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Olympic spirit was alive and well at the summer games in London. Photo: Jan Christenson

2012 Olympics BY JAN CHRISTENSON When I was casually asked to write this article, I was quite literally home for just one day after returning from almost two weeks in Switzerland and an added six daysin London during the 2012 Games. I quickly said, “oh sure, I can do that” --perhaps I should have given it a bit more consideration! Now that I’m trying to put my thoughts together, I’m realizing that it’s very difficult for me to describe those feelings that can actually convey how I felt at the time. Back in 2010, I spent three incredible weeks as a volunteer in Whistler at the 2010 Games – a time that left a lasting desire to get to another Olympics if I ever had the opportunity. Previous volunteers were given some very random chances to purchase London 2012 tickets , and back in December I managed to buy one ticket to the men’s gold medal football (read soccer) game on August 11. Needless to say, early in the New Year came the challenge to schedule a trip to enjoy time with old friends, see some of Europe and London for the first time, and soak up that Olympic



emotion I had experienced in Whistler. Quite honestly, I had some serious chats with myself not to expect the same kind of sheer delight that I had enjoyed in Whistler-- that would surely be impossible – how wrong I was. At this point, I must acknowledge the many naysayers and critics out there who truly feel that all the hoopla and expense of the Olympic Games are nothing but a huge waste of time and primarily money, and that the whole event is a political sham that should be stopped. You may have legitimate concerns, but I’m not buying in. That said, you will never convince me that cancelling the Games is an option –at least not in my lifetime. Despite all the serious concerns regarding public safety, massive transportation snarls, possible weather issues (that was a problem initially),the serious economic troubles in Europe, and the constant pressure to out perform any previous Olympics, both in the entertainment area, as well as the expectation of athletic achievements, the 2012 Games were nothing short of amazing. I was completely and utterly overcome with the “London extravaganza”

– no traffic issues, wonderful weather, local Brits ( and others), who couldn’t have been more pleasant or helpful – and VERY PROUD - plus thousands of people from all over the world enjoying the time of their lives in an atmosphere of pure excitement -- in short, a repeat of Vancouver/ Whistler 2010. The actual game that I attended at Wembley Stadium – Mexico vs. Brazil – was, I’m sure, something I will never experience again. 90,000 passionate football fans, cheering, highfiving everyone, joining in the wave around the stadium, all in a constant, almost deafening roar – beyond belief to be sure! Overall, the pervading sense of shared love of sport, no matter where you were from, what language you spoke, or who won or lost, was the constant thread that wove everyone together – difficult to imagine in these times the world faces daily, but so completely fulfilling when you are actually in the moment. Amazing is the only word that fits. On to Sochi 2014? Not likely. Rio 2016? Who knows...

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Community Share Day On September 15, St. Philip Church inCedar will be hosting its second Community Share Day. The last one was a great success. This event is sort of like a free garage sale. Bring in any of your gently used items. At the beginning of September children have often outgrown their school clothing; why not share it with others? Nothing on hand? Still come and see the many items being shared. If there is something that you need or want, it’s yours for the taking! Come join us for this fun sharing event on Saturday Sept. 15 anytime between 10am and 3pm. Everyone is welcome, and any gently used items are greatly appreciated! St. Philip Cedar is located at 1797 Cedar Road. Also visit our website at See you there! 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. editor@, or post your comments directly at Share your opinion on our forum!




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Out with the old and in with the new: Oyster Bay Quay BY ROB JOHNSON It is said that the only constant is change. This can be seen with the changes on the site next to the Ladysmith Home Hardware building across the highway. If you drive by you will notice the old wooden structure that was home to a truck repair shop is gone. The workshop was built in 1948 by Comox Logging and Railway to repair logging trucks and other vehicles. Early on the morning of August 23 it was transported to its new location on the Blackstaff property in Saltair where it will be reunited with the machine shop equipment that was donated to Harry and Shirley Blackstaff by Donald and Annette Carmichael. It is to be incorporated into their planned heritage/ educational project “Wheels of the Past”. The old shop building was donated by Garry and Carol Wagenaar of Terra-North Inc, developers of Oyster Bay Quay. Don and Annette Carmichael, owners of the machine shop, are glad to see the building preserved as it has had a long history with their family. Don’s uncle Bill Marttala leased the shop from Comox and ran the shop for many years under the various changes in ownership of what was Comox Logging. Don remembers as a young boy watching it being built. As a child he was always helping out around the shop until he eventually left school to work there full time. He eventually took over the op-

Above:Heritage machine shop on the move. Below: Construction on the Oyster Bay Quay is well underway. Photos Rob Johnson

eration from his uncle. Around1973 he purchased the building and property. Don expanded the business and constructed additional buildings. The Carmichaels closed up their businesses in 2006 and eventually sold the land, allowing for the creation of new business opportunities on the site. Now that the old machine shop has been moved, it has created more space for the new Oyster Bay Quay building that is presently being built on the site. In mid August, the precast walls were raised and construction is well under way. Oyster Bay Quay will provide space to house many different types of business ventures, such as, marine related, professional services, tourism, food and beverage, wood product manufacturing, medical or dental office, commercial offices, computer research and development and retail space amongst others. The new space will be available in early 2013 with Phase 2 to follow as required. Along with the Home Hardware building that was constructed a few years ago, the other side of the highway is adding a new dimension to Ladysmith. To see the complete plans for the Oyster Bay Quay visit




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Ladysmith youth swims for the gold Ladysmith’s Maria de Leeuw recently returned from the BC Summer Games with two gold medals in swimming. She took gold in the 100 metre individual breastroke 12-14 age division and in the relay. “It was very exciting.” She was nervous at the BC Summer Games but she turned it into action. And she came out on top. Maria started swimming at 5 years old and is following in her two older sisters’ wake – both are accomplished swimmers. Now a member of Nanaimo Riptides, Maria spent time with the Ladysmith Orcas and has seen a lot of competitions. “I like being on the water; it’s like my second home.” She trains hard, combining swimming with a gym routine that includes TRX and medicine ball workouts and eats “healthy with lots of fruits and vegetables,” especially before competing.

Maria de Leeuw receives gold medal at BC Summer Games

Maria hopes to one day be representing Canada in the Olympics. 2020 may be her year. Along the road to gold there are sacrifices. “It can be hard to go hang out with friends when I’m training. Swimming takes over my life. I’m too busy to hang out.” But she takes it all in stride. “I try to look at the long run. I’m not thinking about what I can’t do. It’s easier to make sacrifices when you’re looking at the big picture.”




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Cedar Village celebrates 15 Years! Mark Saturday Sept 15 on your calendar because that’s the day that Cedar Village celebrates its 15th anniversary. What started as a small community appreciation day spearheaded by the 49th Parallel Grocery store and the merchants in the Cedar Village Square has grown to a day filled with fun events: games, face painting, giant slide, bouncers, obstacle course and prizes. Join them for hot dogs, drinks and ice cream. In order to mark their 15th anniversary the 49th Parallel Grocery is giving away 15 49 second shopping sprees plus two big screen TV’s. The fun goes from 11am-3pm, call 250-722-7010 for more info.

Cedar Estates Moving Ahead It’s been a long time coming but now it is here. Sales have started on the Cedar Estates, the first fully services lots in Cedar with sewer, water and underground wiring, says Greg Buchanan, Coast Realty listing agent. Long time Cedar residents don’t have to move elsewhere if they don’t want to maintain their bigger lots. Now they can stay in Cedar close to family and friends. “It’s a turning point with regards to development. It’s a great addition to Cedar developing its downtown core. The subdivision is located behind the Mahle House and Wheatsheaf – Cedar and Hemer Road with Cedar Estates developer the Morden Colliery Trail run- Bill Beadle. Photo: Marina Sacht ning alongside it. They appeal to the young family as well as retired, says Greg. They are in a great location with access to the Wheatsheaf Sportfield, all levels of schools, and shops and restaurants. The Morden Colliery Trail runs alongside it. The 50 lots range start at $129,000 with over a dozen sold.

