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With a new sited selected, the old Cowichan District Hospital is closer to being replaced. [CITIZEN FILE] the combination of a public expression of interest process and a land consultant working on behalf of the CVRHD. Lefebure said a new hospital is still likely five or 10 years out but the goal of local governments, and the CVRHD was to be prepared with a site and money in the bank should Island Health declare Cowichan was next in line for a new hospital. “Our intention was to be as advanced as possible so that we are ahead of the game,” he said. A new hospital for the Cowichan Valley will still require provincial government approval; no approvals or funding are in place at this time. But the CVRHD has been saving for years. “We know that over time putting money aside as opposed to borrowing will certainly cost our


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Bell McKinnon Road site picked for new hospital Three proper ties on Bell McKinnon Road have been selected to potentially house the new Cowichan District Hospital. The Cowichan Valley Regional Hospital District made the announcement Monday following two years of site scrutiny. “It’s great news,” said CVRHD chair Jon Lefebure. “It’s not finished yet. That’s one thing that needs to be noted.” While the site has been identified as preferred, the purchase of 6751, 6771 and 6793 Bell McKinnon Road is subject to rezoning to permit a hospital use, and moreover, the site must meet the approval of Island Health. L e f e bu r e s a i d t h e l a t t e r shouldn’t be an issue as the health authority has been working together with the CVRHD over the course of the selection process. “They’ve been at the table the whole time but they’re eventually going to own it so my understanding is that they have to have the final approval on it,” he said. “With all we’ve done to include them along the way, we expect that to happen but that still has to be noted.” Just a short distance southeast of where Herd Road/Highway 18 intersects with the Trans Canada Highway, the properties are in a residential area outside of the Agricultural Land Reserve within North Cowichan’s urban growth boundary. It was selected from a crop of 34 potential sites identified through


residents far less if we can put a little aside every year,” Lefebure said. To date the CVRHD has put $22.6 million in a reserve fund in order to ensure the funds are there to pay for its 40 per cent share of the new hospital. Island Health spokesperson Kellie Hudson said her group is please to have the CVRDH on board as a “keen and active” partner in the eventual renewal of Cowichan’s hospital. “While it is important to note that this is a long-term strategy, and a new hospital for the Cowichan Valley does not have approval or funding at this point in time, we are grateful for the RHD’s enthusiasm and its ongoing support of this and other health care related projects,” Hudson said.

Remains found off Norway Island, just east of Penelakut Island are those of missing teen Delores Brown, RCMP have confirmed. Foul play had been suspected in the disappearance of the young Penelakut Island woman, who was last seen on the island on July 27. “The Vancouver Island Integ rated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) notified the Brown family earlier today,” Island District RCMP spokesman Cpl. Darren Lagan Tuesday said afternoon. “BC Coroners Service is continuing their work to determine a cause of death. Pending the results of this key finding, investigators continue to pursue a criminal investigation into Delores’ death, as foul play is suspected.” A group of kayakers found the remains in the waters Aug. 19. The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit, Island District Tactical Team, RCMP Air Services, Search and Rescue teams and the greater community had been searching for the 19-year-old since she was reported missing on July 29. Family members sequestered themselves and rescue volun-

teers had a cultural day of a healing last week, following the news from RCMP. “You can definitely feel the tension in the air,” said Denise James, natural resources advisor to the island of about 300 people off Chemainus. Brown’s family has asked James to speak on their behalf while they came to terms with their loved one possibly meeting foul play. Their worst fears have materialized. No arrests have been made, Lagan said. James said while she didn’t know Brown well — the 19-yearold is younger than James’s youngest daughter — everyone knows each other on Penelakut. She described Delores as “shy,” and said it’s unlikely a stranger would convince her to put her herself at risk of harm. “In knowing her, and seeing her with her sisters and brothers, I don’t think she would willingly go off with somebody. She would want at least one sibling with her,” James said. Police ask those with information on Delores Brown’s case to contact the Ladysmith RCMP at 250-245-2215 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. With files from Darrell Bellaart

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Hockey coach arrested for burglary in NY KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN

Laketown Ranch developer and Sunfest promoter Greg Adams speaks to the crowd at last Thursday’s open house. [LEXI BAINAS/CITIZEN]

Developers tout economic spinoffs at Laketown Ranch open house Trucks and cars lined every road near the proposed Laketown Ranch site at Meade Creek west of Lake Cowichan last Thursday. A crowd of people surged into a gravel pit to talk about a possible new home for the huge Sunfest country music festival, located in recent years at the Cowichan Exhibition. Everyone wanted to learn more, and after picking up paper handouts, they circled thickly around developer Greg Adams, armed with their questions. Adams said after the meeting that he was delighted at the size and attitude of the crowd. “I think it was an excellent turnout. People were wonderful; they came open-minded to gather information and knowledge and I think most people received it really well,” he said. Visitors are finding the Cowichan Lake

area in increasing numbers and presenting them with events to attend is just icing on the cake but careful planning can deal with increased traffic during Sunfest or any other event at the new site, according to Adams. “When you look at our whole presentation, you can see how much thought and engineering has gone into that already. The one thing that was nice Thursday was that some of the people there have seen my track record. I think it’s going to be a beautiful complex.” Comment sheets were handed out and the development team will go over them, Adams said, but reminded everyone that any changes must fit into a plan. “Just because someone makes a comment doesn’t mean we turn the whole thing upside down,” he said. Adams is excited about the possibilities of a purpose-built venue. which will be located 350 metres in from Youbou Road, pointed away from built-up areas.


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“Just think what could happen here. Pick a name. You could legitimately have Elton John up there performing in a year or two. You could have the Victoria Symphony up there for a few days; it has such potential,” Adams said. At the meeting itself, Adams addressed such subjects as employment. “There will be an economic spinoff benefit that will help this community and it does need an economic shot in the arm. It will have big benefits once [visitors] see what’s here,” he said, and then gave an example. “Tim McGraw flew in [for Sunfest]. He took a picture over the San Juan Islands coming in to Victoria and he tweeted it out to his wife saying: ‘Honey, we’ve got to come back here for holidays’ and seven million people saw his tweet. Lake Cowichan can’t pay for that. That exposure is huge.” See RESIDENTS IMPRESSED, Page 5

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Well-known Cowichan Valley hockey coach and former NHL player Dale Purinton was arrested in New York state last week and charged with first-degree burglary after the alleged assault of a man in the village of Sylvan Beach. According to Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, an investigation into the incident “indicated that Purinton broke into a residence and caused physical injury to the sole occupant in the residence” on Aug. 12. He fled the scene and the victim was taken to hospital in nearby Utica. The 38-year-old Purinton was arrested last Wednesday and remanded to jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or a $50,000 bond. He posted bail and was released on Friday and is “due back in court in a later date.” Purinton had been the head coach of the junior B Kerry Park Islanders since 2012. He was released from that position last Thursday, with the team in the middle of training camp. Assistant coach Aaron Spotts was promoted to the top job. The decision to let go of Purinton wasn’t one that Osmond took lightly. “It’s unfortunate,” he said. “I’ve known Dale for more than three years. For that to happen is shocking and devastating at the same time.” Osmond called Purinton a “down-toearth, pleasant guy.”


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Residents, Cowichan Tribes clash over Stoney Hill docks SARAH SIMPSON CITIZEN

After securing a road to their properties, residents of the Stoney Hill and Maple Bay Peninsula areas are now concerned about their right to build docks on the foreshore. [SUBMITTED]

NOTICE TO ALL VOTERS OF MALAHAT NATION Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Electors of the Malahat Nation will be held at the Malahat Nation Kwunew Kwasun Cultural Centre, 1 Kwunew Kwasun Lane, Mill Bay, B.C. on September 18, beginning at 4:00 PM and lasting for at least three hours, for the purpose of nominating candidates for the positions of Chief and Councillors on the Band Council of the Malahat Nation for the next ensuing term. There are Three (3) Councillor positions and one (1) position for Chief available. The election will be held at the Malahat Nation Kwunew Kwasun Cultural Centre, 1 Kwunew Kwasun Lane, Mill Bay, B.C on November 2, 2015. PLEASE NOTE: (1) That any Elector may nominate candidates by using a mail-in nomination form. Electors residing off-reserve may nominate or run as a candidate for the position of Chief or Council. You can either deliver or mail-in written nomination forms and completed, signed and witnessed voter declaration forms to the Electoral officer before the time set for the nomination meeting OR you may nominate or second candidates orally at the nomination meeting. Mailed nominations not received by the electoral officer before the time set for the nomination meeting are void. Also note that any voter may vote by mail-in ballot. Those voters wishing to vote by mail in ballot must complete and sign a request to vote by mail in ballot and return the request to the Electoral Officer along with proof of identity (photo copy of Status card, or Driver’s License (2) If the voter wishes to receive information from Candidates, the voter can agree to have his/her address released to the Candidates: (3) All Candidates are advised that in accordance with the Malahat Nation Custom Election Code, they must submit a $100 deposit to the Electoral Officer within 10 days of the Nomination Meeting (September 28, 2015) and sign a sworn declaration that attests to his/her eligibility as a candidate and accepts his/her nomination and in the case of a nomination for councillor indicates whether his/her residence is local or non-local. Given under my hand at Delta, B.C. this 13th day of August, 2015.

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After years of contention, the tender was issued in January for a road out to Stoney Hill but all is not quiet on the Maple Bay Peninsula. Residents are increasingly concerned their applications for private docks will be denied by the municipality, which has been forced to consider them since the province shifted responsibility for foreshore leases onto local governments. “Prior to a few years ago, if you wanted a dock you could go to the province and they would be the one that decided whether you could have a dock, irrespective of our zoning,” North Cowichan Mayor Jon Lefebure said. “A few years ago the province decided they would respect the zoning of the local government and when they decided to do that, the requests started coming into us to allow docks, which we couldn’t under our zoning.” Much of Stoney Hill is zoned A2 (Agriculture 2), which doesn’t permit docks. As a result of the shifted responsibility, staff brought a report to council suggesting it should be allowing docks in Stoney Hill, especially given there was no road access at the time. Cowichan Tribes was not in favour, Lefebure said. The band told him they’d lost most of its traditional shellfish area and while not large, there are still healthy pockets near Stoney Hill. They don’t want to see those lost. It’s not just that the docks could interfere with the physical location and wellbeing of the shellfish, “but there’s also a certain amount of intimidation or reluctance for First Nations to go and access shellfish from what has been and what appears to be private property,” Lefebure explained. “They were very strong in presenting that and when we approved the road, they said ‘We’re not going to object to the road but we’re really counting on you to limit the building of docks on that foreshore’.” Now the road is being built — technically it’s on hiatus until the weather cools down and it’s not a fire hazard to proceed — the dock issue has returned. Residents appeared before council on Aug. 19, some asking, others demanding to be permitted to build them. For Phil Bertrand, it’s about safety. “We do need docks out there. It’s not just for us; it’s for the other people, too,” he said. “I’ve pulled in boats off the water there that would have landed on shore. I’ve rescued probably 10 people so far.” One rescue in particular saw him retrieve a group of five from a boat that’d lost power and had been drifting for two hours late at night in the middle of winter. Murray Scott worries about wildfires. “The biggest concern that we do have is around fire. Should a fire develop in that area, there’s one entry point in that area,” he explained. If a wildfire were to overtake the road, residents’ only way to safety would be via the water, he said. “It’s a huge concern so if there was a way we could get at least off of land and into a boat and gone somehow, that’s our largest concern.” Lefebure later said there are existing docks in the area that could be used in the event of an emergency and said council has had staff investigate the viability of community docks. Fred Oud lives elsewhere in North Cowichan but owns property at Stoney Hill. He told council in no uncertain terms he wanted his dock.

