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RCMP officer injured as vehicles collide Officer suffers multiple injuries, including broken legs, possible broken arm Record Staff A Comox Valley RCMP officer along with another driver had to be extracted from their vehicles Monday evening following a crash near the entrance to North Island College. Around 8:30 p.m., Const. Anne Bock in a marked vehicle was returning to the detachment when her vehicle was struck by a Jeep. According to Staff Sgt. Andrew Isles, there was no call in progress when the officer was driving.

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He noted it appears a vehicle travelling east on Ryan Road crossed the centre line and struck the police vehicle. Initial reports indicate Bock suffered multiple injuries, including broken legs, and a possible broken arm and was transported to St. Joseph’s General Hospital in Comox. Isles added it appears the driver in the other vehicle was unconscious and in considerable pain. The driver of the second vehicle was airlifted to hospital in Vancouver. A collision reconstructionist was brought in to determine the cause of the accident. Isles added police are examining the evidence to determine if charges will be laid.

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Wolf attack suspected as cause for dog’s injuries Renée Andor

by hospital staff as of Monday afternoon. Van Isle veterinarian Dr. Laura A wolf attack could be the cause McKenny treated Nako on Thursof a Black Creek dog’s severe day, and while she said she can’t injuries, including a ripped-off be sure exactly what attacked tail, according to the dog’s owner Nako, she is “very confident” it Samantha Garstang. was a wild animal. Garstang let her eight-month“The wounds are consistent old border collie-Jack Russell with a wild animal attack that cross Nako out for was trying to take a bathroom break down the dog,” on Thursday eveshe said. “He The wounds are ning, and to her was pretty torn consistent with a wild surprise he came apart.” back dripping animal attack that was McKenny also blood 20 minutes trying to take down the pointed out that later. dog. He was prettty torn Black Creek con“His tail was servation officer removed, and he apart. Gordon Gudbranhad extensive Dr. Laura McKenny son said the punctures and wounds looked lacerations to his like they were back legs and belly. His knee caused by wolves specifically. capsule was punctured and a ligaMcKenny said hospital staff ment blown. His front knee was hope Nako will be home for also bitten badly,” wrote Garstang Christmas. in an e-mail. “Nako really had to “It’s a long recovery but fight for his life and somehow he we’re confident that he will pull made it home to us.” through,” she added. Garstang rushed Nako to Van Garstang said the hospital Isle Veterinary Hospital, where he capped Nako’s care costs at $3,000 underwent three hours of surgery for his immediate surgery and and was still being monitored care costs, and she said another

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Braidwood Rd., or by calling the hospital at 250-334-8400 and using a credit card. Garstang said she believes the attack happened on her property at Hamm and Macaulay Roads, because it happened so quickly and Nako had some gravel on his back consistent with what she

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In response to a proposed resolution from Coun. Roger Kishi, the Village of Cumberland will request the province to negotiate a clear, permanent exemption for local governments from the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). According to the Council of Canadians, Canada has “much to lose and little to gain” from the deal, which it says is about deregulation, privatization and increasing corporate investment rights. The resolution also requests: • A briefing from government on the scope and content of trade negotiations with the European Union; • The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) provide a sector-by-sector analysis of potential impacts

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for instance, can access case management during the day. The shelter, howPidcock House is offering ever, is not operating dropemergency shelter services in services. “You must be a guest of on a temporary, 24/7 basis thanks to $50,000 in pro- the shelter to be in the visional funding from the building during daytime B.C. government. hours,” Burry said. “It is The Salvation Army our desire to provide assisshelter at 632 Pidcock Ave. tance to those in need — to in Courtenay — which nor- help them from the situamally provides homeless tion that they find themindividuals struggling with selves in, and try and assist addictions, mental health them in setting goals that and/or behavioral issues are achievable and measurwith accommodation from able. 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. — increased “While the shelter doors its hours of are open, operation we will be This is why I M o n d a y. encouraging BC Hous- got into politics — to guests to be ing funds 14 help make a difference connecting beds at the with various shelter while in the Comox Valley. local agenthe Sally This funding will help cies, looking Ann supplies the Salvation Army for permathree. nent hous“ I t ’ s continue to provide ing solutions e x t r e m e l y their valuable services as well as good news,” round-the-clock to gaining said pasmeaningful tor Darryl some of the most vulemployment, Burry, not- nerable members of all with the ing the 24/7 our community. assistance of provision is our staff.” Don McRae a key comThis is the ponent to first time addressing homelessness Pidcock has received proin the Comox Valley. “With visional funds, previously the cold, wet weather upon hampered by a city bylaw us, our desire is to provide a that prohibited the shelter warm, dry place for shelter from operating on a 24/7 guests to be during daytime basis. In October, Courtehours.” nay council amended the Minister Responsible for bylaw. Housing Rich Coleman said The Comox Valley is the the province is “answering only region in B.C. without the call” to the Salvation a 24/7 shelter. Army’s need for 24/7 shelLast year, more than ter services. 600 homeless people were “This is why I got into provided with stable houspolitics — to help make a ing through the Homeless difference in the Comox Val- Outreach Program and the ley,” local MLA Don McRae Aboriginal Homeless Outsaid. “This funding will help reach Program that operthe Salvation Army contin- ates in Greater Victoria, ue to provide their valuable Cowichan, Nanaimo, Port services round-the-clock to Alberni, Duncan, Campbell some of the most vulner- River and Courtenay. able members of our comTo accommodate the munity.” 24/7 operations at Pidcock The supplementary House, the Salvation Army funding runs out March 31. hopes to hire new staff Until then, Pidcock House members on a temporary will provide three meals a basis until March 31. Visit day and greater access to www.cvsalarmy.ca to apply. reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com support services. Guests, Record Staff

THE LOGO CHAMPIONS Katharina Sevrier-Fries (left) and Jessica Garrett, Grade 7s at Brooklyn Elementary in Comox, won a schoolwide logo contest that resulted in the Brooklyn Bears. There were 130 entries from kindergarten to Grade 7. The combined logo in the middle was done by Aero Art. Brooklyn’s primary site is closing at Christmas. Primary students will move up the hill in January to join the intermediate students.

‘Affordable’ request has to wait Renée Andor Record Staff

A request by Len Mathot Homes Ltd. to reapply for rezoning of its proposed affordable housing project on Cumberland Road within a year was denied Monday by Courtenay council. The original proposal to rezone properties at 703, 721 and 745 Cumberland Rd. from industrial to residential use was defeated after the public hearing on Nov. 14. However, by Nov. 21 the City received an amended application from Len Mathot, owner of the development company. “After careful consideration of the comments received from the neighbours I have amended my development proposal to comply with the current zoning on the neighbouring properties,” wrote Mathot in a letter to the City. “I respectfully request that council permit the submission of a new application for this property.”

The normal wait time for reapplications is one year, but Mathot asked council to waive the rule in this case. Coun. Starr Winchester was opposed. “I spoke with three neighbours, including a busi-

I spoke with three neighbours, including ❝ a business, and they felt it was incumbent on the applicant to come and talk to them about his ‘new proposal’ prior to asking council to waive the one-year waiting period.

Starr Winchester ness, and they felt it was incumbent on the applicant to come and talk to them about his ‘new proposal’ prior to asking council to waive the one-year waiting period,” said Winchester in an e-mail. She added that neighbours said Mathot had not spoken with them yet, although he said in his letter to the City he intends to discuss the proposal with them during December. “If the developer spoke

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rental units would each cost more at this size. Coun. Ronna-Rae Leonard said the proposed project fits within the Official Community Plan and that the reapplication addressed the need of low-income housing for families instead of singles. She agreed the risk fell on the developer and suggested giving him a chance. Coun. Bill Anglin said Mathot seemed to be trying to meet the needs of the neighbours, and said “the bar has not been lowered; it’s been raised,” by the company. Coun. Manno Theos made a motion to table the issue for 90 days since the reapplication was “hot off the press” after the original was defeated. Council needed a twothirds majority voting in favour to pass the proposal. It was defeated with Leonard, Amber, Anglin and Hillian in favour, and Theos, Winchester and Jangula opposed.

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MAKE A WISH Santa Claus made his annual visit to the Lighthouse Day Care with his box of presents. His sleigh also carried three turkeys from the Kiwanis Club of Brandon for the Lighthouse Christmas dinner.

How to avoid disaster Comox fire chief Gord Schreiner reminds us that most fires can be prevented and this is no different at Christmas time. He recommends that you follow these important fire safety tips: • Decorate with flame-retardant or non-combustible materials. • Don’t leave candles burning unattended or within the reach of children. • Ensure that candles are located well away from any combustible materials.

Elves open for business Record Staff Santa’s Workshop will take appointments for gift choosing until the end of the week. Available appointment times start today and run until 3 p.m. Friday. “They can phone in, or drop in, to make an appointment to come shopping for gifts,” said Eileen Boyde, a co-ordinator of the annual initiative. “We try to make sure that there’s enough for everyone.” The workshop is located at 96-1742 Cliffe Ave. in Courtenay behind Pizza Hut and St. John Ambulance, on the lower level facing Riverside Lane and the Old House Restaurant in Courtenay. The number is 250897-1994.

