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Mountain bike deal closer Project could bring tourism, economic spin off and families to Campbell River NEIL CAMERON COURIER-ISLANDER
St. Pat’s at St. Pat’s for baby Anabelle March 15 The Knights of Columbus are holding a St. Pat’s at St. Pat’s traditional Irish buffet to help the family of Campbell River miracle baby Anabelle. Page 8
Mountainaire Rescue’s new mascot at Museum The Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society will be at the Museum at Campbell River with a live ‘ambassador’ and their new mascot March 22. Page 14
The wheels on a part of the Campbell River economy could be going round and round if a proposal to build a Mountain Bike Skills facility is approved by city council. At Tuesday’s council meeting proponents for the facility flooded the council chambers with one of the largest crowds in recent years. Wendy Ravai spoke on behalf of the group, saying a facility of from 1.5 to three acres would have economic benefits, tourism potential and help create healthier lifestyles in the city. “We’re looking to increase our quality of life by having this facility, but it also provides an opportunity for personal development for people of all ages, and it’s an important amenity that helps to attract not only new visitors but
new residents and new investors,” said Ravai. “And as mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in BC for both residents and tourists, it would augment the already world class trails we have in our area. And it would really draw family-based tourism and accentuate other activities we already have to offer.” The group has been in talks with city staff and two or possibly three locations have been identified, but those locations have not been released publically as yet. Ravai said the site has to be close to the existing trails and running water would be essential. She said they would also need storage facilities. In an earlier report to council councillor Ron Kerr, who sits on the parks and recreation See Kerr, Page 2.
A local group wants the city to take advantage of the popularity of mountain biking by helping it build a training facility in Campbell River. When the BC Bike Race was held here, participants were unanimous in appreciation of the trails that were a part of the race. (Ken Zaharia/Courier-Islander)
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Continued from page 1. In an earlier report to council councillor Ron Kerr, who sits on the parks and recreation portfolio, said the recreation commission was excited about the proposal and the people behind it. “We were all impressed by their presentation, their energy and their dedication to developing a mountain bike skills facility in Campbell River,” he said. “We feel this facility would not just benefit the existing bike community in Campbell River but potentially the local economy through its tourism potential and its ability to attract and maintain qualified professional workers with their families to this region.” City staff was instructed to continue meeting with the group and both Kerry and councillor Claire Moglove gave it thumbs up by both saying “Let’s make it happen” at the end of Ravai’s presentation.
TimberWest doesn’t want its sweet deal to end and has gone to court to keep it. The company filed a petition with the Supreme Court Feb. 27 that asks for City of Campbell River tax increases on Managed Forest Lands to be denied. This follows a threat from the company during city budget deliberations that the tax increase may force it to cut all the trees and sell the land. “The proposed increased tax burden will likely discourage forestry and remove the financial incentive to carry out forest management activities,” said the TimberWest presentation. “If implemented, a prudent timberland owner might be forced to harvest the operable timber without replanting and sell the land for non-forestry purposes to offset the tax burden.” A press release from the city
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cial average for these property classes. “Our understanding is that TimberWest is trying to use what they believe to be a loophole to delay fair payment of taxes. “The petition suggests that Campbell River City Council does not have the authority to set a tax rate for Class 7 Managed Forest Lands that differs from the rural rate charged to Merrill and Ring properties as established by Provincial Order in Council,” said Laidlaw. “The city’s legal opinion says legislation does not support their position, and it’s up to the courts to determine the correct interpretation.” Council approved the City’s 2014 to 2018 financial plan in January. The TimberWest petition comes two months before the city’s budget bylaw goes before council and then gets tabled with the province by May 15.
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Campbell River city councillor Larry Samson wants more information on the Big Bang Theory. No, he’s not talking about the popular sitcom. He’s talking about the explosives SNC-Lavalin will be using to blast a new water intake for the John Hart Generating Station relocation project. Specifically he wants to know where it’s going to be stored. Samson brought up his concerns as city council passed a new blasting bylaw Tuesday, replacing their 24-year-old version. While the new bylaw changes include: an expanded public notification process, permitting blasting on Saturdays and prohibiting it on Sundays and allowing blasting from sunrise to sunset, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Samson said there was nothing in there about storage. He said the bylaw should have some measures that require the city and first responders to be informed where the explosives are stored. City Clerk Peter Wipper said
they had researched similar bylaws in other areas and have come up with a best practice list from them for Campbell River. He said of 17 other blasting bylaws, only one mentioned anything on storage. “As we dug deeper in the Worksafe regulations we found these were provincial regulations and so we felt we didn’t want to start over regulating our requirements,” said Wipper. “That really explained why the other 16 bylaws didn’t have that requirement, they left it up to the province to ensure that’s taken care of.” Wipper also said Samson’s point was a good one and that the city would take up the matter with SNC-Lavalin. On Friday, BC Hydro announced they had signed the contract for work on the replacement project, signing a $720 million deal with InPower BC which is owned by SNCLavalin. The total project is estimated to be worth about $1.09 billion, including work that has been done prior to the main construction.
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Campbell River city council voted not to pass a resolution against genetically modified crops Tuesday. Council was faced with a request to pass the resolution from Morgan Ostler, Arseema Hamir and Kath Classen, all members of the Campbell River Agricultural Support Group. They also heard from Timberline School Earth Club’s Avy Willis and retired biologist Alex Nicholl who both said they were in favour of the resolution. Robert Wager, Laboratory Demonstrator in Biotechnology for Vancouver Island University also spoke, and basically said the fears around genetic food issues were unfounded. But while council members recognized the importance of the issue, they were reluctant to have staff spend time on something that is already being covered at a provincial and federal level. “Even this evening, and in some of the correspondence we’ve received, there was conflicting correspondence as to for and against and even in direct
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Campbell River city council wants harsher punishment for taggers and more leniency for their victims. At a council meeting Tuesday the city not only called for tougher punishment, it also increased the time required to clean up ‘tagged’ property from three days to five working days. “I think we felt that the current level of reprimand was not sufficient to deter or reduce graffiti in the community and the commission agreed that requiring convicted taggers to complete volunteer hours in the community would be a more efficient deterrent,” said councillor Ron Kerr. Councillor Andy Adams said some service clubs have facilities and structures that get tagged and trying to get volunteers out to clean them in three days was challenging. Council will send a letter to the local judiciary for them to consider volunteer houses and community work as part of their sentencing.