“We do need docks out there. It’s not just for us; it’s for the other people, too. I’ve pulled in boats off the water there that would have landed on shore. I’ve probably rescued 10 people so far.” PHIL BERTRAND, Maple Bay Peninsula resident

“[Cowichan Tribes] have a very long history there of cultural and spiritual uses as well as resource harvesting.” TRACY FLEMING, Cowichan Tribes referrals coordinator

“Get that zoning fixed, I want my foreshore lease,” he said. “Get on with giving me my foreshore lease.” Wendy MacPherson said her neighbourhood is tired. “We’re tired of fighting North Cowichan and the greater community for our right to have a basic need — a road to our houses. Now we seem to be in a fight to preserve our right to have a dock,” she said. She said council’s rezoning to disallow docks would downgrade her property. “We have always been entitled to have docks. Everyone who has bought those properties out there did so knowing that docks were allowed to be put in. Any future docks, then that would be debatable but at this point whether we plan on building those docks or not, we had the right to do it,” she said. MacPherson rejected the premise that the First Nation uses the area as harvesting grounds, citing a report in council’s possession stating there are “no significant shellfish beaches on the foreshore,” given its rocky terrain and because of wind and tidal patterns. But Lefebure said just because residents haven’t seen band members harvesting, it doesn’t mean they aren’t doing so. “Quite often it’s late at night at low tide when they might use the area,” he explained. Tracy Fleming, referrals coordinator for Cowichan Tribes, explained Aug. 19 that Stoney Hill and the Maple Bay Peninsula are very important to Cowichan Tribes. “They have a very long history there of cultural and spiritual uses as well as resource harvesting,” she said. Having a dock is a privilege not a right, Fleming added, given that it’s crown land they’re talking about. “Crown land requires deep conversation with the local First Nation, i.e. Cowichan Tribes, so we expect that that will be happening in the next few months and, as staff has said here, that rezoning evolves,” Fleming said. Lefebure admits it’s a tricky situation. “We’ll have to listen to everybody and try to figure it out,” he said, noting it’s unlikely those with existing docks would be made to remove them. “Some of them would have received approval from the province so they’re legal,” he said. “There would be some that were build without any permits at all. Inevitably that happens as well. I think their future would be in jeopardy. That could be an enforcement issue or a decision by council whether or not to pursue that but the major affect would be on new applications.”


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Slash piles that have sat for long periods of time contain very little moisture in the lower pieces. A lot of water is needed to extinguish these piles. [BC WILDFIRE SERVICE]

Road opened, fire still burns Cowichan Lake area residents listen as Greg Adams details the proposed Laketown Ranch development at Meade Creek between Lake Cowichan and Youbou. [LEXI BAINAS/CITIZEN]

Residents impressed with answers Adams promised that every effort would be made to hire local people and use local businesses in building the site and at events. “The only way I can answer that is that when we built Tim Hortons here we bought every stick of wood from [the Lake Cowichan] Irly Bird.” Asked about jobs at the festival itself, he said, “Sunfest was me and an assistant five years ago. Now we have two and a half full-time employees, 20 part-time employees and over the event, from one week to four weeks, we hire over 125 people. It’s seasonal work. I can’t cure all the ills. No one here can. But any way we can possibly spin this into employement we will.” Traffic was a huge concern for many residents, particularly those who live on North Shore Road, such as Shelley Coburn. “I don’t want to stop [the development] but what I do want to stop is traffic coming onto our road. It’s very narrow, very winding and there are lots of people walking on it after supper, not to mention that people parking along there would be blocking all our driveways.” When she asked that some plan be made to keep Sunfest traffic off North Shore Road, Coburn said she was surprised that Adams was ready to listen. “I actually was quite impressed. When I went up there I was all gung-ho with ideas of what I wanted to say, but I was impressed with how much he had really

“When I went up there I was all gung-ho with ideas of what I wanted to say, but I was impressed with how much [developer Greg Adams] had looked into it and was willing to listen.” SHELLEY COBURN, North Shore Road resident

looked into it and was willing to listen.” Some other early opponents are changing their tunes, too, about the development idea. “I have to admit, I am glad I went to the open house,” Lake Cowichan resident Cathy Wagner said. “A lot of questions were answered. I was on the fence with this [but] I do feel this will be a great addition to the Lake. “There will be great opportunities for employment before, during and after and for futures phases of the project. The money coming in from the Sunfest guests will help our struggling businesses. We need more industry so we can keep our families here, but I think this is one hell of a good start,” she continued. The CVRD and its Area I director, Klaus Kuhn, will be involved now because the development would require changes in the official community plan and zoning. Note: for more information from Laketown Ranch, email markamitchell@shaw. ca. This is a different email from the one on the brochure handed out Thursday.

Purinton released from coaching duties HOCKEY COACH, From Page 3 Purinton coached the junior A Cowichan Valley Capitals from October 2009 until the end of the 2011/12 season, working as co-coach with Jim Ingram for his last year. He was hired to coach the Islanders when Osmond bought the team in late 2012, and had worked for a long time with some of the Kerry Park players. “It’s shocking for the players, too,” Osmond said. “A lot of them are close to him. He mentors them. We’ve told them they can’t dwell on the newspapers and the reports. The whole story will come out eventually.” Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana and raised in B.C., Purinton played 181 games for the NHL’s New York Rangers between 1999 and 2004, racking up 578 penalty minutes while scoring recording four goals and 16 assists. He played for the Victoria Salmon

Pacific Marine Road between Mesachie Lake and Port Renfrew, is open to motorists after being closed for weeks due to the Lizard Lake wildfire. “It was open today as of 8 a.m. this morning,” fire information officer Ellie Dupont said Tuesday. The public access restriction for areas surrounding Pacific Marine Road is still in place, according to the BC Wildfire Service. Multiple potential hazards remain in those areas, including wildfire activity, danger trees and the operation of heavy equipment. Drivers are asked not to stop. The blaze still covers 393 hectares but as of Tuesday morning was 70 per cent contained according to Dupont. Crews are benefiting from the eight helipads that have been set up to help move themselves and resources around the steep terrain. About 150 firefighters have been work-

ing on the fire, which was discovered on Aug. 12. Six helicopters and 10 pieces of heavy equipment are still in use. “The incident management team that’s been working managing the fire for the last 12 days is going to be leaving over the next few days,” Dupont explained. “There will be a changeover in management.” Crew members are only permitted to work 12 days in a row before having to leave the area for a break. Believed to be human caused, the a BC Wildfire investigation specialist has been working to identify the origin and cause of the fire. Visit for road closure information and for recreation site closures. The BC Wildfire Service relies on citizens to alert them to any column of smoke they witness. Calls can be made on mobile phones to *5555 or by calling 1-800-663-5555 on any phone.


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Dale Purinton coached the Cowichan Valley Capitals from 2009 to 2012, and the Kerry Park Islanders from 2012 until last week. [CITIZEN FILE]

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o u c a n’ t h ave b a c k yard chickens in Lake Cowichan? There was some astonishment in our newsroom when we saw the item on the town’s finance and administration committee meeting earlier this month. Lake Cowichan is, like many communities in the Cowichan Valley, proudly small, rural, and full of character. Many of us took it for granted that in such a setting backyard chickens were already allowed for residents who want to raise them. But such is not the case.

We expect the arguments against, and the reasons they have been outlawed within town boundaries to date, are the same as they were in the City of Duncan, which only in recent years updated its bylaws to allow the keeping of hens. Opponents often voice concern about the birds and their feed attracting vermin — though proponents of bringing hens legally rightly point out that many people already have bird feeders stuffed with grain for wild birds in their yards now. So that argument doesn’t hold water. Proponents aren’t even asking



for roosters, which is where any noise complaints would come in. A chicken coop will not increase unwanted pests. Sure, there will have to be some bylaw enforcement to make sure of it, but that’s true of anything. Anyone who has piles of debris in their yard or stacked in front of the garage or filling the shed to the brim so that you can’t actually step inside runs just as much risk of providing habitat for rats, mice and insects. Just like any small pet, owners would have to provide a shelter of some sort or risk predators making off with their flock.

But it’s not anymore dangerous than folks who let the fruit drop from their trees, thereby providing a feast for bears. What is gained by allowing backyard hens is far more important. Keeping some hens is a great way for people save some cash on eggs — which is what most people raising backyard chickens use them for. A properly maintained shelter won’t cause a stench to infuriate neighbours, and droppings can make good manure. It’s a great way to increase food sustainability with little

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effort or problem. Which is probably why backyard chickens are already allowed in Duncan, Nanaimo and Port Alberni, to say nothing of New York, Chicago, Vancouver and Victoria. For decades now people moved away from having a connection to where their food comes from. Not anymore. Now there’s a growing movement to put in veggie gardens, plant fruit trees and yes, stick your hand under your own backyard chicken for an egg. Progress is being redefined. It’s a bandwagon worth being on.

Good idea, but the wrong methods Ross Grant has the right idea: making cigarette smokers who start forest fires pay the cost of suppressing them. But his methods are not fair or effective, and he’s confused about car manufacturers. Given the small number of smokers now, it is likely that car makers give the space to drink cup holders instead of ashtrays. But one can buy a closed cup device called “Butt Bucket”. As for cigarette lighter outlets, people want those to power and charge electronic devices such as their phone. I suspect many smokers avoid smoke inside the vehicle to avoid bothering passengers and

other drivers of the vehicle, and to enhance value when sold. Certainly I see many drivers holding a cigarette outside the window. And, while my sympathy for smokers is limited, it is not fair to make all smokers pay for the jerks who deliberately endanger others and their property. Where are the police? Keith Sketchley Saanich

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Who’s for bringing back decent postal service? Perhaps with a change of federal government this fall we will see an improvement to our Canada Post service. I have received two pieces of mail from Victoria that took three weeks to be delivered to Mill Bay, a distance of 50 kilometres. I know that Island mail is now being redirected to Vancouver for sorting, but this is ridiculous. I will be interested in seeing which of our local MP candidates will be for bringing back a decent postal service. Ian Sumpter Mill Bay

If anyone would have told me that the people of Alberta would have ever voted in an NDP government in my lifetime,I would never have believed it,ever! But they did. The people of Alberta had had enough of Mr. Prentice, had had enough of Conservative governments and Mr. Prentice was Mr. Harper’s choice for Premier, let’s not forget! The hard line the Conservatives were taking against the people of Alberta was too much. Mr. Prentice said, “The people of Alberta should look in the mirror” and accept responsibility for the financial mess the Conservative government had gotten the province into, and, Albertans should prepare for huge cuts to their public services — services that had already had deep cuts or had been privatized. No discussion. No input from the people. Just the usual “We run the show” from these Conservatives. And no financial hit for the corporations! No surprise. The oil industry would still be looked after. Just like the Harper federal Conservatives do: look after the corporate elite. We can dream. And I am dreaming of change! Back to the “Old Canada.” I remember before the Harper years: inclusive, respected on the world stage, intelligent, fair, a country where the prime minister met with our premiers to listen to the concerns of all Canadians, who cared about the rights of our First Nations people, our scientists, our environment and more! You can laugh and poll all your numbers. I’ll just cross my fingers and hope that Canadians are as ready for change as I am. D’Arcy Rattray Mill Bay


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Stephen Harper: a common threat that unites? About two years ago, it seemed that Stephen Harper possibly could replace Brian Mulroney as Canada’s most despised Prime Minister. But now, we are well beyond ‘possibly’, as we witness on social media, and appearing in some mainstream media, an extraordinary uproar of negativity towards Stephen Harper, which seems to be an unprecedented, perhaps unique phenomenon, in this country at least. Aside from the calmer, troubling analysis and criticism of Harper’s and his party’s policy and practice, and the reporting on the Duffy affair, there is much more. The popular uprising in attitude and expression commonly includes ridicule, abuse, disdain, malevolence, and so on… all manner of ways of saying “I dislike and disrespect that man, and I want him gone.”

Traffic jigsaw solves nothing Wow. So that jigsaw puzzle of a mess on Canada Avenue is supposed to an improvement to the traffic situation in downtown Duncan? Aside from zig zagging all over, traffic lanes are barely wide enough to accommodate a car, let alone a delivery truck or emergency vehicle and the left hand turn lane onto Kenneth Street protrudes halfway into oncoming traffic. Perhaps Duncan City Council hasn’t noticed, Canada Avenue is a main thoroughfare and turning the south end into this horrendous jumble achieves

What to make of this? It suggests perhaps an upsurge in interest among Canadians in the governance of our nations. People of some regions and some ethnic and interest groups of this vast, sometimes unwilling, community have felt threatened by interests other than their own, and have expressed such concerns in popular ways. But this ‘Harper-mania’ (a dark reverse of its predecessor of 45 years ago) seems unique in its extent, its content, diversity, and amplitude. Perhaps we will know ongoing effects from this, in the ways of public involvement in public affairs. Perhaps this begins an awakening from a complacency of which privileged and protected Canadians have been accused. Stephen Harper: a common threat that unites? John Mowat Steven Cowichan Valley

nothing. Visitors and residents of Duncan already have to navigate the most congested streets of any small city on Vancouver Island and the pathetic claim that this second rate effort will increase safety and reduce congestion is absurd. This is an absolute disgrace and another spectacular waste of taxpayer money by an ineffective City Council that has mismanaged Duncan roadwork into the chaotic, congested mess it is today.

