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Maple Bay volunteer firefighters battle a blaze in an attached garage on Magnolia Place early Sunday afternoon. The flames were confined to the garage, but the rest of the house sustained smoke damage. [KEVIN ROTHBAUER/CITIZEN]

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Maple Bay volunteer firefighters were able to prevent a fire from spreading through a Magnolia Place home on Sunday. The fire started in the detached garage, and for the most part, the firefighters were able to keep it

there, although the rest of the home did sustain smoke damage. “We got there and got it knocked down before it made it into the living portion of the house,” Maple Bay deputy fire chief Mike Dunn said. “No flames got through.” The call for the fire came in just before noon, and about 20

firefighters were on the scene for just over two hours. The residents were away from the house when the blaze started. “Nobody was hurt,” Dunn said. “It was just property loss, and property can be replaced easily enough.” The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

E-cigarettes will now be banned on school properties in the Cowichan Valley. Following the urging of Paul Hasselback, medical health officer at Island Health, School District 79’s advisory council asked Trustee Mike McKay to include the new-style smoking devices in the district’s smoke-free environment policy and he did so at the April 30 meeting. Schools Superintendent Joe Rhodes explained the need for action. “We had unanimous support for that change. It’s starting to surface in our schools. Students are starting to come on property and attempt to use electronic cigarettes,” he said. “We felt very strongly that we should support what the medical health officer was recommending. So, you will see the changes embedded in the policy in terms of defining what is prohibited.” McKay said he supported the idea. “I think it is something that needs to be moved on quickly in response to a rapid increase in access to this. There are health concerns, there are safety concerns. There are concerns that the e-cigarettes can house

Dr. Paul Hasselback, Island Health a whole bunch of different things.” The trustee called for a “firm but gentle implementation plan.” Rhodes assured him that information was already going out about the health hazards and the district was now going to go forward with implementing its new policy. “I heard some stories from my other district about the problems they are bumping into with these e-cigarettes,” McKay added. “It’s quite shocking. I’m pleased to see we’re ahead of the game in Cowichan.” See SOME FLAVOURS, Page 4

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North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP briefly closed the Trans Canada Highway south of the Silver Bridge Friday afternoon when a man on the pedestrian walkway above the road threatened to commit suicide. RCMP Spokesperson Cpl. Krista Hobday said a 19-year-old man called police himself just before 1 p.m., saying he was upset and threatening to kill himself. “That indicates to us that they actually want help,” said Hobday. The man allowed police to take him into custody without incident. He was transported to hospital for assessment and further treatment if required. Hobday said he is not the same man who threatened to jump from the same pedestrian overpass in March. That 17-year-old young man did not call police himself; police were instead notified by passing motorists. Witnesses to Friday’s incident identified the young man as being First Nations. In May of 2012 Cowichan Tribes declared a state of emergency

due to a high number of suicide alerts — 52 between January and May of that year — and four Cowichan Tribes members who did end their lives. Cowichan Tribes Chief William Seymour said in April that he didn’t have exact figures, but the numbers have improved since then, though there has been a recent uptick in incidents. “They’ve gone down, and now they’re starting to pick up again,” he said. “It’s starting to kick in again and it’s related to the time of the year, I think.” Seymour said he is waiting for a report on the situation that should be coming soon. “We’re still in a state of emergency,” he said. He said there is a plan to host a gathering of elders from up and down the Island who will get together to talk to Tribes youths, but details have not yet been finalized. “We’ve been working hard, but I do know the numbers have gone down,” Seymour said. “Once the reports are finalized and approved by council then it will probably be released.”

When the state of emergency was declared in 2012 a number of issues were identified as possible contributors to the problem including high unemployment and a sense of hopelessness, and the erosion of traditional rights in areas such as hunting and fishing.

Saturday A second man climbed the same pedestrian walkway Saturday afternoon threatening suicide. Police were alerted to the incident through a number of 911 calls that came in at 2:30 p.m. from concerned motorists and bystanders. Police closed the road for 20 minutes and a negotiator was able to talk the man down. The man was transported to hospital for assessment. Three recent incidents at the same site has brought up the issue of security on the overpass. The possibility of installing wire mesh on the bridge to prevent people from climbing over the railing would have to be addressed by the municipality or the Ministry of Transportation, said Hobday.

Stopped motorists watch as North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP officers restrain a man who threatened suicide Friday afternoon. [ANDREA RONDEAU/CITIZEN]

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Water safe as system chlorinated ANDREA RONDEAU CITIZEN

Residents in the Maple Bay area may be able to taste or smell a bit of chlorine in their water, as the Municipality of North Cowichan works to get rid of a low grade bacterial count in the water supply. There is no health risk to water users and tap water can continue to be used for all purposes, the municipality assured in a press release Friday. “This is not that rare,” said Robert Bell, assistant operations manager for the municipality. “We try to avoid it at all costs


but it is a luxury to run unchlorinated, and it’s sometimes truly unavoidable in order to keep the water safe.” The low grade bacterial count was detected during regular monthly testing conducted by North Cowichan, where four to

five water samples from around the municipality are tested each week. An April 28 sample tested with levels that required the addition of chlorine to the water in three reservoirs to bring it back to normal. North Cowichan’s chlorinefree system is something that takes effort to maintain, said Bell. To that end, starting on Monday, May 12 the municipality will begin their routine annual maintenance flushing of the entire South End water system, which will include chlorinating the water. It will last for three to four weeks.