• Never use candles to decorate a Christmas tree. • Christmas wrapping and decorations can be highly combustible and should be kept away from heat sources. • Recycle gift-wrap and boxes where appropriate. Do not burn them in the fireplace because they might cause a chimney fire. • Use only approved Christmas lights. • Do not overload electrical circuits or extension cords. • Always turn Christmas lights off before leaving home or going to sleep. Chief Schreiner also urges all residents to practise fire safety in the kitchen during the

festive season. “Do not leave cooking food unattended and if you are faced with a grease fire, put a lid on it! Remember, always turn pot handles to the back of the stove when cooking, to avoid pots being pulled or knocked off,” Schreiner advises. The importance of early warning in the event of a fire should not be forgotten. This holiday season, give a gift that saves lives — give someone you love a smoke alarm. Also ensure that your friends and family are protected year round with working smoke alarms in their homes. — Comox Fire Department

mation by a campaign organization named Comox Valley Common Sense.” Coun. Manno Theos said he hasn’t heard any concerns from the public, and mentioned the Internet Renée Andor is a resource base for anyone able to use a Record Staff computer. “This, to me, is Comox Valley Common Sense is still a hot simply a non-issue,” issue for some Valley said Theos, who was residents, as the major- endorsed. “It’s a very ity of people attend- odd issue to be talking ing Tuesday’s council about.” Coun. Doug Hillian meeting left as soon as discussions on the mat- countered, saying the production of mailing ter ended. Coun. Ronna-Rae lists is not so simple Leonard announced at as looking up contact Monday’s council meet- information online. “The proing that Elecduction of tions Canada COUNCIL mailing lists is investigating the Comox Valley is a little more sophisCommon Sense orga- ticated than looking up people’s addresses on nization. “I personally have the Internet and it’s a contacted Elections fair amount of work, Canada regarding this it takes a fair amount matter because there of organization,” said is something signifi- the unendorsed Hillcant that I feel has ian. “I’m not sure why to be investigated,” it would be a problem said Leonard. “In fact, for anybody to ask that Elections Canada has question. “The organization forwarded to the commissioner for investi- has the ability to either gation so it does have respond to it or not, but I’m not sure why some merit.” Leonard also moved it would be incumbent that the City request on us at this table to the organization to protect them from havdisclose “the source ing the question asked of that organization’s of them.” Coun. Jon Ambler contact information used during the 2011 said the question Courtenay civic elec- should be asked of the organization, but tions.” Cards were mailed wasn’t sure if it was out during municipal the City’s duty or Elecelections in November tions Canada’s duty to endorsing seven candi- ask it. Coun. Bill Anglin dates each in Courtenay and Comox. Leonard agreed the organizawas not endorsed. Leonard’s motion said some members of the public raised concerns “regarding a lack of transparency and access to private infor-

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SATISFYING SOUP Grade 4 and 7 students from Aspen Park Elementary School created bags of dried soup recently as part of their class to donate to the Comox Valley Food Bank. PHOTO BY ERIN HALUSCHAK

Food bank grateful to donors Donations only slightly down from last year, says president Hampton Erin Haluschak Record Staff

It’s Jeff Hampton’s hope that everyone in the Comox Valley can have a merry Christmas, and that includes having food on the table. Hampton, the president of the Comox Valley Food Bank, said that donations to the organization have been steady, and are down only slightly from last year. “People want to make sure they have a merry Christmas,” noted Hampton. “People are very generous before Christmas.” He added the food bank is most challenged in the new year from January until March. One change this season is what Hampton describes as a “push for more perishables — more fresh fruit and veggies.” The Fresh From The Heart campaign is an attempt to provide fresh produce, milk and nutritional snacks to clients. He said as long as the food bank is open and there are volunteers available, people can drop off perishable food that they can store in refrigerators overnight for distribution the following day.

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Hampton said the program to distribute fruits and veggies began about a month ago, as a way to increase the distribution of “better, healthier food.” The Comox Valley Food Bank helps 1,200 people per month with emergency food hampers. Last year, the

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food bank distributed 7,863 food hampers to households in the community. Currently, the most needed food is fresh fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and nuts, dried beans, cheese, eggs, canned beans, fish, meat, fruit, veggies, pasta sauce and toiletries. Hampton added cash donations are also

welcome, and with any financial donation, the food bank can issue tax receipts until Dec. 31. The Comox Valley Food Bank is closed Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. Hampton added he would like to thank the Comox Valley for supporting the organization, and “would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.” photos@comoxvalleyrecord.com

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From diapers to formula, Shawna Robertson hopes to make the holiday season a little bit brighter for Comox Valley families. Robertson is the cocreator of Instinctual Parenting, a program of peaceful parenting which aids parents with ways of learning how to discipline and reduce stress within a safe, supportive group. “We have 237 members in just over one year,” said Robertson, a nursing student at North Island College, who encourages parents of any age to join. Robertson knew of a family struggling for the basic needs to support an 18-month-old girl, and approached the group for donations. “I was blown away by how much and how fast we were about to support a family for one month,” she explained. “I also found out that diapers and formula are some of the leastdonated items at the food bank. There are so many families that

go without adequate nutrition during the holiday season.” Robertson then began planning the Baby Basics Food Drive for diapers, formula, bottles and more for families between Nov. 1 and Dec. 7. She approached a variety of businesses and organizations within the Valley including Firefly, Podlings and the Comox Valley Midwifery, along with the

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Pamela Jolin has never seen so many requests for warm clothes instead of toys for kids, which she said reflects the Valley’s economy. As organizer of the Secret Santa program for First Insurance Agencies, she said the fact that necessities are asked for shows some families really need extra help during the holidays. “I mean the kids aren’t asking for the moon; they’re asking for the necessities in life,” said Jolin. Parents are “asking for winter clothes for their kids instead of toys. There just isn’t money for the fun stuff their kids need.” Jolin added that if a young child requested a winter coat, they’re going to receive a small toy as well. “Santa, to me, wouldn’t bring just a winter coat to a little kid,” she explained. The Secret Santa concept, which is cosponsored by JET-FM and the Comox Valley Record, is a simple one. There are a great many families in our communities for whom Christmas is a financial burden that simply cannot be overcome. Rather than leave these children without gifts this holiday season, Secret Santa provides a means for individuals to anonymously purchase a gift from a real child’s wishlist, and have that gift connected with the child in time for Christmas. Trees were set up with information tags at partner locations where people could choose a tag and shop for a requested gift for a local child in need. The tags had pseudonyms to protect the child’s privacy. The program collected toys for 785 kids, split about half and half in the Comox Valley and Campbell River, this year. Now, volunteers will anonymously deliver the gifts to the parents of the registered children, for opening on Christmas day. Jolin said she expects to have all the gifts delivered by the end of the day today. Jolin said the program has been growing each year since it started in 2001, adding that 197 kids received gifts in the program’s first year, and 696 kids received gifts in writer @comoxvalleyrecord.com 2010.

Christmas Dream needs clothes, cash Record Staff A Christmas Dream still needs donations of warm clothes and money to help local homeless people this Christmas. Campaign co-ordinator Marie McCooey and her co-workers at Re/Max Ocean Pacific Realty are accepting donations of cash or warm winter goods like coats, blankets and footwear for the Dawn to Dawn Action on Homelessness Society until Christmas. “It bothers me that people have nowhere to live,” said McCooey. “It’s our aim to help people who are home-

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With a soulful blend of alternative pop stylings, Pamela Tessmann, formerly Keld, is no stranger to the Comox Valley music scene. From toe-tapping tunes to expressive ballads, her lyrics shed an honest and refreshing perspective on life’s lessons. Pamela brings a vibrant tone to all her vocals and has evoked comparisons to today’s top female artists. Recently joined by Jim Stepan on percussion and Jan Neuspiel on bass, the trio is sure to put on an enchanting show. The Zocalo Café has become one of the Comox Valley’s best music venues, with live performances three days a week and an outstanding breakfast, dinner and lunch menu. — Pamela Tessmann

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TIMELY CHRISTMAS MUSIC and oldtime favourites are what you can expect from the Lensmen this Friday at the Zocalo Café.

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McLean returns Glacier Kings earn weekend split to Spengler Cup Earle Couper

one assist in eight Stanley Cup playoffs games with Colorado in 2006. While many Canadians McLean is one of eight will be reheating Christ- returnees from last year’s mas turkey leftovers on Spengler Cup squad and Boxing Day, Brett McLean is one of five players who will be heating up the ice in have also represented Davos, Switzerland at the Canada at the IIHF World 2011 Spengler Cup. Junior Championship. “The Royston Rocket” is Along with Canada, part of the 24-man Cana- this year’s Spengler Cup dian team announced Dec. includes HC Vitkovice Steel 9 by Hockey Canada that (Czech Republic) and the will be in Davos for the host HC Davos (SwitzerDec. 26-31 tourney. It is land) playing in the Catthe second tini Group. straight year Dinamo Riga that McLean (Latvia), will represent EHC WolfsCanada at burg Grizzly the event: last Adams (Geryear he tied many) and the for top spot Kloten Flyers in Canadian (Switzerland) scoring with comprise one goal and the Torriani four assists Group. as Canada Canada captured the opens the toursilver medal, BRETT McLEAN nament Dec. losing 4-3 to 26 against HC SKA St. Petersburg of Rus- Vitkovice Steel at 11 a.m. sia in the final. PT. All of Canada’s games This year’s national will be broadcast on TSN men’s team roster is com- or TSN2. prised of Canadian players Canada has appeared in currently playing in Europe, nine of the last 11 champias well as players currently onship games, winning the playing in the American Spengler Cup in 2002, 2003 Hockey League loaned to and 2007. Overall, Canada Hockey Canada by NHL has won the Spengler Cup teams. Last year McLean 11 times (1984, 1986, 1987, was with Bern of the Swiss 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, league; this year he is skat- 1998, 2002, 2003, 2007) ing with the Rockford Ice- since first taking part in hogs, the AHL affiliate of the tournament in 1984. the Chicago Blackhawks. The Spengler Cup, held McLean is tied for third annually since 1923, is the in Icehogs’ scoring with 18 oldest professional internapoints (7g, 11a) in 28 games. tional hockey tournament The 5’10”, 185-pound centre in the world. notched 27 points (10g, 17a) The 2011 Spengler and 22 penalty minutes in Cup team was assembled 2010-11 in 50 games with by Brad Pascall, Hockey Bern, where he spent two Canada’s vice-president of seasons. hockey operations/national Originally selected by the teams, along with Hockey Dallas Stars in the ninth Canada’s national teams round (242nd overall) of staff, head coach Marc the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Crawford and assistant McLean previously skated coaches Doug Shedden and for the Blackhawks from Trent Yawney. 2002-04, recording 11 goals, “The players we have 20 assists and 54 penalty selected are Canadian minutes in 78 regular-sea- ambassadors for the game, son tilts. both in North America and McLean has posted Europe, and we are excited 162 points (56G, 106A) in they will wear the Maple 385 career regular-season Leaf in Davos,” said Pascall. games over parts of six “We look forward to getting NHL seasons with Chicago, on the ice in Switzerland Colorado Avalanche (2005- and representing Canada 07) and Florida Panthers proudly.” sports@comoxvalleyrecord.com (2007-09) and registered

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Lose in shootout to Storm on Friday; squeak out 2-1 win at home Earle Couper Record Staff

Just ahead of the holidays, there was no place like home for the Comox Valley Glacier Kings and Campbell River Storm as they split a pair of weekend Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League games. Scrooge-like goaltending at both ends of the ice kept the scoring low in both contests as the Storm prevailed 3-2 in a shootout Dec. 16 in Campbell River while the Glacier Kings eked out a 2-1 win Dec. 17 in Courtenay. The results left the Icemen eight points up on the Oceanside Generals in the battle for first place in the North Division. The second-place Generals have a game in hand, and the two teams meet tonight in a big four-pointer at the Comox Valley Sports Centre. Face-off is 7 p.m. This past Friday at Rod Brind’Amour Arena, the third-place North Division Storm led 1-0 after one period and 2-0 after two. The Glacier Kings rallied to tie the game in the third on goals by Adam Robertson and Jackson Garrett. Neither team mustered much offence in overtime and the Storm netted the only goal in the shootout to take the 3-2 win. Final shots on goal were 44-33 in favour of the home team, with Nick Babich getting the win and Jackson Winkler taking the loss. The next night in Courtenay, Garrett’s 22nd of the season was the only scoring through the first two periods of play. The teams exchanged thirdperiod goals, with Garrett Brandsma tallying the winner for the Yetis. Shots on goal were 44-25 for the Glacier Kings with Cameron Large picking up the win and Andy Salazar tagged with the loss. Tonight’s game is the Yetis’ final outing of 2011. Following their holiday hiatus they return to

