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Letters Greetings from the Meloches

Hello to everybody on Canada’s best coast. Since leaving balmy Vancouver Island Susan and I have had one daughter boomerang twice, the other daughter almost finish university, seen snow, lived through thunderstorms and heat waves and high humidity. I have been adding to my medical education with orthopedic surgery, eye surgery, thyroid surgery, a kidney transplant and various minor problems. But I’m in better shape now than any time in the last 10 years. Susan has been doing very well and can finally claim good sleeps most nights. It has been nice to have had visits from various Ladysmith citizens including the publisher of this fine magazine. We keep a “finger on the pulse” by reading the Ladysmith Chronicle online. While it is no “News On The Web,” we get the general idea. Always happy to hear from anyone at Love to everybody. - John Meloche

(Editor’s Note) John Meloche, the “Pumpkin King” writes from the Meloches’ new home in Ontario. The Meloches were very active in the community while they lived in Ladysmith. He founded Pumpkinfest, and OysterFest, was the president of the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce and ran “News on the Web” online newspaper. Susan Meloche introduced the Duke of Edinburgh program that continues in our community to this day. Their daughters Laura and Linda were also involved with the community. John recently received a kidney transplant in London, Ontario when his diabetes miraculously cleared up following a surgery for a separate health issue.



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The Empty Chair: Remembering our Vets BY ROB JOHNSON Every year on November 11th the citizens of Canada stop and pay homage to honour and remember the members of our Canadian Forces, both past, and present. We pay particular attention by honouring and remembering those that lost their lives in the service of Canada. n Ladysmith, the number of citizenry that attend the Remembrance Day Services at the cenotaph is amazing. Hundreds, including young children, turn out regardless of the weather to lay wreaths and show respect . On a per capita basis, Ladysmith must achieve one of the greatest shows of respect in all of Canada. The Ladysmith Rotary Club, in conjunction with the Ladysmith Legion, go the extra mile to express this remembrance for our fallen soldiers by holding a special mess called “For King and Country”. Here all veterans from our armed services are invited free of charge, to join with them to remember the sacrifice made by those that served our country. At the dinner one individual, whose name was been chosen at random from the list of fallen soldiers on our cenotaph, is honoured by having a dinner place set for him. This “empty chair” is to represent all those who were killed in the service of our country. This year the empty chair is set for “Lance Corporal Basil Maurice Halhed”. LC Halhed, was born in Chemainus March 10, 1920 and lived in Saltair. As a young man growing up here and educated in Ladysmith, he was well known and liked. On completion of his schooling, he started work with the Canadian Bank of Commerce in Ladysmith. When he heard that war was declared September 10, 1939, he stepped up and enlisted two days later, making him one of the very first on Vancouver Island to join up. After basic training, he was sent overseas and eventually ending up in Scotland. During this time he met the woman who was to become his wife. They were only married a few days, and then he was commanded to ship out. He was loaded onto a landing craft on June 18 for “further assault training”. Only a month later Halhed ended up storming the shores of Sicily, never seeing his wife again. He and his fel-

Empty Chair set for L/Cpl. BM Halhed

low members of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada fought bravely during the Sicily campaign, On Sept 4, 1943 he was again in the thick of battle fighting on the Italian mainland. His regiment took part in some of the most ferocious fighting of the campaign. It was in the spring of 1944 that LC Halhed received news that he was a father, a father that would never get to see or hold his child. It was only a month or so later that the Canadian forces were chosen because of their bravery and tough fighting to attack the toughest part of the “Hitler Line”, the last line of defence protecting Rome. In was during the battle of the Liri Valley, Monte Cassino that he lost his life at the age of 24. That day, May 23, 1944, was a sad day for the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada as they lost not only Basil, but 48 more. Yet through this sacrifice the Hitler Line was breached and the troops were on their way to Rome and victory.. His daughter, who Halhed never got to see, now lives in Dublin, Ireland. She wishes to know more about her father and his home. To this end she will be a special guest at this dinner on November 13 at Aggie Hall with all those that remember or wish to honour her father. Additionally this is the 100th anniversary of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, and they to wish to express their remembrance by sending a couple of their officers to escort his daughter at the dinner. If any Veteran wishes a free ticket to “King and Country” call the Ladysmith Legion at 250-245-3031.




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Who should be our Sports Hero? BY ROB JOHNSON Did you know that Ladysmith had one of the best soccer players in the world and some of the most formidable teams? Ladysmith was once home to some of the best football (soccer) teams in all of Canada. This was in a day when football was Canada’s game and hockey was some upstart sport played by a few. The real game for Canadians was football, now known as soccer. It was played all across Canada and the level of play by many of our players was comparable with any of the best teams in the world. Many of the best football teams in Canada were located here in British Columbia. Players came from Great Britain and were working the coal mines on the Island. As a result places like Ladysmith had great company teams. One such player who came to Ladysmith was James “Jimmie” Adams. Born in Scotland he came to Canada at an early age and started a brilliant athletic career in 1894 as a member of the Nanaimo Thistles soccer team. In 1901 he moved to Ladysmith where he played for the Extension-Ladysmith Eleven and in 1905 he was the star player on the Ladysmith team, which went to the World’s Fair in Portland, Oregon and won the championship. He was considered by many in those days and even today to be the most brilliant centre forward in the history of Canadian soccer. From 1901 to 1928 Ladysmith was home to many great teams winning the Provincial Cup twice and sending players to represent Canada in international competition. No club team from BC was able to compete for the national championship. But when BC teams could enter in 1921, Ladysmith went all the way to the finals before being beaten by Toronto Scottish in

Ladysmith’s winning football teams, now called soccer. James Adams in centre front row holding ball. (Inset) James Adams. He is an inductee into Canada’s Soccer Hall Of Fame. Photos courtesy of Ladysmith Archives

Toronto. In seven years during the 1920s, teams from Vancouver Island reached the finals four times. That shows you the calibre of players on the Island at the time. After his brilliant career as a player, Adams remained in the game as an administrator and he was selected as manager of the Canadian National Team. In 1924 he took a Canadian team on a three month tour to Australia and then again in 1927 he took anther Canadian team on an other three month tour, this time to New Zealand where his Canadian boys won 19 games, tied one and only lost two games. Adams made sure that he had the best players in Canada, and on these trips many of his players were from Ladysmith. In 2008, he was inducted into Canada’s Soccer Hall of Fame in recognition of his skill as a player and as a team manager by bringing glory to Canada as a soccer power. We have a right to take pride in his accomplishments, because in his day he was as great as any of the hockey players that we hold in high esteem today. He brought glory to our town, our province and our country. Wouldn’t it be a fitting tribute if the field bore the name of Ladysmith’s sports hero?

Town of Ladysmith is asking your help in naming the new Sportsfied Complex. Photo: Cindy Damphousse




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Christmas Artisan Tour

Join the Yellow Point Cedar Artisans and their guest artists for a fun-filled day on the annual Yellow Point and Cedar Country Christmas self-guided tour. This marks the tour’s 22nd year. Tour dates are Nov. 18, 19, 20, and 21. All artisans are open at 10am and close at 5pm during the tour. During the tour you’ll get a chance to feast your eyes on Island-produced creativity and take in a unique Christmas experience. Some of the mid-Island’s most celebrated artisans welcome you to enjoy the wonderful setting that they have created for you at their farms, studios, and shops. View each artisan in their own creative working environment, displaying their work, discussing and demonstrating techniques, answering questions and serving light refreshments. This year visitors and locals will have the perfect opportunity to get ahead of the Christmas shopping rush as the tour will feature over 27 individual artisans and their original work for the public to view and purchase. A few of the better known artisans on this year’s tour include Yellow Point Cranberries, JoVic Pottery, Barton-Leier Gallery and Hazelwood Herb Farm. New to the tour this year are Fredrich’s Honey, The Broody Rooster Gallery, Victory Ironworks, Stilted House Farm and Gallery and Jane Perala Designs. Take this

Above: Jewellery by Jane Perala Design Facing page: The artist at work in her studio. She is one of the artisans in the Cedar & Yellow Point Artisan’s Association’s Country Christmas Tour. Photo submitted.

scenic road trip and experience locally produced edibles, native art, jewelry, original paintings, stained glass mosaics, pottery, quilts, woodwork , photography, handforged iron work Christmas crafts and more. From local gardens and fields, sample many of the homemade kitchen, bath, and beauty products. Plan a looping route that can be done in a day, or make it a self-guided weekend adventure. End the day at one of the local pubs, lodgings or restaurants right in the neighborhood. Free brochures with maps make every studio easy to locate, identifying each business and what you’ll find at each location. These are available at local visitor info centres, and participating businesses found on the artisan website. For more information about the tour, or for photos and expanded bios about the participating artisans, check out our website at There you can plan your tour at your own pace, request a map be emailed to you on the “Contact Us” page or view our other events that happen during the year.

