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Two people are dead after earlymorning fire Lindsay Chung THE CHRONICLE
Two Ladysmith adults lost their lives in a tragic fire early Saturday morning. Ladysmith Fire/Rescue responded to a call on Pictou Road in the Diamond area Saturday, March 8 around 3:30 a.m. They were told two people were still in the building, and they encountered heavy flame and smoke when they arrived there, says fire chief Ray Delcourt. “We tried to do an interior attack to do a rescue, but our guys were turned away,” he said. Delcourt says about 22 firefighters responded to the early-morning call, and firefighters from North Oyster were on standby at the fire hall. The identities of the fire victims had not been released by the B.C. Coroners Service by press time, but Delcourt can confirm that “two middle-aged people” were in the home at the time, and their cat and dog also succumbed to the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation and has not yet been determined, but Delcourt says that, at this time, the fire is not considered suspicious. One thing Delcourt does know is that there were no working smoke detectors in the home at the time of the fire. It’s a sad incident that affects not only the family and neighbours, but firefighters as well, and Delcourt hopes the story might serve as a bit of a reminder about the value of installing working smoke detectors in your home. “It’s law to have them in there, and we’ve encountered very few people who actually have these,” he said. Ladysmith Fire/Rescue has been working hard to promote the importance of working smoke detectors for a while, and Delcourt says that they’ve been to many minor fire calls where there were no working smoke detectors, and they had to install detectors when they left the building. “I think we’ve installed over 70 smoke detectors in the last year,” he said. “It’s a pretty cheap investment that can and will save their lives.” Local residents can call Ladysmith Fire/Rescue at 250-245-6436 at any time, and Delcourt says firefighters will call back and can schedule a day and time to come and install smoke detectors for them. “There’s a need for it,” he said. “It definitely helps us out.”
Coleton Horsley of the U13 Boys Mid-Isle Diamondbacks gets away from a Nanaimo player during the gold medal game Sunday, March 9 during the House League wrap-up tournament at Forrest Field in Ladysmith. The Diamondbacks were ranked seventh going into the tournament, and they won a silver medal, losing the final to Nanaimo in a penalty kick shootout. Please see page 13 for more information. LINDSAY CHUNG
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In brief Alternative Approval Process for
A crowd of nearly 60 turned out for the recent Annual General Meeting of the Chemainus Residents Association and elected directors for the year after hearing several thoughtprovoking presentations on the theme of “The Environment AND The Economy.” The meeting first heard a welcome from Penelakut Chief Earl Jack on whose traditional territory the meeting was being held. Renée Racette, legal counsel for the Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group, then talked about the displacement of First Nations people from the area that is now Chemainus. Environmental leader Laurie Gourley traced the history of our changing consciousness about sustainability over the last several decades. More people see “the big picture” of the environment now and all manner of partnerships are being forged to address those issues. North Cowichan Coun. Kate Marsh presented a snapshot view of the municipality’s awardwinning Climate Action and Energy Plan. Bernie Jones reported on discussions with Anthem Properties, a Vancouver-based company which has purchased a sizable portion of downtown Chemainus. Mayor Jon Lefebure added a quick update on key public projects in Chemainus. Most immediate of those will be the start of construction on Water Wheel Festival Square this spring. It is hoped that a longawaited skateboard park will come to fruition as well. Lefebure also acknowledged the challenge for Penelakut First Nations to participate in Chemainus activities given ferry schedules. The AGM also featured the election of six directors, who subsequently elected officers for the coming year: Kathy Wachs, chair; Bernie Jones, vice-chair and communications coordinator; Gus Kolaric, treasurer and membership co-ordinator; Lana Halme, secretary, and Lorraine Taylor and Teya Neddelin, directors. — Submitted by Chemainus Residents Association
boundary expansion ends this Friday
Lindsay Chung THE CHRONICLE
A group of citizens who have been canvassing the area to build support for a referendum on the Couverdon boundary expansion proposal in Ladysmith have come up against what they feel is a stumbling block that makes it a bit harder for people to express their desire for a referendum. A coalition of members of the North Oyster Diamond Ratepayers Association, concerned citizens of Ladysmith and Saltair, and the Advocates For Holland Creek have been out canvassing to explain the Alternative Approval Process (AAP) and the Elector Response Form, which eligible voters must sign if they are opposed This map outlines the lands in question in the Couverdon boundary expansion to the boundary expansion and proposal. The Alternative Approval Process for the proposal ends this Friday would like to see a referendum on (March 14) at 4 p.m. COURTESY OF COUVERDON the issue. Last Thursday (March 6), they Why is it all of a sudden that this titled to have a copy of it that we discovered that people who are has arisen one week prior to this can take home.” Plecas wonders what means not on the 2011 voters list need final [deadline for submission of the Town will provide for staying to complete a registration form forms] of March 14?” and provide identification, which “We’re very upset with this be- open later or having a certain day was news to them. This informa- cause the residents of the area and time when people who work tion was not included in any of the have done their due diligence and during the day or can’t get to City public notices placed in the news- worked very hard, and there’s Hall could come and submit the paper by the Town of Ladysmith, been very good support in the Elector Response Form and registhe forms put out by the Town or community and they want to see a ter to be on the voters list because any articles about the AAP, says democratic process proceed with the Town failed to put this inforMyfanwy Plecas. a referendum for everybody to be mation out for the public to know “People have filled in, they have entitled to vote whenever it’s held,” on any of their documentation. The Elector Response Form honestly read the information pro- she added. vided to them, and they have comChris Gerrand says they don’t states that people who live or pleted this form, and City Hall is know who is on the 2011 voters own property within the Town of Ladysmith and meet the qualificanow saying that unless they have list. been on the 2011 voters list for the “It’s just the process or the inter- tions below are eligible to submit municipality, basically, this will pretation of the process we have a a form: • I am a Canadian citizen not be accepted unless they go in problem with,” he said. “We have • I am an individual who is 18 or and complete the alternate form a group of people canvassing the and produce identification,” she town in the residential areas get- older • I have been a resident of British said. “My question to them is why ting signatures from people who was this information not provided meet the criteria, and now we pos- Columbia for at least the past six on the notice to electors of the sibly have to jump through hoops, months • I have been a resident elector Town of Ladysmith, which is pro- and at this point in time, we can’t vided in two papers, which is legal, afford to go back over and say ‘are of the Town of Ladysmith for the or in any of their other documen- you on the electors list’ because past 30 days, or I am entitled to tation that the Town has provided? they don’t know and we’re not en- register as a non-resident property
elector • I am not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or am not otherwise disqualified by law These Elector Response Forms are available at City Hall, the Town’s Development Services office, the Frank Jameson Community Centre or the Ladysmith Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library or through the Town’s website at www.ladysmith. ca. They must be submitted to City Hall before 4 p.m. on Friday, March 14. Sandy Bowden, the Town of Ladysmith’s director of corporate services, says you have to be an eligible voter, and the Town determines eligibility using the 2011 voters list. If you are not on that list, you have to register as a voter. “It’s the same process as a normal election; it’s not the same type of voting, but it’s the same process,” explained Bowden. “You have to make sure you are a registered elector in the Town of Ladysmith.” If you are not on the registered elector list, registration forms are available on the Town of Ladysmith website, or you can ask for a form at City Hall. If you aren’t sure if you are on the voters list, you can phone City Hall and ask or go down to City Hall in person and ask to look at the voters list, explained Bowden. “It’s the same for any voting opportunity,” she said. “You have to qualify as an elector. In doing so, you are either on the voters list or not, and if you’re not, you fill in a form.” Elector Response Forms are due by 4 p.m. this Friday, March 14. City Hall is open normal business hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and forms can be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to 250-245-6411.
