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Long a magnet for graffiti enthusiasts, a historic landmark on Campbell River’s waterfront is being turned into a social media canvas. As part of the Campbell River Arts Council’s Cultural Mapping Project, artist J. Alex Witcombe has created an interactive version of the famous landmark on his Big Rock Campbell River website. The Arts Council says the “Big Rock Campbell River” website is an informational hub celebrating Campbell River’s local cultural icon. The rock, what the Arts Council calls a 40-foot tall glacial erratic, has commanded the shoreline since the last ice age. The Big Rock has been a cultural focal point for millennia, acting as a way-marker, mythic embodiment, community message board and a personal canvas. It mirrors many of the connections, patterns, diversity, cohesiveness and contentions that add to the creation of the community’s particular culture, says Big Rock, virtually ‘tagged’ in cultural mapping program. Ken Blackburn, Executive com you can explore the history of the Rock, Director of the Campbell River Arts Council. reflect on its cultural significance, check out the “But in particular it displays the ever-evolvblog and even navigate around a Google Earthing layering of individual and group expression, powered interactive version of the Big Rock. a constant sedimentation of stories that provide Witcombe is inviting the public to submit a rich, multi-coloured backdrop for the newest visual and media materials for inclusion onto the layer. The Big Rock is birthed again and again as virtual Big Rock, as if they were ‘tagging’ the a cultural map, a monolithic point of reference actual Rock with their personal expressions. for the community.” These expressions may include photos, drawOn the website www.bigrockcampbellriver. ings, writings, mementos, book, newspaper and

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magazine clippings, logos, artwork, digital media links and more. You can send your submissions through the site at www.bigrockcampbellriver. com. As well, you can check out the Big Rock Facebook page and share your stories of the Big Rock. For more information on the Arts Council’s Cultural Mapping Project check out the website or call the Arts Council at 250-923-0213.

And then it was 2.92 per cent. That’s the tax hike Campbell River residents are looking at after the second of three rounds of city budget deliberations that took place Monday. Campbell River city council carved, picked and whittled away at Service Level Change Requests and financed them through various means, including general taxation. After the dust had cleared, the 2.25 per cent increase city residents faced after the first budget meeting in December went up to 2.9 per cent. Not one of the biggest items, but one that will have an impact on a growing parking problem downtown, was the hiring of a part-time bylaw officer. The next, and final, budget meeting will take place Jan. 29 and deal mainly with capital projects. For more budget stories see pages 2, 3, 4 and 5.




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Plan to boot volunteers out of city hall put on hold as Samson raises objection By Neil Cameron Campbell River Courier-Islander Campbell River city council has deferred an $82,000 proposal to move the Volunteer Centre from city hall to the adjacent Enterprise Building. The recommendation came from city staff who say the space currently being shared by the finance department and information services is too cramped. But councillor Larry Samson said the volunteers deserve better than to be tucked away in the back corner of a building with no windows. “We have over 2,000 volunteers and to stick them in the back of a building, I don’t think that’s justice and I think the volunteers in our community are what make our community whether it be the adopted block, whether it be the Greenways Land Trust or any of the volun-

teer agencies that we rely on,” said Samson. “I think that they should be front and centre, in city hall where they have good light coming in, that is the proper place.” Mayor Walter Jakeway agreed. “My office is right above it and there’s a lot of people coming in and out of the volunteer centre, a lot more than would be going into the IS room. It’s the right place, leave it where it is,” he said. Plans were to use the Volunteer Centre space and a downstairs meeting room to alleviate the space crunch. Samson said he thinks by re-working the Enterprise Building, the IS people could find a new home that would only be a few steps from city hall. Councillor Andy Adams moved that the decision be delayed until more information and possible alternatives can be looked at and council agreed.

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Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

Council opts for root canal instead of “missing teeth” By Neil Cameron Campbell River Courier-Islander Campbell River city council will do a root canal on six downtown trees instead of yanking the abscesses out completely. Council faced three options, including the removal of the trees that are affecting downtown businesses water and sewer pipes and heaving the pavement of the side walk up such that it poses a risk to pedestrians. Despite the urging of the Downtown BIA and the Pier Street Merchants Association, council elected not to remove the trees but instead auger their roots. The cost of the augering will be $15,000. “I don’t disagree that augering is a good interim step, however, as identified by the Heart of the City and the BIA and also Pier Street Merchants Association, these six trees that have been identified are doing much more damage than just sewer lines,” said councillor Andy Adams who made a losing motion to have the trees removed. “They are changing the surface of the paving stones on the sidewalk which is putting the city in a libelous situation for risk of trip hazards or other incidents.” In the end council basically decided to keep the rotten teeth in because they didn’t want to ruin a nice smile.

“Removing the six trees at this time — several of these trees are actually in a row — will create quite a hole on our street front,” said councillor Mary Storry. “And really change its appearance.” Councillor Ron Kerr agreed, saying dealing with this type of problem takes time and patience. “I have some experience with trees and removing trees and there are some things you can’t undo,” said Kerr. “Certainly not in the short term and that’s removing a tree. One of my concerns about this is we don’t have a time table for a replacement so we have no idea how long we’re going to be looking at missing teeth in our downtown core. There’s some other solutions that may be possible like severe root pruning. “I understand everybody’s concerns on this especially from the property damage point of view. But I suggest a more phased approach to this rather than tomorrow removing six trees. Possibly we start with the worst and then slowly, whether it’s over a year or a number of years, replace or remove the other trees. “If we go out and remove six trees, while we may not notice it tomorrow because there’s no leaves on the trees, we’re certainly going to notice it and like I said, you can’t undo a tree.”

Mayor’s, council’s travel budget goes up By Neil Cameron Campbell River Courier-Islander Campbell River city council will moderately increase travel expenses for the mayor and council in 2014. The mayor’s travel expenses will go up $2,000 while the budget for council travel would go up by $8,000. The purposes of the increase is to allow mayor and council to attended important conferences that previous budget limitations prevented.

Councillor Larry Samson was against the increase, but councillor Andy Adams said the increase would only get them to a ‘modest’ level from previous years. Adams said mayor and council travel had been cut dramatically in past budget processes and it was time to at least put some back in so they can attended conferences they have missed in the past. “This is a correction to what was a very aggressive reduction on travel expenses for mayor and council and we’re just trying to get them up to a realistic albeit modest level,” said Adams.



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Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

Council approves storefront facade fund, despite Samson’s claim of subsidization By Neil Cameron Campbell River Courier-Islander

city’s spending millions in revitalization of the downtown at some point the business community will have to step up. I don’t believe this is the right thing to do, I believe we’re subsidizing their business.” One of councillor Ron Kerr’s portfolios includes Campbellton and he was quick to say that area of town should be part of the storefront improvement plan. Councillor Andy Adams agreed, somewhat, but said the first priority is to deal with what council has identified in their strategic planning sessions as a one of their top initiatives. “One of council’s strategic priorities is downtown revitalization and I think this goes hand in hand with the facade and storefront initiative, an improvement initiative that has

Campbell River city council okayed $50,000 to help improve storefronts in downtown Campbell River during budget deliberations Monday. But while council has identified downtown revitalization as one of its top priorities, councillor Larry Samson said this particular project was like a subsidy for businesses and developers and that it excluded other business areas in the city. “I believe we’re subsidizing private business, subsidizing developers and if we start here why not Campbellton, why not Merecroft Village, Hilchey and Dogwood? It goes on,” said Samson. “While the

been successful in a lot of communities around British Columbia,” said Adams. “I think if anybody’s been downtown and you have been trying to find a parking spot in front of the place or business you’d like to go to, you see our downtown is betting busier, which is a good thing. “However when you see people (and not that we have inclement weather that often —but we do haven the odd southeaster) running from awning to awning along Shoppers Row, I think that it’s good to have a theme and a plan that’s in other communities that has been successful where you have a protected, sheltered and aesthetically pleasing storefront. “If you have a successful downtown you have a successful community and I don’t disagree with

councillor Kerr that the Campbellton area can benefit from an initiative like this but I think that we may need to stick with our strategic planning focus on the downtown area and, if it is successful there, we can look at expanding it out to other sections of the city. The Campbellton group and the work that councillor Kerr has done have been excellent. They are on the right track, they’re bringing initiatives forward, they’re developing a plan and I applaud them for that.” The actual motion sets the $50,000 aside, but how that is to be initiated and rolled out to downtown merchants for possible participation is something that staff will prepare and bring to council at a future meeting.



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Council to address parking problems By Neil Cameron Campbell River Courier-Islander Do you have issues with parking in Campbell River? Especially downtown? So does Campbell River city council and they voted Monday to add a part time bylaw officer to address the issue. In a rather strange move, they had voted to hire a full time officer to bring the number of bylaw officers to two. But later in the meeting that decision was overturned and council instead went for a part-time position. City Clerk Peter Wipper had told council that while the current bylaw enforcement officer was doing a

“I’ve received lots of complaints from businesses along Shoppers Row and Pier Street that people are parking there all day long.” — Jakeway great job, he simply doesn’t have the time to enforce the parking issues. “The officer can’t get to regular parking patrols although he does respond at least monthly and during the Christmas season when we try to do additional patrols,” said Wipper. “I’d like to add that our officer is

working so well that our complaints are up from the previous year. But one thing about parking issues is you need someone on the street for three hours to do your circuit and there just isn’t enough time for one officer to do that.” Councillor Mary Storry said the current officer was doing a great job on other parts of his job and she didn’t want that to diminish. It was Storry’s motion to hire a full time person and then she changed that decision to a part-time. “I’m really impressed with the work our bylaw officer is doing addressing property issues and I don’t want that focus to weaken,” she said. Mayor Walter Jakeway said word

from the street is very critical of the parking problems downtown. “I’ve received lots of complaints from businesses along Shoppers Row and Pier Street that people are parking there all day long and it’s choking off access for customers to those businesses,” he said. “And there’s no enforcement and you have people working in the neighbourhood on other projects and such and there’s no place to park so that’s where they park, and the stores are suffering, so I strongly support another officer.” And part of the plan is that the part time officer will bring in revenues to help offset costs. So park illegally at your peril.

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Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

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By Neil Cameron Campbell River Courier-Islander A resident of McIvor Lake Road told city council Monday he and his neighbours deserve a better roadway to their homes. Dr. Aref Tabarsi said for many years residents on the road have had to put up with road conditions no other city taxpayer

would tolerate. He said the residents there pay the city mill rate — for him he said that amounted to about $14,000 — and they don’t get hardly any of the services normal city residents do. But the road is the biggest concern, so much that Tabarsi said local residents would pick up 25 per cent of improvements if the city would include it in their upcoming



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budget. Tabarsi said the road receives heavy use in the summer from swimmers and boaters and the local water ski club. He also said the biggest user of the road during the winter is BC Hydro. Tabarsi came armed with pictures that showed a road that was more cratered than the surface of the moon.

