North to South, roughly in that order: Phantom Of The Lost Mine. Chris, Daniel, Gavin and Benjamin Cameron, Toby Digney, Diane Ross, Bill, Robert and James Johnston, Alex Smith, Emanuel Lint, Jeff Bob,
John Garenkooper, Chris Biesheuvel, Blair Christensen, Ian Lawry, Bryan Muise and Robert Barron.
Front eight youngsters: Cassie Smith, Sadie Gibbs, Sarah Cameron, Tara and Amy Christensen,
Steen Rasmussen, Charlton Gibbs and Hanna Frizzell.
Back row again: Jim Smith, Sebastian Frizzell, Heather Mortimer, Kevin Hansen, John Candy,
Marty Frizzell, Carol Elder, Mick Gibbs, Ron Macluskie. Rob, Lori, Bevan and Kate Payter. Sue Frizzell,
Leif and Pam Rasmussen, Shirley Jones , Ed Bowman, Kim Plumley with Grace and Elly-Rose.
To anyone we missed: we’ll catch you next year!
Photo by Frank Schortinghuis
Lantzville Polar Bear Swim 2009
by John Garenkooper
Over 100 folks attended and a record 53 bodies threw themselves into the freezing waters of the Pacific Ocean on the 15th Annual Lantzville Polar Bear dip! At noon January 1st the beach was covered with snow, but no-one cared. With the northeaster breeze
blowing a temperature of minus five degrees and the water at plus six Celsius, the sea seemed a welcome refuge.
The Phantom Of The Lost Mine made his annual appearance half-an-hour early, pounding a steady rhythm on his Coast Salish
drum. Finally with a countdown of ten thundering beats he released the happy crowd into the sea at noon exactly. A wave of swimmers rushed in-- some screaming, others whooping it up linked together arm-in-arm. Many were repeaters and one small boy was
even carried in by his mom. The water turned into froth. While some suffered in soggy silence, others were determined to commit
a sort of icy baptism to go with their New Year’s resolutions. One thing was certain; there was not a wimp among them. All walks of
life joined this very Elite club on New Year’s Day: the Lantzville Polar Bear Clan!
The youngest reveller was five while the oldest, Lantzville’s Shirley Jones, celebrated her 80th with the dip. “I don’t know why so
many people are so excited about doing such a crazy thing,” she said as she bravely jumped in and dove to the bottom for her 10th
year in a row. Everyone that touched the brine on New Year’s Day had one thing in common with all the others: ONE WHOLE YEAR
Comments overheard:
“My kids talked me into this and then they stayed home”.
“I love this global warming!”
“Need more costumes next year” (there was a witch, the phantom wore a mask and a few dove in with full winter clothes)
”Was that the Phantom of the lost Mind?”
“Never again....till next year!”
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Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Council of the District
of Lantzville extends an
invitation to interested
residents to attend its
Committee of the Whole
Meeting on Wednesday,
February 4, 2009, at 7:00 pm
in the District Office at 7129 Lantzville Road, 2nd floor. The
purpose of this meeting is for staff to provide an orientation
session on the District’s Official Community Plan. Any
inquiries – please call the District Office at 250-390-4006 or
email: [email protected]
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General Meeting
Beban Park Social Center
Feb. 16 2009. 7:00 PM
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Feb 7 Square & Round Dance
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Feb 14 Valentine’s Day
Feb 14 Legion Valentine Dance
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Feb 16 Nan. Family Hist. Soc.
7PM Beban Park Social Center
Feb 21 Sweatheart Dance
7:15 PM Costin Hall
Fed 22 Pot Luck Dinner
Costin Hall
Feb 27 Lantzville Historical Soc.
7 PM Seaview School Library
Aspengrove School’s
Production of
“Guys & Dolls”
By Abe Burrows & Jo Swerling
Music by Frank Loesser
Thurs. February 26th and Fri.
February 27th, 2009 at 7:00pm
Aspengrove School Gym
Adults $10.00
Students/ Seniors $5.00
Tickets available from the school
office (390-2201) & at the door
In addition to working unflaggingly on academics there has been a
flurry of activity around various ventures and community and family
based activities. As always, life at Seaview School isn't confined to
curricular endeavours, and Seaview students are lucky to be part of
a community which focuses on activities that include families.
In early December there was a family Bingo night organized by Marnie Martin and her excellent parent helpers, and on this night the
PAC earned sufficient monies to pad the PAC coffers and ultimately
provide the financial means to enrich the school experience for our
children. (So successful was this evening that extra tables needed to
be procured to seat all of the eager Bingo players!) Also in December
the Christmas Craft fair, which was organized, by Diana Walburger
and her band of parent helpers produced an evening of fun as well as
child friendly crafts. Money raised by our determined band of parents,
while most gratefully and happily utilized by Seaview classrooms, is
quite simply, incidental to the equation. The happiness and excitement of the children at these events couldn't be duplicated and that is
what will, as time elapses, be what is important to the children. Over
time, the children won't remember the monetary amount raised, but
instead, will remember the community experience of the craft and
bingo nights. Infinite thanks to the parents who put in exhaustive
hours to bring these fabulous nights to fruition!
performance of "Snow Biz"
was an enormous success due to the curricular time and more
devoted to practices by
our music teacher Mrs.
