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Northern Gateway - The Unlikely Pipeline The approval of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline by the National Energy Board’s Joint Review Panel (JRP) landed with a dismal and predictable thud. It is a view that needs to be reviewed, an assessment that needs to be reassessed, a decision that still needs multiple other decisions. “After weighing the evidence,” the JRP announced with an unconvincing finality, “we concluded that Canada and Canadians would be better off with the Northern Gateway Project than without it.” The pronouncement is filled with ambiguities, uncertainties and deficiencies. What evidence was weighed that supported the JRP’s conclusion? Of 1,179 oral submissions, 1,159 were opposed to the pipeline and the resulting supertankers. As noted by Stephen Hume in The Vancouver Sun, “Scientists and environmentalists who wanted to address the hearings were excluded from the process by NEB fiat” (Dec. 20/13). The hearings did not consider “upstream” or “downstream” effects, except as economic factors — but even these were only conjectural or “likely”. As for being beneficial to “Canada”, it is a land mass, a geographical territory endowed

with natural features that don’t need scarring by pipelines, inevitable oil spills, threats to species and ecologies, wholesale Ray Grigg removal of a non-renewable resource, massive environmental trauma from the tar sands development, not to mention additional greenhouse gases that are exacerbating climate change. As for the benefit of the Northern Gateway pipeline to “Canadians”, this is both conjectural and questionable. The evolution of Canadians toward oil as their single, dominant, economic driver moves us toward the status of a petro-state with all the accompanying financial instabilities, budgetary uncertainties and democratic corrosion. Although the JRP finds that “the project, if constructed, would likely deliver economic benefits by expanding and diversifying the markets available for western Canadian crude oil exports”, it also acknowledges that it is “difficult to determine, with certainty, the effect the Northern Gateway Project may have on broader market prices

once it is placed in service...”. In other words, the addition of Alberta dilbit to the international market may lower the price of oil, reduce Canadian royalties, and challenge the viability of the pipeline itself. Alternately, “new pipelines connecting producing regions with consuming regions change market dynamics in ways that cannot easily be predicted”, so “if constructed, the project would significantly expand and diversify the market options for western Canadian crude oil supply which would contribute to the realization of full market value pricing over the long term.” This translates to mean that Canadians could pay more for their own oil. All these uncertainties are compounded in a country that has no coherent energy policy, is producing dilbit by furiously burning limited supplies of natural gas, is still importing “unethical” oil for its eastern needs, and is alienating itself from a global community becoming increasingly desperate to wrestle

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Snow storm doesn’t deter ardent anglers It’s hard to overestimate the importance to the salmon and trout populations here of the precipitation that has fallen over Vancouver Island in recent weeks ending, for the time being at least, that rarest of rare events in these parts, a winter drought. Encouragingly much of it has fallen as snow starting not far above sea level, beginning the build up of a pack that will hopefully continue to grow for a couple more months yet. The evidence of bare rock in late January on the highest peaks to be seen was a scary sight, with a snow pack then estimated to be in single digit percentage of normal for the date. Now at least there’s some snow but a lot more is needed to provide the run-off vital to sustaining juvenile salmon and other life in area streams in the summer, unless it proves to be a rainy one. Meanwhile life goes on and once in a while I manage to get out fishing in my boat subject to schedule and, most importantly, weather and water conditions. These of course have become more problematic with the arrival of southeasters but under the present circumstances I for one have been happy to have my opportunities a little compromised in order to get some much needed rain. For the most part I’ve been after chinook salmon although not long ago I did try one end of ebb tide session in search of the first halibut of 2014 at Cape Mudge, trolling larger spoons and plugs hard on the bottom but without luck. After decades of them being the rarest of catches in Campbell River I still find it a little hard to get used to the idea that an angler can go fishing for halibut in this area and have a chance that you might actually get one. I’m sure the odds of doing so aren’t any lower than hoping to catch a steelhead, which says something about changing times. In common with years past the chinook fishing in Campbell River seems to have slowed down again this February as the month has progressed. I’m not sure exactly why later December and through January is usually a more productive time but that appears to be the pattern in most years. It is sometimes said that the salmon head south to key on all the adult herring gathering for their spawning season along the Vancouver island shoreline between Comox and Nanaimo but I don’t know if that’s true. Makes some kind of sense but if abundance of herring is an indicator of where the chinooks are likely to be then, as I’ve commented here before, why isn’t the winter salmon fishing consistently good above Seymour Narrows in places like Deepwater Bay where large schools of herring routinely gather early in the year. If someone is having productive winter salmon fishing there they are doing a very good job of keeping their success a secret! It’s hard to say for sure what the overall results have been this winter but based on my

