Letters Opinion poll follies $108,500.....Sound like a lot of money to you? It sure does to me, yet this is the amount that the mavens at city hall have committed toward an opinion survey of the good taxpayers of Ladysmith in order to gauge your thoughts about detached secondary suites. These include carriage homes and laneway housing, (You know, those things they have been pushing for in the questionable quest for that holy grail of “densification”) a big city problem that apparently must be addressed in our small town. Besides, we all know this will only affect the residents of old town, you know, those of us with the huge 60”x120” lots, the least we can do is double up for the common good, if prisoners can double bunk shouldn’t we all be prepared to do our part? Never mind that laneway housing has shown no net benefit in Vancouver and been rife with problems in the neighborhoods where it has been implemented, or the fact that our own lanes are narrow, unpaved single vehicle cattle tracks with no services (I guess those folks who live in these proposed dwellings will all cycle, walk, or transit to work in the winter when the unplowed lanes are impassable as dictated by the OCP). I won’t bother quoting recent national news magazine articles showing that densification as both a concept and a policy is good for neither families, or municipalities, after all, developers and real estate agents love it so it must be a good thing. No, it’s not the gathering of your opinion on this issue that I object to, it’s the outrageous cost. $108,500 to gather the opinion of the few (Very few judging by past experience) who attend these meetings. That must be some pretty pricy free trade coffee and hundred mile cinnamon buns being doled out to run up the costs so high...You might recall that a similar survey was done regarding contained secondary suites at a substantially lower cost of around $42,000, I guess the price of coffee and cookies has risen somewhat in the last two years. Oh yeah, also don’t forget that that “survey” completely supported the direction council was already planning on oing.....lawdy, lawdy, surprise surprise.... Now I admit I don’t have the actual figures, but I’d be surprised if the last time this procedure was used, we got the input of more than a couple hundred individuals, not exactly representative of the overall opinion and feelings of the more than 8000 taxpaying citizens of our town. After all, most of us lead very busy lives and don’t have several free hours to spend in
discussions and breakout groups, (Often held when most of us are at work trying to earn enough money to pay our taxes, or trying to get our kids to their various activities, or just plain tired after a day in the trenches) this doesn’t mean we don’t have opinions on the topic at hand. Here’s an idea....how about the town develop a simple survey, a questionnaire, and then pay someone (say, me) or maybe two people (my wife could help too) a reasonable $10 per head to go door to door actually speaking to people about the issue. I figure I could easily survey 50 people a day ($500 in my jeans, same for my wife), in 60 days that’s a pretty representative 6000 citizens surveyed, total cost....$60,000 (Thanks folks) saving to you, the taxpayer of $48,500, not to mention a nice little nest egg for me and mine, it could be a win-win, heck, for just another couple of grand I’ll even write the survey ...Just sayin.... - Garth Gilroy
Fossil fuels banned Rob Johnson’s article on “fossil fuel debate” has merit. Did town council really think this through before passing this resolution? I am generally in favour of “green initiatives”, but this is way over the top for all the reasons stated in his article. What is next? The banning of replacing oil fires furnace in an existing home with a natural gas unit? -Harold May
Looking for career success stories I am a faithful reader of your magazine. I thought your readers might have career success stories to share. I am writing a book with Dr. William Borgen of UBC and the career success stories will be woven into the book. The book is called “How to Recession Proof Your Career: Applying Successful Business Strategies to Your Work.” jan.reuter@ shaw.ca - Jan Reuter
Looking for answers I have been waiting for an answer to which no one seems to know the answer. What is the per capita of Ladysmith and surrounding area who are persons with disabilities, low income and seniors on a fixed income? I am using averages found in “Cost of Eating in British Columbia 2011”. The
income for a single older woman in income assistance (me) is $663. Cost of housing which should be one third of my income, but isn’t; the average cost (again, as of last year) was $732. Again, this is an average of all areas of BC for people on assistance. The average cost of food is $218 with the percentage required as 33%. A single older woman on income assistance is $287 in the hole every month. Granted these figures are provincial, but what was the mayor and council thinking when you slammed us (low income, disabled and seniors on limited income) by raising the property taxes? Or maybe you did consider the repercussions; when property taxes go up; rents go up. By the way, where is the low income housing in Ladysmith? This is the same increase that was rejected in the past and wast pushed through without considering the repercussions. With higher taxes rent goes up; people can’t afford housing so they get evicted; when they get evicted and do not have a residential address they lose their income assistance. Oh, trying to get rid of a group of people some may call “undesirable” would be called … no, no, that can’t happen in this little town. So, if you watch TV and you see clips of people are having to choose between food or shelter, food and heat, food and transportation, these are choices I, for one, have to make every day. FYI; Ladysmith is divided so those who are receiving income assistance in the south part of town have to go to Duncan to deliver their monthly income report; those in the northern part of town have to go to Nanaimo. And you want us to spend 10% in town? I know I am not the only one in this dire position and the question still remains – how many more have you shafted in Ladysmith and surrounding area. - Lorraine Whitley Letters to the Editor are welcome but subject to space and editing. Please note that letters published do not necessarily reflect the opinion of TAKE 5. email@example.com, or post your comments directly at www.take5.ca. Share your opinion on our forum! www. take5.ca/forum
Good news, bad news for users of Peerless Road Drop Off BY ROB JOHNSON If you are a regular user of the CVRD Peerless Road drop off, you may be aware of the proposed changes at the site. The CVRD is drafting plans to upgrade the facility to one of the best drop off and recycling facilities on the Island, it is just awaiting final approval from the Board of the CVRD. The new and improved Peerless site will have 15 bays for 35 different recyclable materials including asphalt roofing, styrofoam, and food waste. The site will still accept most items free of charge such as garden waste, electronic items, and most other recyclables. On site there will still be “free store” where the public can drop off an item that still has value, but the owner no longer needs or wants it, yet could be of use to others. Bob McDonald, manager of Recycling and Waste Management for the CVRD,says “the site will also contain an Eco Education Centre, where the public can learn more about numerous environmental initiatives from recycling and energy conservation, to invasive species and climate change”. Cost estimates for the renovations will be in access of 2 million dollars. It is expected the bulk of the funds will be achieved through various Gas Tax grants. The federal government has awarded the CVRD $950,00 already. The site presently has an estimated 45,000 tonnes of contaminated ash on site that was produced when Peerless had a large incinerator, used to burn household garbage and waste. Much of this ash will be recycled as structural fill once it has been screened and the metals extracted for recycling. That’s the good news, now for the downside of the story. In order to make these changes Peerless may have to be shut down or be limited in its operation. McDonald said “the site could be down for 2 or 3 months”. The plans would be for the closures to occur in the “slow months” of January, February and March but it could be longer if problems arise. During this time frame, residents of Ladysmith and area will have to transport their materials and waste down to the main CVRD site at Bings Creek on Drinkwater Road, off the Lake Cowichan Highway north of Duncan. McDonald proudly points out once you see the proposed changes at Peerless you will agree that any closure or limited operation will be well worth the wait. Notice of draft plans, conceptual drawings and a proposed schedule will soon be made widely available for public comment. Peerless Road drop off will get makeover. Photo: Rob Johnson
Kin Park - A Reason to Give Thanks Thanksgiving has always been a special holiday for me. It is one of four days a year (Easter, Mom’s Birthday, Thanksgiving, and Boxing Day) that my large extended family of some 60-plus people (I am one of nine siblings) gather at my mom’s home in Mill Bay to celebrate together, to break bread, to give thanks. Thanksgiving also has extra meaning for me, as for the first two and half decades of my life (well, for those years I can remember), my father, my oldest brother and myself, who all celebrate(d) our birthdays in October would share a birthday cake together on Thanksgiving Day. One of my greatest regrets is choosing to miss the Thanksgiving celebration of 1981. I was too busy working weekends to ensure the first home I was building in Saltair would reach lock-up before the fall rains. It was my father’s last Thanksgiving and our last chance to share a birthday cake together. I have not missed a family gathering since. The Canadian Thanksgiving was initiated in 1957, in all provinces except the Atlantic Provinces, to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. Today, we have so much more to be thankful for. We do live in one of the most beautiful regions of the world. Vancouver Island, with its rich forested hillsides and spectacular shorelines, is the envy of much of the world. Clean air, fresh water, a temperate climate, are ours to enjoy. In relation to most of the 7 billion people in the world, we live in abundance. We enjoy freedoms much of the world’s population
has not yet experienced. Our community amenities are rich and varied - and last month we became that much richer. On September 22, the Kinsmen Club of Ladysmith officially opened the new playground at Kin Park. This multiphased, multi-age, $243,000 (not including the value of over 3200 hours of volunteer labour over a two year period),
absolutely awesome, adventure playground exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism and generosity that is so pervasive in our community. The Kinsmen provided the leadership and the vision, which was shared by a small army of individuals, businesses, and groups within our community. The cost to the local taxpayer? - $60,000. This Thanksgiving, I encourage you to take a moment to visit Kin Park on Colonia Drive, and even if you do not have a child or grandchild with you….reach deep and find that child within and just enjoy. It is truly astounding what can be achieved when community members step forward and make things happen. We have one more reason to give thanks that we can call Ladysmith our home.
