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The Comox Valley Record uses the final two issues of 2015 to reflect upon the biggest stories in our community in the past 12 months. Today’s issue looks at the last half of the year - a busy six months in the Comox Valley. From an international abduction story, to the sweeping changes demanded by the electorate in the October federal election, there were few quiet days in the newsroom. A blues legend graced the stage at MusicFest, our ski resort was sold and the five-year battle between the City and the owners of Maple Pool Campground was finally resolved. For more on those, and other stories from the past year, look inside.

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NEWSMAKERS in JULY

Above, firefighters were kept busy all over Vancouver Island, and particularly near Port Alberni. At right, blues legend Buddy Guy was one of the headliners for Vancouver Island MusicFest.

Smoke affected the Comox Valley and the entire south coast of B.C. after several forest fires broke out early-July. The Tsulquate Creek fire near Port Hardy which had caused an evacuation order was downgraded to an alert. A one-hectare spot fire from a burning ember that was within 400 metres of homes was contained, while a larger 16-hectare fire had been 20 per cent contained along the portion closest to the town. A fire on Dog Mountain on Sproat Lake near Port Alberni burned aggressively near cabins on the first weekend of the month. It covered about 35 hectares. Retardant dropped by air tankers and water dropped by helicopters slowed the blaze, but cabins at the lake were nevertheless evacuated. An empty cabin was burning on the Monday. Both fires were suspected to be human-caused. Some much-needed rain hit the Valley mid-month during Vancouver Island MusicFest. As always, the annual gathering featured an eclectic array of musicians from various parts of the globe — some obscure, some familiar. Lyle Lovett and his Large Band headlined Friday, bluesman Buddy Guy closed things out Saturday, and Graham Nash of the famed Crosby, Stills and Nash, accompanied by Shane Fontayne, performed Sunday as the sun was setting over the fairgrounds. A fifth-place finish in the 5,000 metres was not the result Cam Levins was looking for when he headed to Toronto to the 2015 Pan American Games. The two-time Olympian from Black Creek got off to a good start and was second for most of the final three laps before falling back into the middle of the pack.



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NEWSMAKERS in AUGUST August began with a heroic rescue of two girls who had slipped and fallen into the rapids at Nymph Falls. Self-described “river rat” Andrew Payne was in the right place at the right time, to rescue the girls, who were walking across the river when one of the girls slipped. They were both sucked into the top hole of a part of the river known as the grotto. *** Also in August, Courtenay recorded its first murder in more than four years. On the evening in question, Comox Valley RCMP responded to an incident in the downtown area. Upon arriving at the scene, police located a 23-year-old man, later identified as Kevin Burns, suffering from serious injuries. BC Ambulance Service Paramedics transported Burns to St. Joseph’s General Hospital where he was pronounced deceased a short time later. Forty-one-year-old Shane Stanford is facing second-degree murder charges. *** Later in the month, a situation that remains unresolved unfolded, when an arrest warrant was issued for Dr. Salahaddin Mahmudi Azer (Saren), who allegedly abducted his four children and fled to the Middle East. The children – Sharvahn Delahn Mahmudi-Azer, 11, Rojevahn Beritan Mahmudi-Azer, 9, Dersim Baran Mahmudi-Azer, 7, and Meitan Serbast Mahmudi-Azer, 3, left for a holiday with their father, but were not returned to their mother, Alison. “While the children were legally permitted to leave Canada with their father, his failure to return them to Canada as scheduled led to an order by the Supreme Court of British Columbia (Aug. 21) requiring that the children be immediately returned to the custody of their mother in B.C.,” Cpl. Darren Lagan of the RCMP Island District said. Dr. Azer was an

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NEWSMAKERS in SEPTEMBER Two years after suffering devastating injuries due to a hit-andrun, Molly Burton announced that she and her mother, Leslie Wells, were forming a Comox Valley chapter of the national organization Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. On Sept. 11, 2013, Burton suffered injuries to her lower right leg and right arm when a then-17year-old driver struck her after the car he was driving hit a concrete barrier, careened across the road and sent her screaming for help for four hours as she was stuck in blackberry bushes off the side of the road. Burton has had nine surgeries for a shattered right tibia, ankle, humerus and tricep. There has never been a MADD chapter in the Comox Valley, but Norm Prince, community leader for MADD Canada, says there will always be a need. “It’s a job that’s never going to end. For me it’s black and white. If I’ve been drinking, I don’t drive. We’re not anti-drinking; we’re not prohibitionists or wagging the finger, but it’s pretty simple.” Prince created a North Island chapter after 30 years of teaching high school, where he lost 18 students to impaired driving.

