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ANAIMO – Created with the goal of making the community a better place, the Nanaimo Foundation (NF) has been helping the region’s community groups and non-profit organizations since 1982. That level of active and generous support reached an alltime high August 16 when the organization presented $70,000 in grants to
11 different non-profit groups at a special ceremony held at Nanaimo’s Diana Krall Plaza. The exceptional funding support came as the result of a partnership between the Nanaimo Foundation, the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th and Island Savings Credit Union. “It really was an historic moment for the Foundation as it was the largest amount we’ve ever given in grants,” explained Laurie
Bienert, the Development Officer for the Nanaimo Foundation. Originally known as the Nanaimo Community Foundation, the NF was initially established and funded by members of the Associated Canadian Travelers Nanaimo Club (ACT) with the stated mission of aiding local charitable organizations. The Foundation’s motto is: Connecting and Sharing – Making Our Community Better, a mission the group’s current staff
and Board of Directors continue to vigorously support. “There are 191 different Community Foundations across Canada, groups that are increasingly important for the funding of local community organizations,” Bienert said. “The geographic area we serve mirrors that of School District 68, essentially Nanaimo, Lantzville, SEE NANAIMO FOUNDATION | PAGE 5
Centre Upgrading To Better Showcase Forest Industry History BC Forest Discovery Centre: A Regional Landmark For More Than 50 Years
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UNCAN – They like making forest puns at the BC Forest Discovery Centre (BCFDC), that’s why Manager Chris Gale says, with a chuckle, t h at its on goi n g upg rad i n g program is all part of a plan to ‘spruce-up’ the facility. Continuing with the theme, a mighty oak has certainly grown from the tiny acorn planted at the site more than
50 years ago. “The origin of the Centre, which was created to celebrate and preserve the history of BC’s forest industries, goes back to the early 1960’s and the donation of more than 5,000 artifacts from the collection of founder Gerry Wellburn and his family,” Gale said. Originally called the Forest Museum, this tangible salute to
regional industries and eco systems was initially built around the Wellburn collection, an expansive assortment of forestry equipment ranging from steam locomotives to other rare and often large pieces of vintage logging equipment. A first Board of Directors for the fledging non-profit organization was founded in 1964, with the museum opening its doors to the
public in 1966. From its original 15 acre site the museum has grown over the years and now encompasses more than 100 acres. The Centre features a collection of old forestry buildings including a blacksmiths shop, a ranger’s lookout tower and a logging camp. “Of course the highlight of any SEE BC FOREST DISCOVERY CENTRE | PAGE 26
2 BC ICBC proposes referral system T he Insurance Corporation of BC is considering the idea of working with vehicle retailers who would pay ICBC a referral fee for customers. It would be aimed at ICBC customers who are searching for a replacement vehicle after their own is written off. Customers would receive a referral to a seller or sellers from ICBC when receiving money from the corp. ICBC issued a request for information to find out if retailers are interested in participating in the program. Customers would not be required to purchase a vehicle from a referred company. They would continue to have a choice on whether to replace a written-off vehicle and where they want to buy from. The proposed regime would not involve ICBC in any of the sales process. Last year, 48,000 ICBC customers had their vehicles written off, with a total loss in payments surpassing $500-million. Around 900,000 claims are handled each year. The program would bring in revenue for ICBC at a time when the corporation’s insurance rates have been steadily increasing
NEWS UPDATE along with the number of claims and related costs. The fee paid to ICBC by sellers has not been set, so there are no revenue projections as of yet.
PORT ALBERNI Upgrades coming to Port Alberni Airport The Port Alberni Valley Regional Airport will be receiving a grant of $729,215 to fund upgrades under the B.C. Air Access program, which was announced by Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell. The funding provided by the Government of British Columbia will upgrade the existing runway lighting system at the airport to enable better access in lower visibility conditions. “Upgrading the infrastructure of this regional airport is an important investment in our com mu n it y a nd for ou r local economy,” said Stilwell. “Residents will benefit from increased and safer access, as will visitors when they come to explore all our region has to offer.” Through the B.C. Air Access Program, the government cost shares with public airports on development projects. These types of projects will allow airports to improve safety, accommodate larger aircraft and more frequent f lights, and further
support the continuing growth of local and provincial economies. The government is investing $24 million over three years for the B.C. Air Access Program. The program also encourages funding partnerships with the federal government, local and regional governments and agencies, and the private sector.
BC BC Ferries first quarter shows promise BC Ferries released its first qu a r ter resu lts i n l ate-August. Net earnings for the three months ended June 30, 2016 (the first quarter of fiscal 2017) were $27-million, compared to net earnings of $18.8-million in the first quarter of the previous year. T hese ea rn i ngs ref lect the effects of higher traffic levels, higher ferry transportation fees, higher retail sales and lower costs, partially offset by lower social program fees and higher operating costs. In the first fiscal quarter of 2017, revenues increased by 4.9 per cent to $219.2-million, while operating expenses increased by 1.5 per cent to $178.6 million, compared with the first quarter of 2016. Along with releasing BC Ferries’ first quarter results, Corrigan announced there would be
upcoming pricing promotions in the fall of 2016 and the spring of 2017. Details of the promotions are to be announced in the coming months. Passenger traffic increased by 2.5 per cent and vehicle traffic rose by 5.1 per cent, compared with the first quarter of 2016. During the three months ended June 30, 2016, BC Ferries provided over 42,000 sailings, carrying over 5.3-million passengers and over 2.1 million vehicles.
NORTH ISLAND Provincial Fund supports local projects A nu mber of Nor t h I sl a nd projects are benefiting from BC Rural Dividend Fund grants. The BC government is distributing over $464,000 in new funding to assist small communities in developing projects to strengthen and diversify their economies. Within the first year of the three year, $75-million program, $464,294 will be awarded to 30 local governments, 15 First Nations and two non-profit organizations from around the province. Locally, the Quatsino First Nations received $8,860 to explore the feasibility of using the Land Use Plan to identify economic opportunities; the ‘Namgis
First Nation received $10,000 for architecture to complete redevelopment plans for a historic building; and the Village of Sayward received $10,000 to develop a business plan for an experimental tourism project at the waterfront. Final decisions on project applications for single applications (up to $100,000) and partnerships (up to $500,000) are set to be announced this month.
BC Visitors to BC on the rise The number of overnight international visitors to British Columbia surpassed the two-million mark for the first six months of 2016. According to Statistics Canada, 2,307,624 visitors came to BC from January to June, a 12.4 per cent increase (254,935 additional visitors) over the same period last year. During the same time frame, other highlights include visits from the US which rose 12.4 per cent, visits from Mexico rose 38.6 per cent and visits from China rose 22 per cent. In addition, 656,676 international visitors came to BC in June alone an 8.6 per cent increase compared to June 2015. A number of factors are contributing to the growth in visitor numbers, including increased
air access and capacity to Vancouver, a low Canadian dollar and Destination BC’s new international market strategy. The Canadian Transportation Agency just announced a sixth mainland China based air carrier, Capital Airlines, will start ser v ici n g Va ncouver International Airport in December. The new flights are in part a result of the government’s elimination of a 2012 international jet-fuel tax to reduce costs for airlines and give travellers more choices.
new four-year research project to determine how to improve the quality of life for people in longterm care facilities. The $2-million project called Seniors Adding Life to Years (SALTY) is being overseen by Dr. Leah MacDonald of Island Health, partners from the University of Victoria and researchers from Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia. The study will focus on determining best practices being used across the country in long-term care homes. SALTY is funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, the Michael Sm ith Fou ndation for Health Research and the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
Ahousaht hydro project The Ahousaht Nation is looking at diversifying their economy with a hydroelectric project that could produce enough energy to power both Tofino and Ucluelet. The Ahousaht Nation, located near Tofino, is in the process of negotiating with Vancouver-based Elemental Energy to construct and operate a runof-the-river project on Bulson Creek. The project would employ between 30 and 40 workers from Ahousaht during construction with an additional four to six employed once the project is complete, according to Trevor Jones, CEO of the Ahous Business Corp. Run-of-the-river hydro projects produce electricity by using part of natural river flows and elevation difference. A portion of a stream is channelled downstream into one or more turbines, causing the turbines to spin, generating electricity. Once the process is completed, water is released back into the stream. In this case, water intake would occur at a 260-metre elevation, then move 160 metres to the generation site. Unlike hydro dams, this process only affects a portion of the stream flow. The project’s capacity is estimated to provide around 50 gigawatt hours annually, the equivalent of powering 4,545 homes a year according to BC Hydro. The electricity would be sold to BC Hydro. Early estimates put the project cost at $60-million. If the Ahousaht maintain majority ownership, it would generate between $5-million and $7-million annually, after 20 years of debt-servicing payments are complete.
