying on the heart to help heal those who are ailing from physical ailments, disease and illness, and even emotional pain. Animals are particularly open to “healing touch” because they are so close to nature and are most open and genuine to receiving help through love and compassion. Healing touch is particularly successful with “cats” because cats are highly sensitive to their immediate environments. Cats feel things on a deeper level than what meets the eye, which is why they are also most sensitive to “heart talk” through healing touch and intuitive communication. Healing touch involves utilizing a true intrinsic love for a being. Results only come after these intentions are genuinely used, with no regard for ego but only true listening – from the heart. Anyone can do healing touch, if your intentions are real. That’s all you need is intention! My work with Kitty Cat PALS has given me ample chance to practice healing touch. One such cat came to me with many obvious emotional fears and scars from a life on the streets, obviously being mistreated, abused and neglected for the better part of two years. Through patience and once again a “heart connection”, this sweet cat is learning to trust and feel comfort in the care of a human being. All through healing touch….and intention. Sometimes healing touch does present immediate results! One such cat came to me after having been bitten in the face by some unknown wild animal (perhaps a raccoon). He had a cheek wound that would not allow his eyelid to close due to swelling, inflammation and scar tissue surrounding the eye and eyelid. One night as I was massaging

lightly around his face, I could feel heat on the side of his face with the bite. I gently touched and pictured an image in my mind that was like a cool soothing compress. As I placed the pictured compress in my hand (it was only an image, not actually a real compress), I gently laid it on the cats face imagining the heat and inflammation dissipating. At the same time, I was sending loving thoughts of light and love to the cat. I contin-

al shea butter that I was applying to the cat’s wound were all helping to speed the healing as well. Crystal came to A Cat’s Den Cottage Retreat needing to heal from surgery. She had a large growth on her leg that needed to be removed and stitches about six inches in length. Her healing took place naturally, but the love, safety and healing touch that I was able to give her helped to speed it all up. Healing touch can be

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From rather ordinary to rather extraordinary Tampa, Florida – Being the best at something is an achievement, and doing it repeatedly is impressive. The Honda Civic’s 16-year streak as the best selling passenger car in Canada is nothing short of astounding. For the introduction the 2014 Civic, Honda chose usually sunny and hot Tampa, to introduce their latest update. It was sunny but anything from hot, with overnight temperatures near freezing. Honda has been improving the Civic continuously since the 7th generation model was introduced as a 2012 model. Last year, for 2013, they updated the styling, handling and interior of the 2013 model and now for 2014 they are at it again. Looks The styling focus for 2014 is on the coupe. Roughly 15 per cent of all Civics are sold as a coupe, the most dominant player in the small coupe market. Last year, this sedan received updates to the front and rear styling to help make it look more upscale and sophisticated, and this year the coupe gets a similar update to the front and back, but the changes are meant to provide a sportier look with a bit more aggression. The most aggressive version of both

addition, the front seats are very supportive and the steering wheel is low and small for a racy feel. What is new for both the sedan and this coupe is the introduction of Display Audio system that is available From fuel on the EX and Touring economy to reliability, models. This is a large iPad-like touch-screen resale value, cost design that lets the driver of ownership and access many functions Inside sportiness the 2014 from the radio to apps One of the reasons that Honda Civic is a good that piggyback off your the Civic is the best iPhone. (No Android apps selling car in Canada is choice yet but they are working the practical, yet sporty Zack Spencer on this.) This taps into the interior in both the sedan power of your phone, in and coupe. Many people, the big screen, with full including me, didn’t integration. I liked the speed and funcinitially like the split dash with the tion of the design but really missed a speedometer on the top and the tarotary dial to adjust the volume over a chometer on the bottom, but over time touch screen volume design. Yes, there this design has proven to be a winner. is a volume control on the steering I was wrong. The split design now wheel but one next to the radio would incorporates more information to see complete the package. without having to take your eyes off the road. The trip computer and other Drive functions like radio station information Honda has made one small change are just below the front window. In and one big change to help with fuel the sedan and coupe is the SI model that gets an even more forceful grille and front bumper design plus a rear spoiler and lower air diffuser. Wheel sizes have also changed with the regular coupe receiving 16-inch wheels, up from 15-inches, and the SI now bumps the size from 17-inches to 18-inches.



economy. The small one is the exhaust system has been adjusted in both the sedan and coupe to let the engine breath better, improving horsepower slightly from 140hp to 143hp. The big change is the introduction of an inhouse continuously variable transmission (CVT), replacing the old 5-speed automatic. This actually makes this little car more drivable and might be the best CVT on the market. The car snaps away from a stop and cruises with ease on the highway, with quick changes

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in the gear ratio that helps mimic a conventional automatic design. In addition, there is a sport mode and paddle shifters on the steering wheel to help liven things up. Honda has done a first rate job here and their efforts have been rewarded with a six per cent improvement in city fuel economy and an overall drop from 6.2L/100km combined to 6.0L, something very hard to do with such a small car. The driving dynamics of the Civic has always been very good due to a fully independent suspension and willing engine. The 143hp is a nice match for this car and the CVT is a great complement. The 5-speed manual is a blast to drive but it could use a 6th gear on the highway, as the high-revving engine can get noisy. The steering is crisp and the car overall instills a high level of confidence. Verdict Honda admits that their Civic might not be the top choice in every reason to buy a compact car but they are near the top in all categories. From fuel economy to reliability, resale value, cost of ownership and sportiness this car is a good choice. The many improvements made to the car over the past three-model-years, has taken the Civic from rather ordinary to rather extraordinary. They know how to make a good, solid, reliable car and for 2014 things just a little bit more interesting. The Lowdown Power: 1.8L 4-cylinder with 143hp or 2.4L with 205hp Fill-up: 6.7L/5.0L/100km (city/highway) Sticker price: $15,690-$26,655

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rera S and Cayman, along with the all-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4S. You’ll have the opportunity to drive all three vehicles in various parts of the facility. Whether you are learning how to control over and understeer on the oval, or learning how to appropriately kick the back end out by blipping the throttle at the slalom, chances are, you’ll have a grin on your face the whole time. And if you spin out, you just keep going. The program commences with a driver’s briefing and drivers are introduced to their instructors. Proper seating position is explained and then it’s time to hit the track. Exercises are done with two people to each car, and each Porsche is

equipped with radios that are linked together. That way, the instructor can talk to you and give you pointers while they observe what’s going on. Sometimes you get praise. Sometimes you get constructive criticism. It’s just part of the process. Two major points that were stressed in any of the exercises were: look where you want to go not where you are going and the tires can only do one job at a time. The latter means that if you are trying to brake and turn in tandem, chances are you won’t have the maximum amount of traction, and therefore, you can upset the balance of the car and possibly not execute the manouevre you were trying to do. Even if you do make a mistake, you just dust off the snow and try again. The Camp4 program originated in

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WYATT STRACHAN OF the Vanier Towhees was no match for the two Brentwood College defenders as he powered past them for two points. The Towhees won 64-50 to place third in the Isfeld Ice junior boys basketball tourney on the weekend. The Towhees are hosting the North Division playoffs, with play starting Thursday.








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sive rebounding hurt the Ice. Leading scorer was Cole Hutchings with 11. In their second game the Ice clobbered the Kwalikum Kondors 66-44. In this game they limited Kwalikum to three offensive boards in a dominating rebounding effort. Leading scorers were Hutchings with 31

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erring must ring. One side affect is be among the that it is good for local most prolific businesses that serve fishes on the planet. the needs of the fleet. They are often referred It is relatively easy to as the grass of the to predict the anticipatsea. Our local waters ed run size for human (management Area 14) beings with our modare frequently the des- ern systems of commutinations and spawn- nication; but I wonder ing grounds of billions about the marvellous of Pacific herring that systems of nature that make an annual migra- tell the birds, fish and tion from the Pacific animals that it is time Ocean off the west to start gathering in coast of Canada and Area 14 waters for the the USA. coming OUTDOORS Since feasts of 1980 the spawning seine fishherring. ery on roe Herring herring are targetALPH has taken ed as food HAW place at for other least 20 species times in at every Baynes Sound. When level of development it didn’t happen in the from freshly spawned sound it was usually eggs all the way in the waters around through their entire D e n m a n - H o r n b y life cycle. Birds gather islands and Cape Lazo. to gulp down the fresh There were two brief eggs and predatory fish abnormalities when and animals eat them it occurred near Pow- at every stage of their ell River in 1984 and life cycle. Humans eat 1987. them at all stages of The seine fishery development. usually lasts one or two If you travel you can days – the gillnet fish- book trips to Africa to ery is normally spread watch the great migraover several days and tions of animals that it takes place from occur across the landCape Lazo, Baynes scape. Sound, Denman and I wonder how many Hornby islands to as people think of the far south as Nanaimo. great migrations of About the end of birds, animals and fish January the commer- that are taking place in cial fleet of seine and our local waters for the gillnet boats along with next couple of months? their support boats If you live near the begin to assemble in south end of Baynes our local ports and Sound or within hearanchorages in antici- ing distance of Norris pation of the coming Rocks and Flora Islets spawning run of her- you know about the


A BEACH COVERED with resting, gorged gulls is a good sign of a herring spawn. PHOTO BY RALPH SHAW

concentrations of sea lions that are happening right now. If those animals were subject to a noise bylaw they would all be in court. There are hundreds of Steller and California sea lions hauled out on any place that meets their needs and they are more than a little vocal about their presence. We are used to seeing concentrations of swans that turn fields white. For

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tance of Norris Rocks and Flora Islets you know about the concentrations of sea lions that are happening right now. If those animals were subject to a noise bylaw they would all be in court.

