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Former Comox Valley student awarded Canada’s most prestigious doctoral scholarship A former Comox Valley student has been awarded one of the most prestigious doctoral awards in Canada, a 2015 Trudeau Scholarship. Anelyse Weiler, who graduated from Ecole Highland Secondary in 2006 and is now a PhD student in sociology at the University of Toronto, is one of 16 recipients of this coveted scholarship that is valued at $60,000 per year for up to four years. Trudeau scholars are selected based on academic achievement, commitment to advancing public dialogue, and their contributions to Trudeau Foundation themes such as human rights and the environment. Weiler’s research and community advocacy have been focused on temporary migrant farm work-

ers, health equity, and sustainable food networks in Canada. She is currently collaborating with the nonprofit Sustain Ontario to bring together diverse stakeholders to advance healthier and more dignified livelihoods with migrant farm workers. Through her studies, Weiler hopes to give voice to farm workers’ visions of how to advance a more socially and ecologically sound food system. The Trudeau Scholarship supports Scholars in pursuing original fieldwork, travel, and public interaction events to advance interdisciplinary dialogue on pressing societal issues. A mentorship program matches Trudeau Scholars with Canadian public intellectuals. Weiler has also received

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Improved Courtenay connector to provide better access to services and destinations in the valley BY MICHAEL BRIONES Echo Staff Work has already begun to improve the connection between Highway 19 and north Courtenay that will provide better access to key destinations and services in the Comox Valley. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Todd Stone made this announcement at the fairgrounds at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds on Tuesday afternoon. Comox Valley MLA Don McRae, Courtenay Mayor Larry Jangula, Comox Mayor Paul Ives, Cumberland Mayor Leslie Baird, and Comox Valley Regional District Chair Bruce Jolliffe welcomed the good news, which is part of B.C. on the Move, the Province’s new 10-year transportation plan. Stone said the rapid growth of the Comox Valley has prompted the need for a better access from Highway 19 into Courtenay. It will provide another route for drivers coming from the north and link it to important services in the valley that will include the new Comox Valley Hospital, the Little River ferry terminal and the Comox Airport “The improvements will straighten up this connection and provide a much more direct route to North Courtenay,” said Stone. It will include approximately 700 metres of new two lane road running west from the intersection of Headquarters Road and Dove Creek Road to

Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Todd Stone announced the new connector that will link Highway 19 to northern Courtenay. In attendance were Comox Valley MLA Don McRae, Courtenay Mayor Larry Jangula, Comox Mayor Paul Ives, Cumberland Mayor Leslie Baird, and Comox Valley Regional District Chair Bruce Jolliffe.

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the intersection of Piercy Road and Dove Creek Road, where Piercy Road continues on to Highway 19. As well, the project will feature a new, two-lane bridge across the Tsolum River. Stone said this new bridge will replace the old one-lane structure and will provide a long-term solution at the crossing of the Tsolum River. It will make it quicker for people to access the Comox Valley and much easier for farmers to move their large machinery across the bridge. Engineering work has begun and includes survey work, geotechnical testing and detailed design, and this work is expected to be completed over the next year. Once that’s finalized, construction will start next year and is expected to be completed in 2017, just in time for the opening of the new Comox Valley Hospital. This commitment was made by the provincial government in 2013 when Stone met with representatives from the three local governments in the valley including the CVRD. CVRD chair Bruce Jolliffe said this is a win for all jurisdictions in the regional district. “In addition to providing a more direct route from the inland highway to the new hospital, airport and ferries, having a ‘back door’ to east Courtenay and Comox business and services will take pressure off the busy southern route as well as divert traffic away from the Dyke Road and the sensitive Comox estuary,” said Jolliffe. “And, having a full size bridge again will be a benefit for farmers in the area who currently have challenges moving their bigger pieces of equipment across the Tsolum River.” The cost of the whole project has not been tallied. But Stone estimated it could be around $15 million.

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19 Wing offers Cumberland free skilled labour for project BY MICHAEL BRIONES Echo Staff Cumberland is taking advantage of 19 Wing’s offer of free skilled labour to help with a local project. The Canadian Forces Base in Comox had approached the village looking for a charity or a non-profit municipal undertaking they could donate skilled labour for this coming fall. They would provide volunteer carpenters, electricians, plumbers, painters and more. Cumberland, however, will shoulder all the cost of the project. Council directed staff to look at two possible projects - the first being a new washroom and field house at Village Park, and the second a Comox Lake Park washrooms and shower facilities project. Representatives from 19 Wing reviewed both projects and indicated they prefer to work on the latter. Staff and members of 19 Wing met on site to discuss the project. The options that were explored are in line with the Lake Park Master Plan, which includes up-

The shower/concession building at Comox Lake Park. grading the washrooms and shower facilities, and possibly the change rooms, and also replacing the concession building. Council was given two options to decide on. The first one is to renovate the existing washroom/shower facilities building, and also upgrading the concession and seating area. They would include a new consistent roof line over the entire building and patio overhang, asphalt shingle roof, hardi-plank siding, new paint, new gutters and downspout, upgrad-

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building, upgraded lighting, new doors, updated floor, updated concrete work outside the building, and updated landscaping. The estimated cost for materials, project contingency and design, is approximately $50,000. The second option would consist of all of the items listed in option one, along with the removal of the old shower/washroom structures located at the entrance to the campground, and construction of a new wood framed building with hardi-board

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siding attached to the existing shower/concession. The building would contain two handicapped accessible washroom/ changing room areas with showers breezeway between old building and new building, concrete work, and updated landscaping. The estimated cost of this project is approximately $105,000. “It’s a good opportunity,” said Topham. “It’s something that can happen in the fall.” Councillor Roger Kishi agrees having the volunteer labour is going to save the village a lot of money. “Because of those savings, I am more inclined to lean towards supporting option two because I think it’s important that we create that accessible facility there,” said Kishi. “There are more and more people with different kinds of disabilities and things like that who are going out and enjoying outdoor recreation. For the price difference of $50,000 or $55,000 it’s a lot less if we have to do it on our own. “The opportunity is here to do that and I think we can find that extra $55,000

to do the full-meal deal.” Councillor Jesse Ketler prefers the Village Park project because it’s Cumberland’s own property. Mayor Leslie Baird pointed out that this was the project chosen by 19 Wing and she also supports option two. Council endorsed option two with Ketler the only one opposing it. They also agreed to fund the project by drawing $55,000 from the annual 2014 surplus funds and $50,000 from the Host Community Funds. The village does not need to have construction-ready documents at this time. But a preliminary design that encapsulates the look and feel of the proposed enhancements along with a proposed site layout is required. Once this is done, the information would be passed on to 19th Wing, who would work towards receiving the necessary approvals on their end to move forward with the project. It will also require development permit applications from the Comox Valley Regional District.


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Regional district’s CAO gets two-year contract extension BY MICHAEL BRIONES Echo Staff The Comox Valley Regional District has signed a contract that extends CAO Debra Oakman’s position for another two years. The term the CVRD approved in March will end on June 30, 2017. CVRD chair Jolliffe said the agreement provides certainty for the board and it also fits well with Oakman’s future personal plans. “Ms. Oakman has led the Comox Valley Regional District staff since the CVRD was created in 2008,” said Jolliffe. “She oversaw the challenging transition from the former, larger Comox Strathcona Regional District to the valley-specific Comox Valley Regional District in February 2008.” Since then Oakman has continued to deliver, with her staff and under the direction of ensuing CVRD boards, effective local government services to the citizens of the Comox Valley. “Continuing to have in place, over the next two years, an experienced CAO with demonstrated excellent chief executive skills will give the board adequate time to seamlessly transition to a new chief administrative officer in July 2017,” said Jolliffe. As per the CVRD board CAO succession policy, an external executive research firm will be engaged through a request for proposal process in 2016. “The successful proponent will then assist the board with the recruitment of a new CAO,” said Jolliffe. GLADSTONE WINS BRONZE

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Kensington’s offer to upgrade Union Bay’s water system uncertain Trustees reject developer’s request to extend deadline by another four months BY MICHAEL BRIONES Echo Staff Kensington Island Properties wants to fulfil its commitment to finance upgrades to Union Bay’s water system. That should have been good news for residents. It is not going to cost them a single cent. But it wasn’t. Even with a one hundred per cent funding incentive, KIP owner Brian McMahon wasn’t able to convince Union Bay Improvement District board of trustees to endorse it. That was the news the over 150 residents heard at a public meeting recently organized by McMahon, whose intention was to clarify misinformation floating around the district and where the project currently stands. People at the meeting applauded Kensington’s generosity and were clearly in favour of not having to pay any taxes on it. Some criticized the stubbornness of the trustees for wasting this golden opportunity and for choosing to pursue a comprehensive water plan of their own that would require use of taxpayers’ money. Some wanted to know why this project is not moving forward. One resident pointed out there is urgency to this matter because of the quality of the district’s water. It is a “health issue” he said. KIP made this funding commitment when it signed the Master Development Agreement with Comox Valley Regional District in April 2010. It is also honoring the water infrastructure agreement it reached with UBID in April 2011 but was given a deadline of Dec. 31, 2014. The project was not able

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to proceed sooner due to a long-standing issue with the provincial government over the remediation of the contaminated coal hills. McMahon said they have been negotiating with the province to get this important hurdle cleared in the last 16 years. Nothing happened until last October 2014 when an agreement in principle was given to Kensington to proceed with its plans. For McMahon, it was an important piece of the puzzle that would finally allow the water infrastructure plan to get underway and eventually get his housing development going. The plan is to upgrade the existing water system to the 4-3-2-1 Island Health standards. It would include installation of a proper filtration system, chlorination system and down the road an UltraViolet system. McMahon said he informed the regional dis-

The government has delayed this project and this clause gives us the ability to extend the project. All we asked is four months but we were denied.” BRIAN MCMAHON Kensington Island Properties

trict and UBID they are ready to proceed. But Union Bay trustees, McMahon explained, told him unless the water system is in place by Dec. 31, 2014, the agreement becomes null and void. McMahon requested the trustees for a four-month extension but it was rejected. The agreement has now expired. McMahon has now sought legal assistance to enforce the Force Majeure clause in the agreement that would allow KIP some flexibility with the project’s sched-

ule. “Because we’re dealing with government timelines don’t matter,” said McMahon. “The government has delayed this project and this clause gives us the ability to extend the project. All we asked is four months but we were denied.” McMahon said they are ready to proceed as they have all the engineering works in place and a dissolve air flotation system design by Corix. As well, KIP is offering to replace the antiquated pipes, most of which are asbestos cement pipes that water goes through. “They’re starting to dissolve and decay and they need to be replaced,” said McMahon. “What we said we would do is we will replace all of them. It’s a costly venture and it wasn’t part of the agreement. But we said we would do that because it needs to be done.” The initial upgrade cost

was $1.2 million but with the inclusion of the pipe replacement, the price has doubled to over $2 million. On top of this proposed undertaking, Kensington is committed to building a permanent water treatment facility five years from now as soon as they start building houses. McMahon said if they are given approval they can complete the upgrades in five months and be operational this year. UBID owns the right to the water source and is the only one that can permit extraction of water from Langley Lake and storage. Any development has to be approved by UBID. The Union Bay trustees have been working on acquiring a parcel of Crown Land on upper McLeod Road in the last two years on which it plans to build the district’s water reservoir. But just before it could be finalized this year, the initiative was stymied because the K’omoks First Nations filed an objection. The land UBID was trying to secure happens to be an integral part of an ongoing treaty negotiation between KFN and the province. Chief Robert Everson criticized UBID over the manner in which they tried to acquire the land. “While the normal consultation process is led by the province, common courtesy and protocol would require that you meet with K’omoks prior to submitting the application,” Everson told UBID chair, Carol Mostad in a letter. “However, this was not done. So, it would appear that either the UBID did not want us to know about the application or that the UBID simply chose not to follow the ex-

pected protocol. In either case, we are disappointed with the conduct of UBID in this regard.” One resident at the public meeting said UBID has told them they have been negotiating with KFN over the land acquisition. He asked Mark Stevenson, the legal counsel of KFN who was at the meeting, to confirm whether that was true. “I don’t know what they told you but K’omoks has never received any formal consultation notice from anyone until about two months ago,” said Stevenson. The chair of the UBID board of trustees, Carol Mostad, said at this time, she’s not ready to give a response to the whole issue. “The board is quite disappointed that the community is angry and upset again,” said Mostad. “We’re taking it all very seriously and we are going to respond and we will be holding a public meeting.” No date and time has been set for the public meeting. A petition has now been circulated in the community asking property owners whether they support funding of a new water system with UBID ratepayer tax dollars when an equivalent water treatment system can be provided immediately by KIP, at its expense by upgrading the existing UBID water works. If residents support the UBID water plans, they most likely would have to dole out over $2,500 in taxes annually to pay for it. The district is also facing more tax increases down the road with the South Sewer Project also looming on the horizon.

