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Record Staff Richard Hardy of the K’ómoks First Nation is among 15 recipients of a National Aboriginal Achievement Award. He won in the Environment and Natural Resources category for protecting aquaculture and preserving shellfish harvesting grounds. After graduating from a shellfish aquaculture course in 2001, Hardy helped develop Pentlatch Seafoods, of which he is manager. The company is the third largest shellfish grower in the region with two tenures in Comox Harbour and five in Baynes Sound Founded in 2004, Pentlatch received the 2005 Town of Comox Community Service Award for contributions to Comox and its citizens. The 2007 B.C. Shellfish Growers’ business-of-the-year and 2008 MISTIC science and innovation awards followed. Hardy and other recipients were presented to the House of Commons on Tuesday in Ottawa, where they were recognized by Members of Parliament. Television/movie star Adam Beach (arts) is among the award winners who will be honoured at a National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation gala event February in Vancouver. “Each and every one of our award recipients is a leader and role model who has made a profound impact on communities across Canada and worldwide,” foundation president/ CEO Roberta Jamieson said. “By honouring their achievement we continue to inspire many others waiting to demonstrate their potential — which is why the work of the foundation in providing much-needed resources to First Nations, Inuit and Métis students is so essential.”

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ELECTED TO COUNCIL in Cumberland, Conner Copeman is looking ahead to help the Village tackle some challenges. PHOTO BY SCOTT STANFIELD

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and raised Cumberlander who narrowly claimed the fourth and final council seat. “I’m sure he (Sullivan) meant well through his politics. I’d be happy to speak to him if he gave me the time.” A regular council attendee heading into Saturday’s election, Copeman took an interest in politics while attending Mark Isfeld Secondary School in Courtenay where he worked on a few elections and was involved with student council. The Cable Public Affairs Channel has also contributed to his political knowledge. At age 18, shortly after graduating from high school in 2007,

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It’s tempting to think Conner Copeman might draw inspiration from Sam Sullivan, the former Vancouver mayor who waved the Canadian flag from his wheelchair at the 2006 Winter Olympics. But that’s not the case for the 22-year-old Cumberland resident — himself confined to a wheelchair — who was elected to Village council in last weekend’s municipal election. “I want to avoid a garbage strike,” quipped Copeman, a born



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Copeman suffered a broken neck when he was assaulted in a park in Saskatoon, where he had worked for a security company. He underwent surgery to rebuild vertebrae but did not regain movement in his legs. He has minimal motion in his arms. “Nothing’s the same but I’ve managed to find and maintain many interests, and I’ve kept all the friends that I had before,” he said about adjusting to life in a wheelchair. “I notice that some people distance themselves from their old lives.” His surroundings during the

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Wind disrupts ferries, power Erin Haluschak Record Staff

Storm-force winds forced the cancellation of BC Ferries sailings for the second time this week, as wind and heavy rain pounded the Comox Valley on Thursday. Environment Canada predicted wind gusts up to 80 km/h at the Comox Airport weather station, with rain most of the day. Because of the storm, BC Ferries cancelled sailings of the Queen of Chilliwack travelling from Comox to Powell River for most of the day. They also cancelled sailings around 3 p.m. of the MV Kahloke travelling to and from Denman and Hornby islands. Stephen Watson of BC Hydro said there were some pocket outages in the Valley but nothing significant because of the storm. In terms of water flows, Watson said due to the dry, cool fall weather, there is room to absorb any storm water activity in the Comox reservoir (Comox Lake). “There’s certainly no risk of flooding,� he said. “We’re going to keep an eye on the weather and we may increase discharge slightly in smaller amounts over time ... but there’s a good metre (of room) in there.�

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rehab process helped him learn how to deal with being spinal cord injured. “I think social is key. If you don’t have a balanced life approach you’re not going to do as well,� said Copeman, who quips that he holds a bachelor’s in “hospital bureaucracy.� “That kind of gives me an insight that I never really thought about,� he said. “I think the determination’s always there. In some ways I guess it (life in a wheelchair) might


I think the determination’s always there. In some ways I guess it (life in a wheelchair) might focus the determination and prevent some distraction.


Conner Copeman focus the determination and prevent some distraction.� While Cumberland “does quite well for itself� in terms of accessibility for disabled individuals, Copeman said the electorate has sent him to council to deliberate and pursue other pri-

orities. Funding for the village sewage system, for instance, will be a major focus during his term. “I hope that there’s some innovative way to find grants that I might be able to seek out that might not be thought of on behalf of staff and council.�

He notes an effort to engage public opinion as to how to spend recreation money if the Village receives a government grant. “I’d rather see where that goes rather than saying this is my opinion,� Copeman said, noting the need for a “low- to no-cost initiative� for teens such as a skateboard park. “It all comes down to money,� he said, adding a “Band-Aid project� might be in order to tide things over for a year. Copeman’s council

colleagues are incumbents Gwyn Sproule and Kate Greening, fellow newcomer Roger Kishi and acclaimed mayor Leslie Baird. The new team will be sworn in at its inaugural meeting Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m.

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Lots on plate for mayor-elect Lindsay Chung

ate in the new year are planning and finance, but there would be others, such Larry Jangula will be as development. sworn in as Courtenay’s “Those would be nonnew mayor Dec. 5, and he is elected people who would looking forward to getting come from the community “the people’s work” done with their expertise so we once he receives the chain could hear from people,” of office. said Jangula. “What we do “My biggest priority right now is staff come to us probably would be — and and recommend something, it’s something and we make a I heard loud decision. What and clear — to I’m looking for be very careis another level ful how we where we get spend taxpaythe commuers’ money,” he nity involved, said. where the comJangula, munity advises who has been us. I hope this a councillor for will empower the past nine people, and years, says I think we’ll the first thing get good ideas he would like LARRY JANGULA from it.” to do is work While he really hard to resolve the was campaigning, Jangula zoning issue at Maple Pool heard from citizens about Campsite. a variety of issues and “The other thing I abso- concerns, such as painting lutely have to do is build the Fifth Street Bridge, a consensus because almost delayed turning light at as many people who voted Sixth Street and Cliffe Avefor me didn’t vote for me, nue, crosswalks and traffic so I need to work hard to lights. bring them into the fold and Jangula says he also make sure their needs and heard concerns about the concerns are also looked location of the proposed after,” he said. emergency shelter. He found “Something else — and limited support for building I don’t know how we do a bicycle/pedestrian bridge this or what the answer is and found more support for — is how do we get people attaching one to an existing more interested in what’s bridge or making it part of going on. To me, it’s a real future infrastructure like a challenge to get people third crossing. involved.” As he prepares to be One issue Jangula would sworn in as mayor, Jangula like to address is finding a is looking forward to endway to make it easier for ing the uncertainty for the developers to build in the people at Maple Pool and city core and increase den- ending the uncertainty for sity by addressing develop- downtown business owners ment cost charges and other regarding the location of issues that could impede the homeless shelter. builders. “I hope council can work To do that, Jangula together, and I know we wants to involve the com- can if we put our minds munity more by creating together as a group,” he committees made up of vol- said. “We’ll have lots of disunteers from the commu- cussion because we have nity who can advise council different opinions, but the on issues. bottom line is we need to get He says the first two the people’s work done.” committees he’d like to cre-

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Company baffled by competitor Lindsay Chung Record Staff

Ambassador Shuttle Service will celebrate its sixth anniversary next week, but amid the celebration, there is some confusion and uncertainty. The company’s name was recently incorporated by another local business owner. Dave Smith, who owns Comox Taxi, incorporated the name Ambassador Shuttle Service in early October. The late Ray Crossley started Ambassador Shuttle Service in 2005, and Kevin East bought the company about a year ago. When he bought Ambassador, East registered the company as sole proprietor. “Our plan was to incorporate it after a year after we established ourselves,” said East, explaining it is costly to incorporate a company. When you register as a business under sole proprietor, it doesn’t protect the business name, explained East, noting that when someone incorporates, they register the name legally. East found out that Smith had incorporated Ambassador when Smith announced he was running for a seat on Courtenay council, and he listed Ambassador Shuttle Service as one of his assets in his nomination papers. “I don’t know where I’ll go from here,” said East. “Rebrand or try to get the name back, that will be up to the legal people to decide.”

East believes his two other transportation compachoices are to get the name nies and has contracts with reversed or rebrand, but BC Transit and has worked whatever happens, he plans with Destiny River Advento do it in a positive way. tures during MusicFest. East says he’s often asked “The transportation why he didn’t incorporate industry is very territorial earlier, and it’s because in nature, and anybody who they decided to wait until works in the same territhey were most established tory works together,” said because it’s a Smith. costly process. Ambassador “A lot of peoI don’t know Shuttle Service ple don’t, and where I’ll go from and Comox you don’t think Taxi came up of someone here. Rebrand against each doing that in or try to get the other in Sepa small town,” name back, that tember when he said. “We Ambassador fully respect will be up to the was applying our competi- legal people to to expand its tion ... I still decide. service. refer to Comox Ambassador Kevin East offers two serTaxi. I respect the company. vice packages We partner with Sky High — a charter service that Shuttle, IslandLinkBus ... originates in the Comox It’s a team effort, and there’s Valley and can take people room for everybody here. to Nanaimo, Port Alberni We should work together, and Campbell River, as well not against each other.” as a service that takes peoSmith incorporated ple to and from the Comox Ambassador Shuttle Ser- Valley Airport. vice Oct. 6 and says he did East asked for an extenit to make a point that any- sion for the airport service body with business expe- and, in late September, his rience incorporates their company was approved to business. take clients from the airSmith says Comox Taxi port to Nanaimo, Tofino used to work closely with and Campbell River. Crossley. “That’s what a lot of “We answered his phone,” people were asking for,” he he said. “One transporta- said. tion business answered one East has return trip business’s phone because authority, which means we worked so well togeth- Ambassador can take someer.” one from the Comox Valley Smith says he does his Airport to their destination business and does it the and bring that same person best he can with his 50 back. employees’ best interests at During the application heart. process, people could make Comox Taxi works with submissions to the Provin-

cial Transportation Board about why the expansion should or shouldn’t be granted, and East says Comox Taxi had two submissions against the expansion, and the BC Taxi Association submitted one. After 15 days, East had to respond to the submissions. “I proved the public need, and they approved us,” he said. Comox Taxi is now appealing the decision. “I’d just like to get the name back,” said East. East worked with Crossley in the days before he died in October 2010, and when he bought the company, his family spoke to Crossley’s family and emphasized they wanted to carry on the Ambassador name. “We told them how we loved the business and loved what Ray did in the community,” he said. “They asked if we were going to change the name, and we said we wanted to keep it. We wanted to carry on the legacy of Ray’s business. That’s the big thing; we wanted to carry the legacy on. We wanted to incorporate in January when we had enough money saved up.” Ambassador Shuttle Service will celebrate its sixth anniversary Nov. 30 with cake at the Comox Valley Airport from 9 to 11 a.m. and will be at Retroactive Clothing from 2 to 6 p.m. to jointly celebrate its anniversary and the store’s new ownership.

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City to pay share of air quality station Information will help create Air Quality Health Index Lindsay Chung Record Staff

Based on its population, the City of Courtenay will pay about $2,600 per year as part of an agreement with other local governments to operate the air quality monitoring station near Courtenay Elementary School. The city agreed Monday to partner with the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) in the annual operating costs of the Air Quality Monitoring Station Maintenance Program for the Comox Valley. The annual operating budget for the station will be $7,000 or less, and Courtenay’s annual operating contribution will be equal to a population-based proportional share of that amount. The CVRD board passed a resolution to support installing a permanent air quality monitoring station last September, and the station was installed near


Courtenay Elementary School this spring at a cost of about $100,000 — which was paid by the provincial government. This station gathers air quality information in Courtenay that is used to create the Air Quality Health Index for the Comox Valley — a public information tool that assists residents in planning to protect their health from the negative effects of any air pollution that may be present on a daily basis, financial services director Tillie Manthey explained in her report to council. The information also supports local initiatives related to monitoring the effect of wood stove and open burning on air quality, she noted.

The monitoring station measures fine particulate matter in the air from smoke, transportation exhaust and other sources. It also measures groundlevel ozone and nitrogen oxides, which are two key indicators of air quality, explained Manthey. Live data from the station is available on the BC Air Quality website at www. The Comox Valley station is the first provincial air quality monitoring station and is part of a network of 150 stations throughout the province, according to Manthey. Total ongoing maintenance and operating costs are in the range of $10,000 per year. The Ministry of Environ-

ment will fund $3,000, with the remaining $7,000 funded by the CVRD. The CVRD board passed a resolution to fund the $7,000 from the Area A, B and C community works/ gas tax grant for the 2010 calendar year. For 2011 and forward, the board is asking Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland to consider contributing a proportionate share of the $7,000. Based on population, the City of Courtenay has been asked to contribute $2,590 — or 37 per cent of the operating costs of $7,000, explained Manthey, adding that Courtenay’s proportionate share will vary over time as population patterns change.

Coun. Jon Ambler was happy to endorse the agreement because the station provides facts upon which council can make decisions and because by participating in the agreement with a proportionate share, the City is continuing with the principle that Courtenay pays its fair share for things. “When we do it this time, then when

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Sexual violence already up from last year’s stats Lindsay Chung Record Staff

In the first nine months of 2011, Community Based Victim Services workers in the Comox Valley saw more cases of sexual violence than in all of 2010 — and it looks like the number of domestic violence cases could rise this year, too. Community Based Victim Services domestic violence worker Jennifer Woods and sexual violence worker Isabel McKinnon spoke to Courtenay council Monday, to shed light on sexual and domestic violence in the Comox Valley. Woods works with victims who are primarily 18 and older, although she says she probably gets about five criminal domestic violence files related to teenagers. She works with two RCMP officers and only opens a file if criminal charges have been laid. McKinnon works with the RCMP, and all sexual assaults are referred to McKinnon even if there are no charges. McKinnon also works closely with the Sexual Abuse Intervention Program — two counsellors involved with Comox Valley Family Services. “With my cases, it’s basically doubled in the last year, and that’s because there’s been multiple victims and one perpetrator,” she told council. There are two victim service agencies in the Comox Valley — RCMP Victim Services and Community Based Victim Services. They offer emotional support and crisis support, practical assistance, transportation and accompaniment to meetings, court orientation and court accompaniment, completion of forms, liaison with personnel within the

criminal justice system, accompaniment to interviews, information and referrals. The RCMP Victim Services serves victims and witnesses of murder, manslaughter, fatal motor vehicle accidents, non-relationship assaults, robbery and break and enter. Community Based Victim Services has two sections — sexual violence, and domestic violence. Sexual violence services is for male and female victims of sexual crimes such as sexual abuse, sexual assault and sexual exploitation and historical survivors. Domestic violence services are for male and female victims of violent crimes such as domestic violence, stalking and harassment. From Jan. 1 to Sept. 30, 2011, Community Based Victim Services worked with 101 domestic violence files — 90 female and 11 male, all of whom were

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adults. At this pace, the 2011 numbers will be higher than those in 2010. Last year, there were 123 domestic violence files — 104 female and 19 male, and, again, all adults. In 2011, from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30, there were 64 sexual violence files — 57 females and seven males. Twentyone were adults, and 43 were younger than

18. Already, there have been more active files than last year, as there were 52 sexual violence files in all of 2010 — 44 females and eight males. Twenty-four of these files were adults, and 28 were younger than 18. A retired RCMP officer, Coun. Larry Jangula told the women he thinks victim services is “long overdue.”

“It was often the link that was forgotten,” he said. “I also think it’s interesting that you brought forward we in the police have seen but sometimes the public don’t realize — that actually in domestic and sexual assaults, there are often men victims as well as men offenders.” Coun. Doug Hillian wondered if the state of the economy has any influence on domestic violence. Societal factors can play a factor, according

to Woods, who noted that the highest rate of domestic violence occurs on Super Bowl Sunday, especially in the United States, and January is the worst month, as people start arguing when the bills come in after Christmas. “I would say low income, out of work, unemployment does have a part in domestic violence,” she said. “I think it’s one more stress on an alreadystressed-out situation. There is definitely a correlation, unfortu-

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Family services accredited The Comox Valley Family Services Association has earned a third three-year accreditation from CARF International. CARF surveyors came for two days to review all aspects. They commented, “CVFSA provides quality services and programs that benefit and are well received by the persons served, their significant others, and referral process. The organization has developed excellent planning tools for accessibility, information management, and strategic planning.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 71’S Allan Douglas (left) and Julian Camp, Curt Hansen and Arnie Harnden from Staples celebrate another successful Stock the Lockers campaign. PHOTO BY LINDSAY CHUNG

Staples stocks Valley lockers Lindsay Chung Record Staff

A partnership between Staples and School District 71 continues to ensure students from across the Comox Valley have the supplies they need all year long. This year, the store’s Stock the Lockers campaign raised $3,6450 for local students. This is the third year that Staples staff and customers have done the campaign, which runs in late August and early September. “It’s a wonderful partnership we have with Staples,” said Allan Douglas, School District 71’s director of elementary education. “We’re really happy to say it works really well meeting the needs of schools in our district.” During the Stock the Lockers campaign, Staples staff collect donations through the till. The money collected is converted into Staples gift cards, and Douglas identifies the needs in the schools across the school district. In the last three years, Staples has raised almost $11,000 through Stock the Lockers. “It’s been great for us,” said general manager Arnie Harnden. “Working with Allan has been great throughout the year. He’s always receptive to everything we do.” Staples also supports

local schools through its ink and toner cartridge recycling program. The store hosts Teacher Appreciation Day, and Harnden gives Douglas items connected to Teacher Appreciation Day throughout the school year.

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Whether it’s to burn off a bit of pre-holiday energy or to pick up a few handmade gifts, Dawn Stevens is hoping the inaugural Children’s Expo at the Comox Community Centre is a stop for children of all ages. Stevens is the recreation co-ordinator at the Community Centre, and is using her background in children programming to creating a one-day expo that combines crafts, activities, and programming for youth, along with a craft fair and business showcase for parents. “At this time of year there’s nothing really specific aimed at children,” explained Stevens. “I thought it would be great to bring together community organizations and support for home-based businesses, along with other businesses and educational toys.” Stevens describes the one-day event on Dec. 3 as a combination of a carnival and craft fair, with handmade crafts, vendors, and a variety of children’s activities including a bounce castle, live entertainment, and sing-a-long. There will also be an opportunity to purchase Christmas/fun photos by Michelle Williams Photography, along with a visit from the Comox RCMP and Comox firefighters. She added the expo is an opportunity to see what their community has to offer their children, while providing a fun, safe place for children to play and explore. Stevens said she is hoping to make the expo an annual event. Tickets are available in advance for $3 a person, and can be purchased at the Comox Community Centre, all three Planet Kids locations and Quality Foods in Comox; tickets are $4 at the door. The Children’s Expo is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 250339-2255.


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Christmas magic nearing Tis the season for mistletoe, strings of cranberries and popcorn, warm toques and holiday traditions. In downtown Courtenay, the celebrations begin Nov. 26 and 27 with the Christmas Magic Weekend. Explore downtown during the Walk the Windows sight-seeing tour, downtown’s Christmas tree lightup, and the fabulous finds of the Moonlight Magic Sale. The festivities continue Sunday with the Comox Valley Christmas Parade. The Walk the Windows contest continues to dazzle with whimsical storefronts decorated with children’s stories in mind. Vote for your favourite display and be entered to win one of four fabulous prizes — runs through to Dec 12. For children there’s Spot the Penguin — count how many penguin decorations you can find in the Walk the Windows businesses and enter your guess at Whales Tale

BREKKIE WITH SANTA The Courtenay Legion Hall hosts Breakfast with Santa on Saturday. The fun begins at 8 a.m. All ages are welcome to the family event. Admission and breakfast is by donation. Comox Valley RCMP members will attend in red serge. The Legion is located at 367 Cliffe Ave.

Toys for a chance to win a big stuffed cuddly penguin. There are children’s activities at the Courtenay Branch Library, and the Courtenay Museum; entries on Nov. 26 will be free to any family that brings a new or used, unwrapped toy or gift for Santa’s Workshop, or a donation for the local food bank. The Comox Valley Christmas Parade happens on Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m., then the street will be closed to vehicle traffic from 4:30 to 9 p.m. to better enjoy the downtown’s Christmas turn-on ceremony. You’ll share in the beauty of the Comox Valley Christian School’s Bell Choir, while Frosty the Snow-

Village holding fair Record Staff An eclectic mix of artists, artisans, craftspeople, businesses and non-profits will kick off the Christmas in the Village campaign at Winter Fair on Saturday. Shoppers, eaters and neighbours are invited to check out unique gift items for sale at the Cumberland Recreation Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is literally something for everyone on your list: jewelry, in silver, semi-precious stones, rocks, gems, feathers, leather, handmade body products, baby and toddler items, decorations and functional art. The Cumberland Chamber of Commerce challenges you to shift your shopping by buying holiday necessities and gifts locally. “Come up to the village to shop,” chamber president Meaghan Cursons said. “Move your money around the community, buying from locally owned businesses and choosing locally produced goods. We’ll encourage villagers to do the same down in the Valley.” The Cumberland fair also features treats at the canteen and entertainment by

local musicians such as singer-songwriter Pamela Tessmann, violinist Blaine Dunaway and fiddler Jack Roland.

man and Courtenay’s newly elected mayor arrive to light up the festive holiday tree. Streets and storefront windows glow in the warmth of Christmas lights and downtown plazas once again ring with traditional holiday music. It’s a holiday tradition for local businesses to get creative with their Christmas window displays. The Walk the Windows tour begins when downtown’s storefronts sparkle with the magic and whimsy of fairy tales and children’s stories. While strolling along the sidewalks you can enter a ballot with the name of your favourite store window, for a chance to win a $1,000 downtown Courtenay shopping spree, a two-day golf vacation for two at Crown Isle Resort, a two-day seaside vacation at Crown Mansion in Qualicum Beach, or a spa vacation at the Kingfisher Resort. This event runs Nov. 26 through to Dec. 12.

