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Tofino’s district office has crafted a bylaw amendment that would temporarily ban the sale, production and distribution of cannabis within its borders to give itself time to figure out what the eventual retail sale of marijuana would look like. Council’s chambers ran out of seats while the hallway outside was still full of locals when a public hearing to discuss the ban began at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 13. “No decision is going to be made today at this hearing,” explained Tofino mayor Josie Osborne at the outset. “In fact, no debate or discussion amongst council will take place…It is our job today to listen to you.” Peter Clarkson was the first local to speak, stating “the prohibition era is over” and questioning why Tofino seemed so unprepared for the long expected incoming legalization. “I respect you guys. I appreciate all the hard work you do and your opinions, but I don’t understand where you’re coming from,” Clarkson said. Craig Heber wondered how council could consider banning a legal substance. “I don’t really see how, constitutionally, your


DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW: Ucluelet local and veteran dirt bike racer Ian Jacobs took on his first snow bike race at Sicamous B.C.’s second annual Sledgehammers Ripped Snowfest from Feb. 9-11. Read about his experience on page 7.

Tofino mayor joins others in housing plea ANDREW BAILEY andrew.bailey@westerlynews.ca

A group of mayors, including Tofino’s, recently put their heads and pens together to urge the provincial government to tackle the housing crisis their communities are suffering from. Tofino mayor Josie Osborne told the Westerly News that Victoria mayor Lisa Helps kickstarted the collaboration inviting Port Coquitlam mayor Greg Moore, Smithers mayor Taylor Bachrach, and Osborne to put their thoughts into a co-written editorial for media to distribute.


That editorial can be found on page 2 of this Westerly and Osborne said the group believed a unified voice would be stronger than four individual editorials. “Opinion pieces help stimulate public debate and sometimes help shape policy and, we felt, it was important to get our messages out there,” she said. She said all local governments are waiting for the Provincial Budget to be announced and hoping to see dollars going towards housing initiatives, particularly in respect to supply and demand initiatives.

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A home for everyone Mayors pen response to B.C. throne speech

As mayors of BC communities, we listened to Tuesday’s throne speech with great hope for the future of British Columbians. “Home is at the heart of belonging – to a neighbourhood, a community, a province or country,” read the Lieutenant Governor. “Home is the place to hang our hat, to raise a family, to feel safe and secure.” Communities across the Province are faced with insecurity and instability because there’s a mismatch between housing need and what’s available. Our economies are suffering as hard-working people can’t find rental housing or affordable homes to purchase. To address this, the Union of BC Municipalities recently released a housing strategy, “A Home for Everyone.” It makes clear recommendations for improvements across the housing continuum so all residents of British Columbia have access to the housing they need at every stage of their lives. Despite the willingness of many local governments to step up with solutions, targeted investment in workforce housing by senior levels of government is critical to accelerate construction of affordable rental housing. Local governments like Tofino are primed to construct housing for workers and families on municipally-owned land. Yet even with no land cost, due to the high costs of construction, a significant ‘affordability gap’ still exists between what a tenant can afford to pay and what rents would have to be charged to repay construction loans. Affordability is not the only challenge. A 2017 study by UNBC’s Community Development Institute found that northern communities face a mismatch between housing stock and household size. One and two-person households are becoming more common in the North, yet housing stock has not shifted to meet this trend. The most dramatic example of this is Kitimat, where the study found 68 percent of households have one or two people, but only 19 percent of the housing stock has one or two bedrooms. In addition, the study highlighted another issue: housing in the North is mostly over 35 years old, therefore more likely to be energy inefficient and in need of repair. Meanwhile in Metro Vancouver and quickly spreading to Greater Victoria and beyond, home ownership is at a crisis level. The increase in housing prices has significant spillover effects into the limited rental market, creating an affordability emergency. Some people are renting longer than they wish because they cannot afford to buy, and others are buying beyond their means because they cannot tolerate insecure tenancies. Data available demonstrate that foreign and domestic speculative demand is a major factor in the increase of BC housing prices. We are pleased to see the Throne Speech addressed the “results of speculation in all parts of our province – distorted markets, sky-high prices and


Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne joined Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach, Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps and Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore to respond to B.C.’s throne speech and urge for housing solutions.

empty homes” and that there’s a commitment in Budget 2018 to put forward new measures to address the effect of speculation on real estate prices. The main role of housing is to provide homes for our residents to live in, not to flip for profit; a Speculation Tax is critical to discourage property flipping. Further, the proliferation of short-term rental businesses in residential dwellings is impacting the availability and cost of housing throughout BC. In tourism communities, this has had a profound effect on the ability for local workers to find accommodation. We applaud the Provincial Government’s recent announcement to start taxing short term rentals, though this does little to open up housing stock in our communities. Many communities are tackling short term vacation rental regulations using their land use authorities, but still need comprehensive taxation policies and regulatory tools across the province, looking to other jurisdictions for best practices. If Tuesday’s throne speech is any indication, hope is on the horizon. But hope is not a strategy. To address the complexity of the housing crisis and the stress it’s causing our residents, we need a Provincial budget that is courageous, that enables creative risks and that pilots new approaches. As local government leaders committed to the health and well-being of our residents and the prosperity of our economies, we urge bold action and we are here to help. Mayor Taylor Bachrach, Smithers Mayor Lisa Helps, Victoria Mayor Greg Moore, Port Coquitlam Mayor Josie Osborne, Tofino Please join Westcoast Community Resources Society at the Ty-Histanis Tiic-Mis-Aq’kin Health Centre for a FREE daylong workshop on Resilience in Women.

