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Westerly News The word “sobering” was said several times during Tofino’s Jan. 21 regular council meeting as district leaders digested a roads assessment report that calls for $2.5 million worth of reconstruction and resurfacing work. Public works foreman Bob Schantz said the district has been looking over its assets for the past few years to develop an assets management plan that will provide a clear picture of incoming costs and McElhanney Consulting Services was hired to assess the roads. McElhanney’s assessment was based on the criteria and methodology developed by the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA), according to Schantz who explained the OGRA was established in 1894 to assist Ontario municipalities build and maintain road networks. McElhanney looked at gravel roads as well but Schantz said the district deals with gravel roads on a yearly basis. The OGRA uses two criteria modes to determine the condition of asphalt roads: “ride comfort rating” and “distress manifestation.” The “ride comfort rating” is determined by See $2.5 MILLION page 19

INSIDE THIS WEEK:

BC’s 2nd annual Family Day, West Coast style COVER PHOTO COURTESY DANICA RUKAVINA AND DUSKO CVIJIC

JACKIE CARMICHAEL

Westerly News With lustrous seafoam waves silver-tipped by a late-emerging sun, North Chesterman was a dazzling place to be on Family Day– and to cement lessons from the surrounding world. “That’s an immature bald eagle, right?” one kid was heard to confirm from an adult, pointing at the still-bronze feathers of the bird soaring on the day’s breeze above the festivity. “It seemed like a good thing to do on

a Monday – to encourage some physical activity for the kids,” said parent Marcel Theriault. Darryn Brown said her son’s fifth grade class at Wickaninnish Community School runs three days a week, and a new crosscountry club is supporting a love of running

in the students. “It’s bringing family together – and having a day to do it, too,” said Jay Rosene, whose dog Blazie joined in the fun. “It’s about being outside and being together on Family Day. It forces us to think about doing something outside and together that’s about recreation and health – and it’s for a good cause,” said Keith Gibson. Rosy-faced with a brisk breeze off the See FAMILY DAY page 8, 16

MISSOULA MAGIC Children’s theatre production brings pirate fun to the West Coast. PAGE 13

VALENTINE’S DAY Last-minute ways to say LOVE, page 10-11

COMMERCIAL BOOST Ukee’s scenic waters and fishing village vibe brought film crews and business to the West Coast this week PAGE 9


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Community Events 12 WEDNESDAY Recycling Day in Ucluelet. Guerilla Film Festival, Tofino Film Festival, Shelter restaurant, Tofino. See ‘WHat’s On’ for Schedule. 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. Seniors Social Afternoons, 1:30-4pm, Tofino Legion. Free admission & refreshments. Dominos, crib, board games, pool, snooker & darts. Ucluelet library, open 1–6pm.

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14 FRIDAY Tofino Film Festival. See ‘WHat’s On’ for Schedule. Wickaninnish school Valentine’s Day fundraiser. 4-7 p.m. pasta dinner. Ucluelet Volunteer Fire Brigade fundraiser dinner, Matterson House. Call Matterson House for reservations. Strong Start, Ucluelet Elementary School, 8:35-11:35 a.m. Tofino Library Storytime 11:30 a.m.12 noon. 331 Main St. Preschool

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PUBLIC SAFETY

Distracted driving a major cause of fatalities “When people are texting it takes their eyes off the road for about four or five seconds per text message and when you’re going 50 km an hour, which is the speed limit in our town, that’s equivalent to driving about 64 metres blind, that’s more than the length of a professional size hockey rink.” He added that in a town the size of Ucluelet traveling over 60 metres usually means crossing at least one crosswalk. “We want drivers to understand distracted driving is a serious issue and we can all help to prevent it,” he said. He hopes turning off cellphones becomes as habitual to local drivers as putting on a seatbelt.

ANDREW BAILEY

Westerly News February is distracted driver enforcement month and the West Coast’s RCMP will be cracking down on drivers looking at cellphones instead of the road. Driving while distracted is the third leading cause of fatal accidents in BC—impaired driving is the first and speeding is second— and accounts for about 90 deaths in the province each year. “You have to be focused on what you’re doing (and) what’s going on around the road; things happen so quick in a collision you have to be alert,” said Sgt. Jeff Swann of the Ucluelet RCMP detachment.

“People need to make a commitment to not use an electronic device. Everybody’s got busy lives businesses and kids but make that commitment to say ‘no I’m driving right now,’” he said. “Shut it off don’t just put it in your pocket because then that tendency is there when it vibrates or makes that little ‘bing bong’ sound you’re going to want to check it. Get to where your going...the messages will wait.” The fine for driving while using an electronic device is $167. “The last thing you want to do is give a donation of $170 to the BC government, they take enough money from us and all our taxes every other day the last thing you

want to do is make a voluntary donation,” Swann said. “Please, please, please put away your devices focus on driving (and) get to where you’re going safely.” He encourages families to talk to each other about the importance of driving cellphone free and to remind each other to keep devices out of mind when on the road. The distracted driving campaign was launched by the provincial government and ICBC in 2013 and is aimed at raising awareness of the dangers associated with driving with an electronic device. “You’re four times more likely to crash when talking on a hand-held phone behind the wheel and 23 times more likely to get in a crash

if you text while driving,” said BC Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. “Safety is our top priority and we all play a role in keeping our roads safe.” The effort has been ramped up this year and extra policing is expected on the West Coast during the campaign. A highway patrol unit from Saanich will be conducting patrols locally throughout the month. Drivers are still permitted to use hands-free communication devices, GPS devices, and handheld audio players. “Not many years ago we didn’t even have cellphones and we survived and got through,” Swann said.

RCMP REPORTS

Ukee driver crashes after falling asleep ANDREW BAILEY

Westerly News Ucluelet RCMP responded to a single vehicle collision near Lost Shoe Creek on Thursday around 4:40 pm. “A Ucluelet resident was driving towards town and fell asleep while driving,” said Sgt. Jeff Swann of the Ucluelet RCMP. The driver did not suffer serious injuries. Swann said the driver was lucky to have escaped with only minor injuries because the area their car drifted into is rife with large rocks but their car steered clear of these and wound up in some bushes. A passer by stopped and helped the driver until RCMP arrived, according to Swann who said he was quickly joined by the BC Ambulance Service and the Ucluelet Volunteer Fire Brigade. “It’s an important remind-

Tofino is a tough place for a homeless person because of the lack of public services to assist them. er to people if your feeling drowsy you’ve got to stop (you car) get out and stretch your feet,” Swann said. “All the studies show if you’re that drowsy, standing up and running around your car keeps you alert for 10 minutes and then your body starts to go down again.”

Tofino RCMP step up enforcement at school bus stops

drivers to use caution and slow down. Police are prepared to up their enforcement efforts around school bus stops along Industrial Way and Campbell Street, according to Sgt. James Anderson. He added that February is distracted driving enforcement month and the Tofino RCMP will be participating by keeping a keen eye on local drivers and issuing $167 fines to anyone seen driving while using a cellphone to talk or text.

