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Lost? There’s an app for that. Arrowsmith Search and Rescue had a busier-than-usual year, responding to 38 calls in the last 12 months, according to search manager Gord Yelland. He said many of those calls were from outdoor enthusiasts visiting Parksville Qualicum Beach who weren’t quite familiar with Vancouver Island’s rugged terrain. “We’ve had more calls this year from people who are lost saying ‘we think we’re here, this is what our phone says’ — we’ve had more of those calls than ever before,” said Yelland. “Part of it is people are using their smart phones to access maps to go out and do things and they haven’t done enough research.” But those very smart phones have also been a saving grace. Yelland said the local search and rescue branch has been using new software developed by a search and rescue volunteer in Coquitlam known as ‘your location.’ “It allows (Arrowsmith Search and Rescue) to send a text to the subject’s phone,” Yelland explained, noting the subject needs to turn on their GPS. The lost person will receive a text leading the subject to click a link that automatically sends search and rescue their location. “It even plots it on a map for us.” The technological advancement has been a major help to the local search and rescue branch in the last year. Yelland said they’ve received calls from a wide array of subjects, from despondent people to seniors with various levels of dementia to lost hikers hailing from all over B.C. He said one of the more memorable calls came last summer when the search and rescue team was called out to Little Mountain, where a dog had fallen over the mountain. “It took us some time to find it and evacuate it out,” recalled Yelland. “The poor thing had broken its back and we couldn’t do anything to save it.” Arrowsmith Search and Rescue has 25 active members and runs strictly on donations and grants. This year, Yelland said the organization spent $40,000-$50,000 on search efforts, not including the cost of new equipment. See LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS, page A4

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Royal Canadian Legion branches — in both Parksville and Qualiucm Beach — might be the places to be to ring in the new year, both tonight and tomorrow. Tonight, you may be able to still get tickets for the New Year’s Eve dinner and dance at Branch #49 Parksville. Call 250-248-6842 for more information. Tomorrow, (Friday, Jan. 1) both the Parksville and Qualicum Beach branches will host a New Year’s Levée. Parksville’s is from 1-4 p.m. and Qualicum Beach’s Levée, with the support of Quality Foods, is set for noon-3 p.m. and features live music by Bruce Feltham and the Qualicum Beach Pipe Band. A Levée is a uniquely Canadian New Year’s Day tradition of receptions held by the Governor General of Canada, the Lieutenants Governor of the Provinces, the Canadian Forces, RCMP, some municipalities and Legion Branches. The Levée marks the advent of another year; and provides an opportunity for the public to visit. The first recorded Levée in Canada was held on January 1st, 1646 in the Château St. Louis by Charles Huault de Montmagny, Governor of New France (later Québec) from 1636 to 1648. In addition to shaking hands and wishing a Happy New Year to citizens presenting themselves at the Château, the Governor informed guests of significant events in France, as well as the state of affairs within the colony. In turn, the settlers were expected to pledge anew their allegiance to the Crown. The Levée tradition was continued by British Colonial Governors in Canada, and subsequently continues to the present day. — NEWS Staff

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A Parksville man is highlighting the power and devastation of erosion through the death of a “200-year-old matriarch.” High-water events in early December on the Englishman River helped bring down one of the few remaining old-growth Douglas fir trees in the upper reaches of the estuary, said Rory Glennie. “This magnificent tree was once living well back in the forest, firmly rooted in the rich alluvial soil of the river-bottom land,” Glennie wrote to The NEWS. “Over time and successive riverbank eroding floods, the forest giant crept ever closer to the stream bed, or more accurately, the stream bed came closer to it.” The tree had a diameter of more than five feet at its butt and is estimated to be 200 years old.

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Glennie said it came down in the early hours of Dec. 8 during a flood backed up by a high tide. Glennie also said this isn’t necessarily bad news. “If it stays lodged there it will help create good fish habitat and will contribute to the overall wellbeing of the river,” he wrote. “And it may help reduce further localized stream bank erosion.” “Over time many other lesser trees have succumbed to the ravages of flood waters in this area and have ultimately been washed away to the ocean. Perhaps this big one is heavy enough to withstand future high waters and will be there for us and the fish to appreciate for some time to come.” A trail leads right to the tree through the Nature Trust of B.C. estuary park land at the end of Shelly Road. — NEWS Staff/Submitted by Rory Glennie

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July-Sept: Drought continues, Fairwinds sold Editor’s note: our staff has spent some time looking back at 2015 and we are pleased to present highlights from The NEWS in this 2015—Year in Review special. Today, we look at July through September. In our next edition, we will feature October through December. Thank you for all your support in 2015 and best wishes to all for a happy and healthy 2016. July 2 • In one of the hottest and driest years on record on the mid-Island, June set records and offered little change in the forecast for the coming summer. June is usually the “cold low month” of summer, but every official organization was ringing alarm bells about the “tinder-dry conditions,” as Environment Canada meteorologist Andre Besson said. July 7 • The smoke and ash enveloping the Parksville Qualicum Beach region early in the month originated from three blazes in the Coastal Fire Region, two on the Island and one on the Sunshine Coast. Weather patterns and eye witness accounts suggested most of the smoke and ash here came from a forest fire just two kilometres outside Sechelt, roughly 50 kilometres as the gull flies across the Salish Sea. An air quality advisory was issued for this region by the Ministry of Environment. • Bentall Kennedy announced Vancouver-based Seacliff Properties Ltd. has agreed to purchase the Fairwinds Oceanfront Community on Vancouver Island. The purchase includes the Fairwinds Golf Course, Schooner Cove Marina, Fairwinds Centre and development lands. The sale to Seacliff was scheduled to be completed on July 31. “This is excellent news for the Fairwinds community,” said Russell Tibbles of Bentall Kennedy. “Seacliff Properties Ltd. is an established development company experienced in managing and developing large scale real estate projects throughout Western Canada.” July 9 • As Parksville city council pondered a move to Level 4 water restrictions, it also worked on a fines structure for those who don’t comply. Council gave three readings July 6 to a bylaw that would empower enforcement officers to hand out $100 tickets to those found watering their lawns or other actions in contravention

