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Council ousts Tanner from RDN post

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Coun. Dave Willie says Coun. Scott Tanner failed to represent the town’s views properly at a recent regional board meeting, so he dumped him as his alternate NEWS, Page 5

Bald eagles are monogamous and fiercely territorial but biologist Neil Dawe has photos of three of them raising chicks, likely a first for Canada NEWS, Page 14

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he management board of the Englishman River Water Service voted to spend more than $2 million last week to commence detailed design of the $34.2-million project to build a water treatment plant and new intake from the river. But it’s two other details that emerged from last Thursday’s meeting that are raising eyebrows: • As soon as the plant is up and running by Dec. 31, 2016, as required by an order from the Vancouver Island Health Authority, the water service will spend a further $4.9 million on distribution mains, to be completed by 2018. This brings the cost of the complete project, including $5 million for aquifer storage and recovery, up to $45 million. • The water-service agreement between the city of Parksville (a 74 per cent partner) and the Regional District of Nanaimo

A consultant’s rendering of the main public building of the proposed water-treatment plant. The building would be open to tours. [CH2MHILL GRAPHIC] (Nanoose Bay — 26 per cent) has been quietly changed from a bulk-water agreement to one that includes distribution. As Elaine Hofer, water coordinator for the Parksville Residents Association, pointed out, this

means that, “People in Parksville will pay three-quarters of the ongoing costs of providing water to Fairwinds (the large residential development in Nanoose Bay). I don’t think they’ll be very happy about that.”

And: “People in Nanoose Bay will pay a quarter of the ongoing costs of providing water to Parksville. I don’t think they’ll be very happy about that.” See WATER, Page 4

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Building permits more than doubled this year What a difference a year makes. The value of building permits issued in Qualicum Beach this year to the end of May is $7,538,000, more than double the $3,166,000 by the end of May 2013. In May alone, $2,116,000 in permits were issued, up from $991,000 in May 2013. “That’s very exciting news,” Coun. Mary Brouilette told council Monday. Coun. Dave Willie said that at the Regional District of Nanaimo “we just watched 2,000 homes get approved” (for the Fairwinds development in Nanoose Bay)... so it’s happening out there.”

But the fight to save two elementaries isn’t over yet BRIAN WILFORD OCEANSIDE STAR

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or the children at last Friday’s Coombs Community Picnic it was a perfect evening: warm sun, gentle breeze, hot dogs, ice cream, cake, bouncy castle and just tearing around the playground at the 102-year-old French Creek Community School. For many of the adults, however, it was bittersweet, knowing that the school where some of them had gone and where their children and grandchildren are going now is slated to close forever at the end of the school year. Despite the school board’s decision to close four elementaries to save money, however, some of the parents are still fighting. Former school trustee Bill Preston said he and others are meeting with a lawyer specializing in administrative law in Vancouver this week to discuss whether there was sufficient unfairness in the closure process to take the board to court. Preston is optimistic that there’s a case to be made on behalf of the two schools that protested the closings: French Creek and Qualicum Beach elementaries. “I think we’ve got a case,” he said, “and I’m not the only one who thinks so.” Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser said he has taken French Creek’s situation twice to Education Minister Peter Fassbender and will do so again.

Library taxes going up another 4.4 per cent Taxes to support the Vancouver Island Regional Library will go up 4.4 per cent next year, Coun. Scott Tanner told Qualicum Beach council Monday. Tanner represents the town on the 38-member VIRL board. About 2.3% of the increase is for a continuation of VIRL’s 10year plan to upgrade its facilities, he said. Last year, VIRL approved a 6.94% increase to its $23-million annual operating budget. Last year, Qualicum Beach supported VIRL with $416,107, Parksville with $540,409.

FCCS Principal Brian Nikula tells the picnickers: ‘It’s hard to remain neutral.’ “It’s so much more than just a school,” he told a crowd of picnickers gathered around the music-and-free-cake area. “It’s a hub of the community.” He had invited the minister to come to the picnic, he said. “He needs to understand what it means to this community. “He needs to meet with the people and show respect.” Julian Fell, the area’s regional director, said it was “a happy and sad moment.” “I’m with people I like, people I enjoy, and at a school they’re going to destroy,” he said. “They’ll lose more money than they’ll save by closing the school. It makes no sense.” School trustee Julie Austin was presented with flowers for her

Town wants to hear about sight-line problems Community volunteers Marlene Stahley and Ingrid Tremblay cut the school-themed picnic cake, attracting the interest of granddaughter Annelyse Tremblay, 14 months. [BRIAN WILFORD/OCEANSIDE STAR] efforts to save the school. “It’s been a very hard road lately,” she said. “Many tears have been shed.” She believes the school can be saved, she said. “This will be a footnote in the continuing story of French Creek Community School.” Principal Brian Nikula, his voice cracking, said “it has been

an emotional time” and “it’s hard to remain neutral.” School custodian Anne Raffle, one of the picnic’s organizers, thanked everyone for trying to save the school. “Let’s keep up the fight,” she said. She, Marlene Stahley and Ingrid Tremblay were presented with flowers for their volunteerism in the community.

Each year Qualicum Beach public works employees decide which intersections need a little trimming to improve sight lines but this year town engineering director Bob Weir wants to hear from you. “Let us know if there are any sight-line problems at intersections,” he said Monday. One nominee: the bushes and cedar hedges on the northeast corner at Chartwell Boulevard and Sunrise Drive. What yours? Send your suggestions to QBTown@qualicumbeach.com or 250-752-6921.

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The project is on a tight timeline to meet the deadline set by VIHA, following a post-Walkerton national directive from Health Canada on the treatment of surface-sourced drinking water. Things got more complicated last week when delegates to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities convention in Niagara Falls discovered they won’t be able to access $14 billion in infrastructure money in the Building Canada fund because most provinces, including B.C., haven’t reached a framework agreement with Ottawa. Parksville Mayor Chris Burger estimated it may be six to 10 months before an agreement is reached. With no federal-grant money, Parksville may have to ask voters in November to approve borrowing $18 million for the treatment plant and intake, triggering annual interest payments of almost $1.3 million. Asked after last week’s meeting whether the $4.9 million for distribution mains will now have to be tacked on to the borrowing, Burger said: “That’s a good question. I don’t know.” The city is considering its options, he said, including asking VIHA for a deadline extension. Regardless, the plant will have to be built, he said. “The city isn’t viable without the treatment plant.” Hofer asked the board about the bulk-water agreement also becoming a distribution agreement, saying she is “troubled” by the prospect of non-residents paying for another community’s water distribution. ERWS board chairman Joe Stanhope asked ERWS project manager Mike Squire to respond. “It has changed,” Squire said of the agreement, without elaborating. Hofer also asked how much it’s going to cost a year for residents of Parksville to send water to Nanoose Bay, and how much it’s going to cost residents of Nanoose Bay to distribute water in Parksville. “I don’t know,” Squire said, saying such details will be worked out further down the line.

