WEDNESDAY,FEBRUARY 19, 2014
| VOL. 18, NO. 08 | $1 + GST | www.lakecowichangazette.com Ian Morrison: Announces intentions to be next NDP MP
Empowering kids: Free workshop to help deal with bullies PAGE 10
Injured eagle: Good Samaritan gives raptor a lift to Duncan animal hospital PAGE 15
Tax hike looms likely
Capital ideas: Town square, South Shore Road add up to a projected three per cent increase Ross Armour
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Lake Cowichan residents should get ready for a tax hike this year. The numbers have been crunched and, according to staff, ongoing capital projects — such as South Shore Road improvements and the construction of the new Renfrew Town Square — ensure a projected budget deﬁcit is inevitable. Because of that, a 3% tax increase is likely. “We’re forecasting a deﬁcit, it’s a given,” said Chief Administrator Joseph Fernandez. “We know what our costs will be based on the functional departments, so we’re either looking at a 3% tax increase or a reduction in services.” Councillor Tim McGonigle said the tax increase was pretty much unavoidable this time around. “No one likes to see a tax increase, especially when we are taxpayers as well,” said McGonigle. “At our budget discussions, we’ll decide if 3% is enough. It’s important we ﬁnish the projects we started but we may look at a reduction in services. “We have to look at it frugally, but it’s imperative to continue the ﬁnalization of South Shore Road and the town square. There was nothing in the throne speech that may help us.” Fernandez said there may still be a way to cut costs. “There’s one item in the water budget that is costly and could be hard-pressed to meet the timeline,” he said. “Our capital budgets are set for the next four years and this will make up part of the ﬁve-year ﬁnancial plan.”
Lyn Edmondson, a rope rescue team member, with Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue hangs off the side of the cliff at Marie Canyon as he brings the rescue basket with SAR “victim” Arin Reim up from the banks of the Cowichan River on Sunday.
Swift-water rescue teams and high-angle rope teams were able to practice rescue techniques after the search crews combed the area to ﬁnd the victims in an exercise It was one heck of a full moon weekend. involving more than 60 people. High wind warnings, Hydro outages all Cowichan’s SAR’s command vehicle over the island, rain and snow — real. acted as the incident command post and the The robbery in Duncan, campers at Skutz CVARS mobile communications trailer was Falls terrorized then lost, and the murder? All used for communication assistance — each fake. leading to the family getting separated and working with the RCMP because of the But Cowichan Search and Rescue, the lost. criminal component. local amateur radio club and the RCMP all Police nab another criminal who tells them RCMP Inspector Ray Carfantan of the taking part in an elaborate training exercise? the tale, leading to a major search and rescue North Cowichan Detachment said SAR That was completely legitimate effort. members would not have been used if Skutz Falls was the epicentre for Sunday’s SAR exercise co-ordinator Travis Bradley criminals were at large. In this scenario the SAR-sponsored multi-organization training described “SAREX 14” as a mutual aid callRCMP had the live criminal in custody exercise. out training exercise involving RCMP, and extracting the information about the murder The scenario involved a liquor store TH SAR personnel from Cowichan, Ladysmith of the second criminal. robbery in Duncan that escalated to one and Juan De Fuca as well as communication SAR stages couple of times a criminal being murdered and thrown in the FOR Aexercises LIMITED aTIME assistance by the Cowichan Valley Amateur year, but not often on this scale. river. The criminals also confronted a family Society.FEB 28 TH 2013 2013 OFFERRadio ENDS > EXERCISE page 6 camping in the Skutz Falls/Marie Canyon, FOR A LIMITED TIME ELANTRA L SONATA GL
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Nick Versteeg shoots footage for his new film Resilience, focused on the Cowichan River.
Resilience: Documentary film on the Cowichan debuts Wednesday Peter W. Rusland
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Mist pierces early morning light, rising over the Cowichan River. Majestic elk scuttle onto a river bank; fish wiggle among sunken roots; a fly-fisherman’s rod snaps hunting for fish. Ed Peekeekoot toots magically on a wooden flute, lending scenes a mystical lilt. Aerial shots show the winding waterway conservationists and Cowichan Tribes elders say is threatened by historical problems — and conflicting current uses. Those issues are dramatically, meticulously explored in valley filmmaker Nick Versteeg’s documentary Resilience, premiering Feb. 19 in the Cowichan Theatre. The big silver screen should be the best place to experience the heritage river and its complexities — shy of, say, tubing it this
summer. Versteeg doesn’t view himself as a journalist, but his 80-some minute movie sure covers all the bases. The perfectionist was disappointed Western Forest Products and Island Timberlands declined to be interviewed for Resilience. Still, Versteeg was happy TimberWest participated. So did a raft of locals spanning stakeholders, landowners, and Tribes members to folks from Crofton’s river-water licensee Catalyst Paper. Versteeg’s cameras basically start at the 32-kilometre river’s source, Cowichan Lake. That’s where controversy swirls around provincial rulecurve rules, and local control of storing water behind the lake’s weir to slake the dry river during summer when salmon need water to reach spawning beds. Not wanting to ignore any opinions, Resilience interviews lakefront property owner Gary Fiege. He fears his property may be swamped by stored water. Complex sides of 200-year
flood levels are explained simply with dots on a map. Logging leaving bare hills around the river also appears. Perhaps Versteeg’s favourite part is footage of local fisherman Joe Saysell who helped save side-channel fry during the 2012 drought. Stakeholder Gerald Thom urges locals to leave “an environmental legacy” while Resilience rolls toward Cowichan Bay where estuary dredging worries and derelict-boat woes meet environmental needs. Paul Rickard, co-chairman of Cowichan Stewardship Round Table, proudly worked on Resilience for months, and helped fundraise for it. He’s happy with Versteeg’s talented use of pictures to tell a documentary story. “It’s a way for people to see and interpret for themselves from what they see,” he said. “It’s a real talent of Nick’s; let events and pictures speak for themselves and build a sense of what’s involved. “Nick wants the film to unfold and reveal what’s going on.” One Cowichan director Parker Jefferson said Resilience demonstrates the community’s resilience by working together on initiatives “that will see this valley thrive for future generations, in the face of the coming climate change.” Cowichan Tribes fisheries biologist, Tim Kulchyski, aims to attend the premiere. “I hope people start to learn more and think about the term resilience, and gain an understanding that it’s about protecting the resilience of a system so it can be sustained and maintained to that basic level of health and integrity.” One Cowichan hosts a discussion and lobby reception after the screening. Information about getting involved in river initiatives will be available. Resilience premieres Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Cowichan Theatre. Tickets are $7. Call 250748-7529.
