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Hazel Mosdell, at six days old, was the first Ladysmith baby born in 2012 — on Jan. 3 at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. NIOMI PEARSON/CHRONICLE

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Weighing only seven pounds and eight ounces, Hazel Mosdell came into the world on Jan. 3. And while she may have been a little late for the New Year’s celebrations, she came just in time to be named Ladysmith’s c h i l d f o r F r i c a n d first baby born in 2012. Mosdell, who have It was a whirlwind called Ladysmith their trip for mom Jessica home for four years. Fric, who was at home Two-year-old Hudson when she began having is now sharing the irregular contractions. spotlight with the little “I didn’t really think it bundle of joy and is was happening yet, but happy to do so. we got to the hospital “He is so proud to be a and Hazel was born 45 big brother, he is beamminutes after we were ing about it,” Fric said. admitted; it was very “He really wants to put fast,” she said. her in his lap, and he Like many expecting doesn’t understand why moms in Ladysmith, we can’t put her down Fric had to make the on the floor for him to journey to Nanaimo play with.” Regional General Both say resources Hospital to deliver the like LAFF and facilities baby, which made for like the Forrest Field an interesting drive. playground are part of After making a call the reason they love livto her husband Jeff ing here. Mosdell, who was “It’s such a great town working in Chemainus to raise a family,” Fric at the time, it was off to said. “There are lots of the hospital. other young families “He was wanting to around.” pack some snacks and Both are looking forfind the right shoes ward to the experience and I was like ‘just get of raising a little girl. in the car please,’” Fric “I’m getting grey hairs recalled with a laugh. a l r e a d y, ” M o s d e l l Hazel is not the first smiled.

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time-consuming and drives and 25 other complex. The time storage devices during delay in having this three police searches A c h a r g e h a s charge sworn can be conducted at Rogers’ been laid against a attributed to investi- business in Cedar, his Ladysmith man in con- gators being required car and his home in nection with a child to review and analyze Ladysmith. The Ladysmith and District Marine Society has begun raising money to buy a new rescue vessel for LadysA t t h e t i m e , t h e mith’s Coast Guard Auxiliary. Ladysmith coxwain Owen Popplestone was part of the design team. pornography investi- h u n d r e d s o f t h o u gation stemming back sands of pornograph- amount of material ic images found on seized was unpreceto December 2010. On Dec. 15, a year various hard drives dented in the Nanaimo from the date of his and computers from region. “There were well over arrest, 65-year-old his work place and a million pornographB r u c e A l e x a n d e r home.” Rogers was arrested ic images of children Rogers was formally c h a r g e d w i t h o n e Dec. 15, 2010, after in abhorrent sexual count of possession of p o l i c e s e i z e d a n positions and acts,” estimated one mil- said O’Brien. “Many Lindsay Chung child pornography. “It’s a dire need. The will improve the aux- takably not been here “The investigation is lion sexually explicit w e r e d o w n l o a d e d life of the boat we have iliary’s ability to save t o d a y, ” s a i d E p p THE CHRONICLE continuing, and further images that included from the Internet.” now, well it’s already lives. Evans. Rogers makes his charges may be laid,” pornographic pictures Ladysmith’s Coast at the end of it’s life The auxiliary’s curAs well, the unit has next appearance in Guard Auxiliary is now. We’ve probably rent boat cannot fit a been credited with Const. Gary O’Brien, of children. Police confiscated Nanaimo provincial one of the busiest only got four or five stretcher on the floor. assisting many others m e d i a s p o k e s p e rson for the Nanaimo 10 computers, digital court Jan. 24. units in the region, years of life in it. If we With the new boat, and directly saving RCMP, said in a press cameras, web cam- — with files from and it needs a new don’t get a new boat, the auxiliary would more than $1 million release. “This investi- eras, CDs, DVDs, at t h e N a n a i m o boat to keep up with it’s going to be pretty be able to put spinal in marine property. gation was extremely least 29 external hard News Bulletin the pace. scary for Ladysmith. boards out on the The Auxiliary Coast The Ladysmith and We need a new boat floor of the boat and Guard receives some District Marine Society to keep going.” treat a person with a funding through a prohas begun the process Unit 29 requires a neck or spinal injury. vincial gaming grant to replace the aging minimum of $85,000 “It will definitely to assist with fuel, vessel currently being to purchase a new assist in saving lives,” but members must used by the Canadian boat, and it has start- said Epp-Evans. “It pay for all other costs, Coast Guard Auxiliary, ing raising money for increases our capa- including their equipLadysmith Unit 29. the vessel. The unit bilities when we’re on ment, boat and trainThe auxiliary’s cur- got a real boost when the water, but it dras- ing, themselves and r e n t v e s s e l i s t h e a local couple with a tically improves our through fundraising. second-oldest in the love for boating who potential as basically Anyone wishing to Pacific fleet, explained wish to remain anon- a life-saving water help the Auxiliary a u x i l i a r y m e m b e r y m o u s g e n e r o u s l y ambulance.” Coast Guard with the Nick Epp-Evans. offered to match any C o a s t G u a r d purchase of a new “Once again, we were donation or contribu- Auxiliary Station 29 boat can make tax-dethe second busiest tion — whether corpo- Ladysmith provides ductible donations to unit in the Pacific (last rate, collective or indi- 24-hour year-round “New Vessel Account” year), but our boat vidual —up to $10,000 v o l u n t e e r m a r i n e at the Ladysmith and is one of the oldest toward the purchase search and rescue District Credit Union two vessels,” he said. of a new rescue boat. s e r v i c e s o n t h e or mail a donation “Just last month, we The new boat was Ladysmith waterfront t o t h e L a d y s m i t h November was a successful month at Catalyst’s Crofton mill. The mill’s paper exhausted our funds designed by Coast and beyond to help and District Marine operations showed the strongest productivity performance this year, and the to keep the boat sea- Guard members in prevent the loss of life Rescue Society at Box this region for maxi- or injury. 657, Ladysmith B.C., pulp and utilities operations successfully concluded an 11-day maintenance worthy.” This vessel has just mum efficiency in Last year, Ladysmith V9G 1AS. There are shutdown. The mill is proud of its employees and recognizes all the hard work returned from a neces- l o c a l w a t e r s , a n d was the second busi- also donation boxes to make this mill successful. In recognition of the outstanding performance, sary $20,000 overhaul, Ladysmith coxswain est unit in the Pacific in businesses downemployees opted to share their success and help those in need. Front row from noted Epp-Evans, add- Owen Popplestone fleet. Unit 29 has been town and at marinas. left: Bonnie, Cowichan Valley Basket Society; Caroline Davidson, Ladysmith ing this was the mini- was an integral part credited with saving Call 250-668-2993 if Food Bank; Dianna Smith and Sylvia Massey, Harvest House Food Bank. Back mum required to keep of the design team, 15 lives in the last cal- you have any quesfrom left: Kathy Gomez, Catalyst Paper; Barry Torporowski, CEP Local 1132; Paul the boat operational. explained Epp-Evans. endar year. tions regarding donaZarry and Alan Berry, PPWC Local 2; and Carole Ireland and Traci Waite, CMS “Our boat won’t last The new boat has “That’s 15 people tions or the auxiliary PHOTO SUBMITTED much longer,” he said. many features that who would’ve unmis- itself. Food Bank (Mill Bay). THE CHRONICLE

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THANK YOU EVERYONE for Supporting the 2011 Christmas Cheer Program!

