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ECO Depot headed to public vote Is it a good site? Nonbinding referendum scheduled for November civic election
VIHA decides to take second look at MRI cancellation Krista Siefken
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he Vancouver Island Health Authority is re-thinking its decision to abandon plans for a mobile MRI unit in
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t looks like voters will be given a chance to decide the future of the South Cowichan ECO Depot. The Cowichan Valley Regional District board unanimously voted Wednesday night to order staff to prepare a bylaw that would ask Cowichan voters if the Cameron-Taggart Road location is a good site for a south-end waste transfer and recycling station. If adopted, the question would be posed as a nonbinding referendum tagged along with the Nov. 19 civic election. “Tonight, I am asking that the board not vote on this issue and that we not proceed at this time and instead we ask that staff prepare a report for our September board meeting outlining the requirements of sending the question of the location of the South “I’m a Cowichan ECO Depot fan of to a democracy.” out referendum vote,” CVRD Chairwoman Gerry Giles said to a packed gallery, receiving a collective applause and ‘hallelujah’ hoots. Wrinkles of how much the referendum will cost,
Cowichan Valley MLA Bill Routley watches, as behind him anti-ECO Depot activists Daniel Marshall and Bruce Frederick patiently await a CVRD decision on the controversial South Cowichan transfer station. exact wording of the question, and which CVRD constituents can vote are to be smoothed out by staff before the board’s September session. CT Group leader Joseph Gollner said the referendum move was a good call by the CVRD. “I’m a fan of democracy. We’ll campaign very hard for the ‘No’ vote,” he said. “And it may just muddy the waters of the election too.” Gollner wasn’t worried about the non-binding nature
of the plebiscite, noting the CVRD wouldn’t have the guts to go against the public’s will. Giles pushed the vote after environmental services manager Brian Dennison made a presentation summarizing all site studies to date, including the recent archaeological dig. Study consultants were also on hand but weren’t called for questions as directors were digging the referendum route. “A referendum… I wish
I would have to do,” he said to thought of that more applause. m ¿rst,” Sahtlam/ “As community Glenora Director hhelpers, we have Loren Duncan done our work,” said. Giles concluded. Although “Now we Cowichan Lake must ensure that m South Director factual informaGerry Giles: Ian Morrison also informed decision tion is provided to supported the the community so vote, he wasn’t that they can make a fan of how the CVRD an informed decision on has gotten to where it is at whether or not the location today. identi¿ed by the board is “How we got here is a suitable for the establishperfect example of what not ment of an ECO Depot.”
Cowichan. Just last month VIHA announced it was not moving forward with a mobile magnetic resonance imaging device to service Cowichan, Comox and Campbell River, citing cost concerns. This didn’t sit well with Cowichan Valley MLA Bill Routley, nor with the local medical professionals who pointed out trained radiologists won’t move to the region if they can’t use the equipment that maintains their accreditation. But all hope is not lost. Just days after the announcement, VIHA’s chief operating of¿cer Catherine Mackay asked staff to review its decision. “She’s asked for us to review the whole process again and re-look at the decision, and what other opportunities there might be to look at,” VIHA’s Alice Gelpke said. “She’s still very interested in it (mobile MRI unit) so that can’t offer any guarantee at this point, but she’s asked (staff) to review the analysis and to develop the possible options again.” As reported previously, VIHA stated it had received six proposals from mobile MRI unit contractors, with an average per-scan cost of more than $600. One bidder, however, has since come forward to let local politicians know his bid was actually $300 to $325 per scan. more on page 4
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Pedestrian light added to boost safety on Trunk Road Duncan’s ﬁrst solar-powered trafﬁc device is coming to the crosswalk at Ypres Street and Trunk Road. Council decided Tuesday city taxpayers would spend more than $16,000 on the pedestrian–activated ﬂashing beacon due to jaywalking
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Valley kid threatening to be Canada’s next star Peter W. Rusland
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xcitement pours from Parker Schmidt’s voice while preparing for Monday night’s play-off in YTV’s The Next Star competition. “It’s such a great experience and I’m so excited about this; I’m super-pumped,” said Duncan’s Schmidt, 12, the only B.C. teen in the network’s annual national talent search. “I get to meet a bunch of good people who know about the music industry, and I get training from vocal coaches.” He talked to the News Leader Pictorial Thursday — from a secret location, with YTV staff listening to ensure con¿dentiality — about recently reaching the top 16 competitors. That number was whittled from some 4,000 young Canadians no older than 15 years. On Monday at 7 p.m., Cowichanians can watch Schmidt perform