Arts & Craft Shows The following is a list of some of the upcoming Arts & Craft Shows in the area. 20th Annual Nanaimo Professional Craft Fair Beban Park Centre 2300 Bowen Rd., Nanaimo. Nov. 5, 6 and 7. Fri. 12-8pm, Sat. 10am-5pm and Sun. 10am-4pm. St Mary’s Catholic Church Christmas Bazaar. 1135 4th Ave., Ladysmith. Nov.6, 11am-2pm. 250-245-3414


2010 Studio Sale Mary Fox Pottery: 321-3rd Ave., Ladysmith. Nov. 6 and 7, 11am-5pm. 250-245-3778 St John’s Anglican Church Christmas Bazaar. 314 Buller St., Ladysmith. Nov. 13, 11am-2:30pm. 250-245-5512 South Wellington & Area Community Association Christmas Craft Sale. At the Community Hall, 1555 Morden Rd., Nanaimo. Nov. 14, 10am-2pm. 250-754-2820.



2nd Annual Carols Crafters Artisan and Craft Fair at the North Oyster Community Centre, 13467 Cedar Road. Nov 18, 19, 20 & 21, 10am-4pm. 250-7223767 Cedar Yellow Point Artisans present the 22nd Annual Country Christmas Tour November 18,19,20 & 21. www. Legion Auxiliary Br# 171 Ladysmith Christmas Tea & Bazaar. 621 1st Ave., Nov. 19 1-3pm. 250-245-2273 Cassidy Mobile Home Park Craft Fair. 1572 Seabird Rd., Cassidy. Nov. 20, 11am-2pm. Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce Old Fashioned Artisans Christmas Market at the Aggie Hall. Nov. 20, 10am-4pm 250-245-2112 Ladysmith Festival of Lights Craft Fair at the Aggie Hall 1st Ave., Ladysmith. Nov. 25 starting at 3pm. 250-245-5888 Michael Dean Studio Sale. Oils, watercolours and calendars. 830 5th Ave., Ladysmith. Nov. 27 & 28 10am-5pm. 250-245-8127 St. Joseph’s School Pancake Breakfast & Bazaar. 9735 Elm St., Chemainus. Dec.5 10:30am-3pm. 250-246-3191

Film buff offers unique collection

When you walk into Film Buff Video in South Parkway Plaza you might mistake it for a museum. Owner Clinton Thornley has assembled a unique collection of films from around the world. The independent store opened up seven years ago to rave reviews. In addition to the mandatory new releases it is home to an incredible collection: documentaries, indies, festival winners, Canadian, artsy, foreign, the classics, B-films, and even a zombie section. At a time when big box stores are struggling, Clinton has found a solid niche in his community. He thinks of it as a community co-op. “It’s all of ours, I’m the guardian librarian ...I get to choose the films.” He enjoys hunting for treasures ... searching for rare and worthy movies. Many in his collection are not on display due to lack of space but stored, so make sure you ask. A big part of the reason for Film Buff’s success is Clinton. He shares his encyclopedic knowledge of films with wonderful enthusiasm. He recently attended the

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Clinton Thornley owner of Film Buff Video . Photo: Marina Sacht

Toronto International Film Festival and has this advice: “Movies to see: Black Swan, the Oscar is Natalie Portman’s to lose, Buried, with Ryan Reynolds, a man in a coffin buried alive and it is riveting. Fubar 2 is the best sequel since Empire Strikes Back and on a scale of 1-10.. it goes up to 11. Woody Allen’s latest is a welcome return to comedy and Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter has amazing CGI sequences of the Boxing Day tsunami with some issues that are food for thought. The animated masterpiece from Sylvain Chomet titled L’Illusioniste makes you weep with joy and qualifies the reasons why movies are worth seeing on the big screen. Super, with Ellen Page and Rainn Wilson was a crowd favourite and Colin Firth’s The King’s Speech is the current Oscar best picture front runner.” As you can see Clinton’s passion is film. “They reflect on our culture and back to us. The store is “an extension of who I am.” A film buff for “reel”.

At the theatre

Ladysmith Little Theatre and Ladysmith Players present A Night Of January 16 by Ayn Rand, a play of murder, scandal and intrigue Nov 4-21. In time for the holiday season is the popular Christmas Panto: The Grand Old Duke of York with Director Gordon McIn-

nis. Baron Snatcher and Maleficent team up to overthrow the Duke of York. Colin leads the forces of good and with the guidance of the good fairy wins the day. Along the way is non stop fun and silliness. Traditional Christmas Pantomime, based on the nursery rhyme of the same name. The show runs Dec 26-31, tickets only $10. Box office: 250-9240658 or

New book releases

Local author Rachel Dunstan Muller recently released her newest novel Squeeze, geared to middle and high school readers. In Squeeze, Byron is psyched when his older brother Jesse invites him on a weekend caving trip. But when an underground confrontation leaves his brother seriously injured Byron has to make some life or death decisions and every second counts. Vancouver Island Book of Musts: The 101 Places Every Islander Must See by Peter Grant follows on the heels of the bestselling Vancouver Island Book of Everything. From wild, windswept shores to the best bang-for-your-buck breakfast, it’s all here. Ladysmith birder and Ladysmith Town councilor Bruce Whittington contributes his list of mustsee places.




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Beautiful Yellow Point bungalow rocks BY MARINA SACHT Inspired by the natural beauty surrounding it, Sue and Neil Bosdet’s house in Yellow Point serenely sits overlooking a pond filled with wildlife. A trail leads to Yellow Point Park and more acres of forest. It is fitting that the house is spectacular as the 4.2 acres it sits on. When they saw the lot in Oct. 2007 they realized it would give them the lifestyle they were seeking. Looking out their spacious back deck, the pond and forest teem with wildlife. “There are herons, beavers, three families of wood ducks,” says Sue. “I love the southern exposure and the view.” The Bosdets moved their construction

business from Calgary to here. “The home reflects our tastes, design, style and creativity,” says Neil. Neil, a home builder, and Sue, marketing director for a west coast wilderness resort, have brought their skills together in this stunning 4800 sq ft timber style

bungalow. Natural elements of stone and 100 year old wood come together in this sophisticated beauty. When you enter through the hand carved front door inspired by the Wickaninnish Inn, you know you’re in for a visual treat.


Sue and Neil Bosdet Photo: Marina Sacht Left: Main living area with rock fireplace and archway. Photo: Charles Hope

The main floor is simply spectacular with floor to ceiling stone fireplace and stone archway leading to the kitchen. Oversized windows and the open concept bring the wilderness outside in. Rock is used throughout the home; the wine cellar wall, stairway, bathrooms. The floors are 100 years old, reclaimed from an old school house in Alert Bay. The kitchen is a dream with a full-face cabinetwork in a classic Art Deco style



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and a spacious counter and island. “It’s so big a friend called it a continent,” laughs Sue. The butter cream white cabinets work well with the stainless steel appliances. Downstairs is a the large family room featuring a wet bar with beer on tap and an industrial sized cappuccino maker. The pool table, built in 1906, was shipped from Castlegar. Laser directed lights are tuned to each of the pockets. A wine cellar, theatre and guest rooms ensure they keep their house guests entertained and comfortable. Attention to detail and style is evident throughout the home. “I don’t sleep much when I build,” says Neil. “I’ll wake up at 3am and my brain starts planning the day.” It takes trades and friends to build a home. And Neil has many of them. One Opposite page: The house overlooks a large pond. A spacious kitchen with stunning counters Photo: Charles Hope The family room with wet bar . Behind the stone wall is a wine cellar. Above: Removing the blasted rock. A quiet spot on the large deck. Photos: Marina Sacht


of these is Bob Charbonneau of Charbonneau Painting. “He agreed to pull his RV and his dog “Gin” here and stayed for a couple of months to paint our home.” The building site was originally sited in another location on the lot but they saw the potential by the pond. The only thing between them was rock. A lot of it. Being from Alberta where sandstone is very expensive they were excited. “I stood on the hillside with Brian Kean from Cobble Hill Blasting. He turned to me and said “You do realize you’re going to have a lot of rock?” To this I smiled and “that’s great!” He said, “no, I don’t

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One of their favourite features is the outdoor living space. With a large outdoor fireplace they can use it year round. Photo: Marina Sacht

think you understand, you’re going to have A LOT of rock!” Two weeks later I stood there in disbelief. Sue arrived and cried. We had thousands of tons of rock! We suddenly found ourselves in the quarry business. Without counting the thousands of tons of rock we used on site, we removed 500 tandem truck loads of rock.” This couple’s dream home proves that sometimes being between a rock and hard place can be a good thing. Some of the businesses that worked on the house: Bosdet Custom Homes, Atlas Truss, Coastal Windows, Hutchinson Surveyors, Clark Pacific Excavating, Charbonneau Painting, Infinite Granite.