Ballots are available at all of the 69 participating stores. The top three favourite windows, as voted by the public, will also win three “bestdressed” prizes. Posters are in-store showing the suggested route for visiting all the shop windows. A good place to start is the Comox Valley Art Gallery on Duncan Avenue. During the Nov. 26 Moonlight Magic Sale you’ll enjoy a bounty of yuletide entertainment, children’s activities, and culinary treats. On Nov. 27, it’s the Comox Valley Christmas Parade — a dazzling event for kids of all ages down Fifth Street. The parade showcases fun floats, jolly displays and sleighs full of local talent, not to mention Santa Claus himself rolling down the street in a bright red fire truck. After the parade, children can visit with Santa at the Sid Williams Theatre, and visit the Comox Valley Exhibition’s Live Nativity, with animals to pet and hot chocolate and hotdogs by the Scouts. Fifth Street will be closed to vehicle traffic from 4:30 to 9 p.m. — Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association


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Hot fundraiser following fire Lingerie show Dec. 10 helping burned-out Kin Beach couple Erin Haluschak Record Staff

When dealing with a devastating fire, Jessica Salo decided to make the temperature rise even more with a hot fundraiser for a family in need. Salo is a friend of Sheryl and Andrew Wales — a Kin Beach couple who lost their family home in October along with all of their possessions, furniture and keepsakes. Salo is co-ordinating Luscious Locals in Lingerie — which she dubs is “the hottest house fire fundraiser ever.” “We really wanted to do something to turn the tragedy around,” she explained. “It’s an idea I’ve had for awhile when trying to figure out how to raise money.” The fundraiser, scheduled for Dec. 10 at the Elks Hall in Courtenay, is a combination of a lingerie fashion show, a social dancing event and features a raffle, 50/50 draw and a silent auction. “A lot of this has spread via word of mouth, and it’s great because we’re getting all kinds of people that didn’t previously know each other coming together,” Salo added. She noted she already has nearly 30 businesses and an equal amount of vol-

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evening will be donated to the Wales family, with a goal of raising $5,000. As there will be a bar service, the event is limited to those 19 years and older. Salo added the event is “dress to impress. It’s a combination of elegant, tasteful and sexy.” Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the

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In a whirlwind month of shopping and toy hunting, the volunteers at Santa’s Workshop hope Christmas shoppers can pick up an extra present for those in need. Bill Kennedy, president of Santa’s Workshop, said the need for new and used toys along with bikes (between 20 and 24 inches) is high. Kennedy said last year’s Santa’s Workshop, which accepts donations of new and gently used toys, bikes, electronics and monetary donations for families in need, helped 330 families in the Comox Valley, which totalled 739 children. This year, Kennedy expects the need to be the same, but donations have been slow to come in. He encourages anyone who wants to drop off donations to do so before Dec. 14 at 97 Riverside Lane in Courtenay (behind Pizza Hut, across from the Old House Hotel and Spa). Families who register for a gift can go ‘shopping’ on Dec. 23, explained Kennedy, and pick their gift — a new toy and a used toy — along with a bike, a game, puzzles and books. Dropoff locations for

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Spitfire parts will soon wing out west to Comox Wings of a Second World War fighter arrived Monday at Vintage Wings of Canada in Gatineau, Que., marking a significant development toward fully restoring the aircraft to airworthy condition. The partially completed wings arrived from the United Kingdom in a sea container for the fabrication and installation of longrange fuel tanks and final assembly. They will then be shipped to Comox for installation. “Although there is much work to do, this is a pivotal point in the restoration of this historically significant aircraft,” said Rob Fleck, president of VWC. “The delivery of these wings is just one more step toward realizing the dream we had when we first acquired the aircraft from the Royal Canadian Air Force two years ago.” The Comox Air Force Museum wished to see the fighter become airworthy once again so sought a reputable Canadian organization known for its restoration capability to do it. The Spitfire Mk IX was sold to Vintage Wings in 2009 by the Department of National Defence (DND), and is being restored to flying condition in Comox. The Spitfire carries the squadron code Y2-K and is now known as the Roseland Spitfire in dedication to Arnold (Rosey) Roseland. Dur-

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FERTILE GROUND VOLUNTEER Kel Kelly provided hands-on training for tea growers and students in a village near the India-Bhutan border. U.S. and India have joined them in Assam to take part in projects and learn about life in northeast India. “Working in Assam has helped us learn about the culture and day-to-day life of an amazing corner of the world,” says Carswell. “It’s also offered us an opportunity to share our passion for growing healthy food and living close to the land with people from many different walks of life.” Their travels have taken them in some very interesting directions. Initially, Carswell helped fair trade advocates from World Community Development Education Society locate a source of organic tea. She began providing training and encouragement to farming families and

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number of Assamese people who’ve participated in Fertile Ground’s programs are now involved with groups and projects of their own. Kelly’s close ties to members of the Singpho tribe, one of northeast India’s indigenous

peoples, led to an invitation to build a traditional bamboo home in a remote village close to the India/Burma border. With one of the young growers, he set up the Small Tea Cooperative to help find markets for organically grown tea. He’s designed and constructed swings, teeter-totters and latrines, and worked with Fertile Ground’s volunteers to demonstrate how locallyavailable material can be used to make compost to add important nutrients and organic matter to the soil. If this sounds like the kind of travel experience you or someone you know might be interested in, you can learn more about Fertile Ground and the groups they’re working with on their website. For details, call 250337-8348, or visit www. — Fertile Ground


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Let there be lights! COMOX GOT INTO the Christmas spirit in a big way on Saturday. The festivities included the classic combination of kids and Santa Claus at the downtown Comox Christmas light-up (above); families having fun decorating the Christmas tree at Filberg Lodge and Park (below); and singing of Christmas carols during the downtown light-up (left). PHOTOS BY ERIN HALUSCHAK


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Church getting archway Artist Robert Skot McMillan has recently commenced work on an archway project for the main doors of Cumberland United Church. McMillan, originally from Powell River now resides in Courtenay, and is working on an original artwork to replace the damaged archway. “This archway replacement is long overdue,” says choral director Eve Mark, “and when I was first introduced to Skot’s work, I immediately thought of him to complete this project. We are so fortunate to

have him donate his time and talent to create a beautiful painting for our church.” McMillan is a ‘93 graduate from Emily Carr College of Art and Design and has been creating dynamic work ever since. “The imagery I have chosen for the archway painting is of light penetrating through dense rainforest ... a visual metaphor for the light of the spirit and its ability to enlighten darkness,” he says. — Cumberland United Church

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nity Yoga Session with Debbie Leone (Room 102); bring your own yoga mat and blanket; 11 to noon – Little Ladybug Kids Yoga (ages 6 to 11) with Suzanne Bryant (Room 101); 11 to 2 – Arts: Bob Cossar Photography Demo and Display; 11 to 11:30 – Tech: Microsoft Office Overview by Shawn Honeychurch (Computer Lab); 11:45 to 12:15 – Gardening Demo by Elaine Coddling (Room 103); 12:30 to 1 – Tech: What Google Can Do For You by Kathy Birkett (Computer Lab); 1:15 to 1:45 – Tech: Social Media & Its Impact by Kathy Birkett (Computer Lab);

12:30 to 1:30 – Hooping Demonstration by Tracey Mantha of Island Hula Hoopla (Drama Room); 1:30 — Family Hike from Lake Trail School led by Andrew Nicoll; 1:30 to 2 – Drumming Demo by Monica Hofer (Drama Room). Throughout the day: • Additional displays of upcoming classes like self-employment, creative writing, preserves, mother and daughter belly dancing and a medicine wheel workshop; • Various displays by Lake Trail Neighbourhood Connections’ partner organizations and initiatives; • Make a cool Xmas craft out of recycled cards to take home;

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Nature unveiled in new guide from Comox Valley The Comox Valley Naturalists Society has produced a new Nature Viewing Guide to the Comox Valley. The contemporary nature guide has two components: a brochure highlighting 16 key nature viewing sites in the Comox Valley area; and a more detailed online guide, with greatly expanded information, available on the CVNS website. Community locations such as the Visitors Centre will distribute the free brochures. The online Nature Viewing Guide can be visited on the CVNS website at nature-viewing-guide. The website features over two dozen nature viewing sites to date, with detailed information including photo galleries, maps, bird and plant checklists, geological descriptions, and links to many other resources. The project to create the Nature Viewing Guide, entitled Sharing Our Natural History, involved about 80 members of the CVNS, mostly seniors. Members participated in field trips, information gathering, contributing photographs, drawings, writing, mapping, natural history knowledge, technical production expertise, and manage-

the type of information that, as a person fairly new to the area, I was looking for.’” This project really highlighted the wealth of knowledge within the Naturalists Society and has made that available to the whole community. The CVNS encourages everyone to pick

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Council, the Comox Valley Naturalists, Millard-Piercy Watershed Stewards, Morrison Creek Streamkeepers, Brooklyn Creek Watershed Society, The Comox Valley Perseverance Creek Conservation Strategy Streamkeepers, Oyster (CVCS) has once again River Watershed Manpublished its stunning agement Committee, local natural areas con- Black Creek Streamkeepers, Portuguese servation calendar. Launched for the Creek Streamkeepers, first time in 2011, the Friends of Comox Lazo full-colour wall calen- Forest Reserve Society, dar is a one-of-a-kind Saratoga and Miracle educational tool, featur- Beach Residents’ Assoing lovely photographs ciation, Comox Town Residents’ and inforAssociamation The calention, Plaabout local teau Road w i l d l i f e dars are a fundResidents’ and sensiAssociative natu- raiser for the ral areas CVCS Community tion and Mountainsuch as the aire Avian Puntledge Partnership, so it River, Per- really is a collabo- R e s c u e Society. severance ration of many The calCreek, endars are M o r r i s o n groups and many av a i l a b l e C r e e k , people. for sale at Point HolKerry Dawson a variety mes, the of locations Northeast Woods in Comox, and around the Comox Valthe Courtenay and ley. In Courtenay, they Oyster River estuaries. Each month features are at Canadian Tire, a large photograph Edible Island Foods, and information about Laughing Oyster Bookone of our local envi- store, Valhalla Pure ronmental or stream- Outfitters, Ski and keeper groups like Surf, Cody and ComProject Watershed, pany, Winds of Change, Mountainaire Avian the Comox Valley Rescue Society and the Art Gallery, CourteComox Valley Natural- nay Museum, London Drugs, Art Knapp’s, ists Society. The calendar high- Comox Valley Chamlights the great work ber of Commerce, the that these groups’ vol- Conservation Centre unteers are doing in office at 2356a Roseour community and is wall Crescent, and they a great resource for will also be available at people looking for vol- branches of the Royal unteer opportunities in Bank in November. In Comox, calendars the Valley or to learn more about our sensi- are available at Blue Heron Books, Benino tive natural areas. “This year’s calendar Gelato, Videos ‘N More, is sure to impress as and at Mid Island Gifts it features the photog- at the Comox Airport. raphy of some of the In Cumberland, the Valley’s best local pho- calendars are available tographers,” said CVCS at Seeds and the Cumeducation co-ordinator berland Museum. In addition, local Kerry Dawson, who also designed the cal- schools, clubs and comendar. “The calendars munity groups are are a fundraiser for invited to use the calthe CVCS Community endar as a fundraiser Partnership, so it real- for their own projects ly is a collaboration of and activities. Calenmany groups and many dars can be sold on a consignment basis, people.” The CVCS Com- with half the profit munity Partnership is going to your group. For information a coalition of 18 local environmental and residents’ associations that support the Conservation Strategy. The members are: Project Watershed Soci- Your Community. ety, Comox Valley Land Your Newspaper Trust, Tsolum River Restoration Society, editor@ Comox Valley Water- watch Coalition, Comox COMOX VALLEY RECORD Valley Environmental


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Don’t be a twit – get out and join other Tweeters Did you know that there are over 530 people on Twitter in the Comox Valley? You’re asked to join them for some “preseason cheer” at the fourth Comox Valley TweetUp. What is Twitter? In a nutshell, Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service which allows you to send short messages of 140 characters called Tweets. What is a TweetUp? A TweetUp is a free community event, where people who have met online and communicate via Twitter, meet in person, face to face, offline. TweetUps are informal events, for people who want to take their online communications, offline — engaging while building social and business relationships. People is what social media is all about. Local artist, photographer and social media consultant Bren-

da Johima (@brendajohima ) has been on Twitter since about March of 2009 and is passionate about the power of Twitter, and its potential to connect people for social good. Johima has partnered with Michael Fountain, manager of marketing and communications at Discovery Community College, which will be the host venue for the

Nov. 29 event. It happens from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 1025 Cliffe Ave. in Courtenay (upstairs) Participants are asked to bring a donation for the Comox Valley Food Bank. The event’s Twitter hashtag is #TweetUpCV. you can sign up at On Twitter, follow @

throughout the evening. From “seasoned pro” to Twitter newcomer, there will be all levels, so everyone will fit in perfectly. If you choose, bring your smart phones, cell phones and laptops for live tweeting. What if you are not on Twitter yet but are curious? It’s OK to join the group. You will gain most value

if you already have a Twitter account, but a TweetUp can be a tremendous start, to meet great people and to get some tips before you launch your Twitter account. The Comox Valley Food Bank has been assisting our Valley communities for over 25 years. Parents with children, post-secondary students, per-

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Young parents are supported Veggies fresh at market The Today ‘N’ Tomorrow Learning Society (TNTLS) has newly elected directors. Joining the board this year are Cindy Tack and Jenny Deters, who were among the original group of young parents 18 years ago. “We owe a lot to the program and its staff for the support they gave us when we had nowhere else to turn,” says Tack. “We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to graduate and go on to have careers with successful children.” Tack and Deters met as young parents in this program and are still close to this day. “To have the opportunity to give back to an organization that helped us have hope for the future as teen parents, is an honour,” says Deters. “Statistically speaking, I should be struggling to make ends meet working a minimum-wage job. Instead, I have an amazing career and a son who has just received a four-year scholarship to McGill University.” Teddies ‘N’ Toddlers Childcare Centre, on Vanier Secondary School property, opened Sept. 13, 1993 to the first group of 15 young parents. The program was

There is still a great selection of fresh local veggies at the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market even while the snow flies. The late start to the season has meant for a great fall bounty. “The market moved into the Native Sons Hall on the 22nd of October and we had a really hard time fitting all this great food into the hall,” says the market manager. The Comox Valley Farmers’

Market is unique in that it is year round, and our farmers are able to expand their product lines to adapt to selling through the fall harvest and beyond and that makes for great product throughout the year. The market is open 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday until Dec. 17, then reopens Jan. 7. Check out the website at www. — Comox Valley Farmers’ Market



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THE BOARD OF the Today ‘N’ Tomorrow Learning Society has two new members. created in response to an increased need for teen parents in the Comox Valley who were struggling to try to complete their high school education while caring for their babies. TNTLS was formed in November 2003 to administer the Today ‘N’ Tomorrow Young Parent Program as well as Teddies ‘N’ Toddlers Childcare Centre (licensed daycare ages 0-3) and later the Little Friends Program (Licensed daycare ages 3-5). Priority spaces are available to young parents in the program,

then offered to community families. It is one of the only daycares that can offer continuous care for children ages 0-5 within the same proximity. The Today ‘N’ Tomorrow Learning Society is kicking off the year with a logo contest to help increase awareness of the organization. They are asking anyone who would like to participate to e-mail their logo design to tntlslogocontest@ The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Rattan Plus on Fifth Street in Courtenay. The dead-

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North Island College signs co-operation deal with Chinese improves co-operation in the development of joint business, tourism and hospitality, humanities, sciences and/or interactive media programs at the undergraduate and post-degree diploma level. NIC will design and deliver these highquality programs with FCCSC-sponsored university and college partners in China, resulting in students graduating with a dual Chinese/Canadian credential. Pat Bell, B.C.’s minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, and David Mulroney, Canada’s Ambassador to China, witnessed the signing of the GAC between NIC and FCCSC. Education is the third-largest export trade sector from B.C. to China, and the agreement’s impact on North Island College campuses and communities could be significant. An increasing number of highly-skilled Chinese students could study at NIC, while college students and faculty will gain important experience with one of British Columbia’s largest trading partners. “Building partnerships with international institutions is key to helping our students develop a global perspective,” said Lindsay. “These partnerships open up opportunities for our students to be exposed to a diverse cross section of cultures and alternate ways of interpreting our world. “Developing an understanding of the Chinese culture is of particular importance, as China is rapidly becoming British Columbia’s key trading

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North Island College has strengthened its ties with China. North Island College (NIC) president Jan Lindsay recently finalized a general agreement of co-operation (GAC) with the Foundation College of China Scholarship Council (FCCSC) at a formal signing ceremony in Beijing, China, while participating in the premier’s mission to China. The GAC develops joint programming and promotes and expands international understanding, development, and friendship, as well as stimulates and supports educational, professional and intercultural activities and projects among students and staff of the two institutions and their respective communities. Premier Christy Clark departed Vancouver on Nov. 4 for China and India to promote B.C. Education has a key role in the mission, and senior representatives from B.C.’s postsecondary institutions are participating in a series of events in both countries. The premier and senior delegation have met with government officials and business leaders in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. “In China, establishing yourself with the support of government is very important, particularly as a smaller institution,” explained Mark Herringer, NIC’s executive director of international education. “That’s why participating in the premier’s mission is so valuable for NIC.” The agreement

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Small group launched amalgamation campaign Gillis, Bush began push to restructure governments in the Valley Every Friday we feature Valley history taken from our back issues. Five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record: Five local men with a vision of one government for the Valley began their quest with a document forwarded to the province to start the process for restructuring local government. The goal, according to the Committee for Local Government Restructure of the Comox Valley, was to have one local government with jurisdiction over the entire Valley. Jim Gillis and Jack Bush had the initial idea and added Jim Koehler, David Stinson and Bob Mortimer. Ten years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record: Two perennial community football powerhouses were set to clash at Bill Moore Park, with a trip to the B.C. midget playoff championship final on the line. Vancouver Island champs Comox Valley Raiders were to host Fraser Valley champion Chilliwack Giants, both of whom were no strangers to the Final Four. Chilliwack had been Fraser Valley champs the past five years while the Raiders were appearing for the third time in four years in the B.C. playdowns. Former B.C. Lions kicker Lui Passaglia provided the local squad some guidance at a practice during the week. Fifteen years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record: The proposed Comox Valley Official Community Plan was on ice while local governments struggled with amalgamation. Regional directors

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STANFIELD voted to hold the plan until after a restructuring proposal from Municipal Affairs Minister Dan Miller went to referendum. “I don’t think we have any alternative but to go back to the drawing board,” director Barbara Price said. “At the hearings, the public said loudly and strongly that they objected to the community plan.” Twenty years

ago this week in the Comox Valley Record: A controversial marine pub proposal was to be refloated at a public meeting, Comox council decided. “I don’t think the public is really aware of what that building is supposed to contain,” acting mayor Bill Vincent said. “It is supposed to contain a restaurant on the top floor. The pub

was going to be on the lower floor.” The pub and restaurant, proposed for land next to the marina, hit a reef of opposition when council received a 153-name petition against the project. Twenty-five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record: Fishermen wanting another wharf for moorage space to alleviate crowded Valley

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All the candidates, for their sense of duty and willingness to contribute to our community. Furthermore, I congratulate those that the people have chosen!

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that keep us on the surface and distract us from the deeper challenges. From experience we can learn and grow. Hopefully, we don’t just repeat activities which give false hope. What helps me hang on when I can’t find even a tiny a ledge to hold onto? Which memories will rekindle the hope that I will ever find peace and happiness again? In the lonely valley of loss and grief, what matters most is what is most essential. Clarifying essential needs from nice-to-have wants, as the saying goes, these truths can set us free, give focus, guide our way forward. What strengthens and balances my body, mind, and spirit? What do I need to let go of? What do I need to add? Some people find comfort leaning on family and friends. Experts advise, don’t grieve alone. Yet, not everyone knows how to listen. We must choose who we open up to. Some people find strength in solitude. Others use support groups or counsellors; some find therapeutic solace in nature, music,


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it again. It could happen that one of the kids decides to test your resolve and refuses to do their job. Rather than speaking to them about it, and setting up the potential for an argument, you can refuse to do your jobs. Kids count on parents for many things in a day and refusing to drive them to an activity will have much more impact than nagging or lecturing. They will see that there is a direct and logical connection between their refusal to do something and your response. When we introduce something new in our families there is a tendency for everyone to slide back into old patterns. The kids will likely still try to argue and you will be tempted to give up and do it yourself. If you really want to change the pattern of arguing, however, you will need to stick to your plan. And donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to notice when jobs are getting done without arguments. Rewarding the behaviour that you want to see, both in the


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Keep lawyers out of dispute Residents at Maple Pool Campground are caught in the middle of a legal battle between the City of Courtenay and campground owners Dali and Jin Lin. The City has initiated legal action against the couple because their property on Headquarters Road is inadequately zoned for occupancy, a technicality that could force 54 residents onto the streets if the court favours the City. The Lins moved from Taiwan to the Comox Valley in 1992 and purchased the campground in 1996. They operate a Community Living Project for the residents, most of whom were homeless before living in trailers at Maple Pool. Rent is $350 a month. If the Lins have to post eviction notices, Dali said all the tenants will end up on the street. Apartment living is out of the question due to a lack of money and, in certain cases, mental health issues. Drugs and alcohol were rampant at Maple Pool when the Lins started the Community Living Project, but the situation improved thanks to the tenacity of Jin, who chased away the drug dealers. Be that as it may, the Lins are technically at fault because they are not conforming with a bylaw and because their property sits on a floodplain, which could leave the City liable if an injury were to occur during a flood. But at worst, according to Dali, flooding at Maple Pool results in a foot of water. In an effort to comply with the bylaw, the Lins hired an engineer to conduct a survey but the company quit the job, thus delaying the rezoning process. Give the City credit. Council granted the Lins about a year to come up with a rezoning plan. But the Lins need more time, and a reliable engineer. If their tenants end up on the street, taxpayers will be forking out thousands to pay for services and other costs. More importantly, the 54 residents will again be homeless. So how about working together to find a solution to expedite the rezoning process, rather than involving lawyers and legal fees?

