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Grade 12 students James Ryan, Hilary Jahelka, Chanise Sykes and Dayna Bell were busy filming a welcome orientation video for the incoming Grade 8 students at Ladysmith Secondary School. Today, hundreds of local kids and youth begin their first day of the 2011/2012 school year.

Dog returned after attack Family pet found three kilometres from home after disappearing into the night near Strang Road Niomi Pearson THE CHRONICLE

A Ladysmith resident is happy to have her Romeo back after the 14-year-old deaf and half blind dog was dragged off into the night by an unknown animal.

He was later found three kilometres away on a stranger’s doorstep. On August 24, Kirsten Smith and her husband David were awoken around 3 a.m. by the sounds of their maltipoo Romeo barking and

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tacted wildlife conservation at 8 a.m. and said she surrendered to the idea Romeo was gone. “It was the worst nine hours of my life,” she said. “I started packing up all of his stuff and putting it away.”

By a pleasant twist of fate, resident Kristen King found Romeo curled up at the top of her porch when she came home at noon that day to let her own dog out. “It was scared and I didn’t see anything

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Kirsten Smith holds her dog Romeo tight after the pair were reunited. The elderly dog disappeared into the night and turned up three kilometers away. Stephen Warren, branch manager for the Ladysmith library holds one of three Kobo electronic books available at the local library on a three-week loan. It comes with 100 books downloaded and there are more than 5,500 titles ready to be downloaded from the library website. MATTHEW PETERSON/CHRONICLE

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Fifteen minutes later, he was back in Smith’s arms and off to the vet. Romeo had suffered a puncture wound in his left hindquarter and paw, as well as damage to his front gums. One of his front canine teeth later came out. “We’re still shaking our heads as to how he survived,” Smith said. Despite the incident, Romeo is now eating, jumping, playing and back to his frisky self. “He’s doing everything he should be doing,” Smith said. Stuart Bates, conservation officer for Ministry of Environment said while the area lends itself to a cougar attack on a household pet, Romeo’s injuries tell a different story. “Initially, based on her description, the fact that the dog was nowhere to be found, I did tell her it was possible that it was

a cougar, but in talking with the veterinarian that examined the dog, the wounds were not consistent with that of a cougar, and were very consistent of that of a raccoon,” Bates said. “There were no wounds around the neck or the head which is typical of a cougar, and in my opinion, a cougar that grabs a nine-pound dog... I can’t see a dog in that condition and that size surviving a cougar attack.” Smith said she is still not 100 per cent convinced that Romeo’s assailant wasn’t a cougar. “I’m not discounting that it could have been a raccoon, but I don’t know how a raccoon could get him that far,” Smith said. “Raccoon paw prints I have seen around here, and those wet tracks on my deck were definitely not raccoon tracks.” Bates explained that a cougar’s typical target

includes the raccoon, which is often found in the average backyard. Cougar attacks on household pets usually occur when the cat goes into a yard looking for a raccoon. “People don’t need to worry as much, because humans don’t meet what we call their prey profile. We’re bi-pedal and they’re looking for a four-legged creature,” Bates said. “It does happen, but it is very, very rare.” All wildlife sightings, particularly cougars, should be reported to the conservation hotline at 1-877-954-7277. “It allows us to monitor, be it a bear or a cougar, what it’s doing, where it’s going and if it’s behavior is changing,” Bates said. “People should always be vigilant. Ladysmith is a unique community with the wildlife corridors that we have around all the creeks.”

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Ladysmith’s youth action committee is currently working out the business models on two one-of-a-kind Ladysmith ventures. Youth, working with a $10,000 grant given to the Ladysmith Resources Centre, are currently exploring options for movie theatre or youth clothing/skate shop. They will soon be presenting their models and putting the chosen idea forward to hopefully win a $200,000 grant to make the venture happen. The push behind the projects is that everything, from the ideas to execution and hopefully staffing, is spearheaded by youth, with local business people acting as mentors. Chad Schoolcraft, 19, is one of the youth pulling for a youth clothing store. “From what I’ve heard

and what I’ve talked about, a lot of youth here have bikes and things like that,” said Schoolcraft. “We are looking at bikes, skateboards and clothing. Just having a mix store,” said Schoolcraft. The clothing store team has been busily doing research and talking to other companies to get a better understanding of mark-ups and selection. Schoolcraft said working on the project has been enjoyable, and certainly a steep learning curve, and his favourite part has been interacting with local business people. A future in business, he said, is certainly not out of the question. The other group is hoping their film project gets rolling. There used to be a theatre in Ladysmith, so Paul Billas said the movie theatre team is trying to track down old equipment and the

space to be able to make it happen. Their team, too, is wrestling with such factors as movie distribution and licensing fees. Billas said he will be working more with getting things done behind the scenes when the time comes. “Now we are going to jump through the hoops of a business licence, where, and how do you get the rights to a movie,” said Billas. Some of the buildings they were looking at for a theatre include, the old Home Hardware building and old RCMP station. Finding out who owns them and if they are available is part of the project. “It’s still a real fledgling project. There’s a lot of hurdles we are going to have to jump.” Sam Corrington, project co-ordinator with the resources centre, said support from the local business community

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has been overwhelming as many have stepped forward to offer their expertise and experience. “It’s just been amazing,” said Corrington. One organization pitching in is Employment Navigators, whose knowledge of local staffing trends is second to none, said Corrington, and Jenna Forster with the Downtown Business Association. “We really have a range of business folks that have stepped forward,” said Corrington. The most rewarding aspect, said Corrington, is letting youth take the lead on the project. “And helping them realized their vision behind the two projects.” The difference in scope and audience between the two ideas is also vast and encouraging, said Corrington, as each one presents its own challenges and contributions.

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Ladysmith residents are invited to have their say on the town’s sustainability. There is a meeting scheduled for September 12 at 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Aggie Hall to talk about what steps the town will take next. City Manager Ruth Malli said the public meeting is to build on the visioning process

undertaken in 2008 and 2009. “It will be highly participatory,” said Malli, adding some of the meeting will also be used to talk about the progress the town has made in the last few years. “Then we will be looking at what do we do next.” Sustainability is normally a three-pronged term dealing with social, environmental and economic.

The town’s visioning adds partnerships and encompasses not only the natural environment, but also what we’ve built (buildings and infrastructure). “We think that partnerships are a strong way to be sustainable,” said Malli. “We can’t afford to deliver everything so we do a lot of partnerships with service groups and with the community.” People are encour-

Path cleared for suite hearing T h e To w n o f Ladysmith has given first and second reading to their in-house secondary suites bylaw. The move, which came at the August 15 meeting, makes way for a public hearing at the September 19th meeting. The bylaw was originally prepared in July, but was given back to staff to revise. Wording in the bylaw

made it possible for renters to operate a home-based business, changes the definition of single family dwelling to incorporate suites, and limits suites in bed and breakfasts on lots less than 1,000 square metres. The bylaw says secondary suites must not exceed 40 per cent of the gross floor area (or 90 square metres) and that off-street parking must be required as

per the town’s parking bylaw. Felicity Adams, director of development services, said this is the public hearing to discuss the bylaw changes for in-house suites. Final decisions on detached suites are not to do with this bylaw and will come at a later date when council starts that phase of its secondary suites process. When legalizing in-

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All persons who deem their interest in property affected by the proposed bylaws will be offered a reasonable opportunity to be heard or present written submissions respecting matters contained within the bylaws at the Public Hearing. The above bylaws may be inspected at City Hall, 410 Esplanade, Ladysmith, British Columbia from Monday through Friday, September 6, 2011 – September 19, 2011, during normal office hours (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.), excluding statutory holidays. Felicity Adams Director of Development Services

house suites was talked about earlier this year, council decided it was going to relax some of the B.C. building code guidelines for suite design, such as ceiling height, as they cannot be changed. There will be no relaxation of guidelines around health and safety requirements such as exits and windows. — Matthew Peterson


