Page 1

See our Green edition


Publications Mail Agreement No. 391275

46th Year No. 16 THURS., APRIL 19, 2012



SPORTS Page 15-16

PAGE 17 Keeping our streets clean at 82-yearsold.

Newsstand $1.25 + HST CLASSIFIEDS Page 21-23

Read the news today. Oh boy, the North Island Gazette’s first ever, all good news edition! DEALER #7983

9045 Granville Street

250-949-7442 Come see us today at EJ Klassen GM or check us out online at NEWS:




financing O.A.C.


SUBSCRIPTIONS: 250-949-6225







Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Facebook page that’s starting it all

Build it and ...

Gwen Alsop For the Gazette “Does Port McNeill have a Farmers’ Market?” That simple question placed on a Facebook site started a lengthy discussion, garnered plenty of advice and drew more than 88 comments. Amber Kennedy, a new resident to Port McNeill who posed the question on the Facebook site, Port McNeill/ Buy/Sell/Swap, said she was surprised at the flurry of replies she received. “I was amazed at the initial response to my post,” she said. “With that kind of interest I was surprised that there was not a market already in this area.” Realizing such a market could be a successful community event, Kennedy, Sally Peart and Gwen Alsop met last week at Mugz Coffee and Tea House. The trio enthusiastically accepted an offer from Port McNeill Coun. Gaby Wickstrom to join the fledgling group. “I was involved with the chamber a few years back with a core group that started the Seaside Market it was quite successful for the first few years but really needed a larger group to organize it.” Wickstrom said. “When I saw the interest on Facebook I wanted to become involved so that I could be a liaison for the town and relay information.” Peart travelled over on the ferry from Malcolm Island to take part in the meeting.

c a p s u l e

“After seeing so many comments regarding the starting of a Farmer’s Market in Port McNeill, I knew I had to have my say,” she said. “I wanted to share information with food vendors about the health regulations.” The Sointulian said she was responsible for Sointula’s Farmers’ Market for the past three years. “It was great in the beginning,” said Peart, who noted the eventual lack of vendors as the reason it didn’t succeed. The group resolved to do some market research and test the viability of proceeding further. A Facebook page was initiated to gauge the interest level of North Island residents and to seek information to see if enough vendors are interested. And, the most important question: Would North Island shoppers support the event? If garnering 215 Facebook members by Monday morning is any indication, the response is a resounding yes. “I really hope that enough people can get together to make this happen,” said Kennedy. “I think a market to showcase local goods would be great as there seems to be a lot of talent here, but without more volunteers to get this off the ground it can’t happen.” Interested individuals are asked to contact the organizers at or on the Facebook site, Port McNeill Farmers Market.

Shelter from the cold


Joanne Lacasse, president of the Port McNeill Rotary Club, and Rebecca Olesen, PUBLIC CONSULTATION president of the Port Hardy Rotary, pose COUNCIL INVITES YOU TO ATTEND beside a bus shack at Byng Road and Fort A 2012 BUDGET MEETING Rupert Road made possible by both clubs. The shack sees plenty of use, mostly 6:00 - 6:30 PM by school kids and was funded, in part, TUESDAY APRIL 24, 2012 through the annual Rotary auction. Council Chambers- Municipal Hall

c o m m e n t s

Diabetes is one disease which is important for the patient to understand fully. Having one-on-one instruction from a diabetes educator is an important part of reaching this goal. It has been shown that those diabetics who understand their diabetes will manage it better. People that smoke marijuana in their youth appear to be more at risk of pyschoses and schizophrenia later in life. Two thousand young people that smoked marijuana at least 5 times were found to be 5 times more likely to develop psychosis during the next ten years. Food for thought. The idea that all herbal supplements are safe because they are natural is not always true. We always recommend you tell your doctor and pharmacist what herbals you take on a regular basis because there are some herbs than can interact with some drugs like warfarin (used as an anti-clotting agent for some heart problems).

Mike D’Amour

PORT HARDY MAP During the month of April $1 from each Jamieson, webber naturals or biomedic vitamin, herbal or supplement will be donated to the ALS Society of BC

Still only $


up to 5 line listing

25,000 printed & distributed to BC Ferries, Tourist Info Centres & businesses

Deadline April 19, 2012

Let visitors know who & where you are!

Call Lisa at 250-949-6225 or email

Herbs like dong quai, garlic, ginkgo, ginseng and St. John’s wort are examples. Alcohol and a good night’s sleep are not compatible. If you aren’t sleeping well, look at your alcohol intake. Older women seem to be more affected with poor sleeps after alcohol than men. Try without for a while and see if your sleep improves. Take charge of your own health and your family’s health. Let our pharmacists be part of your health team.

w w w . p e o p l e s d r u g m a r t . c o m *œÀÌÊ>À`ÞʇÊ/…Õ˜`iÀLˆÀ`Ê>ÊUÊÓx䇙{™‡™xÓÓ *œÀÌÊV iˆÊ‡Ê ÀœÕ}…Ìœ˜Ê*>â>ÊUÊÓx䇙xȇΣÓÈ

Earn Peoples Reward points

Did you know?




Many tourists collect maps as keepsakes of their travels.

Thursday, April 19, 2012 3

Longtime Port Alice resident Bill Feader has purchased the Port Alice Shopping mall and his plans for improvements will make the seaside town more attractive than ever. Shirley Scott

Plaza has new owner, changes in the works Shhh, bid quietly

Lou Lepine of the 101 Squadron at the Thunderbird Mall with just some of the items up for bids. submitted

Shirley Scott For the Gazette

PORT ALICE—Local resident Bill Feader is now the proud owner of the Port Alice Shopping Plaza. After living in Port Alice the past three decades, Feader said his passion, sense of community and belief in the future has led to taking on the responsibility of the plaza and all it entails. “I see a future for Port Alice, with long term stability, and future family security,” Feader said. “It was also an economical decision, as it is much cheaper to own rather than continue to rent,” said the owner of the popular F.P. Foods. The purchase takes in the post office building, the Scotia Bank building, the liquor store, the minimall and F.P. Foods Grocery store, along with 4.7 acres in surrounding lands. And Feader said he’s not just sitting on what he has, there are future plans for the plaza. There are plans for a 24-room motel which will benefit the town with visitors, contractors, and

others, bringing in revenue to the restaurants and stores, he said. “There is a definite need for more rooms here and it’s an extremely viable plan,” said Feader. “I also wants to meet the needs of the community by opening the doors of empty stores to local and satellite business owners.” Feader also has plans for the grocery store that include: power-saving lighting, updating all equipment, constructing a themed interior and a lunch kiosk with seating for two dozen. The previous owners — Baywood Ventures out of Vancouver — gave Feader the first option to buy when he became owner/manager of F.P. Foods more than 30 years ago. “After renting for 31 years, the property came up for sale and I made an offer that was accepted in January,” Feader said. “I would like to help make this community into a viable family oriented place to live and grow,” he said. “I firmly believe in it’s future success and will do anything I can to help this happen.”


Gazette staff The 101 Squadron is looking for a little help so they can help others. “We do the memorials to fallen each year and that costs money,” said Russ Hellberg, the vice president of the 101. “Along with the cairns, we also raise money for air cadets and the family assistance program for the fellows who were in Vietnam,” he said. The 101 also offers a pair of a $200 scholarships for both high schools. “We used to have a chip wagon to raise money, but it had structural problems and we had to get rid of it last year, so we had to come up with something else for a fundraiser,” said Hellberg. Knowing it would take about $12,000 to $15,000 to replace the

REDUCED PRICE! Mom’s are Special!

7189 Highland Drive

Promote your Mother’s Day special.

4 bdrms, 2 baths, workshop, RV parking. 435 Coal Harbour Rd

Port Hardy

chip wagon, the former airmen came up with a silent auction as a way to raise the much needed funds. That takes place April 28 in the Thunderbird Mall, across from the lotto booth. Folks can see the items Thursdays between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and Saturdays between noon and 2 p.m. Items can also be viewed from the comfort of one’s home, simply by logging in to www.101NIsquadron. org. “You can go in and see the items and make a bid,” said Hellberg. “So far we’ve had very good support from the merchants and the people, but we’re still looking for more donations to help us raise the $2,500 we need.” Call Hellberg at 250-902-1234 if you can help.


Merrilee Tognela cell: 250-230-5220 1-800-779-4966

8335 Camelot Rd



6185 Hunt St

6240 Hunt St



338 Harbour Rd


278 Cedar St


Call Lisa today 250-949-6225


Thursday, April 19, 2012

VIHA expands Mt. Waddington team by two nurses The Vancouver Island Health Authority is expanding its Mt. Waddington health care team with the addition of two new nurse practitioners for Port Hardy. The two new positions are posted on the VIHA website and will be in addition to the two nurse practitioners already providing primary health care services in the community. “These new nurse practitioner positions in Port Hardy are a part of VIHA’s ongoing commitment to work with the Mt. Waddington Local Working Group (LWG) to develop a community-led plan to strengthen and stabilize health services in Mt. Waddington,” said Howard Waldner, VIHA president and CEO. “These positions were developed in close collaboration with the LWG and with physicians practicing in the community,” he said. “The contribution of nurse practitioners to the local health care team will improve access to and delivery of primary health care services in the community.” Patients will be able to access the services of the nurse practitioners at both Port Hardy medical clinics and in community outreach settings including the Salvation Army, Sacred Wolf, Youth Clinic and Family Place.

“These new positions are welcome additions to our health care team in Mt. Waddington,” said Alison Mitchell, Senior Manager for the region. “The addition of these two nurse practitioners will not only improve access to primary health care services but will also allow for expanded hours for residents to access primary health care services in the community.” Nurse practitioners are integral members of the health care team. The role of a nurse practitioner is to provide primary care working in close collaboration with a family physician. They can diagnose illness and disease, write prescriptions for medication and refer patients to physicians or specialists. Nurse practitioners complete a Masters Degree in Nursing and have advanced clinical skills to manage medical conditions. VIHA anticipates the two nurse practitioner positions will be filled in the near future. To view the postings visit: For more information on the Mt. Waddington health region and the Local Working Group visit the VIHA Going greener and greener website at the following link: http:// Port McNeill Mayor Gerry Furney examines a plaque dedicating the new greenbelt along Campbell and Broughton Boulevard. The plantings were funded by BC Hydro’s Community Tree Planting nity/mt_waddington.htm Program and installed by Hyde Creek horticulturist Sonya Strang. J.R. Rardon

District of Port Hardy

Colouring Contest Ages: 3-5 years 1st: $25 2nd: $10 3rd: Family Swim Pass

Name: ______________________________________________________________ Age: ________________________________________________________________ Contact info: _________________________________________________________

grades: K-3 1st: $25 2nd: $10 3rd: Family Swim Pass Turn in completed forms to the District of Port Hardy or to the North Island Gazette.

Thursday, April 19, 2012 5

New column to help North Island gardeners Ground Effects Heather Brown


few years back a fellow gardener approached me regarding illustrating a gardening column he was writing with an aim to creating a series to be included in the local paper. He thought maybe I could read some of his notes and come up with drawings to illustrate them. This friend, some of you may remember him, Bill Shepherd,

had been taming and expanding the area around his house on some acreage backing onto the Nimpkish River. He and wife Marilyn waged their green offensive over many years and were just starting to attain the potential the warm valley bottom promised. I read over the articles he’d started and drew up a few images to go along with them. When we had about four completed, we started to plan the presentation to the publisher at the North Island Gazette. That’s as far as we got because Bill passed away suddenly. I was hesitant to car-

rying on with the project. It takes a concerted effort to birth an idea and carry it through to the production stage and Bill was the concerted effort guy. It’s been a few years now and I was looking at what we started and thought we should do something with this. I talked to Marilyn, approached a few avid gardeners about the idea, and cornered my daughter, Sonya, to see what they thought of continuing on with this thing. I’ve gardened all my life. My mother used to say I could grow roses just by planting up the dirt under my finger nails.

Next week we will start the series and the first couple will be from Bill’s notes. After that I will endeavor to answer questions in following articles. I will also include in each column, timely tips for North Island gardeners. Time Tested Tips: • I have always kept notes on when the last frost of spring was and when the first frost happened in the fall. This helps in getting the veggie garden laid out, deciding on when to put out pre-started seedlings, when you should cover fall veggies to extend the season, etc. • If you don’t have

the patience to wait for the compost to heat up and start composting, add a handful of fertilizer over the top layer, work it in a bit, water and start layering over that. This quickens the decomposition a bit and gets the pile cooking. On the North Island during rainy spells, — or long dry spells, hey, it could happen — place a large plastic bag over the compost heap. Moisture is good but heavy rains will leach away the nutrients and long dry spells will

stop the process. I leave a slight depression in the top of the pile where I can add water if necessary — this too can happen — and it’s a natural spot to add the next round of kitchen compost material, washed egg shell, carrot greens, coffee grounds and tea bags. Keep away from anything that will attract vermin, unless your idea of turning over the compost is having a raccoon searching for the fish head you put in there. I have had a double



School fun fair needs donations April 27 is just around the corner and organizers of Eagle View School’s annual Fun Fair is gearing up to be the best ever. “The funds raised go into the PAC which helps pay for the breakfast club program, helps pay for field trips, and the big thing is the playground,� said Leigh Deans. “We’ve been fund raising for the past couple of years for a new playground, which is happening soon,� she said. “They should be starting any-

time to take out the old playground to make way for the new one which will be completely installed by May.� This year’s fun fair boasts a Wii room, food, face-painting, a crafts table and a bean bag toss. “You know,� said Deans, “fun fair games. “We have our main money maker called the Instant Win, loaded with tons of prizes.� There is no admission fee, but everything — including food — takes tickets to purchase. “The tickets cost 50 cents

each, but you get extra tickets in the $10 and $20 books,� said Deans. Having said that, the school could use more donated goods to use as prizes, she said. “We are looking pretty good for donations, but we’re not quite there yet,� said Deans. Folks who’d care to contribute can drop donations off at the school or they can drop items off with Deans at Scotiabank. The Fun Fair takes place at Eagle View School, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Kubota’s RTV400Ci Utility Vehicle

0% for 48 mo. OAC = $385/mo

A Kubota Toy Pedal Tractor AND an RTV400Ci

FREE DRAW Total prize value exceeds $9,000

Kubota’s BX25TLB All Purpose Sub Compact Tractor, Loader, Backhoe




Island Tractor & Supply 250-746-1755

Lace up for someone you love

compost box going in the back yard since 1997, and the only things I saw bothering it were large earthworms, a rough sided newt, and crows, if I don’t get the top layer covered with leaves or soil within one anda-quarter minutes of taking the kitchen clippings out. Mary Brown is a seasoned gardener and lives on the North Island. Send your gardening questions to: heathermarybrown@

North Island Tractor 250-334-0801

READY OR NOT‌HERE WE COME! Our annual Subscription Drive starts this week & we will be knocking on your door! There are many prizes to be won by simply signing up for home delivery: helicopter ride for 4, grocery store gift cards, massages, rounds of golf, dinners for 2 & much more!

Sunday May 13, 2012

You can save over 40% ($21.55) a year & have the paper delivered right to your door.

Port McNeill North Island Secondary Check In: 9:00 am Start: 10 am Register now to end MS | 1.877.339.0819

If we haven’t knocked on your door yet & you’re interested in signing up, please call Julie at the Gazette ofďŹ ce today. 250-949-6225

Save over 40%!

Prizes to be WON!



Thursday, April 19, 2012

COMMENTARY Comments? Box 458, Port Hardy, B.C. V0N 2P0 250-949-6225 Fax 250-949-7655 or email us at

All is well

Well, we did it. You’ve asked for it and we managed to put together an entire paper filled with nothing but good news stories from around the North Island. From big stories, to smaller items, everything is positive. And we mean everything — from the photos and stories about our terrific North Island youth who continue to amaze scholastically and in basic citizenship, to the other end of the age spectrum where you’ll meet an amazing 82-year-old who also takes incredible pride in his community. We have stories on new nurses coming, new seniors’ housing, as well as a pair of fantastic, brandspankin’ new columnists: one who will help develop and nuture a green thumb, the other who promises to help you hit longer and farther in the world’s most frustrating pastime. You know the one, it’s where we chase the little white ball around. We were a little worried if we could pull it off because, obviously, something terrible or not so terrible — just bad — could have happened. But it didn’t — we didn’t even have to worry this week about reporting a sports event where teams lost. And, we even had leftover stories, ones we just couldn’t squeeze in anywhere. Even the fellow to the right of this column took a break from his usual NDP bashing. All in all this was a fun issue to put together. Let us know what you think.

We Asked You Question:

Would extending the Prince Rupert ferry run to Tsawwassen benefit the North Island?

Yes 59%

No 41% Total votes received for this question: 36 Voting deadline is Monday at 3 p.m.

Congrats to our editorial cartoonist, Larry Woodall, who’s work placed second at the B.C. Yukon Community Newspaper Association awards last weekend.

We get to give ourselves a little pat on the back as well; the North Island Gazette took silver at the same awards ceremony, for general excellence in its class.