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of water restrictions. The city already had a fines structure for other bylaw offences, like unlicensed dogs and noise infractions, but did not have any penalty for those who wash their vehicles or water their lawns during restrictive periods. • Qualicum Beach’s Thomas Riva ran his way to the top spot at the Canadian National Track and Field Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, earning a gold medal in the men’s 1,500 metre run. Riva, coming off his senior season with the University of Victoria Vikings track and field team, captured the gold with a time of four minutes, 6.16 seconds. July 14 • The on-again, off-again Aldermuir cohousing project in Qualicum Beach was pronounced dead again — for the moment. “The Aldermuir group will continue, more than ever,” said Gary Morrison, president and founder of the Vancouver based Livewell Cohousing af-

ter a Qualicum Beach committee of the whole meeting July 9 in which council recommended rejecting its development proposal. “But at this moment we’ll all take the weekend off, enjoy the sunshine and think about options and next steps,” he said. After concerns about setbacks from a protected wetland were broached at the previous council meeting, proponents reduced the proposal from 61 to 52 units and increased the setbacks on the 20-acre property at the corner of Laburnum and Claymore roads. Coun. Anne Skipsey said the proposal goes against the town’s OCP and council’s commitment to the environment. Council voted 4-1, refusing to forward the rezoning application onto the next regular council meeting. • Dynamite that was found in the Qualicum Bay area July 7 was too old to have proper expiration labels, Oceanside RCMP Cpl. Jesse Foreman said. Foreman said the dynamite labels “predated” the

mandate used now to determine how old a dynamite stick is. The dynamite was found in a freezer in the back yard of a man’s property, Foreman said. He wasn’t sure how the man came into possession of the dynamite but no charges were to be laid as “he was trying to do the right thing.” July 16 • Amid the debate over a new Wednesday night farmers’ market in Qualicum Beach — which was approved — the Thursday night street market was cancelled. A Qualicum Beach town council public forum on the proposed Wednesday night “top-up” farmers’ market was thrown for a loop by Qualicum Beach Downtown Business Association’s David Wood. Citing “a clear lack of leadership on behalf of this council (which) brings into question if this council’s integrity is in danger of being breached,” Wood said, “effective immediately, the QBDBA is cancelling our Uptown Summer Market.” CONTINUED ON page A6

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July 21 • The Urgent Care Centre at the Oceanside Health Centre in Parksville saw its open hours cut by one hour each day, effective August 1. Urgent Care was scheduled to see patients from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., seven days a week. From the time it opened in September of 2013, the centre had been open from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. The announcement came on the heels of news that the OHC was losing its only primary care physician to retirement. “Both are a reflection of a shortage of family physicians nationwide,” Dr. Ben Williams told The NEWS. • A local resident proposed the installation of a chain-link fence at Little Mountain near Parksville to prevent ongoing, illegal dumping. Megan Olsen said she was disappointed with the lack of discussion after she made her presentation to the Regional District of Nanaimo’s board of directors during its July meeting. July 23 • A large land and sea rescue operation successfully rescued two people from an 18foot boat in rough waters near Texada Island July 20. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) in Victoria received a 911 call about the boaters, 19 Wing Public Affairs Officer Captain Trevor Reid reported. A CC-115 Buffalo aircraft was launched from 19 Wing Comox to assist in

quickly pinpointing the boat, which its crew did shortly before 2 p.m. “We located the boat in distress on the southern tip of Texada Island and dropped smoke markers to help other rescue vessels distinguish it from other boats in the area,” Lieutenant Stephan Germaine, CC-115 Buffalo navigator said, according to Reid. “The Buffalo crew remained overhead and in radio communication with rescue vessels until the two boaters were transported to safety in French Creek.” • The City of Parksville Council passed a bylaw July 20 authorizing its officer to levy a fine of $100 to those who use water contrary to conservation levels. The city was at level 4 water restrictions, which basically means no outdoor watering whatsoever. During the discussion about the bylaw, Coun. Sue Powell called for a $500 fine, saying the $100 levy was a “joke.” July 28 • Qualicum Beach union employees issued 72-hour strike notice, saying that while communicating, the two sides were not currently negotiating. The town’s roughly 50 union employees, members of CUPE Local 401, were in a legal strike position as of 10:25 a.m., Sunday, July 26. CONTINUED ON page A7