Raducu, as well as the
extensive hours spent
on this by our principal
Mrs. Noble. All children
took part, from the
singing of Christmas
carols by the youngest
students, to the two choirs of grade 2/3 students and up who provided musical accompaniment to the onstage action, and to the roles
played by grade 6 and 7 students in the execution of the production.
This particular performance will be hard to beat in further years, and
will undoubtedly go down in Seaview history as one of our best!
A number of years ago Seaview School was the recipient of a substantial legacy provided by a former Seaview teacher, who although
wishing to remain anonymous, was intent on providing Seaview with
a very substantial financial donation. Our staff recognized that this
money needed to be carefully considered in further acquisitions that
benefit the learning of all students. We have guarded it jealously,
considering and rejecting various expenditures and until now have
only spent it on an oak display case to display the excellence of all
of our students as well as $5000 on special book collections for the
library, as well as other literacy materials. In December we reached a
decision about the substantial remaining money by acquiring for each
classroom an "LCD" projector and "Elmo" (document camera). In
this way each child can benefit from the myriad uses of this technology and the delivery of instruction will be enhanced for each learner,
as instruction is so much more visible. To say that it will revolutionize
delivery of lessons and ultimately individual comprehension would be
an understatement. We are all looking forward to receiving and utilizing this valuable resource. We are most grateful to the generosity of
our benefactress who provided for us!
Church Events
Trinity United Church
11 am Sunday Service & Sunday School Program
Rev. Peggy Jenson
6234 Spartan Road, Nanaimo
Ph: 390-2513
St Philip's Anglican Church
Sunday Services
8 am Holy Communion
10 am Holy Communion &
Sunday School / Music
7113 Lantzville Road, Lantzville
Ph: 390-3641
Lantzville Heritage Church
10 am Sunday Worship
7244 Lantzville Road, Lantzville
Ph: 390-3679
Feb1 10 AM Worship Service
and Sunday School.
Feb 8 10 AM Worship Service
and Sunday School.
Feb 15 10 AM Worship Service and Sunday School.
Feb 20 1:15 PM Ladies
RCW Meeting Please bring
something you no longer
need or want to auction off
at our “Bring and Buy” sale.
All ladies welcome!
Feb 22 10 AM Worship Service and Sunday School. All
are welcome! Fellowship and
coffee downstairs after worship.
Seaside Community Society
-Julie Hustwick
Costin Hall activities:
Now that our record-breaking
snowy winter and all the cancelled activities is behind us,
it's amazing how quickly we
forget and even stop talking
about it. It was a gradual thaw,
for which we are thankful. Our
activities are back on track and
we can look forward to seeing the usual display of Spring
flowers and flowering trees as
we go about our travels.
Dates to remember:
Feb. 22 Pot Luck Dinner
March 20-21 Set-up and
Flea Market
She wore a heavy sweater to
go to the Mexican restaurant.
She heard every time you
went there you got chili.
Happy Valentine's Day to
young and old!
Lantzville Historical
Society Meetings:
February 27th 2009
March 27th 2009
April 24th 2009
May 29th 2009
Held in the Library at
Seaview School at 2 PM.
All are welcome.
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Lantzville Legion Branch #257
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250-390-2841 - Pres. Cde. Roy Cardinal
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February 14th
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Hurford District Girl Guides -By Pia Pedersen
Happy New Year! The holiday season this year was very
white, much to the delight of our youngest citizens.
The time to relax and celebrate ended so quickly, as it always does. Now we must all return to
our usual daily lives. Despite a fun and relaxing
holiday break, we missed our Guiding friends and
are happy to reconnect in the new year. We have
so many exciting plans and our enthusiastic girls
can’t wait to get started!
Pathfinders -January Night Adventure
Our entire district had the honour of helping with
the annual Lantzville Seaside Community Christmas dinner held at Costin Hall. Pathfinders came
early and set up tables, and then Guides joined
them to serve the dinner. After a delicious meal,
the younger girls, Brownies and Sparks, joined the
older girls in singing Christmas carols for the dinner guests. The girls’ voices rang sweetly through
the hall and put the whole crowd in the Christmas
spirit. Thanks to the LSCS for inviting us.
The Sparks learned and played together with
crafts and games and held their own Christmas
party. It was very special for the youngsters to
meet and perform with the big kids at the LSCS
dinner. Those older girls are so cool, something to
aspire to! This month they will work on earning
their Keeper badges.