CVRD looking at a budget Projected hike of under one percent tax increase
The Cowichan Valley Regional District is not expecting much of a backlash to this year’s proposed budget. The taxpayers are not usually up in arms over a budget increase that comes in at under 1%. As CVRD staffers are getting ready to get further direction on the books from elected officials, they are calling for public input as well. “Frankly, we don’t often get a lot of responses, but I think people wouldn’t be too upset about this year’s small increase,” general manager for corporate services Mark Kueber said. Kueber reported they’re looking at an overall .9% increase, in this year’s $10-million budget. “It’s one the smallest increases proposed we’ve ever had,” he said. Cowichan Lake taxpayers will contribute different portions toward that budget depending if
they live in Areas F and I, or the town itself. The CVRD’s 2014 general budget is available for viewing at cvrd.bc.ca, broken down into separate documents for those interested in keeping tabs and providing their two cents. Another large chunk of cash has been set aside for Emergency 9-1-1 infrastructure ($100,000) as well as Solid Waste Management ($175,000). “Another issue that often comes up is regional grants in aid,” Kueber said. “That seems to give people a certain amount of concern.” Currently there’s $21,625 set aside to support local groups and organizations. Individuals wishing to provide input can contact CVRD budget coordinator Steve Hurcombe at shurcombe@cvrd. bc.ca.
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That water budget item is a water treatment service that Vancouver Island Health Authority has instructed the town to implement. However, due to fiscal constraints and fast-approaching deadlines, this project may get put on hold. “VIHA has asked us to implement a secondary water treatment service for drinking water,” said McGonigle. “It’s a new system at a very high cost and I don’t think our water budget can handle that. We might have to wait until 2015.” Formal budget discussions at the council table will commence very soon. “When we have our first budget meeting, we’ll lay everything out on the table and go from there,” said Mayor Ross Forrest. Fernandez said the town ran a few surplus budgets in recent years and will dip into its savings to balance the budget this year.
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Morrison wants to move from local to federal politics One of two candidates: Cowichan Lake South director announces intention to be the next local NDP MP Ashley Degraaf
It hasn’t taken long for a potential successor to Jean Crowder to step forward. And he’s from Cowichan Lake. Ian Morrison, regional district director for Cowichan Lake South since 2008, has announced his intentions to seek the NDP nomination in the new federal riding of Cowichan-MalahatLangford. “Understanding the issues and relationships between federal, provincial and local governments has helped make me an effective community servant,” he said in a media release. “I believe these relationships created value for our communities and shows the spirit of cooperation can prevail over the politics of division.” Morrison said his decision to throw his name in wasn’t spur of the moment by any means. He’s been chewing on it since the last federal election. His experience in local government as an area director reaffirmed the push to the next level. “I spent my first term as a (CVRD) director learning the craft and I was rewarded in 2011 when I was selected as a director for another term,” Morrison said Monday. “You know I can take what I hear, whether that’s in, say, the grocery store or the line-up at the bank, and try to be as reflective as I can of the community’s wants,” he said. But when it comes to the federal position he’s seeking “ultimately, this election is about restoring the office of authority.” Issues like pushing the feds to supply organizations and volunteer-run groups like Cowichan’s Wilderness Watch, with the funds they require to perform the tasks downloaded on to them from the government, is near and dear to his heart. If he’s given the green light to campaign, there will be several other election issues he will be running with, including fisheries, health care, and daycare, to name a few. Morrison acted as NDP MLA Bill Routley’s campaign manager in the last provincial election. The Lake resident isn’t the only one to toss his hat into the ring.
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It wouldn’t be a federal budget without mixed local, provincial and national reaction, and Conservative finance minister Jim Flaherty’s offering last Tuesday brought more of the same. Flaherty himself called the budget he delivered “boring.’’ It didn’t provide tax cuts or any large amounts of additional spending. file “We’ve done a very cursory MP Jean Crowder run through of it,’’ said Nanaimo-Cowichan NDP MP Jean Crowder Tuesday of the 400-plus pages. “Overall, I would say it’s a disappointing budget.’’ Keeping things vague seems to be the government’s forte to Crowder. “It’s tough to see what this budget will mean to people before it hits the road,’’ she said. Crowder indicated she didn’t see anything in the budget regarding investments that would lead to goodpaying jobs for Canadians, particularly young people. She cited disaster mitigation — measures that could be taken to eliminate or reduce the impacts and risks of hazards through a proactive approach before an emergency or disaster occurs — as an important local issue, but it didn’t appear any funding would kick in till April 1 of next year. Crowder also expressed concern over rural broadband because “lots of people don’t have highspeed access to internet,’’ she said. Crowder failed to see how the budget will make any difference in peoples’ lives. Something as simple
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Ian Morrison regional district director for Cowichan Lake South since 2008, has announced his intentions to seek the NDP nomination in the new federal riding of Cowichan-Malahat-Langford.