City Councillor Claire Moglove said the fact that Tabarsi and the eight other residents on the road were willing to pay 25 per cent of road improvements is something the city would look favourably on. A decision on the road will likely come during the final budget deliberations set for late January.

Unique animal calendar In the past, people had different relationships to animals than we do today. This was especially true amongst the early European settlers in this region, who were struggling to carve a living out of the dense Pacific rain forest. All animals had to contribute to group survival in this harsh environment. The Museum at Campbell River will have some exclusive photos of these pets from the past on display in a temporary exhibit entitled ‘Animals Among Us’ from Jan. 23 – March 30. Some of the duties fulfilled by animals in years gone by included the tasks of providing milk, meat, eggs and wool, as well as acting as protectors and companions. Fred Nunns, one of the earliest European settlers to Campbell River, kept many animals: cows, pigs, horses, poultry, dogs and cats. As you will see in the photographic exhibit, in many cases animals were

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Leonard Frolander with his fox terrier and pet deer ‘Jim’, Camp 2, Booker Lagoon. considered important members of the family. Many early settlers lived deep in inlets and on islands and kept large numbers of cats and dogs for company. There were no local pet stores or animal rescue societies from whom to adopt pets, and an untamed wilderness at one’s doorstep could lead to the adoption of many nonconventional animals. Some of the more peculiar ones included cougar, bear, and

deer. Many of these adoptions were the direct result of hunting and although these animals made great pets when young, as they grew older they often had to be sent away to zoos. The Museum has produced a charming 16-month calendar to accompany the exhibit, and they are now available for sale in the gift shop. For any inquiries, call 250-287-3103.

Neighbours fight for Willows Pub By Neil Cameron Campbell River Courier-Islander

Both city administration and residents in the Rockland Road area don’t want the Willows Pub turned into an office building. The issue was coming before city council Tuesday night as Storey Creek Trading Limited requested a zoning amendment to allow it to put offices into the neighbourhood pub facility if the company buys it. While a neighbourhood meeting about the issue attracted only Mayor Walter Jakeway and Councillor Larry Samson and two members of SCTL, nine letters against the proposal have been received by the city. Some of those letters said that in a day and age when drinking and driving is such a concern, having a neighbourhood pub to which area residents can walk only makes sense. City staff, for their part, are against the proposal because it will compete with office space downtown, some that is available now and other space that could become available if the city’s downtown revitalization plans come to fruition. “Offices are not a suitable use to be woven into residential areas and do nothing to contribute to a sense of neighbourhood and place, as they do not ‘serve’ the surrounding area,” wrote city planner Chris Osborne. “To permit such a use at this site may set an undesirable precedent leading to further loss of other valued community facilities.”


Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014



Artist Trading Card event starts Thurs. Artists of all ages who would like to create and trade miniature works of art are invited to attend the next Artist Trading Card event at the Campbell River Art Gallery, Thursday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. This is a fun, social and creative program that meets four times a year to swap trading cards. The only difference between these and sports trading cards is that you create your own homemade 2 ½ x 3 ½ inch trading card like a miniature work of art. Please bring 15-20 art cards to trade. New faces are always welcome! Just come and bring a friend if you like. Cards should be 2.5 inches x 3.5 inches exactly so they fit in the sleeves that are used for saving baseball cards. The theme is open.

Bring original cards, not photocopies. The cards are miniature works of art and are meant to be traded, not bought or sold. Your cards can be painted, collaged, mixed media, photographs, three dimensional shapes, or found objects. It’s up to you where your creativity leads you. Sign the back as you would any art work and add your contact information if you wish ATCs have grown in popularity since their invention in 1996 in Switzerland. The Campbell River Art Gallery was the first place in BC to host an ATC event in 1999. The Gallery is located at 1235 Shoppers Row (the same building as the Visitor Info Centre). For more info call 250-287-2261 or email

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‘B’ Keeper Taran shows off the seven to eight year old six and a half foot Wollemi Pine which just happens to have both male and female cones.

No ‘babies’ yet, but things look promising for prehistoric plant By Sian Thomson Campbell River Courier-Islander

There is some experimental hanky panky going on at the B’z Greenhouse in Willow Point, as the three owners try to make some “Wollemi babies.” The Courier-Islander introduced readers to the prehistoric plant last fall, when the extremely rare plant unexpectedly showed up at the right place and at the right time for the local “B-Keepers” to acquire it. “The (Courier-Islander) article caught the attention of CBC Radio in Victoria, who contacted us to do a live interview with them about the prehistoric plant,” said B-Keeper Robb. “Even our friends at the Campbell River Garden Club have had interest in our Wollemi, mentioning it in their newsletters. We are truly honoured.” Dozens of people have come up to the shop to check out the tree for themselves, and the owners even had many people asking to be put on a list to purchase any successful attempts they may have at propagating the species. “As many of you already know, we are trying our luck at helping the species out by creating a new ‘baby’ or two, or three,” said Robb. “Although we have been taking people’s contact information, in case we are successful, we have had to turn down any offers of deposits on plants. We want to emphasize that we are “experimenting” with trying to make some Wollemi babies, and have no idea whatsoever if, in fact, we will be successful in our attempts. The information we have found on the web for doing such things is often conflicting or ‘vague’ at best, so it really is an experiment. We are

keeping detailed notes on everything we do, so if we’re successful we’ll be able to duplicate the process that got us there.” “On a promising note, a month ago we took seven clippings off of various places on our tree,” said Robb. “From what we understand, it will be approximately another five months before we’ll know if any of them have rooted. It’s a slow process, but a very exciting one. The clipping we feel has the most promise is ‘G’, which was taken from the top of a new tree that had sprouted from our Wollemi Pine due to ‘self coppicing’. We removed its top and placed it into a sandy soil mixture, similar to the natural conditions these trees come from, so we’re watching this baby closely.” The B- keepers recently spoke to a lady who said she took 70 clippings from Wollemi Pines she owned in the past, and only two of them actually took. “Sadly, even the two that did take were ‘murdered’ (as she put it) by being over watered by her family members,” said Robb. “We are asking that all who read this will keep their fingers, toes, and eyes crossed for us that we will be successful in creating new Wollemia Nobilis, either by our seeds or clippings.” If you’d like to be alerted to the baby-making progress, join their mailing list and/or friend us on B’Z facebook page to stay informed and up to date. For more information go to http://www. B’z Greenhouse is located at 2338 Island Highway in Willow Point beside the “Smiling Dental’ sign.


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Wednesday, Jan.22, 2014


We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our View Time is now to fund S&R What if there was no Search and Rescue organization? That’s a question that is scary to ponder, but if more people pondered it before heading out into the wilderness, they might not get into trouble. People are quite familiar with Campbell River Search and Rescue. Whenever someone gets lost or in trouble on this huge coast, they are usually involved in the rescue. Yes, we all know of the organization. Or do we? Do we realize that this group of volunteers spends countless hours simply fund raising so they can get proper equipment and take proper courses so they are ready when disaster happens? They are called out in the middle of the night, in terrible weather and dangerous conditions. They have jobs and families they leave behind. That is enough of a sacrifice. But it is shameful that whatever spare time they may have, they are out there with hat in hand simply trying to make enough money to function. The real truth is that if Campbell River Search and Rescue and their ilk across the province didn’t exist, government would have to create one. They would have to commit the resources because when people get lost in the wilderness, or injured, the government in the end would be responsible for them. But Search and Rescue units exist because the people involved in them care. It is time that the province cared just as much and made sure that the time these people spend volunteering, is spent on searching and rescuing, not holding barbecues to raise money so that they can function. Enough lip service. We know they are a great and selfless organization. It’s time we as a society paid them the same respect they pay our loved ones and others when the wilderness steps up to bite them. Poll question: Do you think the Province should fully fund equipment and educational needs for Search and Rescue units? Vote at


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Act? What Act? I am writing this letter because of how deeply concerned I am by (in my opinion) the immoral, greedy and short-sighted recent decisions made by New Horizons. First off, I would like to extend my gratitude and respect to all those employees and volunteers that have rooted themselves together with the residents to create a very special family tree. Your dedication and relentless efforts do not go unnoticed. To the owners of New Horizons, were you ever taught to respect your elders? Think back, and visualize those words spoken while looking into your aging parent’s eyes; does this skew your outlook? As of March 14, 2013, the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia enacted Bill 10, 2013 — The Seniors Advocate Act. I would like to ask why the Lieutenant Governor has taken almost a year to appoint the Office Of The Seniors Advocate, why we the public have paced back and forth over an

empty promise of a successful candidate to be announced in “Spring 2014”? In Bill 10 -2013, Section 4 is outlined as the Duty To Advise On Seniors Issues. The people of BC have been fulfilling this duty continually and are waiting to see something other than lip service. Maybe the Health Minister could step up here? We cannot watch our health care and long term care be bid on into privatization like some nick knack on eBay. The detrimental results have already shown themselves across Canada, look to Ontario for a prime example. Unless we change the way society views the elderly, upcoming generations will treat them the same way, or should I say us...they will treat us the same way. Finally to the residents of New Horizons, and all seniors — you have my respect and you are valued, you are NOT invisible! Alicia Borenheim

Confusing, but it’s basically up, up, up By Les Leyne Your ferry ticket these days is like Russia as described by Sir Winston Churchill: “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” It jumped 3.5 per cent this week because of the sudden imposition of a fuel surcharge, the result of a series of complicated factors. One of them is the price of diesel fuel. Oil prices are a mystery unto themselves, far beyond the comprehension of most people. Related to that mystery is the pump price of gasoline. And folded into that conundrum is the price of diesel, which seems to float at its own level, independent of the price of regular gas. (The retail price is 25 cents a litre higher than regular at the time of writing.) Ferries run on marine diesel, which is a separate grade that involves additional complexities. Over the 10 years the ferry system

has been running as a stand-alone entity, a system has evolved to deal with fuel prices. But it’s just as complicated as the fuel prices themselves. The independent ferry commissioner watchdogs most of B.C. Ferry Services’ accounting practices. It is designed to hold the corporation to account over the length of each multi-year performance term. Part of that process requires the company to estimate its fuel costs several years into the future. If they overestimate, the legislation requires the company to return the amount to users in some fashion. If they underestimate, the system allows the company to impose a fuel surcharge to cover the shortage. The company underestimated the price this time around. It wrote the commissioner last month trying to explain the situation. “Notwithstanding the recent easing

of retail gasoline prices at the pump, diesel prices have not abated in the same fashion.” The letter stated that in the current fiscal year B.C. Ferries has been paying an average of $1.05 a litre for marine diesel. But it had estimated 95 cents a litre, so “the debit balance in the fuel deferral account is growing.” The deferral account was set up to provide some leeway in the calculations, by allowing some time to pass for the fluctuations to balance out. But the auditor general cast a leery eye on deferral accounts a few years ago. The system in place with B.C. Ferries requires the account to balance out to zero every two years, so it doesn’t run too deeply into the red. B.C. Ferries said that since March, 2013, the account has swung from a credit of $1.5 million to a debit of $3.5 million. And since it’s currently

paying 10 cents a litre more than it budgeted every day, it’s getting worse. That’s why the Swartz BayTsawwassen car-and-driver fare jumped $2.25 on Friday. There’s an equally complicated structure for the basic ticket price. It caps the average price system-wide at a set amount and requires adjustments depending on performance. Performance this year indicates that a small fare break will be coming before March. A discount coming after a surcharge is going to confuse people. So B.C. Ferries wants permission to move “excess” revenue into the fuel fund, so the fares don’t jerk up and down so much. Even if that’s approved, another routine fare hike of four per cent is set for April 1. So the ins and outs are quite murky, but the trend is pretty clear. It points up, up, up. — Glacier News Service

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Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014


What’s Happening

Every NHL Game, Every Day

This week in and around Campbell River WEDNESDAY JAN. JAN. 822 WEDNESDAY

Baby Time: 10am to 11:30am. CR Community Centre. For more information call 250-286-1161

The Heart Support Group’s meeting: 2pm. CR Community Center. New members welcome. Guest speaker is the ����� Hospital Foundation Executive Director Stacey Marsh. For more info call Ken at Research Your Family Tree: 1:30pm to 4pm. CR Genealogy library hours. 250-923-3466. Maritime Museum. Everyone welcome. ����� 250-203-0585. Sing For Pure Joy!: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.. The Lions Den (across from Thrifty’s) 1441 Ironwood Rd. All voices welcome. Mary 250 285-3764.


