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Fisherman catches fish with knife in it ANDREW BAILEY

Westerly News Here’s one for Ripley’s. Fishing guide Gil DiCesare wasn’t expecting to get into a knife fight when he began gutting a 16-pound Chinook in July, but amazingly that’s what he got. After a guest reeled the fish in off Meares Bluffs in Barkley Sound, DiCesare took it to the fish cleaning station on the back of his boat and began cutting it open. He said everyone on the boat was “totally flabbergasted” when the fish cut back. “I put my knife back in there to cut and it was like metal on metal

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Community Events 5 THURSDAY Book signing by Dr. Lindsey Carmichael, author of children’s book Fox Talk. Mermaid Tales Bookshop, Tofino, 4-6 p.m. Tereza Tomek- Folk Musician, at Float Lounge at the Black Rock Oceanfront Resort. Strong Start, Ucluelet Elementary School, 11:45-2:45 Healthy Babies Program/Family Ties, 10:30am. Drop-in for expectant, new parents, Coastal Family Place, Tofino. Free community lunch, noon–2pm, Coastal Community Services Hub, Ucluelet. Info 250-726-2343. The Edge Youth Room, 3–6pm, Ucluelet Community Centre & Youth Nite at the Edge (cooking, movies, art projects & more), 6–8pm, $2. Tofino library, 331 Main St., 3–7pm. Pacific Rim Toastmasters, 7:30pm, Rm 1, UCC. Info: 250-726-2766. Drop-in Bingo, doors 7pm, early-bird 7:30–8pm, full games 8–10pm, Tofino Legion. Badminton, 8–10pm, USS gym. $2 AA meeting, 8pm, Holy Family Ch., 1663 Peninsula Rd., Ucluelet. 250-726-2712/4220.

6 FRIDAY Book signing, tea and sweets with Dr. Lindsey Carmichael, author of children’s book Fox Talk. Blackberry Cove Marketplace,Ucluelet, 4-6 p.m. Traditional Canoe Paddle: shorter rides from the Shore Pier, inconjunction with Carving on the Edge Festival. Life jackets, paddles provided. 9-11:30 a.m. Strong Start, Ucluelet Elementary School, 8:35-11:35 a.m. Tofino Library Storytime starts up again. 11:30 a.m.-12 noon. 331 Main St. Preschool children with adult welcome. 5-9 p.m. UCLUELET NIGHT MARKET, weekly, 5-9pm, 200 Main St. Artisans, vendors, live music. Families, bring leashed dog to learn how they communicate, with book signing by Dr. Lindsey Carmichael, author of Fox Talk. Carving on the Edge Festival Gala Opening, 7-9:30 p.m. Inkwis Arts & Culture, 368 Main St., Tofino The Edge Youth Room, 2–6pm, Ucluelet Community Centre & Youth Sports Day, 3–5pm. Free. Holy Family Church, 7pm, 1664 Peninsula Rd. Ucluelet.

7 SATURDAY Carving exhibition, 10 am.-5 p.m. at Shore Pier Building, Tofino, in conjunction with Carving on the Edge Festival. Carvers Market, Canoe Culture exhibition, classes and demos. Ongoing workshops through Sept. 8, displays at Inkwis Arts & Culture. Totem carving with

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Paws for a Cause this Sunday, noon at North Chesterman Beach

Gordon Dick, through Sept. 8 at Shore pier. 2 p.m. Rainforest Guided Walk in. Meet at Schooner Cove parking lot. 3 p.m. Seashells Prop Talk. Kwisitis Visitor Centre. 8: pm - Bears, Wolves, Cougars: Discover what happens when they try to share this place with the people who live and visit here. Green Point Campground Theatre. Ucluelet library, Ucluelet Community Centre, open 10am–2pm. Tofino library, 331 Main St., open 10am–noon & 1–5pm. St. Francis of Assisi Church, mass 5:30pm, 441 Main St. Tofino. AA meeting, 7:30pm, St. Francis Church, 441 Main, Tofino. Open. Call 250-725-3446. Tofino Public Market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Village Green, Tofino

8 SUNDAY Paws for a Cause walk supporting CARE Network/SPCA. 12 p.m. North Chesterman Beach, Tofino. BBQ, prizes, more. 11 a.m. Shoreline Explore in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Kwisitis Visitor Centre. Christ Community Church, 10:30am, 1419 Peninsula Rd. Ucluelet. Grace Bible Church, 10:30am, Ucluelet Community Ctr., 500 Matterson Dr. Holy Family Church, 9:30am, 1664 Peninsula Rd. Ucluelet. St. Columba Church, 10:30am, 110 Second St. Tofino. Tofino Bible Fellowship, 10:30am.

9 MONDAY Monday, Night at the Movies, Clayoquot Theatre in Tofino. Monday, September 9, 2013 The Sapphires

(Musical/Bio, Aus, 2013, 99 min, PG) Director: Wayne BlairInspired by a true story, The Sapphires follows four vivacious, young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls as they learn about love, friendship and war when their all girl group The Sapphires entertains the U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968. Winner of 11 awards from the Australian Film Institute and many others worldwide. Strong Start, Ucluelet Elementary School, 8:35-11:35 a.m. Floor hockey, 7–9pm, Ucluelet Seaplane Base Rec Hall. $2 drop-in. Indoor Soccer, 8–10pm, USS gym, $2 Competitive & drop-in darts, doors 7pm, play 8pm, Tofino Legion.