Rhythm Of Love by The Plain White T’s during the penultimate round of nationally televised The Next Star. Earlier Vancouver auditions heard Schmidt play his original tune Make A Wish, and the Greyson Chance cover Waiting Outside The Line. On Tuesday, the top-six ¿nalists will be announced toward YTV’s Sept. 25 grand- ¿nale broadcast live at 7 p.m. from Canada’s Wonderland amusement park in Toronto. The ¿nal follows a month of YTV performances — including guests that have involved superstar Justin Bieber — and mentoring by music industry pros Suzie McNeil, Christopher Ward, and Steve Cranwell. Next Star’s winner will be based on votes cast at YTV.ca, and via a textphone number to be announced. The grand prize is a Kool-Aid Jammers Ultimate Jam Space featuring a 15-inch MacBook Pro laptop, recording software and gear, and a Gibson Songwriter Deluxe guitar. The top-six ¿nalists will each record an original song, star in their own music video, and see those six singles featured in The Next Star
compilation album. But no matter who wins, selftaught guitarist-singer Schmidt sees Next Star as a learning experience. “I’ve de¿nitely grown as a singer,” the Grade 7 Quamichan Middle School student said. “The vocal training really helps me. “My coach pushes me to do the best I can, giving me vocal training called buzzing and other funny ones that really help your voice get better.” His pipes were previously prepped during roles in Chemainus Theatre’s Miracle On 34th Street, and A Christmas Carol. “That’s how I earned the money for my (Taylor) guitar because going into professional theatre gives you lots of dough — for a 12-year-old.” Schmidt is also amped about a possible fall appearance at the Duncan Garage Showroom after his expense–paid trip, with mom Laurie, to The Next Star. Win or lose, he credited his national bid to entry prodding from sister Krista.
Parker Schmidt performs during an episode of The Next Star. Schmidt’s next appearance is set for Monday. “I’ve learned to follow your dreams, always be yourself, and show your personality.
“Let’s just say ‘Always listen to your sister;’ it’s turned out pretty well.”
E&N brass says rail upgrades appear to be on track after meeting with federal government Peter W. Rusland
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unds to ¿nally ¿x the aging E&N rail line through Cowichan could arrive by early fall, an Island Corridor Foundation boss says. Graham Bruce was stoked about the ICF possibly getting $7.5 million in requested federal bucks after Wednesday’s huddle in Victoria with B.C.’s federal representative and a bunch of island mayors and chairs. “It was a very positive meeting with B.C. regional minister James Moore,” Bruce said of the short summit sponsored by the Association of
Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities. “The purpose was to make sure of the process to follow for federal funding — and the timing.” The ICF has been granted $7.5 million in railrepair cash from Victoria, pending completion of an engineering study of 48 bridges and trestles spanning the capital and Courtenay. The provincial purse is also based on Ottawa chipping in matching money. “Moore assured us about our process of meeting him, and dealing with federal minister of transport (Denis Lebel), as it would be the two of them making the ¿nal decision for (federal) $7.5 million,” Bruce said. “He thought he could get us a decision by end of summer.
“Moore understood the urgency we’re facing and our contractual obligation to keep everything moving.” Right now, island passenger service is stopped due to track safety issues. Rail freight is moving slowly until the $15 million in track upgrades happens. “We’ve already started on the bid to hire the (engineering study) consultant,” Bruce said of last week’s provincial bid request issued for the $500,000 taxpayer-paid bridge audit. “We’re trying to break that work out to get us some early decisions while they do more in-depth work. “We want them to verify (bridge and track) weight ratings for bridges for passenger service,
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Asked to clarify the costs VIHA examined, Gelpke said she wasn’t part of the panel that reviewed the proposals. “The number that was generated was $600 based on our budget analysts and the people on the RFP (request for proposals) panel, so in terms of that statement I think the best thing to say is we are going to do another review of the costing and the process,” Gelpke answered. Gelpke added that review process will take place as soon as possible. Routley, meanwhile, wonders why VIHA is considering contracting out a mobile service — partnering with businesses that obviously will want to make a pro¿t — when it could operate a
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static MRI machine at about $250 per scan. Right now, the only static MRI machines on the island are in Victoria and Nanaimo. Routley noted while MRI machines cost in the neighbourhood of $2 million, they last years and make the most economical sense in long-term planning. “Buying a machine clearly makes more sense for the community,” he said. “We already know that … over the next ¿ve years there’s going to be concerns about skill shortages, and we really need to get on with the job of training people and giving them the skills to do the work that’s needed as we get into the baby boomer situation here. “The call on these kinds of machines is going to be even greater.”
