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BEFORE AND AFTER photos show Amber Foster more than a year ago at left and the way she looks now after struggling with PHOTOS SUBMITTED anorexia nervosa.

Comox Valley woman just wasting away Scott Stanfield Record Staff

Amber Foster is dying. The 30-year-old Comox resident has struggled with anorexia nervosa since she was a teen. In and out of hospital too many times to count, she has suffered four heart attacks, three transient ischemic attacks (ministrokes) and numerous seizures. Every day, she has hypoglycemic episodes where her blood sugar drops to dangerously low levels. “One of the ambulance drivers actually pinned to my wall a salient bag with tubing,” said Foster, who also suffers arrhythmia,

re-feeding syndrome, and internal her, she’s sitting here watching bleeding, among other complica- her daughter die,” Foster said. tions. “My sister’s pregnant, too, and we The five-foot-three Foster used can’t even really enjoy that.” to weigh about Time is not 110 pounds. She on her side. is now down to Foster has My poor mom, I 76 pounds. been told she feel so bad for her, she’s At one time will die sooner she was a bar- sitting here watching her than later if tender and daughter die. she does not owned a restauproper Amber Foster receive rant in Coombs. medical attenThese days, tion. At any however, she is too weak to work time she could slip into a hypoglyor care for her 12-year-old son. cemic coma. Problem is, she said, Her mother, Laura Mitchell, has no medical professional will touch moved in to care for her. her because of her complications. “My poor mom, I feel so bad for Outpatient treatment is avail-

able at St. Joseph’s General Hospital, but Foster’s file was closed because she missed appointments with a therapist and dietician. “Unfortunately our hospital here, they don’t have an eating disorder program, nor do they have a psychiatrist here for eating disorders,” she said, noting the affliction represents the highest mortality rate (20 per cent) among psychological disorders. Foster needs medical stabilization followed by a psychological program. She had hoped to tap into provincial funding to access out-of-province services, but said funds have not been available.

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THIS LIVE SHELL was discovered by a Lazo resident cleaning out a house. It was safely detonated. PHOTO COURTESY 19 WING COMOX

Live shell found and detonated A shell, almost 100 years old, was safely destroyed at CFB Comox after it was discovered and reported by a Lazo resident clearing out a house. The resident immediately called CFB Comox Military Police when she spotted what she believed to be military ordinance. Upon arrival Nov. 23, members of 19 Explosives Disposal Flight (19 EDF) identified a 37-mm high-explosive round from the First World War period. The shell was still live at the time of discovery. “Military ordinance can be extremely dangerous, particularly if it is old,” Lieut. Jorge Parra-Martinez, 19 EDF commander, said in a news release. “It’s very important that if people see something that looks like ammunition, be it sitting on a shelf, or in a basement that is being cleared out, they contact local police or the military to ensure its safe disposal.” To encourage reporting, an amnesty program protects those who find and report ammunition. No names or addresses are reported publicly. Ammunition safety is paramount and even if residents are unsure about items resembling ammunition or explosives, they are encouraged to call to let experts confirm the identity of the object

and determine if it poses a danger. Members of 19 EDF are specially trained to identify and dispose of a wide range of ammunition and explosives. Regionally, members of 19 EDF are the first responders to deal with any military explosives and are regularly called upon to dispose of hazards such as unearthed or souvenir munitions and marine locator markers washing up on the beach. To report findings, contact local law enforcement or the 19 Wing operations centre at 1-866-488-0889. — 19 Wing Comox

Several weeks ago, she started a Facebook group — Advocacy For Adults With Eating Disorders — that consists of more than 90 people. She has spoken with elected officials, mostly Port Coquitlam MLA Mike Farnworth, who has forwarded the group’s concerns to the Legislative Assembly, and sent a letter on her behalf to Health Minister Mike de Jong. “We have 12 cases that have been called chronic and said that we all have a lifelong disease,” Foster said, referring to patients over the age of 24. “Why should I die? Why don’t I have the right to live when there are means of helping me?” The province offers 47 in-patient beds

for eating disorder patients, seven of which are at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, which operates a specialized adult eating disorders program. “Every health authority has community services that support eating disorders for patients at varying levels of the disease,” said St. Paul’s spokesperson Shaf Hussain, who denies Foster’s claim that St. Paul’s is discharging women with eating disorders who have reached 24 years. St. Paul’s operates the provincial tertiary program, which offers stabilization for eating disorder patients. There are also psychological supports available throughout B.C., also co-ordinated

through the health authorities or St. Paul’s, says Health Ministry spokesman Ryan Jabs. He notes St. Paul’s will at times refer people out of province. Jabs said the ministry is aware of Foster and will follow up with her case. “This is such a complex disease,” said Hussain, noting the importance of providing the right care at the right stage. “Clinicians will tell you if you give them the wrong care when they are not ready it can actually

be detrimental to their health.” The St. Paul’s eating disorders program, he added, contains passionate staff, experts, researchers and clini-

cians who care deeply about “this really vulnerable population. “Clearly we sympathize for any patient who suffers from this.” reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

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Mountain Centre set to open doors next week After years of planning and construction through snowy weather, which included last season’s record-breaking snowfall, the new non-profit Vancouver Island Mountain Centre (VIMC) at Mount Washington is set to open its doors Dec. 8. “We are very excited to be providing accommodation, kitchen access and meeting space for the second annual First Nations snowboarding coaches clinic at Mount Washington Alpine Resort from Dec. 8 to 11,” says Andrew Scherck, manager at the new Mountain Centre. “The growth in First Nations snowboarding teams throughout the province is amazing and the VIMC is proud to have them as their first booking,” continues Scherck. In the past, the possibility of housing large groups under one roof at Mount Washington was as challenging as getting a crystal clear photograph of Bigfoot. Not anymore. This new 8,000-squarefoot facility includes dormstyle group accommodation for sport, education, senior,

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corporate and special-interest groups up to 40 people. Plus there is office space, a large meeting/dining room, a wax and drying room, a large kitchen, massage/

physiotherapy room and a state of the art fitness centre. The Vancouver Island Mountain Centre is part of the non-profit Vancou-

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high-quality outdoor education programs at its centre on Hornby Island for over 23 years. This partnership, as well as a partnership with Mount

Washington Alpine Resort, has allowed the Mountain Centre to open its doors offering in-house outdoor education programs such as team-building, winter orienteering and introductory winter mountaineering skills that can be combined with Mount Washington programs to create a group’s perfect custom adventure. “The VIMC currently has a variety of bookings for the upcoming winter season ranging from yoga retreats, cycling groups, club racing groups, to high schools and groups from Vancouver Island University and Camosun College,” says Rick Morson, VIMSS chair. “We would like to welcome more groups to check out the Mountain Centre and we are planning a grand opening event in the near future.” The V.I. Mountain Centre is on Mount Washington at the end of Nordic Road across from the Raven Lodge. For a virtual look, you can find VIMC at vimountaincentre.com or call 250-331-9355. — Vancouver Island Mountain Centre

Head for the hills – Mount Washington opens today It appears that La Niña is up to some of her same old tricks. Cooler-than-normal temperatures, higher-thanaverage precipitation. The kind of weather that makes you want to curl up by the fireplace, or better yet, strap on your skis or snowboard. “This is the third winter in a row where we’ve been able to open before our projected opening date,” explains Mount Washington spokesperson Brent Curtain. “We’ve received over 200 centimetres of snow in November and this has established a great snowbase for the start of the season.” Mount Washington opens for skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing and cross-country skiing Dec. 2. Lifts and trails open at 9 a.m. sharp. The mountain’s

THE FOUR NEW Magic Carpets have been put through their paces and are ready PHOTO COURTESY MOUNT WASHINGTON ALPINE RESORT for action Friday (Dec. 2). snowbase, now sitting at 135 centimetres with over 25 centimetres of new snow falling in the past 24 hours, will enable the resort to open up the majority of its frontside terrain. All fron-

tside lifts will be in operation for opening day with the exception of the Whiskey Jack Chair, which will begin operations on Dec. 15 for night skiing. The resort will also oper-

ate all four Magic Carpet lifts in their new Easy Acres learning terrain. “As of yet, we don’t know the exact runs that we will be opening this Friday so stay tuned and check out our

snow reports at the end of the week,” Curtain adds. In addition to the alpine terrain, Mount Washington will open two tubing lanes for snow-sliding at the Ozone Tubing Park and over 20 kilometres of crosscountry trails in the Nordic centre. At the Stomping Ground Terrain Park, a selection of rails and new park features to ride will be open this weekend. The mountain acquired new decks, rails and boxes over the summer to keep things fresh and flowy. For more information, phone 1-888-231-1499 toll free or locally at 250-3381386. Surf to www.mountwashington.ca for additional information, including the live snowcam. — Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Bus gives skiers lift As Mount Washington gears up for another record season, the Westerly Hotel in Courtenay is helping to ensure locals and visitors to the Comox Valley get up there and back safely. “Last year’s record snowfall at Mount Washington made for some epic skiing but it also made it difficult for skiers to get up the mountain and even more difficult to park,” says hotel general manager Michelle Le Sage. “Our Tim Hortons Westerly Ski Express leaves from the hotel lobby every Saturday and Sunday morning at 8 a.m.” To learn more, visit www. thewesterlyhotel.ca. — Best Western Plus Westerly Hotel

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COMOX VALLEY RECORD publisher Jo Ross (left) accepts an award from Dianne Hawkins, Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce president and CEO. PHOTO BY CATHY SNYDER

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Honouring their longstanding members, the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce handed out awards last week to recognize loyalty and commitment to the organization. Dianne Hawkins, president and CEO of the chamber, said last week’s award ceremony was to show appreciation towards businesses that have been Chamber members for five, 10 and 25 years. Award recipients included the Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association, Smitty’s Restaurant and the Comox Valley Record. “Membership retention is very important, and we want to recognize loyalty,” she explained. “A chamber’s success is not always measured in numbers, but in the strength of its members. We want to show our appreciation for

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ins, who added the theme is a natural quality found in the business community. “In order to be nominated, you need to demonstrate leadership,” she noted. There will be a few changes to the event, including a different interview format for the video montage, silent and live auctions, and a master of ceremonies whom Hawkins hinted is well-known around

the Island. The nomination period for the 11 award categories is now open and Hawkins added anyone within the Comox Valley community can submit a nomination form. The nomination deadline is Jan. 6, 2012 at 4 p.m. For the nomination package and additional information, visit www.comoxvalleychamber.com. photos@comoxvalleyrecord.com

The Comox Valley RCMP are investigating a suspicious incident that took place Thursday morning in the Fanny Bay area. A teenage girl on her way to school was approached by an unknown man in a white panel van, who offered the girl a ride and attempted to entice her into his van. The girl refused and the man eventually drove away. The man is described as a Caucasian male, mid-30s, with brown eyes and wearing a blue toque. The van is described as being white in colour with no window or markings on the sides. Anyone with any information about this incident or any similar incidents are asked to contact Cpl. Scott Lachapelle of the Comox Valley RCMP at 250-338-1321. ••• On Nov. 26, Comox Valley RCMP drug section concluded a twomonth investigation into the drug trafficking activities of two local men. Wilson Caleb Sagastume, 28, and Robert Hendrikus Van Hage,

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Murdered women remembered in two events Shoe Memorial and vigil outside the courthouse

Once again, the Comox Valley Transition Society is holding two events to commemorate the annual Dec. 6 National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, also knows as the Montreal

Massacre Memorial. On Dec. 3, the Shoe Memorial will be in place on the plaza in front of the Comox Valley Art Gallery from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The memorial consists of dozens of pairs of women’s shoes, each with a note tucked inside with information about a woman who has been murdered as a result of male violence against women. Heather Ney, execu-

tive director of the transition society states, “This is a powerful visual reminder of the lives that have been lost. Like the Purple Ribbon, the Shoe Memorial is a way to remind our community that the problem of violence against women is still with us and will require everyone’s commitment to solve. “We truly appreciate the willingness of the Art Gallery to partner

with us for this annual event.” On Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., there will be a vigil on the lawn of the courthouse. Vigils are held in many locations across Canada on this day, in memory of the 14 young women who were murdered in Montreal on Dec. 6, 1989 and in memory of all women who have gone missing or have been murdered. Women, men and

Seniors’ driving issues examined Support Our Seniors seeks answers from authorities The last meeting of SOS (Support Our Seniors) Comox Valley had a huge turnout, mainly due to the fact that seniors who drive are concerned about the mandatory medical at age 80 and the new DriveAble tests for seniors. The next meeting will have some followup details on this topic. Jennifer Pass, the SOS chair, says that “The group is hoping to get answers from the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles, the BC Medical Association and the College of Physicians and Surgeons about the singling out of seniors at age 80, about the associated costs of the mandatory medical evaluations and about the privatization of the process.” If the answers are

not satisfactory, SOS will advocate for the removal of any fees associated with the required medical examination, for reimbursement of the DriveABLE fee for the second test in cases where the licence is reinstated, and for a more clearly defined (not just based on age) target group (rather than for all 80 year olds), based on the research. The effect of the loss of a senior’s driving licence in a rural area such as ours is a much larger issue than for someone living in an

urban area like Victoria and can often make the difference between staying in one’s own home or moving into a residence with a level of care provided. SOS tries to have every second meeting as one in which members can share their concerns; thus, at this meeting air time will be available after updates on the driving issues. The meeting will take place Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Rotary Hall of the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay. The public is

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COMOX VALLEY RECORD • Friday, December 2, 2011

Mailing list still mystery Scott Stanfield Record Staff

Ronna-Rae Leonard, re-elected to Courtenay council, has appealed to Elections Canada to investigate how Comox Valley Common Sense came up with a mailing list before the Nov. 19 municipal election. The group endorsed 14 candidates combined from Courtenay and Comox. Leonard, not among those endorsed, is concerned about a CVCS card that was delivered to her house but addressed to her deceased mother, who had not lived at the residence. The matter will be forwarded to a federal commissioner. “It is an issue of privacy,” said Leonard, whose mother’s taxes went to Elections Canada. “We’ll see how it proceeds.” She isn’t the only one upset with CVCS. Besides the mailing

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long-term goals. “You were given no authority to provide personal and private information to anyone other than for use in your business,” Black writes. “It may be illegal or even criminal to provide this information to others; at the very least it is highly unethical.” Leonard questions whether provincial legislation requires groups such as CVCS to disclose the source of their list. CVCS did not want to comment on the matter. “If they won’t now (disclose the source of the list), to me that says that in three years they won’t have any credibility if they want to continue on as a campaign organization,” Leonard said. “In the end if you’re a legitimate organization, you need to be upfront about things.”

BC Hydro releasing extra water this weekend BC Hydro provides the following update on a water release this weekend for flood risk management and to benefit kayakers, with a safety warning to the general public to stay away from the Puntledge River on Saturday and Sunday. There is no risk of downstream flooding. BC Hydro advises the public to stay away from riverbanks and dangerous river flows from Sunday through Monday, unless you are registered with the Vancouver Island Whitewater Paddling Society (VIWPS). The Puntledge River flow will increase by more than twofold over the current water release below the dam. VIWPS advises upwards of 30 kay-

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Fair set for Cumberland The decorations are up, the tables are set, the vendors are varied, and the entertainment and eats will be excellent. Don’t miss the Cumberland Winter Fair Saturday at the Cumberland Recreation Hall, where 50 artists/ artisans, craftspeople, businesses and nonprofits have everything you need to fill Christmas stockings. The Cumberland Chamber is presenting live music throughout the day to fill the ears with the spirit of the season. Come and listen to jazz fiddler extraordinaire Blaine Dunaway, village sing-

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Leslie Eaton, alt-folk musings from Sunday Dennis and special guests. The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Recreation Hall at 2665 Dunsmuir Ave.

akers may take advantage of the kayak river flow this weekend. Various water features and flows will be ideal on one of the best kayak rivers on the Island when conditions are right. When able to do so, BC Hydro targets a 110 cubic metre per second (m3/s) release downstream to lower the reservoir level and to provide an opportunity for river recreation. With the current calm weather, BC Hydro will lower the reservoir level in preparation of future storm systems that may hit the watershed. Increased storage room in the reservoir increases BC Hydro’s ability to mitigate flood risks.

