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Proud of their downtown are Qualicum Beach merchants (from left) Joan Smith-Hodgson, of Lefty’s Restaurant; Patrick Simpson, of What’s Cooking; and Lilo Kallai, of Fresh N Fabulous Flowers and Gifts. They’re all on the new executive of the Qualicum Beach Downtown Business Association. [BRIAN WILFORD/OCEANSIDE STAR] They and their store are typical of the downtown, she says. Except for the lone grocery store and one of the drug stores, most of the shops are not much bigger
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More than 300 people watched as Andrew Gent, supply chain director for the Parksville Buckerfield’s store, released a rehabilitated bald eagle at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre Saturday. Buckerfield’s was chosen for this year’s Freedom Flight because of its contributions to the centre. The juvenile eagle took a few steps before spreading its wings and taking flight. Once in the air, it circled the centre a few times. It was amazing, Gent said. “It’s a once-ina-lifetime chance to do this and I am so thankful to the wildlife centre for giving me the chance to do it.” Centre volunteers taught Gent how to hold the eagle safely and walked him through the process. “It was just amazing to be that close to the eagle’s face and to see its eyes,” Gent said. “The eagle was softer than I thought it would be.” [JULIE BERTRAND OCEANSIDE STAR]
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Local home shelters women Region donated more than $100,000 to SOS and Haven Society project JULIE BERTRAND OCEANSIDE STAR
A nondescript home in a quiet Parksville neighbourhood is providing a sanctuary for local women and their children escaping abusive relationships. Before the Parksville Qualicum Haven House opened last October, women seeking shelter could go to the District 69 Society of Organized Services, which put them up in local motels, or to the Haven Society, which operates a shelter in Nanaimo. “It’s very difficult to get into the [Nanaimo shelter],” said Haven Society housing manager Dawn Clark. “The society covers an area that starts north of Ladysmith and goes north to Bowser and west to Errington.” Before the Parksville shelter opened, the SOS provided motel rooms to more than 50 women. The Nanaimo home had housed more than 30 Oceanside women. Seeing the need in Oceanside, Haven Society partnered with SOS to create a transition shelter in Oceanside. They held their first community meeting in May 2012 and in less than two years had raised enough money, including securing a B.C. Housing grant, to buy a house. “We received more than $100,000 in donations,” Clark
Haven Society housing manager Dawn Clark, right, and Parksville Qualicum Haven House co-ordinator Paula Miles meet inside the shelter, which they both operate. The neighbours, they say, are a source of support. [JULIE BERTRAND/OCEANSIDE STAR] said. “The house was fully furnished with donations from the community,” including furniture and furnishings from area resorts. They were even able to hire a
co-ordinator, Paula Miles. “Domestic violence occurs in all cultures and at every socioeconomic level,” Miles said. With the ages of clients so far ranging between 21 and 57, their only common denominator is that they are all fleeing abuse. Once a woman decides to seek help, she can call Haven Society’s 24-hour crisis line (1-888-756-0616) and talk to a support worker who determines the best place for her and her children. It makes sense for some women to go to the Nanaimo shelter,
Clark said, while others stay at the Parksville shelter due to work or so children can remain enrolled in local schools. Women are then transferred to the appropriate shelter co-ordinator and a time and a place are scheduled for pickup. “Women who flee an abusive relationship often have a plan,” Clark said. “They may need to initiate the plan sooner than they thought.” The abuse of children is often a trigger for women to leave, Miles said.
