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Last weekend it was my pleasure to be a first-time participant in the prestigious Denman Island Christmas Faire. Although I’m not qualified Mike Yip to rank it in the top 10 winter fairs in the province like Westworld Magazine did in 2010, I can say it was extremely well-organized; it had a warm and friendly ambience; and it was very popular with many off-island customers from the Comox Valley, Cumberland and Oceanside. I even had a customer from Bellingham. Besides being materialistically successful, the added benefit for me was a chance to connect with the many people who read my column in the North Islander. Not surprisingly one of the most popular topics was the hearty winter Anna’s Hummingbird and a close second was the mystical Qualicum White Raven. There were also many stories to share. One couple were visiting a nature park in Hawaii last year where their guide pointed out a very well camouflaged bittern in a marsh. On their return home they were surprised to read my column about the American Bittern. Not only was the article coincidental for them, it was also a revelation that there were bitterns on Vancouver Island. Getting back to the Anna’s, many were surprised to see any hummingbird at this time of the year and amazed to hear that Victoria counted about 700 Anna’s in a recent

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sources its winter diet consists mainly of small insects and spiders. During freezing temperatures it can slow down its metabolic processes to conserve energy. This is a hibernation-like process called torpor. Nectar feeders are beneficial and may have contributed to their range expansion from California many years ago and will probably assist their northward expansion on Vancouver Island. There are several

solutions to the freezing nectar problem. First, some people increase the mix to one sugar and three water for the winter. The increased concentration doesn’t seem to be harmful and effectively lowers the freezing point by several degrees. Some people simply take the feeders in at night and put them out early in the morning or they use two feeders and exchange them when one freezes. See Island Birds on page 3.

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My Christmas wish is for precipitation T’was the week before Christmas ‌ and I never thought I’d be wishing out loud for some precipitation at this time of the year and in this I know I’m joined by all those with an interest in seeing the Mount Washington Alpine Resort open up. Of course my interest is for the fish, if not now then later – if there’s a really low snowpack to start next summer either it had better be a rainy one (never a popular choice) or streams will go dry. The small amount of rain or snow that fell recently has done nothing more than stop the creeks and rivers from becoming even smaller, and I can’t help but think there has been some loss of salmon eggs as areas where they were laid down have subsequently gone dry. Those hanging on in the margins likely became frozen during those nights of -12 C. On the up side, those eggs that have survived to date will likely continue to do so as they increasingly reach the critical eyed stage. Development has been slow in the frigid water but it continues all the same and once they become eyed-up salmon eggs are much more robust, able to survive some movement i.e. gravel moving in a high water event, and

so hopefully the fishing will existing in a damp rather than become more consistent. Trying wet environment if necessary. along the Vancouver Island shore Not that it looks like there’ll Jeremy Maynard we had a number of undersize be a high water event in the fish and hit a couple of others foreseeable future. The medium that seemed to have a little more range forecast is predicting off weight to them but all came and on moderate precipitation off after a short while. We did through the third week of the however hook and land a murre, month, switching to a dry sunny I’m sure it’s the first seabird period starting a couple of days that’s ever gone after a hootchy before Christmas and continuing at depth in my boat. Anyway, it to the new year. was released without apparent It has to be acknowledged that harm other than a bad scare. those would be ideal conditions A friend out fishing the same for getting out on the saltchuck in search of chinook salmon or prawns and I day had comparable luck, or lack of it, right hope to be amongst those who do so. A week until the end of his trip when he boated a 12 pound halibut, a nice consolation catch. It still and a half ago in the company of two good seems a little remarkable to me that these fish friends I got out salmon fishing for the first time this winter, at the tail end of the bitterly are being encountered on a steady if infrecold weather. I could sense just how thick the quent basis around the north Strait of Georgia. Fortunately the halibut season remains open engine oil was as my outboards turned over a little slower than usual, but fire up they did until the end of December this year, the cusand it was a fine trip although we didn’t catch tomary closing date, a result of the recreational fishery not yet reaching its poundage anything to bring home. allocation. If this fish had been encountered I have heard a report or two of some during the past few years it would have been nice chinook salmon being caught recently

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released – timing is everything! Based on the 2013 experience there does seem to be some scope for liberalizing slightly the recreational halibut retention regulations for the coming season. However, until the decision is made at the mid-January annual general meeting of the International Pacific Halibut Commission on what the total allowable catch for Canada will be any focused discussion on possible changes is premature. And being the week before Christmas historically it would be considered that this is the time to start looking for winter steelhead. In the past anglers would have been out for a month trying to catch these wonderful fish on the Quinsam, the Nimpkish, the Gold River even but in recent decades the early run has become much less prolific. Reduced numbers paired with reduced water flows is a tough combination for the steelhead angler to try his or her luck against. With river water temperatures barely above freezing, why would a fish want to leave the comparatively balmy ocean? But leave it they do and a few chrome bright See Ardent Angler on page 3.