Record Question of the Week This week: Eighty-four per cent said they are concerned about rising spending by municipal governments. Next week: Are you satisified with results in the Comox Valley municipal elections? Unless you’re tired of voting, visit and vote in the Poll. AB B.C. Supreme Court judge has upheld Canada’s law against polygamy, concerned about potential harm to women and children in multiple marriages.

Deaths caused by drunk drivers are down 40 per cent, but there were still 68 alcohol-related motor vehicle deaths across B.C. in a 12-month period.

Tax dollars coming from us Dear editor, To quote Jon Ambler as you have done, “I love to see them spend other people’s money” when the money he is talking about is your money and my money, which is becoming much more difficult to come by. Money we pay in taxes to the regional district, the city, the province and the federal government. It is our money and we have every right to expect it to be spent wisely and timely. If we are in difficult economic times, as we are now, spend what needs to be spent to insure our infrastructure is maintained, not some large projects such as the Lewis Centre, which will require

I am disgusted when people say it’s federal money or provincial money, as if it miraculously came from heaven.

more staff and higher operational costs that are not included in the $5.4 million. It is this cavalier attitude of Jon Ambler and other members of the council that has turned many voters against the last mayor and council. I think if this statement was made before the election, he might not have been re-elected.

We have every right to expect to have a say in the financing of such spending. When you have to go to city hall to pick up a form that you must fill out and return to city hall to protest against the project, very few people will do it. I think this is the reason councillors such as Jon Ambler are in favour of it. If it was a referendum on the ballot during elections many more people would have a say. I am disgusted when people say it’s federal money or provincial money, as if it miraculously came from heaven. It is our money and we have every right in saying how it is spent. Bernie Guyader, Courtenay

Vet won’t forget special moment Dear editor, I attended the Remembrance Day ceremony in Comox. After the ceremony while walking to chat with several exmilitary members, a lady with her young son stopped me. Her son handed me a Remembrance Day card and said thank you. I have served in the Canadian Military (Air Force) for over 45

years. During those years I have attended numerous Remembrance Day ceremonies in Canada and overseas. However, the moment when the young boy handed me the Remembrance card with Thank You and his name on the back, was a special moment which I will never forget. We are all proud to serve Can-

ada and to be members of the Canadian Forces; however it is the people across this fine nation who are worth serving. By this small act it demonstrates that we are passing the right Remembrance Day message. Thank you to young Liam for the card you presented to me. Jack Shapka, Comox

Sad about homeless, food bank NIMBYs Dear editor, I grew up in the Comox Valley on Harmston Avenue. That’s when everyone knew everyone. The McPhees came by and wished you a happy new year. You could have tea with Mrs. Simms; Lawrence Burns was the fire chief. It saddens me that now everyone is judgmental on the homeless and the hungry people in our Valley. I was homeless two summers ago; I am very grateful for the Salvation Army shelter. I stand in line every month at

the food bank. I am very grateful for what they give me. My mom taught me to treat people the way you want to be treated. She said that everyone is equal.

It’s sad that no one wants the homeless or the food bank in their neighbourhood, yet they want something done about it. Marion Oppel, Courtenay

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Low voter turnout shameful The road we are on is leading us to a cliff Dear editor, Comox Valley Common Sense may have had an impact on the election, either positive or negative whichever way you look at it. However, is it any different when other ‘special-interest’ groups send a letter to their union members or employees on who they think should become elected? Do you not think that has an impact? It happens in every election, so get a grip. Further, I don’t think for one minute there were any paperclips, pencils, Kleenex, notepads or desk space used from Minister Don McRae’s constituency office for the municipal election. He has more class and is much more honourable than that, and I’m sure the Common Sense group would not abuse his position in any way, shape or form as it would impact him in a negative manner. The only problem I had with the Common Sense group is the fact that I did

not receive a questionnaire, and the fact they did have my e-mail address but did not post it with other candidates on their web site. Why? I have no idea. As I said throughout the campaign, I do not belong to any specialinterest group nor the ‘old boys’ net, as I JEAN ROWE didn’t want to owe anything to anyone if I became elected. (Maybe that was why.). It’s unfortunate that there is not more interest by the community in the government that directly affects us all; the municipal government. In these stressful economic times it’s shameful we have people acclaimed and therefore are not forced to share their platform (if they actually have one), with their constituents.

Maybe it’s all of the abuse some people think they will be exposed to if they run in an election. It’s not for everyone, but surely there must be some of you that can take a stand. There’s no way one can convince me all of those who were acclaimed are just that good everyone was happy with their decisions/actions in the past three years. And, I cannot fathom why such a small percentage of eligible voters actually cast a ballot. My thought, don’t complain if you don’t vote. However, now that the democratic process is over, I’d sincerely like to congratulate all of those who were elected in Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland and thank you for becoming engaged in your community. I’d also like to thank those who helped with Jean Rowe, my campaign. Courtenay Editor’s note: Jean Rowe ran unsuccessfully for Courtenay council.

Left left field to the right wingers Dear editor, The incredibly significant thing, about the recent Comox Valley municipal elections is that, clearly, the Right (big money, cut services, cut taxes to business at the expense of residents, pave the Valley, serve business interests above all else) really wanted to own municipal politics and were willing to organize money and effort to do so while the Left (focus on a just, compassionate, sustaining and sustainable community, serve residents and foster business as a part a sustainable community) kind of hoped that individuals sharing their values might do sort of well. Surprise! The Right wins. Courtenay narrowly elected a mayor known for rightwing views and being the only politician in the Comox Valley to vote against even having a study into what we might do about homelessness. Along with the mayor, most of the slate of right-wing candidates was elected, including a former mayor whose

hallmark was a belligerent attack on neighbouring communities and an indifference to public input. Clearly the Right was incensed by the idea of a homeless shelter in downtown Courtenay and the investment of tax dollars in revitalizing the Lewis Centre. They are energized by the idea of REYNOLDS cutting services to the bone. Their energy and anger was so great they collected — yet to be disclosed — thousands of dollars for a call centre to identify and get out all their potential votes, full-page colour ads, radio advertising in public support of their slate. On the Left there was no unity. Each person was on their own. There was no call centre, no slate to rationalize advertising costs, no wellthought core messages to

voters, no advertising of community values, no assistance to candidates sharing leftwing/progressive values or common theme advertising. There was no sense of a common cause. Those who care about a compassionate and sustainable community thought it was enough to put up answers to questions by all candidates on a website. I hope that we on the Left will rethink our commitment to our core values of caring for our communities, for the most vulnerable, of our commitment — no, not just commitment, our sacred obligation — to passing on to our children a world that is as alive, healthy and full of opportunity for a full life as the one we inherited. Surely we can get as passionate about this as the Right does about consuming our earth and worshipping piles of money. Norm Reynolds, Courtenay Editor’s note: Norm Reynolds ran unsuccessfully for Courtenay council.

Dear editor, planet and ourselves as energetiWhen we humans invented cally and speedily as we can, and farming, we invented the ability our biggest concern seems to be the to exterminate ourselves through price of gas. overpopulation. Our entire society is based on When we were hunter-gatherers, money, including our “democratic” our population couldn’t outgrow our governments, (which are being natural food sources. With farmdestroyed by the lure of money ing, overpopulation from large corporabecame possible, and tions), our education We laid waste we began to progressystems, our media, sively destroy the even our food and to the forests and natural world to make fish in less than 200 entertainment. room for crops to Money and populayears, and we did it tion growth go well support our growing numbers. together, because all for money. When we invented corporations always money, we invented need more consumers an even better reason to destroy the so that they can keep making more natural world. money. Is this good for us? In B.C., the results are obviAs humans, we’re the only creaous. Native people lived here for tures on earth with the ability to more than 10,000 years without choose. The road we’re on leads to a destroying the forests and the cliff. Shall we just keep the pedal to salmon. the metal? They didn’t have money, but we We can change the direction of brought it. We laid waste to the forour society, but it requires a lot of ests and fish in less than 200 years, hard thought and action. Whether and we did it all for money. we realize it or not, our government Somehow, humans and money is us. It won’t change unless we do. Karl Stevenson, together create an almost diabolical Royston mix. We’re currently destroying our

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Why do we need more prisons? Dear editor, I am writing in opposition to Harper’s Omnibus Crime Bill. Harper is trying to rush this bill through Parliament in 100 days. Canada’s crime rates are declining, why do we need to build more prisons and send more people to jail? The Canadian Bar Association, representing some 37,000 Canadian legal professionals, is opposed to this bill. Our courts are already overwhelmed with the work, and this Crime Bill will add even more pres-

A far better investment would be to work on reducing child poverty, providing services for the mentally ill and for people affected with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Prisoners should be rehabilitated so that they can become productive members of society.

sure, imposing mandatory sentences for minor offences. Even though many Canadians are opposed to the crime bill, it would be the provinces which get stuck with the

costs. Ontario and Quebec have already said no. Many people in jails have mental health issues, addictions and are the unwitting victims of poverty. Our money would be better spent

supporting these people rather than warehousing them in prisons. A far better investment would be to work on reducing child poverty, providing services for the mentally ill and for people affected with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Prisoners should be rehabilitated so that they can become productive members of society. Please let your MP and Steven Harper know that the Omnibus Crime Bill is a bad idea for Canada. Lynne Wheeler, Fanny Bay

Some reasons to oppose Crime Bill Dear editor, As everyone knows, our government is rushing an ineffective, costly and cruel Crime Bill through Parliament. There are many reasons to oppose this bill. The get-tough-on-crime approach as represented by the Omnibus Crime Bill is a proven failure. Conservative Texans are warning us not to follow a failed fill-the-prisons approach to justice, and

the Canadian Bar Association, representing 37,000 Canadian legal professionals, has said the bill “would move Canada along a road that has failed in other countries, at great expense.” Mandatory sentences backfire; they take precious resources from crime prevention programs and rehabilitation, and turn minor offenders into hardened criminals. Across the country,

Canadians are speaking out. Prime Minister Harper claims that Canadians support tough on crime laws, but tens of thousands of Canadians are publicly demanding their provinces refuse to pay for the Crime Bill. Quebec and Ontario have already refused to pay for a strategy that has been tried, and failed. We need to make Canada safer, not meaner. To

reduce crime we should focus on what’s already working — prevention and rehabilitation — and address the major causes of crime by reducing inequality and supporting people who need help. The Conservatives’ cruel Crime Bill will do none of this, and ultimately will make our communities meaner, and less safe. David Stevenson, Comox

Biking helps people’s health Dear editor, Being a new and proud owner of a Bionx electric bike, I have just found some really encouraging information about them. At 60+ years old, I hope my electric bike is just the assist I need to keep biking full time for the next 10 years. This data about the world-changing impact of electric bikes from ETRA, which lobbies for European cycling-friendly transport policies is : • Dutch bike commuters travel an average 6.3 km

to work. With an electric bike, that increases to 9.8 km. • For trips up to four km, half of Dutch people use a bike. With an electric bike, that increases to 6 km. So let’s get on with planning the cycling-pedestrian bridge across the Courtenay River at Sixth Street, and putting up more bus shelters for those days, and times, when we bicyclists too, have to ride the bus, especially in winter. Susan Holvenstot, Courtenay

Go drive for a walk Dear editor, To the lady who threatened to take her vote from candidates for not supporting an off-leash dog park. Why don’t you drive your gas-guzzling SUV up to the Lazo Marsh conservation area at Guthrie and Torrence and let them run around there? You don’t need a leash and they can crap anywhere, and nobody cares. Oh, ya, except for my chil-

dren and I, who visit the trails almost daily and are tired of cleaning the dog poop from our shoes and being knocked off the trails by 140-pound mastiffs and rottweilers that owners let run around leash-free. So don’t bother with your baggie and follow the parade of SUVs to the Lazo Marsh where folks “drive” their dog for a “walk.” Adam Irwin, Comox Valley

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FLETCHER all B.C.’s border states and provinces have an economic advantage for emitting industries. And with natural gas development booming and population growing, B.C.’s emissions continue upward. Industry representatives gave the legislature finance committee the view from ground level. Take farming. “None of our competitors have a carbon tax,” Garnet Etsell of the B.C. Agriculture Council told the committee’s Chilliwack hearing. “This has cost us, to date, with the last increase, $45 million a year. With the increase that’s anticipated in 2012, that’ll be $65 million. Keep in mind that the agriculture industry last year had a cumulative net loss of $80 million.” B.C.’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters are the petroleum and

Deadly asbestos our gift to India Dear editor, We have been repeatedly condemned by the EU, Australia and many other First World countries for our exportation of chrysotile asbestos to developing nations. India is one of our top export destinations. In that country chrysotile asbestos is called the “poor man’s roof” and countless numbers of people breathe its carcinogenic dust 24/7. The Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Medical Society, U.S. Department of Health, World Heath Organization and many other reputable agencies unanimously condemn chrysotile asbestos as a cause of lung cancer and mesothelioma. Our Canadian chrysotile asbestos industry actively exports its dangerous cancer inducing product abroad, knowing that it can only be used in Canada under the most carefully supervised and rigorous safety standards. Countries such as India who among others buy 95 per cent of the product manu-

factured here do not observe such safety standards; therefore, their citizens are unknowingly at risk. There is a terrible double standard at play here. Our complicity is despicable. It is time our prime minister and his cabinet did the right thing and stopped actively supporting the exportation of chrysotile asbestos to developing nations and instead enacted legislation which would make it illegal for the exportation of this product, which is in reality the exportation of death to millions of unsuspecting victims. W. Hunter, Courtenay

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VICTORIA — B.C.’s carbon emission trading plan died last week at the age of four. No service was announced. The end came as the B.C. capital hosted politicians from neighbouring U.S. states and western provinces for their annual economic conference. Washington, Oregon, Montana, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico followed through with plans to withdraw from the Western Climate Initiative, leaving California, B.C., and theoretically Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec to come up with a trading system to put further costs on greenhouse gas emissions. Fossil fuel kingpins Alberta and Saskatchewan wanted nothing to do with the WCI from the beginning, when it set a goal of 15-percent reduction in emissions by 2020. This leaves B.C. as the only jurisdiction in North America with a carbon tax, and an emission reduction target twice as ambitious – 33 per cent by 2020. Because of that tax,


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New works by five artists, live music, wine and sumptuous goodies all gathered together in a recently renovated 2,400-squarefoot space — it doesn’t get much better than that. Art Alchemy Studio Gallery is holding a grand opening Nov. 25 from 5 to 9 p.m. “Drop in after work or on your way to dinner or the theatre,” says Lucy Schappy, a member of the artists’ collective. The gallery is located at 362-C 10th Street upstairs in the Bikram Yoga building. Look for the sign on the door in the corner. The artists, comprised of painters Guillermo Mier, Helen Utsal, Jennifer Weber and Lucy Schappy and glass artist Stacey Wright, rented the space earlier this year. “The idea is to have a studio gallery where people can come in and see not only art but art-

ists working with the tools of their trade,” says Schappy. “Jennifer and I thought of doing something like this years ago but our children were young and it just wouldn’t have worked.” Establishing a studio gallery with five artists meant more creative energy and the ability to rent a larger space. “We feel really fortunate to have a location right in the hub of downtown Courtenay,” says Schappy. “There’s lots of space, perfect north light and lots of ventilation.” The opening celebration includes music by Brent Hart on piano and Al Jossul on guitar. Hot Chocolates & Cakebread Artisan Bakery will provide gourmet breads and sweets while Natural Pastures Cheeses will offer a sampling of their wares. There will also be a cash bar serving beer and wine bar (no credit/debit cards), non-alcoholic beverages and water supplied by Water Pure & Simple. And, of

course, there will be lots of fantastic art. “We’re all very excited about the studio,” notes Schappy. “It’s such a dynamic group of artists and we all learn and inspire each other. It’s competitive, too. If we see one person has finished two paintings, that spurs the others on.” Both Schappy and Weber have found the studio to be a produc-

tive space. “Most artists find their home studios too small,” explains Schappy. “And there are always distractions if you’re working at home. Coming here is like going to a job. You show up, do your work and go home.” For now, plans are to hold three or four shows a year. In the future there is the possibility of shows and studio space for other artists

as well as art classes. Following the opening the gallery will be open by chance or appointment (call one of the numbers listed at There is usually someone working in the studio most weekdays and some evenings and visitors are invited to just drop in. For more information and links to artists’ websites visit

UKEE HATCHERY (LEFT) and Forest Path indicate what you can expect to see at the new Art Alchemy Studio Gallery, which is holding a grand opening Nov. 25 from 5 to 9 p.m. at 362-C 10th Street upstairs in the Bikram Yoga building in Courtenay.

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Reischman and Jaybirds flocking toward Merville If it’s bluegrass, country and oldtime music that you hanker after, then John Reischman and the Jaybirds are the players for you. A top-flight band delivering a truly fresh blend of original songs and instrumentals, old-time heritage, and bluegrass power, these musicians will be on fire for your toasty enjoyment on Dec. 4 at the Big Yellow Merville Hall. Celebrating the release of Vintage & Unique, their fifth album, they’ll highlight songs from the new album where once again they have recorded a collection of songs that showcases what they do best. They go back to the roots of bluegrass and oldtime music for their inspiration, and spin these roots into a new sound. “Vintage & Unique has everything one could ask for in a great bluegrass recording; Exciting new originals, a couple of great traditional numbers, razor-sharp picking, and strong, distinctive singing. And of course any opportunity to hear the best bluegrass mandolin player in the business is just icing on the cake.” — Scott Tichenor, Mandolin Cafe. On Vintage & Unique, you’ll hear the Jaybirds cover songs and tunes from Bill Monroe, Hobart Smith, and Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard.

The real gems of the album are the band’s originals. While these songs and tunes are clearly informed by the tradition, John Reischman and the Jaybirds have an eclectic creativity that guides their refreshing excursions in acoustic roots music. Throughout, the bluegrass harmonies are spot-on, and each instrumental break crackles with energy. Their live show at the Merville Hall will feature their studied performance of original songs, instrumentals, and newly arranged traditional material. Add to that the fun of watching the Jaybirds skillfully weave around one microphone and the often-humorous exchanges as the next song is introduced, and you’ve got a very entertaining experience. Opening for the Jaybirds will be local fiddle whiz Trent Freeman, a

recent graduate of Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Trent has toured with bluegrass bands in the southeastern and northwestern United States, and this September did a tour as fiddler with the Wailin’ Jennies. Trent, based in Vancouver, has been busy recording his latest tunes at Dove Creek Studios and, in the new year, is planning on making the promotional record tour to Toronto, Montreal and New York. So now is your chance to catch this hot young fiddler in your own backyard. Advance tickets for the Dec. 4 performance in Merville are sold at Long & McQuade, the Music Plant, Bop City or call Craig at 250-339-4249. For more about the band, see — Merville Community Hall

JOHN REISCHMAN AND the Jaybirds as well as hot young local fiddler Trent Freeman will be on the Merville Community Hall stage Dec. 4.

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Pearl Ellis show fundraiser and help for food bank The Pearl Ellis Gallery is kicking off the Christmas season with a special fundraising show — all artwork is priced at $300 or less. With over 50 members entered in the show there will be more art pieces on display than ever before. This exhibition opens on Nov. 29 and goes until Jan. 22. The gallery will close for the Christmas break Dec. 19 and reopen Jan. 10. A Meet and Greet will be held Dec. 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. During the preChristmas section of this show the gallery will be collecting canned food items for the Comox Valley Food Bank. All donors of food items will receive an entry form for a gift basket donated by the gallery president. Visitors can expect to see quality pieces of work by both established local artists and new artists. Brian Buckrell, Saskia King, Hans Larsen, Judi Pedder, and Sofie Skapski are just a few of the established artists with a variety of styles, techniques and subjects who will display their work. A complete list of participating artists can be found on the gallery website at www. Many of the exhibitors are members of a number of other groups, including the Federation of Canadian Artists, Originals Only, Monday Bunch and Brushworks. This show will be a great opportunity to add a piece of original art work to one’s collection at a very reasonable price. “Even Scrooge approves of this sale!” A special treat this year is the fact the gallery is celebrating its first Christmas in its new and improved location. This past fall, the Comox Archives and Museum and Pearl Ellis Gallery moved upstairs to street level. The light, spacious and welcoming location makes it very enjoyable to view art and visit. If you haven’t been to our new gallery, now is a great opportunity. The gallery also carries a good selection of art cards suitable for all occasions. Members receive a 10 per cent discount on purchases of art during the opening reception or meet and greet of each new show. New memberships are always available

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WETLAND EVENING OIL by Brian Buckrell and Wild Stuff PEI (upper right) by Hans Larsen are among the paintings displayed during a fundraising show at the Pearl Ellis Gallery in Comox. for $20 per year. Any membership taken out during this show will be in effect until Dec. 31, 2012. The gallery is located at 1729 Comox Ave.

