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Assistant fire chief Craig Windley said they had to use their basket stretcher to bring her down to the ambulance. “The ambulance crews attended the patient and we extricated her for them, took her down,” said Windley, who was duty officer that day. The woman was taken to the nearby Fish and Game club where a helicopter was waiting. She was flown to hospital in Victoria. Windley thinks she mis-

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ond of its kind held at d’Esterre House in downtown Comox, residents were given another opportunity to learn about the latest project developments, ask questions and provide more feedback. Design concepts presented at the Open House, were tweaked and modified based on the public’s feedback from the previous session held nearly a year ago. Results from the September 2014 session indicated four out of five support the project and the major design elements including the addition of more commer-

Updated plans for the Comox Waterfront Vitalization project were on display at a second public session September 9. Through a series of schematic diagrams, model replicas and a 3-D video display provided by Cohlmeyer Architecture Ltd., the commu-

cial space and facilities to accommodate food vendors and privately held functions and events, relocation of the playground structure closer to the waterfront, installment of a grandstand, and improvements to the existing boardwalk. Initial review of the comments from the recent session held on Wednesday, September 9 indicate that support has not changed. Richard Kanigan, Town Chief Administrative Officer, noted that the strong turnout is a good indicator the community cares a great deal about its town and the role the marina plays in it. (Continued on page 4)

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Comox Firefighters continue their strong support to “You Are Not Alone” (YANA). Here Comox Firefighters present a cheque of $1535.00 to YANA’s Darlene Nelson. These funds are raised from monthly donations from Comox firefighters. Chief Gord Schreiner states: “I am so proud of our firefighters for everything

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ern Economic Diversification Project ($560,000) and Island Coastal Economic Trust ($320,000). The town will fund the remaining $400,000 without additional tax implications on residents. “Money allocated is within the financial tax plan already,” explained Kanigan. “No long term debt will result.” Additional funds to offset improvements to the pedestrian routes accessing the park - a separate but related project to the waterfront vitalization - will be funded from the federal gas tax noted Kanigan The next phase on the project timeline will be final approval on work drawings and permits in December. A public construction tender call is expected to be announced in March 2016.

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Cumberland supports efforts to bring Syrian refugees to Canada BY MICHAEL BRIONES Echo Staff

Cumberland councillors have agreed to join the call for Canada to do more in assisting people that have been displaced by the war in Syria. Councillor Roger Kishi brought up this issue to support the Greater Victoria mayors, who have banded together and written an open letter encouraging residents and Canadians to act globally to support efforts to bring more Syrian refugees to Canada. Kishi said locally, the sponsorship group is already bringing in a family from Syria, who will be arriving in the Comox Valley on Oct. 6. “There is a lot of interest in the Comox Valley around this issue,” said Kishi. “There has been a number of other refugee crisis in the world that the Comox Valley has opened its doors to welcome people.” Cumberland council is also supporting an emergency resolution recently passed by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to form a task force of local governments across Canada to try to help out with the process.

The Victoria mayors recommended three ways for residents to participate in the private sponsorship of refugees. 1. Through an organization that is a Sponsorship Agreement Holder with the Canadian government. In Victoria, there are two groups - the Anglican Diocese of BC and the Inter-Cultural Association. There are more than 80 SAH’s across Canada. 2. Through a local community group that is not an agreement holder (up to two refugee families per year, and requires an application by a group). 3. Through Groups of Five - any five Canadian citizens or permanent residents can come together to apply to sponsor one family. Sponsorship involves going through the application process for the refugee family, raising funds - about $30,000 for a family of four, enough to support them for a year - and assisting in the resettlement. “There are ways that perhaps this council, residents of Cumberland, residents of Comox Valley can do something concrete,” said Kishi. “It doesn’t have to be something huge. (Continued on page 6)

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TURN FUN INTO FUNDS FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES What can we do to help during one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters? We can support a local group who is raising funds to sponsor Syrian families. The good news is that you get

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beautiful blues. “Flying Debris” has been entertaining the Valley for 14 years, often sharing their many talents for a good cause. (Continued on page 7)

“Even out of council here, it could be just a motion supporting the processes put forward by the mayors in Victoria and the FCM. And to offer whatever assistance we could offer towards the local groups that are bringing a family from Syria.” Kishi hopes that by supporting the initiatives and also help local groups to get more Syrian refugees to the country, they would motivate other local governments in the Comox Valley to follow suit. Kishi also indicated he is puzzled the formal process through the federal government shows a list of pre-approved families; around 9 are coming from Syria.

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“There are millions of people from Syria right now who are displaced,” said Kishi. “Some of them have left the country and millions more are displaced within the country because of the civil war that’s going on in Syria. I think this is a moral crisis if not a humanitarian crisis. “The least that I can do is speak up about it and encourage others to do what they can to help out with the situation.” Kishi made a motion for the Village of Cumberland to endorse the Victoria mayors’ letter, the FCM Syrian refugees task force and to communicate their support to both groups and other Comox Valley governments. It passed unanimously.


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Vegan dineout at Rawthentic

This coming Sunday Sept. 20th at 5:00 and 6:30, Rawthentic Eatery at 407b 5th St. in Courtenay will host this month’s Earthsave vegan dine out. Owner Bill Hadikin has put together the following full service two course dinner: Pasta Alfredo with a portabella, cashew sauce over zucchini noodles. Caesar Salad, with a cashew based dressing. Avocado Cup, with a marinara sauce, topped with cucumber and drizzled with a creamy dill dressing. Served with a Garlic Flat Bread. There will be a dessert sampler that includes an NRGY Ball, a Chocolate Macaroon and an OMG. The cost for the evening including tea, taxes and tips is $20. There will be a $4 kids dish of Brown Basmati Rice Salad with a Glory Bowl Dressing for younger guests. The evening is by reservation only. To reserve call Bob at Earthsave, ph. 250-338-0751.

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Jim Hunter will perform a number of his own soulful blues and upbeat rock. The Valley’s many creative restaurants and bakeries will generously feed you some delicious decadent desserts! There will be a wonderful selection of auction items and a cash bar so you can wet your whistle. Tickets are $25 and available at Laughing Oyster and Blue Heron bookstores. Tickets will be at the door if there are any left. Turning fun into funds will help the Syrian Refugee Support Committee to bring in another family. Our first arrives October 6th. The Valley with a big heart again has the opportunity to give a hand up. All funds raised go to support the family for a year. Donations are eligible for income tax receipts and cheques should be made out to “Christ the King Parish” with Refugee Fund on the Memo Line. For more info please see our Facebook at Syrian Refugee Support Committee or email clamulgrew@ gmail.com or phone 250 339-4975. Come out and have some fun with your caring community! Who knew that having fun could be so useful!

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The Comox Firefighters Association has recently donated a thousand dollars to the Ship’s Point fire department so they could purchase the department’s surplus pick-up truck for the same amount. Comox purchased a new pick-up truck a couple of months ago. Ship’s Point will use this vehicle for their Duty Officer and their first responder (medical re-

On Raise-a-Reader Day, September 23rd, 2015, please join literacy supporters for a fantastic pancake breakfast compliments of the Rotary Club of Strathcona Sunrise and the Raise-a-Reader Committee! Coffee is compliments of Starbucks. Breakfast is by donation and will be held in the parking lot on the corner of 5th Street and England Avenue (in front of Rawthentic Eatery) from 10-11am. After breakfast, between 11am and 12pm, volunteers dressed in bright orange Raise-a-Reader t-shirts will be handing out special literacy newspapers in downtown Courtenay, Cumberland

sponse) program. The vehicle also has a 30 gallon water tank in it for dealing with small fires. Chief Gord Schreiner states: “We are pleased to be able to repurpose this vehicle to this smaller department. I am so pleased that our Comox firefighters made this happen with little to no cost to Ship’s Point.”

and Comox, in exchange for a donation. Come and celebrate literacy with us and help us raise funds for local literacy programs! To donate to the Raise-a-Reader campaign online go to www.raiseareader. com/donate, and click on ‘Comox Valley’ under Fund/Designation. Y ou can also mail in or drop off your donation at the Courtenay, Comox, or Cumberland libraries (cheques payable to “Comox Valley Lifelong Learning Association”). Janice Cashin, RAR Committee member.

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Your vote does make a difference The falling Autumn leaves are always a time of introspection for me, and this year with their early departure from heat stress I have a lot to reflect upon. Last year at this time, I was knee deep in my campaign for Courteney Council and this year I am like the rest of you, watching the Federal campaign race and speculating. I will never forget the day that the election results were read out and my name was among them. Being chosen by the 2835 people who took the time to be educated about who I am, and then go to the polls and lift the pencil to mark my name will forever humble and inspire me. After nearly a year on council I have learned so much, and one of the things I have been really listening to hear in this federal election is which candidates recognize how much more support municipal governments need. Post election, the first thing the council and staff are responsible for is the city?s budget, and that was one of the most eye opening experiences I have ever had. The amount of infrastructure that the city is responsible for and the cost of maintaining and upgrading it is staggering. It used to be that the Provincial and Federal Governments

recognized the limited means municipalities have for raising revenue and helped with the costs. As we are faced with the realities of our modern environment, whether you call it climate change, normal weather patterns or a freaky year, the reality is that in the year I have been in office we have had the highest water levels ever resulting in floods, and the lowest water levels ever resulting in drought and water restriction, the longest boil water advisory, huge forest fires and no snow on our mountain. If Courtenay is to have the ability to adapt and implement new infrastructure to cope with the changing climate, it will take support from the Federal and Provincial government, and not in the lottery style of gifting that has become the norm. Your vote does make a difference, I am living proof of that, so please use your vote for a candidate that will aid in the support of our beautiful city when you mark your ballot this October 19th. Rebecca Lennox Courtenay

THE MIDDLE CLASS What is the Middle Class? It used to be that sociologists classified our so-

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ciety into three classes: Lower, Middle, and Upper. The divisions were roughly calculated by income and further defined by occupation. Marxists focussed on property. For them the Proletariat. or working class, had only their labour to offer to the economy while the Bourgeoisie, or Middle Class, had property and investments to fall back on. Since most North Americans either thought of themselves as Middle Class or aspired to so be the poor marxists could never make much headway politically except in such hard economic times as the Great Depression. Suddenly we have the party of Labour, the NDP, referring to the working middle class as the focus of their policies and promising to tax the rich to help the struggling middle class. The other day I heard a professor of sociology from the University of Ottawa define the Middle Class as those who work for a living but also own property and have some investments. He said that by that definition 76% of Canadians were middle class. Since the lowest 20% of income earners have already been removed from the tax rolls by raised personal exemptions that leaves only 4% of the population to be taxed to support the struggling middle class. That somehow does not

add up and makes me most skeptical of those parties and leaders who would have us believe there is a huge untapped tax source that will pay for their lavish promises.’’ Delbert Doll Courtenay

STOP PAY PARKING Medical journals, advice from doctors, all tell you to keep your stress levels low to prevent the problems with your health, mood, quality of life. But what happens when you enter a hospital parking lot? Your stress level immediately begins to rise. Should a hospital be the cause of risk to people’s health? Stress can kill. And what is causing this stress? Paid parking. Don’t the hospital and the doctors realize what they are doing to the people who come there to be healed? Take a look at the anguish “paid parking” causes on an episode of Marketplace, which aired on CBC (Marketplace CBC/Episodes 2012-2013/Hospital Parking Pain). It’s really sad. It shows all the terrible things that people have to endure, because of the thoughtlessness of the hospitals. The hospitals need to sharpen their pencils and find money elsewhere. The lottery could be this source! Now the College is talk-

ing about “paid parking” because the cost of the hospital parking will cause a search for free parking at the College. This would be so unfair to students, who have high tuition fees, book costs, transportation and accommodation to deal with, debt too high already. The way to deal with this is to give the students window stickers and do away with all “paid parking” in Courtenay. In Surrey, the then-mayor Diane Watts, installed a bylaw that prohibited “paid parking”; this included the hospital. The same thing should happen here. The mayor and council could introduce a “no paid parking” bylaw for Courtenay, thus relieving the hardship thrust upon the people going to the hospital. So please join the cruise to “Stop Hospital Paid Parking”. Please watch Marketplace CBC. Ronal Venne Courtenay

HOMELESSNESS The question on Affordable housing/Homeless funding will be put forward to some voters in the Comox Valley, in a referendum at a cost of $50,000. There is no guarantees it will pass, after years of debate and lack of clarity on the many issues. Homelessness is a complex issue, but there is another option to address the

Affordable Housing issue, which all CVRD Directors and Municipal Councillors could support. Rather than create another tax and service, the Affordable Housing initiative could be funded by the CVRD Planning budget which has about $1 million in funding, in excess of salaries and benefits. “Affordable Housing” could readily be an another function, like “house numbering”. The Planning Department has competent , professional staff to oversee the Affordable Housing function and they already have the cash in the budget to make real things happen, by redirecting $1 million/year from administration into affordable housing. The CVRD administration already have the support services in place, paid for. There would be no additional cost -just a big shift in priorities. All it would take is a motion from one CVRD director to make this change happen.There would be unanimous support by CVRD directors. Unanimous support from all local Governments and Residents. No referendum required. Real change. Change in priorities, without new taxes- new taxes that land on low income people the most. Phil Harrison Comox, Area B