10 TUESDAY Strong Start, Ucluelet Elementary School, 5-8pm Healthy Babies Program/Family Ties, 10:30am. Drop-in for expectant parents & new parents, Coastal Community Services Hub, Ucluelet Community Centre. 250-726-2224. Ucluelet library, Ucluelet Community Centre, open 1–6pm. The Edge Youth Room, 3–6pm, Ucluelet Community Centre & Girl’s Roller Derby, ages 13–18, 3pm, Seaplane Base Rec Hall. Youth night, 7-9pm, Tofino Legion. Free admission, snacks & drinks. Pool, snooker, foosball, hockey table, darts & board games. Supervision provided, parents welcome. St. Francis of Assisi Church, mass 5pm, 441 Main St. Tofino. Food Bank on the Edge, pick up 1–3pm, across from Ucluelet Rec. Hall, Seaplane Base Rd. AA meeting, 7:30pm, St. Francis Church, 441 Main, Tofino. Roller Derby Practice, 7-9pm, Seaplane Base Rec Hall.

Basketball, 7–10pm, USS gym.

11 WEDNESDAY 5-7 p.m. UES PAC welcome back BBQ at UES. Burgers and hot dogs provided, bring salad or dessert to share. Bring plates and cutlery. A chance for families to reconnect with the school community, rain or shine. Bring lawn chairs/blankets. All families are welcome including StrongStart families. Recycling Day in Tofino Strong Start, Ucluelet Elementary School, 8:35-11:35 a.m. Holy Family Church, 9:30am, 1664 Peninsula Rd. Ucluelet. Adults/Seniors Chi Gong, 10:30– 11:30am, UCC fitness studio. Preschool Play Group, 10am–noon, Tofino Community Hall. Youth Health Clinic Ucluelet, 10–11:30am, youth room, Ucluelet Community Centre (library entrance). Access to the health nurse 250-720-5471. Youth Health Clinic Tofino, 1–2:30pm, Coastal Family Place, 265 First St. Access to the health nurse 250-720-5471. Ucluelet Sunshine Club, 1pm, Forest Glen. All seniors welcome. Seniors Social Afternoons, 1:30-4pm, Tofino Legion. Free admission & refreshments. Dominos, crib, board games, pool, snooker & darts. Ucluelet library, Ucluelet Community Centre, open 1–6pm.

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Port Alberni/West Coast real estate sales jump JACKIE CARMICHAEL

Westerly News Real estate sales on the West Coast continue to outshine much of Vancouver Island, according to August Multiple Listing Service stats from the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board. While housing sales were up 38% across the Island compared to last year, the average price of a single family home was up just 4% from August 2012. However, in terms of unit sales year-over-year for August, Port Alberni/West Coast experienced the largest growth, jumping 80% from last year. “Certainly out this way, unit sales are up,” said Judy Gray of Remax. In August 2012, two houses sold in Ucluelet and one sold in Tofino; in July 2013, five houses sold in Ucluelet, Gray said.

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Year over year, Nanaimo sales also spiked by 62%; in Parksville/ Qualicum sales rose more modestly, by 14%. The number of single-family homes available to purchase were down 10% Island-wide to 2,805, and new listings were down by a quarter in August over last year. People are buying more expensive homes on the West Coast and in Port Alberni, with average perunit sales price reporting a 48% increase in price with an average of $269,260. Campbell River was down 2% with average sales price listed at $295,471; the Comox Valley dipped 1% to $326,322; Nanaimo rose 6% to $362,934; Parksville/Qualicum prices climbed 11% to $404,998; the Cowichan Valley fell by 7% to $327,384.



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From Page 1: Knife-swallowing salmon killed by fishhook of Styrofoam in them, a little bit of yellow cedar, but a whole filet knife? I mean, c’mon!” Perhaps more amazing than finding the knife, was the strength of the salmon it was sitting inside because it was not an easy catch, according to DiCesare. “It fought like the dickens,” he said. “It wasn’t affecting its performance, it was passing food; it probably would have lived to spawn.” He recounts a friend commenting on the headline of the knife’s fate if the fish had lived to spawn and been eaten by a bear.

“Bear killed by knife-wielding salmon,” he joked. Skeptics didn’t believe him and even suggested he must have put the knife in the fish himself before he showed them a video. He said he’s shown the photos to people at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and other commercial fisherman and has not been told of a similar incident. “It’s unbelievable,” he said. “There’s all kinds of different scenarios you can throw at this thing and they’re all bizarre.”


“I go ‘What the hell is this? “I went to gut it, opened it up and put my hand in to take the entrails out and I got cut right through my gloves on my forefinger,” he said. “I opened up the stomach and sure enough there was a full size filet knife in it, razor sharp, as sharp as any knife I’ve got on my boat.” DiCesare has spent his entire life fishing. He’s been guiding for over 25 years, he worked for the Pacific Salmon Foundation. He sat on the Sport Fishing Advisory Board; this was the first knife wielding fish he had ever encountered. “I’ve caught fish with chunks

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Sunday, September 8, 2013 Location: North Chesterman Beach, Tofino Registration & Walk: 12pm Join us for an exciting day of fun that includes a BBQ, prizes and much more! Thank you to our provincial sponsors:

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SEPTEMBER 6, 5-8 pm Ukee Friday Night Market Bring your leashed dog to the Market event to learn how they communicate with you! “Awesome Essays” student workshop sponsored by The Westerly News. Call the Youth Room for details! For more information 587-983-6397