Spirit of Ladysmith at fundraiser

The Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce Spirit Awards, Dinner and Auction was held at the Cottonwood Golf Club, Oct 16. The organizers called it a great evening. The auction and event went well thanks to all the sponsors, nominators, nominations and winners, said Dan Bowes. Helena Bowen said there was lots of enthusiasm and energy. The highlight of the evening was the Spirit of Ladysmith Community Awards sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. The awards recognize achievement and leadership. Individuals and organizations are nominated for making an impact in and around Ladysmith. 2010 Winners Small Business of the Year: Curves Ladysmith; Large Business of the Year: 49th Parallel Grocery, Entrepreneur of the Year: Curves Ladysmith; Not-For-Profit Organization: Ladysmith Maritime Society; Service Employee of the Year (1-10): Lynn Starbird—Ladysmith Library; Service Employee of the Year (11+): Vicki Portik—Ladysmith Pharmasave; Volunteer of the Year: Val Duckworth; Youth of the Year: Nick Armitage. Inset: Two time Spirit Award winner Carol Keyes owner of Curves Ladysmith, Small Business and Entrepreneur of the year. Photo: Marina Sacht

Fountain of Peace

St. Joseph’s School invites you to join them on Nov. 16 for their “Peace Begins With A Smile Assembly” at 10:30am. The event is the launch of the Fountain of Peace on Vancouver Island. The fountain is made from stones from all over the world to recreate a world without

Spirit of Ladysmith recipients: (l-r) Ladysmith Maritime Society’s Dave Ehrishmann and Mark Mercer (Non-profit Society) Val Duckworth, (volunteer), Nick Armitage (youth) 49th Parallel Grocery’s Peter Richmond (large business), Ladysmith Pharmasave’s Vicki Portik (service employee), Curves Ladysmith’s Sandra Ruston accepting on behalf of owner Carol Keyes (small business and entrepreneur). Photo: Marina Sacht

Thirty-four exchange students from Japan were in Ladysmith for a week, there was another group at Dover Bay High School. The group stayed with families in town and did a bit of touring around the area. Pictured here taking a break enjoying treats from the Old Town Bakery. Photo: Cindy Damphousse

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borders. The project’s purpose is to raise peace consciousness by uniting Canadian Children’s voices in peace. The Project creates an opportunity for them to be heard, it honours their wisdom and supports their futures, say organizers. St. Joseph’s is the second of 40 launch schools across Canada the Fountain of Peace will visit on its National Tour. While there they will film interviews with students asking them two questions. What kind of world do you want? What does peace mean to you? These interviews will be collected for the purpose of a documentary focused on Canadian Children’s Voices of Peace. They will also be recording the schools students singing the song, “The Kind of World that We Want”. This song was created for the Fountain of Peace Project and as they cross the country they are building the largest collaborative Canadian Children’s Choir to sing a peace song in Canada. For more info contact St. Joseph’s School, 250-246-3191.

Coats for kids collected

Once again Grant Jewellers is sponsoring the ‘Ladysmith Coats for Kids’ campaign. Gently worn winter coats and outerwear for children and adults are being collected at Grant Jewellers between the hours of 10am and 5pm Tuesday-Saturday as well as at the Ladysmith Resources Centre. Donated items will be distributed through the Ladysmith Resources Centre Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm. If you are a Ladysmith family in need of coats or know of a family in need, please contact Grant Jewellers at 245-3251 or the Ladysmith Resources Centre at 250-

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245-3079. Grant Jewellers thanks the Ladysmith Resources Centre for their participation in this worthy local program. 432 1st Ave. Ladysmith, 250-245-3251

Will to survive

Inspirational is a word that describes Megan McNeil and her fight to raise awareness for childhood cancer. She has reached almost 17,000 views of her video “The Will To Survive” on YouTube and has sent her message to people throughout Canada and the United States. The story of all Canadian heroes fighting to raise awareness from Terry Fox to Megan McNeil are invaluable to the causes they represent. Megan’s song was arranged by Ladysmith’s own singer/songwriter, Ryan McMahon. When it came to shooting the video, it was the Ladysmith RCMP, and Fire Departments from Ladysmith, North Oyster and area that didn’t hesitate on less than 24 hours notice to gather together to show their support for her campaign. The production of the song was done by well known producer, Garth Richardson at his Recording Arts School in Vancouver where Garth continues

Ladysmith’s Brown Park got some extra special help recently. Pictured with the funds collected, before they deposited into the Ladysmith & District Credit Union, are Sierra Smith (left) and Brandy-Lin Olson. They set up a cookie and lemonade stand Sunday, Oct. 3 at the corner of Walkem and Davidson Roads (in the Kin Park/Brown Dr. playground area) and raised over $160 to go towards the reconstruction of the playground at Kin Park. The Ladysmith Kinsmen are hosting a burger/beverage/movie family fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 14 at the Aggie hall. Photo: Duck Paterson



to Fsupport the development of new music by kids fighting cancer. Proceeds from Megan’s song are donated to the James Fund and BCCCPA. Both childhood cancer foundations supporting research for a cure. To purchase the song, please buy at http:// Megan will donate a portion of proceeds to BCCCPA and The James Fund. Visit for details.


What in the heck is “Pickleball”? The name is so unusual that it always draws this response. Well, it’s a great racket game that is gaining in popularity all over North America, especially with the 55+ crowd. It has nothing to do with pickles but is similar to badminton and tennis without the stress on your body, especially knees. It is played on a court with the same size as a badminton court using a solid paddle similar to a ping-pong paddle to hit a plastic whiffle ball. Play is very much like tennis except the speed of the ball is slower. It has really taking off amongst the snowbird crowd, with some RV parks having hundreds of players. These players have brought the game back to Canada where its popularity is growing. Parks and Recreation departments all over the island are being asked develop pickleball programs. Ladysmith now has a core of a dozen or so playing in the Frank Jameson Community Centre on Monday mornings (11:00-1:00) and Wednesday evenings (7:30-9:30). It is run on a drop-in basis at $2.25 a time. Don’t worry about equipment as the FJCC has a supply of paddles and balls, so all you need is a pair or sneakers. The regular players are more

Players enjoying a game of pickleball at Frank Jameson Community Centre. Photo: Rob Johnson

than willing to teach newcomers the rules of the game and how to play, resulting in making it a great social sport. Now as to why it’s called pickleball. It was created the summer of 1965 on Bainbridge Island, off Seattle to provide a sport that the entire family could play. The inventors needed to entertain their grandchildren, so they used and old badminton net and pingpong paddles and a whiffle ball and started making up a set of rules for the game. It was a lot of fun for everyone, especially the family dog “Pickles” who loved running on to the court and stealing the game ball, because as far as he was concern it was Pickle’s ball. - Rob Johnson


Foraging in the Forest BY MARINA SACHT Jessica Wolf meets us at the interpretive sign board at Wildwood Ecoforest in Yellow Point. A soft breeze sways the tops of the the trees cared for so well by Merv Wilkinson. There’s a soft rustling sound as another few leaves circle lazily overhead their colours flashing as they float down to the forest floor. The leaves are pretty but it’s what is on the ground and sometimes under that we’ve come to admire. The central Vancouver Island area is one of the best places in

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Jessica Wolf searches for edible treasures. Photo: Marina Sacht

the world to forage for mushrooms. And this year the pickings have been exceptionally good. “This year has been great for mushrooms so far, because of early rains. Tons of pine mushrooms, chanterelles, Prince Agaricus, cauliflower, shrimp russulas.” We follow Wolf along the trail and almost instantly are awarded with the bright orange gnarly lobster mushrooms. A chanterelle, queen of the forest, flashes her gold. Wolf stops every few steps to point out another prize; some edible, some not. The forest floor is alive with an explosion of life as diverse as it is fascinating. From the smooth sided oyster mushrooms

Clockwise: A selection of edibles and non-edible look alikes. Edible oyster mushroom growing from a rotting alder log Goat’s beard - Hericium abietis. A choice edible that grows on dead conifer trees Photos: Marina Sacht


to the commonplace big white gilled russulas, there is a fascinating world right under our feet. Wolf, a biologist, has had a long standing fascination with mushrooms. She started offering workshops in 2006 and has pretty much run them at capacity. She’s amazed at the response and eagerness from people to learn what plants and fungi they can eat. Which are the tastiest mushrooms depends on who you are. “People have different tastes and like different textures. Personally I love the white chanterelle, so fragrant and delicious. I also love lobsters.” But be careful; some of the deadliest mushrooms are the destroying angel Amanita ocreata and death cap Amanita phalloides. Even if they are not poisonous be cautious when eating a new mushroom as some people can have an allergic reaction. “For me, there is a lot of meaning to foraging for mushrooms. Harvesting food from the wild connects us to our own wildness - to our place in ecosystems and how we rely on their health for our well-being and survival. It is from regaining this connection, this consciousness that we will care about our sisters and brothers in the plant, animal and fungal worlds, our rivers and streams, our air.... you get the picture..... This is my passion.” Whether they are parasites, decomposers that break down material into a useable form or mycorrhizal, where they work in a partnership with rootlets of plants to exchange nutrients. They are critical to life; many trees won’t grow without them. “In Europe families go out and harvest mushrooms together. You learn as a child to forage. Here we learn how to shop. There is a longing to have the knowledge, skills to live closer to the land.” Wolf will teach beginners how to find and identify wild edibles mushrooms, in a 3 hour workshop at Wildwood Ecoforest, Nov 6,7,8,12 or 13 Cost $42. To help preserve special wild places $100 from each Wildwood workshop will be contributed to The Land Conservancy of BC. A toxic mushroom workshop with Ingeborg Woodsworth takes place Nov. 9, 6-9pm near Lake Cowichan, $45. To register visit or call 250-722-2292. Recommended reading: All That the Rain Promises and More by David Arora at your local bookstore. As we leave the cool calm forest and climb into the truck I get it; foraging feeds more than the stomach.



