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Aquifer is found for project Recharge and storage pilot project selects Nanoose Creek area for further study, drilling By AUREN RUVINSKY NEWS REPORTER With the announcement of a $1.3 million grant before the holidays, the Englishman River Water Service has moved into phase two on British Columbia’s first aquifer storage and recovery system. “The first phase was a desktop review of all 13 aquifers in the area and the Nanoose Creek aquifer was selected as the most feasible,” said ERWS program director Mike Squire. The first phase looked at existing studies and wells that have been drilled in the region and found the Nanoose Creek aquifer very favourable from Mike Squire. the data they could colPQ NEWS FILE PHOTO lect, but now they need more detailed studies. “Phase two will be drilling observation wells and production wells,” Squire said, explaining that it will eventually include six test wells and other monitoring wells that will still be useful for observation if the project doesn’t go ahead. The number one issue will be ensuring the aquifer is confined, as it appears to be. It will be staged research and development, drilling a well, pumping treated water into the aquifer, then pumping it up and testing the results on bigger and bigger scales. While ASR projects are more common in some areas of the world, including Oregon state, it is almost unknown in Canada, with a couple projects in the east.

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ERRINGTON — The bear enclosure at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre (NIWRA) is no longer home to a group of young bear cubs. That’s because volunteers were successful in releasing five more bear cubs from the facility on Sat., Jan. 14. The

young cubs were admitted to the centre located in Errington during the spring of 2011 but have now been released into the wild. The bears now out exploring the wilderness include a set of twins from the Campbell River area.

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Wilderness crusader speaks to full house Wayne McCrory holds court at Civic Centre

Even as one threat to the coastal ecosystems is wrestled to at least an uneasy draw, new threats arise, said world-renowned biologist Wayne McCrory in Qualicum Beach Friday. Speaking to a capacity crowd in the Civic Centre, McCrory outlined a series of victories and partial victories by environmental crusaders over his many years on the forefront of the push to preserve some of British Columbia’s special places and endangered species. The importance of wilderness, he said, exceeded environmental considerations and went right to the core of what it means to be human. “In the mountains of Italy I was struck by the beauty of the alpine and went to a place called the Valley del orso, valley of the bear,” he said. “The sun was shining through the mist and my guide called me over and showed me four holes in the ground, two and a half feet apart in a square. He told me that when Pope John Paul was dying he was taken to the park and they put his chair right there and he sat there and looked down that same valley. Here was the head of one of the biggest churches of the world, with beautiful churches and

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Carmanhah Carson-Austin shows off bears for sale at Friday night’s fundraiser for the Valhalla Wildneress Society. cathedrals, and where does he go to commune in his dying days? To a protected wilderness.” McCrory talked of his sevenyear fight to preserve the Valhalla range of mountains 35 years ago, where he and his late sister, Colleen McCrory, began their work. “We saved over 1.5 million acres of parkland,” he said. “After we saved Valhalla Park in 1987, I thought, oh boy, that’s enough politics for me. I’m going to go back to the cozy world of doing research and my lifestyle in the Slocan Valley.” However, it was not to be. A plain brown envelope showed

up on his doorstep one morning, detailing the threat to grizzly bear habitat in the Kutzymateen Valley. A gruelling float plane trip to the remote site convinced him that this, too, needed to be preserved. That trip also opened his eyes to the full extent of logging damage on the B.C. coast. “I saw just how horrible the logging was,” he said. “I was shocked and appalled. Valley after valley had been clearcut.” The Kutzymateen, he said, was a grizzly bear paradise. “Everywhere there were dead salmon, bear tracks and bear trails,” he said. “I’d never seen so

much grizzly sign in my life.” McCrory and his colleagues began a campaign to save the remote valley. “We launched a big study with the World Wildlife Fund and mapped the rainforest and timber values and grizzly bears and started some of the first bear viewing programs on the coast.” It was another seven-year battle, but help from local First Nations, the World Wildlife Fund and thousands of individual British Columbians, the valley was saved. Since then, he said, other campaigns have continually cropped up, some which ended in victory, some in defeat and others in a midrange compromise. Whether it be mountain caribou habitat in the Selkirk range, wild horses on the Chilcotin Plateau or the Great Bear Rainforest, McCrory and his colleagues with the Valhalla Wilderness Society and other groups, continued to fight a rearguard action to preserve B.C.’s special places and give its mega-fauna, such as grizzly bears or caribou, a fighting chance to survive as viable species. “Along the way we became frustrated with single issue campaigns and while the Great Bear Rainforest campaign was going on, 15 scientists on the team concluded that to save an ecosystem you need to have 50 per cent of it protected in large areas,” he said. SEE

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Debris washing up on Vancouver Island’s west coast isn’t coming from the Japanese tsunami, says a B.C. oceanographer. Richard Thomson, a researcher in coastal and deep-sea physical oceanography within the Ocean Sciences Division of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, said it’s highly unlikely any of the debris being found on Vancouver Island beaches resulted from the tsunami. “Nobody knows for sure, but

our best estimate is that somewhere in the spring or summer of 2013 we should start to see some things. It’s almost impossible for anything to have made it by now.” There are a number of reasons for that, he said. “If it’s mainly carried by the currents then it’s very slow, maybe 10 kilometres per day,” he said. “The currents meander and there are a lot of eddies in them that could carry the debris in the opposite direction, back towards Japan. The currents wander all around, but the general drift of the North Pacific current takes things to-

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Researcher Richard Thomson says it’s almost impossible for debris to make it this far so soon. wards our coast, but it’s over 7,600 kilometres on a direct circle route from Japan, so a few kilometres of drift a day will take a long time.”

Thomson, who studies ocean currents as part of his job with the DFO, said it’s unclear how much of the debris will wash up in B.C. even when it does get here. “When the current gets here, it doesn’t run right onshore. When it gets 800 kilometres offshore the current starts to split, with one flow going up into the Gulf of Alaska and becoming the Alaska current, while the other one, the California current, goes south. So some of the debris will go into the Gulf of Alaska and some will go parallel to the California coast.” SEE

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News Briefs PESTICIDE SUBMISSIONS VICTORIA — A special committee on cosmetic pesticides received over 8,700 submissions, the most a British Columbia parliamentary committee has ever received. The all-party committee, tasked with inquiring into and issuing recommendations on the elimination of the unnecessary use of pesticides in the province, heard from the public, regulators, toxicologists, health organizations, environmentalists, industry representatives, diverse business sectors, municipalities and local pesticide coalitions. For information, visit the Committee’s website at: www.leg. bc.ca/pesticidescommittee. — Black Press

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liminary ASR research before they can complete the water treatment plans since ASR could cut the required capacity in half. He pointed out that along with local hydro-geologists, the ERWS is lucky to be working with David Pyne, who literally wrote the book on ASR and has been involved in over

half the ASR projects in North America. The $1.3 million grant from the federal government’s Gas Tax Fund will cover all the costs of phase 2, which will be two-thirds physical construction, Squire said. They hope to begin the next phase, actual project design, within a year. writer@pqbnews.com

