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Protesters stand in the way of a dump truck trying to make the turn from Shawnigan Lake Road to Stebbings Road on Monday morning. They chalked up a small victory as truck traffic was significantly lighter than usual. [KEVIN ROTHBAUER/CITIZEN]

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For a road where it isn’t uncommon for dump trucks to pass at the rate of six per minute, southern Shawnigan Lake Road was surprisingly quiet on Monday morning, despite the fact that South Island Aggregates was expected to begin dumping tonnes of contaminated dirt in the area. Protester Shelagh Bell-Irving chalked it up as a win for the efforts of local residents, who turned out to protest the dumping. “If anything, we’ve had a little victory because we’ve slowed the trucks down,” she said. “They don’t want us to back them up down the Malahat.” Despite occasionally torrential rain, residents gathered at the intersection of Shawnigan Lake and Stebbings roads to impede trucks trying to reach the SIA site. “I’m pleased with the number that came

out,” Bell-Irving said. “I’m just happy some people showed up. We’ll be here as long as it takes. I don’t know if we’ll be here every day, but pretty darn close. It’s a matter of getting people to wake up.” Some 40,000 tonnes of dirty dirt are expected at the site prior to a hearing on the soil treatment in March — the beginnings of what could be five million tonnes over the next 50 years. Bell-Irving said it would take 8,000 trucks to bring in the first 40,000 tonnes. Potentially laced with heavy toxic contents such as fuel, lead and arsenic, the soil comes from contaminated sites in Esquimalt and Prince Rupert. Despite assurances to the contrary from SIA, residents are concerned the contaminants will end up in their drinking water. “When Shawnigan Lake gets poisoned,

it will take down the whole underground aquifer,” Bell-Irving said. Briefly taking shelter from the downpour, Bell-Irving gestured to the rain. “They’re not meant to be dumping in bad weather, according to their permit,” she said. “That’s what, only July?” Bell-Irving noted that the Shawnigan aquifer, which serves about 7,000 residents, is just four kilometres from Sooke, and fellow protester Cliff Evans pointed out that the hill where SIA is located backs onto the Saanich Inlet watershed, creating the potential for contamination well beyond the Shawnigan area. “It’s just a travesty that this contaminated soil is coming into our watershed,” Evans said. Bell-Irving vowed that she would continue her protest until SIA stops trucking in the dirty dirt. “I’m going to be back here,” she said. “This is just the first of many. I’m not going to let them do this.”

Sunridge Place workers were stunned on Monday when 264 of them, all members of the Hospital Employees Union, were told they will be out of a job by June 2. “I can confirm for you that Feb. 17 the vast majority of the workers at Sunridge received layoff notices,” HEU communications officer Margi Blamey said Tuesday morning. “We don’t represent the nurses, but the vast majority of the people who do work there are HEU members. That includes 124 casual employees and about 140 regular full-time and part-time employees.” Sunridge Place has been sold, and employees have been told the new owner will be introduced next week. Employees were not told if the layoffs are related to the sale. “This is something that B.C.’s ombudsperson was extremely concerned about and addressed in her February 2012 report entitled The Best of Care. She notes that large-scale staff replacement is very disruptive to residents because they lose the familiar and trusted caregivers who look after them on a daily basis,” Blamey said. “This is huge.” The timing of the notification to the workers is part of a protocol that’s dictated under the Employment Standards Act. Workers don’t know if they will be offered a chance to come back for lower wages, as has frequently occurred before. “We do not know how this will play out,” Blamey said. “This is all new to us, and we’re going to be looking at all of our options. The new owner operator will inherit the HEU as the bargaining agent. That doesn’t go away. So they haven’t lost their union. This is not a contracting out. This is a layoff that covers everyone else in the workplace.” See LARGE SCALE, Page 4



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Surveillance thefts irk shop owner SARAH SIMPSON CITIZEN

Three times in two weeks surveillance equipment was stolen from CRVTEK IT Consulting Co. in Chemainus, leaving the shop’s owner close to the end of his rope. “The business owner is getting frustrated. Police are wondering if the men are trying to wear down the owner and break into the business once he is tired of replacing the cameras,” North Cowichan/ Duncan RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Krista Hobday said in a press release. The most recent theft occurred Feb. 9 about 6 a.m. when footage showed what appear to be two young, Caucasian males, on two older motorbikes arriving at the shop. “The males were wearing full

Do you know this man? He’s considered a suspect in the theft of surveillance gear from a Chemainus business. [SUBMITTED] motorcycle helmets and face shields,” Hobday said. Two days before, two similarlooking men were also captured on the cameras about 8:24 a.m.

One male is described as Caucasian with a bandana covering his lower face. “It appears to be the same male that committed the first theft,” Hobday said. The first theft occurred back on Jan. 23 at 7 a.m. Despite being caught on the video, the actual video equipment used to capture the footage has been stolen every time. Police are hoping for the public’s assistance in identifying who is responsible. Those with information about this or any other crime is encouraged to contact the North Cowichan/ Duncan RCMP at 250-7485522, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Callers to Crime Stoppers could eligible for cash awards if their info leads to arrests.