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held on MONDAY September 19, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers, 410 Esplanade, Ladysmith, British Columbia to consider the following amendments to “Official Community Plan, 2003, No. 1488” and “Town of Ladysmith Zoning Bylaw 1995, No. 1160”, as amended: BYLAWS: “Official Community Plan Bylaw 2003, No. 1488, Amendment Bylaw (No. 37) 2011, No. 1773” “Town of Ladysmith Zoning Bylaw 1995, No. 1160, Amendment Bylaw (No. 87) 2011, No. 1774” In general terms, the purpose of Bylaw 1773 is to amend the Official Community Plan to support secondary suites within a single family dwelling and to support the consideration of detached secondary suites (e.g. coach houses and ground-oriented cottage suites). In general terms, the purpose of Bylaw 1774 is to implement the Official Community Plan policy that supports secondary suites within a single family dwelling. Bylaw 1774 proposes to amend the Zoning Bylaw to revise the definition of single family dwelling to include a secondary suite, and to add regulations to permit secondary suites within a single family dwelling in the following zones: Urban Rural Residential (UR-1), Suburban Residential (R-1), Medium Density Urban Residential (R-1-A), Urban Residential (R-2), Residential (R-2-A), Mobile Home Park (MP-1), and Agriculture (A-2). Bylaw 1774 also introduces regulations regarding secondary suite parking; the maximum size of the secondary suite; and permitted uses within the single family dwelling and the secondary suite.

aged to attend the meeting even if they have not gone through the town’s visioning document. “They don’t need to do anything except show up.” If you have any questions, please call Malli at City Hall. The visioning document is also available at Click the City Hall tab and click on the Bylaws, Forms, Permits and Reports.

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The Ladysmith Citizens on Patrol held their volunteer appreciation picnic on Aug. 17, in the Kinsmen Shelter at Transfer Beach. This community event was sponsored by ICBC. Mayor Rob Hutchins and Caroline Robinson the Road Safety Coordinator for Central/North Vancouver Island presented RCMP Certificates of Appreciation in recognition of five and 10 years of dedicated volunteer service to “E” Division of the RCMP. Recipients are currently involved with COPS, Speed Watch and the Community Policing Station.

Dog Patch boat looted been beaten up. While This young couple is There were a total The stolen goods had a police were talking getting married on of 100 calls for service total estimated value of Ladysmith another male arrived Sept. 11 and the future over this period of time. $1,390. RCMP news who was aggressive bride’s shoes were in To date, 2,786 incidents ❱ A theft was reportAug. 23 to and very intoxicated. the pack. Needless to have been reported to ed from Mr. Teriyaki Aug. 29 The male was arrest- say there are a lot of the detachment (2,949 and Ms. Sushi on First Provided by ed for being drunk in tears that were shed for the same period in Avenue. A ladder and Ladysmith public and transported over the theft of these 2010). a stainless steel indusRCMP to Duncan cells to be items. In recent weeks, sev- trial kitchen table were released when sober. Monday, Aug. 29 eral reported thefts later recovered in the ❱ The RCMP attended ❱ A suspicious incifrom motor vehicles area. on Buller Street for a d e n t w a s r e p o r t e d have been reported in ❱ A valtag was stolen report of a tenant who in the 3600 block of the area. The vehicles from a pickup truck. was breaking windows. Yellow Point Road. Two being targeted are The owner, who had those that are being left been travelling, was result was a fail. A driv- A drunk female began to males were observed unlocked with items uncertain when it may ing ban was issued and yell and was disturbing o n a p r o p e r t y a n d the other tenants. She were challenged. The clearly visible for the have been stolen. The vehicle impounded. culprit. We are encour- valtag was peeled from Thursday, Aug. 25 was arrested for being males stated they were aging that vehicles be the plate. ❱ A 20-lb. propane drunk in a public place looking for directions. locked even if they are ❱ A theft from a motor tank was stolen from a and was transported Males left in a dark in a private driveway. vehicle occurred over- residence in the 1-100 to Duncan cells to be blue or black sedan released when sober. and a licence plate Nothing should be left night on Louise Road. block of Buller Street. in the back of pickup Loose change was sto❱ A vehicle was bro- Saturday, Aug. 27 number was obtained. ❱ A male was arrest- A break and enter was trucks. The public are len and the glove box ken into overnight in encouraged to report had been ransacked. the 300 block of 4th ed on 3rd Avenue in later confirmed by the all incidents to the Wednesday, Aug. 24 Avenue. The owner’s Ladysmith under S.37 h o m e o w n e r. E n t r y ❱ An individual called dog was barking at 4 of the Immigration Act was gained through RCMP. A suspect was arrest- t o r e p o r t t h e r e a r a.m. The next day the and turned over to the an unlocked bathroom ed on Aug. 28 for some license plate and valtag owner realized that Canada Border Services window. An electric guitar, cremation urn, r e c e n t t h e f t s f r o m stolen from his com- $200 Maui Jim sun Agency. Sunday, Aug. 28 linksys wireless hub, motor vehicles in the pany vehicle on Rocky glasses were missing. ❱ The RCMP attended l o g i t e c h c o m p u t e r community. The indi- Creek Road. Friday, Aug. 26 ❱ A report was vidual appeared in ❱ Some intoxicated a threat complaint on speakers and telescope court on Aug. 29 and received of a vehicle young people tipped Westdowne Road. 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on the side, so she created a whole landscape THE CHRONICLE plan. We’re for the most As students gather part keeping to that.” their supplies, style Last week, a School their hair and prepare District 68 crew was for another year of hard at work digging education, Ladysmith up turf to make way for Secondary School is an addition to the sprinalso getting a new look kler system and breakfor the school year. ing the hard soil so that Thanks to a grant hopefully, by the end of o r g a n i z e d b y Tr e e September, the flowers, Canada, the school’s trees and shrubbery can front parking lot is be planted. Some of the undergoing a school species planned are red beautification project elderberry, pacific dogthat will not only put a wood and red flowering little more green space currant. in front of the school “It’s going to have all but provide an impor- native species in it, and tant educational tool that’s one of the key as well. pieces of the grant,” LSS instructor Shelley Gvojich said. Gvojich spearheaded A pathway has also the project with a group been planned out and of students, known as Gvojich hopes to install the Green Team, to a few benches. tackle the approximate Tree Canada is a non17m-by-17m chunk of profit organization that land. finds sponsors to fund “It was basically an tree related projects. ugly hunk of land with The LSS project, signs in it, and we’re which was applied for taking that and con- in January, is being verting it into a garden,” f u n d e d b y G o l d e r she said. “One of the Associates. teachers in our school “In our case, we chose is a landscape architect a school beautification

project, but they do other things as well like cleanup projects.” The Green Team has been involved with other school projects, such as the BC Energy Ambassadors program through BC Hydro. The students had to attend a number of workshops and come up with a plan for the school, which was presented to the school board in order to receive the $1,000 grant. The money was used to install three-way garbage cans which allows the students to sort their waste into recycling, compost and garbage. Gvojich said once the garden is in place and thriving well, the school hopes to tie it into the curriculum and get the students interacting with it on a regular basis. “We’re responsible for maintenance of the garden, so we’re hoping we can tie it into the daily schooling of some of the classes,” she said.