Regardless, says Mayor Chris Burger, the plant will have to be built: ‘The city isn’t viable without the treatment plant.’ Using money budgeted to be spent this year, the board awarded a contract worth $1,619,328 (plus $80,966 GST) to consultants CH2M Hill for detailed design of the water intake, treatment plant and supply mains. It also approved spending not more than $415,000 (plus up to $20,750 GST) on detailed designs of a membrane filtering system with one of two competing vendors. A report to the board from its Water Service Management Committee said the project can “gain efficiencies” by bringing in the membrane supplier at the detailed-design stage. Water treatment will include chemical coagulation, pressurized membranes using ultraviolet disinfection, and chlorination. It will cost about three times as much to operate as the current treatment. The treatment plant will have a capacity of 24,000 cubic metres per day, expandable in future to 48,000 cubic metres per day. Hofer later said the current system can handle 12,000 cubic metres per day (also expressed as 12 mega-litres per day), it won’t need a capacity of 24,000 cubic metres per day until 2035, and it “may never need” a capacity of 48,000 cubic metres per day. BWilford@OceansideStar.com; 250-954-0600, ext. 211


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Tanner ousted from RDN post Failed to represent the town properly, Willie says BRIAN WILFORD OCEANSIDE STAR

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oun. Scott Tanner was removed as Qualicum Beach’s alternate director to the Regional District of Nanaimo by a 3-2 vote of town council Monday. Coun. Dave Willie, the town’s RDN director, proposed removing Tanner and replacing him with Mayor Teunis Westbroek. Willie said Tanner had violated “policy, procedures, how to work together as a council” when he spoke at the May 27 RDN board meeting in opposition to the expansion of the town’s growth containment boundary. Willie attended the meeting and was the town’s representative to the board. Tanner was one of 10 town residents who spoke against the expansion, which must be approved by the RDN board. Willie said Tanner “identified himself” as a town councillor and alternate RDN director. Tanner said, “I introduced myself.” Willie said issues can be debated on council but, once a vote is taken, it becomes “a decision of council as a whole.” Tanner’s appearance at the RDN meeting, he said, “was a case that I think went over the line.” Tanner was “expected to take the position of council to the RDN,” Willie said. “You decided to keep fighting... That’s the problem.” Coun. Bill Luchtmeijer said Tanner’s actions show that, “our

A year ago, then Star reporter Stewart Burnett captured this classic glance between Coun. Scott Tanner (left) and Coun. Dave Willie as council discussed the cost of a new fire hall. ‘Boy, it’s getting expensive,’ Tanner said. In an interview following Monday’s meeting, Tanner said his ouster from the RDN has more to do with local politics than anything else. “It’s going to be an interesting election this fall,” he said. council can’t rely on him to represent the opinion of this council but instead his own opinion.” Tanner said he is “under no obligation to follow direction from other council members.” He noted that the boundary expansion has not been adopted by the RDN (the board is seeking a legal opinion) and may be defeated. Coun. Mary Brouilette said Tanner was “missing the point of lobbying... against your own council.” Westbroek proposed that he should be not the alternate director to the RDN but rather the director, replacing Willie. “It’s another level of government and you should send your chief elected officer,” he said. His position reflects that given by governance expert George Cuff when he gave a Primer for Elected Officials and their Advisors in Lantzville in December 2011. Cuff told Westbroek in an email Tuesday that: “I stated that if there is only permitted one representative, that should be the mayor.” Westbroek’s motion was seconded by Tanner but was defeated 3-2. Westbroek then accepted the position as alter-

nate, saying it allows him access to RDN in-camera meetings. “A couple of times I was told by you (Coun. Willie) and Coun. Tanner that there was something going on in-camera but we can’t tell you because it was incamera,” he said. There was some discussion over who can attend RDN in-camera meetings. Town staff was asked to seek clarification from the RDN. RDN Chief Administrative Officer Paul Thorkelsson said in an email Tuesday that only directors, not alternates or councilors, can attend RDN in-camera meetings. Willie later said it was his idea to ask Westbroek to be the alternate: “I asked him and he said yes.” Tanner said he was surprised by his ouster as alternate, an unpaid position save for about $60 per meeting in gas money, calling it “a punishment.” “I wanted the board members to hear another point of view and to me that’s democracy,” he said. “I stand up for what I believe in.”

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Digital studio an ‘incubator’ BRIAN WILFORD OCEANSIDE STAR

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he Qualicum Beach Digital Media Studio was officially launched Monday by Andrew Wilkinson, provincial Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services. He was joined by ParksvilleQualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell, Qualicum Beach Mayor Teunis Westbroek, town councillors Mary Brouilette, Bill Luchtmeijer, Scott Tanner and Dave Willie, and Malcolm Crow, director of Enterprise Solutions for Telus Corporation.

The town has converted its century-old train station into the studio for at least a year-long pilot project to grow the base of digital-arts and creative-industry talent in the area. “You can be state-of-the-art anywhere in B.C.,” Wilkinson told the gathering. “It doesn’t get much better than this. “Congratulations for making this work.” Several digital-media entrepreneurs such as Agog! Labs gaming software designer Conan Reis are already using the studio, which features fast uploads and downloads (105.88 mbps).

Posing for the official unveiling of the Qualicum Beach Digital Media Studio are, from left: Mayor Teunis Westbroek, Coun. Dave Willie, Technology Minister Andrew Wilkinson, Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell, Coun. Bill Luchtmeijer and Coun. Mary Brouilette. [BRIAN WILFORD/OCEANSIDE STAR] The Regional District of Nanaimo intends to hold its 3D animation Byte Camp there this summer. The B.C. Innovation Council’s Innovation Island, created to support technology start-ups, will be offering programs and events at the studio. Said Stilwell: “Just because we’re in a small, semi-rural community doesn’t mean we can’t have great ideas.” Mayor Westbroek said that creative workers attracted by the Island lifestyle also want to stay competitive, with access to quality education for their children, as well as cultural and recreational amenities. “Our area delivers these assets in abundance,” he said, “and they will be further promoted through the community partnership of Oceanside Initiatives, a marketing strategy for attracting lifestyle entrepreneurs and building from our rich tourism economy.” The studio is like “an incubation centre,” he told town council that evening, noting that several companies that used it have already moved on because “they became a success.” Coun. Luchtmeijer said he recently toured a similar “collaborative workspace” in St. Catharines, Ontario, launched a decade ago by Innovate

Niagara. With the help of $3 million in grants, he said, it has grown from 400 square feet to 9,500 and is now “a full-scale production facility,” with digital animation, 3D printing, a data centre and more. It remains, however, “an incubator for young start-ups,” he said. Luchtmeijer said he expects that in five years the Qualicum studio “will be a much larger project.” Leading the creation of the studio have been Patricia Huntsman, the town’s cultural development and communications consultant, and Jared Shaw, a local digital media expert. Its operating costs for the first year are expected to be about $30,000, with $16,000 of that coming from a Telus program that donated $25 when someone in Qualicum Beach signed up for Optik TV. The remainder is to come from studio rentals. On Monday, council voted to form a “resource group,” including representatives from the school district, business groups and so on, to help guide the studio through its first year. It also approved spending $3,000 so studio representatives can attend digital-media conferences in Vancouver and Seattle. BWilford@OceansideStar.com; 250-954-0600, ext. 211

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Rescue Unit expecting rough start RCM-SAR Unit 59 officer Hugh Jackson said people without a lifejacket have even less time to live. “That initial shock, that gasp, closes your throat off and now you’re struggling,” he said. “You don’t have a lifejacket on, you start to drown. You can drown in three minutes.” The RCM-SAR Unit 59 operates the Kids Don’t Float program, which provides children’s lifejackets to be borrowed by boaters at the two marinas in Deep Bay, at Buckley Bay and on Hornby Island. Dyke also cautions boaters against drinking and boating, comparing it to drinking and driving. “Your judgment is impaired, you feel that nothing can happen to you. All of a sudden, you get into trouble,” he said. He recalls being called out to where everyone being rescued was drunk. “It’s not a pleasant sight but we don’t lecture,” he said. “We’re not law enforcement.”

