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SHAWNIGAN INSPIRED Alexander Teshabaev, a student from Russia who is attending the Dwight School, paints one of several poles offered for a fun project as part of the Inspire Shawnigan celebration Saturday, Sept. 21. Music, art, food and lots of community spirit were all part of the event, which covered a wide footprint in the village core, from the museum to Dundas and beyond. For more photos and video from the event scan this page with the Layar app on your smart phone or go to www.cowichanvalleycitizen. com [LEXI BAINAS/CITIZEN]

City commits $15,000 to plan for snarled TCH SARAH SIMPSON CITIZEN

Many argue the main highway through Duncan is the city’s worst asset, while others believe it’s a handy way to keep the beauty of the Cowichan Valley a secret shared by only residents and visitors in the know. Either way you look at it, the main drag between James Street

and the Silver Bridge is a traffic nightmare and not exactly pleasing to the eye. On Monday, Duncan City council approved $15,000 towards the development of a detailed plan for that specific part of the Trans Canada Highway, one that will address issues of access, safety and pedestrian and cycling concerns. The move comes on the heels of

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informal but successful talks with Transportation Minister Todd Stone during last week’s Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Vancouver. “T hey’ve committed some resources to us to help identify some specific implementation from our Trans Canada Highway management plan which we did with them in 2005,” Duncan Mayor

Phil Kent said. While the issue has been around for years, “this is really developing more specific detailed plans and implementation,” added the mayor. “Anything we do, we would want to enhance the corridor and enhance the esthetics of the corridor, but it’s all based on practical issues around traffic flow, move-

ment and pedestrian safety,” Kent said. Knowing the public will be safer as a result of the work is welcome news to Duncan Councillor Joe Thorne. “It makes me feel good that this communication is happening,” Thorne said, noting he has several See Road work • page 2

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concerns about certain portions of the highway. “There have always been problems,” he said. Kent cautioned physical changes wouldn’t occur in the near future. “At this particular point what we are doing is identifying a very particular plan and then beyond that then we’ll have to go back to the ministry and also look at our own resources in terms of actually developing capital plans,” he explained. “The biggest piece, too, is that we need to get specific direction on where we’re going on the corridor generally for the future and then have reasonable consultation with the community. That’s very important.” Kent said the city has to provide opportunities for public input and consulta-

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Once the initial ideas about what to do next have been bandied about by politicians, public meetings will be scheduled. “It has been ongoing and there has been some work by the ministry and some by the municipalities as well, but we need to get a clear direction from ourselves, from our community and from the Ministry of Transportation on moving forward beyond that,” said the mayor.

day started at 9:15 a.m. Monday morning. “Suspect(s) spray painted the north and east facing walls of the school with red, black and white paint,” according to Const. Jim Preston of the Lake Cowichan RCMP.

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tion with both the highway’s business community, and the nearby residents on both sides of the highway, in addition to other stakeholders, like pedestrians and cyclists. In partnership with North Cowichan, some improvements to the main corridor through town have already been made, like the median development from Beverly to James streets and the left-hand turn lanes at Coronation and Trunk among other minor works.

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Coun. Kate Marsh was North Cowichan’s pick to present the municipality’s award winning Climate Action Plan to delegates at last week’s Union of B.C. Municipalities convention. [CITIZEN FILE]

Climate Action Plan takes provincial honour SARAH SIMPSON CITIZEN

North Cowichan brass were lauded on a provincial stage last week for their Climate Action and Energy Plan. During the annual Union of BC Municipalities convention in Vancouver Sept. 1620, the Community Energy Association’s Climate & Energy Action Awards were handed out with North Cowichan earning top prize in the category of Community Planning and Development. “The municipality collaborated with community members and partners to develop this plan and looks forward to working with them to implement it,” said Mayor Jon Lefebure in accepting the award. Councillor Kate Marsh said more than 400 residents provided input. “This was truly a collaborative process,” she said. Marsh had presented the plan at one of the UBCM sessions. “Local government response is key to climate,” she told delegates. “Decisions on land use, transportation, building standards and waste management influence more than 45 per cent of local carbon emissions — we’re committed to do our part for future generations.” Council adopted the plan on Feb. 20. It commits to creating more than 600 jobs

and saving about $130 million in energy costs by 2050. “We took a common-sense approach — we looked at cost-benefit and payback analysis to vet recommended actions,” Marsh said. “All of the nine major recommendations have local economic and social impetus and local and global scientific impetus.” What struck the eye of Community Energy Association, however, was North Cowichan’s climate action reserve fund — a dedicated half a per cent tax to fund programs and leverage other money. “Replenished by the savings generated it becomes a revolving fund,” Marsh said. North Cowichan was joined by the City of Surrey (Corporate Operations) and the City of Campbell River (Public Sector Collaboration) in earning awards at the convention. “I am proud of the steps being taken by local governments across the province to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and to build complete, compact, energyefficient communities,” said Environment Minister Mary Polak. “The three communities being recognized here today have demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation and their actions will inspire others.” Visit for more information on the municipality’s Climate Action and Energy Plan.

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Police ask for information in hit and run SARAH SIMPSON CITIZEN

Police are looking for anyone who knows anything about a hit and run that occurred on Jubilee Hill Aug. 23. Nearly a month following the incident, North Cowichan RCMP issued a press release asking for witnesses, or those involved, to come forward. “Between 2-2:30 p.m., a 21-year-old male was skateboarding in the bike lane down Jubilee Hill, when he was struck by a vehicle,” said the Sept. 19 press release issued by North Cowichan/ Duncan RCMP Cpl. Jon Stuart. “This male was not wearing a helmet, and lost consciousness. He was injured in the collision, and was taken to the hospital by someone.” But the suspect vehicle and the identity of the person who took the victim to the hospital are still not known. “The police are hoping that the person responsible, or any witnesses, or someone who knows something about this incident will come forward and assist the investigation,” Stuart said. Those with information on this or any other police matter are asked to call the North Cowichan/ Duncan RCMP detachment at 250-748-5522 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


How many rocks in the box? Pick the winning number and you could win a prize pack filled with goodies from the merchants at Mill Bay Centre. The game is a fundraiser for the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock. As part of their ride the length of Vancouver Island, riders are making a stop at the shopping centre on Oct. 2. “This Cops for Cancer bike ride is a great fundraiser for a disease that impacts us all,” said South Cowichan Community Policing’s coordinator Julie Rosenthal. To support the event the volunteers at the office came up with the rock box. “We have a box of rocks of various sizes at the office in Mill Bay Centre,”

she said. “For a simple donation to the Tour de Rock, you can make a guess as to how many rocks are in the box.” Whoever guesses closest to the actual number of rocks in the box will get the prize. When the riders swing by on Wednesday, Oct. 2, the community policing volunteers will present a cheque with the money raised. Those wishing to participate can swing by the community policing office in Mill Bay Centre Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. (Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. until the end of September to register their guess. Contestants can also fill out their best estimation on Oct. 2, but the contest ends the second the riders arrive so get there early!

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Cowichan Valley man facing charges after assault SARAH SIMPSON CITIZEN

A Duncan man is facing charges of uttering threats and assault with a weapon after an incident at a Duncan apartment building Aug. 29. Charges have been sworn against Mark Clayton-Taylor, who was arrested after police responded to a complaint of someone banging on doors in a local apartment building, according to North

Cowichan/ Duncan RCMP spokesman Cpl. Jon Stuart. Officers could hear the commotion upon arrival. “The police attended to the unit, and after identifying themselves and being rebuked, heard a woman screaming that she was going to be killed,” Stuart said. Police forced open the door, and located a male inside holding knife and a

hammer. The male was arrested without further incident after he dropped the weapons he was carrying.” Stuart also said an injured female was located inside the residence and was taken to hospital. Those with information on this or any other police incident are encouraged to contact the North Cowichan/ Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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Opportunities to explore the Cowichan Valley’s recreational facilities at no cost are coming this weekend. Free skates, a free swim and even free time in the Island Savings Centre’s gymnasium are up for grabs in what has become a yearly offering by the Cowichan Valley Regional District. “This is an annual event that is part of a combined effort, across the recreation centres, to promote physical activity and well being for all residents of the Cowichan Valley,” said CVRD staffer Courtney Westwood.

“This is an annual event that is part of a combined effort... to promote physical activity and well being for all residents...” COURTNEY WESTWOOD, CVRD staff

While the bulk of the opportunities come on Sunday, Sept. 29, swimmers can gain free entry to the Cowichan Aquatic Centre from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28. On Sunday the options are plenty, beginning with free gym time from

noon until 3 p.m. in the Island Savings Centre’s multi-purpose hall, where various sports equipment will be available for use. At 1 p.m. the Cowichan Arena’s doors will open for a free skate until 2:20 p.m. For those living a little further from Duncan’s core, free skates also run at Kerry Park Arena, Sunday, from 1 to 2:15 p.m. and at Fuller Lake Arena from 2:30 to 3:50 p.m. Skate rentals are also available at no cost at all three rinks. Sorry Lakers, no free events have been slated for the Cowichan Lake Arena this weekend, yours was on Sept. 14.

