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Erik Olusson portrays Led Zepplin’s Robert Plant, as his tribute band rocks the Duncan city square stage July 9 as part of the Duncan Cowichan Summer Festival. For more on what the festival has in store this weekend, see pages 12 and 17.
Stunned community mourns cheerful, family-Ärst teen Obituary: Recent Brentwood grad Obituary: killed after car rolls down Shawnigan Lake embankment Peter W. Rusland
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amily was ¿rst in Victor David Anderson’s life. Then came friends, especially those on Brentwood College’s basketball team that scored third place in B.C. last year. Anderson’s number-11 shirt is being benched by coach Blake Gage to honour the point guard
who died Thursday in a single-vehicle accident along Shawingan Lake Road. Anderson graduated from Brentwood last month. He was 18. “He’ll de¿nitely be the last guy to wear number 11 as long as I’m here,” said Gage who coached the six-footer in Grades 11 and 12. “He was just a remarkably resilient, cheerful and caring young man; a good player and a terri¿c teammate.” Friends, teachers and family are expected to pack St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Maple Bay for tomorrow’s service celebrating Anderson’s short life. It ended in the early hours of July 7 when the family’s Toyota Corolla left the road, hit a tree, then plunged down a 10-foot embankment
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Facebook tributes show the gregarious Anderson was well-loved and respected by many. Mom and dad say they are mourning a regular kid who put family ¿rst and gave his best every day. “He was a normal kid,” Rachel said. “Everywhere Victor went, he brought comfort, joy, and assurance life was good. “We were the most important thing in his life, and whatever he took into his community, he did ¿rst with us.” Anderson appeared in Brentwood’s productions of Carousel, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. He worked especially hard at basketball, noted Gage. more on page 9
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Truck stolen and set ablaze in Cowichan Lake-area woods A recent theft/arsonist attack is boggling local RCMP. A vehicle was stolen from Lake Cowichan’s Lakeview Park Campground day use lot, then lit on ﬁre a few hours later down the nearby Fairservice Mainline logging road, during the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 5. “I can’t imagine the thought process of someone lighting a ﬁre to a vehicle in the forest, nearby
the town. It boggles my mind,” Lake Cowichan RCMP Sgt. Dave Voller said. “It is alarming. RCMP are still investigating the incident, and looking into where the vehicle accessed the road. With the main entrance locked, the thief must have entered from another location. The ﬁre itself caused quite a stir on the TimberWest property, Coastal Fire Centre ﬁre information ofﬁcer Margie Drysdale said.
A 20-unit team from Port Alberni, a ﬁve-person initial attack team from Cobble Hill, and ﬁve TimberWest ﬁreﬁghters convened on-site after being called in at about 4:30 a.m. The continued blaze throughout the day, reaching about an acre in size. “It’s actually still on patrol,” Drysdale said, Friday, July 8. “They’ll check up until they’re absolutely sure it’s not still going on.”
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orget long-time local lawyer, or former Duncan mayor. Mike Coleman’s new claim-to-fame may be ‘The Last Spike Guy.’ Coleman’s name was drawn as the winner of the Kinsol Trestle last spike contest. That means he will be the ¿rst to cross the re-opened, re-vamped trestle come July 28 — the date set for the grand re-opening celebration bash. “I was delighted really,” Coleman said Tuesday. “I could see the humour in it and I have been getting a lot of comments from people saying it’s ‘too funny.’” The long-time Cowichanian won South Cowichan Rotary’s lottery to drive the last spike on re-opening day as well as bragging rights to be the ¿rst to cross the revamped structure. His two grandkids, two-year-old twins Grace and Blake, will be tagging along with him come celebration day, “depending on their napping schedule,” Coleman said. A huge trestle supporter, Coleman was tickled with the opportunity. “As my son Jamie reminded me, I was around for the driving of the ‘original’ last spike of the trestle. It’s going to be an extra special day, and
Former Duncan mayor and long-time local lawyer Mike Coleman will be the Ärst to cross the re-opened Kinsol Trestle July 28 with his grandkids, two-year-old Grace and Blake. one that I know we’ll all remember.” The CVRD is inviting Cowichan to join the celebration Thursday, July 28 at 11 a.m. “It feels absolutely wonderful,” a happy-sounding Cowichan Valley Regional District chairwoman Gerry Giles said Tuesday morning. “When I ¿rst got on the board, the mantra of the regional district then was to tear down the Kinsol Trestle, and after two or three votes, the community came forward and said, ‘No, we don’t want you to tear it down and we’re quite prepared to support you moving it forward, but as a restoration, and not tearing it down and building a replica.” Giles stresses the importance of sav-
ing historical structures. “When people go out to the Kinsol Trestle, I always ask them to remind themselves this was built in the early 1900s without the heavy-duty cranes and equipment we have now. So it’s manpower, blood, sweat and tears, and somebody’s ability to dream and then the necessary impetus to make the dream come true.” The family-friendly event, showcasing the tallest wooden rail trestle in Canada, or what the CVRD’s now calling “Jewel in the Crown” of the Cowichan Valley Trail will include refreshments, entertainment, information booths and more. The $7.4-million restoration project included replacing unsound timber,
reinforcing 17 structural piers, and ¿nishing a new 614-foot walkway atop the structure for hikers, cyclists and equestrians. Landscaping, a walkway into the Koksilah River canyon, and an information kiosk are also in the plan. “We’re thrilled to be able to open it to the public in time for the B.C. Day Long Weekend as we know it is going to attract people from far and wide,” CVRD parks and trails manager Brian Farquhar said. July 28 event organizers will have a shuttle service running on the big day, leaving regularly from the Shawnigan Lake Community Centre at 2804 Shawnigan Lake Road, starting at 10 a.m.