20th Anniversary CR Art Gallery – special exhibition and festive party: ����� 7pm. Live entertainment, cake, coffee, CR Friendship Quilter’s Guild: Meeting cash bar, door prizes and more. For starts at 7pm. CR Commnity Centre in more information contact 250-287-2261 the lounge. New members welcome. ����� ����� Campbell River Storm Jr B Hockey: Campbell River Parkinson Self Help 7:30pm. Rod Brind’Amour Arena. Support Group: 1:30pm to 3pm. Visitors are the Comox Glacier Kings Room 201, Campbell River Baptist ����� Church Hall. Newcomers are welcome. For info call Pat at 250-286-1354. CR Fish and Wildlife Association indoor archery range: 6:30pm to 8pm. ����� See Monday for more information.


Girls Night Out Saturday, January 25th. 6pm to 9pm. $10 charge Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex. 225 South Dogwood, CR.

����� Al-Anon: noon to 1pm. St. Patrick’s Church, 34 S Alder St. Anonymous 12 CR Legion Fun Night: 5:30pm. step program for friends and families of alcoholics. For more info call Barb at Karaoke, free Bingo. Also meat and 250-923-5537 or Judy at 250-923-1653 paddle draw. 250-286-6831


MONDAY MONDAY JAN. 27 Sing For Pure Joy!: 3pm to 4:30 p.m. Quadra Community Centre. All voices welcome. Mary 250 285-3764.



Al-Anon: 1pm and 7:30pm. 7th Day Adventist Church. 300 Thulin St. Anonymous 12-step programme for friends and families of alcoholics. For more info call Barb at 250-923-5537 or Judy at 250-923-1653

Run Club: 7:30am. Dogwood and Hilchey. For more information contact

Research Your Family Tree: 7pm to 9pm. CR Genealogy library hours. Maritime Museum. Everyone welcome. 250-203-0585.





For more information call 250-287-9234, ext. 0

Research Your Family Tree: 1:30pm to 4pm. CR Genealogy library hours. Maritime Museum. Everyone welcome. 250-203-0585.

Al-Anon: 7:30pm. 7th Day Adventist Church. 300 Thulin St. Anonymous 12step programme for friends and families of alcoholics. For more info call Barb at 250-923-5537 or Judy at 250-923-1653

Therapeutic Relaxation Appointments: Every Monday. Come have a free relaxation treatment by trained hospice volunteers. This is for persons struggling with illness, grief or for the Caregiver. Appointments are available by appointment only at the Campbell River Hospice office, #104, 301 Dogwood St. Please call 286-1121 to book your spot

Pizza & Pyjama Dance Skating Party!




(Ages 6-12)

Diabetic Drop-in: 3pm to 4pm. CR Hospital. Sunshine Wellness Centre. For more information call 250-286-1161.

( Jon Kimura Parker and Jamie Parker of Gryphon Trio) is returning a second time to the Quadra Community Centre stage. Tickets are available on Quadra in advance for $17 at Hummingbird Office and Art Supply, Works of H’Art in Heriot Bay and at the Music Plant in Campbell River. Tickets at the door will be $20. Students 16 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 250-285-3560 or visit

SATURDAY SATURDAY JAN. 25 Girls Night Out (Ages 6-12) – Pizza & Pyjama Dance Skating Party: 6pm to 9pm. $10. Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex. 225 South Dogwood, CR. 250-287-9234, ext. 0 ����� A Nite with Robbie Burns: Cocktails: 5:30 pm; Dinner 6:30 pm Legion Hall, 301 11th Ave., Campbell River. Dinner and Entertainment. Tickets available at Legion Bar. $25 – assigned seating SUNDAY SUNDAY JAN. 26 Canadian pianist Ian Parker (in recital): 2:30 pm. Younger member of the Vancouver Parker Piano Dynasty

����� International Cooking Classes: 6pm to 8pm. Robron Centre. Each class is $35, or the series of four classes for $100. All registration fees are donated to the International Women’s Group in support of their activities, day trips, and




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guest speakers. Hosted by the Immigrant Welcome Centre. Contact Tamara Tutt for more information: TamaraTutt@ or 250-830-0171




Ironwood Street

“The Good Guys” Since 1994

����� OPT (Options for Sexual Health) Drop in Clinic: 7pm to 9pm. At the Health Unit in the Tyee Plaza. Education & information on birth control and sexual health. Low cost birth control. All ages welcome. For more information contact 250 830-7603. ����� Try Curling! Every Tuesday 3:30pm to 5pm is OPEN ICE at the Campbell River Curling Club, 260 Cedar Street, (on Dogwood next door to Steiner Bakery). Ernie Koizumi will be on hand to help you learn and get into the game. Everyone welcome and it is FREE! For more info, call Ernie 250.287.1706.

Tune Ups • Brakes & Suspension Hitches & Wiring Automatic & Standard Transmission Import & Domestic Servicing • Fleet Maintenance Four Wheel Alignment • RV Repairs Government Inspection Facility For Fast Friendly Service 1501 D WILLOW ST. • 250-286-0045

����� Al-Anon: 7pm. Children’s Centre on Quadra Island. Anonymous 12-step programme for friends and families of alcoholics. For more info call Barb at 250-923-5537 or Judy at 250-923-1653.

Winter Protection Packages ON SALE NOW!

Call for more information. 1509 DOGWOOD ST. CAMPBELL RIVER 250-286-6652

ONGOING UPCOMING ONGOING & & UPCOMING C.R. Shoreline Arts Society: The group is in need of a secretary to attend monthly meetings, take minutes and forward minutes to the members, and perform other duties as required. A commitment of a few hours per month is needed. For more information call Volunteer Campbell River at 250-2878111.


����� Black Creek Community Association: Currently looking for volunteers to childmind during Parents’ Night Out, held on Valentine’s Day. It provides parents with inexpensive babysitting so they can go to town and have dinner for a romantic night out. For more information call Volunteer Campbell River at 250-287-8111.

Every Monday & Tuesday COMPLETELY FREE! Call Ernie for more information 250-287-1706

Taoist Tai Chi: 10am to noon. Sportsplex. Beginner registration and ����� first class. For more information call 250286-9768 Recreation & Culture: Looking for youth aged13-16 for Leaders in Training ����� that volunteer for various programs and special events while gaining work Research Your Family Tree: 10am experience, developing leadership to 3pm. CR Genealogy library hours. Maritime Museum. Everyone welcome. skills, working with kids and building a resume. For more information call 250-203-0585. Volunteer Campbell River at 250-2878111. ����� Pipes and Drums: Play or learn the pipes or drums at the Legion Hall on Tuesday @ 7:00 pm




SEND US YOUR EVENTS! Deadline: Monday at 5:00 pm Submit It For Free: In person: 1040 Cedar St. By Fax: 250-287-8891 By email:


Custom designed 1860 sq.ft. 3 bed 2 bath rancher with bonus room situated in Discovery Plateau. This open plan quality home has many features including heat pump, custom kitchen with granite counters, hardwood flooring, 12 ft. ceilings. Too many amazing features to list. WOW! NEW PRICE $366,900

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Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

JAN. 17 - FEB. 2 RINK & EVENT SCHEDULE Simms Park ~ Downtown Courtenay






So much to do...


food vendors, fire pits for family use, games and activities daily



Public skate ticket includes: Adjustable skates and helmets for kids and skates for adults. Schedule subject to change. Please see for current schedule.

at Lewis Centre & Visitor Centre Fri 17

All Welcome Skate 8 - 9AM 11 AM - 1 PM 2 - 6 PM, 6 - 8 PM w/Glacier Kings

Boys & Girls Club Tent 5 - 8 PM Facepainting 3 - 7 PM 4-H Petting Pen Photos w/Billy Pony 5 - 8 PM JumpCamp 3 - 8 PM

Sat 18


All Welcome Skate 1 - 2:30 PM, 8 - 10 PM Hockey Jamboree 8 AM - 1 PM 2:30 - 8 PM Boys & Girls Club Tent 9 AM - 8 PM Facepainting 12 - 7 PM 4-H Petting Pen Photos w/Billy Pony 1 - 4 PM JumpCamp 1 - 8 PM Sleigh Rides 2 - 6 PM

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Rink Events

FunZone Activities

Glacier Kings Activities

8:00 PM Alpha Ya Ya Diallo Best Western Plus

8:00 PM PIANORAMA Best Western Plus







All Welcome Skate 8 - 9 AM, 11 AM - 1 PM 5 - 8 PM Shinney Public Pond Hockey 9 - 10 AM Boys & Girls Club Tent 5 - 8 PM Facepainting Mon - Thurs 4 - 7 PM

All Welcome Skate 8 - 9 AM, 11 AM - 1 PM 5 - 8 PM Shinney Public Pond Hockey 9 - 10 AM Boys & Girls Club Tent 5 - 8 PM

All Welcome Skate 8 - 9 AM, 11 AM - 1 PM 5 - 8 PM Shinney Public Pond Hockey 9 - 10 AM Boys & Girls Club Tent 5 - 8 PM

All Welcome Skate 8 - 9 AM, 11 AM - 1 PM 5 - 8 PM Shinney Public Pond Hockey 9 - 10 AM Boys & Girls Club Tent 5 - 8 PM

All Welcome Skate 8 - 9 AM, 11 AM - 1 PM 3 - 6 PM Hockey Jamboree 6 - 8 PM

8:00 PM Barney Bentall Crown Isle Resort

8:00 PM Jim Byrnes & the Sojourners Best Western Plus

Boys & Girls Club Tent 5 - 8 PM Facepainting 3 - 7 PM JumpCamp 3 - 8 PM 4-H Petting Pen Photos w/Billy Pony 5 - 8 PM Sleigh Rides 3 - 7 PM 8:00 PM Grapes of Wrath and The Odds Filberg Centre