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Campbell River angler Harley Elias holds up what is very likely supper Sunday evening, an 11-pound chinook he caught off Shelter Point. own experience I’d say fishing has been better this season than last. I’ve fished much the same gear in much the same area so no great change in tactics, thus I can only conclude that there’s been more fish around. Being a Capricorn and therefore something of a straight-line thinker I stick with what’s been working for me, only changing when a better plan is required. Starting a few days before Christmas, in the past two months I’ve been out 13 times, with lines in the water for between two and three hours on average. Almost without exception I’ve fished the Vancouver Island shore between Willow Point and the upper end of Oyster Bay, the direction depending on which way the tide is flowing. I much prefer to troll with the tide in order to cover territory and actively search for fish, keeping boat speed up and an observable angle on the downrigger lines. I usually fish out in 200+ feet depth of water, with the lines set about 20 feet off the bottom to try and avoid incidentally encoun-

tering rockfish and lingcod. Most of the time I use Tomic plugs and have caught chinooks on four, five and six inch sizes this past winter, all in my new favourite pattern the #500 UV (actually “uvbiirt”, whatever that means). The puzzle to me is that only one of the 18 fish I’ve cleaned in this time period has contained a large herring, herring of any size at all in fact, but I suspect the salmon expect to encounter herring and so when they see what looks like one they grab it. The only other tactic I’ve used this winter is to fish with cut-plugged medium-large herring, something that can be done at this time of year in the absence of the dogfish that are so prevalent in the summer. I fish these a little slower than I do with lures, and a little higher in the water column, again to avoid rockfish encounters. Both approaches have been successful so to a degree it depends on weather conditions – if there’s any amount of breeze it’s hard to maintain steerage going slower so

NIC’s Write Here Readers Series presents Sharon Butala

North Island College’s Write Here Readers Series is pleased to welcome bestselling author Sharon Butala to both its Campbell River and Comox Valley campuses this week. One of Canada’s true visionaries, Butala will read from The Girl in Saskatoon: A Meditation of Friendship, Memory and Murder. Butala returns to 1961 to reconstruct the haunting unsolved murder of a friend, while also telling a nostalgic coming of age story of a young country girl. This powerful read also explores the nature of good and evil, and the true meaning of life. Butala’s work speaks to the collision of geography and spirituality, blending myth and truth with the Canadian landscapes that she loves. Always interested in the stories of women, she endeavors to represent new viewpoints as she reinterprets western society, and her stories don’t hesitate to use the brutal, the unpleasant, or the shocking to peel away the layers of rural life.

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in those conditions I wouldn’t choose to fish with bait. Most of the fish continue to have empty stomachs – another puzzle – but one chinook I cleaned recently set a record in my experience for variety of different food it had been eating. There were several semi-digested lanternfish, half a dozen very fresh inch-long hake, two prawns or large shrimp, some euphausiid shrimp (krill), and a six-inch swimming worm with an observable proboscis (fang-like jaws). Finally, and speaking of rarest of rare, an amphipod, likely a Pink Beach Hopper which, according to that indispensable reference book “Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest” are the only ones of its kind to live below the intertidal zone. Talk about soup to nuts! I would’ve taken a picture but my hands were so cold and I wasn’t sure the little critters would show up well, however my fishing companions were witness to this example of omnivorous feeding behavior by a chinook salmon.

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environmental conditions.� This is a wonderful example of linguistic nonsense. It simply admits, that given a spill of “product� — a much more benign term than diluted bitumen — neither the Panel nor anyone else knows what will happen. Nonetheless, despite the long-term damage to Prince William Sound from the Exxon Valdez disaster more than 20 years ago, the Panel is able to conclude from no substantial information or studies “that the adverse [environmental] effects would not be permanent and widespread.� Approval of the Northern Gateway by the JRP is little more than a routine formality wrapped in a symbolic gesture. Recent legislation passed by the federal government has radically altered the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and the National Energy Board Act, transferring decision-making power to the federal cabinet. Given its political, economic and environmental ideology, final approval of the Northern Gateway is inevitable. But a host of other obstructions lie between approval and completion. Building the actual pipeline is more unlikely than it seems.