Once at the shelter, workers help the women feel safe. “They have experienced significant trauma and so have their children,” Clark said. “We just let them breathe.” Later, workers start talking about options. Should women choose not to go back to their abusive partners, workers help them find a place and resources. On average, women stay at the Parksville shelter for five to seven days, though they can stay longer should the situation warrant it. The home is innocuous outside but the inside is airy and spacious, with a big kitchen and living room, a laundry room and three bedroom suites with bathrooms. Women also have access to a computer. The shelter’s location is not widely shared for security reasons. Oceanside RCMP officers know the shelter’s address and emergency calls from there get top priority. Before occupying the house, Miles and other workers walked around the neighbourhood and introduced themselves. Since then, the neighbours have become a source of support. “They are kind of keeping an eye on us,” Clark said. “Should anything happen, they’ve indicated they would be happy to help.” Miles and Clark have plans to improve the shelter. They want to turn the garage into a family room and start a food garden. They keep a wish list of wanted items on the Haven Society website and they haven’t stopped fundraising to keep it going. They’re hosting a women-only fundraising fashion show and boutique at the Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort on Saturday, May 31. Tickets ($30) are on sale at the Parksville SOS office. JBertrand@OceansideStar.com; 250-954-0600, ext. 209
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Downtown has ‘really grown in the last ﬁve years’: Kallai DOWNTOWN, from Page 1 Other small-town cores may be beset by empty storefronts but not Qualicum Beach. “It’s really grown in the last five years,” Kallai says. How is this possible? The local merchants, she says, “are really resilient. I think there’s a strong sense of entrepreneurship.” She cites as an example Patrick Simpson, her neighbour on Second Avenue and for 21 years owner of the What’s Cooking “kitchen essentials” shop. Simpson, a gregarious former host of a TV cooking show, gets right down to the nuts and bolts of why the commercial core is a success: it’s “a focussed location,” there’s no highway strip sucking the life out of the downtown, there’s no overhead wiring — “it makes an incredible difference,” and the broad sidewalks are decorative and wheelchairfriendly. There’s even an underground watering system so the trees don’t buckle the sidewalks. “There has been a lot of effort to create the success of this,” Simpson says. “The result is
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Lilo Kallai in the doorway of her shop, Fresh N Fabulous Flowers and Gifts. There’s a strong sense of entrepreneurship, she says. a really pleasant Main Street Canada.” Kallai says another element is having a sizeable population living downtown, including in apartments above some of the shops. “The town, the Chamber of Commerce and the QBDBA have worked hand-in-hand in making the downtown the way it is,” she
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Knotweed on private property is too big an issue for Qualicum Beach to tackle, planning director Luke Sales told council Monday. “Maybe we can provide information and direct residents to the right people,” he said. Mayor Teunis Westbroek said he was hoping the town would be more proactive, because “if we can’t deal with it where it is now, it’s going to come to us.” Coun. Scott Tanner proposed asking staff to prepare a report on an invasive-species bylaw. Coun. Dave Willie questioned adding the knotweed issue to the staff’s to-do pile. “We just came out of an in-camera meeting wondering if we had enough staff time to get all [the work we want done], including a website redesign that’s months
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group of about 20 Vancouver Island mayors, from Sayward to Victoria, have formed a working group to lobby senior governments to fund transportation on Vancouver Island. The mayors, in ParksvilleQualicum Beach for the annual convention of the Association of Vancouver Island Coastal Communities, met Saturday in the Parksville council chambers, chaired by Port Alberni Mayor John Douglas and Nanaimo Mayor John Ruttan. Parksville Mayor Chris Burger had sought a meeting during the AVICC on restructuring the Island Corridor Foundation, which owns the E&N rail line on the Island. However, Burger said Tuesday, at the AVICC there was “palpable anger amongst the delegates over the ferries,” and the side meeting “segued to transportation as a whole.” The mayors, he said, are calling on the federal and provincial governments “to reassess their investment in Vancouver Island.”
Mary Marcotte (right), North Oyster-Diamond director to the Cowichan Valley Regional District, seems a little puzzled, if that’s the right word, as Parksville Mayor Chris Burger (left) and Qualicum Beach Mayor Teunis Westbroek forego the usual host welcoming speeches on Friday, the opening day of the weekend-long annual convention of the Association of Vancouver Island Coastal Communities, for a little skit set at a train station and featuring a conversation between a prospector-type and a horse. Westbroek was holding a recent Oceanside Star with the front-page headline ‘Burger calls for new ICF.’ Burger noted he at times has played the other end of the horse. [BRIAN WILFORD/OCEANSIDE STAR] They plan on working with the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance and other such groups “to develop an economic case for seniors governments for more emphasis on transportation,” Burger said. “We can’t be a suc-
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There was agreement among the mayors that the ICF “should be structurally different,” he said. He noted that the ICF’s annual general meeting next Tuesday, April 22, is closed to most Island mayors, including himself, Qualicum Beach Mayor Teunis Westbroek, Ruttan and Douglas, even though “they’re dealing with public money.” A vote of non-confidence in the ICF at the Regional District of Nanaimo last week is a step toward change, he said. “We’re trying to have a conversation. “Folks from all over the Island have the same concerns,” Burger said. “I think change will come sooner than later.” BWilford@OceansideStar.com; 250-954-0600, ext. 211
B.C. Transit promising town shuttle service is ‘in the works’ JULIE BERTRAND OCEANSIDE STAR
A town shuttle is coming to Qualicum Beach, Mayor Teunis Westbroek told council Monday. Westbroek said he met with B.C. Transit representatives during the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities conference on the weekend to ascertain the feasibility of such a service. “They told me it was in the works,” he said. The shuttle will go around town and also make stops in Eaglecrest and Chartwell twice in the morning and twice in the afternoon.