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of realizing in the middle of your appointment that your parking just expired. If you overestimate, you certainly don’t get any money back. If we MUST LAST WEEK WE ADOPTED a pay for parking, why not a small dog from the local system where you pay for SPCA. Just wanted to let what you use? You get a local folk know what a fabulous job they are doing. The staff, all of them, could not have done more to ensure that we knew all that they had been able to garner about the little stray. Approximate age, kennel reports, volunteer walker notes, his behaviour with both people and Spring Blooming Bulbs! dogs, health etc. etc. The cost seemed very reason- Daffodils, Tulips, Crocus, able because it not only Alliums & MANY MORE included a vet check (our Shop early for the best selection choice of vet), six weeks health insurance, basic shots, microchip, local registration tag and a large bag of food. A real deal! So thanks SPCA for a job well done and for helping us find a very little character with a very large heart. Mon-Sat 8:30-6 Sundays 9:30-5 www.artknappcourtenay.ca

A HUGE SLICE of pie with whipped cream on top to Thrifty Foods for their generous donation to the Hornby Island Elder Housing Society fundraising booth at the recent Hornby Island Fall Fair. Hundreds of visitors enjoyed a slice of lovely home-made pie topped with whipping cream. And the weather was perfect.

ticket on the way in, and you pay for what you used when you leave. The way it is now, it just sounds like a money grab. Obviously the decision makers did not have the health and welfare of the users in mind. FINALLY, stage 3 is lifted! CVRD Comox Lake water customers have done an amazing job of cutting water consumption in half in a drought summer. Let’s hope that next year there is a better strategy on lake levels and clear rational for water restrictions i.e. retaining 30% of potable water capacity for fire fighting, reporting watershed inflows and water releases. Let’s be prepared for low snow packs in future and leave the reservoir full in May.

A BIG BEEF to whoever in our health authority decided we should have to pay for parking at the hospital, and the inane way they went about implementing it. For many of those visiting the hospital, it is already a stressful experience without the added pressure of wondering ‘how much time should I buy?’ And what if you get it wrong? If you underestimate, you run the risk of getting a ticket with ENOUGH ALREADY!!! Your that added expense, never neighbours on Elderberry mind the additional stress Crescent are sick and tired

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of listening to your children’s CONSTANT blood curdling screams while they’re outside on the trampoline! How do you not hear it? How do you not know they aren’t seriously hurt? Because that’s what it sounds like. We couldn’t enjoy evenings outside most of the summer, and now that it has cooled off, we still hear them and we’re inside!! We all have, and have raised children and understand FUN, but this has gone beyond kids having fun, this is damn annoying! We all keep our dogs from barking non-stop, lets have some consideration and try and keep it to a polite noise level. Thanks in advance :-) BOUQUET OF THANKS to Eric at Mazda for superb job of detailing my car - Looks like new! In appreciation, “B.B.” My BEEF is with people out walking/running/cycling in the dark. How do you expect people to see you if you continue to wear dark coloured clothing and not carry a light or reflectors? This is especially for the cyclists who ride against traffic but can’t be bothered to be visible. Grow up, you aren’t being safe! ENDLESS BOUQUETS of sunny skies and calm seas to the amazing members of the local marine Search and Rescue team who rescued us when our sailboat lost all power and we were adrift at sea in the darkness. Your professionalism and quick rescue was impressive and greatly appreciated! AFTER 15 YEARS of having my vehicle serviced at an unnamed dealership in Courtenay, I was told my 11-pound Yorkshire Terrier was not allowed in their courtesy vehicle. When I came into the building

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THERE’S A LUMPY, bumpy ride for everyone who drives on Port Augusta st. in Comox, especially the stretch that is behind the Comox Mall. As a homeowner, I received a chart telling me of expenditures in 2015. The chart shows me that road surfacing is the 2nd highest cost. I can hear that the garbage pickup trucks are very busy and they are listed in 9th position re; cost; marina in 15th place; mayor and council, in 16th place. So I’m assuming that if road resurfacing goes ahead soon on Port Augusta, fire and emergency will

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MUST WE GO to standard time soon? Why at all? I don’t like my bedtime changed, nor my getting up time, do you? Ft. St. John is staying with daylight saving time. Sounds good to me. One more hour of daylight time, rather going back one hour. We arn’t big-time farmers out here, we only grow a bit of hay for the horses and cows especially if we have a sunny summer and fall. And we always grow some nice flowers for salads for the blank blank deer. Let’s stay with daylight saving time for British Columbia. You too? It’sn ot time for a change!

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have to be shelved, as well as the pay for our Mayor and Council, and oh, oh, no reserves. What decisions to decide!! that helped me out today Good luck you guys and Saturday, Sept.12/15 at the gals - A citizen of Comox. carwash on Guthrie across from Mc Donald’s. I had BOUQUET to Amy and never used the carwash dreadlocked Brad from where you do your own Cumberland for helping wash with spray and soap. out a stranger at the air- One kind man who was port, I owe you a beer! washing his truck stopped and came over to show me A HUGE BOUQUET to those how to use the water spray among us that continue to and soap wand and later donate land for the greater another nice gentleman good. A case in point is the donation of land by Marilyn Clements that will allow the One Spot Trail to be extended south of its current entrance point on Condensory Road. What an amazing gift this is. Totally unselfish and a boon to all walkers, joggers, cyclists, and horse people. If this trail could be extended just a short distance more Specializing in handmade, to the Condensory Bridge flavorful Chicken Sausage it would open a major recreational corridor within + the Comox Valley. Thanks we deliver! again to Marilyn and the many other civic minded people who have in the past, and will continue in the future, with amazing gifts of land.

BEEFY BOUQUETS to the UBID Board: For finally holding a long overdue public meeting to hear citizen’s concerns about our water/Kensington situation. The hired facilitator did a good job running the 2 hour meeting but by design no questions were answered. Instead they were recorded with the promise of answers sometime in the future. We’ll see how that plays out! All board members attended but in general appeared disinterested as if approaching a date with the proctologist. A three page presentation was given to attendees then strangely board members took turns reading it to us. Most of the audience would have stipulated the contents to get on with the show. Most “questions” pertained to the subject but the underlying concern was that citizens were fed up with the lack of communication or viable progress from UBID. As one citizen aptly put it “what’s the big secret?” Six hundred households (maybe fewer) await a response.

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gave me a towel to dry my car of. Thanks again, I really appreciated the orientation to the self-carwash experience. Now I’ll know what to do the next time. BIG BOUQUETS of flowers to the City of Courtenay and the volunteers who planted flowers along Cliffe Avenue. I love coming off 14th St. on to Cliffe and being greeted by the now mature plants that are blooming so beautifully. Let’s do this every year. Next year I’ll help with the planting. THIS IS A LONG overdue thank-you. Several months ago I fell down the steps at Goose Spit. I think the toe of my runner caught

on something and down and away I went. At that incline, it’s hard to stop but I aimed myself for the vegetation which was full of thorns. A kind gal came rushing to me and helped me up and then down the few remaining steps to my car. I didn’t get her name but I hope she sees this and knows how grateful I am for her help. WAKE UP PEOPLE! it’s a slippery slope when elected officials start eyeing our Property Taxes as a cash cow to fund social issues. The intended purpose of Property Taxes is to fund services to the community such as police, fire, parks and trails, recreation, schools, infrastructure, library etc which are all services to the community as a whole. There has been several attempts to raise funds to benefit the homeless but they have somehow failed along the way. The Rotary club does an amazing job raising monies to support their projects and I believe it is due to the fact that they have the general support of the people. This is the proper way of raising funds not tacking it on to my taxes - I do resent having someone dictate what I am to support. It is not the amount of money it is the principle. Presenting it as a Referendum is not a true reading as we all know voter turn out is apathetic. First it starts as $5 then I read or “more” and that it is to be a “service to provide funds to one or more non-government organizations based on a plan to address homelessness”. Who is going to decided which organizations and how much? There are many good causes to support and they may soon all

be lining up at the trough. Kudos to Comox council for turning this down and providing funds that are not binding on the people they represent.

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writer who is obviously a pro-Conservative. I should point out that the only fear that was not mentioned is the fear of Terrorism which is the worst form of fear-mongering we’ve experienced in over half a century by the Harper Conservatives. This is reminiscent of the Red Scare back in the 1950s. The Harper government has deliberately generated this fear-mongering in order to justify passing legislation that clearly violates our Charter of Rights. Over two and a half centuries ago Benjamin Frankin wrote “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” The real FEAR we face right now is

Although it does appear that in Comox if you want something done it would seem you just have to offer to pay for it and it may get done. Could get interesting if that door gets opened! IN RESPONSE to the BEEF about those who want us to live in FEAR. Real concerns that cannot be ignored by sticking our head in the sand are expressed by this

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MANY MORE BEEFS to the CVRD regarding the recreation facilities - in particular the swimming pools. When we moved here 11 years ago I couldn’t believe that the pools were not open on the weekends in the summer and was also told to use the river or the lakes!! Since we have two indoor pools there is absolutely no reason to not have one of them open on weekends all year long. Come on CVRD board members wake up and start using our good facilities to their maximum which we as taxpayers deserve. FRESH BOUQUETS to the Courtenay council mem-

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bers trying to improve bike lanes in Courtenay. Cycling infrastructure is a great investment compared to car infrastructure. It improves health of individuals, the environment, and tourism. Plus it is not always safe as we know from stories of people getting seriously injured or killed to ride beside cars. Car infrastructure and its contribution to climate change is in fact putting civilization as we know it at risk if we listen to experts on climate. I have found reading more about what scientists are saying if we don’t take action now quite terrifying. That’s why action that supports sustainability and thinks outside of the box of cars, cars, cars, and more cars is so important and overdue. Thanks Courtenay council.


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Cumberland a leader in improving social outcomes Council approves social procurement framework for the village The Village of Cumberland has passed a motion to implement social impact purchasing, making the Village the first municipality in British Columbia to proactively leverage existing spending to improve social outcomes in the community. “Council is aware of the positive impact we can make through our purchasing practices,” said Mayor Leslie Baird. “That’s why we included social procurement purchasing as a strategic priority for the municipality, and why we’ve approved the Social Procurement Framework.” By passing the Social Procurement Framework the Village of Cumberland is working to build a stronger local economy, to increase diversity among

Sustainability is about doing the right thing. How we buy and how we invest, drives the economy, which shapes our communities.” SANDRA HAMILTON Exoert in social procurement

government suppliers, and to improve access for micro, small business and social enterprises to government contracts. “Council spends $5 million annually,” said Councillor Jesse Ketler, who will be representing the Village at a presentation on social procurement during the annual Union

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of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) Conference next week. “ We want to maximize returns for taxpayers by better aligning this spending with community values and strategic priorities.” To help move forward the social procurement strategy the Village engaged the help of Comox Valley resident Sandra Hamilton, a Canadian expert in social procurement who works with municipalities to strategically align purchasing with local objectives, all while working within the confines of trade agreements. Hamilton, the former business manager to Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics CEO John Furlong, has seen first-hand

how social procurement can have a positive effect on a community. “The floral contract for the 2010 Olympic Games included something called a Community Benefit Clause,” said Hamilton. “The winning bid, would not only offer a competitive price and supplier capability, but would also commit to train women from the downtown eastside as florists. It was a pivotal moment for me, I realised procurement had the power to change lives.” This set in motion a journey that has resulted in a number of Canadian firsts for Hamilton. She became the catalyst for creating Canada’s first Social MBA degree program; she is the first person to secure the sup-

ply of farm direct, local food into a B.C. hospital, and now her work with Cumberland has helped led to the design and implementation of the first municipal Social Procurement Framework in B.C. “Sustainability is about doing the right thing. How we buy and how we invest, drives the economy, which shapes our communities,” said Hamilton. “In Canada, government spending accounts for 40 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). On Vancouver Island public sector spending, in the form of health care and social services, represent the second and third largest economic drivers respectively. “Small businesses and

social enterprise growth in our smaller communities will be driven by improving access to taxpayer funded contracts. “It’s good to see the Village of Cumberland stepping forward and taking the lead in this important issue.” At this year’s UBCM, Hamilton along with representatives from the Village of Cumberland and City of Vancouver will speak on the topic of Social Procurement and Economic Development at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 24. Those unable to attend UBCM, can learn more about social procurement, by attending the Localizing Prosperity event hosted by WeAreYQQ and the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce, on Sept. 28 and 29.