MRI move leaves foundation mystiÄed The Cowichan District Hospital Foundation, meanwhile, came forward this week to point out it has been trying for two years to partner with VIHA and the other communities’ hospitals foundations on bringing in a mobile MRI unit. “We are mystiﬁed as to what motivates VIHA’s decision-making process and their disregard of our contribution,” foundation chair Meryle Hilberry wrote in a letter. “Indeed this latest occurrence underscores our ongoing frustrations while trying to work collaboratively with the health authority to maintain and improve the delivery of health care through the Cowichan District Hospital and our funding support.
“We are left to conclude that VIHA has an established blind spot when it comes to the Cowichan Valley.” VIHA’s Alice Gelpke said she hasn’t been directly involved with the foundation in these conversations, but said it was her understanding VIHA and the foundation had been in talks a couple of years ago about a possible MRI donor, but those talks did not yield a result. Hilberry, however, said the foundation put forward a request for VIHA “to consider our participation for funding” as recently as July 21 — just prior to VIHA’s announcement it was not moving forward with a mobile unit.
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Mill Bay ferry run safe at least until the next review Krista Siefken
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t’s smooth sailing ahead for the Mill Bay ferry. The route to Brentwood Bay that was under threat in recent months, with BC Ferries examining its costs and mulling cost-saving options. But the release of the BC Ferries Commission annual report this week con¿rms the local route is not on the chopping block. “We’re relieved,” said Pam Alcorn, who, has been campaigning to save the ferry along with the other members of the Save the Mill Bay Ferry group. “Myself and the members of the ferry committee are feeling very optimistic about the future,
especially given the upgrade and investment made in the terminals and the new vessel.” That investment was more than $5 million spent on readying the Mill Bay and Brentwood Bay terminals for the MV Klitsa — which replaced the MV Mill Bay earlier this year — as well as on the Klitsa itself. “BC Ferries is also going to establish a ferry advisory committee for this route, which bodes well for the future, and we welcome that idea,” Alcorn added. Save the Ferry campaigners have been advocating for the route for months, highlighting a need for options when the Malahat is closed, for seniors who dislike driving the busy highway, for tourists who want a more scenic view while on the island, and for the small businesses that rely on the service.
The MV Mill Bay was replaced on the Mill Bay route in May. “It looks like it’s going to be recognized as a vital service, because obviously people use it and
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CVRD clamps down on public conduct Ashley Degraaf
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he regional district greeted folks who attended its board meeting Wednesday with this message: Behave or get booted out. Two gallery-goers were later threatened with expulsion, but left the proceedings on their own during what was a well-attended meeting containing talks on the controversial ECO Depot. ECO Depot foes Lavonne Huneck and Bill Dumont both left the meeting before the board decided to pursue a fall referendum. Before the meeting commenced, the CVRD outlined a “meeting conduct” notice to the gallery. It contained a number of codes as well as the statement “Failure to comply… may result in your expulsion from this facility…” Wednesday’s reminder to the gallery is partly the result of its last rowdy session. The July 13 board meeting was dominated by Friends of Saanich Inlet chairman Balu Tatachari, who was eventually asked by security to leave after repeatedly disrupting proceedings by walking to the podium and yelling comments from the gallery. While Tatachari wasn’t present at Wednesday’s meeting, a throng of about 60 or more anti-ECO Depot crusaders were. Anti-ECO Depot activist Joseph Gollner, who was cordial as usual during the at-times emotional evening, told the News Leader Pictorial his crew had discussed its conduct prior to this week’s anticipated juicy session. “We’ve always taken the high road and let others choose other roads,” he said. “I told our guys, you can only cry wolf so many times and people will stop listening.”
