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This week Errington blues artist Layla Zoe is moving to Europe, where it’s easier to make a buck in the music biz, but she’s leaving behind a musical gift ARTS, Page 16

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Proud Parksville parents Carmen and David Hammond pose with their triplets on Monday at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. [JULIE BERTRAND/OCEANSIDE STAR]

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Peacefully passed away at Nanaimo General Hospital in her husband’s loving arms Rick, with son Jeffrey and daughter in-law Lea-Ann at her side. Leaving behind her brother Ted Dillen, brother-in-law Vic Sheppard and Cindy, Jim Sheppard and Leah and so many friends and colleagues she loved so much.

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longer. Eleven days later, Carmen went into “I was eating meat, peanut butter and labour. After a C-section that lasted two Ensure shakes every day,” she said. hours, the Hammond triplets were born. The rest of Carmen’s pregnancy went so “I didn’t realize I was in labour,” Carmen well that she stopped going to Vancouver said. “I thought it was hip pain.” for ultrasound and care, going instead to The birth luckily occurred on a Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. day David was visiting Carmen from “We were hoping to make it to 32 weeks,” Nanaimo, where he worked during the Carmen said. “Because the pregnancy was week. going so well, the doctors would have let The babies came out healthy, with two me give birth in Nanaimo.” of them weighing 1.474 kilograms (three Multiple, high-risk births are usupounds, four ounces), while the other ally done at B.C. Women’s Hospital in weighed 1.25 kilograms (two pounds, 12 Vancouver. ounces). Carmen’s waters broke during her “They were small but big for triplets at pregnancy’s 30th week in late October. the same time,” Carmen said. She wasModels sent to B.C. Women’s via The babies spent the first nine days of Needed forHospital Advanced helicopter. their lives in the B.C. Women’s Hospital Trainer”the CertiÅ cationNeonatal Intensive Care Unit. While they The“International doctors there controlled situation and Carmen was put on bed rest and did not require additional oxygen, they antibiotics to keep250-228-8822 the babies in the womb were on antibiotics. The triplets were transferred to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on Nov. 19, where they have been ever since. Carmen and David said the babies are doing great, though they still don’t know when they will be able to bring them home. “We have no date on when they’re coming home. It’s day by day,” Carmen said. “As long as Beginner Nail Technician Course everybody is healthy, it’s all that next class starts in February 2014 matters.” The couple is focused on mak-

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ing the transition from having a family of two to a family a five. They have been getting help from public health nurses in Parksville and Nanaimo to find childcare options and government programs. “A social worker has been looking into government resources for us,” Carmen said. What the couple would like is to get in contact with local parents of triplets. However, doctors and nurses believe the most recent triplet birth on Vancouver Island was Port Alberni’s hockey-playing Fitzgerald brothers, born in 1993. Triplets were born to a Surrey couple in 2008. Carmen and David already project this year and the next 18 will be very busy and expensive. “We will be homebound,” David said. The couple buys everything in mod-

eration and watches for sales on wanted items. They also wonder if it will be worthwhile for Carmen to go back to her job once her maternity leave is over because daycare for three children will be expensive. “There are no extra subsidies for triplets,” David said. Carmen and David already know they don’t want their children to grow up in front of the TV or the computer. “They will spend a lot of time outside,” David said. The couple said their experience has been eye-opening in a good way when it comes to provincial health care. “The doctors and nurses were great,” Carmen said. “We had no bad experiences.” JBertrand@OceansideStar.com

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The Regional District of Nanaimo wants to hear residents’ opinions about allowing medical marijuana grow operations on agricultural lands. The RDN is holding a public hearing on the subject tonight (Thursday, Jan. 9) at 7 p.m. at Oceanside Place. “The board wants to listen to what the input is,” said RDN board chairman Joe Stanhope. “I don’t want to preclude anything. My mind is completely open to what the public wants.” Ottawa announced last year it is changing its medical marijuana production regulations to prohibit residential production by individuals. The old regulations will be repealed on March 31, after which medical marijuana production will only be allowed in secure facilities by people who have obtained licences from the government and who have notified municipal

authorities of their purpose. Stanhope said the RDN has been looking into the issue since Ottawa announced the new regulations. The RDN board has proposed two zoning amendment bylaws that would allow medical marijuana productions in most of its electoral areas which are zoned for agricultural and which are part of the Agricultural Land Reserve. In Coombs, Hilliers and Errington, medical marijuana production would be allowed on lands that are zoned agricultural and industrial. The bylaws would clarify that medical marijuana production is prohibited as a home-based business use and would establish 30-metre setbacks from property lines for facilities. According to an RDN staff report, if the proposed bylaws are adopted, medical marijuana production facilities proposals on non-agricultural land and non-