The Brownies spent much of their time in the fall
and winter working on science projects, learning
about the world around them and how it works,
such as why popcorn pops, what bubbles are, how
electricity charges and the planets. The girls also
learned how to use a sewing machine and made
Christmas ornaments. This month they will work
on first aid, household chores and using tools.
Guides also got busy making Christmas crafts.
They made Christmas cards that they sent off
to Trefoil Guild members (adult members of Girl
Guides). Some girls were pleasantly surprised to
receive replies from the ladies.
Pathfinders continue to work hard at learning
new skills and bettering themselves. As part of
the learning process, several girls organized and
hosted a Christmas party for the unit. Despite
how much work it was for the organizers, everyone enjoyed having time to just visit and have
fun! This spring, the girls are looking forward to
organizing more parties, some outdoor challenges and camping.
Hurford District held a district wide family skating event on December 27. It was good to get
out and stretch the legs after all those goodies
and also heartwarming to see the girls and their
families enjoying themselves together.
Guides and Brownies are excited to be attending
a sleepover at Science World at the beginning of
February. This will be a Mid Island Area event for
Brownies and Guides.
As a final note this month; Hurford District Girl
Guides wishes to extend our most sincere thanks
to Teresa Hamilton, who has very graciously
served as treasurer for our entire district the last
four years. It is a big job and we truly do appreciate all of the effort she has put in. As of this
January, Teresa is “hanging up” her books. Thank
you, Teresa. We are looking forward to working
with a new treasurer soon.
Girl Guides of Canada always need more volunteers, no daughter needed! We provide mentoring and pay for training, so it’s an excellent opportunity to have some fun while learning new
skills. If you are a university student, credit may
be given for volunteering with Girl Guides. Please
give us a call if this sounds good to you.
For more information, to register or volunteer,
contact Johanna Scott, Commissioner, Hurford
District Girl Guides, 250-390-1085. To learn more
about Girl Guides, go to
7227 Lantzville Road, Lantzville
250-390-2841 - Pres. Cde. Roy Cardinal
We are accepting tenders for a
one year janitorial contract.
Cleaning will include the lounge and upstairs
hall. For further information and a copy of
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Anne Marie at 250-390-2108. This tender
will close on March 1, 2008 at 3:00pm.
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“‘Twas the night before
the night before big Santa
Those were the
words I used to start my
Rotary story for the January
1st issue. Much has happened since
that article was written.
First, of course, Santa did arrive. And
right on time! I promised all the kids
in my vast readership that I’d let them
know if Santa did indeed remember
li’l ole me. Well, kids, he did remember me. He
left me a book to read plus some very nice liquid refreshments to drink while reading his gift.
Wow, what a nice Christmas our family and good
friends enjoyed complete with an expensive rib
roast of beef. Yes, we had become a little jaded
with the traditional turkey, especially after over
indulging during the Thanksgiving day festivities
so my BW (Beautiful Wife) insisted on cooking
and presenting a roast beef dinner.
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If Only:
·I installed smoke alarms in the bedroom.
·The smoke alarms were interconnected so that
when one sounded, they all sounded.
·I vacuumed out the vents on the alarm.
·I checked to see if the batteries were operating every time the clocks changed from daylight
savings to standard time and back again.
·I installed smoke alarms on each floor of my
house, in the hallway outside the bedrooms, in
each bedroom, and in the peak of the attic one
metre from the chimney.
·I installed both photoelectric and ionization
smoke alarm detectors.
·We had practised fire drills by sounding the
alarm to ensure that my family responded according to plan.
If Only ? ... My family would be alive today.
There is no doubt that working smoke alarms
save lives. In Canada 250 people die and 1809
people are injured every year in residential structural fires. The monetary value amounts to 712
million dollars. In 65% of cases there were no
working smoke detectors in the residence. And we emphasize WORKING. Ensure that you can answer
yes to all the points listed above to
avoid becoming an “If Only” headline.
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Many avenues of generous activity will continue
as the Rotary Club of Lantzville looks forward to
the remaining months of 2009 to serving Lantzville, Nanaimo and other communities in Rotary
ways. If any of our vast readership would like
information on how to join Rotary, just call Robert
Grose at 250-729-0904. Or he can be contacted
by e-mail at: [email protected]
He would love to talk with you and to invite you to
enjoy a sumptuous buffet breakfast with compliments of Rotary. Robert is the present membership chair.