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A Second Warming: Temperatures Then and Now Paleoclimatologists have noticed that the sudden warming taking place on Earth today — almost certainly caused by human greenhouse gas emissions — closely resembles the warming during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) that began about 56 million years ago. Scientific analysis of this 200,000 year epoch is particularly useful if we are to understand the consequences of our individual and collective decisions to continue burning huge quantities of fossil fuels. Geological records provide a fairly clear record that the radical change in Earth’s climate marking the beginning of PETM was probably the result of a sudden and massive surge in greenhouse gases. This surge was caused by extensive volcanic activity as the large super-continent, Pangea, began breaking apart. As magma ignited carbon-rich sediments, about two billion tonnes per year of carbon dioxide were released into the atmosphere. When the resultant warming reached about 2 C, frozen methane began to melt from hydrates stored deep in the oceans and from permafrost locked in polar latitudes. Global temperatures quickly rose by as much as 9 C. But “quickly” distinguishes our present situation from the PETM. During this ancient epoch, temperatures rose to 5 C over a period of 10,000 years, and another 10,000 years passed before the 9 C was reached. Relatively little extinction occurred on land because its plants and animals had time to either adjust or move northward to more comfortable temperatures — an available option since the continent of Pangea was still mostly intact. Consequently, palms and tropical forests covered high latitudes, while equatorial fish and sea turtles swam in northern waters.

Mammals slowly got smaller to better cool themselves in the higher temperatures. The Ray Grigg largest extinctions occurred in the oceans where acidification dissolved the calcium shells needed by some marine animals. Generally, however, the planet’s ecosystems adapted fairly well to the changing conditions. The similarities between the PETM and the present are remarkably close — except for the time scale. The temperature and acidification changes that occurred over 10,000 years are now occurring in 300 years. The PETM’s two billion tonnes per year of carbon dioxide emissions are dwarfed by the 35 billion tonnes per year we emit. Distinct continents and our massive human settlements are obstructions that prevent many plant and animal species from migrating to more favourable locations. The current extinction of both flora and fauna is literally equivalent to a crash because circumstances are changing too quickly to allow for species adaptation. If we can notice such ecological changes from the perspective of a single human lifetime, then in geological terms the transformations are virtually instantaneous. Such noticeable changes simply dwarf normal variability and, defined by scientific measures, the magnitude and seriousness of our disruptive influence on Earth’s biosphere is catastrophic. Despite the obvious, however, we are not inclined to notice. As a human species, we are biologically tuned to live in the present. Our sense of time and change is biased toward the

immediacy of moments — even years and decades of accurate memory are compromised by variables that are extremely subjective. Perhaps our best sense of very long expanses of history is a developed skill acquired by academic study and nourished by an exercise of the imagination. We are not psychologically designed to appreciate how the collateral damage of our present actions may be detrimental to our future interests. Without scientific knowledge, for example, we would never notice the similarities between our present ecological situation and 56 million years ago. It is this comparison that makes the 2 C threshold of global temperature increase during the PETM so important. This was the approximate temperature at which carbon dioxide emissions triggered huge releases of methane. Modern science knows that methane takes about 10 years to break down into carbon dioxide, and is 20 to 25 times more effective as a greenhouse gas during that period. And we know that we have the option of controlling carbon dioxide emissions. But, should methane hydrates begin to melt from warming oceans, or should other methane be released from thawing permafrost, then we slide into a phase of uncontrollable global warming. We have already increased global temperatures by 0.8 C above normal levels, and our existing emissions commit us to another 0.3

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Island Birds from page 1. A third solution is to keep the feeder next to the porch light or rig a light bulb (or heating tape) next to the feeder. As for the question whether it is a Rufous or Anna’s, there is a 99.99 per cent chance that it is an Anna’s. The 0.01 per cent chance of being a Rufous is currently hunkered up in Saltair just south of Chemainus. I think it is only the second wintering Rufous that I have heard of in 10 years. I’m not sure what its circumstances are, but I know it has been coming to a feeder. One last word about the Anna’s is that it traditionally mates and nests

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around January. Just as in the human world it is the female that does all the work in building the nest, incubating the eggs, and raising the young while the male is out looking for more action. If you have a female frequenting your yard in January and February there is a good chance that it is raising a family and will appreciate the extra energy boost from your feeders. Editor’s note: Mike Yip is the author of Vancouver Island Birds. His books are available at Graham’s Jewellers, Blue Heron Books, CR Museum, Save On Foods, Coho Books, and Book Bonanza.

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†0% APR purchase financing is available on select new 2014 Mazda vehicles. Other terms available and vary by model. Based on a representative example using a finance price of $24,890 for 2014 CX-5 GX (NVXK64AA00)/$26,190 for 2014 Mazda6 GX (G4XL64AA00) at a rate of 2.99%/3.49% APR, the cost of borrowing for an 84-month term is $2,726/$3,367, bi-weekly payment is $152/$162, total finance obligation is $27,616/$29,557. Taxes are extra and required at the time of purchase. **Lease offers available on approved credit for new 2014 Mazda3 GX (D4XK64AA00) with a lease APR of 2.49% and bi-weekly payments of $79 for 36 months, the total lease obligation is $7,600, including down payment of $1,400. PPSA and first monthly payment due at lease inception. 20,000 km lease allowance per year, if exceeded, additional 8¢/km applies. 25,000 km leases available. Offered leasing available to retail customers only. Taxes extra. *The advertised price of $17,690/$13,690/$24,990/$26,290 for 2014 Mazda3 GX (D4XK64AA00)/2013 Mazda3 GX (D4XS53AA00)/2014 CX-5 GX (NVXK64AA00)/2014 Mazda6 GX (G4XL64AA00) includes a cash discount of $0/$4,000/$0/$0. The selling price adjustment applies to the purchase and is deducted from the negotiated pre-tax price and cannot be combined with subsidized purchase financing or leasing rates. All prices include freight & PDI of $1,695/$1,895 for Mazda3, Mazda6/CX-5. PPSA, licence, insurance, taxes, down payment and other dealer charges are extra and may be required at the time of purchase. Dealer may sell/lease for less. Dealer order/trade may be necessary on certain vehicles. Lease and Finance on approved credit for qualified customers only. Offers valid Dec 3, 2013 – Jan 2, 2014, while supplies last. Prices and rates subject to change without notice. Visit mazda.ca or see your dealer for complete details. ¹See dealer for details. Limited one iPad Air per retail customer on finance, lease or cash purchase of all new 2013/2014 Mazda models between Dec 3rd, 2013 and Jan 2nd, 2014. No substitutions or cash surrender value. iPad Air is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. All rights reserved. Apple is not a sponsor of, nor a participant in, this promotion.


Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013

NORTH ISLANDER

3 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS DEC. 19th-21st

EVERY NEW AND USED VEHICLE WILL BE AT

THE LOWEST PRICE OF THE YEAR & BUY A VEHICLE AND SPIN TO WIN!

R O F SPIN E C N A H C R U YO O T P U N I W TO ! H S A $ 1000 C 2007 HONDA CIVIC EX

2009 CHEV AVALANCHE LTZ

WAS $31,995

26,939

$

STK# 12071 STK# 110102

ONLY

5,999

2008 FORD RANGER FX4

$

THUR. DEC. 19th 9-7 FRI. DEC. 20th 9-6 SAT. DEC. 21st 9-6

STK# 111902

NOW

2010 TUNDRA CREW MAXX

STK# 12201

13,177

NOW $

31,935

NOW $

1-888-306-8380 www. coastlinemazda .com

CAMPBELL RIVER 2280 Island Hwy.

DL30675

ALLEN DUNS

STEPHANIE WELSH

HAYLEY WOOD

BRAD DeROCHE

7


8

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Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM BI

$

ON ALL 2013’s R ‘BILL HOWICH EXCLUSIVE’

2013 DODGE RAM 3500 SLT CREW CAB 4X4 Anti-Spin Differential Rear Axle, Trailer Tow With 4 Pin Connector Wiring, Class V Trailer Hitch, Rear Power Sliding Window, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 1 Year Radio Subscription, Power Heated T-Tow Mirrors with Puddle & Signal Lamps, 115V Auxiliary Power Outlet, Power 10 Way Drivers Seat, Protection Group, Transfer Case Skid Plate Shield, 6 Speed Automatic 66RFE Transmission, Fog Lamps, Trailer Brake Control

STK# Q3X1306

39,999

276 $

$

G

BI-WEEKLY

Now Only

2013 DODGE RAM 1500 ST REG CAB 4X2 4.7 L V8

128

$

B

BI-WEEKLY STK# TP1304

WAS $31,124 SPECIAL $27,499 FACTORY REBATE $7,000 BILL HOWICH CHRISTMAS CASH $1,500 Now $ Only

18,999

NO CHARGE CUMMINS DIESEL ON 2013 HD RAMS

All Payments 0 DOWN. On Approved Credit. B. 96 months @ 4.99% Total Paid $21,956.77 G. 96 months @ 5.99% Total Paid $57,441.28 *Net Of Rebates

FREE! WWW

 Every 6th Oil Change  Hand Wash & Vacuum with Service

. BILL HOWICH CHRYSLER . COM

2777 NORTH ISLAND HIGHWAY

DEALER #9332

1 Kilometre North of the Campbell River Bridge

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Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013

NORTH ISLANDER

9

LL HOWICH CHRYSLER JUST ANNOUNCED!

$

• Cash! Cold Hard Cash in your pocket to spend on Christmas presents or anything else! E AN B • A Prepaid Visa Great for online shopping! D E DEEM • An Immediate Discount off the price of the vehicle! … AS HOWEVER YOU SWING IT. IT’S $1500 JUST FOR YOU, FROM US! e They’r! FACTORY Here

EXCLUSIVE’ ON MOST 2014’s % 2014 JEEP CHEROKEE

0

2014 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE

ING FINANC

Diesel 40 MPG HWY 10 NEW COLOURS FOR 2014!

132

$

• Power Heated Mirrors, Manual Folding • Power Locks • Power Windows with Driver’s One Touch Down Feature • Driver Height Adjuster Seat • Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Controls • Audio Jack Input for Mobile Devices • LED Tail Lights • Bi-Function Halogen Projector Headlamp • Uconnect Voice Command With Bluetooth • Bluetooth Streaming Audio • Remote USB Port

108

D

BI-WEEKLY

Now Only

128

15,999

$

BI-WEEKLY

Now Only

2013 DODGE DART SE

41

MI/GAL

108

$

E

BI-WEEKLY

HWY

Now Only

$

15,999

37 MI/GAL

131

$

C

BI-WEEKLY

HWY

 Service Loaners  Shuttle Service

LES HOURS Mon.-Fri. 8:30-7:00 • Sat. 9:00-5:30

JAMES ADSHADE Sales

DARREN DeCHAMPLAIN Sales

Sales

52

MI/GAL HWY KAYLA LOEWEN/ GREENWOOD Sales

JIM McLEOD Sales

STK# DCG1403

Now Only

19,999

$

CHECK OUT OUR USED INVENTORY ON-LINE

ALES: 250-287-9555 or 1-877-280-9555

RON MAY

Sales/Fleet Asst. Sales Manager

CANADA VALUE PACKAGE

All Payments 0 DOWN. On Approved Credit. A. 96 months @ 3.49% Total Paid $27,456.00 C. 96 months @ 4.29% Total Paid $27,263.04 D. 96 months @ 4.99% Total Paid $22,551.36 E. 96 months @ 4.99% Total Paid $22,551.36 F. 96 months @ 4.99% Total Paid $21,956.77 *Net Of Rebates

REE!