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Thank-you Salmon Ladder Derby supporters, from Lisa Brisco We have many thank you’s to share, so please consider this part one of two parts. Our 4th summer long salmon derby is over and it is only possible with thanks to the following groups of people. My most sincere thanks to my staff, Breanna Primeau and Teunesha Evertse who have managed the derby this season with a bit of help along the way; thank you ladies you rock; and thanks to the man who kept the books Peter Desserud. We thank Rebecca, Lily & Jessica of the Clayoquot Organization for sharing their office space this past season, such a delight to be around this group of dynamic women. Very special thanks to Eric Russcher for his involvement with the derby; we are happy to see you well and enjoying your new home in Port Alberni. Our most sincere thanks to those that made the 4th Annual Fish Off and Closing Ceremonies a success; Brenda, Jeff and Kara of the West Coast Motel for their encouraging words and for hosting our Closing Ceremonies; Simeon Schmidt of Ucluelet Sportfishing for being my one and only volunteer; Dan Vedova of Eagle Marine for allowing us to use his dock for our 7am start; Dianne, Ryan, Suzanna, Jeremy and the crew of the Canadian Princess; Doug at Breakers for our air horn; Jeff Swann of the RCMP for keeping an eye on the water; Jan Carter at Ucluelet Harbour Seafood, Westland Insurance for pens, Von and Chrissy with Chase & Warren Winery, my apology for my misidentification; GFS Foods for salads; Scott at Far West Foods for pop; Dorothy at the Ucluelet Liquor Store for the Caribou beer and JoAnne at the Ucluelet Coop for cutlery and plates; and the boys who donated fish. Our success is because of you! To be continued. Lisa Brisco Ucluelet Salmon Ladder Derby LETTERS POLICY: The Westerly News welcomes letters to the editor. We reserve the right to edit letters for clarity, taste, legality and length. We require your hometown and a daytime phone number for verification purposes. Letters must include your first name (or two initials) and last name. Unsigned letters and letters of more than 500 words will not be accepted. Email submissions to


Salmon Ladder Derby: Time to fish or cut bait It’s time to fish or cut bait for the Ukee Salmon Ladder Derby. It’s an old expression, “fish or cut bait.” It means it’s time for swift decision-making - and that’s exactly what is required to keep the summer-long fishing competition going in future years, as interim director Lisa Brisco has taken a post as operations manager for Island Link bus services. “If the community is interested in keeping the derby, someone needs to step forward and take my position and fill out all grant applications necessary,” Brisco said in between wrestling lastminute details for the derby’s Saturday wrap up. Brisco took the reins again this spring after health issues forced Eric Russcher to step back. Pictures of stoked winners hoisting gleaming and massive salmon remind me of the sports fisherperson’s love for competition. A steady stream of eager participants has ponied up the cash for tickets, but the numbers have varied somewhat with the fishing season and the

Jackie Carmichael Editor prize packages, which have dwindled a bit in the first four years since the derby started. Brisco said decreasing funding from the District of Ucluelet and Tourism Ucluelet and a soft economy have affected the numbers, turning the director post part-time, leaving 2.5 FT posts to include two summer staffers at minimum wage, and requiring the sale of rod packages to help boost funding. Charter owners have been very supportive, as have numerous businesses who have helped with prize packages, Brisco said. “If any of the chamber members care to take over, it would fit perfectly with Tourism Ucluelet and the Chamber,” Brisco said, recalling the derby’s beginning as a Tourism Ucluelet project to raise funds for the Thornton hatchery – and “putting butts

in beds and boats.” The derby’s main asset is a website that cost a bundle to develop, which could be sold to pay bills, Brisco said. The payoffs are big for Ucluelet, Brisco said, citing beaming fisherpeople ready to compete, “the energy and the fun of the fish. There’s nothing more exciting than having a Tyee on the scale, except for maybe having a Tyee on the line,” she said. Do we want to do this? If the derby’s a good idea, it must evolve. Whoever takes the helm will need to be cool-headed and diplomatic. I understand there may be some pain and some history here, and the derby and everyone involved will need to get past that. Tight management will be required. Grant applications have deadlines, organizations have agendas that need to be gotten on and presentations that need to be made. The new director will need to put in the time, energy and willingness to cultivate strong working relationships with the District of Ucluelet to secure funding once again and a place on the district’s

beautiful new signs, as well as with the Chamber of Commerce. If they’re close to the dock already, so much the better. And a heart for service and an understanding of the tourism industry will go a long way here. But the derby’s future success will depend on support and understanding from several perspectives. More volunteers are needed. More sponsors are needed. The Westerly News will look for new ways to step up to the plate and be helpful. I have some ideas and I will look forward to meeting with the new director. And local agencies may need to change how they look at the derby and the money they spend on it, finding room on their agendas and in their budgets, seeing the Salmon Ladder Derby as an investment that’s just part of the whole tourism package on the West Coast – something that helps “put butts in beds and boats.”

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Traditional canoe rides Friday part of Carving on Edge festival


Westerly News For a taste of early Nuuchah-nulth transportation, see Tsimka Martin. Martin’s T’Ashii Paddle School is offering mini-tours via traditional dug-out canoe this Friday, Sept. 6 from 9-11 a.m. at the Shore Pier. It’s all part of the Carving on the Edge festival showcasing West Coast traditional carving. T’Ashii offers cultural canoe tours with Nuu-chahnulth guides: Tsimka Martin of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and Natalie Dennis of the Ahousaht First Nation. The tours the company is giving in association with the Carving on the Edge festival are half-hour minitours from the Shore Pier, just to give a taste of the longer tour. “It’s just nice to be part of that festival,” she said. The canoe was built by

her father, Joe Martin, a master carver with the Tla-o-qui-aht. The main hull is a dugout of one single large oldgrowth cedar tree. “The design is really seaworthy – it was used up to 20 miles offshore to hunt whales,” she said. The large bow stands high to split through tall swells, and Tsimka Martin has done so – but not on tours with paying customers, she said with a smile. The paddle will give those creating paddles an opportunity to use their paddles, and some traditional paddles will be available for others to try as well, she said. The paddle tours will be provided Thursday from 9-11 a.m., with a suggested $5 donation. Lifejackets and paddles provided. A standard T’Ashii fourhour tour takes paddlers to the travel park and the Big