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The black hole of tourism On the evening of Sunday May 31st, 2015 we had the good fortune to have a representative of Audley Travel of Great Britian spend the evening with us. Sam was on a 40 day familiarization tour of the west coast of Canada, including Alaska and the Yukon. This company has 360 travel agents located in Europe and the United States. He came to Willow Guest House B&B at our request. In his travels, Sam had spent time on the Sunshine Coast, Tofino, Campbell River and the more remote areas on the north island and outer islands. He had travelled through the Comox Valley but had not stayed here. When asked why, Sam told us that the Comox Valley is the “black hole” on Vancouver Island in terms of tourism. After touring Sam about the area for only two hours he was impressed with the possibilities as a tourism destination, referring to the Comox Valley as potentially the new Tofino. Tourism is a multi million or perhaps billion dollar industry and after Sam

left I was left with questions. Why are we a “black hole” in tourism...is tourism not being promoted in our area? Who is responsible for tourism to this area? What action plans to promote this industry are in place here? How can the tourism industry help shape a sustainable and environmental future for all to enjoy here in the Comox Valley? Warren McDonald Courtenay

FEELING SENTIMENTAL I remember the old Ellis general store on Comox Avenue where we bought our first “deadly dicks” to fish for trout and salmon. or the old Tudor town hall in Courtenay. Filberg Lodge came close to the bulldozer. Mack Laings’ old houses on the waterfront in Comox are next. Fortunately Cumberland stands tall. I get teary eyed driving past the old houses on Penrith or Windermere overgrown with old apple trees and English gardens. Perhaps I am a sentimental old fool? Perhaps. Brian Scott

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CULTURAL GENOCIDE Residential schools were actually prisons, concentration camps, where children could not even keep their own names, their own spiritual practices, were allowed to die from childhood diseases, made to feel ashamed of their heritage and physically, sexually, verbally, psychologically and spiritually abused. The violence inflicted on these kidnapped children was horrendous and the pain of their families to have their children, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren all kidnapped by ‘the state’ was unbearable. When the survivors did get to come home they didn’t even know their own language and felt ashamed of the wisdom of their elders. And people wonder why so many adults turned to alcohol - it was to numb the pain of having ALL their children kidnapped and abused and made to feel ashamed of their parents and their heritage. Just imagine how you would feel if every school age child in your community was forcibly taken from your homes and put in one of these concentration camps and brain

washed to be ashamed of your beliefs and your customs, traditions and heritage. Generations of children were all kidnapped by the Canadian Government, and they had a slightly higher chance of dying in those institutions of horror than Canadians fighting in WWII. And those are just the deaths we know about. Often the parents were never even informed about the deaths of the children. And here is what is probably the worst of the multi-generational damage that has been done. None of the survivors of these kidnappings and prisons had any idea about what makes a family. They don’t know what it means to be a wife or husband, a mother, a father, an aunt or uncle because they’ve only had the brutal nuns and pedophile priests as role models. I had the privilege of getting to know some adult survivors of these prisons and it was hard to believe that these draconian measures were happening to children in the 20th century in Canada and not during the Inquisition. When those who survived these prisons had children of their own, who in turn are also kidnapped

and imprisoned and abused and made to feel ashamed of who and what they are and of their own parents and grandparents, the cycle starts again and then when they have children of their own the cycle starts all over again. None of these brutalized people had any idea about parenting or relationships within families and communities. And now there is substantial evidence that children’s brains are literally shaped by traumatic experiences, which can lead to significant behavioural problems in adulthood. Sadly, we have Prime Minister Harper trivializing this as nothing more than a part of Canadian History. There are thousands of survivors of this still living with the pain. The effects of the abuses done to these people are still damaging lives. Loraine Hudelson Courtenay

VOTING NDP THIS TIME Seniors, Seniors, Seniors: What has happened to our Old Age Security? I do not know about your Old Age Security, but ours has gone up a total of $12.01 over two years. That’s NOT $12.01 a month. That’s $00.6.5

per month over two years. CPP has gone up a fair amount but not the OAS. So, has the Harper Government totally forgotten about us, or don’t they care? Well I think it is time for us to stand up and be counted. A Federal Election coming up this fall so let’s let them know that we who built this country from the Great Depression till now still have a VOTE. I swore I never would vote NDP, because I remember what Tommy Douglas did to Saskatchewan. All of us old enough can remember how they took over the Forestry, Fishing, Mining, etc. But I am going to vote NDP this time. The Harper Government can send our tax dollars all over the world, but cannot look after us seniors. Do you not think it is time to let Mr. Harper know that we are still here, and we will be counted. Neil M. Deck Courtenay

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THE COMOX VALLEY’S FIRST AND BEST READER’S FORUM Email to: echo@comoxvalleyecho.com truding from it. Not only are you a litter bug, your are also a hazard to this community. I followed you to the 17th street bridge where I switched lanes and witnessed you with yet another lit cigarette in your hand while you had it out your window. I don’t care if you smoke ... but I do care that you throw your butts out the window without even the common thought of putting them out before you do. It’s morons like you that cause devastating and costly fires every year. Shame on you!! I HAVE A BIG BEEF with someone, myself! A couple of weeks ago I requested a bouquet for Valerie, the owner of a women’s clothing store in the Comox mall. I thanked her for helping me by lending me a clothing rack during my renovation. Unfortunately I got the name of her store wrong. Sorry Valerie. It’s only right that I correct my mistake, so a big bouquet to Valerie owner of ROXANNE’S in the Comox mall and a big beef to me for getting the name wrong. I WISH TO THANK the people that came to my aid when I tripped and fell on 5th street on May 31st. There was one special young lady that looked after me until the ambulance arrived. You are a truly amazing young lady, and I can not thank you enough. I also wish to express my appreciation to the ambulance crew, and the Doctors and Nurses in the St Joesph’s Hospital Emergency room for the professional and caring way I was treated. FLAT TIRES and overheated engines to the idiots who race around late at night with their motorcycles or jacked-up trucks, blasting their engines, rattling windows while they think

they’re such hot stuff. Many people have young children who get woken by this obnoxious racket, and even those who don’t have children find this behaviour ridiculous and intrusive. Louder does NOT equal better. A LESSON in elementary Physics to the driver of the red and white Smart car. The speed limit in Comox is 50 km/hour. When you drive 30 km/hour, the vehicles doing the speed limit behind you are going to end up riding your bumper. Slowing down and waving your arm out the window doesn’t solve the problem - it just makes you look like a fool. If you can’t drive the speed limit, trade the car in for a scooter! BOUQUETS to Airforce Beach. I’m not as dumb as I look, or maybe I am. I have lived in the Valley for 7 years. I had never been to Airforce Beach. Understand my logic here, I thought you had to be military personnel, and it never came up in conversation. Well thanks to an eavesdropped conversation at Timmys, I have remedied that situation. The Comox Valley, never ceases to impress and amaze. IT WAS NICE of that pitbull fella to come all the way from Vancouver to point out the error of our ways concerning those lovable pitbulls. Nope, the letters opposing them haven’t all been from one person. Let’s dispel the myth about pitbulls being “nanny dogs”, like some kind of canine Mary Poppins. The things were not bred to protect children. The term “nursemaid dogs” was coined in 1971 by a pitbull magazine editor trying to make the breed more acceptable, but it was a public relations gim-

mick, an urban legend for the gullible. “Nanny dogs” later appeared in a 1987 Toronto news story about banning pitbulls. (In 2005, Ontario did.) But the concept of “nanny dogs” was seized upon by pitbull folk to persuade people it was okay to leave their toddler alone with an animal that was bred to inflict damage. After all. What could possibly go wrong? Now even the pro-pitbull group Bad Rap has said it will no longer support the nanny dog myth because it endangers children. But hey, thanks for bringing one more pitbull into our community, because if there’s one thing we can’t have too many of here, it’s pitbulls. BIG THANK YOU to the blue car, you really surprised me with the free coffee, by paying for me ahead of me. Have a great summer. Blessings and peace to your family. IT IS ABSOLUTELY beyond my comprehension why the City of Courtenay does not synchronize the traffic lights on Lerwick Avenue. In these days of watching our car pollution, why must we stop and go, stop and go, stop and go, at every traffic light; as you leave one green light only to stop at the next one as it changes to red. Fix the problem!! A HUGE BOUQUET to the Good Samaritan(s) who found my 19-year old cat in their driveway and who were kind and caring enough to take her to Van Isle Clinic. She is nearing the end of her life and I would have been so upset to just have had her go missing and never know what had happened to her. Thank you so much for your kindness. If possible, can you send me an e-mail (thomkie@shaw.ca) as I would like to know where

you found her as I think, although she had never done so before, she may have been trying to get to her old house. JUST WANTED to give my very sincere appreciation to My Tech Guys in Comox for their fantastic service repairing my computer; not only did they fix it, but it was also at a very reasonable cost. Thanks “Guys”! A BIG THANKS to the folks at the Regional District for building and maintaining the One Spot Trail in Dove Creek. I am new to Valley and love taking it as part of my morning commute. I heard that providing more transport options is part of a valley wide plan called the Comox Valley Sustainability Strategy. Sounds good to me...bring it on AS I STARTED MY WALK on the beautiful Royston Seaside Trail on Monday morning I noticed a nice black pickup truck sitting in the parking lot with its engine running. He must be about to leave, I told myself, but no, upon completing the trail almost 25 minutes later, the same truck was still sitting there, with the engine still running. I would like to suggest to the driver that instead of unnecessarily contributing to climate change, he could roll down the windows and shut off the engine. If that isn’t sufficient, he could actually get out of his truck, sit in the shade, and enjoy the fresh sea breeze. TIGHT LINES and full freezers to Ron Perrin for being an awesome customer and understanding individual. Thanks for the coffee one extra early morning

ing after we received a full day of rain. I’d also like to point out that when speaking to the city about this, I mentioned the water restrictions that were in effect and their reply was they were exempt. Go figure! Are we going to let the community suck on the wet dirt when we run out of water to drink? BIG BOUQUETS of Marguerite Daisies from the P.E.O. sisterhood to Quality Foods in Courtenay for the use of their meeting room. Thanks to the generosity of Quality Foods, other local businesses and community support for our fundraisers, all the money raised by P.E.O. goes towards grants, loans and scholarships for local women who need assistance in furthering their education. PS: P.E.O. stands for Philanthropic Educational Organization. ENCOURAGING that Cumberland council is questioning the very expensive south sewer project. Is the Trent River really a significant issue for Baynes Sound? Consider that the Gartley Point Geoduck Hatchery operates beside the mouth of the Trent and appears to be expanding. (Continued on page 11)

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BEEFS & BOUQUETS (Continued from page 10) The Baynes Sound aquaculture Industry is flourishing and continuing to expand. Perhaps this project should be put on hold until there is a scientific study done on the actual impact of the Trent? TO MARK at Walmart, sorry I didn’t recognize you, just out of the sunshine and bad eyesight, nice to see you, hope you are doing well, will watch for you next time, sorry again.

THE COMOX VALLEY’S FIRST AND BEST READER’S FORUM Email to: echo@comoxvalleyecho.com on the corner of Guthrie and Highwood and many people in the area know what it looks like, it has a reddish top fading into a silver bottom. We could sure use help in recovering it. It was very unique so if you have a neighbor that has a new addition to their yard and they can’t tell you where to get one like theirs...then it us probably ours! Sad day for our neighborhood. We believe it was an adult that took it as the teens that walk by here everyday are respectful and polite; hey teens, if you see it in someone’s yard, maybe you could let us know. Thank you

KUDOS to Shaw Technician Steve S. from Courtenay, exceptional service with a smile, so friendly, Shaw are very lucky to have such an employee, people like you are the reason customers stay with Shaw. A very big thanks to TO EVERYONE WHO respondyou. ed to “Sending love, peace and incense,” the original HUGE BEEF to the “THIEF” letter was a joke. It’s called that stole our beauti- irony. ful gazing ball out of our front yard last night (June ALBERTA HAS TAR SANDS. 6). We took pictures of B.C. has beach sands. May the footprints and will the two never meet. The be calling police. We live Alberta Conservatives had their heads in the tar sands and were making a lot of money when the price of a barrel of oil was over $80. Now it is at $60 a barrel and the companies are losing money. What if they leave the province and Alberta is stuck with the bill to clean up the mess? Water is the most valuable resource we have, a litre of water sells for more than a litre of gas. Companies are aloud to set up a plant and take all they want. We should ration our water and sell it to the highest bidder. Raw logs should not be exported, cutting them down and putting them on ships does not provide many jobs, it exINSPECTION INCLUDES: port jobs. China does not Lube, Oil & Filter Service, cut it’s forest down any Fluid Level Check, Wiper more. Why are logging Check, Tire Pressure companies permitted to Check, Drive Belt Check, log around watersheds, I Battery Test & Report, Front hope they at least are re& Rear Brake Inspection, quired to replant the areas. Exhaust Leak Check

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I just deleted it instead. In my defense, the job had got a bit confusing. They initially put in the wrong window. When I called to tell them and the representative came over, the first thing he said was “We screwed up.” [Isn’t that a refeshing response?!] So then they came back another day and took out the screwed-up window and screwed in the right window--all for no charge. I wasn’t home at the time. And, somehow, I got it in my head that I’d already paid them. So, when they called about an invoice in February, I thought they were just checking to make sure things had gone the way they should. [It’s amazing how the mind can translate “You owe us money” into “Was everything all right?”]. I called Comox Valley Glass for another job yesterday. They came within half an hour for the estimate and kindly reminded me that I owed them money. I paid right away. But I couldn’t believe that they had left only the one message and hadn’t been hounding me over and over and over again to get the money. Maybe they should have because I would have paid sooner, but I’m glad they didn’t because it reminds me that not all business is bad business. TO THE PERSON with the complaint of neighbors smoking around their condo or apartment patio. I get up and have my coffee and one to two smokes before going to work, (7:00 am to 8:00am). I have lived here longer than neighboring tenants with complaints of people who smoke. I leave my condo around 8:00am to 9:00am in the morning and do not return till 6:00pm, 6 to 7 days a week. I also have

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put a fan on my deck to blow smoke away from complaining neighbors. Also, when I know that they are having a meal on their deck I will refrain from having a smoke on my back deck. To the people who are complaining maybe before purchasing or renting you should have enquired of neighboring smokers. And to you and all the other complainers, (the planes are too loud, dog poo, manure smell, the deer farted to loud 1/2 a mile away) think about moving, so we can live in peace. A BIG BOUQUET to all the local businesses, organizations and individuals who helped make the 9th annual Council of Canadians’ O’ Canada Trivia night the biggest yet. The Wanoots were the winners competing against 17 other teams. Thank you to Zocalo Cafe, Natural Pasture Cheese, As You Like It, Tin Town Tacos, Marigold Natural Pharmacy, Sure Copy, the Tee Box, Sue Smith, World Community, Thrifty Foods, Quality Foods, Theresa Mooney, Jan Bruce, Twisted Dishes, the Ink Well, Xpressions Hair Studio, Windsor Plywood and John’s Independent Grocer for your generous donations for the raffle and door prizes. Very much appreciated are all of the many volunteers who made the night possible especially Andrew Black, our ever challenging quiz master. SOMETHING INTERESTING. I believe there is a section in the criminal code that describes a scam known as “bait & switch”. Basically as I understand it you get offered the opportunity to participate in a venture at a certain price and

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then after you have signed up they change the rules and try and give you the same thing (or something less) but at a higher price. Strangely this sounds a lot like what Courtenay city council is trying to do with the homeless initiative. I wonder if there will be an investigation and any arrests in this case? GARAGE SALE SIGNS - Most of the posted signs are nearly impossible to read while driving. A large, well-defined arrow, pointing in the right direction, would be a huge help in locatig your sale. And please remove your signs afterwards. (Continued on page 12)