Bert Ollivier, a CTC emeritus (Certified Travel Counsellor) is a Rotarian, a published journalist and author
of this column. He’s been in the travel industry non
stop, since 1946! His new book “TRAVEL’s MY GAME”
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At the first meeting of this year, January 8th, it was reported by the golf committee
chair, Robert Grose, that the club’s annual New
Year’s Day tournament had been cancelled, due
to bad weather. Because of copious amounts
of snow, it appeared that holes were not only
clogged, but the greens were white! According to
Robert, the next Rotary “Golf for the Cure Tournament” will be held on Friday, May 1st at the
Fairwinds Golf Course. It is suggested that any
interested parties should mark this date on their
calendars. Further information may be obtained
from Robert Grose at 250-729-0904.
Smoke detectors are available as
either ionization or photoelectric
types or a combination of the two.
It is recommended that both be
installed in your house. Ionization
smoke detectors have the quickest
response time to flaming fires and
photoelectric detectors respond
best to smoldering fires. Remember that flames
and heat rarely kill. It is the smoke and toxic
gases that kill, and they kill quickly, so time is
Smoke detectors should be installed on every
level in the home, in the hallway outside the bedrooms, in every bedroom and in the peak of the
attic one metre from the chimney. It is best, if
both types (ionization and photoelectric) are installed, they are hard-wired with a battery backup, and they are interconnected so that when
one sounds they all sound. Don’t install alarms
near windows, doors or ducts where drafts may
interfere with their function. Never paint or place
stickers on a smoke alarm. If you burn fuel in the
house install carbon monoxide, propane and or
natural gas detectors as well as smoke detectors.
Carbon monoxide is a colourless and odourless
gas and is the number one leading cause of accidental poisonings in Canada.
Browsing through the aisles of a few stores we
found an array of smoke detectors available ranging in price from $13.99 to $62.99. The more expensive detectors were combination ionization/
photoelectric/carbon monoxide, were hard-wired
or were talking alarms. Talking alarms may wake
children more easily. Wireless interconnected
smoke alarms are an alternative to hard-wired
alarms and are more easily installed in existing
homes that have not been pre-wired for alarms.
Smoke alarms are also available for the deaf or
hard of hearing and use either a strobe light or vibration to awaken the occupant. It’s a small price
to pay for the peace of mind it brings. Don’t wait
until government legislates laws or enacts bylaws
regarding smoke detectors. Be pro-active with
your safety.
Before the exciting, traditional Christmas day,
readers will recall in my January report that Santa
had agreed to a pre-Christmas day appearance at
Costin Hall on December 13th. Special arrangements and lengthy negotiations with Santa were
necessary. Ever-friendly Rotary member Robert
Milne, better known as ‘Bob’ is a long time member of Rotary Club of Lantzville. He went to great
lengths to make the complicated arrangements
with Santa as well as with Mrs. Claus and their
helping elves. Bob also convinced many other
Rotary Club members to assist him in the serving of the now famous Rotary pancake breakfast.
By the way, Bob Milne is the manager of Budget
Car & Truck Rental in Nanaimo and was asked if
he, by any chance, had arranged a sleigh rental
if Santa’s transportation broke down. But, good
news, Santa’s sleigh and reindeer did not break
down! I’ve been told that all, well most all, of the
requests made on Dec. 13th were indeed delivered. And, one last very important reminder for
you kids – “What happens at a Christmas party
stays at a Christmas party!”
At time of preparing this item for the
February 1st issue of The LOG, there
had been only one meeting of Rotary Club of Lantzville since my last
report to The LOG. The meeting of
December 18 was cancelled due to
the heavy snowfall. The meetings of
December 25 and January 1st were
also cancelled – for obvious reasons.
Safety Tip: Plan Ahead … Practice your fire drill
... Exit safely …Avoid hot doors … Crawl under
smoke… Have a family meeting place away from
the home ... Call 9-1-1 from a neighbour ... Don't
go back in the house.
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-B. Blood
The District seems to struggle with the issues
around requests for variances to building height
and setback requirements. Every few meetings a
resident or their representative comes to council
because they have built or want to build a house,
shed, garage or outbuilding, higher, lower, or
closer to a property line, road, creek, or natural
hazard than the District bylaws allow. Councillors
have been predisposed to allow most variance requests to pass. Indeed, most of these requests
involve fairly small variances; a foot or two at
most, sometimes only a few inches. On the one
hand it hardly seems like a descent into anarchy,
on the other...well, consider the recent request
for a one foot height variance for a new house on
Aulds Rd that has, whoops, already been designed
and framed one foot higher than the bylaw regulation allows. When it came to the attention of the
building inspector, a stop work order was placed
on the project and the builder came to council
asking for leniency citing an error in calculations.
In the normal run of events, council would allow a
one-foot height variance where the building does
not currently block any neighboring viewlines and
no neighboring property owner has complained.
Not this time.
