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Adding an Airpark ‘lifer’ to my list In the vernacular of birders a “lifer” is a bird seen for the first time in the birder’s lifetime. For example, the famous Citrine Mike Yip Wagtail that visited Courtenay from Nov. 14, 2012 to Feb. or March 2013 was a lifer for hundreds of birders from all over Canada as well as the United States. Quite often birders keep a list of their lifers, and that is called their life list. However, there are many variations to keeping lists, and there is no limit to the variety of lists that may be created. Many birders keep a year list for all the birds they see in the current year or even for a particular month. Location lists are also very popular, and they can be very specific like a yard list or more expansive like a Vancouver Island list or a British Columbia list. On the creative side, a birder I know has a bathroom list for all the birds he sees out the bathroom window. Other possibilities could be a work list for all the birds seen at work or a lunch list for all the birds seen while on a lunch break. I don’t keep any lists, but I can remember most of the birds I have seen in various locations like the Courtenay Airpark, and it is always fun to discover a new Airpark lifer. On Jan. 24 I had the pleasure sharing some of my bird photos and stories with Liz Girard’s Access
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The Long-tailed Duck is a rare visitor to the Courtenay Airpark. It is more commonly found in salt water locations like Deep Bay Spit. class at North Island College. After my presentation I couldn’t resist the beautiful sunny weather and had to stop at the Airpark. As soon as I set up my tripod and camera I spotted a pair of ducks
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Surprise, surprise halibut season is here! As with any government agency, sometimes hoped for decisions from DFO that affect some form of opportunity seem to take forever in being taken. Thus I was a little surprised last Friday afternoon to receive an e-mail advising that the department had considered the Sport Fishing Advisory Board’s (SFAB) recommendations for the 2014 recreational halibut fishery, developed just the weekend before, approved them and that in consequence the halibut fishery would be opening the very next day Saturday, Feb. 1; stand by for an official fisheries notice. And so it proved to be. FN #0076 was released before close of business that day and by the time you, dear reader, will have seen this the recreational halibut season will have been open for several days. Of course prior to a dozen years ago there would have been nothing remarkable about our fishery starting Feb. 1. However, since the implementation of the halibut allocation policy with its fixed cap on recreational catch and the knowledge that the recreational fishery can handily exceed that poundage ceiling under the customary rules in times of lower abundance, amongst other things the start and end dates for the halibut season have been in flux, eroding the stability of opportunity that is one of the fundamentals of good recreational fishery management. It was only two weeks previously that the International Pacific Halibut Commission, the overarching management body for these fish, had reached agreement on the allowable harvest for 2014 in the different management areas under its jurisdiction, with Canada (IPHC
age size caught is about 12 lbs. Area 2B) getting 6.85 million That said, because the recreapounds. tional fishery did not harvest its From that amount, after sevJeremy Maynard allocation in 2013 there was scope eral smaller removals the recfor increasing the size limits a litreational fishery ended up with tle and so the new maximum sizes an allowable catch of 1,057,500 will be 90 cm (approximately 20 pounds for the year, only slightly lbs.) and 133 cm (approximately less than in 2013. 70 lbs.), up from the previous 83 By accident of good timcm/15 lbs. and 126 cm/60 lbs. size ing the main region-wide SFAB limits. winter meeting was already long However, an important point scheduled for the weekend of Jan. needs to be made here – the max25-26 in Vancouver, allowing for imum size limits are linked with prompt broad based discussion the licence year starting April 1 (get someone and review of how the relatively complex set of new rules last year, always characterized as from DFO to explain if you really need to know why!), which is obviously out of synch experimental, worked out and how the 2013 experience might best be applied to the season with the halibut fishing year commencing Feb. 1. Thus the newly increased maximum size to come. In summary, the suite of regulations, includ- limits won’t come into effect for almost two months and anglers should be careful not to ing the