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FEATURE Riding the Conservative Party momentum B.C. Conservative Party insider Randy White is confident the provincial party will attract those who voted for federal Cons By NEIL HORNER NEWS REPORTER It may seem incongruous, but Randy White sees some similarities between the B.C. Conservative party and the federal New Democrats. Like the NDP, he said, the B.C. Conservatives have come to a point where they can no longer act as a protest vote, but rather, must come across as a government in waiting. The former federal Conservative MP and Reform Party sparkplug said the B.C. Conservatives are continuing to grow in popularity and predicted they would at least obtain official opposition status when voters go to the polls in the next provincial election. That rise, he said, has already begun and he predicted both B.C. voters and the governing Liberals could be in for a surprise — sooner, rather than later. “I had some surprising calls over Christmas and I can say with some assurance it is very likely the Conservatives will be a party in the legislature before the next election,” he said. “I think there are enough disgruntled members in their caucus and I don’t know if Christy Clark can hold all that together.” White said he sees the B.C. Conservatives either forming government or at least becoming the official opposition after the next election. If all those who voted Conservative federally voted Conservative provincially, he said, it would likely be enough to give his party a majority. “This has become a lot more serious,” he said. White said his party’s momentum has changed the way voters think about the Conservatives, a party that has languished in the political doldrums for decades. “Just the other night I had a discussion about splitting the vote,” he said. “We don’t hear that any more. We can say the other guys are splitting the vote, but not us. The people have lost confidence of the people, so in desperation, what you have is Liberal supporters saying we are splitting the vote, in an effort to hang on at any cost, but it’s not going to happen for them. It’s just not there. The days are gone where you can scare someone into voting for you.” The growing popularity of the B.C. Conservatives, he said, means that, like the federal NDP, they have to change the

are no longer looking for a few seats in the legislature, but rather they are looking for a change in government,” he said. What the party has to do now, he said, is to make policies that make sense , are good for the people and address the issue of declining disposable incomes, among other issues. Although he concedes that taking a party out of the wilderness and making it ready to form government is an enormous undertaking, he said the process is already well underway and quality candidates are starting to flock to the banner. “In ParksvilleWe are going Qualicum we have for the jugular found several people who are very — and we’ve good,” he said. “Alberni-Pacific planned well Rim is not as far enough to ahead, but they know how to already have two people lined up do it to be candidates and one of them will be a major surprise and can quite easily knock RANDY WHITE off the NDP’s B.C. Conservative Scott Fraser.” Party White is also confident about his part’s chances in Parksville-Qualicum. “We have one possible candidate who still has to win the nomination, but if he does, he will be the next MLA,” he said. “There’s nothing the current incumbent can do about it. His time is done. I’m not saying the person doesn’t have to work hard at it, but the Liberal party is done.” Once the party has all its candidates in place, White said the real action will begin. “There is no taking prisoners,” he said. “We are going for the jugular — and we’ve planned well enough to know how to do it.” One of the bellweather indicators, he said, will be the two provincial byelections that must be held within six months. “The Liberals will be hoping for a win in the by-election, but they are not going to get it,” he said. “The last thing they want is for the Conservatives to win it, because that’s the beginning of the end.”

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By NEIL HORNER NEWS REPORTER With a dearth of really good agricultural land at its disposal, British Columbians are going to need to think outside the usual agricultural box in order to ensure food security in the future, says B.C. Agriculture Minister Don McRae. Speaking outside a meeting with agricultural producers at Parksville-Qualicum MLA Ron Cantelon’s office Monday, McRae said he was eager to hear people’s ideas about how Vancouver Islanders can grow more food and take steps towards food security. “One of the things we need in British Columbia is to be innovative,” McRae

said. “We have a limited land base in British Columbia, but we have some amazing individuals who are doing some great work.” McRae was in Parksville at the request of ParksvilleQualicum MLA Ron Cantelon, who urged him to talk to some of his constituents he believes have some good ideas in this respect. “He’s looking at three ideas,” Cantelon said. “We have a guy from Lantzville who wants to know how he can best use his 40 acres in the Agricultural Land Reserve and we have a person with a very great idea that has been used in the United States for more intensive farming, utilizing greenhouses, hydroponics

Cantelon back to work PARKSVILLE — Parksville-Qualicum MLA Ron Cantelon is staying mum about his future after suffering a heart attack in October. Although he says he plans to return to the legislature in February, he said it’s too early to speculate about whether he plans to run in the next provincial election, slated for 2013. Speaking Monday at one of the first public events he has attended during his recovery period, a frail-looking Cantelon said he’s encouraged by his progress to date, but wouldn’t say whether his name will be on the ballot when Oceanside voters go to the polls. “Right now it’s all about my health,” he said. “I’m on a rehabilitation program and it’s going well, but I have to watch myself and I don’t have the energy I had, but it’s getting better every day. Ask me in the fall.” — Neil Horner

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to make a berry farm, so we are besieging the minister with these ideas.” Although he declined to detail the specifics of the proposals, McRae said it’s crucial for British Columbians to think beyond traditional farming methods, in light of some significant challenges to the agricultural sector in the province. “B.C. has some challenges and one of these is that land is very expensive, whether it is $100,000

an acre in the Okanagan or anywhere from $15,000 to $35,000 an acre on Vancouver Island,” he said. “As Minister of Agriculture, if we are not open to new ideas, how are we going to feed our people, now and into the future?” Farming, he said, does more than just strengthen food security however. “The farming lifestyle is so important,” he said. “It provides families with a great quality of life and keeps money in the

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Briony Penn says the loss of DL33 was larger than its size might suggest. the loss of what was a piece of the most biologically productive forest, the Coastal Douglas fir ecosystem,â&#x20AC;? Penn said to the 400 people in attendance

at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is less than one per cent of the old forests remaining on Vancouver Island, just tiny patches. They have been identified by the province as provincially endangered ecosystems, but the patches that are left still have absolutely no protection.â&#x20AC;? That lack of protection, she said, allowed DL33 to be logged, despite its endangered status. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why did we lose DL33?â&#x20AC;? she asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simple. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about the value in real estate and logs. The government has been clear that Crown parcels are seen as having the highest and best value as real estate and raw logs.â&#x20AC;? SEE

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Garbage patch will claim some debris Much of the debris, he said, could find itself stuck in the North Pacific garbage patch or even make its way back onto Japanese shores. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of the debris is going to stay out in the ocean,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Early predictions are that 95 per cent of it will stay offshore.â&#x20AC;? Lighter items, he said, may eventually make their way to be B.C. coast, as they are more likely to be impacted by prevailing winds and wave

action. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wood is pretty light and will float near the surface, where there is wind and wave action,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Foam will make it, but not houses. The waves out in the North Pacific will beat the tar out of them. If you had a sealed freezer with air in it, it would probably stay out there and not really come ashore.â&#x20AC;? Thomson conceded that much of his theory is based on informed guesswork,

as Canada has never faced a situation like this before. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re guessing, because we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a lot to go by,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the first major event of its kind.â&#x20AC;? However, he dismissed claims that some of the water bottles and other debris being touted as tsunami trash was in the water long enough to cross the ocean. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at least a year too early,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of the bottles had labels on them.