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He said the goal for the Valley’s chapter is to educate and develop a presence in the community. Burton notes the first step is to find enough volunteer board members to officially create the chapter, then find volunteers to help sustain, raise funds and run the organization. For more information on the local MADD chapter or to volunteer, contact Leslie Wells at burtonwells@telus.net or Norm Prince at madd_cv@telus.net. *** In other September news, the provincial government and BC Housing purchased the Washington Apartments in Courtenay. Noting a critical need for affordable housing in the Comox Valley, Mayor Larry Jangula said the investment is going to make a difference in the community. “Stable, safe and comfortable, affordable housing is so important to people’s lives,” Jangula said. “These residents can have confidence that their housing costs will remain within reach.” Also in September, a new cable ferry which made its first crossing from Buckley Bay to Denman Island. It is expected to start serving the public early in the new year.

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Send your letter to editor@comoxvalleyrecord.com, or drop it off at the Record office, 765 McPhee Ave. Please keep letters to a maximum of 300 words and sign with your name and hometown. We reserve the right to publish and to edit for space/clarity. Opinions expressed in Letters to the Editor are the sole opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the paper.

Christmas card stirs up fond memories

Dear editor, It didn’t take me long to get my memory going towards the days of yore. Old Christmas cards bring back memories quickly and lively. It wasn’t hard to replace myself with the boy staring with fascination and desire at Mr. Hope’s toy store window, mingled with the thoughts of today’s shopping facilities. How different it all is today. The clip clop noise of the horse pulling a family in their sled through the main street of downtown fits well into the whole picture. The family just passed the warm inviting hallway of the church of the local Salvation Army for their upcoming Christmas concert. Tom, the street player, is frantically playing melodies to make extra money for his hungry children at home and hopes to buy presents for them. It’s all covered with a new layer of beautiful white snow which dampens the street noise somewhat. The street lantern which I often used as a watchtower for my own fantasies glittered as well with the fallen snow.  Instantly I loved the sight of the older brother pulling the old sled; it’s easy to replace myself with him. The little dog patiently waits for new excitement which will come up soon as usual because she knows. The days of yore, at a hundred years of past memories. It was a pleasant surprise to receive this beautiful card instead of an email of a beloved friend. Those memories become more precious as the time presses on. Thank you old friend for sharing deep-rooted memories once again with me. Ary Sala, Fanny Bay

Reader offers New Year’s wish list

Dear editor, Every day I give thanks for this beautiful Valley I call home and my deepest wish is that it will stay that way. I wish for a pristine estuary, home to thousands of local and migrating shorebirds feeding on a shoreline unpolluted by roundup and other noxious pesticides. I wish for another year of CSA boxes brimming with an amazing selection of locally grown organic veggies and

fruit. I wish for hardware stores stocked with fertilizers and pesticides free of harmful chemicals. I wish dairy farmers success with using natural practices, making their farms more sustainable and milk products healthier. I wish for increased public awareness of the importance of preserving our wetlands and forests. I wish wisdom and courage to our politicians to plan and act for the health of all their constituents showing foresight and leadership without bias to economic pressures.  I wish all Comox Valley residents to have a successful and joyful 2016 with clean drinking water, and abundant local healthy food. Jenny Gohl Comox Valley