new annual limit of six halibut and keep fish longer than the 83/126 cm limits in recording of halibut on ones license, bag and possession limits of one and two fish respect- the interim if the opportunity arises. The SFAB also reaffirmed its unanimous ively with differing maximum size limits on opposition to the experimental program whereeach, were judged a success under the cirby recreational fishing interests, not necessarily cumstances and the SFAB advised DFO they the anglers themselves, can lease halibut quota should be continued in 2014. at the going market rate from commercial While it was acknowledged there is conquota holders in order to circumvent the usual siderable disappointment over the maximum size restriction, there was broad support to have recreational halibut regulations. Although there was a modest increase in the as long a season as possible and so within the use of this fishery option for the rich in 2013, poundage cap resulting from the government allocation policy the only way to have any hope from almost zero to slightly more than almost of achieving this is to maintain maximum size zero, after three years of operation overall it limits. It doesn’t take many 100-200 lbs. being has to be considered an utter failure. If two-tier health care can continue to be a landed to have a wildly disproportionate effect on season length in a fishery in which the aver- contentious issue in provincial politics then I
imagine the Conservative government would be well advised to scrap this program and remove cause for debate about a two-tier recreational fishery before the next federal election. It may be that the commercial quota holders think this an appropriate management model for the recreational fishery but I don’t know one angler who does and there’s a lot more of them who vote! With the recreational halibut season quickly under way already I have been unable to implement what I hoped to start making a tradition of, going out on opening day to try and catch one, weather and schedule permitting. Not so long ago in Campbell River that would have seemed like a fantasy fishing from home, but the recent steady influx of smaller halibut, and some not so small, into the inner south coast has made that idea a possibility. Indeed, I pulled it off last year on March 15 - hard to say who was more surprised, the halibut or me! Given the continuing overall lower abundance of halibut coast wide quite why encountering halibut in the 10-20 lb. range has become a not unusual feature of the north Strait of Georgia recreational fishery is a puzzling if welcome question. Although there is a small amount of directed fishing effort for halibut in this area, usually resulting in larger fish, the by-catch as it were of halibut by those fishing for salmon has steadily increased in the past decade. Just one more example to show that the fisheries resource and the environment it lives in is always changing, sometimes for the better! Good luck to one and all with halibut in 2014, the season is under way!
Grade 4/5 class at EDM raising funds for KidStart The Grade 4/5 class at École Des Deux Mondes (EDM) has been supporting a local child to participate in KidStart for more than a year. KidStart is a volunteer-based mentoring program offered by The John Howard Society of North Island (JHSNI). This award-winning program connects vulnerable children and youth ages 6-18 with positive adult role models in Campbell River and the Comox Valley. EDM’s Grade 4/5 class is a KidStart Bronze Champion. The students raise funds throughout the year to continue their sponsorship. In December, the students held a Santa’s Workshop fundraiser with part of the proceeds going to KidStart. They sold used toys, books, and other household items for $2 apiece. “Learning the importance of giving to others is a valuable lesson,” said Adria Gleeson, Grade 4/5 Teacher at EDM.
Mme Gleeson went on to say that a former EDM teacher is now a volunteer mentor with KidStart. “She is an inspiration as she makes a difference in the life of a child.” KidStart is funded solely by grants, donations, and gaming funds. JHSNI is inviting other groups and individuals to take part in its KidStart Champions fundraising campaign. Photo submitted KidStart Champions choose from three From left, teacher Mme Adria Gleeson with EDM’s Grade 4/5 class making a donation of levels of monthly sponsorship. Gold = $100/ $80 to KidStart that the students raised at their Santa’s Workshop fundraiser. month and covers the cost of a child’s participation in KidStart. Silver = $50/month and Bronze = $25/month. Donations are tax Reg. $595 deductible. For more information, contact Leanne McIntee, Campbell River KidStart Coordinator, at 250-286-0611 or leanne@ jhsni.bc.ca. Visit JHSNI online at www.jhsni. bc.ca/kidstartchampion.html.