Island Birds from page 1. up the Pacific coast. The early ones hit VI by mid-March, and my backyard gang usually shows up like clockwork on the first day of spring. Meanwhile, there are a few species that can’t wait for spring. The Great Horned Owls start feeling their horns in January and early February. Nesting is well underway by now and the eggs should be hatching within the next few weeks. The young usually climb out of the nest after six weeks to nearby branches. It takes about 10 weeks before they can fly well. The parents continue to feed them until they are on their own in September or October. Great Horned Owls are opportunistic nesters and will utilize any available platform for a nest. I have seen nests in the top of broken off snag, on the foundation under a bridge, in an abandoned barn, and in a doghouse installed up in a tree. The most surprising winter nester is the Anna’s Hummingbird. Most people are perplexed when I tell them that the Anna’s mate in January. They wonder how such a delicate bird can survive the rigors of winter.

I was even surprised to hear that an Anna’s was born in late January in Victoria. I thought they could have at least waited until February. Anna’s Hummingbirds are extremely hearty birds. They can survive freezing temperatures by going into a dormant stage called torpor, and as long as they can find small spiders and insects for food they have no problem surviving. March and April are the two best months of the year for birding and bird photography. While the local breeding birds are returning from their southern vacations, our winter residents like ducks, grebes, loons, and gulls are still reluctant to head north until their nesting grounds thaw out. Besides the multitude of species you can also witness another wonder of nature as some species moult into their breeding plumage. The most spectacular is the Horned Grebe as it transforms from its dull white, gray, and black winter coat to a wardrobe of brilliant rufous, yellow, and black. Other dramatic transformations to watch for are on the Common Loon, Dunlin, Black-bellied Plovers, Long-tailed Ducks, and Red-necked Grebes.

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In the Comox Valley 25 TUES. PEARL ELLIS GALLERY • In Comox presents: “Diversity in Action” - A Show & Sale by Ablaze Metal At and Brenda Chalifoux- from Feb 18th- Mar 9th. 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 JUST BY CHANTS • Mystic Valley Voices, universal chanting community, meets 6:458:30 pm every Tuesday at the Little Red Church (house), 2182 Comox Ave. FMI: 250218-1688. 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. DUPLICATE BRIDGE • Every Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m., Comox Seniors Centre.

26 WED. TOPS (COURTENAY) • 9am11:30am 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. 250-331-0276 ruthirene1950@gmail.com 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, 7:00-9:00pm, every Wednesday. New members are welcome; we do crossstitch, canvas-work, Hardanger, Huck embroidery, etc., bring your stitchery! Call FMI 250-3340935.

27 THURS. COMMUNITY INFORMATION NIGHT • We are pleased to host a Community Information Night on the Educational Vision for our K-9 Cumberland School for next year on Thursday February 27 at 6:30 pm in the Cumberland Junior Library. All interested community members are invited to attend. For more information, please contact Katy Doran or Dave Mayert at Cumberland Elementary School (tel: 250-336-8521). COURTENAY LEGION • Every Thursday: Crib & Gucci 6:30, Men’s Darts 7:00. FMI: Courtenay Legion office at 250334-4322.

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every Friday, 3 p.m. Open to all Legion members and signed in guests.

1 SATURDAY OCEAN WAVES SQUARE DANCE CLUB • 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. Saturday, March 1 at Filberg Centre with caller Fran & Roger Archambault and cuer Lorna & Carmen Corbet. FMI phone Cathy or Guy at 250-3387942. BACH FLOWER COURSE MARCH 1 AND 2 • Experience the remedies first hand and incorporate them into your daily life. Samples, certificate, and more. Anco Motel, Courtenay For more information call 250 331 3228 or visit BachFlowersCanada.com OPEN JAM • With Pete and Jamie from the Jagsters at the King George Hotel in Cumberland every Saturday from 3 to 6. 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. 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 250.218-0321 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.

2 SUNDAY CORONATION STREET FAN GATHERING • Sunday March 2nd - Monte Christo on the River. 2:00pm - 3:00pm. Enjoy a good chin wag, discuss all the current happenings and meet up with all of us who have this common interest 3.00 cash at the door FMI: Wendy 250 897-3697 Email: cvcorriefanclub@shaw.ca Or be our friend on Facebook COURTENAY LEGION • Every Sunday: Crib 1:00, Gucci 1:30, $5 Sunday Supper 4:00. It’s only $5 for a delicious homemade 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 MEAT PACK BINGO • The Royston-Cumberland Lions Club is hosting a meat pack Bingo every Sunday at the Cumberland Hotel from 1-3 pm. There will be a total of 10 games at a cost of $1 per game, with a maximum of two cards, plus a 50-50 draw.