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(L-R) Kaya Fox, Maya Willard-Stepan and Tao Werner will soon be traveling to Vancouver to see their film production Charlie screen at the Vancouver International Film Festival

A Valley youth film production debuts at Vancouver film festival BY MARY LEE Echo Staff

What began as a fun home schooling project designed to incorporate the course curriculum of three grade levels has quickly become somewhat of a sensation in the digital media world. The project is a six minute stop motion film titled ‘Charlie’ about the legendary activist and comedian Charlie Chaplin, who revolutionized comedy by poking fun a his own shortcomings and turning them into something people can laugh about. ‘Charlie’ is the creation of three Cumberland residents enrolled in Parents in Education (PIE) that will make its way to the big screen at the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) early October. Set to the voice of word artist and Canadian poet Shane Koyczan who gives an entirely new perspective on Charlie Chaplin, the film is nothing

short of extraordinary. Extraordinary in its simplistic yet effective use of props - pencil and paper - and extraordinary because of the masterminds behind it all. Tao Werner, Maya Willard-Stepan and Kaya Fox are all of 15, 14 and 11 years old respectively. The production had been submitted to the Cumberland Mountain Film Festival in the spring on the suggestion of a family friend, earning the prestigious People’s Choice Award. It then landed in the hands of Reel Youth, a not-for-profit, media empowerment project that supports youth and adults to create and distribute films about engaging issues. ‘Charlie’ made an impression among the 700 entries from 20 countries worldwide and has been selected as one of 19 films made by youth age 19 and younger to be screened at the Reel Youth Film Festival, part of VIFF.

Selection is made by a jury of peers affiliated with Reel Youth based on entertainment value, technical merit and the message the film portrays. The selected films for 2015 hail from Australia, Iran, USA, Kosovo, Latvia, India, Georgia, Ontario, North West Territories, and BC. Its creators are still taken aback by what has happened since production began last winter. “I haven’t come to a reaction yet,” shares Tao regarding his upcoming screening in Vancouver. “I’m more excited based on the fact that we made it this far by ourselves without any help.” “It’s amazing how people are reacting,” adds Maya. “I never expected this kind of support. “I am completely shocked that someone would want to show [Charlie] somewhere so important. (Continued on page 14)

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Military-wide Search and Rescue Exercise lands here BY MARY LEE Echo Staff

The Royal Canadian Air Force hosted the National Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) from September 14 to 19 here at 19 Wing Comox. This year’s annual exercise, organized by 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron, involved personnel and aircraft from the Canadian Armed Forces, the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA), the Canadian Coast Guard, and the United States Coast Guard. During the week-long event, military and civilian Search and Rescue (SAR) teams competed against each other in tasks designed to test their skill sets using realistic and challenging mountain, land and water-based training scenarios. SAREX is a Canadawide annual event bring-

Participating aircraft involved in the 2015 National SAREX have come from Search and Rescue units across Canada. Maintenance crews keep a tight operation throughout the day and night during the week-long exercise ensuring SAR crews are able to deploy in a moments notice in scenarios that mimic real-world missions. ing together search and rescue units - military and civilian - in challenging training scenarios that mimic real-world mission. Tasks are competitive among teams and designed to maintain and refine skills in parachute accuracy, emergency med-

ical response, search procedures, communication, aircraft and equipment maintenance, as well as team spirit. SAREX also allows for interoperability and the standardization of practices between the various units participating. Training began Monday

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where we can.” Summary of Stage Two Water Restrictions: 1 People living at an even numbered address can use a sprinkler to water a lawn on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 4:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. and from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; 2 People living at an odd numbered address can use a sprinkler to water a lawn those on Wednesdays and Sundays from 4:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Stage two restrictions do not allow for washing sidewalks, driveways, or parking lots, but do allow for washing vehicles with a handheld container or with a hand-held hose equipped with an automatic

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Youth film picked for Vancouver International Film Festival (Continued from page 13) Unbeknownst at the time production on a film about Charlie Chaplin began, Tao, Maya and Kaya all sang on the album in which Charlie is recorded, Remembrance Year by Shane Koyczan & The Short Story Long. Corwin Fox, music producer, mixed and recorded the album and is father to Kaya Tao. When the project first began none of the uncanny connections had yet come to fruition. “We began without any real purpose, explains Tao. “We tried many different mediums including a biography and using puppets before deciding on stop motion.”

It was Corwin Fox who put the kids onto Shane’s storytelling rendition of Charlie and, over the course of six months, their creation began unfolding drawing after drawing. “We dissected the song line by line, word by word to get a better concept of how to match the sketches, describes Maya. “We would brain storm and argue because the words all had a different meaning to each of us.” “Some days we would just think and never get any drawing done,” adds Kaya. Announcement that their film was selected for VIFF came at the beginning of September. To date, there has not been any third party en-

dorsement including from Koyczan to spread the word of their success. “Anyone who has ever helped so far is all under the age of 18,” explains Maya. “It’s cool that it’s getting out to the world and having an effect on people,” notes Tao of the number of views they’ve reached since posting their production on YouTube in April. Screenings of Charlie are October 1 and 4 at International Village #8 in Vancouver. More detailed information available at reelyouth.ca. Charlie is available now for viewing on YouTube - Charlie (Shane Koyczan & The Short Story Long).

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Distillery to be home of unique filming set HBO up first for filming of series on Lewis and Clark BY MIKE DAVIES Special to the Echo What does a whisky distillery just the other side of Black Creek have to do with broadening the creative arts industry in our region? Well, they happen to have a 2.1-million-gallon cement tank that is 300 feet long by 100 feet wide that could can be used as a film set, and it’s about to get renovated to do just that. The announcement that Shelter Point Distillery’s tank is being repurposed as a film set was part of the Screen BC Day proclamation by the provincial government recently, which celebrated the role the creative arts play in our economy. “Across B.C., the creative industries - whether it’s a tech startup, or a television production on the North Island or a big blockbuster, which could be filmed anywhere in the province - are absolutely essential to the economic well-being of B.C,” said Comox Valley MLA Don McRae at the announcement. The Shelter Point tank, which has gone unused since the property was a UBC research facility, has been on the radar of the Island North Film Commission (INFilm) for years, but it took a special kind of property owner to see what they saw. “We bugged Patrick (Evans, of Shelter Point Distillery) for four, five, six, seven years telling him about what we thought this particular asset could do, and he eventually caved,” laughed Joan Miller, Commission-

er of INFilm. “He’s really very creative and could see all those possibilities.” Miller said she’s seen many instances where productions have been filming in B.C. but actors have to fly elsewhere to shoot water scenes because B.C. didn’t have this kind of facility. But now that we are going to have one, the possibilities are endless. “After landing one (production), we’ve been getting a lot of requests for more information and more people coming to take a look at it,” Miller said. But it’s not only filming that can be done in the tank. Other sectors have also expressed interest in booking time there, as well, from diver and military personnel training to scientific research. HBO will be the first production company to take up the tank. They will be arriving this fall to start prepping it for shooting their in-house mini-series, Lewis & Clark, which will film this coming December. After that, who knows? Miller says there are about four more productions that are in discussions to make use of the tank once HBO is out of there. As you can imagine, it’s a lot easier for a production to control the water’s behaviour in a tank than it would be out on open water, “and with visual effects and green screens, they can put forests or oceans or anything around them. Having this type of engineered tank to start with is exactly what they’re looking for.” “This is great news for Campbell River,” said

Hearing for secondary suite Courtenay council is allowing a proposal for a secondary suite on Back Road to proceed to public hearing. The applicants, who need a rezoning from R-1 to R-1S, want to build a garage attached to their existing house with a secondary suite above it for a

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This 2.1-million gallon tank at Shelter Point Distillery, formerly a UBC research facility, is soon to be used as a film set for HBO’s Lewis and Clark. INFilm is hoping it will be just the first of many productions that will make use of the facility. Photo: Mike Davies/ Campbell River Mirror

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Hot debate on draft water protection plan Recommendations include prohibition of body contact recreation on Comox Lake BY MICHAEL BRIONES Echo Staff The Comox Valley Regional District water committee was presented a controversial draft of the watershed protection plan for Comox Lake. It contains some findings and conclusions that sparked heavy debate at the committee meeting on Tuesday. The report features 51 prioritized recommendations that are geared towards providing the CVRD a road map to a comprehensive watershed management program. Hazards that posed the greatest risks were identified. Among them that ranked very high on the list are contact recreation like swimming, water skiing, paddle boarding; lakeshore cabins, camping at designated campsites and the Fish and Game Club on Comox Lake and camping in undesignated areas in the watershed, especially near the lakeshore or other riparian areas. The goal of the watershed protection plan is for the CVRD to deliver safe, high quality drinking water. But in order to achieve this, protecting water sources and watersheds within the region is key. Aqua-Tex Scientific Consulting Ltd authored the report. They were hired in 2014 to complete the second and third phase of the plan that consisted of analysis and development options, and development of recommendations for implementation of watershed protection respectively. The completion of a water protection plan has become a priority because it is a requirement in the revised CVRD water system operating conditions permit that was granted

I really take exception to a lot of what’s in here. It doesn’t make any sense at all. It’s saying a very high risk is aircraft on Comox Lake ... We’ve never had one.” LARRY JANGULA Courtenay Mayor

on July 16, 2015 by the Vancouver Island Health Authority under its 4321 water treatment policy. In creating the plan, Aqua-Tex hosted a twoday Creeks and Communities workshop for watershed stakeholders that included land owners, resource managers and conservation groups. The goal was to establish a common understanding and to develop a common language around how watersheds function and how maintaining or

restoring function can, in turn, allow for sustainable utilization of the resources. A watershed advisory group was also formed in 2014 consisting of rep-

Some of the key recommendations in the draft to protect the watershed included: • No new developments, including highway work near the Comox Lake watershed. • If land becomes available within the Comox Lake watershed, the CVRD should purchase the land to gain additional conrol over its water supply. • The CVRD should dedicate resources required to support implementation of the WPP. • Body contact recreation like swimming, waterskiing, stand-up paddle boarding and operation of personal watercraft, should not be permitted on Comox Lake or in the Lower Puntledge River upstream of the intake until additional water treatment is installed. • Camping outside of designated campgrounds should not be permitted in the watershed.

resentatives from government agencies and licensed users having responsibilities or interest in resource management on public or private lands within the watershed.

• AVT use should be limited to maintained logging roads and subject to code of conduct and user agreements with landowners • A complete assessment of all roads, culverts and bridges in the watershed, including abandoned roads, should be undertaken as well as road density and stream crossing by subwatershed. • A trail management plan should be developed and enforced for all existing trails. • Forestry companies should continue to provide annual updates to the CVRD on their proposed forestry plans. • Adopting the highest standard for best practice by forestry companies should be identified for universal use in the Comox Lake watershed and agreed to by forest companies • An education outreach program should be implemented for the local community and visitors regarding water source protection

CVRD’s senior manager of engineering services Marc Rutten said it was a complex undertaking but regardless of the vested interest of the stakeholders in the watershed, they all agreed watershed health and water quality was a top priority. “The process of reviewing risks at the watershed advisory group was challenging,” said Rutten. “Not all of the stakeholders and participants agreed on the risk ratings. The report contains the consultants professional opinion tempered by comments from the advisory group.” Comox director Barbara Price commented that

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one of the recommendation to protect the water shed was to prohibit contact sports like swimming until a filtration plant is built. She feels that would be difficult to implement. Courtenay director Larry Jangula also found it “preposterous” the suggestion that camping at designated sites and the Fish and Game Club posed a very high risk to the watershed. He pointed out that the water was at greater risk when it was an industrial dump site. “I really take exception to a lot of what’s in here,” said Jangula. “It doesn’t make any sense at all. It’s saying a very high risk is aircraft on Comox Lake. We’ve had a lot of aircraft flying here for 75 years and we’ve never had one. I’m not saying it’s not going to happen but I don’t understand how that can be a high risk factor. Some of these are really hard to accept.” Jangula asked are they asking to shut the Fish and Game Club down? “It’s not the Fish and Game Club but it’s camping at the Fish and Game Club that’s the risk,” said Rutten. Director Edwin Grieve said that “there’s a bit of the sky is falling side” to this report. “I guess it is good because they’re erring on the side of caution,” said Grieve. “We have to be more than just due diligent. We have to be exceedingly due diligent.” The copies of the final draft will be referred to the City of Courtenay, Town of Comox, Village of Cumberland and the Ministry of Health for review. Staff also suggested the water protection plan be prepared and presented as part of the 2016-2020 financial planning process.