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Campbell River asks Courtenay to co-host 55+ BC Games; no decision made locally yet BY MICHAEL BRIONES Echo Staff The City of Campbell River is submitting a bid to host the 55+ BC Games. But it will need the help of the City of Courtenay. In a report in the Campbell River Mirror, Mayor Andy Adams indicated they had asked the Comox Valley Regional District to be host partners but were turned down. Instead, they’ve ap-

proached the City of Courtenay and Adams said Mayor Lary Jangula was keen on the idea and had the support of council. Campbell River council had just directed city staff to prepare an application with the City of Courtenay as co-host. Jangula said he discussed the matter with Adams at the Association of Vancouver Island Coastal Communities

Convention that was held in Courtenay in April but council has not deliberated on it yet. Jangula said they ran it by staff who suggested more discussions should be held. “There will be a lot of pressure on our volunteers because it takes a tremendous amount of volunteers to do it,” said Jangula. “We haven’t pursued it any further or had discussed it altogether as

a council. It’s something we need to do in the very near future.” The last time Campbell River was involved in the games was in 2010 when they helped the Comox Valley Regional District co-host the event. “I personally feel it’s a good thing but I have to make sure we have a lot of people on side,” said Jangula. “But we have not, honestly, as council, had the chance to talk about it

Police Blotter Comox Valley RCMP responded to the following incidents between June 2 and 8: ■ On June 5th police entered into a report of a break, enter and theft at a residence on the 1900 block of Stewart Avenue in Courtenay. The homeowner returned from work to find a window open and an outside door unlocked. A large amount of Canadian coins were stolen from the residence. (2015-7105) ■ On June 6th police received a report of a break, enter and theft from an unlocked residence on the 3600 block of Lake Trail Road in Courtenay. The owner reports going camping for the night and upon his return found that someone had entered his residence and stolen a TV and an X-Box system. (2015-7152) ■ Police received a report of a stolen generator on June 7th from a campsite at 1812 Miracle Beach drive in Black Creek. The owner stated that sometime over the night someone unplugged and stole their Honda 2000I gen-

erator. This generator was being used to assist the complainant’s son who has a serious medical condition. (2015-7206) ■ The Comox Valley Block Watch will be holding their semi-annual meeting on June 23rd between 5 and 6:30 PM at the Quality Foods store, in the upstairs meeting room. All interested parties are invited to attend and learn more about the program or get signed up to start their own block watch group. ■ Police wish to warn the general public of a scam that is sweeping the Comox Valley. Multiple calls have been received by police that have people worried about being arrested. They report that they have received a call from someone purporting themselves to be from the CRA and wanted money or a warrant would be issued for their arrest. This is not the way that the CRA would conduct business so we are urging everyone to be aware of possible scams such as this, to protect yourselves and your finances.

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at any depth.” Cambell River was asked by the 55+ BC Games Society a few months ago about the possibility of submitting a bid to host the games again in either 2017, 2018 or 2019. But the proposal nearly died after the CVRD indicated it wasn’t interested. CVRD recreation staff said in light of several events happening in the valley within the next two years that it may be hard to recruit volunteers. Adams said they may perhaps also involve the Village of Cumberland and the Town of Comox. “I will say, Mayor (Paul)

Ives and Mayor (Leslie) Baird of the Town of Comox and the Village of Cumberland are very interested but due to time constraints, if we can just get the application in, and then if we are successful, then we will extend an invitation to those communities as well,” The 55+ BC Games, which is a multi-sport event, has the potential to generate more than $2.1 million in economic spinoff for host communities. Communities chosen to have the games are provided with $85,000 from the province to help with the cost of hosting the event. The city has until June 26 to submit its bid for the games. The application will be developed by city staff, and then presented to council for review in either late May or early June.

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BIG BEEF to those who lack proper dock etiquette around our Comox launch. This past Saturday, my wife and I were trying to retrieve our large powerboat. Typically, I drop my wife off at the dock when we return, she backs the vehicle in while I remain on the boat. Once the trailer is properly oriented, I can drive the boat on and we are gone. Normally, we accomplish this in under 5 minutes. Saturday, the dock was plugged up by a number of inconsiderate users, who chose this very busy day to have lengthy visits, repair boats, etc. right at the dock. Not the place to do this, especially at this already congested launch, especially in June, especially on a Saturday. Some launch etiquette: - have your boat loaded prior to backing down the ramp. Better yet, load it at home - once your boat is in the water, clear the dock area as soon as possible. If further adjustments, etc are necessary, ask one of the marinas to use one of the transient slips for a few moments - I get that even if you are not a boater, that watching others launch and retrieve can be better than a night out at the movies, but please don’t walk near a boater who is actively doing this. I’ve seen parents walking their small children behind the boat while we were backing down the ramp. Visibility to the rear, with a large boat on the trailer, particularly as the trailer dips down the ramp is

very restricted. I’m of the view that it may be time to have a Marshall at our launch, particularly during the busy weekends in the summer. What a great summer job for one of our local university kids. A little consideration can ensure we all enjoy the water in a safe manner. I HAVE ALWAYS told my friends that if their property or car is vandalized, you should report it to the police. They always said, but it was only a few boards in my fence that were knocked down, or somebody keyed my car, or something was taken out of my car, why should I report it to the police. I said to them - sure the police may not be able to investigate the incidence. But if you report it, and if there more things happening in your neighbourhood, the police can mark it as an area of concern. So, recently...I reported my car was vandalized. They asked - did I see who did it, I said no - do you know who might have done it, I said no. Then they basically said - well there is nothing we can do for you. Which, I do understand. However, they did not want to know when or where the incidence occurred. I thought they would like to have this info just to know what is happening in my neighbourhood. But, my friends were right, the police are not interested in mischief or vandalism in my neighbourhood - or probably neither in your neighbourhood.


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Cumberland seeks federal grant for Village Park recreational facility project One of the project designs, featuring a skatepark, basketball and tennis courts BY MICHAEL BRIONES Echo Staff Cumberland is hoping to secure funding to get the proposed Village Park recreational facility project moving to the construction stage. The plan includes building a new skateboard facility, basketball and tennis courts. Conceptual design plans have already gone through two community open houses and a public survey was conducted in the fall of 2014 and early 2015.

A comprehensive geotechnical and environment soil sites investigation at Village Park were recently completed. The results confirmed what Cumberland staff had been concerned about from the start. There’s contamination in the soil and it would require proper management and disposal if disturbed during construction. This could jack up cost estimates of the project. CAO Sundance Topham told council they’ve looked at possible options and innovative design principles

to reduce the cost for site preparations. They include a plan where the depth of soil to be removed is reduced in strategic locations, while the remaining soil is to be compacted. Consideration was also made to ensure the costcutting measure will not lead to potential future facility failures like surface cracking or slumping, which has occurred on existing basketball and tennis courts. Staff presented three cost options for council to consider. The first choice

is to build all three facilities at the same time at a cost of $885,000. The second alternative is to complete it in two stages. Phase One will be the building of the skateboard part which would cost $675,000 to be followed by the basketball and tennis courts for $245,000. Total estimated cost is $920,000. The third option is to pursue alternatives to reduce the cost but with an increased risk tolerance. The price tag is around $815,000. Around $350,000 has al-

ready been allocated to the project drawn from various sources that included funding from its landfill revenues and donations. This year the village has budgeted $60,000 for the completion of the planning and design stage. To date, around $39,000 has already been spent with the balance reserved for technical and engineering designs, which Outlook Land Design has been commissioned to provide. Staff has researched possible sources of funding programs. They’ve

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looked at the federal government’s Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Grant Program, which is delivered by the Western Economic Diversification Canada. Topham said the project meets the criteria of the program, which is a grant that will match 50 per cent of the project costs up to a maximum amount of $500,000. But they have to send an application by June 17. Council endorsed staff ’s request to apply for funding for $412,000 to complete option one of the project. If the village is successful in landing funds, Cumberland council agreed to secure an additional $127,500 in the 2016 budget to meet any shortfalls. However, if Cumberland fails to land the funding, staff has been directed to review other project alternatives for council to consider. Depending on the outcome of the village’s grant application, work on this project is unlikely to start this year. Staff expects it to happen next year.

Monthly Downtown Evening Market starts next Thursday A block of downtown Courtenay is set to play host to fabulous local farmers and producers, talented artists, unique local products and - most of all - a tonne of fun for one evening a month throughout the summer. The inaugural Downtown Courtenay Evening Market takes place Thursday, June 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. Upper Fifth Street between Fitzgerald and England Avenues will transform into an open-air market and become THE place to be on the third Thursday of each summer month from June to September. The evening market is the result of collaboration

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couldn’t be happier!” Hot on the heels of the successful Elevate the Arts event and just in advance of the ever-popular Wednesday morning Farmers’ Market and the DCBIA’s 45th annual Market Day in July, the firstever evening market is expected to take its place as another great addition to the already-vibrant downtown scene. The city block will feature up to 40 booths evenly split between items that are sown and grown and those that are created and crafted. And like any good market, there will be music. After receiving almost 500 likes in one week on the market’s Facebook

The Downtown Courtenay Evening Market will take place the third Thursday of each summer month from 5 to 8 p.m. beginning next Thursday. page, it’s obvious that people are excited about the venture. Vickey Brown, executive director of the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market and co-ordinator of the evening market’s

produce merchants, says response has also been swift and positive. “It’s a nice chance for our farmers to join up with local artisans and create some good syn-

ergy,” says Brown. “For those of us in the farming community, it’s great to have another opportunity to increase accessibility to all the wonderful food and products cultivated in this region.” While the booths are almost all spoken for, farm and food vendors can contact Vickey Brown at info@cvfm.ca. Interested artisan vendors are invited to apply for a space at www.elevatethearts.com/ third-thursday-summernight-markets. For information on the upcoming evening markets, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DowntownCourtenayEveningMarket.

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A customer at Tim Hortons Cliffe Avenue branch has his coffee served by a Courtenay fire officer, and Mayor Larry Jangula, during Camp Day last week. Local ‘celebrities’ joined the staff at the coffee shop to help raise money to send local kids to one of Tim Hortons summer camps.

The Coastal Community Credit Union has donated $2,500 to the Courtenay Centennial Celebrations. The money is earmarked for the Tailgate Party that is scheduled to take place on June 27 at the Comox Valley Sports Centre. In the photo (l to r), Credit Union Courtenay branch manager Robert Buckley, Centennial Committee members Ron Hunter, Starr Winchester, Credit Union regional manager Simon Morgan and Centennial Committee chair, Ron Webber.

Airpark walkway loop closing for two weeks Construction work at the popular Courtenay Riverway Airpark Walkway will result in a closure from June 15 - 30th of the airpark walkway from the cafe area to the outlet of the lagoon just before the Rotary Sky Park. This closure will only affect the water side portion of the airpark walkway loop. The walkway running behind the hangars on the west side of the Airpark will remain open.

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Other parts of the Airpark walkway that will remain open are the Rotary Sky Park playground and portions of the walkway from 6th Street to lower Mansfield Drive to 30th Street. However drivers and pedestrians should be aware that large trucks will be using Mansfield Drive to haul materials to the work site, and to pay attention to the flagger on site. The construction, coordinated by

Project Watershed, is to establish a culvert and salt marsh benches which will significantly improve fish habitat and deal with factors limiting productivity. The culvert will connect the Courtenay River to the top of the lagoon, re-establishing river flow through the lagoon area. This will flush and re-oxygenate the area with cooler river water, (Continued on page 15)

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The proposed amendments to the Parks Regulation Bylaw. Proposed amendments are posted on Cumberland.ca. The public is invited to submit their input either to the village office, by email or by phone @ 250336-2291 by July 6.

(Continued from page 14) and restore the lagoon closer to its historical condition. Salt marsh benches will be established in the water near the current outlet of the lagoon. These marshes will provide connectivity between the lagoon and estuary habitats. Work in this area will also protect the shoreline from storm surges and erosion thereby protecting the trail infrastructure. Jennifer Sutherst, Estuary Coordinator for Project Watershed, advised the project will greatly improve the habitat in this area. “The culvert will improve circulation and nutrients in the lagoon, making it excellent rearing and foraging habitat for juvenile salmon,” noted Sutherst. “The salt marsh benches will also provide habitat for fish and protect some of the shoreline that has suffered damage from erosion in recent years.” The culvert and salt marsh restoration project is made possible thanks to funding from the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action, and the City of Courtenay. Project Watershed is currently recruiting volunteers to be onsite at the Airpark. Volunteers will engage with the public and inform about the importance of this project. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Project Watershed at 250-703-2871 or email estuary.projectwatershed@gmail.com

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ACTIVE COMOX VALLEY RECENTLY LAUNCHED A MAP that features 12 great places to get your feet wet. It’s geared towards providing valley residents and visitors a guide that will help them explore and enjoy the district’s amazing recreational water accesses. The launch was held at Gartley Point and was attended by Active Comox Valley committee members Dana Starritt, Sally Fenneham, Larry Street, Dawn Stevens, Robyn Butler, and Anthea Kennelly.

Cumberland looks at allowing dogs to go unleashed at parks BY MICHAEL BRIONES Echo Staff The Village of Cumberland may soon allow dogs to run free, unleashed, in some of its community parks. An amendment to the Park Regulations Bylaw that includes

a requirement for dogs to be leashed has been given first and second reading. If the bylaw passes, it will allow dogs to go off-leash in Cumberland Community Forest, Coal Creek Historic Park and the North and South Wellington Colliery.

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Above: Debra Rolston’s winning image in ‘Mirrors’. Left: Samantha Rae Harriss won in the U18 ‘Remembering’ category Right, above: Kristy Knowlan’s winner in ‘Manipulated’ category bering’ and Lizzie Gummer in ‘Manipulated’. The Photopia 2015 theme was ‘Reflection’, in keeping with Elevate’s overall theme this year. Photopia offered an opportunity for photographers to look at the world in varied and different ways, noted Linda Per-

ron, one of the judges and in her day job the chair of the fine arts department at North Island College. The submissions demonstrated “a vast range of interpretations” of each of the categories, she said. She and fellow judges Gordon Ross and Lisa

Graham found the work strong all around, while “the most inspiring images came from the youth category where young photographers challenged themselves with the theme and explored the categories,” she said. The increasing quality and the quantity of submissions to Photopia each year “makes it harder, but better, to pick a winner,” said Ross. Graham admitted that the calibre and variety of submissions “made for some engaging discussions,” among the judges. “Accolades to all who entered.” Sponsors stepped up to help in a big way. McKay’s brought some of the finest televisions available on the market in Canada, including a 79-inch curved 4k screen worth $12,000 and a 10-bit colour unit worth $7250. Affordable Framing, Sure Copy Centre, Staples, London Drugs, Best Buy and Backdoor Gallery all contributed to the prize packages that totalled over $800 in value.