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Fiction contest like‘first love affair’ Dec. 3 at North Island College Comox Valley campus Bring your creativity, your thesaurus and your delight in a challenge to North Island College’s fifth annual Three-Hour Fiction Contest. At 1 p.m. on Dec. 3, the writing begins. Writers will be given an element or two that must appear in the story — a problem, a plot device, or maybe a prop. You then have only three hours to bring your story to life. Are you up to the challenge? Using the computers in the NIC lab, writers

will create and then print their stories at the end of the three hours. Stories will be collected and judged by a panel of NIC faculty. The winner will be selected for readability, creativity and the degree to which the required elements are woven into the story. First prize is a free creative writing course at NIC. There will be two to choose from in the winter semester: Journalism (ENG 109) or Creative Non Fiction (ENG 207). The winning story will be published in

The Island Word and the winner will also have the opportunity to read at NIC’s Write Here Readers Series event in April 2012. “The Three-Hour Fiction Contest is like your first love affair,” says Harold Macy, 2010 contest winner. “You have to throw yourself into it with nothing held back, fully committed

and totally unprepared, yet ready for whatever comes out. Write hard and write smart.” There is no cost to participate in the contest and anyone is welcome to attend. Seats are limited, so register before Dec. 1 by contacting Steve Schoenhoff at 250-334-5094. The contest will be held Dec. 3 from 1 to

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MOTHER SUPERIOR SISTER Mary Regina (Jeannine Taylor), gives a lively cooking lesson to Sister Mary Amnesia (Meghan Hanley) and Sister Hubert (Crystal-lee Young) during rehearsals for the off-Broadway hit musical, Nunsense. PHOTO BY TERRY PENNEY

Nuns funny, wacky, endearing Q: What’s black and white, full of fun and seen all over the world? A: Nunsense, the hit off-Broadway musical featuring five hilarious nuns, set to entertain Comox Valley audiences during the Christmas holidays. Tickets are on sale now and are already selling fast for the lively musical revue, which will light up the Sid Williams Theatre daily, from the Boxing Day matinee to a special closing New Year’s Eve performance, when the nuns will help ring in 2012. “Courtenay Little Theatre is proud to continue its annual tradition of offering fun and entertaining Christmas holiday fare, although this is not a Christmas pantomime,” explains director Tony Arnold. “Nunsense is an awardwinning off-Broadway musical featuring five of the funniest, wackiest and most endearing

nuns you’re likely to meet. “The humour is full of silly puns and double entendres that sometimes border on bad taste but it is all good, inoffensive fun. This is a show that will appeal to a broad range of ages, although at different levels. Audiences should be forewarned that, as they say in the show, Nunsense is habit-forming! ” On entering the theatre, the audience is immediately drawn into the world of the irrepressible Little Sisters of Hoboken, who are putting on a fundraiser in the auditorium of Mount St. Helen’s Catholic School. The stage is set for a school production of Grease, which is the first indication that this is going to be a wacky ride. There is plenty of audience interaction as the nuns introduce themselves and explain the implausible reason

why they are raising funds before launching into their madcap revue, described by the New York Times as “a hail of fun and frolic.” We meet Mother Superior, Sister Mary Regina (played by Jeannine Taylor), a former circus performer who can’t resist the spotlight. She is joined by Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of the Novices (Crystallee Young), second in command but secretly coveting the top job. Sister Robert Anne (Kim Tsang) is streetwise and tough, a constant source of aggravation to Mother Superior. Sweet and naive Sister Mary Amnesia (Meghan Hanley) has lost her memory after a crucifix fell on her head, while Sister Mary Leo (Kate Morrison) is a novice who has entered the convent with the goal of becoming the first nun ballerina.

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from sea to the comforts of home, to the toe-tapping sounds of a locomotive, even songs that delve into our French Canadian history. Join this group of young singers as they explore their roots through music and what it means to be Canadian this Sunday evening at 7 p.m. at the United Mennonite Church in Black Creek. Tickets are $10 and may be found at Video’s and More in Comox or at the door. — Cantiamo Chamber Ensemble

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Ladysmith songsmith receiving strong reviews Hanging out on the edges of country just enough to say he isn’t, Ryan McMahon is both a whisper and a scream — a storytelling hustler. His third independent album, Put the Past in a Flask and Drink It, is the culmination of a decade of big highs and big lows, and McMahon is coming to Joe’s Garage in Courtenay this Saturday in support of the release. For the past decade, McMahon has been writing and performing his music in relative obscurity while splitting time between Vancouver and his hometown of Ladysmith. Over that time, he has toured Canada 10 times, released two full-length albums, two EPs and a live record, seen his music licensed both nationally and abroad and heard his music on both commercial and college radio Canada-wide. Despite positive reviews of both his live show and his writing abilities, mainstream success has proved elusive for McMahon. “I think that while the live performances have been fairly consistent, I haven’t yet been in a situation where the record we’ve put out matches the intensity or the magic of the live show,” says McMahon. In 2011, with the help of a small army of friends, McMahon hopes to expand on a mission he’s been on for the past 10 years. McMahon and his small management company, Mission Management Group — which is run by his fiancée Cathleen Lundgren — released two full albums this year. The first, titled All Good Stories, was recorded in the summer of 2010 at legendary guitar technician Richard Leighton’s home studio in Lantzville. “All Good Stories is exactly that: a collection of stripped-down material that I needed to record in a very open and organic environment,” said McMahon. “Richard’s house, man ... It’s located right on the water — big vaulted ceilings, huge fireplace and a view that looks like a Rockwell painting. To me, it meant not having to cut my vocals in an isolation booth like a machine. “It’s so beautiful there, no matter what

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Lantzville, building songs up, tearing songs down and constructing a new product that would sound “timeless.” “Being that Ryan already had some experience working with Richard Leighton, who I’ve known for eons, I was definitely intrigued by the project but still came in with usual apprehension, in that I didn’t entirely know what to expect,” said Wahl. “After spending time on the songs themselves and getting to know the guys, I knew it was gonna

be a blast. Ryan sings to someone and everyone who has ever got drunk, smoked, cried, loved or been loved.” The album that has been nicknamed The Flask was released digitally Nov. 11. In support of the release, McMahon is gathering some friends to run around the Island for a few days and start giving it away to people who come out to see the live performance. Advance tickets to this show — McMahon’s first visit to Courtenay in two years — are $15

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So will wine and cheese. The semi-formal portion of the show runs Dec. 2 from 7 to 10 p.m. at 2314 Rosewall Cres. (Gordon Ross Photography studio). Tickets cost $12. An open house follows Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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first month-long international tour, playing shows across Brazil. The special guest is JPrime. JPrime is a breaks/hiphop/scratch DJ from Vancouver Island, and has been on the turntables for 12 years now. He began with a love for old school hip hop, funk, and turntablism inspired by such DJs as Q-Bert, Babu, Cut Chemist, and DJ Shadow. Tickets for their Dec. 3 Waverley gig cost $12 in advance and $15 at the door. They’re available at Bop City, the Waverley Hotel or by phone 250-336-8322. Doors at 9:30 p.m. For more about the headliner, visit http:// — Cumberland Village Works


Messing with a classic and getting it right is tricky business, but the Funk Hunters make this look easy. They’ll show you how Dec. 3 at the Waverley Hotel. In just a few short years, the Funk Hunters have built an international following, releasing music on labels around the globe and showcasing their signature high-energy DJ sets at some of the world’s most popular music festivals and clubs. Dunks and The Outlier first teamed up because of a mutual love for “hunting” good music, and today, this passion still rings true as they continue to champion the simple but often lost idea that the music itself comes first, regardless of attachments to genre. Their name is now in high demand, receiving bookings, accolades, and remix requests from all corners of the electronic music scene. Armed with four turntables and the unique ability to create live mashups and remixes, their DJ sets stand out. Seamlessly blending original productions with everything from hip-hop to funk, disco to house, dubstep to DnB, and everything in between, they create original sets never replicated. They’ve toured across Canada multiple times, played to crowds of thousands at renowned festivals such as the Shambhala Music Festival and the Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival, and have been invited to share the stage with musical pioneers like Z-Trip, RJD2, and Cut Chemist. In 2010, they completed their

THE BANFF MOUNTAIN Film Festival has stops planned in about 390 communities and 35 countries across the globe. Bringing audiences up close and personal with adrenalinepacked action sports, the 2011-12 world tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world. It shows Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Sid Williams Theatre.


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demand, join the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay when the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to the Comox Valley on Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. For tickets and information, contact the Sid Williams Theatre at 250-338-2430 or order tickets online at www. sidwilliamstheatre. com. The local sponsor for the event is the Union Street Grill and Grotto. Screenings of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in Canada and the U.S. are presented by National Geographic, The North Face and Parks Canada, and sponsored by Deuter, Outdoor Research, PrimaLoft, Central Asia Institute, Tom’s of Maine and Therm-aRest, with support from MSR, Fernie Alpine Resort, Petzl, Kicking Horse Coffee and World Expeditions. — Banff Mountain Film Festival


THE FUNK HUNTERS bring their eclectic sound to the Waverley Hotel on Dec. 3.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes to Courtenay on Nov. 27. The Banff Mountain Film Festival, a program of the Banff Centre, is the largest — and one of the most prestigious — mountain festivals in the world. Hot on the heels of the festival held every fall in Banff, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is hitting the road (www. Travelling to exotic landscapes and remote cultures and bringing audiences up close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports, the 2011-12 world tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world. From approximately 300 films entered into the annual festival, award-winning films and audience favourites are among the films chosen to travel the globe. Back by popular


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THE ISLAND VOICES Chamber Choir presents Yuletide by the Fireside on Dec. 4 at Comox United Church.

This yuletide by the fireside 21-voice choir performing variety of sacred and secular music

of sacred and secular choral music that will set the tone for this holiday season. From tasteful arrangements of old favourites such as Silent Night and a jazzy version of Jingle Bells to Angelus ad Pastores Ait, a 16thcentury Latin motet, this concert is sure to please audiences of all ages and tastes in music. Since its beginning in 1996, Island Voices has contributed to Vancouver Island’s lively musical scene, drawing talent from the Comox Valley, Campbell River and Quadra Island.

As the days grow shorter and the nights grow colder, the Island Voices Chamber Choir is preparing to delight audiences and get them into the Christmas spirit with their upcoming concert Yuletide by the Fireside. Under the direction of Jo-Anne Preston, the 21-voice choir will perform a wide variety




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The tight-knit group sings mostly a cappella, has toured the West Coast, and won awards. The choir has a loyal following, but new audience members are highly encouraged. Comox Valley choral music lovers are invited to a concert Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Comox United Church at 250 Beach St. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at Laughing Oyster Books in Courtenay, or at Videos ’n’ More in Comox.







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The producers of the Vancouver Island Music Awards remind Island musicians to submit music they’ve released in 2010 or 2011 to be considered for nomination in the 2012 Vancouver Island Music Awards. The awards ceremony will be held April 21 in Victoria; the venue and hosts will be announced in the new year. This will be the eighth instalment of the event. Musicians can find all details on what and how to submit at www. islandmusicawards. com. The deadline is Dec. 31. The 2011 gala event was held at the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay. Courtenay’s Helen Austin was named the 2011 Artist of the Year, and The Irish Rovers were honoured with the Island Classic Award to recognize their 46-year (and counting) run in the music industry — the past 20 as Vancouver Island-based artists. All other 2011 winners can be found on the website. In the seven years of the event so far, such high-profile Canadians as Neil Osborne of 54.40, Dan Hill, Terry David Mulligan, David Gogo, Alex Cuba, Armchair Cynics, Vince Ditrich of Spirit of the West, Hayley Sales and Angela Kelman of Farmer’s Daughter have been involved in the Vancouver Island Music Awards (VIMA) festivities. The VIMA website states that, “The goal of the Vancouver Island Music Awards is to (1) Celebrate the Vancouver Island music scene, (2) Build awareness of this scene among the general public on the Island and across Canada, (3) Provide a networking opportunity between artists and music industry representatives, (4) Acknowledge and reward excellence in the artistry and work ethic of Island artists, (5) Empower and encourage Island artists to pursue their musical dreams, (6) Set a positive and professional example for youth (and the young at heart!) who are pursuing a career in music.” — Vancouver Island Music Awards

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WENDY NIXON STOTHERT rehearses the Unplugged choir for a Dec. 3 performance at the Sid Williams Theatre. PHOTO BY LESLIE EATON

Three choirs under one roof


them right into the centre of successional magical moments. The setlist includes a wide variety of songs from spirituals to swing to pop, including hits from 1952’s Glow Worm to Owl City’s recent Fireflies. Watch the snow fall out the window, ‘cause “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” Warm up with a bowl of chili con carne, finish with ice cream and chestnuts roasting on a quiet fire. Allow the music of Spain to take you away as you fend off the Fever of Burnin’ Love and chill


to the cool sounds of Sean Mooney on keys, Jacob Gregory on drums, and Tim Croft on bass. As a unique treat, Just in Time is thrilled to be collaborating for a number with special guest Lindsay Sterk, the well-loved tap dancer extraordinaire. Tickets are $15 and available by calling the Sid at 250-338-2430 or online at For more information, visit www.justin- — Just in Time Vocal Jazz Choirs


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The Just in Time Vocal Jazz Choirs will deliver cool tunes that sizzle as they present Fire and Ice Dec. 3 at the Sid Williams Theatre. The three dynamic choirs, Unplugged with 60 enthusiastic singers, the Jazzy Jems with a dozen sparkling female voices, and Vocal Minority, a 14-member elite ensemble, are under the direction of Wendy Nixon Stothert. These vocalists consistently sing with heart and soul, lifting listeners up to soaring heights and bringing


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Santa Train (Tickets on sale Nov. 1 @ Echo Centre, 250-723-2181) December 3: 10, 11, 1, 2, 4 & 5 December 4: 11 & 12 December 4: 1:30 pm


ONGOING AVALANCHE BAR & GRILL jam night every Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. Comedy night on the third Thursday of the month, starting at 9 p.m. House Ten85 DJs live music starting every Saturday at 9 p.m. FMI: 250-331-0334. COMOX VALLEY ART GALLERY open Mondays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Exhibits change every six weeks. Art exhibits The Boxing Match by Bill Friesen & Marci Katz and SPIN by Rebekah Clarke and Miranda Kent. Mon-Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. FMI: 250-338-6211. 37th annual Christmas Craft Fair from Nov. 18 to Dec. 31, open Mon-Sat 10 to 5, open Sundays 11 to 4 and later hours Xmas week. FMI: 250-338-6211, or Facebook fan page called Comox Valley Art Gallery. CORRE ALICE GALLERY in Cumberland features photographs by Ron Pogue in November, 2781 Dunsmuir Ave. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. FMI: 250-4004099. ELKS HALL in Courtenay offers open mic Wednesdays, 8 p.m. FMI: 250-334-2512. GRIFFIN PUB north of CFB Comox host to Jazztet every Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. MEX PUB has a Rock ‘n Country Jam ‘n Dance hosted by Outlaw Fever on Tuesdays (except the first Tuesday of the month), starting at 9 p.m. MUIR ART GALLERY open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CVCAC members’ show based on Day of the Dead theme until Nov. 15. Muir Gallery at 440 Anderton Avenue, Courtenay. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. FMI: www. PEARL ELLIS GALLERY in Comox open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 4 p.m. Brushworks Art Show and Sale until Nov. 27. Members’ fundraiser show & sale Nov. 29 to Jan. 22. Gallery closed for Christmas break Dec. 19 to Jan. 9. FMI: POTTERS PLACE in Courtenay open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meg Burgess featured artist in November. FMI: www. or 250334-4613. WAVERLEY HOTEL jam night with Brodie Dawson and friends runs every Thursday, no cover. Visit WHISTLE STOP PUB house band Big Fun on stage each weekend. ZOCALO CAFÉ, bassist Tim Croft plays duets with different musicians in various genres Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Anderson Jazz Syndicate performs on the last Friday of each month. Music begins at 7:30 p.m. Macro photography in November.

TIM WILLIAMS at Cumberland Hotel. FMI: www. musicfest-concerts. SARAH HAGEN present solo piano recital, Sid Williams Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $32 (regular), $29 (senior), $16 (ages 33 and younger). FMI: or call 250338-\2430. ART ALCHEMY STUDIO GALLERY grand opening from 5 to 9 p.m. at 362-C 10th St. (upstairs) in Courtenay.


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The final Metropolitan Opera before the new year is Handel’s Rodelinda. In seventh century Lombardy, Queen Rodelinda’s throne has been usurped. Her husband, forced to flee Milan, returns in disguise, having spread the rumour that he has died. The production played to great critical and popular acclaim when it opened at the Met in 2004. Rodelinda plays live at the Rialto Theatre on Dec. 3 at 9:30 a.m. Doors open at 9. Tickets are on sale now: adults and youth $21.95; children and seniors $18.95 (plus taxes). For more information, call 250-338-5502. — Rialto Theatre

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RYAN MCMAHON performs at Joe’s Garage with special guest Sid Johnson. Advance tickets are $15 at Bop City Records, and they come with a free CD. Kitchen opens at

6:30 p.m.; music starts at 8:30 p.m. Visit for more info. IVAN COYOTE and d KATE REID onstage at Sid Williams Theatre, 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For tickets, call 250-338-2430 or buy online at RICK JAMES, PAULA WILD, BETTY ANNAND, KIM BANNERMAN, JUDY HAGEN, IAN KENNEDY, GWYN SPROULE and HAROLD MACEY will sign books, Courtenay and District Museum, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. COMOX VALLEY POTTERS hold annual pottery sale, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay.

Sunday, Nov. 27 BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL at Sid williams Theatre, 7 p.m. FMI: 250338-2430 or CANTIAMO CHAMBER ENSEMBLE performs 7 p.m. at United Mennonite Church in Black Creek. Tickets $10 at Video’s and More in Comox or at the door.

Friday, Dec. 2 NORTH ISLAND CHORAL SOCIETY offers annual Christmas concert, St. George’s United Church in Courtenay, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15 at Laughing Oyster, Blue Heron, Videos ‘n More, Home and Garden Gate in Cumberland and from any choir member. GORDON ROSS PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO hosts photo exhibit 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets $12. 2314 Rosewall Cres. in Courtenay.

Saturday, Dec. 3 HARPDOG BROWN and LAZY MIKE & THE ROCKIN’ RECLINERS live at Joe’s Garage. Advance tickets are $25 at Bop City Records. Kitchen opens at 6:30 p.m.; music starts at 8:30 p.m. FMI: JUST IN TIME VOCAL CHOIRS present Fire and Ice, Sid Williams Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 by calling 250-338-2430 or online at www.sidwilliamstheatre. com. FMI: NORTH ISLAND CHORAL SOCIETY offers annual Christmas concert, St. George’s United Church in Courtenay, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15 at Laughing Oyster, Blue Heron, Videos ‘n More, Home and Garden Gate in Cumberland and from any choir member. FUNK HUNTERS at Waverley Hotel, doors at 9:30 p.m. Tickets $12 in advance and $15 at door. They’re available at Bop City, the Waverley Hotel or at 250336-8322. RIALTO THEATRE presents Metropolitan Opera with Handel’s Rodelinda, 9:30 a.m. FMI: 250-338-5502. COMOX VALLEY ART GALLERY offers Art Talk with The Boxing Match by Bill Friesen & Marci Katz, 2 to 3 p.m., free admission. FMI: 250-338-6211. GORDON ROSS PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO hosts photo exhibit open house 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 2314 Rosewall Cres. in Courtenay. NORTH ISLAND COLLEGE presents Three-Hour Fiction Contest, Comox Valley campus, 1 to 4 p.m. Register by Dec. 1 by phoning Steve Schoenhoff at 250-334-5094.

Sunday, Dec. 4 BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH live at The Bridge Lounge. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door and are available at Bop City and Polka Dot Pants, by phone at 250-336-0303 and online at Doors at 8 p.m.


COMOX VALLEY RECORD • Friday, November 25, 2011


Read out your inner Scrooge

THE NORTH ISLAND Choral Society offers its annual Christmas concert Dec. 2 and 3 at St. George’s United Church in Courtenay.