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eep Bay Royal Canadian Marine and Rescue Unit 59 volunteers hope to have a quiet boating season this summer. “We would love it if we never got called out,” said RCM-SAR Unit 59 officer Phil Dyke. “We would just go out for training and that would be because everyone would be doing boating safety.” Since January, the unit’s 16 members have participated in six search-and-rescue operations. The unit’s station tends be quiet in the winter but activity picks up right after the rainy season ends. One of the latest operations took place in late April, when a family out boating on the Strait of Georgia started having boat problems. “We discovered later the transmission on their boat failed,” said RCM-SAR Unit 59 Nelson Eddy. “They were powerless on the middle of the strait on the far side of Hornby Island with only a cell phone.” It took volunteers close to seven hours to locate the family and tow their boat back to the Deep Bay marina. The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria used the family’s cell phone to get the latitude and longitude of the boat. However, the weather turned, with waves reaching a height of more than 2.4 metres (eight feet). By the time RCM-SAR Unit 59 volunteers reached the initial location, the boat had drifted close to 3.3 kilometres away. Volunteers called the family again to get new coordinates. By the time they reached the boat, the family members were all seasick due to the waves. “We managed to hook on a tow in these difficult circumstances but we had to move slowly because the waves were banging on the tow line and making a shock,” Eddy said. “I was afraid we would pull the bow ring out of their boat.” Dyke said the unit often gets called out to rescue boaters who haven’t prepared enough for their outing. “Probably the biggest concern for us is boaters in the spring who don’t replenish the gas on their boat,” he said. “The boat’s been sitting in their backyard since probably September. They see a nice day in May and off they go with the family, not really realizing that the gas is old.” The old gas breaks the car-

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rrington resident Patrick Chenier has announced his intention to seek the nomination of the Conservative Party of Canada in the new riding of Courtenay-Alberni for the next federal election in 2015. He’ll be challenging Conservative and Vancouver Island North MP John Duncan, who has also

announced his intention to seek the nomination. “I have an excellent history throughout the community, grassroots initiatives, capital markets, the Aboriginal community and sport,” Chenier said in a news release Monday. “We need more than just status quo because it is not increasing opportunities for mid-Islanders. We need to focus on a strong,

stable government that has a net positive effect on mid-Islander lifestyle. “This nomination is not just about the next election or another four-year term but about renewal for the next 20 years. As a Conservative representative, I bring a renewed perspective to address the challenges of today.” Last year, Chenier challenged Paralympic champion Michelle

Stilwell to be the Liberal candidate in the provincial riding of Parksville-Qualicum. He holds a master’s degree in education and has worked in the financial services industry. Chenier is married to Niki Stanford. They have two adult children, Michael and Jade. You may contact Chenier at patrick.chenier@shaw.ca or 250-927-2725.

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“People are just dying to get here,” Qualicum Beach Coun. Scott Tanner told council Monday after they voted to allow non-residents from District 69 into the town cemetery. This spring the town formed a working group to review the operation of the cemetery and the group favoured a “liberalizing” of admissions, acting administrator John Marsh told council. The cemetery loses about $40,000 a year, he said, and has no money in a reserve fund to make improvements. According to a bylaw given second reading, a resident of Qualicum Beach will pay $825 for a burial plot (up from $775), with $210 going to a reserve Care Fund. A non-resident from Oceanside will pay $1,525, with $385 going to the reserve fund. Cremation plots will be $350 resident (with $90 to the fund) and $625 non-resident ($160). Marsh said trends in what people want done with remains are changing and the operation will be reviewed periodically.

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Colour-guard members of the 893 Beaufort Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets march into their annual review Saturday at the Squadron’s hangar at the Qualicum Beach Airport. Dignitaries attended, including Parksville Mayor Chris Burger and Qualicum Beach Mayor Teunis Westbroek. The Squadron is hosting its second-annual Air Cadet Golf Tournament this Saturday, June 14, at the Pheasant Glen Golf Resort. It’s an 18-hole scramble with a shotgun start starting

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n a sane world, no one in their right mind cares who the alternate director is to the Regional District of Nanaimo. Ah, but the town of Qualicum Beach left that station three years ago when voters elected the business-friendly 3-2 majority of Mary Brouilette, Bill Luchtmeijer and Dave Willie, replacing the ‘green’ 3-2 majority of Teunis Westbroek, Barry Avis and Kent Becker. RDN director and Coun. Willie is claiming Coun. Scott Tanner,

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his alternate, failed to present council’s position on boundary changes to the RDN board, instead presenting his own contrary position. Willie was at the meeting as the director, so Tanner, officially speaking, was just another local yokel flapping his beak. As much as people like to tell their opponents they aren’t allowed to speak, there is no law, rule, guideline, custom or even point of etiquette saying Tanner can’t speak his mind. It’s all just politics.

Come the elections Nov. 15, the current majority is angling to hang on to power, even foregoing challenging Westbroek for mayor. The minority of Westbroek and Tanner is hoping Avis can get back in after his failed attempt to wrest the local provincial riding from the Liberals. It’s almost a sure thing that Avis will make the cut. What’s uncertain is who doesn’t. In 2008, Avis topped the polls with 2,747 votes, Brouilette was the last councilor to make the cut at 2,255, and Tanner was 98

votes behind her, failing to make council with 2,157 votes. In 2011, it was Luchtmeijer 2,615, Brouilette 2,299, Willie 2,041 and Tanner just 60 votes behind at 1,981. So if Avis gets back in with Luchtmeijer-type numbers, who gets bumped? Willie or Tanner? If you’re Willie, you start going after Tanner now, likely with help from Brouilette and Luchtmeijer, and you don’t let up until election day. BRIAN WILFORD

>>Your Letters // email: letters@oceansidestar.com FCM convention cost $3,600 per councilor Three members of the Qualicum Beach town council, Mary Brouilette, Bill Lucthmeijer and Dave Willie, voted themselves an all-expense trip to Niagara Falls to attend the annual Federation of Canadian Municipalities convention. Apparently it was precedentsetting as three members have never attended this conference if held outside of B.C. According to the Acting Chief Administrative Officer John Marsh, the estimated costs will be in the $11,000 range, some $3,600 per person. However, any prudent traveller, when paying for it out of his own pocket, could do it in style for half that amount. At the council meeting June 9, the gallery was presented with a dog-and-pony show put together with information provided prior to this needless expenditure and all is available on Google. I believe it begs the question, is this a good way to spend taxpayers’ dollars? The councillors get to party on the Maid of The Mist while the folks who pay the bills go over the falls in a barrel? Fox McKinley Qualicum Beach