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Autism camp focus of Mill Bay fundraiser LEXI BAINAS CITIZEN

It is essential for Leslie Smith of Mill Bay to always remember to lock the family’s doors. If she doesn’t there’s a danger that her 15-year-old son Gavin, who has autism, could wander into danger in an outside world he doesn’t understand. She said last week that there have been years that she and her husband Gordon couldn’t get away, couldn’t take a break. That’s what a special event this Saturday aims to change. On Sept. 28 from noon to 4 p.m., local volunteers with the support of the Canucks Autism Network will hold what they are calling “a major fundraiser” at the Mill Bay Marina. All proceeds will be used to create a new three-day camp for families living with autism in Cowichan Valley, Victoria and Nanaimo to be held in the summer of 2014. The prospect of a special camp is heartening for Smith. “How fantastic if there can be a program for children and their families living with autism — together,” she said. Seaspan is donating a 160 foot barge to house most of the action. Called Sip, Savour and Support – the Best of the Cowichan Valley, 10 restaurants are paired with 10 wineries offering samples of their finest food and drink to those who step up for the $100 tickets. There will be live entertainment with Juno nominated blues guitarist David Gogo and several celebrity guests, including Vancouver Canucks representatives plus silent and live auctions with Cam Drew as auctioneer. Ticket buyers are eligible for a $50 tax receipt. So, what’s the connection with the Canucks? Autism can affect any family. Just ask Paolo and Clara Aquilini, co-owners of the Vancouver Canucks and founders of the Canucks Autism Network (CAN) and parents of an autistic son. Autism now affects one out of every 88 children. The exact cause isn’t known, but Autism Spectrum Disorder is almost five times more likely to occur in boys than girls. Children living with autism often require roundthe-clock supervision: a significant financial and emotional burden for their families. CAN has done just that since 2008: provide yearround, innovative, recreational, social and employment-related programs for individuals and families living with autism. Now CAN is broadening its reach on Vancouver Island. Aquilini said last week that he is overwhelmed by the enthusiastic support coming from the Cowichan Valley. “This fundraising event in Mill Bay will be the catalyst for new programs offered by the Canucks Autism Network on Vancouver Island. Parents have told us that the CAN camps offer exciting new experiences for their children as well as opportunities to connect and support one another through challenging times. We are delighted to help,” he said in announcing the event.

The list is amazing. With a restructuring budget of about $750,000, staff at the Cowichan Valley school district have spent the summer running flat out. By the numbers, it’s impressive, says schools superintendent Joe Rhodes, who sent out a press release recently listing: “12,000 boxes packed, moved and unpacked; 27,000 library books reprocessed; 4,000 students registered for busing; 1,500 computers reconfigured; 500 computers moved, decommissioned or recycled; 14 elementary schools given upgraded firewalls; all school buildings with increased wireless capacity and ability to support portable devices (up to 1,800 in elementary schools and 7,500 in secondary schools); seven new or relocated playgrounds installed and two middle schools transformed into elementary schools.” But, the way humans have adapted to change is also pretty impressive, he said, pointing out that “about 200 teachers are teaching at a different schools this year, while approximately 60 clerical and custodial staff have moved locations and about 3,000 students are attending a different school or school configuration.” “We are so thankful for the dedication of staff who took on the workload and put in the time and effort to make this all possible. It was a challenge and our staff really rose to the occasion,” Rhodes said in his report. Official trustee Mike McKay agreed. “I appreciate all the effort that went into getting these schools ready to welcome their new communities. It is an exciting and positive step for the school district,” he said. Changing middle schools to elemen-


Building elementary school style cubbies to replace the middle school lockers at Mt. Prevost and George Bonner is a big summer job for district employees. [SUBMITTED] tary schools was a huge process but it appears to be shaking out well, according to the principals involved. George Bonner Elementary has about 465 students and École Mount Prevost about 430, making them the two largest elementary schools within School District 79. Principals at both schools feel the transformations have been successful. Bonner’s Chris Clark said, “Parents have been blown away by the facility. They really like the beautiful school site, the impressive façade at the front of the school and features like the large gym. Students are enjoying the modern, clean and spacious building, especially the atrium and courtyard area. The new playground is also a big hit, even with the older students, and the state-of-the-

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art athletic facilities will allow us to create so many sport opportunities.” Mount Prevost’s Pedro Mengual agrees, saying, “Students like the new space and enjoy the wide hallways and nice ambience. There also are dedicated music and art rooms to more fully support our successful programs. But more than building specifics, the students now feel more united as a school as we are all in one building. Even the process of moving engaged our school community and created a rich environment where we all pulled together. Parents, students and staff were here in the summer, before school started, working hard to get the school ready. It has been a great opportunity to enhance teamwork and the sense of community in our school.”

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We need a clear plan for future of highway ast decisions, or lack of clear direction, haunt the Trans Canada Highway corridor through Duncan. The blame for the sometimes glacial stop and go traffic lies squarely at the feet of the numerous traffic lights that allow passage across the TCH, coupled with direct access to businesses that lie along the corridor. The existence of all of these access points that have been permitted over time means there are no easy answers now to solving the congestion problems that plague the stretch of road. Because once it’s been granted,


it’s extremely difficult to take away that access. The placement of the TCH on the edge of the downtown core of Duncan suggests it was once built with the purpose of being a bypass that would ease traffic flow in town and allow people to be on their way more quickly north or south. But, like many communities, Duncan allowed businesses to locate along this new strip of desirable real estate where cars were guaranteed to be going right by their doors. Of course the visibility was a draw for merchants.



It’s easy to condemn this kind of development in some communities. In fact, it’s actually been responsible for killing more than one downtown. But with Duncan, because the city proper was so small to start with, the outward spread of commerical development towards the highway was perhaps inevitable anyway, leaving a larger grey area. So here we are, our major highway through town acting as more of a city artery than a bypass. And what was once only a traffic problem on a Friday after-

noon before a long weekend in summer is now a regular snarl. There have been many suggestions over the years about how to fix it, some more practical than others. One suggestion has been construction of, essentially, another bypass, that this time, would not be developed as a commercial corridor. Another suggestion has been to build overpasses for vehicles to cross the highway, eliminating the mess of intersections, while at the same time cutting off highway access to businesses along the strip.

Circle centre should look to the future

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Some even argue to leave it as it is, force the motorists to slow down and thus encourage them to stop in Duncan. As enticing as that last one may seem, we’re not convinced it’s practical in the long run, as congestion is only predicted to get worse with time, and you’re more likely to just cause more crashes and frustration than boost tourism. What is clear is that it’s long past time to develop and adhere to a clear plan for the highway. We cannot just keep developing willy-nilly. Look where it’s gotten us.

Pedestrian bridge needed over TCH Believe it or not, there is something even more ludicrous than building a pedestrian overpass across our highway along the Duncan strip (editorial, Sept. 20). How about the fact we are still routing our main national highway through a densely populated urban centre and allowing merchants to operate a major complex of fast food joints right on the highway directly across from Cowichan Secondary School? We in the Valley are victims of more than just impatient drivers and careless students. We are also victims of incompetent urban planners, indifferent politicians, and greedy capitalism.

We should be doing more than just educating our pedestrians about traffic safety and putting a few more cops on the beat. The cement median barrier needs to be extended along the entire length of the strip. At or near all busy intersections, we should also do the very thing you declare ludicrous. We need to replace all crosswalks with pedestrian bridges across the Trans Canada Highway like nearly every other jurisdiction in Canada. By “we” I don’t just mean Duncan, but all communities here that create heavy pedestrian traffic. There are several ways to finance these supposedly expensive bridges that the rest of Can-

ada seems to be able to afford. Our governments can tap into the millions of dollars they make in traffic fines levied against motorists who rebel against the excessive traffic impediments along the highway. They can also impose a special tax on businesses who contribute to congestion and traffic hazards along the strip and elsewhere on the Island TCH simply because they are located there. What was once a good highway in this area has been turned into a cash cow. Let those governments and merchants who are milking the cow pay for the improvements. Chris Carss Chemainus

Re: Town abuzz over traffic circle centre I don’t know who Lexi Bainas talked to in regards to Lake Cowichan’s new traffic circle. Probably the members of council. Most citizens I talked to were not too happy with the town’s road improvements including the traffic circle nor with the cost thereof. To call a traffic circle “one of the wonders of the world” is ludicrous. I have seen the Great Wall of China and the Pyramids in Egypt and the traffic circle doesn’t even come close nor will it generate any tourist dollars. However, now we have the circle, whether we like it or not, we have to live with it and decide what to put in the centre of the traffic circle. Another reminder of the town’s past history with the logging industry? Reminders of the past are all over the town. A museum, a memorial park, a piece of logging hardware in the King George traffic circle and other pieces of logging memorabilia leaning against buildings. Do we really need more? Let’s stop living in the past. The present and immediate future of Lake Cowichan lies with tourism and the lake. If anything, a statue of a jumping rainbow trout or coho salmon in the middle of the circle should be considered. Something like Husky the Musky in Kenora, Ontario. Hubert Crevels Lake Cowichan

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Climate Change Perspectives: Somenos Marsh Dikes and Urban Development Higher and higher dikes built in Duncan and North Cowichan cost money and contribute to the mistaken notion that we can “adapt” to climate change. Of course, we must take measures to protect ourselves from unavoidable climate change events (adaptation); but we cannot solve the historic problem of the breakdown of our climate unless we reduced our carbon emissions drastically (mitigation). Dikes will not solve the problem! With climate change a certainty, estimates of the extent and frequency of flooding events are now impossible to predict — so a one-in-100-year flood projection is meaningless. The height of these new dikes is based on a one in 200 year flood, but that is just a crap shoot. In the last year, two locations around the world have had about one metre

Liberals show shortsightedness in coal project Tahtlan people of Northern B.C. continue in their work to protect their traditional hunting and fishing territories — the Sacred Headwaters. The most recent threat is the proposed destruction of Mt. Klappan by Fortune Minerals (Arctos Anthracite) for an open pit coal mine, with the complicity of the BC Liberal government. The government announced (Sept. 17/13) the appointment of “a mediator to help address the protest of the Arctos Anthracite coal project near Mt. Klappan…in an effort to allow the Arctos project to proceed. Well now, there’s an unbiased mediator! It seems that the Government of British Columbia has not yet heard the Tahtlan and their thousands of supporters, or doesn’t yet believe that they are determined to protect the Sacred Headwaters from such wanton destruction as a 40 square kilometre open pit coal mine, level-