Storm hits hard as 5,000 across Cowichan Valley lose electricity SARAH SIMPSON CITIZEN

Ferries and flights were delayed in Nanaimo and Victoria, and countless customers left without power after a weekend storm walloped the east coast of Vancouver Island. In Cowichan, nearly 5,000 customers were left in the dark at various times between the evening of Saturday, Feb. 15 and throughout the following day. Aside from a car crash, which knocked out the juice to a handful of customers near the Catalyst’s Crofton mill on Sunday morning, wind was naturally the cause of the bulk of the local outages as trees falling across wires and blown out transformers did their damage in all corners of the

region. Residents of Duncan’s Cairnsmore area reported hearing a bang as one transformer went out Saturday night. “The strongest winds occurred between midnight and 3 a.m.,” said David Wray of Environment Canada. He said the long-range forecast shows similar storms may be on the horizon. “We popped on and off a number of times #gratefulforwoodstove,” wrote Duncan’s Leigh Davies on the Citizen’s Facebook page. At least one Cowichan resident took the storm in stride. “Played cards by candlelight,” wrote Cathy Craft. “Nice evening with the family without the TV!” With a file from the Times Colonist

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SIA defends soil dumping plans SANDRA MCCULLOCH TIMES COLONIST

The owners of South Island Aggregates say the three-year fight over the dumping of contaminated soil at their Shawnigan site has been as frustrating for them as it has been upsetting for area residents. This week, the Environmental Appeal Board allowed soil dumping to begin on a limited basis. The five-week appeal to be heard by the board will begin March 3, reviewing the issuance of SIA’s permit. The Ministry of Environment granted the permit to store contaminated soil — much of it from Greater Victoria — in SIA’s quarry. Marty Block and Michael Kelly, partners of South Island Aggregates Inc., said opponents had not considered the science that underpins their project. Block and Kelly have not commented to the media until now, breaking their silence in an interview this week that included SIA’s consulting engineer David Mitchell. “We’ve done the science,” Block said. “The ministry spent three years considering it … and they’ve given us a permit.” Five ministries reviewed the application prior to it being granted, he said. Still, the Shawnigan Residents Association and the Cowichan Valley Regional District have opposed the venture, saying it threatens the security of the Shawnigan watershed. “We’re going forward,” Block said. “The problem going forward is how do we mend the fences or is it even possible?” The CVRD has said the facility has no place in Shawnigan, Block said. “All they’ve said is, ‘We don’t want it,’ and they’re fear-mongering through the whole community.” CVRD chair Rob Hutchins declined to comment, citing the matter being before the review board and the courts. Before the limited dumping that has been allowed can proceed, SIA must post security funds, ensure safety mechanisms are in place and prepare the initial soil-deposit cells. The optics of having Victoria’s dirty dirt dumped in Shawnigan were not good, Block and Kelly admitted, but

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South Island Aggregates owners Marty Block and Michael Kelly broke their media silence in an interview with the Times Colonist last week. [CITIZEN FILE] they said the SIA project would benefit the south Island by helping to eliminate the illegal dumping of contaminated soils that has occurred. “We are the solution to cleaning up contaminated sites,” Block said. “This whole region was developed due to historic industrial activity — Shawnigan Lake was founded by forestry,” said Mitchell. The site can only accept material that is non-leachable, such as asphalt. “The oil and other contaminants are not leaching out of the soil, they’re attached to it, such as how oil is attached to asphalt,” Mitchell said. That soil then goes into encapsulation cells, which are lined with clay and a plastic barrier. “Our conclusions that this rock is basically impermeable, that water isn’t flowing through it to any significant extent, is supported by there not being a big pond in the quarry,” Mitchell said. “Water isn’t pouring into the [quarry], even though we’re below the water table. There’s lots of measures in place and lots of assurances on just how long this liner will last.” Politics are at play here, too, Kelly and Block said. “The people who riled up the locals wasn’t us — it was the politicians trying to get re-elected. “Instead of the politicians talking about facts and figures, they made stuff up as they went along,” said Kelly. The Shawnigan Residents Association hired a hydrogeologist to look at SIA’s

technical data. “He said on transcript that all he had time to do was look at our website,” said Kelly. “He never set foot on our property and came to major conclusions that our site would never handle this.” The public has an unrealistic idea of what contaminated soil is and the risks it presents, said Block. “The soil we’re bringing in is so benign,” said Block. “These liners and this stuff is completely redundant.” He said the extra measures were taken by SIA “because we’re scared … too about the lake — we want to make sure it’s done right.” Shawnigan Lake School donated $30,000 to the residents’ association without talking to SIA, said Kelly. “People are spending a lot of money for their kids to get smart there and some of them are going to become engineers … and [school representatives] wouldn’t take the time to talk to us,” Kelly said. Block said he’s not been able to get an appointment with headmaster David Robertson. “Everyone in the community stands to be affected by this dumping of waste,” Robertson said. “We felt we should get behind the cause and show some leadership, too.” Robertson said he is happy to look at SIA’s data “but I can’t get beyond the basic illogicality of dumping anything that is contaminated up high. The basic laws of gravity … will dictate that things are going to fall downhill.”

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Save-On-Foods makeover coming for Island Safeways SARAH SIMPSON CITIZEN

Say goodbye to your Air Miles, shoppers, Duncan Safeway will soon become a Save-On-Foods. Overwaitea Food Group, owners of SaveOn-Foods, has agreed to buy the local supermarket and 14 others in B.C. and Alberta from Sobeys Inc. in an agreement with Canada’s Competition Bureau in connection with its $5.8 billion purchase of Canada Safeway last year. The move will see a Save-On-Foods to Duncan for the first time since the area’s Save-On closed in 2008. “We are thrilled to be able to welcome these stores, along with their existing team members and customers to our Group,” said Overwaitea President Darrell Jones. “As a local grocer our philosophy is to tailor our stores and the mix in those stores to suit the needs of our customers and their communities.” Jones maintains existing staff will be

given the opportunity to retain their jobs. “We rely on the folks who work in each of our stores to help us understand and deliver that,” he said. “By welcoming more than 1,500 of the best grocers in North America to our team, we are in a great position to continue growing our business in these locations.” Other supermarkets affected include all seven Greater Victoria-area Safeway stores and Safeway locations in Port Alberni, Ladysmith and a Thrifty Foods in Nanaimo, as well as several other Safeway and Sobeys stores in the Lower Mainland and Alberta. Overwaitea spokeswoman Julie Dickson said her company would start taking possession of the stores, “two or three stores at a time” by mid-March with the goal of switching them over by the end of April. “We are thrilled to be returning to the community of Duncan, and look forward to serving customers there once again,” Dickson said.