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YOUR WORDS “There were no wounds around the neck or head.” Stuart Bates, Page 3


n most scenarios, you have to look out for yourself. Sure there are times someone else might stand up for you, pitch in some work and see you through to the end, but most often, you have to be ready to shoulder most of the struggle yourself. This is not a new idea as the old ‘If you want something done right, you should do it yourself,’ phrase has been around for longer than many can remember. Which is why it is good to see Ladysmith will soon be inaugurating a new seniors’ council this month. The council has been set up with the help of the Ladysmith Resources Centre and will be able to serve as a strong, large voice for seniors’ issues in Ladysmith. There is no denying Ladysmith has a large population of senior citizens and why not? This is the perfect place to retire, aside from being a town built on a huge hill. And aside from a few high-profile issues like pensions or health care, the seniors’ perspective often gets lost in the grander scheme of things, especially at the mainstream media level. Look at recent coverage of the economy. We hear plenty about the potential hardships, but less and less of the impact on seniors investments, or how many people have had to come out of retirement to make ends meet and can they compete against younger job seekers also looking for a place in the pool? Having a seniors’ council will help bring to light many of those different angles to issues that can sometimes get glossed over — at least at the local level. The new council will be announced in mid-September, so keep reading the Chronicle for more on the council once its new members have been named.

Tough sales tax choices remain BC Views by Tom Fletcher

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Do you think a movie theatre would be a good business for Ladysmith? (Next week, we’ll ask about a youth clothing store) Vote online at This web poll is informal, not scientific. It reflects opinions of website visitors who voluntarily participate. Results may not represent the opinions of the public as a whole. Black Press is not responsible for the statistical accuracy of opinions expressed here. Results from last week’s question Should lost explorers/adventurers have to pay for the cost of their rescue? Yes 73% No 33% The Ladysmith-Chemainus Chronicle 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 Street, Nanaimo, B.C., V9R-2R2. For information phone 1-888-687-2213 or go to

ICTORIA – Bill Vander Zalm’s most fantastic claim after the defeat of the harmonized sales tax was that B.C. could go back to the old provincial sales tax in six weeks if the government wanted to. Remember, this is the guy who once figured he could run an election campaign out of his car. He also promised to cut the price of beer, and then once elected, brought in a property purchase tax instead, without consultation. But I digress. Vander Zalm’s typically simplistic analysis soon gave rise to another conspiracy theory. That’s the one that holds that the B.C. Liberals are dragging their feet on reinstating the old provincial sales tax so they

can rake in added revenue for another 18 months. That would help repay the federal government $1.6 billion for the transition fund that helped B.C. institute the HST. The finance ministry provided some details to get a better sense of the task ahead. First, there are 70,000 businesses in B.C. that switched their accounting and point-of-sale systems to the HST. It’s not likely that they kept notes, hardware and software on hand in anticipation of having to switch back. Then there are the roughly 1,000 businesses that start up each month in B.C. Assuming most of that continues, by the time the federal and provincial governments undo the HST in March 2013, there will be thousands of businesses that have no experience dealing with the PST. They’re in for an unpleasant surprise. Here’s one example. Smart Tax Alliance co-chair Mike Jagger got involved in the effort to defend the HST because of his experience running a security company in Vancouver. Due to

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the ambiguous nature of the PST rules, he got expert advice on how to pay the tax. Three different experts gave him three different answers. You have probably heard by now that after the rejection of the HST by 55 per cent of voters, the PST is to be reinstated as it was before July 2010. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon vowed, “I can assure British Columbians PST will not be applied to such items as restaurant meals, bikes and gym memberships – just as it was before the HST was introduced in B.C.” That sounds pretty definitive. But I’ve learned in the last two years that there is seldom a simple answer with sales taxes. For instance, should B.C. reduce tobacco taxes by seven per cent? Unless you’re a smoker, you probably didn’t notice that the HST raised the price of cigarettes by that amount. Tobacco was PST exempt, with the province historically having chosen to impose a separate “sin tax” instead. Liquor taxes also went down under HST, from a

10-per-cent provincial tax to seven per cent. The B.C. government increased the Liquor Distribution Branch markup to hold onto the revenue, billing it as a policy move so as not to encourage drinking. The hotel room tax also went down by a point under HST. Should that be raised? These are policy decisions that still must be made, with the province still in deficit. • A correction to last week’s column: I referred to a PST reduction for Toyota Prius hybrids, suggesting it would be restored. In fact this tax break had a sunset clause, and would have expired in March 2011 in any case. B.C.’s 2008 “green budget” brought in a series of PST incentives for fuel-efficient vehicles, from $1,000 to $2,000 depending on how carbon-efficient they were. PST exemptions were also extended to Energy Star appliances. The centerpiece of that budget was the carbon tax. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press newspapers. E-mail

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Editor: The Labor Movement is part of humanity’s searching for freedom. Labour unions, or organized labour, arose in the mid-1800s with a set of values (less and less respected these days)—that of solidarity; the good of the whole; mutual assistance; equality; esprit de corps; support for families; disdain for elitism, and that democracy and individual rights do not stop at the workers’ gate. Employees and laborers united for mutual protection and just rights. The labour union movement developed “weapons” - education (supporting freedom) and the strike. Many discovered strength in unity and to “wrest from monied interests decent wages, better living conditions and leisure, the right of every human”. There are spiritual and educational aspects of the labour movement, oft neglected and unknown. Labour Day celebrations today are lost in the midst of summer’s ending. Let us honor Labour Day and all those who have “served” us in the past year. Let us honour their labours. And our labours, too. We are all in service, we are all labouring. We are valuable. Michael Razberry Parksville

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Countrywide health-care agreement needed in Canada Protecting Canada’s health-care system has always been an NDP priority. We believe in a single-payer system that works for Canadians to keep them healthy and to provide care when they are sick or injured. That’s why we supported the 2004 10-year health accord with the provinces and territories. The protection of stable, long-term funding allowed the provinces and territories to plan much-needed changes to their systems. That 10-year health accord is part of the reason Canada has a health-care advantage, provision of health-care services at a lower rate to more people than our neighbour to the south. But it is clear that more change is still needed. Canadians still wait in long line-ups at emergency care or wait too long for necessary diagnostic tests. The Canada Health Act has five principles: a publicly administered system that is universal, accessible, portable and comprehensive. We express those principles in a few different ways. We have a choice of doctors and treatments. No bureaucrat decides who treats you or how – that’s between each Canadian and their doctor.


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We can take our health care with us. Because our health care doesn’t rely on private insurers, Canadians aren’t afraid of losing care when they get sick or change jobs. We can move from province to province with an assurance that our health care moves with us. But without the guarantee of stable, long-term funding, those principles are all at risk. That’s why it was important that the Health Minister promised to negotiate a single new health-care agreement, with all of the provinces and territories when she gave a speech last month in St. John’s. Many activists had been worried that the Conservatives would continue with their agenda of devolution to the provinces by negotiating one-off agreements with each province and territory. That would put new programs, like a national pharmaceutical plan at risk. The bargaining power of the provinces and territories together with the federal government (the fifth-largest provider of health care services in

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RDN opposes cell tower site in Cedar Rachel Stern BLACK PRESS

A Telus cell tower proposal in Cedar was opposed by Regional District of Nanaimo directors. The RDN board passed two motions regarding the 60-metre wireless communication tower, proposed to be constructed at 1710 Woobank Rd. The board agreed to write to Industry Canada stating it was opposed to the tower placement and asking it to deny the application.

