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Letters Opinion poll follies I am writing this letter regarding the opinion poll follies. Although I agree with this article about the waste of taxpayers’ money and really like the proposal of door to door opinions, I do not agree at all with the comment about it not benefiting families, and being rife with problems. The person who wrote it obviously has had a pretty comfortable life. There are some of us who have struggled with financial restrictions most of our life, such as single parents or low income families. Whether you own the property or are renting the suite, the benefits of affordable rent, or a little help with the mortgage is a huge difference for those families who have less. Not to mention many of us that will eventually be caring for our elderly parents. As for snow removal and small laneways, a steep driveway is just as restrictive and many old country drivers are quite capable of negotiating tight roads. Most secondary suites are restricted to less than 500 sq feet, so that’s a total of 1/14 of the total sq footage of a “huge” property. Many municipalities also require the property owners to live on the property, to stop problem tenants. This sounds like the same old not in my backyard attitude. I’m guessing not everyone who has a laneway is going to go get a permit from city hall as soon as this goes through. This is not for everyone. I agree with that. Legal or illegal, secondary suites are here to stay, let’s get some rules established here and make it better for everyone. - Erik Dahlgren

Alternate Approval Process Voting Mechanism Open letter from NODRA to Christy Clark, Premier, With the provincial election of May 2013 in mind, the North Oyster/Diamond Ratepayers Association, located in Area “H” North Oyster/Diamond of the Cowichan Valley Regional District, requests a commitment from the BC Liberals to rescind/ abolish/outlaw use of the Alternative Approval Process by municipal and regional district governments. The Alternate Approval Process is an odious, arbitrary and undemocratic piece of legislation that causes heightened suspicion and distrust of government. At a time of worldwide economic turmoil, citizens/voters are increasingly concerned about spending at local levels, especially on long-term financing of mega projects. Use of the AAP makes it incredibly easy for municipal and regional districts to throw entire communities into debt while the literally uninformed, unaware citizenry have no



knowledge until the deed is done. We live in times when communities want more of a say and share in all decision-making that affects community life, not less. Elected representatives should embrace this trend, not spurn or block it. NODRA has referenced Peter Ewart’s five-part article entitled, Alternative Approval Process is Badly Flawed and encourage you and your staff to digest his informed article and begin right now formulating legislation that will put an end to the AAP. - North Oyster/Diamond Ratepayers Association, Bob Smits, Chair

Got your grocery receipts? St. Philip Cedar has been gifted the box to hold grocery receipts from 49th Parallel Grocery and Country Grocer. St. Philip does take an active role in supporting the less fortunate in the community. With a full time rector Rev. Howie Adan servicing our community, we did not want to lose this important support from the community. The Community Policing Station closed on August 22, 2012 and turned this role over to us. “Loaves and Fishes” every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., we support Christmas hampers to shut ins, host free youth group activities, Sparks and continue to reach out more and more. These receipts do help us, as like everyone we struggle with our gas, hydro, water, taxes, and insurance to keep our doors open. We are pleased to be part of the Cedar/Yellowpoint community and your support in this way does make a difference. The box will

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dysmith Little Theatre volunteer, in the theatre’s sound booth. In the Oct/12 Face of Business we failed to identify realtor John Surtees as being with RE/MAX of Nanaimo. John was formerly with RE/MAX OCEAN POINTE. - Editor

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Stephen Pilling playing the violin St Philip Church. Photo submitted

be located outside the church doors, we have an easy access driveway. Are your children, grandchildren or friends 6 to 12 years old and looking for something new? Every second and fourth Sunday, our youth meet at 4 p.m. and then continue on to the chosen venue of the day. So mark the calendar Nov. 11 and Nov 25. For details visit our new website at or call us at our office 250-722-3455. Rev. Howie, Katherine and I look forward to hearing from you. - Diana Slater,

Ooops! In the Sept/12 Take5, the caption on the photo next to the article about Allison Crowe incorrectly identifies the person as Allison Crowe. It was a photo taken by Gale Lawrence of Alison Bailie, La-

Having suffered from a horrible case of salmonella poisoning after eating a meaty sub when I was younger, I sympathize with all the people who were sickened by tainted meat from XL Foods, and I’m flabbergasted that the government’s food safety programs have been so ineffective. E. coli, salmonella, and other dangerous bacteria live in the intestinal tracts and feces of warm-blooded animals. Fruits and vegetables only become contaminated when manure is used to fertilize crops or when it seeps into our waterways. If we stop raising animals for food, we’ll have fewer food-poisoning outbreaks. We’ll also reduce our risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other diet-related diseases by eating nutritious plant-based meals. See for more info and a free vegetarian/vegan starter kit. - Emily Lavender Letters to the Editor are welcome but subject to space and editing. Letters published do not necessarily reflect the opinion of TAKE 5. email editor@take5. ca, or post your comments directly at or




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Remembering all those who served on Nov. 11 BY ROB JOHNSON On November 11 each year, the citizens of Ladysmith honour those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country in World War I, World War II, and in the Korean War. The Cenotaph lists the 52 names of those that were killed in both the World Wars. The text on the cenotaph only tells part of the story of the sacrifices that our citizens made. It doesn’t tell the story of all the others who went off to war, or the personal sacrifice, others of our communities made to be part of war movement. Outside the Ladysmith Legion is a sign listing those who participated in war effort of World War II. This sign was erected by the Ladysmith Lions Club in the late 1940’s on a vacant lot next to the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. It was presented it to the Town at a major dedication ceremony that was held on First Avenue. To show how important this dedication was, traffic was diverted off First Avenue to allow the ceremony. First Avenue was that time the Island Highway. When the bank expanded in 1966, the sign was moved to its present site on the outside wall of the Ladysmith Legion. The sign lists 126 men who served in the Army, the 84 who joined the Navy and another 69 who served in the Air Force. It also names the 21 women of Ladysmith that served in the Women’s Corp, as well as the six men that served in the Merchant Navy. Sadly all those listed have passed on. On Remembrance Day when we recall those that died during the wars, we also give thanks to those that put their lives on the line to help end these wars. After the wars end these brave individuals continued to contribute to our community and society as a whole. Remembrance Day is our opportunity to not only remember

those that died during these wars, but to give thanks for the contribution that all these people have done in service to our country, and our community. We also honour all that have served our country and say thanks to those serving today.

Above: V. E. Day Celebrations May 7, 1945 Ladysmith, corner of First Avenue and High Street. The street (than the highway) was closed to traffic to mark event. Photo: Ladysmith Archives




Local funds needed to invest in rail service For a decade, the communities of southern Vancouver Island have striven to preserve the railway corridor that links us together and to re-establish a viable passenger and freight service. In 2002, in response to the real threat that rail service would be abandoned and that the 290 km of rail corridor lands linking our communities would be subdivided and sold for development opportunities, island communities stepped forward to ensure appropriate zoning was in place to preserve the corridor for rail service. In 2004, through the leadership of the Cowichan Tribes and the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC), Island communities stepped forward again, and formed the Island Corridor Foundation (ICF). The ICF is a unique and perhaps unprecedented partnership between 13 First Nations, 5 Regional Districts, and 14 Municipalities. Collectively, we are the proud owners of 290 kilometers of rail line covering 650 hectares with a value of over $360 million between Victoria and Courtenay and between Parksville and Port Alberni, with some 48 bridges/ trestles, rail yards, and some 25 railway stations. With the corridor preserved and ownership in hand, over the past eight years a small army of citizens has tirelessly worked to ensure the dream of a viable

rail service becomes a reality. ICF formed a partnership with a rail operator (Southern Railway of B.C.), completed detailed studies on required upgrades, and obtained provincial and federal government funds in the amount of $15 million. This $15 million will be used to replace some 108,000 ties and upgrade some sections of steel track. However, another $5.4 million is needed to upgrade some of the 48 bridges and trestles. Late this summer, ICF requested $3.2 million from the five regional districts of southern Vancouver Island; $2 million from the regional districts of AlberniClayoquot, Comox Valley, Nanaimo, and Cowichan Valley, with $1.2 million

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from the Capital Regional District. On Wednesday, October 24th, the Regional Services Committee of the CVRD, followed the lead of Alberni-Clayoqout, and in a rare moment of unanimity passed the following recommendation: That the CVRD fund its share through a one-time regional grant in aid of approximately $488,100, and that it be included in the 2013 Budget. At a cost of $3.12 per $100,000 of assessed value the average home in Ladysmith will be contributing $9.36 in the 2013 taxation year if each of the five regional districts formalizes the funding partnership. If we do not collectively invest, the Federal and Provincial funds ($15 million) will not materialize. Without the necessary upgrades all rail service will cease and this valuable infrastructure will most likely be lost. In the words of Dr. Judith Sayers, CoChair of the ICF “We have not come this far, worked this hard and achieved this much to walk away from the Railway at this critical time. As the owners of the multi-million dollar asset, we must recognize the enormous value of this one-time, $15 million gift from the federal and provincial governments, and take immediate action to ensure this opportunity is not lost.� For a relatively modest investment, the citizens of the five regional districts, will form a partnership with the Federal and Provincial Governments in leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come.




Are attitudes towards gays changing? BY ROB PINKERTON Have you noticed the different reaction in Canada and the United States to celebrities coming out of the closet? When Anderson Cooper came out, the U.S. media went into a frenzy and women wept. When Rick Mercer came out at about the same time it seemed to be a non issue in Canada and many in the gay community were not aware of it. Oreo cookies supported Pride Day with a Facebook ad that sported a rainbow coloured cookie. There was a hue and cry in the States that made many businesses look closely at similar support. Sally Ride, the American astronaut, came out in her will. There was lots of media coverage about her death but because of her hero status, the bigots are keeping a low profile. Sad that she was not comfortable with the public knowing while she was alive. Sally, apparently a very private person, knew the problem that her country would have with her sexual orientation. In my opinion, the issue is that sexual orientation is an issue. “Who cares?” would seem to be the correct response. Are we getting to that point in Canada? Are we getting there in Ladysmith? I spoke at length with Bruce Mason who grew up here in the 1950/60s. Bruce told me that he knew he was different from his peer group but he didn’t know why when he was very young. There was nothing to read on the subject and no one to talk to. Although his classmates never called him homophobic names, they certainly sensed that Bruce was different from them and bullied and beat him daily. Teachers who were aware of what was happening did nothing. Bruce told me that “High school was the worst time of my life”. As he got into his twenties, he realized that he could not live with the black feelings inside him, the resentment, hate and fear. He forgave them. After that he said, he could see his tormentors on the street and treat them like everybody else. How does a man of that Bruce Mason and Michael McKinnon at their home. Photo: Rob Pinkerton

age become so wise? Bruce believes that growing up in a town like Ladysmith these days is very healthy for a gay person. Going to Vancouver and immersing yourself in the gay community, you are sheltered from coping with society as a whole. When someone calls you a “faggot” you withdraw a little more to the safe place with your friends. Bruce used his wedding to his partner Michael, as an example.

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There was a lesbian couple from Vancouver who were visiting across the street from his place. They told him that it was the nicest gay wedding that they had attended. A Vancouver wedding would have 90 per cent gay attendance. Bruce estimated that 90 per cent of the people at his wedding were straight. He also received a compliment from what he called “a red neck logger” that that was the nicest wedding he had been to.