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NDP MLA Claire Trevena presented a petition in the BC Legislature Wednesday with 5,783 signatures supporting 120 laid off workers at New Horizons Seniors Care Home in Campbell River. The petition called on the Minister of Health Terry Lake to intervene and stop the proposed contracting out of the 120 positions, and to implement the B.C. Ombudsperson’s recommendations about largescale staff replacement and other substantial changes to operations in the province’s senior’s care facilities. The petition also called on the minister to ensure that residents are protected from
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Perhaps a wee luck of the Irish helped baby Anabelle Girard-Duplain to go from micro-preemie to term baby in three months. And ‘St.Pats at St. Pats’, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, is dedicating this annual fund raiser to the miracle baby and her family. The traditional Irish buffet, Tara School of Irish Dancing with music by the Four Amigos takes place Saturday, March 15 at St. Patrick’s Hall, 34 South Alder Street. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner starts at 6:45 p.m. Anabelle was born at 27 weeks gestation on Dec. 24 weighing just over two pounds. She remained in the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit at Royal Columbian Hospital, and her stay in Vancouver was long and came with unexpected expenses for her parents, who also have two other children at home. Such a sudden turn of events could have devastated this self-employed young family, who have been down more than half their income with mom Danielle having to stay there with the baby and father Yannick having to commute when he could. Danielle and Anabelle were transferred to Nanaimo Regional Hospital on Jan. 30, and it won’t be long now until the family is reunited when mother and baby come home. Anabelle weighs five pounds now, and her mother describes her as a “hefty
Big brother Miko and big sister Rosalie see their sister for the first time. While Anabelle was in the neo-natal intensive care unit, visitors were restricted to parents only. little thing” and a “sweet and gentle angel with a warrior spirit.” “There have been many dips along the way and it is incredible where she is now,” said Danielle. “I am actually breathing a sigh of relief. I feel like we are on the home stretch. “She should come home around her due date (March 21) but I am sure Anabelle will keep us in until the last min-
ute. She won’t be home by St.Patrick’s Day but maybe by Easter.” There are still some hurdles to cross before she can come home. Her blood count is low and this makes her sleepy and unable to stay awake in order to nurse long enough. “They continuously talk about her being borderline for a blood transfusion, because that would perk her right up,” said Danielle. “But it would also delay the process of her making her own red blood cells. So for now, we pray and wait and trust that her little body will be able to do it on its own. “She must maintain perfect vitals for five days straight without her monitor making any bings or dings and she must be on oral feeds for a minimum of 48 hours,” said Danielle. “She must continuously be gaining weight, pass a car seat test and be able to stay in it for 90 minutes without fussing and Yannick and I will have to spend two nights ‘rooming in’ with her at the hospital to make sure that everything is okay once she comes off of the monitor and the nurses aren’t with us.” Danielle said she is overwhelmed with gratitude to the community of Campbell River for the prayers, words of encouragement, donations and fund raisers. “You are all so special in our hearts,” she said. To get tickets to the St.Pats at St. Pats event, which are $30 per place, contact the parish office at 250-287-3498.
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One of the first arrivals at the Garden Centre each Spring are our roses. It is always exciting to actually get our hands on the bare root plants, prune them lightly to shape and pot them up. We love to see all our old favourites like ‘Peace’ (1946), ‘Queen Elizabeth’ (1955), ‘Double Delight’ (1977) and ‘Mr Lincoln’ (1965) they are still all very special plants with magnificent blooms. However the brand new 2014 varieties are so exciting as other than as test roses no one has ever had these in their garden before. Now without further ado, may I present:Coretta Scott King This beautiful rose was named in honor of the wife of Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King. The creamy white buds unfurl to reveal flowers with creamy centres and rosy-coral edges. The large clusters of double roses have the most beautiful
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since the laws were introduced. Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton says “Three years ago, we set a brave and ambitious target by promising to reduce drinking and driving fatalities by 35 per cent in Alexa’s memory (who was killed by a drunk driver in 2008). I’m proud to say that together we beat that target and created real change through our approach to drinking and driving.” The University of Victoria’s Centre for Addictions Research of BC recognizes B.C. as being the top-ranking province in Canada for its drinking and driving penalties. This is great news. It boggles the mind how any individual, after the incessant inundation of messages concerning the perils of impaired driving, still imbibes to the point of inebriation and climbs behind the wheel of their vehicle to meander down city streets and highways.
That demonstrates impaired judgment of the first degree, forfeiting the knowledge of repetitive warnings about the death and destruction that drunk drivers cause. The additional power granted to police has its downside, as it is viewed by some to be an infringement on our basic human rights. Without a trial, a policeman can effectively become judge and jury at the side of the road. It has been successful, as the numbers indicate. However, this type of power needs to be limited to impaired driving. It cannot and should not be extended to other issues of the law. It can’t become the thin edge of the wedge, where police would be able to wield that same authority in other aspects of society. As has been said: Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Having that much power eliminates the usual system of checks
and balances that ensures fairness in this country, and stops us from evolving into a police state. To some, these laws are crossing the line in terms of an individual’s basic rights, since there is no immediate recourse for those saddled with a roadside suspension. But what is the alternative? Having a lawyer accompany the police at road checks to ensure fairness? Allow those who reek of alcohol to get back in their vehicle and drive away? In this case, the positives outweigh the negatives, and lives have been saved. It’s impossible to defend the “right” to drink and drive, but it is clear here that granting police extra powers has worked. That doesn’t mean this success should result in granting further power to police. That must be examined thoroughly, thoughtfully, on a case by case basis.
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Cohen adherence claims said to be incorrect With reference to the recent letter from Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea to the CourierIslander claiming science-based decision making, transparency and “actions consistent with Cohen recommendations” it is necessary for the protection and conservation of BC’s aquatic environment to point out that these statements simply are not supported by the facts. An alarming and very recent example of the absence of science-based decision making, and where in fact the courts had to intervene, is that Minister Shea overrode the recommendations of her own scientists and opened a herring fishery on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Legal action by First Nations overturned the decision, revealing DFO scientists had recommended maintaining the herring fisheries closure for conservation reasons and that Minister Shea had nonetheless recommended opening the fishery in three disputed areas. With regard to the management of salmon aquaculture, for
almost two years the Watershed Watch Salmon Society, the SOS Marine Conservation Foundation, the David Suzuki Foundation, and the Pacific Salmon
Foundation, have engaged with DFO to express concerns about the proposed terms of reference for the Marine Finfish Aquaculture Management Advisory Com-
mittee. The key concerns are: over-representation on the committee by the aquaculture See DFO, Page 11.