Tree Trail, all from the perspective of a hand-crafted canoe. “It’s all about interpretation and education – and definitely having our history and culture as part of that,” Martin said. Martin said she likes to paint a picture of how things were in the past- how the traditional lifestyle was, how beautiful and sustainable things were – while shedding light on the struggles First Nations have faced since first contact with European settlers changed their world forever. “I want to shed some light on that – how things are today, how the culture is strengthening. Our people are still having to heal from these things. Generations of our people went through the residential school system, being cut off from traditional lands and culture,” she said.

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Rainbow gathering at Kennedy Lake raises protests of trash Westerly News Members of the Rainbow Family are getting some criticism from other campers. At the Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce, director Sue Payne said a mushroom-gathering couple from Quebec came to complain. “(They) described this area as a total mess including toilet paper (um, used) and ‘stuff’ along the roadway. They were more concerned with the bears in the area getting accustomed to garbage,” Payne said. “He said he spoke to some of the ‘family’ but said they were unconcerned and he was not sure who to speak to further,” she said.


$ Members of the mobile assembly of hippies interviewed in recent weeks promised to leave the Kennedy Lake area better than they found it, but also acknowledged they were sometimes accompanied by “Drainbows” – hangers-on who didn’t stick to the “dis-organization” credo of peace, love and making the world a better place. They have acknowledged nudity and pit toilets as part of their camping lifestyle.

The Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation said the group was not welcome at the site, which sits on their traditional grounds. They came to the West Coast after they were evicted from Raft Cove Provincial Park. The group recently attracted a 15-year-old girl from Victoria who was tracked to the site by Victoria RCMP two days later and was returned to her family.

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First Nations to market niche sustainable fishery efforts JACKIE CARMICHAEL

Westerly News Fancy some gooseneck barnacles for dinner? If so, you may be from Spain or Portugal – and a group of Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations are getting ready to market them to you. Through the Nuu-chahnulth Tribal Council, five First Nations communities have received $25,000 to market their products. The Tla-o-qui-aht, the Ahousaht, the Ehattesaht,

the Mowachat/Muchalaht and the Hesquiaht will seek local consumer knowledge and consumption of the seafood products harvested in the T’aaq-wiihak fisheries, “T’aaq-wiihak” means “fishing with permission of the Chiefs.” On the West Coast of Vancouver Island, First Nations fishermen in small boats – mom-and-pop operations – are harvesting them. It’s low-tech and “very

sustainable,” good for the local economy, said spokeswoman Alex Gagne. The five nations proved in court they had an aboriginal right to fish and sell everything within their territories excluding geoducks, and they piloted a Chinook fishery, or “suuhaa.” “The guys are going out in a ‘mosquito’ fleet – sports vessels, using hook-and-line – it’s very sustainable. This is not just everyday fish you get at the supermarket – it’s

a $14-billion-a-year indusAbove left, three generations of the Brown family fishing in new First Nations “mosquito” fleet. Right, harvesting West Coast gooseneck barnacles, once a Nuu-chah-nulth staple and now a culinary delicacy in Spain.





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caught by local people in a sustainable way,” Gagne said. For the past two summers, they have been harvesting suuhaa off Tofino and Zeballos. Monitored by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, they’ve been selling them to restaurants like Sobo, and buyers like Trilogy Fish, Pasco and Lionsgate. There’s also a market internationally for gooseneck barnacles, known as the expensive delicacy percebes in Portugal and Spain. The group will be looking for what local chefs need and how best to market the product. They may incorporate a roadside sales model


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similar to that used in Port Alberni, Gagne said. Local support has come in the form of letters from local government arms, including the District of Tofino, the ACRD and the District of Gold River, she said. “The local communities are really keen to see this succeed,” she said. The cash comes from B.C.’s Buy Local program to help launch or expand local food marketing campaigns. It’s part of a $2-million B.C. government effort to promote B.C. foods, part of the government’s Agrifoods Strategy, a component of the BC Jobs Plan, to lead the agrifoods sector growth into

try by 2017. “British Columbia is Canada’s most diverse farming province and these Vancouver Island projects proudly showcase that fact. With more than 200 commodities produced on the land and about 100 species of fish, shellfish and plants harvested from the sea, we have lots to offer,” said Agriculture Minister Pat Pimm. “The recipients provide us with fresh and healthy local foods and are an integral part of Vancouver Island’s economy. Their products give us even more reasons to shop local for B.C. foods,” Pimm said.

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Thought Mushrooms: New West Coast gold rush? ANDREW BAILEY

Westerly News Reports of a bumper crop may have stemmed a mushroom rush on the West Coast. An article published by the Westerly News on August 22 cites local mushroom broker Butch Sheaves predicting the West Coast is in store for its best chanterelle crop in a decade has spread throughout the mushroom-picking community. When the buzz reached Dave Huntley, 62, in Seward, he immediately hitched his 8’ camper to his truck and headed west with his two

dogs in tow. Huntley began picking mushrooms when he was 18. “I’ve chased them all my life,” he said “I just can’t leave it alone as long as I can walk, I’ll go out there and look for them.” He said he’s heard about the West Coast’s chanterelles but had never been lured over Sutton Pass until he heard what Sheaves told the Westerly. “Having been told about that article you guys put in I thought this would be the time to come over and try to learn the area,” he said.