Joe Stanhope: The RDN board wants to listen. industrial land for Coombs, Hilliers and Errington could then be considered through zoning amendment applications, which would entail public consultation. A few local food producers have said they are receptive to the pos-

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n the next few weeks, Regional District of Nanaimo Transit will survey users on its #88 Parksville route to get a better sense of its ridership and productivity. RDN Transit operations manager Daniel Pearce said the district has heard from Parksville residents that smaller buses should be used on the route. “People have the perception the buses are not running full,” he said. The survey will also examine where the most riders get on and off the bus on the route. The bus currently serving the route is a conventional 40-foot bus, which can accommodate up to 60 people, with some of them standing. Should the option of using a smaller bus be supported, the smaller bus would only accommodate up to 20 people, but with none of them standing. “There are pros and cons with [using the smaller bus],” Pearce said. He added RDN staff should have a report on the survey answers for the RDN board towards the end of February. If the bus route changes have no financial implication, they could be applied quickly.

Parksville Coun. Marc Lefebvre who sits on the transit committee and is the city’s representative to the RDN, said the city has been asking for smaller buses. “The conventional buses are cumbersome in town,” he said. “They also take more gas.” He has had to back up a few times at certain city intersections to allow a bus to make a

turn, he said. Should RDN Transit use smaller buses in Parksville, he said, they could make more stops and go in more streets. “It’s good news to me,” he said. The survey will also be posted on the RDN Transit website in the coming weeks. JBertrand@OceansideStar.com; (250)-954-0600, ext. 209

sibility that Agricultural Land Reserve areas might be used for medicinal marijuana production. “Let’s face it, if you’re growing anything, as far as I’m concerned, that qualifies for ALR,” said Jill Ennals, co-owner of Mitchell’s Farm in Nanoose Bay. “There’s an awful lot of ALR property that you can’t farm... I don’t like the idea of (producers) doing that kind of thing on arable farmland.” Hugh Ashworth, of Fallen Fir Ranch in Qualicum Beach, said local agriculture faces stiff competition against imported foods and can struggle to be profitable. “What’s produced on the Island is pretty well insignificant in food,” he said. “(It) might be possible to get a better, more financial reward by growing marijuana than growing food.” Errington’s Ann Voigt, who has produced apples, grapes and pears out of her garden for almost 28 years, said she has few worries about the possibility of

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not elderly. “This person is certainly under the age of 65,” said Dr. Paul Hasselback, Island Health’s chief medical officer for the central Island. A hallmark of the H1N1 swine flu, when it first hit in Mexico in 2009, was a rate of severe illness among usually healthy adults. “The vast majority – we’re talking two-thirds of these individuals – are under the age of 60,” Hasselback said. The latest data only includes patients in intensive care, those with severe breathing problems. Adults are only admitted to hospital if they’re struggling with severe health conditions. With the jump in cases in the past week, the outbreak could

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Dr. Paul Hasselback, chief medical health officer for the central Island, says the vast majority of those hospitalized by the latest outbreak of the flu are under the age of 60.

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The woman found dead on a beach near Milner Gardens in Qualicum Beach has been identified by the B.C. Coroners Service as Ingrid Lorenz, 60, of Courtenay. Lorenz was found on a beach between Milner Gardens and the Eaglecrest subdivision by a walker around noon on Tuesday, Dec. 31. She had no identification on her. Oceanside RCMP spokesman Cpl. Jesse Foreman said that as the death is not suspicious in nature, the B.C. Coroners Service has taken over the investigation. “It’s a rocky beach section,” Foreman said. “It’s not accessible at high tide.” RCMP asked for the help of the public to identify the woman, which was accomplished later on the same day. “Her family has been notified,” Foreman said. Regional coroner Matt Brown said the investigation in Lorenz’s death is ongoing.

Island Rail proponents upbeat on revived E&N Island Corridor Foundation co-chair Mary Ashley says she’s “feeling really good” about the return of passenger rail service on Vancouver Island now that negotiations are progressing with Via Rail. Both sides are exchanging proposals and clarifying language, after stalled talks this fall required the intervention of provincial and federal ministers. “We do know that they are going back and forth on a regular basis to put the agreement together, which is definitely progress from trying to get [Via] to the table,” Ashley said. Via Rail is technically negotiating with Southern Railway of B.C., which would operate the trains on behalf of the ICF, which owns the track from Victoria to Courtenay. Passenger rail service on the Island’s E&N line was sus-