the next couple of months do not be surprised if you witness a large beach that has suddenly turned white

by huge concentrations of sea gulls that are resting after gorging on a nearby roe herring spawn event in shallow

tidal waters. Mixed with the confusion of a spawning act you will see large numbers of bald eagles joining the feast. There will also be a concentration of cormorants and various diving ducks. Below the surface we can only guess at the numbers of salmon and other predatory fish, dolphins, orcas and larger whales that come to get their share


of the bounty. You get to witness a feast as well as a renewal of life as the waters turn white from the excess male sperms for the freshly spawned eggs of the females. To get a feel for the magnitude of Pacific herring spawning events you may be fortunate enough to see a beach that is covered by billions of tiny eggs up to a depth of several inches. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) monitors the allowable catch based on information from the Centre for Scientific Advice – Pacific (CSAP). As I understand it, the target harvest for the Strait of Georgia is 20 per cent of the stock assessment. In round figures, tonnage for the major roe herring fisheries are as follows: seines 7,543 tons, gillnet 6,090 tons, and winter food and bait 8,000 tons. The total planned harvest for all user groups is over 22,000 short tons. Our bait needs are a small part of the special use groups. (Reference – DFO Commercial Fishing Plan for Roe herring – 2013/2014 season). 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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Mildred Rose Howard Mildred Rose Howard born February 12 1929 passed away peacefully January 9, 2014. Mildred (Millie) was born in Kunovice, Czechoslovakia and came to Canada in 1931. She was predeceased by her daughter, Sharon and sons John and Earl. Survived by daughter Barbara and family, 6 grandchildren, 5 great Rogers (nee Fowler) Helen Elizabeth grandchildrenJan and15, her 1926 brotherto Tony. Jan 22, 2014 At agespent 88, Helen at her Millie her Rogers career passed lookingaway afterpeacefully the elderly andhome was in Royston, BClooked after enjoying wonderful dinner evening blessed to be after byathe wonderful andand caring staff out with her friends. Predeceased her years. parents; Ethel at Cumberland Lodge for her lastbyfew She willand be Chester Fowler; Bert Rogers; and Sister-In-law, Aumissed but neverHusband forgotten. drey Fowler. To remember Helen and her ‘upbeat spirit’, she leaves behind two younger brothers in Dundalk, Ont., Delbert Fowler, Mervyn Fowler & wife Mary; many nieces, nephews, extended family across Canada, in Germany and Australia. Our ‘beloved GG’’ will be greatly missed by all her Royston Family of over 35 years. Helen was born in Dundalk, Ontario and grew up in a loving family on the old ‘Fowler Farm’. She first attended S.S.#5 School the Township Proton. Kenin Cooke was ofborn in At age 12, in order to attend Dundalk High School, she was Langham, Saskatchewan, to boarded out away from home. Helen felt drawn to the nursing profession, she was Stella a ‘nurturer’, foundCooke. her calling! and she Heber The Her nurse’s training was infamily Owenmoved Sound to andCourtenay, London Ontario BC in Hospitals and the Detroit Hospital. Shortly after graduating, Mr.west Cooke opened his with a sense of adventure,1922 Helenwhen headed with two nursing colleagues to Vancouver Island, and started her RN Rexall drugstore on Union (now at the Ladysmith Hospital5th in Sep. St.).1948. Ken attended Courtenay She met (Wilbert) Bert Rogers, they married in 1949 and Elementary school and was in the moved to Chase River. In Feb. 1954 she worked as an RN 14 boys and choirinataSt.medical John’s Anglican at the Nanaimo Indian Hospital office in downtown Nanaimo, BC. church. Bert and Helen moved up island to Vernon Camp where she devoted herself to volunteer work as He attended high school at Brentwood College and in the Camp First Aid Attendant and she held ‘baby clinics’ for 1936 beganIsland a 4-year apprenticeship in Victoria become the Upper Health Unit in their trailer, for fivetoyears. At first baby clinic, she watched in horror as her budgie landaherjourneyman carpenter. His graduation project was to ed on top of a baby’s head. ‘The Rogers’ moved to Fitzgerald design and build a house for his parents in Comox, where his Avenue in Courtenay, BC, where they met the ‘Hampshires’ parents retired ina 1941. Thefriendship. house stillGood stands, on Ellis Street. and developed lifelong friendships were so important to Helen. In the summerNavy of 1979, Bert At and Ken joined the Royal Canadian in 1942. theHelen end moved into their newly built ‘retirement’ home on Meredith of World War II he returned to the construction industry and Drive, in Royston, BC. Bert and Helen were hard workers on worked on theand building the original Hydro their ‘estate’ never of slowed down. BC After Bertpower died instation 1981, Helen many timeshehow she was very grateful and at Elk commented Falls. After two years re-enlisted in the Canadian happy for the decision she made, to stay here. 4 generations Navy, and as a Chief Petty Officer shipwright, served as an of Laurel Heights folk got to know her. Her loyal friendships instructor in Halifax, tours of duty in the andthat the with neighbours weredid very special to her! ShePacific was sure she wasand living a long, life because Orient, retired afterhealthy 20 years, in 1970.of all the activities happening around her. Said “they keep me feeling young� After working for two years in the construction industry and she took great pleasure in getting to really know and love around the Comox Ken ones’! joined She’d the crew of athesparkle Comox2 generations of allValley, the ‘little have in her eye River and a ferry laugh for as she of their right Powell tworelayed years. stories Then the call antics, of a warm up to her end of life. In her seventies, she joined the Royston climate led him and his wife Marion, to Mesa, Arizona, where Community Club and energetically contributed to their plant they resided for 30 while was employed as builder and bake sales, cribyears, nights and Ken executive. In her ‘spare’ time she facilities did needlework, costumes or ‘xmas pj’s for and managerand forsewed the major ambulance company in her kids’ both near and far. She spent quiet alone times doPhoenix. He retired in 2002 and they settled at the Springs of ing puzzles, playing solitaire, phoning friends and relatives or East Mesa retirement center whereHelen he made many friends. writing cards and letters to them. lovingly tended her huge flower bedspassed and looked His wife, Marion, awayforward in seeing spring flowers, her most favorite garden time each year. Helen would Ken was predeceased by his first wife Audrey and their greet you with a wave, a smile, and a hug or a phone call. daughter Barbara, his second Marion, his stayolder Daily life was aboutby caring for pets,wife friends and by family, ing active and remaining independent, sheMatthew. never wanted brother Ranson, by his niece Jill and herasson He is to be a burden. ‘GG buns’, fresh coffee or tea and a muffin survived by his younger brother Norman, his grandson David were always ready for a visit with a friend! Helen lived her Dodd his grand daughtereverything Yvonne Bishop (Rob), his life well(Dina), and humbly appreciated good that life has to offer. We will cherish many wonderful memories her, nephews William Cookesoand Dale Cooke (Judy) andofniece forever.Goff Internment was at Cedar Memorial Cedar, Maida (Tom), great grand children andGardens, great nephews BC, where she is laid to rest with Bert. and nieces. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Helen’s name He Royston was an easy going likeable who loved family to the Community Club orguy Royston Elementary School in Royston, BCparticularly or plant a missed ‘GG tree’ was affecgatherings. He will be by(she his companion tionately known as Great Grandma). of the last five years, Vena Chesley. Ken’s favourite hobby A ‘Celebration of Helen’s life’ will be held on Saturday, Februwas building models of famous sailing ary 15, 2014 @and 1:00sailing pm at wooden the Royston Community Club Hall, on the Old vessels andIsland navy Highway ships. by the Royston light. Please bring your pictures and share your memories with us. Everyone is Sail on in peace, dear Ken. We love you and miss you. welcome!

Kenneth Camroux Cooke

March 19,1921 - January 15, 2014

Patricia Irene Christie

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It is with heavy heart and great sadness that I announce the passing of Patricia Irene Christie who lost her 2 year battle Charlotte was July22nd. 24, 1933 Rivers, Manitoba with cancer onborn January She in was the beloved wifeand of husband David for 4730, years devoted mother to her 3 passed away January 2014and at St. Joseph`s Hospital. She children daughter, Diane and sons,husband Micheal Bill, andchildren James. Ron She will be sadly missed by her loving was a very special who cherished all ofTyler, her (Brenda), Pat, Petergrandmother (Robyn), grandchildren Jordan, family brothers Kevin Mark, and her many Andre, members, Alisha, Talisha, Tanya and and great-grandchildren Ariel friends. Patricia was predeceased by her parents Frank and and Kohen. Betty Connolly, and brother Barrie. Following cremation, Charlotteandwillcame be to laidCanada to restas at Patricia was born in England a Cumberland Cemetery on February 15 at 11:00 am. travelling very young child. She spent her growing up years throughout Canada and overseas with her CF parents as a dependent. She and Dave met in Chatham, NB and were married in Comox and as a Forces wife, continued to travel Funeral Services overseas and all over Canada making many friends at the various postings they stayed at. 250 338 4463 After Dave retired in Comox she enjoyed travelling with their trailer to campgrounds in the US and Canada. One of her favourite places to camp was at the CFB TeePee park “where your family comes first� campground. She enjoyed the beach, walking around the perimeter road and feeding the many rabbits there. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

COATES, Sarah (Sadie) McLintock (nee Morgan)