Duncan looks at growing recycling pick-up program KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN

Yard waste and glass pick-up programs could be expanded within the city of Duncan later this year. In May, the city will begin a contract with Multi-Materials BC for recycling services that will see the city receive about $28,000 in 2014 and $45,000 in 2015 in exchange for the company picking up recycling materials. City council is considering using the money to expand trial programs for yard waste and glass pick-up to all single-family homes, while leaving the current garbage and recycling fee at $136 per year. “It would make for a more comprehen-

sive collection system,” Mayor Phil Kent said. “Because our agreement with MMBC provided a revenue stream, we looked at reducing the recycling fee or expanding the program to areas that aren’t already covered.” Under the program, a contractor would collect recyclable glass and yard waste once a month. Yard waste pick-up would allow up to 10 large compostable garbage bags and up to two bundles of sticks. Unlimited amounts of glass would be permitted, in clean bins. Residents can share their thoughts with the city at the public budget presentation on Feb. 20 from 4-6:30 p.m., or by emailing 230 Kenneth Street, Duncan


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More than 250 staff members at Sunridge Place received layoff notices on Monday. [CITIZEN FILE]

Large-scale staff replacements have immediate impact From Page 1 The extensive list of workers includes licensed practical nurses, care aides, rehab assistants, activity workers, occasional therapist, dietitian, laundry, reception and assisted living staff. “There’s a lot of people. And in a community like Duncan, folks will have been here before with the closure of Cowichan Lodge [in 2008],” Blamey said. Sunridge had trouble with the Labour Relations Board in 2010, when it attempted to slash wages during contract talks. Even then there was talk about the drastic effect that summary layoffs can have on morale, causing more turnover in staff. “This type of large-scale staff replacement has a much bigger and more immediate effect on residents because they aren’t just losing a few people at a time as they find different jobs. They are losing everybody on that day,” she said. The upheaval in the lives of the residents as a result of the closure of Cowichan Lodge caused rage throughout the Valley. “There’s documentation on the impact of this type of sudden and expansive change

on seniors,” Blamey said. “And probably Duncan is the last place where we should have to talk about this because of Cowichan Lodge. “Not only did people have their loved ones in that facility, they themselves were planning for the day when they might need to go into care and fully expected to go into Cowichan Lodge. That was because of the reputation of how people cared.” Many of the employees at Sunridge previously worked at Cowichan Lodge as well. “This is a lot of disruption,” Blamey said. “When there’s a sale, new ownership can often bring in new procedures and things like that but to have a sale and a layoff come together like this is extraordinary.” Employees will do what they can to make the transition easy for residents, the union vowed. “As long as it’s in [the workers’] control this will have minimal impact,” Blamey said. “They really do park their own concerns at the door when they go in to work and turn their full focus on looking after the residents.” Neither Sunridge Place nor its ownership group had responded to calls by deadline.

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hey’re pretty fascinating, the Olympics, aren’t they? Canadians are staying up until the wee hours or getting up at ungodly times to watch the best athletes we have to offer compete — some in sports we follow on a daily basis, and some in sports we forget even exist for years at a time. These heroes, though, come from towns just like ours. Take Denny Morrison, who has won a silver and a bronze in speedskating. He hails from Fort St. John, right here in B.C. Or hockey players Dan Hamhuis and Carey Price, who

got their starts in Smithers and Williams Lake, respectively. (Price lived in Anahim Lake, but his dad bought a plane and flew him to Williams Lake for games. Naturally.) The next heroes could come from Duncan, Chemainus, Cobble Hill or Lake Cowichan. It could be as soon as next month, when Braydon Luscombe skis in the Paralympics. Or it could be years down the road. Either way, they need the community’s support. The kids who play at Evans Park or the Cowichan Sportsplex or the Island Savings Centre,



some of them have big dreams. Some of them don’t. Either way, what they’re doing is great for them as individuals, great for the community, and great for our country. So next time you complain about your tax dollars going to an arena you don’t use, or a baseball diamond that goes a few months without seeing action, think about the Denny Morri-

sons and Braydon Luscombes. If you at all enjoy watching what they’re doing on TV, it’s because their communities provided the facilities they needed. And it doesn’t stop there. Support KidSport —which has a very active chapter here in the Cowichan Valley — or stuff your Canadian Tire money into the Jumpstart box. Don’t deny someone the chance to be the next Patrick Chan or Meghan Agosta just because their family doesn’t have the means. You’re not just giving them a chance to play, you might be giving us all a reason to cheer.

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Earthquakes key in cop shop location decision

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So North Cowichan council has the criteria set to pick a new cop shop. Perhaps something that should be thought about is the Somenos Marsh during an earthquake. I’ve heard that the land under parts of the greater Vancouver area will liquefy during a large quake. Buildings do not float well. Why wouldn’t the same thing apply here? If we have spent millions to bring old buildings to earthquake readiness, and are going to spend more millions on more public buildings, why build on a river delta with its own problems? Great idea, put the new hospital somewhere on the marsh too. I do not know how deep the silt is on any part of Somenos Marsh, but has this even been thought about?

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Fantastic Family Day in the Cowichan Valley What a Family Day! This time last year I wrote/ voiced my opinion/disappointment regarding the lack of activities provided to those living in the Cowichan Valley on B.C.’s first Family Day. There is no need to repeat my entire commentary regarding the matter, except my last sentence, which was as follows: “Try to impress us North Cowichan; you have 363 days left to plan for next year”. Well during those 363 days something happened; all I have to say is WOW! Awesome job on impressing, as my family and I had a great time

in the gym at Island Savings Centre and the pool. It was really nice to see so many Cowichanites using the facilities. I am aware that this came at a cost, but you can’t put a cost on all of the smiling faces young and old who were using the facilities (pool/gym/rink). Once again I’m very pleased and proud of all who were involved (provincial and municipal governments and C.U.P.E.) in making this Family Day happen. A big congratulation to all the “can do’s” who made this happen; you all know who you are. Thank you. Daniel Mayer Duncan