Environmentalism for dummies David Suzuki resigned as a director of his namesake foundation so it won’t be the target of federal government “attacks.” This news is conveyed to me in a Globe and Mail report that is typically tilted in deference to “Canada’s most famous environmentalist.” The usual assumptions are woven in: Suzuki is a saint. In recent years, the David Suzuki Foundation’s campaign focus has been noticeably in step with the large U.S. foundations that fund most of B.C.’s enviro-scare industry: salmon farming and now the Alberta “tar sands” in all its exaggerated horror. Suzuki’s personal activities aren’t easily distinguished from those of his foundation, as was illustrated with his recent CBC documentary that demonized the tar sands. Diseased fish were displayed, but natural contamination of the Athabasca River was glossed over. Aboriginal objections were highlighted,

B.C. Views Tom Fletcher


while support and economic benefits were overlooked. This news comes as I finish reading Patrick Moore’s book, Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout. In 1986, Moore split with Greenpeace and worked to set up a family chinook salmon farm. He said Greenpeace opposed aquaculture because it destroys tropical mangrove swamps. This approach was seen in an earlier 1980s campaign against chlorine in pulp mills. Greenpeace protests against dioxins and the herbicide 2,4,5-T were

The North Island Gazette is published Thursdays at Port Hardy, B.C. by Black Press Ltd. Canadian Publications Mail Agreement #391275. We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

if your concrete is locally sourced, but no points for using wood instead. That’s because the long campaign by major environmental groups has devolved to “logging is bad.” Here’s the latest example. Greenpeace, ForestEthics and the Sierra Club were bankrolled by U.S. foundations to negotiate with the B.C. government, aboriginal people and forest companies for the 2006 “Great Bear Rainforest” agreement on the B.C. coast. Economic opportunity was delicately balanced against preservation, and First Nations gained new control of forests. Now the big enviros have begun campaigning against their own deal. As much as 50 per cent could still be logged, they say. It seems this particular green peace is bad for their business. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and

eventually dumbed down to opposing the use of chlorine in all industries, including production of PVC plastic. Pulp mills developed a way to eliminate trace dioxins from their production, but that didn’t matter once Greenpeace had a global campaign going. They still used chlorine, so they’re bad. Speaking of chlorine, PCBs are polychlorinated biphenyls, a persistent background toxin. Tests found levels three to five times higher in some wild salmon compared to farmed. But the wild salmon results were ignored in a 2004 study, used by Suzuki to depict farmed salmon as poisonous. His foundation’s salmon farm campaign quietly disappeared down the memory hole after its PCB claims were debunked. Moore highlighted another bit of greenwashing in a visit to Victoria last year. The vaunted “LEED” certification for green building standards gives you points A member of

This North Island Gazette is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province's newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to

PUBLISHER . . . . . . . . . . . . EDITOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . REPORTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . SALES REPRESENTATIVE .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

. Sandy Grenier Mike D’Amour . . . . JR Rardon . Lisa Harrison

OFFICE MANAGER . . . . . . PRODUCTION MANAGER CIRCULATION . . . . . . . . . . STAFF REPORTER . . . . . . . OFFICE 250-949-6225

. . . .

. . . .

Canadian Media Circulation Audit

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

. . Sandy Grenier . Marlene Parkin . . Julie Meredith Desiree Conway


Thursday, April 19, 2012 7


Pay attention and learn from the byelection he was responsible for bringing it to us and for making it all happen. And speaking of scoring cheap points: He is proudly claiming to be a born again socialist and that he has always supported the NDP and its policies and positions. Excuse me! Cheap, cheap, cheap. Come to think of it, Joe Trasolini sounds a lot like the kind of candidate the NDP would want to align with. And I think I can say with great confidence that Joe Trasolini’s “experience” is a problem not a solution. We all need to take a long, hard, close look at the NDP and the kind of people they are endorsing and putting forward as candidates. In the case of Joe Trasolini they’ve endorsed a flip flopper who is out for himself rather than the people of this province – a tax and spend politician of the worst kind. Justina Harris Coquitlam, B.C.

Dear editor: Even though a provincial by-election may not be happening in your city or town right now, I think everyone should be paying attention to the byelections that are happening. We can learn a lot about the various political parties based on what they do in these other communities. For example, given the fact ex-Port Moody mayor Joe Trasolini was one of the worst offenders among the Lower Mainland’s tax-and-spend mayors, it’s kind of shocking he and the NDP would be claiming his “experience” best qualifies him to represent the people of Port Moody and Coquitlam in Victoria. As mayor, Trasolini treated Anmore and Belcarra (villages that he was responsible for as mayor) like second class citizens, unfairly charging these communities access fees for their water — the most basic human right in a free and

prosperous society! And exactly what jobs did Joe Trasolini create in Port Moody during his decade in the mayor’s office? And please don’t say the construction of condo towers. The workers who built those towers were, for the most part, not residents of Port Moody or Coquitlam. Maybe he was really just looking to enlarge his pool of tax-paying homeowners who could then pay his ridiculously high property taxes so he could hire more bureaucrats down at City Hall. Was that your jobs plan, Joe? And did Joe Trasolini even create one new job through the company he owns; a company that does something even though nobody really knows precisely what? Joe Trasolini also fought the Evergreen Line. Fair enough. But now that the project is a go, and because he thinks it will score him some points, he’s shamefully claiming that

Coalition tradition

Billing still done by hand

Dear editor: Federal Conservatives and conservatively-oriented federal Liberals have a long and very successful tradition of coalition governing here in B.C. This coalition approach built our province and made it what it was. And B.C. has always proven to be an economic winner under this coalition approach, even during the global economic turmoil seen in recent years. Why, then, would anyone want to abandon such a successful coalition model by voting for

the coalition-busting B.C. Conservative party led by John Cummins who, by the way, voted NDP in the last provincial election? It should be obvious anyone who votes for John Cummins and his fauxconservative party risks plunging the provincial economy into last place again under an NDP government. Let’s respect free enterprise solutions by voting for the only viable free enterprise solution, the BC Liberals. Alex McAulay Chilliwack, B.C.

Cummins kidding? Dear editor: It’s truly shameful that John Cummins and his BC Conservative party are trying to fool the public into believing they are the same party as Stephen Harper’s Federal Conservatives. They are not! In fact, their leader, John Cummins, voted NDP in the last provincial election. Chuck Strahl, Stockwell Day, Preston Manning, and other true conservatives have made it clear that they do not support Mr. Cummins or his divisive provincial party in any way. True conservatives like Chuck Strahl and Stockwell Day understand the impor-

tance of maintaining a strong pro-business, fiscally conservative, pro-jobs political coalition here in BC, one that will keep BC’s middle class healthy and strong. So please don’t be fooled by a name. Voting BC Conservative is not the same as voting for Stephen Harper’s federal Conservatives. Voting for the BC Conservatives is basically the same as voting NDP. The only genuinely conservative, free enterprise vote in BC is a vote for the free enterprise BC Liberal coalition we already have. Massimo Mandarino Vancouver, B.C.

Letters to the editor

Dear editor: Anyone who claims their hydro bill jumped drastically once a smart meter was installed needs to consider the following fact: BC Hydro smart meters are still being read manually for billing purposes. Manual meter reading will continue until the entire smart meter network and backend computer systems are in place later this year. Yes, installed smart meters are transmitting data, but that data is not yet being used for billing purposes. And, yes, one of the one million installed smart meters was found to be not working correctly. On the scale of one million units, that should not be a surprise. And once the entire smart grid system is up and running,

a defective meter or system component would be detected instantly. So if people are looking for an answer to a sudden, drastic increase in their hydro bill they should really be looking to human error rather than to technology change as the cause. So far, all but one instance has, in fact, boiled down to human error. However, no one should ever hesitate to contact BC Hydro if they believe there is a problem with their billing. BC Hydro replies to all enquiries and refunds customers if a mistake is found — just as one would expect from our public utility. David Field, Co-spokesperson B.C. Citizens for Green Energy Burnaby, B.C.

What's best about NI life? WE ASKED YOU Having a secure sense of community, where people come together and are always there for one another. Linda Burton Port Alice

The awesome beauty you see everywhere you look. As you hike, fish or hunt, the scenery is always breathtaking and the people are so very nice in the close knit communities. Shane Karaim Port Alice

The outdoors, the friendly people you wave to everywhere when walking around town and at community events. Dana Rufus Port Hardy

The extreme beauty around us, everywhere we look and the relaxed lifestyle. Damaris Sadler Port McNeill

The goal is to publish every letter, so keep them brief, clear and to the point. Be hard on the problem, not the person; skip quotes except where readily confirmable; accept editing for length and legality. Include full name and home community (plus phone number to confirm authorship). Mail, fax, email or drop off c/o the editor by 4:00 pm Friday.


North Island

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Hot Spots

MEETINGS & ONGOING EVENTS • Port Hardy Museum closed April 6-9. Regular hours 10:00 am to noon, 1:00 to 5:00 pm Tuesday to Saturday.. • Quatsino Museum & Archives is open Friday to Sunday from 1:00pm-2:00pm. Open daily July & August. FMI quatsino. • The German Edelweiss Cultural Club meets Thurs. at 7pm in PH Inn Pub. FMI 250-230-1376. • Lions Bingo every Thurs. @ Civic Centre. Doors open at 5:30pm. • Every other Tuesday: Footcare clinic at Hardy Bay Seniors 9-5pm. FMI 1-888-334-8531. • Eagle View PAC mtgs are first Wednesdays of every month at 7pm. • Third Sunday of every month: Hamburger and hotdog sale from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at Hardy Bay Senior's Centre, 9150 Granville St. • Drop-in basketball at PHSS every Tuesday from 5pm-7pm and Thursdays from 7pm-9pm. • April 26: NI Amateur Radio Society AGM at Mine Rd. Lower level of Municipal Hall PM. Radio license not required. Everyone welcome.

Locally Distributed

Kevin McIntyre 8665 Hastings, Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0

April 19 Fort Rupert Elementary PAC is hosting a Fabulous Family (Family Dance Event) in the school gym from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 20-22 West Coast Amusements Carnival. Thunderbird Mall.

New! Spray Tan



#3B-311 Hemlock St. (Above Subway) Port McNeill


products available

COACHLINE LTD. Schedule your bus charter today

2˜zpšamV˜¥Fmš’˜˜ “Charter in Comfort” (* 1,)) $˜!¨˜az’ 2˜azpš—F¨˜!m’OF’ 2˜F¦˜^£ššdF’

Serving Vancouver Island North


250-949-0193 or 250-334-1666

Triport I.T. Services


Networking & Computer Service Serving Port Hardy, Port Alice & Port McNeill

Certified Technician


¯ 1 & 2 Bedroom Kitchen Units on the River

¯ Rooms with Fridge, Cable TV & Wireless Internet 1891-19th Ave Campbell River

¯ Only Minutes from Downtown

¯ Check Website Specials


April 28 Float Camp Life exhibit opening at Port Hardy Museum 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Refreshments.

CUSTOM CABINETS Let us create beautiful, custommade cabinetry for every room in your home. Choose your style, color and the perfect finishing touches. Our quality products and service are guaranteed.

THE CABINET SHOP 250-956-4659

423 Pioneer Hill, Port McNeill

250-949-7414 CELL: 250-902-9110

NORTH ISLAND Serving Vancouver Island Contact our Port McNeill design consultant Anna Goldsbury 250-902-1114

April 28 101 Squadron Silent Auction at the Thunderbird Mall across from the Lotto Booth 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Previewing and bidding Thursdays 1-3 p.m. and Saturdays noon-2 p.m. Proceeds go to 101 Sqn. Cairn projects, scholarships and North Island RCAF history projects.


Call for details

Free in-home consultations

April 27 Eagle View Fun Fair. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Eagle View Elementary.


Home or Office Service Available

Lyle Howard

April 20 Port Alice Elder College, North Island College presents Human Security and Climate Change. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. $5.60 registration fee. Larry Pepper Room.


for 64 years. Richard Maris All your building needs… Commercial & Residential Cell: 1-888-444-5563





Check our new website: 5935 Steel Road (TACAN Site) Call Jim: 250-949-1283s&AX  

LOSE INCHES IN AS LITTLE AS 45 MINUTES Amazing, detoxifying body wrap will tighten & firm your trouble spots.

Savannah Chambers 250-949-7371 Ideas are worthless unless executed. We all need to help to create industry/work. Do you love to build; work with wood? Letters to Physicians of the world. My own therapy each morning, but read, there may be something that interests you. (re: “Hundertschaften”, 100 people know each other for security)

Wilhelm Waldstein

Thursday, April 19, 2012 9

Fade with Black: pro will improve your game Class A professional card in 2001 and worked as an assistant pro at three Edmonton courses before moving to the North Island to take over Seven Hills. And oh yeah, his handicap is 1. He has some advice as we head into the season. “The first thing I advise after a winter of not playing is definitely stretch, ideally a little bit each day,” said Black. “It’s not easy just coming back in,” he said. “You’re trying to swing a club at 100-mph and I know (golf) isn’t an athletic sport, but that’s a pretty powerful move and I’m sure every golfer has felt it when they haven’t played for a while and they play 18 holes, well, you feel it the next day.” Black’s not advising anything crazy, just “basic stuff, touching your toes, going for a walk, that kind of thing,” he said. “I’d really want to focus on the hips and the core because that’s where a lot of action is going on.” Black advises doing a little some-

thing every day, exercises such as side stretches. And stretching your forearms to prevent tennis elbow. “That’s something many golfers get,” Black said. “It’s the left elbow for a righthanded player because it’s that lead arm taking all that impact.” Look for Black’s regular column to start next month. In the meantime, the Gazette has double-green fees pass to give away. Just be the first to go to the North Golf pro Kevin Black demonstrates a few simple stretching Island Gazette’s Facebook page and exercises golfers should do, especially before starting a answer this question: Who is the round. Mike D’Amour only Canadian — and one of only two lefties —to win the Masters? The Seven Hills Golf and Country Club annual gener- Bring in this coupon & get al meeting: Sunday, April 22. Twenty-five bucks covers golf at 11 a.m., lunch and meeting to follow. A free one-year membership will be drawn at the end of the confab. Call 250-9499818 to register.

NIC launches wellness program North Island College is taking education to the slopes this September, with a new Exercise and Wellness certificate, dedicated to understanding and improving your own health and the health of others through active living. Learn to sail, kayak, stand-up paddle board, and go Nordic skiing over eight months as you explore your fitness and prepare for a career as a personal trainer, group fitness leader, wellness consultant or fitness coach. Complete one year here, earn a certificate, and guarantee your spot at Camosun College’s two year Exercise and Wellness diploma, or, transfer into education, recreation, and health-related programs at Vancouver Island University and beyond. On graduation, students can also challenge the BC Recreation and Parks Association theory exam, part of the credentials needed to become a fitness leader. The program makes the most of the Comox Valley’s ocean and

mountain playgrounds, the nearby Comox Valley Aquatic Centre, and NIC classrooms. It combines first-year university transfer classes in English, biology, and physiology with lifetime sports activities allowing you to gain fitness knowledge while you earn transfer credit toward healthrelated degrees. Instructor and program coordinator Kelly Mackenzie-Rife, is an avid cross country, stand-up paddle boarder, runner, hiker and cyclist who once raced competitively on road and track cycling circuits. With a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology, MackenzieRife has nine years teaching experience in the University of Alberta’s Physical Education and Recreation department. She currently works as an exercise physiologist with Courtenay’s Joint Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Centre and has a wide range of fitness experience ranging from clinical work on chil-

Huckleberry House Children’s Centre is now offering quality childcare for children ages 3-5 in our new 2nd Daycare Program. Hours of operation: 7am-5:30pm Monday to Friday For inquires please call


dren’s obesity with the Stollery Children’s Hospital, seven years as a Global Television fitness consultant in Edmonton, and rehabilitation work with the Department of National Defence at 19 Wing Comox. “I’m excited to return to the classroom where my clinical experiences will augment my teaching, and give students a real-world understanding of how they can apply their skills,” said MackenzieRife. The program is modeled on Camosun’s two-year diploma program of the same name. NIC students take the same courses and get the same educational experiences in their first year of study as Camosun students, without having to pay Victoria-area rent and living expenses. The program starts September 2012. Seating is limited; apply early to confirm your spot. For more information or to register contact NIC student services at 1-800-715-0914.




selected marine accessories Expires April 30, 2012


250-949-8022 1-888-839-8022

CTVNewsAnchorTamaraTaggart withdaughtersZo‘andPoppyandsonBeckett

Photo Credit: Mika Inokoshi Photography

Mike D’Amour Gazette staff If you’re a golfer looking to hit the ball longer and straighter ... geez, scrap that. Every golfer is looking for ways to hit the ball longer and straighter and if you’re someone who enjoys time on the links, boy do we have good news for you. Our very own golf pro, Kevin Black of Seven Hills Golf and Country Club, will be a featured columnist over the course of the coming months and he has just one goal in mind: to help North Island golfers improve their games. The 31-year-old, who’s entering his second season on the local course, comes with a wealth of information and experience. He grew up in the Alberta hinterlands of Edmonton and played on the Canadian Tour — finishing in the top 20 — the Nationwide Tour and various places around the U.S. and has won more than 20 other professional events. He received his PGA of Canada


ALL CONTRACTORS The PH Seniors’ Housing Complex requires the replacement of the patio doors and windows in their 12 units. Quote to include the cost of replacing all windows/doors, labour, taxes and removal of old windows. For more information and to visit the site please contact Jo-Anne Beek @ 250-949-6435. Deadline for bid: May 4, 2012.

April 15 to Mother’s Day, May 13 all MarketPlace IGA & IGA stores will donate



from the sale of each Bunches of Love bouquet to the BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre Foundation. MEDIA SPONSORS:

Each week there will be a different floral bouquet available to purchase in support of BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre Foundation.