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Town to consult lawyer on boundary issue family subdivision means for Qualicum Beach. The judgment ruled that Metro Vancouver, the regional district which tried to stop Langley, had no authority to dictate land use in individual municipalities. Town planning director Luke Sales said the court decision has implications for the town. “The scales have been tipped on the side of municipal autonomy,” he said. Brouilette suggesting delaying second reading of the bylaw and
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ualicum Beach council voted Monday to seek legal advice on the process for seeking to amend the Regional District of Nanaimo’s growth containment boundary for the town. Coun. Mary Brouilette made the suggestion, saying she wants to know what a recent B.C. Supreme Court decision in favour of Langley’s rezoning agricultural land into a single-
Coun. Mary Brouilette wants a delay to get a legal opinion on the town’s amendment process.
getting a legal opinion. However, Mayor Teunis Westbroek said the amendment process is town policy, not RDN policy. “It has to go through hearings and readings before it goes through,” he said. Given the divisive nature of the issue, Sales said, it would be worthwhile to ask a lawyer if the town needs to go through the amendment process. Coun. Dave Willie and Bill Luchtmeijer said they wanted to
go ahead with second reading. Brouilette said she’s not against second reading but, “If legally it’s not required to go to the RDN or other levels of government, why are we doing this?” They decided to seek legal advice and gave the bylaw, which expands the growth containment boundary to match the town boundary, second reading. A public hearing on the bylaw has been set for Tuesday, April 22, 7 p.m., at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre.
Qualicum cemetery opened to non-residents JULIE BERTRAND OCEANSIDE STAR
Former residents of Qualicum Beach may soon be able to buy burial plots or cremation niches in the town cemetery. As things stand now, former residents can buy a plot or a niche only if they have a relative buried in the cemetery. And they have to pay double. Last December, council asked co-op student Emma Fraser to review the town’s cemetery bylaw.
She told council Monday that the cemetery, despite being in the oldest community in Canada, is losing $20,000 a year. “Qualicum Beach has an average of 39 interments per year,” she said. “The region has one of the highest cremation rates in Canada, with 95 per cent.” At the present rate, it will take 74 years for the present cemetery to fill up, she said. If the cemetery is opened up to non-residents, it will take 57 years.
Fraser proposed opening the cemetery to non-residents and charging former residents the current resident rate for interment. “Someone who lived all his life in Qualicum Beach and had to move away due to illness is not able to purchase a plot at the cemetery,” she said. She recommended increasing the burial plot, cremation plot and columbarium niche fees by at least $25. Coun. Scott Tanner noted that
Councillor backtracks on MMBC Christy Clark asking her to delay implementing the MMBC recycling program. He wondered if the letter could be dropped. “I have a lot of faith in the UBCM,” he said. “They look after the best interests of municipalities and small businesses.” There are always winners and losers when new programs are implemented, he said, and it’s unfortunate newspapers will be hit hardest by MMBC. Town staff said the letter has already been sent to Clark’s office.
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the motion passed in December asked for a working group to be struck to review the bylaw. “Has that group been struck or has that been ignored?” he asked. Acting chief administrative officer John Marsh said town staff received input from local funeral companies. Coun. Bill Luchtmeijer wondered if the proposed fee increases will solve the $20,000 deficit. Marsh said the new fees will
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City, town hanging on Marine tourism report too negative to non-core services JULIE BERTRAND OCEANSIDE STAR JULIE BERTRAND OCEANSIDE STAR
ualicum Beach council Monday directed staff to come back with a more proactive marine-tourism report. Last month, council asked staff to report on the feasibility of installing mooring buoys to encourage marine tourism on the Qualicum Beach waterfront. In her report, Patricia Huntsman, the town’s cultural development and communications consultant, recommended not installing mooring buoys, as it could create a derelict vessel problem. Moreover, the area beyond the low-tide mark is under federal jurisdiction, so the town couldn’t collect moorage rents. However, the buoys could expose the town to legal liabilities, she said, should a vessel be blown ashore. Coun. Mary Brouilette said Huntsman’s report found every reason why the town should not install buoys. “For a report to be balanced, it should present the other side,” she said. Coun. Bill Luchtmeijer said he felt Hunstman did the opposite of what council had asked. “We asked what should we do.
The report stressed what we couldn’t do,” he said. “I’m a little disappointed we’re on a negative trend instead of a positive trend.” Coun. Dave Willie said the idea is for the town to put parking spots in the water so a few boats can pull in to spend some time in Qualicum Beach, just like in the old days. “I say let’s drop some buoys and see what happens,” he said. “I’m sure we could find a private partner.” Mayor Teunis Westbroek asked for another report. Acting chief administrative officer John Marsh said he couldn’t promise a more positive outcome. Luchtmeijer suggested tabling the issue until Phase Two of the waterfront master plan. Willie said it’s hard to know how it will work unless the town tries it. Time will be needed to market and publicize the buoys, he said. “The report will come up to us during the summer when it will be too late to install buoys. We’ll have to get another report for the waterfront master plan,” he said. “But if staff feel we could have something in the water for this summer, sure.”
