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THAT’S PURE DETERMINATION The Pajama Pirates and their SS Pure Determination, far left, are already making their way back to shore to win the Fast and Furious Boat Building Competition at the Cowichan Bay Maritime Festival last Saturday, while their fellow racers are struggling to get away from the beach. For video of the race scan this page with the Layar app on your smart phone or go to www. For more photos from the event, see page 11. [KEVIN ROTHBAUER/CITIZEN]

CVRD recommends against farm’s gravel project SARAH SIMPSON CITIZEN

The CVRD has recommended the Agricultural Land Commission deny an application by Balme Ayr Farms to remove aggregate from a portion of its farmland and replace it with fill. Farmers Oliver and Shelley Balme want to rehabilitate their steeply graded land by extracting gravel from the 68-acre plot located east of the Trans Canada Highway near Valleyview Centre. Neighbours have been up in arms, worried about a variety of things including but not limited to noise, dust, the potential for contaminated fill, and the length of the proposed 15-year, nine phase

gravel project. In its recommendation to the ALC, the CVRD noted “the community has expressed concerns about many aspects of this application and the lasting detrimental impacts to their health and safety, and the quiet enjoyment of their properties,” and that “there may be better, viable options such as vineyards or other emerging opportunities less affected by topography that should be explored before such drastic alteration to the land is undertaken.” The CVRD’s decision came after several meetings, culminating in the CVRD’s Electoral Area Services session on Tuesday night. It comes as a relief to both neigh-

Lori Iannidinardo, CVRD director bours and to Cowichan Bay Dir. Lori Iannidinardo.

“This has been a very stressful time for our community and I hope that we once again have the opportunity to really listen,” she said. Neighbours were all smiles when it was announced during Wednesday night’s board meeting. Despite the CVRD’s opposition to the application, the ALC can still approve the project if it so chooses. Should it pass at that level, and make it through the Ministry of Mines, the Balmes would still need to apply to the regional district for permission to process the gravel on their property. That would most certainly trigger a public consultation process.

“It’s disappointing,” Shelley Balme said. “In their award-winning corporate strategic plan, it says the CVRD’s objective is to support agriculture. The project is agricultural land reclamation. We are milking 115 cows and have 240 animals on the farm we have to feed and gravel does not grow grass,” she explained. “The CVRD has taken it upon themselves to tell us to make a vineyard. Cows don’t eat grapes.” Balme said she hopes that the ALC would see the logic in her family’s application. “At least now it’ll get to run its course and go through the official channels though,” she said. “That’s all we were asking for.”


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Plethora of produce provides freshness for food bank SARAH SIMPSON CITIZEN

Nothing quite beats fresh, whole, unprocessed foods but the reality is food banks mainly survive on non-perishables. During the harvest season, however, food bank volunteers are thrilled with the nearly daily infusions of fresh produce that breathe new life into hampers provided by operations like the Cowichan Valley Basket Society. “For the hampers, the fresh fruit and the fresh vegetables are awesome,” said Basket Society volunteer Peter Delange. He regularly helps fill baskets for those in need. “ W h e n we g e t f r e s h vegetables and fresh fruit we don’t have to give the canned stuff out — and it’s obviously healthier,” he said. The shelves stay stocked and folks get fresh local food. This week the Basket Society volunteers were pleased to receive two such fresh food infusions: the first from folks who were actually on vacation. “Normally we refund our CSA [Community Support-

ed Agriculture] members when they’re away during the summer and miss a week, but some of our members have asked that their bags be donated to the local food bank instead, which is very generous of them,” Makaria Farm’s Heather McLeod explained. She and husband Brock McLeod are proud to be one of the many local farms and gardeners able to support the food bank by donating some of the fruits of their labour. “Some folks even ‘grow a row’ specifically for the food bank,” McLeod said. Wedderspoon Herb Farm has taken that idea to a whole other level. This week also marks the first that Wedderspoon began harvesting what CEO Sebastien Martin believes will amount to more than 500 pounds of fresh organically certified vegetables for donation. A member of the Chamber of Commerce, Martin said giving back to the community is part of his North Cowichan farm’s overall plan. Growing organic vegetables is actually secondary to the Wedderspoon Herb

Farm’s main operations. Martin said they started small plots to give their new employees practical hands-on experience with the farm’s permaculture experts. But they soon realized that despite not setting aside a lot of land for their vegetable garden, they had about twice as much as the staff could possibly consume themselves. “It’s good to realize how much food you can grow in such a small, small space,” Martin said. “Instead of selling it at a farm stand, or wasting it by giving it to the chickens, we thought we would help the community and donate it.” The decision was easy, given they don’t rely on the sale of the vegetables to pay the bills. Martin has boxes upon boxes of squash, zucchini, kale, and culinary herbs to donate from the farm’s first harvest. “What we will be donating is maybe going to feed 100 people. It doesn’t mean much perhaps but it’s still something. It’s a start.” The next batch may feature tomatoes, strawberries, peas and more.

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Dog attacks lead to payouts SARAH SIMPSON CITIZEN

Sorry folks, the BC Coastal Fire Centre has banned campfires. They say it isn’t worth the risk given the hot and dry weather. [SARAH SIMPSON/CITIZEN]

Campfires banned as lightening risk increases SARAH SIMPSON CITIZEN

Sorry long weekend campers, no smores for you. As of Thursday, Aug. 1 at noon, a campfire ban is in effect throughout B.C.’s Coastal Fire Centre. The prohibition is the result of high and extreme fire danger ratings within the region and the ever-increasing threat of lightening caused fires. “When we have to allocate resources to our lightening starts, it’s just not sensible to have to worry about human caused fires as well,” spokeswoman Marg Drysdale said Wednesday. While Drysdale knows campers won’t be thrilled with the turn of events, she said it’s the prudent thing to do. “We have come to the point where we are into large expanses of extreme and with lightening coming through, it’s a risk that the Fire Centre is not willing to take at this point,” she said. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations said nearly half of all wildfires are caused by human activity, and can start from something as small as a carelessly discarded cigarette butt.

“Motorcyclists and all-terrain vehicle enthusiasts should ensure they are using an approved spark arrestor and refrain from parking on grass or at sites where the exhaust system is near combustibles,” said a press release issued by the ministry. Some weather forecasters are predicting rain but the reality is it won’t be nearly enough to reduce the risk. The hot dry weather it expected to return. That’s why the ban is in effect until Oct. 15 or until officials deem it safe to rescind it. The campfire ban extends across the entire Island, and includes the Sunshine Coast, mid-coast and Lower Mainland. Those caught ignoring fire prohibitions can be fined $345. If the fire causes a wildfire, they may be convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If person starts a wildfire through negligence or carelessness, they could also face penalties of up to $10,000 and ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs. Better safe then sorry. To repor t a wildfire call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on most cellular networks.

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Two Cowichan Bay farmers are being compensated for the loss of 31 animals killed by a wild dog pack that’s been roaming the area in recent months. Nicole Kezama was awarded $750 after five of her Nubian goats and 17 of her chickens were killed in an attack at her Telegraph Road property on May 14. The CVRD will also pay Adele Gelling $513.75 for the loss of seven poultry and two lambs, also on Telegraph Road, which occurred in separate attacks on May 30 and June 4. The payouts are the result of a decades-old bylaw and come from the cash collected as part of the regional district’s dog licensing program. The maximum the CVRD pays is $750. CVRD bylaw enforcement officer Brian Duncan said the bylaw is slated for review. “We’re going look at current market values for livestock and we’re going to go around B.C. and look at other farm communities that have similar bylaws for compensating people for livestock lost during dog attacks,” he said. It’s been more than a month since the wild dogs have been actively killing, Duncan said. “The last known attack was June 25,” he said. During that incident, near Hill-

Jesyka Clarkson, of the Cowichan and District SPCA, shows off a trap that has been set to capture wild dogs in Cowichan Bay. [CITIZEN FILE] bank and Jack Roads, one goat was killed. Another goat was injured but survived. Four of the five dogs have been found but one is still on the lam. It is described as a male rottie-cross, black and tan in colour, with short fur. It’s believed the animal weighs between 70 and 80 pounds.