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Family Place taking shape By AUREN RUVINSKY NEWS REPORTER Parksville’s $7.1 million three provincial ministry Family Place project is on budget and on schedule to open this June. “We’re really happy with the way things are going,” said School District 69 (Qualicum) maintenance and operations manager Earl Billingsley. He said the contractors are great but stopped short of saying they are ahead of schedule or under budget, “because then if something happens, I’ll be wrong.” The official groundbreaking was just last August and

progress has been quick on the site of the former school district maintenance yard and Building Learning Together facilities. While it is on school district property, at Bay Avenue and Highway 19A, it is being built and will be run by the B.C. ministries of Education, Health and Children and Family Development and will include a wide array of services. Along with government services, it will include others like a nutritionist, dental hygienist, pre-school speech therapist, prenatal classes, groups for parents of infants and toddlers, routine immunizations and information on

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f you’ve ever had $610 in cash dropped into your hands, you probably felt like you had a small fortune. Wealth. Power. Freedom. Those are aspects to enjoy from the financial windfall if you’re like the majority in society who already have a roof over their heads, the security of knowing three meals a day will be provided and a comfy warm bed awaits you. Now take that $610 and remove the shelter of your home, the certainty of breakfast, lunch and dinner and the anticipation of a restful night’s sleep. But up it What do you have left? should go The $610 — B.C.’s monthly welfare rate — is still a sizable sum of money, but not one that can readily provide all the comforts of home. This month Surrey-Fleetwood MLA Jagrup Brar is finding out just how tough it will be to eke out an existence with that meagre amount of money. With much of it destined just to provide a place to sleep, it doesn’t leave a lot remaining to stay fed and healthy. B.C.’s welfare rates for the 180,000 or so who collect it need to be raised. While providing a “handout” to those needy individuals may chafe those working hard to make a living, you need to look at what it “buys.” Welfare is designed to provide life’s basic necessities, not feed an extravagant lifestyle. It helps deliver a measure of dignity to someone who has fallen on hard times. It allows them to not be totally left behind and forgotten. Some are calling for the B.C. rate to pretty much double in order to meet costs for a reasonable life. The actual increase is a matter for a mix of politicians and social agencies to decide upon. But up it should go. — Black Press

Taking pride in being a member of the Sourtoe Club There are strange things done ‘neath the midnight sun By the men who moil for gold…

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ndeed there are, Robert Service. I’ve even done a few of them myself — including (hugely unsuccessfully) moil for gold. I’ve also fallen off a dogsled, stuck my head down a wolf den and crossed the Yukon River on breaking ice. (These feats were accomplished in my green and rowdy youth. Alcohol, not to mention stupidity, was usually involved). The Arctic trails have their secret tales that could make your blood run cold. All of which is not to suggest I am some hardened leathery Yukoner who spent years north of 60. Nope, I’m an outsider, a visitor, a tourist. A sourdough I am definitely not. But sourtoe? Ah, I can speak The Parksville Qualicum Beach News is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to: B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org.

to that. There is this hotel, you see, in downtown Dawson called the, er, Downtown Hotel. It looks like most of the hotels and buildings in Dawson — clapboard siding, wooden floors, no frills, no neon — but it has one distinguishing feature. The Downtown Hotel is the only drinking establishment in the world where you can order and drink a Sourtoe Cocktail. A Sourtoe Cocktail is pretty straightforward. First the bartender gives you get a glass full of Yukon Jack, a sweet-tasting whisky. There is no lime slice, no ice, no perky paper umbrella sticking out of it, but the Sourtoe Cocktail does contain one garnish that sets it aside from all other mixed drinks this side

of the bar in Star Wars. At the bottom of your glass you will see something lurking that looks like a mutant peanut or twisted hank of rope. By Except there’s a Arthur nail on the end of Black it. A human nail. You have a severed human toe in your glass. The origins of the Sourtoe Cocktail are lost in time. Some claim a Klondiker accidentally chopped off his toe while splitting wood one winter and never got around to throwing it away. Come spring he limped into town, ordered a beer, plopped his wizened appendage in the glass and announced “I’m gonna take a leak; nobody touch my drink while I’m gone.” Nobody did. The tradition of the Sourtoe Cocktail was born.

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It has evolved to this: Back of the bar in the Downtown Hotel there is a locked wooden box. Inside the box, embalmed in a jar of salt, resides the ‘current’ Sourtoe. More about ‘current’ later. Your assignment, should you choose to become a member of the elite Sourtoe Club, is to (a) Pay $5 for a membership card, (b) Pay $5 for your Sourtoe Cocktail, (c) Drain your glass. Wait a minute! Surely you don’t have to… No. But the Toe Captain will tell you: “Drink it fast or drink it slow; your lips must touch this gnarly toe.” Like most initiates I chose to drink mine fast. Like most initiates I still shudder when I remember that mummified digit bumping against my upper lip. Some first-timers in their haste, drink the cocktail a little too fast. That’s why we have a ‘current’ category of toes —

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because occasionally somebody swallows the toe and it must be replaced. Where do they find a replacement? Don’t ask. Isn’t it illegal to sell drinks with human parts in them? Of course, but this is Dawson. They don’t get many government inspector types up there. Besides, technically, the bar doesn’t ‘sell’ you a Sourtoe Cocktail. They sell you a glass of whisky. What you choose to put in it is up to you. What kind of idiot would choose to join the Sourtoe Club? About 65,000 of us so far. I’m not sure why, although once again I suspect that alcohol and stupidity are contributing factors. I can’t even prove I belong because I misplaced my membership card years ago. And I can’t re-apply because I don’t drink anymore. Mind you, I still have plenty of stupid.

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LETTERS Demand non-toxic antifreeze always Antifreeze? We still can’t get it right! Last year, legislation supposedly made it safe for our pets because retail antifreeze must contain a bittering agent. Well, not quite. Here’s an incident that illustrates the problem. A year ago, I made a point of asking for pet-safe antifreeze at the local garage when they flushed out the cooling system. Now, if the system has a leak, it will only drop safe antifreeze on the driveway. But, last week, the truck went in for an oil change. As part of the service, the mechanic topped up the cooling fluid. He used the antifreeze he had on hand which is ethylene glycol; the poisonous one. Did he know that I wanted the safe version? Did he ask? No. It turns out that the antifreeze that mechanics buy is the toxic product and they are allowed to buy and use it because it hasn’t gone through the retail channel. Most mechanics aren’t aware that this product can kill cats and dogs. When you get your car serviced, ask for the pet-safe antifreeze. You may save your own pet’s life.

Jeff Grognet Qualicum Beach

Ship the oil and wait to run out Both levels of the Conservative governments, who are hell bent to push these pipelines through at all costs, seem to have overlooked one important fact in my view. This fact is that if you build enough pipelines to give your petroleum resources away to foreign interests you are going to run out of fuel for Canadians decades earlier than you should have. Then all of your honkin’ big diesels — your new quads-your skidoos-your new ski boats, and your big fancy motorhomes simply become very expensive lawn ornaments. Some real geniuses among the Conservatives out there!

John Wolfe Parksville

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ext week could be a turning point in Medicare for Canada, but I think no party to this meeting has the foresight or willingness to make the necessary changes. The first thing we must understand is their are several agendas among the provinces and another with the federal government. Collectively, all provinces and territories must approach the federal government with only one focus, to establish Medicare throughout Canada that is the same for all. If you are a Canadian you can go to any hospital in the land and get required medical treatment and out of province insurance becomes redundant. To ensure the best prices for medicines and medical equipment the federal government must negotiate pricing federally for the best deal. As I write this the feds have already stepped out of the process and will leave it up to the provinces and territories to fight for scraps. As I write this article the federal government is cutting a free trade deal with Europe that will allow exorbitant pricing to continue under the new proposed free trade agreement. Unless the federal government takes a stronger approach in insuring better pricing and uniformity in health care nothing will change and we will see each provincial plan erode to nothing due to costing. Premier Clark has an opportunity to stand up and show leadership or maybe she can’t because has she had already cut a deal to not stir the pot for an extension on repayment of the HST. Some very direct questions have to be asked to all the premiers why they are not pressuring the Harper government on behalf of their constituents.