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Leadership VI works to build volunteerism solutions here Over the last two months, we have had two amazing Leadership Days with the Leadership Vancouver Island participants. In December, we were hosted by Ucluelet First Nation at their beautifully designed RICARDO Kwisitis MANMOHAN/ Feast House. The wide LOCAL assortment VOICE of food and the panoramic view of Wickaninnish Beach set the stage for our topic of diversity, which opened our eyes in ways that we will never forget. This was a powerful day that impacted all of us in some way. During the morning, we were honoured to be joined by Chuck McCarthy, Iris Frank and Tyson Touchie who shared stories from their heart about leadership and their perspective about cultural diversity. They created a safe place for us to learn about how we can continue to build bridges that span each of our seven West Coast communities. In the afternoon, Jennifer Adamson and Mitch Touchie took us on a journey into other important aspects of diversity and helped to increase our understanding of our unique strengths. Thank you to Ucluelet First Nation for hosting us in the perfect venue of Kwisitis. It is a jewel that truly earns its name as a Feast House. The New Year took us to the Tofino Botanical Gardens in January where Darwin’s Café provided us with a cozy venue and a beautiful backdrop to learn about using leadership to inspire and engage our teams at work. Through the stories of our community speaker Mayor Josie Osborne and the perspectives of our facilitator Patrick Ross, we learned that there are many daily changes we can make that will have a huge impact in someone’s day. Thank you for helping us to

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refine our ‘A-Game’. As with any great meeting of friends their must be food and this day was specially catered by Chef Stephanie Hughes and her amazing curry! Our desserts were a mountain of Josie Jellies donated by Duane Bell and the Rhino Team. The Jellies really helped us to understand how sweet and savoury it is to be the mayor. Our teams are moving toward the launch phase of their community projects, the creation of three different solutions to build volunteerism throughout the West Coast. Their front line view of this need and the passion that they bring will become evident as you learn more about their projects through press releases. So stay tuned everyone because there’s much more to come in the months ahead. Our LVI cohort would also really like to thank our Board members and the communities for making this happen. Without their vision of building leadership capacity on the West coast, this life-changing program would never have been a reality. Our LVI West Coast chair role has shifted from Gord Johns of the Tofino/Longbeach Chamber of Commerce to Susan Payne of the Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce. Thank you to Gord for his commitment to building leaders and to the Tofino Chamber for supporting this initiative every step of the way. Thank you to Susan who has stepped up to take on the role for 2014 and for the support of the Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce for their continued support of our leaders. We have already been receiving applications for this September’s class, so we’d love to hear from you if you or one of your employees would like to join us on our next leadership journey beginning this fall. ricardo@pacificrimleadership. com

After one year as mayor Last month I marked one year as the mayor of Tofino and as the newest mayor in BC. Last week, as part of a “Young Leaders Panel” at the Local Government Leadership Academy’s annual leadership forum, I stood in front of 160 local government politicians to reflect on my first year in politics. I advoJOSIE cated for this OSBORNE/ panel discussion because LOCAL I thought it VOICE was important for older and more experienced politicians to remember what it was like after just a year or two in office, and because I want to inspire more young(er) people to get involved in local government. Together with another first-term mayor and a first-term councillor, we spent 90 minutes sharing with our audience the challenges we’ve faced, lessons learned, and successes achieved since taking office. I offered my oft-used analogy (appropriated from my Grade 7 teacher) that the last year has been like drinking water from a fire hose – the amount of information to take in from technical reports to personal opinions is nothing short of formidable. It takes discipline to read and reread everything and it takes effort to truly listen to others, especially

Mayor Taylor Bachrach of Smithers and Councillor John Jack of Huu-ayaht First Nations join Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne on the Young Leaders Panel.

when you don’t agree with them. I’ve learned how important it is not to overreact or jump to conclusions but to think things through, try to see an issue from other perspectives, in fact to even seek out those different perspectives when they don’t spring easily to mind. As for many others, the slow pace of local government has been frustrating. But after one year, I better understand why Rome wasn’t built in a day, and for many of our community’s big issues, a clear path forward cannot always be seen after just a few hours, days or even weeks of discussion. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve received so far was from a much more experienced Vancouver Island mayor at the 2013 LGLA conference, when I was just three weeks on the job. “Take your job seriously,” he said (and I do), “but don’t take yourself too seriously.” I think what he meant is that it’s

important in any leadership role to have fun, to be yourself, and to “keep it real.” Spending time with my family and friends, staying healthy, and going on vacations are all just as important as going to meetings, reading reports, and talking to constituents. It also reminds me that being in elected office is temporary. There was a “Before Being The Mayor” and there will be an “After Being the Mayor.” I concluded by telling these 160 politicians that I wouldn’t trade this past year for anything – this amount of professional and personal development couldn’t be replaced by any training program or university course. It’s been an incredible, exhausting, and thoroughly enjoyable year, and I’m looking forward to what comes next. Josie Osborne is the Mayor of Tofino.

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Beets boost amour, beat blood pressure Why would I want to eat beets? Because my Mother happened to like beets and said they were good for me. You did not say “No” to my Mother. Besides, I thought they might be better than spinach. Now it appears my Mother THE DOCTOR made an excellent GAME/ choice as W. GIFFORD- research JONES, M.D. shows the lowly beet packs a powerful punch. Beets are a traditional vegetable in Eastern and Central Europe and India. Fortunately, beets are easily grown most of the year, have long storability and adapt to a wide variety of climates. The medicinal value of beets

dates back to early times. Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, recommended beets for binding wounds, blood cleansing and digestive problems. The goddess of love, Aphrodite, believed her romantic power was due to beetroot, possibly the reason that beetroot is pictured on the brothel walls of ancient Rome. But there’s more to beets than helping Romans revel in sex. Dr. Amrita Ahluwalia, Professor of Vascular Pharmacology at England’s London School of Medicine, is author of a unique study. He reports in the U.S. Journal Hypertension that those who drank beetroot juice showed a decrease in blood pressure within 24 hours. Equally interesting, a previous study reported that people who drank a pint of beetroot juice

showed a decrease in blood pressure even when their blood pressure was normal! So what’s the secret ingredient in beets that lowers blood pressure? For years we’ve known that nitrate decreases hypertension. Ahluwalia says that beets are high in inorganic nitrate which, when eaten, is changed into the gas, nitric oxide (NO). Nitric oxide causes blood vessels to relax resulting in lowered blood pressure. Another study, reported in the Journal of Applied Psychology, involved men aged 19 to 38 who drank a big glass of beetroot daily for six days before exercise tests such as bicycling. Researchers at the University of Exeter in EngSee BEETS page 5


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“Your call is important to us.” ARTHUR BLACK

