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PAGE 13 Walkers — and one young cyclist — raised more than $7,000 during the MS Walk in Port McNeill.

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Happy feet Shayla Mardell and Sarah Dutcyvich race under a “bridge” made by Elizabeth Maundrell and Cleo Furney during last weekend’s Stars of Tomorrow dance recital at Sunset Elementary School. See more coverage next week and online at northislandgazette. com.

J.R. Rardon Gazette editor Less than two months after being told their jobs were going to disappear, employees of the Fields department stores in Port Hardy and Port McNeill have gained a bit of job security. Last week, Vancouver-based FHC Holdings Ltd. announced its purchase of 57 Fields stores province-wide. The outlets are among those that had been slated for closure by the previous owner, Hudson’s Bay Company. “We’re definitely excited to be part of the community and staying involved there,” said Jason McDougall, president of FHC. “It’s a great group of people and it’s a privilege to be involved with them.” Instead of shuttering their doors

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Reserve signs animal control pact J.R. Rardon Gazette editor PORT HARDY—A new agreement between the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw First Nation and District of Port Hardy animal control has the local dogcatcher operating on Tsulquate Reserve for the first time. But the goal is not to eliminate the canine population. “Part of the band’s commitment under this agreement is that we do education on proper animal control and care,” said Jessie Hemphill, who is a member

of both the band council and District of Port Hardy council. “We send out a community newsletter, and we did a colouring page for kids on dog control. We’re making sure we get word out to the community that this new animal control contract is in place.” Piecemeal efforts have been made in the past to round up potential problem strays in Tsulquate, including the band hiring individuals to collect the dogs, but the practice never stuck or worked particularly successfully, Hemphill said.

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The current The final agreement, agreement which took effect brought in Aries this month, Security, which came about provides animal with the help of control for the a CommunityDistrict in addito-Community tion to its other grant through duties. the Union of BC “It’s very Municipalities much like the (UBCM) and District of Port the work of Jessie Hemphill Hardy contract, Gloria LeGal almost like and Rick Davidge of the an extension of it,” said District of Port Hardy, who Anika Kelly, owner of presented the Gwa’sala- Aries Security. “Our ani’Nakwaxda’xw with a draft mal control officer goes out of the agreement. and does a round in town,

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Program gives students financial tips Elena Rardon Gazette staff PORT HARDY - A new seminar brought information about investment and savings to the students at North Island high schools last week. Jody Henry and Diana Alfred visited the North Island as part of EnRICHed Academy, speaking to Planning 10 students at PHSS and NISS. Their presentation included a slide show with steps to becoming an investor, including tips about stocks, credit, and good debt vs. bad debt. Videos allowed investors to share their experiences with debt, and the presenters used celebrity examples of debt, including Nicholas Cage and Michael Jackson. The presentation was interactive. Henry and Alfred posed questions to students, with chocolate coins for prizes. Afterwards, Henry explained that EnRICHed Academy is a program designed to teach teens and young adults about finance and money management. The full program online is for parents to do with their children. “I’m not here for that,” she added. “I’m here to teach these guys.” This is the first year EnRICHed Academy has visited the North Island, and the group has been invited back by both schools. Next year they hope to bring an expanded seminar for the grade 12s. Alfred lived on the North Island for 20 years, and she says

good questions,” she said. “I think it really struck a chord with the kids.” For more informa-

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tion about EnRICHed Academy, or to start the online program, visit enrichedacademy. com.

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Diana Alfred and Jody Henry present a slidehow as part of the Enriched Academy program for Planning 10 students at PHSS Elena Rardon last week.

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Please see application requirements on the District website: www.porthardy.ca Deb Clipperton, Director Financial Services

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The Port McNeill Dental Clinic would like to welcome Dr. Brian Bostrom and his wife Jaclyn to the North Island. Dr. Bostrom will be joining Dr. Baird in his practice of dentistry commencing on June 5, 2012. We are accepting new patients for all aspects of dental treatment.

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School concerned for student safety “What it boils down to is, if the students are at risk, then we have to do something.” Reed Allen

euthanasia room,” said Kelly, who adds those who have difficulty paying for spay/neuter fees may be eligible for discounted pound rates with help from Alex Shorre, a spay and neu-

ter advocate who runs For Paws Boot Camp. Hemphill went with Kehoe on a ridealong in the first days of the new program, and verified the treatment of the dogs. “I was amazed how fun it was,” said Hemphill. “The dogs were happy. Walter’s happy. I like how he uses treats to get them to follow, and he has real positive, kindnessbased approach. “And Anika and Mike Kelly have created a Facebook page for dogs that need to be picked up. It’s nice to be working with them.”

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from page 1 for their lunchbags. School principal Reed Allen said the school instituted a dog policy a year ago after several children had their lunches taken and a few were “nipped” during lunchbag grabs by the dogs. “I think dogs on reserve, for us, is a reality,” said Allen. “We do see the odd dog sometimes by itself, and they’re usually fine. It’s when they’re in packs, that’s when it gets dangerous. What it boils down to is, if the students are at risk, then we have to do something.” Sometimes, a dog at school is simply a matter of a child bringing the dog or the pet following the student. The school policy is, first, to attempt to remove the dogs from school property. If that step fails, the school tries to contact the owner. Step three is contacting animal control. When an animal is taken to the local pound, it is not simply locked away. The pound has outdoor runs, and Glenda Hogan works with Aries to ensure dogs are exercised and socialized during their stays. While the animals are fed and given basic grooming for the first 72 hours, Kelly posts their pictures on a Facebook page she has established to alert owners: Port-Hardy AnimalShelter. If the dogs are not claimed, or if their owners simply cannot pay the impound and the spay/ neuter fees, they are given another chance. If not claimed after 72 hours, under the bylaw, the animals are taken to the airport and flown, courtesy of Pacific Coastal Airlines, to Victoria Adoptables, an association which keeps dogs until they can be housed with a new family. “They don’t have to take that walk down the last mile to the

Animal control officer Walter Kehoe stands with a dog he collected recently on Tsulquate Reserve

EVES would like to thank the following businesses for their generous support. Without their help our Community Event would not be possible. Overwaitea Peoples Drug Mart The Hobby Nook Jim’s Hardy Sports Your Dollar Store A&W Dunlop’s Home Hardware Rexall Monk Office Supply The Clothes Inn Julia & Brittany’s Salon Creative Edge Salon & Spa Chevron Town Pantry Dave Landon Motors Hardy Builders’ Supply Macandale’s Rentals E.J. Klassen Scotiabank Port Hardy InsuranceCentre The Cove ShopRite Pro Heavy Duty Stryker Electronics K&K Electric O.K. Tire Seto’s Wok and Grill North Island Gazette Quatse River Salmon Stewardship Port Hardy Bull Quarterdeck Blonde Ambition The Source

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Refs, coaches, organizers and concession workers thank you for making the MUDBOWL such a success for the 650 players who participated.

