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Kris Masson and Paul Christensen in the Pineridge Market on their 70-acre farm in Horne Lake. Thanks to their proposal, the 246,000 acres of farmland in the RDN have been opened to agri-tourism, an additional source of income for farmers. [NANCY TAIT PHOTO] neighbours, who commended the RDN for supporting agri-tourism and farming. Christensen said he and Masson “see this as a really great opportunity for farms for diversifying their farm income. “This is going to make it so

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Qualicum Beach council is proposing to move a smokeless Texas Barbecue back to the Visitor Information Centre by the beach. The town had initially allowed mobile vendors Rick Allen and Lynn Silbernagel to locate there but nearby residents complained about the smoke from the barbecue smoker, so the town moved them down the beach beside The Beach Hut concession. The Beach Hut complained about the unfair competition and others complained about the smoke, so council set a hearing for July 8 to consider revoking the barbecue’s licence. However, this week and last, Texas Barbecue set up by The Beach Hut still selling food but without the smoker. If they’re willing to continue on that basis, Coun. ‘We’re happy to accept their Bill Luchtmeijer reasoned Monday, why not move offer,” says Texas Barbecue’s Lynn them back to the Chamber of Commerce visitor Silbernagel. centre, as Chamber president Evelyn Clark had requested? Corporate Administrator Trudy Coates said that was one of four options given to Texas Barbecue in a notice sent by the town. Council passed a motion to cancel that notice and to see whether Texas Barbecue will move back without the smoker. Silbernagel said Tuesday they’re not happy about losing the smoker — “it’s half our advertising” — and that smoking off-site will mean trying to guess how much food they’ll need, not so easy during the busy season. Still, “we’re happy to accept their offer,” she said, “and we’ll do our best to make it work.” Silbernagel said she’d heard a lot of “outraged” people had contacted the town over the moves to shut down the barbecue. “We’re grateful for their support,” she said.

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Youth and Community grants approved The Regional District of Nanaimo board approved several Recreation Youth and Community grants for District 69 Tuesday: Arrowsmith Community Enhancement Society youth drop in facility rental $1,220; Bard to Broadway Theatre Society Performing Arts Series facility rental $1,500; Bard to Broadway Theatre Society Summer Youth Theatre facility rental $1,000; Bow Horne Bay Community Club Lighthouse Country Fall Fair physical activity for youth $2,500; Arrowsmith Agricultural Association storage for nonprofit groups $465; Bowser Elementary School outdoor education /subsidy for financial hardship applicants $700; Corcan Meadowood Residents Association Halloween event $1,500; Family Resource Association music program $2,000; Jugmentals Community Jug Band facility rental and copying supplies $1,424; Parksville and District 69 Team transportation $1,300; Special Olympics BC Oceanside pool rental and bowling costs $2,000; Vancouver Island Opera facility rental and sound and lighting costs $1,500; Winchelsea Elementary School PAC playground $10,094.

Grants in aid approved The Regional District of Nanaimo board approved four grants in aid for District 69 Tuesday: Lighthouse Community Centre Society $3,060; Lighthouse Country Marine Rescue Society $2,100; Oceanside Community Arts Council $5,000; Oceanside Volunteer Association $1,225.

RDN against importing garbage but still wants to talk to Metro could end up with an incinerator just outside RDN borders. Julian Fell (Coombs, Hilliers) stressed it’s important that directors know where things stand, and it bothered him that no elected officials would be part of a meeting. McPherson said the RDN would have little chance of stopping an incinerator, since it has no authority over landfills or incinerators. Stanhope has said it isn’t clear what the RDN could do. In the end, a divided board voted to have RDN staff meet with Metro Vancouver staff. However, it also passed a motion saying that the RDN, “opposes in principle any waste disposal method involving waste from outside the region that has the potential to significantly reduce the lifespan of the Cedar Landfill and/or necessitate the establishment of another landfill within the RDN.”

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‘Back-door meetings’ Town invites more architects to bid concern Brouilette on fire hall project BRIAN WILFORD OCEANSIDE STAR

Last month Qualicum Beach council invited Johnston-Davidson Architects to prepare a proposal to design and construct a new fire hall at Rupert Road and Memorial Avenue. On Monday, they decided to invite submissions from three other architects and gave them until July 8 to make their submissions. Planning Director Luke Sales told council that Carsten Jensen, a local architect, said he can get a proposal in by the end of this week. Sales said two other architects, O. Solony Architect Ltd. and Ted J. Thomas & Associates Ltd., have also indicated they’re interested. Johnston-Davidson Architects, he said, have only done a preliminary site design, which its competitors can use or not. Receiving more submissions by July 8 only takes “a small amount of time,” Sales said, “and council may be pleased with the results.” Coun. Dave Willie said he wondered if some of the firms are qualified to handle a $5-million project and he hoped they’d be vetted by Sales and Engineering Director Bob Weir. Sales noted that the town’s

financial plan sets aside $1 million for the hall this year and $3 million in 2014. Mayor Teunis Westbroek moved that council stipulate that the hall be built to post-disaster and LEED standards at a maximum cost of $4 million. Willie said project manager Walter Hoogland, hired by the town for $25,000, is to help form a fire-hall design committee and come to council with options. He called Westbroek’s proposal “a political statement.” Coun. Bill Luchtmeijer called it putting the cart before the horse. He has no idea what a fire hall should cost, he said, and he’ll wait to hear from the experts. Coun. Mary Brouilette said she’d like the committee to analyze the proposals. Westbroek said it’s “easy” to look at a list a new fire halls with their costs, including one just opened in Nanoose Bay for $3.2 million, and establish a cap of $4 million for Qualicum Beach. “I think we have to set a limit of how much we should spend,” he said. Coun. Scott Tanner said “it’s just a matter of giving guidance to Mr. Hoogland and the architectural firms... Right now there’s no financial limit.” Westbroek’s proposal was defeated 3-2.

