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Pouring rain in Vancouver on Sunday didn’t stop 70,000 people from marching through the streets in a Reconciliation Walk to acknowledge Canada’s history of residential schools. Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne was in Vancouver to attend the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention and participated in Sunday’s massive walk. “That was a very profound and moving event and I’m really glad I participated in that; it was really wonderful to be there,” she said. Osborne was not at the event in any official district capacity but rather for her own personal reasons. “It’s something that I’m very committed to and have been since my time living in Tofino and working with Nuu-chah-nulth people,” she said. “It’s an

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“Struggle is a neverending process and freedom is never really won; you earn it and you win it in every generation ... hate will destroy the hater more than the hated.”

- Bernice King, daughter of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Vancouver, B.C., Sept. 22, 2013

Above, Sunday’s Reconciliation Walk in Vancouver. Above, Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne and Vancouver Coun. Heather Deal at Sunday’s Reconciliation Walk. PHOTOS COURTESY JOSIE OSBORNE

Westerly News Hopes for high speed internet becoming available on the West Coast have crashed. Telus has backed out of a project that would have brought high-speed Internet capacity to the coast and the project is now stalled indefinitely. “It’s a total rug pulled out from underneath the economy,” said Ucluelet mayor Bill Irving. “The whole economy on the West Coast is stalled because of this issue.” The West Coast reached its high-speed Internet capacity last September leaving no room new customers. Early this year, Telus and BC Hydro committed to work together to bring high speed Internet to the coast through fiber optic cables Hydro committed to replacing about 300 poles along Highway 4 and expected work to be complete by November allowing Telus to begin coiling cables through in December. Telus informed the district of its decision to back out of the project just a week prior to the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) convention held last week. “Evidently they knew a month or more ago but they hadn’t bothered to share that. Whether they were trying to find a solution or whether they just wanted to avoid the issue I’m not sure,” he said. Telus spokesperson Shawn Hall told the Westerly News on Monday that he was unaware of any changes to the project but that he would look into the issue and call back. He did not do so by press time. Irving said BC Hydro was all in on



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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Community Events 26 THURSDAY Jenny Ritter and James Lamb, indifolk musicians- Float Lounge, Black Rock Oceanfront Resort Pacific Rim Arts Society Cultural Heritage Festival Contemporary Art Show Black Rock Oceanfront Resort 10-4 each day PRAS Cultural Heritage Festival Guided Hike with Tribal Park Guardian up Wah-nah-jus (Lone Cone) mountain trail – 10-4; Birth of Transforming Light Kreations (Short Film by Jason Titian), 8 pm Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre Healthy Babies Program/Family Ties, 10:30am. Drop-in for expectant, new parents, Coastal Family Place, Tofino. Wickaninnish Community School’s StrongStart program. Monday and Fridays 8:45-11:45 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10:30-1:30 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.

27 FRIDAY Big Beach Cinema at Ucluelet Community Centre - The Great Gatsby – at 8pm; Secondhand Lions – at 6pm PRAS Cultural Heritage Festival Informative talk on Nuu-chahnulth Traditional Whale Hunting, 12 p.m. Kwisitis Visitor Center PRAS Cultural Heritage Festival Indigenous plants: an interpretive walk in the Rainforest, 3 p.m. Schooner Cove Trailhead, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve Live in concert, Leonard Sumner 9 pm Tofino Legion Strong Start, Ucluelet Elementary School, 8:35-11:35 a.m. Tofino Library Storytime 11:30 a.m.12 noon. 331 Main St. Preschool children with adult welcome. The Edge Youth Room, 2–6pm, Ucluelet Community Centre & Youth Sports Day, 3–5pm. Free. Holy Family Church, 7pm, 1664 Peninsula Rd. Ucluelet.

28 SATURDAY Big Beach Cinema Movie at Ucluelet Community Centre: Secondhand Lions – 3 pm Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up 10 am – 2 pm Meet at Ucluelet Municipal Hall at 10 am Contact

Karla Robison 250 726 7744 for more info Tour de Rock Bike Rodeo 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Ucluelet Elementary Tour de Rock cop bike riders arrive at the Ucluelet Co-op around 2 p.m., annual head-shaving fundraiser Raincoast Education Society 2nd Annual Raincoast Re-Skilling Festival 10-5 pm, Tofino Botanical Gardens, free. Youth Workshops 10 am: Friendship Bracelets (Patrice Hansen); 10:30 am- Sewing Skills (Ariane Batic); 11 am Wild Harvesting (Laura Griffith-Cochrane); noon, Budgeting for Success (Kim Johnston); 12:45 Leather Work (Phil Reimers);1:15 pm Light my fire – without matches! (Harmony Ziegler); 2 p.m. Cedar Weaving (Mary Martin); 3:15 pm Tool Sharpening (Dan Harrison) 4 pm Building with Driftwood* (Jan Janzen) Pacific Rim Arts Society Cultural Heritage Festival Cedar: the Tree of Life. An informative talk. 12 p.m. Kwisitis Visitor Center Pacific Rim Arts Society Cultural Heritage Festival Nuu-chah-nulth Cultural Walk 2 p.m. Kwisitis Visitor Center Pacific Rim Arts Society Cultural Heritage Festival Visit Ittatsoo First Nation Village 4 p.m. Meet at PRAS Art Space (250 Main St in Ucluelet) Pacific Rim Arts Society Cultural Heritage Festival Live in concert, Leonard Sumner Officials Sports Lounge 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.

29 SUNDAY Tour de Rock welcome fundraiser pancake breakfast at the Tofino Legion 9 a.m. Raincoast Education Society 2nd Annual Raincoast Re-Skilling Festival 10-5 pm. Youth workshops: 10 am: Fish Smoking (John Fraser) 11:30: Food Fermentation – Kelp Pickles, Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Kombucha, & Kefir (with water & dairy) (Josie O., Nick S., Dave W., Christiane W., Cindy H.); 1:30 pm – Cooking Like a Pro (TBA); 2:30 pm – 4 pm: Healthy Foods – The Indigenous Diet (Nitanis Desjarlais) 4 pm: Jam Making (April Robson) Pacific Rim Arts Society Cultural Heritage Festival Learn about the First People’s Local Language 12 p.m. Kwisitis Visitor Center Pacific Rim Arts Society Cultural Heritage Festival Indigenous plants: an interpretive walk in the Rainforest, 3 p.m. Schoon-

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Pete Clarkson of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve presents Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne with new rip current signs for Cox Bay. The signs identify areas with predictably strong rip currents and provide advice on how to avoid them and escape if caught in one. The signs are part of a coastal safety prevention program the park is currently developing in collaboration with Tofino, Ucluelet and area businesses. er Cove Trailhead, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve Pacific Rim Arts Society Cultural Heritage Festival A night of Storytelling with Gisele Martin 8pm: Darwin’s café – Tofino Botanical Gardens Cost: By donation 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.

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.



Pacific Rim Arts Society Cultural Heritage Festival Nuu-chah-nulth Traditional talk on Whale Hunting, 12 noon, Kwisitis Visitor Center Pacific Rim Arts Society Cultural Heritage Festival Nuu-chah-nulth Cultural Walk, 3 p.m. Kwisitis Visitor Center 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.

Wednesday 11:15 a.m-11:45 a.m. Story time for preschool children ages 3-5 . Ucluelet library at the Ucluelet Community Centre 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.