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Blackie and the Rodeo Kings in CR Feb. 13 â€œWeâ€™re very sensitive men,â€? notes Tom Wilson, who with longtime compatriots Stephen Fearing and Colin Linden comprises Blackie and the Rodeo Kingsâ€™ singer-songwriter-guitarist triumvirate. â€œAnd when weâ€™re not sensitive, weâ€™re loud.â€? The fabled roots-rockers are a virtual institution here in Canada, where theyâ€™ve been crafting bracing, catchy, introspective music for nearly two decades. The bandâ€™s eighth album, South (released on Jan. 14, 2014) represents a fresh creative step for Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, while embodying the qualities of rootsy musical uplift and quirky lyrical depth that have long distinguished the ensembleâ€™s varied output. Blackie and the Rodeo Kings will be performing at the Tidemark Theatre Thursday, Feb. 13. Members priced tickets are $37.50 plus applicable fees and taxes and can be purchased at the Box Office from Tuesday â€“ Saturday between noon and 4 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.tidemarktheatre.com. South represents both a consolidation of the qualities that have already endeared Blackie and the Rodeo Kings to fans, and a bold departure from the bandâ€™s established sound. The project first began to take shape while the group was touring the Canadian festival circuit in support of its last album Kings and Queens. On several occasions, inclement weather caused Fearing, Linden and Wilson to retreat to the shelter of the merch tent, where they would stage loose acoustic sets. These impromptu performances soon began to take on a sound and groove that was distinct from the five-piece electric sets for which Blackie was already renowned. The experience of stripping down their sound had such a rejuvenating effect on the three frontmen that they
ginal plan to make one album and then go their separate ways has given way to an enduring musical rapport thatâ€™s grown deeper â€” and more integral to their lives â€” than they could have ever imagined. â€œBlackie is there because we want it there, and when we donâ€™t want it there it will be gone,â€? Wilson states. â€œBlackie enhances our lives, and gives us the kick in the ass that we need to rave on. And sometimes dinner gets burned, so itâ€™s good to have three great cooks watching the oven.â€? Linden is looking forward to getting on the road and bringing South to old and new fans alike. â€œThe prospect of playing for new people is exciting, and we want to play whenever and wherever we can,â€? he says, â€œI like the idea of being the oldest new band around. It makes me feel like the great older blues artists I knew as a kid, when they were getting rediscovered.â€? For more information about Blackie and the Rodeo Kings please visit: http://blackieandtherodeokings. com.
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings will be performing at the Tidemark Theatre Thursday, Feb. 13. decided to capture that vibe on record. They had initially planned to record a low-key all-acoustic vinyl-only release, with one original and one cover from each singer. But when they brought the material to Lindenâ€™s Nashville studio, they found their originals to be more exciting than the covers, and before long theyâ€™d accumulated an albumâ€™s worth of new original tunes.
Titled in honor of the sessionsâ€™ Nashville location, South features Blackieâ€™s most infectious and expressive batch of compositions to date. â€œThe way we sound when weâ€™re sitting around in Colinâ€™s kitchen and in dressing rooms playing music is how we wanted these songs presented,â€? Wilson says. â€œThereâ€™s a different musical conversation that takes place
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moves designed for kids. Both yoga programs are held on Saturdays at the Sportsplex. The cost of either six-week program is $60. Plus, back by popular demand, Sing, Move & Make Music encourages family interaction. This class for children and their adults presents opportunities for cooperation, singing, coordinated movement and just having fun. The children will play musical instruments, sing their favourite songs and move to the beat. There are two Tuesday classes at the Sportsplex. One and twoyear-olds attend from 8:30 to 9 a.m.
Children two and a half to five years old attend from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. The cost for six sessions is $36. Starting Thursday Feb. 20, five weeks of Soccer Stars runs from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. at the Sportsplex. Soccer Stars is a great place to meet new friends and be introduced to the fun filled game of Soccer. Kids will work on skills such as ball handling, shooting and passing. The cost of the five-week program is $25. For more information regarding classes, please call the Community Centre, 250-286-1161, or Sportsplex, 250-923-7911.
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path and the river forms a natural blind from birds foraging close to the river bank. The close-up photos are always the best because they donâ€™t require much cropping. As well, while the abundance of pedestrians may sometimes be distracting, it does have a positive side in acclimatizing the birds to the human presence. Editorâ€™s note: Mike Yip is the author of Vancouver Island Birds. His books are available at Grahamâ€™s Jewellers, Blue Heron Books, CR Museum, Save On Foods, Coho Books, and Book Bonanza.
