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Dogpatch solution dies in Parliament MP Jean Crowder’s attempt to address derelict vessels shut down in the House of Commons John McKinley THE CHRONICLE

Drop the word “Ladysmith” around a winter traveller and the enthusiastic response will be “Light Up!” Say it to a summer tourist and you might get a “Transfer Beach!” in reply. Mention it to a boater? “Dogpatch.” It’s a reputation earned by the largest collection of derelict boats on the West Coast and one that is not going to be erased any time soon, not after new regulations proposed by NanaimoCowichan MP Jean Crowder crashed and burned on Parliament Hill Wednesday. Derelict boats posing economic and environmental hazards are left to rot along both coastlines through lack of regulation. Crowder had put a private members’ bill before Parliament intended to assign power and responsibility for their removal, disposition or destruction into the hands of the Coast Guard. “This bill received strong support from British Columbians,” she said, “Conservatives ignored that support,

Federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, right, checks out the Ladsymith Dogpatch from Transfer Beach Thursday. and voted down a piece of legislation that would protect British Columbia’s coast from abandoned derelict vessels which are a hazard to safety and the environment.” Crowder staged a media conference on

Slack Beach in front of the Dogpatch on Thursday to draw attention to the issue in the wake of the vote’s failure. She was joined by NDP national leader Thomas Mulcair and Nanaimo-Ladysmith fed-


eral candidate Sheila Malcolmson at the event. “They’ve voted against a bill that’s all about public protection and protecting the environment,” Mulcair said. see Derelict page 7

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News Addams Family lurches to life

Schools drop in Fraser ranks

Both local high schools slipped last year, according to an annual ranking of B.C.’s high schools. The annual Fraser Institute report on B.C. schools placed Chemainus Secondary in 188th place out of 289 schools. Ladysmith Secondary finished in 209th place. The Chemainus ranking came from a score of 5.3 out of 10, the school’s worst in the past five years. Chemainus has scored at least a 6.0 in the previous four years and ranked 118 for its fiveyear average. Ladysmith, meanwhile, scored a 5.0, its worst score in three years. Its ranking was also below its five-year ranking of 158. It had the third-best public school ranking in the Nanaimo School District, behind Dover Bay and Nanaimo. As usual, private schools dominated the rankings provincially. The rankings, compiled annually compare standardized test scores taken by Grade 10 students during the previous school year. Critics call the report a misuse of data used to discount quality teaching and learning. Supporters say it is a valuable tool to demonstrate what schools are showing improvement and which ones are falling behind.

Investment encouraged

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It’s back to the ‘90s for the Ladysmith Secondary School drama program John McKinley THE CHRONICLE

