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Cougar eludes capture Gazette staff PORT McNEILL—A cougar treed in the local trailer park prompted the lockdown of a nearby child care centre before the big cat eluded RCMP and the Conservation Officer Service Tuesday at about noon. Port McNeill RCMP was contacted shortly before 11 a.m. by a resident of the trailer park who reported a cougar in a tree in the park. “Apparently the daughter of the family up the street was playing outside,” said Carmen Mitchell, a resident in the trailer park. “She ran one way and the cougar ran the other way.” RCMP and local conservation officer Tanner Beck responded, and when a cougar was confirmed

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Stella Beans, Chief Bill Cranmer and Vera Newman lead the Seafest parade in Alert Bay Friday. The parade kicked off three days of art, music, games and activities on Cormorant Island. See more on page 13. Aidan O’Toole

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RCMP rescue fishing crew at sea J.R. Rardon Gazette editor PORT HARDY — A fishing boat skipper from Courtenay allegedly armed with a shotgun and knives and threatening two crew members led to a rescue at sea involving members of the Port Hardy and Port McNeill RCMP detachments late Sunday night. Shortly after 8:30 p.m., a request for assistance was received from a female crew member aboard the

30-foot gillnet fishing vessel Opal T as it travelled in the waters off Vancouver Island, near Port Hardy. The 26-year-old woman reported that the vessel’s skipper was high on drugs and threatening to kill her and the other crew member, a 21-year-old man. Karl Darwin Thomas of Courtenay, 49, was charged with assault with a weapon (a knife), uttering threats, pointing a firearm and careless use of a firearm. He

appeared in court in Port Hardy Tuesday for a bail hearing, but the hearing took an unusual turn when the judge recused himself from the case. Thomas, who is more commonly known as Keith Thomas, instead had his hearing moved to Campbell River Court’s Wednesday morning docket after the presiding judge, Hon. Brian Klaver, revealed a relationship with the accused’s family.

“I can’t take this one, it wouldn’t be right,” Klaver said. “I’ve known his dad for years; he’s an old friend. I remember this man when he was just a boy.” Klaver explained to the accused that it was a conflict of interest for him to rule on the bail proceedings, describing a ruling as “a no-win situation for both of us”. The accused nodded but remained silent in the court. He was returned to

custody after Judge Klaver agreed with a request from the accused’s counsel, Paul Grier, that the hearing be moved to Campbell River, which is closer to Mr. Thomas’ home. Names of the victims have not been released by RCMP. The pair had sought safety on the roof of the vessel, and the woman reported they had been physically assaulted and threatened by the skipper. There was a

loaded shotgun on board, and multiple knives. As RCMP officers were being mobilized to respond, additional information came in from the caller, indicating that shots had been fired, and the situation was escalating quickly. Port Hardy RCMP officers took to the water in an attempt to locate the vessel. This was a challenging task

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J.R. Rardon Gazette editor PORT ALICE— Having secured a new Zamboni for the local ice arena — and under budget — council turned its attention last week to the rest of the aging building. With the deadline approaching for application for a grant from the provincial Community Infrastructure Improvement, councillors put a new paint job and improvements to the exterior of the arena at the top of their wish list during their regular meeting July 25. The motion by councillor Dave Stewart included three, prioritized projects for consideration by the province — painting and replacement of trim to the arena, replacement of staves and a new cover

for the village’s wooden water tank, and improvements to the Walkout Island Trail. “It’s an interesting grant,� administrator Madeline McDonald noted. “There’s no limit to the number of projects you submit, as long as you prioritize them.� The grants must be accompanied by matching funds from other sources, and projects requiring less than $250,000 in CIIF funds will be given priority. The village is in solid position to take advantage of the grant after pocketing nearly $24,000 that had been budgeted for the new Zamboni and a replacement pad to eliminate the curb the old Zamboni previously had to negotiate while entering and exiting the ice.