LEE ORPEN OF the Glacier Kings gets up close and personal with Campbell River goalie Andy Salazar during Saturday night VIJHL tilt at the Comox Valley Sports Centre. PHOTO BY JIM HOCKLEY action Jan. 5 when they visit the league-leading Victoria Cougars. ICE CHIPS Oceanside lost ground to the Yetis on the weekend, losing 6-2 Friday to Peninsula Panthers and having their Saturday home game against Peninsula can-

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Isfeld girls win Vanier tournament The Isfeld Ice junior girls basketball team perservered and won the Vanier Towhees Christmas Tournament this past weekend (Dec. 16-17). Isfeld, coached by Santa Claus in the final game, defeated a very game Alberni Armada squad in the finals. Isfeld advanced to the championship by defeating a young Ballenas Whalers team from Parksville and a hard-working, younger Vanier B team who filled in admirably for a no-show team from Nanaimo. In those games, MacKenzie Kirk won the assists contest while Shemyn Fayd edged Camille Bourget out for the rebounding title and hardworking newcomer Rachel Dunn was in the running for the steals competition. In the final the Isfeld girls jumped out to an early lead led by aggressive drives to the basket by Leah Cicon, Michaela Ashlee and Melia Irvine. Throughout the game Isfeld did a better job rebounding than the visitors from the Alberni Valley led by Shemyn, Yasmine, Camille, Leah and Hana. However, Alberni turned on the heat in the third quarter, outscoring the Ice 14-4 and taking a five-point lead going into the fourth frame. Tight defence plus some key baskets and fouls shots by Avery Snider, Yasmine and Michaela and two longdistance bombs from downtown Courtenay by Danielle VanBergen turned the tide back in favour of the Ice as they returned the favour, outscoring their opponents 14-4 in the fourth to win the championship. “Tough Alberni remains a formidable foe in league play for the girls,� coach Claus said. After some important practices over the holidays, besides basketball learning and as well as to run off the Christmas turkey, the Ice girls resume exhibition play in Victoria in January. “Special thanks to Heidi Zirkl and all for hosting and arranging all the details at Vanier for the well-run junior girls tournament,� coach Claus added. — Isfeld Ice

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Alumni hoops set Those oldies and goldies are back on the hardwood tomorrow as both the Isfeld Ice and Highalnd Raiders are holding alumni games on Dec. 22 The sixth annual Isfeld basketball alumni tournament sees the seniors take on all the Ice basketball players from years past. Last year the tournament raised $800 for a bursary for a graduating senior. Game time is 10 a.m.; admission is by donation. Meanwhile, the Highland reunion sees gym doors open at 5:15 p.m. The grad girls and senior girls play at 6 p.m. followed by a grad men vs. grad men game at 7 p.m. Survivors from that game get to take on the current senior boys team at 8 p.m. Donations for food bank welcome.

ISFELD ICE JUNIOR girls (from left to right): Sitting on the chairs Danielle VanBergen, Avery Snider, Rachel Dunn, Jasimne Boilard, Hanna Krik, Michalea Ashlee. Sitting on the floor Leah Cicon, Camille Bourget, Shemen Fayad, Mackenzie Kirk, Malia Irvine. In back is coach Hugh “Santa Claus� MacKinnon. PHOTO SUBMITTED

Good day for GG guys Broken clouds, cool temperatures and windy conditions greeted the 81 Glacier Greens Men’s Club players as they teed up on Saturday, Dec. 17. In the 0-10 handicap it was Barry Norris 68, James Dickson 73 and Stan Gibb 77. On the net side it was Jim Larocque 69, Randy Robinson 70 c/b and Willie Oliver 70. Snips in this flight went to

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Fowl play not suspected at Legion darts for grabs by the top four pairs (listed in order above). Men’s high out went to John Chequis with 109, Ladies’ high out was Carol Merkley with 90. Men’s high score was played off

by seven players with 140; victorious was Bud Englund. The ladies’ high score went to Elaine Hillier with a 140. Thanks to Barb and her assistants for the lunches. Next up at the Comox Legion are the Branch playoffs on Jan. 27-29. – Comox Legion ††

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Rosenborg Danish Cheese

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7

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6

175gr

99

600gr

Melitta

Rose of the Dolomite Chocolates

Fruit Cake

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Loacker

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McVitie’s

MacLaren’s

99

Kraft

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170-180gr

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Shredded Cheese 380gr

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Lay’s

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Premium Pickles

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156gr

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700ml

255-397gr

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Shells or Pastry

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100% Pure Pumpkin

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Olives, Gherkins for or Onions

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3

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Valley Selections Vegetables

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907gr

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106-120gr

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Babybel

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175gr

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Rose of the Dolomite Chocolates

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Loacker

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McVitie’s

MacLaren’s

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Classiques Recipe Rice Selections

Salad Dressing 475ml

170-180gr

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3$ for

5

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74

Seven Layer Dip

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Sockeye Salmon

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675gr

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Egg Roll

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Fresh Hand Peeled Shrimp

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Bamboo, 15’s

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Handi-Foil

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Scallops

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29 99

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Large 20/30 Count

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Ultimates Giant Oval Roaster

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200gr

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Candy Canes

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Bridge Mix

Country Harvest

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Organic Apple Juice

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Duracell

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Bread

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Popcorn, Indiana

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2 Year Aged Cheddar

Original Cakerie

100gr

for 100gr

Pumpkin Cream Pie.................................................Per 100gr.......................................

18 oz Recycled Clear Cups

170gr

2

Gran Pasticceria Chocolate Biscuit

Selected, 227gr

Apple or Cherry

Italian for

8”

Dip

Loacker

79 99 2 $ 6 1 2 $8 5

Mini Strudel

2 $5

Black Forest Cake......................................

Summerfresh

Seafood or Bacon & Onion

Bakery Fresh

2 99 99 599 799 99

24’s

Mushroom Caps

1999

Triple Layer

PER gr

100

Each

75’s

Bare By Solo

for

for

Mini Peppermint Cherry CheesecakeDamafro Canes

1 1

6 29 99

• Locally Produced B.C. Pork • Lactose & Gluten Free • No Added MSG

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188gr

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Old Fashioned Ham

4 $ 49

99

Nestle

KaiserBlack Buns Forest or

35

Sliced or Unsliced

1

Continental

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Continental

Continental

Garlic Sausage Link

Black Forest or Old Fashioned Ham

Minimum 280gr

Roast Turkey Breast

1

3

49

99

Nestle

PER gr

100

Black Magic Chocolates

7

4

99

Mini Peppermint Canes 75’s

2

99

Bare By Solo

18 oz Recycled Clear Cups 24’s

2

99

Good Cook

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Seafood or Bacon & Onion

1

79

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Single Cream Brie

2

Italian

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99 PER

100gr

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

2 Year Aged Cheddar

Selected, 227gr

369 249 249

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

6 oz Portion

Sockeye Salmon

Dinner for Four

42 1

95

Egg Roll

Each .......................................

3

49 Available at Select Stores

Pink Salmon stuffed with Seafood

1

29

Scallops

Fresh Hand Peeled Shrimp

Frozen or Previously Frozen

2

99 PER

100gr

Live or Cooked

Fresh Atlantic Lobsters 1lb Average

10

PER

100gr

2

Large 20/30 Count

99

8

for

8

2$ for

49

1-4’s

100

Prepared Instore

1’s

C, D, AA, or 9 Volt Batteries

PER gr

2$

PER

100gr

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

Asiago

1

29

Serving Suggestions

Previously Frozen

2

Summerfresh

Damafro

Deluxe Nylon Baster

Duracell

Each

Mushroom Caps

Seven Layer Dip

188gr

Allan

• Locally Produced B.C. Pork • Lactose & Gluten Free • No Added MSG

Made Instore

Large

21

Ocean to Ocean

99 Each

Shrimp Ring 51/60 Count, 227gr

99 PER

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Soccer players think of others ter totters designed and built at several of the schools by Fertile Ground volunteers have been a big hit with the children. Funds for the playground equipment were donated by Strathcona Sunrise Rotary and other Rotary clubs in District 5020. Peggy Carswell, a member of Fertile Ground, received the money and was very pleased by the generous donation made by the team. “It’s heart-warming to see the shift taking place in the hearts and minds of young people like Team Thunders’ members. The girls are really aware of the needs of children here and around the world, and discovering that there’s something they can do to make a difference. “Most families in the Ambikapur village area are barely able to come up with the money for their children’s school fees every year. The gift of the soccer balls is going to bring smiles to the faces of many kids, teachers and parents!” Fertile Ground volunteers will be heading over to Assam early in the new year. Anyone interested in learning more about the Kids to Kids Project or about how they can help can visit www. fertile-ground.org/kidsto-kids.html. – Team Thunder

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Christmas is a time for giving. That is just what the players of a local Under-13 girls soccer team thought when it was time for their annual Christmas party. Team Thunder, coached by Ash Mohtadi and Sandy Grant, hosted the team party last weekend. Instead of buying each other new gifts, it was decided they would recycle a gift and donate the money saved to a good cause. The thought was “since we’re used to a ‘Green’ Christmas anyway, let’s keep it green by helping others in need.” Team Thunder thought it would be nice to supply children with soccer balls to support soccer across the globe. The girls have donated $160 to Kids to Kids a project that one of their members, Madison Kelly, helped launch. Kids to Kids was set up two years ago by a group of young people in the Comox Valley. It’s an initiative of Fertile Ground, a local organization that works with farming families in northeast India. Last year, students in the Comox Valley raised money to purchase desks, school supplies and water filters for small village schools located in an area where many families have been displaced by flooding. Swings and tee-

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Road Runners 5K clinic back It is that time of year again; time to think about your new year’s resolution: a commitment to personal goals, projects, the reforming or creating of a habit. The Comox Valley Road Runners’ mission statement is: To promote the development and growth of running in the Comox Valley by providing education, leadership and social opportunities, along with programs and running events, for runners of all abilities. The CVRR’s annual 5K running clinic is open to all levels: learn to walk, learn to run, learn to race. The clinic starts Jan. 14 and con-

cludes March 17 with a 5K fun run. The 10 sessions include informational presentations from experts in our community as well as actual road running experiences. Registration ($45 until Jan. 7, $50 after) is available though the Comox Valley Recreation Reporter, Lewis Centre, Courtenay (payable with credit card though this location) and Extreme Runners in Courtenay. For more information, contact Leslie Dargie at www.cvrr.ca or 250-897-1213. – Comox Valley Road Runners