Sick of taxes going to Duncan sports facilities Re: Consultation just window dressing, Citizen, Feb. 12 I wish to congratulate Mr. Dumont on his stand against public funds for privately owned sports facilities. The user of these facilities should pay the full amount. Isn’t it amazing that golf courses can do without public funding but sportsplexes are at the public trough every time you turn around. Always needing more and more money. I, for one, am sick and tired of seeing my tax dollars going to sports facilities in Duncan. It is about time that the CVRD representatives of the smaller

communities surrounding Duncan take a stand and stop the misappropriation of tax dollars and force the CVRD to put the funding of the Duncan Sportsplex to a vote this fall. Don’t sit back now; call/write/ e-mail your representative, let your voice be heard. The name of your representative can be found by entering: “CVRD – Board of Directors” on your Internet search-engine. Hubert Crevels Lake Cowichan

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Frances Kelsey eleventh-grader Tess Rederburg’s 2013 Valentine’s Day idea has become an annual feel-good initiative at the school. [SUBMITTED]

Rules on clothing buy/ sell site not working Over the past few years, Facebook groups for local clothing buying and selling have flourished. However so have the rules set by the administrators on these groups. Most recently, the most popular trading site by far made a major update to its extravagant list of rules, as well as creating a “member reviews group” where you can post a positive or negative review regarding your experience with another member. Most of these rules only

Mentality of municipal staff a problem What’s wrong with our local governments? Well, a couple of statements over recent years come to mind. The first came in a chance meeting on a ferry with a recently retired senior official who said he was enjoying his days after the golden handshake from local government and added, “I told my son that there is a good future for him there.” Mind you, he talked only about the personal benefits that came with his decades of work. There

Starting on Feb. 14, 2013 I made origami hearts and put them in one of the girls’ bathrooms in the school. I had intended for girls to take the hearts and, along with some tape and a Post-It note I provided, and stick them onto the lockers of the people they had crushes on. However, the girls took the hearts and left Post-It notes covering the entirety of the large bathroom mirror. They read everything from

address petty “concerns”, such as not allowing multiple photos of a garment to be posted or letting the group know whether or not your item is available unless asked first. Unfortunately none of them deal with the true problem, which is flaky members — the ones who will either scam others or flake out on meet-ups with no apology or explanation. In fact, instead of simply deleting these members, the admin recently (as previously mentioned) made another Facebook group for reviews. In comparison to other local clothing groups, this one has the

most popularity, which keeps its low appeal up enough to still generate more members every day. Unfortunately though, it also has the most ridiculous rules as dictated whenever possible. Buying and selling groups are a popular thing all over the Island as well, and I’m in several in Victoria too. The rules set in those groups are more sensible and focus more on ensuring a good transaction instead of providing a cleaner and less efficient wall.

was no mention of what was once called civil service. Then there was a mayor’s somewhat jocular reference to the chief administrative officer being “the eighth councillor”. Sheeesh! Hasn’t he heard about roles and responsibilities? These two statements pretty much sum up what’s rotten at city hall; not just ours, but most of them. We have a bureaucracy seemingly more dedicated to growth and preservation of their inner empires rather than serving the people that pay them. When was the last time anyone

heard of taxes going down? It’s just not their mentality. And then there are elected leaders who seem to be led, by the nose, by those same bureaucrats. Governance and policy-making is never easy, but when councils rubber stamp decisions manufactured in staff offices and nonpublic meetings, it is distasteful. Meanwhile the electorate complains of lack of communication and proper consultation. No wonder!

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cheesy pick-up lines, to specific shout-outs to friends, to simply reading ‘You are beautiful’. They were empowering and it was an absolute stunning sight, the multi-coloured notes and origami hearts stuck all over the drab walls and mirrors, making it colourful and whimsical. When I told my advisor that I had done it, she was so happy, and I went to the office where they had collected all the hearts and notes in the bathroom, and to this day I have them on a poster in my room.

This Valentine’s Day, I planned ahead and made over 350 origami hearts. Again, there was a beautiful and uniting result of notes cluttering the entire mirror. I walked around the hallways and stuck hearts to random lockers with friends. I just wanted to speak out about this because it is effectively bringing together all the girls of Kelsey every Feb. 14, no matter what grade, race, sexual preference or social status. Tess Rederburg Frances Kelsey student

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Get ready for the big Cowichan Aboriginal Film Festival and Youth Awards by joining the fun at a lively fundraiser Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Eagles Hall in Duncan. The Little Ravens dancers, the Lila Community Choir, the Cowichan Spirit Drummers and Tafadzwe Matamba are on board already for this special event that both celebrates Cowichan’s diverse community and gathers support for the 10th annual film festival. There will be songs, dancing, food, a silent and live auction, gift baskets, a raffle and door prizes. The ticket price? How easy can it get? Bring a silent auction item or make a donation. At the grand opening of last year’s film festival, after a performance by the Little Raven Dancers, Cowichan Tribes’ Joe Thorne joined Matamba for a special dance, bringing together two continents and cultures in a never-to-be-forgotten moment for everyone who attended.



The Little Ravens’ Joe Thorne and Tafadzwe Matamba were a hit last time they performed together. [CITIZEN FILE]

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‘Would it spoil some vast eternal plan if I were a wealthy man?’ asks Tevye (Liam Laturnus) in one of Fiddler on the Roof’s iconic songs. [BRENTWOOD COLLEGE PHOTO]

Proud tradition in Brentwood’s Fiddler LEXI BAINAS CITIZEN

Fiddler on the Roof! The very name can excite fans of musical theatre. Fabulous music and an involving story combine to offer a deeply satisfying experience and when those are joined to the enthusiastic and talented efforts of Brentwood College’s drama program, the result is always a winner. They’re putting on this extremely popular show from Tuesday, Feb. 25 to Saturday, March 1 starting at 7:30 p.m. nightly. The stage at the school’s Killy Theatre welcomes a cast of 49 including 13 principals some of whom director Edna Widenmaier calls “old hands”, this being their fourth Brentwood musical. The tuneful score will be performed by a large, professional orchestra, again under the direction of Phil Newns, she said, offering a superb backdrop to the singing of such great songs as Tradition, If I Were a Rich Man, To Life, Sunrise, Sunset and Matchmaker. “Fiddler is a special show, entertaining and yet thoughtful, making one ponder the essence of the human condition. Rich in historical detail, Fiddler has touched audiences around the world with its humanity, warmth and honesty,” she said. This musical consistently places in the top-five list of the best Broadway musicals, but Brentwood is also a school and the show’s themes offer life lessons for students as well, according to Widenmaier. “Told with wit and humour, Fiddler on the Roof is a powerful statement about the evils of prejudice and the importance of main-

