June 25 Special Notice

SPECIAL NOTICE

As per Bylaw 469 Property late penalties will not occur until October 1st, 2020

Home Owners Grants will still have to be applied

for by July 2, 2020.

Norm Kirschner Acting Mayor

Bylaw 469 June 2020

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DEVELOPMENT OF A PEST MANAGEMENT PLAN

Applicant: Western Forest Products Inc., Mid Island Forest Operation,

8010 Island Highway, Campbell River, V9W 5E1, PO Box 6000

Primary Contact: Taisa L. Brown, RPF at tlbrown@westernforest.com or 250-287-5063

A draft Pest Management Plan has been prepared by the applicant for the purpose of vegetation management, using the principles of Integrated Pest Management. The plan applies to harvested areas within Mid Island’s Tree Farm License 39 Block 2. The proposed duration is from August 15, 2020 to August 14, 2025.

The closest community to the plan area is Sayward, which is protected within the herbicide exclusion zone (HEZ).  The HEZ (9380 hectares) was developed in 2015 with input from Sayward and Campbell River residents and captures water intakes, the community watershed, the Salmon Brewster horse trail, and other areas of public sensitivity.  Only non-chemical treatments will be conducted in this zone, except to treat invasive species. 

The herbicides and application methods proposed for use under this plan include:

Triclopyr- Garlon XRT, Garlon RTU, Release, Release MSO

Glyphosate-VP480, VisionMax, Vision

Triclopyr application methods may include basal bark or cut stump.

Glyphosate application methods may include ground foliar spray or cut stump.

Non-chemical methods include manual girdling, mechanical cutting, manual cutting, stem bending, and pulling.

Given Covid-19, the draft PMP, maps, and background information will be available online at www.miflag.org

A person wishing to contribute information about a proposed treatment site, relevant to the development of the Pest Management Plan, may send copies of the information to the applicant at the address/email above within 30 days of the publication of this notice.

WFP MIFO PMP Advertisement

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SAYWARD CLEAN-UP DAYS 2020

Household waste that is too large for regular curbside collection & recyclables that normally need to be taken to Campbell River can be discarded on Sayward Clean-Up Days:

Main Road Yard, 797 Island Highway, Sayward
Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

July 18 & 19, 2020
October 17 & 18, 2020

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2020 Water Restrictions Stage 1

Village of Sayward

2020 Watering Restrictions

The Village of Sayward is implementing watering restrictions. Authority to restrict water usage is set out in Water Regulation Bylaw No. 391. The following water restrictions are effective from June 15, 2020 to September 30, 2020;

1.Watering is only permitted between the following hours on your designated day:
•6 AM to 10 AM; and
•6 PM to 10 PM

2.Even Numbered Homes, Apartment and Condo Buildings, Mobile Homes, etc.
Residences with address numbers ending in an even number (e.g. 110 Dyer Dr.),watering is allowed on even days of the month (June 24, 26, 28, 30, etc.).

3.Odd Numbered Homes, Apartment and Condo Buildings, Mobile Homes, etc.
Residences with address numbers ending in an odd number (e.g. 111 Dyer Dr.),watering is allowed on odd days of the month (June 23, 25, 27, 29 etc.).

These restrictions are intended to ensure that ALL residents receive an adequate supply of water throughout the summer months and that sufficient reserve supplies are available should they be required for emergency fire fighting purposes.

PLEASE NOTE: Parking lot, driveway, and car washing is only permitted between 6 AM to 10 AM and 6 PM to 10 PM on your designated watering days.

Your cooperation is appreciated. Should you have any questions please call:

Mavis Alkenbrack
DFO/DAO Acting CO
(250)282-5512

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New Acting Mayor Appointed June 9, 2020

Village of Sayward

PUBLIC NOTICE

At the June 9, 2020 council meeting Norm Kirschner has now been appointed to Acting Mayor until such time as an election can be held.

Any questions or concern please contact the village office or the Elected Officials.