He said he’d never heard anyone make the connection between a good blackberry season and a good mushroom season like Sheaves did but that constantly learning new things is part of the alluring mystique that mushroom pickers get addicted to. Huntley was cautiously optimistic about the prospects.


“I always want to have enough money to get up there and back but the ideal thing is you get up there and you make money and you’re good,” he said. He moved to Seward five years ago after wrapping up a 30-year logging career in Chilliwack. The majority of his mushroom picking has been done in the Fraser Valley where he sought after

pine mushrooms. The mushroom season is off to a slow start in Campbell River, he said. A fire outside Williams Lake a few years ago sent pickers in droves, he said. “It’s a boon to the local economy,” he said. Advances to technology has allowed an already secretive crowd to be even less conspicuous; Huntley said his GPS device saves him from tipping off other pickers while still being able to re-locate a found crop. “Before I got a GPS I remember stumbling onto

beautiful patches of pines and not wanting to ribbon because then the next person follows the ribbon so you try to find the place again and you can’t. With a GPS you walk right to it.” He cautions novice pickers against assuming a mushroom rush makes for easy money. “Few people can do this... People hear about making money picking mushrooms, they’ll pick mushrooms for a day or two and go home,” he said. “It’s not for everybody, that’s what keeps it alive.”

Dance party Sept. 14 at Ucluelet Community Centre to benefit Tour de Rock A dance party will be held at the Ucluelet Community Centre on Saturday, Sept. 14 to raise funds for the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock cycling team. The party with Wunderbread will kick off at 7 p.m. and run until 1 a.m. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance from the Ucluelet RCMP detachment at 1712 Cedar St. The detachment can be reached at 250-726-7773. Sgt. Jeff Swann of the Ucluelet RCMP encourages West Coasters to purchase a ticket even if they can’t attend the event because the money goes to a great cause. The event will be catered by local restaurants and a silent auction will include items from local busi-

nesses as well as the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League and the Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer. A regimental ball and silent auction held in Ucluelet last year raised about $18,000. The Tour de Rock riders will embark on a 1,100 km cross-Island bike trip on Sept 22. They will arrive in Ucluelet on Sept 28 and will be in

Tofino the next day. This year marks the first time the West Coast will welcome

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Westerly News Tofino’s community gardeners are set to prove once again that locals can grow their own produce during the West Coast’s winter months. The community garden was established at the Tofino Botanical Gardens last year and about eight gardeners share four large planter boxes. The idea for the garden was hatched by the Tofino Community Food initiative as a way to facilitate knowledge sharing among gardeners and encourage locals to start growing their own produce. “Our whole focus was trying to get people to see that you can garden on the West Coast and to, in that sense, build some food security,” said member Leah Austin. The garden has onsite compost stations and a rain water system that collects water from the top of the

The Tofino Community Garden in the Tofino Botanical Gardens. Right, members share food “by donation” at the Tofino Public Market.

Botanical Gardens’ Ecolodge. A strict organic-only policy is maintained. Austin said many locals think gardening is impossible during the winter because of the West Coast’s wetness and lack of sun but this is a myth the group is working to dispel. She is growing broccoli over the winter that will

be harvested in February and said other vegetables like lettuce, cauliflower, onions, and cabbage, can also thrive. She is keen on establishing a community green house in Tofino to increase the winter’s produce possibilities. She said community gardeners currently grow produce for personal use but

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discussions are underway to designate a garden plot for food bank use. Jen Thorpe moved to Tofino from Vancouver two years ago and immediately signed on with the community garden. “I figured if I joined the community garden I could leech some information from these amazing gardeners,” she said. Thorpe’s community plot focuses on kale, lettuces, beans, snow peas, and squash. “Things that could be expensive at the store but really easy from seed,” she said. “It’s important here for people to know that you can grow your own food you

don’t need to buy it from the grocery store.” Thorpe’s thrilled to see increased independence among Tofitians – and a rising trend in backyard chicken raising. “People are really getting into this homesteading trend which is pretty exciting,” she said. Tofino Botanical Gardens founder George Patterson said the group has been great to have around. “It’s been altogether positive,” he said. “From an aesthetic perspective it really adds a lot to the Gardens... You get this terrific combination of hippie gardens, very straight gardens and all these people are working together. It’s neat.”

He said gardening makes for a solid multi-generational community activity and he has enjoyed seeing local with a broad range of ages and gardening levels come together to hang out and learn about gardening. “We have people with gardens here who have room in their own homes but prefer the community element of it,” he said. “It’s really nice to see people helping each other out.” Patterson hopes more community gardens will pop up in Tofino so more locals can enjoy each other’s company while producing their own food.

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piece of smoked salmon.” Hutchison is hoping the event will lead to more locavore networking – someone who forages for mushrooms will have a few

numbers to call for people willing to trade their local products for. “Usually, when you do canning or preserving, you usually do one thing in a big quantity. This allows you to diversify what you’ve preserved. It’s a way to build community and get to know your neighbour. It’s a way for you to meet your neighbour and ask for that cup of sugar, so to speak,” she said. Hutchison is a member of the Tofino-Ucluelet Culinary Guild that helps bring locally-grown products in bulk from places like OKFruit to Tofino and Ucluelet from around B.C. She’s also part of the Tofino Community Food Initiative and the Tofino Community Garden, and the Facebook page Eat West Coast. She’s hoping to

build sustainability practices on the West Coast. “This was a dying art form, but it’s coming to the forefront as people learn to grow stuff versus buying stuff from faraway lands,” she said. “It’s kind of my way of working towards a more sustainable future for my son. I want him to be able to have a garden and learn all he can so he can pass it on as well.” The event also meshes with Hutchison’s bliss – canning as a way to build sustainability. “I like to put things in jars – that’s my thing,” she said. “Anything from hot pepper jelly to tomato sauce or raspberry jam or spicy tomato chutney. Anything you can put into a jar, I will try to do it.”

