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Continuity of care, living expenses concern seniors Niomi Pearson THE CHRONICLE

Seniors in Ladysmith and their caregivers say they are concerned about continuity of care and cost of living expenses when it comes to today’s aging population. Nanaimo-Cowichan MP Jean Crowder and Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA Doug Routley gathered with approximately 30 local residents on Friday as part of a series of non-partisan roundtables Crowder is hosting to identify and address issues and priorities that will help communities best prepare for the growing seniors population. “What we know about NanaimoCowichan is that a higher percentage of seniors live in Nanaimo-Cowichan than other parts of the province,” said Crowder. “We know there’s a whole whack more people coming through, [and] we can’t just keep doing what we’re doing. The time to start talking about what our communities should look like is not when we’re 92; it’s when we’re 60.” The information gathered at Friday’s meeting will be put toward a national strategy on aging being prepared by Irene Mathyssen, the NDP’s official opposition critic for seniors. Some of that information included calls for more affordable cost of living expenses for seniors, such as transportation, housing, bank fees and medications. “Even going to the generic brands, it’s getting to the point where seniors

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Where is the perfect spot for a movie theatre? Project Reel Life looking for new location Lindsay Chung THE CHRONICLE


Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA Doug Routley shares his point of view at Friday’s seniors roundtable.

Roundtable discussions will inform national seniors plan From Page 1

this is true with seniors as well. Wouldn’t it changed to promote make better sense to more responsible driv- provide support to a ers. family rather than wait “There are many prob- for them to wind up in lems with that test, a crisis where people and we’re doing what can’t work and we’re we can to have it re- overloading the acute assessed,” he said. “No care system?” one argues with adeWhile there is a federal quate testing; we’ve caregiver tax credit in got graduated licens- place, attendees said it ing for young people is not enough, and they and we are attempting would like to see more to address as a society subsidies and respite when people are no lon- care available to those ger capable of driving struggling to take care safely, but the test for of their loved one. that needs to be fair ... “These people who and right now, we call are 80 and 90 years old, that into question.” they don’t want to be Discussion partici- in these big facilities pants expressed partic- anymore — they want ular concern about the small, they want to be lack of aging-in-place up to the fireplace by policies and the increas- four o’clock in the aftering difficulties put on noon, a nice dinner, put families who want to be them off to bed with a able to keep their loved foot rub and they’d be ones at home. off their pain meds in “Fostering is a good no time because they’d example, where we be happy and they’d wait for families to know they could stay break down and then there till they die,” said we foster children, and Barb Champagne of the we pay for their foster- Ladysmith Resources ing, rather than support- Centre Association. ing the family with serLillian Blow, 60, said vices when the children she had no choice but are in trouble, or the to give up her job to parents are in trouble,” look after her mother Routley said. “So often, before she passed away

in care and says many other local families are faced with a similar situation. “I took care of my mom for free because I loved her; I didn’t expect a wage, but we struggled and everybody helped us, and that’s all we needed was a handout,” she said tearfully. One elderly woman who wished to remain anonymous said she has worked hard to be able to live independently and is frustrated to hear other people’s concerns about being forced into a seniors home. “Twenty years ago, I would have willingly gone into a care home, but not now — it has changed that much,” she said. Some even talk of dark alternatives to nursing homes, such as suicide. “They get so depressed, they want to end it all, and that’s damned depressing,” said Don Harrison. Solutions also included co-op senior housing and increasing home care services until that can be achieved. Earlier this month, the B.C. government

announced a new seniors action plan that would include the creation of a provincial seniors’ advocate, something the NDP has been attempting to introduce for years, Routley said. The recommendation came from a 400-page BC Ombudsman report on seniors care, which was initiated after the closing of Cowichan Lodge (and includes a 35-page section on the closure). “This seniors’ advocate will be able to go out and collect information from seniors and organizations in communities, but also proactively do reports and issue recommendations to communities and the legislature in a non-partisan, independent sense,” Routley explained. Though the province is committed to implementing a seniors advocate, it is not clear when that will happen. Those interested in being part of the roundtable conversation on seniors are encouraged to contact Jean Crowder at 1-866-6099998 or Doug Routley at 250-245-9375.