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of rain within a span the advantage of of one day. No dike increasing density can protect us from (good, since it reduces that type of event and our collective carbon no one can say it will emissions); but on not happen here. the other hand, these Dikes encourage plans add developdevelopment within ment in areas which the floodplain on the are in danger of CARBON “protected” sides of flooding (bad, since BUSTER the dikes — exactly flooding will destroy Peter Nix what is happening infrastructure and with the University communities as is hapVillage Plan that is considerpening all over the world). ing major development by Should we encourage the Vancouver Island University growth of the existing City and the proposed move of the of Duncan/North Cowichan RCMP building — both areas in the flood plain? Or rather, within the Cowichan River and should we accept the reality of Somenos Marsh floodplain. climate change and gradually So now there is inevitable pres- densify our urban areas away sure to remove ALR land and to from the flood plain completely build on land that likely will be — because, unfortunately, flooded someday — and which is the extent of flooding can no still part of the flood plain and longer be predicted due to its ecological assets as noted by climate change. That is the the Somenos Marsh Society. difficult question that must be The University Village Plan considered. and even the more modest idea This debate is needed for the to build between the north University Village certainly; side of Beverly Street and the but also for any area where newly built dikes might have “development” (new roads,

ling a mountain that is habitat to rare populations of wildlife, ancestral hunting lands of the Tahtlan, in the Sacred Headwaters — the source of three major Salmon-bearing rivers essential to the health of watersheds and community economies extending to the North Pacific Coast and ocean waters. One wonders how government officials, with such astonishing shortsightedness, manage to find their way out of bed in the morning much less how it has come about that they are in positions of authority, to decide upon matters of such importance. One wonders also to what extent the governing Liberal Party of B.C. is willing to subsidize incompetent company management who, it appears, don’t know how to add numbers together. We are informed that Vallard Construction proposed, for the price of $400 million, to build the North Transmission Line, including to provide power to Fortune Minerals’s coal mine destruction of Mt. Klappan. However, it seems now that Vallard

has found that they didn’t know what they were talking about, and that actually the NTL will cost more than $740 million. Now, the BC Liberal government, in their largesse, with legalized access to the taxpayers’ bank accounts, has stepped up and agreed to pony up with the little business of the more than $340 million that Vallard forgot to mention before. And taxpayers voted for those people? Astonishing! Three hundred and fortyplus million of taxpayers’ money, to subsidize a power line for a mine that will destroy world-unique wildlife habitat, harm the culture and livelihood of indigenous people, and risk permanent harm to vast watersheds and coastal waters, while releasing one of the planet’s largest remaining deposits of greenhouse gas fuels, contributing seriously to global warming. Perhaps the BC Liberal government motto should read: “Long-term harm, for short-term profits — Who cares?” John Mowat Steven Cowichan Valley

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subdivisions, urban areas) are planned — not just where there is a flood plain. We need continuous public discussion on how to densify urban areas and reduce our collective carbon emissions; and equally, how to stop low density developments which result in high carbon emissions due to their energy inefficient nature — like expanding the road system in the Stoney Hill area. We need to introduce citizens to the complexities, and importance, of dealing with climate change and community growth. We need to engage people at all times with the knowledge that the one big job is to reduce our carbon emissions so that our kids can live in a sustainable society. And very importantly, we need policies that are fair to all.

How to keep students from crossing highway

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Dodging across a chronically busy highway is sheer dangerous arrogance in part spawned as a rite of passage: the youthful rejection of authority and expression of disrespect. Question is not how to how to deal with the attitude issue, which would be akin to spitting into the wind, but to keep the students from crossing the highway or from wanting to cross the highway. One method would be to hand out serious jaywalking tickets which might ultimately dissuade them from thumbing their noses at the law. Another might be to retool the cafeteria and include leased outlets to the purveyors of fast foods.

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Church sale crams three buildings Sept. 28 Twenty-four years after St. Edward’s Church parishioners held their first sale to support Jesu Ashram clinic in Darjeeling, India, their plant, harvest and garage sale has gotten so big it’s has extended to three venues. From 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the two gyms at Queen of Angels School in Duncan as well as the church hall “will be bursting with bargains on Sept. 28,” said organizers. “Our first sale was held in St Edward’s church basement,” said the church’s news release. “We sold seeds, plants and Pulses of water are now being let through the weir at Lake Cowichan to help salmon migrate up river. [CITIZEN FILE]

Weir pulses begin to signal salmon SARAH SIMPSON CITIZEN

The gates of the Lake Cowichan weir were adjusted on Sunday, the first day of fall, to help spawning Chinook salmon migrate upstream. A joint agreement to increase water flows to 18 cubic metres per second from 13 was reached by the various provincial ministries, Cowichan Tribes, Cowichan River Hatchery and Catalyst Paper Crofton Division. According to a press release issued by Brian Houle, Catalyst Paper’s environmental manager, water storage levels in Lake Cowichan are on target, providing adequate water to release. The flows were increased Sunday for about two hours, Houle said, noting the annual event is an important signal to salmon to begin their trek. Because of recently agreed to changes to the operation of the weir, which included allowing water to collect in the lake for an extra month, this year’s pulse flows will be slightly different than before. The flow will taper down in the two days following the initial pulse. “The plan is to repeat this same pulse flow routine beginning Sept. 29,” Houle explained. As a result of more water entering the river, Catalyst warns the public to be safe when near it. “Increased flows combined with natural storm events can create stronger currents and undertows,” Houle said.

flowers, vegetables and fruits, eggs, nuts, and lavender, and took in about $350.” This year attendees can look for two “enormous” garage sales along with apple pies and home baking, a silent auction, mystery parcels, plants and garden produce, and a 50/50 draw. The Jesu Ashram has also expanded, and is now a large hospital for patients with AIDS, tuberculosis, and leprosy. The church points out one sobering fact to encourage folks to come and spend a few bucks: it costs only $3 to cure an adult or child of leprosy. “Some of the women who planned that first sale are still

working for the same cause today,” said the church. “Many of us work all year, planning and preparing for September. We know how much Jesu Ashram counts on St. Edward’s church and the good folks of the Cowichan Valley to keep thousands of patients alive and well.”

Tribes hosts traditional foods conference The Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre is getting ready for a two-day conference on traditional foods Friday and Saturday Sept. 27 and 28. Cowichan Tribes and Vancouver Island and Coastal Commun-

ities Indigenous Foods Network are the hosts for this sixth annual event. The conference will feature traditional food teachings, handson demonstrations, information booths and fun activities. Friday evening will feature the Shhwune’untqun Dinner Feast and the Digital Harvest Film Feast, both sure to be conference highlights. On Saturday there will be a traditional marketplace, a session on medicinal plants with Cowichan Tribes Elder Della Rice, as well as sessions on traditional food preparation. Andrea Rondeau, Citizen



Wednesday, September 25, 2013 | Cowichan Valley Citizen

For want of a third of a second, two men died


’m forever amazed by what discourage “the use of empty I find on the Internet. A buildings surrounded by thourecent gem, courtesy of sands of acres of tree plantaGoogle, is Ralph Schmidt’s tions”. Obviously, they gave no 1992 History of Cowichan Lake thought to my scratching about Research Station which was these former campsites for artiestablished as the Cowichan facts, 70 years later! Lake Experimental Station in But back to our story. The 1929 as part of a province-wide young men stationed at Lake CHRONICLES forestry program. Cowichan were also given snagT.W. Paterson There’s a great story there falling training, work necessary which will have to wait for to replanting and to lessening another day as I was researching a parthe threat of fire. Mr. Schmidt mentions ticularly sad and bizarre logging accident the resulting tragedy in two sentences: that occurred in 1942. how, at 3:15 in the afternoon of July 28, In a way, it’s a story about the Home a crew falling a large fir-snag beside the Front during the Second World War. Old Lake Cowichan Road miscalculated That’s because fit young men who and the 90-foot-long tree, instead of landdeclined military service as a matter of ing beside the road, fell across it — onto a conscience were put to work as Alternapassing car, killing its two occupants. tive Service Workers and, in the summer The Cowichan Leader told the story with of 1942, 1,000 of them were assigned to blaring black headlines: “Tree’s Fall On the Forest Service for fire suppression Road Kills Local Youths; Rodney Marsh throughout the province. Of these, 115, and Kenneth Saunders die when snag many of them Mennonites from the Praicut by Mennonite Forestry Workers falls ries, were stationed at Lake Cowichan across car on Lake Road.” that summer. As it happened, Marsh, 17, and Saunders, Besides fighting fires, they were usefully 22, both employees of Hillcrest Lumber employed in reforestation projects and Co., had been firefighting a weeks-old given such varied duties as converting blaze on Mt. Brenton, and they were drivformer railway grades into logging roads ing back to camp, headed west past Hill 60 and burning and dismantling abandoned when the accident occurred. The odds of logging camps. The latter duty was motiv- its happening were so infinitesimal as to ated by the Forest Service’s wanting to defy mathematical probabilities let alone

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the imagination. That a lone car should come along just at the moment that the tree fell across the road — not a moment before it, not a moment behind it — but right on top of it! It was calculated that if the car had been travelling at 30 miles per hour it would have covered 44 feet per second and “a third of a second’s distance might have prevented the tragedy”. A third of a second! The weight of the two-foot-thick tree was such that it drove the engine 10 inches into the pavement and catapulted both men through the windshield and dashboard, inflicting fatal injuries. Word quickly spread that they’d been killed through the misguided efforts of conscientious objectors from out-of-province who’d been taken into custody by provincial police. As Ian MacInnes notes in his history of Carlton Stone’s Hillcrest Lumber Co., “they were tried and convicted in every coffee shop and beer parlour in Duncan” despite a police suggestion that dense alders which obstructed their view of the adjacent road likely were a mitigating factor. Fortunately, a coroner’s jury which included experienced loggers and a visit to the accident scene was more level-headed. After hearing testimony from those involved, the logger-jurors had noted what they considered to be the amateurish cut of the tree which had been sawn right through from back-cut to under-cut (the notch) without leaving some wood to “hold” the tree in place while a wedge was inserted so as to lever it over in the

It takes real skill to properly fall a large tree, particularly if it’s “conky,” as shown by the tragedy of 1942. —TWP intended direction. Too, the inexperienced fallers apparently hadn’t noticed that the tree was “conky,” meaning partially rotted through, when they made their cuts. In their testimony, Jake Friesen and Jacob Unger Friesen, both from Winkler, Man., said they’d never logged before taking the one-month See Coroner’s jury • page 11

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Franz Gerber headlines Elks Oktoberfest event LEXI BAINAS CITIZEN

“If you can’t go to Germany, this will be the closest thing to it,” organizer Karl Brust said last week about the Duncan Elks old-fashioned Oktoberfest on Sunday, Sept. 29. Traditional entertainer and Mr. Oktoberfest, Franz Gerber, is coming to the Cowichan Valley for a rollicking afternoon with all the fun of an old-fashioned German beer hall at their Duncan Elks facility. An Elks member, Brust is thrilled to put on this Oktoberfest event this year because, as a GermanCanadian, he knows what’s needed. “Without the proper Oktoberfest music, it would be no use putting on the event,” he said last week. So, Brust has lined up the lederhosen-clad accordionist. “Franz Gerber will be our entertainer on that Sunday afternoon. He is well known on the Lower Mainland, playing at all the major clubs, as well as at Whistler and the big Oktoberfest in Leavenworth, Wash. “Franz plays all the traditional German music, along with getting the audience to participate in sing-alongs. This is the first time for him to perform on Vancouver Island,” Brust said. There’s been a real effort put into keeping the event real. “Besides good music, everything is being done to make this event as authentic as possible, right down to serving the same German beer and food that is available at the Munich Oktoberfest,” Brust said. Doors open at noon, with the show beginning at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are only $10 per person and include the food, which will be served at 5:30 p.m.