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Fight pipeline for the future of B.C. I am writing about the pipeline project and asking all British Columbians to fight to save the future of our province. This project would inevitably trigger a spill, destroying fresh water supplies, our huge fishing industry, and more. Are we to be sacrificed to foreign interests? We send our crude to the USA and it is their refineries that make the huge profits. Instead of investing in a pipeline for Asia to get supplies, we should invest in refineries in Canada. Refineries that

produce aviation fuel would allow us to profit by refueling aircraft landing at Canadian airports. Canada, because of our vast territory, will always need oil. It is a non-renewable resource. Both Canadian Pacific and Canadian National railways have said they are prepared to ship crude to the coast. That’s more manageable that a pipeline. We are already liquifying and exporting natural gas and can make good value-added profits. We have an abundance of natural gas. By not making our crude available to Asia I predict our crude would double in value. I believe we are faced with

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a fundamental decision about Canada’s future. Are we always just to be the supplier of basic commodities to the world? Raw lumber, grain, iron ore, coal and crude oil. Our abundance of energy resources should be used to develop our own industries. We could start with Bombardier building huge cargo planes. Develop the transportation by air of finished goods and people over the pole route to Europe and Asia. It’s shorter and quicker. We would have the aviation fuel. How about our grain making pasta and shipping that by air to Europe? There could be endless ways for using our energy to develop employment in Canada, not just a one-time work project building a pipeline.

Patricia Meadows Parksville

Enough blame to go around in QB As a resident of Qualicum Beach I have been both shocked and appalled to watch our new council and mayor in action. The level of immaturity being demonstrated by all of them has astounded me. Has respect and decency gone out the door from town hall? It is time for all of them to have civil discussions, plant no surprises, put their disagreements on the table, and stop acting so childish. They were all voted in to do a job and to date I see very little evidence that they are doing what they were elected to do. Just because it is three years until the next election doesn’t mean that they can continue to squander the trust that was given to them. As there is enough blame for all of them to share it is a waste of time to continue to point the finger at each other. It is time on all of their parts to show some leadership and get on with it to benefit the great community and the wonderful people who live here.

John Tegenfeldt Qualicum Beach

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A decorative brickbat to the Scrooge who complained to officials with the Town of Qualicum Beach and had the Christmas decorations in the off-leash dog trails removed because they were “unnatural.” I hope you have a happy new year in another town. To the Town of Qualicum Beach for acting on just a single complaint and not having the decency to leave the offending decorations in a bag to be picked up at the trail entrance — grow a spine.

Chris and Blair Burrough Qualicum Beach

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Members of Qualicum Beach council aren’t the only ones eager to get to work. Members of their committees also want to roll up their sleeves. A decision to put the appointment of councillors on hold until March isn’t helping them do that, said one member of the recreation and parks commission. Speaking at the Jan. 11 council open house meeting, commission member Frank Horner said the move is causing some concern with his group. “When the e-mail first came in to the recreation and parks commission, there was a rumbling of almost revolt,” Horner said. “We are already stuck with a meeting schedule of once every two months. By banning the January meeting, we’re looking at several months since we had a meeting. That’s no way to run a ship.” Mayor Teunis Westbroek noted that council voted at their inaugural meeting to defer the appointments of councillors to the various town committees until the Feb.13 council meeting, but stressed an upcoming strategic planning session this week should clear things up. Councillor Scott Tanner noted the Regional District of Nanaimo’s District 69 Recreation Commission is in the same boat, with no meetings until February, while the various RDN appointments are made. The recreation and parks commission used to meet every month, but in an attempt to save staff workload, a plan was launched to have the commission meet on a quarterly basis. Meeting once every two months was a compromise.

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Our Hospice lending library is available to anyone in our community. A variety of books and DVDs on death, dying, grieving and inspiring personal stories fill the shelves. We welcome you to drop by 9-4 Monday to Friday to 210 W. Crescent Ave., Qualicum Beach. 250-752-6227 www.oceansidehospice.com

PARKSVILLE — The Oceanside Division of Family Practice was formed in 2011 and is an initiative that allows local physicians, with the help of the General Practitioners Society of BC, to interact in a formal manner with the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) and the Ministry of Health regarding local issues that are relevant to the Oceanside family physicians and their patients. One of the goals of the Oceanside Division is to promote health and wellness in this area. For this reason the PAWOR

It may be a cliche, but the power of the press is real — particularly if it’s supplemented by community-minded individuals. That was certainly the case when Arrowsmith Search and Rescue recently complained about their parking area being vandalized by unknown culprits doing donuts in the newlylaid gravel. Interviewed Thursday, Arrowsmith Search and Rescue spokesperson Joe Kinch said a reader saw the story in THE NEWS and decided to take action. “Kivela Contracting said they will fix it for free,” Kinch said. “They are very involved in the community and they do a lot of stuff like this. They read the article and got hold of us.”

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BUSINESS Tourism, RDN launches woodstove exchange beyond just Regional District of Nanaimo and area municipalities team up to reduce pollution business By BRENDA GOUGH NEWS REPORTER

W

e live in an incredible community, full of culture and natural beauty with access to a wide range of activities at our finger tips from kayaking, hiking and golfing to plays, concerts and events; we have a selection of good restaurants as well as a downtown, waterfront, parks and trails that are a delight to stroll. There is much to celebrate and be proud of in Qualicum Beach. The efforts of community and business By members over Geoff the years have Ball added to the natural setting to make Qualicum Beach one of the most desirable towns to visit and stay. Tourism is and has always been a key component of the success of the town. It is not just about the success of our businesses and organizations that makes it important; it is what the success of those businesses and organizations offers us, the community members. From restaurants and retail stores, concerts and classes, to events and activities, having a depth and variety of quality offerings for us to enjoy in our own community requires that they be able to succeed. It is important for us to choose to support local businesses and organizations as a way to ensure that our community is able to continue to benefit from selection that is available to us. It is also important to recognize that we all benefit from visitors coming to spend time in our community. Whether it is friends and family or those without connections coming here to sample what we have, the support visitors bring can make the difference of whether or not we get to continue to enjoy the same offerings ourselves and to enable those offerings to grow. Success in tourism is about celebrating and building on what we have, about working together to compliment rather than compete with our neighbours. SEE WE ALL ON A22

Voice of Business

Burning wood to heat your home can often be a dirty business, but a new program by the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN), in partnership with the municipalities of Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Nanaimo and Lantzville will provide incentive for people who continue to use wood-burning fireplaces and wood stoves to heat their homes to replace their existing wood burning appliance with something more efficient and non-polluting. A region-wide Woodstove Exchange and Outreach Program with funding from the province for rebates and support from the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange has been launched for 2012. It will see regional partners offer a $250 rebate to replace an existing wood burning appliance with a new high-efficiency wood stove, insert, pellet stove or gas stove/fireplace purchased after Jan. 16, 2012 while incentives last. “This program supports several objectives of the RDN board’s commitment to

Chris Midgley (left) and Jennifer Frumento of the RDN’s sustainability and energy programs warm up with some clean heat from a high efficiency wood burning stove. BRENDA GOUGH PHOTO sustainability, including the protection of local air quality and supporting energy efficiency and emission reduction measures,” said RDN Chair Joe Stanhope. “By encourag-

ing the exchange of older wood stoves for higher efficiency Environmental Protection Agency-certified heating appliances, our members are working together to ensure

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ne popular New Year’s resolution is to save money. There are numerous ways to reduce expenses for various household expenditures and today we will focus on possible ways to reduce the amount of fees that you are paying on your invesment portfolio. Individual stocks have brokerage fees, individual bonds have commission costs to buy or sell, mutual funds have management expense ratios, ETF’s have fees, wrap accounts have a different cost structure and fee based accounts require you to write a monthly cheque; how are you able to know exactly how much it is costing you to hold a specific investment and how much you are paying your advisor? These can be two separate and easily distinguishable costs, or they can be co-mingled and, therefore, more difficult to determine. The fees that you pay must be transparent and not a hidden cost, and, if you are giving up a feature of a mutual fund purchase, you must be made aware of the pros and cons of your decision. For example, a mutual fund can be purchased a number of