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July 30 • An outstanding wine list — combined with knowledgeable servers — resulted in a significant distinction for The Beach Club Resort in Parksville. The Pacific Prime Restaurant and Lounge made the 2015 Wine Spectator’s Wine List Award, which Food and beverage director Ian Lane said was the equivalent of receiving an Oscar. • At an impasse, Qualicum Beach council issued a 72-hour lockout notice to staff, effective July 31. “Since negotiations started in April, the union started at two per cent per year and there hasn’t been any movement,” said Chief Administrative Officer Daniel Sailland, adding that it was council’s view that they were left with no other option. “In their decision council made it clear we should remain available for any negotiating,” he said, with everyone hoping it can be resolved before the deadline.” August 4 • Residents learned of the elimination of a controversial aquifer storage and recovery system when the Englishman River Water Service board passed motions forwarding a new water treatment facility plan to Parksville city council. The project, if approved by council and the regional district, calls for the $28.3 million facility to be completed by June of 2018. City of Parksville taxpayers would be on the hook for 74 per cent of the cost. The balance is for Nanoose Bay.

• A 44-year-old Nanaimo man was arrested by police after a three-month string of break and enters and thefts in the mid-Vancouver Island area, including Qualicum Beach. August 6 • The government issued five seaweed harvesting licences Aug. 4 — two more than last year, some with increased quotas — and allocated a stretch of the Qualicum First Nation Reserve to the harvest. According to a news release issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, the three existing licence-holders (Stormy Shores, Pacific Seaplants and Island Seaweeds) will now be able to harvest a maximum of 500 tonnes each from the Deep Bay/Bowser area. Last year’s quota was 300 tonnes. Meanwhile, the ministry offered Qualicum First Nation and Island Scallops licences to harvest 250 tonnes of seaweed each for the area fronting the Qualicum First Nation Reserve. • Oceanside RCMP Staff Sgt. Brian Hunter provided city council with his mid-year statistical report on crime in Parksville and the numbers showed significant increases in a few categories. Incidents of thefts from motor vehicles, for example, jumped to 100 in the first six months of 2015 from 35 in the same time period in 2014, but Hunter said there was an explanation for the jump in that stat. August 11 • The SPCA launched an investigation in Bowser after allegations of animal

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Submissions are welcome. Contact J.R. Rardon at 250-905-0028 or email to: reporter@pqbnews.com

AUREN RUVINSKY PHOTO

Parksville’s Whole Show Restorations representatives Landon Oram, left, and Glenn Shoemaker hand over a $1,000 cheque to the Salvation Army’s Lisa Clason to go towards their good work over the holidays.

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Renate Sutherland, centre, executive director of the Society of Organized Services (SOS) accepts a $750 donation from the Oceanside Midget Generals Hockey Team. The proceeds came from the team’s fall bottle drive, which raised $1,500 total.

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Dave Field, left, President of the Seaside Cruizers Car Club, presents a cheque for $500 to Judy Southern, President of the Qualicum Beach Seniors Centre.

CHRISTMAS CASH

Giveaway Winners

Trina Jiggins of the Salvation Army, centre, accepts non-perishable food and cash from Parksville Lawn Bowling Club vice president John Winkleman, left, and club president Ron Davis Dec. 18. The club had collected the non-perishable items through its food bank drive during the Dec. 12 Christmas luncheon and through its other winter activities. Two fresh turkeys were also delivered to the food bank. This was the lawn bowling club’s second donation in as many months to the Salvation Army. In November, a cheque for $500 was delivered to assist the organization with its projects here in Parksville.

Congratulations!

The Winners of THE NEWS CHRISTMAS CASH Giveaway were: Angie Hayes........ $250 Kathy Green ....... $150 Jim Freeman....... $100

Thank You to All That Entered


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5-8-pm, Oceanside Place Arena. Pond hockey, crafts, music. Balloon drop/countdown 8pm. Courtesy of Tim Horton’s, Parksville with a ticket, available at OS Place Arena & Ravensong Aquatic Ctre. RDN, Rec & Parks 250248-3252, www.rdn.bc.ca/ recreation.

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Drop-In Open Draw. Tues & Thurs thru Sun. 1:30-4pm. Beginners welcome, bowls supplied. QBLBC.com, 250594-1006.

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New beginner classes, St. Edmunds church. Jan 4/68pm, Jan 7/9:30-11:30am. $20/month, $50/3 months. All net proceeds to local charity. Eva, 250-954-1002.

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Drop-in events. Mon./ mahjong @7pm/$1, Wed./ cribbage @ 1pm/$2, Thurs./ bridge @1pm/$2 Open to public. 149 E. Stanford Ave. 250- 954-3930 parksvillelawnbowlingclub.com

TUE. JAN 5 QB MUSEUM SPEAKER SERIES

7-9pm, QBeach Civic Ctre. By donation. Speaker Perry Perry/Parksville/Qualicum branch of the Canadian Federation of University Women. A historical overview, current focus on education & the improvement of the status of women & human rights. Netania Waddell, 2507525533, qbmuseum@shaw.ca

7pm/Register at Knox United Church. Rehearsals for “Vivaldi’s Gloria” etc. No auditions. Singers from the Oceanside Area welcome. Info: 250-752-8130.

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6:30-7:30pm, Parksville Library, 100 Jensen Ave E. Activities for dads & kids/312yrs. 250.248.3841 x4. Drop-in. FREE.

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7-9pm meeting, Arrowsmith Hall, 1014 Ford Rd, Coombs. Guests welcome. 248-6177.