JumpCamp Mon - Thurs 5 - 8 PM

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All Welcome Skate 1 - 2:30 PM 6 - 9 PM Hockey Jamboree 8 AM - 1 PM 2:30 - 6 PM Boys & Girls Club Tent 9 AM - 8 PM Facepainting 12 - 7 PM JumpCamp 1 - 8 PM 4-H Petting Pen Photos w/Billy Pony 1 - 4 PM Sleigh Rides 2 - 6 PM

Sun 19


All Welcome Skate 1 - 6 PM Hockey Jamboree 8 AM - 1 PM

Boys & Girls Club Tent 9AM - 6 PM Facepainting 12 - 7 PM 4-H Petting Pen Photos w/Billy Pony 1 - 4 PM JumpCamp 1 - 6 PM Sleigh Rides 2 - 6 PM



All Welcome Skate 1 - 6 PM, 2 - 4 PM w/Glacier Kings Hockey Jamboree 9 AM - 1 PM Boys & Girls Club Tent 9 AM - 6 PM Facepainting 12 - 7 PM JumpCamp 1 - 6 PM 4-H Petting Pen Photos w/Billy Pony 1 - 4 PM Sleigh Rides 2 - 6 PM

8:00 PM Ashley MacIsaac Native Sons Hall






Feb 1

Feb 2

All Welcome Skate 8 - 9 AM, 11 AM - 1 PM 5 - 8 PM

All Welcome Skate 8 - 9 AM, 11 AM - 1 PM 5 - 8 PM

All Welcome Skate 8 - 9 AM, 11 AM - 1 PM 5 - 8 PM

All Welcome Skate 8 - 9 AM, 11 AM - 1 PM 5 - 8 PM

Shinney Public Pond Hockey 9 - 10 AM Boys & Girls Club Tent 5 - 8 PM

Shinney Public Pond Hockey 9 - 10 AM Boys & Girls Club Tent 5 - 8 PM

Shinney Public Pond Hockey 9 - 10 AM Boys & Girls Club Tent 5 - 8 PM

All Welcome Skate 1 - 2:30 PM w/Glacier Kings 6 - 9 PM Hockey Jamboree 8 AM - 1 PM 2:30 - 6 PM Boys & Girls Club Tent 9 AM - 8 PM JumpCamp 1 - 8 PM 4-H Petting Pen Photos w/Billy Pony 1 - 4 PM Sleigh Rides 2 - 6 PM

All Welcome Skate 1 - 6 PM

Shinney Public Pond Hockey 9 - 10 AM Boys & Girls Club Tent 5 - 8 PM

All Welcome Skate 8 - 9 AM, 11 AM - 1 PM 3 - 6 PM, 3 - 4 PM w/Glacier Kings Hockey Jamboree 6 - 8 PM

Facepainting Mon - Wed 4 - 7 PM JumpCamp Mon - Thurs 5 - 8 PM

8:00 PM Blind Billy Boy Paxton & Suzie Vinnick Crown Isle Resort

Boys & Girls Club Tent 5 - 8 PM JumpCamp 3 - 8 PM 4-H Petting Pen Photos w/Billy Pony 5 - 8 PM Sleigh Rides 3 - 7 PM 8:00 PM Cousin Harley Best Western Plus

Hockey Jamboree 9 AM - 1 PM Boys & Girls Club Tent 9 AM - 6 PM JumpCamp 1 - 6 PM 4-H Petting Pen Photos w/Billy Pony 1 - 4 PM Sleigh Rides 2 - 6 PM Glacier Kings Team Skate and Demos 6 - 8 PM



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Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

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453 Westgate Road

Home Sweet Home

Hard to find private 1350 square foot updated rancher on 1/2 acre in the heart of Willow Point. You will be close to schools, shopping, bus route and recreation. This open floor plan is sure to please adjoining the kitchen, family and living rooms, plus 3 good size bedrooms. The master has a 2 piece ensuite. Updates include newer roof, flooring, paint, and thermal windows. Outside includes large deck in rear, workshop/ shed, fish pond, raised garden beds. Lots of room for RV parking, so start your new year out with this wonderful offering. $259,000.

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308 SERENITY • $314,900

Brand new 1687 sq ft rancher with great room design. Good separation between master bedroom and two other bedrooms – ideal plan for families or empty nesters. 308 Serenity #359010

Walk to work at the hospital or jobs downtown — you are close to it all from this apartment style condo. It features one bedroom and one bathroom with a tenant in place. Great for first time buyers or even investors. 206-262 Birch Street MLS# 365416

15 ACRES • $850,000

Perfect property for horse lovers! Close to town yet rural with 15 acres selectively cleared and fully fenced with large ponds and plenty of room. The mobile on the property has been completed renovated with new furnace, kitchen, new flooring and a new roof. 2201 Shetland Rd. #342214



Beautiful upper level unit in Pacific Maples. This sunny corner unit features two bedrooms and two bathrooms and open concept living areas with 9 foot ceilings, a gas fireplace, in unit laundry and a deck overlooking the trees and well landscaped complex. 43–251 McPhedran #357412

Plenty of windows allow lots of light into both levels of the 2820 sq ft home. The main features hardwood floors in the dining and living room, a spacious kitchen with center island, 3 bedrooms and access to the wrap around deck. The walkout basement has an office, 4th bedroom, den and family room. All this backing onto woods and a creek! #18-100 McPhedran Road MLS# 361396

OPEN HOUSE Saturday, Jan. 25 1-2pm Hosted by Leslie 68 - 1120 Evergreen • $234,800

316 SERENITY • $314,900

Big open plan with kitchen, central island with eating bar and dining area are open to the family room and the living room. 1717 sq ft with 3 bedrooms and an awesome ensuite. 316 Serenity #358967


4200 square foot commercial building ideal for your business. There’s an upper mezzanine, bathroom and office area, 220 amp service and previously had an overhead door in front. Zoning allows for a variety of uses. 1651 Petersen Road MLS# 359191

WANT TO TRADE? • $349,000

Seller will consider trades for this house, acreage and shop on 3.1 acres. House is 2 bedrooms and the shop is over 1500 square feet. Development would allow up to 31 units on the property. 775 Homewood Road #347982

332 SERENITY • $319,800

This home features tall windows and lots of natural light. The open floor plan lends itself to easy living: relax in the family room, monitor the backyard through windows above the sink, or prepare meals from the island while chatting with family in the nook. The master suite is located on one side of the house with two other bedrooms across the house. A great family ready for occupancy in March.

332 Serenity MLS# 366815


2 bedroom 2 bath ground floor condo with 9 foot ceilings, granite counters, ensuite with heated floors, and French doors to the back patio and wrap around deck where you can enjoy the view. Great location across from the ocean.


Live up in the 3 bedroom or down in the 1 bedroom and collect rent from the other unit. This updated home has a new roof and sits on a third of an acre with back yard access for your toys. 105-1392 S. Isl. Hwy. MLS# 366343 644-8th Avenue #344399




New rancher with a bonus room. 1780 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and a great room concept. Good street appeal with a covered veranda on the front and a covered deck in the back. There’s even an ocean view. 291 Arizona Drive MLS# 362155

This immaculate 2 storey is just 4 years old and has an open concept on the main floor TOP FLOOR PENTHOUSE • $319,800 with living, dining, and kitchen plus laundry Unique floor plan with 2 levels of living space. room and a two piece bath. Upstairs there are The kitchen and dining room open onto a roof 3 bedrooms and a full bath. The yard is fenced top deck with an ocean view that goes for miles. with a shed, greenhouse and patio with arbour. The main floor has 2 bedrooms, a den area and living room. 402-1392 S. Isl. Hwy. #366994 68-1120 Evergreen MLS# 366941

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Fresh paint, some new flooring and this 2 bedroom/den home is ready to move in and enjoy the private patio and carefree living. $219,000.


Spacious and well cared for home in popular Comox neighbourhood. Don’t miss this one! $339,900


Tahsis views from this very cute ‘townsite’ home with full basement ready for your plans. Separate basement entry makes this a great property to ‘share’ with your family or start a B&B. Just $119,000!



3 bedroom 2 bath 1/2 duplex at an affordable price. Easy care yard. You’ll be surprised how much space is in this home for $179,000!


Well maintained home in Sayward, priced to sell at $159,900. Large corner lot and insulated garage for the hobbyist. At last! Four adjacent view building lots available in the Scout Subdivision in Gold River!

Income helper with this tidy mountain view home in Gold River! Successfully run as a B&B for years, good online reviews, too! Best price in the Scout subdivision - just $194,000.

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This one won’t last long! Inquire now because it will be sold at about 3 weeks. Call for more details. Just $23,000

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Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

The owners of Mount Washington Alpine Resort have quietly put the Island’s only commercial ski hill on the market. “It’s probably been in the process for six to eight months,” Don Sharpe, director of business operations, told CHEK News. “Our ownership group is getting a little bit older now, and looking for new opportunities and new things to do.” Sharpe did not reveal the asking price or any offers. “It’s a private, strategic sale and who knows at this time where it will end up.” Comox Valley real estate agent Rick Gibson, who is not involved in the sale, said the resort is managed well, and the sale is no indication of financial problems. “The current ownership group has done a phenomenal job of developing Mount Washington, but they’re done. They’re ready to do other projects,” said Gibson. Mount Washington was incorporated in 1977. Peter Gibson is its president and Brian Stamp of Campbell River its secretary. Other directors listed on the provincial ownership registry are Darryl Eddy and Michael Fitch, each with Vancouver addresses, and Campbell River residents Ted Foster and George Stuart. Gibson, originally from Courtenay, helped carve out the resort in the 1970s, by using a chainsaw to clear land. He was a friend of the son of one of the project’s developers. When the resort officially opened in fall 1979, Gibson was director of skiing, rising to president in 2001, the resort’s website says. Owners have continued to invest in the resort. Recent upgrades include installation of child-friendly lifts on novice runs, and this season, a new lift and relocation of the tube park. “They recognize there’s a lot more to do, but they’re not going to do it,” said Rick Gibson, the real estate agent. “They’re ready to step aside and let someone else take Mount Washington to the next level.”