s senior governments download services on municipalities, municipalities must deal with resident resistance to tax increases. That puts pressure on Parksville and Qualicum Beach to stick to core services, like sewer, water and roads, but both municipalities also fund non-core services. For example, Parksville subsidizes the Parksville Community and Conference Centre to the tune of $250,000 a year. It’s important for groups to have a place to go, says Parksville Mayor Chris Burger, and the society that runs the centre is encouraged to be cost-efficient if not profitable. “I see conference centres as a consistent thing local governments do,” he said. “Conference centres are not generally private ventures.” Qualicum Beach has its Civic Centre, operated by town staff and subsidized this year by $346.367 from the town. “The town is in the business of providing services that private businesses cannot make a profit on,” said Coun. Scott Tanner. When it comes to the Qualicum Beach Municipal Airport, how-
D D D D D D D ever, Tanner said the amount of taxpayer money used to operate it should be kept at minimum. “The federal government stopped subsidizing airports a few years ago,” he said, “so taxpayers have had to pick up a little of the burden.” This year the airport is projected to bring in $132,022 but will also need $160,694 from the town. Qualicum Beach allocates approximately 0.5 per cent of its municipal tax revenues to Qualicum Beach Museum — $33,000 this year. Parksville and Qualicum Beach both fund the annual Brant Festival, which Burger said is a way
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Health ofﬁcer praises community schools JULIE BERTRAND OCEANSIDE STAR
A community school would increase educational readiness and success rates in Qualicum Beach, Island Health medical health officer Dr. Paul Hasselback told council Monday. Presenting an updated local health area profile, Hasselback revealed that 24.4 per cent of
children in Grades 4-7 in Oceanside are below standard in writing, compared to the provincial rate of 16.1 per cent. Of the region’s preschool children, 11 per cent are rated as vulnerable for communication skills, compared to the provincial rate of 13.7 per cent, but Hasselback said the goal is to get closer to zero.
“I encourage council to reach out and find out what’s happening [in the community],” he said. Mayor Teunis Westbroek asked if community schools could be part of the solution. Hasselback said community schools are a great solution. “It’s one of the many we propose,” he said. “It’s another way of solving issues with the zero-
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Once again, the Regional District of Nanaimo is blaming the stink in the French Creek area on spawning Pacific herring. Each spring, the herring deposit their eggs on the shore between Northwest Bay and the Little Qualicum River, turning the water turquoise and attracting a feeding frenzy of marine birds and mammals. Many of the fish wash up on the beach and decompose, producing hydrogen sulfide. “The wind direction in this area is often onshore, which carries the odour towards the Island Highway and French Creek Pollution Control Centre,” RDN Chairman Joe Stanhope said in a news release Tuesday. “I have lived near the beach for more than 70 years, so I am extremely familiar with this yearly occurrence. People sometimes think the treatment plant is the source of the odour but it is evident, particularly at this time of year, that the smell is the hydrogen sulfide from the decomposing eggs.” Depending on the number of eggs that wash up, the smell can linger until June.
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The committee wants School District 69 trustees to delay an upcoming decision on closing QBES for one year to give it time to become a community school. Members are confident they could access provincial funding to turn the downtownarea school into a community school and to upgrade the school facilities.
to-six-year-old population.” Qualicum Beach Community School steering committee member Anna Sjoo said it was amazing to hear Hasselback speak positively about community schools. “Once people understand what community schools are,” she said, “they see it as a solution for health and education issues.”
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Foreign worker program exactly as planned O utrageous. We’re getting to the bottom of this. No stone left unturned. That corporate giant McDonald’s is using slave labour in Canada. In Canada! In Parksville! Oh the horror. Oh the shame. Let’s ask this question: Is Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program perhaps working exactly as it was designed to? It is, after all, 12 years old, having been created as a pilot project in 2002 by the federal Liberal government. Now, apparently, it is “out of
control” and “subject to abuse.” A high-priority nationwide investigation has been ordered by Employment Minister Jason Kenney, the fellow supposedly in charge of the program. Early indications are that the evil corporations exploited loopholes and were devious in filling out program applications. So just tick the boxes: Outrage expressed; investigation launched; loopholes filled; return to Happy Valley. And back in Happy Valley temporary foreign workers will
continue to be employed in Canada, be it in mining, farming or service industries, because the need is there. That’s why the program was created in the first place. For more than a decade, employers large and small have used it to the satisfaction of business and government alike. The current outrage is rife with racism. The government smells a handy pre-election issue that plays well to the Conservative demographic: Protect the (white) Canadians from the (brown, yel-
low) foreign workers. The foreign workers are being cast as something closer to animals, in their desperation taking lower pay and longer hours, captives exposed to abuse from their bosses. The cheeseburgers only appear on the trays out of cowering, Third-World desperation. Ridiculous. These people have as much right to be here as anyone. They fulfill needs: ours and theirs. They seem to be good people. We welcome them in our community.