Don’t sacrifice environment for economic development Regarding the Steelhead LNG proposal: I support the efforts of our First Nations neighbours to pursue development projects on their lands and I think nation building is a worthy goal but not at the cost of destroying the environment that supports us all. There is a flurry of LNG proposals in play all around the province despite the fact that the bottom has fallen out of the LNG market.

Keep election signs off our public property Rowan Raphael, you said it very well when you expressed your opinion of the election signs placed in our traffic circles (Citizen, Aug. 21). I would like to add that anyone whose party stands for saving the environment would never desecrate public property that citizens admire (and pay for) by placing their election signs in them. Buy air time, advertise in the news-

It makes no sense to locate such an installation in the narrow end of a heavily populated shallow inlet so there must be some other factor that encourages the radical notion. Given that just last month there was a scandal regarding payment by the tonne for putting polluting soil in an upper watershed, it is only reasonable to have a very suspicious look at the finances of the former and current council vis-à-vis this, much more alarming, proposal. Gary Starkweather Crofton

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015


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Time to register for the new school year LEXI BAINAS CITIZEN

The 2015/16 school year kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 8 as the Cowichan Valley School District welcomes back all Grade 1-12 students for a full day. Kindergarteners will be phased in bit by bit. “To better support the transition into school, kindergarten students have a gradual entry,” a statement from the district said. “Your school will be phoning you to arrange appointment times. If you have not yet heard from your school, please contact them.” If you are new to the district, you can find your neighbourhood school by using the school locator at www.sd79. (under Quick Links). Then you can register your child at the school or contact the principal.

Ministry of Education requirements for registration include evidence of the student’s birth certificate or passport as well as the parent’s identification and proof of residency; a BC Care Card is not acceptable. Parents should accompany the student and bring the student’s most recent report showing final marks to help facilitate proper placement. All schools in the Cowichan Valley district offer full-day kindergarten. Children entering kindergarten in September must be five years old by Dec.

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Those visiting the Island Savings Centre these days may be wondering if they’re hallucinating. It’s not very often in the middle of a drought that you can pass by trees at the community centre and see their bases surrounded by snow. The ice is now in at the Cowichan Arena and the maintenance crew has found a better use for the Zamboni shavings than just adding it to the pile out back — they’re watering the facility’s gardens. “One of our guys came up with it,” Island Savings Centre operations coordinator Brad Coleman said Monday. “They were looking at some of the dying trees the other day. Actually, we did it a little bit last year, they were just putting it around some of the plants.” Coleman said the rink shavings are just ice and don’t contain any chemicals. “There’s not even that much dirt, really,” Coleman said. “Maybe a little dirt off the tires when it comes outside.” Given where it’s going, a little dirt doesn’t seem like a big problem. Coleman’s proud of the thoughtfulness of his water-savvy staff. “It’s thinking outside the box, that’s for sure,” he added. “I think it’s a great idea.” There’s no word on whether the staff at the region’s other arenas will follow suit.


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A scrawny seal sits in a tote in the shade after being plucked off the beach where it had been stranded under the hot sun Aug. 1. [SARAH SIMPSON/CITIZEN]

Good news in Cowichan Bay seal pup rescue The baby harbour seal abandoned by its mother in Cowichan Bay earlier this month is doing well at the Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre. The animal was taken there after passersby on the beach noticed it was underweight, high and dry and baking in the hot sun. Dubbed “Queen Mary” the pup was admitted to the rescue centre after spending a few days at the Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre on Salt Spring Island. “We had Queen Mary admitted on Aug. 4,” confirmed Emily Johnson, assistant manager of the MMRC. “IWNCC provided short term care and stabilization and then they sent her to us. They already had her well on the way to being rehydrated and getting her some nutrients and things like that.” Just eight kilograms when she arrived at the centre — that’s two thirds of the normal birth weight for the coast. “She was very small but she didn’t have any external wounds,” Johnson said. “We think at some point she bit her tongue because she had a little puncture wound on her tongue but that’s not giving her any trouble.” Five times each day Queen Mary is receiving a special souped-up milk replacement, complete with salmon oil and vitamins to mimic her mother’s milk. Soon she’ll be weened onto fish. “She’s already 10.5 kilos and she’s doing really well,” Johnson said. Queen Mary needs to reach 20 kilograms before she’s eligible to be released back into the wild.




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Wednesday, August 26, 2015


| Cowichan Valley Citizen

Friends stuck with Lee-Anne until the end

Thanks to her friends, the Time to Heal community, and a generous crowdfunding initiative, Lee-Anne Peters lived the life she wanted to until she died on Aug. 14 following a courageous battle with Huntington’s disease. [SUBMITTED]


Notice To Electors Within Electoral Area E – Cowichan Station / Sahtlam / Glenora OF AN ALTERNATIVE APPROVAL PROCESS OPPORTUNITY FOR CVRD SERVICE AMENDMENT BYLAW NO. 3923 [Annual Contribution Service (Area E) – Cowichan Aquatic Centre] NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD), proposes to adopt "CVRD Bylaw No. 3923 – Cowichan Aquatic Centre Annual Contribution Service (Area E) Amendment Bylaw, 2015 ". Bylaw Summary If adopted, Bylaw No. 3923 will allow the CVRD to increase the maximum annual financial contribution to the Cowichan Aquatic Centre from $23,000 up to $61,500 per year. The purpose of the increase is to assist the Cowichan Aquatic Centre with costs associated with the operation and maintenance of the facility. The maximum cost to residential property owners within Electoral Area E – Cowichan Station / Sahtlam / Glenora with a residential property assessed at $100,000 would be approximately $8.43 per year, as set out in the table below. The complete bylaw is available for review at the CVRD office, located at 175 Ingram Street in Duncan, during regular office hours, Monday to Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, excluding statutory holidays. A copy of the bylaw is also available on the CVRD website at Calculation Table

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Alternative Approval Process and Eligibility The CVRD may adopt this bylaw unless at least 10% of electors within Electoral Area E – Cowichan Station/ Sahtlam/Glenora indicate that a referendum must be held by submitting a signed Elector Response Form to the CVRD office no later than 4:30 pm, Monday, October 5, 2015. The Elector Response Form must be in the form established by the CVRD, and only those persons who qualify as electors of Electoral Area E – Cowichan Station/Sahtlam/Glenora are entitled to sign. Electors may qualify as either resident electors or as non-resident property electors, as follows: Resident Elector – You are entitled to submit an Elector Response Form as a resident elector if you are age 18 or older on the day of submission, are a Canadian citizen, have lived in BC for at least six months, and have been a resident of Electoral Area E – Cowichan Station/Sahtlam/Glenora for the past 30 days or more. Non-Resident Property Elector – You are entitled to submit an Elector Response Form as a non-resident property elector if you are age 18 or older on the day of submission, are a Canadian citizen, have lived in BC for at least six months, have owned and held registered title to a property in Electoral Area E – Cowichan Station/Sahtlam/Glenora for the past 30 days or more, and do not qualify as a resident elector. NOTE: Only one non-resident property elector may submit a response form per property, regardless of how many owners there may be.

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If less than 10% (340) of the area electors submit an Elector Response Form, the bylaw will be deemed to have the approval of the electors and the CVRD Board may adopt the bylaw. For the purpose of conducting the alternative approval opportunity, the number of area electors is calculated at 3,397.

A celebration of life for 29-year-old Lee-Anne Peters was held last Tuesday. Peters and her friends stole the Cowichan Valley’s hearts in the summer of 2012 when the tight-knit group announced Peters’ early onset Huntington’s disease was progressing and with no family in Cowichan, and rather than her moving away for care, her friends vowed to support her as long as they possibly could. Huntington’s disease is a genetic degenerative condition that chips away at a person’s physical, emotional, and mental being. “Basically it means that over the years, it takes about 22 to 25 years to slowly kill a person,” Peters said in a 2012 YouTube video describing her condition. “It gets to the point where you basically can’t walk at all and you’re completely hospitalized and eventually if you don’t die of any accidents, which many people do, you die of starvation. That’s how my mother died.” Peters was just 16 when her mom died of the hereditary condition at the age of 43. Two years later, Peters learned she had the same disease. A “Summer of Lee-Anne” crowdfunding campaign was set up to raise money for Peters and her caregivers. That summer of 2012 was special. Peters had a summer to remember: bungee jumping naked, skydiving, visiting a tall ship, running through a cornfield, and an epic Tofino trip, to name a few. Since then, Peters tried to live a full life, scratching as many items off her bucket list as she could. Her supporters made good on their promises and she was cared for through the endless love and effort of friends and family supported by community fundraising right up until the end, often turning their own lives upside down to ensure Peters got what she needed, or wanted. It became clear, however, that her time was coming to an end. “Lee-Anne had been enjoying a wonderful week of music and love with her father Frank, stepmom Wendy-lady, and her sister Lisa,” said friend Erin Kapela, who had been spearheading fundraising efforts and playing the role of spokesperson for years. “Lee-Anne’s health was deteriorating rapidly and this was not unexpected. Each day the something else seemed to go and her body was shutting down.” Peters got her wish to dying comfortably in her sleep, in her own bed at home. It happened early in the morning of Aug. 14. “She knew she was dying and she had come to a place of acceptance realizing that she would not live to see her 30th birthday,” Kapela said. “We will miss our feisty little pirate immensely. I am personally very proud of the how this team was able to support Lee-Anne to live her way right until the very end.” Peters was predeceased by her mom Tracy and nephew Caiden. She leaves behind her father Frank Peters, step-mom Wendy Verbeek, sister Lisa Peters. brothers Ryan Peters and Robin Guertson, as well as brother-in-law Rob Schmidt, sister-in-law, Jennie Imeson, and nieces and nephews Jack Peters, Evan Guertsen, Alaina Peters, and Isabelle Mackinaw. Lee-Anne’s care team was very much an extension of Time To Heal. All of her caregivers were clients and one of the main reasons they were able to support Lee-Anne to the end of her life was because of the support, counselling, guidance, and treatments provided, according to the Time to Heal Community. “At the end it was hard,” the group said. “The caregivers were stretched to their max, exhausted physically and emotionally after every shift. They would often leave Lee-Anne’s house and come collapse on the couch at Time To Heal for encouragement and guidance.”

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Licensed to fly: Nick Webster gets his wings SARAH SIMPSON CITIZEN

Not many teenagers can boast having their pilot’s licence before their driver’s licence. Nick Webster — check that — Flight Sergeant Nick Webster, can. The 16-year-old Cowichan Secondary student finished up Grade 10 with no licences to speak of, but he’ll be starting Grade 11 in September with both his glider pilot licence and his regular driver’s learner’s licence. Though admittedly the driver’s licence is pretty much an afterthought for the member of Duncan’s 744 Cowichan Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron. It’s the glider’s licence he’s most proud of. Webster was one of just 45 cadets, and just a handful of Islanders, who earned a six-week glider pilot scholarship at the Comox Cadet Flying Training Centre. The program ran from late June through the first week of August. “There’s a pretty intense selection process,” he said. “You have to go through an interview and an exam and that sort of thing.” Webster learned to fly a Schweizer 2-33A, an intermediate training glider. “It was a very intense program. It was very challenging. There were some hard days but in the end it definitely paid off,” he said. “It’s something a lot of kids don’t get the opportunity to do.” Webster joined the Air Cadets four years ago at the suggestion of his father, a former cadet himself.