Some flavours aimed at youths: Coun. Bob Day SCHOOL, From Page 1 Hasselback also spoke about e-cigarettes to Lake Cowichan town council recently. Coun. Bob Day asked Hasselback, who was giving a report to council, what Island Health was considering doing about e-cigarettes. “Some of the flavours available indicate they are definitely aimed at young people. Do you have an

opinion or is Island Health looking at any recommendations to government?” Day asked. “We are certainly looking at this,” Hasselback responded. “If we roll back the time a bit, last year we had sent a letter to councils asking them to look at tobacco reduction. “E-cigarettes were not included in that but I do think it is part of a larger package. You start with tobacco control efforts and imple-


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NOTICE OF COMMUNITY MEETING Residents of Cowichan Station/Sahtlam/Glenora are invited to attend a Community Meeting on May 13, 2014. Your Area Director and CVRD staff will provide an update and information on the following topics: · 2014 Electoral Area E Budget and CVRD Tax Information · 50/50 Recreation Tax Dollars, a Shared Expenditure Agenda · Potential Cowichan Sportsplex Funding Referendum Come out and participate in the discussion DATE: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 TIME: 7:00 p.m. PLACE: Sahtlam Firehall: 4384 Cowichan Lake Road For more information please contact: Jacob Ellis, Senior Policy Advisor Tel: 250-746-2520 Email:

After a lengthy search for the safest location, North Cowichan is now going ahead with a new skate park on the former Chemainus Elementary School site. The park, which is expected to be between 6,000 and 9,000 square feet in size will accommodate bikes, skateboards, scooters and in-line skates. “We’re getting very close,” said North Cowichan Mayor Jon Lefebure. “It is very exciting.” It’s taken years to find just the right place. “We held a very good public meeting in the multi-purpose room at Chemainus Secondary last June and got very strong agreement both on locating the skate park on the old elementary school site and generally in the centre of the western boundary of that piece of property,” he said. “We have asked our parks and rec director, Ernie Mansueti, to consult with the youth especially in terms of the design and bring back a proposed design to council for final approval because we’d like to build it this year,” Lefebure continued. A site had to meet several parameters. “We were looking for a site that was easy for kids to get to, one that was open to public view, too,” he said. “We were definitely concerned because we know there are some predators who, with regards to drugs or otherwise, who might take advantage of that situation if they were unobserved.” Other sites were ruled out because wet leaves in autumn might curtail use, he said, adding, “This one is also close to where the

majority of users go every day.” North Cowichan got the land from the school district fairly simply because the municipal clerk discovered the municipality had given the property by bylaw for school use and when it was no longer needed for that it was to be returned. “The school district also had a good reason because there is a large elementary school building and gymnasium that have to be taken down at quite a cost. It all fit together and we now do own the property again.” North Cowichan has the money in the budget and council is keen to get moving, he said. “We are confident we can build the skate park and then build the rest of the park around that without compromising the site in any way,” Lefebure said. “It is exciting and encouraging to see the kids in our community engaged in the design process for the skate park and eager to see this facility built.” The local police are happy, too. “Safety in our community is a top priority, and we applaud North Cowichan for moving forward with this project,” said Ray Carfantan, Officer in Charge of the Duncan-North Cowichan RCMP detachment. “When communities provide these types of recreational facilities, it steers skaters away from roads and sidewalks improving safety for participants, pedestrians and motorists,” he added. According to North Cowichan, the municipality will hold another community meeting to review the overall concept plan for the former school site.


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Apology and retraction On May 2, the Cowichan Valley Citizen printed an article which stated that John L. Harmon was convicted of assault and uttering threats. This was an error. We hereby retract such statements. In fact, both charges against Mr. Harmon were stayed by the Crown and a Recognisance to Keep the Peace was entered into by Mr. Harmon. Mr. Harmon was not convicted of any charges. The Cowichan Valley Citizen unequivocally apologizes to Mr. Harmon for our error.

Rodney MacKinnon is missing.

This map was sent out by the Stz’uminus First Nation detailing the extent of the traditional territory they are claiming, which covers many of the waters off the Cowichan coastline. [SUBMITTED]

First Nation claims traditional waters, bans all boat traffic KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN

Frustrated with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ “mismanagement” and failure to recognize mandated aboriginal fishing rights, the Stz’uminus First Nation has vowed to ban boat traffic from a wide swath of water off the east coast of Vancouver Island. “Until further notice, we will prohibit access to our waters by all vessels including but not limited to commercial fishing vessels, DFO vessels and any nonnative civilians and government officials,” Stz’uminus Chief John Elliott said in a statement released last Friday. Attached to the statement was a map of the blockade zone — the Stz’uminus core territory. The area stretches from Sansum Narrows north of Maple Bay to Dodds Narrows north of Nanaimo, and includes all waters around Galiano, Valdes, Thetis and Penelakut islands. As of Tuesday morning, no action had yet been taken to prohibit access to the waters. “At this time, the Stz’uminus First Nation has not blocked any fishery from DFO or commercial fishers,” the DFO said in a statement. “Fisheries and Oceans Canada manages fisheries resources to allow for sustainable fishing opportunities. Officials are engaged in ongoing discussions with the Stz’uminus to understand their concerns and interest. When needed, DFO and the RCMP work with fishermen and members of the First Nations to ensure the safety of everyone on the water. We stand strongly against violence on the water.” “The Stz’uminus people have continually occupied our territory along the Salish Sea for count-