No mention was made in the discussions by council of a prior appearance of this builder at a council
meeting where a request for variance was made
for a different property. This was probably correct procedure since every request should be considered on the merits of that request alone. However, it is unlikely that any councillor except the
newly elected Mr Negrave wasn't thinking about
this previous request. On that occasion, the builder had constructed a workshop and a garage for a
homeowner. Not only were both buildings in violation of property line setback requirements but no
building permit was applied for. Also, a neighbor
who had a view of these buildings crowding his
fenceline made a legitimate complaint. Council allowed the variance. One councillor at that time
said that the neighbor had room to screen the
buildings with plantings "on his own property"! So
one wonders if council's feelings about their approval of this less defendable variance request in
the past has coloured their rejection of the more
reasonable request of the present.
-B. Blood
Part 2
The Millers and the Dickinsons are also on the
same page when it comes to identifying the
difficulties presented by farming in suburban
areas. The Millers land is relatively rural (7
contiguous neighboring properties - all in the
ALR except the Foothills development) while
the Dickinsons have close to 30 contiguous and
across-the-road neighbours, most of which are
family homes on smaller lots. Raising a few cattle and qualifying for the farm tax credit while
preserving these lands for an unknown future
is one thing, but to farm them intensively and
economically is quite another. Most food crops,
aside from being labour intensive, are not cost
effective here and now.
Feed lots, piggeries and poultry, however, can
generate reasonable profits on smaller parcels
such as these. Odour and noise reduction then
become issues in suburban areas and present
a cost to farmers that can be prohibitive. Ted
related the problems a farmer at Green Lake
encountered when his legally permitted extraction of irrigation water from the lake was foiled
by repeated vandalism to his pump, presumably because of the noise disturbance it caused
to the adjacent residential neighborhood. . A
major urban/agricultural interface problem is
competition for water. Jim noted that he had
the right, under the ALR, to drill for irrigation
water anywhere on his land and that crop irrigation can require up to 67 gallons per minute
per acre during dry weather for a successful
harvest. The effects for domestic use such a
drawdown on the aquifer would cause, or even
if that much water is available, is unknown.
In the discussion of the current request several
councillors expressed concern about the "precedent" this variance would create because the
construction is already done. As Mr Griffey said,
" They built the thing then discovered it". Ms
Haime, also concerned with precedent said,"If we
approve this we need to change the bylaw". Mr
Bratkowski noted that, "We have allowed larger
variances in the past." Mr Dempsey noted that,
"we haven't heard from neighbors" and he also
noted that the requested variance "isn't going to
impair anyone's view." The mayor echoed some
of these comments but added that the "structural
integrity of the building and costs to redesign"
should also be considered. When it came to a vote
only Mr Dempsey supported the application for
the variance. The builder can now take the issue
to Lantzville's newly appointed Board of Variance
for further consideration. Perhaps the Board of
Variance will bring more consistency and reason
into the process in future.
That's next Christmas - Dec 2009. . For the second year in a row, Mr Dempsey moved that the
District of Lantzville office be closed between
Christmas and The New year. In support of this
he cited District Staff's acceptance of the idea and
that they would use their accrued annual leave for
that week off. When asked by this reporter during
the public participation at the end of the meeting
whether this motion represented a violation of the
District's master agreement with the Canadian
Union of Public Employees because it appears that
management is directing when accrued annual
leave is to be taken by union members, I was told
that any staff member who wished to work during
that week and not use their annual leave would
be allowed to. This certainly begs more questions
than it answers. CUPE is looking into it.
Parks and Recreation Committee two-year appointments:
Mr John Garenkooper, Mr Peter Law, Mr Jamie
Popkin, Mrs Brenda Savage, Ms Lynne Wilson, Ms
Tanis Dagert.
Board of Variance three-year appointments:
Mr Dean Dueck, Mr Ron Lazlock, Mr Steve
The Millers irrigation issue is compounded by
the unknown effect the adjacent groundwater
dependent Foothills residential development
may have on the aquifer. Suburban farming
presupposes that large numbers of non-farmers live nearby and the simple presence of
these humans and their activities can be problematic. Working farmers in these areas spend
more time and money than more isolated rural
farmers in securing their equipment and tools
because of theft and vandalism. Blatant trespassing is also common and many farmers in
suburban areas experience a sense of insecurity. Ted noted that even with the "cattle crossing" signage on Doumont Rd the herding of
their cows from the lower pasture to the upper,
is increasingly dangerous for him and his cattle
due to distracted and speeding motorists. Most
rural farmers would not have their cows stampede and have a horse injured when it crashed
through a wire fence terrified by an innocent
community Halloween fireworks display as
occurred at the Dickinsons.
Labour is often a problem for small farms.
Farming can be hard work and with low profitability it is not surprising that farm children go
on to more remunerative "better" employment
in the cities just like everyone else. Off- farm
incomes keep many of these enterprises afloat.