Lawrence David Brune

August 4, 1921 – JanuaryMay 30, 2014 19, 1919 – January 23, 2014

Lawrence (Lofty) Brune It is with great sadness that passed away peacefully in the family of Sarah (Sadie) his sleep at home on the Coates announces her passafternoon January 23, ing at Eagleof Park Heath Care 2014. He left thisBeach worldB.C. the Facility, Qualicum wayJanuary he had30, said he wanted on 2014. to go, sitting in the kitchen Sadie went peacefully to join looking at theFrank, mountains. her Lateout husband sister Left toand mourn his Daniel passing is Irene parents and his wife (Eloise), Elizabeth Morgan. 3 children (Karl, Larry and Dee), 7 Sadie is survived by: her grandchildren, numerous brothers Robert and Jimmy great-grandchildren, and Sister’s in Law greatEileen great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. (Arfie) and Rita, nephews; Wayne (Amelia), John (Charmaine), Dale, Bruce, Doug and Jimmy nieces; Margo (Dave), DebDad was born and raised in(Judy), Winnipeg, Manitoba. He joined bie, and Noreen, 5 great nephews, the Anne, RCAFRoberta in 1941, trained as6 agreat pilotnieces, and was stationed in 4 great great 3 greatflying greatpatrols nephews. England fromnieces 1943and to 1945 for U-boats in the North to Atlantic. He briefly left the air-force at the end of life. the Home Sadie was the Comox Valley for the majority of her Born in Lanarkshire, Scotland, Sadie immigratedIsland, to Canada in war, working in a logging camp on Vancouver before May 1925the at age 3. Sadies early years were spent Cumberland rejoining air-force in 1946 and serving untilinretirement in where she attended andValley married 1964. Lawrence andschool, Eloise sought moved employment to the Comox in Frank CoatesDad in August 1946. Sadies jobs chosen career was in fi1965 where worked at various including installing nance were she was employed by the Royal Bank in Cumberland furnaces, working at the copper mine at Mt Washington and Payroll Offi cer for theRiver, City before of Courtenay. job as from and later, driving taxi in Campbell getting A a job a which she retired in July on 1986. Always the gracious hostess, deckhand on the (at that time) Kelsey Bay to Prince Rupert Sadie made all who knew her welcome at her beach home in ferry. He moved into the engine room, began training as a Little River, Comox. Many Special memories were created there Marine andforever. eventually became the chief engineer on and will Engineer be cherished the Comox to Powell River ferry route before retiring from his To be closer to family, Sadie moved from the Comox Valley in second career. His final employment was for a season in the 2008 and took residence at “The Gardens�, Qualicum Beach. Arctic on a dredger building islands for oil rigs before officially She never ofin reminiscing about her love for dancing, curling retiring fortired good the early 1980s. and her trips to Hawaii with family and friends. The pleasure she Dad spent his retirement years enjoying on the received from the musical entertainment at his bothhobbies the “Gardens� small“Eagle farm he andfacilities Eloise was bought in 1965. Heface likedand to in tinker and Park� evident on her her with machinery, play his accordion and host parties. Dad smile. loved music (he taught himself to play several instruments, Her quick wit, sense of humour and spontaneous smile will be his favorite the accordion), andWith washer parthealth of a failing, music sadly missedbeing but fondly remembered. group Park well Health into hisCare 80sFacility that went and her played in retirement Eagle became residence in 2012 homes. He was until January 30, also 2014.fond of jokes, good food and good wine. Dad had and was an avid reader. He at had an Thank youatokeen eachintellect and every departmental staff member Eagle interest and was learning up until a Park for in themathematics attentiveness, compassion andcalculus dignity with which few have months before death. He alsoher had a particularly good you shown our his Sadie throughout stay and final days. It memory off-colour songs poems from time did not gofor unnoticed and was veryand much appreciated by thespent famduring theyou waras inwell English ily. Thank to Dr.pubs. Hugh Fletcher for the care provided. Funeral Service held atDrPiercy’s Mt. the Washington We would like totobethank Matous, staff at Funeral Home Chapel, 440 England Avenue, Courtenay on Friday February 7 at Community Care and Carol from NurseNextDoor for making 1:00pm. Interment at Cumberland Cemetery. Donations may be Dad’s last few months as comfortable as possible. made in Sadies memory to a charity of your choice. A celebration of Lawrence’s life will take place on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the Comox Recreation Centre, 1855 Noel 0)%2#93 Ave, Comox from 1 to 3 pm for family and friends. ^-47!3().'4/.



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Alfred Raymond Stazicker Lois Eileen(Ray) Morgan

September 16, 1924 January 20, 2014 1942 ~ -2014 Alfred Raymond (Ray) Stazicker was born on September 16, 1924 in Peterborough, Ontario and passed away unexpectedly on January 20, 2014.

Ray proudly served his country joining the military as a young man and then he worked for many years as a tool inspector for de’Havilland Canada. Ray was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160 Comox. Lois slipped away at home on Sat. 25 Jan., leaving behind He husband will be sadly missed Jeffrey by his (Beth) long-time friends, David her Art, children, grandchildren Kate and Zach Kathleen Bruce and their family(Matthew) and his many friends. and in Kamloops and Shelley grandchildren A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, February 5 at Mary and Seamus in North Vanc. and Sister-in Law Carol 1:00pm at of theBelleville, Royal Canadian Legion Comox Branch 160. Armstrong Ont. Following Ray’s wishes, he will be buried at Park Cemetery, She was predeceased by her parents Sam & Evylena Lytham, St. Anne’s, Lancashire, England. alongside his mom Armstrong, brother Vernon and sister-in-law Joyce of Cherry Ada Bradley. Valley Ontario and brother Floyd of Belleville Ont. Lois grew up in Cherry Valley, Ontario. It was a small village and when school started in the fall, she was the only child in the village not going. She Funeral was allowedServices to sit and be quiet in the 2 room school for two years she was allowed 250before 338 4463 to enroll. Of course by this time she had absorbed most everything and was about 2 years ahead. She left the High School in Picton where she was taking a business “where course as she family thought comes she wasfirst� wasting her time your and enrolled in Ontario Business College. She graduated from there and found work easily moving up in her career and finally ended up working for Ontario Hydro. She married her high school sweetheart, Art Morgan, in 1959. Robert “Bob� John Bullen He had joined the RCAF and they moved to CFB St Hubert, across the river from Montreal, where Passedshe found away employment peacefully as a civilian secretary. on January 24, 2014 at St.Joseph’s Hospital in Their son Jeff was born there shortly before Art was transferred Comox, B.C. was to CFB Cold Lake, Alberta, where daughter ShelleyBob was born. by his Their final Transfer was to CFBpredeceased Comox in 1965. Art parents left the and George his RCAF in spring of 1968 and theyJean purchased Happy’sClark, Sporting brothers: Donald Clark and Goods in Courtenay which they operated for almost 20 years. Glenn “Bump Bullen Her early education proved fortuitous as sheBump� became the and hisand son: Glennlife.“Sac� money manager of both their business personal Bullen.  Bob is survived by his Lois was easy to talk to and made many friends during the loving wife, Jan of 35 years; following years. Her laugh was honest, often & infectious. Children: Valerie (Wayne) Her children were the focus of her life and she participated Willman, Bobby (Marilyn) in everything they became involved in. She played ladies Bullen, Lynn (Ron) Evans, softball, drove her daughter to uncounted swim meets, and (Jen) good Bullen,movies Cathy skied. She loved a good joke, aJohn bit of gossip, & (Rory)forScott and (Leigh hockey. When the children left home school in Derin the city, she Anne) Lowe.  Sister Diana became an ardent fisherman and traveled with Art to many (Lanny) Seaton and sister-in-law Sally Bullen, 10 grandchildren Island hotspots. and 12 great-grandchildren (and growing) and many nieces In 1984 she survived a cerebral hemorrhage and four years and nephews. later her and Art sold Happy’s and retired. Bob at 59, after 40 yearsfor working with 25 theyears, IWA.  She retired remained a happy person the next Starting BC Forest Products Victoria and then enjoying atwintering in AZ, diningin out, traveling and Sooke doing Forest Products as a saw filer and finishing his career at Fields puzzles. Sawmill in Courtenay. Last year she was diagnosed with cancer of a nature that couldloved not be treated.gardening, She remained in her beloved home until Bob camping, raising chickens and pigeons, the end,hunting, with hergolf family carewas andvery support. fi shing, andproviding skiing.  He generous with his glass creations asnever lamps, ornaments and Hersstained was a personality whichsuch could be duplicated. Her designs making heher made something everyone.  He many friends willsure miss greatly and herforfamily so much also had a small saw hammering/fi ling business where he met more. many friends.  The family would like to thank Dr. Wiens and Dr. Winter for their and constant & compassionate attention to Lois’ care.lovely The Bob Jan travelled by truck and camper to many dedication of the South Team Homecare and Nurses to Lois’ spots on Vancouver Island and across Canada.  They also comfort was exemplary andNorway, indispensable. enjoyed travel to Mexico, Costa Rica, Florida and Celebration of Life to take place at Piercy’s Funeral Home on Hawaii.  Saturday 15 Feb. 3PM. Bob will be remembered fondly for his quick wit and comedic one liners such as: “I’ll see you on the first....first chance I get�.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Queen Alexandra Foundation for Children, 2400 Arbutus Road, Victoria, B.C. V8N 1V7   250-519-6977. A Celebration of Life will be held at Piercy’s-Mt.Washington Funeral Home on Saturday, February 8th at 1:00pm at 440 England Avenue, Courtenay, B.C.  V9N 2N1.


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ing and eventually marrying the love of her life, Joe, on July

28, 1945. After many moves, following Joe as he worked Thursday, February 6, 2014 • COMOX VALLEY RECORD  for B24 B24 the R.C.A.F, they eventually settled on a farm they named ApJoan Welsh (nee Dacre)

ItFAMILY is with heavy hearts we ANNOUNCEMENTS FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS announce the passing of our beloved Joan Welsh, on DEATHS DEATHS January 29th, 2014. Joan was born on September 18,1922 on Walney Island, Barrowin-Ferness, U.K. Joan met her husband Ken Welsh on July 14, ~ December 22, 2013 Walney Island and1934 married him Within 1943. deep regret I am compelled to announce They resided in the that U.K. my Father, passed awayto until 1953,Earl, then moving at St. Joseph’s Ottawa, where Hospital Joan hadon a December 22nd/ 2013. Dad hairdressing/beauty salon leaves behind lovingtowife, business. Theyhis moved the Comox Valley in 1989 to be with family which was very important to Joan. Vivian,and of friends, 58 years, three sonsHal Douglas, Timothy Joan’s passions were gardening, playing bridge, and her Earl and Rickey open Eugene, house was always to friends and family with a smile and his“cuppa.� grandchildren, great a Well known for her constant smile, generosity, and grandchildren, brothers, often called Mom to many. The (Matriach) of the Dacre/Welsh sisters, nephews, nieces, clan. Joan’s vocabulary always included “Thanks Love� and friendsare and extended “How you pet?� family.