Crowder’s constituency assistant Alistair MacGregor also made the same move this weekend. “Jean has been a very inspiring person to work for, and I plan on continuing the strong tradition of excellent community representation she has personified if I am elected,” said MacGregor in a media release. MacGregor has worked in the federal constituency office since 2007. He plans on using the experience gained from this position as a central part of his nomination campaign. “I’ve worked with hundreds of individuals and many different community groups to help solve local issues and complex federal problems over the years, and I’ve witnessed first-hand how government policies affect people,” said MacGregor. The 24-year Cowichan Valley resident has served on the board of the Cowichan Green Community for two years. Crowder has announced her intention to step aside at the end of this term. The next federal election is scheduled for 2015. A decision on who’s chosen to run on behalf of the NDP is expected this coming June.
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as an eco-energy retrofit, a program that provides grants to help homeowners make their residences more energy-efficient, did not receive any mention, she pointed out. “That’s a good one we would have welcomed,’’ said Crowder. “It creates jobs locally, reduces peoples’ hydro and energy bills.’’ Reed Elley, former Nanaimo-Cowichan MP and Conservative Constituency Association president, put the budget in some perspective. “I think most Canadians realize we’ve come through some hard economic times,’’ he said. “The government has done some things they ideologically don’t like to do.’’ After the economic recession of 2008, the party assumed an uncharacteristic heavy debt load, Elley indicated. “They’re holding the line on a number of things and I think they have to at this point to get this budget balanced.’’ The Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation applauded the budget for projecting the first year-over-year spending cut since the Chretien-Martin era. Elley commended the government for trying to address the disparity in the Canadian and U.S. dollars, but “I wish them luck at it,’’ he said. The manufacturing sector does tend to prosper with the lower Canadian dollar when our goods are more attractive, but there are drawbacks as well. Attempts are always being made to discourage cross-border shopping. Elley pinpointed job training opportunities as something that’s not being utilized to the fullest despite the federal government’s efforts. “I think it’s unfortunate they haven’t got the cooperation of the provinces in the apprenticeship program,’’ he said. “We really do need to see a move on that. “It’s a big need for us, especially in this area.’’ In Olympic fashion, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada declared the budget earned a silver medal for fiscal restraint to remain on target to achieve a balanced budget by 2015-16.
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Hopefully ruling will bring sanity to BCTF situation
I made an error in a column conditions would add $40 million two weeks ago about the latest to the district payroll in year one. court ruling in favour of the B.C. That’s one of 60 school districts. Teachers’ Federation. The government’s submission I referred to an “illegal” includes afﬁdavits from strike in 2012, and was quickly superintendents around the reminded that this teacher walkout province on its likely impact. was sanctioned by the Labour Here’s a partial list: Relations Board. Cancellation of specialty After months of withholding programs for vulnerable youth, report cards and refusing to construction of portables to meet meet with administrators, the arbitrary class size restrictions, union went to the LRB to seek transfer of some students to other permission for a full-scale strike. schools, closure of daycare and They got their wish, with Strong Start preschool programs to authorization under essential free up space reallocated over the services rules for a three-day strike years, layoff of non-teaching staff, in the ﬁrst week, and cancellation and one day a of school week after that participation in until the end of the international the school year or student program. a settlement was Premier reached. Christy Clark The authorized and Education BC Bureau three-day strike Minister Peter By Tom Fletcher went ahead in Fassbender have March 2012. begun to push Regular readers may recall back against the conspiracy theory my reports of students being that has taken hold, pointing out indoctrinated in classrooms and that when the BCTF ﬁnally did get in some cases sent out as union permission to strike, the cabinet of pickets, and of the strong-arming the day acted to prevent it. of unionized government ofﬁce Here’s a recap. In late February staff here in Victoria to make them 2012, nearly 28,000 teachers (90 join a rally on the legislature lawn. per cent) voted to go to the full This was the strike that, strike allowed by the LRB. The according to the current media and government tabled legislation to political narrative, the provincial impose a cooling-off period with cabinet conspired to bring about. provision for steep ﬁnes on the This notion is central to the Jan. union for any further strike action, 27 ruling of Justice Susan Grifﬁn and appointed a mediator. This that orders the B.C. government to kept schools open, and eventually attempt to reconstruct the world of yielded a two-year deal. 2001. In April 2012, the union voted Government lawyers ﬁled an to withdraw all volunteer work application with the B.C. Court of by teachers. By this time they Appeal on Friday to suspend parts had been ordered by the LRB to of this ruling. Imposing Grifﬁn’s prepare second-term report cards, terms would cause “irreparable in part so students would know harm to the public interest of if they could apply for postunprecedented magnitude,” secondary studies. they said in arguments backed Once again this mess is before up by a series of afﬁdavits from the court of appeal. Perhaps there superintendents who have to keep will be better recognition of the B.C.’s war-weary public schools real world this time around. running. Tom Fletcher is the legislative reporter and columnist In Surrey, returning to 2002 for Black Press. Reach him at email@example.com.
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It is never ‘only’ when it comes to our tax bills Dear Editor
“It is only” must be the most underhanded statement a person can utter. The forced contribution to the Duncan Aquatic Centre is “only $2” but where will it stop? The Aquatic Centre needs repairs already. The contribution has no other way to go than up. All these “a dollar here, a dollar there” scenarios, are starting to dig into the purchasing power for essentials of people on small and/or
ﬁxed income. I wonder if the use of property tax funds to offset the two-tier system at the request of a small minority of the Lake Cowichan population is even legal? All citizens of Lake Cowichan who will never use the facility, and who are not in favour of supporting the whim of a minority group, should indicate so by voting at the town hall even if “it is only” $2. Just whip across [the street] after picking up your mail. Hubert Crevels Lake Cowichan
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Kristal Mayo “My Husband and I just had a pay-it-forward dinner. We wanted to thank them for things they have done for us and in turn asked those eight friends to pay-it-forward in the future.”