Commemorating Morden Mine 100 Years Join the festivities with the Friends of Morden Mine Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, 1:30pm at the Nanaimo Museum to commemorate Morden Colliery’s 100th anniversary. A hundred years ago on March, 1912, the Pacific Coast Coal Mining Company began drilling two shafts at its new mine, Morden Colliery, located above a one and a half mile wide portion of the Douglas coal seam. The miners will be honoured and a toast pro-





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posed and descendants of the Morden miners will be invited to add their names to the registry. Tom Paterson will speak about the drive to restore and save the Morden Colliery headframe. A presentation ceremony and exhibit display are also planned. Memberships, memorabilia and FOMM’s new 100 year commemorative and geo-cache coins will be available. Those who plan to attend are encouraged to e-mail FOMM are also hosting the final Black Track Tour of 2012. Join Tom Paterson on a walking tour of mining sites and railroad lines on Sept 16. 250-714-0377 for tickets. $30 or $25 each for two or more.

Tour de Rock-Cops for Cancer

Citizen of the Year Bill Drysdale Drysdale is a retired Air Force Warrant Officer who is active in many volunteer roles in Ladysmith: Ladysmith Search and Rescue, Festival of Lights, Maritime Festival and Health Care Auxiliary. Photo: Cindy Damphousse

Cops for Cancer - Tour de Rock 2012 is celebrating 15 years of raising funds for childhood cancer research and for children battling cancer to attend Camp Goodtimes. Tour de Rock 2012 will start in Port Hardy and arrive in Ladysmith on October 1st. Riders will be attending the head shaves and be introduced to all at the Ladysmith Credit Union parking lot on First Avenue. Join the riders at the Red Serge Dinner at the Eagles Hall, 6:00 pm October 1, where you will be served by RCMP members. Enjoy an evening of fun, silent auction and excellent food. Tickets at Community Policing Office, Coronation Mall or at the Canadian Cancer Society office in the Ladysmith Resources building at 630 Second Ave. 250-245-0671

Sheila Weatherell, Noriko Nakahara, rider Chris Fernandez and Janice Grinnell Photo: Don Grinnell


Terry Fox volunteers needed Share in Terry’s dream to outrun cancer. Anita McLeod, Community Service Coordinator for the Town of Ladysmith is looking for volunteers for this year’s Run on Sunday, September 16 at the Frank Jameson Community Centre. Lend a hand in making this year’s Run the most successful it has ever been as a Committee Member or Run Day volunteer. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Anita at or call 250245-6427.

Jayse wins Peoples’ Choice Ladysmith’s Jayse van Rooyen’s bid for the 2012 Ambassador Awards may have been short of the mark but she came away with the coveted People’s Choice Award. The 20 year old organized a number of fundraisers and events in which the community embraced her efforts and supported her in her drive. She also received the Friendship Award and a bursary to help her in her future studies at Vancouver Island University. Well done Jayse!

Forest Fire Disaster Averted A small forest fire broke out just off the Comox Logging road August 18. A 2012 Budget Rental van was found intentionally burned. Investigation revealed that the van was stolen from the Duncan area earlier in the morning. The fire was approximately 2km from the nearest homes, and is a reminder to be extremely careful when going out into the back country. Fire Chief Ray Delcourt said “It would have been much worse had it not been early in the morning when the fire was discovered and put out.”



Million dollar fundraiser Jacquie Kaese recognized in national award BY MARINA SACHT Jacqui Kaese is on a mission. Fuelled by the love for her sons, she has raised over a million dollars toward finding a cure for diabetes by working tirelessly to raise funds and using her resources to the best of her ability. The Kaeses own and operate the Cottonwood Golf Course and she runs Spotlight Academy for actors and models. Jacqui has been awarded the prestigious “Volunteer of the Year Award” for JDRF Canada (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). Founder of the 5th Annual Gala of Hope (this year held at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa and Resort & Conference Centre on November 3rd), Jacqui, with husband Trent, also host the 5th Annual Women’s Whyne Festival and 9th Annual Cottonwood Shots for Kids golf tournament, and are responsible for raising over $1,000,000 to benefit T1D research. Jacqui was earlier awarded with the inaugural BC-wide JDRF “Shining Star” Volunteer in February. And, Jacqui and Trent Kaese along with Cottonwood Golf Course were the recipients of the Island Radio Sterling Community Spirit Award, presented at last May’s Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce’s distinguished Sterling Awards. “My work on the galas was recognized because we raised more money within this community than any other community across Canada and we’ve done it for two years running.” Also to her delight the Gala of Hope was awarded gala of the year due to the themes and type of events. She says her success is based on the generous contribution and support mainly from this community. “I would say 60 per cent of the tables are sold from within Ladysmith to Cedar.” “I’m grateful for the amazing family and staff support here at Cottonwood Golf Course. And a bevy of actors that I can call upon to put together for any event.” She attributes her success to her training in the entertainment industry. In

1992 she won showman of the year in the UK, up against 497 men - the first woman to win the award. Her marketing and entertainment strategy took her nightclub to number one. I’ve used the entertainment industry as a vessel to put together events with the ultimate goal of raising money to cure diabetes. And it’s worked well.” Ten years ago her youngest son Jake, then 8 years old, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. “Normal blood sugar levels are 4-8, he was 55.” Three years later their older son Josh was also diagnosed. Over 300,000 people in Canada suffer from diabetes. Symptoms include excessive thirst, sugar craving, extreme weight loss. “It’s an insidious disease because the people look normal ...but in the last two years three teenagers didn’t wake up because during the night their blood sugar went too low.” The Kaese family is not one that is to sit back and accept this.“We are a family that knew we had to get things done.” She was determined to do everything in her power to help fund the research that would one day allow diabetics to live insulin free. For the past seven years Jacqui has

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worked fulltime for JDRF … all on a volunteer basis. Educating people is also a role she takes on. What can people do to help? Learn to recognize the symptoms of a diabetic. “A simple thing people can do is carry a juice box in their first aid kit. It could save someone’s life.” The family was at a performance at the Port Theatre when her son’s blood sugar dropped. “They wouldn’t give me a juice box until I paid for it, while in the meantime my son was about to have a seizure.” Low blood sugar can be deadly. The family was camping in Yellow Point and had been celebrating their son Jake’s hockey game with the Cowichan Capitals. “At 6 am I woke up– something told me there was a problem. I tried to wake Jake up and get his blood levels. His pupils were dilated he couldn’t speak. I grabbed a juice box but he couldn’t take it as he was on the point of having a seizure.” She yelled for Trent and they tried to rub some sugar on his gums but by then Jake was in a full blown seizure. A shot from the Glucagon started to work and within two hours he was back on the ice. “When your kids were not blessed with good health all you ever want is for them to live normally. They have to face all the challenges everyday plus complications such as kidney failure, blindness, loss of limbs.” Another challenge they face is discrimination. Jake wanted join the RCMP but the force won’t accept Type 1. Insurance is also denied. “Jake was in for a major role in a movie and the insurance companies wouldn’t insure him so the role was offered to someone else.” What can you do? Educate yourself so if you are with a Type 1 and their behaviour changes, you can help. The Kaeses are also leadership volunteers - there to help with the families of diabetics. “Everything in life that I’ve done I’ve made it as best as it can be. I don’t stop until it’s the best that it can be. There always has to be hope otherwise what would motivate us?” You can email Jacqui at spotlight@ or visit Jacqui Kaese receiving Volunteer of the Year Award from JDRF Canada President and CEO, Andrew McKee at JDRF Annual General Meeting in Toronto.




try hues and humour. Tickets: In the Beantime Café and Salamander Books in Ladysmith; and online @ Advance: $20 General/ $15 Students & Seniors (Door: $22/$17)