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Hope Afloat Canada invites all alumni, friends, and supporters to a special celebration of Breast Cancer Survivor Teams at the Comox Marina, Saturday, June 13th, at 3 pm. Wear pink, or any colour! Many of our original paddlers and current team members will be there to celebrate this occasion. A special Carnation Ceremony will be held sometime between 3 and 4 pm. As there will be no Carnation Ceremony during the dragon boat races at Comox Nautical Days, the public is encouraged to attend this special event. You may view the ceremony around 3:30 from the Comox Marina Boardwalk. The party starts in Vancouver and continues around the world.

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“Abreast in a Boat” the original Breast Cancer Survivor team in Vancouver, has invited all breast cancer survivors, teams, families, friends and supporters, to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Breast Cancer Survivor, Dragon Boat Teams, by participating in local events and sending messages, photos, videos for an international Commemorative Book/File. Hope Afloat Canada includes women who have been diagnosed with any form of cancer on our team today as well as some supporters. www.hopeafloatcanada.ca All are welcome to join the celebration! Join us and other teams around the world to celebrate the many women who have paddled and continue to paddle!

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T Courtenay and District Museum The is i celebrating the City’s 100th aanniversary with the publication of a coffee table style book with the help of the Comox Valley Echo. It is a high quality magazine style publication with a durable cover. Historically rich content focuses on activities of people who have shaped our community over the decades. Proceeds from the sales of book copies will help the museum with funding development of programs and activities. Copies are $5.00 each which includes GST, and are available at the Museum and the Echo.


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT ART ■ Campbell River Artist, Charlotte Deptford, is presenting a collection of her most favorite Acrylic and Watercolor paintings at the Pearl Ellis Gallery in Comox, June 2 to 22. Charlotte would love to meet and chat with you. Pearl Ellis is located at 1729 Comox Ave, is open daily Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sundays 1pm to 4pm. For a visual tour of the show visit our web site at www.pearlellisgallery.com ■ Georgia Straight Jazz Society has coordinated a month-long event at Rhodos Coffee, beginning on June 1st, with members of Comox Valley Camera Club. A selection of framed photographs will be displayed, and on sale, for the duration, and jazz music will be played during regular daytime business hours. BOOKS AND WRITING ■ On Wednesday June 17th six shortlisted stories will be read out at the Zocalo Cafe by their authors. Forty six stories and poems were entered into the Mayworks Society sponsored event Writing on Work (WoW) 2015 and our judges have, after much deliberation, narrowed it down to six. The way it works is that the audience at the reading will vote by secret ballot on their favourite story. Here is a chance to be a literary judge and support the arts. There is also a separate prize awarded by our three judges. Both prizes are worth $300. All six stories will be published in a beautiful chapbook which will be available the night of the reading. The readings are always fun, so come down to the Zocalo Cafe on the 17th at 7PM and if you want you can reserve a table by phoning 250-331-0933 MUSIC ■ Forbidden Jazz Trio re-

turns to Zocalo Café for an evening performance on Friday, June 12. Music commences at 7:00 pm and admission is by donation. For more info & reservations, please contact Zocalo Café & Gallery @ 250 331 0933, or simply drop by the corner of 5th Street and Cliffe Ave. in downtown Courtenay (www.zocalocafe.ca.) ■ Take a musical vacation with Jordan Hanson of DrumVictoria who is returning to the Comox Valley for three jam-packed days of rhythm-making, June 12 -14. To register with paypal, go to www. courtenaydrumcamp.com or register through Monica Hofer (detailed brochure available on request) by emailing drumdeva@ gmail.com. All workshops take place at the Royston Community Hall. ■ On June 12 The Courtenay Legion Br. #17 is presenting Tribute to Country Music Greats featuring Garth Brooks (Steve Hill), Alan Jackson (Aaron Halliday), The Judds (Darla & Candy). This will be held in the Upper Legion Hall on June 12. Advance tickets available at Courtenay Legion Lounge, Laughing Oyster Book Store or call Marjorie Walters at 250-335-0656. Tickets are $30.00 advance or $35.00 at the door. ■ The Georgia Straight Jazz Society features Jennifer Scott and Rene Worst on Thursday night, June 18 at the Avalanche Bar and Grill. Admission $10 members /$12 nonmembers. The Summer Concerts at The Gardens on Anderton are set for Sundays, July 28 and August 9 and 23. FMI: http:// www.georgiastraightjazz. com ■ The “Bates Beach Farm Music Series”bcontinues next Friday June 19 at The Little Red Church in Comox and will feature special guest Crooner, Anela Kahiamoe, making his Big Band vocal debut, teaming

‘Starry Night’ Kia ready to hit the parade circuit Christianne Bouwer, Brian Scott’s neighbour in Black Creek, did the under painting in thalo blue for Brian Scott’s car painting “Starry Night Fish Boats”. The brightly painted car will be participate in parades and car shows on the island representing Kia Motors LTD and Brian Scott Fine Art Ltd. Scott is very excited about the new project working with Kia Motors. Chris Powers at Courtenay Kia came up with the idea to paint cars and Scott went to work with up with the band’s principal vocalist, Jacki Zbirun, for a very special evening of Big Band music. Doors open at 7:00. Performance @ 7:30. Tickets at the door $12. Advance tickets $10 available at Bop City in Courtenay and the Red Carpet Boutique in Comox. ■ The Comox Valley Concert Band takes its show to the seaside, Sunday, June 14, 2:00 pm. at the Comox Marina Park. This year the band will share the green with the Powell River Wind Ensemble who will visit the valley for this joint concert. Both groups will perform independently, followed by a mass band spectacular featuring arrangements of Danny Boy,

his son Robert and Christianne. Scott uses a special paint to cover the metal on the car which is white like a canvas. Then he underpaints in either Thalo Blue or Thalo Red. The artist paints the picture and then the whole car is sealed with expensive clear automotive paint from Lordco. That way the vehicles can go through a car wash. The third vehicle people will see around town is a Suburu which was sponsored by www. salish sea hospice .org

the United Nations March and the Teddy Bear’s Picnic. A unique dynamic occurs when music is performed in collaboration with the calls of seagulls, the laughter of children on swings and the rustle of breezes in the chestnut trees. Bring a chair or blanket and share in an afternoon of music designed for the outdoor listener. Plenty of marches, hummable pop tunes and rhythmic dances will round out the programme. Summer means music on the green and the concert band will be pleased to meet you there with sounds for the season. Concert contingent on weather. By donation. Sunday, June 14, 2:00 pm.

Sponsored by Comox Recreation. DANCE ■ Performers from Brian Kruse School of Dance have been working hard all year to present to you “Dulcet”; A family friendly show filled with a unique mix of dance styles such as Ballet, Lyrical, Modern, Musical Theatre Contemporary, Jazz and Tap, also featuring the “Dolyna Dancers” our local Ukrainian dance group. Performances are June 12th & 13th at the Sid Williams Theatre. Tickets 1.250.338.2430 ext 1 ■ Dancestreams, Vancouver Island’s longest established youth dance company, will be holding

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auditions for the coming 2015-16 season on Sunday June 14th at Qualicum Beach School of Dance. The audition for dancers age 12 - 18 takes the form of a class. Even if your dancer is not yet ready to audition, they are welcome to come for class. They begin at 11:30- 2:00 pm. Cost: $15 per class. Pre-registration is strongly recommended: email Dancestreams@shaw.ca or call 250-723-9525 ■ This Saturday, June 13th, the Bridge Lounge in Courtenay is the place to go if you’re looking for a fun, Spanish-themed evening out in full flamenco style. Dancers of the Comox Valley Flamenco Studio will take to the stage to present their annual spring recital. Admission is $12.00 at the door or $10.00 in advance, with advance tickets for sale at Silhouette Dance Shop at 123 Fifth Street. The Bridge Lounge is located at the foot of Fifth Street in Courtenay. Doors are at 7:30 p.m., and the flamenco show begins at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 13th. ETC. ■ The North Island Myeloma Support Group is having its monthly meeting on June 16, 2015 in the dining room at the Best Western Westerly Hotel, 1590 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay. Come for lunch at 12:15 (optional, buy your own lunch), meeting starts at 1:30. Keep up to date on the latest info on myeloma and enjoy socializing with others affected by the disease. Please contact Sandy at: ianandsandymac@gmail.com or 250-703-4688 if you plan to attend or for more info. ■ 7 Story Circus, your local community circus, presents, “Collide’oscope” on June 12 & 13. Friday June 12, Doors @ 6:30pm & Show @ 7pm: Opening Act by Aerial Arts Students. Saturday June 13, Doors @ 7:30pm & Show @ 8pm: Opening Act by Aerial Arts Students. At Lewis Centre. Admission at the door: $12/person or $25 Family Pass. www.7storycircus.com

The ‘Thoughtful Coal Miner’ to speak at Miners’ Memorial supper Nick Mullins grew up a proud 4th generation miner in the Appalachia coalfields, but the impact that industry is having on the land and communities of southwest Virginia and east Kentucky has caused him to reconsider his family trade. “I went to work in the mines hoping to give my children a better future. I quit for the same reason” wrote Mullins in his blog The Thoughtful Coal Miner. Mullins quit mining and went

back to school. Now he and his wife Rustina, along with their two children age 10 and 13, are traveling across the continent sharing their story, their observations, and their hopes for a sustainable future on what they’ve called the Breaking Clean Tour. The Mullins family will be in Cumberland on Saturday June 20 for the 30th annual Miners’ Memorial Weekend and will deliver the keynote address at the

community supper held that evening at the Cultural Centre. “Coal was never my friend. It was a well laid economic trap that I, and many other Appalachian youths, fell into.” Miners’ Memorial Weekend begins Thursday, June 18 with a special staged reading of a new play on Ginger Goodwin presented by Nanaimo’s TheatreOne. On Friday there is a guided walking tour of Cumberland’s historic Chinatown, followed

by the Songs of the Workers open-mic pub night. Saturday includes a pancake breakfast at the CRI, memorial ceremony at the Cumberland and Chinese cemeteries, Spanish Civil War combatants tribute, guided tour of the Cumberland Museum and the community supper. Tickets to the supper and Nick Mullins’ presentation are $20 and $17 and are available at www.cumberlandmuseum. ca/events. All proceeds from

the events support exhibits and programs at the Cumberland Museum & Archives. A full schedule and further details are available at: www.facebook.com/ events/931020283585952/ or www.cumberlandmuseum.ca/ events/miners-memorial-weekend/ Nick Mullins’ blog is www. thethoughtfulcoalminer.com; the tour website is www.breakingcleantour.org.


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Set Sail at the Father’s Day Kite Fly Let’s go fly a kite! Come out to the 29th Annual Father’s Day Kite Fly, Sunday, June 21th at Goose Spit Park from 12:30 - 2:30 pm. Every year, families flock to the park to participate in this popular community event. Dads, moms, grandparents and kids of all ages will enjoy the kaleidoscope of colours as kites of all shapes and sizes fly through the skies. Registration is FREE and open to everyone. Ribbons and prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories, such as peoples’ choice, stunt kite, oldest pilot, largest kite, hard-luck flyer, homemade kite, and more.

This year a free hot dog roast at the fire pits has been added as part of the fun. All food will be provided. As limited parking is available at Goose Spit Park, a free shuttle bus will run every fifteen minutes from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 leaving Brooklyn Elementary School (the old Cape Lazo school on Guthrie Road). For more information call Courtenay Recreation’s Lewis Centre at 250 338-5371 or visit courtenay.ca/kitefly. Special thanks go to the Sponsors: Whale Tale Toys, Comox Strathcona Regional District, and Courtenay Recreation.

Grade 2 student, Hana Morgan, finds a book among the piles donated so far. Teacher Gavin MacPhail hopes more books will be donated so all students will have books to read this summer.

More donations sought for summer reading kick-off Parent volunteers at Courtenay Elementary School have collected, sorted, and distributed hundreds of donated books to students this year, and they are looking for more to keep students reading through the summer. Education experts emphasize that summer reading is critical to maintaining and consolidating learning that happens during the school year, but many kids don’t have books at their level available when they are not at school. That’s why parents and staff along with community partners are host-

ing a book and reading resource fair for students and their families on afternoon of June 16 at Courtenay Elementary. “Our volunteers at the school have done a great job getting books to students throughout the year,” says Principal Kyle Timms. “But we could use even more books to keep the reading momentum going throughout the summer. If your children have left elementary school, now’s the time to clear some room on their shelf and we’ll make sure the books will be well used.” Mr. Timms notes the strong cor-

relation that, on average, students with more books at home are better readers and their reading levels don’t drop off during the summer compared to children who don’t have their own home reading materials. Books can be dropped off between 8:30 and 4 p.m. Books should be in good condition and be appropriate for children up to 12 up until June 13. Books for pre-school children are also appreciated as the school is home to three early learning programs in addition to many students with younger siblings.


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SPRING IN THE GARDEN Lilies are works of art in the garden BY ELLEN PRESLEY Anderton Nursery The lilies are blooming and we have so many varieties with each one a showpiece on its own. They are truly amazing as each plant burst forth in bloom - the colors, the forms, the shapes and the fragrances are sensational. Lilies have been cultivated for centuries and their blooms have been revered throughout history and featured prominently in many cultures - and rightly so, as every bloom is breathtaking and

exquisitely formed. It is like featuring a rare piece of art in your garden. The showy Asiatic lilies come in a variety of colors and heights and are usually unscented which is great for those suffering from allergies. The shorter varieties are great for containers or as a border plant and make an excellent long lasting cut flower. The ‘Lily Looks’ series was developed in the Netherlands. They are bred for their compact nature, size of bloom and more flowers per stem. ‘Tiny Pearl’ (14-16”) is a

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fold’ which is a lovely white with unique maroon stripes and spots and the blooms are 5-6” across. It has fantastic reflexed petals which are fragrant (1824”) and each plant boast 12 flowers per bulb. Or if you are looking for pure white, try ‘New Wave’ (1822”). This is a wonderful pure snow white and adds elegant contrast to the other colors in your garden. The Doubles do not produce pollen and have an exceptional long bloom time in the garden. ‘Double Sensation’ (25”) is an unusual bi-color with reddish-purple petals and a white center. This lily gets better as it matures as does the exquisite double yellow ‘Fata Morgana’ (39”) which has layers of primrose petals with dark speckles. They make a long lasting cut flower, have no anthers or messy pollen to worry about and produce 5-7 flowers per stem.

