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WAYNE STECK WAS using the basement of “dream home” as a home office until it flooded twice.

Couple frustrated, fearful about flooding Scott Stanfield Record Staff

Wayne and Wanda Steck figured they had moved for the last time when they bought an oceanside house at 1768 Astra Rd. near Kin Beach Park in 1998. They thought wrong. Things were fine until the basement flooded in 2009 and again on Christmas Eve 2010. On the second occurrence, about seven inches of water destroyed flooring, appliances, furniture, and everything inside two offices and Wanda’s craft room. The basement is still gutted to the studs. “This is supposed to be our retirement home,” said the semiretired Wayne who was running a home-based business from the

basement. The situation has especially stressed Wanda, who suffers migraine headaches. The couple’s insurance company will not settle until the water problem is rectified. They have taken out a new policy with another company but could not obtain water coverage. The Stecks plan to eventually sell their devalued house. “Without insurance you’re always looking over your shoulder,” said Wayne, who stacked sandbags at his back door when the flood occurred. The bags are still there. The water appears to have originated across the street at the bottom of a hill below Kincora Ridge Estates. Emcon Ser-

vices, contractor for the Ministry of Transportation, had installed a culvert extending from the bottom of the development underneath Astra Road to a spot near the front of Steck’s property. “That didn’t work because it started flooding again, so they ran another culvert towards the ocean,” he said. “They stopped before the ocean because they said the Department of Fisheries would not allow them to run that water as a positive outlet into the ocean.” The water worked its way into the basement, said Steck, who has spoken numerous times with the Transportation Ministry and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). He said the latter claims ignorance about the culvert.

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Inquest dates known Record Staff The dates and location for a public inquest into the death of a man three years ago at St. Joseph’s General Hospital in Comox have been announced by the BC Coroners Service. The inquest will take place May 7 to 11 at the Supreme Court building in Campbell River. George Alfred Jones, 40, died Jan. 19, 2009,

at St. Joseph’s General Hospital in Comox, Barbara McLintock, coroner of strategic programs for the BC Coroners Service, said in a news release. He had been transferred to hospital by RCMP the previous day after being found in medical distress shortly after having been taken into custody by officers. Debbie Darrah, Jones’ sister, said both she and her husband

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to water from the air force base. He recalls about 30 people attended a public meeting in 2005 before construction at Kincora. “Their bottom line was fix the flooding problems,” Keylock said. “It’s not like this is a new problem. The biggest concern at the time was flooding. “The simple question was, ‘Can we fix it?’ My engineer and consultants were there. The simple answer was, ‘No, we can’t fix it.’ He feels the situation worsened when McEachnie’s neighbour, Robin Holmes, had a dam constructed

on his property to measure the flow of water. Holmes had been involved in litigation with Ocean Estates Developments but the case was dropped. The Stecks have also sued the company, among other groups. reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

plan to attend the inquest. Presiding coroner Matthew Brown and a jury will hear evidence from subpoenaed witnesses to determine the facts surrounding this death. Darrah noted Brown will meet with her shortly before the start of the inquest to help explain the process. While the jury may not, by law, make any findings of legal responsibility, it will have the opportunity to make recommendations aimed at preventing deaths under similar circumstances in the future. Darrah told the Record last year she and her family are relieved to finally have some closure. “Thank God someone is looking into it,” she noted. “We can see exactly who is at fault.”

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Code of Conduct coming for City Coun. Jon Ambler makes motion, which is passed unanimously Renée Andor Record Staff

Courtenay City council will have a written Code of Conduct for councillors to abide by. Coun. Jon Ambler brought forward the motion at Monday’s council meeting and it was passed unanimously, minus Coun. RonnaRae Leonard who was not present. Ambler noted numerous other organizations and governing bodies have their own Codes of Conduct. He pointed out that it is not a law but a “tool” made up of agreed-upon standards of conduct to help council avoid “stepping on land mines” in council meetings. “For those of you that are married, you’ll understand that running your marriage and not contravening the Criminal Code is actually not enough,” said Ambler. “It’s a relationship, and how you conduct yourself in that relationship and how business is conducted, adds value and makes a relationship more effective or more positive or more constructive. That’s what Codes of Conduct do for you.” Coun. Bill Anglin agreed that a set of guidelines for council is a useful tool because sitting on council “is not the easiest job in the world and you often have divided loyalties.” He added that he believes it’s crucial to council’s success for the next three years. Coun. Doug Hillian brought up an incident

in the summer when Coun. Murray Presley, Coun. Manno Theos and then Coun. Larry Jangula walked out of a council meeting when a resolution to ask the Comox Valley Regional District to reopen the property search for a homeless shelter was brought forward. “I think that a good example of where something like this comes in handy is the previous situation where we had a walkout at this table, and we, in fact, didn’t have a barometer against which to assess that action,” said Hillian. Jangula, now the mayor, pointed out that registered parliamentarian Eli Mina discussed the ‘walkout’ at a workshop for newly-elected councillors after the November election. “He said very clearly that there’s nothing stopping someone from walking out if they so choose,” said Jangula. Coun. Starr Winchester said she didn’t think the walkout showed any disrespect and that she thought the Code of Conduct was to ensure councillors respected each other. “I’m disappointed to hear Coun. Hillian bring up that particular example because that is certainly not why I thought (Coun. Ambler was) bringing forward a Code of Conduct,” said Winchester. After the motion was passed, City staff was instructed to research other Codes of Conduct, such as the Comox Valley Regional District’s. and report back to council. A Code of Conduct may be borrowed from another organization rather than freshly created for Courtenay council. writer@comoxvalleyrecord.com

ARTIST GEORGE SAWCHUK stocked his four-acre property in Fanny Bay with his creations, producing an outdoor gallery known as Wacky Woods. PHOTOS BY SHARLOTTE BEAUCHEMIN

‘Logger doing art’ remembered fondly Erin Haluschak Record Staff

Comox Valley artist, sculptor and member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, George Sawchuk passed away Thursday morning at the age of 85. Sawchuk was best known not only within the Valley for his mixed-media art but within the British Columbia and Canadian arts communities. The self-taught sculptor, who was born in Kenora, Ont., rejected formal education at 13 years old to begin a 38-year career as a labourer. As a bridge constructor, his leg was crushed under collapsed steel and he was unable to work for a year, and left Sawchuk facing amputation to one of his legs. The accident left him with the time which enabled him to explore his artistic interests. “His work is pretty inspiring,” noted Brian Charlton, one of the organizers behind the Comox Valley Mayworks Festival. He added the first year the festival —which celebrates

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labour and the arts — was moved to the Comox Valley from Parksville, Sawchuk was honoured. “His art fits perfectly with Mayworks. He was a logger doing art,” he noted. Sawchuk began exploring art using a chainsaw to carve nooks in trees where he placed items such as books, glass and metal. For decades, Sawchuk created his outdoor gallery on a four-acre property in Fanny Bay. Paths through the forest allow people to view his pieces which combine metal, mirrors, glass, tools, lights and other found objects.

Charlton said the first time he went to Sawchuk’s ‘Wacky Woods’ he was “blown away.” On his website, Sawchuk noted his perspective on art was influenced from his childhood and training at a traditional Roman Catholic school and his studying of Marx at a remote logging camp, combined with the hard realities of working class life and his daily encounters with nature.

Charlton said a number of Sawchuk’s pieces currently reside in a variety of art galleries, including those in Courtenay and Cumberland, and hopes they will be saved for years to come. He added Sawchuk once noted in an interview he hoped one day his ‘Wacky Woods’ would eventually “go back to the woods, back to nature.” photos@comoxvalleyrecord.com

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Vanier grad Grade A blogger Women’s Studies graduate judged by fellow bloggers Record Staff Former Vanier student Jarrah Hodge placed first in the Best Feminist Blog category of the 2011 Canadian Weblog Awards. Hodge’s blog, Gender Focus www.gender-focus.com, won the category last week after almost a month of evaluation by a jury made up of other Canadian bloggers. “This is a really big honour,” said Hodge, “I’ve been running Gender Focus for just over two years now and it means a lot to have our work recognized.” The jury ranked nominated blogs on a series of criteria including accessibility, interactivity and design; attention to detail; and timeliness, originality and clarity of content. Hodge, who graduated from Vanier Secondary School in 2003, went on to graduate from UBC’s Women’s Studies program. Gender Focus covers politics, pop culture, and current events from a feminist perspective, with a particular aim of covering Canadian content not always addressed in other feminist blogs. “We cover a huge range of issues, because

THE CURRENT BOARD of directors for the Comox Valley Community Foundation is (front row from left): Keith Tatton, Ross Griffith-Cochrane, Allan Morrison, Dove Hendren. Second row: Janine Martin, Dave Musgrave, Lorne Harder, Paul Berry. Third row: Steve Cochrane, Terry Chester, Tim McKinnon. Fourth row: Gen McNamee, Kathy Penner, Ron Webber. Fifth row: Andrea Rowe, RaeAnn Hartman, Wendy Lewis

Foundation helps others The 17-member volunteer board for the Comox Valley Community Foundation is comprised of a diverse representation of professions and backgrounds. In January the CVCF awarded $51,283 in community grants. These grants are made possible by generous donors who have contributed to the foundation’s community grants program. Donations made to the foundation are tax-exempt, and are used to support local charitable organizations. Since 1998, the foundation has disbursed over $1,000,000 in grants. One of the goals of the founda-

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‘Machine gun’ noise from college called ‘intolerable’ Renée Andor Record Staff

A delegation regarding noise from North Island College’s trades building was brought before Courtenay council Monday. Area resident Bev Skwernuik requested action from the City because she said the steps NIC has taken to reduce the noise have not worked and the sound study is flawed. “We have not yet seen action from the City into how they can remedy the situation either by enforcing bylaws or reviewing the building improvements by the college,” said Skwernuik. “This is a special situation. We are concerned that the college operates without scrutiny in this regard.” The trades building was completed about a year ago, and residents have expressed concerns about noise since the education programs started, according to a City staff report. NIC hired acoustical engineers, Wakefield Acoustics, to test the noise and make recommendations in May. In the fall, NIC made some improvements including covering the north chain link wall with a signboard material, according to a letter from the college to City staff.

Wakefield Acoustics retested in November, and reported reductions of 6-9 dBAI or 35 to 50 per cent reductions, according to the letter. Skwernuik said she sent a letter to the college in early January stating that the noise was still a problem for residents, and she said the college responded saying that no further action will be taken. She noted that one resident said the noise is now worse with the changes, and that it sounds like a “machine gun.” She also pointed out that according to the report, 16 students were actively working when tests were conducted in May, whereas only six to 10 were actively working during the testing in November. She said she wants the work area fully enclosed and the City to implement new legislation for closer monitoring of the college for possible expansion in the future. “We would like to have some form of legislation adopted which allows the City to have some ability to regulate and oversee the design and construction (of further noise barriers), and development plans of the college,” said Skwernuik. She also requested

New ferry on run Record Staff The Queen of Burnaby has been temporarily removed from the Comox—Powell River run while undergoing mechanical repairs. The smaller North Island Princess will serve as the replacement vessel on a modified schedule for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It can carry 49 vehicles and 140 passengers. Limited catering facilities are available. There is no elevator service and washrooms are limited to the upper passenger area. BC Ferries encourages those with vehicles to travel via Saltery Bay/ Earls Cove, Langdale/ Horseshoe Bay and Horseshoe Bay/Departure Bay. BC Ferries is providing a limited 15-passenger shuttle service between the Little River terminal and Comox or Courtenay to assist foot passengers travelling to appoint-

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that the council improve how noise complaints are handled, and that more specific requirements be implemented regarding permitted land use by institutions. Skwernuik plans to hire another acoustical firm to review the report independently, for which she will pay $1,000 out of her own pocket. She also sent out audio/video clips capturing the noise to councillors to show them what the sound

is like for residents. Coun. Doug Hillian said he listened to the audio/video clip and called the noise “intolerable.” He questioned what the City could do besides passing a resolution to continue monitoring the noise, and wanted to know whether the noise he heard in the clip was allowable within the noise bylaw. City manager of corporate administration John Ward called the issue complicated and said the City is still

investigating. “I don’t have a clear answer for Coun. Hillian tonight as far as noise bylaw, we are still looking at it,” said Ward, adding that a report will come before council soon. Mayor Larry Jangula added that this particular issue is new for the City. “Generally speaking, we don’t have any provisions for it, exceptions in the bylaw, for construction at a college,” said Jangula. “It’s something we just

have never run into before so it’s a rather new issue for us.” A motion was carried for the City to

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School sharing information In November and December, Navigate hosted four community information nights presenting information about their two new programs: the Fine Arts eCademy and ENTER. Due to large turnout and continuing interest, the former North Island Distance Education School (NIDES) will host a fifth information night for parents interested in learning more about these programs. It happens Feb. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Highland Secondary School’s multi-purpose room. The Fine Arts eCademy is a K-9 program emphasizing the visual, performing and music arts, as well as supporting a unique approach to curriculum integration and global studies. Classes will be held at the Tsolum campus, and enrolment will be limited to between 100

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Literacy celebrated by school Miracle Beach filled school with readingrelated events

CHEF DAWN McRAE has fashioned a mouthwatering menu, including shellfish, for the Ocean of Plenty dinner this Saturday.