The Comox Lake reservoir is currently at 134.3 metres, Stephen Watson of BC Hydro said Wednesday. The significant increase in reservoir elevation from last weekend’s storm now places it about one metre (three feet) from where water free-spills over the dam. When water begins to free-spill over the dam, BC Hydro’s ability to control downstream water flow diminishes. By the end of Monday, BC Hydro would like to see the reservoir in the 133.5-metre range. BC Hydro’s ability to control water releases during large storms also benefits fish. Last weekend’s storm had inflows into Comox Lake Reservoir peak at

502 m3/s, yet BC Hydro released just 20 m3/s to 45 m3/s downstream. This greatly limits gravel movement in the river. This is a sensitive time in the salmon life cycle with incubating eggs in the gravel, and their susceptibly to mortality at high flows. River flows in the Puntledge that exceed 120 m3/s at this time of the year are a concern for Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Understanding flood risk management comes first, but fish habitat is another important issue that BC Hydro considers in its operations, Watson concluded in a news release. — BC Hydro

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ROAD LESS TRAVELLED While much of Courtenay avoided flooding during the weekend, this debris deposited by heavy rain, a high tide and strong wind blocked the Riverway Walk near the Courtenay airpark. Cyclists and parents with strollers had to turn back before the City of Courtenay could work to clear the popular route. PHOTO BY MORGAN PACKER

New chair for St. Joe’s board Jim Bennett and Chris Kelsey are the new chair and vicechair of the St. Joseph’s General Hospital board of directors. Long-standing board chair Ron Philip stepped down from the position at the end of November. Bennett was appointed to replace him Thursday as board chair. Bennett, who has been a director since 2005, moved up from vice-chair. He was employed for 11 years in Canadian banking and 33 years in local government administration. He has served on various boards and associations in B.C. and Alberta. “I look forward to working with the board, senior leadership, physicians and all the staff at St. Joseph’s General Hospital to ensure that the high quality of health care, currently being provided at the facility, is maintained,” Bennett says. “Over the next few years, as a new hospital is being planned for the Comox Valley, the board and staff will be working with VIHA (Vancouver

Island Health Authority) and the Diocese of Victoria to examine the future role that St. Joseph’s will play in providing health care services to the residents of the Comox Valley and northern Vancouver Island.” Kelsey is a general solicitor with the Courtenay law firm of Swift Datoo & Company. He has been a director of the hospital since 2008. In addition to a law degree, Kelsey has a degree in international relations and extensive volunteer experience with various boards

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Philip will continue to serve as a director for a further two-year term. The hospital is governed by a local board of directors appointed by its owner, the Catholic bishop of Victoria. Under the authority of the Hospital Act, St. Joe’s operates under an affiliation agreement with VIHA. Eleven of its 12 directors reside in the Comox Valley (one director represents the Diocese of Victoria). — St. Joseph’s General Hospital

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Federal NDP leadership candidate Brian Topp will be in Courtenay on Dec. 7 to outline his vision for bringing greater equality to Canada under a federal NDP government. “The level of inequality in Canada is the worse it’s been since the 1920s,” says Topp. “I hope to lead a strong and united NDP so we can form the next government and restore equality and fairness and fundamental Canadian values.” Everyone is welcome to meet Topp from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Zocalo Café on the corner of Fifth and Cliffe in Courtenay. Topp will elaborate on two major policy papers he recently released on tax fairness and achieving greater equality in Canada. The papers can be found at www. briantopp.ca. Topp, who served as Jack Layton’s national campaign director in two elections and the NDP’s platform committee co-chair in this year’s breakthrough election, was elected party president in

June. He stepped down from that position when he announced his intention to seek the leadership. Topp’s leadership campaign has earned a great deal of support in B.C., including that of deputy leader Libby Davies. On Vancouver Island, MLAs Carole James, Scott Fraser, Maurine Karagianis, John Horgan, Bill Routley and Doug Routley have all endorsed Topp. — NDP

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lovers from across the Comox Valley and beyond. Admission is free. The celebration kicks off Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. with a special gala event featuring live music, a bar, prizes and tasty treats. Special door prizes will be drawn at 9 p.m. The show continues Saturday from 10 to 4. For more information, call the Cumberland Museum at 250-336-2445 or go to www.cumberlandmuseum.ca. — Cumberland Museum

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Gnarly fair for youth Get ready to experience the artistic talents of local youth aged 10 to 19 who will sell their crafts at the third annual Gnarly Little Christmas Youth Craft Fair. This event is taking place this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lewis Centre in Courtenay. This year promises to be the biggest and best one yet. Also taking place on this day is the children’s Christmas party for nine and younger with an adult. Santa will

Seed lovers to meet Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers’ monthly meeting will be held Dec. 7. Come to a Christmas potluck at 5:30 p.m., or just the meeting from 7 to 9 in the Salish Building at Lewis Park in Courtenay. There will be a surprise presentation on a gardening topic. Wear your brainstorming hat to share gift ideas for gardeners. This will be followed by a seed packing session. Not a member? You are welcome to join our group anytime or come as a guest. — Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers

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Timeless holiday traditions will come alive around the roaring fire at the Filberg Lodge this season as families are invited to celebrate The Warmth of Christmas. For four nights this December, families can join in — donning soft pajamas and cozy blankets — around the fire at the Filberg Lodge for caroling with the Comox Valley Children’s Choir accompanied by local guitarist Alan Jossul, traditional treats of gingerbread and apple cider and classic holiday storytelling from the elves at Our Big Earth. It’s made extra sweet

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Saltwater has first Christmas fair The Waldorf-inspired Saltwater School is having its first Christmas Fair this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair will feature children’s activities, music, and an opportunity for everyone to see the new Saltwater School building and get a taste of Waldorf-style education. There will be a selection of beautiful hand-crafted items for sale, produced by Saltwater students, community members, and local artisans. The fair will take place in the school’s newly reno-

vated premises at 2311 Rosewall Cres. in the Tin Town neighbourhood of Courtenay. “We are very excited to welcome the community to our first annual Christmas Fair,” says Marcie Jamieson, fair organizer. “We look forward to offering our small guests opportunities to enter the magical cookie house and choose a favourite, to make a craft or toy, and to enjoy listening to live music while savouring a cup of hot cider. It is our hope to create a positive and very memorable expe-

rience for everyone involved.” In addition to all the items being sold at the fair, there will be raffle tickets for two baskets filled with goodies. One of the school classrooms will function as an open house to showcase information on school curriculum and class structure. This will provide families a window into a typical day in the life of a student. Families that are considering school options in the Comox Valley are encouraged to meet the staff at the Saltwater School.

“This craft fair will give families and community members a chance to see how we have literally transformed this building,” says school board member Michael Vincent. All are welcome to join in the festivities. There will be a $2 admission cost per person and a small additional charge for children’s crafts and toy-making activities. For more information, call the school at 250-871-7777 or visit www.saltwaterschool. com. — Saltwater School

Author at Courtenay museum The Courtenay and District Museum lecture series presents Postcards to the Universe — History and Iconography in Haida Argillite Sculpture with Carol Sheehan. Working with a soft, black stone known as argillite, Haida sculptors created a stunning body of work that began as a souvenir art and quickly evolved into a high art that responded to dramatic, vital changes in Haida social and cultural history. Exceptional as an artistic and aesthetic endeavour, argillite sculpture — which is uniquely Haida — reveals an iconography for export that documents nearly 200 years of entrepreneurial spirit and survival. Sheehan is an anthropologist,

writer, book editor, and teacher as well as an authority on B.C.’s Northwest Coast art. Her publications include Pipes that Won’t Smoke; Coal that Won’t Burn: A History of Haida Argillite Sculpture and Breathing Stone: Contemporary Haida Argillite Sculpture. Copies of Breathing Stone will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture. Admission to the evening is $5 per Historical Society member; $6 non-members (plus HST). Advance tickets are recommended. The museum is at 207 Fourth St. For more information, phone 250334-0686. — Courtenay and District Museum

PREPARE FOR FAIRE Danielle Anderson works on an item for the 30th annual Denman Island Christmas Faire on Dec. 3 and 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. With hourly departures for the 10-minute crossing to Denman, visitors are encouraged to carpool to Buckley Bay, and park. Upon arriving on Denman, they can walk one block up the hill to the village, or hop on the shuttle van. Admission is free.

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Canada’s largest fair trade global craft fair in city While adding some new vendors, the organizers of the 19th annual Fiesta World Craft Bazaar this Saturday promise that your old favourites are back. Canada’s largest fair trade global craft fair on both floors of the Filberg Centre in Courtenay this Saturday from 10 to 4 includes the Ten Thousand Villages Store, which will take over the Ever-

green Lounge downstairs with its largest display ever. You will be transported around the globe, with the beauty, variety and skill that the artisans of the world have handed down for thousands of years. This year they have new food products, including quinoa and tropical juices. Comercio Justo just keeps getting bigger as

they partner with ever more co-operatives in Guatemala; watch Greg Vivian of Cumberland demonstrate their new wooden yoyos. Their woven shirts and coats are a must for these cold days. Lynda Drury and Floating Stone will again wow you with the creativity and classy look of their Cambodian silk creations. Check out their new scarves. The African Fair Trade Society will be back with their popular shea butter products. Lora McMartin and her Sola Luna Imports have expanded considerably and offer a lovely variety of low-cost, but quality wares. If you are looking for a new carpet, Small World Imports specializes in Tibetan rugs. These rugs are made without child labour or harmful dyes and crafted by a familyrun venture in Nepal,

where many Tibetans have found refuge. Fiesta has also always been about providing you with Christmas cards, thought-provoking children and adult books, posters, calendars, and agendas from New Internationalist Publishers and the Syracuse Workers Collective. Don’t miss the poster room downstairs with hundreds of posters you won’t find anywhere else. Art Cards, a local cooperative for those with developmental disabilities, will sell their dazzling handmade cards. You will also be able to make Christmas more peaceful by choosing a Cooperative Board Game by Family Pastimes, the world’s leader in co-operative games. The Glacier and Merville Grannies will again support the grandmothers of Africa

by selling their exquisite angels, art cards, wreaths and more. L’Arche will sell a new selection of soup mixes and their gorgeous candles. Drop of Hope will sell delicate glass tear drops to raise money for water and educational projects in Kenya. KEEF, a locally

founded organization providing post-secondary support for young men and women in Kenya will have a lovely array of East African jewelry and soapstone carvings. The Fiesta restaurant will feature, as our local El Salvadorian community lov-

ingly creates a lunch you won’t soon forget. There will be a variety of foods from Asia to the Comox Valley. The Comox Valley Land Trust will be serving tasty sweets and hot apple juice and fair trade tea and coffee. — Fiesta World Craft Bazaar

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ley-based supplier of organic, fairly traded coffee that contributes a significant portion of their profits to Comox Valley groups and causes. As the supplier of fairly-traded coffee, the organization puts resources back into the community, including the Comox Valley Transition Society, AIDS Vancouver Island, Wachiay Friendship Centre, Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society, Cumberland Community Forest Society, Comox Valley Land Trust, Comox Valley Naturalists and the Global Nursing Project

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The directors of the Comox Valley’s World Community organization believe in the old African proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” The Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park is sponsoring a one-day sale of World Community fine coffees, teas, and chocolates — all fair trade products — this Saturday at the Filberg Lodge in Comox. “Their mission and values around fair trade, social justice and community development have dovetailed with our values at the Filberg,” said Val Graham, co-coordinator of the Filberg’s gift shop. “We thought bringing in fair trade coffees, teas, and chocolates for our special Christmastime openings would promote another local entrepreneurial organization and at the same time help support communities far from our island home. We’re working locally to contribute to global solutions and a greener world.” Established in 1990, World Community is a local organization that describes itself as “a community of advocates working to foster a greater awareness of the social, economic and environmental consequences of human activity at both the local and global levels.” Their principle public face is B.C.’s

FAIR TRADE COFFEE sales by World Community in the Comox Valley help to support primary health-care providers in Nicaragua. longest-running social justice documentary film festival, presented annually in Courtenay and several other communities and features major human issues in our changing world. But the World Community organization has done more than become an educational body of advocates and lobbyists; they put their money where their mouth is, so to speak. They are a leading promoter of fair trade concepts, and to that end, they became an early pioneer in importing and selling fairly traded coffee in our community.

World Community coffee is purchased directly from a farmers’ co-operative that works to develop a truly sustainable agriculture in the region of Pancasan, Nicaragua. A portion of World Community profits supports Atencion Primeria En Salud, a network of 189 rural primary health care providers in Nicaragua. Other profits support health promoters in El Salvador that strive to improve the health services in their under-served, mostly rural communities. Working locally, World Community is the only Comox Val-

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Welcome to wassailing — Comox Valley style The tradition of people going around a neighbourhood singing Christmas carols is an ancient one. However, in the Comox Valley, it’s a new event. On Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 4:30 to 6 p.m., you’re invited to join singers as they walk from 27th Street along the Riverway to the Old House. At the restaurant, Jeff and his team will provide a wassail cup to all carollers. Those who wish to stay for dinner will receive a special holiday rate. Carollers will gather at the parking space behind Serious Café off Cliffe Avenue at 27th Street in Courtenay. They will be led by Oliver Clarke, accompanied by Jim Boase on trumpet. Those who don’t want to walk 10 blocks, could join the minstrels at the airpark or at the Old House. Dress for the weather and for the season! Following the Riverway, the route will go past several strata complexes, the Whistle Stop Pub and Holiday Inn, past the Information Centre and airpark to the Old House Gazebo. This is a free public event for people of all ages who wish to begin the holiday season by celebrating traditionally but with Comox Valley style and ambience. Everyone should have a light and bring

Black Creek holding fair This Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Black Creek Community Centre will hold its annual Christmas craft fair. Craft vendors will sell a wide variety of artisan goods and there will be hot food and treats available for purchase. Get into the spirit of Christmas and join us for some yuletide fun! Admission is by donation. Bring a donation for the food bank and receive a free hot apple cider. The hall is at 2001 Black Creek Rd. — Black Creek Community Association

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Things to know before adopting a lizard as a pet Thinking about inviting a lizard into the home as the next family pet? Children and adults who prefer hat creeps something that with scaless instead of pounces with fur often choosee lizards ptiles and and other reptiles amphibians as pets. me things There are some ind before to keep in mind izard as a adopting a lizard pet. • Lizardss vary in ou see as a size. What you ay be very hatchling may m the adult different from izards can form. Some lizards grow up to 5 feet or th h. more in length. a • Lizards ar aree often ut the inexpensive, b but ouse the equipment too h house din i g heat in lizard, including s, screens, lamps, tanks, o tly. Be etc., can be cos costly. sure you have the ans to care financial means for the lizard.. • Choosee among d captive-bred lizards from a reputable

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Signs Your Dog May be Diabetic Just like their human counterparts, dogs (and cats) can suffer many of the same illnesses and diseases. One condition that is known to plague pets is diabetes. Diabetes is a condition in which the body’s glucose levels in the blood are not properly regulated. The pancreas is an organ that secretes insulin, a substance that helps regulate the blood-sugar levels in the body. When too much insulin or not enough is produced, it can cause variations in glucose levels. This can produce a host of subsequent conditions that can be damaging to an animal’s body. Pet owners need to be responsive to their pet’s needs and signs that there might be something wrong. There are certain symptoms that may indicate a pet is suffering from diabetes. If the dog is exhibiting any of these symptoms, consult with a veterinarian. A blood workup may be necessary. • increased panting • increased water consumption • increased urination • lethargy and disinterest in normal activities

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Pets as Gifts, Think Carefully... While pet guardianship is rewarding, getting a pet as a gift for someone else, whether at Christmas or any other time of year, may not be a good idea. Why Pets Do Not Make Good Gifts We all know the holiday season is a hectic time of year. With numerous visits from family and friends, the house is filled with excitement. For a puppy, kitten or even an adult animal, being placed in this situation can be bewildering and frightening. Likely the animal is already experiencing some stress from being removed from littermates or having come from an animal shelter. What the animal needs is a quiet, calm environment where patterns can be established to get everyone off to a good start. A gift animal can easily be neglected amidst all the excitement of the holidays. Animals - especially puppies and kittens - need special care and attention when moved to a new environment and, unfortunately and unintentionally, during the holiday season pets can be quickly forgotten among the new toys and games. First-time guardians can also be unprepared for the dramatic changes an animal can make within the household. Impulse-buying at Christmas often overlooks the long-term commitment involved in caring for a pet. The commitment of care must extend throughout the animal’s lifetime, which will be years - even decades for

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Winter Driving Awareness Don’t Be A Statistic… Drive Smart! PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS VALUABLE INFORMATION ABOUT HIGHWAY DRIVING AND HOW YOU’RE AFFECTED BY WINTER CONDITIONS… The First Snowfall Every year the first major snowfall of the year catches the driving public by surprise, even though we all know it’s coming sooner or later. The impact is even more severe when it hits during the day at high traffic times. It seems to take a scare or even an accident for drivers to realize that you have to adjust your driving habits quickly when the first snow fall hits. Not only do you have to adjust your own driving habits, you have to be aware of others on the road who may or may not be totally tuned in to winter driving. Emcon Services, the R.C.M.P, Highway Patrol, Ministry of Transportation, I.C.B.C., B.C. Trucking Association and many others work closely throughout the year to make our highways safer. Be a part of the solution, not the problem… drive smart!

24 Hour Highway Maintenance… We’re ready for Mother Nature! For 24/7 dispatcher, contact 1-866-353-3136. The management and crews at Emcon Services have the equipment and sanding stockpiles ready as well as a 24-hour maintenance plan in place. Money has been invested in sodium chloride producing equipment and staff has been trained to best utilize it to keep our highways cleared, anti-iced, sanded, and as safe as possible. We need your help…snow plowing, sanding,, salting equipment, and crews can’t be everywhere at once even though we’d like to be. Be patient. We’ll get there. When it’s not safe, plowing priorities are based on the traffic volumes of the roads. High volume roads such as the Inland Island Highway, Highway 19A, and commuter roads receive priority. Secondary roads such as bus routes and connector roads are next. Subdivisions, cul-de-sacs, and dead-end roads are the lowest priority.

SPEED KILLS! Slow down when highway conditions dictate. Posted limits are meant for normal driving conditions. Sensible consideration has to be given to snow accumulation, visibility and black ice warnings when you’re driving on the highway. Many accidents and deaths can be avoided if drivers use common sense and slow their speed down to suit the winter driving conditions… be safe, drive smart!

Snowtires, Chains or All-Season? The Motor Vehicles Act requires that all vehicles “use winter tires or carry chains.” Winter tires can be identified only by this logo. All-Season tires do not have the same traction or stopping abilities as true winter tires. If you insist on using All-season tires, be prepared by carrying a set of properly fitted cable chains for your vehicle and practice putting them on before you need them!

Sport Utility Vehicles & 4x4s Still Have To Stop Like Everyone Else Sport utilities and 4x4’s are great vehicles and you do have much better traction when accelerating. The warning is simple, don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. Road conditions and visibility may make it necessary to stop quickly… SUV’s and 4x4’s can’t stop any faster than a regular two wheel drive vehicle on snowy and icy roads be safe, drive smart!

Justin Burgers Operations Manager Emcon Services

One of the number one complaints that we receive in winter is about broken windshields and the size of our winter abrasive. The specification for winter abrasive was developed by the Ministry of Transportation many years ago and has not changed. The size and graduation has been thoroughly designed and tested to ensure it provides the maximum traction to protect the traveling motorist from slippery conditions. We apply abrasive both pro-actively to prevent slippery conditions, and also in response to changing conditions. Our goal in applying winter abrasive is to protect the motorist and often we cannot disengage the sander, as we don’t want to risk leaving a slippery spot. To avoid the risk of winter abrasive damaging your vehicle, please remember to stay well back from maintenance vehicles. When approaching a maintenance vehicle, please try to pull over to the right to let it pass safely.

Sgt. Mark Whitworth RCMP North Island Traffic Services Every crash resulting in injury is tragic and adding to this is the fact that most, if not all crashes are avoidable. Winter driving conditions and the failure of drivers to slow down, not just to the speed limit, but well below when conditions dictate, is the main cause of many serious and fatal crashes. Failing to wear your seatbelt, if you are involved in a crash leads to a considerably greater risk of injury or death. Drivers need to ensure their vehicle has good winter tires rated for the conditions seen on the north island and prepare for emergencies by carrying adequate clothing and supplies and notifying others of their travel plans. Remember, no matter what excuse you use to justify your need to speed or drive in a dangerous manner, the few minutes you may save is never worth the potentially devastating and unplanned tragic consequences. Slow down and be patient.

Bob O’Brien

Area Operations Manager Ministry of Transportation Winter weather conditions certainly can add to the stress of driving during this time of year. A few guidelines for safe winter driving include: -Winterizing your vehicle - Driving with headlights on - Allowing plenty of room to start and stop when driving on snow or ice - Maintaining a safe distance between your vehicle and others - Allowing for additional time to arrive at your destination - Keeping some emergency items in your car at all times - Remembering that conditions can change quickly For additional winter safe driving information refer to the Ministry of Transportation web site at: www.th.gov.bc.ca, then click on “Driver – Travel Information” or for the latest reported road conditions click on “Road Reports”.