“Fiddler is a special show, entertaining and yet thoughtful, making one ponder the essence of the human condition.” EDNA WIDENMAIER, director

taining a warm, caring communal and family life in the midst of severe oppression. Although the story of Tevye the Milkman and his family is specifically concerned with the lives of impoverished Jews in Czarist Russia in 1905, it is built around universal themes which all audiences can understand,” she said. “As Tevye tells us, without their traditions, he and the other villagers would find their lives ‘as shaky as a fiddler on the roof.’” The actual title of the show was inspired by a painting by Marc Chagall, which shows a violinist apparently dangling in space over the roofs of a peasant village. The circle plays an important part in the design of Fiddler on the Roof. The original choreography in the 1964 production reflected the presence of the circle in Jewish folk dance patterns. The story of the musical is based on tales by Sholem Aleichem who created Tevye in his collection of stories, Tevye’s Daughters. In this production, Lorraine Blake is reproducing the original choreography. Sets will be designed by James O’Leary with technical direction by Don Armitage. Tickets are available through www. Don’t wait. Brentwood shows always draw great crowds.


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Piano jazz hits Crofton LEXI BAINAS CITIZEN

Is this a chance to hear Canada’s best unknown pianist before he’s famous? You decide, after you’ve heard Nico Rhodes with the Burton, McRae & Rhodes Trio Sunday, Feb. 23 at the Crofton Hotel at 2 p.m. The group is celebrating two years worth of musical adventures together with a special show that highlights this band’s remarkable synergy and fresh innovative style: a combination that is generating a dedicated following across Vancouver Island. Pianist Rhodes was the musical director for the 2013 Chemainus Theatre’s production of It’s A Wonderful Life, adding to his long list of music direction credentials which are pretty impressive for someone only 24 years old. Rounding out the trio are drummer James McRae and bassist Eugene Burton, who has worked with — among others — Chemainus tenor Ken Lavigne.

Campbell River pianist wins chance to play with Cowichan Consort LEXI BAINAS CITIZEN

Campbell River pianist Carter Johnson has won the chance to perform as a soloist with the Cowichan Consort Orchestra, beating out some tough competition in the group’s Carter Johnson annual contest. To achieve his win, the 17-year-old played the first movement of Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor. He will perform the full concerto on May 10 with the Cowichan Consort Orchestra at the group’s season ending show in Duncan.


Buddy is back and better than ever at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story exploded onto the stage Wednesday night, starting its reprise run after a sold-out series of performances in 2013. All of the performers showed once again why this is such a crowd favourite, with standout turns on stage from top to bottom of the cast. Zachary Stevenson as Buddy was pitch perfect, and not just in the songs, of which there are plenty to enjoy. He embodies the cocky, takea-bite-out-of-life singer on the rise. Jenni Burke was impressive as the diva performer at the Apollo Theatre, injecting a huge burst of energy that blasted off the stage and into the audience. Darren Burkett as Ritchie Valens was once again a crowd favourite. Most of the cast members inhabit several roles through the course of the show and each bit part came to life with a signature flair that brought the time period and world of Holly to life. It was no surprise to this reviewer that the audience leapt to its feet with thunderous applause at the close of the show, prompting an encore. Bottom line: if you haven’t seen Buddy, take this second chance to pick up your tickets. You won’t be disappointed. If you saw it last year, we’re sure you loved it as much as we did, and we assure you it’s just gotten better with age. Buddy runs until March 8. For tickets call 1-800565-7738, or go to Wednesday night also marked the debut of the newly renovated Chemainus Theatre Festival dining room. The improvements are impressive, taking the whole space up a stylish notch. From the chandeliers to the fireplace and new draperies, a move has been made upscale, while the delicious buffet food you know and love remains to tempt your tastebuds.

Isrka Duo set to take Chemainus audiences on musical odyssey from Paganini to Piazzolla LEXI BAINAS CITIZEN

The Chemainus Classical Concert on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m., entitled “From Paganini to Piazzolla” will feature the Iskra Duo of Tatiana Kostour, violin, and Douglas Hensley, guitar. They are scheduled to perform a selection of works from the early 19th through the late 20th centur-

ies, by composers such as Paganini, Satie, Saint-Saëns, Piazzolla, Coulthard, and Rebay. A respected and successful violin and piano teacher, Kostour is renowned for stressing a performer’s unique emotional connection to the composer’s inspiration. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more info visit


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ow does that I was prompted to line go, that begin this ramble most of us will by a July 1926 frontenjoy 15 minutes of page story in the fame? It’s another indiNanaimo Free Press cator that the modernthat announced the day attention span is passing of John Hilgetting shorter and bert. As merchant, short... mortician, magistrate CHRONICLES Not that public recand city councillor, T.W. Paterson ognition is forever, at this was a man whose least not often. People name was a household come on the scene, make their word in his community for half a presence felt locally, nationally century. or internationally then, with John who? you ask. the passing of years, fade from From Lincolnshire, Eng., Hilmemory. bert arrived in the city in 1873 at Such is life, after all, and not the age of 30, having taken the even politicians, for all of their overland route from Chicago to posturing and pomposity, can be San Francisco, then to Victoria guaranteed that their names will and Nanaimo by steamship as live on after them. this was 13 years before compleMind you, notoriety seems to tion of the CPR and E&N Railgo a long way towards achieving way. A carpenter, he opened a immortality, often being rememfurniture shop and did undertakbered long after good deeds and ing on the side. He obviously quiet, solid citizenship have found that building coffins was been forgotten. We’ve had any more lucrative for him as, after number of pioneers who deservseveral years, he closed the store, edly achieved public recognition enlarged his undertaking parduring their business, military or lour and followed the mortuary public careers but whose names profession for 30 years. would be recognised by few. It was as city councillor/alder-