1 TUESDAY Clayoquot Summer—20 Years After 8 p.m. Clayoquot Community Theatre 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

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Driver walks away after car found over embankment ANDREW BAILEY

Westerly News Ucluelet RCMP are again urging people to notify police after being in a car crash after a vehicle was found over an embankment along Highway 4 on Sept. 20. No injuries were reported and the driver had left the scene on their own, leaving their vehicle behind. “Phone the RCMP if you’re in a collision so we can get your vehicle out for you. Don’t leave it down the side of the mountain to wreck

the environment; let’s get it out and make sure it’s not going to catch on fire,” said Const. Jonathan McKinney. “Don’t be afraid to call us that’s what we’re there for,” he said. “People are embarrassed sometimes and it gives us suspicion if people are leaving the scene of a crash.” He added that injuries are often not immediately obvious and anyone who was involved in a collision should receive immediate medical attention to ensure

they’re OK. “It’s so traumatic that your brain will shut down a little bit and get into the slow motion mode and you may not remember hitting your head,” he said.

Ukee sees double drunk drivers Sept. 14 was not a safe night for driving in Ucluelet as two drivers were found to be intoxicated. Const. McKinney pulled over a motorcyclist on Eber Road

in the early morning; The driver failed the approved screening device test. After securing the motorcycle at the tow yard McKinney spotted a vehicle driving erratically along Peninsula Road and issued another approved screening device test, which was also failed. This driver was operating a high-end company car from a car dealership on the mainland. Both drivers were issued immediate 90-day driving prohibitions and vehicles impounded 30 days.

Backhoe detaches, Kudos to local Ucluelet local Dan Mose goes down earned high praise from embankment the Ucluelet RCMP recently A backhoe being towed by a large truck came detached and rolled down an embankment along Highway 4 near Glover Creek around Sept. 12. Nobody was injured. The backhoe has not yet been recovered but locals can expect a Highway 4 road closure in the near future as the vehicle will be pulled out.

when he voluntarily painted over graffiti on the walls of the former Number 1 Market. “He took the time out of his day to paint over the graffiti which was awesome because the only way to stop graffiti from reoccurring is by painting over it,” said Const. McKinney, adding buildings covered with graffiti are seen as derelict and will attract more crime.

Man killed in single-car crash Tuesday morning near Marion Creek ANDREW BAILEY

Westerly News Tragedy struck Highway 4 Tuesday morning when a 70-year-old man succumbed to injuries he sustained in a singl- vehicle collision. The crash occurred west of Marion Creek near Cats Ear Creek around 9:20 a.m. Const. Jonathan McKinney of the Ucluelet RCMP was the first responder to arrive at the scene.

He found the vehicle in a steep ditch with its roof caved in, pinning the driver inside. McKinney believes the vehicle spun out of control while taking a corner and crashed into the rock face. “The force of the collision was going backwards so the roof pinned the driver forward to the steering wheel,” he said. He said the man was conscious

but suffering from significant pain to his back. Several bystanders stopped to assist and held the man’s head straight until Port Alberni fire crew were able to remove him from the vehicle using the Jaws of Life. “The Port Alberni fire department and ambulance from Ucluelet worked tirelessly to remove him from the vehicle,” McKinney

said. “They did a very good job and did their best to remove him as quickly and safely as possible.” The man was placed onto a hard stretcher and put inside the Ucluelet ambulance for transport to the West Coast General Hospital in Port Alberni. No helicopters were immediately available to airlift him, according to McKinney. “It was reported to me shortly after they left that (the man) began

to suffer from the injuries sustained in the crash,” McKinney said. “Unfortunately he passed away from his injuries.” An RCMP collision analyst was expected to arrive in Ucluelet Wednesday morning to investigate. The man’s next of kin have been notified but his name has not been released to the media. RCMP believe speed and alcohol were both factors in the crash.

Tofino police investigate The Case of the Disappearing Grow-Op ANDREW BAILEY

Westerly News Tofino RCMP received a call on Sept. 18 around 5:30 p.m. alleging a marijuana growing operation was being conducted at a local housing complex. An officer attended the residence in question and discovered about 10 marijuana plants in the backyard, according to Sgt. James Anderson. After questioning the building’s landlord, police left the site but when they returned a short while later the tenant had reportedly moved out and all the plants were gone.

Police know who the tenant is and an investigation is underway to determine if the tenant possesses a medical marijuana license.

Beach thieves make off with kayak Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a stolen kayak. A couple had left their double Seaward kayak on the beach near Crystal Cove Resort on Sept. 15 and returned the following day to find it had been taken. The kayak is yellow with a

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a silver Macbook was stolen from a vehicle overnight Sept. 17-18. The vehicle was parked along Campbell Street when its back passenger window was smashed out and the bag was taken, according to Sgt. Anderson. Police had no suspects at press time and no evidence to work with, according to Anderson. He urges everyone not to leave valuables in vehicles.

white bottom and red detailing. There is silicone tape on the back starboard side where the kayak is damaged. The kayak has an estimated value of $6,000. Police believe multiple thieves may have been involved because the size of the kayak would have made it difficult for one person to carry away. Anyone with information should contact the Tofino RCMP at 725-3242.

Police to residents: Don’t leave valuables in cars

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around 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 18 alleging a man was drinking alcohol in public at the corner of First Street and Main Street. The caller recognized the man to be Joseph Cousineau who is under court ordered conditions to abstain from alcohol and stay out of Tofino except on Tuesdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m, according to Sgt. Anderson. Anderson said an officer arrived at the scene and found Cousineau who was carrying 8 beers in a plastic bag. The officer attempted to place Cousineau under arrest

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What do YOU think? Go online to to answer this week’s poll question: Should speed bumps be installed at West Coast school zones? a) Yes b) No c) Try the “tope” idea of a raised crosswalk. d) More police patrols and tickets are the answer to school zone speeders Read The Westerly News next week for results of the online vote. Last week’s results: Asked how they would spend no-power Monday, Sept. 23, 175% said surfing, 14% said churning butter, 52% said they’d just deal with it, and 17% said “missing electrical conveniences terribly.”


Tope or not tope, that is the question EDITOR’S NOTE: This marks the second of an occasional series of guest columns, “Local Voices.” The school zone is a real problem. All year round there is activity occurring at the school grounds. When school is not in session, it seems that the speed limit is not either. I too am guilty of forgetting about it from time to time. I believe I saw the answer to our problem while on vacation in Mexico a few years ago. It was called a Tope. (Pronounced Toe-Pay). The tope is a sidewalk that has been raised approximately six to eight inches above street level. If one were to picture a tope, it is an eight-foot-wide Local platform crossing the street, with an eightVoices: foot ramp on either side. They are constructed Jake van Dort out of either concrete or asphalt. The platforms are painted with white stripes as any crosswalk and the ramps are painted with a highly visible reflective yellow in a chevron pattern. The tope will better elevate the pedestrians into a driver’s line of vision. Furthermore, any driver trying to cross one at a high rate of speed will spill that coffee and quite likely launch their vehicle into immiedate awareness. At a slow rate of speed, they are quite comfortable to navigate. Due to their design and gradual slope, they are easier on the vehicle and much quieter than speed bumps. I propose a trial tope be placed within the school zone. They are highly effective and I’m sure we will soon have them at other crosswalks in that area.

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 300 words will not be accepted.


