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Mothers of the two murdered women broke down in tears outside the Duncan courtroom where Judge Keith Bracken handed down a sentence to William Gordon Robert Elliott of 20 years before the possibility of parole. Elliott pleaded guilty last summer to the murders of 42-year-old Karrie-Ann Stone in July 2010 and 18-year-old Tyeshia Jones in January 2011, and he will serve a life sentence on the two counts of second degree murder, to be served concurrently. The sentence falls in between the maximum of 25 years without parole that Crown prosecutors Scott Van Alstine and Laura Ford argued for and the more lenient sentence of 10 to 15 years without parole that defence lawyer Scott Sheets endorsed. In coming to his decision, Bracken cited case law and said he considered a number of factors. The packed courtroom was hushed as the judge reiterated the facts of the case for a final time, calling the murders “brutal, senseless and callous.” Elliott picked up Stone on July 7, 2010 at about 3:30 a.m. from the parking lot of the motel where

Bracken also noted the “calculated” manner in which Elliott tried to prevent Stone from being identified, lighting her on fire as well as removing her personal items, including one of her dentures.

After recently removing all of their public recycling bins due to problems with garbage being dumped into them, Cowichan Valley Regional District is looking for a private contractor to host a recycling bin that will be constantly monitored. “There would be total control of what goes in,” explained the CVRD’s interim CAO Frank Raimondo. Cobble Hill Area Director Gerry Giles said she’s fielded “several” requests for such a recycling option since the bins were removed. The CVRD had run a neighbourhood recycling bin program since the early 1990s, with seven unstaffed bins in various public locations. That program came to an end last month because of soaring costs due to contamination of the recyclables with garbage. That has left people having to haul their recyclables to one of the three CVRD recycling centres in Duncan, Ladysmith and Meade Creek. The distance, particularly for south Cowichan residents, discourages people from recycling.

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Bev Stone, mother of murdered woman Karrie-Ann Stone, says with the sentencing of her daughter’s killer the family now has some closure and will move on, remembering Karrie as they knew her. [ANDREA RONDEAU/CITIZEN] she was living. He drove her to his home where they had consensual sex for which he paid her. Elliott’s statement says Stone threatened to tell his wife about it if he didn’t give her more money and his response was to beat her unconscious with an aluminum


baseball bat. He then took her to a remote area in Glenora and set her on fire, knowing she was still alive, as she said “I can’t breathe,” as he did it. That he set fire to Stone while she was still alive is “particularly egregious”, Bracken said.



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Killer ‘got what he deserved’: Bev Stone 20 YEARS, From Page 1 This was an attempt by Elliott, the judge said, not to be caught. In the case of Tyeshia Jones, Elliott claims he accidentally hit the teenager with his truck on the night of Jan. 21, 2011, as she was walking to meet her boyfriend at the Duncan Superstore. If he didn’t want to be caught for this offence, Bracken pointed out, “all he had to do was drive away.” Instead, Elliott picked her up and put her in his truck. He drove her to a wooded area behind the old Shaker Church in Duncan where he sexually assaulted her. He could not complete the rape because he could not get an erection. He then stripped her body of all of her clothing and strangled her with her own bra. He beat her in the head and face. He also pried out a number of Jones’s teeth and tried to poke one of her eyes out with a stick to make her more difficult to identify. The murder can “only be described as brutal and callous,” Bracken repeated. The judge revealed these were not the first sexual assaults Elliott has committed. Shortly after the age of 16, Elliott approached a 15-year-old girl in Courtenay, where he was living at the time, and punched her in the nose, breaking it and knocking her down. He then brutally raped her. He was convicted in June of 2004 of aggravated sexual assault in the case. Before that case was finished going through the courts, Elliott committed a similar offence in Duncan. He and some friends committed a break and enter and stole some alcohol, which they took to a public park. There was a young female there that Elliott approached, punched in the face and raped. He has also been convicted of various other criminal offences. A psychiatric report stated that the psychiatrist was not convinced of the sincerity of Elliott’s remorse and stated

