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Staff members at the Sassy Lion thrift store on Kenneth Street in Duncan were outraged when they discovered early last Thursday that someone had dumped garbage outside their store. And not just a bag of garbage, but a huge wooden box half-full of it. Sharon Farrel was so unhappy she marched up the street and into the Citizen office to voice her concerns. “It’s disgraceful that somebody would do that,” she said. “We’ve been worried that the new rules about recycling would see this kind of thing start to happen.” Her co-workers were also astonished, saying that even though the box had wheels under it, moving it would likely have been a two-person job, done during the night. “They just dumped it here,” said Barb Obsniuk. There have been complaints over the years from other thrift stores, notably the Salvation Army outlet on the Trans-Canada Highway, that people were been dumping garbage behind the store at the loading bay. The Sassy Lion is not usually burdened with this kind of problem, probably because it is more of a downtown operation, staff said. There have been instances even there, though, like the time two well-dressed women backed up a

Bill Benedek, Livio Michieli, Barb Obsniuk, Sharon Farrell and Ken Henn, all volunteers at the Sassy Lion thrift store in downtown Duncan, wonder how someone could dump a box of garbage on their steps. [LEXI BAINAS/CITIZEN] pickup truck to drop off what they said were clean, washed recyclable clothing. When workers were momentarily called indoors, the women dumped bags of stinking stuff and took off with a roar. However, with new regulations about what can be recycled com-

ing in, they were wondering aloud this week if they might find themselves making expensive runs to the Bings Creek recycle depot like they had to do to get rid of the big mess left last Thursday. See CONFUSION, Page 3

Any changes to the provincial highway signage policy are on hold indefinitely, Economic Development manager Geoff Millar reported to the Cowichan Valley Regional District last week. “This is actually a really good thing,” he said. “It short-cuts some of the issues that had come forward by the tourism industry and by the CVRD.” Businesses and local governments in the Cowichan Valley expressed serious concerns about proposed changes to the provincial policy that would have eliminated most of the existing signs along the TransCanada Highway from Victoria to Nanaimo, as the plan was to designate it an “expressway”. M e r r i d a l e C i d e r ’s J a n e t Docherty called the proposed changes “devastating” for tourism businesses that rely on signs to get people to turn off the highway and visit their sites. Municipality of North Cowichan Mayor Jon Lefebure and Millar called it “ridiculous” and unrealistic to designate the Duncan corridor, with a 50km/h speed limit, dotted with stop lights and crosswalks and regularly jammed with traffic, an expressway. Both also objected to the idea that, under proposed changes,

“This is actually a really good thing. It short-cuts some of the issues that had come forward by the tourism industry and by the CVRD.” GEOFF MILLAR, Economic Development manager

municipalities would have to pick and choose just a few select businesses that could go on entryway signs to their areas. But according Colin Coulter, operations technician/area manager and signage approval officer for the Ministry of Transportation, everything is on hold for the foreseeable future, said Millar. “He indicated that it may be some time before any changes or further consultation is done and in the meantime the current provincial policy will remain in effect,” Millar reported. “So that means the issues that we were concerned about, the expressway between Nanaimo and Victoria, are now moot at this point,” he told the CVRD’s regional services committee. In addition to the signage changes, Valley businesses have expressed concerns about the impact that construction on the Malahat will have on the region this summer.


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Are you satisfied with the city of Duncan? Residents of the city will get the opportunity to voice their thoughts during the Citizen Satisfaction Survey between May 26 and June 6, part of the city’s corporate communications plan. Discovery Research will conduct a telephone survey of 400 random households to determine satisfaction with civic services, identify spending priorities, and better understand citizens’ needs and priorities. Areas covered by the survey include residents’ perceptions on quality of life, satisfaction with city services, preferred communication channels, and how they would advise the city regarding budget demands. The possible amalgamation with North Cowichan or restructuring of the city’s boundaries will also be addressed, and results will help council determine what question or questions to ask in the plebiscite in November. “The Citizen Satisfaction Survey is an important voice for citizens and will provide council with a benchmark on how satisfied residents are with municipal services and how we can improve,” Mayor Phil Kent said. “We are interested in getting a true reflection of the opinions of City of Duncan residents and look forward to analyzing the data which will be used to help guide budget deliberations and set priorities for our citizens.” Residents without landlines or who are not otherwise contacted by the researchers will not be left in the dark. They are invited to take part in the process by completing the online version of the survey at prior to June 6. Results will be presented to council at the July 7 Committee of the Whole meeting.

JOB ACTION Members of the Cowichan District Teachers’ Association walk the picket line Tuesday, June 3, supported by school district CUPE employees, as part of a province-wide system of rotating strikes ordered by the BC Teachers’ Federation in a push to get a teachers’ contract by the end of the month. The Cowichan Valley School District urged parents to keep their children at home during the one-day strike since buses would not be running either as drivers were refusing to cross the picket lines. Both the BCTF and the BC Public School Employers’ Association were back at the bargaining table but there had been no news by press time on how contract talks were progressing. [LEXI BAINAS/CITIZEN]

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Hazy weekend result of permitted burn: officials “They were following the provincial regulations, which exempted them from our bylaw.”


It was big and it was smoky, but the huge open fire burning just north of Highway 18 near Mina Drive last weekend was totally legal, authorities said Monday. There were plenty of calls to North Cowichan to see what was happening, since open burning is supposed to be banned right now, and reception at the municipality had a press release all ready with answers for residents concerned at seeing so much smoke. This included the information that the people doing the burning had received the applicable approvals, had machines on site, and had notified 9-1-1 and the South End fire department. “The fire was approved by the Ministry of the Environment, and is exempt from North Cowichan’s bylaw,” Rob Clark, North Cowichan’s local assistant to the fire commissioner, said on Monday. “If you look at our fire bylaw, it says nothing in it restricts or prohibits the following: burning done or a fire set in accordance with federal or provincial regulations. They were following the provincial regulations, which exempted them from our bylaw. “We did not issue any permits for that burn. It’s my understanding they obtained their burn numbers. They had people out on site to check it all over; everything was fine. It was done through a different agency than ours.” Donna MacPherson, a fire information officer at the Coastal Fire Centre in Parksville, explained that it was her branch that issued the permit. “They did get a registration number from

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Bruce Wilkinson’s photo, taken Saturday, shows a thick line of smoke across the Cowichan Valley. An open burn north of Highway 18 was done under a provincial permit. [SUBMITTED] us,” she said. “We ask for certain criteria when people want to do a certain type of burn. From our standpoint, it’s about equipment to keep the fire safe and make sure it stays confined. Within the Wildfire Act and regulation, it also specifies they have to comply with the venting index, which is the Ministry of Environment’s interest, because they are in charge of air.” Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations spokesperson Greig Bethel, said it was “a Category 3 burn, performed on private land, within local fire department jurisdiction, by a logging