Rush to change town boundary a puzzle Three councillors want to expand Qualicum Beach’s Growth Containment Boundary to align with the municipal boundary, and two councillors oppose the amendment. Containment boundaries are used by urban planners to direct growth and development in designated areas. The expansion of Qualicum’s boundary means that resource and rural lands in Qualicum would be changed to urban on

regional district maps. It also means that a majority council would gain greater control over land-use changes to the rural areas in Qualicum. The land area affected by the boundary change is about half the town. There are two amendments currently in play. An OCP amendment to expand the GCB which is almost complete and only needs final reading to be adopted. The second amendment is a request to the Regional District of Nanaimo to amend the Regional Growth Strategy to expand Qualicum’s GCB. The town’s process for amending the GCB that the majority of council has put together has come under scrutiny by residents as well as the regional board of directors. Residents have protested that due process wasn’t followed, and the RDN is seeking a legal opinion on the town’s amendment itself. Three councillors have publicly

declared that they have no plans for land-use changes for the areas currently outside the GCB if the amendments are adopted. But residents are still shaking their heads asking why the three councillors have accelerated the amendment process when many residents do not support the amendments, and the councillors have no plans for the affected properties? Is there more to these amendments than the three councillors are telling the public? C. Macfie Qualicum Beach

Thanks to those who helped lobby for beds Thank-you to Tom Davies and the Federation of Oceanside Residents’ Associations group for their continued diligence in bringing palliative beds to Oceanside with the help of the End of Life Working Group.

Thanks to all of you who signed the petitions and wrote your heartfelt letters, and to the team of volunteers who worked at the petition tables. Keep writing those letters; they are vital. Thanks to all the stores that permitted the petitions in their businesses. Special thanks to both Pharmasaves for being the collection points. Carol A. Dowe Oceanside Palliative Caregivers Qualicum Beach

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harvest creating Foot ferry service would Seaweed hard roads on beaches benefit much of the Island Mark MacDonald My View

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good portion of Vancouver Island stands to benefit if and when the final funding comes together for Island Ferries proposed foot-passenger ferry to Vancouver. Commuters from the West Shore to the Comox Valley could find such a service appealing and helpful. Island Ferries indicates the one-way ticket for the trip will be $30, and it would drop off riders at the Seabus terminal and at the foot of the Canada Line, which offers quick transit to other Lower Mainland points, most notably Vancouver International Airport. Adult passenger-only fare from Departure Bay to Horseshoe Bay on B.C. Ferries is now $16.25, with a car and driver $69.60 oneway. That only gets one across the Strait, followed by a halfhour drive downtown, where extra parking costs might arise. Commuters from as far south as Langford, and as far north as the Comox Valley could use the service on a regular basis. Those living in the West Shore region of Victoria currently face a lengthy drive to the B.C. Ferries terminal at Swartz Bay, after which they end up in

Tsawwassen — an hour’s drive from downtown Vancouver. If they had the option of heading north to Nanaimo, it would be an hour’s drive to the ferry, then on to downtown Vancouver. Because of that, the city of Nanaimo, Regional District of Nanaimo, the province and the federal government should get behind this latest version of the fast foot passenger ferry. After all, this service is not just for Nanaimo — it’s an Island thing. Government is supposed to make it easier for people and traffic to get from point A to point B, and this ferry would be a key transportation infrastructure piece. While there are a number of transportation options to and from Vancouver Island, the missing link is this fast, foot-passenger ferry. Its arrival would reduce vehicular traffic on both sides of the Georgia Strait, and become an economical option for commuting to Vancouver. It should boost the local real estate market and make Nanaimo an affordable option for those working in downtown Vancouver, to enjoy a high standard of living for less. One would have to drive to Chilliwack at the end of the Fraser Valley in order to find real estate as affordable as Nanaimo. Plus, it would also be good for our local retail economy, as these new residents would work in the lower mainland and spend most of their money here.

It is good to recall why the first two versions of the route didn’t last. The first, Royal Sealink Express, backed by Norwegian boat builder Kvaerner Fjellstrand, actually was doing quite well on its Nanaimo to Vancouver route in 1991, reaching a break-even point after just 11 months. This market was proven, and Island Ferries ownership knows it. Nevertheless, the Victoria-Vancouver route that ran from downtown Victoria was too long and the lack of ridership contributed to the service’s failure. The second try, HarbourLynx, was underfunded and had one boat. This time there are two. The previous attempts and the scars left behind are likely reasons why new investors have been shy about joining Island Ferries’ project to this point. With the ongoing concerns with the Island Corridor Foundation’s plans to restore rail service, the fast foot ferry would be a much more justifiable investment of government time and resources. Perhaps it’s time they focused on this rather than rail. Mark MacDonald is Editor in Chief of the Vancouver Island NewsMedia Group and Managing Editor of the Nanaimo Daily News; 250-729-4224.

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Leaving dogs in vehicles deplorable Since early May the Missus and I have noticed dogs in vehicles (sometimes black) parked in the sun with no windows open or just a bit. As an animal lover, I deplore the people who do this. Every year we hear of such rescues and also the horrific deaths of dogs left in

cars. So, who do we call, the SPCA or RCMP? Or do we stand by and berate the perpetrators of this cruel abuse? Or leave a note. What to do? Gord Byers Parksville

There are so very many things wrong with the mass-tonnage removal of the seaweed biomass that it should be halted immediately. There is also the damage that has been caused to Shoreline Road and others, the removal of department of transportation rip-rap to gain beach access, and the moving of natural large stones from the beach up to the foreshore area to repair the damage that the tank-like machines have done. We were under the impression that removal of beach material is not allowed. We were under the impression that, according to the signage in place: No Vehicles on the Beach. The issuance of licenses to allow these fly-by-night companies to do so is utter disrespect of our community of Deep Bay by the Regional District of Nanaimo and the province. It is obvious that the weight of the machines dig into the sand and gravel and leave tracks, creating a road-like pathway all along the beach for kilometres, and in doing so is killing the embryos of small fish which are food for salmon. The tanklike machines are driven across creeks and water flows with total disregard for the environment

they are destroying. We urge the RDN to put a stop to this destruction. Len Walker Deep Bay-Bowser

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Toastmasters’ guest a world-champion speaker Arabella Benson, the only Canadian woman to win the World Championship of Public Speaking, will be one of several speakers on topics of leadership and communication at a special event on Saturday, June 14, hosted by Island division Toastmasters clubs. Benson will give the audience strategies to help them ‘Present with Fun and Power!!!’ during the day-long event, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Parksville Community Conference Centre. An international speaker and speech coach, Benson will coach at least two volunteers during her fun, interactive presentation. With master’s degrees in psychology and communication, she has taught at five universities, including the universities of Hawaii and Toronto. As a Bell Canada Training Manager, she won the World Championship of Public Speaking, the only Canadian woman and one of only four women in the world