he trial for a North Vancouver man facing seven charges including two counts of criminal negligence causing death got underway yesterday in B.C. Supreme Court in Duncan. Lucas Ian Brown made his ¿rst appearance in Duncan court to answer two counts of criminal negligence causing death, two counts of failing to stop at an accident scene involving death, two counts of break and enter, possession of stolen property over $5,000, and possession and use of a stolen credit card. The charges arise from a Feb. 20, 2010 incident that led to the deaths of Saanich couple Martha Ralph, 56, and Larry Machnee, 59. Ralph and Machnee were killed when their Yamaha touring motorcycle was struck near Bamberton by a 2007 Honda that had been stolen in North Vancouver earlier that day. The driver Àed the scene of the crash, police said at the time. Brown, meanwhile, was arrested without incident near the Mill Bay ferry terminal and remanded into police custody. Crown prosecutor Scott Van Alstine said the trial is scheduled for 10 days. A jury heard opening words as well as statements from two witnesses Tuesday morning. Proceedings resumed at about 2 p.m. after an extended lunch break. The trial continues today.
North Cowichan tapped into increased monitoring of home water use Niomi Pearson
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orth Cowichan is hoping to turn off the tap on residential water leakages by increasing the frequency of meter readings conducted each year. Meters in the Chemainus, Crofton and South End private water systems will now be read three times a year after council approved the staff-recommended increase at the July 6 council meeting. During the past two years, approximately 18.6 million gallons of water have been wasted through residential water leaks. Staff noted that amount is equivalent to 28 days of average water use in Chemainus, and 99 days in Crofton. John MacKay, director of engineering and operations, said not only will the additional reading prevent leaks by early detection, but assist with vital water conservation awareness as well.
“Reading more often, zeroing in on high-use months, then you bring it to people’s attention that they’re using a lot of water,” he said. A report provided by staff in March to the Public Works Committee estimates an additional reading will cost the municipality approximately $10,000. Residential water meters within the municipality are currently read in March and October and water usage is averaged over the six months prior. Under the new schedule, usage will be averaged out over three four-month periods, from November to February, March to June, and July to October. During discussions, councillors Dave Haywood and Al Siebring expressed concerns that homeowners may exceed their water allotments during the July to October period, which includes three of the year’s driest months. “That’s only 28,000 gallons and I would suggest that not only is there an increased activity for watering lawns, there’s increased activity for
power washers, washing cars, showering... there’s going to be a tremendous amount of water used,” Haywood said. Siebring proposed altering the schedule to break up the summer months but it was voted down 4-2. “I’m not saying we don’t en- Dave Haywood: courage water conservation but leakage signiﬁcant this is going to have a major impact on people’s water bills,” he said said. Councillor Ruth Hartmann argued it will be possible for residents to keep to their allotments, and that averaging the billing period out would skew true consumption numbers. “It hides what people use and it needs to be brought to their attention,” she said. “Maybe that will add to the conservation.” Mayor Tom Walker also pointed out that homeowners will save money in the event of a water
leakage. “We want to read more often and stop these extreme bills going out to folks, that’s what’s driving this,” he said. “If they want to use lots of water, y just write out a cheque, that’s no problem. you We’ll sell it to you.” “The water leakage problem is signi¿cant, so for that I am prepared to support moving from two to three readings per year with three billing periods,” Haywood concluded. The recommendation passed with councillors S Siebring and John Koury opposed. The decision brings North Cowichan in line with other municipalities such as Ladysmith, Sidney and Courtenay which check residential meters three times a year, however there is no set standard for meter reading. Some municipalities such as Ucluelet have their meters read monthly while Duncan, Nanaimo Regional District and Parksville have their meters checked every six months.
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Equipped in a harness, North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Const. Ryan Walker heads toward the silver bridge during an incident Saturday evening.