BUREAUCRACY: Where they shoot the bull, pass the buck and make seven copies of everything. For me, Toronto’s City Hall is one of the most stunning edifices in the world. Not because it’s beautiful (although it is) – but because it so perfectly marries form and function. You’re familiar with the building? The hall itself, where politicians meet and policy is hammered out, looks like a hovering flying saucer, graceful and svelte. It is bracketed by two high-rise, silo-like towers full of offices. Years ago, some anonymous wag summarized it perfectly: “the pearl of democracy surrounded by the oyster shell of bureaucracy”. Ah, bureaucracy. What is it in human nature that compels us to grow this cancerous carapace of delay, resistance, complication and rigidity around our best intentions? Bureaucracy is not just an infection exclusive to democracy. Totalitarian states are even worse. Think of communist Russia. Think North Korea. A friend of mine says she can tell how hidebound a firm or institution is by making one phone call. “If the person who answers the phone can’t help you,” she says, “you know you’re dealing with a bureaucracy.” So what about companies that greet you with an outright lie? I’m talking about phone Inquiries that are greeted by a recording that croons “Your call is important to us.” No. No, it’s not. If my call was important to you, you would provide gainful employment to a human being who could actually interact with me, rather than a preprogrammed Hal-like robot.

But that’s what bureaucracy does. The truly sinister thing about bureaucracy is, it really is a cancer, feeding on and eventually destroying the host it supposedly serves. The writer Robert Conquest says: “The behaviour of any bureaucratic institution can best be understood by assuming it is controlled by a cabal of its enemies.” Think Blackberry. Think Goldman-Sachs. Or if you really want to be creeped out, think the muchvaunted U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The 9/11 attack by terrorist was a supreme embarrassment to American security establishment. They’d been caught flatfooted by a gang of fanatical amateurs armed only with box-cutters. One of the main recommendations following the attack: all emergency and rescue personnel needed to have one secure radio frequency merged into the Department of Homeland Security for ease of communication. Uh-huh. So a decade-plus later, how’s that working out? Well, after an outlay of $430 million to build and operate that frequency, an internal survey reveals that out of 479 workers surveyed only one knew how to find the frequency, 72 percent of the staff didn’t know it existed and 50 percent of the department’s radios couldn’t have accessed the frequency even if the employees knew where to look. The inspector-general of the Department of Homeland Security admitted that if anything, the U.S. might be more ill-equipped to deal with a terrorist attack than it was pre 9/11. Something to think about the next time a voice on your phone tells you “Your call is important to us.”

Beets, continued from page 4 -land proved that drinking beetroot juice boosts stamina and helps people exercise up to 16 percent longer. In fact the study suggests that the effect is greater than that achieved by regular exercising. Professor Andy Jones, an advisor to England’s top athletes, says, “We were amazed by the effects of beetroot juice on oxygen uptake because these effects cannot be achieved by any other known means, including training”. Now, here is an entrepreneur’s dream for giving MacDonald’s competition and maybe making zillions of dollars, Beetrootburgers. Professsor Garry Duthie, at the Rowett Research Institute of Nutrition and Health, says that processed, convenient high fat foods increase every year in Scotland. This “bad fat”, he adds, undergoes oxidation in the stomach where it is transformed into potentially toxic compounds and absorbed into the body. It is linked to cancer and heart disease. Duthie’s research shows that a combination of turkey and beetroot, which contains antioxidant compounds, stops the oxidation of bad fats. Besides, he says, this

Duthie’s research shows that a combination of turkey and beetroot, which contains antioxidant compounds, stops the oxidation of bad fats ... So far no one has produced a commercial beetrootburger. combination tastes good and looks like a normal burger. So far no one has produced a commercial beetrootburger. But now a small U.S. Company has developed “ Superbeets”, concentrated organic beetroot crystals, that pack a powerful punch. Just one teaspoon of this concentrate mixed with four ounces of water gives you the NO power of three beets for a fraction of the cost. For instance, millions of people suffer from arthritis. Superbeets provide the NO to improve circulation, decrease nerve irritation and inflammation in joints. More nitric oxide also aids asthma patients as NvO calms the immune system and relaxes airways. Studies show that nitric oxide,

by increasing blood flow, helps fight the complications of type 2 diabetes. More blood flow helps relieve the pressure of glaucoma and kidney disease. As well it’s been shown that levels of NO are significantly lower in depressed people. And since erectile dysfunction is due to inadequate circulation, increased amounts of nitric oxide can solve this common problem. An easy saliva measurement is available with Superbeets to monitor the amount of increased NO being produced. Some people using Superbeets will notice a pink-red urine, an indication that cardiovascular health has improved.


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COURTS

Driver fined for allowing 2 to ride bumper ANDREW BAILEY

Westerly News During Ucluelet provincial court hearings on Feb. 4 the Honourable Judge T. Dohm upheld a ticket issued to Sebastian Duque Charry for driving a vehicle with two men riding on its bumper. Const. Jonathan McKinney, who has since transferred to the RCMP detachment in Westshore, issued the ticket on June 22, 2013, and spoke during the hearing. McKinney said he was on general patrol in a marked police car when he passed a pick-up truck headed the opposite direction along Harbour Crescent

in Ucluelet. Through his side-view mirror, McKinney saw two men clinging to the back of the truck and watched them jump off at the corner of Harbour Crescent and Sea Plane Base Road. He said he pulled the truck over along Sea Plane Base Road and identified the driver as Charry. Charry spoke at the hearing and asked McKinney why the ticket stated the offence occurred on Sea Plane Base Road rather than Harbour Crescent. McKinney responded that he simply did not have enough room on the ticket to write both street names down. Charry suggested that this

made the offence seem “bigger” because Sea Plane Base Road is larger and busier than Harbour Crescent. Charry said the two men had jumped off his truck by the time he reached Sea Plane Base Road. Judge Dohm assured the name of the street was inconsequential. “It isn’t any bigger. The offence is the same whether it happened on Sea Plane Base Road, Harbour Crescent or the 401 freeway running out of Toronto,” Dohm said. “Here’s the problem with your defence: it’s the kind of nitpicking...that we tend to do when we are unaware of what the elements of the offence are.” The fine for operating a

vehicle while a person is riding on it is $167 and Dohm ordered Charry to pay the full amount by Sept. 30, 2014. “I’m not inclined to reduce (the fine) largely because while transporting people like that is not often thought of by those involved as being serious, that’s only because it’s not thought of,” Dohm said. “There’s just far too many situations (where) people have fallen off vehicles and been very seriously hurt...The law has good reason behind it.”