Swimmers support food bank

This year we delivered hampers to 167 individuals or families (of this total, 66 were singles and the remaining 101 were families) with there being a total of 375 men, women and children. Approximately 450 boxes were packed with food and delivered on the 21st of December. Over 100 volunteers came to help and were put to work sorting food, packing it into boxes, and then delivering the hampers to the homes of the applicants. The evidence that this is a generous and giving community showed when 31 private individuals, companies and organization came forward as sponsors. Many people want to help but rather than donate toys or food they donate cash. The cash donations this year totalled approximately $19,000.00 and this money helped to pay for the food purchased for the hampers. This included fresh fruit and vegetables, dry goods, dairy products, either a turkey or ham to name a few items. All purchased food is bought locally from the 49th Parallel Grocery and Canada Safeway (Ladysmith). These businesses donate so much to the community throughout the year so it is nice to be able to support them when we can. The Pennies for Presents campaign conducted through the Chronicle also added to this total with $4,481.85 being raised through the generosity of people in the community donating their saved coins. This total was an increase from last year. In particular we thank the Town of Ladysmith for allowing us to use Aggie Hall for hamper preparation; the Festival of Lights for the use of their building to sort toys. We must also extend our appreciation to all the local businesses who acted as collection depots for food and gifts for the program. We extend our sincere appreciation to every single person who volunteered in one way or another, from the coordinators to the people who helped with registration, the drivers, the delivery people, the hamper sorters and packers, toy sorters and packers, and anyone we may have forgotten. Please know that your assistance in whatever way it was offered was truly appreciated. Thanks to everyone in the community for making the 2011 Christmas season so much brighter for many of our Ladysmith residents. It is with deep sadness we say goodbye to Joan McKinley, a lady well known in this community, who kindly stepped forward to coordinate the Christmas Cheer program over the past two years. Joan was also a former board member of the Resources Centre and a volunteer at the Food Bank. She will be missed by all who knew her. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to her family.

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Volunteers needed to take down lights Work party scheduled Jan. 22, starting at 9 a.m. Lindsay Chung

even if it’s raining, it’s an opportunity for people to get together, talk and have a good time. You might As we move further into January, get dirty, but it’s a nice hot lunch the Festival of Lights Society is afterwards.” starting to think about taking The lights will be turned off Jan. down the 200,000 Christmas lights 15, and volunteers will spend the that decorate streets, buildings and next week knocking down rooftop trees throughout Ladysmith. decorations and piling them on the NIOMI PEARSON/CHRONICLE And that means the society is roofs so they can be taken down A single vehicle accident on the corner of Brenton-Page Road and Shell Beach road has police cautioning starting to look for volunteers. during the work party. the public about slick road driving conditions at this time of year. North Oyster Fire Department volunteers A work party is planned for Jan. 22, “If we don’t get bucket trucks, it’s and ambulance and RCMP personnel attend to the scene, which occured Jan. 5. and the Festival of Lights Society is a fairly big job because we have asking for volunteers to help take to bomb everything with ropes and down the lights. ladders,” noted Paterson. If you can help, call 250-245-2263 Paterson feels this year’s Festival or 250-245-5888 or meet at the 49th of Lights has been very successful, Parallel Grocery parking lot Jan. 22 as awareness continues to grow. Niomi Pearson “The tires were in good shape.” at 9 a.m. “This year, even though Light Up The adult female occupant of the vehicle was “We ask Day wasn’t THE CHRONICLE conscious upon arrival but was taken to Nanaimo e v e r y the bigRCMP are reminding people to take extra caution hospital for head lacerations. Quoted in the Chronicle body to gest day when traveling on slick winter roads this season, The matter is still under investigation, said meet at because of after a single vehicle incident on Brenton-Page Southern. the 49th the weath“Every year we say it’s the most and Shell Beach Road left one woman ditched “We could not determine if she was wearing a Parallel er, I think successful, but I think that is true. we’ve seen Thursday morning. seatbelt or not; however, we’re focusing on that parking Alcohol and speed were not a factor in the acci- aspect of the investigation,” he said. lot, and People just get a real charge out of more peodent, which was initially reported as a roll-over. While the incident occurred on a roadway known we break ple in town it every year.” “The vehicle had come down a corner that banked for its sharp bends and dips, Southern says drivers p e o p l e taking picto the left, and the vehicle went off-road right into should be wary no matter where they’re driving in i n t o tures and Duck Paterson, a Festival of Lights organizer a deep ditch and stopped rather suddenly,” said current conditions. groups, more bus Ladysmith RCMP Cpl. Don Southern. “Eye wit- “Accidents happen very quickly, especially in the d e p e n d tours,” he nesses estimated her speed at about 60 km per winter time when the roads are wet and slippery,” i n g said. “Every hour, and there appears to be no mechanical defi- he said. “People should be cognizant of that and on how many people we have,” year we say it’s the most successciencies on the vehicle. always wear their seatbelt.” explained Duck Paterson, one of ful, but I think that is true. People the Festival of Lights organizers. just get a real charge out of it every The society is particularly hop- year. We’ve never had a bad one.” ing that anyone who has a bucket This year will be the 25th festival, truck can bring it out to help take and the society is already making down decorations. plans and thinking up new ideas. “It’s a help to get decorations off “We’re already talking about what roofs,” said Paterson. “Bucket we can plan and what we can do to trucks are a big thing. If people make it different,” said Paterson. “I know somebody who has a bucket don’t know if we can make it bigger, truck and who can come out and but we can make it different and play with us, it makes things go make it exciting. It will all come quicker.” down to how much money we can Paterson says they try to get the raise to make a bigger, more amazbiggest jobs like Bob Stewart Park, ing show.” Aggie bank and City Hall done Paterson says the festival society while they have the volunteers and is coming up with ideas for some trucks. major fundraising activities, and Depending on how many volun- the organizers are always looking teers show up and the weather, the for new sponsors to support the volunteers are usually finished by Festival of Lights. about 1 p.m. “We do have plans,” he noted. A free hot lunch is provided for “Every year, there are certain decvolunteers courtesy of Ladysmith orations that get refurbished, and, Family and Friends, and it is usu- now especially, we’re talking about ally served around 10:30 or 11 a.m. the 25th and how we can make it at Aggie Hall. more exciting. People do not have to commit for “We have ideas, we have plans; the whole morning though, and the the bottom line will be how do Festival of Lights Society is grate- we do fundraising to make it hapful for any time people can give. pen. We’re hoping to come up with “Everybody is appreciated,” said maybe one or two distinct new LINDSAY CHUNG/CHRONICLE Ladysmith firefighter Dan Toole poses with a pile of Christmas trees the Ladysmith Fire Rescue Hall re- Paterson. “The thing with take- decorations, and those cost a lot ceived last weekend. People dropped off their old Christmas trees or had them picked up for chipping. down is we don’t get as many vol- of money. If there’s anyone with unteers as we do for putting them any ideas or offers of assistance, This was the fourh year the fire department offered the tree chipping, and this year, they also offered to up because when they’re putting we’d love them.” hose down people’s vehicles once they dropped off their trees. The firefighters accepted donations toward them up, they have have something The Festival of Lights began in restoring their antique parade truck. “Once we started, we decided we wanted to put all the funds to re- to look forward to. 1987, focusing on the downtown store our 1942 International truck,” said Toole. “We use it reguarly in parades, but it’s getting to the point “The more people, the quicker it core. Today, more than 200,000 where it needs to be rebuilt. The community supports us pretty well with this. We’ll be continuing to do goes, and the more fun it is. It’s an shimmering lights attract thouthis as long as people have real trees in their houses.” opportunity to meet people, and sands of people to Ladysmith. THE CHRONICLE