Kinsmen Club officially opened the Kin Park. Photo: Rob Johnson
Friesen’s celebrates 20 years of serving Cedar Friesen’s Rentals and Hardware, an anchor business in Cedar is celebrating their 20th anniversary Saturday November 3, 2012. To make this an extra special event Dave Friesen is inviting everyone who has been a part of their 20 year history to drop by. Celebrating with food, fun and friends the helpful staff will be on hand, with specials running throughout the month of November. After 20 years in the business Dave has seen many changes but one thing stays the same: he’s still digging it. “It’s fun, I enjoy it, that’s why I am doing it.” Dave was just 30 and unemployed when a neighbor gave him the idea for a rental shop. With funding from Community Futures he was able to move ahead. “No bank would do it,” he recalls. “It really helped me out. I paid the loan off in no time.” And he was off and running. “I took the 3 ton truck and went shopping!” And fill it he did. Today Friesen’s is your place for any rentals: log splitters, chain saws, rototill-
Dave Friesen Photo: Marina Sacht
ers, leaf blowers, whatever you would need arrived – even heavy duty equipment. Friesen offers a full service to home owners and contractors. “It’s certainly grown. Sometimes trying to get out of store can be difficult.” Dave has seen many changes in the 20 years. When they first started, they opened in a small space in the back of the building and offered only rentals. Later they moved down Cedar Road across from The Mahle House where Cedar Tire is now located. And when the Mings retired in 2000, he moved into his current location and expanded the hardware store and became the postmaster as well.
They are currently building an enclosure to store lumber. “We do a lot of things here,” says Dave. His secret to success? “You got to do a little bit of everything when you are a small outfit. You have to diversify.” Being small means that the six employees are more like family here. And caring about the community you live in. Friesens is a generous supporter of community events, sports, and schools, making hundreds of donations. They also host a huge annual multi-family garage sale that has become very popular event. Hot dogs sales go to support local sports teams. At Christmas they have a tree lot with all proceeds going to local schools. Being a business owner has its challenges: “I work every day.” Do you have a favourite memory of the past 20 years? Do you want to be part of the next 20 years? Then mark your calendar and visit Friesen’s Nov 3 see why they have been around for 20 years and counting. GNB Builders GNB Builders provides residential construction services to Ladysmith and surrounding areas. As part of GNB Builders company commitment, they have chosen to build all their houses Built GreenR since 2007. Greg and Heidi have made Ladysmith their home since 2005, where they are raising their children and play active roles within the community in their commitment to Ladysmith.
49th Café The 49th Cafe has been part of the community for two years now, serving freshly-roasted coffee, soup, sandwiches, sushi, and locally-made treats. Managing the Cafe for the 49th is Colin Pickell, who has worked in the industry for 15 years. “We’ve had a lot of fun these past two years serving up great coffee and tasty food, and participating in events like Ladysmith Days and Light Up. We’re grateful to our customers for supporting us.” Open daily from 7:30am, www.facebook.com/the49thcafe. GNB’s Greg and Heidi
Recently Greg and Heidi, owners of GNB Builders were married and promoted the shop local philosophy during the planning and implementation of their wedding. They used local businesses such as Old Town Bakery, and Black Door Decor for their gift registry, who did an incredible job.
Stained glass artist Marilyn Jackson
Colin Pickell, 49th Cafe’
Stained & Fused Glass Stained glass windows beautify any home and elevate the mood in any room. Whether you want to commission a window or learn to make your own, Marilyn Jackson invites you to visit her home gallery at 281 Dogwood Drive. She’s pleased to share the joy of working in glass with new clients. Lessons starting now are geared to everyone from teen-
Nol and Catherine Kleijn
agers to seniors. “Let’s keep beautifying Ladysmith with stained glass,” says Marilyn. Call her at 250-245-4102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
specimen trees and hedging material. They offer advice and help, carry fertilizers soil by the bag and in bulk and an efficient deer spray. “Come on by and say hello, see what we are about.”
Kleijn Nurseries “It took nearly 20 years for Kleijn Nurseries to build an inventory that is so exciting and varied and now we have lots to offer in regards of plants, shrubs, trees,” says Catherine Kleijn, owner. Once you drive up, you will discover a place of beauty, with row after row of perennials, rhodos, azaleas, evergreen and deciduous shrubs, mature trees,
Ladysmith Physiotherapy Clinic Lynda Evans, registered physiotherapist of Ladysmith Physiotherapy Clinic has been helping people to get back on track for 30 years in Ladysmith! During that time she has been involved in various organizations and committees, as well as giving talks and presentations in Ladysmith and area. Professional activities have included being an executive di-
Brittany Christensen, Jane McCormick, Ilona Helm
rector of the Physiotherapy Association of B.C. Future volunteer efforts will be further afield in Costa Rica! Recently, she has relocated to 103B, 626 First Avenue which is between the Post Office and Ladysmith Inn/Sportsman Pub. For information on Lynda’s services, which include acupuncture, 250-2453616 or visit her website at www.Ladysmitphysiotherapy.com Salon Luminence Owner Jane McCormick and her team of professionals are committed to us-
active in and Rescue, Auxiliary.