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“We got $30,000 from (Port Alice) Minor Hockey, and the business community and nonprofits were very generous,� said Albright. “One hundred per cent was paid by contributions, so the $16,000 council budgeted for the Zamboni is now surplus.� Council had also budgeted $25,000 for repairs to the Zamboni pad, a project that actually came in at $17,050. Alice Lake subdivision Council was given a presentation by Doug Leighton, Vancouver Island Director of Planning for Brookfield Residential, on the proposed subdivision at

Alice Lake. Leighton presented a map indicating 17 subject properties around the Regional District of Mount Waddingtonmanaged Link River Park, noting that the company’s purchase allowed for 23 lots. “We decided not to push the density limit for this development,� Leighton said. He indicated Brookfield was willing to commit to improvements to the boat launch in anticipation of increased traffic at the facility with new residences on site, and other improvements including access to asyet undeveloped portions of the park. Council thanked him for the information, but wanted to see more and invited Leighton back for another meet-

ing, after his scheduled meeting with RDMW’s planning committee the following day. “We need to see some proposed designs,� acting Mayor Janice MacLeod said. “It will give us a better overall picture; we can’t really tell enough from just the map.�

New constable Newly arrived RCMP Constable Clayton Twamley was introduced to council by Cst. Darren Regush. “Where I came from we had about 50 constables,� said Twamley, who previously was stationed at the North Cowichan/Duncan detachment. “So this is a little different. It’s nice to drive down the road and get an occasional hand wave. Instead of the alternative.�

imposed PARKSVILLE - Effective at noon last Friday, a Category 2 open fire and fireworks prohibition has been expanded to include all areas within the Coastal Fire Centre except Haida Gwaii. This prohibition is intended to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. It will remain in place until Sept. 15, 2012, or until the public is otherwise notified. The Mount Waddington Region was exempted when the Ministry announced its initial fire ban in May for much of the Coastal Fire Centre, but only Haida Gwaii is exempt under the current ban. The ban does not prohibit campfires that are a half-metre high by a halfmetre wide or smaller. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: www.




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Crew leap from fishing vessel to RCMP boat from page 1 given the diminishing light, and no exact location being available. RCMP Island District Emergency Response Team (ERT) was activated to assist, based on the report of a weapon, and the threat to life. Using cellular telephone ‘pings’ off towers in the North Island area, members of the RCMP’s Operational Communications Centre

in Courtenay were able to identify a general location for the vessel. The remoteness of the area and the constant movement of the vessel made identifying a precise spot impossible. The general area was Browning Passage, near Pine Island, northeast of Port Hardy. This information was relayed to the Port Hardy RCMP officers on the water, helping

them to locate the vessel shortly after 11 p.m. These officers shadowed the vessel, using the marine radio to repeatedly order the skipper to head for shore. Their attempts to defuse the situation were not successful. Officers observed the two crew members on the back of the boat, and moved in to rescue them. The two jumped from their vessel onto

dock, and took the skipper into custody without further incident. They also recovered a shotgun. The Opal T remained at the dock in Port Hardy, where it was searched as a crime scene Monday by RCMP. The number of shots fired, and intent of the suspect, remains under investigation by the Port Hardy RCMP. RCMP Cpl. Darren Lagan of the Island

the bow of the officers’ boat, and were quickly taken to safety. After the crew were safe, contact was made with the skipper of the vessel via cell phone, and he was persuaded to dock at Port Hardy. The vessel was escorted in by an RCMP vessel based out of Port McNeill. The RCMP Emergency Response Team was waiting at the


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Closures hit Hardy ER Gazette staff As a result of a physician shortage, Port Hardy Hospital will have limited health services throughout this week and into the weekend, the Vancouver Island Health Authority announced.

The emergency room in Port Hardy will be closed between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. today and tomorrow. Additionally, the ER will be without a physician all weekend, though nurse practitioner coverage will be

available for non-urgent patients from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. VIHA says those with an emergency during these periods should call 911 or proceed to the Port McNeill Emergency

Department. Those unsure what services they need may call 8-1-1, a 24-hour, toll-free service that provides consultation with a registered nurse. The ER closures began Monday evening.

Fish farm info incorrect In the July 26 article on the ‘Namgis Closed Containment Project in the “Our Coast� supplement, a significant error was made in reporting the amount of federal funding as $800 million. The total funding secured for the construction and operation of the Project is in fact $7.25 mil-

lion. The funders are: Sustainable Development Technology Canada ($2.65m); DFO’s Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Program ($800K); Aboriginal Affairs Canada ($257K); and the Coast Sustainability Trust ($113K).

The federal funding has been leveraged with matching funding of $3.17m provided by the Tides Canada’s Salmon Aquaculture Innovation Fund. For more information on the ‘Namgis Closed Containment Atlantic Salmon Farm see CCP/Pages/default.aspx.