The six youths behind Project Reel Life are on the hunt for the perfect place to run a movie theatre in Ladysmith. The group — Brendan Wilkinson, Kaylie McKinley, Cassandra Plourde, Paul Billas, Matt Halfacre and James Ryan — wants to build and run a youth-led movie theatre and is moving forward with the project after receiving more than $200,000 in grants and in-kind donations. Wilkinson, McKinley and Plourde, along with Brendan’s mother Elaine, made a presentation about Project Reel Life’s progress to Ladysmith council last week asking for councillors’ ideas and support. “We have a dream to build and operate a movie theatre in Ladysmith, run by us, the youth,” said Plourde. They are going to call the movie theatre Legacy Cinema. “We believe this theatre could provide many great opportunities, as well as entertainment, to the Ladysmith community for generations to come,” said McKinley. Right now, Project Reel Life’s main goal is to find a location, as their original idea to use a classroom at Ladysmith Secondary School (LSS) is no longer an option. The group has been looking at the old Home Hardware building as a possible location, and they are open to suggestions. “Our initial budge included a minimal amount of $500 a month for leasing the space,” said McKinley. “We are now looking for a space in Ladysmith that would be perfect for a small movie theatre. The ideal space would be at least 2,000 square feet on one level, have at least two accessible washrooms and have a ceiling height of at least 10 feet — the higher, the better. Once the theatre is in operation, there should be enough income to support a higher lease, but we need to secure a building to know what we need for renovations.” The LSS shop class is still committed to renovating the space. Until the theatre is in full operation, Project Reel Life has $500 a month in

its current budget for a lease. “The LSS classroom wasn’t an ideal space for a theatre — it was small, the ceiling wasn’t very high, and there was only one washroom,” said McKinley. “The future is exciting. Now, we can renovate a bigger, more ideal existing space or we can decide to build.” The six youths, along with six adult mentors, met regularly from August to December to research whether or not they could make their dream a reality. They applied for and receive a Community Action Initiative grant for $200,000, and Project Reel Life received $10,000 from Coast Capital Savings. The group has also received many in-kind donations. “We have applied for funding from the United Way, and we intend to present this to the local service groups and the Ladysmith and District Credit Union to gain their support as well,” said Plourde. Plourde told council a theatre will benefit the community in a variety of ways. “It’s a great source of entertainment for all age groups,” she said. “Our community can use the theatre in many creative ways, and the possibilities are endless.” Plourde feels there are many benefits to Ladysmith youth from the project, such as earning a wage, educational credits and work experience, building self-confidence, lowering their risk of substance use problems and building positive relationships and community connections. “The youth who participate in this project will have opportunities to earn valuable skills that will positively affect their lives on many levels,” she said. Project Reel Life will run Legacy Cinema as a non-profit, and any profits generated from the business would be distributed to groups within the community through an advisory board, explained McKinley. Councillors were impressed with the youths’ presentation. “Individually and collectively, we’ll think about it and get back to you,” said Mayor Rob Hutchins.

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Council Meeting Schedule Council Meetings Government Services Committee Mayor’s Open Door – City Hall City Hall (410 Esplanade) Business Hours Corner of Esplanade and Roberts St.

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Ladysmith Parks, Recreation & Culture – March 2012 Planning a Public Special Event? If you will require a Special Occasion License for your event, apply at the Community Centre today. Watch the mail for your Spring Activity Guide…out soon! FREE SWIMS Sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Eagles: Adaptive Fitness - last Friday each month 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and Baby & Me - last Wednesday each month 9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Tim’s Tuesday FREE SWIM - Support the Food Bank by donating a non-perishable food item and swim free 6:30 – 7:55 p.m. Tuesday, March 6. Spring Break Activity Days - Join friends for fun-packed days with supervised games, sports, movies, arts & crafts & swimming, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., March 19 – 23 (register early!) YO HO! YO HO! A Pirate’s Life for Me - Saturday, March 31, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. $4 per person. Note: children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. PRESCHOOL LaFF Family Resource Program at the Aggie, & Family Frolics at the Community Centre (; child-minding available for some fitness and swim programs. Call 250.245.6424 for information. CHILDREN Spring Break Activity Days; Karate Level 1 & 2; Kids Floor Hockey; Art Workshops – Imagination Creation. YOUTH* (TEEN) Karate; Youth Zone Fridays at the Rec Room – pool, ping-pong, foosball, air hockey, karaoke, videos, internet, board games, snacks, and more! *Note: Youth 16 years and older may participate in some adult programs.

ADULT/SENIOR Gardening Workshops (Symbiotic Gardening, Optimizing Water Use in Gardens; Construction, Use and Management of the Greenhouse); Karate; 50 Plus Computer Club; Arts Council Workshops (Coffee & Clay Mornings); Mosaics for Everyone. SWIMMING LESSONS etc. Lessons for all ages, including Aqua Adults, preschool, Red Cross for kids, and more! Next session starts March 26, register now! AQUATIC LEADERSHIP and BOATING NLS Pool Option March 2 - 11; Red Cross 4.14kg Water Safety Instructor (WSI) March 10 – 18; Lifesaving Instructor Course March 19 – 23. FITNESS PROGRAMS (WET & DRY) Personal Training Available: call 250.245.6414 (ex 6237) or see a Personal Trainer. Drop-In Wet: Ladies, Co-ed and Nifty Fifties Aquafit; Adaptive Fitness (arthritis therapy); Restorative Aquatic Therapy; length swimming; Baby & Me Aquafit; Water Spin. Registered Wet: Aqua Adult Swim Lessons (beginner or skills improvement). Drop-In Dry: Retro Robics; Cardio Circuit; Reps, Sets & Strength; Fitness Lite; Yoga; Drop-In Spin; Core Essentials; Indoor Soccer; Pickleball. Registered Dry: Spin & Core; Bootcamp; Weekend Warrior; Classical Yoga; Morning Bootcamp; Karate Level 1 & 2; Friday Spin & Core; TRX Bosu; Boxercise Kickboxing; Osteofit; Zumba Dance; Easy Tai Chi. Space permitting, you may pay a drop in fee for registered fitness programs -- phone to check at 250.245.6424.