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Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for making an impact in the community? They could be the next winner of a Spirit of Ladysmith Community Award. The Spirit of Ladysmith Community Awards, sponsored by the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce, recognize achievement and leadership in Ladysmith. Individuals and organizations are nominated for making an impact in and around Ladysmith. The call has gone out for nominations, and any member of the Ladysmith and area community is eligible for nominations. The awards recognize volunteers, students, employees, employers, organizations and companies. “The importance of the awards is to give recognition to community businesses and individuals who excel in all these categories,” said Chamber of Commerce office manager Melody Smythies. “It’s an honour to be recognized, and as a nominator, you get a chance to express your thanks and gratitude and give kudos where it is deserved. A lot of people don’t get the recognition they deserve, and this is a chance to do that.” There are eight awards in all. • Business of the Year There are two awards in the Business of the Year category — one for a small business with one to 10 employees and one for a large business with 11 or more employees. This award recognizes a business that has made outstanding contributions to the community. Good corporate citizenship through active participation in com-

munity events is essential. The business and is a strong team player. has the ability to create employment and • Volunteer of the Year generate income, promotes economic This award is presented to an individual welfare and will reward its employees who has used his or her time, efforts and and the community at large with a sound personal resources to help others. The reputation of providing quality service. award will be given to someone who • Entrepreneur of the Year has worked tirelessly to make sure his This award recognizes an entrepreneur or contributions were of service, strived who demonstrates creative innovation for good work and tried to make the that has contributed to the success of lives of others better in our community. either a new or existing business. Individuals who receive wages or an honThis person is a dynamic owner/opera- orarium for the services for which they tor of a local business, demonstrates have been recognized are not eligible for leadership in his or her respective indus- this award. try, has a track record for identifying and • Youth of the Year expanding market opportunities, and This award recognizes an individual devotes personal time and energy to the who is younger than 20 who has proven community. success in studies or is involved in local • Not-for-Profit Organization community services, who is a role model This award recognizes a not-for-profit to peers, who possesses strong leaderorganization that provides outstanding ship skills and who shows personal programs and services that have a direct growth through activities such as schobenefit on the community. lastic achievement, volunteering, music, This organization demonstrates leader- sports and/or the arts. ship and volunteer management and has The deadline for nominations is Jan. 20. a strong community involvement. Nominations forms are available at the • Customer Service Chamber of Commerce office at 411B This award is given to an employee who First Ave. For information about nominations, call consistently offers exceptional customer service, and there will be two awards — 250-245-2112. Everyone who is nominated for an one for small business (one to 10 employees) and one for large businesses (11 and award will be recognized during the Spirit of Ladysmith Community Awards more employees). Performance, attention to quality work- ceremony Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at Aggie manship and service delivered with posi- Hall. There will be appetizers throughtive enthusiasm and a smile are key attri- out the evening, and the awards will be butes. This person is considered a role presented from 7-9 p.m., There will also model within his or her respective indus- be a dance from 9 p.m. on. Tickets are $15 each and are availtry and will have performed his or her job to such a level that his or her efforts able now at the Chamber of Commerce have not only assisted revenues but have office. “We’re hoping it’s more affordable for also enriched the lives of customers and co-workers. As well, this person always the whole community to come,” said goes the extra mile to serve the customer Smythies.

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One year ago, Tim Maloney, to rebel army attacks. Canadian national director “The King George Seniors of Mercy Ships, watched Home in Freetown is not what children’s faces light up we would picture as being a at Ladysmith’s Oceanview home for seniors,” he says. Community Church. “Each resident had a bed with He was showing them phonetting over it and maybe a tos of those in West Africa place to store their belongwhose lives would be changed ings. What we found on our by the church’s Vacation Bible visit were women and men School (VBS) program as the who seemed full of hope, all children collected treasure with smiles on their faces, joy(loonies) and made blankets ful to share a visit.” during their Adventure on Part of the reason this group the High Seas-themed week. was chosen to receive the All they collected and crafted blankets was that a new home would be sent to the Africa Blankets made at Ladysmith’s Oceanview Community Church are was being built for them furMercy, the largest charity now in the hands of grateful seniors in Sierra Leone. ther up the mountain, where PHOTO SUBMITTED hospital ship in the world, for evenings would be cool. distribution to some of the were held up in Texas as the same time. It was this particu- “Having witnessed both the most impoverished people Africa Mercy received mainte- larly extraordinary timing that collection and distribution of on earth. nance. allowed for Maloney and the these blankets, I can say that Little did Maloney know At the time, Maloney was team to hand out the blankets my heart was full of joy and that a year later, he would be also in the middle of plan- themselves at a seniors centre hope,” said Maloney. “Mercy watching faces light up on the ning his first-ever trip to the in Sierra Leone. Ships follows the model of other side of the world, as he giant medical vessel, bringing The experience was touch- Jesus, trying to express love handed the gifts to seniors in along a team of Canadians to ing for Maloney, who for the in our actions. Let me say Sierra Leone. develop a greater connection first time got to see the full- thank you to the children, as You see, after the VBS, the with Canadian donors, poten- circle impact of gifts given well as parents and grandparchurch expected to send the tial donors and volunteers. and received. ents, of Oceanview Church — packages overseas without As planning was completed The group visited with the for through your actions you necessarily being privy to the and the mystery blankets seniors of King George facil- shared love from the coast of story surrounding their deliv- were located, it was discov- ity, Sierra Leoneans who basi- British Columbia to the coast ery. However, fate would have ered that all of them would cally had nothing and some of of West Africa.” it that the Ladysmith blankets be on the ship at the exact whom had lost their families — Submitted

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Katie Nicol never strays far from her pets on home visits from the University of Saskatoon. Pictured here with London, Poogey and Thomas.