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City asked to support warning labels on gas pumps By DEBRA MARTIN Echo Staff Gasoline pump nozzles should have warning labels just like cigarette packages. That was the pitch put before Courtenay council Monday night by Matt Hulse, BC Campaign Director, for Our Horizon, a climate and pollution advocacy non-proďŹ t group. In his presentation, Hulse said B.C. municipalities have the legal jurisdiction within their borders to require such labels on gasoline pumps. Our Horizon notes in its literature that B.C.’s transportation sector makes up about 40 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. And there are also negative health effects from poor air quality. Our Horizon maintains that cigarette package warning labels have helped change attitudes

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Here’s a rare chance to tour a magical Zen Garden and buy some locally-grown plants

Rotary fund-raiser will help kids in Mexico Wander the 5 acres of manicured gardens and enjoy over 2000 rhododendrons, and many perennials and annuals. Benches along the many trails give wonderful views of the Beaufort Range. The Garden Tour and plant sale will benefit school children in the town of El Tuito Mexico. All proceeds to go to the Rotary Club Amanecer El Tuito. For more information please contact Kim Sleno 250 338 6660.

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New ‘Group of Seven’ in the spotlight Leading contemporary First Nations artists are focus for fall lectures BY PHILIP ROUND Special to the Echo

Carol Sheehan organized the lecture series for Comox Valley Elder College signs in a very 21st century expression of their culture. The seven will give a series of illustrated talks and will answer questions at this fall’s Saturday morning lecture program organized by Comox Valley Elder College at the Stan Hagen Theatre on the Courtenay campus of North Island College. Sheehan - who is a published author, university

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Mention ‘The Group of Seven’ and many will picture the works of the seven landscape painters who, in the 1920s and 30s, established a great Canadian art movement. But for Carol Sheehan, it’s the work of another group of seven artists now stirring national interest that excites her, and she will shortly introduce all of them to the Comox Valley in a series of Elder College presentations. The group includes painters, carvers, jewelry makers, graphic artists, textile designers and sculptors. All are all linked through their aboriginal roots on the BC coast, and all are making a significant artistic impression at a national and even international level. Each draws on First Nations’ heritage and traditions - but with a unique modern twist to their work, as all are creating bold, contemporary de-

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Luke Marston will explore his cultural ancestry through contemporary interpretations in wood and bronze

that imparts knowledge of crests, legends, songs and dances, giving young people a sound foundation for understanding and appreciating their identity. Luke Marston will explore his cultural ancestry through contemporary interpretations in wood and bronze in his talk on October 24. The Ts’uts’umutl carver and sculptor says he is inspired by the legacy of both his Coast Salish and Portuguese ancestors - a paired legacy made visible in his monumental contemporary bronze sculpture recently dedicated in Stanley Park, Vancouver. Reflecting his virtuosity in traditional media as well as graphic design, Alano Edzerza’s innovative style is reflected in many different media: wood, metal, glass and even a clothing line, including performance sportswear. The works of the West Vancouver-based Tahltan member range from fine jewellery to massive installations in cedar, canvas, glass and steel. His lecture will be on November 7. After mastering classical Haida design, monumental carving, oral histories and ancestral

ceremony, Corey Bulpitt sensed there was a deep parallel to modern hip hop culture. “When I’m spray painting now, with Northwest Coast-style art, it’s like the movements create their own dance as I’m creating the piece,” he says. In his November 14 lecture he will explain how the fusing of Haida and Hip Hop images reflect his own life journey. Corrine Hunt’s work received international recognition when her designs were used for the medals presented to athletes at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. In her presentation on November 21, she will describe how she searches for new ways to bring the stories of her First Nations cul-

ture to a contemporary audience. Honouring her Kwakwaka’wakw and Tlingit roots, Hunt’s jewellery, wearable art and custom furnishings are practical as well as beautiful, and are infused with cultural significance. The series will conclude on November 28 with Powell River-based April White talking about her watercolours and serigraphs, and how innovation and adaptation have always been part of Haida culture. Many Comox Valley residents may be surprised to discover they have a small piece of her work already in their possession: White created the winning design for the 2015/16 Pacific Salmon Foundation’s recreational fisheries salmon

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Health and together we spent a very long time working on the current head lice policy. It remains the same as it was in 2008,” explains Allan Douglas, Director of Instruction for SD71, adding that routine checks and treatment at home are the recommended approach. The variety of treatments are as numerous as the theories behind them and with a price scale ranging from the dirt cheap to remortgaging-the-house expensive. Chemical hair masks and antibiotics to smothering lice in coconut oil and nitpicking hours at a time are just some of the practices believed to work. Some do, some don’t. You are more likely to drain your bank account figuring out which ones do. Scientists are discovering that head lice are developing an immunity to common treatments, making it increasingly harder and likely more costly to source out an effective solution. So, before wasting any more time and money, consider this. A new treatment has come on the market, available at London Drugs that claims

Tara Oxford, Courtenay London Drugs pharmacist, demonstrates the revolutionary new treatment in combating lice and nits. Nitview(r) Ledcomb uses an ultraLED light to identify the parasites and a comb equipped with micro-channeled teeth to effectively remove them from the hair follicles without the need for harsh chemical treatments.

to not only effectively remove nits and lice but locate the parasites in the process. Not just in the hair follicles. The device can also be used to inspect bedding, clothing and other objects that may have come in contact with the infected head. This revolutionary technology is called the Nitview(r) Ledcomb and incorporates a patented ultraLED lamp with a detachable comb that is equipped with micro channelled teeth. Both lice and nits have chitin in their exoskeletons, which absorbs the light emitted by the ultraLED lamp. When illuminated, lice and nits will glow fluorescent making them easier to find. The micro channelled teeth of the comb can then extract them efficaciously. It can be used both in dry or wet hair, alone or in combination with other treatment products, although the product claims chemical processes are not necessary. The key to its success is the prevention of relapses. Nits left on follicles hatch and produce a subsequent break out long after the treatment is finished, which is typically why many products recommend a repeat within a week to 10 days following the first application. “The hardest part about dealing with lice is seeing them,” comments Tara Oxford, Courtenay London Drugs pharmacist.

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Rotary Clubs of the Comox Valley Rotary Interact – Code Courtenay Rotary Brings Beerfest for “We Can Do That!” and ROTARY CLUB OF COURTENAY The roof leaks, the ceiling tiles are mouldy and are falling down and the rafters are rotting. This is the school roof in the village of San Nicolas near Comayagua, Honduras! This is the sight that confronted Comox Rotarian, Brian Mather when he visited the area last January. Then Mather remembered something written by one of the Interact students at Mark R Isfeld when they were suggesting goals for the year and beyond. The student asked, “Can we build a school?” Building a school may be a bit ambitious, but repairing one seemed eminently feasible. This is the club that already supports about 30 Honduran students every year. They provide funds to the Rotary Club of Tegucigalpa which administers the Alternatives and Opportunities program that trains mothers in job skills and pays for the uniforms and supplies so that their children can go to school. These children are among the poorest of the poor in the city. If they don’t go to school, they inevitably drift into the gang and

drug culture. Over the past six years, the Interact club has sent about $20,000 (US) to help the children of Tegucigalpa. And now they want to add a new roof for a rural school to their accomplishments. The roof project will cost $10,000(US). The Rotary Club of Comayagua will administer the project. A local engineering firm has already provided the cost estimates and will oversee the construction and the people of the village will provide the volunteer labour. The Interactors, under the sponsorship of the Rotary Club of Comox, have received $4500(US) in grants and raised almost $1000 cash in May and June. The goal is to raise the remainder of the funds before January so that the roof can be replaced before the new school year starts in February. This is a determined, dedicated group of students who truly embody the motto of Rotary – Service Above Self. If you want to help the cause, you can drop off a donation at Mark R Isfeld School on Lerwick Road. You can help these kids who love to help kids!

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Save the checked bag fee, learn to travel with only a carry-on bag. Packables Travel Solutions Travel Clinic is a 90 minute workshop on all things travel. From documentation to preparation, money, tips & tricks, security, scams and so much more. We cover what to pack, more importantly what not to pack and how to pack it. We talk about traveling with medications, appliances and electronics. Insider scoops on snagging a good seat and staying safe when your ‘out there’. Next Travel Clinic is Wednesday Sept 23rd at 12:30. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call to book your seat today - 250.703-2141. Lots of parking in the back. Packables Travel Solutions- 201-307 5th st in downtown Courtenay.

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The Kiwanis Fall Junktique will run on Friday, September 18th from 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. and Saturday, September 19th from 8.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. at St. George’s United Church in Courtenay. All the usual assorted odds and ends and some collectibles. You know we offer great value and all the proceeds go back into our community.

(Continued from page 31) It featured comparisons of the different options. The first option focused on the Cumberland Creek. It looked at how the flow can be put back to the creek and not out of the spillway. One suggestion is to remove Cumberland Dam No. 2 and allow water to flow down Cumberland Creek towards Henderson Lake and then towards Comox Lake on the path that it originally followed 50 to 60 years ago. Another option is to remove Cumberland dam No.2 and construct a small dam at the spillway to ensure that even during very high flow events water will never go down that spillway. Diverting water to an unnamed creek to the north between Hamilton Lake and Lake No. 2 was also recommended. Rutten said there’s an area that looks like water can be diverted a different way to eventually work its way down to Comox Lake. It would never get to Lake No. 2. Constructing a proper spillway in the Cumberland No. 2 Dam was also looked at. The spillway will allow water to flow in separate streams. However, the study does not include any recommendations. It’s uncertain who gets to decide what option should be used and who will

bear the cost. The price of the different suggested options ranges from $25,000 to $8.2 million. Rutten said the less expensive options offer the poorest performing solutions. Comox director Ken Grant is concerned that the CVRD might not have a say in this matter. “The way I see it is this is Cumberland and the forest company’s problem,” said Grant. “And I can assure you that they’re going to pick the cheapest way. So they’re going to like number five, the $25,000 one. But that doesn’t give us any assurance that that’s going to fix the problem. So I

am just wondering how much control we have over which option they pick. We want an option that’s actually going to fix the problem. We would obviously want the most expensive because it’s going to be the best. They’ll want the cheapest.” The chair of the CVRD water committee, Courtenay director Bob Wells, said they have to make sure they are at the table when decisions will be made especially as to who will be paying for it. “I don’t really care who is footing the bill for this as long as it’s not us,” said Grant, who was also supported by Courtenay director Larry

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Enns acknowledged that the area of concern is in Cumberland and the land is owned by Timberwest. But she added, “it’s a large watershed with multiple landowners. So what happened there, there are other areas in the watershed where we could have similar problems in the future.” Enns said she will be meeting all the three groups in mid-October to discuss the report and the suggested options.

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EVERGREEN CLUB FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE • September 18th. The Rotary Hall in our Florence Filberg Centre is big enough to hold a few more dancers... Hint! Hint! Guys, remember when you use to take your ladies out dancing? They still want you to get up off the couch and take them out! Come on out and enjoy the live music of REISS VINK. This Evergreen Club dance takes place in the Rotary Hall at the Florence Filberg Centre Friday September 18th. Dancing is from 7:30pm to 10:30pm with our usual coffee break at 9pm. Evergreen members are $7 at the door and non-members are $9.00. FMI www.evergreenclub. me or call the Florence Filberg office 250-338-1000. KIWANIS FALL JUNKTIQUE • Will run on Friday, September 18th from 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. and Saturday, September 19th from 8.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. at St. George’s United Church in Courtenay. All the usual assorted odds and ends and some collectibles. You know we offer great value and all the proceeds go back into our community. PEARL ELLIS GALLERY IN COMOX • Presents: “TRILOGY OF ART FORM” - A SHOW & SALE by “HANS PETERSEN, BEV PETERSEN & KAY BUKTA” From September 1st - 20th. Open Tues - Sat from 10 am - 4 pm, Sun 1 - 4 pm. Closed Monday. Free Admission. Located at 1729 Comox Avenue. FMI and to see a virtual gallery of the current show go to www. pearlellisgallery.com COURTENAY LEGION • Meat draws every Friday, 5-7 pm. COMOX LEGION • Meat draws every Friday, 3 p.m. Open to all Legion members and signed in guests. Friday is still drop in darts night 7.30 pm toe line, $2.25 per person.

19 SATURDAY MYELOMA EDUCATION DAY • The North Island and the Vancouver Island Myeloma Support Groups invite you to attend our Education Day on September 19, 2015 from 10 AM to 3:30 PM at the Best Western Dorchester Hotel, Nanaimo. There will be several guest speakers on a variety of myeloma related topics. There is no charge for this event and a light lunch will be provided. To register please contact Ian at ianandsandymac@gmail.com or 250-703-4688. HARVEST DINNER AND DANCE • Saturday, Sept. 19, upper hall, Courtenay Legion. Dinner 6:30 pm, dancing 8:30 pm to the music of Gord Kruger and friends. Advance ticket sales only. Dinner and dance $25 per person; dinner only $15 per person; dance only $10 per person. Tickets available at the Courtenay Legion or call Marj Walters at 250-335-0656. COMOX VALLEY FARMERS MARKET • 9-12 every Saturday at the Headquarters Road fair grounds, Courtenay. COURTENAY LEGION • Meat draws every Saturday 2-5 p.m. in the lounge. Dancing to Gord Kruger and friends. COMOX LEGION • Meat draws are held every Saturday 3 p.m. plus Ace of Spades draw.