Choral Christmas soon Once again it is the time of the year to enjoy a warm fireplace, hot chocolate, a book or music. So what would this time be without North Island Choral Society’s yearly Christmas concert? With only a week until the concert, the choir — under its leadership of Paul Colthorpe — is in its final stages of rehearsals in preparation for the concert. This year NICS will perform Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio as well as Vivaldi’s Gloria featuring Megan Skidmore, soprano; Amy Lelliot, soprano; Lisa Deith, alto; Chris Bellamy, baritone; David Brown, tenor. Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns was a French late-romantic composer, organist, conductor, and pianist. He began music lessons early and by the age of three had already composed his first piano piece. He is known especially for the Carnival of the Animals, Samson and Delila, Piano Concerto No. 2, and his Symphony No. 3 (Organ Symphony). While an organist at Madeleina, Saint-Saëns wrote the oratorio in less than a fortnight, completing it 10 days before its premiere on Christmas 1858. Antonio Vivaldi was born in Venice in the year 1678. He was the eldest of nine children whose father was originally a barber by trade, and ultimately became a professional violin teacher and musician. Vivaldi is recognized as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread over Europe. Vivaldi is known mainly for composing instrumental concertos, especially for the violin, as well

as sacred choral works and over 40 operas. His best-known work is a series of violin concertos known as The Four Seasons. The Gloria we perform today was unveiled at a concert in 1939 and has become one of the most popular of all choral-orchestral works. The concerts will be performed Dec. 2 and 3 at St. George’s United Church on Fitzgerald Avenue at Sixth Street in Courtenay. Both performances are at 7:30




p.m. Tickets are $15 and available at Laughing Oyster in Comox, at the Blue Heron and Videos ‘n More; the Home and Garden Gate in Cumberland and of course from any choir member. — North Island Choral Society

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They’re having a Dickens of a time at the Freakin’ Coffee Shop in Courtenay’s Tin Town — literally! So you’ve heard of the singalong Sound of Music and the dressup Rocky Horror Picture Show. Well, get ready for the read-along version of Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic A Christmas Carol. If you want to read the part of Scrooge, Tiny Tim or anyone else in the story — and remember, no part is too small/the more the merrier — rush to the Freakin’ Coffee Shop and sign up. The public performance will take place Dec. 10 at 2 p.m., but Ray Garford is hoping that he can meet a few people ahead of time and hand out some scripts. “I am not auditioning people for a show,” says Garford, “but if we have a few people who had practised reading it through ahead of time, the end result will sound a lot crisper and the audience will get more out of it.” When asked why he is doing this production, and in this man-



ner, he replies, “I would often hear of others in the Valley doing live readings of A Christmas Carol and I always felt a bit sad about not being invited to join in. I have been giving readings of the Harry Potter books for over a decade — mostly to captive student audiences — so I decided that it was time to do my own. “Since the Freakin’ Coffee Shop is such a warm and inviting space and they have agreed to pay me in coffee for doing it, how could I not?” On a more serious note, Garford is an avid supporter of the notion of parents reading to kids “and Christmas time is such a wonderful time for stories. This isn’t the two-hour movie version, with all the special effects and dancing girls; it’s just the Dickens, plain and simple. It is an hour well spent around a crackling fire, with

family and a delightful tale, just the way it was when he first published it 150 years ago.” For more informa-

tion, contact Ray Garford at rjgarford@shaw. ca or call 250-8902072. — Ray Garford


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The first 100 years of playing ❝ golf are the hardest. ❞Mike Lamanna Resort Course, home to the PGA Tour’s Valero Texas Open, were a chip shot away. So was the golf school. It’s here we met Mike Lamanna, a PGA professional and, at the time of our visit, head of La Cantera Golf Academy. In our three mornings with Lamanna we made more golf progress than I thought possible. My sons learned that a golf swing is like a baseball swing, just bent over. I worked

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They came to toast Taylor Green. They left knowing that toast is the best “meal” the major leaguer can cook. That revelation sent a ripple of laughter through the packed Ballroom at the Best Western Westerly Hotel on Tuesday night as the Milwaukee Brewers infielder smoothly fielded a series of snap-answer questions from MC Bill Village. The Comox Valley Baseball Association organized the evening to salute Green’s ascension to the big leagues and to raise funds for a couple of game day fences for Aspen Park. Along with admission at the door, there was a silent auction to help raise money. The full house included Comox mayor Paul Ives and Courtenay mayor-elect Larry Jangula and luminaries from the local ball scene along with Green’s parents and former coaches. Stories, videos and photos were all part of the light-hearted and enlightening evening. Enlightening? Here’s some more of Village’s quicky Q&A with Green: Favourite pre-game meal: “Spaghetti and meat balls.” Favourite home-cooked meal: “Ham and scalloped potatoes.” Favourite sport other than baseball: “Hockey.” Best baseball movie of all time: “Sandlot.” Favourite movie star: “Kim Cattrell.” (after some prompting). Best looking girls – Nashville or Milwaukee: “Nashville.” Blond or brunette: “Doesn’t matter.” Best beer in Milwaukee: “Miller High Life.” Favourite Canadian beer: “Lucky.” Left-handed pitcher you can’t wait to face: “My dad in batting practice.”

A FAMILY AFFAIR Taylor Green with mom Jackie and dad Bill at Tuesday night’s homecoming/fundraiser at the Westerly. PHOTO BY EARLE COUPER Right-handed pitcher you can’t wait to face? “Jeff Suppan.” First words you ever spoke were “Blue Jays” – true or false: “Probably true.” It’s April 2012, who’s the

starting third baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers: “Hopefully Taylor Green.” When the applause died down, Village had one more question: “What was your hat size when you played in Parksville?” “Seven-and-

one-eighth,” replied Green. “What was your hat size when you played with the Milwaukee Brewers?” “Seven-and-one-eighth,” replied Green. “I’ve known (Taylor) for a while,” Village said. “One

FROM T-BALL TO THE BIGS Bill Village provided this “Coles Notes” version of Taylor Green’s journey from T-Ball to The Bigs: • Grew up in the Comox Valley, started playing baseball at five years old. • B.C. champion as 9-10 year old; Pacific Northwest champion as 11-12 year old. • Moved on from CVBA and played two years of Blizzard ball with Carl Bitonti, then to Parksville Royals for his Grade 10-12 years in the Premier Baseball League with coach Dave Wallace. • Played with BC Selects, in Canada Cup with Team BC got silver medal. At BC Summer Games got gold medal. • Invited to a number of showcase touraments in States. After graduating to college nearly 100 schools made offers to him. Signed with Stetson University in Florida and also signed letter of intent with Cypress College in California. He ended up attending Cypress

for two years and was All-American there. • Drafted in 2005 after first year of college ball; signed with Brewers after second year instead of going to Oregon State. • Started at single A short season with Helena Brewers, then to West Virginia Power low A. • Selected 2007 Milwaukee Brewers Minor League Player of the Year. • Moving up each year, he went to Brevard County Monatees in Florida high A division. He was an all-star in both low A and high A leagues. • Moved up to AA next year with Huntsville Stars. Started this year playing three games in AA, then moved up to AAA Nashvile. After a slow start, he went on a tear in June through August, hitting around the .400 mark. • Got the call up to The Bigs on Aug. 25, 2011.

of the things I really, truly respect about this young man is, despite his successes, he has always remained humble and respectful of everything that’s come his way. It’s a real testament to how he’s been brought up and we can acknowledge (parents) Bill and Jackie for that. It’s easy to say that this young man would be a wonderful role model for a lot of young people around here.” Bill Green gave a video presentation of the on-field celebrations at Miller Park during one of the Brewers’ celebrations, and Taylor explained some of the background behind the autographed jerseys (that were on display) of future Hall of Famers he is collecting. A particular favourite is Albert Pujols’, as the St. Louis slugger was on first base when Green rapped his first major league hit. And the anecdote of that MLB milestone was one of the many entertaining insights Green shared on Tuesday. “I was walking up to the plate. My parents were there, with 45,000 or 46,000 people in a packed house. We were playing the Cardinals and they called on me to pinch hit. “My first reaction was ‘Where are my batting gloves?’...just panic...I had them on my hands,” he recalled with a laugh. “I was in a cold sweat walking to the batter’s box. I started swinging, my hands were shaking out of control. I couldn’t hold the bat. I had to take a second to regroup. I walked up to the plate and got a standing ovation. That was a pretty cool feeling. I looked around for just a split second before I stepped into the box, because you never know when you’re going to get that again. “I stepped into the box (and dug in). I still remember the first pitch...a sinker down and away (from) Jake

Westbrook. I thought it was a strike but the umpire called it a ball.” With two strikes on him, Westbrook delivered a low change up. “I barrelled it out to right field. Abert Pujols was standing (at first) and my eyes were just like blinking, blinking, blinking. I was supposed to do this pose thing but I didn’t know what to do. It felt awkward for a little bit,” Green smiled. As is tradition, Green got to keep the ball. He was looking forward to presenting it to his parents when he stopped and looked at what his teammates had written on it. “Some of the slimiest stuff ever written,” said Green. “Not the kind of stuff you can put on the mantle.” It wasn’t until three days later his teammates presented him with the real game ball. Other tales included Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke making good on a pre-season promise to eat a live scorpion if the Brewers made the playoffs, having to wear the (Canuck fans) Greenman suit as part of rookie initiation, and being “punk’d” when he was called into the manager’s office and told he was being suspended for 50 games for failing a drug test. Green thanked his former coaches Carl Bitonti (Comox Valley Blizzard) and Dave Wallace (Parksville Royals) and presented them with caps, jerseys and photos. “They were both huge in terms of setting goals for me, making me work hard and putting direction into what I wanted to do.” He told the crowd that he was proof that working hard can make dreams come true. “You never know what can happen. You dream and you want it so bad. But until you walk into that stadium it doesn’t seem real. It still doesn’t seem real to me,” he said.


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Towhees take third place at Island championships The Vanier Towhees junior boys volleyball team played their best volleyball on the weekend to finish third at the Island championships, held at Vanier Senior Secondary. “We have been training for the past twoand-a-half months and it really showed – we played our best, most sound volleyball of the season. We definitely peaked at the time,” said coach Brian Stevens. “With the Islands being held at your home school, it has a little added pressure with performing in front of your hometown fans. The boys used this as fuel to raise their game to the next level. “Our first game was against Mt. Prevost who were the first ranked team from the central zone. We played at 12 p.m. in front of a very large hometown crowd. The boys were very excited and played some excellent volleyball. We beat them two straight,” Stevens said. “Our next game was against Belmont, a team we have lost to the previous three times we played – with every match going three sets and losing by two points. The boys were very aware that we had to play well and that pool play is important for playoff rankings. The roundrobin games were only best of two so each set counted. “The first set we were up 22-19 and ended up losing 25-23. Although it was a tough one to lose, we knew that we had to win the next set. The second set started out exactly the opposite way we wanted – going down 8-0 from one of the opposing team’s servers,” Stevens said. “He was just putting the balls over the net and we couldn’t seem to get a kill. I called a time-out and told the guys that we needed to get the ball back and just chip away at their lead point by point. Well, sometimes those speeches work because from then on we outscored Belmont 25 to 11, beating them 25-19. “I have coached a lot of volleyball over the years, and I can’t remember the last time a team was down 8-0 and came back to win 25-19. The match started at 2:20 so once again we were able to utilize our hometown crowd. That was a huge moment for us – a real momentum boost-

SETTER ALEX KUSSAUER was named to the first all-star team at the Island championships. PHOTO BY ERIN HALUSCHAK er,” said Stevens. “Our next game was against Dover Bay – another team that we lost to every time we played previously. Our momentum definitely carried over and we played extremely well against Dover. We came out on fire and really took our game to them. Our blocking and defence was outstanding.

“Some of their players tip when they are under pressure we scouted that and adjusted. Our transition game dominated theirs and we took the first set 25-20. For some reason in the second set we had some mental breakdowns and didn’t play our best volleyball. We didn’t keep playing our game and stopped being aggres-

sive. Dover took the second set 25-21. “We ended up second in our pool and crossed over with NDSS in the quarter-final match. NDSS is a very hardworking team who do not make a lot of errors. They will put the ball back on your side and wait for you to make a mistake,” Stevens said. “We took the first

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set, then with a rolled ankle to power hitter Sam Kussauer in the second, NDSS took advantage and beat us. Reece Myerhoff came in for Sam and did a great job. “The game went to a third set where we earned the switch at 8 and went up 14-9. NDSS put a scare in us when the score crept up to 14-13 – a timeout was called. We won a hard-fought last point to advance to the semifinals. “We played Oak Bay, a team we met and lost to in three in the semis last year at the Islands. Unfortunately, we came out with our flattest effort of the tournament against Oak Bay. It was hard to put our finger on – why we weren’t playing better – but sometimes you have those games and just can’t control it. “We ended up meeting Claremont in the third/fourth place match. This is definitely a challenging match to get up for. You just played in the semifinals, lost, want to be in the finals, are watching the two teams in

the finals warm-up and play, and here you are playing for third and fourth. “Nevertheless, the boys were ready to play this match as if it were the finals – and it sure showed. I think that was our most dominating match of the season. Every time we played the ball we played it with a purpose and had multiple options on our attack. “Claremont had a lot of difficulties adjusting to our consistent play. Our defence was outstanding with guys sacrificing their bodies to get the ball up and continue the rally. Every player knew that his other five teammates on the court were going to give it 100 per cent.

We beat Claremont two straight to win third,” the coach said. “All of the guys played very well and each of them improved greatly throughout the season. Our power hitters were Sam Kussauer and Braydon Brouwer, our middle blockers were Sean McGinnis, Blair Schmelz and Foster DeWitt, our right sides were Jerram Gawley and Reese Myerhoff, and our setter was Alex Kussauer. “Alex was recognized in the tournament as a first team all-star. His consistent play and leadership made him an obvious choice amongst the other coaches there,” Stevens said. – Vanier Towhees



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Betties are back at it If you missed it the first time around, Cumberland’s own roller derby team, The Brick House Betties, will be hosting their second Open Scrimmage this Sunday, Nov. 27 at the Cumberland Recreation Institute. Doors open at 10 a.m., first whistle blows at 11 a.m. Admission for spectators is by donation, and there will be team merchandise for sale. “Seating is limited so please come early to this family friendly event,” a team spokesperson said. Open Scrimmages are fun but competitive roller derby games that give skaters and officials from different teams an opportunity to play, learn and get to know each other. Some of the best skaters of the seven Vancouver Island roller derby teams will be playing this Sunday. This event will be

Turkeys on table at Legion The Comox Legion is hosting a Turkey Shoot darts tournament in the upper hall on Saturday, Dec. 3. Registration is from 9 to 9:45 a.m. with toe line at 10:30 a.m. for the blind draw mixed doubles event. There will be men’s and ladies’ high score and high takeout with turkeys and hams up for grabs. Entry fee is $7 per person. For more information, call 250-339-2112 or 250339-9592.

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Comox Valley talent will be front and centre in Cowtown tonight when the Calgary Dinos host the UVic Vikes in a CIS Canada West men’s basketball tilt. Keenan Milburn of Royston is the starting point guard for the Dinos. He’s coming off a CIS career-high 27 points in last Saturday night’s 93-91 double overtime loss to Regina. Milburn, who played his high school hoops with the Isfeld Ice, will be facing his good friend Ryan MacKinnon, a sharpshooting guard who is leading the nation in made three pointers with 24 and is averag-

ing 22 points per game. The 6-0 Vikes are ranked No. 6 nationally. Both MacKinnon (a Highland Raider alumni from Comox) and Milburn are in their fifth and final year of CIS eligibility. Last Friday, senior guard Zac Andrus was in the right place at the right time for the Vikes, pouncing on a missed three-point attempt from MacKinnon,and driving up to sink the game-winning lay-up as UVic improved to 5-0 with a 77-75 win over the Thompson Rivers WolfPack. MacKinnon, named Applebee’s Vikes player of the game, led the Vikes with 18 points and five rebounds along with three steals.


KAMLOOPS – It was hard to tell who was the previously unbeaten Canada West men’s volleyball team and the one with a record of 1-and-5 at the Tournament Capital Centre on Friday night (Nov. 18). The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack took the visiting University of Manitoba Bisons to five sets. The Bisons remain undefeated wining 3-2. The scores were 25-17, 22-25, 26-24, 20-25,1 5-8. TRU fell to 1-and-6; Manitoba is 7-and-0. TRU was led by Brad Gunter. The first year left side from Courtenay was named the “TRU Bookstore/ McDonalds Leader of the Pack” for 19 kills in 47 chances with a service ace and nine digs. Chris Osborne (2nd year, outside hitter, Phoenix, AZ) had 14 kills in 39 swings and six digs against his former teammates. “It was good volleyball,” said WolfPack head coach Pat Hennelly. “The guys played good volleyball the whole time. We battled. We had to use a bunch of different guys in the lineup. If we had


the same intensity it would have been a different result last weekend. But to Manitoba’s credit, they were a bit tougher in the fifth set. And they came back in the third set when I thought we had control.” Manitoba had 14 team blocks in comparison to TRU’s 11. The same two teams met again Saturday night (Nov. 19) at the TCC, with much the same result as Chris Voth and the Bisons downed the youthful WolfPack 3-1. The scores were 25-15, 25-18, 24-26, 25-17. The Bisons improved to 8-and-0 while TRU is now 1-7. Hennelly said Voth (4th year, left side, Winnipeg) was the differ-

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Representative example based on 2012 Sportage (SP551C)/2012 Forte base model (FO540C) with a purchase price of $23,645/$17,450 fi nanced at 2.49%/3.39% APR over 48/60 months with $0 down, bi-weekly payments of $152/$98 for a cost of borrowing of $1,616/$1,808 and a total obligation of $24,761/$17,758, including delivery and destination fees ($1,650/$1,455) and a $500 FlexChoice credit/Forte (FO540C) includes $500 dealer contribution, $500 FlexChoice credit and $500 WINterfest Everybody Wins credit. Certain restrictions apply. Taxes, licence, insurance, registration, excess mileage, wear and tear charges, any administration or other applicable fees or charges are not included. Dealer may sell for less. See dealer for details. ‡Loan credit for 2012 Kia Sorento LX AT (SR75BC)/2012 Rondo (RN751C) is $1,250 (includes $500 loan credit and $750 loyalty bonus¥)/ $1,000, and is available on purchase fi nancing only on approved credit (OAC). 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Whalers show solid effort at Base tourney The EcoFish Cour- cal. The forwards tenay Whalers played were aggressive on in the local 19 Wing the boards and back Comox Base Women’s checking, while the Hockey tournament on defence played strong the weekend. in front of the net and Their first game pressured on the line. was against the Comox Although Victoria went Base team. It was a away with a 2-0 win, very physical game the Whalers showed but the Whalers main- an intensity and effort tained control of the that seemed to be missplay and dominated ing at the beginning of the game resulting in the year. a 3-1 win for the WhalOn Sunday, the ers. Whalers met the StingGoals and assists by: ers again. The results Kelly Roloff assisted by were similar but, again, Davidson the Whaland Bert ers continIt was a Churchill, ued to play T e r a great weekend of hard. The Kasubuchi hockey. The Whal- V i c t o r i a (Ecofish goalie was R e s e a r ch ers were aggrestoo big of a L t d . ) sive on the boards, challenge a s s i s t e d shooting more, for the by Josee Whalers B u r e a u winning races to to over(Flip Flop the puck and did come. The S h o p s not ever seem to score was Nanaimo), give up. 5-2 with and Sam goals and Emers got assists by: her first goal assisted Davidson assisted by by Bureau and Kasu- Roloff and Jan Dafoe buchi. (Canadian Western The second game Bank) and Roloff scored was against the Full- assisted by Churchill. er Lake She-Devils. It “It was a great was another physical weekend of hockey,” game and the Whalers a team spokesperson continued to play hard. said. “The Whalers Although the Whal- were aggressive on the ers lost 6-2, they did boards, shooting more, not let up. They chal- winning races to the lenged Fuller Lake and puck and did not ever did not let them con- seem to give up. trol the game. It was “Everyone kept their a hard-fought battle feet moving and really by both teams. Goals supported each other and assists by: Lee on the ice. They played McGeorge unassisted physical games with a and by Sky Zimmer- higher level of intenman (Brian McLean) sity and focus that had assisted by McGeorge. not been there at the Fuller Lake went on to beginning of the seawin the tournament. son. The Whalers are The third game was hoping that this carries against the Victoria over into the tournaStingers. The teams ment this coming weekwere evenly matched end in Port Hardy.” and the Whalers con– EcoFish Courtenay tinued to play physiWhalers

THE U14 UPPER Island Riptide boys soccer team defeated the U14 Upper Island Storm 3-0 on Nov. 13 in Qualicum Beach. Above, William Mitchell of the Riptide battles for the ball. The teams are part of the Vancouver Island Premier League (VIPL).



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Offer only available to residents of Canada and payable in Canadian dollars. Offer is transferable to persons domiciled with the owner of the recycled vehicle. Offer can be used in conjunction with most retail consumer offers made available by Ford at either the time of factory order or delivery, but not both. Offer not available on any vehicle receiving CPA, GPC, or Daily Rental Rebates and the Commercial Fleet Rebate Program (CFIP). Limited time offer, see dealer for details or call the Ford Customer Relationship Centre at 1-800-565-3673. ©2011 Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited. All rights reserved.


COMOX VALLEY RECORD • Friday, November 25, 2011

Bucs bow to ’Lions

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VANCOUVER ISLAND JUNIOR LEAGUE Standings as of Nov. 20 North Division Team GP W L T OTL PTS GF Comox Valley Gl. Kings 21 13 6 0 2 28 94 Oceanside Generals 22 8 13 0 1 17 76 Campbell River Storm 21 7 14 0 0 14 69 South Division Team GP W L T OTL PTS GF Victoria Cougars 21 17 3 0 1 35 94 Saanich Braves 20 10 7 0 3 23 89 Peninsula Panthers 20 10 9 0 1 21 78 Kerry Park Islanders 21 8 13 0 0 16 75 Nov. 17 Comox Valley 1 Victoria Cougars 4 Nov. 19 Peninsula thers 3 Comox Valley 2 Nov. 26 Oceanside @ Comox Valley 7:30 p.m. Sports Centre #1 Nov. 27 Comox Valley @ Oceanside 2:30 p.m.

