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Get the Peak to Go iPhone app now available in the DEEP ROOTS: Former Powell River resident Mark Matterson currently lives in Ontario with his wife Jenny and their two sons, Trevor and Kevin [right]. They will participating Appbe Store or iTunes as Come Solo Singers at International Choral Kathaumixw 2018 and staying with his parents, Kay and Dal, one of the founders of the internationally renowned choir festival. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Solo singers join in mass choirs International Choral Kathaumixw offers opportunity to individuals JOYCE CARLSON Peak Contributor

Choirs have come from around the world to attend International Choral Kathaumixw since its inception in 1984. A lesser-known component of the festival is the participation of Come Solo Singers that started about 10 years ago. Singers who are not attached to a choir are welcome to practise and sing with the mass choirs. According to Kathaumixw founder Don James, he was first

exposed to Come Solo Singers at the Europa Cantat and saw them again at various conferences. “It was a natural for us to do it here,” said James. “People who like to sing may be part of a very large choir that has not been accepted to be part of our festival or they might be singers who are not in a choir at all.” Come Solo Singers take part in common singing rehearsals each day and have the chance to work with specialized conductors. “It’s very much a participate and learn opportunity,” explained James. “And it can be a lot of fun.” An Ontario family of four with deep Kathaumixw roots will be returning in 2018 as Come Solo Singers. Mark Matterson, his wife Jenny and their two sons, Trevor and $479,000 SUMMER GETAWAY

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Kevin, will stay with his parents, Dal and Kay Matterson, both of whom have been an integral part of Kathaumixw since its inception. Mark joined Powell River Boys Choir, conducted by James, when he was only eight years old and was a member of the apprentice choir. “I remember quite clearly getting the call that brought me into the choir,” said Mark. “Shortly after that I toured England and Wales with them, quite something for a young boy.” After graduation, Mark obtained a music education degree and then attended BC Institute of Technology, where he received a computer studies degree. He subsequently moved to Ontario where he currently works in the financial industry. »2

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Singer recalls first Kathaumixw It was through music he met his wife, who is a piano and voice teacher. Mark is the associate director of music at St. Peter’s Erindale Anglican Church and director of the handbell choir. He assists with vocal choirs and plays the church organ when called upon. In addition, he is involved with the Voice for Life program, teaching theory and vocal techniques. Both sons attend a regional program at a secondary school specializing in the arts. Trevor, who is in grade 12, is taking a vocal major while Kevin, a grade nine student, is a trumpet major. Mark remembers attending the very first Kathaumixw and being enthralled with the Nyonza Singers from Uganda. “I also remember the frantic telephone calls at my home as my dad was working to get them to Powell River,” says Mark. “They finally made it and gave an energetic and inspiring performance.” Another highlight for

Mark was during the closing concert when “Hymn to Freedom” by Canadian pianist and composer Oscar Peterson was performed for the first time. “During the final performance, with the words ‘When every hand joins every hand,’ choir members provided action to the song’s lyrics, and all joined hands,” said Mark. “The audience did the same thing. It was very powerful and remains a part of every closing.” Peterson was a member of the Mattersons’ church and Mark spoke to him about his hymn being part of Kathaumixw and also provided him with a DVD of the festival. “I grew up with Kathaumixw and have attended other festivals,” he said. “It is unique to Powell River and would be impossible to replicate in another city. It wouldn’t be the same.” Mark said watching James and his father build Kathaumixw taught him that “it’s okay to dream big, that you need both vision

and process. It was a good lesson growing up and one that I have used for my work and life.” Smithers resident Gail Jenne heard about Kathaumixw through one of her choir members, Sheila Peters, who grew up in Powell River and attended the festival whenever she came back to visit her mother, Betty Berger. A retired teacher, Berger billeted visiting choir members when she was younger and has been an enthusiastic concert attendee. Jenne attended Kathaumixw in 2016 and saw information about Come Solo Singers. “We have a non-auditioned community choir and would not be up to the performance quality of this festival,” said Jenne. “It is great to study other great choirs and get tips to bring back home. We really enjoyed our time at the last festival.” Jenne’s husband is also coming. He sings in the same choir and is a drummer who plays with a few local bands.

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CHORAL OPPORTUNITY: Singers who are not part of a choir can still be involved in International Choral Kathaumixw. Known as Come Solo Singers, they take part in rehearsals and sing as part of the mass choirs for either children and youth, or adult. At each festival there are a number of people who participate that way. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

After Kathaumixw, the group is heading to SongRoots on Gambier Island. “As we get closer to retirement, we plan on ramping up choral singing opportunities,” said Jenne. “It brings us great joy and keeps us sane, so far, anyway.” Elisabeth Dolan of Calgary will join her two sisters as solo singers at Kathaumixw

2018. Her twin Constance Roy, who has hosted billets, lives in Powell River, while her sister Caroline Brown spends part of her time in Calgary and part in Powell River. Dolan, a second soprano, sings with Calgary Women’s Chorus and has heard about Kathaumixw for several years from her sisters.

“Constance was always saying, ‘you must come some year, you must come,’” said Dolan. “I’m super looking forward to coming this time.” A host has been assigned to the singers who will march into the Gala Opening Concert on Tuesday, July 3, under the banner Come Solo Singers.


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Council chooses design for wastewater treatment plant City moves forward with natural integration theme after public engagement meeting DAVID BRINDLE

PLANT OPTIONS: A recent public engagement event and an online survey by City of Powell River drew input and opinion from approximately 200 Powell River residents on the new wastewater treatment plant. Attendees and users had the opportunity to weigh-in on two design options for the facility and the south conveyance route for its pipeline. DAVID BRINDLE PHOTO

there will be some decisions on that but we will be moving forward on a natural integration theme in that location,” said Skadsheim. The location is a 10-acre site encompassing the existing Townsite treatment plant below Larch and Laburnum avenues. Council was given two options to choose from: a

ed in the city’s online survey. “As far as the architecture is concerned, to make it look like a battleship and thinking that’s heritage, not so much,” said Townsite Ratepayers Association chair Willem Van Delft. Not all of the natural integration design’s bells and whistles that city staff and project contractor

We have the direction to do the final drawing and there will be some decisions on that but we will be moving forward on a natural integration theme in that location. KAREN SKADSHEIM


Associated Engineering had incorporated will be included. The concept included living roofs, a living wall, a railing that plays a melody when struck and a picnic area. Councillor Rob Southcott made it clear that with the cost of the largest infrastructure project in Powell


through to the final design, which is something Van Delft said he is glad to hear. The ratepayers association has been critical of the city’s approach to public input on the project. “It’s always been my vision that we need to be an information arm to the city council,” said Van Delft. “They are the top of the food chain here in Powell River. They have the mandate and responsibility to make decisions.” As for the approvals made by council, Van Delft said he would vote for the natural integration if given the chance, but the conveyance route approved by council to put a pipeline along Willingdon Trail is another matter. The pipe would extend from the existing Westview Water Treatment Facility to the new plant in Townsite via Willingdon Beach Trail. “I have recommended against the conveyance of a pipeline through Willingdon Beach Park,” said Van Delft. “It’s a mistake.”


heritage design and natural integration. The heritage design was notable for incorporating a wall in the shape of one of Powell River’s signature Hulks, which was almost universally rejected by Powell River residents who attended a public information session and participat-