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Village of Sayward Emergency Preparedness Committee Update April 21, 2020

Village of Sayward

Emergency Preparedness Committee

Dear Residents of Sayward,

The Sayward Emergency Preparedness Committee has met via tele-conference on Sunday nights at 6:00pm, to discuss and coordinate a unified approach to dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Our group is comprised of the following departments of The Village of Sayward and The Sayward Valley: SRD EOC, Sayward EPC, ESS, Public Works, Fire Department, RCMP, BC Ambulance Service and the Sayward Primary Healthcare Clinic.

The Sayward Emergency Preparedness Committee has agreed to meet via tele-conference on a weekly basis as current information is rapid and evolving. In addition, we are in constant e-mail communication as a group to share and disseminate direction and information for the benefit of all our Village and Valley residents.

The purpose of this article is to provide you with local information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic from the Sayward Emergency Planning Committee.

RCMP

The detachment is closed to the public, until further notice. All front counter services including but not limited to; Civilian Fingerprinting Services, Criminal Record or Police Information Checks and found property will not be conducted until further notice.

These changes are being taken as a preventative measure and do not affect 9-1-1 service or calls to out to the non-emergency police line 250-282-5522 (listen to the prompts). Both of these services continue to be offered as per usual.

For the protection of the RCMP members, you may see that they will be responding to your calls for service donning Personal Protective Equipment, which consist of glasses/goggles, 3M mask with filters and gloves. B.C RCMP Website:

http://bc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/

Fire Department

Within the Village of Sayward municipal boundaries open burning of garden waste and other materials is not permitted at any time of the year. A small campfire solely for the purpose of cooking or keeping warm is allowed, but please be respectful of your neighbours and keep smoke to a minimum. If you reside in the Valley your area is governed by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources which has now restricted open burning in areas under its jurisdiction.

If the Fire Dept. does have to attend to a call at your property, please ensure you keep at least 2 metres away from any firefighter and give them plenty of extra room to work.

Useful information and best practices for safe burning is also available on our website:

https://saywardfire.com

BC Ambulance

We will respond to 911 calls in the event of medical emergency with full Personal Protective Equipment. However, if you are having any of the listed COVID-19 symptoms, please utilize other resources unless you are having trouble breathing. Be aware that you will be asked several screening questions prior to an ambulance coming to your home.

In some cases, response may be delayed, or alternatives to ambulance care may be presented. Please do NOT come to the ambulance station as we are closed to the public.

Village Public Works

The Village of Sayward has an adequate supply of water treatment chemicals. We also have arranged alternate water treatment staff in place if our works department suffers an illness or must self-isolate.

In conjunction with the EPC and the Sayward Emergency Preparedness Committee, we have decided to close the Playground, Campground and Outdoor Fitness Area until further notice to protect the public from accidental exposure.

We have also taken proactive steps to safeguard our public works staff by limiting our exposure to each other in our workplace environment.

https://www.sayward.ca/

Health Clinic

Some prescription refills can be filled by pharmacists without you seeing your primary care provider. This is only for some routine medications that you are on. All other prescriptions must be filled by your primary care provider. The clinic is doing many of these appointments with patients over the telephone during this time. You can call the clinic and book a telephone appointment to speak to the nurse practitioner or physician.

We have re-arranged the clinic to promote social distancing. Please be mindful when coming into the clinic to keep 2 meters away from other members of the public. If you are sick with any respiratory symptoms, please call the clinic and arrange an appointment time. Do not just come in. We will book you in when it is not busy, to avoid potential contact with other people.

Lab days are still every Monday morning from 9-1130. We ask that you only come in for labs if it is urgent, INR testing, all cancer patients receiving treatment, therapeutic mediation levels (eg epilepsy medication or digoxin) or your provider has asked you to come in at this time. The laboratories in the hospital are very busy at this time, so we would like to help reduce this by not doing your routine screening at this time. If you have any questions, please call the clinic.