The Miller's daughter is developing a plant
nursery business on the family farm but her
husband commutes to his job in town. Increasingly, suburban small farms become hobby
farms or simply estate properties for those that
can afford them. They may remain in the ALR
but produce no saleable food and often contain large homes and outbuildings not located
for efficient future agricultural use. When these
smaller farmlands change hands, the high land
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values determined by their urban proximity
(and perhaps their potential for ALR exclusion)
preclude any cost effectiveness in purchasing
them for farming. If you can afford this land,
you don't need to farm it and if you need to
farm it, you can't afford it. This happens particularly where ALR lands have been subdivided
into smaller parcels like here in Lantzville.
The message from ALR landowners seems to
be that if we as citizens expect food security
to be provided by these lands then we need
to see that more is done than simply freezing
their status in amber forever. We as citizens
need to decide if we trust the globalised food
supply to feed our children and grandchildren,
like we came to trust globalised energy to power our homes and transport, or to value and
support the economic viability of locally produced food and delegate our governments to
do so as well.
Copley Farm -Haying 1920’s
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McINNES, Rose Marie
(Nee Ribbans)
Passed away December 4, 2008.
A long time resident of Nanaimo, Marie is
survived by her daughter Victoria, son Gord
and brother Gill Ribbans. To all who knew her,
Marie was an inspiration. She will be greatly
missed by family and friends.
There will be no service or flowers by
request. Donations in Marie's memory may
be made to Heart & Stroke Foundation.
PERRY, Lorne Bartlett
March 1,1915-January 5, 2009
Lorne passed away peacefully at Nanaimo
Regional General Hospital with family and
grandchildren by his side. A bedside service
officiated by Ron MacLuskie was held following his death.
Left to mourn, his loving wife Staniz, his
sister Elaine Barsby, cousin Jack Perry, his
children Bill (Deb) and Joan Perry and Staniz' children Wade, David (predeceased)
and Kim O'Donnell and the grandchildren
he was so proud of, Glen, Alan, Arlene and
Sandra Perry, Sharlene Harbour and Jason
Gohn (predeceased), eleven great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Born
in Nanaimo, Lorne started in the coal mines
as a teenager, then the Vancouver Shipyard
and served in the Air Force. After returning
to Nanaimo he worked as a Faller for many
years and a Log Scaler for Crown Zellerback
and MacMillan Bloedel. He finished his career
as an Instructor of the Log Scaling course at
Malaspina College. He was a voracious reader
and his knowledge arid memory were amazing. Lorne's long retirement saw him travelling across Canada in the Van, golfing (on the
run) and the infamous fishing trips with the
"Perry boys" on his boat, and plenty of socializing at the Lantzville Legion that he was a
member of for 50 years.
A celebration of Loran's life was held at the
Lantzville Legion Branch 257 January 18.
WRIGHT, Lila Pearl
It is with sadness that the family of Lila Wright
announces her passing on December 27 2008
in her 95th year. She was predeceased by her
husband Verne in 1989. She leaves to mourn
her four children: Ken (Rosie) Lantzville, Bob
(Debby) Grand Lake NS, Joan Wilson (Peter)
Duncan, and Don (Betty; Nanaimo, ten grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Lila was
born in Esterhazy Saskatchewan, and grew up
in Regina where she met her husband Verne,
and where the were married in 1939. Lila and
Verne spent most of their married life in Kentville, NS, where Lila owned and managed a
clothing store. In 1974, Lila and Verne moved
to Vancouver Island to retire in Lantzville. Lila
was always active in the community and in
politics. She was the first female president of
the Retail Merchant Association. She enjoyed
sports such a curling and golf, especially Ladies Bonspiels. She was also an avid bridge
player, and played in several bridge clubs.
She loved life and always had a smile and
a positive attitude even in later years when
she was confined to a wheelchair. Her zest for
life and her cheerful outlook endeared her to
her family and friends. She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and
friend. There will be no service by request but
a celebration of Lila's life will be held for family at a later date. If you desire, a donation
may be made to Lila's favourite charity, "The
Nanaimo Foodbank".
The family wishes to thank the staff Nanaimo
Seniors Village for their loving care over the
past three years.
Animal, Vegetable, and Mineral
these are the things I get to see
and identify almost every year
in on and around the beaches of
South eastern Vancouver island,
from Nanoose bay to Sooke. See
how many you can find, or some
others that I missed. This is by no means a list
of what is on the beaches of island, just what
I come across on the beaches. This list will be
updated in future issues of the Log. Sorry in
advance of any mistakes you will find, Latin
can be tough.