Police incident blocks silver bridge for two hours
distraught teenager who threatened to jump from Duncanâ€™s silver bridge Saturday night was talked off his perch by police while highway trafÂżc was blocked for about two hours, police say. News Leader Pictorial photographer Andrew Leong said police,
Cowichan Search and Rescue members, and Âżre trucks from Duncan and North Cowichan attended the tense scene that started at around 10:30 p.m. It was unclear why the Duncan teen climbed the bridge and threatened to jump into the river several stories below. He was coaxed down by a police
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North Cowichan Council gives notice that a public hearing will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday July 21, 2011, in the Council Chambers of the North Cowichan Municipal Hall, 7030 Trans Canada Highway, North Cowichan, BC. The purpose of the public hearing is to allow Council to receive public input on the following four bylaws: 1. Bylaw 3457, â€œZoning Amendment Bylaw (No. 3 â€“ Housekeeping), 2011, proposes several changes to Bylaw 2950, "Zoning Bylaw 1997," including, but not limited to: 1) amending or adding the following definitions: â€œapartment,â€? â€œgross floor area,â€? multi-family,â€? â€œpublic use,â€? recycling drop-off depot,â€? â€œrecycling depot,â€? â€œrecycling industrial use,â€? and â€œshipping containerâ€?; 2) amending flood control requirements; 3) amending requirements for required off-street parking spaces and parking spaces for use by persons with disabilities; 4) restricting steps, eves, awnings, canopies, cantilevered balconies, porches, chimneys and other structures from projecting more than 0.6 metre (1.97 feet) into a required yard; 5) regulations for the placement of shipping containers; 6) deleting â€œcampgroundâ€? as a permitted use in the A1 (Agricultural) and A2 (Rural) zones; 7) amending the permitted density in the R3-CH (Residential Two-Family Detached) and C1 (Commercial Local) zones; repealing and substituting requirements for the R7 (Residential Multi-Family) zone; 8) adding â€œrecycling industrial useâ€? as a permitted use in the I2 (Heavy Industrial) zone; and 9) changing the setbacks for principal buildings in the CD4 (Comprehensive Development Zone â€“ Mixed Family Zone). Bylaw 3461, â€œ Zoning Amendment Bylaw (No. 4 â€“ Norcross Road), 2011, proposes to amend Bylaw 2950, "Zoning Bylaw 1997," by reclassifying a portion of 6669 Norcross Road (legally described as Parcel C (DD 40617I), Sections 4 and 5, Range 6, Somenos District, except those parts in plans 3102, 3874, 16400, 20922 and 26624, and except that part outline in red and marked A on Plan 582BL [PID 004-800-052; Folio 5122000], shown as â€œSubject Propertyâ€? and outlined in bold on the map to the right, from Rural Zone (A2) to Rural Residential Zone (A5). The A5 zone permits the following uses: Assisted Living, Bed and Breakfast, Community Care Facility, Home-based Business, Modular Home, Single-Family Dwelling, Supportive Housing, Temporary Trailer (subject to â€œTemporary Trailer Permit Bylaw 1976", No. 1685), and Two-Family Dwelling. If approved, the applicant proposes to adjust the property line to create a 5.8 hectare (14.55 acre) size parcel to expand the agricultural use. 3. Bylaw 3462, Zoning Amendment Bylaw (No. 5 â€“ James and Garden Streets), 2011, proposes to amend Bylaw 2950, â€œZoning Bylaw 1997â€? by reclassifying 2728 James Street and 5822 Garden Street (legally described as Lots 1 and 2, Section 18, Range 6, Quamichan District, Plan 5970 [PID 005-926-033 and 005-926-000; Folio 1080-000 and 1081-000], shown as â€œSubject Propertiesâ€? and outlined in bold on the map to the left, from Commercial Service Zone (C3) to Commercial General Zone (C2). The C2 zone permits the following uses: Accessory Dwelling Unit, Appliance and Small Equipment Repair, Bed and Breakfast, Bus Depot, Car Wash, Club, Commercial Cardlock Facility, Commercial School, Dry Cleaner, Entertainment Use, Financial Institution, Fitness Centre/Gymnasium, Funeral Parlour, Hairdresser, Home-Based Business, Hotel, Laundromat, Medical Laboratory, MiniWarehousing, Mixed-use Building, Night Club, Nursery, Office, Parking Use, Pub, Restaurant, Retail Lumber and Building Supply Yard, Retail of Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories, Retail Store, Service Station, Single Family Dwelling (subject to the provision of the R3 zone), Tool Rental, Veterinary Clinic, and Wholesale Store. If approved, the applicant proposes to construct a 4-storey, mixeduse commercial and residential building, with height and parking variances. 4. Bylaw 3454, Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw (Echo Heights Comprehensive Development Plan), 2011, proposes to amend Bylaw 3450, â€œOfficial Community Plan Bylaw,â€? by adding â€œArea Plan 5 â€“ Echo Heights Comprehensive Development Plan.â€? The purpose of this bylaw is to guide the development of Echo Heights, an approximately 22 hectare (approximately 54 acre) mixed-use development in Chemainus. Plan elements include conservation areas; buffers; a trail system; open space, neighbourhood park and meeting places; mobility; neighbourhood development including a full range of housing types as well as accommodation for live/work units and limited commercial uses; green infrastructure; and site development.