Other areas where freight hauling still occurs should continue. Glen Hasslinger Errington
of surgeon Dr. Akushla Wijayanayagam, coupled with the kindness of the operating room nurse Rita, all under the friendly and watchful eye of anesthesiologist Dr. Marek Rozwadowski, then into the recovery room for constant care from nurses Sue, Cindy and the Jolly Welsh Giant Daniel. Residents of Port Alberni must lift their heads high to have such a wonderful hospital with such magnificent people in their community, and Parksvillians must be very grateful it is only a short drive away. Bernie Smith Parksville
>>Your Letters // email: firstname.lastname@example.org Regional approval better than nothing Editor Brian Wilford has accurately identified the conduct of Qualicum Beach council regarding the Growth Containment Boundary, the Urban Containment Boundary, and the Pheasant Glen development proposal — deceitful. Yes, the GCB subject is a matter of governance. Council wants to remove a level of approval, the Regional District of Nanaimo, from future (read Pheasant Glen) land use decisions — to be replaced with, nothing. Some members of council claim this has nothing to do with Pheasant Glen. Again, they are correct. This debate around the GCB has nothing to do with Pheasant Glen — until it has something to do with Pheasant Glen! Currently, if the Pheasant Glen proposal was brought forward, Qualicum Beach council (simple majority) would have to accept the proposal and support the proposal for approval by the RDN. Take the regional district out of the process, rezone to accommodate the Pheasant Glen proposal, hold the mandatory public hearings and, by golly, this could be wrapped-up prior to the November elections. This same “simplified” approval process would also apply to other properties throughout Qualicum Beach. Measured by their actions, has this council earned the public trust that this “simplified” land use process would suggest? Has this council demonstrated the ability to have “meaningful” dialogue and act accordingly? Should this council, and future councils, have this additional, independent land-use authority based on a simple majority vote? Mr. Wilford may also be correct in speculating a legal challenge on this subject. This is often the result when elected officials take actions that
suggest, “We know better.” Lance Nater Qualicum Beach
Rail freight hauling for farms will continue Nicholas Peters is concerned about the loss of rail service to bring grain from the mainland to Duncan for processing, but I don’t believe the current discussion about rail service on the Island in any way suggests that all of the tracks should be ripped up. The main issue at this time is whether or not passenger (not freight) service will ever be revived and if it ever could be viable. If it cannot be revived, then people are suggesting that the tracks that are not being used for any purpose, including freight hauling, such as from Parksville to Comox and Port Alberni, be converted to other uses.
West Coast General wonderful and close by The editor of MoneySense magazine inconceivably ranked Port Alberni as 201st in a list of the 201 most liveable municipalities in Canada. Obviously he or she had never had the pleasure of a visit to West Coast General Hospital, as I did recently. I was understandably concerned about having a delicate probing procedure into an unmentionable cavity in my nether region. However, several marvellous people took care of me at the ultra-modern fullservice facility and, thanks to some spring polyp pruning, I feel rejuvenated by the experience. I’m so grateful for the expertise
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OPINION/NEWS Don’t jump on every development proposal Thanks to the Qualicum Beach Residents’ Association for convening a public discussion on the town council’s proposal for a major amendment to the Official Community Plan related to the town’s growth and containment boundaries. The town should organize a full review of the OCP before considering an amendment which could open the door to significant changes in quality of life for our town, such as this one. Surely a full OCP review would ensure a public process that offers more than blind trust in the majority of three councilors who are behind this amendment.
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THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014 It would be easier for me to believe in this proposal if these councilors followed their campaign speech commitments about their own priorities. Or, for example, if their decision to change building-height restrictions in the village centre were not followed swiftly by their approval of the five-storey Clarion condominium project, despite the protests of taxpayers. It is hard to trust that a simple majority of council doesn’t have their collective eye on developing key properties that are currently outside of the growth and containment boundaries such as the estates adjacent to Milner Gardens or the Island Timberlands lands. We know where they stand on the Pheasant Glen proposal. Surely we need to take the necessary time to consider the implications of jumping on every development proposal that comes along. Unfortunately, if the current amendment is approved, a majority of three councilors is sure to jump. The snow cap on Mount Arrowsmith was 30 per cent of normal this winter. This does not bode well for the sustainability of our water, or our quality of life. Should we not evaluate whether growth is even viable? J. Hill Qualicum Beach
No rush to deal with housekeeping matter Three Qualicum Beach councillors want to change the Growth Containment Boundary to align with the Urban Containment Boundary. Under normal circumstances that might be a reasonable request. What is not reasonable is the speed with which they want it