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(Continued from page 22) The Tango series is taller and adds both drama and fragrance to the Asiatic lily collection. These are considered the superstars of the garden because of their brighter colors, dense spotting, more blooms and light fragrance. The amazing Tango ‘Orange Art’ (48’) is a bright orange with dark burgundy center. MagniďŹ cent when mass planted in the garden or used as a focal point. Of all the Asiatic lilies, the darkest one seems to be ‘Dimension’ (2436â€?) which forms beautiful clusters of extra-large blossoms in a theatrical shade of dark burgundy. The blooms measure an incredible 7â€? across and are supported by sturdy near black stems. Talk about adding drama to the garden, this sensational lily will win every time. Some of the most beautiful and fragrant lilies available are the Orientals. They have enormous sweet scented blooms in many vibrant shades and can be added to the cutting bed, the garden or used in containers. They are the ones used in arrangements to make amboyant and extravagant bouquets. Two of the most familiar are the ‘Stargazer’ and the ‘Casablanca.’ The ‘Stargazer’ (so named because its blooms face upwards towards the sky) is pink and red with a white edge and the ‘Casablanca’ is an ethereal white. Both have magniďŹ cent blooms and an irresistible sweet scent. Most Oriental lilies are 2-3 feet in height and thus their towering beauty make a bold statement in the garden bed. A new lily for us is the ‘Kaveri’ which is a cross between an Asiatic and an Oriental. This has stunning golden petals with bronzy red ames and a striking green center. A truly innovative lily with

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The amazing Tango ‘Orange Art’ exotic color and a heady fragrance. As if the Oriental lilies weren’t show enough, the newer varieties come in doubles which make the blooms even larger and fuller. The fullest of the double Oriental is ‘Lodewijk’ (24-36â€?)( Named after Lodewijk Napoleon, bother of Napoleon Bonaparte, Lodewijk became King of the Kingdom of Holland in 1806). It has gorgeous double white ruffled petals with hints of lime green stripes. The blooms are 3-6â€? and are highly fragrant. Another wonderful double is the roselily ‘Thalita’(36-40’)which is the double form of the Stargazer lily. It produces huge double rose-red ow-

ers with lighter edges and spotted centers. All the gorgeous color and scent at twice the petal count. Lilies are very easy to grow and a must for every garden. They like sun or part shade, an average amount of water and good drainage. Use a slow release fertilizer with a high center number and you will be rewarded with an abundance of blooms. Lilies attract bees, butteries and birds, make a good long lasting cut ower, and are drought tolerant in the garden once established. Each lily is a wonderful work of art - why not use them to create your own garden masterpiece. Happy Gardening!

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The Comox Valley Horticultural Society welcomes Rhona McAdam to the June 15th meeting. Doors of the Florence Filberg Centre will open at 7 p.m. Guests welcome; admission is $5. Throughout our food system, from seeds to salad greens, nutritional values are going down and toxicity levels are going up. So we need to think and talk more about ways to increase nutrition at home, from our gardens to our larders. Rhona McAdam, poet, holistic nutritionist and gardener, author of Digging the City, will speak on nutritional gardening: how to get the most from the food you grow and buy. Rhona McAdam has a Permaculture Design CertiďŹ cate, a Master’s degree in Food Culture and Community and is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. Her business, Go Local Nutrition, is based at Haliburton Community Organic Farm in Victoria. She teaches Eco-Nutrition at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in

Rhona McAdam Nanaimo. She’s published numerous collections of food (and other) poetry, written for “Small Farm Canadaâ€? and “Aliveâ€? magazines, and her ďŹ rst nonďŹ ction book, Digging in the City: An Urban Agriculture Manifesto, has been garnering praise from urban and rural readers since it ďŹ rst appeared in 2012. For more information about the lecture of the CV Horticultural Society visit the website at www. comoxvalleyhortsociety. ca


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HEATSTROKE KILLS! These past exceptionally warm weeks should remind all pet owners of this single most important summer tip…..Don’t Leave Dogs In Hot Cars! Heatstroke, also known as hyperthermia is a very real and very serious summer hazard. Our pets cannot tell us when they are feeling overheated or when they need a break from the sun. Unfortunately we often don’t see the symptoms until it is too late. Hyperthermia can be a life-threatening condition for your pet and requires immediate treatment. A dog’s normal body temperature is 101.5 F plus or minus 1 degree. Anytime the body temperature significantly increases, a true emergency exists. Heatstroke all too commonly occurs in the hot summer weather when dogs are left with inadequate ventilation in hot vehicles. However heatstroke can occur in other conditions such as being over exercised in hot/humid weather and even when left in a car on a relatively cool day. Leaving a window open or parking your vehicle in the shade does not mean it is safe to leave your pet in the car. Temperatures can still reach dangerous levels in a very short period of time. Working dogs are especially vulnerable to heatstroke as they are driven to perform and will rarely stop to take a break unless told to do so. Signs of heatstroke include heavy panting, drooling from the mouth and nose, vomiting, diarrhea, signs of distress or restlessness, unsteady on feet, collapse and

act fast! Minutes can save a life. If possible, have the store page the owner of the vehicle or call your local BCSPCA (250339-7722), the animal cruelty hotline (1-855-622-7722), animal control (250218-2365) or the police. Programming these numbers into your cell phone ahead of time could save a dog’s life. Remember, the best treatment for heatstroke is prevention! Always be aware of your pets needs on hot, sunny days by offering plenty of fresh, cool drinking

purple, blue or bright red gums. If you suspect your pet is suffering from heatstroke, remove your pet from the environment immediately. Find a cool, shaded area and direct a fan on your pet. If possible, determine a rectal temperature and record it. Begin to cool the body with cool, wet towels over the back or in the groin area. It is always recommended to transport your pet to the closest veterinary hospital for immediate treatment. Call ahead so the staff can be prepared for your arrival with a cooling station set up ready to go. Never use cold water or ice for cooling. This will cause superficial blood vessels to shrink which actually holds the heat in, making it more difficult to bring down the body’s temperature. The fastest way to cool the body’s temperature is to cool the

inner most structure of the body such as the groin and under the arms with cool, damp towels. Never force water into your pet but have it ready to offer should your pet become alert enough to show interest in drinking. If you see a dog unattended in a hot car,

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water and shade. If you are feeling overheated and exhausted while wearing light, summer clothes…imagine how your pet feels under all that fur. Our pets are an extension of our families and we love to take them everywhere we go. However this could prove to be deadly on those hot summer days. Always opt to leave your pet at home in the comfort of their own environment as “just a quick 10 minutes in the car”, can be 10 minutes too late! Submitted by Van Isle Veterinary Hospital


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THINGS TO DO BEFORE BRINGING A NEW CAT HOME Cats and dogs are the two most popular types of pets in the country, and while dogs have been dubbed “man’s best friend,” cat owners are quite vocal when expressing their love for their feline friends. Those looking for a cat may not have to look far. The ASPCA says approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and roughly 3.4 million of those are cats. An area shelter is an ideal place to find a new pet for those thinking of getting their first cat or adding to the pets already in the household. Cats, can be purchased from pet stores, but they also may be available via friends or family members who have recently welcomed a new litter. Before bringing your cat home, it is best to make sure you and members of your household are prepared to welcome a furry feline friend into your home. • Is everyone ready for the responsibility? Pets are a big responsibility, and all members of the household should be ready and willing to pitch in and care for pets. Divide duties based on age and physical ability. If a member of the

family doesn’t support the decision to get a cat, this might not be the right time to do so. • Find the right match in a pet. Temperament can play a role in how well a cat fits in with your family. A cat that is fearful and skittish may not be the best match for a family with young, active children. Specialneeds cats may be better for adultonly homes or for people who can devote the extra time needed to properly care for the animal. • Designate a cat-friendly spot in your home. A new cat may need some time before he or she acclimates to a new environment. To facilitate this process, designate a room or area in the house for your cat. This should be a low-traffic spot. Keep a litter box and food and water bowls nearby. • Stock up on your supplies. Cats will need various pet supplies to be comfortable and healthy. For the time being, use the same products the cat had at the shelter or pet store, which can create a sense of familiarity that makes cats more comfortable in their new homes. Over time you can transition slowly to new supplies, including:

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litter box and litter material food food and water bowls scratching posts interactive toys and solo toys brushes and other grooming supplies - sturdy cat carriers • Find the right veterinarian. Select a veterinarian whom you trust and makes you feel comfortable. Have your cat examined by the vet and discuss any questions or concerns you may have. A vet may be able to install microchip in your cat for identification purposes as well. • Safe-proof your home. Cats can be curious, and many will want to investigate rooms throughout your house. To protect curious cats, keep cleaning products and other chemicals locked away and secure electric wires with cord containment devices. Know which houseplants are toxic and, if you don’t discard them, make sure they cannot be reached by cats. Cats make wonderful pets. Bringing a new cat home often requires taking certain steps to ensure your furry friend is comfortable in his or her new home.

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DID YOU KNOW? Cats and vegetarian diets may not make an ideal match. Cats have a greater need for protein than their canine counterparts, and while protein can be found in a vegetarian diet, different proteins contain different levels of amino acids cats need to survive. Taurine is an amino acid found in meat and fish that cats cannot synthesize, meaning they must get it through their diets. If cats’ diets don’t include sufficient taurine, the resulting deficiency can lead to heart disease and other potentially serious health problems. Cats also need more protein than dogs, making vegetarian diets for felines an especially risky proposition and one many veterinarians advise against.

The answer to this is simple. Cleaning teeth prevents painful tooth loss when you’re older. It’s what you can’t see that will hurt you and what you can’t see is the tartar under the gums. I often get asked “what about cleaning without anesthesia?” It is not possible to properly remove tartar under the gums on the tongue side or between the teeth in an awake pet. It scares the heck out of them and it hurts! The teeth can be made to look ‘clean’ and white on the surface however, underneath the gums the tartar continues to whittle away at the bone holding the roots of the teeth in place. Your pet will not be getting the dental care that you think they are. If your pet is having a non-anesthesia cleaning, ask them if you can watch. Don’t be surprised if they say no because they don’t want you to see your pet freaking out. Who is most at risk are the toy breeds to medium size doggies and all cats. So save your Yorkie or Shih Tzu from losing their teeth at 10 years old. Plan to have a regular deep periodontal cleaning done to remove the tartar starting at 2 to 3 years of age. You need to get in the mouth and have a good look around at least once a year and see how your pet’s tooth loss prevention plan is working. We’d be happy to do this for you complementary during the month of June.

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The Ginger Goodwin Story: WHAT'SON In the Comox Valley A new play about Cumberland’s 12 FRIDAY controversial folk hero As part of the 30th annual Miners’ Memorial Weekend, Nanaimo’s professional theatre company TheatreOne will present a special staged reading of a new play by Michael Stephen on Thursday, June 18 at 7pm at the Cumberland United Church. The Ginger Goodwin Story chronicles the miner, union organiser and anti-war activist from the time of his arrival on Vancouver Island to his death near Comox Lake at the hands of special constable Dan Campbell on July 27, 1918. The play was developed and workshopped at TheatreOne’s emerging voices theatre development series in 2013. This presentation will be the first in the Comox Valley and the closest thing to a full production that the play has yet had. Five actors take on multiple characters under the direction of TheatreOne’s Artistic Director David Mann. The action takes place in and around Cumberland, as well as in Trail, Victoria and elsewhere. “We’re very excited to get to bring this work to the very place where much of the story occurred, and to present it to a community that knows this story and has discussed and debated it for nearly 100 years” said Mann. The play is somewhat fictionalized for dramatic effect, but based on extensive historical research. Michael Stephen is a passionate student of history and has imbued the play with a great deal of true detail. It is also a sympathetic portrayal of the central character, who re-

Gimger Goodwin mains both a controversial and iconic figure to this day. The staged reading will be followed by a Q&A and discussion. All proceeds from the events support exhibits and programs at the Cum-

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TRIBUTE TO COUNTRY MUSIC GREATS • On June 12 The Courtenay Legion Br. #17 is presenting Tribute to Country Music Greats featuring Garth Brooks (Steve Hill), Alan Jackson (Aaron Halliday), The Judds (Darla & Candy). This will be held in the Upper Legion Hall on June 12. Advance tickets available at Courtenay Legion Lounge, Laughing Oyster Book Store or call Marjorie Walters at 250-3350656. Tickets are $30.00 advance or $35.00 at the door. VOTE TO PROTECT • Wildwood Ecoforest at the Extraordinary General Meeting for members of The Land Conservancy of BC. June 12, 7pm at the Prospect Lake Community Hall, 5358 Sparton Road, Victoria. For info contact savewildwood@ gmail.com, phone 250-246-6727 or find the Wildwood Protectors on Facebook and Twitter. PEARL ELLIS GALLERY IN COMOX • Presents: “WEST COAST RENDITIONS” a SHOW & SALE by CHARLOTTE DEPTFORD” From June 2nd - 21st . Open Tues - Sat from 10 am - 4 pm, Sun 1 - 4 pm, Closed Monday. Free Admission. Located at 1729 Comox Avenue. FMI and to see a virtual gallery of the current show go to www.pearlellisgallery.com CYCLING • Come join us on our Friday rides. We are a road cycling group of active adults and members of the Cross Canada Cycle Tour Society (CCCTS) www. cccts.org. At 10am (except in the months July and August when the start time changes to 9AM because of the heat). We meet at the Filberg Centre’s lower parking lot, 411 Anderton Courtenay, before setting off on a bike ride. See www.cccts. org under tabs Day Rides/Comox Valley for the schedule or email bikehikepeople@gmail.com 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. Friday is still drop in darts night 7.30 pm toe line, $2.25 per person.