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The issue that set the tone for the current term was back before Qualicum Beach council on Wednesday last week. Coun. Mary Brouilette claimed Coun. Scott Tanner and Mayor Teunis Westbroek had held their own meeting with an architect to discuss the proposed new fire hall. “All of council should have been there with staff,” she said. “Back-door meetings and not being out in the open, I’m very concerned about that.” Just after the November 2011 election, Mayor Teunis Westbroek found Councillors Brouilette, Bill Luchtmeijer and Dave Willie, soon to be dubbed the Gang of Three, meeting with senior staff in a room across from his office in the town hall. The Mayor said the meeting, a quorum of council, was “highly irregular” and “disrespectful.” Coun. Brouilette said they were just “gathering background information.” This time, Westbroek and Tanner acknowledged that they and senior staff, including Chief Administrative Officer Mark Brown, had met with Kelownabased architect Ted Thomas, who has a home in Qualicum Beach and is experienced in designing fire halls. Tanner said Thomas had approached him concerned about the estimated $5-million cost of the fire hall.

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Coun. Mary Brouilette says all of council should have been at a meeting to discuss the fire-hall project with architect Ted Thomas. Tanner said he told Thomas he should speak with town staff and arranged a meeting with Brown, Planning Director Luke Sales and Engineering Director Bob Weir.

“My role was simply one of introduction,” Tanner said. “I wasn’t part of the discussion.” Thomas was “volunteering his expertise to the town,” he said to Brouilette. “It was really unfortunate you couldn’t attend.” Luchtmeijer said, “all of council needs to be in the loop as to what’s going on.” “As far as I’m concerned,” Westbroek said, “anybody who wants to meet with us can do so.” Willie said he agreed that staff should be able to meet with anybody but “I don’t think it’s right that individual council members should attend.” On Monday, Willie told council he’s concerned that the level of “decorum and civility of the public process is deteriorating.” When a public meeting is promising to be contentious, such as a recent meeting with Chartwell residents on the airport lands, he said he’s “not comfortable sending staff into that kind of environment.” Westbroek said it would help if council set a good example.

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Qualicum Beach issues annual financial statement BRIAN WILFORD OCEANSIDE STAR

The Town of Qualicum Beach issued its required annual financial report Monday, showing 2012 revenues and expenditures balancing at $0, as they did in 2011. Long-term debt, which expired April 1, 2013, fell to $26,934 in 2012 from $107,734 in 2011. Municipal property taxes collected were projected to be $6.8 million this year, up from $6.5 million in 2012. Revenue sharing and grants from other governments were projected to fall by half, to

$800,000 this year from $1.6 million last year, though Finance Director John Marsh said that has more to do with the timing of projects than reduced funding from senior governments. All of the town’s land, buildings and structures, infrastructure and equipment were given a net book value of $110,478,385 in 2012, up about $250,000 from 2011. Mayor Teunis Westbroek was paid $34,099 and was reimbursed $7,512 for a total of $41,611. Each councillor was paid $20,343. Mary Brouilette claimed expenses of $8,692 for a total of

$29,035, Bill Luchtmeijer $6,188 ($26,531), Scott Tanner $5,478 ($$25,821) and Dave Willie $4,926 ($25,269). Municipalities are required by the province to report the wages and expenses of the 14 Town of Qualicum Beach employees earning more than $75,000: Chief Administrative Officer Mark Brown was paid $160,235 and claimed expenses of $7,133 for a total of $167,368; Financial Administrator John Marsh $136,094, $4,072, $140,166; Engineering Director Bob Weir $109,624, $3,987, $113,602; Fire

Chief Darryl Kohse $105,435, $5,545, $110,980; Planning Director Luke Sales $102,965; $2,627, $105,592; Corporate Administrator Trudy Coates $99,832, $4,687, $104,392; Public Works Superintendent Al Cameron $93,832, $643, $94,475; Deputy Fire Chief Peter Cornell $89,424, $$4,840, $$94,264; Parks Foreman Antonio Botelho $81,116, $3,002, $84,118; Public Works Foreman Ben Thomas $80,656, $0, $80,656; Deputy Corporate Administrator Heather Svensen $80,633, $2,470, $83,103; Information Technology/ GIS Technician Arnold Schwabe

$78,624, $519, $79,143; Electrician Ron Smith $76,929, $3,365, $80,294; Waterworks Foreman Stew Wood $76,929, $1,310, $78,239. Employees over $75,000 were paid $1,372,202 and claimed $44,191 in expenses for a total of $1,416,393. Employees under $75,000 were paid $2,759,351 and claimed $96,050 in expenses for a total of $2,855,401. The totals for all employees are: $4,131,553; $140,241; $4,271,794. Total council and employee wages and benefits come to $4,858,000.

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Qualicum Beach council Monday waived property taxes for 25 property owners Monday, but some council members questioned why they’re still doing favours for the E&N Railway when there aren’t any trains running. The Island Corridor Foundation received exemptions from the town totalling $33,641 and the railway station (VIA-E&N) $1,391. Mayor Teunis Westbroek and Coun. Mary Brouilette wondered why the town is still paying for level crossings and other rail-related properties when there are no trains. “I guess the point is valid,” said Chief Administrative Officer Mark Brown. “I will look into it.” Coun. Bill Luchtmeijer noted that the town, besides the tax exemptions, also pays Southern Railway, the E&N line’s operator, a monthly fee. Brown and Finance Director John Marsh didn’t know the amount offhand but said it totals less than $25,000 a year. Coun Dave Willie said the Island Corridor Foundation, which owns the rail corridor, is five months late in releasing its audited statements. “The amount of money being spent on a dead issue is appalling,” he said. Members of the ICF, of which the Regional District of Nanaimo is one, are at risk of losing $14 million in federal and provincial funding for the line, he said. He gave notice that he’ll introduce a motion to council asking the RDN to consider other options for the corridor. Other property exemptions approved by council Monday range from $2,118 for the Qualicum Community Baptist Church on Beach Road to $60,247 for the Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Club, which is owned by the town. The Old School House received an exemption of $20,617, the Oceanside Hospice Society’s Valhalla $11,228, Branch 76 of the Royal Canadian Legion $9,299, the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce $6,905, and the ECHO Players Village Theatre $5,137. A half-dozen churches received exemptions ranging from about $11,000 to $16,000.