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Georgia Strait Big Band plays at Thursday night jazz club After two weeks with no jazz, the Georgia Straight Jazz Society is making it up to jazz fans by presenting the Valley’s own big band. The Georgia Strait Big Band is thrilled to have the opportunity of performing this Thursday evening (Feb. 27) at The Avalanche. You can look forward to a highly entertaining evening of great music made famous by The Count, The Duke, and Gillespie and beyond. The music starts at 7:30 but it’s a good idea to arrive a bit early as the band has a loyal following. Over the years, the Band has been a strong supporter of the Georgia Straight Jazz Society and has an impressive history of attracting talented musicians. Many developing young musicians have joined the band while in high school, moving on to pursue music at the post-secondary level. This is a legacy the Georgia Strait Big Band is justifiably proud of. The Band has showcased some of the Valley’s finest singers who captivate audiences with their own unique vocal styles. This Thursday Tonja Maslin is featured as a special guest vocalist. Tonja will be treating the audience to a number of great jazz standards.

The always popular Georgia Strait Big Band takes the stage Thursday night at the Avalanche Pub The tradition of Big Band music in the Comox Valley dates back over 60 years, when folks danced the night away at the Native Sons Hall on Saturday nights. For the past 6 years, the Georgia Strait Big Band has been under the expert leadership of Gregory Bush, Professor of Jazz at Vancouver Island University. Greg has demonstrated an incredible

commitment by driving every Monday night from his home in Nanaimo, to instruct the Band. Originally from Montreal, Greg earned his bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University and a Masters of Music in Jazz Performance from McGill University. He has served on the music faculties of McMaster University and Mohawk College in

Hamilton, Ontario; and Red Deer College in Red Deer, Alberta. His first CD, Cause and Effect, with The Greg Bush Quintet, featured original compositions and garnered international acclaim. Greg’s passion and love for Jazz is shared by all the members of the Band. If you love swing music and big band jazz, and appreciate great

love songs, plan on joining the friendly crowd that gathers at the Avalanche Bar on Thursday night. Good music, good company in a jazz club atmosphere, and good food available if that’s your choice. It takes a huge commitment of time, energy, as well as money, to put a big band on the stage. To honour the commitment made by the band members, the Jazz Society will be charging a $10.00 cover for this event. Tickets are currently on sale at the club, or Bop City and Red Carpet for the next Sunday concert on March 2nd, when Vancouver based NightCrawlers will be performing. With a mix of jazz, soul and rock and roll, this band appeals to a wide audience, so get your tickets early. Tickets are $18 for members and $22 for non-members. Your “home-grown” Georgia Strait Big Band will be ready to roll out the Big Band sounds to provide you with another great evening of Jazz. See you at The Avalanche, this Thursday at 7:30. For information about the Jazz Society follow us at www.georgiastraightjazz.com or on Facebook.

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NEW JAZZ WITH THE NIGHTCRAWLERS Jazz with attitude! That’s what Vancouver based band the NightCrawlers delivers. This group will appeal to jazz fans, fans of soul and fans of rock and roll. They’re fun, they’re creative and they will be live at the Avalanche on Sunday, March 2nd, .presented by the Georgia Straight Jazz Society. Inspired by the music of Brother Jack McDuff, “The Mighty Burner” Charles Earland, Big John Patton, and Booker T and the MG’s, the Night Crawlers play gritty, soulful music that’s all about having a good time. This Vancouver Quintet is led by critically acclaimed drummer Jesse Cahill and features the who’s who of the Vancouver Jazz scene with Cory Weeds on alto sax, Steve Kaldestad on tenor sax, Dave Sikula on guitar and Chris Gestrin behind Keys and the Hammond organ.

The band has been having great success with their recording projects in the last few years garnering an Album of the Year Award at the 2009 National Jazz Awards, and a Western Canada Music Award for Best Jazz Recording of the Year in 2011. The album ‘Down at the Bottom’ reached Number 11 of the US JazzWeek charts. Downbeat Magazine’s Ken Micallef wrote glowingly about ‘Presenting’, the band’s live album, “the operative word on Presenting is authenticity, from mixing the recorded digital files on 2-inch tape to sweltering performances of material by Big John Patton, Jack McDuff and Horace Silver. The NightCrawlers play like a decadesold organization, possessing the swagger, muscle and greasy swing feel of yesteryear’s greats.” With a combination of grit and soul, plus successful collabora-

tions with music legends such as Red Holloway, David “Fathead” Newman and Jim Byrnes, the NightCrawlers have been making fans all across the country. Don’t miss this presentation of the Georgia Straight Jazz Society, on Sunday March 2nd. Showtime is 7:30 at the Avalanche Bar and Grill 275 - 8th Street in Downtown Courtenay, for a night of jazz that will keep your toes tapping long afterwards. Tickets are $18 for society members and $22 for non-members, and are available on Thursday Night Jazz at the Avalanche and at Bop City in Courtenay and Red Carpet in Comox. It’s a good idea to get your tickets early as this group appeals to a wide audience. Showtime is 7:30 For more information check out www.georgiastraightjazz.com or find us on Facebook.