A back-to-the-’90s theme looms large over the Ladysmith drama program this month. Not only will the stage be filled with the deadpan humour of one of that decade’s staple comedy franchises, The Addams Family, the fun will be fed by the directorial hand of a former student who cut her thespian teeth on that same stage two decades ago. Aisha Allsop directs The Addams Family Musical, a Broadway adaptation featuring Charles Addams’ drolly morbid creations. It opens Thursday in the school’s multi-purpose room. Allsop takes the reins of the school’s annual production from longtime LSS drama stalwart Bill Taylor. She was Aisha Petrak when she was a mainstay of the LSS stage. She’s done her share of community theatre in the years since, but this project marks her return to LSS. “It’s been different. They are used to going with Christina Youngren (top) is a Bill,” she said. “These kids have been working lovestruck Wednesday in the with Bill for five years. I have to give them kudos for learning a whole new set of rules.” Ladysmith Secondary School Allsop is not doing it alone, rather as leader in production of Addams: the a directorial team. Musical, also featuring Good friend Geoff Cram, a drama colleague (from left to right) Angela since her high school days, is handling the sets O’Donnell, Daniel Kelly and as artistic director. Husband Rod Allsop (see Sam Street. JOHN MCKINLEY sidebar) is in charge of the music. Candace Gibson is directing the vocals. And Taylor — the nuances of gloomy Wednesday, and, Allsop “There’s torture, sword fighting, there’s tango who simply needed a break from the exhaust- said, taken a real leadership role in the produc- dancing, zombies coming up from the grave,” ing job of overseeing the school musical — is tion. She’s just one leader in a senior drama she said. “Everything kids could want.” the technical director. class that is ready to graduate with a bang. The plot — buoyed with great lines and a rich “Our Gomez, Sam Street, he leads the class,” list of songs — is simple. she said. “It’s a very tight group of seniors.” Unsmiling Wednesday Addams (Christina Pre-production has been plagued by a few Audiences watching the antics on stage during The Youngren) has grown up and fallen in love. actors dropping out resulting in a carousel Addams Family Musical will probably be moving to When the time comes to introduce her unusual of roles, but Allsop is confident everything is the music. clan to the more conventional family of her coming together nicely. The mood was light But they should not be taking it for granted. boyfriend Lucas (Daniel Kelly) a predictable and filled with laughter when the Chronicle It might sound as polished as something preclash of cultures ensues. watched the cast run through rehearsals two recorded and running through the PA system, but it What was less predictable to Allsop was the weeks prior to opening night. will actually be created real time backstage courtesy lack of familiarity her cast had with the characThe show opens with a May 21-23 run and a hidden 13-piece band. ters. When she was their age, Gomez, Morticia, closes with another three shows May 28 to 30. Rod Allsop conducts a group of students augmentUncle Fester and Lurch were cultural icons. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for 7 p.m. curtain. ed by a handful of professional-calibre musicians Today, when you mention the Addams Family And despite the lack of knowledge the young- volunteering their time. to a teen, the response is mostly blank stares. er generation has about the Addams Family, Director Aisha Allsop said the ensemble, which Today though, there is a little thing called she’s confident they will join the older audi- includes stringed instruments like cello, bass and Youtube, which offered the young actors a ence in thoroughly enjoying the show. violin adds enormous depth to the production. crash course in exactly what they missed. Like Shakespeare, some universal themes “We had a practice and it just puts goosebumps on Youngren, in particular, has closely observed just resonate through the years. your arms,” she said.

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Get ready for summer water restriction tap dance North Cowichan says sprinkling restrictions won’t be in effect in Chemainus until June 1 John McKinley THE CHRONICLE

Local government now has its hands officially on your taps. Water restrictions are now in effect for the Town of Ladysmith, the Diamond Improvement District and the Stz’uminus First Nation, as well as Cowichan Valley Regional District-administered systems in Saltair and North Oyster. Despite Vancouver Island-wide concern about lack of snowpack, the Holland Lake and Stocking Lake reservoirs are largely rainfed and came through the winter

full, or relatively full. ture services John Manson said But with water conservation be- the town and the regional district coming more of a general public worked together this year on reconcern — something emphasized strictions in order to be more conby last year’s summer drought — sistent across the community. summer restrictions have become Should water supply concerns standard practice in most commu- mount, restrictions could climb to nities. stage two (same hours, two days a Under the restrictions announced week), or stage three (a complete this week, even-numbered ad- sprinkling ban.) dresses are allowed to sprinkle Hand-watering is allowed under between 6 and 8 a.m. or between all three stages and exemptions are 8 and 10 p.m. on even-numbered granted in certain circumstances, days only. Odd-numbered address- such as nurseries, playing fields es are limited to the same hours on and some commercial enterprises. odd-numbered days. Check the ad in today’s paper, or Ladysmith director of infrastruc- visit your local government web-

site for details. Watch the Chronicle for updates as the summer develops. Meanwhile, Chemainus and Crofton residents are not covered by the above. Stage one restrictions in North Cowichan come into effect on June 1. Residents there are asked to limit sprinkling to between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. or 7 p.m.and 10 p.m., even-numbered houses on even days, odd-numbered houses on odd days. Check for a more detailed breakdown.