ing fewer chemicals in the salon environment, by using and selling sulfate/ paraben-free products, as well as organic and ammonia-free hair colour. The day spa uses botanical-based, organic products. They are starting a recycling program for hair and chemical waste October 1 with Green Circle Salons. ReSet: Carole Ford, Director and Licensed Davis™ Dyslexia Correction Facilitator of ReSet: Adjusting Perceptions & Enabling Learning, offers free public seminars about dyslexia -its gifts and its challenges - and free Initial Consultations. ReSet correction programs are unique in their attention to disorientation which can distort perceptions and impact learning; self-control of perceptions when accuracy and learning matter; mas-
tery of triggers for disorientation - the underlying root of dyslexia; and responsiveness to picture thinkers. www.resetdyslexia.ca 250-245-8412. Russell Stagg Student Psychotherapist As Chaplain Resident for the Emergency, Intensive Care, and Burn Units at Calgary’s largest hospital, Russell Stagg helped people of all faiths endure difficult circumstances. In his work now as a student psychotherapist in Ladysmith, he helps his clients navigate painful life situations. “We live in a society where everybody wants to talk and nobody wants to listen,” says Russell. “A therapist listens and cares.” www.russelltherapist.ca
Christopher Chapman, owner and operator Vancouver Island Waterjet
Vancouver Island Waterjet Vancouver Island Waterjet offers nearly unlimited choices of creativity in a cost effective way to achieve the best results in 24 hour turnaround! The large table accepts a full size 5 x 10ft sheet of nearly any material, utilizing the latest technology with computer controlled Ultra High pressure 40HP pump at 50,000psi Waterjet with accuracy to 0.005 inch. Stop by at Christopher Chapman’s shop on 1156 Rocky Creek Road in Ladysmith and see the extensive array of samples on display. John Surtees, Re/Max John Surtees enjoys assisting his clients through the process of selling or buying real estate. He is also passionate about community. For over three years he served as President of the Downtown Business Association and is a past participant in the Chamber Leadership program John currently is sponsoring the family Thrillsation Halloween Show at Aggie Hall coming October 27th. Serving clients in Nanaimo, Cedar, Ladysmith, Saltair and Chemainus, “It’s all about assisting you as my client”, he says. “It’s your move.” The Beauty Shack The Beauty Shack owner Jennifer Valentim is a professionally certified freelance makeup artist, nail and eyelash extension technician – and her business
offers all of these services. “I travel to do makeup for bridal, prom/ grad parties.” She offers high definition airbrush makeup (photo makeup) and nails.“I offer the finest quality in products and Jennifer Valentim craftsmanship. I feel that I stand out because of my passion to create and need for perfection. I love to make people look good and feel good. That’s what it’s all about! She welcomes you to her home studio. http:// jennatthebeautyshack.blogspot.ca/ 250667-0122
Odika’s Marina and Murray Kereliuk
Odika Restaurant Odika Restaurant is a fusion of tastes that celebrates food by combining local with global tastes. Owners Murray and Marina Kereliuk offer fine dining in a casual atmosphere. “It’s fine dining cuisine at less than fine dining prices” says Chef Murray. The restaurant offers around the world recipes made with fresh local ingredients whenever possible. The couple, who also offer catering, opened Odika two years ago in Chemainus. Their recipe for success is working as they were recently recognized as top four finalists in best café on Vancouver Island by BC Living. Their generous portions are mirrored in their generous contributions to local community events. 2976 Mill Road, Chemainus 250-3243303 www.odikacafe.com
Wetlands Pacific Corp. Starting in the Yellow Point area over 15 years ago, WetlandsPacific provides water/wastewater equipment and services to Western Canada. Now located in the Duke Point Industrial Park, WetlandsPacific continues to provide ecologically considerate, highly innovative onsite water/wastewater treatment and reclamation systems,
featuring constructed wetlands, rainwater catchment, and rainwater gardens. Wetlands are how nature cleanses and manages water. Curt Kerns, owner and chief scientist says “our certified personnel provide highly innovative, cost effective water/wastewater solutions, to suit the needs of our customers while protecting the environment.” Curt Kerns, Wetlands Pacific Corp.
Kevin Letts with Paddy, Jackson Hargrove with Manute, Heidi Schnier with Bell at PK Bird Control
PK Bird Control Services Kevin Letts of PK Bird Control Services and his team of handlers/bird control officers, an array of birds and a dog help reduce or remove aviary pests - gulls, pigeons, crows, starlings, etc using highly trained birds of prey. “You set the bird free and watch it soar, dive, clear everything around it and all the meanwhile watching for your signal to come back. It’s incredible,” says Kevin. “We volunteer with the Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre as drivers for injured animals.” They thank the community for on-going support and welcome your questions. Sandpiper Gardens & Glass As its name indicates, Sandpiper Gardens & Glass, opened nine years ago, is a very diversified family run business. It is compromised of a garden centre operated by Gunnell Borge, a landscaping company run by daughter Mieka, and a full service auto and home glass facility managed by her husband Scott. “We are outside the box,” laughs Gunnell. “This isn’t your normal business”. The garden centre offers everything from bedding plants to giftware to organic fertilizer. Sandpiper is open year round but check for seasonal hours. “Our clients love the garden centre, they consider it their own place,” says Gunnell. Sandpiper is a regular contributor to the community and supports Rotary, the local Chamber of Commerce, and dry grad to name a few. They also provide free weeding to the Chemainus Thrift Store - a service appreciated no doubt by the volunteers there. 2981 Laurel St., Chemainus, 250-246-2421. www. sandpipergardensglass. com Sandpiper Gardens & Glass friendly staff
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Record shattering year for Nanaimo Airport. “In August we had the highest number of passengers ever travel through our terminal,” shares Nanaimo Airport President and CEO Mike Hooper. “And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, since last August we have actually surpassed our historically set passenger records each month.” The Nanaimo Airport has been enjoying monthly double digit growth in passenger numbers since January. Hooper credits this strong growth to YCD’s improved reliability. “The Instrument Landing System (ILS) we installed in 2010 has really been a game changer for us,” explains Hooper. “Previously residents avoided flying from YCD in the winter because of the fog. But now that we have improved our weather reliability rating to over 99% year round we are restoring our reputation and passengers are regained faith in this airport.” “We believe the growth in passengers will motivate Air Canada (AC) to increase their winter schedule to seven flights daily,” says Hooper. This expanded AC winter schedule along with services to the YVR’s South Terminal Island Express will mean central island residents will have 13 return flights each business day to the lower mainland to connect onto the world. Hooper is optimistic about the future and direct flights to more destinations,
Nanaimo Airport President and CEO Mike Hooper
“Our Airport team continues to proactively meet with air carriers to discuss the opportunity for new services and routes. Increased passenger numbers will be a key factor in attracting new carriers.”
Ladysmith Health and Community Services Fair , October 26, 2012, 2:00pm to 5:00pm, Ladysmith Secondary School, 710 - 6th Avenue. Join them for free flu shots for those eligible, on-site testing for cardiac risk, blood pressure and blood sugar and over 20 displays about health and wellness for any age. Topics include diabetes, heart health, mental health, addictions, nutrition and healthy eating, early years and child development services, active living resources, fitness demonstrations, hospice, seniors support, healthy weight loss and more. Presented by Ladysmith Community Health Advisory Committee, Town of Ladysmith in partnership with Vancouver Island Health Authority and Ladysmith Secondary School. More info: 250739-5777.
Beginners mushroom identification workshop
Spend three hours in the woods at Wildwood forest and be introduced to
Pull out your lederhosen and dirndls, start practicing your yodeling, and come join us for a party! An evening of German style food, silent and live auctions,music by The Carter Family Band, best dressed and yodeling contests and whatever else we can think of! Saturday, October 13, 2012, Eagles Hall on First Avenue, doors open 5:30pm. A limited number of tickets are now available at the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce Visitor Centre, 411B First Avenue or 250-245-2112 to reserve. $40.00 + HST each. email@example.com www.ladysmithcofc. com
Learn about mushrooms at Wildwood
Rob Johnson with his $1000 prize for a hole in one
the fungal kingdom. Learn how to use reference books and keys and a bit about some of the easy ways to identify edible mushrooms in our area. You will get a chance to taste a few as well. Some years mushrooms fruit abundantly and can add interest and delight to your autumn walks and meals. $40 plus HST October 27, 2012, 10:00am to 1:00pm. Workshops on other days can be arranged for groups. Registration: 250-245-5540 or online conservancy.bc.ca (click on the calendar or search for Wildwood events). For information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Twice as lucky All golfers dream of getting a hole in one. It is that special something that makes golfing so much fun, and affords some great bragging rights. At the Ladysmith Golf Club they make it even more special. If a club member gets a hole in one while playing in a club sanctioned event, they could win $1,000. Therefore Ladysmith’s Rob Johnson was twice as happy when he saw his tee shot for the fourth tee box roll fly to the green and roll into the cup some 90 yards away. The money is part of a $5,000 a generous donation made by a long time club member. The money was donated to stimulate club membership by rewarding a player for his or her accomplishment. Although Rob got the last of the $1,000 prizes, there are still $100 prizes available to club members who shoot that elusive hole in one.
Festival of Lights volunteers needed! Ladysmith Festival of Lights is looking for volunteers to assist with general duties over the next few months and on Festival Day, Thursday, November 29. Please contact them at 250245-5888 or email@example.com.