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contractor.” The contractor registered the burn with the Coastal Fire Centre in Parksville and was then required to comply with the Environmental Management Act and the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation. “This helps minimize the amount of smoke that is generated. Burns are only ignited if weather conditions are suitable, to ensure that the fire does not get out of control and does not create excessive smoke,” Bethel said. “Important factors that determine whether a burn will go ahead include the venting index, temperature, humidity

and forecast wind activity.” The venting index is a measure of how quickly smoke will disperse under specific conditions. Burns may only be ignited on days when the forecast for the venting index is “good” or better. “A burn is ignited and continuously monitored to ensure that the fire does not get out of control,” Bethel added. “In this case, the contractor is responsible for ensuring that the initial burn conditions are favourable and that the fire is extinguished once the burn is completed.” Despite any precautions, many residents were still aware of the haze. “I could smell the smoke in the air on May 31 and couldn’t logically hang laundry out to dry, even though the heaviest concentration of smoke was probably one or two kilometres away from my residence,” Bruce Wilkinson said in an email to the Citizen. “I wonder if any citizens who are susceptible to breathing issues had any problems on either of these dates, and if such a massive intrusion on healthy air should be considered acceptable.” By Monday, there was no further smoke in the air and nothing was left of the piles of debris that had been burned during the weekend; equipment had been used to push the coals together so as to consume the debris completely.

Confusion from MMBC regime THRIFT SHOPS, From Page 1 At least the inconvenience of getting rid of the garbage, which included an old toilet seat as well as plastic milk and laundry jugs, was mitigated a when they were able to remove and retain some valuable casters from the wooden box, according to volunteer Bill Benedek. But where did the big container come from? No one knows, but investigation of

the logo indicates it began life in Mississippi before, like so many of us, making its way to the Warmland. As of May 19, under the new recycling regime with Multi Material BC some new materials have been added to curbside recycling, some have been removed and there has been a shift in how the program is funded as it is now run as a corporate entity. The new products accepted in curbside recycling will include clean paper drink/coffee cups, milk and soup cartons, aerosol cans and plant pots. But plastic bags and film plastics (such as bread bags and kitchen wrap) are no longer be accepted at curbside, although some types can still be recycled for free at CVRD recycling depots. This change is happening because the B.C. Government now requires businesses that produce and supply packaging and printed paper to residents to be responsible for collecting and recycling these materials. A huge protest, led by such Vancouver Islanders as Buckerfield’s CEO Kelvin McCulloch, and Hugh Nicholson, of the Vancouver Island NewsMedia Group and the BC/Yukon Community Newspapers Association, continues to draw attention to the difficulties facing many businesses because of the contracting out of collection and recycling.

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OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN AMENDMENT BYLAW NO. 3806 ZONING AMENDMENT BYLAW NO. 3807 (APPLICABLE TO ELECTORAL AREA E – COWICHAN STATION/SAHTLAM/GLENORA) NOTICE is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held as follows to consider the above noted Amendment Bylaws: DATE PLACE

Thursday, June 12, 2014 TIME 7:00 p.m. Sahtlam Fire Hall, 4384 Cowichan Lake Road, Duncan, BC

Of¿cial Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 3806 proposes to amend Cowichan-Koksilah Of¿cial Community Plan Bylaw No. 1490 by: 1. Adding provisions and guidelines for Special Event Temporary Use Permits. 2. Re-designating part of The South ½ of Section 9, Range 8, Sahtlam District, as shown outlined with a black line and identi¿ed as “Area A” on Map 1, from Suburban Residential to Institutional. 3. Re-designating part of The South ½ of Section 9, Range 8, Sahtlam District, as shown outlined with a black line and identi¿ed as “Area B” on Map 1, from Suburban Residential to Rural Residential/Forestry Conservation. Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 3807 proposes to amend Electoral Area E – Cowichan Station/Sahtlam/Glenora Zoning Bylaw No. 1840 in order to: 1. Add a de¿nition of “shot gun” and amend the de¿nition of “outdoor recreation”. 2. Create a new P-4 Shooting Range Zone that includes the following restrictions: · Outdoor recreational shot gun shooting limited to Tuesday evenings between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. and to not more than two weekends in a calendar month between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.; · Other permitted uses are outdoor recreation, accessory assembly and single family dwelling; · Shooting facilities limited to four trap ¿elds which may include shooting bunkers, two skeet towers that may consist of high and low skeet houses; · One clubhouse, one single family dwelling and accessory buildings and structures permitted; · All trap and skeet ¿elds, shooting bunkers and shooting towers to be a minimum of 100 metres from all property boundaries; · Buildings and structures not to exceed 7.5 metres; · Parcel coverage not to exceed 50%; · Parcels in the P-4 Zone may not be subdivided; · Additional shoot dates and times may be authorized by Special Event Temporary Use Permit. Permits may specify any condition the CVRD Board considers appropriate for managing the impact of the temporary use on residents of the surrounding area. 3. Rezoning part of The South ½ of Section 9, Range 8, Sahtlam District, as shown outlined with a black line and identi¿ed as “Area A” on Map 2, from R-2 (Suburban Residential) to P-4 (Shooting Range). 4. Rezoning part of The South ½ of Section 9, Range 8, Sahtlam District, as shown outlined with a black line and identi¿ed as “Area B” on Map 2, from R-2 (Suburban Residential) to RF-50/50 (Rural Residential/ Forestry Conservation).