Nanaimo Museum Fall exhibit Allison Crowe with Lena Birtwistle concert Last year’s “Anniversary celebration and more” was so much fun, musicians Allison Crowe and Lena Birtwistle are re-uniting for a concert at Ladysmith First United Church, (232 High Street), on Sept 8, 7:30 pm (doors 6:30 pm).The night marks the 11th anniversary for Crowe’s own music label, Rubenesque Records. For more than a decade, Allison Crowe’s life has been one of constant recording and touring - cross-Canada, and, in more recent years Europe. In May 2012 Crowe performed “Hallelujah” for the World Premiere run of “The Doorway: Scenes from Leonard Cohen” – the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s thrilling, new, Cohen-inspired ballet. This November, she rejoins the RWB as the dance, cho-

Allison Crowe - she’s back for a concert Sept 8 in Ladysmith

reographed by Jorden Morris (“Moulin Rouge”), delights audiences in Canada’s Maritime provinces. For Ladysmith, Allison Crowe mixes voice, piano, and guitar – and genres from rock to folk, jazz, pop and soul – to feature original music along with select covers, including her acclaimed interpretations of Cohen and such artists as The Lovin’ Spoonful, Patty Griffin and Aretha Franklin. Lena Birtwistle launches this event with her distinctive guitar and piano songs - folk/pop songs tinged with coun-

The Spirit of Life: Fibre-Art Exhibition runs from September 13 to December 29, 2012. Nanaimo artist Sheila Jacobs has created a unique art form; wall hangings that combine textiles, paint, appliqué, embroidery and other media. Her works are a medium for expressing complex ideas, messages and inspiration. Complementing Sheila’s art will be an exhibition of artifacts from the museum’s textile collection reflecting different styles of embroidery, appliqué and painting on pillows, clothing and quilts. Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. For updates, 250-753-1821, or visit www. and Facebook at

Jonanco Craft Show Demos in quilting, lapidary, silversmithing and more. Items for sale, raffle,


refreshments. Sunday, September 23, 10am to 3pm. Jonanco Hobby Workshop, 2745 White Rapids Road, Nanaimo (at the corner of White Rapids and Nanaimo River Road) 250-753-3650 jonanco@

Behind the scenes Behind the Scenes at Ladysmith Little Theatre is a free community event on Sept 9 at 2pm for anyone who is curious about what goes on “behind the scenes” at Ladysmith Little Theatre . Mort Paul, director of the upcoming play “And Then There Were None” will use a short scene to demonstrate how the elements (including lighting, set, sound and costumes) are brought together to create the dramatic experience. A draw for two free tickets will be held at the beginning of the presentation. After the presentation, volunteers from Ladysmith Players will be on hand to answer questions and to offer backstage tours. Information about membership and opportunities to participate in local community theatre, including the popular new apprentice program, will also be available. Ladysmith Little Theatre’s 2012– 2013 Season opens on September 13 with Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None”, directed by Mort Paul. There will be a total of six productions this season. Full details www.

“Hear” Chemainus’ new mural A dedication is planned for the Unknown Miner, Mural #42 created by Terry Chapman, a local artist, on August 28. This is the only mural in Chemainus with a soundtrack: an audio system makes the mural sound like a working mine. Ian Simpson and Barb Bond added the unique mural to the side of their store and gallery Silvermine in Chemainus at 9650 Chemainus Road, at the corner of River Road. For more information contact 250246-5003 or silverminechemainus@ Above: This year’s Arts on the Avenue was a shining example of the talent and versatility of local artists. Photo: Marina Sacht More photos take5publications



Vanishing Species There was an article in the Times Colonist about the decline in the bird population in British Columbia. I browsed the Internet and found as many web sites as you would want, all giving similar facts, reasons and predictions. Seventy-eight per cent of some Boreal species are vanishing due to logging, mining, drilling, acid rain, human development and chemical sprays for fruit tree pests and of course the latest bug-a-boo, global warming. Another site said that since 1970, 12 per cent of bird species are nearing extinction. Wild mammals have declined by 25 per cent, amphibians by 33 per cent and turtles and tortoises by 40 per cent. Another site mentioned that barn swallows have declined by 25 per cent since

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1970. I would argue with that figure and say it is far more where we live. A friend, Joe Quilty, brought this to my attention years ago. He asked if I remembered when I was young, masses of swallows sitting on power lines? I do. The suburbs of Vancouver were thick with swallows of all types. Here in Ladysmith, there are a few around town and the waterfront. The lakes, where the insect population is constantly hatching, attract more but not many. Put up some nest boxes. I’m going to put in a bunch at our new place. I wrote an article in 2007 titled, “How to kill birds�. I guess lots of people paid attention to that. I am writing this while on a sailing holiday. I think the change out here is like it is ashore; slow, so we hardly notice it and then suddenly it seems dramatic. There are few cormorants. The cliffs on Tent Island were always an active breeding place but this year I saw only a few nests and the white guano streaked rock faces are almost cleaned by the rain. Seagulls are not present in the numbers that I remember. Pigeon guillemots seem to be doing OK. They are bottom feeders that dive for eels.


Noisy oyster catchers are in good supply as they peck around looking for sand hoppers and other small yummies in the tidal area. There is little else around. One of our favorite anchorages always sported a flock of harlequin ducks. Not this year. There are a few mergansers that nest in Ladysmith harbour, there use to be more. I believe that the seabird decline is a direct result of an interruption in the food chain. Over fishing of herring, salmon and cod affects things below and above on the chain as the balance and interdependency is disrupted. We hear of orcas and other whales being undernourished. Who knows where the salmon go? Let’s have a Royal Commission and talk about it. There are good stories -like the raptors that have recovered from DDT softening their egg shells and our local success, the purple martin recovery program (they are called purple as that is the colour of their poo that stains fiberglass boats) at the Ladysmith Maritime Society docks. The long haired one and I tied our boat up in Gibsons and visited friends and relatives on the beach, near Gower Point. The conversation always turns to the old days when salmon were caught each morning for breakfast. Now, no one fishes. We all know what we have done to the salmon. Live rock fish were a hot product about 20 years ago as they were highly prized by the Chinese. Every reef from our southern border to beyond the north tip of Vancouver Island was stripped of these slow growing fish. Fisheries recognized too late what harm was being done and now has “no fishing” zones and smaller limits. What will be the end result? Who knows, although we can probably make an educated guess. We have done so much harm in only half my life time. Our race has a tendency to push all aside in favour of growth and progress. Everything is “green” while the economy is good but during a downturn, “green” is quickly ignored in preference to vote getting spending. Tricia’s lovely aunt Muriel, from Whittaker Beach, wrote in a history of her area that “we are only here for a twinkling of an eye” and she is so right. When we have poisoned our world and we are the species that becomes extinct, the planet will recover. Good luck to the next dominant species. Sorry to be such a bummer.

Where have all the birds gone? Numbers are in serious decline Photo: Rob Pinkerton



Salt Spring Island BY MARINA SACHT Salt Spring Island is full of surprises. From sweeping landscapes, quiet country roads to bustling Ganges with its trendy eateries and live music spilling out into the night, if you’re looking for an excuse to come to Salt Spring, we can give you many. Kayaking, home grown foods, art galleries, great eateries, wineries and the rolling landscape to hike or bike and there is the famous Salt Spring Market. If you haven’t been to the market – it is a must. As far as famers’ markets, this one nails it: internationally acclaimed arts

and crafts, music, and free festive fun. Food producers are also well represented with cheeses and organic foods. We enjoyed meeting some of the more than 140 artisans and food producers who all contribute to Salt Spring’s international reputation as a hotbed of world-class artists and organic farmers. Children get into the “vendor in training” spirit with their small tables offering home made juice, hand painted rocks, and brownies and cupcakes throughout the centre of the market. Live music drifts through the crowd as hungry shoppers line up for free samples of cheese or peppers. Best come to the market early in the morning or be prepared for crowds. The market runs every Saturday from 8:30am to 4pm until October 27. The 20 minute ferry ride from Crofton to Vesuvius gave us just enough time to

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relax, making Salt Spring an ideal one day or overnight getaway. We could feel stress slipping away as we approached the Island. The largest of the southern Gulf Islands, with a population of about 10,000 people, the island is known for its large concentration of artists and is a foodie’s paradise. There are more than three dozen restaurants, coffee shops and pubs to choose from, which together serve a wide variety of food. There are several wineries producing and a local brewery. While Salt Spring Island offers a variety of accommodations, we stayed at the


lovely Salt Spring Inn which is centrally located in Ganges and an easy walk to everything. Owners Jeremy Milsom and Barry Edwards. have renovated in recent years and offer seven tastefully appointed rooms as well as a ghost story and a celebrity cat named Rita who was interviewed in the local paper. She was quite chatty – and not at all catty. We had planned to go for a three hour sunset kayak tour with Salt Spring Adventure Company but the room’s sea breeze was so inviting we choose to chill. It was island time. Instead we ambled along the waterfront and found our way to Moby’s Oyster Bar & Marine Grill to sample Salt Spring Island Brewery’s beers on tap. We were still downing oysters when our kayak group came in. Next time, we promised ourselves, taking another sip of beer on the deck. A band had started playing and drew in a younger crowd so we made our way to the Oyster Catcher for live music well into the night. Our Saturday morning began with a cup of coffee at the Saltspring Roasting Co. cafe and a visit to the famous market.