Sea kayaking guides converge on Ucluelet The Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC is holding an exchange in Ucluelet this weekend; September 27-29, hosted by Majestic Ocean Kayaking. Kayak guides from all around British Columbia will be coming to Ucluelet to participate; it is an opportunity to share information and skills between guides. For more information you can visit. All the best, Suzy Christoffel, Majestic Ocean Kayaking

MLK’s daughter: Reconciliation takes time It was an honour to participate in the Walk for Reconciliation in Vancouver last Sunday. It was amazing to see 70,000 people marching in the pouring rain, their hearts filled with joy to be together and hope that all of us living in this place called Canada can find a new way forward together. Eyes were filled

with tears as a speaker before the walk asked us to turn to the people around us, look them in the eyes and say “You are first class”. Bernice King, daughter of the late civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King Jr made a rousing speech in which she reminded us that healing takes time. The effects of the residential schools are inter-generational, and the last residential school closed its doors in 1996. The crowd erupted in cheers as she called on Canadians to make Canada the “great nation that it’s called to be.” I urge readers of the Westerly News to check out King’s speech online at: news/2013/09/24/for-therecord-martin-luther-kingsdaughter/. Dan Lewis, Tofino

Harper promoting Enbridge in BC is cynical, PR spin Dear Editor, I would like to remind Prime Minister Harper, and his local representative MP James Lunney, that the

government’s recent visit to BC promoting the Enbridge pipeline project is a cynical, transparent exercise in PR spin. We do not need gigantic oil tankers plying the waters off our coast by the hundreds every year. Many locals remember the Netuscca oil spill of 1998 — a miniscule foretaste of the inevitable mega-spill that would come our way under the Enbridge plan. We have a higher vision for Clayoquot Sound, for BC, for Canada and for the world. It is screamingly obvious to anybody not blinded by ties to the fossil fuel industry that Canada must move forward on renewable, non-carbon energy. The onslaught of increasingly severe droughts, floods, wildfires and extreme weather warns us to address this carbon pollution crisis with all seriousness. Basic economics tells us that the construction of a pipeline would change the dynamics of the tar sands, making it not just more economical to ship all that carbon, but economically imperative to do so, to

recover the sunk capital costs. Yet our government seems oblivious to the opportunity presented by green energy, and the upward spiral of development other countries are now beginning, in favour of its outmoded and ultimately suicidal 19th-century business model. We have truly got to question a government’s fitness to govern when it shamelessly shills for any single industry, never mind one as damaging as Big Oil. This is not leadership. This is corporate governance with little thought for what is good for the people, or the country as a whole. It’s time for a drastic course change — something the people of BC, especially our First Nations, will be impressing upon our government in coming months. Greg Blanchette Tofino

Thanks for support for TGH Foundation rally Dear Editor, On Saturday, September

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Foxcroft new leader for Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council SCOTT McKENZIE

Alberni Valley Times The 14 First Nations communities of the Nuuchah-nulth Tribal Council will have a new leader for the next four years as Deb Foxcroft defeated incumbent Cliff Atleo in a tight election Monday night. Ken Watts, who was serving for a remainder of a term as vice president of the NTC, ran unopposed and was accepted to sit in that position for the next four years, as well. “I’m very proud and honoured to be in this position and to serve my people,”

said Foxcroft, who received just three more votes than Atleo. “I just believe that I’m going to have to get that other 50 per cent on my side and help them have some understanding and support, and I have to go out and find out what their needs and wants are to get the full support of Nuu-chah-nulth, so that’s an opportunity and a challenge that I have to work on.” Atleo, who served the NTC for the last four years and nine months as president, said he was disappointed in the result.

“One doesn’t do this thing, and run for [president] and don’t win and feel OK about it,” he said. “I was very disappointed. “It wasn’t work to me because it’s not work when you enjoy what you’re doing, and I enjoyed working for our people. I representing all of our tribes and all of our members.” Atleo also said he plans to support Foxcroft and that he will not become uninvolved with the Nuu-chah-nulth. “I wish her all the best,” he said. I don’t have any hard feelings about her and I’m

sure she will provide the best she can for our people and I’ll be able to support her any way I can.” Foxcroft said one of the challenges will be dealing with is government funding, both provincially and federally. “The federal government is really taking a lot of our autonomy away,” she said. “In April there will be a 60 per cent cut to the tribal council, and they’re also looking at pushing legislation in terms of education that’s going to be a big issue that we’re going to have to deal with.”

For Watts, he is happy to be in the position he is at just 30 years old. He hopes it inspires younger people to educate themselves and after being accepted by the NTC as vice president for the next four years is excited to help lead the tribal council’s 14 nations. “I think sometimes I’ve got to take a step back and realize that I still have a lot to learn and I’m still developing as a young person,” Watts said, “but I consider it an honour that our 14 nations are willing to let me help lead them in the right direction and support them.

My dad (George Watts) was a big part of the formation of this tribal council so for me, it’s a pretty amazing feeling.” Watts said his job as NTC vice president is a handson one, and he wants to continue to support young people alone with Foxcroft, who worked with the provincial Ministry of Children and Family Development. The NTC election took place Monday night at the Maht Mas Gym, where the tribal council’s annual general meeting is currently taking place.

Tofino council makes strides, earns kudos at UBCM ANDREW BAILEY

Westerly News Tofino’s municipal council returned from the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) convention this week with a lot to smile about. The conventions give local governments an opportunity to get some face time in with the provincial government and Tofino pinpointed four ministers to meet with: Minister of Advanced Education Amrik Virk, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Coralee Oakes, and Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation John Rustad. “The meetings are very short you need to be succinct, precise, to the point, deliver clearly and I think we did an excellent job of that,” said Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne. She said the short amount of time combined with the fact that the ministers meet with as many as 150 municipalities during the week does not equal a forum where serious issues can be resolved, but does create a valuable venue to make connections. “This is just one part of building relationships with cabinet ministers and their ministry staff... It’s important to put a face to the names to get a sense of the personalities involved,” she said. “It takes work afterwards to follow up and see some real results.” She said all four ministers received a verbal invitation to visit Tofino. It was the mayor’s first UBCM since being acclaimed in a byelection in June and municipal councillor Cathy Thicke gave her first performance two thumbs up. “The difference between the last one and this one with Josie as our

mayor was huge,” she said. “We were better prepared for the minister’s meetings, the message we gave was succinct and clear...and with Josie as the mayor I think the message came across really loud and clear and I think we were very well received as a community.” Councillor Duncan McMaster noted a change from the provincial government’s side of the table from last year with ministers feeling more confident in their job security. “The biggest difference between last year and this year was last year the government thought it was on the outs and that they couldn’t do anything and now they know they’ve got four years to do something,” he said. “All the ministers last year thought it was their last few days of office and now there all secure in the position so I think there was a different attitude. There’s no more money, but there’s definitely

a different attitude.”

