Flashback: Fatal accident, no playground please, “thrown gauntlet”
Welcome to Flashback Lake. Journalist Sarah Simpson has combed through old newspapers with the help of Kaatza Station Museum and Archives so we can jog your memory, give you that nostalgic feeling, or just a chuckle, as we let’s take a look at what was making headlines this week. Cowichan Lake in years past.
This week around the Lake Cowichan region…
10 years ago
A motorcyclist, the pedestrian he collided with, and his dog, were killed on the Youbou highway this week ten years ago.
The August 8, 2012 edition of Cowichan Lake GazetteThe first page of carried the story.
“A local woman walking her dog was struck by a motorcycle heading east towards Duncan on the Youbou Highway at the Neva Road intersection on Saturday evening August 4 at approximately 8:40 p.m. Small crowds of worried neighbors gathered on both sides of Youbou. Highway as Lake Cowichan RCMP, Fire Department and BC Ambulance responded to the scene. The paramedics tried to resuscitate the driver of the motorcycle, a man, and his passenger, a woman. Both were taken to Cowichan District Hospital. According to Cons. Preston, the man died en route to hospital. The female was detained overnight, but released the following morning. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. A man believed to be related to the deceased woman was at the scene trying to figure out the reality of the situation. Several friends arrived to offer him some comfort and support. The dog succumbed to his injuries.
In the same newspaper, “Co-op Could Bring Extra Funds to School District” was a nice headline to read.
“One of the avenues explored at the moment is a partnership with BC Transit. At one of the final board meetings of the nine trustees who were recently fired by the province, the board passed a motion to investigate such a partnership, which would see the storage and maintenance of approximately 25 BC Transit buses at school district facilities on Beverly St. in Duncan, with possible use of satellite locations at Stanley Gordon Elementary in Lake Cowichan and Frances Kelsey in Cobble Hill.
25 years ago
The Wednesday, August 13, 1997, edition of The Lake News also contained news about the school. It wasn’t as promising.
“Possible job loss for teaching assistants” was the headline and it was not good news.
“Teaching assistants in September will feel a slump, with possible job loss or reduced hours due to a mix-up of contracts with Duncan caused by the merger, while full-time teachers still have a year to go. feel a crisis or before being knocked down by someone with more seniority.
“According to Derek Carroll, first vice-president of CUPE #79 in Cowichan Valley, there may be teacher assistants who will lose their jobs in September, and at the very least there will be a reduction in hours. The way the system has always worked is that teaching assistants were chosen based on seniority and qualifications. Prior to the merger, the seniority list for Lake Cowichan was not very long. However, with the merger, all Lake Cowichan TAs will be merged with Duncan. This gives a very long seniority list and due to the mix, the teaching assistants will not know if they will have a job until at least August 11, when there will be an assignment meeting.
Talk about limbo!
Reports that “residents don’t want playgrounds” also made headlines.
“Some residents of Youbou are upset. According to resident Tom Bjur, the Regional Manager, Jack Waite has already decided to install playground equipment at Arbutus Park. Bjur, who lives near the park, worries not only about taxpayers’ money spent on equipment, but also about safety. Bjur thinks it would be “ridiculous” to install a playground, that the children would be left unattended at the water’s edge and that once the rains start there is a whole stream running alongside the park.
“’No one I’ve met wants it,’ Bjur said. A petition is circulating to “leave Arbutus Park as a family, play, swim, picnic area with lawns as they are now – green and beautiful”.
40 years ago
Here is a strange deadline from the pages of the Lake News on August 11, 1982: “Clogging of sewer lines ‘tolerable'”.
“The unfortunate event that a building was erected directly over the sewer line may cause fewer problems for the Village of Lake Cowichan than originally anticipated. An engineer investigated the sewer line, which runs through the property owned by Ted Johnson on Hillside Road. Engineer John Motherwell said in a recent letter to council for the Village of Lake Cowichan that the sewer line is deeply buried and should not be affected by the building. He suggested that the village obtain a right of way for both the existing sewer line and a future one that would bypass the building.
Oh. Not at all the story I thought I was going to read. Let’s move on !
And finally: “Court challenge gauntlet thrown” was a title on the cover of the same edition.
“A group of dissident Honeymoon Bay residents – angry at the sale of WFI land to a group of Victorian developers – want to fight the deal all the way to court if necessary. A letter, which is signed by several residents of the subdivision that has just been sold to TAL Developments Inc., asks the Cowichan Valley Regional District to intervene in a last ditch attempt to get a better deal.
“Under an agreement between TAL and the Honeymoon Bay Residents Association, most properties would sell for an average of $16,500, with WFI stepping in with $1,500 to reduce the average price to $14,000, a goal sought by the residents.