The dog, however, hasn’t been seen since July 12 but Duncan and his crew won’t stop until it’s found. “The traps are still set on the trails that we know they frequent,” he said. “We monitor them a couple of times a day but it’s been pretty quiet.”

Six residents protest weir water storage SARAH SIMPSON CITIZEN

Six property owners on Cowichan Lake have appealed the Ministry of Environment’s decision to change the way water is stored in the lake. “The order of the Ministry of Environment, in simple terms, says that instead of drawing down the lake starting on July 9, that drawdown will occur starting July 31. That has been appealed and we are suggesting that we should be a participant in that appeal process,” CVRD Chief Administrative Officer Warren Jones told the board on Wednesday night. The board agreed.

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VIHA executives reassured anxious Cowichan Valley residents Wednesday, July 31 that they are still pushing hard for a replacement for the Cowichan District Hospital. Calling it “functionally obsolete,” they nevertheless were unable to give Meryle Hilberry, past chair of the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation any firm idea of when a replacement might be coming. She was one of many people attending the open meeting of the board of the Vancouver Island Health Authority in Duncan and took the opportunity to ask board members if they were changing horses in midstream, even though the need for a new or revitalized hospital in Duncan has been “broadly recognized”. She asked about VIHA’s plans to expand home care in the community, wondering aloud if those plans would displace people who would otherwise be treated in hospital. Looking a t proposed increases in elder care at home means a big change and the region “needed reassurance that there would be sufficient support from the Cowichan District Hospital,” Hilberry said. “During the early part of the 2000s, VIHA identified the Cowichan Valley as the region on Vancouver Island for the highest population grown in [the over 64 demographic]. I was kind of

Meryle Hilberry questions the VIHA board about the promised new hospital for Cowichan. [LEXI BAINAS/CITIZEN] alarmed by that number,” she said. “How does that fit in the overall plan for the time frame for our new hospital?” she asked. Acting president and CEO of VIHA, Brendan Carr said, “It’s more than philosophy but we know that we can handle our work better if we don’t limit ourselves to hospital settings. We want to create a continuum from hospital to community.” But he was blunt, too. “We’ve been looking at the changes in our population demographics and the simple truth is, when we look at that, there is no feasible solution in the future that will see us being able to offer every patient who is aging all the services they will need in a facility. We don’t have the means to do that,” Carr said. “And, most of the research has shown today that as people age in particular they do better when they are in a home environment, with support. We are trying to spread the balance

around having facilities and we absolutely have to redevelop your facility in Duncan. There is no question about that. At the same time we have to work hard to develop other services in the community that will allow people to stay out of hospital.” Catherine Mackay, VIHA’s executive vice-president and chief operating officer, also addressed Hilberry’s question. “We have an aging population but we know people don’t want to go into residential care. Sometimes it’s a matter of only delaying that issue, but it’s still valuable time. We have to look at how we can support people,” she said. Carr then reiterated. “It does not represent a backing away from redeveloping your facility.” The board also reminded the room that there is no provincial funding yet allotted to a new hospital in the Cowichan Valley and that nothing can start until there is.


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Storing more water with weir vital to our river t is absolutely vital that we make it a practice to store more water in Cowichan Lake for a longer period of time into the summer. Last year the province ignored all advice that told them they needed to do so and it was almost a catastrophe for the river and the salmon that depend upon it to keep flowing into the fall. That’s why we cannot support the protests from six property owners on Cowichan Lake who have appealed the Ministry of Environment’s decision to try to avoid a repeat. This year is not looking to be


any different than last, though hopefully the fact that we have stored water until July 31 this year instead of beginning to release it at the start of the month will mean the river will not be in such danger of running dry. Because that’s the magnitude of what we’re talking about — a river no more. After all, we have not had any significant rainfall for well over a month now, and there is none in the immediate forecast. We could well be looking at another bone dry September into October.



The folks who have appealed the holding of the water for a longer period have stated there’s no clear reason why it’s necessary to do so. I’m not sure where they were last fall when thousands of fish were dying and having to be trucked up the trickling river. I can hardly think of a better demonstration of need. They claim they are being denied the full use of their properties by the extra water. That’s not a particularly persuasive argument when normal winter levels are certainly higher, and such a need has indeed

been shown to exist. In this case, the larger community’s interests must take precedence. Factors such as climate change and forest company practices are affecting how much water we get and when we get it. We would certainly argue that a review of forest practices that are negatively impacting the watershed and lake levels are long overdue for an overhaul. And we must all do our part to try to combat climate change. But neither of those things solves the immediate problem of a long dry summer and only so much water.

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After reading Ian Morrison’s opinion piece on the CVRD exempt staff’s wages, it appears he is the only CVRD representative that is standing up for the people of the Cowichan Valley. This recent example goes to show that CVRD board isn’t standing up for taxpayers. The CVRD’s choice to use $150,000 worth of gas tax money for a dirty dirt site shows that they aren’t standing up for our environment. Again, Morrison was the only one to vocalize the absurdity of this idea. Who is the CVRD fighting for? It seems that Ian Morrison one of the few voices of reason on this board.

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Holding more water back in Cowichan Lake with the weir is at least a good interim solution. We know it seems odd that in the winter months there’s so much water we’re talking about dikes and other ways to avoid flooding, while in the summer we’d love to have a bit of that water left over. Holding it back in Cowichan Lake is the only way we have, at present, to do that. Not holding back more water would be a massive abdication of stewardship for the designated heritage river we are so fortunate to have in our jurisdiction.

Nature funds should not be used for truck wash To the Cowichan Valley Regional District Environment Commission: First off, I want to commend you on your vision and your “12 Big Ideas Framework”. It is a progressive endeavour that you can count on my support for. I want to draw your attention to the fact that the CVRD board of directors have just approved using Area I’s Nature & Habitat Fund to contribute towards a “truck wash” in Youbou to deal with a TimberWest dirty truck problem. If you are serious about environmental leadership, I would implore you to take

the basic steps of demanding accountability for the spending of designated funds administered by the CVRD. The Nature & Habitat Fund is a precious resource — hard won. Those funds are meant to be used for strengthening and protecting the natural environment. As it is, those funds are meagre for dealing with the growing pressure of development in the area! To use those funds for anything else shows a lack of due diligence and a failure in fiduciary duty. As an aside, if Area Director Pat Weaver and her advisors believe that they can put forward a flimsy, unsubstantiated “environmental” argument for spending $5,000 on a truck wash,

I would hope that there is some authoritative check and balance in place to review this claim. TimberWest’s dirty truck problem needs to be understood to be part of TimberWest’s cost of doing business. The fact that TimberWest is not being asked to take 100 per cent responsibility for a problem that they are causing for the residents of Youbou is astounding. Instead of Ms. Weaver using her efforts to bail TimberWest out of a corporate problem, I would have expected her to have worked with her provincial counterparts to negotiate a solution with TimberWest. It is the province that negotiates directly with the logging companies on issues around road

use and conduct. I am surprised that TimberWest would want be party to a scheme in which elected officials are using public money to bail them out of a corporate problem. I will be bringing this matter to the attention of the 75 members of the Creekside Residents Association (in Youbou) during our AGM in August. Neighbours that I have spoken to to date are appalled by the actions of the CVRD. Clare Attwell Youbou