Former councillor and mayor John Hilbert also served on the first board of trustees for Nanaimo’s hospital. - TWP man representing what was then the Middle Ward that he became best known to the community. He was first elected in 1882, and again in 1885, ’86, ’87 and ’88. When he placed his hat in the ring that year, he promised the electorate that he should in the future as he’d done in the past,

that is, “work to the utmost of his ability for the best interests of the city”. It’s illustrative of just how much Nanaimo has grown in 126 years that Hilbert, who led the polls for the Middle Ward that year, did so with just 87 votes of just 296 cast. A man of few words, he gave for his vic-

tory speech the same one-line promise that he’d made when electioneering, that he’d continue to give the community his utmost effort. It was enough as, in 1890, he was back on council as mayor. See, HOW DID, Page 12




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How did Nanaimo pay the constable? By hiring out the chain gang as labourers! From Page 11 Hilbert had obviously earned the public’s trust as he won with what was up until that time the largest majority in the city’s history. This seems to have scared off the competition as he was re-elected by acclamation for a second one-year term. He also served as magistrate. You have to read the accounts of the meetings of city council to get some sense of the Nanaimo that was then. It’s so far removed from the realities of today, not just in time but in style, that it leaves one shaking one’s head. To give but a single example: Almost the final order of business at the first meeting in January 1888 was the re-election–note, re-election– by council of T. O’Connell as the town’s constable and nightwatchman! He was to be paid $60 per month as before but could keep all he could make “on the outside,” meaning the license fees, fines and the like that the charged on the city’s behalf! And how did the city pay the constable’s salary? By hiring out the chain gang as labourers! Ah, the good old days. For some reason, John Hilbert retired from public office to take up residence in

California, only to return to resume his public life as a school trustee, as the first vice-president of the Nanaimo Board of Trade, and as a trustee on the first board of trustees for the City Hospital. For all of his public service and his having to run what we must assume was a reasonably busy mortuary, Hilbert was able to make time for membership in no fewer than nine lodges, including the AOF (both in Nanaimo and New Westminster), the AOUW, the Inkerman Lodge, the IOOF, the Ancient Order of Druids, the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows and the Canadian Order of Oddfellows. John Hilbert, mortician, mayor, magistrate and lodge junkie, passed away after a lengthy illness in the hospital that he’d help to found, in 1926. He left two sons, Albert and Waddington, one daughter who was identified in his obituary only by her married rather than Christian name, and a brother and sister. As he’d retired from the undertaking business, his funeral service was handled by the D.J. Jenkins Chapel on Bastion Street.

Garden sale supports seniors LEXI BAINAS CITIZEN

A unique fundraiser by the Cowichan Seniors Community Foundation will offer everything for the enthusiastic gardener from a superb hanging basket to a pack of annuals or a bag of potting soil. The Cowichan Seniors Community Foundation has a great opportunity to work with the Victoria Foundation in creating a $15,000 fund that will support seniors programs and services. When the foundation raises $7,500, the Victoria Foundation will match it. Each year proceeds from the fund will be available to distribute to community projects that benefit seniors in Cowichan. “Funders who have some money to contribute towards a project want to see that the community embraces this particular idea,” she said. “And that is their way of confirming that the community is behind the project. If the community isn’t behind the idea and we don’t raise the $7,500 then they go: ‘Well, they’re not interested, so why should we be?’” This is not a plant sale at a location, though. It’s an opportunity to order plants and gardening supplies online. “We’ve hooked up with one of the nurseries for this,” Holman said. “Our folks and our volunteers are going out and drumming up sales and a portion of those

revenues goes towards our fund. It’s a great idea for lots of people. It gives them a chance to do something they love. Gardeners are passionate about what they do and now they can contribute to a cause at the same time.” “There are a number of agencies and volunteer groups with great ideas and they are not able to secure small amounts of funds to help their projects forward. Annual distributions from the Cowichan Smart and Caring Community Fund will support projects by community groups for seniors in the Cowichan Region,” Holman said. “We, at the Cowichan Seniors Community Foundation view this as an opportunity to partner with a well established foundation in creating a new fund specifically for Cowichan seniors.” To date, the group has collected $1,300 towards its goal. Visit for more details.


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100th Anniversary of Canadian Scottish Regiment

Surrounded inside the Cowichan Valley Arts Council’s PORTALS gallery by photographs of the images she captured for her Beautiful Faces With Voices calendar, Cowichan artist Heidi Mendenhall donated $850 — the proceeds of her project aimed at helping to bring an end to domestic violence and child abuse — to Cowichan Women Against Violence Society Executive Director Jane Sterk last Wednesday morning. [SARAH SIMPSON/CITIZEN]

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The inaugural WinterBites Festival wrapped up on Feb. 2 after a successful 18day run during which it entertained thousands of visitors and locals with multiple genre concerts, pond hockey tournaments and the first ever outdoor skating rink. The festival was led by the Comox Valley Economic Development and Tourism office, with support of the founding partners including Vancouver Island MusicFest, Comox Valley Minor Hockey, Comox Valley Exhibition/Fall Fair, Mount Washington Alpine Resort, City of Courtenay, Courtenay Accommodation properties and the Vancouver Island Newspaper Group. Created with the purpose of helping to drive awareness, increased visitation and economic activity into the region during a quiet time of the year, the festival also made up for a shortfall in visitations with the poor snow conditions affecting the usually busy ski season. “We definitely saw a difference in hotel numbers,” said Jill Rushton, assistant general manager, Old House Village Hotel & Spa. “With the unexpected snow drought in January, the usual crowd was non-existent, so the timing couldn’t have been better, and the festival’s combined activities for the whole family, translated into more reasons to stay.” Over 90 sponsors and community partners and more than 70 volunteers went into making the event such a success. “Which speaks volumes in terms of the interest and commitment that this Valley