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Plenty to tend to in a busy November garden There is nothing like it. Biting into a carrot with a resounding snapping crunch. Cannot stay out of the bagful of garden morsels in my fridge. Good thing the healthy calories are on my side! Normally we leave our carrots in the ground over the winter as we do not have a whole lot of good storage space for fresh vegetables. Covered with a thick blanketing layer (four to six inches or 10 to 15 cm) of leaves or straw both carrots and beets can survive nicely. They are biennial plants which means they are supposed to stay in the ground into a second growth year in order to flower and set seed. Well...if you are an avid seed saver and looking for the healthiest seed off of the best carrots or beets in your garden...the experts do recommend you dig up your crop, sort through for the very best specimens, cut the tops back to one or two inches (2.5-5 cm), store them in a sand-filled container over the winter and replant out in the garden in early spring. A lot of work but is very much worth the effort for developing vegetables capable of weathering the climate changes specific to our region. Seed-saving aside...I have been kept busy in other directions lately and poor John was left to tend with many of the fall garden chores himself. And covering those carrots and beets before the snow fell was not one of them. The decision was made they would be pulled once the snow disappeared. As some of the carrots were fairly smallsized, I placed them in a separate pile. Got a tidy little bagful for the

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SHELBY COULD TAKE this snail and move it, but its uncanny homing instinct would lead it back. PHOTO BY LESLIE COX fridge. Nice and handy for those inevitable snacking moments. I just have to watch my intake...and the carotene level. One year I had an orangetinged son because he ate too many carrots. Did I mention rain and snow? Not my

favourite weather even for November. But it does give me an excellent excuse to sit and catch up on my reading...about gardening, of course. One interesting article was on how to deal with large branches if one does not have a chipper...or a garden waste pickup service. The procedure laid out was to stack lengths of cut branches up to three quarters of an inch (two cm) in diameter into a pile. The layers were built up in a criss-cross pattern, too. That allows for good air flow, an important component in a compost pile. Because wood is a carbon-rich material and tough, it is slow to decay. The best way to speed this up is by introducing nitrogenrich components that will generate heat in the pile and ingredients that will hang on to moisture. These would include grass clippings, garden debris, leaves

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LESLIE COX and soil from emptied pots of annuals. You do need some spare room in your garden to build a compost pile of branches as it can take two to three years for them to decay. It is all about being organic! And speaking of which...need an organic method of dealing with snails? Just pick them up and move them 350 feet (105 metres) away from the perimeter of

your garden...preferably with a major obstacle in between such as a creek or road. One British gardener conducted an experiment to verify whether there was any truth to the old wives’ tale snails have a homing instinct...something scientists have yet to determine. Incredibly, her findings supported the old truth after she collected some snails from two different areas of her garden, splashed a dot of paint on their shells, released them 30 feet (10 m) outside her boundary and a representative number came back.

To be sure, she repeated the experiment and increased the distance to 100 feet (30 m) and still had a significant number of marked snails return. Don’t believe me? She won a weekly BBC Radio 4 science show competition and was written up in Gardener’s World magazine, November 2010 issue. Goes to show...even snails know a good buffet dinner when they find one. Wonder if this works with slugs? Leslie Cox co-owns Growing Concern Cottage Garden in Black Creek. Her column appears every second Friday.

recognizes the following Safe Harbour-certified locations – Champions of Inclusion! Adult Learning Centre 1507A McPhee Ave. Alano Club of Courtenay 543 6th St. Ansley & Company Inc. 306 – 576 England Ave. Atlas Café 250 6th St. Avenue BIstro 2064 Comox Rd. Canada Safeway 1551 Cliffe Ave. Canadian Red Cross 464 Puntledge Rd. Church Street Bakery 221A Church St., Comox Community Futures 200 – 580 Duncan Ave. Community Living BC 107 – 555 4th St. Comox Recreation Centre 1855 Noel Ave. CV Airport 1250 Knight Rd. CV Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Centre 2040 Cliffe Ave. CV Community Justice Centre, 450E 8th St. CV Transition Society 202 – 576 England Ave. Courtenay Medical Assoc. 1350 England Ave. Cumberland Hotel 2714 Dunsmuir Cumberland Village Bakery 2747 Dunsmuir Dodge City Video 2718 Dunsmuir, Cumberland

Family Services Healthy Families Program 1415 Cliffe Ave. 1507 McPhee Ave. Florence Filberg & Evergreen Seniors Centre 411 Anderton Ave. Green Room Interiors 214 5th St. GT Hiring Solutions 1001B Fitzgerald Home Style Laundry & Postal Outlet 5 – 2401 Cliffe Ave. Hornby Island Credit Union 4325 Shingle Spit Rd. House of Colour 249 5th St. Immigrant Welcome Centre, Unit C – 1001 Lewis Ave. John Howard Society of the North Island 1455 Cliffe Ave. Laughing Oyster Books 286 5th St. Lewis Centre 489 Old Island Hwy. Lighthouse Community Branch Credit Union 1 – 6996 West Island Hwy, Bowser Marigold Natural Pharmacy 100 – 576 England Ave. Market Travel 576 England Ave. Mudsharks Coffee Bar 244 4th St., 308 5th St. North Island College, Comox Campus 2300 Ryan Rd.

Nowicki & Rae 243 4th St. Nursing Centre 615 10th St. Public Health Nursing 961 England Ave. Seeds Natural Foods 2733A Dunsmuir Cumberland Tarbells Café and Gallery 2705 Dunsmuir, Cumberland The LINC 300 Old Island Hwy. The Job Shop 103 – 555 4th St. Too Good to Be Threw Thrift Store 367 6th St. Triumph Vocational Services 301 – 910 Fitzgerald Union Bay Credit Union 313 McLeod Rd. Vancouver Island Musicfest 580 Duncan Ave. Vancouver Island Regional Libraries Comox: 1720 Beaufort Cumberland: 2724 Dunsmuir Vital Ink Tattooing & Body Piercing 107 5th St. Volunteer Comox Valley 532 5th St. Zocalo Cafe A208 5th St.

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Cannery book author sharing stories Wednesday in Comox In 1895, Scottish entrepreneur, engineer and outdoor adventurer Henry Ogle BellIrving built the Good Hope Cannery in Rivers Inlet, B.C. As sole agent for the Anglo-British Columbia Packing Company, Bell-Irving effectively controlled the company,

which grew to include cannery operations on the west coast from Washington State to Alaska. For years the operation was astronomically successful, but profits were realized on the backs of skilled Chinese and native cannery workers, and on the know-

how of northern Europeans and Japanese fishermen. Good Hope canned salmon continuously until 1940 and thereafter served company fishermen as a place where they could refuel, eat, buy supplies and have their boats and nets prepared. By

so Good Hope entered the third phase of its life â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a life that continues to this day. The Good Hope Cannery and the Goose Bay Cannery are all that are left of an important era in B.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history: all the other canneries in Rivers Inlet have vanished.

deaths, of the colourful characters of the Good Hope Cannery. Lower Mainland writer W.B. (Bruce) MacDonald will present a slideshow and share stories from his book at the Comox Archives and Museum on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Caitlin Press

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Thank you to all the candidates who ran in our local municipal elections. We appreciate the efforts put forth by our elected ofÂżcials; it is something I could never undertake. So â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;good on youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to those who were prepared to volunteer their time and effort on behalf of our communities. Congratulations to those who were successful. You have a daunting series of tasks ahead of you especially when everyone is insistent that government do more with less tax monies. Our returning Comox Mayor and new Courtenay Mayor, who both won by close margins, have their work cut out for them over the next three years. We look forward to working with you.

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We anticipate that local government will continue to work on reducing the business property tax multiplier rate as our business community continues to look for ways to reduce their operating costs. Our local business community provides thousands of employment hours thus allowing Âżnancial stability for many families living in the Comox Valley. And now to the Christmas season. For many of our retailers, this time of year can represent up to 40% of their annual sales. Yet I read reports that say internet shopping continues to increase. I would suggest that if internet shopping is up, then local shopping must be down. What does this mean to our local retailers? We expect them to be there when it is convenient for us but if customers are turning to the internet our local stores will not survive. So this year, it is important to see what our local retailers have to offerâ&#x20AC;Ś you will be surprised at the great variety of gifts that are available from our local merchants. Retailers who recently invested in their staff with the WorldHostÂŽ Fundamentals program will beneÂżt. This provincially recognized customer service course explores strategies that promote the advantages of shopping locally. On behalf of the staff, management and board of directors of the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce we wish you all the best of the season. Enjoy the seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festivities and remember to be safe. Feedback: chair@comoxvalleychamber.com

Welcome New Chamber Members Âł Cara Operations www.cara.com Âł Courtenay Montessori Preschool www.fourseasonsmontessori.com Âł Crawford Bookkeeping Services www.crawfordbookkeeping.com Âł English Entertainment www.englishentertainment.ca Âł Holden & Smart HR Solutions www.holdenandsmart.com Âł Immigrant Welcome Centre of the Comox Valley 250-338-6359 Âł Island Vemma 250-703-3727

We are now accepting nominations for the 2011 awards presentation, which will be held on January 28, 2012. The Nomination package can be picked up at the Chamber ofÂżce, 2040 Cliffe Avenue or downloaded from the Chamber website at www.comoxvalleychamber.com We are accepting nominations for the following prestigious awards: F F F F F F F F F F F

Citizen of the Year Local Hero Business of the Year New Business of the Year Small Business of the Year Professional Merit Agricultural Business Recycling Recognition Environmental Initiative Heritage Recognition Customer Service

Nomination deadline is Friday, January 6, 2012 at 4:00pm. Nominations can be dropped of to the Chamber, faxed to 250334-4908, or emailed to awards@comoxvalleychamber.com.

Members in the News Courtenayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Quality Foods has been named the top grocer in BC and the Yukon. The store came out on top in the large store category, then went on to capture the National Bronze as part of the Independent Grocer of the Year Awards program. Chances is undergoing renovations and will soon boast a new slot Ă&#x20AC;oor, gaming and entertainment bar, a new Coasters menu, a redesigned patio and bingo area and a BCLC lottery ticket redemption centre. Comox Valley Airport has been named the 2011 BC Safe Harbour Champion for its leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion. YQQ is the Âżrst airport in Canada to become and accredited Safe Harbour facility.

Âł Laagee Networks www.laagee.com Âł Pasco Management Consulting www.pascoemanagement.ca Âł Pat Wickware Designs, www.patwickwaretweten.com Âł Ryan VanBoven â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Independent Broker www.ryanvanboven.com Âł Sandman Hotel Group www.sandmanhotels.com Âł Sure Copy www.surecourtenay.ca Âł TMG-The Mortgage Group www.comoxvalleymortgagestoday.com

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COMOX VALLEY RECORD â&#x20AC;˘ Friday, December 2, 2011

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m no stranger to death by automobile. It was never a pleasure to investigate fatalities and for me there was no satisfaction in the successful prosecution of the impaired driver that caused them. Many more people than the direct victims were hurt and I knew that the only way I could really contribute was to hunt down the impaired drivers and stop them.

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SCHEWE A recent press release in relation to the first year of the Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) program referred to 45 deaths that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen on B.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highways during that time.

However, turn it around and look at the 71 that did if we accept the average of the past five years. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve still got a long way to go. I maintain a collision counter on my DriveSmartBC website that ticks upward each day based on the totals for the last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collision statistics published by ICBC. Today, it shows 115 alcohol-related colli-

sion deaths and 2,511 alcohol-related collision injuries. We are very fortunate that the totals may now be overstating the problem. So, to those who subscribe to the philosophy that drinking means not driving and driving means not drinking and to the officers who are continuing the hunt, you have my respect and encouragement. For those of you who

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For those of you whose mantra is: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Santa, I can explainâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? perhaps you might take in some local shopping and get back on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;good list.â&#x20AC;? All kidding aside, as your Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO, I encourage you to SHOP LOCAL this holiday season. Our communities have an abundance of specialty shops, family-owned businesses, gourmet treats and home-grown friendliness in our community that surpasses all others. Our downtown cores are a unique experience, from Comox by the Sea to Downtown Courtenay with its majestic view of the Glacier greeting you as you saunter the shops. And of course, there are many other stores in the Valley for those â&#x20AC;&#x153;add onâ&#x20AC;? gifts that you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t locate downtown. Support our local merchants and our community. As the song goesâ&#x20AC;Ś Downtown, things will be great when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re downtownâ&#x20AC;Ś

Did you knowâ&#x20AC;Ś A national study by The Schapiro Group, an Atlanta based market research Âżrm, reveals a number of important Âżndings about how consumers and business owners perceive the local Chamber of Commerce and the businesses that are their members. For example: â&#x20AC;˘

When consumers know that a business is a member of the local Chamber, they are 44% more likely to think favourably about it.

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Lots of snow, but no records set Every Friday we feature Valley history taken from our back issues. Five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record: A second dump of snow topped off a month of extremes in the Valley. But even with 60 cm of snow between two storms, November had not broken any monthly records. Still, the month had a high percentage of precipitation, with only three out of 30 days registered as dry. Ten years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record: More than 40 firefighters from three departments battled flames that gutted a strip mall at Eighth and England. The wood and brick building that housed the Royal Bank, Shoppers Drug Mart and Appey’s Restaurant was destroyed in the pre-dawn blaze. Fifteen years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record: Paramedics responded to an urgent call for help from the Comox Valley Food Bank. About 22 uniformed BC Ambulance Service paramedics were to collect donations outside grocery stores each Saturday until Christmas. Twenty years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record: A marine pub proposal for the Comox waterfront floated off

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CALENDAR Editor’s note: This calendar is for special events put on by non-profit groups. We run as many as space permits, but only guarantee a calendar item appears once. Calendar items can be e-mailed to copy@comoxvalleyrecord. com, faxed to 250-338-5568 or delivered to 765 McPhee Ave. Deadlines: Friday at 5 p.m. for Wednesday’s paper and Tuesday at noon for Friday’s paper. Include date, location, time and a contact phone number that can be published. Our online calendar is available for listings at www. comoxvalleyrecord.com.

THE RIVERSIDE HOTEL on Fifth Street in Courtenay is seen as it appeared in the late 1940s. It stood where the Sid Williams fountain is today at the corner of Cliffe Avenue and Fifth Street. The Bickle Theatre in the background became the Sid Williams Theatre. 988.132.1 P170-1044A PHOTO COURTESY COURTENAY AND DISTRICT MUSEUM

NAR-ANON If a family member or friend is using drugs, how does it affect you? We can help. Call Rene 250-3342392, Sharon 250-339-7906, or Jack 250-334-3485. S-ANON: Have you felt hurt, ashamed or alone because of sexual behavior of a loved one? We are a 12-step weekly support group providing experience, strength, hope & friendship. FMI: sanon.comoxvalley@ gmail.com, 1-888-250-7305.

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STANFIELD the rocks of controversy as council voted 4-2 to endorse a liquor licence application. Ald. John Carten crossed the floor to end a deadlock over whether residents want a pub and restaurant next to the marina. “I voted against this last time because I wasn’t convinced of the position of the local residents,” Carten said. “I’ve learned since that the residents who live right next door appear to be in favour.” Twenty-five years ago this week in

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C.V. NEWCOMERS Women’s Walking Group (for those living in Comox Valley less than 2 years) meets for Comox downtown & Marina Park walk; meet at Port Augusta Marina parking lot, 8:50 a.m. FMI: Bev 250-871-2027, Susanne 250941-5478, Sue 250-898-8333, www.cvnewcomers.net.

Saturday, Dec. 3 FAITH Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Bazaar, Bake Sale & Cookie Walk, 1688 McPhee Ave., Courtenay, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. MARK Isfeld Senior Band Bottle Drive in E. Courtenay & Comox, start 9 a.m. Fundraiser for band trip to New York next May. Please place empties outside your door with MARK ISFELD marked on them; or leave message 250-898-8283. May also donate returns to Mark Isfeld Senior Band account at either bottle depot up to March 2012. MOUNTAINAIRE Avian Rescue Society has items for sale & raffle at Black Creek Craft Fair, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Proceeds to care of ill/injured wildlife. FMI: Maj Birch 250-3372021. COURTENAY Library presents Storytime every Thursday & Saturday morning until Dec. 17, 300–6th St., 10:30–11 a.m. For children aged 2–5 & caregivers. Drop-in. FMI: Mary Donlan 250-334-3369. KITTY CAT P.A.L. Society Adopt-A-Pal, Woofy’s, Ryan Rd. near Superstore, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. FMI: www.kittycatpals.com. A.C.W. Holly Tea & Bake Sale, St. John’s Church, 579 Fifth St., Courtenay. FMI: Peggy 250334-3145. C.V. CORONATION Street Fan Club’s Christmas Brunch, Best Western Westerly Hotel (new location), 1–3 p.m. Brunch tix $20 at Square 1 Travel, 449–5th St., attn. Wendy, Pam or Louise. FMI: Wendy 250-897-3697, cvcorriefanclub@shaw.ca. LAUGHTER Yoga, Zen Zero, 470B–5th St., 1:30–2:30 p.m. Adults all ages (men & women) welcome. Drop-in by donation; no experience required; wear comfortable clothes. FMI: 250-339-2687. OCEAN Waves Square Dance Club with callers Fran & Roger Archambault & cuers Lorna & Carmen Corbet, Florence Filberg Centre, 7:30–10 p.m. FMI: Cathy/ Guy 250-338-7942.

Sunday, Dec. 4 KITTY CAT P.A.L. Society Adopt-A-Pal, Woofy’s, 2400 Cliffe Ave., 11 a.m.–2 p.m. FMI: www.kittycatpals.com.

Tuesday, Dec. 6 C.V. WOOD CARVERS meet every Tuesday for a day of carving, Royston Community Hall, 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. No experience necessary. FMI:

Al 250-331-0156, Jim 250339-5350. SOS (Support Our Seniors) Comox Valley meets, Florence Filberg Centre, Courtenay, 7 p.m. Seniors’ driving test updates & other issues discussed. All welcome. FMI: 250334-2321/250-338-6265.