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District of Port Hardy Notice of Street Closure, Removal of Highway Dedication and Disposition of Land In accordance with sections 40, 41 and 94 of the Community Charter, the District of Port Hardy hereby gives notice of its intention to adopt a bylaw to close to all trafďŹ c a part of Gibraltar Street that comprises 769.6m2 as shown outlined in black on the reference plan below (the “Parcelâ€?) and remove its dedication as highway. The Parcel was dedicated as highway by Plan 3571. Bylaw No. 16-2012, a Bylaw to close a portion of Gibraltar Street in the District of Port Hardy and remove its dedication as highway, will be considered by District of Port Hardy Council at its regular meeting at the Municipal OfďŹ ce, 7360 Columbia Street, Port Hardy, BC, on August 14, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Persons who consider they are affected by the bylaw will be provided an opportunity to make representations to Council in person at the meeting or by delivering a written submission to the Director of Corporate Services to the Municipal OfďŹ ce by 4:00 p.m. on August 14, 2012. In accordance with sections 26 and 94 of the Community Charter, the District of Port Hardy further gives notice of its intention to sell the Parcel to Keltic Seafoods Limited for $9,300.00, subject to acquiring property that Council considers will provide public access to Hardy Bay that is of at least equal beneďŹ t to the public. The proceeds of the disposition will be paid into a reserve fund pursuant to section 41 of the Community Charter. Keltic Seafoods Limited intends to consolidate the Parcel with the adjoining property that it owns, located at 8555 Gibraltar Street with a legal description of Lot 6, Section 36, Township 9, Rupert District, Plan 15229. Gloria Le Gal Director of Corporate Services District of Port Hardy PO Box 68, Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0

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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

Give cops their due In his introduction to Port Alice Council last week, incoming RCMP Constable Clayton Twamley joked that it was nice to get a friendly wave when passing an oncoming vehicle, “instead of the alternative.” Consider this our friendly wave. In recent years, B.C. law-enforcement officers have gotten plenty of press for the wrong reasons. Our public servants certainly need to be taken to task when they fall short of — or step beyond — the bounds of their profession. But for every airport taser death, sexual harassment scandal or missing women’s inquiry, there are innumerable positive outcomes that occur behind the scenes. This week’s dramatic rescue at sea is one of those rare cases that thrust the police to the top of the news cycle for something they’ve done exceedingly well. And plucking crew members from a fishing boat, in the dark, under the threat of an armed suspect, is as good as it gets. Cops are not only people, but our neighbours. When not in the news, they may be found in arenas coaching our kids, in schools providing valuable lessons or pedaling the highway fighting cancer. Next time you pass one of them, consider giving a wave. And use all your fingers.

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First Nations Summit on pipeline The leadership of the First Nations Summit is concerned with the approach laid out yesterday by BC on heavy oil pipelines in British Columbia. “Yesterday’s announcement clearly shows the Provincial Government is on the wrong track and does not fully understand the level of opposition or the reasons for opposition to both the Northern Gateway Pipeline project and the Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion project”, said Chief Doug White of the First Nations Summit Political Executive. “First Nations opposition to these projects is extremely strong and building. The Province should have sat down with First Nations and understood the basis for this opposition before wrongheadedly suggesting there is a viable pathway for these projects to proceed,” he added.

“...First Nations must be fully engaged in all processes leading to any and all government decisions regarding the Enbridge and Kinder Morgan proposals.” -Chief Doug White

“As we have clearly stated time and time again, First Nations must be fully engaged in all processes leading to any and all government decisions regarding the Enbridge and Kinder Morgan proposals. Given the law as developed in a long line of cases from the Supreme Court of Canada there is a legal requirement for governments to “consult and accommodate” First Nations regarding any and all land and resource development initiatives in their respective territories”, added Grand Chief Edward John of the FNS Political Executive.

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“Given the magnitude and potential environmental implications of these pipeline proposals, it is our view that the appropriate consultation standard is the “free, prior and informed consent” of all First Nations concerned. This standard of consent has been adopted by the Supreme Court of Canada and also the United Nations in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It is now time to apply and give life to these important standards”, added Chief John. “BC First Nations opposition is a result of deep A member of

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Theft mars Filomi regatta for McNeill team Dear editor, Our team the Dragon Slayers from Port McNeill were setting up our tent at Carrot Park in Port Hardy on Friday night July 20 with several other local dragon boat teams before the Filomi Days regatta the next day. We were told there would be security on the grounds for the night, so felt things would be okay to leave. So without hesitation and thinking all would be okay we fastened our “Dragon Slayers” banner to our tent and left for the evening, only to return in the morning to find the banner gone. Thinking that someone might have been having some fun with us and that it would be returned after our first race that morning, I wasn’t too worried. But that wasn’t to be! I asked several people if they had seen our banner or heard that it was gone but with no luck. I took a look