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Malahat commuter bus ridership doubles in three years Ashley Degraaf
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Cowichan’s Victoria express buses have become an increasingly popular option for local commuters.
ore Cowichan folks are hopping on the transit trend. That’s according to ridership records showing an 118 per cent jump in users since 2008 for the Cowichan to Victoria commuter. The average number of passengers boarding the 66 Duncan and 99 Shawnigan Lake Connectors rose each month from 2,727 to 5,890. “The success of the Cowichan Valley Commuter Service has exceeded expectations,” president and CEO of B.C. Transit Manuel Achadinha said in a press release. “These results really show that our customers see the service as a safe, cost-effective and sustainable transportation option.” A passenger survey also release
this spring indicated more happy Cowichan commuters — two-thirds of which said the service was “very good” or “excellent.” “We welcome the positive feedback we have received. This information is important and will help us improve the service and meet the needs of the commuters,” said Cowichan Valley Regional District transit committee chairman George Seymour. “Although we have experienced growing pains with this service due to heavy demands, we are pleased the encouraging feedback shows we are on the right track. Cowichan residents have demonstrated increasing satisfaction with the value of the service, commenting favorably on our drivers’ professionalism, knowledge and their positive demeanor.” Both connectors offer six round trips daily Monday to Friday, leav-
ing from the Village Green Mall, Valleyview Centre and Frayne Road, as well as Cobble Hill Station Park and Ride, Shawnigan Beach Estates, Shawnigan Village at Shawnigan-Mill Bay Road “As the Cowichan Valley grows, and continues to realize the bene¿t to the environment in reducing the number of vehicles on the roads, more residents will see the value of transit service,” said CVRD chairwoman Gerry Giles. “As the service grows, we will require additional transit expansion hours and infrastructure from B.C. Transit and the province to sustain the service.” The cost of running the service is shared between the CVRD, Victoria Regional Transit Commission and B.C. Transit. B.C. Transit is also creating a 25-year Transit Future plan fort the Valley. To learn more, visit www. bctransit.com/transitfuture.
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Cowichan dog-lovers in mourning as WafÅe succumbs to her injuries Recovery attempt fails: Internal damage from being shot, hit by a car proves too much to overcome really quickly Monday evening,” local SPCA manager, Sandi Trent, said Friday morning. Emergency surgeries couldn’t repair the damage done by whoever is responsible for her injuries. “The amount of internal damage,” explained Trent, searching for words, “it was a mess. It was an absolute mess.” Now she’s grieving along with the rest of the Cowichan & District SPCA
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xtensive internal damage proved too much for the young Cowichan dog who was hit by a car and then shot. WafÀe died Thursday, three weeks after receiving her injuries. “She was doing well Friday at the shelter, but then she went downhill
staff, workers at Central Cowichan Animal Hospital, and the many community well-wishers who were phoning staff on a daily basis, asking about WafÀe’s recovery. The small shepherd-cross was believed to be just six or seven months old, and was pregnant at the time of her troubling injuries, which included a bullet wound, fractured pelvis and dislocated hip. Trent praised the staff, volunteers,
and vets Dr. Keith Olsen and Jay Pollock who did what they could to help WafÀe. “To WafÀe, it was a privilege to have known and loved you for the few short weeks we had,” Trent wrote in an obituary. “It is a crime that such a sweet, gentle soul died. We’re so sorry the world let you down.” The Cowichan SPCA can be reached at 250-746-4646.
The ANGLICAN CHURCH of ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST 3295 Cobble Hill Rd. Ofﬁce 250-743-3095 COBBLE HILL
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Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada LAKE COWICHAN CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP 57 King George Rd. Sunday 10:30 a.m. Celebration, Kids Church (3-11 yrs) Tuesday 7:00 pm-Bible Study Friday 7:00 pm Rev -Youth Group Gr 6-12
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ST. EDWARD’S CHURCH 2085 Maple Bay Road, Duncan 746-6831 Saturday Mass Time: 5:00 pm Sunday Mass Time: 10:00 am Tuesday Mass Time: 6:30 pm www.stedwardsduncan.com
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Commercial Äsherman Äned $120,000 for exceeding quota Paul Rudan
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Victor Anderson with parents Egils and Rachel, plus sisters Emma and Madlen (far left).