General Manager

CHARLIE KELLY

2013 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN SE

STK# DJ1333

18,999

STEVEN SOMERSET

Sales

• 2nd Row Bench With RR Stow ‘n Go 60/40 • Air Conditioning With Dual Zone Temp Control • Power Windows With Driver One Touch • Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Controls • Power Heated Mirrors, Fold Away

$

President

GARY SCHELL

STK# DD1308

STK# C2M1303

• Audio Jack Input For Mobile Devices • Power Windows With Driver’s One Touch Down Feature • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column • Power Heated Mirrors, Manually Folding F

$

• 4 Wheel Anti-Lock Disc Power Brakes • Advanced Multistage Front Air Bags

2013 DODGE JOURNEY

$

From Only

23,888

A

BI-WEEKLY

In Stock Now 2013 CHRYSLER 200 LX

$

• Best-In-Class 4x4 capability • Best-In Class trailer tow capability of 2,041 kg/4,500 lb • Available Uconnect™ 8.4AN multimedia centre with navigation, SiriusXM Satellite and 8.4 inch touch screen • Class exclusive nine speed automatic transmission • Offers more than 70 safety & security features

BILL HOWICH

• MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT BY EMAIL bhc@billhowichchrysler.com WEB SITE: www.billhowichchrysler.com

HWY

BILL HOWICH CHRYSLER, RV & MARINE

BILL  HOWICCLEARANCE ! CENTRE!!

AND MORE DEALER #9332

From Port Hardy

36

MI/GAL

MILES W E F A TRAVEL E BIG $$$ SAV From Courtenay

GEORDIE CANART

Business Manager

JUDY DOUGLAS

Business Manager

MEGAN FOLSTER Five Star Receptionist


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Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013

FALL BLOWOUT CONTINUES WE HAVE TO MAKE ROOM FOR NEW STOCK ARRIVING DAILY!! NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY. INQUIRE ABOUT OUR NO PAYMENTS TILL MAY 2014 AND FREE WINTER STORAGE. BUY AT WINTER PRICES, PICK UP IN THE SPRING!!!

INTRODUCING THE ALL NEW

66

$

A

BI-WEEKLY

NEW HERITAGE GLEN 5th WHEEL 225RL

Only 2600 lbs. You can pull this with an SUV, Van etc. Ask About INTRODUCTORY PRICING!

105

$

B

BI-WEEKLY

BY WILDWOOD

STK# W51101

REG. $35,010

Blowout $ Price

66

REG. $18,805

Blowout $ Price

LOADED!

DARREN IRVING

24,993

CHRIS O’BRIEN

Parts Manager

WE ARE OVERSTOCKED WITH LOWE 14” ALUMINUM BOATS

LIGHT! BI-WEEKLY

STEVE SOMERSET General Manager.

Fixed Operations Manager

THE 2014 STOCK WILL START ROLLING IN HERE SHORTLY.

These Boats Will Be Sold At

C

President

16FEB BY CHEROKEE RV’s

WILDWOOD 18XLT TRAILER

$

BILL HOWICH

STK# WT1204

14,993

$

1,793

EXISTING STOCK ONLY

SAVE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS OVER THE SPRINGTIME PRICE BRAND NEW LOWE 14’ ALUMINUM BOAT WITH ALUMINUM BOAT TRAILER

SPECIAL

$

2,988

RICK HANSEN

Parts & Service

GRAHAM HOWIE

RV & Marine Sales

OAC. A. 20 Years @ 6.79% Total Paid $34,082.40 B. 204 months @ 6.24% Total Paid $46,601.76 C. 216 months @ 7.04% Total Paid $30,890.16

PARTS & SERVICE THE GREAT ELECTRIC LINE PULLER

1101 DEPTHPOWER 30” ELECTRIC DOWNRIGGER Designed for heavy duty use, this unit will handle long hours and heavy weights in tough conditions. - 30” long, 1 1/4” diameter stainless steel boom - 250 ft. of premium 150 lb test stainless steel downrigger cable - Boom mounted No. 350 Rodmaster ll rod holder - 16 Position Pedestal Swivel Mount - 1 Power Grip Plus Line Release

$

44999

1106 DEPTHPOWER 36” - 60” ELECTRIC DOWNRIGGER The most popular Scotty Electric, with a boom that telescopes for extra reach and collapses for extra storage. Makes a great “big boat” rigger. - 36” - 60” long, 1 1/4” diameter stainless steel boom (collapses to 36” for storage) - 250 ft. of premium 150 lb test stainless steel downrigger cable - 16 Position Pedestal Swivel Mount - Boom mounted Rodmaster ll rod holder - 1 Power Grip Plus Line Release

$

499

GIFT SALE

99

The ultimate crab and prawn trap pulling machine. Its high torque 12v motor pulls 1 crab trap, and up to 4 prawn traps with ease. 2 year warranty.