CAMPBELL RIVER Island Health launches senior care research project Island Health has announced a
VANCOUVER ISLAND Coastal regions see marine marketing boost Small and remote coastal regions can prepare for a boost in tourism with the development of a collaborative marine tourism marketing and product venture. With funding from the Island Coastal Economic Trust, the BC Ocean Boating Tourism Association (BCOBTA) is entering into the third phase of its multi-year marketing program. The AhoyBC.com website is a central component of this program. T he site is a complete resource for marine tourists, offering everything from selfdirected circle tour options to information on charters, west coast Aboriginal culture, marine parks, and more. The next phase of the BCOBTA’s work will enhance market i ng for t he Broug hton Archipelago, Discovery Islands, and Vancouver Island West. These remote sub-regions are less-frequented by marine tourists and boaters, yet account for one-third of all BC ocean boating tourism revenue. Marketing efforts will include more detailed content for trip planning, attendance at boating shows and sending a video crew and travel writer to the Discovery Island region. The Island Coast Economic Trust is contributing $14,400 to the jointly-funded $37,600 project to focus marketing efforts specifically on those remote regions. Enhanced community profiles, regional showcases and a presence at consumer shows are just some of the elements of the overall marketing effort. The Enhanced Marketing Project is expected to be complete by spring 2017. The Island Coastal Economic Trust is a $50 million fund established in 2006 by the Government of British Columbia to help diversify the economies of central and northern Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.
April 16, 2016
A 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hit Ecuador Hundreds died. Thousands were injured.
ntire towns the size of Nanaimo and larger were left with 80-90% of the structures destroyed. No one has insurance. Now that the Quake is past the news cycle, the donations are slowing. The Ecuadorian people are asking the Vancouver Island business community to help by giving to a charity that is currently on the ground helping. Two such charities are:
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Hospital Foundation Names New Ceo A Solid Legacy Continues To Push Excellence In Healthcare Focusing On Getting The Right Equipment For When Itâ€™s Needed BETH HENDRY-YIM
ANAIMO â€“ Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation (NDHF) na mes a new CEO who promises to bring a healthy dose of energy and focus. â€œThe Nanaimo General Hospital is entering a very exciting time with new challenges to face,â€? said Janice Perrino, incoming CEO, adding that her goal is to continue moving forward, building relationships and making sure the hospital gets the best equipment it needs to do its job. â€œThe stark truth is that our government gives us what it can, we have to come up with the rest,â€? she said. â€œAnd we will, because when our community needs the hospital equipment, it wants it to be there.â€? Coming from the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation, where over the past twenty years she was instrumental in raising more than $45 million, Perrino said that the secret to her success is by putting the needs out there to the public
and making it clear as to what is needed. â€œIâ€™ve never had the public let me down, they always come forward, because people take care of their own.â€? Perrino brings an impressive background of experience including two terms as city Councillor and Mayor of Summerland, Chair of the Regional Hospital District for the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, board director of Okanagan College and work with the BC Cancer Foundation in Kelowna. Over those years sheâ€™s found that it has been individuals who give the most because as she said, they have a vested interest in medical professionals having the right tools on hand for when they are needed. â€œAt the end of the day itâ€™s all about buying equipment for the hospital, and supporting healthcare facilities throughout the Central Island,â€? she said adding that Maeve Oâ€™Byrne, outgoing president with twenty-five years of leadership involvement at the Foundation, is leaving a solid legacy,
Incoming Nanaimo Hospital & District foundation CEO, Janice Perrino, brings an impressive background of experience to her new position. CREDIT:FERON ANNE WALKER
one that Perrino hopes to continue. â€œOur next event will be raising between $150,000 to $200,000 by Christmas for purchasing several pieces of equipment. We will reach that goal because the Central Island has a history of pushing healthcare excellence.â€? Nanaimo Hospital & District Foundation is at 1801 Bowen Road in Nanaimo www.nanaimohospitalfoundation.com
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Merger Of Co-ops Benefiting All BY DAVID HOLMES
ICTORIA – The success of Pen i nsu la Co-op, a nd t he ent i re Co-op movement for t h at m at ter, rests with the people who own it – the organization’s membership. For Peninsula Co-op, which is the largest organization of its type on Vancouver Island, the future looks very bright. In April Peninsula Coop g rew even la rger when it merged with the 6,000 member strong Comox Co-op. “We merged with the Comox and District Consumers Co-op in April. T he move included two locations, one a gas station and store in Comox as well as the original location, a cardlock outlet on Highway 19A,” explained Dave Hoy, Peninsula Co-op’s General Manager and Chief Executive Officer. Peninsula Co-op (which first opened for business in 1977) now has more than 85,000 active members a nd cu rrently operates 16 gas centres (plus one fo o d store i n Sa a n ich), from Duncan through to Victoria, plus the two outlets it now owns in the Comox Valley. Overa l l the cor poration has about 320 employees. Memb er-ow ned l i ke a l l Co-ops, the corporation issued about
Dave Hoy is the General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of Peninsula Co-op $5.5 million in rebate cheques to its membership in 2015, in addition to donating more than $370,000 to suppor t a w ide range of community-focused events and organizations. “T he way the Co-op works always starts with a group of people coming together with the desire to provide services that are needed in their communities, and in building local economies and jobs. They then elect a board of directors who in turn hire the staff to help look after the membership. Each individual Co-op is
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autonomous,” Hoy explained. No s t ra n ge r to t h e C o-o p m o v e m e n t , H o y h a s n e a rly 40 yea rs ex perience w ith Co-op, including his moving to Vancouver Island in 2000 to become the General Manager of the Mid Island Co-op, a position he held u nti l ea rly 2013 when he assumed the same role at Peninsula Co-op. “Our Co-op is part of a retail orga n i zation wh ich is made up of about 200 Co-ops located all across Western Canada right up to the Manitoba / Ontario border.” The merger of the two geographically separated entities did not happen by chance, or qu ickly, but was the end resu lt of a process that bega n more t h a n t h re e ye a rs a go. O r i g i n a l ly t he sm a l ler Comox Co-op contracted some of its business and administrative f u nctions to the la rger orga n i zat ion wh ich h ad more resou rces to ca rry out those duties. In time it began to make more corporate sense to merge the two compatible orga n i zations, a pact that was finalized April 1. T he c o op e rat ive a m a l g a m at ion may not be the last Peninsula becomes involved with. To lea r n more plea se v i sit the Co-op’s website at: www. peninsulaco-op.com
Gabr iol a Isl a nd, Ced a r a nd Ladysmith. Earlier this year we established separate dedicated funds for Gabriola and Ladysmith, where we would look after the administration and the local organizers handle the distribution of funds to their local groups. It made sense for local people to identify and support the groups in their areas.” The key to the Nanaimo Foundation’s success is its volunteer Board of Directors, under the Chairmanship of Ted Carson and Vice Chair George Hanson. A veritable who’s who of local business and community leaders, the Board is rounded out by Tom Harris, Joyce A. Smith, Daniel Martinez, Jocelyn Matwe, Tim Mawdsley and Michael Wassermann. Collectively the Board and its tiny staff assess grant requests, coordinate with companion groups and distribute funding to the end users. “As a third generation Nanaimoite, I feel it is important to give back to the community that has given me so much. It is an exciting time to be a supporter of the Nanaimo Foundation and a part of the difference being made in our community,” Harris explained when describing his motivation for being part of the Foundation. “As a community foundation we support the health, vibrancy and vitality of our community.