Clinic website:

http://saywardclinic.com/

Resources

Provincial Hotlines that the Public Can Call:

1-888-COVID19

Service providers at this hotline will help answer non-medical questions about travel, social distancing, and what kind of support, resources and assistance is available from provincial and federal governments. The hotline will be open from 7:30am-8:00pm. People with health related issues should still call 811

811

Is a free-of-charge provincial health information and advice phone line available in BC. This number is operated by HealthLink BC. You can speak to a health service navigator, who can help you find health information and service; or connect you directly with a registered nurse, registered dietitian, or qualified exercise professional or pharmacist.

BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool https://covid19.thrive.health

This tool, developed with the BC Ministry of Health, will help determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else if they are unable to.

Emergency Program Coordinator

In the event that this Pandemic has had a negative effect on your family and/or household budget, both Government and Corporate Industry have put in place programs to aid and assist folks in this time of crisis.

Below is a list of government and private programs that you or your family can take advantage of;

Government of Canada

  1. The Federal Government has proposed legislation to establish the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). This taxable benefit would provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/introduces-canada-emergency-response-benefit-to-help-workers-and-businesses.html

  2. Effective March 30, 2020, all Provincial and federal student loan borrowers will temporarily have their repayments suspended, without interest, until September 30, 2020. https://www.csnpe-nslsc.canada.ca/en/home

BC Government

  1. The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) is establishing an Emergency Relief Support Fund for children and youth with special needs and their families. The fund will provide a direct payment of $225 per month to eligible families over the next three months (to June 30, 2020). https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020CFD0043-000650

  2. The BC Government instituted an emergency payment program called the, “BC Emergency Benefit for Workers”. This program will provide up to $1000 in emergency funding. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/covid-19-financial-supports#BCEBW

  3. A ban on evictions for non-payment of rent in BC Housing-funded buildings. https://www.bchousing.org/publications/Covid-19-Bulletin-for-Housing-Providers-Eviction-and-Rent-Adjustment-Notification-March-18th-2020.pdf

ICBC

  1. ICBC insurance transactions available by phone during COVID-19 outbreak

  2. ICBC instituted a 90 day deferral program for those who cannot afford to pay for their vehicle insurance currently on the monthly payment plan. https://www.icbc.com/about-icbc/contact-us/Pages/covid-19.aspx

BC HYDRO

  1. No Disconnections for Non-Payment

  2. Flexible Payment and Billing Terms

  3. Can apply for $600 under the newly created “Customer Crisis Fund” for anyone with an overdue balance owing. https://app.bchydro.com/accounts-billing/bill-payment/ways-to-pay/customer-crisis-fund.html

Financial Corporations

  1. Canada’s Big 6 Banks and some Credit Unions will allow deferral of mortgage payments during Covid-19 Pandemic. https://www.westerninvestor.com/news/finance/canada-s-big-banks-credit-union-announce-mortgage-payment-deferrals-1.24100964

  2. Shaw has a multitude of programs to offer. https://www.shaw.ca/covid-19

  3. Telus has a multitude of programs to offer. https://www.telus.com/en/about/covid-19-updates#FAQCOVID

  4. Telus is offering Babylon Health as a Free mobile phone app on their network. https://www.telus.com/en/bc/health/personal/babylon?INTCMP=VAN_babylon

Fuel Providers

Columbia Fuels: https://columbiafuels.com/contact/covid-19

  1. Offer increased payment flexibility.

  2. Waive all NSF fees.

  3. Waive interest charges on all overdue accounts.

  4. Suspend third party collection-related activities on home heating accounts.

Superior Propane:

  1. No Financial Incentives offered at this current time.

Fortis BC

  1. Fortis is ensuring no client is disconnected for non-payment in addition to flexible payment terms.

If you cannot access these programs or need help completing any of these forms, please either contact the Village Office or the EPC directly and we will find a method to assist you.

epc@saywardvalley.ca

Media Contact:

Wes Cragg

Councillor, Emergency Program Coordinator

Tel: 250-282-5512 (Office) 250-201-0604 (Cell) epc@saywardvalley.ca

Shaun Koopman VA7MTJ

Protective Services Coordinator

Tel: 250.830.6702

Toll free: 1.877.830.2990

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Update from: William (Bill) Ives, Councillor, Village of Sayward

Mayors Update April 20, 2020

The pandemic we are facing has demanded there be a significant shift in our operations within the village.  That being said, all is operating as it should. All facilities except those that are considered essential have either been closed or access limited. The bills are being paid and the finances are safeguarded.