Duchene passed away. “She was a great part of the garden, she was always so caring,” Thorpe said. “Her plot had this amazing kale plant growing in it—the best kale I’ve ever seen; so sturdy, so

straight—and we’ve let the plant go completely to seed so we will be collecting the seed from her kale and growing more kale from it so we’ve got Gael’s kale, which is a nice aspect of remembering her.” Anyone interested in joining

the community garden’s ranks is encouraged to contact the Tofino Community Food Initiative through the group’s Facebook page.


Westerly News The barter system’s been around longer than any currency, and Tofitian Cindy Hutchison would like to see its usefulness revived. Hutchison is promoting the Tofitian Food Swap. Set for Oct. 6 from 2-4 p.m. at the Tofino Botanical Gardens, think home-made, home-grown, foraged, canned, smoked, anything that you do to preserve food – any sustainable way of preparing food, Hutchison said. “Food swapping is about basically taking food, preparing it, sharing it and swapping it with local community members,” she said. Participants will set their things out on tables, meet and greet and

make notes about what they’d like to trade. The last 30 minutes is reserved for swap/trade/barter – sort of “I’ll trade you a jar of homemade strawberry jam for a

Continued from Page 8: Garden of eatin’ in Tofino “They become these wonderful magical places,” he said. “People get a lot out of that and it helps develop a bit of self-sufficiency.” Along with produce, Thorpe said the garden has been an excellent source of friendship.

“It’s great seeing people from around town from the garden,” she said. “You all of a sudden have new friends and you’ve got something to talk about.” The group lost one of its key members last year when Gael


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Bill Perry: Winter ski instructor makes West Coast music all year Where the winter takes you: The Westerly News wants to know. With summer behind us, many of the West Coast residents sustained by summer activities here are flying away like Canada geese, bound for where they winter. We’d like to hear from you if you’re getting ready to fly away. Here’s the first story in an occasional series on Where the Winter Takes You. JACKIE CARMICHAEL

Westerly News For summer West Coast musician Bill Perry, inspiration is everywhere. A silvaculture specialist who help build sustainability into forestry, Perry teaches skiing at Mount Washington in the winter – and he’s something of a rain-

forest troubadour. Perry has a poet’s heart, and he found his words taking flight when he put them to music. He said he finds his summers on the West Coast most inspiring. “Everything’s in motion out here – the waves, the trees, the branches, the wind,” he said. He has been performing his own music for decades and he enjoys performing at coffee houses and music festivals, but he’s really hoping other musicians will pick up his songs and record them. In Ucluelet for an all-acoustic family event with his musician brother Steve on mandolin and guitar, and his son, Colin Perry of the Enablers, Bill Perry debuted his new CD, “Green Wave Rising,” which showcas-

es an abiding love for the West Coast with songs like “Cedar Harbour” and “Farewell to Vancouver Island” and “Everlasting Rain.” “One of the themes is living on the West Coast and what a great place it is to live and the things that are out here,” he said. Perry first came to the West Coast in the 1970s, after honourable discharge from the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era. He remembers the days of the hippie camps along Wreck Bay with his song, “Where Have All the Flower Children Gone?” “It’s an ideal place to live,” he said, going so far as to dust off a word from the 1970s. “It’s a groovy place to live.”

Clayoquot Action show to feature at film festival in Vancouver ANDREW BAILEY

Westerly News The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival will feature some West Coast flavour during its Fall Series in November as local conservation group Clayoquot Action has been invited to present Clayoquot Summer- 20 Years After. The show has been running throughout the summer at the Clayoquot Sound Community theatre every

Tuesday night and locals still have a chance to catch it before it leaves at the end of September. Clayoquot Action is a conservation organization created in May by West Coast locals Dan Lewis and Bonny Glambeck, formerly of Friends of Clayoquot Sound. Their presentation offers insight into the 1993 movement along with carefully picked imagery, according to Lewis.

The pair were two of the organizers of the 1993 protests so they have an insider’s perspective, Lewis said. The imagery is powerful, he said. “There’s so many good photos of Clayoquot Sound and we’ve really picked the best of the best so it’s visually stunning,” he said. “The focus is not 20 years ago, the focus is 20 years after and we’re asking the question: 20 years after the

biggest protest in Canadian history, why are we still dealing with these issues, why have we not realized the dream of 1993?” He said the show ends on a positive note by discussing a third generation in Clayoquot Sound whose grandparents and parents were arrested during the 1993 protests and who have been raised to protect their surroundings. “I believe there’s a ground-

swell happening much like in 1993 and we’re just on the verge of something big.” He believes today’s youth are not apathetic and suggests instead that they need a more effective outlet to express their democracy. “I think that the traditional political channels that are available to them, like voting, are not appealing because there’s really no choice, it’s Tweedle Dum vs Tweedle-Dee,” he said.