Coalwatch menu tasty As Valentine’s Day approaches and the inevitable headscratching intensifies, the perfect gift opportunity comes like sunset on a sandy beach. The Ocean of Plenty – Shellfish Gala Dinner, coming up Feb. 11, is a double delight: buyers show deep love for their special her or him, while providing loving protection for the Valley’s worldrenowned shellfish. The event is a fundraiser for Coalwatch, a local group with its collective eye on Compliance Energy Corp.’s plan to develop coal mines in the watershed above Baynes Sound, where the bounty of shellfish grow. Cleopatra and Casanova are known to have loved shellfish. Legend has it that Casanova regularly ate dozens for breakfast. While there will be plenty more than the libido-enhancing molluscs at the dinner, an Oyster Bar hosted by Fanny Bay oyster farmers Greg and Holly Wood is the place to find fine raw oysters on the half-shell, with choices of chili, garlic puree, lime, cilantro and pesto garnishes. Highly experienced local chef Dawn McRae, who just won the CV Chamber of Commerce 2011 Customer Service Award, has put together a mouthwatering menu, including appetizers of sea cucumber ceviche, with orange, cilantro and a touch of hot chilies, raw geoduck, with mint and basil dressing, and of course the oysters. The plated dinner starts off with oyster cake, seared and served on a green salad with a lemon-pesto

vinaigrette, followed by a mussel and clam rice main dish, served with butternut squash, arborio rice, cream and fine-diced vegetables. Dessert is “chocolate coal cake,” sprinkled with “dirty” cookies and topped with orange. “Our shellfish are an amazing resource, right here on our doorstep,” says Jeanette Reinhardt, one of the event organizers. “This is our second year showcasing these absolutely delicious fresh shellfish, which will be highly at risk from coal mines. The only guarantee that

slag toxics won’t escape to Baynes Sound is to keep the coal in the ground.” The doors at the Fanny Bay Hall open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 each, available at Laughing Oyster Books and The Freakin’ Coffee Shop in Courtenay, Blue Heron Books in Comox, Fanny Bay Oyster’s Seafood Shop at the Buckley Bay ferry terminal, the Salish Sea Market in Bowser, Abraxas Books and Gifts on Denman Island and Heaven on Earth Natural Foods in Qualicum Beach. — Coalwatch

at the Lighthouse), reading with a parent, stories from our local library, published authors from the Miracle Beach staff, Tammy Mahoney (Eddie the Do you love to read Eagle) and Jan Maund as much as the kids at (Comox Valley ABC), Miracle Beach Elemen- word games, and more. tary? The sessions were Have you ever read a followed by a brainstory so powerful that storming lesson on you wished that you powerful words and could become the main similes which are used character? to enhance our writThe students at Mir- ing. This will lead our acle Beach Elementary students into writing got to do about just that t h e i r EDUCATION last week. fabulous Literacy Day at “The Literacy Day experiBeach” was celebrated ences. in style starting with This work is fuelled a fabulous costume by passion for readparade showcasing ing and writing, local many of our favou- grants from Comox Valrite book characters. ley Life Long Learning, Soren (Guardians of and a school growth Ga’Hoole), Harry Pot- plan goal to improve ter, Anne of Green student writing. The Gables, the Paper Bag growth plan team Princess, Franklin and decided to pursue writmany more dropped in. ing springboards from An assembly fol- student experiences. lowed filled with poetThis year, students ry readings from a have enjoyed a couple variety of students and of experiences in which an inspirational talk to immerse themselves, about writing by local and subsequently children’s adventure unleash vivid language novelist Clyde Wool- and powerful words in man. their writing. Students then An Aboriginal Harattended literacy workshops throughout the school. Choices included author/photographer Isobel Springett (Kate and Pippen), Clyde Woolman (Smugglers

vest Festival with local storytellers, elders, and artifacts led the way earlier in the year, and

many more experiences are planned. — Miracle Beach Elementary School

Evergreen Seniors hosting food drive The Evergreen Seniors Centre’s Meet and Greet Singles are co-ordinating their annual Open Your Hearts Food Bank Drive. Seniors or anyone coming into the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay may drop off nonperishable donations Feb. 8 to 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Evergreen Lounge downstairs at the Filberg Centre in Courtenay. Contributions can also be brought to the Evergreen AGM on Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. in the Rotary Hall of the Filberg Centre. For more information, call 250-338-1000 or visit www.evergreenseniorsclub.org. — Courtenay Recreation

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Gospel trio sojourning to Courtenay this weekend Working again with producer Steve Dawson, the trio is back with a sound tinged with other genres When Canadian blues icon Jim Byrnes phoned Vancouver-based gospel singer Marcus Mosely a few years ago to ask if he could round up a few friends to record some backup vocals for a new album, no one could have guessed what would happen next. From the moment Mosely and his pals, Will Sanders and Ron Small, stepped up to the microphone and began singing, they realized that they had something very special going on. When Byrnes dubbed the trio The Sojourners the name stuck and — as they say — the rest is history. Formative years spent singing in the churches of Mosely, Small and Sanders’, hometowns – Ralls, Texas; Chicago, Illinois and Alexandria, Louisiana respectively – give The Sojourners’ sound an authentic edge that only comes with experience. This is real gospel — blessed with a soul that can’t be faked. Hot on the tail of their session with Byrnes, The Sojourners went into the studio with roots music whiz Steve Dawson to record Hold On, their first solo album in 2007. Two years and many sessions later, Mosely, Small and Sanders have taken all they’ve learned in between and returned to record a second CD simply entitled The Sojourners. No longer the new kids on the block, the trio had definite ideas of how they wanted their follow up record to sound, and one listen through the songs they’ve captured here shows that they’ve succeeded beyond their wildest expectations. Working again with Dawson as producer, The Sojourners have recreated a classic gospel sound this time around — replete with the warm tones of Mike Kalanj’s Hammond B3 organ and Dawson’s dirty blues guitar. With Geoff Hicks and Keith Lowe returning on drums and bass, and a soaring cameo from Jesse Zubot on By and By, The Sojourners have found a band that keeps pace with the power of their vocals. This is not music that strives to be polite. In The Sojourners’ universe, echoes of doo wop, R&B, country and blues weave together to create a unique sound that has all but vanished from today’s world. This is gospel music that can take a punch and remain stand-

NAMED THE SOJOURNERS by Jim Byrnes, Marcus Mosely, Will Sanders and Ron Small will sing this Sunday at the Sid Williams Theatre. ing. Singing praise music with their this song is to experience the sigown special ‘stank,’ the Vancouver- nature Sojourners sound as differbased Sojourners sound just as at ent gospel traditions come together home in a roadhouse bar as they do and blend mellifluously as one. in a revival tent. An uplifting cover of Los Lobos’ Never has travelling the hard Peace in the Neighbourhood serves road between sin, loss and redemp- to remind listeners of the connection sounded tion between as glorious civil rights, as it does on While it wouldn’t exactly social justice these 11 timeand gospel that less record- be right to call The SojournMosely, Small ings. Listening ers a new act — given that and Sanders to these sea- each member of the group has have explored soned vocalists hroughout been in the music business for ttheir breathe new careers. life into clas- around 50 years — the sound, T h e sic tunes like energy and commitment they Sojourners are Doris Akers’ conjure any time they get a rock solid Lead Me unit and proof Guide Me and together would be the envy of positive that the Violinaires’ singers half their ages. faith can move Another Solmountains. dier Gone is as But, don’t let transcendent an introduction to that scare you away. Sinner or gospel as anyone could ever hope saved — wherever you are on your for. own personal journey, you should Other highlights include a chill- listen to The Sojourners. You’ll feel ing reading of Rev. Gary Davis’ better for it. Death Don’t Have No Mercy — Tickets are available by calling a song long associated with the 250-338-2430 (ext. 1) if you’re in Grateful Dead. In this version, The the Comox Valley and 1-866-898Sojourners are at full strength as 8499 if you’re not. Ron’s haunting leads set a dark More information about the tone that is offset by sweet harmo- venue is at www.sidwilliamsthenies from Will and Marcus. atre.com and details about the To hear all three singers’ distinct band are at www.thesojourners.ca. vocals meet at the crossroads in — Sid Williams Theatre


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She lost it all, and came back Reviewer says Campie is one of the best books she’s read in a while Paula Wild Record Arts

Most people have a ‘what if’ scenario in their head. A plan of action to take if times get really tough. It might be cashing in the RRSPs, moving in with relatives or heading to Alberta to make big bucks in the oil fields. That’s just what 48-year old Barbara Stewart did when she found herself bankrupt, homeless and unemployed. At Trinidad 11 oil camp, she worked hard, worried about her personal safety and hard-won sobriety and wondered if she’d get out alive. All for $100 a day. Campie, a new release by Heritage House Publishing, is the best book I’ve read in a long time. It’s refreshingly different, funny, heartwarming and inspiring. I was hooked right from page one. The writing is simple and brilliant. There’s no artifice or fancy manoeuvring, just a great story told straight from the heart. Stewart, who worked as a bank loans offi-

cer in Courtenay and Comox for 11 years, will read from and sign copies of her book at the Courtenay Library this Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at Blue Heron Books in Comox at 1 p.m. It took three years for Stewart to go from a clear title homeowner in Victoria to owning nothing aside from a few boxes of belongings. “It was a combination of things,” she says. “Grief and bad decisions were part of it. I was broke and mentally messed up but not sick enough to be locked up. I lost everything. “I never expected to find myself in that situation,” she continues. “The shock is enormous. Then you have to do what you have to do.” So Stewart found herself driving north in an old Toyota to meet a man she didn’t know to be taken to an oil camp in the middle of nowhere. Once there she mopped floors, scrubbed bathrooms, changed beds, did laundry and picked up a seemingly endless supply of empty booze bottles. She found she liked taking out the garbage the best. This was her chance to be alone, to listen to the crunch of her boots on the snow, inhale smoke-free air and gaze at the star-

Met back at Rialto February is opera month at the Rialto. The next performance is Wagner’s Götterdämmerung this Saturday at 9 a.m. With its cataclysmic climax, the Met’s new Ring cycle, directed by Robert Lepage, comes to its resolution. This dazzling presentation features Deborah Voigt as Brünnhilde and Jay Hunter Morris as Siegfried—the star-crossed lovers doomed by fate. Fabio Luisi conducts. Tickets for all of the Rialto Met performances are on sale now. For more information, call the Rialto Theatre in Courtenay at 250-338-5502. — Rialto Theatre

Merville folkies meet The monthly gathering of the Gardeners Green Folk Club in Merville will happen this Saturday at 7 p.m. This month, the theme will be songs about love, lust, loss and longing, so it will no doubt be a very entertaining evening that will get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day. If you’d like to join the audience, or if you’d like to participate by offering us a song or two, please get in touch. All acoustic genres are welcome. Please ring 250-337-5337 for more details. — Gardeners Green Folk Club

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studded sky. “I was isolated and alone, surrounded by booze, drugs and cigarettes,” she recalls. “I’d been dry for a long time but I knew this was a really unhealthy place for me to be. I’m blood and guts like everyone else; sooner or later I’d succumb. “And the men were big, I was on edge when they were drinking,” she adds. “Even though I was old enough to be the mother of most of them, at 2 a.m. when someone’s drunk, you never know. And there was no way out. Unless you caught a rare ride, you were stuck. ” Stewart knows now that her story is not unique, especially in these days and times. “This is the story of any man or woman that suddenly finds themselves homeless, bankrupt and without a job,” she says. “This is why I wrote this book, I want to say, ‘Yes, this can happen, but you can survive.’ Campie is as true and honest as it can be.”

Now 57, Stewart has done more than survive. In 2006, she returned to university and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (with distinction) from the University of Victoria’s writing program. There, with the help of an instructor, she began shaping her oil rig notes into Campie. “Altogether I wrote at least 10 drafts,” says Stewart. “And I mean 10 full revisions. I had a lot of help at UVic and from an editor at Heritage House but it was a long journey.” Stewart’s work has been published in Event, Grain and The Walrus and has been shortlisted for several prizes. In July she begins studying for a masters of fine arts degree at the University of BC. She is working on a novel based on items of clothing scattered along the road where she runs in Langley. Campie (190 pgs., softcover) retails for $17.95.

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This band has the remedy for anything that might ail you Get ready for a great fun evening of the season at this week’s Thursday Night Jazz at the Elks’ hall. The 11 piece Cure-All Dance Band performs, complete with deadpan jokes, courtesy of Brent Hart, focusing on original 1920s and early ‘30s arrangements from Tin Pan Alley. The band presents itself

authentically in period attire and feature instruments from the era, recreating the feel of the hotels, roadhouses and steamships of the 1920s. This is Cure-All’s first appearance at the Georgia Straight Jazz Society’s Thursday Night Jazz during the 2011-2012 season — it’s been 10 months since this

talented band entertained us in their inimitable style. The band is excited to have its founder Greg Sumner join us for this gig. Jazz club regulars will recognize the players from other combos with which they share their talents: Paul Charter – percussion; Al West – banjo; Donna Griffiths – piano; Gordon

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Valentine’s Day with Finch, etc. Joe’s Garage on Fifth Street in downtown Courtenay invites you to share Valentine’s Day with Joanna Finch and her friends, guitarist Jim Lambert and bass player Tim Croft. Their music is just the right mood for that special dinner on this special day. Joanna’s vocals and musical talents bring back that elegant time when music had romantic charm. Blended with the talented strings of Jim and Tim, the evening promises to be a unique flavour of sophisticated melodies. Joe’s is a licensed restaurant with the kitchen opening on show nights at 6:30 for the evening. Dinner reservations can be made by e-mailing milo@joeson5th.ca or calling 250702-MILO(6456). Advance tickets are available at Bop City Records or at the door if available. Joe’s Garage is a cash-only venue. Call ahead for a table for two as they are at a premium. For more information, visit www. joeson5th.ca. — Joe’s Garage

VOICES IN UNISON The Capilano University Singers are guests of the Cantiamo Chamber Ensemble on Feb. 9. at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Church Theatre in Courtenay. Tickets cost $10 at Videos ‘n’ More or at the door.

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How to cushion financial UPsets Things are looking up, these days. Gas prices — up. Electrical costs — up. Heating bills — up. UPsets like this can cripple your cash flow and figuring out how to cope with them can really get a person down. So, here are some practical ways to find the extra money you need to cushion those unavoidable financial UPsets you face every day. What not to do. If you find yourself a bit short at bill-paying

time, do not fund the shortfall by making a withdrawal from your RRSP or get a cash advance on a credit card. Here’s why: • You’ll pay income tax on your RRSP withdrawals – meaning that if you take out $5,000 and are in the 40-per-cent tax bracket, you’ll add $2,000 to your tax bill. You’ll also diminish the potential tax-deferred growth that the $5,000 would have contributed to your retirement life-

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Leonard VIRL chair again Jollife also on regional library board of directors The board of trustees of Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL), at its recent annual general meeting, re-elected Ronna-Rae Leonard by acclamation to serve a one-year term as chair. Leonard, a councillor for the City of Courtenay, will be joined

on the VIRL board by vice-chair Brenda Leigh, also elected by acclamation. The nine other members on the board include Comox Valley Regional District Area A (Baynes Sound-The Islands) director Bruce Jolliffe. The VIRL board administers an $18.2million budget for 38 libraries plus one eLibrary on Vancouver Island (except Victoria), Haida Gwaii, and Bella Coola on the Cen-

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or more. That adds up to $978 in yearly interest and if you don’t pay the balance all year and you’re in the 40-per-cent tax bracket, you’ll need to earn $1,630 just to pay the interest. What to do instead: • Consider consolidating your debt through a lower-rate loan from a financial institution. Use the loan money to pay your debts — targeting credit cards and other high-cost non-deductible debt first. • Obtain a line of credit based on the equity in your home or other assets, usually available at a very favourable interest rate. • Arrange a revolving line of credit to cover overdrafts on your bill-paying chequing account. You’re coping financially right now but … What happens if you’re hit by a serious illness or a huge house or vehicle repair bill? Once again, DO NOT tap into your RRSP, and avoid dipping into

Blind busy locally this week The Comox Valley White Cane chapter will be busy during National Canadian Council of the Blind public awareness week, which begins this Sunday. Besides having a table Feb. 9 at the Comox Centre Mall and Feb. 10 at the Driftwood Mall, the

local chapter displayed some visual aids at its regular meeting Feb. 7 at the Comox Senior Centre. This exhibition, courtesy of Humanware, showed some of the up-todate technological equipment available to assist blind and visual impaired residents.

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6:30 PM • Registration 7:00 PM • Pot Luck Supper 8:00 PM • Meeting Starts Please bring your favourite hot dish, salad or dessert RSVP to the office at 250-338-8181

It will also be a great way to learn more about coping with the ever-increasing sight impairment of age-related macula degeneration. — Canadian National Institute for the Blind

your savings or borrowing by: • Setting up an emergency cash reserve, typically equal to three months’ income, or if your job is iffy or seasonal, make that five or six months’ net income. • Turning your emergency fund into an investment in a Money Market mutual fund, Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC), that are Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) eligible or government savings bond that will protect your capital, deliver a decent interest rate and let you withdraw your money quickly with little or no cost as needed. Price and rate UPsets are a fact of life but you can cushion the effects when you’re financially prepared. Keep your spirits up and your costs down by talking to your financial adviser. J. Kevin Dobbelsteyn is a certified financial planner with Investors Group Financial Services Inc. His column appears every Wednesday.