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Continued from page 10 industry and under-representation by other stakeholders; no ag reement for a mechanism for selection of an independent chairperson; and, the overall lack of a plan to include independent science in the decision-making process. DFO’s response to these concerns has been to proceed with the committee without resolving these issues. The result is a planning process without the inconvenience of independent science and the participation of conservation and environmental organizations. Were DFO to be truly undertaking action “absolutely consistent with Justice Cohen’s recommendations” they would adopt the recommendations and adhere to the deadlines. It is inescapable that 18 recommendation deadlines have lapsed without action from DFO. Within his final report, Justice Cohen explicitly called for DFO to resolve its conflicted mandate regarding promoting aquaculture on one hand and protecting wild fish resources on the other, and
stressed the importance of the reliance on non-biased scientific expertise from outside of DFO when making decisions and the need to increase transparency in the regulatory amendment process. These attempts by DFO to convince the public that all is well come with great risk. Wild Salmon are the lifeblood of the British Columbian Coast. Rather than effort going into creating a smoke screen for inaction, DFO needs to get down to the work of implementing the Cohen recommendations. This is why Watershed Watch and the SOS Marine Conservation Foundation have filed environmental petitions with the Auditor General of Canada. The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans must reply to the 36 questions filed in the environmental petitions within 120 days of receiving them so that the public can have fact-based information. Dr. Craig Orr Executive Director Watershed Watch
I enjoy reading Sian Thomson’s articles and find that she typically finds an interesting way to catch the readers attention. This letter is in no way bashing her article regarding the ‘New Horizons rally’. This letter is to remind us of the world we live in. I am not going to say that one side is right and the other is wrong. Both have great points and I can see both angles of this dilemma. I agree that people deserve to get paid well for their hard work and I also believe that there are union employees that do work hard. But a union is just a bureaucracy that serves its own interests; this is no different than any political party or corporation. Bonnie Pearson says ridiculous statements, like “Profit has no place in our public service.” Bonnie Pearson is simply interested in growing her union in an attempt to accumulate more union dues. She makes statements like that to serve her own best interest. I’m not sure if anyone has noticed but unions are depleting the financial resources
of cities, provinces and the country. Profit does have a place in my public service because I do not want my taxes paying for these employee’s pensions. Public services should be profitable because profitability encourages competition and competition is capitalism. A big and powerful union simply wants a monopoly on a service...and what happens when there is a monopoly? The price goes through the roof and the service quality gets worse. That is not to say it’s any different with a corporation. A corporation would love a monopoly of a service, but if a corporation had a monopoly in the way many unions have had/have then there would be an uproar and people would scream that it’s corporatism and our politicians are corporate puppets. But because it’s a “public” union it’s okay? There is nothing public about a union except public taxes go to pay the employees of that union. The funny part about it is then that union takes those union dues and uses it to lobby political parties who will push the union’s
agenda. If you think I’m crazy or misinformed just look at BC Ferries, Canada Post or any other large “public” union. As for Lois Jarvis claims that “seniors are being attacked” and the actions and treatment of these employees is something that happens in third world countries, not Canada.” I reply with “how dare you make a ridiculous claim like that.” Is she just being silly and making a joke or is she serious? I am not going to sit here and say corporations have people’s best interests at heart. I’ve worked for enough corporations to know that is far from the truth. But when unions claim they only want what’s fair or that they are working for the public they are just being disingenuous. They are greedy and selfish just like the corporate leaders. They want more, and when they get that they will want more. Just remember I am not talking about the workers, I am talking about union leaders. Kimmy Mitrev
thank you to a very kind stranger.
the rainbow bridge. Thank you everyone.
After enjoying a very nice lunch at the White Spot we asked for our tab only to be told by the server it had already been taken care of. We would like to express our appreciation and say thank you for a lovely surprise.
Roses&Thorns Email your submissions to email@example.com All of the staff at BMO Bank of Montreal would like to send many roses to our local McDonald’s. Last week they supplied our team, and clients with wonderfully delicious coffee, hand delivered — every day! You truly showed a sense of community — and it was such a welcomed treat! Roses to all of you, from all of us :) BMO
onto the sidewalk in front of the stores. Thorns to the woman that had parked her vehicle on top of the ramp without thinking of those who might need to use it. We hope that woman will please take a lesson on acts of kindness from those caring people who took the time to enter stores to try to find you so your vehicle could be moved. Concerned Sister
Bundles of Roses for our Emergency and ICU staff and doctors. Their care of Howard prior to his transfer to Royal Jubilee for what ended up being emergency open heart surgery was superb. Every person we encountered is a credit to their chosen profession. Thanks for a job well done. Howard Macdonald and family
A trail full of roses to all the people helping clear the trails in Beaver Lodge Lands. There is no trail fairy that comes in at night and clears. So if you are out walking the trails pick up a branch here and there to help clear the trails. Every little bit helps get them back to normal. Forest Elf
My family and I, and especially our brother would like to send large bouquets of roses and many thanks to those kind people whot came to his aid in the parking lot of 7-Eleven on Dogwood Street a few weeks back. Our brother is confined to a wheelchair and on this day he was trying to access the wheelchair ramp
One snowy day as I was trudging through the Storey Creek trails with my dog I realized my very expensive dogtra receiver dropped out of my pocket. This involved a retracing of the trail much to my dog’s happiness and my tiredness. Just as we were at the end of the trail and I was dreading the reality that we were going to have to scout it out another time we came across a fallen branch on the path and there hanging from that branch was the dogtra receiver. Many thanks from me and the pooch to the kind trail walker who had the foresight to hang it there. Janet Waring
A stranger’s kindness warmed my heart At the grocery store today a man, two people ahead of me, paid for his purchases and then walked over to me and handed me a beautiful bouquet of yellow carnations. He said “these are for you.” I was so shocked all I could say was, “thank you.” As he walked out the door he turned and smiled at me. Not only are they my favourite flowers, but it came at a time when I needed to be reminded that there are kind people in the world. Pay it forward, and
The Carihi Interact Club and the Phoenix Leadership class would like to send A ‘Balloon Typhoon’ full of roses to the great folks at Bounce-aRama for their generous donations that helped make the First ‘Anti Bully’ Fun Fair a success. Funds raised help Interact and Leadership fulfill their commitments to our community and to the developing world. Thanks to Constable Bouwman and Corporal Hay (and Safety Bear) for their presence and to the Campbell River Firemen who came down to show their support. Thanks also to Detailed Face Painting, the Sports Leadership Class at Carihi for all of the ‘heavy lifting’, the Phoenix Fit and Rec class that ran the canteen and to all the families who came down to have some fun. Carihi Interact & Phoenix Leadership 8
I would like to send buckets of roses to all the hugs cards and flowers sent to me this week on the loss of my precious companion Mila French Bulldog. To many people who knew Mila she wasn’t just a dog, she was a delight to everyone she met. I am absolutely heartbroken because she was taken so suddenly and without warning. Special tribute to her care attendants and Dr.’s at Coastland Vet hospital and to Dr. Robin who loved her so much and Lisa Ylikangas who always hugged her and let her come over for play date’s. Only time heals, hopefully she’s playing on the other side over
A bundle of roses to the residents of New Horizons in the hope that your new attendants are as qualified, cheerful and dedicated as your former attendants were. This, of course, is assuming that 118 people apply to fill the vacancies. It would be awful for you all if that many people cannot be found. A Campbell Riverite Getting Up There Himself