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After lookuing at the town’s general budget, Ladysmith council turned its attention to sewer and water funds last week. City manager Ruth Malli presented the town’s 2012-16 financial plan for water and sewer during the Feb. 20 council meeting. “We will be having other meetings,” she said. “We know council hasn’t finished all the projects.” The money in the water fund and the water in the sewer fund have to remain separate. “Revenues that come from water are used solely for water operations and capital, and the same with sewer,”

said Malli. “Obviously, there is no profit involved. It’s a utility that we run, and all the revenues we get go to delivery.” Projects are funded mainly from utility rates, parcel tax, grants and reserve funds. The town also uses development costs charges (DCCs) to fund infrastructure necessitated by new development. T h e t o w n ’s m a i n operating expenses for water and sewer include wages and benefits, contracted services and equipment use. “We have an operating surplus,” said Malli. “That is always allocated to future projects. DCCs are for specific projects, so they can’t be used for any project; they can only be used for the

project they were collected for.” Wa t e r o p e r a t i n g expenses are projected to remain fairly consistent, as they increase from $459,318 in 2011 to $482,970 in 2012. Sewer operating expenses are projected to increase from $484,222 in 2011 to $625,300 in 2012, and the main factor for the increase is the trucking of sludge, which costs $115,000. Approved water projects to be completed in 2012 include the Holland Creek crossing, Stocking Dam hydro generation and new chlorine disinfection. Ozonation and UV treatment to purify water that was originally budgeted for 2016 may possibly be

Once the secondary brought forward sooner, treatment is up and noted Malli. Revenue possibili- running, from 2014 on, ties for the water fund the town’s sewer operinclude raising parcel ating costs will increase taxes and utility rates. “fairly substantially,” as Every dollar increase the town’s engineers in parcel tax generates are telling them to bud$3,486 in revenue for get for about $700,000 the town, explained a year, explained John Manson, the director of Malli. “ Yo u c a n s e e o u r infrastructure. Revenue possibilities options for revenue generation are quite in sewer are the same as in water, and in limited,” she said. Sewer projects to this case, every dollar be completed in 2012 increase in parcel tax include the third phase generates $3,516. Budget discussions of the wastewater treatment plant. The town will continue. The prereceived $5.2 million in liminary budget can be Gas Tax funds to help found online at www. with the upgrades, and, and the work is expected to be budget will be discussed done in 2012, 2013 and at council meetings 2014, explained Malli. between March 5 and The town also tried to May 14. The financial set aside $100,000 a plan must be adopted year for filtration. by May 15.

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Sealed tenders will be received by Sandy Bowden, Director of Corporate Services, up to 2:00 PM local time, Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at City Hall, 410 Esplanade, Ladysmith, BC. Tenders received after the noted due time will not be considered. The Town of Ladysmith reserves the right to waive informalities in, or reject any or all tenders, or accept the tender deemed most favourable in the interest of the Town. All submissions are subject to the terms and conditions of the Town of Ladysmith Purchasing Policy. To obtain tender forms please contact: Mike Ganderton, Public Works Operations Supervisor. Phone 250.245.6444 or 250.245.6400 Email: NIOMI PEARSON/CHRONICLE

Neil Bouma puts the final touches on the Heritage Plaque at St. John’s Anglican Church on Buller Street Friday in honour of B.C. Heritage Week. In all, seven heritage plaques are being installed around town. The seven buildings receiving plaques are all listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Place and are also listed on the Ladysmith Community Heritage Register.


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aybe you’ve noticed we have a new online calendar at It’s definitely not the old one. The new calendar went live this past week, and we’re pretty excited about it. Unlike our “What’s Happening” print calendar, the online calender is not ruled by deadlines or available space. Unlike the old web calendar, the new calendar requires no login or password, and the form to submit an item is easy to use. Once you’ve submitted your event, you can designate where you wish the calendar item to appear within the Black Press B.C. family of websites. You can instantly spread the word about your event to Facebook and Twitter. Once you find the event you’re looking for, you can add it to your own calendar and e-mail it to yourself. Submitting events to our web calendar is free. There’s room to add contact information, a website, a description and an image. Someone here in the Chronicle newsroom will check each item before it posts just to make sure it complies with our simple guidelines, which lead off the submission form. Basically, please stick to community events. The calendar is located on our home page (or any story page) halfway down the right-hand side. Our online calendar is a great way to create buzz about your organization or your event. We’re excited about it, and we hope you will use it often to plan your week’s activities and to share your community events. We want to be your community resource, and this is one more way in which we can serve you.