Coroner’s jury suggested flagmen be used in future From page 10 ASW course under the direction of an experienced logger three months earlier, and they thought they’d made their cuts as they’d been taught. Ironically, John Watson, the forestry camp foreman, said he’d assigned the Friesens to the task of dropping that tree because, of 30 sets of fallers in the camp, they’d worked together as a team from the beginning and he thought they’d always shown “very good judgment”. He’d set five other sets of fallers, under the supervision of an instructor, to work on the opposite side of the road with explicit instructions to take no chances because of the proximity of the Cowichan Lake Highway. Instructor George Wren explained that his understanding of the work procedure was to oversee the tree-cutting only: “I was given no instructions to post men on the highway, but just to be careful.” Re-called to the stand, Watson confirmed Wren’s version of this critical point. “But I told [him] not to take any trees that would be dangerous, and I put him in charge because he was the man with the most experience.” No red flags had been posted on the road; in fact, the camp had no red flags. Although the Workman’s Compensation Board, the jury was informed, didn’t require that road guards (today’s ubiquitous flag persons) be posted, for an unspecified time earlier in the day Wren and another man had voluntarily stationed themselves as lookouts. Coroner A.E. Green’s final instruction to the jury was to decide “whether due care was exercised under the circumstances”. They ruled the deaths to have been accidental with the suggestion that, “in future, where men are falling trees or snags near public roads, there should be men put on the road with flags to prevent such accidents”.

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Rick Juliusson will help lead a discussion Friday, Oct. 4 to discover whether co-op style accommodation could be a solution for the Valley’s growing population of seniors. [LEXI BAINAS/CITIZEN FILE]

Is co-operative housing the solution to the Valley’s problem of providing safe, effective care for seniors? It could be, and some of the area’s active co-op enthusiasts are providing an opportunity Friday, Oct. 4 for seniors and their families and caregivers to talk about the idea. “This is the right time and the right place, said local spokesman Rick Juliusson of Cowichan Co-op Connections. “We’re a Valley that has a tradition of working together. Co-ops aren’t a new idea, of course. We’re just saying: here’s a legal structure that matches how we want to live in a sustainable way and together.” The BC Co-operative Association is launching a program, funded in part by the Government of Canada through its Social Development Partnerships Program and the Vancouver Foundation, to support the development of elder care co-ops across Canada. Three different kinds of co-ops are on the agenda: housing coops, aging in place and foster care co-ops and co-op residential care facilities. So, an informative discussion has been arranged from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John’s Anglican Church, at the corner of First and Jubilee in Duncan.

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“There’s a need in this community for this kind of thing; after all, we had the closing of the Cowichan Lodge. A full service residential facility is one of the three options. Maybe it’s the answer for that closure. Or maybe we would want to go with one of the other two models. We need to talk about it.” RICK JULIUSSON, Cowichan Co-op Connections

The prog ram will provide development funding of up to $20,000 for pilot co-op projects, designed and directed by seniors, senior organizations, and communities. Project coordinator Kevin Harding will be there to talk about it. Juliusson said the opportunity is there but it needs action. “It’s really cool, but of course just now it’s still at the exploratory phase. There is funding to do three of them across the province and seven across the country. This meeting is to find out if we want to apply to be one of them,” he said Saturday. Starting only a short while ago, interest in co-ops of all kinds has

exploded in the Cowichan Valley Juliusson said. “We’ve had about seven spring up in the last year. I personally am working with two more right now that are trying to become co-ops and two others that are developing and changing how to write their co-op,” he said. At the Oct. 4 meeting Harding will explain about the three different types of elder care co-ops that are eligible for this funding. “Then, we’ll take it from there, we’ll lead a community dialogue along the lines of: you’ve heard this idea; does this fit one of the needs in the Valley? If so, which of those three models would be the best for us to work towards so we can submit a letter of intent by the end of the October. Then, if we’re selected, we can prepare a full proposal,” Juliusson said. “If we feel we need more time we can do it at the end of March but in my mind if we’re going to do it, it’s best to get on with it. There are only three of these going to be in B.C.,” he said. “There’s a need in this community for this kind of thing; after all, we had the closing of the Cowichan Lodge. A full service residential facility is one of the three options. Maybe it’s the answer for that closure. Or maybe we would want to go with one of the other two models. We need to talk about it,” Juliusson said.


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ncredible! That was the word I thought of after watching a video clip recently of a senior FROM NEXT gentleman DOOR in a nursing Chris Wilkinson home absolutely come alive when re-introduced to his music. Perhaps you’ve seen the clip on Facebook or YouTube. It’s a story about a senior gentleman with dementia who seems to be living out his days in a depressed, unresponsive state until something magical happens. An amazing caregiver uses a technique she learned from a previous resident and you just see the magic unfold on the screen right in front of you. It will make your day! If you can watch it right this moment — do! Go to YouTube and search “Henry + music”. View pure joy. The brain tends to operate on a “first in, last out” principle, whereby the earlier memories and skills tend to stick around the longest. So given that we humans are auditorily developed and musically receptive prior to most other systems, it stands to reason that the music will stay with us much longer than many of our faculties. Music can be soothing. Music is

This screen capture is from the YouTube video showing Henry’s reaction to music. To view the video, scan this page with the Layar app or go to www. for the link. so nostalgic. Music taps into the depths of our brain matter and revives the powerful feelings and energy from many of our greatest memories. Music has been called the “universal language of mankind”. I think it is the universal language of the spirit. When you see Henry’s response to music, and see him light up and re-awaken…that’s powerful! The people that brought this video to my attention this week are advocating the use of individualized music therapy in seniors care to refresh memories and experiences that take an individual back to some of their great memories. I think this has amazing potential to grow and become a primary memory and experience care strategy for seniors. So here’s what you can do to help: if you have a child or

grandchild with an iPod that they won’t be using anymore, please email me (see below). I would like to try and collect iPods and pay them forward to the people I was introduced to, who are organizing a Music and Memory Program using these iPods. It’s such a heartwarming project that we can’t help but get involved with something so simple to improve a senior’s quality of life so much, with so little required effort. Chris Wilkinson, B.Sc. Kin is the owner/ GM for Nurse Next Door Home Care Services franchise serving Cowichan, Nanaimo, Parksville and surrounding communities. Nurse Next Door provides award winning in-home care and support for seniors. For more info call 250-748-4357, or email Chris@

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Sunfest fans eager for headliner reveal Sunfest organizers tried to reassure eager-beaver music fans this week that the announcement of next year’s headliner is pending, even though they can’t say yet who it is. In an email sent out recently, Wideglide Entertainment said the announcement of the 2014 big name will have to wait on final confirmation. “We hope to have final confirm-

ation from the artist very soon and will immediately post it on our social media sites and www.” The dates for next year’s event will be July 31 through Aug. 3 and tickets for the general public for 2014 go on sale Sept. 30. While they were at it, the organizers said they had listened to comments from the public about this summer’s Sunfest and are planning changes, such as moving the stage back and building shower rooms.

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The Cowichan Theatre’s new publicist, Brian Kroeker, is excited when he talks about the upcoming season. “We are re-branding the theatre. That’s so important,” he said last week. A revamp of the website, a new look for the brochure: it’s all grist for the mill for this talented graphic designer who will also be handling all the publicity duties, filling a position that has been vacant at the theatre for a decade. He’s had his head down since arriving mid-summer, working on updating the website and the brochure, giving them a new look as well as making them more user friendly. And the new season is now upon us, so he was thrilled at the variety of quality acts and crowd-pleasing favourites the theatre has on tap already. “One great show that is coming this fall is the Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats. That’s going to be something really colourful and special,” he said. Other exciting new acts include Colin James on Nov. 13 and Steve Patterson on Nov. 16. Something entirely new this season is Morning Musicale, where pianist Sarah Hagen hosts a series of classical concerts that feature coffee and tea and a chance to chat with performers. “They’ll be intimate, the audience is right on the stage. It’s a wonderful idea,” Kroeker said. Back for another visit to the Cowichan Theatre is singer John McDermott, the International Guitar Night show, Ballet Jörgen, Ballet Victoria, the Royal City Youth Ballet, Winter Harp and, of course, the Victoria Symphony and Palm Court Orchestra, Kroeker said. On the big screen, Reel Alternatives, the National Theatre and the

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Brian Kroeker, showing off the brochure he designed for the Cowichan Theatre, is anticipating a great year at the Valley’s landmark facility with events scheduled to appeal to the whole family. [LEXI BAINAS/CITIZEN] Metropolitan Opera presentations continue to offer Valley patrons the drama, music and movies they couldn’t see any other way. Kroeker said he expects to see the theatre moving even more to the forefront as it reaches out into the community. Kirsten Schrader, the CVRD’s Arts and Culture Division Manager and Kroeker’s boss, is delighted at the progress he’s made. “The Cowichan Theatre has a brand new website and we also have a new URL, thanks to the hard work of our new publicist. “This website is more user friendly and malleable depending on what events we are promoting.

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New features will be added in the coming months,” she said. “Our new fall 2013 season brochure [is on the streets now]. Brian has designed both the website and brochure to be consistent with the new Cowichan Theatre brand. There will be some late additions to the season’s line up that didn’t make it into the brochure, so stay connected on our website,” Schrader said. It was time for change, she said, adding, “I am thrilled that the Cowichan Theatre’s website is finally reflective of its high standing in the community and its national profile as a professional theatre. We welcome feedback on the site.”