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In the Comox Valley 4 TUESDAY 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 250-334-9412. 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 250-339-2971, comox@ virl.bc.ca, or visit the website at: www.virl. bc.ca. DROP-IN, ONE HOUR MEDITATION • Drop-In 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. TRACK WORKOUTS • The Comox Valley Roadrunners hold track workouts at the Vanier track every Tuesday at 5 p.m. Come
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out, meet fellow runners and be prepared to run a total of 5 km in a fun, enthusiastic environment. Rain or shine. FMI visit www. cvrr.ca DUPLICATE BRIDGE • Every Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m., Comox Seniors Centre. COURTENAY LEGION • Every Tuesday: Fun Euchre 1:30, Pub Darts 7:00. BABY TALK • Courtenay Lewis Centre, Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. All families with infants aged newborn to six months welcome. Socializing, support, refreshments, guest speakers and resource library. Free drop-in, no registration required. FMI: Chris, 339-0194 VANCOUVER ISLAND BRAZILIAN EMBROIDERY STITCHERS • Meet every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Black Creek Community Hall. Please bring a bag lunch. FMI: Darlene 897-1345.
5 WEDNESDAY TOPS (COURTENAY) • 9am-11:30am every Wednesday, St Georges United Church, 505 6th St., Courtenay. TOPS is a non-profit support weight loss group. We are one of many in Comox Valley. FMI: 250-331-0276 firstname.lastname@example.org tops.org COURTENAY LEGION • Every Wednesday:
Drop-in Darts 1:00, Masters’ League Darts 7:30. COMOX VALLEY NEEDLEARTS GUILD • Meets at Berwick Comox Valley Retirement Residence, 1700 Comox Avenue, 7:009:00pm, every Wednesday. New members are welcome; we do crossstitch, canvaswork, Hardanger, Huck embroidery, etc., bring your stitchery! Call FMI 250-3340935.
6 THURSDAY T.O.P.S. (TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY) • Meets Thursday afternoons 1-2:30 pm at Comox United Church, 250 Beach Ave. FMI: Joy 338-8871 or Margaret 339-9858. 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 250-338-2700. 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. COMOX VALLEY SCHOOLHOUSE QUILTERS GUILD • Meets every Thursday, from 9 A.M. till 9 P.M. at the Cumberland Cultural Centre (Buchanan Hall). For further information please contact - Carol 871-6671 or Nerissa 941-1809.
7 FRIDAY 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.
8 SATURDAY LUNAR NEW YEAR DINNER AND CELEBRATION • Saturday, February 8th from 6 to 10 pm at the Cumberland Recreation Hall. Celebrate Cumberland’s historic Chinese community, and usher in the year of the horse with a catered Chinese dinner, drinks, lanterns, door prizes, “lucky” red envelopes, an amazing silent auction, and special guest performers. Tickets at Cumberland Mseum or online at www. cumberlandmuseum. ca
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In the Comox Valley 8 SATURDAY SOUP AND SANDWICH LUNCH • Florence Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, is holding a Soup and Sandwich on Feb. 8, 11 am to 2 pm in the Comox Legion Upper Hall. Tickets $8. Sponsored by Courtenay Star Charitable Society. For tickets call Marnie at 250-338-1282. OPEN JAM • With Pete and Jamie from the Jagsters at the King George Hotel in Cumberland every Saturday from 3 to 6 starting Feb 8. AFTERNOON JAM • With Gord Kruger and “The Amigos”. Enjoy a lively afternoon of dancing and relaxing with Gord Kreuger and his band every Saturday, 2pm to 6pm in the Courtenay Legion Lounge. 367 Cliffe Ave., Courtenay. email@example.com 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 250.218-0321 or or www.comoxvalleyfarmersmarket.com & keep in touch on Facebook. COURTENAY LEGION • Meat draws every Saturday 2-5 p.m. in the lounge. COMOX LEGION • Meat draws are held every Saturday 3 p.m. plus Ace of Spades draw.