VI Riders are in the Groove VI Riders freestyle snowboard club is gearing up with their club sponsor store, Alternative Groove Board Shop in Nanaimo. “We were really happy to bring Alternative Groove on board with us last season as they are a conveniently located mid-island shop that supports our youth in the sport they love,” said VI Riders’ president Kelsa Donald. “They have assisted us in providing our athletes with options for quality gear, club clothing, hardware for snowboarding and lots of support and advice

as they venture into the world of freestyle and competition.” The VI gang were in the shop recently taking advantage of the deals, while getting geared up for another epic snowboarding season on Mount Washington. VI Riders is a non-profit club open to all competent riders from 10 to18 years who are looking for qualified instruction in a fun and safe environment. For more information about the club contact Kelsa Donald at 250-923-0523 or check out the website at viriders.org. – VI Riders

millionaires, they are volunteers.” Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island Comox Valley Club 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. 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! Contact: Melissa McLachlan - 250-338-7582 Email: mmclachlan@bgccvi.com

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Join the fun on the ice It’s Thursday night; you’ve made dinner, walked the dog, put the kids to bed or completed your home work. It is now time to have some fun. Come out and join the Courtenay Whalers women’s hockey team for practices and fun scrimmages. If you have some basic skating techniques, we encourage you to try out a Whalers’ practice. Develop your hockey skills and get a great workout while having fun. The Whalers first started the team to try to grow women’s hockey in the Valley so some day there would be a women’s hockey league. The team consists of full time players who play games weekly and spares who are rotated in to get

Christmas intersquad scrimmages, players and fans will be bringing items to donate to the food bank. The Whalers would like to encourage other hockey teams to bring in an item to their next hockey event to donate to the food bank. Thanks and a Merry Christmas to our wonderful sponsors. – Courtenay Whalers

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Heart and Stroke Foundation February - is Heart & Stroke Month General HSF Volunteer Anyone who might be interested in joining Comox Valley Community Team as a Volunteer - we need more permanent Volunteers in our group. Conact: Janice Krall - 888-754-5274 Email: jkrall@hsf.bc.ca Person to Person Captain Feb. 2012 Recruit, provide leadership and ensure training is delivered to approximately 10 canvassers within a designated area Coordinate the distribution, tracking and return of funds (could include bank deposits) and materials within a defined area Provide feedback to respective Zone Leader or P2P Coordinator regarding any suggested changes to routes in his/her area of responsibility. Monitor the progress of fundraising within a defined area by contacting Canvassers during February to answer questions, motivate and address any challenges Person to Person Canvasser Feb. 2012 Canvass approximately 25 homes along a designated route in the community. Encourage potential donors to give at the door, online, by mail or by visiting their local Area Office. Provide potential donors with information about the mission of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Have FUN – building new relationships with neighbors or meet new people within the community Invite family and colleagues to support fundraising efforts by raising funds online and in the workplace Return canvassing kit, material and donations as directed to the Captain or Area Office. Contact: Marica Benvin - 888-754-5274 Email: mbenvin@hsf.bc.ca Stepping Stones House for Women Motivated by the love of God and a deep concern for women in our society. We are encouraged to make a sincere effort to help in the provision of compassionate and practical recovery assistance in a safe house for women. When assisting women with addictions problems our desire is to take a holistic approach at addressing their physical, spiritual, emotional and social need by extending a caring hand: faith, hope and love may grow in the hand that grasps Stepping Stones Volunteer Shift Worker Supervise women coming out of alcohol and drug addiction in a residential setting, overseeing activities, answering phones and taking messages Contact: Theresa McNicol - 250-897-0360 Email: steppingstoneshouse@telus.net

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011 • COMOX VALLEY RECORD

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FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS

FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS

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FUNERAL HOMES

DEATHS

DEATHS

DEATHS

DEATHS

IN MEMORIAM

PLACES OF WORSHIP

Darryl Shane Giorgianni December 19, 1959 – December 21, 2009

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

BOWIE Morag (Carwithen) (Auntie Mo) died on Dec. 15, 2011 at the great age of 96. Morag was the last surviving child of Chris and Annie Carwithen of Headquarters Rd. She was the Granddaughter of Reginald Terry Carwithen one of the original pioneer families of the Comox Valley. Morag was born on August 10th 1915 in Cumberland, BC. She was a proud member of the Tsolum Girls BC Championship Basketball Team of 1932. Morag joined the CWAC in the fall of 1940 and followed her husband Bob to England. Morag worked in London during the Blitz and had the distinction of being the first BC woman to be greeted upon her return by her wounded husband. Morag was predeceased by her husband Bob in 1982 and is survived by her four children, Ian (Sue), Jane Keoughan (Paul), Betty Lund (Bill) and Doug (Gayle), seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Morag lived her whole life on Headquarters Rd, and was known for her beautiful oil paintings. She was also an avid gardener and enjoyed hiking with the 39’ers and swam until she was 94. Family was the most important part of Morag’s life. She will be greatly missed by all. In lieu of flowers donations to the Royal Legion Branch 17 Poppy Fund would be appreciated. A celebration of Morag’s life will take place on Thursday December 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm from the Chapel of Piercy’s Funeral Home in Courtenay.

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It is with great sadness that the family and friends of Robert (Rob) Alan Harris announce his sudden passing on November 23, 2011. Robert was predeceased by his mother, Patricia (Pat) Sherriff and survived by father William and brother Gary. He also leaves behind many close friends, most whom have known him since High School. Rob grew up in the Comox Valley where he, his motorcycles, and his beloved 1967 Chevelle were well known. Rob had been living in the Vancouver area where he was a Power Engineer. There are so many good memories of Rob held by those close to him and his quick mind and down to earth nature will be missed. No service will be held at Rob’s request, donations to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation in his honour are appreciated.

YOUR COMMUNITY, YOUR CLASSIFIEDS Call 310-3535

‘Every Year is getting shorter, never seem to ďŹ nd the time. Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines. Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way. The time has gone, the song is over, thought I’d something more to say.’ Time - P.F. 1973

Thomas Clark It is with great sadness that the family of Tom Clark announce his passing away at the age of 69 years on December 12, 2011. It was not time for Tom to go and he fought valiantly to stay with us for as long as he could. He is predeceased by his parents John Richard and Harriet Clark. Tom is survived by his wife and companion Karen Clark, his brothers John (Peg) Clark of Naramata (now Dawson Creek), Ted (Brenda) Clark of Port Coquitlam, sisters Lois Raitt of Delta, and Mary (Ray) Johnson of Keremeos. He is also survived by his children Jordan Clark (Linda), Randy Clark (Shelley) and Janine Swanson (Kevin) of Courtenay, BC and his grandchildren Ryan, Helena and Adria. He leaves behind step children Christopher Favell (Terri), Nicholas Favell (Vanessa) and Daniel Favell (Nicole). His step grandchildren are Connor, Matthew, Kadence, Emery, Savana, Mesha and Aliana. There will be a celebration of life held in the spring of 2012. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Warm thanks are given to the special people who have supported Tom and his family over the past several years. He will be missed. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting everdenrust.com.

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HANDYSIDE Robert John It is with profound shock to announce the passing of a beloved father, grandfather and friend, Robert John Handyside. Whether you knew him as Camo Bob, Papa Bob, Two Dogs or Norm, Bob’s larger than life personality was sure to leave an imprint on your heart. Bob was born in Victoria, BC to Marjorie and Herbert Handyside on Feb 22, 1950, and his honest and hardworking nature allowed him to pursue a reputable career as a carpenter for nearly 40 years. As Bob’s enterprise expanded so did his dreams and soon his building ventures stretched from land to sea. His lifelong project of transforming a three bedroom family cabin into a prestigious 50 bed salmon fishing resort still remains today. Bob’s final project, still incomplete, was a retirement getaway in hunting heaven Alberta where he hoped to spend time enjoying his family and sharing his passion for life. Apart from his work Bob always took time to enjoy the outdoors where he spent countless hours hunting the fields and fishing the west coast. It is here where Bob discovered his true flavor for field trials and learned to raise the loves of his life his retrievers, Morgan and Steamer. Apart from his animals Bob had a soft spot for his family and cherished spending countless hours surrounded by his beautiful grandbabies. Bob truly had a care free and enthusiastic lust for life and never allowed any obstacle to get in the way. His perseverance never seemed to fail even when everything that could go wrong, went horribly and drastically sideways. There was an unexplainable charm to his sense of humor and his one of a kind personality will forever be missed and remembered. Bob was 8 days shy of celebrating 20 years of sobriety, ConCOME SEE THE gratulations Bob! CHRISTMAS TRAIN Bob is predeceased by his parents, and his siblings, Ronald and Shirley Handyside. He leaves behind his adored children, Nichole (Brian) and granddaughter Kaeli, his son Cory (Cindy) and grand children, Taysia and Nathan, his surrogate daughter Amanda (Jon), and granddaughters Savannah and Mikhaila. A celebration of Bob’s life will be held Saturday Jan 28, 2012, 2 pm to 4pm at Courtenay Fish and Game Clubhouse, 3780 Colake Road, Courtenay. In lieu of flowers of donations please forward to Nootka Water Shed Society or Ducks Unlimited where Bob was a very proud supporter.

CARDS OF THANKS

I cannot bring the old days back Your smile I cannot see I can only treasure the memories Of days that used to be It doesn’t need a special day To bring you to my mind For days without a thought of you Are very hard to ďŹ nd

THANK YOU! Re: Celebration of Life Service held May 13th 2011

Forever in our hearts Love: Mom, Dad, Ashley, Chris, Paul, Kelley, Brad Chantelle, Melissa & Justin

Your Community, Your ClassiďŹ eds. Call 310-3535

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CHRISTMAS CORNER

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We would like to thank all our friends and family who attended Adele’s Celebration of Life service and to those who sent sympathy cards. There were so many of you at the service and also cards received, this is the only way we can say to all of you “Thank you for this Tribute to Adele.� GOD bless, Bill Mitchell, daughters Wendy (Gary), Dallas (Gerry) and granddaughter Angela.