Local talent at High Street Open Mic attendees and perat Community most formers are adults, Onciul all are welcome. art showcase explains Coffee houses and open Sherry Bezanson Ladysmith Arts Council


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he enthusiastically infectious nature of Sharron Onciul, the co-ordinator of the High Street Open Mic/Coffee House, will convince people to attend the next venue, Sat., March 31. Onciul says although she doesn’t perform, she makes sure the coffee and tea are ready for all who come through the door. And one can imagine that the smiles and good humour abound. This volunteer-driven experience has been happening for about 10 years and is a great way to meet your community and be entertained by possible stars of the present and future. Admission is a donation to the Ladysmith Food Bank — either cash or food items. The local talent comes out of the woodwork, and performers of all levels and all ages are welcome. Although

venues have long been mic venu grassroots way to promote a grassro performing arts. It goes local per way back in time. Having a starting place on the stage can encourage new performers to try their talent in a safe place. Onciul notes that the genre of performance is

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ern, pop, country, folk and Old English styling. An intermission halfway through the evening provides time to stretch your legs, visit, enjoy the home-baked fresh goodies such as cookies, breads and squares and to chat up your favorite performer. Following intermission, there may be a chance to share more of your talent. You never know who you will hear or see at these

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events, and there is often a range of high-caliber performing arts. The non-critical atmosphere allows newbies to feel comfortable in an accepting setting. It’s also an opportunity for emerging

artists and local talent to be showcased and appreciated in a relaxed venue. Onciul indicated that occasionally a local choir, Sing for Joy, performs and lights up the hall with their vocal expertise. She says the choir often invites the audience to participate and this certainly ups the fun factor. Attendance varies from 20 to 50 audience members and appreciators. The event takes place the last Saturday of every month from 7-10 p.m. at the Hardwick Hall at 232 High St. in Ladysmith. Bring your best sense of fun and appreciation and a donation for the Food Bank. And a quick reminder about March’s upcoming show at the Waterfront Gallery: Art of the Fantastic — Roots in Myth. This show delves into the realms of the imagination and metaphor … poetic thoughts and insights become visual. Opening night is March 4, and the guest speaker is Ruth Porter from the Tozan Cultural Society in Nanaimo.

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Editor: On Feb. 22, we had a kitchen fire while were away from home. We foolishly left a saucepan on the stove, thinking we had turned the power off. However, the power was not off, and while we were out of our home, we received a call on our cell phone that the Ladysmith Fire Department was at our home extinguishing the fire. We are thankful to ADT alarms for hardwiring our fire and burglar alarm directly to the Ladysmith Fire Department, as well as the RCMP, because this resulted in immediate response and saved what could have been a disaster from happening. I want to thank our fire department for the INCREDIBLE job they performed, as well as the RCMP, for their sincere concern while in attendance. Don Harrison Ladysmith

NMCA designation would be big boost Editor: An open letter to all residents of Nanaimo and the mid-Island region Yo u m a y r e c a l l t h a t l a s t September, we raised attention to the possibility of extending the proposed Southern Strait of Georgia National Marine Conservation Area (NMCA) into the Nanaimo River estuary — stretching around Gabriola Island from its present boundary. The Mid Island Sustainability & Stewardship Initiative (MISSI) believes the NMCA designation would be an exceptional boost to the city and region, helping to restore the estuary while providing major benefits as an economic driver for the mid-island. Public involvement and support for including the Nanaimo estuary in the NMCA is absolutely essential for success and of course very welcome. We will be looking to form a committee of interested parties, by mid-March, as the proposal gathers momentum. We invite you to contact us if you are interested in this initiative. Laurie Gourlay President, MISSI