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Grandmothers Helping Grandmothers
Oceanside Grandmothers to Grandmothers raised more than $2,200 during a bottle drive held Saturday at the Parksville Bottle Depot. All the money raised will be donated to the Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which helps African grandmothers raise grandchildren whose parents died of AIDS. The bottle drive was organized by member Lorna Reid, second from right. [JULIE BERTRAND/OCEANSIDE STAR] be done, like right now. If there were a half-dozen development applications on the town planner’s desk that were dependent on the change, it might have some merit, but there is in fact only one, which is incomplete, from Pheasant Glen Golf Resort. The status of that solitary application is “Incomplete” because nothing but two drawings have been submitted. In other words, proceeding with the motion to change the boundary status would be similar to asking a party rental company
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the entire community can have some input which their entitled to? Why disenfranchise the voters, unless there’s another agenda of which we’re unaware? The speed at which the three are trying to push this change through reminds me of a harried housewife running around her home trying to dust everything before the guests arrive: It’s a haphazard effort that could easily be done at a later date when there’s time to do the job properly. Deborah McKinley Qualicum Beach
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o you remember this little guy? This squirrel with no hair, diagnosed with alopecia, was found on a trail in Nanaimo very weak and laying on its stomach. It was admitted to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in February 2013. After a very nutritious diet and lots of TLC, staff at were able to set him free last week. “It took a long time to see fur growth but eventually he turned
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Equine labyrinth taking shape Horses and humans alike are drawn to the ‘interesting’ energy building in a pasture in Errington BRIAN WILFORD OCEANSIDE STAR
t started as a math challenge for some girls in the School District 69 Collaborative Education Alternative Program. Now it’s a multi-media project and a budding community happening on an Errington ranch. Stone by stone, eventually 7,000 of them, the grandly titled Therapeutic Equine Labyrinth is taking shape in a back pasture of the Walsh ranch on Winchester Road. “It’s been a really neat math project,” says Holly Carnegie Letcher, parent, holistic healer and labyrinth expert. After visiting an equine labyrinth in Wisconsin, she challenged the girls, all members of the Parksville Qualicum Pony Club, to do the geometry and come up with a design to fulfill a math component of their school program. Through horses and holistics, word of the project made its way to Halliday Walsh, who does “equine-facilitated healing work” on her parents’ ranch in Errington. She thought an equine labyrinth would be a fine fit for her “medicine horses,” and her parents agreed. The girls picked the spot and a half-dozen boys and their moms from the pony club came and cleared the land for the 50-metrewide healing space, and now the challenge is to gather enough rocks. Last Sunday afternoon they invited people to bring their rocks, preferably dinner-plate sized, and there was actually a steady stream of back-heavy
On the site of the therapeutic equine labyrinth being built in Errington (from left) Halliday Walsh, Coral Young, Taz, Zoe Letcher, Tessa Letcher, Spirit, Kaeden Letcher and Holly Carnegie Letcher, [BRIAN WILFORD/OCEANSIDE STAR] pickup trucks slowly rolling over the rough pasture to make their donations. “It has really expanded and become quite a community venture,” says Walsh. “It’ll have quite an impact, I think. “It’s building a synergy, building an energy that’s very interesting.” They probably don’t have half the rocks they need but, when they do, the labyrinth, the second in Canada after one in Alberta, will have pathways wide enough for two horses. People will be able to bring their own horses, provided they’re insured by the Horse Council of B.C., or they can ride one of Walsh’s “pretty mellow” Chiron medicine horses: Spirit, Taz and Sorrento. The horses, she explains, have big, slow hearts and, “if you’re in that space” your own heart slows and “you have that much more of an impact on your healing process, like meditation.” The horses are “very interested” in the labyrinth project, she says. “They’re always checking out the space.” Meanwhile, there’s another
‘rock party’ this Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., during which you can bring your rocks to the ranch at 1514 Winchester Road. Deliveries can also be made by appointment (call Walsh at 250-927-5283 or email info@ chironholistics.com) and there’s a limited ability for them to come and pick up. The girls will measure and sketch out the labyrinth with rope and stakes and then there will be a weekend-long equine labyrinth workshop May 2-4, the “work” component of which will involve laying out rocks (to register, email Walsh at info@ chironholistics.com or Carnegie Letcher at pathways2wellness@ bell.net) before being among the first to try out the labyrinth. Carnegie Letcher and the girls are recording the project to fulfill the multi-media component of the school program. Then, in November, Carnegie Letcher will use the multi-media package to make a presentation to this year’s International Labyrinth Society convention in Florida.