5 We provide grants to non-profit organizations to help make our community stronger, helping to make it a better place to live,” Bienert said. “We support all corners of our community, everything from social services and health to environment and animal welfare. We support sports, arts and culture, children and youth. The list could go on.” The Nanaimo Foundation receives no government funding and but is wholly supported by private donations from the local business community and from citizens at large. In times of shrinking government support for community groups the assistance provided by the Foundation is increasingly significant and vital for the wellness of the community. The next big step for the group will be the creation of a new Community Engagement Committee which will focus on the task of raising the Foundation’s community profile. “They will help identify new opportunities for the Foundation to assist the community and to garner fresh support from the community,” Bienert said. “ T he si z e of t he c om m ittee which will be established in September has yet to be decided, but we’re very excited about extending the reach of the Foundation.” To learn more please visit the organization’s website at: www. nanaimofoundation.com
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SHRINKING WORKFORCE LEAVES MANY EMPLOYERS SEEKING NEW WAYS TO FIND TALENT
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The baby boomer work force is being replaced by millennials. Baby Boomers (1946-1965) Ages 50-69 Generation X (1966- 1980) Ages 30-50. Millennial or Generation Y (1981-1990) Ages 15-30 % of Canadian workforce Millennials Gen X Boomers
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ith the baby boomers rapidly moving out of the workforce, many small- and medium-sized organizations are finding themselves in a dilemma—the need to replace senior level leaders with years of experience and knowledge. But competition for talent is fiercer than ever and accessing the people who can move your organization forward is extremely difficult with traditional recruiting methods. Finding the right star can be done, but it requires the ability to dive deep into the leadership pool. Linda Beaudry, CHRP, leader of MNP’s Executive Search and Professional Recruitment team for BC, explains that the problem is two-fold. “First, it’s generational. Millennials are too young so everyone wants Generation X, but that’s a really small pool. Secondly, employers know how competitive the market is and understand the importance of employee engagement strategies to keep their top people.” As a result, there aren’t as many highly qualified people actively seeking new opportunities. The result is that employers that advertise open positions in the paper are often forced to choose the best from the worst. The good news is that many organizations today are quite flat; employees don’t have the chance to move up the ladder and achieve higher levels of success. So while they may be happy where they are, they might be motivated to move. The catch is that the opportunity has to come to them. “That means looking for passive candidates—people who are already excellent in that role who might move if the opportunity is right,” says Beaudry. “Once we understand what the organization is looking for, we can be very specific in our search, seeking out candidates either in the same industry or parallel to the industry, who have the skills and passion our clients want.” Beaudry, who has 30 years of experience in recruiting, typically works with enterprises that have 20 to 75 employees, limited HR capacity and no time to do a proper search when they need to fill a key position, such as a CEO, a Director of Finance, or a General Manager. Some come to her because they haven’t been able to find a good candidate while others need to fill a role so critical to their business
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he concept of a meeting place, a universally recognized location where the public can gather and where important discussions and business transactions could occur has been a part of the human
experience since the dawn of civilization. British Columbiaâ€™s First Nations perfected the concept with the building of elaborate Longhouses that served a variety of social and cultural purposes. In Europe every village had a community hall or Great Hall that served an identical function. Far from diminishing,
in the electronic age the need for such facilities has become ever more important, only now the style, size and variety of the venues has reached unprecedented levels. A formal meeting place by definition can be anything from an intimate boardroom cloistering a handful of individuals in private
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industry stakeholders in creating a 10-year destination development strategic plan. The strategy will include: Identification of the region’s unique products, amenities and experiences; Identi f ication of strategic priorities; Identification of policy areas that may i mpede f utu re development act iv it ies; Ident i f icat ion of partners and resources needed to support goals, and Guidance on action and implementation planning The new Tourism Cowichan Society is also calling on tourism operators, businesses and organizations in the Cowichan region to provide input on regional destination marketing. A fast-paced and informative workshop was delivered by the Taiji Brand Group in early August, where industry stakeholders discussed the Destination BC bra nd a nd how the Cowichan region can benefit by leveraging it. Participants a lso prov ided i nput on a v ision for Cow icha n as a preferred destination and shared input on the tourism website and how social media can be improved. Tou rism Cow icha n is busy planning the Savour Cowichan festival, a ten day festival spa n n i ng f rom September
2 4 – October 3. Two lav ish events will be held on a floating barge in Mill Bay; while the Cowichan Valley artisan food and beverage producers host a myriad of other community based epicurean events. Check out the marquee events: Barge on In - Septemer 30 and Octoberfest - October 1 at savourcowichan.com ■■■ We are pleased to announce that the Cowichan region will once again have an Economi c D e v e l o p m e n t M a n a g e r. T he Econom ic Development Cow icha n offices have been without a permanent Manager p osit ion si nce G eof f M i l la r reti red i n 2014. T he Cowichan Valley Regional District selected Amy Melmock to fill this key position. Amy started on August 2, relocating to the Cow icha n Va l ley from Nova Scotia, where she was working as General Manager for the Neptune Theatre Foundation. Amy is a former resident of the Cowichan Valley and is looking forward to calling it home once again. A my ’s profe s s ion a l b a c kg rou nd i ncludes ex perience in economic development for regional governments, municipa l ities, federa l agencies, la rge events a nd non-prof it
orga n izations. She has pa rticular experience with strateg ic g row th i n the a rts, agriculture, tourism, IT, alternative energy and heritage sectors. ■■■ We’ve h ad a bu sy su m mer of welcom i ng new members to the Chamber: Harbour Air Seaplanes, Telus – Broadband Networks, Vancouver Island Event Catering, Canadian HazMat Environmental, Maple Bay Manor, Ancient Art of Stone, Stoneridge Sand and Gravel, Island Mobile Paws, Leeward Helicopters, Island Joy Rides – Boutique Cycling Tours, Blue Dog K aya k i ng, One Percent Realty, Taiji Brand Group, Mercury Refrigeration Products and Services, Wise Financial Services, Arctic Spas, Masons Store a nd Pat io, a nd Cast le Care Daycare Sonja Nagel is Executive Director of the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-748-1111
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HISTORIC HOTEL CELEBRATES 123 YEARS WITH A FACELIFT AND NEW NAME From high society to vintage car conventions the Kilninta mansion still welcomes visitors just across the bridge
UNCAN - The Ramada Duncan Hotel is a landma rk most travelers would never know turned 123 this year. It’s had several facelifts, additions and incarnations, from high society home to popular pub and hotel, but throughout the years it’s maintained a common theme of hospitality and welcome. Originally built by Ashdown Green in 1893, the stately house stood on 10 acres of land adjacent to the Cowichan River. Designed for his wife Constance, and named after a property in Scotland owned by her parents, Kilninta House was the epitome of elegance and grace seeing many from high society cross its threshold. Sixty years later in 1953, after two more owners, a bridge over the river and a new highway, the
Chuck Jamieson, who started working at the hotel in 1989, has kept a history of the 123 year old hotel. CREDIT:SHEILA LECLERC
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from the new road running past its front door. Over the next 30 years an additional motel block was added to the property and the Inn became a popular stopover for travellers heading up island or visiting the area for its natural amenities and beauty. “At the time it was one of the first places people would see com i n g i nto D u nc a n,” sa id Sheila Leclerc, sales and marketing manager. In 1987, Simon and Linda Hung purchased the Inn and began replacing room sections with areas for hosting conventions, conferences, special events and banquets. The Hungs also refurbished an older section of the house converting it into The Angler’s Tavern, paying homage to the original owner, an avid fisherman and creator of the Ashdown Green fly. “ I n 19 8 9 C h u c k Ja m ie s o n started working at the hotel; he’s been with it ever since,” said Leclerc, adding that he has religiously compiled a collection of articles documenting the history of the house, inn and hotel.