“He didn’t go through the program very far, just a few years, but he encouraged me to join and it’s been pretty amazing,” the younger Webster explained. “Especially that I got the opportunity to do this course.” For his glider credentials Webster completed eight hours of instruction and four hours of solo time in the air — that’s on top of another 100 hours studying all aspects of navigation, flight theory, meteorology, air law, glider handling and more in a classroom on the ground. But the sky is where it’s at, Webster said. “It’s pretty amazing to be in the air. When you go on your first solo you go up to 2,000 feet all by yourself,” he said. “It’s pretty amazing.” But he wasn’t nervous. “They make sure you’re safe before you go up solo. They make sure you can do everything on your own. It’s definitely an amazing feeling.” As a result of his efforts, Webster was awarded the Flight Lieutenant Bruce (Duke MK1) Warren Memorial Trophy. “It had to do with your final flight test and a couple of other factors,” he explained. The award is given to the first runner-up glider cadet who displayed a high degree of flying skills, airmanship, maturity and self-discipline. In short, it means he was in the top three of his class. The acknowledgement comes with a bursary Webster can use to continue his flying education. “That’s pretty exciting,” he said. Webster plans to continue flying

Flight Sergeant Nick Webster with his instructor, Captain Tim Challen after his first solo flight at Comox Cadet Flying Training Centre. [COMOX CADET FLYING TRAINING CENTRE PHOTO] out of the Nanaimo airport. “I’m still very new but after going to Nanaimo a bunch and doing some flying, I should be good,” he said “Once you have 10 hours solo you can get your familiarization certification so you can take up younger cadets and passengers

and show them around.” Next year Webster aims to get his power pilot’s licence. “That’s your real private pilot’s licence,” he explained. That’ll take more time and effort but he’s up for it. The sky’s the limit when it comes to his interest in aviation.

“I don’t know whether I want it to be a career or a hobby yet but there’s a ton of opportunity in the military and in the civilian world for aviation-type careers,” he said. “And even if it’s not a pilot — air traffic control, all that sort of stuff interests me for sure.”


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Time once again to Paws for a great Cause

Chronicles: Canadian students need to learn about Canadian heroes


Help fight animal cruelty in the community by registering and fundraising for the 2015 Scotiabank and BC SPCA Paws for a Cause walk. In Cowichan, the walk will benefit the Cowichan SPCA branch, which cares for abused, injured, neglected and homeless animals in the Valley. It is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 13, with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. and the walk commencing at 11 a.m. at McAdam Park in Duncan. “This is the largest single event to help fight animal cruelty in British Columbia,” said Krista Constantineau, BC SPCA manager of fundraising events. “We are overwhelmed by the participation each year — it’s so great to see thousands of people come together across the province to help B.C.’s most vulnerable animals — and the great news is, this year, registration numbers are up. Our amazing supporters not only raise essential funds, the events are so much fun for two-legged and four-legged participants.” Along with the walk there will be entertainment and activities including community vendors, a barbecue, doggie games, photo booth, prizes and SPCA staff available to answer questions. Juice FM is the local sponsor of the event. To register or donate go to


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Ready, set, give! Cowichan United Way campaign kicks off Sept. 19 The Cowichan United Way kicks off its annual campaign with a pancake breakfast Saturday, Sept.19 at Charles Hoey Park. From 9 to 11 a.m. there are delicious pancakes, live entertainment, a 50-50 draw and raffle and

more fun for the whole family all to benefit the Cowichan United Way. Breakfast costs $8 per person, $15 for two people or $20 for a family. After years of holding an indoor

buffet breakfast on a weekday to kick off the United Way’s annual fundraising campaign, organizers decided last year to broaden their footprint in the community with a more flexible schedule and an open-air location.

The Cowichan United Way traces its roots back to 1969, and it was formally incorporated as a society in 1976. Outside of government, it is the largest funder of social service programs in the Valley.

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Former Valley resident Lia Michalski is delighted that her video has been chosen as one of three finalists in a national contest sponsored by the David Foster Foundation. The competition is all about organ donor registration and you can check out the competing videos and vote by visiting the David Foster Foundation Facebook page. “I’m in a bit of whirlwind now that this has happened. It’s crazy,” Michalski said Monday, the day she was notified that she’d made the cut. “Obviously, the David Foster Foundation wants to raise awareness about organ donation, trying to get more Canadians to sign up and become registered donors. All we can do is get the message out there as much as we can,” she said. Michalski now lives in Victoria and teaches at Claremont Secondary. “I heard about the contest from a friend of mine here in Victoria. I teach the film and television program here so I have my hand in it that way but this whole contest came about because I am very passionate about the cause. “Then away I went and sent it off without thinking that anything would come of it. This is exciting. David Foster is amazing. The foundation is incredible, they are always promoting organ transplants and awareness and things like that. To be a part of this is more than I’d ever hoped, to get this message out on such a big scale.” Of the other two finalists, one is ex-CFL player and the other is a group of Ryerson University students, all media people. “I feel like I’m the small-town underdog here,” Michalski said. She was notified two weeks ago that her video had made the top 10 and would go to a panel of judges from across Canada to winnow those down to the top three. Her heart was pounding when she heard she’d made the final. “To be in the top 10 would have been a good enough success for my video.” Now, she’s just waiting for people to actually vote, which has to be completed by this Sunday. To vote, go to the David Foster Foundation Facebook page and find the vote contest link. Michalski’s video is the second one down. At the very bottom of the page, click the “like” button beside the video. “I think they’re counting the most likes by the end of Sunday,” Michalski said. “The winner gets flown to Toronto in September to have their video played in front of thousands of people at the David Foster Foundation annual Miracle Gala. It’s a pretty big deal and would be a surreal experience to go to it.”


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Eric Bibb (above) will play the Showroom on Sept. 19 along with Michael Jerome Browne (below left). Connie Kaldor (below right) will entertain the crowd on Sept. 24. [SUBMITTED PHOTOS]

where his style on the slide guitar and other instruments has earned him a loyal following. From him, you’ll hear blues, old time, Cajun, country, soul and swing, swirled together over his 30-year career into a tasty julep to savour as summer slips into fall. Tickets for this great show are $40 in advance or $45 at the door. Don’t wait. You’ve heard the buzz and it’s true. Maria Muldaur is returning to the Showroom for a show Wed-

nesday, Sept. 23. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door (if there are any left.) You’ll remember Muldaur for her 1974 hit, Midnight at the Oasis, which received several Grammy nominations, and enshrined her forever in the hearts of baby boomers everywhere. But she’s never rested on her laurels as a performer. In her biog raphy, she describes her 50-year career

as “a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American roots music” starting with the folk revival of the early ’60s. She then began exploring and singing early blues, bluegrass and Appalachian music,

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Music fans are in for a superstar September at the Duncan Showroom with a series of great shows lined up for that month. It all happens in less than 10 days and starts on Wednesday, Sept. 16 with Leroy Stagger. “He opened for Steve Earle in the spring ’cause he can,” the Showroom’s Longevity John Falkner said. “He has come a long way and you should check him out.” Every one of these performers is a storyteller of some kind. Stagger loves to include some of the backdrops to his songs. Talking on his website about his song, Living in America, he says he was coming home, flying high emotionally after three great shows with Steve Earle when he saw a young homeless girl at the airport. “She was living there. At the airport. She was there when I landed and she was there when I left. Talking to herself, wandering aimlessly and asking for change at the coffee shops… People are slipping through the cracks every day. Yes, we are all guilty to some extent but I am trying in the ways I know to hopefully start to seal it shut.” He will be joined by Jory Kinjo for the show in Duncan. Tickets are $20 each at the door. Next up on Saturday, Sept. 19 is a superb double bill featuring Eric Bibb and Michael Jerome Browne. “Eric returns to the Showroom by his choice. What a concert last year,” Falkner said. In his teens Eric Bibb played in the house band for his father’s television talent show. He then tried a different tack at university but found the music kept calling. Aged 19, he left for Europe and started to follow his real path, releasing a breakthrough album in 1997, featuring appearances from some of his personal heroes, among them Pops and Mavis Staples and Taj Mahal. He then toured the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, France, Sweden and Germany, and made consistently good records building an audience around the world. And Browne, too, loves performing in the Cowichan Valley

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beginning her recording career in 1963. In the 40 years since her chart-topping pop hit, Muldaur has toured extensively worldwide and has recorded 40 solo albums covering all kinds of American roots music, including gospel, R&B, jazz and big band (not to mention several award-winning children’s albums) but has now settled comfortably into her favourite idiom, the blues. Rounding out a September to remember is a performance at the Showroom by Connie Kaldor on Thursday, Sept. 24. “It’s Connie’s first visit to the new Showroom. We look forward to the engaging performance that we know she delivers,” Falkner said. She was in the Valley for the recent Islands Folk Festival but if you missed her or just want to hear her again, this is your chance. Originally from Saskatchewan, Kaldor was born into a musical family and has been performing for most of her life. First it was theatre. She found her way to the influential Mummers Troupe and Theatre Passe Muraille. Although she left theatre to pursue her songwriting career quite early, her engaging character and storytellin g skills are hallmarks of her live performances. She has recorded 14 albums and, for decades, has been a folk festival favourite across Canada and the U.S., China and Europe, and has also shown her versatility by successfully venturing into the field of children’s albums. Which just goes to prove that a good storyteller can always be counted on to share an engaging tale.

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YOUNG MUSICIAN OF THE WEEK Nell Croasdale is returning to Bench Elementary School in September and is hoping to continue taking drum lessons as well as singing in the school choir. Her favourite group is Imagine Dragons. This nine year old enjoyed having Mrs. St. Cyr for choir director at Bench last year.


Steve Earle last played the Cowichan Valley in June 2012. [CITIZEN FILE]

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Steve Earle & the Dukes! Tickets flew out the door the minute the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre announced he was coming to the Valley for a performance Monday, Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m. A three-time Grammy-winning artist and new country pioneer, Earle uses his passionate live show to take audiences along all the backroads of country music: honky tonk, rockabilly, truckstop blues, and old-fashioned Texas blues. He’s touring his 16th album, Terraplane, described by Mojo as “Earle’s passion for blues in its rawest form.” On his website, Earle is described as “a protégé of legendary song-

writers Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark.” Earle quickly gained respect as his songs were recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders and Joan Baez. In 1986 Earle’s debut record, Guitar Town, shot to number one on the country charts and immediately established the term “new country.” What followed was an extremely exciting and varied array of releases including the famous Copperhead Road, Train a Comin’, Jerusalem and Grammy-winning albums The Revolution Starts…Now, Washington Square Serenade and Townes. It’ll be a night to remember for those lucky enough to get a ticket.

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Les Mann’s Moonfest 2015 will be held at Providence Farm in Duncan, BC on Saturday, Sept. 26 starting at 2 p.m. Why not head out to the farm to see the best rock ‘n’ roll the Valley has to offer? This year, Moonfest will be donating all proceeds to Kidsport Cowichan. Friends say the late Les Mann was dedicated to making sure everybody got the chance to play whether it was in music or in sports. He made things happen, including Moonfest.

It’s an event designed to expose young and local talent while raising money to allow children the access to participate in any sport they choose, regardless of their financial situation. Moonfest is partnering up with Mr. Mikes this year so that music fans can enjoy a Mikeburger on the site, too. Entry is by donation. Access to the event for children under 14 is free. The event is non-alcohol and no smoking is permitted unless in designated smoking areas. Check Moonfest Cowichan on Facebook for individual band set times.

The Cowichan Valley will celebrate B.C.’s annual Culture Days with a free community event Saturday, Sept. 26 called A Vision of Words Show and Book Launch at Portals art space in the Island Savings Centre. This is a collaborative show featuring literary works and artists’ interpretations. It actually runs from Sept. 9 to 29 but a special book launch and readings will take place within the show Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Five writers from the Vision of Words show will be presenting their published works during this launch. All across the country, communities are joining to celebrate culture, heritage and the arts on that day. Culture Days events are taking place in more than 50 communities in British Columbia alone, from rural towns to urban hubs.

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Nothing but Treble is the witty name of an afternoon concert Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. at Duncan Pentecostal Church at 931 Trunk Rd. in Duncan. It features celebrated opera arias, beloved duets and poetic art songs performed by sopranos Heather MacGregor and Ann Yelland, with Rykie Avenant at the piano. Colin Mailer (oboe d’amore) and Ron McFarlane (trumpet) will also join the fun. Entry is by donation with all proceeds going to support the Encore! Women’s Choir’s mentorship program. So, what about that mentorship program? If you are a dedicated female vocal student with plans to pursue post-secondary studies in music following graduation in June 2016 or a mature female singer returning to vocal studies or beginning vocal studies, the choir is now accepting applications for our annual mentorship placement for the upcoming season. The successful candidate will become a member of Encore! for the 2015/16 season, performing in all regular concerts and community sing-outs, attending workshops and music festival performances, and committing to rehearsals. The successful candidate will also be given a feature spot on the concert program at the choir’s season-ending show and will receive a bursary of $750. It’s a great chance to develop knowledge of choral and vocal singing techniques; ear training skills; blend and tonal balance; musicianship as it pertains to choral singing; friendships with like-minded individuals; and professional contacts. Interested singers are asked to submit their musical resumes with full contact details to Christine Dandy at before Aug. 31.