The guys were a little overwhelmed and wide eyed by the time we were done but we were happy with our loot of smoked salmon, organic cheese, mud pie, spices and fresh bread. Things are not cheap if you are looking for a deal or are used to produce prices from Cedar, but the quality, variety and festive atmosphere makes it all worthwhile. Before going home we headed for one of the highest points on the Island, Mount Maxwell Provincial Park. It was worth the dusty ride on the gravel road for the sweeping views. Along the way down we investigated the Island’s newest coffee roaster, Mt. Maxwell Coffee. There’s always lots going on Salt Spring Island. While their famous Apple Festival was canceled this year due to a lack of apples – there is the world’s largest number of heritage apple trees here. The biggest event of the year is the annual Salt Spring Pride Parade – the star attraction at the 2012 Pride Festival, that runs from Sept 7 to 9. For more info visit View photos at or



Face of Business Behind every business is a person. These are some of the people who do business here, they are also your neighbours and friends. They make an important contribution to the economic vitality of the community – many of these businesses often contribute directly to improving our lifestyle though donations, sponsorships and volunteerism. Nikki Designs Nikki MacCallum’s company offers custom window coverings, slipcovers, and other soft furnishings using natural fabrics to customers in North America and shipped as far as Japan and Australia. Volunteering in the community with Business Works in Duncan, Ladysmith Women’s Business Network and the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce keep Nikki active in the community. “I currently have two amazing ladies who help me sew my creations, Gwen Kinahan and Sharon Rowe.” They both live in the community and are also active volunteers. Rhythm Dance Academy is a bright, spacious and inviting dance studio located right in Ladysmith. Discover the passion for dance and explore the various opportunities in the many disciplines that Rhythm Dance offers. Rhythm Dance Academy is

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Ladysmith’s newest and most fun place to dance. Owner and Artistic Director Irene Booth is pleased with the success that the studio has had in its first year running as Rhythm Dance Academy and is looking forward to a successful second season. The studio provides classes for all ages three to adults, in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, and Zumba. Check the schedule and registration dates and come on down to book your class today! Creative Answers Corporation has been helping small and medium businesses keep up with and survive the nose-bleed speed of technology changes for over 15 years. “We provide services in the area of web design, hosting, content writing, webmaster services and social media; devoting our energies to small and medium sized companies,” says Carol Shepherd, President. Whether you are looking for a new website or migrating your legacy site to new technology, seeking to create a business plan, a paperless solution or need a fresh look at your operations, a call to Creative Answers could put you on the road towards ..well.. creative answers. Clockwise: Nikki MacCallum’of NikkiDesigns. Rhythm Dance Academy Ladysmith’s newest Dance academy Carol Shepherd of Creative Answers




Go Green Heat Pumps Go Green! Heat Pumps sells and installs ductless heat pumps which are three times more efficient than electric baseboards and can also cool your home on those summer days. Owner operator Louis Brossard says they can also just sell the heat pump allowing the homeowner to hire an electrician and HVAC technician to install, controlling the cost further. “We can install a 24,000 BTU heat pump for $4000 on a typical installation. He is pleased to be bringing this technology to local homeowners. www.gogreenheatpumps. BMO Nora Dowsett Nora enjoys being the Financial Planner at the Ladysmith branch of BMO Bank of Montreal as this is her home town. “I was born in Ladysmith and grew up here and in Chemainus, so I have the pleasure of knowing many of our clients personally.” She has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and has spent the last eight years as Financial Planner at Bank of Montreal. “The

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most rewarding part of my job is helping our clients achieve their financial goals and retirement dreams.” Paul Mycroft Design “We provide a human touch to web design, are approachable, and reliable,” says Paul Mycroft who sets and maintains the standards within the firm and utilizes specialists when needed. Paul is very active in the community. “The Big Bike for Heart & Stroke is a favorite community event, especially when you get to dress up. We consciously shop local and are on first name terms with many businesses. We see the potential for more local business development and support that growth with our time, energy and services.” Clockwise: Louis Brossard , Go Green Heat Pumps Paul Mycroft of Paul Mycroft Design. Photo: Teddy McRae BMO Nora Dowsett


Van Isle Truck Tech Van Isle Truck Tech specilizes in RV chassis, pick-up and heavy truck repairs. “The fact that we specialize in RV mechanical repairs makes us unique, we are one of the few dedicated RV mechanical repair shops on Vancouver Island,” says Debbie Johnston. “Some shops will repair a few RV’s a year, we repair them each week!” They are also a Spartan Chassis Approved Warranty Facility, the only one on Vancouver Island. Owner Wayne Johnston is an active member of Ladysmith Fire Rescue serving for 15 years with the department, and has over 20 years in the mechanics field in commercial transport and heavy duty. Experience with the Fire department has made safety a priority in life and business. “We take our customers’ safety on the road seriously.” Van Isle Truck Tech, your RV, Pick-Up and Heavy Truck Clockwise: Debbie and Wayne Johnston, Van Isle Truck Tech Photo: Rob Johnson Dan Patterson owner of Affordable Vacuum and Scooters. Photo: Jon Holland


built-in vacs and mobility scooters and carpet cleaning,” says Dan Patterson, owner. Call him if you have a problem and he’ll help you on the phone. “Bring it in and we’ll diagnose it and give you an estimate.” They take trade-ins on new vacs and scooters. “I’ve been in the vacuum industry for over 25 years and would rather repair something instead of adding to our landfill. I pride myself on honesty and treating people like fam-

Specialists! 250-245-3092 Affordable Vacuum and Scooters Affordable Vacuum and Scooters sells vacuums, floor and carpet cleaning machines and products, parts, bags, filters, belts, hoses. What’s special about the company is that they repair, service and do warranty onsite, something big box stores don’t. “We do service calls on


RDN - Area A During the run-up to the November 2011 municipal elections I indicated, as part of my election platform, that I would favour a feasibility study on restructuring our local governance model. Since then, I have been reminded of my promise numerous times. Since November 2011, a number of electoral areas have petitioned the provincial government to provide funding – approximately $40,000 – for a restructuring study as provided under legislation. In replying to these requests, the provincial government has simply stated that they are currently reviewing the process under which the restructuring process takes place. RDN Electoral Area (EA) ‘F’ (Coombs, Hilliers, Errington, Meadowood, Whiskey Creek) is one of the areas that has applied for a restructuring study. As a matter of interest, if EA ‘F’ were to incorporate, their population (7,450) would rank them at #71 out of the more than 400 incorporated areas in B.C. The Area ‘A’ population (7,150) is only slightly smaller than that of EA ‘F’.