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The Town of Ladysmith invites applications for on the following volunteer citizen advisory commissions and committees: • Advisory Planning Commission - reviews proposals for the design of multi-family residential, commercial and industrial projects and makes recommendations to Council. • Advisory Design Panel - reviews proposals for the design of multi-family residential, commercial and industrial projects. A background in urban design, planning, development or landscape architecture would be useful. • Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission - considers matters referred by Council pertaining to parks, recreational and cultural needs of the community. • Heritage Revitalization Advisory Commission - considers matters relating to façade improvements or signage in the downtown core as referred by Council, as well as administers heritage and revitalization projects undertaken by the Town. • Board of Variance - considers minor variances from the City’s Zoning Bylaw. Applications to the Board are generally made by homeowners or developers when compliance with a minor aspect of the Town’s Zoning Bylaw would cause “hardship” to the applicant. The Commissions meet up to once a month, and their role is to make recommendations to Council about matters that affect all of us. Citizen Advisory Commissions play a key role in shaping our community. You can get an application form at City Hall or the Frank Jameson Community Centre, or online at Please submit your application by noon, Thursday, May 28, 2015. If you have any questions about Ladysmith’s Advisory Commissions and Committees, please call City Hall at 250.245.6400, or send an e-mail to info@ We look forward to working with you to help make Ladysmith even better!

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Ladysmith a safer, happier, healthier place for teens McCreary survey says things are improving for high school students John McKinley the chronicle

Our kids are happier, healthier and less likely to be taking drugs than they were five years earlier. That is the broad interpretation of the findings of a study of Vancouver Island teens conducted in 2013 and released earlier this spring. Undertaken by the McCreary Centre Society, a Vancouverbased non-profit youth health organization, the study focused on Grade 7 to 12 students in the Cowichan, Nanaimo, Qualicum and Alberni school districts and followed on the heels of similar surveys in 2003 and 2008. “We have seen great local improvements in areas such as substance use that show young people are making some good choices

about their health,” McCreary Society executive director Annie Smith said. The centre does not release the results on a school by school basis, so a specific breakdown for Ladysmith was unavailable. But overall, it showed a majority of local high school students felt connected to their family, school, and community; had positive plans for the future; and were engaging in health promoting behaviours which will assist them to transition successfully to adulthood. Among the specific improvements from 2008 to 2013: • Fewer students are needing physical medical attention (29% instead of 35%) • Fewer students are missing out on needed mental and physical health care treatment (9% instead of 15%)

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umours of Cedar Secondary’s demise were greatly exaggerated. School district trustees voted late last month to recommend the re-opening of the high school in 2016. It shouldn’t come as any surprise, as that course of action was central to the election platform of several trustees. By re-opening Cedar Secondary, they are, in a way, keeping an election promise. At the same time, they have put themselves in position to break another election promise – the promise to do what’s best for students across the school district. With the school district projecting multimillion-dollar budget shortfalls every year, an extra school on the books spreads resources more thinly. The secretary-treasurer will crunch the numbers and create a workable budget, but it’s not going to be pretty. The school board chairman suggested that recent community consultation justifies the trustees’ decision. The process, however, was of questionable value so soon after the election – trustees received a mandate then. The stack of surveys is mostly a mishmash of wildly varied viewpoints. Parents wrote about their kids, or their educational philosophy, or the good ol’ days, or they simply bashed the government. Parents who filled out the surveys didn’t have to make the math work – that’s up to the school board and district staff. And trustees made it a whole lot tougher, now, with an extra school and no further funding. It should be noted that almost all the trustees recently attended a rally calling for greater funding of public education, and some had stern words for the provincial government. They have to ask for more money because that’s their best hope, now, of balancing the budget in the coming years. It’s great news for Cedar that a high school is returning to that neighbourhood. It’s a fine school. It’s a community asset. It’s a lot of things, but in NanaimoLadysmith school district, it’s not a solution, and we need solutions. —Nanaimo News Bulletin 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, PO Box 1356, Ladysmith, B.C. V9G 1A9. For information phone 1-888-6872213 or go to

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by Tom Fletcher After the first few glum lines of his speech, it was difficult to tell anything had changed for B.C. Teachers’ Federation president Jim Iker as he took his familiar place before the TV cameras earlier this month. Iker droned on about how B.C. schools are under-funded by hundreds of millions of dollars, echoing demands from the disastrous strike he led the union membership into last year. The B.C. Court of Appeal had just overturned a bizarre trial court decision that tried to give the union everything it wanted: a trip back in time to the NDP wonderland of 2001, a constitutional spanking for the B.C. Liberal government and a $2 million bonus of taxpayers’ money.