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need it, and even though the ferry can’t handle all of the traf¿c created when the Malahat is closed, at least arrangements can be made for those who have to get to the other side,” Alcorn said. “BC Ferries has worked really well (during ‘Hat closures) at checking the line-ups to see if anyone is in an emergency situation — such as having to catch a Àight or make a medical appointment that’s been booked for months — so that at least people who have to access the province’s capital from the rest of the island can make it.” BC Ferries’ public affairs manager, Darin Guenette, said Ferries hopes to have the new advisory committee in place for Jan. 1. Ferry advisory committees operate in three-year terms that coincide with B.C. municipal government terms.
really haven’t been resolved.” And until the four area directors can come up with a deal that satis¿es all of them, a referendum waits. fall referendum to get In the wake of the failed 2009 rolling on much-needed referendum, Plan B for the 35-yearTLC for the Kerry Park old facility has been broken down Rec Centre’s a no-go into three phases with basic upgrades due to a who’s-payingas the number-one priority, commiswhat conundrum. sion chairwoman Heather Mill Bay Director Broughton has explained. Brian Harrison con¿rmed The commission has Thursday a vote on phase hhired CEI Architecture one of renovations of the ¿rm to assist with public south-Cowichan facility has input on design concepts. been put on the back burner A dollar value hasn’t because of lingering money bbeen set in stone, but talks between Mill Bay, Broughton said the CVRD Shawnigan Lake, Cobble Brian Harrison: wouldn’t be spending any w Hill and Cowichan Bay. not resolved more than $12 million on m The Kerry Park Comthe ¿rst phase. t mission had been recomThe controversial pool option Th t mending replacement of the arena hasn’t been completely ruled out as slab Àoor, change room expansion, an option a long way down the road, increased seniors programming space, improved meeting room diver- but is unlikely any time soon. Instead, phase one construction sity, storage facilities and upgraded would leave open the option of a pool of¿ce space. component being added in the future, The conundrum’s a complex one, if south Cowichanians want it. Harrison said, noting talks mostly That was the conclusion after two concern Cowichan Bay’s role. focus group sessions in October. “It still lingers. It’s very, very comPhase two, which could either plex and it’s because 35 years ago, include a second sheet of ice, or the vote was held and four partners entered into a venture for Kerry Park. construction of a pool, would be “So if one is able to withdraw from determined by the wants of the community. it, I guess my dif¿culty with it is, ‘do If folks said ‘yes’ to a pool, then the the other participants now have a say slab of ice could be built into a lingeras to whether they want to see that ing phase three, Broughton explained happen or not?’ and vice-versa. “So there are all those aspects that
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Shawnigan set to embrace new youth programs by leasing Elsie Miles school Youth explosion: Director sees facility as a means to address area’s baby boom
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ifty years for $50. Shawnigan Lake Director Ken Cossey ¿gures his taxpayers will get a great lease deal for Elsie Miles School slated for a bigger slew of youth programs. “We’re ¿nalizing the agreement at the Cowichan Valley Regional District board, and approval’s expected through the School District 79 for a 50-year lease at $1 a year,” he said. Ink should be drying “by October at the latest.” Elsie Miles — adjacent the busy Shawnigan Lake Community Centre — has been vacant for several years while the south-end’s child and youth care needs have exploded, he explained. “We need after- and before-school care, day care, and day camps,” Cossey said of the user-pay system. “We need the Elsie Miles facility because we’ve been bursting at the seams at the community centre for the past three years.” Local census demographics, Cossey said, show 2,700 kids under age 20 live in south Cowichan (in Areas A, B, and C), and 2,100 of those youngsters are in
the Shawnigan area alone. “That’s a huge population bubble that’s working its way through our system.” That’s why Cossey and community centre staff want to secure more room before the bubble pops, he explained. Renting Elsie Miles for a buck a year isn’t a new concept. A similar price for use of the former Cowichan Station School is being paid by the Cowichan Area Association using that building as a community centre, Cossey noted. Renting is better than buying Elsie Miles, in his ledger books. “It’s a blessing in disguise. “The CVRD wanted to buy Elsie Miles at one point from the school district, then the province changed the rules about disposing of surplus
school lands, so we started all over again under the new rules,” he said. “That also reduced our costs because where else can you get a school and land like that for $50?” Once the deal’s signed, SLCC commissioners will mull long-term plans for the Elsie Miles building — named after a Shawnigan teacher — and the community centre on a combined three acres that might accommodate public ¿tness trails, a long-discussed amphitheatre and more. The site and buildings, he said, can be altered to ¿t community needs. “It’s just a great spot to get a community focus and it opens a whole gamut of possibilities,” he said cautiously. “We don’t want anything that can be vandalized in the off season.” Tax hikes to revamp the treed site and buildings will be zero or close to it, he hinted. “Any increases would be two to three per cent of our operating program budget — that’s the max I’d tolerate for the SLCC and Elsie Miles.”