21 MONDAY EVERGREEN CLUB WHIST • September 21st is Whist night at Courtenay Recreation’s Florence Filberg Centre. Come join us down stairs in the Ro-

22 TUESDAY PEARL ELLIS GALLERY IN COMOX • Presents: “PEARL ELLIS GALLERY MEMBERS’ ANNIVERSARY SHOW & SALE” From September 22nd October 18th . Open Tues - Sat from 10 am - 4 pm, Sun 1 - 4 pm, Closed Monday. Free Admission. Located at 1729 Comox Avenue. FMI and to see a virtual gallery of the current show go to www. pearlellisgallery.com COMOX VALLEY WOOD CARVERS • If you are interested in any type of wood carving please join us at the Royston Community Hall every Tuesday from 9:30 AM to 3 PM for a day of carving and learning about carving. No experience necessary. FMI call Al at 250-331-0156 or Jim at 250-339-5350. DUPLICATE BRIDGE • Every Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m., Comox Seniors Centre.

23 WEDNESDAY EVERGREEN CLUB CHORISTERS ‘CANADIANA’ THEME VARIETY SHOW • This fun event will be held on Wednesday September 23rd in the Conference Hall at the Florence Filberg Centre downtown Courtenay. The doors will open at 12:30pm and the show will start at 1:30pm. Past shows have sold out, so get your tickets early. Tickets are only $5.00 each and may be purchased at Courtenay Recreation’s Filberg Office. For more information call 250338-1000. OSTEOPOROSIS SUPPORT GROUP • Meets Wednesday September 23th at 2 pm at the Comox Valley Nursing Centre, 615 Tenth St. in Courtenay. The group is drop in. Anyone interested in learning about Osteoporosis and self-management strategies is welcome. Contact Michele Caley RN at 250 331-8502 for more information. FREE MEDITATION CLASSES • Free classes will be held every Wednesday from 6 to 7 pm at the Courtenay Libray, 300 6th Street, in Courtenay. Simple and effective techniques of Sahaja Yoga Meditation will allow you to master stress, improve your health, face yourself, and achieve balance in every aspect of life. Ancient knowledge and practices are adapted to modern day needs for people of all ages and walks of life. For more information call us at (250) 954 5040 or visit our websites at www.freemeditation.ca or www. unescocenterforpeace.org/partners/ PLAY BRIDGE • Every Wednesday at 7:00 pm at the Royston Hall, 3902 Old Island Hwy and Royston Road. FMI: 250-334-1883 or roystonhall. com and on Facebook at Royston Community Club FUN DARTS • 1 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Courtenay Legion.

ENJOY A GREAT FUNDRAISER FOR GIRLS SOCCER TEAM AT THE PRIME Come out for a great night at The Prime Chop House on Tuesday September 22nd to support The Comox Valley United Soccer Club U12 girls Select team! COST: Dinner is $20 and they will have an option of a burger, or a pasta dish and either a glass of wine, or beer, or non alcoholic refreshment. TIME: The restaurant will be serving from 5 pm - 9 pm or later if required. There will be an auction, Some of the auction items include: Tofino stay, Ambassador shuttle and tasting for 8 at coastal black, Avenue Restaurant, Locals restaurant, tutoring, Shelter Point Distillery _product, an airport gift package, home decor and more.

COMOX VALLEY NATURE HOSTS LECTURE ON CONSERVATION IN AGRICULTURE To begin our annual lecture series on the Comox Valley environment, Comox Valley Nature would like to introduce Thierry Vrain who will speak about engineering technology, about the current success of the RoundUp Ready technology and the implications of the practice of spraying food crops during the growth cycle up to just before harvest. Dr. Thierry Vrain is a retired soil biologist and genetic engineer who spent his whole research career with the Department of Agriculture in Canada. This lecture “Industrial Agriculture, engineered food and your health” will take place at the Florence Filberg Seniors Centre at 7pm (sharp) September 20, 2015. Meetings and guided walks are open to the public, including children and youth. Lecture is free, though a $4 contribution from non-members is appreciated. New memberships are always welcomed. Anyone interested in this lecture or participating in CVNS activities can also contact us at the website http://comoxvalleynaturalist.bc.ca/ or Loys Maingon (CVN President) at 250-331-0143.

This year’s Comox Valley Raise a Reader campaign introduces a brand-new annual event - Literacy is Life Trivia Night. On Thursday, September 24th at Prime Chophouse and Wine Bar teams will compete for a silver cup, bragging rights and support local literacy programs through this fun and competitive event. This isn’t just any boring old fundraiser. We’ve lined up prizes for best costumes, fabulous door prizes, and of course, prizes for the winning trivia team. We’ll even provide a smorgasbord of appies! Registered teams can show off your trivia skills, get creative with your costumes, meet new people and have a blast - all while supporting a great cause! Why literacy? Literacy is important to all British Columbians. Whether it’s a child getting an early start, a young mother looking to upgrade her skills to go back to school, or an individual trying to find a new job, when we make literacy a priority, good things happen: we create jobs, we improve health, we reduce crime. __ Proceeds from the Literacy is Life Trivia Night will stay right here in the Comox Valley to support community-based literacy programs and initiatives. __ Make your answers count and together we will help create jobs, improve health, reduce crime, and build strong individuals, strong families and strong communities. Each team must register by noon on September 22nd to be eligible to compete. Register your group by contacting Naz Dizai, Raise-a-Reader Marketing and Community Engagement Consultant at nazaneen.dizai@yahoo.ca or 1.250.615.6516. Table costs for a team of 4 is $300 and a team of 6 is $400. Additional fundraising is encouraged, but not required to help the Comox Valley Raise a Reader Campaign reach its goal of $25,000 this year.

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tary Hall for a fun evening. Whist starts at 7:30pm. 20 hands of play, door prizes, snacks and good fun! New players welcome. Come early to sign up. $2.00 per person, members only. CRIBBAGE • Every Monday night, 7:00, at the Royston Hall, corner of Old Island Highway and Royston Road. No need to bring a partner. FMI: 250-334-1883. LADIES AUXILIARY DROP-IN BINGO • Comox Legion Ladies Auxiliary Drop-in Bingo, upper hall. Doors open 6 pm, bingo 7 p.m. All money goes to charities. Free coffee and tea.

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‘Shake the Dust’ kicks off new series of documentaries at The Sid theatre

A brand new film series kicks off at the Sid Williams Theatre this fall. Sid Docs is a handful of documentaries that aim to educate audiences on the far reaching impact of the performing arts or peel back the curtain for a behind the scenes look into the entertainment world. Sid Docs kicks off Monday September 21 with Shake The Dust, a feature documentary film from director and photographer Adam Sjöberg and rap superstar Nasir “Nas” Jones about breakdancing and hip-hop culture in the most unlikely places. Ugandan b-boy Karim narrates this visually stunning tale that weaves a colourful, cultural tapestry of dance, music, and stories from the drug_andpoverty battered streets of Cambodia, the untouched wild landscape of Yemen, the almost utopian hip_hop scene in the underground of Colombia, and the embattled and poverty_stricken streets of Uganda. The film chronicles the influence of breakdancing and hip-hop, exploring how it strikes a resonant chord in the slums, fave-

this surprising message of empowerment.” Hip-hop music, and the acrobatic breakdancing culture that arose in tandem with it, may have started on the streets of the Bronx, but its reach is now decidedly worldwide. With some of the most jaw-dropping breakdancing moves ever committed to film, Shake The Dust is an inspiring tribute to the uplifting power of music and movement. Shake The Dust screens Monday September 21 and begins at 7:00 pm. Popcorn and prizes guaranteed!

Other upcoming Sid Docs include Around The World In 50 Concerts (January 18), Ballet 422 (March 21), and They Will Have To Kill Us First (May 9). These films are fundraising events for the Sid Williams Theatre Society. Tickets for these documentaries are $5 for the general public and $3 for members (plus applicable handling fees). Purchase in person at the Ticket Centre Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm, by phone 250.338.2430, or online at sidwilliamstheatre.com.

A scene from ‘Shake the Dust’ las, and ghettos of the world and far beyond with a universally appealing energy, and acts as a positive force for social change. “Many filmmakers enter into a place of crisis, and, with a multitude of motives good and bad, endeavor to capture nothing but agony and despair,” said filmmaker Adam Sjöberg. “My goal with Shake The Dust is to demonstrate that suffering is indeed present in these third-world countries, but it is not the majority of

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what is there. When we are able to glimpse the whole of their experience to taste their daily life, and seek to understand their culture, we can then truly show compassion.” “[The film] uses breakdancing to show commonality in cultures that are affected by war, disease, and poverty. It seeks to paint a picture of the struggles the characters have - but only as a backdrop to the real story - one of hope and beauty.” While filming, media interest in the project grew,

and coverage by BBC World News and Wired magazine prompted hiphop pioneer and rap superstar Nasir “Nas” Jones to get involved. “What these kids are doing around the world reminds me why I fell in love with hip-hop and how important it is as a creative and constructive outlet,” commented Jones. “After hearing Adam’s vision for this project and hearing the stories, I was incredibly excited to help bring the film to global audiences who need to hear

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Jazz Society features Johnny Summers Thursday night at The Avalanche Johnny Summers, one of Canada’s best kept jazz secrets, will be performing at the Avalanche Bar and Grill in Courtenay on Thursday, September 24th as part of his Piano Sessions Live Vancouver Island Tour. The Georgia Straight Jazz Society is delighted to be sponsors of this show. This multi-faceted musician - trumpeter, vocalist, composer, educator, to name but a few - is no stranger to the music scene. Growing up in Calgary, Johnny discovered his love of jazz at the age of eleven when he heard Harry Connick Jr’s “Blue Light, Red Light” album. “The life, connection and humanity inspired some-

thing inside of me that fueled my passion for jazz.” As an educator and performer, Johnny understands the importance for continued study, and this has led him to Vancouver, Toronto, New York, New Orleans and beyond. These travels allowed him to continue his musical mastery through associations with Wynton Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Bobby Shew, John Faddis, Maria Schneider, Dee Daniels and Tommy Banks. Johnny’s quest for mastery has led him to become one of the first call musicians in the Canadian jazz scene.

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Roo Phelps, a grad of Vanier school, is a fourth generation broadcaster

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He has performed with or for Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, Tommy Banks, The Temptations, Chicago, Dee Daniels and Maria Schneider to name but a few. From duo to full jazz orchestra with strings, Johnny’s musical abilities are accented by his natural capacity to bring wit, laughter and soul to every performance. His recently released CD, Piano Sessions Volume 2, features a variety of traditional jazz, New Orleans jazz, sould and blues, and includes not only timeless classics but original tracks. Tommy Banks, one of Johnny’s musical icons, worked with Johnny on this album and gave Johnny an experience unlike any other. The concert on Sept. 24th will be based on the music of this triple Global Music Award winning album. If you like the music of Harry Connick Jr., Oscar Peterson and Chet Baker then you won’t want to miss this performance. Thursday night jazz at the Avalanche is becoming increasingly more and more popular, so arrive early to ensure you get a good seat. Bring your friends and make a night of it - great food, great drinks, great venue and fabulous live music! The music begins at 7:30, admission at the door is $10.00 for members and $12.00 for nonmembers. For more information go to the Georgia Straight Jazz Society website at www.georgiastraightjazz.com

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from across the country to celebrate the best and brightest in Canadian Country Music. A CCMA Award is given to its recipient for outstanding performance in their given field, it acknowledges that they are deemed to be the best in the country at what they do. It is with great pride that Country 100.7 and Newcap Radio announce “The Casey Clarke Show With Roo Phelps” has been named “2015 On Air Personalities Of The Year” by the Canadian Country Music Association. Clarke and Phelps are naturally thrilled, and they were quick to admit, surprised. “When they read our name we both just sort of looked at each other” Clarke says. “We were seated at the very back because we weren’t expecting to have to get up.” “I Just looked at Casey and started laughing” says Phelps. “I don’t think I’ve ever been so surprised in my life. Casey and I are so proud of the ‘work’ we do together, if you can even call it that, but we’re mostly proud of how amazingly supportive country fans in the Okanagan have been, and how they’ve welcomed us into their homes and hearts every day. That’s a gift that we don’t take lightly.” Roo Phelps was born and raised in Courtenay and graduated from GP Vanier. She is Canada’s only 4th generation broadcaster. Daughter of former mayor/broadcaster Greg Phelps, granddaughter of Norma and Billy Browne (original owners and operators of CFCP in Courtenay and great grand-daughter to CJOR’s Billy Browne Sr.) Roo and Casey host the morning show in Kelowna on Country 100.7. They also host a syndicated version of their show which runs in markets across the country.