Mary Jim, mother of slain teen Tyeshia Jones, says the sentence for her daughter’s killer wasn’t enough. [ANDREA RONDEAU/CITIZEN] that he is at a high risk to reoffend. This and Elliott’s history of sexual sadism “poses significant concern to the court,” Bracken said. He was also troubled that alcohol and drugs were not factors in these crimes, Elliott did not confess on his own initiative and the offences were unplanned. “He has never been able to properly explain his conduct,” Bracken concluded. Bracken also noted mitigating factors in determining his sentence, including Elliott’s troubled childhood that saw him experience abuse and hardship both with his father, living in a house without electricity and running water and other necessities, and when he lived with his mother, who worked in Vancouver as a prostitute. He bounced from home to home in foster care. His background as a First Nations man does have an impact on Elliott’s offences, Bracken said, and Elliott demonstrates some of the traits of fetal alcohol syndrome. Bracken also noted his eventual confession and entering a plea of guilty as positive signs, along with what he called a “quite unique” willingness to speak to the mothers of the murdered women

and apologize to them. Elliott remained impassive as Bracken announced his sentence, and he declined to speak to the court. Outside the courtroom Karrie-Ann’s mother Bev Stone and Tyeshia’s mother Mary Jim embraced as their tears fell, though the two women expressed different feelings about the sentence. “As far as I’m concerned this man’s a monster,” said Bev Stone. “My reaction is this man got what he deserved, plain and simple. He took two children from us, Mary’s daughter and my daughter, and nothing else could have been better.” Hearing the details of what he did to Karrie-Ann was hard she said, but now the sentence provides some closure and the family is going to “remember Karrie the way we knew her.” Jim said that 20 years wasn’t enough. “It doesn’t bring my daughter and Karrie back,” she said. “I’m not happy about it.” She questioned the validity of Elliott’s story, particularly his assertion that he hit Jones with his truck by accident. Going forward, Jim said her daughter will always be in her thoughts. “She will always be my everything,” Jim said. “She’s my angel.”

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Pool referendum nixed for Area E ANDREA RONDEAU CITIZEN

There will be no referendum held in Area E this fall to determine if residents want to renew a Cowichan Aquatic Centre equal access agreement for the next three years, leaving the future of the community’s access to the facility up in the air. Two-tier fees were dropped for residents of Area E after the equal access agreement that specified an annual payment from the area was signed in August of last year. That agreement expired in December of 2013, but was renewed for 2014 through an

alternative approval process, where residents agreed to an annual contribution service being established with a maximum requisition of $23,000 per year. To renew the agreement for another three years would have required a referendum at the time of municipal elections this fall. This renewal would have set a significantly higher requisition at around $49,000 per year for 2015, 2016, and 2017. CVRD staff calculated the cost of a referendum in Area E at as much as $20,000, more than the total 2014 requisition amount of $19,200. Further, that cost would

Teachers hit picket lines LEXI BAINAS CITIZEN

The Cowichan Valley’s public school teachers joined their counterparts across B.C. Tuesday, kicking off a full-scale walkout to back their demands for a new contract between the BC Teachers’ Federation and the BC Public School Employers’ Association. Both sides met over the weekend but were unable to come to an agreement and came out of the sessions again pointing fingers at each other. One effect locally of the teachers’ action is that a meeting scheduled for Wednesday evening, June 18 to hear public comment on the idea of reducing the number of school trustees in the Cowichan Valley has been relocated to a neutral location. It will now held at the Somenos Room at the Island Savings Centre. The starting time is still 6:30 p.m.

MMBC rules present soft plastic issue CVRD ON HUNT, From Page 1 Also an issue are new rules under the MMBC program that now governs curbside recycling in the province. Some items that used to be collected at the curb are no longer allowed. “People have really got the bug about saving their plastics and now soft plastic is not allowed,” said Giles. “Why are we going backwards?” questioned Saltair Dir. Mel Dorey. The CVRD is looking for a single site in the south Cowichan area that would be on private property and constantly monitored to prevent the misuse of the bins.