Duck hunting a way of life for some

Dear editor, Re: “Blast a duck Season” disturbing to reader (Dec. 24 Letter to the Editor). I am a duck hunter. It was introduced to me at a very early age by my father and I am doing my best to pass this great pastime on to my daughter. It was a way for us to get outdoors and provide some delicious organic table fare for our family. Duck hunting taught about the value of life, the importance of clean ethical kill. I was taught that in order for us to eat meat, something has to die, and if I chose to do the killing myself instead of shopping at a supermarket for my fowl, that in itself was a great responsibility. I was taught to always give back and do everything I can to protect the resource, and as a duck hunter I have. Duck hunters are required to purchase a special duck stamp every year. The revenue from this stamp funds the conservation and grant programs of Wildlife Habitat Canada. In the U.S., funds from their duck stamp have purchased over five million acres of habitat. Like most duck hunters, I am a supporter of Ducks Unlimited Canada, which is one of the organizations responsible for purchasing and protecting wetlands and farmland to make sure ducks do have a place to forage forever, and a parking lot or strip mall will never end up there. They have completed more than

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9,720 projects and conserved, restored and positively influenced more than 112 million acres of habitat. The fact is that this would not have been possible without duck hunters’ support. While you may think you have noticed a steady decline in waterfowl, the actual science is the exact opposite. Duck numbers in North America are sitting presently around 49 million for 2105. That is 43 per cent higher than average over the last 50 years. Lorne Parker Comox

Not all Legions are like Ladysmith

Dear editor, As a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion in Comox, with over 30 years of service to that great organization, it saddens me to see Letters to the Editor that reflect badly on the Legion. So in response to J. E. Knowles’ comment regarding the Ladysmith Legion, (Ladysmith Legion mistreating their vets, Nov. 17) please allow me to express my thoughts. Please do not tar the entire Legion with the same brush over this and similar issues. Each branch conducts its own Remembrance Day service of their own accord. Regarding “Veteran Bikers,” the Comox Legion has a number of members who are also members of that or a similar organization. They are all members in good standing of our branch and each productively contributes in their own way. The Remembrance Day service in Comox included two of those members who placed wreaths in honour of their members who paid the ultimate sacrifice. They are proud of their respective organizations and show that pride in their own distinctive way. I feel that our predecessors fought wars to give them the right to do just that. So if anyone was offended by the actions of one particular branch of the Legion, please do not discontinue participating at other branches. Please come out to our Remembrance Day service or try a different branch, next year. I write this as a private citizen who is a member of the Legion, not as an official representative and hope that no one is further offended by my remarks. DW (Don) Davis Comox

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The family was able to land in Canada thanks to Valley resident Darren Mulgrew and his wife Caron, who head the Comox Valley Syrian Refugee Support Committee. Yasser and Darren had worked together in Syria at a Petro-Canada natural gas refinery.

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The winds of change blew through the northern half of Vancouver Island during the Oct. 19 federal election as the New Democrat Party claimed both Comox Valley ridings. In the Courtenay-Alberni riding, Gord Johns was a convincing winner, taking 38.1 per cent of the votes (26,595). Incumbent Conservative candidate John Duncan was a distant second, at 28.2 per cent (19,631). Liberal Carrie Powell-Davidson finished with 21.8 per cent (15,166), and Green candidate Glenn Sollitt had 11.7 per cent of the vote (8,190). “We fought hard and got our message out,” Johns said to a happy crowd in Parksville. “We had more than 300 volunteers, people from across political lines. I want to thank my family for supporting me.” Johns said it was not an easy campaign and acknowledged his opponents. “It was a hard campaign. John Duncan served Vancouver Island for two decades. Glenn Sollitt ran a hard campaign and Carrie Powell-Davidson came a long way. We won this race because we had an incredible campaign team — there were a lot of people who didn’t sleep. Tonight let’s enjoy our victory, tomorrow let’s get to work.” Duncan, who was a sitting MP in the old Vancouver Island North riding, was surprised by the results. “Obviously it’s a sad night for a lot of my friends, my colleagues,” he said during a concession speech. “This was not the result I was anticipating at all.” Duncan was most disappointed that fellow Conservative candidates he was mentoring on Vancouver Island did not succeed. Rachel Blaney, also of the NDP, garnered the most votes in the North Island-Powell River riding.