A bouquet of roses to my Tooth Fairy. Thank you so much, it means the world to me for you paying for my dental work. I’ve never had anyone do such a nice gesture for me especially not knowing who it is makes it really special to me. You are very kind hearted and saved me and my mom a lot of grief. I really appreciate it. My teeth feel good and so do I knowing that I have no more cavities. It takes a 10-pound load of my shoulders. Now I’m going to try to quit smoking. Breanna
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Time to rediscover Cabernet Sauvignon is so much tannin in Cabernet. Oak aging can bring well-grown young Cabernet Doug Sloan Sauvignon to a perfect blend of fruit, tartness and Wine Wise tannins. Not quite standing alone Perez Cruz Cabernet SauviWine trends are unavoidable. Wine lovers like novelty. gnon Reserva (126235) from Chile is a blend of 95 per cent Most recently, the red wine Cabernet Sauvignon, three creating the biggest fuss has been Malbec from Argentina. per cent Syrah and two per cent Carménère, reduced to Before that it was Shiraz $14.99 from its regular price from Australia. of $16.99. Seriously savoury But we are already “redisand intriguing notes of eucacovering” Cabernet Sauvilyptus set the stage for sturdy gnon and wondering just how we managed to overlook blackcurrant flavours and a twist of mint on the palate. and forget “The King” of red wines for so long. Picked before perfect ripeness, Cabernet Sauvignon From its home in Borcan taste vegetal – fresh deaux, France this wine sliced green bell peppers, grape has travelled extensively. An accidental crossing anyone? Young Cabernet Sauvignon can offer curof red Cabernet Franc and rants, black cherries and white Sauvignon Blanc in plums, mint and eucalyptus. the 17th century in southAged in well-chosen oak western France, its origins barrels, it can intrigue the were a mystery until DNA nose and palate with notes of testing proved its origins. cedar and “cigar box”. Of the 35 or so Cabernet Wayne Gretzky Cabernet Sauvignons and CabernetSauvignon Syrah (835348) based blends currently reduced for March to $15.96 available under $10, Viña from its regular price of San Pedro’s Gato Negro $17.96 is a seductively Cabernet Sauvignon smooth blend of 80 per cent (188193) $8.99 is an affordCabernet Sauvignon and 20 able example from Chile, full per cent Syrah. Lots of ripe of that jammy blackcurrant red and black berry fruit flafruit that is Cabernet Sauvours skate over sage, liquorvignon’s most identifiable ice and leather subtleties. characteristic. No “New World” wineOsborne Tempranillo maker seems able to resist Cabernet Sauvignon Solaz the lure of making a fine (610188) $11.99 is a blend of and complex Cabernet SauTempranillo and Cabernet vignon. Argentina, Chile, Sauvignon from Spain. A Australia and California all generously dense red wine produce tantalizingly tasty with ripe cherry/berry fruit examples – many of which flavours and a spicy, earthy, need 3-10 years in the cellar almost “farmyard” complexto really come to their peak. ity, it slides into echoes of Out of Modesto, Califorwet leather and truffles in nia, from Two Rock Winery the finish. – Nudge, nudge, wink, wink? As it grows, the legendary - Carnivor Cabernet Sauvigrape is small and thickgnon (884122) $17.99 is very skinned, which is why there
easy to like. Leads off with straightforward Cali-Cab ripe berry fruits and shows a medley of jammy plum and blueberry twists and tweaks on the mid-palate and in the finish. Tough to guess just how much of exactly what is … but Merlot and Zinfandel just might be supporting players in this tasty red. Australia’s Coonawarra produces some exquisitely fruity and extraordinarily smooth Cabernet Sauvignons very much in the restrained style of Yalumba’s “The Cigar” (161810) $24.99. Softly muddled black cherry and dark fruit flavours are finely framed by classic Coonawara mint and eucalyptus notes. The “Judgment of Paris” organized in 1976 by Steven Spurrier, a British wine merchant, pitted French wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy judges against equivalent California-grown wines. Tasting “blind”, the professional panel of French judges scored the California wines higher than their own. Once you have actually found it, not an easy task in itself, you may have to cash in some savings to buy a case of Rudd Oakville Estate Red 2005 (801076) $186.78. Definitely built to best the “Judgment of Paris”, this wine is a masterful California blend of 77 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon, 11 per cent Cabernet Franc, four per cent Petit Verdot, four per cent Merlot and four per cent Malbec. It is full-bodied and densely fruited, with hints of leather, coffee and chocolate over a spice box of savoury complex subtleties. Doug Sloan is a Campbell River wine enthusiast. Reach WineWise by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Molly is on the mend SIAN THOMSON COURIER-ISLANDER
Molly, the 18 month old dog who was found near death, tied to the porch of her owners with a collar embedded in her neck, has made a remarkable recovery. In what the BC SPCA described as one the worst cases of animal abuse they had ever seen, the situation inspired a petition calling for the maximum sentences for the two people responsible, and that petition received over 50,000 signatures prior to being presented to Crown Counsel in Port Hardy. She now weighs 51 lb., up from the emaciated 28 pounds when she arrived at Nanaimo SPCA to begin her recovery. Molly spent several months in a foster home and was placed last month in her permanent adoptive home where she lives with her human family and a canine
brother. “She is truly living the good life and we are so happy for her,” said an SPCA spokesperson. Rupert Wilson and Crystal Bee, both 48 of Port Hardy/Fort Rupert Reserve, were charged with wilfully causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal and abandoning an animal in distress or wilfully neglecting it by failing to provide suitable and adequate food, water shelter and care. Rupert Wilson has entered a guilty plea to the second charge and the first charge was stayed. Wilson is due back in court on May 27, 2014 where it’s anticipated that sentencing will take place. Crystal Bee entered non-guilty and trial is set for Oct 16, 2014 and will likely carry over into Oct 17, 2014. email@example.com
Local realtor named VIREB director Over 100 were on hand to watch as Campbell River realtor Cholene Begin was named as a director of the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) Feb. 28. The evening was highlighted when Duncan realtor Blair Herbert was sworn in as the 2014 President of the VIREB after serving a three-year term as a director on the Board. Duncan-based realtor Jason Finlayson was
also installed as the President-Elect for 2014. Begin was one of three new faces joining the Board of Directors this year including: Don McClintock from Duncan, and Janice Stromar from Nanaimo. Rounding out the 2014 Board of Directors are returning members: Neil Woodrow from Courtenay, Kathy Koch from Nanaimo, Margo Hoffman and Frank Fairley from Parksville, and Past President Gary Gray from Port Alberni.
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and MARS, both of which will present a talk on their work. The SPCA will present from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., followed by MARS from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Information booths will also be on display. The SPCA mission is ‘To protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C’. The Society was created under the auspices of the provincial Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act in 1895, and is the only animal welfare organization in B.C. which has the authority to enforce laws relating to animal cruelty and to prepare cases for Crown Counsel for the prosecution of individuals who inflict suffering on animals.
MARS is a designated wildlife rehabilitation centre with federal and provincial permits to rescue and rehabilitate native wildlife. It has operated on three acres in Merville since forming the society in 1995. In 2013 the BC SPCA provided a wide range of services, including in-shelter care and free or subsidized outreach services to care for and assist 41,691 animals in distress and need through
the society’s 42 locations across BC. The Society has 457 staff members (full-time, part-time and auxiliary) and nearly 4,000 volunteers throughout the province. MARS is a designated wildlife rehabilitation centre with federal and provincial permits to rescue and rehabilitate native wildlife. It has operated on three acres in Merville since forming the society in 1995. It is a volunteer-run charitable organization with over 100 active volunteers involved in fund raising for operating costs, educational programs and conservation initiatives. Each year the society answers over 1,500 phone calls from all
over the North Island dealing with wildlife issues. This results in an annual caseload of up to 500 dealing with up to 80 species. Conservation work includes maintaining two local regional parks, trumpeter swan population monitoring, bald eagle nest tree inventory and monitoring, Avian Influenza and West Nile Virus and emerging wildlife zoonotic disease studies. Presently they have been studying the foraging preference and locations of Great Blue Herons. Funded primarily by donations and some corporate and government grants, the society depends upon volunteers and the local communities to support their work.