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Early input sought on developments Tanner proposing motion to involve community groups BRIAN WILFORD OCEANSIDE STAR

Residents want to be able to influence proposed developments before they get too far along in the official process but there was no clear idea of how to achieve that emerging from a panel discussion arranged by the Qualicum Beach Residents’ Association last Thursday. The QBRA asked town Planning Director Luke Sales, architect Bruce Fleming-Smith and real estate developer Dave Bryan to give their views on how to achieve more dialogue, especially in relation to large projects. The meeting, packed to standing room only, was called after The Clarion, a five-storey, 53-unit condominium development next to town hall, sailed through council in little more than a month. Sales said the planning process is based on the Official Community Plan and it’s in forming that plan that residents can have their say. He said he didn’t think holding referenda on proposed developments would help. Fleming-Smith said it’s possible to identify key properties in the town, such as the tennis courts and the bus garage site, and to hold workshops or study groups, possibly under the auspices of the QBRA, on what is best for those sites. Perhaps The Old School House could hold an art competition based on ideas for the bus garage site, he said. “There will be change,� he said. “We just want change we’re happy with.�

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The panel for the forum ‘Growth and Development in Qualicum Beach: Towards Positive Dialogue Between Residents and Developers’ (from left): QBRA chair and moderator Paul Kyba, architect Bruce Fleming-Smith, town Planning Director Luke Sales, and real estate developer Dave Bryan. Advisory Planning Commission members are often left “shaking their heads,� he said, over the lack of opportunity for residents, developers and the town to discuss possibilities “before entering a highly articulated process.� Bryan said Qualicum Beach, “fortunately or unfortunately, is very tightly nailed down as far as available properties go.� What gets built, he said, depends on what’s going to sell. Three-to-five-storey apartment blocks haven’t sold well, he said, and a show of hands revealed that only a few would consider moving into an apartment-style building in the town but a large majority would consider a patio home or town home. The problem, Bryan said, is that there’s no place in Qualicum Beach to put even just 10 patio homes. “We’ve got this place nailed down so tight there’s nothing,� he said. “We’re not serving our own people.� Resident Graham Riches asked about changing the make-up of the APC but Bryan said that’s too late in the process. “By the time I get to the APC,

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Board extends search for superintendent The Board of Education of School District 69 has extended its search for a new Superintendent of Schools. The board has been searching since early March, when Jim Ansell suddenly resigned, “to pursue other opportunities in his educational career,” according to a board new release. It said in a news release last week that the search is now like-

ly to take “into the next school year. “We have, unfortunately, had three of our candidates pull out of the selection process, due to taking other offers before our process was complete,” the release said. “The board did not feel the process could proceed without enough candidates to make an informed decision.” Former Assistant Superintend-

ent Rollie Koop will continue as Acting Superintendent and Director of Instruction Gillian Wilson will continue as Acting Assistant Superintendent “until the end of the upcoming 2013-14 school year.” Sheila Spendlove, former principal of Bowser Elementary, will be Acting Director of Instruction. Other administrative moves

last week include: • Brian Worthen, formerly Acting Vice Principal at Winchelsea Elementary, becomes Acting Principal of Bowser Elementary • Leanna Garner, Principal of Qualicum Beach Elementary, assumes responsibility for Community Literacy and Building Learning Together. • John Williams, former Principal of Errington Elementary,

becomes Principal of Qualicum Beach Middle School. • Tandy Gunn will remain as Vice Principal at Springwood Middle School • Kevin McKee, former Vice Principal of Oceanside Middle School, becomes Vice Principal of Ballenas Secondary School with additional responsibilities as Vice Principal to the International Student Program.

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Sunrise Ridge GM Robynne Shaw replaces Doug Riederer.

The Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce has appointed Robynne Shaw as its president. Shaw replaces Thrifty Foods store manager Doug Riederer, who was recently transferred to Nanaimo. Shaw is the General Manager at Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort, and has been a Parksville Chamber board member for three years, most recently as President Elect. She has been in the hospitality business in management positions since 1986, most in the Oceanside area. Shaw is also Chair of the Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism Association, and Vice Chair of Region 6 – Skate Canada.

Memorial Avenue to be paved Qualicum Beach council Monday approved spending $420,000 to repave Memorial Avenue from the roundabout to the town boundary near the Highway 19 on and off ramps. The work will be done by Haylock Bros. Paving Ltd. Engineering Director Bob Weir said the road experiences 11,000 vehicles a day, much of it heavy commercial traffic, and the surface is rapidly

deteriorating. Weir said he and Public Works Superintendent Al Cameron were “shocked” by the degradation. If the town waits, he said, it will have to reconstruct the road, not just do an overlay, at a much higher cost. The repaving should last 20-25 years, he said. The town had budgeted $450,000 for the overlay and $75,000 for crack sealing, so Mayor Teunis Westbroek asked if any remaining money could be spent on Royal Dornoch Drive, which along with more than a dozen other roads, has been on the town’s should-do list for years.

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ay Ferguson was first diagnosed with psoriasis, an immune-mediated disease that affects the skin, when she was 10 years old. Today, she is celebrating a renewed outlook on life. “I’m now 62,” said Ferguson, a 35-year Parksville resident. “It’s been a long journey.” The disease began mostly in her hair and spread through her body in her 20s. Psoriasis comes in several forms but normally causes patches of skin to turn red and be covered with silvery scales. It can cause itching, burning and soreness. The condition most affected Ferguson’s torso, arms, hands and feet. “It made socializing kind of interesting when I was young,” said Ferguson. “I don’t ever remember wearing shorts. I sort of always shied away from public pools and that sort of thing.” Psoriasis made showers feel like vinegar being poured on a million cuts, said Ferguson. Texting on a cell phone could make her fingers bleed. Ferguson worked at Parksville Fabric Centre, where Pacific Brimm is now. She remembers customers not wanting her to give them change or touch the things she had, fearing her skin condition was contagious. “You can’t blame people for that but it’s just because there’s such a misconception about it,” said Ferguson. “People just don’t understand. It’s not contagious. It’s mostly hereditary.” After years of searching and growing frustration with her doctors, Ferguson found a doctor a year ago who provided her a newer treatment, Stelara, that she says has changed everything about her life.