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NEWSMAKERS in DECEMBER The four Comox Valley children who were allegedly abducted by their father this summer were located in the Middle East, according to members close to the family. Family spokesperson Jody Korchinski confirmed Alison Azer now knows the location of her children. “Alison is tremen-

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*** The Nov. 28 referendum regarding a tax to address homelessness in the Comox Valley passed by less than 200 votes. The question asked voters if they favour a bylaw to establish a service to provide funds to one or more non-government organizations (NGOs) to deliver services to assist homeless individuals, based on a five-year plan. At the tax rate of two cents per $1,000 of assessed property value, the owner of a residential property assessed at $300,000 will pay $6 per year. *** The Comox Valley mourned a couple of notable community deaths in November. The Courtenay Volunteer Fire Department lost a family member Nov. 5 when senior captain Tom Slater passed away at Victoria’s Royal Jubilee Hospital after a brief illness. Also, North Island wildlife lost a guardian Nov. 18 when Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society founder Maj Birch succumbed to cancer.

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■ Bill and Beryl Barnes took their favourite hometown newspaper with them when they visited the Tibetan Buddhist Temple on Grafton Avenue in Qualicum Beach.

■ At the RCAF Airwomen’s 12th Reunion (June 5-7) at the Gold Rush Inn in Whitehorse, Yukon, Margaret Nex, Mona Cashman and Mary McKenzie shared a copy of The Record with an unknown “Mountie.”

■ On a 39-day cruise from Vancouver to Australia and New Zealand, James Stratton and wife Laurance visited the famous and beautiful Sydney Opera House. Other stops included Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, New Caledonia and Tasmania.

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■ Barb and Bill Lane, owners of WJL Enterprises, organized their fourth annual Open House to fill their work trailer for the Comox Valley Food Bank. They collected 2,000 pounds of food and $500 which was greatly appreciated by the food bank staff and clients.

■ The Vancouver Island Mountain Sports Society (VIMSS) is pleased to announce the following athletes have been awarded VIMSS grants for Winter 2015-2016: Alec Stapff- Cross Country Skiing, Winsport/Canmore Nordic; Tallon Noble - Cross Country Skiing, Courtenay; Dillan Glennie- Freestyle Club, Courtenay; Desmond Debellefeuille- Snowboarding, Comox; Kieran NilsenAlpine Skier, Comox. Pictured are Kieran Nilsen, Dillan Glennie and Tallon Noble with their grants.

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The Comox Valley Record wants to recognize the many events that make our community a better place to live. Email your photos and submissions to editor@comoxvalleyrecord.com.

■ Comox Legion Branch 160 and the Ladies Auxiliary presented checks totalling over $5,900 to representatives from YANA, Salvation Army, CV Food Bank, Therapeutic Riding, Comox Fire Dept., Santa’s Workshop, Sonshine Lunch, Teddies & Tots, and Therapeutic Gardens. Missing from picture are Transition Society, Wheels for Wellness and Hospice Society.

■ At left, St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog ‘Magic’ (accompanied by Dave Fletcher) presents a certificate of appreciation to Woofy’s Pet Foods for a generous donation of $300 to the Therapy Dog program. Mike Trimble accepts on behalf of Woofy’s. At right, Kari-Ann Brears of Bosley’s Fine Pet Foods receives a certificate of appreciation for providing leashes for St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs.

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using relaxation and induction, and then uses interventions and suggestions to eliminate negative beliefs or behaviours, or help the client establish positive ones. Hypnosis can be used to help people quit smoking, eliminate bad habits, get more active, make healthy eating choices, pain management, depression, anxiety, fears and phobias, PTSD, and the list goes on! Hypnotherapy can empower people to achieve a greater sense “Hypnotherapy of personal well-being, can empower enabling them to people to achieve make positive changes a greater sense of in their thoughts or personal wellactions, and ultimately being” in their lives. Submitted by pilot” feeling driving to Fran Jenkins, Clinical work, being engrossed Hypnotherapist at in a good book or movie, Insights Hypnotherapy that state between insightshypnotherapy.ca awake and asleep. The hypnotherapist creates a trance state