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National sentiments emotional but empty T

ed French says he’s “embarrassed” to be a Canadian and no longer wears a Canada pin when he’s travelling. This of course triggered letters from “proud” Canadians, a couple of whom wished French and his wife “good riddance.” These are strong emotions but what do they really mean? Is French “embarrassed” to be associated with Cape Breton, Stephen Lewis and poutine? Are the letter-writers “proud” of aboriginal reserves, Rob Ford and, well, poutine? On Aug. 4 this year, we mark the 100th anniversary of the

start of the First World War. This was the second of three attempts (1870, 1914 and 1939) by Germany to achieve “peace through war” and assert a world dominated by the superior qualities of the German nation. Germany’s main target was the French who, while less vocal about their global ambitions, envisioned a French-dominated Europe triggering “a new Age of Reason.” As absurd as these ideas may seem today, back then they galvanized people to embrace a conflict which killed more than 16 million people, wounded 17 million more, and razed com-

munities containing priceless art, literature and architecture. Europe, once dominant, spent the next century in the shadow of the United States. Still, the lesson was not learned and to this day national sentiments remain a powerful tool in the hands of governments and the wealthy. In Sochi, Russia this February “proud to be a Canadian” (or whatever) will be heard ad nauseam at the Winter Olympics, just as “honour” and “glory” were parroted in the early 1900s. The presence of a Canadian on an Olympic podium represents nothing more than the ability of

a fortunate nation (fortunate not to have fought Great Wars on its soil, fortunate to be next door to the U.S.) to express its affluence by making full-time jobs of ice dancing and bobsledding. We live in a time when national governments are increasingly bit players in commerce and social policy. Even warfare is more an expression of corporate interests than national ambition. In an age in which the nationstate is becoming a quaint anachronism, expressions of nationalism, embarrassed or proud, seem particularly silly, but no less dangerous.

the plane goes down? You might have a car accident. Some of us have jobs that can end in an accident. Our health can suddenly deteriorate. We all take chances every day. So why not take the benefits of the pipelines? Joe Sawchuk, Duncan

residents. Any concerns the residents have brought forward have been largely ignored, whereas the concerns of businesses have been attended to with great dispatch. Case in point, the water-rate debacle and the exaggerated delay in changing DCCs. Strange that “pandering” to residential concerns only happens in election year. Hmmm. Must be numbers of votes. Al Pastars, Parksville

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>>Your Letters // email: letters@oceansidestar.com Garbage in downtown Parksville disturbing As I walk on Church and Wembley roads, as well as in downtown Parksville, the garbage thrown out is appalling. On Wembley Road I found bags and bags of fast-food products, empty beer cans, bags of dog poop, empty pails. In a bush along Ackerman Road there is a big pile of garbage that’s just sitting there. On the highway to downtown the paper cups and groceries bags, it’s disturbing. I get it that this is a topic no one wants to talk about, however it’s reality; it’s there for all to see. I welcome you to walk with me and experience the view. Jeanpaul Brasca, Parksville

Having two metering systems increases costs I am finding it difficult to understand why Jean Allan would want to set up two parallel systems of meters, one with modern technology and one with 1940s technology. Surely dual systems would increase, not decrease, costs. If GM, Ford and Chrysler set up dual service centres for people who want the new technology of fuel injection and those want to retain carburetors, I think tune-up costs might rise. Canada Post has lost revenue because of e-mail but I really don’t want to return to posting by snail mail. Since Smart Meters have about one-tenth the emission of a cell phone, I don’t understand any problem with them. I may get more emission from my computer than my old manual typewriter but I like my computer too much to change back. Ed Fergusson, Parksville

Alaska pipeline better than winning a lottery Some taxpayers are not thinking of the positive sides of what pipelines can do for them financially. If the pipelines do go ahead, large royalties will be paid to the B.C. government, which is really us. B.C. taxpayers could have a few options: eliminating the provincial sales tax or medical premiums or even receiving an annual royalty cheque. In Alaska, the Alyeska pipeline has provided the average citizen an annual cheque of $1,108.45 a year for 30 years. It’s better than buying lottery tickets. Some people ask, what’s the risk of an oil spill, which is real. But these same people get up every morning and do not know what will happen to them. Going on a vacation? What if

Residents looking forward to pandering In response to your recent editorial (‘In an election year noise masks the silence,’ Jan. 2). In a way, as a resident of Parksville, I look forward to a “year of pandering to resident associations” as this would be a refreshing change! Parksville city council has only pandered to the business community, rarely, if ever, to the

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God speed; don’t cash the pension cheques Ludicrous space-waster ‘beyond the forest’

Mihaela Tanase are leaving Canada for Transylvania. Who really cares? Hopefully they will stay there. Mr. French says he used to wear a Canadian pin while he was traveling but doesn’t anymore. He is to embarrassed to tell people he is from Canada. That being said, I trust that he will not be cashing the Government of Canada pension cheque to pay for his apartment in his new country. Fox McKinley, Qualicum Beach