This youngster got a real good up close and personal look at the new MARS mascot who will be at the museum March 22. (photo submitted)
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VIJHL got it wrong When the Vancouver Ken Zaharia Island Junior Hockey League River City announced this week that Sports the Eddie ‘The Storm’ Kingston Award for Coach of the Year went to Brian Passmore of Peninsula you have to feel we were robbed. Or rather Campbell River Storm head coach Lee Stone was thoroughly snake-bitten by the VIJHL hierarchy. Yes some would say Passmore deserved it with the Panthers finishing third overall with a 30-13-5 record for 65 points. But you’d have to be sporting some pretty dark sunglasses to not see the light that Stone lit underneath a Storm squad that for the past four or five years has been in, or just over, the basement level in the VIJHL standings. Last season the Panthers finished with 47 points and fifth overall. This year they improved by 18 points. Stone led the Storm to a 30-14-4, to finish one point back of Peninsula with 64 points. Last year the Storm didn’t even make the playoffs finishing eighth in the nine team circuit with a meager 27 points. They then lost a one game standoff with the last place South team the Kerry Park Islanders for the eighth and last playoff berth. With Stone behind the bench, and with his incredible recruiting skills, the Storm improved over last season by an amazing 37 points! Thirty seven compared to Passmore and the Panthers’ 18 point improvement. For any team to record a 37 point improvement would be an almost impossible task, but Stone managed to get the most out of players and more than deservedly so should have been the VIJHL’s Coach of the Year. Come on, it’s the Eddie ‘The Storm’ Kingston Award after all, named after the colourful Kingston who was responsible, along with Dave Sales, for starting the Storm franchise way back n 199798. That first year the Storm won the their first of six straight VIJHL championships. A VIJHL title was the goal of Stone at the start of the year saying he wanted to bring back the glory days of the Storm and judging by his team’s performance this year there’s a good chance that goal will be met. Stone 37 Passmore 18 - what more can you say. Oh okay, how about the Storm had the better offence, 225 goals for Campbell River, 207 for Peninsula, and the better defence allowing 141 goals to the Panthers 153. At just 25 years of age, Stone is the youngest coach in the VIJHL and to say he has a bright future ahead of him would be an understatement. It’s beyond me how the VIHJL award selectors overlooked what should have been an obvious choice - to me it was ‘writtin in Stone’.
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Campbell River’s BC Provincial high school wrestling champions, Brett Nelson and Ali McPhee, with their gold medals. (Photo submitted) for something it isn’t as fulfilling as you expected…this is not one of those times.” Nelson is currently exploring his options to pursue wrestling at the post-secondary level. Carihi had the breakout star of the tournament in Grade 10 wrestler Ali McPhee. Coming into the
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The Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League handed out its year end awards and, deservedly so, Campbell River Storm’s Brendan deVries was a triple winner. The Smithers native took home the top award receiving the Jamie Benn Trophy for the VIJHL’s Most Valuable Player. deVries also picked up the Doug Morton
Trophy as regular season leading scorer. The 6’2” centre finished the 2013-14 campaign averaging two points per game finishing with 88 points in 44 games. deVries scored 32 goals and added 56 assists, which is a Storm team record that was held by Travis Granbois. deVries’s third honour was being named co-winner of the Brian Harrison Award for top forward along with Alex Milligan of
the Peninsula Panthers. The other half of the Storm’s Smithers twin tower of power, Brayden Taekema, was honoured with a Community Leadership Award. The 6’3” winger finished fourth in league scoring with 73 points on 38 goals and 35 assists. The VIJHL’s top goalie award went to Michael Hails of the Comox Valley Glacier Kings. The league top defenceman went to the
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We have been blessed with an James Durand amazing fall and winter of dry riding, so this My Spin On last two weeks Your Ride of snow covered and unrideable trails are not that bad in the big picture…Having said that I am going stir crazy not riding my bike as much as normal. Are you in the same boat? The mountain bike trails are pretty much closed and grabbing the road bike for a quick spin is out of the question for most of us due to the dirty and grimy conditions on the pavement. But if you are getting desperate for some pedaling here are a couple options. If you don’t have a beater road bike or winter bike, grab your mountain bike and head out on the road. I have still been commuting over the last two weeks and the shoulders are in good enough shape to ride safely. Riding the loop through town and back up the Inland Highway to Jubilee is a great little burn that will give you a quick pedaling fix. If you’re looking for something longer with less traffic, a lot of the gravel roads are clearing quickly and you can easily put together short loops or big epic rides. So if your legs are aching to pedal and you’re already getting cabin fever, grab the bike and just head out the door. In another week or so we’ll be back to normal and riding world-class trails again. This week’s Swicked Tip: When the trails are rideable again they are going to be muddy and wet and we should do our best to diminish trail damage while riding. When coming up to a puddle it is natural to want to ride around it, but this actually erodes the trail more. Riding around puddles eventually widens the puddle and widens the trail, soon becoming a giant mud hole that in many cases is beyond repair. So next time you’re coming up to a puddle or bit of mud, hold your line and ride straight through the middle. When the trail builders get out there for maintenance days this is way easier to repair, and in the end the trail footprint remains as it was built. I’m James Durand and I’m goin’ ridin’.