Earl Eugene Sawatzky

Thank is survived you; from theson Phillip Welsh, Grandsons, Joan by her Sawatzky Gary family;(Lisa) to Dr. and Barb great-grandchildren Fehlau, Dr. P. Comacho and all Graeme, Alexander, Stephanie Reece, nieceHospital Ann (Wolfe), many extended of the staffand of St. Joseph’s that and cared for our loved family. one. Dad lived his life; did not fear death and died peacefully. HeCelebration will be missed andwill remembered A of Life be held at always. the 888 Wing Comox on

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LUTZ, Barry George

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September 11, 1947 – January 30, 2014 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Barry George Lutz. Barry passed away at the age of 66 on January 30, 2014 after battling cancer for the past 14 months. Barry was predeceased by his parents, Lorraine (Babe) and George Lutz as well as his brother Calvin and sister Darlene. Barry is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 45 years, Kathy, and their two children Tammy (Claye) and Gordie as well as his four grandchildren: Jordon, Brittney, Calvin and Shania. Barry also leaves to mourn his passing two brothers: Raymond (Ulla) and Clifford (Christine) and sister Susie as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. The family would like to thank Dr. James Proctor, the Campbell River Cancer Care Clinic, the South Palliative Home Care Nursing team and the third floor nurses at Campbell River Hospital for their outstanding care. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the BC Cancer Foundation or charity of one’s choice, in Barry’s memory. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Campbell River Masonic Hall on Saturday March 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with a tea/coffee reception to follow. “There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t think of you There isn’t a moment that passes that we don’t miss you�

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Joan Welsh (nee Dacre) It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved Joan Welsh, on January 29th, 2014. Joan was born on September 18,1922 on Walney Island, Barrowin-Ferness, U.K. Joan met her husband Ken Welsh on Walney Island and married him in 1943. They resided in the U.K. until 1953, then moving to Ottawa, where Joan had a hairdressing/beauty salon business. They moved to the Comox Valley in 1989 to be with family and friends, which was very important to Joan. Joan’s passions were gardening, playing bridge, and her house was always open to friends and family with a smile and a “cuppa.� Well known for her constant smile, generosity, and often called Mom to many. The (Matriach) of the Dacre/Welsh clan. Joan’s vocabulary always included “Thanks Love� and “How are you pet?� Joan is survived by her son Phillip Welsh, Grandsons, Graeme, Gary (Lisa) and great-grandchildren Alexander, Stephanie and Reece, niece Ann (Wolfe), and many extended family. A Celebration of Life will be held at the 888 Wing Comox on February 8th at 2:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your charity of choice and would be greatly appreciated.

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paloosa Acres in Black Creek. Olive loved animals and was FAMILYtoANNOUNCEMENTS happy work alongside her family FAMILY runningANNOUNCEMENTS the farm and the trail rides that gave enjoyment to many. Joe and Olive enjoyed square dancing and DEATHS travelling in their DEATHS motorhome. She loved being and working outdoors, especially in the garden and affectionately became known as “the rhubarb lady.� She looked forward to her daily bicycle ride and could still be spotted riding her bike around on the farm 4, 1923 ~ January 6, 2014 only a fewFebruary months prior to her passing.22, She blessed many July 14, 1934 ~ December 2013 with her talentaway for knitting and crocheting. Dale passed peaceWith deep regret I am fully on January 6,in2014 Olive was active her at church community. Her faith was a compelled to announce that Cumberland Lodge. source of great joy and comfort my Father, Earl, passed away for her throughout her life and gave great son solace, in her final days. The second of especially L. on at St.her Joseph’s Hospital (Len) H. and Alice (nee Her warm welcoming personality was treasured by many December 22nd/ 2013. Dad Dale) Februin her Bishop, beloved community of Black Creek. Olive was a genuleaves behind born his loving wife, ary 4,kind 1923 in Chilliwack, inely loving Vivian, of and 58 years, person three who believed in living out her Dale grewvalues, up in the Well’smany lives in the process. She truly Christian blessing sons- Hal Douglas, Timothy subdivision inbad Sardis, B.C. never had aRickey word to say about anyone. Family was inEarl and Eugene, Predeceased by histo brothcredibly important Olive. A devoted mother, grandmother his grandchildren, great er, Stan in 1998, he is surand great grandmother, she was a true matriarch and she grandchildren, brothers, vived and sadly by found great joy missed in the simple moments she spent with her sisters, his lovingnephews, wife, Ariel, nieces, son family. friendsdaughter and extended family. Paul, Rosemary Olive was predeceased by her husband Joe, infant son Don(Raymond), Thank you; grandson, from theErnie and sister Annie. She will ald, son Donovan, brother Keegan and sister-in-law Sawatzky family; Dr. Fehlau, Dr. Mike, P. Comacho all be greatlyBishop, missedtoby herBarb children Jerry, Colleen,and Rick, Joeslyn Sardis, of the staffand of St. Joseph’s that for John, our loved Bernadine Tim and theirHospital spouses, hercared brother her niece Anne, nephews one. Dad lived his life; didnumerous not fear death died peacefully. eighteen greatand grandchildren and Bruce andgrandchildren, David. many and nephews. He willnieces be missed and remembered always. During WWII Dale served in the RCAF from November 10, A inMemory, celebration of5, Olive’s beposting held atwas 12:00 In mass Loving Your Son; 1942 until released July 1946. life Hiswill first to p.m. Tofion 15, 2014 Christ the he King Catholic Parish in no, then to Comox. On at July 18, 1945 married his long time RickFebruary Courtenay. B.C. A reception will follow in the church hall. school sweetheart Ariel May Lennox of Cultus Lake in the 0)%2#93 Chapel the Comox air base and the Comox ValIn lieu ofatflowers donations can be settled made ininmemory of Olive ^-47!3().'4/. ley.theAnB.C. industrious, capable, innovative, reliable fellow, Dale to Cancer Foundation or the Comox Valley Hospice    learned many crafts throughout his life, first tending the boilSociety. WWWPIERCYSMTWASHINGTONFUNERALCOM ers at the Fraser Valley Milk Producers’ Association plant and the air bases, then auto body repair (Nib Johnston Motors Ltd.), hardware store co-owner (“Tarbells�, Cumberland) and lastly for many years, as a heavy duty mechanic (“TimberLLlogging OUskidders). EEDInIN RINT NLINE jack� 1959 he joinedAND the Courtenay Volunteer Fire Department, retiring as Deputy Fire Chief in 1988. He was very proud of the Fire Department and the members. He loved hunting, fishing, camping and exploring the island by car and camper and the waters by boat with Mom.

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September 11, 1947 – January 30, 2014

Thank you to Dr. Reggler, Home & Community Care and the doctors and nurses at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Cumberland Lodge for their caring support. In lieu of flowers, donations It is with great sadness that we announce the may be made in memorypassing of Dale to theGeorge Courtenay Volunteer of Barry Lutz. Barry passed Fire Department Societyaway or toata the charity of your choice. age of 66 on January 30, 2014

Following cremation, Dale be interred his14Motherafterwill battling cancer fornear the past months. in-law at Chilliwack Cemeteries. A celebration of life will be Barry was predeceased by his parents, Lorraine (Babe) and George Lutz as announced later. well as his brother Calvin and sister Darlene. 0)%2#93 Barry is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 45 years, Kathy, and their ^-47!3().'4/. two children Tammy (Claye) and Gordie as well as his four grandchildren:    Jordon, Brittney, Calvin and Shania. Barry also leaves to mourn his passing WWWPIERCYSMTWASHINGTONFUNERALCOM two brothers: Raymond (Ulla) and Clifford (Christine) and sister Susie as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. The family would like to thank Dr. James Proctor, the Campbell River Cancer Care Clinic, the South Palliative Home Care Nursing team and the third floor nurses at Campbell River Hospital for their outstanding care. InIt Lieu of flowers, donations canofbe made to the BC Cancer Foundation or is with a great sense charity one’swe choice, in Barry’s loss of that honour thememory. of Olive Girard Apassing Celebration of LifeMay will be held at the Campbell River Masonic Hall on (nee Sinnott) theat 2:00 earlyp.m. with a tea/coffee reception to follow. Saturday March 22,in2014

Olive May Girard

morning hours of January 24, 2014 home in by that we don’t think of you “There at isn’ther a day that goes BlackThere Creek. isn’t a moment that passes that we don’t miss you�

Olive was born on December 25, 1920 in Pincher Station, Alberta. She attended teacher’s college and taught in various one room schoolhouses in small Alberta towns before meet- ing and eventually marrying the love of her life, Joe, on July 28, 1945. After many moves, following Joe as he worked for the R.C.A.F, they eventually settled on a farm they named ApJoan Welsh (nee Dacre) paloosa Acres in Black Creek. Olive loved animals and was It is with heavy hearts we happy to work alongside her family running the farm and the announce the passing of to many. trail rides that gave enjoyment our beloved Joan Welsh, on Joe and Olive enjoyed square dancing and travelling in their January 29th, 2014. Joan was motorhome. She loved being and working outdoors, espeborn on September 18,1922 cially in the garden and affectionately became known as “the on Walney Island, Barrowrhubarb lady.� She looked forward to her daily bicycle ride in-Ferness, U.K. Joan met and could still be spotted riding her bike around on the farm her husband Ken Welsh on only a few months prior to her passing. She blessed many Walney Island and married with her talent for knitting and crocheting. him in 1943. Olive was active in her church community. Her faith was a They resided in and thecomfort U.K. for her throughout her life and source of great joy until her 1953, then moving to in her final days. gave great solace, especially Ottawa, where Joan had a Her warm and welcoming personality was treasured by many hairdressing/beauty salon in her beloved of Comox Black Creek. was genubusiness. Theycommunity moved to the ValleyOlive in 1989 toabe with inely loving person believed into living familykind and and friends, which was who very important Joan.out her Christian values, blessing many lives in the process. She truly Joan’shad passions were to gardening, never a bad word say aboutplaying anyone.bridge, Family and was her inhouse was always open to friends and family with a smile and credibly important to Olive. A devoted mother, grandmother a “cuppa.� Well known forshe her was constant smile, generosity, and great grandmother, a true matriarch and and she often called many. The moments (Matriach)she of the Dacre/Welsh found great Mom joy intothe simple spent with her clan. Joan’s vocabulary always included “Thanks Love� and family. “How are you pet?� Olive was predeceased by her husband Joe, infant son DonJoanson is Donovan, survived by her Ernie son Phillip Welsh, Grandsons, ald, brother and sister Annie. She will Graeme, (Lisa) and great-grandchildren Alexander, be greatly Gary missed by her children Jerry, Mike, Colleen, Rick, Stephanie and (Wolfe),her and many John, extended Bernadine and Reece, Tim andniece theirAnn spouses, brother her family. grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and eighteen many nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held at the 888 Wing Comox on

Sutton’s Campbell River Funeral Home 250-287-4812

A mass in8th celebration of Olive’s life will be held at 12:00 p.m. February at 2:00 P.M. on February 15, 2014 at Christ the King Catholic Parish in In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your charity of Courtenay. B.C. A reception will follow in the church hall. choice and would be greatly appreciated. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in memory of Olive to the B.C. Cancer Foundation or the Comox Valley Hospice Society.