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Some places do something about flooding D

riving around the lush High River-Turner Valley area, you notice that the towns are right by the rivers, whereas the ranchers outside of town have built their homes far from the highway up in the hills. That’s because the pasturelands flood, pretty much every year, so this way the ranch houses stay high and dry. You’d think the inhabitants of a town named High River, named for the Rockies-fed Highwood River, wouldn’t be so surprised. Nor should the residents of Cal-

gary, who built their downtown at the confluence of two Rockies rivers, the Bow and the Elbow. We like to build by rivers but old man river does rise up and many communities do something about it. In Edmonton, there were inhabited areas of the North Saskatchewan River valley right downtown, which the city, over protests, cleared using every legal tool at its disposal. Now when the river rises the city may lose some picnic tables but no homes and businesses.

Winnipeg, where the Assiniboine River meets the Red River, has spent $665 million on a floodway to divert the rising waters. Communities along the mighty Fraser River have created a series of mitigations so that people rarely notice anymore if the river runs high. Toronto toned down the Humber after Hurricane Hazel in 1954. Calgary and High River, however, just built in the riverbeds and hoped for the best. Now they want government compensation, billions of dollars

of it. But why should the rest of us reward such behaviour? We’ll be stuck with a huge enough hit just through their insurance claims. High River, if it rebuilds on the same site, should not be insured. Spending federal infrastructure funds for improvements in Calgary would be appropriate but our tax dollars should not be spent on clean-up and rebuilding. And for sure, if you want to, send money to the Red Cross, help your neighbours.

inhibit favourable growth. Please let us focus on positive ideas to sustain and build on our unique environment. Let’s cultivate an “open community” to new ideas and ventures that could benefit residents, visitors and our local businesses. Cara Wylie, Qualicum Beach

of Qualicum Beach. We didn’t just set up of our own accord. We aren’t asking for exclusivity of a mile of beach. We are just trying to make a living, as is The Beach Hut. Competition equals choice and the public benefits from choice. We have been residents of Qualicum Beach for 20 years and were hoping to do business in our home town. Again, thank-you to everyone who has written a letter in support of us. Lynn Silbernagel, Rick Allen, A.A. Catering and Texas BBQ

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>>Your Letters // email: letters@oceansidestar.com Restoring power might take nine months Regarding your June 20 article ‘It’s crunch time’ on the likelihood of a megathrust earthquake on Vancouver Island. The Island has more than oil spills to worry about. Almost three-quarters of the Island’s electric power supply comes from the mainland across the Strait of Georgia via BC Hydro’s two submarine cable networks. We are told repeatedly that we are to expect a big earthquake in this region, yet I have heard that if these cables become inoperable, due to severing by crustal shift, it would take nine months to restore off-Island power via submarine cables. I have also heard that BC Hydro does not have even one replacement cable readily available. If true, this is unconscionable. Can you imagine the economic and social damage of having only a quarter of your normal electricity available for threequarters of a year? Even if power is shifted from commercial-industry to residences to keep people alive, what are they going to do for income for the better part of a year? That lack of preparation would make for a double crunch. Derrick P. Grimmer, Ph.D. (physics), Errington

Shortsighted to lose Parksville’s wetlands This letter is written to express my concern over recent attempts by Ermineskin Tribal Enterprises to remove part of Lot 6, Nanoose District, from the Agricultural Land Reserve. The area is an important wetland for the aquifer that supplies water to the Parksville wells. During periods of low precipitation, the wetlands assist in crucial water retention. It is

the habitat for numerous wildlife species: birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. Whilst millions of dollars are spent to create an artificial area south of Parksville, it would make no sense to destroy a natural water filtration and retention area. Water, or lack of it, will be an important factor as Parksville continues to grow. It would be extremely shortsighted to remove this area from the ALR. Jack Hotson, Parksville

Reactions seem closeminded and elitist Wow! I am shocked to read about the reactions people have to the Texas BBQ truck! I didn’t realize that we live in such a close-minded, exclusive, wanna-be elitist town. Let’s avoid oppressive thinking and monocratic policies that

The public benefits from choice First and foremost we would like to thank everyone who took the time to come out to support us and sign our petition. Support has been overwhelming and left us with a sense of community. Next we would like to clarify that we (A.A. Catering and Texas BBQ) do pay property tax on the space we occupy on the beach as a seasonal vendor. Also that we were placed in our space on the beach by the Town

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Others will want OHCs, Lake says BRAD BIRD OCEANSIDE STAR

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he $17-million Oceanside Health Centre opened last Thursday with speeches, tours and much fanfare, as staff and politicians praised its integrated format as a model for others and a means to keep people in their homes and out of Nanaimo’s busy hospital. The two-storey facility, located at 489 Alberni Highway in Parksville will actually open in three phases starting Monday, when services such as X-rays and ultrasound are offered. Urgent care services start on Sept. 16, while primary care will launch two weeks later. Terry Lake, at his first official event as Premier Christy Clark’s new Minister of Health, said the facility embodies the government’s direction: easier access to primary and urgent care to help deal with problems before they require hospitalization. “I can see that communities around B.C. will want to have this model,” he said. Lake praised retired MLA Ron Cantelon, who took on the Centre as his pet project and helped guide it through a sometimes rocky gestation period when many, including local physicians, criticized the plan as a glorified administrative building for the Vancouver Island Health Authority, duplicating services already here. But there were no critical voices this day, other than a lone heckler at a distance who turned heads during one of the speeches. Dr. Clair Biglow, a long-time general practitioner in Parksville, said he thinks the OHC is a great facility. “It’s got great potential for collaborative patient care,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any negatives to it at all,” said Parksville Coun. Marc Lefebvre. Mayors Teunis Westbroek of Qualicum Beach and Chris Burger of Parksville were also present, as was RDN chair Joe Stanhope. Stanhope noted that the local hospital district provided 40% of the capital cost, about $7 million, which local taxpayers are provid-

Cutting the ‘ribbon’ are (from left): VIHA board chair Don Hubbard, health Minister Terry Lake, Acting VIHA CEO Dr. Brendan Carr and Michael Recalma of the Qualicum First Nation, who gave a greeting. [BRAD BIRD PHOTOS] ing. He called the project “a big step forward.” “The reality is we’re all aging and we’re all going to need this facility, now or later,” he said.