Traditionally, the way the restructure program works is as follows: •There is usually a grassroots initiative by residents about exploring a different form of governance. •The EA Director indicates support for the idea of an incorporation study taking place in the community. •The EA Director brings the idea of the study forward to the RDN board, and if the RDN board supports the study, the RDN Board passes a resolution indicating its support and requesting the provincial government to fund the study. Upon receiving a request for funding that is supported by a RD board resolution, the Ministry determines a number of things, such as availability of grant money, the apparent viability of the area proposed for the study and the availability of Ministry staff resources. •The next step would be determining the level of support for the study within the community. This is usually done by the EA Director holding a public meeting that RDN and ministry staff attend and answer questions from the public. Support for the study should be broadly based, e.g. by community and/or ratepayers groups, improvement district/s,

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business community, etc. •The Ministerial decision about whether or not a study will be sanctioned and funded follows the public meeting. •If it is determined that there is a broad base of support for the study, ministry staff work with the EA director and RD staff to determine the make-up of the volunteer restructure/governance committee and the terms of reference (TOR) for the study. The EA director is an exofficio (non-voting) member of the committee. •Based on the TOR, the study committee submits a request for proposals and proceed to hire a consultant, with input from RD and Ministry staff, to write the study. Within the next two months, it is my intention to begin the formation of a broadly-based committee as the first step in the restructuring study process. This is not a decision to be taken lightly; however, without the benefit of the restructuring study the question of whether or not incorporation of EA ‘A’ (Cedar, Yellowpoint, South Wellington, Cassidy) is financially viable and desired by the constituents will remain an unresolved matter.




CVRD - Area H BY MARY MARCOTTE Cowichan Sportsplex: For the last number of years the Regional Board has been asked to approve monetary support for an outdoor sports facility located in the general Duncan area. This facility is operated by volunteers through a private not for profit society. The facility is built on land owned by North Cowichan and mainly consists of outdoor running tracks and sports fields with bleachers and other amenities. Like many volunteer organizations, the Sportsplex Society is finding it very difficult to raise the funds necessary to maintain and operate the track. Because the majority of the Regional District Board members consider this complex to be an asset to the entire region, the majority of the Board has supported those requests. I do not believe that taxpayers in Area H use the facility enough to warrant spending your taxes on this facility. I have consistently voted in opposition to providing the requested support. During the 2012 budget process the Society requested $120,000.00 for operational funding; they received $100,000. Members of the Society appeared at the August 1, 2012 Board meeting and requested additional funding for 2012. They stated that they will have a $46,000 deficit this year and could be forced to give the facility back to the land owners (the Municipality of North Cowichan) on April 1st, 2013 if they did not receive the additional funds. They also stated

that they have projected that the artificial turf on the tracks will have to be replaced within the next ten years at a cost of approximately $800,000. Although they do have capital reserve funds, it is not believed that they have enough funds to cover long range capital improvements of this nature. The Society has stated that they require sustainable annual funding to continue operations and are looking to you to provide that annual funding. There is only one way the Regional District could annually allocate funds to any group; a function must be set up. In order to set up a new taxation function, formal public approval must be sought through an Alternate Approval Process or a Referendum. At the August 1st meeting, the Board considered using the APP process across all areas of the region. What that could mean to you, is that Area H could overwhelming defeat the approval and still be forced into paying taxes to the facility. After a great deal of discussion on whether the Region as a whole should set up a function to address the request for consistent, stable funding, a motion was passed that a poll be conducted to determine which CVRD member municipalities and electoral areas are interested in participating in an annual financial contribution service to requisition $146,000 beginning in 2013 to assist with funding the Cowichan Sportsplex. Regional Recreation Alert: There is another sleeping dragon that is beginning to awaken. In the past, you, the residents of North

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Oyster/Diamond, have made it very clear that you do not wish to participate in funding Regional facilities. It seems to me that soon after every newly elected Cowichan Valley Regional District Board has been sworn in some members make a concerted effort to force the rural areas to pay for their recreational facilities. It’s almost as if the experienced Directors wish to take advantage of the newly elected Directors, and push the regional recreation agenda forward. This has been going on since the early 1990’s. This Board is no exception; regional recreation has been introduced as a priority very early in new term. The facilities were designed, constructed and operated by the municipal areas with various grants from senior governments. Because the cost of maintaining and operating these facilities are so high, the owners soon began looking for additional revenues. Funding inequities were identified in the 1985 Cowichan Valley Parks & Recreation Master Plan and the proposal to have the entire region pay for all of the facilities was born. Since that time, consultants have been hired to research usage and conduct opinion surveys. The goal has been to find a way to justify taxing everyone for the service, whether they wanted it or not. In one survey, respondents from North Oyster/Diamond overwhelming stated that they were not in favour of funding these so called regional facilities. Different funding options have been proposed over the years. The options have included having those closest to


the facilities pay more than those further away and two tiered systems where those who pay through annual taxation pay less at the door than those who don’t pay taxes to subsidize the facilities. I will speak more to the issue of electoral areas funding municipal facilities in future articles. For now, the Board is concentrating on resolving the Sportsplex issue. But Regional Recreation remains a Board objective. If the Board is successful in achieving sustainable funding for the Sportsplex, through a public approval process for the areas that indicate support in the aforementioned poll, Regional Recreation will again come to the fore front. There is no doubt in my mind that if that dialogue occurs, an attempt will be made by some Directors to roll the Sportsplex into the Region Recreation function, and that all areas could be forced into participation. Again, it has been made abundantly clear to me that Area H taxpayers do not wish to fund these facilities. I will continue to follow those wishes until I hear otherwise, and when the time comes, I will be seeking your assistance to send the CVRD Board a strong message about funding recreational facilities.

CVRD - Area G BY MEL DOREY We had a terrific response from Saltairites wanting palm trees to help with the branding of Saltair as a warm welcoming community. We had about 90 palms and most of them are gone now. It was surprising that many people already had

Mel Dorey planting palm trees for Saltair

palm trees growing their yards which further supports the idea that Saltair has a temperate climate. “Sunny Saltair” as a theme will continue to be promoted as the future unfolds by Saltair Parks Commission and myself. The question arises, “How much is a good impression of a community worth?”. So far it has cost the Saltair taxpayers very little. I put up the money to buy the palms and am getting the money back at $2 a tree. Last year the parks commission bought a palm tree for Centennial Park for $50. Last year as well we spent $80 to buy giant redwood seedlings for Stocking Creek Park. They are sprinkled throughout the park and will not be noticed for


many years. Once again going with the theme of branding Saltair as a warm climate. California trees for a California climate. Automated curbside awareness campaign: The CVRD has been looking into the possibility of purchasing new garbage trucks. Presently private contractors pick up your garbage and recycling in their private trucks. It has become more and more difficult to negotiate a decent priced contract with these contractors. There are basically only two big companies in BC to work with. I get the feeling that we are being held hostage. So part of the CVRD investigation is going to the public to see what they think about the situation. Sometime in September there will be a public meeting held to review our options for garbage, recycling and kitchen waste. The meeting will probably be held at the North Oyster Community Centre and will be intended for Area G (Saltair) and Area H (North Oyster) residents. Probably the Alternate Approval Process will be used to get consent from the taxpayers for the purchase of these trucks. If no more than 10 percent of the voters object to this then the process will allowed to move ahead if we decide to. At this time the cost of operating our own trucks versus private contractors will be about the same. Although the Municipality of North Cowichan operates their own trucks and their costs are much lower than our private contractors. Come to the meeting in September and find out more date TBA.