Service tomorrow at St. Edward’s from page 1
“For him, it was more about his relationships and teammates.” Those players, plus tons of friends across Cowichan, are expressing their grief to the family that includes Anderson’s sisters, Emma and Madlen. “The goofy guy you see enjoying every moment, that was Victor,” Egils said. “We feel comfort that somehow, for the 18 years he was given, he did very well and I
wouldn’t change a thing.” His upbeat son attended Queen of Angels School before heading to Brentwood on scholarships. Anderson was on the private school’s maintenance crew. He was socking dough away to travel before making postsecondary decisions. “He had the ability to do anything,” Egils said, adding Anderson was attracted to Coast Guard rescue work. That ¿t Anderson’s bent for helping folks, said Rachel,
remembering her son’s compassion for Third World kids after seeing photos at the Cowichan Exhibition. “I suggested he get into nursing, or working in longterm care.” It just boiled down to Anderson being a God-fearing guy. “He believed in Jesus Christ, and that side of him is making us stronger,” said Egils. “That’s how we’re getting through this.” St. Edward’s service is set for 11 a.m. July 14.
commercial ¿sherman who is suing Fisheries and Oceans Canada was ¿ned $120,000 last month in Campbell River provincial court for unlawful possession of halibut and rock¿sh. “The sentence is disappointing. I don’t know how a pensioner is going to pay for this,” said lawyer Phil Scarisbrick, who represents Gerald Dalum. Scarisbrick has ¿led an appeal, but Dalum’s days as an independent ¿sherman are more or less over. He still has his 65-foot long-liner Double Decker that’s tied up in Cowichan Bay, but due to the outstanding ¿ne, his ¿shing licences are worthless. “Basically, they’re saying I deliberately made $90,000 to retire on,” said Dalum during a phone interview. “I don’t like ¿shing politics and I don’t like the quota system.” Dalum, 67, has been commercial ¿shing since 1968. Typically, he brought in 100,000 pounds of halibut and rock¿sh. When Dalum returned to Port Hardy from a ¿shing trip in March 2007, he was carrying approximately 31,000 pounds of
halibut over his quota as well an excess of various rock¿sh. But this wasn’t unusual. In the past, he would buy quota from other licence holders in order to make up for the overage. According to court documents, in previous ¿shing seasons Dalum bought extra quota from Blake Tipton of SM Products. But in 2007, he did not do so and had arranged from two other ¿shermen to buy extra quota. However, when the two ¿shermen apparently reneged on the verbal agreement, Dalum believed he had no other choice but to sell the ¿sh to SM Products. He also assumed Tipton would deduct $90,000 in quota fees, but this never occurred. “For reasons unknown, Tipton, although he purchased the ¿sh, would not or could not provide quota,” wrote Scarisbrick, in a document ¿led with the court. As a result, Dalum was charged with nine counts of possessing ¿sh over his limit, but ¿ve of those charges were stayed by Crown counsel Digby Kier after Dalum obtained quota. “One of the reasons that the Crown cites for staying counts 5-9 is the good faith effort of the defendant to secure quota only two months after the halibut trip,” wrote Scarisbrick. “This
goes to the character and belies the likelihood of the defendant deliberately failing — as the Crown contends — to obtain quota in order to save $90,000.” But Judge Brian Saunderson didn’t see it that way. “In short, Mr. Dalum took a calculated risk in purchasing insuf¿cient quota,” the judge said in a written decision. “One of the guiding principles of the Plan states that, ‘Fishers will be individually accountable for their catch.’ That is a clear warning that non-compliance with the ¿sheries regulations will result in sanctions.” During sentencing last week, the Crown was seeking $147,000 in ¿nes from Dalum and his self-owned company G.P. Dalum Enterprises Ltd. In the end, Judge Saunderson levied a $120,000 ¿ne. While Scarisbrick has ¿led an appeal, Dalum is still battling the Department of Fisheries and Oceans on another front. Dalum runs the website ¿shingforfreedom.ca and in December 2007, he helped fund a class-action lawsuit against DFO on behalf of commercial halibut ¿shermen. The still-pending lawsuit claims that DFO withheld 10 per cent of the annual halibut harvest from 2001-2006.
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Preservation of Kinsol Trestle a great moment Opportunity seized: Capitalizing on our splendid past and spectacular surroundings worth celebrating
n Cowichan we like to brag about our world-class status as a wilderness destination. We can regularly be heard boasting about our intriguing pioneer and cultural heritage. And we’ve all heard insiders and outsiders alike exhorting us to fully capitalize on those qualities. But for every Chemainus mural project, or B.C. Forest Discovery Centre, there seems to be a lost Duncan Chinatown or Simon Charlie Village. We are more than pleased to announce that on July 28, the Kinsol Trestle will This time we join the ranks of the opportunities that were not missed, but, instead, were got it right seized. When former Duncan mayor Mike Coleman (and how coincidental was that?) and his grandkids drive home the ceremonial last spike, and make the ¿rst of¿cial crossing of the trestle, it will mark a great moment in Cowichan history. It will mark a moment when we looked at a place where the wonder of natural surroundings and the pioneer spirit of our past came together in perfect synchronicity and we refused to let it disappear. It wasn’t quick and it wasn’t easy. Truth be told the rehabilitation of the Kinsol was a longshot at best ¿ve or six years ago. That was a time when authorities looked at the historic span as little more than a roadblock to the Cowichan leg of the Trans-Canada Trail and a threat to effective risk management. Fortunately, locals like historian Tom Paterson and heritage builder Gordon Macdonald thought deeper and were persistent. Fortunately, the powers-that-be like Jack Peake listened. We hope you’ll come out to the Koksilah River in two weeks, or in the weeks beyond, to celebrate. This time we got it right.