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The 24th Printmakers Only Group annual sale is back at Portals, the Cowichan Valley Arts Council’s gallery in the Island Savings Centre. Until Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day visitors to the show can see etchings, linecuts, woodcuts, serigraphs, embossings, calligraphs, monoprints and more. There are also printmaking demonstrations on Wednesdays and Saturdays during the month-long show so check them out if you’ve ever had a yen to try this fascinating craft yourself.


The public is welcome to nominate local visual and performing artists, teachers and patrons who have actively supported the arts in the Cowichan Valley during the past year. The winner will be announced at City Hall, in December and will receive an original artwork donated by a Cowichan Valley Arts Council Artist.

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FALL REGISTRATIONS Make eye exams part of your child’s health routine NC) From the cradle to the classroom, doctors of optometry recommend that children have their first eye exam at six months of age, again before starting kindergarten, and then annually after that. While it’s impossible to know if a child’s vision is developing normally until a proper exam is conducted, there are signs of potential problems during each developmental phase that parents can watch for, as follows:

Infants Babies can usually see only the person holding them or a toy up close, and at three months they can recognize familiar faces. By six months, babies should be able to focus and see colour. During the six month eye exam, the optometrist will ensure your babies eyes are developing normally, checking for signs of near or farsightedness, lazy eye, crossed eyes or cancer. Small deviations of the eyes are normal at this stage.

Conditions that may emerge include nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism (blurred vision at any distance). Because hand-eye coordination is Toddlers and Preschoolers developing, parents need to watch for: At this age, the ability to focus, tracking, depth perception, and binocular or 3D • difficulty playing sports vision develops. The ability of both eyes to focus on an object simultaneously • lack of concentration is developing up until around age seven, which is why it’s important that any • headaches vision issues be treated before then. • eye rubbing Parents should watch for: • closing one eye, omitting words or using a finger to maintain the place when • red, itchy or watering eyes reading • light sensitivity

• avoidance of near or distant work

• an eye that consistently turns in or out • squinting, excessive blinking, or eye rubbing • holding objects too close School-age children

Children’s eyes are constantly in use in the classroom and at play, but since many vision issues are symptomless – and children assume everyone sees the way they do – booking an eye exam is the best way for parents to be sure that their children’s eyes are healthy. Find a doctor near you at

Welcome to the 2015-2016 School year! OPENING DAY – TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2015 REGISTRATION INFORMATION NEW TO THE DISTRICT? If you are new to the Cowichan Valley School District, please find your neighborhood school by using the school locator on our website – (under Quick Links). Please register at the school or contact the principal. (Note – registration for new students attending Thetis Island School is at Chemainus Elementary Community School.) Ministry of Education requirements include e evidence of the student’s birth certificate or passport as well as the parent’s identification n and proof of residency; a BC Care Card is not acceptable. Parents should accompany the he student. Please bring the student’s most recent report showing final marks to help facilitate proper placement. KINDERGARTEN All schools in our district offer full-day Kindergarten. Please register by contacting the school. Children entering Kindergarten in September must be five years old by December 31, 2015. We require the student’s birth certificate or passport as well as the parent’s identification and proof of residency; a BC Care Card is not acceptable. To better support the transition into school, Kindergarten students have a gradual entry. STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS Students with special needs who register during the year will start school after a transition meeting has been held at the school. New students who register during the year will start attending on the following day.




Program and course information is available at each of the schools.

RETURNING STUDENTS – GRADE 1 - 12 All grade 1 – 12 students in the Cowichan Valley School District are to report to school on

Tuesday, September 8, 2015. Schools will be in operation for a FULL day on September 8th. KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS To better support the transition into school, Kindergarten students have a gradual entry. Your school will be phoning you to arrange appointment times. If you have not yet heard from your school, please contact them.

All elementary and secondary school bus routes will follow the posted bus schedules. To find your bus route, see our website ( for more information. Please be at your bus stop 10 minutes prior to the scheduled arrival.

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Back-to-School season is the time to organize our lives (NC) For many Canadian families back-to-school season is the time to organize our thoughts and lives. Clarity and preparation starts at home as a clean and organized home sets the tone for everything we do. One common item many families will come across when fall cleaning their home is old cell phones. While used cell phones are extremely common and are gathering dust in drawers across Canada, many of us do not know how to properly dispose of them.

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is received, it is sent to a processor where it can be refurbished or broken down. All items recovered are recycled or refurbished in accordance with Canadian e-waste laws.

Canadians can visit and enter their postal code to locate the drop-off locations closest to them where their old wireless devices will be accepted, regardless of brand or condition. If you can’t get to one of the drop-off locations in your neighborhood, the web site offers Recycle My Cell is Canada’s free cell phone recycling a printable postage-paid label that can be used to program. The program accepts many different items mail the device back to Recycle My Cell at absolutely no cost. for recycling, including smartphones, pagers, cell phone batteries and accessories. After your device

How To Write Class:

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FALL REGISTRATIONS LEARNING CENTRE Our Program is designed to provide a Stimulating and Educational Environment to promote each child’s uniqueness.


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YOUTH SOCCER REGISTRATION Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 Sherman Road Clubhouse 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm or go online

September 9th is the last in person registration session new registrants welcome and drop off of cheques for those already registered online - new registrants please bring proof of age and 2 cheques (fees & uniform deposit) per player.

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FALL REGISTRATIONS Newspapers make for an ideal educational tool Children can have fun matching headlines with photos and following the sequence of the stories that continue on another page. They’re also bound to be exposed to a number of new words and phrases as they read newspaper articles.

Develop an Eye for Photography Stunning, award-winning photographs are published in newspapers nearly every day. A picture is worth a thousand words, and newspaper photography helps readers interpret stories and bring the words to life through imagery. Access to newspaper photography can open up an entirely new world for children.

Students may be inundated with technological resources both at school and home. But perhaps no Strengthen writing skills classroom resource can match the array of benefits Newspaper articles are written provided by newspapers. differently than books. Exposing children to a journalistic style of writing can help them with their own writing assignments. Teachers often stress that narratives and other writing assignments should follow a certain format so students learn to express themselves clearly.


One valuable educational resource may be delivered to your By reading articles in doorstep each and every day. newspapers, students can gain Many of today’s classrooms are filled with all types of emerging technologies, which educators use to enhance their students’ educational experiences. However, the humble newspaper has long been a staple in the classroom and at home and remains one of the best tools for learning. Newspapers can be used to further children’s academic abilities in a variety of ways.

Improve reading fluency Fluency, comprehension and inference of text are lessons that begin as soon as a child begins learning how to read. Children need access to a variety of reading materials so they can expand their knowledge and vocabulary base, and it’s never too early to introduce youngsters to the newspaper as not only a source of local and national information, but also as a reading tool.

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an understanding of how to introduce a subject, expand on facts and summarize a point. Students who tend to be more pragmatic writers may connect with the journalistic style of writing more so than students who excel at creative prose. Children can practice reporting on different events in and around their communities, emulating the style of writing presented in newspapers. They also can learn the differences between editorial and opinion pieces.

Make current events accessible

Newspapers are an inexpensive connection to culture and information from around the world. Through newspaper articles, students can better understand political, financial and entertainment issues spanning the globe. Staying abreast of the latest news from around the world can help students Parents can go through the newspaper with their children and select articles that may be of interest. A become more well-rounded and learned. Students section devoted to local events or a particular theme, who may have read about events in a history book can compare those accounts to current information such as sports or fitness, may be good starting on what is happening in the world today. points.


Queen of Angels School 2085 Maple Bay Road Mondays & Wednesdays (First practice Wednesday, October ) 5:0 pm - 6:30 pm Ages 9-14 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Ages 14 - 18

Registration 0RQday, 6HSWHPEHU from 6 pm - 7:30 pm Queen of Angels School Senior Rate: $200 at Registration time (early bird rate) $225 for late registration $175 after Christmas

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See you on the mats! Wrestling is a tough and demanding sport that builds self-confidence, discipline, friendships and character. If you have tried other sports and are looking for something more challenging here it is, come on out and see if you have what it takes to be a wrestler!


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FALL REGISTRATIONS You are 50+ Change someone’s life! You know how to use a smart phone or tablet. Why not volunteer to teach another senior? Register now for volunteer training in September. Contact Isabelle at Literacy Now Cowichan 250-597-1776 or

IT’S NOT HOW BIG YOU ARE, IT’S HOW BIG YOU PLAY! REGISTRATION Wednesday September10th 9th September 6 pm - 8 pm

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• Learn team & individual play • Build confidence • Develop skills • Exercise & Fitness


Beginner players are welcome Questions? Contact the Registrar

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Fall Session starts September 14

Cowichan·s “Mostly a Cappella” adult choir Begins its 33rd Season Director:

Sheila Hilton Johnson Wednesdays, 7:00pm to 8:45pm

Season runs September to early May

For audition details call


New - Punch Cards - $160.00 for 10 classes - good for one year. Senior rate (60+) $135.00


REGISTRATION DAY Tuesday, September 8, 9:00am to 12:00pm

At Valley Yoga Centre we offer 14 classes a week and small class size. Along with ongoing, progressive yoga practice, we host Therapeutic classes for those with mobility issues, pain and illness, and Gentle yoga.

New offerings: • Getting to know your Spectacular Spine October 3rd 1-3pm • Going Deeper - a 10 week immersion into the heart of practice with Sandy Dillabaugh Thursdays 8-11am Come and practice with our experienced teachers, Sandy and Erin.

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Award winning pre-school program offers creative, developmentally appropriate pre-school programs for children 3-5 in a beautiful park setting located in McAdam Park, Wharncliffe rd., Duncan.

Providing quality early learning opportunities since 1977

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Wednesday, September 2nd • 2 - 7 pm Tuesday , September 8th • 2 - 7 pm • Ballet • Tap • Jazz • Modern • Musical Theatre • Contemporary • Hip Hop • Stretch & Strength • Zumba • Zumbatomics for Kids • Hip Hop for Boys • 2 Years to Adult

Registered Teachers in: R.A.D. • I.S.T.D. • A.I.D.T. We are excited to announce we are now teaching ISTD Tap starting this season!

“Culturally diverse, progressive, and nurturing, Dwight encourages every student to reach their own individual potential. Above all, students acquire life skills necessary to be successful in an ever-advancing civilization.” Francis, Duncan BC

Students like Francis excel at Dwight School Canada in Shawnigan Lake, where t h e y offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum — recognized worldwide as the “gold standard” in pre-university preparation. Grades 7 – 12 Bus Service | Small class size Weekday Boarding available IB Diploma Programme Scholarships Available Diverse Extra-Curricular Activities

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Duncan Curling Club at The Glen Harper Curling Center

announces registraƟon for:

Junior Curling Program CURLING IS FOR EVERYONE.

It’s for girls and boys, for teen-agers and young adults

RecreaƟonal Program for ages 8-18 Tuesday & Thursday 3:15-4:45 (under 10 Thursday only) CompeƟƟve Youth Program also available **try-outs are necessary to determine compeƟƟve team members

STARTING mid October through to March NO equipment needed other than clean inside runners

Cost -1 session per week $60.00 for the season -2 sessions per week $90.00 for the season Curling is a sport that promotes TEAM WORK, STRATEGY AND GOOD SPORTMANSHIP RegistraƟon to take place

Saturday September 19 9-12 @ The Duncan Curling Club 3191 Sherman Road Contact Stephen Wiles @ or Jen Woike @ or 250-709-5349 for any quesƟons

Award winning choir seeking new members aged 18+ who read music, have previous choir experience, enjoy learning challenging music and singing with an energetic and motivated group of women. Rehearses Monday nights in Duncan from early September to mid-June or possibly early July as we are applying to compete at Kathaumixw in Powell River in July of 2016. 2016.

For an audition, call Christine Dandy 250-715-1568 or cell 250-710-3671



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Cowichan Valley

Youth Choir 14th Season

Director: Sheila Hilton Johnson

Accepting New Members Boys and Girls aged 7 - 17, by audition

Book Qualified, Professional Teachers for



REGISTRATION Tuesday, September 15, 2015 4:30pm - 7:00pm

Give your child the music lesson advantage Bursaries Available All Instruments and Voice Please visit:


Contact info: or 250-710-3278


Registration Days:

Rehearsals: Thursdays Auditions and Registration

Thursday, September 10, 3:30 - 5:00 pm in the chapel at Providence Farm

For more information please call



Three Levels: Junior Choir Concert Choir Chorale



+ Saturday, Aug. 29th @ 3 to 5 pm nd + Wednesday, Sept. 2 @ 3 to 5 pm 2997 Phillips Rd., Duncan + DUNCAN & VICTORIA

Kathy Alyssa

- 250-710-0837 - 250-710-6514

+ Ages 3 & Up welcome, Boys & Girls + Competitive & Recreational Highland Dancing + Qualified Instructors of the British Assc. of Teachers of Dance (BATD).