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In Memory of

Kenneth Allan Thompson May 8, 1969 - November 24, 2010 How is a Mother to think? Where are you? Who are you with? All our lives we ask these questions. It seems so far from fact to fiction. The longer the journey, the longer the path. Winding ever so deeply in and out of the past. How is a Mother to feel? I hear your voice, remembering the last call made. ‘Hi Mom’ keeps going over and over in my head. How glad I am I told you how proud of you I was. As a mother, we try to remind you “just because”. What is a Mother to do? I have a bench and it is in place. To know people go there at their own pace. Remembering you but in peace and full of grace. A day does not pass without a thought. This can’t be true I am so distraught. But life goes on, only the quality has changed. I would give everything and all to only rearrange. You are carried forever in our hearts it is true. Sadly missed by Mother, sons and brother. Tears of your friends and family will never be forgotten. Because I am so proudly your Mother.

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Jobs preserved locally from page 1 for good, the North Island’s two stores reopened May 1 as FHC properties after a fourday closure for inven-

tory reconciliation. The purchase of the stores will preserve at least 10 jobs that stood to go by the wayside had the stores shut

down. Not all locations were as fortunate. The FHC Holdings purchase did not include Vancouver Island stores

located in Gold River and Ladysmith. And the purchase included only a portion of the 140-plus Fields stores across Canada.

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

Going to the dogs There are several wrong ways to go about the business of solving an animal control problem. Fortunately, the recent decision by the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw First Nation to enter into an animal control agreement with the District of Port Hardy is an example of the right way. No dark-of-the-night sweeps through the reserve to scoop up unattended pets. No quick walks down the last mile to the euthanasia room. No quick call to the SPCA for every yard chain. Instead, both the band and the District have agreed education and support must be a cornerstone of the agreement. To that end, both the band office and Port Hardy’s municipal animal shelter staff are sharing information related to the proper care and restraint of dogs, as well as alerting owners to the potential dangers of allowing loose dogs to gather into packs. Assistance is also provided by 4-Paws Boot Camp for those who must pay impound fees. But residents must take their own steps to benefit from this partnership. Dogs must be spayed or neutered, unless the owner holds a breeder’s license. Chained animals must have sufficient space to move. If you have questions, call the band office or the animal shelter. Help is available. If not for yourself, check into it for the sake of your pet.

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A small but dedicated group of participants raised more than $7,000 for Multiple Sclerosis in the annual MS Walk.

No end is in sight in the impasse between the B.C. Teachers’ Federation and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association.

Ferry fleet sails into storm

VICTORIA – The B.C. government has rolled out its plan to reform BC Ferries, continuing the structural and cultural shift that started when the Crown corporation was quasiprivatized in the early years of B.C. Liberal rule. Politically, there is a lot at stake here. Premier Christy Clark’s year-long “families first” routine boils down to two projects, reining in rate increases at BC Hydro and BC Ferries. For weeks, Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom has been signaling there is bad news to come. Sparring with the NDP in question period, he has bluntly and repeatedly said the days of fully staffed vessels sailing with a third (or less) of their capacity are coming to an end. Tabling legislation to give the ferry commissioner new powers over service levels as well as fares, Lekstrom revealed $80 million worth of sugar to help the tough

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medicine go down over the next four years. That’s on top of the $150 million annual subsidy. Quadra Island politician Jim Abram was first out with the predictable view of the Gulf Islands elite, dismissing this sum as paltry. Consider that the B.C. transportation ministry spent $460 million last year on highway operations. This year’s operating subsidy to coastal ferries is approaching $200 mil-

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lion, nearly half of that. And increasingly, it goes to subsidize getaways for those who choose isolation for its own sake. A key legislative change will allow BC Ferries to use revenues from its profitable main routes to subsidize little-used runs. This would be even more important if those revenues hadn’t been squandered. And no, I’m not talking about the “fast ferries.” The story is detailed in Head On!, a 2004 book by former B.C. deputy highways minister R.G. Harvey. He describes how the Mike Harcourt government completed the “gross error” of building a new terminal at Duke Point, near Nanaimo. An alternative route from Richmond to Gabriola Island, with bridges to Vancouver Island, had been scuttled after the W.A.C. Bennett government was defeated by the NDP’s Dave Barrett in 1972. On a map, it’s clear this A member of

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would have been the shortest route. Harvey says it would have cut travel time by half, and likely replaced the congested Horseshoe Bay dock. But Barrett would have had to tell his Nanaimo ferry union supporters that they were losing half their work hours. Tsawwassen to Duke Point is 65 km, compared to 54 km from Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay. A ferry worker’s shift includes two round trips and loading time. On the Duke Point run this meant at least eight and a half hours, “thus ensuring the crew at least one hour at double time daily and often more,” Harvey writes. “Later it became a scheduled overtime route.” Something to keep in mind as Adrian Dix and his crew of union bosses prepare to take the helm. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter for Black Press. tfletcher@blackpress.ca

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LETTERS editor@northislandgazette.com

'Voluntary' not in our job description Dear editor: We would like to clear up some misunderstandings that appear to be widely held within our communities, and which have been propagated by the reporting in your newspaper. First, we would define the word extra-curricular as meaning activities that are not directly related to the curriculum being taught in the classroom. This would include activities such as Student Council, sports teams, library club, and

any field trip that does not directly support the learning in the classroom. Second, we would define the word voluntary as that which is done by a person for no pay, and by their own initiative. Coaching hockey, leading a section of Girl Guides, and cleaning up the community would be examples that many take part in outside the school setting. These are undertaken by wonderful volunteers, but if nobody steps up to the plate to do them,

"Just because teachers have traditionally done an activity does not mean it will always be done." they simply do not happen. Now, the school setting has been portrayed as something completely different in your paper, without any clarification. To be clear, field trips and sports teams are voluntary activities. That means that teachers do them on their own initia-

tive. If they then choose not to do them, they should be viewed in the same way that someone who chooses not to coach hockey would be viewed. This is our time we are talking about, time we give to our students above and beyond the classroom setting for no gain other

than seeing the pleasure it brings our students. This is time we give away from our families and other commitments. To have a community tell us they view us with disgust and disdain, or that we are being less than responsible adults because we choose not to do a particular activity, is insulting. Even more so when the reporting of the issue is clearly designed to propagate this misconception. Just because teachers

Memorial light snuffed out Dear editor: What is a person’s integrity worth? Our family wanted to honour and remember the birthday of one of our own with a small memorial at the bench standing in her memory, just east of the ferry dock in Port McNeill. To us she was a beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, daughterin-law, sister-in-law and auntie who not long ago succumbed to cancer.