Chemainus vet student eager to practise at home Niomi Pearson

Nicol started the ing,” she said. “A lot program Aug. 22 after of the time on dogs, finishing her bache- it’s small and hard to Ever since she was a lor’s degree in science see.” little girl, Katie Nicol at Vancouver Island Because her mom always said she want- University. worked at a local veted to be a veterinarian “So far so good,” she erinarian clinic, Nicol when she grew up. said. “We’ve done a had plenty of inspiraFive months into the lot of anatomy and tion, and animals to veterinary medicine physiology of the legs, look after, growing up. program at the Western the abdomen and the “As a kid, my brother College of Veterinary thorax; we’ve done and I always got to Medicine — University biochemistry, lots of watch surgeries,” she o f S a s k a t o o n , t h e histology, and nutri- said. “We liked being Chemainus-raised stu- tion. I love it.” at the vet clinic, seeing dent is realizing that O n e o f h e r m o s t all the animals, and we dream and is eager to interesting learning worked closely with return and practise out experiences thus far our vets throughout of the home she grew was watching a lapa- our animals’ lives.” up in. rotomy performed on Even as a six-year“I have a pretty open a euthanized elderly old child, she recalls mind — I can pic- horse. insisting on being in ture myself in either “The sheer size and the room when her wildlife or small ani- how the intestines are 20-year-old cat Morris mal [medicine] at the organized inside the was put to sleep. moment,” she said. abdomen, it’s incred- “ I f e l t s a d n e s s , I “Everyone tells you ible how it all fits wanted to be there for that you’re going to together and works, Morris and wanted to change by the time the way you can just say goodbye,” she said. you’re in fourth year, lift out part of the “But I was thankful. I so I’m scared to pick intestine and it’s 10 knew he was in pain; one.” pounds; it’s fascinat- he had cancer.” THE CHRONICLE




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YOUR WORDS “I don’t know if we can make it bigger, but we can make it different and make it exciting,” Duck Paterson, Page 5


s we delve into 2012, the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce is asking us to look back at the past year and recall the people, businesses and organizations that have made an impact in our lives. The Chamber is calling for nominations for the 2011 Spirit of Ladysmith Community Awards, which will be handed out in February. It’s time to start thinking about the people and businesses you think deserve to be recognized. Eight awards will be presented, and there are categories for Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Notfor-Profit Organization, Customer Service, Volunteer of the Year and Youth of the Year. The awards are meant to recognize achievement and leadership and to honour those who make an impact in and around Ladysmith. Past winners include Ladysmith Health Food Store (Business of the Year), Lena Birtwistle (Youth of the Year), Ladysmith and District Credit Union (Large Business of the Year) and Val Duckworth (Volunteer of the Year). We’re sure there are lots of people out there who go about their day-to-day business and make a difference in your lives without even knowing it. They never expect any recognition, but this is the perfect opportunity to let them know how much you appreciate them. It’s fitting that the awards have the words “spirit” and “community” in their name, because peer-nominated awards like these sure help build a sense of community. The awards ceremony — which is changing this year to a more affordable night of awards, appetizers and dancing in an effort to attract more people and bring in more of the community — sounds like it will be another of those great events that brings everyone together and makes you feel lucky you call this community your home. Nomination forms are available at the Chamber office at 411B First Ave. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 20, so start filling out those forms.

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Progress Board served B.C. well BC Views by Tom Fletcher


ow is B.C.’s economy doing? This question occupies a great deal of time in our political debate. But since that debate is mostly an exercise in selecting facts and passing blame back and forth, it’s difficult to tell. Former premier Gordon Campbell set out to change that in 2001 with the establishment of the B.C. Progress Board. Independent directors established six “core targets,” environmental, health and social indicators as well as economic measures, and tracked them annually with comparisons to other provinces. This created a 10-year database that doesn’t exist anywhere else. It hasn’t exactly been flattering, a sign that it has been kept free of political interference. Premier Christy Clark’s recent decision to replace the Progress Board has sparked another round of political blame-storming. The NDP opposition was accustomed to jumping on

the annual rankings and trumpeting the ones that cast the B.C. Liberals in a bad light. Predictably, they portrayed the remake of the board as an effort to sweep embarrassing results under the rug. Media often focus on the political horse race rather than details of policy. When the board’s reports came out, they typically covered the political fight and glossed over the findings. The key flaw with the Progress Board turned out to be its emphasis on provincial rankings. B.C. ranked first for the entire 10 years in health and environmental conditions and near the bottom in a complex measure of “social condition” that was often oversimplified as poverty. In most measures, including economic ones, the rankings barely changed in a decade. In his final report, board chair Gerry Martin noted that B.C.’s improvements in economic output and income were significant b u t d i d n ’t m o v e t h e m up the rankings because other provinces had simi-

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lar success. Big recoveries in Saskatchewan and Newfoundland meant that B.C. sometimes slipped in the relative rankings despite major gains. Martin noted that on crime, “initial performance was so poor that B.C.’s best-incountry improvements over several years were needed just to move B.C. to about average.” (There’s an example of how independent this board has been.) Crime is part of the board’s “Social Condition Index,” along with low-birth-weight babies and long-term unemployment. This has been a favourite of opposition critics because B.C. started low and slipped lower. But they won’t tell you the whole story, through the NDP 1990s as well as the B.C. Liberal 2000s: “B.C. ranked sixth in the Social Condition Index in 1990, improved to third in 1993, but deteriorated through the rest of the 1990s and into the next decade such that it sank to last place for 2001 and 2002,” the final report says. “Improvements between 2002 and 2007 saw

B.C. reach fifth place in 2006 and 2007, but rank changes on low birth weights and long-term unemployment brought B.C. to seventh in 2008 and ninth in 2009.” Does this mean the NDP government of the 1990s did a bad job, or that the B.C. Liberals did better and then screwed up? It could be spun that way, but there are external factors involved. The B.C. Progress Board didn’t just do rankings. Its policy suggestions were implemented in regulatory reform, energy self-sufficiency, creating community courts and UBC Okanagan, and proceeding with the Site C dam. Martin notes that the successor organization, the Jobs and Investment Board, will carry on the performance monitoring and “hold government’s feet to the fire,” in particular on its ability to attract investment. It’s time to stop arguing about the level of poverty and find new ways to alleviate it. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press newspapers.

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When are we going to start protecting our children?

exists in every other school district in B.C., in every other province in Canada, as well across the border into the United States. Derek must start facing up to reality and listening to the facts. The year is 2011, the world is in a economic crisis, and this will be part of history. There is nothing that can be done. This will all turn around in due course. In summary, Derek has a university degree, but with his comments, whose brain did he use to get his university degree?

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Editor: Re: Ladysmith man will appear in Nanaimo court on child pornography charge When are the laws and the sentencing going to reflect the lifelong damage that pedophiles inflict on their victims? When are the courts going to recognize that pedophiles have the highest recidivism rate of any criminal and always have dozens of victims over decades of calculated attacks? When are we going to ask the partners, family members, friends and coworkers of these molesters and rapists what they knew and when? Will we begin to prosecute those who aid these pedophiles by turning a blind eye to the atrocities they are committing? Does the wife really not know what the husband is doing on multiple home computers, with video equipment and copious amounts of data storage devices? When will we help the police to find these monsters and lock them up for the safety of our community, instead of granting them bail, or even worse, letting the statute of limitations protect the offender, while the victim still deals with the abuse of the past which has now infected their present relationships with friends, family and their own children? When will Canada, as a world leader that is seen as ethical and forward-thinking, stop protecting pedophiles and start protecting children? We need to end the silence around the sexual abuse of children and imprison for life these disgusting men who destroy innocent lives!