Brian Jeffrey, of BC Hydro Power Pioneers, and wife Mirjam show off the table of books they donated to School District 85 to SD85 superintendent Scott Benwell last Thursday at the Civic Centre. J.R. Rardon

Buy the books J.R. Rardon Gazette staff PORT HARDY—On their next visit to their school libraries, North Island students will find some new selections on the shelves, thanks to a donation by the BC Hydro Power Pioneers. Brian Jeffrey and his wife, Mirjam, presented School District 85 Superintendent Scott Benwell with dozens of brand-new children’s and young-adult books during last week’s Regional Science Fair at the Civic Centre. Jeffrey is a member of the Power Pioneers, made up of retired BC Hydro employees who buy and gather donations of new books to distribute to schools, literacy advocacy groups and other service organizations. “We really support the idea of, today’s readers — tomorrow’s leaders,” said Jeffrey, a member of the Nanaimo/

North Island chapter of the Pioneers. It is one of two chapters on Vancouver Island and one of more than a dozen province-wide. The organization has set a goal of donating 10,000 new books across B.C., and in five years of activities is closing in on that target. “We should hit 10,000 by next year,” Jeffrey said. Last week’s donation to SD85 is the first by the group to the local school district. It came on the Jeffreys’ second consecutive trip north to serve as judges at the Regional Science Fair. “That’s just fantastic,” said Benwell. “I appreciate your lobbying on behalf of our district.” He can thank in part the Jeffreys’ friendship with Sunset Elementary School secretary Patricia McKinnon, with whom the couple spent Easter weekend following the science fair.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Project manager Dave Nelson of the Port McNeill Rotary Club speaks to a crowd gathered for the dedication of six new senior housing units in Port McNeill. J.R. Rardon

Senior’s housing a village effort Gazette staff PORT McNEILL—It’s been said it takes a village to raise a child. North Island service organizations and businesses show the principal works just as well for housing the village’s seniors. With a snip of the scissors, Joanne Lacasse of Port McNeill Rotary and Bill Velie of the Port McNeill Senior Housing Society cut the ribbon and officially dedicated six new housing units in a luncheon ceremony for supporters and guests last Wednesday. The units, placed next to six existing homes on Town of Port McNeill property on Grenville Place, were provided and delivered through provincial grants. But the work of installing, finishing and equipping the single-bedroom, apartmentstyle units was left to a multitude of local volunteers and businesses who provided inkind services or steep pricing discounts. Dave Nelson of Port McNeill Rotary

Summer Employment

Chamber Update

submitted by Yana Hrdy Port Hardy & District Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Submissions to Update: Fax: 250-949-6653 or email Summer E S Employment l t Port Hardy Visitor Centre is accepting applications for: Visitor Centre Ambassador (3 positions) 30-35 hours per week One position from May 7 till August 31st. Second position July 1 till August 31st. Preference will be given to full time students. Bring resume to Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce, 7250 Market Street e-mail:phccmgr@cablerocket. com Fax: 250-949-6653 New Exhibit at the Museum Port Hardy Museum Float Camp Life Exhibit Opening Saturday, April 28, 1:00 to 4:00 pm Light refreshments Your



helped make our vision a reality by helping to offset the cost of holding the Gala. All the money raised on the table auction will be matched by our Chamber and it will be given as two scholarships to deserving PHSS students. Proudly Serving our Community For more information on the Chamber or to inquire about joining us call 250-949-7622 or visit our website: Submissions to Chamber Update Members can submit to Chamber Update by faxing or e-mailing to the Port Hardy & District Chamber of Commerce at 9496653 or at phcc@cablerocket. com. News at your Chamber Due to a family matter our President James Emerson had

took on the job of project manager after Rotary was approached for assistance by Velie and other members of the senior society, which raises money to provide support for senior housing. Nelson enlisted a small battalion of North Island contractors, building-material suppliers and service organizations who all agreed to chip in everything from free use of equipment to donated or discounted supplies and labour to cash donations to offset expenses. Most of the businesses and groups are based in Port McNeill, but businesses and contractors in Port Hardy and Sointula also contributed, and Port Hardy Rotary Club chipped in $4,000 from its annual radio auction proceeds. “This was everyone in our community coming together and saying, ‘We’re gonna have a senior housing centre,’” Nelson said in a speech to guests following a lunch


Enter for a chance to WIN an XBOX 360 Special Edition 4GB KINECT Family Bundle + Games

to step out as the Chamber President, but he will remain as a Director on the Board. Office space available An ocean view office with the use of the meeting room for your monthly meetings including the projector & screen. Rent is negotiable, inquire with Yana. Rent includes hydro, fax, Internet, security alarm. Access to building is through the front or back door. Thank you To all of you who made our Annual Gala such a success. On behalf of the Chamber Board of Directors, I want to extend a heart-felt thank you for your commitment to making this event so successful. this message is sponsored by the


© 2012 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Microsoft, Kinect, Xbox, Xbox 360, the Xbox logos and the Xbox Authentic Product logo are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.

Not a Facebook user? Scan this code to enter the contest

Visit our facebook page at

catered by Northern Lights Restaurant. “When I first looked into doing this, I was given project estimates of $850-$900,000. After I showed it to Stu, he said we should be able to do it for $500,000. And now, after all the contributions we’ve received from the community, I can tell you the cost to complete this project was $330,000.” The units arrived at the site in early winter as little more than rectangular boxes. They have since been insulated, roofed, sided and equipped with appliances, cabinets and blinds. Four of the six units are occupied and the remaining two units are expected to be filled shortly, said Mayor Gerry Furney, who is also a member of the Senior Housing Society.


Upper Recreation Hall, Sointula Come and enjoy some local entertainment.

Saturday, April 21 Live Music by Island Time


cin n a D d Foo

Blackjack Wheel of Fortune

Tickets $5.00 available at Credit Union, Gas Bar, or Resource Centre Doors open at 6:00 pm Music starts at 7:30 pm Sponsored by: Sointula Recreation Association and Malcolm Island Lions Club

Refreshments for 19+ Save time, save money.

Visit our other Black Press sites

Class B Licence #41828. Know your limit, play within it.

Thursday, April 19, 2012 11

North Island Life Kalina Cotter and Macy Hurley of Port Hardy shows judge Cyndy Grant how they create a dry ice bubble during the annual Regional Science Fair Thursday at the Civic Centre. J.R. Rardon all photos

Maya Waldstein explains the mouse maze experiment — performed with partner Mina Seto — to judge Brian Jeffrey.

Damien Johnson and Russell John launch a cluster of corks from their homemade catapult.

Science fair judges Kathy Walker and Cyndy Grant pore over results.

Kohner Walkus of Avalon Adventist Junior Academy answers judges’ questions about his study on stalactites.

Mason Masales of Eagle View Elementary explains how his windmill works to judges Andy Waines and Patrick Donaghy during last week’s Regional Science Fair at the Civic Centre.

Harder wins top science project for second year Gazette staff PORT HARDY—The creation of an alternative-energy engine based on 100-year-old technology earned Trevor Harder of North Island Secondary School his second straight Top Overall Project Award last week in the North Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair at the Civic Centre. The fair drew dozens of entries from students across the North Island, including entries from Zeballos and Gold River. Harder constructed a Stirling Engine, which converts heat into energy. He earned his second straight trip, along with runner-up Danielle Lacasse of Avalon Adventist Junior Academy, to the Canada-wide Science Fair, to be held this year on Prince Edward Island. Harder also amassed a total of $425 in cash prizes, part of more than $1,300 awarded by various organizations and companies. 2012 NORTH ISLAND REGIONAL SCIENCE FAIR RESULTS Top overall project: Trevor Harder, North Island Secondary School Top overall project runner-up: Danielle Lacasse, Avalon Adventist Junior Academy

Erica Slack Memorial plaque: Brooklyn Watson, A.J. Elliott Assn. of Professional Biology Award ($50): Trevor Harder, NISS; Danielle Lacasse, Avalon BC Agriculture in the Classroom Award ($75): Clayton Harder, Sunset Elem. BC Hydro for Generations Award ($100): Mason Masales, Eagle View Elem. BC Nature Award ($50): Danielle Lacasse, Avalon BCIC Award ($100): Trevor Harder, NISS BCIC Young Scientist Award (National Geographic Kids magazine subscription): Jenna Cramb-Wilson and Mariah Kelman, Sunset Elem. BC Science Teachers Award ($100): Peri Donaghy, NISS Genome British Columbia Awards ($100 each): Brooklyn Watson, A.J. Elliott; Brittany Wallace, Fort Rupert Elem. Michael Crooks Physics Prize ($75): Trevor Harder, NISS Pacific Carbon Trust Award ($200): Trevor Harder, NISS SCWIST Award ($100): Peri Donaghy, NISS Grade 3/4 Study 1. Connor Van Will, Sunset; 2. Kohner Walkus, Avalon; 3. Ashley Cadwallader and Kaiya Seto, Fort Rupert.

Grade 3/4 Experiment 1. Kennedy Chateauvert, A.J. Elliott; 2. Karin Clausen, A.J. Elliott; 3. Avary Miller, Eagle View. Grade 5/6 Study 1. Sydney Martineau, Eagle View; 2. Aidan Carey, Alert Bay Elem.; 3. Jesse Raikea, Eagle View. Grade 5/6 Experiment 1. Clayton Harder, Sunset; 2. Molly Lash-Burrows, A.J. Elliott; 3. Dexter Lash-Burrows, A.J. Elliott; Hon. Mention: Gwinty Hunt-Cramer, T’Lisalaga-Lakw; Mica Donaghy, Sunset. Grade 7/8 Study 1. Mina Seto and Kaleigh Harris, Fort Rupert; 2. Brandon Sparling, Eagle View; 3. Kate Gough, Eagle View. Grade 7/8 Experiment 1. Danielle Lacasse, Avalon; 2. Peri Donaghy, NISS; 3. Jenna Cramb-Wilson and Mariah Kelman, Sunset. Grade 9/10 Experiment 1. Julianna Nielson, Gold River Secondary. Grade 11/12 Study 1. Emilie Howard-Langlois, Port Hardy Secondary; 2. Nolan Bugar and Matthew Tarasoff, Gold River. Grade 11/12 Experiment 1. Trevor Harder, NISS

ON NOW AT YOUR BC GMC DEALERS. 1-800-GM-DRIVE. Chevrolet is a brand of General Motors of Canada. */x/†/††/^Offers apply to the purchase of a 2012 Sierra Kodiak LD Crew Special Edition (R7C) equipped as described. Freight included ($1,495). License, insurance, registration, PPSA, administration fees and taxes not included. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Offer available to retail customers in Canada. See Dealer for details. Limited time offers which may not be combined with other offers, and are subject to change without notice. Offers apply to qualified retail customers in the BC GMC Dealer Marketing Association area only. Dealer order or trade may be required. GMCL, Ally Credit or TD Financing Services may modify, extend or terminate this offer in whole or in part at any time without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. See Chevrolet dealer for details. x$8,250 manufacturer to dealer delivery credit available on 2012 Sierra Kodiak LD Crew Special Edition (tax exclusive) for retail customers only. Other cash credits available on most models. See your GM dealer for details. †0% purchase financing offered on approved credit by Ally Financing for 48 months on new or demonstrator 2012 Sierra Kodiak LD Crew Special Edition. Rates from other lenders will vary. Down payment, trade and/or security deposit may be required. Monthly payment and cost of borrowing will vary depending on amount borrowed and down payment/ trade. Example: $10,000 at 0% APR, the monthly payment is $208.33 for 48 months. Cost of borrowing is $0, total obligation is $10,000.00. Offer is unconditionally interest-free. Freight ($1,495) included. License, insurance, registration, PPSA, applicable taxes and fees not included. Limited time offer which may not be combined with certain other offers. â—ŠChrome Accessories Package offer available on light duty 2012 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra extended cab and crew cab trucks (excluding Denali crew cab) equipped with the PDJ package (“PDJ Packageâ€?). Kodiak package includes PDZ credit valued at $1,200. Dealer order or trade may be required. Offer available to retail customers in Canada for vehicles delivered between February 3, 2012 and April 30, 2012. Customers who opt to forego the PDJ Package may apply a $500 credit (tax exclusive) to the vehicle purchase price. This offer may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives available on GM vehicles. GMCL may modify, extend or terminate this offer, in whole or in part, at any time without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. See your GM dealer. W Based on GM Testing in accordance with approved Transport Canada test methods. Your actual fuel consumption may vary. (ONE SOLID LEFT FACING SIDEWAYS TRIANGLE) 2012 GMC Sierra, equipped with available Vortec™ 5.3L V8 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission and competitive fuel consumption ratings based on Natural Resources Canada’s 2012 Fuel Consumptions Guide and 2012 Large Pickup segment. Your actual fuel consumption may vary. Excludes hybrids and other GM models. +Based on available competitive information from manufacturer websites ∞OnStar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery) wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Subscription Service Agreement required. Call 1-888-4ONSTAR (1-888-466-7827) or visit for OnStar’s Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy and details and system limitations. Additional information can be found in the OnStar Owner’s Guide.




Thursday, April 19, 2012





34,495 0


8,250 *
















Call E.J. Klassen Motorcade at 250-949-7442, or visit us at 9045 Granville Street, Port Hardy. [License #7983]


9.4L/100KM HWY | 14.3L/100KM CITYW



SCAN HERE OR VISIT #$(.$%&"-&34$"

Thursday, April 19, 2012 13

COME BACK & SAVE BIG! Pick up your Come Back Card at these participating merchants. Spend $50 the first visit & save $5; spend $50 the second visit & save $10.

The Shopping Paradox


All your hobby supplies are here!

250-949-6544 Thunderbird Mall

Thanks for making these two businesses long lasting in our community. Both businesses have been open for 40 years since 1972 7210 Market St. Port Hardy 250-949-6307 The Creative Edge team welcomes Hair Stylist

Michelle McGraw




in stock dining sets 8775 Granville St Port Hardy 250-949-8223

See stores for details

7035 Market • 250-949-5905

colour service booked with Desiree

please mention when booking your appointment! #5-7070 Market St Port Hardy Offer ends Thursday, April 30


Because local shoppers abandon them. Those shoppers quickly forget that local stores have been here for them during the tough times. Once they can afford to travel down Island again, they forget that kids programs are affordable because local business owners contribute to them. They forget that the Gazette Hamper Fund, Harvest Food Bank and school breakfast programs rely on local grocers. Those shoppers forget that many local business owners are valuable members of the community that volunteer their time and services to strengthen the community. Local business supports the whole community, all the time, and especially when times are tough.

1700 Broughton Blvd Port McNeill 250-956-3323


For many Canadian businesses things are looking brighter as the economy recovers from the recession. But for North Island retailers, when employment and the ecomony are doing well, they see their revenues drop. Why?


No Name Bathroom Tissue

24 rolls




Open 8am - 9pm daily 0ORT-C.EILLs  

So when times are good, that is the time to give back. Patronize local businesses by shopping local. Support your local community in the good times and the bad, just like business owners do. Start with the Come Back and Save Big promotion. Spend $50 at a participating business and save $5. Spend another $50 before the end of April and save $10 more. Reap the benefits of shopping at home.


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Last concert of season had something for all A review by J.R. RARDON PORT HARDY—The Vancouver-based string trio Infinitus takes its name from a latin word meaning boundless or limitless. Those modifiers certainly fit the musicians, whether describing their playlist or the sheer variety of sounds they produce in pursuit of their art. Infinitus closed out the North Island Concert Society’s 14th season Saturday with a wellreceived show of music that covered material from 18thcentury composer Johann Sebastian Bach to today’s hot boy-band sensation, One Direction. Easily straddling the line between two apparently opposing genres, Infinitus excels across a wide age range of listeners while mixing traditional classical string-work with beat-boxing (percussive voice fills), plucking, whistling and other noises that at times defy description. From the opening number Saturday, the trio of violinist John “Adidam” Littlejohn, cellist Alex Cheung and his twin brother, viola player Anthony Cheung, sucked the crowd in and never let go. They quickly enlisted audience participation for their original composition, Infinitus Anthem — not with traditional handclapping, but with a legslapping, stomp-clapping combination to go with the up-tempo, beatbox number. Later, Littlejohn coaxed the crowd into a simple finger-snapping fill for the group’s airy treatment of the traditional hymn Give Thanks, which closed the program. In between, the musicians had a little something for almost everybody. After the opening

Remember… Drop off your dead batteries at the Gazette office.