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Leaders commit to poverty fight

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FEB 21 • UCLUELET RECYCLES West Coast leaders are searching for solutions to tackle their communities’ collective lack of affordability together. Ucluelet’s mayor Dianne St. Jacques joined Naomi Mack of the Toquaht First Nation to sign an Alberni-Clayoquot Poverty Reduction protocol agreement on Feb. 6. The document had been signed by Tofino, Port Alberni and the Alberni Clayoquot Regional District on Jan. 19. “We all need to recognize the challenges out there and the poverty that is in our region and we need to put our heads together to do what we can,” St. Jacques told the Westerly News. “We are neighbours and we do have to help each other and work together as much as we possibly can.” She said that, by signing the agreement, the communities have committed to collaborate on projects that could have an impact and cited housing, daycare and transportation as key regional issues. “Right now, it’s pretty open to new ideas and thoughts and directions of what we can do,” she said. The document stemmed from work done by the Alberni Clayoquot Health Network, which has been circulating it around the region for roughly a year. ACHN coordinator Marcie DeWitt said signing the agreement is an ac-

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Front row from left, Ucluelet mayor Dianne St. Jacques and Toquaht First Nation administrator Naomi Mack sign a Poverty Reduction agreement with support from, back row from left, Ucluelet Coun. Randy Oliwa and Alberni Clayoquot Heath Network coordinator Marcie DeWitt. knowledgement of local leaders that there is a poverty issue in the region and that collaboration is needed to bring change. She said the protocol asks signers to work together to reduce poverty by assisting in events and campaigns that raise awareness of it and, when possible, lobby for resources together. She said the Alberni Clayoquot Regional District is experiencing the fourth highest rate of poverty among B.C.’s 29 regional districts and suggested food and housing costs are two of the biggest hurdles to clear. She added that raising the region’s education and empathy around the poverty issue is a good step. “I think that everybody has a role to play when we’re looking at poverty in

our region; even the smallest action of educating yourself on what is going on within your community and in your region and having the awareness that there is an issue,” she said. “We aren’t necessarily able to put ourselves in other people’s shoes and just that in itself is a really great starting point.” Naomi Mack said West Coast leaders have ample access to information that highlights the struggles residents are facing when trying to cover the cost of daily life and that the Toquaht Nation believes it is imperative to work with the rest of the West Coast to address those struggles. “I really feel that it is important for staying at the table and moving forward to have our communities work together for more healthy living,” she said.

Tofino stays with Multiplex Mayor says district is not backing out of project entirely ANDREW BAILEY andrew.bailey@westerlynews.ca

The West Coast Multiplex Society is free to fundraise, but Tofino remains concerned about what exactly they’re fundraising for. All eyes were on Tofino mayor Josie Osborne during a Feb. 16 West Coast Committee meeting as her council had passed a motion a week prior stating they would be asking the Society to revamp it’s proposed phased approach that calls for an ice rink to be built first and a swimming pool second. “Where Tofino’s biggest concern lies is that a stand-alone ice rink is created that results in nothing else,” Osborne said during the meeting. “The challenge we have and the difference between the support from the two towns is that if it’s the understanding, or even the unsaid understanding, that it would be a stand alone ice rink first, and the hope of adding a pool later, that’s just not the direction that Tofino council wishes to go.” Ucluelet’s council had passed a motion supporting the society’s current strategy, but Electoral Area C Director Tony Bennett said both Tofino and Ucluelet would need to be onboard for the proj-

ect to work. “It needs the agreement of all parties, especially the two largest tax bases for the region,” he said. Osborne assured her council does not plan to back out of the project completely and suggested more conversations need to take place before a firm decision is made. “I don’t want to take the risk of voting against, or having to vote against, something,” Osborne said. “I really take to heart the message that’s been loud and clear about the need to find regional collaboration on something. It’s just that, obviously, Tofino council isn’t convinced we’ve figured out what that is…I’m very loathe to go down a road that puts us at odds with each other or creates a dynamic between communities where resentment is built. I really want to press the pause button a little bit.” Holmes said if the society is successful in their fundraising efforts it would lead to starting construction on the facility, which could result in a difficult situation if Tofino doesn’t approve the project. Osborne said her council would “cross that bridge when we get to it.” Bennett addressed the society members present at the meeting and encouraged them to push forward.

“If the society can come back in six months or a year with a substantial amount of money that is committed to a project that may at this time be just an ice area, it will change the conversation in Tofino as well as around other communities,” he said. “It may be of some disappointment to the society, but I think there is an opportunity…I will be interested to see what you will be able to put together this year.” Multiplex Society Chair Samantha Hackett told the Westerly News after the meeting that the society recently met with both MLA Scott Fraser and MP Gord Johns and are ready to lobby for funding. “They’re ready and we’re ready and this is really what we needed to start those conversations,” she said. “We are free to go ahead and fundraise.” She added the society will continue to meet with the West Coast communities and that Tofino’s desire for a swimming pool would likely speed up phase two. “Hopefully, Tofino’s obvious interest in the pool specifically will mean that phase two will happen faster,” she said. “I think that means we have a good chance to have both of them in no time at all.”



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Restore the Surf Guard program at Long Beach Lovekin Rock at Long Beach is one of the most photographed and revered landmarks in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Like a beacon of fortitude, it protrudes just off shore, bringing clarity to our minds as we stop for repose on our way home from Tofino or Ucluelet. When a setting sun reflects off the water and the waves are real clean and friendly, one wouldn’t wish to be surfing anywhere else in the world. But cast beauty aside and Lovekin reveals horrors, especially when admired from the water. Rip currents are strongest around the Rock, so much so that Parks Canada has a warning sign posted at the beach entrance warning novice surfers and swimmers to stay at least 200-metres from Lovekin. Do you think that signage is enough to