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s residents of Duncan and frequent recreational users of the Cowichan River, we wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of the generous and helpful people who came to our emergency assistance on the afternoon of Saturday, July 27, when a typical funfilled family tubing excursion went desperately wrong. Two savagely deep lacerations on the left foot of 12-year-old Winter Koyote — in a steepbanked section of the river downstream from Vimy with no readily apparent way out — plunged the 12 tubers ranging in age from five to 68 into a terrifying situation. Our family would like to extend our deep gratitude to Dennis and his wife (last name unknown) who phoned 911 and assisted the rescue by guiding access to the road through his and his neighbours’ property. We also want to acknowledge Robert and his wife (last name unknown) who voluntarily inter-

High speed trains: let’s get realistic I noted with some dismay an article in one of our local papers that mentioned that one of our local councils was prepared to give money to repair rotting bridges in order to support the attempts to bring a high speed commuter train to the Nanaimo to Victoria corridor. As I said in my headline, let’s get realistic and look at what is needed and what will be the effects of such a service. First, let’s look at speed. In order to get commuters from Nanaimo to Victoria faster than the present Greyhound bus, which does the trip in 110 minutes centre to centre, the train would need to do the same journey in 90 minutes.

rupted their river ride and helped carry our daughter to the ambulance, as well as taking the time to check on the remainder of our group before resuming their own tube ride. We further commend the quick response of the paramedic team and the skilled staff of the Emergency Department at Cowichan District Hospital, in particular Dr. Isabel Rimmer who continues to catch our family’s accidents with just the right blend of sympathy and skilled competency. An additional thanks to Rhonda, of Gibbins Road, for providing access through her property in order to assist in the retrieval of the shell-shocked remainder of the group. This experience renewed our commitment to appropriate footwear. Well fastened, strong-soled river shoes are indispensable. Avoid flip-flops! Appropriate shoes protect against sharp objects and make it easier to walk on the river bottom, and in the event of an

This is a distance of approximately 113 kilometres giving an average speed of 75 kph. Allowing for some stops along the way I estimate that the train would need to travel at a top speed of at least 100 kph. Second, what about the track? Regular commuter trains in Europe run along track which is all securely fenced with fully automated crossings. In order to run the trains that some are hoping for on the route between Nanaimo and Victoria all the rails and sub track would need to be replaced and many of the curves would need to be redesigned and cambered. If we want the ability to run trains each way throughout the day we will also need to twin the track or construct pass-bys to enable the trains to pass each

emergency, enable climbing through the bush on the banks if necessary. The Cowichan River is a wilderness setting that presents its own natural hazards; the addition of broken glass, or even crumpled tin create the unnecessary potential for genuine tragedy. As traffic increases on the river, it becomes increasingly important to respect the environment we benefit from. Please pack out what you take in. Those of us who visit, and those of us who live here, will all benefit. The clinical eye assessing the severity of the injuries Winter sustained determined that she undoubtedly stepped on a jaggedly broken bottle. Our daughter will recover, though she and her pony Licorice will be sidelined for this years’ show season. A few years ago, a volunteer group snorkelled the length of the river’s most used sections retrieving cans, bottles, and other detritus. Perhaps we should consider organizing such

other. The cost of rebuilding the line from Victoria to Nanaimo to a suitable standard for the speeds needed, including fences and crossings, could be over $1 million per kilometre and so for a distance of almost 115 kilometres that’s $115 million not including the money to buy up the land needed for this extra track etc. Finally; let’s look at the nearest thing that we have in Western Canada to a high-speed commuter train — the West Coast Express, which runs five trains in from Mission to Vancouver every weekday morning and back out to Mission every weekday evening. The distance is approximately 84 kilometres, and the journey time is 75 minutes giving an average speed of 67 kph, and unlike here on the Island the train trav-

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a party again. We can all do our part to keep our Valley not only beautiful, but safe too! Please contact Rupert at if you have any information relating to river clean up. Most of all, we wish to acknowledge and thank the three adults on the scene who coordinated the rescue: Winter’s maternal uncle, Patrick Kelly, and his brother-in-law, Dean Chen, both residents of Shanghai, China, who facilitated the rescue and held the group on the river together respectively, with the assistance of Winter’s paternal tubing-grandmother, Dr. Alison Wilcock. If there is anyone we failed to mention please accept our apologies for our oversight, and on behalf of all members of the immediate and extended Koyote family, our most sincere thanks for your help.

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els through a densely populated urban area. Using the speed and distance figures for the West Coast Express and applying them to the Nanaimo to Victoria run the journey time would be just over two hours each way. The Greyhound already is faster than this. In summary, to all those who are proposing a high-speed commuter train between Nanaimo and Victoria, have you considered all the factors involved in such a project and do you have any real experience of this type of rail service? I suggest, in fact I beg of you, run this proposal past some people who understand the complexities of rail transport and also some people who understand finance.

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Please be advised that in-river gravel removal with heavy machinery will be taking place from August 5 to September 15 immediately upstream of the Rail Bridge (Black Bridge). Tubers and swimmers should not enter the area. Pull out zones along the Allenby Road Bridge should be used. Public access to the Beach areas adjacent to the Rail Bridge will also be closed for the duration of the project.


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Down to the wire: duo claim success in memorial trail run KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN


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Leo Gillespie and Martin Middleton ended their West Coast Trail run last Saturday with a stumble down to the beach and a finger on the stopwatch. The goal was to finish the 75km run in under 20 hours, and they did it: 19 hours, 38 minutes and 50 seconds. “We hoped to get under 18, but the last eight to 10k were gruelling,” said Gillespie. They were running the trail in memory of Gillespie’s dad, Peter, who died a year earlier to the day. They were also raising funds for the Cowichan Valley Basket Society. It had been 12 years since they last

attempted the long run. “We shaved over three and a half hours off our old record, and we’re older,” said Gillespie. “I guess we’re getting better with age.” Gillespie actually compared running the last few kilometres of the trail with getting to the summit of Denali, North America’s highest peak, which he did this spring. “We were just haggard,” he said. There was very little celebrating when Middleton caught up to Gillespie on the beach at the end of the run. “I said, ‘We did it,’ and he was like, ‘Yeah,’” Gillespie laughed. As of Wednesday, the pair had raised more than $4,000

for the food bank, with more to come at a burger and beer event hosted by Just Jake’s that evening. They collected $85 along the trail, including donations from the Parks Canada official they checked in with and a hiker from Germany. Both men were pleased to accomplish the feat. “It was really nice to get it done, and we had a lot of fun along the way,” said Gillespie. The men remembered Peter Gillespie several times along the trip, pausing at 4:16 p.m., the moment when Gillespie’s father died. “It was a hard day on us,” said Leo. “It was hard physically, and it was hard just being the day it was.” 230 Kenneth Street, Duncan


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Nurses unleash fury at VIHA over care aide replacements LEXI BAINAS CITIZEN