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Duncan Garage hopes to pack them in for three-day fundraiser

Deadline coming up for Vancouver Island Music Award nominations



Three days of exciting events will showcase the Duncan Garage Showroom while trying to raise funds to keep it going. Proprietor Longevity John Falkner calls on the friends of the venue every year to help keep the music playing, and they always step up. It all starts Thursday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m., with Vince Vaccaro in concert. This special performer is returning to the Showroom on its 10th anniversary for what Falkner said this week he hopes is “another sell out performance for him” Tickets are $20 apiece and $5 from each one goes into the fundraising barrel. By Friday, Sept. 27, also starting at 8 p.m., it’s time for some of the young performers who graced the CUPE stage during the 39 Days of July to get another chance to perform. Admission to this Youth Showcase is by donation to the Showroom fundraiser. On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days, it’s time for the DGS Garage Sale and Extravaganza Fund Raiser. “The name says it all: raising monies to stay open. Donations of goods for the sale accepted. We need to raise monies to continue what we are doing in our community,” Falkner said in his press release. Also on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Avalon Equestrian Centre on

It’s time to get your submissions in for the 10th annual Vancouver Island Music Awards. Organizers have sent out their final call. All information on what and how to submit can be found at These awards are open to anyone aged 10 and up, in all music styles. The deadline for submitting is Sept. 30. The theme for VIMA 10 is, simply, “The Song,” and organizers say the categories are reflective of this theme. So, what are the categories? They include youth song, roots/folk/country song, blues song, jazz song, pop song, rock song, hard rock/metal, world music, gospel song, children’s music, vocal performance of the year, music video of the year and live act of the year. Nominees will be announced in late October, and the gala to announce the winners (and showcase many performances by nominees) will be held in March. The city and venue will be announced later. The Island artist of the year winners for the past three years were Victoria’s Steph Macpherson (2013), Ladysmith’s Ryan McMahon (2012), and Courtenay’s Helen Austin (2011). Island musicians can also contact VIMA at 778350-9725 for information but don’t delay. That deadline is roaring up on us.

Longevity John Falkner Herd Road, Showroom supporters can enjoy a fundraiser dance to celebrate the venue’s 10th anniversary. This dance features Eugene Smith and his band: Donny McGilvary on drums, JJ Charlebois on bass and Zak Cohen on guitar. Also appearing are Gláucia Regina Desrochers with Martyn Jones and then marvel as Marty accompanies Bill Levity while playing, the bass, a bass drum and a high hat. RSVP to Jeff Winship at 250732-3991 if you want to go and for more details. Tickets are $25 each. It’s a BYOB event with a potluck dinner. Finally, on Sunday evening, Sept. 29 from 6-11 p.m. fans of the Showroom can enjoy the Musicians in Support of the DGS performance. On tap are the Hardware Girls, Gláucia and Marty, Beverley McKeen and many more. A suggested donation of $10 per person will get you in for what promises to be a great evening.



Sydney Fleming is a student at Cowichan Secondary School and studies piano and theory with Jo Wright. Sydney enjoys playing pop, blues and classical piano. She is a talented and gifted student and puts her heart into everything she does. Everyone is proud of Sydney for recently achieving 97 per cent on her theory examination. Brava, Sydney! COURTESY COWICHANMUSICTEACHERS.COM

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Edvard Munch works set to grace the big screen for 150th LEXI BAINAS CITIZEN

Everyone knows Edvard Munch’s most famous painting but there’s lots more to learn about this remarkable artist. [SUBMITTED]

Some of the world’s greatest art on the huge screen at the Cowichan Theatre? You bet. A special event called Munch 150, kicks off a brand new series called Great Art on Screen at the theatre today (Wednesday, Sept. 25) at 7 p.m. This year, all of Norway is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch, famous worldwide for his series of four paintings, entitled The Scream. He lived during turbulent times, from 1863–1944 and is considered one of the towering figures of modern art.

This special presentation in his honour is already being hailed a “once-in-a-lifetime show”. Global interest is huge as one of the pictured painting recently set a public art auction record of $120 million. Although even people who would never claim to be particularly knowledgeable about art know Munch as the man who painted The Scream, his complete works are remarkable and are sure to secure his place in the pantheon of the world’s superb artists. Munch 150 will be co-hosted by the National Museum and the Munch Museum, both in Oslo. With 220 paintings on show, it brings together the greatest num-

ber of Munch’s key works in one place. The event film will go behindthe-scenes to show some of the process of putting the exhibition together — as well as providing an in-depth biography of a man who lived from the mid-19th century right through to the German occupation of Norway in World War II. Host Tim Marlow will ask special guests for their expert insights, making this presentation a real learning experience for art lovers. Tickets are $19 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $13.50 for children. Get them at the Cowichan Ticket Centre.

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It was way back in 2004 when Jazz Vespers first emerged at Sylvan United Church in Mill Bay. Now, in its 2013 season of presenting jazz in the round, the series continues to features top musicians from all areas of Canada and beyond. First up this year, on Saturday, Sept. 28 starting at 4:30 p.m. is the James McRae Trio with pianist Miles Black, Ken Lister on bass and McRae on drums. In addition to Jazz Vespers, the event organizers also offer ticketed concerts and occasional one-act theatre offerings under the name of Church Mice Productions. A Music Outreach project also funds an annual arts bursary to a graduating secondary school student going on to higher education in the arts. This bursary is made possible through tax deductible donations to the Youth-and-Mentors-in-

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The James McRae Trio offers stylings by pianist Miles Black, bassist Ken Lister and James McRae on drums at Sylvan United Church Sunday to start a new season of South end jazz. [SUBMITTED] Music Bursary Fund and fundraising efforts from ticketed concert series during the year. So, if you didn’t realize you were helping out just by coming and enjoying the jazz, now you know. Admission is by donation but $10

is suggested. You can easily find the church if you drive west on Shawnigan/Mill Bay Road and, just past the Frances Kelsey Secondary field, make a sharp right turn. The church is set back a bit from the road.

Noisy Mime Theatre, a relative newcomer to the Valley’s thespian scene, is holding auditions this weekend for a presentation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which is scheduled to hit the stage in February 2014. The auditions are being held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28 starting at 6 p.m. at 151 Jubilee St. But, you must book an appointment by calling 250-709-5239 or leave a message at Noisy Mime Theatre on Facebook or visit Anyone trying out is asked to bring a one- to two-minute monologue but no previous stage experience is required. Callbacks will be held Sept. 29. Simply showing up will not get you in, organizers say.

The group’s goal is to boost existing performers and encourage young new faces and eventually to provide professional and affordable work and performance space. Noisy Mime is still looking for a permanent venue and in the meantime plans to work out of the Mercury Theatre on Brae Road in Duncan.

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Cowichan’s Mitch Ball closes in on the Victoria net during the second period of Saturday’s 4-2 Capitals victory. [KEVIN ROTHBAUER/CITIZEN]

Caps’ early run catching eyes KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN

A far cry from the last-place team of the 2012/13 season, the Cowichan Valley Capitals have caught national attention with their strong start in the 2013/14 B.C. Hockey League campaign. The Caps, who beat the Victoria Grizzlies 4-2 last Saturday and lost 3-2 in overtime against the Surrey Eagles on Sunday, were an honourable mention when the CJHL rankings were released on Tuesday. While the Caps just missed the CJHL’s top 20 list, the press release noted the team’s “instant return to respectability under new Head Coach Bob Beatty.” Beatty himself doesn’t put a lot of stock in the rankings, but some of the players are pleased, as the coach found out when he picked injured defenceman Jarrett Brown up at the airport after an appointment with his surgeon. “I don’t get too carried away with the rankings,” he said. “But that’s the first thing Brownie said. As long as they don’t read anything into it. We need to work extremely hard to stay where we are.” The Caps put on a show on Saturday as they renewed their rivalry with the Grizzlies. “I thought that was a good pace for a September game,” said Beatty. “The

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“We need to work extremely hard to stay where we are.” BOB BEATTY, Capitals head coach

room took it lightly, which is a good sign.” Powell, a 19-year-old who came to Cowichan in the off-season after two years with the Grizzlies, is off to a great start with his new team. “Myles was outstanding,” said Beatty. “It wasn’t just statistically. He played a lot of minutes against his old team on Saturday, and a lot of minutes on Sunday. We can use him in all situations, and the more he plays, the better he plays.” Gibson assisted on both of Powell’s goals for his second two-point night in a row. Gusse made 28 saves but was saddled with his first defeat of the young season. Bo Didur was solid in the Surrey net, stopping 35 of 37 shots. The Caps will head off on their first big road foray of the season later this week, visiting the Trail Smoke Eaters on Friday, the Penticton Vees on Saturday and the Merritt Centennials on Sunday. “Trail has already beaten us once, Penticton is predicted to be a front-runner, and Merritt is a good club that we’ll be playing at 2 p.m. on the third day of a three-day road trip,” said Beatty. “All those games are going to be difficult.”

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Steve Scott of Cowichan FC moves the ball past a Bays player at Keserich Field. [KEVIN ROTHBAUER/CITIZEN]

FC’s inevitable draw with Bays finally happens KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN

Cowichan FC and Bays United are so wellmatched, it was inevitable that they would eventually play to a draw. The teams have split their last 10 meetings — five wins for Cowichan and five for Bays, including the last two matches — and went into the game tied for top spot in Div. 1 of the Vancouver Island Soccer League so it didn’t come as a huge surprise when they battled to a tie at Keserich Field last Friday. The biggest shock was that the game between two teams stocked with players who can put the ball in the net ended up scoreless. “I was surprised it was 0-0,” said Cowichan head coach Glen Martin. “I don’t think we’ve ever had a 0-0 tie with them. Definitely not in the last four years.” Tying the team that shares first place with them and eliminated them from last year’s Jackson Cup tournament wasn’t quite good enough for Cowichan however. “I felt we should have won the game,” said Martin. “We had a couple of chances that we didn’t finish off.” Those chances included one on a first-half corner kick where the ball somehow resisted rolling over the line, and another on a Steve Scott cross to Matt Arnett in the second half. Both goalies made good saves, as Cowichan’s Joel Wilson continued his season-long shutout streak, and the Bays’ keeper, who Martin believed to be their second- or third-stringer, was impressive. “Overall we were pretty happy,” said Martin. “They were probably happier. A 0-0 tie on the road was good for them.” Cowichan will have a bye this coming weekend, followed by a visit to the Prospect Lake Lakers on Oct. 5. The Lakers sit last in the nine-team division, but Martin knows better than to shrug off anyone. “We’ll be taking them very seriously,” he said.