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The purpose of Of¿cial Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 3806 and Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 3807 is to: · Permit the existing Cowichan Valley Trap and Skeet Club shot gun range use in zoning rather than as a legal non-conforming use; · Limit shooting facilities on the site to what presently exists, including illegal non-conforming structures; · Limit the times and days when shooting on the property may occur; · Establish a process for authorizing “special event” shoots; · Allow 2 one hectare residential lots and ¿ve hectares of park to be subdivided in the south west corner of the subject property instead of the 2 hectare residential lots the R-2 Zone presently permits. At the public hearing, all persons who deem their interests affected by the proposed amendments will be afforded an opportunity to be heard or to present written submissions on matters contained therein, before representatives of the Regional Board. Prior to the public hearing, submit written comments on the Bylaws by: Fax: 250-746-2621 Email: Mail and/or deposit at the Regional District of¿ce, 175 Ingram Street, Duncan, BC, V9L 1N8 until 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 12, 2014 The public should not assume that correspondence submitted on the proposed Bylaws prior to commencement of the statutory noti¿cation period on, June 2, 2014, will be made available to the Regional Board. Please be advised that the CVRD Board cannot receive correspondence or comment following the close of the public hearing. For further information, please call the Planning & Development Department at 250746-2620. Please note that all correspondence submitted to the CVRD in response to this Notice will form part of the public record and will be published in a meeting agenda that is posted online when this matter is before the Board or a Committee of the Board. The CVRD considers the author’s address relevant to the Board’s consideration of this matter and will disclose this personal information. The author’s phone number and email address is not relevant and should not be included in the correspondence IF the author does not wish this personal information disclosed. Please contact the Planning & Development Department at 250-746-2620 or 1-800-665-3955, or the Recording Secretary at the time of submission. For more information on disclosure, contact the CVRD FOI Coordinator at 250-746-2507 or 1-800-665-3955. The Public Hearing is to be held by Director L. Duncan, Director I. Morrison and Director M. Dorey as delegates of the Board. Decisions concerning the adoption of Bylaws No. 3806 and 3807 will not be made until the record of Public Hearing is presented to the Board. A copy of the proposed Bylaws, the resolution delegating the holding of the public hearing, and other documents that may be considered by the Board in determining whether to adopt the Bylaws are available for public inspection at the Regional District Planning & Development Department of¿ce: 175 Ingram Street, Duncan, BC From Monday, June 2, 2014, to Thursday, June 12, 2014, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. A copy of the Bylaws and supporting material may also be viewed on the CVRD website at the following address: FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT Rob Conway, Manager, Development Services Division, Planning & Development Department at 250-746-2620



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Does the sidewalk really need a power wash?

s the hoses come out with the sunny spring weather, it’s time to stop a minute and think before turning on the tap. The Cowichan Valley is heading into a big time of year for water consumption. It’s also a big time of year for drought. The last couple of years have been great for making summer camping plans as we passed week after week of rainless skies well into September and October, but they haven’t been so great for all the things that need that water to survive and thrive.


Spawning salmon have had to be trucked past spots on the Cowichan River where the mighty watercourse slowed to nothing more than a trickle. This year we hope for better things, as water is being stored in Cowichan Lake longer through use of the weir. The idea is that this “extra” water can be released at a time when it is most needed. (To clarify for worried lakeside property owners, there isn’t actually more water being stored, it is just going to be there longer than in past years.) But it’s not just about the river.



It’s also about the aquifers and lakes and ponds that many of us draw our water from. Those who are on municipal water systems may never have thought about where the water comes from other than their tap when they turn the handle. But that water that gushes out on command comes from somewhere, and it is not an unlimited source. Those who are on wells, particularly older ones, may have a more intimate relationship with where their water comes from and the idea that there’s a finite amount of it to be had

sometimes. It’s not to be taken for granted. In the summer, we all need to live a little more frugally when it comes to using water. We’re not saying you have to stop flushing your toilet. But perhaps it’s a good time to consider installing a low-flow one. And then there are the everyday things. Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth. Turn off the tap in between rinses as you wash your dishes. Perhaps power-washing the sidewalk isn’t the only way to get the job done — maybe a simple

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every man, woman, child, every living thing was affected negatively from this huge burn. To the person who issued the permit and the person who issued the fire, I have no words. We need to move beyond their archaic way of thinking. The number I was given to call is 1-877-952-7277. Record it by your phone and don’t hesitate to call the next time you are filled with smoke. This battle needs to end. It’s time for us to come out of our caves and enjoy the benefits of fresh air. Don’t be afraid to call this number. We need your help.

Counting on VIA Rail to provide any kind of passenger service here on the Island is like trying to hitch up some dinosaurs to a plow. Never again will we be able to make a good business case for heavy rail transport on the Island; as to passenger service the idea of using the “Bud Cars” is unworkable, they are too old and too expensive to maintain and so will be broken down most of the time. VIA Rail is not able to move far enough from their “train train” thinking to even consider the idea of the light rapid transit needed to make passenger service possible and economically feasible. We need to move people quickly, efficiently and on schedules that will make sense. Couple that with the addition of courier services and light freight and the passenger portion of the business becomes the gravy after the expenses are met. Technology has come a long way in the last decade; we can have solar powered pop-up LED crossing barriers that won’t be damaged even if driven over, cameras at crossings that activate when the train is a halfkilometre out so the driver can see what’s up ahead, buses that are able to pull off of the track and proceed to more convenient stations where parking is available. All of this must be considered in order to have a speedy, efficient and useful service. I don’t think VIA Rail can do it.

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broom and dustpan will do the clean-up you want. When you wash the car in the driveway don’t leave the hose running the entire time. That’s literally water down the drain. Your garden doesn’t need to be artificially rained on with the sprinkler every day — you’ll probably drown it if you do that. A good water once per week is all deeper-rooted things need. A couple times a week will suffice for newly-planted veggies and such. So pause for a moment and make a conscious choice about how much water you need.

Smoke in the air a burning issue in Valley I phoned the RCMP Saturday morning and was given a number to call. That led me to someone as concerned as we were about the amount of smoke invading our lives. I was told the Ministry of Forestry had issued a burning permit to someone on Drinkwater Road. The fire must have been massive. We live in the Lakes Road area and have family who tell us the air was hazy in the Tansor Road area as well. That’s a lot of smoke. The Ministry of Environment and Island Health have been telling us for years our air quality is poor and we need to stop the

open burning. Our North Cowichan mayor and council keep putting other issues ahead of this problem. We know that wood smoke stays in our lungs 40 times longer than cigarette smoke. We know that respiratory illness has skyrocketed in this valley. If our elected officials are not being bribed or bullied then what is the reason they allow this burning to continue? To those of you who still burn and feel it’s your right, it is time for you to think of all of us, not just the convenience burning allows you. Our home, our greenhouse filled with organic food, our lungs, the lungs of our pets,


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Hardball negotiations are one thing. But punitive behaviour by local administration towards the teachers fuels further animosity, and more importantly is hurting the students that they are there to serve. Which brilliant mind came up with the idea that restricting the teachers’ access to their worksite before and after school, as well as during lunchtime, would be beneficial to anyone? As a former student of Cowichan Secondary School, I have tremendous respect for the care and devotion that many teachers put into their work. As a student, I was extremely involved in school, playing on the rugby team, working on the yearbook, volunteering with leadership, and putting countless hours into the graduation council. None of these activities would have been possible without the dedicated support of teachers. One thing that I think many of us are forgetting is how tough growing up can be — especially through high school. I can honestly say that I don’t know where I would be today, even who I would be, without the support of my teachers. Most of this support was given out of class time. Teachers can have an impact on students, far beyond teaching how to learn, and mastering the curriculum. They can be very positive role models, by helping with students’ self-confidence and developing other life skills. So, how do you think that insecure, confused student is handling major difficult life events right before exam time and graduation, without the time and encouragement of their mentors? Will they be able to handle the stress? I don’t believe I would have been able to. So I think that it is time that our government and their administration rethinks their negotiating tactics. A good place to start would be dropping punitive measures, and to begin bargaining in good faith.