Grillin' grads

Among several bouquets of flowers family and friends left at the bench, I placed a solar light in the form of a crystal rose. I purchased it for $8.49. Less than twelve hours later, the light had disappeared. I would like to ask the person who took the light if the memory of our cherished angel was really worth $8.49 to you? Angela Bono-Gibson Port McNeill

Jeremy Sandeman works the grill while students Dusty Cadwallader and Mitchell Walker man the table during last weekend's PHSS Grad fundraising barbecue at Thunderbird Mall.

Hydro on hold Dear editor: I am the owner of a small business and the manager of an apartment building on the North Island. I am, like many, a father, grandfather and husband in the same house. My time for anything is valuable and sparse. Since the folks from BC Hydro came to town installing smart meters, I’ve been trying to reach Hydro. They cut off power to one of my suites and when I call the number suggested, I am told that due to the higher than normal call rates the wait time will be 45 minutes or longer! I have tried mornings, afternoons and evenings. Always the same refrain: “Due to the higher than

normal call rates your wait time will be 45 minutes or longer”. After ten days, I submit this is normal. This is unacceptable. At one point I received a call from Hydro on a line that offered them a second number to call, but they didn’t call it: they left a message for me to call them. Guess what number they gave me? That’s right — “Due to higher than normal call rates your wait time will be 45 minutes or longer.” I want to jump up and down and light my hair on fire. What else is a person to do? Rick McRae Port McNeill

Letters to the editor

have traditionally done an activity does not mean it will always be done. When teachers are pressured to do an activity, it becomes something other than voluntary, yet we are still not paid to do it. The hurtful attitude shown toward your teachers has severely damaged an integral relationship within our community, one that may take a long time to heal. Respectfully, The teachers of Sunset Elementary School

Sandy Grenier

Feds put food safety at risk Dear editor: It’s clear the food on your family’s plate is not a priority for this federal government. In fact, just this week Canada earned the embarrassing distinction of being the first developed country in the world to have its food supply investigated by the United Nations (UN). Previously the UN’s food envoy only visited developing countries. But because too many Canadians,

including many Aboriginal communities, do not have access to nutritious food and clean water, the UN felt the need to investigate. It is shameful that in a country as wealthy as Canada there are over two million Canadians who go hungry each year. This is a stunning indictment of the failure of Stephen Harper’s Conservatives on food security.

Food security has not been a priority of this government. And it shows. Not only is Canada the only nation in the developed world without a national food strategy, the Harper Conservatives are now making deep cuts to food inspection and food safety. Without leadership from the top, there will come a time when Canadians can’t trust the food that’s in grocery store shelves.

Right now, too many Canadians are going hungry because they do not have access to healthy, affordable food. This is an international embarrassment for Canada. It is our national shame. And it will be Stephen Harper’s legacy if he continues to ignore it. Yours sincerely, Lise St-Denis, MP Liberal Party of Canada

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.


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May 20 Hardy Bay Seniors are hosting a hot dog sale at 9150 Granville St. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

5-7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., $10. Grades 8-12 from 8:30 to midnight, $20. Sponsored & chaperoned by North Island Masonic Lodge. FMI, call 250-956-2912.

25. For more information contact Sabrina Dent at 250949-3431 (w) or 250-949-8485 (h). www.northislandrelay@bc.cancer.ca.

May 25 Port McNeill Elementary Schools invites you to come and enjoy their Fun Fair. Games, prizes and much more. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sunset Elementary School gym.

May 26 Port Alice Elder College, North Island College presents Recycling. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. $5.60 registration fee. SEAVAC Multipurpose Room.

May 27 Dinner and a movie at Port Hardy Baptist Church. Two shows, 3:30 p.m. (doors open at 3 p.m.) and 6 p.m. Dinner served between 5 and 6 p.m. $4 per person to a maximum of $15 a family.

May 25 Much Music Dance at Port Hardy Civic Centre. Grades

May 26 Much Music Dance at Lion’s Hall, Mine Road Port McNeill. Grades 5-7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., $10. Grades 8-12 from 8:30 p.m. to midnight, $20. Sponsored and chaperoned by North Island Masonic Lodge. FMI, 250956-2912.

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. museum@recn.ca • 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. • Regular PAC meetings at Eagle View Elementary are the first Wednesday of every month at 7 pm at the school.

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Big Decision seeks next big business Gazette Staff The producers of CBC’s hit show Dragon’s Den are looking for Canadian companies to participate in the second season of the reality business show, the BIG Decision. In the BIG Decision, Canada’s top investors are dedicated to turning around struggling Canadian companies, by visiting the factories, shops and offices of companies in need.

Grads score Gazette staff The government liquor stores in Port McNeill and Port Hardy raised $2,417 and $5,393, respectively, for the 2012 Dry Grad campaign. This is included in the total of $540,692 donated by BC Liquor Stores’ customers to support high schools in the province planning alcoholfree graduation events. The money collected supplements funds raised by parents, students and teachers for dry grad events and activities.

They provide expert business advice and a possible financial investment. Companies chosen will also receive

national exposure. Last season, Hardy Buoys participated in the BIG Decision. Companies must fit

certain criteria to apply. The business must have been in operation for at least three to five years, have a gross revenue of

$500,000 per year and more than five employees, must be registered in Canada, and must be fluent English speak-

ers. Companies must also be willing to commit to being filmed on camera for up to a twoweek period.

Please visit cbc.ca/ thebigdecision to complete an application. Applications close June 8.

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NOTICE OF INTENTION TO AMEND COUNCIL PROCEDURE BYLAW NO. 495, 2004

Tender # 30259 Sanitary Sewer Upgrade The Village of Alert Bay invites tenders for the construction of new neighbourhood sewer collection systems in Alert Bay, BC. The work consists of the installation of approximately 1,738 metres of 150mm sewer main, connection of house services and related appurtenances.

In accordance with Section 124(3) of the Community Charter, notice is hereby given that the Council of the Village of Port Alice intends to consider amendments to “Procedure Bylaw No. 495” at the June 13th, 2012 Regular Council meeting which commences at 7:00 p.m. at the Village of Port Alice Council Chambers located at 1061 Marine Drive, Port Alice, BC. A summary of the proposed amendments, incorporated into draft Procedure Bylaw No. 590, 2012 is provided below:

Hard copies of the Tender Documents will be available (starting Monday, May 14, 2012) from Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm (excluding statutory holidays) for purchase at a cost of $56.00 each Tender (non-refundable), HST included at: Village of Alert Bay Village Office 15 Maple Road OR Alert Bay, BC V0N 1A0 Tel: (250)974-5213 Fax: (250)974-5470

Application of Rules and Procedure: This section has been updated to replace “the new Roberts Rules of Order 2nd Edition, 1998” with “general parliamentary procedures”. Order of Proceedings and Business: This section has been updated to change the order of agenda items for all Regular Council meetings to the following: (i) Call meeting to order by presiding (vi) Communications; member; (vii) New Business (ii) Adoption of agenda (as presented (viii) Reports; or with additions and/or (ix) Bylaws; deletions); (x) Question Period; (iii) Delegations; (xi) Notice of In-Camera Meeting (iv) Minutes; (xii) Adjournment. (v) Old Business; Designation of Member to Act in Place of the Mayor: In the event that the Mayor is expected to be unable to perform his/her duties for an extended period, Council may designate a member by resolution to act in place of the Mayor until such time as the Mayor returns to duty. Copies of draft Procedure Bylaw No. 590, 2012 are available for review at the Village of Port Alice municipal office located at 1061 Marine Drive, Port Alice, BC.