Tickets upheld for noshows Cody Absolon Winchester did not appear at his hearing and

his $230 ticket for consuming alcohol in a public place on July 27, 2013, was upheld. Not appearing at the hearing has the same effect as pleading guilty, Judge Dohm said. Taylor L. Shearer did not appear at his hearing and his $230 ticket for consuming alcohol in a public place on July 27, 2013, was upheld. Judge Dohm said the absence was not surprising given Shearer’s Ontario address. Robert M. Williams did not appear at his hearing and his $230 ticket for consuming alcohol in a public place on Aug. 7 was upheld. reporter@westerlynews.ca

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Westerly News A local woman came within minutes of being conned out of nearly $1,000 on Wednesday after receiving a phone call from a woman claiming to be her granddaughter. The caller told the 95 year-old local that her voice sounded different because she had broken her

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nose and urged that she needed money immediately. The caller told the woman she could not leave the hospital DISTRICT OF TOFINO but a friend rd Box 9, 121 3 Street would pick up Tofino BC V0R 2Z0 the money for her and then

MY MAIN STREET What does Main Street mean to you? Please join us for the Main Street Open House taking place on Saturday February 22nd from 10am to 4pm. The District will be presenting the draft plan for Main Street for comment and review. Staff will be on hand to receive feedback and comments on the draft plan. Please drop by for 5 minutes or 2 hours and tell us how this important heritage street should be developed. How to get involved: Visit http://visiontofinoupdate.ca/ Open House on Saturday February 22nd from 10am to 4pm. For more information, please contact: Aaron Rodgers Manager Community Sustainability (T) 250.725.3229 ext (22) (F) 250.725.3775 (E) (arodgers@tofino.ca)

“coached her how to send the money,” Swann said. Thinking she was helping her granddaughter at a time of need the woman arranged a $900 money order from the local post office and returned home. A short while later she spoke with her daughter and realized her

Clayoquot Biosphere Trust 2014 Call for Projects The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust (CBT) is excited to announce the twelfth allocation of funds to support community projects in the areas of community development, culture & events, youth & education, and environment & research. More than ever, we encourage groups to develop projects that respond to our community needs and help us to achieve our long-term community goals. It may help to consider your proposed project in terms of our 2012 Vital Signs report or other community needs documents. The CBT has $60,000 available in this Call for Projects. Each project will be funded to a maximum of $8,000. All applicants must complete the Application for Funding form available at www.clayoquotbiosphere. org under the heading Grant Seekers. Applications must be received by our office by 4 p.m. February 17, 2014. Approval of funding will be announced by April 15, 2014. Please see our website for more information. As always, CBT staff is here to help. Please contact the office at 725-2219 if you have questions.

granddaughter had not been in an accident and that the person on the phone had lied. Fortunately she was able to get to the post office before the money order was sent. “She went back to the post office literally minutes away from it being sent off,” Swann said. Swann said this type of fraud is common and fraudsters tend to prey on the elderly in schemes that

usually require the victim to send money quickly. “If you ever are asked to give money to anybody for anything, research it,” Swann said. “If you’re a Ucluelet-Tofino resident and you have an elderly person in your life talk to them, tell them about the frauds that are out.” Swann said most frauds go unreported because victims are too embarrassed to tell their family and friends what happened much less the police and he commended the local woman for having the courage to tell the police about what happened. The incident is under investigation. reporter@westerlynews.ca

Correction In last week’s issue the Westerly News incorrectly reported that Tofino’s municipal council had passed an amendment to the district’s sign control bylaw that would allow business owners to apply for a regular sign permit to build a new freestanding sign while not also having to apply for a development permit. In fact, there was a resolution of

Council to authorize the preparation of an amendment to the OCP (the development permit areas in the OCP) regarding sign control. This has not been adopted by Council – Council just asked staff to do the work to prepare the amendment. There were NO amendments to the sign control bylaw at the meeting.

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COMMUNITY

Ahousaht’s Suns represent West Coast in Prince Rupert Last Tuesday, the 4th of February Darwin’s Cafe at the Tofino Botantical Gardens hosted a fundraising dinner for the STEPHANIE Maaqusiis Suns Men’s HUGHES/ Ahousaht LOCAL basketball VOICE team. The dinner was a seafood feast that was created by renouned guest chef Nicholas Nutting (Executive Chef at Tofino’s Wolf in the Fog) and Joel Nikiforuk. In Prince Rupert this week, First Nation’s villages from across British Columbia gather to support and cheer on their basketball teams in the annual All-Native Basketball Tournament. This

event is the biggest all native basketball tournament in Canada, and is very inspirational as many people attend. There are 54 teams with 4 divisions, 14 Men’s, 14 Intermediate Boy’s, 14 Senior Women, and 14 Men’s Masters that compete. For approximately 20 years, Harvey Robinson, and Tom Campbell of Ahousaht have coached the Maaqtusiis Suns. Their mission is to work with young families to help them live healthy life styles through positive mentoring. Harvey’s wife Doris Robinson supports by fundraising to raise money for accommodation, meals, transportation, etc. The team has much support from their families and friends,

and we help them attend this event. They also help cook breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the week for the team. The evening was a great success, that saw members from many our of Clayoquot communities coming together to feast and celebrate sports and wish luck to the team. Many thanks to the guests that came out, to the team members that helped serve, to Chief Lewis George and his family for his leadership and guidance, to Harvey Robinson and his sons for his donation of local seafood, to George Patterson and our Mayor Josie Osbourne for hosting the event, and finally to Nicholas and Team boosters and fine food enthusiasts gather at Darwin’s Cafe for a his team for their unparalleled dinner supporting Ahousaht’s men’s basketball team. culinary creativity. Good Luck Suns!

Local branch of Canadian Junior Rangers explore Comox, 442 The weekend of Jan 31 – Feb 2 the Ucluelet Junior Canadian Rangers were on the move. They went to do some training and have some fun in the Comox Valley. On Saturday morning we were up bright and early and off to Tree Island. On the boat the group I was with joined Capt. MacDonald and BERNIE Ranger CharHEBERT/ nell as the JCRs learned how to LOCAL use a map and VOICE compass. This was in preparation of the orienteering exercise they were to do. The other group had fun doing a scavenger hunt around the park and wharfs at the Comox Harbour while waiting for the boat to come for them. While on the island the JCRs took part in games to develop leadership and co-operative skills as well as orienteering, as well as bowling and swimming. Before our return home on Sunday we were taken for a tour of the 442 hangers to check out the Search and Rescue equipment and then more education into history with a visit to the Comox Air Force Museum. On Thursday, we went over to Hitacu and took part in the First

Nations cultural activities. Many of the JCRs took part in drumming and dancing. It was a great experience. Junior Canadian Rangers are youth age 12 – 18 that live in rural communities. We meet at the UAC hall every Thursday from 7pm – 8:30 p.m. We have many more fun activities planned for this current year still. If you know of a youth that may enjoy this either come down to the UAC hall on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. or go talk to Ms. Adamson at Ucluelet Elementary School. Bernie Hebert is a leader with the Junior Canadian Rangers.