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achieve the designation. “I am particularly proud of the fact that it is a partnership with Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and it shows that when we work together we can achieve a lot of success,” Osborne said.

to put pressure on the provincial government to modernize BC’s Mineral Tenures Act passed with little opposition. The resolution calls on local governments to lobby the provincial government to implement public processes that would allow local governments and First Nations to have a say in whether a mine is installed in their community. “Getting the resolution passed was the easier part, the harder work now begins of seriously lob-

The District of Tofino received Tofino resolution to the convention’s Leadership and Innovation Award for its role in modernize Mineral the conservation of the Tofino Tenures Act gets nod Wha-nah-jus Hilth-ho-is Mudflats. The award was not the only The mudflats were designated feather Tofino stuck in its hat at into the Western Hemisphere the convention as a resolution Shorebird Reserve Network this See COUNCIL page 16 brought forward by the district year and Osborne believes this was a key reason Tofino took DISTRICT OF TOFINO the award. rd The mudflats Box 9, 121 3 Street Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 are in the traditional territory of the Tla-o-quiCOMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE aht First Nation The District of Tofino is seeking up to 10 individuals to serve on its Community and the district Economic Development Advisory Committee (CEDAC) by representing local resident worked with and sector specific interests, as follows: the Nation to 1 member strong, demonstrable, interests in housing 1 member strong, demonstrable, downtown business interests 2 members general community interests 1 member environmental sector 1 member real estate sector 1 member education sector 3 members industrial, manufacturing, or resource sectors, including one representing marine interests The CEDAC has been established to help develop a vision and plan to guide Tofino’s Tofino & Ucluelet socio-economic development. Meeting at least four times a year, this committee of up 250-726-8113 to 19 members representing key community interests provides advice and recommendations to Council. The terms of reference can be viewed on the District’s Dave Christensen website at Individuals interested in serving on this volunteer advisory committee are asked to submit a letter of interest including a short statement explaining why they are suitable to represent the interests of the applicable group. The deadline for submissions is 4:00 PM on Monday, September 30, 2013. Please 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer LS forward applications by mail, hand, fax or e-mail to: 4 door, Auto, 4.2L



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Letters, continued from Page 4 14th, 2013 the Tofino General Hospital Foundation’s Car Rally raised enough money to purchase a new bedside heart monitor for our local hospital. Over $28,000 was collected through donations, raffle tickets, silent and live auctions and entry fees to the Car Rally. The Tofino General Hospital Foundation thanks all who helped to make our Car Rally such an amazingly successful event. Janet St. Pierre once again challenged the competitors’ mental capacities with awesome questions! Everyone had a great time. The Car Rally was won by Team Brenda Schwab, Kim Botting and April Froment. Team “Shocker” came in second place, losing by a time fault. The team consisted of Bill McGinnis, Shig Kinoshita, Shannon Lorraine and Mathieu Roy. Best Costume team was “Las Chicas Locas” (Crazy Chicks) Lynn White, Brittany Garland, Keane Hovi and Juhelle Stephens. The dinner following the Rally was delicious. It was prepared by the Legion Ladies Auxillary, members of St. Columba and St. Francis of Assisi Churches, Hospice and Bill McGinnis. Thank you Charles McDiarmid for being the auctioneer and volunteers Judy Hansen, Joan Grant and Toby Fraser. Congratulations to Dorothy Arnet who won the beautiful quilt so kindly donated by the Pacific Rim Quilter’s Guild. Finally a huge Thank You to the following donors: Tofino Co-op, Jamie’s

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Rainforest Inn and Whaling Station, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort ,Marina West, Red Can Gourmet, Shelter Restaurant, Pacific Sands Resort, Crab Apple Floral, Sobo, Gabriola Studio, Rubios, Inner Harmony Cleaning, OCN Garden Centre, Mark Hobson, RPM, Virginia Wynth, Method Marine, Gale and Neil Botting, Storm Light, Beach Petal Flower Design,, Tofino Fishing and Trading, Pharmasave, Clayoquot Crafts, Tofino Pharmacy, Tofino Sea Kayaking, Patti and Don Cameron, Creative Salmon, Eagle Aerie Gallery, Tofino Cake Studio, House of Himwitsa, Cox Bay Resort, Village Gallery, Sacred Stone Spa, Fiesta Taco, Schooner Restaurant, Tofino Saltwater Classic, Common Loaf Bakery, Chocolate Tofino, Mainstream Canada, Tony’s Pizza, Judy Gibson, Wickaninnish Inn, Pacific Rim Quilter’s Guild, Prester John’s Gone Band, Marnie Saunders. Judy Michaud Secretary, Tofino General Hospital Foundation

Food drive reels in 1,136 pounds To the great people who live in a great community involved in a great cause, thank you, thank you and Thank you! Our food drive was a wonderful success. And what about our sunny Saturday weather sandwiched between a rainy Friday and Sunday for the food drive. 1136 pounds were collected and delivered

to The Food Bank of the Edge’s office in Ucluelet. The Food Bank on the Edge services the needs of those on the West Coast. This was the 3rd year of our community food drive and each year the pounds of food donated has increased. Ucluelet was one of 54 BC communities involved in the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive in which 402,000 pounds were donated and delivered to their local food banks. Eager volunteers were so wonderful and each one of their efforts contributed to our success. This year we were joined by the Jr. Rangers as a community partner and thank them and their leadership. For next years BC Thanksgiving Food Drive at the same time of year we invite other caring community minded groups to join us so we can cover a greater area and allow more to have an opportunity to donate and deliver more needed food to The Food Bank on the Edge which can then further serve those in need. Way to go, Ucluelet, a community with a heart. Alan Anderson BC Thanksgiving Food Drive West Coast Coordinator

Cultural Heritage Fest going well The Cultural Heritage Festival was off to a fantastic start as a large crowd attended the opening ceremonies at the Kwisitis Visitor Centre last

Saturday. The Long House created the perfect setting as Gisele Martin of Tla-o-qui-ath and Jason Titian who is originally from Ahousath sang to the sound of drums to welcome visitors to the centre where a Nuu-chah-nulth artifacts and regalia exhibit is being held throughout the festival. Barb Touchie, Ucluelet First Nation ,was honoured for her dedication in teaching the Nuu-chah-nulth language and her ongoing community involvement. Afterwards, In the Nuuchah-nulth tradition, people gathered after the ceremony to share a salmon feast. The Pacific Rim Arts Society has numerous events planned for this week to celebrate the Nuu-chahnulth influence on the arts community and to provide everyone with a cultural experience not to be forgotten. Monday, 18 people attended a Cedar Bark Weaving Workshop at PRAS’ Art Space. There will be cultural tours at various locations in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, an art show at Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in Ucluelet, a Jason Titian film screening in Tofino and this week-end you will be able to enjoy a performance by the famous aboriginal singer Leonard Sumner in Tofino and Ucluelet. A full calendar of events is available at pacificrimarts. ca and at various locations in town. The festival ends September 30th. Jacqueline Chamberland, Executive Director, PRAS

but Cousineau resisted and wound up in a fight with the officer., who used pepper spray and was assisted by a bystander to subdue Cousienau. The officer and Cousineau suffered minor injuries in the altercation. Cousineau was charged with breaching court ordered conditions, obstructing a peace officer and assaulting a peace officer. The RCMP appreciates the community reporting Cousineau when he breaches his conditions, Anderson said.

Man fights police after fracas in Ahousaht RCMP responded to an alleged domestic assault at an Ahousaht residence Sept. 22 at 10:30 a.m. After police placed a man under arrest they saw the assault victim kick another man out of the residence. This second man was arrested for being intoxicated in public. Both men were taken to the RCMP detachment. When the second man was brought out of the police vehicle he asked the police officers if they were ready to fight and clenched his fists. He was quickly subdued by the officers and taken to the ground, according to Anderson. While on the ground, the man threatened to assault one of the officers. He was released the following morning with a promise to appear in court to face a charge of threatening to cause harm.