The Dragon Slayers had their banner stolen from Carrot Park during the Dragon Boat Regatta on the Photo submitted Filomi Days weekend and are appealing for its return.

around thinking it might have been misplaced, but was not to be found. By the end of the day I knew it was gone. It was very upsetting as the day was so much fun and we were all having such a good time at the regatta. Our team has only had the banner a matter of months and the girls are very upset that it is gone. It cost about $300 to have made and was purchased by the Triport Dragon Boat Society for us. We, as members of the society, all helped to raise the money by doing fundraising. Our team is very disappointed

"...we can forgive the theft if the person who took it would find it in their heart to just come forward. Really, all that matters is that we get the banner back!" that someone thought they needed to take our banner, as we can’t think why anyone would want something that displays our team name; there is no purpose to taking it. We use the banner for identifying our tent area at regattas and we also use it

for parades to identify our team. It is a shame to see it gone; it will be many months before we can replace it as money needs to be raised all over again. It is a shame that whoever took it will not be able to utilize it like we would, they will never be able to

Letters to the editor

Pat Bremner Port McNeill

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Alberta Premier asks too much Dear editor, Alberta Premier Allison Redford’s reaction to the conditions B.C. has placed on heavy oil pipelines is very disappointing, particularly her reaction to the condition that B.C. receive a fair share of the economic and fiscal benefits commensurate with the degree and nature of the risk borne by B.C.’s environment and taxpayers. Heavy oil is unlike any other substance transported by pipeline. Pumping it across provincial boundaries and over hundreds of kilometres of rugged B.C. wilderness is simply not the same as pumping or transporting any other substance or product. What Alberta is asking of B.C. goes far beyond any existing interprovincial goods movement arrangement under confederation. Moreover, Premier Redford’s position does not seem to be consistent with that of her own Energy Minister Ted Morton who, in February, agreed that there will have to be clearer benefits for B.C. in order to get the people of B.C. to support the Northern Gateway pipeline. As he said to the Globe and Mail editorial board: “[The issue of] equalizing riskbenefit ratios between B.C. and Alberta has to be addressed.” Scott Harrison Vancouver

display it other than in their bedroom or in a basement because anyone seeing it will know that it doesn’t belong to them. Our team would like to offer a reward for its return, no questions asked, you can just drop it off with one of our Triport members, or call Boni Sharpe in Port McNeill (250-956-4675) or Irene Patterson in Port Hardy, or drop it off at any local business with a note with my number on it, or call me at 250-956-3550 and I will come and pick it up or tell you where you can drop it off. We desperately want our

banner back! Hopefully someone will hear something or see the banner and come forward with information. We have sent out word via Facebook hoping someone will see the post. Our banner is very distinct, it is about eight feet long, black with gold writing “Dragon Slayers” with two of our dragon logos on either side of our name. They are the same dragons we have on our team shirts, as well our slogan “success is a journey not a destination” is printed on the bottom in white. It goes to say we are disappointed but we don’t want to point fingers at anyone, we can forgive the theft if the person who took it would find it in their heart to just come forward. Really, all that matters is that we get the banner back! Do the right thing! Make this right!

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Dear editor, Premier Christy Clark spoke on the radio about the need for common sense solutions in her government. This was apropos her ideas about dealing with the environmental threat of the northern pipeline proposal by insisting that B.C receive a greater share of the profits! That makes no sense to me. It sounds as idiotic as spending $6 million producing a flashy pamphlet to promote the H.S.T. in an effort to boost the economy, only to have them all shredded after the tax was vetoed by referendum. Perhaps common sense is different for politicians than for the rest of us. I have been angry and frustrated about runaway government spending of borrowed money that ordinary people are expected to repay (and I am not alone), but the premier has explained that the problem she faces is a “revenue shortfall”. I used to think that the human race was all together in the same boat, and that together we would all sink or swim, but since the Jasmine Revolution and the Occupy movement I see things differently. The world has become a Dragon Boat race, with 99% of us paddling while the richest 1% steer the boat, and appoint different governments to call out the rhythm and keep us synchronized and productive. I think it’s time to head back to shore. Blair Hamilton Port Hardy