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Headquarters Road fair grounds, Cliffe Avenue, 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. COURTENAY LEGION • Meat draws every Saturday 2-5 p.m. in the lounge. Dancing to Gord Kruger and friends. COMOX LEGION • Meat draws are held every Saturday 3 p.m. plus Ace of Spades draw.

15 MONDAY CRIBBAGE • Every Monday night, 7:00, at the Royston Hall, corner of Old Island Highway and Royston Road. No need to bring a partner. FMI: 250-334-1883. 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.

16 TUESDAY COMOX VALLEY TRANSITION SOCIETY • Annual general meeting Tuesday, June 16, 5 pm, 2nd floor 576 England Ave., Courtenay. RSVP 250-897-0511. THE NORTH ISLAND MYELOMA SUPPORT GROUP • Is having its monthly meeting on June 16, 2015 in the dining room at the Best Western Westerly Hotel, 1590 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay. Come for lunch at 12:15 (optional, buy your own lunch), meeting starts at 1:30. Keep up to date on the latest info on myeloma and enjoy socializing with others affected by the disease. Please contact Sandy at: ianandsandymac@gmail.com or 250-703-4688 if you plan to attend or for more info 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 250-339-5350. DUPLICATE BRIDGE • Every Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m., Comox Seniors Centre. 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.

17 WED. THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVAL ASSOCIATION • Holds their monthly meetings on the 3’rd Wed of the month. The June Meeting will be held at 1300, June 17 in the Upper lounge of the Comox Legion. Guests are more than welcome. PLAY BRIDGE • Every Wednesday at 7:00 pm at the Royston Hall, 3902 Old Island Hwy and Royston Road. FMI: 250-334-1883 or roystonhall. com and on Facebook at Royston Community Club FUN DARTS • 1 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Courtenay Legion. More players (Legion members and their signed-in guests) always welcome. COMOX LEGION • Comox Legion Drop in Darts move to Wednesdays for the Summer months. Check in until 7.25 p.m.toe line 7.30. Blind draw mixed doubles (where possible), Entry $2.25 pp. Why not take in a beer and burger for $10.00, 5.00 pm until 6.00 p.m. then a game of darts. FMI 250-339-9592

18 THURSDAY SOUP AND SANDWICH LUNCHEON • Open to the Public. Thursday, June 18th, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m, Upper Legion Hall, Comox Avenue. Full Lunch $8.00; Individual Entrees $3.00. Endless tea & coffee. Come & enjoy a homemade lunch & dessert with family and friends. Sponsored by Comox Legion Ladies Auxiliary. 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 250338-2700. 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 8716671 or Nerissa 941-1809.

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GOLF NEWS STABLEFORD AT CROWN ISLE A wonderful Tuesday ladies golf was enjoyed by all as we played the Individual Stableford- on net scores for each hole-1 point for a bogey, 2 points for a par, 3 points for a birdie and 4 points for an eagle. After this great game of golf, many of the ladies enjoyed a glass of champagne compliments of Ron Coulson in our new “coffee house” The Silverado Room!! AND THE WINNERS ARE: 3 way tie for 1st with 42 points: Marilyn McCusker, Kathy Thompson and Selma Cole, who shot an 84-the best round of her golf life!! 2nd with 41 points: Shirley Ketter 2 way tie for 3rd with 40 points: Linda Stickney and Raelene Robertson. It was slim pickins’ for the ladies who were in the birdie pot with 13 ladies getting birdies! Lots of par 5s (handicap 25 plus) as well- Pat C, Judy A., Judy K, Charlene F. Linda F, Gillian K and Liz E. Congratulations to Raelene Robertson who was second low gross in the Champion of Champions held a couple of weeks ago. Kudos as well to the 4 Crown Isle ladies teams who competed in the Zone 6 Club Team Championship held at Storey Creek. The team of Dee Horie, Mathilde Schneider, and Donna Cunliffe are waiting patiently for the drink owed them for beating the team of Katy Macaulay, Sheila Van Gisbergen and Evie MacDonald. Rumour has it the bets will be paid after PIN Day next Tuesday! Many thanks to Judy P and her “rules “ team for overseeing the event Crown Isle Ladies Field Day on July 7th is fast approaching so get your name signed up on the roster in the locker room. The Theme is “Honour Your Captain” with the captain of each club playing for free when they bring a team from their club! It will be a day of golf, lunch, prizes and of course lots of fun. Watch this column next week for the results of the Captain’s Cup for men and women. Submitted by Donna Cunliffe

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Comox Legion’s annual memorial tourney success The 2nd Annual Myrna Cooley Memorial 9 hole Golf Tournament saw 26 players took to the Longlands par 3 course on Sunday May 24th. Weather was said to be ideal, which is always a bonus. Playing a shotgun start on the back 9, things got under way at 10 am. Winners this year were Fran Wright and Matt French, with a score of 27. Following them were Tracey Lutley and Victor Simonson with a 28 and taking 3rd spot were Maude Weatherley and Hank Fortin with a 31. Most Honest Player went to the foursome of Angie Howell, Frank Maniak, Eileen Paulin and Mark Miller who all had the same score (given by request only). Closest to the pin for

the ladies was Gillian Iddiols and for the Men was Frank Maniak. Thanks go to Courtenay Nissan, Rice Toyota, and Pacific Western Brewing for their support. Also to John’s Independent butcher and produce department for excellent pricing on steaks etc for the lunch. None of the lunch would have been possible without Vicky, Tracey and Hank (the cook) for an excellent lunch and for the prep and clean up. Comox Legion Branch #160, holds monthly golf tournaments at Longlands Par 3. Next up is June 14th; cost is $20.00 which includes your green fees and lunch. FMI Dave 250-339-9592 dcwillington@gmail.com.

28 ladies played golf Tuesday June the 9th to recognize the recognize the contributions of Dorothy Olive Franklin’s commitment to Junior Golf. Winner of the day went to Lorelei Banford with a Low Net of 68. Barb Buchanan was second with a net of 69. Third place was won by Nancy Newton with 70. Fourth place went to Edith Albrecht71. Grace Coulter and Pat Schmidt netted 73. With nets of 74 were: Linda Callender, Louella Dooe, Peg Runquist and Mary Suchla. Our generous sponsors, Jesse Moussa (course manager), Keith Gibson, Panago Pizza, Tee Box Restaurant, and Looneyrama provided the hole prizes won by Pat Ailles - closest to the bucket, Marg Siddall - draw for ball in the creek and clos-

est in two shots on hole 9 and 18, Linda Callender - closest in three shots on #7 and 16 and Nancy Riva closest to the hole on #5 and 14. Peg Runquist (holes #8 and 17) and Gi Carlson (holes #3 and 12)won for the longest putts. Anyone wishing to join the Ladies League for their shot gun start on Tuesday please call the Pro Shop and speak to Jesse 250-339-4444 or Linda Callender 250-3396664. Also on Thursday June 25th, Jesse and Nadine will be hosting another Ladies Night open to all golfers. The entry of $35 includes golf, dinner and prizes. The first 64 will be accepted. Again call the Pro Shop to sign up. Submitted by Nancy Riva

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Heinz Hermann (Ike) Euteneier February 7, 1942- June 8, 2015

Ike was born in Gustrow, Germany, on 7 February 1942. In 1947, his mother fled Gustrow, which used to be in East Germany, occupied by the Russian Forces, to Bremen, in West Germany, occupied by the US Forces. The journey continued in 1951, when his mother, brother and his wife, immigrated to Canada. His first stop was in Regina. He attended school there until he joined the Canadian Army on 17 March 1960. He completed basic training at the Queen’s Own Rifles Depot in Calgary. It was difficult for his instructors, as well as his comrades, to pronounce his last name, and as it sounded somewhat like Eisenhower, he was given the nickname “Ike�, which stuck with him. Shortly after graduation, his unit was transferred to Deilinghofen, (Fort MacLeod), Germany, as part of the British Army of the Rhine. There he met his wife Heidi. Requests for authority to marry, (a requirement by the military at the time), were thwarted. Persistence on Ike’s part was rewarded, and he was finally granted authority to marry. They were wed on 12 June 1962. Of the 35 years in the military, Ike spent 14 years in Germany (mostly because of his linguistic ability), 8 years in Vancouver, 7 years in Calgary, 3 years in Ottawa, 2 years in Esquimalt, 1 year in Chilliwack, and a short stay in Comox, where he retired in the rank of Master Warrant Officer. Ike and Heidi had two children, Andy (Michelle) and Corinna, and three grandchildren Tianne, Alexander and Kieran. Ike enjoyed his retirement in Comox. Unfortunately, his medical condition prevented him from enjoying a more active retirement. He loved fishing the Georgia Strait, where his remains will be spread to the four winds. Ike was predeceased by his parents, brother Reinhold and sister Valentina. I’m Free Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free. I’m following the path God laid for me. I took his hand when I heard him call, I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way, I found that peace at the close of day. If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss; Ah yes, these things I too shall miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. my life’s been full, I’ve savored much, good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your heart and share with me, God wanted me now; “He’s set me free.�

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Norman Allen Weiss Norman Allen Weiss, 79, passed away peacefully on June 2, 2015, in Courtenay, B.C., after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, Lewy Body Dementia and throat cancer. Born in Edmonton, the youngest of five children of Alfred and Matilda Weiss into the austere 1930s, Norm learned early on that self-reliance, a positive attitude and an entrepreneurial spirit were the key to success. His first job, at age 10, was selling newspapers outside the liquor store on the east side. When he earned enough money to buy a bicycle, he delivered groceries and telegrams to Edmonton residents until he graduated from Victoria Composite High School. Norm soon upgraded to a motorcycle and was known to race the then- unpaved Groat Road. A born salesman, Norm became the youngest blockman for International Harvester and vice-president of the Edmonton Junior Chamber of Commerce. While travelling the long roads of Alberta, he developed a lifetime love of cars. Always in search of a better deal, Norm’s persuasive tongue convinced dealerships to loan him cars if he agreed to sell the cars on their behalf. This ensured he had the newest and fanciest car with little cost. It was during his frequent trips on the Prairies that Norm met his future wife Carol, while at a dance in Camrose. She knew that life with Norm would never be dull and they married in 1962.

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Passed away peacefully at Glacier View Lodge after a courageous battle with Alzheimers. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years Maureen, sons Randy and Dale, granddaughters Tami, Mandi (Kasey) and Maazi, and great-grandsons Tommy, JC, and Ryland. He is also survived by brother Gilbert, sisters Leona, Bernadeen, and Jeanette, former daughter-in-laws Wendy and Heather, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Ken was retired from many years at Elk Falls Mill and had also worked for Comox Logging and General Construction. The family would like to thank the staff at Glacier View for the compassionate care Ken received and also for their concern and understanding for the family. There will be no service by Ken’s request. Donations would be graciously accepted to Glacier View Lodge Society, 2450 Back Road, Courtenay, B.C. V9N 8BC

His career took him to Shell Canada, where he was transferred to Vancouver as the Western Marketing Manager. Growing tired of the corporate world, Norm took the family to Fort McMurray to operate a Shell bulk plant and a Ski-Doo dealership. Immersing himself into the town, Norm became vice-chair of the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce, member of the Kinsmen Club, Rotary Club and Muffalloose Trailblazers. In 1979, Norm was elected to the Alberta Legislature to represent Fort McMurray - Lac La Biche. He was a successful, four-term member of the Alberta government serving as Minister of Recreation and Parks, Minister of Career Development and Employment, and Assistant Minister to Social Services and Community Health. Norm chaired the Northern Alberta Development Council and was a member of the AOSTRA and Syncrude Boards. Norm was a strong and passionate voice for the North, representing his constituents with energy, honesty and a genuine concern for all. He was proud to have contributed to the 1988 Calgary Olympics, the Fort McMurray Oil Sands Interpretive Centre, the Keyano College Foundation, and was deeply honoured by the naming of the Norm Weiss Centre for the Visual and Performing Arts. In 1993, after 14 years and three Premiers, Norm retired from politics. Norm was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, in 2012, for his service to the community. In 1996, Norm and Carol moved to beautiful Courtenay, B.C., where Norm enjoyed his view of the ocean, many rounds of golf at the Sunnydale Club, fishing trips to the Queen Charlotte Islands, breakfast with A&W buddies, bargain hunting at swap meets, keeping tabs on his neighbours at Bates Beach and advising the local B.C. Conservatives. While wintering in Arizona, Norm returned to his salesman roots, buying and selling golf clubs, organizing golf games and meeting up with old friends. Norm is remembered with love by his wife Carol, daughter Jill Weiss (Louise) and grandson “buckshot� Graham, daughter Wendy Manchak (Wally) and granddaughter Katelyn. Norm’s family would like to thank the staff at the St. Joseph’s Hospital Transitional Care Unit and Glacier View Lodge for their wonderful care and compassion in his last year. Norm’s ready smile and clever wit will be missed, but wherever he is now, you can guarantee he will be drinking a diet Coke, eating a Teen- Burger and negotiating the best deal on a trailer, boat or car. In keeping with Norm’s wishes, no funeral service will be held. Online condolences are welcome at memorialwebsite.legacy.com/ NormWeiss. Memorial donations can be made to KidSport Canada (www.kidsportcanada.ca) – a national organization helping children experience the benefits of organized sport.

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ANYSYSMIW, Victor February 25, 1942 - May 18, 2015 Born in Ukraine and immigrated to Canada in 1952, Victor grew up in Quebec and had mastered ďŹ ve languages by the young age of twelve. Victor joined the Royal Canadian Navy where he was trained in his passion: diving. It was on a cross Canada vacation from Grand Bend, Ontario to Vancouver Island, that Victor and his young family discovered the beautiful Comox Valley, and moved here shortly thereafter. Victor was one of the pioneers of the geoduck industry, having harvested his ďŹ rst geoduck while diving in the shallows of the Comox Bar in 1977. Victor retired to South Western Ontario and has lived in the Welland area for the past many years. Victor is survived by his two sons Victor Jr. and Paul, and his two grandchildren. A service was held in Welland, Ontario May 21, 2015.