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Support high for surf event for kids with autism ANDREW BAILEY

Westerly News A surfing event will again provide a day to Hang 10 for children and families living with autism. Surrey B.C. resident Dennis Nerpio hatched the idea in 2012 after taking his son surfing. His son had been diagnosed with autism at age 4. The two started shared amazing experiences on the water and Nerpio wanted to create an opportunity for other families dealing with autism to share the West Coast’s surfing experience. He brought his idea to Myrosha Daley of the Rip Curl Pro Tofino and Daley was stoked to help the idea snowball. “Any time you have a chance to expose someone to the surfing experience especially someone that might not get that opportunity for us that’s pretty powerful,” Daley said. “To take someone surfing who might not otherwise have a chance to go surfing that’s the

motivation.” Daley said the initial plan was to create a separate heat for the kids at the Rip Curl Pro event in June but it quickly morphed into a fullblown day camp of its own that runs every September. A Mainland based organization called Harmony House came on board and provides therapists all of whom donate their time to ensure the kids have a positive experience on the ocean, according to Daley. The therapists connect with local surf instructors and a barbecue is held the day before the event so they can meet and develop a relationship with each other that helps them work in tandem with the end goal being enhancing each child’s experience. The first event took about a year to organize 12 children and their families came to experience Tofino’s surf. The event was such a success that registration expanded to 24

children and their families in 2013 and the wave continues to swell with 36 kids already signed up for this year’s event. Daley said registration for this year’s camp filled up within two weeks. While he’s stoked to have so many kids sharing their surfing experiences Daley said the event will never sacrifice its commitment to having a therapist and an instructor helping each budding surfer. “There’s similar events around the world but one of the things that’s different about ours is each child has a one to one to one ratio with a surf instructor and a therapist,” he said. “To help the transition into the water the therapist is there (and) as we grow we want to make sure we continue to maintain that same quality of experience.” During a brainstorm on how to open the camp to more participants consideration was given

to splitting the camp into two separate groups with 24 kids participating one day and another 24 participating the next but Daley feared this would take away from the interaction and networking opportunities the camp offers. He said having all the kids together allows relationships develop between the kids and their families and bring the autistic community and surfing community together. He said support from Ucluelet and Tofino’s surfing communities has been huge. “We have more instructors offering their time than we have spots and that to me is overwhelming,” he said. All instructors donate their time as do the therapists and this allows the camp to be free for families but fundraising is still needed to get them to Tofino. Long Beach Surf Shop provides surfboards and wetsuits each year and Long Beach Lodge provides a

venue for the guests to get geared up and ready to hit the beach. “We’ve been able to organize the event so that the surfing instruction component and consultant component has no cost to the families but there is costs in getting to Tofino and staying in Tofino so our fundraising goals are to offset those costs,” Daley said. “There’s a really significant cost associated with having a child diagnosed with autism so the ultimate goal is that the families sign up and come and it doesn’t cost them anything.” The Tofino and Ucluelet Coastal Community Credit Union branches have come up with a sweet way to help locals support the cause with candy bags on sale for $2. There is a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo for locals to support and a Twitter account @Autism_SurfsUp as well as a Facebook page to like. reporter@westerlynews.ca

Family Day, continued from Page 1 off the surf, his kids chimed in. “I get to hang out with my family,” said Haydin Gibson, 9. “(I like) going out with my mum and dad,” said Karson Gibson, 7. The Tofino event ran parallel to a Ukee family play event sponsored by Ucluelet Parks & Recreation. Organizer Joey Rukavina decided to pull Monday’s beach run

together because she wanted her own kids to run one kilometre. Rukavina looked at a knot of kids gathering for the event like little bees, and she smiled. “That’s a success already, if all these people are going to run,” she said. Widely credited as the founder of Family Day, former Alberta Premier Don Getty said in February, 2012 interview with

MORE FAMILY DAY PICTURES PAGE 16 this writer that monies flowing to welfare and helping fractured families in 1990 prompted him to start a day for nurturing families. “I thought to myself that if we could get some kind of a push back against the family disintegration, we would have families happier and healthier and we would Despite initial pushback from within his

own caucus, the day set apart for families became a hit in Alberta and other provinces – and that thrills the former professional football playerturned politician. “If you just quietly go to a rink or a hill, with the toboggans and things, and just sort of listen and talk to some of the families, young people or others, you’ll see it. They

know why they’re there and what they’re doing,” he said. Catch on, the idea did; the third Monday in February became a statutory holiday in Saskatchewan in 2007 and Ontario in 2008 – and in British Columbia in 2013. “I consider family to be the rock on which we build our communities. It’s important,” Getty said. editor@westerlynews.ca

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VALENTINE’S DAY

Maybe the Beatles were right: Expanding the idea of celebrating Feb. 14 Jackie Carmichael Editor OUR VIEW I proclaim the West Coast of Vancouver Island the Valentine’s Day Capital of the World. The timing is right for the announcement; Friday is Valentine’s Day, 2014, the latest annual tribiute to the saint reportedly martyred for either performing marriages of those once forbidden to marry and/or comforting the persecuted. Either way, Valentine was one nice guy. However the ball got rolling, there’s something positively Cupidic about the mist rising over the ocean and the islands and the mountains here on teh West Coast of Vancouver Island. I have my own very good reasons to say, unequivocally, that Valentine’s Day is not just about the romantic love stuff often attributed to mischievous matchmaker Cupid, that cherubic prince of affection and desire. Valentine’s Day is bigger than that. it’s even more than the Hot Springs Cove boardwalk proposal tenderly hewn in wood we wrote about in the Westerly last year – or the scores more documented by the local bed-and-breakfast industry It’s more than the landmarks - like the 35th anni-

versary celebrated this week by Mayor Bill Irving and his wife Laurel (Congratulations, you two. ) It’s more than the wedding planners whose visions of white veils against a blue surf backdrop lead them to plan destination weddings here. (And from what I hear, the destination wedding business is booming. We’re way closer, for prospective brides and grooms, then, say, Fiji or Hawaii or even Mexico. We’ve got the beaches, the wind-swept trees, the rocks, the stunning vistas and the wonderful romantic getaways to make a perfect wedding day or romantic retreat all happen. This place sweeps me off my feet, all the time.) It’s even more than a commercial film crew flocking to the rugged seaside beauty of Ucluelet this week, bringing their boom mics and all sorts of expertise to capture the thrill of a man’s return to his wife after going to sea. (See Page 18 for THAT.) It’s much more than all those things. The West Coast is the new Valentines Capital of the World because it’s the ultimate scenic backdrop for all kinds of affection – the devotion people feel for their pets, their children, their best friends, their favourite authors, their most cherished causes. I come very close to adher-