GA 71 109 91 GA 48 76 89 91 Pan-

COMOX VALLEY MINOR HOCKEY REP REPORT Last Weekend’s Games Friday, Nov. 18 Brian Rice Toyota Atom A Chiefs vs. Campbell River loss 7-3 Saturday, Nov. 19 Happys Midget Tier 1 Chiefs vs. Campbell River tie 2-2 Rideout Construction Midget Tier 2 Chiefs vs. Port Alberni loss 7-1 Comox Centre Mall Bantam Tier 2 Chiefs vs. Cowichan tie 4-4 Courtenay Mazda Peewee Tier 1 vs. Nanaimo loss 6-4 Branch #17 Legion Peewee Tier 2 Chiefs vs. Saanich loss 6-1 Brian Rice Toyota Atom A Chiefs vs. Peninsula loss 6-4 Swift Datoo Atom B Chiefs vs. Triport win 6-4 Sunday, Nov. 20 Happys Midget Tier 1 Chiefs vs. Juan de Fuca loss 5-2 Rideout Construction Midget Tier 2 Chiefs vs. Peninsula loss 9-0 Courtenay Mazda Peewee Tier 1 vs. Cowichan loss 14-2 Branch #17 Legion Peewee Tier 2 Chiefs vs Nanaimo loss 8-0 Swift Datoo Atom B Chiefs vs. Peninsula loss 5-2 This Weekend’s Games Saturday, Nov. 26 Sports Centre 1 Comox Centre Mall Bantam Tier 2 Chiefs vs. Kerry Park 12:15 - 2:15 p.m. Rideout Construction Midget Tier 2 Chiefs vs. Peninsula 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Happy’s Midget Tier 1 Chiefs vs. Peninsula 4:45 - 6:45 pm Glacier Gardens Swift Datoo Atom B Chiefs vs. Cowichan 1:15 - 2:45 p.m. Sunday Nov. 26 Sports Centre 1 Courtenay Legion Branch #17 Peewee Tier 2 Chiefs vs. Victoria Racquet Club 10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Comox Centre Mall Bantam Tier 2 Chiefs vs. Juan de Fuca 1 - 3 p.m. Rideout Constructions Midget Tier 2 Chiefs vs. Nanaimo 3:15 - 5:15 p.m. COME OUT AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MINOR HOCKEY TEAMS

HOCKEY VIJHL SCORING Top 10 Player Team C. Peterson Pen B. Coulter Vic J. Garrett Com M. Powell Com S. Axford Vic T. Jones San K. Peterson Pen C. Thompson KPI K. Yamasaki Oce S. Rice Vic

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Pts 42 40 40 35 35 29 28 28 27 25

SOCCER MID-ISLAND WOMEN Standings as of Nov. 20 Team P W L D Pt Legends 8 6 1 1 19 Oceanside 8 6 1 1 19 Nanaimo 9 6 2 1 19 C.R. United 8 5 3 0 15 Alberni 8 5 3 0 15

Outlaws 8 3 3 2 11 Masters 7 3 2 2 11 Kickers 7 3 3 1 10 Bandits 8 2 6 0 6 Wheatys 9 1 8 0 3 Shooters 8 0 8 0 0 Nov. 20 C.R. United vs. Outlaws (cancelled due to weather). Masters vs. Bandits (cancelled due to weather). Port Alberni vs. Kickers (cancelled due to weather). Wheatys 1 (Jillian Schroeder) Nanaimo 5 (Laura Laidlaw 3, Alison Belbin, Noreen Ortilla). Nov. 27 Masters vs. Port Alberni 12 p.m. Vanier, Kickers vs. Wheatys 2 p.m. Vanier, Bandits vs. Outlaws 12 p.m. Willow Point, Oceanside vs. Legends 12 p.m. QBCC, Nanaimo vs. Shooters 12 p.m. Elaine Hamilton. C.R. United bye.

CV MEN’S ASSOCIATION Standings as of Nov. 17 Team Pts Elks 141 Courtenay Legion A 139 Courtenay Legion B 124 Comox Legion A 105 Comox Legion B 103 Griffin Pub Flyers 100 Comox Legion C 81 Griffin Pub 71 Top 10 Averages Player Avg. Bill Durant 65.12 Ernie Linden 57.95 Terry Jackson 57.65 Ken Hayes 56.33 Hap Hanson 55.36 Nick Doubinin 55.00 Jack Ethier 54.45 Clair Stephens 54.21 Wayne Joy 53.84 Art Forbes 53.65 High Checkout Mike Konschak 120 High Score Bud Eglund 177 180s Art Forbes 2, Terry Hills, Hap Hanson, Bill Foottit, Jack Ethier, Mike Konschak

10-PIN BOWLING CRYSTAL LANES 50+ Senior Standings as of Nov. 10 Team Q T Happy Wanderers 52.5 112 Hopefuls 47 117

CRIBBAGE NORTH ISLAND MEN Standings as of Nov. 16 Team W T L Pt Doubles 3 1 0 7 888 Wing Elks 2 1 1 5 Comox Legion 2 1 2 5 Comox Golf 1 1 3 3 Eagles 1 0 3 2 Singles Team W T L Pt Comox Golf 4 1 0 9 Eagles 2 1 1 5 Elks 2 0 2 4 888 Wing 0 2 2 2 Comox Legion 0 2 3 2

The Alberni Valley Sealions junior bantams have won back-to-back football championships after defeating the Comox Valley Buccaneers 14–0 on Saturday (Nov. 19). The win was bittersweet for the Sealions as they were supposed to play at home at Bob Dailey Stadium, but at the last minute were forced to play in Comox because Bob Dailey was covered in snow.



WEDNESDAY NIGHT Standings as of Nov. 16 Team RW GW Chalk-a-Holics 38 105 The Cuefellas 35 94 Sharpshooters 34 103 Are We High? 32 91 Sociables 31 93 Sunnydale Sliders 29 80 Choc-O-Lot 28 83 Bridge Patrol 26 88 Odds R 22 65 Classics 20 67 Chalk ‘n’ Awe 17 70 Cue Tease 15 56 3 Sticks & A Rack 14 59 La Masse 9 66 Player of Year Standings Player Team Pts Grenier Bridge Patrol 91.7 Shelvey Sharpshooters 89.1 Horton Choc-O-Lot 80.1 Bull Are We High? 74.7 Stewart Chalk-a-Holics 71.6 Trayling Chalk-a-Holics 68.2

“We couldn’t use our field because it’s frozen,” Sealions’ head coach John Elley said from Comox. “Parks and Rec wouldn’t let us use it. We had to play our home game in Comox.” The Sealions scored their first touchdown midway through the third quarter at Bill Moore Memorial Park and carried their 7–0 lead until late in the fourth quarter, when they added another TD to put the game away.

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VI Riders now accepting younger members VI Riders is actively recruiting new athletes to join the club in one of the most exciting spectator sports to hit the slopes - freestyle snowboarding. VI Riders has lowered the age for membership this year to include

any competent boarder (male or female) from 10-18 years of age. “The age requirement has been lowered this year to address the increasing demand for freestyle coaching with these younger skilled athletes,” a club spokesperson said.

“The skill level of younger snowboarders has improved dramatically in the past few years, and many young athletes are looking for increasing challenges and opportunities for competition.” VI Rider coaches follow the Long Term Athlete

Development Program outlined by the Canadian Snowboard Federation and train weekly on Mount Washington in either a one- or two-day program. “We are excited to offer a new two-day program this year for those athletes and par-



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COMOX VALLEY RECORD • Friday, November 25, 2011

Register online for Royal LePage Snow to Surf Jan. 14, 2012 is the online early registration deadline for Canada’s premier multisport relay event; the 30th Royal LePage Comox Valley Snow to Surf Adventure Relay Race. It’s a race that goes from winter conditions at the summit of Mount Washington Alpine Resort to sea-level action at Comox Marina Park and attracts a mix of local

legends, champions, and recreational athletes that compete year after year. Registration is limited to the first 175 adult teams and the first 25 junior teams. Adult entries fees before Jan. 14, 2012 are $300 plus hst and will increase to $400 plus hst until Feb. 28, 2012. Entries after Feb. 28, 2012 will be $500 plus hst. Junior teams

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odern society is addicted to high returns on investments, and success is measured on a percentage-based return over costs of investment. As with all investments there are several portfolios, some will do well and others not so well. This column is directed at the enrichment we receive in recreational fishing, primarily on enhanced stocks. Recreational fishing is about fishing – some catching. Each year we send forth millions of little salmon from the Puntledge River Hatchery and the spawning channels of the river throughout its many side channels and feeder streams. Most of the recreational harvesting of chinook, coho and pink salmon takes place in the open ocean, much of it in Area 14 waters; I suggest most of our recreationally caught chum salmon takes place in our home river, the Puntledge. Last week Darcy Miller, manager of the Puntledge hatchery, sent me the following returns of salmon to the river and hatchery as of Nov. 16, 2011: Coho Salmon 2,459 in river and at the hatchery. As a reminder, due to hot weather there was a major dieoff of coho smolts for the river in 2008. It was with much anxiety that the people at the Puntledge hatchery worried about how many coho they would get back into the system in 2011. Summer Chinook 1,130 in-river return. These are the fish that give us most heart-

fishing to a broad section of river anglers. They also provide direct dividends to the local fishing tackle industry that supports this fishery. Dividend clipping in recreational fishing is a soul-renewing source of wealth. Ralph Shaw is a master fly fisherman who was awarded the Order of Canada in 1984 for his conservation efforts. In 20 years

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COLLECTING PUNTLEDGE RIVER hatchery dividend is a happy adventure for river anglers. PHOTO BY RALPH SHAW fish. The future appears bright for this stock. Pink Salmon 20,386 in-river return. They just come home in increasing numbers, mostly on their own, however this year they took eggs to enhance the run with hatchery help. The reason we do not get to fish them in the river is to protect the summer chinook. Regardless, they are paying big dividends and in the future we will be


RALPH SHAW burn when it comes to enhancing salmon in the Puntledge. For a number of years they have been brought back from the brink of extinction and are still a concern. Their eggs are nurtured at the Rosewall hatchery and some are now returned to the upper reaches of the Puntledge system. It is a stock of zero return until we can bring their numbers up to those enjoyed by the fall chinook. Fall Chinook 4,030 in-river return. These fish are a success story from the hatchery that re-created the run. This year you could not retain these fish in-river, partially to protect coho and a concern for returns. However during the chum fishery there were many catchand-release encounters on these magnificent

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IN MEMORIAM IN MEMORY For Mum MURIEL CRESWELL November 27, 1973 Sweet memories will linger forever; Time cannot change them, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true; Years that may come cannot sever My loving remembrance of you.

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MORTON Tom Kenny September 27th, 1930 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; November 18th, 2011 On the morning of Friday, November 18th, 2011, Tom Kenny Morton peacefully passed away. Tom was born and raised on the Columbia River Narrows on September 27th, 1930 to World War One Veteran Frank Morton and School Teacher, Lottie Miner Morton. From a very young age Tom was instilled with the value of hard work and determination as he and his four brothers, Frank, George, Val and Curry with a team of horses, hand cleared 200 acres of land. As result of a lot of blood, sweat and tears, the Morton boys developed the homestead into a successful cattle ranch. Alongside his dad and his brothers, Tom became an excellent shot and shot his first bear at 10 years old. In the 1950â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Tom moved from the family homestead and began to raise a family in Arrow Park as a Chokerman, Faller, Lumberpiler and Truck Driver. Tom could land a tree where ever he wanted as many non believers lost bets when they placed their stake in the ground only to have it flattened by Tomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tree. At the age of 32, Tom was involved in a major logging accident that severely injured his leg. He retrained as a Heavy Duty Mechanic with Columbia Cellulose and began working as a field mechanic for Celgar. When the family homestead was expropriated by BC Hydro in the 1969 as well as his own home in Arrow Park, Tom moved to Vernon where he worked as a field mechanic for International Harvester dealership where his passion for International trucks, tractors, machinery and stationary engines began. After the break up of his first marriage, Tom moved to the Queen Charlotte Islands with his son Jim and worked as a field mechanic. It was here that Tom was reconnected with his long time friend, Herbie Hampton and his family, which are days he always spoke of fondly and with a sparkle in his eye. His health caused him to relocate to Black Creek where he began work as an inside shop mechanic for MacMillan Blodel at Menzies Bay. It was also at this time in his life where Tom met and married Michele on August 3rd, 1982. At the age of 52, Tom began to raise another young family. In Black Creek, Tom spent a great deal to time in his shop restoring cars, tractors, powersaws and old engine, all of which he had significant collections of. He loved to share his knowledge with others and if you had the chance to spend time with him in his shop it was well spent as you always left with a humorous story and quite often a new skill. Tom was also an inventor and would make do with what he had around. Some of his creations included woodsplitters, buckets and blades for tractors and other farm machinery. Every spring and summer, Tom and his family would tend to a large garden. Tom spent a great deal of time tending to his green house where he grew his beloved tomatoes. If anyone every looked after his greenhouse, there was a skilled way in which you watered and fertilized as he came up with the perfect tomato. Tom also loved his corn field and would always let everyone know if was not up to â&#x20AC;&#x153;snuff.â&#x20AC;? Tomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nemesis was broom and racoons that stole his grapes and ate his corn just as they were to be picked. Tom spent hours devising ways to diminish the racoon population and came up with many traps and inventions but they always seemed to â&#x20AC;&#x153;get away.â&#x20AC;? Tom had many humorous one liners that made life issues seem so much simpler. You would often leave his presence a little lighter and with a smile in your heart, as he would remind you of lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simple lessons. His parting words at the door were â&#x20AC;&#x153;take care and drive safely.â&#x20AC;? He was a father figure to many that came into his life as he provided guidance and stability when you need it most. Tom also had a strong belief that girls were just as capable as boys as there was no difference for him. Tom achieved his lifetime wish to play the violin and began lesson at the age of 75. Tom received huge enjoyment from this accomplishment and would often say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;when I play, my leg doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt.â&#x20AC;? Tom looked forward to his weekly Jam session and practiced diligently for hours. It became his greatest pleasure in his final years. In his last years, Courtenay became his final home place where he spent time in his shop working on his gun collection, joking with neighbours as he walked his faithful companion, Missy, and recruiting anyone to help him pick walnuts and rid the world of broom. Tom is survived by wife, Michele, daughters Debra (Perry), Brenda (Dwayne) and Andrea (Micah) along with son Jim, many grandchildren, great grandchildren and brother Curry (Pat). Tomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ashes will be returned to the Arrow Lakes to a spot he chose and a celebration of life will take place at a later date. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take care, drive carefully,â&#x20AC;? there will be a party up in heaven for you tonight.








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SCHROTER (Pelletier) Pauline Lucienne It is with very heavy heart that we announce the passing of Pauline on Nov. 20, 2011. Pauline is survived by her husband of 62 years John D. Schroter of Comox, 3 sons Lynn (Susan), Bryan (Linda) both of Sherwood Park, Alberta one daughter Amber (Marc) Dufour of Comox, B.C., 2 sisters Denise Anderson of Langley, B.C., Yvette Tribiger of Wetaskiwin, Alberta and one brother Andre Pelletier of Edmonton, Alberta. 7 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. As well Paulineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bingo buddy Jean Campbell. Funeral Services will be held on Nov. 28, 2011 at Riverview Chapel in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta.

BILL WALLACE 1939 - 2011 It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden loss of William Wallace (Bill), on October 27, 2011. Bill was born on May 11, 1939 in Glasgow Scotland. He came to Canada as a young man to work for the Hudsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bay Company in Labrador. Soon after, he joined the RCAF where he served until his retirement in Comox. Bill had an incredible sense of humour, wit and pragmatic advice which will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife, Lois: daughters Lorna (Brian) Seal, Wendy (Craig) Newton and Shauneen Wallace; brothers, Philip, Randy, sisters, Helen, Margaret, Isobel; 8 grandchildren who adored him; William, Philip, Ceilidh Wallace; Holly, Ramsay and Billy Newton; Jillian and Callum Seal. A private memorial service was held on May Nov 11, 2011 at Crown Isle Resort.

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MURRAY William Andrew (Bill) January January 2, 2, 1921 1921 â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; November November 21, 21, 2011 2011 Born in Mission City, B.C. and raised in Chilliwack. Predeceased by his parents William Murray and Esther Brown, sister Anne, her husband Hugh, and their son Dale Edmondson. Devoted husband to Leona for 55 years. Father of Nala (Cheryl), Davie (Collette), Coleen (Danny), Paula (Mike) Gaube and granddad of Brenden, Jasmine, Kallie, Graham, and Janel. Uncle to Kim (Shane) Mantle, Allyson Morse, Glenn (Anne) Taylor, Mike (Mina) Taylor, Lori (Al) Gair and their son Spencer. Bill followed in his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s footsteps and joined the Bank of Commerce in 1938 in Vancouver. He worked in many locations throughout B.C. during his banking career. Enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and saw active duty on the Corvette escort ships in the North Atlantic. Released from active duty in 1945 where he resumed a long career with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). Bill retired from CIBC in Nelson, B.C., and then moved to Comox in 1981. Actively involved in community events and associations, including the Rotary Club, Comox Valley Camera Club and the Comox Glacier Wanderers. An avid photographer, historian and musician, Bill loved music and playing the piano. He was a wonderful singer who randomly broke into song. He was a natural athlete who enjoyed swimming, hiking and walking in the fresh air. The Comox Marina was one of his favourite destinations. He loved to chat with people he met and was a great storyteller. We will miss you, Dad. A Celebration of Life will take place at Comox Valley Funeral Home, Cremation & Reception Centre, 1101 Ryan Road, Courtenay on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 2 pm.

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It is with sorrow filled hearts that we wish to publicly acknowledge our gratitude to so many special people that have come into our lives and supported David and us his family and through this nightmarish, rollercoaster, Glioblastoma journey. His rollercoaster came to a stop, Nov 15, 2011. He had amazing attitude, courage and strength from the beginning to the end, with his mantra of “it is what it is and we’ll deal with it” and fully expecting us all to follow his lead. The Journey was difficult but many wonderful people, some we knew before and some we met along the way, helped us in many various ways to assist us all, down the bumpy path. We know that David would wish for us to thank you all for him and we his family also wish to express our appreciation and heartfelt gratitude. Victoria Cancer Clinic staff and volunteers Victoria Cancer Lodge staff, volunteers and fellow residents Dr Bakshi, Dr Fitzpatrick and Susan, at Courtenay Medical Associates Mad Chef Cafe’s Support and Fundraisers Dr Barb Fehleau Palliative Home Care Nurses Courtenay Red Cross and Volunteers Dr Bill Toews and Staff Hospice Palliative Care Ruth Berry, Steve Hill, & Volunteers The Mason’s as an organization and all the individual members that supported David and all of us in such incredible ways. Butch Montrieul Gord and Grace Clark Elaine and Russ Petersen The Carlson and Judson families Les Disher Colleen Howard, Carol Earle, Kathy Branch, Kim Friedel, Helen Boyd, the Gilkens’,Clint Perry, Gordon Carter, A Thousand Words Photography and Affordable Framing We feel so loved, cared about and supported by the outpouring of food, cards, emails and calls from our amazing neighbours and friends. We would name you all individually but fear we would miss one and each and every gesture means so COME SEE THE much. CHRISTMAS TRAIN And lastly, but not least, all of our out of town extended families! Special thanks to Barry Tuck and Staff of Yates Funeral Home May your kindnesses and good works return to you 7 fold! His Dream Come True - The Comox Valley Bakehouse will live on. A a Bursary in David’s name has been set up at Vancouver Island University Culinary Arts, Bursary donations can be made at Vancouver Island University in David’s memory by calling 250.740.6214 With our love Ralph, Lois, Andrew, Lisa, Kenny, Robbie, & Sonya

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DOG & CAT GROOMER You will require: • Minimum 2-3 years experience • Grooming small & large breeds • Bath, nails & anal glands • Booking Appointments • Have your own tools • Existing Clientele If you have all these qualities, please contact Sylvie at 250.334.8472 or leave a resumé at the Petland store.

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SERVICE MANAGER - Hanna Chrysler Ltd. (Hanna, Alberta). Opportunity in a perfect family environment. Strong team, competitive wages, benefits, growth potential. Fax resume: 403-854-2845. Email:

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ValleyCare Medical is looking for a

Business Manager to join our team. If you have great people management, strong financial, good accounting and effective problem solving skills then this may be an exciting leadership opportunity for you. • Completion or near completion of either the CGA or CMA Programs; • Proven managerial skills in a dynamic professional office environment; • Superior computer and IT competencies, system administration experience would be a definite asset; • A team player with a strong focus on Innovation, Human Resources and Client Services; • Health care/medical office experience would be an asset. • This is a full-time senior managerial position, available February 1, 2012. • Remuneration and benefit package commensurate with experience and qualifications. Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and resume to the attention of Kari Alberti via email at, or by mail or in person to: ValleyCare Medical, Unit E 310 8th Street, Courtenay, BC, V9N 1N3. Closing date is December 15, 2011





PROPERTY ACQUISITION City Council is seeking submissions for the acquisition of land suitable for locating a facility to provide assistance and accommodation for the homeless population in the community. The 2008 Mayor’s Task Force on Breaking the Cycle of Mental Illness, Addictions, and Homelessness in the Comox Valley identified “permanent supportive housing” as a primary strategy toward reducing homelessness in the community. City Council is interested in receiving “Expressions of Interest” from property owners wishing to sell or donate suitable property to meet this very complex need. Interested parties may request more information by email at, or by calling 250-334-4441. The 2008 Mayor’s Task Force on Breaking the Cycle of Mental Illness, Addictions, and Homelessness in the Comox Valley is available on the City’s website – www. All submissions must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday January 6th, 2012. Submissions must include civic address, legal description, current zoning along with proposed selling price. All submissions will be received in confidence. Sandy T. Gray Chief Administrative Officer



WEB PROGRAMMER/ IT SUPPORT TECHNICIAN Immediate Opening Parental Leave Position Ecofish Research Ltd is an environmental consulting firm specializing in the evaluation and management of impacts to aquatic, riparian, and terrestrial ecosystems. We have an immediate employment opportunity for a Web Programmer/IT Support Technician to join our professional team. This position will cover a Parental Leave starting immediately and ending August 31, 2012. Responsibilities will include: Designing, developing and debugging backend and frontend PHP based CMS; Providing internal technical support and maintenance: hardware, software, Microsoft networks. For a full description of this position, please visit Applications will be accepted until December 2, 2011. Interested applicants can send a resume and cover letter clearly identifying their experience to hr@ We wish to thank all applicants for their interest, however only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please.