Town and Stz’uminus sign major agreement Ross Armour
Town will also increase to be signed, were com- “The sewer and water with further agreements pleted by the Stz’uminus agreement is one outcome THE CHRONICLE to be signed in the future. First Nation at the end of of a far-reaching Memo“The first agreement is for 2013. randum of Understanding A major agreement “The water and sewer where Stz’uminus and the between the Town 100 units (one unit equals of Ladysmith and the one average residential connection to IR 12 (Oys- Town will be working toStz’uminus First Nation home) of water and sew- ter Bay reserve) is in- gether collaboratively for was passed at last Mon- er,” Mayor Rob Hutchins stalled,” said Hutchins. the better of both commuday’s regular council told the Chronicle in an e- “Both parties have now nities.” mail. “Any additional units endorsed the agreement. Before the agreement meeting. The agreement, which of sewer must wait until I anticipate documents to was passed unanimously was signed March 3, will the secondary treatment be signed within the next at City Hall last week, see the Town extend its plant is completed. We two weeks, which will al- Coun. Gord Horth wished water and sewage servic- hope to see the plant up- low the services to oper- to congratulate council and staff. es out to the Stz’uminus grade to secondary treat- ate.” ment completed by the Hutchins sees this as a “It’s a tremendous accomreserve. big step forward in im- plishment that’s taken a As Stz’uminus expands end of 2015.” Water improvements at proving and enhancing lot of time and effort. Conin development, including more residential homes, the Oyster Bay reserve, re- relationships with the gratulations to everyone,” he said. the services from the quired for the agreement Stz’uminus First Nation.
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Notice of Public Hearing NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held on MONDAY March 17, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers, 410 Esplanade, Ladysmith, British Columbia to consider the following amendments to “Town of Ladysmith Zoning Bylaw 1995, No. 1160”, as amended: BYLAW: “Town of Ladysmith Zoning Bylaw 1995, No.1160, Amendment Bylaw (No.97) 2014, No. 1848” In general terms, the purpose of Bylaw 1848 is to amend the Zoning Bylaw by placing the ‘Light Industrial Zone (I-1)’ on the subject property to permit light industrial uses. It is also proposed that Covenant FB078666, regarding amenity contributions for previously proposed residential units, be discharged from the title of the subject property. The land that is the subject of Bylaw 1848 is described and shown cross hatched on the map below. SUBJECT PROPERTY: Lot A, District Lot 38, Oyster District, Plan EPP23810 (1144 Rocky Creek Road)
On March 28 and 29, residents will have the opportunity to support local businesses and see the variety of shops and services Ladysmith has to offer when the 2014 Home, Garden and Business Show opens its doors. Admission is free for all members of the public and the event gives shoppers a chance to meet local vendors, enter prize draws, watch demonstrations and have a snack at the concession, all while learning about local businesses. The show, an initiative of the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce, is a way for small business owners to reach out to local shoppers and encourage them to spend their money within their community. Organizer Cheryl Leukefeld said people can expect to see “the latest innovations in
Grace helps her parents Wayne and Debbie Johnston promote Van Isle Truck Tech during last year’s Ladysmith Home, Garden and Business Show. This year’s show will take place March 28 and 29. File Photo home renovations past shows have all a larger movement businesses, hear about agreed it was a suc- gaining popularity real estate opportuni- cessful endeavour,” throughout the provties, floral and funeral she said. “I personally ince that encourages planning, to name a feel that it is an excel- consumers to shop at few. In other words, lent way to advertise locally-owned busithey can ask questions your business one nesses in order to keep of the very best that -on-one with your con- more money within Ladysmith has to offer.” sumers for the least their communities and Thirty-six vendors amount of advertising their local economies are expected at the dollars. Why wouldn’t robust. event, which Leuke- small businesses take “In order to keep a feld said has been well advantage of the expo- community vibrant, we received in the past. sure?” need a growing num“The businesses in The show is part of ber of retail and home businesses, non-profit societies, churches GROWING FOR FIND SHOP US ON THE HEART OF and theatres. In order LOCALLY to keep our communiOlym old ty strong, citizens need Organ pic Island Gge i c to support our local Krema Lar gs Y o businesses or you end g g E A u ss't Fl Brown avours rt up with empty storef f o fronts and a slowly deo r r 5 0 0 2 g 1 caying town,” said Leuf t o ub Carton kefeld. “Business is the heart of any healthy community and needs 1 Butter Lettuce All 3 support from all of us 1 Bunch Radishes for only to keep them earning 1 Bunch Green Onions and working in our community. I believe we all must give back f to the community we o 5 lb bag live in, in any way we lb r can, be it buying from Golden Ripe Bananas local retailers, using local real estate agents, calling on home serlb lb vices such as heating, plumbing, gutter repair, shopping and spending f in local stores cafés o lbs r lb. lb and supermarkets or E H $ 09 volunteering and joinT IN I / 100 grams DEL ing non-profits.” She Grimm's Grimm's said the Home, Garden and Business Show is a convenient way for 100 grams 100 grams Ladysmith residents to Maple Lodge Farms Our Own learn about a number of businesses operating in their community. 100 grams 100 grams E The show runs from H T IN Garden Centre Now Open GARDERN 2:00 p.m. through E T CEN 8:00 p.m. on Friday March 28 and 9:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. on ea Saturday March 29 at the Aggie Hall. For more information, visit off ea www.ladysmithcofc. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK YEAR ROUND GARDEN CENTRE HOURS: com/general/homeMARKET HOURS: 8:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M. N. of Duncan, TCH at Crofton cutoff 9:00 A.M. – 5:30 P.M. garden-and-business250-246-4940 250-246-4924 show-2014/. Prices Effective: Sat. Mar 8 – Fri. Mar 14, 2014 While quantities last
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Should site built homes be allowed in Saltair? Lindsay Chung
way. “We’re just trying to simplify our bylaws so we’re not having a Mobile Home Park Bylaw and a Zoning Bylaw regulating this development, so that’s part of the reason for the change,” he said. On behalf of WCY Rentals, Lee Gilroy, one of the owners of the development, outlined the plans for the property. He emphasized they are not changing the terms of their development permit, increasing density or home size or anything else with these See Decision Page 9