The BCTF must now pay back that $2 million and scrape up whatever is left of its members’ compulsory dues to plead for an appeal at the Supreme Court of Canada, continuing the executive’s self-righteous fantasy of controlling education spending in B.C. The appeal court didn’t just overturn the judgment of B.C. Supreme Court Justice Susan Griffin. It shredded her legal reasoning and bluntly corrected her, over and over, on evidence she ignored or misinterpreted. The appeal court confirmed at great length what I said when Griffin’s second decision came down in early 2014: it was far worse for B.C. schools than when judges decided in 2005 that teachers can bring union propaganda into classrooms. Did the government bargain in bad faith? No. Did they conspire to provoke a strike? No. Did they illegally strip working conditions from the teacher contract? No. Turns out our kids are not just “working conditions” for teachers, and public policy still matters.

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improve. No, it was the BCTF demanding a raise twice as big as other public sector unions had already accepted. In the end, their paltry strike fund long gone, the union grudgingly accepted the going rate. They figured they had the elected government on the run in court. Wrong again. Next up for the ministry is taking control of professional development. A bill before the legislature will enforce standards, once the NDP is done denouncing it. Singing Solidarity Forever around a campfire and calling it paid professional development (a real example, by the way) will soon go the way of the unioncontrolled College of Teachers — onto the scrap heap of history. There are BCTF members who understand how ill-served they are by their union. They are looking critically at the performance of their leaders, who are too often distracted by grandiose “social justice” campaigns as far away as the Middle East. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press newspapers.

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And it turns out that making special needs assistants dash between classes to deal with two kids here and three over there was a lousy idea. Now there’s even a credit course offered in high school for students with learning difficulties, which probably has some BCTF minion crafting a pile of grievances about segregation. In the negotiated settlement reached last fall, teachers shared $105 million to make thousands of baseless grievances go away, after the union filed one for student numbers in every class in the province. This bloated perpetual protest machine drains the public purse in more ways than taxpayers realize. Parents understand the strikes, though. They remember a union that scrapped report cards, disrupted administration and forced schools to shut down at graduation time. The strike then dragged into the fall, as the government held the line on public service spending. And what was the key issue that kept schools closed? It wasn’t special needs support, where student performance has continued to

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Two trips to the national championship, two historic Canadian cities, two medals. Not a bad way to spend your teenage years. Ladysmith teen Darian Harris returned home from Halifax earlier this month with a bronze medal around his neck from the National Aboriginal Hockey Championship. The team lost just once during this year’s tournament, which ran from April 26 to May 2. But that loss happened at the wrong time — a semifinal game against Alberta, a team BC had already defeated in the round-robin. Harris said they were disappointed, but were able to pull things together in time for the bronze medal game against Ontario, where they overcame a 2-1 deficit to medal. It was the 16-year-old right winger’s second shot at the tourney, after winning silver last year in Montreal. He was glad to be back with the squad, with a good group of guys and a chance to see the country. A scare in tryouts made him wonder if he was going to get that chance. Most of the time, someone who made the team as a 15-year-old would be a shoe-in to make the same team as a 16-year-old. “When I went to tryouts this year, I was so nervous,” he said. “Then, when I went into the first interview