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Groenendijk during last year’s exhibition. [CITIZEN FILE]

Megan Groenendijk returns to DCS Former Duncan Christian School multi-sport star Megan Groenendijk will return to the scene of her high school athletic exploits next Monday as her Vancouver Island University Mariners take on the Camosun College Chargers in a college volleyball exhibition. The college match at 7 p.m. will wrap up a night of volleyball that also includes a meeting between the DCS senior girls and Pacific Christian School. Admission is by donation. Kerry Park’s Matt Grant battles in the corner with a Nanaimo player during last Saturday’s 3-1 loss. [KEVIN ROTHBAUER/CITIZEN]

Penalties continue to plague Isles KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN

After an impressive showing the previous week, the Kerry Park Islanders were unable to keep up their momentum last weekend as they played host to the top two teams in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League on backto-back dates. Saturday night’s battle with the North Division-leading and undefeated Nanaimo Buccaneers turned out fairly close as the Bucs won 3-1, with an emptynetter inflating their final total. Sunday afternoon’s tilt with the South Division-leading and also undefeated Victoria Cougars was close when the teams were at even strength, but ended 5-1 in the Cougars’ favour when powerplay goals were factored in. “On Saturday night, we were with them until the end,” said Islanders owner Mark Osmond. “We played well. Nanaimo played well. I think they won more of the individual battles than we did.” The Bucs opened the scoring early in the first period, but Kerry Park’s Corey Peterson pulled his team even midway through the second. It wasn’t until the midpoint of the third that Nanaimo regained the lead, which they held through the final buzzer, adding one more into the vacant cage with 14 seconds left. “Nanaimo’s owner came up to me after the game and said it was probably the toughest game they’d played all year,” said Osmond. Jackson Jane had a strong outing in the Islanders’ net, stopping 32 of 34 shots. The Isles fired 21 pucks at his counterpart, Ryan Waldhaus, beating him just once. Against Victoria, the Isles’ penalty issues, which have plagued them all year, proved the deciding factor. The Cougars converted

“The signs are there that we can play with any team in the league.” MARK OSMOND, Kerry Park Islanders owner

four of the nine powerplays the Isles gave them, and led 5-0 before Tylor Branzsen got the team on the board with 20 seconds left to play. Much of the problem for the Isles, said Osmond, came in the form of retaliatory penalties when the Cougars got extra shots in after the whistle. “You’ve got to be disciplined and take it,” he said. “The referee always sees the retaliation.” The Isles collected 61 penalty minutes against the Cougars, with four players — Peterson, Tyler Fraser, Alex Milligan and Matt Grant — all in double digits. At even-strength, the Isles matched the Cougars 1-1, and the scoreless third-period was also a good indicator. “The signs are there that we can play with any team in the league,” said Osmond. Jane was back in goal, making 43 saves on 48 shots, while Nathan Hargrave stopped 20 of 21 shots in the Victoria net. Prior to the weekend games, the Islanders made a few personnel moves, trading forward Kyle Peterson to the Westshore Wolves and adding Valley product Dayne Ellison in a separate deal with Westshore. Trevor Beauregard was signed to fill the 20-year-old spot vacated by Peterson, and young blueliner Taylor Armbruster was also added to the mix. The Isles have just one game this coming weekend, as they head north to Parksville to visit the Oceanside Generals on Saturday evening.

Mason Shadlock, left, and Deklon, right, on the podium at provincials. [SUBMITTED]

Wakeboarders make a national splash KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN

Cobble Hill’s Mason and Deklon Shadlock enjoyed a phenomenal summer on the wakeboarding circuit, with impressive results on both the provincial and national scenes. They started off the season already in strong form as Mason, 13, placed first overall and Deklon, 11, was fourth in the under-14 class at the Covert Wake in North Vancouver’s Deep Cove. The next stop was closer to home at Nanaimo’s Long Lake in a competition presented by surf company Rip Curl, and again, Mason finished first and Deklon was fourth. The boys were then handpicked to face off against each other in a head-tohead competition, after which Mason was named Rip Curl Grom [young surfer] of the Year. Back at training with the provincial team on Sproat Lake, the boys learned several new tricks. Sproat Lake was also the site of their next tour stop, where Mason again placed first, while Deklon finished third. Mason advanced to the open division, facing off against the best riders from other divisions at the competition, and placed second. A week later, the family went to Shumway Lake near Kamloops for provincials, where Mason placed second and Deklon was a close third. Later that month, it was off to Bala, in Ontario’s Muskoka Lake region for nationals. “There was some stiff competition from all across our country and the boys had their work cut out for them,” said their dad, Tom. The top riders from B.C., Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec made their way through three heats, with just the top two riders from each heat moving on. Both Mason and Deklon reached the final heat, with Mason seeded fourth and Deklon sixth. Overcoming their nerves, they both had excellent final runs. Deklon, the youngest rider in the national finals, placed sixth, while Mason placed second. The Shadlocks expressed their gratitude to their sponsors who made their summer success possible: Rip Curl, Nanaimo’s Alternative Groove, and Liquid Force.

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Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association seeks a part time Executive Director with possibility of future full time. Ideal candidate is a strong leader and communicator with 3-5 yrs experience in management. Experience with persons with disabilities and/or horses an asset. Pls contact for job description. Submit applications (w/ cover letter) salary expectations and references to until Oct 1, 2013. Please confine all contact to e-mail provided only. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. a


ANNEX AID FUNDRAISER Good as Gold Garage Sale


The Halalt First Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Daycare program is designed to promote first nations language and cultural uniqueness, while at the same time ensuring your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school readiness in a caring, and supportive educational environment. Our Daycare programming incorporates elders who carry out cultural programing covering Hulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;qumiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;num Language, Drumming and Dance Programs, along with a daily nutritional food program for the children. Halalt Licensed Daycare is now accepting application for children between the ages of 30 months to 5 years old. The Daycare hours of operation are: 7:00am - 5:50pm, Monday - Friday. .


Wescon Doors is looking to add a CNC Operator to our team. Good math and communication skills are a necessity. a Preference will be given to those with woodworking experience and computer skills. We offer competitive wages and benefits package. a Please drop resumes off between 9:00am & 4:30pm at: Wescon Cedar Products Ltd. 5120 Polkey Road Duncan, BC aa

Mobile Journeyman Mechanic The Mechanic will be responsible for coordinating and conducting maintenance on NCEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heavy equipment fleet in various locations within Western Canada. The position will be based on a rotational basis depending on workloads required in the field.

Responsibilities wOrganizing, procuring materials and carrying out repairs w Facilitating the preventative maintenance program w Tracking of major repairs w Parts management wTraining operators in preventative maintenance requirements w Site correspondence to keep track of minor repairs that are required and can be carried out during equipment downtime w Repair of major components during busy times to keep the equipment moving w Management of support staff for equipment repair

Qualifications/Requirements w Minimum Journeyman Mechanic w Minimum 5-10 years of relevant experience in a selfdirected environment w Maintaining and contributing to the proper care for company assets w Stick and Mig welding experience w Self-starter w Organized w Ability to create prioritized lists w Basic MS Office - outlook, word, excel, pdf

Please submit resume via email to or by fax to 250-753-1210


We can be contacted during our regular office hours at: 7973 Chemainus Road, Chemainus, B.C. Telephone Number: 250-246-4736 Monday to Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

GENERAL EMPLOYMENT QUEEN OF ANGELS EARLY LEARNING CENTRE requires an after school care worker. The successful candidate will have their early childhood education and care license to practice, assistant license, or have taken the responsible adult course. Current first aid and criminal record check is required. This position would be ideal for an individual who is practicing the Catholic Faith. Please drop off resumeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at: 2085 Maple Bay Rd or fax to 250-746-8689. Closing date:Oct 1,2013 License #1381622 WORK OPPORTUNITIES + TRAVEL Childcare positions in United States, air fare, medical etc. provided. Childcare in Holland, New Zealand, Australia, Spain, England, China, etc. Different benefits apply. Teach in South Korea, air fare, medical etc. provided. Hotel jobs in England. Summer Camp jobs in Europe 2014 Apply at: 902-422-1455 Email: DELI FRONT END PERSON must be available days, eves, weekends. Suit mature peson.Apply with resume to: Masonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Store, 1855 Renfrew Rd., Shawnigan Lake. FULL TIME FELLERâ&#x2C6;&#x2019; BUNCHER OPERATOR â&#x2C6;&#x2019; ISLAND FIBRE LTD. Required immediately, Feller â&#x2C6;&#x2019;Buncher Operator, Port Alberni area, close to town, Union rates & benefits. contact 250â&#x2C6;&#x2019;597â&#x2C6;&#x2019;2555

TRADES HELP Busy Campbell River gear shop looking for Heavy Duty Gear Mechanic. Experience preferred but willing to train. Fax: 1-250=926-6660.

WORK WANTED HANDY MAN SERVICE Handyman with small truck: Free estimates, Senior Discounts. Home and Yard 250â&#x2C6;&#x2019;746â&#x2C6;&#x2019;8280 cowichanvalley


SALTAIR DC519253 â&#x2C6;&#x2019; 42 Papers Gardner Rd. â&#x2C6;&#x2019; South Oyster School Rd. area. MAPLE BAY DC519153 â&#x2C6;&#x2019; 53 Papers Belcarra Rd. â&#x2C6;&#x2019; Haida Rd. DUNCAN DC519009 â&#x2C6;&#x2019; 45 Papers Lakeview Dr. â&#x2C6;&#x2019; Mary St. â&#x2C6;&#x2019; 2957 â&#x2C6;&#x2019; 2979 Sherman Rd. Call Audette: 250â&#x2C6;&#x2019;715â&#x2C6;&#x2019;7783 









Saturday, September 28 * 9am â&#x2C6;&#x2019; 3 pm The HUB at Cow Stn. 2375 Koksilah Rd. Precious Preâ&#x2C6;&#x2019;owned Possessions, Plus Plants & Yummies Scrap metal drive bin on site Sept. 28 & 29

ESTATE GARAGE SALE SAT, SEPT. 28 & SUN, SEPT. 29 * 9 AM â&#x2C6;&#x2019; 3 PM 1811 Shawnigan/Mill Bay Rd. "Old Community Hall" Basement. Lotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of Stuff !