Should “stick built” or “site built” dwellings be allowed on a manufactured home development in Saltair? Would this benefit the community? That was at the centre of a public hearing held March 6 in Saltair to consider amending the Zoning Bylaw and Official Community Plan (OCP) for Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) Electoral Area G — Saltair/Gulf Islands. The two bylaws pertain to 11255 Chemainus Rd., which is currently designated as Manufactured Home Park in the OCP and zoned Manufactured Home Park Residential, or MP-1. “This particular site is the only one in Electoral Area G designated for a Manufactured Home Park and the only one that has the MP-1 zoning on it,” explained Rob Conway, the CVRD’s manager of development services. “Currently, this property has a single family dwelling and a cottage located on it, and it’s in the process of being developed for a 16-lot manufactured home development. Fifteen of these lots under the current zoning would accommodate manufactured homes, and one of the lots would accommodate the existing dwelling. Much of this is constructed right now ... This is all possible under the existing zoning.” The CVRD is considering zoning and OCP amendments to add what is known as stick built, or site built, dwellings as a permitted type of structure on the site. Many of the development criteria for this property are regulated by the CVRD’s Mobile
The owners of 11255 Chemainus Rd. in Saltair are hoping site built dwellings will be allowed in their manufactured home park. Courtesy CVRD Home Park Bylaw. The Mobile Home Park Bylaw defines mobile homes in a way that permits both mobile homes and modular homes, which are both built in factories and both subject to Canadian Standards Association standards. Then there are site built or stick built dwellings. These dwellings are built mostly on site, although there may be some components that are done off site, and all these components are assembled on site under the BC Building Code, explained Conway. The CVRD is proposing amending the Area G OCP by essentially removing the require-
ments that are relevant to this particular development from the Mobile Home Park Bylaw and putting them into the MP-1 zone, rather than having the two different bylaws, according to Conway. The current MP-1 zone allows 15 units per hectare as the permitted density. This site is 1.8 hectares in size so the theoretical density could be 27 units on this site, but because the property is being developed for only 16 units, the CVRD is proposing reducing the permitted density to nine units per hectare. The essence of these bylaws is allowing site built dwellings as a use, emphasized Con-
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Annual General Meeting North Oyster Fire Protection Service Commission Commission Elections Qualified electors of the North Oyster Fire Protection Local Service Area by nomination and vote are invited to participate in the election of two (2) commission members, for a two (2) year term.
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“I think it really sets the bar for other facilities.” Bob McDonald, Page 11
eople who are tireless volunteers in their community or who do amazing work in their jobs never do it for the recognition, but wouldn’t it feel good to be able to give someone that pat on the back? It’s that time of year again when the community celebrates its volunteers, business owners and employees during the annual Spirit of Ladysmith Community Awards. This year, the Spirit Awards are celebrating their 10th anniversary, and the deadline for nominating someone for an award is fast approaching. The Spirit Awards recognize achievement and leadership by individuals and organizations for making an impact in and around Ladysmith. If someone or some business has made an impact on you in the past year, here’s the perfect opportunity to make sure they know it. Awards include Outstanding Customer Service, Volunteer of the Year, Youth of the Year, Business of the Year (1-10 employees), Business of the Year (11+ employees), Entrepreneur of the Year, Best Home Based Business, Arts & Culture Award, and Green Award. Nomination forms are available on the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce website at www.ladysmithcofc.com and in stores around town. The nomination deadline is Wednesday, March 19, and nominations can be submitted to the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce by dropping them off at 411B First Ave. or mailing them to PO Box 598, Ladysmith B.C., V9G 1A4. They can also be faxed to 250-245-2124 or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The awards will be presented April 11 at Ladysmith Secondary School. —Lindsay Chung
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Results from last week’s question Are you worried about Ladysmith’s water supply? Yes 54.5% No 45.5% The Ladysmith-Chemainus Chronicle is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby Street, Nanaimo, B.C., V9R-2R2. For information phone 1-888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org.
Ladysmith Matters — A Community Update Mayor Rob Hutchins Waste Water Treatment Plant Upgrades Many of you will be aware that construction upgrades have been on going at our Waste Water Treatment (Sewage) Plant for several years. This project — the largest capital project ever undertaken in the Town of Ladysmith, with an estimated cost of $22 million — is being completed in three phases. Phases One and Two are now complete. Our aging sewage treatment plant is now modernized and fully capable of providing effective primary sewage treatment for a population of up to 18,000. Construction on Phase Three, the introduction of secondary treatment, is expected to start in May and continue for about 16 months. We have been very fortunate to receive over $9.5 million in grant funding to support the upgrades and are optimistic we will receive additional grants to support Phase Three. Energy Upgrades to Town Facilities In keeping with the Town’s Sustainability Action Plan,
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which Council adopted in 2013, we are endeavouring to find ways to reduce the Town’s energy consumption. In late 2013, we carried out a detailed energy audit at the Frank Jameson Community Centre (FJCC) to identify areas where we can take steps to reduce energy use at the facility. As a result of this audit, several projects are now underway. We are replacing the existing boilers that heat the water in the swimming pools with two new highefficiency models as well as two domestic boilers used to heat showers; replacing the existing air cooled condensing unit with a high efficiency system; and installing a direct digital control (DDC) system to better control the main pieces of equipment at FJCC. We are also installing occupancy sensors and energy-efficient lighting at the FJCC, new light controls at municipal sports field facilities, and replacing a boiler used to heat the Public Works building with a new energy efficient model. All of this work will be completed by March 31. Both the audit and equipment upgrades have been funded
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velopers would have to work with the Town to meet our conditions for sustainable development — and that includes making sure there is capacity of water and sewer systems to support the increased demand. Ladysmith citizens have the opportunity until March 14 at 4 p.m. to send in an Elector Response Form, which registers a vote against the boundary extension application (this is known as the Alternative Approval Process). Detailed information, the boundary extension application itself, and Elector Response Forms are available at City Hall and at www. ladysmith.ca. You can also get the forms at the Library, Frank Jameson Community Centre, and the Town’s Development Services office at 132 Roberts St. If you are in favour of the proposed boundary extension, you do not need to do anything at this time. I encourage you to find out all you can about the boundary expansion application. Please get in touch with me, or contact City Hall at 250245-6400, if you have any questions at all.