Anthem, the first set was given over to traditional classical music. For the Port Hardy show, the group chose the String Trio of early 20th-century composer Jean Cras, who had the unusual distinction of also serving as a naval admiral. His four-movement piece, which took up the rest of the set, clearly evokes both coastal life and travel at sea, and it proved a brilliant choice for the trio. The second act kicked off, without preamble, with a brief version of One Direction’s What Makes You Beautiful, a specific request from the teen daughter of former NICS chair Shawn Gough. When Littlejohn asked the audience if any of them saw the group’s school outreach shows on the North Island last year, one fan yelled out “Harry Potter!” Without hesitation, the group launched into Hedwig’s Theme, the opening strains of John Williams’ score to the first movie in the franchise. From that point, the show was devoted to the selftitled debut CD recently released by Infinitus, on which the trio gives its beatbox treatment to the works of such divergent artists as Bach (Improvisations on Concerto in E Minor), Rimsky-Korsakov (Flight of the Bumblebee), Rogers and Hammerstein (My Favourite Things) and Thelonius Monk (‘Round

Infinitus — John Littlejohn, Alex Cheung and Anthony Cheung — closed out the North Island Concert Society season Saturday with an evening of beatboxing classical music. J.R. Rardon

Midnight). The group also shined on its interpretation of progressive jazz pioneer Chick Corea’s Spain, and contributed several original compositions, two of which proved crowd favourites. Hagolu, an acronym for “happy go-lucky”, featured snippets from no fewer than a dozen well-known songs and jingles, ranging from the Jeopardy theme

Just for You

Thank you to all For your help & support during the passing of our Gord. We are overwhelmed by the time & generosity of our neighbours, family & friends and how great our community is. You have touched our hearts forever. To all the ambulance & hospital staff, you did your best. Thank you The Shore Family

to Camptown races. The group offered a prize to the first person who could name at least four of them, and the prize was claimed by Richelle Andre, a singersongwriter who, coincidentally, played as the opening act for last year’s final NICS concert by bluesman Tim Williams. The other hit was Lullaby in Birdland, which Infinitus gives the alternate title of

Two Birds and a Hippo. The liner notes of the group’s CD claim the trio stopped performing the piece because the members couldn’t stop laughing while playing it, but the only laughs came from the audience as the Cheungs’ lighthearted bird whistles were answered by Littlejohn, as the hippo, responding in the unintelligible grunts of a Muppets monster while the three string instruments

National Volunteer Week The North Island Crisis & Counselling Centre celebrates the work done by all Mount Waddington region volunteers including our own Crisis Line Volunteers. The spirit of community is alive and well across our many North Island communities, due in large part, to these dedicated volunteers.

Happy 12th Birthday Jaylon Love Dad, Mom, Madison & Muffin x/o

soared and dipped around the vocalizations. The evening also featured the NICS annual Decadent Desserts, which were served to patrons at intermission. NICS chair Brian Hicks also recognized at $5,000 grant from the District of Port Hardy, and said announcements will be made in the coming months on acts signed for the coming 15th season.

In memory

Alan L. Dilworth

October 13, 1953 - April 23, 2011 I thought thou of you with love today but that is nothing bu ne new. I thought about y you Y Yesterday and days da Before that too. Be I think of you in silence I often speak your name All I have are memories and Your picture in a frame Your memory is my keepsake With which I’ll never part God has you in his keeping I have you in my heart Love Ruth, Marcie, Kristy, Lindie and grandkids

Thursday, April 19, 2012


& 15


Submit results to 250-949-6225 Fax 250-949-7655 or email us at • Deadline 10 am Monday

on deck Tell us about items of interest to the sports community.

April 28 Baseball Port McNeill vs. Port Hardy in North Vancouver Island Baseball League opener, 5 p.m., Hyde Creek Ballpark. May 4-6 Slo-pitch Annual Umpires Icebreaker Tournament, Beaver Harbour Park at Storey’s Beach. Game schedule tab. Info, Dave at 250949-7221 days. May 5-6 Soccer Mud Bowl Tournament, Port McNeill. Games at Sunset Elementary, Cheslakees Elementary and NISS track fields. Concession and baked goods, prizes. Schedule tab. May 5 Baseball Hyde Creek vs. Port Hardy, 6 p.m., Hyde Creek Ballpark. May 6 Baseball Port McNeill vs. Hyde Creek, 4 p.m., Hyde Creek Ballpark. May 12 Baseball Hyde Creek vs. Port McNeill, 4 p.m., Hyde Creek Ballpark. May 19-21 Baseball Sointula Invitational Baseball Tournament at the community ballfield. Concession, beer garden and oyster feed, kids playground. Proceeds benefit Sointula Recreation Association. Game schedule tab.

Griffin Handley, playing for the Black Bullets in the U8 Div., drives for the net at the season opener Sunday at Robert Scott school. Sandy Grenier

Tis the season for soccer! Saiya Gachter of Port McNeill gets off a pass around Alert Bay defender Aidan Carey during their U12 soccer game Saturday at Sunset Elementary. J.R. Rardon

Port McNeill's Kacie Brittain is cut off on the attack by Alert Bay defender Evan Gordon-Valan and goalie Moses Smith during their U15 soccer game at NISS track Saturday. J.R. Rardon

Joey Grant of Port McNeill and Skylar Driscoll of Alert Bay scrap for possession of the ball during their teams' U10 soccer match Saturday at Sunset Elementary in Port McNeill. J.R. Rardon

Register for minor ball and other sports briefs Gazette staff Registration is under way for the 2012 Port Hardy Minor Baseball season, for youth players age three and older. Instruction and play will be available in four divisions: pre-tee for ages 3-5, tee ball for ages 6-9, “coach pitch” for ages 10-12 and slow pitch for ages 13-over. Practices are held at the town field on Park Drive. Sign-up is being held at Jim’s Hardy Sports in the Thunderbird Mall. The fee is $45 and includes an individual and team photo. Coaches are also needed. For info or to volunteer, contact Nita at 250949-8382. Slo-pitch begins Port Hardy Slo-Pitch is accepting registration for the coming season, and has announced the annual Umpires Icebreaker spring tournament

will be held May 4-6 at Beaver Harbour Park in Storey’s Beach. League director David Deans said league play is tentatively scheduled to begin April 30, with the season’s traditional kick-off tourney held the end of the first week of league games. Individuals interested in finding a team or teams wanting to sign up can contact Deans at 250-949-7221. Summer pucks A pair of summer hockey clinic will return to Port McNeill’s Chilton Regional Arena in July, and registration for both is now being accepted online. Clayton Stoner, the former Port McNeill Minor Hockey player now skating for the NHL’s Minnesota Wild, returns for the second Clayton Stoner Hockey Camp July 3-9. The camp is presented by Victoria-based Progressive Hockey

and features goaltender-specific sessions for the North Island’s netminders. Info and registration is available at Lou Lemire returns for the fourth straight year with his Summer Hockey Skills Camp July 9-13, with a traditional youth day camp, an adult skills camp, and an additional specialized shooting/ scoring clinic for eligible players registered in the day camp. Registration fee is $395 until June 1, when it goes up to $425, and includes a camp jersey. The adult skills camp is $150; $170 after May 1, and the specialized shooting/scoring clinic is $40. Registration and info is available at Port McNeill Minor Hockey is again providing $50 rebates on registration to either camp for players who register with the association by June 1.


Sports & Recreation

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mason Friman and Cameron Grant consider their answers to a quiz held as part of the free soccer referee clinic held Saturday at Sunset Elementary School. J.R. Rardon

North Island Eagles players Ryan Patterson, Luke Gage, Rhys Dutcyvich, Braden Walkus and Liem Wadhams and coaches Marty Gage and Shawn Patterson are among the members of the 02 Storm team playing this spring at the West Coast Hockey Academy in Courtenay. Photo submitted

Storm's a-brewin' Gazette staff The awards have been distributed and the ice gone out from North Island hockey arenas, but a hardy group of atom development players and coaches have continued their season well into the spring. Joined by coaches Marty Gage and Shawn Patterson of Port Hardy, five players from the North Island Eagles atom development program helped the 02 Storm squad to a 6-6 tie with Nanaimo’s 03 Trappers in a recent exhibition game in the West Coast Elite

Hockey Academy in Courtenay. Rhys Dutcyvich of Port McNeill capped the comeback, scoring the tying goal in the final seconds after the Storm pulled their goalie. Luke Gage of Port Hardy scored the team’s fifth goal to bring the squad within one. Another Port Hardy skater, Liem Wadhams, also found the net in the tie. “It’s nice to see the team coming together quickly and the boys from the North Island contributing,” said

Marty Gage, the Eagles atom development head coach who is part of the coaching staff, along with Patterson, for the 02 Storm Club. The game was part of preparations for the 2012 Mainland Cup, held last weekend, and the Challenge Cup, scheduled for May 18-20. Also playing for the Storm are forward Ryan Patterson and defenseman Braden Walkus of Port Hardy. Patterson and Dutcyvich each contributed assists in the exhibition game.

Time Ht/Ft


Time Ht/Ft Authorized Sales & Service Dealer of:

Thurs 19

0035 0658 1308 1856

15.1 3.6 13.8 5.2

Mon 23

0230 0916 1533 2058

14.1 7.2 15.1 3.0

Fri 20

0105 0734 1347 1928

15.1 3.3 13.8 5.6

Tues 24

0259 0950 1610

15.1 3.0 13.1



Sat 21

0134 0809 1423 1958

15.4 3.0 13.8 5.9

Wed 25

0331 1027 1650 2208

14.8 3.3 12.8 7.5

0202 0842 1458 2028

15.4 2.6 13.8 6.2

Sun 22

Gazette staff PORT McNEILL—More than two dozen young referee hopefuls took advantage of a free clinic Saturday at Sunset Elementary School, and many of them put their newfound skills to work the following day as the 2012 North Island Youth Soccer season kicked off. Saturday’s clinic, sponsored by NIYS and organized by Scott and Dianne Harris of Port Hardy, featured sanctioned BC Soccer referee instructor Stu Power of Comox. Power, a friend of Scott Harris’s father in the valley, was appearing in his fifth referee clinic on the North Island. The clinic drew 27 youths age 12 and over for a morning session on refereeing “mini” soccer games, for players 10-under. Seven of the prospective officials, 14 or older, remained for the afternoon session on the rules for divisional, or competitive play. The clinics featured both classroom instruction and on-field components. On the field, Power used game situations to show referees how to position themselves properly on the field, use hand signals and when to blow their whistles. Inside, students were explained rules and completed a quiz given at the end of the clinic. Snacks were provided by North Island Youth Soccer during the clinic, and lunch was included for those who remained for the afternoon divisional clinic. As the clinic wrapped up, participants were given final instructions on how to be prepared for

Tide Guide

Week of April 19-25 Day

Ref hopefuls hard at it

Brought to you by Stryker Electronics Ltd

Furuno, ComNav, Si-Tex, Koden, Seatel, KVH, Intellian, GlobalStar, Nobeltec, Uniden, Standard Horizon, Icom, Suzuki outboards, Silver Marine Boats

their first games the next day, including appropriate clothing and necessary tools like a whistle and watch. The season opened Sunday for all age groups, with games in Port Hardy and Port McNeill. The first tournament of the spring is the annual Port McNeill Mud Bowl, scheduled for May 5-6.

A TH T HLE ETES TES off the h W ATHLETES Weekk RHYS DUTCYVICH The Port McNeill forward scored the tying goal as the 02 Storm elite atom club rallied from a three-goal deficit in its spring hockey opener. J.R. Rardon photo

Strait Shooter Photography Sports & Event Photo Specialists Mobile portrait studio & on-site printing. Call to schedule an event, portrait or passport sittings.

Marine Electronics & Supplies Stryker Electronics Ltd. 6710 Hardy Bay Road Port Hardy, B.C. PH  sFAX   1-888-839-8022 email:

250-949-0528 If you know someone who should be the Athlete of the Week, phone the Gazette at 250-949-6225.

Thursday, April 19, 2012 17

Thanks Kathy! My wife Kathy Ilett recently was honoured for 20 years service with BC Ambulance by our BCAS Superintendant for the North Island, Lance Stephenson. All 20 of those years have been spent on the North Island and Kathy has has revived numerous patients back to life and has been on many major ambulance calls, including the Quatsino incident with the six murdered children and as backup for the RCMP on a major cocaine drug bust a couple of years back. Jamie Keamo

WE’LL BE IN PORT HARDY, EXCHANGING THE OLD BC HYDRO METER ON YOUR HOME WITH A NEW SMART METER. BC Hydro is upgrading homes and businesses with new smart meters. Moving to a more efďŹ cient, modernized grid will help us meet the growing demand for electricity while continuing to deliver safe, reliable power throughout the province. Here’s what you can expect:

Nils Nelson is tireless in his efforts to help keep Port Hardy clean. Desiree Conway

ã 7\SLFDOO\PHWHULQVWDOODWLRQZLOOWDNHSODFH Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Desiree Conway For the Gazette Have you ever noticed how much garbage is laying on the streets? Nils Nelson is one of many in Port Hardy who voluntarily picks up litter and trash others leave behind. Nelson has been a resident of Port Hardy off and on since 1941 and said he’s been picking up garbage in the community for two years. “ Ijust want to walk and not see any garbage,� the 82-yearold told the Gazette. He starts his walk —with a recyclable shopping bag and a

garbage gripper — from the post office, travels along Carrot Park and the beach and then up Main Street to home. Nelson said he does it because he truly cares about his town and how it looks to residents and tourists. “I don’t do it for anyone or anything, I do it because I care about Port Hardy and the fact that there is garbage covering the ground and ruining the beautiful scenery,� he said. The octogenarian only has one good eye and he smiled when he added: “I do it for depth perception practice too.� Nelson is one of several con-

cerned citizens who pick up trash daily to help keep the North Island clean, but soon everyone can help. April 29 is Pitch-in Community Clean-up Day and B.B.Q. in Port Hardy. The cleanup is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Harvest Food Bank to pick up supplies and to register for prizes, which will be awarded during a barbecue at 3 p.m. in Carrot Park. For more information please contact Patti Smedley at the District of Port Hardy at 250949-6665.

ĂŁ 0HWHULQVWDOOHUVZLOOKDYH%&+\GURDQG&RUL[ logos on their trucks and uniforms, and photo identification badges. ĂŁ <RXGRQĂ&#x153;WQHHGWREHKRPHDVORQJDVZHKDYHVDIHDQGFOHDUDFFHVVWR your meterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;please remove any physical modifications that prevent a meter exchange. ĂŁ ,QPRVWFDVHVWKHH[FKDQJHZLOOWDNHOHVVWKDQbPLQXWHV ĂŁ <RXZLOOH[SHULHQFHDEULHISRZHULQWHUUXSWLRQLQPRVWFDVHVLWZLOOODVW 60Â seconds. For more information about the smart meter installation process, visit

For 50 years, BC Hydro has been providing clean, reliable electricity to you. Today we are planning for the next 50 years by investing in new projects, upgrading existing facilities and working with you to conserve energy through Power Smart.


Takinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in the trash


Common guide dog myths debunked

“ In celebration of International Guide Dog Day, April 25, BC Guide Dog Services is dispelling nine common myths about guide dogs. 1. Guide dogs can read traffic lights. A guide dog will lead its blind partner to a curb,


then sit and wait for further instructions. 2. Guide dogs never play. The dog have time to work and play. 3. Guide dogs know where to go. The guide dog understands commands like “for-





21,999 145 5.99 OWN FOR ONLY




ward,” “find the stairs,” or “left” and “right” but it is up to the guide dog user to direct the dog. 4. Having a guide dog in a restaurant is a health code violation. By law, a guide dog may accompany its user anywhere.




5. All guide dog users are completely blind. Only 10 per cent of all legally blind persons are totally blind. 6. Guide dogs are paid for by the government. BC Guide Dogs relies on individual and corporate donations to cover the









28,999 195 4.99






20,499 135 5.99


$37,000 cost of training each guide dog. 7. Any dog can be trained to become a guide dog. The dogs are carefully chosen. 8. A blind person will only need one guide dog over his/her lifetime.