The new millennium saw the hotel take on a new identity and name, becoming the Travelodge with its signature sleepy bear sign greeting visitors as they entered the city. When the Hungs retired, their daughter Alice took over the general managing. In 2003 she SEE RAMADA DUNCAN HOTEL | PAGE 20
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launched a half a million-dollar renovation that, according to Jamieson, included correct period lighting fixtures. “Two of the original fireplaces are still in use in the pub,” said L eclerc. “A not her h a s been boarded up and dry walled,” adding in a hushed tone that it and the attic/storage room were thought to be haunted. “T he story goes that every time someone tried to light a fire, the flame would mysteriously get blown out.” In 2010, the Cowichan Hospitality Group purchased the hotel and when the Travelodge contract was up in 2016 they chose to rebrand it as a Ramada Hotel. “The group felt the Ramada name was an elevated product and fit what the group was working towards achieving for the hotel.” Its latest renovations have made changes to its exterior, making it more noticeable and giving it an updated roofline, but the 34 rooms have also received splashes of colour and complete redos with Ramada’s signature red colour plus new carpets, paint, furnishings, linens, towels, mattresses and, in the bathroom, a tub surround shower combo w it h cu r ved shower curtain rod. “ We ’ v e a l s o u p d a t e d t h e a rt i n each room a nd the
configurations,” Leclerc said. Family suites now have bunk beds in addition to one queen size bed and full kitchen, and for those needing extra space, the Deluxe Family Suite has two queen beds, a pull out sofa and additional seating area. Even the pub got an update, with a modern look while still maintaining the character of the original building. L eclerc sa id t he hotel i s a bu sy pl ace, but not ju st for the overnight layover. Duncan plays big time with a variety of music festivals, like SunFest, Legends of the Valley and Rock of the Woods, attracting music lovers from across the Island and North America. It also sees its fair share of sports teams, government meetings and corporate brainstorm sessions. “Duncan is a nice half way point between Victoria and Nanaimo, with all the facilities to accommodate a variety of events.” Since the Hungs first added kitchen and banquet rooms, the RamadaDuncan has been providing services for group events, whet her it’s a conference, banquet, wedding or meeting. “We have up to f ive meeting rooms, with an additional smaller room in the pub that can be closed off and, with the Old Fork restaurant next door to the banquet rooms, it’s easy access for a banquet event.” She said that the hotel has also featured trade shows, including the annual Wedding Show and Business Showcase, pharmaceutical conventions, AGM’s of various groups, VIHA training sessions and even vintage car club conventions. Leclerc noted that the rooms are bright and open up into a courtyard where patrons can sit under one of several red maples or a 150-year-old Sequoia tree. “We can fit 250 people for a sit down dinner or lecture format and 300 if it’s a standing reception, plus our courtyard patio is licensed so drinks can be served outside.” One of the major perks of the hotel is the Old Fork Restaurant and adjacent River Rock Bar and
Sheila Leclerc is a longtime resident of Duncan and the Ramada’s sales and marketing manager CREDIT:SHEILA LECLERC
Grill. Leclerc said the restaurant, which opened in 2013, has become a staple for the community to enjoy a homecooked, everything-made-from-scratch a n d a l i t t l e -b i t- d i f f e r e n t breakfast. “I never l i ked Hol la nda ise sauce before I tried Chef Scott Walmsley’s. Now I do.” Served until 2pm, the breakfast menu has classic dishes like Huevos Rancheros, Omelettes and Eggs Benedict. But then Chef Walmsley gets a bit creative and adds a touch of the island with Crab Cake Benedict, BC Benedict, Asparagus and Tomato Benedict. A nd don’t just order an omelette, try Bird on a wire with shaved turkey breast or A Satisfied Mind with chorizo sausage, rancheros bean mix and blended cheeses, Earl Grey Oatmeal, Breakfast Banana Split, or Peanut Butter Pancakes. Leclerc explained that Chef Walmsley, her younger brother, is Celiac and because of this has built a separate menu for those avoiding gluten. “The kitchen staff makes all its ow n sauces and jam, and SEE RAMADA DUNCAN HOTEL | PAGE 21
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on Saturday they fire up the Smokehou se to create t hei r own smoked meats so they know exactly what goes i nto each item. They also have a separate deep fryer for our hand cut fries to avoid cross contamination and a Celiac friendly menu that includes items like lettuce wrap burgers.” Both lunch and dinner at The Old Fork are equally as unique as brea k fast. Both focu s on an array of specialty burgers from the ‘land, sea and sky’, including the Heart Attack Challenge 27, (wh ich i f fi n ished, is on the house), the Leaning Tower of Cheesa, W h at t he Cluck?, Deadliest Catch and, of course, as a side dish, deep fried pickles. The River Rock Bar and Grill offers the same menu and is housed in a portion of the
original Kilninta mansion. A destination spot for locals and visitors, Leclerc said that the ba r h a s rea l ch a racter w it h nooks and crannies and a large dance floor. Wit h l ive mu sic on Fr id ay night and a popular open mic on Saturday there are always opportunities for dancing. The music covers the spectrum of local Island talent from country music with The County Line to heavy metal from Shobocon and beach music with Tropical Mayhem. And you’ll never know what’s going to be playing on Saturdays as performers drop in to jam or even try out their latest stand-up comedy routine. Leclerc said that after a day of meetings at the hotel, it’s a great place to relax or let loose with a local craft beer from Red Arrow, Philips or Lighthouse Brewing, playing Keno, pool, watching TV or just enjoying the music, socializing or dancing. A s hdow n G re e n wo u ld b e pleased that his home has continued to act as an epicenter of social gatherings and events. Many people have crossed its threshold over the years, from social elites to corporate and athletic leaders. A lthough it has seen many changes, it still maintains that atmosphere of welcome. T he R a m ad a D u nc a n i s at 140 Trans Canada Highway in Duncan www.ramadaduncan.com
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A BR IOL A â€“ Si mple i n form, complex in design and function, each residential or commercial project created by Architrave Architecture Design Build Ltd. is as unique and multi-faceted as the people the projects were constructed for. Born from a shared love of architecture and design, inspired by the natural majesty of Vancouver Island, and motivated by the legacy of a pioneer in West Coast architectural design, Architrave came into existence in 1993. In the following 20 plus years the firm has been responsible for creating more than 200 of the most exceptional structures found anywhere. â€œMy father (Roger Kemble) was an Architect and he was very involved in the West Coast Modernist Movement in the 1950s and â€˜60s. The work he did then was rea l ly pioneer i ng,â€? explained Architrave co-founder and Principle Margot Kemble. West Coast Modernism is a very specific form of architectural design that successfully melds elegance with simplicity, while emphasizing the use of natural materials such as timber and stone. A true West Coast design also uses the natural setting and topography to its advantage, ideally creating a structure that benignly fits within its environment. â€œTypically West Coast style features an open floor plan and will specifically respond to the environment, which thanks to our temperate climate means being able to incorporate the outside i n the desig n. West Coast Modernism designs will be fou nd a l l t he way up t he West Coast of North America from California to Vancouver and all over Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands,â€? Kemble explained.