River’s history, he has expectations that practicality will be focused on, as was first agreed by council, he said. “We decided on something that could be expanded, highly practical on an operational and proven technology standpoint and built to modern standards,” said Southcott. “But aesthetics need to follow those same expectations and not cost us an arm and a leg to maintain.” City director of infrastructure Tor Birtig said the city heard from the public that the wall should not be completely covered in foliage but have various interconnected pieces of green wall, mural and concrete with a specific design inlaid into it. Many comments from more than 200 local residents who attended the public event or completed the online survey were critical of the living wall and raised concerns about proper installation and maintenance. Skadsheim said she wants the public involved


City of Powell River council has moved quickly and decided on a design theme and pipeline route for the new $66 million wastewater treatment plant in Townsite. With provincial and federal infrastructure grant decisions imminent, the move was made to avoid becoming bogged down in the process. Submission for funding is expected to be soon and sudden, according to city councillor and liquid waste management steering committee chair Karen Skadsheim. Skadsheim said the infrastructure funding announcement from federal and provincial governments is about to happen and there will be a narrow window of application time. It is imperative to have the design concept done for submission, she added. Before the two options for the look of the plant were presented for public engagement on May 10, the majority of councillors were leaning toward approving a natural integration design and a conveyance route for the pipeline from Westview to the new facility along Willingdon Beach Trail, and that is what they did at the regular meeting on May 17. “We have the direction to do the final drawing and




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Buses cover Lund Festival For a $2 fare, a shuttle service will be available from Powell River to Lund on Saturday, May 26, for the 11th annual Lund Shellfish Festival. The fare applies to everyone, except children under four, who ride for free. The shuttle will run from 9 am and 5 pm between Town Centre Mall and Lund, with stops at Willingdon Beach, Townsite, Wildwood and Tla’amin.

Police investigate death An 85-year-old male resident of Powell River was found deceased at the Mowat Bay parking lot on May 23. At 6:30 am, Powell River RCMP attended the scene, a popular recreation spot on Powell Lake, after the man had been found by BC Ambulance Service and Powell River Fire Rescue. RCMP and the coroner are investigating the incident but foul play is not suspected, according to police.

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SAFETY CONCERNS: Brooks Secondary School principal Bill Rounis [left] and City of Powell River councillor Jim Palm met recently at the corner of Hemlock Street and Willow Avenue in Townsite, an area where concerns about traffic safety have been raised by educators and parents of students who attend Brooks and Henderson Elementary School. DAVID BRINDLE PHOTO

Advocates push for traffic changes DAVID BRINDLE

Of all the points of traffic congestion Powell River residents currently contend with, and will continue to see more of due to the residential development

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1. THURSDAY, MAY 17 Duncan Street, 7300 block Powell River RCMP received a report of a break and enter to an industrial trailer at a business on Duncan Street. Once inside the trailer, the culprits stole items including an HP laptop, Makita corded drill and an iPod. 2. MONDAY, MAY 14 Crown Avenue, 5800 block Powell River RCMP received a report that four eight-by-eight foot panels of chain-link fence had been stolen from the yard of a property.







boom, the area around Rounis said he is advocatBrooks Secondary School ing on parents’ behalf and in Townsite is the latest to spoke to city councillor Jim be brought before City of Palm, who addressed the isPowell River council. sue to council at the May The high school with a stu- 1 committee of the whole dent body of about 750, an meeting. elementary school, a daycare “It’s a non-issue for most and major transit stops are of the day,” said Palm, all located within approxi- who is also an educator at mately two square blocks. Brooks, “but when school For some in the community, is clearing out in the afterit is an accident waiting to noon at 3:15 pm it’s heavhappen. ily congested. With trafA campaign around con- fic now cutting through cern for student and pub- the subdivision above, it lic safety at Brooks and becomes an issue of safeThese are cases ty reported Henderson Elementary for toyoungsters in the Powell River RCMP in the School that began with parvicinity.” past two weeks. If you have ents and educators is now Timberlane Estates is information about the crimes in the hands of listed the here cityorto located above Brooks. any other crimes, determine the best solution Hemlock call Powell River RCMP at is the loop street 604.485.6255 or Crime for the problem. that rings the subdivision Stoppers at 1.800.222.TIPS. Henderson teacher Annita and has an unmarked speed Molenaar emailed Brooks limit. principal Bill Rounis in April “If someone barrels down about a stop sign she felt there at the wrong time and was needed at the corner of is not thinking, it would Hemlock Street and Willow not be a pretty sight,” said Avenue because of a close Palm. call during a student field Rounis said there have trip to Brooks. been a few occasions when “When I went to see a per- students about to cross at formance with a class from intersections have had to be Henderson, we were cross- hesitant. ing Hemlock Street, thinkAlso, there is additional ing it was safe, when a car traffic from a daycare just came down Hemlock so fast above Brooks, which is dithat it skidded when the rectly across from where the driver hit the brakes,” said proposed three-way stop at Molenaar. Hemlock and Willow would

be installed, according to Palm. “Right across and adjacent to that is a daycare above Brooks,” said Palm, “so people are streaming out of that parking lot as well at the same time as the bus is parked on Hemlock. It’s very restrictive.” Palm added that 30-kilometre per hour speed limits through school zones are being ignored and failing to slow drivers down. Prior to the final school bell at Brooks, Roots and Wings Early Learning Centre’s parking lot fills up with parents parking, sometimes idling their vehicles, to pick up their high school children, despite the daycare’s parking lot being marked with signage designating that the space is only for Roots and Wings use. “We have a handful of parents who pick up at the same time so it creates congestion for them,” said Roots and Wings owner Maggie Ellwyn. “Furthermore, it becomes a safety concern for the children exiting the daycare with their families. Efforts to communicate with the parents and voice our concerns for the daycare children’s safety effects zero change.”

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Council considers poultry propositions Review of animal bylaw may increase number of chickens residents can keep


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While City of Powell River council considered weighty issues of zoning bylaws driven by the residential development boom and decisions about the new $66 million wastewater treatment plant at a recent four-hour committee of the whole meeting, members still found time to talk chicken, and they’re not clucking around. A total of eight letters were received by the committee at the May 1 meeting, all regarding the city’s animal control bylaw governing the keeping of poultry in the city. A review and report on the revised bylaw is pending from city staff. Under the existing bylaw, in Wildwood, for example, residents can keep up to 12 poultry, no roosters, or 20 rabbits. In Cranberry, 24 poultry, one of which may be a rooster, or 50 rabbits are allowed. Elsewhere in Powell River, up to three poultry are allowed and no roosters can be kept. Requests from residents wanting more than three chickens ranged from six to 24. “There’s no way I want to bump things up to 20 or 24 chickens,” said councillor Russell Brewer. When the animal control bylaw was approved in 2012,


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POULTRY PERSON: Townsite resident Kelly Von Bargen, who keeps chickens, is an advocate for electric fencing as a deterrent for bear encounters. Currently, electric fencing is banned in Powell River. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

according to Brewer, council discussed allowing six birds. He said he would support that number in the new animal control bylaw. Mayor Dave Formosa, who said he voted against chickens when the issue was decided on six years ago, wants nine chickens or rabbits allowed. Formosa also wants an allowance for electric fencing on quarter-acre lot sizes with R1, R2 and R3 zoning, where the limit is currently three. The question of electric fencing was common in the correspondence. As councillor Jim Palm noted, six chickens is a good number, but he raised the issue of conflict between neighbours and wildlife, including bears. More chickens attract more bears. “An easy way to stop this and protect resources is electric fencing,” stated local resident Nick Adair in a let-

ter to council. “Why are we banned from using electric fencing?” Electric fencing is encouraged by WildSafeBC and councillor Karen Skadsheim said Bear Smart recommendations should be part of city staff’s new bylaw report. Chickens are a big bear attractant in the Powell River area right now, according to WildSafeBC community coordinator for Powell River Francine Ulmer. “A bear near Southview Road was not easily deterred after killing a chicken and came back for more,” said Ulmer. The bear had to be shot by a BC Conservation Officer Service officer and there have also been complaints of bears killing chickens in the Lang Bay area, she added. “These bears may also need to be destroyed if they pose a safety concern, so please secure all attractants

and consider electric fencing,” said Ulmer. Ultimately, talking chicken, or hens, comes down to eggs and Powell River resident Emily Meylea stated that three chickens do not lay enough eggs in one week for her family. On a good day, one hen will lay an egg, so three chickens means three eggs, she added. “We average eating two eggs each day and that doesn’t include baking,” stated Meylea in a letter. “My ideal number would be 20 hens as I am entering the teenage years with my children.” Councillor Rob Southcott said he supports increasing the number of chickens currently allowed. “Having grown up in Cranberr y and having grown up with chickens,” said Southcott, “three would have been ridiculous. It’s just not enough eggs.”