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different ways: Front End — you pay a certain percentage of your investment up front, there is no lock in period and your funds are fully liquid (except for a possible short term trading cost), Back End — there is no upfront cost to purchase the fund and the funds are locked into the fund family, typically for six to eight years, Low Load — there is no upfront cost for the investor and the funds are locked into the fund family for two to three years. By While the zero upfront cost may seem the most costCarol effective solution, it is important to be aware that Plaisier the lock in period can be costly if you have to make a withdrawal before the locked period is up. This can be expensive if you need the funds for an emergency or you wish to change your investment strategy. The amount of advice that you are actually receiving is another factor to consider. You may be paying full service fees, but not receiving full service from your advisor. Fees also affect the overall yield your portfolio generates, one per cent per year may not sound like a lot, but over time this can amount to a sizable number. SEE FEES ON A22

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Fine particulate matter is associated with a variety of health problems With oil prices rising, and consumers moving to a wood stove in every house next to the two cars in the garage, concerns about personal heat source choices are heating up. Why worry about

such a natural source of energy? The reason: fine particulate matter. Wood smoke contains tiny particles called particulate matter (PM). Particulate matter that is 2.5 microns or less in diameter,

called PM2.5, is small enough to be breathed into the deepest parts of the lungs. Fine particulate pollution is important for health because when PM2.5 is drawn deep into the human lung, it is known to contribute

to respiratory and cardiovascular problems in both healthy people and at-risk groups including children and elderly persons. It is associated with a variety of health problems, from a runny nose

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Fees aren’t going away You have to pay fees even if your portfolio loses money for the year, so it is important to understand the cost of investing and that you are getting your money’s worth, in advice and in service. For further information, Carol Plaisier, CFP®, Investment Advisor with DWM Securities Inc., can be reached at the DundeeWealth office in Parksville (250) 248-2399, or by email: cplaisier@dundeewealth.com. Web: www. carolplaisier.com. This article was prepared by Carol Plaisier, CFP®, FMA, AMP (Accredited Mortgage Professional) who is an Investment Advisor with DWM Securities Inc. This is not an official publication of DWM Securities Inc. and the views (including any recommendations) expressed in this article are those of the author alone, and they have not been approved by, and are not necessarily those of DWM Securities Inc. DWM Securities Inc., Member-Canadian Investor Protection Fund, is a DundeeWealth Inc. Company.

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We all are ambassadors It requires us all to recognize that it is important to the health our community, and that we can all play a role in its success. Every one of us is an ambassador for our town and region, whether we are serving in a restaurant, giving directions on the street, planning an event, or talking with others while on our own travels. We all benefit by ensuring that our visitors and potential visitors know about all that we have to offer and that they have a wonderful, memorable time in our community. Geoff Ball, executive director of Milner Gardens and Woodland, is a director with the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce.


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t our clinic, we often describe naturopathic medicine as ‘active medicine.’ I say this to prepare people for the challenge of healing ahead. As a doctor, I am a guide or teacher. My role is to help people on their journey to recovery or to optimize their health. The patient also has a vital part to play in that process. Being wholistic, naturopathic medicine addresses many areas of a person’s health simultaneously. Active medicine may be multi-faceted in the pursuit of improving one’s health. In comparison, allopathic medicine (reactive medicine that

Medicine 101 By Dr. Tara Macart is the standard MSP covered medicine) is reductionistic. This reductionism leads one to either symptomatic treatment, which is not all bad, or recipe style prescribing. By this I mean that the diagnosis determines the treatment. Such thinking supports the “magic bullet” mind set. If disease A exists, then drug B will resolve. How many times

does this logic not pan out? If only healing could be that easy. In my opinion, healing requires at least the following: information, appropriate strategies for recovery, determination, participation and lifestyle modifications. One must understand their health imbalance or illness and know what options are available in order to build a forward thinking plan. Strategies for recovery should address the underlying causes, which may vary between people with the same diagnoses. The patient’s determination and commitment to participate in their own recovery has a lot to do with the

success of the healing strategies. Of course, lifestyle modification is also important, not only for recovery but also for the maintenance of health. Many health issues develop over time and interact with poor lifestyle habits or choices. Active medicine means your recovery de-

pends on you actively taking a role in your own healing. You don’t have to wait until you are sick to benefit from naturopathic medicine. Preservation of health is a noble focus to have. In light of health conditions requiring a well devised protocol, naturopathic medi-

cine has a lot to offer in its own right and combines nicely with allopathic protocols. Since I have upgraded to be a prescribing physician, I am finding people very satisfied with the integration. I enjoy being able to optimize a patient’s naturopathic plan along with required pharmaceuti-

cal intervention when applicable. Come learn about the options available. Find out how easy and fun it can be to be proactive and become the champion of your own health. Dr. Tara Macart owns OPti-Balance Naturopathic Medicine in Qualicum Beach with her husband Jonathan.

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Oliver Sayah, Vice President and Investment Advisor, is pleased to announce that Mike Hoskins has joined Oliver Sayah & Associates Wealth Management of RBC Dominion Securities. A familiar name in the Parksville & Qualicum Beach communities, Mike Hoskins has over 31 years in the financial services industry, including 12 years as a Financial Planner with RBC Royal Bank. Mike has built a reputation as a trusted investment professional who delivers personalized advice and exceptional client service.

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Carol Dowe details her concerns about the intersection of Memorial Avenue and Fern Road.

More walk time needed By NEIL HORNER NEWS REPORTER For an elderly person with a walker, crossing a major street in 15 seconds would be akin to running a four-minute mile for those in their prime. That’s one reason a Qualicum Beach resident is pushing for a change in the timing of traffic lights at the Memorial Ave. and Fern Road intersection. Speaking as a delegation at a recent regular council meeting, Carol Dowe continued to push the issue that formed a major plank in her unsuccessful bid for a council seat in November. “I timed the light and it gives 15 seconds to walk across,” she said. “That’s not enough time if you have a walker, a scooter, a cane or are disabled.” Dowe said her concern about the intersection was heightened by a pedestrian being hit in the intersection on Dec. 8. “The vehicle was on Fern Road

and was making a left turn,” she said. “The impact happened two strides coming off the corner. We want to make sure this doesn’t happen again.” She urged council to consider utilizing students from Kwalikum Secondary School to act as flagpeople and to lengthen the time allowed for crossing. As well, she suggested having all the cross signals go at once, meaning everyone would cross the street — in all directions — at the same time. She stressed she wasn’t alone with this concern, presenting council with a petition containing the names of dozens of similarly concerned citizens. “I talked to 85 people from Hawthorn Place, the Gardens and at the St. Stevens seniors luncheon,” she said. “There were many comments about concerns with left and right turns. There’s a lot of fear and apprehension.” Councillors thanked Dowe for her presentation and said they would look into the issue.

Mike is excited to combine his client service and investment expertise with Oliver Sayah and his team. In his role as Associate Investment Advisor, Mike will be able to assist clients by providing comprehensive financial planning services to met their investment, retirement and estate planning objectives.

Clients, colleagues and friends are invited to contact Mike at his new office.

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MOVING & STORAGE 2 BURLEY MEN MOVING. $85/hr for 2 men (no before or after travel time charges on local moves. Please call Scott or Joshua, (250)951-0010.