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The Dancing Bean owners thank their customers Editor: To our customers: the Dancing Bean is now closed. We have had a wonderful journey these past nine years creating the Dancing Bean. It has given us an opportunity to share with so many what brings us joy — the coming together of friends and music. We have loved every minute of being the promoters, the organizers and the hosts. We are now ready to begin the next phase of our lives and look forward to the less complicated role of becoming the guests and joining the audience, and to having the time to do both. We want to thank everyone who participated in helping us realize this dream — our fabulous staff, our loyal customers, the host of musicians who opened their souls

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It seems sons and daughters of Iran offer much good

And last month, the Toronto Blue Jays reportedly bid $50 million just for the right to negotiate with a baseball player born of an Iranian father. It would seem the sons and daughters of Iran offer much good to the world. Please bear this in mind if our government seeks to commit our sons, daughters, and tax dollars to bombing the nation of Iran — which has not attacked any of its neighbours for centuries. Jim Stachow North Oyster

DeGear comments like a broken record

Editor: Last week Canada’s defence minister married an Iranian-born former Miss World Canada. The dramatic overtime winning goal of the World Junior Hockey Tournament in Calgary was scored by the son of an Iranian.

Editor: Re: Derek DeGear letter Dec. 27 Unbelievable comments! Regarding what he considers problem areas in the Nanaimo school district. This currently

Got something to get off your chest? E-mail: editor@ ladysmith Letters and Your View policy The Chronicle encourages readers to express their opinions through a letter to the editor. Priority is given to local writers and local issues. Letters are encouraged to be 200 words. Letters must include the author’s name, phone number and address or they will not be published. The Chronicle reserves the right to edit letters for brevity, clarity, and legal reasons. Photos for Your View must reflect communities from Crofton to Cedar and include the photographer’s name. Contact the editor at editor@ or fax 250-245-2260. Letters can also be mailed to the Chronicle 341-1st Ave., PO Box 400, Ladysmith, B.C., V9G 1A3. Pays!

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Joseph Mairs was a trade unionist and Emancipation of His Fellow Men.” coal miner who died when he was 21, During the Joseph Mairs Memorial at and this month, people will gather in St. Mary’s, Dr. Ingo Schmidt will address Ladysmith to honour his life and work. “The Class Language of Economics.” The 10th annual Joseph Mairs Memorial Schmidt is an economist and co-orwill be held Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s dinator of the Labour Studies Program Catholic Church at 1135 Fourth Ave. at Athabasca University. He earned his “Come and join with other working peo- PhD from the University of Göttingen and ple to honour Our Labour Martyr, Joseph wrote a doctoral thesis on trade unions Mairs,” the Joseph Mairs Memorial and Keynesianism.He has taught at uniCommittee states in a press release. “As versities in Germany and Canada and was always, our general theme for the day is staff economist with the metal workers ‘Our Common Condition.’” union IG Metall in Germany. He has coMairs died one month short of his 22nd authored and edited a number birthday in 1914 after being arrested by of books. government troops during the Occupation After the talk, Schmidt will of Ladysmith. lead a floor discussion focusing Mairs rests in the Ladysmith Cemetery on issues arising from the debt beneath a cairn his fellow miners crisis and the urgency for an erected in his honour with the inscrip- accurate analysis and response tion “A Martyr to a Noble Cause — The to the agenda of the rich.

Again this year, there will be live music by local musicians linked to the labour movement. Following the indoor program, attendees will form a procession behind longtime piper Frank Nichols and walk to the cemetery to place flowers at the graveside of Joseph Mairs. For information, call Alastair at 250-8898903 or 250-748-3274, e-mail josephmairs@ or find Honour Our Labour Martyr Joseph Mairs on Facebook. — Submitted

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Approximately 50 brave swimmers of all ages got their first big thrill of the new year Jan. 1 during the 23rd annual Polar Bear Swim at Transfer Beach. This year, the swimmers had relatively nice weather, as they dove into the water in the Town of Ladysmith’s quickest community event. They came ashore to hot chocolate, ribbons and certificates. PHOTOS BY STACEY CROSSLEY AND NIOMI PEARSON






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LSS dancers take the stage Secondary students will present annual Dance Showcase Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. Lindsay Chung

ers. There will also be guest performances by THE CHRONICLE LSS alumni, as well as I t ’s t h e i r t i m e t o by community dance shine. students. Dance students at “Basically, it’s a way Ladysmith Secondary for them to get on S c h o o l h a v e b e e n stage and show what working hard all year they’ve been working to choreograph, learn very hard on and for and practise a variety of parents to see what dances in styles ranging they’ve been working from hip hop and tap on,” said Grovum. to contemporary, jazz The Dance Showcase and musical theatre. starts at 7 p.m. at And now they’re ready Ladysmith Secondary to perform for friends, School, and doors open family and the commu- at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are nity during the annual $8 for adults and $6 for LSS Dance Showcase students, and they can Jan. 13 at the school. be purchased at the “It’s a place for danc- door. The showcase ers who take the class usually fills up quickly, throughout the year to so Grovum encouragshowcase what they es people to get there are working on all year,” early to avoid disapsaid dance teacher pointment. Chelsea Grovum. The LSS Dance LSS students who are Showcase is held every in Grades 9 to 12 will be year at the end of the performing dances they first semester. have choreographed “The program here themselves, as well as is really strong,” said group dances choreo- Grovum. “It gets better graphed by Grovum and better every year. I and by guest teach- think this will be our

Ladysmith Secondary School students will perform their Dance ShowLINDSAY CHUNG/CHRONICLE case Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. best show yet.” ing hand. One of the It takes a lot of work dance mothers, Karen behind the scenes to get Wallace of Karen’s ready for the showcase, Alterations, volunand many people in the teers her time each community lend a help- year to sew elaborate

new costumes for all the dance students. “It’s really neat how everyone comes together for the showcase,” said Grovum.

The art of laughter Yellow Point artists Nixie Barton and Grant Leier share a story as they give away one of Leier’s paintings as a door prize during the opening gala for the Ladysmith Arts Council’s new art show, The Last Laugh and a Kind of Drama, Saturday night at the Waterfront Gallery. The show runs until Jan. 29.

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work on a play like about comedy; there’s Harvest, which is a a lot of discovery in Canadian play talking the play and mystery about local people as well.” and about how they Harvest runs from struggle and survive.” Jan. 20 (preview Jan. Linds said audience 19) to Feb. 11. Tickets members can expect range from $33 to a fun, exciting show. $39 depending which “They’re going to be night you choose to entertained in a way see the show. that you would never For more informaget in a movie or tele- tion, call the box office vision or most theatre at 1-800-565-7738 or experiences,” he said. visit www.chemai“It’s not just a knock-