Wednesday, Dec. 7 CUMBERLAND OAP Christmas Bazaar Soup, Sandwich & Dessert Lunch ($7), 2674 Dunsmuir Ave. (Cultural Centre, downstairs), noon. Christmas & Treasures table, baking, crafts, door prizes. C.V. CHRISTIAN Women’s Connection luncheon, Best Westerly Hotel, 11:30 a.m. Cost $15.50. Vintage wedding gowns by Linda Hargreaves; speaker Ann Griffiths on Timeless Love; singer Janice Klassen. Reservations: Ann annweir@ shaw.ca, Rose 250-337-5491. COURTENAY Museum presents illustrated lecture Postcards to the Universe – History & Iconography in Haida Argillite Sculpture with anthropologist Carol Sheehan, 207–4th St., 7 p.m. Tickets $6+HST, advance recommended. FMI: 250-3340686.

Thursday, Dec. 8 COURTENAY Library presents Storytime every Thursday & Saturday morning until Dec. 17, 300–6th St., 10:30–11 a.m. For children aged 2–5 & caregivers. Drop-in. FMI: Mary Donlan 250-334-3369. MEDITATION Group: Ch’an (Chinese Zen) meets, Room 200, Courtenay Elementary School, McPhee Ave., 7–9 p.m. By donation. FMI: chancommunity.ca.

Friday, Dec. 9 C.V. NEWCOMERS Women’s Walking Group (for those living in Comox Valley less than 2 years) meets for Seal Bay walk; meet at Home Depot recycles area, 8:50 a.m. FMI: Kari 250-339-5851, Louise 250-871-1443, Maureen 250-871-3337, www. cvnewcomers.net.

Saturday, Dec. 10 COURTENAY Library presents Storytime every Thursday & Saturday morning until Dec. 17, 300–6th St., 10:30–11 a.m. For children aged 2–5 & caregivers. Drop-in. FMI: Mary Donlan 250-334-3369. KITTY CAT P.A.L. Society Adopt-A-Pal, Woofy’s, Ryan Rd. near Superstore, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. FMI: www.kittycatpals.com. LAUGHTER Yoga, Zen Zero, 470B–5th St., 1:30–2:30 p.m. Adults all ages (men & women) welcome. Drop-in by donation; no experience required; wear comfortable clothes. FMI: 250-339-2687. KITTY CAT P.A.L. Society ‘Tis The Season Charity Auction & Kitty Karaoke, Serious Coffee, 2760 Cliffe Ave., 7:30–11 p.m. Fun, face-painting, Kitty Karaoke! Doors 7:30 p.m., auction at 8. FMI: www.kittycatpals. com, 250-218-7223.

Sunday, Dec. 11 KITTY CAT P.A.L. Society Adopt-A-Pal, Woofy’s, 2400 Cliffe Ave., 11 a.m.–2 p.m. FMI: www.kittycatpals.com. COMMUNITY Carol Sing, Cumberland United Church, First Street & Penrith, 2–4 p.m. All welcome. FMI: Julianne 250-400-7084. ST. PETER’S Anglican Church hosts Sing the Season with church choir & special guest singing carols of Christmas, 218 Church St., Comox, 3 p.m. Free; donations to St. Peter’s Food Cupboard welcome; refreshments to follow. COMPASSIONATE Friends (bereaved parents’ group) Candlelighting Ceremony, Willow Point Hall, doors 6:30 p.m., ceremony at 7. All bereaved parents & family/friends invited. If possible bring photo of your child. Refreshments to follow. FMI: Eileen 250-285-2434, Judy 250-923-2485.


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Forbidden Snowboards launching Forbidden Snowboards is a new Comox Valley-based core snowboard company. “We just wanted to start something different,” says Patrick Kitto, Forbidden cofounder and owner of Jump Camp, Vancouver Island’s premier snowboard camp. “We know what’s missing in snowboarding right now, and Forbidden will fill that niche. We’ll be offering ultra premium, limited-edition boards mainly available to Island riders.” Forbidden Snowboards plans to maintain integrity and quality through the team, friends, designers, manufacturers and products. Their limited edition boards reflect the passion they have for snow and are aimed at all snowboarders, from the bros doing powder turns in the trees to the upsidedown shreds in the park. Utilizing combined cambers and camrock cambers in their innovative boards, this year’s lineup is focused on quality over quantity. This means a limited run of 25 boards per model/size of some of the most technical snowboards on the market. Each of the hand-crafted boards will be marked with its unique model number, which can be tracked. Forbidden Snowboards is dedicated to working with brilliant local artists to create original and unconventional graphics and a team of riders, designers and manufacturers to research, test and build a product that they are proud of and ultimately, that works. As Kitto says, “it’s just snowboarding.” Forbidden Snowboards will be available Jan. 1 from select core retailers, however with a limited edition run they are urging riders to place their order online at www. forbiddensnowboards. com before they sell out. Founders Kitto and Jeff Zamluk have been involved in the snowboarding scene for over 20 years. Patrick is the founder and owner of a high-performance snowboard camp on Forbidden Plateau called Jump Camp, which he started after being a sponsored rider for many years. Jeff has over 15 years of snowboard and board-building experience. He has ridden

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OLAF LARSON GRABS some big air at Forbidden Plateau. in different conditions worldwide but still considers himself a Mount Washington local. Swell Source is a manufacturer and distributor of Zed Skimboards, Cascadia Board Co. and Forbidden Snowboards. Established in 2008

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WBN holiday meeting You’re invited to join the Comox Valley Women’s Business Network on Dec. 8 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Old House Restaurant for an evening of networking and celebrating the holidays. The Comox Valley Women’s Business Network traditionally has a special holiday networking meeting in December with more of a party atmosphere. This year they have selected the Old House Restaurant as their venue. There will be yummy appetizers, drinks and prizes. They are also asking partygoers to bring gentle used “warm winter-wear,” which will be donated to the Women’s Transition Society. Need a new or updated profes-

sional head shot for your business? Local photographer Karen McKinnon from McKinnon Photography will also be available from noon to 5 at the Old House Restaurant, to take head shots for those attending the holiday mixer. Appointments are required, so contact info@cvwbn. org for more information. Tickets for this event are free for Dinner Club members, $40 for annual members and $45 for non-members. Everyone must pick up their ticket in advance at either Engrave It on Mission Hill or Carmie’s Café in Cumberland. For more information on this or other events, visit www.cvwbn.org. — Women’s Business Network

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New position unnecessary The provincial government just added another level of red tape and expense to B.C.’s municipal governments — and its taxpayers. A municipal auditor general — a new position, plus 12 staff and a $2.6 million annual budget — will look into financial irregularities in local government budgets. The job was created after B.C. business groups lobbied for such an position, and following a Canadian Federation of Independent Business report that alleged most communities are outspending their population growth. The Union of B.C. Municipalities called the CFIB on its specious report and opposed the call for an auditor general, saying it’ll cost taxpayers more. That’s being proven out with the creation of the provincial position and its support services — which, one assumes, will only be called to act on a complaint basis. Soon, the auditor will start making recommendations on how local governments can save money. If the municipalities are willing to listen. Municipal governments already are required to balance their budgets (the province is not) and are also required to have the books audited annually. This is by law. Instead of creating another drain on taxpayers’ pocketbooks, the province — if it was that concerned about municipal spending in the first place — should have bolstered the Local Government Act, requiring more detailed and thorough annual audits — with stiff penalties for non-compliance. If a local level of government makes questionable spending decisions, the province already has the option of taking over, getting the local body’s financial house in order, and allowing local electors to start again. This issue is more about the business community complaining about high municipal taxes and trying to wrest away dollars spent on other municipal services. Their beef may be valid, but they’re not being upfront about it. What the new municipal auditor general position does is get their foot in the door — and that’ll be on the backs of resident taxpayers. Parksville-Qualicum Beach News

Record Question of the Week This week: Thirty-one per cent of respondents are satisfied with results of the Comox Valley elections. Next week: Do you agree with a judge’s decision that delays B.C. police from imposing the toughest roadside penalties for impaired driving? Visit www.comoxvalleyrecord.com to vote. The Mount Washington Alpine Resort is opening a week early — good news for skiers, the resort and the local economy that benefits from out-of-town skiers.

An anorexic Comox Valley women is near death due to her eating disorder — and a lack of health-care support in the Comox Valley for people with her ailment.

Where have all the voters gone? Dear editor, Running in the Courtenay civic election has been a great experience for me. I have learned so much from those who ran against me and I appreciate the knowledge, experience, and even the disagreements from each and every one of them. Out of adversity often comes greatness and opportunity. Having said that, this election has not been without its share of controversy. Much continues to be said about whether or not the Common Sense group ran a slate and how much of an effect they had on the results. A total of 5,307 people in Courtenay chose to exercise their democratic right and for that, I applaud you. My concern is with the roughly 71 per cent of the population who chose not to vote at all. Where have we gone wrong? Did we confuse the issue by having too many candidates running or have we just not done enough to inspire you? The volunteers at the polling stations tell us that the vast majority of voters were our senior citizens, leading me to conclude that it was many from

the 18 to 40 demographic that chose not to vote. Seventy-seven votes separated the mayoral frontrunners in Courtenay and the difference was only 54 in Comox. Seventyseven is less than half of any of

Where have we ❝ gone wrong? Did we confuse the issue by having too many candidates running or have we just not done enough to inspire you?

the three graduating classes of 2011. Assuming the majority chose not to vote, I wonder if those 18- and 19-year-olds realize that they could have altered the outcome of the entire civic election. If all three graduating classes had gotten together, they could have elected or unelected any of the 33 candidates in Comox and Courtenay. Now that’s affecting the results. When the topic of voter apathy comes up, more often than not we point a finger towards those

who chose not to vote. Maybe we’re not speaking their language. Maybe we need to rethink how we educate young people on the importance of voting. Maybe it’s time to take the show on the road and engage the young people in their graduating year as part of preparing them for life as an adult. Three groups of young people will graduate between now and the next civic election. The true measure of our success as a society will be when only 29 per cent of eligible voters choose not to vote. Are you up for the challenge? It is not an easy decision to run and to open yourself up to potential criticisms, judgements and even a little mud-slinging. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me in my recent campaign. Your faith in me is overwhelming and I look forward to serving you in some capacity in the future. Congratulations to everyone who had the courage to run. Mark Middleton, Courtenay Editor’s note: Mark Middleton ran unsuccessfully for a seat on Courtenay council.

Dividing resources will hurt hospitals Dear editor, Many people may have great expectations for the promised new hospital in the Comox Valley but there are a few facts they should be aware of. The initial vision of a great regional hospital has been downsized to a community hospital with “some regional services.” The hospital in the Comox Valley will be the same size as the new hospital in Campbell River. VIHA plans to move the Department of Psychiatry to the Campbell River Hospital and claims that this was the request of the regional hospital board. So much for preserving the specialty

services in the Comox Valley. Unless the new hospital has enough space and operating time for five general surgeons, the coverage of this service will stay divided between two communities, as it is at the present time. The shortage of long-term care beds and the lack of any plan

on how to deal with the increasing number of elderly patients in the Comox Valley will in time lead to the same partial paralysis of acute-care services, as is experienced now at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Dr. J.J. Simice, Comox

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Caught for starting fire real‘life-altering event’ Dear editor, I would like to take this time to formally apologize to the Comox Fire Department and the Town of Comox for the part that I played in regards to the Anderton Road fire on Sept. 6, 2011. I take full responsibility for my part in the fire and I am very sorry that I didn’t do more to stop the fire from being lit and that I didn’t stay at the scene to help the firemen and police. I fully understand the seriousness of the fire and how lucky we were that it was able to be contained so quickly. I am sorry that I put the lives of the firemen in danger as well as the lives and property of the people that lived near the fire. I also apologize to the Town of Comox for the cost to put the fire out and for the damage that the fire caused. We were very lucky that it didn’t spread farther and destroy

any homes and that no one was hurt. This has been a life-altering event for me, which has opened up my eyes to the severity of fires and how quickly they can get out of control. I promise you that I will fill my obligations to the community and that nothing like this will ever happen again. I would like to thank the Comox firemen for their bravery and the hard work that they do. I would also like to thank the police officer and Community Justice Centre for not only allowing me to see the consequences my actions had on the community but also for giving me the opportunity to make amends. My deepest apologies. Name withheld Editor’s note: These three letter writers are not identified as a condition of an agreement with the Comox Valley Community Justice Centre.

Grateful to firefighters Dear editor, I am sincerely sorry for being involved with lighting the fire on Pritchard Road, and to those who live near the location where the fire took place. It was ignorant of me to believe I had no true part in it, because even though I did not personally light the fire, I did not tell the authorities who started it. The fire could have gotten out of control very fast, if not for the efforts of the Comox Fire Department, which I would like to thank for their heroic abilities to take action fast and make it effective. I would like to

apologize to the taxpayers who evidently had to pay for the incident. It is unfair and I am truly sorry for this idiotic act. Also I would like to thank the students who stayed and helped the fire department put out the blaze, something I should have done. Words cannot express the stress this event has caused, and how it has affected not only the potential victims and their families, but us the instigators and our families. I am hoping community service will fix this situation and we can now look towards the future. Name withheld

‘I will never repeat mistake’ Dear editor, I’m writing you this to convey my sincere apology for starting a forest fire. I regret doing what I did, if I could turn back time and stop myself from lighting the fire I would; but I can’t turn back time so I’m going to do what I can to make this as right as I possibly can. I understand that I hurt the community and could have possibly destroyed a lot of families

and their homes. I can promise that I will never repeat my mistake. I have decided that I will never play with fire, definitely not in a forest with a lot of dry dead grass around me. I hope the community will allow me to make this right as best as I can and hopefully in the end view me as a teenager that made a mistake that I made up for it as best as I Name Withheld could.

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Tories’ crime laws won’t work Dear editor, The most recent mailing from MP John Duncan’s office was most disturbing. The cover featured a waif-looking child, with a caption questioning whether she should have a childhood. At first sight it would seem that the pamphlet would be giving news of financial and social supports to give every

child a reasonable chance to meet his/her potential. However, on opening it I discovered a defence of the government’s proposed crime bill, which apparently will make this child safe from abuse. We need truth in government advertising, not propaganda. In January 2011, Newt Gingrich (former speaker of the U.S House of Representa-

tives) co-authored an op-ed piece in the Washington Post that urged prison reform. The cost of prisons in the United States has risen 300 per cent in 25 years but recidivism sees inmates returning to jail within two or three years of release. His conclusion was that the prison system was not working. Can we not learn from these costly and

Who will protect access? Dear editor, It’s great to see that the CVRD is pursuing a waterfront trail, from Royston to connect to Courtenay. We walked the old Rail Road Right of Way this summer, assuming it was public property and tried to find the Beach Access Roads from the excellent CVRD inventory. There is no signage and we did not realize that private property owners had been granted property rights to what we thought was public property. It is apparent that the Ministry of Transportation and Highways/Infrastructure did not consider future pubic use when they granted special privileges to private property owners. It may have been understandable many years ago, but not today. In our neighbourhood, the MOTI has granted a specialized permit to a landowner who built beside a very popular Public Beach Access Road. Many neighbours objected to the specialized permit and the homeowner’s landscaping plans for the Public Access property. After a lively meeting including residents, director Jim Gillis and MOTI

staff, a senior MOTI manager arbitrated a fair resolution. Now, a year later, the homeowner is continuing with his landscaping plans. A different senior MOTI official has granted his request, by issuing another specialized permit. These permits are for life, and rarely rescinded

by MOTI . So, the question is, who will protect public beach access right of ways for present and future Comox Valley residents? We are governed by the Comox Valley Regional District and our MLA is Minister Don McRae. Where does the buck Phil Harrison, stop? Comox

ineffective U.S. prison policies? Studies show that most non-violent crime is best dealt with by restorative justice programs in the community. Young people who are active in their communities and receive a variety of supportive programs do not become criminals. We often speak of the social determinants of health having more influence on wellness than health services. It is time we considered the social determinants of crime. Assessing and rectifying these will make a civil and safe society far more likely than increased prison cells and a punitive justice system. I hope the Government of Canada will take a leaf from Mr. Gingrich’s book and revise the present bill before the house. Joy Johnston, Comox

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Harlequin ducks known for brilliant plumage As winter storms continue to pound our shores with high winds and heavy rain, even the hardiest of shorebirds are having a tough time riding out nature’s wrath. Known to be expert boatmen, harlequin ducks are able to negotiate their way up freshwater currents and can tackle surging ocean surf. Their name, Histrionicus Histrionicus, translated from Latin means “stage player or actor.” The Italian translation describes gaily painted clowns, which harlequin ducks certainly portray with their brilliant plumage and comical characteristics. There are two distinct populations in North America, the Pacific coast ducks winter from Alaska to southern Oregon; they migrate east of the coastal mountains to breed in the pristine fast-running streams and rivers. Harlequins are small sea ducks about half the size of a common mallard; they have round heads, stubby bills and stocky bodies. These ducks prefer to stay close to shore and are one of the easiest ducks to spot. In our local area, harlequins can be seen along the shorelines around Goose Spit; fArther south Qualicum Beach is a favourite haunt. Rivalling the wood duck and the eider duck, the male harlequins are one of nature’s most exquisitely marked ducks. The belly and wings are slate blue with chestnut flanks outlined with very distinct white stripes; they also have a very noticeable crescent shaped white patch at the base of their bill and a white dot around the ear. Like most bird species, the females are the “plain Janes.” Their overall appearance is a dull brownish grey and they can be identified by three white patches on either side of the head. Sometimes called “rock ducks,” harlequins have a habit of swimming and feeding in shallow rocky water and like to haul themselves onto the rocks to rest or preen. Preening is very important to these ducks as they have extremely dense layers of feathers that trap air providing the duck with great insulation it

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quins are on the move, heading east to Banff National Park, which provides the clear, unpolluted, fast-flowing water these ducks need to successfully breed. Often the route takes them up narrow, rushing streams, which they navigate with their large powerful feet swimming or walking upstream against the current. They even portage around rapids on land. In these breeding grounds they take advantage of the abundance of emerging insects, especially the black, May and stoneflies supplemented

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BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH IS, from left, drummer Sekou Lumumba, vocalist Jay Malinowski and bassist Eon Sinclair. They perform at The Bridge on Sunday. PHOTO BY VALERIE JODOIN KEATON

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Juno Award-winning Bedouin Soundclash, who headlined The Big Time Out in the summer, return to Courtenay Sunday for a performance at the Bridge Lounge. The Toronto-based trio is nearing the end of a cycle of touring that “started in Shanghai and basically circumnavigated the globe,” vocalist Jay Malinowski said in an interview from his home in Toronto. Following last year’s release of their fourth album, Light The Horizon, the group played shows in China, Australia and India, and at festivals throughout North America. They have again hit the road in a westward direction for several shows in December. Malinowski felt there was a