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COUNCIL BRIEFS A new website has been launched by City of Powell River’s parks, recreation and culture department. The site is more user friendly and responsive on mobile and computer platforms than the previous technology, which proved to be inadequate. The website is consolidated, easy to navigate and everything Powell River

residents need to know about parks, recreation and culture in the city is posted, including information on fitness classes, sports fields, beaches, events and booking venues. The website also has links to community pages.

Enhances ocean viewing Public binoculars and interpretive signage for viewing ocean wildlife will be installed by City of Powell River un-

der an agreement with Powell River’s Wild Ocean Whale Society (WOWS). Viewing locations will be at Westview Viewpoint, Spirit Square and Townsite Viewpoint. The society will retain all revenues from use of the coin-operated binoculars and be required to clean, maintain and replace them as required. Powell River Community Forest recently awarded a $44,167 grant to WOWS for the setup.


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Pedal power When GoByBike Week, formerly known as Bike to Work and School Week, begins on Monday, May 28, the phrase, “It’s like riding a bike,” will become a literal metaphor for participants who do not jump on a bicycle regularly. And guess what? Since use of the phrase alludes to the fact that once a skill is learned it is never forgotten, the exact phrase applies in this case, as ridiculous as it may sound. Riding a bike is…like riding a bike. Most cyclists, avid or not, learned how to balance themselves and peddle away from their parents or instructor at a young age. Some required training wheels for longer than others, but after the odd bump or bruise, or even some scrapes and cuts, that moment of freedom and exuberance eventually came for everyone when they realized the objective of balancing on two wheels without an adult running beside them and holding onto their shirt. Until reaching driving age, bicycles increase possibilities for adventure among youth, expanding their range of travel and Most cyclists, avid or not, diminishing their reliance on parents learned how to balance or guardians for themselves and peddle travelling to and away from their parents or from where they need to go. instructor at a young age. But somewhere along the way, that magical feeling is lost for a good number of young cyclists. For some, acquiring a driver’s licence, having access to a vehicle, or buying one, along with entering the workforce, put an end to or severely decrease the need and desire for twowheel travelling. GoByBike aims to bring back the magic by encouraging everyone to dust off his or her bike and ride to work or school for one week. Despite being a mere five days out of 365, the event does require a commitment and some coordinating, but not a lot. The only real requirements are willpower, a towel to wipe off the sweat, a change of clothes, and maybe a deodorant stick, although for some, the commute to work is downhill and unlikely to require much exertion. For them, the ride home is the workout. Cyclists who ride year-round have their own reasons for doing so, whether for health benefits, to be environmentally friendly, or, possibly, they never lost the magic. Whatever the reason, few things in life provide more inspiration than watching someone peddling home in the rain, especially up one of the many hills in Westview, or from Townsite up to Cranberry or Wildwood. Luckily, for this year’s participants, rain is not in the forecast, so pulling out the raingear might be premature and unnecessary. Pump up the tires, grease the chain, and rediscover the magic.

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Wastewater decision raises red flag By Ron Woznow City of Powell River council is set to make the most significant capital expenditure in the history of Powell River: the wastewater treatment plant. However, there is ample justification not to proceed at this time. Firstly, the cost estimate for this project has more than doubled from $30 million to $66 million without a change in scope. This is a major red flag for anyone with project management experience. Council is trying to assure the public there will be no further cost increases. However, it does not have a justification to make this claim. The $66 million is a Class C estimate, not a Class A, A being the most reliable. Furthermore, the design consultants have not identified an

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example of a similar project that was built on schedule and on budget. A simple Google search on sewage treatment projects shows examples like Sechelt, where both construction and operating costs have exceeded estimates.

Thirdly, is the negative impact of the proposed wastewater treatment plant on the value and potential use of the old golf club lands. During the last four months, council has received presentations on how BC coastal communities have created economic activity on recovTo proceed now on the ered waterfront property. Our council wants to go wastewater treatment against the tide and degrade plant without a good the most valuable piece of waterfront property left in understanding of the Powell River. If the wastepotential impact on water treatment plant were to be relocated away from taxpayers is unjustifiable. the waterfront, the city would create a multimillion Secondly, the capital and oper- dollar asset that could generate ating costs are to be shared with economic opportunities, jobs and the Tla’amin Nation, a partner in annual tax revenues. this proposed wastewater treatFourthly, is the looming posment project, but no details are sibility that the Catalyst mill available at this time. could shut down. Recent Peak »7 ALICIA NEWMAN

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LETTERS » Creative competition I found the opinion piece in last week’s Peak [“Viewpoint: Shop local, or else,” May 18] to be very timely.

I had just spent some time poking around the new Powell River parks and recreation website ( looking to see who the designer was; I like to see how my competition

is doing. I couldn’t determine a designer per se, but a quick look at the code gave me the hosting provider, who is also a designer: Aki Creative web hosting and development, conve-

niently located in Toronto, Ontario. There are reputable companies in Powell River that supply all of these services. I know. I own one. Ernie Burden Marine Avenue


Divide and conquer tactic By Fred Guerin

6« VIEWPOINT/WASTEWATER articles have discussed new United States Department of Commerce tariffs and a shortage of wood fibre. In a worse case scenario, the mill shuts down at the same time council has committed to build the wastewater treatment plant on the old golf club lands.

While we hope this will not happen, it has to be considered. In this scenario taxpayers could be faced with a significant ongoing increase in their tax bill. To proceed now on the wastewater treatment plant without a good understanding of the potential impact

on taxpayers is unjustifiable. As an alternative, council should be engaging Powell River leaders from business, community organizations and ratepayers to assist them in developing a strategic plan (lifecycle cost benefit) to maximize the value of the old golf club lands and

address the need for sewage treatment in Powell River. This is not just a Townsite issue. All residents of Powell River will feel the impact of a poor decision for the next 50 to 100 years. Ron Woznow is a resident of Powell River.