PAINTING A STROKE ABOVE Painting. Commercial & Residential. Interior/Exterior. WCB, liability insurance. All jobs warranted. See what we can do! Dave 250-248-0335, 250-240-2310. O.K. THE HANDYMAN. Interior painting & plastering. Small or big jobs. 250-947-5970

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Qualicum Beach - Large 1770 sq.ft. Ocean Bluff Condo 2 bdrm + den, 2 bath, fully updated, new laminate floors, 6 appls, covered parking, 55+ building, N/S, N/P. $1250 mo. Call 250-586-1100. PARKSVILLE – BRIGHT & spacious 2 bdrm, D/W, W/D optional. Large balcony, security camera & parking incl’d. Near schools, beach, downtown & on bus route. From $775. Available Feb 1st. Call 250-248-8592. OCEAN SANDS RESORT on Rathtrevor Beach. Fully furnished 2 bdrm condos includes utilities, cable, phone and internet. Available Now. $1100/mo. (250) 954-0662 . PARKSVILLE 2-BDRM, 55+. Close to all amenities. N/S, secure, comfortable, recently renovated. Avail immediately. W/D, F/S, D/W. $850./mo + utils. Ref’s. Call 250-248-6287. PARKSVILLE OCEAN view 2 bdrm Apt, quiet bldg, pets ok, heat/hot water incl’d. Avail Feb 1st, $800/mo. Free 32” TV with 1-yr lease. (250)248-3350

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COTTAGES DOWNTOWN PARKSVILLE, 2 bdrm, furnished, beach front cottage. Avail. until Jun1/12. Suit quiet people $750. util. incl. n/p,n/s. Ph: 250-248-3171 QUALICUM BEACH Cottage. Furnished bachelor w/kitchenette, NS/NP. $600./mo. inclds hydro, internet, cable. Avail. immed. References a must. (250)228-0239.

DUPLEXES/4PLEXES 2 AND a 3 bedroom duplexes for rented located on Dobler in Errington on acreage. $750.00 and $850.00 250-954-9547 2 BDRM lower suite in 4-plex, downtown Parksville. NP/NS. $825./mo. includes hydro, heat, laundry. Avail. now. Refs req’d. (250)752-3425. ERRINGTON, 2 bdrm, shared acreage, upper duplex, shared laundry. Storage, garage, working farm, wood heated. $650./mo + hydro. Avail now. Call 250-248-0295. PARKSVILLE: SPACIOUS and attractive 2 bdrm, 2bath, in-suite lndry. Avail now. $950. N/S, cat ok. Refs. Call 250724-1212.

MOBILE HOMES & PADS HILLIERS 1 BDRM apt. NS/NP. Refs req’d. $475 + utils. Avail now (250)468-2742 HILLIERS 2-BDRM apt. NS/NP. Refs req’d. $575 + utils. Avail now (250)468-2742 PARKSVILLE APT- 2 bdrms, grd flr, patio, quiet 4-plex, F/S, D/W, free laundry. $825 mo. Avail now. 250-927-0287. QUALICUM BEACH, large 2 bdrm condo, 55+ bldg, bright Southern main floor with patio, close to town & golf club, $850 mo, long term lease. 130 Sunningdale E. Bob 250-479-0947

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3 BDRM, 2 bath Rancher. new construction, 15 min from downtown Qualicum. W/D, F/S, D/W, fenced yard, patio and double garage. N/S, small dog ok with approval. $1200/mo + utils. Avail Feb. 1. Call 604-290-4290.

PARKSVILLE AREA- RV pad. Wooded site. $425/mo, includes utils. Available now. Call 250-927-5623.

COOMBSclean country home. $875. Available Now. (250)248-1169, 250-927-2665. COOMBS- COUNTRY rental, 3 bdrm on large property, quiet with 2 bay carport, covered deck, W/S, large garden spot, F/S, W/D. Available Feb 1. $1000 mo. 250-752-2634. ERRINGTON: 1.5 bdrm, quiet acreage, lrg apt. $550/mo + util’s. Call (250)951-2995. ERRINGTON: 5kms from Parksville, 2 bdrm house, 980sqft. Tree’d, quiet, shared acreage with neighbors. 8x10 shed, electric heat, lrg fenced yard, no dogs. Feb. 1st. $700/mo. Call (250)248-7118, or cell (250)954-5045. PARKSVILLELARGE 3 bdrm, 1 bath, ocean view, 5 appls, close to beach & town, NS/NP. $1000 mo + D/D. Refs req’d. Available Jan 1. 250-954-7403, 250-248-9985. PARKSVILLE: 2-BDRM loft home, large yard, 5 appl’s, long term lease option. New paint, great home. $1050. + utils. Call (250)248-6629. PARKSVILLE: 3 bdrm rancher, 1.5 bath, gas fp, 5 appl’s, $1200 util’s incld’d. Avail. now. Call 1(604)929-1345. PARKSVILLE: FURNISHED 2 bdrm, 2 bath home, 2 min walk to Parksville Beach, all utils, parking & attached garage included. Short term or Long term available. $1375. Doug, 250-889-2894. PARKSVILLE - NEWER 3 bdrm, 2 bath rancher, good location. NICE HOUSE with economical heat pump & hot water, F/S, D/W, W/D, built in micro, Vacuflo, F/P, N/S, N/P, ref’s req’d. DD. $1295/mo utils. Avail Mar. 1st. Call 250954-1165 or 250-951-2636 QUALICUM Beach 3 bed/1 bath house. 5 appl/fenced yard. 1050 sq/ft. Bath reno’d with heated floors. Walk downtown. N/S, pet ok. Suits family or couple. Avail Feb 1st. $1150 + utils Call 250 951 1499. Jk8236@telus.net.

SHARED ACCOMMODATION PARKSVILLE, CLOSE to town. Semi basement furnished studio, shared bathroom & laundry, $550 incls utils. Call 250-468-2000.

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SUITES, LOWER 1 BDRM BSMT SUITE. SUIT SINGLE. ON BUS RTE CLS TO BALLENAS SCHL. Separate entry, share laundry, partial furnished. INCLUDES heat, hydro & satelite. Nonsmoker. Parking. No pets. $650 for single, $750/mo for couple. Call 250-248-2468. COOMBS- IN the country, lrg property, 2 bdrm with large covered deck, carport, 4 appls. Feb 1. $1000. 250-752-2634. LOWER LANTZVILLE: 1bdrm suite. Walk to Beach. View. $775/mo. Includes hydro. Private patio. Non smoker. No pets. 250-755-5191. QUALICUM BAY- sunshine suite, gorgeous ocean view, 1 bdrm+ den, fully furnished. $900 inclds all utils, internet, cable. Call (250)757-8587.

WHISKEY CREEK. Self contained bachelor, newly reno’d, $550. NS/NP. All inclusive with Wireless internet & satellite TV Jan. 15th. (250)752-9793.