Stanhope said it will reduce the number of trips by Oceanside residents to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and result in a healthier community.

Dr. Brendan Carr, VIHA’s acting CEO (who replaced Howard Waldner in April) estimated that 5% of people in expensive hospital beds don’t really need to

Health Minister Terry Lake acknowledges the contributions of former Parksville-Qualicum MLA Ron Cantelon, seated at right with his wife Shelley.

be there, and said the OHC will help keep people in their homes. Carr, from Halifax, has served as an emergency-room physician at NRGH and in Victoria. “We’re going to certainly use our money better,” he said of the new health-care model. Dr. Bob Burns, VIHA’s executive medical director, said staffing will be limited at the beginning to two primary care providers and one urgent care physician on site at any one time. If two urgent-care cases come in simultaneously, a doctor from primary care will be called over, he said. “The evidence on which we’re basing the model says that should be sufficient.” In total, 12 or 13 urgent-care doctors and an undetermined number of primary-care physicians will be on staff, he said. If a resident feels a heart attack coming on and phones the Centre, they will be advised to take an ambulance to NRGH, Burns said, but anyone who comes in with a heart attack will be stabilized as best they can and then relayed to Nanaimo. The facility’s second floor will be home base for 85 clinicians and about 125 community health care workers who are normally in the field. Mental health services are among the many provided. Urgent care begins Sept. 16 and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. seven days a week, all year. Primary care will be available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays starting Sept. 30, with Saturdays pending. Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell was competing in a wheelchair race in New Brunswick and could not be present, Lake said. However, she praised the facility in a recorded video. Stilwell praised Cantelon and others for “having the courage to do the right thing in the right community at the right time.” Cantelon was present with his wife Shelley despite recently having a pacemaker implanted. Tom Davies, one of Cantelon’s citizen allies in the struggle to get the facility approved, said: “This is a very good day, I’m thinking.”


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Wrong turn brings eastern songbird to Bowser feeders CHRISTOPHER STEPHENS SPECIAL TO THE STAR

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am asked this question on a regular basis in my clinic. People ask why hearing aids cost so much compared to other electronic devices. The sense I have is that many consumers believe there is a conspiracy among hearing aid clinics to set hearing aid prices very high to ensure that Audiologists and Hearing Aid Practitioners can become fabulously wealthy. I hope to clear up that misconception.

The sale of a hearing aid required several hours of time at the time of sale, and will continue to require clinic time over the life of the product.

I’m going to answer this question with a couple of stories. The ďŹ rst story is that of a cell phone purchase. The last time I got a new cell phone was about 3 years ago. It took 30-45 minutes to complete the transaction. Less than 30 minutes of that time was spent with a salesperson. Our interaction required a few square feet of desk space. The salesperson, although knowledgeable about his product, did not require any formal training.

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The second story regards the sale of a pair of hearing aids. I recently completed a sale with a client. It took about 5 hours of clinic time to bring the sale to completion. In that time I conducted an extensive hearing test. The hearing test was conducted inside a $20,000 sound-treated room, using $20,000 of test equipment. We then discussed which hearing aids to order. I took impressions of the client’s ears; the hearing aids were custom-made to ďŹ t his ears; we spent an hour of time ďŹ tting the hearing aids which requires the use of a computer and a $10,000 piece of test equipment. I then saw him for 2 follow-up appointments, after which we decided to try a different pair of hearing aids. We then had two further followup appointments. We were then both satisďŹ ed with our results and closed the sale. Let’s now review this procedure. during our time together we: t 4QFOUBCPVUIPVSTUPHFUIFS t "DDFTTFENZTQFDJBMJ[FE equipment costing over $50,000 t .BEFUIPSPVHIVTFPGUIFZFBST* trained to become an audiologist Now that he has purchased hearing aids from me, I will see him for complimentary periodic reviews/ adjustments over the next several years. He will also have access to our front desk services for periodic cleaning of the hearing aids. These two scenarios illustrate two very different processes: the sale of a cell phone required about NJOVUFT BOEOPTQFDJBMJ[FE equipment or formal training.

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The table of mementoes laid out at Legion 49 for fisherman Robert ‘Lonnie’ McGarvey.

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he morning of June 23, 1965, fisherman Robert ‘Lonnie’ McGarvey was chugging along in Fitzhugh Sound near the mouth of the Bella Coola River when he came upon a young killer whale trapped in a gill net that had snagged on a reef. Back then, killer whales were mysterious creatures of the deep. Only one, Moby Doll, had ever been captured, a year earlier off Saturna Island. Shot and harpooned by Samuel Burich, a sculptor commissioned by the Vancouver The March 1966 National Geographic featured an article Aquarium to sculpt a whale, Moby Doll died after 87 days in about the capture of Namu the killer whale by West a pen in the Burrard Drydock. Coast fishermen Bill Lechkobit (top right) and Robert ‘Lonnie’ McGarvey (bottom right). McGarvey knew the young whale could be a valuable commodity. While he was watching, an adult whale slipped through an opening in the net trying to rescue the young one. Now there were two. McGarvey radioed the owner of the net, Bill Lechkobit, and they and another fisherman wrapped the whales in more netting as other members of what is now known as C1 Pod swam around them. The men wanted $50,000 for their captives but had no takers. The whales were eating a lot of valuable salmon, so the men let the young one go, slipping through an opening in the net and rejoining the pod. Edward Griffin, head of the Seattle Marine Aquarium, offered $8,000 for the remaining adult and the men agreed. They named the whale Namu, after the cannery settlement a 20-minute boat ride from where he was captured. Griffin, with the help of McGarvey and the U.S. Coast Guard, built a steel-mesh pen and towed Namu down the coast to Seattle. It was huge news. People lined the shore to watch the whale go by. “He was the most famous whale in the world,” said Curtis McGarvey, Lonnie’s son, on the occasion of the celebration of life for Lonnie, held last Friday at the Parksville Legion. “More famous than Willie. More famous than Shamu.” Alas, Namu survived only a year in captivity, dying July 9, 1966, but he and Griffin changed the public’s perception of killer whales. They were no longer seen as vicious killers even bigger and deadlier than sharks but rather as intelligent, talkative animals who seemed to like people. See McGARVEY, Page 23