Area E Director Loren Duncan be deducted from the requisition, possibly leaving the Aquatic Centre with only $3,000 from Area E if the referendum result was a “no”. CVRD Corporate Secretary Joe Barry said in a report that they would expect a referendum on a requisition increase of 257 per cent to fail. Director Loren Duncan said he concurred. “I do actually agree with


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Gravel permit decision process questionable he Cowichan Valley Regional District is taking some flack for a decision to get a legal opinion on a vote that took place at a committee meeting. That vote quashed an application for a temporary use permit to crush gravel on a Cobble Hill farm. That flack is unfair. We’ll probably get some flack for this editorial, too, as people are very passionate on the subject, but here goes. The CVRD staff is absolutely right to be concerned about what went down at the Electoral Area


Services Committee. What happened has larger implications than just whether or not a gravel crushing operation on that particular farm is a good idea. It raises questions about what kind of fairness of process applicants can expect from the CVRD. There have been accusations that seeking a legal opinion is just an excuse to stall in favour of the applicant. Even those in favour of the decision should be concerned, however. What was before the committee was the not the application itself.



No details were there, and in fact statements by several of the directors showed they did not know those details and had likely not read the application. In spite of this, without even an attempt at a review of the application, it was denied. Now, whether or not the gravel crushing is the worst idea in the history of the CVRD is irrelevant. Maybe denial of the application is the right move. Approval of the application always looked like a longshot, as the CVRD had opposed the gravel extraction, which has been

approved by the Agricultural Land Commission. But the applicant deserved, at the very least, to have directors read over their application, know its merits, debate it, and then make a decision. What happened instead was that a question brought forward by staff about how to process the application became an outright denial. This may be legally sound. Even if it is, it is not a good way for the CVRD to make decisions. Any applicant — whether the project is a gravel crushing operation, the subdivision of land or

Neighbours oppose Rock of the Woods location

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About a quarter of those attending left the meeting after the director stated that it didn’t matter about our opinion, that the purchase of the school and the grounds would go ahead regardless. We feel, that our democratic rights are being abused and our opinions ignored. An independent inspection should be done on the whole building and the residents of Saltair should then have a vote on whether the purchase should proceed or not.

I am writing in protest of Rock of the Woods being held in my neighbourhood. At no time was there any consultation with our neighbourhood as to whether we are in favour or not. The promoters said they consulted us, however that is not true. The promoters stated in the press that they consulted the neighbourhood by either knocking on doors or by leaving a letter. I never got either, and 63 residents would have said no. This event is being held for three days in a residential neighbourhood. Sunrise Road is a very narrow twisty road that cannot accommodate the amount of traffic that is being predicted, which will result in accidents. In the summer our area is extremely dry and always in danger of fire. (If there is a fire and my home is damaged I will be suing the CVRD as well as the promoters). The noise level will be unacceptable and the police will be receiving continuous noise complaints. [To Area E Director Loren Duncan:] This event is not happening on your street or in your neighbourhood. If it was would you be in favour of it? Sixty-three residents signed a petition regarding this issue and you have chosen to ignore us. Your decision to not consult our neighbourhood beforehand regarding this issue has made me decide to not vote for you in the next election.

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the building of a fairy tale castle that will shower us all with rainbows — needs to be given the courtesy of at least being heard. There are neighbours who are angry, worried and upset by the prospect of a gravel operation. They have argued passionately against it and were further upset that they will have to wait a little longer for a resolution. We ask that they consider how they would like the process to run if they put in an application. In this case, the likely outcome of the process is the same as where things stand now. But the process is important.

Hold referendum on old Saltair school purchase I understand why the public has such disdain for our politicians at the regional level. On June 10, 2014 my wife and I, along with approximately 100 residents attended a public meeting at the old Mt. Brenton School in Saltair, regarding the purchase of the school and the five and a half surrounding acres. As the meeting progressed, it became apparent that the meeting was a just a formality, as our Area G director finally admitted that he [the CVRD] has the authority to purchase the property without any vote from residents of Saltair, or hold a referendum, and that this proposal

would also be voted on by the other area directors along with the CVRD board. A recreation tax was quietly added to my 2014 property tax notice, and we presume that this would be the money that would be used to fund the school. This tax will, no doubt, be increased every year to keep the maintenance of the building, and repairs, (and there will be many) up to code. The school has been vacant for many years, and while there is a day care in operation, one can smell the mould and mildew. The roof leaks, and there are signs that there is water in the crawl space. No thorough inspections have been done on the whole building.