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August 4 Annual Craft Fair on the boardwalk in Telegraph Cove. For more information, contact the Cove at 1-800-200HOOK. August 4 Missoula Children’s Theatre presentation of Hansel and Gretel featuring local youth, 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Gate House Theatre, Port McNeill. Info, Kathy, 250956-3456. August 4 2nd annual Tri-Port Music Festival at Cluxewe Resort from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Featuring 10 Souljers, Kenny Shaw, The Roper Show and more. Includes beer gardens and craft and food vendors. Tickets can be purchased for $25 at Cluxewe Resort, Bobanee’s, Guido’s, Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce or Port McNeill Chamber of Commerce. For more info, call 250-230-0776 or check out

MEETINGS & ONGOING EVENTS • Port Hardy Museum summer hours - now 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. • Quatsino Museum & Archives is open Friday to Sunday from 1:00pm-2:00pm. Open daily July & August. FMI • 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. • 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. • Filomi Days committee meeting: Every Tuesday at noon at the Port Hardy & District Chamber of Commerce. Everyone welcome. • Summer Camp! Stepping Stone Centre July 9-Aug 24. 250-949-3031. • Overeating Anonymous (OA) meetings. FMI call Julia at 250-949-7069 or Ann at 250-902-8244.

August 4 Dr. Riki Ott, marine toxicologist, offers presentation on risks posed by oil tanker traffic along Vancouver Island’s coast, 7-9 p.m. at Quarterdeck Inn, Port Hardy. Sponsored by Living Oceans Society. August 5 4th Annual Alert Bay 360 Eco Paddle Kayak Race around Cormorant Island. Registration 8-10:30 a.m. at Village dock. Breakfast buffet at Passin Thyme; awards and prize draws 3 p.m.; feast and celebration at ‘Namgis Big House, 5 p.m., tickets $35. Info, Eric Gregory 250974-8255. August 5 Annual Fishing Derby at Telegraph Cove. For more information, contact the Cove at 1-800-200-HOOK. August 7 Auditions open in Port Hardy for Missoula Children’s Theatre presentation of Hansel and Gretel, 9-11 a.m., PHSS theatre. Open to schoolchildren entering Grade 1 through high school. Up to 60 roles available; those selected must be able to attend rehearsals each day through the week. Info, Heather Jones, 250-949-6259. August 7-8 Enbridge Pipeline Joint Review Panel in Port Hardy. The hearings will be held in the Civic Centre with the Tuesday session starting at 7 p.m. and Wednesday’s session beginning at 9 a.m.



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Ella Waring, Carly Waring and Ezra Tanaka pose at a party held in their honour last week. Carly recently returned from Switzerland on a Rotary exchange trip while Ella, Tanaka and a third student, Cheyanne Speck, will head off to study abroad this year. A O’Toole

Gazette staff PORT McNEILL— The British Columbia Dental Association (BCDA) announced last week the election of local dentist, Dr. David Baird, as secretary-treasurer of its 2012-2013 Board of Directors. A general-practice dentist, Dr. Baird has practiced for 32 years in Port McNeill. “I came up here fresh out of school, and never left,� said Baird, who recently turned 60. “Why would you ever leave the North Island?� Dr. Baird previously sat on the BCDA’s Board as the Upper Island region representative, as well as volunteering on various committees and task forces. He began his one-year term as secretary-treasurer in June. “It involves a little more time being a board member, but not a lot more,� said Baird.

Dr. David Baird “The board meets three or four times a year in Vancouver, Victoria, or maybe Kelowna occasionally. And I’m on a couple of other committees, which entails

“I came up here fresh out of school, and never left. Why would you ever leave the North Island?� four to eight other meetings a year.� Baird added a new dentist, Dr. Brian Bostrom, to his practice in June. He lives with his

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Daytripping A hike with a view Aidan O’Toole Gazette staff It’s been on my to-do list for a while, but this week I finally made it to the plane wreck out by the ferry terminal. I’ve been hearing about it since I came to Port Hardy- a WWII plane that ran out of fuel and ditched into the woods. Beyond that I knew next to nothing. So when I found myself with that rarest of thing — a sunny day off in Port Hardy — I went for a wander in the woods. After a quick Google

search for directions, my girlfriend Jenn and I set off to track it down, confidence high after Google returned phrases like “my 5-year-old did it” and “can’t miss it.” The directions were simple; park just before the ferry terminal, 50 metres towards the terminal take an asphalt path on your right, stay on this path until you see a stump marked with flagging tape, take the trail here to the plane. Two hours later I was wondering aloud

whether it was a 5-year old horse or ATV the guy was posting about. After exploring pseudotrails and animal tracks, climbing embankments and dried-out creeks, and backtracking to the start of the trail twice, we admitted defeat. Plenty of stumps, no tape. Down but not out, I asked around the next day and roped a friend, Greg, into showing us the way. This time around it was a lot easier, and, once we’d got through an overgrown section just as the trail split, the route was fairly obvious. The marked stump is absolutely unmissable and this section of the trail has a beautiful vantage of the bay so if you go bring a camera. And shoes you don’t mind getting muddy.