Killer rabbits

I have tried to avoided writing about the Victoria bunny foolishness but it has been on my back burner. A back up subject in case I can’t think of anything else. Reading the Times Colonist editorial page on this and other issues is more amusing than the comics but eventually it wears thin and I despair for the human race. Perhaps I should just despair for those south of the Malahat, for some of these folks seem to have lost their sense of priorities. Admittedly we have a few of these people in our midst but they don’t seem quite so flaky as the city folk. Rabbits that have been abandoned at the University of Victoria have multiplied as they will do until there are thousands of them. They tunnel under foundations, kill shrubbery and trees and create a huge mess. The administration has tried to rid itself of the critters only to have bunny lovers intervene at every turn and label anyone who thinks the pests should be exterminated as unfeeling, fascist killers. The two sides have both used the courts to further their case.

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The compromise seems to be for the bunnies to be captured, neutered and then shipped to safe havens from Coombs to Texas where they can live out their short lives. Of the 400 sent to Coombs, 40 escaped, only to be gunned down on a neighbours property. I wonder what will become of the 1000 sent to Texas? The cost of this enterprise is big. Vet costs are between $50 to $75 per rabbit and then there is transportation and food. An organization called Fur-Bearer Defenders has donated $50,000 towards these expenses. Now, nobody will deny that bunnies are cute but I think these lovers of cuddly animal should think the situation through. This is not the only place that has this problem. Rabbits do not make good pets. They do not give you the unconditional loyalty of a dog or the begrudging love of a cat. Kids become bored with a pet that does not interact with them and the parents drop them off at U.Vic. and many other places across our country. These animals are cheap and expendible to these people. Shouldn’t the money and time of these activists be better spent educating the public about being responsible animal owners and lobbying pet store owners to have rabbits neutered before sale. In Victoria they have been dithered about this problem for years as the issue multiplies. Jack Knox, columnist in the Times Colonist, reported that a bunny statement from U. Vic. and a report on child poverty were released on the same day. The TC editorial board was flooded with letters about rabbits but nothing about child poverty. What does that say about our priorities? There are many worthwhile organizations to donate your time and money that would help alleviate human suffering but that would entail coming face to


face with a real problem. Who is to blame for this fiasco? Pet stores who sell rabbits. People who buy rabbits and dump them. U.Vic. for being politically correct and pandering to the bunny lovers. Bunny lovers. Ministry of the Environment for the innumerable bureaucratic hurdles. I am sure that the rest of the world shakes their heads in amazement at the extent of our idiocy. Or perhaps it shows that this is the biggest problem that Victoria has. Surely not mental illness combined with homelessness. Victoria has also recently admitted that it has an urban deer problem. A woman and her dog were attacked by a doe in Saanich and a dog in Oak Bay was trampled and had to be put down. Deer, prey animals, consider dogs to be predators and the does are only protecting their young. This is another situation that is caused by humans. As we expand our cities into the habitat of deer, they become accustomed to our crops and plants, safely away from the carnivores that eat them. Nanaimo, Grand Forks, Osoyoos, Cranbrook and Kimberly, North Saanich and Oak Bay have all approached the Ministry of the Environment about deer infestations. The ministry suggests repellents, fencing, sterilization, relocation and euthanasia . I’m sure they will do nothing but talk as they have no budget for this. I have no solution for this other than build a better fence and learn to get along with them. Why not call in real experts? Residents of Saturna Island are over run with deer as are all Gulf Islands but they also have feral goats that are terrorists when it comes to destructive behaviour. We don’t hear them whining. Ixi, a pet rabbit, gets the evil eye from Rob Pinkerton. The rabbit is enjoying a belly scratch. Photo: Marina Sacht



November Nov 1-Dec 2, 10am, WEAVERS SALE by Tzouhalem Spinners & Weavers Guild, The Loft Art Gallery (above Valley Vines to Wines) in Mill Bay Shopping Centre, more info 250-746-6330 or 250-743-0851

Nov 8, 9am, Employment Navigators Workshop Job Search Support Group, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134

Nov 14, 10am, S.W.A.C.A. Christmas Craft Sale, 1555 Morden Road 250-754-2820

Nov 8-22, Small Vessel Operator, Western Maritime Institute & Maritime Education Associates 250-245-4455

Nov 14, 2pm, 40 Years of Songs, The Port Theatre 250-754-8550

Nov 8-10, Meteorology Level 1 (formerly 072), Western Maritime Institute & Maritime Education Associates 250-245-4455

Nov 14, 2pm, Cowichan Camerata, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246

Nov 8-13, MED STCW Basic Safety Training, Western Maritime Institute & Maritime Education Associates 250-245-4455 Nov 8, 7:30pm, John McDermott, Cowichan Theatre 250-748-7529

Nov 1, 9am, Employment Navigators Workshop Job Search Support Group, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134

Nov 8, 8pm, JD Edwards/Graven, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246

Nov 1-5, Navigational Safety-Level 1, Western Maritime Institute & Maritime Education Associates 250-245-4455

Nov 9, 9am, Employment Navigators Workshop Resume 201, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134

Nov 2-20, 1st Annual Mid Island Photo Expo, Ladysmith Waterfront Art Gallery

Nov 9, 11am, Remembrance Event Colour Party – Ladysmith Secondary School 250-245-2273

Nov 3, 9:30am, Employment Navigators Workshop Internet and Email Job Search in the 21st Century, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134

Nov 9, 7:30pm, John McDermott, The Port Theatre 250 754-8550

Nov 4, 9am, Employment Navigators Workshop Resume 101, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134 Nov 4-21, Ayn Rand’s “The Night of January 16th”, Ladysmith Little Theatre 250-924-0658 Nov 4, 8pm, Birgit Kuit, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246 Nov 5, 12-8pm, 21st Annual Nanaimo Professional Craft Fair, Beban Park Centre 250-758-6545 Nov 5, 7:30pm, The Trews, The Port Theatre 250-7548550 Nov 5, 8pm, Doc MacLean, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246 Nov 6, 10am-5pm, 21st Annual Nanaimo Professional Craft Fair, Beban Park Centre 250-758-6545 No 6-7, 11am, 2010 Studio Sale Mary Fox Pottery, 3213rd Ave. 250-245-3778 Nov 6, 11am, St. Mary’s Catholic Church Christmas Bazaar, 1135 4th Ave., Ladysmith 250-245-3414 Nov 6, 10am, Crofton Art Group Ready-to-frame Art Sale, Crofton Seniors Centre, adjacent ferry terminal, 250-416-0608 Nov 6, 10am, Fruit Tree Pruning, Nanaimo Community Gardens workshop 250-756-5200 Nov 6, 2 & 7:30pm, All Star Music Hall, The Port Theatre 250 754-8550 Nov 6, 8pm, The Rosette Guitar Duo, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246 Nov 7, 9am, Remembrance Event St. Mary’s Catholic Church Service 250-245-2273 Nov 7, 10am-4pm, 21st Annual Nanaimo Professional Craft Fair, Beban Park Centre 250-758-6545 Nov 7, 2pm, Hope King Hour, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246 Nov 7, 8pm, Scott McGill & the Groove Social Collective, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246 Nov 7, 2:30pm, The Romantic Violin, Cowichan Theatre 250-748-7529 Nov 7, 2:30pm, Annual Fall Concert, The Port Theatre 250 754-8550

Nov 9, 8pm, Blues Tuesday, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246 Nov 10, 9:30am, Employment Navigators Workshop MS Word - Basics & Beyond, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134 Nov 10, 1:30pm, Remembrance Event Colour Party & Legion Band – Lodge on 4th 250-245-2273

Nov 14, 7:30pm, Lunch at Allen’s, Cowichan Theatre 250-748-7529 Nov 14, 8pm, Matthew Hornell & The Diamond Minds, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246 Nov 15-Dec 17, 2010 Christmas Cheer Fund, Ladysmith Resources Centre 250-245-3079 Nov 15, 9am, Employment Navigators Workshop Job Search Support Group, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134 Nov 15-18, Simulated Electronic Navigation Ltd. (SEN Ltd), Western Maritime Institute & Maritime Education Associates 250-245-4455 Nov 15-20, 9am, Anniversary Celebration Sale, The Worldly Gourmet 521 1st Ave. 250-245-7307 Nov 15, 8pm, Jon McPhail & The Family Band & Ryelee, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246 Nov 16, 10:30am, Peace Begins With a Smile Assembly, St. Joseph’s School Chemainus 250-246-3191 Nov 16, Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce General Meeting, 250-245-2112

Nov 10, 2:15pm, Remembrance Event Colour Party & Legion Band – La Rosa 250-245-2273

Nov 17, 9:30am, Employment Navigators Workshop Internet and Email Job Search in the 21st Century, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134

Nov 10, 6pm, 3rd Annual Chicks & Chocolate, The Port Theatre 250-754-8550

Nov 18, 1:30pm, Seniors Wellness, St. John’s Anglican Church 314 Buller St. 250-245-3079

Nov 10, 7pm, Gluten-Free Christmas Classic Baking, The Worldly Gourmet 521 1st Ave. 250-245-7307