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If adopted, Bylaw No. 3503 will allow the Cowichan Valley Regional District to provide the Thetis Island Residents and Ratepayers Association (TIRRA) with an annual ¿nancial contribution of up to $40,000 per year. The purpose of the contribution is to assist TIRRA with costs associated with the operation and collection of solid waste and recycling on Thetis Island. Costs are to be recovered through an annual parcel tax on appropriate parcels within the proposed service area. Currently, there are 345 properties within the proposed service area (Thetis Island) that may be charged up to $115.94 per annum, as set out in the table below. The complete bylaw is available for review at the Cowichan Valley Regional District of¿ce, located at 175 Ingram Street in Duncan, during regular of¿ce hours, Monday to Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, excluding statutory holidays. A copy of the bylaw is also available on the CVRD website at www.cvrd.bc.ca. Calculation Table Maximum Annual Contribution to Service
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The Regional District may adopt this bylaw unless at least 10% of electors within the proposed service area indicate that a referendum must be held by submitting a signed Elector Response Form to the Regional District of¿ce no later than 4:30 pm on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. Elector Response Forms must be in the form established by the Regional District, and only those persons who qualify as electors of Thetis Island are entitled to sign. Service area electors may qualify as either resident electors or as non-resident property electors, as follows: Resident Elector – You are entitled to submit an Elector Response Form as a resident elector if you are age 18 or older on the day of submission, are a Canadian citizen, have lived in BC for at least six months, and have been a resident of Thetis Island for the past 30 days or more. Non-Resident Property Elector – You are entitled to submit an Elector Response Form as a non-resident property elector if you are age 18 or older on the day of submission, are a Canadian citizen, have lived in BC for at least six months, have owned and held registered title to a property in Thetis Island for the past 30 days or more, and do not qualify as a resident elector. NOTE: Only one non-resident property elector may submit a response form per property, regardless of how many owners there may be. If less than 10% (27) of the service area electors submit an Elector Response Form, the bylaw will be deemed to have the approval of the electors and the Regional District may proceed with adoption. For the purpose of conducting the alternative approval opportunity, the number of service area electors is calculated as 274. A copy of the bylaw and the Elector Response Form is available from the CVRD, 175 Ingram Street, Duncan, BC V9L 1N8, phone 250-746-2500/1-800-665-3955, e-mail email@example.com OR on the CVRD website at www.cvrd.bc.ca. Phone: (250) 746-2500 Fax: (250) 746-2513 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.cvrd.bc.ca
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Move to slow things down putting Cowichan Bay in the fast lane Don Bodger
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low and steady wins the race. At least for Cowichan Bay, slow is just the right pace. Cowichan Bay is winning the hearts of tourists and residents alike for its decision to adapt the Cittaslow (pronounced Cheetaslow) movement founded in Italy. “September 2009 we were designated,’’ said Lori Iannidinardo, the Cowichan Valley Regional District director for Area D. “You have to go through a process of applying. “It’s actually been brewing in Cowichan Bay for a few years.’’ Cowichan Bay became North America’s ¿rst Cittaslow community and is still one of only two on the continent, alongside Naramata, B.C. Born from the slow food movement, Cittaslow’s philosophy branches out to many more aspects of everyday life. The basis is to resist the fast-paced world and improve the quality of life by taking more of a laid-back view. Cowichan Bay and more than 120 Cittaslow towns in 20 countries follow a charter to build community relationships in several different ways. Among them are: celebrating and preserving history and traditions; promoting high standards of hospitality; using traditional and environmentally friendly means for producing food and drink; promoting local products rooted in local culture and tradition; developing aware-
Bruce Stewart sees the Maritime Centre and the Cowichan Bay waterfront as key components in the Cittaslow movement. ness of the value of local traditions; supporting an infrastructure that maintains the distinctive character of the area; promoting environmental stewardship and much more. Cowichan Bay is perfectly situated and structured to follow these edicts. “This is all about not only slow food, but the environment and lifestyle,’’ stressed Iannidinardo. She cited examples of the heron rookery and “we continue to follow up with Cittaslow in promoting the eel grass.’’ Part of the mandate of belonging to Cittaslow, Iannidinardo added, is “we’re supposed to encourage other
communities to come on board.’’ That’s being done on an ongoing basis. Cowichan Bay has been seeing the bene¿ts in “people wanting to come to our community and seeing the way of life,’’ Iannidinardo said. “Slowing down, people internationally want to do. It’s a perfect component for a community. “There are a lot of people that know about it or they get on the website and they’re quite impressed.’’ “When it was ¿rst launched there was a lot of excitement from a tourism aspect,’’ said True Grain Bread owner Bruce Stewart, the president of Cittaslow Cowichan Bay. “A lot of it has been engaging local government and our area director has been instrumental in getting our message across.’’ The Cittaslow movement is a work in progress for Cowichan Bay. “We spent the ¿rst year understanding ourselves what it meant to be a Cittaslow,’’ said Stewart. “We had to translate the Italian documents into English to make it meaningful. From there, it’s about doing what we can to inÀuence change along those Cittaslow core values.’’ Going beyond the food connection, the community has moved forward to further enhance areas such as the Maritime Centre and First Nations components, speci¿c to Cowichan Bay. Slow maps, available at True Grain Bread for $100, are the main revenue source and outline all aspects of Cittaslow.