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Wednesday, Feb. 8 EVERGREEN Seniors Club AGM, Rotary Hall, Florence Filberg Centre, 1 p.m. Current membership required to attend. FMI: 250-338-1000, www.evergreenseniors.org.

Thursday, Feb. 9 KITTY CAT P.A.L. Society Adopt-A-Pal, Woofy’s, 2400 Cliffe Ave, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. FMI: www.kittycatpals.com. CANADIAN Hard of Hearing Association Comox Valley Branch meeting, Tsolum Building, Lewis Park, 10 a.m.–noon. Speaker hearing aid specialist Amy MacLean on newest in hearing aids. All welcome. FMI: Sarah Trotter 250-3395770.

Friday, Feb. 10 C.V. NEWCOMERS Women’s Walking Group (for those living in Comox Valley less than 2 years) meets for Campbell River Seawalk walk; meet at Home Depot recycling area, 8:50 a.m. Carpool $5/passenger. Brunch at Willows Market afterwards (2266 S. Island Hwy.). FMI: Maureen 250-871-3337, Brenda 250-871-3680, Kate 250-338-9310, www.Cvnewcomers.net. LUSH Valley Food Action Society presents workshop Cutting up in the Kitchen, LUSH Valley Kitchen, 1126 Piercy Ave., Courtenay, 1–3 p.m. Cook 2 recipes together & take food home. Free; pre-register to reserve spot: 250-331-0152. FMI: admin@lushvalley.org. EVERGREEN Seniors Club Armchair Travel presentation Reposition Cruise, Rotary Hall, Florence Filberg Centre, 1 p.m. FMI: 250-3381000, www.evergreenseniors.org.

Saturday, Feb. 11 C.V. FARMERS’ Market presents entertainment by David Stevenson, Native Sons Hall, 360 Cliffe Ave., 9 a.m.–noon. FMI: Vickey 250-218-321, www.comoxvalleyfarmersmarket.com. KITTY CAT P.A.L. Society Adopt-A-Pal, Woofy’s, Ryan Rd. near Superstore, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. AND at Bosley’s Pet Food Plus, Guthrie Rd. near Quality Foods, 11 a.m.– 2 p.m. FMI: www.kittycatpals.com. COALWATCH Comox Valley Society fundraiser dinner, Fanny Bay Community Hall, 7793 Old Island Hwy., doors 6:30 p.m. Dinner, cash bar, oyster bar, silent auction. FMI: John 250-335-2246, www.coalwatch.ca.

Sunday, Feb. 12 KITTY CAT P.A.L. Society Adopt-A-Pal, Woofy’s, 2400 Cliffe Ave, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. FMI: www.kittycatpals.com.

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C.V. CHRONIC Pain Support Group hosts educational session Exercise, C.V. Nursing Centre, Glacier Room, 615–10th St., 2–4 p.m. Free; patients can self-refer. FMI: 250-331-8504. COMOX Seniors Association presents Gwen Spinks teaching Feldenkrais Method of movement, d’Esterre House, 1801 Beaufort Ave., 3-3:55 p.m. Members $10/each class, guests $12. FMI: Arabella 250-941-8885, arabella888@ gmail.com. COMOX Seniors Association presents Gwen Spinks teach-

ing Country 2-Step, d’Esterre House, 1801 Beaufort Ave., 4–5 p.m. Singles welcome. Members $10/each class, $ guests $12. FMI: Arabella 250-941-8885, arabella888@ gmail.com. COMOX Seniors Association presents Gwen Spinks teaching Argentine Tango, d’Esterre House, 1801 Beaufort Ave., 5:05–6:05 p.m. Members $10/each class, guests $12. FMI: Arabella 250-941-8885, arabella888@ gmail.com. C.V. NEWCOMERS general meeting (for women living in the Comox Valley less than 2 years), Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave., Courtenay, 6:30 p.m. Topic: Whales in the waters of Northern Vancouver Island by naturalist Mark Evans. New members welcome; membership $35/yr. FMI: 250-898-0277, cvnewcomers.bc@gmail.com, www. cvnewcomers.net

Tuesday, Feb. 14 C.V. FAMILY History Research Group meeting, Courtenay & District Museum, 4th & Cliffe, 7 p.m. Museum archivist Catherine Siba presents Family History Study Materials at the Museum with tour afterwards to view items mentioned. FMI: Bev Gunter 250-334-3896. COMOX Seniors Association presents Pat Newson’s new program Eat and Drink Your Way to Health, d’Esterre House, 1801 Beaufort Ave., 1–2:30 p.m. Focus: live foods & better health. Members $10/session, guests $13 (3 sessions total); reservations required. FMI: Arabella 250941-8885, arabella888@ gmail.com. C.V. UKRAINIAN Cultural Society meeting, Florence Filberg Centre, 7 p.m. All welcome. FMI/sale of Ukrainian food: Nellie 250-224-2653. NORTH Island Rhododendron Society (NIRS) meeting, Comox United Church, doors 7 p.m., meeting 7:30. Panel of experts 4 gardeners speak on their particular area of interest & answer questions. Guests welcome.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 BETTER Breathers COPD Support Group meeting, C.V. Nursing Centre, 615 10th St., Courtenay, 1:30 p.m. Guest speaker: kinesiologist on exercise & COPD. FMI: Michele 250-331-8504 ext. 38125. HEART Support Group Comox Valley Chapter meeting, Comox Rec Centre, 1855 Noel Ave., 7 p.m. For those having heart procedures & their spouses; all welcome. Guest speakers St. Joseph’s Hospital cardiac care nurses. FMI: 250-339-5349.

Thursday, Feb. 16 COMOX Seniors Association presents Beginner Waltz with Ray Chesin, d’Esterre House, 1801 Beaufort Ave., 3–4 p.m. Also Slow Foxtrot for Absolute Beginners 4:15–5:15 p.m. FMI: Arabella 250-941-8885, arabella888@ gmail.com.

Friday, Feb. 17 C.V. NEWCOMERS Women’s Walking Group (for those living in Comox Valley less than 2 years) meets for Lewis/ Simms Millennium Parks walk; meet at Lewis Park parking lot near totem poles, 8:50 a.m. FMI: Michelle 250-331-9158, Bev 250-871-2027, Susan 250871-4422, www.Cvnewcomers.net. EVERGREEN Seniors Club At the Movies, Rotary Hall, Florence Filberg Centre, 12:30 p.m. FMI: 250-338-1000, www.evergreenseniors.org. EVERGREEN Seniors Club Friday Night Dance with music by Crosstown Express, Rotary Hall, Florence Filberg Centre, 7:30–10:30 p.m. FMI: 250-338-1000, www.evergreenseniors.org.


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Q-Points

Ribs

600-750gr, Each

10,000

Q

points

bonus

Heinz

Pudding 285-300gr

99

lb

Each

520gr

2$ for

Fry’s

5

McVities

Cream

Penguin Biscuits

50gr

9’s

Sushi Roll Mats 1ʼs

3000 Six Fortune Bamboo Chopsticks 10ʼs

2000 Mitsukan Sushi Vinegar 355ml

3000 Snuggle Exhilirations

Plus Applicable Fees

99 2

Janes

PER

Each

Pub Style Chicken

799,000

Branston Original Pickle

Schweppes

Original Bitter Lemon

Selected 300-375gr

of the UK direc tl y to You!

Thorntons or Farrah’s

¢

Sausage Ring

599,000

Crosse & Blackwell

330ml

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Br in gin g a t as te

with Fiery Jamaican Root Ginger, 330ml

Cherry Coke

Red, Black & White

Freybe

Each

Maxwell & Williams Casserole 3.7Lt QF#1712 Dishes 2.7Lt QF#1711

QF#1710

4

99

PER

3 99 99 99 5 3 3 49

Fresh Chicken Wings

17

99 2

99

946ml

¢

2 $5 for

10,000 VIP Liquid Laundry Soap Original, 2.95lt

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Cheddar or Mozzarella

5

Average 400gr

Filled Pasta

VH

Dr. Oetker

Ristorante Pizza 325-390gr

300-350gr

3

Olivieri

Olivieri

2

160gr or 300ml

333gr

2

Saputo

2

99

Saputo

Mozzarellissima Ball

Shredded Cheese 320gr

2$ for

Ice Cream Cup

Ice Cream Bars

4

5

Saputo

Feta Cheese Nestle

340gr

4

Campbell’s

3 Campbell’s

Gardennay Soup

Broth

500ml

Selected, 900ml

3$ for

2

99

8

Mayonnaise 890ml

Toblerone

5

Rose Sleeve, 2x100gr

for

4

3

Werther’s, Milkfuls or Riesen

Kraft

Nestle

Carnation Hot Chocolate

Candy

146-180gr

10x13-28gr

2$ for

5

Jet-Puffed Marshmallows

Family Chocolate Bar 100gr

400gr

for

5

3$ for

For

5

3

Ready To Bake Valentine Cookies

3$ for

99

5

FROZEN

Coffee

108-456gr

Eggo Waffles

Corn Flakes Cereal

280gr

688gr

2 $5

2

99

2 $5 for

for

Waterbridge

Kellogg’s

5

99

Billy Bee

Skippy

Pure Natural Honey

Peanut Butter 750gr

500gr

2 $4 Christie

Stash

Peek Freans

18-20’s

275-350gr

2

99

Milk Chocolate, 140gr

200gr

99 2

3

Betty Crocker

2$ for

for

5

for

Love is in the air-and in your oven!

Betty Crocker

Creamy Deluxe Frosting 450gr

99

2 $4

SuperMoist Cake Mix

Betty Crocker

Betty Crocker

496gr

440-550gr

Cookie Mix

Hershey’s

Brownie Mix

Pure Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

432-461gr

4 99

99 2 $ for

99

Cookies

Tea

126-138gr

3

99 3

for

Smarties Heart

Dark Chocolate Fruit

99 2

5 2

Nabob or Tassimo

Kellogg’s

Thinsations

Nestle

Brookside

3

375ml

99

NEW FLAVOUR

99

Authentic Danish Jam

Valentine Chocolates

for

Valentine Kisses, Hugs or Reese Peanut Butter Heart

3

Heart, 312gr

2$

158gr

Pillsbury

Cadbury

Cool Whip

99

227gr

Hershey

99

Sweet prices on Sweetheart deals from QF!

225gr or 1lt

Pot of Gold

161-227gr

99

500ml

Moov

For

Swiss Milk Chocolate

2$

Kraft

5 4

for

99

Hellmann’s

Haagen Dazs

4$ Chocolate Covered Premium Fruit

183gr

99

Selected, 445-700gr

r Your Sweetheart! o f s t e e w S

Turtles Heart

99

Raisin Bran, Rice Krispies or Mini-Wheats Cereal

Ice Cream

118-157ml

99

170-200gr

99

Haagen Dazs or Nestle

3x88ml or 4x55ml

99

2

283-306gr

99

Haagen Dazs

Garlic Bread

Pasta Sauce

Gourmet Steamers

283-291gr

99

99

Kellogg’s

Healthy Choice

Steamers

300gr

¢

2$ for

4

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Cheddar or Mozzarella

5

Average 400gr

Filled Pasta

VH

Dr. Oetker

Ristorante Pizza 325-390gr

300-350gr

3

Olivieri

Olivieri

2

160gr or 300ml

333gr

2

Saputo

2

99

Saputo

Mozzarellissima Ball

Shredded Cheese 320gr

2$ for

Ice Cream Cup

Ice Cream Bars

4

5

Saputo

Feta Cheese Nestle

340gr

4

Campbell’s

3 Campbell’s

Gardennay Soup

Broth

500ml

Selected, 900ml

3$ for

2

99

8

Mayonnaise 890ml

Toblerone

5

Rose Sleeve, 2x100gr

for

4

3

Werther’s, Milkfuls or Riesen

Kraft

Nestle

Carnation Hot Chocolate

Candy

146-180gr

10x13-28gr

2$ for

5

Jet-Puffed Marshmallows

Family Chocolate Bar 100gr

400gr

for

5

3$ for

For

5

3

Ready To Bake Valentine Cookies

3$ for

99

5

FROZEN

Coffee

108-456gr

Eggo Waffles

Corn Flakes Cereal

280gr

688gr

2 $5

2

99

2 $5 for

for

Waterbridge

Kellogg’s

5

99

Billy Bee

Skippy

Pure Natural Honey

Peanut Butter 750gr

500gr

2 $4 Christie

Stash

Peek Freans

18-20’s

275-350gr

2

99

Milk Chocolate, 140gr

200gr

99 2

3

Betty Crocker

2$ for

for

5

for

Love is in the air-and in your oven!

Betty Crocker

Creamy Deluxe Frosting 450gr

99

2 $4

SuperMoist Cake Mix

Betty Crocker

Betty Crocker

496gr

440-550gr

Cookie Mix

Hershey’s

Brownie Mix

Pure Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

432-461gr

4 99

99 2 $ for

99

Cookies

Tea

126-138gr

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99 3

for

Smarties Heart

Dark Chocolate Fruit

99 2

5 2

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Thinsations

Nestle

Brookside

3

375ml

99

NEW FLAVOUR

99

Authentic Danish Jam

Valentine Chocolates

for

Valentine Kisses, Hugs or Reese Peanut Butter Heart

3

Heart, 312gr

2$

158gr

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Cadbury

Cool Whip

99

227gr

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99

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225gr or 1lt

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161-227gr

99

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2$

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for

99

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Raisin Bran, Rice Krispies or Mini-Wheats Cereal

Ice Cream

118-157ml

99

170-200gr

99

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3x88ml or 4x55ml

99

2

283-306gr

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Haagen Dazs

Garlic Bread

Pasta Sauce

Gourmet Steamers

283-291gr

99

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Kellogg’s

Healthy Choice

Steamers

300gr

¢

2$ for

4

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Classic Oven Roast or Maple Ham

Grimm’s

Daniele

Bavarian or French Herb Meatloaf

Party Pack Salami Genoa or Sopressata 150gr

5

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49

99

Bonus Q-Points Fresh Whole

BBQ Chicken

Each

1

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bonus

454gr

3500 Oasis Fruit Juice 1.75lt

3000 Bari Ricotta Cheese 500gr

2500 Silverlined Rubber Gloves 1ʼs

5000 Scott White Napkins

Blarney, Dubliner or Reserve Cheddar

Applewood

200gr

5

Smoked Cheddar

Per 100gr .............................

99

Austrian

Smoked Gruyere

Per 100gr ............................... Spanish Manchego

Aged 6 Months

Each

Per 100gr .............................

Fresh Sole Fillets

1

Weather Permitting

3500 Jell-o No Bake Cheesecake

Bake King Buner Guards 6-10ʼs

5000

Sweet & Sour Pork Small

Sweet & Sour Chicken Balls ........... Large

Fried Rice .................... Small

Chow Mein ..................