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With two games still to be played, the Mainstream Canada Young Masters have already laid claim to the Vancouver Island Soccer League Division 4B title with a 15-0-1 record. Team members include, front left, Colton Reesor, Patrick Cullen, Jacob Blanchard, John Jepson (player/ coach), Kevin Shelswell, Zach Tillapaugh, Ivor McWilliams and Peter McWilliams. Back left, Shane Berry, Wyatt Bryce, Alex Desrochers, Tyler Kelly, Aidan Anderson, Jason Fawkes, Mark Ross and Colan Grootenboer. Missing are Lisa Fawkes (manager/coach), Alex Foge, Cody Dodge, Connor Fairweather, Evan Farmer, Kellen Rondeau, Mohamed Boukhouali and Shane Dumanoir. (Photo submitted)
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Campbell River’s Mainstream Canada Young Masters have clinched the Division 4B league title of the Vancouver Island Soccer League (VISL). With still two league games remaining, the Young Masters, in their first season in the VISL, have achieved their goal of finishing first in the Division and are being promoted to Division 3 for next season. They remain undefeated in league play and boast an incredible 15-0-1 record. They faced their toughest challenge of the season Saturday in Victoria, as they visited Saanich Fusion Active Engineering of Division 3 in the VISL Pearkes Challenge Cup. This Cup mixes all Division 3 teams with the top Division 4 teams in a single knockout playoff format. The Young Masters competed at home in the first round on Feb. 15 and easily beat Prospect Lake F.C. of Division 4. They knew they would face much stiffer competition in round two and it would provide an opportunity for players to get a feel for playing in Division 3 next season. Back-up goalkeeper Aidan Anderson was tested early and often, as the Young Masters were beaten to most loose balls and struggled to maintain any level of ball possession. Forwards Wyatt Bryce and Patrick Cullen rarely touched the ball in the first half, as their team was kept on the defen-
sive by the physical and quick Saanich Fusion team. At the 25 minute mark, Mainstream Canada gave up a free kick from 30 yards out on the right side and it proved to be costly as the ball sailed with the wind directly into the far top corner of the Campbell River goal. Anderson made a couple brilliant saves near the end of the first half, and centre-back Colan Grootenboer and left-back Ivor McWilliams also made goal saving contributions to keep the score 1-0 going into halftime. Mainstream Canada came out with more confidence to begin the second half and they were able to string together some neat passing through midfield and on the left side of the pitch. That confidence came to an abrupt end, however, as the Young Masters gave up a penalty kick at the 55 minute mark. The Saanich player gave Mainstream’s keeper no chance and the score became 2-0. Despite putting players forward in the hopes of threatening the Saanich goal, the Campbell River side was not able to break through the Saanich back line and very few chances were created. Saanich scored once more at the 70 minute mark, making the final score 3-0. The Young Masters two remaining league games are both set to be played in Campbell River, with the first scheduled for Saturday, March 15, at 2 p.m. at Willow Point Park.
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Skiers stand on the podium at provincials
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Mount Washington Ski Club took five racers to Prince George to compete at the BC championships: Calvin Cotton and Kole Harle (Mt. Washington), Liam Gilchrist (Nanaimo), Maja Nymann (Campbell River) and Keegan McOoey (Cumberland). Thanks goes out to the Mount Washington Ski Club head coach, John Trimmer, who spent the time behind the wheel driving the team to Prince George. This event was a qualifier for many future events, so the pressure was high for the athletes. There were six different races that skiers could obtain a result in: Super G, where the gates are farther apart and the speed is higher, Giant Slalom, where the gates are medium distance apart, and Slalom, where the gates are closer together and the turns are more technical. The first two events were Super G. Both of these races were a one run result. Skiers were given an opportunity to inspect the course, and then they had one run to show how fast they could get through it. Mount Washington racers results were: Maja 25th and 17th, Keegan 32nd and 32nd, Kole eighth and 14th, Liam 14th and 11th, Calvin 49th and 47th. The third and fourth events were two Giant Slalom races. Again, racers were allowed to inspect the course and then given one opportunity to race it. The racers from the Island skied it very aggressively and the results were: Maja 23rd and 17th, Keegan 18th and 18th, Kole won bronze and ninth, Liam sixth and did not finish (DNF), Calvin DNF and 31st. The fifth and sixth events were Slalom. Each one of these results were a combination of two races. After an inspection, racers sped through the course for their first result. The course was then reset, follow by an inspection, and then another race. The final result was a combination of both race times: Maja won gold and silver, Keegan 18th and 19th,
Badminton on tap The Campbell River Badminton Club is hosting the 2014 BC Provincial Masters Badminton Championships at the Sportsplex this weekend. Play begins on Friday night at 5:30 p.m., continues on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. approximately. Eighty players from Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, Alberta and Washington will be competing in singles, doubles and mixed doubles in age categories of 30+ to 70+ in five year increments. Spectators are welcome
PLAYER OF THE WEEK Cole McIntosh Cole McIntosh plays on the McRed Atom team.Cole’s favourite things about hockey are having fun with his friends and teammates and scoring goals. He plays the positions of centre and winger. His favourite player in the NHL is Sidney Crosby.
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Campbell River’s Maja Nymann raced to a silver and bronze in slalom at the Prince George hosted Provincials. (Photo submitted) Kole won bronze and sixth, Liam DNF and 24th, and Calvin 30th and 31st. Four of the five racers are also members of Podium of Life Snow Sports Academy. These students will be back up on Mount Wash-
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Sixty Strathcona Nordics racers plus coaches and support crew enjoyed racing and camaraderie at the BC Champs in Kelowna last weekend. (Photo by L. Johnston)
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The Strathcona Nordic Ski Club sent a record number of racers to the BC Championships in Kelowna last weekend. Sixty racers from the small, Island club competed in three days of cross-country ski events, and the club placed an impressive fifth overall in a competitive field of 34 clubs from across BC, Canada and the U.S. This race was one of the last stops before the Canadian and US championships and so drew from a wide, competitive field. Strathcona Nordics racers, aged 5 through 59 years young, enjoyed many top 10 finishes
in stiff competition and the following racers brought medals back to the Island in their age categories. In the freestyle mass start event: Gavin Chatterton - first; Luke Damery - second; Hugo Henckel - second; Tallon Noble - first; Avalon Wasteneys - first; Chris Bowlby - second. In the individual Classic event: Gavin Chatterton - first; Everett Wells - first; Luke Damery - second; Emmy Stapff - first; Laura Johnston - second; Chris Bowlby - second; Tallon Noble - first; Brian Scott - second. In the aggregate awards, based on performances throughout the season in BC Cup races: Alec Stapff - third;
Avalon Wasteneys - second; Tallon Noble - first; Lynn Swift - second; Marilyn Atkinson - third. A club spokesperson says, “The Strathcona Nordics put in a great showing at the BC champs! They were successful by all accounts great representatives for the Island, great sportsmen and sportswomen, and great racers -- and they all made it home safely through a long, slow drive though very snowy roads in the Interior and Lower Mainland.” You can catch the Strathcona Nordics in racing action this weekend at the Teck Coast Cup #4 and #5 on Mount Washington. See StrathconaNordics.com for details.