Programs for Children 0-12 at Somenos School • Infant and Toddler Care • Early Learning and Childcare, ages 3-5 • Outdoor Nature Preschool • After School Care Transportation available from surrounding SD79 schools

Call 250-746-1711 Like us on Facebook “Parkside Academy”

Kerry Park Skating Club Canskate and Learn to Skate Programs

Registration September 10, 2015 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Mill Bay Community League Hall 1035 Shawnigan Mill Bay Road Mill Bay BC

Contact: Deb 250.743.5476 for more information


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Ronald A.Walton Ronald A. Walton passed away peacefully at the age of 96 on August 17th, 2015 in Nanaimo, BC. Ron, a long time James Bay resident was born in Cobble Hill. He was an entitled WW2 veteran and a long time LCB employee in Maple Ridge, Duncan and Victoria areas. A volunteer scout master and an avid bowler he also loved the Casino. He and his wife Nora enjoyed their retirement years vacationing in Hawaii, travelling in their motorhome and cruising with Holland America. Predeceased by his wife Nora of 66 years, together they raised 6 children, Gary (Patricia) Walton, Marvin (Rose) Schultz, Wayne (Jeanette) Schultz, Terry (Martha) Walton, Lynda (Dave) Whiteway and Ron (Deb) Walton. They were also loving grandparents to 9 grandchildren. No service by request. His ashes will be spread with Nora’s at a later date. Online condolences may be made at

James “Brian” Scott May 14, 1943 ~ August 25, 2014

Enjoying coffee & “treat” with friends.

In loving memory of a very special Husband, Dad and Grandpa. “To hear your voice and see your smile, to sit with you and talk awhile, to be together in the same old way, would be our greatest wish today.”

Thank you to family and friends for all your love and support and lots of “hugs” that have helped us through this very difficult first year. All our love, Diane, Cam & Alison (Caitlan & Brandon), Catherine (Hudson & Spencer), Doug & Lindsey (Riley & Morley). “Live for every hour in the day for we never own tomorrow.”


Born in Vancouver, BC, Blake Dickens passed peacefully into the presence of his Lord on August 14. He died at home in Duncan, and is survived by his loving wife Bridget, son Mark and daughter Lynn, as well as grandchildren Jeremy, Daniel, Yaqub and Talitha. Blake had a lifelong love of the outdoors, expressed through his involvement in Scouting, life as a professional forester and love of hiking. He graduated from UBC with his BSc in Forestry (1952) and worked initially on Vancouver Island for Crown Zellerbach, in Ladysmith and later Comox (1952-1961). During his university years and after, he was very involved in the UBC Varsity Outdoor Club and the Alpine Club of Canada. Blake met Bridget while mountaineering near Lake O’Hara in 1958; they were married in 1959. After moving to the Prince George area, Blake worked as a forester for Northwood Pulp & Paper (1962-1972) and then a Forest Technology instructor for the College of New Caledonia (1972-1991). Retiring in 1991, Blake and Bridget settled in Duncan, where they enjoyed hiking, cross-country skiing and camping in their VW van. Well loved by their community of faith, St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Blake will be remembered as a man of integrity and faith who loved God, his family, friends and the beauties of creation. Thanks to VIHA Home & Community Care, Harmony Health Care and We Care for the in-home care provided. Memorial service: Saturday, August 29, 2015, 2:00 pm at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 531 Herbert Street, Duncan, BC, followed by inurnment in the Memorial Garden Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a reputable charity related to cancer research/treatment, the outdoors/environmental issues or the developing world.

May 1, 1957 to August 23, 2006

In Loving Memory of Our Son Jeff Too soon gone, but dearly missed. Love you always and think of you daily. Mom and Dad


For those who love, time is not.


Missing you today and always.

Practice starts up Sept. 14 at 7:00pm at the Christian Reformed Church. All welcome - No auditions Call Sue: 250-746-2326



ROBIN BLAKEWAY (BLAKE) DICKENS Nov. 30, 1929 – Aug. 14, 2015

Jeffry W, Pritchett (Muttly)

Passed from this life on Wednesday, August 19 at Cairnsmore Place in Duncan. Lily was born in Hemel Hempstead, England, on October 9, 1918. She married Floyd Lindstrom during WWII, and came to Canada as one of the many English war brides in 1946 with their infant daughter Diane. They lived in New Westminster and the Alberni Valley as their family grew with three more children Pamela, Gail and Jane, and then settled in Lake Cowichan in 1958. After Floyd’s passing in 1970, Lily met Jack Snoxell in England. She moved back to England to marry Jack in 1973, where they resided until their retirement, and after a third move across the Atlantic returned to the Cowichan Valley, residing in Duncan for the last twenty-five years of her life amongst their growing family. Lily was described by all her met her as “such a lady”, a loving wife, a caring and committed mother, and a true matriarch of her family. She was a member of the United Church of Canada and the Royal Canadian Legion. She taught Sunday school classes, assisted with many volunteer organizations, and worked as a Teacher’s Assistant, a Home Support Worker and became a qualified Hypnotherapist in her post-retirement years. She was a wonderful seamstress and gardener and loved to dance. Lily is survived by daughters Diane Irving (Bill) and her children Darren and Barbra; Pamela Wright and her children Jacqui and Fiona; Gail Saysell (Joe) and their children Shawn, Tera and Michael; and Jane Lindstrom and her children Deborah, Jennifer and Stephanie; and seventeen great-grandchildren. Lily was pre-deceased by her loving spouses, and many family members and lifelong friends. A memorial service will be held at First Memorial Funeral Services at 375 Brae Street in Duncan on Saturday, August 29 at 1:00, followed by a gathering and refreshments at the home of Barbra and Jamie Duncan at 3321 Moss Road, Duncan. The family would like to thank the staff of Cairnsmore Place for the home they provided for mom in her final years.

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Thank you for considering donations to: COWICHAN DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION #4-466 Trans Canada Hwy Duncan, BC V9L 3R6 Phone: 250-701-0399 Website: Donations may be made via mail, over the phone or on our website. Donations are tax deductible & finance hospital equipment & patient care. Memorial donations are acknowledged with a letter to the family and loved ones are commemorated on our Memorial Board or Book in the hospital lobby.



VIK, Norman September 10, 1920 – August 13, 2015 We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Norman at 94 years of age on August 13, 2015 at the Ridge Meadows Hospital in Maple Ridge. Norman is survived and will be dearly missed by his wife Lauretta; children Jenni, Reg, and Patsy; stepchildren Rod, Kim, Tom and Sandra; grandchildren Dylan, Evan, Lucas, Tyson, Caitlin, Tom, Cory, Christopher and Aaron; great-grandson Logan; sister Beret; nephews Brian and Garth; nieces Lynne and Debbie; as well as numerous relatives in Norway and many caring friends. Norman was predeceased by his mother Tora and his father John. Norman was born in Jondal, Norway on September 10, 1920 and immigrated to Canada with his family in 1927. They settled in Alberta, where Norm lived until 1941, when he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. After discharge in 1945, Norm completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at UBC and later obtained his CGA designation. After moving to Victoria, Norm met and married Dorothy, his first wife, in 1957. Subsequently moving to Kelowna, they had three children and moved to Prince George in 1967, where he worked as an accountant at Canadian Forest Products for much of his career, achieving distinction in a number of areas. Norm later moved to Vancouver, where he met Lauretta, his second wife, marrying in 1984. After retirement, Norm and Lauretta moved to Vancouver Island and settled at Arbutus Ridge, Norm’s beloved home overlooking the ocean. Norm strove to live the best life possible and was engaged in life to the fullest. He had a keen appreciation for nature, enjoying long walks and hikes in the woods. He enjoyed travel and saw many parts of the world with his family. An avid tennis player throughout his life, he won a number of awards and made innumerable friends through his on-court activities. Also a dedicated wine-maker, Norm produced delectable reds and whites, including a much-loved blackberry wine. Norm was an enthusiastic bridge player through much of his life, playing well into his 90s. Most notably, Norm was a gentleman, a family man and a kind soul who took a genuine interest in people and in life around him. He volunteered his time to help others through a variety of organizations. A memorial service for Norman will be held at the Arbutus Club at Arbutus Ridge, located at 600 Fairways Place, Cobble Hill, BC, on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. in his name.





Rehearses Monday nights - Duncan. If you’re 18+, read music & enjoy singing challenging repertoire, contact Christine Dandy 250-715-1568.


CALL FOR ENTRIES 13TH ANNUAL Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens Artisan Festival. Fine Art and Quality Crafts Juried Show. Presented in a spectacular outdoor setting Sept. 5,6 and 7 Applications for Artisans are available at 250-338-6901


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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS When you are sick and tired of being sick and tired. Call us. Cowichan Valley AA. Toll free 1-866-233-5255 (24-hours)


CANADA BENEFIT Group Do you or someone you know suffer from a disability? Get up to $40,000 from the Canadian Government. Toll-free 1-888511-2250 or

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TOPS is a nonprofit, noncommercial, affordable weight-loss support organization for both men and women. TOPS offers friendship, fun, incentive and recognition programs and a low membership fee.

LEARN MORE: 7-9 pm, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st, 2015 Mill Bay Community Hall 1001 Shawnigan-Mill Bay Road FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS




It’s a girl...

Stan and Jackie Piper are very pleased to announce the arrival of their granddaughter

Haydn Olivia Trudy Williams on June 22, 2015. Proud parents are Bryn Piper & Blake Williams WEDDINGS


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IN-HOME CAREGIVER in Cowichan Bay for lady with MS. Optional accommodation available at no charge on a live-in basis. Note: This is NOT a condition of employment. 40 hrs. per week $10.95 per hour. Duties: bathing, dressing, using hoist, housework, meal prep. HS graduate. Start Nov 2015, 3 yr contract. Please send resume to:

HUSBAND FOR Hire. Nothing but the best. Carpenter, Plumber, Painter, Electrician, Pressure Washing. Just ask my wife. Call 250-746-4493 or 250-709-1111

FULL SERVICE Plumbing from Parker Dean. Fast, reliable, 24/7 service. Take $50 off your next job if you present this ad. Vancouver area. 1800-573-2928.

A SERVICE PLUMBER. Licence, Insured. Drains, HWT, Reno’s, Repairs. Senior Discounts. After Hour Service. Call Coval Plumbing, 250709-5103.



HIP OR knee replacement? Arthritic Conditions/COPD? Restrictions in walking/dressing? Disability tax credit $2,000 tax credit $20,000 refund. Apply today for assistance: 1-844-453-5372.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES MEDICAL Transcriptionists are in huge demand! Train with Canada’s top Medical Transcription school. Learn from home and work from home. Call today! 1-800-4661535 or

CHILDCARE LOOKING FOR a reliable babysitter for my 3 & 5 year old children. Mondays from 3-8pm, in my Duncan area home. The commitment is Sept to March 31. Own transportation, first aid. Shannon, 250-732-2931.



FOODSAFE COURSES Level 1. Sept. 19th & Oct. 17th $75/person. Location: Island Savings Centre. Register online: or 250-746-4154 START A new career in Graphic Arts, Healthcare, Business, Education or Information Tech. If you have a GED, call: 855-670-9765




Insurance Opportunities New Downtown Victoria Branch

Local Pub seeks quality oriented Cooks and Servers. Cook staff must have food safe and Servers must have serving it right. Will train the right people. Apply in person to: 10519 Knight Rd., Chemainus, BC or email:

Part-time cook required. Wages commensurate with experience. Apply in person with resume at: MAPLE BAY YACHT CLUB, 6337 Genoa Bay Rd.


Server / Line Cook Required for permanent part-time position. Must have Serving it Right Certificate and be of legal age to serve alcohol. Bring resume in person to: 5838 Trans Canada Hwy, Duncan, BC

SEEKING SEASONAL Greenhouse workers in the Ladysmith area. 1 position available immediately. Job includes: general greenhouse labour such as pruning, picking, grading and packing. Must be hard working, physically fit, able to work at heights and willing to work in greenhouse conditions. Seasonal F/T, week days and weekends, $10.49/hr. Training available. Also seeking for Jan. 2016, 3 positions to fill. Fax resume to Island Hothouse Inc. 250-2462933 between 10am and 4pm.