95 675 425

Available at Select Stores

6 oz Portion

Sockeye Salmon Previously Frozen

8

2$ for

49 PER gr

100

Fresh Ahi Tuna

3

99 PER

100gr

1

49

Prepared Instore

Pink Salmon Stuffed with Seafood

Alaskan Bairdi

Snow Crab Legs

Frozen or Previously Frozen

8 oz Cup

Fresh Oysters

2

49 PER gr

100

PER

100gr

4

99 Each

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Serving Suggestions

236ml

430gr

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Delon Hand Sanitizer

Betty Crocker Angel Food Cake Mix

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3000

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100

PER

100gr

Potato with Egg, Beet & Primavera Pasta

99

PER gr

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314gr

Salad

Regular or Smoked

49

10,000

Crisco Shortening

Roast Turkey Breast

Corned Beef

Each

Q

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New York Style

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Bakery Fresh

Calabrese Buns

Raisin Bread

4

2$ for

Bakery Fresh

Bakery Fresh

Raspberry Swirl Muffins

Authentic French Bread

4 3

Bakery Fresh

Strawberry Truffle Cake

2 $5

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5000

4

2$

4

for

Seattle’s Best

Penotti

340gr

350gr

Level Ground Coffee

Fortified Soy Beverage

Olafsonʼs Pita Pockets

570gr

1999 2 $5 2$ 69 3

Triple Layer

Bonus Q-Points

Cinnamon Buns

Wonder

Double Layer

Organic Spread

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Cereal

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2 $7

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3 WOW!

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4 Pack,140gr

Legends of China Tea

946ml

for

Sweet Treats Chocolate Pretzels 225gr

2 $5 for

Sweet Treats Grand Slam

99 4

Villagio Buns

Sausage or Crustini, 6-8ʼs

5000 Villagio Bread 510gr

5000 Oskri Bar 53-56gr

2500 R.W. Knudsen Organic Pear Juice 946ml

7500 Vega Shake & Go Smoothie

Dippi

99 3

Quality Fresh

500gr

99 4

Uncle Lee’s

2 $5

2

6 49

6 Pack

2$ for

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2 $7 for

Quality Fresh

Hold the Salt Pumpkin Seeds Natural Shelled, 350gr

99 4

300gr

10,000 Windsor Salt & Pepper Twin Pack, 155gr

2000

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5000 Purina Dog or Puppy Chow 7.2-8kg

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Navel Oranges

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BC Tree Fruit “Fancy”

McIntosh Apples

99 2.18 per kg

each

4 lb Bag

2$ for

6

Music Variety, Spray Free

Mexican “Fancy”

Fresh Zucchini Squash

99 2.18 per kg

Floral

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Rose & Alstro Bouquet

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24 29

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Flawless final round earns Croxall ice cross win Record Staff When the going got fast, Kyle Croxall got going faster. After struggling through the early rounds of the second race in the 2012 Red Bull Crashed Ice series in Valkenburg, The Netherlands on Saturday, the 19 Wing Comox firefighter put it all together in the final heat to win his second straight race. Croxall, the runner-up in 2011, widened his lead at the top of the 2012 world championship standings with the spectacular comefrom-behind victory in front of 25,000 frenzied spectators on the most difficult Red Bull Crashed Ice track ever built. (Racers accelerated to over 70 km/h, and the start ramp had a frightening seven-metre drop on a 50-degree angle). Organizers say Croxall struggled through training and was not among the favourites before the race on the 575-meter long artificial ice track with its steep ramps and challenging obstacles and trailed behind Kilian Braun of Switzerland, the fastest qualifier, and his younger brother Scott. But the 23-year-old Croxall, a bull of a man weighing

SEBASTIEN MORISSETTE OF Canada, Kilian Braun of Switzerland, Kyle Croxall of Canada and Patrik Steiner of Austria skate during the finals at the second stop of the 2012 Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship in Valkenburg, Netherlands on Feb. 4. PHOTO BY ANDREAS SCHAAD/RED BULL CONTENT POOL 97 kilograms, came out on top once again. After knocking defending champion

Arttu Pihlainen out in the semifinals, Croxall was the only one of four finalists to

stay on his feet in the final. The Canadian stayed close on the heels of Fabian Mels

in a high-speed showdown and took advantage of his chance when the towering

German stumbled late in the race. “I guess I just wanted to win this more than anyone else,” said Croxall, who had struggled on Friday with only the 17th fastest time after injuring his shoulder in a heavy crash. “Everyone’s improving so much and it’s getting harder all the time.” It was Croxall’s second straight race win after taking the Jan. 14 season opener in Saint Paul and fourth career victory. In his first career podium. Finland’s Paavo Klintrup, an outstanding jumper, took third while Scott Croxall, who appeared headed for his first win after posting a series of crushing victories in each of the four-man heats from the Round of 64 to the finals, was fourth after breaking a skate blade near the top of the run in the final. Croxall now leads the four-race series standings with 2,000 points while Mels is second with 1,250 and Pihlainen third with 1,160. Scott Croxall and Klintrup are tied for fourth with 1,100 points. Next stop in the 2012 series is Feb. 17-18 in Are, Sweden. The series wraps up March 16-17 in Quebec. For more, Google Red Bull Crashed Ice.

Knockout trio sweep fights at Hurricane MMA Fighters from Courtenay’s Knockout Martial Arts and Fitness went 3-0 at Hurricane Fight League 5 in Victoria on Jan. 28. “Although we were away from home it didn’t feel like it as we had over 40 supporters there to cheer us on,” said Scott Judson, one of the gym’s owners and member of Team Knockout. Judson took on Courtenay’s Bronson Petterson, now fighting out of Campbell River. Judson used heavy kicks to Petterson’s leg and head to do damage. Only 10 seconds into the first round, Judson landed a vicious head kick which sent his opponent to the canvas. Petterson kept going though, only to be staggered by another head kick later in the round. Judson took a good hit in the second round, resulting in a good size cut above his left eye, but the doctor let

Waite was not intimidated at all. He came out aggressive from the start. It was too much for Sahlstrom to handle, and that continued for three rounds.

the fight continue. Judson won by majority decision. In an exciting women’s Muay Thai match, Knockout fighter Shelley Strachan took on Susanne Douma of Victoria’s Island MMA. Using a variety of kicks to the leg, body and head, Strachan punished her opponent. In the third round, Strachan landed a rare and exciting spinning hook kick to her opponent’s face. After three rounds the fight went to the judges score cards,

giving Strachan the win by unanimous decision. “It was a very convincing win for Miss Shelley,” said Judson. In his first fight, Knockout’s Nick Waite, 16, took on Cody Sahlstrom, 20, also fighting out of Island MMA. “Waite was not intimidated at all,” said Judson. “He came out aggressive from the start. It was too much for Sahlstrom to handle, and that continued for three rounds.” In the third round, Waite poured on strong punch combinations and the referee ended the fight, giving Sahlstrom a standing eight-count. The decision went to the judges scorecards, and Waite won by unanimous decision. “What a great night for Team Knockout.” Judson said. “From fighters to trainers to supporters, we are a Muay Thai family.” – Knockout Martial Arts and Fitness

CELEBRATING THEIR WINS are (left to right) Nick Waite, Scott Judson and Shelley PHOTO SUBMITTED Strachan.


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Vanier duo boosts B.C. rugby squad Record Staff

SHARP ON SKATES (left to right): Front row Lauren Wigard, Joel Blackburn, Jade Paganelli, Marisa Thomson. Back row Chai Sullivan, Meghan Jones, Dustin Lucas, Claire Brown, Zoe McDougall. Missing from photo: Rachael Casanave, Jane Schaffhauser, Kaylee Lasota, Rachelle Beauchamp, Kaya Leslie, Brianna Neva, Peyton Meiers. PHOTO SUBMITTED

Skaters in top form Comox Valley skaters put on a good showing at the Lynne Hetherington Memorial Competition, their first competition of the new year, with several skaters achieving personal best performances at the Nanaimo event. The CPC scoring system and the Super Series points tracking give the skaters a much clearer picture of their personal progress and where they stand in comparison to all other skaters in the province at any given time. With Sport Canada’s mandate for the implementation of the Long Term Athlete Development program in all sports, figure skating in B.C. is undergoing major changes. Some of

the most noticeable changes include the phasing out of the memorial and localized events – such as the Lynne Hetherington Memorial and the Barbara Rasmussen Memorial competitions – and putting in place the Pond to Podium Super Series in which all events in the province are connected, and the provincial champions in each category determined by accumulated points rather than by the result of one event. Next event for local skaters is right here on their home ice. “Come join us as the Comox Valley Skating Club hosts the 36th and final Barbara Rasmussen Memorial Competition March 9-11,” a CVSC spokesperson said.

Ladies darts open at Comox Legion The Comox Legion is hosting a Ladies Open Darts Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 18. There will be doubles followed by singles. Check-in is 9:30 a.m. with toe line for doubles at 10 a.m. Entry fee is $10 per player per event, with

total payout in both events and prizes for high score and high out. Pre-paid registration is available at the bar (1825 Comox Ave.) with deadline Feb. 17. For more information, call 250-339-9592 or 250-339-2112.

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Two Under-17 men’s rugby teams from the British Columbia Elite Youth Sevens program finished fourth and sixth at the Under18 Las Vegas Sevens Rugby Invitational on Saturday. The BC Gold team advanced to the Cup playoffs but went 0-2 in the final four, falling to the Canada Howlers and then the USA All-Americans. The BC Blue, which featured Gavin Mclean and Jordan De Graaf of G.P. Vanier, finished runners-up in the Bowl final to the Mid-Atlantic Selects, placing sixth overall. For many of the B.C. players, the tournament was their first experience playing sevens rugby, rather than the more traditional 15-a-side rugby played

across Canada, a British Columbia Rugby Union spokesperson noted. On Day 1, BC Blue blanked Colorado Selects 46-0 then lost 52-7 to USA All-Americans-1 and 22-0 to the Dog River Howlers of Canada. On Day 2, BC Blue beat Utah Cannibals 10-7 in the consolation semi with De Graaf scoring a try. In the Bowl consolation, BC Blue fell 26-12 to Mid Atlantic as De Graff scored a try and added a conversion. LINEOUTS In 2011, B.C. sevens sides won the Western Canada Summer Games, medalled at the Victoria International Youth Sevens and six of his elite players went on to represent Canada at the Youth Commonwealth Games ... sports@comoxvalleyrecord.com

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Attend a public information session Common natural gas rates for all FortisBC customers FortisBC has applied to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) to offer common natural gas rates to customers across B.C. Learn how this will impact rates in your region and how we will be able to extend service offerings and programs such as renewable natural gas and Customer Choice to all natural gas customers. This is an opportunity for you to provide feedback, which will be shared with the BCUC as part of the review process. Crown Isle Resort – Copper Room 399 Clubhouse Drive, Courtenay Date: February 15, 2012 Time: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Learn more and RSVP by visiting fortisbc.com/commonrates. RSVP is not required to attend. FortisBC Energy Inc., FortisBC Energy (Vancouver Island) Inc., FortisBC Energy (Whistler) Inc., and FortisBC Inc. do business as FortisBC. FortisBC uses the FortisBC name and logo under license from Fortis Inc. (12-026.8 02/2012)

VOLUNTEER CONNECTOR “There are many wonderful things that will never be done if

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you don’t do them.”

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island - Comox Valley Club Adult Female Mentors Play a supportive role in a young woman’s life by becoming a mentor in a group setting. The program focuses on building self esteem, healthy relationships and teaching life skills in a fun activity based group environment. The time commitment is only a couple of hours per week, once a week, from October to June, with optional activities over the summer. If you like cooking, crafts and outdoor pursuits this is the opportunity you may have been looking for! Adult Male Mentors Does spending a few hours a week shooting hoops, playing games or building things sound good? Want to make a positive difference in a child’s life? Become a male mentor for boys 8-12 and have a whole lot of fun doing it! The program group based and focuses on healthy relationship building, making good life choices and just being a guy. Contact: Melissa McLachlan - 250-338-7582 Email: mmclachlan@bgccvi.com

Comox Valley Family Services Association Board of Directors Comox Valley Family Services Association (CVFSA) is a multservice non profit society serving children, youth and families in the Comox Valley and outlying areas since 1974. The Volunteer Board governs in a strategic manner with emphasis on long range vision, proactive leadership and development that defines and guides the ongoing work of the Association. As a Board Director, you will be responsible to promote the agency’s philosophy and principles. We are an accredited agency with a great family atmosphere. A detailed job description is at our website: wwww.comoxvalleyfamilyservices.com Contact: Gillian Normandin - 250-338-7575 Email: gillian.n@cvfsa.org

Evergreen Seniors Club Muffin Hero Great for early risers - and those who love to bake! Work in the Evergreen Club kitchen at the Florence Filberg Centre. Prepare morning coffee and muffins - ability to work with little supervision. Food Safe preferred but not mandatory - training is provided if needed. Shift is flexible, normally one full week every 6 - 8 weeks, but can be a few days/week if necessary. 7 am - 9:30 am Monday - Friday. Volunteers can be any age and don’t have to be members of the Club. Come join in the fun!

Kitchen Host/Hostess Work with a team serving lunches at the Evergreen Seniors Club - food prep, dishwashing, order-taking, cash. Food Safe and Super Host preferred but not mandatory, training is available. Volunteers can be of any age and don’t have to be members of the Club. Shifts run from 9:30 - 1:00 pm, or 1:00 3:30 pm. Volunteer one day a month, a week, or more! Option to also work the kitchen on weekends during special events such as garage sales, craft fairs, etc. Come join in the fun!

Special Events Convenor Great for those who love to work with people and organize special events! The Evergreen Club hosts several fun events during the year such as bazaars, garage sales, and dinner dances. The Convenor also facilitates volunteers to help with the event. Hours and time commitment vary by event. Volunteers of the Evergreen Club can be of any age and don’t have to be members of the Club. Come join in the fun! Contact: Robyn Butler - 250-338-1000 Email: rbutler@courtenay.ca

Glacier View Lodge Society Hostess Our dining room hostesses porter residents to and from the dining room, serve coffee and tea, visit with residents, and encourage residents who may need prompting to eat their meal. Swimming Partner Swim Partners work one on one with residents to engage in a supportive swim session. Program occurs twice a month, typically on a Monday afternoon. Contact: Liz Friis - 250-338-1451 Email: Liz.Friis@sjghcomox.ca

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AROMATHERAPY WORKSHOP. Friday, February. 10, 2pm-4pm. Green Valley Aromatherapy, 4988 North Island Hwy, Courtenay. www.57aromas.com Please call 250-334-4836 or 250-334-2402.

Sarita Sutherland March 22, 1927 – Jan. 31, 2012 Sarita passed away suddenly in Victoria General from a stroke. She was born in Victoria and lived in Victoria and the Saanich Peninsula. She is survived by her son Neil Dresen and wife Jean of Courtenay, her nephew Mark Thomas and his wife Lori of Calgary, Alberta, and her cousin Vera Payne of Salt Spring Island. She will also be missed by her many friends in Saanichton: Annie, Dale, Colleen, Suzie, Bruce, Doug and Dave. She will be remembered for her love of life, her wonderful sense of humour & her love of all animals. The family would like to thank all the health practitioners at Victoria General for their compassionate care. There will be a private graveside service. If you wish to honour Sarita in some way, please consider a donation to the SPCA.

CALL FOR ENTRIES 10TH ANNUAL Kitty Coleman Woodland Art & Bloom Festival. Fine Art and Quality Crafts Juried Show. Presented in a spectacular outdoor setting May 19,20, 21 Applications for Artisans are available at woodlandgardens.ca or phone 250-338-6901

INFORMATION HOST FAMILIES Needed. Northern Youth Abroad is looking for families to host 2 youth from Nunavut/NWT, volunteering in your community July/August. www.nya.ca. Call 1-866-212-2307.