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WE BUY GOLD Curtis McGarvey, son of fisherman Robert ‘Lonnie’ McGarvey, hoists his son Dean Hennessy during the celebration of life for Lonnie at the Parksville Legion last Friday. Some 300-400 friends and family attended. [BRIAN WILFORD PHOTO]

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Gambler, drinker, fighter McGARVEY, from Page 21 Standing by a table with photos of Lonnie with his wife Penny, Lonnie as a kid, a model of his boat, a favorite Johnny Cash eight-track, an open copy of the March 1966 National Geographic article about Namu, Curtis acknowledges that what his dad did back then wouldn’t be acceptable today. That said, it was what he did back then that helped make it not acceptable today. “Since then we’ve learned so much about these incredible animals,” he said, “and that’s in part thanks to my dad.” As big a deal as all that was back then, it wasn’t such a big deal at Lonnie’s celebration of life. “My dad had a life full of adventure,” said Curtis. Indeed, the 300-400 people who on Friday packed the main hall at the Branch 49 Legion, where Curtis said Lonnie was “a proud member,” knew the whale story, of course, but talked of other things about the man who had lived near the Little Qualicum River for the past 20 years.

“He was a gambler, a drinker and a fighter,” recalled one fellow fisherman. “This was a man who would piss you off in two minutes and laugh with you for five. “If you needed a hand, you didn’t have to ask.” Wife Penny remembered the day in 1958 when she first met Lonnie. She was docked on a fish boat in Ocean Falls and was hopping across some boats when she saw Lonnie, “and he’s looking at me and I said, ‘Ooh,’ and he told his crew member, ‘I’m going to marry that girl,’ and he did.” May 29, 1960. They celebrated their 50th at the Qualicum Beach Community Hall. One time a couple of southeast Asian fishermen, new Canadians, came into French Creek broke and with engine trouble. Lonnie got their engine fixed, gave them a bit of cash and bought them some groceries. “They were hurtin’ and he was helpin’,” recalled a friend, sounding a little like a Johnny Cash tune, “and that’s Lonnie. I’ll never forget him.” Lonnie McGarvey and wife Penny on the occasion of their 50th anniversary, celebrated at the Qualicum Beach Community Hall, and Lonnie as a kid. Life was pretty rough and tumble on the West Coast in those days, and Lonnie fit right in.

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-P-K, that mysterious formula. What does it all mean? Trust me; you’re not the only one who gets confused by those numbers on fertilizer bottles. In fact, I’d say you’re in the majority, so don’t be shy when you’re looking for the right food for your plant as it’s important to get the proper fertilizer for what you’re growing. However, don’t get caught up in getting the EXACT formulation that you read about on some web page from Kentucky or England or wherever. That specific fertilizer may not be available here and, really, you don’t have to match the numbers. Every major brand comes up with their own N-P-K rating on fertilizers. What is most important is what the fertilizer is made for. N-P-K is basically the percentage by weight of the material in fertilizer. The numbers won’t add up to be 100% as there are other elements that make up the

product, such as minerals and fillers (so that the concentrated fertilizers don’t ‘burn’). N stands for nitrogen. It helps to make things green and promotes foliage growth. For example, high nitrogen lawn fertilizer is used in the summer to keep the grass green as it’s all about the top growth at that time. Through the winter you work on what’s going on under the ground with a lower first number. P stands for Phosphorus which promotes good root growth along with fruit and flower production. Typically hanging basket and annual fertilizers have a high middle number for flowers. K stands for Potassium which is good for all around plant health. An easy way to remember what N-P-K stands for is this saying: “Up (N), down (P) and all around (K).� While there are a lot of wellknown brands out there it doesn’t always mean they have a great product. When you think of fertilizers what brand automatically comes to your mind? Big money goes behind the marketing of some brands and you’re tempted to run out and buy whatever a well-known name is paid to tell you to buy in

The numbers stand for up, down and all around. a commercial. I wish I had that power. I’m not here to promote one brand of fertilizer over another. I just want you to think about what you’re buying fertilizer for and what is important to that particular type of plant at that particular time. Synthetic (chemical) fertilizers are like fast food to plants. The N-P-K numbers are generally quite high as opposed to organic

fertilizers which are low. Many people tend to bypass the organics because of the low numbers. To be honest, the lower ones in organic options are much better for your plants in the garden, in my opinion. Organic fertilizer is naturally slow-releasing, meaning the food is available to your plants for a longer period of time and doesn’t instantly dissolve and run off into the groundwater. Organic

fertilizer can also act as a soil amendment that will improve your soil over time. What it is made up of is natural, good for the garden and doesn’t damage microorganism or earthworm activity. I use synthetic or partially synthetic fertilizers in annual containers because the plants are done by fall. Annuals live life in the fast lane and want their food the same way. Typically a chemical fertilizer for annuals is high in the middle number for flower development. Again, there are a lot of different formulations out there with all sorts of numbers. Choose a fertilizer that is specific to the type of plant. If you’re growing roses, then buy a rose fertilizer, palm trees go with a tropical or an evergreen food, rhododendrons get fertilizer specific to rhodos, etc. Don’t get too caught up in the numbers game, the fertilizer companies have already figured that out for you. If in doubt, just ask us. We’d be happy to help! Shirley Eppler is the owner of Cultivate Garden & Gift at 609 East Island Highway at the south end of Parksville. Email comments to shirley@cultivategarden.com.