Annual CWL Christmas Bazaar Kickoff Time to start your Christmas preparations at the St. Mary’s CWL Christmas Bazaar Saturday November 3, 11am to 2pm, at St. Mary’s Parish, 1153 4th Avenue, Ladysmith. Enjoy the $5.00 soup and sandwich lunch and browse the tables loaded
with home baking, sewing, crafts, books and lots of great gift ideas. Sponsored by the Catholic Women’s League. 250245-3414
Centre, Duncan. To register call 250748-7529. For information about Elder College, call Jennifer 250-746-0414
Ladysmith history class
A Lady with a Past: Ladysmith’s Colourful History. What does James Dunsmuir, the Spanish War of Independence, the Boer War, and children’s revolt over the increase of candy bars prices have to do with Ladysmith? Find out all this and more with local historian Rob Johnson Oct 22, 10:30-noon $12. Island Savings
BY LAURIE GOURLAY Nanaimo Airport Report: A $50,000 RDN consultant’s report, on the Nanaimo airport, was tabled in September. Area A Director Alec McPherson noted that the report was complicated
and only received a few days before. He recommended that a biased paragraph be removed, and another re-written, as they seemed to favour a free hand by the Airport Commission. A lack of definition, or deferral to private interests, when it comes to determining ‘non aviation-related’ development has seen supermarkets, shopping malls and profitable ventures located in other airports across the country. The Nanaimo Airport’s location, over the ‘vulnerable and threatened’ Cassidy aquifer, has been a major point of contention in past community submissions particular to development proposals. After a short discussion RDN Directors agreed to proceed to negotiations between the RDN and NAC. One public meeting is to be held before a final agreement is passed that determines the airport’s development criteria, and RDN zoning and jurisdictional responsibilities. Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission: A new House of Commons seat proposed for Vancouver Island, South Cowichan-Juan de Fuca means that a number of electoral boundaries will see changes. The local Nanaimo-Cowichan constituency boundaries would shift to take in most of Nanaimo, as well as Ladysmith and Lake Cowichan. Some concerns are, however, being expressed that present considerations for rural, town and watershed interests may not receive the same attention in the future. A Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission public hearing will receive submissions, in Nanaimo, Oct. 16, 7 pm at the Coast Bastion Inn.
Unflinching and unforgettable political drama at Ladysmith Little Theatre Ladysmith Little Theatre presents The Normal Heart, Larry Kramer’s groundbreaking and multiple award winning drama about the early days of the AIDS epidemic. This recent winner of numerous Tony Awards for the 2011 Broadway Production (best revival, best actor, best featured actor and actress) is a real-life political thriller that will soon be made into a major film. Described as an unflinching and unforgettable play, it is the story of a small tight-knit group of friends who refuse to let doctors, politicians, and the media bury the truth about an epidemic ravaging the gay community. Directing the Ladysmith Little
Theatre’s production is Josee Duffhues, herself an early activist in the fight against the spread of this epidemic. The Normal Heart opens on October 25, runs to November 11. Tickets and info: 250924-0658 or www.ladysmiththeatre.com Ladysmith Little Theatre, 4985 Christie Road. Above: Dusty Smith, Scott Harvey, Sherri McLean in rehearsal for The Normal Heart (left to right) David Sinclair, Barrie Baker
and Ted Girard rehearse for Yellow Point Drama Group’s fall production of The Drawer Boy
Art and reality merge in Yellow Point Drama Group’s production The Drawer Boy is a compelling three-man drama by Canadian playwright Michael Healey that blurs the lines between the art of storytelling and the stories we tell ourselves in real life. Set in 1972 on the Ontario farm of two aging bachelors, Morgan and Angus, the play recounts the adventures
of Miles, a young Toronto actor who interviews the pair to research rural life for a play. The telling of their life stories transforms Morgan and Angus, awakening long lost memories and revealing old truths. Directed by Brian March. Preview night is Thursday, October 4, and runs over three weekends until October 20. Tickets: 250-722-3067 or ypdg@ shaw.ca. or at the door. Cedar Hall, 2388 Cedar Road. For more information, visit www.yellowpointdramagroup.org.
Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery hosts piping The Ladysmith Arts Council will be hosting the second annual International Uilleann Piping Day. Members of the Vancouver Island Uilleann Pipers’ Club (HICUPS) will meet in the Gallery for a session, playing jigs, hornpipes, reels, songs, and aires. The public is invited to attend to learn about Irish Traditional Music, and most importantly, to strap on the Uilleann Pipes to play a few notes. Saturday, October 20, 1 to 4pm. Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery, 610 Oyster Bay Drive. Info: 250-245-1252
Chris Ostaffy and Heather MacLeod in a scene from the Melville Boys
Everything’s a flap when chickens takes flight! One of the Chemainus Theatre Festival’s most popular musical comedies is being “un-cooped” from the theatre archives this fall after a fifteen-plus year hiatus. The rural musical comedy, written by Lucia Frangione, gives theatregoers the opportunity to discover uncanny parallels between the lives of two struggling farmers, their romanticallycharged birds, and possibly in their own backyards. A collective story about four
chickens and two people, the musical suggests that life in the farmhouse or the hen house isn’t all that dissimilar. Runs September 21 to October 27. Tickets and show times: www.chemainustheatre.ca, 1-800-565-7738. Chemainus Theatre Festival.
Nanaimo Theatre Group opens season with Canadian classic The Melville boys, Owen and Lee, arrive at a lakeside cabin for a ‘guys’ weekend. Lee, a quiet, responsible mar-
Saltair resident Eric Foster releases two new books inspired by the north
ried man, hopes to get Owen, his irresponsible, lively brother, to face some serious facts about the future. Their plans are thrown out of whack when two sisters arrive and become catalysts for a tender, funny and unsentimental look at four lives intransition. Directed by Dave Eaton. Runs Oct. 1127. The Bailey Studio, 2373 Rosstown Road, Nanaimo. Tickets: 250-758-7224 or www.nanaimotheatregroup.com.
Stories of the Yukon Local author Eric Foster of Saltair has released two books-Yukon Sketches, a collection of verse and short stories depicting authorâ€™s life in British Columbia and the Yukon, and Mile 1202 (Life Along The Alaska Highway). Easy to read, colourful, humorous, and informa-
tive is how he describes his books. Both are available at Salamander Books in Ladysmith. For more information: 250-245-3528, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit ericnfoster.com/index.html
8th year for local Film Festival The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival (VISFF) is now accepting submissions for the 2013 show. The VISFF, which will celebrate its eighth anniversary in 2013, is an annual event that brings filmmakers and filmgoers together and continues to be the only short film festival on Vancouver Island that focuses on local talent. The Festival is looking for films in all genres, created by filmmakers of all levels of experience, with a running time of 12 minutes or less (including credits). For more information regarding film submission, 250-729-3947 or visff.com
RDN - Area A BY ALEC MCPHERSON During the review of the Electoral Area ‘A’ Official Community Plan (OCP) the issue of who has jurisdiction over development on the lands on which the airport resides. For a considerable length of time, the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) Electoral Area (EA) Director and staff maintained that a legal opinion they had received indicated that the RDN did not have jurisdiction. This was countered by residents of Area ‘A’ and a separate legal opinion was obtained by the MidIsland Sustainable Steward-ship Initiative (MISSI) from the West Coast Environmental Law (WCEL) group which made the distinction that the municipal government – in this case the RDN – in-
deed had jurisdiction over development where the development was not vital and integral to the operation of the airport. Clearly, as examples, the municipal government would have no jurisdiction over the construction of a runway or a control tower. Precedent setting court decisions since that time have provided additional clarity on this issue and reaffirmed. In order to allow the OCP process to progress, a decision was made by the RDN Board of Directors to engage a consultant to provide input on land use at the airport. It was intended to address the two main concerns of the community, that is, certainty as to what type of development would be allowed and protection of the environment, namely, the Cassidy aquifers.