99 439 POWERLOCK ROD $

HOLDER

Value priced, positive locking, open style rod holder. Fibre reinforced engineering grade nylon offers strength, resilience and reliability. Bolting Dimension: 1 5/16” x 3 3/16”

1599

$

DARREN LANNON

THROW BAG

RV & Marine Sales

Bright orange nylon and polyester self-draining bag that comes with adjustable strap and 3M reflective safety band. - Braided MFP polypropylene floating rope - 50’ x 9/32” 660lb. test - 15m x 7mm 300kg. test

1799

$

SMALL VESSEL SAFETY EQUIPMENT KIT

Contains four of the items required by The Canadian Coast Guard for vessels up to 8 metres. - 15 metre Buoyant Heaving Line - Bailer (watertight container) - Sound Signaling Device (Pealess Whistle) - Watertight Flashlight

13

$

99

TAMMY TELFORD

Business Manager, RV & Marine

GEORDIE CANART

Business Manager

OPEN MONDAY TO SATURDAY 8:00 AM - 5:30PM CLOSED SUNDAYS

BILL HOWICH RV & MARINE CENTRE Just Behind Bill Howich Chrysler

1632 COULTER ROAD CAMPBELL RIVER

Featuring BOATS

1-877-289-9514 250-287-9514 www.billhowichrvandmarine.com

JUDY DOUGLAS

Finance Manager


Time Out

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013

WHAT’SON

ceeds ti Comox Valley Food Bank.. FMI: Natalie, 250-334-2452 www.excelcareercollege.com natalien@excelcareercollege. com JUST BY CHANTS • Mystic Valley Voices, universal chanting community, meets 6:45-8:30 pm every Tuesday at the Little Red Church (house), 2182 Comox Ave. FMI: 250-218-1688. COMOX GLACIER WANDERERS • Join the Wanderers every Tues. to Fri at the South East end of the Comox Mall, near Travel Agent. Walk starts at 9 a.m. sharp. Experience the picturesque Filberg Park, Mac Laing woods, beach town of Comox etc. FMI: Karen Fraser 250-890-0608 KNITTING FUN AT THE COMOX LIBRARY • Our new kitting group, A Good Yarn: Knitting & Crochet Circle, warmly invites people of any age and ability to join our weekly meetings at the Comox Library, 1720 Beaufort Ave. on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Attendance is free and no registration is required. For more information please contact the library at 250-3392971, comox@virl.bc.ca, or visit the website at: www.virl.bc.ca. DROP-IN, ONE HOUR MEDITATION • DropIn meditation, every Tuesday 7PM sharp, Ocean Resort in Oyster Bay, $$donations to CV and CR food banks, 250 792-3165. ROYAL PURPLE DROP-IN BINGO • Every Tuesday night, 7 p.m., at the Elks Home on Sixth St. COMOX VALLEY WOOD CARVERS • If you are interested in any type of wood carving please join us at the Royston Community Hall every Tuesday from 9:30 AM to 3 PM for a day of carving and learning about carving. No experience necessary. FMI call Al at 250-331-0156 or Jim at 250-3395350. CUMBERLAND LEGION BINGO • Every Tuesday night, guaranteed 22 games per night. Doors open 6 p.m., first game 7 p.m. Come out and support your community.

In the Comox Valley 17 TUESDAY BECAUSE WE CAN WORKSHOP MARMALADE! • Tuesday December 17th 6pm-9pm. Have you always wanted to learn to can fruit, jams, jellies or pickles? Do you think it is difficult or complicated? This workshop is for you! Instructor: Izabelle Perry. By donation. All supplies provided. and jars. Join us at LUSH Valley Food Action Society 1126 Piercy Ave. For more information: 250-331-0152 or admin@lushvalley.org PEARL ELLIS GALLERY • In Comox presents: “The Pearl Ellis Gallery Member’s Christmas Fundraiser Show & Sale” Dec 10th - Jan 26th - 2013. Open Tues - Sat from 10 am - 4 pm, Sun 1 - 4 pm, Closed Monday. Free Admission. Located at 1729 Comox Avenue. FMI see www.pearlellisgallery.com or see our virtual gallery on our web site or our Facebook page MEDITATION CIRCLE • Every Tuesday morning, 11-12. We are a healing consciousness, sending light to troubled areas to effect peaceful change in our world, praying for those who are struggling, healing ourselves and raising our vibration in the process. Everyone welcome - no meditation experience necessary. No charge. FMI call 250-3349412. CATCH THE SPIRIT • Dec. 2-Jan. 1, Driftwood Mall, 2751 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay. Holiday campaign presented by Bentall Kennedy featuring a shopping spree contest, an opportunity to nominate a holiday hometown hero through the Holiday Hero program, and over $25,000 worth of prizes to be won. Participating malls include Driftwood Mall, where shoppers can enter to win one of two $10,000 cash prizes, plus $2500 that will be donated to the charity of their choice, and nominate notable community members to be recognized as holiday hometown heroes. www.catchthespirit.ca FMI: Carine, 778-239-3067 carine@carineredmond.com CHRISTMAS GIFT WRAPPING • Dec. 2 Dec. 20, 9am-4pm. Christmas Gift Wrapping, Excel Career College Courtenay Campus, 201-841 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay. Excel Career College will be offering Christmas Gift Wrapping services Monday to Friday until December 20th from 9:00am-4:00pm by donation (cash or non-perishable food items). All pro-

DAD’S TOY STORE

20 FRIDAY NEWCOMERS WALK AND TALK • Four Bridges and Valleyview - Dec. 20, 8:50am10:50am. Meet at the corner of Malahat and Crown Isle Drive. FMI: Sheila Lloyd sheilalloyd@shaw.ca 250-334-4161 COURTENAY LEGION • Meat draws every Friday, 5-7 pm. COMOX LEGION • Meat draws every Friday, 3 p.m. Open to all Legion members and signed in guests.