Directors also agreed to create a cell tower placement protocol. Sandi Tobin, a resident of Rugg Road in Cedar, has led the fight against the proposal since she learned of it in April. “This was very good news,” said Tobin. “I am pleased as punch because we didn’t have this before. It’s a step in the right direction.” Tobin said she’s also happy about the protocol, because one person (or company) should not dictate the health of everyone in the community. She added there

are too many unknowns about the technology. “They gamble with our lives,” she said. Rhys Lewis, a resident opposed to the tower and creator of the opposition’s website www., said he was ecstatic about the decision. “I really feel like the local government process has worked and we’ve had our concerns listened to and appropriately considered,” he said. Lewis said he’s optimistic Industry Canada will carefully consider

the matter and deny the application based on the opposition. Joe Stanhope, RDN board chairman, said cell tower issues have been a recurring issue the last several months. The RDN rejected a Telus proposal last spring to build a tower on Nanaimo’s Pollution Control Centre property in the face of public opposition. However, the Woobank Rd. tower is on private land and the RDN doesn’t have the power to deny the application. Stanhope said there

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was enough concern from residents that the board decided to take action, adding the RDN will look to senior governments to look into the issue and help the district out. One of the main reasons for the board’s opposition to the tower was resident’s health concerns. “The public has a legitimate reason to be concerned,” he said, although he added that residents also demand more services. “Let’s face it, everyone wants cellphone coverage, but

how are we going to do decision, but said it’s that?” unfortunately based on It’s a demand for ser- misinformation about vice that Telus hoped to the health effects of address. the technology. Safety Shawn Hall, a Telus Code 6, which governs spokesman, said the the technology, is one tower is important to of the most conservaupgrade infrastructure tive wireless codes anybecause of growing where in the world, he local demand. He said added. there is pressure on the “It was based on current infrastructure in unfortunate misinforCedar and in a matter of mation and really goes months it could start to in the face of the pubdegrade. lic demand,” said Hall. “Demand for wireless “Based on the available service is just exploding science, Canadians in Canada,” he said. have nothing to worry H a l l s a i d T e l u s about as long as Safety respects the RDN’s Code 6 is abided by.”

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Organizers say the 2011 Concerts in the Park series was a resounding success. “We had an awesome year,” said coordinator Valerie Duckworth. “Once again the businesses in Ladysmith came through with their sponsorship and it all went really well.”

Despite the abnormal summer weather the area has been experiencing, the sun came out for all but one of the nine performances — though Cynthia Davis and Swing That Thing, who played that evening, entertained a crowd of about 60 people. “I’d have to say that all of the concerts were very well attended,”

Duckworth said. “It was pretty consistent.” Heading the concert series to a packed amphitheatre at Transfer Beach was Ryan McMahon and the Company Damn. Residents and visitors also enjoyed performances from Trinitude, Stephen Palmer, Sid and Lena, and the Nanaimo Concert Band. The series is a

fundraiser for the Ladysmith Resources Centre Society, to fund community programs which are offered free to the public. In the coming weeks, Duckworth and her team will be facing the task of selecting next year’s acts from submitted demos. “I’ve had a lot of people give me their names,” Duckworth said.

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LIST OF REGISTERED ELECTORS Beginning October 4, 2011 until the close of general voting for the election on November 19, 2011, a copy of the list of registered electors will, upon signature, be available for public inspection, at the Town of Ladysmith City Hall located at 410 Esplanade in Ladysmith, during regular office hours, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays. An elector may request that their address or other information about them be omitted from or obscured on the list of electors.

OBJECTION TO REGISTRATION OF AN ELECTOR An objection to the registration of a person whose name appears on the list of registered electors may be made in accordance with the Local Government Act until 4:00 pm on October 14, 2011. An objection must be in writing and may only be made by a person entitled to be registered as an elector of the Town of Ladysmith and can only be made on the basis that the person whose name appears has died or is not qualified to be registered as an elector of the Town of Ladysmith. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION on these matters, the following persons may be contacted: Sandy Bowden, Chief Election Officer at 250-245-6404 Joanna Winter, Deputy Chief Election Officer at 250-245-6417

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“You get caught up in the cause behind it, there’s no question.” Chris Bush, rider ing on the tour, Bush says nothing could have prepared him for the experience he has had on the other side of the lens. “It’s not something you can experience from the outside,” he said. “You’re all sharing this emotionally life-changing experience, and you know from other things you might have done in life that you’ll always have that bond with these people.” In addition to his duties on the bike and in the community, Bush got the opportunity to spend some time at Camp Goodtimes, a summer camp for kids and teens with cancer, in July. He described it as a positive experience with many emotional twists and turns. “The hardest part was listening to the camp co-ordinator... he has been doing this for years and he still chokes up at certain things when he talks about them,” Bush said. Bush explained that some of the kids will make the choice to come to the camp even though they’re palliative and the decision may shorten their lives.

“Some of them will come with a do not resuscitate order,” he said. “That’s pretty hard to bend your head around when somebody says that.” Bush has already raised $10,000 — double the minimum $5,000 required by all riders — although he’s still hoping to reach his goal of $25,000. He credits his supporters and wife, Laurie, for helping organize fundraising events while he trains and maintains his full-time job. “Trying to arrange even a single fundraiser for yourself, juggle dates and details can be pretty trying at times,” he said. “She has really been spearheading everything and really been the backbone of the whole fundraising thing for me. She has been making it all happen.” The Canadian Cancer Society has organized a British-themed fundraising dinner for Bush for this Friday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. at the Eagles Hall. Brit Night includes a fish and chips dinner, door prizes, draws, and music by Jeff Pushka. The Tour de Rock riders now ride about three days a week to maintain their physical level before the

big day. Bush, whose mountain biking lifestyle had kept him in decent shape prior to becoming a tour member, has lost a total of 25 pounds during his training and brought his congenital cholesterol and triglyceride issues in line. “My doctor thought I would never be able to get that fully under control,” he said. Gearing up for what will be a once-in-alifetime memorable ride, Bush says he is looking forward to sharing the journey with his home communities of Nanaimo and Ladysmith. “It will be a pretty proud moment for me, I think,” he said. “You get caught up in the cause behind it, there’s no question.” For more information, call 1-800-663-7892. Brit Night tickets are available for $15 each at the Eagle’s Lounge, the Ladysmith Community Policing Station or the Canadian Cancer Society office on Second Avenue. If you can’t make the dinner but still want to help Bush reach his fundraising goals, you can make a donation online on his behalf by selecting the Vancouver Island region at www., then click ‘support a rider’ and select Chris Bush from the list. There are also donation tins located in various businesses around town including the Chronicle.


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A&E Jessica Molcan, a VIU student, shows off some of the work she is displaying at the ‘Emergence’ show for young artists at the Ladysmith Waterfront Art Gallery. The show is now open and a gala will be held on Sept. 10.

Emerging art talent Matthew Peterson THE CHRONICLE

The Ladysmith Waterfront Art Gallery is getting ready to welcome the next generation of artists. The show ‘Emergence’ will feature work done by local school and Va n c o u v e r I s l a n d University students. There will also be some tiles done by First Nations students that will later be displayed at the new school in the Stz’uminus First Nation. “One of our mandates is to encourage arts at all ages,” said Kathy Holmes with the Ladysmith Arts Council. Holmes said fostering an artistic flair in children means they will often come back to it later in life. The gallery will even be boasting some art from kids as young as 6.

Summer shots The Ladysmith Camera Club picked a couple of great shots for the June and July Photos of the Month. Above, is July’s photo by Marshall Soules, titled ‘Sadie Floating On Air’. The shot below was from Sean Sherstone called, ‘Broken Boat,’ and was selected as June’s best photo from the club. The club is hosting an open photo competition for their Mid-Island Photo Exhibition. Photos must be received by September 23. More information is at

Jolene Marston has entered a piece called ‘Me in my High School Years’ that dons the walls of the art gallery. MATTHEW PETERSON/CHRONICLE “Their parents can come and see it hanging in the gallery.” The opening gala is set for Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. with a guest speech by educator Ed Nicholson,

who is set to talk about the importance of art in education and brain development. The work, the bulk of which is painting and the tiles, is already

hanging and is ready for appreciation. This is the second year for their student show and Holmes noted the first show was a great success.