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Bruce told me that in the 1980s four teenage boys came into Knight’s Hardware store where he worked and asked him to go for coffee with them. He hesitantly agreed. They thanked him for being openly gay in Ladysmith. They said “Our parents know and respect your parents and what you are doing has made it a lot easier for us”. “You’re all gay?” Bruce said. Things were changing. Doing this article has created a bit of a stir in our gay crowd. “Why are you doing this?” I am asked. Good question and I had to give it some thought. Growing up in Vancouver, I was aware of homosexuality but it was just something to tell bad jokes about. Adults did not speak about it except to vaguely warn us about “perverts”. I worked with many gay men on the CPR coastal boats and later on BC Ferries. Like any other segment of society, I liked most of them and disliked a few. I come from a very religious United Church family, liberally sprinkled with ministers and biblical scholars. My mother, in her nineties, made the decision that she could no longer be a member of the United Church because of their acceptance of gay ministers. I respected Mom for her convictions but did not agree with them. She knew this and would bring up the topic and tell me what the bible said on the subject of homosexuality. Yikes! Harsh stuff. We would get into some tense discussions and were getting no where. I used to set her up. I took her into “My Fish Tank” in Nanaimo that was run by Rob, a very good looking masculine man who sky dived, scuba dived and loved paint ball. He charmed her and took her from tank to tank showing off his fish. On the way home, Mom said “What a lovely man. Is he married?” I said that he was living with a man. “He’s gay, Mom.” She was very quiet for the rest of the drive. I told her one day that Tricia and I were going to a wedding. “How lovely” she said. “Who’s getting married”. “Bruce Mason. You know him from your church.” I said. “How wonderful. Do I know the bride?” “No” I said. “His name is Michael”. She became very quiet and I said, “I really set you up there, didn’t I”. “You certainly did” she said. I did some poking around on the Internet for recent medical studies on the subject, to be ready for Mom’s next attack which I anticipated would be soon. Researchers are not convinced that there is a homosexual gene although there are some fascinating studies in that direction. The Garcia-Falgueras and Swaab 2010 study postulate that “The fetal brain develops during the inter uterine period in the male direction through a direct action of testosterone on the developing nerve cells or in the female direction through the absence of this hormone surge. In this way, our gender identity and sexual orientation are programmed into our brain structure when we are still in the womb. There is no indication that social environment after birth has an effect on gender identity or sexual orientation.” There are other studies that back this up and speak of the strengths or interruption of the hormone surges influencing sexual orientation and conclude that this is a normal variance in human sexuality. This is a simplification of these studies. Read them, please. (Homosexuality, Wikipedia) Mom listened to what I had to say and said that was very interesting. She never raised the subject again. She died the following year a few months before her 101st birthday. Bruce related how Kinsey, a doctor of psychiatry, created a scale that illustrates human sexuality. The numbers given here are not accurate and are only used to give the reader a general


idea. Think of a scale from 1 to 100. A group from 1 to 30 or 30% of the population is heterosexual. No choice. At the other end of the scale 10% are homosexual. No choice. The 60% between these groups make a choice. Where a person is on the scale will, of course, affect the decision and for most the choice is easy. The studies mentioned above say that “social environment” does not affect sexual orientation but the decision is made sometimes to conform with social, religious and family pressures. It can be years later that the decision is reversed or corrected and the individual comes out. I am aware of a number of men who after failed marriages and heterosexual relationships, “came out” in their forties and fifties and now live contented lives in gay relationships. I spoke to Scott, a man of 22, who has lived and gone to school in Ladysmith. He, like Bruce knew from a very early age that he was not attracted to females. But there the similarity ends. He experienced no bullying at school or in the community. Scott told me of a group at Ladysmith Secondary school that was called the “Gay Straight Alliance” and this year has been changed to LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, questioning) where you can sit with your peers and discuss whatever issues you want. Sara Stone, the teacher/sponsor for this group told me that it was started by a girl some years ago who saw the need. Sara said they take stands against bullying and hurtful language, discuss all aspects of LGBT and organize a “Rainbow Day” for the school. When Scott came out he and his Dad had some difficult times but that seems to have passed, perhaps because there is lots of information to access and people to talk to. There are also many websites that give reasons why homosexuality is wrong. These are mostly personal or religious opinions. The scientific studies are there to be ferreted out. Read them all and come to your own conclusions. I found one through a university web browser called “Can Anyone Tell Me Why I’m Gay?” What Research Suggests Regarding the Origins of Sexual Orientation, by Dr. William Jenkins of Mercer University. I found it very thorough. Dr Jenkins’ conclusions are that nothing is proved as yet but there is fascinating and exhaustive research being done. article/North-American-Journal-Psychology/226818615.html Lena, about the same age as Scott, grew up in the area. She told me that she had lots of boy friends in high school but none of the relationships lasted long. After a disastrous engagement ended she started to figure out and be honest with herself about her attractions. She “came out” in a quiet way and when she told her parents there was no discussion. Talking to Scott and Lena, I found that they had very little understanding of what knowledge their parents and grandparents had about being gay. I thought I was writing this article for relatives of gay people but I have realized that young gay people need an understanding of where the older generation is coming from. Our knowledge was molded by religion, and homophobic people like Anita Bryant, an Oklahoma beauty queen, whose Old Testament argument was that she was afraid that, as homosexuals could not reproduce, they would molest and convert our children. Confusing pedophilia with homosexuality, she crusaded in 1977 and won the case against adoption by homosexuals. The law still stands in Florida. The silly thing about this argument is that homosexuals do reproduce and an interesting fact is that a huge percentage of children raised by gay people turn out to be



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in the world. Washington State heterosexual. For the most part our paris agonizing about gay marriage ents did not talk to us about anything to as a vote nears in November. do with sex. Male same sex was punishThe Catholic Church is strongable by death in Canada until 1869 and ly opposing the bill and 63 foruntil 1969 the penalty was life in prison. mer priests are supporting it. If It was not a topic to be discussed. The it passes, Washington will be closet was full and the door closed. So, only the seventh state to legalcut us some slack kids. This research is ize it. Thirteen countries have new and we still have our programmed legalized it while 81 countries brains to untangle. That can take time have criminal laws against it. when your child chucks a grenade into In some places you can be put your life. to death. I think we are lucky to Mary Fox, our very successful local live in a very liberal corner of potter agreed with me and we talked the world. about how far Canada has come on equal The transsexual Jenna Tarights in our life time. Forty five years lackova who participated in the ago, Justice Minister Pierre Trudeau Miss Universe beauty pageant stated that “The state had no place in the brought this aspect of sexuality bedrooms of the Nation� and two years to the front pages for a while. later altered the criminal code to give Jenna was born a boy and from recognition to individual rights. Now early childhood suffered from same sex persons may marry and have gender dysphoria, a condition the same rights (pensions, income tax in which a person feels that provisions, divorce, etc.) as straights. there is a mismatch between Mary, whose 25 year loving marriage ended when her partner She said to her mom “since you named me once ... their biological sex and their gender identity. This causes Heather died, lives the way I think would you help me choose a new name? unhappiness, anxiety and everyone should; accepting everyconfusion. Although this one for who they are and not caring that homosexuals are more promiscuous condition is rare, it is not who they sleep with. We talked of than heterosexuals. Mary tells me that as rare as you might think. The British homophobia and although she has never there are many lesbian couples living medical system reports that 1 in 1,400 experienced it in Ladysmith, she assures quietly in Ladysmith. We spoke of how people are diagnosed with this and it is me that it alive and well, like everywhere; segments of our local gay community do five times more common in men. In her of a gay man who speaks disrespectfully not inter-act and many do not even know grade 8 year book, Jenna, still Walter and with anger about straight people. Do who is gay. Older and young, male and then, looks like a cute 14 year old girl. we call him a redneck, heterophobe? She female; people just living their lives as it reminds me that there are unpleasant (not should be. Jules - a pre-op transgender. her word) people in all segments of sociPhoto: Rob Pinkerton It is certainly not like this everywhere ety. We spoke of the stereotypical belief


She started treatment at that age and at nineteen, had surgery and became a woman. These days, when gender imbalance is detected in a child, the hormone therapy can be started sooner. The young person then does not have to go through a confusing puberty in the wrong sex. Some have said that Donald Trump’s tacky contest is no place to make a statement on transsexuality. I disagree. Jenna made the world notice her and her gender. She says that her goal is to help others who need to make decisions like she made. Now she must answer inane questions on Barbara Walters and other sensation seeking TV shows during her short period of fame. I met with Jules, a pre-op transgender in her forties, who lives in Nanaimo. Born Julie, she like Bruce, knew that she was different. She would not wear dresses, threw dolls away and excelled at sports and so was called a “tom boy”. Puberty was confusing. Julie could not understand why her girl friends wanted to date boys. She could take them to the movies. Developing breasts were just a nuisance as they got in the way when throwing a ball. As a young women she lived the lesbian life but knew that was not what she wanted. She was a man in a woman’s body. She started dating straight women. Now this is confusing for me and perhaps you. Why are they straight? She had a long term relationship and she and her partner fostered children. The last they had from birth and were hoping it would be forever but after almost a year, members of the biological family adopted the child. This was very hard on the relationship and they separated but remain good friends. Julie, now Jules, has decided that she wants to be a man. After counseling with a psychologist, she was accepted for the treatment. Jules said that the day she made the decision was the happiest, most relieved feeling she had ever experienced. The treatment starts with hormone therapy, then double mastectomy where the areola are grafted to another part of the body while the chest heals and then, re attached. A penis is constructed (phalloplasty) from tissue of the forearm and testicles are implanted. This is obviously, not a decision to be made lightly. There but for a hormone surge go you or I. Jules has no stories for me of family or friends rejecting her. On the contrary, her family has always loved her and accepted her life style. She teared up and choked when telling me about her sister, her greatest fan. She said to her mom “since you named me once...would you help me choose a new name? She speaks of her two step dads with affection and has a wonderful closeness to a nephew and niece. We chatted for about two hours and I learned things about transgender people that made me realize no two person’s sexuality is the same. They are as different as fingerprints. The variations amaze me. The world is a changing place and the rapidity of that change makes it difficult to adjust. At one time it was thought that our world was the centre of the universe. Galileo proved Copernicus’s earlier statement that the sun was the centre and endured a firestorm of criticism from the scientific community. I think it is wise to keep an open mind. Homophobia is caused by ignorance and fear and can be eradicated by knowledge. A woman whose son had recently come out, said to me, “I still love my son.” I say that is not enough. You must accept your son.



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Youth Support Workers Appointed by LRCA

Young couple wins big “It’s not enough money to screw up our lives but it’s a good foundation” say Elise Gieni and Malcolm Sacht about the $330,000 winnings they collected Saturday, October 27. The lucky ticket was a Lotto Max Quick Pick bought at the Shell Gas station in Ladysmith and only the third ticket Elise had ever purchased. It was a few days after the draw when Gieni went to the Chuckwagon Market in North Oyster to buy some candy and decided to check her ticket. The girl at the counter said “It says you are a major winner and you have to call this number.” Gieni was excited and thought perhaps she had won a thousand dollars but had no idea it would be that much. A few days ago they were young people, working at several jobs while going to school and in a minute all that changed. The two 21 year olds both graduated from Ladysmith Secondary are planning to continue their education and working while figuring out their new options. The odds of winning were 1 in 14,000,000. Congratulations!