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The Tender Packages will be available (starting Monday, May 14, 2012) for viewing at: Address: The Village of Alert Bay and Gifco Engineering Ltd. - addresses as above Vancouver Island Construction Association - #5-1850 Northfield Road, Nanaimo, BC, V9S 3B3. A Bid Bond in the amount of 10% of the “Tender Price plus HST” must accompany each tender submitted. Tenders are scheduled to close at: Tender Closing Date: Monday June 4th, 2012 Tender Closing Time: 4:00 pm local time Tenders Delivered to: Village of Alert Bay 15 Maple Road Bag Service 2800 Alert Bay, B.C. V0N 1A0 Inquiries:

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July 9-13 –The Art Shop July 16-20 – FULL July 23-27 – Science & Discovery July 30-Aug 3 – Beaches & Oceans Aug 7-10 – Dinosaur Bones Aug 13-17 – Insects & Spinders Aug 20 -24 – Le Petit Gormet 2

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at the parking lot by People’s Drug Mart or 2:00 at Stepping Stones Centre in Port Hardy at Robert Scott School (by the bus loop) Literacy Bus Health Snacks + Cake Performers

Mother Goose Children’s activities

See you there! Sponsored by Mt. Waddington Family Literacy Society and North Island Early Child Development Society with funding from Queen Alexandra Foundation for Children

Now Accepting Registrations for September 2012 Leighann Ruel & Sheila MacEachern Early Childhood Educators 2011 McNeill Road littlestars@ketacable.net

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North Island Life North Islanders step up for community Gazette staff We customarily use this page to showcase multiple views of a single event that has taken place in our North Island communities. But the wealth of images submitted over the past week provide a wider view of the many ways local residents step up to benefit their fellow citizens and towns, and we were reluctant to leave out any of

them. From volunteering to build a school playground, to a cleanup and contruction party at a recreational facility, to fundraising to benefit needed medical research, to showcasing homemade crafts to just plain fun, North Islanders can be counted on to step forward when the need arises. And we have the images to prove it.

Vo l u n t e e r s Carlo Cesaretti, Kevin Moore, Martin Kufaas and Paul Tupper supervise as Ryan Handley tests their handiwork during a work party to install new playground equipment at Eagle View Elementar y Saturday. Sandy Grenier

Julie Fraser colours a picture for the colouring contest during the 2nd annual Junior Canadian Rangers show off their handiwork after joining Canadian Rangers for a cleanup, Saleswoman Mother’s Day showcase at the old landscaping and target stand installation work party at Port Hardy Rod and Gun Club May 6. school in Port McNeill Saturday. Elena Rardon Kevin McGhee

Sonya Gullacher and Carla Reusch show off their ‘50s finery with a pair of stock cars during Saturday’s Show-N-Shine classic car show at A&W in Port Hardy. Ken Hutton

Jennifer Smith, Darren Arnett and Janey Henschke work the grill Friday during Coastal Community Credit Union’s Relay for Life fundraising barLisa Harrison becue on Market Street in Port Hardy.


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on deck Tell us about items of interest to the sports community. May 19-21 Baseball Sointula Invitational Baseball Tournament at the community ballfield. Concession, beer garden and oyster feed, kids playground. Proceeds benef it Sointula Recreation Association. Game schedule tba. May 26 Baseball Port Hardy vs. Port McNeill, 6 p.m., Hyde Creek Ballpark. May 27 Baseball Hyde Creek vs. Port Hardy, 6 p.m., Hyde Creek Ballpark. Stock cars Driver play day, 1 p.m., Triport Speedway. Admission free; concession available. June 3 Stock car racing Season opening points race, 1 p.m., Triport Speedway. Concession, kids play area. $5 adults, $3 youth, $2 seniors. June 9-10 Mountain biking Annual Rumblefest, Port Alice. Crosscountry race noon Saturday, starting at marina. Expert, intermediate and beginner courses. Rumble Tumble Downhill Race Sunday, 10 a.m. Info, email pacc@cablerocket. com. June 14-17 Slo-pitch Port Hardy Slo-pitch hosts its Father’s Day tournament throughout the weekend. Finals Sunday; concession and prizes. Info, David at 250-949-7221. June 16-17 Golf Loggers Invitational Tournament, Seven Hills Golf and Country Club. Sign up as team or individual, $65 per player. To register or for info, call Bill Gray, 250-949-7623, or Lito Pineda, 250-956-5234.

Hillbillys stick it to Rangers J.R. Rardon Gazette editor HYDE CREEK— Keith Balcke had just put the finishing touches on his most recent baseball bat a couple of days earlier. Four batters into Saturday’s North Vancouver Island Baseball League game, Hyde Creek Hillbillys teammate Ivan Hall gave it a memorable debut. After watching the first pitch from Port McNeill hurler Harold Hosken pass by for a called strike, Hall turned on the second pitch and sent it over the left-field fence and into the woods across Hyde Creek Road. “That was the first ball to ever touch that bat,” Balcke said. “I just finished it the other day.” The bat is one of four “Hillbilly Slugger” models churned out by Balcke this spring. Four innings later, Hall used a different one to blast his second homer of the game, and the Hillbillys went on to a 15-5 romp over the Rangers. Hall finished 4-for4 with a double, four runs and five RBI as the Hillbillys improved to 2-1 on the young season. Curtis Carmen went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, and Taylor Galeazzi scored three times on a pair of hits and two walks. After Hall staked the Hillbillys to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, the Rangers quickly tied it in the

Clockwise from above: Taylor Ellis of the Hillbillys fouls a ball off his thumb; Deon Steinhauer of the Rangers makes a sliding basket catch; Tom Cessford stretches for a J.R. Rardon throw as Rangers baserunner Jason Evans steals third.

bottom half. Evan Steinhauer and Jordan Altmiks started the frame with a walk and a single, respectively, and both scored one

out later when Jason Evans’s fielder’s choice was misplayed into an error. But from there on, it was all Hyde Creek.

Hyde Creek tacked on three runs in the third inning behind an RBI triple by Ryan Rushton and run-scoring singles from Hall and Carmen.