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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

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CARDS OF THANKS

INFORMATION

LEGALS

PERSONALS

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

EDUCATION/TRADE SCHOOLS

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS DEBORA ANN BEANS, deceased, formerly of 630B - 26th Street, Courtenay, BC, are required to send full particulars of such claims to the executor, c/o Allen & Company, 480 Tenth Street, Courtenay, BC V9N 1P6, on or before the 20th day of January, 2011, after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to the claims that have been received. Catherine L. Miller Barrister & Solicitor 480 Tenth Street, Courtenay, BC, V9N 1P6 (250) 703-2583

NAR-ANON- If a family member or friend is using drugs, how does it affect you? We can help. Call Rene 3342392, Sharon 339-7906 or Jack 334-3485.

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INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR SCHOOL. Locations in Alberta & BC. Hands on real world training. Full sized equipment. Job placement assist. Funding Avail. www.iheschool.com 1-866-399-3853

We would like Thank our amazing Community and friends and everyone who helped with donations for my granddaughter Taiya who is 5 and is fighting cancer. We are truly blessed and very overwhelmed with this generosity. A special Thanks to: WestJet, Cole Logan and Comox Fire Hall, Courtenay Legion Members, Nelson Roofing and Staff, Ryan Rd. Tim Horton’s Staff, Darrell Smith for Sunnydale Men’s Club, Nancy Cush, Rhonda Nickerson for shaving our heads, Karen Sebber, Heather Shaw, Mitch CarrHilton, Nick Picunick and Rick Morrison for shaving their heads with me. Taiya has been such and inspiration and continues her journey to beat her cancer. We’ve finally found a match for her transplant. Thanks to our families for always being there! Again we cannot begin to Thank you all enough. Alex and Debbie Maclean

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COMING EVENTS

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Call day or night. 250-338-8042 DATING SERVICE. LongTerm/Short-Term Relationships, Free to Try!!! 1-877297-9883. Live intimate conversation, Call: #4011 or 1888-534-6984. Live adult 1on1 Call: 1-866-311-9640 or #4010. Meet Local Single Ladies. 1-877-804-5381. (18+). LOOKING FOR true love? So am I. I would love to meet that special lady 46-66 years old, slender, who would enjoy the company of a 66 year old gentleman for a serious relationship. You are someone who cherishes love, closeness, quiet times, my cooking music and conversation, social drinking and smoking acceptable. The only void in my life is you to share good times together. Give love and receive love. Don’t sit back and wait for happiness - it can happen now. Reply to Drawer # 4469 c/o Comox Valley Record 765 McPhee Ave Courtenay BC V9N 2Z7

TENDERS

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL NO. 1209CU-2011 SPACE FOR CUMBERLAND BRANCH LIBRARY The Vancouver Island Regional Library (the “Library”), serves approximately 415,000 residents through (38) locations within a 92,344 square kilometer area of Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii (the Queen Charlotte Islands) and the mainland Central Coast. Further information about the Vancouver Island Regional Library is available at www.virl.bc.ca VIRL will maintain a library branch within the Cumberland Village. The objective of this RFP is to obtain premises for the Cumberland library branch which meet the Library’s site location and facility standards. Either existing or purpose built structures will be considered. The Library’s preferred location is Dunsmuir Street. The Library’s preference is for proposals which contemplate that the Library may purchase the proposed premises from the respondent. The Library is, however, open to proposals which contemplate that the Library would lease the proposed space from the respondent Sealed Proposals must be received not later than 3:00 p.m. (15:00 hrs), Pacific Time, Wednesday, February 8th, 2012. Proposals received after the “Closing Date and Time” WILL NOT be accepted and will not be considered. Late Proposals will be returned unopened to the Proponent. Proponents have the sole responsibility to deliver and ensure Proposals are time and date stamped. Request for Proposal documents are available by contacting Elisa Balderson, Purchaser, Phone: (250) 729-2307 or email: ebalderson@ virl.bc.ca The lowest or any Proposal will not necessarily be accepted. This RFP is not a tender and does not commit the Library to any specific course of action. The Library may decide to select a respondent, to not select a respondent, to defer its decision or to cancel this RFP at any time.

LOST AND FOUND

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LOST: ADULT chain link bracelet. In the premises of the liquor store on 17th, the Safeway parking lot and 19th St along England. Including the apartment complex of Park Place. 250-871-0606. LOST TWO cats, one pure black, one tortoise shell in the Butchers area in Comox. Semi feral. Call 250-339-7673

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AIRLINES ARE HIRINGTrain for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified- Housing available. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance (877)818-0783.

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

Become a Psychiatric Nurse - train locally via distance education, local and/or regional clinical placements and some regional classroom delivery. Wages start at $30.79/hr to $40.42/hr. This 23 month program is recognized by the CRPNBC. Gov’t funding may be available. Toll-free 1-87-STENBERG www.stenbergcollege.com DOG LOVERS! Enjoy a healthy, profitable career as a professional dog trainer. Government accredited program student loans and grants. Ben Kersen & the Wonderdogs. www.wonderdogs.bc.ca/careers/

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CRUDE ENERGY Services is an industrial contractor providing services to the oil and gas industry in Alberta, accepting resumes for Pipefitters, QA/QC Personnel, Foreman, Lead Hands, NCSO Safety Advisors, Pipefitting Apprentices, Welder Apprentices, Crane Operators, Welder Helpers, General Labour, Office Administrators. H2S Alive and CSTS are required. Fax 1866-843-2118. Email: car e e r s @ c r u d e - e n e r g y. c a . www.crude-energy.ca. DELIVERY PERSON needed P/T for the delivery of appliances & furniture. Experience is an asset. Driver’s Licence req’d with Driver’s abstract. Apply to Drawer 4468 c/o The Comox Valley Record, 765 McPhee Ave, Courtenay, BC, V9N 2Z7. EXPERIENCED PARTS Person required for progressive auto/industrial supplier. Hired applicant will receive top wages, full benefits and RRSP bonuses plus moving allowances. Our 26,000ft2 Store is located 2.5 hours N.E. of Edmonton, Alberta. See our community at LacLaBicheRegion.com. Send Resumes to: Sapphire Auto, Box 306, Lac La Biche, AB, T0A 2C0. Email: hr@sapphireinc.net.

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

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

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

EDUCATION/TUTORING

Holbrook Dyson Logging Ltd Has vacancies in the following job: Heavy Duty Mechanic. Details can be seen at http://hdlogging.com/ Fax resume to 250-287-9259

NEWSPAPER HELP WANTED

HELP WANTED

Berwick Comox Valley retirement residence is looking for a part-time Housekeeper to perform laundry, general cleaning & emergency response. Must be able to demonstrate an awareness of accident and injury prevention and adhere to safe work practices. Please email your cover letter & resume to the attention of BCV Administrator at bcv.admin@berwickrc.com

Client Care Manager

To provide direction, management and support for the implementation and ongoing effectiveness of quality home care services within a quality/risk management framework. Supervision of LPS’s and CHW’s to ensure the safe delivery of competent, compassionate and professional care to our clients. Experience More than 3 years supervisory experience of nonregulated professionals. More than 1 Year Home Care and Visit Nurse experience. Experience with geriatrics. Understanding of private sector health care and the delivery of these services to our clients. Computer experience. Knowledge of office procedures. Qualifications Current license as a Registered Nurse in the province of BC. Valid Driver’s license. Ability to supervise more than 50 people. Problem solving skills. Decision making skills and critical thinking To apply for this position please email resume to: bob_attfield@wecare.ca

CARRIERS NEEDED IMMEDIATELY

250-338-0725 Carriers Needed COURTENAY RTE # 547 Queenish Trailer Park, Glacier ViewBack Rd, Sasseetla RTE #250 Piercy & Stewart RTE # 268 Park Place

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

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FINANCIAL SERVICES $10 MILLION AVAILABLE for Land Purchase/Development and Joint Ventures. Management Consulting and Business Plan services. Call 1-866-402-6464.

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

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Comox Valley Record Hours: MONDAY TO FRIDAY 8:30AM-5:00PM 765 MCPHEE AVENUE COURTENAY SMALL MOTEL on Vancouver Island looking for live-in manager - mature couple. Email johnk8932@gmail.com

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PERSONAL SERVICES

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

RENTALS

RENTALS

RENTALS

RENTALS

FINANCIAL SERVICES

MISC SERVICES

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE

APARTMENT/CONDO

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL

OFFICE/RETAIL

SHARED ACCOMMODATION

STEEL BUILDINGS End of season deals! Overstock must go - make an offer! Free delivery to most areas. Call to check inventory and free brochure 1-800-668-5111 ext 170

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.

COMMERCIAL WAREHOUSE Space for Lease 1724 Ryan Road East Comox Shipper Receiver Onsite 8.50 per sq ft Ph (250) 339-2281

PRIME RETAIL 5TH STREET

DOWNTOWN FURNISHED rooms. N/P. no drugs/drinking. Clean. $485. incl basic cable, internet. 250-897-3407.

Apartments•Condos•Suites

HOMES FOR RENT

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LEGAL SERVICES DIAL-A-LAW: access free information on BC law. 604-6874680; 1-800-565-5297; www.dialalaw.org, audio avail. Lawyer referral service: need a lawyer? Learn more by calling 604-687-3221; 1-800-6631919.

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

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

PETS PETS FAMILY LOOKING to adopt medium size dog. We have a large fenced yard lots of time, energy and love to give. Please call 250-334-9934

REAL ESTATE COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL 1000S/FT OFFICE downtown Courtenay, Duncan & 4th. Reception area, 3 separate offices, work space, A/C. Avail. Immed. $215,000 250-8976967 or 250-331-0014

HOUSES FOR SALE

FREE TO LOVING home, fixed black cat. 250-792-2697.

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

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

GARDENING

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COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL

Ready To-Go Jan 4 2012 Shih Tzu/Maltese cross. 5 females, 2 Males. Can view both parents. Reserve Now! Call 250-334-4532

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

RESCUE SOCIETY placing cats FREE. They come fixed & with shots. Outdoor access & outdoor only homes. kittycatpals@hotmail.com 250-218-0201.

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APARTMENT/CONDO

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FUEL/FIREWOOD

APARTMENTS / CONDOS

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

TIDES

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

LAKE TRAIL APARTMENTS

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

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE

SUITES

CAN’T GET Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad & get 10% off your new Stairlift! Call 1-866-981-5990.

HOMES WANTED

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

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

WE BUY HOUSES

AUCTIONS

AUCTIONS

1358 Marwalk Crescent 250-287-3939 www.crauctions.ca “Serving Campbell River & Vancouver Island since 1967”

CR Auction will be closed December 20 – January 3 Open Wednesday, January 4 Next Auction: Auction: Thursday, January 5 @ 6pm Check our website for item list for our next auction.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the staff of CR Auctions Terms Cash, Visa, M/C, = • SAME DAY REMOVAL • CLOSED TUESDAYS, SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS

EDUCATION/TRADE SCHOOLS

DRIFTWOOD CONDOS

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

CAN’T GET up your stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help! No obligation consultation. Comprehensive warranty. Can be installed in less than 1 hour. Call now 1-866-981-6591.