How can replacing nurses with care aides increase patient care? Why, after encouraging them to take the training, are new nurses finding doors slammed in their faces? The audience came out, guns blazing, with questions like these, when given the chance to address the Vancouver Island Health Authority Board at a meeting in Duncan Wednesday, July 31. Loudest were nurses. The board members learned first hand that nurses are really, really upset about VIHA replacing registered nurses and licensed practical nurses with care aides from a contingent led by Jo Salken, BC Nurses’ Union Pacific region chair. In Nanaimo, 26 such replacements have already occurred. VIHA has recently announced plans to spread the controversial care model to Victoria and nurses are worried that such changes will simply spread, Margo Wilton, the South Islands region co-chair, said before the meeting. “We’re also petitioning VIHA to release all documentation and studies supporting the safety of its new patient care model,” she said. “VIHA’s being very secretive about this, which only reinforces the impression that this change is about cutting budgets, not safe patient care.” She said she was also unhappy that any discussion of their concerns at the Duncan meeting was taking place outside of the regular meeting, so none of it showed up in the minutes of the session. Salken said that what she’d heard from nurses so far was just the leading edge of what was yet to come when the new system spreads to Victoria. “They were actually most worried about the patients and concerns about the safety of the patients and what their work was going to look like,” Salken said. “The stories you heard from nurses were also, ‘I’m a new grad. I’ve been working full time since I graduated. I have just bought a house.’ Or: ‘I’m the breadwinner of my family and now I’m going to make half as much as I did before.’ We heard some really horrible stories. To prove that more than just the nurses were concerned, the BCNU rep brought forward almost 4,000 petitions. She and Wilton then carried the boxes, decked with balloons, to the front table, and presented them to the board. VIHA President and CEO Brendan Carr told the BCNU representatives, who were supported by a large group of other nurses dressed in red and black, that the board would give them a written reply to their concerns.

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“Part of our challenge is how to provide for patients’ needs. Our skilled staff should be doing the work they were trained to do.” He said that VIHA will have to work harder to ensure that RNs and LPNs still want to come to work but “we do have to work within constraints.” Wilton persisted. “We are here because we are frightened. Our nurses in the South Island are also frightened. They tell me, ‘I don’t know how I’m going to give the care I’m supposed to give’,” she said. Brenda Hill, a nurse at Cowichan District Hospital, told the room that she didn’t see how replacing nurses with lower-priced staff was helping patient care. “It sounds good but it really doesn’t change the situation. It’s a budgetary issue, that’s all. I don’t see any help in it. It’s not there.” She then went on to explain that a heavy level of admissions is stretching resources at CDH to its limit. “We’re already at crisis level staffing in the summer. How can we manage in the winter, in flu season?” She also expressed concern for new nurses. “We’re not hiring the new grads like we used to. We as taxpayers helped to pay for their education and they’re not getting work,” Hill said. Others nurses in the audience

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Essay sends McCullough to global ag conference LEXI BAINAS CITIZEN

Shauna-Lee McCullough, the Aleader of the Cowichan Community 4-H Club, is heading out to Calgary to join a special conference entitled Come to the Table: Feeding a Hungry Planet: the World Youth Ag Summit. The event draws together 120 young leaders, ages 18-25, from around the world to find solutions to thorny issues as the global population approaches 9 billion people. The event helps celebrate the hundredth anniversary of 4-H in Canada, and is also sponsored by agri-giant BayerCrop Science. McCullough qualified for her trip by writing a two-page essay on a staggeringly large subject. “It had to be on your thoughts on the world hunger crisis, and how to assess the problem locally and then apply those concepts globally,” she said. “It’s quite overwhelming to address something like that, start breaking it down. There are things we can do but how do you make it practical to implement?” The conference includes days packed with events from Aug. 1925 and offers the chance to take tours, hear speakers and meet other young people from all over the world. “They are going to be bringing in guests to discuss such things as food policies in the area, growth, GMO foods — a lot of the upcoming questions about how we manage our nutritional resources. We’re also going to tour some

Shauna-Lee McCullough is excited to be part of a global conference for youth taking place in Calgary this month. [SUBMITTED] of the agriculture facilities in Alberta. Like we’re going to visit the big John Deere facility there. That should be really neat; it will be a great exposure for everyone, to see what is available,” McCullough said. “I personally think the best part is that they are bringing people from all over the world so you’re going to be able to get a global perspective.”

Networking has already begun. “We’ve already had a conference call on Google Talk, to meet some of the delegates. It’s really neat. One person in particular is especially interesting to me. She’s a cellular biologist who’s working in Toronto right now and she’s into making food in petri dishes. They’re thinking that in the future only the rich will be able to eat meat from an animal and the

future is that they will just make protein in laboratories and season it to be like whatever meat you’d want,” she said. That sounds like something from Star Trek! Tea: Earl Grey, hot! “They are releasing their first tasting of protein hamburgers at the beginning of August. It’s phenomenal! And this girl is going to bring some of their findings to the conference. At this time, they’re not looking at any kind of mass production; it’s just a trial. But, it’s something you’d think was so in the future and it’s happening right now.” Such subjects are right in the forefront of the news right now, and not just with agricultural people. “There’s obviously a lot of controversy behind it because there are no long term studies on how GMOs affect people. But the reality is that if we can’t produce enough meat or food in the ground, naturally, we’ll have to at least look at what are our alternatives,” she said. “There is going to be this really good cross-section of people that are coming to the conference. The organizers seem very enthusiastic about having everybody there, doing studies, being able to present findings as a group. It will be a really great exposure to what’s going on.” The delegates will also enjoy an evening showcasing Canadian culture, tours to a market and to Alta Genetics with Dairy Farmers of Canada, a visit to a cattle ranch

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and even a day off to explore Banff in addition to their daily diet of speeches, panel discussions and networking. McCullough will be listening and probably speaking at the event as well. “I’m doing some pre-research before I go, talking to different farmers in the area and I’m also going to meet with Brandy Gallagher from the Ecovillage in Shawnigan to go over connecting your food to your lifestyle. For instance if you’re going to be growing roses, why not, at the end of the day, grow something you can eat? “I’m researching also about what our farmers grow and land management. “I’m also going to meet with [Wayne] Haddow from the Ministry of Agriculture to discuss the agriculture plan for this area. Then, I’ll have notes to reference for when we do group study. There will be opportunities during the conference to do some presentations but that will be done there.” She is delighted to be able to take Cowichan’s situation to the table. “I think it’s really important that they have the youth just be aware of what’s going on. And it’s good to be encouraging people to acknowledge where their food is coming from, what the crisis is and what we can do practically to make a difference because we do have an issue coming up. I think it’s good that they’re addressing it now.”


Andrew Fasullo and Alix Hotel of the Cowichan Bay Marina team work to get their vessel back to shore. [KEVIN ROTHBAUER/CITIZEN]

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Jaime Trainor of the Cowichan Bay Seafood team. [KEVIN ROTHBAUER/CITIZEN]


The victorious Pajama Pirates run into the surf at Kil-pah-las Beach to celebrate winning the boat race. [KEVIN ROTHBAUER/CITIZEN]

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Miki Hotel works on the Cowichan Bay Marina’s pallet wrap catamaran, built with her sister Alix and Andrew Fasullo. [KEVIN ROTHBAUER/CITIZEN]

Jessica Wikkerink and the Cow Bay Seafood boat. [KEVIN ROTHBAUER/CITIZEN]

Jacqui Irvine touches up the SS Pure Determination, built with teammates Kainan Duggan, Ruth Digby and Scott Higbie. [KEVIN ROTHBAUER/CITIZEN]



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Kids’ Day lights up FDC long weekend Sunday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. it’s Kids’ Day at the BC Forest Discovery Centre. Join other Cowichan families and organizers for lively musical entertainment, jump aboard the steam train for unlimited rides, check out the games, crafts, face painting and kids logger sports. You can even chow down at the concession if you decided not to bring a picnic. This annual event is a family favourite and brings out the inner child in everyone. The museum itself opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 4:30 p.m. but the train runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, kids two to 18 get in for $7 each while children under two are free. Unfortunately, due to high volume of visitors and guests, pets are not allowed on site for this event.