Want to try something different this Fall? Get in both a mental and physical work out while making new friends and having fun? Why not come out and try free square dancing classes Monday, Sept.21 at 7:00 at the Courtenay Anglican Church., 5795th Street, Courtenay. The benefits of Square Dancing are huge! Square Dancing is a low impact exercise which improves muscle tone and bone density as well as improves balance and coordination. An evening of square dancing can have you getting in the equivalent of 7 kilometres of walking! Exercise doesn’t feel like exercise when it is on the dance floor. Square dance also reduces stress and improves memory skills. You mind has to focus on the activity at hand and mentally remembering all of the calls keeps the mind sharp, It is easy to put aside any stress of your day. The music for square dancing has changed over the years. Modern Square Dancing is set to music ranging from pop to Broadway musical to contemporary country musiceven rock. The attire has changed as well. Long prairie skirts and swishing crin-

Nicole Townsend says, “When I tell people I square dance, sometimes they say, “do you have to wear those funny dresses?” To them I say, “I don’t have to, I get to”. Photo by Haley Sjostrom olines are still worn to many dance events but casual wear has also become the norm, especially at beginner lessons. Square dancing is also a very social activity. Singles and couples and all ages are welcome. The dancing itself is a mixer.

It is a great way to make new friends in a healthily social environment. One of the biggest surprises is the high energy of square dancing and the amount of laughter that takes place. Lots of activities are enjoyable, but square dancing is just

pure fun! The Ocean’s Waves Square Dance Group invite you to join us for a free class on Monday Sept. 21 to see if this is the activity for you. You will be surprised!! For more information, call Dave Floyd 250-897-1657

Cumberland writer a CBC prize finalist Cumberland resident Traci Skuce has been named one of five finalists for the 2015 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize. The CBC Literary Prizes/ Prix littéraires Radio-Canada are the most important prizes awarded to unpublished literary work in Canada. They bring visibility to authors who are beginning their writing career and help promote the careers of well-known Canadian writers. Traci Skuce has lived in Cumberland for 15 years, and on the Island for 22. In addition to writing, she teaches and practices yoga. Skuce loves the surrounding

forest, which she walks through every day. She says her ‘life is fairly quiet, though I have two sons and a husband which has an inherent busyness to it.’ The finalists’ stories were selected from more than 1700 received from across the country. The shortlisted texts are available to read at CBCBooks.ca. Jury members for this year’s CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize are Kamal Al-Solaylee, Michael Harris and Merrily Weisbord. The winner will be announced on Sept. 21.

Police Blotter WANTED If you have any information about the whereabouts of either of these two people, call the Comox Valley RCMP Detachment at 338-1321, or Comox Valley Crimestoppers at 1-800-222TIPS (1-800-222-8477). You don’t have to give your name and you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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Comox Valley responded to the following incidents between September 8 and 14: ■ Mounties get their man. On September 9th a report of a theft from the Walmart store was received from the loss prevention officer. A known male was reported to have left the store with over $1000.00 in merchandise without paying. The suspect vehicle was located a short time later and the suspect male was taken into custody and the property recovered. The 32 year old man was held in custody until his court appearance. (2015-12011) ■ On September 12th at 9:34 PM the Comox Valley RCMP stopped a pickup truck, driven by a lone male occupant, for driving through a red light at an intersection. As a result of the stop

the man was arrested for breaching conditions of a previous release from jail. The man is now facing charges of Failing to comply with recognizance and driving while prohibited. (2015-12161) ■ Police received a report of a theft from a vehicle overnight of September 13th parked at a residence on the 3800 block of Marine drive in Royston. Stolen from the vehicle was a 2.5 HP Yamaha outboard motor. (2015-12206) ■ On September 14th a report of a theft of power tools from a trailer was received by the Comox Valley RCMP. The owner reports the trailer was parked at a construction site on a lot at Cliffe Avenue and 31st street in Courtenay. Several items which total over $3000.00 were stolen. (2015-12209)


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Beloved mother, grandmother & great grandmother passed away peacefully at home in Comox, BC with family and a very special caregiver at her side. Born in Baring Sask. and raised on Quebec St. in Victoria, BC. Predeceased by young daughter Vera Lynn and husband William, parents Alexander and Isabella Davidson, two brothers and seven sisters. Survived by loving children, Susan (Jim), David (Shirley), Kathryn, Barbara (Jeff), 10 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Marjorie was always ready and willing to be involved in whatever was going on and had a lifelong love of the outdoors. She truly delighted in family adventures, and escapades and celebrated in everyones achievements. In later years by visits and phone calls, she was right there with them. A family gathering to be held in Victoria, BC at a later date. No funeral by request. Donation to charity of choice. A quiet, contented soul who walked gently on this Earth. We love you, Mom. Rest in Peace.

RAMSELL, WILLIAM (BILL) October 12, 1919 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; August 26, 2015 Bill went home to be with his Lord on August 26, at the age of 95. Bill was born in Cumberland B.C. on Vancouver Island. After serving many years in the Armed Forces, and retiring to the Mainland, he returned to Courtenay with his wife Alice, where they resided for over 25 years. Bill was predeceased by Alice in 2007. Bill was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who will be lovingly remembered by his children, Michael (Joan) Ramsell and Penny (Joe) Stephens and by his quartet of grandsons, Tony (Sylvia) Ramsell, Adam Ramsell, Jon (Michelle) Galliazzo and Steve (Sarah) Galliazzo, also his newest great-grandson and namesake William (Will) Ramsell and great grandchildren Maida, Alice and Dante Galliazzo. Bill will always be remembered for his love for his family, his support and love for his friends, his prayers and his giving heart, his enjoyment of beautiful Vancouver Island and his ability to harmonize, especially in worship of his God. A Memorial Service will be held at on Piercyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funeral Home in Courtenay, B.C. Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 2:30pm. Special thanks to the staff of Glacierview Home for the wonderful care of Bill.

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October 13th 1952 - September 3rd 2015 A beloved father, friend and son, Mark Varrow died suddenly early September 3rd from heart failure. Adventurer, teacher, gardener and artist, Mark was a gentle and kind man, loved by many. His students in Kyuquot and the Comox Valley were enriched by his innovative methods; his zeal for adventure took him travelling to many countries, accompanied by his children and loved ones. Mark is survived by his mother, Marjorie May Reeves, father Roy Varrow, sister Marsha Varrow, daughters Molly and ZoĂŤ Varrow, grandson Logan Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien, nephew Dylan Varrow, mother of his daughters Joanna Finch, and countless friends and relatives who mourn the unexpected departure of this soulful Englishman, who brought culture and grace to all his endeavours. Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family invites everyone to a Commemoration of Life to celebrate Mark on September 19 at Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Esterre House in Comox, starting at 3:00 pm. This will be followed by a potluck dinner at 6:00 pm. Friends are invited to contribute with poems, photos, stories, songs and memorabilia to celebrate his life.


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During the back to school season, we all look forward to some time for self development. This season, Comox Valley Toastmasters is offering a Speechcraft experience that will help you gain confidence when speaking in front of groups. The confidence can help you in job interviews and help you become more effective at work, at social events, and at home. And a side benefit of Toastmasters is that you can become a more positive enthusiastic person by engaging with the group. Speechcraft is a program specifically designed to help you develop public speaking skills. During each of the 8 meetings, you will learn and practice speaking and evaluation skills, and you will have the opportunity to learn from experienced speakers. You will learn and practice in a non-threatening environment, not in a classroom. There will be no instructors, and you will not be graded. You will be learning your speaking skills with other people who are there for the same reason you are. Together, you will help one another grow and develop as speakers. And best of all, you will

have fun as you learn. To help guide you in your speechcraft experience, we have members with 6 months to many years of experience, novices to Distinguished Toastmasters. Our most experienced member is Frank Appleyard who has spent many years being mentored and mentoring others, from places like Winnipeg in the 70’s to Vernon in the 80’s and over the last 20 years, the Comox Valley. Frank lives for his Wednesday night Toastmaster experiences where he weaves his stories, listens to others and provides motivational and confidence building evaluations as a master mentor. The cost for speechcraft will be our standard Toastmasters startup 6 month membership fee of $135.00. On completion of the 8 week speechcraft program, you may join the club and continue with Toastmaster meetings for another 4 months. We hope to see you at our back to school speechcraft event. Please call Jim Buchanan at 250-339-5577 or Sylvain Houde at 250338-1431 to make your arrangements. Speechcraft: Eight Wednesdays from September 23 to November 18, 2015 at Lewis Centre from 7p.m. to 9p.m.

Highland Secondary School with support from the Comox Valley International Student Program (a division of School District 71) will welcome 30 high school students and two teachers from Italy. The group - from Instituto Lorenzo Cobianchi, a high school in Verbania, Italy - will visit September 15th to the 26th. The technical high school has two branches: applied sciences and modern foreign languages. As part of the foreign language program students must participate in an exchange involving a country that uses the target language. This international exchange program will also send 25 Highland students and two teachers to Verbenia and other cities in Italy including Rome, Florence, and Venice during Spring Break 2016 to complete the multiple continent education opportunity. “It’s such a wonderful opportunity for our students not only to be a tourist in another country but to live in an Italian home immersed in the language and rich culture of Northern Italy,”said Highland Secondary vice-principal Greg Kochanuk.

The group - from Instituto Lorenzo Cobianchi, a high school in Verbania, Italy The Highland students registered for the exchange program will open their homes to the Italian students and teachers adding to the Canadian cultural experience in the Comox Valley. The group will experience Mount Washington Alpine Resort, a trip to Tofino and Victoria, skating and experience ceremonial dancing at the K’omox First Nations Big House. Other Island showcasing activities include fishing in Campbell River, dragon boating, and of course a west coast beach barbeque. Today’s world is a small global community that can mutually benefit when ideas and thoughts are shared and

discussed. The exchange of cultures aids in developing well rounded global citizens who will have an increased tendency to explore the world through travel once they graduate from high school. Exchanges are an exciting opportunity to showcase our vibrant education system here in the Comox Valley to other systems throughout the world. The Italian students will be paired with our Canadian students to experience some Canadian classes and the culture of Highland while also allowing for a richer and more connected exchange. “Expanding Canadian student exchange opportu-

nities remains one of four main goals of the Comox Valley International Student Program. The Instituto Lorenzo Cobianchi and G.P. Vanier exchange is an example of our programs strong multiculturalism and diversity coming to fruition,” stated Steve Knight, district principal of SD71’s International Student Program. “It is an exciting time for the students from both high schools.” For more information on the Comox Valley International Student Program, including information on becoming a host family, visit www.studyinbritishcolumbia.com or e-mail isponline@sd71.bc.ca.

Join the Terry Fox Run this Sunday Get ready, get set to run for a great cause at this year’s Terry Fox Run, set to take place Sunday, September 20th, starting at the Comox Valley Sports Centre track and continuing through the Dove Creek area. Drivers are advised to use caution in that area. Organized by Active Comox Valley, with the help of Valley-wide municipal recreation departments and volunteer citizens, the charity raises funds to support cancer research. “The Terry Fox Run is a noncompetitive, no-cost, family-fun event for all ages and abilities where we can continue to be inspired by Terry’s efforts and contribute to this great cause,” said Active Comox Val-

ley Coordinator Dawn Stevens. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. on race day with the run commencing at 10:00 a.m following a brief warm-up. The route will consist of a 1 km, 2 km, 5 km and 10 km course –- you can run, walk, wheel or ride, so bring your kids, parents, grandparents, friends, co-workers, classmates and anyone who would like to be a part of Terry’s legacy! There is no entry fee, although participants are encouraged to collect pledges (no minimum). Pledge forms can be picked up at your local recreation centre, or downloaded at www.terryfox.org/ Run prior to the run we will have

fun activities for the kids and live music. These fun added events will be another way for people to make a donation to the Terry Fox foundation. Volunteers are also needed to help out at the event – to discuss event day volunteer opportunities, contact Robyn Butler, Active Comox Valley Coordinator, at (250) 8909116 or info@activecomoxvalley.ca The Active Comox Valley initiative began in September 2005, and is aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles and invigorating community spirit through physical activity. For more information, visit www. activecomoxvalley.ca or call (250) 890-9116.

September is Animal Pain Awareness Month

Imagine yourself going to your doctor and being unable to tell the doctor that you are in pain. Imagine your doctor telling your caregiver that you are just old and slowing down when in fact every time you get up or sit down your hips and knees hurt. Animals feel pain just like we do, but we often need to rely on behavioural changes that tell us our pet is in pain. Acute pain, such as pain after a surgery or pain due to an injury, is often much easier to see and under-

stand than chronic pain. Chronic pain can be very subtle and can be hard to detect. Dog and cats just do not go around complaining and vocalizing their pain the way we do; they become adapted to it, and it becomes their “normal”. Common signs of pain in dogs may include a decrease in social interactions, a reluctance or refusal to move (e.g. getting up and lying down slowly, walking stiffly), or submissive behaviours. On the other hand, pain can also trigger aggression.