“mom and pop” feel to The Big Time Out, held this year at Ash Berry Farm in Royston. Light the Horizon has been dubbed a collection of Westfriendly, world-pop tunes. It features Brutal Hearts, a duet between Malinowski and Beatrice Martin, aka Coeur de Pirate, who is featured in a video shot under the direction of Bruce McDonald (Hard Core Logo). “Our focus has always been trying to push the boundaries,” Malinowski said. “We’re not a reggae band. We get called that quite often.” One of his favourite bands is The Clash, noting Sandinista!, which he describes as “basically a world record.” He also mentioned Paul Simon’s Graceland. “I always find it interesting when you take folk songwriting and then you try to graft it onto things that don’t fit,” said Mal-

inowski, who is also fascinated by “the essence of punk.” “Legendary is the fact that Joe Strummer is almost like a Woody Guthrie. There’s a real folk soul to what they (Clash) were doing. I think he used to call himself Woody.” Aside from Malinowski, Bedouin Soundclash consists of bassist Eon Sinclair and longtime Canadian session drummer Sekou Lumumba, who replaced Pat Pengelly. The group released its debut disc Root Fire in 2001, followed by Sounding A Mosaic in 2004, which blends pop, rock, punk and reggae. Propelled by the single When the Night Feels My Song, the disc helped earn Bedouin a Juno for Best New Artist. “We were really honored to get that one,” Malinowski said. Street Gospels, released in 2007, earned Pop Album of the

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Year consideration at the Junos, and led to international tours performing alongside the likes of No Doubt, Coldplay and Nine Inch Nails. The band then teamed with famed DJ/producer King Britt, who offered a doorway into the Philadelphia music scene from which Light The Horizon was created. “He was such a wealth of information on music, but also Philly itself is so steeped in musical history,” Malinowski said. “It was a pleasure working on it.” Sunday’s show includes special guest act Multi-Coloured Mischief. Tickets are available at Bop City, Polka Dot Pants in Cumberland, by phone at 250-3360303 and online at https://store. cumberlandvillageworks.com. Doors open at 8 p.m. reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

Get ready to hear hot sounds and cool tunes this Saturday night when the three Just in Time Vocal Jazz Choirs present Fire and Ice at the Sid Williams Theatre. As a treat, Just in Time is thrilled to be collaborating with special guest Lindsay Sterk, the well-loved tap dancer extraordinaire. An accomplished dancer, singer and STERK actor, Sterk has performed and taught throughout Canada. Locally, he is renowned as the much-loved artistic director of Pantuso Dance. Sterk will join the Jazzy Jems, Just in Time’s treble ensemble, in a unique version of Ella Fitzgerald’s hit Too Darn Hot. Also performing is Unplugged, with 60 enthusiastic singers, and Vocal Minority, a 14-member elite ensemble. The presentation is directed by Wendy Nixon Stothert. “We are excited about the variety of the songs we’ve been working on this fall,” says Stothert. “We’re singing everything from swing to pop, with some heartstirring spirituals and festive seasonal tunes in the mix. Lindsay’s dancing is so incredible, it will be a challenge to not get distracted while we’re singing!” The stellar band accompanying the vocalists consists of Sean Mooney on keys, Jacob Gregory on drums, and Tim Croft on bass. Tickets are $15 and available by calling the Sid at 250-3382430 or online at www.sidwilliamstheatre.com. For more information, visit www.justintimevocaljazz.ca. — Just in Time Vocal Jazz Choirs

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KICK YOUR BLUES in the butt with Harpdog Brown and Lazy Mike at Joe’s Garage this Saturday.

Harpdog, Mike bluesy Joe’s Garage presents a full night of kick-ass blues. Island blues rockers Lazy Mike and The Rockin’ Recliners will team up with Canada’s ambassador to the blues Harpdog Brown. The evening will begin with Lazy Mike and his boys doing what they do best — rockin’ the blues. Then Harpdog will take over the Recliners for a smoking set of his own style of deep soulful blues. Harpdog has been playing blues for over 30 years now, recording five albums in and out of the country. He signed with a

Portland, Oregon blues label back in 1994 and is the only Canadian to ever win the Prestigious Muddy Award for the best NW Blues Release of the year back in 1994. He was also nominated for the Juno in best blues category in 1995 with the same album, Home is Where the Harp is. The kitchen opens at 6 p.m. with the show set to start at 8:30. $25 advance tickets are available at Bop City Records. For dinner reservations and other information, call 250-702MILO (6456). — Joe’s Garage

Get ready as North Island Choral Society is bringing you the Gift of Glory this year, presenting Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio as well as Vivaldi’s Gloria. The choir is welcoming back by popular demand soloists Megan Skidmore, soprano;Amy Lelliot, soprano; Lisa Deith, alto; Chris Bellamy, baritone; David Brown, tenor. The choir is also proud to celebrate its 28 year of existence this year. North Island Choral Society started in 1983 and is the only classical choral group in the Valley, bringing a vast variety of pieces and composers to the community over the

years. The choir is about 60 voices strong and gathers weekly under the leadership of conductor Paul Colthorpe as well as pianist Elvera Penner. Colthorpe and Penner both joined in 1995. With only days left, the choir is touching up final intricacies and is excited to present two great pieces for their annual Christmas concert. The concerts will be performed this Friday and Saturday at St. George’s United Church on Fitzgerald Street at Sixth Street in Courtenay. Both performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available at Laughing

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The hearts of eight female artists beating as one Paula Wild Record Arts

Not long ago eight women sat around a kitchen table discussing what was important in life. Community, support and communication made it to the top of the list. A close second was having a sufficient amount of fun and funds. And so the Comox Valley H’artists (sounds like heart), a diverse group of female artists ranging in age, artistic discipline and background, was formed. Their goal is to collaborate, celebrate uniqueness and support the artist within. On Friday, Dec. 9 from 6 to 10 p.m., they will share the results of their endeavour at the Corre Alice Gallery in Cumberland. In addition to pottery, painting and sketches, the opening reception will include live music by Kel Kelly, wine tastings with Coastal Black Winery, coffee and tea from Mudsharks, appetizers from Monte Cristo and chocolates from Hot Chocolates. There are door prizes, too. “We call the show 16 Legs to Stand On because it is an example of how eight artists can all stand together, work as one and share the load with each other,” says Evangeline van der Heide. “So often, we lead sheltered, independent lives — trying to succeed on our own. 16 Legs to Stand On recognizes the need of support from likeminded individuals and commitment to work collectively as a whole.” The idea for the art show began with van der Heide and her two roommates, Regina Schumann and Stephanie Warkenton. The next thing they knew, Cori Sandler, EiraShay Barker-Hart, Patricia van der Heide and Helen Gamble had joined in. Schuman is a care aide for Lani Alton, a young woman with cerebral palsy. When Alton heard what was going on, she wanted to be part of it as well. “Although not everyone still lives in the Comox Valley, we all have strong roots here,” notes van de Heide. “This show is the start of something we’d all like to see continue.” Each of the artists produced their own work for the show and they also came togeth-

LANI ALTON IS a member of the Comox Valley H’artists. er to create a series of special handcrafted pottery mugs. “The mugs fully embody our concept and values,” says van der Heide. “It was a commitment to get together and work together, as well as being a lesson in communication and organizing. Making these mugs for and with Lani was a fun way to do something collaboratively and to

show her our support.” Another unique item in the exhibit are the clay broaches with, “I can’t remember your name either,” on them.

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extensive support and medical care that isn’t always covered by the medical system. And the purchase of any piece of art, a mug or broach comes with an entry form for a big draw at 3 p.m. on Dec. 30, the last day of the show. Prizes include a one-day sailing adventure with lunch for two, a date at Atlas Café, a gift certificate for Monte Christo’s, a felted scarf by Ann Marie Lisch, free NIA (nianow.com) and free Music Together classes (treefrogmusic.ca). There will also be a silent auction featuring a screen print intimately connected to Alton. “Lani is very limited in her physical abilities,” says van der Heide. “But she still feels and communicates, just in a different way than speech. The screen print is intimately connected with

Alton and expresses the theme of communication and the varying abilities to do so. “The whole experience of planning and getting ready for the show has been fun and interactive,” adds van der Heide. “We’re so happy to have the support of the community in the way of door

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WINTER HARP’S MEMBERS play some real golden oldies — from the medieval period.

Medieval times recalled in song Winter Harp returns to Sid Williams on Dec. 8 Magical, medieval and hauntingly beautiful are words that are often used to describe the Celtic music by Winter Harp, a world-class ensemble performing with a collection of rare 12th century musical instruments. The Sid Williams Theatre stage will be adorned Dec. 8 with dozens of candles set in front of an impressive cathedral backdrop as the musicians perform in their exquisite medieval costumes. With classical harps, flutes, drums and percussion, the performers of Winter Harp are returning to the Comox Valley for one night only to present Celtic and traditional carols, songs and stories drenched in folklore and medieval history. Rare instruments include the etherealsounding bass psaltery (the only one like it in the world), the 12th century organistrum (the other one like it in Canada is in the Museum of Mann in Ottawa) and the nyckelharpa. Winter Harp features Celtic harpist Janelle Nadeau, classical harpist Esther Cannon, percussionist Lauri Lyster, medieval instrumentalist Joaquin Ayala, flutist Jeff Pelletier, vocalist Caroline Markos and narrator/Celtic harpist Patrick Ball. The director is Lori Pappajohn, who has

received many significant awards during her 19-year history, including the nomination for the B.C. Touring Artist of the Year. “Loreena McKennitt fans will approve of Pappajohn’s lilting voice,” says Jeff Bateman of Western Living. CBC Radio’s Jurgen Gothe said, “Winter Harp’s annual Christmas concerts are a treat.” “It’s an enraptur-

ing event that plucks at your heartstrings,” says the Province newspaper. Winter Harp has been featured on numerous radio and television stations including CBC Radio, Bravo Television and CBC Television’s prestigious Opening Night series. In the past, performances have sold out due to rave reviews and standing ovations.

For more information, visit www.winterharp.com. Sponsored by Atlas Café and Avenue Bistro, Winter Harp performs Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay. Tickets are regular$45, members-$40 and students $25 at the Sid; 250-338-2430 or online at www.sidwilliamstheatre.com. — Sid Williams Theatre

Hot off the press, Texada Tapestry is an important addition to writings on the history of the B.C. coast. Texada is the largest island in the Strait of Georgia, rich in limestone and minerals. Today, a newcomer might think of its idyllic beaches, the Sunday farmers’ market and the reputation of Texada Gold. But author Heather Harbord has delved into the past of this island, its unforgettable characters and the stories of boom and bust, of resiliency and innovation. Humourous anecdotes and archival photographs throughout. Harbord is a former geology librarian who set off on a world voyage from England in 1963. By boat and road, she explored B.C., Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and neighbouring parts of the U.S. before settling in B.C. in 1977.

She has written four previous books, including Desolation Sound — A History. Harbord lives in Powell River. Meet Harbord and

see her newest book at the Laughing Oyster Bookshop this Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon. — Laughing Oyster Bookshop

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Man of a Thousand Songs performing at the Garage One of Canada’s premier singer-songwriters, Ron Hynes has created beautifully crafted signature songs for more than 35 years. The current English Songwriter of the Year nominee for the Canadian Folk Music Awards performs Dec. 8 at Joe’s Garage in Courtenay. His fall 2010 release Stealing Genius (Borealis) marks his eighth solo recording, and his third project with award-winning producer Paul Mills. Inspired by works from some of his favourite authors and poets (including Donna Morrisey, Des Walsh, Stan Dragland, Randall Maggs, Al Pittman and Michael Crummey), Hynes has crafted a collection of remarkable songs that echo a life not only in Newfoundland and Labrador, but resonate with people everywhere. The release of Stealing Genius came hot on the heels of the world premiere of The Man of a Thousand Songs, a feature-length documentary film, of which Hynes is both subject

hundreds of artists worldwide including Emmylou Harris, Mary Black, Christy Moore, Denny Doherty, Murray McLauchlan, John McDermott, Prairie Oyster, the Cottars, Hayley Westenra and Kim Stockwood, to name just a few. With eight solo albums and numerous collaborative projects to his credit, Hynes is a six-time East Coast Music Award winner, a Genie Award winner, a current nominee for English Songwriter of the Year from the

Canadian Folk Music Awards and a past Juno and CCMA nominee. Ron has received a host of awards from MusicNL, including the 2011 Folk Artist of the Year Award. He was recipient of the 2008 SOCAN National Achievement Award for songwriting career success, and holds an Honorary PhD from Memorial University for his contributions to the cultural life of his beloved Newfoundland and Labrador. In the words of Sylvanus Now author,

Donna Morrisey, “Ron Hynes is a grand voyeur in this rough, sweet life, a melody writer of the first order, a storyteller, a philosopher, a poet and a kick-ass performer that makes my hair stand on end.” For more about Hynes, visit www.hynesite.org. Advance tickets for the Dec. 8 gig at Joe’s Garage are available at Bop City Records in Courtenay. For more information, visit www. joeson5th.ca. — Joe’s Garage

NEWFOUNDLAND SINGER-SONGWRITER RON Hynes will take the stage at Joe’s Garage in Courtenay on Dec. 8 at 8:30 p.m. and star. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker William D MacGillivray and co-produced by Terry Greenlaw (Picture Plant) and Jordan Canning (Get Set Films), the film premiered to capacity crowds at the Toronto International Film Festival and subsequently garnered Atlantic Film Festival Awards for

Documentary, Director and Audience Favourite. The film airs regularly on cable television’s Super Channel and has screened at numerous international film festivals, conferences, music festivals and most recently at the Berlin Film Festival and The Munich International Film Festival.

Hynes is best known for his folk classic Sonny’s Dream, haunting chronicle Atlantic Blue, heart-wrenching requiem Godspeed, and a string of radio hits including Cryer’s Paradise, St. John’s Waltz, The Man of a Thousand Songs, Roy Orbison Came On and Get Back Change. Ron’s songs have been recorded by

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the third anniversary of these monthly fundraising events. Over the past three years, different local performers have helped to raise awareness and money by donating performances for many local charities and non-

Wirechoir, voices combining forces The Island Voices Chamber Choir will be joined by the Wirechoir at their performances of Yuletide by the Fireside. At Comox United Church this Sunday at 7:30 p.m., Grant McLellan on guitar; Grahame Edwards on bass, trumpet and percussion; and Blaine Dunaway on violin will entertain before the concert as well as during. Dunaway has an impressive background in a wide array of musical genres including jazz, classical and big band. His career has taken him all around Western Canada and Washington State.

For more about him, see blainedunaway. com. For more about Wirechoir, visit www. wirechoir.ca. Another local musician, local flautist Tomoko Bonner, will accompany the choir on What Child is This.” Plus the choir’s own Helen Moats will once again accompany a few numbers, with flair, on the piano and the multi-talented Joyce Baker will this time join in Pat-a-Pan with a recorder. For all the details, visit IslandVoicesChamberChoir.bc.ca or call Jan at 250-3381439. — Island Voices Chamber Choir

profit groups. “It’s fitting that the charity that was chosen for December is the Comox Valley Food Bank, as that’s the organization we originally started with,” says organizer Judy Wing. Rodgers is originally from St. John’s, Nfld., but is now an islander of western shores. Considering performance is a relatively new experience for Paul, he is surprisingly at ease as he shares original songs and an impressively eclectic repertoire that touches on everything from soulful ballads to R&B to contemporary pop. Rodgers finds favourites in any and every genre, and flavours them with his own rhythmic interpretation and unique lyrical phrasing. Like many musicians whose styles are evolving, Rodgers’ musical inspirations and influences are in process, and as much about identifying what doesn’t engage him as what does. Judging by a repertoire that includes songs by Neil Young, Paul Simon, John

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sharing food.” Cash donations for the food bank are especially helpful. As a nonprofit organization, the purchasing value of each dollar is stronger, and it also allows them to target particular staple items that may not be regularly donated. “I hope that a lot of people will come out to support the food bank,” says Rodgers, “I’m going to do my best to make the night out worth their while.” — 1st Tuesday Fundraisers

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December is an important month to remember to support the Comox Valley Food Bank. Local performer Paul Rodgers will help put it on your calendar as featured guest at the 1st Tuesday Fundraiser at the Mex Pub on Dec. 6. You’re invited to enjoy an evening of great music and community spirit. Bring along non-perishable food items for the food drive or a cash donation for the food bank. The evening starts at 7:30 with a short opening set by hosts Judy and Bruce Wing. December will mark

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HAPPENING 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. Art exhibits The Boxing Match by Bill Friesen & Marci Katz and SPIN by Rebekah Clarke and Miranda Kent until Dec. 31. Annual Christmas Craft Fair until Dec. 31, open Mon-Sat 10 to 5, open Sundays 11 to 4 and later hours Xmas week. FMI: 250338-6211, www.comoxvalleyartgallery.com or Facebook fan page called Comox Valley Art Gallery. CORRE ALICE GALLERY in Cumberland at 2781 Dunsmuir Ave. Comox Valley H’artists exhibit from Dec. 9 to 30. 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. GATEHOUSE BISTRO AND GALLERY displays jazz paintings by Neil Boyle for December. Opening reception Dec. 2, 7 p.m. FMI: Betty Boyle at 778-428-0530 or the Bistro at 250-336-8099. 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. at 440 Anderton Avenue, Courtenay. Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. FMI: www.comoxvalleyarts.org. PEARL ELLIS GALLERY in Comox open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 4 p.m. Members’ fundraiser show & sale to Jan. 22. Gallery closed for Christmas break Dec. 19 to Jan. 9. FMI: www.pearlellisgallery.com. POTTERS PLACE in Courtenay open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. FMI: www.thepottersplace. ca or 250-334-4613. WAVERLEY HOTEL jam night with Brodie Dawson and friends runs every Thursday, no cover. Visit www.waverleyhotel.ca. 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.

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.