Municipal spending and tax increases outrageous Another year and another property tax increase. Perhaps council and staff are oblivious to the fact that the COLA was less than one per cent in 2013 and 2014 and that the average worker in this province did not receive a wage increase or generous bonus and financially most households are going backwards. These constant tax increases are not sustainable yet council makes no efforts to curb spending. Instead they ramp up hiring and approve every whim staff dreams up. Taxpayers should look at the outrageous hiring of yet more staff when the rest of the world is learning how to do more with less. Do we really need all these new roundabouts or could we wait until we can afford them? There is a long list of areas where we could cut back and ease the tax burden but there is no will by the majority of councillors to even sit down and review the budget line by line. Is there some other magic way of determining where our money goes? They were elected to monitor the public purse and if they are unwilling to do that job then perhaps it is time for a complete change come November. I will not place my mark beside any of their names. Peggy Bran Crofton

Letter on teachers ironic The letter from Bernie Kramski about teachers was more about irony than education, as the situations he would wish on the teachers would almost assuredly be cured by more education. If these cases he speaks of are his own, perhaps it is because he was in an overcrowded classroom with a teacher who was working an 80-hour week, with no assistance for the needy students. James Watt Duncan

Cowichan Valley Citizen | Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Brickworks was backed by British capital (part 1)

Brick factory at Cowichan Station. Negotiations are pending to acquire CHRONICLES property T.W. Paterson between Cowichan Station and Hillbank for the purpose of erecting an upto-date brick factory for the manufacture of pressed and all high class products of that description...” So the Cowichan Leader reported, briefly, in mid-June 1927. A week later, blaring frontpage headlines announced BRICK INDUSTRY ASSURED; operations, backed by British capital, were to begin within six weeks. The XL Sand, Gravel and Brick Co. Ltd., with head office in Duncan, was to set up its plant on 97 acres at Cowichan Station. Among its principals were local heavyweights, real estate and insurance broker J.H. Whittome, and well-known city solicitor C.F. Davie. The site, which had drawn British interest more than a decade earlier, had been chosen for its “practically inexhaustible” supply of shale that, based upon scientific analysis, was ideal for the purpose. In charge of this side of the operation was Capt. A.J. Gaul, a graduate of the De Beers School of Mines, South Africa. Brick-pressing equipment, said to have been bought and paid for (this reference was meant to assure readers that the company was solid), was en route from its English manufacturers; upon delivery from the Lower Mainland to Cowichan Bay by scow, and installation on-site, it would produce 180,000 bricks per day. The plant would be hydroelectrically generated from a dam to be constructed at nearby Moss Falls, near Bear Creek’s

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As late as 1927 Cowichan Station, then a bustling village, lacked electricity. —TWP confluence with the Koksilah River. Even at low ebb, it was expected to produce at least 250 h.p. “It will be of interest to residents to learn that it is hoped to supply light to Cowichan Station, the stores and halls [Cowichan Station was then a bustling village], but no definite promises can, of course, be made at this point.” Another projected plus, one very much in keeping with the times if not with the ages, was the reference to the all-British company’s pro-white labour policy — “as far as is possible”. Meaning that they’d employ better-paid whites so long as it was fiscally expedient. It was expected that as many as 40 employees would be needed overall. Even before arrival of the equipment, men were drilling test holes into the shale to determine the best point of access,