Friday, November 25, 2011 • COMOX VALLEY RECORD

TRADES, TECHNICAL DUNCAN/COWICHAN Hooktender wanted. Machine experience an asset. Wage and benefits as per USW Collective agreement. Fax 250-746-0388 or LOOKING FOR experienced Sheet Metal Mechanic. Drivers license and experience in residential and commercial HVAC applications. Competitive wages and benefits. Apply to


TRADES, TECHNICAL WELDERS WANTED. Journeyman 2nd and 3rd year apprentices with tank manufacturing experience. Automated Tank Manufacturing Inc. Located in Kitscoty, Alberta. 20km West of Lloydminster is looking for 15 individuals that want long term employment and a secure paycheque. Journeyman wages $33. $37.50/hour. Wages for apprentices based on hours and qualifications. Benefits, training programs, full insurance package 100% paid by company, savings plan for retirement, profit sharing bonus. Join a winning team. Call for appointment or send resume to: Joe Bowser 780-846-2231 office, or Jamie Flicek 780-846-2241 fax;

WORK WANTED P L U M B E R / H A N DY M A N seeking long and short term projects. Master plumber with extensive exp in construction and reno’s. Ken 250-650-4838


AUTO SALESPERSON NEEDED Island Honda is a well established dealership that has been selling and servicing its customers in the Comox Valley for over 25 years. This new state of the art facility carries an extensive range of both new and used vehicles. Our brand new service bays and convenient drive thru service, commits us to be number 1 in customer satisfaction. Sales experience is a definite asset, although automotive is not, as we provide initial and on going training. • Exciting fast paced position • On-going training • Full management support • Full benefit package • and of course the earning potential that could CHANGE YOUR LIFE! Bring resumes in person to: ISLAND HONDA 1025 Comox Road ISLAND Courtenay HONDA or email to: HELP WANTED




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Cleaning Help Yes I do windows, & whatever else needs doing. Weekly, biweekly, or whenever I’m needed. 40 years experience. References. Mornings only, please. $17 an hour. 2 hour minimum. Call Shirley 250-338-1242


Individual Counseling Couples’’ Counseling Personal Development Workshops 250-287-2440 Campbell River * Comox


Computer not behaving? Fast, friendly service in your home.Call Ellen 250-702-7195


Stiff? Sore? Stressed out? Relax and unwind with Nicole! Call 250-339-4104 or visit



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Licensed Automotive Technician We are a high volume, fast paced, full service automotive repair facility. We are looking for a dedicated, honest, hard working individual with proven problem solving ability. Interprovincial ticket and valid driver licence are required. Suitable applicants will possess strong communication skills, appreciation for customers and a winning attitude. We have the latest equipment, a solid team and an excellent clientele. We offer a very competitive compensation package including benefits, profit sharing and employee discounts.

Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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MIND BODY & SPIRIT GET PAID To lose weight. $5,000 For Your Success Story. Personal Image TV Show. Call to Qualify: 416-730-5684 ext 2243.

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GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420.

GOOD HORSE hay for sale $5.50 per bale. Free delivery for 50 or more. 250-338-5503


PETS SHIH-TZOO/POODLE PUPS 3 males, very clean, well socialized, vet checked, first shot, de wormed. Health guarantee $400, Ready to go 26 Nov 2011. Call or come reserve your puppy today! 8715508/703-1431

IF YOU own a home or real estate, Alpine Credits can lend you money: It’s that simple. Your credit/age/income is not an issue. 1-800-587-2161.


M O N E Y P R OV I D E R . C O M . $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877-776-1660. NEED CASH Fast? Get a loan any time you want! Sell or pawn your valuables online securely, from home. apply online today: or call toll-free: 1-888-4357870 SMALL BUSINESS Grants start or grow your small business. Free to apply. Qualify for up to 100K.

LEGAL SERVICES CRIMINAL RECORD? Guaranteed Record Removal since 1989. Confidential, Fast, & Affordable. Our A+BBB Rating assures EMPLOYMENT & TRAVEL FREEDOM. Call for FREE INFO. BOOKLET

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DIAL-A-LAW: access free information on BC law. 1-604687-4680; 1-800-565-5297;, audio available. Lawyer referral service: need a lawyer? Learn more by calling 1-604-6873221; 1-800-663-1919.


HOME IMPROVEMENTS VERSATILE CARPENTER. Renos, painting, tiles, fences, decks, flooring. 250-218-7515

LANDSCAPING Preco Bobcat + Trucking Full yard install, grade rough or final, drainage, Driveways “gravel”, concrete prep. Sky Rocket soil. Call 250-336-8006 or cell 250-338-3052

MISC SERVICES GOLDSMITH Custom Designed & Handcrafted Jewellery. Full repair service. Ring sizing while you wait. Engraving Women’s Fashions SIMPLY TIMELESS. 379 4th Street, Courtenay. 250-871-0606

RESIDENTIAL CLEANING services available Mon. - Fri. 8:30-4:30 Andrea 650-4124


ANTIQUE MAHOGANY 5-pc bdrm suite, 1920s, double, exc. cond. $1500. Singer sewing machine, antique, walnut cabinet $200. 250-335-3175.

AUCTIONS AUCTION EVERY Friday @ 6:30 PM, 239 Puntledge Rd., Courtenay. Call 250-8717355.

UNDER $400 LG FRIDGE - White, with bottom freezer, excellent cond. $350. obo. Call 250-339-5243. NEXEN SNOW tires on 13” rims, 15580R13, 4-bolt pattern $400 obo 250-792-1202

FREE ITEMS EGG CARTONS, (250)331-1450.


FREE: Large entertainment centre cabinet, also two A 5-10 loudspeakers, all good condition 334-4295


FREE LOWRY Organ from estate, in great condition. Lowery Coronation with genie magic, all the keys you could imagine. Headphones to practice day or night. Would be great for any Church or home. 250-8713377





JRS ELECTRIC: Licns’d, bnded & insr’d. From new builds & renos to service calls. John, C.R. 250-914-3532 or C.V. 250-650-5773 (cont:98365)

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20 YRD loads. Clean 2x4 ends for Firewood, cheap. Please call 250-334-9559.

PETLAND COURTENAY is looking for an energetic & dynamic full-time


We thank everyone for their interest, but only successful applicants will be contacted.

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A successful Sales Floor Manager is responsible for developing a positive Petland culture on the sales floor that results in Pet Counselors delivering the Petland Mission Statement. Have you: • Got the flexibility and stamina to work retail hours? • Go the ability to work with a team of employees to ensure business goals are met? • Got strong communication skills, both written and oral? • Proficient in MS Excel? The successful candidate will be responsible together with the store management team, to uphold the excellence in customer service, animal husbandry and store presentation that are Petland’s standards. To be successful in this position you will be a customer focused individual with a strong sales orientation, capable of working in a fast paced environment, possess strong leadership and communication skills. If you would like an opportunity to teach, education and motivate Pet Counselors, while having a positive effect on your community, then please email your resume & salary expectations to with the subject line “Sales Manager”.

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Instructor, Heavy Duty/ Commercial Transport Mechanics Posting #100298

Campbell River Campus Please go to for further criteria, required qualifications and information on how to apply to these postings.

#ALLÖ ÖTOÖPLACEÖYOURÖGARAGEÖSALEÖADÖANDÖRECEIVEÖ&2%%ÖBALLOONS ÖÖ INVENTORYÖANDÖTIPÖSHEETSÖANDÖBRIGHTÖYELLOWÖGARAGEÖSALEÖSIGNSÖ GARAGE SALES BAKE AND CRAFT SALE Sat, Nov, 26th 10am, Driftwood Mall. Contact Laurie for baking donations. 250-3392710, 250-703-0349. Contact Joan for craft donations E. COURTENAY- 521 Washington Cres, Sat, Nov. 26, 8am-12noon. Downsizing Sale. Rain or shine (Indoors).


GARAGE SALES LOCATION CLOSING. 1910 CLIFFE AVE (INSIDE) COURTENAY. Sat. 26. 10-2 Hand tools, compressor, forklifts,portable table saws, sanders, Cabinets + doors, office supplies, office equipment, closet shelving, reception desk, filing cabinet, computer systems, Murphy Bed displays. ALL HAS GOT TO GO!

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Royal LePage in the Comox Valley (Property Mgmt Division) #121 - 750 Comox Road Courtenay, BC V9N 3P6 Phone (250) 897-1300 Fax (250) 897-1330 Interior viewings for the following vacancies are by approved application and appointment only.

1 BED cottage, Ref, N/S, damage deposit. Small pets welcome with an additional Deposit $695.00 hydro included 250-890-0066

SEASONED FIREWOOD Vancouver Island’s largest firewood producer offers firewood legally obtained during forest restoration, large cords. Help restore your forest, 1-877-902-WOOD.

FURNITURE MOVING AFTER 22 yrs, lot’s of misc items and some furniture. Light colored 14 piece dining room set, good condition, $600. Call 250-339-6484.

Apartments•Condos•Suites 201-4705 Alderwood 2 bed, 1 bath, 4 appls., N/S, N/P $825/mth Available Dec 15th

SOFA, LOVE seat and chair grey blue colour, mint condition, moving and must sell 334-4295

202-1810 Lafe Trail 2 bed, 1 bath, 4 appls, N/S, N/P $650/mth Avail. Immed

TUFTED 1960’S couch and tub chair, excellent condition and lot’s of other furniture. Call 250-871-7355.



OFFICE SPACE to share with a healthcare professional in highly visible Chiropractic Clinic. Call Heather or Erika 250334-0655. www.braidwood

LOT’S OF sterling silver, gold jewelry and coins for sale. Cheap! Call 250-871-7355.

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE BUILDING SALE... Final clearance. “Rock bottom prices” 25x40x12 $7350. 30x60x15 $12,700. 35x70x16 $15,990. 40x80x16 $20,990. 47x100x18 $25,800. 60x140x 20 $50,600. End walls included, doors optional. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422. CAN’T GET Up your stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help! No obligation consultation. Comprehensive warranty. Can be installed in less than 1 hour. Call now 1-866-981-6591. C.V. SPORTSMAN’S Firearms & Collectibles Show, Nov 27, 2011. Militaria. Eagles Hall, 2965 Jacobs Rd, Duncan. 8:30-1. Geoff 250-746-7812. DO-IT-YOURSELF Steel Buildings priced to clear Make an offer! Ask about free delivery, most areas! Call for quick quote and free brochure - 1-800-668-5111 ext. 170. **HOME PHONE Reconnect** Call 1-866-287-1348. Prepaid Long Distance Specials! Feature Package Specials! Referral Program! Don’t be without a home phone! Call to Connect! 1-866-287-1348


MORTGAGES Mortgage Help! Beat bank rates for purchases and refinances, immediate debt consolidation, foreclosure relief, and equity loans. Free, fast, friendly, private consultations. Call 1888-685-6181

VICTORY 4 Wheel Scooter $675. From an estate, in good condition, blue with roof and a basket. Runs well. 871-3377 VI’S HOT-TUB Covers, made in BC. Professional in home service. 250-897-8037.

REAL ESTATE FOR SALE BY OWNER COURTENAYRetirement living at it’s best, 55+ Stratford Gate Townhome. 1 owner, 2 bdrm, two bath, 1160 sq. ft, all appls, new paint & flooring. Perfect gated community for your retirement, save on agency fees. To view call John at 250-336-2718.


WE BUY HOUSES Damaged House? Pretty House? Moving? Divorcing? Estate Sale? We will Buy your House Quick Cash & Private. Mortgage Too High and House won’t sell? Can’t make payments? We will Lease Your House, Make your Payments and Buy it Later!

Call: 1-250-616-9053

COURTENAY: BEAUTIFUL 1600 sqft duplex, 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath, 5 appls, garage, NS/NP, $1150/mo. (250)897-1467. COURTENAY. S/S duplex. 2 bdrm + den, W/D, F/S, electric heat. Clean, quite & comfortable. Avail. to quiet N/S tenants. 250-334-3818.

HOMES FOR RENT 2 BDRM HOUSE available Dec. 1st on a month-to-month basis in Royston (house is for sale), N/S, N/P. $1100 includes hydro & water. References required. Call 250-8714450. COMOX- 5 BDRMS, 3 bath, FURNISHED waterfront. 5 appls. $1500./mo. Avail Dec 1. Call (250)929-6000.


DO YOU CARE about where you live? Do high standards of maintenance, service and cleanliness matter to you? Do you prefer quiet, mature neighbours? If yes, please give us a call and discover how the quality of ownership and management makes all the difference. We have the best managed, finest apartments in the most convenient locations in the Comox Valley. Locally owned - we own and manage our own buildings only. Check the difference. Please refer to available apartments listed below. TELEPHONE 250-703-2264 | 250-338-0267 | 250-339-1222


GREENBRIER 780 Eighth Street


TWO BEDROOM suite. Very bright and spacious unique floor plan. 1,100 sq. ft. Recently redecorated. Large, private deck. Full sized appliances with dishwasher and in suite washer/dryer. Two full baths. Very quiet mature adult neighbours. Three blocks from downtown. Security entry. A very attractive suite. Call David @ 250-338-0267 or John @ 250703-2264.

HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 They’re Here! 2012 LIFESTYLE COUPON BOOKS Support the Comox Valley Horseshoe Club $22.50 +tax CASH ONLY Available at Comox Valley Record 765 McPhee Ave. Courtenay


GLENSHEE 1800 Comox Ave. 576 England Avenue Courtenay, B.C. 250-338-6900 APARTMENT/CONDOS 1 BDRM + den, 1 bath, 6 appls, open concept, gated parking. N/P. N/S. Stunning View. Garry Oak Gardens. 2 BDRM, 2 bath, island kitchen, 6 appls. interior storage, newer building, secured parking, N/P, N/S. 2 BDRM. townhouse, Alderwood Manor. 5 appls., 1 1/2 bath, carport, good condition, nr. college & bus route, N/S. $980. 2 BDRM. renovated unit at Maplewood Manor. Paint, laminate flooring, lighting, plumbing, all upgraded. In suite storage - Adult building - N/P, N/S - $725.00 COMOX 1 & 2 BDRM Apartments, next to St. Josephs. Basic cable & hot water included. Two rental references. Sorry no pets! 250-339-0131. COURTENAY- (2655 Muir Rd) 2 bdrm, 1 bath condo, 2nd floor, 5 appls. Near college & Aquatic Centre. Secured entry, carport, storage unit. NS/NP. $850 mo, 250-703-6015. COURTENAY- QUIET 1 bdrm near downtown. $550/mo, includes heat & HW. NS/NP. Avail Dec 1. 250-337-5563. PUNTLEDGE TERRACE. 205 1st St. Courtenay on the Puntledge River. 2 bdrms, 2 ba., 5- appls, Woodstove, N/S, N/P, adult orientated. $850. Avail Jan. 1, 250-339-3638

ONE BEDROOM suite. Very spacious and nicely renovated. Excellent location in downtown Comox. Security entry and elevator. Quiet, mature adult neighbours. Well managed and maintained. No pets. Call Greg @ 250-339-1222.

SANDPIPER VILLAGE 1650 Comox Ave. TWO BEDROOM Unique, through floor plan. Bright with southern exposure. Spacious and nicely renovated suite in a quiet, adult building just two blocks from Comox Mall and one block from Filberg Park. Large, private deck overlooking garden area. Nicely renovated. Call Greg @ 250-339-1222.

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1970 Fitzgerald Avenue, Courtenay

450-19th Street, Courtenay

2 and 3 bedroom available. Quiet complex with on-site management. Reasonable rates. Some completely renovated units with new appliances. Sorry no pets. Security deposit and 2 rental references required.

1 & 2 bedroom available, in quiet secure building, close to Driftwood Mall and bus route. Seniors Welcome. Adult oriented and no pets please. Includes heat, hot water and basic cable. Low hydro. 2 Rental References required.


Call Pat at 250-703-6965

1252-9th St, Courtenay


2 & 3 bedroom suite in quiet family oriented building with secure entry and manager on site. Walking distance to schools, bus stops and downtown. Reasonable rent include heat, hot water, basic cable, stove, fridge, carpet and drapes. Extra storage upon request. No pets. Two rental references and security deposit required.

1075 Edgett Road, Courtenay

For viewing please call Donna 250-334-9667

Reasonable rent includes basic cable, stove, fridge, dishwasher, carpet, blinds and storage room in suite. N/P, security deposit and 2 rental references req’d.

For viewing call Donna 250-334-9667

RYAN COURT 1450 Tunner Drive, Courtenay

ARRAN HOUSE APARTMENTS 1015 Cumberland Rd, Courtenay Adult Oriented. 2 Bedroom apartment available in clean, quiet building. Manager on-site. Close to downtown with bus stop out front. House cat accepted with pet deposit.

Close to North Island College includes washer and dryer in suite. Clean and modern 1 Bedroom. Cat okay. Lease required.

Call 250-338-7449

Call 250-334-9717

HOLLYRIDGE MANOR 200 Back Road, Courtenay 1 and 2 Bedroom suites available. One of the best values in Courtenay. Unique floor plans. California kitchens. These bright, modern suites are available in quiet, secure building.

Call Sharon 250-338-7449 CONDOS



1255 9th Street, Courtenay

123 Back Road, Courtenay

Available now Deluxe 2 bedroom suite in quiet, well maintained building. Rent includes basic cable, full size stove, fridge, washer/dryer, carpet and blinds. Nice feature: large open concept kitchen. No pets. 2 Rental references and Security Deposit required.

Features 5 appliances, wall-to-wall carpet, blinds, gas fireplaces - gas included in rent. Low hydro. Children welcome. Quiet, wellmaintained 2 bedroom condos. Ideal location, walking distance to Superstore and North Island College. No pets.

For viewing call Donna 250-334-9667

Call 250-703-2570

BEECHER MANOR 1045 Cumberland Road, Courtenay

TWO BEDROOM SUITE very attractive – fresh renovation. Five appliances including in-suite washer/ dryer. Fireplace. Ensuite. 1,000 sq. ft. Resident social room. Elevator and security entry. A well maintained and well managed building in a quiet neighbourhood just three blocks from downtown. Call John @ 250703-2264.

1 & 2 bedroom condos are available in quiet, well maintained building. Ideal for Seniors. Close to downtown. Bus stop out front. Small dogs accepted with pet deposit.

CARRIAGE HOUSE 1155 England Ave.


TWO BEDROOM CORNER SUITE. Bright and spacious. Full sized appliances. In suite storage room. Very attractive and nicely decorated suite. Quiet, well managed mature adult building just three blocks from downtown. Securiy entry. Call David @ 250-338-0267.

Call 250-334-9717 to view TOWNHOUSES

1560-13th Street, Courtenay Completely renovated 2 bedroom townhouse available. Units feature a private entrance, patio area, and lots of storage. Ideal for family or working couple. Small dog accepted with pet deposit.

Call 250-334-9717

CAPRI 1081 Stewart Ave. TWO BEDROOM nicely renovated suite. Very spacious - large end unit with extra windows. Quiet, mature adult building in central Courtenay. Very large bedrooms. Well maintained and well managed building. Security entry, Call John @ 250-703-2264.



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COLDWELL BANKER ISLAND COASTAL (Property Management Division) 2-3 Bdrm, 3 bath townhouse on Mansfield Dr. Beautifully furnished; fridge, stove, washer & dryer. No smoking, no pets. $1700 per mth. Close to all amenities.

Auto Loans Approved!

APARTMENTS / CONDOS HIGHLANDS Immaculate, quiet, 2 bdrm condo features 2 full baths , 5 appl; located close to all amenities; ideal for mature individual or couple; $800/month; available Jan.1; w/possibility of possession avail.

TIDES Beautiful riverfront condo features 2bdrms, 2 bath, 6 appl, electric fireplace, patio, & secured underground parking; moments to Starbucks & shopping and numerous other doorstep amenities; $1000./month; avail. Dec.1

LAKE TRAIL APARTMENTS 1 & 2 bdrm condos conveniently located with 2 appl and on site coin-op laundry; recent/new renos; decks & windows recently replaced; near schools & bus routes; N/S; N/P; rents from $600/mo; for immediate possession.

ULVERSTON MANOR 2 bdrm lower suite in centrally located Cumberland apartment block; features new paint, flooring, secured entry, 2 appl, & on site coin-op laundry; N/S; N/P; for immediate possession; $675/mo

DRIFTWOOD CONDOS 1 & 2 bdrm condos featuring 2 appl with secured on site coinop laundry; ideal, central location; no need for car to access all amenities; on bus routes; N/S; N/P; rents from $625/mo; N/P; immediate possession.

THE TIDES Beautiful ground level, riverfront condo is “like new” with fresh paint! Walk through tiled entrance to tiled, 4 appl kitchen & in to bright dining/living featuring laminate flooring & electric f/p, w/walk out to semi-private rock finished patio; Master bdrm features large closet & full ensuite; bright 2nd bdrm w/ large closet; 3 pc main bath & separate laundry/storage room w/ washer/dryer; walk from the secured entrance building w/ underground parking, on to Courtenay River Walkway & Airpark; moments to Starbucks & shopping; $1050/month; small pet may be considered w/deposit; avail Dec 1 w/possibility of early possession

DUPLEXES ROBERT LANG DUPLEX Upper duplex features 3 bdrms, 1 bath; 4 appl & large deck; near trails & river for walks/hiking; avail Nov 1; S/S; pet may be permitted w/deposit; immediate possession.