In the background there is work being done to upgrade our WEB site.  Bylaws have been blocked while they are being reviewed. This review will see the bylaws broken into two categories (operating procedures for Council and general bylaws), this split should ease or reduce the search time needed when looking for information. It will also serve as an opportunity to list those bylaws that are in need of an update. No Bylaws will be amended or deleted in this review. I expect that they will be accessible on line within the next two weeks.

The COVID-19 pandemic has generated some new limits to what we “can” and “can not” do.   We are working with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing as we move towards the appointment of an Acting Mayor and call a Municipal election. We will not be holding Council meetings with the general public until the pandemic is over. Government has passed legislation that permits this. Its not that there are secrets that Council wants to withhold from the general public. It is a matter of cost, time and social distancing.

This should not be of a major concern, as Council will not be making any major decisions until after an election has been held.

The Budget will go before Council on the 21st of April for fourth reading and I have every intention of recommending it be approved with one condition. I would like the budget to be returned to council after the election of a new Mayor so that we can claw back some funds to be put aside for future projects. The mindset of allocating and spending 100% of the tax dollars collected without setting aside for future requirements, needs to cease immediately. This form of budgeting will only increase your property taxes at a great rate of speed.

I have attempted to respond to questions and comments on the “Around Sayward” site and for reasons beyond my control, the information keeps being deleted. In the future, I will place information/responses on the Village WEB site.

I have attached the latest update from the SRD  wrt COVID-19 for your review.

Director Bulletin Apr 21
Directors Bulletin April 15

Thank you to everyone who is respecting the “Social Distancing”

Keep Safe

William (Bill) Ives
Councillor
Village of Sayward

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CERB expands: new support for rural frontline workers

This morning the Prime Minister announced an expansion of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) that directly responds to FCM’s advocacy for our rural members.

Retroactive to March 15, the CERB’s eligibility rules will expand in order to:

  • Allow people to earn up to $1,000 per month while collecting the CERB.
  • Extend the CERB to seasonal workers who have exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to undertake their regular seasonal work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Extend the CERB to workers who have recently exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to find a job or return to work because of COVID-19.

FCM has welcomed the CERB as a lifeline for millions of Canadians in our communities. It provides up to $2,000 every four weeks for those who’ve lost jobs or cannot work due to COVID-19—whether they’re sick, quarantined, or caring for dependents at home.

We also heard you tell us that the CERB needs to support more people—including those earning small amounts as they support our rural communities through this pandemic. Volunteer firefighters protecting our communities when we need them the most. Rural leaders who’ve lost their primary jobs but soldier on, as volunteer or part-time municipal councillors, to keep essential service running and residents safe.

We brought that message straight to the federal government—and today’s news shows our message was heard. It’s also fresh motivation to continue working full-on to keep Canada’s pandemic response grounded in the local realities of all our communities.

Bill Karsten
FCM President

Ray Orb
Chair, FCM Rural Forum

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Comox Strathcona Waste Management Update Posted April 9, 2020

Garbage Day [Image © icholakov - Fotolia.com]

In an effort to keep Comox Strathcona Waste Management service area participants informed of current service levels and mitigation measures associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the following update is provided.