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9am, Parksville Beach Community Park. Neil Robins, 250-390-3669, thebackyard@shaw.ca, thebirdstore.blogspot.ca

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THU. JAN 7 THE PARKSVILLE NEWCOMERS’ CLUB

6:30pm/New members register, 7pm/Socialize & activity sign up. 7:30pm/ meeting. Guest Speaker: John Drew, speaking about Forestry on Vancouver Island. www/parksvillenewcomers.net

2-4pm, Parksville Civic Technology Ctre, Rm 100.

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Shoreline focus

W

e could choose her every year, but Mother Nature is likely to be front and centre in all big decisions in Parksville Qualicum Beach in 2016. An earthquake shook the Island Tuesday night, bringing to front-of-mind once again the fear of what many believe is inevitable — The Big One — and what we can do to prepare. Many in this region who slept through the quake woke up to a Winter Wonderland scene of snow gently falling Wednesday morning. In the slim stretch of land between the Island mountains and the Salish Sea, it has become a rare sight in recent years. Alas, within an hour or two Wednesday morning, there was little or no sign of the white stuff, at least in downtown Parksville and Qualicum Beach. Mother Nature and Mother Earth cannot be measured by single events. The municipalities of Parksville and Qualicum Beach are experiencing that — death by a thousand waves — and 2016 will be a year of concentration on the waterfront. Parksville has set aside many thousands of dollars to shore up the shore in Community Park. Most of the weather systems come in from the southeast and batter the coast line at the end of Community Park where the old hovercraft landing pad sits. The park is shrinking at an alarming rate and will be lost unless some measures are taken by us feeble humans to slow the erosion. The city is doing just that in 2016 and will likely have to set aside a lot of money every year to stop the park from disappearing and the world-famous beach from becoming a rubble zone. Qualicum Beach will also be focused on its shoreline in 2016 as it advances its Waterfront Master Plan. The first, logical step — well underway — is to determine the measures needed to combat the same kind of erosion issues faced by Parksville. Both of these communities are not set up financially to consistently pour millions into battling erosion issues — they will need help from senior governments. The waterfronts in both communities also need some vision in regards to the amenities offered, or lack thereof. People will go somewhere else if they can’t find activities (rentals) or food options or buskers or towels, T-shirts and sunscreen to purchase. We are not the Wild West Coast near Tofino — we are supposed to be the tourism-friendly Riviera of Canada. The trick is also to better connect the beaches to the downtown areas. Not an easy set of asks. However, the first step is always going to be dealing with the death by a thousand waves. — Editorial by John Harding

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Quotable:

“This magnificent tree was once living well back in the forest, firmly

rooted in the rich alluvial soil of the river-bottom land.” rory gLennie, See Story Page a3

We don’t need robots on council

business oWners have decorated

Here are four news items, from around the world and close to home, culled from press reports in the past few weeks. All of them illustrate undesirable results arising from a blind adherence to rules, without apparent application of sufficient rational thought. In Belgium, a person wanted for questioning in the Paris terrorist attacks eludes police, because Belgian law prohibits police raids between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. In Manitoba, a First Nations community has been without either road access or convenient access to potable water since the City of Winnipeg in 1919 expropriated land for its own use without regard to the impact on this community. For 96 years, federal, provincial, city and even other First Nations governments have thrown up one roadblock after another to prevent the rectification of the problem. In Vancouver, a lottery winner has been unable to claim his winnings, because he doesn’t have photo ID. He can’t get photo ID because he hasn’t a copy of his birth certificate. He can’t get a copy of his birth certificate because he doesn’t have photo ID. In Qualicum Beach, a property owner is prevented from building a suitable dwelling on a non-standard lot because of a failure to relax, with due regard for unusual circumstances, height and set-back rules that were designed with “standard” lot sizes in mind. There are only 10 rules that are “carved in stone.” All others should be considered as guidelines, to be rationally considered and varied as and when necessary for unique circumstances. We should expect our public workers and leaders to take such individual circumstances into consideration, rather than slavishly applying rules. The blind application of rules could be done by robots. We have a right to expect our hired workers and elected officials to do more than just that, and to apply sufficient thought to the situations they encounter in the course of their public service duties to know when the rules need to be modified to fit the situation.

We, as the Parksville Downtown Business Association, would like to take this opportunity to thank both residents and visitors alike for your patronage and kind words given to us over the holiday season. More than 30 businesses in our downtown participated in the decorating of our “North Pole”, this being our second year of what we call North Pole-Apalooza. Many thanks to United Floors for donating all those great poles for us to use. Each of us decorated our poles for your enjoyment and fun. For those who would like to see more decorations…we’re getting there. Encouragement to those businesses that do decorate is always appreciated. City lights down the meridian would be wonderful; perhaps they will be back one year. Over the past few years, the PDBA has purchased five fabulous 21-foot lit trees and placed them on roofs throughout our downtown. Two years ago, a young tree was donated to us through the efforts of Home Hardware. It was planted at the base of Craig Street. This year we held a light-up celebration which Mayor Lefebvre officiated. Our sincere thanks to the Craig Bay Choristers for leading us in a tremendous selection of Christmas carols. Our Christmas committee is a volunteer group of three and our executive director. We were fortunate this year to also have two wonderful community volunteers assist us with notifications to our downtown businesses. We created our first Event Calendar this year and know that this will also grow over the years. Did you check out the Credit Union’s Ugly Sweater Day? My staff had a “Dress Like Santa Day” that got great comments from our clients. These are just a couple of the fun events that occurred during our Christmas season downtown. We are a diverse downtown community consisting of services and retailers along 19A, the Alberni Highway, side streets and plazas. I would encourage everyone to take a minute to drive some of the streets or better yet, take a walk, enjoy the efforts that many business owners and their staff have done to decorate their businesses. From the PDBA, its board and its members we sincerely hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas with your family and