(the coach) told me I was in danger of being pushed from my spot.” He persevered, pulled his game together and re-established himself as a valuable role player, using his defence to emerge from a tryout camp in Kamloops that attracted about 100 players. “(I bring) a lot of physicality to the game and a lot of energy as well,” he said. “I seem to get put on the PK (penalty kill) a lot.” After spending last year with the North Island Silvertips of the B.C. Major Midget League, he’s going to attempt to build on those skills next fall in the B.C. Junior Hockey League. He has tryouts scheduled with both the Nanaimo Clippers and the Cowichan Valley Capitals, but acknowledges making either team may be a longshot at 16. “This year I know it would be hard to make a junior A team. I’ve kind of got a better idea of the junior game. It’s going to be different. His goal is to be more consistent and his fallback is a spot with the Campbell River Storm of the Vancouver Island Junior B League, where he hopes to play well enough to earn a callup to Junior A. Ultimately the prize would be a university hockey scholarship. The key to making that happen? “I think just make sure you go as hard as you can and give it everything you’ve got.”



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Spring breaks wide open for students in 2016 Parents, plan your vacations. The Nanaimo school district approved a motion that includes the extension of spring break next year to two weeks. Trustees gave approval to five recommendations related to the school calendar at a meeting on April 30. On top of the longer spring break, there will be consistent early dismissal on Mondays for elementary school children

and consistent late start times on Mon- will be in session for 188 days in 2015-16, days for high school students to allow while there would be 189 days of instrucfor teacher Professional Learning Com- tion for both 2016-17 and 2017-18. munity time. For 2015-16, spring break and Easter The learning communities were ap- vacation will coincide with one another. proved in January 2014 by the previous Students in the school district will be off school board and will allow for teachers from March 14-29. to discuss practices and student learnActing superintendent John Blain said ing. in February that it’s estimated that as According to the school district, school many as two-thirds of the district’s

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Over the years the Chemainus Classical Concert series has showcased a fairly sustained level of brilliance. This year it will be just Flashes of Brilliance on display though, and that will be just fine. Flashes of Brilliance is the name of the performance scheduled by pianist Alejandro Ochoa, Sunday at St. Michael’s Church. “Colombian/Canadian pianist, Alejandro Ochoa, reveals both the fevered brilliance and subtle, heart-stopping

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Ladysmith Crew and guests aboard the power vessel Northern Lights dip their flag to salute to the commodore, as the Ladysmith Yacht Club held its 30th-annual Commodore’s Sailpast May 3 in Ladysmith Harbour. More than 20 boats participated, as well as members of the Mt. Brenton Power and Sail Squadron, two vessels from the Ladysmith Maritime Society and visitors from Sidney and the Capital City Yacht Club. Reverend Brian Smith blessed each vessel as it passed. DUCK PATERSON

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ELECTRIC SCOOTER- 1 year old, new battery, comes w/charger $1000 ďŹ rm. (250)723-4449. SAWMILLS FROM only $4,397 - Make money & save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free info & DVD: www.NorwoodSaw or call 1-800566-6899 Ext:400OT. STEEL BUILDINGS. “Spring sales with hot savings!â€? All steel building models and sizes are now on sale. Get your building deal while it’s hot. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422


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NANAIMO - FOR SALE BY OWNER with option for rent to own. Million dollar ocean city view. Call for information 250-753-0160, Nanaimo

PETS JACK RUSSELL Terriers, 13 weeks old. Born Feb. 8, 2015. High energy dog, loving family friend. $600, 1st shot, deworming.(250)664-7470


PORT HARDY: Well maintained 6-plex. Great investment $385,000. Call Noreen 250-949-6319 or email to:

of the Ladysmith Resources Centre, 630-2nd Avenue For information, call 250-245-3079

Park fundraiser), available at Salamander Books. Matt Billon and Myles Anderson are performing.

COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM - spring planting, 9 am, Sat, May 23. You are invited to join in with your trowel and kneeler at the Henry Road roundabout. It should take 1 to 2 hours to complete. Erica Prince, 250-246-3395 for info.

BREAKFAST AND LEARN - Tues, May 19, 8-9 am, Best Western's Board room. Community Policing will be talking about how to reduce the likelihood that your business will be broken into. Free for Chamber members, $5 for non-members, coffee and tea provided. You may want to enjoy the excellent hot breakfast buffet offered by the hotel. Come a few minutes early and pay $10 to the Front Desk to enjoy a morning treat. Please register as seating is limited, 250-246-3944 or reply to this e-mail.