Nov 17, 7pm, Hearty Winter Soups, The Worldly Gourmet 521 1st Ave. 250-245-7307

Nov 10, 8pm, The Firetree, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246

Nov 18, 9am, Employment Navigators Workshop Resume 101, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134

Nov 11-12, 12pm, 31 Annual Christmas Chaos, Island Savings Centre, 2687 James St. Duncan 250-748-7529

Nov 18-21, Cedar Yellow Point Artisans 22nd Annual Country Christmas Tour

Nov 11, 10:30am, Remembrance Day Parade Legion Hall to Ladysmith Cenotaph 250-245-2273

Nov 18-21, 10am, 2nd Annual Carols Crafters Artisan and Craft Fair, North Oyster Community Centre,13467 Cedar Road 250-722-3767

Nov 11, 10:45am, Remembrance Day Opening Service Ladysmith Cenotaph 250-245-2273 Nov 11- Jan 8, A Christmas Carol, Chemainus Theatre Festival 250-246-9820 Nov 11, 8pm, Oliver Swain, Duncan Garage 250-748-7246 Nov 12, 7:30pm, Guitar Summit, The Port Theatre 250-754-8550 Nov 12, 8pm, Warped 45’s, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246 Nov 13-14, 10am, 31 Annual Christmas Chaos, Island Savings Centre, 2687 James St. Duncan 250-748-7529 Nov. 13, 9am, Living with Diabetes Seminar, Coast Bastion Hotel Nanaimo 250-729-3824 Nov 13, 10am, Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Cowichan Theatre 250-748-7529 Nov 13, 11am, St. John’s Anglican Church Christmas Bazaar, 314 Buller St. 250-245-5512 Nov 13, 7:30pm, The Barra MacNeils , The Port Theatre 250-754-8550 Nov 13, 8pm, Bowker Creek, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246

Nov 18, 8pm, Zachary Lucky/Coby Grant, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246 Nov 19, 1pm, Legion Auxiliary Br# 171 Ladysmith Christmas Tea & Bazaar 250-245-2273 Nov 19, 8pm, Ben Rodgers, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246 Nov 20, 10am, Old Fashioned Artisan’s Christmas Market, Aggie Hall 250-245-2112 Nov 20, 11am, Cassidy Mobile Home Park Craft Fair, 1572 Seabird Rd., Cassidy Nov 20, 7:30pm, A Tribute to the Boston Pops, The Port Theatre 250 754-8550 Nov 20, 8pm, The Chessecake Burlesque Revue, Cowichan Theatre 250-748-7529 Nov 21, 2pm, A Tribute to the Boston Pops, The Port Theatre 250-754-8550 Nov 21, 2&10pm, Food Basket Benefit, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246 Nov 22, 9am, Employment Navigators Workshop Job Search Support Group, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134


Nov 22, 1pm, Employment Navigators Preparing for an Interview, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134

Nov 27, 3pm, Free Cooking Demo “Winter Harvest”, The Worldly Gourmet 521 1st Ave. 250-245-7307

Nov 22, 7:30pm, Victoria Symphony Jeanne Lamon, Cowichan Theatre 250-748-7529

Nov 27, 5:30pm, Pacific Salmon Foundation 8th Annual Dinner & Auction, Beban Centre Nanaimo 250-2457261

Nov 23, 9am, Employment Navigators Workshop Resume 201, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134 Nov 23- Dec 15, Chartwork and Pilotage 2, Western Maritime Institute & Maritime Education Associates 250-245-4455 Nov 23-24, 7pm, Banff Mt. Film Festival, The Port Theatre 250-754-8550 Nov 24, 9:30am, Employment Navigators MS Word Basics & Beyond, 250-245-7134 Nov 24, 7pm, French Cooking, The Worldly Gourmet 521 1st Ave. 250-245-7307 Nov 25, 9am, Employment Navigators Workshop Crafting your Cover Letter, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134 Nov 25, 3pm, Festival of Lights, Craft Market, Parade, Spaghetti Dinner, Fireworks. Nov 25, 7:30pm, Ed Sullivan’s Caravan of Stars, Cowichan Theatre 250-748-7529 Nov 25, 8pm, Ryan McMahon & the Company Damn, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246 Nov 26, 7:30pm, Ed Sullivan’s Caravan of Stars, The Port Theatre 250-754-8550 Nov 26, 8pm, Don Ross/Jimmy Wahlsteen, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246 Nov 27-28, 10am, Michael Dean Studio Sale, 830 5th Ave. 250-245-8127

Nov 28, 2pm, An Afternoon with Robert Bateman, The Port Theatre 250-754-8550 Nov 28-29, 8pm, Jasen Collett, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246 Nov 29, 9am, Employment Navigators Workshop Job Search Support Group, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134

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Festival of Lights: Firing up the fireworks BY ROB JOHNSON “Light up Night” is when many people not only in Ladysmith but from all over the central Vancouver Island start to really get into the Christmas spirit. If you ask any of them what is the best part of the evening, many will say the parade, others will say the lights, but to so many it is the FIREWORKS. It is because of a team of dedicated volunteers that manage the fireworks along with the financial support from Ladysmith and District Credit Union that a community as small as ours is able to put on such an outstanding show. Setting off fireworks of this caliber requires a special license and experienced personnel. During the Festival of Lights fireworks the team will fire off some 150 “mortars”, culminating in a finale of about 20 or more mortars. A team of about eight load banks of firing tubes and “pill boxes”. The firing tubes range in size from three inches for the low level fireworks (300 feet), often fired off in lots of 30 at a time, to six inch tubes for the massive star bursts, often with sub explosions, which can reach as high as 1500 feet. Ron Burrows and Fraser Carmichael have been in charge of the fireworks since the Festival of Lights began over 20 years ago. Over the years they have conscripted members of their family to aid them, and now it is a family affair. All the tubes are pre-loaded with the appropriate mortars then under the direction of Ron and Fraser, are ignited to create the display you see. This can be dangerous, because occasionally a mortar will fail to fly completely out of the firing tube and shower the crew with sparks. The show is usually designed to last 10 to 12 minutes but if it is a rainy night, the crew will speed up the show so that the audience doesn’t get too cold and wet.


What do these dedicated volunteers get out of this? They have to manhandle hundreds of pounds of steel and plastic tubing, spend hours setting up the tubes, loading all the mortars, and afterwards dismantling the equipment and checking the area for any unexploded mortars often in the cold and rain. They don’t even get to see the show as they are so busy creating something special for the community to enjoy. When asked why they do it, they say it is because of the joy in the eyes of the children and the slap on the back from the crowd when they say “thank you”. So when you are standing in the crowd and saying your “ooohs, and ahhhs” remember all the hard work that these volunteers are putting in. They’re having a blast … just for you. Join them for Light Up Night, Thursday, Nov. 25 entertainment starting at 4pm, for the Kinsmen Parade, spaghetti dinner, craft fair and of course, the spectacular Ladysmith & District Credit Union fireworks! Opposite page: Fireworks volunteers Fraser Carmichael and Ron Burrows showing a firing tube. Above: Festival of Lights fireworks on Light Up Night Photos: Rob Johnson



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RDN - Area A BY JOE BURNETT Update Area ‘A’ Official Community Plan Review The RDN held three Open Houses for the community to review and comment on the draft OCP. The OCP Citizens Committee will meet Nov. 9, at 6:30pm, North Cedar Volunteer Fire Hall to review comments received and compiled by RDN staff. As a result of their review changes could be made to the draft OCP. We value your input so if you have not reviewed the draft OCP or if you have comments you would like to make on the draft there is still time to do so. The draft OCP is available on the project Website: . Hard copies are available at the RDN offices 6300 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo. Transit I am pleased to advise Cedar will receive its first bus shelter to be installed in the Cedar Village Centre paid for by a grant under the Federal Gas Tax Funding Program. B.C. Transit is


proceeding with a transit study for Area ‘A’. The study, and quote “for this area will focus on updating what has already been determined in the business plan and giving some sense of service priorities and next steps for the area”. B.C. Transit have updated their population statistics for Area ‘A’ which will be a major factor in determining ridership if bus service was to be provided to service South Wellington, Cassidy and the Airport. B.C. Transit is targeting to have Area ‘A’ Study complete by Nov. 30. It is anticipated a Report to the RDN Transit Select Committee will be received in early 2011. WellSMART Alert In 2009/10 the Ministry of Environment carried out a Ground Water Vulnerability Assessment reviewing aquifers, wherein it identified a water shortage in the Yellow Point Aquifer area. The Yellow Point Aquifer was rated a #2 priority aquifer for the Vancouver Island Region. This was due to its’ low productivity, high vulnerability, moderately high level of development and significant declining trend in ground water levels. Several wells have run dry in late summer and early fall. From 2000