Re. ‘Gypsies move on from tooWASP Oceanside.’ Thing is, was it The Count or a cougar doing some stalking by the Englishman River? In all, an excellently ludicrous and space-wasting piece. “Beyond the forest,” as we Transylvanians would put it. A.C. Berglund, Qualicum Beach

‘Too WASP’ like saying Africa is too African Re. ‘Gypsies move on from tooWASP Oceanside.’ Incredible. It is hard to believe that with all the great people and things that happen in the Oceanside area that you would print an article like this. I for one am proud to be a Canadian and fly my Canadian flag whenever I travel in other countries. I have lived in the Parksville area for 11 years and love it. Saying you don’t like it because it is “too WASP” is like moving to Africa and saying you don’t like it because it is “too African.” What the heck do they expect it to be? Transylvanian? Isn’t that where vampires come from? Whenever you relocate to another country there are always differences and rules that need to be followed. If we were to just accept qualifications from wherever without question we would soon dilute the quality of our professional services. So go back to Transylvania. We don’t want people with this attitude here anyway. John D’Aigle, Parksville

French has nothing to be embarrassed about Freedom to choose is a wonderful thing, and this happy pair have made their choice to plant roots in Romania, which they have determined to be their new ideal home. Certain parts of Canada admittedly can be a little starchy even ‘waspy’ for some people, and tends to go overboard with political correctness that is oftentimes difficult to come to grips with but, at the end of it all, it remains one of the best places on the planet to live. Ironically, a good friend of mine finalized his Canadian citizenship recently after years of patience, having come from Transylvania where he lived for the first 30 years of his life. My friend has made a life for himself in Calgary with his wife and son, and every year returns to the Oceanside area for summer holidays with a goal to move to Parksville permanently

They’ll be back when they need medical care Re: ‘Gypsies move on’ article (Jan. 2). Is Jan. 14 the earliest flight they can get out? Good luck and we’ll see them back here when they need quality medical care. I or any Canadian veteran will take Ted French’s Canadian pin seeing as he is done with it. P. Jeffery, Parksville

Canada has often had first boots on the ground Ted French and Mihaela Tanase have experienced a lot of the world and have decided Parksville and Canada are not for them. They’d rather be in Cluj, Transylvania, Romania. For obvious reasons, they’re planning on lying low before they leave in the next few days. because of the lifestyle Vancouver Island has to offer. Ted French has nothing to be embarrassed about being from Canada. He may be trying to make a point but he should cut clean, practice humility, and restrict his private resentments about this special country that has been and done so much for so many. While I respect his personal opinion, Canada is a recognized and respected democracy the world over, and rightfully so. Who knows? He may find himself returning some day to live out his old age, while taking advantage of free health benefits, government-subsidized old-age care, and the good quality of life offered here. Best not to ostracize oneself and burn bridges with disparaging remarks. Vernon Forrester, Parksville

Don’t waste my time and good riddance to both What was the author’s and/or editor’s intention of wasting three pages of [potentially] valuable reading space with the extremely negative ‘Gypsies move on from too-WASP Oceanside’ article? I am all for freedom of speech, but the article was rubbish! Based on what was reported,

it appears that Mihaela Tanase was afforded due protocol in her application to become a Canadian citizen: a visitor’s permit, followed by the citizenship desired. Along that same line: it was Ms. Tanase’s decision not to take the “required re-education” to qualify as a BC-registered nurse. It is immaterial that she [has] “all the rights of a member of the European Union” just as it is irrelevant for anyone educated in Canada to expect that their training be universally accepted out of country. Ted French reads to be extremely unpatriotic. His statement: “I’m embarrassed to tell people I’m from Canada” sickened me. It is obvious that by spending the majority of his life working and living elsewhere that he never really did have any Canadian patriotism. I say good riddance to both, and respectfully ask that you do not waste readers’ time with such tripe in future. B. Prior, French Creek

Hopefully they won’t be cashing pension cheques The article ‘Gypsies move on from Oceanside’ (Jan. 2) must have been a fill-in piece. Why else would it be published? You state that Ted French and

Free speech and an open press is a beautiful thing but at times can cause your blood to boil. The article on Ted French and Mihaela Tanase did just that to me. Mr. French’s opinion that Canadians no longer care about the rest of the world is simply absurd. The list of times Canada has recently been “first boots on the ground and/or cheque in hand” is simply too long to

recite. Furthermore, it was noticed in your article that he was not embarrassed enough to leave his Government of Canada pensions “at the door” before he leaves for Romania. Anyhow, this Canadian and I’m sure many others have only two departing words for Mr. French: God speed. Neil A. Watson, Nanoose Bay

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Watershed volunteers can help build a case for action Re: ‘Englishman River Bank collapse leads to call for monitoring’ (Star, Dec. 26). You may be interested to know that the Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society (MVIHES) is about to launch the expansion of its monitoring program with an Englishman River Stewardship Fair on Saturday,

Jan. 18 because we are convinced that people have to take care of their own watersheds. For several years MVIHES has been working with Environment Canada, the Regional District of Nanaimo and the Ministry of Environment to monitor water quality, which is an excellent indicator of watershed health.