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where the winter takes you

Mexico beckons for Ucluetian snowbirds This is the second in an occasional series on where the winter takes folks from the West Coast. JACKIE CARMICHAEL

Westerly News Retiree Mike Dickie and his wife Dinah have spent at least a portion of the year in Mexico for years. Now in their 11th year of living in Ucluelet, the pair enjoy Mexico’s sun and its people. “One of the main reasons we go there is to chase the sun. I don’t think I’ve stayed in Ucluelet a whole winter since been here,” he said. “We came out here years and years ago on a trip, and we always thought of Ucluelet as a really place to retire. We’ve always been on the water and sport-fished, it’s such a wonderful area. It’s still wild and still has all the amenities, basically,” Dickie said. “I like the lifestyle here, the fishing, the small town – and the idea was to be able to go south in the wintertime,” he said. Enter Mexico. Long-time snowbirds flying to Mexico for winter, the Dickies owned a home in Lake Chapala, a retirement mecca for Americans, Canadians and Europeans, south of Guadalajara, at 4,500-feet elevation in the nation’s temperate interior. They decided to sell when renting it out to other ex-pats in the months they weren’t there became a challenge because of the reputation of Mexican violence. Dickie said he had heard the noise of gunfights. “They’re not particularly against

Mike and Dinah Dickie, right, and a family friend, at the Dickie’s house in Lake Chapala, Mexico. Above right, a favourite Mexican coastal village.

gringos, but Mexico does have problems with cartels, extortion and murder,” he said. “I think the violence is overrated. Most of the violence happens between Mexicans. Very little violence is to Americans and Canadians without a reason. If you don’t look out, if you’re doing things you shouldn’t – the normal person who is courteous and uses common sense and looks after themselves, doesn’t run into problems in Mexico,” Dickie said. “The crime is basically Mexicanon-Mexican, but it affects the (foreign) real estate market,” he said. Dickie has a few roots in Sonora, Mexico, where his great-grandfather and greatgrandmother,

James and Beatrice Paxton, settled briefly on a 400,000-acre ranch as corporate executives of the Sonora Land & Timber Company just before the Mexican Revolution. “My great-grandfather used to sell Pancho Villa horses,” he said. His great-grandmother died in 1912 and was buried on the ranch, and Mike Dickie recently was able to journey to the mountainous ranch site and fix up the grave. The Dickies will probably do more traveling around via bus and backpack, he said. “Bus systems are wonderful in

Mexico – they’re very safe and reasonably economical,” he said. “You can see a lot of Mexico by busing. We’ve used the Lonely Planet book, it’s very effective for that type of travel.” Don’t be expecting the Dickies to stay at the end of their Mexican

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Local youth act globally with Guyana BYD project ANDREW BAILEY

Westerly News A potluck was held at Gord Johns’s house on Sunday to raise awareness of the Tofitian’s fundraising campaign for the Buxton Youth Developers program in Guyana. As was reported in the Sept. 12 print edition of the Westerly News, a recent visit to Guyana prompted Johns to get on board with the program that aims to attract children back to school by offering them sport and cultural programming. “It’s a really exciting project,” he said. “Its about giving kids hope and getting them back to school, educated, and literate.” The school has over 200 students and currently operates on a $6,000 annual budget, $30 per student,

according to Johns. With the school’s grant funding running out this December, Johns is hoping to bring West Coasters to the cause and held Sunday’s potluck to officially kick off the fundraising campaign.

The event drew in an impressive showing of youth and Johns hopes their interest in the project continues. “We’ve got a number of kids coming over this evening to get involved and learn

about the project,” he said as the potluck began. “It’s really important for youth to understand that there are children throughout the world that need help. “These children are going

to be the adults of the future. It’s important that they know they can contribute and that they’re contribution should start now and it should continue throughout their lives,” he said. A bottle drive fueled by social media was held on Friday, Sept. 20, and Johns launched a Facebook page on Sunday. Roy Henry Vickers has donated several prints to raffle off and Oak Tree Farm also donated products to help fundraising efforts. Johns has placed a bin at the end of his driveway for locals to drop bottles and cans into and he plans to hold at least one bottle drive per month. “Being involved in so many community levels here in our local community it’s nice to be able to participate on an international level,”

he said. Anyone interested in helping or donating can contact Johns at gordyjohns@gmail. com. He believes Canada’s economic ties to Guyana should translate into social ties as well. “We are the leading resource extractor in Guyana through gold and mining and it’s important for us to understand the link to the people of this country and certainly the children of this country,” he said. “If we’re going to be global in our economic activity we need to be global in our social responsibility as well…I feel that those children are our children and we’re as responsible as anybody in the world to make sure their lives are better.”

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on ocean safety. The materials were put into practice the last week of August, during an Open Water Wisdom camp for youth ages 7-13yrs. Tofino Parks and Recreation partnered with local surf instructor Ali Alamolhoda to deliver a number of water safety activities and drills. “Participants braved the elements and participated in an hour long swim lesson every morning

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Tofino a living text for Ontario philosophy students JACKIE CARMICHAEL Westerly News University of Guelph professor Stefan Lindquist sees the West Coast as the perfect living textbook for his philosophy-in-the-field course. The clash of opposing ideals in paradise makes Tofino the perfect place to find questions for life’s answers each summer, he said. Formerly a director with the Ucluelet Aquarium, Lindquist found most fascinating the way people and organizations grapple with differing perspectives on environmental issues. First Nations, Mainstream salmon farming, Friends of Clayoquot, Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne. “One of things we try to do is understand not just what these groups stand for but how they interact with other groups. We’re sort of neutral, we don’t have any stake in these debates and there’s no position we advocate for,” he said. “Why people hold the views they do and why they react emotionally to certain things and not others, why they trust in some organizations and not others. You’ll have someone people who distrust organizations like the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. They might distrust the federal government, seeing it as partnerhip with industry. Others place their trust in government and are distrustful of the motives of environmentalists,” he said. Rachel Wallace of Guelph

said the course was “totally different” than anything she’d ever done for school before. “Studying in Tofino was really amazing for helping us to engage with the issues quite differently – issues that affect people’s lives,” Wallace said. “It’s neat to see how the small community seems to bring people together even when they are so opposed. Someone said that at the end of the day, no matter how much you disagree with someone, you are probably going to run into them at the grocery store,” Wallace said. “We met with all these wonderful people who were so passionate and so knowledgeable,” she said. “You come to see these issues as things that are experienced, just things written about in journal articles. You try to see how things can be connected even when they seem so different. You try an understand things in their uniqueness, but you also try to reconcile them.”

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A wildlife biology and conservation major, Patrick Strzalkowski said the range of opinion on a single topic like fish farming was fascinating. “We got a very negative view on it from what people said to us, but when we talked to people out at Mainstream, our whole perspective changed,” he said. “It was surprising how there can be so much controversy over that.” David Alton is majoring in environmental governance, with and emphasis on Can-

adian politics and geography. He liked the contrast between academia and real life the course offered. “We talk about these issues all time in my course, but lose the context and the emotion,” he said. “In Tofino, it became very apparent the large role emotion was playing in the conflicts and decisions that were happening in the real world,” he said. “Once we got out there the data seemed secondary to the actual human impacts about any kinds of decisions, both from the perspectives of those who work for fish farming and those who oppose it. Emotions and passions played a hug role, facts played a minor role,” Alton said. One right answer? Forget about it. “It showed the limits of academia … People’s positions are based on an emotional connection, and the facts come second. For every single person, the facts were there to rationalize their own emotional commitment to the issue,” he said. For Alton, the setting made the intriguing course even better. “Tofino is very beautiful and inviting place to be,” he said.