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Feb. 10-16 was International Act of Random Kindness Week, what was the last act of kindness you did or was done for you?
George Bold “Just this morning. I have a friend who has a hard time asking for help but sometimes he needs it. Today I could see he ran out of money for a cup of coffee so I gave him enough change to get one. I try to teach my kids that we are mankind, not ME kind.”
Lori Fenton “A couple of days ago. I went to Nana’s House and helped her out.”
Peggy Hayes “I’ll do one everyday, although it seems people were a lot kinder years ago. Now they seem to be more involved with their electronics. People seem to forget about acts of kindness.”
It’s time to start protecting our valuable shoreline In my opinion: Cowichan Lake and River Stewardship Society ready to unveil its plan to reclaim and protect the lake The Cowichan Lake and River Stewardship Society has a mandate to protect and restore riparian habitat around Cowichan Lake and our heritage river. On Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Youbou hall we will be revealing our plan to restore and preserve the shoreline of Cowichan Lake as part of our application to access funding from the Youbou Nature and Habitat Fund. We would encourage the public to attend to learn more about this new initiative. The Cowichan watershed has sustained B.C.’s largest First Nation, Cowichan Tribes, for thousands of years. Historically, the lake was the spawning and rearing area for a huge run of summer chinook which are now virtually extinct. At present, the lake still supports the B.C. south coast’s largest run of coho salmon, the largest fresh water trout ﬁshery, the SARA-listed Cowichan Lake lamprey, and a vulnerable run of fall chinook salmon. These important ﬁsheries and the water supply for the Cowichan Valley are currently at risk due to human activity on the lake shoreline. Cowichan’s shoreline is under increasing pressure from accelerating residential, recreational, and industrial developments that threatens the long-term water quality, erosion resistance and biodiversity values. The 2012 Cowichan Lake Shoreline Habitat Assessment Report prepared by the B.C.
Conservation Foundation identiﬁed that 92% of the shoreline is privately owned and more than 25% has experienced a high level of cumulative impacts. Of equal concern is shoreline video conducted by DFO in 2006 and 2010, which demonstrated that the habitat protection provided by the Riparian Area Regulations has been largely ineffective in slowing the pace of shoreline development impacts. Biophysical data from these studies formed the basis for the Foreshore Inventory and Mapping Project. One hundred fourteen factors were considered, including: shore spawning use, aquatic vegetation and substrate type and many other attributes. An Aquatic Habitat Index was then used to determine relative habitat values for each shoreline section. We then asked the CVRD to incorporate this new information into their planning process to generate new shoreline management guidelines to identify and protect valuable shoreline features. The Habitat Assessment report showed that approximately 70% of the lakeshore is in an undisturbed, natural state while the remainder has some degree of riparian disturbance. Most of the observed riparian disturbances were in single-family housing areas with 64% showing some degree of beach grooming and vegetation removal. Another common modiﬁcation was docks, with 596 counted, many with associated log structures meant to dampen waves, and accounting for 12% of the lake’s shoreline. The next most common structural modiﬁcation was retaining walls, accounting for 9% of the shoreline. Creek mouths and wetlands account for only 5% of the total shoreline but are home to more then 90% of the amphibians, 95% of the juvenile lamprey, and 50%
of the juvenile salmonids sampled. These areas contain more wildlife then all other shore types combined and are now identiﬁed as critical habitat. The most productive intact wetland habitat was the Shaw Creek estuary which had breeding populations of all surveyed amphibians, salmonids and lamprey. In April 2013 CLRSS, BCCF, DFO and Cowichan Watershed Board hosted the Cowichan Lake Shoreline Management Workshop which was attended by community leaders, government agencies, conservation groups and watershed professionals. At the workshop we discussed the habitat courtesy Gerald Thom assessment report and Ofﬁcials and stakeholders check out the Shaw Creek estuary, considered one of Cowichan the impacts of habitat Lake’s most critical habitats. disturbance on sensitive ecosystems. Over the designed to help lakeshore Nature and Habitat Fund. two days of the workshop residents understand and improve This local contribution will be attendees worked to identify their riparian areas. multiplied by 14 times to a project and prioritize shoreline/ riparian CLRSS members will visit value of $118,000/ year with values. lakefront property owners as funding and support from 20 other CLRSS, BCCF and Cowichan neighbours to discuss riparian organizations. It includes more Watershed Board then used values and assess the riparian than 1,000 hours of volunteer this information to set strategic health of the property. Property time and will provide four muchgoals to preserve and restore the owners that have undisturbed needed summer jobs per year for Cowichan Lake shoreline. By riparian areas and those that local students. 2020 we hope to protect 50% undertake riparian restoration will This project is about working of the intact shoreline (35 kms) be rewarded by posting a sign on together to restore and preserve and restore 10% of disturbed their property acknowledging their our lake as we can no longer shoreline (3 kms). These goals stewardship effort. rely on the government alone to have been endorsed by the Pending funding, this protect our greatest asset. Let’s CVRD and the Town of Lake start with protecting Shaw Creek Cowichan. To achieve these goals restoration program will employ local summer students and and then work as a community we will require the support of our provide free professional services to preserve Cowichan Lake for community, conservation groups, to support private property future generations. funding agencies and all levels of owners who want to restore their For more information, a copy government. foreshore, improve ecological of the grant proposal, or to get To move the plan into action function and increase property involved please attend the meeting CLRSS and BCCF have value. on Feb. 25 or email Gerald Thom launched the Cowichan Shoreline The Cowichan Shoreline CLRSS President at gcthom@ Stewardship Project, which is Stewardship Project is requesting shaw.ca a three-year public awareness, education and restoration initiative $8,000 per year from the Youbou — submitted by Gerald Thom
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With Malcolm Chalmers
Occupation: Owner, Remedy Salon Hometown: Lake Cowichan Always wanted to: travel the world with my family Best thing about living here: spending days on the lake Fave activity: snow or water skiing Fave food: pizza Wish I were better at: laundry My guilty pleasure is: chocolate My go-to wardrobe staple: black clothing I deﬁne down time as: reading a book My proudest moment is: the birth of my children Fave moment of the day: is morning; because it’s the start of another beautiful day In my fridge you’ll ﬁnd: fruits and olives If I had a $1,000,000 I: would take that trip around the world with my family
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Brunings Low Cost Grocery store, Youbou. From left: Karl Nueffer, Ed Vermiere, unknown, unknown, Jack Keller, unknown, Bob Bruning, and Jules Vermiere. Kneeling: Joe Fearon, unknown and Albert Viczko.