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Senior boys prep for Island playoffs Niomi Pearson

said. sport. There are individTeam guard Ronal ual skills, but you’re still Finnegan, Grade 12, has working within a team The Ladysmith 49’ers helped lead the team concept,” Steel said. senior boys AA bas- throughout the season “The wins and losses ketball team have their and is one of their top are not that important as long as you’re trying eyes set on the Island scorers. “He’s been very solid, to improve.” playoffs. Sitting near second To get there, the team and he’s a very expeneeds to keep up its rienced player,” Steel place in their division with eight wins and momentum and make said. Deavon Geary, Grade seven losses, Steel said full use of its 10-man r o s t e r, s a y s c o a c h 12, has also proven him- the team should make self as a good shooter, the North Island playRandy Steel. offs, where they will “ T h e p l a y e r s h a v e as has Tyson Strandt have to work hard to been pretty competi- “He works very hard.” R o o k i e T a n n e r make it to the Islands. tive because the league is quite strong,” he said. Gresmak has been turn- Last year, the 49’ers “The teams around us ing heads, coming out were one game away are good competition.” as one of the team’s from making the proThe 49’ers are an even top point-scorers, along vincial playoffs. Deavon Geary keeps the ball away from an opponent Jan. 6 during a game against Campbell River. The 49’ers During a Superball lost 54-60 but won their next game against Cedar in overtime, 61-55, on Jan. 7. mix of experienced with Finnegan. NIOMI PEARSON/CHRONICLE The 49’ers will con- t o u r n a m e n t a t Grade 12 players and Grade 11 rookies and tinue to work on defen- Wellington Secondary, Wellington, the 49’ers win came against Cedar boys will be in Esquimalt the regular season will one Grade 10 player sive play and playing as the 49’ers faced three lost 70-54. They played the following morning. Jan. 13 and 14 for exhi- be at home at Ladysmith “We really dominated,” bition games and will S e c o n d a r y S c h o o l who was called in to a unit as the end of the teams over a two-day a close game against play John Barsby Jan. against Wellington on season nears. p e r i o d J a n . 6 - 7 . I n Timberline, losing 60-54. Steel said. help out, Steel said. The Ladysmith senior 17. Their last game of Jan. 31. “It’s not an individual their first game against However, an overtime “It’s a good group,” he THE CHRONICLE

Local teams get strong start to second half of season Niomi Pearson THE CHRONICLE

Ladysmith Blue Lightning player Karen Battie (left) attempts to get the ball from Cedar’s Hailey Bradley Sun., Jan. 8.

The youth soccer season kicked off its second half last weekend with some of Ladysmith and area’s teams at the top of the pack. Sitting at the top of the U-18 division is the Ladysmith Blue Lightning, coming off of a 4-3 win over the seventh-place Cedar Stars on Jan. 8. Coach Joseph Knippshild credited a strong offense as the key to the girls’ performance this season. “We’re really good at keeping the ball at their end and making the

shots on net,” he said. “Even though they’re tired at the end of the game, they don’t give up on the ball, they’re very tenacious.” The Lightning’s next game takes place at the Ladysmith turf field at noon on Jan. 15 against Nanaimo 1, who beat them 1-0 during their last match. The Lightning’s last game of the regular season is Feb. 5. The Mid-Isle Hurricanes (U-15 Cedar Girls) kept their unbeaten season alive as they fought to a 1-1 draw against the Oceanside Stormers at Forrest Field Sat., Jan. 7. The Hurricanes remain in top spot in their

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VAN RUYSKENSVELDE, Alice Lorraine January 1, 1946 - December 29, 2011 It is with great sadness that I announce the sudden passing of our mother, stepmother, and grandmother. Predeceased by her husband Dale. Survived by her sons Allan, Brett (Christy) and Todd (Kelly); stepdaughter Cynthia (Dwain); and grandchildren Marissa, Zachery, Jacob, Erich, Kent, Adina, Travis, Neva and Cody. Lorraine will be laid to rest with family at the Crawford Bay Cemetery. She will be dearly missed by many relatives and friends.



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Charles Walter Porter (Charlie) “The milkman has retired to the big dairy in the skyâ€? Born April 6, 1921 at the Chemainus Hospital, passed away on January 1, 2012, at his Saltair home where he spent his entire life, with his family at his side. He was predeceased by his parents Walter (1964) and Lillian (1968), Sister Violet (2009) and Twin Brother Robert (2004). He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years Anne, sister Kathleen Porter, son Donald (Karen) Porter, daughter Sheila (Ken) Percival, and Grandchildren, Suzanne (Gary) Knopp, Lori (Sandy) Pickard, Ian (Brianne) Porter, Shannon (Neil) Stevens, Travis (Kirsten) Waller and 10 greatgrandchildren, and his faithful companion Missy. Charlie’s father Walter came to Canada as a two year old when his grandfather and grandmother immigrated to the original 160 acre home site in Saltair. Charlie took over the operation of the family farm upon the death of his father and continued it’s development and growth. In more recent years the farm became a joint venture with Don and Karen and became known as Porter’s Dairy. The family was presented “The Century Farm and Ranch Awardâ€? in April 1995 by the BC Ministry of Agriculture. Although Charlie retired from the active operation of the farm in his late 60‘s, he was never far away from the action with daily visits to ensure that everything was operating to his satisfaction. Charlie the “Milkmanâ€? began to bottle and provide home delivery of milk and cream to residents of the Chemainus area in 1938. This continued unabated until 1975 when British Columbia prohibited the delivery of raw milk products in British Columbia. He was life member of the Chemainus Rod & Gun Club and enjoyed his annual trips to Alberta for goose and pheasant hunting. He also became an avid ďŹ sherman in his retirement years and spent many hours of ďŹ shing on the west coast of Vancouver Island with his son-in-law. Special thanks to Sarah Kis-Toth, Anne Williams, Dr. Manny Fritsch and the nurses from We Care. Memorial Service was held at St. Michaels & All Angels Anglican Church, 2858 Mill Street, Chemainus, BC on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 2:00 o’clock pm. In lieu of owers a donation to the charity of your choice may be made. Telford’s of Ladysmith 250-245-5553

Dennis Everett Lamberton June 26, 1946 - December 23, 2011 Passed away suddenly at home after a long illness on December 23, 2011. Predeceased by his mother Jessie, 1983 and his father Charlie, 2003. Survived by his wife Katherine and children Kim (Martin); Kerry; Deana (Christos) and grandchildren: Alexandria; Tatianna; Alyssa; Kailey; Zoe and Tegan. He is also survived by his brother Fred Lamberton (Shirley) and sister Helen Saunders (Bob), and close friends Bob and Joan Brewer and Charlie Schwan. He was a mill worker from teenager to retirement. He enjoyed camping, ďŹ shing, hunting and spending time with friends. He was a member of the Ladysmith Eagles and the Legion. There will be a Tea at the Eagles Hall, Ladysmith on Sunday, January 15th from 1 to 4 pm. In lieu of owers, donations can be made to the BC Lung Association or charity of your choice.