Clockwise from top; A view from the trail looking over the bay, the R.A.F. roundel on the fuselage, the carcass of the plane in the woods, Jenn and Greg behind the infamous ‘stump’. A O’Toole

This second half goes through forest and it was quite boggy underfoot. There were plenty of opportunity for the incautious to lose a shoe in the mire. We were doing this trail after our two weeks of sunny weather so I’d guess we saw it as dry as it’s going to get. The plane snuck up on me, partially because I was watching my feet, and it looked quite eerie and out of place. I had been expecting something smallish, Spitfiresized say, but the main section of fuselage is about 30 feet long. Anything serviceable was removed from the site long ago and a husk remains with some twisted metal hunks strewn around as a reminder of the forces involved in the impact.

A plaque where the cockpit would have been pays homage to the men that lost their lives there and explains that the aircraft ran out of fuel after overshooting the airport on its return from a training exercise in 1944. There was something of the graveyard about the site, perhaps the huge, incongruous metal carcass in a green clearing, or the engraved metal headstone of the memorial plaque that encouraged sombre thoughts and hushed tones. After about ten minutes of quiet exploration we started to head back, pausing again as we came out of the woods to take in the panoramic view of Hardy Bay. I’d say this was one of my favourite hikes I’ve done here; the trailhead is close to home, it only took about 40 minutes each way, it had beautiful views, wasn’t too hard, and there was a destination — something worth seeing at the end. I’m not sure about the guy that claimed he hiked it with a 5-year-old. I guess it’s possible if you don’t

mind piggy-backing the child down some sections, but bringing a child that young seems fairly masochistic in all honesty. In my opinion, waiting for double figures would be a much wiser decision — the plane’s been there since 1944, it’ll still be there in five more years. As for directions, the internet ones weren’t bad, it’s just that nature has done a little remodeling so it’s not quite as clear as I’d anticipated. Park up just before the ferry terminal and head towards it on foot. Just as it comes into view take the asphalt path on your right. It’ll turn to gravel at the top of the hill, keep on it until it forks with an overgrown track continuing moreor-less straight and an asphalt track heading right. Push straight on through the bushes until

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you think, ‘this can’t be the way’. It is. Go another 20 metres or so and it’ll thin out; as long as you have gravel underfoot you are on the right track. From here on it’s pretty easy to follow. You follow a horseshoe shaped, counter-clockwise around a narrow valley and after passing through another overgrown patch you come to the marked stump. From here on you have your choice of half a dozen colors of flagging tape to follow and, being muddy, the trail is pretty hard to miss. I’d definitely recommend taking a Sunday afternoon and checking it out soon, while the sun is still visiting and the berries are out. It’s a pretty nice hike and it’s right on our doorstep. Worth a day trip, I’d say. Official Guide to

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ROOKIE MEETS VETERAN Niki Hodgkinson and Jana Sawyer eye Tour de Rock


iki Hodgkinson was 16 when she shaved her head for the Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock. Eleven years later she’s riding in the Tour de Rock as a rookie officer with Saanich police. The annual fundraiser she started at Oak Bay high school has been ongoing ever since. “I’ve wanted to get involved since then, and wanted to be (a cop), I just didn’t think I’d be able to ride on the Tour so soon,” Hodgkinson said. The 27-year-old is at one end of the spectrum, while fellow Saanich officer Jana Sawyer is at the other end. Sawyer has worn a badge for 28 years, starting with nine years in the RCMP. The past 19 years she’s been with Saanich, making her one of the longest serving women there. “I’d always wanted to ride the Tour de Rock, but with three teenage boys and a husband with (Victoria Police Department), I needed the support from home, and now I’ve got it,” Sawyer said. Cancer has taken a personal toll on her family. “Lung cancer took my mother-in-law eight years ago and my own mom six years ago when it spread to her brain.” Rookie or veteran, both police officers have learned a lot about bicycling, and a lot about what makes the Tour de Rock such a demanding but rewarding campaign. “As far as cycling, you couldn’t jump into it with this type of training intensity without such a big goal,” Sawyer said. While cycling at this level is new for