2ND ANNUAL LAFFING LINKS GOLF TOURNAMENT - Sun, May 24, Cottonwood Golf Course. $65 pp. To register: golf/Registration-LaFF-Golf. pdf

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SPAGHETTI DINNER & AUCTION - Chemainus Legion, Sat, May 23, 12-7 pm CVAS PRESENTS FLASHES OF BRILLIANCE - St. Michaels Church, Sun, May 24, 2 pm LADYSMITH RESOURCES CENTRE - invites women of all ages to the Women’s Friendship Circle. Wed, May 20th –We will be creating Fairy Houses for the garden. Wednesday nights until June 24th, 7 pm – 9 pm, Top Floor

UPDATED oceanview 2 bedroom lower duplex, hydro extra, non-smoker, references req’d $850/mo. 250-739-0912.

MOBILE HOMES & PADS TIMBERLAND MOBILE Home Park; 2 mobile home lots for rent at $450/mo; 1 on Family side and 1 Seniors. Call (250)245-3647.


BOATS WANTED Red Urchin lease. Also 37’ Salmon to lease/buy/trade for C. 250-218-9947


have some of your favorites back and also new vendors with some interesting items for sale.


DUPLEXES/4PLEXES CHEMAINUS: UPPER level duplex. 2-bdrm, 1 bath, F/P. Bright, open floor plan. Large balcony, 180 degree ocean view. NS/NP, $950. Avail. June 1. Call (250)710-6243.



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DUNCAN. 640 SQ.FT. warehouse space on Trans Canada Hwy. $550 per month +GST. Overhead door, shared washroom. Located next to retail operations. Avail June 1, call Shannon 250-710-0245.

LADYSMITH - One bed basement suite. On bus route, would suit quiet senior or caregiver. Pleasent walk to town. Includes heat, light and cable, washer and dryer available. Nondrinker/Nonsmoker Please. $450.00 per month Phone-250-7556509

20 CU.FT deep freeze, $150. Almond 17 cu ft fridge, $125. White 15 cu ft fridge, $150. Inglis 18 cu ft fridge, $250. Maytag smooth top self clean convection range, $250. White 30� range, $150. 30� almond range, $125. White 30� propane stove, $150. Kenmore Washer dryer sets, $300$350. Washers, $150-$250. Dryers, $100-$150. Full size stacking washer/dryer, $300. Built-in dishwashers, $100$150. 6 month warranty on all appliances. Please call Greg at (250)246-9859.

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COMMERCIAL SPACE avail. at Timberlands Mobile Home Park, 3581 Hallberg Rd. Suitable for restaurant or small grocery. Call 250-245-3647.

HOUSES FOR SALE MODULAR home 2BR/2BA Ready to move to your lot. Over $100K in renos in 2008. New roof, plumbing, wiring, gyproc, fixtures, windows. $75,000

ďŹ l here please BOBBIE’S COMEDY NIGHT - Fri, June 5, 7:309:30 pm. 921 - 1st Ave, Ladysmith Eagles Hall. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door ($5 goes towards Transfer Beach



LADYSMITH CAMERA CLUB presents “Dogs in Motion� a how-to presentation by Doug Bell, Saltair-area photographer who will show his methods & techniques for creating captivating animal action sequences. Tues, May 26, 7 pm, Hardwick Hall, High St at 3rd Ave in Ladysmith. Everyone welcome. Nonmembers $5 drop-in fee. LCC invites new members, novice to pro. www. LADYSMITH GOLF