Cittaslow producing Cowichan Bay’s Cittaslow movement just got a little slower. Cittaslow Cowichan has announced the addition of a local produce market in the village, ﬁlling the major gap in the bay’s slow food movement. The Cittaslow Market will be open Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. near True Grain Bread in what is informally known as the Cittaslow Piazza. “One of the primary elements of the Cittaslow Cowichan Bay Charter is to connect local producers with the local residents,” Cittaslow Cowichan Bay president Bruce Stewart said. “I want to be clear, this is not the Duncan Farmers Market. This is a small assortment of local vegetables to serve the local population and visitors.” Providence Farm (www.providence.bc.ca) and Makaria Farm (www.makariafarm.com) are two of the farms initiating the project with Cittaslow.
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Crowder says NDP party will remain strong while backing ailing leader Commons. Crowder said a mentoring system to develop rookie MPs has been in place since the election and that many of the new faces are already making a difference. “This is a pretty incredible group of rookies,” said Crowder. “Many of them come from leadership positions already in their own communities ... so they already had these strengths and skills and talents and the message I’ve heard is that they understand what it is to work as a team and that’s one of the things that Jack has always said.” Layton last visited the riding on Oct. 13, 2010 to talk about issues such as reducing taxes on home heating costs and the HST. On the NDP website, Layton vows to beat cancer so he can return in September to continue his ¿ght for Canadian families. “We’re sending our good wishes to Jack and wishing him a speedy recovery and offering support for he and his family,” said Crowder.
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anaimoCowichan NDP MP Jean Crowder says her party remains strong and united despite health concerns for its leader Jack Layton. Layton announced last week he was stepping aside from politics temporarily to ¿ght a second bout with cancer. He said he expected to once again take the helm in September. Layton looked frail and sounded hoarse at his press conference, but remained energetic and optimistic throughout. The NDP caucus backed Layton’s selection of Quebec MP Nycole Turmel as interim leader. “Our caucus met this week and it was pretty emotional. Jack joined us by telephone from Toronto and was there for the whole meeting,” said Crowder. “It’s pretty clear we’re all onside with continuing with Jack’s work. When Jack’s not talking about himself, he’s talking about
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Make sure you know the rules before you boat Follow safety regulations: It’s not all fun and games out there on the water
ver read the Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations? It’s not exactly going to rank high on Oprah’s book list any time soon. And it’s hardly what we’d call a page-turner. But as summer ¿nally seems to be upon us in earnest, and as Cowichan Àocks to the beaches and oceans, perhaps it should be required reading for all but the most severe of aqua-phobes. For those not prone to ¿ts of browsing bureaucratic documents, the Competency Get your liof Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations is the federal law that, since 2009, requires cence, follow all motorboat operators to be licensed the rules before clamping their hands to the throttle. Becoming licensed is not dif¿cult. It requires about three hours of study, followed by a 50-question exam, all of which can be accomplished online. Some of the things you will be tested on are matters of common sense that even a neophyte boater could ¿gure out. Others are more geared to ¿lling you in on the general rules, practices and courtesies of life on the waves. A few will be things even veteran boaters may not have thought of. The point is not to manacle the joys found cruising around the Gulf Islands or the big lake. The point is to make you pause and think about the risks associated with mixing high-speed vessels and the unpredictable nature of our waters. If you boat and don’t have your pleasure craft operator’s card, make sure you get one. If you have one, don’t hesitant to refresh your knowledge. Either way, make its code of practices your bible. The ¿ne for not having a card is $250. The price for not following the principles behind it can be much, much higher.
Seeing both sides of: cracking down at CVRD meetings The case against
The case for Democracy needs to be practised with some form of decorum. People need to be able to discuss the issues in a respectful and comfortable setting. Catcalls, talking over other speakers and queue-jumping should not be part of that equation. If members of the public are unable to conduct themselves with grace, then evicting them is the right thing to do.