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through either a Provincial “Towns for Tomorrow Grant” and Federal Gas Tax Funds. Boundary Extension Application and Alternative Approval Process I hope that by now you have had an opportunity to learn more about the application by Couverdon/TimberWest for the Town to extend its boundaries to take in some 700 acres of forest-zoned lands that are owned by Couverdon (the real-estate arm of TimberWest). The three reasons Council is considering this application are: • increased protection of our watersheds and water supply • increased protection of the forested viewscapes to the west of our Town that are owned by TimberWest, and • ensuring that any development of the boundary extension lands follow provincial smart growth practices. It is very important to point out that if the boundary expansion is approved, it does not give an automatic green light to development. Any future development of these lands would be subject to the Town’s rezoning and development processes. The de-
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Citizens of Your View Ladysmith deserve a referendum
Editor: Do you want a say in one of the most significant changes to Ladysmith since Dunsmuir laid out the town? Couverdon (the real estate arm of TimberWest) wants to annex 700 acres of its land to Ladysmith. Once annexed, Coverdon wants to develop this land for 1,500 housing units. To achieve this, Couverdon needs to connect to Ladysmith’s sewer and water lines. Many concerns have arisen around issues such as water supply, taxes and urban sprawl. After the recent mail-out from the Town supporting Couverdon’s proposal, many people are only now seriously considering its implications. Here are a couple of facts not PHOTO SUBMITTED made clear in the “Fact Sheet” George Weiss sent us this photo of the work of “the artist named Winter” in his backyard. If you have any mailed out to all Ladysmith resi- photos you’d like to share, please send them to email@example.com. dents on the Couverdon/Timberforms, it is deemed that the vot- council seems to be counting on same problem. West land deal. The mayor says this turbidity First, the watershed lands ers approve of expansion. This voter apathy in its apparent rush is unfair as it assumes that those to complete the deal. is caused by climate change. He Ladysmith hopes to acquire from Who’s the winner in this deal? said that when it rains now, it TimberWest are not being given who do nothing are in favour of Couverdon stands to make an rains “harder.” I wonder, does it to the town in exchange for an- expansion, a very questionable nexation; they are being sold. See assumption. If less than 10 per enormous amount of money on it. rain “wetter” too? The Town will gain some small I believe the turbidity has been Mayor Hutchins’ article in Take 5 cent of Ladysmith voters sign magazine, Page 10, third column. and return the AAP forms, town strips of land around Holland caused by the increase of logging Secondly, the watershed lands council will assume that voters Lake and Stocking Lake, amount- in the watershed. This logging is being offered for sale make up approve Couverdon’s annexation ing to around five per cent to two going to continue, and ownership only a small portion of the com- plan. Council will then approve per cent of the watershed. I fail to of two per cent of the watershed munity watershed. See Page 5 of the plan without further public in- see how this will allow them to will do little to stop it. When I Subscribe to theSubscribe Summary Report to of Couver- put. If more than 10 per cent sign protect the watershed. Where is was logging in this area 45 years ago, we were subject to far more don’s Boundary Extension Ap- the electoral forms, council will the water coming from? be forced to hold a referendum if It wasn’t that long ago when the stringent controls than appear plication, available on the Town’s 250-245-2277 it wants the project to go ahead. Town decided that water meters to be in place now. Being an out250-245-2277 website. $ ThereIncludes Includes online are only a few days left were needed because of the dan- door enthusiast, I am in the area Is this a$good deal for Ladysmith? online access access The citizens of Ladysmith are de- (until March 14) before your gerous lack of water. I believe this frequently and am able to observe serving of a full public debate on chance to vote on Couverdon’s was a good thing and lowered wa- firsthand what is happening. The this question and a referendum plan could disappear. If you think ter consumption greatly. But was logging companies contracted Classifi eds proposal should it enough to cover all the expan- by TimberWest are logging over the Couverdon on the Couverdon land deal. have small feeder creeks, logging too A referendum can only happenSell!a full pubic debate followed sion the Town is committing to? by a referendum, fill in and return Along with the 1,500 housing close to fish-bearing streams and if 10 per cent of Ladysmith voters units proposed by Couverdon, the grading roads during wet weather sign an Electoral Response Form the Elector Response Form now. Pam Fraser Town is also committed to devel- and times of severe frost melt. stating they oppose Couverdon’s Ladysmith opments such as Holland Creek, They are getting away with this project. 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They joined the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society THE CHRONICLE and were, in fact, board memVolunteering is the ulti- bers. mate exercise in democracy. “We were involved with that You vote in elections … but for many years and later on, when you volunteer, you vote I became president,” Wes reevery day about the kind of called. Sadly, Hilary — a foster mom, community you want to live artist, actress, musician, orin. —Author Unknown It was somehow fitting the interview with Chemaniac Wes Everitt took place late in the evening. He was busy earlier the same day selling meat draw tickets to help support the local Legion. Yet that was just a small part of the day for the seemingly tireless 71-year-old, who was recently recognized with the President’s Award at the Chamber of Commerce Golden Brush Awards. “I was blown away by that,” said Everitt. “I felt humbled and pretty honoured because my wife had won it posthumously two years before (when the honour was known as the Lifetime Achievement Award).” It was a reward well-earned by the retired Canadian veteran who has spent his retirement years trying to make Chemainus the kind of community anyone would want to call home. Everitt’s volunteerism includes: time as a probationary sponsor who, under the direction of a probation officer, worked with young offenders; helping run a drug and alcohol awareness program at Wilkinson Road prison; driving for the CNIB in Victoria, and pitching in at Ladysmith’s Resource Centre. When Everitt and his wife, Hilary, moved to Chemainus they quickly became involved wherever they could.