The resort has struggled with lack of snow this season, missing the lucrative Christmas season and only opening a week ago. Members of the Tourism Mount Washington Association learned of the decision to sell in the summer. At the group’s annual general meeting, chairman Tobin Leopkey reported: “This is a strategic sale, not a distress sale,” according to the minutes of that meeting, held Aug. 13. The report said owners have “reviewed their business plans and are...not scaling back, just restructuring and improving their focus.” Rick Gibson said the resort has been “unofficially for sale for several years.” But the sale should not negatively affect skiers or owners of recreational properties on the resort. “They’ve done a good job, but they’re not prepared to invest more money and get into debt.” There is no for-sale sign on the property, nor is it mentioned on Mount Washington’s website. Commercial real estate company CBRE Canada is handling the sale. “They’re going to clients and saying: ‘We have this available,’ ” Rick Gibson said. Chris Rust, associate vice-president of CBRE, said an agreement with the owners limits what he can say publicly about it, including the selling price or the date it went on the market. “I can tell you it’s a wonderful opportunity,” Rust said. Mount Washington opened in the 1970s as one of the first planned ski resorts in B.C. Over the years, high-performance ski lifts and other equipment was installed. Other improvements included trails and facilities. The resort has runs for advanced and novice skiers over 648 hectares of terrain. Snowfall averages 1,006 centimetres a year, but a milder coastal climate can delay the season. The mountain opened to skiers this week and has a 90-centimetre base. — Glacier News Service

Moglove named CSRHD chair The Comox-Strathcona Regional Hospital District (CSRHD) board of directors has chosen Claire Moglove as its chair and Bruce Jolliffe as its vice-chair for the third year in a row. In addition to the major project for the two new North Island hospitals, the board will continue dealing with general issues around health care facilities in the region.

Moglove is a councillor at the City of Campbell River and a director of the Strathcona Regional District. Jolliffe is the Comox Valley Regional District’s representative from Baynes Sound-Denman/Hornby Islands (Area ‘A’). The CSRHD provides capital funding, cost shared with the provincial government on a 60/40 basis, with the hospital district portion being 40 per cent.

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Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

Joining fee set at $11,100 By Neil Cameron Campbell River Courier-Islander Joining the City of Campbell River and connecting to its sewer system will cost 208 Area D property owners $11,100. That’s the result from consulting firm Urban Systems who will present a report at the Tuesday’s council meeting to provide the analysis and rationale of the proposed boundary extension and sewer service to Area D on the southern borders of Campbell River. The deal would include a $9,300 initial fee and a proposed $1,800 hook up fee. After the presentation the city says the next step would be to share information with residents and property owners within City limits and within the proposed boundary extension area, as well as with the Strathcona Regional District, provincial agencies and First Nations. The report has also been sent to the Strathcona Regional District for review. And

the city will ask the SRD join with it to apply for an extension to the grant deadline and arrange to transfer a $3.4 million grant to the city, if Area D residents support the boundary extension proposal. Over the coming months, there will be a number of opportunities for residents, property owners, and the Strathcona Regional District to provide feedback and comments on the proposed boundary extension, including potential impacts on the remaining portion of Area D. The city says it would then finalize its formal boundary extension proposal, and provide any additional information required to help property owners and residents make informed decisions in a referendum to be held later this spring. The deal is conditional upon the Strathcona Regional District agreeing to transfer the existing $3.4 million grant, and on senior governments agreeing to extend the availability for the grant.

ADRRA to hold general meeting After a successful inaugural meeting in December, The Area D Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association (ADRRA) has announced that its first general meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 at the Shelter Point Distillery, 4650 Regent Road in Oyster River. “Area D faces some dramatic challenges in the year ahead including the possible loss of its heavily populated Ocean Grove and Stories Beach areas to an annexation drive by the City of Campbell River,” said association President Rod Nugent. Bob Solc, association Vice-President is worried about the affect of annexation on Area D tax rates and the first Furnaces, Stoves, Dryers, draft of the Official Community Plan (OCP). Heaters, Hot Water “As an Area D resident, I am very concerned that the Tanks, Fireplaces loss of the sewer lands to Campbell River will drive up ENERGY EFFICIENT the taxes for everyone,” he said. “ And how can you plan PHONE 250-286-0718 for the future of a community (OCP) when you don’t even know what community you are planning? We need some “THE GAS EXPERTS” certainty first.” Memberships to ADRRA are still avail151 DOGWOOD able. Request an application at





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Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

Missoula Children’s Theatre Museum at Campbell River auditions Monday at Penfield next lecture series features Haig-Brown writer-in-residence

Auditions will be held for Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) production of Blackbeard The Pirate Monday, Jan. 27 at the Penfield Elementary School gym. Those auditioning should arrive at 3:30 p.m. and plan to stay for the full two hours. Some of the cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the auditions. Among the roles to be cast are Blackbeard and his crew of bearded pirates, sailors of the high seas, cranky crabs and crocodiles, magical mermaids and seaweed creatures, parrots and even a group of beach bums! Students of School District #72 programs, ages Kindergarten through Grade 12, are encouraged to audition. No advance preparation is necessary. Assistant directors will also

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The Museum at Campbell River is pleased to present a series of lectures by the 2014 Haig-Brown Writer-in-Residence, Andrew Nikiforuk. Nikiforuk will deliver three lectures at the Museum, the first on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 1-3 p.m. Entitled ‘Reflections On The Incredible Shrinking Media’ this talk will introduce Nikiforuk to the community and will provide an overview of his work and interests. Nikiforuk is the author of five books and has written for most of the nation’s top publications. Over the last 30 years, the journalist has watched his trade decline as fast as the importance of the middle class. He’ll talk about what the loss of good journalism means for civil society, the triumph of social engineering and how the Internet has complicated things. The second lecture will take place on March 1, from 2-4 p.m. Entitled ‘Pipelines, Economic Engines and the Petro State’, Nikiforuk will address the rapid development of the tar sands, the world’s largest energy project. The tar sands have no doubt changed the political and economic character of the country. Nikiforuk says, “Making bitumen Canada’s new economic engine comes with risks and liabilities. As a consequence, the proposed Enbridge pipeline, largely a Chinese project, has sparked one of the nation’s most intense ethical debates. How can Canada morally exploit a dirty resource?” The third lecture will be held on March 29, from 1-3 p.m. The subject will be ‘Fracking and the LNG Gold Rush’. The government of British Columbia believes that the exploitation of shale gas and LNG projects will define the province’s future and deliver unparalleled rich- TOP PRODUCERS TOP PRODUCERS

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Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014




All aboard for the annual Model Railroaders show Get ready Campbell River – the Museum is heading toward the North Island Model Railroaders Annual Show. The show opens on Saturday, Jan. 25, from noon to 5 p.m. and continues on Sunday, Jan. 26, from noon to 4 p.m. Thousands of people have seen this show over the years and it never fails to impress. The excitement of model trains is for kids and seniors alike. There is something for the whole family. Incredible displays of model railroad equipment, scenery and miniature buildings will all Photo submitted be available for ‘looking and learning’. North Island Model Railroaders will be at the Museum at Campbell River this weekend. The electric Lego train will be back. And


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Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

CHURCH SERVICES DIRECTORY A look at the growing coho numbers Be Tough When You Need To

While Jesus is generally portrayed in the Gospels as mild and understanding, there were times when he became angry, even violently so, as when he overturned the tables of the moneychangers. The Old Testament is filled with characters that could be tough when they needed to. Think of the prophets and the judges of the Old Testament. They were sometimes mild and wise, like Solomon, but they were not above entering into the fray of battle. It takes both courage and wisdom to know when you should get your hackles up and how tough you should be in those circumstances. God Himself is portrayed as someone who can take only so much before He loses His temper. Every parent knows that there is a time to be meek and mild with your children and a time to be tough. So, we should have the courage of our convictions, and not be afraid to express our anger, at least when it is justified. – Christopher Simon

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Last week I indicated the importance of two meetings that would be occurring in the near future, the outcomes of which could have considerable bearing on opportunity for the saltwater recreational fishery in 2014. The first was about halibut Jeremy Maynard management, which I reviewed last week, and the second meeting will be about coho, which I’ll look into this week. But firstly I’ll finish, for the time being at least, with halibut. Last week the International Pacific Halibut Commission met to determine coast wide catch allocations and the Canadian negotiators were able to secure agreement on an all-fishery harvest nearly as large as last year’s. At 6.85 million pounds, it is less than 200,000 pounds smaller than the 2013 TAC and should be considered something of a good news story based on pre-meeting expectations. Because the recreational share of 15 per

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cent will be very similar to last year’s there should be little, if any, change to the sport regulations for 2014 but this has yet to be determined – stand by for updates. OK, coho. As anglers are all too aware, over the past two decades around southern BC coho salmon have not been nearly as abundant as they once were. With few exceptions the opportunity to retain any has been limited to fish of hatchery origin only, identified by a missing adipose fin. This is known as a mark-selective fishery, whereby the mark is the missing fin and anglers are obliged by regulation to select between hatchery and thought to be wild coho for retention purposes. Slowly, and with growing strength in recent years, the aggregate southern BC coho stock has been increasing in abundance. This welcome trend has been particularly evident on WCVI for several years but around the Strait of Georgia 2013 saw the best coho fishing and subsequent returns to rivers in 20 years. One of the fundamental challenges to salmon management wherever they are found is the issue of many different individual river or area stocks of different levels of abundance mixing in the ocean and being subject to the same fishing pressure. Against a background of increasing policy

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guidance (Species At Risk Act and the Wild Salmon Policy) in recent decades, managers have been regulating salmon fisheries to benefit the least abundant individual stocks, with fishermen of all types having opportunity constrained to a degree unheard of not so long ago. Around southern BC the coho salmon stock aggregate that has framed fishery management actions since the late 1990’s is known as the Interior Fraser management unit, comprised of all coho originating in the vast area upstream of the Hell’s Gate Canyon, including the Thompson River watershed. As a matter of practicality, management actions for IF coho have become a proxy for other depressed wild coho stocks during this time, especially those originating from around the Georgia Basin. Since 1998 DFO has planned salmon fisheries in southern BC with the objective of having a less than three per cent exploitation rate (ER) on IF coho, almost all of which are wild fish, an enormous reduction from the 60-80 per cent ER that occurred prior to the mid 1990’s. After 15 years – five generations – of this ultra-conservative management, for the past few years the IF coho stock has returned in numbers greater than the lower recovery objective of 25,000 coho, and for the past two years at more than twice that, albeit in the absence of any directed harvest. The question now is whether this rebuilding trend would be jeopardized by a slight easing of the management constraints and it is this issue that a group of DFO science and management staff along with some outside stakeholder representation will be considering in Nanaimo this week. The results won’t be determined immediately but the outcomes will have real significance for the management of all salmon fisheries around southern BC in 2014 and beyond. With its directed fishery for coho, mostly hatchery origin only but with some wild retention along WCVI inside the surfline, the recreational fishery obviously will be impacted by any decisions resulting from this meeting. However the real driver for these considerations now is the expectation of a large, possibly very large, return of sockeye to the Fraser River this year and the desirability of the commercial fleet to access their allowable harvest of these salmon without being unduly prevented from doing so by tiny numbers of coho by-catch mortality. The reality is that for the past dozen plus years the US has been accounting for the majority of the overall IF coho exploitation rate. At the current low abundance status, under the terms of the Pacific Salmon Treaty our neighbors to the south are entitled to exercise up to a 10 per cent ER on IF coho and they plan their fisheries, mostly commercial fisheries in the San Juan Islands area, to do just that, year after year. Canada is entitled to do the same under the terms of the treaty but for domestic reasons has chosen a much more restrictive approach, with the three per cent objective now an almost sacred benchmark – frankly, the Americans think we’re a little nuts but that’s our business. Early last year, in discussions related to the development of salmon fishery planning, for the first time DFO floated the idea of an increase in the three per cent ER cap but nothing came of it. This year, following another decent return in 2013, the question is being considered more seriously. It wouldn’t take much - even a 50 per cent increase in the allowable ER on IF coho would still amount to less than half of what Canada is entitled to under the Pacific Salmon Treaty – and would provide some welcome additional opportunity in our fishery. As with halibut regulations, stay tuned.