Royal LePage in the Comox Valley (Property Mgmt Division) #121 - 750 Comox Road Courtenay, BC V9N 3P6 Phone (250) 897-1300 Fax (250) 897-1330 Interior viewings for the following vacancies are by approved application and appointment only. Houses & Suites 26-2728 1st Street 2 bdrms, 2 baths, 3 appls. + OTR microwave, single garage, N/S, N/P $1075/mth Available Dec 1st 7-1720 13th Street 2 bdrms, 1 bath, 2 appls. N/S, N/P $725/mth Available Dec 1st 2705B Urquhart Ave 1 bdrm, 1 bath, fenced yard, 4 appls., N/S, N/P $700/mth incl utilities Available Dec 1st 1725A 15th Street 2 bed, 1 bath, N/S, N/P 3 appls., N/S, N/P $800/mth Available Dec 1st 625 22nd St 2/1 Bed, 1 bath, N/S, 5 Appls. $1050/mth Available Dec 1 2962 Huckleberry Pl 3 bdrms, 1.5 baths Fenced yard, single garage, 5 appls. N/S, N/P $1300/mth Available Immed. 1182 Yates 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath, 5 appls., N/S, N/P, ocean view, double garage $1500/mth Available Dec. 1

SHARED ACCOMMODATION MERVILLE FURNISHED 1 bdrm upstairs suite, shared kitchen. $475 inclds utils. Call (250)337-0144.

Perfect beach getaway! Brand new 4 bdrm, 3 bath home w/ ocean views incl. high quality finishing from top to bottom –granite, hardwood, stone accents, heat pump, hardiplank, stainless kitchen appliances, plus 2 car garage & 2 decks. Low maintenance property is designed for pure enjoyment! Immediate possession; $1800/mo.

ROOM IN house on acreage util. incl. Own vehicle. $500/mth. 250-338-1914.


COMOX- BRIGHT, clean 2 bdrm apt, 6 appls, F/P, patio, 2 entrances. N/S. Ideal for Seniors. $850. (250)890-9015.

PINE PLACE Spacious 2 bdrm townhome features 4 appl., new renovations, patio area & storage; ideally located near schools & all amenities; N/P; N/S; $825/mo; avail Nov 15.




576 England Avenue Courtenay, B.C. 250-338-6900 3 BDRM Comox rancher, 2 bath, good master closet, dbl garage, park nearby & walk to town, N/P, N/S, $1200

3 BDRM, 2 1/2 bath, 2 level home, water view of Goose Spit, spacious, bright, huge and several windows to enjoy the view, slider doors off master to wraparound deck, walk to downtown Comox, new furnace, W/S, N/P, N/S.

OFFICE/RETAIL 910 Fitzgerald Avenue Corner Fitzgerald & Eighth Prime office space available 1,500 to 3,800 sq. ft. available now. Excellent downtown location near Court House. On a highly visible site. Modern, well maintained professional building. Elevator. Air conditioned. Ample parking. Many tenant improvements in place. One of the finest office buildings in the Comox Valley. For details phone 339-1222 or 339-0490 DOWNTOWN QUALICUM Beach, 1640 sq. ft. retail space for lease. Call: 250-5868806 or 250-757-9186 FOR LEASE office space, ground level on 5th Street, Cty. Prkg avail apx 800 SQ FT, Nov 1. 703-0044/334-7119


Courtenay 3000 sq ft. (Corner Location)

Pat- 250-703-0211. Walt- 250-338-6281. TOWNHOUSES COURTENAY- 2 bdrm townhouse, sm cat welcome, background checks req’d $695 Ken, 250-334-8468.

Bright and cozy 1 bedrm. basement suite in Courtenay East. Close to college, bus routes & shopping. Fridge, stove & shared laundry. Contact: Ryan Liebert 250-703-3672

250-897-1611 Licensed Professionals

TRUMPETER’S LANDING modern newer condos bordering the airpark. Avail. units include 1 bdrm & den and 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 6 appls, custom finishing, balconies/patios, underground pkg, storage units, some with wonderful ocean views. N/S, No pets. Avail. Immed. Rents from $1,100/mth. WALK TO DOWN TOWN CTNY new, modern 2 bdrm, 1 bath townhouse, 5 appls, elect. F/P, res. pkg. N/S, No pets. Avail. Immed $965 CTNY WEST DUPLEX 3 bdrm, 1 1/2 bath, 4 appls, fenced yrd, N/S, small pet. neg Avail Immed $1,050/mth ARGO COURT 2 bdrm, 1 bath, F&S, coin laundry, basic cable & hot water incl., N/S, No pets, cat neg. w/ref. Avail Immed. - $700/mth. $250 moving allowance. Res mgr. 334-8602 UPPER DUPLEX spacious 2 bdrm, 1 bath, 5 appls, lrg covered deck & yard, N/S, No pets. Avail. Immed. $975/mth incls. Hydro. PORTSIDE spacious brand new condo in downtown Comox featuring 2 bdrm + media rm, 2 bath, 6 appls, heat pump, gas F/P, garage pkg, high end finishing, ocean view, N/S, No pets. Quiet adult oriented bldg. Avail. Immed. - $1,400/mth CLOSE TO COLLEGE 3 bdrm, 2 bath townhouse, 5 appls, gas F/P, balcony, N/S, No pets. Avail. Dec. 1 $875/mth DRESSAGE COURT 3 bdrm, 2 bath townhouse, 5 appls, gas F/P, patio, N/S, No pets. Avail Dec. 1 $875/mth PARK PLACE MANOR, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, 5 appls, balcony, gas F/P (gas incl.), res. pkg, N/S, No pets. Avail. Jan 1/12 $805/mth TRUMPETER GREENE, 3 bdrm, 1 1/2 bath, 5 appls., Gas F/P, grage, patio, N/S, No pets, Avail Dec 15/11 $925/mth

NOW ACCEPTING rental applications for 10 new 3 bdrm luxury town homes located just off Ryan Rd. on Centennial Dr. Rents starting at $1250/mth. 250-871-7038 for appointment to view.

SENIOR ASSISTED LIVING ABBEYFIELD HOUSE offers affordable, supportive seniors accommodation in a home-like setting. All meals provided. Call 250-338-6311 for tour.

WANTED TO RENT WAREHOUSE RENTAL required- 2000sq ft shed with 150 amp+ 03 phase power & overhead door. Hydrocarbon contaminated premises preferred. Facility will be used for processing used motor-oil labeled as hazardous material. 604-440-6663.


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TRUCKS & VANS 2002 DODGE Ful size wheel chair lift van. Low KM mint condition. $12,500 OBO call after 6pm 250-338-1530

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COMOX VALLEY RECORD • Friday, November 25, 2011


Comox Valley Worship Directory Church of Our Lord HOLY COMMUNION

9:30 am each Sunday

BAHÁ’Í FAITH Devotional gathering – with the theme “Nearness to God,” November 28 at 7:15 p.m. All are welcome. ~~~ “The purpose of God in creating man hath been, and will ever be, to enable him to know his Creator and to attain His Presence.” Bahá’u’lláh

at Berwick 1700 Comox Ave. Comox

All Welcome


The Anglican Mission

UNITY COMOX VALLEY 250.702.3041gh250.702.0574

Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship

Sundays - 4 pm

Sundays 10:30 at the Lion’s Den November 27th

Young People’s Program, Weddings, Memorials, Spiritual Exploration

Rev. Gail Muzio

Nourish Your Spirit. Heal the World.

Nordin St., Comox

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250 Beach Drive, Comox (at Comox United Church)


RESONATE BAPTIST CHURCH “Sounding forth the Supremacy of Christ in all things” 10:00AM at Cape Lazo Middle School Everyone Welcome


Comox Valley Community Church


Meeting in the Stan Hagen Theatre of the North Island College (2300 Ryan Road)


9:15 am Contemporary Service 11:00 am Traditional Service

Sunday Service, Church School & Youth Group 10 am Saturday Services Sept - May 5pm


Rev. Maggie Enwright 250-339-3966

Full Wheelchair Access

Hearing Assistance

Nursery-Gr.6 Sunday School Gr.7-12 Youth Program

SHEPHERD OF THE VALLEY LUTHERAN CHURCH “A place for you: John 14:2 2182 Comox Avenue, Comox

Sunday Worship

10 AM

1st Street & Penrith

Worship Service at 11 am Led by guest minister,

Sundays 10 am Nursery - Kid Jam - Youth Group Little Lambs Christian Daycare 1105 Pritchard Rd., Comox Little Lambs 339-1834

Independent - Fundamental 467 - 4th Street (just east of Fitzgerald)

725 Aspen Rd., Comox

Service 10:30am Sermon: First Sunday in Advent Guest Speaker is Tel/Fax 250-339-2882 Full Wheelchair Access


Sunday Morning Service - 10:00 a.m. Adult Bible Study - 11:30 a.m. Children’s Sunday School - 11:30 a.m. Evening Service - 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday Prayer and Bible Study - 7:00 p.m. Rev. Paul Johnson, Pastor Hearing Assistance


250-338-8454 •

Comox Community Baptist Church Canadian Baptists of Western Canada

Followed by lunch and a workshop on our past and future. ALL ARE WELCOME.


Choir Practice Wed. 7:15 pm Eve Mark, Choir Director 250-338-4785

Everyone Welcome.

2946 Kilpatrick Ave. Church Phone: 250-338-1312 ‘Jesus is Lord’ Sunday Services 11 am & 7 pm Both services have spirit led preaching of the Word and strong ministry times.


1250 Anderton Road, Comox

11 am service time starting Sept 11th

Jesus loves you!


Rev. Minnie Hornidge

Pastor Rev. Bill Hall

Rev. Julianne Kasmer


Sunday Celebration 10:30 am

1599 Tunner Drive, COURTENAY • 250-334-4716

WEEKEND LITURGIES Sat: 5 pm Mass Sunday 8:30 am & 10:30 am Mass

Hosting CV School of Supernatural

CONFESSION: Sat: 4 - 4:30 pm & before all masses Children’s Liturgy of the Word & Youth Group; Sept-May Pastor: Father Marek Paczka, SDS

2201 Robert Lang Drive (Old Fish and Game Building)

Faith Family

Rev. Charles Scott


Ministry (Bethel DVD Curriculum) Sept 11 to Dec 10 Sunday Evening 6:30 to 9 pm Call 250-337-8011 for more info

Congregational Christian Churches of Canada



web: email:


Pastors Darryl & Kim Burry


Pastor A. Ronald Sedo 250-339-3933 250-334-4961

~ A Place to Discover Your Life Purpose ~


Lil 250-338-7727 (office)


“To live and to tell the Good News and the love of the Risen Jesus” Sunday Services: 10:30 am

@ 10:30 am

1580 Fitzgerald Ave. Courtenay 250-338-8221

St. George’s Courtenay

Join us this Sunday

Pastor Dave Koleba Associate Pastor Jake Hron

6th & Fitzgerald Ave.

Bay Community Church

Full Wheelchair Access email:


ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA Comox Valley Parishes Welcome You!


St. Peter

9:15 am Contemporary Service 11:00 am Traditional Service

Jim Lyster, Rector 218 Church St., Comox • 250-339-2925

“Celebration of Life” Dec. 2 & 3 at 7 pm & Dec. 4 at 6:30pm. Nursery Care & Jr. Church @ 9:15 am Sunday School, all ages @ 11:00 am

PASTORS: Peter Rabey & Randy Dyck 2963 Lake Trail Road, Courtenay (across from Arden Elementary) 250-334-3432

Hearing Assistance


SATURDAY 5:40 Express Contemporary Worship SUNDAY 8am & 10am Worship

St. John the Divine

The Rev. Rodney Ives, Priest in charge 579 - 5th Street, Courtenay

Sunday Worship • 8AM & 10AM Book of Common Prayer (Canada, 1962)


Wednesday Holy Eucharist 10 am

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Friday, November 25, 2011 • COMOX VALLEY RECORD

Master of maritime disaster will share his tales

• News • Arts • Sports • Business • Entertainment • Community • Classifieds • Obituaries COMOX VALLEY


Few places on earth have more tales about disaster at sea than B.C.’s rock-bound coast. Maritime historian and author Rick James will share some of these stories from his new book Raincoast Chronicles 21: West Coast Wrecks and Other Maritime Tales (Harbour Publishing, $24.95). He will give a series of book signings and presentations: • Courtenay: Book signing at the Courtenay and District Museum on Nov. 26 from 11 a.m, to 2 p.m. with seven other local history authors: Paula Wild, Betty Annand, Kim Bannerman, Judy Hagen, Ian Kennedy, Gwyn Sproule and Herald Macey. • Comox: Book signing at Blue Heron Books on Dec. 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. James will present a slide show that recounts the experiences of unique coastal characters and reveals a number of mysteries —such as the story of the Geo S. Wright — an American steamer that was thought to go down somewhere near Cape Caution. There may have been survivors, but after the wreck was reported to authorities, the story became more and more convoluted as rumours in newspapers became increasingly sensationalized. At the centre of the story was Alden Westly (West) Huson, the Alert Bay storekeeper who informed Victoria’s Daily British Colonist of the wreck, saying, “I have no doubt but that all are past and gone.” However, as James presents various artifacts and newspaper articles from the time, we find out that there may have been more going on with West Huson than meets the eye. West Coast Wrecks

and Other Maritime Tales is a pivotal book that makes B.C.’s maritime history accessible. Its tales of disaster at sea serve as a written memorial to all those whose bones lie

on the bottom of one of the most treacherous stretches of coastline anywhere on the planet. James has spent more than 20 years researching the stories

behind the many shipwrecks off the coast of B.C., and has authored and co-authored multiple books and articles about the subject. Many people recognize him from the television

documentary series The Sea Hunters, in which he played a role in the episode Malahat: Queen of the Rum Runners. James has no shortage of stories about the

fascinating and too-often tragic events that happened in waters of the Pacific Northwest. These free events are made possible in part with the support of the Canada Council for the

Arts. For more information, go to the Harbour Publishing events calendar at or call 604-883-2730. — Harbour Publishing

STARLIGHT SHOPPING Downtown Campbell River

6:00pm SANTA & MRS. CLAUS ARRIVE AT THE SPIRIT SQUARE Free Candy Canes for the first 200 children. BIG TRUCKS ON DISPLAY By the Spirit Square DRUMLINE Africian & Jazz drummers, throughout downtown.


6:15pm PHOENIX STAGE BAND Tyee Plaza by the Post Office LIVE MUSIC - DOUG FOLKINS Local singer/songwriter who delivers high energy celtic folk. Spirit Square CHRISTMAS CARD MAKING Campbell River Art Gallery SHOO SHOO THE CLOWN Spirit Square THE WILLOW POINT “OLD SCHOOL JUGGLERS” Spirit Square LIVE BAND & PUNCH BALLOONS At ‘Sweet Peas’ on Pier Street. Lots of Fun! WHALES TALES At Quench on Pier Street ART & TASTING EVENT 11th Avenue, Georgie’s, St. Jean’s and Stonehouse Teas

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FREE GLOW STICK S for the first 200 children at Spirit Square

6:30pm PICTURES WITH SANTA Tyee Plaza beside Suzanne’s - Free Reindeer Antler Hats. Photos by donation to the Food Bank

7:00pm BOB ROBERTSON Comedian - Spirit Square Stage MYERS & RUGG Shot in the Dark on Shoppers Row LIVE MUSIC Nesbitts on Shoppers Row CAMPBELL RIVER SINGERS Stillwater Books & Art Boutique on Shoppers Row

7:15pm CARIHI JAZZ BAND Tyee Plaza by the Post Office RAINCOAST PERFORMING ARTS Students will perform a Musical Theatre Vignette Tidemark / Library Courtyard




TREASURE HUNT “Follow the Stars!” WIN $1000 SHOPPING SPREE. Pick up your map at any downtown business.

7:30pm LIVE MUSIC - CAT & THE B-SIDES Local musicians covering the jazz/rock genre. Spirit Square


Carollers Pictures with Santa Face Painting & Taffy with Job’s Daughters Free Hot Chocolate by Salvation Army Carollers Candy Cane Reindeer Crafts & Free Coffee and Tea with “Imagine Campbell River” + Cookie Decorating with the Girl Guides

+ Street Theatre + Coat Drive + Bee’s Knees Donuts

+ Flavours of Asia + Kettle Korn + Baba Gannouj

ON NOW AT YOUR BC CHEVROLET DEALERS. 1-800-GM-DRIVE. Chevrolet is a brand of General Motors of Canada. */â&#x20AC; /â&#x20AC;Ą/x/ÂĽOffers apply to the purchase of a 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS (R7B), 2011 Cruze LS (R7A), and 2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS (R7A) equipped as described. Freight included ($1,450). License, insurance, registration, PPSA, administration fees and taxes not included. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Offer available to retail customers in Canada between November 1, 2011 and January 16, 2011. Limited quantities of 2011 models available. See dealer for details. Limited time offers which may not be combined with other offers, and are subject to change without notice. Offers apply to qualified retail customers in the BC Chevrolet Dealer Marketing Association area only. Dealer order or trade may be required. GMCL, Ally Credit or TD Financing Services may modify, extend or terminate this offer in whole or in part at any time without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. See Chevrolet dealer for details. â&#x20AC; 0% purchase financing offered on approved credit by Ally Credit for 48 months on new or demonstrator 2011 Chevrolet Equinox/Cruze/Traverse LS. Rates from other lenders will vary. Down payment, trade and/or security deposit may be required. Monthly payment and cost of borrowing will vary depending on amount borrowed and down payment/trade. Example: $10,000 at 0% APR, the monthly payment is $208.33 for 48 months. Cost of borrowing is $0, total obligation is $10,000. Offer is unconditionally interest-free. Freight ($1,450) included. License, insurance, registration, PPSA, applicable taxes and fees not included. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Offers apply to qualified retail customers only. Limited time offer which may not be combined with certain other offers. GMCL may modify, extend or terminate offers in whole or in part at any time without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for details. x$4,200 manufacturer to dealer delivery credit available on 2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS (tax exclusive) for retail customers only. Other cash credits available on most models. See your GM dealer for details. ÂĽNo purchase necessary. Contest open to Canadian residents with a valid driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license who have reached the age of majority in their province of residence. Contest runs from November 1, 2011 to January 16, 2012. Credit Awards include applicable taxes and can only be applied to the purchase or lease of a new 2011 or 2012 MY GM vehicle delivered from dealer stock, excluding Chevrolet Volt on or before January 16, 2012. 20 Vehicle Awards consist of either a 2012 GMC Terrain SLE2 FWD + 18â&#x20AC;? Machined Aluminum Wheels, Chrome Appearance Package and Rear Cargo Security Cover or a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox 2LT FWD + 18â&#x20AC;? Machined Aluminum Wheels. Factory order may be required for Vehicle Awards. Approximate retail value of each Vehicle Award is Equinox / Terrain [$32,775 MSRP / $32,480 MSRP] CDN, including freight. Not all awards have the same odds of winning. Correct answer to skill testing question required to claim an award. Some examples of odds are: to receive a $1,000 base award, 1 in 1; to receive a total award of $1,200, 1 in 30; to receive a total award of $10,000, 1 in 10,000; to receive a Vehicle Award, 1 in 20,000 (total awards and vehicle awards include the $1,000 base award). See your GM dealer, visit or call 1-800-GM-DRIVE for full contest rules. W /*â&#x20AC;  Based on Natural Resources Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 Fuel Consumption Guide ratings. Your actual fuel consumption may vary. WWTo qualify for GMCLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cash For Clunkers incentive, you must: turn in a 2005 or older MY vehicle that is in running condition and has been registered and properly insured in your name, or under a small business name, for the last 3 months. GMCL will provide eligible consumers with an incentive to be used towards the purchase or lease of a new eligible 2011 or 2012 MY Buick/Chevrolet/GMC/Cadillac vehicle delivered between October 1, 2011 and January 3, 2012. Incentive amount ranges from $500 to $3,000 (tax inclusive), depending on model purchased; incentive may not be combined with certain other offers. By participating in GMCLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cash For Clunkers program your vehicle will not be eligible for any trade-in value. See your participating GM dealer for additional program details. GMCL may modify, extend or terminate program in whole or in part at any time without notice. **Chevrolet Equinox, Cruse LS & Traverse LS are an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick for 2011. For more information go to ,The Best Buy seal is a registered trademark of Consumers Digest Communications, LLC, used under licence. COMOX VALLEY RECORD â&#x20AC;˘ Friday, November 25, 2011

The Comox Valley Pottersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; annual Holiday Pottery Sale will celebrate what has become a Valley tradition for so many. Over 20 local potters will sell works ranging from practical mugs, butter dishes, and dinner settings to beautiful wall hangings. The sale is this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Florence Filberg Centre at 411 Anderton Ave. in Courtenay. If you fill out a ballot, you could win a magnificent serving bowl by Charlotte Schaufelbuhl as a door prize. Ten reasons to buy handmade and local this year: 1. Each piece comes with a story. It can be as simple as, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I bought this bowl at Light the Fireâ&#x20AC;? or as involved as, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This vase was pulled red hot from a kiln and placed in a pit of hay and sawdust. The flame and smoke danced across its surface leaving these marks in their wake.â&#x20AC;? 2. There is a potter behind every dish. This show is an opportunity to meet the potters, and to feel a connection with


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The Single Largest Shopping Day South of the Border

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*See store for details. Financing on Approved Credit. Although every precaution is taken, errors in price or specification may occur in print. We reserve the right to correct such errors. Sale ends Sunday November 27, 2011.

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