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What you get out of your body depends on what you put into it. And Dr. Bala Naidoo has just penned a book to put some extra spring in your step and shave seconds off your time. The book is called Food 4 Fast Feet and highlights several tips and meal ideas to fuel your body. “The idea for the book came from some of our Ladysmith Striders (running club), said Naidoo, adding the Duncan running club also influenced the work.

“Quite a few times she (a fellow runner) complained to me about a lack of energy,� said Naidoo. Naidoo also wanted to write the book after hearing some of the silly race rituals some people perform — like having a large bacon and egg breakfast before a morning run. “The fat takes about four hours to digest. So unless you get up at 5 a.m. to have your breakfast, there’s no point having this highfat breakfast before a run at 8 a.m.� Food 4 Fast Feet clears up a lot of the


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Some of his advice reveals the best drink to rehydrate/refuel after a race — chocolate milk. There is also a section on calorie intake and how to factor in your weight and current amount of activity in a week. “We can calculate the number of calories you need for daily living and how much extra you need for your run.� The tips, he said, are not only applicable to runners, but all sports with strenuous cardio activity. It is available at Amazon. com, Salamander Books and at the library.

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Saving salmon Dedicated volunteers were busy completing salmon habitat enhancement work at Holland Creek August 28. Thanks to funding from organizations such as the Pacific Salmon Foundation, the Public Conservation Trust Fund, and the BC Wildlife Federation, the volunteers, including many local Sportsman Club members, were busy digging pools, installing culverts and enhancing the creek over a four day period. Pictured, Doug Copp, in the excavator, prepares to put the final digs on a culvert while Dave Judson and son Johnathan install the pipe. NIOMI PEARSON/CHRONICLE

From Chronicles past August 1911 A letter from a resident of Somenos was received requesting support for their proposal to change the Naturalization Act so that “citizens of a foreign country would not have the right to purchase or obtain title to any land in British Columbia unless they voluntarily became British subjects.” Other requirements would include reasonable proficiency in the English language and a certificate of good character from a Minister of the Gospel. In an earlier edition of the Chronicle, a new theory to explain the differences in human skin colour was advanced by a learned G e r m a n p r o f e s s o r, Dr. A. Bergfield, who believed that the differences were largely due to diet. Bergfield stated that the original man must have been black, as his principal diet would have been vegetarian. “Fruits and vegetables” he pointed out, “contain manganates [sic] that ally themselves with iron, pro-

ducing a dark brown combination.” Indians, on the other hand, were red because they had absorbed for generations hemoglobin, the red substance in the blood of animals killed for food. In like manner, Mongols are yellow, having descended from dark fruit eating races that entered Asia, became shepherds and lived to a large extent on milk, which contained chlorine and had a bleaching effect. “ F i n a l l y, w e h a v e the Caucasians, who became still whiter by adding salt to their diet. Common salt is a strong chloride and a powerful bleaching agent to the skin.” August 1936 The paper reported that there were 282 men on relief during July in the Ladysmith area. This has been relatively unchanged since early in the year. Mayor Walkem received a postcard from his wife who was travelling in Eastern Canada. The card was postmarked “Ladysmith, Quebec.” This apparent-



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ly completes the chain After weeks of extremeof post cards from all ly dry weather, the B.C. the ‘Ladysmiths’ in the Forest Service clamped world. a total forest closure on Britannia Mining & the Island from Sayward S m e l t i n g C o m p a n y to Victoria. acquired 75 per cent of The government haltthe stock in the Tyee ed operations on August Consolidated Mining 10 after 35 days without Company and started measurable precipitaproceedings to re-open tion. (Note: The drought three mines in the Mt. continued until August Sicker area. The inten- 30 when Ladysmith tion was to dewater the finally received 5 mm old Tyee workings and of rain.) conduct a thorough Commissioner P.R. underground examina- Battie warned the comtion of the three mines munity that although in the area: the Tyee, the water levels in Stocking Lenora and the Richard L a k e w e r e h o l d i n g III. up, the old dam at the Work began in August headwaters of Holland to demolish the old Creek was “dangerouswashery and coal bun- ly low and there was no kers in Ladysmith har- water coming into it.” A bour. After 30 years of total ban on all outside existence, this remnant watering was being conof the town’s booming sidered. coal industry quickly The B.C. Ferry System vanished. The writer encouraged everyone in the Chronicle wisely to “follow the birds” to prophesied that “When Victoria. The cost? $5.00 the last trace of wood per car and $2.00 per and iron has disap- passenger (children 5-11 peared, the traces of $1.00) Crossing time: the washery works will 100 minutes. [Crossing remain for centuries in time today: 95 minutes] the barren reach of fine — Compiled by slack and refuse known Ed Nicholson, as the ‘Slack Beach.’ ” Ladysmith August 1961 Historical Society

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• L A D Y S M I T H H E A LT H C A R E A U X I L I A RY • Next General Meeting – Wednesday Sept. 7 – 1:30pm – Eagles Hall (downstairs). We are always looking for volunteers to join our efforts in supporting Health Care. Meals on Wheels – Pearl 250-245-3844. Lifeline – 1-800-543-3546 Available to residents of Ladysmith area. Canadian Red Cross Health Equipment Loan Program (H.E.L.P.) – Crutches, wheelchairs, walkers, canes and many other aids. Fees by donation. Call and leave a message at 250-245-9791. The Gift Shops at the Health Centre and Lodge on 4th would love any hand made items donated from the community: glass making, card making, potters, stained glass, needle work, felting, jewellery, weaving, etc. Contact Cathy 250-245-2240.

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SENIORS ADVISORY COUNCIL – A community forum was held April 27, 2011, there were 45 participants as well as numerous phone calls and written submissions. After small group discussions the participants said that one of the most important issues for seniors is communication. The establishing of a Seniors Advisory Council would be beneficial for advocacy for seniors, a voice for seniors a voice for local and other levels of government. Seniors should have a higher profile in communities because “we are important”. CRISIS SOCIETY – 24 hour Crisis and Information line for Ladysmith 250-754-4447 “KIT”(Keep In Touch) is a free service offered through our local Community Policing Station. For more info or to register call 250-245-1118.

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As teachers ready themselves for the first day of job action Sept. 6, the Education Minister i s n ’t h o l d i n g m u c h hope talks between the teachers’ union and the province will end in a negotiated settlement quickly. George Abbott told the media last week the B.C. Teachers’ Federation and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association are still far apart and no significant progress has been made since the two sides started meeting last spring. “If there is reason for optimism, it has not been shared with me,” said Abbott, during a media conference call. The BCTF filed official strike notice Aug. 31 for job action expected to start Sept 6. Teachers are asking for improvements to working conditions, increased salaries and benefits and more power at local bargaining tables. But Abbott said the province has a net zero

mandate for all nego- and vice-principals durtiations, which means ing lunch and recess, nothing that results in said Hutchinson. a cost increase for the Management could be province can be includ- expected to work addied in a new collective tional hours to carry out agreement. their regular duties and He hopes the impact each area manager will of job action will be determine what, if any, “relatively subtle” during duties might be postPhase 1, but if teachers poned during the job decide to proceed to action. Phase 2, there will be “If they move to more more of an impact on stringent restrictions students and families. or even a strike, then The province will keep clearly the impact will a close eye on the prog- be more significant,” ress of the job action, said Hutchinson. Abbott added. Derek DeGear, presiD a v e H u t c h i n s o n , dent of the Nanaimo Nanaimo school dis- D i s t r i c t Te a c h e r s ’ trict superintendent, Association, said the job said a plan is in place action will give teachers to ensure schools run more energy and time smoothly. to focus on the aspects During Phase 1 of job of teaching most imporaction, teachers will tant for students, such continue to teach in as fostering a love of classrooms but will not learning through handsperform administrative on activities. tasks such as filling out “I’m excited teachers forms, collecting data, won’t have to do some meeting with princi- of the more onerous pals or other adminis- activities,” he said. trators. Teachers will Hutchinson said the also not be supervising district is sending a letplaygrounds or writing ter home to parents on report cards. Sept. 6 with information Management and other on teacher job action staff not part of a union and the information will will supervise students also be posted online at alongside principals