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Midget Tyees top Capitals By Ken Zaharia Courier-Islander Sports Editor Backed by some rock solid goaltending from Riley Mathieson, the No. 1 Auto Body Midget Tyees ended their Vancouver Island Division 1 Hockey League regular season on a winning note. The Tyees built up a 3-0 lead before Mathieson’s shutout bid was broken, but he did get the win in the 3-1 Tyees victory over the Cowichan Valley Capitals at Rod Brind’Amour Arena Sunday. The Capitals took the first penalty of the game and it cost them. Just 13 seconds into the man advantage Tyson Goebel made it 1-0 Tyees converting a pass from defenceman Matt Barker with a hard shot that beat the Capitals goalie. The score remained 1-0 Campbell River until early in the final period when Tyees forward Jake McKenzie finished off a three way passing play from Goebel and Travis Goodwin. The goal came on the power lay just 30 seconds into the third. McKenzie then scored a second power play goal to make it 3-0. Goodwin and Braden McCartney assisted on the tally. After the Capitals cored they pulled their goalie and had several chances to score, but were thwarted by Mathieson. The Tyees could start their playoff run this weekend depending on whether any of the teams need to play make up games.

Storm roll up a pair of wins Key home and home series with Comox this weekend

By Ken Zaharia Courier-Islander Sports Editor With a pair of impressive wins this past weekend, the Campbell River Storm can put an exclamation mark winning a North Division title this coming weekend in a doubleheader with second place Comox Valley Glacier Kings. In front of 750 fans Friday at Rod Brind’Amour Arena, the Storm built up period leads of 2-0 and 5-2 in skating to a 6-3 victory over the Nanaimo Buccaneers. The next night in Parksville, Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League leading scorer Brendan deVries had a hand in four of the five goals in a 5-2 Storm win over the Oceanside Generals. The two wins raise the Storm’s record to 25-10-4 to sit three points in front of the Glacier Kings who have also played 39 games. With only nine games left in the VIJHL regular season, a weekend Storm sweep would go a long ways to nabbing a North Division championship. This coming after finishing in the North basement last season. The Storm host the Glacier Kings, 7:30 p.m., Friday at Rod Brind’Amour Arena. Game two is Saturday in Courtenay. The red hot Storm currently sit in second overall, eight points back of South Division leading Victoria Cougars, but Campbell River does have a game in-hand. In the last 13 games the Storm have rolled up a 10-3 mark, while outscoring their opposition 67-31. Overall the Storm are a +74 with 180 goals for and 106 against. The Storm and Cougars are neck and neck when it comes to the top offensive VIJHL powerhouse with Victoria have 185 goals, but in one more game. In the doubling up of the

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Storm defenceman Trent Johnson had five assists in the two weekend wins to sit third in team scoring with 37 points. Buccaneers Friday, DeVries scored once and added a pair of assists. Combined with his four points Saturday, DeVries now has 77 points and a 16 point bulge over VIJHL runner-up, and fellow linemate, Brayden Taekema. Taekema does lead the league in goals with 33. Gage Colpron also had a three point performance Friday, netting a pair of

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goals to go with a helper. Rounding out the Storm scoring were deVries, Taekema, Cam Olson and Alex Brewer. Trent Johnson, deVries, Braydon Horcoff and Taekema each had a pair of assists. The Storm outshot Nanaimo 46-27, with Jack Surgenor getting the win in the Campbell River goal. Newest Storm player, goaltender

Russell Sanderson, was between the pipes in Saturday’s win where he stopped 21 of 23 Generals shots. The Storm ended up with 34. deVries scored twice, single tallies went to Taekema, Gavin Rauser and Brewer. Johnson chipped in offensively with three assists, deVries had two, Joe Costello, Taekema, Olson and Colpron one each.

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Hockey Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League: North Division Team G WL T F A P C.R. Storm 39 25 10 4 180 106 54 Comox 39 24 12 3 135 126 51 Nanaimo 40 21 16 3 142 134 45 Oceanside 40 6 31 3 80 181 15 South Division Victoria 40 30 8 2 185 70 62 Peninsula 38 23 11 4 157 120 50 Westshore 40 17 15 8 155 168 42 Kerry Park 40 14 20 6 136 181 34 Saanich 40 11 27 2 94 188 24 Games Westshore 6 Saanich 2 Victoria 5 Oceanside 0 Comox 2 Nanaimo 1 Peninsula 10 Saanich 2 Storm 6 Nanaimo 3 Westshore 5 Kerry Park 4 (OT) Comox 7 Saanich 0 Storm 5 Oceanside 2 Comox 4 Oceanside 3 (OT) Victoria 7 Kerry Park 0 League Scoring Player T G A P B.deVries CR 27 50 77 B.Taekema CR 33 28 61 B.Lervold WS 25 34 59 C.Logan PN 24 35 59 G.Dunlop Nan 23 33 56 A.Milligan KP 32 23 55 G.Zagrodney Vic 5 45 50 C.Krupa WS 22 26 48 B.Roney Vic 25 22 47 D.Pernal CV 20 26 46 Storm Scoring T.Johnson CR 10 27 37 G.Colpron CR 19 17 36 J.Severs CR 14 21 35 Alex Brewer CR 7 16 23 B.Horcoff CR 5 17 22 J.Friesen CR 9 11 20 Z.Sanderson CR 4 16 20 J.Costello CR 3 12 15 T.Smith CR 3 12 15 C.Olson CR 2 12 14 G.Rauser CR 5 7 12 N.Hayes CR 1 10 11 Aaron Brewer CR 5 3 8 J.Rauser CR 2 5 7 R.Christensen CR 1 4 5 M.Olson CR 2 2 4 C.Toneff CR 1 3 4 R.Grills CR 0 2 2 E.Pugh CR 0 1 1 Campbell River Men’s Hockey League: Team G WL T P Timberwolves 18 17 0 1 35 Terror 17 13 3 1 27 Barnes Bros. Avalanche 19 12 6 1 25 Canucks 18 11 6 1 23 Quinsam Coal Senators 17 7 8 2 16 Strategic Hurricanes 18 7 9 2 16 Freddie's Pub Stars 20 5 14 1 11 RBL Whalers 18 2 14 2 6 MVP Flyers 19 2 16 1 5 Games Canucks 5 Flyers 0 Hurricanes 1 Avalanche 0

League Scoring Player T G C.MacLachlan TW 15 B.Cockburn Ter 28 J.Bachmeier TW 27 K.Hagg TW 22 R.Churnard AV 21 S.Lee TW 11 A.Benjestorf TW 9 L.Feeney Ter 16 E.Philp TW 12 K.Vardy CN 14

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Curling Club 13 85 71 Eagles 14 81 87 Elks #1 14 77 91 Riptide Pub #2 13 76 80 Elks #2 11 70 61 Willows Pub 13 70 86 Riptide Pub #1 14 63 105 Freddie's Pub #2 13 52 103 Highs High Scores - Ken Minaker 168; Ken Binnersley 141; Ken Skalik, Rick Yarjau 138; Ryan Cunningham, Tom Weaver, Chris Stevens 133; Vic Prevost, Keith Wilson 127; Tom Weaver 121; Moe Johnston 112 High Outs - Rick Yajau 96; Keith Wilson 79 140’s - Ross Doak 3; Shawn Decaire, Rick Yarjau 2; Ken Binnersley, Karl Bro 1 Games Quadra Legion 11 Freddie’s #2 1 Freddie’s #1 10 Eagles 2 Elks #1 10 Riptide #1 2 Elks #2 8 Riptide #2 4 Willows 6 Curling Club 6

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Thursday Golden Crystals Seniors League: P Team T 1 Mermaids 7 1 Orcas 7 3 Starfish 6 4 Octopi 5 5 Sand Dollars 4 5 Sea Lions 4 5 Stingrays 4 8 Axolotl 3 Team Highs Points Over Series Average Mermaids +86 Scratch Game - Octopi 861 Scratch Series - Starfish 2,418 Individual Highs Scratch Series - Men - John Fozzard 614; Women - Olivia Milan 561 Scratch Game - Men - John Andrews 239; Women - Gail Shillito 212 Pins Over Average Game - Men - Brian Roach +62; Women - Gail Mawer +49 Pins Over Average Series - Men - Brian Roach +105; Women - Rita Davis +102

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Monday Nite Men’s 10 Pin League: P Team W T 1 Storey Creek Golfers 12 377 2 Leeson Lake 30 396 3 Alley Cats 19 374.5 4 CR Bowling Centre 6 369 5 Boston Pizza Brutes 24 364.5 6 Clippers 17 279 Team Highs Scratch Game - Clippers 752 Handicap Game - Leeson Lake 917 Scratch Series - Clippers 2,084

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 Handicap Series - Leeson Lake 2,575 Individual Highs Scratch Game - Ken Enns 255 Handicap Game - Ken Enns 284 Scratch Series - Laurence Renaud 613 Handicap Series - Laurence Renaud 706