keep the public safe? He was pulled out of the water unconWe want to see federal dollars invested scious with a large gash on his cheek. Uninto bringing back Surf Guards and a fortunately, first responders were unable lifeguard tower at Long Beach. to resuscitate the young man. He died on A Surf Guard program was in place the beach that afternoon, right in front of Lovekin. at Long Beach for about 40 years up until May 2012 We want to see the federwhen federal cuts to Parks al government invest money back into public safety. Canada effectively annihiThe pricey new bathrooms lated the program. will be lovely. It was reported that on average the Surf Guards The multi-use trail will be performed eight water reswonderful. But frankly, all cues and made 800 contacts this new infrastructure is dewith people on the beach per signed to attract more visiNora O’Malley season. tors, which in turn will only What happens now when a surfer gets compound the problem that’s staring us into trouble? right in the face. On Feb. 10, Nijin John, a PhD student Nijin John may not have noticed the from the University of Victoria, was killed signage as he made his way to the ocean, in a surfing accident near Lovekin. but chances are a Surf Guard would have

spoken to him about paddling out at a safe entry point, and to avoid catching waves off the Rock. At the very least, why can’t Long Beach be as safe and welcoming as say Jericho Beach in Vancouver? Jericho has lifeguards posted between late May to early September. Raphael Bruhwiler, a pro surfer and part of the crew that operates Tofino’s Canadian Coast Guard Station, says they responded to 21 ‘surfer’ calls or non-vessel related calls in 2017. That includes plucking distressed surfers and kayakers off Lovekin. It would be a good thing, says Bruhwiler, to bring back the Surf Guard program. He says investing in a jet ski would also be a very useful tool for surf rescue calls. It would make response time quicker and be safer for crews, he says.

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A WAVE OF THANK YOU’S January 18th will live long in our memories, not only for the epic storm but for epic support the Wild Pacific Trail Society has received in repairing the Trail. Public response has been of equal magnitude to the waves, and for that we are truly grateful. We would like to express our gratitude to the District of Ucluelet, Director of Parks and Recreation, Abby Fortune and the Public Works team for their efforts and commitment in maintaining public safety during and after the storm and for their assistance in the Trail assessment, clean-up and restoration. Thank you to the Westerly News for providing the generous media coverage of the storm and its impact on the Trail. We greatly appreciate your assistance in encouraging people to donate to the rebuilding of the Trail. Our donors have been amazing in contributing to the restoration of the Trail, your outpouring of generosity and kind words continue to inspire us. Thank you to over 50 contributors, most notably Jason Gordon of Ocean Village Resort, Barb and Harry Lee, Dennis Ohman, Corrine Zahn, Douglas Cole, Karin and Harry Rannala and Judy Gray Team for your substantial contribution. Oyster Jim Martin and Danielle Francis have been working diligently to restore the Trail. All major repairs are finished so the Trail is fully open. The Trail Society could not ask for a more dedicated team for such a task. The Trail Society is grateful for the individuals who have volunteered their time in collecting the storm debris that has washed ashore. Thank you for keeping our coastline pristine. Lastly, we appreciate the public for being CoastSmart; storm watching from designated areas and for respecting trail closures when storms hit. Nature is powerful and so are our supporters, thank you for making a wave of a difference. Wild Pacific Trail Society


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This just breaks my heart. I was visiting with them last week. They’re such lovely people. Much love to the family. Courtney Kate. This is truly tragic. Condolences to all who knew and loved her. Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time. Patricia Garland Such sad news. Sorry for your loss, Mike. Faye Kennington

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TWO CARS COLLIDE AT TOFINOUCLUELET JUNCTION: While I admire the Ucluelet sign it does block viewing the oncoming for a bit. Surprised Hwy dept let it. Camilla Thorogood The merge to Tofino needs to have a stop sign.. I see tons of drivers in the summer try to gun it and have almost been hit 3 times.

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LOT 1, DISTRICT LOT 114, CLAYOQUOT DISTRICT, PLAN 23044, (210 NEILL STREET) Notice is hereby given pursuant to the Local Government Act and regulations contained in the District of Tofino Land Use and Development Procedures and Fee Bylaw No. 899 (2002) that a Temporary Use Permit application will be considered for the above property. Peter Stubbins and Cheryl Duffy have made an application for a Temporary Use Permit. Council will consider the application at the regular Council meeting held in the Council Chambers of the Tofino Municipal Hall, 380 Campbell St., Tofino, B.C., on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. The purpose of this application is to permit the operation of a Tourist Accommodation use in the existing duplex at 210 Neill Street. The applicant proposes an eight (8) bed health and wellness retreat with three (3) staff accommodation beds. As per section 492 of the Local Government Act, a Temporary Use Permit may be issued for up three years. The applicant has requested a ten month permit.

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“Tofino, like many municipalities across BC, will benefit from measures taken to calm speculation and rapidly increasing prices as well as targeted investments in building housing, especially rental housing,” she said. “We’ve identified an affordability gap in Tofino between the construction cost of rental housing versus what affordable rents can repay on a construction loan, and that gap can’t be filled just by land provided by the municipality at no charge. We need investment of the kind senior governments were doing—and then stopped doing—decades ago.” She said Tofino’s local government is taking “proactive and measured steps” to address its housing crisis, but added, “None of the steps we can all take are fast.” She said Tofino has investigated the nature of its housing problem and produced detailed studies and inventories. “We have data to inform policy decisions and substantiate funding applications,” she said.

She added her council has focused on adding affordable housing amenities to development applications to create price-controlled housing and the reconstituted Tofino Housing Corporation is undertaking an affordable housing development on municipally-owned land with an eye on breaking ground in 2019. She suggested Tofino continues to crack down on illegal vacation rentals. “We’ve focused on enforcing short-term rental regulations out of a concern of loss of rental housing,” she said. “Not because we assumed a lot of short-term rentals would convert back to long-term rentals but because we wanted to protect what rental housing stock remains, promote the use of residential properties for homes first and foremost, and heighten community awareness about STR regulations so we can take pride in a well-run and well-regulated industry, and address the issues being created by unlawful operations.”