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STRACHAN Lena Marie March 1945 – February 2012 Lena was born in Finland, and arrived in Sointula at age 6, with her brothers and sister. She raised three children while living in the Upper Island. Lena had a very special talent for teaching. She excelled at that passion while directing the dancers to her music selection. Her loyal “Saddle-Up Dancers� class were with her every season at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and enjoyed many invitations to perform at various public functions. She married Keith in 2006 and spent her summers in their back yard and in her “Grotto� which she loved so much. Most winters were spent traveling to Pt. Vallarta, Cruise Ships thru the Canal & Caribbean. The Saturdays at the Courtenay Legion gave her the entertainment and friendship she so much enjoyed... thanks to all who knew her and always said, “Hi�. Pretty little thing, she was... She is survived by her husband Keith, mother, brother and sister, her children and grandchildren. I KNOW YOU WILL DANCE AND TEACH UP THERE TOO, “BAABEE� BYE FOR NOW...

Harvey Richard Smith January 7, 1935 – February 1, 2012

IN MEMORIAM In Loving Memory of

Sgt D.A. (Don) Monk May 26, 1954 ~ Feb. 9, 1998 Always so good, unselďŹ sh and kind Few on this Earth his equal we ďŹ nd Honourable and upwright in all his ways Loyal and true to the end of his days You are not forgotten Dear son and brother Mom and Dad Jim and Sharon Jennifer and Sarah

Passed away February 1, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived and will be dearly missed by his wife of 51 years, Ann, his daughter Sharon Smith, granddaughter Kayla and his sister Shirley McCollister. He was loved dearly and will be missed by many friends. In his retirement Harvey enjoyed working on lawn mowers and small engines, he never passed up a fishing trip and enjoyed camping and travelling and loved his country music. Harvey was a person you could always count on, he had a great sense of humour and would help out anyone who needed it. A thank you to the 3rd floor nurses at St. Joe’s and to the hospice ladies who did work on my dad. A special thank you to Dr. Burgess and Dr. Konway. If friends so wish, in consideration of flowers, donations to the Hospice Society would be appreciated. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Blue Moon Winery, 4905 Darcy Road, Courtenay on Saturday, February 11th, 2012 from 2-4 P.M.

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Hartwell, Ross, H. Age 73, Courtenay, BC. Born Vancouver, BC, May 9, 1938, passed away February 1, 2012. At his request, no service will be held. Retired from Canadian Armed Forces, Mr. Hartwell is survived by daughters, Judy (Grant) Granger of Calgary, Diane McMullen of Brentwood Bay, BC, Kory (Michelle Thompson) Hartwell of Calgary, grandson, Robert McMullen of Brentwood Bay, BC, and sister Meralon (Colin) Jarvis. Predeceased in 1994 by wife Deanna (Humphries), and parents Judy and Barrie Hartwell. The family wishes to thank Ross’ dear friends and all the staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox, BC, for their thoughtful and compassionate care.

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VENUS Ernest (Ernie) Leonard July 15, 1920 ~ Calgary, Alberta Jan. 27, 2012 ~ Campbell River, BC Ernie was predeceased by his loving wife Peggy of 69 years; and his daughter, Gayle. He is survived by his daughter, Linda (John) and son, Glenn (Shannon); his grandchildren: Lorri-Anne, Tricia (Curt), Meagan (Brett), Patrick (Alicia), Steve (Katy), Geoffrey and Shawna (Jason); as well as ten great grandchildren. Ernie was a man who enjoyed family, friends, conversation and a good laugh. Once discharged from the Army he spent 35 years working in the woods for his beloved MacMillan Bloedel. Starting at Northwest Bay in 1947 as a faller to Camp Manager of Menzies Bay Division where he retired in the fall of 1982. Stops along the way included three different occasions at Northwest Bay, Port Hardy, Franklin River, Iron River, Camp 5 and Kennedy Lake. Ernie enjoyed his work, took great pride and was most respected for his devotion to safety performance that improved in every location that he worked at. Ernie was a devoted Shriner, Legionnaire and Veteran. Our family is extremely proud of the man he was, as well as the impact he has left on us all. In this time of sadness we take great solace in the reunion of Ernie and Peggy. In respecting Ernie’s wishes there will be no service of remembrance. A Family gathering will be held at a later date. Friends who so wish may make donations in Ernie’s name to the Campbell River Shrine Club, PO Box 176, Campbell River, BC, V9W 5A7. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at www.suttonsfuneralhome.com Sutton’s Campbell River Funeral Home 250-287-4812.

HILTON Margaret Jeane July 1, 1914 – January 27, 2012 Sadly passed away at the young age of 97. Gone but always remembered by sons, Hugh (Linda) Hilton Courtenay, B.C., Stewart Hilton, Gibson B.C., daughter, Cindy (Mike) Simpson, Victoria B.C., Granddaughters Cheryl (Josh) Hiebert, Cumberland B.C., Candice (Brad) Joyal, Royston B.C., Kellie Jeane and Sheila Simpson, Victoria B.C., Great-grandkids Sienna and Sam Hiebert, Cumberland B.C., sister Anne Hillman, Whiterock B.C. and many nieces and nephews. Born in Lancer, Saskatchewan, Jeane graduated from Dauphin General Hospital as a registered nurse in 1937. It was there she met her future husband Tom Hilton, who was training to become a pilot in WWII. During the war mom continued her nursing in Ocean Falls, B.C. In 1945, she married Tom and settled in Royston, B.C. Along with raising three sons and Cindy, she worked at the old Cumberland Hospital and then went onto St. Joseph’s Hospital, where she retired in 1978. She enjoyed antique hunting, gardening, and travelling with good friends locally and abroad. The highlight of her retirement was the countless hours spent with her grandchildren enjoying her little beach house at “just-a-mere�. She moved to Comox, B.C. in 1996 and later on had two great-grandchildren to love and enjoy. The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff at Comox Valley Seniors Village. You’re great care, compassion and kindness was truly appreciated. No service by request. “You can get a lot of extra mileage out of a grandmother if you let her have a cup of tea!� “When someone we love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.� See you at the beach.....

Iris Williams (nee Shilton) Born August 4th, 1935 in Coal Creek, B.C., Iris Williams passed peacefully on January 28, 2012 at home with her husband of 60 years by her side. She was predeceased by her parents Tom and Margaret Shilton, her sisters Ada, Margaret, Sally and Josephine and her brother John. Iris is survived and will be greatly missed by her husband Don Williams, her son Daryll Williams of Cumberland, B.C. and his children Daniel (Jordan), Regan (Brad), and Joshua (Brittany), her daughter Denise Robinson of Ladysmith, B.C. and her children Deanna (Jim), Corey (Jane), Brandi (Brenden) and Cody, Iris’ great-grandchildren; Madison, Emma, Paxton, Zachary, Kaleb, Carson, Martin, Nathan, Gage, Marlyse, Zoe, Luka, Shianne, Owen, Tucker and Linden, her loving brother Thomas Paterson Shilton Jr. of Cumberland, B.C., her brother-in-law Bill Rallison of Cumberland, B.C., as well as nieces and nephews too numerous to mention but she adored them all. Iris worked in the family business (I. & D. Appliances and furniture) in Cumberland for 25 years. In her leisure time she was a member of the Kinettes Club in Cumberland and loved baking, knitting, embroidering, doll making and decorating. Iris was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother. She enjoyed worldly travel especially in the California Desert. She was a caring matriarch who always put the family first, who gave us strong family values with her support, encouragement and blessings. Flowers gratefully declined in consideration of donations made to the charity of your choice. A special thank you to Dr. Woldnick for your compassion and your extraordinary care. Viewing will take place on Monday. February 6, 2012 from 5-7p.m. at Comox Valley Funeral Home, Cremation and Reception Centre, 1101 Ryan Road, Courtenay. A Celebration of Iris’ Life is to be held on Friday, February 10, 2012 from 2-4p.m. at Cumberland Seniors Centre on Dunsmuir Ave. In Cumberland.

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“NOTICE is hereby given to Creditors and others having claims against the estate of Ann Louise Gray, late of 290 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay in the Province of BC, that the particulars of their claim should be sent to the attention of Sean Woolverton, 136 Ferncliff Crescent, Calgary, Alberta on or before the 29th day of February 2012.”

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Notice is hereby given that Creditors and others, having claims against the Estate of DOUGLAS HENDERSON DEWAR, formerly of 2470 Fitzell Road, Courtenay, BC V9J 1S7, deceased, are hereby required to send the particulars thereof to the undersigned Executor, c/o 1580 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver, BC V7V 2G7 on or before March 3, 2012, after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to the claims that have been received. Douglas A. Dewar

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LOST AND FOUND FOUND GOLD ring Air Park parking lot on Sunday, Feb 6. Please call to identify. (250)338-1867.

LOST: WOMAN’S engagement ring, Cumberland area. Call 250-400-5994.

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INFANT & Toddler spaces available now. Subsidy accepted. www.applespearsgroupdaycare.com. 941-8814

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WED, FEBRUARY 8th BILL MOORE

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The Comox MFRC is seeking a friendly and flexible assistant for our Administration team. This multi-faceted position will work with the both the Financial Administrator and the Communications Coordinator in a support role.

Widner, Stephen June 27, 1979 - February 1, 2007

We thought off you today But that is nothing new We thought of you yesterday And will tomorrow too We think of you in silence And make no outward show For what it meant to lose you Only those who love you know Remembering you is easy We do it everyday It’s the heartache of losing you That will never go away

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For information contact: Granlund Firearms 286-9996 Tyee Marine 287-2641 Peters Sports 334-2942 Secondhand & Military Store 337-1750 Norrie Todd 287-8020

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Please join Bill Moore, his family and friends for a gettogether on Feb. 18.

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C.O.R.E. continues Feb.20, 21,22. Mon, Tues, Wed. 6pm-10pm at Grantham Hall opposite Tsolum School.

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Bill was diagnosed with a brain tumor 5 years ago and after going through treatment it went into remission. Sadly it has returned and is now at stage 4. Billy is looking forward to seeing everybody, reminiscing and having a few good laughs.

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Office Manager Comox Medical Clinic is looking for an experienced office manager to join our team. The candidate needs to possess excellent inter-personal skills, human resources skills, enjoy working in a team, be comfortable with computers, have bookkeeping skills and have previous experience in a management position. Medical office experience is not required. This is a permanent part-time to full-time position. References required. Only selected candidates will be contacted. Position closes February 17th. Please submit your resume by email to jcomoxmedical@hotmail.ca or drop off in person at 1695 Comox Avenue.

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COSTUMER SERVICE PERSON The Butcher’s Block is looking for and enthusiastic customer service orientated individual to work in both lunch deli and meat wrapping. This is a part time position that includes Saturdays. Previous experience with customer service or the food industry is preferable. Apply within 319 4th St., Courtenay, BC.

Friendship Project Worker Comox Valley Child Development Association

HAIRSTYLIST WANTED full time/part time for First Choice Hair Cutters in their Courtenay location. Guaranteed $11/ hour, 25% profit sharing, paid overtime, benefits, paid birthday, vacation pay, annual advanced training and advancement opportunities. Call 1866-472-4339 today for an interview.

PROCESSOR OPERATOR WANTED To run a Waratah dangle head on a Volvo carrier. Work on site in our post and rail yard in Princeton, BC. Great working conditions, competitive wages, benefits, profit sharing, 10 hour days, 4 days a week. This is a fulltime permanent position. Fax your resume to 250-2957912 or email g_zieske@xplornet.ca

4TH YEAR Journeyman Plumbers & Sheetmetal workers needed in Kindersly SK. Top wages, benefits, RRSP, room for advancement, positive work atmosphere. Contact office@lukplumbing.com or 306 463-6707.

DRIVERS WANTED. Kyte Delivery Service has openings for mature, reliable drivers with own small car. Must be available Sat, Sun & Mon. (250)334-9210. Exp. Hooktender. Permanent work, 210 plus days a year in the East Kootenays, full benefits & overtime. A good portion of work is done with Mobile Back Spar and Grapple. Excavator experience and spotting will be required.(250)349-5415 or fax (250)349-7522 MIDNIGHT ANGELS Escorts, hiring ladies. 250-591-7399. www.midnightangels.ca

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The Friendship Project assists adults between the ages of 19 and 35 with development disabilities to explore relationships and social connection within their community. The Worker will assist the Program Facilitator to build networks of supportive friendships between young adults with and without developmental disabilities based on mutuality and common interests. This part time position is 3.75 hours per week and requires flexibility for project activities as required, including daytime, evening or weekend hours. Closing date: Wednesday/Feb 15, 2012. For a complete job description contact Michelle Erikson at michelle@cvcda.ca

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THE LEMARE GROUP is seeking Forestry Engineers to assist in road and cutback design. For those that display the qualities we desire we will provide remuneration that is above industry standard. Send resumes to the Planning Manager at (250)956-4888 or email vstavrakor@lemare.ca. MAINTENANCE/LOADER OPERATOR NEEDED This is a fulltime, permanent position starting immediately at our plant in Princeton, BC. Minimum of 10 years maintenance experience required on a variety of production and mobile equipment. Experience in a post mill, or small to medium size sawmill preferred. Must be able to handle a variety of tasks, work well with minimum supervision and be part of the team. Please submit resumes by fax 250295-7912 or email g_zieske@xplornet.ca

PORT HARDY-Available immediately, working Bodyshop Manager. Painter/Bodyman. Competitive pay, benefits and bonuses. Also looking for a Journeyman GM Technician. Send resumes to Attention Cory, klassengm@gmail.com or fax 250-949-7440.

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The Sid Williams Theatre JOB POSTING: PROMOTIONS COORDINATOR Duties Include: Advertising/marketing , media & sponsor relations , website & social media. Qualifications: Post Secondary Degree (eg.Busiess/Communications/Marketing) & 1 year industry experience, OR 3 years experience in marketing role. Must be computer proficient Posting closes FEB 10th, For full posting visit: sidwilliamstheatre.com

INCOME OPPORTUNITY EARN EXTRA Cash! - P/T, F/T Immediate Openings For men & women. Easy computer work, others positions are available. Can be done from home. No experience needed. www.HWC-BC.com HOME BASED Business. We need serious and motivated people for expanding health & wellness industry. High speed internet and phone essential. Free online training. www.project4wellness.com

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AUTOMATED TANK Manufacturing Inc. requires a Spray Foam & Paint Applicator. Must have minimum 2 years experience, and must be in good physical health. Great wages, benefits, full insurance package 100% paid by company, savings plan for retirement, profit sharing bonus, long term employment. Wages $33$35/hour. Join a winning team. Call 780-846-2231 for appointment or send resume to: Fax 780-846-2241 or email Blaine Ross at blaine@autotanks.ca or Basil Inder at production@autotanks.ca. EXPERIENCED DRILLERS, Derrickhands, Motorhands and Floorhands. Seeking full rig crews. Paying higher than industry rates and winter bonus. Send resume c/w valid tickets. Fax 780-955-2008; info@tempcodrilling.com. Phone 780-955-5537.