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Saanich police officers Jana Sawyer, left, and Niki Hodgkinson represent the senior and rookie ranks of the SPD on this year’s Tour de Rock. Hodgkinson, she brings experience to the fundraising component. Oak Bay High can be relied on as one of the highest contributors from the Greater Victoria community, as well as Reynolds secondary. “Reynolds (principal) Alana Charlton was at Oak Bay when I was a student and helped me get the campaign started,” Hodgkinson said. Biking too, was Hodgkinson’s initiative. Seniority usually dictates which Saanich Police officers will ride on the Tour de Rock, but the rookie was ready. “Last year when I got hired the first thing I bought was a (road) bike. But I don’t think anyone’s done Tour de Rock in their first year here. I got lucky.”

Lucky is something Sawyer hasn’t been. Twice she’s taken a spill, the first a dangerous tumble over the handlebars and onto the pavement down Willis Point Road. It kept her away from training for 10 days. Soon after she returned, Sawyer twisted her ankle trying to detach her cleat from the pedal during a speedy descent near Observatory Hill. Sprained ankle and all, Sawyer toughed it up the team’s ascent of Mount Washington last week, their most exhausting day of training by far. “Once you do (Mt. Washington), you know you can handle any day on the Tour,” Sawyer said. “It’s a confidence builder.”

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The Missoula Children’s Theatre August 7: Audition at Port Hardy Secondary School - 9am August 11: Showtimes at 3pm & 5:30pm

Wimbledon Tournament Tennis clinic for all ages Tennis courts in Port Hardy: 10am - 10:30am: Ages 6-10 10:30am - 11:30am: Ages 11-15 12pm - 1:30pm: Ages 16-99 Tennis courts in Port McNeill (OrcaFest): 2:30pm - 3pm: Ages 6-10 3pm - 4pm: Ages 11-15 4:30pm - 6pm: Ages 16-99

Art-in-the-Park Carrot Park • 10am - 3pm Vendors & Displays

Senior’s High Tea Port Hardy Seniors’ Centre Seating #1: 2pm - 3pm • Seating #2: 3pm 4pm

August 12 Queen’s Jubilee Afternoon Tea Dance Coal Harbour Activity Centre • 2pm - 6pm Guests are encouraged to wear a fascinator Dance lesson • live music • dance • afternoon tea

August 25 A Royal Affair Baptist Church • Dinner & a Movie $4 Dinner: 5pm • Movie: 6pm

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North Island Life Celebration by the sea Gazette staff ALERT BAY—Last weekend saw the 30th annual Alert Bay Seafest celebration. On Friday morning the weekend event kicked off with a FantaSEAland parade followed by opening ceremonies at the Gilbert Popovich town square. The T’sasala Cultural Group welcomed the crowd with traditional dance before the crowning of Mr. and Mrs. Seafest.

The parade participants were awarded prizes then the crowd dispersed to enjoy the vendors and stalls on the waterfront, the Artfest exhibit running all weekend on the dock and the kids’ lip-sync contest. The fun continued Saturday and Sunday with kids’ entertainment, Family Feud, prize draws and the Musicfest event featuring YVR from Vancouver. Here are some of our highlights.

Clockwise from left; members of the T’sasala Cultural Group dance during the opening ceremonies; the parade makes its way along the seafront; Adrian Storm Cranmer and Gloria Hunt transform into Redfoo and SkyBlu; Chief Bill Cranmer greets bystanders during the parade; Sidney Nelson straightens her sombrero during a rendition of Shake Señora; Kerri Dawson and Tamara Coon do their best Katy Perry impressions; vendors line the street; Natalie Hunt and Steven Smith were crowned this year’s Mrs. and Mr. Aidan O’Toole Seafest.


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Paddlers take on 360 Gazette staff ALERT BAY—Three years ago, Alert Bay harbourmaster Eric Gregory had an idea to boost eco-tourism by holding a paddling event around Cormorant Island. This Sunday, the fourth annual Alert Bay 360 Eco Paddle will draw top paddlers from around the world to an 11-kilometre, human-powered circumnavigation of the island that is jointly hosted by the Village of Alert Bay and the ‘Namgis First Nation. “I started it out with word of mouth and advertising on my own,” said Gregory, who remains involved as lead organizer of the event. “It was successful, and now we’ve got a lot of great sponsors who have come on to help us with prize money.” This year’s Eco Paddle will boast more than $15,000 in cash and prizes, and Gregory emphasizes you don’t have to be a world-class paddler to claim some of it. “I’m not even calling it a race,” he said. “Usually the top three males and top three females get cash prizes, but no matter where you come in you’re eligible for the prize draws.” Since the Eco Paddle began, it has drawn world-ranked row-