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Poet Laureate for Tofino New position is a first for community

cil (TAC) have generously engaged with The In August 2017, the District Council of Tofino Clayoquot Writers Group to form the Tofino passed a resolution to support the appointment Poet Laureate working group to manage the of an inaugural Tofino Poet Laureate in 2018, process. The working group has been asking: in time for April Poetry Month. What does Tofino embrace wildly, passionately What, you might ask, is a Poet Laureate and enough to declare it with poetry? And how can why should we appoint one? A Poet Laureate we celebrate that? The group was fortunate to call upon people writes and presents poetry that commemorates, celebrates and comments on events and issues with a variety of skills and experience: Mark of importance to our community. The Poet Penny as PRAS President, with Jacqueline Laureate also promotes the literary arts, Chamberland as Executive Director, literacy in general and the love of poetry and Dolores Baswick; Kim Hoag in the community, to enrich our cultural and Julia Taffe from the Tofino Arts and daily lives. Council; Janice Lore and David Floody The Poet Laureate originated in Italy from the Clayoquot Writers Group and in 1315 and has been speaking for comApril Froment as the District represenmunities around the world ever since. tative for Public Spaces, Cultural and There are around 24 Poet Laureates across Visitor Initiatives, with Cindy HutchiCanada, including Victoria, Nanaimo and son as her assistant. David Floody Courtenay-Comox on Vancouver Island. The Pacific Rim Arts Society, a charPoetry can articulate things that are difitable organization, will administer ficult to communicate. It introduces new ideas the program on behalf of the working group. and perspectives. It can strengthen a community For those interested in offering their support, by acting as a mirror in which we see ourselves, cheques should be made out to the Pacific Rim or a lens through which we can see others and Arts Society. For more information you can they can see us. It can engage the imaginations contact the Pacific Rim Arts Society at pacifiof younger members of our community and crimarts@gmail.com or tofinopoetlaureate@ promote literacy and love of arts. gmail.com. The District of Tofino, the Pacific Rim Arts David Floody is a member of the Tofino Poet Society (PRAS) and the Tofino Arts Coun- Laureate Working Group.



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Ucluelet local Ian Jacobs placed seventh in his first ever snow bike race during Sicamous’ Sledgehammer Ripped Snowfest event.

Ukee dirt bike racer switches gears to snow Ian Jacobs takes on second annual Sledgehammers Ripped Snowfest event ANDREW BAILEY andrew.bailey@westerlynews.ca

A local dirt biker recently enjoyed an extreme winter wonderland experience. Sicamous B.C. hosted its second annual Sledgehammers Ripped Snowfest from Feb. 9-11 where Ucluetian Ian Jacobs took his first crack at snow-bike racing. He said the Snowfest was “a great experience,” though icy track conditions made for tough terrain and a couple falls pushed him into seventh place in the event. “It was super icy,” he said. “Right on the second turn, I went down on the ice

and lost my position and I went down twice on the second heat. The ice is pretty unforgiving, that’s for sure.” He said he would definitely participate in the event again next year. “It attracts the best in the world. It’s pretty cool to ride and be a part of this,” he said. “It’s a tight community.” Jacobs has been racing dirt bikes for the past six years and is a frequent participant in the Vancouver Island Hare Scramble Series. “There’s about 8-10 races a year and it’s an enduro style event where you race anywhere from an hour- and-a-half to

three hours,” he explained. He said he started getting hooked on snow-biking about two years ago. “I’ve always played in the mountains and it was kind of a natural thing to transition into and try out,” he said. He said it takes roughly three hours to convert a dirt bike into a snow bike and he’s been thrilled to see the number of local bikers on the rise. “You can get your kit on and then when the winter ends, the kit comes off and the dirt bike tires go back on,” he said. “It’s definitely a growing sport…For me, it’s just so fun to explore the mountains,

“It’s pretty cool to ride and be a part of this.” – Ian Jacobs be with some great people and it’s such a good community.” He said the local snow bike season runs from December to March and, while declining to divulge any specific locations, he said he can reach phenomenal snowbike conditions roughly 45 minutes from Ucluelet. “Last year was epic,” he said. “We had a great snow year here.”

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Tofino Co-op board members Jim Striegel, left, and Rene Gibson, right, gift Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre Association director Sandi Rideout a generous cheque for $10,000 to purchase a new projector for the Theatre.

Theatre projects into the future Equipment will bring access to newer Monday Night Movies ERIN LINN MCMULLAN Special to the Westerly

With Oscars 90th Awards ceremony only weeks away, Sandi Rideout has been trying to show as many Best Picture contenders as possible at Monday Night Movies in the Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre. All three auteur films in March are vying for final gold with Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, James Ivory’s Call Me By Your Name, and Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird gaining momentum through awards season. “The thing I like about cinema is the shared experience,” Rideout explained, pointing out that “true cinematic experience” can’t be replicated even if you have a big home theatre. A theatre board stalwart, Rideout has been a cinephile since she was a young girl dreaming of Hollywood stardom. Despite not being a first-run theatre, Rideout’s passion-project has kept on trend providing west coast audiences with that cinematic experience since its debut on April 18, 2005 with biopic Ray featuring Jamie Foxx’s Oscar-winning performance. She has a knack for sourcing relevant films from hot-fromSundance Patti Cake$ to Loving Vincent, Academy Award nominee for Best

Animated Feature. A new digital projector currently being sourced will enable the theatre to access newer movies at cost and online, eliminating shipping and wait times. A new lens, suitable for accurate throw distance in the small, black box theatre will also be purchased. “The new projector will allow us to show high-definition movies and will be compatible with more types of input,” said Rideout, a challenge underscored during her recent legal download of Patti Cake$. (Monday Night Movies holds two licences under distributors Audio Ciné and Criterion). Mid-preview iTunes informed Rideout she had neither an HD output or input (projector and laptop both). She was grateful to Tofino Tech’s Kevin Bruce for creating a workaround over five hours right up to the time the audience arrived. The new projection update was kick-started when Tofino Co-op approached Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre Association (CSCTA) with a $10,000 donation. “We are great supporters of the theatre,” said Rene Gibson, Co-op’s Director of Member Relations, who stresses its cultural advantage. “Co-op likes to put on and sponsor shows for children in the community and we work closely