PLANT, HARVEST & GARAGE SALE Saturday, September 28, 2013 * 9:00 am â&#x2C6;&#x2019; 1:30 pm Queen of Angels School & St. Edwardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church Basement corner of Maple Bay Rd. & Tzouhalem Rd. Garden, Plants and Produce, Religious Articles, Home Baking & Apple Pies. Mystery Parcels, 50/50 Draw & Silent Auction. Something for Everybody â&#x2C6;&#x2019; Bring the whole family! Enjoy a muffin coffee break or Stay for Lunch (hot dogs & hamburgers)

SPECIAL PRE CHRISTMAS UNCLUTTER SALE Saturday, Sept. 29 * 1 â&#x2C6;&#x2019; 5 pm 130 Darnell Rd. Lake Cowichan 250â&#x2C6;&#x2019;749â&#x2C6;&#x2019;0127 Something for Everyone! Great low prices! Rain or Shine!



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3042 River Rd. Huge Garage Sale & BBQ Sat. Sept 28th,9 am - 3 pm BBQ hotdogs $2, drinks $1, Hosted by the Elks Charity. Call 250-246-3569 to book a table for $10. THRIFT STORE 7th-day Adventist 2nd & 3rd Sunday of Sept 10 am - 2 pm. Thursdays 11 am - 1 pm Join us for Bible Study Thursdays 10 - 11 am. Refreshments 10 am 3441 Gibbins Rd.


´ Liquidation MOVING Sale ´ Everything Must Go!

3400 Smiley Rd Chemainus

´ KIWANIS FLEA MARKET ´ Every Saturday, from 9am til 2pm Girl Guide Hall, 321 Cairnsmore St. For info phone: Pat at 250-748-1200 or Dave at 250-746-3616

Sept 27, 28, 29 7:30am -4pm

250-246-2144 Parentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Unite Garage Sale Huge event with 66 tables of childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toys, clothing & family goods. Saturday, Oct 5 9:00 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12 noon Island Savings Centre Multi-Purpose Hall Tables still available: $20 For more info call: 250-748-7529



CHEMAINUS DC519367 â&#x2C6;&#x2019; 56 Papers Cook St. â&#x2C6;&#x2019; 10028 â&#x2C6;&#x2019; 10061 Old Victoria Rd.

20TH ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR AT DUNCAN FIRE HALL Saturday, Nov. 16 * 10 am â&#x2C6;&#x2019; 3 pm Early Bird Discount for table registration until Sept 30. Proceeds to Muscular Dystrophy. Call Elisabeth 250â&#x2C6;&#x2019;709â&#x2C6;&#x2019;1155.






APPLIANCES APT SIZE CHEST freezer $125. 12 cu.ft freeze $150. White 15 cu.ft fridge $175. White 30â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; range $150. White 30â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; smooth top range $150. Almond 30â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; range $100. Kenmore washer/dryer $350. GE washer $150. GE dryer $150. Inglis dryer $100. GE built-in dishwasher $125. & more! 6-mth warranty on all appliances. Greg: 250246-9859.

FOR SALE - MISC BUTCHER SUPPLIES, Leather + Craft Supplies and Animal Control Products. Get your Halfords 136 page Free Catalog 1-800-3537864 or Email: Visit our Web Store:

BUILDING SUPPLIES STEEL BUILDING -SIZZLING SUMMER SAVINGS EVENT! 20x22 $4,188. 25x24 $4,598. 30x36 $6,876. 32x44 $8,700. 40x52 $12,990. 47x70 $17,100. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-6685422. STEEL BUILDINGS/METAL BUILDINGS 60% OFF! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100, sell for balance owed! 1-800-457-2206

FIREWOOD AAA Quality dry firewood guaranteed. Call 250-7460105 or 250- 732-6163 Firewood Kiln Dried Bricks, No binders or chemicals, Burns hot & clean 90 boxes = 720 bricks for only $200. Pick up at 5120 Polkey Road Near Windsor Plywood. Local Deliveries available. 250-748-5595

FINANCIAL SERVICES DROWNING IN DEBT? Cut debts more than 50% & DEBT FREE in half the time! Avoid Bankruptcy! Free Consultation or 1-877-556-3500 BBB Rated A+ IF YOU own a home or real estate, ALPINE CREDITS can lend you money: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s That Simple. Your Credit/Age/ Income is NOT an issue. 1.800.587.2161




PETS PUPPY PATCH. Vacations or just for the day. Loving in my home care for your small best friend. Judy 250â&#x2C6;&#x2019;748â&#x2C6;&#x2019;8323.

CRIMINAL RECORD? Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let it block employment, travel, education, professional, certification, adoption, property rental opportunities. For peace of mind & a free consultation call 1-800-347-2540.

TELEPHONE SERVICES DISCONNECTED PHONE? National Teleconnect Home Phone Service. No One Refused! Low Monthly Rate! Calling Features and Unlimited Long Distance Available. Call National Teleconnect Today! 1-866-443-4408.







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APARTMENTS/CONDOS FOR RENT BRAEMORE COURT 1Bdrm, 2Baths, 5â&#x2C6;&#x2019;appliances, gated underground parking, downâ&#x2C6;&#x2019; town Duncan condominium, $850/mo. 250â&#x2C6;&#x2019;748â&#x2C6;&#x2019;6679.

OCEAN VIEW COWICHAN BAY. New 2Bdrm/den, 2 Baths. 2 patios, S/S appli. $1350/mo. Avail. Oct. 15. Rent to own option. 250â&#x2C6;&#x2019;701â&#x2C6;&#x2019;0521.

LOCKWOOD VILLA Chemainus bachelor $625/mo. 1Bdrm $650/mo. Avail. Oct. 1. Close to shopping/bus. 250â&#x2C6;&#x2019;246â&#x2C6;&#x2019;1399.


MAPLE GROVE APARTMENT $100 OFF 1st Monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rent 3271 Cowichan Lake Rd 2 and 3 bdrm units. Heat and hot water included. Family orientated. Clean and quiet. Renoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d units. Indoor pet welcome. On site laundry facilities. To view 250-710-7515 or 250-748-3412 Royal Alexander Apartments 1 & 2 Bdrms, quiet, secure & newly renovated. Over looking lovely garden. Seniors welcome. 2575 Alexander St. Call 250-746-6442


$100 OFF 1st Monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rent! 3251 Cowichan Lake Rd Clean 1 & 2 bdrm unit. Full size fridge, stove & dishwasher. Carpet & linoleum, window coverings, fireplace. Quite, well maintained building with elevator & sauna. Close to schools & hospital. Pet friendly. To view 250-710-7515 or 250-748-3412. Springridge Manor, has a fresh new look. 1 BR steâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clean & bright $590/mo. 3 BR steâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s totally renoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d $900, near University, ns/np Call 250-732-1839

SUITES FOR RENT 1BR/1BA $500 Duncan bachelor, incl. Heat, hot water, cable, internet. N/P, N/S, avail Oct 1. 250â&#x2C6;&#x2019;510â&#x2C6;&#x2019;5574 lv msg.


SUITES FOR RENT COBBLE HILL sm. 1Bdrm. Oct. 1. Newer, no steps, suit 1 mature person. Laundry, no dogs, N/S, ref req. $550/mo. Heat/electric included. 250â&#x2C6;&#x2019;743â&#x2C6;&#x2019;4010 250â&#x2C6;&#x2019;743â&#x2C6;&#x2019;4154.

DUNCAN. AVAILABLE OCT 1 2Bdrm. Ground level. Close to schools/shopping. Storage. $595, 482 Chesterfield. Text me at 250-896-4248 DUNCAN Clean, large 2Bdrm basement suite. $800/mo. hydro included. N/P. Available now. 250â&#x2C6;&#x2019;466â&#x2C6;&#x2019;4959. DUNCAN Private entr., modern 1Bdrm. Cable/net/util incl. W/D. Hosp. area. Avail immed. $650/mo. quiet person. 250.701.0069 or 250.710.6998 FOR ONE PERSON Cowichan Bay near 4â&#x2C6;&#x2019;way. Levelâ&#x2C6;&#x2019;entry bsmt. Bright/spacious. Covered patio/Quiet/private. Ideal for mature lady. N/S, N/P, N/L. $500./mo. util. incl. 748â&#x2C6;&#x2019;7704.

SHAWNIGAN LAKE. large 2 bdrm, above ground, recent upgrades, $900 incl utils, ns, np, w/d, NOW (250)715-6951

SHARED ACCOMMODATION COBBLE HILL In large lovely home. Includes miniâ&#x2C6;&#x2019;fridge, internet & many extras. $375/ mo. inclusive. 250â&#x2C6;&#x2019;733â&#x2C6;&#x2019;0905.

CLEANING For all your cleaning, cooking and laundry needs. Island Domestic has experienced housekeepers. We also do apartment, offices and one-time cleans. Serving Mill Bay to Ladysmith. Bonded, Insured, WCB, registered with DVA. 7100864 or 866-749-0213. www.islanddomestic

CLEANING Mrs. Clean - Wkly, biwkly & one time cleans. Over 10 years exp. Reliable. References. Sally: 250-743-2667


SARAH & CO. PROPERTY MAINTENANCE Free-Estimates Seniors-Discount Lawn-Care Packages, Landscaping & Design, Powerwashing, Carpentry/Deck-Work, Eavestrough-Cleaning, Moss-Removal, Hauling/Rubbish-Removal, Painting Small-MovingJobs, RECYCLING .