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LARUE – Richard (Paul Antoine)

Annual AGM Notice Sandwick Water District June 18, 2015 7:00 pm Vanier Band Room

May 22, 1932 – June 6, 2015 Richard LaRue passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital extended care in Comox on June 6, 2015. He is predeceased by his wife Gail Kulmer, brothers Marcel and Antonio, sister Diane and mother Clara and is survived by his son David, daughter Line (Shawn), grandchildren Matthew and Melissa and his brother Herbert. Richard was a long-time member of St. Vincent de Paul in Lachine, QC. He had an over 30 years of service with the Canada Post. In his leisure time, Richard loved to travel and was an avid reader. He was a compassionate, kind, caring, generous, and very involved in his church as a devoted catholic. Flowers gratefully declined. A donation in Richard’s memory to the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation, P.O. Box 1225, Comox, B.C., V9M 7Z8 would be appreciated. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Christ the King Church in Courtenay on Monday, June 15, 2015 at 9:00am.

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Helmuth Jørgensen 1926 – 2015 It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Helmuth Jorgensen. Born in Denmark on March 20th, 1926 and passed away in his home on Sunday, May 31st, 2015. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and Far Far. He was predeceased by his parents Marius and Ingeborg , brother Preben and sister Hella, and his loving wife Grethe and companion in later years Margaret Brown. Family left to celebrate and honour his life – Children - Annie, Sussie (Roy), Ben (Ann); Grandchildren – Tyler (Claire), Bryan, Travis and Katelynn; Great Grandchildren – Riley, Brayden, and Eliza and extended family and family in Denmark. Helmuth trained in Denmark under master craftsmen of the day and then answered the international call out for skilled tradesmen and chose to immigrate to Canada in May, 1957 where he and his wife Grethe made their home first in Port Alberni and then finally residing in Cumberland to raise their family. He spent his life in the construction industry. As a young carpenter working on a new nursing home in Denmark his only major incident was falling 7 meters and sustaining a broken jaw. Considering the height of the fall he was very lucky it was not worse. His hands were involved in many projects around the Comox Valley and Campbell River including expansions to Cumberland Diagnostic & Treatment Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital. Helmuth was always willing to help out a neighbour and lend a hand where needed. He enjoyed working in his garden and making beautiful stained glass. Time in the winter months was spent doing Danish crossword puzzles which were sent on a regular basis from family in Denmark. He was an avid reader, a great teller for historical events with many memories of World War 2 and how it affected him as a teenager. In later years he found enjoyment with the computer, keeping up with family and news from abroad. As Mr. Blomgren stated he loved talking about Federal and Local Politics and the internet kept him thoroughly abreast of all the latest news giving him lots of fuel for discussion and opinions. He always had a story to tell and could lighten any situation with his humour. We would like to Thank Dr. Woldnik and all the Caring Persons from Home Support who helped to keep our promise for Dad to stay in his home. Your Caring and Loving Support is Very Much Appreciated. The family also wishes to thank all those that took time out of their busy days to stop by and visit with Dad, these visits always brightened his days. Family wishes to thank Piercy’s Funeral Home who are in charge of arrangements for all their help. Memorial donations may be made to Comox Valley Hospice Society or Canadian Cancer Society. There is no service by request of Helmuth. “Don’t be sad and mopey, I lived a good life just tired now and ready to go” Remember Far Far “Fenders on a BMX Bike are not cool to a 5 year old”

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ACTON, William (Fred) March 16, 1929 - May 21, 2015 Sadly we have to say good-bye to a wonderful and loving husband, father, and grandpa. We will forever remember Fred’s laugh, smile, sense of humour, and love of sweets. He always liked a good game of cards, enjoyed bowling, golfing, ball and hockey. Fred was born in Comox and raised in Hilliers where he started his working career as a faller. He re-enlisted in the Air Force in 1958 retiring in 1979. Fred leaves behind his loving wife, Ruby, of nearly 58 years, sons Donald, Robert (Cheryl), granddaughter Megan, brothers Gerald (Marg), Stan (Diane), Charles (Heather) and sister Bet (Ray). He was predeceased by sisters Dorothy and Jeannette. A special thanks to Dr Harris and the VIHA home support team. Fred requested there be no service. Love you Pops xxxxx

Douglas Dewar Paton March 14, 1923 June 4, 2015 On June 4, 2015, Doug Paton died the same way he lived, with a minimum of fuss and fanfare. He believed decency, honesty and integrity made for a happy and satisfied life; that doing the right thing was not optional, but was the measure of your character. He lived with these convictions and taught them to his children and many grandchildren. He was a well-liked friend, co-worker, and employer, and a much loved father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Doug was born to urban life in Kelfield, Saskatchewan on March 14, 1923, but soon showed his love for all things outdoors. As a boy, he hunted, fished and helped out on his cousin’s farm near Buchanan. He turned 18 during WWII and quickly joined the RCAF. After pilot training in Dauphin and Portage, he went overseas and flew the Mosquito, with missions over Holland, Germany & France. He survived two crash landings. After the war, Doug married Anna and made career choices based on what they thought best for their increasing family. After 2 years studying Aeronautical Engineering at UBC, they moved to Woss Lake, where he began his long logging career. From 1961- 1968, the family moved back to the farm in Saskatchewan, then in 1968, a return to Woss. Doug was forcibly retired in 1976, after a car accident left him unable to continue as a logger. Retirement slowed him down, but didn’t stop him. His pleasures in life remained constant. As much as he was able, he continued hunting and fishing. He played a little golf, getting a hole-in-one at age 88. He was a formidable opponent in both cribbage and scrabble, and loved the visits from his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We are better for having known him. Doug is predeceased by wife Anna and son Charles. He is survived by sons, Joel and Robert, daughters, Mary, Jane and Peggy. The family wishes to thank Dr. Bakshi and Amanda Levicek and her incredible staff, as well as the volunteers in The Views.

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

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LEGALS

Village of Cumberland Notice of Annual Report Notice is given that the Council of the Corporation of the Village of Cumberland will consider its 2014 Annual Report and submissions and questions from the public at the following meeting: Regular Council Meeting June 22, 2015 at 5:30 pm Council Chambers at 2675 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland, BC (Next to the Fire Hall at First Street) You may view and obtain copies of the annual report at the Village Office at 2673 Dunsmuir Avenue and at www.cumberland.ca or call 250-336-2291. THE COMOX Valley Transition Society’s mission is to promote the creation of a healthy community through positive contributions to the lives of women, children and families. The Society invites its members to attend the: Annual General Meeting Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 at 5:00 pm 2nd Floor 576 England Avenue Courtenay, BC RSVP - Call 250-8970511

Land Act: Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land Take notice that Austin Powder Ltd. of Courtenay, BC has applied to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO), West Coast Region for a License of Occupation Light Industrial situated on Provincial Crown land located at Courtenay, Browns River. The Lands File Number that has been established for this application is File# 0348829. Written comments concerning this application should be directed to the Section Head, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations at: Suite 142-2080 Labieux Rd, Nanaimo, BC, V9T 6J9, or emailed to: AuthorizingAgency.Nanaimo @gov.bc.ca Comments will be received by MFLNRO until July 22, 2015. MFLNRO may not be able to consider comments received after this date. Please visit our website: http://arfd.gov.bc.ca/ ApplicationPosting/ index.jsp for more information. Be advised that any response to this advertisement will be considered part of the public record. For information, contact the Freedom of Information Advisor at the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operation’s office in Nanaimo.

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Corporation of the Village Of Cumberland PROPERTY TAX NOTICES 2015 Property tax notices for the Village of Cumberland have been mailed to all property owners. If you own property inside the municipal boundaries of the Village of Cumberland and have not received your tax notice, please contact the Village Office at 250- 336-2291. Please ensure your taxes are paid by the deadline of July 2nd, 2015 to avoid a 10% penalty. The Village accepts cash, cheque, debit card and payments made online or in person at participating financial institutions. Home Owner Grants must be applied for each year. If you are eligible for the Provincial Home Owner Grant, please complete the application on the back of your Property Tax Notice and submit it to the Village Office on or before July 2, 2015. Office hours are 8:30am-4:30pm Monday to Friday (closed for stat holidays). For more information please visit our website: www.cumberland.ca and search “2015 Property Taxes”

NOTICE OF SALE TO RECOUP WAGES 1980 Buick Riviera Coupe 4Z57RAE444914 N.E. Winchester pay $1000.00 for repair work or it will be sold at 404 Upland Ave., Courtenay BC on June 19th at 12 pm. 250-702-7397 senior.savage@telus.net

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542 Kinnikinik Way Off Lazo Road, Comox

HUGE GARAGE SALE Lots of Household Items, Toys, Tools, etc. SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.

Saturday, June 13th 8:00am –1:00pm

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS. Notice is Hereby Given that Creditors and others, having claims against the Estate of John Kyle Lowdon, formerly of 123 4640 Headquarters Road, Courtenay, British Columbia, Deceased are hereby required to send the particulars thereof to the Executor, David John Lowdon c/o 201 - 467 Cumberland Road, Courtenay, BC V9N 2C5, on or before July 10, 2015, after which date the Estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to the claims that have been received. By Christopher J. Kelsey Barrister and Solicitor Swift Datoo Law Corporation

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COURTENAY. SAT. June 13, 8am-3pm. Odds n’ ends, ceramic tiles, carpet, laminate, roll ends. At Flooring Canada, 2920 Moray Ave.

PUBLIC AUTO AUCTION EVERY SATURDAY 11 A.M. --------------------861 Allsbrook Road, PARKSVILLE Take Exit #51 off Freeway, West on Hwy. 4A, left on Bellevue, Left on Allsbrook --------------------Over 120 cars & trucks will be auctioned. Come buy where the Dealers buy! Viewing Tuesday thru Friday 9:30-5:00. Gates open at 9:30 Sale Day Terms: $200 cash/ interact deposit sale day, balance certiďŹ ed funds on Tuesday, or pay in full sale day. No Credit Cards Insurance available on-site sale day

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FREE ITEMS FREE TO Good Home 3 yr old brother sister team of cats, both spayed and neutered. Must have some access to the outdoors and they must stay together. Includes all accessories. (250)871-5501.

GARAGE SALES 2617 DUNSMUIR AVE, CUMBERLAND GIANT MOVING SALE Books, DVDs, toys, tickle trunk, furniture, tools, clothing, household items. Rain or Shine. June 13, 10:00am−2:00pm COURTENAY-1288 Tunner Dr Walnut Grove Start Sat 8 AM to 2 PM Several Units Participating

Garage Sale 1697 McLauchlin - Courtenay Sat June 12 8:00AM to 12:00PM Misc Household items Something for everyone GARAGE SALE & Bake Sale at Cumberland Legion- 2770 Dunsmuir Ave, Sat, June 13, 9am-2pm.

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WATERFRONT READ ISLAND Tenancy in common share of 13 acres. Waterfront lease. All commercial, good water, buildings, next to gov. dock, school, post office, google Surge Narrows Read Island for pics. $126,000

OPEN HOUSE 2111 Lambert Drive, Courtenay (off 20th St ) Sat 1:00 to 2:00 $278,900 Rob Nygren Hosted by Jennifer Vinzenz

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K’ómoks First Nation Band Administrator Job Position The K’ómoks First Nation seeks an experienced and results oriented Band Administrator. The Administrator will plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate, through Program staff, the day to day operations of the K’ómoks First Nation according to established goals and objectives.

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Courtenay is on the east coast of beautiful Vancouver Island, one hour’s drive north of Nanaimo and three hours’ drive north of Victoria. The Echo, established in 1994, is part of Black Press community news media, an independent and international media group with more than 190 community, daily and urban publications, 14 press facilities and over 160 websites in B.C., Alberta, Washington, Hawaii and Ohio. The Comox Valley has a population of 66,000 with a vibrant and diverse community consisting of three distinct municipalities nestled within a large rural area.

The Administrator will be responsible for directing and overseeing the daily operations of K’ómoks First Nation administration as well as working with the Nation's Treaty Team to build upon fulfilling community visions.

We are looking for a reporter to help us cover a wide variety of beats, including education, municipal governments, and the military (large air force base).

Find the job description, full list of qualifications and submission guidelines at: www.CampbellDuke. com/kfn-band-administrator. The deadline for submissions is at 2:00pm, June 29 2015.

We require candidates for this position to have post-secondary journalism education and some experience working on community newspapers. Candidates must be able to write clean copy under tight deadlines in a competitive market. Candidates must also have their own reliable vehicle, smartphone, and possess digital photography skills.

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GLACIER GREENS MEN’S SHOOTOUT Day two of this years Shootout is now in the books. Weather wise we could not have asked for a better day. Clear skies, warm temperatures and a cooling breeze greeted the one hundred and four participants. Day two of the tournament was the Scramble format and next week it will be the dreaded Alternate shot. The Glacier Greens Ladies Open is on Saturday June the 13th and we will be playing the final day of the Shootout on Sunday the 14th. It will be a full field 08:30 am Shotgun start. A few changes at the top of the Gross side of the competition with Mike Berger and his son Terran moving into a tie for first place with James Dickson and Kevin Hunt with a two day total of (132). Next at (137) is Dave Wacowich and Carl Webber. Tied for fourth at (138) are Rob Borland and Steve Peters, Doug McArthur and Jim Livingstone and Pete Hill and Ron Morrison. On the Net side Dave Osborne and Derek Bullard are hanging on to the lead with (104) followed by Reg Meeres and son Glen at (109). Bill Chiki and Bill O’Neill are next at (110). Al Pasanen and Armin Reckhard are close with (111) and five teams are holding down fifth spot with (112). They are Al Waddell and Mike Pollock, Len Doyle and Gary Wood, Bob MacKay and Hank Fortin, Nick Mykitiuk and Rudge Wilson with Don Hilchey and Ron Peacock. Team K.P.’s went to Bernie Johnston & Ferg Webster on hole # 4 sponsored by Scott Fraser of Royal LePage, Phil Nakashima & Doug Mann on # 7 sponsored by the Saturday Men’s Club, Glenn Horsepool & Neil Neilson on # 12 sponsored by Gary Wiebe of Boston Pizza, Jim Clark & Bill Krier on # 15 sponsored by Bill Kelly of Bill Kelly Golf and to Glen Parsons & Robin Houlgrave on # 17 sponsored by Bill Girard of Canadian Western Bank. Next Sunday the 14th will be alternate Shot. Submitted by Len Doyle, Saturday Men’s Coordinator