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Remember deer, rabbits and bears are wild animals Patrick Hrushowy
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hat is it we do here in the Cowichan Valley that deer, rabbits or marauding bears don’t seem to be a serious problem? For that matter, what is it about parts of the capital region, North Vancouver “There are no deer in and Cranbrook in the southeast of the the bush surrounding province that attract deer and bears in Cranbrook. They are such numbers that all in town where the they are a serious problem? living is good.” Go to Youtube on the internet and search for bears in North Vancouver or deer in Cranbrook or Saanich.
Google for news on these events and the list is long, including stories of two bears shot in one day and numerous postings of warnings and dangers. The deer problem is so bad in Cranbrook their local council is in the midst of public consultation to come up with an acceptable plan that could include a cull. Deer have been devouring gardens, injuring pets and attacking people. Cranbrook Mayor Scott Manjak was reported as saying: “They are getting more aggressive and escalation is getting higher because these are deer that have been in the community three and four years. They have no fear whatsoever.” In a radio interview Manjak said there are no deer in the bush surrounding Cranbrook. “They are all in town where the living is good,” he said. Manjak acknowledged developing a deer control plan is controversial because not all people see the deer, or bears, as a problem. I suspect there are a lot of people out there
People, by and large, are respectful so long as they feel they are being respected. Too often, the CVRD response comes across as if ofﬁcials are accepting feedback because they have to, instead of actually listening to what’s being said. In other words, there would be little need for a crackdown if proper dialogue had been opened in the ﬁrst place.
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who still think of deer as Bambi, of Walt Disney fame, and cannot bring themselves to consider a cull or liquidating local deer populations. Somehow or other, we in the Cowichan Valley seem to have escaped the deer problem. Maybe we don’t plant gardens that are as tasty as the folks in Cranbrook, or maybe we either build adequate deer fences for our vegetable gardens or choose landscaping vegetation that is not so attractive to deer. As for bears, us folk in rural areas learned long time ago to keep our garbage secure until its time to put it out to the road for collection. And, we don’t ¿ll our compost piles with stuff that attracts bears. Conservation of¿cers won’t even respond to calls for bear sightings if bird feeders and unsecured garbage are present. I haven’t seen baby rabbits for sale in our local pet stores in the more than 20 years I’ve lived in the valley, which probably accounts for the
absence of a signi¿cant feral rabbit problem. There is an area in Mill Bay where someone obviously dumped some unwanted pet rabbits a while back that have done what rabbits are said to do. I’m sure the neighbours are delighted with that. Maybe our advice to people in other areas is that they try to remember deer are not the cute little Bambi of our childhood fantasies, nor are rabbits his chummy little companion Thumper. Deer have a place in nature but not in your backyard and cute little domestic rabbits have no place in nature. As for bears, get real and don’t leave anything around for them to eat. Patrick Hrushowy writes every Friday in the News Leader Pictorial. Email him at email@example.com
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Do you think the Kinsol Trestle restoration was $7.2 million well spent? “I think so. I’ll have to go see it, though — it is a lot of money, and there’s so much we need, like an MRI unit at the hospital.”
Ruth Hughes-Adams, Duncan
“Yes. I think it’s great to have the Trans-Canada Trail linked between Duncan and Victoria, and it’s a great heritage site.”