The Hillbillys pushed the lead to 7-2 in the fifth, on Hall’s second round-tripper and a run from Carmen, who singled and later crossed

the plate on an error. Galeazzi drove in Bill Rushton with a single run in the sixth, and the Hillbillys blew it open with an eightrun seventh inning. The Rangers added three runs in the bottom of the seventh, but the rally was too little, too late. Rob Kenny, Hugh Connon, Evans and Hosken all hit singles in the inning, which was aided by a pair of walks. Evans finished 3-for-4 and added a walk in his other plate appearance. The Rangers, however, left 13 runners on base, including eight in scoring position. Tom Cessford, who came on in relief in the second inning, picked up the win with four innings of four-hit ball. Hosken was pegged with the loss. Sointula tourney on tap The league takes a break for the coming weekend for the annual Sointula Invitational Baseball Tournament Saturday through Monday. The tourney is something of a homecoming for Malcolm Island, with many former residents returning to play on one of two local teams. The field is bolstered with competitors from the NVIBL and the Comox Valley. A full concession runs throughout the weekend, along with a beer garden and oyster feed.

Gentlemen, start your stock car engines Gazette staff PORT HARDY—The 2012 stock car racing season gets under way at Triport Speedway with a drivers’ “play day” May 27, and the competition schedule begins in earnest the following week. Two race sessions will be held each month from

June through August, with a season finale scheduled for Sept. 9. The feature events on the calendar include the Filomi Days races July 21 and the annual Dust Bowl doubleheader weekend Aug. 11-12. Next week’s play day gives drivers a chance to

test out their vehicles and track conditions as a tuneup. Admission is free for the public to view the vehicles in action. The event begins at 1 p.m. 2012 Triport Speedway Schedule •May 27—Play day, 1 p.m.

•June 3—Points racing, 1 p.m. •June 17—Father's Day Points racing, 1 p.m. •July 7—Points racing, 7 p.m. •July 21—Points racing, 4 p.m. •Aug. 11—Dust Bowl championship, 7 p.m. •Aug. 12—Exhibition rac-

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Sports & Recreation

Lace up for a cause

Left, Jorden Strussi rides his bike in front of walkers during the Scotiabank MS Walk in Port McNeill Sunday. Above, Participants walk laps around the NISS track. The MS Walk drew walkers of all ages for its second year in Port McNeill, raising more than $7,200 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Top fundraisers included Barbara Rickard, who raised approximately $3,500, and Team Believe, who together raised more than $3,100. Elena Rardon

McCarrick, Kennelly shine Gazette staff Port Hardy’s Curtis McCarrick helped Team Sabres to a thirdplace finish with a 6-0 win over Team Bruins Sunday in the finals of the Male U-17 BC Cup hockey tournament in Salmon Arm. The BC Cup, part of Hockey BC’s highperformance program, features 120 of the top U-17 players in the province, selected through a rigorous tryout process. McCarrick, the 2011 co-player of the year for the North Island Eagles bantam rep team, scored two goals and an assist in the tournament as Team Sabres finished 4-2. The team’s only losses were one-goal decisions to Team Stars and Team Wild, who met in Sunday’s championship. McCarrick scored the first two goals in Saturday’s 6-4 win over Team Canucks, which clinched his squad’s berth in the bronzemedal final. The 16-year-old forward played the recently completed season for the midget AAA North Island Silvertips, totaling eight goals and 12 assists in 34 contests.

Kennelly wraps up banner season Jack Kennelly of Port Alice started his first season in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League by earning the league’s Rookie of the Month award. He ended it a seasoned veteran, scoring seven playoff points — including an overtime game-winner — as the Weyburn Red Wings of Weyburn, Sask., reached the final round of the league playoffs before falling in six games to heavily

Jack Kennelly shoots during the 2011-12 season.

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June 30-July 2. The event kicks off at the Whales Rub Pub on Saturday June 30 in the evening. Participants will receive course details followed by music and dance. On Canada Day, the event will move to the

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Offers vary by model and not all combinations will apply. †From May 3, 2012 to July 3, 2012, receive $5,000 in Manufacturer Rebates with the purchase or lease of a new 2012 Escape and Hybrid (excluding I4 Manual) (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 Escape 2.5L I4 6-speed Automatic transmission: [10.0L/100km (28MPG) City, 7.1L/100km (40MPG) 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 Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited. All rights reserved.


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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

LEGALS

LEGALS

LEGALS

EDUCATION/TRADE SCHOOLS

COMING EVENTS

APPLY NOW: Pennywise Scholarship For Women to attend Journalism certificate course at Langara College in Vancouver. Deadline May 30, 2012. More information: www.bccommunitynews.com

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.

LOST AND FOUND LOST Blue Raleigh Peak mountain bike. Missing from 92 Highview Trailer park on April 10th. If you find it please phone 250-949-8325 or 250-230-2071.

TRAVEL GETAWAYS LONG BEACH - Ucluelet Deluxe waterfront cabin, sleeps 6, BBQ.Spring Special. 2 nights $239 / 3 nights $299. Pets Okay. Rick 604-306-0891

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AIRLINES ARE Hiring- Train for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified- Housing available. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance (877)818-0783. CLINICAL COUNSELLOR N.I. Survivors’ Healing Society - Counselling Centre for Adults Affected by Abuse - Campbell River. Contract with renewal potential, 28 hrs/ week or may be split. Direct resumes to contact@nishs.ca or fax 250-287-3397 No calls or special requests please. Open until suitable candidate located. HOME BASED Business. We need serious and motivated people for expanding health & wellness industry. High speed internet and phone essential. Free online training. www.project4wellness.com

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Land Act: Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land Take notice that International Forest Products Limited of Campbell River, BC, intends to make an application to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNR), North Island Central Coast for a Foreshore Licence of Occupation – Industrial, Log Handling (Six Sites), File Number 1413669, situated on Provincial Crown land located at Labouchere Chanel near Bella Coola.

HELP WANTED 33 YEARS established Ford dealer on beautiful Sunshine Coast, looking for an experienced Automotive Salesperson with proven track record. Please send resume to scford@eastlink.ca 1-800-5384504.

COMING EVENTS

COMING EVENTS

PORT HARDY BAPTIST CHURCH Corner of Trustee & Highland Morning Service 11:00 am Plus regular family activities Office: 250-949-6844 www.porthardybaptistchurch.ca 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 columbac@uniserve.com 11/12

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 www.ptmcfullgospel.org 11/12

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

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SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH 4680 Byng Rd. Port Hardy Pastor George Hilton 250-949-8925 or 250-949-8826 “Everyone welcome” 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

HELP WANTED

Student Summer Employment at Museum

For a copy of the application or to make written comments, please contact: Cyndy Grant, Ministry of Forests, North Island Central Coast Forest District. PO Box 7000 Port McNiell BC V0N 2R0 or Cyndy.Grant@gov.bc.ca OR Peter Strickland, International Forest Products Limited, 1250 Ironwood St. Campbell River V9W 6H5 or Peter.Strickland@interfor.com. The application will be available for review and comment for 30 days from May 10, 2012. Comments will be received until June 10, 2012. FLNR office may not be able to consider comments received after this date. Comments can also be posted at: http://www.arfd.gov.bc.ca/ApplicationPosting/ index.jsp?PrimaryStatus=pending

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.