– 2010 ground water levels in the Yellow Point aquifer have dropped an average of 13 metres. According to Provincial statistics (Living Water Smart B.C.) we use about 490 litres average per person, per day and the Canadian average is 330 litres per person, per day. Dripping taps are a major cause of wasted water. Fixing dripping taps can save up to 300 litres of drinking water per week. Toilets account for 30% of indoor water use. The average garden hose pours out 20 litres a minute. Less than 3% of water is actually used for drinking water; the rest goes down the drain. RDN Water Services launched its WellSMART program in October and three WellSMART Workshops were held focusing on well protection, maintenance and operation, water source, how to get well water tested and interpret results, water treatment options and conservation. WellSMART means knowing how to get the highest quality drinking water from your well and using proper maintenance to protect the water table from contamination. There are many ways to conserve and protect water on a daily basis, like: -Think water efficient when you buy products like washing machines, dishwashers, fridges, irrigation systems, taps and toilets. –Shower under a low-flow shower head. –Replace your toilet with a low-flush model and choose one that uses 6 litres or less per flush. –Reduce or eliminate the use of fertilizers and pesticides in your home and garden –Use an efficient method like drip irrigation to water your plants. By choosing to be water smart you can be part of the solution. No matter where you are on Remembrance Day, Nov. 11, at 11am, please have two minutes of silence for the men and

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women who gave their lives defending our freedom and way of life. -Joe Burnett, 250-722-2656;

CVRD - Area H BY MARY MARCOTTE There are two public hearings scheduled to be held in North Oyster on Nov. 4, at the North Oyster Community Centre on Cedar Road. The first hearing begins at 7pm, with the second hearing to start immediately after the conclusion of the first hearing. First Hearing: Habitat Protection Development Permit Area for Heron Rookery on Christie Road in the Diamond Pacific Great Blue Herons are currently blue-listed (vulnerable), and there are very few viable nest sites to accommodate them on Vancouver Island. They are sensitive to disturbance around their nest sites and are particularly sensitive to loud sounds. Blue herons are known to desert their nests and young due to construction activities taking place during nesting season. Currently, heron colonies are protected solely by the Provincial Wildlife Act, which protects only the heron nests and nest trees only when the eggs or fledglings are present in the trees. The trees are not protected year round, and the surrounding lands are not protected despite the fact that the Ministry of Environment Best Management Practices state the Great Blue Heron nest trees should have 100 metres of buffering. The Christie Road colony has provided habitat over the past several years, with population levels fluctuating between 25 and 60 nests. The Regional District has been concerned about this colony for quite some time. Draft bylaws had previously been prepared; when the herons were driven away by eagles, it was unclear whether or not they would return to the site. The bylaw did not proceed because of that uncertainty. Thankfully, the herons did return to the site. In 2010, there were 58 active nests, with an estimated 116 fledglings. The Christie Road habitat area accommodated some 10% of all Pacific Great Blue Herons on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. With the concurrence of the property owner on which the colony resides, the Cowichan Valley Regional District proposes to establish a development permit area for the protection of the Great Blue Heron habitat in the Diamond. The public is encouraged to attend the formal Public Hearing to learn more about


this bylaw and to give input to the Hearing Committee. Second Hearing: Amendment Bylaws for Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Targets and Policies The Provincial Government has mandated that Local Governments reduce greenhouse gas emissions. All Official Community/Settlement Plans must be amended to include emission targets, as well as policies and actions to attain those targets. The implementation date set by the Province was May31st, 2010. The minimum reduction targets set by the Province are to reduce total greenhouse gas emissions by 33% from current levels by 2020 and by 80% from current levels by 2050. The Official Community/Settlement Plans drafted by the CVRD mimic those targets. Like many other Local Governments in British Columbia, the Regional District required more time to complete the draft bylaws. Extensive technical work and consultation was required to prepare the documents. The focus of the amendments is on strengthening good land use planning principles. These Amending Bylaws have now been completed and are being brought forward for your consideration and comments at the Nov. 4 Public Hearing. Again, you are encouraged to attend the meeting to provide input on the Bylaw. For more info CVRD Planning Department 1-800-665-3955.

CVRD - Area G BY MEL DOREY Forming A Historical Society After having such a successful centennial celebration in Saltair this summer several people have mentioned forming a historical society for Saltair. During the celebration many families assembled story boards where they displayed in writing and in photos their family history. This was a day we will remember for a long time. A scorching hot day, antique trucks, traditional costumes, entertainment and watermelon. There was so much enthusiasm about the history of Saltair. Karen Wright was the lead person in this family history demonstration and we have kept these story boards as a record of Saltair’s history. We have also digitally recorded the history that was on these boards and the photos associated with the families. And more families have promised to send in more material. Ladysmith has a historical society and so does Chemainus. Are we ready for one? They even have a museum in Chemainus and an archive in Ladysmith to store their artefacts and the records of their history. Chemainus has some record of Saltair


history but apparently Ladysmith doesn’t. At the present time Saltair doesn’t own a facility that can store these artefacts of history but there is also another discussion going on about a community hall in the future. But that’s another discussion for another time. Much more input from the community is needed before any plan of action is taken. Our needs and our resources will dictate the action that we will take on the Saltair Historical Society. But as an encouraging side note, we do have some money left over from the centennial celebration that could go towards incorporating a Saltair Historical Society. Mike Dietrich, our CVRD alternate director, has volunteered to set up the incorporation of the historical society if we decide to go in that direction. So the wheels are in motion. Others like Karen Wright, Diana MacTavish, John Silins, David Thomas and Ed Nicholson will organize a strategy to bring to the community in an open meeting, possibly in December. If you would like to be a part of this group call Diana MacTavish at 250-245-3502. Another suggestion by John Silins of the Ratepayers is, “We build a web site that would disseminate the historical material and be the conduit for communication with Saltair residents and the world in matters relating to relevant history, current affairs, etc.” There are so many possibilities of uses where this website can tie us together and give us the information that we need. Another exciting spin off from the centennial is the fact that there is now enough information about Saltair’s history to write a book. The Saltair Ratepayers Association is looking into this possibility. If you have any comments or questions about this article or you want to volunteer, email


Imperfectly Yours... “If vegetarians eat vegetables, what do humanitarians eat?” - The Wit of Steven Wight I’m not perfect. And usually there is no need to tell anyone that, they just innately know it, matter of fact like, right away when they meet me. Certain as soon as we talk. But I found myself emphasizing this non-perfect aspect of myself recently, whilst sitting down for a bite of lunch with a friend; our waiter smiling and nodding, somewhat amused while placing salad and bean burrito before me, my friend tucking into burger and fries. Flummoxed, imperfections speaking for themselves, I launched into a litany of staggering inanities and hebetudinous occasions that proved such case, the waiter’s eyebrows creeping higher with each until I thought they might disappear entirely. And yet, somehow this still failed to give me an advantage in the argument my patient friend and I were both attempting not to have. I think what finally broke the impasse was when, in desperation, I admitted that yes, I must have been perfect some 37 or so years ago, though I could not so claim to be now. The waiter hovered and

fluffed, my confession of perfection a seemingly curious matter. With such claim came a distinctly accusatory look from across the table however, as if I had committed a breach of protocol in the etiquette of acceptable argumentation. Quiet settled over the table, inconsequential chatter having no place in this philosopher’s cafe. From all appearances my relentless, quixotic cross-examiner apparently had no answer. If truth be told I too would have had to admit to some perplexity about my distant perfection, having never had occasion or thought to claim it before. Fortunately, a quick realization impaled itself on my subconscious, a Plan B should I be forced to contemplate such truth. I bit my tongue, the salad dressing sharp, the truth more so, vowing not to be taken alive. Certainly Jackie, my constant companion and confidant these past 38 years, had never suggested I was perfect. And I had never thought to ask why that was so, until now. Curiously, when it came right down to it, no one had actually ever even hinted at such a possibility. Although there had been many questions about whether I might have been dropped on my head as a child. Possibly a savant they would say, snicker, then shake their heads in wonderment. But I digress. Nobody’s perfect I repeated silently, all the while savouring the sweet dregs of my double-double, when suddenly my interrogator changed tactics, admitting that he too could certainly see that I was not. Nevertheless, why was I flaunting my moral and ethical beliefs as better than his, suggesting my preferences were

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perfect even if I wasn’t? And so I paused, mouth full of bitter salad. Had I gone too far? I mean this guy was a former priest, for God’s sake, and he was good. Way too good for me to take him on with only the truth to defend me. Plan B it was, I had no choice. I chewed slowly, swallowing my pride, admitting the depth to which I had sinned. Yes, I said, I have indeed been lacto-ovum vegetarian these past 37 years, and yes I did wear a leather jacket (bought at the Ladies Auxiliary, but no excuse), and yes I did lead a life of astonishing contradiction and unfathomable complication that might challenge any who attempted to understand my admittedly piquant culinary habits. And no I did not demand that everyone else, including said beloved Jackie who occasionally dabbles in the flesh, also follow a vegetative constitution of rice, beans and green garden leafage. Yes, yes, yes I admitted to all who would hear, the waiter busily completing the bill, I do not preach what I have practiced. And finishing off my burrito with a flourish, I leaned in close, eyes down, finger raised meaningfully to just behind my right ear. “So” thoughts of perfection shimmered their passing fancy, “have I ever told you about how I got this bump on my head...” Laurie Gourlay has worked with environmental groups for thirty years, farms 20 acres organically on Vancouver Island with life-partner Jackie Moad, eating his cake and doing battle with junk food demons while running Thistle Consulting Services – seeking local solutions to global challenges.