7.1L/100km 40MPG HWY*** 10.0L/100km 28MPG CITY***



1000 ▲

7.2L /100km 39MPG HWY*** 11.1L /100km 25MPG CITY***









6.0L /100km 47MPG HWY*** 9.0L /100km 31MPG CITY***





WISE BUYERS READ THE LEGAL COPY: Vehicle(s) may be shown with optional equipment. Dealer may sell or lease for less. Limited time offers. Offers may be cancelled at any time without notice. Dealer order or transfer may be required as inventory may vary by dealer. See your Ford Dealer for complete details or call the Ford Customer Relationship Centre at 1-800-565-3673. *Until July 3, 2012, purchase a new 2012 Fusion SE with automatic transmission/2012 Escape XLT I4 FWD with automatic transmission/2012 Edge SEL FWD with automatic transmission for $20,499/$21,999/$28,999 after Total Manufacturer Rebate of $5,500/$5,000/$5,500. Taxes payable on full amount of purchase price after Manufacturer Rebate deducted. Offers include a Manufacturer Rebate of $5,500/$5,000/$5,500 and freight and air tax of $1,600 but exclude variable charges of license, fuel fill charge, insurance, dealer PDI (if applicable), registration, PPSA, administration fees and charges, any environmental charges or fees, and all applicable taxes. Manufacturer Rebates can be used in conjunction with most retail consumer offers made available by Ford of Canada at either the time of factory order or delivery, but not both. Manufacturer Rebates are not combinable with any fleet consumer incentives. **Until July 3, 2012, choose 5.99%/5.99%/4.99% annual percentage rate (APR) purchase financing on a new 2012 Fusion SE with automatic transmission/2012 Escape XLT I4 FWD with automatic transmission/2012 Edge SEL FWD with automatic transmission for a maximum of 72 months to qualified retail customers, on approved credit (OAC) from Ford Credit. Not all buyers will qualify for the lowest APR payment. Purchase financing monthly payment is $293/$315/$422 (the sum of twelve (12) monthly payments divided by 26 periods gives payee a bi-weekly payment of $135/$145/$195 with a down payment of $2,800/$3,000/$2,800 or equivalent trade-in. Cost of borrowing is $3,414.28/$3,665.06/$4,171.44 or APR of 5.99%/5.99%/4.99% and total to be repaid is $21,113.28/$22,664.06/$30,370.44. Offers include a Manufacturer Rebate of $5,500/$5,000/$5,500 and freight and air tax of $1,600 but exclude variable charges of license, fuel fill charge, insurance, dealer PDI (if applicable), registration, PPSA, administration fees and charges, any environmental charges or fees, and all applicable taxes. Taxes payable on full amount of purchase price after Manufacturer Rebate deducted. Bi-Weekly payments are only available using a customer initiated PC (Internet Banking) or Phone Pay system through the customer’s own bank (if offered by that financial institution). The customer is required to sign a monthly payment contract with a first payment date one month from the contract date and to ensure that the total monthly payment occurs by the payment due date. Bi-weekly payments can be made by making payments equivalent to the sum of 12 monthly payments divided by 26 bi-weekly periods every two weeks commencing on the contract date. Dealer may sell for less. Offers vary by model and not all combinations will apply. †From April 3, 2012 to July 3, 2012, receive $500/$750/$1,000/$1,500/$1,750/$2,000/$3,000/$4,000/ $4,500/$5,000/ $5,500/$6,500/$7,000/ $7,500/$8,000 in Manufacturer Rebates with the purchase or lease of a new 2012 Focus S, 2012 Fiesta, 2012 Explorer (excluding Base)/2012 Focus (excluding S)/2012 Edge SE, 2012 Flex SE, 2012 Escape I4 Manual, E-Series/Transit Connect (excluding Electric), 2012 F-150 Regular Cab XL 4x2 Value Leader/2012 Mustang Value Leader/2012 Taurus SE, 2012 F-350 to F-550 Chassis Cabs/2012 Fusion S, 2012 Flex (excluding SE)/2012 Mustang V6 (excluding Value Leader), 2012 Edge AWD (excluding SE)/ 2012 Expedition/2012 Fusion Hybrid, 2012 Mustang GT (excluding GT500 and Boss 302), 2012 Taurus (excluding SE), 2012 Escape and Hybrid (excluding I4 Manual)/2012 Fusion (excluding S and Hybrid), 2012 Edge FWD (excluding SE), 2012 Escape V6, 2012 F-250 to F-450 Gas engine (excluding Chassis Cabs)/2012 F-150 Regular Cab (excluding XL 4x2) non-5.0L/2012 F-150 Regular Cab (excluding XL 4x2) 5.0L/2012 F-150 Super Cab and Super Crew non-5.0L, 2012 F-250 to F-450 Diesel engine (excluding Chassis Cabs)/2012 F-150 Super Cab and Super Crew 5.0L - all Raptor, GT500, BOSS302, and Medium Truck models excluded. This offer can be used in conjunction with most retail consumer offers made available by Ford of Canada at either the time of factory order or delivery, but not both. Manufacturer Rebates are not combinable with any fleet consumer incentives. ▲Offer only valid from April 3, 2012 to May 31, 2012 (the “Offer Period”) to resident Canadians with a Costco membership on or before March 31, 2012. Use this $1,000CDN Costco member offer towards the purchase or lease of a new 2012/2013 Ford/Lincoln vehicle (excluding Fiesta, Focus, Raptor, GT500, Mustang Boss 302, Transit Connect EV & Medium Truck) (each an “Eligible Vehicle”). The Eligible Vehicle must be delivered and/or factory-ordered from your participating Ford/Lincoln dealer within the Offer Period. Offer is only valid at participating dealers, is subject to vehicle availability, and may be cancelled or changed at any time without notice. Only one (1) offer may be applied towards the purchase or lease of one (1) Eligible Vehicle, up to a maximum of two (2) separate Eligible Vehicle sales per Costco Membership Number. Offer is transferable to persons domiciled with an eligible Costco member. This offer can be used in conjunction with most retail consumer offers made available by Ford Motor Company of Canada at either the time of factory order (if ordered within the Offer Period) or delivery, but not both. Offer is not combinable with any CPA/GPC or Daily Rental incentives, the Commercial Upfit Program or the Commercial Fleet Incentive Program (CFIP). Applicable taxes calculated before $1,000CDN offer is deducted. Dealer may sell or lease for less. Limited time offer, see dealer for details or call the Ford Customer Relationship Centre at 1-800-565-3673. ***Estimated fuel consumption ratings for the 2012 Fusion 2.5L I4 6-speed automatic transmission: [9.0L/100km (31MPG) City, 6.0L/100km (47MPG) Hwy]/ 2012 Escape 2.5L I4 6-speed Automatic transmission: [10.0L/100km (28MPG) City, 7.1L/100km (40MPG) Hwy]/ 2012 Edge 3.5L V6 FWD 6-speed Automatic transmission: [11.1L/100km (25MPG) City, 7.2L/100km (39MPG) Hwy]. Fuel consumption ratings based on Transport Canada approved test methods. Actual fuel consumption will vary based on road conditions, vehicle loading, vehicle equipment, and driving habits. †††© 2012 Sirius Canada Inc. “SiriusXM”, the SiriusXM logo, channel names and logos are trademarks of SiriusXM Radio Inc. and are used under licence. ©2012 Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited. All rights reserved.

18 Thursday, April 19, 2012

A healthy guide dog can work up to eight years before retirement. 9. It’s OK to pet a guide dog when it is working. It’s best to ignore a working guide dog. Distractions may put the dog and blind person in danger.

Available in most new Ford vehicles with 6-month pre-paid subscription


Thursday, April 19, 2012 19

Eagles soar in their lofty retreat


ow do you explain to a German or a Brit — without sounding like you’re putting them on — that eagles are a part of our everyday life on North Island? Until they’ve spent a few days here, they just can’t fathom the fact this bird of near mythic proportions in the old country is about as revered here as a robin and almost as abundant! Yet on the North Island, as common as it is, the eagle maintains a respect that is uncommon; probably because it is a raptor, one of our largest birds of prey. Even the smallest birds of prey command a lot of attention. Every once in awhile the stellar jays that hang around our yard go into a frenzy of excitement and you sense they’re in imminent danger. A stray cat will get them going but not quite at this pitch. Most of the time it is a raptor that is no bigger than they are, the little hawk they call a Merlin. The jays are terrified and usually sit near our house where they think it’s safe. On one of these attacks the Merlin misjudged and hit our window knocking himself silly. I really thought the little fellow had done himself in and

A Brush with Henschel with Gordon Henschel picked him up to determine whether it was a true tragedy or if he would live to triumph again. He was very much alive and soon free of my incarcerating hands, but in the instant I held him our eyes met and I felt a tinge of the fear that his potential victims must feel. His gaze was absolutely hypnotic, one I had only seen once before when I carried an eagle in my arms. I have no idea how the eagle got himself into the state in which I found him, half-drowned among the rocks at the ocean’s edge, but upon lifting him I knew he was too exhausted to cope with the incoming tide. Our brief encounter lasted only a short time as I cautiously carried him to the safety of dry land

and the forest, but two impressions stayed with me to this day, the first being his weight. This was a mature bird with a white head, meaning that he was at least three years old, yet he was astoundingly light. This means, of course that all the strength these creatures have is in their wings! That they are able to lift large fish out of the water is truly amazing. The fish must often weigh many times more than its captor. The other startling thing about him was the same as the Merlin: as fatigued as this helpless bird was, his eyes burned a hole through me. In my brief encounters with these wild things my respect for them has deepened. Like most North Islanders I see eagles more often than hawks, but never cease to be thrilled at their sight, whether they are sitting on branches above my head screaming their eagle scream or blowing me away with their incredible mile-high acrobatics. Eagles are icons of the wilderness. This painting shows one of them in the heart of that wilderness, high on the cliffs at the entrance to Knight Inlet.

Looking for work? We can help. Get the training and support you need to find and keep a job in B.C. Job search resources • Personal employment planning • Workshops and training • Specialized services

EMPLOYMENT SERVICES CENTRES Locations across B.C. Visit one near you. 1.800.663.7867 TDD: 1.800.661.8773

The Employment Program of British Columbia is funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.


Port McNeill Scotiabank MS Walk – Sunday, May 13th

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Lace up for someone you love and join the fight against multiple sclerosis at the Port McNeill Scotiabank MS Walk on Sunday, May 13th at 10 am. Proceeds from the Port McNeill Scotiabank MS Walk

offering walk participants a safe, scenic, wheelchair and scooter accessible route with three walk lengths to choose from – 2, 4 and 8 km. Dogs on leash are welcome. Check in begins at 9 am at the NISS track and the

stay with the North Vancouver Island Chapter and allow us to provide local programs and services to people affected by MS in communities from Bowser to Port Hardy. The walk takes place at the NISS track

walk begins promptly at 10 am. Registered walk participants can enjoy lunch, provided by Super Valu, starting at 11 am. Register today for the Port McNeill Scotiabank MS Walk online at www. or by phone at 1-877-3390819. More information about the walk is available at www. – click on the BC & Yukon section of the map and then click on Port McNeill.

Registered walk participants receive a pledge package and raise pledges in advance of the walk. Please email cherie. or call 1-877-339-0819 if you are interested in volunteering.















Ford-Trained Technicians using Ford-certified parts

Tire Rotation

Every hose, belt and fluid checked with an up-to-83-point inspection*










When performed with regularly scheduled maintenance, the Works could save you up to $350 in fuel a year◊




“I take my Ford to t Ford-trained Ford-tra ained technicians beca ause they y know because what my vehicle e needs.”

Trust the experts who know your Ford best: Ford-Trained Technicians. For more details and offers, see your Service Advisor or visit All offers expire April 30, 2012. Offers may be cancelled at any time without notice. See Service Advisor for complete details. Applicable taxes and provincial levies not included. Dealer may sell for less. Only available at participating locations. ‡Applies to single rear wheel vehicles only. Diesel models not eligible. *Up to 5 litres of oil. Disposal fees may be extra. Does not apply to diesel engines. ◊Based on a Ford Fusion V6 automatic that has a fuel consumption rating of 10L/100 km in combined city/highway driving (properly tuned), a one-year driving distance of 24,000 km and $1.02 per litre for gasoline. Improved fuel efficiency and emission reduction levels depend on model, year and condition of vehicle. †† In order to receive a local competitor’s advertised price: (i) tires must be purchased and installed at your participating Ford Dealer; (ii) customer must present the competitor’s actual local advertisement (containing the lower price) which must have been printed within 30 days of the sale; and (iii) the tires being purchased must be the same brand, sidewall, speed and load ratings as shown in the competitive advertisement. Offer only available at participating Ford dealerships. This offer is valid on the cost of the tire only and does not include labour costs, valve stems, mounting, balancing, disposal, and taxes. Offer does not apply to advertised prices outside of Canada, in eBay advertisements, by tire wholesalers and online tire retailers, or closeout, special order, discontinued and clearance/liquidation offers. Limited time offer. Offer may be cancelled or changed at any time without prior notice. See your Service Advisor for details. ‡‡Rebate offers are manufacturer’s mail-in rebates. Rebates available on select General Tire (credit card gift card), Continental (credit card gift card), Goodyear, Pirelli, Yokohama, Bridgestone (credit card gift card), Firestone (credit card gift card), and Michelin tires. Offers are valid on qualifying sets of four tires, purchased and installed at participating locations during the respective promotion periods for each tire brand. Offer is valid on the cost of the tire(s) only and does not include labour costs, valve stems, mounting, balancing, disposal, and taxes. Amount of rebates, start dates and expiration dates vary depending on tire manufacturer. It is the responsibility of the customer to submit the required claim forms and proof of purchase to the relevant tire manufacturer with sufficient postage by the required deadline for that rebate offer. See your Service Advisor for complete details and claim forms. †Available on most brands at participating locations only. Limited time offer. Price reductions vary: $7.00 on 12”-14” rims, $10.00 on 15” and 16” rims, $12.50 on 17” rims, $15.00 on 18”-20” rims, $20.00 on 21” rims, $25.00 on 22” and up rims. See Dealer for full details. VFord Protection Plan is only available for non-commercial cars and light trucks. If an eligible Ford, Motorcraft® or Ford-approved part fails due to a defect in material or workmanship, wear out or rust through, it will be replaced at no charge as long as the original purchaser of the part owns the vehicle on which the part was installed. Labour is covered for the first 12 months or 20,000 km (whichever occurs first) after the date of installation. Emergency brake pads are not eligible under this plan. See Service Advisor for complete details and limitations. **Excludes emergency brake pads or shoes. Machining or replacement of rotors and drums available at additional cost. ©2012 Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited. All rights reserved.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

.ORTHĂĽ)SLAND 'AZETTE 4HURSDAYĂĽ%DITIONĂĽ $EADLINES 8PSE"ET -ONDAYxxPM %JTQMBZ"ET &RIDAYxxPM -!*/2ĂĽ#!4%'/2)%3ĂĽ ).ĂĽ/2$%2ĂĽ/&ĂĽ !00%!2!.#% &!-),9x!../5.#%-%.43 #/--5.)49x !../5.#%-%.43 42!6%, #(),$2%. %-0,/9-%.4 0%23/.!,x3%26)#%3 "53).%33x3%26)#%3x 0%43xx,)6%34/#+ -%2#(!.$)3%x&/2x3!,% 2%!,x%34!4% 2%.4!,3 !54/-/4)6% -!2).% 21





FULL LENGTH CRINOLINE FOR RENT! Weddings, grad, etc. Only $35, deposit required. Call 250-949-8928

CALL FOR ENTRIES 10TH ANNUAL Kitty Coleman Woodland Art & Bloom Festival. Fine Art and Quality Crafts Juried Show. Presented in a spectacular outdoor setting May 19,20, 21 Applications for Artisans are available at or phone 250-338-6901





Jules Drouin

January 30, 1925-April 10, 2012







BC ARTS And Culture Week is here! From April 22-28, arts councils & schools in your community are hosting activities of all sorts as part of the celebration.

SUPERB 24TH Annual Auction. Horse drawn carriages & sleighs. Plus incredible offering horse era antiques. Sunday, May 6, 12 noon, Al Oeming Park; Bodnarus Auctioneering. Phone 306-227-9505. Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best.


CRISIS LINE 250-949-6033 or 250-974-5326

Alert Bay/ Kingcome



$)3#2)-).!4/29 ,%')3,!4)/.



PATIENTS - NEED a Medical Marijuana Doctor? Growers want to be a Designated Grower? Info at: or 1-250-860-8611.

Jules Drouin of Port Hardy B.C. died April 10 at Eagle Ridge Manor in Port Hardy B.C. after a brave struggle with the effects of a stroke suffered in 2003. He was born on January 30, 1925 in Montreal Quebec to Gedea and Julia Drouin. Growing up in the Great Depression, he left school at an early age to ďŹ nd employment. Working ďŹ rst as a farm labourer, then as a telegram delivery boy for Canadian PaciďŹ c, as a young man he found work in the lumber camps of Ontario and Quebec cutting pulp wood and working as a river driver. He moved west in 1947, riding freight trains to Vancouver and immediately ďŹ nding employment as a boom man, a career he pursued until 1975. He worked up and down the length of the B.C. coast from Vancouver to the Queen Charlotte Islands before settling in Port Hardy in 1953. He married Rita Laprade in Montreal in 1952 and the couple moved to British Columbia shortly before coming to Port Hardy where they raised three children. He had a small commercial troller from 1959 to 1964, ďŹ shing on weekends and during the summer in local waters as far as Pine Island. Even after he ceased commercial ďŹ shing he always ďŹ shed for spring salmon with a number 7 brass Wonder spoon. While working in camp in Holberg he took an interest in wood carving and competitive log rolling in his forties. He carved many cedar burl bowls and made numerous ďŹ nely fashioned burl tables. He had a piece of log ďŹ tted with shafts on each end and mounted on ball bearings to practice log rolling in his spare time. He competed in logging sports across the North Island and at the PaciďŹ c National Exhibition in Vancouver in 1970.


Jules worked at Utah Mines for the last years of his working life before retiring in 1990. After retirement he pursued his favourite endeavours with a passion; ďŹ shing for salmon, raising a rich vegetable garden and cutting enormous amounts of ďŹ rewood before suffering a debilitating stroke.


Pre-deceased by his wife Rita in 2009, he is survived by his children Louise, Marc (Caireen), Michel (Juliane), grandchildren Chantal, Jessica, Jordan and Ryan, great grandchildren Clara, Hayli, Jackson and Niklas, brothers Jean-Jacques, Marcel, Philippe, Roger and sister Micheline. The family wishes to say a special thank you to the staff at Eagle Ridge Manor for to the kind care and attention given to Jules and Rita.

LEGALS ATTENTION BLAKE HOLMES AND DANNY LANQVIST. From All-Store mini storage (250)949-0182. The contents of your unit will be sold on May 2, 2012 at 10 a.m. 1943 Mine Rd, Port McNeill.

PERSONALS ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Port Hardy meets every Wednesday & Saturday at the Upper Island Public Health Unit on Gray Street at 8pm. Sundays at the Salvation Army Lighthouse, 8635 Granville St., at 7pm. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Port McNeill meetings every Monday and Friday 8pm. Located at 737 Shelley Cres. (the old school room #3). NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Port Hardy meets on Mondays at 7:30pm & Fridays at 8pm. Located at Upper Island Public Health Unit on Gray St. (rear entrance), Port Hardy, B.C. For more information call 1877-379-6652.