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The Uptown Market Returns July 2 Those lazy, hazy summer evenings must surely be just around the corner because it’s time for the summer markets. The Qualicum Beach Uptown Market is returning in July and August. Each Thursday evening the streets of downtown Qualicum Beach will be transformed into an outdoor market featuring local artisans showcasing their wares. As well, many merchants and restaurants will be staying open. For more information, contact info@Qualicumbeachdowntown.ca or call 250-752-8856. [JAN SPINK PHOTO]

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“It’s a testament to pottery, it lasts forever,” says Dee Aguilar of the piece of pottery held up by her husband Larry. Found 15 years ago by Paul Harding in Nootka Sound at about 400 fathoms, this delicate artifact was crafted by ancient hands. It has withstood the test of time, tides and saltwater. It inspired the Aguilars to create a unique series, reminiscent of Davy Jones’ Locker. “The skulls are just too funny,” says Dee. “Everybody loves them and wants one, from bankers to hairdressers. We added the barnacles to the vases for fun. The skulls are all unique and a blast to sculpt and produce. They’re really hot right now.” Dee has also drawn upon her First Nations heritage, adding salmon, natural colors and texture to her work. The Aguilars and their pottery from the deep will be at the fifth-annual Qualicum Beach Artisan Market on Friday nights from June 28 to Aug. 30 at The Old School House, 3–8 p.m. There will also be pottery from two other husband and wife teams: Josie and Victor Duffhues of JoVic Pottery and Richard Lonsdale and Janet Moe of Two Fish Pottery.

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Yoga on the Beach is returning to the Parksville and Qualicum Beach waterfronts in July and August. Certified yoga instructors Barbara Low and Charlotte Crowley will be giving classes in Parksville Wednesday and Fridays, 9:30-10:30 a.m., near the boat ramp at the Sunrise RV end of the beach. They’ll be in Qualicum Beach Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:3010:30 a.m., on the grass beside the Visitor Information Centre at high tides and on the beach in front of The Beach Hut restaurant at low tides. They’ll accept $1 donations for the local SPCA and the Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation. Bring a mat or towel and sunscreen. Beginners welcome. For more, email barbara_j_ low@yahoo.ca and charlottecrowley@shaw.ca.

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Mink and Pooki reluctantly make their way to Hampton Court even though the Palace is rumoured to be haunted. Aside from the ghost sightings and the hedge maze outside their window where people keep getting lost, Hampton Court doesn’t seem so bad at first. The princess soon makes friends with three oddball widows and is invited to a picnic with all the palace’s inhabitants. Pooki bakes a few pigeon pies for the event but things take a turn when General-Major Bagshot dies after eating one of the pies. The coroner finds traces of arsenic in his body and an inquest is held where Pooki becomes the main suspect in a murder investigation. Mink isn’t about to let her loyal servant hang. She begins an investigation of her own, and discovers that Hampton Court isn’t such a harmless place to live after all. This mystery is especially enjoyable because of all the oddball characters that live in Hampton Court Palace. I found myself laughing out loud as I read some of the bizarre antics of the three widows, the ridiculous Dr. Henderson, and the palace maze-keeper. This story is definitely goofy but the mystery is also very wellwritten. I’m very glad I spied this one on the shelf and hope there are more books involving the fantastic cast of characters at Hampton Court. Author Julia Stuart grew up in the West Midlands in England. She studied French and Spanish, and lived for a short period in France and Spain teaching English. After studying journalism at college, she worked on regional newspapers for six years. She then became a staff features writer for The Independent, where she worked for eight years, including a spell with The Independent on Sunday. In 2007, she relocated to Bahrain with her English husband, who is also a journalist. She currently lives in London. She has also written The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise. Melissa Legacy is Customer Service Librarian for Parksville and North Island Branches with the Vancouver Island Regional Library. For more information or to request books online, go to www.virl.bc.ca.

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classifieds. oceansidestar.com JUNE 27 to JULY 1 ■ Plant pot amnesty, bring your plastic plant pots with recycling numbers 1-7 to Cultivate Garden & Gift Ltd. 609 East Island Hwy., Parksville. Bin provided by FI Canada/ Progressive Waste Solutions. Info: 250-248-0093. JUNE 28 ■ School’s out rodeo swim, 1-3 p.m., Ravensong Aquatic Centre. Regular admission. Info: 752-5014. ■ Dance to the Just Us Dance Orchestra, 8 p.m., Bradley Centre, Coombs. ■ Centennial concert Swing and Rock & Roll with The Georgia Straits Little Band, 7:30-9:30 p.m., McMillan Arts Centre. Tickets $10 at the MAC; 250-248-8185. JUNE 29 ■ North Country Ramblers, the real folk blues, 8 p.m., Knox United Church, 345 Pym St., Parksville. Tickets $20 at Mulberry Bush Bookstores and at the door. ■ Dance to Cross Town Express, 8 p.m., Parksville Legion, 146 Hirst Ave. West. $5 cover. Must be 19+. JULY 1 ■ Canada Day Fireworks Paddle, 8:45-11:30 p.m., Parksville. $59. RDN: 248-3252. ■ Parksville Lawn Bowling Club annual Canada Day Fun Tournament in support of the Champs War Amps Program. Wear red and white. 149 E. Stanford. 1 p.m. start. Free admission. All welcome. JULY 2 ■ Yoga on the Beach, 9:3010:30 a.m., Qualicum Beach. $1 donations accepted for the local SPCA and the Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation. Info: barbara_j_low@yahoo. ca and charlottecrowley@ shaw.ca. ■ Qualicum Beach Probus Club meets 9 a.m., St. Stephen’s Church Hall. John Howarth speaks on his recent visit to Africa. Visitors welcome. ■ Special rate swims, Tuesdays until Aug. 13, 1:30-5 p.m., Ravensong Pool. RDN: 752-5014.