CCSS hosts provincials You’ll get a chance to see school volleyball at it best as our local female athletes go for gold. Senior Girls “AA” Volleyball Pro-

Elise Gieni and Malcolm Sacht heading to BC Lottery office to claim the $330,000 winning ticket. Photo: Nick Longo

vincials is being hosted by Cedar Community Secondary School (CCSS) Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 at Cedar and John Barsby Secondary Schools. Sixteen teams from across BC will be competing. “We are very excited to be hosting our school`s first Provincial Championship. Our team has had some recent success in volleyball and we hope to continue,” says Bill Rounis, Vice Principal at CCSS and Cedar Spartans head coach. In the past A Provincials, Cedar’s Senior Girls Volleyball Team have come in second in 2010, eighth in 2011. “We have moved up to AA because of our population increase in the school and are hoping to continue our winning ways.” The 12 player team is made up of grade 11 and 12 players.

Ladysmith Resource Centre Association is pleased to announce the addition of Danielle Winter and Corey Bullen to the Family and Youth Support Services Program as new Family and Youth Support workers. Danielle has already established a high profile with parents and youth in this community from years of involvement with LaFF and the Ladysmith Community Centre. Danielle’s enthusiasm, energy, and knowledge will be fundamental in her approach to this new position. Corey’s recent graduation of the Community Support Worker program, years of volunteer coaching both baseball and hockey, strong devotion to Ladysmith, and passion for working with youth make this a very exciting opportunity for everyone.

Danielle Winter and Corey Bullen

Both Danielle and Corey were raised as youths in Ladysmith and understand the challenges and difficulties that our young opalescences are faced with in growing up in this small community. Together they say, “It has been heartbreaking to see all the recent headlines on bullying. It is our hope that the youth in our town realize that there is help and support out there and that they are not alone. We are here to provide a supportive, confidential, and non-judgmental service to all teens in our community.”

N.O.A.H.S Breakfast with Santa Mark your calendar November 24 for 9am at the Cedar Community Hall. Join Santa, Farmer Vicki and Daisy the Cow from Island Farms, and the Mt. Arrowsmith Shrine Clowns for a morning


Santa and Irene Trudell

of fun. Crafts, games and door prizes. Adults $5, kids $2. Tickets at the door.

Ein Prosit! Oktoberfest was great right up until the very end! One of the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce two larger fundraisers for the year, it was successful and well attended with volks decked out in dirndl dresses and lederhosen, party hats! “We thank Ladysmith and area for their generous donations and participation in the Oktoberfest event� says Rhonda Shirley, one of the organizers.

Oktoberfest a hit! Rhonda and Ed Shirley

Popular pub recognized in Sports Hall of Fame Wheatsheaf Pub was recently inducted into Softball BC Hall of Fame for its long standing support of the game. The Wheatsheaf Pub, a landmark in Ce-



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dar, BC opened in 1885. The pub has been owned and operated by the Hutt family since 1978. Not long after Art and Marion purchased the Pub they sponsored a men’s Fastpitch team in the Nanaimo Seniors Men’s league, the start of the Hutt’s family long standing sponsorship of softball in Nanaimo which continues after 34 years. The Wheatsheaf Sports Complex, a softball field and park began in 1991 and the first year of operation was 1993. This privately owned 2 field complex is home to over 25 softball games per week. In 1995 the Wheatsheaf Pub was recognized as the Sponsor of the Year at the AGM in Nanaimo. Art and Marion have passed away and the pub continues to be run by their family. They are honoured every May with the Art and Marion Hutt Memorial Men’s Fastball Tournament where teams from across BC come to play on the field they built. Wheatsheaf Pub recognized for its support - was inducted into Softball BC Hall of Fame Dee and Jim Hutt (at either end) at the

RDN Board Adopts Agricultural Area Plan The Regional District of Nanaimo Board of Directors has adopted its first-ever region-wide Agricultural Area Plan. Directors approved the final plan at the Oct. 23 Board meeting. The Plan is the result of nearly two years of collaboration between the community, stakeholders, the RDN’s Agricultural Advisory Committee and the project consultant, Upland Consulting. Members of the public are encouraged to visit For more information, contact the RDN Planning Department at 250-390-6510.

New cooking school


Peter and Kathleen Bowen want to teach the world to cook. They are launching the West Coast Cooking School with a Learn-to-Cook Weekend: Succulent Seafood from the Salish Sea. After many years of running high-quality restaurants, Bowen became a culinary arts teacher in Cedar. This led to his mission to “teach as many people to cook as possible.” His recent 5 Minute Gourmet project has led to over 70,000 views on YouTube, and Huffington Post named him one of the Top Ten Chefs to follow on Twitter.

On October 24, 2012 communities across BC hosted local Defend Our Coast actions at MLA offices, to show opposition posed by the tar sands pipelines and tankers. Photo: Cindy Damphousse

After 35 years Grants Jewellers closed their doors. Grants has been an institution in the community and will be missed. “We were very well supported by the community” says Kirsty Monroe. (l-r) Kirsty Monroe, Coleen Andreychuk-Burke, Nita Grant, Robyn Grant Photo: Cindy Damphousse




Light Up celebrates 25 years With an average attendance of 16,00020,000 people, a warehouse of decorations, over an estimated 200,000 lights, and over 150 volunteers, The Festival of Lights has become Ladysmith’s single largest event and one of the biggest Light Ups in BC. It has generated pride in our community, economic benefit to our local business community and most importantly it was given us precious memories and new traditions that we collectively share. On Thursday, Nov 29, we will wait in anticipation for the “turn-on” of the 25th Ladysmith Light up. “There are some additional surprises for the fireworks this year, along with an earlier start, and more street entertainment than ever before,” says Cliff Fisher, President, Festival Of Lights Society He has seen the festival grow immensely with newer building decorations, more intense colour in the trees along First Ave and in Bob Stuart Park. Additional LED lights are blended in with the regular lights. The festival relies on the hard work of many dedicated hardworking volunteers and donations of in-kind material and labour. One such company example is Crane Force who donated $6,000.00 of in kind machinery, time and labour to relamp and reinstall lights on the Chuck Perrin tree last year. This help comes from them each year, with a smile “Many volunteers stand out, and two of the volunteers that have been with FOL over 20 years are Tracy and Duck Paterson, plus we have Bill Drysdale and Dianne Edwards who stand out as strong volunteers over the last few years. There are many others that do smaller parts over the years, such as Gord Cargill, and it is these folks who, as a whole, contribute the greater continuity of volunteer time for the Festival,” says Fisher. “There have been so many volunteers from our community over the years that it stays as a personal pride to each of them when we repeat it year after year,” As they look forward to the next 25 years there are opportunities and challenges.

Increasing cost is an issue as is finding grant money to continue and grow, along with providing a legacy for the future. “In order to maintain a brighter and more spectacular light show, we are going to have to look at LEDs or other products that will be greener, and still provide the brilliance that we are known for. The technology is starting to become affordable, but has a long way to go yet, cost wise.” . A long time supporter, the Ladysmith & District Credit Union’s financial involvement grew significantly over the years, and then when BC Hydro pulled out as the main sponsor, the Ladysmith Credit Union stepped in to sponsor the fireworks each year. “If we can get people to come here and marvel at what our town can accomplish, then perhaps we can inspire them to come here at other times of the year. In addition, if we can set the example as corporate citizens, then hopefully others will take up the same cause (or other causes) within our community. An involved citizenry makes for a better community as a whole,” says John de Leeuw, Chief Executive Ladysmith & District Credit Union. The LDCU staff volunteer their time in preparing the float, dressing up in Christmas apparel, and ensuring collections are taken up at the branch level. “In addition to the visible involvement, we have a tradition at the Credit Union where all staff are invited to a staff barbeque on the night of Light-Up. We prepare hamburgers, hot dogs, and management chili, (a staff favourite). Staff bring their families and after we eat we put on our costumes for the parade. It makes Light-Up night that much more special. “It kicks off the Christmas season for myself and my family. It’s one of those occasions that is fun, spectacular and family friendly. There just aren’t that many of those nights out there anymore. It is a special night that is seldom duplicated.” Duck and Tracy Paterson have been volunteers almost from the start. “I started going to meetings in 1989 when we meet in a tiny corner at the back of the old Chronicle building on Roberts Street,” says Duck. One big noticeable change is the amount of volunteers who come and assist... not just on the work parties or

light-up night but all year round. There is almost always somebody doing something for Festival. He gets a kick out of not only seeing Ladysmith turned into a fantasyland but seeing the thousands of people who get a huge charge out of Light Up. “Our family pretty well grew up with Light Up. The grandkids definitely have. Tracy is a member of the FOL board… has been for years. She acted as co-or-


dinator for a number of years. It has become a tradition for our daughters and their families to decorate the trees at Cenotaph Park on work party day as well as take the lights down when Light Up is over. Our grand kids also come out at times and help when we’re doing other projects for Light Up. My grandson went up to the top of the Chuck Perrin Tree when he was five to help put the angel up.” Duck loves seeing downtown Ladysmith packed with families having a good time and waiting for Santa to turn on the lights. “To see the faces of all the folks... especially the kids and old folks when the lights go on... To have been a part, along with hundreds of others, to help make this happen is a huge charge.” “It has evolved into something that people even beyond BC associate Ladysmith with. It has given the community even more of an identity. They see people come to their community and experience what a neat town it is and what neat people. It has given the community a sense of pride. Volunteers built Light Up and that core needs to continue. That is one of the great things that makes it unique... Light Up is home grown,” he says. In the coming years Duck hopes to see Light Up go up the hillside above First Avenue. “We need to encourage all the folks that live along Second and Third Avenue to start putting lights up in their trees and houses..”

Paterson says “I would like to thank the hundreds of volunteers who help make it happen…but it’s not just the volunteers there are many organizations and businesses that step forward. I honestly don’t think that the community knows who does what for Light Up... I think it would amaze them. The support is amazing and it has shown… because after 25 years... it’s still the biggest Turn On in the province!” You’ll have some fun and enjoy the pride you will feel in making the Festival of Lights the most spectacular town light show on Vancouver Island. To volunteer call 250-245-5888 or go to

Looking back When Bill Fitzpatrick, who was the chairperson of Downtown Revitalization, saw Phase I completed, he realized that there were no festivals or lively activities in the heart of town. Being a big fan of Christmas he was also horrified by the three strings of lights “decorating” the town. He remembers looking at the decorations and thinking “pitiful, absolutely pitiful.” It was time for a change. Times were tough in the late eighties. A number of businesses were closing and the idea of a Christmas Festival was seen by many as off the wall. But there was the commercial aspect; to encourage people to shop at home, and bring outsiders to Ladysmith. The last Thursday of the month was chosen so that payday would be the day after light up, and people would return with their money. The first light up in 1987 was held under rainy skies. 500 people came out. In the second year, he hit up everyone for funds from a dollar and up. “Chuck Perrin came on board with the biggest donation as did some societies. The Old Age Pensioners were instrumental - members would throw “Screwing Parties” - where they replaced light bulbs. 1988 saw the formation of the Festival of Lights Society. The founding board members were President Bill Fitzpatrick, members David Walker, Joanne Dashwood, Myfanwy Plecas looking through 25 years of FOL photos. Opposite page: Duck Paterson.