1950: skating on Cowichan Lake
Bruning’s Low Cost Grocery store was a mainIt was of sufficient thickness for safe skatstay in Youbou for many years. ing reported the March 1950 issue of the UBO Over the decades it operated under several Bulletin. In a sheltered bay about 1.5 miles from names and several owners, the last of which was Youbou, the ice was four inches thick. Between Youbou Mini Mart. 30 and 40 skaters were on the ice most days and Back in the mid 1940s — situinto the nights until February 3 ated across the road from the future when 16 inches of snow fell putBruning’s Low Cost — was Norm’s ting the kibosh on ice skating. Meat Market (owned by Norm In more recent history, it was Dickens, father of Youbou resident over 20 years ago, January 1994, Verna Wingo). that local residents Pat and Loretta Rolli Attached to Norm’s Meat Market Jung closed the doors of their Lake Gunderson was Mountain View Grocery which Café after operating a Chinese at that time was owned by Roy PAGES OF HISTORY food, eat-in and take-out service, Burdett. Between the two busifor 20 years. nesses was Mrs. Mater’s Sewing Originally situated between the Supplies. then busy Riverside Inn and the In the late 1940s Bob Bruning bought the Lake Theatre, the café did a rip roaring business grocery store from Bob Burdett and operated as the only café open late at night and the only it under the banner Bruning’s Mountain View Chinese food offered here in town. Grocery store. A few years later Bruning bought Another popular business closed in 1994. property across Youbou Road where he built his Walt’s Drive In closed its doors forever in new store about 1958. March of that year. The building, which was For the first time in the memories of pioneers constructed by Jim Peterson 28 years prior, was in the Cowichan Lake district there was ice on later removed. Today the site is home to the A & the lake during the first week of February 1950. W restaurant.
Search and Rescue exercise a test
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Civil aviation Search and Rescue aircraft were scheduled to take part, but were not able to attend because of the weather. Snow, rain, fog and mostly cool temperatures lasted throughout the day, but it was not a huge issue for rescuers outﬁtted in protective gear. SAR teams were equipped with a newer radio tracking system that would allow the incident command post to see where each of their teams were located in real time. After receiving instructions at base camp searchers made their way down the Cowichan River. They searched the Horseshoe Bend group campsite, the last known location of the family involved. That search led them to Marie Canyon where the body of the murdered criminal was found wedged in some log debris. Further down river an injured woman — part of the lost family — was sitting on the shore. High angle rope teams were called in to extricate her up the side of the cliff to a waiting ambulance. Clues and witnesses had been planted along the
RCMP from North Cowichan and Lake Cowichan are working with coordinator Travis Butler and Search and Rescue in the multi disciplined exercise.
route for searchers to ﬁnd — typical of what might happen in real-life situations. The day wrapped up with everyone being found safe. As the park was still open to the public, SAR personnel were on hand to answer questions. One ﬁsherman, not part of the event, was a bit concerned when he sighted what he thought was a dead body. He was relieved when a SAR volunteer explained it was not real.
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Pink Shirt Day is Feb. 26 Diana Hutton
Ashley Vomacka, left, and Lauren Frost produced a cyber-bully short on YouTube under their film production venture, Fromacka Productions.
Student filmmakers take to YouTube to tackle youth problem Diana Hutton
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Feb. 26 will mark the seventh anniversary of the first Pink Shirt Day. The movement to end bullying started in 2007 when two Grade 12 students at Central Kings Rural High School in Nova Scotia, rallied behind a Grade 9 student, new to the school, who was being bullied simply for wearing a pink shirt. The boys took it upon themselves to purchase and distribute 50 pink t-shirts; by their actions, a grass-roots movement was born. The idea spread across Canada, as schools from Labrador to Lake Cowichan took up the cause. Locally, a group of talented students at Lake Cowichan School took the message to heart and decided to create a powerful short film. The film shines a light on the sometimes anonymous and shadowed world of cyber-bullying; kids being harassed, ridiculed and tormented through social media sites, text messages and emails. “The film we did was originally going to be entered in the Great American No-Bull Challenge, an online anti-bullying event, but we had some technical issues when we went to submit it,” said LCS Grade 11 student, Lauren Frost. “The idea behind it is close to our hearts and we thought it was an important message to get out.” The five-minute short entitled Let it Die can be viewed on YouTube by searching “Lauren Frost cyber bullying.” It tells the story of three teens, all negatively affected by different forms of bullying by their peers. > Tackling page 14
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“It’s really for anyone interested in learning ways to help prevent certain scenarios,” said Giebel. Involved with martial arts for about 14 years, Giebel has sat in on many confidence workshops as well run classes himself in Duncan and Victoria. It will be his first time teaching a bully-proofing workshop in Lake Cowichan Feb. 22. Giebel also just started teaching karate classes for Cowichan Lake Recreation this January, which will run until March 7. And he’s seen a lot of interest in the community. “We’re going to see however many kids we can get,” he said of the free workshop geared towards children ages 5-12. “I just started doing a program outside the rec centre (Centennial Hall) and I figured why not, there was a lot of interest.” The workshop will cover a little bit of everything, including a chat first about what bullies are, and possible ways of dealing Malcolm Chalmers with them. “The workshop will be one hour long, and first we will be Karate instructor Jordan Giebel helps Korbin with his kick. talking about what a bully is and what the kids think they should up in his instruction quite often. Ashley Degraaf do in situations. “It comes out regularly,” he Lake CowiChan Gazette “I’d like to see what ideas they said. “It’s about showing your can come up with first.” confidence, as well as respect Learning to fight. Fending off Then the group will learn towards others. bullies. about body language, practice We will see students who start