Cats can even be more elusive letting us know what ails them. We may see a reduced activity such a decrease in jumping behaviour, a loss of curiosity, defecation and urination outside of the litter box, and hiding behaviour. Sometimes excessive grooming lets us know they are hurting in a particular area; sometimes the opposite happens: The fur gets matted because there is pain associated with grooming. In the past, the veterinarian’s approach was more reactive,

rather than proactive as far as pain was concerned. Pain was only treated when it was causing obvious distress. Fortunately, this has changed over the past decade. The American Animal Hospital Association has called pain “the fourth vital sign” (the classic three vital signs being temperature, pulse, and respiration) which is to be assessed during each examination. Treatment options are readily available, both for the acute pain phase and for more chronic conditions. There is no need for an

animal being in discomfort if we as pet owners become more familiar with recognizing signs of pain in our pets, subtle as they sometimes may be. Your veterinarian will be able to discuss the benefits of certain treatment options with you. For more information, please also visit the website of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (https:// ivapm.org).

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Not long now before the Oct. 2 Nine and Wine and fundraiser for breast cancer research. A liitle birdie told me there are even going to be pink flags with the breast cancer logo on every green for the month of Oct. This 4 person scramble includes 9 holes of golf with a 4 pm shotgun, tee gift, dinner, glass of wine, prizes and $5000 hole in one on each nine. Everyone is welcome so let’s fill the course with pink attire. Make sure that you sign up as a team or single by calling the proshop at 250 703-5029 or emailing Rod at rod@crownisle.ca What more could you want for Tuesday ladies’ golf? Great weather, wonderful golf course, super comraderie and lots of laughs! The game was ODD and EVEN. Best gross and net scores for 9 odd or even scores got you in the money! Here are the winning ladies that were heard singing “We’re in the money!”: ODD: 1st low GROSS-

Val Dingwall, 2nd-Ev Shaw, and 3rd-Rosemary Smith 1st low NET:Linda Stickney, 2nd-Pat Chalmers and 3rd: Linda Foreman EVEN: 1st low GROSSDee Horie, 2nd-Maggie Miller and 3rd: May Mitchell and Sue Fulkerth 1st low NET-Peggy Simpson, Peggy Quinney, and Pat Johnson, 2nd-Jan Macfarlane, Evie MacDonald, and Pam Stevens 3rd- Donna Wilson KP’s: Linda Stickney and Dee Horie BIRDIES: May M.,Katy M., Linda S., Pat J., Val D., Sue F., Marsha M., and Carol A. PAR 5’s: Pat C., Janet P., Judy A., and Linda S.(heard that name alot today!!) Crown Isle ladies stick one finger in one ear and LISTEN! The AGM/luncheon/milestone birthday bash is on Sept 29th. You must sign up for BOTH the golf and the luncheon on the CI ladies’ website. Did I hear the word Wine? You finally get the rewards of paying the PIGGY weekly for 3 putts or more. Submitted by Donna Cunliffe

COMOX MEN’S SUNDAY MORNING Kaj Petersen cleaned up

on a stellar Sunday morning of Sept 13th. Game results are as follows: 1st Low Gross Hcp 0-14: Kaj Petersen (68), 2nd LG Nick Usher (70) 1st Low Gross Hcp 15: Brian Hegg (80), 2nd LG Rick Curiston (84) Five Lowest Nets: Rob Rasmussen (63), Marty Petersen (65), Marc deWinter (66), Don Gates (66). Deuces for Brian Slater, Marty Petersen, Bill Schneider and Kaj Petersen x2. Snips for Mark Vandervoort, Rob Rasmussen, Brian Slater, Mark Smith, Bill Bowles, Nick Usher, Terry Christie, Bill Schneider, Marty Petersen x2 and Kaj Petersen x3. Hole winners and Sponsor: #5 KP, Kaj Petersen, Browning (Karl Fawthorpe) #9 KP, Don Hilchey, Rick Siddall Financial Services #10 KP, Gary Usher, Comox Pacific Express #11 KP, Kaj Petersen, Thrifty Foods #3/12 Long Drive, Jeremy Cormier, Mens Club #4/13 KP, Ron Pratt, Westview Fords Sales (Mike Paroshy)

#14 KP, Marty Petersen, Mens Club #15 KP, Don Gates, Comox Pacific Express #3/16 Long Drive, Ken Simmons, Mens Club #17 KP, Marc deWinter, Mens Club #18KP, Kaj Petersen, Glacier Gutters (Rick McCaughan)

SUNNYDALE TUESDAY LADIES GOLF CLUB Golfing is usually a solitary sport but on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, it was all about the team for the Sunnydale Ladies Club as we played a Best Net Foursome.

The first place foursome with score of 56 was Maylene Friesen, Frankie McCaffery, Cheryl Bickle and Chris Annand. Second place went to Linda Broadbent, Fran Gibson, Barb Dixson and Marg Poje with a score of 57. Two teams tied for third place with a score of 59 - Carolyn Walker, Lys McCrone & Penny Wagenstien and the team of Vicki Bombini, Marlene Gerrie, Pat Rudolph and Kathy Reid. Longest Putt of the day was won by Fran Gibson. KP on #15 was won by Carolyn Walker, KP on

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#10 (sponsored by Rob Speer Pro Shop) was Pat Peden and KP 2nd Shot on #5 (25+ Hcp) was Pat Rudolph. Birdies were made by Carolyn Walker (with 2!), Lys McCrone, Kathie Reid and Vicki Bombini. It was definitely cooler golf conditions as the season winds to a close. Only 2 organized Tueday Ladies Day remain before our wind-up but all women are invited to join us on Tuesday mornings for 9:00 a.m. shotgun start. Phone the Pro Shop at 250-334-3232 for more information.

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Courtenay ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF HISTORY

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T Courtenay and District Museum The is i celebrating the City’s 100th anniversary with the publication a of a coffee table style book with the help of the Comox Valley Echo. It is a high quality magazine style publication with a durable cover. Historically rich content focuses on activities of people who have shaped our community over the decades. Proceeds from the sales of book copies will help the museum with funding development of programs and activities. Copies are $5.00 each which includes GST, and are available at the Museum and the Echo.

Comox Valley donations will locally benefit The Comox Valley Food Bank The Church of the Latter Day Saints


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Comox Firefighters hand over surplus pick-up truck to Ships Point Fire department

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Comox Firefighters donate surplus vehicle to Ships Point

Eat pancakes, celebrate literacy

The Comox Firefighters Association has recently donated a thousand dollars to the Ship’s Point fire department so they could purchase the department’s surplus pick-up truck for the same amount. Comox purchased a new pick-up truck a couple of months ago. Ship’s Point will use this vehicle for their Duty Officer and their first responder (medical re-

On Raise-a-Reader Day, September 23rd, 2015, please join literacy supporters for a fantastic pancake breakfast compliments of the Rotary Club of Strathcona Sunrise and the Raise-a-Reader Committee! Coffee is compliments of Starbucks. Breakfast is by donation and will be held in the parking lot on the corner of 5th Street and England Avenue (in front of Rawthentic Eatery) from 10-11am. After breakfast, between 11am and 12pm, volunteers dressed in bright orange Raise-a-Reader t-shirts will be handing out special literacy newspapers in downtown Courtenay, Cumberland

sponse) program. The vehicle also has a 30 gallon water tank in it for dealing with small fires. Chief Gord Schreiner states: “We are pleased to be able to repurpose this vehicle to this smaller department. I am so pleased that our Comox firefighters made this happen with little to no cost to Ship’s Point.”

and Comox, in exchange for a donation. Come and celebrate literacy with us and help us raise funds for local literacy programs! To donate to the Raise-a-Reader campaign online go to www.raiseareader. com/donate, and click on ‘Comox Valley’ under Fund/Designation. Y ou can also mail in or drop off your donation at the Courtenay, Comox, or Cumberland libraries (cheques payable to “Comox Valley Lifelong Learning Association”). Janice Cashin, RAR Committee member.

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The Holistic Picture on Cancer Treatment Dr. Deidre Macdonald, ND A diagnosis of cancer can strike fear deep within our souls. It is a very vulnerable time, when we are suddenly thrust into the confusing world of medical terms, statistics, and treatment choices. Conventional medicine will often offer some combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. In addition, cancer patients often seek information about natural medicines and dietary approaches to assist in their healing. Well meaning friends often bombard the newly diagnosed cancer patient with stories of miracles cures from a myriad of sources. All this information can be overwhelming to sort through. The internet can also be a frightening and confusing source of information. But there are ways of using natural medicine to significantly enhance the cancer treatment process The primary goal of naturopathic cancer care is to enhance the body’s ability to fight cancer by selecting natural medicines that have demonstrated to be toxic to tumor cells, or that bolster the cancer patient’s immune response to cancer. Many such substances exist. For instance, a mushroom extract used extensively in Japan called Coriolus versicolor has been shown in scientific studies to stimulate the immune system’s natural killer cells and lymphocytes by two

fold. Clinical trials of this mushroom extract have shown significantly increased survival times in patients undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. There are many other herbs and antioxidant nutrients that can play an important role in helping the body to overcome cancer and prevent metastasis (spread). Another important role for naturopathic care is to aid in the recover from surgery and to eliminate or reduce the common side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. It is critical to select only those natural medicines that are compatible with specific chemotherapy agents or with radiation. Chemotherapy knocks down the white blood counts, sometimes dangerously impairing the person’s resistant to infection. Natural medicines can be used to enhance white blood cell production so that chemo can be continued. Mouth sores from chemo or radiation can be treated with licorice extracts, L-glutamine or Vitamin E. I had a young patient whose chemotherapy for breast cancer was causing nerve pain in her hands and feet. High doses of a natural amino acid called alpha lipoic acid solved the problem and she was able to continue her treatments. In fact she rode her bike to her appointment a few days after her next chemo session! Once cancer has been treated, I

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encourage patients to engage in a program to lower the risk for recurrent tumors thereby significantly increasing the chances for sustained remission. Detoxification programs are often indicated after conventional treatments. Antioxidant nutrients and immune boosting foods and herbs can help the immune system stay vigilant against cancer. If possible, we need to search for ways to change the internal environment of the body that created

cancer in the first place. There are many possibilities in the treatment of cancer, both conventional and natural. The goal is to tailor a plan that feels right for you and will give you the best chance to overcome cancer. Dr. Deidre Macdonald is a naturopathic physician who has had a natural medical practice in downtown Courtenay for 18 years. Her office can be contacted at 250 897-0235 or via www.getwellhere.com.

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Vitamin D Deficiency

It’s been an amazing summer, but autumn is just around the corner. And as the leaves turn and our sunshine fades, our need for supplemental vitamin D grows. Here is some information why you should consider supplementing with vitamin D. Vitamin D is different from any other vitamin in that the body can produce all it needs from the sun. But that’s where the problem arises, because we live at a higher latitude, it’s nearly impossible to get enough vitamin D from the sun during the winter months. As a result, many of us are living with chronic vitamin D deficiencies. As a rule of thumb, if your shadow is longer than your height, then the sun is at too much of an angle for our skin to produce enough vitamin D for us. There is ample documentation linking vitamin D to a healthy immune system, good muscle function, cardiovascular and respiratory health, brain development, and cancer protection. On the flip side, there are many studies that show a strong correlation between vitamin D deficiencies and cancer, asthma, diabetes (type 1 and 2) high blood pressure, depression, Alzheimer’s, and autoimmune disorders such as M.S. and Crone’s Disease. So is it possible that you are deficient in vitamin D? In a word - yes. In fact, in 2006 the Centre For Disease Control (CDC) in the U.S. stated that 25% of Americans were deficient in vitamin D. And since much of the U.S. is not considered to be a north-

ern latitude, we can deduce that the problem is even worse up here in Canada. The symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are vague. They include tiredness and general aches and pains. However, some people may not have any symptoms and still be deficient. Clearly, waiting for symptoms is not a good way to decide if you need to supplement with vitamin D. It’s suggested that all people who live in the higher latitudes should supplement their diet with vitamin D. The question, and the big debate, is how much should a person supplement. The debate centres around the fact that vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, and as such, unused amounts are actually stored in the liver. If one takes too much vitamin D, the liver can become damaged. However, one would need to take 40,000 IU daily for more than 2 months to risk vitamin D toxicity. Remember, the body can produce 25,000 IU of vitamin D in a few minutes of good sun exposure. What does all this mean? From October thru to April we should supplement with vitamin D. And if you suspect a vitamin D deficiency you should know that taking supplements will not reverse the problem right away. It takes months of regular sunlight or supplementation to counteract a vitamin D deficiency. If you’d like more information, please see my full article at www.edibleisland.ca, or email me at info@edibleisland.ca.

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Star Safety System Every new Toyota comes equipped with the Star Safety System. This made Toyota the first full-line automotive manufacturer to include it standard! This system includes six different safety features to enhance your vehicle’s stability, braking and traction and keep you in control. Let’s take a closer look at how each feature can help you! • Anti-lock Brake System: This technology helps keep your brakes from locking up and your vehicle from skidding when you

suddenly hit your brakes. It’ll keep you in control, even when the unexpected happens by rapidly pulsing the brakes until the situation is under control. • Traction Control: This feature helps you regain control when in a slippery situation. Once your vehicle starts to lose traction, it’ll automatically reduce engine power and apply brakes on the wheels that need it until you regain traction.