9 SUNDAY FREE WATER SLEEVE DANCE WORKSHOP • The Abbey Studio presents a free, participatory workshop with the Vancouver Cantonese Opera, introducing basic techniques on the Water Sleeve Dance for teens and adults. This workshop takes place on Sunday February 9th, from 2:00 - 3:00, at The Abbey Studio. Register at http://www. volunteersignup.org/3844E FREE STORY-TELLING FOR CHILDREN • The Vancouver Cantonese Opera invites children between the ages of 5-12 to come and hear the famous legend of ‘The Monkey King’. This story-telling adventure takes place on Sunday, February 9th, from 12:00 - 1:30 at The Abbey Studio in Cumberland. To RSVP email info@cumberlandmuseum.
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10 MONDAY FREE SKATING • Monday, Feburary 10 at Comox Valley Sports Centre Arena #2 from
1:15-3:15pm. Sponsored by CUPE556 and your Valley local government workers. 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. 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.
11 TUESDAY NORTH ISLAND RHODODENDRON SOCIETY • Rock gardens are the focus for the February meeting of the North Island Rhododendron Society (NIRS) but with a special nod toward rhodo lovers and our west coast climate. NIRS members Dany Fortin and Shane Tillapaugh look at selecting rock garden plants for shade and sun and touch upon the symptoms of Plant Collectors Syndrome. The dynamic duo of Fortin and Tillapaugh promise lots of information with a dollop of humour. The meeting will be on Tuesday, February 11 with doors opening at 7pm and the meeting starting at 7:30PM. NIRS meetings are held every second
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TA K E A B R E A K
BY JOEL FAGLIANO / EDITED BY WILL SHORTZ
February’s local experts for the monthly Healthy Living Forum
February’s Healthy Living Forum offers sessions with six local experts The next Healthy Living Experts Forum is Sunday February 9th at 10 am. The House of Now in downtown Courtenay is hosting “Healthy Living Experts Forum” a live monthly forum where the Community meets our Leading Community Health Experts. On the heels of a successful launch in December, the Experts Forum will host its third event, offering a hub of health and learning in the community. By embracing the principle that the health of society begins with the self, this monthly forum strengthens and encourages Comox Valley residents in their individual process of health and ultimately their level of societal awareness so that a greater vibrancy of community may also take place. Each monthly session features 6 area Experts in fields related to Individual, family, community or societal health. This month’s Experts are: Terri Perrin: “Feng Shui Your Home for Better Health “ Arzeena Hamir: “Organic Gardening for Beginners” Rudy Sanchez - Marigolds Compounding: “Current Advances in H. Pylori Protocols” Christina Nienaber-Roberts: “Preparing for a Parents Passing” Arrow Gonsalves: “Awakening the Healer Within” Oliver Clarke - Mystic Valley Voices: “Harmonic Healing with Sacred Sounds and Chant”. Topics are 20 minutes in length and can be delivered as either a lecture, demonstration or participatory training. Each month a rotating rolster of experts will represent a wide variety of topics ranging from individual health to societal philosophy. They are delivering their skills from platforms representing both modern sciences and traditional wisdoms, ultimately dissolving the boundaries of “conventional and alternative practices” in pursuit of the greater whole. The lectures and trainings can be simple, complex, serious or fun and joyous, there is place for everything, creating balance and optimizing the learning experience. This is a great opportunity for the community to meet and learn from our Experts, and for our Experts to contribute their knowledge and skills to the greater community. The event is sponsored by Heart Drum Beat - Taoist Yoga & Healing Services. Catering Sponsor, Rawthentic Eatery will provide delicious and healthy snacks ... there will have a break mid way through the forum, as well as a short time to mingle after. There is a small fee to attend, $7.00 advance and $9.00 at the door, making the forum affordable, and still sustainable to purchase production related equipment and marketing materials moving forward. Space is limited, so pre-registration is encouraged. The Experts Forum is held on the second Sunday every month at The House of Now, 536 Fifth Street in downtown Courtenay. Read more and Register here: http://www.thehouseofnow.com/experts-forum. html or phone Arrow Gonsalves: (250)650-9905”
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