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Looking Healthy B.C. Health & Fitness Day was marked in the Parksville Community Park Saturday. Members of the Parksville Lions Club showed off their Outdoor Gym to dignitaries including Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell, who is also Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health for Healthy Living, Parksville Mayor Chris Burger, Coun. Bill Neufeld, Coun. Carrie Powell-Davidson, RDN Area F Director Julian Fell, Island Health board member David Kruyt and Toni O’Keeffe, island Health Vice President of Communications and Public Relations. “Take responsibility for your own lives and make changes,” Stilwell told the gathering at the beachfront gazebo. “I hope to see us all live healthy lifestyles.” People got their hearts pumping with a zumba fitness class led by Anna Dodds, of the Regional District of Nanaimo Recreation and Parks department. Stilwell tried out the Outdoor Gym equipment, where she took a ‘Healthy Selfy.’ Island Health is encouraging people to take photos of themselves doing healthy activities to share on social media sites using the hashtag #islandhealthy. You may also post your Healthy Selfy to www.facebook.com/vanislandhealth. Stilwell also tried out the Lions Club’s newest addition to the park: a wheelchair swing. The $5,000 swing was fenced off this week as it awaits safety and instruction signs. Club President Duane Round said he hoped the signs would be up and the swing open to the public later this week. [BRIAN WILFORD/OCEANSIDE STAR]

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A rare example of cooperative nesting in the Bald Eagle with three adult birds at a Parksville nest. In the photo above, note the downy young in front of the middle eagle. In the photo at right, the three adult eagles are squawking at an intruder. [NEIL DAWE PHOTOS]

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here’s an unusual ménage à trois within Parksville city limits. A trio of Bald Eagles has set up its household and is in the midst of rearing two young. I first noticed this arrangement while keeping an eye on a pair of Bald Eagles at their nest. On one occasion, a third adult eagle flew in and perched on a snag, about 250 metres away from the nest. The nesting pair made no fuss. This was quite unusual because Bald Eagles are normally monog-

amous and defend their territories vigorously. Over the next few days, I saw all three eagles chase and evict other eagles from the territory. As an intruder got too close, the nesting trio would begin their alarm calls, which have been described as “a discordant series of metallic chitters and squeaks that sound like a rotating clothesline pulley needing oil.” If the intruder didn’t leave, one or two of the birds, and often all three, would chase the trespasser out of the territory. All three birds were often perched togeth-

er at the nest, especially during the incubation and early nestling periods. In this case of cooperative breeding, the helper appears to be another female, judging from its size. Female eagles are usually a third larger than males, so when they’re perched together it is often possible to tell the sexes apart. Unfortunately, telling the individual females apart is not as easy. As a result, I don’t know for certain if both females were incubating the eggs or bringing prey back to the nest, but I sus-

pect they were as that has been the case in other reported nests with a trio of eagles. On one occasion, the male was seen copulating with one female while the other was incubating the eggs but, again, I couldn’t tell which female was the helper. Over 200 bird species are known to occasionally have helpers, although it is not all that common with birds of prey. I could find only five instances of cooperative breeding involving Bald Eagles, none from Canada. The adaptive advantage to such breeding, of course, is that help-

ers provide another pair of wings to assist with defending the territory and prey delivery to feed the young, thus improving the chances of nesting success. The cause of the formation of the trio could be something as simple as a lack of suitable mates or limited territories in the area. The young in this cooperative nest are now almost the size of the adults and will soon be on the wing. Neil Dawe is a professional wildlife biologist and co-author of the four-volume work, The Birds of British Columbia.

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© 2014 Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc. 2014 C 350 4MATIC™ Avantgarde Edition Sedan shown above, National MSRP $52,800. [1]Available at pricing based on the C 300 4MATICTM Avantgarde Edition Sedan with MSRP of $42,250 includes freight/PDI of $2,195, DOC admin fee of $395, air-conditioning levy of $100, PPSA up to $45.48 and a fee up to $25 covering EHF tires. Taxes, license, and insurance extra. [2]First, second and third month payment waivers are capped for the 2014 C 300 4MATIC™ Avantgarde Edition Sedan up to a total of $1,350 (including taxes) for lease programs and up to a total of $1,950 (including taxes) for finance programs.*Lease and finance offers based on the 2014 C 300 4MATIC™ Avantgarde Edition Sedan are available only through Mercedes-Benz Financial Services on approved credit for a limited time. Lease example based on $358 per month for 27 months. Down payment or equivalent trade of $4,760 plus security deposit of $400 and applicable taxes due at lease inception. MSRP starting at $42,250. Lease APR of 2.9% applies. Total obligation is $16,721, includes monthly payments, Freight/PDI ($2,195) and down payment of $4,760. Doc ($395), air-conditioning levy ($100), PPSA up to $45.48 for finance/lease where applicable and a fee up to $25 covering EHF tires, license, insurance, registration and taxes extra. 18,000 km/year allowance ($0.20/km for excess kilometres applies). Finance example is based on a 60-month term and a finance APR of 0.9% and an MSRP of $42,250. Monthly payment is $614 (excluding taxes) with $4,225 down payment. Cost of borrowing is $830 for a total obligation of $41,080. Vehicle license, insurance, and registration are extra. PPSA is extra up to $45.48 on lease and finance offers. Dealer may lease or finance for less. Offers may change without notice and cannot be combined with any other offers. See Mercedes-Benz Nanaimo for details. Offers end June 30, 2014. DL9808 #30818

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THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014

Second Ave. Clearance Fashion Outlet Centre

• Lego • Ergo Baby • Playmobil • Skip Hop • Tea Collection

SHOW N SHINE

FATHER’S DAY SPECIAL SUMMER DRESSES AN ADDITIONAL

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• Calico Critters • Plan Toys • Ravensburger • Bumbleride • Corolle

250.752.1937

Enjoy the 21st Annual Father’s Day Show & Shine in beautiful Qualicum Beach!

Congratulations to all of the competitors Michelle Stilwell MLA, Parksville-Qualicum Parliamentary Secretary for Healthy Living

Office: 2B-1209 Island Highway East Parksville, B.C. V9P 1R5 250-248-2625 • Email: Michelle.Stilwell.MLA@leg.bc.ca

Home Buying & Selling made Easy!

Glenda Sweet

(250) 752-1391

Mon. to Sat. 9:30am to 5:00pm • Sun. noon to 4:00pm

SEASIDE CRUIZER’S 21ST ANNUAL

Show & Shine Event Schedule June 13, 14 & 15, 2014 FRIDAY JUNE 13

SUNDAY JUNE 15

Gathering Place: Harris Parksville Chevrolet Buick GMC 5:00 - 6:00 pm Cars start arriving! 6:00 - 7:00 pm Eat and check out the place! 7:15 pm Cruise departs! (no burnouts please)

Downtown Qualicum Beach • 7:00 am Exhibitor Gate Opens • 7:30 - 11:00 am - Shriner’s Pancake Breakfast • 8:30 am Information Desk & T-shirt sales open • 12:00 Noon - Mt. Arrowsmith Pipe Band • 2:30 pm Trophy & Awards Presentation • Special Awards for Long Distance & Club Participation

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SATURDAY JUNE 14 - POKER RUN

Gathering Place: Arrowsmith Golf & Country Club 2250 Fowler Road, Qualicum Beach • Start time: 11 am Normal Finish: 12:30 pm BBQ 12:30PM • All cards must be in by 1:30 pm • Do not open cards!!! (Judges will open all envelopes) • You must have 5 (five) cards - #1 thru #5 inclusive • Putting green challenge is planned with over/under 19 years of age awards. Free.