“There’s more to democracy than just voting every four years and Clayoquot Summer was an example of that.” Being featured at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival is a quick feat for the new society and Lewis said Clayoquot Action plans to roll out a variety of projects in the fall. “We are only getting started; this is just out of the starting gates,” Lewis said.

Minister Bill Bennett on goldmine: Public consultation not needed yet ANDREW BAILEY

Westerly News West Coasters are being asked not to rush into opposing any impending gold rush just yet. Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett said he wants to ease the West Coast’s concerns over an exploration permit his ministry issued two weeks ago. The province issued the permit to Imperial Metals subsidiary Selkirk Mineral Corp. to explore the possibility of re-opening the long-abandoned Fandora goldmine site, about 20 km northeast of Tofino. Selkirk has permission to drill a maximum of 20 holes and less than an acre of surface will be disrupted, according to Bennett. “They’re going to essentially create a footprint on the land that is very, very, small,” he said in an interview on CBC on Sept. 30. The Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation

felt blindsided by the permit and expressed frustration over what they feel has been an absent consultation process. Bennett said Selkirk will be put through an environmental assessment process that would include “very extensive consultation” if the company decides to move forward with the mine but it is too early in the process for this consultation to take place. “Do we impose that at the front end as soon as they’ve applied for an exploration permit knowing that 99% of exploration projects anywhere will never result in a mine?” he asked. “Or do we wait a little bit (to) let the company determine what’s in the ground?” He said premature consultation requirements would bring unwarranted costs because 99% of exploration projects never become operating mines. Bennett was asked about the

validity of allowing Selkirk to conduct exploration work when loud local opposition to a mine operating within Clayoquot Sound’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve suggests a public consultation process would be moot. About 17% of B.C. is protected and cannot be mined but the Fandora site is not located in an officially protected area, he said. “The more land base that we leave open to the mining industry to explore on, the more chance that there will be successful mines develop that, frankly, employ hundreds and hundreds of British Columbians at very, very, high wages,” he said. “The mining industry is an extremely important industry to a lot of people, a lot of families in this province and we need to be competitive with the rest of the world.” In response to local concerns that a mine would negatively

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RCMP welcome students back to school, safety ANDREW BAILEY

Westerly News While book-bags were lugged towards Ucluelet Elementary School’s doors for a 10 a.m. bell at the start of school Tuesday, RCMP monitored a speed-reader board set up to remind drivers it’s the time of the season for slowing down. Monitoring the board brought auxiliary constable Paul Galloway exactly the kind of safety-boosting opportunity he was looking for when he signed up for the auxiliary. “The whole reason I did the auxiliary program was to be helping out in the community,” he said. “Being a family guy in town, anything to help with family safety.” Galloway monitored the speed-reader alongside Const. Jonathan McKinney of the Ucluelet RCMP. “We know our children are unpredictable, they chase balls, they play tag and kids are often so excited about going back to school that they forget about simple things like staying off the road and keeping on the sidewalk,” McKinney said. “They’re excited to see friends and new teachers and they sometimes aren’t paying attention to where they are and they’ll end up on the road or in the parking lot and we have to be the safer ones because they’re our legacy and we have to take care of them,” he said. Ucluelet’s school zone runs from the UAC Hall to Alder and is in effect from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on school days. Driving over 30-km/h carries a fine of $196. No tickets were issued on Tuesday, as the board was set up solely to remind drivers that school is back in session, according to McKinney who noted nine drivers sped past between 8:30-10 a.m. “Because we’re here, most people are slowing down,” he said, adding he routinely sees drivers traveling over 30 km/h through the zone during his patrol. “They see the board, they see the jackets and they slow right down.”

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Vancouver exhibit shows trash becomes Tofitian artist’s treasure ANDREW BAILEY

Westerly News One man’s garbage is another man’s artistic inspiration. Peter Clarkson first arrived on the West Coast in 1998 to work as a ranger for the Pacific Rim National Park and immediately became both fascinated and dismayed by the marine debris floating onto the shoreline. While the debris represented a negative environmental issue, Clarkson saw beauty in it. “The more I looked at it the more interested I got in where it was from,” he said. “The colours that were presenting themselves artistically inspired me. I started bringing home pieces and working away with them to retransform them from garbage on the beach to pieces of art.” Now, 15 years later, the Tofitian’s work is on display at the Vancouver Aquarium

at an exhibit entitled “From Garbage to Art.” The exhibit aims to promote the 20th anniversary of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup while also serving as a rallying cry to drum up more volunteer support. It has been running since July 1 and will go until Sept. 30. Clarkson has hosted several shows in Tofino but “From Garbage to Art” is his first foray into the art scene outside the West Coast. He said it has been exciting to see people react to his work. “They went through that same process that I go through when I find this stuff on the beach. Right away it’s this beautiful colourful attractive kind of eye candy...Then you get that realization that it’s actually garbage from the shore and it’s out in our oceans and it’s kind of disgusting or saddening,” he said. “People were going through that right in front

of me.” The exhibit brought Clarkson his first opportunity to display his twenty-foot Float’em Pole. He has spent the last several years creating the pole with debris found on Long Beach and its final piece was a large float believed to

be of Japanese origin. The pole is comprised of eight separate pieces that Clarkson spent about eight hours assembling outside the aquarium using an aerial bucket truck. It was the first time he had even seen his creation fully assembled as the pieces had previ-

ously been laid out in his backyard. “It was really exciting for me artistically to finally after all that get it standing and see how it all came together,” he said. He said the pole provided an engaging and accessible medium for him to raise

awareness of marine debris and that the plastic barrels and floats he used to create the piece have become too common on shorelines. “At the end of the day, if I’m run out of business because I can’t find material that will be a good news story,” he said. Clarkson will join marine debris experts Paul Kluckner and Dr. Richard Smith for a public educational event entitled Japanese Tsunami Debris: Why We See The Debris In the Vancouver Aquarium on September 10 from 7-9 p.m. During the day, Clarkson will be guiding public art walks through his exhibit. He is currently collecting Japanese housing timbers washed up on local beaches that he plans to craft into a tsunami memorial on the West Coast.