We would like to express our appreciation to all the artists and crafters participating at the Faire this year. To all our shoppers, here are the winners of the free Daily Draws B. Davidson, Courtenay $50 gift certificate to the Atlas Cafe W. Morgan, Campbell River $50 gift certificate to the Best Western chain G. Hutton, Courtenay Four tickets to the CoVal production “Mary Christmas”

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each receiving a $100 gift card from Quality Foods are: L. Devlin, Courtenay M. Drysdale, Parksville F. Sterne, Courtenay

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ing 250-338-2430 or online at www.sidwilliamstheatre. com. FMI: www.justintimevocaljazz.ca. lj NORTH ISLAND CHORAL SOCIETY offers annual Christmas concert, St. George’s United Church in Courtenay, 7:30 p.m. Tickets 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. SAX AND VIOLINS plays jazz at Zocalo Café, 7 p.m. 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 at Bridge Lounge. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door at Bop City and Polka Dot Pants, by phone at 250-336-0303 and online at https://store.cumberlandvillageworks.com. Doors at 8 p.m. JOHN REISCHMAN and the JAYBIRDS, TRENT FREEMAN, Merville Community Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m., music at 7:30. Advance tickets are $18 ($14 student) at Long & McQuade, Music Plant, Bop City or call Craig at 250339-4249. NICK LA RIVIERE at Elks hall in Courtenay. Tickets at Bop City, Comox Videos N More. FMI: http://www.georgiastraightjazz.com. ISLAND VOICES CHAMBER CHOIR presents Yuletide by the Fireside, 7:30 p.m. at Comox United Church. Tickets: Laughing Oyster Bookshop, Videos ‘n More. FMI: 250-338-1439 or www. islandvoiceschamberchoir. bc.ca. COMOX VALLEY CONCERT BAND at Filberg Centre in Courtenay, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 6 PAUL RODGERS at Mex Pub in food bank fundraiser. Judy and bruce Wing open at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 8 WINTER HARP at Sid Williams Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Tickets at Sid box office, at 250-338-2430 or www.sidwilliamstheatre.com. RON HYNES at Joe’s Garage in Courtenay, 8:30 p.m. Tickets at Bop City Records. FMI: www.joeson5th.ca.

Friday, Dec. 9 CO-VAL CHORISTERS present Mary Christmas, Old Church Theatre. For tickets, phone 250-334-2992. COMOX VALLEY H’ARTISTS hold opening reception 6 to 10 p.m. for exhibit at Corre Alice Gallery, 2781 Dunsmuir Ave. in Cumberland.

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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: www.joeson5th.ca. JUST IN TIME VOCAL CHOIRS present Fire and Ice, Sid Williams Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 by call-

SWEET LOWDOWN at Joe’s Garage. Advance tickets are $10 at Bop City Records. The kitchen opens at 6:30 p.m., and the music starts at 8:30 p.m. Visit www.joeson5th.ca for more info. COMOX VALLEY ART VALLEY: Christmas open house/ member appreciation. All welcome, refreshments, 1 to 4 p.m. FMI: 250-338-6211.


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LYRICAL, VIRTUOSIC TROMBONIST Nick La Riviere performs Dec. 4 at the Elks Hall in Courtenay.

Slide on down to catch Nick Virtuoso trombonist Nick La Riviere is coming to Courtenay on Dec. 4. Damian Graham on drums, Don Cox on bass and Karel Roessingh on piano will join La Riviere for the Dec. 4 gig at the Courtenay Elks Hall at 231 Sixth St. Nick covers a lot of stylistic bases; heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a member of the Junowinning Paperboys, has played with piano phenom Michael Kaeshammer, and joins jazz greats Ross Taggart, Jodi Proznick and Jesse Cahill on his CD Too Much To Do (which also features a cello and two violins). He performs with the Yiddish Columbia State Orchestra and the Timebenders rock review, and is co-creator of the Trombone Mayhem project with fellow trombonist Jaff Agopsowicz. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard Roessinghâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music, though you may not know it. Besides performing with the Moody Blues, Powder Blues Band, Jann Arden, The Shirelles, and Leslie Gore, he has composed extensively for film and television. Bassist Don Cox is a native of Port Alberni and protĂŠgĂŠ of master teacher Barry Miller. A veteran of the Canadian Forces military bands, Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical talent and conducting aptitude was quickly recognized and he rose to the position of musical director for the Ottawa RCAF Stage Band before coming to Victoria as Naden

Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assistant conductor. Damian Graham maintains a busy live and studio schedule with his own ensemble and as an in-demand freelance drummer. Performance highlights have included sharing the stage with Joshua Redman, Albert Collins, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Holly Cole, The Shuffle Demons, Buddy Guy, Colin James, Jane Bunnett, and Joey DeFrancesco. Tickets to the Georgia Straight Jazz Society presentation are $12 for society members, $16 for non-members. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on sale at Bop City, Comox Videos â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; More, and the Thursday Jazz Club at the Elks. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Georgia Straight Jazz Society

Did you know that Comox Valley Art Gallery offers even more than contemporary art shows and a gift shop full of local handmade gifts? Art education events are an integral part of the galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programming. Each month, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find offerings of art classes for kids, teens, adults as well as lectures and slideshows. For December, CVAG presents Custom Print Comics with local artist Mary Anne Moore. This two-session course is for teens aged 12 to 17 and takes place over two Saturdays â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dec. 3 and 10 from 10 a.m. to noon. Inspired by a favourite story or the imagination, students will use linoleum to make block prints and create their own comic book, story book or graphic novel! Lino block prints can also be used to make prints for cards, frame-able and shareable art or artist trading cards. Cost of the workshop is $55+HST. Students will also need to bring $20 to purchase a supply kit from the instructor. Moore is a Vancouver Islander who has always been drawing, painting and making art. She believes everyone is creative and it starts from childhood. The trick is to encourage and support the little artists so they can rely on and be confident in their ideas. Mary-Anne attended the Victoria College of Art and received a Diploma in Fine Arts, she was taught by her parents and grandfathers and now teaches those skills to

people of all ages; she is delighted to share this love of art. â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ The gallery offers an Art Talk this Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m. Currently exhibiting artists Bill Friesen and Marci Katz will present a slideshow and lecture detailing the making of The Boxing Match. This exhibit opened on Nov. 10 and is on display until Dec. 31. The Boxing Match is a collaboration by life partners Friesen and Katz. They were interested in the broad concept of containment and its presence in

areas of personal, cultural, social, political and working life. The artists state that for them, containment suggests issues of power, repression, violence, concealment, escape, and freedom. A key element of the project was an awareness of how their social conditioning, specifically gender differences, would influence the artworks. The overall tone of the artworks tends to be humorous, even though most of the works reference serious ideas and issues. Admission to the talk is free or by

Sax and violins A quartet of familiar musicians from the Comox Valley have got together to play standard jazz tunes. Ralph Barrat sings and plays piano, John Hyde plays upright bass, Blaine Dunaway plays flugelhorn and violin, and Tony Morrison plays saxophones and flute. Put them together and they make Sax and Violins. They hope you can make it down to enjoy the fun this Saturday

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THE VICTORIA TRIO known as the Sweet Lowdown will play Dec. 10 at Joe’s Garage.

Lowdown in town The Sweet Lowdown will present music from their debut CD on Dec. 10 at Joe’s Garage in Courtenay. The Sweet Lowdown is a delightful young trio who come together to create music inspired by their love of old time, folk, blues, bluegrass and other forms of roots music. “Their musicianship is stellar, their arrangements breathtak-

ing, their compositions inspired and their voices like angels!” says concert presenter Nancy Douglas. Based in Victoria, the Sweet Lowdown comprises Amanda Blied (guitar), Shanti Bremer (banjo), and Miriam Sonstenes (fiddle). For dinner reservations and other information, call 250-702MILO (6456). — Joe’s Garage

Warm up with Winterize The Comox Valley Concert Band presents Winterize, a musical program designed to warm the heart and drive the cold winter away. The 40-member wind ensemble, under the direction of Patrick Hoenmans, takes the stage at the Florence Filberg Centre this Sunday at 2 p.m. The band is a growing community group of musicians that boasts an age range of 16 to 92. This fall’s concert will feature, once again, the rich voice of Dale Graham. She will front the band for a selection of Gershwin tunes that resonate the warmth of three Warren Barker arrangements. Graham sings They Can’t Take That Away from Me, Someone to Watch Over Me and But Not for Me. The band performs two seasonal Leroy Anderson compositions as well as a modern arrangement of the ninth century advent carol O Come Immanuel. Anne McGinty’s Twas in the Moon of Wintertime recalls early contact of French colonists and First Nations. Three English Dances leads the listener through the seasons,

from lush gardens to halls bedecked with holly. The concert is followed by a tea, provided by gracious hosts

the Evergreen Seniors. Good music, good company and good cheer — all for $5. — Comox Valley Concert Band

Whyte’s Bay Days is a photographic account of the lives of Jock and Mary Sutherland and daughters Mavis and Marguerite as they eked out a living on the shores of Comox Lake during the 1920s and ‘30s. The story is essentially the memoirs of Mavis Wall (neé Sutherland) written by local historian Gwyn Sproule. The community of Whyte’s Bay was situated at the northeast corner of Comox Lake, near Cumberland, close to the long-running and productive Number Four Mine. There used to be many families living there till the mid-1930s, when rising lake levels forced people to leave. Sproule will sign her book this Saturday morning at the Cumberland Cultural Centre as part of the Cumberland Museum’s Community Art event. The event, called Cumberland as Muse, features paintings, photos, sculpture, cards, books, prints, music and other works of art inspired by the physical and cultural landscape of Cumberland. — Gwyn Sproule

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Lotzkar returns to lend a hand Marc St. Jules Special to the Record

One of Canada’s brightest stars is shining gold and returning to the Comox Valley once again to raise food, money and clothing for the Comox Valley Food Bank. Cincinnati Reds’ pitching prospect Kyle Lotzkar will also be talking to student athletes about goal-setting and what it takes to stay on track in order to follow your dreams and how to avoid or deal with obstacles as they arise. L o t z k a r, who recently turned 22, pitched Canada to a gold medal LOTZKAR in baseball on his birthday last month at the Pan Am Games in Mexico. Marc St. Jules, Lotzkar’s friend and longtime trainer, says it’s working with young athletes such as Kyle that he misses the most about his sports fitness business. “Kyle started working with me in Grade 6...at the end of Grade 7 I had him putting pen to paper with his goals and he’s managed to manifest everything to date.” Career highlights for the South Delta Senior Secondary grad include hitting a grand slam for Canada at the age of 12 in the World Series against Japan. His ability to handle pressure started early and he hasn’t See PITCHING, B12

NATHAN HOLLEY AND Shayne Stuchbery of the Kickers weren’t feeling sheepish about tackling this Port Alberni player. PHOTO BY MICHELLE HAMILTON

Kickers go undefeated Ian Kennedy Contributor

KICKER CAPTAIN TONY Forth stretches for a line-out ball in the 54-12 win over the Black Sheep. PHOTO BY MICHELLE HAMILTON

With a 54-12 weekend win over the Port Alberni Black Sheep, the Comox Valley Kickers men’s rugby team cemented a 9-0 fall season that sees them sit alone atop the Vancouver Island Third Division. The Kickers scored seven tries over the Sheep in Port Alberni through Konrad Nikkel, Eli Cummins, Ross McLean (2), Pieter Vorster, Jake Nessman and Troy Mader, with the referee also awarding a penalty try. Man of the Match Cummins kicked seven of the eight possible conversions. Port Alberni did make a game of it in the first half, scoring two tries and a conversion. However, the Kickers upped the pace in the second half to totally dominate play. “It was an outstanding display and the team really made a commitment to tackle anything that moved,” said Cummins. “It

really makes the win, as well as the undefeated season, that much better.” Coach Aaron L’Arrive, who has been joined this season by new assistant coach Frank Baulcomb, offered: “We were able to maintain possession and when we didn’t have the ball, were able to create turnovers because of our consistent pressure. We also overpowered them and were more precise than they were in the set-pieces which resulted in us stealing a lot of ball. We ‘owned’ the line-outs. All in all, a great day at the office!” The return of Nikkel from injury to take the playmaking fly-half role at #10 has provided the team with consistency and innovation, which has allowed Cummins more time to work his magic in the centre position where he has set up a plethora of tries for highflying wing McLean. In the forwards, Andrew Hextall has been enjoying a superb season in the backrow where captain Tony

Forth has also been playing well. Over the fall season the Kickers amassed a colossal 398 points and relinquished only 38. The playoffs get are up next with the Kickers hosting fourth-place Nanaimo Hornets (7-3) at Cumberland’s Village Park at 1 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 4. SIDELINES The Kickers invite all those interested in playing rugby to attend training sessions Thursday evenings at the club’s Fallen Alders facility on the Royston/ Cumberland Road at 6.30 p.m. ... the club gratefully acknowledges their sponsors: The Butcher’s Block, Central Rentals, Continual Palingenesis - Social Media Solutions, Investors Group, Mount Washington Alpine Resort, Wedler Engineering, Pilon Tools and Yummies & Gyros without whose support rugby would not continue to flourish in the Comox Valley ... Vancouver Island Div. 3 and Senior Women standings in Scoreboard, page B17 ...


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turned back. “Kyle was a first round draft pick (53rd overall in 2007) and had some decisions to make about taking the pro route or going to college on a full ride scholarship,” St. Jules said. “Kyle passed on school and paid his dues and tooks some lumps in minor ball, including coming back and dominating from a potential career-ending elbow surgery. Kyle’s comeback and complete domination for Canada landed him a spot on the Reds’ 40-man roster for next season. “It’s Kyle’s attitude that brought him back bigger, stronger and better than ever.” St. Jules says Lotzkar is living proof in the old saying, “believe and achieve.” Lotzkar will be at BodyNetix (2260 Cousins Rd., Courtenay) on Friday, Dec. 9 from 3-4 p.m. “Your $5 donation to the food bank and any non-perishable food items and/or clean blankets and clothing gets you in the door to meet and hear Kyle speak about the road to the big leagues, playing for your country, goal setting, visualization, staying on track, overcoming obstacles and how to avoid the most common situations

teenage athletes face, particualrly Grade 9-12,” St. Jules said. “Kyle will also be signing hats, clothing, balls and what have you so bring your gear. With your $5 donation you will also receive a free trial session in the Wednesday afternoon youth athlete development program at BodyNetix. Parents are also encouraged to come down and meet this rising star and will

have the option to participate in a BodyNetix class.” On Saturday, Dec. 10 Lotzkar will be in Comox at the Purple Onion Deli (146 Port Augusta Ave.) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and invites friends and fans to come down for a bowl of soup and sandwich. He will be taking time for photo opportunities and signings. A small cash donation, non-perishable food

items, clean blankets and clothing is encouraged. St. Jules said both BodyNetix and the Purple Onion will match the money and food raised for the food bank. This is the second time Lotzkar has come to the Comox Valley to raise food, money and awareness for those less fortunate in what is a very difficult time for many families during the holidays.

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Raiders return to B.C. volleyball championships The Highland Raiders senior boys volleyball team have beaten the odds yet again. For the second year running they has taken the Island championship and are now off to Kelowna for their third consecutive provincials. The nucleus of this group for three years now has been Angus Ireland, Noah Lewis and Stuart Maclean. Starting in Grade 10 this trio has been the backbone of these teams. In Grade 10 they led the 11s and 12s. Last year they had a very strong team and just missed the mark in the crossover game at Provincials, and this year they are leading a group of Grade 10s and one Grade 9 to the B.C.s. This team is unique. When they are on the court playing, spectators from other schools comment on their camaraderie and team spirit. While working hard at all times, these boys obviously enjoy each other immensely. Their respect and admiration for one another is obvious. While many teams

THE HIGHLAND RAIDERS (left to right): Back row coach Brian McAskill, Noah Lewis, Stuart Maclean, Angus Ireland, Thomas de la Ray, Trenton Cameron, Alec Molander, Sam Lewis. Front row Tristan Maclean, Bryce Marinus, Chris Dodd, Nick Tancon. Missing from photo is Jared Collin. PHOTO SUBMITTED do bonding activities to have players gel, this team has been doing it for years. Not only

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ive your imagination a shot and try to visualize the salmon pyramid in Area 14. Think of the northern base at the Oyster River, the eastern base in the middle of Georgia Strait, the southern base below the Qualicum Rivers drainage, and the western base the Beaufort Mountains. My imaginary pyramid base is about 60km (40 miles) square along the base. Pyramids are normally thought of as very stable structures. However, when we talk of living pyramids as in ecological systems, we tend to allow for fluctuations in the basic life supporting units that form the pyramid. Last week my column concentrated on the significant returns we get from the major government hatcheries such as the Puntledge River and the Qualicum facilities. Another significant contributor to the well-being of the salmon pyramid in Area 14 is the crucially important role played by the volunteer enhancement groups and their salmon rearing facilities. The Pacific Salmon Foundation, with its often repeated goal to bring the salmon resources back “one stream at a time,” is a major source of funding for small groups who have the volunteer people power to do enhancement work, but need financial funding to carry out their work on the ground and water objectives. There is also important funding from industrial groups, private fund foundations and local fundraising contributions.

GATHERING BROOD STOCK for small enhancement facilities is cold, wet work. PHOTO BY RALPH SHAW The past few weeks have been particularly busy for small enhancement associations as they frantically capture small numbers of returning salmon to collect their spawn for the enhancement of their system. The work of the small societies really takes off after the sperm has fertilized the egg. As in all new life, the beginning is fraught with much danger and is extremely frail. Let your imagination take you back to one of the spectacular scenes in any of the many movies of the pyramids in Egypt and you will have a vision of thousands of people toiling to build the bases of these great monuments. Now let your mind return to the present and in your mind’s eye recreate the visions of hundreds of volunteers wading up small streams during cold, wet weather as they collect adult salmon to supply eggs for their

small hatcheries. Most of the people in the movies were depicted as slaves – and aside from food and shelter they worked for nothing. In the case of our enhancement volunteers they not only work for nothing, but they provide their own food and shelter and spend much time in raising rands to carry out their life-building pyramids. I sometimes

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December 24, 1953 – November 30, 2011 It is with sadness that we announce the untimely death of Gene Wayne Harder (57 years) after losing his battle with cancer. Gene leaves behind his wife of 24 years Janine (nee Casavant), sons Guy ( Marie), Max (Kelsey) and grandson Aidan. Gene is survived by two sisters, Sharon (Merv) Kabernick, Alvina (Maurice) Culter and two brothers Tony (Susan) and Gary (Carol) Harder of Campbell River along with other caring family members and treasured friends. Gene spent the last few years volunteering for the BC cancer agency, driving the van to Victoria, the Habitat for Humanity projects, working in Sante Fe New Mexico, the Salvation Army by providing a hamper for a needy family each year, supporting the Haiti disaster through the tents for Haiti Campaign, serving at the community Christmas dinner and supporting the BC Children’s hospital. He also gave generously to other charities his time and financial support. We wish to thank Dr. Wiens and Dr. Winter for their compassionate care and support along with Home Care Nursing. A special thank you goes to some very close friends for their unconditional support through this journey and beyond. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to your favourite charity. A graveside service will be held on Monday, December 5th at 11:00A.M. At the Courtenay Cemetery followed by a celebration of life at the lower hall of the Catholic Church. Father Marek attending.