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Cowichan Lake Recreation is inviting everyone who loves fun on the water to attend the annual Youbou Regatta family event, Saturday, Aug. 10. The kickoff parade will marshal at the Youbou Hall at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome to enter, so help the kids decorate a bike or a wagon, or put on some costumes and come out as a family entry but join the fun. The parade, surely one of the shortest on Vancouver Island, and perhaps anywhere, is not short on community spirit or community support. Everyone who’s not in it comes out

show, strolling the field to look at everything from vintage British sports cars to muscular rods from the 1960s. There is an on-site concession, too, making it easy to fit in a visit over the lunch hour, even if you didn’t carry a picnic yourself. The ever-popular convoy running through the back roads to the site begins at Valleyview shopping centre at 10:30 am. It leaves for Brentwood at 11 a.m.

The Youbou Regatta is always a favourite with the whole family, including formal and informal activities in the water. [CITIZEN FILE] to line Youbou Road as the cavalcade makes its way to Arbutus Park. There’s also a host of water-based activities at the park, too, with swimming and canoe races, the Clarence Whittingham Memorial Quarter Mile Swim, the popular watermelon eating contest and volleyball tournament and much more. There’s also an on-site concession. For more information check out the CVRD Summer PlayBook online or call 250-749-6742.

Bring a picnic, admire the autos The 28th annual Cowichan Valley Car Picnic will be held at the main field at Brentwood College on Sunday, Aug. 11. This is a special gathering as it draws many unusual cars from the Victoria area that don’t normally come to the Cowichan Valley’s show and shine events. The entry fee is $15 for each vehicle. Visitors will find lots of car nuts at this popular

Pow Wow ‘amazing’ cultural event The annual Khowutzun Warmland Inter-tribal Pow Wow will be held from Aug. 16-18 at the Si’em Lelum gym. Starting at 4 p.m. on Friday and continuing until 7 p.m. Sunday, the weekend is always a favourite here. “This is an amazing cultural event that is open to everyone,” said Dawn James of Cowichan Tribes recently when announcing it. “This is a wonderful and amazing cultural event being held on the fields. This event includes drumming competitions, dancing, singing, open dances so all can participate and enjoy the whole experience. We will have a bunch of vendors which will include, arts, crafts, food, health and clothing. We are hoping for a great show of people both aboriginal and non-aboriginal. It’s a drugand alcohol-free event, and admission is by donation and those who are planning to attend are asked to bring a lawn chair, or a blanket to be comfortable.” More information is available from James at 250-748-3157. Lexi Bainas, Citizen

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Col. Moody’s Royal Engineers conquered B.C. wilderness, part 4 Gov. Douglas hoped Other sections of that the Cariboo Road road were soon comwould link to the Praipleted by contractors, ries — and beyond. among them a future o impressed was lieutenant-governor, the colonial office Joseph W. Trutch. In in London with his case, part of his the reports of gold payment was in the being taken out of form of tolls which CHRONICLES the Cariboo, and with he was permitted T.W. Paterson Gov. James Douglas’s to charge travellers plan to construct a toll using that stretch of road, that it granted the colony a roadway which he built, for five loan of 50,000 pounds. years. More than twice the maximum Upon completion, the Alexamount Douglas had originally andra suspension bridge was dared hope for, it was, perhaps, deservedly hailed as an enginthe result of some deviousness eering masterpiece. Built by a on his part as he’d revised his syndicate headed by Trutch, the original estimates upward as 300-foot-long span was, perhaps, high as 100,000 pounds. It was the the crowning jewel of Douglas’s old gambit of asking for more heroic stewardship until this than desired so as to allow for time. official austerity. Further sections of the Cariboo Whatever the case, with initial Road, despite financial reverses financing arranged, Douglas experienced by some contractors, turned the project over to the were completed more or less on capable direction of Col. Richard schedule. With the Engineers, Moody, R.E. who’d added to his these enterprising contractors official duties during this period deserve credit for their temerity by accepting an appointment to in challenging mountain, river the executive council. and canyon with blasting powNot until spring of 1862 was der, pick and shovel and, need it construction able to begin be said, courage and determinabecause of a long and bitter wintion. For all of Gov. Douglas’s ter but, that April, Douglas was faith in the future and his iron able to report to London that the resolve, he couldn’t wish the first contracts had been let for great roadway into existence. It “two separate lines of carriage remained for Col. Moody’s enginroads intersecting the best farmeers and the likes of G.B. Wright, ing districts in the Cariboo”. A.C. Anderson, Joseph Trutch, It’s interesting to note that Edgar Dewdney, Walter Moberly it was now Douglas’s turn to and others to make the Cariboo toy with prophecy by giving Road a reality. serious thought to the not-soIt had been Moberly (who’d win distant time when his road (as increasing fame as an engineer yet unstarted) would link the and explorer) who’d suggested outpost of British Columbia with that Moody take advantage of what’s now Saskatchewan — and the old Indian trails through eastward! the canyons of the Fraser River This time, it remained for between Forts Yale and AlexanMoody to take the task in hand dria, to which the colonel had and to leave dreams of the future agreed and had persuaded Dougfor the day when the Cariboo las of the route’s feasibility. Road was finished — if indeed it Capt. Barret-Lennard, R.E., ever would be. described another troublesome Once begun, much of the work 25-mile stretch of roadway progressed at a brisk pace, pribetween Douglas and Little vate contractor Tom Spence com- Lillooet Lake: “This road lay pleting his part of the contract, through a wild, rocky district. the link between Boston Bar and On the left flowed the Harrison Lytton, in just six months. To the [River], sometimes broad and Royal Engineers, however, fell shallow, brawling over stones; the more challenging stretches sometimes deep and narrow, between Yale and Boston Bar rushing through a gorge.” and along the Thompson River. In the autumn of 1862, Douglas


“...Douglas had been challenged in literally juggling the books after the colonial office abruptly informed him that, henceforth, B.C. would have to share the engineers’ expenses equally with London. Meaning that Douglas had to complete the enormous task on a substantially reduced budget and this resulted in near-ruin for several of the contractors, including Moberly.” T.W. PATERSON, columnist

Some of the original Royal Engineers’ rock cribbing can yet be seen where it follows the Fraser River Canyon. —B.C. Gov’t photo. undertook an inspection tour, reporting to London that he was delighted with the progress and that the quality of the roadbed exceeded his expectation — and those finished stretches of road were already enjoying heavy usage and paying a healthy return in tolls. Of greater importance was the fact that B.C.’s once-isolated interior was being opened to development and settlement. Ironically, while Moody’s engineers and the contractors had overcome incredible natural obstacles, Douglas had been challenged in literally juggling the books after the colonial office abruptly informed him that, henceforth, B.C. would have to share the engineers’ expenses equally with London. Meaning that Douglas had to complete the enormous task on

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• Summer storytime at Kin Park Youth Urban Farm Tuesdays, July 2Aug. 13, 10-11 a.m. Vancouver Island Regional Library and the Farm team to host children’s storytime geared to three to five year olds (all ages welcome). Part of library Summer Reading Club. Stories followed by gardenthemed activity. Info: Kristen Rumohr 250-746-7661, or or www. • Prairie Provinces Reunion, Royal Canadian Legion, Duncan, 6:15-9 p.m., Aug. 10. Supper and dance, music by Rosewood Music. Tickets $12, on sale now. Limited space, 50 tickets only, priority to members and guests with prairie connections, then general Legion members. Tickets: Ron 250-746-7805. • Chemainus Literary Festival Fridays, 5-9 p.m., July and August. Part of ArtBeat on Willow Street. Meet local authors and/or bring your own published books. Free. Info: Eliza Hemingway, days 250-324-2212, evenings 250-416-0363, email


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• Chemainus 55+ drop in centre dance with the Esquires, July 27, 7 p.m. Lunch $9. • Chemainus 55+ drop in centre muffin mornings Wednesday and Friday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Come and meet new friends. • Are you 55 or older and bored? Why not join the Valley Seniors Organization in Duncan? Located at 198 Government St., open 6 days a week, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Bus trips, carpet bowling, whist,

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Recreation • New chess club at Duncan Library, Monday evenings 6-8 p.m. All ages and skill levels welcome. • Cowichan Valley Scottish Country Dancing Thursday evenings 6:30-8 p.m., singles, couples, beginners welcome, Chemainus Seniors Centre. Info: 250-748-9604. • Interested in rocks? The Cowichan Valley Rockhounds meet the third Monday of each month, 7 p.m., Duncan Airport. Info: 250-743-3769.