SATURDAY JUNE 14

- STREET DANCE - MALOOMBA BOOGIE BAND

- 21ST ANNIVERSARY SHOW & SHINE

• “NEW” for 2014 - PEOPLE’S CHOICE TROPHY You Get To Be The JUDGE!

SUNDAY JUNE 15

- LADIES SHOP & WALK EVENT

Downtown Qualicum Beach Organized by the Qualicum Beach Downtown Business Association • Fun, Lots of Prizes, Free to register • 10:00 AM - 1:00 pm • Prize Draw 1:00 pm

6:00pm - 10:00pm Downtown Qualicum Beach Live dancing and music in the streets

Quality Foods

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Reputable • Courteous • Service

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• Service for Motorhomes • Shuttle Service & Courtesy • Fully Licensed Facility Car Available • All Services Warranty • BCAA Approved • B.B.B. Member • Govt. Inspection Facility

ILL GR

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BUY ONE CHEESEBURGER MEAL

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(former Quiznos location)

NOW

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$

Sun. June 15 Seating available from 10am-2pm $

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COMMUNITY

THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014

Sally Ann stores getting free shelving

Killdeer maybe was faking it A

killdeer was brought into the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre after a family found it running on the beach. They thought it had a broken wing but we determined it was a young bird with no injuries. We tested its ability to feed itself and, when it was successful, the decision was made to release it in Sylvia a good habitat Campbell where there Wild & Free are others of its kind, as well as abundant food sources. The killdeer is by far the most widespread and familiar of North American plovers because of the easily observed habitats it frequents, its tolerance of humans, and its vocalizations. Once the target of market hunters and in serious decline, the killdeer is probably more common today than at any time in its history as a result of habitat changes wrought by humans, though it remains vulnerable to 20th-century problems such as pesticides, oil pollution, lawnmowers and automobiles. Technically shorebirds, killdeer are often found on construction sites, road shoulders, gravel roads and driveways, graveled rooftops, lawns, pastures, and golf courses. They are most often found near water of some sort, even if it is a lawn sprinkler. Their long legs have a running-stopping-bobbing gait. They also do a broken-wing act, with piteous cries, to draw predators away from nests and chicks. Long, pointed wings allow rapid flight and quick manoeuvres. The killdeer is active day and night and can often be heard calling overhead in the darkness, especially in early spring and late summer. Mall parking lots and lighted ballfields seem to attract them at night. Visit the centre’s new picnic area and mark on your calendar the annual Family Day, Saturday, June 21. See www.niwra.org to learn more.

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This young killdeer turned out not to be injured and was released back into the wild. [NIWRA PHOTO]

Area Salvation Army thrift stores are getting two tractortrailer loads of shelving from Nanaimo’s old Canadian Tire store. Major Norm Hamelin, Corps Officer and Pastor for the Mount Arrowsmith Community Ministries, based in Parksville, said Canadian Tire is donating the shelving to the thrift stores in Parksville, Port Alberni, Comox and Powell River. Nanaimo’s Canadian Tire recently moved into a new location at Nanaimo North Town Centre. “These shelving units are like gold to us and we really appreciate Canadian Tire helping us out like this,” Hamelin said.

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6” PURPLE WAVE

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GIANT WAVE HANGING BASKETS

WOODGROVE CENTRE - NANAIMO HOURS: Mon.-Tues. 10:00pm-7:00pm. Wed.-Fri. 10:00am-9:00pm Sat. 10:00am-7:00pm Sun. 11:00am-6:00pm

250.390.3141


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Su mmer Classes

• CLASSES • GROUPS • LEAGUES

SUMMER CAMPS will be held at

Flying Changes Equestrian Centre & Riding School

NEW!

• S Summer Care P Program r

2160 Halona Way, Coombs, BC

• Preschool • Group Childcare • School Age Program

250-240-1794 or 250-248-2542 • • • • •

flyingchanges-rs@shaw.ca

JULY 8-9 • 10-2 $120 JULY 22-24 • 10-2 $175 AUG 5-7 • 10-2 $175 AUG 19-21 • 10-2 $175 AUG 26-28 • 10-2 $175

ECE QualiÀed Staff New Facility & Equipment Integrated Special Needs Care Affordable Group Childcare - Part Time & Full time Rates pp y for Government childcare subsidy Contact us and apply

PARKSVILLE CENTRE 452 E. Is, Hwy., Parksville (next to Boston Pizza)

Pick up/ Drop offs Parksville

250-248-8128

iecc1@telus.net www.islandearlychildhoodcentre.com

Children 5 and up welcome, no experience necessary Quality School horses, experienced staff and instructors and a lovely environment. Camps include English riding lessons, trail rides, crafts and stable management.

Your Choice For a Good Start!

SMASHIN’ GLASS CLASSES $ S Catchers Class Sun 48 Make 3 $ Pendants Class P 65 Make 4 $ Coasters Class C 85 Make 4 $ Crushed Glass Bowl Class C 135 $ Cut Glass Bowl Class C 155 $ SSmall Sushi Plate Class 6” 85 $ Medium Sushi Plate Class 8” 105 M

Large Sushi Plate Class 10” $125 $ Mini Starfish Class 85 Make 9 $ Large Starfish Class 65 $ Small Starfish Class 45 $ Sushi Plate Set Class 155 Make one 8” and two 4” plates. $

115 $ 95 $ 75

12” Window Hanging Class 8” Window Hanging Class 6” Window Hanging Class

Instructor & championship level dancer,

Cassandra Karras is accepting enrolment for

CAN’T DECIDE?? GLASS SAMPLER CLASS

Lads & Lassies 4 years and up Summer Intro to Highland Dance Classes Available

$

85

Make one Sun Catcher, one Pendant, one Coaster and one Mini Starfish. All Classes subject to 5% GST. VISA, MASTERCARD and DEBIT accepted. Pay cash & receive a discount equal to the 5% GST

August 18th - 21st, 2014

1380 Ward Rd Coombs. Hours Tues. to Sat. 11-4pm.

Call Cassandra to register

Did you know you can book your birthday party, get together or event with us?