has to supporting events that will benefit the whole community,” said John Watson, executive director, Comox Valley Economic Development & Tourism. “The diverse offerings from concerts to skating and a hockey jamboree showcases the ability for Comox Valley to draw upon its experience and deliver top notch events.” A highlight of the festival was the creation of a synthetic skating rink that enabled outdoor public skating on the streets of Courtenay. A pond hockey jamboree, organized by the Comox Valley Minor Hockey Association, attracted over 20 teams from around the Island and Lower Mainland for three weekend tournaments. The 12-day installation, which drew crowds and TV cameras, was largely made possible by the City of Courtenay and a brigade of volunteers. “I’ve helped out with a lot of events, but never have we had an outdoor skating rink built in the middle of town and a chance for us to share in a true Canadian tradition,” said Dave Mellin, a long time resident of the Comox Valley. “I had to get involved as I believe in giving back to the community that has given me so much and I also love the creative, outside-the-box events the Valley puts on. I think the people who came out had a great time.” “It really was quite a remarkable outcome for an event like this,” said Doug Cox, MusicFest executive producer. “The community was supportive and eight of nine concerts completely sold out — not bad for the first year.”


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Thanks to a 3-1 win over Gorge’s Div. 2 team in Ladysmith last Saturday, Cowichan FC will move on to the first round of the Jackson Cup tournament It wasn’t Cowichan’s most convincing victory of the season — especially considering that Gorge is near the bottom of the Div. 2 standings — but it was enough to keep the team alive. “It’s cup play,” head coach Glen Martin said. “It doesn’t matter how you do it, you’ve just got to win.” The way the draw worked out, Cowichan needed to win the playin game against Gorge just to reach the first round of the tournament, which they won in 2011 and 2012. Cowichan got off to a typical strong start in the game, and led 2-0 after 24 minutes thanks go quick goals from Ryan Andre and Tyler Hughes. Then they dialed down their intensity and found themselves up by just one goal at halftime. “For some reason, we let up a little bit,” Martin said. “It was time to put the hammer down and put them away, but we let up a little bit and allowed a weak goal. Our killer instinct wasn’t there.” The score remained the same

“We can’t give teams any hope or chances.” GLEN MARTIN, Cowichan FC head coach

until late in the game when Matt Arnett put things away with one more goal. Goalie Bob Stankov made a huge save on a free kick by Quinn van Gylswyk, the kicker and punter for the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds football team, to preserve the lead. “He’s looking good,” Martin said of Stankov, who returned to the team after several years away with just one regular-season game to go before cup play. “The more we win, the more confidence he’s going to get.” Even though they are a powerhouse in Div. 1, Cowichan has to learn to put teams away when the can and not to underestimate Div. 2 teams. “These young guys, these hardworking character guys, they don’t quit,” he said. “It’s men’s soccer; they’re not going to fold the tent and say that’s enough. We learn everything the hard way.” Cowichan’s next Jackson Cup game goes on Saturday at Tyndall Park at 7:15 p.m. against the Gordon Head Blazers, another

Div. 2 team, albeit older and more experienced than Gorge. “The way our draw is set up, I think it gets harder every game,” Martin noted. The lessons learned last weekend will still have to apply. “We’ve got to bury our chances and have more of a killer instinct,” said the coach. “Teams with older guys in Div. 2 know that all they have to do is play hard; it’s just one game, and anything can happen. We can’t give teams any hope or chances.” The winner of Saturday’s game will play another Div. 2 team, Saanich Fusion, in the quarterfinals. Cowichan’s Div. 2 earned a bye through the first round of play and will make their debut in the quarterfinals. That game is scheduled for the weekend of March 7-9. In the Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association, Cowichan’s Div. 1 entry has had games rained out two weeks in a row, and still has five games left to play in the regular season. The women’s team is also entered in the Doug Day Cup tournament, with the first one scheduled for this Sunday at Gorge, followed by a home date with Saanich FC on March 2 and a road game at Castaways on March 9.

Connor Crichton battles the wind, the rain and a determined Gorge defender during last Saturday night’s Jackson Cup opener for Cowichan FC at the Ladysmith turf. [KEVIN ROTHBAUER/CITIZEN]


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(Upland residential, commercial and agricultural areas) DATE Tuesday, February 25, 2014 TIME 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m (presentation at 7:00 p.m.) PLACE Oceanfront Suites, 1681 Cowichan Bay Road, Cowichan Bay SUBJECT Marine Zoning Bylaw No. 3773

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Brentwood and Shawnigan bound for Island tournament KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN

Curtis Csuk lugs the puck against Saanich. [KEVIN ROTHBAUER/CITIZEN]

Playoffs dead ahead for Islanders KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN

With just a few days to catch their breath after the end of the regular season, the Kerry Park Islanders will head into the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League playoffs late this week. As they’ve known for a while, the Isles will face the Victoria Cougars in the first round, beginning at the Archie Browning Arena on Thursday. The teams will play at Kerry Park at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, back at Archie Browning on Sunday afternoon, and at Kerry Park again next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Any further games will be determined by the results of the first four, and Islanders owner Mark Osmond is hoping the teams keep playing after that. “We’re not going to lay down and let them run roughshod,” he said. The Cougars finished with the VIJHL’s top point total, but the Islanders, who placed fourth in the South Division, plan to make things difficult for them. “There’s no pressure on us,”

Osmond said. “The pressure’s all on them. We just need to stay out of the box. Five-on-five, I don’t think anyone else can give them a challenge like we can.” The Isles split their last two regular season contests, losing 51 to the Peninsula Panthers last Friday and beating the Saanich Braves 5-2 at home on Saturday. A superb effort by the Islanders led to a scoreless first period on Friday, but the Panthers got ahead in the second. Former Panther Nick Kean, scored for Kerry Park. The Isles played a much stronger game on Saturday, and got two goals and an assist from Francis Slicer, one of each from Trevor Beauregard and Brendan Gowanlock, and a goal from David Bittner in the victory. Attention now turns toward the playoffs, with Osmond reiterating that his team will go all-out. “We’ve got nothing to lose,” he said. Any Kerry Park or Cowichan Valley minor hockey players who show up in their team jerseys can get in for just $5.