“The thing I like about cinema is the shared experience.” – Sandi Rideout with Sandi.” Additional fundraising efforts have contributed towards the purchase from Small Fry Cinema’s twice-monthly showing of children’s movies to a screening of Dirty Dancing on “Gal-entines” Day organized by new theatre manager, Jayson Towers. “I adore our little 72-seat black box theatre and will do anything I can to support it,” said Cindy Hutchison, whose son Eno was her inspiration. “My hope is that Small Fry Cinema was able to allow people to see new release kids’ movies without having to venture all the way across island.” “Our true vision for the theatre,” added Rideout, “is to have a new one with the building of the new library and civic centre, we hope there will be room for a 110-seat theatre.” “We are really hoping some new folk will come out to continue working to make the theatre a vibrant place,” she concluded, inviting these people to attend CSCTA’s AGM in April.

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The Raincoast Education Society’s Field School program offers local youth hands-on educational opportunities.

Field School for Ucluelet Elementary program a big success in Tofino ANDREW BAILEY andrew.bailey@westerlynews.ca

“Kids love this stuff.”

After three successful years in Tofino, the Raincoast Education Society’s field school program could arrive in Ucluelet. “We’re still hammering out the details, but our goal is, in September 2018, we’re going to offer field school in every grade at Ucluelet Elementary,” RES executive director Mark Maftei told the Westerly. “We know that it’s a success in Tofino and we just wanted to just jump in with both feet. We’re going from zero to 100 on this. We’re not going to grow it. We’re going to start big and we’re going to start offering the exact same program.” The program combines the B.C. Science curriculum with outdoor, hands-on, experiences and field school instructors work hand-in-hand with teachers to create unique and relevant weekly field trips. “Kids love this stuff...Everyone can appreciate that it’s just a much more meaningful learning experience if you can do something hands on and experience it first hand rather than reading about it,” he said. “You’re living in a pristine natural environment where you literally can walk out of your classroom and in five minutes be on the dock looking at a food-web, instead of reading about a food web in a textbook.” The program costs roughly $42,000 to run and longtime RES supporter Jamie’s Whaling Station jumped at the chance to support a field school in Ucluelet. “That pretty much turned the project from a hopeful possibility into a reality overnight. We couldn’t do it without Jamie’s,” he said.

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Jamie’s Whaling Station’s General Manager Corene Inouye told the Westerly in an email that the company was delighted to support the field school program in Ucluelet, as it has in Tofino since the program’s inception. “We did not hesitate to increase our total contribution this year to $30,000 so that both communities could realize the benefits of this important educational initiative for our youth,” she said. “Ultimately, it’s not just about operating a successful business, which enables our west coast families to be gainfully employed, but also about continuing to foster and grow our long term community partnerships and being leaders in the support of education and conservation in our Pacific Rim region.” Maftei noted RES relies on community support and corporate donations and he has been thrilled to see West Coasters cover the Society with love. “People have a much deeper appreciation for the natural world and they’re much more invested in managing it,” he said. “We’re really grateful to be working in a community that sees the value in what we do and support it. They put their money where their mouth is. They come out to events. They donate. They’re there and that’s really nice.” Anyone wanting to help the Society’s efforts can reach out through their office at the Tofino Botanical Gardens or visit their website at www.raincoasteducation.org.


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ban would even stand up in a court challenge, leaving the whole town and council in trouble,” he said. “Since [Prime Minister Justin] Trudeau got elected, you knew this was coming. It’s no surprise. I don’t think this council should hold it up and I don’t know if it has a legal right to.” Carol Nikols said she was speaking on behalf of her 80 year-old “somewhat shy other half,” who has been a medical marijuana patient for roughly three years and should not need to travel out of town for his medicine. “For him to be denied something that is legal, for it not to be locally available, is not right in my estimation at all,” she said. “I don’t know what the rationale behind trying to ban a legal substance is…In our case, it’s going to impose a hardship that’s not necessary.” Sarah Stoski said her biggest concern with the ban was the absence of a stated end-date. “Dispensaries would be very healthy businesses in this town,” she added. “I understand not having them right by the school, but there’s black market dealers right by the school and by having this bylaw, those black market dealers can still offer that product all over town… This, actually, is good for them.” Michael Holekamp agreed and said any restriction would need a clear exit strategy. “A lot of us are just concerned that the prohibitive side of the bylaw is very explicit and the temporary side of it is very ambiguous,” he said.


Tofino’s municipal council is mulling over a marijuana restriction and heard their constituents’ views on that idea during a public hearing on Feb. 13. David Ward offered to put his 20 years experience as both a medical user and cultivator of marijuana to work with the district on a strategy to move forward, adding that strategy should include shying away from major corporate producers. “I see an opportunity here for us as a community to embrace cannabis businesses in a positive light,” he said. “For the same reason we don’t accept McDonalds and Walmart in our community, we need to prioritize local cannabis producers and suppliers.” He suggested council’s proposed ban could continue casting a negative, and unfair, light on local marijuana users.

“I hope to raise my family in a place that doesn’t stigmatize perfectly good people for doing nothing morally wrong,” he said. Dan Law was the only speaker in support of the ban and said a framework is needed to prevent major corporations from moving in and taking over the local marijuana industry. “Right now, I don’t see any reason why Tofino’s local businesses and local people will be protected from national and international corporations coming in here, setting up businesses, doing what they want, where they want,” he said. “The establishing of marijuana dispensaries, without any ability for council to regulate

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Ucluelet’s Owen Rhodes smiles for the camera while going for a pin against his opponent at the Vancouver Island Zone Wrestling Championships in Chemainus. Rhodes wrestled his way to a silver medal.