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Tsehaht carver shines at PRAS Cultural Heritage festival ANDREW BAILEY

Westerly News The Pacific Rim Arts Society’s Cultural Heritage Festival is underway and has loaded the West Coast’s week with a variety of events that celebrate Nuu-chahnulth culture. The festival kicked off on Saturday and is in the middle of a 10-day event schedule that wraps up on Sept. 30. Festivalers took in a contemporary art show opening at Black Rock Resort on Sept 22 where Tsehaht carver Gordon Dick demonstrated traditional totem pole carving. He said he was thrilled at the opportunity to demonstrate his work and technique. “It’s great to inform people of our culture and the ties that we have,” he said. “It’s great to share our history.” To carve out his cedar piece Dick used an elbow adz, which (apart from a steel blade replacing what would have been stone or

Tseshaht artisan Gordon Dick and his reflection work on a new creation.

oyster shell) has not changed for centuries. “That’s exactly the shape that’s been around since before (European) contact,” he said. Dick, who turned 42 this week, has been carving professionally since 1998 but has been in love with the craft for as long as he can remember. “I do it because I love it,” he said. “I always was very intrigued

and taken by our songs, and our dances, and the regalia that’s directly attached to it.” He said he worked various jobs prior to becoming a professional artist but always found time to carve and did not struggle with the decision to commit to his passion full-time. “I’m able to make a living and as I like to say keep the lights on and I truly love what I do. I’m fortun-

ate to be able to be an artist on the West Coast,” he said. He learned the craft from acclaimed Hesquiaht carver and teacher Tim Paul and said Paul told him “if you’re going to do a large scale carving, it’s because you really want to; you truly enjoy it.” He said it is important for carvers to realize their work does not have to look like their teacher’s, and noted many young carvers try to emulate master carvers. “The culture has to keep moving. We have that foundation, the root of our shapes and our symbols, so each artist has their own view on it or take on it or what they interpret towards a piece,” he said. Dick’s love of carving began as a boy watching his grandfather. “His father was a canoe builder his uncles were canoe builders so he had a great understanding of wood and the grain,” he said of his grandfather. “My first memories that’s what I would see is him carving so it’s just a good fit. It’s

enjoyment and it’s proud of my roots; I was very fortunate to have my grandparents a major part of my life.” Dick’s grandmother instilled in him a strong sense of culture. “My grandmother would say ‘our culture is always moving, it’s just like Mother Nature if it doesn’t, it ceases to exist,’” he said. “I want to keep our culture moving and this is my role, my contribution.” He believes the busier society gets, the more disconnected it becomes to Mother Nature and hopes his cedar carvings motivate people to rekindle their relationship with the earth. “Mother Nature is everything its our watershed it’s the game in the forest the trees and the shelter that puts a roof over our head the roots that filter the water system,” he said. “We need to pay attention and be thankful for Mother Nature and be respectful and just slow down a little bit and appreciate what is provided for us.”


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Hiker rescued from Arrowsmith An injured Alberni Valley hiker was in stable condition at Nanaimo General Hospital after sustaining a six-metre fall on Mount Arrowsmith on Saturday. The man was doing a day hike on the mountain with a female partner and two dogs when he fell in an area known as the snow gully to the Ice Box.

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Volunteers needed for Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up Saturday JACKIE CARMICHAEL

Westerly News Volunteers are needed for a Saturday ocean-side event. Ucluelet has been selected as one of 20 communities that is helping to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Vancouver Aquarium’s Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup program. Volunteers should meet Saturday at Ucluelet Municipal Hall at 10 a.m., said Karla Robison of the District of Ucluelet. *** The West Coast continues to be a hub for marine debris cleanup, Robison said, pointing to a helicopter lift of a collection of Japanese timbers

that recently floated to Florencia Beach in the wake of the March 2011 tsunami that decimated Japan. “Not only did we clear the beach to prepare for the next influx of Japanese timbers but we just illustrated the operation of a specialized clean-up team,” said Robison. “From an environmental/ emergency stand point, this was a great exercise to help connect the players who would be involved if we were to receive something of large, significant value and/or high risk to our coast (e.g., dock with alien invasive species),” she said. Robison said Stephen Holland, volunteer to

Ucluelet’s Emergency Coordinating Committee, is the lead on Japanese lumber/timber identification. “Stephen has done a tremendous amount of research on this and has a true knack for identifying unique features that

help us put the pieces together (i.e., determine if timber items are foundation pieces, posts, beams, earthquake supporting structures, etc.),” she said, also citing volunteers like Tom and Judy Schmidt, Ed Chernis and Ted Eeftink for their work in identify-

ing and collecting these timbers. The production crew for a new documentary, “Lost and Found” documentary was in Ucluelet last Thursday and filmed interviews regarding the Japanese timbers. PHOTOS BY KELLY BROWN, KARLA ROBISON

Church’s old plans, new minister ANDREW BAILEY

Westerly News The congregation of St. Columba Church in Tofino recently received a rare glimpse into their community’s history. A 100-year-old document outlining the church’s original design was recently discovered on Stubbs Island. Adrienne Mason, who brought the historical piece to the church, said Susan Bloom and Sharon Whalen had carefully preserved it. “We want to recognize their foresight and generosity as we know that all too often, documents like this are just tossed aside,” Mason said. “It is a really important part of our history.” The document is dated 1913 and signed by the building’s architect the Reverand George Aitkens. Mason said there is no way to know what brought the document to Stubbs Island but she speculated Aitkens may have stayed at a hotel there at the time. Fading and tack marks suggest it was displayed on a wall at some point. Church secretary Dorothy Arnet said it was an exciting find for the church, which rang in its 100th year this past July with a weekend of centenary celebrations. “It would have been nice to have had it then but it’s wonderful to have it now,” she said. “It’s a part of our history; that’s what’s really important to us...The parishioners that were here today were amazed to see it.” The document will be scanned and a copy will be hung inside the church while the original is sent to the Anglican archives in Victoria to be preserved. The congregation reviewed the ancient document at their Sept. 15 Sunday service, where new minis-

ter the Rev. Will Ferrey was stoked meeting the people. Everyone I’ve to see the document. met so far is great,” he said. “This is really fantastic. It’s While Ucluelet’s Anglican church such a neat find and completely was sold in 2011, Ferrey said unexpected which just makes it there’s still a congregation to tend even better,” he said. Ferrey is the to. first minister to live in Tofino in 40 “We aren’t defined by our buildyears. He arrived Sept. 1. ings,” he said. “There’s so much potential here, Arnet said Ferrey has made a this is a wonderful town and solid impression early on. there’s lots of opportunities for “His sermons are certainly us as a congregation and for me worth listening to, he has a good personally so I’m really looking message, and they’re short and we forward to my time here,” Ferrey love that,” she said. said. After finishing up his Masters degree, Ferrey has spent the past two years working at St. Luke’s in Victoria. He attended a diocese surf camp in Tofino in July and said he had found where he belonged. “I had a wonderful feeling being here on Vaccine and Appointment Clinic the West Coast it was a feeling that this is where I should , 2013 be, that this is where God Ucluelet’s wanted me to be,” he said. (located beside the firehall on Peninsula Rd) He jumped at the opportun& ity to start a Tofino’s Royal Canadian Legion 6-month interim at St. Columba. “I’m lookph 250-723-7341 ing forward to Visit our exploring Tofino website and Ucluelet and

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PUBLIC NOTICE Pursuant DIST to Section 227 of the Community Charter, public notice is hereby given that the District of Tofino Council will consider “District of Tofino 2014-2015 Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 1188, 2013” at its regular Council meeting on October 8, 2013. The following described properties are considered for exemption from taxation to the extent of their land value and improvement value situated thereon under the authority of Section 224(2)(a) of the Community Charter for the years 2014 and 2015: 1)

That portion of Lots 6 and 7, Block 7, District Lot 114, Plan 717, Clayoquot District, (331 Main Street) not including that portion of the building basement classed as Class 6 Business and Other, owned by the Royal Canadian Legion No. 65 Branch. Estimate of the amount of taxes that would be imposed on the property if it were not exempt: $16,819 (2014); $16,819 (2015); $16,819 (2016);


Lots 1 and 2, Block 6, District Lot 114, Plan 717, Clayoquot District, (110 Second Street) owned by the Anglican Synod Diocese of B.C. and used for church purposes. Estimate of the amount of taxes that would be imposed on the property if it were not exempt: $7,671 (2014); $7,671 (2015); $7,671 (2016); additional estimate of the amount of taxes for improvements is unknown at this time.