WINDS FOR GLACIER GREENS LADIES Tuesday, June 8th and another fantastically

beautiful morning for the 25 women playing golf at Glacier Greens. The wind played havoc with the high shots to the green and messed about with the KP’s but despite that Lori Cameron took the honors on hole 4 and Monica Rim was the close shot for hole 12. The longest putt on #18 was won by Lynne Pringle. The game for the morning was one using the shots on the odd numbered holes only and subtracting half your handicap. A nightmare for those that forgot their 3rd grade math! However, despite the take away with borrowing the winner, with a 29.0 was Rosslyn O’Rourke, followed by Janet Edwards with 29.5 and Lynne Pringle with 29.5. Brenda Livingstone scored 30.0, Gene Renaud 31.5,Twylla Graff 32.0, Tobi Norris 33.0 and Lori Cameron 34.0. Welcome to new member Twylla Graff, and Monica Rim. They both show great promise and we are so glad to have them aboard! Submitted by Ann Johnston

WEDNESDAY NIGHT COMOX MEN Stableford results for Wednesday evening, June 3rd. 1st Dave Wood 24 pts, 2nd Dan Bailey 23 pts, 3rd Martin Hegg 22 pts, 4th Rich McCaughan 22 pts, 5th Butch Williams 21pts, 6th Ian Leakey 21pts,. Hole Prizes: #10 KP, John Hope, Westview Fords Sales #11 KP, Butch Williams, Thrifty Foods #12 LD, Kaj Petersen, Browning.com #13 KP, Mark Smith, Investors Group (Keith Gibson) #14 KP, Nick Usher, Richard Siddall Financial Services #16 LD, Ken Simmons, Mens Club #18 KP, Ken Loga, Shilo Painting Snips for Marty Petersen, Mark Smith and Dan Bailey PoG for Marty Petersen Submitted by Terry Christie

SUNDAY GOLF FOR COMOX MEN 45 guys played on another beautiful sunny Sunday Morning. 0-14 low gross Nick Usher 68, Stu Holland 72 15 + low gross Mike Naso 81, Mike Simmons 82 CB Low Nets Bill Schneider 62, Billy Bowles 63, Don Ellis 63, Jim Eremko 65, Stan Potter 65 KP Prizes 10 2nd shot 0-14 Terry Christie,

(Bowlzy Brkfst Comox Pacific Express) 2/11 KP 3rd shot 15+ Ken Simmons (Blackfin Pub) 3/12 Long drive 15+ Mike Simmons (Investers Group Gibby) 4/13 2nd shot All Kaj Petersen ( Westview Ford) 5 KP All Colin McGowan (Men’s Club) 14 KP All Larry Kulesh (Men’s Club) 15 KP 2nd shot 15+ Gordon Harris (Bowlzy Brkfst Comox Pacific Express) 7/16 Long Drive 0-14 Butch Williams (Billy Wheeldon Construction) 7/16 KP 2nd shot 0-14 Butch Williams (Rick Siddall Financial Services) 9 KP All Stu Holland( Men’s Club) 18 KP All Don Ellis (Men’s Club) Skins, Colin McGowan, Nick Usher, Billy Bowles, Marty Petersen, Stu Holland, Kaj Petersen, Mark Smith, Jack Burgess, Pat Riva, Rick McCaughan Deuces recorded by Nick Usher, Stu Holland, Colin McGowan. POG 0-14 Kaj Petersen, 4 Birdies recorded by Nick Usher and 3 by Stu Holland, Billy Schneider, Charles Belanger, Billy Bowles, Gary Snider, Colin McGowan Submitted by Vic Crisp

SUNNYDALE LADIES’ CLUB NEWS Almost everyone who came in off the course claimed that they had a terrible game on Tuesday, June 9th Ladies Day, except for Laurie Appleyard who came in grinning as the Low Gross Winner with 90. Other Low Gross Winners were Linda Broadbent and Trish Heyland with 97, Pat Peden 98, and Marlene Gerrie and Kathie Reid with 99. On the Net side, Lois Westbrook had a 75, Sally Sloat 76, Penny Wagensteing and Magge Miller 77, while Barb Dixson, Rona Lowson and Pat Ruolph recorded 78. Penny Wagenstein had the Lowest number of Putts with 27 while Marlene Gerrie had the Longest Putt on hole #9. KP’s winners were Cheryl Bickle - Hole #10, Jenny Lavery on #15 and Bel Brown on #5 for 2nd Shot over 25 Hcp. Hopefully, there will be a lot of low scores next week and more happy faces.

SUNNYDALE MEN’S CLUB NEWS Results form Wednesday, June 3rd: First Low Gross 0-10 Dan Woods 35; First Low Gross 11+ - Ray Dagenais 35 2nd 0-10 - Jordan Rallison 36, 2nd 11+ - Rob

Heron 42 3rd 1 -10 - Brian Phelan 36, 3rd 11 + Scotty Mattoon 43, 4th 11 + - Corey Nickerson 44 Net Scores: 1st Andrew Grant 32; 2nd Robin Ward 35; 3rd Damon Gaudet 35, 4th Silvio Alberti 36; 5th Rick Dawson 36, 6th Murry Erickson 37.5 and 7th Jon Huisman 37.5 Results from Sund, June 7th: 1st Low Gross - Greg Koster 69; 2nd - Jordan Rallison 69; 3rd - Mitch Carr-Hilton 70; 4th - Robin Ward 74; 5th - Jon Huisman - 77 11+ Hcp: 1st Low Gross - Jim Buchanan - 80; 2nd Ed Podetz - 81; 3rd - Rob Heron 82; 4th - Ron Fearing - 83; 5th - Harvey Skerrat - 86 Net Scores: 1st - Paul McAndrew 67; 2nd - Roger Theberge - 67; 3rd - Bruce Donegan - 68; 4th - Rick Dawson 69; 5th - Jack Currie - 69; 6th - Damon Gaudet - 70; 7th - Brandon Nickerson - 70; 8th - Jim Johnston 70

SUNNYDALE THURSDAY NIGHT LADIES June 4th results: Hole prizes were given to: Helen McLoughlin with the most shots out of the sandtrap on #2. Louise Smiley was closest to the pin on #3 on her second shot. Judy Mann was closest to the rock on #4 and she was closest to the pin on #5 with her third shot. Barb Dixon had the longest drive on #6. Erma Derksen had the longest putt on #9. Willa Fussey had lowest putts and Cathy Hamilton was the most honest golfer. Weekly prize winners were: Booster Juice - Cathy Hamilton Fluids Bar & Grill - Jenny Lavery Investors Group Janet Gee/Locals Restaurant -Deb Hames Investors Group Keith Gibson - Maureen Mason Jo Klassen’s Grill - Lois Pynn & Barb Dixon Michaels Off Main Helen McLaughlin Panago Pizza -Valerie Maddison & Anna Butler Plates Eatery - Cheryl Sellers Rob’s Pro Shop - Ardene Larison Royston Coffee - Judy Hughes Subway - Erma Derksen Sunnydale Golf - Monique Walker Union Street Grill - Peggy Ferguson Whistle Stop Pub Corinne Innes Submitted by Mary Lynn Doubinin

BRIDGE NEWS Valley Duplicate Bridge Club Monday, June 1 A 1 Arlene Petersen - Tim Kennelly; 2 Jack and Carole Bradshaw; 3 Allister Gavel - Dorothy Branch B 2 Glen Parsons - Dave Proctor; 3 Dave Mosher Howard Cohen C 2 John Biehl - Barbara Morris Thursday, June 4 A 1 Bob Dugas - Jack Bradshaw; 2 Arlene Petersen - Dianna Rickson; 3 Carole Bradshaw - Sharon Feduniak B 1 Myrna Horley - Ken Hooper; 2 Daphne Welsh - Karin Franzen; 3 Marilyn Hannah - Frieda Home Our club is located on Nordin Street across from the Comox Mall under the Museum and Art Gallery. We offer guaranteed partnerships, so if you’re visiting or your regular partner is away, make sure you come out to play anyway. If you don’t have a regular partner, I’m sure you’ll meet one. Our Website is www.

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‘Water Bash’ honours a legacy For 47 days last winter Comox Valley residents were under a boil water advisory. For those who bore the burden of the two minute rolling boil think of this: in rural Uganda, women and children walk several kilometres daily to fetch water that is often contaminated with waterborne diseases. There the boil water advisory is never lifted. Over the past 20 years the Comox Valley has played a key role in improving the lives of Ugandans through the clean water charity, ACTS. Dozens of volunteers have traveled to Uganda and or undertaken community fundraising projects. Because of this, thousands of Ugandans now have access to clean water. On Friday, June 19th, ACTS will be hosting a “Water Bash” at the Native Sons Hall to celebrate the work of Comox Valley supporters. This fundraising event will feature a live auction, appetizers from Kathryn Guenette and drinks from Roy’s Towne Pub, and a “Jerry Can Challenge” - a chance to experience what water col-

lection is like for 9 million Ugandans. According to Executive Director Nate Lepp, access to clean water changes lives. “In April, I met a widow in the Ugandan town of Kintu named Rosette. The money she once spent on health clinic visits and medicine every few months now supports her children’s school fees. She’s caring for a goat that will multiply and bring future income. She’s even saved enough to have a door and window shutters installed on her simple brick home, a simple improvement that brings her so much dignity.”

All of the proceeds from the event will support the cause of bringing clean water to more Ugandans. The auction will include such items as a one-day sailing trip on the Salish Sea, a weekend retreat at a waterfront cottage on Sproat Lake, and several paintings and pieces from local artists. Attendees will be able to hear firsthand from Nate Lepp as he speaks on the progress ACTS has made in recent years and the opportunities ahead. * Tickets are available online at acts.ca/waterbash or in person at St. Peter’s Anglican (Mon-

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The official “headquarters” of the Vancouver Island Parrot Heads Club (fans of Jimmy Buffet music) is now the Comox Valley. While many may assume this is just a “party group,” according to the website and one of the founding members of the local club, Cathy McBride, “The purpose of the organization is to promote the international network of Parrot Head Clubs as a humanitarian group sharing information and social activities for mutual benefit.” As Cathy puts it, “It’s a chance to party with a purpose.” The next gatherings of the Parrot Heads are scheduled for Sunday, June 14, 5pm at The Prime Chophouse. The restaurant is offering a Parrot Head special-- a Burger with fries or a salad and a drink for $20.00. The club gets $5.00 from each dinner for our charity. On Saturday, June 27, The Roy’s Towne Pub (The Roy) is hosting another Parrot Head party with drink specials and

live music starting at 7:30. Information about the new club and information to join will be available at both events. According to the official website, “This madness started with one club in Atlanta and has blossomed to a network of over 200 clubs around the U.S. plus international clubs based in Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Australia.” The clubs, in 2014, donated more than $3.3 million to charity and logged more than 372,000 volunteer hours. The site also says, “The organization will engage in activities that are charitable, educational and that promote the general welfare of the community. Parrot Heads in Paradise, Inc. is a Not-For-Profit Corporation, whose purpose is to assist in community and environmental concerns and provide a variety of social activities for people who are interested in the music of Jimmy Buffett and the tropical lifestyle he personifies.” w w w. f a c e b o o k .c o m /

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Valley Ride for Dad raises $13,339 Some 243 motorcycles were rev-ing their engines Saturday to raise funds for the fight against prostate cancer – the most commonly diagnosed men’s cancer in Canada. Riders and supporters from the Comox Valley region came together to take part in the annual scenic ride departing from Slegg Lumber in Cumberland. The TELUS Motorcycle Ride For Dad asks the community each year to get involved, be committed, and lend their support. The total raised in pledges from the riders this year was $13,339. All this goes towards raising awareness and research for prostate cancer in the community. The top group this year was ‘The Flatliners’, a hockey team whose players like to ride together when they’re not on the ice. They raised $2,275 in pledges, which was enough to earn them a certificate as the top team in terms of money raised. They were riding in memory of George Bain, the father of one of the hockey players. Courtenay Mayor Larry Jangula and Cumberland Councillor Jesse Ketler spoke a few words before the riders left. Jesse noted that her step-father had battled with prostate cancer. Alyssa Grace, the senior director, development, at the B.C. Cancer Foundation, attended to accept a cheque of $7,688, from John McKinlay-Key, the National Director of Operations for the Ride for Dad event. The cheque

represented the amount raised last year in the Comox Valley. Grace noted that such locally-raised donations can be “leveraged up” from other sources to advance the science. The research centre in Victoria, she noted, has benefitted from such efforts and is now one of the top centres in the world for immunotherapy treatment research. Local TELUS workers volunteered at the event to help register riders. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed men’s cancer. One in seven Canadian men will be diagnosed with this disease. Twelve men will die from it today. Successful treatment depends on early detection. In the longer term, research into improved diagnosis, treatment, prevention and a cure will improve our capacity to deal with this disease. The TELUS Ride For Dad is Canada’s largest annual group of powersport events dedicated to fighting prostate cancer through research and public awareness. From its humble beginnings, the TELUS Ride For Dad has grown to include events in almost 40 cities in every province in the country. Today, more than 250,000 men, women and children have been involved, raising more than $15 million to fight prostate cancer. Riders, prostate cancer patients and their families, and nonriders can donate by visiting www.RideForDad.ca For more photos please visit our facebook page.

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An aerial view of the over 200 motorcycles that participated in this year’s Ride for Dad

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Working to help steelhead return to spawning grounds BY MICHAEL BRIONES Echo Staff Gone are the days when the Puntledge River had an abundance of steelhead stock. There are local fishing enthusiasts who still pine for those days of plenty. And there are some anglers who are doing something about it. They’re hoping, with a little help, they might give this fish specie a fighting chance to replenish and increase their numbers. Members of the Comox Valley Branch of the Steelhead Society were out at Brown’s River Falls recently for four days doing some heavy maintenance work that is geared towards enhancing the steelhead’s ability to reach spawning areas. “They try and jump up the falls and not very many make it,” said chair Larry Peterson. “There used to be a spot in the falls where they can jump on but that has broken off.” A water bypass was created in 2001 to provide a route for the fish to swim up. But it had design flaws. It worked when the water level was high but there were problems when

Comox Valley branch of the Steelhead Society president Larry Peterson, secretary Nick Strussi and Tony Billy, a member of the K’omoks First Na-

tion’s Guardian Watchmen Program, check the water flow going through the bypass at Brown’s River Falls.

it was low. “We found out water was not flowing well into the bypass,” said Peterson. “So we decided to do maintenance work on it.” The society, along with the help of the K’omoks First Nation’s Guardian Watchmen Program, Conservation Committee and also Pentlach Seafoods, relocated huge logs as well as move huge boulders that impeded the flow of

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