The study by City Spaces Consulting was submitted to the RDN Board of Directors and a staff report brought this before the RDN Board on Sept 11, 2012. The consultant recommended the following course of action (summarized for brevity) to resolve the concerns and provide certainty on future use of the lands on which the Nanaimo Airport resides: Agreement of the RDN Board to proceed with a collaborative process leading to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the RDN and the Nanaimo Airport Commission (NAC). - Meetings between RDN and NAC to discuss the structure of and the principles to be incorporated within an MOU. - Agreement-in-principle between the RDN and NAC. - Public review of the DRAFT MOU. - Subject to the terms of the MOU to prepare/complete a Master Development Plan (MDP). - By way of an OCP amendment to incorporate the MDP – including provisions for Development Permit Area (DPA) designations to provide protection for the environment. The process does provide some potential to remove the uncertainty of what will be developed and also to provide protection to the environment. In my mind, the number one issue here is the protection of the Cassidy aquifers. While many of the identified stakeholders view the Nanaimo Airport as a regional asset, it should be recognized that in the longer term, the most important regional asset will be the water supply afforded by the Cassidy aquifers for drinking, agricultural and industrial needs. It behooves all of us to ensure that the Cassidy aquifers – identified as being one of the aquifers most vulnerable to pollution – are not placed in jeopardy with short-sighted decisions. I urge all constituents to make their views known either directly to the RDN or by way of public consultation opportunities.
CVRD - Area H BY MARY MARCOTTE Curbside Collection Service: I would like to thank all of the people who attended the Regional Districtâ€™s open house/public meeting on September 17th at the North Oyster Community Centre. For those who were unable to attend, the information contained in this report may be of interest to you. Proposed Automated System: Because of the dramatic contractor price increases of 40-60% in recent years, and uncertainty in the bidding process, the CVRD has been forced to look at alternatives for providing curbside collection services. After extensive research, the CVRD has concluded that an in-house model is a best long-term solution. The Cowichan Valley Regional District is now proposing to shift to an inhouse collection program to provide streamlined customer service, lowered and stabilized user fees, and to improve local recycling rates. The plan allows for borrowing 1.775M to invest in a modern fleet with automated collection arms and totes for all area residents. Under
the new plan, residents in Area H will receive, at no extra cost, an easy roll tote for recycling that would replace the blue and yellow bags currently being used. When placed at the road side, these totes will be serviced by one driver in an automatic dual-compartment truck. The day and timing of the pick up service is expected to match the current recycling schedule for Area H. 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 $52.00; the reduced amount would be $47.00. 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% and 3% per year) and will cover things like rising fuel costs, and wage increases. Alternate Approval Process (AAP): A formal process is required to obtain Elector Consent for the borrowing of up to $1,775,000 to purchase trucks and totes. Area H has always expressed strong opposition to the AAP, and I brought your concerns to the Board. However, after discussing the cost of going to a full region wide referendum at a cost of approximately $50,000 the Board decided to support going through the AAP instead. Although I did not vote in support of that decision, the majority of the Board did. Therefore, the Alternate Approval Process will be held throughout the nine electoral areas this fall and will be advertised in the local newspapers. The CVRD is making a strong effort to provide the public with all of the in-
formation about the proposed program in advance of the AAP itself. Open Houses have been held in most areas and at my request, a public meeting was included in North Oyster. If you require further information, please contact the Engineering Department at 1-800-6653955 or check out the website at www. zerowastecowichan.ca/curbside. Staff will be pleased to provide the information needed to assist you in making an informed decision.
CVRD - Area G BY MEL DOREY The automated curbside awareness campaign is continuing in the CVRD. Presently we are being serviced in Saltair by BFI doing our garbage and recycling pickup. The service in the main has been quite good but that’s not the problem. The problem is, it’s becoming too expensive. There was a big bump in the contract in 2010 and the last two years the company has been asking for even much bigger increases. The CVRD is looking into buying three new automated garbage and recy-
cling trucks and operating them for you at costs about the same as your present costs. Being automated, a truck driver can do almost double the number of houses in a shift with low risk of injury. The driver never has to leave the cab because there are mechanical arms that lift the cans by remote control. At the same time the CVRD will be providing you with new garbage and recycling easy roll totes free of charge that work with the new trucks’ mechanical arms. There have already been three open houses throughout the regional district to talk about the plan. Saltair wasn’t originally planned as one of the open house sites but as a result of a Saltair Ratepayers Association request there is now one planned for Oct. 4th at the old Mt. Brenton School at 7 pm. The CVRD staff will be there to explain what is proposed and answer any questions. The plan is to borrow $1.75 million to jump start the program which will be paid for with your present rates. No extra charges for you to pay off this loan. But before the regional district can borrow this money it needs public consent.
To get the consent the Alternate Approval Process will be used. This means if no more than 10% of public objects to the plan, then the process is allowed to proceed. The Alternate Approval process is probably $40,000 cheaper to do than a referendum, that’s why it’s used. The CVRD has three main advantages over the private sector in doing the service cheaper. The CVRD can borrow money at cheaper rates than the contractor. The liability insurance rates are much cheaper for the CVRD through the Municipal Insurance Association. And finally the CVRD doesn’t have to make a profit. The Municipality of North Cowichan has their own trucks and they do the service somewhat cheaper than the CVRD contractor does. For more information on the plan go to www.zerowastecowichan.ca/curbside We are continuing to promote the “Sunny Saltair” branding and boy have we had great weather to support our efforts. I still have about 40 palm trees that need to be put out in the community. If you want one come to the meeting on the 4th of October. I will have some there.
Black olive soil? We have a winner. A well- known Vancouver chef, who we won’t mention because he might come after us with a French knife, has won honours, in our semi- annual “”Really Dumb Entree” contest. The award winning entry, which swept the hotly contested “Ridiculously Pretentious” category was called, Slowcooked veal breast glazed in verjus, okra, pickled grapes, black olive soil, beet chips and watercress. Black Olive soil? Fortunately for us the entry came with a picture showing a hunk of veal resting its flanks in a small pile of finely chopped olives, which one gathers is the soil component. The customer, operating without such benefit, would be left with his own thoughts, some of which might be, “Is that soil high nitrogen, and can I have it with the duck?” Or, “I’ll take mine pan fried with a double helping of worms.” Obviously the chef who dreamed this one up has never grown anything in his life, because, if he had, he would realize soil is not something you want to put on your plate, nor approach with a fork. That’s because soil, good soil, and why would a chef use any other, is always stinky. Mainly because gardeners are always seeking to improve their soil which means doing whatever they can, stopping just short of mounting an outhouse over the carrots. I learned this at an early age, playing with my toy trucks around the periphery of my father’s garden, which was enriched (see euphemism) with kelp, fish heads, and worst of all, starfish which he only used because he couldn’t find anything more offensive. One minute I’d be pushing a road through so my army
truck could rescue the toy soldiers who had fallen into enemy hands over by the tomatoes, when, “HOLY SHIT GENERAL!” I’d plow into a rotting starfish, and be forced to abandon the mission. And the old man wondered why I wouldn’t eat tomatoes. Soil, even in primitive societies, has never been regarded as something to put in one’s mouth. This was first discovered by Adam, the original organic farmer, who, after unloading the animals from the Ark, noticed his herd hurrying over to the nearest patch of dirt where they dropped their pants and made with the hot and steamy. “Ah ha!” Adam, an avid gardener, said. He then retired to his laboratory, where after much thought, created the world’s first equation. Dirt plus excrement equals soil. Which leads us to gardening’s little secret, what Farmer’s Almanac will hint at but not come out and say. And that is, all gardeners have anal fixations. Anything brown, possibly green, that comes sliding out of the backside of an animal is considered gold. Cow, chicken, horse, sheep, Siberian hamster, any mention of excrement and its, “I’ll take all you’ve got. My husband will be right over with the truck.” (Sound of screeching tires as desperate husband tries to take new truck out of harm’s path.) That’s why, the number one rule of the farm is, “Never under any circumstance eat the soil, even if you missed lunch.” If
the wisdom of this edict eludes you, as it did for Olive Soil Boy, place your nose directly behind a cow’s (Also known as Soil Enrichment Device.) exhaust port and breathe deep when she’s in the throes of what farmers call “methane madness.” Which brings us to rule number two. Never light a match when so positioned. If you still find yourself yearning for a nice bowl of soil, consider Biodynamic farming. That’s where a steer’s head, stuffed with an inoculum of, “who knows what but it sure stinks,” (I am not making this up.) is planted at the head of each gardening row. If this doesn’t make sense to you then you’re probably not seeing a colonic irrigationist. Practitioners of the method, when they’re not howling naked at the full moon encouraging their plants to grow, (Go broccoli, go!) guarantee nothing is more effective at keeping kids with army trucks out of the tomatoes. Meanwhile, with bated breath and firmly pinched nostrils, we await Olive Soil Chef’s new creations. Farm boys, incredulous the lot, are lining up at the fence to savour the new fall menu, which, according to the cooking channel, features items such as, Private Parts of highly organic cow, bed of freshly mowed fescue, cow pie chips, farm fresh silage, fish fertilizer drizzle. Which leaves me asking, whatever happened to old standbys like, “Chicken with Tasty Dipping Sauce?” Black olives are red wine friendly, especially reds from Mediterranean countries. Try a bottle of Castillo de Monseran Garnacha from Spain, an old standby and a solid competitor for best $10 wine in town Delbert is the co-proprietor at Mahle House. Read more at Slightlycorkedandmore.wordpress.com.