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

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Area Planner

Western Forest Products Inc. is currently seeking an Area Planner to join the Holberg Forest Operation, 45 minutes west of Port Hardy. Port Hardy, a welcoming community of just under 5,000 people is at the northern end of beautiful Vancouver Island and the gateway to Cape Scott Provincial Park. Found in the heart of a wilderness paradise Port Hardy is brimming over with recreational opportunities for kayakers, bird watchers, canoeists, cyclists, divers, hikers, hunters, and fresh or salt water fishing. Reporting to the Operations Planners, this full time position will be a critical role in Holberg’s Planning Department. You must be able to provide leadership in safety and stewardship for members in the Planning Department, complete and manage budgets, contributing to timber development for an annual cut of 500,000 M3, block development planning, Timber sort and block margin forecasting, supervise contractors and staff (layout, cruising, terrain, bridge designs, post harvest assessments, etc.) in addition to a multitude of other tasks and responsibilities. A detailed job posting can be viewed at http://www.westernforest.com/careers/current_openings.php The successful candidate will be team orientated with an ability to deliver results that are aligned with the strategic objectives of the business. He/she will have the ability to adopt and encourage innovative thinking that contributes to achieving practical solutions to complex problems. Western Forest Products Inc. is an integrated Canadian forest products company located on Vancouver Island that is committed to the safety of our employees, the culture of performance and the discipline to achieve results. WFP offers a competitive salary, a comprehensive benefit package and the potential to achieve annual performance rewards. If you believe that you have the skills and qualifications that we are looking for, please reply in confidence: Human Resource Department Facsimile: 866.840.9611 Email: resumes@westernforest.com Application Deadline: Fri., Feb.10/12 Reference Code: Area Planner, HFO

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ALL PRO Escorts & Strippers, 24-hour service. Visa/Mastercard. In home avail. Always hiring. Fast friendly service. 250-897-3332. www.allproescorts.com www.allprostrippers.com

HERBAL MAGIC Open House. Feb. 6th-12th. Drop by for prizes, discounts and product tasting. Special offer - lose weight, less than $10/week. Call 1-800-376-2104.

A.C.L. YARD WORKS. Offering Landscaping, Yard CleanUp, Lawn Mowing, Hedge Trimming, Gutters, Decks and Paving Stones, Retaining Walls and any odd jobs. Call Pat 250-218-4597.

WE BUY HOUSES

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.

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• K-12 • Reading/Writing • Math • Study Skills • Homework Help • Academic Assessments • Certified Teachers

DIAL-A-LAW: ACCESS free information on BC law. 604687-4680; 1-800-565-5297; www.dialalaw.org, audio available. Lawyer Referral Service. Need a lawyer? Learn more by calling 604-687-3221; 1-800-663-1919.

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Data Analyst Seymour Pacific Developments Ltd. requires an energetic, motivated and career-minded new Data Analyst to gather, analyze, and report data related to Seymour Pacific Developments Ltd. core business performance metrics. This will include both internal and external web metrics systems. Responsibilities will include: ensuring data is presented in a clear and actionable way; supporting site managers with information that assists their decision making; supporting senior managers with business intelligence; and enhancing the process of reporting on business performance. We strive for excellence in all that we do and constantly seek likeminded individuals to assist us with our mission. Qualifications and education: • Must have strong and proven project management skills • Must have strong and proven IT background • Able to integrate data bases • Exceptional critical thinking, analytical and advanced problem-solving skills • Great attention to detail and a keen eye for quantitative and qualitative anomalies • Demonstrated success in working effectively both independently and as part of a team • Ability to prioritize and complete a variety of incoming tasks with varied deadlines • Technical degree required • PM1 designation(s) an asset • Advanced skills in MS Project, Project Server and Excel • Preference given to candidates with demonstrated construction knowledge and experience Seymour Pacific Developments Ltd. offers competitive salary packages, an incredible work environment, and career advancement opportunities. To apply, please e-mail your cover letter, resume and salary expectation to careers@seymourpacific.ca or send via fax to 250-286-8047 We appreciate your interest in our career opportunities; however only those applicants selected for interview will be contacted. PROFESSIONAL/ MANAGEMENT

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Reporting to the Executive Director, the Social Worker actively networks with community and military resources to ensure a coordinated approach to the provision of services. The position requires at minimum: • Bachelor Degree in Social Work • Registration with BC College of Social Workers or like body • 3 years related experience Knowledge of the military lifestyle and bilingualism are definite assets For further details on this position, please check our website at: https://www.familyforce.ca/sites/Comox/EN/Lists/ Announcements/Attachments/40/PSI_JobPostingJan2012.pdf Closing Date: 4pm Feb 10, 2012 Please forward résumé and references to: COMOX MILITARY FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE P.O. Box 310, 1575 Military Row Lazo, BC V0R 2K0 ATTN: Executive Director Fax: 250 339-8199 We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

CARPENTRY JOURNEYMAN CARPENTERrepairs, renovations. Free estimates, all work guaranteed. Please call (250)337-5501 or visit: www.comoxvalleycarpenter.ca

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

DROWNING IN Debts? Helping Canadians 25 years. Lower payments by 30%, or cut debts 70% thru Settlements. Avoid bankruptcy! Free consultation. Toll Free 1 877-5563500 www.mydebtsolution.com

ELECTRICIAN Small jobs to new construction. B Connected Electrical. 250-792-2168. www.bzzzt.ca

AUCTIONS

BROIL KING gas barbecue w/cover, $50. Entertainment centre, $25. (250)334-0062.

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MORTGAGES Mortgage Help! Beat bank rates for purchases and refinances, immediate debt consolidation, foreclosure relief, and equity loans. Free, fast, friendly, private consultations. Call 1888-685-6181 www.mountaincitymortgage.ca PRIVATE MORTGAGE Lender. Funding smaller 2nd, 3rd, & interim mortgages. No fees! Please call 604-736-6914 or grpacific@telus.net. Courtesy to agents.

SERGER WHITE SuperLock 2900, 4-threads w/case. Used twice.$225/Firm 250-339-4412

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

STEEL BUILDINGS For all uses! Spring deals! Make an offer on sell-off models at factory and save thousands now! Call for free brochure - 1-800668-5111 ext. 170. VI’S HOT-TUB Covers, made in BC. Professional in home service. 250-897-8037.

MISCELLANEOUS WANTED LOOKING FOR a quality Salal source. Phone for details (604)483-9263.

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new double stainless sink, new pots, pans, trays, many new commercial kitchen appliances, convection ovens, fryers, grills, stacking chairs, ice maker... and so much more. New exterior doors, lift of fir lumber, Dee Zee plastic truck box, mint 6" king jointer, mint 10" commercial rex cut table saw, 1250 watt generator, steady mate stair elevator, s/s chimney, new pond skimmers, colormatic arc welder, new tile saw on stand, tools, propane stove, washer dryer set, RC gas planes, jacuzzi tub, garden bench & bridge, antique wardrobe, chairs, table & chair sets, coffee tables. Bedroom suites, showcase full of highly collectable items, 25 lots of new jewelry, saxophone, high end framed artwork, 4 collectable arcade games, approx 450 items.

Check out our website, for full ad. Viewing: Wed. 9-5 & Thurs. 9-6

Terms Cash, Visa, M/C, = • SAME DAY REMOVAL • CLOSED TUESDAYS, SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS

301-4685 Alderwood Pl. 3 bed, 2 bath, 5 appls., N/S Pet with deposit $1050/month Avail. Mar 1st 203-555 4th St. 2 bed,1 bath, N/P N/S 5 appls., $950/mth Avail. Mar 1st

1 1/2 ACRE fenced compound in City Limits ideal for storage. For additional info contact Ken at Ace Central 250-338-7666

RENTALS APARTMENT/CONDO

DUPLEXES/4PLEXES COMOX 3 BDRM Duplex, includes F/S, D/W, lawn maintenance. Avail immed. N/S, pet upon approval. $865/mo. Call 250-339-9805, 9am-6pm.

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

576 England Avenue Courtenay, B.C. 250-338-6900 APARTMENT/CONDOS 2 BDRM, 2 bath, island kitchen, 6 appls. interior storage, newer building, secured parking, N/P, N/S. 2 BDRM. renovated unit at Maplewood Manor. Paint, laminate flooring, lighting, plumbing, all upgraded. In suite storage - Adult building - N/P, N/S - $725.00

7-1720 13th Street 2 bdrms, 1 bath, 2 appls. N/S, N/P $725/mth Available Immed. 8-1720 13th Street 2 bdrms, 1 bath, 5 appls.,N/S, Pets upon appr. $800/mth Available Immed. 21-375 21 st Street 2 bed, 1 Bath, 2 Appls, N/S N/P, $650/mth Available Feb 1st

1 BDRM clean, renovated open concept unit - on Cousins Rd - $600

289A Nim Nim Pl 4 beds, 2 bath, 5 appls., single garage, N/S, pets upon appr. $1150/mth Available Feb 1st

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

625 22nd Street 4 Bed 1.5 Bath 5 appls. N/S N/P $1050/Mth Available Immed.

COURTENAY- 2 bdrm condo, 3rd floor, freshly painted, newer appls, $750. (250)338-3560

5797N. Island Hwy 4 beds, 2 baths, 2 appls, N/S N/P $1150/mth Available Mar 1st

GREAT LANDLORD seeks great tenant. Spotless 1 bdrm, reno’d, storage. Quiet, secure. Lndry. Central. 250-335-1599.

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103-111 Edgett 2 Bed, 1 bath, N/s, N/p, 4 Appls., $750/mth Avail. Mar 1st

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Restaurant Equipment & Regular Merchandise Auction Sale this week. New pizza prep table, new stainless tables,

205-130 Back Road 2 bed, 1 bath, N/S N/P 5 appls., $775 Mth Avail. Feb. 1st

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CAMPBELL RIVER

BLIZZARD 185 cm skiis. 260 tyrolian bindings. Sz 8 boots & carrier. Tyrolian ski bag. $200. obo 250-339-2228

MEDICAL SUPPLIES

GARDENING

CERTIFIED CARPENTER. Kitchen, bathrooms, decks, etc. All your renovation needs. Emery, 250-218-0734.

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M O N E Y P R OV I D E R . C O M . $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877-776-1660.

We invite you to join us at Alley Cuts Salon in Cumberland. To book an appointment, please contact us at 250 336 8224 We look forward to seeing you there!

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

W W W . C O A S T C A B I N E TRY.CA affordable cabinets and countertops. 250-8509915

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

Kim & Rhonda have moved to a new location!

QUALITY TIMOTHY Kentucky Blue hay for sale. $6/bale. Call 250-338-6314.

HEATED MASSAGE Seat cushion $40. Electric meat slicer $35. (250)336-2750.

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

HAIRSTYLISTS

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

COUNTERTOPS

ELECTRICAL

Is Seeking A FAMILY SUPPORT SOCIAL WORKER (30hrs/wk) The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and implementing prevention and support services to military families. This includes crisis intervention, short-term counselling, assessment & referral and group facilitation.

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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!

Do you have standing timber on your property, we can turn it into money.

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OYSTER RIVER, 2 bdrm mobile, w/ addition in 50+ park, fresh paint and laminate throughout, covered deck and small fenced yard, small pets neg, walking distance to the areas amenities, avail now, $800 mo, dam dep & ref’s please. Call 250-337-1911. PUNTLEDGE AREA3-4 Bdrms. Avail Now. N/S, sm pet ok, within walking distance to schools & downtown. Backs onto Morrison Creek. Fenced yard, 5 appls, inclds RV prking. $1350. 250.338.7208 or email: jjbc75@telus.net COURTENAY- 2 bdrms main level character home. 6 appls, hydro included, hardwood. NS/NP. Refs. Avail Mar 1. Quiet. $950. 250-792-3041. MOBILE HOME for rent 3br 2bath 1/2 acre lot, heated garage/shop Waveland Rd close to town. $1100. mo. Avail Mar.1. 1-780 707-1569 COMOXSEMI-COUNTRY setting. 2 bdrms, 1.5 baths, carport, shop. Mar 1. NP/NS. Refs. $900. (250)339-0270.


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RENTALS

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COURTENAY: 2 bdrm mobile home, clean, NP/NS. Refs req. $700. Call (250)339-7566.

AFFORDABLE FAMILY HOUSING Courtenay & Campbell River. 2-3-4 bdrm townhomes now available. W/D hook-up. Children a must. Some restrictions apply. References req’d. For info call (250)923-4145 or (250)703-0357.

COURTENAY- 2 bdrm townhouse, sm cat welcome, background checks req’d. $695 Ken, 250-334-8468.

TOWNHOUSES

TOWNHOUSES

SOINTULA, (N. Island) ocean front/view suites/all inclusive. Weekly, monthly, $200 week. (250)230-6722

OFFICE/RETAIL 250-897-1611 Licensed Professionals www.pennylane.bc.ca

COZY RANCHER in Ctny West, 2 bdrm, 1 1/2 bath, 5 appls, garage, deck, partially fenced, N/S, No pets. Avail. Mar. 1 - $1,100/mth BRAND NEW 3 bdrm, 2 1/2 bath home in Puntledge area, 5 appls, gas F/P, garage, N/S, No pets. Avail. Feb. 1 - $1,300/mth VALLEY VIEW RANCHER 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 5 appls, gas F/P, double garage, fenced yrd, N/S, No pets. Avail. Mar. 1 - $1,200/mth

APARTMENT/CONDO

220SQFT RETAIL/OFFICE 1787 Comox Ave. Prime downtown location. 339-5098 FOR LEASE- 1100 sq ft. 5th Street Retail, $10 plus NNN. Phone: 250-890-2067. Email: tomn.unified@gmail.com

ROOMS FOR RENT FURNISHED RM. for rent. Utilities incl. N/D, N/P $375/mo Avail Mar1/Mar15th. 871-2808

SUITES, LOWER COMOX- newly reno’d, 700sq ft 1 bdrm bsmt suite. All utils incld. Priv. entr., shared laundry. NS/NP. Refs req. Avail now. $620 mo. (250)339-4841.

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#1-1830 Doyle Road, Campbell River Ph: 250-286-6133 DO YOU CARE about where you live? Do high standards of maintenance, service and cleanliness matter to you? Do you prefer quiet, mature neighbours? If yes, please give us a call and discover how the quality of ownership and management makes all the difference. We have the best managed, finest apartments in the most convenient locations in the Comox Valley. Locally owned - we own and manage our own buildings only. Check the difference. Please refer to available apartments listed below. TELEPHONE 250-703-2264 | 250-338-0267 | 250-339-1222

GREENBRIER 750 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.

OAKCREST 1155 Stewart Ave. TWO BEDROOM CORNER suite. Very bright spacious and nicely renovated. Excellent location in central Courtenay. Security entry. Private storage room. Full sized appliances. Quiet, mature adult neighbours. Well managed and maintained. No pets. Call John @ 250-703-2264.

TRADEWINDS 1600 Comox Ave. Independent Living for Seniors “The Affordable Alternative” TWO BEDROOM nicely renovated suite - spacious and modern. Excellent location in central Comox walking distance to everything. In suite storage. Extra large kitchen and dining area. Resident social room. Elevator and security entry. A very well maintained and well managed building. One Bedroom also available. Call Greg @ 250-339-1222.

WESTWATER 60 Anderton Ave. TWO BEDROOM nicely renovated top floor suite. Ensuite, Jacuzzi tub, fireplace, in suite washer/ dryer. New appliances. Within walking distance to downtown. Well maintained and well managed building with quiet, mature neighbours. Resident social room. Indoor scooter parking. Elevator. Security entry. No pets. One Bedroom also available. Call John @ 250-703-2264.

GLENSHEE 1800 Comox Ave. ONE BEDROOM nicely renovated, spacious suite. Quiet, mature adult neighbours. Excellent location in heart of Comox - walking distance to everything. Rent includes heat and hot water. Security entry and elevator. Call Greg @ 250-339-1222.