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Despite those stats, nearly two-thirds of smokers say they are seriously considering quitting. So what is the best way to quit? If you are considering quitting smoking, you’ll want to consciously chart a plan for success by considering your quitting options and committing to a plan that suits you best. It is important to understand why people smoke. Most non-smokers assume that people smoke because they enjoy the sensation of smoking. They mistakenly assume that the prime motivator is a love of the smell, taste and feel of smoking. The reality is that the main reason people keep smoking is because they don’t like how they feel when they don’t smoke. The withdrawal symptoms and subsequent cravings for cigarettes are so uncomfortable that smokers are driven

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•Gillian Ellsay of Courtenay was the top Canadian in the junior women individual time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Richmond, Virginia. She posted the eighth-fastest time of the day, completing the 15-km course in 22:03. Ellsay, 18, went to world championships in both road and track cycling. She won the Canadian junior woman time trial championship in July. •Comox Valley talent helped hit and pitch the Parksville Royals to a gold medal at the Western Canada AAA Midget baseball championships. After playing six games in four days the Royals, composed of

16-18-year-old players from various Vancouver Island towns, took top spot in a thrilling 11-inning final against the St. Louis Cardinals of Alberta. •The Atmosphere Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race (MOMAR) returned to Cumberland for its 16th season.  Once again, hometown hero Brad Crowe was in the spotlight, posting the overall quickest time as an individual. •The 20th annual Operation High Jump event at Vanier Track was attended by over 100 special needs participants and their caregivers from the Comox Valley and Powell River. •The Comox Valley Field Hockey Association hosted

Gillian Ellsay had a strong season of road and track cycling. the 32nd annual Westerly tournament at the G.P. Vanier synthetic turf facility. The

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•Curves Comox members participated in Mudderella at Whistler. Designed to challenge physically and mentally, Mudderella is also a fundraiser for local charities. Mudderella Whistler 2015 raised over $60,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. •Comox Valley Lacrosse Association president Geoff Garbut presented the President’s Award to 2015 recipient Braeden Hemingway. •A large contingent of Comox Valley Road Runners joined more than 8,000 competitors at the 36th annual Goodlife Fitness Victoria Race Weekend. CVRR president Roz Smith continued her stellar season by smashing her own Canadian record by five minutes to win W6569 in a world class

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•The Isfeld Ice senior girls volleyball team won the AAA Vancouver Island championship and were off to Provincials in Vernon. Setter Maggie Harris earned tournament MVP and middle Molly Mifsud earned all-star honours. •The Comox Valley Compass Adventures SUP Team (coach Stuart Robinson, Sage Hayer, Liam Cursley, Emma Wong, Mia Wheatley-Maltais and Sam FitzJames Salvail) enjoyed a successful season. •Blame it on the heat. Not the heat in Florida, the Heat from Atlanta. The Heat weathered a determined ninth inning comeback bid by the Comox Valley Cubs to end the Canadian senior men’s baseball club’s run at the 2015 Roy Hobbs World Series in Fort Myers, Fla. •Taylor Green was with Team Canada at the inaugu-

Fish farming opponent Freja Reed was booted off the Marine Harvest Riptide U15 girls soccer team. time of 3:39:31. •Comox Valley riders claimed top spots in the Island Cup Enduro Mountain Bike Series. Ten-yearold Brynn Johnson and 12-year-old Carson Damery won the overall series titles for the beginner women

ral WBSC Premier 12 baseball tournament in Japan. After going undefeated in pool play, #7 Canada was upset by #12 Mexico in the quarter-finals. Green also represented Canada at the 2013 World Baseball Classic and has played in several international and Olympic qualifying tournaments over the past decade. •In early November, it was announced that Allison Waller of Courtenay was named Dressage Canada’s (DC) Volunteer of the Month for October. Waller was nominated by Mary Brogue of Comox, who described Waller as having a tremendous influence on the Upper Vancouver Island dressage community. •Mark R. Isfeld Ice went undefeated to claim the senior boys volleyball North Island championship in front of a great home crowd. •Mark R. Isfeld Senior

and beginner men categories, while Emily Johnson and Chris Makuch won the expert women and expert men categories. •Four Comox Valley Road Runners (CVRR) travelled to the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon to

local club had not hosted the tournament for over 15 years but with the new turf field, the tournament came back to the Valley and the hometown Eagles celebrated by going 5-0 to take the title. •Just two months after helping the BC U19 men win the Canadian Rugby Championship, Comox Valley’s Foster deWitt and Nakai Penny were taking their game to the next level. The duo was with the UBC Thunderbirds varsity rugby team that was taking part in the first-ever World University Rugby Cup (held in conjunction with the Rugby World Cup) Sept. 15-21 at Oxford University in England.