 

Easter Hours

  • Hornby will be open regular hours for residential Easter Friday to Sunday 9 am – 1 pm
  • Denman will be closed Easter Friday.
  • Cortes will be open regular hours as well this long weekend Thursday- Sunday 9 am -1 pm
  • CVWMC and CRWMC will be open for April Stat holidays
  • Heriot Bay Tru-Value Bottle Depot – Closed Easter Friday
  • The Tahsis landfill will be open regular hours Saturday April 11, 10 am- 3:30 pm
  • Zeballos Landfill is closed to the public
  • Zeballos Recycling depot will be closed on the Stats
  • Sayward facility will be closed both Easter Friday and Monday

 

Communication to Public

ALL SITES:

  • Emphasis with the public is that they should put off bringing in recycling and garbage unless they need to
  • Updates to CSWM website and phone tree happening regularly
  • Asking customers to maintain separation distance between themselves and staff (adjusted parking to enforce social distancing)
  • Staff are cleaning POS machines regularly

 

Changes in hours or service levels at any of our sites:

Sayward

  • Postponing the April 18th & 19th Sayward clean up days.

  • We will still hold three events in 2020, the event in July will proceed at this time.

  • The Sayward Recycling Depot is open.

Hornby

  • Will continue to accept household waste only, asking patrons to keep a running total of how many bags they drop and square up at a later date.
  • Recycling is for Recycle BC materials only and self-serve outside the building.
  • No other EPR materials will be accepted this week (paint, electronic things, batteries, HHW)
  • Construction waste will only be accepted from account holders.
  • Free store closed.

Denman

  • Soft re-opening scheduled. Changed hours, reduced customers allowed in the depot.
  • Starting Wednesday April 8 open 2-7 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and Saturdays 9 am – 5 pm
  • Denman recycling depot was closed March 20 in response to Puntledge Bottle Depot (their hauler) closing.
  • Free store closed.

Cortes

  • Recycling depot will re-open to residential customers on April 16 accepting all categories of Recycle BC materials in mega bags outside the building.
  • He has advised the public to try and keep it to household garbage only.
  • They have been taking construction and metal but advising the public to hold on to it and restrict use to MSW only.
  • Free store closed.

 

Gold River

  • The Transfer Station is no longer taking cash or debit payments.
  • Customers now have to provide their addresses and will be billed by the Village Office

 

Comox

  • No cash will be accepted – payment by credit or debit card only
  • Expect delays – there is a six vehicle limit at the residential drop-off area to comply with physical distancing requirements
  • Only two vehicles will have access to the recycling depot at any one time
  • Opening times may be delayed to permit the disinfection of all equipment

 

Campbell River

  • No cash will be accepted – payment by credit or debit card only
  • There will be limited drop off stalls to comply with physical distancing requirements
  • Only two vehicles will have access to the recycling depot at any one time
  • Opening times may be delayed to permit of all equipment

 

Zeballos

  • Landfill is closed to the public
  • Depot is open

 

Tahsis

  • Landfill is open. No change
  • Depot is open. No change

 

Changes in service levels to any pick-up services, garbage, recycling or yard waste

Royston Service Area

  • None

CSWM Unstaffed Recycling Depots

  • Watching for need for increased pickups due to bottle depot closures

Commercial Service or Private Subscribers

  • None

 

Changes in Service at Alternative Recycling Facilities

Puntledge – Courtenay Return-It Depot

  • Closed as of March 20, no end date

Anderton – Comox Return Centre

  • Closed as of March 18

Campbell River – Island Return-It

  • Closed until further notice.

Quadra Island – Heriot Bay Tru-Value Bottle Depot

  • OPEN- Tue-Sat: 9:00AM-5:30PM; Closed Sun, Mon
  • Closed Easter Friday

London Drugs Locations

  • All customer recycling services are suspended until further notice at all BC locations.

BC Liquor Stores

  • Effective March 19th, 2020, BC Liquor Stores will be temporarily suspending the return of empty drink containers.

 

Third Party Service Providers

  • Central Island Distributors (CID) has returned to regular service.
  • B&D Containers – normal operations
  • Emterra – greatest risk to business operations is service and parts for mobile equipment and MRFs, as well as the ability to move material to market. No changes locally at this time.
  • Illegal Dumping Contractor – Not actively cleaning up at this time, will take information and act at a later date

 

Regards,

 

Marc Rutten, P. Eng.