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2,000 positions over the next three years, Clark and Falcon had to postpone the elimination of the 2.5-per-cent small business income tax to get to a balanced budget by 2013. And Falcon has again dangled the prospect of raising general corporate income tax from 10 to 11 per cent, but not until 2014. Business experts applauded the hard line on spending, noting the contrast with Albertaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s big spending and Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s big spending hangover. NDP finance critic Bruce Ralston says Falconâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two-per-cent spending target is â&#x20AC;&#x153;unrealistic,â&#x20AC;? and the whole program is motivated mostly by two by-elections this year and a general election next year. He said the proposal to raise general business taxes is a repeat of his effort to save the HST, and it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen if the B.C. Liberals win in 2013. B.C. Conservative leader John Cummins made the bizarre claim

that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an NDP-style â&#x20AC;&#x153;tax and taxes. spendâ&#x20AC;? budget, and inaccurately â&#x20AC;˘ Carbon tax. The last schedaccused Falcon of raising taxes uled increase goes ahead in July, on small business. He also joined adding another penny on a litre the NDP chorus of outrage over of gasoline, followed by a freeze ICBC, BC Hydro and medical pre- and review of the whole climate mium increases. program. Ralston says the cliSome other hot topics in the mate plan is â&#x20AC;&#x153;in tatters,â&#x20AC;? along budget: with dozens of other policy areas â&#x20AC;˘ Selling assets. The big one that are also under review after here is B.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s liquor wholesaling 11 years of B.C. Liberal rule. monopoly, run out of warehousNDP leader Adrian Dix vows es in Kamloops and Vancouver. to keep the carbon tax and its Falcon insists the private sector offsetting personal income tax does this kind of work more effi- cuts, direct carbon tax revenues ciently, and union contracts will to transit and rural energy-saving be protected in a bidding process. retrofits, and hike the general The NDP argues that selling off a corporate tax rate from 10 to 12 monopoly puts this government per cent to pay for it. â&#x20AC;˘ HST. Asked what he would cash cow at risk, and points to private retail stores with higher have done as finance minister, Ralston suggested getting rid of prices and lower wages. The proposed sale of 100 sur- the HST sooner. Dix continues to plus Crown properties has raised misrepresent the HST as solely a cries of â&#x20AC;&#x153;selling the silverware transfer to big business, ignoring to buy groceries.â&#x20AC;? But land sales the small and medium-sized busiare nothing new for governments, nesses that have a year left to take and Falcon prefers that to raising advantage of input tax credits.

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Rehearsals continue for the Yellow Point Drama Group’s spring production, Dead Awake, an interactive whodunit written by playwright and actor Brian March (pictured on the left). The play opens March 8 and will offer something for everyone from armchair detectives to word scramble fans. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth, $10 for the March 8 preview, and are available at the door at the Cedar Hall, 2388 Cedar Road. Check next week’s Chronicle for more details about the production.

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Outrageous acts in demand for benefit Niomi Pearson THE CHRONICLE

Organizers of Ladysmith’s most outrageous event of the year are putting out the casting call for performers. They are looking for eight to 10 groups and individuals who will entertain with live and lip-synced numbers, all in an extravagant “fun-raiser” for the Ladysmith Downtown Brooke Mycroft helps Alan Watt put on his best shade at last year’s event. FILE PHOTO Business Association. “It’s a chance to just be outrageous,” says nity and the businesses its silent and live auc- a good time,” Parent Lesley Parent, LDBA to get together and tions, which are held said. L a s t y e a r ’s e v e n t vice-president. “You come out and have an during the event. “Maybe somebody’s got raised more than $6,000 can come in a group, evening of fun. There’s you can dress up, even a phenomenal energy, I that funny Christmas f o r t h e L D B A a n d have to say.” gift that they want to $1,000 for the Kinsmen, have a theme.” Parent said they are re-gift,” Parent laughed. and it was attended by Outrageous Evening 2012 will be held Friday looking for acts that “It’s a good opportunity approximately 200 peothe 13th, in April, at are fun and energetic, to get rid of that gift ple. Proceeds from the Aggie Hall. In addition and amateurs are more that you’d love to give event go directly back away.” into the community. to the performances, than welcome. “The most fun about Outrageous Evening is Tickets for Outrageous there will also be games to play, food vendors, performing there is the LDBA’s major fund- E v e n i n g 2 0 1 2 w i l l a bar tended by the that everybody is so raiser and has taken be available the first Ladysmith Kinsmen supportive,” she said. place every spring week of March at 49th “You don’t have to be since it was revived Parallel Printers for $20 and a DJ. three years ago. each. For more, visit “It’s a fun, fun night,” nervous.” The LDBA is also “From young adults to http://www.ladysmithParent said. “Our whole goal is for the commu- accepting donations for seniors, they all have

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What do you get when you combine dreamers, a strict mayor, love triangles, a bit of rebellion and music inspired by Elvis Presley? In the Chemainus Theatre Festival’s production of All Shook Up, you get a whole lot of fun. Set in a conservative small midwestern town in the 1950s, this high-energy rock ‘n roll musical — which is playing until April 7 — is all about following your heart — and the struggles and turmoil that come with doing just that. All Shook Up was written by Joe DiPietro, and it’s loosely based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. This Chemainus Theatre Festival run is the musical’s British Columbia debut. It’s a collaboration between the Chemainus Theatre Festival and Richmond’s Gateway Theatre, and the musical is directed by Gateway’s artistic and executive director, Simon Johnston. “It’s 1955, and the swinging music of Elvis Presley and other rock n’ roll singers is stirring up heat on and off the airwaves,” says a press release about the musical. “Social uptightness is giving way to liberal ideas and relationships — but not everyone thinks this new way is such a blast.” Uptight Mayor