CLUB - Response to the Earthquake Crisis in Nepal Gather your friends & playing partners for Nine 'n Dine Thur. May 21, 4- 7 pm, 380 Davis Rd. 250-245-7313 $15 dollars per golfer gets you nine holes of golf and a light meal. $5.00 from each golfer go directly to Nepal Earthquake Relief. Additional Donations happily accepted LRCA COOKS IN THE KITCHEN - Youth ages 12-16 years old, Fridays May 22– June 12, 1:15 -3:30 pm Ladysmith Resources Centre taking Registration for the popular cooking program. Gain hands on cooking experience, learn about nutrition & food hygiene. Prepare food to take home and share with their families. Ladysmith Resources Centre, 630 2nd Avenue. Call to register 250-245-3079 *Limited space available*

CLUES ACROSS 1. Library furnishings 10. A major N. Am. river 12. Music for a narrative poem 13. A set of steps 15. Shooting stars 16. Keenly perceptive 18. -__, denotes past 19. “3:10 to Yuma� actress Gretchen 20. Old English 21. Sami 24. Brake horsepower 27. Interlocks 30. Twofold 31. Green, iced and Earl Grey 33. Maddie and ___, singers 34. Bridge-building degree 35. Flat-topped flower cluster 37. A waterproof raincoat 39. A way to ingest 41. Tayra genus 42. Birds 44. 3.26 light years 47. Confederate soldier 48. Body fluids 49. Atomic #35 50. Seize 52. In event that 53. Grassy plain 56. Enzyme in milk 61. Rags 62. Actress May 63. In a way, aided 65. Humilities


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CLUES DOWN 1. Digestive fluid 2. Capital of Norway 3. Plural of os 4. Young goats 5. “Peanuts� creator’s initials 6. State in NE India 7. Type of TV program 8. Shoulder adornment 9. Meat-roasting rod 10. Protective floor pad 11. Anger 12. Spread over 14. Blackthorn fruit 15. Commingle 17. Affirmative 22. Horse used to set the pace 23. Appeals 24. British thermal unit 25. Complex red organic pigment containing iron 26. Bura 28. Languages of Sulu islands 29. Raise with great force 32. Dried-up 36. Scientific research workplace 38. Purplish red 40. NYSE symbol TEN 43. Secure 44. Commercial-free TV station 45. Macaws 46. Open and sincere 51. Oldest Swiss Un. (alt. sp.) 54. Very high frequency 55. Name for ancient Syria 56. NFL’s “The Big Cat� Leon 57. Jai __, sport 58. Actress Blanchett 59. Cords 60. Not or 64. Constitutes

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Welcome to the driver’s seat Driving through spectacular spec Spanish scenery shows the capability the Touareg SUV

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Taking a Touareg of the Sierra Nevada mountains Malaga Spain Granada, an hour away. Southern Spain isn’t a place one gets to The group was excited to visit the World quickly, especially from the west coast of Heritage Site of the Alhambra (The Red Canada. Castle). This stunning site dates back to Trekking across the Atlantic Ocean, arrivroughly 800 BC but the structure seen ing late in Frankfurt with only 40 minutes today has roots in the 14th century. It to connect to our flight to Malaga, resulthas been used as a fortress and palace ed in a dash though the airport. Slumping and several different religions have into my seat, sweaty and tired I awoke a called this home. The architecture is The TDI version half hour before landing looking out the stunning from the inside but even more delivers amazing window at the Sierra Nevada mountain fascinating from across the valley floor, range, the location of our off-road experi- power; it uses up to as we had dinner and watched the casence the following day. tle glow under the clear moonlit sky. 25 percent less fuel Volkswagen has what they call “Driving and has amazing The next day was the business day, with Experiences” in far-flung places like 290 km of off-road driving, making resale value. Spain, Morocco, Switzerland, Norway our way through the Sierra Nevada and Sweden, getting to drive the Touareg Zack Spencer Mountains, back to Malaga. The eight SUV through spectacular scenery and identically equipped Touareg SUVs were experience the true capability of this quite a sight travelling through the vehicle. The two-day adventure our group was on small villages and towns carved into the mountainside. was a condensed version of the four-day experience The forested section was similar to driving in British the public can book. The cost is 2,300 Euros ($3,115), Columbia, even the pine trees looked similar to the which includes the vehicle, fuel, food and transfers ones found around Lillooet and the dusty roads covfor the full four days but not airfare. When you break ered the once clean SUVs in a matter of minutes. it down by the day, it’s rather good value and would The driving was slow. Not because of the Touareg but be a wonderful side excursion for anyone already on because there were three TV crews on this adventure, holiday in one of these locations. including myself from Driving Television. Having to stop and take video held the whole group up, but it Our TDI clean diesel Touareg featured a leather interior made for some stunning shots. and navigation, almost identical to our Canadian The Touareg TDI is the perfect choice for this challenge spec versions with one difference. This vehicle had an or any average commute. The 3.0L turbocharged adjustable air suspension to raise or lower the vehicle engine has 240hp but a whopping 406 lb.-ft. of torque. depending on the road surface. Since we don’t get this And torque is what you need for crawling over rocks feature in Canada, all the off road driving was done and splashing through rivers, but it also makes driving as close to the ride-height of the passive springs and this large five-passenger SUV a breeze even in city sitshocks used in the Canadian spec trucks. uations. On the short highway stages we experienced, For the first leg, we drove on the highway to the city of