21 SAT. A WINTER SOLSTICE CONTEMPLATION • Dec. 21, 7pm-8pm, Comox United Church, 250 Beach Drive, Comox. CV Unitarian Fellowship. Mystic Valley Voices to provide musical focus. FMI: CVUF 250-890-9262 cxunited@telus.net cvuf.ca AFTERNOON JAM • With Gord Kruger and “The Amigos”. Enjoy a lively after-

Rigid M-Series off LED Lights

noon of dancing and relaxing with Gord Kreuger and his band every Saturday, 2pm to 6pm in the Courtenay Legion Lounge. 367 Cliffe Ave., Courtenay. rclbr17@shaw. ca Maureen Watson, 250-334-4322 COMOX VALLEY FARMERS MARKET • 9-12 every Saturday, Native Sons Hall, downtown Courtenay. Come for the freshness, stay for the fun! FMI: Mkt. Mgr. Vickey 250.2180321 or or www.comoxvalleyfarmersmarket.com & keep in touch on Facebook. COMOX LEGION • Meat draws are held every Saturday 3 p.m. plus Ace of Spades draw.

22 SUNDAY CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHTING SERVICE • Sunday, Dec 22, by Unity Comox Valley. Comox Lions Den 1729 Nordin Street 10:30am FMI: unitycomoxvalley.com or 1-866-853-9866 COURTENAY LEGION • Every Sunday: Crib 1:00, Gucci 1:30, $5 Sunday Supper 4:00. It’s only $5 for a delicious home-made meal. Bring your favourite friend or fill up a table! Birthday parties welcome! Legion members and bona fide guests. FMI: Please contact the Courtenay Legion office at 250334-4322

23 MONDAY CRIBBAGE • Every Monday night, 7:30, at the Royston Hall, corner of Old Island Highway and Royston Road. No need to bring a partner. FMI: 334-4852.

Brian Scott GALLERY

OPEN EVERY DAY 11am - 4pm across from Black Creek Store

8269 N. Isl. Hwy. (250) 337-1941

www.brianscottfineart.com

LADIES AUXILIARY DROP-IN BINGO • Comox Legion Ladies Auxiliary Drop-in Bingo, upper hall. Doors open 6 pm, bingo 7 p.m. All money goes to charities. Free coffee and tea.

29 SUNDAY BURNING BOWL CEREMONY • Sunday, Dec 29. Unity Comox Valley offers a burning bowl ceremony to help people prepare for the new year. Comox Lions Den 1729 Nordin Street 10:30am FMI: unitycomoxvalley.com or 1-866-853-9866

31 TUESDAY NYE EXTRAVAGANZA • Dec. 31- 8pm-1am featuring 2 bands “REUNION” & “XLR8” presenting a retrospect of rock ‘n roll music from the 1950’s thru to the 2000’s, at The Florence Filberg Centre. Advance Tickets Only. $30 per person available at Bop City, Money Maxx and Long & McQuade. 19 & over. ID required at the door, The Courtenay Rotary will be hosting the bar. Hot Eats & Cool Treats will be available. Tickets are advance sales only. Not available at the door. Doors open at 8:00. Filberg Centre Hall, 411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay. FMI: Johnny B jmbooth@shaw.ca 250 335-0169 www.xlr8band.com

JIMMY THINKS YOU SHOULD HAVE A NEW CAR FOR CHRISTMAS

JAMES ADSHADE

JEEP WRANGLER LARGEST VOLUME CHRYSLER Dealer on Vancouver Island BILL HOWICH CHRYSLER, RV and MARINE 2777 NORTH ISLAND HWY., CAMPBELL RIVER, BC www.billhowich.com

CELL: 250-204-2390 or 1-877-280-9555

Laurentian Chief

*limited quantities available

M-6” Spot (806212) M-Dually (60121 Spot 60111 Flood/ Was $355 Now $28400 60151 Diffused) M-10” Spot (810212) Was $130 ea. $ $ 00 Was 472.28 Now $37782 Now 104 ea.

Canadian made Moccasin for women or men. Lady’s are wool-lined for warmth.

Cobra MR HH125 3W Compact Handheld VHF Radio

Sale

$

699 00

STORE HOURS

ROYAL CANADIAN NAVAL ASSOCIATION • The RCNA December Meeting will be held on Thursday, Dec 19, at 1:00 PM in the Comox Legion Upper Lounge. Guests are welcome. COURTENAY LEGION • Every Thursday: Crib & Gucci 6:30, Men’s Darts 7:00. FMI: Courtenay Legion office at 250-334-4322. THERAPEUTIC RELAXATION PROGRAM FOR PERSONS WITH CANCER IN THEIR LIVES • Thursdays, 3-4 p.m., Nursing Centre, 615 10th St., Courtenay. Free. Sponsored by BC Cancer Foundation, BC Cancer Agency, Pacific Therapy and Consulting. FMI: Diane Davies 250-3382700. THERAPEUTIC RELAXATION PROGRAM FOR PERSONS EXPERIENCING CHRONIC PAIN OR ILLNESS • Thursdays, 1:15-2:30 p.m., Nursing Centre, 615 10th St. Free. Sponsored by the Nursing Centre. FMI: Diane Davie 250-338-2700.

%

MSRP $95000

*limited quantities available

19 THURSDAY

COMOX VALLEY BETTER BREATHERS • Christmas Get Together this Wednesday, Dec. 18th from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Comox Valley Nursing Centre, 615 10th st., Courtenay. Tea and goodies will be served. Come and enjoy! FFI call Michele at 250/331-8502 TOPS (COURTENAY) • 9am-11:30am every Wednesday, St Georges United Church, 505 6th St., Courtenay. TOPS is a nonprofit support weight loss group. We are one of many in Comox Valley. FMI: 250331-0276 ruthirene1950@gmail.com tops.org

Raymarine Dragonfly GPS/ Fishfinder Combo w/Gold Charts

$

COURTENAY LEGION • Every Wednesday: Drop-in Darts 1:00, Masters’ League Darts 7:30.