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Making the grade: Horses undergo annual inspection Niomi Pearson THE CHRONICLE

Throughout a horse’s life, it may hold a number of jobs. They could be sailing over fences at Spruce Meadows, performing elegant moves in the dressage ring, blazing through the jumps and forests of an endurance course or simply standing in a field eating grass all day. These are all determined by a wealth of factors, including the horse’s age, physical shape, bloodlines and conformation. For many warmblood owners and breeders such as Ed and Renate Burns, getting their horses inspected as foals (a male or female horse less than a year old) is a crucial part of determining what job is best for their fourlegged friends. “We breed for dressage and jumping so the goal is an elegant moderntype sports horse,” Ed said. Once a year, the Burns’

host an Oldenburg in the mare is, to open N . A . I n t e r n a t i o n a l their eyes to choose Sporthorse Registry a correct stallion for warmblood mare and the horse, to make it f o a l i n s p e c t i o n a t easier for them aftertheir Ladysmith farm, wards to sell the horse. Topnotch Warmbloods. If you have an ugly It is currently one of one which is unable to only five Oldenburg move, nobody wants to inspection sites in buy it.” Canada. In addition to conforThe foals are inspect- mation, the foals are ed by Dr. Christian also graded on moveSchacht, Oldenburg ment, the connection N.A. ISR breeding direc- from head to neck, and tor, who comes from the appearance of the Germany once a year legs. to inspect and license “The conformation of horses across Canada the shoulder tells us and the U.S. a little bit whether the “Correct conforma- horse gets the ability of tion is one of our main jumping or whether the breeding goals which is horse is more dressage the basis for the sound- style,” Schacht said. ness and rideability of “The frame and topline the horse,” Schacht will also change during said. “We score the the training and the horses and we can maturity. So it must be double check whether harmonic.” we have a breeding Once a foal passes success. We can give inspection, it is brandthe owners a little bit ed and issued papers, of advice if it matches which are crucial for the mare and the stal- proving the animal’s lion or whether they lineage, markings and better take another age. To receive a prestallion, what the main mium rating, the foal problem or weakness must score at least 8.0

Oldenburg inspector Dr. Christian Schacht marks down some scores while inspecting Donatello, a two-year-old stallion. Below, Ed and Renate Burns prepare one of their foals, Sir William, for inspection.


overall. A premium foals at Topnotch farm foal is worth more will either be sold right money and can sell away as prospects or for upwards of $12,000. are kept until they are The value of the horse old enough to start will then increase with training. “We wait until they’re training. A warmblood, if it is three and then we start being used for breed- training them, but we ing purposes, may go handle them throughthrough additional out their lives and that inspections in its life- way, they’re always time. nice, gentle animals,” “Down the road, tem- Ed said. “We don’t just perament is inspected, pull them off the field rideability... it all gets and cowboy them up. scored,” Renate said. It’s not as nice.” There are many “How the saddle fits, does a horse have a different breeds of nice wither that goes w a r m b l o o d s , s u c h long into the horse’s a s H a n o v e r i a n s , back to support the Westfalens, Trakehners saddle properly, how and Holsteiners. Many of the warmthe hind legs are, are they straight, are the bloods on the market hocks in the right posi- today originate from tion, are the joints well Europe, where the horsdeveloped — those es were named after the are all scored down region they were bred the road with adult in, Renate said. The Oldenburg is a German horses.” Once inspected, the breed.

“The warmblood is According to Renate, actually a very heavy all breeds undergo b r e e d b e c a u s e i t inspection in Germany, comes from a more u n l i k e i n N o r t h cold-blooded horse, America. from work horses “Out of 100 stallions hundreds of years ago. presented, maybe 30 When the industrial get licensed,” she said. revolution happened, “And they’re usually all they didn’t need those very good stallions to work horses anymore begin with... we would so work horses turned all drool over them, but into (light) sport hors- there’s such a large es,” she explained. “In gene pool, they can be order to get a heavier more picky.” horse light, you have Schacht said he is to use a light stal- thankful for the opporlion, ergo Arabian or t u n i t y t o c o m e t o Thoroughbred, and Canada each year to that’s what they’ve complete the inspecdone to create the tions. modern warmblood. “The registry is nothThoroughbreds do have ing without the breedcertain qualities the ers, but the breeders warmblood breeding need the registry as wants, but they have a well,” he said. lot of things they don’t To find out more inforwant like the small feet, mation on next year’s thin hoof walls, all the inspection, which will common problems we be held in August 2012, know Thoroughbreds visit www.topnotchcome along with.”

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Contact lenses vs. spectacles Which is best for my child? Refractive errors such as myopia (near sightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism can be corrected by various methods: Dr. Anita Voisin spectacles, contact lenses, and refractive surgery. Your child’s age, level of responsibility, visual condition, and visual demands all play a role in determining the most suitable option. Very young children, those with very high refractive errors, or children with significant difference in refractive error between their eyes may actually do better visually with contact lenses than spectacles Obviously, the younger the child, the more involved the parents need to be to maintain appropriate replacement and care and cleaning of the contact lenses. Contact lenses can be customized for the smaller eyes of infants if required, and newer, more oxygen permeable options now exist for the added convenience of increased wear time and reduced removal and insertion frequency. Among the reasons for large refractive errors can be genetics, or the removal of congenital cataract in one or both eyes. If a large difference exists between the eyes’ focusing abilities, corrective lenses result in the brain receiving different sized images from each eye which can lead to difficulty with comfortable fusion of the images. Contact lenses minimize the image size difference more effectively than spectacles which can make for more comfortable vision. Additionally, very high refractive errors can result in thicker, heavier lenses leading to heavier spectacles, which on the small facial structure of an infant or toddler can be uncomfortable and difficult to keep on. There is no “magic” age for contact wear; any age from infants to teens can be successfully fit with contacts. There are also many visual situations where spectacles are the better visual corrective option. For example, spectacle wear allows for quick and easy removal of the lenses in those children who wear corrective lenses just for near work. Also, children with strabismus (a turned eye), in some cases, have improved ocular alignment with the use of prism in spectacles. Additionally, children who suffer from ocular allergies often find spectacles more comfortable than contact lenses, and certain refractive conditions such as extreme amounts of astigmatism have more limited success with achieving clear vision with contact lenses. There are also individuals that simply prefer to not insert contact lenses, or love the fashion aspect that varying frames provide. For older children and teens, and those involved in sports or theatre often the option of both contact lenses and spectacles makes the most sense to meet their varying visual demands. In terms of refractive surgery, this is a third and excellent option for certain refractive conditions but not one that is utilized in children. Individuals must be a minimum of 19 years of age and have reached stability in their refractive error before this can be successfully used as an alternative to correction by spectacles or contact lenses. Ultimately, the choice between spectacles and contact lens, or the use of both, depends on both the visual condition and visual demands of the individual.