battle the best runners in the nation at the Canadian Marathon Championships. Winning their age category were Brian Stewart and Wayne Crowe. •In a story that attracted national media attention, the Marine Harvest Upper Island Riptide soccer association severed ties with U15 goalkeeper Freyja Reed, who is opposed to fish farming, after a dispute regarding sponsorship spiralled out of control. •Royston’s Samantha Rodgers wrapped up her five years with the Vancouver Island University Mariners women’s soccer team by helping her team win a silver medal at the PACWEST provincial championships. Rodgers was named Top Defender at the four-team tournament.

Team Canada’s Larry Walker and Taylor Green. Secondary swimmers and their sponsor coach attended the B.C. High School Island Swimming Championships at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre on Nov. 1. All 10 swimmers represented Isfeld well, with Jordyn Ryan (Grade 11) capturing the Island championship title in all three individual

events she swam. •The 11th annual Perseverance Trail Run was a huge success with more than 300 racers, 70 volunteers, a huge team of sponsors and countless supporters coming together to raise $131,784.34 for the Cumberland Community Forest Society.

Darcy Sharpe won snowboard streetstyle gold at the Dew Tour in Colorado.

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•Two Comox Valley ringette players were on their way to Helsinki, Finland for the 2016 world championships. Helen Oliphant and Haley Hill will be playing for Team USA in the seven-team Presidents’ Pool at the Dec. 27 to Jan. 4 tournament. “We say we’re playing for Team U.S., Eh,” Oliphant laughed. •Senior boys basketball teams won their own tournaments; the Vanier Towhees taking top spot at the Gus Vesterback and the Isfeld Ice winning their tourney for the fourth time in the past five years. •Comox Valley rugby athletes earned four of the 39 spots on the Canada U20 selection camp that will be held Jan. 22-30 at Shawnigan Lake School. Twenty-six players will be chosen to represent Canada at their World Trophy qualifier against the USA on Feb. 13. G.P. Vanier grads Trevor Caton, Callum Passingham and Foster DeWitt, along with Valley newcomer Nikai Penny of Penticton, will be attending the final tryout camp. •Valley athletes excelled at the 2015 winter Dew Tour stop in Breckenridge, Colorado. Darcy Sharpe won the snowboard streetstyle and finished third in snowboard slopestyle while Cassie Sharpe finished second in ski superpipe and Spencer O’Brien took silver in snowboard slopestyle. •Abigail Rigsby of Courtenay, who won the 2015 BC Girls Juvenile championship, signed an NCAA letter of intent to play college golf at Oklahoma Christian University (OCU) in Edmond, Oklahoma, just outside of Oklahoma City. •The Strathcona Nordics took the mainland by storm when they sent 25 racers to Whistler Olympic Park’s cross-country ski trails for their first race of the season. With fresh snow and blue skies, the team could not have asked for better conditions, nor a keener crew; all the Nordics placed in the top 10, with 20 athletes leaving with medals. •CVAC Sharks swimmers set personal best times at the Island Swim Club’s inaugural Bennett Cup in Victoria. •After testing their skill levels in the growing world of competitive sailing during the 2014-2015 season, William-Patrick Blouin-Comeau and Brian Cherry were ready to take on bigger goals for the upcoming 201617 season. Blouin-Comeau and Cherry, also known as Team Wyred, are set to compete in one of sailing’s most extreme competitions in the spring of 2016: The Red Bull Foiling Generation. This international competition brings together the best youth sailors from multiple countries and get them to sail against each other in a foiling or “flying” catamaran. •From the Comox Valley workshop of Ed Schum to table tennis enthusiasts across Canada, Europe and the Far East - that’s the international scope of Blades by Ed. The 74-year-old Schum started playing table tennis as a boy in Austria over 60 years ago, and after many years of coaching and playing, began manufacturing rackets two years ago.