HELP WANTED

Full-time assistant at the Port Hardy Museum Duties: welcome visitors, act as docent, co-ordinate public events, operate gift shop, organize photo collection. Must have attended school full-time 20112012 and be returning as full-time student in September 2012, aged between 16-30 years, preferably college/ university level. Education and/or experience with tourism, retail, and/or historical research preferred. Must meet grantor’s criteria. Employment, wages & duration dependent on funding received. Apply in person, by mail or email to the Port Hardy Museum, 7110 Market St.; Box 2126, Port Hardy, V0N 2P0; phmachin@telus.net with cover letter, resumé, & references. Applications received until 5:00 pm, May 25; start work June 4.

Please be sure to cite the Applicant’s name and the location of the proposed activity and File Number for reference.

The Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre is seeking a reliable, enthusiastic individual to join our team as an

Be advised that any response to this advertisement will be considered part of the public record. For information, contact the Freedom of Information Advisor at FLNR office.

for the 2012 summer season. We are a not for proÀt organization dedicated to salmon conservation on Northern Vancouver Island. Our interpretive centre offers locals and tourists alike a chance to learn about salmon, their habitat and threats to survival, and what we can do to help. As Interpretive Guide, the successful candidate would lead guests on guided tours of the Salmon Centre and salmon hatchery, answering questions along the way. The position will include some retail and cleaning duties. While knowledge of salmon is considered an asset, we are willing to train an individual who excels at public speaking, catches on quickly, and has an interest in salmon and the North Island ecosystem. Must be Áuent in English, willing to work weekends, able to work unsupervised and have reliable transportation. Past experience as an interpretive guide is favorable. Deadline for application: May 28th, 2012 Proposed start date: Wednesday June 6th, 2012 Proposed end date: Sunday September 30th, 2012 Start and end dates are Áexible for those Ànishing/returning to school (please include dates of availability on resume). $12 per hour • 32 – 40 hrs/week; Wednesday – Sunday

COMING EVENTS

COMING EVENTS

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

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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 Children’s Programs & Adult Bible Studies are scheduled throughout the year. For information contact 0ASTOR$AVE0URDYs   11/12

LIGHTHOUSE RESOURCE CENTRE s#HAPLAIN3ERVICES s"IBLE3TUDIES s3PIRITUAL#OUNSELLING s7EEKLY!!'ROUPS (8635 Granville St. Port Hardy) 250-949-8125

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

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ST. JOHN GUALBERT UNITED ANGLICAN CHURCH 250-956-3533 Email: gualbert@uniserve.com Sunday Worship - 9:00am All Welcome 175 Cedar Street Port McNeill 11/12

GWA’SALA-’NAKWAXDA’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 11/12

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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 E-Mail:pastorgeorge@providenceplace.ca 11/12

INTERPRETIVE GUIDE

Send resume and cover letter to: quatse@cablerocket.com P.O. Box 1409, Port Hardy BC, V0N 2P0 Or drop off in person: 8400 Byng Road Port Hardy (next to the Quatse River Campground) Please note, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. For more information: 250-949-9022 www.thesalmoncentre.org

Special Services Worker North North Island Island Community Community Services Services Society is seeking highly highly motivated, motivated, organized organized and and outcome-experience based based individuals individuals to to work work in in the Special Services Program. Program. The The Special Special Services Services Worker Worker will work and support children childrenand and families families to to increase increase living skills, parenting skills, skills, behaviour behaviour management management and communication choices. choices. The The position position my my include routine crisis intervention. intervention. The The majority majority of of this service takes place in in the the client’s client’s home. home. Preference Preference will will be be given given to to applicants with postsecondary credentials credentials and/or and/or related human services secondary experience. Previous Previous work work experience experience is an asset. experience. The position position is is currently currently part-time. part-time. A valid driver’s The licence and and aa reliable reliable vehicle vehicle is is necessary as travel will licence be required. required. A A criminal criminal record record check will be required. be Only short short listed listed candidates candidates will be contacted. Only Please forward forward resume resume with cover letter Please by May May 17, 17, 2012 2012 to: by North Island Island Community Community Services Society North PO Box Box 1028, 1028, Port Port McNeill, McNeill, BC BC V0N V0N 2R0 2P0 PO nicsbc@telus.net nicsbc@telus.net


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HELP WANTED THE SALVATION ARMY LIGHTHOUSE RESOURCE CENTRE in Port Hardy is seeking a Client Services Manager to join our management team for the Centre and the Extreme Weather Shelter. The CSM also provides clinical counseling, delivers programs, facilitates small groups, and provides crisis support and referral services to clients and/or families. The main focus of this position will be centered on substance misuse and supportive recovery services. Qualifications & Experience: The successful job applicant will have Diploma or International Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor and/or Bachelor’s Degree in Social work with a focus on substance misuse. An alternative level of education and experience my be considered. Salary: $19/hr. Approx. 30hr/wk. This is a one year contract position. Interested applicants must submit a resume and cover letter by May 25, 2012 to ATTN: Sean Junglas, Community Ministries Director, EMAIL: Sean_Junglas@can.salvationarmy.org, or FAX: 250-9497885. We thank all applicants, however, only those candidates to be interviewed will be contacted. Please no phone calls. AIRPORT INN is hiring light duty cleaner. some secondary, a few mths exp.($13/hr, 40hr/wk) Will perform housekeeping duties airportinn@yahoo.ca or 4030 Byng Road, Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0/Box #2039

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HELP WANTED

The Lemare Group is accepting resumes for the following positions: •Boom man •Heavy Duty Mechanics •Certified Contract Coast Fallers; Fallers with Bullbucking/Chargehand experience an asset •Grapple Yarder Operator •Hooktender •Chaser •Log Loader/Hoe Forward Operator •Log Loader-Dryland Sort Operator Fulltime with union rates/benefits. Please send resumes by fax to 250-956-4888 or email to office@lemare.ca. An Alberta Construction Company is hiring dozer, excavator and rock truck operators. Preference will be given to operators that are experienced in oilfield road and lease construction. Lodging and meals provided. The work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Call Contour Construction at 780723-5051. An Earthmoving Company in Alberta is looking for a 3rd year or Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic. You will be part of a team maintaining and servicing our fleet of Cat dozers, graders and rock trucks plus Deere/Hitachi excavators. You will work at our Modern Shop at Edson, Alberta with some associated field work. Call Contour Construction at (780)723-5051

HELP WANTED

HELP WANTED

FULLTIME MATE: for a 94 passenger ferry based in Sointula. Contact Captain Danny Tribe 250-973-6556, email tribe@recn.ca or Captain Doug Newman 604-328-8984, email dmerc@telus.net.