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Judy Diane Wentz

FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS Apr. 30, 1947 – Jan. 29, 2014 IN MEMORIAM DEATHS DEATHS It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Judy Wentz on Robert Matthew Neal In Loving January 29,Memory 2014 of at the - 2013 Sgt D.A. (Don) Monk C.D February 4, 1923 ~ January 1958 6, 2014 Royal Jubilee Hospital May 26, 1954 ~away Feb.peace9, 1998 Celebration of Life Dale passed in Victoria, BC. She was and February 14, 2014 fully on January 6, 2014 pre-deceased by her James (Jim) Alan Monkat Cumberland Lodge. Feb. 21, 1956 ~ Feb. 8, 2013 2 PM husband Ron Wentz and The parents second son of and L. Native Sons Hall, her Ralph Our family circle has been (Len) H. and Alice (nee broken Gert Hill.tow links gone Courtenay

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ary 1923 in Chilliwack, Judy is survived and will But4,though we’re parted Dalegreatly up in Well’s forgrew a while wethe know be missed by her We’ll meet again B.C. subdivision in Sardis, daughters Susan Mateychuk, Janel Gray and Janel`s Some day by wehis hope Predeceased brothchildren Jordan er, Stantoinmeet 1998,you heGray is sur-and Brandon Gray, 3 brothers, Some day we know notby one sister, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives vived and sadly missed when we shall meet in a his better loving wife, Ariel, and friends. land and neverson Paul, daughter Rosemary

part again In her leisure time Judy enjoyed reading and garden(Raymond), We shall listengrandson, to their ing. Judy was a very loving grandma, who was always voices andsister-in-law behold Keegan and themwhen face towith face Joeslyn Bishop, Sardis, smiling her grandkids. nieceSunshine Anne,passes, nephews

In loving memory

shadows A Celebration of Judy`s life will be held on Saturday, Bruce and David.fall Love’s remembrance February 8, 2014 at 1PM, from Living Waters Church outlastDale all served in the RCAF from November 10, During WWII in Black Creek with Pastor 1942 until released July 5, 1946. Dave His firstKoleba posting officiating. was to TofiDad, The family invitesOn friends to1945 stayhefor a reception folno, then to Comox. July 18, married his long time Sharon, Jennifer & Sarah school sweetheart Ariel May Lennox of Cultus Lake in the lowing the service.

Chapel at the Comox air base and settled in the Comox Valley. An industrious, capable, innovative, reliable fellow, Dale learned many crafts throughout his life, first tending the boilers at the Fraser Valley Milk Producers’ Association DEATHSplant and DEATHS the air bases, then auto body repair (Nib Johnston Motors Ltd.), hardware store co-owner (“Tarbells�, Cumberland) and lastly for many years, as a heavy duty mechanic (“Timber250-334-0707 jack� logging skidders). In 1959 he joined the Courtenay Volwww. unteer Fire Department, retiring as Deputy Fire Chief in 1988. He was very proud of the Fire Department members. We are sadand to the announce the He loved hunting, fishing, camping and of exploring the island passing our brother, father by car and camper and the waters boat with Mom. andbygrandfather Dennis GorThank you to Dr. Reggler, Homedon & Community and the Mossey onCare January 8, doctors and nurses at St. Joseph’s Hospital 2014 at age and 63. Cumberland Lodge for their caring support. In lieu of flowers, donations Dennis died at St. Joseph’s may be made in memory of Dale to the Courtenay Volunteer Hospitalofafter hard fought Fire Department Society or to a charity your achoice. battle with cancer. Following cremation, Dale will be interred near his Motherwas born February in-law at Chilliwack Cemeteries.Dennis A celebration of life will be 24, 1950 in Cumberland, announced later. B.C., where he lived the ma0)%2#93 jority of his life. He worked ^-47!3().'4/. in the forest industry from    1967 until 1982, when he WWWPIERCYSMTWASHINGTONFUNERALCOM took a job with the Department of Highways. After retirement in 2005, Dennis enjoyed spending his leisure time at his cabin on Comox Lake, fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed spending summers on his Sister’s farm in Prince George working on various projects.

Dennis Gordon Mossey

Olive May Girard

Dennis is survived by his son Dennis, daughter Korey, It is with John a great sense brothers, (Mia), Ken of (Louise), sister Gloria (Allan), and loss that we honour 4 grandchildren. Dennisthe is predeceased by his father and passing Jack of Olive Girard mother, andMay Martha. (nee Sinnott) in the early No service as per Dennis’ request. morning hours of January 24, family 2014 at her like home in The would to express their deepest thanks to Dr. Black Creek. Woldnik, Home Support Nurses and Home Support. We would alsoborn like to Martin, Jamie and Ralph for their Olive was on thank Decemcompassion and in friendship. ber 25, 1920 Pincher Station, Alberta. She attended teacher’s college0)%2#93 ^-47!3().'4/. and taught in various one    room schoolhouses in small WWWPIERCYSMTWASHINGTONFUNERALCOM Alberta towns before meeting and eventually marrying the love of her life, Joe, on July 28, 1945. After many moves, following Joe as he worked for the R.C.A.F, they eventually settled on a farm they named Appaloosa Acres in Black Creek. Olive loved animals and was happy to work alongside her family the farm and the Apr. 30, 1947 – Jan.running 29, 2014 trail rides that gave enjoyment to many.

Judy Diane Wentz

Joeisand Olive enjoyed square dancing and travelling in their It with great sadness motorhome. She loved being and working outdoors, espewe announce the passcially in the garden and affectionately became known as “the ing of lady.� Judy She Wentz onforward to her daily bicycle ride rhubarb looked January at the and could29, still 2014 be spotted riding her bike around on the farm only a few monthsHospital prior to her passing. She blessed many Royal Jubilee with her talentBC. for knitting and crocheting. in Victoria, She was Olive was active inbyher her church community. Her faith was a pre-deceased source of great and comfort husband Ron joy Wentz and for her throughout her life and gave her great solace, especially in her final days. her parents Ralph and Her warm Gert Hill. and welcoming personality was treasured by many in her beloved community of Black Creek. Olive was a genu-

Judy is survived and will who believed in living out her inely kind and loving person Christian values, blessing many lives in the process. She truly be greatly missed by her never had a Susan bad word to say about anyone. was indaughters Mateychuk, Janel GrayFamily and Janel`s credibly important to Olive. A devoted mother, grandmother children Jordan Gray and Brandon Gray, 3 brothers, and great grandmother, she was a true matriarch and she one nieces, nephews, foundsister, great numerous joy in the simple moments sheother spentrelatives with her and friends. family. Olive predeceased by her husband Joe, infant DonIn herwas leisure time Judy enjoyed reading and son gardenald, son brother Ernie and sister Annie. will ing. JudyDonovan, was a very loving grandma, who was She always be greatly missed byher her grandkids. children Jerry, Mike, Colleen, Rick, smiling when with Bernadine and Tim and their spouses, her brother John, her

A Celebration of Judy`s life will great be held on Saturday, eighteen grandchildren, numerous grandchildren and many nieces nephews. February 8, and 2014 at 1PM, from Living Waters Church in Black Creek withof Pastor Dave Koleba A mass in celebration Olive’s life will be held atofficiating. 12:00 p.m. on February 15, 2014 at Christ Parish in The family invites friends to the stayKing for Catholic a reception folCourtenay. A reception will follow in the church hall. lowing theB.C. service.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in memory of Olive to the B.C. Cancer Foundation or the Comox Valley Hospice Society.

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Religion of the Light Sgt D.A. (Don) Monk C.D of God May&26,Sound 1954 ~ Feb. 9, 1998 and LEWIS CENTRE James (Jim) Alan Monk 2nd 11am Feb. 21,Sunday 1956 ~ Feb. 8, 2013 ECK Worship Service Our family circle has been “Learn from broken tow links gone from ourMasters� chain Spiritual But though we’re11am parted 4th Sunday for a while we know Community Song We’ll meetHU again Some day we hope Contact: to meet you Some day we know not 250-331-9338 when we shall meet in a better land and never

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took a job with the Departme in 2005, Dennis enjoyed spen on Comox Lake, fishing and h ing summers on his Sister’s fa various projects.

Dennis is survived by his brothers, John (Mia), Ken (L 4 grandchildren. Dennis is mother, Jack and Martha.

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David Thomas Elliott Elliott was born in London Ont. Dec. 12, 1956. Passed away Sunday, January 30, 2014. Dave is survived by his two daughters, Melissa and Anita Elliott, and four grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his parents, Tom and Pat, siblings, Donna, Barb, Mike, Patrick, Danny and Leah. There will be a Celebration of life for Dave on February 8th, 2014 1-4 PM, Denman Island Hall. Dave will be truly missed by all. CELEBRATIONS

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Kenneth William Seymour passed away peacefully on Saturday, 1st of February 2014. He was born on 18 April 1934 in Saint John, New Brunswick, the son of William and Audrey Seymour. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Douglas and his dear wife Marga. Following schooling, Ken worked for a few years with the Canadian National Telegraphs until joining the RCAF in early 1957. While in the service, he served at many bases and stations throughout Canada and served two tours in Germany. While in Germany he met the love of his life Marga and they married in 1961. They shared just over 50 wonderful years together until Marga’s passing in October 2011. Ken retired from the RCAF/CAF in 1977 and then began a second career as the Secretary/Manager of the Comox Legion where he spent the next 23 years before he finally retired in October 2000. During this time, Ken developed many long standing friendships with Branch and Ladies Auxiliary members. In recognition of his service, he was honoured with a Life Membership and the Meritorious service Medal. Active in the community, Ken was a long time member and Past Master of Cumberland Lodge #26, AFAM, Gizeh Shriners of B.C. and Yukon, and the Comox Valley Shrine Club where he served some 20 years as Hospital Representative and five terms as Club President. He will be sorely missed. Ken enjoyed long walks, golfing, spending time with his beloved family, sharing coffee with his friends at the mall and listening to his favourite music. He also enjoyed watching most sports on TV, cheering for his Montreal Canadians and Tiger Woods. Ken is survived by his two sons William (Kim), Steven (Andrea), his daughter Heidi (Phil), grandchildren Zachary, Neville, Aidan, Nathan, Samuel, Nicholas, Tasha and Tonya, all of whom he was extremely proud and loved most dearly. He is also survived by his nieces Paula and Nicole, his lifelong friend Ray “Bassy� Harrington, and other dear friends in New Brunswick. A service of remembrance will be held at 3 PM on Sunday, 9 February at the Comox Legion, 1825 Comox Avenue, Comox, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Patients Transportation Fund, C/O Gizeh Shriners of BC and Yukon, 3350 Wayburne Drive, Burnaby, B.C. V5G 3K9. Ken and his family would like to offer their thanks to Doctors Tien (again) and Calman, and Doctor O’Brien and all the nurses at the Hospice Residence at Laurel Place in Surrey, B.C. for making him comfortable during his final days. A very special thanks to the exceptional Doctor Peter Gee for his care, compassion and support throughout and his referral to Doctor Willms who is, as Ken said, “cut from the same cloth�. We love you Dad/Papa.