P/T BAKER Wanted- Faced paced self-starter is needed. Will train. Available to work any days. Apply with resume: Mason’s Store, 1855 Renfrew Road, Shawnigan Lake.

Do you enjoy a challenging, dynamic and fun environment? Are you looking to advance your career and take your insurance skills to the next level?

GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877-987-1420


If you answered yes, YOU are the person we are looking for! With 16 locations, VIIC is the largest privately held brokerage on Vancouver Island. We are expanding in the Victoria area and have exciting career opportunities for the right person. Hiring For All Branch Positions. Please refer to for full details and to apply.



SPA SPECIAL. Reiki, Shiatsu, Oil Massage, Infrared Sauna. $40/hr. 250-510-1209

SHIATSU SUMMER SPECIAL. Reiki. Shiatsu Massage. Infrared Sauna. $40/hr. 250-510-1209



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MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION! In-demand career! Employers have work-at-home positions available. Get online training you need from an employertrusted program. Visit: or 1-855-7683362 to start training for your work-at-home career today!

For all your cleaning, cooking and laundry needs. Island Domestic has experienced housekeepers. We also do apartments, offices and onetime cleans. Serving Mill Bay to Ladysmith. Bonded, Insured, WCB, registered with DVA. 250-710-0864. www.islanddomestic




F/T, P/T COUNTER HELP & Kitchen Help- Apply in person 2680 James Street, Baan-Do’s

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; Cowichan Station Area Assn. Please see job description at:

ABLE COMPUTER REPAIR In-home service. Senior’s discount. Nico 250-746-6167



SKILLED CARPENTER REQUIRED Duncan based construction company requires a full-time skilled carpenter. Applicants must have valid BC drivers license and own hand tools. Hourly rate will be based on experience and qualifications. Please reply with resume and references to: Email: or Fax: (250)746-3653 Cell: (250)709-0576

COWICHAN Hauling & Moving

JOIN OUR TEAM! We are currently looking to build the Food & Beverage team at our Mill Bay McDonald’s location. If you are looking for part-time or full-time, mornings or afternoons, shorter or longer shifts – we have the schedule to fit any need. Apply today! Visit us at OR drop off an application in person. SERVER required at Kim Wah’s Restaurant, 5871 York Rd, Duncan. Please apply in person with resume. WANTED: SECURITY Staff Cowichan Valley. PT/FT Flexible hours. Contact:






HOME IMPROVEMENTS CUSTOM TILE WORKS Professional installation of ceramic, mosaic & quarry tiles, slate, glass blocks, etc. Repairs. 30 yrs experience. FOR ESTIMATE CALL 250-710-5712.


DC519828 – 40 papers Hammond St Hemlock St Steven Cres DC519822 – 94 papers Chappel Rd Johel Rd & Cres Kwassin Cres Scholey Cres DC519818 – 64 papers Boundary Rd. Cottonwood St Kingfisher Pl Quamichan Ave Cowichan Ave 140-212 DC519814 – 64 papers Eldred Rd 55-116 Grant’s Lake Rd 182-340 Natara Pl 243-247 DC519836 – 65 papers Park Rd 50-111 North Shore Rd 3-37 & 7-134 Wilson Rd 124-135 DC519846 – 56 papers Berar Rd Fern Rd Sall Rd South Shore Rd 232-350

Multi-media Journalist The Campbell River Mirror, an award-winning newspaper on central Vancouver Island, is looking for a journalist to help us produce dynamic and creative content for our print, web and social media platforms. We are looking for a combination of education and experience in writing, reporting, photography and video skills. Experience with InDesign is also an asset. The journalist must be a self-starter comfortable reporting news, features and some sports. We require a team player who can work in a cooperative environment and adheres to the highest journalistic standards. We offer a competitive salary and benefit package based on experience. You must also have a valid driver's licence and a dependable vehicle. Campbell River is a picturesque seaside city of 33,000 people located on Vancouver Island. It has access to a full range of cultural and recreational facilities and is home to the classic West Coast lifestyle of Vancouver Island and the northern Gulf Islands.

Reid and Judy Hudson of Duncan, BC announce the marriage of their son



Frank Hudson to Vania Hernandezz

Daughter of Ramon and Emma Hernandez of Hialeah, Florida

July 25th, 2015

Black Press community news media is an independent and international media group with more than 190 community, daily and urban publications, 14 press facilities and over 160 websites in B.C., Alberta, Washington, Yukon, Hawaii and Ohio. Send your resume and references by August 21, 2015 to: Alistair Taylor Editor, Campbell River Mirror, 104 - 250 Dogwood St. Campbell River, B.C. V9W 2X9 Or e-mail:

in Miami, Florida

The couple are currently residing in Duncan. X


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AERO AUCTIONS Upcoming Auctions. Thurs., Aug. 27 & Oct. 22, Edmonton. Live & On-Line Bidding. Mining excavation & transportation equipment, rock trucks, excavators, dozers, graders, trucks, trailers, misc attachments & more! Consignments welcome! Visit: 1-888-6009005.

STEEL BUILDINGS. “Summer madness sale!� All buildings, all models. You’ll think we’ve gone mad deals. Call Now and get your deal. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422

SHAWNIGAN LAKE, 1 bdrm cabin w/ loft, furnished, 6 appl, beach, docks. Sept-June Incl. cable & Shaw wifi, $825. N/S. Cat only. 250-812-0244.


CHEAMINUS: 3/4 bdrm, 3 bath, wood F/P, fenced back yard onto Askew Forest. Rent incld’s self contained ground level bach suite. Walking distance to everything. $1850+ utils. Call 250-246-1546.

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FIREARMS FIREARMS. All types wanted, estates, collections, single items, military. We handle all paperwork and transportation. Licensed Dealer. 1-866-9600045.


HOUSES FOR SALE DON’T OVERPAY! “Your smart housing solution� Canada’s largest provider of manufactured housing. Text or call (844-3342960). In stock 16’/20’/22’ Homes on sale now!


250-597-3675 ART/MUSIC/DANCING


Register now for 2015-2016 classes •Traditional Irish dancing classes for the recessional, performance and competitive dancer •Victoria (Cadboro Bay, Esquimalt, Downtown) •Nanaimo •Duncan 604-340-2370

PRIVATE MORTGAGE Lender. Funding smaller - 2nd, 3rd, & interim mortgages. No fees! Pls email: Courtesy to agents.

COUNTRY HOME- 2 bdrms, 5 appls, $1100+ hydro. N/S. Call 250-743-7689.

BACH. SUITE - DUNCAN 1&2-br; balcony; F/S; heat & hot water; 1 bldg only; parking; pets considered. $550 - $760 per month AVAILABLE NOW CALL 250.748.7764 CHEMAINUS LOCKWOOD Villa- 1 bdrm, small pet welcome, $700 Includes heat/hot water. Available now. Call 250-709-2765. CHEMAINUS LOCKWOOD Villa- Bachelor top floor, $625. New paint, new carpet, heat/hot water included, small pet welcome. Available now. Call 250-709-2765. LOVELY 1 & 2 bdrm suites in seniors oriented building, Central Duncan. Heat included. NS/NP, $625 & $825. Please call Res. Man. 250-732-0342. MUST VIEW Mountain View Terrace Estates 3420 Auchinachie Road ---------------------------1 bdrm & 2 bdrm freshly renovated bright & spacious, no pets please! Avail Now! Free heat & hot water. ---------------------------Resident managers on site CALL NOW 250-748-3321




2nd HUGE GARAGE SALE for TOUR de ROCK Cops for Cancer Sat, Aug 29 8AM - 2PM (back of 49th General 2835 Oak St. Chemainus by the ferry dock) Lots of furniture. Books. Household Goods. VHS tapes. Records. Odds ‘n Sods, etc. Hot dogs, pop, chips, and even Seth’s&Ethan’s cookies!

Estate Sale - 2125 French Rd. Sooke, BC. Fri, Sat & Sun (96) 2006 Grand Cherokee Laredo, John Deer riding mower & attachments, chain saws, power & hand tools, shop supplies, kitchen stuff, 5 fridge’s & chest freezers, firewood, building material, heavy duty deck planks, antique windows & lots more. Check out website @ to see more!

DON’T MISS THIS! Cowichan Family Life Thrift Store âœą3 DAY SALEâœą • 75% off all clothing. • 25% off everything else. 531 CANADA AVENUE Last Thursday, Friday, Saturday of every month August 27, 28, & 29th 10am-5pm. Stocked up & replenishing throughout Sale! SAT, AUG. 29. 9am-8pm. No clothing, very few books. Please, no early birds. Chemainus, 2893 Hillside Street, off River Rd.

ESTATE SALE. Sat, Aug. 29. 8am - 4pm. 5858 Howard Ave. GARAGE SALE. 1485 Stein Way, Cobble Hill. Fri & Sat, Aug 28 & 29. 9am-4pm. Tools, fireplace screen, futon, computer desk, maple student desk, table & chairs, oak TV stand, books, built-in dishwasher (Maytag), bikes, scrapbooking material, electric fencing, clothing, golf clubs. GOT NOTHING to do? Come to our 4-family yard sale. See you there! Sat, Aug. 29, 10am3pm. 2913 Cliffs Road. OUTDOOR MARKET Unique work from local Artisans, Edibles, clothing, hand crafted jewelry. Every Friday evening 4pm-7pm until Sept. 25/15, @ VIU Ball fields, 2003 University Way

RANCHER 2-BDRM + office/den, 1bath. nonsmoker. 1 small pet ok. Ref. 1 yr lease. Fully renovated 1250sq.ft. Plus garage & enclosed breezeway. Fenced easy care yard. $1350/mo. +util. 250-597-7692 UPDATED 4BDRM home with pellet stove, Honeymoon Bay. $925. N/S (604)880-5929

ROOM & BOARD FURNISHED. 3Bdrms avail. in Duncan house. Close to hospital/VIU. Shared Bathroom. 3 meals daily. Includes weekly laundry. Owner, son and 3 cats on premises. Internet access. 250-748-6811 7:30am-10:00pm.

SUITES, LOWER 1 BDRM suite in quiet neighbourhood of Glenora. Not on bus route. N/S, small pet negotiable. $600/mo. utilities extra. 250-748-3667.


SPORTS RACK ABS Box 453L. Aero 1600. $200.00 firm. 250-466-4683.



Garage Sales

COBBLE HILL: 1 BR duplex clean & quiet. W/D. N/S, N/P. $750/mo. 250-884-4124. Avail. now.







1800 SQ.FT. Commercial / Light industrial unit in modern strata complex with Highway Exposure in Duncan area. Call 1(250)658-4336. OFFICE SPACE for rent in Cowichan Bay. Approx 260sq ft. $575/mo includes hydro, heat, and water. Please call (250) 748-1687.

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2008 DODGE NITRO SLT. 2.7 Ltr Engine, 12V Plug in Option (Computer etc), Tow Hitch, CD/AM/FM Stereo, Air, Fog lights, Power locks, mirrors & windows, Sunroof, Mileage - 229,000 hwy kms. New front brakes & heater core. CALL 250-732-7301. $8900.00 OBO.