6 Az-Tec 15 228 7 Strike Outs 12.5 291 8 Pin Ups 12 245.5 Team Highs Scratch Game - ATM Dolls With Balls 620 Scratch Series - ATM Dolls With Balls 1,704 Tuesday Mixed Lunch Bunch Handicap Game - ATM Dolls With League: Balls 894 P Team Q T Individual Highs 1 Quinsam Auto 115 410.5 Scratch Game - D Young 196 2 Island Fever Travel 104.5 402 Handicap Game - Wendy Johansen 3 Steve Marshall Ford 98.5 344.5 251 4 Lane Divas 97.5 334 Most Over Average Game - Wendy 5 Leftys 89.5 350 Johansen +51 6 Nesbitt Island Coffee 87.5 375 Most Over Average Series - Marlene 7 BowlMates 85 365.5 Jordan +66 8 Heavy Balls 73 288 9 Team 10 71 117 Thursday Morning 50+ Seniors 10 Odd Balls 58.5 285.5 League standings: Team Highs P Team Q T Game - Nesbitt Island Coffee 648 1 Hopefuls 72 191 Series - Island Fever Travel 1,852 2 Amigos 65 198.5 Individual Highs 3 Limeys 52 176 Scratch Series - Men - Wayne Bezaire 3 Spare Shooters 52 182.5 590; Women - Darleen Woods 444 5 Class Act 47 172 Handicap Series - Men - Wayne 6 King Pins 46.5 172.5 Bezaire 698; Women - Stella Nickel 647 7 Happy Wanderers 44 205 Scratch Game - Men - Wayne 8 Flyers 34 199 Bezaire 201; Women - Darleen 9 Strikers 31.5 155.5 Woods, Pamela Stevens 166 10 Quinsam Auto 31 153 Handicap Game - Men - Wayne Team Highs Bezaire 237; Women - Stella Nickel 234 Scratch Game - Hopefuls 672 Handicap Game - Hopefuls 923 Tuesday Night Mixed League: Scratch Series - Hopefuls 1,872 *Quarter winners Handicap Series - Hopefuls 2,625 P Team Q T Individual Highs 1 EZDUZIT 26 151 Scratch Series - Men - Hogie McCrae 2 The B.U.F.F.’S 21 151 5369; Women - Helena Courville 498 3 Screaming Eagles* 7 145 Handicap Series - Men - Al Bersey 4 King Pins* 21 142 678; Women - Joan Berkenstock 700 5 U.K. Plus 7 133 Scratch Game - Men - Geoff Bryant 6 Buckin Awesome 17 130 217; Women - Sandy McKinlay 186 7 Ryan’s Pizzeria 8 111 Handicap Game - Men - Geoff Bryant Team Highs 261; Women - Joan Berkenstock 250 Scratch Game - Buckin Awesome 795 Scratch Series - Buckin Awesome 2,320 Friday Night Mixed League: Handicap Series - EZDUZIT 3,205 P Team Q T Handicap Game - King Pins 1,158 1 Whatever Works 91.5 320.5 Individual Highs 2 Alvin & The Chipmunks 85.5 332 Scratch Series - Men - Robert Rodgers 3 Lucky 7’s 82 339.5 603; Women - Marian Atkinson 535 4 CR Business Centre 72 284 Handicap Series - Men - Robert 5 Bowlderdash 70 316 Rodgers 705; Women - Linda 6 Az-Tec 63.5 334 Anderson 690 7 C&C 59 317 Scratch Game - Men - Robert Rodgers 8 Aspareiguess 52.5 349 216; Women - Michelle Palmer 196 Team Highs Handicap Game - Men - Robert Scratch Game - Whatever Works 717 Rodgers 250; Women - Michelle Scratch Series - Whatever Works 1,994 Palmer 252 Handicap Game - Alvin & The Congratulations - Linda Chipmunks 885 Anderson bowled a 500 series (522); Handicap Series - Bowlderdash 2,479 Leanne Brunt bowled a seniors 145 Individual Highs game (148); Lorna Carlson bowled Scratch Game - Men - Alvin a seniors 145 game (147); Michelle Hobenshield 226; Women - Iona Palmer bowled a 500 series (515) Wheatley 193 Handicap Game - Men - Alvin Wednesday Night Ladies League: Hobenshield 285; Women - Iona P Team Q T Wheatley 244 1 ATM Dolls With Balls 27 242.5 Scratch Series - Men - Ray Stormo 2 The Rockin Rollers 24 278.5 566; Women - Iona Wheatley 473 3 Jonny’s Bar & Lounge 21 305 Handicap Series - Men - Alvin 4 2nd Storie 16.5 287 Hobenshield 699; Women - Wendy 5 Lucky Strikes 16 278 Hupka 638

Podium of Life skiers stand on the podium Canadians dominate the wold in freestyle skiing, and it all starts at the grassroots level. BC is one of the strongest building programs. And Mount Washington is a contributor to the development of such a strong freestyle nation. Kids from 6 to 18 competed last weekend in the BC series freestyle skiing competition at Apex. Eight athletes from Mount Washington attended the competition and did quite well: Teal Harle, 17, Layne Anvelt, 16, Todd Heard, 15, Erin Sketchley, 14, Mei Pond, 13, James Dunn, 12, Keaton Heisterman, 10 and Sofia Tchernetski, 11. Seven of the athletes have attended the Podium of Life Snowsports Ski Academy and three are in full time attendance this year, Harle, Dunn and Tchernetski. There were three different judged events, slopestyle, moguls, and big air. Each event was divided into two year age categories. Slopestyle is composed of rails and jumps, and is going to be in the Olympics for the first time this year. It is a great spectator sport as Photo submitted it is quite an extreme sport. Harle dominated Campbell River’s Teal Harle earned a gold medal at the Apex freestyle skiing competition.

his field, winning the gold 21 points ahead of his next rival. Heard earned a silver behind a very talented Patrick Dew, a member of the BC team. Anvelt finished in eighth position in a strong field. Pond’s score earned her a silver medal and Sketchley was awarded a sixth place. Apex boasts one of the best mogul courses in the country and the Island athletes performed well. Heisterman, Heard and Pond earned silver medals. Harle was fourth, Anvelt was fifth, Sketchley and Dunn were sixth and Tchernetski was eighth. In the big air competition Heisterman killed it with a 900 and won gold, Dunn hit a huge 360 for silver, Harle won with a rodeo 7 screaman seaman, Heard earned fourth with a switch 900, Anvelt was awarded eighth with his flat 360, Tchernetski won second with a 720, Pond was third with a 720 and Sketchley was eighth with a big double spread. Harle is rushing off this week to film for the Rick Mercer Show at Whistler.


Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014



Tyees top Generals The Campbell River Booster Juice Bantam A Tyees hosted the Oceanside Generals in their last Vancouver Island Bantam Division 2 Hockey League regular season game Sunday, Jan. 12. This one wasn’t a high scoring affair but the Tyees did very well to keep their legs moving and denying the Generals easy paths to the net. They outshot the Generals 38-24 but many shots were from long range. The Tyees did beat Oceanside by a score of 3-2 to finish the regular season with a record of 6-3-3. Tyees scoring this past weekend was led by Owen Boyd with three goals, two assists; Will McLean one goal, three assists, Lukas Lund three goals; Tyler Dickson, Liam Rivett and Jacob Hartley each had one goal and two assists; Drew Price and Nic Ordano three assists each; Damien Rennie two goals; Brady Kratzmann two assists; Olivia Knowles, Matt Leard, Bryce Turko and Jaxon Ward one helper each. Seth Parker had a great game against Oceanside at both ends of the ice but the referees didn’t put his number on the scoresheet this time although a few of his shot from the point did result in goal-mouth scrambles and prime scoring opportunities for the Booster Juice Bantam A Tyees. Tyees head coach Scott Kratzmann is pleased with the teams’ results and progress to date. “It’s important for us to give back to the community like we did before Christmas. We really appreciate Lee Stone and the Storm players as they give back to minor hockey the way they do. That inspires and motivates our players much more and far better than any speech I can give them,” said Kratzmann. “We’re going into the Portland tournament secure in the knowledge that we can play with anyone, anywhere. When we commit to going into the dirty areas consistently while supporting each other, Photo by Ken Zaharia we are a tough team to handle. We need to stay out of IN THE NET: Campbell River Hurricanes forward Inara Jhawer, right, somehow finds a hole in the Port Hardy Hawks goaltend- the penalty box and play our game - it’s really just that ers’ armour in their round robin game Sunday, at Rod Brind’Amour Arena. The game was a part of the 12 team 2014 Novice simple.” Jamboree put on by the Campbell River Minor Hockey Association on the weekend.

Island Sr. playdowns this weekend The Campbell River Curling Club will be the site of some very competitive curling Saturday and Sunday as the club hosts the Vancouver Island Senior Men’s Playdowns. There will be eight teams coming from all over Vancouver Island trying to become one of the two qualifying teams that will advance to the Provincials being hosted at the Comox Valley Curling Centre Feb. 18-22. The playdowns will be a double-knockout affair with draws happening at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and two draws on Sunday, one at 9 a.m. and the other at 2 p.m. All eight teams will be on the ice at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday with two “B” event games happening Saturday evening on the 7 draw. The “A” qualifier, pitting the two teams

with 2-0 records will take place Sunday at 9 a.m., as well as a “B” event semi-final game. The winner of the “A” event qualifier will be moving on to compete at the Provincials, while the loser of that game will have another chance to qualify Sunday at 2 p.m. in the “B” qualifier. Teams have been offered a chance to get out on the ice Friday with team practices happening at 4 and 5 p.m. There will be three teams coming from Victoria Curling Club skipped by: Rick Cohen, Wes Craig, and Jay Tuson. Another team will be coming in from the Glen Harper Curling Centre, formerly known as the Duncan Curling Club, skipped by Victor Gamble. Two teams will be making the drive up from Courtenay, representing the Comox Valley Curling

CR Killer Whales in the water at January Jamboree The Campbell River Killer Whales were back in the pool Jan. 11-12, for the Comox Valley January Jamboree. After a long break over the Christmas holidays, the young Killer Whales were itching to get back in the water to race. This was also a last chance competition for swimmers to achieve their VIR standards. Cole Reid put together some of the great swims, achieving his VIR standard in both the 400m freestyle, as well as the 1500m freestyle. He also showed huge improvements in both his 200m IM and 100m breaststroke, showing that the hard work that he put in over the Christmas training

camp paid off. Amy Johnston also showed huge improvements over the two day meet. The small but mighty swimmer showed a toughness and aggressiveness in all her races, which the Killer Whales coaches had never seen before. Kolina Byron and Alex Alguire were two of the youngest swimmers at the meet, and both showed huge improvements in all of their races. Emilie Diemer came very close to her VIR standard, but ended up just shy after some great racing. Madison Fisk, also came close, both girls showing that they will be swimmers to watch in years to come.

Centre skipped by Wayne Harris and Richard Tanguay. The two remaining teams will be local teams and those foursomes will be skipped by Ron Schmidt and Dean Thulin. Fans are encouraged to come out and take in some very competitive curling, with all eight teams having set their sights on playing in the Provincial and if victorious there, will represent BC at the Canadian Seniors Playdowns in Yellowknife, March 20-30. There is excellent viewing both upstairs and downstairs at the curling club. The concession downstairs will be open most of the weekend, and as well the bar and lounge area upstairs will be open all weekend. If you do have any questions about the playdowns, you could call the club manager, Susan, at 250287-4200.