Meetings • Cowichan Valley Prostate Cancer Group monthly meetings the last Thursday of every month. Canadian Cancer Society board room in Duncan, 7 p.m. Meet and talk with survivors and others. Info: Gord 250-743-6960. • Cobble Hill Women’s Institute meets in the small room of the Cobble Hill hall, noon pot luck lunch, second Wednesday of the month. New members welcome. Info: Jessie Anderson 250-743-9040.

Arts • Ladysmith Camera Club presents “How to Print Like a Pro” tips for making great photo prints with Brad Grigor, digital artist. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m., Hardwick Hall, High Street at 3rd Ave., Ladysmith. Non-members $5 drop-in fee. For more information go to the club’s website:

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Cowichan’s mushroom expert puts it in print ERIC AKIS TIMES COLONIST

The late Canadian culinary icon James Barber declared mushrooms “marvellous.” If you agree and want to learn all about them, Bill Jones, a chef and friend of Barber, has published a book: The Deerholme Mushroom Book: From Foraging to Feasting (Touchwood Editions, $29.95). This 256-page, photo-rich, information-packed tome is named after Deerholme Farm, Jones’s Cowichan Valley culinary destination that offers cooking instruction and fine dinners inspired by nearby vineyards, farms and forests. Those forests are rich with wild mushrooms, but it was an overseas location that sprouted Jones’s interest in all things fungi. Jones’s education and first

career was in geology. But his enthusiasm for cuisine simultaneously simmered. When it began to boil, he could no longer resist the urge to switch directions and left his Calgary home to do so. “I was 28 and enrolled in a cooking school in England. Part of the course was a stage apprenticeship in France. I was sent to La Cheneaudière, a two-star Michelin restaurant in Alsace,” Jones said. At that fine-dining establishment, local mushroom foragers brought baskets of fresh cepes, also called porcini mushrooms, to the back door and Jones was awestruck by their incredible flavour and texture. “I managed to talk one of the foragers into showing me the ropes. I had to promise never to return [to the area we went], and buy him lots of beer,” Jones said.


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“He showed me the poisonous and edible varieties and also which types of trees and terrain to look for. I was hooked on edible mushrooms and never looked back.” Jones, 53, has developed an encyclopedic knowledge of mushrooms. Part of that education has meant harvesting and sampling mushrooms around the world. While doing so, he discovered mushrooms, like wine grapes, grow and taste different depending on climate and terroir. “I have been fortunate to have picked mushrooms in several locations. Here on the West Coast, we live in a temperate rainforest; we get lots of rain, which produces large specimens,” Jones said. “In other provinces the mushrooms are smaller and sometimes more concentrated in flavour.” The Deerholme Mushroom Book is packed with things Jones has learned about mushrooms, including concise information on foraging and harvesting, such as preferred varieties, when to pick and, very importantly, planning a safe outing. “New foragers tend to stress out over the potential of eating a poisonous mushroom. Truth be told, you are far more likely to fall prey to the environment around you,” Jones writes in the book. The areas where the mushrooms are found can be inhospitable places with mossy slopes, sinkholes and animals, such as bears, waiting to greet you. Because of that, Jones wisely includes a section in the book dedicated to mak-

Chef Bill Jones of Deerholme Farm is now the author of The Deerholme Farm Mushroom Book. [SUBMITTED] ing you as prepared as possible, such as what gear to bring, what to do if you get lost and, beyond reading his book, how to further educate yourself before going solo. “You should have a basic understanding of the edible varieties and any poisonous varieties that lurk out there. Join the local mycological society or join a foraging class [like those offered at Deerholme Farm] to fast-track your education. A good guidebook, based on local mushrooms, is also a nice resource to have,” Jones said. If foraging for your own mushrooms sounds daunting, Jones’s



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book also includes a bounty of information on the types of wild mushrooms, such as chanterelle, morel, porcini and pine, you can buy at farmers’ markets and some grocery stores. It gives the same room and respect to commercially grown mushrooms, such as white button, cremini, shiitake, enoki and oyster mushrooms, offering advice on storing, cleaning and, of course, purchasing. “Mushrooms are like any other vegetable. Browning is often the sign of decaying mushrooms. Choose mushrooms that are plump, smooth-skinned and appear dry,” Jones said. His book is also packed with cooking tips and includes more than 140 globally inspired recipes, such as mushroom hummus, mushroom and chorizo flatbread, mushroom and crab cakes, grilled oysters with porcini and mushrooms, and hunter-style chicken. “This book has taken me 10 years to write and it builds off my previous book, The Savoury Mushroom. It’s meant for people who love good food and are curious about the world around us. The recipes are simple and straightforward and rely on ingredients you can find in the marketplace or your local farmers’ market.” The Deerholme Mushroom Book can be purchased at local and national bookstores and online. To learn about Jones’s upcoming foraging classes and dinners, go to his website and click on events.

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Groundbreaking gold for Robb and Canada NATIONS CUP: Brentwood

grad helps Canada upset England and U.S. KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN

Dani Robb helped Canada’s U20 women’s rugby team do something last month that no Canadian team had previously accomplished: rising to the top of an international tournament. Canada swept its way to the Nations Cup title, becoming the first team other than England to win the only U20 women’s international tournament and surprising the rugby world. “We weren’t supposed to win,” said Robb, who hails from Shawnigan Lake and graduated from Brentwood College in 2011. Canada beat the U.S., England and South Africa in the round robin, then hammered the Americans 27-3 in the gold-medal final, becoming the first team from their country to win a top-level rugby XV tournament. (Canada has won international sevens tournaments in the past, however.) “It was unbelievable,” said Robb, who knew exactly what the turning point was. “It started when we beat England. No women’s team had ever beaten England.” In preparation for the tournament, Head coach Fiorino put his players on a strict training regimen, doing cardio and weights six days a week. They were required to send in their scores for a variety of fitness tests, including long jump, broad jump and triple jump, and running 1,600 metres in under seven minutes. It worked. “The team was fit,” said Robb. “He did end up sticking to his word and taking a fit team. We were literally running circles around the other teams.” The other teams wore themselves out trying to keep up with Canada. South Africa alone had to summon five ambulances to the pitch to cart away players. “We were hitting hard, but we’d hop up right away, and they would stay down,” Robb recalled. “I think it had a lot to do with exhaustion.” Canada was also the most disciplined team, said Robb: always in uniform, always together. Canada beat South Africa 37-0 in