Lotar Maurer Qualicum Beach

Parksville

Government Contacts provincial:

Sandy HerLe, PdBa PreSident Parksville SCott fraSer, MLa,

helping refugees find a neW life On behalf of the Refugee Sponsorship Committee of the Church of the Ascension, I would like to thank The NEWS for letting readers know about our fundraising efforts and how they can assist. Bringing a family from Iraq or Syria to a safe and caring community like ours is a first step in assisting them to find a new life. Sandi digraS CHair of tHe refugee SPonSorSHiP CoMMittee Parksville

get together

If one church can raise $14,000 in four days, imagine what could be achieved if all the churches in Parksville got together, in the spirit of Christian fellowship and raised funds for the same project. If all worked together perhaps more than one family could be helped. Worth thinking about.

alberni-Pacific rim

MiCHeLLe StiLweLL, MLa, Parksville Qualicum

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KatHLeen rowLandS Parksville

antifreeze: the silent killer Recently, I lost my best friend. He was a four-year-old black cat named Leo. He was happy and healthy and then, somehow, came across some antifreeze. Now he is gone forever. This letter is just a reminder from Leo and all the other dead pets to please be careful with your antifreeze, or, there is a pet friendly alternative. If this saves one animal, Leo would have been so happy. Laura CaMP Coombs

MarC LefeBVre, Mayor,

BiLL VeenHof, Chairman,

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We asked: Going to a friend’s New Years Eve gathering. BEv O’hama

alManac

friends. We appreciate and thank you for your support throughout the year; we would not succeed without you. We wish each and every one a very Happy New Year!

vieWs in the News How are you ringing in the new year?

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Spending time with family and enjoying the sunshine. COrY miEdEma

having a nice dinner, Wishing everyone a glass of wine and health and success in the new year. wishing everyone the best. NOrm Smith Spokane, Washington Parksville LYaNNE Smith Parksville


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2015 — YEAR IN REVIEW

July-Sept: MLA Stilwell wins Pan Am gold medal

continued fRom pAgE A7

August 13 • Compliance Coal Corporation was given less than three weeks to save its bid to build a coal mine near Buckley Bay, less than 50 kilometres from Qualicum Beach. On August 10, The Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) gave Compliance until August 28 to submit more information about its proposed Raven coal mine operation. The added pressure from the EAO came two months after CoalWatch Comox Valley Society — a group critical of the coal mine proposal — asked the EAO to terminate the project. August 18 • Parksville-Qualicum Beach MLA Michelle Stilwell enjoyed a successful trip to Toronto for the 2015 Parapan Am

Games, bringing home a gold medal in the 100-metre event and setting a Parapan Am Games record with her time of 2.22.90 in the 800-metre event (T52) as well. • Rumours of a fentanyl overdose were sparked after a 14-year-old boy was rushed to Nanaimo hospital at 12:35 a.m. Aug. 13 from Parksville. While The NEWS received phone calls alleging fentanyl may have been ingested, Oceanside RCMP Cpl. Jesse Foreman said there was nothing to suggest fentanyl was involved in the incident. August 20 • Police were called as Qualicum Beach council’s lockout heated up entering its fourth week. “The picket lines

obstructed vehicles and the RCMP were called,” town Chief Administrative Officer Daniel Sailland said Aug. 19 of an incident Tuesday with the garbage truck at the Church Road transfer station. He said union staff complied once police showed up, but that Wednesday morning unionized staff were blocking the garbage truck with their cars from accessing residential streets and police were called again. CUPE 401 Vice President Laurence Amy insisted nobody was blocking traffic and accused management of “over-reacting and panicking.” But dash cam video of the interaction shared with The NEWS the following day appeared to contradict Amy’s claim. The video, shot by a GoPro camera installed

in the truck by the town early in the four-week-old lockout, shows the garbage truck trying to turn into the transfer station in Errington on the morning of Aug. 18 and being blocked by five men — four of them holding picket signs. • NDP leader Tom Mulcair stopped in Parksville Aug. 18 to officially launch fellow New Democrat Gord Johns’ campaign office on the Island Highway. More than 200 people waving bright orange signs of support attended the event, where Mulcair promised $15/day childcare, a $15/hour federal minimum wage and “over arching sustainable development legislation” under an NDP government. CONTINUED ON page A15 QUALICUM BEACH LEGION BRANCH 76