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APPROX 500 sq.ft. Commercial bldg. high ceilings, fenced, near airport. Apr/1. 336-2248


DENMAN ISLAND- 2 bdrm, 1 bath, laundry and work shop, sunny location, close to ferry, waterfront property w/priv beach. $900. 604-360-8902.

BLACK CREEK- 1 bdrm house. March 1. N/S. Laundry facilities incld. Lrg fenced yard. $675/mo + dd. (250)337-8360. 1478 SQ.FT. RANCHER. 6 yrs young. 3bdrm, 2.5bath. Dbl + attached garage, heat pump, 14x40 deck. Bowser/ Deep Bay area. 250-757-8757.

HOUSES FOR SALE 636 NICHOLS RD. To be moved. New shake roof house in good shape. Contact Calvin. 250-202-8621

COURTENAY BRIGHT cozy 2 bd home, W/D NS/NP. $1025 Ref’s, Mar 1. 250-941-4481.


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910 Fitzgerald Avenue Corner Fitzgerald & Eighth

“YOUR Apartment, Condo and Townhouse Rental Experts” APARTMENTS



1970 Fitzgerald Ave, Courtenay

1015 Cumberland Rd., Courtenay TWO BEDROOM SUITE available in well-

Spacious 2 & 3 bedroom suite in a quiet family oriented building with secure entry and manager on site. Walking distance to schools, bus stops, and downtown. Reasonable rent includes heat, hot water, stove, fridge, carpet and drapes. No pets, two rental references and security deposit required. For viewing please call Donna 250-334-9667

respected, adult-oriented building. Close to downtown, and ideal for seniors with bus stop out front. Arran House is well managed and maintained, and offers a friendly and secure atmosphere. House cat is accepted with pet deposit. Non-smoking building.



HOLLYRIDGE MANOR 200 Back Road, Courtenay

426 Anderton Ave, Courtenay

1 and 2 Bedroom suites available. One of the best values in Courtenay. Unique floor plans. California kitchens. These bright, modern suites are available in quiet, secure building.

Cozy 1 Bdrm. in a great location! Overlooks Puntledge River and Lewis Park. Short walk to downtown. 2 rental references required. Sorry no pets.

Call Sharon 250-338-7449

Call 250-334-9717

WILLOW ARMS APARTMENTS 1252-9th St., Courtenay Spacious 2 & 3 bedroom suite in a quiet family oriented building with secure entry and manager on site. Walking distance to schools, bus stops, and downtown. Reasonable rent includes heat, hot water, stove, fridge, carpet and drapes. No pets, two rental references and security deposit required.

For viewing please call Donna 250-334-9667



123 Back Road, Courtenay

1045 Cumberland Road

Features 5 appliances, wall-to-wall carpet, blinds, gas fireplaces - gas included in rent. Low hydro. Children welcome. Quiet, well-maintained 2 bedroom condos. Ideal location, walking distance to Superstore and North Island College. No pets.

BRIGHT AND SPACIOUS 1 & 2 bedroom condos available close to downtown. 2 bedroom unit features 1.5 baths. This quiet, well maintained building suits mature adults. Bus stop is conveniently located out front. Small dogs accepted with pet deposit.

Call 250-703-2570

Call 250-334-9717 to view



1075 Edgett Road, Courtenay

146 Back Road, Courtenay

1 & 2 bdrm suites available. Reasonable rent includes stove, fridge, dishwasher, carpet, blinds and storage room in suite. N/P, security deposit and 2 rental references req’d.

call Donna 250-334-9667 to view

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

Call 250-338-7449


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

Spots available at Great Rates. Daily, weekly, monthly. Pool, Hot tub, exercise room, laundry, putting green, hiking, fishing, Pickle Ball Court. Free coffee in one of the best clubhouses on the island. Nanaimo area. 250-754-1975 or



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.

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. Call John @ 250-703-2264.

BRANDYWINE 675 Cumberland Rd. LUXURY TWO BEDROOM CONDO. Very spacious corner suite. Unique floor plan. Nicely appointed with in suite washer/dryer, full sized appliances. Very well maintained, mature adult building. Security entry. One of Courtenay’s finest. Three blocks from downtown. No pets. Call David @ 250-338-0267 or John @ 250-703-2264.

HYCROFT 1835 Cliffe Ave. LARGE ONE BEDROOM bright and spacious. Recent renovation. Very attractive. Quiet, mature adult building. Central Courtenay. Security entry. Call David @ 250-338-0267.

BERKSHIRE MANOR 825 Harmston Ave.

1520/1540 Piercy Ave, Courtenay Available immediately 1, 2 & 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

CORNER TWO BEDROOM spacious and recently renovated. Unique floor plan. Full sized appliances. Private deck. In suite storage. Security entry. Quiet, well maintained mature adult building. Call David @ 250-338-0267.

TORRY PINES 1560-13th Street, Courtenay Attractive 2 and 3 bedroom townhouses have been completely renovated – enjoy new appliances, flooring and bathroom fittings in these spacious units. Friendly and quiet atmosphere make it ideal for family or working couple. Large, private patio area allows great access for your pet. Small dogs accepted with pet deposit. Call 250-334-9717

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CLOSE TO DRIFTWOOD MALL 3 bdrm, 1 bath rancher, 5 appls, fenced yard with sheds, garage, laminate floors, newly renovated, N/S, small pet neg. w/ref, Avail Immed. – $1,250/mth COMOX CLASSIC 2 bdrm, 1 bath, 5 appls, gas F/P, wood floors, coved ceilings, mountain & partial water views, landscaping incld., Avail. Immed. - $1,300/mth BEAUTIFUL OCEANFRONT HOME 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 5 appls, gas F/P, hot tub, sauna, 2 decks, N/S, pet neg. w/ref. Avail. Immed. $1,700/mth WALK TO DOWNTOWN COMOX 3 bdrm, 1 bath rancher, 4 appls, heat pump, N/S, small pet ok w/ref. Avail. Mar. 1 - $1,050/mth PUNTLEDGE PARK 3 bdrm, 2 1/2 bath, 6 appls, gas F/P, woodstove, garage, fenced yrd, N/S, small pet neg. w/ref. Avail. Mar. 1 $1,250/mth WALK TO DOWNTOWN COMOX 3 bdrm, 1 bath rancher, 4 appls, heat pump, N/S, small pet ok w/ref. Avail. Mar. 1 - $1,050/mth

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FAIRMONT 432-11th Street A VERY SPECIAL TWO BEDROOM in mature adult building three blocks from downtown. Fresh, recent renovation. All new appliances. Unique, bright corner layout. Security entry. Large private deck. This is a very attractive and unique suite. Call David @ 250338-0267 or John @ 250-703-2264.


(Property Mgmt Division) #121 - 750 Comox Road Courtenay, BC V9N 3P6 Phone (250) 897-1300 Fax (250) 897-1330 Interior viewings for the following vacancies are by approved application and appointment only. APARTMENTS 303-1912 Comox Ave 2 Bed 2 Bath 6 Appliances $1200/mth Avail Jan 1st Duplex/Townhouse 1130A 2nd St 3 Bed 1 Bath N/S N/P 4 Appliances $1000/mth Avail immed 2105A Urquhart 2 Bed 2 Bath N/S 5 Appliances $1050/mth Avail Jan 1st 7-158 Back Rd 2 Bed 2 Bath N/S N/P 4 Appliances $775/mth Avail Jan 1st 8-1720 13th St 2 Bed 1 Bath N/S N/P 5 Appliances $775/mth Avail Feb 1st HOUSES 1905 Coleman Rd 3 Bed 2 Bath N/S 5 Appliances $1300/mth Avail Nov 15th MOBILE HOME 1510 Anderton Rd 3 Bed 2 Bath N/S 5 Appliances $1100/mth Avail Jan 1st


ROOM-FOR-RENT in house affordable. Older female pref. N/S, N/D. Call 250-871-3160


ABBEYFIELD HOUSE offers affordable, supportive seniors accommodation in a home-like setting. All meals provided. Call 250-338-7136 for tour. Thursday, February 6, 2014 • COMOX VALLEY RECORD B28 RENTALS




Thu, Feb 6, 2014, Comox Valley Record TRANSPORTATION AUTO FINANCING Auto Financing 1.800.910.6402

STEVENSON PLACE DOWNTOWN COMOX Independent/Supportive Living at its Finest. Includes a chef-prepared three course evening mealdaily, housekeeping, 24/7 life-line, in a secured, professionally managed friendly environment. For immediate possession 2 bdrm, 1.5 bath, full kitchen, sky-light, spacious, balcony, fully accessible. FOR SALE OR RENT 250-338-5563.

SUITES, LOWER COURTENAY- 1 BDRM furn. N/S. Clean resp. $600 Refs. Incl util/cable 250-338-9241. NORTH NANAIMO: 1bdrm private suite. New floors & paint. Shared laundry. Secure, covered parking. FREE cable. N/S, No Partiers. $800/mo. 250-756-9746.

TOWNHOUSES COURTENAY LOW Income Housing Society is seeking to refresh its applicant lists for future 3 bdrm vacancies in Courtenay. If you have a gross annual house income below $36,000, your application could be considered for units as they become available. Please note, we use The Housing Registry to fill all rent - geared - to - income units. For more information on eligibility and to apply to the registry, please call 1-800-2577756 or visit www.bchousing. org. If you would like further information about our buildings in Courtenay call 250-3343340.