It’s hard to believe it was a year ago that we gathered to watch the Olympic Torch pass. Here torchbearer Kevin O’Neill from Ladysmith runs through Courtenay, Nov 2, 2009. Photo submitted.


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Buying, selling or leasing real estate is probably the most important and potentially rewarding financial transaction you’ll make in your life. So it is a good idea to take a moment and consider the kind of relationship you might be entering into with a REALTOR®. The more you know, the more satisfied you will be with the results. REALTORS® work within a legal relationship called agency. The agency relationship exists between you, the principal, and your Brokerage, the company under which the individual who is representing you, is licensed. The essence of the agency relationship is that the Brokerage has the authority to represent the principal in dealings with others. Brokerages and their Licensees are legally obligated to protect and promote the interests of their principals as they would their own. Specifically, the Brokerage has the following duties: 1) Undivided loyalty. The Brokerage must protect the principal’s negotiating position at all times, and disclose all known facts which may affect or influence the principal’s decision. 2)To obey all lawful instructions of the principal. 3)An obligation to keep the confidences of the principal. 4)To exercise reasonable care and skill in performing all assigned duties. 5)To account for all money and property placed in a Brokerage’s hands while acting for the principal. You can expect competent service from your Brokerage, knowing that the company is bound by ethics and the law to be honest and thorough in representing a property listed for sale or lease. Both buyer/tenant and seller/landlord can be represented by their own Brokerages in a single transaction. The REALTOR® is instrumental in moulding the form of his or her community REALTOR® Code of Ethics of The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) is universally recognized by real estate professionals and consumers alike as the measure of professionalism in real estate. In the same manner that the real estate marketplace is a dynamic, demanding environment, so the REALTOR® Code is, has been, and will continue to be a demanding document; a plan for professionalism in real estate, capable of including and accommodating every challenge that arises. It has served as the 10 commandments of the real estate fraternity, binding REALTORS® together in a common continuing quest for professionalism through ethical obligations based on honesty, integrity, fairness, accountability and professionally competent service. To meet their obligations, REALTORS® pledge to observe the spirit of the Code in all of their activities and conduct their business in accordance with the standards of Business Practice and the Golden Rule- Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.




What’s your BAL? With the new provincial B.A.L. (Blood Alcohol Level) for drinking and driving being lowered to .05, those of us who occasionally have a drink outside the confines of our home are getting nervous. Read the newspaper and the government’s threat is obvious; have just one drink and you stand to lose your license, your car, your money, everything but your virginity. The problem of course is determining when you’re over .05. It’s not like speeding where you can look down at your speedometer and go, “Gadzooks! Incarceration.” Coming to our aid were a couple of reporters from the local newspaper, a 115 pound female and her cohort, a 200 pound male. Both consumed three beers, without food, in an hour then subjected themselves to a police breathalyzer. Not surprisingly, the woman blew .09, more interesting however was that the male only blew .03. This caused our research department to spring into action. The hypothesis to test is the government’s notion (implied by their adver-

tisements) that all it takes to reach .05 is to drive by a liquor store with your car windows open. The first thing we discovered was that the sobriety industry considers a beer, a five ounce glass of wine and an 11/2 ounce cocktail equivalent amounts of alcohol. The next discovery was that size matters. Really matters. A 270 pound man can drink twice as much as a 135 lb. pipsqueak such as me. So far, this is the best argument I’ve heard for obesity. It’s not that they like eating; they’re only trying to keep their driver’s license. But hey, don’t feel sorry for me; just send a cheesecake by return mail. The size factor is one reason men can drink more than women. Another factor is that men have more muscle mass and less

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fat. A fact you’d be hard pressed to determine by looking at us with our shirts off. Too, for some reason men also process alcohol better, which can be hard to believe if you’ve seen us after three beers. Lean is also better than fat. A muscular person processes alcohol better than a Dunkin Doughnuts model. This means the best guys in the world to go out drinking and driving with are a pair of Russian heavyweight boxers, the Klitschko brothers- at 270 pounds each, with the body fat of a dehydrated bowling ball- could drink the Terminal Park liquor store dry while still ducking under .05. Plus, if there’s any trouble at the bar after polishing off Terminal Park, there’s always the classic line, “Fight me, fight my friends.” Also affecting B.A.L. is the time over which the alcohol was consumed. For homework consume a bottle of wine by yourself over a three hour period. The next night lower that time to thirty minutes. For the second time trial, make sure Big Dave is around to carry you home and explain to your wife about the public disrobing and the new dents in the car.




Yes, time makes a difference. Interesting aside about disrobing. Last summer I was driving into town and far up the road, on the sidewalk, was a man in a pink costume. As I got closer it turned out all he was wearing was a sunburn and an inane but very endearing smile. Apparently this is not uncommon with alcoholics, which is why you’ve got to keep a close eye on Uncle Frank around Christmas. Also not mentioned in government publications is the impact of food. Without it, alcohol flows into the bloodstream almost immediately causing the B.A.L. to spike. Thanks to a wonderful little apparatus called the pyloric valve, which resides at the bottom of our stomach, food greatly moderates that effect. When food enters the stomach, this valve closes shut, preventing alcohol (for a while anyway) from entering the lower intestine. Basically it says to the alcohol, “Not now, you can make a fool out of us later.” Too, of all the body’s valves, the pyloric is the most discreet. When a policeman comes knocking on the valve, the pyloric is trained to say. “No one drinking up here Officer. This is just a supper club.” So, as you can see, a number of factors affect one’s B.A.L. and all must be taken into consideration before facing a road block. To do this you’ll need the following formula. Take the square root of the number of drinks, time spend drinking, food consumed in calories, metabolic tolerance in

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ergs, multiplied by the number of seconds you can run 100 meters chased by D.N. F. (Definitely not Fluffy) the local police dog. This number should then be divided by the day’s low tide expressed in feet. It is important never to underestimate the lunar factor when predicting human behaviour. As Einstein once put it: We all dance by the light of the silvery moon. Or was that Perry Como. Some of you, despite the stinging accuracy of this model, have expressed a desire for an easier to use format, especially one not involving slide rules. Thus we have prepared the following guidelines to help you judge your sobriety accurately. We suggest you cut it out and keep it in your wallet, maybe even read it to the arresting officer. Remember, this guide was developed in our laboratories (also known as Frank’s basement) and is scientifically tested and I’ve got the dents in my Toyota to prove it. At B.A.L. level .07 to .09: You might feel more alert than you really are. (“Hey, is that a tree dead ahead?”) Your reaction time is reduced. (“I… ah… think it’s a tree.”) Your sense of caution and reasoning are impaired. (“Why is it walking down the road.?”) Your judgment and self control are reduced. (“Let’s run it over and find out.”) You can definitely tell you’ve been drinking. (“Wow! What a cool dent in the Toyota.”) For the record, according to the Canadian Automobile Association, if you are a 180 lb male and consume three glasses of wine in two hours, your B.A.L. will be .042, a number that fits right in with the 200 lb reporter. Keep in mind these are only guidelines. It’s most important to check with your higher power. “Hey dear, I’m okay to drive aren’t I?” Dear shakes her head. “Not until you put your pants on. Maybe not even then.” For your 30 minute time trial, something interesting from Portugal, Quinta do Crasto #499764. $21.00 Delbert is the co-proprietor at Mahle House restaurant in Cedar.


Mahle House tasting special BY MARINA SACHT I had the pleasure of visiting one of my favorite restaurants a few weeks ago. The Mahle House is one of those wonderful treasures; big city fine dining with country charm. The landmark orange house on the corner of Cedar and Hemer has a rich heritage and roots that go deep into the community. The family run business is always a pleasure to visit. This time my companion and I were there to try their new Sunday special, a 5 Course Tasting Menu. This is an opportunity for the chef to try out new dishes not on the regular menu. Knowing how good the menu there is, I was excited. We started with a Mesclun Greens salad with duck confit, slices of pear and maple syrup vinaigrette. The toasted hazelnuts made a nice contrast with the duck confit. This was followed by a very elegant Seared Scallop, with Caribbean black beans and carrot beurre blanc, a butter

The Mesclun Greens salad with duck confit, slices of pear, the first of five courses on the Mahle House Sunday tasting menu

sauce. The third course was pasta with Bolognese sauce and chanterelle mushrooms. At this point I was satiated but managed to find room in my hollow leg for the main entree, a chicken breast stuffed with sundried tomatoes, goat cheese and prosciutto with crimini mushroom barley risotto. The chicken was free range and the ingredients are usually local. The Mahle House supports local food producers as well as having a delightful and productive garden in the backyard. We almost passed on the dessert but we just couldn’t bear the thought of missing out on the frozen tiramisu with Triple Sec & Marsala with a Creamy coffee kahlua sauce. We choose Kettle Valley’s Brakeman’s Selection ‘08, an easy sipper blend of pinot noir and merlot. Kudos to the creative kitchen team Maureen Loucks, chef owner, Naida Hobbs, sous chef, Matt Jersey, Karla Moorman and Catherine Hall. The tasting menu is $35 per person based on all members of your party participating. Stephen Wilson and our server Jessie Longo made us feel very welcome. For more info call or visit their, 250-722-3621


Salmon fundraiser

Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) is holding its 8th annual dinner, auction and dance at the Beban Centre in Nanaimo on Nov. 27 starting at 5:30pm. The PSF plays a major role in funding salmon projects in our area such as the Nanaimo River Hatchery and the Ladysmith Sportsman Club. The PSF along with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Nanaimo Fish and Game Club, the Island Waters Fly Fishers and the Nanaimo Stewardship Society helped in re-introducing Pink Salmon into the Nanaimo River starting in 2003. There had been no pinks in the Nanaimo River since the 1950’s. Three thousand pink salmon returned in 2005, 9000 in 2007 and over 55,000 returned in 2009. Since1989 through partnerships with government, First Nations and many non-government groups, the PSF has contributed $8.5 million toward nearly 1200 projects throughout the province. Last year’s’ dinner netted $35,000 to go toward local salmon projects. Support their activities and enjoy a seafood buffet dinner, silent and live auctions as well as raffles. Tickets are $50 and may be obtained at Gone Fishin’ or Wholesale Sports in Nanaimo as well as Ron Schiefke in the Ladysmith area 250245-7261. Donations are welcomed.