Joan Adair, Lorna Spanakis, Myfanwy Plecas, Nancy Lorentz, Lynne Declark as well as Linda and Bob Beattie, Debbie Ostle, Jan O’Neill. Lynn De Lucia was a huge help, recalls Fitzpatrick. While looking for fundraising opportunities Myfanwy Plecas cooked up the idea for a Spaghetti Dinner. She asked for donations of excess garden tomatoes and got them handed to her in bushels. Soon she with a group of friends were making sauce. “We ran out of room and stored pails in the freezer at the 49th Parallel Grocery store.” she recalls. She also inspired the idea of a Light Up parade. “We were trying to come up with ideas to add to Festival of Lights and I said why not a parade?” A night parade would need lights. “I begged and borrowed generators and put the word out we wanted entries for the parade.” Soon after the Ladysmith Kinsmen took over and FOL added a Santa House. “It still has the same curtains made by Tracy Paterson,” says Plecas Fitzpatrick had the idea to add fireworks in 1989. He ordered $1500 worth of fireworks but they didn’t have the money when they arrived. Chuck Perrin dug deep. The fireworks were set off from the rooftop of the Islander Hotel and Plecas remembers picking up the burned out casings around town. Our fireworks have been produced by volunteers Ron Burrows, Fraser Carmichael, and others through the years. A fact not many people may know is that Ladysmith Light Up honours the memory of Juan Maria De Los Delores De Leon, Lady Smith. By its third year, the FOL had be-


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come a community institution. The Town of Ladysmith joined in, as did the Richmond family of the 49th Parallel Grocery, the Ladysmith and District Credit Union, B.C. Hydro, Bruce Mason, Duck and Tracy Paterson, the members of the Old Age Pensioners Organization, Crane Force, Coastal Trucking, Island Hoppers, and many others. Service clubs became involved. And it just took off from there. “I could see that it was going to be a success,” says Fitzpatrick. “It was time to pass it on and let other people be involved.” Thanks to all the volunteers who throw the years have contributed to making Light Up the success it is today.

Memories of Light Up Over 25 years, the Festival of Lights has created lasting memories and traditions. Here’s a few! As a classroom teacher, witnessing over the years a similar level of excitement and great anticipation from the students whether they were in my Grade 3 class at Ladysmith Primary or in my History 12 class at Ladysmith Secondary. I remember one year entering my grade seven classroom on the Monday (four days) before the Festival of Lights, to hear a student, exclaim, “Oh, Mr. H. I am so excited!” and I responded, “About what?” “Light-up of course!” was the exasperated response. I remember the first time my grandson Seth joined me on the Ladysmith Ambassador’s float and the warm acknowledgement he received from the crowd. Forget the mayor. “Hi, Seth!” rang out down the parade route. I distinctly remember in 1994, the year that the Angel was placed on the tree at Aggie Hall in honour of Chuck Perrin, one of the founders of the Festival of Lights, that the rain stopped just before the festivities, and the rain commenced as soon as the fireworks were completed, and wondering out loud, if Chuck was looking over us. I am constantly delighted and amazed by the volunteer effort put in by so many to make the night a success. - Ladysmith Mayor Rob Hutchins When unbeknownst to me, my son, Conor, was chosen to be the parade mas-

Arthur Henry, Bill Fitzpatrick, Henry and Diana

cot, “Lampie”. This costume is only 7’ tall, so who better to fill it than my long, lanky 6’6-er? It was quite an experience to see my shy boy boldly go forth and shake hands and hug children (and parents!). - Julie Stewart-Boyle At the Festival of Lights 1990 Santa was available for visits in the Credit Union parking lot. My husband and I were the last ones in line and what appeared to be much to Santa’s relief as he probably thought we were going to sit on his lap, from under the safety of Garth’s winter jacket we revealed our new born Tyler for his first visit with Jolly Old St Nick.- Loyola van Rooyen Buck In the 2000’s the fireworks, that are a highlight of the Festival of Lights, used to be fired off from market square instead of the present site at the Aggie Hall. Those who were uptown got a great view of the explosions and colours. One year, my son and I were on the deck at the back of Johnson Shoes to watch the show. Suddenly we noticed flaming debris from the fireworks falling out of the sky on to our building. To prevent any chance of a fire we ran around with a spray bottle of water, making sure that no buildings caught fire. We did all this while still being able to enjoy the fireworks. -Rob Johnson Having lived in England for the 12 years prior to our return to Canada we made many friends while there, so it was with great expectation and joy when


we found out that our best friends were coming to visit us. They arrived in early November. We arranged to show them all the sights on the Island. We went to Tofino, Victoria and many of our beautiful parks on the Island. One of the must do things on our list was the Festival Of Lights. We lived on Bayview at the time, so we were able to watch the parade mustering in front of our home. This gave our friends an opportunity to get an up close and personal view of the floats. After a short walk into town we found an ideal spot to view the parade and the light up ceremony. After the parade we stood in awe with the thousand of others as the sky lit up with the fireworks display. Our friends were amazed at what a small town could do. When asked the highlight of their visit here in Ladysmith, they responded that by far the best thing was the Festival of Lights. Even today when we are in contact in November, they talk about their experience with fond memories. - Dan and Angela Spence The first year my oldest daughter was away at university she missed LightUp night. When she came home for the Christmas break she mentioned that it didn’t feel like Christmas. When I asked her why, her very first response was because she missed Light-Up night. When I asked how that impacted her, she said it was always the start of Christmas for her. I found that interesting because I hadn’t thought of it in that way, but she had been at every Light-Up night since she was 5 years old. -John de Leeuw Years ago, there was a huge storm and the power went out. I got on the phone and told BC Hydro that Ladysmith needed to get power and needed it now. Shortly before Light Up was scheduled to start, the power came on in Ladysmith (saving the night) while our neighbours to the north and south sat in darkness. There was no budget for a Santa costume. I had some red velvet curtains in the bedroom. Down they came, reminiscent of Gone with the Wind. Nita Grant made the outfit. - Bill Fitzpatrick For lots more photos, stories, and interviews visit We’d love to hear your story!


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RDN - Area A BY ALEC MCPHERSON Proposed National Marine Conservation Area (NMCA) Reserve Southern Strait of Georgia (Salish Sea) On Friday, October 26th 2012 I attended a workshop on the NMCA conducted by Parks Canada and Parks BC. It brought together representatives from various federal and provincial ministries, First Nations, Islands Trust and other local governments that border on the proposed NMCA. At this stage, the study is assessing the feasibility of establishing a reserve. Why consider establishing a NMCA? The concept is that these areas are established to protect, conserve and present examples of Canada’s marine area for

the benefit of present and future generations. The current proposal for the Strait of Georgia was proposed in 2005 when Parks Canada, in partnership with the B.C. Government, initiated a feasibility study on the idea. While the study was initially intended to include an area of approximately 800 square kilometres stretching from Cordova Bay in the south to Mayne Island in the north. Proposals to extend the boundary have been made by First Nations, Islands Trust, the public and other stakeholders resulting in the study area expanding to Dodd Narrows in the north and including the southern end of Gabriola Island – an area of some 1,400 square kilometres. While environmental concerns are tantamount, there exists a large potential for tourism related activities to contribute to


local economies. What criteria are considered when establishing boundaries? The number one issue is to ensure that the proposed area contains a wide range of physical and biological features that is representative of the marine area. Over 100 different layers of information are employed to make these choices. Excluded from the proposed boundary are ferry terminals, marinas, effluent lines, storm sewer lines and all commercial and industrial tenures. Additionally, there is a 200 metre buffer around the excluded tenures to allow for possible future tenure expansion or changes in location. Marine components of existing provincial parks are also excluded. Currently, the proposed northern boundary has been established where there is a natural break in


the oceanography at Gabriola Passage. While there has been a decided effort to include estuaries, the Nanaimo River estuary is currently not within the proposed boundary. A local environmental stewardship group has been making an effort to have the Nanaimo River estuary included within the proposed boundaries. Information on their proposed Green Gateway can be obtained by request to . How does an NMCA affect the rights and traditions of current users? Parks Canada states that activities such as commercial and recreational fishing, commercial shipping, marine transportation, utility corridors and a range of recreation and tourism activities will continue; albeit with an emphasis on conservationoriented practices. Traditional food, social and ceremonial harvesting by First Nations peoples also continues. Oil/gas exploration/development and mining are not permitted activities. Still to be decided is how management of the area will be conducted. Clearly, some rights such as zoning on the foreshore may devolve to other levels of government. Parks Canada is seeking feedback on the proposed boundary as well as cultural, economic, environmental and other factors (e.g. management). To get involved, go to .

CVRD - Area H BY MARY MARCOTTEE Curbside Collection Service As you are probably aware, the Regional District is proposing to change the way your recycling material is collected. The reason for the change is the ongoing increases in the cost to collect the material; you may have noticed that the annual fee has risen considerably from when the service first began. The currently fee is $52 annually which is an approximate increase of 40-60 percent. To resolve the ongoing increases, the Regional District has been forced to look at alternative for providing the curbside collection services. After extensive research, the CVRD has concluded that an in-house model is the best long term solution. The proposed plan includes borrowing 1.775M to purchase modern trucks with automated collection arms and easy roll totes for all residents.

These new totes will be provided to each household in the Electoral Areas at no cost and would replace the blue and yellow bags currently being used. Financial/Taxation Impact The curbside collection program is funded solely through user fees; it is not funded through taxation. No portion of the new program will be paid for through your taxes. Proposed user fees under the new program will include all aspects of the service. User fees will include debt payment, truck and tote purchase, tote delivery to homes, administration and overhead, maintenance and repair, as well as wages. If the new program is introduced, 2013 user fees in Area H will decrease by $5. Currently we are paying an annual user fee of $52; the reduced amount would be $47. You will continue to receive an annual invoice, and it is anticipated that your method of payment will not change unless you request a change. Any future price increases will be kept at stable and predictable levels (estimated to be between 1-3 per cent per year) and will cover things like rising fuel costs, and wage increases. Notice of Alternate Approval Process (AAP) Although this article is not a formal notice, I would like to advise you that the formal process required to obtain Elector Consent for the borrowing of up to $1,775,000 to purchase trucks and totes is now underway in the nine electoral areas. Formal notice has been posted on the CVRD website. The Regional District may adopt Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 3607, which allows for the borrowing for the purchase of trucks and totes unless at least 10 percent of electors within the entire service area indicate that they are opposed. To register your opposition, qualified electors must sign an Elector Response Form in the format established by the Regional District. These forms are available at the Regional District office in Duncan, by email request and on the CVRD website at You can also request a form by calling the toll free number – 1-800-665-3955. A copy of Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 3607 is available for review at the CVRD office, located at 175 Ingram Street in Duncan, during regular of-

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fice hours, Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm, excluding statutory holidays. The bylaw and additional information regarding the proposed program is also available on the CVRD website. Alternate Approval Process Deadline In order to defeat Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 3607, properly formatted Electoral Response Forms, must be signed by qualified electors and submitted to the Regional District office no later than 4:30 pm on November 26, 2012. Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives The North Oyster Fire Department has joined with B.C.’S Office of the Fire Commissioner and the Fire Chief’s Association of BC with assistance from the other fire services to spearhead a local and provincial movement in 2012 to achieve having working smoke alarms in every home. Research reveals a strong link between working smoke alarms and reduced fatalities from residential structure fires. A study of almost 50,000 fires in Alberta, BC and Ontario from October 2006 to 2011 showed: 1) The death rate per 1,000 fires was 74% greater when a working smoke alarm was not present than when one was present; 2) Greater risk of fatality from residential structure fires for households with at least one young child, older adult, or person with disability; rental units and household in low-income areas, rural communities and First Nations reserves. The NOFD would like to remind our residents to ensure that they have a working smoke alarm and that they test it regularly. Removing alarms when you have a false alarm is a deadly practice. Just push the “hush” button instead and stay safe while you clear the air. The NOFD will supply and install a smoke alarm in a residence when they are contacted. Reminder smoke alarms work, but not forever. It is recommended that you replace your smoke alarm after 10 years. To contact the Department leave a message at 250-245-5111 or check out the website.