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• Brake Assist: This useful technology can sense when you hit the brakes in an emergency situation and apply even more force to help you stop faster and avoid a collision. • Vehicle Stability Control: When your new Toyota loses traction and starts to slide, this feature proves to be useful. It’ll automatically reduce engine power and apply the brakes accordingly to correct the situation.  • Electric Brake Force Distribution: This feature helps keep your

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brakes from locking up and your new Toyota from losing balance. It redistributes brake force evenly to all of your wheels to make up for shifting weights when braking hard! • Smart Stop Technology: This technology is the simplest to understand. It automatically stops the vehicle when both the accelerator and the brake pedal is pressed at the same time, just in case you need to bring your new Toyota to a quick stop!

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SNACK FOODS THAT PROMOTE BETTER SLEEP

According to the National Sleep Foundation, changes in sleep patterns are a part of the aging process. Many people experience difficulty falling asleep and then staying asleep as they age, and that difficulty can make men and women over 50 feel more tired during the day. But even though difficulty sleeping may be a part of aging, that does not mean men and women over 50 cannot take steps to improve their sleeping patterns. For example, certain snack foods may help to improve quality of sleep, especially when these foods replace less healthy snacking options. While men and women over 50 should always consult with their physicians before making any changes to their diets, the AARP notes that the following are a handful of snack foods that promote better sleep. • Almonds: Magnesium is a mineral with musclerelaxing properties, and almonds contain enough magnesium to help men and women get a better night’s sleep. A small amount of almonds before bed might be enough to make falling and staying asleep easier. • Bananas: Much like almonds, bananas provide a substantial amount of magnesium. Bananas also contain the amino acid tryptophan, which many people associate with Thanksgiving turkey. While tryptophan might be most often associated with the sleepiness people feel after eating a holiday meal, it also has been linked to better sleep quality, so a banana shortly before bed might be just what you need to fall and stay asleep. • Cheese and crackers: One more traditional snack may just help you get a better night’s sleep. Cheese and crackers contain tryptophan and carbohydrates, which can induce a better night’s sleep and help you fall asleep sooner. • Cherries: Cherries contain the sleep hormone melatonin, and the AARP notes that recent studies

indicated that participants who drank tart cherry juice on a daily basis fell asleep more quickly and slept longer and better than participants who did not. • Hummus: The primary ingredient in hummus is chickpeas, which are loaded with tryptophan, folate and vitamin B6. Folate has proven especially beneficial to older men and women who need help regulating their sleep patterns, while vitamin B6 helps the body regulate its clock. • Peanut butter: Peanut butter is another snacking item loaded with tryptophan. Spread some peanut butter on a carbohydrate, whether it’s a slice of toast or some crackers, before going to bed, and you may enjoy a better, longer sleep. • Walnuts: Like cherries, walnuts contain melatonin, which can contribute to a longer, more restful night’s sleep. Walnuts also can help regulate stress, which is a leading cause of sleeping difficulty. Many men and women experience difficulty sleeping as they age. But the right foods may just help combat such problems and help men and women get a more adequate night’s sleep.

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Dealer order or trade may be required. * Offer available to qualified retail customers in Canada for vehicles delivered from September 1 and September 30, 2015. 0% purchase financing offered on approved credit by TD Auto Finance Services, Scotiabank® or RBC Royal Bank for 84 months on all new or demonstrator 2015 Spark LS 1SA, Sonic LS 1SA Sedan, Cruze LS 1SA, Malibu 3LT, Impala 1LZ, Camaro 1LS & 2LS, Trax LS 1SA Manual, Equinox LS AWD, Traverse LS FWD, Colorado 2WD, Silverado 1500 Double Cab 2WD WT / Crew Cab 2WD WT and Silverado HD’s 2WD WT with gas engine. Participating lenders are subject to change. Rates from other lenders will vary. Down payment, trade and/or security deposit may be required. Monthly payment and cost of borrowing will vary depending on amount borrowed and down payment/trade. Example: $40,000 at 0% APR, the monthly payment is $476.19 for 84 months. Cost of borrowing is $0, total obligation is $40,000. Offer is unconditionally interest-free. 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Fun for the 55-plus at ElderCollege

Reg Westcott of Mountain Avian Rescue Society brought a special guest to an ElderCollege course on medieval history.

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(INCLUDES $1,000 OWNER CASH††, AND $1,200 PACKAGE DISCOUNT)

ON OTHER MODELS

YEARS/160,000 KM ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE ^^

chevrolet.ca

Call Brian McLean Chevrolet Buick GMC at 250-334-2425, or visit us at 2145 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay. [License #8379]


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47

U

ON SELECT MODELS

WE'RE CELEBRATING AND AWARDING YOU GREAT SAVINGS

0

% 84

7000 UP TO

$

FINANCING

FOR UP TO

OR

MONTHS

,

IN DISCOUNTS ON SELECT MODELSĭ

OFFER ENDS SEPTEMBER 30TH

“HIGHEST RANKED COMPACT MULTI-PURPOSE VEHICLE IN INITIAL QUALITY IN THE U.S.”

2015 SORENTO

“HIGHEST RANKED MIDSIZE SUV IN INITIAL QUALITY IN THE U.S.” BY J.D. POWER

BY J.D. POWER

2015

SOUL

THAT’S LIKE PAYING ONLY

$

38

$

66

Ǯ

163

Δ

WEEKLY

AT $1,600 DOWN

MONTHLY

SORENTO

THAT’S LIKE PAYING ONLY

INCLUDES

Ω

LEASE FROM

$

2016

1.6L LX+ MT

0

MONTHS

$

Ǯ

286

&

APR

$

MONTHLY

Soul SX Luxury shown‡

AT

% FOR 60

1.9

MONTHS

APR

OPTIMA

WELL-EQUIPPED FROM Δ

WEEKLY

$2,550 DOWN

2015

INCLUDES

Ω

LEASE FROM

% FOR 60

2.4L LX FWD

&

LX AT INCLUDES

*

20,702 $ 5,750

Δ

* IN CASH

INCLUDES

DISCOUNTS

Optima SX Turbo shown‡

Sorento SX Turbo AWD shown‡

Clef d’or "Best in Class"

5-Star Safety Ratings SORENTO, OPTIMA, SEDONA, SOUL SORENTO, SOUL

WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED *5-year/100,000 km worry-free comprehensive warranty.

RIO, FORTE, RONDO SOUL

See kia.ca for more

More Stars. Safer Cars.

OPTIMA, SPORTAGE AWD, SOUL, FORTE, SEDONA, SORENTO

SORENTO

Courtenay Kia 1025B Comox Road, Courtenay, BC (250) 334-9993

Offer(s) available on select new 2015/2016 models through participating dealers to qualified retail customers who take delivery from September 1 to 30, 2015. Dealers may sell or lease for less. Some conditions apply. See dealer for complete details. Vehicles shown may include optional accessories and upgrades available at extra cost. All offers are subject to change without notice. All pricing includes delivery and destination fees up to $1,715, $22 AMVIC, $100 A/C charge (where applicable). Excludes taxes, licensing, PPSA, registration, insurance, variable dealer administration fees, fuel-fill charges up to $100, and down payment (if applicable and unless otherwise specified). Other lease and financing options also available. ĭ0% financing for up to 84 months or up to $7,000 discount available on other select 2015 models. Discount is deducted from the negotiated purchase/lease price before taxes. Maximum $7,000 discount is offered on 2015 Optima Hybrid LX (OP74AF) only. Certain conditions apply. See your dealer for complete details. Representative Financing Example: Financing offer available on approved credit (OAC), on a new 2015 Forte Sedan LX MT (FO541F) with a selling price of $17,652 is based on monthly payments of $174 for 84 months at 0% with a $0 down payment and first monthly payment due at finance inception. Offer also includes $3,000 cash discount. Other taxes, registration, insurance and licensing fees are excluded. 6$750 Celebration Bonus amounts are offered on select 2016 Sorento, 2015 Soul and 2015 Optima models and are deducted from the negotiated cash purchase, finance or lease price before taxes. Offer available from September 18 to 30, 2015 only while supplies last. Amounts vary by trim and model. Certain conditions apply. See your dealer for complete details. *Cash Purchase Price for the new 2015 Optima LX AT (OP742F)/2015 Optima Hybrid LX (OP74AF) is $20,702/$24,752 and includes a cash discount of $5,750 including $750 Celebration Bonus/$7,000 including $6,000 cash discount and $1,000 ECO credit. Dealer may sell for less. Other taxes, registration, insurance and licensing fees are excluded. Cash discounts vary by model and trim and are deducted from the negotiated selling price before taxes. &Representative Leasing Example: Lease offer available on approved credit (OAC), on new 2016 Sorento 2.4L LX FWD (SR75AG)/2015 Soul 1.6L LX+ MT (SO553F) with a selling price of $29,332/$20,632 is based on monthly payments of $286/$163 for 60/60 months at 1.9%/0%, $0 security deposit, $2,550/$1,600 down payment including $750/$750 Celebration Bonus and first monthly payment due at lease inception. Total lease obligation is $17,163/$9,758 with the option to purchase at the end of the term for $11,431/$9,275. Lease has 16,000 km/yr allowance (other packages available and $0.12/km for excess kilometres). 1Lease payments must be made on a monthly or bi-weekly basis but cannot be made on a weekly basis. Weekly lease payments are for advertising purposes only. ‡Model shown Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price for 2015 Soul SX Luxury (SO758F)/2015 Optima SX Turbo AT (OP748F)/2016 Sorento SX Turbo AWD (SR75IG) is $27,295/$34,895/$42,095. The Kia Soul received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles among compact multi-purpose vehicles in the proprietary J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM. Study based on responses from 84,367 U.S. new-vehicle owners, measuring 244 models and measures opinions after 90 days of ownership. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of U.S. owners surveyed from February to May 2015. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com. The Kia Sorento received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles among midsize SUVs in the proprietary J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM. Study based on responses from 84,367 U.S. new-vehicle owners, measuring 244 models and measures opinions after 90 days of ownership. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of U.S. owners surveyed from February to May 2015. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com. The 2015 Rio/2015 Forte/2015 Rondo were awarded with the Clef d’or “Best in Class” by L’Annuel de l’automobile 2015. Visit www.annuelauto.com for all the details. The 2016 Sorento/2015 Optima/2015 Sedona/2015 Soul were awarded the 2015 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for model year 2016/2015/2015/2015. U.S. models tested. Visit www.iihs.org for full details. Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.SaferCar.gov). 2015 Kia Soul awarded ALG Residual Value Award for highest resale value in its class. Based on ALG’s residual value forecast for the 2015 model year. ALG is the industry benchmark for residual values and depreciation data, www.alg.com. The all-new 2016 Kia Sorento was awarded the ‘iF Design Award’ for its outstanding design. The ‘iF Design Award’ is one of the world’s most important prizes for excellence in design, www.ifdesign.de. Information in this advertisement is believed to be accurate at the time of printing. For more information on our 5-year warranty coverage, visit kia.ca or call us at 1-877-542-2886. Kia is a trademark of Kia Motors Corporation.


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MERIT HOME FURNITURE

SERVING YOU FOR 30 YEARS!

R E B M E SEPT

R A L U C A T SPEC Solid Oak

SAVE $1100

SAVE $500

$1899

$1799

3-Piece Micro Fiber Reclining Sofa Group

Solid Oak 5-Piece Dining Set Modern meets traditional. Table and 4 chairs. Other pieces available.

Reg. $2,999 Sold as a 3-piece Set only.

Solid Wood

SAVE $500

SAVE $800

Made in Canada

$119999

$1199

Not exactly as shown.

5-Piece Solid Wood Bedroom Suite

Sectional Soft and homey aura, multiple configurations are available. In 3 colours, order only.

Headboard, Footboard, Rails, Dresser, & Mirror. (Matching night stand and 5 drawer chest extra.)

SOFA/RECLINERS - SPECTACULAR BUYS SAVE $

520

Ashley Sofa

978

$

• Matching love seat available

Decor-Rest Sofa Sleeper

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$

1300

2 Recliners Plus Chaise $

2699

1599

$

SAVE

950

$

20 Colours to Choose From Made in Canada

Not exactly as shown

MATTRESSES* - SPECTACULAR BUYS

Twin Primo $ 99

159

Double Restonic $

NO

$

Made in Canada

King Simmons

699

$

Made in Canada

SAVE $

SAVE $

360

349

Queen Simmons

350

SAVE $ Made in Canada

900

1799

2000

$ Made in Canada

SAVE

• Money Down • Interest • Payments for 1 Full Year

o.a.c.

LIMITED STOCK. *PRICES FOR MATTRESSES ONLY. ITEMS MAY NOT BE EXACTLY AS SHOWN.

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