I’m not very healthy, but (volunteering) gives me a reason to get up in the morning... Wes Everitt
ganizer genealogist, reporter, history buff, animal lover, author and grandmother — died in 2011. But that didn’t stop her husband from donating untold hours to various organizations, such as Chemainus’ Royal Canadian Legion Branch 191. That’s where he serves as first vice-president, as well as the sergeant-at-arms, the chair of both the honours and awards committee and of the bursary committee, as well as serving as branch representative. He’s also a member of the Chemainus Little Town Christmas, and the Rotary Club. “Hilary kind of inspired me to get pretty involved in this community,” said Everitt, who is battling a lung condition
In an ironic twist, it was the Chemaniac’s sense of obligation that’s responsible for his failing health. “I joined the service when I just barely turned 17,” Everitt recalled. “I was in the Queen’s Own Rifles, which later on became 3rd Battalion (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry),” he said. “I loved being in the army. It was a tough life, but it was a good life.” It was while a soldier in Suffield, Alta., during the 1960s when Everitt, along with thousands of other soldiers, was exposed to experimental — and it turned out, toxic — gases. “It was one of the army’s dirty little secrets, but it destroyed my lungs,” said Everitt. The well-documented chemical tests took place at the Defence Research Establishment in Suffield, Alta., and at the Chemical Warfare Laboratory in Ottawa. About 35,00 volunteers were involved. After years of denial, the feds finally took some responsibility in the mid 2000s and offered a payment of $24,000 for each vet involved “in recognition of their service to Canada.” The effects were and are long lasting and created severe, untreatable breathing problems, for which Everitt must use oxygen at home and other places. Despite that, the über-volunteer said he doesn’t see himself slowing down anytime soon. “I’m hoping to keep on for a couple more years,” he said. “I’m not very healthy, but (volunteering) gives me a reason to get up in the morning — there’s a lot to be done and it seems fewer people to do them.” —with a file from Peter Rusland
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From Page 5 Cam Drew, representing Thermoproposed changes. “This public hearing proof Windows in and application are Chemainus, told the about and only about crowd he loves stick the addition of site built homes. “We employ 27 peobuilt capability to our current zoning and ple in this area, and the potential benefits they love stick built for the local commu- homes,” he said. One local builder nity,” he said. “We already have a develop- noted it takes three ment permit and all to six months to build the other necessary a house, and if the permits for develop- development was allowed to include stick ment.” Gilroy says they built houses, that were approached by money would stay local businesses that here. Jane Walton said asked them to apply to permit site built that while she appredwellings “in order ciated that stick built to keep the economi- homes would provide cal boost local, which local employment, it’s would translate into short-term, and she concern the possible creation expressed and/or support of lo- that a community that cal jobs and suppli- wants to be rural will ers, possibly up to $4 be altered. “It’s not about just million into the local making money; it’s economy.” “Of course, this will about preserving a give us more flexibil- lifestyle,” she said. Art Perry lives three ity in design, which is also good for us and houses down from for our direct neigh- the development and thinks “it’s the best bours,” he added. Gilroy says the end thing that ever hapresult will be a high- pened to our area.” “It’s a much more atend development with 15 modular homes ei- tractive development ther way, but if this ap- than what was there plication is approved, previously,” he said. Meeting chair Gerry it will mean many potential benefits for Giles, the Electoral the local community, Area C director, says such as creating and the CVRD Electoral supporting local jobs Area directors will and specialist trades probably bring forand local suppliers of ward a recommendaservices such as elec- tion about this aptrical, plumbing, heat- plication to the April board meeting. ing, roofs and doors.
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It’s always been Kevin Wheeler’s dream to make ice for the NHL. And at the beginning of the month, the icemaker at Fuller Lake Arena fulfilled that dream in one of the biggest games of the year when he worked as part of the ice crew for the NHL Heritage Classic in Vancouver. The Senators came from behind to beat the Canucks 4-2 in front of more than 54,000 fans Sunday, March 2 at BC Place Stadium, and Wheeler, who lives in Chemainus, was part of the ice crew that built the ice leading up to the game, kept the ice surface clean
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Fuller Lake Arena icemaker Kevin Wheeler of Chemainus was part of the 18man NHL ice crew that turned BC Place Stadium into a hockey rink for the NHL Heritage Classic on Sunday, March 2. KEVIN WHEELER during the game and took the ice down afterwards. This amazing opportunity came after Wheeler received a call in November from a friend from the NHL with whom he had volunteered during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, who wanted to know if he was interested in going over to Vancouver for the Heritage Classic. Wheeler says his immediate reaction was “wow? seriously? and definitely.” “I was proud and honoured they would consider getting me to do it and join the team,” he said. Wheeler went over to Vancouver Feb. 23 and started working Feb. 24, joining the NHL ice crew of 18, who came from all over Canada. Leading up to the game, he worked 13-hour night shifts building the ice rink on a plywood base, after another crew built the boards, glass and logos during the day. “It was very enjoyable,” he said. “It was very hard, probably the hardest thing I’ve done in my life, but
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but it’s also hard work. The crew was really good; we bonded really quickly.” Wheeler says it’s hard to pick a favourite part of the work, but it was probably building the ice. “Once the logos were in and we were building the ice, I think that was probably my favourite because it looked like it would look on Sunday,” he
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said. “I think that once we got into later in the week and I was building ice onto the logos, you could see the rink.” Throughout the week leading up to the game, Wheeler and the rest of the crew built the floor, hooked up the refrigeration truck and ran pipes from that to feed the rink and, as the game got closer, made sure they had floods in the ice. On the day of the game, he arrived at BC Place at 10 a.m. They did a couple more floods on the ice, and once the game started at 1 p.m., Wheeler was part of the pit crew. He made sure the ice resurfacers were topped up with water and fuel and all rinsed out and were ready to go for intermission. As well, he would help shovel the whole ice surface and their end and then clean it up at the gate and move the snow, and they were all ready if anything else needed attention. “That was great,” said Wheeler. “I was on the benches and thinking ‘wow, I’m here working with the NHL ice
crew’ and everything was going off really well. I think the big thing is we really were a team.” Wheeler stayed in Vancouver after the game, and they broke the ice down and dismantled the boards, glass and piping, along with another workforce crew that came over to help them. “It’s neat learning tips and tricks from other people and making new friendships with people who do the same thing as I do,” he said. “We obviously all care about the ice and giving a good product and player safety. The result of the game was really irrelevant to me; I wanted it to be a good game and a good atmosphere for the fans. I think everyone had a good time, never mind the score.” Working this NHL game is something Wheeler has been building up to for as long as he can remember. “This is what I do; it’s what my dad used to do,” he said. “I’d go help my dad from the time I was a kid. I’d go and help him clean up; he’d pay me with hockey cards, and I’d clean the bleachers. I’d go and sweep the boards before they put the brooms on Zambonis, and goal judge and time keep. It’s really been a lifelong dream to work with the NHL.” Wheeler has been working for the Municipality of North Cowichan for almost eight years, and he’s been an icemaker for 13 years. In 2010, he was chosen as a volunteer for the Winter Olympic hockey games, and he drove the Olympia ice resurfacer during games and built ice in the mornings.