HYCROFT 1835 Cliffe Ave. ONE BEDROOM nicely renovated in a quiet, mature adult building in central Courtenay. Very spacious. Well maintained and managed. Elevator and Security entry. Two Bedroom also available. Call David @ 250-338-0267.

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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.

250-334-3078

Call Pat at 250-703-6965

RUTHERFORD MANOR

ANDERTON ARMS

1075 Edgett Road, Courtenay

426 Anderton Ave, 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.

Cozy 1 Bdrm in a great location! Overlooks Puntledge River and Lewis Park. Short walk to downtown and shopping. Includes basic cable. 2 references required.

For viewing call Donna 250-334-9667

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WILLOW ARMS APARTMENT

1252-9th St, Courtenay www.advancedpm.ca

250-338-2472

APARTMENTS / CONDOS DRIFTWOOD CONDOS

1 & 2 bdrm condos in conveniently located complex offer ground or upper level entry, 2 appl & on site coin-op laundry; located within walking distance to all amenities; N/S; immediate possession; rents from $625/month

SUITES

KENDAL AVENUE SUITES

Beautiful suite in new Cumberland subdivision features 1 bdrm, 1 bath, 4 appl., beautiful kitchen cabinetry & other amazing finishings; ideal for single person or couple; $650/ month; immediate possession.

DUPLEXES

ROBERT LANG DUPLEX

Upper duplex features 3 bdrms, 1 bath, 4 appl. & large deck; near trails & river; pet may be considered w/deposit; $950/ month; immediate possession.

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.

For viewing please call Donna 250-334-9667

ARRAN HOUSE APARTMENTS 1015 Cumberland Rd, Courtenay TWO BEDROOM SUITE available in wellmanaged building. Excellent location close to downtown, ideal for seniors with bus stop out front. Well maintained units offer in-suite storage room. House cat accepted with pet deposit.

Contact On-Site Managers for viewing. 250-334-9717

URQUHART DUPLEX

Beautifully renovated Courtenay duplex features new kitchen & appl., new paint & new flooring throughout, in addition to other improvements; 3 bdrms, 1.5 baths, 3 appl, plus shared laundry; fenced, easy to maintain yard; $1100/mo.; immediate possession.

HOMES

UNION BAY RANCHER

Charming rancher on top of the hill with scenic views! Home features 1/2 acre, deck designed for entertaining, 3 bdrm, 2 baths, wood fireplace, 5 appl, & large yard w/landscaping included. Pets negotiable w/deposit; N/S; immediate possession; $1200/mth.

KYE BAY EXECUTIVE HOME

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

URQUHART PLACE HOME

Fully renovated 3 bdrm, 2 bath home w/beautiful solarium features, 5 appl., garage, & tiered backyard for the gardening enthusiast; walking distance to schools and Puntledge Park; avail. Immediate possession; $1100/month

5TH STREET E. RANCHER

Situated in fantastic neighbourhood near shopping, College, Aquatic Centre, & Crown Isle Golf, this 2 bdrm, 1 bath rancher features 4 appl, oak cabinets, vaulted ceilings, skylights, carport, fully fenced yard & 10 X 16 shop; security system is installed & can be hooked up; small pet may be considered w/ deposit; avail Mar 1; $1100/month

KENDAL AVENUE HOMES

Enjoy 9 foot ceilings, natural gas fireplace, beautiful finishings, & deck areas; Features 3 bdrms, 2 baths, 5 appl, laminate & carpet flooring mix, beautiful kitchen cabinetry & pantry. Rent from $1100/month; immediate possession.

TOWNHOMES PINE PLACE

Spacious 2 bdrm townhomes feature 2 or 4 appliances, new/ recent renovations, patio area & storage; ideally located near schools & all amenities; rent from $750/month; immediate possession.

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

Call Sharon 250-338-7449

CONDOS

PACIFIC COURT

VANRIDGE MANOR

1520/1540 Piercy Ave., Courtenay

123 Back Road, Courtenay

2 bedroom available immediately and March 1st, in clean, quiet building with onsite manager, close to town, schools, and bus. Stove, fridge, blinds and carpet.

In-suite storage with washer and dryer. Small pets welcome.

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.

To View, Call 250-334-4483

Call 250-703-2570

BEECHER MANOR 1045 Cumberland Road, Courtenay BRIGHT AND SPACIOUS 1 & 2 bedroom condos available close to downtown - 2 bedroom units feature 1.5 baths. This quiet, well maintained building suits mature adults. Bus stop is conveniently located out front. Small dogs accepted with pet deposit.

Call 250-334-9717 to view TOWNHOUSES

TORRY PINES 1560-13th Street, Courtenay ATTRACTIVE 2 bedroom townhouses have been completely renovated - enjoy new appliances, flooring and bathroom fittings in these spacious units. Friendly and quiet atmosphere make it ideal for family or working couple. Large, private patio area allows great access for your pet. Small dogs accepted with pet deposit.

Call 250-334-9717

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AUTO FINANCING Auto Financing 1.800.910.6402

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Curlers back to B.C. championship They made it out of the interregional playdown in the Comox Valley last year, and this year Team Harris repeated their performance in New Westminster to qualify for the Senior Men’s Provincial Championship in Kelowna, Feb. 14-19. “It took a total team effort to achieve this,” explains skip Wayne Harris. “The crew showed up to play on Jan. 19 and didn’t quit till the last rock of the ‘C’ final on Sunday.” It took 28 ends of back-to-back curling on Sunday to earn the C1 Qualifier, but teammates Alan deJersey, Richard Tanguay, Rick Thomson and fifth player Fred Pugh were up for the challenge. “We worked really hard for this one,” says deJersey. “We got on board with The Joint Physiotherapy and sport injury centre to improve our level of fitness.” That paid off in spades as they entered their third game on Sunday. “We started working with Eddie (The Joint) in August, he got so excited about what a bunch of old guys could do he became a curler

RETURNING TO THE provincial championships are, from left: Coach Lindsey Sparkes, 5th Fred Pugh, lead Rick Thomson, 2nd Richard Tanguay, 3rd Alan deJersey, skip Wayne Harris. himself!” The weekly workouts are important, but equally important is the dedication to practise and play. “Our coach, Lindsey Sparkes, has to be the most patient person I know. She knows we play too much, and don’t practise enough. But there she is with

book in hand behind the glass looking for the little (or not so little) things we could do better,” explains Harris. “She has a tremendous impact on the success this team enjoys.” This curling team has travelled extensively in their preparations this year, playing in

Seattle, New West and tournaments on the Island. “We could not have done this without the help of our team sponsors, DSJ Electric, Colonial Countertops, and Island Truss. Without that support it would simply be unaffordable to compete.” The Harris team

would like to acknowledge and thank the local curling community as well as Campbell River for their good wishes as they continue to work toward their goal. “Playing in the BC Provincial, it doesn’t get any better than that!” – Team Harris

Hangover bonspiel another success The Comox Valley Curling Club was once again the hub of the action Jan. 27-29 as the Hangover League hosted their annual Eric Chayco Memorial Bonspiel. “We are fortunate to have a dedicated following for this event that Eric put into place long ago,” said an event spokesperson. “Our job is made easier by the legacy he left; we just keep the wheels turning.” And dedicated they are; many of the same people have been bringing teams to this weekend for over 20 years, coming from Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, North Island and even Calgary, not to mention the local teams that come out to support this bonspiel. Of the 48 rinks that entered this spiel, only 16 would be at the prize table on Sunday. “We thank everyone that came to play, and hope at the end of the day all can say they had a great time,” the spokesperson said. “It’s what this weekend is all about.” The On The Level Custom Finishing ‘A’ event saw two local favourites square off in the final. The Mike

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Imrie rink with imported sharpshooter Kevin Maffioli, Mike Meeres and Paul Otto were in good shape coming home, up one without the hammer against Ron Schmidt’s squad, but things started looking bad when Imrie was faced with a sea of opposition stones. All Imrie could do was make a nice tap back to lay shot and hope for the best. Schmidt’s last shot to remove it for a bunch over curled, giving up the steal for the game. Local teams John Bill and Kirk Kirkoski claimed third and fourth in the event. The ‘B’ event, spon-

sored by RST for Fishing, came down to a pair of Hangover teams. Another great game through six ends but the Marty Duda rink put some serious pressure on in the seventh. If the Wayne Harris squad doesn’t pull off a great shot with their last rock, Velcro was bound to rip. Harris, with Stew Larson, Fred Pugh and Don Nickason, put it close enough as Duda’s last shot missed the mark, giving up the steal and a three-point margin playing the eighth. The Harris foursome won the event, leaving Port Hardy’s

Doug McQuorkindale at third and local Rick Cowles at fourth. Welcoming new ‘C’ event sponsor, The Joint Physiotherapy and Sport Injury Centre, the visiting Albertans under Ned Mazur proved too much for the local Richard Tanguay squad and flew home with the hardware. Victoria’s Ron Bilodeau and local supporter of the Hangover league Mike Simmons claimed third and fourth, respectively. The Barry Edgett Memorial ‘D’ event traditional pickle dish trophies were awarded to Campbell River’s Tom

Veary, Ron Reynolds, Kevin John and Ross Campbell after defeating Bob McCusker and sons in another close match. Paul Daskeywich and the Gossen rink picked third and fourth. The prestigious Spirit of the Spiel award, another tradition inspired by Chayco “to recognize the curler who most displays the true spirit of the Hangover Bonspiel” was awarded to Tom Veary of Campbell River. “Tom is a fabulous advocate for the sport of curling at all levels and has been at the forefront of curling in Campbell River for a long time,” the bonspiel spokesperson said. “The Hangover League thanks all those that helped to make this a great event. Our event sponsors mentioned above as well as Crown Isle Golf Resort, Glacier Greens, Sunnydale Golf, Thrifty Foods and Rick and Buff at Visual Sound Store. Thanks also to the staff at the Comox Valley Curling Club for allowing us to do what we do and catering to our needs. We look forward to next year!” – Hangover League


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Comox BIA looks to enhance gateway to the Valley Erin Haluschak Record Staff

Acting as a gateway into the Comox Valley, Tia Otter sees downtown Comox full of endless possibilities. Otter is the president of Comox Business in Action, an organization dedicated to the promotion of trade, business, signage and infrastructure of the town’s downtown core. She said her goal, along with that of her

new board, is to create a more viable downtown while developing partnerships with other local organizations including the Comox Valley Chamber or Commerce, the Comox Valley Economic Development Society and even the Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association. “We want to create a more business-friendly downtown,” she explained, and added

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the organization has a variety of plans for the coming year.

“We are currently in the process of revamping our website. We want to create a stronger web presence and make it more userfriendly.” The BIA recently added Kathy Penner as the new co-ordinator, who brings years of experience and ideas to the organization. Otter said a new board has already begun seeing their ideas come to life, as the Comox Christmas

event/Celebration of Lights was an overwhelming success. This year, another new feature is associate memberships into the BIA, which are organizations or businesses that fall outside the organization’s boundaries, but play an important role in the development of downtown, such as Filberg Lodge. Otter added a new project for the year will be a banner promotion,

Financial planners not just for the wealthy Melissa Cassar Special to the Record

It’s not uncommon to feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of important decisions we need to make concerning retirement accounts, investments, college savings and other complicated financial issues. That’s one reason more and more people turn to professional financial advisers to help them navigate an increasingly complex economic world. And it’s not just the wealthy who require these services; many middle-class families are turning to outside financial advice as well. Some people simply require a onetime, objective opinion about whether their current financial plan will meet their future needs, whether for saving for retirement, buying a home or building a sufficient emergency fund. Others haven’t even started a plan and don’t know where to begin. Here are a few suggestions for finding the right financial adviser: Look for someone well-qualified in their field, whose ethics and professional behaviour are above reproach and with whom you can be comfortable discussing intimate financial details. Seek someone who asks probing questions, listens to your needs and concerns, won’t try to sell you unneeded products or services, and can explain in plain English the potential risks and rewards of every recommended action. Ask for referrals from trusted friends, relatives, coworkers and professionals such as accountants and lawyers. Find out what factors they used to choose their financial

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areas of specialization, etc. Qualifications, including education, credentials and other certifications. Fee structure – are they paid an hourly rate, a flat fee per task, by commission, or a combination of fees and commissions. Services and products offered – some people believe it’s a conflict of interest for advisers to earn commissions for products they recommend, so ask for full disclosure if they aren’t ‘fee-only.’ References from current and past clients. Most groups that certify financial planners have their own credentialing requirements, regulators and ethical guidelines, but education and experience requirements vary. Look online for resources in order to learn more about the different types of finan-

cial planners. Many considerations come into play when hiring a financial planner, but it’s worth the effort. You wouldn’t entrust your health to a doctor in whom you don’t have complete confidence, and the

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where local artists will be invited to design a new banner for the downtown area. “The BIA is also planning a series of events, including going forward with the Comox Cup, the Shellfish Festival, Nautical Days, working with the Filberg Festival,

Originals Only and our Christmas event,” she noted. “We’ve had great feedback with our events in Comox. “Through our air and water connections, Comox is truly the gateway to the Valley,” she added. photos@comoxvalleyrecord.com

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Progress at a price? While empty storefronts in downtown Courtenay look awful, only three businesses have closed recently, and it isn’t the first time stores have closed in the city’s core. The real concern is that empty storefronts will become commonplace. Mayor Larry Jangula says the situation is complicated, an opinion supported by a recently retired downtown businessman. Reasons for business closures include online shopping, big box stores, minimum wage increases for potential shoppers and property tax increases, lists Blaine Douglas, who owned Rickson’s Menswear for about three decades. His store’s property taxes rose 48 per cent since 2006, which underscores the call by some in November’s municipal election campaigns to reduce spending so taxes can be cut. Downtown property owner Mike Laver said taxes on four of his Courtenay commercial rental properties have increased between 30 and 51 per cent in five years. Noting owners of commercial properties pay taxes at a rate of almost three times what residential owners shell out, Laver wants the ratio adjusted to help businesses. Courtenay did just that last year, and the mayor acknowledges that tilting the ratio further would add to household taxes. That would cut more into the income of potential shoppers upon whom merchants rely. As the mayor said, the situation is complicated. So maybe it’s not fair to blame big box stores for building on the outskirts, undercutting prices charged by small business owners and sucking shoppers out of downtown. Except this scenario has played out in countless North American towns, and it’s easy to worry this is happening right here in the Comox Valley. It’s also easy for local politicians to distance themselves from the effects of their decisions. We can’t hold the effects of online shopping against them, and it must be well-nigh impossible to say no when the big boxes come calling. Still, they come with a cost to downtowns. editor@comoxvalleyrecord.com

Record Question of the Week This week: Seventy-two per cent of respondents so far say they are concerned about empty storefronts on Fifth Street in downtown Courtenay. Are you? Either way, cast your electronic vote by visiting www.comoxvalleyrecord.com and voting in the Poll. Geo George Sawchuk is gone but, j judging from the postings on our website, he left an indelible mark on many people, particularly art lovers.

A mechanical failure on the Queen of Burnaby caused all ferry sailings between Little River and Powell River to be cancelled Monday, disrupting people’s plans.