PROFESSIONAL JOB Opportunities. Troyer Ventures Ltd. is a privately owned, fluid transport company servicing Northern BC and Alberta. We are an equal opportunity employer now accepting applications at various branches for: Mechanics (Commercial Transport or equivalent). Wage Range: $25-$40/hour. Minimum experience required: second year apprenticeship or equivalent. Professional Drivers (Class 1, 3). Wage Range: $25-$35/hour. Minimum experience required: six months professional driving. Field Supervisors. Annual Salary Range: $90-$110,000 (based on qualifications). Minimum experience required: previous supervisory experience. Successful candidates will be self-motivated and eager to learn. Experience is preferred, but training is available. Valid safety tickets, clean drug test, and drivers abstract are required. We encourage candidates of aboriginal ancestry, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities to apply. For more information and to apply for these opportunities, visit our employment webpage at: http://troyer.ca/employmentopportunities

JASPER SUPER A is currently recruiting a candidate with good interpersonal and communication skills, with a positive energetic attitude for the position of Full-time Permanent - Premium Clerk. The primary duties include scanning, ordering, receiving, merchandising, replenishing stock, inventory and facing shelves. Candidates require the skills and ability to maintain operational objectives in the Manager’s absence. Computer literacy is a must. Candidates must have the flexibility to work a variety of shifts including days, evenings, nights and weekends. A grade 12 Diploma and a clean Security Clearance are also required. Jasper Super A offers competitive compensation, rental accommodations and health benefits package to eligible employees, as well as the opportunity for personal and professional development. If you believe that you are prepared for this challenging position and have an interest in working within a dynamic organization, please submit your resume, in confidence to: Jasper Super A, P.O. Box 818, 601 Patricia Street, Jasper, AB, T0E 1E0. Fax 780-852-5491. Email: rick.lagace@tgp.ca We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

SETO’S WOK & GRILL is looking for a full time cook, full time server and a part time server. Please contact Denny Seto at 250-949-8381.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

SUMMER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Meet interesting people, see the North Island and earn good money at the same time. Town Taxi is looking for a few good drivers. We are willing to pay for the class 4 drivers licence and train the right applicant. Please fax resume to: 250-949-9656.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Onboard Travel Advisor BC Ferries Inside Passage Sailing This position is a unique opportunity to provide travel advice to passengers aboard the BC Ferries vessel MV Northern Expedition, servicing the Inside Passage route between Prince Rupert and Port Hardy. The Onboard Travel Advisor is responsible for providing information on the Vancouver Island North region on the southbound sailings, and for providing information on Prince Rupert and the Northern BC region on northbound sailings. Room and board is provided aboard the MV Northern Expedition. This is a seasonal position, ending September 30. As the successful candidate, you understand the importance of the role you play in the visitor experience. You appreciate that each visitor is different and recognize that to provide exceptional travel advice, you must customize the information for each visitor based on their individual needs and interests. The Onboard Travel Advisor will • Promote a meaningful visitor experience on Vancouver Island North, in Prince Rupert and the Northern BC region, and in the rest of British Columbia • Provide information on transportation, accommodation and attractions • Conduct a presentation to visitors on each sailing, highlighting communities and tourism experiences in the region • Distribute travel publications to visitors • Maintain daily contact with the Port Hardy and Prince Rupert Visitor Centres • Communicate timely events or travel updates to passengers (Highway bulletins, Tourist Alerts etc.) • Document visitor statistics according to Tourism BC guidelines Requirements • Dedication to outstanding customer service • Passion for tourism and travel • Exceptional communications skills, preference given to WorldHost or SuperHost trained individuals • Independent and Àexible Interested applicants please forward resume and cover letter by May 28 to: Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Centre In person, from 9 AM - 5 PM Monday to Saturday: 7250 Market Street, Port Hardy Email: phccmgr@cablerocket.com Fax: 250 949-6653 Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Thank you for your interest.

First Nations Support Worker

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BLASTING CONTRACTOR requires helpers for the Kokish power project. Good wages and benefits. Fax resume to 250-391-6711

COOKS & SERVERS Full-time and part-time Northern Lights Restaurant in Port McNeill Apply in person or call 250-956-3263

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The next LPN Day is about 365 days away. Let’s thank them every day until then. May 13 was Licensed Practical Nurses Day in BC. It’s the day we celebrated LPNs’ contribution to nursing teams and to the health of our communities. Join us in thanking them, every day of the year.

Eagle View Elementary School 25 hours per week GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: The Fist Nations Support Worker position is a member of the First Nations Support Team and is a position created from the Enhancement Agreement consultation process (2010) to provide additional support services to students through a more holistic vision. The position is speciÀc to the enhancement model delivered at Eagle View and Fort Rupert Elementary Schools to serve the high numbers of First Nations students that attend there. Areas of focus for the position are to provide academic support, to support speciÀc student transitions, to advococate for students and their needs and to provide intervention/prevention measures by connecting with students, staff, families and community support systems to increase student success. JOB SCOPE: • Reports to School Principal • Assists the teachers in providing educational programs to students speciÀc to early learning and literacy development (Kindergarten to Grade 3) • Works with students individually and in groups • Networks with parents, staff, teachers and administration • Works under the direction of teacher • Ability to work without supervision • Performs duties of a conÀdential nature MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: • Supports the education program of all students • Assists students with school work and monitors their progress • Works with school staff to support transition from grade to grade at Eagle View and Fort Rupert Elementary Schools and from Eagle View and Fort Rupert Elementary Schools to secondary schools • Assists with the coordination of annual school and department special events, ie. Lahal Tournament and National Aboriginal Day • Maintains student records including First Nations Programs data collection • Coordinate and communicate with First Nations communities, parents and families and support relationship between school and home • Supports the implementation of homework club and lunch programs for Aboriginal students • Supports Kwak’wala Language, Culture and history through the integration of language and cultural contexts into daily activities (where possible) • Performs other duties as required QualiÀcations and Experience: • Secondary school graduation (with Dogwood CertiÀcate or equivalent) • One year post-secondary application to work situation including courses in First Nations Studies, Anthropology, English, Mathematics, Sociology and Psychology • Extensive knowledge of Kwakwaka’wakw culture • Ability to assist students in their school work in the area of mathematics, language arts, social studies and science • Ability to understand and effectively carry out oral and written instructions • Ability to use a computer (word-processing) for record keeping and instructional programs • Good interpersonal and communication skills • Two to three years recent experience working with First Nations students Please submit letter of application, resume and two reference letters by mail or fax to: Grace Smith Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations PO Box 5120, Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0 Fax: 250-949-7402 Applications should be received no later than 3:00 pm on Tuesday, May 22, 2012.

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Only those short listed for an interview will be contacted. Hiring preference will be given to qualiÀed individuals of Kwakwaka’wakw ancestry. Successful candidate will have a 3 month probationary period and have a criminal record check.