The following described properties are considered for exemption from taxation to the extent of its land value situated thereon under the authority of Section 224(2)(a) of the Community Charter for the years 2014 and 2015: 3)

That portion of Lot 1, District Lot 114, Plan VIP73847, Clayoquot District, (174 Grice Road) assessed for land value only, and not including that portion assessed for improvement value, owned by TLC The Land Conservancy of BC. Estimate of the amount of taxes that would be imposed on the property if it were not exempt: $5,057 (2014); $5,057 (2015); $5,057 (2016);


Lot B, District Lot 114, Plan 9535, Clayoquot District, (221 Neill Street) owned by the Tofino General Hospital Foundation. Estimate of the amount of taxes that would be imposed on the property if it were not exempt: $14,814 (2014); $14,814 (2015); $14,814 (2016);


That portion of District Lot 123, Except Plans 20646, 28696 and VIP73401, Clayoquot District, (1084 Pacific Rim Hwy) classed as Class 8 Recreational, only, and not including that portion classed as Class 6 Business and Other and Class 1 Residential, owned by George Patterson and held by the Tofino Botanical Gardens Foundation. Estimate of the amount of taxes that would be imposed on the property if it were not exempt: $12,668 (2014); $12,668 (2015); $12,668 (2016);


Lot 5, District Lot 261, Plan VIP76054, Clayoquot District, (1426 Pacific Rim Hwy) classed as Class 6 Business and Other, owned by the District of Tofino and exemption provided to the Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce as the tenant. Estimate of the amount of taxes that would be imposed on the property if it were not exempt: $4,570 (2014); $4,570 (2015); $4,570 (2016);

The following described property is considered for exemption from taxation to the extent of the land value and improvement value situated thereon under the authority of Section 224(2)(c) of the Community Charter for the years 2014 and 2015: 7)

A portion of District Lot 132, Clayoquot District, known as Sharp Road, leased from the District of Tofino by the Tofino Salmon Enhancement Society. Estimate of the amount of taxes that would be imposed on the property if it were not exempt: $3,311 (2014); $3,311 (2015); $3,311 (2016);

The following described property is considered for exemption from taxation to the extent of the land value situated thereon under the authority of Section 224(2)(f) of the Community Charter for the years 2014 and 2015: 9)

Westerly News Having just returned from a week of meetings with BC Ministers at the Union of BC Municipalities convention in Vancouver, council carried out its shortest meeting of the year wrapping up in about 20 minutes. The district of Tofino is hoping to develop a sustainable neighborhood action plan that would help the district reduce its carbon footprint and become more environmentally friendly. Tofino has pegged the Whistler Centre for Sustainability as the company to develop the plan. The total cost of the plan is $50,000. The district will be on the hook for $20,000 along with $6,000 worth of staff time. A Federation of Canadian Municipalities Green Municipal Fund grant will cover the remaining $24,000. Tofino hopes to have a plan by November 2014. Mayor Josie Osborne said work towards the plan will start “as soon as possible and it will be finished, I hope, before this council’s term ends.” Osborne congratulated newly elected president of the Nuu-chah-nulth

Tribal Council Debra Foxcroft. She beat out incumbent candidate Cliff Atleo. Osborne noted Foxcroft is the council’s first female president. “She has a different background than past presidents of the NTC and I think we can expect to see some things change there so that’s pretty exciting,” she said. Mayor Osborne spoke to a meeting she attended along with Ucluelet Mayor Bill Irving with medical health officers from Island Health, formerly referred to as the Vancouver Island Health Authority. The officers had requested a meeting with the two mayors to discuss how local governments and the public health arm of Island Health can work together more effectively, according to Osborne. Initiatives to develop preventative health measures were discussed with a focus on strategies municipal governments can implement to encourage healthy lifestyles through parks and recreation programming and municipal planning, according to Osborne. reporter@westerlynews. ca

Parts of Lots 9 and 10, Block 6, District Lot 114, Plan 717, Clayoquot District, (370 Campbell Street) leased from the District of Tofino by the Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre. Estimate of the amount of taxes that would be imposed on the property if it were not exempt: $7,088 (2014); $7,088 (2015); $7,088 (2016);

The following described property is considered for exemption from taxation to the extent of the land value situated thereon under the authority of Section 224(2)(c) of the Community Charter for the years 2014 and 2015: 8)


Lot 4, Block 5, District Lot 114, Plan 1615, Clayoquot District, (441 Main Street) owned by the Bishop of Victoria and used for church purposes. Estimate of the amount of taxes that would be imposed on the property if it were not exempt: $2,989 (2014); $2,989 (2015); $2,989 (2016)

We would like to give a huge thank you to Port Alberni, Tofino & Ucluelet for supporting our 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Special thanks to Beaver Creek Association volunteers as well as all those who participated in delivering flyers, and picking up the food donated to the food banks. Your donations made a difference to

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Events to include RCMP bike rodeo for youngsters at Ucluelet Elementary; head shaving 2 p.m. Sat. at Ucluelet Co-op, Pancake Breakfast, Tofino Legion Sun,9 a.m.

Tour de Rock comes to West Coast with weekend events Westerly News The Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock team will be on the West Coast this weekend with two locals leading the pack. The Tour de Rock riders will arrive at the Ucluelet Co-op on Saturday, Sept. 28, around 2 p.m. to participate in the community’s annual head-shaving fundraiser and will pedal over to Tofino on Sunday for a pancake breakfast at the Tofino Legion around 9 a.m. Both events are wide open for anyone to attend and locals are encouraged to show their support and cheer the cyclists on as they ride into town. This year’s event is particularly significant, as both Tofino and Ucluelet will be cheering in a local rider for the first time. Const. Chris Squire of the Ucluelet detachment and Cpl. Andrew Waddell of the Tofino detachment are the West Coast’s first Tour de Rock team members. The team cycles across Vancouver Island covering over 1,000 km in 14 days to raise money for pediatric research and Camp Goodtimes; a camp for children with Cancer. Anyone wanting to follow along with the trip can read about the team’s adventures on a daily blog at According to this blog, Const. Squire is already missing a chunk of his hair as his old friends at the Oyster River Volunteer Fire Department got him with the shears and shaved a uniquely shaped strip off the top of his head. The fire department raised funds for Squire’s efforts by shaving their heads and moustaches. Sgt. Jeff Swann of the Ucluelet detachment has buzzed off his hair at the Cops for Cancer event every year since 1997 and all four of his sons have followed suit. “We’ve got some neat pictures going back with each of the kids as babies getting their heads shaved,” he said. The Swann boys will make their return for Cancer event every year since 1997 and all four of his sons have followed suit. “We’ve got some neat pictures