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the Gulf Islands, Architrave has produced such notable commercial structures as the Gabriola Community Health Centre, a 9,000 square foot multi function medical arts building as well as designing the Gabriola Recycling Centre. â€œWest Coast designs are noteworthy for featuring natural materials and locally sourced materials if possible. We use t i m b e r f ra m e a n d p r i m a r y building forms such as steel, glass, metal; stone, concrete, tile and others. We live on Vancouver Island this is where Douglas Fir comes from, so all of our buildings incorporate it on some level. There is always going to be some form of timber frame in our projects,â€? she explained. With a focus on pu re West Coast style designs, by working closely with the clients at every stage to ensure each project is custom tailored to the needs, finances and taste of the clients, Architrave Design Build has experienced steady growth
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a ll is the sta rt of a new year for many people with school and busy schedules beginning. The Chamber is introducing new ways of looking at business as part of Small Business Month by bringing inspirational speaker Eric Termuende to the Comox Valley on Thursday, October 6 at the Stan Hagen Theatre at North Island College. Take the Floor: Bigger than Work w it h E r ic Ter muende aims to elevate business and create inclusivity within the business community with an
inspirational speaker followed by co ck t a i l re c ep t ion. E r ic spea ks a rou nd t he world to companies, schools, and organizations on how we are all bigger than work and if we improve people’s work environment we improve people’s lives. Eric believes that with collaboration and team work, at a company level a nd com mu n ity level, businesses and employees can thrive. Following Eric’s inspiring keynote presentation is an engaging cocktail reception at the NIC Lounge. The cocktail reception is geared towards putting your best foot forward. Bring your business cards, or another creative way of talking about what you do (door prize for the most creative). Make connections. Grow your business. Be inspired. Find collaborative partners. It all starts here. Enjoy a cash bar and appetizers from Custom Gourmet at the NIC Lounge. T ickets for Take the Floor: Bigger tha n Work w ith Eric Termuende are available September 6. $55 includes keynote
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he planning staff at the City of Powell River have been busy with new development applications that, if approved, will provide a diversity of projects that will change the economy and the population in Powell River. The interest in the community has increased significantly during 2016 with a variety of new applications coming forward. We have highlighted a few of the newest projects in this column. The Chinese investment firm that purchased Block 55 in the Wildwood neighbourhood from the Catalyst Mill in Powell River is working with the City of Powell River to move forward with a large new development. The proposed project will include a master planned community featuring a private university at the core of the property, surrounded by student dorms, supporting retail outlets of approximately 100,000 sq. ft., multi- residential units, single family homes and possibly a marina. The City has been supplied with schematics for the project, and is awaiting formal applications. The City of Powell River is still awaiting a decision on an application for the
exclusion of 30 acres from the province’s land reserve in order to sell it to Sino Bright School BC. Council has given third reading in support of the application by PRSC, a joint company of City of Powell River and Tla’amin Nation. If the Agriculture Land Commission (ALC) approves the application, Sino Bright plans to purchase 132 acres of PRSC land and develop a 30-acre Townsite parcel next to Brooks Secondary School for an international school campus. Rezoning is at third reading; 30 acres of this property in the process of being rezoned to general commercial zone (C1) which will allow for the private school to be built. If the ALC approves the application, then a development and building permits can be submitted by the owner and considered by council. If the project goes forward it would present the city some opportunities to work with the developers to include items such as a cycle path along Marine Avenue leading from Townsite to Westview. The City of Powell River has been advised that partners Inclusion Powell River and Golden Life Management expect to make a rezoning application and a development application in the early Fall for a proposed 77-unit seniors housing next to Powell River General Hospital. The intention is to build the project on a 3.5-acre parcel located on Joyce Avenue between Evangel Church and the pole line. If the project proceeds, it is expected the facility will be open by the end of 2017. Clarice Coty can be reached at clarice@ buildinglinks.ca and through www. buildinglinks.ca
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visit to the Forest Discovery Centre is a ride on the train,” he explained. The BCFDC operates a 1.6 mile long narrow gauge railway that transports passengers back through time, an excursion that is always a highlight of any visit. Currently a diesel powered locomotive serves as the
propulsion for the train, with steam engines being used on most weekends and special events. “One of our major projects right now is the restoration effort for the Hillcrest #1 Shay locomotive. This will be a major undertaking but one we’re very excited about as this train worked its entire life in the Cowichan Valley and is a living part of the region’s history,” Gale said.
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Hillcrest #1 is a 27 tonne steam locomotive that was built in 1920 and was used by the Hillcrest Lumber Company. The engine was used extensively in the Cowichan Valley for nearly three decades. A major repair project is now underway to bring the historic engine back to its original glory. Over the past three years it has been a priority to revitalize the BC Forest Discovery Centre making it more appealing to a younger audience, and to introduce the history and future of forest industries to a new generation. With innovative advertising, new exhibits, improved wheelchair access and a brand new animated sign from Talon Signs in Victoria the Centre has experienced a 46 per cent increase in attendance and a 300 per cent increase in memberships. Today the Centre operates numerous educational programs for visitors of all ages. The operation also assists the community by supplying more than 6,000 pounds of fruit from its newly revitalized heritage orchard and the new sign has really caught the public’s eye. “Talon Signs of Victoria have built a fantastic illuminated sign that will allow us to post messages and is very inviting to those passing the centre,” he said. “We’re only just learning how to program it, but it will be a major asset to the Centre.
Talon has also updated the interpretive signs within the park, which gives everything a fresh new look.” Keeping the Discovery Centre in operation is Gale and his staff of about 11 and a team of dedicated volunteers, a group of more than 70 who do everything from cleaning up to providing historic insights for visitors. “It is not an exaggeration to say that we couldn’t operate without our volunteers, many of whom are seniors who had worked in forestry themselves. They work very hard, and with their experience they are a resource that can’t be replaced,” he said. Another innovative project for the Centre has been the introduction of the soon to be completed two acre pollination garden which is the end result of a year’s planning. The garden will be planted to help encourage and enhance the area’s bee populations. With some funding support from the government the Centre will be able to plant and maintain what is essentially a combination bee sanctuary and pollination garden. “We’ve come a long way, but we hope with the changes the Centre will continue to be appealing and relevant for visitors of all ages for years to come,” he said. For more information about the centre please visit www.bcforestdiscoverycentre. com
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program in order to get it in place in a faster fashion than what my work load would have allowed. Lori’s Board was so impressed with what they learned about the impact of façade improvement programs; they added $100,000 to the fund! They also added the cost of an architect’s services to ensure professional advice AND then offered up a loan program for the merchants who wanted to do more with their buildings. The last two elements of the program came out of their research into what makes for a really successful program and what challenges merchants face in participation. A two-stage application process was developed. The process stipulates that each business must be current with all taxes, licenses, permits, previous work orders and development permit conditions. It also stipulates that the contractors involved must have their business licenses. This has resulted in bringing a few entrepreneurs into complete compliance with over-due issues as a result of requests laid out by our Building Inspector and Fire Marshall on previous code matters.