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When the Peerless Road Recycling Drop-Off Depot officially opens this week, the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) will celebrate increased options for recycling, improved safety and access, and the innovative remediation of old incinerator ash. It’s been almost a year since upgrades to the site began, and the depot will celebrate its grand opening this Wednesday (March 12) at 11 a.m. The Peerless Road site closed April 15, 2013, to allow for major upgrades and remediation of the old ash landfill. A temporary drop-off site on Thicke Road was used until the Peerless Road depot re-opened at the beginning of the month. One of the major components of the work undertaken at the drop-off site in the past year was the remediation of the old incinerator ash, which was contaminated. An incinerator operated on the site for many years, depositing ash that needed to be encapsulated, explained Ladysmith Mayor and CVRD Chair
Rob Hutchins. Granville Island mar- kitchen waste, plastics “One of the challeng- ket where people can and metal, and a paid es is we had 45,000 wander in and drop off drop-off area for items tonnes of bottom ash items, and they’re all such as garbage, lumwe had to secure and free,” said McDonald. ber and roofing. encapsulate,” he said. “We wanted to make it The old recycling de‘That’s one of the rea- a very user-friendly ex- pot had only one vehisons [the site] is larger perience.” cle scale, but this one than we anticipated, Making it easier to re- has two, and Hutchins the space we needed cycle was a big part of hopes this will signifito do that. We have this upgrade. cantly shorten lineups lots of room to grow; The new site accepts and waiting times. with future population all sorts of material, The CVRD received growth, this will serve such as household re- more than $1.5 milus for many, many de- cycling, organic kitch- lion in Federal Gas Tax cades to come.” en waste, small elec- money to help build Bob McDonald, the tronics and more. the new recycling site CVRD’s manager of “When you add up because it was so inrecycling and waste all the different cat- novative, according to management, believes egories, it comes out McDonald. the way the new recy- to 650 different items,” “I think it really sets cling depot has re-used noted McDonald. the bar for other facilithe old bottom ash as “Most times, you start ties,” said McDonald. a base for the site is looking through that “We’re anxious to open quite innovative and is list, and you’d never the gates officially and one of the site’s biggest think that type of thing start bringing people features. would be recycled. through it and hear the If the CVRD had to When you add it all up, response. The site’s take all that ash off site, not only is this one of done a complete 180 it would have cost $10 the biggest sites in the from being the most million, but through province, if not west- crude disposal facility some creative engi- ern Canada, but it also to the most advanced neering, they were able has the most options recycling facility.” to put it to bed in an to drop things off. It’s “This was certainly an environmentally sound quite leading-edge.” ambitious project for manner, which cost $2 There are 21 tipping us, but it’s long overmillion, he explained. bays at the site, and due,” added Hutchins. Another major piece the new recycling de- “We are certainly deof the transformation pot is divided into two lighted by the results, was stripping the old areas — a free drop-off and hats off to all those incinerator building to area for items such as people who made it its core and rebuilding yard waste, organic happen.” it. The building is now a drop-off site for free items such as batteries and lights. “What we were trying to create was almost a very user-friendly,
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Romantic comedy blooms at the Chemainus Theatre This spring, the The play is set in Though Bertie has Chemainus Theatre the seemingly tran- come with good Festival is planting quil Engintentions, he is seeds for a bumper l i s h quickly mired in the crop of “dinner-and- c o u n a-show” performanc- t r y es. side, Starting Friday, March 21, the witty British play Jeeves in Bloom is unveiled, along with the dramatically-renovated Playbill Dining Room, for a six-week run of full bellies and full-belly laughs. O n c e more, The Festival is bringing worldc l a s s theatre to Vancouver Island with the romantic comedy called “dry as a well-made martini The romantic comedy Jeeves in Bloom, written by and equally potent” Margaret Raether, runs from March 21 to April 26 at by the Daily Herald. the Chemainus Theatre Festival. PHOTO SUBMITTED Written by Margaret Raether (Jeeves Intervenes), the play where life turns out schemes of a lovefeatures the stereo- to be anything but struck young woman, typically-charming quiet or peaceful. enraged cleavercharacters of author When absentmind- wielding chef, and P.G. Wodehouse, ed bachelor Bertie sneaky aunt planwhose stories about Wooster arrives in ning the ultimate the offbeat twosome town with his nerdy, burglary. have inspired sev- tongue-tied friend As everything uneral popular British Gussie and unflap- ravels, it’s up to television and stage pable valet Jeeves, a Jeeves to set things productions since trail of mischief and right, as usual. the 1960s. mayhem soon follow. Bringing the archetypal characters to life are: Warren Bain as loopy but loveable Bertie Wooster; Bernard Cuffling as smart and sharp Experienced personal injury lawyers will discuss how Jeeves; Ian Farthing to achieve proper compensation for personal injury as grumpy uncle claims arising from motor vehicle and other accidents. Travers, and temperamental French Topics will include: chef Anatole; Linda • How to determine what a claim is worth Goranson as mis• Components of a personal injury claim • Dealing with negotiating strategies employed by chievous aunt Dahlia I.C.B.C. and other insurers Travers; Ella Simon • Infant settlements as romantic and sil• Uninsured/unidentified motorists ly Madeline Basset; • Wrongful death claims and Jesse Martyn as • Defences raised by I.C.B.C. and other insurers delightfully nerdy, (The course will not deal with newt-loving friend W.C.B. claims and Non-ICBC claims) Agustus Fink-Nottle. Before the laughs Instructed by blossom on stage, Rose Granitto & Jennifer Pelton the full Chemainus Thursday, March 27, 2014, Theatre Festival experience starts in the 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. extensively-renovatLEDW 002 S14D01 ed Playbill Dining Fee: $29.00 + GST = $30.45 Room. Call Community Extension at The dining room VIU Cowichan Campus recently underwent the most significant (250) 746-3519 to register update in more than
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U13 Diamondbacks win silver
Ranked seventh going into wrap-up tournament, Mid-Isle boys earn second place Mike Rankin SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE
The Under-13 Boys Mid-Isle Soccer team fell just inches short of a being a Cinderella story at this past weekend’s House League wrap-up tournament at Forrest Field in Ladysmith. Ranked seventh in the league coming into the competition, the Mid-Isle Diamondbacks battled their way to Sunday’s gold medal game, only to lose on a penalty kick shootout at the very end. But the way the team got to the final was just as dramatic as the game itself. The Diamondbacks won their tournament opener 2-1 against a topranked opponent, then followed that up Saturday afternoon with an exciting shootout victory in which Mid-Isle goalkeeper Corey Cross not only made the winning save, but also scored the winning goal. Sunday’s final, a closely fought match against Nanaimo’s England team, saw the Mid-Isle boys take the lead on a first-half goal by Coleton Horsley. The Nanaimo squad tied it up early in the second half and pressed the attack desperately, but the speed and composure of the Mid-Isle defensive corps, as well as a couple of great saves by Cross, kept the score even until the final whistle. It took six shooters for a winner to be decided in this extremely close game. “It was a great way to end the season,” said Mid-Isle coach Andrew Peterson. “It just all seemed to come together for these guys, and they played their best soccer of the season this weekend. I’m very proud of them.”