Amy Thiessen and Jed Tomlinson play Page Point Bistro. Thiessen was promoting her debut album “Give up the Fight”. The Bistro is open TuesThurs 5-9pm and Fri-Sat 11am-9pm, 250-924-1110. Photo: Ernie Tomlinson


The Frost Hath Cometh – and the farmers draw a sigh of relief BY BETTY BENSON Can you hear my relief as another year draws to a close for veggie and pastured animal producers. This is a lovely time of the year. Farmers and Farms have always coveted the weather as our proverbial gamble with Mother Nature. Knowing Mother Nature is the key to success as a farmer. After our summer recess, we gather once again at the Nanaimo Cedar Farmers Institute to hear what threats have come or are coming to interrupt our business, hear the joy of a success, and the despair of a farmer now tackling public opinion to do with sound or smell on their farm property, by renters across the street. Thank God for the Right to Farm Act. The Nanaimo Cedar Farmers Institute was developed by small property owners to support one another, and was incorporated on March 19, 1932 with the aims and objectives to further the community and enhance the theory and practice of agriculture through lectures, essays, and the circulation of information. To arrange of behalf of the members: for the purchase, distribution, or sale of commodities, supplies, or products. To act on their behalf of its members, in all matters incidental to agricultural pursuits. To promote social intercourse, mutual helpfulness, and diffusion of knowledge and to make new farmers welcome. Today large commodity groups support the large farmers but as true

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today as it was when the farmer’s institutes’ we founded. Small property owners are on our own in an Emergency, be it Mother Nature or of other nature. At the Nanaimo Cedar Farmers Institute we try to support the small property owners in our association by gathering together despite the declining numbers of farmers due to lack of support from local, provincial, and federal governments to this group who supported 90% in the year it was founded who now supports 30% of the food grown in our area today. Any new or young property owners wanting to learn more are most welcome. Despite our own knowledge of Mother Nature and due diligence to our environmental farm plan; when I approached the regional, provincial, and federal governments and asked them how the would support me and my business, the answered that in support of my family there was help, but as for my livestock I was on my own! After years of community involvement I am sure that together we can together through the Nanaimo Cedar Farmers Institute we can be assured that should a fire , or other disaster hit out community as it has in the interior of BC that we as small property owners would support one another. Thursday at November 18 a talk on Small Property Emergency Preparedness and Response will take place at the Cedar United Church @ 7:00pm given by Ken LaCroix from FARSHA. Farm and Ranch Safety Health Association. This is a free event. You do not need to be a member to attend, we would appreciate all the support you can give.


A bike path built for who? BY ROB JOHNSON A big push these days is the promotion of the use of bicycles as a mode of transportation to help eliminate the amount of car traffic and reduce green house gasses. To this end, Ladysmith Town Council commissioned a bicycle plan at a cost of $20,000, which was paid for from a grant. Part of this plan is for the creation of a cycle corridor along Bayview Avenue. Council has decided to spend $78,000 on this bike path - $40,000 from the Gas Tax Fund given to the Town to help reduce greenhouse gases and the rest from the Province’s cycle funding.

In addition, the Town is applying to BC Hydro for a $15,000 grant for planting trees along the path. This sounds great, but as a resident of Bayview for most of my life, I rarely see any bikes using this route. Even over the past couple of years when the interest in cycling has been very high, the number of bikes traveling this route is minimal. Bayview is not a high traffic road and at present I don’t see any conflict between bike users and car traffic. The creation of a separate bike path will affect most of the on street parking used by the resi-


dents on Bayview. The planting of trees may have the added effect of reducing even more on street parking and block home owners’ views. Should the residents of Bayview have been consulted or asked their opinion? Socially and politically, this plan looks good, but what effect will it have in reducing car traffic and green house gasses? The hills that are the major problem for cycles will not be flattened. As one of the logos seen around town states “you’re never over the hill in Ladysmith” Are there other projects that will have a greater reduction in greenhouse gasses? Could these other projects create greater benefits for the community? To me this project will benefit a limited number of cyclists that may use this route. It would make more sense to put a solar collector or a solar water heater on the Frank Jameson Community Centre. A project like this would reduce the amount of energy that we have to purchase, while reducing green house gasses. How many other projects could use this money and produce a greater good? I know that there are no easy answers as to how best spend our money, but I don’t think this is it.

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ATTENTION BRIDGE PLAYERS. Refresh/Relearn your bridge playing. We are offering a continuation of the Audrey Grant Method of learning to play bridge by instructor Brian Atkinson for 6 weeks (Oct 28-Dec 2) each Thursday @ 1:30 pm at Cedar Heritage Centre, 1644 MacMillan Road, Cedar. (6 wks $20.00 or $4.00 drop in) includes coffee/tea/ laughs. Info.or sign up: (250) 722-2656; 722-3546; 722-0053; 722-2692. REPAIR YOUR PLASMA, LCD, DLP, REAR PROJECTION, CRT TV, DVD & STEREO with Double D Electronics . Competitive rates with in home or shop repair. 4932 Christie Rd. Ladysmith. Call 250-245-4225 for a specialist in electronic repairs. MULTI FAMILY GARAGE SALE NOW A SWAP MEET Saturdays, Campers Corner RV Park from 8am. Loads of quality used estate items. Tables are only $10. 250-245-3829 QIGONG Meditation & Movement Class, (Beginner level) Sat, 9-10am Drop in fee $12, pre-registration fee $10 – Curious? call Kareen at Sunny Saltair Acupressure, 250-245-1074 LIGHTWORKS WINDOW WASHING and gutter cleaning. Careful & considerate. Call David 250-722-3599

Marilyn Johnson from Ladysmith Resources Centre found a yummy way to say thanks to TAKE 5 for sponsoring the Music in the Park concert series this summer.



The aliens are coming

Now, we realize that elections elicit all the excitement of Gordon Campbell on prozac, but we’re a little surprised this latest election slipped through the major story category. (Okay, okay, it’s an appointment rather than an election, but we think this is pretty newsworthy all the same.) It seems a Malaysian scientist, Mazlan Othman, has been named World Leader. We’re not kidding here. Go goggle Mazlan Othman and find out for yourselves. We’ll wait. See? Told you so. For those of you too lazy to check it out, here’s the story. Mazlan Othman has been bestowed the World Leader title in the event alien visitors from outer space drop by and

say, “Dude, where’s the nearest beer and wine store?” Ha ha, we’re kidding (sort of). Othman has been named World Leader just in case these extraterrestrial visitors arrive and say, “Take me to your leader.” Othman will be the woman they are taken to. Now, from the jump, we have absolutely zero issues with Othman being named Leader Whom We Bring Martians To. She is an astro-physicist and is currently head of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. We’re far from experts, but we think she must be one pretty smart cookie. Besides, who else are we going to take our alien guests to? Stephen Harper? BAHAHA! Any politician for that matter? Puhleeeeeze. Heads of business? They’d merely put the poor E.T.’s to work at minimum wage with no benefits. So, we’re totally cool with the choice of Mazlan Othman. But what happens if our Martian visitors don’t ask to be taken to our leader? What happens if said Martians dropped down in Ladysmith on First Avenue (which will be named Pamela Anderson Drive by then) and said, “Earthling,

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what are you DOING to this place?” Because, in our experience, when we stop by a buddy’s house for a visit, we rarely say, “Take me to your leader.” (She’s usually busy with the kids, anyways.) No, we sit down politely and wait to be offered a beer and a bowl of Chee-tos. What we’re trying to say is that we should be more prepared than merely naming Othman as the leader we take our visitors to. With the recent discovery of hundreds of different planets orbiting other stars, the chances of other life forms out there has grown exponentially. And we’re fully aware that once they see how we’ve treated our planet, there’s a 50/50 chance they’d avoid us like we were the downtown eastside of the galaxy But what if they blow a rocket booster or flux capacitator and can’t avoid us? ? Is having an anointed leader enough or should we have a more complex plan at the ready? We should be prepared to the teeth, because if we do become a landing pad for aliens, we are going to have a lot to answer for. We could have a million Mazlan Othman’s and it wouldn’t make a difference.


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