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EAT/PLAY/LIVE: THE ARTS

Here for a good time - and for a long time: Ukee’s Left At The Junction Ucluelet’s Left At The Junction have been playing together on the coast for nearly a decade. Rob Thoms, Bill Morrison GEOFF and Dave JOHNSON/ Hurwitz WEST COAST make up the SOUNDS bluegrass and country inspired project. Beyond Left At The Junction, the members have been part of the Tofino and Ucluelet music scene for a long while. “Between the three of us we’ve been playing music for... well, Rob says 100 years,” said Hurwitz. The boys of Left at The Junction have seen a healthy music scene

sprout up in the time they’ve been playing. “It’s kinda neat, when Bill and I started playing together in Tofino with The Bottomfeeders and Rob was playing in Ucluelet at the same time... there weren’t many bands and now there’s tons of bands in Tofino and Ucluelet,” said Hurwitz, “It’s cool to be inspired by local musicians and I think we are.” Together with the inspiration from the new bands, Left at The Junction are drawing from classic methods as they move forward with their music. “We’re starting to think about the one mic thing, we’re gettin more into harmonies.... sort of going

for more of that old world thing.... It’s just more organic, that includes the harmony,” said Hurwitz. “It’s just the ability to stand right tight together, it’s that vibe thing.” Many bluegrass bands and other acoustic acts prefer to gather around a single microphone in order to amplify their voices and instruments as opposed to individual mics and other equipment. While Left at The Junction’s arrangement is generally similar to a bluegrass trio with upright bass, guitar and mandolin, new instruments have started making their way into the band’s tunes. “Rob has been working on the banjo, he can almost pick up any

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dio near the top of Main Street could easily be mistaken for an enchanted cottage. Behind its cheery red French doors awaits a treasure trove of artisanal delights made onsite by glass artist, Kevin Midgely. “I chose the quiet lifestyle and the ability to talk to my customers one on one,” said Midgely. “It’s important to have a complete visitor experience.” He first discovered its fascinations the summer of 1979 during an Ontario College Art class at Robert Jekyll’s Toronto-based studio. Within a decade, Midgely began mass-producing plates, trays, bowl and arts pieces to supply 300 stores across North America – work that graced magazine covers such as Food & Wine. Now he focuses on more portable pieces including jewelry, often using recycled glass and grains of local sand. “You have to be open to the possibilities of change in ways designs are going to work. I’m always trying to figure out best ways to do something – until I think of a better best way. “All artists need the time to just think,” said Midgely, time he finds grinding glass – dreaming up new artwork and techniques no one else uses. It took a year to refine his method of drilling holes and a decade for his personally designed kiln – inspired by an experimental kiln he saw while studying at Pilchuck Glass School in the early 80s. An incubator for glass talent, Pilchuck is the legendary Dale Chihuly’s school in Stanwood, Washington. He also studied at Boyce Lundstrom’s studio – Camp Colton, outside Portland, Oregon – returning several

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EAT/PLAY/LIVE

West Coast children’s stage production draws crowds The Pacific Rim Arts Society would like to thank everyone who played a part in helping us bring the play, Blackbeard the Pirate, to Tofino this past week. This was the 22nd Missoula Children’s Theatre production that our local children have participated SUZANNE in. RYLES/ We are very LOCAL happy to say that VOICE all 30 children who came out to the auditions on Monday all got a part in the play and have been practicing very hard every night under the guidance of Missoula directors Marta Knodle from Wisconsin and Osmary Nieves from Florida. We would like to send a big Thank you to The Wickaninnish Community School for hosting the show again this year and

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What’s On! Monday Night at the Movies, Feb 10 The Hunt (Drama, Denmark, 2013, 95 min, Not rated) Director: Thomas Vinterberg The lie is spreading. Mads Mikkelsen won the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his penetrating portrayal of Lucas, a former school teacher who has been forced to start over having overcome a tough divorce and the loss of his job. Just as things are starting to go his way, his life is shattered when an untruthful remark throws his small community into a collective state of hysteria. As the lie spreads, Lucas is forced to fight a lonely fight for his life and dignity. Nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars.

Wed., Feb. 12, Shelter /Tofino Film Festival’s Guerilla Film Competition. Thurs., Feb. 13, Re-Imagining Salmon Health with Dr Craig Stephen, 7:30 pm. Ecolodge Classroom, Tofino Botanical Gardens. The the director of the Centre for Coastal Health in Nanaimo will address why, at a time of unprecedented environmental change, it is time for collaboration rather than conflict if we aim to conserve this iconic species. Thursday, February 13, Tofino Film Festival: 7 pm: An evening of incredible short films. NFB short films as well as selections from independent filmmakers. 1. Nightshift Belongs to The Stars (2013, 23 min.) directed by Edoardo Ponti 2. Rab-

9pm: Tofino Film Festival: Belén (36 min) & Northern Grease (70 min) Tofino Film Festival: Friday, February 14, 7pm: Boxing Girls of Kabul (52 min) Tofino Film Festival: Friday, February 14, 9pm: An Affair to Remember (119 min) Valentines Day fundraiser for Ucluelet Volunteer Fire Brigade, Fri., Feb. 14, Matterson House. Tale Bones workshop on February 15. Saturday, Feb. 15 Garden event: Seedy Saturday, supported by Tofino Community Food Initiative, at Darwin’s Café, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sat., Feb 15 Tofino Film Festival Saturday, February 15, 3pm: Mary Poppins (139 min) Saturday, February 15, 7pm: Islands of Sanctuary (57

min) Saturday, February 15, 8:30pm: Special talk by on Pedaling for Papua (30 min) Saturday, February 15, 8:30pm: Isolated (100 min)

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Swing dance lessons/event Saturday

SUDOKU

CLUES ACROSS hole begins 1. Int’l. language specialist’s org. 18. A lyric poem with complex 6. Filament container stanza forms 10. Amounts of time 22. Atomic #73 14. Double curves 23. Thin wire nail 15. Clumsiness 24. Ancient Germanic alphabet 17. Incapable of compromise character 19. Mekong River people 25. Jupiter’s 4th satellite 20. Chinese broadsword 26. Woman’s undergarment 21. Rescue squad 28. African antelope 22. Cablegram (abbr.) 29. Afrikaans 23. Mold-ripened French cheese 30. Vietnamese offensive 25. Don’t know when yet 31. Expression of sorrow or pity 27. Rivulet 32. Scot word for toe 30. Wild Himalayan goat 34. Journalist Nellie 32. Astronaut’s OJ 36. Compress 33. Scientific workplace 37. Whiskies 35. Xenophane’s colony 38. Feathery scarf 36. Exchange 40. White clay for porcelain 38. Semitic fertility god 43. Keeps in reserve 39. Chit 44. Infectious lung disease 40. Sylvia Fine’s spouse Danny 46. Draws off 41. Sole 47. Chinese chess piece 42. Benne plant 48. Parrot’s nostril opening 44. Small amount 49. Once more 45. Sodas 50. One from Serbia 46. Sino-Soviet block (abbr.) 51. Fleshy, bright seed appendage 48. UC Berkeley 52. Plural of os 49. Express pleasure 53. The horned viper 50. __ Paulo, city 54. Japanese apricot tree 53. History channel’s #5 show 55. Taxi 59. Divertimento 56. Bustle 60. Ridge on Doric column 57. Feline 61. Pastries 58. Malaysian Isthmus 62. The “It” Girl 63. Hand drum of No. India CLUES DOWN THIS WEEKS ANSWER 1. Labor 2. North-central Indian city 3. About aviation 4. The sheltered side 5. Salem State College 6. Twofold 7. Unusually (Scot.) 8. Floral garland 9. Birthpace (abbr.) 10. Tooth covering 11. Confederate soldiers 12. Signing 13. Point midway between S and SE 16. Ground where each golf

bit and Deer (2013, 16 min.) directed by Peter Vasz 3. In Passing (2012, 5 min.)