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y mom did all the cooking when I was little. The only exception was when she felt under the weather and dad would give us Corn Flakes for breakfast and baloney sandwiches for supper. That worked fine until I was 10 and mom got sick for nearly a week. I’m sure dad would have gladly continued the Oscar Mayer and Corn Flakes tradition but mom would have none of it. “Those boys need a hot supper!” When I got home from school on Monday afternoon, mom was in bed. Dad was in the kitchen and I was greeted with a cacophony of rattling pots and pans. I could also make out By Ray Smit something that sounded uncannily like the growling of a Klingon warrior as dad muttered darkly under his breath. An hour later he called my brother Jay and me into the kitchen. There were pots and pans everywhere. After delivering a tray to my mom, he told us to sit. He then grabbed a huge skillet off the stove and, using a spatula, dumped a load of funny looking rice on our plates. He then picked up a small skillet and slid a runny, fried egg on top. Jay and I stared at each other in disbelief. “What is this, dad?” “Just eat it!” I tentatively picked up my fork and tried a few grains of rice. It was delicious! In mere seconds I had wolfed down everything on my plate. “Is there enough for seconds?” “Sure,” dad replied expansively. “What do you call it?” I asked excitedly. “This, my boy, is a delicacy from the Dutch East Indies. It’s called Nasi Goreng. There’s another kind called Bami Goreng.” “The Nazis are making us eat Bambi?” “Bami, not Bambi. Those are Indonesian names.” “I didn’t know you could cook, dad! This is great! It sure beats mom’s boring old boiled potatoes, sliced carrots and chicken.”

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August 25 • This July was the Earth’s hottest month ever officially recorded by humans, and it was felt in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area. The Qualicum Beach Airport weather station recorded an average temperature of 19.4 C, said Environment Canada Meteorologist Matt MacDonald, compared to the 17.1 C norm. August 27 • After losing their first game, the Parksville Royals Midget AA baseball team went on a run straight to first place at the Western Canadian Championships in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. September 1 • Former Parksville city councillor Peter Morrison, working with brothers Michael and Ian Reid, announced they were taking on Facebook by creating a better social network called Kube. Describing themselves as the “not evil Facebook,” the trio formed Red Scotch Software less than two years ago and are almost ready for their public unveiling. September 3 • Parksville yoga instructors Dr. Barbara Low and Charlotte Crowley asked the City of Parksville for “enforceable safety bylaws” to prohibit the use of drones in public parks after an unmanned aircraft equipped with a camera, a drone, disrupted a Yoga on the Beach class. September 8 • Qualicum Beach town employees returned to work Sept. 4 after a surprise resolution to the

five-week lockout. As of Sept. 1 talks had broken down, with the union taking management to a Labour Relations Board (LRB) bad faith hearing. Sailland confirmed the deal includes nine per cent total increases, including two per cent per year for each of the first four years (retroactive to 2014) and one per cent for the final half year. Members did not receive a signing bonus. September 10 • Federal Conservative candidate John Duncan said he was the sole victim of political vandalism in this riding. Ten of Duncan’s large campaign signs that read “re-elect John Duncan” over the classic Conservative blue backdrop were either run over, tampered with by cutting the centre out of the frame or stolen altogether, the candidate told The NEWS Sept. 8. September 15 • Police received more than 50 phone calls the week of Sept. 7-11 reporting attempted Canada Revenue Agency fraud — and two people have fallen victim to the scam. Oceanside RCMP Cpl. Jesse Foreman said the victims each wired $1,500 away. September 17 • A Canadian Rental Housing Index report showed more than half of renters in Parksville spend more than 30 per cent of their income on rent. September 22 •While Qualicum Beach Mayor Teunis Westbroek said he is wary of regional water management discussion, Coun. Bill

Luchtmeijer suggested a different perspective during the Sept. 14 council meeting. “Maybe we should be thinking a little bit out of the box, that may be a massive opportunity for us,” Luchtmeijer said, referencing Coun. Barry Avis’ remarks about Parksville having both “massive” water problems and “massive” development plans. “We have water, we have lots of water. It might be an opportunity to sell bulk water to Parksville,” he said. September 24 • The Parksville Fire Department investigated an early morning fire at the McMillan Arts Centre Sept. 23 that damaged the exterior of the building and threatened hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of art inside. The administrator of The MAC said she doesn’t have much doubt about the origins of the blaze. She said she cleans “bags and bags of garbage” every day from underneath the ramp to The Mac, right where the fire damage was evident on Wednesday morning. September 29 • A plan to open a homeless shelter and transitional housing on Hirst Street in Parksville has hit some bumpy terrain and was sent back to the drawing board, a member of the local homelessness task force said. In August, community organizations appeared before city council to present their plan to use the former B.C. Ambulance station next to the SOS for 10 shelter beds, four or five transitional

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Nova Scotia folk musician J.P. Cormier appears in concert at the Errington Hall on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. Cormier’s body of work has resulted in a loyal fan base throughout Canada, Great Britain, Europe, and the USA. His songs have earned him 12 East Coast Music Awards, five Music Nova Scotia Awards, and a Canadian Folk Music Award. Since 1995 he has released 13 solo albums and won more than 30 awards in fiddle, guitar, banjo, and songwriting competitions. Cormier’s lyrics and melodies evoke deep emotions as he paints pictures of loves lost,

abandoned fishing villages, and significant moments in his own life. His melodious voice is surprisingly soft-sounding, coming from a 6’4” frame. When Cormier begins an instrumental on one of the five or six instruments he may have on stage with him, you soon realize that he is not just another singer songwriter. When his fingers fly with speed and precision on each instrument in turn, you appreciate his joy, boundless energy, and outstanding musicianship. As a celebrated singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, recording artist, teacher, collaborator, and innovator, J.P. Cormier is most often praised in superlatives. He’s been described as “the quintessential Maritime musician” with