Call for info: 250.248.6624

casskarras@gmail.com

250-240-1234

Register soon for summer camp Jul 2-4 Preschool 3-5yrs

Children 6-12yrs

Gymnastics

Jul 7-11 Camp Littlefoot

Jul 21-25 Camp Littlefoot

QB Playground

Jul 14-18 Camp Littlefoot Soccer Camp Dance Camp QB Playground

QB Playground

QB Playground

QB Playground

QB Playground

QB Playground

Camp Bigfoot Adventure Camp Camp Notch

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Camp Bigfoot Adventure Camp Girls Hockey Camp

Camp Bigfoot Adventure Camp Eco Kidz Camp

Camp Bigfoot Adventure Camp

Tennis Camp

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Tennis Camp

Tennis Camp

Tennis Camp

Golf Camp

Golf Camp

Golf Camp

Golf Camp

Golf Camp

Golf Camp

Golf Camp

Young Chef

Basketball Camp

(Jun 30-Jul 4)

Camp Bigfoot Adventure Camp Gymnastics (Jun 30-Jul 4)

(Bowser)

RDN

Yoga Camp

Dance Camp

Aqua Smorg

Soccer Camp QB L.I.T. Training Youth 11-18yrs

Jul 28-Aug 1 Camp Littlefoot Soccer Camp

Aug 5-8

Aug 11-15 Camp Littlefoot

Aug 18-22 Camp Littlefoot

Soccer Camp

Aug 25-29 Soccer Camp

(Bowser)

Summer Camp Roundup

Young Chef Yoga Camp

Byte Camp

Aqua Smorg

Soccer Camp

Soccer Camp

Water Camp

(Bowser)

Soccer Camp

Express Camp

Express Camp

Express Camp

Express Camp

Express Camp

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Tennis Camp

Tennis Camp

Tennis Camp

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Tennis Camp

Golf Camp

Golf Camp

Golf Camp

Golf Camp

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Golf Camp

Golf Camp

Girls Hockey Camp

Water Camp

Soccer Camp QB Basketball Camp Soccer Camp

Byte Camp

Soccer Camp

Call 250-248-3252 or 250-752-5014 or go online rdn.bc.ca/recreation to register.


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Su mmer Classes

• CLASSES • GROUPS • LEAGUES

WEDDING

MAGICAL DANCES CREATED JUST FOR YOU. From SIMPLE ttoo SENSATIONAL

FIRST DANCE

LESSONS

per couple (inc ta tax)! ax)!!

$99

Package includes TWO T 45 minute lessons. Bring your chosen song. Bring your wedding shoes.

Pioneer Plaza, 281 East Island Hwy. Parksville, BC. Opposite Thrifty Foods. Tel: 250 240-0533. Email: yungdance@shaw.ca. www.foreveryungdancestudio.com.

WANT TO KICK SCHOOLS BUTT GET A NEW HEALTHY ATTITUDE GET FIT HAVE FUN THIS SUMMER!

60 PLAY 60 ACTIVITY MINUTES DAILY Become a member. We’re more than a gym. BOXING CLUB: MON. • WED. • FRI.

AGES 7-13 4:30pm - 5:30pm AGES 14-18 6pm - 7:15pm WHITE COLLAR AGES 19+ 7:15pm - 8:30pm

LET US HELP YOUR CHILD DEVELOP A GOOD WORK ETHIC, SELF ESTEEM, ASSIST WITH BETTER HAND EYE CO-ORDINATION & INCREASE ENERGY & FOCUS. Unit 12-425 Stanford Ave., Parksville B.C.

Ph: 248-5511 www.genesisboxingandfitness.com

Summer Dance Craft Camp 2014 Monday, July 7th – Friday, July 11th AGES: 5-10 A great way to be introduced to all styles of dance in a fun, non-competitive atmosphere. A different dance class each day and craft to take home.

10:00am – 12:00pm

No dance experience necessary! COST: 100 + GST. REGISTER BY PHONE OR EMAIL $

Registration for fall classes: Early Registration

June 23 & 24 from 3-7pm! Discounted registration fee for these 2 days only!! Lots of new and exciting things happening at QBSD for the new dance year including a Production of “Legally Blond the Musical”, Dancing trip to Disney Land, and new teachers to join QBSD staff including Donna Wilkins!!

250-752-0227 qbsd@shaw.ca


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Bake-and-plant sale helping Eagle Park gardens Garden volunteers led by horticulturalist Connie Kuramoto, of Gardens on the Go, have been doing a makeover of the extensive gardens at the Eagle Park health-care facility in Qualicum Beach. Some of the gardens “lacked maintenance” due to “reduced funding and staff shortages” at the facility for 75 residents, according to a news release last week from Janie Finerty, manager of volunteer resources for the 75-resident facility. The garden team prepares seasonal displays, and attends to the more mundane

weeding, planting, and pruning. They also donate plants and seek donations from friends and suppliers. Still. Finerty says, “there are many activities urgently requiring support.” The Eagle Park Auxiliary welcomes donations and is planning fund-raising events, including a dog show, a flea market, a pub night, and a salmon barbeque. First up is a Bake and Plant Sale to be held this Friday, June 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the facility, 777 Jones St., Qualicum Beach. Look for Gay’s famous Sticky Buns.

The Eagle Park garden team (from left): Liz Reynolds (in back), Connie Kuramoto, Steve Price-Francis, Joan Irwin and Shirley Wray.

Curious about westerns Melissa Legacy Good Reads

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Over 700 Pages!! Get Your Copy Today!

have to admit I don’t read westerns but I’ve always been curious to know what makes them so popular. I’ve been on the lookout for some new titles to flip through to see what they are all about. Here are some new western titles to round up, with descriptions from their publishers. Ragtime Cowboys by Loren D. Estleman (WES EST): “In prohibition-era Southern California, real-life detectives Charles D. Siringo and Dashiell Hammett must solve a mystery involving a ruthless politician, Joseph P. Kennedy. With sharp dialogue and rich historical background, Ragtime Cowboys is an exciting, suspenseful tale in which the Old West and Hollywood collide. What begins as horse thievery turns into a deeper mystery as Siringo and another ex-Pinkerton, the young Dashiell Hammett, follow clues that take them

from the streets of Los Angeles to Jack London’s farm, until they discover a conspiracy masterminded by the notorious and powerful Joseph P. Kennedy.” Bull River by Robert B. Parker (WES PAR) is book six in the Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch Series: “When a major bank robbery occurs the lawmen quickly find themselves tasked with a new job: investigate the robbery of Comstock Bank, recover the loot, and bring the criminals to justice. Cole and Hitch are soon on the trail of the money, two calculating brothers, and the daughter of Saint Louis’s most prominent millionaire in a Cain-andAbel story that brings revenge to a whole new level.” Once a Ranger by Dusty Richards (WES RIC): “Ex-Ranger Phil Guthrey swore he’d never stop roaming the West, bringing justice to the lawless whenever the situation called. But after cleaning up the criminals of Crook County, Arizona, he finds himself not only elected to be the county sheriff but settling down with a pretty, young girl for a wife. Except keeping the peace in Crook County is less relaxing than Guthrey would have imagined. Border bandits are accustomed to raiding the territory at will, and they’re not too keen on giving up the practice. Between his new wife and a town under constant threat, this former Texas Ranger is about to get more than his fair share of action.” Be sure to check our online catalogue for other great new reads. Melissa Legacy is Library Manager of the Qualicum Beach and Bowser branches of the Vancouver Island Regional Library. For more information or to request books online, go to www.virl.bc.ca.

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• Blue & Multi Driveway Chips • Construction Aggregates • Garden Soil • Bark Mulch • Lawn Sand • Compost • River Rock

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Open Monday-Saturday 8 am-5 pm Closed Sundays www.porterwoodgravelmart.com


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At Your Service

Amazing Hair Studio The

Barber & Stylist Services

OPEN

Family Dentistry New Patients Welcome! Dr. Denny B. Essig DMD 175 Corfield Street Parksville, BC (Across from Corfield Plaza)

250-586-4404 www.oceansidedentalcentre.com

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TUESDAY – SATURDAY

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BY APPOINTMENT.