Two minds, one ring — it’s the philosophy that sets the equestrian world apart from most other sports and challenges both rider and horse to perform as one. Jessica Heikes, 17, says it’s that guiding principle which motivates her to compete with her fouryear-old Quarter Horse, Dylan, who’s registered name is Too Good for Words. “Him and I connect, I can’t really explain the join that’s between us. We just know each other, and it’s kind of a weird feeling because he almost knows what I’m thinking, and I almost know what he’s thinking when we’re out there together,” she said. “I want to be the best, and I know he can do it. We just have to work together.” Heikes has just returned to her home in Ladysmith after winning the National Champion title in hunt seat Jessica Heikes, 17, has formed an unbreakable bond equitation, horsemanship, with four-year-old Dylan, who she has owned for the and youth western riding last two years. at the National Quarter Horse Show in Red Deer, Quarter Horse Association tered name over the last Alberta. A regional cham- world championships in two years since they purpion the last four years, Oklahoma next year, the chased him. Heikes said she wanted to family is planning to haul “She has a lot more ups heighten the stakes. Dylan down to Texas for and downs with a horse “We wanted to head to more training, and to par- that age than a kid with a that horse show because ticipate in more shows. In 10-15 year old horse that’s we thought he was good March, Heikes and Dylan been to all these shows,” enough to go and we will show in Las Vegas. he said. “We kept expectworked hard this year to Her ultimate goal is to be ing to have hurdles across get him there,” Heikes said. one of the top five riders in the way, but we haven’t. “We thought the nationals the world in showmanship The horse is just amazwould be a step up for or western riding. ing.” him.” While at the nationals in “I really believe that nothTo keep Dylan in peak ing is impossible because Alberta, Heikes showed in performing condition, the word itself says ‘I’m western pleasure, hunter H e i k e s ’ f a m i l y t r a n s - Possible’,” Heikes said. under saddle, hunt seat ports the two of them to “I’m dedicated to Dylan, equitation, hunt seat ridCampbell River two times we’re dedicated to each ing, horsemanship, showa week to train with her other and he’s number one manship, and performance coach and trainer, Carrie in my life. Nobody comes halter. Humphrey. before him.” All of the events are As she sets her sights on Heikes’ father, Todd, different and performed representing Ladysmith says the young horse has either in hand or under and B.C. at the American truly lived up to his regis- saddle to demonstrate

that the horse is able to perform things like lead changes, slow to fast transitions, 360 degree turns, all in a set pattern memorized by the rider. In halter classes, the horses are judged on conformation. “Nobody really talks to you, you don’t think about the stress of it, or any of the pressure. You’re a team, you and the horse,” Heikes said of the moments before entering the ring. “You’re only out there for five minutes, and the presentation of it is all that matters.” To hear Heike’s story is to know how dedicated she is to her horse. While many of her friends at Cedar High School are out partying or sleeping in, on a typical show day, Heikes is up by 5:30 a.m. preparing for shows or taking care of Dylan. “The time spent with him is just as important as the time spent on him,” she said. “He’s my best friend, I spend hours with him.” Heikes’ first equine was a pony named Bunker, a Calgary Stampede barrel racing champion who taught her the importance of keeping the hoof side down. “He definitely taught me how to stay on. I was dumped many times,” she laughed. Heikes’ mother Alison said she would like to see more awareness and support of the sport on a local level. As Jessica prepares for the worlds next year, the family will be seeking sponsorships to make the trip down to Oklahoma. “In Canada, we don’t have nearly the promotion that we need to have for these kids to become great,” she said. “The kids in the States get college educations paid for and are on equine teams there.”

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WORKSHOP/ LIVING SPACE FOR RENT Insulated 700 sq ft workshop is ideal for small business, woodworking, hobbyist. Living space has separate entrance with large bedroom, separate laundry room, full bath, open kitchen living area & 2 decks. New Appliances include washer, dryer and dishwasher. Located on 4 acres in cobble Hill (Arbutus Ridge area). Fenced veggie garden. Great 30 min walk to beach. Rustic but charming. Avail Sept 1. $1200. call 250709-2010 for details.

APARTMENTS FURNISHED SALTAIR: 2 bdrm brand new ocean view $950, bachelor $650, n/s, n/p, 250-245-1101.

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL Retail Commercial Space 1430 sq. ft. of commercial or warehouse space for rent located in front of Junction Mini Storage. Great highway exposure. Deer Lake Properties (Thomas Rd.) Inc. dba Junction Mini Storage 13136 Thomas Rd. Ladysmith, BC 250-245-2760 WORKSHOP/ LIVING SPACE FOR RENT Insulated 700 sq ft workshop is ideal for small business, woodworking, hobbyist. Living space has separate entrance with large bedroom, separate laundry room, full bath, open kitchen living area & 2 decks. New Appliances include washer, dryer and dishwasher. Located on 4 acres in cobble Hill (Arbutus Ridge area). Fenced veggie garden. Great 30 min walk to beach. Rustic but charming. Avail Sept 1. $1200. call 250709-2010 for details.

HOMES FOR RENT 3BDRM, 1.5BATH house in Saltair. Ocean view, $1,250. 1/2 acre. F/S, W/D, 2 fireplaces. Leslee (250)714-4359

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CHEMAINUS- ENJOY Your own little semi-detached home on a quiet street. Priv drive, level entry, open plan 1 bdrm, 5 appls, N/P. $695 cable & hydro incld. 1-250-658-1656. Ladysmith: 2 bdrm, 1.5 bath, storage, close to schools, f/s, w/d, $900, George 250-2453737. LADYSMITH: 2 bdrm character home, lovely ocean view, n/s, n/p, close to all amenities, $1100/mo, 250-245-7161. LADYSMITH. NEW 3-bdrm, 2.5 bath. Go to: pet friendly. (250)245-8997. MODULAR HOME, 2 bdrm, 4 yrs old, in adult community park. (Alderwood Dr). $1000. + utils. N/S. Pets allowed on approval. Avail. Sept. 1. Lease agreement provided & ref’s req’d. Shirley (250)245-7503.

LADYSMITH: 2-BDRM suite, utils incl, 1100 sq.ft. Lrg deck, kitchen, living rm. Ocean view, F/P. D/W, W/D. N/S. $1100. Avail Sept 15. Refs req’d. (250)753-6139, (250)619-2392

TOWNHOUSES Ladysmith: 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath, n/s, pets considered, avail. Oct $1000/mo 250-246-2957.


LADYSMITH NEWCOMERS CLUB Welcoming new residents to the Ladysmith area. Couples and singles welcome. Sharon at 250-245-9334 or ladysmithnewcomers@

Royal LePage Property Management

Chemainus: 4 bdrm ocean view apartment, f/s, shared w/d, n/s, n/p, avail now, ref’s required, $995/mo. Chemainus: 3 bdrm duplex, upper floor with great views, f/s, w/d, n/s, n/p, avail. now, ref’s required, $895/mo. Saltair: 2 bdrm suite, quiet setting with car port, shared utils, f/s, w/d, n/s, n/p, avail. now, ref’s required, $750/mo. South Wellington Area: 1 bdrm suite in quiet and private country setting, n/s, n/p, avail. Aug. 1st. ref’s required, $850/mo.

Call Royal LePage 250-245-0975

SUITES, LOWER Ladysmith: 2 bdrm Baker Rd., oceanview, w/d, f/s, n/s, n/p, $1150 incl. heat & cable, avail. Sept. 1, 250-245-4185. Ladysmith: 2 bed, bright suite, private entr., util. incl., f/s, w/d, n/p, n/s, $895, 250245-5535 or 250-668-4716. LADYSMITH: NEW 1 bdrm avail immed. In suite laundry, 5 new appls, all utils except cable incl., private patio, NS/NP, $875, 250-714-8556.

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QUALICUM River Estates, 2brm 2bth rancher 6app. fp. irrigation, covered patio, fenced yard. on 1/2 1100 sq ft shop 1450/mo. av Oct. 1st. 250 951 2329/

Ladysmith: 3 bdrm home in quiet area, avail. Aug. 1st, n/s, n/p, ref’s required, $1295/mo.