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and pouring concrete footings for buildings and machinery. Besides the brick plant, two kilns and sewer pipe manufactory, the operation was to have its own boarding house and a store although most employees were expected to be hired locally and commute to work. The company would utilize its own bricks, fired in a pit in the open air. “When the machinery arrives at Cowichan Bay, residents of the day will see that a substantial and up-to-date plant is being put in by the company,” officials asserted. The list of machinery sounds impressive even today: six tri-process brick presses; two 11-foot grinding mills weighing 24 tons each; one solid-bottom 8-foot grinding mill for re-grinding bricks spoiled in firing; elevators; spiral conveyors; pianowire screens “and a complete

equipment of pulleys, shafting and other requisites”. Some of those pulleys, used to belt-drive machinery, were in themselves seven feet in diameter. Each brick would pass between two 80-ton presses. Other products to be manufactured were roofing and flooring tiles, garden edging and sewer and drain pipes. All of this, under the expert eye of British brickmaker L. Lupont, was grandly expected to achieve products of a quality “equal to the highest on the Pacific Coast” at competitive prices during a building boom throughout B.C. and Washington. Too bad nobody foresaw the beginning of the Great Depression just over a year later. (To be continued)

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“Les Misérables like never seen before.” That’s what the Chemainus Theatre Festival is saying about its upcoming summerlong presentation of the famous blockbuster. Starting June 20, Les Misérables will debut at the intimate stage, which has been transformed into the gritty streets of France. Known for providing a broad sweep of history, this musical offers stunning music and an excellent group of characters that really draw the audience in. The presentation will differ markedly from those huge productions in massive halls that you may have seen elsewhere, according to director Peter Jorgenson, so be ready to almost become part of the cast as you sit right on top of the action. And, don’t expect singers to stand and belt it out a la grand opera, either. We have it on the authority of Kieran Martin Murphy, and he should know as he’s playing the iconic Jean Valjean, that this is an offmic presentation, with the emphasis on intensity and

Michelle Bardach, Sayer Roberts, Vanessa Croome, Kieran Martin Murphy and Jay Davis rehearse last week. [LEXI BAINAS/CITIZEN] emotion. Bringing Les Misérables, the world’s longest-running musical, to Chemainus is “the biggest and most ambitious production in The Chemainus Theatre Festival’s history,” according to artistic director Mark DuMez. Its arrival in Mural Town also means he’s finally achieved a long-term goal for the company. “We are thrilled to bring the full brilliance of this lively and boisterous show to Vancouver Island,” he said. “It’s been on the shortlist for years and we’re excited to produce Les Miz in its epic glory. In many ways we have been preparing for this moment for over a decade, and now we have assembled our

largest team and to support the vision of this unique and deep theatrical experience.” Jorgenson is no stranger to Chemainus. Although known elsewhere for bringing bring memorable large-scale productions to life, he also knows this summer’s venue well and uses its advantages to the full. “Les Misérables is a pleasurably intense experience that can only really be felt, and should be felt, live,” he said. DuMez agrees. “Even in our intimate venue, Les Misérables is no small-scale show,” he said. “A full complement of design and imagination has been put into developing the feeling of theatrical impressiveness that is owed to a production

of this calibre.” In operatic style, the story of Les Misérables is almost entirely told in song and musical director Kev i n Michael Cripps, who plays piano and conducts all 29 back-to-back pieces, is joined by Jiten Beairsto, Hollas Longton, Shifra Day/Shima Takeda and Emily Burton. The musicians are onstage but not part of the action. Les Misérables must still offer a big theatrical experience to equal its music and that means a cast of 23 performers that includes Michelle Bardach (Eponine), Lauren Bowler (Fantine), Graham Coffeng (Enjolras), Vanessa Croome (Cosette), Jay Davis (Javert), Caitriona Murphy (Mme. Thenardier), Kieran Martin Murphy (Valjean), Micheal Querin (Bishop), Sayer Roberts (Marius), Andrew Wheeler (Thenardier), an ensemble of Sarah Carlé, Craig DeCarlo, Brad L’Écuyer, Jesse Martyn, Jeff Pufahl, and Julia Ullrich, as well as young company artists Reuben Broadway, Lily Killam, Jillian Telfer, and Sebastian Tow. Tickets for the June 20 to Sept. 7 evening and matinee performances are available now. Book seats, dinner, and special theatre getaway packages early at, or by calling the Chemainus Theatre Festival box office at 1-800-565-7738.