Each single face improvement project had to have a minimum total renovation cost of $5,000 in order to apply. The maximum reimbursement allowed on those projects is 50 per cent up to $5,000. Reimbursement grants of 50 per cent are also being provided for corner lot, two face improvement projects with up to $7,500 allowed there with an additional $1,000 for buildings in 3 priority areas designated by Council. We are delighted to report that 26 buildings with improvements totaling over $600,000 are in the process of being approved and the first of the projects has been completed with terrific feedback. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff and Board of Community Futures Alberni-Clayoquot for their huge contribution to and investment in this program. It is improving both our curb-side appeal and business revenues. Pat Deakin is the Economic Development Manager for the City of Port Alberni. He can be reached at 250-720-2527 or Patrick_deakin@portalberni.ca
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the Tofino Volunteer Fire Department, the local elementary school and the Tofino Salmon Enhancement Society. ■■■ Congratulations to the Tofino Heritage Society on the recent opening of the Tofino Clayoquot Heritage Museum, located on the lower level of the Royal Canadian Legion on Main St. The realization of this project that showcases Tofino’s First Nations, and maritime and town history comes after many years of volunteer work on the society’s part. Two other NHL hockey players were recently involved in the purchase of a local resort. Willie Mitchell and Dan Hamhuis joined with developer Andrew Purdey to purchase Marina West Motel, a 63-room motel, restaurant and marina, located in downtown Tofino (previously owned by the Victoria-based LeFevre and Company). The three owners celebrated the acquisition with a community barbecue featuring
beer from Tofino Brewing Company and the music stylings of local band Little Saturday on August 14th at the resort. ■■■ Here at the Chamber we are planning several fall member activities, the first of which will be an evening boat cruise aboard Jamie’s Whaling Station’s Lady Selkirk vessel this month. Jamie’s is generously sponsoring this opportunity. ■■■ We welcomed the following new members over the summer: Tofino Soap Company, 251 Things to do in Tofino, Boulton Spice, Bean at the Cove, Renna Financial, Tofino Skylodge and Lisa Fletcher Jewellery. We welcome these local businesses to the Chamber network and look forward to serving them. Jen Dart is Executive Director of the TofinoLong Beach Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at 250.725.3153. www.tofinochamber.org
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Pope and Sons Refrigeration Ltd. of Parksville recently received the 2016 President’s Award from Carrier at a ceremony in Huntington Beach, California. The President’s Award is given to Carrier Factory Authorized Dealers that demonstrate technical expertise while serving as leaders for the Carrier brand and raising the standard for equipment sales.
Dr. Muthanna Kettana will begin practicing in Port Hardy at Port Hardy Primary Health Care Centre. Dr. Kettana is moving to Vancouver Island from Mississauga, Ontario. Brooks Bay Cable customers now have increased bandwidth and high speed internet, decreasing connection waits and slow connectivity issues, with the Port Alice Microwave Bandwith Project officially completed as of August 1. Taziker’s Restaurant and Pub is now under new ownership and features a new menu at 6435 Hardy Bay Road in Port Hardy. Black Press announces that Dave Hamilton is the new Group Publisher for its North Island Division. Wagalus Elementary School in Port Hardy celebrated its grand opening recently. Port Hardy’s Kwa’lilas Hotel is expected to finally open in September. Developers are anticipating a soft launch this month, with the restaurant and pub to open afterwards.
CAMPBELL RIVER North Island Nissan congratulates Colin Woodside upon earning the Nissan Club Excellence Award. Congratulations to two Campbell
River accounting students, Karen Hoskins and Tyler Staschuk, who passed the multi-day national Common Final Examination (CFE) recently. Coho Books is now open in a new location at 1066 Shoppers Row. The Music Plant located on 11th Avenue is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Merit Home Furniture is celebrating their grand reopening at 1300 Homewood Road. Violet and Keith Hopkins are the new captains of the Campbell River Salvation Army. They moved from Winnipeg in July to take over the role. Scott and Sarah Barrie have started a new business venture called Bough and Antler Northwest Goods. The new business features Campbell River area scenic T-shirts.
COMOX VALLEY Tracy Bono has joined the RBC Commercial Financial Services team as Commercial Account Manager for Comox Valley and Powell River. Black Market Food Truck is now open in a parking lot behind Mountain City Cycles on Fifth Street. The new food truck is the first of two food trucks opened in the City of Courtenay, which approved a new project to license mobile eateries in the city in June. Brian McLean Chevrolet Buick GMC announces that Gary
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Fresh Slice Pizza is now open at #3-2401 Cliffe Avenue in the Glacier View Plaza. Sunwest RV Centre introduces Brooke Price as their new Finance Manager. Also, Dan Hope has moved over from their service to their parts department. Sunwest RV Centre is at 2800 Cliffe Avenue. Investors Group congratulates Mandy Baker, Associated Financial Consultant, CPCA, for obtaining her Certified Financial Planner designation from the Financial Planning Standards Council.
Brother and sister duo Mark and Sari Smith have taken over Carstar Terminal Autobody at 440 East Island Highway from their dad Al Descoteau. Construction is underway on the commercial/residential complex at the Island Highway and Shelly Road, adjacent to Parksville Chrysler, notes dealer principal Bruce Alexander, who is behind the development. Island West Coast Developments Ltd. is building it. SEE MOVER’S AND SHAKERS | PAGE 32
Courtenay Kia welcomes Joel Duran to their team as their new Finance Manager. Joel brings over 10 years of international finance experience with him to the new role. Nick Copeland has been named the Salesperson of the month at the dealership. RBC Royal Bank welcomes Nicole Chow back to the Comox Valley market as the Senior Account Manager Business Personal for the entire Valley. Dr. Donald Curtis announces he will be opening a new practice this month named Sea Star Family Medicine at 2002 B Comox Avenue. Trail Bicycles is celebrating their 10th anniversary. They are at 1999 Lake Trail Road. Finneron Hyundai congratulates Jan Vandenbiggelaar for being the Top Salesperson for the month. Finneron Hyundai is at 250 Old Island Highway in Courtenay.
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Western Edge Theatre at 25 Victoria Road has appointed Brian March as the new artistic director. Their former artistic director and theatre founder Frank Moher is stepping into the position of executive director.
Interior designer Tara Johnson has opened Twin City Design in the Alberni Valley. Ashleigh Clark of ‘The Peak’ Radio has taken a new career opportunity in Campbell River. Clark has been hosting the 2-6 p.m. afternoon drive time slot for the past two years. Guy Cicon will be retiring at the end of 2016 as the City of Port Alberni’s city engineer. Ken Watson, the city’s other on-staff engineer will also retire at the end of the year, leaving the city with a need for new professional engineers on staff.
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TOFINO-UCLUELET Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities Inc, one of Canada’s largest owners of landleased properties and resorts, is looking to build next to Long Beach Lodge. Parkbridge purchased the land adjacent to the lodge that stretches out to the left of Cox Bay for $16 million in 2013. Parkbridge has proposed building a resort on the property. Phase one of the draft put forward for approval to the District of Tofino includes 30-50 units, with up to 300 units being constructed over a 10-year span.
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Robert J Willis of HollisWealth has retired as Senior Investment and Insurance Advisor. Lorenzo Pederzani and his team, the Westmount Wealth Group at HollisWealth have taken over Robert’s practice.
The Art Matters Art Centre gallery and artist collective has opened in the Rotary Arts District.