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Members of the Fuller Lake Skating Club were in fine form during the 2014 Vancouver Island Regional Competition, held recently at the Kerry Park Arena, where they earned many top finishes. In Star 1, Josie Waller and Isabel Anders both earned bronze. Brooklyn Puska, Emily Alyward and Hannah Southern achieved bronze in Star 2, while Aaliyah Ward, Joshua Wheeler and Sophie Dawe earned bronze in Star 3. In Star 5 (under 13), Danika Hakala was seventh, while Caiden Varasteh finished eighth. Paris Hanke earned finish in Gold Interpretive, while Maseventh place in Star 5 (over 13). Amber Ree finished seventh in Se- rina Ellison was right behind her in third place. nior Bronze Women. In Senior Bronze Solo Dance, Brielle In Pre Juvenile, Jazmin Wheeler Varasteh won first place, and Danika earned a sixth-place finish. Sarah Kedves earned personal best Hakala was second. Caiden Varasteh finished second in scores in her short program and her long program to finish fifth and sev- Junior Silver Solo Dance. enth, respectively, in Pre Novice. In Pre Introductory Interpretive, Bri- Fuller Lake Skating Club members had elle Varasteh skated to a fourth-place many strong finishes at the Vancouver Isfinish, while Paris Hanke finished land Regional Competition. In top photo, sixth. Danika Hakala performs, while at right, Amber Ree earned a second-place Caiden Varasteh skates. DON BODGER
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KENYON, Albert Passed away peacefully on February 27th, 2014 in the Cowichan District Hospital, Duncan, BC at the age of 99 years. Predeceased by his wife Florence in 2006 and son Richard Kenyon in 2004; step-son Joseph George LaďŹ‚eur in 2000, brother Jim in 1968 and sister Annice Michie in 1989. He is survived by his daughters Lynn Kenyon (Don Lee) and Yvette Hooper (Dave); grandchildren Jennifer Haddad (Les). Tricia Cross, Mike Kenyon (Nikki), Tamsen Keyes (John), Devan Streibel, Robert deLeeuw, Kevin deLeeuw (Avra) and Ron deLeeuw; great-grandchildren Adrianna and Eli Haddad, Kaya, Keidis, Ophelia and Kellen Kenyon, Aiden, Abby, Ben and Charlie Keyes, Maxwell and Dustin deLeeuw, Amanda, Halle and Jadyn deLeeuw, and many cousins and family in England. Albert was born in England on December 4, 1914 and arrived in Ladysmith at the age of 2 years and there he stayed. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, ďŹ shing and hiking. He was a great gardener and his all time passion was going to Mexico every year for almost 40 years â€“ his ďŹ nal trip was in 2013 at the age of 98. He will be missed by many. Mass was celebrated in St. Maryâ€™s Roman Catholic Church, 1132 4th Avenue, Ladysmith, BC on Thursday, March 6th, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Celebrant Father Robert Mmegwa. Interment at family plot, Ladysmith Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined. In memory of Albert, those so desiring may make donations to the charity of their choice. Condolence may be offered to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org Telfordâ€™s of Ladysmith 250-245-5553
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The BC Government is proposing to offload the provinceâ€™s world-class recycling programs, run by local municipalities, to an association led by big multi-national corporations. The idea is that weâ€™ll get a better, more efficient program that costs taxpayers less. Unfortunately, what weâ€™ll really end up with is anyoneâ€™s guess.
Currently, BC homeowners only pay, on average, $35 a year for curbside recycling. Under the proposed regime, youâ€™ll pay more. Every time you bring home a pizza, buy toilet paper, or pretty much anything else that comes in a package, businesses will be passing their increased costs on to you. How much more? Well, nobodyâ€™s saying.
The association isnâ€™t guaranteeing that weâ€™ll get a better program, or even one as good as the current Blue Box program
Hereâ€™s the only thing anyone does know: we already have a Blue Box program that works, is efficient, managed locally
already in place. Since the association is led by big businesses outside of BC, many of whom are not even headquartered in Canada, one could presume that profits will come before
and puts the BC environment first. So why is the BC government flipping a coin, bringing in a questionable recycling program that some of our local elected officials
environmental stewardship. They usually do. They also wonâ€™t
are already calling a â€œscam?â€?
guarantee that there wonâ€™t be any job cuts here in BC.
Itâ€™s time to contact Premier Clark and ask her.
And how is this supposed to make things better for BC?
Whatâ€™s going on here?
Email Christy Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-387-1715. For more info, visit RethinkItBC.ca. #RethinkItBC.