different scenarios and defensive Only one of those scenarios and are a little more afraid and is instrumental in the practice of techniques. timid and we watch them build martial arts. “And we will make it a fun And it’s not the one you might their confidence.” karate class with a little bit of Not only is karate about think. instruction and exercises at the practicing defensive skills, but A big part of mastering a end,” Giebel said. it focuses on strengthening martial art like karate is being Tanya Kaul, who is assisting life skills such self-esteem and able to defend against bullies, with programming at CLR, confidence as well as humility, says Duncan’s Canada’s Best added that they are thrilled to personal responsibility and Karate instructor Jordan Giebel. be hosting the free anti-bullying potential. Working with bullies comes workshop at the Cowichan Lake arena on Feb 22. “Jordan will teach NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING students how to bully proof themselves ELECTORAL AREA F – COWICHAN LAKE SOUTH/SKUTZ FALLS without getting physical. You don’t PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION want miss it!” Giebel invites anyone DATE: Thursday, February 20, 2014 wanting to learn about TIME: 7:00 p.m. bullying prevention to swing by. PLACE: Honeymoon Bay Hall The workshop takes Gymnasium place in the multi10022 Park Drive purpose room at the Honeymoon Bay, BC Cowichan Lake Sports Arena starting at 2 p.m. “Our karate classes The residents and landowners of Electoral Area F – Cowichan Lake have been very South/Skutz Falls are invited to attend the AGM on the date noted popular thanks to above. Commission members provide advice to the CVRD on matters Jordan. It’s great to see regarding Electoral Area Community Parks. karate thriving in our community once again. The purpose of the meeting is to hold nominations and elections for We currently have 20 three (3) positions for a two (2) year term on the Electoral Area F – students registered in Cowichan Lake South/Skutz Falls Parks and Recreation Commission. the beginner class.” said Kaul “His next class For further information please call the CVRD Parks & Trails Division at will run from May 23 to June 6 and will be 250-746-2620 or toll free 1-800-665-3955. advertised in our Spring Playbook, which will be COWICHAN VALLEY REGIONAL DISTRICT out mid-March.” 175 Ingram Street, Duncan, B.C. V9L 1N8 Parents can register by calling 250-749Phone: (250) 746-2500 • Fax: (250) 746-2513 6742 after the Playbook Email: email@example.com www.cvrd.bc.ca is released.
Saturday: free session focuses on empowering kids to deal with bullies
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This new 2014 Corolla has been on sale sale here since the fall of 2013 and by the number, I see on the road, it looks to be a hit already. Visit V isit the 2014 Corolla gallery at DrivewayBC.ca
Eco version of world’s top seller stingy on gas Th TToyota C The Corolla ll iis the h best b hi ddesign. i The Th eye-catching lower stance, standard LED selling car of all time, worldprojector headlamps and wide, selling 1.3 million units sleeker bodywork now make in Canada alone since it was this a car people would be introduced in 1966. proud to own. To say the Corolla is a big deal for Toyota is an underInside statement as it represents The dash is wide and flat 47 per cent of all passenger with easy to see, and use, For those that sales for Toyota Canada. But radio and heat controls, place fuel economy the Corolla is also a big deal but the look is fresh and for Canada as it is made in over everything, the contemporary. The seats now Ontario and the Cambridge Corolla Eco might just sit lower in the car to make assembly plant. Cambridge room for the slightly lower was selected as the lead plant be worth a look as it roofline, but I found getting for vehicle development, as takes an already thrifty in and out no problem. it makes cars for all of North car and squeezes even The seats provide excellent America, the Corolla’s biggest and comfort. more out of each litre support market. The back seat has a lot of fuel. This new 2014 Corolla has more legroom because been on sale here since the the wheelbase of this new Zack Spencer fall of 2013 and by the nummodel has been stretched ber I see on the road, it looks by 10 cms. The car is also to be a hit already. slightly wider, making hip room impressive. For those that place fuel economy over Overall the cabin is large and airy and everything, the Corolla Eco might just be nicely put together, considering the price. worth a look as it takes an already thrifty Since the S, LE or Eco models will be the car and squeezes even more out of each sales leaders, Toyota has kitted all three litre of fuel. out with a 6.1-inch touch-screen radio that includes Bluetooth streaming audio, phone Looks connectivity and a backup camera. Faux One major criticism of Toyota as a brand, leather seats are available on the S and LE and the Corolla, in particular, has been drab but not the Eco. The good news is that all styling. Toyota recently has been walking models come with heated front seats. a nice line between updating their lineup
to be more progressive but also keeping their loyal buyers happy. The Corolla is sold in several different trim levels, starting at $15,995 to get the base CE, but the reality is that most Canadians will upgrade to the $19,215 S (Sport) or the LE for $19,500. To upgrade to this $20,500 LE Eco model is $1,035 over the S model and $750 over the regular LE. I prefer the S trim for its more aggressive 17-inch wheels compared to the LE and LE Eco, which come with smaller 16-inch wheels. Regardless, this model is a massive step forward in terms of delivering an
Drive All but the Eco model come with a 132hp version of the 1.8L 4-cylinder engine carried over from the last car. The Eco gets a 140hp version that comes with Toyota’s Valevematic technology that helps to pump out the extra 8hp, yet improves fuel economy. The base CE is sold with either a 6-speed manual or the 4-speed automatic found in the last model. The only other model to be offered with a manual is the S trim. That leaves the LE and Eco with a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT),
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Bantam Lakers skate to first place finish in Port Hardy tourney The BRI Security bantam Lakers played four games in Port Hardy’s Jan. 31 weekend tournament and won all four convincingly: Jan. 31 versus Campbell River Rangers 9-4, Feb. 1 versus Port McNeill 13-2, Feb. 1 versus Port Hardy 10-2, and Feb. 2 versus Comox Valley Pedros 8-1. “Our team showed their skill during this tournament with excellent passing, team work and sportsmanship.” said the team’s manager Tara Brooks in an email to the Gazette.