Community Garden Record Harvest BY BILL TILLAND Although the savoy cabbage in the photo looks pretty darned impressive (it weighed 12 lbs), we attribute our success at the Kiwi Cove Community Garden not to any particular gardening wizardry but instead to a nice piece of open farmland donated for our use by the Kiwi Cove Lodge proprietors Peggy and Doug Kolosoff, plus generous use of manure from a local dairy farm and the hard work of a small core of garden volunteers. Like all gardeners, we are dependent upon Mother Nature, but while the garden has had a rather late start date the last couple of years (May 16 this year), the vegetables won’t be denied. This year, with a slightly enlarged plot of ground (roughly ¼ acre) we have already broken last year’s record of 2400 lbs. /1090 kg. of produce. This year’s harvest is now coming to a close, but with a few weeks remaining, we are at 2577 lbs. / 1170 kg. – all having gone to the Ladysmith Food Bank for distribution to the local community. This year we have harvested 22 different types of vegetables (26 if the four different types of lettuce are counted), including beets, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, corn, potatoes, string beans, zucchinis, cucumbers and even kohlrabi. We have benefitted not only from the donation and preparation of the land, but also from “starts” (chiefly tomatoes and cabbage) supplied for the last several years from Dinter Nursery south of Duncan. School children from Ecole Davis and North Oyster have also brought bush bean starts to us for planting. The origin of the Kiwi Cove Community garden goes back to 2006, when Doug and Peggy were looking for assistance with their private garden in exchange for the sharing of excess produce with the local community. Initially they partnered with the
Ladysmith Resource Centre, Community Link and FACT (Food Action Coordinating Team), which was an ad hoc food security group. The current focus is almost exclusively on service to the Ladysmith Food Bank. Kiwi Cove Lodge takes a small amount of produce for personal use and for a few special dinner events – and volunteers might take the occasional head of lettuce or bunch of beets for their personal consumption. But over 95% of what we grow always goes to the Food Bank. Jacquie Stewart, Food Bank coordinator, tells us that Ladysmith Food Bank is the only one on Vancouver Island which has such a relationship with a local community garden. During the growing season, which usually starts sometime in April and ends in late September or early October, volunteer times are Monday and Wednesday mornings, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Starting in June (for lettuce, radishes and other early crops), volunteers from the Food Bank bring a truck down to the garden for pickup late Monday morning, with distribution to Food Bank clients on Tuesday morning. Wednesday mornings are used for additional planting early in the season and then for weeding and general garden maintenance. None of us consider ourselves to be “master gardeners.” We learn new things every year and try out new ideas (and vegetable varieties) every year. It’s an ongoing vegetative adventure. For more information, or to volunteer email@example.com
Volunteers at the Kiwi Cove Garden. Eva Cowan (above) and Bill Tilland with giant cabbage. The Community Garden had a record harvest. Photos: Ken Thompson
7, 7pm, Songwriter’s Open Mic, Willow Street Café, 250-246-2434.
1-31, Spirit of Life: Fibre Art Exhibition, Nanaimo Museum, 100 Museum Way, 250-753-1821.
7, 8pm, Acres of Lions, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201330 Duncan St., 250-748-7246.
1-4, Advanced Fire Fighting, Western Marine Institute, 3519 Hallberg Road, 250-245-4455.
8-12, Electronic Chart & Display Information Systems, WMI, 3519 Hallberg Road, 250-245-4455.
1-27, Chickens, Chemainus Theatre Festival, 250-2469820. 1, 1pm, Pro D Day Activities for Children, Nanaimo Museum, 100 Museum Way 250-753-1821. 1, 4:45pm, Bingo, Chemainus Seniors Drop in Centre, 9824 Willow Street, 250-246-2111 1, 8pm, Tereza Tomek, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201330 Duncan St., 250-748-7246. 2, 1pm, Cedar Heritage Bridge, 1644 MacMillan Road, 250-722-2692.. 2, 7:30am, Cops for Cancer – Tour de Rock Breakfast, Chemainus Legion Hall.
8, 8pm, Jon Bryant, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201330 Duncan St., 250-748-7246. 4, 1:30pm, LRC Safety for Seniors At Home and In The Community, Eagles Hall, 250-245-3079.
9, 1pm, Cedar Heritage Bridge, 1644 MacMillan Road, 250-722-2692.
4, 7:30pm, Naden Band, Port Theatre, 125 Front St., Nanaimo, 250-754-8550.
10, 9:30am, Training, Cowichan Valley Hospice volunteer, 1-888-701-4242.
4, 8pm, Greg Rekus, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201330 Duncan St., 250-748-7246.
10, 6:45pm, Cedar Yoga, Cedar High School library, 250-722-2414 ext 249.
5-6, Senior Officers, Western Marine Institute, 3519 Hallberg Road, 250-245-4455.
10, 7pm, Meditation Classes, Russell Stagg, 201-622 1st Ave., 250-802-5328.
5, 10am, LaFF Open House, Aggie Hall, 250-210-0870.
10, 7pm, Yellow Point Singers practice, Cedar Secondary School, 250-245-3727.
2, 7pm, Ladysmith Town Council Meeting, 410 Esplanade, 250-245-6400.
5, 8pm, Cory Woodward, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St., 250-748-7246.
3-31, Bright Colours/Art of the Edible, Waterfront Gallery, 610 Oyster Bay Dr., 250-245-1252.
6-31, 12pm, Bright Colours, Waterfront Gallery, 610 Oyster Bay Dr., 250-245-1252.
3, 9:30am, Volunteer Training, Cowichan Valley Hospice, 1-888-701-4242.
6, 10am, St. Philip Hot Dog Day Fundraiser, Country Grocer.
3, 6:30pm, Cedar Pickle Ball, North Cedar Intermediate school gym, 250-722-2414 ext 249.
6, 1pm, RDN Green Building Series and Open House, Oliver Woods Community Centre, 250-390-6510.
3, 6:45pm, Cedar Yoga, Cedar High School library, 250722-2414 ext 249.
6, 7pm, Kendall Patrick and the Headless Bettys, In the BeanTime, 250-245-2305.
3, 7pm, Meditation Classes, Russell Stagg, 201-622 1st Ave., 250-802-5328.
6, 7:30pm, The Number 14, Port Theatre, 125 Front St., Nanaimo, 250-754-8550.
3, 8pm, Cougar Annie Tales, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St., 250-748-7246.
6, 7:30pm, Ray Bonneville, Cowichan Theatre, 2687 James St., Duncan, 250-748-7529.
3, 7pm, Yellow Point Singers practice, Cedar Secondary School,. 250-245-3727.
6, 8pm, Daisy Blue Groff, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St, 250-748-7246.
3, 8pm, Badminton, Chemainus High School gymnasium, 250-246-3811.