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The popular studio tour offering art lovers the chance to get up close and personal with members of the Visions group will be different this year. The enterprising artists have looked at the size of the Cowichan Valley and the price of fuel, and are changing up their event, which runs from 10 a.m. 5 p.m. from Friday to Sunday, July 4, 5 and 6. There will be 15 artists’ studios on the tour, but the tour is offering access to 24 artists in total. By clustering artists at some venues it means studio visitors have fewer kilometres to drive and more artists to meet in one or two places. In previous years, it has not been uncommon for an artist to invite a friend to share the day at his or her studio but this year that has been expanded, according to group publicist and glass and


clothing painter Terry Harrison. “Most of the studios will be showcasing the resident artist or artisan, as usual, but one in Cowichan Bay will feature four artists and one in Mill Bay will have five. “When I think of ‘clusters’ I think of yummy chocolate and nuts. These art clusters will be yummy, too, with paintings, jewelry, pottery and photography,” she said last week. Some new faces will be seen on the tour with three new painters, a sculptor and a jeweler joining the group this year. Another first is a venue inside the gates at Arbutus Ridge. It will be simple to pick up a pass at the gate and continue to the stop sign to find the studio. Brochure/maps are in shops all over town and are also available at Thrifty Foods in Duncan and Mill Bay. They can also be downloaded from



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HarbourCats take over Evans Park for free game KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN

Duncan Junior Baseball is hoping for a huge crowd this Sunday as the Victoria HarbourCats take over Evans Park for an exhibition contest at 1 p.m. “We’re very excited,” president Kevin Olender said. “This is something we’ve been looking forward to for a long time.” Thanks to contributions from several generous sponsors, the game will be free for anyone who wants to attend, although donations will be welcome. “What we’re trying to do is promote the game of baseball for kids who might not otherwise get the chance to see a game,” Olender explained. The HarbourCats, a summer ball team featuring players from a number of college teams, will take on the Langley Blaze of the Pacific Metro Baseball League, a team that includes several former pro and college stars. The HarbourCats have started


the West Coast League season 5-4 through last Sunday, and sit fourth in the highly competitive West Division. Bleacher seating for the game will be limited, so spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and sit around the hillsides surrounding the field. The day of baseball will start at 9 a.m. with wooden bat games featuring the top peewee and mosquito teams from Duncan Junior Baseball, as well as Rally Cap games. Adding to the atmosphere will be a bouncy castle and other fun fair games. Volunteers will be selling 50/50 tickets at the game, as well as raffle tickets for a set of four VIP tickets to Sunfest, including backstage passes for the Friday show. There is still time to enter for the $25,000 pitch-to-win competition. Sign up at any Island Savings location. Parking at Evans Park is limited. Overflow parking will be at Mt. Prevost Elementary School.

Evans Field had a decidedly different look in February when Harvey the HarbourCat joined HarbourCats general manager Jim Swanson and Duncan Junior Baseball president Kevin Olender to announce the game that will take place at 1 p.m. this Sunday. [CITIZEN FILE]

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Crew set sights on Triple Crown repeat KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN

For the second year in a row, the Crew have claimed the two big prizes in the Cowichan Women’s Football League, and they will be looking this weekend to complete the Triple Crown with another win at Sun Bowl. Already the league’s regularseason champions, the Crew were handed the playoff title last Saturday after the Ravens were forced to forfeit the league final. One Ravens player had been injured in a work accident, another had her spouse injured, and some players had other commitments, making it impossible for them to field a team. The Ravens didn’t go home empty-handed, however, as quarterback Rikki Wylie was named league MVP, and speedy newcomer Lauren James was selected as Rookie of the Year. Last year, the Crew became the first team to win the CWFL’s regular season and playoff titles and then win Sun Bowl. They’re hoping to repeat the rare trifecta by emerging as the best out of 18

Caps’ Malkowich headed to Brock KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN

After a productive season that saw him become one of the more popular players on the Cowichan Valley Capitals last season, Mason Malkowich has secured a spot with the Brock University Badgers in Canadian Interuniversity Sport, beginning this fall. “I’m excited for the opportunity to go to a school like Brock University and I’m excited to go down there and pursue my education and play hockey at a high level,” Malkowich said. “It was my goal from day one in junior hockey to obtain something like this that included me playing hockey and I’m glad it’s at a school like Brock University.” Malkowich battled injuries last season, but was effective in the 40 games he did play, scoring 14 goals and assisting on 19 more for 33 points. He split the first three years of his junior career with the New England Jr. Huskies of the Eastern Junior Hockey League and the Drayton Valley Thunder of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Caps head coach Bob Beatty praised Malkowich. “Brock University is getting a fierce competitor in Mason,” the