The Case Of The Organic Carrots Being a private detective is all about positioning. I can’t overstate the importance of having your feet on the desk, your chair leaned back, hands cradled behind head, and your gun tucked safely away in the top drawer where you can get to it quickly if you don’t fall off the chair first. My office door, as usual, was open. How else could I appreciate the midmorning washroom parade by leggy Jennifer, the secretary down the hall? I was adjusting the angle of my chair by about one degree -- it’s that attention to detail that makes you or breaks you in my business -- when a young nerdish looking guy burst into my office with that unmistakable look on his face. Either he needed a private detective, or a public washroom. “Are you Jack Proctor?” “If not, the resemblance is uncanny. What can I do for you?” “I need help. They’re trying to kill me.” “Excellent,” I said. “Exactly my line of work. Why don’t you close the door, take a seat and tell me who they are.” “They call themselves Eco Warriors.” “And what did you do to attract their attention?” “I had a carrot tasting.” “So you’ll understand why I have to ask you this next question. What’s up Doc?” “I know it sounds crazy, but I was curious. We matched cheap bulk carrots against the small expensive ones with the green tops, and also against those

from a local organic garden.” You had to wonder, what else did he do for excitement. “And the organic carrot cleaned up, right?” “No. They came dead last; the bulk California carrots were overwhelmingly first on everyone’s scorecard. They were sweeter, and far better tasting. ” “So where’s the harm in that, just as long as you don’t rub the 100 mile diet crowd’s nose in it?” “I put it on my blog, you know, the Internet. “You did what? You put the information on your blog, where everyone can see it? How many hits are you getting?” “Ah… well…. It started out around 500, now it’s about 1000.” “One thousand!” “That’s an hour.” I didn’t like where this was going. “How have these Eco Warriors contacted you?” “They phone in the middle of the night. They leave burning Costco boxes on my front steps and then they tried to run me over with a Toyota Prius.” “A dark green Prius?” “Yes. How did you know?” I opened my desk drawer, took out my long barreled .357 and placed it on the desk. “The guys in the Prius, you notice what they were wearing?” “Yeah. White tee shirts with a green patch, some letters below.” “ZLF,” I said. “Stands for the Zucchini Liberation Front, the dreaded East Vancouver chapter. “ “You’ve heard of them.” “Oh yeah. Been up against them twice. Saved one client, Lost the other. They’re an elite cadre of ultra radicals out to save the environment by depopulating the planet. They’re brought up on the strictest of vegan diets. No T-bone steak, no pork chops, no hot dogs, no tasty bulk carrots. A diet that makes a man mean, real mean.” “Ah… when you said depopulate the planet…?”

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“Exactly. First thing we have to do is make sure your affairs are in order.” “They’d kill me over a carrot tasting.” “They see things a little differently. To them the environment is a religion and your carrot tasting is threatening that religion. The only difference between them and a religious fanatic is, one spends Sunday making bombs in the church basement, the other spends $3 a pound at the farm market on under performing carrots. “What… what should I do?” “Don’t buy any extended warranties for one thing.” “There must be some way out of this. ” “Well, there might be. I just got this new bulletproof camouflage suit. Here, try it on, we’re about the same size.” The suit fit, but made him look even more dork like, which is how it goes with carrot tasters. I passed over the .357, “Ever use one of these?” He shook his head no. “It’s easy. Point and shoot. In the event of return fire, ducking is suggested, just don’t rip the pants, they’re a little tight on you.” “Well, what now?” He asked. “We make you disappear. New identity, new town, new occupation, and most important, no more carrot tasting. Now, go home and pack. Quickly now, and just the bare essentials. I’ll meet you at the train station in an hour.” “We don’t have a train station.” “Good point. Let’s meet somewhere else. Now get going.” “Thank you. Thank you.” He stood up and walked out. Definitely tight in the bum. And then the shooting started, maybe 3000 rounds, I retired under my desk where a bottle of scotch was stored. When the shooting stopped, and the smoke cleared, I put the scotch down and checked out carrot boy. My worse fears were confirmed. All 3000 rounds had punctured my new camouflage suit. I’d be taking it back to Canadian Tire, that’s for sure. But not before cleaning up the mess, Jennifer was due in 20 minutes and I had a perfect special occasion wine to share with her. A delicious, summery, sparkling Italian pink, Rosa di Sera, $20. Delbert is the co-proprietor at Mahle House. Read more at




Ladysmith Cake contest results

As part of the Ladysmith Days Celebrations, TAKE 5 sponsored a cake baking contest using the recipe for the orginial Ladysmith Cake. There where five entries for this contest. The Grand Prize Winner ($100) was the Phillips Family (Darin, Lori, Calista and Maleah) Creation while the People’s Choice award ($50) went to Jeanette Missinne. Recipes for these cakes can be seen below: Please visit our website for all the delicious entries recipes. Grand Prize Winner - The Phillips Family Creation 2012 Darin, Lori, Calista, Maleah The Phillips Family rose to the challenge to alter the original Ladysmith, South Africa cake to create our own! Changes were made to the original recipe (see TAKE 5/Aug 2012 or our website)

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Feast of Fields

Lori, Darin, Calista and Maleah Phillips claim their award for their Ladysmith Cake. Photo: Isabel Jarvis

The countdown is on for Feast of Fields FarmFolk CityFolk’s annual food celebration will held this year at Alderlea Farm in Duncan. This is the seventh year it’s been held in the Cowichan Valley, a wandering gourmet harvest that has been hosted at different farms on Vancouver Island since 1998. “I am thrilled to bring Feast of Fields back to the Cowichan Valley,” says organizer Melanie Banas. “It’s really the heart of Vancouver Island with so many great foods and wines being produced by extraordinarily passionate people, farmers.” This year, there will be about 60 local chefs, restaurants, wineries, breweries and producers at the festival, including 30 from the Cowichan Valley. Preparations are underway at Alderlea Farm as owners John and Katy Ehrlich get ready to host the approximately 900 people that the event draws each year. Feast of Fields is one of the largest and longeststanding food and wine festivals on Vancouver Island and sells out every year. For details




10-12, Ship Security Officer, Western Marine Institute, 3519 Hallberg Road, 250-245-4455

1-2, 10:30am, Ladysmith Harbour Tours. Weekends, 250-245-2112 or

10-11, Marine Basic First Aid, Western Marine Institute, 3519 Hallberg Road, 250-245-4455

1-3 Ortho Matt, Wheatsheaf Sports Complex, 1866 Cedar Road, 250-722-3142

10-13, Global Mural Conference, Chemainus, 250-2102402

1, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Chemainus Theatre Festival, 250-246-9820

10-14, Basic Safety Training, Western Marine Institute, 3519 Hallberg Road, 250-245-4455

1, 9am, Crofton Market beside BC Ferry Terminal, 250 246-9871

Program, Aggie Hall, 1110-1st Avenue, 250-210-0870

2, 9am, Cedar Farmers Market, Crow & Gate parking lot, Cedar

6, 12:15pm, LaFFternoon, a LaFF afternoon program, Aggie Hall, 1110-1st Avenue, 250-210-0870

2, 2pm, Hope King Hour, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan Street 250-748-7246

6, Tim Horton’s Seniors Bus Trip, 630 2nd Avenue, 250-245-3079

3, 7am, Page Point Community Pancake Breakfast, local or visiting vessels are invited, 250-245-2312

6, 7pm, National Theatre Live, Cowichan Theatre, 2687 James Street, Duncan 250-748-7529

3, 4:45pm, Bingo, Chemainus Seniors Drop-in Centre, 9824 Willow Street, 250-246-2111

6, 8pm, The Celtic Cross, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan Street 250-748-7246

3, 8pm, Luke & Tess Pretty, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan Street, 250-748-7246

7, 8, 9, Wheaty Volleyball, Wheatsheaf Sports Complex, 1866 Cedar Road, 250-722-3142

4, 9:30am, Ladysmith Family and Friends Resource Program, Aggie Hall, 1110-1st Avenue, 250-210-0870

7, 6pm, Pot Luck Party, Ladysmith Maritime Society Welcome Centre, 250-327-6262

4, 9:30am, Applications Accepted, Cowichan Valley Hospice Volunteer, 1-888-701-4242

8-9, 10:30am, Ladysmith Harbour Tours Weekends, 250245-2112 or

4, 7pm, Nanaimo Glad & Dahlia Society monthly meeting, Paine Horticulture Centre, 250-722-2109

8,1pm, Cedar Blackberry Tea, Cedar United Church, 1644 Cedar Road, 250-753-9131

4-6, Rhythm Dance Academy Registration for fall, 19A High St, or 250-756-4755

8, 7pm, Dance – Double Play, Chemainus Seniors Drop in Centre, 9824 Willow Street, 250-246-2111

4-7, Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boat, Western Marine Institute, 3519 Hallberg Rd, 250-2454455

8, 7:30pm, Allison Crowe/Lena Birtwistle Concert, First United Church, 232 High Street