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If romance and or rhythm is your thing, check out the Valentine’s Day Swing Dance event in Tofino. It’s a fundraiser for the Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society, with swing dance lessons from 8-9:30 p.m., and then dancing with electro-swing DJ Eliazar from 9:30-midnight. It’s all on at Tofino Community Hall, and tickets are just $15 at Common Loaf and Studio 1, said Tia Traviss. “We’re doing this to raise money for the Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society so everyone can come and swing dance and have some fun,” Traviss said, adding that the cause is a great one. “The society does research that will help benefit sea life in the future,” she said. For information, call Traviss at 250-534-9842.

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OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

CWFS Ukee y-ďŹ shing retreat to teach reel life lessons Central Westcoast Forest Society (CWFS) is excited to announce our 2nd Annual Fly Fishing Retreat on February 22 & 23 at The Cabins at Terrace Lily Burke/ Local Voice Beach in Ucluelet, BC. Hosted in conjunction the Long Beach Fly Fishing Club, the two-day course begins with instruction on fly fishing equipment, rod & reel set-up, tying knots, fly casting (dry land and river practice), and fishing ethics. Participants will learn about fish habitat ecology, how to

identify different freshwater species, and about restoration activities taking place in our region. At the end of Day 1 you’ll get to enjoy a fun wine and cheese evening of learning as you learn to tie flies in the luxury of The Cabins’ beautiful West Coast lodge. Rain or shine, you’ll then spend Day 2 out fishing in the Kennedy Flats Watershed. The retreat is headed by local angler and Team Canada fly fishing competitor Morgan Thorp who will instruct the course with help from members of the Long Beach Fly Fishing

Club. Morgan joined the Canadian Fly Fishing Team in 2005 and since then he’s hit every major championship since. He has a great finesse for the sport and is stoked to share his passion for fishing (and great stories) with us again this year. We’ll get you out there fishing and if you’d like to treat yourself think about booking a room, too. The CWFS focuses on salmon habitat conservation and restoration, research, and education. We’re a charitable organization based in Ucluelet, and we love to educate, engage and inspire people about the natural environment. We also love to go fishing! To sign up or find out more, contact Central Westcoast Forest Society by phone at 250-726-2424 or by email at info@clayoquot.org. (Left, learning to expertly tie flies. At right, some of last year’s participants, hipdeep in fun.)

Midgely, continued from Page 12 times during the 90s. As Midgley describes it, the once intimate global glass community now exists largely online - although old-timers no longer post on websites like warmglass.com.

The first step is to revitalize Tofino’s summer market – with a policy to include only artisanal products designed and made locally, and with Parks and Rec resuming control so that proceeds directly sustain local programs. Midgely wants to reinstate the West Coast studio tour – a map he produced and distributed free of charge in 2009. “I would love to see District encourage more home-based studios,� says Midgely, “as long as they don’t bug their neighbours.�

He doesn’t see a rosy future for glassmakers – while Pacific Pyros remain BC’s vibrant beadmakers’ group, the BC Glass Arts Association recently dissolved and talented glassmakers like Nanaimo’s Alex Chance have left the island. “I’m one of the few surviving glass studios left,â€? says Midgely, who has concerns for the local arts community in a challenging economy when fewer tourists Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce arrive.     “Artists here are not valued enough in terms of what they can contribute to economy.â€? Presentss He would love to see Tofino become a place where artists could February 21st (1-6pm) Feb pm pm)) come and live year round – as do & 22nd 22n (11am-4pm) 2 11 m-4 m) m) some local carvers who sell pieces created during winter for thousands of dollars. Showcase Sh o your business or service to your customer customers mers rss “We need to pull together, says Midgely. “It’s really important we keep the artists and galleries operIf you would like information onn booking ating in town. We are the reason tables tab bles and ann participation par pa onn some of the hotels get occupancy,â€? please se contact Sue at the Chamber Chamb amber er adding that Toronto clients travspayne@uclueletinfo.com sp p y @ m elled here specifically seeking out • Ta Tabless aare free for members (Basic/BasicPlus) c/B c/ /BasicPlus) lus) s) his jewelry.

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BUSINESS

Pill commercial brings business boost to Ucluelet It’s not the first time Ucluelet has been the backdrop for manlyman commercials. Gillette razors shot a commercial here. “Fishermen are sellable items on big boats .. they have to have a big boat catching something – and that’s Ukee’s thing,” she said. The picturesque Long Beach Golf Course has also been the site of commercial work. The results are a shot in the arm for business here. The crew took as many rooms as they could get at the Black Rock (since there was a wedding in town), with overflow staying at several sites in town. Solidarity Snacks got the catering contract, and countless coffee drinkers have wafted in and out of local coffee joints. Ukee Rentals, Jamie’s and Subtidal Adventures got some work, and even the Co-op got hundreds of bucks worth of craft service business each day, Shymko said.

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Westerly News Ucluelet business got a welcome boost this week from the commercial industry as camera crews came to town to film a Viagra commercial. That’s an influx of 50-plus camera, grip and director types for several days. Departing out of the Ucluelet fuel dock, the crews captured the thrill of a man’s return from the sea to the arms of his wife. Tammy Shymko is the Tofinobased location scout who helped make it happen. For confidentiality reasons, she would not personally confirm the topic of the commercial. Ucluelet was chosen “basically, because it has the character of an old-school, still-working Alaskan fishing village,” Shymko said. “It’s been great, it’s been awesome – it’s always a pleasure being here,” she said. Formerly a Squamish-based location scout, Shymko has been helping commercial and movie crews film on the West Coast since she moved here.

