News in brief: fly fishing, Furstenau speaks in Chemainus, Census info coming

Children get unique chance to learn how to fish on May 7

  • Apr. 29, 2016 11:00 a.m.

Children get unique chance to learn how to fish on May 7

On Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., children can learn to fish, with a little help from the Cowichan Fly Fishers Association of Duncan and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.

Bring the kids out to the 10th annual Kids Learn to Fish Day and introduce them to sport fishing.

It’s all happening at Chemainus Lake Park, Kids Learn to Fish Day is a free event providing a variety of activities that introduce children and their families to the sport of fishing and environmental awareness.  Some of these include fun educational booths and activities that were developed by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC and the Cowichan Fly Fishers Association.

The children also have the opportunity to catch and keep a fish, generously supplied by the Trout Hatchery in Duncan.

To complete the days’ experience each child is given a free lunch and a participation prize.

Organizers say that in the last few years families have brought about 250 children, aged from three to 15, for the event, rain or shine, and everyone has had a good time.


Chemainus residents group hosts Furstenau as speaker

Sonia Furstenau will be the guest speaker at the AGM of the Chemainus Residents Association on May 10.

Furstenau, the director for Shawnigan Lake in the Cowichan Valley Regional District, will discuss the ongoing saga about

the dumping of contaminated soil in the community’s watershed.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Chemainus Senior Centre. Doors open at 6 p.m.

For information, contact Bernie Jones at


Information for coming 2016 census sent through the mail

The 2016 census is almost here, with collection beginning in May across Canada.

In early May, Canadians will be receiving their census letter in the mail with instructions on how to complete their questionnaire online.

A toll-free number will also be included for respondents who would prefer to request a paper questionnaire.

Census information is important for communities across Canada and is used in planning services such as child care, schooling, public transportation, housing, skills training for employment, and police and fire services.

Census data is also used in making decisions for communities, provinces and territories, and the country as a whole.

More information on the 2016 census can be found on the website at