Dear Premier Clark and Education Minister Fassbender: Why do you fight the teachers union? You might say, “We are right in many ways and the teachers are bickering for no good reason.” To be right is not a reason to fight. Money is not a reason to fight. The only reason you should fight is to defend yourself, your family, your neighbours, your friends, your province and country. And fighting like two young siblings would fight over a toy does not benefit this province. Why, you might ask, are we fighting like children? Here are some reasons. First, you don’t spend enough money on education for the people of British Columbia. I’ve seen and heard of schools closing down because school districts do not have enough money or enough support from the communities and public to stay open. Good education is something that all people of this province and country, no matter who they are, no matter what they’ve done, and no matter what problems they have, deserve. Education should be available to all ages and to those who need it. Second, why do you deny the right for students to learn? You need to comply with school districts to provide money to build and expand schools so teachers can have classes that are less than a limit of

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30 students. A few years ago, you agreed to reduce the limit of classrooms to below 30. Today, what have you done about this? Nothing! Teachers are becoming more stressed than ever because they have so many students and can’t interact with every student one-to-one. Since most teachers have to work late at night to prepare for the following day, they are often tired, stressed and irritated the next day and the next. You are doing this because you want to win an argument that has been going on for more than a decade! This is getting nowhere! Other countries have better education. Our education compared to other countries is a bit disappointing. In conclusion to this letter, by locking out teachers and students, you are denying everyone’s right to learn and to continue learning. For your actions, we have less of a chance to get a job and earn a living. Think of the future. When we become parents, our children may ask us, “Why did you move from B.C.?” We may reply, “Because the government refused to support our education.” Would you like to go down in history as the government of B.C. that refused to support education for their citizens? To not end up like this, stop talking and start supporting education in B.C. Noah Mellemstrand Grade 8 student at Cowichan Secondary


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Tuesday, June 10, 2014 TIME: 7:00 p.m. Mount Brenton Centre 3850 South Oyster School Road, Saltair

Residents of Saltair are invited to attend a follow-up Community Meeting to discuss the possible purchase of Old Mount Brenton School for park and community use as a local recreation centre. Please come out and participate in the discussion. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

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Residents of Cowichan Station, Sahtlam and Glenora (Electoral Area E and parts of Electoral Area F and Electoral Area B) are invited to participate in the upcoming Electoral Area E – Cowichan Station/ Sahtlam/Glenora Of¿cial Community Plan (OCP) review At this early stage in the process, CVRD staff and Area Directors are seeking public input to con¿rm the OCP Plan Area boundary. Key areas to be considered include: • The Sahtlam, Seymour and Chemainus Land Districts (the eastern portion of Electoral Area F, historically within the OCP Plan Area); and

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Are you ready for some chilling entertainment? The new Duncan Showroom is serving it up Friday, June 6 in a special event entitled Neil E. Dee’s Danger Thrill Show. The presentation is billed as “the best and and biggest little stunt show ever” and features such circus-style favourites as sword swallowing, bed of nails, human blockhead, grinder wheel, human dart board, eye socket weight lifting and more. Tickets are $16 in advance or $20 at the door as Neil E. Dee, Heather Eye, Verónica Vex and Fat Matt bring the bizarre to Duncan. It all starts at 9 p.m. upstairs at 133 Station St., so check it out.

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Brentwood College’s amazing young performers are winding up a fantastic season with their special annual presentation, Concert for a Summer’s Eve on at the T.Gil Bunch Theatre on June 6 at 7.30 p.m. It’s been a busy term at the school. In April the concert choir, directed by Elizabeth MacIsaac and assisted by Head of Music Phil Newns, attended the West Coast Concert Choir Festival in Victoria and took away the highest grade from both adjudicators. The vocal jazz show choir, called Tonic Fusion, directed by Newns, and the concert choir, then went on to perform at the Victoria Festival for the Performing Arts. Both the Concert Choir and vocal jazz show choir received excellent feedback from adjudicator Dr. Jean-Marie Kent. “The vocal jazz show choir was awarded the Geraldine Harris Joy of Singing Shield, and not to be outdone, the strings ensemble, directed by MacIsaac, also achieved a mark of 90 per cent, a gold medal stand-

ing, and won the senior school strings category,” Newns said. In May the vocal jazz show choir and the jazz band, also directed by Newns, attended the West Coast Jazz Festival at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo: a regional festival qualifier for the nationals, Musicfest Canada. The vocal jazz show choir earned a superior gold standing was invited to perform at the Nationals in Toronto in 2015. Even with no trombone section, the jazz band still earned an excellent silver ranking. Then it was off to the Musicfest Canada in Richmond where the jazz band once again earned an excellent silver standing and the vocal jazz Show choir followed them this time with a bronze. All of these groups, and many more, will be part of Concert for a Summer’s Eve. Admission is $7, and all proceeds support special needs graduates and Monday Morning Music in the Cowichan Valley. Call 250-743-5521 today to reserve your ticket.

Big names booked for 30th Folk Fest LEXI BAINAS CITIZEN

A special lineup will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Islands Folk Festival at Providence Farm on July 18-20. Artistic director Bobbie Blue said last week that she and her team are bringing in Spirit of the West, Murray McLauchlan, Ridley Bent and Tannis Slimmon, as well as Chris Chandler and Paul Benoit, and Daniel Lapp. Also coming to the festival this year are five performers from the very first festival held at Providence Farm in 1985: Al Eskelson, Deb Maike, Jenny Allen, Mike Ballan-

tyne and Paul Ruszel. In blues news look for Dave Harris, David Essig, David Gogo and Tim Williams. There are a handful of bands for the dancing folks, too, including Alpha Yaya Diallo, Gary Comeau & Cannery Row, Incendio, Locarno, Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes Blues Band and, of course, some singer songwriters like Andrews & Lawrence, Jake Galbraith and Mark Stuart. Tickets are now available online at, so drop in to the website and book them now for special summer weekend at this very special festival.