The good and the bad of this week in Cowichan This we don’t
This we like While North Cowichan can be accused of less-than-progressive thinking in some areas of environment and conservation, its latest move in stepping up water meter reading is a good one. It’s going to reduce waste and could save homeowners from some nasty surprises in future water bills. It’s a small step, but it certainly is a step in the right direction.
Car theft, joyriding, careless use of ﬁre — three things high on any community’s list of things not liked. So we guess the aggravation is tripled when some moron decided to combine all three near Lake Cowichan recently. The only way to ﬁght against such stupidity is to watch out for each other and speak out when you see things like this occur.
Water meters reduce water waste.
On B.C.’s teachers, pests and threats to wildlife Jeff Nagel
.C. news as Tom Fletcher takes a break: Action urged on threatened wildlife A task force report that calls on B.C. to bolster its protection of species at risk doesn’t go far enough, environmental groups say. Critics call the 16 recommendations vague and lacking teeth. The Species At Risk Task Force report concludes the extremely large number of species assessed at risk – 1,900 and rising – means B.C. should shift from a focus on individual species to a broader ecosystem-based approach when considering new development. It warns the species-by-species approach “is leading us down a path of increasing complexity, overlapping initiatives and unsupportable costs even as the numbers of at-risk species continues to grow.”
It does not propose a provincial endangered species law equivalent to the federal Species At Risk Act – a tougher legislative approach that conservation groups prefer. Threats to wildlife highlighted in the report include climate change, degraded ecosystems and challenges in protecting species on private land. Species at risk in B.C. include grizzly bears, spotted owls, phantom orchids, Vancouver Island marmots and killer whales. Law-makers eye pesticide ban A provincial committee has convened to consider a possible blanket ban on home use of pesticides for cosmetic purposes throughout B.C. Liberal MLA Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid, a cancer survivor, heads the bipartisan special committee now weighing the potential to outlaw the sale of pesticides and the possible impact on farmers and forestry. Dozens of B.C. cities already have local bans on residential use but MacDiarmid said the ability to buy a herbicide or insecticide in one area and use it in another means there are grounds to consider a
B.C. standard. “There’s a real patchwork around the province,” she said. Retailers currently sell pesticides even in cities where their use is banned. The Canadian Cancer Society argues longterm exposure to residential pesticides poses a cancer threat to children. Teachers demand extra leave Public school employers say contract demands tabled by the B.C. Teachers Federation would cost the system nearly $2.2 billion more each year. The demands include doubling the provision for bereavement leave to provide 10 days paid leave on the death of any friend or relative. The union also wants teachers to be able to take 26 weeks off each year as a fully paid leave of absence to provide compassionate care to any person. The BCTF also wants wage parity with other provinces, although it hasn’t yet tabled an exact pay hike demand. Salary parity would mean a 21 per cent raise for most teachers to match levels in Alberta and cost
an estimated $618 million, according to the B.C. Public School Employers Association (BCPSEA). More rioters step forward Thirty-four people have now turned themselves in to the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) in connection with their roles in the June 15 Stanley Cup riot. The 50-member Integrated Riot Investigation Team continues to pore over thousands of photos and videos – sometimes working frame-by-frame to capture the clearest image of a face or an identifying article of clothing. And they’re now encouraging more photos, tips and information about riot suspects to be sent to a new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Jeff Nagel is a reporter with Black Press. Tom Fletcher returns next week. Reach him at tÀetcher@blackpress.ca.
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More Telus towers: Should cellphone reception trump Cowichan’s viewscapes? “Location is important for reception, but get them off sight lines because island tourism’s also important.”
Paul McAfee, Duncan
“They should not be putting in more towers. One reason’s for tourist viewscapes, and the towers’ electromagnetic impulses are detrimental to people’s health.”
Michael Ker, Sahtlam
What do you think? Log on to www.cowichannewsleader.com and answer our Question of the Week. Results will be published in our next edition.