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There is nothing more contemptible that finance minister Bill Morneau country. Then the National Energy than a government that goes out of its recently said the Liberal government Board, Alberta premier Rachel Notley way to appease a corporate hustler. Of is “prepared…to indemnify the project and prime minister Justin Trudeau course, none of this is new. against any financial loss that derives can claim that the federal government Canada has never shied away from from (BC) premier (John) Horgan’s has the right to override the laws of giving the nuclear and oil and gas in- attempts to delay or obstruct the provinces and local communities for dustries hundreds of billions of dol- project.” the sake of all Canadians, that is, all lars of taxpayer money in the form of No doubt Morneau’s announce- Canadians except the first nations. grants, loans, benefits, subsidies and ment was intended to reassure Kinder Remember them? They were told by tax breaks; the only differTrudeau and company that ence is that conservatives Canada would “advance recWhat the federal government has tend to be upfront about onciliation and renew the recrassly demonstrated is that words their corporate giveaways lationship with indigenous while liberals tend to operpeoples, based on recognilike reconciliation, recognition, ate in the back rooms. tion of rights, respect, cooprespect, cooperation and partnership eration and partnership.” That has all changed with Kinder Morgan. Neither What the federal governhave no ethical standing. Kinder Morgan nor the fedment has crassly demoneral government really anstrated is that words like ticipated the depth of local resistance Morgan shareholders that the Trudeau reconciliation, recognition, respect, coto the pipeline project. Nor did they se- government is on their side, even if it operation and partnership have no ethiriously consider the possibility that the costs Canadian taxpayers. But it can cal standing. Instead, they function as courts might actually quash the whole also be interpreted as a classic divide convenient political and public relations thing under Section 35 of the Canadian and conquer tactic: urge Canadians to language that can always be trumped by constitution that recognizes and af- conclude that BC is a rogue province, corporate interests. firms the rights of indigenous peoples. indifferent to national interests and They do now, in fact, so much so a financial liability to the rest of the Fred Guerin is a resident of Powell River.


Moving shop

Effective June 1, Vital First Aid will move from its current location at 4566 Marine Avenue to the space between Skeeter Jacks Outback Shack and Suncoast Cycles south of town off Highway 101.

Studio 101 Hair and Body Bar will be moving to Town Centre Mall as of June 1. For now it is business as usual at its location next to the Medical Clinic Associates at 4794B Joyce Avenue.

Ice cream S a s s y M a c k s Ice C re a m h a s opened for the season at Powell River Farmers’ Market and aims to have its Lund location open by mid-June.

Broom Busters Powell River Regional District and Powell River Fire Rescue’s Broom Buster campaign is currently underway throughout the community. The group encourages residents to have fun cutting down broom on weekends. For

more information, go to broombusters. org/powell-river.

Online learning The eLeadership Academy is a local home-based business offering online training for leadership and coaching development. For information, email

Healthy kitchen Rebel Heart Kitchen is planning to be open by early June inside Ecossentials Local Market at 6812 Alberni Street.




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Be loud and be heard As Canada’s population ages, the prevalence of mental health problems rises, too. Conditions such as bipolar disorder and addiction can seriously affect the quality of life in people of all ages and seniors may be especially vulnerable to depression and anxiety. May is Mental Health Month and it is time to speak up about how ignorance and discrimination can make mental health unbearable. The best way to combat all the confusion and misunderstanding about mental illness is to talk about it. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), the sponsor of the awareness campaign, invites everybody to share their personal stories as a way to rally support for sufferers of dementia, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, suicidal thoughts and other conditions. Get loud. You can do it!

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Why is it so important to speak up about your personal experience or about being the loved one of someone with a mental illness? Getting loud builds awareness and support. It makes sure sufferers know they are not alone, especially when they feel isolated and afraid of being judged. Mental illness appears in every walk of life; it does not matter if you are a teen or a senior, or if you are educated or wealthy. CMHA reports that 25 per cent of Canadians will have an experience of mental illness at some point in their lives. The louder we get now, the less anguish our friends, coworkers or even ourselves will need to feel about being unwell. During Mental Health Month, get loud with a kind word for a sufferer. Write about positive mental health and send your story to the Peak or post it on social media.

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By moving and changing so quickly, our modern world is creating challenges and stressors on the human mind and body that are having detrimental effects on an individual’s overall health and well-being. The rise in mental health issues that go along with a modern lifestyle have become alarming. According to research, the top mental health concerns in the general population are anxiety and depression, although there has been a rise in the number of individuals who are being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Anxiety, depression and PTSD have a debilitating negative impact on the overall quality of life of an individual; they can have long-lasting effects on mental and physical health. An essential aspect of recovering from anxiety, depression and PTSD is learning ways to calm down or self-regulate. For thousands of years, yoga, which includes meditation, relaxation and physical postures, has been shown to reduce muscle tension, lower blood pressure, reduce nervous system activation, improve neuro-

endocrine and hormonal activity, decrease physical symptoms and emotional distress and increase quality of life. Mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression and PTSD have physiological and psychological negative effects, which undermine health and well-being. A two-pronged approach to treatment of these disorders includes psychotherapy and working with the body. Yoga helps reintegrate body and mind because it helps regulate emotional and physiological states. Yoga incorporates a series of body movements and postures that teach us to master our own physiology, and we learn that we can make positive changes to our nervous system and quiet the mind. Harvard Medical School’s department of psychiatry conducted a study with individuals suffering from anxiety and/or PTSD in which one group received dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and the other group was placed in a therapeutically informed yoga program. After eight weeks, participants in the yoga program showed greater improvement in all dimensions of their PTSD symptoms, an

increase in positive effect and a decrease in negative effect. Compared to DBT participants, yoga participants reported greater reduction in frequency of PTSD symptoms, as well as greater gains in vitality and body attunement. The outcome of this study revealed that yoga appears to positively affect selfregulation and decrease hyper-arousal. I was privileged to take a trauma-informed yoga training course in Powell River last year, which was attended by a variety of health professionals in the community: nurses, yoga instructors, psychotherapists and community support workers. All who participated in the course were excited about the possibility of having these programs offered on an ongoing basis. I am pleased to say that a therapeutically informed yoga instructor and myself designed and ran a six-week therapeutically informed yoga class for individuals struggling with PTSD and anxiety. Participant feedback at the end of these sessions was very positive. The classes consisted of an educational component, which provided information about the human nervous

system, along with practising yoga postures (somatic movements) that address stress, tension and tightness in the body created by anxiety, depression and/ or PTSD. Classes are now also being offered around the community and will be taught by clinically trained yoga instructors. Currently, the best treatment approach for anxiety, depression and PTSD includes psychotherapy that addresses the psychological underpinnings of anxiety, depression and/or PTSD, along with bodywork, such as therapeutically informed yoga, which addresses the somatic/physiological symptoms of these mental health conditions. Individuals struggling with anxiety, depression or PTSD can benefit from accessing therapeutic support from either a registered clinical counsellor or a psychologist who practises psychotherapy within this community. People will also benefit by participating in a therapeutically informed yoga class offered at some yoga studios. Chris Drummond is registered clinical counsellor with more than 25 years of experience.



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Children’s books inspire artist Using vintage, found and upcycled materials, textile artist Lise Chiasson hand stitches, felts and weaves intricate hoop-framed images. She is inspired by whimsical children’s illustrations, the ocean, plants and constellations in the night sky. As a child, family members inspired her creative and imaginative side by encouraging her involvement in several different art forms. After training and working as an early childhood educator for many years, Chiasson was inspired to pursue her art more seriously two years ago. Are you originally from Powell River? I was born and raised in Powell River then lived in Vancouver while I went to college for early childhood education. I worked in an infant and toddler daycare for four years in Powell River, then for 12 years my four children were raised in Victoria. We returned home again to be closer to our relatives and the beautiful nature of Powell River. Tell us about your work. What do you create? Using denim as my canvas and wooden hoops for frames, I create oceanic, wildlife, plant and fantasy scenes. I use vintage fabrics, thrifted yarns, beads and embroidery floss to “paint” my pictures. I’m really in my element when creating ocean life or art intended for a child because that’s when my imagination really roams free. I will personalize a picture, such as the exact moon cycle of the day a baby was born or a family pet. When did you get into it? The hoops I am creating now are the result of the many different arts I’ve had fun with in the past. I used to sell cards with origami scenes on them and have created felt stories. I taught myself to knit several years ago, which is when I fell in love with fancy yarns. I’ve been drawing since I was a child, so I’m able to sketch out my plans. Two years ago I recreated a 1960s yarn patchwork cat in a frame that used to hang on my childhood bedroom wall and I knew at once this was

TAKE A PEAK: Lise Chiasson what I was meant to do. Who or what inspires you as an artist? My parents, aunt and uncle are my inspirations. When my nana was alive she inspired us all with her creativity. These role models nurtured my love of art, creativity and imagination with music, dance, fine children’s literature, art, sewing and weaving. My father ensured constant adventures in nature and modelled quality in craftsmanship. It lit a spark to express myself, live creatively and look everywhere in nature for inspiration. Most importantly they respected my sense of wonder, which stays with me as an adult. To be able to dream and imagine is a gift I cherish. Chiasson’s work is on display and for sale at The Boardwalk Restaurant in Lund. It can also be seen on Instagram @ lisejuliannechiasson.