going back with each of the kids as babies getting their heads shaved,” he said. The Swann boys will make their return to the event’s centre stage this year and Hudson, 8, Aidan, 6, Carter, 5, and Blake, 2, are stoked to join their dad under the razor again. Jeff’s wife Naomi said she and Jeff wanted to infuse a philanthropic attitude into their children and the annual head shaving was a naturally fitting family tradition to kick off. “Because it was one of the things that (Jeff) did and one of the charities he got involved with so deeply, we thought this would be a great way for us to teach our kids about charity so they know the importance of giving back,” she said. Ucluelet’s kids can start their

celebrations off early at a bike rodeo hosted by the Ucluelet RCMP’s volunteer auxiliary constables. The rodeo will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and will teach safe riding practices. “Reminding kids about bicycle safety is always important,” said Const. Jonathan McKinney. “If we remind kids now that helmets are important and explain the reasons why, then hopefully they’ll remember that as they get older and continue to ride with one on.” After the rodeo, the kids will head over to the Ucluelet Co-op parking lot to welcome the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock team and participate in the celebrations.



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Telus backs out of project for high-speed Internet for West Coast, continued from Page 1 the project but Telus backed out due to budget concerns. “Telus and Hydro told us they were prepared to go ahead with the project, they put it out to tender and the bids came in about 30 per cent higher than

they had budgeted,� he explained. “They had to go back to their respective boards to get approval for the increase. Hydro said ‘Yes, we’ll chip in the extra for the overrun’ and Telus said ‘No, we won’t’ so that’s where it stalled.�

Irving said the overrun is marginal and he hopes to “get all the players in the same room,� to brainstorm ways to cover what Telus has refused to pay. “I think it’s less than $1.5 million, quite frankly, which is a small amount for a huge

company,� he said. He said the issue was raised to every minister the district met with during the UBCM convention and was also brought to B.C. Premier Christy Clark. “She was quite concerned; one of the Liberal’s platform

issues was connectivity in the province,� he said. A conference call is scheduled next week for Telus and Hydro to hash out possible next steps with the district, according to Irving. He encourages locals to express their disappoint-

ment to Telus and pressure the company to reverse its decision. Telus can be contacted at 1-866-558-2273.

mainstream society. The federal government and churches have apologized for the abuse and the depressing conditions students suffered in residential schools. Recent horrific reports of nutrition experiments conducted decades ago on First Nations youth in residential schools in places like Port Alberni have raised public outcry. 75,000 past residential school students have also received financial compensation as a part of Canada’s attempt to address its past policies. The Union of B.C. Municipalities recently proclaimed 2013 as the Year of Reconciliation. Sunday’s four-kilometre walk from Queen Elizabeth

Theatre to Coast Salish lands near Science World was the finalĂŠ of a weeklong Truth and Reconciliation event in which First Nations people strove to move past their treatment in Canada’s residential schools. B.C. Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation John Rustad participated in Sunday’s walk. “Today represents a coming together and healing of many people, survivors and their family members, young and old, as well as non-Aboriginal people to begin creating a new foundation of respect, acceptance and renewed faith in each other,â€? he said through a media release. “Walking together in reconciliation is part of our

collective journey and an opportunity for all of us to make our individual contribution to healing the terrible wound left behind by Indian Resident Schools.� The massive gesture of support wasn’t lost on organizers. “It’s amazing ... that so many people came out in spite of the rain to show their commitment to reconciliation and creating a new society that embraces all of us,� said Reconciliation Canada executive director Karen Joseph.

Reconciliation Walk, continued from Page 1 people,� she said. “It’s an expression of support for reconciliation and moving forward in a different way.� Some members of Aboriginal nations bands across Canada wore traditional patterned tunics, while others struck their drums and sang spiritual songs to commemorate residential school survivors. Dr. Bernice King, the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, spoke at the event, which was a culmination of a week of hearings by Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. B.C.’s provincial government proclaimed Sept. 16-22 Reconciliation Week to acknowledge the commission’s work and acknowledge the harm caused by

residential schools. King said that steps like Sunday’s walk are important in empowering people, but First Nations members must stay strong in their struggle to create a better future. “Walk together, children, don’t you get weary,� King said, quoting the lyrics of a traditional spiritual. “Struggle together, hold on together, don’t you get weary. “And one day, you’ll be able to join hands and say ... free at last, free at last.� Residential schools ran for more than a century in Can-

ada under the proposition that Aboriginal children should learn “Canadian� customs to assimilate into

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Any person upon being declared the successful bidder must immediately pay by cash or certified cheque a minimum of not less than the upset price. Failure to pay this amount will result in the property being offered for sale again. Any balance must be paid by cash or certified cheque by 3:00 p.m. on the tax sale date. Failure to pay the balance will result in the property being offered for sale again at 10:00 a.m. on the following day. The District of Ucluelet makes no representation express or implied as to the condition or quality of the properties subject to the tax sale. Prospective purchasers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the subject properties before the tax sale and make all necessary inquiries to municipal and other government departments, and in the case of strata lots to the strata corporation, to determine the existence of any bylaws, restrictions, charges or other conditions which may affect the value or suitability of the property. The purchase of a tax sale property is subject to tax pursuant to the Property Purchase Tax Act on the fair market value of the property. Jeanette O’Connor Chief Financial Officer

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Council, cont. from P. 5 lobbying the province and engaging them to undertake a modernization of the Mineral Tenures Act,” Osborne said. Coun. Duncan McMaster tempered expectations by noting another resolution was passed to track resolutions that are passed at the convention because they are not always acted upon and some resolutions have been passed at a number of conventions. “Some of those resolutions have come up seven times on the trot and there’s been no movement, so just because there’s a resolution passed doesn’t mean the government will act on it,” he said. Icing on the resolution’s cake came by way of a Gold Star Award that the district received for excellent resolution writing. “What you’re aiming to do is provide a very clearly written resolution that is not open to interpretation by the people reading it,” Osborne said. “You want it to be crystal clear.”

District of Tofino Municipal Council achievements at UBCM 2013: - Leadership and Innovation Award for Tofino’s role in conservation of Tofino Wha-nah-jus Hilth-ho-is Mudflats - UBCM passed Tofino resolution to modernize Mineral Tenures Act - Gold Star for resolution writing

Tofino’s municipal council made a triumphant return from last week’s UBCM convention in Vancouver carting a prestigious trophy back to the West Coast. The district was awarded a UBCM Leadership and Innovation Award for its role in the conservation of the Tofino Wha-nah-jus Hilthho-is Mudflats. From left, Coun. Al Anderson, Coun. Duncan McMaster, Coun. Cathy Thicke, Coun. Garth Cameron, Mayor Josie Osborne, Coun. Dorothy Baert, Coun. Ray Thorogood. Tofino’s municipal council made a triumphant return from last week’s UBCM convention in Vancouver carting a prestigious trophy back to the West Coast. The district was awarded a UBCM Leadership and Innovation Award for its role in the conservation of the Tofino Wha-nah-jus Hilth-ho-is Mudflats. From left, Coun. Al Anderson, Coun. Duncan McMaster, Coun. Cathy Thicke, Coun. Garth Cameron, Mayor Josie Osborne, Coun. Dorothy Baert, Coun. Ray Thorogood.

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