4, 7pm, Ladysmith Town Council Meeting, 410 Esplanade, 250-245-6400 5, 11am, Chemainus Market, Waterwheel Park, Chemainus, 250-246-3944 5, 6pm, Registration Fuller Lake Skating Club, ellison6@, 250-748-2559 5, 8pm, Bocephus King, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan Street, 250-748-7246 6, 9:30am, Ladysmith Family and Friends Resource

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9, 9am, Cedar Farmers Market, Crow & Gate parking lot, Cedar 9, 2pm, Behind the Scenes, see what goes on at Ladysmith Little Theatre, 4985 Christie Road 9, 2pm, Benefit Recital for the Cowichan Consort, Sylvan United Church, 965 Shawnigan-Mill Bay Road 10-11, Marine Basic First Aid, Western Marine Institute, 3519 Hallberg Road, 250-245-4455 10-12, Basic Safety & Small Passenger Vessel Safety, WMI, 3519 Hallberg Road, 250-245-4455

10, 4:45pm, Bingo, Chemainus Seniors Drop-in Centre, 9824 Willow Street, 250-246-2111 10, 6:30pm, 1st Cedar Scouting Registration, Woodbank School, 250-754-8387 10, 8pm, Anne Vriend, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201330 Duncan Street, 250-748-7246 11, 9:30am, Ladysmith Family and Friends resource program, Aggie Hall, 1110-1st Avenue, 250-210-0870 11, 6:15pm, Ladysmith Air Cadets Registration/Open House, 1110-1st Ave. 12-13, 6pm, 1st Ladysmith Scouting registration, Frank Jameson Community Center, 250-245-7227 12-14, Restricted Operator Certificate Maritime Commercial, WMI, 3519 Hallberg Road, 250-245-4455 12, 11am, Chemainus Market, Waterwheel Park Chemainus, 250-246-3944 13-Dec 29, Spirit of Life: Fibre Art Exhibition, Nanaimo Museum, 100 Museum Way, 250-753-1821 13-30, “And Then There Were None”, Ladysmith Little Theatre,, 250-924-0658 13, 6:30pm, Toopy & Binoo & The Marshmellow Moon, Cowichan Theatre, 2687 James St. 250-748-7529 13, 9:30am, Ladysmith Family and Friends Resource Program, Aggie Hall, 1110-1st Avenue, 250-210-0870 13, 12:15pm, LaFFternoon, a LaFF afternoon program, Aggie Hall, 1110-1st Avenue, 250-210-0870 14, “Step up to the Plate” Fundraiser, Wheatsheaf Sports Complex, 1866 Cedar Road, 250-722-3142 14, 10am, Dyslexia Free Seminar, 250-245-8412 14, 2pm, Guitar Group Registration in Cedar for ages 9 – 99, 250-245-5778




15-16, 10:30am, Ladysmith Harbour Tours. Weekends, 250-245-2112 or

21, Stephanie Lang, The Sportsman Pub, 640 1st Avenue, 250-245-8033

15, Community Share Day, bring gently used items to St. Philip Church, Cedar, 250-722-3455

22-23, 10:30am, Ladysmith Harbour Tours. Weekends, 250-245-2112 or

15, 11am, Cedar Fun Day, Cedar Village Square, games and fun for kids, 250-722-7010

23, Cedar Farmers Market, Crow & Gate parking lot, Cedar

15, 1 & 4 pm, Toopy & Binoo, Port Theatre 125 Front Street, Nanaimo, 250-754-8550

23, 7pm, Dance – Happy Hans, Chemainus Seniors Drop in Centre, 9824 Willow Street, 250-246-2111

16,10am, Annual Terry Fox Run, Ladysmith Community Centre, 250-245-6427

23, 8pm, Sarah Hiltz, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201330 Duncan Street, 250-748-7246

16, 10am, Tom Paterson’s Final Black Track Tour, 250714-0377

24, 4:45pm, Bingo, Chemainus Seniors Drop-in Centre, 9824 Willow Street, 250-246-2111

16, Carter Rollins, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan Street, 250-748-7246

24, 7pm, Reel Alternative Films, Cowichan Theatre, 2687 James St., Duncan, 250-748-7529

16, Cedar Farmers Market, Crow & Gate parking lot, Cedar

25, 9:30am, Ladysmith Family and Friends Resource Program, Aggie Hall, 1110-1st Avenue, 250-210-0870

16, 9:30am, Back to Church Sunday, St. John’s Anglican Church, 314 Buller Street, 250-245-5512

25, 7pm, Ladysmith Camera Club ”Challenges in Wildlife Photography”, Hardwick Hall, High Street

16, 1-5pm, Feast of Fields, Alderlea Farm & Café, Duncan,

25, 10:30am, Classic Coffee Concert – Sarah Hagen, Port Theatre 125 Front St, Nanaimo, 250-754-8550

17-20, Small Vessel Operator Proficiency, Western Marine Institute, 3519 Hallberg Road, 250-245-4455

27-28, 12:30pm, LRC Senior Driver Refresher Course, Upper Meeting Room 630 2nd Avenue, 250-245-3079

17, 4:45pm, Bingo, Chemainus Seniors Drop in Centre, 9824 Willow Street, 250-246-2111

27, 9:30am, Ladysmith Family and Friends resource program, Aggie Hall, 1110-1st Avenue, 250-210-0870

17, 5:15pm, Chronic Pain Support Group, 1111-4th Avenue, Room 101, 250-667-5587

27, 12:15pm, LaFFternoon, a LaFF afternoon program, Aggie Hall, 1110-1st Avenue, 250-210-0870

17, 7pm, Ladysmith Town Council Meeting, 410 Esplanade, 250-245-6400

27, 12:30pm, LRC 2nd Senior Driver Refresher course, upper meeting room, 630 2nd Avenue, 250-245-3079

18, 9:30am, Ladysmith Family and Friends resource program, Aggie Hall, 1110-1st Avenue, 250-210-0870

27, 7pm, C.V. Hospice Advanced Care Planning info session, Oceanfront Suites Resort, 250-701-4242

18, Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce general meeting, 250-245-2112

27, 7pm, Ladysmith Search & Rescue meeting, classroom behind Ladysmith Fire Hall, 250-245-8726

19, 11:30am, Soup & Sandwich, Chemainus Seniors Drop in Centre, 9824 Willow Street, 250-246-2111

27, 7:30pm, The Platters & Ink Spots, Port Theatre 125 Front Street, Nanaimo 250-754-8550

20, 9:30am, Ladysmith Family and Friends resource program, Aggie Hall, 1110-1st Avenue, 250-210-0870

28, 8pm, Lola Parks Trio, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan Street, 250-748-7246

20, 12:15pm, LaFFternoon, a LaFF afternoon program, Aggie Hall, 1110-1st Avenue, 250-210-0870

28, The Gryphons Lair, A Community Fundraiser, 250245-4195

20, 730am, LDBA General Meeting, The Legion upper level,

29-30, 10:30am, Ladysmith Harbour Tours. Weekends, 250-245-2112 or

20, 7:30pm, Two Kids One Hall, Port Theatre 125 Front Street, Nanaimo 250-754-8550

29, 1pm, RDN Green Building Series & Open House, Cedar Heritage Centre, 250-390-6510

20, 7:30pm, Ladysmith Saltair Garden Club, All welcome w/ guest speaker, United Church Hall, 232 High St.