Margaret (Madge) It is with heavy hearts the family of Margaret (Madge) Benson announce her passing on December 29, 2011 at the Chemainus Health Care Facility. She was predeceased by her husband Bill (1981) and parents Fred and Ada Cardy. Madge was born in Edmonton Alberta on July 31, 1920 and was raised on the family homestead at Abee, Alberta. She married her neighbor, William (Bill) Benson in 1939 and in 1948 the whole family moved to their farm in Cedar BC. Left to mourn are her children: Albert (Moira), George (Betty), Doris, Jim (Anita), Margaret (Alexander); grandchildren: Sandra (Bill), Ron (Lorrell), Buff (Lisa), Ray (Contessa), Sheldon, Colin (Kelly), Steven (Lena), Aaron, Kathy (Les), L’Anne (Neil), Megan (Keith), Jared (Samantha), Nikolai, Christopher, Patrick (Leah) and Tristan; great grandchildren: Whitney, Ryan, Brantley, Emmilly, Travis, Martin, Omar, Chloe, Oliver, Nicole, Ben, Kieran, Jacqueline, Campbell and Jane, plus numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Madge was a longtime member of the Cedar Women’s Institute and served as secretary before her move to Chemainus. She was involved with the Cedar 4-H dairy club when her children were young. Also you would see her at Cedar Farmers Market from May till October. In later years she was a member of the Cedar Seniors Group. A sincere thank you to all the staff at Chemainus Health Care Centre for their loving care of our mother for the past three years. We couldn’t have picked a better place for her. She so enjoyed the wonderful ocean view out her window. In lieu of owers, donations can be made to the Cancer Society or Chemainus Health Care Centre. A Memorial Tea will be held at the Cedar Community Hall on January 14th, 2012 from 1 – 3 pm. Telford’s of Ladysmith 250 – 245 - 5553



SHEFFIELD, Ronald Laurie November 20th, 1944 December 24th, 2011 Ronald Laurie ShefďŹ eld, 67, passed away surrounded by friends and family on December 24, 2011, at his home in Ladysmith, BC. Ron was known as a kind and generous man, devoted husband and father and friend to many. He is survived and dearly missed by his wife of 42 years, Lin; daughter, Kristia and son-in-law Tony. A private memorial will be held. In lieu of owers, donations may be made to the BC SPCA.

STONE, Margaret Joan (Wheeler) March 28, 1920 - December 29, 2011 With great sadness, we announce the peaceful passing of our mother, Margaret Joan Stone December 29, 2011 at age 91 with her daughters by her side. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, March 28, 1920, raised on the farm at Fawcett, north of Edmonton. Predeceased by husband, Philip Stone in 1983. They married in Brandon, Manitoba August 10, 1941, just one week before her husband was transferred overseas with the Canadian Army. After the war, they settled in Edmonton, raising their two daughters. In 1975, Joan and Phil retired to live in Ladysmith, BC on Vancouver Island, where gardening was her passion. With distinguished honor, Joan was a dedicated blood donor to the Canadian Red Cross. She was an active member of the Edmonton Pleasantview Rug Hookers for many years and joined the Dogwood Rug Hookers at Nanoose Bay making many beautiful rugs. She also volunteered with the Ladysmith Women’s Hospital Auxiliary. Survived by her sister, Evelyn Bebeau of St. Andrews, N.B.; her daughters, Corinne Scott (John), Fraser Lake, BC, Sheila Stone Reiersen (Rune) of Victoria; 4 grandchildren and 3 greatgrandchildren; many nieces and nephews she loved to keep in touch with. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the caring staff at Craigdarroch Care Home in Victoria, where Joan lived for the past 11 years. A special thank you to Christina Scott, owner of Craigdarroch for her compassionate loving care of our Mom. Also a special thank you to Dr. Linda Reid for her kindness and care. No service by request. Interment to take place at Cedar Memorial (near Ladysmith) at a later date. In lieu of owers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society. McCall Bros. of Victoria, BC (1-800-870-4210)

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LADYSMITH: BRAND new 3 bdrm, 3 bath, 1600 sq.ft. townhome, 5 appls, pet friendly, $1450/mo. Call 250-245-8997. LADYSMITH, LUXURY 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 2 F/P, 5 appls, 2 decks, fab ocean views, pet friendly, $1395, 250-245-8997 y

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$850/MO, NEW home, lrg yard, view; lake/mnts, country living. Discount $100/mo for lease. Call 250-753-1200.

LADYSMITH- 2 bdrms above shop, private yard, driveway & entrance, all appls, hydro/water/heat incld. NS/NP. $1000. 250-739-9028 after 4:30pm.

GORGE VIEW APT 258 Gorge Road East Stes avail. - Some Immed. 1 Bdrm $860; 2 Bdrms $1120; 2 Bdrm & den $1125. Amenities incl’s indoor pool, fitness facilities, above grnd and parkade pkg, on site laundry. Onsite staff avail. Please call Sue or Elena 250-380-6566 Email: PARK WEST APTS 55 Bay Street Stes avail. - some immed. 1 Bdrms from $875; 2 bdrms from $1125. Close to Victoria downtown, Save-On, Starbucks & transportation. Please Call Wendy 250-590-7505 Email: WETHERBY APTS FOR SENIORS ONLY 55+ Spacious stes Avail. - some immed. Bach $750; 1 bdrm $890; 2 bdrms $1075 & up. Close to buses, Hillside Mall, doctors, dentists all within walking distance. Seniors lifestyle of convenience & comfort. On site laundry, social room. Staff available. Please call Bonny 250-598-1650 Email: SEAGATE APTS 707 Esquimalt Road Stes avail. - some immed. 1 bdrm $875 & up; 2 bdrms $1010 & up. Indoor pool, exercise rm and many other fitness amenities. Full view of Strait of Juan de Fuca. Please call Sylvia 250-383-1731 Email:

CHEMAINUS: 2 bdrm upper lvl duplex. Bright, open floor plan, 180 degree ocean view, built-in vacuum, 5 appl’s, large deck, fireplace $900. NS/NP. Call (250)416-0062.

Retail Commercial Space 1430 sq. ft. of commercial or warehouse space for rent. Located in front of Junction Mini Storage with great highway exposure. Deer Lake Properties (Thomas Rd.) Inc. dba Junction Mini Storage 13136 Thomas Rd. Ladysmith, BC 250-245-2760

HOMES FOR RENT Royal LePage Property Management Ladysmith: Executive at The Creek, 2 bdrm with loft, 5 appls, gas f/p, covered prkg, n/s, n/p, $1200/mo, ref’s pls. Ladysmith: Twin Falls. A deluxe townhome. 3 bdrm with finished bsmt, 6 appls, gas f/p, n/s, n/p, $1250/mo, ref’s pls.

Ladysmith: Harbour view 4 bdrm home with basement suite, 5 appls., gas f/p, hotwater heat, n/s, n/p, references please, available now, $1500/mo. South Wellington Area: 1 bdrm suite in quiet and private country setting, n/s, n/p, avail. now, references required, $850/mo. Ladysmith: Warehouse/retail space, 2000 square feet approx., Westdown Rd. Available Dec. 2011 Ladysmith:Alderwood Area, 3 bdrm rancher, like new, 5 appls, nice yard, n/s, n/p, avail. now, $1300/mo.

Call Royal LePage 250-245-0975

AUTO FINANCING Auto Financing 1.800.910.6402

Ladysmith 250-245-2252


SUITES, LOWER LADYSMITH, 1 bdrm, large, newer, insuite W/D, walk to all amenities. Avail immed. $575 mo. Call 250-667-1555. Ladysmith: 1 bdrm, ocean view, w/d, f/s. Avail. now $750/mo incl. utils except phone & internet. n/s, n/p, 250-245-9938.

LADYSMITH NEW 1 bdrm Avail now! In suite laundry, 5 new appls, all utils except cable incld, private patio, NS/NP. $825. 250-714-8556. LADYSMITH- RECENTLY reno’d, oceanview, quiet, private entrance, 1 bdrm, shared W/D, F/P. NS/NP, no parties. $750 inclds hydro + gas. Avail Jan 1. Refs. 250-802-5380. LADYSMITH- (walk to town) new bright 1 bdrm, Priv. entr. NS/NP. Quiet, mature tenant(s). Utils incld. Parking small car. On bus route. Avail Jan 15. $750. (250)245-4025. SALTAIRE- BRIGHT modern 1 bdrm, deluxe setting. $700 inclusive. Call (250)658-1656.