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Big fish! Ukee Salmon Ladder Derby wraps it up for the year Special to the Westerly News Thousands of dollars of prizes, hundreds of tourism hotel nights and many smiles later, the Ukee Salmon Ladder Derby is done for 2013. On Saturday, Brett Thomas, right, and his 33lb 07oz salmon, fishing with Big Bear Charters, took home almost $10,000 in prizes, including $6,000 in cash and goodies from Graham Myhers Sportfishing, Mark Penney Gallery, Orca Air, Water’s Edge and Budget Rent a Car. Second and third place winners got cash plus goodies from Barry’s and Gray Whale Deli. Hidden Weight contenders Jason Corlazzoli and Pete Ashbee got gift certificates from The Place. Contributors Saturday included Columbia Fuel.

Clayoquot Biosphere Trust seeks new ways to engage youth a meeting held at the UclueWesterly News let community centre last The Clayoquot Biosphere month. Trust is meeting with The trust receives applicavarious youth tions for youth throughout the programs during region to deterits annual grantmine the kinds ing but with no of opportunities youth sitting local kids want to on the CBT’s get involved in. committees or “The Clayoquot boards, it’s hard Biosphere Trust to know whether has an interest in these programs looking at ways are having an LIAM EADY where they can impact, accordsupport the youth ing to DeWitt. programming that’s hap“We’ve been looking at pening in the area better,” different ways to engage Marcie DeWitt told youth at youth to determine the best ANDREW BAILEY

options for engaging them,” she said. “To find out what they want and how to support that.” The Trust’s summer interpreter Liam Eady facilitated the conversation. “One of the goals for tonight is to basically make sure the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust is doing its best to engage the youth,” he said. He said the trust has talked to experts and attended conferences like the Community Foundations of Canada’s national conference in Winnipeg this past July, but the one thing

Local company victim of bold daylight theft in Tofino Westerly News Public assistance is being sought to find the thief or thieves who packed four cedar garbage enclosures onto a truck and drove off around 4 p.m. on August 27. The enclosures belonged to Tofino Vacation Rentals (TVR) and were crafted by a local contractor who dropped them off outside the company’s Campbell Street office just a few days prior to the theft. Two larger enclosures cost about $107 each and the other two cost about $87 each leaving the company $434 down, according to TVR president Leah McDiarmid. Because of their size, McDiarmid believes the enclosures had to have been loaded onto a truck and is hoping someone saw who took them or where they landed. Cpl. Andrew Waddell of the Tofino RCMP detachment says an investigation into the theft is ongoing and he encourages anyone with information to call 250-725-3242.

missing is direct input from local youth. The meeting’s participants identified outdoor adventures as something they would like to see more of. It was suggested that West Coast youth often overlook their natural surroundings and providing outdoor-education opportunities could bring these surroundings back into their sightlines. Mentoring programs between older and younger youth and workshops where local trades people could offer youth hands on learning opportunities were identified as programs that

could be successful. In terms of spreading word about a program or event, putting up posters around town was slammed as being an ineffective strategy because youth rarely pay attention to these posters. Social media outlets were identified as solid promotional tools. Publishing a youth column in the Westerly News was suggested as was hosting a radio show on Long Beach Radio. The youth gave serious interest to developing a youth committee comprised of representatives from all

eight West Coast communities. This was seen as an effective method to connect the communities and keep them connected. It was suggested that the reps could meet once a month with the location of the meetings cycling through each community. This was seen as way to connect the communities and keep them connected and DeWitt said the CBT could look into covering transportation costs.


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Yellow Point, Ladysmith, Chemainus, Crofton, Duncan, Maple Bay, Genoa Bay, Cowichan Bay, Lake Cowichan, Honeymoon Bay, Youbou, Mill Bay, Cobble Hill, Shawnigan Lake, Malahat

Top 5 Culinary Things To Do Celebrate all things food and wine! It’s worth the drive to experience Cowichan culinary destinations.



Sample award winning wines, ciders, brandies, vodkas and craft beers where they’re made. Many locations have onsite bistros, delis or restaurants too! Photo: Merridale Ciderworks

Dine at a waterfront restaurant and enjoy your favourite libation which was created just a stone’s throw away.

3 Celebrate food at several annual festivals – Spot Prawn Festival, Wine & Culinary Festival, Salmon & Mushroom Festival, two Lavender Festivals and Maple Syrup Festival… just to name a few. Photo: Cowichan Bay Spot Prawn Festival

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How about some local bread to go with our local wine? Artisan bakeries are found throughout the region and most offer organic and gluten free options. Photo: Merridale Ciderworks Bakery


100 Mile Diet? Try 100 metre diet! Whether you like white linen service, rustic farmhouse or urban chic ambiance, Cowichan restaurants cater to every taste. You’ll find fresh, local and seasonal are on the menu. Photo: Amuse Bistro/ Sean Fenzl Photography

• Gourmet sea salt is crafted in Cowichan.


• Cowichan’s award winning blackberry and sparkling wines can be either sweet or dry and pair well with dessert or savoury dishes. • Teas are blended with Cowichan herbs and aromatics.

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