7, Cedar Farmers Market, Crow & Gate parking lot, Cedar.
12, 5:30pm, Auction and Spaghetti Dinner, St. Mary’s Hall, 1135 – 4th Ave., 250-245-4473.
4-6, 7pm, The Drawer Boy, Yellow Point Drama Group, 2388 Cedar Rd., 250-722-3067.
7, 2pm, Hope King Hour, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St., 250-748-7246.
12, 7pm, Stuart McLean, Cowichan Theatre, 2687 James St., Duncan, 250-748-7529.
4, 12:15pm, LaFFternoon, a LaFF afternoon program, Aggie Hall, 1110-1st Ave., 250-210-0870.
7, 2:30pm, The Number 14, Port Theatre 125 Front St. Nanaimo, 250-754-8550.
12, 7:30pm, The Gary Preston Band, Mt. Brenton Golf Course Clubhouse.
10, 8pm, Badminton, Chemainus High School gymnasium, 250-246-3811. 11-12, 8pm, The Melville Boys, Nanaimo Theatre Group, 2373 Rosstown Rd., 250-758-7224. 11, 12:15pm, LaFFternoon, a LaFF afternoon program, Aggie Hall, 1110-1st Ave., 250-210-0870. 11, 7:30pm, Ballet Off Broadway, Cowichan Theatre, 2687 James St., Duncan, 250-748-7529. 11,7pm, Led Zepagain – Symphony to Heaven, Port Theatre 125 Front St. Nanaimo, 250-754-8550. 12-13, 7pm, The Drawer Boy, Yellow Point Drama Group, 2388 Cedar Rd., 250-722-3067. 12-13, 7:30pm, Burlesque to Broadway, Port Theatre, 125 Front St. Nanaimo, 250-754-8550. 12, 10am, LaFF Open House, Aggie Hall, 250-210-0870.
12, 8pm, Van Funk & The Lebarons Band, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St., 250-748-7246.
13, 9:55am, L’Elisir D’Amore Opera, Cowichan Theatre 2687 James St., Duncan 250-748-7529. 13, 10am, Senior Driving Workshop, St. Philip Church, 1797 Cedar Rd., 250-722-3455. 13, 1pm, RDN Green Building Series and Open House, Parksville Community Centre, 250-390-6510 13, 5pm, Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce Oktoberfest, Eagles Hall, 250-245-2112. 13, 5pm, Jake’s Gift, Chemainus Legion, 250-246-4532. 13, 7pm, Dance – Double Play, Chemainus Seniors Drop in Centre, 9824 Willow Street, 250-246-2111. 13, 7pm, Lynnea Bruce Concert fundraiser, Old Chemainus Fire Hall, 250-246-3203.
13, 7pm, Cowichan Folk Guild Coffee House, Duncan United Church, 246 Ingram St. Duncan. 14, 1 pm, Dyslexia Free Seminar, 250-245-8412. 14, 2pm, The Melville Boys, Nanaimo Theatre Group, 2373 Rosstown Rd. 250-7587224 14, 7:30pm, Michelle Wright, Port Theatre 125 Front St. Nanaimo, 250-754-8550. 15-29, General Ship Knowledge, Western Marine Institute, 3519 Hallberg Road, 250245-4455. 15, 7pm, Ladysmith Town Council Meeting, 410 Esplanade, 250-245-6400. 15, 5:15pm, Chronic Pain Support Group, 1111-4th Ave., Room 101, 250-667-5587. 16, 10:30am, Classic Coffee Concert – Sarah Hagen, Port Theatre 125 Front St. Nanaimo, 250-754-8550. 16, 1pm, Cedar Heritage Bridge, 1644 MacMillan Road, 250-722-2692. 16, 7:30pm, Naden Concert Band, Cowichan Theatre 2687 James St., Duncan, 250748-7529.
17-20, 8pm, The Melville Boys, Nanaimo Theatre Group 2373 Rosstown Rd., 250-758-7224. 17, Chamber of Commerce General Meeting, 250-2452112. 17, 9:30am, Training, Cowichan Valley Hospice volunteer, 1-888-701-4242. 17, 11:30am, Soup & Sandwich, Chemainus Seniors Drop in Centre, 9824 Willow Street, 250-246-2111. 17, 6:30pm, RDN SepticSmart Workshop, 2745 White Rapids Rd., 250-248-3252. 17, 6:45pm, Cedar Yoga, Cedar High School library, 250-722-2414 ext 249. 17, 7pm, Meditation Classes, Russell Stagg, 201-622 1st Ave., 250-802-5328. 17, 7pm, Yellow Point Singers practice, Cedar Secondary School, 250-245-3727. 17, 8pm, Badminton, Chemainus High School gymnasium, 250-246-3811. 18, 12:15pm, LaFFternoon, a LaFF afternoon program, Aggie Hall, 1110-1st Ave., 250-210-0870 18, 7:30pm, The Last of the Haussmans, Cowichan Theatre, 2687 James St., Duncan, 250-748-7529. 18, 8pm, Vince Vaccar, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St., 250-748-7246. 19-20, 7pm, The Drawer Boy, Yellow Point Drama Group, 2388 Cedar Rd., 250-722-3067. 19, 10am, LaFF Open House, Aggie Hall, 250-2100870. 19, 1pm, Pro D Day Activities for Children, Nanaimo Museum, 100 Museum Way,. 250-753-1821. 19, 4pm, 20th Annual Bite of Nanaimo, Beban Park, 250-754-7587. 19, 7:30pm, Acoustic Jam, Twisted Sisters Tea Room, 250-246-1541. 19, 8pm, Washboard Hank, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St., 250-748-7246. 20, 9:30am, Pancake Breakfast, Chemainus Seniors Drop in Centre, 9824 Willow Street, 250-246-2111. 20, 7:30am, VI Symphony, Port Theatre, 125 Front St. Nanaimo, 250-754-8550. 20, 8pm, The Revival, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201330 Duncan St., 250-748-7246. 21, 11am, Kiwi Fest Event, Kiwi Cove Lodge, 5130 Brenton Page Rd., 250-245-8051. 21, 2pm, The Melville Boys, Nanaimo Theatre Group,
2373 Rosstown Rd. 250-758-7224 21, 1pm, RDN Green Building Series and Open House, Qualicum Beach Civic Centre, 250-390-6510. 22, 7pm, Childhood Anxiety Workshop, FJCC, 250802-2323. 22, 7pm, A Separation, Cowichan Theatre 2687 James St., Duncan, 250-748-7529. 23, 1pm, Cedar Heritage Bridge, 1644 MacMillan Road, 250-722-2692. 23, 7pm, Ladysmith Camera Club “ Photographing Birds on a Budget” Hardwick Hall, 250-606-7011. 24-27, 8pm, The Melville Boys, Nanaimo Theatre Group 2373 Rosstown Rd., 250-758-7224 24, 9:30am, Training, Cowichan Valley Hospice volunteer, 1-888-701-4242. 24, 6:45pm, Cedar Yoga, Cedar High School library, 250-722-2414 ext 249. 24, 7pm, Meditation Classes, Russell Stagg, 201-622 1st Ave., 250-802-5328. 24, 7pm, Yellow Point Singers practice, Cedar Secondary School, 250-245-3727. 24, 7:30pm, NOAHS Annual General Meeting, 13467 Cedar Rd., 250-245-0919. 24, 8pm, Badminton, Chemainus High School gymnasium, 250-246-3811. 25-31, The Normal Heart, Ladysmith Little Theatre, 4985 Christie Rd., 250-924-0658. 25, 9am, Soup & Sandwich, Chemainus Seniors Drop in Centre, 9824 Willow Street, 250-246-2111. 25, 12:15pm, LaFFternoon, a LaFF afternoon program, Aggie Hall, 1110-1st Ave., 250-210-0870. 25, 6:30pm, RDN Wellsmart Workshop, 2388 Cedar Rd., Cedar 250-248-3252. 25, 7pm, Ladysmith Search and Rescue meeting, classroom behind Ladysmith Fire Hall, 250-245-8726.