PORT HARDY BAPTIST CHURCH Corner of Trustee & Highland Morning Service 11:00 am Plus regular family activities Office: 250-949-6844 Pastor: Kevin Martineau 11/12

ST. COLUMBA ANGLICAN UNITED 9190 Granville St. Port Hardy Phone 250-949-6247 11:00 a.m. Sunday School and Service Wed., 1:00 pm Bible Study Everyone welcome Meeting rooms available


FULL GOSPEL CHURCH 2540 Catala Place Port McNeill (across from Firehall) Sunday 10:30 am - Morning Worship Church Office 250-956-4741 Pastor Stan Rukin Youth Pastor: Steve Taylor Cell: 250-527-0144 Office hours: 10am-4pm Mon-Thurs Visitors always welcome


CHRIST CHURCH ANGLICAN Alert Bay Sunday Services - 10 am Reverend Lincoln Mckoen 1-250-974-5844 Warden Flora Cook 250-974-5945 Warden Joan Stone 250-974-2234 11/12

SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH 4680 Byng Rd. Port Hardy Pastor George Hilton 250-949-8925 or 250-949-8826 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone welcomeâ&#x20AC;? Saturday Services 9:30am - Bible Study groups 10:45am - Worship/Praise service Wednesday @ 7pm - Prayer meeting Avalon Adventist Jr. Academy Offering Christian Education 250-949-8243 11/12


LOST-Black Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill hoodie at Grant Bay April 6th. Call 250-230-7220. LOST Blue Raleigh Peak mountain bike. Missing from 92 Highview Trailer park on April 10th. If you ďŹ nd it please phone 250-949-8325 or 250-230-2071.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES $294+ DAILY Mailing Postcards! Easy! Guaranteed Legit Work! $20-$60/Hr Using Your Computer! Overnight Cash To Your Doorstep! More Amazing Opportunities Visit:

ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS to Every Hunter in BC! Advertise in The BC Hunting Regulations Synopsis 2012-2014 publication. Increased circulation 250,000 copies! Tremendous Reach, Two Year Edition! Contact Annemarie at 1 800 661 6335 or

HOME BASED BUSINESSWe need serious and motivated people for expanding health & wellness industry. High speed internet and phone essential. Free online training.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES BIG BOYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S Toys Ltd. seeks a qualiďŹ ed RV Salesperson for our exclusive Jayco dealership in Parksville, B.C. The ideal individual will have sales experience (preferably in the RV industry but will consider related experience) and will commit themselves to our dealership and to our customers. This is a full-time position (5 days/week). Please apply in conďŹ dence to: or by fax to: (250) 468-1599.

EDUCATION/TRADE SCHOOLS AIRLINES ARE HIRINGTrain for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualiďŹ ed- Housing available. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 1(877)818-0783. APPLY NOW: Pennywise Scholarship For Women to attend Journalism certiďŹ cate course at Langara College in Vancouver. Deadline May 30, 2012. More information:

North Island Church Services NORTH ISLAND CATHOLIC CHURCHES Sunday Masses St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Port McNeill: 9am St. Bonaventure Port Hardy: 11am St. Theresaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Port Alice: Saturdays 5:00pm Alert Bay: 1st & 3rd Saturdays 10am Father Roger Poblete 250-956-3909


PORT MCNEILL BAPTIST CHURCH 2501 Mine Road Sunday 9:45 am (Sept-June) - Sunday School 11:00 am - Worship Service 7:00 pm - Evening Fellowship Youth Group Wed - 7:00 pm Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Programs & Adult Bible Studies are scheduled throughout the year. For information contact 0ASTOR$AVE0URDYs   11/12


PORT ALICE ANGLICANUNITED FELLOWSHIP Sunday Services - 4pm 1-250-949-6247 Box 159, Port Alice You are extended a special invitation to share in our Services


ST. JOHN GUALBERT UNITED ANGLICAN CHURCH 250-956-3533 Email: Sunday Worship - 9:00am All Welcome 175 Cedar Street Port McNeill


GWAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;SALA-â&#x20AC;&#x2122;NAKWAXDAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;XW SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH at entrance to Tsulquate Village (8898 Park Dr) Saturday/Sabbath 10:00 am-Sabbath School 11:15 am-Worship Service Pastor Randy Elliott 250-230-1885 cell



PORT HARDY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP at Providence Place, 7050 Rupert St Sunday Worship 10:30 am & 7 pm Tuesday Prayer 7:30 pm Midweek Biblestudies - Call the church for time and place 250-949-6466 Pastor George & Karen Ewald (home) 250-949-9674 11/12


Thursday, April 19, 2012 PERSONAL SERVICES




ARCTIC CO-OPERATIVES Limited is recruiting Line Cooks and Guest Services positions for Inns North hotels in Nunavut. E-mail your resume:

or fax: 204-632-8575. DAVE LANDON FORD requires a licensed auto tech or skilled 2-4 yr apprentice to join our team. Industry wages and beneďŹ ts package available. Please send resume to

NOW - NEW 8 week courses covering snowmobile or quad or marine outboard repair. Take one course or all - ďŹ t your interest and your timeline. GPRC Fairview Campus, Fairview, Alberta. Affordable residences. 1-888-999-7882;

DUNLOPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S HOME Hardware requires the following positions ďŹ lled: Truck driver/delivery/yard man (1 position)would be an asset for applicant to have a Class 3 diverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license with air brake endorsement and experience in crane operation. If not, training would be provided for the right applicant. This is a full time position. Cashiers: part-time positions. Experience working in retail would be an asset, but not a qualiďŹ cation. Flexibility is important as these positions may be required in the main store or garden centre, wherever needed. Interested person may submit their resume by: fax: 250-9496620, email: or in person. Thank you for your interest. EXPERIENCED SERVICE Provider for Chrysler dealership in Salmon Arm. Strong customer satisfaction skills. Able to work in a fast paced environment. Excellent wage/ beneďŹ t package. Fax resume 1-250-832-4545. E-mail:

Looking for a NEW career? .com


Holbrook Dyson Logging Ltd Has vacancies in the following job: Heavy Duty Mechanic. Details can be seen at Fax resume to 250-287-9259



North Island Gazette

WANTED: Servers, bartenders, barristaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & cooks @ Telegraph Cove Resorts Ltd. Send resume to Box 1, Telegraph Cove, BC V0N 3J0. Fax: 250-928-3105 or email: Attn: Taso.

WANTED: Servers, bartenders, barristaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & cooks @ Telegraph Cove Resorts Ltd. Send resume to Box 1, Telegraph Cove, BC V0N 3J0. Fax: 250-928-3105 or email: Attn: Taso. SUMMER JOBS @ THE PORT MCNEILL VISITOR CENTRE! The Port McNeill Visitor Centre is now accepting summer applications for 3 Visitor Information Counselors. The successful candidate(s) must have excellent oral communication skills, outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team environment. Extensive knowledge of the North Island region and Vancouver Island is an asset. Please send your resume to: Port McNeill & District Chamber of Commerce Attention: C. Jorgenson PO Box 129 Port McNeill, BC V0N 2R0 Or drop off in person to 1594 Beach Drive. Employment is subject to funding; Must have â&#x20AC;&#x153;full time studentâ&#x20AC;? status to qualify; Deadline Thursday, April 26.






NOW HIRING! ShopRite/Rona - Port McNeill is looking for a manager for our hardware/lumber department. Must have retail experience with building, plumbing and electrical commodities. Must be comfortable dealing with the public, have great organizational skills and be able to multitask. Wages are negotiable and beneďŹ ts available. Fax/email resumes to 250-956-3915 or

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Manager: We are looking for a dynamic and creative team member with extensive skills to create new markets and opportunities for the sale of new products and services. Check out our website for a full job description and how to apply for this challenging role:

HERBAL MAGIC Limited time offer - Save 50%!! Lose weight and keep it off. Results guaranteed! Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t delay call now. 1-800-854-5176.

GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420.

T-MAR INDUSTRIES located in Campbell River is hiring for the position of Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic. Position comes with a competitive beneďŹ t package and applicant must possess a valid driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license. Contact Tyson Lambert. Mail: 5791 Duncan Bay Road, Campbell River BC V9H 1N6 Fax: 250-286-9502 Email: PROFESSIONAL/ MANAGEMENT

FULL time Manager/Marine fuel operation Weiwaikum General Partner Ltd. is currently accepting applications for an experienced Manager for the marine fuel facility located in the Discovery Harbour Marina, Campbell River, B.C. (Discovery Harbour Fuel Sales). The Manager must have a minimum of 7 years experience working in a marine fuel environment. The Manager would report to the Board of Directors of Weiwaikum General Partner Ltd. and will have responsibility for the overall management of the fuel facility. The job is classiďŹ ed as a contract position and salary will be commensurate with experience. For a more detailed job description please e-mail: To apply please submit cover letter and detailed resume and mail or e-mail it to: Weiwaikum General Partner Ltd., c/o 1436 Weiwaikum Road, Campbell River, B.C. V9W 5W8. No phone calls please. Closing date for receipt of applications is May 4, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


As well as editing copy and paginating pages, the successful candidate can expect to produce some news copy and editorials, take photographs, and generate story ideas. Knowledge of Canadian Press style is vital. The ability to organize copy and supply the production department with editorial copy of special supplements is also required. The editor will also be expected to work closely with the publisher and staff in production and advertising. You have a passion for, and are comfortable with, all aspects of multimedia journalism. You have a track record of turning around well-written, fact-based, concise, well-produced content quickly, for posting online that day â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with collateral (text, photos and video). You have demonstrable skills in all aspects of web journalism: s3EARCH ENGINEOPTIMIZATIONOFALLCONTENT s#ONTENTCURATION s3OCIALMEDIA&ACEBOOK 4WITTER ASBOTHRESEARCHTOOLS and trafďŹ c generators â&#x20AC;&#x201C; listening and participating in the CONVERSATION s"LOGGING s7EBMANAGEMENTSYSTEMS 4HE.ORTH)SLAND'AZETTE A"LACK0RESSPUBLICATION covers the vibrant and beautiful communities of Northern Vancouver Island. Please forward your cover letter and resumĂŠ by April 23, 2012 to: North Island Gazette !TTENTION3ANDY'RENIER "OX 0ORT(ARDY "#6.0 0HONEOR&AX Thank you to all who apply. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


GRAPPLE YARDER HOOKTENDER GRAPPLE YARDER CHASER THE POSITIONS: WFP is currently seeking a fully experienced Grapple Yarder Hooktender â&#x20AC;&#x201C; tree rigging experience required, and a Grapple Yarder Chaser to join our Jeune Landing Forest Operation located in Port Alice, BC. These are USW union positions with a comprehensive beneďŹ t package. Hourly pay rates are: Grapple Yarder Hooktender $30.485 Grapple Yarder Chaser $26.13 Details of the collective agreement can be viewed at agreements.php THE COMPANY: Western Forest Products Inc. is an integrated Canadian forest products company located on Vancouver Island that is committed to the safety of our employees, the culture of performance and the discipline to achieve results. If you believe that you have the skills and qualiďŹ cations that we are looking for, please reply in conďŹ dence: Human Resource Department Facsimile 1.866.840.9611 Application Deadline Thursday, May 3, 2012 Email Reference Code GYH/GYC, JLFO As only short listed candidates will be contacted, WFP thanks you in advance for your interest in our Company. Please visit


M O N E Y P ROV I D E R . C O M . $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877-776-1660.



CONCRETE FINISHERS and Form Setters. Edmonton based company seeks experienced concrete ďŹ nishers and form setters for work in Edmonton and northern Alberta. Subsistence and accommodations provided for out of town work; Cell 780-660-8130. Fax 780-444-7103. DL Baker Construction Canada is looking for Field/Engineer Layout Kitimat, BC Canada. Supervise project layouts Responsible for construction quality control, in particular, ensuring that the materials installed in the project are in the proper locations and are the correct materials. Analyze construction drawings for dimensional and quality control purposes and coordinates with the Project Engineer to clarify discrepancies. Use precision computerized equipment to deďŹ ne points of control and ensure the work is being installed true and plump. Responsible for coordinating with other construction trades to ensure that all are using appropriate control points. High School Diploma or equivalent; or 4 to 6 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience in Line and Grade Persistent for Perfection This work will start 5/1/12 Please respond to this ad by 5/1/12 Please respond via email by placing Field Engineer in the subject line to

CRIMINAL RECORD? Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let it block employment, travel, education, professional, certiďŹ cation, adoption property rental opportunities. For peace of mind & a free consultation call 1-800-347-2540.

CRIMINAL RECORD? Guaranteed Record Removal since 1989. ConďŹ dential, Fast, & Affordable. Our A+BBB Rating assures EMPLOYMENT & TRAVEL FREEDOM. Call for FREE INFO. BOOKLET


Need STRESS relief? One easy payment makes that possible!

Call FREE 1-877-220-3328 Licensed, Government Approved, Canadian Company.

MORLEY MULDOON Transport is seeking qualiďŹ ed Heavy Duty Mechanics or Heavy Equipment Technicians, Dispatcher, HR/Safety Supervisor. Fax resume to 780-8426511 or email to:


SERVICE MANAGER - Hanna Chrysler Ltd. (Hanna, Alberta). Opportunity in a perfect family environment. Strong team, competitive wages, beneďŹ ts, growth potential. Fax resume: 403-854-2845. Email:

HEALTH PRODUCTS GET PAID to lose weight. $5,000 for your success story. Personal image TV Show. Call to qualify: 416-730-5684 ext 2243.

1-8-NOW-PARDON (1-866-972-7366)


DENIED CANADA Pension plan disability beneďŹ ts? The Disability Claims Advocacy Clinic can help. Call Allison Schmidt at 1-877-793-3222.



Looking for a NEW job? .com

The award-winning North Island Gazette has an opening for an editor in their two-person newsroom commencing as soon as possible. The successful candidate will possess an attention to detail as well as the ability to work under pressure in a deadline-driven environment.

THE LEMARE GROUP has an opening for an Administrative Assistant/Receptionist. This is a permanent fulltime position located in Port McNeill. The position requires organization, accuracy and multitasking. Must be friendly, energetic and proďŹ cient with switchboards/computers. Full beneďŹ t package. Fax resumes to 250-9564888 or email: ofďŹ


DROWNING IN Debt? Helping Canadians 25 years. Lower payments by 30%, or cut debts 70% thru Settlements. Avoid bankruptcy! Free consultation. Toll Free 1 877-5563500

WEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;RE ON THE WEB www.bcclassiďŹ

IF YOU own a home or real estate, Alpine Credits can lend you money: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that simple. Your credit/age/income is not an issue. 1-800-587-2161.



APPLIANCES LOOKING FOR a used deep freeze at a reasonable price. Call Desiree 250-902-0838.

FUEL/FIREWOOD SEASONED FIREWOOD Vancouver Islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest ďŹ rewood producer offers ďŹ rewood legally obtained during forest restoration, large cords. Help restore your forest, 1-877-902-WOOD.

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE ANTIQUE WOOD Dining suite includes table, 6 chairs, hutch & buffet. Call (250)956-3935.

NOW HIRING Western Forest Products Inc. is an integrated Canadian forest products company located on Vancouver Island that is committed to the safety of our employees, the culture of performance and the discipline to achieve results. We currently have the following openings: GIS Analyst Field & Area Planner Assistant & Field Engineer Grapple Yarder Chaser Grapple Yarder Operator & Hooktender Master Mechanic & Maintenance Supervisor Capital Project Accountant Dryland Sort Supervisor Detailed job postings can be viewed at WFP offers a competitive salary, a comprehensive beneďŹ t package and the potential to achieve annual performance rewards. If you believe that you have the skills and qualiďŹ cations that we are looking for, please reply in conďŹ dence to: Human Resource Department Facsimile: 1.866.840.9611 Email:

CANâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T GET Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift! Call 1-866-9815991. DIY STEEL Building deals! Many sizes and models. Make an offer on clearance buildings today and save thousands of dollars. Free brochure - 1-800668-5111 ext. 170. **HOME PHONE Reconnect** Call 1-866-287-1348. Prepaid long distance specials! Feature package specials! Referral program! Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be without a home phone! Call to connect! 1-866-287-1348. HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 SAWMILLS FROM only $3997 - Make money and save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free info & DVD: 1-800566-6899 Ext:400OT.

Thursday, April 19, 2012 , p 23 g










STEEL BUILDING- Blowout sale! 20x26 $5,199. 25x28 $5,799. 30x42 $8,390. 32x56 $11,700. 40x50 $14,480. 47x76 $20,325. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800668-5422.

PORT HARDY: 3 bedroom town house south of town. F/s, w/d. No pets, no smokers. $725/mo. 3 bedroom apartments in town. Great location. $600 & $700/mo. Batchelor suits, south of town. Only $440/mo. Phone 250-286-0110 ask for Scott.

PORT ALICE SHOPPING CENTRE Business is Great! We have a number of units of various sizes for lease. 300 sq. ft. & up. Contact Steve Edwards at Colyvan PaciďŹ c 604-683-8399


COAL HARBOUR- Oceanside retreat on N. Vancouver Island. 1750 sq. ft. 2 bdrm, 2 full bath, ďŹ nished basement, deck, sauna, hot tub and new roof in 2011. Pad rent $300/mnth. All appliances incl. Auto/boat shed/ Fishing, boating, crabbing at your doorstep. $39,500. Call 250949-6643 250-949-0516. PORT MCNEILL ocean view 3 bdrms, 5 appl. Lots of parking. Reduced-$145,000 Call 250956-3417.