North Cowichan spending too much of my money
Water meters proven tool for conservation
Dear editor I was dismayed to read how insensitive municipal council is to raising municipal taxes in North Cowichan. Council has no business being in the property development of the curling rink land or ownership of the curling club. If the municipality wants to be of assistance, it should assist the curling club with subdivision of the land and wading through municipal hall red tape to make it happen at minimal cost. The municipality does not have to own the curling club. All the taxpayer can expect with ownership of the curling club is higher taxes. The mayor suggests hefty tax hikes would not be needed to repay the loans. These loans just add to the spending spree our council has been undertaking for some time. From 2005 to 2010, North Cowichan has raised per capita taxes by 32 per cent. In addition, our tax bill for 2011 reÀects an increase in municipal expenditures of 7.2 per cent. No one, at least in the private sector, has had that kind of pay increase. These tax hikes are indicative of poor execution of municipal plans. At a time when Canadians are sitting on record levels of debt (more than $140,000 per household), it is unconscionable for the municipality to show such high-handed disregard for the public purse. Get involved. Send the municipal hall an Elector Response Form and oppose the loan bylaw by Aug. 15. I will remember this on election day. Don Swiatlowski
In my opinion: Meters should be used in every community
lat rates for water use are often popular, but they are very poor public policy. Flat rates encourage waste. Flat rates discourage conservation of water and energy, and devalue their importance. Flat rates make conscientious citizens pay for the bad habits of wasteful neighbours. And Àat rates are generally too low to pay for the full cost of the resources consumed. So Àat water rates are on their way out in Canada. More than 10 years after the Walkerton tragedy, Canadians remain among the most wasteful water users in the world. Few even know how Andrew Leong/¿le much water our households At least one reader is less than sympathetic to drivers ticketed for parking too far away from the curb in downtown or businesses use. Dianne Saxe: Duncan. Environment Canada exhorts consumers to keep a log metered response of water use, and provides local construction industry. been squeezed into a dilapidated, extremely average volumes used for common activities: 18 It is an intuitive and a well-accepted fact that cramped, unhealthy building that should litres per toilet Àush, 100 litres for a shower, 225 a work environment will inÀuence employee probably be torn down. Their need for a new productivity — either in positive or negative home has been ignored. The cramped space at litres for a washing machine load and around 400 litres to wash the car. ways. My extensive, personal experience the municipal hall pales in comparison to the Unfortunately, this type of pious exhortation has with our Building, Planning and Engineering wretched accommodations RCMP and Victim North Cowichan almost no impact on behaviour, because our water Departments has often left me wondering at the Services personnel are forced to suffer at their is incredibly cheap — an average of 86 cents per remarkable ability of our dedicated municipal Canada Avenue locale. Council should get its thousand litres. Municipal hall renovation is money staff to operate from closets and cubbyholes. infrastructure priorities straight and become In contrast, an astounding volume of water can The growing building inspection department advocates at the CVRD for a new local RCMP well spent be saved through use of water meters. Fort St. does not have the space to roll out two sets of detachment. Dear editor John, introduced meters in 2006 and reported a Carol Donnelly construction drawings for a client. As a long-time resident, a taxpayer in North decrease in usage of nearly 826.5 million cubic Crofton It does not require much imagination to Cowichan and frequent visitor to the municipal conclude any improvement in productivity, metres in 2010 as compared with 2006. hall, I’m surprised this conservative proposal In 1994, Canadian households paying a Àat rate resulting from an enhancement of the workNext time you should park a little for needed expansion would meet resistance. for water used 450 litres per person per day. Those space, could very quickly offset the modest I’m 60 years old. The hall was built when I paying by volume used only 263 litres, more than renovation costs. closer to the curb was in Grade 10! The needs and demands upon 40 per cent less. This expansion proposal is consistent with the Dear editor our municipal infrastructure have changed Those living in homes with water meters have an ¿scal prudence demonstrated by North CowRe: the July 6 Your turn complaint about a dramatically during that time. A $3-million dol- ichan council, administration and staff, over the Duncan parking ticket: incentive to use water-saving devices like low-Àow lar renovation is a small undertaking by today’s many years I have been a resident. I welcome showerheads and toilets, and front-loading washCome on now. The man was simply doing standards. Capital expenditures are amortized ing machines. the changes and wholeheartedly support the what he is paid to do. Would you have parked over the expected years of service, so the And perhaps they do not leave the water running borrowing required for the hall expansion. Any 14 inches from the curb when you were taking annual cost with interest for this investment, when they are not using it. resource expenditure on counter-petitioning is your drivers exam? You would have Àunked! is $216,000. Most of this money will be spent In 1991, about half of Canadian households had regressive, wasteful and ill-advised. Now that you have your driver’s licence, you here, supporting businesses and residents in the Jim Cooper water meters; this increased to 63 per cent by 2004, feel you can break the law? and is steadily rising. NNorth Cowichan Slow down and smell the roses. You did the In 2009, the C.D. Howe Institute estimated only crime, pay the ¿ne. 25 per cent of residential customers remain unW Schultz NNew RCMP headquarters more metered. Duncan The City of Toronto is now rolling out a mandaimportant i than new municipal hall “Do you attend the Duncan Summer Festival?” tory water-metering program. Under the new Dear D editor You answered: (23 votes) More letters online system, all customers will pay for the water they Re: North Cowichan’s plan to borrow up to 65 per cent NO actually use. $3 $ million to renovate the cramped municipal Also, read fresh stories every day and share The city will provide meters to those who were hall. h I believe there are far worthier projects your thoughts immediately through the comTo vote on the next Question of the Week, log onto the previously on a Àat rate system and replace existin i North Cowichan that need looking after ments function. web poll at www.cowichannewsleader.com ing meters with new, automated ones. before b any renovation of the muni hall begins. at cowichannewsleader.com The new meters will send their serial number and For F years the local RCMP detachment has consumption information data regularly to collection units then to a central server. 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Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Powwow adds splash of cultural colour to Duncan Daze weekend
THE BIG EVENT
Downtown Duncan isnâ€™t the only place to enjoy Summerfest. Cowichan Tribes Siem Lelum grounds host the seventh Khowutzun Warmland Inter-Tribal Powwow this weekend offering competitive drumming, dancing and songs for everyone. Folks are welcome to visit the grounds â€” behind the former Mound â€” after Duncan summer
festivalâ€™s Grand Parade Saturday, and Friday and Sunday afternoon. â€œItâ€™s everything from traditional to fancy dance,â€? said dancer and city Councillor Joe Thorne (pictured left with daughter Aubree). Powwow competitions follow Fridayâ€™s 7 p.m. grand entry. Other grand entries happen Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Arts and crafts, plus food are also planned while performers polish their routines. â€œThis powwow isnâ€™t just for Natives,â€? Thorne said. â€œWe hope everyone comes to support the Warmland Powwow.â€? Admission is by donation. For more, call 250-715-6125.