29, 1:30pm, Reception commemorating Morden Colliery’s 100th Anniversary, Nanaimo Museum

21-30, Chickens, Chemainus Theatre Festival, 250246-9820 21, 6pm, All Canadian Steak & Corn BBQ, Ladysmith Maritime Society Welcome Centre, 250-327-6262 21, Small Non-Pleasure Vessel Safety, Western Marine Institute, 3519 Hallberg Road, 250-245-4455 21, 3:30pm, Fiddle toe-tappin’ group registration for ages 9 – 99, to be held in Cedar, 250-245-5778 21, 6pm, All Canadian BBQ Night, Ladysmith Maritime Society Welcome Centre, 250-327-6262

29, 7pm, John Pinette, Port Theatre 125 Front Street, Nanaimo, 250-754-8550 30, 8:30 & 10:15 am, Back to Church Sunday, St. Philip Church, Cedar, 250-722-3455 30, 2pm, Tea Party/Dance, Chemainus Seniors Drop-in Centre, 9824 Willow Street, 250-246-2111 30, 7:30pm, Sylvia Browne’s 50th Anniversary Tour, Port Theatre 125 Front Street, Nanaimo, 250-754-8550 30, 8pm, Don Ross, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201330 Duncan Street, 250-748-7246

21, 7pm, Reggae Planet Celebrates 50 years of the Whalers, Port Theatre, 125 Front Street, 250-754-8550

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CLASSIFIED ADS WANTED: iF YOU MAKE IT GROW IT OR CREATE IT WE WANT IT! Looking for locally made products related to Vancouver island: foods, arts, crafts, fashion for e-store. Includes print and social media promotion and advertising. No registration fee. Call 250-245-7015 or or visit www.take5. ca for details. 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 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. 250-722-2241 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 250-4161606 or 250-619-2713 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 250-740-KATS(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. 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. 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 250245-0151


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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 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 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. ISAGENIX DISTRIBUTOR - Get Lean & Healthy Fast - Less than $5/meal. Our protein shakes are amazing! - No Gluten, Wheat, Barley or Trans Fat. Suzanne Deveau 250-245-8407 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. 250245-3391 LEARN A LANGUAGE Small groups, conversational approa ch, excellent teachers. French, Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese, Mandarin and more. Register now for Fall 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@ PIANO LESSONS – Now accepting beginner to advanced students, private home studio. Call Josslyn and start playing today. 250-912-0067


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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 JUNK TO THE DUMP Jobs Big or Small, I haul it all. I recycle and donate all usable items to local charities, now offering pet waste removal and disposal service. Call Sean today. 250-741-1159 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. CINDERELLA’S CLEANING SERVICE Same Old Story. Residential or commercial. Call: Erin (DeFrane) Saysell at 250-924-4475 YARD CARE Bush and hedge trimming, renovations and clean ups, weeding, mulch/ compost, waste recycling. 250-618-6660 Free Estimate call Peter Dunn POWER WASHING DRIVEWAYS Walkways and patios, fast and effective with a flat surface cleaner – no chemicals needed. Free Estimate. Peter Dunn 250-618-6660 BE PROUD OF YOUR HOME. Driveways, walkways, gutters, roofs. Dirt, slime, algae, mould, moss. Seicoat’s technology cleans gently, thoroughly We can prevent. Technology is what we do. 250-816-5002 TRUST AN EXPERT WELDER Jora Designs will fabricate gates, railings and benches for your home, boat or business. Need welding done of any size? They probably can handle it. 250-5915772 ADD MUSIC TO YOUR LIFE! Violin all levels and styles. Celtic, Bluegrass, Country, Jazz, Classical. Beginning keyboards, RCM theory exam preparation all levels. In your home. Reasonable rates. 250-245-7276 “SHADES OF CARE” Seniors Room & Board. Starting at $1450.00 per month , respite $50 per day. Meals, snacks, personal assistance, outings and local doctors appts. Phone 1-250-591-8639 for viewing. EXPERIENCE RESIDENTAL, COMMERCIAL & CONSTRUCTION CLEANER available in Ladysmith area, reliable, fast, thorough and bondable. $18/hour. All products provided, senior discount. 250-740-5727 AFFORDABLE PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICE Providing engagement, wedding, modeling. Rivington Photography 250510-5419


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. 250245-1390 BLASTED ROCKS, garden soil, excavating, trucking 250-748-0932 EXPERIENCED, RELIABLE, BONDABLE, RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL & LIGHT CONSTRUCTION CLEANER has openings in the Ladysmith Area. Rates start at $ 18.00 per hour. Senior Discount. References available 250-3274496 CEDAR SENIOR DROP-IN is held every Wednesday, 1pm to 3pm at Cedar United Church hall, 1644 Cedar Road. Games, cards, refreshments. Please phone 250 722 3536 for more information. LEARN TO PLAY DISC GOLF! $25 lesson. Call 250-245-9165. It’s a walk in the park! CEDAR HERITAGE DUPLICATE BRIDGE Tuesdays 1:00 pm, Sept 25. Beginning Oct 9, Rosemary Spratt hosts six sessions with tips and supervised play. Intermediate/advanced. Men and women welcome. 1644 MacMillan Rd, Cedar 250722-2692; 250-722-3399 VOICE AND PIANO LESSONS available in Ladysmith - reasonable rates. Experience with top choral conductors and teachers in Vancouver. 30 years experience in teaching 250-616-3486 KWANYIN YOGA DIVAS SPECIAL Buy 5 get 1 Free, Wed Sept 5 - Oct 10 9:00 to 10:00 am Upstairs Royal Legion, 621 First Ave. Ginette 250802-7772 Classic or Chair Yoga Available WINE COUNTRY TOURS Sept. 23. Cowichan Valley & Cidery. Come up and join up to 20 of us for a chauffer driven winery tour and tastings, lunch and loads of fun. Only $65 per person, all inclusive. Call Art 250-245-0077



Fossil fuel debates What am I missing? At a recent meeting of Town Council, Council passed a resolution that forbids a proposed subdivision of 20 single family homes from using natural gas as their primary heating source. In fact they have banned the use of any “fossil fuel” as their primary heating source. Now these homes will have to rely on either geothermic heat, electric heat, or most likely electric heat pumps. By doing this, Council is forcing people to go “green” if they want to or not by taking away their options. It appears that in their rush to go “green” they haven’t thought this

issue through. If Council wants to eliminate the production of green house gases from these homes, they could be very wrong. What appears to be a good and noble idea, could actually backfire, and cause an increase in green house gases. Let’s look at this idea of forcing people away from natural fired gas furnaces in more depth. Not all of BC’s electrical power is produced from clean hydro. In fact BC presently imports electrical power from the US and Alberta in order to meet our domestic needs. Power imported from Alberta is produced from coal fired and natural gas fired generating plants, which are not the most environmentally friendly sources. The most efficient coal fire generating plants are about 40% efficient while natural gas fired plant s only operate at about 60% efficiency. Therefore the power produced and shipped to us here from these plants generate lots of greenhouse gases as a by product of their electrical production. It appears logical to me that electric power generated in Alberta and transmitted to supply power to operate the

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heat pumps or baseboard heaters for these homes would in fact generate more green house gases than if Council allowed these homes to be heated from natural gas furnaces that operate at 97% efficiency..If Council would allow the use of natural gas furnaces we would produce about half as much greenhouse gases rather than importing power for running electrical heating systems or heat pumps. If you live next door to a home that has a heat pump you are likely aware that they can be noisy if they not well maintained. The homes in this subdivision will be built in a relatively small area, with homes clustered to maximize the amount of common open space. Therefore noise could become an issue. Imagine the potential for noise if all heat pumps are operating as air conditioners during the summer when residents wish to be outside to enjoy their backyards. The Town says that we need more “affordable housing” in our community. How does forcing developers to install heating systems that are more expensive than a natural gas heating system aid in achieving the goal of making more homes affordable? An average heat pump system costs twice as much to purchase and install over the purchase and installation of a gas furnace. Additionally, homes with heat pumps have to have an auxiliary heating system, at an additional cost, as heat pumps do not operate efficiently in all weather conditions. The Town will allow home owners to have a natural gas fireplace, a gas range, and a gas fired hot water heating system their homes, while banning a natural gas furnace. Does that make sense? As I said at the start, what am I missing? It seems to me that the idea of banning the use a “clean” abundant fuel such as natural gas to heat their homes, but forcing them to us a more expensive and less environmental heating system makes no sense to me. At least that’s as I see it... If you wish to express your thought on this article or any other topic you are invited to share your view on our Blog site . This is place where we wish to promote open dialogue either pro or con on any topic. It is a place for you to tell us “How you see it”.



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