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Wetaskiwin and a training base PRESERVED: at Comox before returning to Duncan. In the 1960s Cdr. Windeyer was reminded of one of his wartime experiences while commanding the St. Laurent. When Capt. J.J. Tremayne paid his first visit to Vancouver in command of the Guinean motor ship Simandou, he loss of the Windeyer he contacted the Province marine farmhouse and barn must columnist Norman Hacking and rank as among the more told how he’d been torpedoed in regrettable bumps along the long the North Atlantic and rescued road to heritage recognition and by the St. Laurent. Did Hacking conservation in the Cowichan know how he could get in touch Valley. with her commanding Today this historic officer, a Cdr. Windfarm is the site of eyer? the British ColumHacking found the bia Forest Discovery former naval officer at Centre, formerly the his farm in Duncan, Cowichan/B.C. Forintroduced the two est Museum. It might and they became good be argued that, if friends over the years museums can’t look when Tremayne’s ship CHRONICLES after their heritage called at B.C. ports. T.W. Paterson buildings, should Tremayne was one of — can — anyone? only six men of HMS For years, Somenos Farm was a Fidelity who were rescued by a Valley landmark, situated as it whaleboat from the St. Laurent. was in such a high-profile locaUpon his return to ‘Civvy Street,’ tion beside the Island Highway Cdr. Windeyer had to make a and the lake. In some ways it’s living, and he applied for a job almost ironic that Guy Stanley at the Chemainus sawmill. He Windeyer and Irish wife Irene was assigned, according to the were decades ahead of their time late Allan Gadsden, to the green in their attitude to organic garchain, which required that he dening and disposal of waste. remove the sawn lumber from Time has caught up with the the conveyor belt as it was cut. theory that they promoted in 1956 It’s a strenuous, demanding and but has virtually obliterated all potentially dangerous job, but evidence of their efforts to put it one regarded by mill workers as into practice. lower status. It was the Windeyers’ belief that One day, Gadsden recalled in the day would come when “the 1999, a foreman whistled to get problem of urban waste disposal Windeyer’s attention. Ignored, will be solved hygienically and he stalked over to the man who’d profitably to promote a thriving commanded war ships, and secondary industry on the Island barked, “Didn’t you hear me and at the same time ensure the whistle?” citizen of an ample supply of Windeyer acknowledged that he fresh, locally-grown foodstuffs” had but that he didn’t “see any We might think that ‘organic’ is dogs around”. a very modern phenomenon but He continued to work at the mill the Windeyers fully understood for several years in the security its meaning and potential import- department while working on the ance long before it became an side to develop the family farm. essential element in our current Success didn’t come easily, noted philosophy. the Leader upon Irene’s death, in His dedication to the soil seems 1980: “The gentle life they left in all the more remarkable when England left them ill-prepared for one considers his outstanding life as farmers in the Cowichan naval career in both world wars. Valley. [But] they set aside their Educated at the Royal Naval Colelegant silverware and took up lege, Osbourne, as a cadet and the broad axe and cleared the later at Dartmouth College, he land for farming. [Sic! This was served in the Royal Navy as a 161933, not the 1800s!]” year-old midshipman during the This account, a succession of First World War, later in Malta errors, went on to note their sucand the China Station. He met cessful breeding of pure-bred Irene in Ireland and they settled Ayrshire cattle, their market at Somenos Lake in 1933. During farm, bakery and jam sales that the Second World War he served ultimately employed a dozen in the Royal Canadian Navy, com- people. manding the destroyer HMCS St Laurent, the frigate HMCS (To be continued)


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Sunrise students add colour downtown with new mural LEXI BAINAS CITIZEN

“We are delighted to inform you that public art is back in downtown Duncan,” read the email from MaryAnn Hartley of the Duncan Business Improvement Area. Naturally, we rushed over to see what was happening at 148 Ingram St. Grade 4 students from Sunrise Waldorf School were painting their interpretations of the downtown Duncan’s iconic totem poles on the Telus building wall. “The Duncan BIA has tried for quite some time to beautify this wall with a mural and finally gained approval from the City for the project this spring. Peter Fox and his staff at Telus have been hugely supportive throughout,” Hartley said. It all started with a totem tour. “Lisa Hitch, the Grade 4 Waldorf teacher, brought her children downtown for a Totem Tour with our guide last September and then they sat in the park and sketched some of the totems. “They then went back to the school, painted the sketches and Lisa emailed me a letter of thanks with a picture of their totems. I was so captured by the colour and vibrancy of the art that it sparked another attempt by the BIA to


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seek approval from the City for the installation of a mural, featuring children’s art and our renowned totems. The project was approved and we can now see the beginning of this awesome mural,” Hartley said. She said that the school and its supporters added their efforts to selling to the project to council, especially Jerry and Liz Ringrose, who, along with Hitch have guided every detail along the way with Jerry Ringrose prepping and designing the site and ensuring that all technical, artistic and safety details are addressed and implemented. “The Duncan BIA is thrilled to be a part of this wonderful community project which will enhance and beautify downtown Duncan while showcasing the artistic talents of Cowichan Valley children. Our hope is that this will lead to more public art,” Hartley said.

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Aidan Doyle climbs the ranks to top spot in Canada KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN


16th in AAA; Brentwood 8th, Kelsey 11th in AA KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN

ing 15 unable to play. We went in with a shortage, but we still competed well.” After a 50-20 win over Glenlyon Norfolk on day one, Brentwood fell 10-9 to Hugh McRoberts, the eventual bronze medallists, in the quarterfinals, then lost 12-10 to Mulgrave on day three. “We had opportunities, but we didn’t take them, so instead of third, we came seventh,” Medina noted. The team included 12 Grade 11s who gained valuable experience this year. Grade 12 Tom Sambell was named to the Commissioner’s XV. “He always puts in a solid performance,” Medina said. “He’s a good player. He was on the First XV last year, so he had a lot of experience, but there was a lot of inexperience around him. The Frances Kelsey Breakers, in their first provincial tournament since 2006, beat Glenlyon Norfolk 36-14 on the last day of play to finish 11th, an improvement over their pre-tournament ranking of 13th. “[That was] amazing, considering this was just the third year Kelsey has had a team consecutively, and I had thoughts of possibly making the provincials after four or five years,” head coach Craig Schmidt said. The Breakers lost 47-12 to St. Michael’s University School in the first round at Brentwood, but won their first game in Abbotsford 12-7 over L.V. Rogers in overtime on a heroic try by captain Rhys Fowler, who would go on to represent Kelsey on the Commissioner’s XV. On day three, Kelsey lost 23-14 to Sir Charles Tupper. With a year of experience and unexpected success, Kelsey is set up for a promising future. “The core of our team are in Grade 10 this year, so we are looking to do well the next couple of years as well,” Schmidt said. “The players are so proud to have put Kelsey back on the map in high school rugby.”