less generations — thousands of years before European arrival,” Elliott said in his statement. “The ongoing actions of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans have failed to follow federal aboriginal consultation and accommodation laws, failed to appropriately manage or allow for co-management of fisheries within our territory and ultimately, have failed to recognize aboriginal rights and title. Stz’uminus First Nation and our neighbouring Nations have been left no recourse and we are hereby re-claiming our Core Territory in the Salish Sea.” The fact that the Stz’uminus and other First Nations never ceded their territory is legally recognized by the Crown, Elliott said. Aboriginal rights, including the right to hunt and fish, are protected by the constitution, but are being infringed upon by the DFO. “The DFO must make swift and sweeping changes to their procedures and policies to appropriately accommodate aboriginal rights and title,” Elliott said. Elliott also issued a letter to other fisheries stakeholders, explaining the Stz’uminus position. “We understand that this will create challenges for all parties and we would like to firmly state that our fight is not with the commercial harvesters,” he said. “Our fight is with the DFO alone and our hope is to compel them to follow Canadian law when enacting new policy and change their existing policies surrounding aboriginal access accordingly. “Of primary concern is the safety of all parties. We understand the impact this will have on commercial harvesters and we regret that there are other groups besides our own that will be affected. We will do our best to keep you informed of our intentions and progress, throughout.”

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Lake Cowichan RCMP are hoping the public can help them locate a missing resident. Rodney MacKinnon, 35, was last seen on Friday, May 2, 2014. MacKinnon is described as a Caucasian male, 6foot-3 (191 cm) and 209 lbs (95 kg), with blue eyes and brown hair. Cowichan Valley Search and Rescue was involved in looking for MacKinnon over the weekend, with assistance from other SAR teams from across the Island, as well as friends and neighbours of MacKinnon’s family. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact the Lake Cowichan RCMP at 250-749-6668 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222TIPS (8477).

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E-cigarettes come with too many unknowns nhaling a number of chemicals, and not knowing what the effect may be. Doesn’t really sound like a fun time. But that’s what e-cigarettes are getting more and more people to do on a regular basis. E-cigarettes are a small electronic device designed to look like a traditional cigarette. They even have LED lights installed in the tips so when a user inhales they light up like the embers of a nicotine cigarette would. The e-cigarette casing contains a battery, and a cartridge that holds a liquid chemical solution.


This solution is vapourized by an atomizer and micro-chip system. The user inhales the vapour. E-cigarettes in Canada are not allowed to contain nicotine, the active drug in regular cigarettes. However, Island Health notes that devices containing nicotine have popped up in stores in Canada anyway, and are available on the Internet. Because of the (supposed) lack of nicotine, some regard e-cigarettes as nothing to worry about. That’s not what our official health organizations say. Health Canada, the World Health Organization and the U.S.



Food and Drug Administration have all issued warnings against the use of e-cigarettes. Even so, there are no age restrictions on the sale of these devices. So kids of all ages can legally puff away on e-cigarettes. Yup, even elementary school kids. Naturally, though the producers may claim otherwise, these devices are being made so they’re enticing to young people. “Both the marketing of e-cigarettes as a harmless product and flavours such as chocolate, candy and fruit increase the appeal of these products, particularly to

youth,” reads an Island Health info sheet on e-cigarettes. “Additionally, these products have negative repercussions including: inappropriate social modelling, an increase of smoking uptake in youth, undermining the efforts of those trying to quit the habit by renormalizing smoking behaviours and serving as a potential gateway to smoking. Studies are showing that use of e-cigarettes by youth is on the rise.” Though they’re not allowed to officially make the claim in Canada, word of mouth is still that the devices may help smokers

Cost of rehabilitating railroad is too high

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quit, though, once again, Island Health notes there is no evidence to support such a claim. The health impacts of repeatedly using e-cigarettes are unknown, according to Island Health. That’s ominous. So bravo to the school district in their move to ban e-cigarettes from their premises. We also urge parents to investigate and consider if e-cigarettes are something they want their kids to be using. There are just too many unknowns for these to become the latest thing everyone’s doing without some thought.

Cutting allowed trash has led to dumping Re: Illegal trash dumping in CVRD recycle bins, also re letter More regulations not the answer to garbage woes (May 2). It is the very practice of trying to reduce the amount of garbage people “produce” (read: put on the curb in a can) that is exacerbating illegal dumping. Recycling is great, but far too much emphasis was placed, since the 1990s at least, on reducing the amount of trash we are allowed to put on the curb. They thought they were reducing trash. It doesn’t quite work out that way. I started to notice illegally dumped trash in North Cowichan out in the woods around

the same time they cut the allowable can size practically in half. This was people’s house trash; obviously someone couldn’t fit it all in their curb cans. Then, not all that long ago, someone decided it was a great idea to drop the allowable containers to one without penalty or extra charge. No wonder the CVRD bins were used, ironically, for illegal trash. The people who put these policies into practice should not be surprised at its unintended but completely predictable results. I can see it all now, in 20 years the size of the trash can allowed will be reduced to the size of an ice cream bucket, and the woods will fill with garbage while politicians pat each other on the

back about how they reduced the amount of trash picked up by garbage trucks. April J. Gibson Duncan