Guitar-playing roustabout Chad (Gaelan Beatty, centre) rides into town and changes the lives of Natalie (Karyn Mott) and Dennis (Joel Ballard) in All Shook Up, a rock ‘n roll musical playing now at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. Matilda has outlawed centre of the stage. There’s lots of talent loud music, dancing and making out in her in this cast of 10, as town, but when Chad everyone sings and (Gaelan Beatty) rides dances, and the actors in on his motorcycle, all portray their characters very well. everything changes. One of the most He has music in his soul, and as soon as interesting characters he pulls into town is Natalie, a tomboy with his tight jeans, his mechanic played by guitar and his slicked- Karyn Mott, who goes back hair, the towns- so far as pretending folk are thrown into she’s a man to get a world of mistaken closer to Chad. And while she’s trying identity, unrequited love, jealousy and to get Chad to see her as more than a mechanrebellion. Throughout the two- ic, Natalis is oblivious and-a-half-hour perfor- to the love of Dennis, a mance, there is lots of loveable “strange little lively dancing, and man” played by Joel music is always at the Ballard. This lively musical centre of things — figuratively and literally, is a great cure for the as a three-piece live winter blues — it’s full band plays from the of energy, colour, and

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At 2 a.m. early Sunday morning on Feb. 4, 1912, Ladysmith Night Wa t c h m a n T h o m a s O’Connell was making his rounds on High Street when he noticed that the door of Rolston’s hardware was partially open. As he climbed the steps to investigate, a men stepped out of the door and pointed a gun at him with the command, “Hands up!” In response, O’Connell immediately stepped forward and grasped the hand holding the revolver. A struggle ensued. O’Connell was a big, powerful man, and he managed to wrest the gun from the burglar, who turned and ran down the street towards the harbour. As the watchman reached down to pick up the discarded weapon, a second man stepped out of the store’s darkness and struck him across the back with an iron bar. O’Connell staggered to his feet, shook off the effects of the blow and ran after the fleeing


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Cowichan Capitals sit at third place in the league after defeating the Langley Rivermen Saturday Don Bodger BLACK PRESS

T h e C o w i c h a n Va l l e y Capitals’ Matt Brown is a very special talent. When he’s been out of the lineup with an injury for most of the last month and a half, the Caps have struggled at times. But Brown is back at full strength and, as a result, the Caps are looking like the powerful team that shook up the B.C. Hockey League earlier in the season and led the Coastal Conference for more than two months. Brady Rouleau earned his first career shutout, while Brown and linemates Brett Knowles and Devin Gannon were flying Saturday night, as the Caps blanked the Former Ladysmith resident Nic Renyard in goal for the Langley Rivermen stops Brandon Mistal from close Langley Rivermen 4-0 at range in his first BCHL start Saturday against the Cowichan Capitals. ANDREW LEONG/BLACK PRESS Cowichan Arena. The Caps outshot Langley Thunderbirds. The Caps are down to Brown, who also picked up 50-21, and only the heroics of Renyard made several spectheir final four regular seaan assist, and Knowles each goalie Nic Renyard kept the tacular saves and should son games. They still have a scored twice while Gannon Rivermen in the game. have been one of the game’s shot at finishing higher than collected a pair of helpers. Renyard is a Cowichan three stars despite the score. third in the conference, but Darrin Robak also chipped V a l l e y p r o d u c t f r o m He could only be faulted on they will need to beat the in with two assists and David Ladysmith who now calls one goal, when Brown’s Surrey Eagles Wednesday London added another. Victoria home and was sum- speed simply caught him by at 7 p.m. in a make-up game It was actually a more domimoned from the B.C. Major surprise and he was hung at Cowichan Arena to keep nant performance by the Caps Midget League’s South Island out to dry on a deke. those hopes alive. than the score indicated.

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cal fitness, the sport inspires self-confidence and teamwork, all while having fun. Practices will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays and games will be held Saturdays. Last year, there were more than 50 youths signed up in the LMFA. “This year we expect that or hopefully more,” Bourodemos said. The season is not entirely possible without the help of volunteers, and those wishing to help out are always welcome, he added. Registration is March 2