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their round-robin finale, but didn’t play particularly well, so their only day off was cancelled in favour of more practice time. “We were the hardest-working team there, and it all definitely paid off,” said Robb. “It was all worth it.” At 5-foot-1, Robb uses her size not just to motivate herself, but also her teammates. When they saw her hitting hard, they had to do the same themselves. “Being my size is definitely a challenge,” she admitted. “Women’s rugby or not, it’s not easy. People say to me, ‘You hit hard for a small girl.’ My response is, ‘I’m not small. I may be short, but I’m not small.” As a result of her stature, Robb isn’t always the coaches’ first choice. When the long list for Team Canada came out in January, Robb wasn’t on it, but she made a point of correcting the oversight. “I called the coach and said, ‘I deserve to be on the list. I’m better than some of those girls,” she said. “Put me on the long list, and I will prove myself [at camp] in Toronto.’” She managed to sway Fiorino with that argument, but didn’t think it would go beyond that. “I went into camp thinking I would prove myself, but I didn’t expect to make the team,” she related. Robb, who grew up playing hockey — which is still her first love — didn’t start playing rugby until Grade 10 at Brentwood, but earned a spot on the varsity squad at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. Her team won the national championship last year after reaching the final the previous season. She plans to play out her university eligibility, but doesn’t know where the sport will take her from there. “Obviously the Olympics are a goal, but I’ll play it by ear, keep working hard and see where it takes me,” she said. Although she hasn’t played much sevens rugby — the variant that will be played in Rio in 2016 — she feels she could have success there as well. “With my size and speed, sevens is definitely my game over XVs,” she said.

The Cowichan Valley’s own Dani Robb helped Canada’s U20 women take some huge steps on the international rugby scene. [KEVIN ROTHBAUER/CITIZEN]

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Lessons from a field hockey star LEARNING AS SHE GOES:

Crystal Poland stays involved in sport through coaching KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN

Some lucky field hockey players have been fortunate enough this summer to get direct instruction from one of the Cowichan Valley’s most accomplished products in that sport, but they’re not the only ones benefiting from the lessons. Crystal Poland, a 2009 graduate of Cowichan Secondary School who last fall wrapped up an outstanding career at Northeastern University in Boston, has been working one-on-one or with small groups on a variety of the sport’s aspects, and has been learning things herself along the way. “It’s mostly just passing on anything I know about the game, or specific skills,” she explained. “I see what I want to work on and break it down to each little detail, so they know where to practice from.” Poland hesitates to say that coaching comes naturally to her, but she has a few ideas about how to work with young people. “My mom is really, really good with kids, so I think I get that from her,” she said. This isn’t Poland’s first summer of coaching, but it is her most successful. “I coached a bit last year too, but I was more nervous,” she explained. “I wanted the girls to have fun, but they were so quiet. This year I definitely feel more comfortable coaching.” Although her playing career at Northeastern came to an end last fall, Poland will be returning to Boston for one last year of school and will be joining the Huskies coaching staff. That could potentially lead toward more coaching

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Crystal Poland, left, works on penalty corners with Kim Smith and Natalie Winter. [KEVIN ROTHBAUER/CITIZEN]

“It’s mostly just passing on anything I know, or specific skills.” CRYSTAL POLAND, field hockey player and coach

gigs in the future. “In the long run, I’m not sure what I want to do when I graduate,” she said. “If I don’t end up playing for Canada, I think coaching might be the way to go.” Poland capped off her college career in fine form, collecting a slew of honours. Some were of the statistical variety — “It’s so different between the U.S. and Canada. They track everything” — while others were voted on. Poland finished her four-year stint as the Huskies all-time leader in both goals and points, and over the year was third in the entire NCAA in goals per game and fourth in points per game. She was also named the 2012 Player of the Year and an all-

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star in both the Colonial Athletic Association and the Northeast Region (one of five regions in the NCAA). Finally, she was picked as a Div. I First Team All-American. “I’m still kind of speechless about it,” she said of all the individual recognition. “Growing up, playing field hockey with Cowichan, it wasn’t about individual efforts, it was about the team getting medals. But I’m happy I ended my career in the States with such high honours.” The awards could help her down the road if coaching beckons, she noted. “If I want to be a coach, I can say I did play, and I was a high-level player,” she said. “It’s a pretty good resume booster.” A year away from graduating, Poland has a solid resume off the field as well, thanks to her forthcoming bachelor’s degree in business concentrating on marketing, with a minor in communication. The five-year program at Northeastern is one of the reasons she picked that school. “It’s five years because it’s a co-op program where you work for two six-month periods,” she explained. “It takes a little bit longer, but I already have two jobs on my resume.”

Her university career might be over, but Poland still has unfinished business as a player, as she still hopes to play for Canada. In 2010, she played for the national team in a test series against India and Chile, but she’d like to get a full-time spot on the roster, which hasn’t been easy while she has been playing in New England. “Obviously I wanted to play for Canada, but it’s tricky, when you’re in Boston and the team is training in Vancouver, to make a commitment,” she related. “I’ll stay in shape and keep skill level up and try out in November or whenever my next chance is. I know I’ll regret it if I don’t try.” There’s no better way to keep up her fitness and skills than by coaching, whether that’s in Duncan during the summer or at Northeastern in the fall. Explaining things to younger players helps Poland remember what she needs to do. “It’s good that I can set an example,” she said. “It helps me stay right on cue.” Poland will be in Duncan for one more week before she heads back to Boston for the fall semester. She does have a few instruction sessions open from Tuesday to Friday and can be reached at SCAN WITH

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Capitals’ new netminder comes with international experience KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN

The Cowichan Valley Capitals appear to have found their goaltender. After trading their last two starting netminders to the Nanaimo Clippers — Derek Dun late in the 2012/13 campaign and Connor LaCouvee during the offseason, the Caps were seeking a solid player to go between the pipes for 2013/14. Robin Gusse seems perfect to fill that role. “He is a very sound goaltender,” said Lou Gravel, the Caps’ director of scouting. “We will rely on Robin to anchor our goaltending this year, as well as to add some veteran leadership to the rest of the team.” Gusse, who turned 20 in April, has spent the last four years in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, playing for the Chicoutimi Saguenéens, RouynNoranda Huskies and Rimouski Océanic, and getting the bulk of his teams’ starts each year. A dual citizen of Canada and France, Gusse has also racked up some international experience. He played for Canada’s U18 team in the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, where his teammates included Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jonathan Huberdeau, and has also tended goal for the French national team on multiple occasions. Last summer, he was invited, undrafted, to the Montreal Canadiens’ rookie camp and main camp. “It’s pretty exciting,” said Caps’ director of sales and marketing David Van Deventer. “We have a great goaltender coming here, and we want him to feel welcome in the Cowichan Valley.”