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CLOSE TO COLLEGE 2 bdrm, 1 bath, 5 appls, balcony, res. pkg, N/S, No pets, Avail Mar 1 - $750 TRUMPETER GREENE 3 bdrm, 1 1/2 bath, 5 appls, gas F/P, garage, patio, N/S, No pets. Avail. Immed. $975/mth PUNTLEDGE PARK 3 bdrm, 2 1/2 bath duplex, 5 appls, garage, fenced yrd. Avail. Immed. - $1,300/mth ARRAN HOUSE 2 bdrm, 1 bath, F & S, coin laundry, large balcony, hot water incl., N/S, No pets. Avail. Immed. - $675/mth BRAIDWOOD MANOR ground flr 2 bdrm, 1 bath, 3 appls, patio, res. pkg., N/S, cat ok. Avail. Immed. $725/mth BRAND NEW 1 & 2 bdrm suites above commercial, 1 bath, F/S/W/D/micro, res. pkg., N/S, No pets. Avail. Immed. - $700 & $850/mth WALK TO PUNTLEDGE PARK, 2 bdrm & den duplex, 1.5 bath, 6 appls, fenced back yard w/shed, N/S, Small pet neg. w/refs., family rm, close to park. Avail. Mar 1 - $1,300/mth PARKSIDE 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 5 appls, undergrd pkg, balcony overlooking the river, hardwood floors, N/S, No pets, Avail Mar 1 $1,200/mth ARGO COURT 2 bdrm, 1 bath, F & S, hot water & basic cable incld., N/S, cat may be considered w/refs, Avail Mar 1 - $725/mth WALK TO COLLEGE 2 bdrm, 1 bath, 5 appls, patio, res. pkg. N/S, No pets. Avail. Mar. 1 - $850/mth TRUMPETER’S LANDING 1 bdrm & den, 1 1/2 bath, 6 appls, balcony, underground pkg, storage, N/S, No pets. Avail. Mar. 1 - $925/mth



1981 CHEVROLET 2WD long box on propane. Dual tanks, good mechanical condition, ready to drive. Reg. cab, trailer brake wiring $1500 obo, 250702-6250 canopy available. 1989 BUICK Lesabre. Good 3.8 engine, newer battery, 4 good tires. $1000 O.B.O. For more information please call 250-339-3512 RECREATIONAL VEHICLES FOR SALE

WELL APPOINTED 2005 slick sided 18 ft Weekender Trailer. Could sleep a very cozy 7. Good value for $5,000. Call 250-890-3355.




VACANCIES 250-871-4427 407A-5th Street

2005 PT CRUISER Gold. Like new. Lots of speed. Automatic. Have car history. $5500. 250-202-1297

TRUCKS & VANS 250-338-2472

CONDOS / SUITES / APARTMENTS CHERRY WOOD MANOR 900+ sqft 1 bdrm units in secured entry bldg; masterbdrms w/walk-in closets; 2 appl w/on site laundry & large patio areas; starting from $625 inc. FREE HEAT &HOT WATER; N/S; N/P; Immed. poss. avail. ULVERSTON MANOR Spacious 2 bdrm suite in secured entrance bldg, located near Cumberland Hospital & downtown core; incl 2 appls, & on site coin-op laundry; $675/mth. Imm. possession avail.


PINE PLACE Fresh & bright 2 bdrm, 1 bath townhome offers great living space & excellent proximity to all amenities; incls shopping, NIC & rec. 2 bdm, 1 bath,plus storage. Small pet cons. w/ dep. $775/mth. Avail imm.

1991 FORD AEROSTAR V6 3.0 L, For Sale, New Heater Core, New Water Pump, New Housing Gasket, New Muffler 1200 OBO. Call 250-337-8169

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COMOX FIREFIGHTERS RECENTLY raised $495 at their annual banquet for YANA. Firefighter Cole Logan presents a cheque to YANA vice-president Kelly Rusk (who is also a Comox firefighter).

COMOX VALLEY RECORD • Thursday, February 6, 2014


TRACEY MCGINNIS, COMOX Valley Chamber of Commerce chair, presents a $500 cheque to Jeff Hampton of the Comox Valley Food Bank. The money was raised by contributions at the annual Community Partners Christmas Mixer, held in collaboration with the Comox Valley Airport, North Island College, Community Futures Strathcona and the Chamber of Commerce.

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The Comox Valley Record wants to recognize the many events that make our community a better place to live. Submit photos and information to: In Person: 765 McPhee Ave., Courtenay; By Mail: Comox Valley Record, 765 McPhee Avenue, Courtenay, B.C. V9N 2Z7; By e-mail: Mark submissions to the attention of Earle Couper and be sure to include a contact name and phone number. Due to the volume of submissions, photo prints cannot be mailed back. Please pick them up within two weeks of publication. We cannot guarantee their return.

IN CELEBRATION OF of St. Joseph’s Hospital’s 100 year service to the community Cascadia Liquor store donated $1,000 to St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation. Pictured from left: Jane, Stewart, Cascadia general manager Jeff Lucas presenting a cheque to Foundation board member Marion Lade, and Jessie.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS Council #4597 presented nine local charities with cheques totalling $3,488. Grand Knight Ted Fortosky is left of the banner, on its right is Financial Secretary Helmut Schuld, and Chancellor Murray Wilson is on the extreme right. The deserving groups were: Community Food Bank, Comox Valley Pregnancy Care Centre, Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society, Glacier View Seniors Xmas Fund, Salvation Army Xmas Hamper Fund, Senior Peer Counselling, Sonshine Club (Soup Kitchen), Special Needs Recreation Program, and SVDP Xmas Hamper Fund.



Thursday, February 6, 2014 • COMOX VALLEY RECORD

Ladies curling league is both FABulous and fun Participants enjoy Monday afternoons at curling club

south. But, such was not the case, and a second session was demanded and started January and is continuing until March. Why is the league so popular? Well, the format strays from traditional curling playing and scoring formats and focuses on fun! There are no teams of choice as each week the team has a new composition of players, the games are only six ends,  and the playing format and scoring is continuously changing;  some weeks no take

The Comox Valley Curling Club introduced a new league for the 2013-14 season targeting ladies 55 and over – the FAB 55+ Ladies Monday Afternoon Curling League. The league was slated to run October until Christmas at which time it was thought that ‘snowbird’ fever would kick in and the ladies would flock

outs allowed, and other weeks if you wear the right colour you could earn additional points. This format has kept the curling about the individual curler’s effort and less about the end score and winning or losing.  The result is FABulous and fun.  If you would like more information about the FAB 55+ league contact the Comox Valley Curling Centre at 250-3344712 or – Comox Valley Curling Centre

THE FAB 55+ Ladies Monday Afternoon Curling League has proven extremely popular.



Holy Communion 10:00 am each Sunday

Children’s Classes – prayers and activities focused on the development of spiritual qualities, for children 3 to 10 years. All are welcome. ~~~

at Berwick, 1700 Comox Ave. Comox, BC All Welcome Tel: 250-941-0332 Anglican Church in North America

“O God! These children are pearls, cause them to be nurtured within the shell of Thy loving kindness.” ‘Abdu’l-Bahá 250.702.3041…†250.702.0574

Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship “An idea is salvation by imagination” - Frank Lloyd Wright

250 Beach Drive, Comox (at Comox United Church)


An Affirming Ministry

Comox Avenue at 250 Beach Dr.

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

Full Wheelchair Access

Hearing Assistance | 250-339-3966

Comox Valley Parishes Welcome You!

St. Peter

Jim Lyster, Rector 218 Church St., Comox • 250-339-2925 SATURDAY 5:40 Express Contemporary Worship SUNDAY 8:00 am & 10:00 am Worship



“Sounding forth the Supremacy of Christ in all things”

Sunday Celebration

10:00AM at Brooklyn Elementary School

Hosts of “Comox Valley School of Supernatural Ministry”

Everyone Welcome

10:30 am

Community Church

Meeting in the Stan Hagen Theatre


St. John the Divine

Rev. Anthony Divinagracia, Rector 579 - 5th Street, Courtenay

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



Bay Community Church

Comox Valley



1290 Guthrie Rd., Comox


of the North Island College at 10 am Sunday Morning

Congregational Christian Churches of Canada

Join us this Sunday

@ 10:30 am

Faith Family Friends

~ A Place to Discover Your Life Purpose ~

Sundays 10 am Nursery - Kid Jam Youth Group

Pastors Darryl & Kim Burry Pastor Dave Koleba

Val 250-338-7727 (office)

We’ve Got Some Space For You!

1580 Fitzgerald Ave. Courtenay 250-338-8221

living hope

1105 Pritchard Rd., Comox 250-339-7527


real people living real life


experiencing real change

725 Aspen Rd., Comox

Worship Services


10am Sundays Mark Isfeld School 1551 Lerwick Road, Courtenay

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Sunday 10:30am

Minister: Rev. Jenn Geddes


Tel/Fax 250-339-2882

Full Wheelchair Access

Hearing Assistance


LUTHERAN Full Gospel Christian Fellowship

Shepherd Of The Valley Lutheran Church (ELCIC)


11:00 am & 7:00 pm

Comox Recreation 1855 Noel Ave

There is Hope!

“A place for you: John 14:2

2201 Robert Lang Drive

10 am Sunday Worship

Jesus has a plan and a purpose for your life. Come, let Him show You the Way!



2946 Kilpatrick Ave. 250-338-1312

(Old Fish and Game Building)


JOIN US IN WORSHIP 9:15 am Contemporary Service 11:00 am Traditional Service

We’ve Got Some Space For You!