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It was a good run while it lasted, but the Ladysmith 49’ers senior boys AA basketball team have ended their season with a respectable fourth-place finish at the 2012 Island AA Tournament in Victoria. During the tournament, held Feb. 23-25 at St. Michael’s University School, the top eight teams on Vancouver Island squared off in a competition for a shot at the B.C. Championships in Kamloops. Taking first place in the tournament was St. Michael’s, in second place was Brentwood College and Lambrick Park secured the third and final provincial playoff spot. Ladysmith’s fourth-place finish narrowly missed the cut. The 49’ers had a strong start to the tournament, with a 70-67 win over the Gulf Islands team. Top scorers were Tanner Gresmak with 29 points and Ronal Finnegan with 16. The team’s next action took place Feb. 24, a 48-60 loss against SMUS. Top scorers were Deavon Geary (20 points) and Tyson Strandt. On Feb. 25, the team started the day with a 68-55 victory over Mark Isfeld, with the top scorers being Gresmak and Geary. The 49’ers finished the tournament with a 81-67 loss against Lambrick Park. Geary, who scored 19 points in the team’s third game, also picked up a tournament all-star designation. Calls to 49’ers coach Randy Steele were not returned before press time.

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CLUES ACROSS 1. Warning devices 7. Ancient Hebrew dry measure 11. 22nd state 12. A scheme or program 13. Belonging to inventor Whitney 14. Finished cloth border 15. Seize (obsolete) 16. Something on fire 18. Great peninsula of SW Asia 20. Suspenders (Br.) 21. Having a cheerless disposition 23. Toto’s terrier breed 24. Whale ship captain 25. A single undivided entity 26. Short term memory 27. Charlotte’s author White 29. 7th Greek letter 30. Muslim people of NW China 31. Long tailed rodent 33. Yukon Territory 34. Curved shape 35. A gait faster than a walk 37. Not working 39. Ancient priest 41. Notated a musical work 43. Took a quick look 44. Aged coloration 46. Enrolls 47. Extended narrative poem 48. Angry 51. Write bad checks 52. A. Webber’s lyricist Tim


53. Any longer 55. A wild Asian goat 56. 3 dimensional sound system CLUES DOWN 1. Give nourishment 2. Emits coherent radiation 3. Blood type 4. Goes with Sis Boom Bah 5. Woman (French) 6. Key fruit 7. Plural of 7 across 8. Cadet 9. Ethnic group of China and Vietnam 10. Portico boundary pilaster 11. Briskness 13. __ May, actress 16. Easy as 1, 2, 3 17. Wife (German) 19. “Taxi” actor 21. Fully developed 22. About ohms 26. Fissile sedimentary rock 28. Hair clasp 32. Men’s hairpiece 36. Stadium level 38. Serious plays 40. Tooth doctor (abbr.) 41. A line of verse 42. Chickpea plant species 43. A superior grade of black tea 44. High spirited, vivacious 45. W. Samoan capital 49. Social insect 50. Coloring substance 54. Mister

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Take it straight from the source Points to Ponder

br briefly weaved in the topic scenarios, I described — the of Christianity. The intervie- TV show, the CBC interview we spoke assertively about and the song in the coffee wee th the Bible and how God func- shop — the people involved tio tions. For those brief sec- displayed a lack of Biblical Pastor Edgar Unrau on onds, he held the platform knowledge. Their inforCalvary Baptist Church - Chemainus as an “expert” and spokes- mation was wrong. What they said was not actually here are you get- person for Christianity. I recently heard a song play- what the Bible says. Yet for ting your information from regard- ing while in a coffee shop, a those brief moments, they calm, easy-to-listen-to type were given a platform as ing the Bible?” The TV show Bones has an of tune. As I listened to the “experts” on the Bible and interesting dynamic between words, the singer made the Christianity. So, I am here to plead with its two main characters, the statement, “And Jesus was very intelligent forensic sci- a sinner ...” If someone has you. Please don’t get your entist and the commonsense even a minimal amount of information on the important knowledge about Jesus, they topic of God from TV shows, FBI agent. The FBI agent claims to would recognize the signifi- the CBC or songs. Check out the Bible for yourself. have some faith in God. The cance of such a statement. All three situations make Talk to a minister (most of scientist does not. This sets the stage for various conver- me wonder where people us are easy to talk to — we sations about the existence get their information from are ordinary, flawed peoof God and how God func- regarding God, the Bible and ple). There are several good Christianity. churches in our area. Some tions in the world. I’ve studied the Bible for provide seminars on foundaRecently, I was listening to a CBC interview which many years, and in all three tional Christian beliefs. Get


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Up Coming WORLD DAY OF PRAYER - Fri, Mar 2, 1 pm, St. Mary's Church, Ladysmith. FREE EXPRESSION OF WORSHIP – featuring ‘Surprised by Hope”, Five week transforming faith-inspiring session Sun, March 4, 7-8 pm. Bible scholar N.T. Wright featured in this video presentation. Discussion follows. Free, St. Philip Anglican Church, 1797 Cedar Road – 250-7223455 F.E.A.T.H.E.R.S. MONTHLY MEETING Sun, March 25, 1:30 pm to 4 pm. St. Philips Hall, 1797 Cedar Road. Do you have a companion bird, budgie, cockatiel, or a larger one like a

cockatoo or a macaw? We do too. We are a group that support each other and our parrots in a fun learning get-to-gether, over coffee and goodies. Come along. Parrots welcome. Diana 250-7222201 MT. BRENTON GARDEN CLUB - meeting March 6, 1:30 pm, Calvary Baptist Church, River Road. Guest speaker Alison Philp from the Damali Lavender Farm. Guests welcome. $2 drop in fee Info 324-3207.