After reigning atop high school boys rugby for the last five years, Shawnigan Lake School suffered a setback in the AAA final last Saturday, finishing second in the province after a 15-12 loss to St. George’s. It wasn’t the result head coach Tim Murdy was hoping for, but he kept it in perspective. “It means we lost,” he said. “Good lesson in life, and in sport, for the guys. You don’t always win. The New Zealand All Blacks are the world’s best rugby team, ranked No. 1 year after year, and yet they had a rugby world cup drought from 1987 until 2011.” Shawnigan opened the tournament with a 34-0 win over Gleneagle on day one at Brentwood College, then narrowly defeated Yale 26-20 in the quarterfinals after the tournament resumed in Abbotsford, followed by a 35-13 win over Lord Byng in the semifinals. Ben McKinnon, who was named to the Commissioner’s XV, and Matt Beukeboom scored for Shawnigan in the final, and Conor O’Neill kicked a conversion. This year didn’t work out as Shawnigan expected, but Murdy is optimistic about a return to form in 2015. “We will be very strong,” he said. “We have 16 of the 26 in the squad returning next year.” Cowichan Secondary finished 16th in the AAA tournament, closing out with a 26-19 loss to South Kamloops. Brock Gowanlock and Ethan Burke scored and Kyle Joe kicked two conversions as the teams finished he first half even at 14-14. Cowichan dominated the second half, but Eddy Walt’s lone try was all they could muster and Kamloops managed to slip ahead. “We competed very well at the tournament and were competitive in all our matches,” coach Ron Glass said. “It was fantastic for Cowichan to qualify for the tournament after some close qualifying battles. The teams ranked ninth to 16th are very even in strength and on any given day could defeat each other.” Cowichan had lost to Oak Bay in the first round of play at BrentJune 24 - 26th, 2014 wood, but got back on the winning $425.00/PP track on day two in Abbotsford with a 5-0 win over Handsworth on EXCITING a try by Gowanlock, who would go BASEBALL... ✔ Rooms includes on to represent the Thunderbirds at Safeco Field on the Commissioner’s XV. On ✔ Tickets day three, Cowichan lost 27-0 to with Fun and ✔ Breakfast Semiahmoo. Entertainment! ✔ Dinner or Lunch Voucher In the AA bracket, a battered and bruised Brentwood team finished LIMITED SEATING! ✔ Casinos and Outlet Malls ✔ 2 Nights at Tulalip Resort seventh, beating D.W. Poppy 27-19 in their tournament-ender. “It was a shocking year for injurMUST HAVE VALID PASSPORT ies,” coach Tony Medina said. “We For more info ended up with 10 of our start-

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WHAT A GREAT DAY! More than 700 hundred kids of all ages enjoyed the fun and learning experience of our first children’s education day. Who would have guessed that families from the Cowichan Valley could eat so many hot dogs and enjoy so many hamburgers and all the while learning a little bit about our local forest history? Through-out the day the train was full of smiling faces; kids, parents, conductors and of course Ron, Mark and Dave our 3 engineers. We have lots more special days and events planned throughout the Summer Season…and we would love all of you to come out and enjoy the fun. We truly are proud supporters of our community and we pledge to continue our support of local education and family values in an effort to help make the Cowichan Valley the best place to live in B.C. (it probably is already). Thanks again from all the staff and volunteers at the B.C. Forest Discovery Centre.

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Pee wee pair makes it through Team BC camp KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN

Two Cowichan Valley pee wee lacrosse players found themselves in the running at the selection camp for the provincial team last month, and one will go on to represent B.C. at nationals. Cameron Lumb and Devyn Zunti were among the last 30 players in camp in Langley on May 17, Lumb made the final cut, and will be donning the Team BC jersey in Coquitlam in August. “I kind of thought [the coach] was joking at the start,” Lumb said, expressing his disbelief at making the final squad. The players’ started their journey with Island tryouts at Fuller Lake Arena, and were among 68 from across B.C. to attend the final camp in Langley. They were both pumped to make the final 30 and play in a showcase game for the coaches. “It was pretty exciting,” Zunti admitted.


Pee wee Cowichan Valley Thunder players Cameron Lumb and Devyn Zunti. [KEVIN ROTHBAUER/CITIZEN] As pleased as he was to make it most of the way through the selection process, Zunti was disappointed not to be picked for the final team. “I was kind of sad I didn’t make it,” he said, acknowledging he’s proud of his teammate for making the cut.

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D e s i r a e R i d e n o u r , M aya Munzar and Jason Sandquist were among several Cowichan Valley athletes with impressive results at the Subaru Shawnigan Lake Triathlon on May 25. Cowichan Bay’s Ridenour was the top female finisher in the high school super sprint division, the Western Canadian championship for students ages 12-15, completing the 500m swim, 10km bike and 4km run in 47 minutes and 51 seconds. Munzar, of Cobble Hill, finished second among female athletes in the high school sprint, the Western Canadian championship for students ages 16-18, completing the 500m swim, 22km bike and 5km run in one hour, 10 minutes and 13 seconds, just 19 seconds back of winner Megan Kinghorn of Victoria. Munzar was also second among female athletes in the overall spring category, where she beat all Cowichan Valley athletes, male and female. Sandquist placed second overall among all entries in the Olympic distance, completing the 1.5km swim, 44km bike and 10km run in 2:10:22, just 43 seconds behind Penticton’s Wade Carlson. Another Penticton athlete, Justin Birks, was the overall winner in the half iron distance — 1.9km swim, 88km bike, 21km run — with a time of 4:07:17. Tenille Hoogland of Victoria was the top women’s finisher at 4:37:05. The lone entry from the Cowichan Valley was Cowichan Bay’s Roger Van Nieuwkerk, who finished in 6:01:15, good for fifth in the men’s 45-49 age group. The top women’s finisher in the Olympic distance was Brit Cooper of Victoria, with a time of 2:28:13. In addition to Sandquist, other Cowichan Valley finishers included Johnathan Tillie (Duncan, 2:26:19), Paul Auton (Duncan, 2:28:39), Chris Cochrane (Duncan, 2:30:46), Rudy Massimo (Shawnigan Lake, 2:41:29), Steven Sharpe (Ladysmith, 2:41:39), Robert Lamothe (Mill Bay, 2:46:36), Petrus Klopper