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■ Oceanside Prostate Cancer Support Group meets 7 p.m., The Gardens, 650 Berwick North, Qualicum Beach. For those newly diagnosed or affected, their family & friends. Contact 250-7527489 or brook@shaw.ca. ■ Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiver’s support group meets the first Tuesday of the month, 1:30-3 p.m., Stanford Place, 250 Craig St., Parksville. Info: Jane Hope 1-800-462-2833. JULY 3 ■ Yoga on the Beach, 9:3010:30 a.m., Parksville, near the Sunrise RV end of the beach. $1 donations accepted for the local SPCA and the Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation. Info: barbara_ j_low@yahoo.ca and charlottecrowley@shaw.ca. ■ Grief Support Group Wednesdays. For those alone/ lonely or who have experienced a loss. Small group, safe, confidential. 4-5 p.m., Knox United Church, Parksville. Info: 250-248-3927. JULY 4 ■ Mind over Matter with hypnotherapist Detlef ‘Joe’ Friede, 7 p.m., Parksville Community Centre. By donation. Info: Shift in Action 954-1002. ■ Yoga on the Beach, 9:3010:30 a.m., Qualicum Beach, $1 donations accepted. Info: barbara_j_low@yahoo.ca and charlottecrowley@shaw. ca. ■ Oceanside Breast Cancer Support Group meets 7 p.m., The Gardens, 650 Berwick North, Qualicum Beach. Contact 250-752-8066 or amen@ shaw.ca. JULY 5 ■ Yoga on the Beach, 9:3010:30 a.m., Parksville. $1 donations accepted. Info: barbara_j_low@yahoo.ca; charlottecrowley@shaw.ca.


COMMUNITY

THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2013

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Nanoose celebrates fire & water BRIAN WILFORD OCEANSIDE STAR

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anoose Bay mixed fire and water Saturday with the official openings of a $3.2-million fire hall and a $2-million water-treatment plant. By a rough count of cake and hot dogs, more than 200 residents had by 1 p.m. toured the two facilities, right across the street from each other on Nanoose Road at Northwest Bay Road. The bright, airy fire hall is built of wood to 50-year post-disaster standards, has a natural gas and heat pump system for heating and cooling, has heated floors in the vehicle bays for drying trucks and gear, and has a roof rainwater collection system. Chief Penny thanked residents and firefighters for their patience during construction, noting that firefighters responded to 287 calls “without a home.” “The wait was worth it,” he said. The water-treatment plant chlorinates the water and uses an electromedia system, the second in B.C., to remove high levels of iron and manganese, as well as other minerals. It can be expanded to accommodate growth, perhaps about 5,000 people, as the Fairwinds subdivision builds out. The water comes from four wells with supplements from the Englishman River as needed. The plant is 95% automated, said Utilities Technician Kris Hagen, with humans needed for maintenance, adding bags of salt to create chlorine, and dumping the waste sludge, largely iron and manganese, to be taken to the Cedar landfill. Residents noted they are still occasionally getting reddishbrown water out of their taps. Chief Operator Dave Welz said the water mains have been flushed clean but the service lines to the homes and other buildings will have sediment in them for a while. Some of these service lines are so caked with sediment that the water is running through a pencil-sized hole, he said. Residents can buy a flusher and do their own for about $300, Welz said, or hire someone to do it. Hagen advised against renting a flusher, since they are sometimes used in sewer and other pipes. Michael Jessen and Larry Biccum, executives of the French Creek Residents’ Association, as well as French Creek Director Stanhope and Qualicum Beach Engineering Director Bob Weir, toured the water plant. Water in the Sandpiper subdivision of French Creek also suffers from iron and manganese. Jessen and Biccum estimated that Sandpiper would need about a fifth of the capacity of the Nanoose plant. The FCRA is also exploring getting water from Qualicum Beach.

Cutting the ribbon for the fire hall (from left): Training Officer Denis Holme, Chief Doug Penny, Regional District of Nanaimo Director George Holme, RDN Chair Joe Stanhope and Deputy Chief John Newall, who also posed for the ribbon-cutting for the old hall in 1973, when he was 16.

RDN Utilities Technician Kris Hagen gives a public tour of the new water treatment plant. Behind him is Dave Welz, the RDN’s Water Services Chief Operator, who was also giving tours. The plant can be expanded to accommodate population growth. [BRIAN WILFORD PHOTOS]

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30 || OCEANSIDE STAR || THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2013 BOOKKEEPER /TREASURER ASSISTANT: Someone with basic bookkeeping skills; entry of data into computer; accounts payable and receivable. Flexible times. DRIVERS: Help seniors without transportation to get to nonmedical appointments such as banking, grocery shopping, etc. Use own vehicle, mileage allowance paid. COMMUNITY POLICING: Parksville and Qualicum offices require volunteers to take an office shift and to assist in events in communities within Oceanside.

TRAPPING ASSISTANT: Help trap feral cats, provide recovery space; transport feral cats to veterinary clinics for spay/neuter and back to recovery area; transport cats to back to colony. Schedule flexible but requires 4 hours on day scheduled. Must have access to a car. CAT FEEDER: Daily feeding of a colony of feral cats. Flexible hours/days but looking for someone to commit to 4-7 hours per week. Must have access to transportation. FUNDRAISING ASSISTANT: Help

organize fundraising events; assist and fundraising events. Flexible and variable hours.

MARKETING ASSISTANT: Design and create flyers for a non-profit wellness-related organization. Need some computer skills and/or creatively inclined. Flexible days and hours. HANDYMAN: Capable of assisting with small carpentry, plumbing, electrical jobs and/or irrigation work. Orientation on Saturdays or Sundays. Any hours any day of the week. GARDENER: Rototilling soil; preparing earth, mix in compost, etc., handle composting. Orientation on Saturdays or Sundays.

Any hours any day of the week. CARPENTER: Able to do framing, doors, windows, skylights. Any hours any day of the week. There are many more volunteer opportunities. The Oceanside Volunteer Association is at 10-221 Second Ave. West, Qualicum Beach, V9K 2S5. Email oceansidevolunteer@shaw.ca; phone 250-594-2637. For more information, see also www. oceansidevolunteer.org. Facebook: Oceanside Volunteer Association. Twitter: Oceansidevol.

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