Area G BY MEL DOREY The Saltair and District Ratepayers Association once again made their presentation of their annual award for a resident who served the community in


an exceptional way. This year’s service award was presented to Nadi Bottomley by Christine Hammersley, the vice president of the Ratepayers, at the October CVRD board meeting in Duncan. The Ratepayers have been presenting this award since 2006 with the most recent winners being Harry Brunt, David Thomas and Betty Bacon. Nadi has given outstanding service to the community over a period of 37 years. Some of the highlights include 12 years on the Saltair Parks Commission, Nadi Bottomley and a huge involvement in local healthcare organizations including two years as president of the Chemainus Healthcare Centre and in Ladysmith she is the candystriping chair at the Healthcare Centre. Provincially she is the Vancouver Island area representative for the BC Association of Healthcare Auxiliaries since 2010. In the late spring we did a water petition in Saltair to ask for necessary upgrading to Saltair water system. Breaks in the waterlines cost us $98,000 in 2011. We want to address that problem first in our 15 year plan to do $4.5 million worth of work on the system. We will also do some looping to give better fresh water supply and increase the size of some lines for better fire protection too. The bylaws have passed and the engineering work is out to tender. Usually in most projects about 10 to 15 percent of the money goes to engineering costs. This year because the market is slow we will be able to get the engineering work done for 5 years of work which is $2 million of in ground work for less than 5 percent. This means that more of the money can be used for construction and less for engineering. We will be doing about $400,000 worth of work each year and we can begin in the springtime. So our timing has been perfect and the people in the community have been terrific in giving their support. The rezoning application for the commercial property next to Byron’s Store in Saltair is being considered by the CVRD. You will remember that there was a public meeting held at the school outlining the project by the developer Keith Christie. It is required that there be a public hearing in Saltair in the near future to give the public a further chance to give their opinion on the project before it moves ahead. Stay tuned. In another development you will recall that the Seaside Mobile Home Park at 11255 Chemainus Road closed in May of 2009. The park was first owned by Betty Birrell for many years and later by Pat and Karla Ryan. New owner Phillip Oldridge has decided to redevelop it as a Mobile/Manufactured Home Park. The property is zoned MP-1 (Manufactured Home Park Zone 1). It looks like there will be 15 manufactured homes on the property with a public beach access at the waterfront but the final details are being worked out. The applicant may be asking for a variance on the front two lots so that the houses will be wider but lower so they don’t block the view of neighbouring houses.



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Country Christmas Tour in Cedar Yellow Point Mark November 15 to 18 on your calendar! Artisans are busy in their workshops getting ready for the 24th annual self guided Christmas tour. This year there are over 21 farms and artisans on the tour so start early and pace yourself because there is a lot to see and do. Spend a day or the weekend at a local B&B, dine out at incredible restaurants or take in a pub or two, this is a weekend not to be missed. Fredrich’s Honey, 2798 Cedar Road, is a “we gotta stop here!” kind of place. This fully operational apiary owned by Theo and Theo Fredrich (father and son) has been around since 1966. Both are master bee keepers and have a varied range of bee related products. Entering their shop you can smell the fresh as a flower honey. Golden jars of honey line the shelves, Blackberry, Fireweed, Fir, and Wildflower. Try infused honey perfect for cooking, baking or in a cup of tea. Someone on your list will be ecstatic with a bar or two of beeswax soap. There are huge blocks of beeswax for those who want to purchase it to make candles and they have a good variety of ready-made ones on hand. Did you know it is estimated that bees collectively fly 150,000 miles, roughly six times around the earth, to yield one pound of beeswax, now that’s busy as a bee. Be sure to pick

Theo and Theo Fredrich are the father and son team at Fredrich’s Honey. Photo submitted

up some Hyssop tea, fresh walnuts or Fredrick’s Honey Lip Balm before moving to your next artisan. You gotta stop here! At Blue Ox Studio, 2751 Holden Corso Road, artists Tom Daly and Sue Thomas Daly are tucked away in a peaceful part of Yellow Point. The cozy studio amongst tall trees is full of framed original art. Sue has oils, acrylics, watercolours, pen and ink, mixed media and charcoal hanging on the walls all reasonably priced. It is well worth checking out this artist for a Christmas gift. Framed blackboards and hand crafted Christmas

ornaments add to the unique selection of art. You will also find feather wreaths perfect for any season. Tom is a potter and has the most perfect small song bird feeders, piggy banks that give up their coins easily and whimsical spectacle sitters. Be sure to ask about the Ant Moats, you are going to want one. So grab your friends, clear out the trunk and go for a spectacular drive in Cedar Yellow Point. You will enjoy the magic and excitement that awaits you. Download the map and brochure on line at or call for information 250-245-5283.


A busy season for Ladysmith Art Gallery Small Canvases is the headliner for November at the Ladysmith Art Gallery (LAG). In trying to provide art priced at a reasonable rate, LAG is offering up affordable works of art. Canvases will be small, some framed, some unframed. The main theme is small sizes, and The Wild World. You’ll find paintings and mixed media works with vibrant local and exotic animals and creatures on display; plus a variety of other locally inspired work. In addition, there is a wall of small canvases done by local artists that are part of a fundraiser for the gallery. “Owning a one-of-a-kind piece of art by our local artists is out of reach for some buyers. But this show makes it affordable for everyone”, says Kathy Holmes, the LAG President. LAG will be holding the first Annual Christmas Studio Sale Nov 30 to Dec 2, at Waterfront Gallery location and a Gallery Christmas Gift Shop show from Dec. 1 to 23. Above: Studio Artist Sherry Bezanson!



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Craft Fairs & Events Nov 8-11, 33rd Annual Christmas Chaos, Island Savings Centre, 2687 James St., Duncan. 250-748-7529 Nov 10, 11am-2:30pm. St. John’s Anglican Church Snowflake Christmas Bazaar, 314 Buller St. Ladysmith. Lunch menu, Bake Take, crafts, and more. 250-245-8872 Nov 15-18, 10am-4pm. Carol’s Crafters 4th Annual Christmas Craft Fair. North Oyster Original Elementary School, 13467 Cedar Rd., Cedar. 250-754-8905 Nov 15-18, 10am. Christmas Craft Tour, Yellow Point Country Home, 3172 Farrar Rd. See our ad for your free gift. 250-2454238 Nov 15-18, 24th Annual Country Christmas Self Guided Tour. Four days of fun food and local artisan talent. For more info www. Nov 16, 1-3pm, Legion Auxiliary Br# 171 Ladysmith Christmas Tea & Bazaar, 621 1st Ave. 250-245-2273 Nov 16-18. Chemainus Legion Santa Baby dinner theatre production. 250-246-4532 Nov 17, 10am-2pm, South Wellington & Area Community Association Christmas Craft Sale at the Community Hall, 1555 Morden Rd. 250-754-2820 Nov 24, 9am-12pm. Christmas Pancake Breakfast with Santa, prepared by N.O.A.H.S. at the Cedar Community Hall. Breakfast: kids $2, adults $5. Door prizes, crafts, fun for everyone. Nov 24, 10am-3pm. Chemainus Fire Hall Craft Fair. 250-246-3121 Nov 24, 11 am-2pm. Cassidy Mobile Home Park Craft Fair. 1572 Seabird Rd. 250-245-2725 Nov 24, 1:30-3:30pm. Christmas Bazaar and Tea. Ladysmith First United Church Hall, 232 High Street. Nov 29, 9am-2pm. Christmas Bazaar. Chemainus Legion Hall. 250-246-4532 Nov 29, 11am. Crystalline Vortex Pottery Studio opening celebration 1010 3rd Ave, Ladysmith. 250-924-8007

Nov 29, starting at 3pm. 25th Annual Festival of Lights, entertainment, concessions, craft fair at the Aggie Hall, spaghetti dinner at the Eagles Hall, Kinsmen Parade along First Avenue, LDCU Fireworks Spectacular. Nov 29, 3pm. Ukrainian Dinner. Upstairs, Ladysmith Legion Hall. Cabbage rolls, bratwurst sausage, perogies, dessert and drink $10. Children welcome. Nov 29, 6pm. Enjoy hot chocolate by donation for the Royal Shelter Foundation Royal LePage office 528 1st Ave. Dec 1-2, 10am-5pm. Michael Dean Studio Sale. New originals, calendars, prints. 830 5th Ave. Ladysmith. 250-245-8127 Dec 2, 9am-2pm. Christmas Craft Fair, Chemainus Legion Hall. 250-246-4532 Dec 6,13, 20, 6pm. Family Christmas Dinner, The Cotton Club. 1975 Haslam Rd. 250245-5157 Dec 6, 6pm, 36th Annual Ladysmith Christmas Festival of Choirs at Bethel Tabernacle 1149 4th Ave. Dec 6-22, Yellow Point Christmas Spectacular, Cedar Community Hall. 2388 Cedar Rd., Cedar. 250-754-8550 Dec 7, LDBA hosts An Old Fashioned Community Christmas, downtown Ladysmith. Dec 8, 6pm. Mt. Brenton Power & Sail Squadron 29th annual Christmas Lights Cruise Departs 6pm from Ladysmith Harbour, weather permitting. Contact Mary Marcotte 250-245-8339 At Transfer Beach: Bonfire, refreshments. Dec 8, 6pm. Chemainus Christmas Carol Ship. Presented by Fraternal Order of Eagles and BC Ferries. 250-246-3947 Dec 14-16, Christmas Pantomime, Ladysmith Little Theatre, 4985 Christie Rd. 250924-0658 Dec 15, Chemainus Little Town Christmas. Old fashioned fun in Waterwheel Park. 250246-1448 Dec 31, 7pm. New Years Eve Dinner Dance, Cotton Club, 1975 Haslam Rd. Call 250-245-5157 to reserve your table! (See events pg 44 for more events)