26, 9:55am, Otello- Live at the Met, Cowichan Theatre, 2687 James St., Duncan, 250-748-7529. 27, 10am, Beginners Mushroom Identification Workshop, Wildwood Forest, 250-245-5540. 27, 1pm, RDN Green Building Series & Open House, VIU Centre Deep Bay, 250-390-6510. 27, 1pm, Nanaimo Star Society OES #43 Golden Pumpkin Bazaar, Brechin United Hall, 1998 Estevan. 27, 7pm, Dance- Double Play, Chemainus Seniors Drop in Centre, 9824 Willow Street, 250-246-2111. 27, 9pm, Halloween Costume Party, The Shoe Pub Chemainus, 250-416-0411. 28, Cross on the Cyclocross, Transfer Beach, 250 245-6414. 28, 2pm, Lorraine Min, Chemainus Classical Concert, St. Michaels Church, 250-748-8383. 29, 6:30pm, RDN SepticSmart Workshop, 675 North Rd., Gabriola Island 250-248-3252. 30-31, Meteorology, Western Marine Institute, 3519 Hallberg Road, 250-245-445. 30, 1pm, Cedar Heritage Bridge, 1644 MacMillan Road, 250-722-2692. 31, 9:30am, Training, Cowichan Valley Hospice volunteer, 1-888-701-4242. 31, 6:45pm, Cedar Yoga, Cedar High School library, 250-722-2414 ext 249. 31, 7pm, Meditation Classes, Russell Stagg, 201-622 1st Ave., 250-802-5328. 31, 7pm, Yellow Point Singers practice, Cedar Secondary School, 250-245-3727. 31, 8pm, Badminton, Chemainus High School gymnasium, 250-246-3811. 31, Wingfield’s Folly, Chemainus Theatre Festival, 250 246-9820.
26, 10am, LaFF Open House, Aggie Hall, 250-2100870. 26, 2pm, Fall 2012 Health & Community Services Fair, Ladysmith Secondary School 250-739-5777. 26, 7:30pm, World’s #1 Elvis Tribute, Port Theatre 125 Front Street, Nanaimo, 250-754-8550. 26, 7:30pm, Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Cowichan Theatre 2687 James St., Duncan,. 250-748-7529. 26-27, Poppy Distribution, Ladysmith, support Royal Canadian Legion 171.
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CLASSIFIED ADS PAINT & SAVE OPTION: Do it yourself, with a little help from a pro together we can make your job more affordable and accomplish a great look. Making the world a brighter place over 25 years. Call Harvey 250-245-2174. DRIVING LESSONS: Approaching Road Test time? Need an Evaluation of your driving skills? Collision Avoidance Training. Road Test Package Discounts. Gift Certificates available. 49th Parallel Driving School 250-416-1606 or 250-619-2713. HOME BUDDIES PET & HOUSE CARE since 1994. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. Professional, kindhearted, experienced & reliable care for all pets. Pet First Aid and CPR Certified. Certified Security Professional through Westguard Security. When loving care & security are essential, Peggy Wildsmith 250-245-0151. MOBILE HAIRSTYLIST - For women who can’t or don’t want to drive. Specializing in Perms and Roller set! Please call Wendy at 250-924-8602. DOLLMAKING AT ITS BEST - Register now for Fall classes at the Canadian Doll-er Studio. Introductory package available for new studentsSet of three Teddy Bear Ornaments or set of 6 Snow Baby Ornaments. Classes booking now. Call Cheryl at 250- 245-3950 SJM OFFICE SERVICES - Bookkeeping and payroll efficiently and affordably provided in the Ladysmith area. Contact Sheila M. (Joey) Murphy 250 802 7117 firstname.lastname@example.org KITTY KORNERS CAT HOTEL - Purrsonalized Quality Kitty Care. Daily health checks, experienced with special needs kitties. Reasonable rates. Available 24/7. 2km North Nanaimo Airport. Take a virtual tour www.kittykorners.com 250-740CATS(5287) GOT GRANITE? Have your Granite and Marble Countertops professionally sealed and buffed. Kitchens starting at $75. We do tile as well! SealTech Specialties Call Stuart at 250-734-2681. www.sealtechspecialties.com 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. email@example.com 250-802-0048 KEN’S MOBILE MARINE SERVICE - 25 years in the business. Licensed Marine Mechanic. Thinking of winterizing? “We come to you!” Need a diving service? Ask us. Contact Ken 250-210-0756.
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. 250802-7123 OFFICE SPACES -Downtown Ladysmith, modern, a/c, renovated, wired, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org THE HAPPY GARDENER - Weeding, Digging, Raking, etc. Cheerful and 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. 250-722-2669 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.
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away from their luxurious surroundings. There is grass to enjoy in playgrounds, golf courses, parks and fallow farmers’ fields to graze. Why leave? There is very little cold weather or snow to contend with. Sailing on the south coast, you cannot avoid a family of Canadas, teaching their young to mooch for junk food in popular anchorages. They fix me with
Canada Geese Fall. Some would say it is the nicest part of the year in our part of the world. A little sadness that the summer has past and anticipation of the winter ahead. One of the surest signs that the warm weather is coming to an end is the distant har unk of Canada geese. You pause in what you are doing and watch the skies. The noise grows louder and then the familiar V formation flies overhead, southbound to escape the harsh northern and interior weather. If you watch the weather channel, you will see that the nights are already dipping towards zero in the north, not like our west coast Hawaiian-like September. These birds range from Alaska, all over Canada and much of the United States. There are ten races of Canada goose. The smallest,hardly bigger than a mallard, breeds in Alaska and winters in California. The giant Canada goose from the southern mid west can reach 18 pounds. All these birds are clannish and do not interbreed. They nest where they were born and migrate to where generations before have gone; some as far as central Mexico. The formations that pass over in September and October are the wild birds from the mountains and the north country that need to get going. Our southwest coast birds are harder to pry
a beady black eye when I throw them an onion scrap from my salad but still hang around in case I might weaken and toss something yummy. They are so prolific and messy in places like Stanley Park, that their eggs are addled or shaken so as not to hatch. There is usually a letter to the editor in a city paper suggesting that the offending critters be rounded up, slaughtered and the carcasses given to food banks. Can you imagine a overworked and harried single mother having a dripping 12 pound goose thrust at her... her kids whining.. Ahh, Mom. Goose again. It’s sooo gross. They do taste very good. I use to hunt them when I lived in Vancouver, off Ladner and Boundary Bay. I was invited to shoot from a field blind near Hanna, Alberta. It’s really fun. You get up well before dawn, have a huge breakfast made by the Ukrainian mom and head out to
the frozen fields where the decoys have been set the day before. You climb into a pit with another hunter and pull the blind over you, a woven screen of corn stalks, and sit, shivering, waiting for the dawn. You can hear the birds long before you can see anything as they pass overhead in the first light. When they do come to the decoys and you thrust back the screen, your fingers are so cold that you cannot feel the trigger and your legs are cramped from squatting. I’ll spare you the gruesome details. As the days get longer, the geese get restless and start moving north. Again we watch them as the V flies overhead with a wise old gander in the lead. Yeah! Spring! When they reach their breeding grounds, some as much as 4000 miles away, the young males squabble over females while the older couples get on with nest building. These birds mate for life. They are excellent parents and will defend a nest or the young, sometimes to the death. They have been known to easily adopt orphaned goslings. The young take to the water immediately but cannot fly for at least a month. The adults molt during nesting time and the whole family can be earthbound for a while. There. I have ground out a bird column. It is getting harder and harder. I am birded out... nothing left to say. The stories are getting predictable too. Do you notice how I give you some nice facts and then I try to be funny. Then I try to gross you out and then to make you angry. Now I am off in a new direction... birds of a different feather. It’s wonderful to have a publisher who will say “Go for it” and help and guide you. If some bird or beast catches my attention, I will submit a story but what I am doing now is so much more challenging. I’m hoping it will be beneficial to some.