General Manager of Engineering Services Branch

Comox Valley Regional District

Tel: 250-334-6080

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Open Burning Prohibitions in the Region Starting April 16

SRD NEWS RELEASE

 

April 8, 2020 – Open Burning Prohibitions in the Region implemented by Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources – Starting April 16

 

Campbell River, BC – With the pleasant spring weather upon us, the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) is reminding everyone about open burning prohibitions to reduce demands on firefighting resources, help protect the health and safety of the public, help reduce the impact of wildfire smoke on air quality and public health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Effective next Thursday, April 16 at noon, most open burning activities will be prohibited throughout British Columbia to reduce the likelihood of human-caused wildfires, although campfires will still be allowed.

 

The following activities will be prohibited, and restrictions remain in effect until public is otherwise notified: 

  • Category 2 open fires – a fire, excluding a campfire, that burns piled material no larger than two metres high and three metres wide, or grass over an area less than 0.2 hectares (2000 square metres) in size;
  • Category 3 open fires – a fire that burns material in piles larger than two metres high and three metres wide, windrows, or grass over an larger than 0.2 hectares (2000 square metres) in size.
  • Resource Management open fires;
  • The use of fireworks;
  • The use of sky lanterns; and
  • The use of burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description (except when used for a campfire).

 

These prohibitions apply to all public and private land within British Columbia, unless specified otherwise (e.g., in a local government bylaw).

 

For the Strathcona Regional District’s Electoral Areas, this prohibition directly applies to:

  • North Quadra Island (outside of the Improvement District) and the remainder of Electoral Area C (Quadra & Discovery Islands)
  • All of Electoral Area D (Oyster Bay / Buttle Lake)
  • All of Electoral Area B (Cortes Island)
  • All of Electoral Area A (Sayward Valley)

 

The areas mentioned above all fall under the jurisdiction of the BC Wildfire Act with the exception of the southern potion of Electoral Area D which falls under the jurisdiction of the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) through the Black Creek / Oyster Bay Fire Protection area. The CVRD will be following this burning ban.

 

A zoomable map of the fire protection areas is available online at www.srd.ca/fire-protection-map.

For more information about the different categories of open burning, please visit : www.gov.bc.ca/openfireregs and a map of the affected areas is listed online at http://ow.ly/8uct30qvSv2.

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation remains dynamic in British Columbia and elsewhere around the world. The BC Wildfire Service continues to prepare for the 2020 wildfire seasons and is adapting in response to changing conditions.

Typically, human-caused fires are more common in the spring due to field and debris burning.  By enacting an earlier provincewide burning prohibition, the BC Wildfire Service anticipates a reduction in human-caused wildfires. This will minimize the need to deploy staff, which will help to reduce their risk of exposure to COVID-19.

The BC Wildfire Service in-person services and reception areas are temporarily closed and can be reached in the following ways:

    • Report a wildfire: 1 800 663-5555 or *5555 on a cell
    • Fire information line: 1 888 336-7378
    • Burn registration line: 1 888 797-1717
    • Social Media – Twitter: @BCGovFireInfo  |  Facebook: BC Wildfire Service
    • Phone: Coastal Fire Centre (Parksville): 250 951-4209

 

The Strathcona Regional District will continue to follow the advice of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Provincial Health Officer. Visit www.srd.ca/COVID-19 to stay informed about changes to SRD services and facilities, helpful links to COVID-19 health information, community resources and more.

 

The Strathcona Regional District is a partnership of four electoral areas and five municipalities providing services to approximately 49,000 residents.

 

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Media contact:
Shaun Koopman, SRD Protective Services Coordinator
250-830-6702 | skoopman@srd.ca

 

 

  Elaine Popove,
Communications Coordinator

990 Cedar Street, Campbell River, BC V9W 7Z8

T: 250.830.6724 or 1.877.830.2990  |  E: epopove@srd.ca

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