Thanks for turning in purse, it’s appreciated I would like to thank the person who turned my lost purse in to the concession stand while I watched my grandson play ball. It happened at the Duncan ball fields on April 27. I really appreciate what you did and cannot thank you enough. Janet Martin Youbou

A good number of years ago this Island had a thriving logging industry among other businesses. The Island railroad was a vital part of this system. Due in part to the machinations of successive governments our lumber business has dwindled down to ship raw logs and rough lumber, these items are now hauled by road transport, fuel arrives by tanker barges, ergo, who needs a railroad? What a waste of money; let the track become derelict then, heh! There are miles of land with rusty iron and rotten ties. It would fetch a pretty penny if it were sold off piece by piece. So what of the original agreement made at the inception of this system? It was so long ago that it is not worth the paper it was written on! Now the monkey on the shoulder can be got rid of, no expenses for right-of-way upkeep, no new bud-cars to buy or paint for the station buildings; we can make a killing! Doug Orr, you and I, like many others will never see rail transport on this Island during our lifetime. As you pointed out, the untotalled cost would be far too great for any purse to handle, not forgetting our previous premier has had a bus placed on this wonderful scenic highway for those who need to get to Victoria or other spots down south. You see he was thinking about B.C. citizens even in those days! George Manners Cowichan Bay For more from the Citizen go to


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Marijuana is not harmless In a recent Citizen, a police officer took the time to comment on the legalization of marijuana. Thank God somebody had the courage to tell it like it is! To all of you who think drugs are okay, and make no mistake, marijuana is a drug, read his letter carefully. Doing drugs is not cool! There is a segment of our population who want their minds to be altered, for several reasons. They want to escape reality, they want a high, they want to be like others, they are plain stupid and irresponsible. Life is a gift. Treasure it. If it isn’t good, make an effort to make it better. The high does not last and only leads to more grief for everyone. And permanently harms your body and your brain. Don’t believe the ones who only want to make money off of it. Now let me tell you of a personal story, an experience I had some 30 years ago. At the time, I was trying to help a young girl who was going down a very dangerous path. I won’t go into full detail, I’ll just get to my point. She was involved with a terrible man; in and out of prison, drugs, etc. In between prison terms, she had two beautiful babies, before she was 18. Try as I may, his hold on her was stronger than mine. They were living in Nanaimo. Their

second little boy was six weeks old when I received a frantic call from the mother. Little James had died from crib death. Please come! My husband and I rushed to the apartment only to find the mother plugged into hard rock music, completely stoned! No sign of the father. There was a motorcycle in the living room and a huge hunting knife, out of its sheath, on a table, and a two-year-old boy running around dressed only in a dirty diaper. A small example of marijuana use here. To make my story short, I was able to arrange a small service for the baby, with the help of my parish priest. I read a passage from scripture as this tiny little coffin was brought in. My heart broke and the image of the tiny coffin is with me still. The coroner’s report revealed what I had expected. Marijuana smoke contributed to this wee baby’s death. Keep this in your mind, all of you who think marijuana is harmless. There are many, many more cases of the harm marijuana does. That police officer mentioned only a few. As you drive the highway, pray that the drivers behind and ahead and alongside of you are not pot heads. Peggy Cetinski Duncan

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Allegations against vouched voters are unsubstantiated The prime minister makes unsubstantiated allegations about the dishonesty of Canadian voters. The Hill Times quotes Prime Minister Stephen Harper as saying in the House of Commons on Tuesday that there may be electors who use vouching by other voters to cast ballots because they “have no intention” of proving their identity. A corrupt, dishonest, deceitful and

“dirty tricks” person tends to think that other people are just the same as him or her. I suggest that, if the Conservative Party of Canada wants to avoid a “Mulroney debacle” in the 2015 election (having the party reduced to two seats in the House of Commons), they will need to replace Stephen Harper as their leader as quickly as possible. Robert Radford Duncan


ZONING AMENDMENT BYLAW NO. 3800 (APPLICABLE TO ELECTORAL AREA F – COWICHAN LAKE SOUTH/ SKUTZ FALLS) Notice is hereby given that the CVRD Board will consider reading a third time and adopting the above noted Amendment Bylaw at the regular Board meeting of May 14, 2014. As per Section 890(4) of the Local Government Act, the Cowichan Valley Regional District Board of Directors has reviewed Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 3800, and found it to be consistent with the policies of the West Cowichan Of¿cial Community Plan Bylaw No. 1945. Therefore, a Public Hearing has been waived and the Board has directed that this Public Notice occur in its place. Bylaw No. 3800 received ¿rst and second reading at the April 9, 2014, CVRD Regular Board meeting. Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 3800 would amend Electoral Area F Zoning Bylaw No. 2600 by rezoning that portion of Lot 3, Section 31, Renfrew Cowichan Lake District, Plan VIP22333 (PID 003-222-578) at 6695 Bear Lake Road (former Post Of¿ce site), from P-2 Institutional to R-3 Urban Residential. The area to be rezoned is shown on the map below:

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It’s simply a fun evening of theatre, made that way by some fine performances as the Mercury Players present The Original Cast at the Mercury Theatre. The play’s concept is straightforward: why not bring together the original cast of a play called A Weekend Away to recreate their roles as the old Trent Bay Playhouse re-opens after a long closure? But the years have carved

grooves into the erstwhile actors, eroding confidence, changing lives and closing doors that once stood open. If the audience that came out for the premiere of Greg Finnegan’s latest work last Thursday was looking for a farce they got more than they bargained for. Led by Angie Brockhurst who gave a bravura performance as the dizzy socialite Renda Barber, the actors really took to this delightful play. Penny Astley and Michael Terides as the Ketterings, a couple whose marriage is on the rocks, suddenly saw their passion for each other reignite, rolling back the years. The crowd thought Ted Eden’s Giles Stanhope was an overgrown child until it was discovered he’d had an affair years ago with Renda and might be the father of her son. Marinus Vesseur showed that Bill Lampson’s business success hasn’t brought him ease and happiness and Leslie Sanchez’s Dorrie White was having a lot of trouble coping with life in general. David Brockhurst as Ronald Hall the contractor who suddenly found he had to take a part in the play was thrilled to release his inner thespian while Jim Cleough, as the harried director, Dan Michaels, who was trying to honour his father’s legacy, wondered if he’d bitten off more than he could chew. There are lots of laughs and pure silliness, but playwright Finnegan, who was in attendance Thursday for the premiere of this, his latest work, also gave the actors the chance to show off different sides of their characters. They each took full advantage of the opportunity, upping the entertainment value and proving yet again that the Cowichan Valley boasts a deep vein of creative talent. The play continues May 8, 9 and 10 starting at 7:30 p.m. nightly.


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Chemainus show looks at life on the home front LEXI BAINAS CITIZEN

It’s 1940; five Calgary women are fighting the Second World War on the home front. The Chemainus Theatre Festival’s latest play, Waiting for the Parade, which opens for a short run May 9, is a series of 1940sera vignettes telling how they make the best of a tough time all around. A dramatic comedy, written by John Murrell, it is based on interviews Murrell conducted in the 1970s. Directed by Colleen Winton, Waiting for the Parade reveals a complex wartime society where powerful emotions lurked around every corner. “Murrell’s beautiful play reminds us that the wounded are not always at the front, and that heroes can be found at home,” Winton said. “Canadian women persevered through their war in an inspiring way. Our play reveals how they met their struggles with grace and grit (and some great tunes) during tumultuous times.” The tale tells five interwoven stories that portray diverse individuals, while collectively underlining their common struggles and experiences. Theatregoers will follow lonely Catherine (Cailin Stadnyk), prickly homebody Margaret (Patti Allan), tough-minded Janet (Sylvia Zaradic), escapist Eve (Samantha Currie) and German immigrant Marta (Colleen Lornie). Waiting for the Parade has been produced regularly on stage and on film since

The Tinman (Brandon DePol), left, the Cowardly Lion (Dale Winters), Dorothy (Lynnea Bruce) and the Scarecrow (Colin Wylie) are ready to hit the yellow brick road. [LEXI BAINAS/CITIZEN]

Catherine draws ‘stocking seams’ on Eve, while Margaret, Janet and Marta watch with interest. [LEXI BAINAS/CITIZEN]

Ensemble cast shines in Kaatza’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ LEXI BAINAS CITIZEN

its 1977 premiere because Murrell understands the adage: they also serve who only stand and wait. The show is for all ages and evening and matinee performances are offered from May 9 to June 1. Tickets, and theatre getaway reservations, can be made online at chemain, or by calling The Chemainus Theatre Festival box office at 1-800-565-7738.

We’re off to see the Wizard! And you’d better be, too. The cast of the Kaatza Lakeside Players blockbuster musical, The Wizard of Oz, was putting a final polish on their performances Sunday, getting ready for yesterday’s opening night and, from what we could see, this is going to be a special production indeed. Lynnea Bruce said when she landed the role of Dorothy that it was a dream come true and it’s obvious she’s living that dream, making Dorothy her own, under the expert direction of Dena McPhee and Lindsay Anderson. But this is no one-woman show. Colin Wylie shines as the Scarecrow (Huck the farmhand). His rubber-legged antics as he finds his feet will delight all ages in what are sure to be large crowds. Brandon DePol as the Tin Man (Hickory), Dale Winters as the Cowardly Lion (Zeke) and Annette Jamieson as Glinda the Good Witch (Aunt Em) are also up for the big event, putting in that extra effort that makes all the difference. No Wizard of Oz is complete without its Wicked Witch of the West and the Kaatza Lakeside Players have a spectacular one.

Lily Laird towers over the rest of the cast as the miserable Miss Gultch, but in her black witch’s costume, she seems to reach the roof, and has a wicked personality to match. The directors said that they expect some lively reactions from the younger members of the audience to her arrivals onstage. But there are many more characters in this timeless story. Look for the sweet little Munchkins, check out the elegant ladies of the orchard and many more, all dressed in wonderfully colourful costumes. This production offers excellent family entertainment so be sure to follow the yellow brick road out to Lake Cowichan’s Centennial Hall and evening shows start at a special early time. The show is on tonight (Wednesday, May 7) and continues May 8, 9, 10 at 7 p.m. and also features matinees at 1 p.m. on May 10 and 2 p.m. on Mother’s Day, May 11. Tickets are $20 each for adults, $15 for seniors and under 18s. A special $30 ticket is available for Mother’s Day tea and the show and a $50 pass will get four people in to see the matinee May 10. Get your tickets in advance from the Footwear Centre in Lake Cowichan or Michaela Davidson Art & Gift Gallery in Duncan.