Ryan McMahon Musical Journeyman BY NICK LONGO Acclaimed singer-songwriter Ryan McMahon of Ladysmith, BC, received three Vancouver Island Music Awards for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year (All Good Stories) and Artist of the Year from his album “All Good Stories” and is going on tour one more time in 2012 supporting “Wil” on his Winter West Tour. “For an artist of Wil’s calibre and notoriety to invite an indie on the road means the world to me, and it’s an extremely rare thing these days. I can’t wait for this run of shows with Wil!” beginning On November 22nd -23rd at The Corner Lounge in Nanaimo. www.ibreakstrings. com/tour-dates. I spoke with Ryan McMahon at his home. He is a terrific local independent singer /songwriter who is making a living while still being able to be a great Dad. (Tough thing to be and do in the music industry) Ryan admits that he may never be “rich and famous” by doing what he does, yet, during my video interview with him I could sense a richness that his life passion holds for him and his family that could never be measured by wealth or fame. Ryan takes no prisoners when it comes to speaking his mind whether in his music or in his approach to his musical life and his family. He left

the “Big City” behind for the better textured life in Ladysmith (where he grew up and went to high school). Going for a paddleboard or hike around the area by himself or with his family is enough to stimulate his creative processes these days. Ryan and his wife Catherine (who is also his manager) have opened their house to other Journeyman performers that come through the area by hosting House Concerts in their home. The next one will be on Friday November 16th featuring Craig Cardiff at the Short Close Song Shelter. $20.00 Advance. All proceeds go to the Artist. Tickets available online and at the Song Shelter – call 250-245-4440 or email Ryan’s discography : Weeks, Months, Years; Put the Past in a Flask and Drink It and All Good Stories See online at Catch my indepth video interview with Ryan at and watch hm perform one of his new tunes. Ryan McMahon offers up some good tunes at home in Ladysmith. Photo: Nick Longo



Australia Declares War On Canada To the Canadian people. By the powers invested in me by our Prime Minister, who is still recovering after taking a cricket bat to the side of the head, it is with great regret and much sadness that I have to declare a state of war between our two nations. Sorry blokes, but when you engage in International Piracy, that’s what happens. Yes I’m talking about your wineries using the word Shiraz to describe their inferior products. The latest culprit being the Peller Estate Winery –make that Peller Estate Bottling Plant - who, obviously not happy with bottling their own plonk, bought Spanish syrah, bottled it in Canada, and had the nerve to call it shiraz. In Oz we call that kind of behaviour “lower than a snake’s arsehole.” As if you didn’t know, Shiraz is the Australian word for syrah. Thanks to the climate and soil in Australia, (terroir) syrah grown there is unlike any other. Australian Shiraz is ripe, juicy, and friendly as a puppy. European syrah, hell mate, it can bite you. Calling that Spanish stuff Shiraz is like Hyundai calling their Pony a Testarossa. It’s like substituting a tart green apple for a ripe banana, nothing but a cheap trick to fool gullible consumers, a blatant attempt to profit on our hard earned good name. Worse, much worse, is that you’re sullying Shiraz’s reputation, creating confusion in the market place. People will be drinking your Shiraz imposters and saying, “Hey, this doesn’t taste like a banana! Maybe I should buy something else.” But heh, we understand your dilemma. It

must be hard to market wine that tastes like yours. We can understand, but not condone, why you’re trying to piggyback your success on the back of Shiraz. So we’re willing to help you out, to assist in developing your own snappy name for syrah. But first, some Australian history, how, you ask, did we come up with the name Shiraz in the first place? What prompted us to name our favourite beverage after a city in Persia? Let’s just say our other favourite beverage was involved. The boys were looking for a name with punch, with, well, pizzazz. That led us too Shazam, then a couple pints later to Carumba, then finally to Shiraz, where we stayed, the beer having run out by that time. Now we’re willing, if you supply the beverage (But please, none of that thin stuff you’re pedaling as shiraz.) to help you find your own marketable name for syrah. Our suggestion is you stick with West Coast names. If your wine turns out soft and feminine, you might want to run with something exotic like Sointula. For big and chewy, there’s always Skookumchuck. A glass of Skookumchuck, now that’s got a nice ring to it, eh mate? But whatever you choose, keep in mind, Shiraz is taken. We don’t go around stealing your names. (Although I must admit one of our rugby teams did hatch a plot to kidnap Pamela Anderson.) No, we have scruples. Not many as far as ex-

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Baywatch sweeties are concerned, but what the hell mate, we’re only human. And while we’re on the topic of Auzzie property, lay off the bird labels. You can have the seagull and the crow, but anything exotic, especially with a yellow tail, belongs to us. You blokes seem big on that 100- mile diet stuff. Maybe go with the 100- mile label. You could use the mighty Douglas fir, the blackberry, and heh, wouldn’t that big hockey stick in Duncan look nice on a bottle of Skookumchuck? So it’s up to you, but take our demands seriously. Presently six Kangaroo class Auzzie attack submarines are stationed off Kitsilano Beach, where the men are taking turns at the periscope ogling bikini clad… No! Are aiming their missiles at the Peller Estate Winery bottling line. And if our missiles fall short, or can’t find your “Wineries of Mass Production,” we’ll resort to plan B, a full scale invasion, led by tanned, charming, slick talking, bicep popping, Auzzie lifeguards, Speedo clad, with orders to seduce your women and bring them back home in our submarines, where they will be plied with the finest Shiraz and shown how to waltz with Matilda, if you know what I mean. And if that doesn’t work, if you still fail to come to your senses, we’ll hit you with the most diabolical plot we’ve hatched since we gobsmacked those dumb Americans with our “trick keel.” That’s right, we’re going after your Nanaimo Bar. We’ll make a chocolate, custard desert, sprinkle it with dingo do-do, and market it around the world as “the original” Nanaimo Bar. It’ll be “Good Night Irene” to your economy, take my word for that. PS. All this can be averted if you talk Pamela into forsaking Canadian citizenship and moving to Australia, my house will do. - Crocodile Dundee. Here’s a twist, the Domaine Tournon Mathilda Shiraz, $22, Auzzie Shiraz, made in Australia by a French winery, Chapoutier. For some reason, known only to Chapoutier, the label is Braille equipped. Personally, I don’t drink enough to encounter vision problems, but for those who do, a must purchase. Delbert is the co-proprietor at Mahle House. Read more at




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gymnasium 250-246-3811

1-30, Spirit of Life: Fibre Art Exhibition, Nanaimo Museum, 100 Museum Way, 250-753-1821

14, 8pm, Brandi Diste, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St., 250-748-7246

1-14, Meteorology, Western Marine Institute, 3519 Hallberg Road, 250-245-4455

15-17, Lunch during CYP Artisan’s Tour, St. Philip Cedar, 1797 Cedar Rd., 250-722-3455

1-11, The Normal Heart, Ladysmith Little Theatre, 4985 Christie Rd., 250-924-0658

15-18, 10am, Christmas Craft Tour, Yellowpoint Country Home, 250-245-4238

1-17, Wingfield’s Folly, Chemainus Theatre, 250-246-9820 3-30, 12pm, The Wild World, Waterfront Gallery, 610 Oyster Bay Dr., 250-245-1252 5, 4:45pm, Bingo, Chemainus Seniors Drop in Centre, 9824 Willow Street, 250-246-2111 5, 6:30pm, RDN Wellsmart Workshop, 7227 Lantzville Rd,. Lantzville, 250-248-3252 5, 7pm, Ladysmith Town Council Meeting, 410 Esplanade, 250-245-6400 5, 8pm, Stacey Earle, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201330 Duncan St, 250-748-7246 6, 1pm, Cedar Heritage Bridge, 1644 MacMillan Road, 250-722-2692 6, 10:30pm, Classical Coffee Concert, Port Theatre, 125 Front St., 250-754-8550 6, 7pm, Norman Foote & Big Voice, Cowichan Theatre 2687 James St., Duncan, 250-748-7529 6, 7:30pm, Who Owns Heritage with Richard Goodacre, Lower room FJCC, 250-245-0100 7, 9:30am, Training, Cowichan Valley Hospice volunteer, 1-888-701-4242 7, 6:30pm, RDN SepticSmart Workshop, 1555 Morden Rd. S. Wellington, 250-248-3252 7, 6:45pm, Cedar Yoga, Cedar High school library, 250-722-2414 ext 249 7, 7pm, Fun Double Crib, Wheatsheaf Pub, 1866 Cedar Rd., 250-722-2240 7, 7pm, Meditation Classes, Russell Stagg, 201-622 1st Ave., 250-802-5328 7, 7pm, Yellow Point Singers practice, Cedar Secondary School, 250-245-3727 7, 7:30pm, Andre Philippe Gagnon, Port Theatre, 125 Front St., 250-754-8550 7, 8pm, Badminton, Chemainus High School gymnasium, 250-246-3811 7, 8pm, Jane Siberry, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201330 Duncan St, 250-748-7246 8-11, 33 Annual Christmas Chaos, 2687 James St., Nov 8-9 12-8, 250-748-7529 8-30, 8pm, Sweeney Todd, Nanaimo Centre Stage, 25 Victoria Rd., 250-739-0721 8, 10am, Remembrance Events Colour Party visits Ladysmith Secondary 8, 1:30pm, Remembrance Events Colour Party & Band visits Lodge on 4th 8, 2:30pm, Remembrance Events Colour Party & Band visits La Rosa Gardens 8, 7:30pm, Hawksley Workman, Cowichan Theatre 2687 James St., Duncan, 250-748-7529 9, Poppy Tag Day in Chemainus, 250-246-4532 9, 7pm, Old School Gamer’s Night, Cowichan

Neighbourhood House, 250-246-3203

15 -18, 10am, Carols Crafters 4th Annual Christmas Craft Fair, 13467 Cedar Rd., 250-754-8905

9, 7pm, Renovation Blues Band, The Clubhouse – Mount Brenton Golf Club, 250-246-4948

15-18, 24th Annual Country Christmas Self Guided Tour,

9, 7:30pm, Hawksley Workman, Port Theatre, 125 Front St., 250-754-8550

15, 7:30am, LDBA General meeting, upstairs Legion, 621 1st Ave.