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Jodi and Mike Mastrodonato first became involved with minor hockey when their eldest son startImportant meeting regarding the ed playing at just four years old. He is now 17. future of our water supply During those years the (Forum Section 14) Mastrodonatos have been an integral part of the local hockey scene as volunteers EARNED RECOGNITION: Mike and Jodi Mastrodonato were recently awarded the Fred Please come out and attend in just about every capacity Heslop Award by BC Hockey for their years of volunteer contributions to the minor hockey for the future of our water community in Powell River. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO imaginable. “We just help out, do what- programming within BC serves on the referee in chief referees, coaching, officiatever is needed,” said Jodi. Hockey results from the committee, on the executive ing, watching their kids and “We invest our time for the efforts of our volunteers and was one of the driving even finding time to play kids like many others in our across BC and the Yukon.” forces in the start of a suc- hockey themselves. association.” The announcement came cessful female hockey pro“I’m not sure what we will do 9 Wednesday.April 2.2014 | Powell River Peak » Last month the couple re- as a shock to the couple, gram in the community. She with all our spare time when ceived an unexpected phone who had not known of the is the head coach, despite our kids move on,” said Jodi. call from BC Hockey letting award’s existence. not having a daughter in the Fred Heslop was a tireless March 26]. of the lake it will multisized pickups and SUVs that them know they had been “It’s pretty amazing and program, and has helped orhockey volunteer. In 2007, “values” are the current the learning and construcPedestrian accident ply very fast like it has for BC HeHockey claims that the “peace, it is dangerous children ganize chosen for a province-wide definitely not for something female tournaments. awarded him the Stephen Harper govern- tive dialogue necessary to The hockey root system is order It was with great sadness we goodwhen governin expected,” crosswalks, recognition. saidsince Jodi.most “We years. “Female is really highestand honour he was ment, to which Weston is reach true reconciliation. very hardy. across You cannot kill ment that Fred we read about Award the re- don’t of Canada” will be a member, truly uphold- Claudia Medina of these vehicles have imThe Heslop go out volunteering to flourishing the counpresented with the Diamond theand weed. death the 62-yearby passed a treaty paired visibility directly in try is cent given outofannually to get an award.” our program is boom- undermined Stick Award. He away ing when first nations and Marine Avenue Once lake cleared that old deserving newcomer volunteers to Powell front allows Tla’amin to exof the vehicle. have That ing five The Mastrodonatos rightthe now,” saidisJodi. in 2013, leaving a legacy be- other citizens who want to start fresh,manre- ercise River BC. who This was year strucktheby been laws that are rooted protect Canada’s environ- Recycling changes is why such vehicles are out around involved in minor Sheyou hascan also helped hind him. stock trout make an SUV Joyce Avenue traditional systems of ment for future generations bannedin in Europe. award wenton to six people as hockey Powell River in age herwith son’s rep and teams and in BC Hockey is a not-forTHISisSUMMER, BE What the government it a nice swimming hole [“Pedestrian succumbs to governance that have exI would like to think that the Mastrodonatos were rec- many roles over the years. is often seen in the penalty profit organization and are under surveillance and CAUTIOUS WHEN planning with regard to like it was before. Now it is injuries,” March 21]. isted for millennia before Powell River may some day labelled terrorists? What ognized as individuals. Mike is a referee, coached box scorekeeping or heading member branch of Hockey RECREATING NEAR recycling [“Changes on hoa swamp, not good for the I moved with my wife and Canada was even a remote wake up to the grave injus“values” are the Harper govHYDROPOWER FACILITIES. “Jodi and Mike have been during his kids’ younger up a fundraising event. Canada in charge of govfor recycling,” March two small children to Powell tice it is doing its pedestri- public. concept. To lump together ernment upholding when rizonWATER CONDITIONS CAN identified as standouts from years and was assistant B oth Jodi and Mike erning amateur hockey at We need to make Sharia law, Québécois law, enacting Bill C-45, which 5]? CHANGE QUICKLY AND River in 2005 and spent the an population by failing to among the fantastic group coach and manager when managed the bantam rep all levels in BC and Yukon WITHOUT Between theNOTICE. ferry upsets better part of seven years address the many chronic Cranberry Lake nice again and other “local” laws into again undermines first naof hockey supporters in his boys played in the rep team when Powell River Territory. It oversees apPay attention to yourwhat is living there. traffic safety problems in and it can be done once the this context betrays a lim- tions’ sovereignty and pro- and then recycling, Powell River and we are happrogram. He has held differhosted the Tier 2 Bantam proximately 130 minor surroundings and River respectisalla Life Jackets Save Lives. ited understanding of the tection for the One of the main reasons I the city, but after having lilies are out of the lake. land and wa- happening? Powell Always wear yours. signs and warning signals. pywanted to recognize them with ent positions on the execuProvincials last year. In adhockey associations plus clean town. If it is made difsystemic inequalities that ter that sustain us? to leave was because lived there for seven years, Cliff Lang this award,” said overhold theout years, thehope. last dition to full-time jobs, they this junior andis aiming senior toteams, Squamish, BC treaty adtheprestigious community’s lead- tive I don’t much If Weston is concerned ficult for folks, you may see BCersHockey chief shown executive president andCushing acting spend hours on their phones dress 60,000 4,500 ref- with the “most vulnerable” all the beautiful trails full of Raymond MacLeod have never the being andplayers, rectify—inequaliofficer Barry Petrachenko. president for this season. and computers each week erees, 10,000 coaches and members slightest interest in improv- North Vancouver ties such as the Indian Act, of Canadian so- garbage. This would undo Ignorance harms “The success of the hockey Jodi is also a referee, problem solving, scheduling 20,000 official volunteers. ing traffic flow and enforcean aspect of Canadian law ciety, why does his politi- all the work like the BOMB In response to MP John that was established to sub- cal party actively seek out (Bloody Old Men’s Brigade) ment to ensure the safety Cranberry Lake Weston’s opposition to the jugate, control, distort and free trade agreements with Squad has done and others of the many children and Lilies have taken over the wording of the Tla’amin limit the rights and free- Europe and China that will to make the trails safe and seniors who walk and bike lake; we all understand the (Sliammon) First Nation doms of Aboriginal peoples, effectively render our own clean for those from Powell in the community. It is frightening to walk infestation of the matter treaty, I am disturbed by and which continues to this laws, national or local, null River and outside to come down Joyce, with its narrow [“Water lilies create cause his lack of awareness and day. and void in the face of trade see and hike. sidewalks and no green buf- for concern,” March 26]. knowledge of the historical When something isn’t When Canadian laws tribunals that favour corpofer or parking lane between Now, the only way you will context of the treaty pro- existed to criminalize tra- rate interests? broken, please don’t fix it. pedestrians and the many get rid of them is not by cess, especially with regard ditional ceremonies and Powell River, we have to But what troubles me full-sized pickups and SUVs clipping them—you have to the tremendously nega- customs, to tear apart fami- most of all, after reading tell the government we barreling down the road, to put a dredge on a small tive impacts of colonization lies, and deny Aboriginal the article, is that Weston’s want it left alone. We need usually well above the speed barge and haul the garbage and unjust Canadian laws peoples the right to vote, problematic understanding to remain the Pearl of the out of the lake, roots and on first nation individuals what “values” exactly were of first nations’ issues only Sunshine Coast. limit. and communities [“Weston must all. Once the root of the lily350 So many people in PowellLetters the be Canadian government should not exceed words and viewpoints approximately 500serves wordsto fan the flames of Gloria Riley River drive late-model full- takes hold of the bottom speaks against treaty,” trying to uphold? And what ignorance that undermine Marine Avenue