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The emotional excitement of Ballet Victoria’s Carmina Burana returns to the Cowichan Theatre Friday, May 9. Director Paul Destrooper and his dancers are teaming up again with the Victoria Choral Society under the direction of Giuseppe (Joey) Pietraroia. Destrooper enjoys the combination of choir and choreography. “First, the music is so beautiful, and second, Joey is the perfect collaborator. He’s passionate, brilliant to watch,” he says. This show offers a real change of pace from some of the ballets seen at the Cowichan Theatre. The satirical verses of Carmina Burana were written 800 years ago by bawdy students and raunchy clergy, as a send-up of the church. They were put to music in the mid-1930s by German composer Carl Orff.

O Fortuna, a Latin complaint about fate, is the most famous piece. This stirring music has been used to whip up emotions in movies such as Glory, Hunt for Red October, Natural Born Killers, and The General’s Daughter and was even used several times by Michael Jackson to open his concerts. “It’s a piece everybody knows, but nobody knows,” explains Destrooper, whose 70minute ballet includes everything from humour to bathos. As a preparation, why not check out some of the selections online. You’ll be even more ready to hurry down and secure your seat. Tickets are $40 for adults, $30 for seniors and $20 for students and children. Call 250748-7529 to reserve and while you’re at it, check out special group rates. A few $5 eyeGO tickets are available to students who go in person to the ticket office.

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What we know as Bamfield (with an “m”) really should be Banfield, named for Barkley Sound pioneer William Edward Banfield. —Wikipedia photo Claire Wessan and Susan Leslie of Auxiliary to the Cowichan District Hospital receive a cheque for $4,000 from Jagtar S. Mann, Ragbir S. Sangha, Gurdial S. Khela and Jagdev S. Sekhon as the Valley’s Sikh community steps up during Vaisakhi celebrations at the Duncan temple April 13. The auxiliary thanked them for their long support of the hospital. [LEXI BAINAS/CITIZEN]

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What’s shakin’? You might be surprised. Danse Oriental presents Shimmy & Silk, a Shimmy Mob 2014 event, on Thursday, May 8 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Cow Cafe’s West Coast Grill at 1765 Cowichan Bay Rd. This event, aimed at celebrating women and belly dance through the ages is a fundraiser for Somenos Transistion House/ Cowichan Women Against Violence Society. So, for an evening of belly dance costume fashion, a silent auction and $5 appies, why not give it a look-in? The cafe’s regular dinner menu is also available, of course. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7 p.m.


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Cow High’s Ethan Burke is an unstoppable force against the Alberni Armada in the T-Birds’ 22-17 victory last Thursday. [KEVIN ROTHBAUER/CITIZEN] Carolyn Gudmundseth out-paces a Ridge Meadows player late in last Saturday’s game. [KEVIN ROTHBAUER/CITIZEN]

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After a one-year absence, Cowichan’s women’s rugby team is headed back to the B.C. final. Cowichan thumped Ridge Meadows 32-0 in a semifinal game at home last week to reserve a berth in the provincial First Division championship game for the first time since winning it all in 2012. Despite the wet conditions, Cowichan took control of the game right away, going up 22-0 in the first 15 minutes of the game. The players soon found themselves pinned in their own end. “We couldn’t get the ball out of our end and were playing defence for the majority of the last part of the first half,” Cowichan captain Sherry Spence said. “But with

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A standout in both rugby and football, Brock Gowanlock is a talented multi-sport athlete, but golf is clearly not on his list of favourite activities. With his Cowichan Secondary Thunderbirds trailing the Alberni District Armada 17-12 at halftime of a do-or-die rugby match last Thursday, Gowanlock voiced his concerns about being banished to the greens. “We win, we keep playing; we lose, it’s golfing…and I hate golf,” he thundered. Gowanlock’s sentiments seemed to fire up the T-Birds, who began controlling possession and territory much better early in the second half. Mike Hubscher scored a quick try to even the score, and Gowanlock scored his third of the game on a tap penalty midway through the second half to put his team up 22-17, where the

score would stay. Gowanlock scored twice in the first half and Kyle Joe kicked a conversion, but Alberni managed to hold the advantage after 40 minutes. Once Cowichan pulled ahead, Alberni missed two attempted penalty kicks and missed out on a try because of a knock on, and the T-Birds were able to preserve their edge. Cowichan’s depth played a major factor in the surprising summer-like weather. “We were fortunate to have reliable replacements to provide much needed energy in the extremely hot conditions,” head coach Ron Glass noted. The T-Birds will play G.P. Vanier in Nanaimo this Thursday, with a berth in the provincial championships on the line. The winner will advance directly to provincials, while the loser will play the South Island No.2 team a week later for the last spot at B.C.’s.

Cow High girls lock up B.C. berth KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN

A 28-17 win over G.P. Vanier last Wednesday gave the Cowichan Secondary Thunderbirds first place in the AAA Island girls rugby league and a ticket to the provincial championships. Denise Roy scored twice and Olivia Najera and Brigitte Reid had one try each, while Hannah Morten kicked three conversions and Mariah Fontana added one. “We were strong for the majority of the game, but in the last 15 minutes of the first half and the first 15 minutes of the second half, we played very good rugby,” coach Brad Skene said.