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1922 - 2011 Marian was born in Josephburg, Alberta on September 21, 1922 and went to be with the Lord in the early hours of November 27, 2011. She will be forever remembered by her children; son Neil and his wife Pauline and their children Justin, Mark and Breton, daughter; Lynn and her husband Paul and their children Anjali and Aaron and his children Isaac and Annika and many extended family in BC and Alberta. A private family service will be held at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined, donations can be made in Marian’s memory to the Salvation Army. Arrangements have been entrusted to TONEFF FUNERAL SERVICES.

“where your family comes first” www.comoxvalleyfunerals.com John Elliot Shipley 7 Sept 1923 – 22 Nov 2011 So much to so many, devoted husband, loving father and brother, caring Grandad, Greatgranddad and uncle, loyal friend, trusted and true. A GOOD MAN Born in Scotland, lived in England. Enlisted in the Royal Marines where he served his country. While in Norfolk, he met and married Justin, and they had two children – Johnathan and Ruth. They moved to Peacehaven and raised their family, and he continued to live there after he became a widower. His children grew up, married and had children and John decided to visit his brother Stewart in Richmond, B.C. It was there that he met a widow named Pat. This led to a new life and a second marriage and ultimately a move to Vancouver Island, where they settled in Union Bay, which he came to love and where he made many friends. He embraced his step-children Linda, Patti and Doug and their children and grandchildren.

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January 12, 1917- November 26, 2011 It is with deep sorrow that we share the passing of Lyall Lang of Delta BC, (formerly of Courtenay. BC). He will be greatly missed by his beloved wife of 67 years Beryl; his children Ken (Ingrid), Keith, and Karen (Bill Speer); two grandchildren; four great grandchildren; his siblings, Art Lang of Vancouver, Ida Gerber of White Rock and Ellen Halikowski of Sydney; his sister in law Mary Michel of Edmonton and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Lyall was predeceased by his brother Gordon (Bud) of Winnipeg; his sistersin-law Kay Lang and Polly Lang; brothers-in-law Walter Gerber, Hal Halikowski and Brian Michel of Montreal. Lyall was born in Sioux Lookout, Ontario, attending high school and university in Winnipeg. He joined the RCAF in 1937, where he spent a full and rewarding career. During WWII, he flew numerous aircraft for Ferry Command to strategic locations overseas in support of the allies. Lyall retired in 1972 at CFB Cold Lake Alberta. Lyall and Beryl retired to Courtenay BC, their home for 35 years. These years were spent enjoying family and friends, salmon fishing, gardening and traveling the world. He was a man of principle, a caring man with a wonderful smile. Always available to provide counsel to the men and women with whom he served, as well as friends and family members. The family would like to thank the staff of Deltaview Care Home for their great care and service to Lyall in his later years. A Celebration of Lyall‘s Life will be held at Augustine House 3820 Arthur Drive, Ladner at 1pm Saturday, December 10, 2011. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be offered at www.victoryfuneralcentre.ca Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre 604-536-6522

a resident of the extended care unit of St Joseph’s Hospital passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 29, 2011. Predeceased by her husband Mel, she is survived and will be dearly missed by her children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. Myrle loved to paint, and despite her disability she created many fine works of art for her family and friends to enjoy. Private cremation arrangements.

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George died as he lived – with passion, dignity and surrounded by loving family and friends. Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, George moved to Toronto in 1972 and obtained a degree in photography at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute. In 1976 he headed to Canada’s west coast. While staying at a youth hostel in Victoria, he met and fell in love with Robin Chernay, a resident of Oregon. Undeterred by long distance and international boundaries, their relationship flourished and in 1979 they married. They lived in Tofino, Calgary, Halifax and Vancouver before moving to Fanny Bay in 2007. Along the way they had two children, Melissa and Ian, who knew they had the best Papi in the word. In the late 80s George started developing symptoms of a muscular disorder that eventually required him to use a wheelchair. This development did nothing to dampen George’s passion for life, quick wit, keen observation and incredible generosity. Music, a good meal, a juicy plum, the antics of birds, the opening of a flower; these were all reasons for George to appreciate life. He was a wise, kind and insightful man who profoundly touched all those he met. Ever the thoughtful and loving son of John and Lydia Mumblo, George didn’t give in to his illness until both his parents passed earlier this year. In addition to Robin, Melissa and Ian, George is survived by his sister Katherine and his brother John (Gina), son-in-law Dave Newman, six nephews, one niece, and his loving dogs, Foxy and Ray. We will celebrate George’s life this Saturday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m. at his final home -- 7651 Tozer Road in Fanny Bay.

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1953 - 2011 Linda was born August 2, 1953 in Vancouver and passed away peacefully after a valiant battle with cancer on November 29, 2011. After an adventurous start in life Linda spent the last 20+ years working as a legal secretary. She was predeceased by her parents Brian and Joann McKean. Linda is survived by her loving family; sisters Debbie and Tracy (Shaun), nephews; Jason, Nick, Les, Gary and Andrew, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and several close friends. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, December 4th at 2 pm at the Lion’s Den, 1792 Comox Ave, rear entrance in Comox. Arrangements have been entrusted to TONEFF FUNERAL SERVICES.

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Jean Alice Mabbett (nee Duncan) Alice (Mom), passed away peacefully, with family at her side, early Tuesday November 29/2011 in her 92nd year. We have lost the dearly loved, loyal and caring matriarch of our family. She will be sadly mssed and forever lovingly remembered by Bud, her husband of 66 years; sons Roy (Donna) and Bill (Brenda), grandchildren Kelsey (Chris), Kara, Will and Angel, brother Ken, sister-in-law Fran and many nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the nurses and home care workers for the compassion, warm understanding and patience answering our questions. A very special thank you to Dr. Mark Woldnik and staff for the great care. It was greatly appreciated. At the family’s request cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will take place at a later date. Notification will follow. You may express your love and support for Alice (Mom) with a donation to the BCSPCA or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Please take a moment to remember Alice (Mom) with a smile.

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Nelson William (Tim) October 27, 1932 – November 22, 2011 Born in Tisdale Saskatchewan, Tim passed away peacefully at age 79 at the Casa Loma Senior Village. Tim is predeceased by his parents, three brothers and seven sisters. He is survived by his loving wife Betty and daughter Gayle Lynn Bluett, Stepsons Jim, John and Steven Duff, sister Shirley Jeffery, grandchildren Nathan, Grace, Marriane Bluett and Connor Duff as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

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BOB SEPPALA Mar. 26, 1961Dec 2, 1991 The Pain was Too Great Help was Too Late You could Not Wait 20 Years Later.... Yup, Life Has Gone On And The Kids are All “Growed” Up BUT YOU’RE ALWAYS ON MY MIND Oh, What Could Have Been! Jo- Anne

Remembering and Thanking Again Those who assisted at the time of this tragedy and in the years following. Your help and support has not been forgotten: Puntledge Hatchery & Other Fisheries Staff & Spouses: Chris & Molly Hilliar, Jim & Yvonne Campbell, Chris & Ruth Beggs, Pete & Sharon Campbell, Brian & Brenda Munro, Harry & Fran Genoe, Darcy & Darlene Miller & others who searched for and found him, Dick & Kay Harvey, Hans & Lynn Galesloot, Brian Pearce, Quinsam, Nitinat, Conuma, & Big Qualicum Hatchery Staff & numerous others. Friends, Neighbors, Employers & Child Care providers: Anne Piket, Anne & Duncan Sutherland (moved), Susan & Chris Kelsey, The Mom & Tots Group, Alex & Joy Reid, Jennifer & Geoff Stevens, Rosa Christensen. Huock Resource Consultants- Mike Larock & Ed Hughes. Coast Forest Management Staff, Medical Personanel who tried to help but lacked resources. The Hospice Survivors of Suicide Group and Widow & Widowers Group, The Beerocrats Ball Team, many Curling Team members & numerous others. Family on Both Sides

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Please send your in memoriam gift to: 2137 Comox Avenue, Comox, B.C. V9M 1P2

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In Loving Memory of Gunnar & Jennie Jonsson Married Dec. 2, 1933 Those we love don’t go away They walk beside us everyday. Missing you both. Your loving family

In Loving Memory of KEVIN RICHARD BAKER July 24,1990 Your friends miss you Your sisters miss you Your Mom & Dad miss you Till we meet again

Ph. 250-338-5811 features@comoxvalleyreco tures@comoxvalleyreco features@comoxvalleyrecord.com Deadlines: Tues. 12 noon and Fri. 12 noon

Happy rd Birthday Sam

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Darling Sam, You truly are the joy of my life. May our adventure together continue to bring much love and laughter. All my love, Mama

Happy

80th

Birthday

Come join us from 2 to 4 pm 1912 Dogwood Dr., Courtenay Saturday, Dec. 3rd Quality Foods Cake Winner for Friday, DEC. 2

CONTACT : Karen at 250-338-5811

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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS LEGALS NOTICE TO KEVIN GOODE TAKE NOTICE that a Statement of Claim has been filed on behalf of Linda MacDonald in the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, arising from a debt owed to her by you and which transaction took place in Fort McMurray, Alberta and that you are named as Defendant in the action in which the Plaintiff claims damages as a result of that indebtedness. AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that leave has been granted to serve the Statement of Claim in this action substitutionally by publishing notice of the action. AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that you have one month from the date of publication of this notice to file a Statement of Defence and/or Demand of Notice, failing which the Plaintiff will be entitled to proceed with her action without further notice to yourself. AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that a copy of the Statement of Claim may be obtained from the Plaintiff’s solicitor, Corie L. Flett, of Campbell & Cooper, at #212 - 9714 Main Street, Fort McMurray, Alberta, T9H 1T6, or by telephone at (780)791-7787 or fax at (780) 791-0750

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

SPACES available from Infant to 5 years. Subsidy accepted. www.applespearsgroupdaycare.com. 941-8814

CLASSIFIEDS WORK HARD! Call 310.3535

CAREER SERVICES/ JOB SEARCH

CAREER SERVICES/ JOB SEARCH

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS

to Every Hunter in BC! Advertise in The BC Hunting Regulations Synopsis 2012-2014 publication. Increased circulation 250,000 copies! Tremendous Reach, Two Year Edition! Contact Annemarie at 1 800 661 6335 or hunt@blackpress.ca DRIVERS/COURIER/ TRUCKING

SUPER B DRIVER Req. for regional hauls within BC. Must have exp. Top Commissions Paid. Home Weekends, once during the week & Holidays! Fax resume: 604.856.9042 or e-mail: banntran@shaw.ca

EDUCATION/TRADE SCHOOLS Become a Psychiatric Nurse - train locally via distance education, local and/or regional clinical placements and some regional classroom delivery. Wages start at $30.79/hr to $40.42/hr. This 23 month program is recognized by the CRPNBC. Gov’t funding may be available. Toll-free 1-87-STENBERG www.stenbergcollege.com

HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR TRAINING Get Practical Skills That Get Jobs

Vancouver Island University training for over 50 years, No simulators. Low student / instructor ratio. 1-888-920-2221 ext: 6130 www.viu.ca/ heavyequipment

CHILDREN CHILDCARE AVAILABLE

HELP WANTED

HELP WANTED NEED CHRISTMAS CASH? Cash Factory Loans offers Collateral Loans up to $10,000 using almost any vehicle or $800 Payday Loan using employment, CTB, EI or Pension! NO HIDDEN FEES like the other guys! 103-2270 Cliffe Ave, across from 7-11, 250898-2274

LEGALS

LEGALS

THE CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF COURTENAY EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

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 info@courtenay.ca, 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. courtenay.ca 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

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

CITY OF COURTENAY CAREER OPPORTUNITY

Manager of Planning The City’s Planning Services Department is seeking a Manager of Planning to join their team of professionals. Reporting to the Director of Planning Services, this position will be responsible for managing the review of various development application processes (OCP, zoning, permits, etc.); the preparation of planning studies, reports, bylaws, etc.; and overseeing climate action and sustainability initiatives. The incumbent will also manage a team of professional Planning staff. This is a full-time position and includes a comprehensive benefit package and competitive salary range. For complete details, please go to www. courtenay.ca and click on employment opportunities.

BLADERUNNERS CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM

INFORMATION SESSION DATES: • Monday December 5th, 10 am & 1pm. • Location: 300 Old Island Highway at the Linc. The construction program builds community partnerships & connects motivated, job ready youth with valuable employment opportunities in the Construction and Trades Industry. Eligibility requirements: Age 15-30 Out of school, Out of work No EI attachment, little or no training, barriers to their successful attachment to the work world little or no work experience. Must attend 1 of the information sessions in order to be considered for the program. PARTICIPANTS WILL: • Participate in 4 weeks of paid in-class skill enhancement. • Participate in a 2 week work exposure/search. • Be eligible for safety gear and tools. • Obtain First Aid OFA Level 1, WHMIS, Fall Protection and other related tickets and group based employability skills. • Receive individual support and guidance Employers will: Receive up to 60 hours of labour at no cost to the employer paid for by NYSA. Connect with job ready and motivated youth. For more information please call: William Kosloski (250) 334-8138 ext 229, Email: kosloski@nysa.bc.ca Ramesh Lad (250) 334-8138 ext 231 Email: ramesh@nysa.bc.ca

CARWASH/LOT person required by Courtenay Mazda. Contact Steve 250-338-5777

HELP WANTED

HELP WANTED

Community Justice Centre Applications for P/T Office Admin

The Community Justice Centre is looking for an individual to contribute to the efficient and effective administration of our office operations. If you have: - A high level commitment to creating a welcoming, inclusive, and accepting volunteer work environment - Highly developed listening and communication skills demanded - Ability to multi-task and work to tight deadlines - Extraordinary attention to detail and fastidious management of data required - Organisational, priority setting, and time management skills needed - Office management abilities, detail control, file management - Office financial skills – documentation of transactions: bank deposits, cheque requisitions, liaison with bookkeeper - Ability to anticipate needs and provide resources to support our volunteers - A good knowledge of all office procedures and equipment including word processing, spreadsheet data management, and financial management - A desire to make an important contribution to alternative and restorative justice in the Comox Valley Monthly honourarirum between $500 and $550 for a commitment averaging 12 hours per week. Three weeks vacation per annum. Please forward your resume and a cover letter to the Community Justice Centre by e-mail to bruce.curtis@shawbiz.ca. For a complete position description, please check our website at www.cjc-comoxvalley.com . The application deadline is Friday, December 16th at 4:30 PM. Short listing and interviewing will begin in January. No phone calls please.

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: sales@islandhonda.ca HELP WANTED

HELP WANTED

DELIVERY PERSONS

PHONE BOOKS

Mature persons with own car, truck or van to deliver phone books to Comox, Courtenay and Campbell River areas

No selling involved.

PDC Logistics 1-800-661-1910

Mon. - Fri 8 a.m. - 4p.m. LOCAL LOGGING company requires an experienced camp Cook who enjoys working in remote float camp location. Must have superior communication skills, be organized and have ability to order camp provisions. Fax resume to 250871-7011. NEED CHRISTMAS CASH? Cash Factory Loans offers Collateral Loans up to $10,000 using almost any vehicle or $800 Payday Loan using employment, CTB, EI or Pension! NO HIDDEN FEES like the other guys! 103-2270 Cliffe Ave, across from 7-11, 250898-2274 VETERINARY OFFICE MANAGER wanted to start immediately, F/T. We are seeking someone who is energetic, compassionate, dedicated and enjoys being part of an enthusiastic team. Please apply to Drawer 4466 c/o The Comox Valley Record, 765 McPhee Ave, Courtenay, V9N 2Z7.

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So Much More Than a Pet Store! PETLAND COURTENAY is looking for an energetic & dynamic full-time

SALES FLOOR MANAGER! 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 PetlandCourtenay@gmail.com with the subject line “Sales Manager”. We thank everyone for their interest, but only successful applicants will be contacted.

WANTED Sea Cadet Officers & Civilian Instructors The Navy League of Canada, Comox Valley Branch is now accepting applications for the above positions. Qualifications Sea Cadet Officer: • a Canadian Citizen between the ages of 18 and 64 • high school certificate or equivalent • meet the Canadian Forces medical standards • of good character and standing in the community • personnel who are currently in or wish to be in the Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC) • recommended by the Commanding Officer and the Navy League of Canada into the Cadet Instructor Cadre (CIC) program

Civilian Instructor or Civilian Volunteer:

• persons who like to volunteer helping the youth of our Community

Submit Resume to: Navy League of Canada, Comox Valley Branch P.O. Box 1392 Comox BC V9N 7Z9 Queries to: Mike Smith | Ph. 250 335-3407 | mjbsmith@telus.net

189 RCSCC Port Augusta is sponsored by The Navy League Of Canada, Comox Valley Branch Serving the Comox Valley for the past 69 Years www.cadets.ca/lhq/189sea

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PERSONAL SERVICES EDUCATION/TRADE SCHOOLS

EDUCATION/TRADE SCHOOLS

Air Brake Course December 17 & 18

• Class 1 & 3 • ICBC Licensed 1st Class Driving School

Courtenay 250-897-9875 • Campbell River 250-204-9875 www.instructordarryl.com

HELP WANTED

HELP WANTED

School District 72 (Campbell River) Bilingual Elementary Secretary School District No. 72 is seeking applications for a Bilingual Elementary Secretary. For details of this posting, please check the School District’s website at www.sd72.bc.ca. School District 72 • Campbell River

HELP WANTED Nechako Northcoast Construction, Terrace, B.C. Has an opening for Mechanical Superintendent Qualifications: -A minimum of 3 years journeyman work experience, 2 years as a trade lead hand or equivalent. -Minimum driver classification requirement is a Valid Class 3 with air endorsement. -Must have technical competencies of troubleshooting, root cause failure analysis, general computer skills, work planning and estimating. -Ability to effectively supervise assigned work projects and/or activities involving combined resources of manpower, materials and supplies. -Ability to carry out related supervisory functions proficiently, under the direction of management personnel. -Must hold and maintain WHMIS certification and Level 1 First Aid. For a complete job Description please log on to our website at www.nechako-northcoast.com. Please Fax or email your resume and drivers abstract Debbie Russell, Manager of Human Resources drussell@nechako-northcoast.com Fax: 250-638-8409 Only those short listed will be contacted. CAREER SERVICES/ JOB SEARCH

HELP WANTED VANCOUVER ISLAND MUSICFEST is offering a contract position for a part time marketing/promotions person to work in conjunction with the Festival’s staff on all MusicFest events. The right applicant’s resume should demonstrate experience with computer skills featuring text, website updating, writing skills, ad design and proofing, good cold call and phone abilities and experience in previous successful marketing abilities. We are looking for a creative person who is able to meet deadlines and work well under direction and on their own initiative. The right person will be a team player as they will be working with many people. Strong knowledge of marketing within and outside of the Comox Valley is an asset. Please send your resumes and references to MusicFest Marketing Position, Box 338, Cumberland, BC, V0R 1S0 or email them to media@islandmusicfest.com. Resumes to be accepted until DEC 31st.