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Heard around town... • The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 191 in Chemainus invites you to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Saturday, March 15 in the lounge. There will be entertainment by Bobby Smith and an Irish dinner featuring Shepherd’s Pie, starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance in the lounge. • The Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual general meeting Wednesday, March 20 at 5:30 p.m. at Cottonwood Golf Course. The cost is $25, and the
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menu features a roast beef carvery. The Chamber is currently accepting nominations for the 2014 board of directors. If you would like to get involved, have ideas, experience and enthusiasm to share, please consider putting your name forward for nomination for a position. The Chamber is seeking candidates for five two-year-term positions on the board. Nominees and bios will be e-mailed prior to the AGM. Please contact the Chamber Office if you are interested at 250-245-2112 or admin@ladysmith- The Ladysmith Health Care Auxiliary recently purchased two aquatic wheelcofc.com. chairs for the Frank Jameson Community Centre pool. These specially-designed • The Ladysmith Festi- wheelchairs will provide people with disabilities safe access to the pool for val of Lights Society in- aquatic exercise and therapy, according to the auxiliary. Here, Irene Telford vites everyone to their (left) and Deb Henderson present one of the wheelchairs to Joy. PHOTO SUBMITTED annual general meeting Thursday, March 20 Grand Prize of $3,000 an official Memoran- for-profit society run at 7 p.m. at the Festival Chemainus Dollars; a dum of Agreement. by a board of commuof Lights building at second prize of $500 The agreement clari- nity volunteers. 1163 Fourth Ave. Chemainus Dollars; fies the roles of each “As an independent, The society is looking a third prize of $500 organization and the community-based nonfor people who want to Chemainus Dollars; commitments the orga- profit society, we’re get involved and help and Monthly Early nizations make to each able to access more on the board to gear up Bird Prizes through the other. funding sources and for the 2014 edition of BIA’s Shop Chemainus “The board appreci- provide support to the Festival of Lights. contest. ates the support of deserving elementary Everybody is welcome. More than $5,000 in the foundation and is and secondary school If you would like prizes will be offered pleased that we have students in Nanaimo more information, throughout the contest. an agreement that Ladysmith Public please contact Duck at The major prize win- formalizes this very Schools,” said Ross. 250-245-2263. ners will be announced important relation- “Thanks to generous • Chemainus Foods is at a celebratory event ship,” said Dot Neary, donations from local starting a Sunday Mar- on June 20. chair of the Board of individuals, service ket in its parking lot. It is easy to enter. Education of School clubs and corporations, The market will take Purchase a product or District 68 (Nanaimo we’re able to encourplace Sundays from 11 service at a participat- Ladysmith). “Students age students to stay in a.m. to 2 p.m. and will ing Chemainus busi- in our district have school and succeed. feature healthy living ness to receive a con- benefitted greatly from We provide financial information, painting, test entry form. Fill out the fundraising efforts awards in the form Native prints and carv- the form and drop it in of the schools founda- of scholarships and ings, food and drinks, a draw box. tion.” bursaries to Grade 12 scarves and accesYou can enter often, NLSF president Dr. graduates to encoursories, live music and and no minimum pur- Patrick Ross said the age them in their purmore. Stalls are free chase is required. organization started in suit of post-secondary for vendors selling • The Nanaimo-Lady- 1982 as the Nanaimo education. We also new products. Contact smith Schools Foun- Schools Financial fund special initiatives, Michelle or Shule at dation (NLSF) raises Awards Society, which such as elementary 250-246-9412 for more money to support raised funds and pre- music instruments, to information. students throughout sented scholarships enrich students’ pro• From now until School District 68, and and bursaries to grad- grams.” June 20, Islanders who the two organizations uating high school For more information, shop at Chemainus have formalized their students. In 2008, the or to make a donation BIA member busi- mutually beneficial re- foundation legally in- to the foundation, visit nesses could win a lationship by signing corporated as a not- www.NLSF.ca.
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The new GLA is a practical small SUV perfect for young families or couples that want the same underlying goodness that is in the CLA but with standard all wheel drive and ease of use. Zack Spencer
Luxury wheels at just the light price MALAGA, SPAIN - It might be winter here but it’s always nice to look forward to warmer days, filled with sun and clear roads. To get a sneak peek at what better weather looks and feels like, plus get a chance to drive the all new Mercedes GLA250 and GLA 45 AMG, the advanced drive program was held in Malaga, Spain. The GLA is built of the same platform as the hot, new CLA sedan that arrived last fall. Developing it into a taller, more practical small SUV is perfect for young families or couples that want the same underlying goodness that is in the CLA but with standard all wheel drive (AWD) and ease of use. Pricing has not been confirmed but when it arrives this fall, expect the same aggressive pricing that the CLA delivers. That car starts at $33,900 but with AWD comes up to $36,800. Looks This new GLA is not as tall as the B-Class, which also shares the same platform, and not nearly as low-slung as the CLA. The GLA has a less aggressive front grille
do a great job of and stance, plus directing air flow smaller wheel sizes to just the right compared to the location. The centre high performance cluster below the GLA 45 AMG version screen is very that sports 19-inch straightforward and wheels compared easy to master. The to the base 18-inch difference wheels, but even the Mercedes Benz is biggest between the base base model can get larger wheels as part enabling more people model and the 45 AMG are the seats. of the Sport Package. to access its brand The base comes The small, more with smaller less with faux leather aggressive touches expensive vehicles. 12-way power seats and the lowered susthat look and feel pension do make the Zack Spencer very good. Leather AMG look sportier is optional plus the seats are more and more purposeful but the standard GLA with the optional 19-inch bolstered. The AMG gets upgraded seats as standard equipment but wheels is a head turner too. race inspired Recaro seats are Inside part of the Exclusive Package and The dash of the GLA is almost look superb, thanks to aluminum identical to both the CLA sedan accents and chunky side boland B-Class hatchback. There is a sters. Other differences include a prominent screen mounted high in centre-mounted shifter in the AMG, the centre of the dash, like an iPad where the base 250 gets the more application. practical column mounted gear seThe rest of the dash is sporty lector, which frees up much needed and functional thanks to stylish storage in the centre of the car. jet engine inspired air vents that Speaking of space, the back seats are much more practical compared to the CLA sedan thanks to a higher roof, bigger back windows and much better outward visibility. The cargo area isn’t huge at 1235L but the rear seats do split and fold for additional cargo capabilities.
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Drive The base GLA 250 comes with a 2.0L turbocharged direct injection 4-cylinder with a healthy 208hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque, the same as the B-Class and base CLA. There is plenty of acceleration and cruising on the highway is effortless.
Driving through the mountain canyons back from Granada to Malaga was a real treat. The countryside is rustic and beautiful and the twisty roads sublime. The base GLA never set a wheel wrong and the 7-speed duel-clutch automatic can be left in economy, sport or manual for each driving situation. All GLA models come with standard AWD and this system can detach the rear wheels and drive in FWD for better economy but switches seamlessly back when more traction or cornering capability is required, plus Dynamic Cornering Assist applies just a small amount of brake force to the inside wheel when cornering to aid in the process. The 45 AMG takes things to a completely new level. The 2.0L 4-cylinder is hand assembled and pumps out a whopping 355hp and 332 lb.-ft. of torque. The 7-speed transmission and AWD system have been adapted by AMG to deliver a go-cart like drive that is so reassuring and potent that it makes the driver look and feel fantastic. Cornering is effortless and the bigger wheels and lowered suspension give great feedback but it is not jarring. Verdict Mercedes Benz is enabling more people to access its brand with smaller less expensive vehicles. The new GLA 250 and GLA 45 AMG are certainly very attractive, powerful and fun vehicles to drive. The Lowdown Power: 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder with 208hp or 355hp Fill-up: N/A Sticker price: N/A firstname.lastname@example.org
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