The three-step process to success Dale Trenholm W.I.N. - What Is Necessary The Three-Step Process to Success, crucial for handling distractions and pressures, will help you be successful with your sport and life. We all know the saying, “If I only knew what I know now—back then.” As a parent, don’t we all want to share our wisdom with our children so they don’t have to go through what we went through and can acquire what we didn’t have? Of course we do. This is what I am doing here: sharing my wisdom, mistakes, experience, and knowledge from these past 50 years to help sports-minded enthusiast. I learned from Jack Canfield an important component to receiving feedback: keep an open mind. Feedback helps keep us on course and comes to us from many different directions—we just need to be observant of it. My articles are just one source of feedback that will help you with your sport and life. I will share with you what the top three per cent of the most successful athletes do and what athletes shouldn’t do if they want to be an elite athlete. If you have any comments with my articles please
share at www.whatisnecessary.com. I would love to have your feedback. What is the Three-Step Process to Success? It is connecting your Mind, Body and Spirit with your Past, Present, and Future, which translates into being in the moment with a connection that is, how do I say it, enlightening – a rush. You cannot have a mind, body, and spirit without a past, present and future. This process to success isn’t immediate, but rather an everyday process with your life and sport. Always striving, learning, and pushing to be better than you were yesterday with your M.B.S will ultimately give you the best chance at reaching your aspirations with your sport. In addition, you will acquire the balance, harmony, and contentment that sports has to offer. Basically, “The Process to Success means you have to put your whole heart into it— that’s it.” You must push your Mind, Body, and Spirit to the max. There is no fast track to success with sports—just hard, hard (and smart I would like to add), persistent work sustained over an extended period of time. This hard work will take patience and imagination toward the goals you set for yourself. There is no other way to receive a generous scholarship, or be paid as an elite athlete to do the sport you love, without persistent hard work. Decide what you want: Once you
decide what sport you truly love and want to play, or are already playing, determine and understand the price you will have to pay to get what you want, then accept you are willing to pay the price; only then will you be able to go through what is necessary to reach your aspiration as an athlete. If you are not willing to do what is necessary—which is OK, because this is your choice—becoming an elite athlete isn’t going to happen. You may have other aspirations, but you can still use determination and acceptance to get what you want. You just have to be willing to do what is necessary to attain your goal. Ultimately, aspiring to be an elite athlete at a university or professional level begins with the Three-Step Process to Success with connecting your Mind, Body, and Spirit with your past, present, and future, then making a concrete decision, determining the price you will have to pay, and, most importantly, accepting you are willing to pay the price. Then put your whole heart into your decision by doing what is necessary. Only great opportunities with sport and life will come from this commitment and persistence. What sport are you committed to? Or what sport do you really want to commit to? Dale Trenholm is the head coach of the River City Elite track and field club.
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The fourth race in the Frontrunners Island Race Series – Hatley Castle 8K – took place Sunday. The race – re-scheduled from its original date of Feb. 23 – was hosted by Frontrunners Athletic Club. There were 312 finishers. Prairie Inn Harrier Thomas Holm won in 27:23 closely followed by fellow Harrier Shane Ruljancich in 27:59. Third was Andrew Russell (B78/Saucony) in 28:06. The women’s race was won by Claire Morgan (Prairie Inn Harriers) in 30:45. Second was Jill Ramstead (Ceevacs Running Club) in 32:23 and third was Nancy Baxendale (Prairie Inn Harriers) in 33:58. Baxendale was the top female Master and Shay Averbuch the top male Master. Averbuch from Mercury Rising Triathlon finished in 29:18. “We would like to thank Royal Roads for enabling us to re-sched-
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Island Series continues Sunday The fifth race in the Frontrunners Island Race Series – Synergy Health Management Ltd Bazan Bay 5K – takes place on Sunday, at 11 a.m. The race starts and finishes at Tulista Park, Lockside Trail, Sidney and is hosted by Team West Coast. Race day registration fees are $35 and $30 for students.
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t was exciting to see the Winter Olympic Games and have our own Canadian athletes bring home many medals. A total of twenty-ﬁve. Fantastic! Yet so many that went and participated came home disappointed, having spent many years of preparation and not quite achieving their goal. Participation in the Games is more then just winning or loosing. I am sure many good memories were forged by all who had an opportunity to go. It was an amazing and thrilling two weeks to see our top athletes compete. They made Canada
proud. It was so good while it says, “Believe on the Lord lasted. Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” It makes you a winner The Olympic participants are just a select in life by accepting Jesus into your life and, even when we few of all the athletes that mess up, He is there to put work hard at preparing us on the right track. Take themselves for competition. time to read the Bible, asking Life is more than just participating in an event such God to help you understand as this. We all face challenges it. Start with the Gospels - Mathew, Mark, Luke and in our lives every day and John. In them, you will ﬁnd God wants us all to become the life story of Jesus who winners. came to make us winners in Using an analogy, the this life. You may not become Christian Olympic rule book an Olympic medalist, but you is the Bible. It contains the can be a winner. direction for all of our lives and points us to a place of being winners. The Bible
“Numbers for the Synergy Bazan Bay 5K continue to climb. We have a number of high performance athletes coming in from the Lower Mainland to work on personal records and points in the Timex Race Series on this, the fastest race course in the Island Race Series,” says Race Director, Wayne Coulson.
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Genesis 2:7-9 states “7 Then the LORD God formed a man[a] from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. 8 Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. 9 The LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Genesis 2:15-17 states 15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” God did not create a robot but a man with a free will to choose to obey or rebel against God. To “die” meaning to be separated from God, the Life of God and the Spirit of life which God had breathed into man in the beginning. It is very important to understand that because man is a spiritual being he does not cease to exist but goes on living forever. So what happened? To be continued.
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enior geography students from the University of Vancouver Island returned to Campbellton this past week with their third assessment report on the Campbellton Action Plan. “These students are appreciating the opportunity to test their urban planning skills on a ‘real life’ project,” according to Professor Dr. Pamela Shaw who has accompanied them on each of their three trips to Campbell River. Under the Assets and Liabilities category the report particularly focused on the appearance of store fronts and suggested that owners take a good look at the exteriors of their business sites. The report
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Lack of music teachers becoming a big concern SIAN THOMSON COURIER-ISLANDER
The shortage of trained music teachers is not music to the ears of the Campbell River Music Educators Association. Music teacher Beth Kingston told the Board of Education on Tuesday that there was a significant concern for the continuity of the district music program given the limited number of qualified music teachers available provincially to fill retirement vacancies. She wants School District 72 to advocate for more music teacher training at the post secondary level. “In recent years, three music teachers have retired and more will be leaving in the near future,” said Kingston. “Added to the concern is the realization that there are very few qualified music teachers available in the province, especially in the area of elementary music education. This problem is a consequence of the College of Teachers decision to focus solely on generalist elementary teacher training. The
result is that university programs do not offer sufficient pedagogy courses that prepare students to teach music.” A recent ‘Program for Quality Teaching’ inquiry by the BC Teachers Federation and BC Music Educators Association published in October 2013 examined the status of music education in the province. It affirms the fact that universities in British Columbia do not offer courses that adequately prepare pre-service teachers for elementary specialization. “This poses a potential problem to the longevity and sustainability of our comprehensive music programs in Campbell River,” said Kingston. “In spite of this situation, School District 72 was able to find and hire three new music teachers this year. We have developed support for them through professional development, including a pedagogy course as well as ongoing mentorship. So far, the teachers are very happy with benefits of collaborating and learning together about music pedagogy and
classroom management. Together, they are developing a common philosophy.” Kingston told the board that she and her colleagues remain concerned about the lack of trained music teachers for future district needs. “As we are a district who is at the cutting edge of assessment and holistic child-centered learning, we must continue to advocate and lead by example in the recruitment of quality elementary music specialists,” she said. “Music belongs to everyone. Without the support for public school music programs only certain families could afford to have their children develop their innate musical intelligence through private lessons and so many may never experience this life-enhancing, humanizing art form. Our music program sets our district apart and it has been running Kindergarten through Grade 12 since the early 1980s. This is a significant achievement for this School Board.” email@example.com
Dodd may add spice to Philosopher’s Cafe The Philosophers’ Café in its latest incarnation has become a very popular forum to discuss topics of national and local interest. Each topic is intended to have an element of controversy to add spice to the evening. The next in the series, which will be Wednesday March 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the On-Line Gourmet Café, may well be the spiciest yet. And may give indigestion to some. For this month, our Philosophers have decided to discuss “Has the environmental movement lost its way?” Quentin Dodd contends that when he arrived in Campbell River as a local natural-resources and environmental reporter, the Environmental Movement was a highly professional but strictlyamateur effort. He says that over the almost four decades since then it’s become degraded and distorted by the injection of quantities of money from “outside” to carry out campaigns using paid personnel, and in the process it has largely burned or “blown” the credibility of what
should be a highly-valued and very valuable publicly-run watchdog program. As with each Café, Dodd will have just 10 minutes to introduce the topic, and then the floor is open for 50 minutes of discussion. It seems certain that this provocative topic will generate a lively debate. Many proposals have been put forward by the attendees including “How to pay for an aging society?”, “Homelessness”, “Immigration/ Temporary Foreign Workers”, “Canada/First Nations relations”, “Marijuana” and more. Those in attendance vote for the next topic for discussion. Members of the public are welcome to propose topics and introduce them at future Cafés. Themes should be of broad interest and national significance, and have an element of controversy to them. The moderator for each evening is Greg Hill, executive director of the Campbell River Community Living Association. For more info email Peter Schwarzhoff firstname.lastname@example.org 250-778-0333.