Our recent Habitat Status Report on the river has shown that there are a number of other indicators, including the clay banks, that can also be monitored by volunteers, given proper training and guidance by professionals. But let’s not stop with monitoring. Let’s gauge the trends and methodically build a case for action if

that seems to be necessary. Duane Round’s and others’ observations on the effects of the clay banks is crucial to the building of a case for doing something about that situation if the data warrants it. I sincerely hope he and other concerned residents will consider attending the Stewardship

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Will tourists come here when our beaches are befouled with oil? I am the Parksville city councillor to whom Bernie Smith referred in his letter ‘Few dozen drove to the protest in gas-guzzlers’ (Star, Jan. 2). I have supported the aims of Communities to Protect our Coast since it started over three years ago. I am not going to try to refute Mr. Smith’s “inconvenient truths,” for I agree that millions of tonnes of oil are moved daily without spillage. However, Mr. Smith does not acknowledge that oil accidents, incidents, and spillages do occur, all too frequently, with tremendous devastation. One of the roles I have as a councillor is as liaison to the Parksville-Qualicum Beach Tourist Association. Tourism is the main economic driver for all of Oceanside. What do you think would happen to our main economic driver when our beaches are befouled with oil, when the sea birds are covered with oil, when the Englishman River estuary no longer supports the flora and fauna found there? Would tourists still come here? No. What would happen to the aquaculture-fishery industry that employs thousands, most of whose product is exported? Would our seaweed still be in demand? Would our oysters, mussels and fish be edible, in demand, and by whom? Would anyone come for our once-fabulous sport fishing? No. Would the Chinese, Japanese and Europeans understand our political decision-making and be willing to invest where we, the inhabitants, are foolish enough to sacrifice our long-term well-

Bill Neufeld says he’s proud to wear what letter-writer Bernie Smith called the “sea-sick-green jerseys” of Communities to Protect our Coast. being for extremely short-term gain? Possibly they would, just to take advantage of our short-term stupidity! Some will plunder our resources to conserve what is left of their own. Any spillage from the Northern Enbridge Gateway (NEG) ‘dilbit’ pipeline would have a catastrophic NEGative impact on the people and all other creatures on the land and in the sea. Similarly, the TransMountain (KinderMorgan) pipeline doubling would see an increase of 7-1/2 times the supertanker traffic affecting both the U.S. and B.C. lands and seas. Each with its own perils. And how does B.C. benefit when we assume all of the risk, but get very little benefit in

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ayla Zoe, ‘Canada’s Darling of the Blues,’ leaves for Europe this week to begin a 16-stop tour of Europe in support of her latest album The Lily. Zoe was in Oceanside over the holiday season visiting with family and friends. She has been living in Montreal and working extensively in Europe but recently packed up her home back east to move

to Germany, where she has acquired residency status. “There’s much more work in Europe,” Zoe said Saturday. The Canadian scene is “difficult” since there are very few blues venues left and “only so many festivals.” “In Germany you could play on a Monday night and it would be full,” she said. “People don’t sit at home and watch TV.” Europe’s many festivals, she said, are “the best way” to build a fan base

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“because people see you there.” Zoe, who sings in English but speaks French fluently and is picking up German, has been working in Europe since 2006. “It certainly hasn’t been overnight,” she said. Her upcoming tour starts in Belgium Jan. 18, moves on to Disneyland in Paris, and continues on through Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and, a first for her, the United Kingdom. The tour ends Aug. 1 at a blues festival in France but Zoe and her band are “booked into October,” she said. It will be a lot of “back and forth,” she said, but she’s planning on coming back to Canada often to perform and to visit her friends and family.

Zoe donates song to filmmaker When blues artist Layla Zoe leaves for Germany this week, she’ll leave behind a new song expressing her feelings about Canada’s West Coast. The song, ‘Our Native Land,’ with lyrics by Zoe and music by Chris Raines, is being given to Oceanside filmmaker Richard Boyce to help him raise money for a film he’s working on about the Alberta tarsands. Zoe and Boyce recently shot a music video at Rathrevor beach to go with the song. “It expresses my personal feelings about the West Coast,” Zoe said of the song. “It was nice to come home for Christmas and to do this project with two people I consider great friends.”