VI’S HOT-TUB Covers, made in BC. Professional in home service. 250-897-8037.

EDUCATION/TRADE SCHOOLS

Courtenay 3000 sq ft. (Corner Location)

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

COURTENAY: MEICOR realty rental ref’s req’d. On bus route, no drinking, no drugs and N/P. $420/mo incld’s util’s. Avail. Jan. 31st. 250-871-8760

APARTMENT/CONDO

APARTMENT/CONDO

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 TURTLES for sale; includes 50-gallon tank, heater, light, etc. $250 o.b.o. Call 250792-2697

AS NEW DaVinci E Bike. C/W trailer rack $1750.00 call 250890-9064

Ltd.

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

UNION BAY 2 Bdrm 2 Bath, Ocean View with Pool. Newly Renovated, Avail Immediately. Lots of deck space, large yard. $1,200./mo. Call 334-3979 or email: tankjudy@hotmail.com for appt.

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

COMPUTER SERVICES

CAMPBELL RIVER

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

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

CARRIAGE HOUSE 1155 England Ave. TWO BEDROOM CORNER SUITE. Bright and spacious. Full sized appliances. In suite storage room. Very attractive and nicely decorated suite. Quiet, well managed mature adult building just three blocks from downtown. Security entry. Call David @ 250-338-0267.

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

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Premier Clark reflects on year VICTORIA — I POLITICS recently sat down with Premier Christy Clark for a year-end interview to talk about OM her eventful first year LETCHER back in politics. Here are excerpts from that the Atlin area], there discussion: TF: People in gen- are a number of these eral are a bit cynical agreements that are about the treaty pro- starting to flow out, and cess. You could say that it’s been a long, slow, about Sophie Pierre frustrating process. [former Ktunaxa chief So now is the wrong time to walk and chair away from of the indeThe the process, pendent B.C. because Treaty Com- thing about there’s been mission]. In the carbon 20 years of her report work investthis year she tax is that it’s ed in this, talked about hard to know and we’re the mount- how much finally starting debt from difference ing to see 20 years of the fruits of negotiations it’s made. it. and basically But I think TF: A gave an ulti- anecdotally we related submatum to ject is the fix it or shut see that it has proposed it down. Do made some Enbridge you see the difference. Northern commission Christy Clark G a t e w a y continuing oil pipeline. as it is, or do you see some changes There’s a lot of aboriginal opposition to that. ahead? PCC: We’re not plan- The federal Natural ning any significant Resources Minister, Joe changes to it. We are Oliver, not too long ago starting to see, just called this a “nation now, the fruits of all building project.” It the work from the certainly fits with your ministry and from the jobs strategy. Do you government and from support the concept of the treaty commission. the pipeline? And that’s all starting PCC: First of all, we to move pretty quickly. are foursquare behind The Taku River Tlinglit the concept and soon economic agreement to be reality of the [mining development liquefied natural gas and protected areas in pipelines, which would

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take B.C. gas and get it to the port at Kitimat. There is pretty much unanimous First Nations support along the way, community support, through the environmental approval process, it’s all working. The Enbridge proposal is far from that. Being able to get triple the price for Canadian oil would be a big benefit for Canada overall. But the project is one where we have to examine both the costs and benefits. That’s why it’s in the environmental approval process. This is the first of its kind, so I think we have to get a good look at it, and once we have the facts before us, we can have a debate about whether it should go ahead. TF: The carbon tax. Do you think it’s working, and will we see changes in the years to come? PCC: I think that it’s probably affecting people’s and businesses’ decisions about their reliance on carbon as a source of energy. I don’t want to overstate that, though. The thing

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about the carbon tax is that it’s hard to know how much difference it’s made. But I think anecdotally we see that it has made some difference. We are in the process now of consulting with both the job creator community and citizens

about where they’d like us to go next with the carbon tax. We have to keep in mind that the economy is fragile. But we want to remain a leader on the environment, which is where we are right now in North America. ••• The interview also touched on Clark’s efforts to ease the pain of getting rid of the HST, and other issues. You can find the full text on this newspaper’s website by pointing to the News tab and clicking on B.C. News. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com. tfletcher@blackpress.ca

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CALENDAR Editor’s note: This calendar is for special events put on by non-profit groups. We run as many as space permits, but only guarantee a calendar item appears once. Calendar items can be e-mailed to copy@comoxvalleyrecord. com, faxed to 250-338-5568 or delivered to 765 McPhee Ave. Deadlines: Friday at 5 p.m. for Wednesday’s paper and Tuesday at noon for Friday’s paper. Include date, location, time and a contact phone number that can be published. Our online calendar is available for listings at www. comoxvalleyrecord.com. NAR-ANON If a family member or friend is using drugs, how does it affect you? We can help. Call Rene 250-3342392, Sharon 250-339-7906, or Jack 250-334-3485. S-ANON: Have you felt hurt, ashamed or alone because of sexual behavior of a loved one? We are a 12-step weekly support group providing experience, strength, hope & friendship. FMI: sanon.comoxvalley@ gmail.com, 1-888-250-7305.

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ROYAL Canadian Naval Association meets, Comox Legion, 1 p.m. Guests welcome. FMI: 250-339 5498.

Thursday, Dec. 22 UNITY Comox Valley presents Christmas Candlelighting Service, Rotary Hall, Florence Filberg Centre: carol singing 7 p.m., service at 7:30 by Dr. Rev. Gail Muzio of Victoria. FMI: www.unitycomoxvalley. com, 1-866-853-9866.

Friday, Dec. 23 C.V. NEWCOMERS Women’s Walking Group: no walk (Christmas).

Saturday, Dec. 24 CUMBERLAND United Church Christmas Eve Service, First & Penrith, 7 p.m. All welcome to traditional candlelight service; children can participate in Nativity scene at end of service, costumes provided. FMI: Julianne 250-400-7084.

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C.V. WOOD CARVERS meet every Tuesday for a day of carving, Royston Community Hall, 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. No experience necessary. FMI: Al 250-331-0156, Jim 250339-5350.

Friday, Dec. 30 C.V. NEWCOMERS Women’s Walking Group: no walk (New Year’s).

Saturday, Dec. 31 COMOX Legion New Year’s Eve Dance to Charlie Wells Band, cold plate available & champagne at midnight. $25/person, seating plan in place.

Friday, Jan. 6 C.V. NEWCOMERS Women’s Walking Group (for those living in Comox Valley less than 2 years) meets for Foxxwood walk; meet at Comox Public Works, Guthrie & Torrence, 8:50 a.m. FMI: Glayne 250-339-0036, Gina 250-8909336, Sharon 250-941-1819, www.Cvnewcomers.net.

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C.V. NEWCOMERS Women’s Walking Group (for those living in Comox Valley less than 2 years) meets for Courtenay Heritage walk; meet at Native Sons Hall parking lot, 360 Cliffe Ave., 8:50 a.m. FMI: Kate 250338-9310, Doris 250-871-3407, Susan 250-871-4422, www. Cvnewcomers.net.

Friday, Jan. 20 C.V. NEWCOMERS Women’s Walking Group (for those living in Comox Valley less than 2 years) meets for Mac Laing/

Llama Farm walk; meet at Port Augusta Marina parking lot, 8:50 a.m. FMI: Glayne 250339-0036, Sharon 250-9411819, Doris 250-871-3407, www.Cvnewcomers.net.

Friday, Jan. 20 C.V. NEWCOMERS Women’s Walking Group (for those living in Comox Valley less than 2 years) meets for Mac Laing/ Llama Farm walk; meet at Port Augusta Marina parking lot, 8:50 a.m. FMI: Glayne 250339-0036, Sharon 250-9411819, Doris 250-871-3407, www.Cvnewcomers.net.

Friday, Feb. 3 C.V. NEWCOMERS Women’s Walking Group (for those living in Comox Valley less than 2 years) meets for Roy Morrison Greenway walk; meet at Puntledge Park, 1st St. & Menzies, 8:50 a.m. FMI: Bev 250-8712027, Glayne 250-339-0036, Louise 250-871-1443, www. Cvnewcomers.net.

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.

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.

Friday, March 2 C.V. NEWCOMERS Women’s Walking Group (for those living in Comox Valley less than 2 years) meets for Royston Seaside & Wrecks walk; meet at Staples lot recycling area, 8:50 a.m. Carpool $2/passenger. FMI: Maureen 250-871-3337, Sue 250-898-8333, Brenda 250-8713680, www.Cvnewcomers.net.

Friday, March 9 C.V. NEWCOMERS Women’s Walking Group (for those living in Comox Valley less than 2 years) meets for Aspen/Idiens Greenway & Lerwick Forest walk; meet at Bosley’s parking lot near Quality Foods Comox, 8:50 a.m. FMI: Val 250-8714665, Louise 250-871-1443, Sheila 250-334-4161, www. Cvnewcomers.net.

Friday, March 16 C.V. NEWCOMERS Women’s Walking Group (for those living in Comox Valley less than 2 years) meets for Historic Cumberland walk; meet at Staples lot recycling area, 8:50 a.m. Carpool $2/passenger. FMI: Sheila 250-334-4161, Doris 250-8713407, Gina 250-890-9336, www. Cvnewcomers.net.

Friday, March 23 C.V. NEWCOMERS Women’s Walking Group (for those living in Comox Valley less than 2 years) meets for Crown Isle Pathways walk; meet at Crown Isle & Malahat Drive, 8:50 a.m. FMI: Kari 250-339-5851, Bev 250871-2027, Brenda 250-871-3680, www.Cvnewcomers.net.

Friday, March 30 C.V. NEWCOMERS Women’s Walking Group (for those living in Comox Valley less than 2 years) meets for Lazo Marsh walk; meet at Comox Public Works, Guthrie & Torrence, 8:50 a.m. FMI: Sue 250-898-8333, Sheila 250-3344161, Kari 250-339-5851, www. Cvnewcomers.net.