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A position is available for

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.

3245 Cliffe Ave. Courtenay CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

CHANGING CAREERS? If you’re unemployed, check out our Career Planning workshops. For FREE job search help: 250-334-3119. Visit 103–555 4th St. in Courtenay.

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CAREER SERVICES/ JOB SEARCH

SALES

CARRIERS NEEDED IMMEDIATELY

250-338-0725 Carriers Needed COURTENAY ROUTE #112 Puntledge Terrace Apts

REAL ESTATE CAREER INFORMATION SEMINAR. Ever wondered about being a realtor?? Come on down to 350 - 17th Street Courtenay, B.C. Behind PetroCan Thursday Jan 12th, 2011 7:00-8:30pm Limited space RSVP Cheryl 250-898-8790

RTE #250 Piercy & Stewart RTE # 268 Park Place RTE # 115 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Cliffe, Duncan and England

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

PERSONAL SERVICES

RTE # 375 Hobson, Hurford, Quinsom, Hitchen and 12th St E COMOX ROUTE #606 Balmoral Ave & Marida Place RTE # 600 Balsom, Birch, Cedar, Pritchard, Bryant & Victoria Court

ADULTS & SENIORS WELCOME NO COLLECTIONS GREAT WAY TO EXERCISE AND MAKE MONEY AT THE SAME TIME

ESCORTS Stiff? Sore? Stressed out? Relax and unwind with Nicole! Call 250-339-4104 or visit www.cvmassage.com

HOLISTIC HEALTH JOE NEIDHARDT MD - Board certified psychiatrist is opening his holistic and integrative practice offering psychotherapy, natural herbs, and medication for optimal health. Referral required. For an appointment please call 250 897-0235. Office located at 448 10th St Courtenay.

EDUCATION/TUTORING

Tutoring Teacher required to tutor high school math and science. Please send cover letter and resume to admin@sunrise learningcentre.com

250-897-1010

www.sunriselearningcentre.com

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CAREER SERVICES/ JOB SEARCH

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

1-8-NOW-PARDON (1-866-972-7366) RemoveYourRecord.com

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

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

ELECTRICAL 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) Two Electrician’s for your every wiring needs, bonded, licenced. John or Bill 334-4337

Job Options BC is a placement and training program. If you are unemployed and have not had a regular EI claim in the past three years, you may be eligible for the Job Options BC program. We have services for youth 18 or older, retirees interested in working, and everyone in between! Job Options BC offers a full range of services tailored to meet your individual needs, including: Classroom Training - Training allowances for four weeks of full time career development training - Career Exploration - Social Media and Job Search - Targeted Resume & Cover Letter Writing - Interview and Job Search Strategies Short Term Certificate Training - Customized to meet your goals - Options such as First Aid Training, WHMIS, Food Safe, PEAK Retail Training, & Basic Security Training Work Experience and Job Placement - Wage Subsidy - Job Placement Support - Employment support funds

Courtenay Job Options BC | 301-910 Fitzgerald Avenue | Courtenay BC 250.338.9183 | 1.888.388.4217 | www.MyJobOptionsBC.ca

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CRIMINAL RECORD?

GARDENING

Job Hunting?

Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and resume to the attention of Kari Alberti via email at vcmmgr@telus.net, or by mail or in person to: ValleyCare Medical, Unit E 310 8th Street, Courtenay, BC, V9N 1N3. Closing date is December 15, 2011

LEGAL SERVICES

JOURNEYMAN CARPENTERrepairs, renovations. Free estimates, all work guaranteed. Please call (250)3375501 or visit: www.comoxvalleycarpenter.ca

MONDAY TO FRIDAY 8:30AM-5:00PM 765 MCPHEE AVENUE COURTENAY

TEMP. POSITION for Nurse/MOA in small FP office, 8:30-5:30, 4 days a week for approx 3 mth 2012. Exp. required. Reply with resume to Drawer#4465 c/o Comox Valley Record, 765 McPhee Avenue, Courtenay V9N 2Z7

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. www.pioneerwest.com

CARPENTRY

Comox Valley Record Hours:

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.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

NEWSPAPER

MEDICAL/DENTAL

ValleyCare Medical is looking for a

Business Manager

HELP WANTED

Working together to help keep BC strong

HANDYPERSONS WAYNE’S HANDYMAN & Reno. Service. 20+yrs exp. in carpentry, decking, fencing, framing, finishing, drywalling, mudding, painting. Small jobs ok. 250-339-0879

HOME IMPROVEMENTS RENOVATIONS • Complete Interior/Exterior • House Additions • Decks, Patios & Fences • Basements Suites & Bathrooms • Kitchens • Drywall • Taping and Painting • Textured Ceilings • Framing • Demolition • Power Washing • Roofs • Carpentry • Plumbing & Electrical • Floors: Ceramic, Tiles & laminate • Vinyl Siding • Maintenance, etc. God Bless You! 28 years experience Good References 250-338-0525


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HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

REAL ESTATE

RENTALS

RENTALS

RENTALS

RENTALS

MISC SERVICES

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE

HOMES WANTED

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL

ROOMS FOR RENT

SENIOR ASSISTED LIVING

SUITES, LOWER

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

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

WE BUY HOUSES

OFFICE SPACE to share with a healthcare professional in highly visible Naturopathic Clinic. Call Heather or Erika 250-334-0655. www.braidwoodnaturopathic.com

Furnished Room in Condo w/ Female. Will rent to young working or female Student. $450/mth inclds.utilities. 250339-2416

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

$1100.00 Dec 1. 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, storage, Large deck. Cumberland Call for viewing @250-898-1141 8984420... No P/S. POU

HOMES FOR RENT

HOMES FOR RENT

HOMES FOR RENT

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!

DUPLEXES/4PLEXES COURTENAY: BEAUTIFUL 1600 sqft duplex, 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath, 5 appls, garage, NS/NP, $1150/mo. (250)897-1467.

PETS

REAL ESTATE

FEED & HAY

FOR SALE BY OWNER

www.webuyhomesbc.com

HOMES FOR RENT

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.

MORTGAGES

AVAIL. IMMED., Comox: $1200./mo; bright 3bdrm + office/ sun room, 2.5 baths. 620 Pritchard Rd, close to schools, beach, downtown, marina, air port. Contact Coast Realty Group Ltd. 250-897-3999.

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

PETS CAIRN TERRIER Puppies. CKC Registered, vet checked, first shots, micro-chipped. Home raised, beautiful, healthy and happy. “Little Toto’s.” Ready now, $1000 each. Call (Campbell River) 250-923-8503.

COMOX 1 & 2 BDRM Apartments, next to St. Josephs. Basic cable & hot water included. Two rental references. Sorry no pets! 250-339-0131.

FIREWOOD PERMITS on T.W. Land. Phone 250-6504060.

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.

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

MOUNTAIN VIEW Manor, 125 Centennial Dr, Courtenay. 1 & 2 bdrms, secure entrance, ELEVATOR. 250-334-2800. One bdrm, living room, kitchen, stove+fridge. Spectacular Mtn. & Sea view. Suitable for 1 person. $575 339-2119

FURNITURE TEAK 50’S buffet, round oak table and 4 chairs & more. Call 250-871-7355.

ONE BEDROOM CONDO For RENT $850 CUSTOM DESIGN KITCHEN built in Wine Rack, NEW S/S APPLIANCES, NEW FLOORING MOVE IN BONUS PACKAGE: FREE INTERNET and CABLE FIRST MONTHS RENT IS 50% OFF SORRY, NO PETS Please call 250-338-0879 to set an appointment

JEWELS, FURS STERLING SILVER, gold jewelry, and coins for sale. Call 250-871-7355.

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE

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.

2005 YAMAHA Scooter 50cc Mint condition. $2000 250337-8196 HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/newspaper? Pool Table 4x7 Brunswick Imperial slate. New rails & felt. All accessories incl. Nice shape $600.00 250-335-9192

VINTAGE CUPS & saucers, Limoges dishes, lrg art glass vases, etc. 250-871-7355. VI’S HOT-TUB Covers, made in BC. Professional in home service. 250-897-8037.

RENTALS APARTMENT/CONDO

FUEL/FIREWOOD

SNOWBLOWER Sears Craftsman snowblower, 8 horsepower, 25” swath (8/25) $350 O.B.O phone 338-8461

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 www.mountaincitymortgage.ca

HOUSES FOR SALE

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

QUALITY SANTA Suits and helpers for rent. Courtenay Costume Rentals 334-3687

Call: 1-250-616-9053

Apartments•Condos•Suites

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BLACK CREEK- 4 bdrms, wood stove, W/D, F/S. No pets! $975 + utils. Avail now. Call (250)337-8005. COMOX- 5 BDRMS, 3 bath, FURNISHED waterfront. 5 appls. $1500./mo. Avail Dec 1. Call (250)929-6000.

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APARTMENTS

PARK PLACE

BLUE JAY APARTMENTS

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.

DOUBLEWIDE TRAILER w/barn, carport, 7-acres, 3bdrm, 2-bath. Wheelchair access, new porch & deck. Avail Jan 1/12 $1500/mth 897-6902

250-334-3078 WILLOW ARMS APARTMENT 1252-9th St, Courtenay

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.

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.

Houses & Suites

For viewing please call Donna 250-334-9667

26-2728 1st Street 3 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 5 appls.,$800/mth Available Dec 1st

Call Pat at 250-703-6965

RUTHERFORD MANOR 1075 Edgett Road, Courtenay 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

ARRAN HOUSE APARTMENTS

RYAN COURT

1015 Cumberland Rd, Courtenay

1450 Tunner Drive, Courtenay

TWO BEDROOM SUITE available in wellrespected, adult-oriented building. Close to downtown, and ideal for seniors with bus stop out front. Arran House is well managed and maintained, and offers a friendly and secure atmosphere. House cat is 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

Please contact On-Site Managers for a view 250-334-9717

HOLLYRIDGE MANOR 200 Back Road, Courtenay

625 22nd St 2+1 Bed, 1 bath,Carport N/P, N/S, 5 Appls. $1050/mth Available Dec 1

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.

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

1182 Yates 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath, 5 appls., N/S, N/P, ocean view, double garage $1500/mth Available Dec. 1

CONDOS

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL

5915 Aldergrove Dr 3 bed, 2 bath, 5 appls. N/S, Ocean View, double garage, $1600/mth Avail. Dec., 1

201-4705 Alderwood 2 bed, 1 bath, 5 appls., N/S, N/P $825/mth Available Dec 15th

COMMERCIAL VACANT land lease over 3 acres, close to Hwy in Cumberland. Call 250897-0628.

OFFICE/RETAIL 910 Fitzgerald Avenue Corner Fitzgerald & Eighth

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COMOX- 2161 Cardinal Place (off Aitken), Sun, Dec. 4, 12pm-4pm. Christmas Sale! A great collection of decorations, trains, dolls, music boxes, teddy bears & more.

COURTENAY - 1255 Grieve Ave.Doors open 9-12. Moving Sale. Misc and lots of free stuff.

COMOX: MOVING SALE. Saturday, Dec. 3rd, 8am-noon. China cabinet, tables, lamps, pictures. 2075 Murphy Ave.

MOVING SALE; TV, sofa set, bed set, swing, BBQ, stroller and much more. Call 250-3394366, 250-702-5055.

NEST VINTAGE Studio Open House Vintage furniture and home decor for your nest! December 3rd 9:00 to 2:00, 5050 Willis Way. Visit our facebook page for preview: Nest Vintage Studio

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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

PRIME RETAIL 5TH STREET

Courtenay 3000 sq ft. (Corner Location)

Pat- 250-703-0211. Walt- 250-338-6281.

Call Sharon 250-338-7449

CYPRESS ARMS

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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 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.

Call 250-334-9717 to view TOWNHOUSES

TORRY PINES 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.

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ROYSTON 2-BDRM Private driveway, carport, entrance, f/s, w/d included. No pets $700/mth. Available Dec 15. 250-334-4126

BUYING - RENTINGSELLING

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

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GLENSHEE 1800 Comox Ave. 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.

WESTWATER 60 Anderton Ave. Independent Living for Seniors “The Affordable Alternative” 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.

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.

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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Bright and cozy garden entry suite located in Courtenay East, near college, bus routes & shopping. Fridge, stove & shared laundry, N/S quiet responsible tenant preferred. $750 per mth. Contact: Ryan Liebert 250-703-3672

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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.

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.

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 $850/mth PARK PLACE MANOR, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, 5 appls, balcony, gas F/P (gas incl.), res. pkg, N/S, No pets. Avail. Dec 16/11 $805/mth TRUMPETER GREENE, 3 bdrm, 1 1/2 bath, 5 appls., Gas F/P, garage, patio, N/S, No pets, Avail Dec 15/11 $925/mth SPACIOUS COURTENAY DUPLEX, 4 bdrms, 2 1/2 bath, 5 appls, Gas F/P, garage, fenced yard, 1,740 sq ft, two years old, N/S, No pets, Avail Jan 1/12 $1,200/mth

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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.

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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.

HOMES

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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.

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Comox Valley Worship Directory BAHÁ’Í FAITH

Church of Our Lord HOLY COMMUNION

Children’s classes – prayers and activities focused on the development of spiritual qualities, for children 3 to 10 years. All are welcome.

9:30 am each Sunday

~~~ “O God! These children are pearls, cause them to be nurtured within the shell of Thy lovingkindness.” ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

at Berwick 1700 Comox Ave. Comox

All Welcome

250-218-0298 www.coolcomox.ca

www.bahaisofcomox.org 250.702.3041gh250.702.0574 www.bci.org/courtenaybahais

The Anglican Mission

UNITY COMOX VALLEY Sundays 10:30 at the Lion’s Den

Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship

Sundays - 4 pm

December 4th

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

Norman Thomas

Nourish Your Spirit. Heal the World.

unitycomoxvalley.com

www.cvuf.ca

Nordin St., Comox

1-866-853-9866 Unconditional Love & Joy for All!

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250-338-5811

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250 Beach Drive, Comox (at Comox United Church)

250-890-9262

THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA

Comox Valley Community Church

WELCOMES YOU TO SERVICES AT:

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

COMOX UNITED

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

250 BEACH AVENUE

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

www.centralefc.com

St. George’s

LUTHERAN

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6th & Fitzgerald Ave.

Courtenay

Nursery-Gr.6 Sunday School Gr.7-12 Youth Program sgucc.com stgeorgeuc@shaw.ca 250-334-4961

“A place for you: John 14:2 2182 Comox Avenue, Comox

Sunday Worship

Friends

Sundays 10 am Nursery - Kid Jam - Youth Group Little Lambs Christian Daycare 1105 Pritchard Rd., Comox www.baychurch.net/339-7527 Little Lambs 339-1834

GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH

web: web.mac.com/shepherdcomox email: shepherdcomox@mac.com

Sunday Worship & Children’s Program

Canadian Baptists of Western Canada

467 - 4th Street (just east of Fitzgerald)

725 Aspen Rd., Comox

Service 10:30am

Sermon: 2nd Sunday in Advent Guest Speaker is

Rev. John Green

10 AM Pastor A. Ronald Sedo 250-339-3933

1st Street & Penrith

Faith Family

COMOX VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN

(ELCIC)

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

Congregational Christian Churches of Canada

Independent - Fundamental

SHEPHERD OF THE VALLEY LUTHERAN CHURCH

“Sounding forth the Supremacy of Christ in all things”

Tel/Fax 250-339-2882 Full Wheelchair e-mail:cvpc@shaw.ca Access comoxvalleypresbyterian.ca

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

250-338-8454

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LIVING A VISION FOR CHRIST AND COMMUNITY

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Followed by a Potluck Lunch

SUNDAY SERVICE 10:30 A.M.

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

Jesus loves you!

at 11 am

Rev. Julianne Kasmer

250-400-7800

Pastor Rev. Bill Hall

250-339-0224

RIVER HEIGHTS CHURCH

CHRIST THE KING CATHOLIC CHURCH

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)

Pastors Darryl & Kim Burry

Lil 250-338-7727 (office)

Hearing Assistance

Comox Community Baptist Church

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

~ A Place to Discover Your Life Purpose ~

www.comoxunitedchurch.com

Full Wheelchair Access

CUMBERLAND UNITED CHURCH

www.resonatechurch.ca

@ 10:30 am

1580 Fitzgerald Ave. Courtenay 250-338-8221 www.cvsalarmy.ca church@cvsalarmy.ca

RESONATE BAPTIST CHURCH

10:00AM at Cape Lazo Middle School Everyone Welcome

Join us this Sunday

Pastor Dave Koleba Associate Pastor Jake Hron

Rev. Maggie Enwright 250-339-3966

Bay Community Church

Full Wheelchair Access

www.ctkparish.ca email: ctkparish@shaw.ca

COURTENAY FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH

ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA Comox Valley Parishes Welcome You!

JOIN US IN WORSHIP

St. Peter

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

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

“Celebration of Light” 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 www.courtenaybaptist.com

Hearing Assistance

SATURDAY SUNDAY

St. John the Divine

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

Sunday Worship • 8AM & 10AM

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

Book of Common Prayer (Canada, 1962)

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Wednesday Holy Eucharist 10 am

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Friday, December 2, 2011 â&#x20AC;˘ COMOX VALLEY RECORD

www.comoxvalleyrecord.com

So many choices. So much comfort & joy. AFTER

IN HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS SALE

Why Not do a Little Accessorizing Before the Holidays? Hurry In to SAVE

15% On Tables and Accessories!

BEFORE

6 MONTHS - NO INTEREST FINANCING *

Victoria

3501 Saanich Rd. (at Blanshard) ............... Call 250-382-5269 or Toll Free 1-877-452-5269

Nanaimo

3200 N. Island Hwy (Country Club Mall) ..... Call 250-756-4114 or Toll Free 1-866-756-4114

MON - THURS (9:30 - 5:30) FRI (9:30 - 7) SAT (9:30 - 5:30) SUNDAY (Nanaimo 11 - 5) (Victoria 12 - 5) *See Store For Details. Financing On approved credit. Equivalent of taxes due at time of purchase. Offer does not apply to previous purchases, Hot Buys and Final Markdowns. Ends Dec 19th, 2011.

RECLINERS

SOFAS

CHAIRS

TABLES

RUGS

BEDROOMS

DINING ROOMS LAMPS

ACCESSORIES


Fri December 2, 2011 Comox Valley Record