What’s Happening

FREE CASH Back with $0 down at Auto Credit Fast. Need a vehicle? GOOD OR BAD CREDIT CALL Stephanie 1-877-792-0599 Free delivery. DLN 30309. INSTANT AUTO Credit We can finance your auto loan in minutes, you Drive Home Now or we deliver to BC & Alberta WANT A Vehicle but stressed about your credit? Christmas in August, $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. 1-888-593-6095.

CARS TOP DOLLAR Paid! Want To Buy Junk Cars & Trucks for cash. 1-250-954-7843.

SPORTS & IMPORTS OKANAGAN’S Largest Used Car Super Store. Always open online at: www.bcmotor 250-545-2206

TRUCKS & VANS CASH BUYER of junk cars and trucks. Over the phone price quotes. 1-250-954-7843.

Looking for a NEW car?

MT. BRETON GARDEN CLUB - meeting Tues, Sept 6, 1:30 pm at Calvary Baptist Church on River Road. Short business meeting followed by a Strawberry Tea. GUESTS WELCOME. Come out and meet fellow gardeners Drop in fee $2. Info 250-246-5351 LADYSMITH CAMERA CLUB - “Photography

Ladysmith Chemainus Chronicle Tuesday, September 6, 2011 23 seamstresses to help build for upcoming shows. Contact Crystal Hanson 250-246-9800 ext. 7117.

and Art”, multi-media presentation by Doug Gilbert, Van Is fineart photographer, instructor and speaker. Tues, Sept 27, 7 pm, Hardwick Hall, High St at 3rd Ave, Ladysmith. Everyone welcome. Non-members $5 dropin fee. LCC invites new members, novice to pro. More info, www. LadysmithCameraClub. com

real estate

SPEEDWATCH/COPS Citizens on Patrol & SpeedWatch need volunteers. Contact the Community Policing Station at Coronation Mall. 250-245-1118.

KINSMEN/BROWN DR. PLAYGROUND PROJECT HAS SET UP A FUNDRAISING ACCOUNT at the Junction Bottle Depot, on Ludlow Rd. in Ladysmith. People can take all their empties to the bottle depot and they will credit the funds to the Kin Park Playground account. CEDAR WOMEN'S INSTITUTE - Blackberry Tea, Cedar United Church Hall, Sat, Sept. 1entertainment - $5.00 per adult. Proceeds to Queen Alexandra Hospital. More Janice 250-245-4016


Fo C r E al nt l ry

LADIES GOLF Ladysmith Golf Course, Tuesdays, 10 am. Call 250-245-7313. TOPS #4456 - Ladysmith Meets each Thurs 9-11 am in the Pentecostal Church on 4th Ave. Call Sheila 250-722-2613. THE ORCAS SWIM CLUB Ongoing registration. Call Registrar Denise Rae at 250-2457925. MOUNT BRENTON POWER & SAIL SQUADRON Membership meeting. Ladysmith Legion hall. Every 3rd Monday except holidays & July & August, 7:30 pm. LODGE ON 4TH FAMILY COUNCIL - Family & friends advocating on behalf of the residents. Next meeting info contact Judy at 250-245-3438.


Sept 23

2nd Annual

1 km or 4 km walk at Providence Farm 1843 Providence Rd., Duncan

Photo Expo

Open to photographers residing on Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands.

Awards  Prizes  Gala Opening Nov. 5 Get all the details at

Saturday, September 11 2011 Registration: 9:30 am Walk: 11 am Pancake breakfast featuring Starbucks Coffee Fun & entertainment for the whole family Meet the Cowichan Valley Capitals For info/registration call Duncan SPCA 250-746-4646 or

Beyond Your Expectations


OPEN HOUSE Sun, Sept 11, 2-4 pm 9165 Chemainus Road Asking $299,900

Cozy 3 bedroom rancher on almost 1/2 an acre just south of Chemainus. Newer kitchen, bathroom, heat pump and roof.

52-941 Malone Asking $192,500 Bright 3 bedroom, 3 bath family friendly town home. Small pets welcome. Even a peak of ocean view!

Don’t delay! Call Cyndi today 250-245-2252!

Greg Buchanan 250-245-8914 See All My Listing on the Internet! NEW LISTING $369,900 Flawless 3 bedroom, 3 bath, main level entry home. Close to all levels of schools and Sportsplex.” $699,900 2.53 Acres Private Walk-On

Mid-Island . . . walk for the animals

Ladysmith 250-245-2252

Waterfront Property with lots of fruit trees, beautiful garden area and an older home with separate workshop. This is a rare find.

Reduced to $259,900

Beautiful 1683 sq ft open floor plan home on it’s own lot with vaulted ceilings, 3 bedrooms 2 baths, gas fireplace and a very private back yard early possession is possible.




Framing & Art


Arts Council

640 Trans Canada Hwy Box 970, Ladysmith, BC V9G 1A7

Spectacular Ocean View 3 bedroom (each with an ensuite) 2169 sq ft home. With hardwood floors, 9 ft ceilings, gas fireplace and a wrap around deck all sitting on a beautiful private yard.

P. 250-245-3700 C. 250-776-7653 E.

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Cedar 49th’s 14 Year Anniversary OF EMPLOYEE THE MONTH Sale! At the 49th, one of our core values is that “we value our employees and work as a team.” We also recognize our employees for their “efforts” and it is in this regard we ask your help in selecting our “employee of the month”!

Emily Post

LADYSMITH’S 49TH PARALLEL It was two years and three months ago when Emily came through our doors looking for her first job. Are we ever happy that she did! Emily was trained as a cashier and from the outset has been a picture of consistency and reliability. Emily has a great smile for everyone she meets and rings through customers with a practiced efficiency. A Ladysmith resident all her life, Emily knows all the good running and hiking trails in the area, you might find her on a day off running Holland creek or hiking around Heart and Stocking Lake. Emily is going to V.I.U. for the next number of years and tells us that she appreciates the flexible hours that we offer our high school and post secondary staff. Thank you for everything you do Emily, please enjoy dinner on us at • International Cuisine • Specializing in Greek Food • We also offer Seafood, Pizza & Pasta • Open 7 days a week • Fully licenced

LADYSMITH 510A Trans Canada Hwy.


Look for this form instore!

Also, please remember we have a customer suggestion box instore as well. Please ask us anything we will respond within one week!

Join the Celebration Saturday, September 10th - 11 -3 Cedar Village Square Games, Live Music, Draws, Hot Dogs, Drinks, Kids Zone, Dunk Tank, Ice Cream, Face Painting and Much, Much More! Come watch our 14 shopping spree winners!


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1/4 Pork Loins Value Pak, 5,49 kg

CUSTOMER’S PICK for EMPLOYEE of the MONTH At the 49th, we strive to provide unparalleled customer service every day. Please let us know how we served you today:



49 lb. Macaroni & Cheese

Kraft Dinner

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225 grams, limit 6


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100% Locally Owned & Operated We deliver! (See store for details) We reserve the right to limit quantities Pictures for illustrative purposes only Visit our Website:

Prices in effect Tuesday, September 6 to Sunday, September 11, 2011


Next to Cedarbrook Restaurant

Open Daily 7:30 am to 9 pm


The Old Bruce’s Store

DUNCAN 250-748-2412

550 Cairnsmore Street

Open Daily 8:00 am to 9 pm

CHEMAINUS Open Daily 8:00 am to 9 pm 250-246-3551 Next to the Ferry Dock


Beside the Liquor Depot Open Daily 7:30 am to 9 pm


September 6, 2011 Ladysmith Chemainus Chronicle  

Your local newspaper in the Ladysmith-Chemainus-Saltair- Cedar-Crofton areas on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.