Nursery Care & Jr. Church @ 9:15 am

PASTORS: Peter Rabey & Randy Dyck 2963 Lake Trail Road, Courtenay (across from Arden Elementary) 250-334-3432

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DODGEBALL Recreational Monday A Tier Team W Young Guns 3 CV Marine Misfits 2 The Fighting Amish 2 10 Phat Kids 1 Chuck ‘N’ Duckers 1 Blazing Balls 0 B Tier Team W Vicious & Delicious 3 Ball Busters 2 Not In The Face 2 Shoot to Thrill 2 Team Excellence 2 Firing Squad 1 Mount Then Wash 1 The 5 D’s 1 Thorns & Roses 1 Chocolate Thunder 0 Intermediate Wednesday Team W Piggy Back Attack 3 Those Guys 3 Lightning Dogs 2 Thundercats 2 Grease Balls 1 The Ballistics 1 Dodge Fathers 0 Super Attack Squad 0

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INDOOR VOLLEYBALL Wednesday A Tier Team W Return to Sender 6 Amp TNT 5 Around the Block 4 Spike TV 2 A * Team 1 Just the Tip 1 Planet Volleywood 1 Set to Kill 0 B Tier Team W Show Us Your Tips 4 Ancient Mariners 3 Thrillbillies 3 Net Assets 2 Bumplestiltskin 2 Served On Ice 1 Strike Farce 0 Getting Tipsy 0

Team Blue Toque FC Los Lobos Super Mario Strikers AFC United Smells Team Spirit Untouchaballs B Tier Team Gen Y Free Lions Subs Bench TC Valley Collision Toepunters Balls to the Walls The Ballsacs The Offside

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BADMINTON Friday Team Smash ‘N’ Grab Sonic ‘N’ Tails Supreme Court Super Suzies Bad Birdies Break. Bad-minton Racquet Fuel Rusty Racquets The Racqueteers Les Merchants Angry Birds Birdies

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MID-ISLAND WOMEN Team W L T PT Oceanside 10 1 4 34 Mainstream 10 2 3 33 Kickers 10 4 2 32 Revolution 9 3 3 30 Nanaimo 9 5 0 27 Shooters 7 8 1 22 Port Alberni 5 9 1 16 Bandits 4 9 1 13 Wheatys 3 12 1 10 River City 1 15 0 3 Feb. 2 Port Alberni 1 Nanaimo 2, Oceanside United 5 Shooters 0, Wheatys 1 Outlaws 2, River City FC 0 Kickers 1, CVUSC Revolution 2 Marine Harvest Bandits 0 Feb. 9 Family Day - no games Goals Jamie Tillapaugh (Outlaws), Emma Greene (Revolution) 12; Shannon Marshall (Shooters) 9; Carlea Williamson (Oceanside), Carrie Braithwaite (Outlaws) 8 Shutouts Pam Richer (Oceanside) 8; Chelsea Waddel (Revolution) 6; Katherine Ross (Nanaimo) 4



Div. 2 Team W L T PT Saanich Fusion 12 2 3 39 Comox Valley 9 2 5 32 Westcastle 8 3 5 29 Cowichan 7 7 3 24 Gordon Head 5 6 5 20 Lakehill 5 7 4 19 Nanaimo 4 8 5 17 Vic West 3 7 6 15 Gorge United 3 8 6 15 Prospect Lake 4 10 2 14 Feb. 1 Comox Valley United 4 (Darren Bergh, Nick Marinus, Luke Phye, Graeme McNeill; s/o Mack Zirkl) Porspect Lake 0 Feb. 8 Comox Valley United @ Saanich Fusion

Poll #9 - Feb. 2 1. Claremont, Victoria 2. Cowichan, Duncan 3. Mt. Douglas, Victoria 4. Dover Bay, Nanaimo 5. Alberni, Port Alberni 6. G.P. Vanier, Courtenay 7. Oak Bay, Victoria 8. Belmont, Victoria 9. Spectrum, Victoria

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ISLAND BOYS 3A Poll #9- Feb. 2 1. Mark Isfeld, Courtenay 2. Wellington, Nanaimo 3. Nanaimo District 4. Carihi, Campbell River 5. Edward Milne, Sooke 6. Pacific Christian, Vic. 7. Stelly’s, Saanichton 8. Reynolds, Victoria 9. Ballenas, Parksville 10. Timberline, C.River

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VIJHL playoffs approaching

score board C.V. SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB

COMOX VALLEY RECORD • Thursday, February 6, 2014

Chickite 198, Mrian Atkinson 191 High Hcp. Game Ronnie Chickite 244, Lorna Carlson 249 High Scratch Series Doug Ellis 527, Marian Atkinson 568 High Hcp. Series Dean King 647, Marian Atkinson 697 Congratulations Lorna Carlson bowled a Seniors 50 POA Game (152), Seniors 145 Game ...

Top eight teams qualify for postseason play Earle Couper Record Staff

With the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League regular season RUGBY wrapping up next week (Feb. 15), the playoff VIRU DIV. 1 picture is beginning to Cowichan Cup emerge. Team W L T BP PT League president Valhallians 4 1 0 4 20 Nanaimo 4 2 0 4 20 Joe O’Shea notes the Cowichan 4 2 0 4 20 top eight teams in Port Alberni 4 2 0 3 19 points qualify for postVelox Acd. 0 5 0 1 1 season play. Things are Comox Valley 0 5 0 0 0 Feb. 1 Comox Valley Kickers 0 simple in the South Nanaimo 84 Division, where 1 vs. Feb. 8 Velox Valhallians vs. 4 and 2 vs. 3. In the Comox Valley Kickers 1 p.m. North Division, the Cumberland Village Park Times Cup first place team will Team W L T BP PT play either the fourth Cowichan 5 0 0 3 23 place team from the UVic 3 2 0 5 17 North or the fifth place Port Alberni 3 2 0 2 14 James Bay 2 2 1 3 13 team from the South, Velox Acd. 2 2 1 3 13 should the fifth place Castaways 2 2 0 2 10 team from the South Nanaimo 2 3 0 4 12 finish with more Comox 0 4 0 1 -1 points. The second and DARTS third place teams meet in the other series. C.V. MEN’S ASSOCIATION Following the first round, the remainTeam Standings ing four teams will be Team Pts Courtenay Legion A 235 reseeded for the balCourtenay Legion C 197 ance of the playoffs, Courtenay Legion B 194 with seeds determined Comox Legion C 184 by regular season final Griffin Pub Flyers 168 Comox Legion B 135 points. All series are Griffin Pub A 114 best-of-seven, with Top Ten the highest placed Player Avg. team having home ice Bill Durant 60.65 Joe McNeil 60.61 advantage. Ernie Linden 56.51 If the season ended Glen Litchfield 56.04 today, the first round Mark Wyatt 54.89 North Division playJack Ethier 54.39 Daniel Leaman 54.39 offs would pit the John Chequis 54.01 Campbell River Storm Bill MacPherson 53.19 (N1) against the SaaStuart Wills 52.12 nich Braves (S5) and High Chekout Joe McNeil 118 High Score Bill MacPherson, Comox Valley Glacier Jack Ethier 177 Kings (N2) against the 180s Terry Hills 2, Chuck Smith, Nanaimo Buccaneers Jamie Deith, Jack Ethier, Bill (N3). In the South, the MacPherson, Hap Hanson, John (MJHPTZY\JJPQ^Ć^JWX Chequis, Mark Wyatt 1 Victoria Cougars (S1)


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Thursday, February 6, 2014 • COMOX VALLEY RECORD

Crime comedy Friday in Sid’s ongoing film series Released in 1998, Out of Sight is a crimecomedy film directed by Steven Soderbergh and based on Elmore Leonard’s novel of the same name.

This was the first collaboration between Soderbergh and star George Clooney, who would subsequently work on Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve, and Thir-

teen together. Out of Sight shares a similar style and wit with the Ocean’s films. The film, showing this Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Sid Wil-

OSCAR ISAAC, JUSTIN Timberlake and Adam Driver (from left) are seen in Joel and Ethan Coen’s film Inside Llewyn Davis. PHOTO BY ALISON ROSA

CVAG has Coen film The Comox Valley Art Gallery Winter Film Series continues this Sunday at 5 p.m. with a film from talented brothers Ethan and Joel Coen. Inside Llewyn Davis is a smart, funny, and profoundly melancholy take on the early 1960s folk music scene. Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, Inside Llewyn Davis recounts a desolate week in the life of a fictional folk musician in early 1960s New York. Brilliantly written and directed by the Coens (True Grit, A Serious Man, Burn After Reading, No Country for Old Men, The Big Lebowski), the film is a humorous, heartfelt, and bittersweet ode to squandered opportunities, thwarted ambition, and unsung genius. A gorgeous opening scene in Greenwich Village’s Gaslight Café introduces us to Davis (a delightfully rumpled and bearded Oscar Isaac; Drive, W.E.) as he sings a bleak but beautiful song called Hang Me, Oh Hang Me. Llewyn has been attempting a solo career, having just split from his performing partner, but despite his extraordinary talent and good looks, he just can’t seem to catch a break. Desperately low on money, he tramps the cold streets of New York, guitar in hand,

playing only the tiniest of gigs. With his music career stalled, Llewyn has reached a crossroads and is unsure whether to continue in a world that doesn’t seem ready for what his songs have to say. Loosely inspired by the life and music of iconic Greenwich Village folk musician Dave Van Ronk and his memoir The Mayor of MacDougal Street, Inside Llewyn Davis perfectly captures the atmosphere of the ‘60s folk boom through its resonant soundtrack (curated by T-Bone Burnett), exquisite production design and cinematography. Isaac gives a mesmerizing performance in the lead, suffusing his troubled troubadour with both easy charm and subdued anger. Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, An Education) stands out in her supporting role as an irascible and foulmouthed fellow folk musician who may or may not be pregnant with Llewyn’s child. Moving and mordantly funny, Inside Llewyn Davis shows the Coen Brothers at the top of their game. Tickets are available at the CVAG Gift Shop at 580 Duncan Ave. in Courtenay and at the door if available (Door: cash only, exact change appreciated). All screenings are at the Rialto Theatre. To purchase tickets over

the phone call CVAG at 250-338-6211. For complete film series information, visit — Comox Valley Art Gallery

liams Theatre, also stars Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Dennis Farina, Catherine Keener, Steve Zahn and Albert Brooks. Out of Sight received two Oscar nominations for Adapted Screenplay and Editing. That same year it was the National Society of Film Critics choice for best film, screenplay, and director. The film eventually led to a spinoff television series, Karen Sisco, starring Carla Gugino. Film critic Roger Ebert gave the film three-and-a-half out of four stars and praised George Clooney’s performance: “Clooney has never been better. A lot of actors who are handsome when young need to put on some miles before the full flavour emerges ... Here Clooney at last looks like a big screen star; the good-looking leading man from television is over with.” In her review for the New York Times, Janet Maslin wrote, “Ms. Lopez has her best movie role thus far, and she brings it both seductiveness and grit; if it was hard to imagine a hard-work-

THE SID WILLIAMS Theatre Society’s film series continues with a screening of Out of Sight this Friday at 7:30 p.m. ing, pistol-packing bombshell on the page, it couldn’t be easier here.” Admission is by donation or pay what you can. Generously sponsored by Nicole M. Deters of Investors Group, a series of film screenings are fundraising events for the Sid Williams Theatre Society. The Sid was a stateof-the-art movie house when it opened 78 years ago, then known as the Bickle Theatre. Over the years, theatre technology has seen many incredible

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changes, but the speed of change and cost required to keep up with those changes is an ongoing challenge. Funds raised are earmarked for technical upgrades, primarily

a new projector. For full event information and theatrical trailers of the films, visit — Sid Williams Theatre Society

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Comox Valley Record, February 06, 2014  

February 06, 2014 edition of the Comox Valley Record