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Gentleman, it’s about getting the conversation started
Dear editor Re: the response to my suggestion that we re-look at amalgamation. I appreciate the immediate interest of Messrs. Hrushowy, Siebring and Kent. It would indicate to me they too believe this is an important issue to be discussed during the next election. The only dif¿culty I have with any of the responses is that it seems that none read my letter carefully enough when they passed judgment on my ideas. The last paragraph of my letter expresses my views very clearly: “Please do not take any of the ideas suggested above as the only way to do things. I present them simply as items for discussion to start the process of changing our future. I believe very strongly that a community driven process is the only way to decide these important questions. I also believe that we need to start this process now instead of later as we are at a critical juncture in the valley’s planning, especially since such a golden opportunity has presented itself to do so.” Paul Fletcher
In my opinion: Dereliction of duty
uring the recent election, I promised to bring forward a private member’s bill dealing with derelict vessels. Most of the work to draft the Bill was ¿nished before the House rose in March, so I was able to introduce the legislation on June 16. Here is my introductory speech: “In many Canadian coastal communities derelict and abandoned vessels have a negative impact on the natural aesthetics of their harbours, and some pose a threat to the North Cowichan local environment. While major environmental Question failed to capture the nudangers from derelict and Jean Crowder: abandoned vessels are dealt proposing bills ance of Eco Depot question with swiftly by the Canadian Dear editor Coast Guard, many are left to I believe the question in your web poll simply rot away and leach chemicals into the sur“Should the CVRD drop plans for South rounding environment. Cowichan’s ECO Depot?” is actually quite If an abandoned and derelict vessel is not a major misleading. I believe most people in the area Peter W. Rusland/¿le environmental concern and is not posing an obstacle are not against an ECO Depot, they are against A writer Änds it ironic that Reed Elley is speaking out against the HST considering it was the former federal Conto navigation, there is usually no action taken. the proposed Cameron-Taggart location for it. servative candidate’s party that offered B.C. a large sum to enact it. The Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and It is an agricultural area and should stay such. Communities can become involved in the followOn the other hand, we already have two such magnetic ¿eld shielding is necessary for imagI’ve also made use of the benches under the ing situations. Transport Canada can currently depots in the vicinity and don’t really need ing and safety reasons. This may requires new roof at the train station, mostly to catch my take a lead in instances where a vessel is the cause another one. I also believe government should construction as opposed to remodeling existing breath. On the subject of the benches, last I of an obstruction to navigation. However, vessels not be in direct competition with the private facilities. Don’t forget upkeep and power costs. looked they had been removed. Anyone know in the inter-tidal zone are rarely an obstruction to sector especially since the CVRD controls the Depending on what bells and whistles you why? navigation. licensing for these facilities. choose, a new 1.5 tesla system will run from Rob Kernachan Transport Canada has also been supportive of Vera Evans $1.6 to $2 million (US). This does not include Chemainus salvage claims made to the receiver of wrecks when Cobble Hill necessary items such as coils, patient moniquestionable vessels appear ashore or in waters toring unit, and power injection system. For adjacent to communities. However, salvage claims Cost of an MRI unit not a simple as these you can add about another $100,000 to Sorry Reed, but does Stephen know are rarely made against derelict vessels. $200,000. about this? Finally, Transport Canada can take the lead in the purchase price The cost of a maintenance service contract Dear editor making an assessment as to whether a vessel may Dear editor will run another $80,000 to $100,000 per year. I would like to tell letter writer Reed Elley pose a threat of pollution. However, an abandoned In reading your editorial about having a static Helium costs may not be a part of the contract. what insults me as a voter. It is failed federal vessel that is deemed non-polluting is not dealt with. vs. mobile MRI, there are cost considerations Add another $40,000 to $80,000 plus bencandidates who do not remember that it was Both I, in Nanaimo-Cowichan, and the member beyond an initial purchase. e¿ts for a registered MRI technologist. their Conservative party’s government that from Victoria often hear complaints about derSpecial room construction including expenA mobile unit mitigates these costs although bribed the B.C. Liberal government with $1.6 elict vessels that are not dealt with. Hence, I have sive RF copper shielding and possibly fringe the patient experience is not as pleasant as at a billion to rush the HST into law. introduced Bill C-231, An Act to amend the Canada ¿xed site, but it may make more ¿nancial sense Go ahead and vote yes, then explain your Shipping Act, 2001 (derelict vessels and wreck).” in i the long run. position to Stephen Harper next time you seek Many of our neighbours share a problem with SStan Knapp to represent the party. derelict vessels. And the State of Washington has TTacoma, Washington Good luck with that! developed a fairly robust system that I used when C.E. Abrahams “Do you think the media should be allowed to attend drafting my own bill. Cobble Hill Cowichan Tribes council meetings” There were some differences — Washington uses Trail T would be nicer with a place to You answered: (58 votes) the term “aquatic lands” that has no comparator rrest in Canadian law. But as in Canada, many differMore letters online 86 per cent YES DDear editor ent agencies and governments are responsible for I was pleased to read the Trans-Canada Trail navigable waters and dealing with hazards. So it is Also, read fresh stories every day and share To vote on the next Question of the Week, log onto the w opened near Chemainus train station. I’ve was important to clearly lay out which agency will deal your thoughts immediately through the comweb poll at www.cowichannewsleader.com included i it in my runs. with wrecks and derelicts. ments function. The Bill amends the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 to ensure that regulations are made to establish measures to be taken for the removal, disposition or destruction of derelicts vessels or wrecks. 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