Upper cretaceous bituminious, Nanaimo coal
Star porphyvolcanic, Texada island flower rocks
Quercus garryana, Garry oak
Pseudotsuga menziesii, Douglas fir
Thuja plicata, Western red cedar
Tsuga heterophylla, Western hemlock
Abies grandis, Grand fir
Pinus contorta, Shore pine
Picea sitchensis, Sitka spruce
Pinus monticola, Western white pine
Arbutus menziesii, Arbutus tree
Acer macrophylium, Broadleaf maple
Alnus rubra, Red alder
Populus balsamifera ssp. trichocarpa, Black cottonwood
Betula papyrifera, White birch
Amelanchier species, Saskatoon berry
Opuntia fragilis, Prickly pear cactus
Nereocystis luetkeana, Bull kelp
Ulva, Sea lettuce
Fucus furcatus, Common rockweed
Cystoseria, Sargass weed
Zostera marina, Eel-grass
Phyllospadix, “False” Eel grass
Megaptera novaengliae, Humpback whale
Eschrichtius robustus, Grey whale
Orcinus rectipinna, Killer whale
Phocaena vomerina, Harbour porpose
Eumetopias jubatus, Stellar sea lion
Zalophus californianus, California sea lion
Mirounga angustirostris, Elephant seal
Phoco vitulina, Harbour seal
Ursus americanus, Black bear
Puma concolor, Cougar
Lutra canadensis, River otter
Mustela vision, Mink
Procyon lotor, Racoon
Ardea herodias, Great blue heron
Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Bald eagle
Pandion haliaetus, Osprey
Cahartes aura, Turkey vulture
Corvus corax, Raven
Corvidae caurinus , Northwestern crow
Cyanocitta stelleri, Stellar Jay
Gavia pacifica, Pacific loon
Aechmophorus occidentalis, Western grebe
Phalacrocorax auritus, Double crested cormorants
Phalacrocorax penicillatus, Brandt cormorant
Phalacrocorax pelagic, Pelagic cormorant
Branta bemicla nigricans, Black cormorant
Branta canadenis minima, Canada goose
Anas platyrhynchos, Mallard duck
-Bradley Wolvergreen Thomas
Haematopus bachmani, Black oyster catcher
Aphriza virgata, Surfbird
Calidris bairdii, Baird’s sandpiper
Larus agetatus, Herring gull
Larus Philadelphia, Bonaparte gull
Uria aalge, Murre
Megaceryle alcyon, Belted kingfisher
Oncorhynchus gorbuscha, Pink salmon
Oncorhynchus keta, Chum salmon
Oncorhynchus kisutch, Coho salmon
Oncorhynchus nerka, Sockeye salmon
Oncorhynchus tshawytscha, Chinook salmon
Cyanea capillata Eschscholz, Sea blubber jellyfish
Scyliorinidae dalatiidae, Spiny dogfish
Sebastes caurinus, Copper rockfish
Brachyistius frenatus, Kelp perch
Rhacochilus vacca, Pile perch
Cymatogaster aggregate Gibbons, Shiner sea perch
Clupea pallasii Valenciennes, Pacific herring
Sardinops sagax, Pacific sardine
Hypomesus pretiosus, Surf smelt
Rhamphocottus richardsonius, Grunt fish
Anoplarcus, Crested blenny
Oligocottus maculosus, Tidepool sculpin
Mytilus edulis Linnaeus, Blue mussels
Cassostrea gigas, Pacific oyster
Panope abrupt, Geoduck
Schizothaerus capax, Horse clam
Tapes philippinarum, manila clam
Saxidomus giganteus, butter clam
Protothaca staminea, Littleneck clam
Clinocardium nuttalli, Cockle
Thais lamellosus, Dog whelk
Acmaea instabilis, Unstable limpet
Tagula funebralis, Black top shell
Littorina sitkana Philippi, Sitka littorine
Polinices lewisii Gould, Lewis moon-snail
Katharina tunicate, Leather chiton
Bankia setacea, Toredo worm
Bottom creatures
Parastichopus californianu, Giant sea cucumber
Cucumaria, Orange sea cucumber
Stongylocentrotus franciscanus, Red sea urchin
Stongylocentrotus droebachiensis, Green sea urchin
Echinarachnius exentricus, Sand dollar
Pisaster ochraceus, Purple starfish
Dermasterias, Leather starfish
Asteroids ophiuroids, Brittle starfish
Pychopodias helianthoides, Sun starfish
Anthopleura elegantissima, Sea anemone
Cancer productus, Red rock crab
Hemigrapsus nudus, Purple shore crab
Pugettia, Northern kelp crab
Cancer magister, Dungeness crab
Neotrypaea spp., Ghost shrimp
Ligia, Rock louse
Orchestia, Sand Hopper
Nereis vexillosa, Pile worm
Eudistylia vancouveri, Plume worm
Balanus gradual, Acorn barnacle
Octopus dofleini, Northern pacific octopus
Feel free to point out any mistakes, in order
that they might be corrected. See you at the
beach, it is there all year long.