(Ladysmith, 2:55:08), Alexander Daether (Chemainus, 2:55:09), Kim Simons (Duncan, 2:59:17), Garth Fuller (Malahat, 3:08:12), Ian Bartlett (Cobble Hill, 3:08:57), Fiona Dalrymple (Shawnigan Lake, 3:12:28), James Ramsey (Duncan, 3:14:23), Luann McCallum (Duncan, 3:20:23), and Gord Webster (Cobble Hill, 3:32:15). The first male across the line in the high school sprint was Carsten Lapointe of Vancouver, with a time of 1:03:27. The field included Esmee Zinkan (Shawnigan Lake, 1:21:06), Jose Sterling (Shawnigan Lake, 1:22:59), Sean Vinik (Shawnigan Lake, 1:36:49), Christina Dal Pozzo (Shawnigan Lake, 1:42:42), Whitney Dluhosh (Mill Bay, 1:48:35), Sean Morris (Shawnigan Lake, 1:51:03), Sydney Brown (Mill Bay, 1:54:17). Other sprint finishers outside of the high school championships included Nick Patenaude (Shawnigan Lake, 1:13:49), Lisa Helmer (Shawnigan Lake, 1:14:19), Cam McDiarmid (Mill Bay, 1:14:25), Lesley Hartford (Mill Bay, 1:15:36), Jill Ramstead (Duncan, 1:15:44), Jim Broere (Mill Bay, 1:18:05), Paul Klassen (Cobble Hill, 1:19:03), Brad Sinclair (Mill Bay, 1:19:11), Christopher Brown (Shawnigan Lake, 1:20:50), Frazer Dalrymple (Shawnigan Lake, 1:21:21), Kim Shockey (Duncan, 1:24:30), Adrienne Hollings (Shawnigan Lake, 1:24:58), Alison Keple (Duncan, 1:29:57), Chase Robertson (Shawnigan Lake, 1:31:03), Francene Benoit (Shawnigan Lake, 1:31:52), Diane Bomans (Shawnigan Lake, 1:33:45), Jenn Symonds (Mill Bay, 1:34:44), Jenn De Valk (Mill Bay, 1:36:07), Neil Hamilton (Duncan, 1:36:08), Richard Anderson (Cobble Hill, 1:38:07), Erika Lucas (Duncan, 1:45:37), and Sarah Westgate (Cobble Hill, 1:48:35). First place in the high school super sprint went to Noah Beglaw of Keremeos, with a time of 44:30. Entries from the Cowichan Valley also included Jeremy Kissack (Mill Bay, 51:52), and Keating Teft (Cowichan Bay, 1:10:04).

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QMS athletes celebrate their major awards on May 26. From right: Kelsea Sebastian, Alice Young, Miranda Lebeuf, Alexis Elliott, Brooke Reynolds, Juliet Westlake, Abby Wadsworth, Emma Benson and Mckaylee Catcher. [SUBMITTED]

QMS athletes honoured after successful year of sports KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN

As they prepare to wrap up their time at Queen Margaret’s School, standout Grade 12s Juliet Westlake and Abby Wadsworth were among many athletes celebrated at the annual awards ceremony on May 22. Westlake, who calls Maple Bay home, was named Senior Athlete of the Year and also collected the badminton MVP and senior volleyball Spirit Award, while Wadsworth, who lives in Duncan, was named Offensive Player of the Year for field hockey and senior MVP for track and field, and took home the Coach’s Award. Both athletes have been at the school for six years, although Wadsworth’s connection goes back even farther, since she started riding horses there in Grade 3. This is the second year that Westlake, who also took part in field hockey and

track and field as well as riding, has been the school’s Senior Athlete of the Year. “It’s pretty special because I got it two years in a row,” she said. “This school gives you a lot of opportunities, and it means a lot to be recognized for my hard work and work ethic.” The Coach’s Award presented to Wadsworth honours her positive attitude, sportsmanship, dedication and commitment. Wadsworth is also a rider in addition to being on the field hockey and track teams. It means a lot to her to be recognized in her last year at QMS. “Sports have been a big part of my life ever since I was young,” she said. Wadsworth got a taste of the provincial championships in track and field, placing second on the Island in high jump to qualify for the B.C. meet, where she made the top 10. Westlake nearly reached the same level as the QMS volleyball team earned Island bronze and


qualified to play in a wildcard tournament for a provincial berth. As they graduate, both athletes will head to the University of Victoria next year, Westlake studying psychology and Wadsworth P.E., but they agree they will miss the QMS atmosphere. “After six years, you develop relationships with the teachers, coaches, horses,” Westlake said. Other major award winners included Kelsea Sebastian, who was named junior volleyball and basketball MVP as well as Junior Athlete of the Year, and Mckaylee Catcher, who took home the senior basketball MVP and Spirit of the Royals awards. Grade 8 track star Madison Heisterman, who jumped up a level and won gold in the 1500m and silver in the 800m at provincials, was named Junior MVP in track and field and won the Vernon Trophy for her equestrian efforts.

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This is your opportunity to see what has been identi¿ed in your community as present and future park and trail opportunities, and to provide additional input prior to completion of the Parks & Trails Master Plan for Electoral Area A - Mill Bay/Malahat. This Plan will guide local park and trail acquisition, development and operation over the next 10-20 years within the community of Mill Bay/Malahat. Join us for discussion and input at the Open House: DATE: PLACE:

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WEDNESDAY – June 4th 7 pm - Lady of the Lake Opportunity Night – Upper Community Hall – $5.00 admission

FRIDAY – June 6th 5:30 pm - Lady of the Lake Grand Ball – Upper Centennial Hall – tickets are to be bought in advance ONLY, $30.00 at the Footwear Center. Tickets go on sale May 16 and sell fast. 6:00 – 7:30 pm – Young Performers – Saywell Park Stage – Amanda Nixon, Mary McGill, Alyssa Waser, Julie Black, Chad Best Allan 7:30 – 8:30 pm – Terry Brennan – Saywell Park Stage

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SATURDAY – June 7th 7:30 am – 10:30 am – Breakfast in the Town – at Town Office – sponsored by CVRD Areas ‘F’ & ‘I’ 11:00 am – Grand Parade – South Shore Road During the Parade, South Shore Rd will be closed from Neva Rd (OK Tire) through to Wellington Rd (IDA Pharmacy) 12:30-1:00 pm – Logger Sports Exhibition – Saywell Park 12:00 – 2:00 pm – The Good Times Band – Saywell Park Stage 1:00 pm – Magician – Saywell Park 1:30-2:00 pm – Logger Sports Exhibition – Saywell Park 2:00-2:45 pm - Lady of the Lake Crowning – Saywell Park Stage 2:30-3:00 pm – Logger Sports Exhibition – Saywell Park 3:00 pm – Magician – Saywell Park 3:00 – 5:00 pm – Mazimba Marimba – Saywell Park Stage 5:00-8:00 pm – Jan Matthews in Overdrive – Saywell Park Stage 6:00 pm – Town Steak Dinner. Dinner will be hosted and served by members of the Town Counsel. - Saywell Park Tickets for the Town Steak Dinner available at the Town Hall. 9:00 pm – 1 am - Dance the night away Featuring Cosmic Video Dance Party – Tickets $15 each. Doors open at 8:30. – Cowichan Lake Sports Arena SUNDAY – June 8th 10:00 am – Build Bail and Sail – construction – Saywell Park 11:00 am – Baby of the Lake Contest – Saywell Park 12:00 pm - Kinducky Derby- finish line at the car bridge 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm - Children’s races and activities sponsored by Community Service – Saywell Park 1:00 pm - Build Bail and Sail Races – Saywell Park 1:00 – 3:00 pm – Eddie and the Funk – Saywell Park Stage 3:00 pm - Road Hockey Finals – Saywell Park