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ALLEN ASPHALT concrete, brick, drains, foundations, walls, membranes 250-751-0310 OR 778-269-1113

RENOS & HOME IMPROVEMENT LOOKING to expand/ renovate your home/ bathroom/kitchen/ basement? Roofing & finish carpentry also available. No job too small. Free Estimate ´Insured´

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VALLEY Calendar Miscellaneous


• Chemainus Legion: back by popular demand Jake’s Gift, live theatre, tickets $20 call 250-246-4532. • Mini Oktoberfest dance and dinner, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 3-6 p.m., Royal Canadian Legion #53 Duncan. Tickets $8, info: Ron 746-7805 or RCL at 746-5013. • Artist Trisha Klus at Duncan library leading workshop Book Making for Beginners, Thursday, Sept. 26, 4 p.m., registration required, 250-746-7661. • St. Edward’s Church plant, harvest and garage sale, church hall and Queen of Angels gyms, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sept. 28. Proceeds to Jesu Ashram hospital in India. • 2013 Salt Spring Island Apple Festival Sunday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Suggested starting Fulford Hall. Tickets $10 adults, $5 students, under 12 free. Displays, tastings, pie, apple IDs. • Chemainus Legion: Tour de Rock breakfast Oct. 1, meet and greet 7:30 a.m., call 250-246-4532 for advance tickets $20. Proceeds to Tour de Rock. • Join Jean Crowder, Nanaimo-Cowichan MP and guest Megan Leslie, NDP Environment Critic and Deputy Leader, for dinner and discussion on environmental issues Friday, Oct. 4, 5 p.m., Quw’utsun’ Centre, Duncan. Tickets in advance only, 250-710-0351. • Harvest Moon Casino Night and Silent Auction, Oct. 19, 7 p.m., tickets $20 (includes entry and play money for Casino). Proceeds to Harvest House Food Bank in Chemainus. Silent auction fundraiser for Chemainus Legion Branch #191.

Seniors • Chemainus Seniors Drop-in Centre dance with Happy Hans, Sept. 28, 7 p.m., Lunch included, $9. • Chemainus 55+ drop in centre muf-

Music • Hot Velvet Jazz, Friday, Sept. 27, The Bay Pub, 7-11 p.m., vocalist Kira Carroll with the Hot Velvet Jazz Band with Phil Newns and Denis Berger. • Cowichan Consort Orchestra rehearsal Mondays, 7:30 p.m. Sylvan United Church. Come play with us. All strings welcome. Info: 748-8982. • Cowichan Consort Choir Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., Sylvan United Church. Come sing with us. Info: 743-7445. • Chant Circle at the Art House (1756 Wilmot Ave., Shawnigan Lake) first Thursday of the month 7:30-8:30 p.m. By donation. Vocal experiments, techniques and world chants in a safe, sacred and playful environment to explore the power of the voice. Info:

The rain’s stopped, the sun’s come out and these outdoor enthusiasts are happily ready to start cleaning up the shoreline near Hecate Park. Their work was part of a country-wide Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. For video from the event scan this page with the Layar app or go to [LEXI BAINAS/CITIZEN]

fin mornings Wednesday and Friday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Come and meet new friends.

Meetings • Cowichan Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group meeting Thursday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m., board room of Canadian Cancer Society office, Duncan. Meet and talk with survivors and others. Info: Gord 250-743-6960. •Environmental Stewardship Bible Study — learn more about environmental concerns while building your faith. Led by atmospheric scientist at St. Peter’s Anglican Church. Starts Thursday evening, Sept. 26, open to

all. For information or to pre-register free, contact Geoff at 250-710-8011. • Chemainus Garden Club meeting Tuesday, Oct. 1, 1 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, 3319 River Rd., Chemainus. Speaker: Jenny Godfrey, on eradication of broom. Door prize, show and tell table. $2 drop-in fee. Info: 250-246-1207. • Cowichan Valley Prostate Cancer Group monthly meetings the last Thursday of every month. Canadian Cancer Society board room in Duncan, 7 p.m. Meet and talk with survivors and others. Info: Gord 250-743-6960. • Toastmasters noon hour club. Duncan Travelodge, noon to 1 p.m. Learn and improve public speaking and

communications skills. Info: www. • Cobble Hill Women’s Institute meets in the small room of the Cobble Hill hall, noon pot luck lunch, second Wednesday of the month. New members welcome. Info: Jessie Anderson 250-743-9040.

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• Cowichan Valley International Folkdancers meet Mondays, 7:30-9:45 p.m., Mill Bay Community Hall. $4 drop-in fee, $80 yearly membership. First night free. Call Katherine 250743-5082 or Lyn 250-743-2686. • Cowichan Ballroom Dance Club welcomes all fellow dancers to regular 6:30 p.m. Thursday night practices at Vimy Hall. Info: 250-597-1132. • Cowichan Valley Scottish Country Dancers, 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at Chemainus Seniors Centre. Singles and couples welcome.

• Cowichan Valley Artisans year round studio tour: 14 professional studios to explore. From Mill Bay to Ladysmith. for details of each studio’s hours. Admission free. • Cherry Point artists weekly paint-


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ing sessions (September to June), Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Cowichan Exhibition fairgrounds. Experienced and beginners welcome. Info: Jack 250-746-4795 or Olive 250-746-8020. • Enjoy ‘Ways of Writing’ - short stories, memoirs, poems - Wednesdays, 12:30-3 p.m. at the Seniors Centre in Lake Cowichan. More info: 250-749-4176.

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Cowichan Valley Citizen Wrap | Wednesday, September 25, 2013

20th Annual FALL


Cowichan Valley’s


Get inspired by the latest ideas in fall home improvement and decorating!

SEPTEMBER 27, 28, 29 Friday 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm Saturday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

FREE ADMISSION Cowichan Exhibition Hall 7380 Trans Canada Highway produced by

Show information:


EXPO Over 90 exhibits!

3 BIG DAYS! Come meet the latest decorators, remodelers, designers, suppliers and home improvement experts!



Wednesday, September 25, 2013 | Cowichan Valley Citizen Wrap

Message From the Show Manager

Cowichan Valley Citizen Wrap | Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Mineral Pro Manufacturing Ltd. 250-586-6667


Vancouver Island Insurance Centres 250-743-8013

#53, 54

Natural Light Patio Covers 604-857-1702


Northend Massage (Roller Ball) 250-756-0813


Edward Jones Investments 250-746-8723

#1, 2

Bath Fitter 250-418-8827


Countryside RV Sales 250-746-1699

#55, 56

Studio Kitchens 250-758-2566

#70, 71


Ace Curries To Go 604-761-2433


Liquid Stone Studios 250-245-5104


Mary Kay Cosmetics 250-710-2755


Clear Sighted Safety 250-652-5162

Arbutus & Riverside Wellness Centre - Total Image Fitness 250-720-4731



VI Granite & Repairs 250-802-2518


Designs by Maejic 250-701-0375


Epicure Selections 250-749-6899


Telus Communications 778-349-0661

The Window Viper 250-815-5877



Van Isle Windows Ltd. 250-383-7128


1440 Wellness 250-591-3876

Price’s Alarms 250-746-7757


Merit Furniture 250-746-5527


Donnelly Skylights 250-618-7126



The Great Canadian Roof Doctor 250-858-0103

Richard’s Island Perimeter Drains 778-977-3355

Fortis BC 778-578-3806



Valued Home Improvements 250-327-6774


Accent Garage Doors 250-812-5615



On behalf of the Show Management and over 90 exhibitors, we would like to welcome residents


First Memorial Funeral Services 250-384-5512



S & A Woodprocessing 250-743-4418

Island Basement Systems 877-379-2768


RTC-01 Installations of Canada Ltd. 250-709-5179


to the 20th Annual Fall Home Expo. You will be stimulated, inspired, and entertained...all for free!


The Super Plumber 250-715-1511

Tradewinds Products - Aromas Naturales 250-479-4939

Therma - Relief Inc. 604-764-0818


Duncan Vacuum House 250-748-4115


BJ’s Heating 250-743-2845



Great Dane Painting 250-701-3090

CHIC Liquid Vinyl System 250-858-6308


Sole Mate 250-739-0995

#38, 39

#81, 82

London Drugs 250-709-9910

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”

Modern Windows 604-485-2451

S.B. Window & Door Store 250-746-9570

Jim’s Pools & Spas 250-748-9811


The Mortgage Centre 250-597-7774


ADT Security Services Canada Inc. 604-444-7093

Kitchen Swap 250-929-2230


Custom Safety 855-294-7233


Orca Tubs 250-924-7365


and the resources to make your home a “masterpiece”!

Interlock Industries 604-953-1000

#13, 14

Mercedes-Benz Nanaimo 250-385-6737


Island Solar Films 250-756-2454

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Mid-Island Granite & Marble Countertops 250-924-2228


Act Hearing & Audiology Inc. 250-597-4228


St. John’s Ambulance 250-746-4058


Chinook Power Vac 250-715-1899


It Works 250-882-8846


Paddle’s Plank & Panel 250-701-2608


#18, 19

Westisle Mechanical Services Ltd. 250-746-9600

Coastal Community Credit Union 250-246-4704


Tidal Blinds 250-416-0097


Island Murphy Beds 250-748-1151

#22, 23

As Seen On TV 778-318-6683


Shaw CableSystems G.P. 250-824-1809


owichan Valley’s final show of the year starts Friday in Cowichan Valley. See the newest and the best products and services for your home and outdoor living at one location in three big, action-packed days!

Come find decorators, builders, remodelers,

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 Fall Home Expo 2013, Sept. 27-29 at the Cowichan Exhibition Hall, 7380 Trans Canada Hwy (corner of Mays Rd). Create your dream home.

Admission is FREE all weekend! Darcy Hope Show Manager

#47, 62, 63 JW Sales & Marketing 604-307-3129 #48

Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens 250-722-2244

#49, 50

Northwest Window & Door Company Ltd. 250-380-7580

#51, 52

Mister Sweeper 250-748-1962

#65-67 #68

Evergreen Exhibitions Ltd. introduces the most affordable way to reach your target market! Contact our sales managers regarding our Website Business Directory!





Wednesday, September 25, 2013 | Cowichan Valley Citizen Wrap

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September 25, 2013  

The September 25, 2013 edition of the Cowichan Valley Citizen.

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