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Delivery service offered For residents who live between Royston and Campbell River, relief from carrying heavy feed bags, hay and bedding can soon be a thing of the past. Steve Nixon, owner of Black Creek Farm & Feed Supply, announced the company is offering a delivery service — same day or next day — for customers who purchase feed, bedding, and/or hay. There is no minimum to the order, but there is a $10 fee. He notes that a portion of each delivery fee will be donated to the Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society. “We have supported the fundraising efforts of this

organization in a variety of ways for years,” Nixon said. “We thought our new delivery service would just be one more way to collect some funds to support the incredible work that Therapeutic Riding does in this community.” In addition to the new delivery service, the company began awarding Air Miles as of Nov. 1. For customers who collect Air Miles, all purchases are eligible. A third announcement by BCFF is the launch of a lowinterest financing program for building projects up to $35,000, available through a program created for Black Creek customers through TD

Bank. “We thought a financing program would make it easier for customers to build projects they would otherwise have to delay when cash flow is an issue for so many in these tough times,” Nixon said. Black Creek Farm & Feed Supply is an award-winning, IRLY/TIM-BR MART Building Centre. Owned privately, it has been part of the community since 2003. IRLY Building Centres at Black Creek Farm & Feed Supply was named Top Hardware and Retail Building Supply Dealer in British Columbia by the BC Building Supply Association in 2009.

Walk the Windows announce winners And the winners are… Beginning the morning of Christmas Magic Nov. 26, shoppers had two weeks to vote for their favourite decorated Christmas window displays in the Walk the Windows decorating contest in downtown Courtenay. Cody & Company finished first in voting, Zocalo Café second and Uranus Greeting Cards & Gifts third. Cody & Company owner Jan Bruce, a director with the Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association (BIA), drew from all voting ballots received for the recipient of the $1,000 shopping spree. The lucky winner is Jane Doyle, who entered to win while shopping at

Congratulations to the window ❝ winners and all of the Walk the Windows participant businesses for creating a wonderland of colour and lights for the Christmas season.

❞ Mark Middleton

Square 1 Travel. Also drawn by Siobhan Hayton of Uranus for two $500 sprees were downtown shoppers Lorna Campbell and Jim Hume. The shopping spree winners have until the end of December to make their selections. Catherine Bell of Zocalo Café drew Allison Lange’s name for the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa stay prize who were co-sponsors of the event. This year the BIA added another fun way

to enjoy downtown windows with the Spot the Penguin for kids. Children 12 and under counted the number of penguin decorations they could see in the 69 participating Walk the Windows businesses. Out of the closest guesses entered, Comox resident William had his name drawn by Thea White at Whale’s Tale Toys. There was plenty of feedback about this new aspect of the event that businesses will be sure to build on.

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COMOX VALLEY RECORD COMOX VALLEY’S COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER Publisher: Joanna Ross Editor: Mark Allan Ph: 250-338-5811 / Fax: 250-338-5568 / Classified: 250-310-3535 A division of Black Press Ltd. 765 McPhee Avenue, Courtenay, B.C. V9N 2Z7 www.comoxvalleyrecord.com editor@comoxvalleyrecord.com The Comox Valley Record is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org

Going the wrong way with climate change policy Local governments are increasingly making efforts to reduce their environmental footprints, especially where it involves greenhouse gases. Most have emission-reduction targets in place. So what does it say to those municipalities and individuals when the top level of government is backing away from plans to be part of the global climate change solution? The Conservatives paid lip service to the problem when Environment Minister Peter Kent said Canada planned to “work toward a new international climate regime which will include all the major emitters.” Rather than continuing in a leadership position in this critical time of international co-operation and broad acknowledgement of the effects of climate change, Canada is saying it doesn’t want to play ball unless the U.S. — by far the world’s largest polluter, although China is fast catching up — is on its team. The U.S. has refused to join the Kyoto Protocol from Day One for wholly protectionist reasons. That the Conservatives are choosing a similar path — eyes sharply focused on the revenue-rich oil sands — shows more weakness than leadership. The fact emerging superpower China assumed a leadership position at the recent international climate conference in Durban when Canada, No. 8 on the polluters list, so clearly distanced itself from one, clearly indicates we’re moving in the wrong direction. The effects of climate change won’t get put on hold just because governments decide that for now, they must throw all their energies into economic recovery. Sadly, this step backward in Canada’s efforts to be part of the solution could have the net effect of reducing the long-term economic prospects. Ironically, the people making such decisions now likely won’t be around to witness the aftermath of their short-sighted choices. – Victoria News

Record Question of the Week This week: Eleven per cent of respondents so far say they are spending more on Christmas gifts this year than they did last year. How about you? Is your spending up or more restrained? Visit www.comoxvalleyrecord.com and vote in the Poll on the mainpage. Cou Courtenay and District Fish and Game Protective Association members do good work helping coho salmon stocks in the Trent River.

St. Joe’s Hospital has many dedicated employees, but the word is getting out that patient care is sometimes compromised by an overloaded system.

Railway quietly being shelved? Dear editor, Returning from Victoria on Thanksgiving Monday, I drove for 10 minutes past a lineup of idling vehicles creeping along the Malahat. How many of those vehicles were on the road because passenger service on the Southern Vancouver Island Railway has been suspended due to needed track repairs? Why are we still awaiting federal funding of $7.5 million (to match the committed provincial matching funds) to get the train running again? Mary Ashley of the Island Corridor Foundation notes that an ambitious plan awaits that funding. VIA Rail has committed to three completely refurbished cars, with snack bars and bike racks. Even now, with almost no advertising, tourists from all over the world use the rail line, particularly Europeans, who are

accustomed to rail travel. The Foundation envisions providing a network of transportation options, linking the rail to the ferry terminals and towns, in concert with the walking and biking trails that will run along the train right-of-way. Tourists will be able to travel up and down the Island by bike or on foot, hopping on and off the train as they visit towns, bringing millions of dollars into the Island economy. The train is also a vital commuter link in the national greenhouse gas reduction strategy. Students travel up and down the Island to three private schools, a university and several colleges. When the Malahat is treacherous with winter conditions, the train runs reliably through a scenic wonderland. The Foundation’s plans for daily commuter service from Nanaimo to Victoria, as well as improved freight service, will

take hundreds of vehicles and trucks off the Malahat. Eventually, same-day return to Courtenay, with possible dinner car service, has been proposed. Our rail line is both a future asset, with the costly infrastructure already in place, and a charming link to our past. For $7.5 million, the federal government is getting a bargain. But as time ticks by without a federal commitment, one grows increasingly concerned that budget cuts will be the justification for quietly shelving this project, which would be an enormous loss for communities all up and down the Island. I ask your readers to voice their concerns to Prime Minister Harper at pm@pm.gc.ca, with a copy to Transport Minister Denis Lebel at denis.lebel@parl.gc.ca and our local MP John Duncan at john.duncan@parl.gc.ca. Gillian Anderson, Merville

Join a club and make things better Dear editor, Recently a citizen asked, “What became of Christmas?” She was “saddened to see the appearance on windows and signs that say Happy Holidays or May your Holiday be Happy or whatever.” I, too, am saddened. Not for an evolving December celebration that dates back over 4,000 years that first celebrated the birth of the sun, rather than the son, such as Saturnalia and Natalis Invicti, or the virgin birth of the sun god Mithras. It does not upset me since the Christmas tree, carolers, giftgiving, holly, parades, religious processions, and feasts (just to name a few of our traditions) all can be attributed to pagan rituals that predate Christianity. Further, I don’t care if you wish me a “Happy Bodhi, Christmas, Fesivus, Hanukkah,

Holidays, Id al-Adha, Kwanza, Omisoka, Saturnalia, ShabeYalda, Solstice, Soyal, Yule or any other December Holiday you wish to put “happy” or “merry” in front of. I don’t have to share your beliefs to appreciate your kindness. I am proud to live in the democracy that allows you to say it without fear of prosecution, although there does seem to be some persecution. What saddens me is poverty, animal cruelty, abuse, war (whether just or unjust), crime (both violent and non-violent), disease, homelessness, orphans, just to name a few. It saddens me so much that years ago I joined a service club so I could try and make a small difference to the suffering that exists in my community and my world. Sadly, Lions, Kiwanis, Shriners, Rotary and other service

organizations are pondering their futures as membership dwindles and average ages grow older. There is simply not enough of us to do everything that needs to be done, although we certainly try very hard. This deeply saddens me. So this holiday season (and, yes, I say holiday proudly, as I would say Christmas, or Bodhi, or Hanukkah), celebrate in the way that represents your values, desires, affections and traditions. In the spirit of the season, happily allow others to do the same, even if their way is different than yours. And, if you wish to give a gift that can become an honourable legacy, please, consider joining a service club. You can make a difference, and you are needed. Robyn Berry, Comox Valley


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Trees are encroaching Age not factor in bad driving Dear editor, no trees inhabited by the Great Many of your readers are Blue Heron are identified to undoubtedly aware of the activbe cut or topped as part of this ity related to the selective topproject, and that no arborist ping and cutting of trees in work is conducted within the the vicinity of the Comox aeroenvironmental protection zone drome. around the heron rookery durAs the commanding officer of ing the nesting season. In addi19 Wing, I would like to hightion, environmental experts are light 19 Wing’s commitment to assessing the cumulative effect air safety and to the of removing forest environment. canopy and explorBy working with ing techniques to landowners and our minimize impact on partners in environthe herons and their mental stewardship, habitat. we aim to improve We are working air safety at the with our partners in Comox aerodrome environmental stewwhile striving to minardship including imize the impact on the B.C. Ministry of the environment. Lands, Forests and In the Kye Bay Natural Resources JIM BENNINGER area, trees have and the Canadian grown to the point that some of Wildlife Service to ensure all them encroach into critical areas laws, regulations and best manknown as the Missed Approachagement practices are adhered es and Transitional Surfaces of to throughout this effort. the aerodrome’s airspace. 19 Wing continues to enjoy an For everyone’s safety, these outstanding relationship with critical flight areas must be the Comox Valley Airport Comclear of obstacles in accordance mission and we look forward to with air transport safety laws a continued and vibrant partand regulations; particularly nership that permits the safe when pilots make an approach operation of both military and in poor weather conditions or commercial aircraft from the during an airborne emergency. Comox aerodrome. Col. J.C. Benninger It is important to note that

Dear editor, The writer “Name Withheld — If I had a Magic Wand (Record, Dec. 16) seems to have an attitude problem concerning age and driving ability — as if one had anything to do with the other. Surely it is reckless driving behaviour rather than drivers of a certain age that we must eliminate. Such a prejudicial attitude does nothing to improve people’s driving habits. In my opinion, elimination of dangerous driving and drivers goes much further than those measures the writer calls for. I disagree with Sharon Lacey that driving is simply a privilege. More importantly, it is a right, and as such, just like citizenship, it can be revoked. I would put forward the following mea-