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Monolithic May for Mill Bay’s Mandur KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN

Tristan Mandur has been golfing well above his age range lately. The 15-year-old from Mill Bay has collected three huge results in the last few weeks, more than holding his own against fields of experienced men and fellow high school students. “I’ve been playing really solid,” he admitted, giving credit for his success to his father and caddy Tibor and to Henry Zipser and Greg Pidlaski at Arbutus Ridge. On the May long weekend, Mandur won the men’s amateur at Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Course, shooting 68 on the first day, followed by a course recordtying 63 on the second day, to win by five strokes.

“My putts were dropping,” he said. “I was really confident.” On May 24 and 25, Mandur placed second at the Zone 5 championships behind Victoria veteran Kevin Carrigan, the two-time defending Canadian Men’s MidAmateur champ. Mandur shot 68-70 at Royal Colwood to finish three strokes back of Carrigan and secured the second spot on the four-man Zone 5 team for the B.C. championships. Mandur and Carrigan were the only two golfers to shoot under par. “I was really looking forward to playing with him [Carrigan] on the second day,” Mandur said. “I was nervous, but my dad held me down. He made me not so nervous.” Last week, Mandur had the top

individual result at the provincial AA high school championships at Pheasant Glen in Qualicum Beach, shooting three-under both days to win by four strokes. “Last year I was second, so it was one of my goals,” he said. “I really wanted to redeem myself.” It was “awesome,” Mandur said, to win the tourney as a Grade 9. The Shawnigan Lake School team, including Mandur, Kevin Wa n g , A a ro n N g and Ky l e Anderson, came fourth out of 12 schools. Next, Mandur is hoping to qualify for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. He’s headed to a qualifying tournament in Washington later this month, and if he makes it, he’ll head to Texas in late July for the championship.

Tristan Mandur accepts the award for winning the men’s amateur at Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Course on the May long weekend. [SUBMITTED]

Dynamics wrap up competition with a big day at Garden City Invitational

Duncan Dynamics gymnasts brought home a huge medal haul as they wrapped up the competitive season at the Garden City invitational in Panorama last month. In Argo 1 2005, all three Dynamics gymnasts earned at least one medal. Sophie Chernykh was second all-around (silver on floor, bronze on beam, fifth on bars, sixth on vault), Lola Owen was sixth all-around (bronze on floor, sixth on beam, eighth on vault, 13th on bars), and Chloe Schoyen was eighth all-around (bronze on vault, seventh on floor, 11th on bars, 12th on beam). In Argo 1 2004, the Dynamics collected six medals, including gold all-around and on floor for Anna Akhurst, and gold on beam for Sadie Manley. Akhurst also finished third on vault and bars, and ninth on beam, while Man-

ley was fourth on bars, eighth on vault and 12th on floor to finish fifth all-around. Also representing the Duncan club were Jenna Laughland (silver on beam, sixth on vault, seventh on bars and ninth on floor, fourth all-around), Weilee David (fifth on floor, sixth on beam, eighth on vault, 11th on bars, seventh all-around), and Amelia Cannon (14th on beam and vault, 15th on floor, 16th on bars and all-around). The Dynamics claimed three of the top four all-around spots in Tyro 1, led by Claire InnesLinge, who was first all-around (gold on bars and floor, fourth on vault and beam). In second all-around was Birkley Anderson (gold on floor, silver on vault, fourth on bars, fifth on floor), and in fourth was Trinity Page (silver on beam, bronze on floor, sixth on vault and ninth on bars). Two

more Dynamics gymnasts earned medals: Mia Luna with silver on vault and bronze on bars, and Bailey McMillan with silver on floor. McMillan placed seventh all-around (sixth on bars, ninth on beam, 11th on floor), and Luna was eighth (sixth on floor, 14th on beam). Rounding out the contingent were Emma Bruce (seventh on bars, 10th on vault, 11th on floor and beam, 10th all-around), Mia Fahey (fifth on beam, 10th on floor, 14th on vault, 15th on bars, 13th all-around) and Sienna Quast (sixth on floor, 13th on bars, 14th on beam, 15th on vault, 14th all-around). Chloe Oliveira placed first allaround in Novice/Open 1, taking gold on beam, silver on bars and vault, and bronze on floor. Behind her were Jaden Findlater (third on vault, bars and beam, fifth on floor, third all-around), Jasmin Wilson

(gold on floor, fourth on beam, fifth on vault and bars, fourth allaround), and Gracie Innes (silver on floor, fourth on vault and bars, fifth on beam and all-around). Brooklyn Stobbe earned silver on floor and bronze on beam in Argo 2 2005-2007, and was fourth on vault and 12th on bars to place fifth all-around. In Tyro 2 2003, Tahara Brown finished third overall (bronze on beam, fourth on bars and floor, ninth on vault), and Cheyenne MacKeil was ninth (silver on beam, 10th on bars, 11th on vault, 12th on floor). Sarah Deschamps took gold on vault and silver on floor in Tyro 2 2002, and was sixth on bars and ninth on beam to finish sixth all-around. In P2 Novice 2001, Gabrielle Austin took gold on vault, silver on floor, bronze on beam and fourth on vault to place

second all-around. In Novice 2 2000, Kylae Darby placed fifth-all around (silver on vault and floor, sixth on bars and beam), and in Novice 3, Trystinna Bailey was ninth all-around (sixth on floor, eighth on floor, ninth on vault and beam). The Dynamics also had two PreArgo competitors: Avaling David (gold on vault and floor, silver on bars, bronze on beam, silver all-around), and Khrystyna Yaremyn (gold on floor, silver on vault, bronze on bars and beam, silver all-around). Another local gymnast, Mia Butcher, who trains with Falcon Gymnastics in Victoria, performed well at the meet, winning four medals Tyro 2. Butcher collected silver on bars and vault and bronze on beam and finished eighth on floor to place third all-around.

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