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‘International’ rolls along at 126 Big Mountain Hockey set to prepare players for coming season KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN

Still going strong in its 126th year, the Vancouver Island Grass Court Championships at the South Cowichan Lawn Tennis Club wrapped up last Saturday. “This tournament is affectionately called the ‘International’ as it has always attracted our friends from south of the border,” tournament director Louise Dwyer explained. “Some players this year have been coming for 18 years straight.” True to form, this year’s event brought in 128 entries, from B.C., Washington, Oregon and Texas, as well as Ontario “super senior” Lorne Main. Main has several world championships under his belt, including an international men’s 75 doubles title won with SCLTC member Gordon Verge in Australia in 2010. Several of the matches were tightly contested, including a three-set nailbiter in the mixed doubles combined ages 120 final, won by club members Allan Gale and Debbie Harit over Dave Tooby and Paddy Mann. That was Harit’s second threeset win of the day, having gone the distance in the women’s 45 doubles with partner Kim Rogers against Donna Foster and Wendy Thurlborn. Dwyer expressed her thanks to the groundskeeper for keeping


A men’s doubles match early in last week’s Vancouver Island Grass Court Championships. [KEVIN ROTHBAUER/CITIZEN] Women’s doubles winners were Harit and Rogers (45), McKeague and Barbara Skillings (55), Mann and Sandra Moss (60), Pauline Price and Hilary Stone (65), and Fryer and Patricia Miller (70). In addition to Gale and Harit winning the mixed doubles combined 120, Clarke and Dan Cardinall won the combined 100, and Main and Avis won the combined 135. Held last Thursday through Sunday, the Cowichan Open attracted 19 entries in just its second year. The women’s was won by Tiara Hobbs, while Adam Guenter of Victoria won the men’s singles. Guenter paired with SCLTC pro Art Hobbs to defeat Danny Arguelo and Todd King in the men’s doubles.

the courts in top condition, and to the many volunteers who helped make the tournament a success. Men’s singles winners included Geoff Bourne (35), Tim Hopper (45), Robert Bettauer (55), Roger Skillings (60), Conrad Bielicki (65), Frank Jarman (70), and Verge (75). In women’s singles, winners were Karen Clarke (45), Elly McKeague (55), Adrienne Avis (60), and Sue Fryer (65). The men’s doubles divisions were won by Bourne and Steven Klees (35), Hopper and Scott Gerrity (45), Bettauer and Steve Perks (55), Tooby and Roger Skillings (60), Gale and Henry Reiner (65), Henry Hohlachoff and Allan Robinson (70), and Verge and Peter Wilson (75).

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With hockey season just around the corner, Rob McCowan is hoping that his hockey school in Lake Cowichan next week will help young players head into the season at their best. “I was always amazed when my boys played hockey how many kids showed up, first time on the ice that season for their association’s evaluations, and ended up being assigned to a less competitive team,” he said. “Parents were sure their player should have made the next level, and maybe they should have, but not against kids who had just spent a week in a hockey camp getting comfortable on the ice again.” McCowan’s school, Big Mountain Hockey, hits the Lake Cowichan Arena next week, beginning Aug. 5, and is open to pee wee, bantam and midget age players. Registration will be open right up to the start of camp on Monday morning. Pee wees are on the ice from 8 to 10 a.m., bantams from 10 a.m. to noon, and midgets from noon to 2 p.m. “The ice is booked, the coach-




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TWO IN ONE NIK’S HOME FIX • Licensed Electrical Contractor • 30 years plumbing experience • Free estimates • At almost Handyman rates • Small jobs welcome • From service upgrade to hot water tank installation

Nik Bloxham: 250-710-7625


COASTAL OUTBOARDS Offers: • Marine service parts and repairs • Certified marine mechanic • 12 years of experience

Isaac Schneider 250-597-7782 A – 5285 Polkey Road Duncan , BC

250-715-5321 250-749-1612

WILLIAM (Bill) ZYLSTRA CFP Financial Consultant

CELL: (250) 216-7724 Investors Group Financial Services Inc., L.G. Insurance Services Inc.

Highest Quality Work Guaranteed!

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Friendly Earth Building Products 250-746-9380 ■ Superior Quality Vinyl Decking ■ Custom Aluminum Railings ■ Vinyl Fencing ■ Composite Decking ■ Deck Renovations & Installations ■ Long term warranties provided ■ We Provide Complete Design & Installions Services Specializing in MAINTENANCE FREE fencing and decking!

JAC KO ’ S Concrete Finishing Phone: (250)


For Professional Financial Advice call Roger Bruce 250-715-3051

RRSPs, stocks/bonds, insurance

National Bank Financial, 206-2763 Beverly Street, Duncan, BC

Call John Portelance ... 250.749.3174

National Bank Financial is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of National Bank of Canada which is a public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA:TSX).

Coronation Market 2 Year Warranty


Our Biggest seller • With Honda Engine • Rear Drive Self Propelled • Bag or Side Discharge or Mulch

A Great Convenient Store to pick-up your TV Scene, fresh produce and groceries. Hours : Weekdays 7:30 am - 8:00 pm Saturdays 8:30 am - 8:00 pm • Sunday 9:00 am- 8:00 pm 607 Coronation Ave, Duncan - Just down from M&M meats 250-748-6655



6489 Norcross Road, Duncan 250-748-4341 Dave, Darin, Heather, Katherine & Vi will be at your service

6102 Sayward Road, Duncan, B.C. Email- • Web Site -

at a reasonable rate!

Call 748-2666

David Cherry, CTech, 250-748-1918

22 years experience as a financial advisor - lifetime valley resident

Finishing Carpenter with 24 years experience!




HOME OFFICE: (250) 597-1488


CUSTOM DESIGNS that have your dreams in mind with permit ready drawings

Form Work • Prep • & More



(Between Honda & Toyota Car Lots)

Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm Sat. 8am-4pm


David Gale

CONSTRUCTION Additions • Renovations

250.746.9956 Leave message

Trained Architectural Technologist

• Decks • Doors • Basement Suites • Foundations • Windows 20 YEARS • Kitchen • Bathroom IN THE VALLEY • Drywall • Plumbing • Electrical Estimates, Plans




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SUMMER’S HERE and it’s time to bring out the fun toys!! Did you know... That your home policy does NOT automatically cover truck canopies, campers, stored vehicles, atvs & dirt bikes or travel trailers?



That there are limits to automatic boat coverage that is provided by your policy... and it depends what the size, speed and value of the boat are?


WE DO!!!

Call our insurance experts to discuss what your needs are, and we’ll tailor a policy just for you! With our unique, one of a kind, in house underwriting and claim service, we can prepare several options for you to choose from AND we will back those policies with our AMAZING VIIC Claim Service!! VIIC has been protecting Vancouver Islanders for over 140 years, if you want local business that understands your business, come and see us today!

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insuring Vancouver Islanders’ for over 140 years because, LIKE US ON


6300 Trans Canada Highway, Duncan Sales & Service 250 746 7131 | Bodyshop 250 748 4370 Parts 250 746 4466

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Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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RANGES from $ 4 2 9 • REFRIGERATORS from $ 4 9 9 • DISHWASHERS from $ 3 2 9 WASHERS from $ 4 9 9 • DRYERS from $ 3 2 9 FISHER & PAYKEL BOTTOM FREEZER REFRIGERATORS 18 cu ft • Left Hand Door • White • 1 only $ 1 4 9 9 • Left Hand Door • Stainless Steel • 1 only $ 1 7 9 9 Right Hand Door • Stainless Steel • with Ice & Water $ 1 9 9 9 G.E. TOP FREEZER REFRIGERATOR • 18 cu ft • Stainless Steel $ 8 9 9 G.E. BOTTOM FREEZER REFRIGERATOR • 20 cu ft • White $ 7 9 9 G.E. BUILT-IN DISHWASHER • Stainless Steel Interior • Hidden Controls • White • 1 only $ 5 9 9 G.E. OVER THE RANGE CONVECTION OVEN MICROWAVE WITH FAN • Reg. $799. $ 5 9 9 G.E. SMOOTH TOP RANGE SELF-CLEAN OVEN • Black $ 8 4 9 G.E. CONVENTION SMOOTH TOP RANGE WITH WARMING DRAWER $ 1 0 9 9 G.E.PROFILE WASHER & DRYER PAIR WASHER • Stainless Steel Tub • Infusor wash system • 700 RPM spin speed DRYER • Sensor Dry • 6 cu ft Sensor Dry Dryer 6 cu ft $ 9 9 9 Pair Where GE Appliances Come to Life!


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The August 2, 2013 edition of the Cowichan Valley Citizen