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“the ability to make the brilliant appear effortless.” Country music legend Waylon Jennings has said, “I would be proud to share

the stage with this man anywhere, anytime,” and J.P.’s greatest hero, Chet Atkins, honoured him as “… one of the most im-

portant guitarists of his generation.” Cormier’s concerts have a profound effect on audiences, but they are far exceeded by his generosity. His acts of random kindness in and out of the music industry are legendary. There are many stories of the “big fella” playing for someone on their deathbed, helping fledgling artists, or generally standing up for vulnerable people. His two weeks entertaining NATO troops in Afghanistan inspired the song, “Hometown Battlefield,” about soldiers experiencing PTSD. The song has gone viral with millions of Facebook visits and 800,000 YouTube views. For ticket information, see www.erringtonhall.bc.ca. — Submitted by Errington Hall

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A LITTLE SPEED: Calvin owens, 7, of Qualicum beach, cruises past the grocery store at storybook Village tuesday afternoon. the village’s tiny buildings will remain decorated for the holiday season through Jan. 5.

Looking to freshen up or add to your art collection for the New Year? The McMillan Arts Centre is here to help. The MAC has opened up its January exhibit to a huge “White Sale”, featuring the works of local artists and members. All works will be on exhibit beginning Jan. 5 and be for sale through Jan. 30 during regular gallery hours, 10 a.m.4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The month-long exhibit wraps up with a closing reception, open to the public, Jan. 30 from 1-3 p.m. The sale will feature 22 local artists and more than 175 original pieces of art including photography, watercolour, acrylic and oil paintings. Feel free to stop by in January to find beautiful, affordable art to add to your home collection. For more information, please contact the McMillan Arts Council at 250-2488185 or visit our website at www.mcmillanartscentre.com. — Submitted by The MAC

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Beatles tribute opens new year The Shady Rest Pub will waste no time getting into the swing of the New Year, resuming its live local music Saturdays on Jan. 2 with an appearance by the Beatles tribute band The Deafaids. The show kicks off a full month of local music Saturdays at the Qualicum Beach pub, with groups playing from 7-11 p.m. each weekend. The Deafaids will be followed on Jan. 9 by the rock of Vinyl Edge and on Jan. 16 by more rock

from the Kingmixers. The entertainment Jan. 23 will be provided by another veteran local rock combo, the Enablers. The month wraps up with the blues and dance tunes of Lazy Mike and the Recliners on Jan. 30. Shady Rest Pub is located at 3109 W. Island Highway. For more information or to check out the full schedule of events at Shady Rest, call 250-752-9111 or visit www.shadyrest.ca. — NEWS Staff

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CROSSWORD Health Matters

What is depression? It is generally described as feeling “down,” “blue” or “sad.” It tends to last several hours or days and is considered part of the ups and downs of life. Clinical depression, however, persists for at least 2 weeks and is associated with other Catherine symptoms such as sleep and/or appetite disturbances, Pharmacist lack of interest in enjoyable activities, poor /Manager concentration, and feelings of guilt or hopelessness. If you or someone you know experiences this, seek help. The causes of clinical depression are poorly understood, but some evidence points to chemical imbalances of some kind. A study published last year by an investigator from the Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto is indicating that there may be a link between zinc levels and depression, specifically zinc deficiency. It is yet uncertain whether low zinc levels actually cause depression or are an artifact of the condition. More investigation is required. Many physicians avoid discussing suicide in fear that it may promote the act in a susceptible person, but statistics don’t bear that out. Investigators in Seattle were looking for a way to assess suicide risk and found that the answer to the question “how often do you think about suicide” provided the clue; those who thought of suicide or self-harm every day or every other day were more than 50% more likely to attempt (or succeed) and are most in need of intervention.

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Driver and Pedestrian Safety ICBC recently advised our staff of the best tips to ensure pedestrian safety, we thought we would share as walking will be included in many New Year resolutions : • Always make eye contact with drivers when crossing the street. Never assume that a driver has seen you. • Focus your full attention on what’s happening around you. Remove your headphones and never talk, text or use electronic devices in an intersection or while crossing. • Wear reflective clothing or use reflective gear to make it easier for drivers to see you. This is especially important in wet weather and dark conditions when drivers may not be able to see you.

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VIJHL PLAYOFFS

Smith continues drive for BCHL spot Forward bounces between Alberni, Oceanside squads T yson Taylor sports@pqbnews.com

Parksville’s Brodie Smith is looking forward to the New Year, hoping that 2016 will see him find his way back to the B.C. Hockey League. Smith, 18, has high hopes of returning to the Junior A BCHL after finding himself back with the Oceanside Generals of the Junior B Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League. Smith was traded from the Cowichan Valley Capitals to the BCHL’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs after spending one full season in the Cowichan Valley. In total, Smith suited up for one game with the Bulldogs before he was sidelined by an injury. From there, Smith was sent back down to Junior B, where he now finds himself. “It’s just another bump in the road,” Smith said. “You have to learn how to deal with things as you go along. I had an injury to deal with and the Bulldogs decided to send me back down to get healthy and get a few games in. HopeTYSOn TAYLOr PHOTO fully I can do enough to get a spot back Brodie Smith will look to continue to put the puck in the back of the net in the new on their roster before January 10th.” Year after notching seven goals in six games in his return to the Save-On-Foods Smith recently was called back up Oceanside Generals. for two games before the Christmas break with the Bulldogs. Smith was then Smith notched his seventh goal in six hopes to continue heading in to the New back in the Generals’ lineup for their fi- games with the Generals. Year. “The game comes to me a little easier He has eight points in total since his nal game before the Christmas break, against the Kerry Park Islanders, where return to the Junior B level, something he here,” Smith said. “It’s not quite as quick