It was Valentine’s day and Jim and Danielle’s first date. They sat in the darkened cinema waiting for the film to start. The screen finally lit
up with a flashy advertisement for the cinema’s concession stand. Jim and Danielle realised that there was no sound. The film began but the
silence continued.
Suddenly, out of the darkness, an irritated voice in the crowd loudly shouted’, Okay, who’s got the remote control?’
The Log Serving Lantzville and Area February, 2009 Page 7
LIFESTYLE - Emmanuel Lint
Make TFSA transfers without
the pain of tax gain
By now, you probably know a lot about
the Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) that
came on line on January 2nd. And you may
be wondering if it’s a good idea to transfer
some of your existing non-registered assets into a TFSA to avoid future taxation
on the investment income.
Here’s your answer: Yes it is a good strategy – as
long as you are aware of the tax implications.
First let’s review the benefits of a TFSA:
·It allows you to use your savings to invest in
eligible investment vehicles and the capital gains
and other investment income earned in your TFSA
will not be taxed.
·‘Eligible’ investments are generally the same
as those allowed in an RRSP – mutual funds, publicly-traded securities, government bonds, GICs,
and segregated funds.
·TFSA contributions are not deductible from income for tax purposes.
·But investment income, including capital gains,
earned in the TFSA will not be taxed, even when
·TFSA funds can be withdrawn at any time for
any purpose.
·Withdrawn amounts can be put back into a
TFSA without reducing contribution room.
·Unused TFSA contribution room can be carried
forward to future years.
Now let’s look at how to make tax-advantaged
·In most cases, you will be ‘selling’ an existing
investment and re-investing the money in your
·If you’re selling a GIC-type investment, no problem – you’re moving from
an investment with fully taxable income
into a tax-free investment vehicle.
However, if you are selling non-registered investments that produce capital
gains or losses, factor in the tax consequences:
·If your non-registered investment is in a ‘gain’
position, making an ‘in-kind’ transfer directly into
your TFSA will trigger a ‘disposition’ and you’ll
pay tax in the year of the transfer on 50% of the
·If that investment is in a ‘loss’ position and you
make an ‘in-kind’ disposition into your TFSA, you
will lose the loss because the CRA will deem it to
be ‘nil’.
·But … as long as you transfer the investment
into another investment inside the TFSA you will
trigger the loss and be able to use it against ‘gains’
made in the past three years, this year, or in the
future. If you wish the TFSA to hold the original investment, you must wait at least 30 days
before the TFSA purchases this investment to be
able to use the loss.
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meters away, their eyes look like dots.
As you climb higher you can see farther. The
irony is that the farther away things are the less
clearly you can see them. I don’t mean the interference caused by clouds or fog, or fuzziness
from heat waves. I mean the laws of parallax
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I am not sure why I enjoy this so much. In some
cases I have climbed mountains in the Kootenays
to see what I could see from the top. It would be
glib to say that the reason I do this is to “see what
is on the other side”. As anyone who has done
this can tell you, you just see more mountains!
But to really see the view you have to climb high.
The higher, the better. There is something special
about being up there and looking around.
There is an allegory that asks: What is
the difference between an expert and
a generalist? An expert is a person
who learns more and more about less
and less until he knows everything about nothing. A generalist learns less and less about more
and more until he knows nothing about everything. I suppose you could argue that a person
who climbs hills to look at the view is a generalist, but then we really don’t want to be labeled.
So what we do is carry a pair of binoculars or
a spotting scope so we can get a closer view
of everything. A really light compact binocular
like an 8 x 25 is easy to carry, and does a good
job. But it may be worthwhile to carry a heavy
pair, such as a 10 x 50, because it provides a
closer and wider view. I find spotting scopes to
be handy for looking at small objects such as in
watching birds or other wildlife, but they have
a narrow view and tend to lose light as you use
higher magnifications. When you use such optics, you become an expert! ’
By saying “the view”, I mean looking out over a
long distance. Not looking at “lesser views” like
looking out my front window, or gazing down the
marsh. No, I want to look a long way, like over
the ocean or over the mountains.
At half a mile a person looks like a fencepost, and you can’t see any detail at
all. From the top of Siwash Ridge you
can see cars on the highway, but the
BC Ferries out beyond the lighthouse
are merely white dots.
I’ve always had a fascination for “looking at the view.” Generally this means
climbing the hill behind us. The view
is quite good from the open bluffs uphill of Galloway Marsh, and is one I
really enjoy showing visiting guests.
From the bluffs you can look north
and northeast over Georgia Strait
and you can clearly see the Winchelsea Islands, the mountains and forests on the mainland, and even the
houses near Sechelt. Not to forget looking down
at my own property! But the really good view is
the one from the top of Siwash Ridge, where you
can look 360 degrees around. You can see everything that you can see from the lower bluffs. Plus
you can see Mt Benson, Mt Arrowsmith and even
water and islands south of Nanaimo.
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