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Dateline Cowichan: Job watchers pleased with Cowichan stats
Back when residents kept an eye on valley unemployment through regular Leader reports, a Cowichan Winter Employment Committee participated in the push to provide jobs throughout the year.
At its last meeting of 1960, it heard from R. S. Robinson, manager of Duncan U.I.C. and employment office that 146 additional local jobs had been provided through a federal incentive to keep up employment in the off-season. Winter unemployment, Robinson said, was at its lowest since 1955: his office claimload of workers at the end of February of 813 men and 234 women was far less than the January numbers.
Local 1-80, I.W.A. president George Smythe warned some jobs would not require replacement in the logging industry because automation was making itself felt, and new equipment was constantly appearing. For example, the steel spar, considered a comparatively new acquisition, looked as if it would make way for a new plastic spar on the market.
Led by committee chairman Rev. W. E. Greenhalgh, discussion followed on the need for a joint committee of employment service with teachers and parents aimed at encouraging students not to drop out of school before qualifying to take vocational or apprenticeship courses.
Local winners of a C.N.I.B. essay contest who received prizes donated by local C.N.I.B. chairman Hector Stone were Victor Erickson and Sharon Hayes, Cowichan High School; and Robin Thomas, Chemainus Junior-Senior High School.
Completing 20 years’ service on the board of directors of King’s Daughters’ Hospital, E. W. Lee said he looked forward to the new district hospital. He first joined the board as city representative when mayor of Duncan in 1940.
Fire of unknown origin destroyed the farmhouse of Genoa Bay Farm, home to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lines. W. Alfred Bazett, chief of the Maple Bay fire department estimated the loss of the two-storey frame building and contents at about $30,000.