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Just for curiosity sake, I like to peek at what the people at Garden Media Group have to say about “hot new trends” for gardening in the new year. Their report lists eight categories for 2016: • Connected Greenery • naTECHure • Welltality • The Makers Lifestyle • Backyard Boldness • Layered Landscapes • Dogscaping • Precious Resources Don’t you love some of the titles? 1. “Connected Greenery”. It seems more people will be embracing technology as a learning tool for garnering success in growing plants – both indoor and out. The aim is to accomplish this feat without putting in a whole lot of work. Well, I cannot blame these gardeners, especially if they have a full-time job and active kids. One does want to succeed in one’s endeavours, even when time is a limited commodity. Retail stores are also encouraged to embrace technology to help make the shopping experience more stream-lined. Up-to-date websites and “mobile coupons” are touted to be a driving force towards consumers’ purchasing decisions. 2. “naTECHure”. Cute title. It could almost be lumped in with the first one but the writers are principally targeting children in this trend. It is a combination of the two hottest trends happening in the education sector: nature and technology. Utilizing the two in fun new ways encourages children to get off the couch to learn about health, fitness, and how to garden. 3. “Welltality”. This is a new title on a well-documented trend: gardening promotes good health and wellness. Lots of positive studies out on this one and, really, everyone should be doing at least a little bit of gardening. People are definitely looking at

their health more closely – showing better awareness of what goes into and onto their bodies. Concern about a healthy environment comes under this heading, as well. Beneficial indoor plants will be hot for the clean air, and other benefits, they can provide at a very low carbon footprint. 4. “The Makers Lifestyle”. They are calling these people “yuccies, who are cultural offspring of yuppies and hipsters”. (Really? Where do they get these ideas?) Seems DYIers are getting a nomenclatural change to tout the ultimate experience of creating through hands-on projects rather than just making something. And here I thought wine-makers were already growing their own grapes to turn into wine and fabric dyers were growing plants for making dyes. The difference is a little lost on me on this one. 5. “Backyard Boldness”. This one I can embrace! Technology is promoting such things as innovative outdoor lighting and sound products which ramp up the enjoyment level from our gardens. As a fan of the after-dusk garden experience, I love any new products. 6. “Layered Landscapes”. Seems we are trending towards creating more impact and lasting impressions through what we plant in our garden. Sustainability is better achieved through planting trees and shrubs to augment the perennials…leaning towards a more natural ecosystem and healthier environment for pollinators and wildlife. 7. “Dogscaping”. This should really be “Petscaping” as 65 percent of U.S. households have a pet. Canadians are not too far off that number. Statistics state one in three dogs die of cancer each year. Concerned owners are assuredly looking towards chemical-free lawns for their pets. Honestly, chemical-free gardens should be a mandate for adults, children, pets, and wildlife alike. 8. “Precious Resources”. This one should really be #1 in priority. There is new technology coming available, as well as new plants, which can help to conserve our valuable resources. And do not rule out evolutionary changes in the plant kingdom which can carry our gardening experiences forward for many new years to come.

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6th & Fitzgerald Ave. “SpiritCourtenay in Practice: Phone: Compassion” 250-334-4961 Through Sunday Service: 10:30am Debby Howard Minister: Rev. Ryan Slifka (Sunday, January 10) “The Church a heart We Meet Everywith Sunday at 4:00 to June) in the(September heart of the city.” 250 Beach Drive, Comox

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St. Peter Sunday Jim Lyster, Rector Celebration 218 Church St., Comox • 250-339-2925 10:30 am SATURDAY

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ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA Comox Valley Parishes Welcome You!

St. John the Divine We’ve GotSt.Some Space Peter Jim Lyster, Rector For You! 218 Church St., Comox • 250-339-2925

Rev. Anthony Divinagracia, Rector 579 - 5th Street, Courtenay 100 Years of Ministry in the Comox Valley

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