Cowichan will likely play Vanier again in the Island final this coming Saturday, and Skene doesn’t want his team to read too much into last week’s win, because, for the second time this season, Vanier was unable to put its full-strength team on the pitch against Cowichan. “I would have preferred to play Vanier’s best team last Wednesday so that we could judge ourselves against them,” the coach said. The AAA Island final will be played at Brentwood College this Friday, kicking off at noon, followed at 1:30 p.m. by the AA final.


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Intermediate B Thunder come back with a bullet KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN

The Cowichan Valley Thunder made a statement with two victories last weekend as they returned to action after a three-year absence from intermediate B lacrosse. The Thunder won a thrilling home-opener 10-9 over the Saanich Tigers on Friday night, then crushed Juan de Fuca 16-4 at the Q Centre on Sunday afternoon. Cowichan survived some major momentum changes on Friday. Tied 2-2 after one period, the Thunder fell behind 5-2, only to score nine straight goals to pull ahead 9-5. The Tigers clawed their way back to tie it, but with less than five seconds remaining in regulation, Cowichan defender Steven Robertson bolted down the floor, took an outlet pass from goalie Kain Stewart, and buried the ball in the Saanich net. “That was probably the first time Steven was up the floor on offence all game,” head coach Lorne Winship noted. Winship expects to have more battles with the Tigers as the season continues. “It was a really good game,” he said. “We’ll probably have good games against them all year.” Along with Robertson’s game-winner, the Thunder got hat tricks from Brandon Corby and Colin Winship, who also chipped in with three assists. Tyson Black had two goals and six helpers, and Mitchell Page rounded out the scoring. Corwin Trent contributed three assists. Adam Golia made his season debut on Sunday and led the Cowichan offence with five goals and one assist in the harpooning of the JDF Whalers. Also making the scoresheet were Black with three goals and three assists, Corby with a goal and

Pigeon leads Warriors to lacrosse victory Blair Pigeon had a hat trick and Luke Van Huizen scored a pair on Monday night as the Warriors improved to 2-1 in the Cowichan Rec Lacrosse League with a 6-5 win over the Cowboys at the Island Savings Centre. The Warriors also got a goal from Kevin Rothbauer, while Bruce Klaassen, Terry Steele, Matt Cornell, Pete VandenDungen and D.J. Fields replied for the Cowboys, who suffered their first loss of the young campaign. Ardie Sloat earned the win in goal, while Chris Alphonse took the loss.

Alphonse was brilliant in net last Saturday, however, as the Cowboys downed the Thunder 7-2. Pigeon had a pair for the Cowboys in that contest, and Klaassen, Steele, Greg Mitchell, Dave Prangley and Neil Gailey also bulged the twine. Ryan King and Gord Macdonald scored for the Thunder. Mark Fisherman was saddled with the loss. Going into Wednesday night’s game between the Warriors and the Thunder, the Cowboys and Warriors are tied atop the standings at 2-1, while the Thunder are 0-2.

Cowichan’s Mitchell Page stretches to make a catch during last Friday’s 10-9 win over Saanich. [KEVIN ROTHBAUER/CITIZEN] four helpers, Winship and Page with a goal and two assists each, Trent with two goals, Robertson with one goal, and Liam Clinging with two goals and an assist. The Whalers racked up 48 minutes in penalties, while the Thunder compiled just six. “That’s the epitome of our team,” coach Winship said. “We can hurt other teams if we’re disciplined.” The intermediate Thunder will head to Campbell River this Thursday and Saanich next Thursday, playing their next home date on May 16.

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Thirds nipped by Kats in Ravens complete comeback provincial rugby semifinal win against Blue Steel Brew KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN


A 15-10 semifinal loss to Kats Rugby Club last Saturday eliminated the Cowichan Piggies from the provincial Third Division playoffs, and ended the season for the club’s senior men’s program. “It definitely wasn’t our best game,” Cowichan head coach Gord McGeachy said. “It was a close game, but we got off to a bad start.” The Piggies were assessed a yellow card just two minutes in, forcing the team to play a man short for the next 10 minutes. “We basically started the game a man down and never got our rhythm from there,” McGeachy admitted. Kats scored a try while the Piggies were short, and got off to a 7-0 lead. Mistakes and ball-handling errors, due both to wet conditions and poor decision-making, got Cowichan into trouble. “We were under pressure for a large amount of the first half,” McGeachy said. “We couldn’t get out of our own end.” Cam Hall got the Piggies on the scoreboard with a penalty goal, and Kats led 7-3 at halftime. Cowichan started to pick it up in the second half, but Kats managed to kick a penalty goal, then took advantage of a couple of missed tackles to score a try and go ahead 15-3. “That was probably more of an indication of the game than the final score,” McGeachy said. “They dominated territory and possession.” The Piggies started putting things togeth-