Warriors Wrestling

The Ucluelet Secondary School Warriors wrestling team competed in the Vancouver Island Zone Championships in Chemainus on Feb. 17. The small four-member squad held their own with Abigail Titian earning gold, Owen Rhodes earning silver and Ottis Crabbe taking bronze in their divisions. “Everybody wrestled great,” said coach Mike Rhodes. “They’ve all come along well and built up their skills and fitness throughout the season and it showed.” For more photos of community events, check out our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/WesterlyNews.

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Ottis Crabbe impressively lifts his opponent. Crabbe earned his division’s bronze medal.

Abigail Titian holds her opponents shoulders to the mat. Titian went on to win the gold medal in her division.

Ottis Crabbe, Abigail Titian and Owen Rhodes display their hard earned hardware alongside coach Mike Rhodes

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Tofino will pitch in $1,000 towards the region’s WildSafeBC pursuit. The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is leading a collaborative push to bring WildSafeBC back to the West Coast and the Park Reserve’s resource management officer Todd Windle successfully lobbied Tofino’s municipal council to join the effort during their Feb. 13 regular meeting. WildSafeBC requires a minimum $3,000 commitment to consider a community or region for the program, according to Windle who said local businesses are pitching in as well and that the more money the West Coast can attach to its application, the higher chance it has of receiving a program. “WildSafeBC is a provincial program designed to reduce human-wildlife conflict through education, innovation and cooperation,” Windle wrote in a letter to council. “If selected, as communities do need to compete for funding with other BC communities,

WildSafeBC supplies the community coordinator with a tool kit and training valued at $2,900 and tops-up the funding by $8,523 to provide further salary dollars.” He said the community coordinator would offer education on wildlife management through booths at events, door to door visits in neighbourhoods that are experiencing conflicts, public workshops and school visits. He added the coordinator would also keep an eye out for any garbage left outside overnight and remind locals that all garbage must remain indoors until the morning of pickup. Windle noted that WildSafeBC likes to see regional collaboration. “We had been advised previously that having Tofino and Ucluelet both submit applications separately would likely work against our favour since funding was limited and they were so close together,” he wrote. “This also makes sense in terms of the regional approach that is required for wildlife coexistence issues where species such as wolves, cougars, and bears cross between human defined almost daily.”

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2018 Summer Recreation Programmer Term: May 07, 2018-August 24, 2018 (16 weeks) Hours of work: Flexible 35 hour work week Rate of pay: $14.87/hour plus 14.8% in lieu of beneďŹ ts/ vacation Description: Facilitate and lead summer programs, activities and special events. Plan and lead weekly and daily activities for school aged children. All applicants must have a valid class 4 driver’s license. Lifesaving/guarding certiďŹ cate as well as education in recreation (or a related ďŹ eld) is an asset. Applicant should have experience working with school aged children, lots of energy, creativity and patience. Applicant will be required to complete a police record check. Eligibility: To be eligible, students must: t#FCFUXFFOBOEZFBSTPGBHFBUUIFTUBSUPG the employment; t)BWFCFFOSFHJTUFSFEBTGVMMUJNFTUVEFOUTJOUIF previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year; t#FB$BOBEJBODJUJ[FO QFSNBOFOUSFTJEFOU PS person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act ; and, t#FMFHBMMZFOUJUMFEUPXPSLJO$BOBEBJOBDDPSEBODF with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations. To Apply: All applicants are asked to prepare a poster to advertise for a children’s day camp of their choice. The poster should contain relevant camp details and the District of ToďŹ no’s contact information. Applicants must submit this poster along with their resume and cover letter to be considered for this position. Application deadline for the above position is Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 4:00 pm. Please forward applications to: Aaron Rodgers Manager of Community Sustainability arodgers@toďŹ no.ca District of ToďŹ no 121 Third Street / PO Box 9, ToďŹ no, BC, V0R 2Z0 250-725-3229 ext. 701 Fax 250-725-3775



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Comox skier wins gold at Pyeongchang Olympics

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Comox skier Cassie Sharpe is an Olympic champion. The freestyle skier, who grew up on the slopes of Mount Washingin erta Ent e cat Inspire Edu Event Gu ide l tiva Fes e ton, on Vancouver Island, qualified Fre AL.COM IMWHALEFESTIV ICR in top spot for the ladies’ halfpipe ACIF W.P WW final, which took place Tuesday in Inside your copy of the Westerly News, Pyeonchgang (Monday evening, PST). online at westerlynews.ca, and in stores. Sharpe posted the top two scores in qualifying – 93 and 93.4. In the #102-1801 Bay Street, Ucluelet finals she proved the qualification round was no fluke. Call or email She posted a 94.4 on her first run nora.omalley@westerlynews.ca in the finals, a score that was only                               bettered by Sharpe herself, when                                                                                  she improved to 95.8 on her sec  ond run. February 9th, 2018  In the halfpipe, the top single run      posted of three attempts is all that   counts.   Sharpe knew she won gold before NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING  even skiing her third run.   When silver medalist Marie MarNotice is hereby given that a Public Hearing, pursuant to Sections 464 and 466 of the Local Government  tinod of France (92.6) fell on her Act, will be held at the Ucluelet Community Centre, located at 500 Matterson Drive, Ucluelet B.C., on  third attempt, Sharpe stood at the February 27thth, 2018 commencing at 7:00 p.m., with regards to the following proposed Bylaws to amend  top of the course, on top of the the District of Ucluelet Zoning Bylaw No. 1160, 2013 (the “Zoning Bylaw”) and with respect to a  world. Development Variance Permit  Brita Sigourney of the United   States placed third, with a score Ucluelet Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1224, 2018   of 91.6, which she posted on her In general terms, the purpose of the proposed bylaw is to amend the CD‐2B Subzone to reorganize the  third run. principle and secondary uses and densities to reflect that Lot 1 Plan VIP85870 will not be consolidated with  – www.comoxvalleyrecord.com POSTER ART BY:

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  Ucluelet Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1225, 2018   In general terms, the purpose of the proposed bylaw is to allow multiple family residential use to occur on  the ground floor and increase the density of multiple family units from 3 to7 for Lot B, DL 281 Clayoquot  District, Plan VIP82211.    Development Variance Permit DVP18‐02  In general terms, the requested development variance permit is to vary section 503.2 (1) of the Zoning  Bylaw to reduce the required parking space setback from the lot line, which abuts a highway, from 3m  (10ft) to 1.5m (5ft) for Lot B, DL 281 Clayoquot District, Plan VIP82211.    N 

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  Anyone who believes the proposed bylaws or variance will affect their interests will be given an  opportunity to be heard at the public hearing. Inquiries, comments and concerns may also be directed to  District of Ucluelet’s Planning Department by telephone at (250)‐726‐4770 or email:  jtowgood@ucluelet.ca. Written submissions may also be mailed to the District of Ucluelet, P.O. Box 999,  Ucluelet B.C., V0R 3AO, or faxed to (250)‐726‐7335 but must be received before the commencement of  the Public Hearing. Written submissions must include your name and street address and will be  considered public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. A  copy of the proposed bylaws, development variance permit and other relevant information may be  inspected at the District of Ucluelet office at 200 Main Street from the date of this notice until the public  hearing between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays except statutory holidays.  


Crews rescue pregnant woman injured whlle hiking A soon-to-be mom had a scary experience while hiking on Mount Finlayson in Greater Victoria Monday morning. The pregnant woman, according to Langford Fire Assistant Chief Lance Caven, was hiking alone when she fell near the top of the mountain. She was able to use her cell phone to call for help. Langford Fire Rescue was called to the mountain at 10:18 a.m. According to Caven, a four-person team was able to assess the woman and determined, due to the steep terrain, she would need to be transported down the Finlayson Arm Road side. The Metchosin Fire Department was called to aid in the rescue. Three teams of emergency responders from both departments scaled the mountain, eventually carrying the woman down until they were able to load her onto a stretcher attached to Metchosin’s ATV. She was transported to an ambulance waiting on Finlayson Arm Road and was taken to hospital with what was believed to be a broken ankle. — www.goldstreamnewsgazette.com

B.C. Ferries looks to improve perception, experience B.C. Ferries has a perception problem and it knows it. That was the message from Mark Collins, the company’s president and chief executive officer, to mem-


bers of the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce last week at the Coast Bastion Hotel. Collins told an audience of roughly 100 people Feb. 14 that B.C. Ferries is one of the most recognizable brands in the province, but it is also perceived in a negative light by many. “When you look at the strongest brands in the world, what you find is, not only do people like the brand, the product, the service, but they align their values with those brands, in other words, they love them,” he said. “We are below average when it comes to people’s values aligning with ours.” Collins, who has been president of B.C. Ferries for less than a year, said despite having one of the best safety records in the world and strong on-time performance, people’s experience is often driven by fares and personal experiences of delays or cancellations and that they often feel B.C. Ferries is out to inconvenience them. – www.nanaimobulletin.com

Duncan man gets jail time for beating puppy to death A Duncan man has been sentenced to four months in jail for beating his 16-week-old puppy to death. Robert Carolan is also banned from owning animals for a decade after it was found his puppy Dux had suffered severed blunt force trauma. Carolan had told police that Dux had accidentally drowned after he left him in a bathtub and went for a cigarette. But authorities grew suspicious after he could not explain why the puppy was bleeding and had other injuries. A necropsy found that Dux, a mixed-breed puppy, had suffered blunt force trauma to his head and right rib and there were signs of pneumothorax, a trauma-induced condition that stops an animal’s lungs from fully inflating. “I think jail time is absolutely warranted in a case this heinous,” said B.C. SPCA’s Marcie Moriarty. “It is heart-breaking to think of how much this poor puppy suffered and the terror he would have experienced before succumbing to his injuries.” The puppy was also found to have had fractures on three of its ribs. Carolan has also been issued a victim surcharge fine of $100 and a three-year probation to follow his four-month jail sentence.. – www.cowichanvalleycitizen.com

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UKEE GARDEN SWAP & LEARNING SERIES, Sunday, Feb. 25 ~ 10am-4pm. Ucluelet Community Centre & Edna Batchelor Park. Garden Swap & Sale: Noon4pm at the UCC. Trade or swap seeds and equipment! Refreshments and snacks provided. Learning Series: 10am, Raised Bed Gardening (Edna Batchelor Park), 1pm, Deer Proofing Your Garden (UCC). Come for one or both, it’s all FREE! RAINCOAST SPEAKER SERIES, Thursday, Feb. 22 @7:30pm in the Ecolodge Classroom at the Tofino Botanical Gardens. Informing disaster resilience through a Nuu-chah-nulth way of knowing with Dr. Emily Dicken. $5 at the door. DOUBLE DOUBLE DUO, Saturday, Feb. 24, 7:30 pm. Clayoquot Sound Theatre. West Coast Winter Music presents Double Double Duo: Michael Bridge, accordion & piano and Kornel Wolak, clarinet, in a classical music concert presented with verve. Tickets $25 at Mermaid Tales Bookshop & at door. MOVIE NIGHT Monday, Feb. 26, “Thor: Ragnarok” (PG). Doors at 7:15pm, show at 8. Clayoquot Theatre. $8.


SURFRIDER AGM, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 7-9pm at Jamie’s Rainforest Inn.