PORT HARDY: Lrg 1 bdrm, Airport Rd, no smoking. Refs req. Avail May 1. $450. FMI 250-949-6319 PORT HARDY Updated 3 bdrm condo, secure building & caretaker on site. N/P, N/S. Avail. immediately. Heat & hot water incl. $725/mo. Ref. req. Call 250949-7085 leave message.

PORT HARDY Woodgrove Gardens Very clean & bright. 2 bdrms, 5 appliances, deck, cable tv incl. in rent. Newly renovated, new carpets & new kitchen ďŹ&#x201A;oor. Available May 1st $640/mo. N/S, N/P. Call Rosaline



WE BUY HOUSES Damaged House? Pretty House? Moving? Divorcing? Estate Sale? We will Buy your House Quick Cash & Private. Mortgage Too High and House wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sell? Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make payments? We will Lease Your House, Make your Payments and Buy it Later!

Call: 1-250-616-9053


STOP into our ofďŹ ce to pick up your detailed catalogue of all listed properties on the North Island. We can show you any listed property regardless of the listing agent!! Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s make it at your convenience! 250-949-7231

RENTALS APARTMENT/CONDO 2-3 BDR. trailer plus large shed located near airport on large treed lot. Well behaved pets welcome. References required. Call 250-9497189. HADDINGTON COURT APARTMENTS PORT MCNEILL Newly renovated apartments for rent. Clean & quiet building. Free cable. Furnished suites available. Call Ron & Linda 250-956-3365 KINGCOME MANOR

PORT MCNEILL NEWLY RENOVATED Bach, 1 or 2 bedrooms. Newly furnished available. Please call for availability & inclusions. Includes free cable. Phone Ron and Linda 250-956-3365

PORT MCNEILL APARTMENTS Well managed 1 & 2Bdrm suites. Gym & sauna on site. Call for availability.

Phone Rick 250-956-4555 PORT HARDY 2 bdrms, laundry, dishwasher & free cable. Avail immed. or May 1. $645/mo. Ph. 250-230-8363.


CESSNA 180 1976 on 3000 Caps for lease. DeHavilland DHC-2 1957 on 4930 Floats for lease. Van. Is. E-mail;


MOBILE HOMES & PADS PORT MCNEILL Mobile Home Park Short walk to town. Pads for rent. Water, sewer and garbage included. $280.00/ month Call 250-956-2355

HOMES FOR RENT COAL HARBOUR 3 bdrm modular home w/ panoramic ocean view, $600/mo. Call 1250-830-7123.

Auto Financing 1.800.910.6402

DreamCatcher Auto Loans â&#x20AC;&#x153;0â&#x20AC;? Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals

FOR RENT, available May 1. 5 bedroom,two level home in Port McNeill. Two bay garage, Wood Stove,W/D/F/S. Big Deck, Pets Welcome (fenced yard) Lots of parking. $800 per month. Reference needed. Call 780-553-2057 or 780-8309254

1-800-910-6402 DL# 7557


Auto Loans or We Will Pay You $1000

All Makes, All Models. New & Used Inventory.

1, 2 & 3 Bedroom apartments, furnished or non-furnished. Clean & quiet. Hot water & cable included.

PORT MCNEILL. 3BR 2BA half duplex. Awesome ocean views. F/S, W/D, DW. $1300/month. 956-2316.

1-888-229-0744 or apply at:

Call 250-956-3526, 250-230-0079. References a must.


WANT A Vehicle but stressed about your credit? Christmas in April, $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. 1-888-593-6095

RENT TODAY! Fully Renovated Apartments Well Managed Building 2 Bdrm & 1 Bdrm Available Ask for the Move-in Special & the Seniors Discount! Quality Building for Quality Tenants!! Contact Us Today Tel:1-250-902-0351 SEAHAVEN APARTMENTS 7070 Shorncliffe St. P.O. Box 222 Port Hardy, BC 2 bdr unit avail new kitchen and ďŹ&#x201A;ooring includes Fridge/stove, blinds, private parking stall, locker, laundry on premises. Quiet, adult building, non smoking, no pets. References required. Inquiries contact Janet 250-230-1462 Appointment to view. WEST PARK MANOR & LINDSAY MANOR in Port Hardy Large one & two bedroom suites, some with a great view, all clean and in excellent condition. Also elegantly furnished executive suites available. Well maintained secure & quiet buildings. Close to shopping. 2 year rental history and credit check required. Friendly onsite resident managers. Linda & Bruce. Call 250-949-9030 or email for info & pictures: wpark_lindsay@


Best OfďŹ ce/retail space in Port Hardy #3-7025 Market St. 2000 sq.ft. Available immediately

Contact Karin at Hardy Reality


Must be employed w/ $1800/mo. income w/ drivers license. DL #30526


SHIPPING CONTAINERS 20â&#x20AC;&#x2122; or 40â&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Buy or Rent. Safe and secure. Easymove Container Services. Serving Vancouver Island. 1-(888)331-3279

SUITES, LOWER PORT HARDY New 2 bdrm basement suite. Quiet neighbourhood. N/S, N/P, refs reqâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d. $700/mo. includes sat., wireless internet, $100/mth hydro & shared laundry. Call 250949-8981. Available May 1st.

PORT HARDY: Central, Seawind Estates, gated comm., like new, 2bdrm, on suite W/D, $675. Avail. immed. (604)4183626.



2007 CUSTOM Chev HHR. Excellent condition. Loaded. White. 119,000 km, mostly hwy driven. On-Star. $11,900 ďŹ rm. 250-755-5191.

OFF-ROAD VEHICLES NOW - NEW 8 week courses covering snowmobile or quad or marine outboard repair. Take one course or all - ďŹ t your interest and your timeline. GPRC Fairview Campus, Fairview, Alberta. Affordable residences. 1-888-999-7882;



SCRAP BATTERIES Wanted We buy scrap batteries from cars, trucks & heavy equip. $4.00 & up each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Minimum 10. Toll Free 1.877.334.2288.





  1( 1 ## '%   Q#P% M#P&$" P'& #% !#% "#%!'#"   "Q ' 75   

  ) ' /:@R;R#! D&'% Q#P% &M##  #% M%'Q ' )))RR#! #% % " %" 7- #"  (%'Q # ## $%#P'&"&%(&

   ) (( >B D F?  =' I#P% %&' A#"'M % ; %'3 <#".' )' ?' # <$#&'& # %' M&   %#! M#" "& #Q # %  88


APARTMENTS FURNISHED PORT HARDY Highland Manor â&#x20AC;˘Bachelor â&#x20AC;˘1 bdrm furnished â&#x20AC;˘2 bdrm $550 Move in incentive on approval References Call Jason 250-949-0192

   DF?3 Q #"3 "# %' %P&3 OP  &Q3 $Q  #(% 8 #% "&' !"'& #  %9   8885 )!#"Q$%#(%#! )   #)"  M#! #% %  '3  ? D<? )   Q#P !#"Q9 ?'.& M' ! I#P% %' 4  4 ?"#! B " &&P 557 8 5

  -  ( '$ =P%   D#% D!#(  &"

 #"+"' 3 &'3    BP% 2 ;;; D'" P%& P ABIA D F  D<BA  Q#P% D ?BDA ?B B@ B  BG D   / 88  6880 ))) #"%(&"#! 


* -( * ( DB 11    88 6  %$ #" <&'" $  & 'P%  $  & D%%  %#%! <#".'  )'M#P'  M#! $M#"  '##""' 88 6

   1 (  &(/$ G&' %" ".& #$ M"" & #!" 'M ) # " 83 5 =' &%( #% %#! !"'#"& =%' D'&   758 565 #% ! JLG'%:QM##

     / (( ( ( P$ ' %3 & # #%& (  %"'Q % 5  %% )))%#)" " / (( & B  D D &&#"   (%#P& D <  &   CEB  5588 

  /(/ ( ( F"#P(%% )## $%#   Q #  %&'#%'#"  (%Q > &'3  ;P%"

 5G G

 & ' CP" R '%&& ' ' #(% %% % D'  P'#"  (  0  P&  '%&& <     & %&%(&

For as little as $6.21 + HST you can place your garage sale  

with us and get free 

(  A%  & signs. balloons  A'% "

B B  -(  &  %#&& &'  (%Q ; $ ! 3  4)M' &' &M#'&  !"'&  )#%! % %P " 

,755 $$%#( M#! #" Q YOUR LIFE. YOUR COMMUNITY. YOUR PAPER. M7556 775   ( ( #%" '  #%" '


of the week. Bella Whonnock & Izzy Hepting are all smiles celebrating Izzyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4th birthday. Desiree Conway photo


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Canadians are living longer and costs for the Old Age Security (OAS) are rising. On April 1, 2023 the Government of Canada plans to start raising the age of eligibility for OAS and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) from 65 to 67.*

What does this mean for you? 54 or older as of March 31, 2012

You may still obtain OAS/GIS at age 65

53 or younger as of March 31, 2012

The age of eligibility for OAS/GIS will change gradually between 2023 and 2029

Starting in July 2013, Canadians who are eligible for, but not yet receiving OAS will have the flexibility to delay receiving it in exchange for a higher monthly amount at a later date.

The number of working-age Canadians for every senior is decreasing** 6

The number of working-age Canadians per senior is decreasing, placing additional pressure on the OAS program.

5 4 3 2 1 0 1990



**Source: 9th Actuarial Report on the Old Age Security Program

For a free brochure or more information visit or call 1 800 O-Canada (TTY 1-800-926-9105) *Subject to parliamentary approval





Thursday, April 19, 2012

Recyclables enrich the North Island Mike D’Amour Gazette staff It’d be hard to give a better example of the “more you give, the more you get” saying than what goes on at the Port Hardy Kinsmen Return-It Centre at the old North Island Mall. Rod Inglis, of the three-employee, registered, non-profit organization, said last year alone more than 2.5 million bottles, cans, plastic and other containers were collected at the local centre. “We took in 1,726,709 small and large plastics, tetra packs, glass and things like that from more than 10,000 transactions,” he said. Add to that number 821,256 beer bottles and cans and the total is 2,547,965 containers that won’t be going to any landfills.

The local depot is just one of 175 across the province that helped keep more than 1-billion containers from going to the dump. Still, one of the best parts is any profits realized at the local centre goes directly back into the community. For example, the Return-It Centre was responsible for a $2,500 donation to the North Island Gazette’s 2012 Hamper Fund, which aims to help less fortunate families with food and other items to get them through the Christmas season. But that’s only a small amount of the thousands and thousands of dollars the centre donates to the North Island community each year. The Return-It centre is a three-star facil-

ity, an honour granted to recycling places that take pride in the cleanliness, staff knowledge, interior and exterior signage and many other criteria. The threestar rating also means the local bottle depot receives a $3,000 grant every year (l-r) James MacLean, Rod Inglis and Candace Harris hard at from Encorp Kinsmen Bottle Depot in the North Island Mall. Pacific, which added electronics, back on those,” he is the stewardship TVs, small appliances said. for the recycling of and stuff like that to The likely reason the bottles and other the list of things they for that is no point recyclables which accept — they collect of purchase deposit require a deposit at it all and sell the recy- is required on those point of purchase. clable material.” items in B.C. “The exception is Still, Inglis laments However, Inglis beer bottle and beer the fact there are not is looking ahead to cans, which is conmore milk carton and projects the Returntrolled by the brewerjug returns. It Centre will help ies,” said Inglis. “We’re getting only fund in the coming “But Encorp has about four per cent months, including the

work at the Port Hardy Mike D’Amour

refurbishment of the Kinsmen pavilion by Tsulquate Park. “We’ve been made aware the structure need to be upgraded because its rotting from the bottom,” he said. The Return-It Centre’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday to Sunday.

Pitch-In Community Cleanup & BBQ Sunday, April 29 10am-3pm

Harvest Food Bank & Carrot Park

Harvest Food Bank - 10am-Noon Pick up supplies, register for prizes and enjoy refreshments provided by the friendly staff at the Harvest Food Bank.

Carrot Park - Noon-3pm

Prize drawings and BBQ for participants


Call Patti Smedley at the District of Port Hardy


Thursday, April 19, 2012 B3

Well done Eagle View! Eagle View Elementary was recently awarded an Honourable Mention in a province-wide contest known as BC Green Games. Over 37 school districts participated in the contest

Fishing & Outdoors Club Eagle View School has both an outdoor and fishing club. The two clubs make Eagle View greener because we are going outside instead of being couch potatoes. We meet every Wednesday. By going outside we get to experience the true natural beauty of the north island through sight, touch and Sydney Martineau smell. It’s way better than watchAge 10 ing the discovery channel or learning about the environment in a text book! My favourite day was when we went tracking animals after a snowfall this winter. We saw the fresh tracks of deer, rabbit, raccoon, mouse, birds and even a black bear. I love tracking, it makes me feel like a detective!

with over 110 projects being submitted. Well done Eagle View! You can view the video at http://2012. eagle-view-elementary.html

Composting Composting is something Eagle View School does every day of every week. Composting is green because we recycle fruit and vegetable waste. Instead of throwing food scraps in the garbage and sending them to Seven Mile Landfill, each class puts their food scraps in a class compost bucket. Every Friday, students from Mr. Barfoot’s class collect the buckets and dump them in our huge worm bins. Thanks Keltic Seafoods for generously donating the fish totes to our school! After the scraps have decomposed (thanks Georgia Walkus to the worms) into soil, we scoop the soil up and put Age 10 it into our garden. The rich soil provides nutrients for our veggies and flowers in our school garden. Nothing beats homemade soil! PS – could the fishing club please stop stealing our worms! In our garden we dig a hole in the dirt for the potatoes to grow. We grew raspberries too. There is lavender in the garden and mint. Some kids take care of the garden. We call them gardeners.

We have chicken eggs in our classroom. Eggs take 21 days to hatch. We put the eggs in the incubator. The thermometer makes it hot. Kaylee Rakiea – Grade 1

' Rechargeable batteries ' Used cell phone drop off ' Solar USB chargers

Griffin Handley Grade 3

' Rechargeable radios & lights ' LED technology lights ' Paperless storage with USB memory

Emma Walkus Kindergarten

8945 Granville St, Port Hardy • 250-949-7771

Mackenzie Moore Grade 1

Check out our selection of green Energy Star appliances.

We have compost worms in our classroom.




1700 Broughton Blvd Port McNeill 250-956-3323

8775 Granville St Port Hardy 250-949-8223 'RANVILLE3Ts4HUNDERBIRD-ALL


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Healthy hardwood flooring

Green Recipes

Soy-based finished floors new â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;greenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; innovation for parents (volatile organic compound), is hypoallergenic, antimicrobial and is the only flooring with the Greenguard School and Children certification available in all species, colors and finishes. With this new flooring option sumers, daycares the market. you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have and school boards Made using 100 to sacrifice great can now benefit percent pure soy- looking floors for from this unique bean oil, the new health-consciousproduct never be- flooring boasts ness. fore introduced on zero VOC content

Port Hardy Kinsmen


Bottle Depot

(MS) -- Since most of an infantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time is spent on the floor playing, crawling and discovering, more and more parents are now looking for flooring options that will minimize exposure to harmful allergens, germs and toxins. Allergen and germ collecting flooring options like carpet are now being overlooked for more hy p o a l l e r g e n i c options such as natural hardwood flooring to diminish the risk of harmful exposure to their children. Discerning parents are now finding that there are even healthier options in hardwood flooring available that can help them take that extra step of precaution in protecting their childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s welfare. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a new hardwood floor so healthy and so eco-friendly that it actually was awarded the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Children and School certificationâ&#x20AC;? by world-renowned standards organization Greenguard. A Canadian manufacturer has developed the cleanest, least harmful and most eco-friendly flooring available anywhere. And now, after years of development, con-

All-Purpose Cleaner 1/2 cup (125 ml) pure soap 1 gallon (4 liters) hot water For a clean scent and to help cut grease add 1/4 cup (60 ml) of lemon juice. This solution is safe for all surfaces, should be rinsed with water, and is very effective for most jobs. For a stronger cleaner, double the amounts of soap and lemon juice.

Air Fresheners Commercial air fresheners work by masking smells and coating the nasal passages with chemicals which diminish the sense of smell by deadening the nerves. Avoid these products. Instead, try the all-natural air purifiers - house plants. Or try these natural recipes to diminish odor and add a fragrant smell to your house: Use baking soda in your garbage or refrigerator to help reduce odors at their source. Dissolve 1 tsp (5 ml) of baking soda in 2 cups (500 ml) of hot water, add 1 tsp (5 ml) lemon juice. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and spray as you would an air freshener. Place a few slices of a citrus fruit, cloves or cinnamon in a pot with enough water to simmer gently for an hour or two.

with the

Harness the Power of the Sun

iMob Solar Battery Charger starting at

Works in all weather conditions


Waterproof, shock & rust resistant

47.07 + tax

Reverse charge protection Overcharge protection 5 year warranty Designed to maintain or charge a 12 volt battery.



250-949-7700 /0%.$!93!7%%+ /0%.4(523 35.!- 0!&4%2(/523"5,+$2/0/&&#!,,  

The best way to keep the North Island green, is to continue harvesting our forests and planting at least 2 trees for every tree harvested. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called practicing sustainable forestry.

Mayor & Council Port McNeill Tree Farming Country

macandales .com 8640 Wollason St Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0 250-949-8442

Keeping your cell phone and batteries out of the local landfill helps the environment and supports some great causes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free. A small effort on your part can make a big difference. Recharging the planet. Recycling your batteries.