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Time to fertilize your rhodos and azaleas Shirley Eppler Down the Garden Path
his sun and warm weather are certainly bringing out the flowers and I’ve noticed a few rhododendrons and azaleas cracking some colour around town. If you haven’t done so already, this is the time to fertilize with a rhodo-specific plant food. Just before flowering and just after is the rule of thumb for rhodos. I also like to top-dress with Sea Soil Original. It helps their leaves maintain a rich, green colour, not to mention keep the moisture in. Rhododendrons and azaleas belong to the same genus, Rhodo-
dendron, but azaleas are broken down into a different subgenus and into even another one if they are deciduous (lose their leaves). Evergreen azaleas, for the most part, have smaller leaves and enjoy the sunshine a bit more than their rhodo cousins. Usually the flowers are clustered together to produce a mass of colour over a tidy plant. Rhodos tend to have bigger and more leathery leaves, flowers held in large trusses, and they like a shadier environment, nestled in with larger trees to provide protection from the hot afternoon sun. Soil requirements are the same for both and they thrive in our acidic soil. However, in the garden, the soil needs to be amended every year as the nutrients get depleted with watering and hungry plants. In the wild, the forest does the amending with decaying leaves,
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Starks and Lannisters have nothing on the Capets and Plantagenets Melissa Legacy Good Reads
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twice for television, once in 1972, when a French TV series was made of The Accursed Kings. Again in 2005, the novels were adapted in a joint French-Italian production. The first book in the series, The Iron King (FIC DRU), was originally published in 1955. The seventh and final book was published in 1977. In 2013, the same publisher that brought us A Song of Ice and Fire started publishing English translations of The Accursed Kings series. So far, the first four books in the series have been translated and published with the final three to follow shortly. George R.R. Martin wrote the introduction to the English translation of the series, saying: “The Accursed Kings has it all. Believe me, the Starks and the Lannisters have nothing on the Capets and Plantagenets. It is the original game of thrones.” According to the publisher, in the first book, The Iron King, “Philip the Fair is as cold and silent, as handsome and unblink-
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APR. 17 ■ Paul Armitage in concert Awakening to Loves Presence, a night for healing, 7 p.m., Parksville Community Centre. By donation. Shift in Action: 954-1002. ■ Oceanside Better Breathers Group meets 1:30-3:30 p.m., Rotary House, 211 Fern Rd. W., Qualicum Beach. Learn about Eating Well With COPD. Info: Kelly, BC Lung Association, 1800-665-5864; email@example.com. ■ 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. APR. 18 ■ MACoustic Folk Club presents WIL, 7 p.m. $15. ■ 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. Stroke survivors and caregivers welcome. Bring a lunch. Info: Kathleen 586-6766.
■ Easter at Tiger Lily Farm, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Baby farm animals, pony rides, cookie decorating, make an Easter Basket, find eggs, play the Candy in the Hay game. $8.75/person, $32.50/ family, children under 2 free. Info: 250-248-2408; www.tigerlilyfarm.ca. APR. 18-19 ■ Parksville Lawn Bowling Club open house. Learn to lawn bowl. Wear flat soled-shoes & comfy clothes. 149 E. Stanford Ave., Parksville. APR. 19 ■ Super Hero Family Fun Swim, 10 a.m. to noon, Ravensong pool. Wear capes and a mask. Regular admission. Info: 752-5014. ■ Foster Park Easter Egg Hunt, noon to 1:30 p.m., Foster Park, Pym and Sanderson, Parksville. Hunting for chocolate eggs, a hot dog sale, face-painting, clowns, a jelly bean count, a raffle basket, lucky draws, cotton candy. APR. 20 ■ Therapeutic Equine Labyrinth Rock Party, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1514 Winchester Rd., Errington. Drop off your dinner-plate-sized rocks. For pick-up, call Hal (250927-5283) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ■ Free giant Easter agg hunt for children 10 and under, 9:30 a.m., Riptide Lagoon Adventure Golf, 1000 Resort Drive. Find one of six
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tial. Info: 250-248-3927. ■ Growing and saving your own seeds with Ellen Rainwalker, 23:30 p.m., Library. Free. Info: 250248-3841; Parksville@virl.bc.ca. APR. 24 ■ Kwalikum Secondary School grad fashion show, 7 p.m., Qualicum Beach Civic Centre. Fashions, silent auction, concessins. $10; $6 under 12 and seniors at Smithfords, Mad Apparel, KSS office and at the door. Supports dry grad. ■ ‘What do you still need from your parents?’ insight into hidden family dynamics, with Henri van Amerongen, 7 p.m., Parksville Community Centre. By donation. Shift in Action: 954-1002. APR. 25 ■ Tales for the Telling, Stories for Adults, features The Persian Carpet-Weaver and the Canadian Traveler, with Kira Van Deusen, 7:30 p.m., McMillan Arts Centre, 133 McMillan St. Parksville. $10 at the door or in advance at the MAC. ■ Bike To Work Week meeting, 2 p.m., Seminar Room, Parksville Pharmasave, 281 E. Island Hwy. Info: Jim Swanson, 250-752-5643, firstname.lastname@example.org. ■ First Open Heart Society – Mid-Island Chapter meets 1:30 p.m., St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 4235 Departure Bay Rd., Nanaimo. Speaker is Garfield Harvey, respiratory therapist.