â€” Peter W. Rusland
Entering the heart of Duncanâ€™s most festive month Summerfest: Weekend activities Summerfest: highlight of what has evolved into a month-long festival Ashley Degraaf
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ummerfest has taken claim to all of July as the hostess with the mostest for the cityâ€™s favourite family-fun, summer party. From what used to be just a weekend must on local checklists, Summerfest is now a month-long celebration, which kicked off this Canada Day long weekend. The heart of the 32nd-annual Summerfestivalâ€™s long-standing activities, including the Childrenâ€™s and Grande Parades and the deep-rooted Duncan Daze, Âżre up Friday. And Duncan-Cowichan Festival Society artistic director and president Longevity John Falkner says everyoneâ€™s on board with this yearâ€™s spread of activities, new and old. â€œThereâ€™s always someone who steps forward with great ideas,â€? Falkner said. â€œBut itâ€™s not always about having ideas, itâ€™s about implementing them.â€? Falkner, along with the societyâ€™s board, has â€œattempted to do some crazy thingsâ€? with this yearâ€™s lineup. â€œWe all have one common goal: that itâ€™s different every year.â€? Duncan Business Improvement Area Societyâ€™s Duncan Daze will see downtown Duncan store owners Ă€ooding the streets, showing their merchandise as well as rolling out wicked deals alongside a ton of fun, all-age activities. The famous kids-on-bikes Childrenâ€™s Parade kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Friday night from Kenneth and Jubilee streets, and pedals all the way to city
hall. This yearâ€™s host is the Duncan Volunteer Fire Department, which promises, â€œall kids are winners as are the parade watchers.â€? More entertainment will pour from the downtown core following post-parade, with both the Charles Hoey Park and city square stages rocking out full steam. Day two of Duncan Daze rises with an All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast dished out by the Rotary Club of Duncan at 8 a.m. and running to 11:30 a.m. at Duncan city hall. The Saturday breaky includes Ă€apjacks, sausages, juice and coffee. It acts as a fundraiser for the local Rotary chapter, whose members will be asking adults for $7 and children, 10 and younger, $5. A limited version of the Duncan Farmersâ€™ Market takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., while the Grande Parade starts its trek at 11 a.m. from James Street and wraps up on Festubert Street. The Military Tattoo strikes again at the Legion branch on Kenneth Street at 2 p.m. Cowichan Pipes and Drums plays host. The weekend action caps off Sunday with Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives and Seniors Resource Centreâ€™s Elders Day at 12 p.m. at Charles Hoey Park. And thatâ€™s not all folks. Tunes from local musicians and out-of-town groups play through to Sunday, July 31. Summerfest 2011 boasted the Âżrst-ever beach volleyball tourney Friday, July 1. Musicians have continued to storm Charles Hoey Park stage from July 2 onward. Other lead-up events included the All Things Bicycle â€“ Green Day, Show and Tell Tattoo Competition as well as Summer Fest Sunday staple Childrenâ€™s Day. A month-long Summerfest wonâ€™t just be a onehit wonder either, Falkner said. â€œDo I see any longevity to a month-long
Sierrah Stewart, 8, enjoys a game of frisbee catch at the Duncan Cowichan Summer Festival Childrenâ€™s Day at Charles Hoey Park on Sunday. festival? Yes I do. Itâ€™s getting everyone in the community the chance to step forward and showcase what it is they do. It lets our neighbours know who our neighbours are. And, it shows entertainment is a cohesive force in a strong sense
of community.â€? For information on the Duncanâ€™s Got Talent competition and Guitar Wars, see page 17. For more info on Summerfest, check out www. cowichanfestival.com.
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