Retail / Professional Space for Lease in the village Qualicum Beach. from 544 sq.ft to 1427 sq.ft. phone 250 248 6504

TOWNHOUSES QUALICUM BEACH. 2 bdrm, 1 blk from ocean. 1200 sq.ft, 1.5 baths, D/W, storage room, covered prking, coin operated laundry. N/S. 10 unit complex. 1 pet OK. $1000/mo. 250802-7114. angela55@shaw.ca

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QUALICUM BEACH — COMMUNITY PROFILE

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Louise and Vic Parrack look through one of their photo scrapbooks, detailing their many, many trips. By STEVEN HEYWOOD NEWS EDITOR or Louise and Vic Parrack, their life together has been a long, wonderful journey — proving, to some extent, the old adage that the couple that travels well together, is bound to last a long time. The French Creek couple are celebrating 60 years of marriage this week. Their anniversary is on January 19, and their daughter Edie Hough says the family will be having a special celebration that evening at Bugsy’s Bar and Grill in Parksville. Over those years together — which started 60 years ago when Louise was 16 and Vic was 17 — the couple has ventured far and wide. They’ve been to Africa on safari, parts of Southeast Asia, Europe and even into places of considerable danger, such as Antarctica, Nicaragua and the former Czechoslovakia (where they were escorted out of the country after getting too close to a military installation with their camera). Avid birders, that was one time, says Vic, that their passion nearly got them into really hot water. Yet, they made it through their adven-

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tures and got home, where Vic worked as an airport firefighter on Canadian military bases, then at municipal airports like in their home province in Ontario — specifically in London, Ont.. The couple first met in a small town called Fingal, Ont. and would later move to Napier, Ont. after they were married. Vic is now long retired, but by no means is he inactive. Louise is a painter and has been for years. She has her own studio in the couple’s home (they live with the daughter and her husband), where she also has a small gallery of her work. Louise also mentors other artists and much of her own work is either west coast-inspired (whales are her passion), or taken from her and Vic’s travels abroad. They first met at one of Fingal’s community dances. Louise said her mom told her to accept a young man’s request to dance and, well, the rest was history. Almost immediately, the couple started travelling. They would backpack, drive, fly or sail — any way they could travel they would. Their daughter would often go with them, being home schooled on the road. Edie recalled some of that life, at age nine in Mexico. “We have been travelling a long time,” she said.

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‘You would go until half of the money was gone, and then you’d turn around and come home,” said Louise. Then, it was back to work for a while (Vic always had jobs, Louise remembered), before the next big adventure. Vic found himself doing a lot of the trip planning. Louise said she’d go along for the ride, taking plenty of pictures and painting along the way. In October of 1999, the Parracks moved to Vancouver Island. They had come here often to see the whales off the coast and Louise had found great success with her paintings of those mammals in oils, or later and more successfully, in watercolours. Louise still paints and Vic, now retired for 23 years, enjoys poker (or ‘night school’ as Edie recalls being told as a child). If they have advice for couples these days, it’s this: “Don’t get bent out of shape at every little thing that happens,” said Louise. “Don’t fly off the handle and don’t say things that you’ll regret.” “And say ‘yes’ a lot,” joked Vic. Like in their travels, the Parracks say being respectful of each other — and even of others — can go a long way to make life’s journey go smoothly. Congratulations from The News.

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SPORTS Big saves can’t save Generals

Oceanside drops two games; team salvages one point in double overtime against Comox By JAMES CLARKE PQ NEWS SPORTS

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Stilwell training Down Under By JAMES CLARKE PQ NEWS SPORTS She’s a long way from home — around 8,000 miles as the crow flies by our calculation — but Nanoose Bay’s Michelle ‘Mikey’ Stilwell is back in the news here in B.C. as she’s been nominated for another Sport BC Athlete of the Year award. That nomination prompted THE NEWS to check in with Mikey, who is currently down under training with the Canadian national team in Australia. The time difference — she’s five hours behind and a day ahead — means e-mail and Skype are the preferred forms of communication and she said she’s in good spirits and “right on track for London.” She’s been down there since Dec. 1, and the rest of the Canadian team arrived the first week of January. “We are here for the warm weather training in prep for London as well as the Summer Down Under Series which begins Jan. 19 and runs through until Jan. 26.” A showcase and litmus test for wheelchair athletes from the world over, the series features three nights of track and finishes on the 26th (Australia Day) with a 10km race through the historic Rocks in downtown Sydney. Now that the rest of the Canadian team has arrived there is coaching, a mechanic and a therapist on site. SEE STILWELL ON A30

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plause) early in the second period to deny a Comox breakaway. “Very happy with how our guys played Saturday,” surmised Johnston. “Obviously disappointed for the kids they didn’t get the two points, I thought we had more than enough chances to win it, but what a great hockey game — I can’t say enough about what a great game that was to watch.”

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On Friday down-Island the Panthers scored three unanswered first period goals and rolled to the win. Oceanside outshot Pensinsula 11-2, 18-3, 11-9 by period and 40-24 on the night — but were stonewalled by Heslop. Travis Briggs, Luciano Somerville and Taylor Gray tallied for Oceanside. SEE

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Oceanside’s Save On Foods Generals dropped a frustrating 5-2 final to the Panthers down-Island Friday, then clawed out a single point on home ice Saturday when they battled their Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) arch rivals from Comox to a wide-open 3-2 loss that took double overtime to decide. Goaltending factored into the story line in both games. Peninsula backup Stephen Heslop stood on his head Friday, and on Saturday, ‘Kings starter Cameron Large was the game’s second star. Oceanside’s Michael Gudmandson earned the third star. Gudmandson was in net for both the weekend games and stopped 49 of the 57 shots he faced. Comox, sitting second overall in the seven-team VIJHL and first in the North at 18-13-3, came to town cranky after losing to the Kerry Park Islanders Friday, while the Gens were middle of the pack at 15-16-1. Both teams came out of the gate with their foot on the gas and the ‘Kings opened the scoring at 2:54. Home grown blueliner and captain Nick Bell (Travis Briggs, Kyle Yamasaki) got a hard wrister to go top shelf from the point at 15:30 on the power play to make it 1-1. Comox struck again 11 seconds later to take a 2-1 lead. Generals’ stalwart Kyle Yamasaki (Nick Bell, Garrett Kemmler) scored the only goal of the second period for a 2-2 tie after 40 minutes, and the teams battled to a scoreless third, and a scoreless four-on-four five minute overtime period. “Great power play execution,” Gens’ coach Dave

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Generals return to action January 28 â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to eliminate the inconsistencies and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably our biggest focus as we head down the last part of the regular season and get ready for the playoffs,â&#x20AC;? said Johnston. The Generals have played 32-and-a-half games out of the 42 game regular season â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they still have to finish their game against Peninsula that was cancelled after the second ice clean a couple weeks back because the Zamboni wrecked the ice. Still no word on how that will be played out. On Saturday Comox outshot Oceanside 39-36 overall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was good,â&#x20AC;? Johnston said of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Kings goalie Cameron Large, â&#x20AC;&#x153;heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the best in the league and he played exactly like we expected him.â&#x20AC;? Beyond that, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought we were really good Saturday,â&#x20AC;? said Johnston, who had extra props for his 20-year-old captain who was out of the lineup Friday with an upper body injury and punctuated his return with his second goal and 13th helper. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bellsy had a great game Saturday,â&#x20AC;? said Johnston. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just having him back in the lineup is really important for our hockey team.â&#x20AC;? Currently second in the league in power

ICE CHIPS Nanaimo Clippersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; assistant coach Michael Olson made his debut on the Generalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bench helping out Saturday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously they have a vested interest in some of our players for now and for the future, so it just made sense that Michael can get the opportunity to assist us and to get to know the players,â&#x20AC;? said Gensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bench boss Dave Johnston. Olson remains on the bench with the Clippers â&#x20AC;&#x153;and will help us out whenever he can. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very part time scenario, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a huge addition to our coaching staff.â&#x20AC;? Johnston was at the VIJHL 2012 All-Star Classic in Saanich Sunday. Oceansideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taylor Grabowski, one of six Generalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; selected to lace up in the Prospects Game, scored twice and earned Player of the Game honours as the North beat the South 6-4. In the All-Star Game, featuring six Gens, the South won in a shootout. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; James Clarke play percentage at 18.48 per cent, Oceanside was an abysmal 1-for-14 on the power play against the Panthers Friday, but went 2-for-3 against Comox Saturday. At the end of the day, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we only got one out of four points this