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Tourism Tofino and the Tofino Long Beach Chamber of Commerce have officially separated recently, making Tourism Tofino an independent organization The Tofino Clayoquot Heritage Society (TCHS) celebrated the grand opening of the Tofino Clayoquot Heritage Museum August
Tony Harris is the developer behind a brand new oceanfront residential development called Legasea at 2835 Departure Bay Road. It will consist of six luxury penthousestyle units that feature three-bedroom and two-and-a-half bathroom units, modern furnishings, a private rooftop and other amenities. Construction on the project is set to begin later this year. Steve Marshall Ford at 3851 Shenton Road has named Adam Iverson as their Top Salesperson of the month. Moira Jenkins is the newly elected chairwoman of the Nanaimo Port Authority. Jenkins, who has been a board director since October 2014, assumed her role September 1. Doug McInulty has topped the sales charts for the month at Nanaimo Toyota at 2555 Bowen Road. Vancouver Island Hot Tubs has moved to a new location at #2 - 4151 Mostar Road. Amrikko’s By the Sea is planning to re-open at the corner of Departure Bay Road and Wingrove Street. Development plans have been submitted to the City of Nanaimo that would see the construction of a 904-squaremetre two-storey mixed-use building. The proposal features four residential units on the top floor and space for four commercial units including Amrikko’s. The Indian restaurant closed down after a fire damaged large portions of the building in 2013. Mike Corrigan, CEO of BC Ferries, said that he will resign, effective March 31, 2017. The announcement was made at the annual general meeting of the ferry corporation. An executive search has already commenced and will be looking at potential candidates both within BC Ferries and outside. Chantelle Norris has created Nanaimo Contemporary Ballet, the city’s first youth ballet company dedicated to neoclassical ballet. The new studio is at 2138 Bowen Road. The Landing Liquor Store is now open in the Brooks Landing Shopping Centre. ETSY, an online marketplace for entrepreneurs to sell their handmade or vintage goods, is celebrating the ‘buy local’ movement with pop-up shops across Canada, including Nanaimo. On September 24 Nanaimo will be one of 30 communities participating with 45 artists and SEE MOVER’S AND SHAKERS | PAGE 33
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entrepreneurs represented and at an event to be held at Nanaimo North Town Centre. Woodgrove Chrysler congratulates Eric Van Den Akker on his 20th anniversary of employment with the local dealership. Mali Esthetics is opening an esthetics and hair shop in the Hawthorne Corner on the corner of Wakesiah and 2nd Street. After 39 years with CIBC, Financial Advisor Alison Glencross has decided to retire. She has been working out of CIBC’s branch in Country Club Centre, and is looking forward to spending time with her grandchildren and doing some traveling. Generations Farms has moved to 3055 Quennell Road in Yellow Point. Yesteryear Farms has a new business license for its artisan meat business, at A-1981 Wilfert Road in Nanaimo. Ting Shang is holding a “soft” opening for the new Chinese restaurant at Port Place called Niche, “authentic” cuisine and delicacy. Strong Nations on Bowen Road, specializing in aboriginal gifts and educational books, are now supplying BC Ferries with four of their books. BC Robotics and Fastenal will be moving into a building being constructed at the back of Industrial Plastic and Paints on Boxwood Road. Sushi Wara has been under renovation at 108-50 Tenth Street and have switched from a carry-out to a sit down restaurant. New businesses: Euphoric Events & Entertainment, an event and wedding planning business at 103-584 Rosehill Street; Stay Gold Cleaning Services, a janitorial service at 34 Irwin Street; Beverly Mennie Counselling, formerly with Fraser Health, at 15-1601 Bowen Road. New Threads Alterations has taken over the former location of Dr. Bunting’s Chiropractic Clinic at 7175 Lantzville Road. Fit 4 Less is the name of the new gym coming to Nanaimo North Town Centre. Ken Venucci has left his position as buyer for Corporate London Drugs, and Cliff Fong has taken his place Janice Perrino is the new CEO for the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation. Children’s Treehouse is moving from Commercial Street to Country Club Centre.
LADYSMITHCHEMAINUS Vancouver Island Insurance Centre welcomes Sandra Narduzzi, Commercial Insurance Specialist to their team. Sandra will be working out of the Ladysmith office Thursday and Friday. New businesses in Ladysmith: Classic Pest Solutions Ltd. has opened at 781 Colonia Drive, and Brown Stone Masonry and
The Installation of the new Executive for the Ladysmith Legion was sworn in recently. The team includes Lorraine Stacey, Bill Stacey, Vanessa Izon, Diane Atherton and Karen Graczyk. Incoming President Jeanne Seney has also taken over from past president Gary Phillips. Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL), the community of Chemainus and the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) are preparing to build a new library at 9796 Willow Street. The new 5,000-square-foot library is being built to replace the existing facility.
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Raw Food and Juice Bar in Duncan is scheduled to open in early October. The Island-based restaurant chain currently has one location in Victoria and two in Nanaimo.
My Secret Salon & Hair Esthetics is celebrating their first anniversary in business. The shop on Station Street in Duncan and is a full-service hair and esthetics salon. The doors to Rainforest Arts have officially opened. The opening took place at the gallery in the Chemainus Community Branch of Coastal Community Credit Union, which hosted the event and is renting retail space in its building to them. Jenny Gilbert is the new owner of Bistro 161 which she has renamed Gourmet Gardens Restaurant. Jenny bought the restaurant eight months ago and developed her own menu, based on culinary skills she developed in Hong Kong and over the years. The restaurant is located at 161 Kenneth Street in Duncan. Duncan will be home to the country’s first teaching incubator seed farm, thanks to a $70,000 grant awarded from the provincial government. The funding will be used to establish a 3.5-acre farm near Alexander Elementary School. The land is owned by the Municipality of North Cowichan, which has provided a five-year long lease to the Cowichan Green Community Society. South Shore Cabinetry, which has been operating in Lake Cowichan for three years, has received 12 nominations for CARE Awards. The Lake Cowichan business currently employs 13 people. South Cowichan Pharmacy at 845 Deloume Road is planning a sizable renovation. Villa Eyrie Resort on the Malahat – the former Aerie Resort - which is connected to the new Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit near Duncan, is expected to open in September.