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Thursday, May 17, 2012 PERSONAL SERVICES

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

REAL ESTATE

RENTALS

TRANSPORTATION AUTO FINANCING

HELP WANTED

TRADES, TECHNICAL

FINANCIAL SERVICES

FUEL/FIREWOOD

OTHER AREAS

COTTAGES

WANT TO see Scenic BC? Needed immediately . Experienced Feller Buncher Operator with Chipper Head/Mower to work around Hydro Transmission Lines. Must be willing to travel throughout BC (based out of Vanderhoof). $28-$34 per hour + BeneďŹ ts. For more info e-mail: sbcjobs@hotmail.ca Send Resume to: SBCJOBS Box 1136, Vanderhoof, BC V0J 3A0 or Fax: 250-567-2550

TRANSPORTATION MECHANIC Required in Nakusp, BC (West Kootenay Area) Applicant must be red seal certiďŹ ed and able to work on a variety of makes and models of trucks, trailers and components. A CVIP certiďŹ cate and welding skills an asset. Full time position. Group beneďŹ t plan available. Competitive wages. Fax or email resumes to: 250-265-3853 or whrepair@telus.net

DEBT CONSOLIDATION PROGRAM

SEASONED FIREWOOD Vancouver Island’s largest ďŹ rewood producer offers ďŹ rewood legally obtained during forest restoration, large cords. Help restore your forest, Burndrywood.com 1-877-902-WOOD.

FREE BROCHURE- Kings County - “Land of Orchards, Vineyards & Tides� - Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley. Live! Work! Start a business! Toll-Free: 1-888865-4647 www.kingsrda.ca

COAL HARBOUR One bedroom cottage, fully furnished. Available now. $500. Call 250949-9982.

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21’9� REINELL Boat and Tandem Trailer. 350 H/P Inboard OMC Cobra leg. 6h/p motor and all accessories. Call 250284-0090. $10,800.

WELDERS, FITTERS required for busy Edmonton FCAW structural steel shop. $2733/hour base plus beneďŹ ts, OT, indoor heated work, paid ight. Fax: 780-939-2181, Email: careers@garweld.com

HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/newspaper?

PERSONAL SERVICES HEALTH PRODUCTS

FOR SALE BY OWNER BEAUTIFULLY Landscaped 3-bdrm home in Hyde Creek on 2 acres. 2 bath, jacuzzi tub, 900 sq ft heated wired shop. $249,000. Call 250-230-0717.

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

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.

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Field Engineer Assistant Engineer Maintenance Supervisor Quality Control Coordinator Heavy Duty Mechanics Fallers – Woss & Gold River Hooktender – Woss Chaser – Woss

LEGAL SERVICES CRIMINAL RECORD? Don’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.

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Detailed job postings can be viewed at http://www.westernforest.com/building-value/our-peopleemployment/careers/ 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: resumes@westernforest.com

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Very rare fish find: King-of-the-salmon Here’s a finding to enhance your sense of wonder about the sea and how little we know about its inhabitants. In late March, Darren and Joanne Rowsell found a dead, unique fish on the beach at Lady Ellen Point, Port McNeill. When their photos of the fish landed in my inbox, I almost fell off my chair recognizing how rare a find this was. It’s a king-of-the-salmon (Trachipterus altivelis). The adults feed in the open ocean at depths of 900+ m (3,000 feet) so they hardly ever wash ashore and I have never seen one before. The king-of-thesalmon belongs to the ribbonfish family. You’ll note from Joanne’s photos that the species is indeed very ribbon-like. It is extremely thin and reaches lengths of up to 1.83 m (six feet), considerably larger than the individual found by the Rowsells. The species’ head can be 23 cm (nine inches) wide. The long, high, crimson coloured dorsal fin is also very reminiscent

Marine Detective with Jackie Hildering of a ribbon, tapering down the full length of the fish’s back. These fish move in a snakelike fashion, undulating their long bodies. The unique common name of the king-of-thesalmon apparently originates from Makah First Nation legend. This fish was believed to be the “king” that would lead salmon back to their rivers to spawn. To kill one was believed to bring bad luck, causing the death of the salmon. The Makah, like other fisherfolk, must occasionally have caught one on their lines or in their nets. The species range is believed to be from the Gulf of Alaska to Chile. Smaller king-of-thesalmon do feed closer

“I almost fell off my chair recognizing how rare a find this was.” Darren Rowsell displays the rare King-ofthe-Salmon he found washed up at Lady Ellen Point. Joanne Rowsell to shore and their diet is pods, annelid worms, known to include cope- fish scales, and fish lar-

vae. Larger individuals feed on copepods, krill (euphausids), small pelagic fish, young rockfish, squid and octopus. I presume

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that stomach content studies have allowed science to determine that the predators of the king-of-the-salmon include the bigeye thresher shark (Alopias superciloosus), and the longnose lancetfish (Alepisaurus ferox). And that appears to

be all that is known about the king-of-thesalmon — yet another of our remarkable marine neighbours. Jackie Hildering is a biologist, avid scuba diver and marine educator. Follow her at www.themarinedetective.ca.

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Eco Warriors receive honourable mention Gazette staff A North Island elementary school has been recognized for its project in this year’s BC Green Games. The Eagle View Elementary Suzuki Eco Warriors received an honourable mention in the elementary category of the BC Green Games. Their project was a composting program, created in the hopes of reducing waste going to the local landfill. The students made class presentations to bring awareness of the benefits of composting and obtained composting buckets donated by local businesses.

NIC aids biz Gazette staff North Island College will host two business seminars in partnership with the Employers’ Advisers Office. Both seminars take place June 8 at the Mount Waddington Regional Campus in Port Hardy. Claims Management Module 1 - Introduction will provide participants with a brief overview of the workers’ compensation system. Employers will receive information on some of the law and policies associated with the adjudication and management of claims by WorkSafeBC. The seminar is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Due Diligence for Employers will discuss the elements of due diligence. Managers and supervisors will gain a better understanding of the legislative and regulatory requirements necessary to demonstrate due diligence in their workplace. The seminar is from 1 to 4 p.m. To attend, contact Colleen Sorensen at 250-949-7912 ext. 2863 or visit the Mount Waddington Regional Campus. There is no fee, but confirmation of participation must be submitted prior to May 31.

Their team name is in honour of David Suzuki, the Canadian environmental activist. BC Green Games is

Science World British Columbia’s award-winning environmentally focused digital media contest. The Games

encourages students from kindergarten to grade 12 to document and share their environmental action stories on

topics such as energy conservation, transportation, school-yard greening, recycling, composting and com-

munity stewardship. The Suzuki Eco Warriors submitted a video featuring students describing their project

from various locations around the school. To view the video and other projects, visit http://bcgreengames.ca.

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 5

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

4 3 2 1 0 1990

2012

2030

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

For a free brochure or more information visit www.ServiceCanada.gc.ca/retirement or call 1 800 O-Canada (TTY 1-800-926-9105) *Subject to parliamentary approval

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May 17, 2012 edition of the North Island Gazette