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WinterBites! So chase those blues T

ickets are now on sale for the new Vancouver Island WinterBites Festival, a 16day multi-venue music and winter sports festival taking place in the Comox Valley Jan 16-31. “We’ve just signed on Ashley MacIsaac, who joins an already stellar line-up that includes iconic names in the International music scene from Chilliwack and Grapes of Wrath, to the sounds of West Africa with Alpha Yaya Diallo,” says Doug Cox, Executive Producer, Vancouver Island MusicFest. “WinterBites is a great chance for music lovers of many different genres to celebrate with us and enjoy sounds from rock to fiddle, hot acoustic blues to a jazz piano showdown - these shows have all been put together exclusively for our event!” The line-up includes: • Rockin’ the Filberg – with Chilliwack Thursday, Jan. 16, Florence Filberg Centre; • West African Dance Night - with Alpha Yaya Diallo Friday, Jan. 17, the Best Western Plus the Westerly Hotel & Convention Centre; • Pianorama - with Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne and David Vest Saturday, Jan. 18, Best Western Plus the Westerly Hotel & Convention Centre; • An Intimate Evening with Barney Bentall Wednesday, Jan. 22 – Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community; • Country, Blues ‘N’ Soul Night with Jim Byrnes and the Sojourners Thursday, Jan. 23, Best Western Plus The Westerly Hotel & Convention Centre; • Rockin’ the Filberg - with The Grapes Of Wrath and Odds Friday, Jan. 24, Florence Filberg Centre; • Ashley MacIsaac, Saturday, Jan. 25, Native Sons Hall; • Acoustic Blues Double Header - with Blind Boy Paxton and Suzie Vinnick Wednesday, Jan. 29, Crown Isle Resort & Golf

Artists attending MAC reception this Friday The opening reception for January’s shows at the McMillan Arts Centre is this Friday, Jan. 10, 7-9 p.m., at the MAC. Until Feb. 1, Gloria S. Daly will be in the Oceanside Gallery with her show ‘Blanket Statement: No Shame In Patches,’ incorporating recycled or reclaimed woolen blankets; Deborah Sears will be displaying her series of paintings, ‘The Primarys,’ in the Concert Gallery; and Wayne Buhr is bringing his photographic images ‘Out of the Closet’ and into the Nemeth Gallery. The artists will be on-hand. Much of their art will be for sale. The MAC is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Clockwise from above: Chilliwack, Jim Byrnes, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne and Alpha Yaya Diallo are among a star-studded line-up that will be playing an amazing array of dances and concerts during the WinterBites Festival starting Jan. 16 in the Comox Valley. separately or in combination with accommodation or a Ski and Stay package. Let’s hope for snow by Jan. 16! The festival is a partnership of Vancouver Island MusicFest, Comox Valley Airport, Mount Washington Alpine Resort and Vancouver Island Newspaper Group, along with venue sponsors including Comox Valley Minor Hockey Association, Old House Village Hotel & Spa, and Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community. Transportation will be provided exclusively by Ambassador Shuttle. For more information and to purchase tickets for the Vancouver Island WinterBites Festival, visit www.winterbitesfestival. com or call 1-855-400-2882. Community; • Rockabilly Boogie! Dance – with Cousin Harley, Friday Jan. 31, Best Western Plus The Westerly Hotel & Convention Centre. Teaming up with local festival hotels, Mount Washington Alp-

ine Resort is providing half-price lift tickets with select WinterBites accommodation packages, to sweeten the festival ‘bite.’ WinterBites Festival concert tickets range from $25 to $40 Canadian and can be purchased

NOTICE OF MEETINGS Regional District Proposed 2014 to 2018 Financial Plan The Board of the Regional District of Nanaimo will review and consider the 2014 to 2018 proposed Financial Plan at the meetings scheduled below.

ENGLISHMAN RIVER watershed health and you

STEWARDSHIP FAIR Saturday, January 18, 10am to 3pm Lunch at 12pm PARKSVILLE COMMUNITY AND CONFERENCE CENTRE Learn from the professionals how you can help protect the Englishman River by monitoring the indicators of a healthy watershed, water quality, water flow, channel condition, riparian condition and more.