as it is at the BCHL level, but I’m just trying to play the same way regardless of how fast or slow the pace of the game is where I’m playing. I just want to show that I can play at either level and that I have what it takes to play this kind of game at both levels.” Coming back to the Generals might not have been something Smith had foreseen in his plans with the game of hockey, but it’s been a return that he’s enjoyed since getting back on the ice from his injury that got him here in the first place. “It’s been nice to come back,” Smith said. “It’s a big difference with this organization, it’s turned in the right direction for sure. It’s nice to see the changes they’ve made there are making a difference and it’s really rubbing off on the team that’s on the ice.” Whether or not he’s part of the Generals once the Jan. 10 deadline passes in the BCHL, Smith has high hopes for his current team. “I think we’ve got a chance to finish well,” Smith said. “Having the team win the amount of games we did in the last little while, it’s been great to see. Comox Valley isn’t that far out of reach for us in the standings and I feel like we’ve got a real good shot at catching them before the season is over. I think that would be a huge thing for the Gens to be able to get out of fourth place in the North Division, because I feel this team is better than what our record shows.”

CASCAdIA mArTIAL ArTS IS BOrn

Same faces, new outlook for martial arts academy Brothers rename former Parksville Taekwondo School T yson Taylor sports@pqbnews.com

With classes expanding at a rapid pace, Parksville Taekwondo grew to a point where it was no longer just a taekwondo school and needed to do something about it. Enter Cascadia Martial Arts, the new name for the former Parksville Taekwondo School, which brings more of a widespread approach to the programs and classes it now has to offer. “We sort of outgrew that name,” Master Brett Fee said. “It was weird to start with because we had a class in Qualicum Beach, but we kept calling ourselves Parksville Taekwondo, so that was strange to begin with. The name change was something we felt that we needed to do with the classes we have to

offer and the ever-evolving aspect of what we teach and what we do at our school.” With kickboxing classes taking off, it was only a matter of time before the name change took place. In fact, the change had been a year in the making and recently came to light after meetings with others on the Island to be part of the Cascadia name. “We’ve been thinking it over for a while,” Fee said. “We wanted to have something that would be catchy and have people give us a second look. We’re no longer known as just a taekwondo school; we offer lots of different classes to our 500-plus members. “Kickboxing, taekwondo, training with weapons, we’ve got a bit of everything.” Going forward, the Parksville portion of Cascadia Martial Arts will be run by Brett Fee. Cascadia will also open up a school in Nanaimo, run by Brock Fee. There will also be a school open-

PHOTO SuBmITTed BY BreTT Fee

From left, dustin, Brock and Brett Fee are all smiles while showing off their new Cascadia martial Arts gear. The trio have re-named the former Parksville Taekwondo School and will be expanding with two schools in nanaimo and Victoria.

ing in Victoria. “Cascadia is going to be up and down the Island,” Brett Fee said. “We’re really excited to be opening up schools in Nanaimo

and Victoria. The biggest thing for us was to expand and get our name out there to the public. Having Cascadia all over Vancouver Island allows us to not

only reach out to a larger group of athletes but will give our athletes the chance to train at all of our schools across the Island. It’s a great thing to be able to offer that and we’re very excited about it.” For now, Cascadia Martial Arts has officially changed its name and its new signage will be coming in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, classes will continue under the new banner and students are already enjoying the benefits. “We’ve got students over on the Mainland right now,” Brett Fee said. “They’re at a camp with Master Dan Thornton, who was over here helping us out with some classes earlier in the year. We’re hoping that more of this sort of thing will be able to happen in the future with Cascadia. We’ve got the chance to really branch out and reach an entire new group of athletes who want to take part in the classes we have to offer and that’s a really exciting prospect for us.”


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With the Christmas break over, the Save-On-Foods Oceanside Generals are back in action this Saturday night as they take on the Campbell River Storm. Jan. 2, 2016, marks the first game back from Christmas break for the Generals, who will have 15 games left on the schedule to try and make up ground in the standings. Currently, the Generals sit in last place in the VIJHL, eight points behind the Comox Valley Glacier Kings in the North division and just

six points behind the Saan- times too, so we’ve got our ich Braves for eighth place fair share of challenges to in the VIJHL standings. make up ground.” “We want third place in With time left before the our division,” head coach trade deadline to make a Brad Knight few more said. “That’s We want third place in our deals, there division. That’s our goal our goal are at least with our remaining games, two, poswith our remaining to catch Comox Valley. We sibly three feel it’s within our reach. games, to moves the Brad Knight catch CoGenerals mox Valley. are looking We feel it’s to make bewithin our reach, we think fore it’s all said and done. that we’re capable of catch“We’ve got room for a few ing them and getting a first moves,” Knight said. “I’d like round matchup against the to make a couple of moves. Nanaimo Buccaneers. We’re We’ve got a few players here going to be seeing them a who don’t want to buy into couple more times, but it’s the team game and we don’t not going to be easy. need that here. We need to “We’re going to see have guys in here that want Campbell River a few more to play a team game, that times and we’ll see the Vic- want to work hard and if we toria Cougars a few more don’t see that, we’ll look to

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