☞ Contest deadline looms, enter for your team’s chance to watch Canucks at BC Place Your whole hockey team could win tickets to this year’s Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic. To apply, just submit an entry to Black Press Contests. Tell us how hockey, your team, or your favourite player has inspired you, and your team could win 25 tickets to watch the Vancouver Canucks play the Ottawa Senators March 2 at BC Place. Anyone can enter on behalf of their team, or their favourite B.C. minor hockey team. Ten minor hockey teams from B.C. will win tickets to attend this year’s Tim Hortons Heritage Classic and be among the 55,000 fans watching a vintage, clearly Canadian showdown between the Canucks and the Senators. Submit your entry before Friday, Feb. 21 by going to the Gazette’s online contest page at lakecowichangazette.com
Student filmmakers tackling anti-bullying Continued from page 10 The fact that at some point all three characters in the film consider suicide as the only escape from their torment is a sobering one and definitely not just the stuff of fiction. There have been numerous high-profile cases in the media of teens driven to take their own lives. “The idea behind the video was to show the physical side of it. So the character that I play is seeing what’s happening in cyberspace,” said LCS Grade 12 student, Ashley Vomacka. “We want people to realize that words still hurt and just because you can’t see someone’s face as they read something, there are still consequences.” The girls chose the medium of film for their project after taking a newly offered course in film at LCS last year. Frost acted as executive producer, while fellow student, Jayson Paychaud directed. The team of Frost and Vomacka have gone on to make several more films and created a YouTube channel to showcase upcoming “Fromacka Productions.” They recently completed a 50-minute psychological thriller entitled Two’s a Crowd. Frost wrote the original script, with both girls combining forces to come up with the final screenplay and act in the production. “We’re burning it to a DVD and will show it at premiere night which takes place each year at the school,” said Frost.
As well as creating Let it Die, the team will participate in many other events during the school’s upcoming Compassion Week as part of their Leadership Group initiatives. “There’s suicide awareness, Rainbow or Acceptance Day as well as Pink Shirt Day on the 26th,” said Vomacka. “We’re also encouraging people to go out and perform random acts of kindness.” For parents concerned about their kids’ online activities and the whole bullying problem, a good place to start is by viewing Let it Die. There are also many resources and websites available that provide tips on keeping kids safe online and what to do if your child or someone they know is being bullied or is bullying someone. The government site getcybersafe. gc.ca is a great start, or contact your child’s school for more ideas. LCS held a cyber-safety presentation at the school last December which provided lots of good information. Cyber-bullying takes many forms and not all of them involve words. It’s important to be aware that the sharing or transmitting of certain images can also be a form of bullying, with the recently introduced Bill C-13 enacted to deal with just such activities, resulting in some cases, in criminal charges. “We need to keep getting the message out that bullying of any kind cannot be tolerated,” said Vomacka. “If you wouldn’t say something to someone face-to-face, then why would you say it on-line? Nobody should have to put up with being bullied.”
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Injured eagle on road to recovery On Wednesday, Feb. 12 Lake Cowichan resident Rick Dithurbide was driving into Lake Cowichan on Highway18 near Skutz Falls when an eagle flew across the highway and was struck by his truck. Rick pulled over to check on the bird’s condition and realized that the bird, although injured, was still alive. He then put his coat over the bird, placed it into his pickup and headed into Lake Cowichan.
He brought the eagle into the Gazette office where a call was made to Prevost Veterinary Clinic in Duncan who said to bring the bird in and they would have a look at it. A follow up call on Thursday morning to the clinic revealed that the eagle had undergone medical treatment and testing and was looking much better. Although there were significant signs of impact and there
was concern for damage to his back, x-rays showed no signs of fractures, just the blunt force trauma from the impact. The eagle — which is believed to be about 1.5-years-old — still has no gripping power and is unable to perch at this time. He is showing signs of recovery with sensation and mobility returning to both feet. The eagle will now be sent to a wildlife recovery centre for monitoring and observation. He will remain there until it is determined that he is able to hunt and feed on his own, and then hopefully released into the wild. Prevost Veterinary Clinic absorbed all the cost of this treatment as a complimentary service for wildlife and encourages anyone in a similar situation to call the clinic(250-746-7178), a wildlife recovery centre (Salt Spring Island 250-537-0777), or a conservation officer (1-877-952-7277) for assistance.
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• On February 26 celebrate diversity by wearing pink and challenging gender stereotypes. Day of Pink is the international day against homophobic and transphobic bullying. Go to DayofPink. org for more information.
• There will be a Seniors Information Day at the Honeymoon Bay Community Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Representatives for Service Canada and Service BC will be on hand for questions • Author Lynne Bowen, will be at Kaatza Station Museum’s Bell Tower School on Feb. 21 for a book signing and reading from her latest book Those Island People. Bowen also wrote Those Lake People — about 20 years ago — and her new pages of popular history feature five or six Cowichan Lake area families. For more information go to lynnebowen.ca. • Choose Cowichan Lake’s community Health and Wellness Fair is coming on March 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Centennial Hall in Lake Cowichan. Forty-five tables covering all aspects of health and wellness plus a concession, entertainment, and lots of prizes! • On Feb. 26 make some noise against bullying. The 7th Annual Pink Shirt Day in Canada is a day to raise awareness for anti-bullying. Show your support and wear pink. Special t’shirts are available at London Drugs or online at pinkshirtday.ca. Proceeds from sales go to anti-bullying programs in B.C.