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North Cowichan Councillor Tom Walker and his wife Pat showed off their Model B Ford at the Beverly Corners Show and Shine at the Cowichan Sportsplex on Aug. 16. The Walkers won the fancy automobile in a Hospital Foundation draw earlier this year. For more Show and Shine photos, visit our website at www. [KEVIN ROTHBAUER/CITIZEN]

VALLEY Calendar Miscellaneous • Cowichan Independent Living outdoor market Fridays from Aug. 21 to Sept. 25, 4-7 p.m. in the ballfields by Vancouver Island University, 2003 University Way. • Canadian Firearm Safety Course (non-restricted and restricted) starting Friday, Sept. 18, Duncan. Info and registration: Mike 250-748-0319 or • Women invited to life-transforming 2015 Women of Faith conference: Loved – the Farewell Tour, Friday, Oct. 2, 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m., New Life Church, Duncan. $25 (includes meals). Register: 222.newlifechurch. ca/register • Love horses? Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association needs dedicated volunteers in lots of different areas. Help our special needs riders to reach their goals in the ring. No experience necessary, training provided. Info: 250-746-1028, email, website www. • Friendly Visitors wanted! Volunteer Cowichan program connects an isolated or lonely senior in the community with a Friendly Visitor. Interested? Call 250-748-2133. • ShoDai Peace Chant new location Nichiren Peace Centre, Johnny Bear and Cambrai Road. Meditation Thursdays, 7 p.m., Discovery Sunrise Sundays, 10 a.m. Website: Info: 250-7107594. Email: • Duncan United Church Thrift Store, operating for 20 years, supports outreach programs. Great bargains, reasonable prices. Open Fridays, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. • The Duncan Family History Centre (Genealogy) is open, Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, 6:30-8 p.m. Free access to, FindMyPast available, 1815 Tzouhalem Rd, LDS Church. Info: 250-748-9618. • The Council of Senior Citizens Organizations is an advocacy group devoted to improving “quality of lifeâ€? for all seniors. Seniors organizations, associations, wishing to affiliate, or individuals wishing to

become members contact Ernie Bayer at 604-576-9734 or email ecbayer@ • SDA Thrift Store, 3441 Gibbins Rd., open every Thursday, 11 a.m.3 p.m., and every second and third Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. • Little Eagles Stay and Play, a Chemainus Community Schools Association program for 0-3 year olds at Chemainus Elementary Fridays, 9-11 a.m. Stories, songs, crafts, creative movement, snack, social time. Drop in and enjoy. Info: 250246-3588;

Seniors • Chemainus Seniors Drop-in Centre pancake breakfast, Saturday, Sept. 12, 9-11 a.m. • Chemainus Seniors Drop-in Centre soup and sandwich, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. • Chemainus Seniors Drop-in Centre general meeting Thursday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. This is your centre, your input is important! • Chemainus Seniors Drop-in Centre pot luck birthday party, Saturday, Sept. 19, 5-8:30 p.m. For birthdays in August and September. • Chemainus Seniors Drop-in Centre muffin mornings Wednesdays and Fridays 9:30-11 a.m. • Dance to music from the 50s and 60s at Valley Seniors Centre, 198 Government St., every Wednesday, 3-5 p.m., $5. Info: 250-746-4433. • Chemainus Seniors Drop-in Centre — Bingo every Monday, doors open at 5 p.m. starts at 6 p.m. Loonie Pot, G-Ball, Bonanza, & 50/50 draw. Everyone Welcome. • Lake Cowichan’s air-conditioned 50 Plus Activity Centre open 7 a.m.3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Bridge, canasta, cribbage, shuffleboard, pool, line dancing, music. Exercises 9:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Bingo for over 19 Wednesday, 1 p.m. and Sunday, 7 p.m. Kitchen serves home-made lunches, 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m., weekly specials. Banquets, bazaars and bus trips organized throughout the year. More volunteers wanted. Info: 250-749-6121.


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Islanders rise above to win exhibition opener KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN

Although they could have easily been forgiven for a loss in their preseason exhibition opener, the Kerry Park Islanders shrugged off any distractions on Sunday evening and won their first game of the Aaron Spotts era 4-2 over the Nanaimo Buccaneers. “We were pleasantly surprised,” Islanders owner Mark Osmond said. “To win 4-2 and dominate two periods of the game was nice.” Spotts was named the Islanders’ head coach late last week after previous head coach Dale Purinton was arrested in New York state following in connection with a break-in and assault (see story on page 3). The transition appears to have been a smooth one as the Isles emerged victorious despite dressing seven bubble players for Sunday’s contest. Scoring for the Isles came from returning players Keegan Bissett, Tyson Malloch and Lynden Eddy, and hopeful Ty Berger, while Liam Kennedy, Josiah Nadon, Tanner Tiel and Corey Peterson registered assists. Peterson is returning to the Islanders after spending the last season and a half with the Westshore Wolves. Starting in 2012, he spent the first year and a half of his career with the Isles before being traded to the Wolves. Over his threeyear VIJHL career, Peterson has played 133 games, putting

Competitors from across Vancouver Island took part in the pickleball championships at Fuller Lake Park earlier this month. [KEVIN ROTHBAUER/CITIZEN]

Hard-fought battles highlight Island pickleball championships Aaron Spotts, left, is the Islanders new head coach after Dale Purinton’s dismissal last week. [CITIZEN FILE] up 151 points on 48 goals and 103 assists. Conner Bissett, brother of Keegan, got into the lineup and made a positive impression, while Shawnigan Lake School hockey program players Kennedy and Noah Crumb looked ready to contribute to the team. Unfortunately, because of their commitments to the school program, Shawnigan players won’t be full-time players for the Islanders, but Osmond hopes to get them into a few regular season games. “If we can affiliate them, that would be awesome,” he said. “They have the ability to just step in and play.” Merek Pipes, another Shawnigan product, played the first

half of the game in goal. ccording to Osmond, Pipes was supposed to play just one period, but the league struck down the Isles’ plan to play three goalies, so Pipes and Ross Manson split the duties. “They both played well,” Manson said. “Merek was outstanding in the first part of the game.” The Islanders’ camp continues through this week, followed by a home-and-home exhibition series with the Peninsula Panthers on the weekend. The teams will play in North Saanich on Friday, then at Kerry Park on Saturday, facing off at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the game in Mill Bay is free.


From Campbell River to Victoria, pickleball players from across the region converged on Fuller Lake Park on Aug. 15 and 16 for the 2015 Vancouver Island Pickleball Championships. The field included 18 women’s doubles teams, 15 men’s doubles teams, and a whopping 24 mixed doubles teams, as well as eight singles players. “There were many hard-fought and exciting matches involving the best players on the Island,” Vancouver Island Pickleball Association president Ken Holman said. The big winner of the weekend was Nanaimo’s Nancy Stern, who won gold in all three of the events she entered: women’s doubles (alongside Pauline Davidson), mixed doubles (alongside John Savoy) and women’s singles.

Caps open camp with ‘deeper’ batch of players With their first exhibition game set for this Thursday, the Cowichan Valley Capitals were hard at work earlier this week when training camp officially got going on Monday morning. “It’s time,” head coach and general manager Bob Beatty said. “It’s good to get going.” The Caps have 30 players in camp vying for 22 roster spots. Beatty got his first look at the group during some informal ice times last week. “We’re really happy with this group of guys,” he said. “They’ll have to compete for spots. I feel we’re a lot deeper than we’ve been in the past.” Absent from the group are last year’s top two scorers as both Sean Harrison and Darien Craighead have opted to try out

for U.S. Hockey League teams. Harrison, who led the Caps with 46 points (22 goals and 24 assists) in 58 games as a B.C. Hockey League last season, is in camp with the Bloomington Thunder. Craighead, who was second on the team with 44 points (19 goals and 25 assists) in 42 contests, has signed on with the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Both players earned NCAA Div. 1 scholarships through their play with the Caps last season, Harrison with Union College and Craighead with Northern Michigan University. If either or both should fail to make their USHL teams, they could end up returning to the Caps. “That’s always a possibility,” Beatty said. Also not in camp is forward

Nicolas Carrier, who Cowichan acquired from the Nanaimo Clippers in the offseason to complete a trade last January for Ryan Coghlan. Carrier was dealt last week to the Carleton Place Canadians of the Central Canada Hockey League when he didn’t report to the Caps. Among the new faces fans can look for this week are forwards Mackenzie Bauer and Ayden MacDonald, and defencemen Chris Harpur and Mitch Meek. Thursday’s game in Lake Cowichan against the Powell River Kings will begin at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Caps will be back at the Island Savings Centre to face the Victoria Grizzlies at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, they will visit the Grizzlies at Colwood’s Q Centre beginning at 2 p.m.

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Stern and Davidson beat the team of Gwen Chew and Marilyn Moen in the women’s doubles final, while Shirley Moore and Arlene Thorne won the women’s doubles consolation over Leslie Black and Gwen Hay. The men’s doubles final went to Ronnie Pitcher and Garth Watkins over Michael Seal and Bob Fish, while Savoy and Vaughan Allin won the consolation bracket over Alex Gendron and Buzz Handford. Stern and Savoy won the mixed doubles final over Davidson and Barry Bissonnette, while Evelyn Kaatz and Bill Dumper beat Beverly De Haitre and Rick Adie in the consolation final. Phil Cowley Jr. won the men’s singles over Bissonnette, and Phil Cowley Sr. won the men’s singles consolation over Neil Rich. Stern defeated Kerry Savory to win the women’s singles.

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Griffiths and Heisterman bring home Legion medals KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN

Cowichan Bay’s Siôn Griffiths and Queen Margaret’s School student Madison Heisterman both returned home with silver medals from the Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships in Ste-Therese, Quebec earlier this month. Griffiths placed second in the U16 men’s javelin and narrowly missed a second medal in the hammer throw, while Heisterman placed second in the U16 girls 1200m and took third in the 800m. Griffiths had qualified for Team BC with a personal best of 49.00m at the trials in Nanaimo, but promptly improved on that with a new high mark of 49.56m on his second throw on Aug. 8. He held on to third place going into the sixth and final round when the two boys throwing ahead of him beat his mark, bumping him to fifth. On his last chance, Griffiths put everything he had into the throw and set a new personal best of 51.69m, good enough for the silver medal. “I asked Siôn what he was thinking as he went into his last throw, and his last chance to get on the podium and he said, ‘throw far,’” Griffiths’s mom, Bonnie, recalled. In the end, Griffiths’s best throw was 71cm back of first place, but a whole 1.65m ahead of third. Griffiths competed in the hammer throw the next day. Although he went in seeded second, it

Cowichan Bay’s Siôn Griffiths and Queen Margaret’s School student Madison Heisterman won medals at the Legion Youth Track and Field Championships in Quebec earlier this month. [SUBMITTED PHOTOS] wasn’t his day, and he placed fourth with a throw of 42.73m, missing bronze by less than three metres. Griffiths was also called on to anchor Team BC’s entry in the midget boys 4x100m relay. Put together at the last minute, the quartet included a hurdler, a race walker, a long jumper, and a thrower — Griffiths. Despite not having a full-time sprinter in

the bunch, they placed third in their heat to qualify for the final, where they finished sixth overall. Heisterman put up her best times of the season in her two events. She finished the 1200m in three minutes and 31.66 seconds, just 5.3 seconds back of the winner, who set a new Legions record. Heisterman’s bronze-medal time of 2:11.41 in the 800m was just 0.18 seconds out of first place

and 0.07 seconds out of second. Like Griffiths, Heisterman was also summoned to race in a relay, as part of the U18 4x400m team, where she was one of the youngest runners in the entire race. Her foursome finished fifth with a time of 3:56.90 as the top seven teams all beat the old Legions record. “Running for Team BC in Quebec was an amazing experience,”

Heisterman said. “It was a lot of fun getting the chance to meet so many of Canada’s up-and-coming track and field athletes. Now I’m looking forward to some rest before I begin training for cross-country season.” Brentwood College School student and Ladysmith product Rachel Jerome brought home a bronze medal in the U18 women’s long jump, with a season best of 5.64m. Duncan’s Chicago Bains placed fifth in the 100m hurdles, her time of 14.22 seconds missing her season best of 13.84 seconds. Bains also qualified 10th in the 200m dash preliminaries, but did not race in the final. Left off the provincial squad when Team BC opted not to take any pure sprinters, Casey Heyd ran the 100m dash as an independent, qualifying for the final and placing eighth. “Of course I wanted to get a medal, like everyone else,” Heyd said. “But to get into the A final was such a feeling of relief and excitement. It was a wonderful weekend all around. It was just amazing.” Heyd didn’t feel like she had missed out on anything by not being part of Team BC. “Of course you want to be part of the whole team experience, but I think I got the better hand anyway; I got to have a vacation in Quebec, and I didn’t think I’d ever be able to do that.”


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“It has been my dream since 2009 to have a festival on the bay, and it is finally coming to fruition.”

With more than 100 registered members, the Cowichan Lawn Bowling Club is flourishing, larger than it has been in several years. Those members are keeping very busy, constantly competing in tournaments at home and away. The first week of August featured the Ladies Triples Tournament at the Juan de Fuca Lawn Bowling Club, where the Cowichan team of Sheila Wethered, Lori Brown and Maria Ridewood finished second out of 13 teams. On Aug. 12, the Cowichan club hosted the men’s and women’s novice tournament, won by Bruce McIntyre and Debbie Davey, respectively.

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