Some late-game heroics gave the Ravens a 19-13 win over the Blue Steel Brew in the Cowichan Women’s Football League last Sunday. With her team trailing 13-12 in the fourth quarter, Ravens quarterback Rikki Wylie got the ball to Barbara Smith, who ran 60 yards to within 15 of the end zone. Two plays later, Wylie pitched the ball to birthday girl Dana Thorne, who dove to make the game-winning catch, then caught the convert pass for good measure. Wylie appeared to add another touchdown after a late-game interception, but had it called back because teammate Lauren James had sacked the BSB quarterback — one of her four sacks on the day — before the play even started. James and Smith also scored touchdowns for the Ravens, and Thorne added an interception. The Blue Steel got touchdowns from Jess Knowles and Roby Clement. Knowles and Heidi Padjen also registered one sack each, while Kirbee Crisp had three as part of a strong rushing game. The Crew continued to play without quarterback Jackie Harrison, who is sidelined with a knee injury, but Jennie Hittinger and Alita Mattin did a fine job of splitting the duties in a 56-0 win over the Law. Kerynne Bain had three touchdowns and an interception in her CWFL debut, Marilou Sullivan had two touchdowns, two interceptions and a convert, Nicole Pugh and Jessica Wikkerink had one touchdown

Jenner Teufel barrels through following a ruck. [KEVIN ROTHBAUER/CITIZEN]

er in the last 20 minutes and earned a consolation try — credited to Jenner Teufel — to narrow the gap, but couldn’t close it before the final whistle blew. The First Division Piggies saw their season end in the provincial quarterfinal a week earlier, but the club isn’t judging the season by the way things ended. “Both teams played below their capabilities in the season-enders, but it was a learning experience for two young teams,” McGeachy said. “It’s beneficial for us, playing in games where there is more at stake. We had a very young team on Saturday, and it showed a little bit. I think next year, we’ll be a bit wiser.”

The Ravens’ Morgan Rogers targets BSB’s Roby Clement. [KEVIN ROTHBAUER/CITIZEN] apiece, Janelle Mould grabbed an interception that she ran back 20 yards for a touchdown, Willy Toews recorded a touchdown, an interception and a convert, and Darcie Zibin collected three sacks. The Sirens got two touchdowns each from Jessica Kato-Koch and Shelly McKay, and one from Carmen Brown, who ran in one of her two interceptions in a 24-6 win over the Storm. Tara McCaffery also had an interception, and Sabrina DesRochers had two sacks. The Storm’s lone touchdown came from Miranda Mann. The team also got sacks from Katrina Waldron and Anna Szurowski in their first CWFL games, and an interception from Joanne Angus.

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Innovator 2% Realty Announces Expansion to Vancouver Island and Presence at Cowichan Valley Spring Home Expo 2% Realty, a market changing real estate firm named by PROFIT Magazine as the 75th of 500 fastest growing Canadian companies, has announced it’s coming to Vancouver Island to assist home sellers. Corey O’Neil, owner of 2% Realty Full Service, Inc., plans to use the Cowichan Valley Spring Home Expo as a springboard for helping real estate buyers, sellers and realtors understand the significant benefits of the company and its services. 2% Realty has made waves in the Canadian real estate industry by significantly reducing the amount of commission sellers pay with a successful sale based on the 7/3 traditional REALTOR commission model. The result benefits both real estate sellers and realtors by costing less, increasing customer satisfaction, and spreading positive word of mouth. “Pay Less. Get More.” says the companies tagline. Message from the Show Manager Cowichan Valley’s premier show of the year starts on Friday. See the newest and the best of everything for your home, garden & outdoors at one location in three big, action packed days! On behalf of Show Management and over 150 exhibitors, we would like to welcome area residents of the valley to the 27th Annual Cowichan Valley’s Spring Home Expo. You’ll be stimulated, inspired, and entertained...all for free! Come find decorators, builders, remodelers, designers, suppliers and other professionals with expertise in the home improvement and design industry. This show emphasizes the finishing touches that make a house a “home” and the resources to make your home a “masterpiece”! Save thousands on home improvements and renovations. There are prizes to be won, live demonstrations and get free advice from the region’s professionals to make your home fix ups easy. Come to the Cowichan Valley’s Spring Home Expo 2014, May 9-11 at the Island Savings Centre, 2687 James Street. Create your dream home. Admission is FREE all weekend. Don Whitman Show Manager Evergreen Exhibitions

When asked about his reasons for moving to Vancouver Island, owner and realtor Corey O’Neil replied, “I have been looking for years for a business that excited me and would allow me to live in what I consider to be the best place in Canada. As soon as I saw the 2% Realty model, I knew it was a winner. The client wins because they pay less, while getting a high level of services including full colour brochures, Solar for sale signs, neighbourhood campaigns, FREE boxes and more. 2% Realtors win because they do more deals with happier clients, and the territory owner wins because they have a business model that succeeds.” 2% Realty will be at the Cowichan Valley Spring Home Expo, which runs May 9-11 at the Island Savings Centre, located at 2687 James Street in Duncan. To learn more about 2% Realty or the company’s value added services, realtor openings and more, visit: About Corey O’Neil: Corey is a licensed realtor and has been selling real estate for over 10 years. During that time he has personally sold more than 30 million dollars in properties and was in charge of the sales and marketing for four separate real estate companies one of which is publicly traded. He believes the key to his successes has been focusing on what the customer wants, delivering on every promise, capitalizing on new trends and having an offering that is above and beyond what competitors provide. Contact: Corey O’Neil Name: 2% Realty Phone: 888-816-0078 Web Address: Email:

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