UCLUELET ALANON GROUP Wednesdays, 7:30pm, Catholic Church (use side entrance below), 1663 Peninsula Rd. Ucluelet. PILATES Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-7pm. Tofino Community Hall. $10 drop-in. LIVE MUSIC Wednesdays, 3-6pm The Great Room at Long Beach Lodge. PICKLEBALL Mon., Wed., Sat., 8am-12pm, Tofino Community Hall. Free. CHI GONG Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30am, UCC Main Hall. $2 drop SOUP LUNCH Thursdays, Noon-1:30pm. the Hub, UCC. All welcome! Free. BADMINTON Sundays, 7-9pm. USS Gym. $2 drop-in DARTS Mondays, 7pm. Tofino Legion

SATURDAY, FEB. 24 th TOFINO SEEDY SATURDAY 10am-3pm Darwin’s Cafe Tofino Botanical Gardens. Seed swap table, Island seed co and vendor booths, Farmer’s co-op table, kids planting table and activities, compost demo, workshops, food and fun! Event Admission is $2 and there is a suggested donation of $5 for the Workshops. Visit tofinocommunityfoodinitiative.com.

ongoing FOOD BANK Tuesdays, 1-3pm. 160 Seaplane Base, Ucluelet.


service TOFINO BIBLE FELLOWSHIP Sundays, 10:30am.

A lot has happened over the last few years with Mascon and Tofino. It seems like only yesterday the fastest internet speed in town was 1 Mbps, streaming Netflix was impossible and most of the town was still on analog TV. Fast forward and nearly everyone in Tofino has access to 150 Mbps internet, analog TV was replaced with Full HD and streaming is now possible. We are very proud of this evolution and appreciate all the support we received along the way. As you may know, Mascon was purchased by TELUS in 2017. The Mascon network will be turned down on March 28, 2018 so we encourage our Mascon customers to make the switch to TELUS. Please call 1-855502-2332 as soon as possible to avoid any disruptions of service. We're confident that you'll be happy with TELUS PureFibre internet and Optik TV service with Video on Demand. Thank you all for your support. Sincerely, Andrew, Darren, Malcolm and the Mascon Team

GRACE BIBLE CHURCH, Sundays at 10:30am at UCC, 500 Materson Drive.

ST. COLUMBA CHURCH Sundays, 10:30am.

To submit your activities, e-mail: office@westerlynews.ca, fax: 250-726-4248 or drop by: #102-1801 Bay St, Ucluelet. We accept your Arts & Entertainment, Service Group, Non-Profit Organization, Church, Library, Fundraiser, Open to the Public Notices on a first come, first served basis.


Food Bank Society seeks safer location ANDREW BAILEY andrew.bailey@westerlynews.ca

The Food Bank on the Edge Society is seeking higher ground. The Society’s executive director Cris Martin presented to Ucluelet’s municipal council on Feb. 13 and said last month’s tsunami warning “solidified the Food Bank’s intention to seek a more appropriate location.” The Food Bank is currently located next to the Seaplane Base Recreation Hall. “At just nine metres above sea level, the Food Bank stands to lose everything in the event of a major earthquake and tsunami,” she said. “Our goal is to relocate the food bank to higher ground. Not only to continue regular operations but also to act as an emergency food provider for the entire community in the event of a natural disaster.” She said the Society is hoping to find a new location at Tugwell Fields. “A future food bank building could potentially be multifunctional with food bank uses as well as park facilities, like storage rooms, washrooms and showers,” she said. She said the Society received a grant from the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust last fall to conduct a feasibility study and explore alternative


is designed to provide local community organizations with free paint to be used towards local community improvements. The paint donation covers any interior, exterior, primer, stain or specialty coatings required. The program does NOT include applicators, surface preparation or repair products that might be required for a given project.



The Food Bank on the Edge Society is hoping to move away from its current spot and is eyeing Tugwell Fields as a potential new home.

locations for the Food Bank and that work is nearing completion. She added the current building would not be moved and that a new one would be needed. “In it’s nearly 20 years of operation, the Food Bank has offered an essential service to the community,” she said. “On average nearly 200 area residents are provided with vital food assistance each month. We have observed a rise in the number of people accessing the food bank in the past few years, making our mission ever more important.”

The COMMUNTIES IN FULL COLOUR paint donation is available to registered charities, registered non-profits, registered community groups, youth sport and recreation associations, and community improvement associations. Priority will be given to applications that: • Support projects located within the trading area of the local Co-op • Align with the charitable priorities of the local Co-op • Identify a solution to a community need APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE TOFINO CO-OP HARDWARE STORE. A recipient will be selected by November 30, 2018.

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USS students attend NIC event SUSIE QUINN Alberni Valley News

North Island College’s Port Alberni campus was the scene of an explosion of curiosity on Valentine’s Day. Two hundred and twenty-five Grade 11 students from Port Alberni and Ucluelet were given tours of the programs featured at North Island College. The open house was one of two at NIC campuses on the North Island. Campbell River students travelled to Courtenay for the second. The day kicked off with an open house at the ADSS Theatre with Randall Heidt, vice-president of Strategic Initiatives and a panel of five recent ADSS graduates studying right now at North Island College. Students walked to the college for a welcome and lunch before breaking into groups to attend sessions demonstrating different career paths and programs, such as sciences, nursing, outdoor adventure, office programs, culinary arts, business studies and trades like the popular joinery and automotive programs. “I think it’s a great time in life for them to start thinking of the next stage,” Heidt said. “Obviously, we’d like it to be NIC, but

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post-secondary in general.” The open house included representatives from Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo and the University of Victoria, who both had tables set up in the cafeteria. “They’ve come out of Planning 10, they’re looking at Grade 12 and it’s a great time to be looking at the future. We want to let them know what a great future you can have at NIC,” Heidt said. “Students are going to get exposed to everything we have here, from trades…as well as university studies and other programs. We’re offering more and more through our Interactive TV or ITV programs, so it’s never been a better time to be an NIC student in Port Alberni.” The Alberni campus has a solid relationship with Alberni District Secondary School just down the street, and Heidt said that is helping NIC to grow. “The more students we have, the more programs we can put on.” Having the NDP government remove the cost the Liberals enforced for the Adult Basic Education classees has been a boon … “The ABE is free now. That’s very good for students that need to do upgrading.”










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