“There’s no telling how strong the teams are going to be.” CHRIS MANN, Sun Bowl organizer

teams that will contest the Pacific Northwest Women’s Football Championships at McAdam Park this Saturday and Sunday. Along with seven teams from the CWFL, Sun Bowl XXIX will include squads from Vancouver and Victoria. Games begin Saturday morning at 8 a.m. Besides the Crew, teams to watch include the Chargers out of Vancouver and the Extreme from Victoria, according to organizer Chris Mann. “There’s no telling how strong the teams are going to be,” he said. “We have several strong teams, but in Vancouver, it’s a different ball game. There’s no telling at what level those teams are playing.” The two days of football will wrap up with the final at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Mason Malkowich had 14 goals and 33 points in 40 games for the Caps last season. [KEVIN ROTHBAUER/CITIZEN] coach said. “Mason can put pucks in the net and will win battles in tough areas. His character and compete level are a plus for any dressing room regardless of his role.” A native of New Westminster, Malkowich plans to study business administration at Brock.

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VALLEY Calendar Miscellaneous • Cowichan Secondary 10-year reunion for grad class of 2004, June 21, Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay. Hors d’oeuvres at 7 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m. Tickets $60, dates welcome. Drinks, photos, fun. Buy tickets: or text/call 250710-3539. Info: https://www.facebook. com/events/298653660303902/ or search Cow High Grad 2004 10 year Reunion. • National Aboriginal Day film showing at Duncan library: The Wings of Johnny May, Tuesday, June 24, 6-7:30 p.m. National Film Board documentary about legendary Nunavik bush pilot. Free. • Cowichan Fish and Game hosting Canadian Firearm Safety course (nonrestricted and restricted) starting Friday, June 27, Glenora clubhouse. Details and registration: Mike 250748-0319 or canadianfirearmsafety@

Seniors The younger generation gets a close look at some of the old equipment owned by the Duncan & District Vintage Machinery Society at the Father’s Day Tractor Show at the BC Forest Discovery Centre. [LEXI BAINAS/CITIZEN]

• Chemainus Seniors Drop-in Centre general meeting June 19, 10 a.m. Please come and support your centre. • Chemainus Seniors Drop-in Centre

birthday party June 21, 5 p.m., pot luck. • Chemainus Seniors Drop-in Centre dance June 28 with Happy Hans, 7 p.m., cost $9, includes lunch. • Chemainus Seniors Drop-in Centre garage sale July 5, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Bring items to the centre 10 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays daily. No electronics, computers or furniture.

Meetings • Cowichan Intercultural Society annual general meeting Tuesday, June 24, 6 p.m., Vancouver Island University Duncan Theatre, Rm 140. Will include multicultural food and guest speakers. • Cowichan Community Policing Advisory Society annual general meeting Tuesday, Jun 24, 7-9 p.m., Mesachie Room, Island Savings Centre, Duncan. Guest speaker Const. Lisa Watson on domestic violence/violence in relationships. Doors open 6:30 p.m. $5 membership available ($20 business). • The Diggers Club of Cowichan meets the second Wednesday of the month, Chemainus United Church, 7 p.m. Refreshments served. Info: 250-748-5707.

Cowichan celebrates National Aboriginal Day June 19 The Quw’utsun’ Mustimuhw National Aboriginal Day will be held Thursday, June 19 this year. From 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cowichan Tribes recreational fields at 5574 River Rd. everyone is welcome to join what organizers are calling “an afternoon of celebration, fun and laughter.” Activities include children’s games and races, and lots of physical activity for everyone with a bouncy castle, obstacle course and rock climbing wall, plus face painting and bird house building. You can also enjoy lunch from noon to 2 p.m. and then watch local dancers, singers and musicians perform.

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