It’s not the fault of the care aides Dear editor, My friend lives in a residential care ward in the Seniors Village here in Courtenay. She is one of the many people who are unable to look after themselves. I visit her frequently and while there, I observe things that don’t get done for her. Things that effect her quality of life, her dignity, in what is now, her home. A cord or towel or other obstruction on the floor which prevents her driving her chair to reach her phone; the call bell rope or TV remote is not within her reach; no one mixed her cereal and yogurt for breakfast or toasted her sandwich as she prefers; she hasn’t been put on the toilet or her diaper has not been changed all day; she gets bathed or showered once or twice a week; a winter outing without having had her jacket put on; her chair’s motors not engaged so she is immobilized, etc. These, and many other things, have to be done by someone else

and they take time. Some only a few minutes each, others much longer but, multiply this by 16, the number of residents on this ward, who also are unable to look after themselves, and give them only two care aides to attend to all these needs. And there are some tasks that require the presence of both care aides to attend one resident, which leaves the other 15 residents in limbo. I see the care aides racing from one call to the next. They must prioritize on the fly. Of course some things are not attended to! The care aides care. They want to do everything, to make life easier for those who are unable to help themselves but, they can’t be in two places at once. I see their stress and wonder about their burnout rate. And it doesn’t help when an angry visitor berates them because their mother or father received only the basic care. There should be twice the staff

in residential care. Don’t blame the care aides. But, you can’t fault the management or owners either. The ratio of staff to residents, I understand, is set by VIHA (Vancouver Island Health Authority) — those same civil servants that we pay to look after the needs of our citizens who are unable to look after themselves. That ratio may work for the assisted living residents who can still look after themselves but, not for those in residential care. I don’t know how much the head of VIHA makes but, whatever the amount, it’s too much. He or she has failed miserably at providing enough staff for the proper care of those who are no longer able to care for themselves. Please fix this. Double the care aide staff. Enable the care aides to care for the residents as worthy human beings. Gordon Russell Courtenay

Council no friends of Comox deer Dear editor, Oh, great. Now we’ve had an unleashed dog chasing and killing deer in and around Filberg Park, where the deer used to be safe. Comox council deserves a share of the blame. Everyone knows bylaw enforcement here is a joke. Council has shirked its responsibility and created an atmosphere in which some people feel free to run their dogs off-leash in any park they like. Council’s approach is, if you ignore a problem long enough, maybe it will go away. Council’s method is, you can please some people by creating a bylaw, and the rest of them by not enforcing it. For that, we need a council? They know there’s a dog con-

trol problem, and could have created a fenced dog park in an isolated area to protect both people and deer. Or, they could enforce our bylaws. They’ve done neither. I was recently in a city where deer roam freely and safely in public parks, and they’re a huge tourist draw. Vendors sell packets of animal-friendly crackers to feed the deer. I don’t think tourists will bring their children to Comox to watch a deer being mauled in a park by an out-of-control dog. So people have to fence their gardens and drive carefully. So what? I can hardly wait for another round of shrill letters from those who think keeping Fido on a leash in a public park is some kind of mortal sin. Council

has let itself be intimidated by that tiny, noisy, minority, and endangered indigenous wildlife through its inaction. Council is part of the problem, not part of the solution. J. Cates, Comox

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All the trees, all the minerals … Dear editor, Tom Fletcher’s significant, eye-opening editorial “Questioning U.S. ‘environmentalists” (Jan. 25) was truly frightening. It’s no longer even a question; the facts have been revealed — the hijacking of our very democratic processes and systems is backed by massive foreign funding. The big, multinational organizations that Tom mentions speaks of owe no loyalty to any one country and are therefore a threat to democracy. They have no ethics and only care about the bottom line — making their donors happy. Soon they will be more powerful than governments. While Tom points out how they have been duping our media into entrenching all our urban minds since the ‘80s with their job-destroying mantra of “No forestry, No oil, No gas, and No more dams”, I’ve recently witnessed the emergence of more subtle but

equally sinister brainwashing tactics by the foreign infiltrators. Right through the centre of urban Courtenay I saw, in broad daylight, a professional protester from Oregon driving a so-called “fuel-efficient” vehicle with a bumper sticker that blared CONSUME LESS, SHARE MORE. Imagine the millions of jobs that would be lost if that notion caught on. Consume less? What a disgusting message for our children to see. Sharing? Imagine our potential loss of oil revenues if one billion people in China strive to share cars instead of having two or three for each family. What would be left of our future? This country needs to counteract the aggressive, radical ideological agenda with a new agenda that’s not radical. How about a massive media campaign to encourage everyone to eat more food, drink more, fly

more, drive farther and faster preferably in big trucks, build bigger houses with five cars in every garage, two TVs in every room, and to just buy more stuff in general. Why not counteract their No mantra with a Yes mantra: something like, “All the trees, All the minerals, All the oil, All the gas, All the coal, pipelines everywhere and damn all the rivers.” After all, what’s the point of having clean water to drink and clean air to breathe and a pattern of consumption that the planet can sustain if there are no jobs. And as for those pesky inferior wild salmon, I say the sooner they’re extinct the better; that way the wild salmon huggers can’t complain that a couple of little oil tanker spills might cause them discomfort. Get them out of the way of progress asap! Andrew Nicoll, Courtenay

City council to blame for malaise Dear editor, Not often does an executioner express consternation when his — or equally appropriately, hers — bullet hits the mark. Yet, that is precisely the case with Courtenay’s slide into a downtown of decay and vacant shops. Consecutive, development-obsessed councils have seen to that. And scarce a resident who could not have foretold the inevitable outcome of willy-nilly handing out permits to an increasing number of big box stores. There could be no other outcome. Competition became moot.

Either council members were deaf — for there were no shortage of warnings — or deliberately steered their city onto the same course as Detroit, Chicago, and many other big, nowdilapidated, cities on the continent. The current hand-wringing takes on the masquerade of crocodile tears. The issue presumably boils down to whether a downtown shopping core is necessary, or even desirable. As to that, of course, each taxpayer must make up his or hers own mind. Which then becomes a legitimate choice. The current state of

affairs is not. It was imposed by officials elected to run the city’s business. Their responsibility rested not only in securing orderly, appropriate new construction but in ensuring that transitions did not occur at the cost of the very heart that makes any urban area tick. Not by extraordinary protection but by simply making continued competition viable. The Comox Valley, natural beauty its asset, is literally swamped with commercial outlets selling the same range of stock. Of manufactur-

ing there is little, forestry remains a far cry from of old, fisheries are way down, heavy industry in name only, farming extant but not excessive. Just tourism and certain recreational activities give hope of continued incomes. And CFB Comox, of course. The one saving economical grace! The money its personnel and their dependents pump into the community amount to tens of millions annually. New construction on the base, likewise. Of which, of course, the box stores are there to take full advantage. Thus, perversely, without the air base the downtown core might not now be in trouble. But that is to hang St. Luke for Lucifer — the accountability rests squarely with three or four councils too short-sighted for their city’s own good. And now, it seems, the rending of clothes have begun — ashes on heads — loud lamentations — deep concerns... Laughable! Finn Schultz-Lorentzen, Courtenay

Glorifying home costs unreal Dear editor, While I fully agree with Andy MacDougall’s opinion (Record, Feb. 3) of the fact that our perceived poverty and the need for culture and media-driven products and services are what are making more of us cash-poor, I find a sad correlation to an article on the previous page that states that yet another rise in real estate values is somehow a good thing. I am tired of hearing that the rise in the cost of basic shelter is a sign that we in the Comox Val-

ley are doing better. If you cannot afford to pay your rent and feed yourself and your family then nothing else matters. By glorifying the rise in real estate values and ignoring the impact of increasing tax rates on those that have lived here all their lives and by shutting out those that would love to stay here, we are committing a grave disservice to the future of this beautiful Valley many of us call home. Robert McMillan, Comox Valley

WE WANTED TO express our gratitude for all of the recent efforts in support of our son, Nathan Loukes. Over $15,000 was raised on our behalf, and we are both shocked and deeply touched by how supportive and generous our friends, family and community have been. We are extremely happy to say that Nathan has begun treatment with the fairly new drug Aclasta at the Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. While approved by government for use in Canada, this drug has yet to be approved for coverage by extended medical plans, and costs the patient $600 per infusion, which are to be given at three- to six-month intervals for the duration of the patient’s life. We are so thrilled to now have the funding, allowing Nathan to be the first child to receive this collagen restructuring drug at the Children’s Hospital. His progress will be monitored, as will the effects that this drug will have on his eye pressure, but it is predicted to reduce fractures by over 50 per cent — a truly amazing outcome! We will keep you updated on his progress, and wish to thank you again for your generosity.

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THANK YOU TO the Comox Valley Record for your 2012 Comox Valley heritage calendars or, as we call them, our home check calendars. In our housing complex, there are some single seniors who have these calendars tacked on the outside of their apartment doors. As they leave each morning, they check off the date so that anyone passing in the hallway can see at a glance whether their neighbour is up and about. We are very appreciative and make good use of these calendars every new year.

ment of St. Joe’s: Each time I called the Nurses’ Hotline first to make sure that my injury or sudden pain actually needed to be checked out, only to be lectured at the hospital about wasting everybody’s time, and having my character impugned once I got there. (Incidentally, I don’t use drugs or drink.) Fortunately for me, after each visit, it turned out that I had nothing seriously wrong. However, not being a medical professional I had no way of knowing that, and I did not deserve the treatment that I received. Neither did Mr. LeBlanc, who still might have the use of his legs and arms if he had been tested, diagnosed, and treated earlier.

I’M NOT SURPRISED to hear about poor Isaac LeBlanc, who went to emergency three times before anyone took him seriously, only to end up paralyzed and having to be shipped to Victoria. (“Fourth time lucky for man...” -- Jan. 25). In the past 20 years I’ve had three similar experiences with the emergency depart-

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Assessing assessments Anna Jorgensen

the charts, just how much more would you be willing to pay for it? Let’s face it, if that Assessors are supnumber is higher than posed to base evaluwhat any buyer in the ations on comparable market is willing to sales from the prior pay — you’re essenyear. tially buying your own The reality is they house back by not sellcan’t get around to ing it for less! every house, they usuComparable sales ally don’t go inside any are another area to house, and there aren’t consider but they usually enough are really secondcomparable sales It’s always a good ary to listings. in the immediate Buyers can’t buy neighbourhood at idea to put your ‘Buyer the ones that have that specific time Hat’ on when looking at sold. required. If you’re fairly As far as mar- what’s available. If you priced according ket value goes, it were the buyer, be honest to your competidoesn’t matter. with yourself; which one tion but the only Properties have similar homes sold $100,000+ would you pick? have sold for sigover the assessed nificantly less, value and the same townhouse? If there are several the market could be amount under. Looking at various homes that are simi- stagnant in that upper blocks of time for resi- lar to yours, it’s much range you’re in. And a lot of sellers dential sales in 2011 easier to determine here are the statistics where your home fits. are surprised at how from the Vancouver You want to be ahead much (or more accuIsland Real Estate of your top three com- rately how much less) their neighbour down petition. Board: It’s always a good the street actually sold April: 91 sales – 67 per cent sold above the idea to put your ‘Buyer for. For more about BC Hat’ on when looking BC Assessment. visit August: 55 sales – 62 at what’s available. If Assessments, per cent sold above the you were the buyer, be www.bcassessments. honest with yourself; ca. BC Assessment. Anna Jorgensen is December: 38 sales – which one would you with Royal LePage in 54 per cent sold above pick? Even if yours tops the Comox Valley. the BC Assessment. There was no obvi- STORES FLYERS DEALS COUPONS BROCHURES ous correlation between CATALOGUES CONTESTS PRODUCTS STORES FLYERS area, style or price DEALS COUPONS BROCHURES CATALOGUES CONTESTS PRODUC DUCTS TS STORES STO RES FLYERS FLY ERS DEALS DEALS COUPO COUPONS NS range though a higher PRO BROCHURES CATALOGUES CONTESTS PRODUCTS number of newer (three STORES FLYERS DEALS COUPONS BROCHURES years or less) homes CATALOGUES CONTESTS PRODUCTS STORES FLYERS sold during the times DEALS COUPONS STORES FLYERS DEALS COUPONS when there were a BROCHURES CATALOGUES CONTESTS PRODUCTS STORES STO RES FLYERS FLY ERS DEALS DEALS COUPO COUPONS NS BROCHU BRO CHURES RES higher number of sales CAT Make the resolution CATALO ALOGUE ALO GUES GUE S CONT CONT ONTEST ESTS EST S PR PRODU ODUCTS ODU CTS ST STORE ORES ORE S FLY FLYERS ERS over BC Assessment DEALS DEA LS COU COUPON PONS PON S BROC BROC ROCHUR HURES HUR ES CAT CATALO ALOGU ALO GU to save time and money and most of those were newer. Take out those newer homes and the percentages are very close year round. Clear as mud? In other words, time of year doesn’t affect list to sell ratios in terms of how close to the assessed value the STORES TORES s FLYERS F YERS s DEAL FL DEALS house will sell for. COUPONS s BROCHURES s CATALOGUES What affects market CONTESTS s PRODUCTS values? From a realtor’s perspective, market value is the amount a house Save time, save money. will sell for given an arm’s-length transacVisit our other Black Press sites tion between what a seller will sell for and a buyer will pay. The market determines a home’s value — supply and demand. If there is a ready, willing, able buyer in the market place and they are looking at your home, what are their other options? This doesn’t just mean what other homes are out there that are like yours. It means, might they consider building a new home; renovating an older home; going into a patio home instead of

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THERE WERE MANY offerings at the second annual Comox Valley Whiskey Fest Saturday night at the Westerly Hotel, including a variety of samples from the Macallan portfolio of whiskeys. PHOTOS BY ERIN HALUSCHAK

Whiskey fest bigger and better More than $14,000 to Wheels for Wellness and hospital Renée Andor Record Staff

Even bigger and better, the Comox Valley Whiskey Fest was a huge success for the second time. Co-organizer and Comox Rotarian Suzanne Judge said she’s delighted the festival sold out and over $14,000 will go to Wheels for Wellness and the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation. “I’m really impressed with the Comox Valley public; I’m so impressed with their support for this; people are just wonderful,” said Judge. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Comox and the Westerly Hotel, the second annual Whiskey Fest had 200 tickets, most of which sold in the first few weeks. Things kicked off on Friday evening with Dinner with the Johnnies, a six-course

AFTER THE SAMPLE, the bottle was worth a second look. meal with five Johnnie Walker whiskey pairings. Five seminars, ranging from whiskey for beginners to a master class, gave a chance for everyone from the uninitiated up to the connoisseur to learn more about whiskey. The grand tasting of over 50 different whiskeys and interesting food items was on Saturday night. Comox

Valley resident Heini Von Schilling has been drinking whiskey since he was 15 years old, and time has not changed his love for the drink. “I think they should do this more often,” said Von Schilling with a grin, adding that he missed the previous year’s festival only because he was out of town. Ten distributors

were set up at tables around a large room at the Westerly Hotel offering a wide array of Scottish whiskeys, but also some from Ireland, and Canada, and even Japan and India. Wheels for Wellness and Comox Valley Dodge provided complimentary rides at the end of the night to ensure festival-goers arrived safely home after sipping away the evening. And the Westerly Hotel offered discounted room rates for out-of-towners. Judge said the hotel was instrumental in making the festival a success. “This hotel, the staff, the management, have been amazing,” said Judge, adding that the hotel’s discounted rates on things like food helped more money go to the two recipient organizations. Judge said the festival will happen again next year “without a doubt” and she believes it will for many years after, too. “I can’t wait ‘til we’re doing the 20th annual, I really can’t,” she said with a smile. writer@comoxvalleyrecord.com

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