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holder surmised. “Hoping for great weather during the series so I can have a chance to make that record mine.” The rest of the Canadian team will head back on the 27th but Stilwell will stay on until March 1 to continue training. As for the upcoming London Paralympics, Stilwell made the point “226 days ‘til the opening ceremonies.” Opening ceremonies are the 29th of August. She will compete Sept. 1 and 5 (200m and 100m). In the meantime, it’s going to be “a crazy busy year with trips to Portugal, London, Switzerland, Indianapolis, Calgary ... I am right on track to where I want to be,” she said. “I am focused on staying

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A program aimed at getting young kids out for a night of fun games and sports in Arrowsmith Coombs Country is back for another session and organizers are hoping to get the word out about the free program. The Youth Drop-in Games and Sports’ Night program resumes on January 18 and will run for 10 weeks until March 21. Every Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., kids aged 11 to 18 are invited to hang out and have some fun in the Arrowsmith Activity building on the Coombs Fairgrounds. The Arrowsmith Community Enhancement Society (ACES) facilitates the program as part of its mission to engage and mobilize residents and hopefully enhance the quality of life for everyone living within the Arrowsmith Community which encompasses the neighbourhoods of Errington, Coombs, Hilliers, Whiskey Creek and Meadowood. David Fisher along with Blake Anderson volunteer as leaders for sports and game night. Fisher brings his son along and said in the last session all the kids had a great time and hopefully more kids will come out and join the fun. He said the program is loosely structured and although they offer things like floor hockey, soccer and basketball, there is no pressure to be a super athlete. He said the activities are more for fun so that kids of all skill levels can feel good about participating. “We create a vibe that is more about getting everyone involved. We make it so that everyone can participate,” he stated. Fisher said every kid has a different reason for being there but most of all by keeping them busy it keeps them out of trouble. He said ACES does a good job of bridging the generations in the community by offering a lot of great affordable programs for all ages. “It’s good for the community and the kids. It’s a win win situation,” he stated.

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Opera company wins rent reduction at Civic Centre By NEIL HORNER NEWS REPORTER

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There’s a good chance Qualicum Beach residents will be hearing a few high Cs at the Civic Centre in October, thanks to town council agreeing to offer the Vancouver Island Opera a reduced rate for their hall rental. The move however, didn’t come without a fight and was no sure thing. In a letter to council, Vancouver Island Opera president Tatiana Vasilieva asked council for a reduced rate for the hall rental on Oct. 26, 27 and 28. In a letter to council, Vasilieva said the $3,424 rental contract is simply too much to bear. “With existing audiences, this amount is fiscally impossible for our opera

a precedent for other people looking for subsidies when using the facilities of the town,” said Coun. Bill Luchtmeijer. “We ask people to submit their requests for subsidies twice a year and to have someone jump the queue puts all the people who follow the rules and submit their

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The show will, hopefully, go on, thanks to a rate reduction from council. company,” she said. “Due to the economic situation, ticket sales have been declining over the past several years, despite intensive advertising. Our continued viability is seriously in jeopardy.” Because of this, she asked council to

reduce the rental fee to $1,500, plus HST. This is the same rate the group received for the facility rental last year. In response, Councillor Mary Brouilette urged her colleagues to approve the request.

“Money is pretty tight,” she said, making a motion to offer the same rate as last year, but on a one-time basis. Her motion was seconded by Coun. Scott Tanner. That didn’t fly with all of council however. “I think this sets

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Fisher’s wife Sarah Oliver is also involved with ACES offering affordable yoga in the community. Her winter yoga program got up an and running last week and will go until March 1. On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:15 until 10:30 a.m. Oliver welcomes adults and tweens to her Hatha yoga classes which are suitable for all levels. She said she wanted to offer the classes in the Arrowsmith Hall on the Coombs Fairgrounds at a reasonable rate so they would be affordable and accessible to people in the community. She said the location in the heart of Coombs works well for people who don’t have a car. She added it is healthy for people to get out and get plugged into their community, otherwise they can become isolated. “It brings people together in the community. Not only do they feel good about strengthening their bodies but they also get to connect with other people in the community,” she said. Oliver offered the yoga classes in the fall and said she got really good feedback from those who participated and a lot of them have returned for the winter session.

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Plenty to do in Arrowsmith this winter Other winter programs being offered by ACES include: BLT’s Mother Goose and Friends: The nine week program started up again Friday, January 13 10-11 a.m. at the Arrowsmith Hall on the Coombs Fairgrounds with songs and rhymes, in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Children up to age six and parents welcome. Contact BLT at 250-248-4041 for more information.

Seniors’ Marmiba program: Friday afternoons at the Bradley Centre. Contact Fahlon Smith at 250-951-9886 for more information. Women’s Aerobics: Tuesdays at 6:15 p.m., Thursdays at 5 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. at the Errington Hall. $5 drop-in fee for moderate to intense level classes. Contact Kathy Dutton at 250-951-9886 for more information.

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Plenty of change afoot in 2012 jectives, not to stir up animosity and hard feelings at the opening gun and thus leave a residue of mistrust to invade council’s efforts for the next three years. A new year and a new council should be co-operating to further the proclaimed choices of the majority its citizenry, not pointedly working to further what may be their own agendas. Another big change brought forward from last year and waiting to be dealt with is the change in ownership of The Gardens at Qualicum Beach. Having enumerated the proposed changes, whose motives appear to be accumulating dollars, not contributing to the comfort of its residents, I’ll not list them again. Suffice it to say that the attendance, the attention, the petitions signed and delivered, in the wake of July and August’s information/proposals meetings indicated that Gardens’ residents and their families were adamantly opposed to the proposed changes. The Town of Qualicum Beach also abandoned the proposed changes to the zoning bylaw governing the renovations. Everything seemed peaceful in the Gardens for some weeks and months, except for a circulated letter from the new owners stating that their

Willi Waws By Nancy Whelan proposals were ‘on hold’ until January 2012. (“Until we may have some new people to persuade in the town hall,” was the underlying message perhaps?) All those members of the public as well as residents, who attended the November 3, 2011 all-candidates meeting at The Gardens will certainly remember the two succinct questions from a member of the audience near the end of the meeting. All 11 candidates at the head table will remember them, too. “Are all of you in favor of rejecting the proposed renovations to The Gardens?” All 11 replied in the affirmative. “Would each of you, individually, indicate that you would not support the proposed renovations at The Gardens?” Each hopeful candidate raised his/her hand indicating that he/she would not. Those elected will no doubt remember and fulfill those preelection promises. Meanwhile, there are changes occurring at The Gardens

… changes not made with the Care Floor residents’ comfort in mind. Paper/plastic sanitary products have been drastically reduced in quality (cost?); this to the point that many families are supplying (i.e. paying for) better products themselves rather than have their loved ones suffer the discomfort and indignity of the much inferior, cheaper replacements. Unfortunately, this does play into the owners’ ‘bang for the buck’ philosophy, for they refuse even to accommodate the difference in cost between the cheapest product and a better one, making residents’ families pay the whole shot. Something else that quietly occurred at mealtimes, is that kitchen staff no longer serve the meals — they are served up by the care aides. One can only wonder at the health standards here. Do care aides go through a washing-up process before moving from the care of a resident to the serving of food? Are care aides trained in the proper way to handle cups, glasses, utensils (i.e. without fingers on the rims or insides of drinking vessels)? Do they wear ‘kitchen/ dining room only’ aprons to protect dishes and food from bacteria picked up

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