9, 8pm, Doc Maclean, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201330 Duncan St, 250-748-7246

15, 1pm, Yesteryear Christmas, Nanaimo Museum, 100 Museum Way, 250-753-1821

10-11, 11am, Grand Opening, Crystalline Vortex Pottery Studio, 1010 3rd Ave., 250-924-8007

15, 1:30pm, Brain health & 10 warning signs of dementia seminar, Eagles Hall, 250-245-3079

10, 9:55am, The Tempest, Cowichan Theatre 2687 James St., Duncan, 250-748-7529

15, 8pm, Chris Velan, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201330 Duncan St., 250-748-7246

10, 10am, Crofton Art Group’s show & sale, Senior’s Centre adjacent ferry dock, 250-246-3970

16-18, Santa Baby Dinner Theatre, Chemainus Legion, 250-246-4532

10, 11am, St. John’s Anglican Church Snowflake Christmas Bazaar, 314 Buller St., 250-245-8872

16, 1pm, Legion Auxiliary Br# 171 Christmas Tea & Bazaar, 621 1st Ave., 250-245-2273

10, 4pm, Malaspina Choir, Chor Leoni & Aspengrove, St. Andrews Church, 250-754-8550

17-18, 11am, Grand Opening, Crystalline Vortex Pottery Studio, 1010 3rd Ave., 250-924-8007

10, 7pm, Dance - Double Play, Chemainus Seniors Drop in Centre, 9824 Willow Street, 250-246-2111

17, 9:30am, Pancake Breakfast, Chemainus Seniors Drop in Centre, 9824 Willow Street, 250246-2111

10, 8pm, Lennon/Wes Paul/Skulastic, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St, 250-748-7246 11, 8:30am, Remembrance Day Service, St. Philip Cedar, 1797 Cedar Rd., 250-722-3455

17, 10am, South Wellington & Area Community Association Christmas Craft Sale, 1555 Morden Rd., 250-754-2820

11, 10:30am, Remembrance Day Parade, Legion Hall to Ladysmith Cenotaph

17, 1pm, Moonshine Molly’s, Miss English’s Cottage, 2727 Barnes Rd., 250-616-3581

11, 10:45, Remembrance Day Opening Service, Ladysmith Cenotaph

17, 4pm, Mark Crissinger, Wheatsheaf Pub, 1866 Cedar Rd., 250-722-2240

11, 10:45am, Remembrance Day Service, Chemainus Cenotaph followed by an open house at Chemainus Legion Hall, 250-246-4532

17, 5pm, Birthday Pot Luck, Chemainus Seniors Drop in Centre, 9824 Willow Street, 250-246-2111

11, 8pm, Eliana Cueva, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St, 250-748-7246 12, 4:45pm, Bingo, Chemainus Seniors Drop in Centre, 9824 Willow Street, 250-246-2111

17, 7:30pm, The Lost Fingers, Cowichan Theatre, 2687 James St., Duncan, 250-748-7529 17, 8pm, Pigs, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St., 250-748-7246 18, 1pm, Dyslexia Workshop, 250-245-8412

13-23, Ship Construction & Stability Level 1, Western Marine Institute, 3519 Hallberg Road, 250-245-4455

18, 2pm, Chemainus Classical Concert – Art Songs & Heart Songs, St. Michael’s Church, 250-748-8383

13- 30, 10am, 2012 Christmas Cheer Fund, LRC 630 2nd Ave., 250-245-3079

18, 2:30pm, Downtown Abbey, Cowichan Theatre 2687 James St., Duncan 250-748-7529

13, 1pm, Cedar Heritage Bridge, 1644 MacMillan Road, 250-722-2692

18, 8pm, Dave Lang, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201330 Duncan St, 250-748-7246

13, 8pm, Blues Tuesdays, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St, 250-748-7246

19, 4:45pm, Bingo, Chemainus Seniors Drop in Centre, 9824 Willow Street, 250-246-2111

14, 9:30am, Training, Cowichan Valley Hospice volunteer, 1-888-701-4242

19, 4-pm Chronic Pain Support Group Open House, Ladysmith Health Centre, 1111-4th Avenue, Room 101 250-667-5587

14, 6:45pm, Cedar Yoga, Cedar High school library, 250-722-2414 ext 249 14, 7pm, Meditation Classes, Russell Stagg 201-622 1st Ave., 250-802-5328 14, 7pm, Yellow Point Singers practice, Cedar Secondary School 250-245-3727 14, 8pm, Badminton, Chemainus Senior Secondary

19, 7pm, Ladysmith Town Council Meeting, 410 Esplanade, 250-245-6400 20, Ladysmith Parks Rec. & Culture Celebrates National Child Day call 250-245-6424 for details 20, 9:30am, International Children’s Day, Aggie Hall, 250-210-0870


20, 1pm, Cedar Heritage Bridge, 1644 MacMillan Road, 250-722-2692 20, Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce general meeting, 250-245-2112 20-21, Banff Film Festival, Port Theatre, 125 Front St., 250-754-8550 21, 9:30am, Soup & Sandwich, Chemainus Seniors Drop in Centre, 9824 Willow Street, 250-246-2111 21, 9:30am, Training, Cowichan Valley Hospice volunteer, 1-888-701-4242 21, 6:45pm, Cedar Yoga, Cedar Secondaryl library, 250722-2414 ext 249 21, 7pm, Fun Double Crib, Wheatsheaf Pub, 1866 Cedar Rd., 250-722-2240 21, 7pm, Meditation Classes, Russell Stagg 201-622 1st Ave., 250-802-5328 22, 7pm, Ladysmith Search & Rescue meeting, classroom behind Ladysmith Fire Hall, 250-245-8726 22, 7:30pm, Jason McCoy, Port Theatre, 125 Front St., 250-754-8550 22, 8pm, Nomads, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St, 250-748-7246 23, 4:15pm, Teen Pizza Movie & Skate Night, Fuller Lake Arena, 250-246-3811 24-25, 11am, Grand Opening, Crystalline Vortex Pottery Studio, 1010 3rd Ave., 250-924-8007 24, 9am, N.O.A.H.S. Christmas Pancake Breakfast with Santa, Cedar Community Hall

250-722-2692 27, 7pm, Ladysmith Camera Club “My Scotland Holiday” Charlie Schaal, Hardwick Hall 28, 9:30am, Training, Cowichan Valley Hospice volunteer, 1-888-701-4242 28, 6:45pm, Cedar Yoga, Cedar Secondary School library, 250-722-2414 ext 249

28, 8pm, Kelly Joe Phelps, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St, 250-748-7246

3, Christmas Walking Tour, Chemainus, 250-246-1448

29 - 30, The Gifts of the Magi, Chemainus Theatre Festival, 250 246-9820 29, 9am, Christmas Bazaar, Chemainus Legion Hall, 250-246-2481 29, 11am, Light Up Night, Crystalline Vortex Pottery Studio, 1010 3rd Ave., 250-924-8007 29, 3pm, 25th Ladysmith Festival of Lights, Ladysmith, 29, 4pm, Light Up Dinner, Renee’s Soup & Sandwich, 720 1st Ave. 29, 4pm, Ukrainian Dinner, upstairs Legion Hall, 621 1st Ave., 250-245-3031 29, 8pm, Rodrigo Figu, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201330 Duncan St, 250-748-7246

24, 1:30pm, Christmas Bazaar and Tea, Ladysmith First United Church hall, 232 High St.

30, 10am, 3 day Sale Studio Sale, Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery, 250-245-1252

24, The Golden Brush Awards Dinner & Silent Auction, Chemainus Theatre, 250-246-3944 25, 2nd Anniversary, Odika, 2976 Mill St., 250-324-3303 25, 2pm, Tafelmusik, Cowichan Theatre 2687 James St., Duncan, 250-748-7529 25, 7:30pm, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, Port Theatre, 125 Front St., 250-754-8550 26-Dec 10, Chartwork & Pilotage, Western Marine Institute, 3519 Hallberg Road, 250-245-4455 26, 4:45pm, Bingo, Chemainus Seniors Drop in Centre, 9824 Willow Street, 250-246-2111 26, 5:15pm, Chronic Pain Support Group, 1111-4th Ave., Room 101, 250-667-5587 26, 7:30pm, The Galileo Project, Port Theatre, 125 Front St., 250-754-8550 26, 7:30pm, Salmon Fishin in the Yemen, Cowichan Theatre, 2687 James St., Duncan 250-748-7529 27, 1pm, Cedar Heritage Bridge, 1644 MacMillan Road,

1, 8pm, David Gogo, Port Theatre, 250-754-8550

2, 10:30am 1st Advent – Communion, Ladysmith First United 232 High St., 250-245-2183

30, 8pm, Steph Macphe, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St, 250-748-7246

24, 8pm, British Columbians, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St, 250-748-7246

1, 9:55am, La Clemenza di Tito, Cowichan Theatre 2687 James St., Duncan, 250-748-7529

28, 7pm, Yellow Point Singers practice, Cedar Secondary School, 250-245-3727

24, 11am, Cassidy Mobile Home Park Craft Fair, 1572 Seabird Rd., 250-245-2725

24, 7:30pm, Brent Butt, Cowichan Theatre, 2687 James St., Duncan, 250-748-7529

1, 9am, Breakfast with Santa, Chemainus Community Elementary School 3172 Garner St.

2, 9am, Christmas Craft Fair, Chemainus Legion Hall 250-246-4532

24, 10am, Chemainus Fire Hall Craft Fair, 250-246-3121

24, 7pm, The Chemainus Pry, The Clubhouse - Mount Brenton Golf Club, 250-246-4948

1-2, 10am, 3 day Studio Sale, Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery 250-245-1252

28, 7pm, Meditation Classes, Russell Stagg, 201-622 1st Ave., 250-802-5328

30-Dec 1, Learn to Cook weekend with Chef Peter Bowen,

24, 7pm, Dance - Happy Hans, Chemainus Seniors Drop in Centre, 9824 Willow Street, 250-246-2111


DECEMBER 1-31, Festival of Lights downtown Ladysmith 1-29, Spirit of Life: Fibre Art Exhibition, Nanaimo Museum, 100 Museum Way 250-753-1821 1-31, 12pm, Diamond & Rust, Waterfront Gallery, 610 Oyster Bay Dr. 250-245-1252 1-30, The Gifts of the Magi, Chemainus Theatre Festival, 250-246-9820 1-2 10am, Michael Dean Studio Sale, 830 5th Ave. 250-245-8127

3, 4:45pm, Bingo, Chemainus Seniors Drop in Centre 9824 Willow Street, 250-246-2111 3, 7pm, Ladysmith Town Council Meeting, 410 Esplanade, 250-245-6400 5, 6:45pm, Cedar Yoga, Cedar Secondary school library 250-722-2414 ext 249 6-22, Yellow Point Christmas Spectacular, Cedar Community Hall 2388 Cedar Rd. 250-754-8550 6, 6pm, Family Christmas Dinner, The Cotton Club 1975 Haslam Rd. 250-245-5157 6, 7:30pm, An Evening with the Rat Pack, Port Theatre, 125 Front St. 250-754-8550 7, 5-8pm, Small Town Christmas, Downtown Ladysmith, Dec 8, 10am-4pm Town & Country Christmas Fair, 10980 Westdowne Rd. 8, 9:55am, Un Ballo in Maschera, Cowichan Theatre 2687 James St., Duncan 250-748-7529 8, 6pm, Mt. Brenton Power & Sail Squadron Christmas Sail Past at Transfer Beach, Ladysmith, 250-245-8620 8, 3:30 & 7:30pm, Winter Harp, Port Theatre, 125 Front St. 250-754-8550 8, Chemainus Christmas Carol Ship, Fraternal Order of Eagles and BC Ferries, 250-246-3947 9, 10:30am - White Gift and Poinsettia Sunday, Ladysmith First United 232 High St., 250-245-2183 9, 2pm, Winter Harp, Cowichan Theatre 2687 James St., Duncan 250-748-7529 9, 6pm, 36th Annual Ladysmith Christmas Festival of Choirs, Bethel Tabernacle

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Local home builder wins BC’s Best Green Builder of the Year GNB Builders Inc, Ladysmith Built Green Builder recently was awarded BC’s Built Green Builder and/or R2000 Builder of the year during the 3rd Annual Built Green & R2000 Awards. The application process for this award was thorough, focusing on all the Built Green homes built from September 1, 2010 to March 31, 2012 and GNB Builders’ commitment to educating and promoting the process of Built Green to consumers, employees and suppliers. Owner, Greg Bianchini has been a certified Built Green Builder since 2008 with all homes built since being certified Platinum or Gold Built Green. Bianchini is honoured and motivated more than ever to continue building better homes and providing clients with choices to improve their homes’ performance and their overall comfort. GNB Builders is expanding into rainwater collection as water management is becoming increasing crucial in many island areas. Building green does not mean more money it means making better choices. For more information check out GNB Builders Inc on Facebook or