18 WEDNESDAY

20

NORTH ISLANDER 11

Only

49

99

Pre-Order for Quick Pick-Up

CELEBRATE WITH FRESH LOCAL SEAFOOD!

Gift • Live Crab ti er C ficates

• Sockeye Lox • Tuna Loin • Side Stripe Shrimp • Hand Peeled Shrimp

Sale Ends December 20th 2013

NEED MORE INFO

Mon. - Fri. 8:00am-5:00pm

250-286-6749 or 1-888-393-6464 • www.eaglecraft.bc.ca • 2177 Island Hwy., Campbell River (Across the Bridge)

YOUR CRABBY CHRISTMAS HEADQUARTERS

OPEN 12-4pm

Dec. 24, 26, 31 & Jan. 1st

• Smoked Salmon, Black Cod & Tuna • Fresh Oysters, Mussels, Clams & Scallops • Sockeye OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Dec.16 - Jan. 2

Except Dec. 25th!

705 Island Hwy. • S. Gov't. Dock, Campbell River • 250.830.1155


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Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013

Toll Free

1-888-459-2303

2773 Island Highway, Campbell River

DL#30777

www.crhonda.com

Mike Ball

Sales Manager

Dustin Whiteside Finance Manager

Scott Arnink

Sales Consultant

Jason Deeth

Sales Consultant

Andy Watchhorn Sales Consultant

Chris Castro

Sales Consultant

bchonda.com


Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013

NORTH ISLANDER

No Payments UNTIL MARCH 2014! on all in-stock pre-owned at Campbell River Honda

2009 TOYOTA TACOMA 4X4

2009 NISSAN FRONTIER 4X4

2013 CHEV SILVERADO 1500 LT 4X4

198

$

$

Crew Cab with 5.3 Litre V8

bi-weekly14

STK# X08610

$

SALE

219

bi-weekly13 STK# X08461

Double cab with TRD package

NOW

2008 MAZDA 3 SPORT GT

148 SALE

SALE

24,900

STK# X08540

SALE

2011 JEEP COMPASS NORTH EDITION

148

125

13,900

$

Amazing Shape With Moonroof

STK# P13091

SALE

2011 FORD F150 XLT 4X4

$

16,900

2008 VW JETTA CITY

bi-weekly8

STK# X08470

SALE

Crew Cab Sport with leather

22 900

STK# P13101

,

SALE

26,900

$

2013 HYUNDAI ELANTRA

133

$

bi-weekly7

236

bi-weekly5

2011 FORD FOCUS SEL SEDAN

$ Moonroof, and Only 50,717 km

SLE Extended Cab

$

20,900

$

2010 DODGE RAM 1500 4X4

$

bi-weekly4

King Cab SE with tonneau cover

STK# X08402

$

$

$

bi-weekly6

28,900

198

184

bi-weekly3

2010 GMC SIERRA 1500 4X4

$

STK#X08331

$ Moonroof with auto transmission

$

GLS Sedan with only 9,530 km

bi-weekly9

13,800

STK# X08730

SALE

$

16,900

2003 HONDA VTX1300S STK# X08780

245 SALE

27,900

$

Well Equipped, In Great Shape

bi-weekly

11

STK# R14011

SALE

2011 GMC SIERRA 3500 SLE 4X4

$

ONLY

3,900

$

XTR Package with 5.0 litre V8

bi-weekly10

$

128

$

STK# X08750

11,900

PACKAGE DEAL

7,500

$

2012 RAM 3500 SLT 4X4

2002 HONDA VTX1800S

338

$

bi-weekly1

STK# X08520

SALE

13

Diesel, Crew Cab, Immaculate Condition

43,800

$

$

347

bi-weekly2

STK# X08600

SALE

STK# X08790 Crew Cab Long Box with Cummins Turbo Diesel

$

44,900

ONLY

3,900

$

Bi-weekly payments at 5.99% On Approved Credit unless otherwise noted, all taxes included. 1. 84 months. $61,516 total paid. 2. 84 months. $63,154 total paid. 3. 72 months. $28,709 total paid. 4. 72 months. $30,888 total paid. 5. 72 months. $36,816 total paid. 6. 60 months. $19,240 total paid. 7. 72 months. $23,088 total paid. 8. 72 months. $19,500 total paid. 9. 84 months, $24,206 total paid. 10. 72 months. $38,220 total paid. 11. 60 months. $16,640 total paid. 12. 84 months. $22,932 total paid. 13. 72 months. $34,164 total paid. 14. 96 months. $41,184 total paid.