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Community members cut back broom Drive is on to mitigate hazardous invasive plant SARA DONNELLY

Vibrant yellow flowers of the Scotch broom plant may look cheerful, but it is an invasive species that chokes out native flora and fauna and creates a serious fire risk, according to City of Powell River fire chief Terry Peters. “It’s what we consider a flash fuel; that means if it catches fire it goes up very quickly and it’ll throw its embers and catch more on fire,” said Peters. “The plant

is a survivor. Fire doesn’t kill it. It’ll sprout again after.” Peters works on a volunteer basis for an organization called Broom Busters. As the name suggests, its mission is to eradicate the plant and its risk from the community. The group organizes community broom cutting events. Peters also encourages individuals to cut it down wherever they see it. “It’s like picking up litter,” he said. “If you see it, lop it.” Once cut, the broom can be left on the side of the road to be picked up later by a city crew or Broom Buster volunteers. “Just let us know where it is,” said Peters. The key is to cut broom close to the root without uprooting it or disrupting the

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COMMUNITY EFFORT: Grade three Westview Elementary School students [from left] Abi Dowding, Leevi Rodocker, Keaton Bryce and Damien Stride pitch in to eliminate broom near their school. The invasive plant is considered a major fire risk and the best time to cut it back is now, when it is flowering. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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the kids worked as a team and at the very end we had a massive pile of all the broom we cut.” There are pockets of broom around the community that are currently being targeted, including an area behind Henderson Elementary School near Hemlock Street and behind the Woodgrove Apartments on Joyce Avenue. Air quality is another issue, as many people have allergies to the plant. “There are some people who just stay inside this time of year,” said Peters. If we can clear it, it helps give them some fresher air to breathe in their own neighbourhood.” Peters said he is optimistic that much can be accomplished with education and community involvement. “A lot of people think, ‘it’s only broom we’ll never get it,’ but that’s not true at all,” he added. “Qualicum Beach started this program 10 years ago and they’re broom-free. I absolutely see that as being achievable for Powell River.” To become involved with one of the community events, go to broombusters. org/powell-river.

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root system as this spreads the up to 18,000 seeds a large plant can produce. “All the seeds need is a little bit of sunlight and ‘boom’ they start growing,” said Peters. “If you cut them low it kills the roots because all the energy is in the plant and the flower.” Local elementary schools have also joined in the broom busting. At Westview Elementary School, grade three classes learned about invasive plants and then spent an afternoon identifying and ridding the area behind their school of broom. It was hands-on learning at its best, according to grade three teacher Lisa Traer. “We’re learning about plants, animals and ecosystems and we jumped on this opportunity,” she said. “All


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Learning to ride a bike is an important milestone in a child’s life. Learning to ride a bike safely is even more important. For the past 25 years, the Rotary Club of Powell River has conducted a Bike Safety Rodeo for youngsters aged five to 12 years old. This year’s event kicks off Bike To Work Week on Sunday, May 27, according to Ed Frausel, a Rotarian and coordinator for the rodeo. “There is a change of location to First Credit Union’s parking lot,” he said. Beginning at 10 am, the rodeo runs until 2 pm and includes maintenance tips such as ensuring brakes are working properly.

Members of Powell River Cycling Association are partnering with Rotary. “They have an obstacle course that is fun for the kids to navigate,” said Frausel. Another course with several stations is set up and participants work through them all, developing or enhancing safety skills by moving around cones, riding between lines and coming to a stop sign where they learn hand signals for turning right or left. Businesses and individuals donate prizes that include 13 bikes, 18 helmets and stainless-steel water bottles. “Rotarians also will be cooking up hot dogs and providing water juice and pop,” said Frausel, “and it’s all free.” Frausel visited all the elementary schools in the district to ensure students are aware of the rodeo date. “Schools send out newsletters by email to parents so we hope to have a good turnout, as we have had in the past,” he added. Rotary is an international service organization with 1.2 million members worldwide, including two clubs in Powell River.

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Cycling week rolls into town Bike to Work and School Week encourages healthy commuting SARA DONNELLY

If the fair spring weather is not enough of a reason to take the bicycle out of storage, there is just one week left to register for Powell River’s ninth annual Bike to Work and School Week. Renamed GoByBike Week for 2018, the focus has changed to encompass any trips on a bike that would have previously been taken in a vehicle. Locally, momentum keeps building for the event, according to coordinator Kerry Jones. “Last year we had 357 people participating, 61 teams and 176 new cyclists,” she said. Not only does the event encourage healthy life choices, saving money and the environment, participants can log their kilometres and be entered to win some great prizes, including a cycling holiday in Portugal, she added.

The hope is that once people do dust off their bikes, they will continue to ride them on a more regular basis, according to Powell River Cycling Association president Russell Brewer. “The whole event is about creating awareness and getting people to give it a try,” he said. “Maybe they’ll like it and keep doing it.” Fun activities will be held throughout the week, including celebration stations for morning commuters, group cycling meetups and a pancake breakfast. The Rotary Club of Powell River’s Bike Safety Rodeo, aimed at youth cycling and safety, will also coincide with the event this year. Putting more of an emphasis on young people cycling has been one of the aims, said Brewer. “They really want to focus on kids so it’s not just a bike to work, it’s bike to school, bike to whatever you’re doing,” he added. Brewer said local schools have been strong supporters of the program. “They really jump on board,” he said. Another important aspect of the event is promoting the cycling infrastructure currently underway in

CELEBRATION STATION: [From left] Powell River Cycling Association (PRCA) president Russell Brewer and treasurer Linda Diprose join in the fun at last year’s Bike to Work Week with Suncoast Cycles’ Frank Chrinko, PRCA member Rob Jones and commuter Blake Fougere. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Powell River. “We’ve been really working with the city and we’re going to start seeing more infrastructure, more lanes going in this summer as well,” said Brewer. This is positive not only for cyclists, but for anyone getting around town without a vehicle, he




added. “This is also good for pedestrians, scooters, e-bikes and mopeds,” said Brewer. “We’re going to start seeing more of that, especially with the price of fuel.” Bike to Work Week was started in 1995 by a group of Victoria commuter cyclists. The first event had

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Edwin Glen Everett

January 27, 1942 - January 2, 2018 Please join the family for a casual open house to celebrate Ed’s life on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from noon to 4 pm at the Salmon Arm Elk’s Hall, 3690-30 Street NE. Onsite camping available, please contact the park office at 25.833.4803. Share memories and condolences online through Ed’s obituary at

John Scott McCuish

June 24, 1970 - May 12, 2018 It is with great sadness the family of Scott McCuish announces his sudden and tragic passing by boat accident on May 12 at the age of 47. He will be forever remembered and loved by his parents Jack and Sheila (born McPhee), his brother Colin (Brianne) and sister Carolyn, his nephews and niece Mathew (Meagan), Justice (Ola) and Mackenzie, as well as extended family and many dear friends. Scott, aka Cooter, was a lifelong resident of Powell River and Texada Island. He grew up on and around Powell Lake and enjoyed fishing and hunting with his buddies. Cooter was a bushman through and through. He fell trees for several years before studying forestry silviculture at Malaspina College. Then he spent several years shake blocking before returning to his first love, falling. The chainsaw was always his prefered tool and he was as rugged and tough as a logger can be. Scott played hard and loved even harder. Everyone who knew him loved him for his generosity and big heartedness. He will be greatly missed. There will be a celebration of life on May 26 at 1:00 pm in the lower hall of the Royal Canadian Legion.