SUITES, UPPER LADYSMITH: 2 bdrm, in central location. Hydro & cable included, F/S, N/S, N/P. Call 250-245-4638.

DreamCatcher Auto Loans “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals

3300 sq. ft. water-view west coast home and at a great new price.


Beautiful 0.75 of an acre, + existing mobile on property, offering a tranquil setting, just off of Spruston Road. Fish pond, willow trees and landscaping is ready to move your modular or build your dream home.


Builders own home with extras galore. Clear story great room, open plan, fir flooring, massive windows and decks.

FREE CASH Back with $0 down at Auto Credit Fast. Need a vehicle? Good or bad credit call Stephanie 1-877792-0599 DLN 30309. Free delivery WANT A Vehicle but stressed about your credit? Treat yourself this Christmas to $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. 1-888593-6095

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

SCRAP CAR REMOVAL SCRAP BATTERIES Wanted! We BUY Scrap Batteries from Cars, Trucks etc. $4.00/ea. & up! Free pick-up Island Wide. Min. 10 (1)604.866.9004 Ask for Brad SCRAP BATTERIES Wanted We buy scrap batteries from cars, trucks & heavy equip. $4.00 & up each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Minimum 10. Toll Free 1.877.334.2288.

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


CLASSIFIEDS SELL! Book yours by Phone


Lorne Gait 245-0545

OCEAN VIEW View home has been meticulously maintained, is tastefully decorated, and has many upgrades. This home has been designed to view the ocean from all of the living areas. The living space is an open concept, some of the amenities include beautiful wood floors, upgraded kitchen, heated bathroom floors. Located within walking distance to the ocean, at Cedar by the Sea.

509 Lousie Road Now $499,900

SHARED ACCOMMODATION LADYSMITH, PRIVATE bdrm w/ F/P, luxury onsuite bath, private ocean view deck, in fully furn’d 1600 sq ft condo, incls hydro and 3 tier cable, must see, $525 mo, 250-245-8997.

Beyond Your Expectations

Saltair: 2 bedroom oceanfront cottage, w/d, f/s. Seniors walk-in tub/shower, references required, available March 1st, $1200/mo, 250-246-0021.

Chemainus: 4 bdrm ocean view apartment, f/s, shared w/d, n/s, n/p, avail now, ref’s required, $995/mo. Chemainus area: 2 bdrm ocean view duplex, f/s, w/d, n/s, n/p, $750/mo, available December 1.


EXECUTIVE HOME 4000 sq.ft. Cowichan Valley Hwy, with great view, 4 bdrm, 3 1/2 bath, 2 fireplaces plus approx. 1 acre horse paddock. Available immediately, $2500 per month, utilities not included. For viewing, contact 250240-2891 or 250-248-0015.

LADYSMITH. 2 Bdrm. Lndry & util incl. $900/mth & DD. N/S, N/P, Refs. Avail immed. Call: 250-245-9348


real estate

lgait@ #38-10980 Chemainus Road

NEW PRICE AT $79,900 Updated 2 bdrm mobile home in one of the area’s finest mobile home parks. Great renos and additions. Enjoy the rec center and swimming pool. Call Lorne Gait for an appointment to view at 250-618-0680.

604 Farrell Rd, Ladysmith Priced at $399,900

Enjoy sweeping ocean in this new 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom view home. Includes the following: Double Garage; wood cabinets in kitchen; great deck to enjoy views; stainless steel appliances. Builder willing to talk about suite development or finishing the basement/landscaping. Call Lorne to view at 250-618-0680.

Don’t wait. Call Lorne Gait at 250-245-0545.


ROOM TO PLAY 3 bdrm , 3 bath , with additional room on ground floor. Large private backyard , level. parking with room for 2+ cars, plus storage. Updates include, laminate, ceramic tile, paint, light fixtures, kitchen counters. Beautiful coastal mountain views from the living room and master bedroom.

Double Wide in Clover Acres Asking $104,900


New Great 2 bedroom double wide in Clover Acres. Open plan, private location. Move in ready.

Ladysmith spectacular view lot, located at Davis Road area. This lot offers a panoramic view of the Gulf Islands and Mt Baker. Lot has been cleared and is ready to build.


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


Located in Nanaimo, this great revenue property has 5 bedrooms each side and 2 1/2 baths, and separate laundry. Located close to all amenities in Nanaimo.

Greg Buchanan 250-245-8914


COUNTRY RANCHER 4 bdrms, 3 baths, large family room. Outdoor space has a large sundeck & large patio with stamped concrete. Also a separate 20’ x 40’ garage for all the extra tools and toys. All this is located on a quiet street on 1.76 acres.

See All My Listing on the Internet! $529,900 Beautiful executive home


with 4 bedroom and 3 bathrooms. Boasts great ocean views, granite counters, high quality hardwood floors, cherry cabinets etc etc etc


Perfect starter home with ocean view. This one owner home is close to all schools, recreation centre, and a short walk to town. Well maintained home.

New level entry home $474,900


Gorgeous views of the ocean, gulf Islands and the mainland mountains. With hardwood floors, 2 sided gas Fireplace, heat pump this is a must see.

Family home is only 15 years old, is on over 2.5 acres, has 4 bedrooms and lots of space to grow, and is located in the Country. Also on the peaceful acreage is a large detached shop. Home has lots of potential, needs some TLC.


Reduced to $259,900

COUNTRY LOT Ready for your country dream home. .44 acres of gentle sloping land with a beautiful mountain and lake view, and fully fenced. This one of a kind lot has a large workshop 30’ x 24’ with 2 overhead electric doors, cement floor and a new roof. Attached to the shop is a 10/ x 24’ greenhouse.

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.


$299,900 Great Family Home Located on a huge fenced lot with lots of fruit trees, this 3 bedroom 2 bath has been well maintained. Renos include new windows, flooring,deck, bathroom and more.


New lots close to hospital, shopping and schools. These affordable lots are ready for foundations and perfect for walk out basements. Will also build to suit. Prices starting at $129,900


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.

640 Trans Canada Hwy, Ladysmith, BC

P. 250-245-3700




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49th Cafe & Tiger’s Sushi

Great at the 49th in Ladysmith VE Manytime I A “Tigers” Fresh Made

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Come on IN! See whats NEW this week @ the 49th Cafe

Where’s the Beef? at 49th Parallel - That’s Where It’s At!


More than 35 Beef Items on Sale and many more Instore Specials! See the back page of this weeks flyer for more details!


Soups Cream of Mushroom, Tomato, Vegetable or Chicken Noodle. 284 ml


3/ 2

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Baker Potatos 1.06 kg

Hamburger Helper


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Prices in effect Monday, January 9 to Sunday, January 15, 2012

Next to Cedar Plank Restaurant

Open Daily 7:30 am to 9 pm

The Old Bruce’s Store

DUNCAN Open Daily 250-722-7010 8:00 am to 9 pm 250-748-2412


550 Cairnsmore Street

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


January 10, 2012, Ladysmith Chemainus Chronicle  

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

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