A win over Gulf Islands Secondary in the third-place game at last weekend’s South Island tournament propelled host Brentwood College into the upcoming Island championships. Brentwood came from behind in the battle for bronze, but managed to prevail 64-54 thanks to the hard work of some of their bench players. “It was another tough one,” head coach Blake Gage acknowledged. “We were okay at times, but we had some real mental lapses. We dug ourselves out of a hole.” Brentwood trailed by a dozen points in the second quarter, but players like Sean Monteiro did everything they could to get the team back in it. “Sean came off the bench and made it his own personal mission to deny their best player the ball,” Gage said. “He played outstanding defence.” Devin Cvitanovich led Brentwood with 16 points, Harrison Backer added 14, and Aidan Carr chipped in with 10. The victory over GISS came a day after Brentwood lost 64-39 to St. Michael’s University School in the semifinal. “It wasn’t pretty,” Gage admitted. “They just beat us in every aspect of the game. I was hoping we would play better, but we struggled with the speed and pace of their game.” Lambrick Park topped SMUS in the final, while Shawnigan Lake School finished fourth, then advanced to Islands after beating Gulf Islands 56-51 in a play-in game on Monday.

Brentwood’s Matt Giles drives to the net during the semifinal against SMUS. [KEVIN ROTHBAUER/CITIZEN]

“We’ve taken our lumps this year, but the boys really came a long way in the last month,” head coach Vito Pasquale said. Battling injuries, Shawnigan lost to GISS in their last game, but came through when it really counted on Monday. Litha Ncanisa led the way with 14 points and 16 rebounds, while guards Christian Grillo, Emerson Chen and Connor Powell had 12, 11 and 10 points, respectively. “To have four guys in double figures really helps,” Pasquale said. Brentwood and Shawnigan will head to Lambrick Park for the

Island tournament, which begins this Thursday. Gage is optimistic his team can advance to provincials as one of the top three teams on the Island. “There’s potential,” he said. “If we play well, we have a chance.” Pasquale also felt his team could contend for a berth. “Who knows what happens there,” he said. “You never know when the momentum changes within a game or within a tournament. I like what’s ahead of us, but you still have to go through SMUS or Lambrick on either side of the draw.”

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Cowichan Valley Citizen | Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Valley sending 10 to BC Games

Crunch time closing in on Caps


The Cowichan Valley Capitals playoff chances took a bit of a hit over the weekend after their own 4-3 overtime loss to the Merritt Centennials was followed the next day by a victory for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. With just four games left in the regular season, the Caps and Bulldogs are now tied at 46 points apiece. The Caps do hold the first tie-breaker, with 20 wins to the Bulldogs’ 19. “We sure could have used the two points [for a win],” head coach Bob Beatty admitted. “I don’t think it was a classic downthe-stretch effort. We didn’t finish enough checks or get enough pucks on net. We weren’t as good as we had been playing prior to last Sunday’s game [a 3-0 loss to Coquitlam on Feb. 9].” The decisive goal came on the first shift of the first overtime. Playing four-on-four, the Caps turned the puck over at the offensive blue line, and Merritt’s Sebastien Pare made them pay for the error. “We didn’t seal our man going to the net, and he scored on the rebound,” Beatty said. The Caps opened the scoring midway through the first period on Taylor Allan’s seventh goal of the season. After falling behind 2-1, the Caps regained the lead thanks to powerplay markers by Myles Powell and Rylan Bechtel,

When the BC Winter Games get underway in Mission on Thursday, the Cowichan Valley will be well-represented among the Island-Central Coast contingent. Based on rosters listed on the games website this week, 10 athletes and four coaches from the region will be part of the Zone 6 team competing for medals at the Games. Cowichan Bay’s Sion Griffiths and Youbou’s Jason Haney will compete in archery, while Roger Walker of Duncan serves as head coach. Bree Castle of Duncan is among six Island athletes on the biathlon team. Both coaches — head coach

Colton Kehler makes his way out of the Capitals end. [KEVIN ROTHBAUER/CITIZEN] who finished the night with two points. The Centennials tied it up with five and a half minutes left in regulation. The Caps were out-shot 33-22, Robin Gusse making 19 saves in the losing effort. Getting deeper into crunch time, Cowichan will play host to the Nanaimo Clippers at 7 p.m. this Friday, then visit the Powell River Kings on Saturday. “It’s going right down to the wire,” Beatty said. “It doesn’t get any bigger than this Friday night.” Beatty hopes to use the Clippers’

chippy tendencies against them. “They’re a team that likes to mix it up after the whistle,” he said. “There’s a lot more at stake for us; we have to focus on what we have to get done.” The Caps have experienced against the Kings in recent weeks, taking points in four of their last five games, each one decided by a single goal. “We have to play them tough,” Beatty said. “This is the sixth time in the last month or so we’ve played them, so we’ll have to dig down and get a win in this last meeting for sure.”

Del McNish and assistant Sharon Klein — also hail from Duncan. Darby McIntyre of the Duncan Dynamics will represent the Island in gymnastics, along with Anna Mataganova, who will be an assistant coach. In hockey, Katie Ferguson of Lake Cowichan made the cut for the Island team. Anna Clark of Duncan and Jeremy Perkins of Cobble Hill will compete in judo, while Lake Cowichan’s Jacob Marcelic is on the karate team. Todd Heard of Duncan is headed to Mission to compete in freestyle skiing, joined by Sarah Rocque of Ladysmith. The BC Winter Games will run from Feb. 20-23.



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