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After hour service | Seniors’ discounts Renovations | New construction | Repairs Hot water tanks | Drain cleaning
Septic Design & Installation Water services 20+ years experience
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All your plumbing needs under one roof! • Hot water heaters
• Pumps • Fish ponds
PETS & SUPPLIES
Cowichan Pet Emporium (1996) • Fish • Pet food/supplies • Otter Co-op Livestock Feed • Wood Pellets • Grooming
MONTHLY VET CLINIC
with Dr. Nancy Holling
170A Cowichan Lake Rd.
En-TIRE-ly at your Service 250-749-6614
STONE R IDGE SAND AND GRAVEL
251 Government St. ,Duncan
We are just a short 20 minutes away from Lake Cowichan.
For all your gravel supplies SO
• Repair parts from A - Z
HOME PLUMBING CENTRE
Advertise in the Service Directory
Call the Gazette 250.749.4383
46 South Shore Rd.
(Beside the Post Office in Lake Cowichan)
GRAVEL | SAND | CRUSH ROCK | DRAINROCK | TRUCKING
Do you have a service Lakers need to know about?
3881 Finwood Place, Duncan 250-715-3003
• Faucets • Sprinklers
New patients always welcome!
• Acrylic jetted tubs
Gentle CarinG team
• General & Cosmetic Dentistry • Digital X-rays • Laser Gum Surgery • Wisdom Teeth Extraction
• Fiberglass tubs
SMALL ADS WORK!
LAKE DENTAL HEALTH CENTRE
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Finishing carpenter with over 24 years experience. Quality comes first.
SERVICE, REPAIR AND INSTALL
250-732-4570 Shane Baker
TIPTONS GAS BAR
Gas • Diesel Boat Gas Confections • Bait • Ice
MINI EXCAVATOR & BOBCAT SERVICES
OPEN: Mon.-Sat: 5a.m.-10p.m. Sun: 7a.m. - 8p.m.
Tree SERVICE Service TREE
14 North Shore Rd. Lake Cowichan
Landscaping | Septic Services DUMP TRUCK: 1-6 YARDS
Dream Choice Vacations And Cruise
Your Local Full Service Travel Agency
Cruises, Europe, Hawaii, Mexico, Disney, Australia And More
We sell Travel Insurance
Come & enjoy ﬁrst class service! OPEN: Mon.- Fri., 10 am - 4pm Sat. by Appt.
BC Lic 60651
99 South Shore Rd, Lake Cowichan
Commercial & Residential
Dangerous Tree Removal/Storm Prevention •
Topping, Limbing, Falling
Selective or Clear Cut Logging
140 HP chipper for fast, efficient cleanup
Insured & Licensed • Free Estimates & Advice
Wednesday February 19, 2014
THE LAKE COWICHAN GAZETTE
Made for each other. Get iPad at TELUS with Easy Tablet.
With Easy Tablet*, take iPad mini home starting from $0 † up front on Canada’s most reliable ‡ 4G network.
Visit us for details. DEALER LOGO AND ADDRESS GO HERE (dotted line does not print)
*Easy Tablet is only available to existing TELUS mobility customers with minimum three months’ tenure or greater and good payment history, subject to existing credit policy. Not available to customers on the credit limit program. Only available at participating locations. Customers must subscribe to an eligible monthly TELUS tablet rate plan ® in order to qualify for the Easy Tablet offer. The monthly Easy Tablet repayment charge is subject to applicable taxes. If the service agreement is cancelled before the end of the term, the remaining balance of the purchase price will be applied as a one-time charge to the account, along with a $50 cancellation fee in applicable provinces. Once the purchase price has been paid, the service will continue on a month-to-month basis without the monthly charge for the tablet. †16 GB iPad mini is $0 up front. You pay the rest of the purchase price over time by adding $19.12 per month to your monthly rate plan on a 2-year term. Taxes, long distance, additional airtime, roaming and pay-per-use charges are extra. ‡Based on testing of voice-call success rates, data-session completion rates and industry-standard call-quality measures against other national wireless service providers in metropolitan areas across Canada. TELUS and the TELUS logo are trademarks of TELUS Corporation, used under licence. TM and © 2013 Apple Inc. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © 2013 TELUS.
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*Easy Tablet is only available to existing TELUS mobility customers with minimum three months tenure or greater and good payment history, subject to existing credit policy. Not available to customers on the credit limit program. Only available at participating locations. Customers must subscribe to an eligible monthly TELUS tablet rate plan in order to qualify for the Easy Tablet offer. The monthly Easy Tablet repayment charge is subject to applicable taxes. If the service agreement is cancelled before the end of the term, the remaining balance of the purchase price will be applied as a one-time charge to the account, along with a $50 cancellation fee in applicable provinces. Once the purchase price has been paid, the service will continue on a month-to-month basis without the monthly charge for the tablet. †16 GB iPad mini is $0 up front. You pay the rest of the purchase price over time by adding $19.12 per month to your monthly rate plan on a 2 year term. Taxes, long distance, additional airtime, roaming and pay-per-use charges are extra. ‡Based on testing of voice-call success rates, data-session completion rates and industry-standard call-quality measures against other national wireless service providers in metropolitan areas across Canada. TELUS and the TELUS logo are trademarks of TELUS Corporation, used under licence. TM and © 2013 Apple Inc. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © 2013 TELUS.
951A Canada Ave 250-748-4847
Cowichan Commons 250-715-1599 B1- 845 Deloume Road, Mill Bay 250-733-2626
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