Virginia Stecheson (née Erechook) Lovingly referred to as “Ginny,” we wish to announce the one-year anniversary of our mother Virginia’s passing on May 25, 2017, in Powell River. She was born May 30, 1928, in Port Arthur, Ontario, and was married on August 12, 1948, also in Port Arthur. Virginia is survived by her husband Andrew (Hank), four daughters: Andrea, Lori, Nadine and Adele, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The family moved to BC from Thunder Bay in the late 1980s and Hank and Ginny settled in Kelowna. Mom had the foresight to insist on a property that could accommo-date an in-ground swimming pool and for 17 summers it was a hive of activity at the Stecheson residence. Family was everything to Mom and when they moved from Kelowna to Powell River in 2005, we continued to congregate. Mom had a beautiful singing voice. We all loved her rendition of “Little Curly Hair in the High Chair.” She was a good bowler in her younger years, loved fishing and partridge hunting, and remained a mad pool player into her late 80s. Her padaha (Ukrainian food) was the best. Thanks, Mom, for all those “feeds.” Thanks for everything. We love you and miss you.


1100 In Memoriam


1215 General Employment

FORMER QT apar tment tenant Stephanie, please call Craig at 604.485.3711.

CABINETMAKER / INSTALLER HELPER Powell River Woodworks Ltd. is looking for a motivated person to assist with the build and installation processes. Please apply in person to Johann. Monday to Wednesday and Friday at 4562 Willingdon Avenue. COAST BERRY Company is looking for blueberry pickers July 1 - September 15. Must be reliable and have own transportation. Please send resumé to

Holy Cross Cemetery A.G.M.


REMEMBER YOUR LOVED ONE. Donate to Powell River Hospital Foundation. Improving health care for all.

604.485.3211 ext 4349

1010 Announcements

June 7 at 6 pm Cranberry Seniors Centre

Alcoholics Anonymous • 604.483.9736 • 604.485.6994 • 604.483.8349 • 604.807.0232 (Texada) • 604.414.5232 (Texada) Meetings FRIDAYS, 8-9 pm

United Church Basement

SATURDAYS, 8:30-9:30 pm Hospital Boardroom SUNDAYS, 8-9 pm Alano Club

1215 General Employment COAST BERRY Company is looking for a processing plant crew, part-time/ full-time, July 1 - September 15. Please send a resume to

Get free help in your job search. Resumé, career planning and coaching, workshops, training funds. Find out what you are eligible for at, email, phone us at 604.485.7958 or visit Career Link, a WorkBC Employment Services Centre at 4511 Marine Avenue. SHEFIELD EXPRESS is looking for a part/full time employee with experience. Apply with resumé at #60 7100 Alberni Street. YOGA TEACHER NEEDED Do you like working with people? Want to be a part of a great team? We are looking for bright, energetic and certified teachers to complement our studio. Please send your resumé to

1010 Annoumcements


1230 Work Wanted LOCAL HAULING, 1-ton steel dump truck dually, get into small places, topsoil, gravel, yard waste, hedge trimming and reasonable rates. 604.414.9663.

CLAY GLOSLEE Construction Concrete foundation, drainage, retaining walls, fences, kitchen and bathroom renovation specialist, tiles, drywall, foundation to rooftop, contracts and hourly. 604.483.6153

FAMILY SEEKING immediate support with stage one Dementia family member. $25/hour four hours a day, four days a week (Caregiver can choose the 4 days). If interested please email

2060 For Sale Miscellaneous 6 - 245/70 19.5 tires, RV or truck, $150 each. Call 604.485.7993. BIO-DIESEL processing equipment. Manually operated, turns used veggy oil into Bio-Diesel. Batch size 40 US gallons. Good condition, $650 or OBO, arrange to view. Call 604.486.6979.

5520 Legal/Public Notices

Notice of Public Hearing The Council of the City of Powell River hereby gives notice that it will meet and hold a Public Hearing, June 7, 2018, at 6:30 pm, in Council Chambers of City Hall, 6910 Duncan Street, Powell River, B.C. to consider proposed Bylaw 2502, 2018 and Bylaw 2503, 2018. The intent of proposed Bylaw 2502, 2018 is to amend Schedule B of Sustainable Official Community Plan Bylaw 2370, 2014, being the Official Land Use Designation Map, by re-designating the subject lands as shown outlined in bold on the map below, from “Millsite Industrial” to “Employment Centre.” The intent of proposed Bylaw 2503, 2018 is to amend Schedule A of Zoning Bylaw 2100, 2006, being the Official Zoning Map, by rezoning the subject lands as shown outlined in bold on the map below from “Millsite Industrial (M3)” to “General Industrial (M1)”. The purpose of the bylaw amendments is to reflect that these lands are no longer owned and operated by the Catalyst Paper Corporation.

Relaxation and Gentle Movement Classes for Chronic Pain Management May 28* - 10:30 to 11:30 am Cranberry Seniors Centre, with chairs May 29, June 5, 12, 19 - 10:45 to 11:45 am Nourish Studio, mats or chairs Designed for people in pain. Drop-ins welcome. Sliding scale donation: $5 - $15 per class. *class will continue weekly if there is interest.

1040 Card of Thanks

Thank you

No words could ever express our appreciation for the love and support shown to us by our family friends and community following the passing of Ted Williams. We are deeply grateful for the food, cards and flowers. A special thanks to the ambulance first responders, hospital emergency team and home care nursing.  ~The Williams family

All persons who believe that their interest is affected by the proposed Bylaws shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard on the matters contained in the Bylaws, copies of which may be examined at City Hall, 6910 Duncan Street Powell River, B.C. during the regular office hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, from April 6, 2018 up to and including June 7, 2018, prior to the Public Hearing. Chris Jackson Corporate Officer

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2060 For Sale Miscellaneous

3005 Childcare Available

6965 Suites for Rent

9145 Cars

ESTATE SALE, furniture, household items, appointment only. Call 604.485.8444. HIGH PRESSURE compressed air four-stage regulating panel. 10,000 psi down to 200 psi, double set up, classco gauges. Asking $350 to view call 604.486.6979. WHITE DAY BED $120,Trundle Bed $60, Pine Cabinet $100, Kenmore electric dryer $70. Call 604.414.6518.

BUSY BEES preschool limited space available for September 2018. To register phone Laura Ouelette 604.485.0119.

FURNISHED AND utilities included bachelor suite available at Oceanside Resort. Security deposit and references required. $700/mth phone 604.485.2435.