the TDI cruised effortlessly at over 120 km/h. After a lunch break of traditional paella, the group headed out again into the canyons and rugged landscape – very similar to Utah – with carved cliffs. The most memorable part was the smell of wild Rosemary bushes and the wild Jasmine filling the air. Not just a hint, rather a wonderful aroma that occupied the entire valley floor. As we pulled into Malaga after 12 hours behind the wheel of the 2015 Touareg, I have come to appreciate it all over again. This is a premium VW offering, starting at $53,965. The TDI is the one to get. Not that the regular gasoline is a bad choice; rather, the TDI diesel is a better choice. The TDI version delivers amazing power; it uses up to 25 per cent less fuel and has amazing resale value. The 2015 model gets a slight facelift, so slight I’d have a hard time pointing out the changes, but this SUV is about what it can do, not how flashy it is. If you would like to find out more about taking part in your own VW adventure, go to to find out more. Next time, Morocco sounds like fun… Write to

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Safety Tip: Police across the province are targeting high-risk driving behaviours in May. Speeding and following too closely are high-risk driving behaviours that increase your risk of a crash. If you’re taking a road trip with family or friends this weekend, drive safely.

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WESTCOASTEES, silk- screened tee-shirts DAD’S WOODWORKING, children’s toys, pet bowl holders SWANNY’S CREATIONS, up-cycled fabric creations

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Serving roasted PAT’S locally MAGNETIC JEWELRY,coffee, also up-cycled candles and crocheted items soup & sandwiches, fresh-baked treats, DAVE’S BARNBOARD, up-cycled frames and creations freewood WiFi, and music! PRAIRIE WIND CREATIONS crystals and stained glass

THE HAT EMPORIUM, local hats and magnet pieces TWO CAN SCOOP, hot dogs and ice cream ISLAND HIGHLANDER, Scottish baking FABULOUS FOCACCIA, fresh breads, vinegars, sauces and spice blends SHELLEY LEEDAHL, local author and musician MEDICINE GARDEN, handmade cream and teas, intuitive readings

COME BROWSE & SHOP • Two Can Scoop • I Be Jammin’ LADYSMITH CHEMAINUS • Ixim Mexican • Island Highlander 1020 1st Avenue 3055 Oak Street • Fabulous Focaccia • Westcoastees 250-245-3221 250-246-3551 • Dave’s Barnboard • Dad’s Woodcrafting Your Island Community Grocers since 1977 • Sandy’s Old-Fashioned • Living Soil Farm Open Daily from Soapworks • The Hat100% Emporium Locally Owned & Operated • We deliver! (See store for details) We reserve the right to limit quantities • Pictures for illustrative purposes only

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Friday, March 18 I BE JAMMIN, gourmet jams and pickles 7:00pm SANDY’S SOAPWORKS, artisan goat milk

Tuesday* 9 am - 1 pm


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May 19, 2015 edition of the Ladysmith Chronicle

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May 19, 2015 edition of the Ladysmith Chronicle