1528 BROUGHTON BLVD. â&#x20AC;˘ PORT McNEILL PHONE: 956-3367 â&#x20AC;˘

Need to cleanup yard, house or business? Rent a dumpster or bring your waste to our transfer station. Free metal drop off! Storage in Port McNeill, Port Hardy or at your door step (shipping container). Call All-Store Mini-Storage 250-949-0182.

Foxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Disposal 5990 Steel Rd 250-949-6306

Thursday, April 19, 2012 B5

R we getting it? Or R we missing the message?

Marine Detective with Jackie Hildering educe, euse, ecycle! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Like automatons we can chant out this slogan when asked what we can do for environmental good, so successfully ingrained is this motto, believed to date back to the first Earth Day in 1970. For many of us, the chanting is accompanied by visions of blue boxes and the logo with three arrows. Is this good, or bad? It is of course good the solution for reducing waste is so well known. That the solution


can be captured in just three words also certainly makes the point that it’s pretty simple to live more sustainably. Except, something got lost along the way. It is not Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. It is REDUCE • REuse • Recycle.

The 3-R slogan was born as the waste hierarchy. The three actions are not equal. Reduce is far, far more important than reuse and the least impactful of the 3-Rs is recycle. To use the case of the plastic water bottle to emphasize this, yes, you can recycle the bloody thing so it is not part of the legacy of plastics drifting and seeping around the planet, BUT it shouldn’t even exist in the first place — at least not in the developed world. The tap water on northern Vancouver Island is of very high

quality and by using it you avoid the chemical and energy cost of the bottle being made, transported and recycled. Having the great privilege of working with children to help them feel empowered in a world with a lot of environmental gloom, I’ve polled them to find out what they believe to be the most important R. Almost always, the answer is recycle. Oops. This isn’t good. This really isn’t good. The shiny, most powerful, most hope-inspiring gem of environmental change has been misidentified. Striving to reduce consumption of resources is the most powerful tool against all environmental problems; from waste management, to bioaccumulation and climate change. It is also the R that will give you the greatest bang

for your buck — a buck you can cash in at the bank of happiness. Less misspent cash on disposable, nondurable and frivolous items and less wasted energy and other resources, means greater freedom from the consumer paradigm and a greater sense of hope for the future. How is it the most powerful R has become misidentified and that the whole concept of the 3-R hierarchy has become

lost? Is it because recycling is something tangible where it is difficult to visualize the action of reducing? I would argue this should not be the case. Reducing should be the great green common denominator. To provide some examples applicable to teaching: we are leaving half the lights off in the classroom to use LESS energy; please use the paper in the recycling bin so

we use LESS paper; close the door so we waste LESS heat; and how wonderful that you are using a reusable container for your lunch so there are LESS baggies bulging from school garbage cans and swirling around school yards. You get the idea. Is it then because recycling allows us to have our plastic wrapped cake and eat it too? Certainly this is how the ohso-powerful and oppressive consumer paradigm wishes to manipulate us i.e. “We’ll green-up making you feel less consumer guilt, but you’ve got to keep buying in the volume to which we’ve become accustomed.” Or, are there many of us who don’t really believe how essential it is to get our act together for future generations and that by recycling we deliver an act of appease-

ment, just in case? If you have read this far, thank you, for you are a significant player in creating positive environmental change. That’s the irony of writing an item such as this — I won’t reach the audience that needs to change the most; those who do not even recycle. You care enough to want to refine what it is you already do. Know this is not about being perfect. It’s about ensuring our efforts have the greatest net gain and that we recognize the power that lies in the word reduce. Simply stated, less is more: more positive impact; more financial liberty; and more empowered, shiny-eyed, happy and healthy children in a future we cannot see. Jackie Hildering is a biologist, avid scuba diver and marine educator. Follow her at .

Old stoves, fridges, hotwater tanks, scrap metal and abandoned cars... Don’t Dump it...Bring it to me! NO RECYCLING FEE Need a part? Come & see me & bring your own tools.


Keep our North Island beautiful. BORIS GARAGE & RECYCLING CENTRE

250-949-1066 7600 BYNG RD PORT HARDY, BC


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Benefits to bicycle riding are many Bicycles have been around for more than a century. Many historians once believed that carriage-makers Pierre and Ernest Michaux, a father and his son, respectively, were responsible for the first bicycle. But some historians now say there is evidence that bicycles and similar vehicles existed before the 1860s. Regardless, the design of bicycles and the enjoyment of riding them have continued throughout their history. Bicycle riding has many benefits, including promoting health. It’s also an eco-conscious mode of transportation. Who relies on a bike as a primary mode of transportation varies, but millions of people worldwide take to bicycles for different purposes. Individuals have many different reasons for riding bicycles, and here are a few of the many benefits of taking to the streets atop your bicycle. It’s Green Bicycles have virtually no carbon footprint. This method of transportation is one of the most efficient ever invented. It contributes to little air pollution, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, reduces road wear, and can even reduce deforestation of planting of rubber plantations and bio-fuel crops. Bicycles also

BACK ROAD CLEANUP 2012 We are looking for volunteers to rid the back roads of garbage. Crews will meet in the morning at the marshalling points and head out to the problem areas. A barbeque will follow at the Quatse River Fish Hatchery for all volunteers @ 1:00 PM. This event is proudly sponsored by: i

MinistryofForests,LandsandNatural ResourceOperations











improving cardiovascular health, improving bone mass, and helping to burn calories, which can shed pounds. A 130-pound person will burn 236 calories per hour while leisurely cycling, 472 calories for moderately paced cycling and 708 calories per hour for race cycling. A 180-pound person will burn 327 calories for leisurely cycling, 654 for moderately paced cycling and 981 for race cycling. It Saves Space Bicycles take up less space than other modes of transport. That means everyone from apartment-dwellers to owners of large homes have the space to store a bicycle. In terms of parking a bicycle or keeping it chained somewhere, the smaller profile means they can be kept in many places and there’s no need to hunt for a parking spot. Furthermore, bicycles on roadways also take up less space, which can reduce the amount of traffic congestion. Additionally, should a traffic jam form, it’s easier to change routes on a bicycle than it is in an automobile. It’s easy to see just how many benefits there are to bicycle riding -- and there are still numerous more that can be discovered.

make virtually no noise, so they’re ideal for those who want to prevent noise pollution. It’s Healthy Riding a bicycle is a great start to implementing a healthier lifestyle. Going bike riding puts less stress on the joints than running. It is also a faster mode of transport than walking. Many people find that riding a bicycle can be a moodbooster. Regular cycling is known to have many health benefits, including toning Local Port McNeill Bottle Depot muscles, Depot Hours: Monday - Thursday: 9am - 4pm Friday: 9am - 3pm Saturday: 10am - 2pm


The Shed Outdoor Store


Spring Cleaning? Tired of tripping over junk bikes? Keep those old bikes out of the landfill, bring them to The Shed! We re-use good parts for affordable used bikes and recycle the rest. The Shed recycles metal, cardboard, plastic/packaging, even tires and tubes! Help the enviroment and save money! Test ride the latest electric bikes on the town’s steepest hills, no problem!

Date: May 12, 2012 Time: 8:00 am Marshalling Point PH: 8405ByngRoad PioneerInn,PortHardy  Marshalling Point PM: 2217MineRoad MFLNRO,PortMcNeill Pleasewearworkclothesand bringgloves.Ifpossibletrucks wouldalsobeappreciated.  Formoreinformationortoreport anareaofconcern,contact:  RobertShort (250)956Ͳ5036  (250)956Ͳ0047  PatrickDonaghy(250)956Ͳ3301  ScottMitchell (250)956Ͳ3182

1979 Nimpkish Crescent, Port McNeill 250-956-3328

#4-311 Hemlock Street Port McNeill (behind Subway)


Hours: Mon-Sat: 11am-6pm

Living Oceans Society Protecting North Island ocean ecosystems today for generations to come. Learn more at

Report Illegal Dumping

Barbara Watson

Thursday, April 19, 2012 B7

Eagle View kindergarten students in both Mrs. Williamson’s and Mrs. Sedola’s classes are raising salmon — that the kids received as eggs — which will be released back to the wild soon and (right) the wall of salmon that displays the life cycle of the important fish. Mike D’Amour

A very fin, er, fun class Mike D’Amour Gazette staff A pair of Eagle View kindergarten classes are learning about life cycles in an up close and personal kind of way. A short time ago, kids in Holly Williamson and Michelle Sedola’s kindergarten classes received dozens of eyed-salmon eggs to tend. The children put the eggs in tanks and waited for them to hatch. “We lost about five eggs that didn’t seem they would ever hatch,” said Williamson, who noted the rest of them hatched. The children tend to the young salmon, chores that include feeding time. “It’s a dry fish food they make from dead fish, I’m thinking,” said Williamson. “But you don’t feed them a lot at this stage. Williamson and her young charges noticed something interesting about the young salmon’s feeding habits. “Some were more aggressive than others when they are eating,” said Williamson.

“You’ll see some are smaller than the others.” Williamson said she’s been involved with the salmon project for the past several years and knows the children in both classes learn plenty about the fish that helped build B.C. “They’re learning different things,” said Williamson. “They’re learning about life cycles for sure, and — let’s hope — caring about nature.” The children keep a journal of their daily interactions with the

fish. But all good things must come to an end, and the fish will soon be leaving for better waters. The children will soon be releasing the tiny fish right into the Little Tsulquate River, near the school. “That’s the water they become acustomed to and where the scent will lead them (when it’s time for the adult fish to return to spawn),” said Williamson. “Typically we can let them go by Earth Day, near the end of April.” said Williamson.



Auto Repairs Auto Recycling

Complete Shopping Port McNeill Groceries • Produce • Meat Dairy • Deli • Bakery Huge Selection • Friendly Staff Open daily 8 am - 9 pm


“The Works” Service Special • 5 litres oil • filter • tire rotation • 32 point inspection




+ taxes & fees

Industrial Spill Kits • Great for commercial use • Aids in clean-up • Containment barriers included • Help protect the environment




+ taxes

Doing our part for a greener North Island We recycle: 98KK<I@<JaN8JK<F@Ca]CK<IJa8EK@=I<<Q<a:8I;9F8I;

6050 Bronze Rd Port Hardy 250-949-6769

250-949-6393 2 DL # 5507

w w w. d a v e l a n d o n f o r d . c o m



Thursday, April 19, 2012

Clean patio furniture the green way Despite a mild winter for much of the country, many people are looking forward to dusting off the patio furniture and heading outside to enjoy the warmer weather that’s on its way. If only it was as easy as that. Very often decks, patios and outdoor furniture need a little more than a quick clean-up to get them ready for the season. Too often people turn to harsh chemicals that, when washed away, can end up leaching into the surrounding ground and potentially the water supply. There are more environmentally friendly options available to get outdoor items prepped for entertaining.

Those who have kids and pets or who are just interested in living an eco-friendly lifestyle, may wonder how to make patio furniture look like new without resorting to harsh chemical cleansers to do the job. Although it may take a little more elbow grease to do it

the green way, here are some tips for cleaning up. * Head into the kitchen. People are often surprised to find they have some of the most versatile cleaning products in their cabinets and possibly even the refrigerators. Baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice are good cleansers to try on stubborn stains. Baking soda mixed with a little vinegar will create a foaming action that can help break through stains. Vinegar on its own is a natural deodorizer and can clean chrome and glass without leaving behind streaks. Baking soda mixed with a little water can be used as a scouring paste applied with a stiff-bristled

-- especially if it’s being directed at dirt at a high velocity. Pressure washers are ideal for cleaning off mold, mildew and even leaf and bug stains from many surfaces, including concrete. Set the power washer at an acceptable spray size because, if it’s too concentrated, the spray can cause other damage. * Get steamed for cleaning. Steam is a popular and green method of cleaning indoor floors, counters and other surfaces. Steam can also be tried on resin furniture or other materials to loosen debris, enabling the dirt to be wiped off with little elbow grease. Steam can also disinfect surfaces without the need for chemicals. * Look for green cleaning products. For those who prefer the power of a spray-bottle, select products that have been approved for use by notable environmental agencies. These cleaning items will be free from damaging ingredients. Just be sure to check the ingredient list before making any purchases. * Bleach it. Diluted bleach is one of the most effective cleaning and disinfecting combinations around. Because bleach is an organic chemical, it can be introduced back into the environment without doing much damage, provided it is substantially diluted. Check the color-fastness of the materials that will be cleaned in an inconspicuous spot prior to doing the whole surface. * Cover it. Sometimes the stains are so set in that they are not able to be scoured clean. In such instances, consider the use of eco-friendly fabrics to cover patio furniture upholstery. In addition, look for green paints that can be used to go over metal and even brush, and it has even been shown to replastic furniture for a new look. move rust stains on some metal surfaces. Get set for the season of entertaining by The acidity of lemon juice can help cut prepping outdoor items in an environmenthrough oily messes and gummy substances. tally friendly way. * Put some pressure behind the cleaning. Don’t underestimate the power of plain water Regional District of Mount Waddington FREE RECYCLING SERVICE The following types of items are accepted at the 7-Mile Landfill, Malcolm Island and Woss Recycling Depots for FREE:

DROP OFF LOCATION for old household BATTERIES ivœÀiʈÌÊÜ>Ãʅˆ«Ê̜ÊLiÊ }Àii˜]Ê ÕVŽÃÊ1˜ˆ“ˆÌi`Ê

>˜>`>ÊÜ>ÃÊVœ““ˆÌÌi`ÊÌœÊ Ã>ۈ˜}ʅ>LˆÌ>ÌÊvÀœ“ÊVœ>ÃÌÊÌœÊ Vœ>ÃÌ°Ê œÜÊ̅>ÌÊLiˆ˜}Ê}Àii˜Ê

We can only accept the following batteries:

1 2 3



5 6

ˆÃÊiÛiÀޜ˜i½ÃÊVœ˜ViÀ˜]ʜÕÀÊ œLʈÃʓœÀiʈ“«œÀÌ>˜ÌÊ̅>˜Ê iÛiÀ°Ê7iʘii`ÊޜÕÀʅi«Ê ̜ÊVœ˜ÃiÀÛiÊÜȉ>˜`ÃÊ>˜`Ê «Àœ“œÌiÊ>ʅi>Ì…Þ]ÊÃÕÃÌ>ˆ˜>LiÊ i˜ÛˆÀœ˜“i˜ÌÊvœÀÊ«iœ«iÊ>˜`Ê Üˆ`ˆvi° iÊ}Àii˜Ê̜`>Þ° ̽ÃÊÜÊi>ÃÞ -Õ««œÀÌÊ ÕVŽÃÊ1˜ˆ“ˆÌi`

Please do not throw your old batteries into the garbage. It is very harmful for the environment. We will help dispose of your batteries in an environmentally friendly way.

Bring your batteries to the North Island Gazette office anytime Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm. *Save yourself some time, keep a container at your home for old batteries, then bring them in all at once.


7 8


10 11 12 13 14 15

Cardboard Newsprint Coloured Paper (paper with coloured ink or colored fibre) Glossy Paper • Magazines • Catalogues • Phone books • Flyers • Soft cover books White Bond Paper Mixed Waste Paper (all junk mail, envelopes, craft paper, construction paper) Box Board (egg cartons, cereal boxes, kleenex boxes, etc) Type 2 Translucent Plastic: • Milk jugs • Water jugs • juice jugs • select pails Type 2 Colored and White Plastic: • detergent jugs • shampoo containers • select pails Type 1 Plastic (comingled ok) Type 3 Plastic (comingled ok) Type 4 Plastic (comingled ok) Type 5 Plastic (comingled ok) Type 6 Plastic (comingled ok) Type 7 Plastic (comingled ok)

16 17

18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32

Updated April, 2012 All items should be clean and sorted Milk Cartons (gable top) All Returnable Bottles & cans (ie with deposit): • glass (eg wine & beer bottles), • tetrapaks (eg Juice containers), • plastic or aluminum beverage containers Automotive Batteries* Industrial and Marine Batteries* Rechargeable Household Batteries* Other Non rechargeable Household Batteries* Non-Ferrous Metals (aluminum, copper, brass, lead and zinc) Ferrous Metals • tin cans • other clean steel & iron Empty Propane Tanks* Appliances (dryers, dishwashers, ovens, hot water tanks, etc) Appliances with CFC’s (Refrigerators, Freezers, air conditioners etc)* Electronic Goods (TV’s, stereo’s)* Computers* Computer Monitors* Household Paint*: Empty Paint Containers including aerosol cans* Household Herbicides* • look for skull & crossbones and Pest Control Product number (PCP)

33 Household Pesticides * • look for skull & crossbones and Pest Control Product number (PCP) 34 Flammables (must be in approved containers)*: • Liquids only • Paint thinners • Other solvents • Camp fuels • Liquid adhesives with flammable symbol • Other flammables or solvents that have the flame symbol or wording similar to “keep away from open spark or flame” 35 Gasoline* in approved ULC containers only 36 Oil * 37 Oil, filters, jugs, etc* 38 Tires (see RDMW website for details)* 39 Used medications* 40 Compostable Garden waste (see RDMW website for details) 41 Thermostats 42 All battery/plug-in items 43 Fluorescent/CFC bulbs

*Refer to Industry Stewardship Program Links on our website: Please check our website for news on upcoming region wide tire collection event

North Island Gazette, April 19, 2012  

April 19, 2012 edition of the North Island Gazette

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you