Toll Free

1-888-459-2303

2773 Island Highway, Campbell River

DL#30777

www.crhonda.com

Mike Ball

Sales Manager

Dustin Whiteside Finance Manager

Scott Arnink Sales Consultant

Jason Deeth Sales Consultant

Chris Castro Sales Consultant


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Just in Time choirs preview Cuba trip tunes at The Little Red Church The Just in Time Vocal Jazz Choirs are three adult community choirs from the Comox Valley, directed by Wendy Nixon Stothert. The three ensembles are the Jazzy Jems (16 spectacular women), Vocal Minority (12 wonderful men and women) and Unplugged (a gregarious and fun group of 55 men and women). They sing in a wide range of styles including songs from swing, latin, ballad, pop, rock, funk, gospel and contemporary genres. Their music tends to center around a theme. They are bringing a collection of Canadian songs to Cuba and they are excited to share selections from their Canadiana set at the Little Red Church on Dec. 19th. The singers in the choir are 20-70 years old, and the skill level ranges from beginner to very experienced. About 25 of Just in Time’s 85 singers are travelling to Cuba, along with 15 friends and family members. The director, Wendy Nixon Stothert, formed the choirs 9 years ago. Wendy has been a school music teacher at all grade levels for the past 16 years. Going to Cuba with a choir has been a lifelong dream for her. The choir is accompanied by Sean Mooney, a versatile and virtuosic piano player. Also joining the band for this concert are the rocksteady Grahame Edwards on bass and advanced Vanier student, Jonathan Fairbank on drums. At this intimate sneak peek concert, the choirs will be singing everything from Neil Young to Christmas carols. Several soloists from the choirs will also sing with the band. A silent auction with unique and exciting items will be held to raise funds to purchase musical equipment, personal hygiene items and school supplies for Cuban musicians and students. Just in Time presents their full Canadiana set at the Sid Williams Theatre on Feb. 8th. Doors open 7 pm, show starts 7:30. Adnission $12 at thre door; advance tickets $10 at Red Carpet Boutique or Bop City.

Art and Movement “play-shop” for Solstice Why not take a day for yourself this Saturday December 21st to celebrate the Winter Solstice? Jade de Trey will facilitate a Solstice celebration “playshop” combining collage arts, mandala making and chakra dance. “Solstice is the day when we have the shortest amount of daylight and the longest amount of dark or night” says de Trey. “There is something joyous and hopeful about celebrating the return of the light. Solstice can be a perfect time for reflecting on the year past and making space for what you wish your next year. “I invite you to join me in a day of expressive movement and art shared with others. You can come as you are and there is no experience required. I will guide participants on a joyful movement journey through the whole body via our energy centers called chakras”. You do not need movement, dance or art experience to attend. It is suitable for seniors, adults, teens and children with adults. People can choose to make art for the pure joy of it and/or they could create a highest vision of their year to come and express it through their collage. Expressive arts are a magnificent way of freeing up the spirit, body and mind; you are invited to join us! All materials provided unless you have special images you wish to bring. Please pre-register. Soup will be served for lunch! The investment is $45 for adults. Bring a friend and each come for $40. Teens welcome for $25. Jade de Trey is a certified dance-kinetics teacher. She is trained in modern dance, theatre, contact improvisation, brain compatible dance. She has practiced expressive arts for as long as she can remember. To pre-register or more info call her at 250-703-0842 or visit www:dancewithjade.ca

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Spur of the Moment Improv troupe and Vanier Alumni present show Dec. 22 “spur-of-the-mo·ment” [spur-uhvthuh-moh-muhnt] adjective: occurring or done without advance preparation or deliberation; extemporaneous; unplanned: a spur-ofthe-moment decision. - Dictionary.com “If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.” - Robert Frost The newly formed Comox Valley-based improv troupe “Spur of the Moment” are collaborating with other Alumni of the Vanier theatre department to create an entertaining showcase made up of Improv, Music, and other talents on December 22nd at 2:00 pm in the Vanier Drama Room. “Spur of the Moment” improv troupe is made up of G.P. Vanier graduates Cierrah Gibbs, Sandra Ngo, and Bryan Johnson and they are so excited to be making their debut! They hope to do monthly performances starting in the new year and along with other Vanier Alumni as guest performers, this show will help kick start their improv

careers! There will be improv and laughter! As well, the other Vanier Improv graduates from over the years will be showcasing some of the talents they have been honing since graduation. The funds raised will go to helping Spur of the Moment improv troupe get started and to helping Vanier Improv highschool

students pay for their trip to Victoria to compete in The Canadian Improv Games. Don’t miss out on the chance to laugh until you cry! December 22nd at 2pm in the Vanier Drama Room. Tickets are $10 for all ages at the door or, by messaging www.facebook.com/ SOTMimprov, you may request tickets to be reserved.

Brian Scott thought he had died and gone to heaven when he got special permission to do a 7-hour flight on the Search and Rescue Cormorant helicopter. Being an “Airforce Brat”, helicopters, besides fighter jets, have a special place in his heart going back to his early childhood experiences on airforce bases in Europe and Canada. The roar of that jet engine makes his heart jump several beats! The flight left CFB Comox across the Strait of Georgia over Lions Gate Bridge, up the Fraser Valley snaking up to Hope/Princeton. Then an exciting exercise with SARs personal jumping out of the chopper into the lake. The exercise caused a traffic jam on Highway 97 as the local had to stop and take a look. After lunch at Penticton some of the local “beauties” came to check out the handsome young “rockstar” pilots. before returning over the spectacular Coast Mountains. Back in the Comox Valley Scott’s ultimate dream came true with four passes around the Comox glacier at the perfect speed for photography. The artist shot 200 digital images on the flight. The glacier from the air is like a massive sculpture, not at all like we see from ground level. Every movement of the aircraft sets off different forms with all the irregularity of 10,000 years of glacial movement. In Scott’s paintings he has attempted to capture the movement of this slow process over the milleneum, this massive ice sheet as it slowly moved and carved out all the landscape forms of our breath taking Comox Valley! Scott’s paintings can be seen at his Black Creek Studio or at the Rec Center at CFB Comox. Proceeds from the sales of prints are going towards a special bursary.

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