On Going SING FOR PURE JOY! - meets on Saturdays, 7-8:30 pm in the 2nd floor lounge of The Lodge on 4th singforpurejoy@gmail. com or (250) 285-3764 STROKE RECOVERY GROUP: Survivors and caregivers meet every Thursday at 11 am in the basement Activity Room of Bethel Tabernacle, 1149 Fourth Ave. Programs include exercises and tips for managing activities. Call Connie Parman 250924-7772. BINGO - LADYSMITH Every Wed - 6:45 pm, Doors 5 pm, St. Mary's Church Hall. Info call 250-245-3079. Sponsored by Ladysmith Resources

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Centre Association CANCER SOCIETY The Ladysmith Branch needs volunteer drivers to provide transportation for Ladysmith cancer patients needing help to and from cancer-related appointments. Volunteers needed for all aspects of the society's work. Weekdays call 250-2450671, 10 am - 1 pm. BINGO Chemainus Senior Drop-in Centre. Mondays, 6:40 pm. Info: Murray 250-246-9968. NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Volunteers needed. 250-245-1118. MEALS ON WHEELS Ladysmith meals delivered Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. Volunteer drivers needed. Call Pearl: 250245-3844. LADYSMITH LEGION Mondays, crib, 7 p.m. Meat draws: Saturdays 2 5:15 pm, Fridays 4-6 pm, Sundays 3-5 pm, Darts: Wednesdays, 7 pm, Line dancing: Thursdays 9-11 am, Fridays: pool, 8 pm, 250-245-2273. BINGO Every Fri, 6:45 p.m., Chemainus Legion branch #191. Doors open 5 p.m. FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Organizers meet 3rd Thursday of each month at the FOL building at 4th

your information from wellinformed sources. If what the Bible says is real, or if what it says is not real, it is too important to base your information about it on a few people in the entertainment industry. And let me just add that there are some in the church that do a very poor job of representing what the Bible says. I am often embarrassed by some of the “preachers” on TV, and I am often saddened by what some Christians are promoting as “The Good News of Jesus.” This is why I encourage you to not write off the claims of the Bible too quickly. Give yourself some time to investigate who God is. God is worth even more than the effort you put into exploring.

& Strathcona Ave. 7 pm. 250-245-5888 or 250-2452263. LADYSMITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS Parent/caregiver & children age 0-6 drop-in, Sept to June: Mon - Fri 9:30 am. - noon at Aggie Hall. July to August: Tues to Thurs: 9:30 am - noon. Info: 250210-0870. LADYSMITH EAGLES AERIE #2101 Meets every 1st & 3rd Wednesday. 8 p.m. Auxiliary meets 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 7:30 pm Eagles Hall. TOPS #4456 - Ladysmith Meets each Thurs 9-11 am in the Pentecostal Church on 4th Ave. Call Sheila 250-722-2613. MOUNT BRENTON POWER & SAIL SQUADRON Membership meeting. Ladysmith Legion hall. Every 3rd Tuesday except holidays & July & August, 7:30 pm. LADYSMITH NEWCOMERS CLUB Welcoming new residents to the Ladysmith area. Couples & singles welcome. Sharon at 250-245-9334 or ladysmithnewcomers@ LADYSMITH MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP Meets on the

1st & 3rd Friday of the month 1:30 pm basement of Ladysmith Resource Centre. LADYSMITH CELEBRATIONS SOCIETY Ladysmith Days. Ladysmith city hall, on 3rd Tuesday of every month, 7 pm 250-245-2263. www. DAD'S GROUP - Drop In Breakfast - Program of the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association. 630 - 2nd Ave., Upper Floor, Saturdays, 10 - noon. ALZHEIMER/DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesdays. Call Jane Hope, Alzheimer Society of BC at 250-7344170. LADYSMITH SALTAIR GARDEN CLUB Every third Thur at 7:30 pm, First United Church Hall, (corner of High St & 3rd Ave) with in-garden meetings June, July, August. Come& grow with us! New members always welcome. $10 membership, $2 drop-in. LINE DANCING Chemainus Seniors Drop In Centre. Tuesdays, 10 - 11 a.m. Jo Kelly: 250245-1185. AL-ANON Meets Tuesdays, 7:30 pm downstairs at Ladysmith Resource Centre Assn.

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