2006 DODGE Charger RT 5.7, many extras, garage kept, all receipts, pictures available. Call 604.483.8057. or 604.485.5384.

2080 Furniture

HALF DUPLEX level entry, 2 bdrm, 2 bathroom, living room, dining room, den, deck with partial view. Asking $339,900. Call 604.223.3739.

ANTIQUE HUTCH, late 1800searly 1900s. 604.483.6503.

2145 Wanted KITCHEN CUPBOARDS, large set preferred, will consider all condition and types, please call 604.414.4598 or email RIDE-ON lawn mowers, running or not, cash for some. Contact Don at 604.487.0487. WANTED ROTOTILLER, reartine tiller preferred. A machine with large wheels with tines located on the back of the machine. Call 604.414.4598 or email WANT TO buy a house in Powell River, any condition. Call Jen 604.414.4645.

6030 Houses for Sale

8325 Sand & Gravel

Stevenson Road, Powell River, BC

9115 Auto Miscellaneous


Certified mechanics on duty

6040 Lots & Acreages for Sale ACREAGE FOR sale. Three minutes from city centre on Allen Avenue, fruit trees, $299,000. 604.483.1632.

6515 Commercial FOR DETAILS ON



2010 GT Mustang Convertible V8 4.6L. Duel Shift, all the goodies. 11,000 km. $22,000. 604.485.9586.

604.485.7927 9135 Motorcycles 2014 YAMAHA TW200, 500 km excellent condition, $4,500. Call 604.485.4925.

9145 Cars 2005 Ford Focus Hatchback $1,850 OBO. Good Engine. Automatic. Runs Fine. 230,000kms. Towing Hitch. Needs some suspension work. 604-489-3076 2005 PONTIAC Montana SUV, 89,000 kms, Shearling seat covers, seven seater, DVD player, $4,000 or OBO. Call 604.578.8577. 2006 FORD Escape XLT, fully loaded, 116,190 kms, ok all weather tires, $4,000 OBO. Call 604.489.0078.

2013 HYUNDAI Elantra GL, low kms, well maintained, needs nothing, recently at a Hyundai Dealership for re-call and updates. $10,500, call 604.487.0097.

9160 Trucks & Vans 1993 DODGE Diesel Ext Cab 4x4, 140k, automatic, aftermarket 4 inch exhaust, turbo housing and injectors, engine brake, $20,900. Call 604.483.8050 or email rapp@ 2008 TACOMA TRD Quad Cab, 195 kms, 4.0 auto, 6 inch lift, 35 inch tires, $18,900. Call 604.483.8050 or email rapp@

5520 Legal/Public Notices THE CITY OF POWELL RIVER NOTICE OF PROPERTY DISPOSITION Notice of Public Hearing The Council of the City of Powell River hereby gives notice that it will meet and hold a Public Hearing, June 7, 2018, at 6:30 pm, in Council Chambers of City Hall, 6910 Duncan Street, Powell River, B.C. to consider proposed Bylaw 2505, 2018. The intent of proposed Bylaw 2505, 2018 is to amend Schedule A of Zoning Bylaw 2100, 2006, being the Official Zoning Map, by rezoning the subject lands as shown outlined in bold on the map below from “Small Lot Rural Residential (A1)” to “Single and Two Family Residential (R2)”.

In accordance with Section 26(3) of the Community Charter, the Council of the City of Powell River (the “City”) gives notice of a Purchase and Sale Agreement (the “Agreement”) between the City and Sunshine Investments Inc. (the “Purchaser”) for a property located at 5815 Marine Avenue in Powell River and legally described as LOT A DISTRICT LOT 450 BLOCK 13 NEW WEST DISTRICT GROUP1 PLAN 3085EP SUBSIDY LOT 8, EXCEPT PLAN 5142R, OF PLAN 6606 (“Property”). An aerial photo of the Property is shown below:

The purpose of the bylaw amendment is to facilitate a 2-lot sbdivision.

Under the terms of the Agreement, the City will sell the property to Sunshine Investments Inc for the appraised value of $62,000. The Agreement has no subjects and the purchase will be completed by September 27, 2018. All persons who believe that their interest is affected by the proposed Bylaws shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard on the matters contained in the Bylaws, copies of which may be examined at City Hall, 6910 Duncan Street Powell River, B.C. during the regular office hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, from May 18, 2018 up to and including June 7, 2018, prior to the Public Hearing. Chris Jackson Corporate Officer


To review the aforementioned agreement or for enquiries, please contact Manager of Economic Development, Scott Randolph, City of Powell River, 6910 Duncan Street, Powell River, BC, V8A 1V4 (Phone: 604-485.8653; Email: For comments and concerns contact the Corporate Officer, Chris Jackson, City of Powell River, 6910 Duncan Street, Powell River, BC, V8A 1V4 (Phone: 604-485.8603; Email:


Sand and Gravel • Quarry

Rock • Garden Mediums • Dump and Slinger Truck /Excavators Monday to Friday 7 am-5 pm Saturdays 9 am-4 pm Closed holidays

604.485.2234 9185 Boats

9220 RVs/Campers/Trailers

15’ DORY-TYPE rowboat - 1988 FORD 30’ RV, mosailboat, fiberglass over ma- torhome, runs great, good rine ply. Comes with trailer, condition, 95 kms, $6,500, ready to row or sail. Will take OBO, call 604.223.2702. 6-9 horsepower outboard mo- 1996 BIG Foot 11.5’ camper, 3 tor in trade, located in Powell piece bathroom, winter furnace River. Call 1.204.901.0224. package, basement, solar pan2004 SEASWIRL Striper 26’ el, $8,900. Call 604.483.8050 (estate sale) 5.7 litre Volvo or email gas, trailer, survey great 1998 FORD Chassis 28’ moshape, $49,900. Call Chris torhome, good condition. Call 604.414.3960. 604.485.7410. 24’ EX-COMMERCIAL HD/ FG boat, 5.9-litre Cummins 2085 Garage Sales diesel. Special for prawn and 4282 Garibaldi Place crab fishing, $20,000, OBO. located in Westview on the Call 604.487.0890. corner of Glacier and 3488 BAYLINER, Cummings 604.485.2234 Garibaldi: engine, low hours, $80,000, Saturday, May 26 and contact 604.483.6641. Sunday, May 27 40’ TOLLYCRAFT cruiser, 10 am - 2 pm twin gas V-8 engines, extras, Carpenter’s Dream Tools+ great shape, $75,000. OBO, Drill press, 604.414.3960. inboard propellers, MARTIN 29 sailboat, mainsail table saw, bench grinder, three genoas, storm jib, 10 hp, treadmill, antique dining inboard, Volvo, diesel, $12,000 hutch, fishing or OBO. Call 604.483.4104. rods/reels/gear. MUST SELL, 28’ fiberglass 5903 Arbutus Street cruiser, suitable for live aboard, Alano Club trailer included, four-cylinder Saturday, May 26 diesel engine, $12,000 OBO. 9 am - 2 pm 604.414.4483. Rain or shine WESTSAIL 32, new Beta 7109 Glacier Street diesel engine, dodger, GPS, Assumption Gym VHF, 12-volt fridge, hot waSaturday, May 26 ter, diesel stove, moorage 9:30 am - 1 pm paid until 2019, $24,000 OBO. Huge Plant Sale 604.485.2935. Catholic Women’s League 7329 Abbotsford Street Saturday, May 26 8:30 am - 2 pm Multi-family

30’ 1980 Pelagic Trawler F/G, Kubota 51hp diesel Radar, GPS/plotter $10,000 Call to view 604.414.5673

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