KUTAPIRA BRING MARIMBAS TO THE WAVERLEY Kutapira are percussion pounding marimba machines! They perform Friday, February 28, at The Waverley Hotel Tickets $10 advance available at Bop City, The Waverley Hotel, by phone (250) 3368322 or online at cumberlandvillageworks.com. Doors at 9:30 pm That buzzing in your ears? It’s the future of world music. It’s the edge that kept the ancients on their feet dancing. It’s the distortion that keeps music young and vibrant. It’s the key to the phenomenal success of Kutapira, Vancouver’s unique, five piece marimba and percussion ensemble. Born out of a forward-thinking educational initiative introducing youth to global rhythms, formed in 2005 through a Canada Council program matching professional artists and students, Kutapira have hardly had a chance to reflect on their achievements. Through the motivation and mentoring of Artistic Director, Jack Duncan and percussion maestro,

Myles Bigelow, the group is forging new links between the traditions of Zimbabwe’s marimba music and the rhythmic soul of Afro Cuban drumming. Kai Buchan, Jeremy Bryant, Sangito Bigelow, Chris Couto and Theo Vincent are all fluent in both disciplines; rotating through their battery of soprano, tenor and baritone marimbas and trading licks on the drum kit, timbales and hand drums. The marimbas’ funky, wooden resonance isn’t the only buzz Kutapira is generating. The accolades from all corners have been swift in coming and the praise has been fanatical In the sometimes serious and stodgy world of world music, the quintet has been bringing a welcome injection of exuberance and velocity to festival stages, community events and concert halls in Canada and abroad, lifting people to their feet and rattling the cages of the uninitiated. https://www.facebook.com/kutapira


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Art show opening reception rescheduled to March 1 “Diversity in Action” appearing at the Pearl Ellis Gallery features Brenda Chalifoux-Luscombe and Ablaze MetalArt and Design. There will be an opening celebration held on Saturday, March 1st from 1 - 4 pm. A special event of Scratch Board technique will be demonstrated by Brenda between 11 am and 2 pm

will provide visitors with deeper insight to this medium. There will be an opportunity for participation by the public (space permitting). Materials will be provided for participants. Brenda will offer these demonstrations / mini workshop in the gallery Saturday, March 1st and again on Saturday, March 8th between 11 am and 2 pm.

Some of the participating practitioners in the 7th Anam Cara Community Health EduDay. Fltr: Ronda MacKenzieCooper, Christina Nienaber-Roberts, Ted Yells, Claudia Tressel, Sharon McCann.

ANAM CARA ONCE AGAIN SHARES A WEALTH OF HEALTH The Comox Valley community is warmly invited to come and sample from a smorgasbord of mini treatments, sessions and workshops offered at three different locations by the Anam Cara Health Collaboration on Saturday, March 1. The day starts at 10:00 and runs through to 5:00. On offer at this 7th Community Health Care Day are a mini Self-Hypnosis workshop with Sharon McCann, with options for exploratory session; Pilates with Mini Balls with Liz White; Matrix Energetics with Gisele Charlebois; Matrix Energetics, TAT, Emotion Code and more with Ted Yells; Usui Reiki with Shirley

Lewis; a Reflexology for Insomnia workshop with Arrow Gonsalves; a Kundalini Yoga class with Virpal Kaur; Improv Dance, and Brain Dance with Jade de Trey; and Intuitive Healing sessions as well as an Introduction to Preparing for a Parent’s Passing (or anyone else’s, even our own) with Christina Nienaber-Roberts. Participation is by donation - and no one will be turned away if they have nothing to donate. FMI and to book for a session or workshop, please visit www.anamcarahealthcomoxvally. com or call Christina at (250) 890-9008 between 11:00 and 6:00 on Tuesday through Friday.

Rangers at The Mex this weekend THE RANGERS are back rockin’ the rafters at THE MEX PUB this Saturday night! C’mon out for fab food, super service, marvelous music and cool company. The Mex is the place to be this weekend!

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