Admission is FREE but please let us know you’re coming so we can feed you!

info@mvihes.bc.ca or phone Faye at 250 752 9297

Members of the public are encouraged and invited to attend the meetings. Residents wishing to comment on the plan should contact the Regional District offices at the numbers outlined below to have your name included in the agenda for the meeting. The Plan is available on the RDN website at http://www.rdn.bc.ca/cms.asp?wpID=771 Committee

2014 Budget Review

January 14, 2014 7:00 pm

Committee

Financial Plan presentation

February 11, 2014 7:00 pm

Regular Board Meeting

Finalize Recommendations

February 25, 2014 7:00 pm

Committee

Introduction of Bylaw

March 11, 2014

7:00 pm

Regular Board Meeting

Adoption of Bylaw

March 25, 2014

7:00 pm

All meetings will be held in the Board Chambers at the Regional District Administration Building at 6300 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo, BC. For further information please contact the Director of Finance at (250) 390-4111 or Toll Free at 1-877-607-4111.

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COMMUNITY JAN. 9 ■ Parksville Tai Chi new beginner class, 9:30-11:30 a.m., St. Edmunds Church. $20 per month. Info: Eva 954-1002. ■ Babytime, 18 months or younger, Thursdays, 10:30-11 a.m., Jan. 9 to March 27, Parksville Library, 100 Jensen Ave. E. Info: 250-2483841. Music, rhymes, lap play and more. No registration required. ■ Towards a Future for Schools, School District 69 facilities review conversation, 7 p.m., Oceanside Middle School library. JAN. 10 ■ Preschool Storytime, Fridays, Jan. 10 to March 28, 10:30-11a. m., Parksville Library, 100 Jensen Ave. E. Info: 250-248-3841. Songs, stories, rhymes, and other fun. No registration. For preschoolers accompanied by a caregiver. ■ Kundalini Yoga with Holly Yates, 6- 7:30 p.m., THE Q, 180 Fern Rd. W., Qualicum Beach. Holly: 250-927-1678. By donation. ■ Stroke Recovery Association of BC, Oceanside Branch, meets Fridays, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., St. Columba Presbyterian Hall, 921 Wembley Rd., Parksville. Survivors, caregivers welcome. Bring a lunch. Info: Kathleen 586-6766. ■ New computer? Now what? Free workshop at the Technology Learning Centre at Family Place, 494 Bay Ave., Parksville. Provided by Building Learning Together. Info: 250-947-8258. JAN. 11 ■ Five Alarm Funk, 8 p.m., Err-

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 2014 ington Hall. Tickets $25 at Cranky Dog Records, Errington Store, Heaven on Earth. ■ Qualicum Beach-area Freemasons interested in forming a Masonic lodge which uses the ‘Canadian’ will meet at Rotary House, 211 Fern Rd., Qualicum Beach at 10 a m. Info: Murray (250-757-8755). ■ Saturday Stitching every second Saturday, Jan. 11 to March 22, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Parksville Library, 100 Jensen Ave. E. Info: 250-2483841. For knitting and other needle crafts, all ages and skill levels. ■ F.O. Eagles Flea Market, Craft, & Bake Sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Eagles Hall, 281A Pioneer Cres., Parksville. Free admission. Table rentals $10. Info: Bill 250-248-8103. JAN. 12 ■ Free skate with the Oceanside Generals, 2-3:30 p.m., Oceanside Place. Info: RDN 250-248-3252. ■ Gershwin Galore, 2:30-4:30 p.m., The Old School House Arts Centre, Qualicum Beach. Songs of George and Ira Gershwin performed by vocalist Miranda Sage and band. Tickets $16. Info: Tel: 250-752-6133. ■ Taoist Tai Chi Open House, 1-3 p.m., Parksville Clubhouse, 491A E. Island Hwy. (across from Tim Hortons). Tai Chi demonstrations, practice classes, refreshments. ■ Open meditation, 10-11 a.m., Tibetan Temple, 2800 Grafton Ave. Coombs. Bring a folding chair if you are unable to sit on the floor on a cushion. Beginners

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and non-Buddhists welcome. Suggested donation $20. Info: Penny@kathokcentre.ca. JAN. 13 ■ Sand Dollars modern square dance club free introductory dance lessons, 7 p.m., Bradley Centre, Shearme Road, Coombs. Info: Debbie or Ray Schmidt 250-951-0135. ■ Vancouver Island ElderCollege Learning for Life courses start Jan. 13. Info: www.viu.ca/eldercollege or 1 (866) 734-6252. ■ Arbutus Toastmasters meets 7-9 p.m., Parksville Community & Conference Centre. Self-confidence through public speaking. Info: http://arbutus.toastmastersclubs.org; Kirk Walper 250-228-4275. JAN. 14 ■ Dads Night Out, second Tuesday of the month, Jan. 14 to March 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Parksville Library, 100 Jensen Ave. E. Info; 250-248-3841. Dads, kids enjoy fun activities from Lego to science experiments. ■ Island Bel Canto Singers, an auditioned all-women’s community choir under the direction of Sharon Sinclair, is accepting new