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OPEN HOUSE SEEKS FEEDBACK ON A PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN (OCP) Members of the community are invited to provide their input regarding a proposed amendment to the OCP to facilitate “adaptive re-use” of commercial buildings within Village Centres, Neighbourhood Centres, and Neighbourhood Controlled Growth areas in the OCP.
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Why an Open House? On March 4 Council gave initial readings to a proposed bylaw to add a new section 4.3.3. to the OCP. In addition to a Public Hearing (to be held on March 18 2014), any amendment to the OCP needs to include at least one further opportunity for the public to find out about the proposed amendment and to make their views known. There is no formal presentation – you are able to “drop in” to find out more and provide us with any comments or concerns.
Thinking of installing a secondary suite? Before you set up a rental suite with separate cooking, sleeping and bathroom facilities inside your house or on your property, consider this: There are size restrictions for a secondary suite. • Secondary suites can be no larger than 90 square metres (approximately 970 square feet) • Secondary suites can be no larger than 40% of the main house • Secondary suites can have a maximum of two bedrooms Do you have enough room for required parking spaces? In addition to the two spaces required for the main house, one more parking space must be provided for a secondary suite. Are you in the correct zone for a secondary suite? Only certain zones in the City permit secondary suites. If your property is not located in a zone that permits secondary suites, you will need to seek approval from the City to change it. Do you have a building permit? Apply at the City for a building permit to ensure that a secondary suite is constructed to meet health and safety requirements of the BC Building Code. Does your site require a development permit due to steep slopes, streams or eagle trees? Check the City’s Official Community Plan on the website, or visit us at City Hall to find out. If a secondary suite was constructed without a permit, now what? To make an existing secondary suite legal, the property must be zoned appropriately and a building permit issued. The zone makes the secondary suite a permitted use, and the building permit ensures the suite meets the minimum safety standards for secondary suites as required by the 2012 BC Building Code. Protect your interests: Not having a building permit, or correct zoning for secondary suites may have implications for home insurance. QUESTIONS? The Land Use Services Department can help you through this process. Please contact us at 250-286-5726 or visit us at City Hall.
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COMMUNITY UPDATE Alder Street corridor! MARCH 7, 2014 We’re reviewing opportunities to improve Alder Street – and want public feedback on 301 St. Ann’s Road Campbell River, BC V9W 4C7 Telephone: 250-286-5700 firstname.lastname@example.org www.campbellriver.ca Like us on Facebook @ City of Campbell River
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best how to balance Alder Street’s role as one of the primary north-south routes with safe access to and from the many single-family homes along this 7.5 kilometre street. We also want to your opinion on sidewalk improvements, how to better accommodate bicycles and bus stop upgrades.
Join us at a public open house on Wednesday, March 12 between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Sportsplex. See examples of options that could be considered for this route, and learn more about the City’s 2012 Master Transportation Plan – a vision for the community’s multi-modal transportation system for the next 25 years. Boulevard Traffic Group and City staff will be on hand to discuss options and gather public feedback as we work towards the next steps for this important transportation corridor. Updates on the corridor review will be posted on the City’s website and Facebook Page. View the City of Campbell River’s Master Transportation Plan online at www.campbellriver.ca under City Services / Roads and Transportation / Studies.
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing regarding the following will be held in the Council Chambers of City Hall located at 301 St. Ann’s Road in Campbell River, B.C. at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Property owners are required to provide all tenants, leaseholders and occupants with a copy of this Public Hearing Notice. A copy of these proposed bylaws may be inspected at the City Hall Land Use Services Department on any regular business day between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday inclusive except Statutory Holidays, from Friday, March 7, 2014 to Tuesday, March 18, 2014. All persons who believe that their interests are affected by the proposed Bylaws will be afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard or to present written submissions regarding the Bylaws subject to this hearing. Please note that legal considerations prevent Council from receiving any representations or submissions after the close of the Public Hearing. A speakers list will be available for persons wishing to speak at the Public Hearing. You may register in advance by calling 250-286-5700 or in person immediately before the Public Hearing. Prior registration is not essential to be able to speak at the Public Hearing, but is recommended. Bylaw No: 3539, 2013: To amend Official Community Plan Bylaw 3475, 2012 s.4.3 to provide for “adaptive reuse” of commercial buildings in certain areas. Bylaw No: 3540, 2014: To amend Zoning Bylaw 3250, 2006, by adding “offices” as a permitted use within the Commercial Eight (C-8) zone at the following site only: Lot 1, Section 29, Township 1, Comox District, Plan 43570 (521 Rockland Road) Contact: City of Campbell River, Land Use Services Department at 250286-5726.
City launches interactive tax calculator for Area D residents Area D residents can now estimate changes to annual taxes, user fees and other costs if they decide to join the City of Campbell River. Using 2013 rates, a new online tax calculator allows people to enter their property’s assessed value and fees they pay for solid waste services and septic field maintenance – then estimates what they would pay in City property taxes and other fees in the event of a boundary extension. The tax calculator can be found at www.campbellriver.ca under Planning, Building & Development. Additional information about the proposed boundary extension that would offer sewer service to properties in the northernmost section of Area D is also available on the website, including: • reports and studies • news about the proposal • the Urban Systems presentation to Council in January (PowerPoint) • the link to the webcast of the presentation • a map of the proposed sewer extension areas The page will also include electronic copies of newsletters that will be sent to properties in the northern part of Area D over the coming months, plus a growing list of frequently asked questions. Ask any questions about the proposal by phoning the City at 250-286-5700 or via email to email@example.com
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