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6469 Metral Drive, Nanaimo, BC
Across from Home Depot, Real Canadian Superstore, next to United Furniture
CALL FOR FREE GARDENING ADVICE TOLL FREE: 1-866-845-3919
All items advertised while quantities last
% OFF REG. PRICES
RHODODENDRONS 97 % PER BAG
ALL 1 GALLON
BLUEBERRY $ 97 STOCK PLANTS ANNUAL CAMELIAS BEDDING PLANTS NOW
LARGE SELECTION TO CHOOSE FROM!
MASSIVE SELECTION OF NEW STOCK, JUST ARRIVED
Box Stores and Grocery Stores cannot compare with our selection, quality & knowledgeable staff
EG. NOW Dahlias, Lilies, Gladiolus, Perennial Roots
CLEMATIS NURSERY NOW IN!
Upright and Weeping
(Late Spring, Summer Flowering)
MAPLES 2, 3, 5 GALLON POT SIZES
20 kg Covers approx 4,300 sq. ft. of lawn
All items advertised while quantities last
ALL PACKAGED & LOOSE
NOW IN, TIME TO PLANT NOW
Best Outdoor Garden Centre 11 years in a row
NOW IN STOCK
BEDDING PLANTS %
Reg. 39.99 ea.
Across from Home Depot,
PLANTLAND by the Best Western Hotel
NewNanaim s Bu o lleti n
Over 2 Acres – 100,000 sq.ft. of all your needs for garden, landscaping and lawns!
(NOTE: protect from night cold)
Time to plant hanging baskets, tubs, planters, containers up close to house in protected location.
• BARK MULCH • PREMIUM GARDEN MIX SOIL
HUGE SELECTION OF 2¼” pot size basket stuffers, 606 pack (6 plants to a pack), 4” pot size and larger bedding plants, also a selection of herbs, and early spring vegetable transplants.
OPEN NOW 15% OFF 7 DAYS A WEEK 9:00am-5:30pm IS EVERY WEDNESDAY Regular Priced Items (Except Bulk Soil, Bark, Fish Compost)
THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014
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ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, you may need to come up with some new ways to show your affection, as your old ways are starting to fall short. Look to Leo for inspiration. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, a few kinks still need to be worked out, but your master plan will soon be in place. Start putting the wheels in motion and your work won’t go unrecognized. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, you are great at creating a good time out of nothing at all. Get together with a few friends and let the good times roll. Others may envy this talent. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 You have a rare opportunity to show off your skills this week, Cancer. When your talents are on display, don’t worry about hogging that spotlight. Enjoy your time in the limelight. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Take some time for quiet inspiration, Leo. It is just what you need after a busy week in which your stamina was put to the test. Rest and recharge for a few days. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Tasks at work have certainly tried your patience, Virgo. Just when you are settled in, you get pulled in another direction very quickly. Save up those vacation days. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 It’s time to lighten up, Libra. Throw a party, take a trip or
hang out with friends. Just be sure to focus on fun and let other concerns fall by the wayside for a little while. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, do your best to get all of your ducks in a row this week. Keep distractions at bay and don’t allow social engagements to take precedence over more pressing matters. SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, you will have to remain two steps ahead of everyone else to get a project done this week. Things are moving quite quickly now, so make every minute count. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 A challenge is on the horizon, Capricorn. But remain calm and you will handle every challenge that comes your way. Aries provides some extra help. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, some may call you stubborn, but “dedicated” might be a more appropriate term. Once your mind is set, it is hard to pull you off course, and this week is no different. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 You have plenty of energy to carry you through to the weekend, Pisces. A big surprise is in store in the coming days.
IS HERE TO CARE FOR VANCOUVER ISLAND WILDLIFE BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please consider making a ﬁnancial contribution, become a volunteer, member or sponsor an animal, help with fund-raising or just come on out and see the animals. Contact NIWRA to acquire information regarding “Creating a personal and lasting legacy for wildlife”
REMEMBER THE CENTRE “DEPENDS ON YOU” TO CONTINUE OUR WORK WITH ANIMALS. NOW OPEN – 7 Days A Week From 9am to 5pm EARTH DAY CELEBRATION SAT., APRIL 26TH FREE ADMISSION EVENTS AND PLANT SALE 11AM TO 3PM www.niwra.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 250-248-8534
1240 Lefﬂer Rd., Box 364, Errington, B.C. V0R 1V0
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Many styles & colours to chose from
JAPANESE MAPLE ‘EMPEROR’
LOUR O C G PRIN
#10 pot, large trees.
20% Favourite of Hummingbirds
FLOWER BULBS Dahlias, glads, lilies, begonias and more
add an elegant touch to your garden that the birds will love
1.6kg Use for all plantings
WE ARE OPEN ALL EASTER WEEKEND
Sale ends at closing April 24, 2014
OPEN 9AM-5PM DAILY
609 East Island Hwy, Parksville (across from Chrysler Jeep) www.cultivategarden.com
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