members. Rehearsals Tuesdays, 7 p.m., St. Paul’s Anglican Church, starting Jan. 14. Altos and second sopranos especially welcome. Info: Norma 250-756-2228; www. islandbelcanto.com. ■ Qualicum Beach Garden Club, 7 p.m., QB Civic Centre. Ellen van Heerdenspeaks on Dutch Wave, a natural approach to year-round garden design. ■ Qualicum Beach and Area Newcomers Club meets 10:15 a.m., St. Stephen’s Church, Village Way, Qualicum Beach. Info: qbnewcomers.org. ■ Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes will start Jan. 14, 5:30 p.m., at the McMillan Arts Centre, 133 McMillan St., Parksville, and continue every Tuesday until Feb. 25. Master stress, improve health, face yourself, achieve balance in life. For all ages and walks of life. Info: (250) 954 5040; www.freemeditation.ca. JAN. 15 ■ Grief Support Group meets Wednesdays 4-5 p.m., Knox United Church, Parksville. For those alone or lonely or who have experienced a loss of any kind. Small group, safe and confidential. Info: 250-248-3927. ■ Qualicum Beach Family History Society meets 7 p.m., Qualicum Legion. Guest speaker: Shalema Gantt of the Nanaimo African Heritage Society on History of African People in B.C. Guests welcome. ■ Oneness Blessings & Meditation, 6- 8 p.m., THE Q, 180 Fern

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Rd. W., Qualicum Beach. Bonnie: 250-594-6001. By donation. ■ Singing in French with the group Nous Chantons every Wednesday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Nouveaux membres, bienvenue! Info: Suzanne 250-248-8714. ■ School District 69 facilities review conversation public meeting, 7 p.m., Springwood Middle School. JAN. 16 ■ French Conversation. Informal drop-in to maintain or improve your French. All levels. 2:30-4 p.m., Serious Coffee meeting room, 1209 E. Island Hwy., Parksville. Info: David 250-738-0819. ■ Oceanside Better Breathers Group meets 1:30-3:30 p.m., Rotary House, 211 Fern Rd. W., Qualicum Beach. For anyone with a lung condition and wanting to learn about better breathing. Monthly topic: Learn about the Disability Tax Credit. Info: Kelly, BC Lung Association 1-800-6655864; ablog@bc.lung.ca. ■ Yoga Play! 9-10:30 a.m., THE Q, 180 Fern Rd. W., Qualicum Beach. Bonnie: 250-594-6001. By donation. ■ DeCosmos Fine Arts Society meets 1 p.m. in the MAC Gallery. Demo artist is Olivia Mennie. ■ Arrowsmith Search and Rescue begins 80-hour course to train new members. Runs until midJune. Learn skills such as map and compass and wilderness survival. Visit www.asar.ca or just show up on Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at the ASAR Hall, 3237 Alberni Highway.


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ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Feeling homesick, Libra? If so, make some post-holiday Now may be the time to try something new, Aries. You plans to visit with friends or family you didn’t get a are not one to shy away from anything, but right now chance to see during the holidays. Enjoy this time spent you’re a bit apprehensive about things. Take a leap of with loved ones. faith. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Scorpio, you like to stay busy. But you sometimes feel Taurus, many people look to you as a leader, and they overwhelmed with all that you have to do. Stop biting are wise to do so. You are especially trustworthy, and off more than you can chew and take things one task you will be asked to solve a few problems this week. at a time. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Gemini, there won’t be much time to enjoy recreational Sagittarius, now is a good time to make resolutions and activities this week, so you may have to find a new way reconnect with distant friends. It is good to rekindle to let loose. Rest assured there will be more time for relationships and commit to spending more time with fun down the road. friends and family. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Cancer, a new opportunity comes your way but you’re After time away for the holidays, getting back into a not quite sure if you’re ready for such drastic changes. routine can be challenging, Capricorn. But you like to Take your time before making a final decision. stick to a schedule, and getting back on track is the LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 way to do it. Leo, no matter how hard you try, some people just can’t AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 see things from your point of view. Don’t take this per- Aquarius, although you have many friends, you recently sonally, as everyone is entitled to their own opinions. have only spent time with a select few. This week is VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 a great time to reach out to those friends you haven’t Virgo, sometimes it seems like you have all of the seen in awhile. answers, while at other times, you might not know how PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 to approach a situation. Take some time to analyze your Your competitive juices will be flowing this week, Pisces. Enjoy the competitive atmosphere but don’t approach. take things too far. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23

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