Dear editor, The issue at Cape Lazo is not safety vs. trees/birds. Any possible safety issue was addressed last summer during the Crown Isle controversy. Inconvenience was the only concern raised in news reports this fall. The forest does not encroach on runway approaches. It is a mature forest with a canopy height that has been quite constant since long before the airport. Suggesting it is a flight safety hazard is like blaming Gil Island for the sinking of the Queen of the North. The real issue is whether DND must comply with Canadian law. Ms. Usherwood claims the International Civil Aviation Convention sets tree-cutting requirements. In fact, it only establishes standards and recommendations and requires that ICAO be given notice when a country departs from those standards (Article 38). Whether antiquated or not, the Aeronautics Act still forms the basis of Canadian aviation law. Canadian law does allow interference with private property

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rights in the public interest, but only in accordance with zoning, contract, and/or expropriation law. Some say that private property rights should be included in the Charter of Rights for greater protection. John Duncan has spoken in favour of this in the past. Today the forest is greatly reduced, but still here. In 1942, part of the forest was cleared to establish CFB Comox. DND could have acquired more land but did not do so. The 1982 Zoning Regulations were passed to prevent future development. According to DND’s own documents, they have no effect on existing obstacles: “Obstacles existing at the time [the] Zoning Regulation comes into force are not affected…. Removal of such an obstacle by legal means can only be done by acquiring the property under the Expropriation Act or payment of compensation.” (TP308/GDH209, Annex F) If DND wants to enter onto and adversely affect private property, it is only reasonable to expect strict compliance with Canadian Claire Guest, law. Comox

Dear editor, I understand, in some cases, that a special request for anonymity in letters to the editor might be granted. This is a judgment call. In the Dec. 16 issue, the editor accepted a letter about a ‘magic wand’ from “Name withheld by request.” This person used a number of urban legends, myths and plain untruths about driving, seniors, the Valley transit system, environmental pollution, the health-care system and ICBC. An over-simplistic and uninformed scattergun approach to a serious issue of driving. By allowing anonymity, we are left to wonder if the author is a recently elected official, a well-known clergy, a senior bureaucrat, prominent

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‘Handout Indians’ dependent Frank Assu Guest column

With the recent events unfolding at the Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario, I felt it was time for me to share my thoughts on the state of aboriginal affairs in Canada. What does the average non-native or nonaboriginal person think of when they hear the word aboriginal or native or even Indian? I would have to say without doing a formal poll that would take time and money, the average person in B.C. generally has negative thoughts come to mind first before anything positive. What are these thoughts? They can range from simple dislike to outright discrimination. In my lifetime I have encountered many people who have verbally discriminated me or aboriginal people in general. The type of discrimination varies depending on the context of the situation and who is involved in the conversation. Here is a list of some examples of discrimination behaviour and language I have been exposed to: • Natives are lazy. • They are drug addicts or alcoholics. • They are uneducated. • They get too many free things like schooling, don’t have to pay taxes (property or sales), and free housing are just some of the examples. • They are freeloaders – too much government (federal) money is spent on aboriginals who waste the money. I, too, think of many aboriginal people in this light, but it is because I have an inside look at the daily life of aboriginal people, as I have lived most of my life on reserve and for the past 11 years off reserve. I am disappointed and embarrassed by what I have seen in many aboriginal people across B.C. and Canada. I look at aboriginal people and see them as “handout Indians.” What I mean is they always want someone to do something for them, give them something or take care of them. I don’t see them being proactive and taking care of themselves. This is not just a personal thing it also is a mindset by many aboriginal band councils and organizations.

FRANK ASSU is frustrated that many of his people expect somebody else to take care of their problems. How has this happened? In part it can be traced to the colonization of Canada and the residential school system and the Potlatch Prohibition laws, and the attempted assimilation of native people; (with many other policies over the years designed to negatively affect aboriginal people). Residential schools and the colonization/ assimilation policies had drastic negative consequences for aboriginal people. These policies have directly affected many generations of aboriginal families and individuals; and indirectly affected many more. I myself am a child of a mother who attended an Indian residential school.

Many aboriginal people are suffering from similar affects to people who are addicts (be it gambling, drugs, alcohol, or other forms); they will not be able to change their environment or situation until they choose to stop being a victim and make the change for themselves and do it by themselves. I am proud of who I am and of my heritage. What I am not proud of is what we (First Nation people) have become. Too many aboriginal people in this country are still saying that they are the victims of governmentsanctioned and archaic policies. They feel that the government “owes” them and that they are “entitled” to be taken care of. This type of

selfish attitude will not enable people to move forward and grow as a person (regardless of race) and escape whatever obstacles they have in life. I realize that because of the policies of the Canadian government in the early formations of the county played a huge role in how the current Indian Act was established but it also has created a vast amount of people who are now dependent on someone else to provide for them. ••• Most reserves across Canada function in similar ways but each reserve can change things depending on their individual needs and what they feel is right for their situation. This is where the inequalities come in. Most First Nation groups give their members tuition, books and living allowances for post-secondary education, but there are different levels of support given to each First Nation, which is decided on by the band and its individual agreement with Ottawa. First Nation students have great differences in their living allowances. This is something that the general public resents about First Nation people, as they see it as freeloading rather than an agreement with Ottawa to provide quality education to correct the sins of past government policies.

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Additionally, and what people see more often through firsthand experience or in the media, is the providing of housing for individuals and families on reserves. Here again, things are vastly different across Canada. Some reserves, like mine, will give a person a one-time grant of approximately $24,000 to build or buy a house; while other reserves provide social housing where the people are paying low rents for houses already built, or they will build social housing for them. This is where the public perception of “free” housing comes in. People who do not take pride in themselves or are given things (like a free/ low-cost house) typically do not look after their belongings. So when their houses are infested with mould, garbage, disrepair, etc. and become unlivable they will simply ask the band for another house. In most cases they get one. ••• Addressing the present problems in northern Ontario, do I wish this community to be put under a state of emergency? No, I do not. Let’s take a brief look at the situation. This community has been governed under the Indian Act and Ottawa provides funds every year based on their population. These funds are supposed to go to basic infrastructures needed for daily life. Now when a person reads that up to $90 million has been issued to them and yet a state of emergency still was needed to be implemented, what went wrong? It is wrong to just point the finger at Ottawa and its policies. Sure, they do not have a great track record with Aboriginal Affairs over the years but they are

THE ATTAWAPISKAT RESERVE is in the news due to deplorable living conditions. still providing funding every year. The problem lies with the dysfunctional and often-corrupt First Nation leaders who are receiving those funds. If proper use of funds were put into basic infrastructures in the first place, maybe this community would not be in this mess. Additionally, if the band were to think of themselves like a municipality and look to the future when spending current funds, thing could turn out differently. Some responsibility lies with the individual people who are in the state of emergency. Just because they are living on a reserve doesn’t mean they are imprisoned there. If there are no jobs for them to support themselves and their families’ maybe they should move and find economic stability elsewhere. Sure, it would mean leaving their traditional lands but living in a state of emergency has not gotten them anywhere. The people have been living in such dysfunction they are not sure what to do. They have been trained to be dependent on the band to provide for them and for the band to get all

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we set our minds to it. One of the biggest problems First Nations people/groups have when it comes to financial prosperity is that they are always looking for grants to provide them with income. Sooner or later the grants will dry up, especially when B.C. First Nations settle their treaties. Economic prosperity should be sustainable income without having to rely on yearly grants which may or may not come through. We need to provide long-term financial freedom from dependency, whether it is an individual or a band. ••• Not all non-native people share this negative view of First Nation people. Many sympathize with the current conditions and for the atrocities that many First Nations people experienced since colonization of the continent. In conclusion, I feel that First Nation people in general need to change the perceptions that society has on them. When First Nation people find themselves in difficult situations they generally are there because of their own making. I think that it is due to the colonial systems put in place by the Canadian government but to continue to use that as a crutch is no longer an excuse. It is time First Nations people stood up for themselves and admitted they have to break free of the dependency of others. Being this dependent is like an addiction, one that is very hard to break. First Nation people need to stop blaming others for their predicaments and take responsibility for their own actions and situations.

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What do you do with debt – the unwanted gift The gemstone earrings are beautiful. And who wouldn’t want the latest tablet PC? It’s always great to give gifts. But paying for them come January? Well, that can be another – and very stressful -- matter entirely. Canadians are racking up more credit debt than ever before so it’s easy to understand that you can get in over your head, especially at this time of year, and derail your long-term financial well-being. Instead, why not give yourself the gift that keeps on giving – finan-

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DOBBELSTEYN cial stability – by using these strategies to control debt and make better use of your money. Wrap up your cards A high credit card limit or line of credit can lure you into buying more than you can afford. If you spend more than you can pay off each month, you’ll pay interest on the balance, often at very high

rates of 20 per cent or more. So those earrings or that tablet PC will end up costing you a lot more and you’ll likely be paying for them for a long time. Keep your credit cards in your pocket unless you intend to pay off the balance each month. If that’s the case, try to use a credit card that offers reward points. Get into the spirit of the season – but not too much Those earrings are super expensive but you really want to buy them. Resist! Don’t feel compelled to buy expen-

Driving can be needed to work Dear editor, Just go a little easy on “you’re not allowed a driving licence until your 20th birthday.” When I came to Canada some years ago, I was rather surprised to see the driving age in Ontario was 16! It didn’t take long for me to realize that this is a very large country with a small population. In cottage country, most youths left school at 16 and looked for work. Where we lived was one paved highway running north to south. The rest were gravel. The nearest place with any amount of work on offer was 30 miles away. With one

Keep your credit cards in your ❝ pocket unless you intend to pay off the balance each month. If that’s the case, try to use a credit card that offers reward points.

sive gifts. Remember, it really is the thought that counts. A better alternative: Each month, put a small amount into a savings account dedicated to Christmas presents and buy those earrings for cash next year. And speaking of cash Purchase gifts

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bus each way per day, if you didn’t drive, you didn’t work! These kids’ parents had to buy them generally an old eightcylinder banger (all a lot of them could afford) that used to take at least an hour’s wage to get to work! Let us have a lot more home discipline and let our youths grow up. We do not all live where there is public transRobert Lamb, port. Comox Valley

out of your cash flow. If your cash flow is tight, look for cost-effective ways of restructuring your debt to free up more dollars on a regular basis. And speaking of more dollars Think beyond the season, look to your future – and establish a realistic strategy for saving

toward your important life goals. Here’s a start: Reduce ‘bad debt’ (such as credit cards) and consider debt consolidation and/or a monthly debt reduction plan. Launch an emergency reserve perhaps in a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA). Protect your income and family with life, critical illness, and disability insurance. Fund your children’s education with Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs). Add funds to your

retirement by investing in a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP). Pay off some of your debt or add to your savings with the tax refunds that result. Debt control and financial health are worthy goals. Your professional adviser can give you the gift of good advice to help you reach them – in every season. J. Kevin Dobbelsteyn is a certified financial planner with Investors Group Financial Services Inc.. His column appears every Wednesday.

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