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didn’t know what I was voting for.” T hose words sti l l haunt me. It was one of several similar quotes from British citizens who cast their Brexit votes in favour of Great Britain leaving the European Union. Whether or not the “yes, let’s leave” vote is good or bad for the United Kingdom remains to be seen, and we’re not about to debate it here. Never t heless, I do bel ieve there is a dangerous mindset that pervades today’s electorate, which is not thinking at all. Citizens are urged to get out and exercise their votes, which is a good thing. But bei n g i n for med a nd educ ated about the issues a nd ca nd idates who will make decisions on ou r b eh a l f i s even more important. If voters don’t do their own due diligence, their ballots will most likely be cast based on
scribbling down their ‘X’ the last emotional outburst to catch their attention prior to scribbling down their ‘X’. Most sales decisions are made from an emotional base, and marketing reflects that. Mood swings very clearly drive many con su mer pu rch ases, but i f that’s all that determines the outcome of an election, we’re all headed for big trouble as a society. Du ring a recent election, a group of young to middle-aged people met to hear from candidates – or be heard. Many were unemployed and/or on income assistance. At the beginning of the session, candidates were asked, bluntly: “What are you going to give me?” Ju s t t h e b ra s h n e s s o f t h e quest ion, wh ich ca me f rom multiple sources, was shocki n g . B u t i t w a s t h e m i n dset beh i nd it t h at wa s most
t ro u bl i n g. W h at t hey were asking - and by doing so, suggesting - was they would vote for the person that would give them the most in terms of more government funding. O ne c a nd id ate’s re s p on se to the question was the party they represented would offer opportunity, in terms of education a nd tra i n i ng so i nd ividuals who needed a helping ha nd up so they cou ld move towards being economically self-sufficient, which would result in feeling better about themselves and having a bright future. T he respon se to t h at wa s, genera l ly, bla n k looks. Followed by a not her quest ion, much like the first: “What are you going to give me?” That question, obviously, is pervasive in North America. It seems to get elected, all politicians need to do is promise to continue to shovel more money off the back of the truck into the hands of those who vote for them. Yet that isn’t corruption. On the other hand, if a candidate went to a company and prom ised to g ive them cont ra c t s a n d f u n d i n g i f t h e y voted for them, that would be corruption. What’s the difference? There isn’t any. Both “methods” are corrupt. It’s just that the former hasn’t been identified as such, a nd most l i kely won’t
by those who fea r they’d be branded for “poor bashing”, or being heartless and cold. The end result is where we sit today: Political class warfare, where it’s okay to bash the “one per cent” or “two per centers” – you know, often the ones who create private sector jobs. And simultaneously empower those on the other end of the spectrum who either have to be, or want to be, totally government dependent. If this trend continues – and it shows no signs of abating – we could soon reach the point where the most powerf u l people in a country would be the unemployed and, perhaps, uninformed. I recently sat through a semi n a r t h at d i scu ssed whet her good econom ics cou ld be good politics. The conclusion reached by most was that it could not. If what really needs to be done to improve and susta i n a cou ntry’s economy is promised, i.e. realistic budgets and fiscal restraint where nec e ssa r y, voters wou ld t u r n it down. Belt tightening and “tough love” are necessary ingredients in strong and poor economies. Restraint is needed during times of largesse, in order to store up for leaner periods that doubtless will come through other stages of economic cycles. W hen government revenues are weaker, they
can’t provide as many services as voters demand. This is how the “real world” works, isn’t it? It is how government should work, but doesn’t. I f a politicia n today sa id they were go i n g t o t r i m go v e r n m e n t spend i ng – mea n i ng reductions in public service jobs – don’t you th i n k there’d be a concerted, forceful pushback? It would have to be a genuine financial mess before the majority of the electorate would vote for someone to clea n it up. And at this moment, North America isn’t there. A sudden jump in interest rates would get it there instantly, as would a major international conflict. So here we sit, with yet more major elections looming that are so important to millions of people. And all we seem to hear is emotional outcries designed to enrage the masses and avoid i mporta nt issues, d row n i ng out reason a nd pol icies that cou ld a f fect generat ion s to come. Most are now asking, “What are you going to give me?” Joh n F. Ken nedy who fa mously put it another way during his U.S. Presidential campaign decades ago: “A sk not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” Would JFK get elected today asking that now?
(33.5 per cent) while spending much more on the basic necessities (56.5 per cent). In fact, since 1961, the total tax bill has increased by 1,939 per cent, outpacing increases in shelter costs (1,425 per cent), clothing (746 per cent), and food (645 per cent). Even after accounting for inflation (the change in overall prices), the tax bill shot up 152.9 per cent over the period. A nd now taxes eat up more income than any other single family expense. While taxes help fund important government services, the issue is the amount of taxes that governments take compared to what we get in return. With more than 42 per cent of income going to taxes, Canadians might wonder whether they’re getting the best value for their tax dollars. That’s up to you to decide.
B u t to m a k e a n i n fo r m e d assessment, you must have a complete understanding of all the ta xes you pay. Un fortun ately, it’s not so st ra ig htforward because the different levels of government levy such a w ide ra nge of ta xes, w it h many buried in consumer prices. Therein lies the value of our calculations. A n i n formed citizen ry ca n h ol d go v e r n m e n t m o re a cc ou nt a ble for t he money it spends, and continue a public debate about the overall tax burden and whether we’re getting our money’s worth.
TAXATION = #1 COST FOR CANADIAN FAMILIES That’s 42.4 per cent of income going to taxes – more than the 37.6 per cent that goes to food, clothing and shelter combined CHARLES LAMMAN THE FRASER INSTITUTE
A NA DA - W hat’s your family’s largest expense? Canadians might say housing or food. But in reality, taxes consume more of the average Canadian family’s household income than anything else. W hen we say ta xes, we’re talking about all the taxes you pay to all levels of government.
This includes visible and hidden taxes: income taxes, payroll taxes, sales taxes, property taxes, health taxes, fuel taxes, vehicle taxes, import taxes, alcohol taxes and much more. A recent study by the Fraser Institute tracked the total tax bill of the average Canadian family from 1961 to 2015. For 2015, we estimate that the average family (including single Canadians) earned $80,593 in income and paid $34,154 in total taxes. That’s 42.4 per cent of income going to taxes – more than the 37.6 per cent that goes to food, clothing and shelter combined. Indeed, Canadian families spend more on taxes than the basic necessities of life. It wasn’t always this way. In 1961, the first year we have calculations, the average family paid a much smaller portion of its household income in taxes
Charles Lammam and Milagros Palacios are co-authors of the Fraser Institute report The Canadian Consumer Tax Index 2016. © 2016 Distributed by Troy Media
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NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE CANADIAN MUSIC BUSINESS Through its acquisition
of MediaNet and Audiam,
SOCAN can identify music on digital services
SOCAN has greatly increased its ability to be
O C A N (t h e S o c i e t y o f Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) collects royalties based upon tariffs approved by the Copy r ig ht B oa rd of Ca nad a for Ca nad ia n performa nces o f s o n g s fo r Ca n a d i a n a n d international songwriters and music publishers. Tariffs have been set for recorded or live music ranging from concerts to restaurants to fitness classes. Of particular releva nce to th is a rticle a re t he ta r i f fs for per for m a nce of songs on the internet and on mobile devices. In May of 2016 SOCAN announced that it had acquired Seattle-based MediaNet. This was followed by an announcement by SOC A N i n Ju ly of 2016 t h at it had acquired New York-based Audiam. As with all performing rights organizations, SOCAN’s main f u nct ion s a re f i rst ly to determine what music is being performed and, secondly, to collect the applicable royalty prescribed by Canadian law. Collection of royalties relating
effective at identifying uses of music on the internet and collect royalties Michael Cooper and Doug Thompson of ThompsonCooper LLP to t h e i n te r n e t a n d m o b i l e devices create technological challenges. MediaNet has more than 51 m i l l ion sou nd record i ngs i n its database, each containing a unique audio identifier. By acquiring MediaNet, SOCAN will be able to identify digital performances from around t he world i n rea l-t i me. Audiam similarly, has one of the world’s most complete databases of sound recording and underlying song/composition metadata. In addition, Audiam has technology to proactively find works that are not licensed and for which royalties have not been paid. With the combined strength
of MediaNet and Audiam, SOCA N ca n identi fy the use of music on digital services such as Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and Google Play. W hen songs are performed, in addition to royalties compensating the songwriters and music publishers, there are also royalties compensating the artists who perform the songs and music recording companies. P r ior to acqu i r i ng Aud i a m, SOCA N was not i nvolved i n col lecti ng roya lties for performing artists and music recording companies. I n c on t ra s t, a s i g n i f i c a nt portion of the business of Au d i a m wa s t h e c ol le c t ion of roya lt ies for p er for m i ng
a rtists a nd music record i ng companies. With the acquisition of Audiam, SOCAN now has the capabi l ity to col lect song w riter-music publ isher royalties and performing artist-music recording companies roya lt ies. Wit h ch a nges broug ht on by t he i nter net, songwriters and performing artists had become frustrated by the ineffectiveness of the performing rights organizations in the collection of royalties, resulting in a fracturing, w ith new perform i ng rights organizations being formed by the disenchanted. T h roug h its acqu isition of Med ia Net a nd Aud ia m, SOCAN has greatly increased its ability to be effective at identi fy i ng uses of music on the internet and collect royalties. SOCAN’s acquisition of Audiam’s expertise in collecting royalties for performing artists and music labels, has been hera lded by some com mentators a s a n i mpor ta nt new development that ra ises the possibility of SOCAN becoming a “one stop shop” on the Ca n ad i a n mu sic scene. T he fact that Med ia Net a nd Audiam are U.S. based also suggests that SOCAN will become more active in collecting royalties in the United States.
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