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Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

Levins breaks Canadian record

Long-distance runner Cam Levins smashed a Canadian record Thursday in Boston. Levins, of Black Creek, ran the 25-lap, 5,000-metre indoor race at the Boston University multi-event meet in 13:19.6, breaking Jason Bunston’s record of 13:25.87 set 17 years ago in Stockholm, Sweden. Levins, a Southern Utah graduate, trains in Portland. His Nike Project teammate, Olympic medallist Galen Rupp, won the Boston race in a new U.S. record of 13:01.26. Glacier News Service

Ski for MS goes Sun. Are you a skier or snowboarder who knows someone affected by multiple sclerosis? If you answered yes, then you should come to Ski for MS on Sunday, Jan. 26, at Photo submitted Mount Washington Alpine Resort. A fundraiser for the The championship Phoenix Firebirds Grade 8 boy’s basketball team includes, front left, Sebastien Lafleur, Kyle Roemer and MS Society of Canada, North Vancouver Island Chapter, Andrew Daniels. Back left, Jared Perras, Darien Nohr, Gurjot Mann, Mason Osterhout-Code, Quin Nelson, Jonah Shankar, Jack Ski for MS is a great way to help people affected by MS Crosby and Connor Nast. Missing is Jeremy Gushe. in your community and earn a fun, inspiring and free day on the slopes. Register online at or phone 250-3390819 to register and receive an email with everything you school, Wellington, who featured the tourThe Phoenix Firebirds strung together ing passer racked up assist after assist to need to get started fundraising. Registered participants nament’s top player, a dominating power his hardworking tandem of post players, three straight impressive wins to lay claim who raise the pledge minimum for their age group will forward with excellent skills. to the Ladysmith Grade 8 Boy’s Basketball Perras and Osterhout-Code. Gurjot Mann receive a free lift pass or Nordic ski pass for Jan. 26, Campbell River struggled to find an also began to show his strength as he got Tournament championship. lunch at the Hawk Dog Stand, a Ski for MS T–shirt or answer to Wellington’s attack early in the In their first game, at their first tourney his hands on several offensive rebounds toque, entry to our Vertical Challenge – a fun endurance and scored on his put backs to put Phoenix game and were stunned to find themselves of the season, the Firebirds had their work event, and the chance to win some great prizes donated down 9-2 only two minutes into the game. ahead for good. cut out for them having to face Dover Bay, from throughout the community. After a great day on the The aggressive play of the Firebirds paid It was a sobering wake up call, but Phoenix mountain, join us at 3:30 p.m. for a quick wrap up cereNanaimo’s perennial basketball powerhouse. found their legs and stormed back to take a mony to find out how much money was raised and maybe off in the final minutes as Dover Bay’s top Phoenix came out tentative and nerv29-18 halftime lead. players got themselves into foul trouble, ous in the early minutes of the game and claim a great draw prize. In the third quarter Perras, Mann and found themselves down 18-10 after the first leaving the underdogs from Campbell River The pledge minimums are: Osterhout-Code all took spells checking with a stunning 45-40 upset win. quarter. Although surprised by the speed • Adult (19 – 64) $150 Wellington’s top scorer and managed to foul The Firebirds returned to the court the and very physical defending of Dover Bay, • Student (19 – 64) $125 following day to face the tournament hosts, him out of the game. the Firebirds settled down in the second • Senior (65+) $125 With their top player on the bench, Ladysmith. Although the hosts were deterand clawed their way back to a two point • Youth (13 – 18) $100 deficit, 22-24, at the half, led by the strong mined to put on a good show for the home- Wellington was in trouble and the depth of • Child (7 – 12) $75 the Phoenix squad began to show as they town crowd, there was little they could do rebounding of Mason Osterhout-Code and Many of the participants add to the fun by creating Jared Perras, and the relentless defending of to stop Phoenix, who had gained confidence pulled away in the second half, stretching a team made up of friends, family, or co-workers. Show their lead as Darien Nohr began to pull in from their victory the night before. In the guards Kyle Roemer and Jonah Shankar. your team spirit by dressing up or distinguishing yourShankar added to the drama by nailing a end the Firebirds coasted to a 57-23 victory. big rebounds and Jack Crosby raced up the selves at Ski for MS – there will be prizes for the top floor in transition for easy shots. The final Phoenix’s top scorer was Mann with 19 running 40 foot ‘Hail Mary’ at the buzzer to fundraising team and best team spirit. end the third and put Phoenix ahead for the points, followed by Nast, who had 13 points score was a 54-28 championship victory. If you are up on Mount Washington on Jan. 26, stop Perras led the scoring with 14 points to go with seven rebounds. Roemer was first time in the game, 31-30. by the Ski for MS station at the base of the Hawk 6ix and four rebounds, followed closely by again a menace on defence, but was also Just as it looked like Dover Bay was Pack Chairlift. They will be holding 50/50 draws throughOsterhout-Code with 11 points and eight joined by the feisty Andrew Daniels and about to pull away again, a timely three out the day, Jet FM will be on site with great music and rebounds. Nelson and Shankar were once pointer by Connor Nast kept the game close Sebastien Lafleur who had strong games the Hawk Dog Stand will be donating the proceeds of helping Roemer stop the Ladysmith attack. again spark plugs on defence, creating turn- sales that day to the MS Society. in the early minutes of the fourth. Quin The final game of the tournament found overs and setting up their teammates with Nelson continued to lead the comeback Funds raised at this event will be used to (1) provide fabulous play-making. Phoenix facing another tough Nanaimo into the fourth quarter, as the team’s leadlocal programs and services for people affected by MS on North Vancouver Island including information and referral, supportive counselling, self-help groups, financial assistance through our Equipment Provision Program and Special Assistance Program, and the Comox MS Clinic and (2) provide funds for our Chapter’s annual research donation. In 2013, thanks to fantastic community support for all of our fundraising events, our Chapter donated $11,330 to MS research. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, debilitating disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms can include vision problems, extreme fatigue, muscle weakness, loss of balance and coordination, tingling and numbness, cognitive problems and partial or complete paralysis. Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world: an estimated 100,000 Canadians have MS. It is most often diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40 and affects three times as many women as men. For more information about Ski for MS go to www. At FCC Ag Knowledge Exchange events, you get practical advice you can use. or call 250-339-0819.

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John Young brought national attention to Campbell River By Hugh Smith Special to the Courier-Islander Mention John Young’s name in Campbell River and you’re sure to get a reaction. Some say he was a brilliant educator, ahead of his time, who believed in kids and helped them get through their turbulent high school days. Others say he was a permissive arrogant despot who delighted in ruffling feathers and who actually caused harm to some of his students. John Young, principal at Carihi from 1965 to 1972, died after a fall in Victoria last Thursday, Jan 16, 2014. He was 92. Young was a small man with a big ego. His basic creed was to encourage students to do their best and to allow them the freedom to find their own ways to succeed. He tried to run Carihi in a “free school” type of atmosphere based on the famous Summerhill, founded in 1921 in Suffolk, England (“Summerhill inspired me; I wanted Carihi to be the Summerhill of the Pacific”). He encountered resistance and was eventually fired by the District 72 School Board. He was confrontational and questioned those in authority — he enjoyed controversy and didn’t hesitate to let people know that he was right. Teachers came from elsewhere expressly to work with Young. His techniques garnered attention from educators across the country. There is no doubt that he greatly impacted his students and their families and the community. Some students relished their freedoms in his school and benefited from them; others couldn’t handle the responsibility that Young expected of them. When this writer aired two interviews with Young hosted by the late Barry Henshall on the community channel on CRTV, one anonymous caller left a message threatening action (“how dare you air this garbage; you are opening old wounds”). Not rich himself, Young was a generous and

They could smoke in a special smoking pit. Young himself was sometimes seen puffing on his pipe in the hallways. The kids called him by his first name. There was very little vandalism or graffiti since the kids monitored this themselves. Carihi Biology teacher Van Egan called this “a new philosophy of student empowerment”. Tempers were flaring among some in the community about Young’s free thinking, his defiance of authority, and his big impact on the school and its students. The School Board fired Young on Sept. 8, 1972 for “insubordination” File photo and for talking to the press. As Trustee Frank Sullivan, quoted in the Upper John Young on the front page of a Islander Sept. 13, 1972, put it: “I am newspaper. forced to the conclusion that the main compassionate man who stood up for problem is John Young’s insatiable the poor and disadvantaged. His edudesire for publicity…the personal cational beliefs included letting kids advancement of the principal seems progress at their own pace, and “never more important than the students.” failing them”. “Never give an F”. He Trustee Ray Sharpe talked about attracted the best teachers to work Young’s “lack of administrative comwith him, and Carihi became fampetency”. However Trustee Janet ous…it was mentioned in Macleans as Evans said the Board, in its “…arro“the most impressive high school in gance and contempt has…chosen to the country.” ignore every positive thing at that Young said during a series of school…it is simply a last-ditch effort interviews in Victoria, that during to discredit the principal.” the turbulent times the then Minister Teacher Jim Boulding said of of Education visited Carihi and Sharpe: “You’ve set education back 25 “threatened to fire me”. This caused years in this District.” Another teacher the students to be “required to write said that the School Board attack on government exams — they got the top Young was “a vicious, venomous, vingrades in the province!” Many Carihi dictive diatribe”. students went on to do very well at An editorial and a petition called UBC, UVic, and elsewhere. for the trustees to resign. A public Students could advance quicker in meeting of “about 700” gave Young their studies than was the norm. They a vote of confidence. A newspaper could ask to write a final exam at headline read “Hate & Vengeance the end of the first month of classes. Drive Ray Sharpe” and a letter to the Young set up a group of “Senior editor said the children were being Scholars” who were not required to made pawns of this vengeance. attend classes. Some suggest that the Teacher Mae Tuningley said, “He “Three R’s” suffered at Carihi but made you feel like schools could Young insisted that the kids were be good,” and Tony Akelaitis said expected to know grammatical rules “…every day it was a thrill to go there and math and the like. Most did well (to work at Carihi)…it was a working in exams. If they didn’t, they were utopia.” offered the chance to study more and Paul Wilson said teaching there try again. “wasn’t really a job. It was your life!”

Judge Roderick Haig-Brown testified at a hearing into Young’s dismissal that he was “delighted at the development of the attitude of students at Carihi…a very responsible group in an outstanding facility”; the school was “getting students to study on their own, putting some responsibility on them.” What has happened since the 70’s? Changes that Young was fighting for have quietly come about to a certain

degree. If Young had not been so confrontational and had not infuriated officials so much, would these changes have come about sooner? Many other educators at that time were innovators too. But Young was in a position where he could focus attention on problems. He did encourage debate about change. And change it did. John Young, little man with a big ego…and heart…made a difference.


City Hosting First Public Open House for the Zoning Bylaw Update To start off the Zoning Bylaw rewrite process, a series of Public Open Houses are scheduled at two locations to provide an opportunity for input on potential changes and improvements to the existing Zoning Bylaw.

The first Open House is on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at the North Island College from 1-3 and 7-9pm. The next Open House is on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at the Community Centre from 1-3 and 7-9pm. Everyone who lives within the City is encouraged to come out to the informal Open House events. The Zoning Bylaw can change the type of permitted uses on specific properties or set general regulations, all of which may influence property values and neighbourhood characteristics. Bring your concerns, issues and suggestions about what you think we need to know as we proceed. The current Zoning Bylaw 3250, 2006 is available for viewing on our website,, or a paper copy is available in the Land Use Services Department at City Hall. For questions, please contact Kathleen Wilker at 250-286-5729

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January 22, 2014 issue of the Campbell River Courier-Islander


January 22, 2014 issue of the Campbell River Courier-Islander