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Xperience Spa Jasanna Real is a Master Hair stylist, Certified Esthetician/Spa therapist and a permanent makeup artist. With 25 years of eperience, Jasanna offers Hawaii trained Lomi-Lomi massage three hour treatment and many other massage techniques. All products are certified organic and sulfate free. She believes in customer service and educating her clients in how to keep their hair and skin in the best condition. “It’s big city style in a small town, head to toe all in one place.” Xperience Spa and Salon, 250-802-6456 Tracks Outdoor Adventures Inc is locally owned and operated by Paula Plecas (Sandland) since 2002. Tracks offers sustainable sightseeing day tours on Vancouver Island: Wine, Nature, History/Heritage, Custom and Private Tours for groups of four to 400! Their focus on the local clientele is most rewarding for Paula, hearing “I didn’t know this was here!” or “Wow, the Island makes some amazing wine!” as more people are discovering what is in there own back yard! All tours are including transportation, guided tour, venue fees, picnic lunches, etc. We have also started to offer shuttle services. 250-7548732. NOVA Integrated Pest Management Ltd does both remedial and pest prevention using the least toxic products available. “Our specialty is pest prevention during construction or renovation specifically insects and mould. We can prevent insect infestation for many years using products that are as toxic as regular table salt,” says owner Rossano Pasquotti who started working in the pest control business over 18 years ago as


an added service to his insulation company. “We can also control the formation of construction moulds during the vulnerable time a home is built during our rainy season. He adds “In addition, we also have powerful dehumidification equipment that can bring a saturated structure into ambient moisture equilibrium in a matter of days rather then months.” In 2005 the Federal Government began restricting many pesticides that were once available in Canada. This change in legislation enabled him to focus full time on the pest control aspect of his business. rossano@ 250-245-9376.

(Top to bottom) Paula Plecas, Tracks Outdoor Adventure Jasanna Real, Xperience Spa/Salon Rossano Pasquotti, NOVA Integrated Pest Management Ltd. Greg Bianchini with GNB Builders “Best Green Builder of BC” award



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PROFESSIONAL PET CARE SERVICE: leash ‘em & walk ‘em with Marlena. Insured & bonded. Animal First Aid and CPR. Service for all pets including dog walking, home care visits, overnight with pet in your home and much more. As my love is yours! 250-246-3394. ACCOUNTING SERVICES with 23 years experience, providing full accounting solutions to include payroll T4’s and CRA remittances. 250-802-0048 ZUMBA for students and adults. Offered through Cedar Secondary School’s Karen St.Cyr and Cedar Body Works. Tuesdays 4-5pm, at Woodbank school gym: minimum 15 participants, 6 sessions $ 50.00. 250-722-2241 BOBBY’S MINI HOE & CLEANUP -Landscaping, lot clearing, debris removal, excavating, small deliveries with dump trailer, mulch, lawn soil, garden soil, driveway chip, serving Nanaimo, Cedar, Ladysmith & area call Bobby 250-713-4970 AJ”s PLUMBING AND GAS -Licensed-BondedInsured. Service-Installations-Renovation_New Contruction. Quality workmanship. No travel charges. Free estimates. On time every time. 250-802-7123 OFFICE SPACES -Downtown Ladysmith, modern, reasonable rent or lease. 250-245-3395 THINKING OF SELLING YOUR HOME? Perhaps ready for a fresher look in your existing home? The affordable design services provided by Rooms n Blooms can help. Call Shar at 250-245-0548 or email THE HAPPY GARDENER Weeding, Digging, Raking, etc. Cheerful & Conscientious. I also do window washing. Call David at 250-722-3599 SEMI RETIRED MASSAGE THERAPIST working in Cedar By The Sea, $65 an hour session. 250722-2669 AGILE HOME REPAIR & IMPROVEMENT For all your carpentry and home repair needs. From repairing/replacing siding, decks, fences to interior finishing including home ventilation. fully insured call Ian 250-714-8800


HANDCRAFTED GEMSTONE NECKLACES. Jade, garnet, lapis, aventurine and more! $20 each. See jewelry table at Campers Corner Saturday flea market, 8am-3pm 250-245-3829 QUALITY RENOVATIONS, big or small. 25 yrs exp/journeyman, affordable. For a free estimate call Lars 250-616-1800. RESIDENTIAL and OFFICE CLEANING and WINDOW WASHING. Cheerful and Conscientious. Call David at 250-722-3599 ISAGENIX DISTRIBUTOR - Get Lean & Healthy Fast - Less than $5/ meal. Our protein shakes are amazing! - No Gluten, Wheat, Barley or Trans Fat. Suzanne Deveau 250245-8407 LYNN’S SENIORS CARE HOME - High Quality Personalized Care. Warm caring environment, great food & snacks, family events, couples & pets welcomed, ocean views, gardens. North of Ladysmith. 250-245-3391 LEARN A LANGUAGE FOR FUN AND TRAVELmall groups, conversational approach, excellent teachers, daytime and evening classes.French, Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese, Mandarin and more. Register now for ongoing sessions at WENTWORTH COURT LANGUAGE CENTRE, 517 Wentworth St., Nanaimo. 250-716-1603 SAVE $$$ WITH GORD’S YARDWORKS -Time for rototilling and fall yard preparation. Need lawn mowing and yard debris cleanup and removal? Special services and seniors discounts available. 250-246-3640, 250-210-3860, gordsyardworks@ ISLAND PRUNING -Professional tree care from large scale orchards to budding new trees. I can meet any pruning need. Shrubs, vines and ornamentals. Ask about summer pruning. Call Darcy Belcourt 250-245-1260 EXPERIENCED, RELIABLE, BONDABLE, RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL & LIGHT CONSTRUCTION CLEANER has openings in the Ladysmith area. Rates start at $18.00 per hour. Seniors Discount. References available 250-327-9644 BOWEN TECHNIQUE is a gentle soft tissue remedial therapy that resets the body to heal itself. Useful for joint, back and neck pain, frozen shoulder, asthma, chronic fatigue and many other problems. For information and appointments call 250-245-7738. Lilja Hardy FMBAC in practice since 1994. DUCKS IN A ROW? Simply Accounting bookkeeping services (full-cycle) for sole proprietors, incorporations, new company setup, HST, Source Deductions, Payroll, etc. 16 yrs experience, pick up and drop off available. 250-245-1390

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HEALTHY CHOICE: the Rolls Royce of Nutritional Supplements at Honda prices – for more energy, vitality, and a powerful immune system. Money back guarantee. Call Elaine 250-912-0089 or HALL RENTAL, lunch/dinner meetings, Hourly/ Special occasions, kitchen facilities, lots of parking, wheel chair accessible. Call St. Mary’s Catholic Church for your next get together. 250245-3414 COMPUTER PRO Mobile Certified Technician for on-site computer repairs and service in your home or office. $30 Service call. Networks, Printers and PC Tuning. Senior’s Rate: $25. 250-802-1187 LEARN TO COOK WEEKEND with Chef Peter Bowen Nov 30th to Dec 1st. Four -2 1/2 hour cooking lessons, learn easy gourmet ways to prepare, cook and serve seafood visit HANSEN YARD WORKS Time for Fall garden clean up - CALL Hansen Yard Works Garden preparation - mulch and soil, pruning, leaf and garden waste removal, weeding. Let us detail your garden! Kim @ 250 668 2373 ARE YOU DOWNSIZING, moving, clearing an estate? We are interested in purchasing jewelry, china collectables, small appliances, furniture, and newer inside/outside home décor. Wendy 250-245-2079, Fern 250-924-4419 SHOP AVON at home or office with personal delivery and guaranteed satisfaction. Contact me for a current brochure. Lorraine Dean, Avon Independent Sales Rep. (Phone: 250-245-8083 email:; lorraine.dean E-STORE featuring locally Island made products now accepting listings - products and gift certificates. Visit for details and to view locally made gifts and products.


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Quarter of a Century, eh?

humanity for one and for all! Kind of makes you feel like a merry musketeer, nothing you can’t achieve with friends at your back. I would be remiss then if I didn’t note a striking coincidence, perhaps even subliminal messaging that has gone largely unnoticed till now. Mayhaps the underlying, nuanced inspiration for this great beginning to Ladysmith lighting up the world? ‘Tis also the 25th anniversary this

“She would rather light a candle than curse the darkness, and her glow has warmed the world.” - tribute by Adlai Stevenson to Eleanor Roosevelt, November 1962 Twenty five years for the 25th of December, eh? Ladysmith’s celebration of community and Christmas sets a standard that’s hard to beat. An outstanding effort and inspiring achievement. Kind of makes you feel like you can do anything if you set your mind to it, doesn’t it? Just like dear old mom used to remind me. It lets the world know that here lies an indomitable human spirit, one steeped in historical, cultural, natural and social traditions of hospitality and love for one another well as a common and shared wish for festivity on these darkest days of the year. It’s a spirit that cherishes the values of the past, makes an effort to share the wealth of the present, and carries the twinkle in God’s eye when looking to the future. I have to give it to Ladysmith for capturing the essence of life, love and harmony in the simple ritual of lighting a candle. Greetings and felicitation in one whooping great swoop and sweep of

year of a light bulb going on around the world, in the form of an inspired and shared wish for the very best for all of us. ‘Twas then the bonfire of Our Common Future was first lit. With a flare and glow the idea of sustainable development caught the imagination of the United Nations, corporations, communities and each of us, on how to bring the local and the world community together for the betterment of humankind. I’ve been wondering if Ladysmith’s Committee kind of had that in mind too when they first thought up the bright idea of adorning the town in festive, jolly and community-inspiring lights? I mean, what could be more inspiring than to save the world by helping your community, while fostering a gift to all

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creatures great and small - a beautiful coast, resplendent and adorned with the bounty of sustainability and stewardship. Is that the Christmas spirit or what? One by one the world’s nations have come to the table to ponder this ploughman’s lunch for a small planet. Not the groaning board, or resplendent chef’s choice most might wish for in their turkey-stuffed Xmas dreams. But rather, a simple fare offering a nutritious and healthy economic, environmental and social meal to meet our daily needs. A tasty and wholesome feast that fills and satisfies, leaving one ready and willing to roll up their sleeves and tackle the work before us! There are just about as many ideas on how to achieve sustainable development as there are lights on the trees of Ladysmith on this our 25th anniversary. And that’s how I see the sparkle of new ideas taking shape, at home and around the world. We all have it in us to open our eyes and hearts to new ways to keep community and the Christmas spirit twinkling for one and all. So let’s enjoy this time together, remember what we have in common, and be warmed by the smiles and dreams we share. And as the season approaches let me just add my thanks to Ladysmith for reaffirming faith in humankind’s best values, hopes and aspirations for the future. Good tidings of comfort and joy, eh! Laurie has worked with environmental groups for thirty-odd years, farms 20 acres organically on Vancouver Island with life-partner Jackie Moad, enthusiastically applauds all who light up the lives of communities, be they human or nature’s ...and wishes one and all a Very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!



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TAKE 5 November 2012  

25th Anniversary special edition for the Festival of Lights, photos, history and more. Rob Pinkerton goes in a different direction. Read a...

TAKE 5 November 2012  

25th Anniversary special edition for the Festival of Lights, photos, history and more. Rob Pinkerton goes in a different direction. Read a...