A swirl from a curious sea lion can be seen mid-left as a boat loaded with actors and film crew heads out from the Ucluelet fuel dock to film a Viagra commercial on Monday. PHOTO BY JACKIE CARMICHAEL/WESTERLY NEWS

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Fear of food: Eating disorders linked to insecurities “It’s going to make you fat, you can’t eat it,” are words that have echoed through Maria Elliott’s head since she was a child. She recalls being concerned over her body image at the age of five, causing obsessive checking in a mirror. By adolescence Elliott had severely limited her diet, amounting to as little as a cracker and three grapes to sustain her over a day at school. “Every few months I would change and try a new diet, it was always new diets,” Elliott said. “I was tired a lot, I was hungry all of the time. I don’t know how well I really functioned.” The 29-year-old Nanaimo resident has been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, a psychiatric illness characterized by the unrelenting fear of becoming overweight. Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder, with health authorities estimating that one in 10 people will die within a decade of the condition’s onset. Anxiety and depression To recognize the dangers of limiting one’s food intake Feb. 2 to 8 is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Another concerning eating dis-

order is bulimia nervosa, which entails stringent diets followed by waves of binge eating. “The root causes are the same; it’s depression, it’s anxiety, it’s feelings of low self esteem,” explained Keva Glynn, director for Mental Health and Substance Abuse with Island Health. “With bulimia your body is crying out for food. They’re going to eat the food and be overcome with feelings of despair and anger, so the result is purging.” According to the Kelty Medical Health Resource Centre, nine in 10 people diagnosed with anorexia or bulimia are female. The ratio between men and women is closer with binge eating disorder, a third condition recognized as a mental illness for the habit of consuming large amounts of food at one time. This gorging often leads to obesity, and is brought on by an extreme hunger due to a food restriction or to sooth emotional needs. Approximately 3,000 people on Vancouver Island are diagnosed with an eating disorder, although Glynn estimates there could be as many as 10,000 people on the Island who have symptoms.

Hospital admittance For severe cases Island Health has a contract with the Woodstone Residence, a treatment centre for anorexia and other eating disorders on Galiano Island. Another two beds are designated for patients struggling with a severe eating disorder at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria. Elliott spent three months under care at the Victoria hospital last year after her condition had brought on a deep, suicidal state of depression. “If they get to the place where physiologically their body is breaking down, then they come in for in-patient services,” Glynn said. “If somebody needs either feeding or they need their electrolytes balanced or they really need intensive psychiatric help, those would be reasons.” Under the guidance of a team of medical professionals, including nurses, therapists, a psychiatrist and a dietician, Elliott was accompanied during meals to ensure her body was fortified with the nourishment it had been lacking. For people with eating disorders consuming food can be an insurmountable challenge, and on days

that Elliott couldn’t overcome her anxiety she had the option of sustenance from a nutrient-rich drink. Since her release from the hospital Elliott said she is doing much better, although eating is still far from easy. “It’s struggle a lot of times just to eat,” Elliot said. “For me to eat a piece of cake even now is very terrifying. I will stress about it for a week before and a week after if I know.” Food tied to insecurities Statistics Canada reports that roughly 4.6 million adults in the country are obese and millions more are considered overweight. It could be difficult for many to sympathize with Elliott’s food difficulties, but health authorities claim that eating disorders are linked to deepseated psychological associations. “It’s not generally about the eating; that’s a symptom of what is really anxiety and depression,” Glynn said. “By not eating, it gives people a sense of control, which can on a short-term basis reduce feelings of anxiety.” Elliott said many people in her family are overweight. When she grew up, members of her house-

hold were often insulted for being heavy. It often brought accusations of worthlessness in the home. These abusive connotations have fueled her ongoing struggles with food. “I have been reminding myself since I was five years old - and I’m 29 now - that I’m worthless and that I’m going to be fat and worthless for the rest of my life,” Elliot admitted. Constant exercise is another means many people with eating disorders use to fight their fears of becoming overweight. Elliot used to exercise seven times a day, but she said some friends who also have eating disorders have workouts even more frequently than she did. Local assistance Help is available in the Alberni Valley for those who suffer from an eating disorder. Concerned parents can contact the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s local mental health office at 250-720-2650 for individual treatment. Adults with concerning symptoms can seek help through Island Health’s Mental Health and Addictions department at 250-731-1311.


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$2.5 million repair bill for Tofino roads, continued from Page 1 an inspector who drives on the roads and the distress manifestation index is a more physical inspection of surfaces that seeks out defects, according to Schantz. One type of surface defect becoming apparent on Tofino’s roads is alligator cracking—also known as fatigue cracking—that creates a series of connected cracks that form a pattern resembling an alligator, according to Schantz. “We’re starting to see more and a lot of our alligator cracking is along the edges of the roads because the asphalt has nothing pulling them but a gravel shoulder so it starts to crack and break up,” he said. A road’s ride comfort rating is meshed with its distress manifestation to determine its pavement condition index score and it must score 75 or higher to pass. “It’s nice to see that 77 per cent of the roads are in good shape,” Schantz said. Six of the district’s roads failed to make the grade and McElhanney provided a prioritized list of recommendations and cost estimates. According to the report, the district’s first priority should be to reconstruct the road from First Street to Tofino’s community hall within the next two years at as estimated cost of $168,000. The second priority listed is to reconstruct Mackenzie

Beach Road within the next two years at an estimated cost of $583,000. Third is the reconstruction of Lynn Road within the next five years at an estimated cost of $1.1 million. Fourth is a section of Gibson Street west of Third Street that should be repaved within the next five years at an estimated cost of $27,000. Fifth was to reconstruct Hellesen Drive within the next 10 years at an estimated cost of $597,000. The sixth priority identified in the report is to resurface Cedar Street within the next 10 years at an estimated cost of $43,000. “As I’ve said in my report it’s very sobering to look at the costs of replacing these roads and for a town of our size to have to undertake that task,” Schantz said. Coun. Al Anderson recalled the district resurfacing Mackenzie Beach Road using a process called seal coating—also referred to as chip sealing—that, he said, cost about $30,000 and was effective for about 10 years. Schantz said McElhanney had not brought up chip sealing and he added that he has tried to find chip seal contractors on the Island over the past three without success. “It’s really hard to get in contact with them,” he said. “I get in contact with them and they never return my calls.”

Schantz said the contractor who had originally done the chip sealing work on Mackenzie Beach Road is based on the Mainland. Anderson said he would put Mackenzie Beach Road before the road to the community hall. District staff assured council they could rearrange priorities. “There is a district political discussion to happen that may shuffle some of those around,” said district CAO Bob MacPherson. MacPherson said there is a general reserve from a 2011 surplus set aside for future works. “I don’t know off the top what it is; it certainly doesn’t get us very far with any of these projects though,” MacPherson said. Mayor Josie Osborne said the district faces some tough decisions moving forward but that the report was an important step forward for the district’s asset management plan. “I’m glad to have the information even though I don’t like the numbers very much,” she said. “What this report does is it gives us that basic technical information that we have to have to add on those other layers of information to begin making good decisions.” Coun. Dorothy Baert suggested there is a cost to waiting, as roads could deteriorate further and become more expensive to

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be repaired along roads that otherwise received a rating over 75. “It seems there are these spot places where there’s potential for failure and those are the kind of things that also jump out to people more quickly,” she said. Schantz agreed that these sections will also need to be dealt with. “There is a couple spots in town where the roads are

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