ATTENTION OCEANSIDE RESIDENTS

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Bring in a donation for the Food Bank & enter to win a FREE cut!

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• Oil Changes • Brake Service • Tune Ups • Batteries • Exhaust Systems • Tire Sales & Repairs • Transmission Service

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UNDERGROUND IRRIGATION SERVICES

- Bring your driveway back to life -

BRAKE % 15 OFF SERVICE FRONT & REAR OIL CHANGE Offers valid until June 15, 2014

$

3495 Plus Tax

Most cars & light trucks. Includes up to 5 litres of oil. Diesels extra.

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Sustainable Solutions for a Sustainable Future

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• SPRING START-UPS • WINTERIZATION • SERVICE CALLS • IRRIGATION AUDITS • DCVA TESTING & SERVICING

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Sue’s Seniors Care Dependable Care for Independent Living Specializing With: • Dementia, Paralysis & Palliative Care • Full Personal Care & Respite • Post Surgery & Rehab Assistance • Housekeeping, Meal Prep & Transportation

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HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 7:30am-4pm Sat. by request

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Austin wins silver Parksville’s Thalia Austin, a student in Vancouver Island University’s Culinary Arts program, won silver at the Skills Canada National Competition in Toronto June 4-7. The Ballenas Secondary School graduate is now off for the Thalia Austin summer to at a co-op work assignment at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Gibb inspires tourney The Qualicum Beach Lawn Bowling Club is hosting the firstannual Sylvia Gibb Ladies Pairs Tournament on Friday and Saturday, June 13-14. Gibb became a member of QBLBC in 1987 and excelled at the game, securing her name on countless trophies and encour-

aging her teams to share her enthusiasm. She earned both the Sportsmanship and the Service to Club awards in 1993. The Indoor Green facility allowed her to bowl well into her nineties. She passed away in 2013 and left a bequest to the club. The ladies pairs tournament features 16 teams from Parksville, Nanaimo, Courtenay and Port Alberni, many of whom bowled both with and against Gibb. Bowling starts at 10 a.m. Friday. The public is welcome.

Rambling for Baby Avis

Parksville a powerhouse Members of the Parksville Lawn Bowling Club continue to dominate season play, taking the top four positions at this week’s Scotch Pairs Tournament in Courtenay. Sandi Mitchell and Jon Lansdowne took first, beating out Chris and Martin Fereday in an exciting, three-end tie breaker. The Feredays took second, while Parksville’s Peter Zyboyovsky and Roberta Stets took third. Another pair of Parksville teams

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The start of the Baby Avis Ramble Fest, held Saturday on Englishman River Falls Provincial Park’s HammerFest trails. Money from registration for the ramble is going to help the family of Arrowsmith Mountain Bike Club member Mike Avis, whose wife Kristin was to give birth today (Thursday) to a baby withy a heart defect. The couple have been in Vancouver preparing for the birth and subsequent surgeries since May 22. Donations can be made to Baby Avis In Trust at any branch of the Coastal Community Credit Union. [BRIAN WILFORD/OCEANSIDE STAR] tied for fourth: Jim and Flo Muir and Brenda and Wayne Edwards. The Parksville club will now play host to the Sea Soil Classic (June 13-15) in support of the Oceanside Hospice Society, starting at 2 p.m. Friday. Visitors are welcome to the club at 149 Stanford Ave.E.

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The Island Soul Choir presents How Can I Keep Singing, with Michael Creber and Brian Tate, Tuesday, June 17, 7:30 p.m., at St. Philip-by-the-Sea Anglican Church, 7113 Lantzville Rd., Lantzville. Tate is celebrating his 60th with

The Jennifer Scott Trio is performing at the McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville on Friday, June 13. Scott, a vocalist and jazz pianist, is considered the finest jazz

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some of his favorite classical and jazz pieces. The classical set features songs by Faure, Vaughan-Williams, Barber, Mahler and a Brian Tate set of spirituals. The jazz set features songs by Stephen Sondheim and a tribute to the Bill Evans-Tony Bennett sessions. Tickets are $15 at islandsoulchoir.com and at the door. Proceeds go to St. Philip-by-theSea Anglican Church. For more, call Penny 250-802-3345.

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JUNE 12 ■ How to Love Yourself: Learn 10 steps to change your relationships to yourselves and others, with speaker Liz Robitaille, 7 p.m., Parksville Community Centre. By donation. Shift in Action: 954-1002. ■ Coombs Old Time Fiddlers’ Season Finale Dance, 7:30 p.m., Rotary House, 211 Fern, Qualicum Beach., $2.50 includes snack, Info: Bruce 250-586-3743. JUNE 13 ■ Jennifer Scott Jazz Trio at the MAC, 7-9 p.m. Tickets $15; http:// mcmillanartscentre.com. ■ Eagle Park Auxiliary Bake and Plant Sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Eagle Park, 777 Jones St., Qualicum Beach. ■ Parksville Lawn Bowling Club Sea Soil Classic, June 13-15, starting at 2 p.m. on the 13th. Schedule at parksvillelawnbowlingclub. com. 149 E. Stanford Ave. ■ First Sylvia Gibb Ladies Pairs Tournament, Qualicum Beach Lawn Bowling Club, June 13-14. 16 mid-Island teams. Starts 10 a.m. June 13. All welcome. JUNE 14 ■ Opening reception for Arrow-

Nanoose Bay photographer Mike Yip captured these wild Pacific rhododendrons blooming at Rhododendron Lake on Saturday, June 7. The lake, on ungated private forest land, is accessed by the Northwest Bay logging road. smith Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists annual Spring Juried Exhibition and Sale, noon to 2 p.m., Oceanside Village Resort, 1080 Resort Drive, #101F, Parksville. All welcome. Show runs to June 27. ■ Parksville Seniors’Centre Choristers present Turn Your Radio On, 2p.m, Drop In Centre, Middleton Avenue, Parksville. Tickets $10, $7

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JUNE 15 ■ Family Minute to Win It Swim, 2-4 p.m., Ravensong Aquatic Centre. Silly games, prizes. Regular admission. Info RDN: 250-752-5014. JUNE 16 ■ Hiking Information Session, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Oceanside Place Arena. $10. Tips and resour-

JUNE 17 ■ Island Soul Choir presents How Can I Keep Singing, with Michael Creber (left) and Brian Tate, 7:30 p.m., St. Philip-by-the-Sea Anglican Church, 7113 Lantzville Rd., Lantzville. Tickets $15 at islandsoulchoir.com and at the door. Proceeds to the church. Info: Penny 250-802-3345. ■ PQ Linux/Android Users Group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at A&W Restaurant, 540 Island Hwy. E., Parksville. Bring your laptop, Android device, or Chromebook. ■ Oceanside Grandmothers to Grandmothers meet 10 a.m., Knox United Church,345 Pym St., Parksville. Info: www. oceansideg2g.org. ■ Circle Jam, 7-9 p.m., at the MAC, 133 McMillan St., Parksville. $5 at the door. All instruments, all abilities, visitors welcome. JUNE 18 ■ Sno Cone swim, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Ravensong Aquatic Centre. Pool fun, sno cone treat. Info: RDN 250-752-5014.


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