A four-foot totem pole carved by Jake McCulloch is among the prizes to be given away in Sunday’s event in Alert Bay. Photo submitted ers, kayakers and other paddlers, including visitors from Australia and other international destinations. “We’re really fortunate to draw good crowds,” Gregory said. “Mostly we get paddlers from the West Coast, but we also had some from New York

City last year.” The event is open to all selfpropelled craft, and typically draws everything from single kayaks to war canoes and dragon boats. Sails and motors are prohibited, and members of Coast Guard Station 508 in Telegraph Cove and several auxiliary crews will be on hand for safety purposes. The event actually kicks off late Saturday afternoon with a free welcome barbecue at the Village campground that will carry into the evening. Sunday morning begins with a breakfast buffet at Pass’n Thyme Inn starting at 6 a.m. Registration and packet pickup will be held at the dock from 8-10:30 a.m., and the paddle begins at 11 a.m. The awards ceremony kicks off at 3 p.m., and at 5 o’clock the action moves to the ‘Namgis Big House for a feast including a seafood buffet dinner and cultural singing and dancing. Tickets to the Big House celebration are $35 each. Registration and other race info is available at Registration is also taken at the dock the morning of the event, but the field will be limited to 200 entries. For more info, call Eric Gregory at 250974-5727.

Soaring steed Saiya Gachter of Port McNeill leaps her horse over a barrier during a riding session Sunday at the arena in Hyde Creek. J.R. Rardon

Big cat escapes from page 1 in the tree officers notified the nearby Little Stars Child Care Center and closed the small park just above the neighbourhood. “We’re locked down,” said Kendra Sharpe of

Little Stars. “The officer came up and asked if we wouldn’t mind bringing the kids inside.” At some point during the standoff, the cougar made its way down the tree and scampered away through a wood-

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Hillbillys glove third straight title J.R. Rardon Gazette editor HYDE CREEK— Keith Balcke began the 2012 North Vancouver Island Baseball League season by hand-crafting a set of wood bats for the Hyde Creek Hillbillys club. On Sunday, he helped the ‘Billys craft a third straight league championship. In the fifth inning of Sunday’s title game against the Port Hardy Cubs, the Hillbillys were clinging to a one-run lead with the bases full of Cubs and nobody out. Balcke, Hyde Creek’s first baseman, was cheating up well in front of his base when the Cubs’ Chris Heslop laced a sharp line drive toward right field that would easily have scored a pair of runs. But Balcke leaped high to snare the ball, then ran back to first to double up Luke Jones, who had broken for second base at the crack of the bat. The Cubs did not score the rest of the game as the Hillbillys (9-2) went on to claim a 6-3 victory and the championship trophy. “It was just reaction,” said Balcke, who also scored what proved to be the winning run in the fourth inning and then drove in a pair of insurance runs in the sixth. “I was playing in for the bunt; I saw them over there talking just before that at-bat and thought they were going for the squeeze play.” The Cubs (9-4) were playing their fourth game in two days, thanks to the doubleelimination format for the three-team league. After falling to the Hillbillys by an identical 6-3 score on Saturday, the Cubs played their way into the final with a 9-5 decision over the Port McNeill Rangers in Sunday’s early game.

Port Hardy's Chris Lamothe shatters his bat while hitting a two-run single in Sunday's semifinal win over Port McNeill at Hyde Creek Ballpark. Hyde Creek's Taylor Galeazzi dives back to second base ahead of the pickoff J.R. Rardon throw to Port Hardy second baseman Jordan Campbell in Sunday's final. But that momentum down on the throw, and was blunted in the final came around third base by a three-run home to slide home with the run by the Hillbillys’ final run when Cubs Ivan Hall and Balcke’s catcher Rod Romas late-game heroics. couldn’t hold onto the “That was the turning throw from Heslop at point,” the Cubs’ Chris first. Lamothe said of the Cubs 9, Rangers 5 catch. “We’re sitting Jordan Campbell with the bases loaded and Romas started the and nobody out, then sixth inning with backwe’ve got nothing. We to-back doubles and went from high to low Stewart later added an in a split second.” RBI single as the Cubs Dave Stewart’s RBI double and Jones’ run- ting Curtis Martyn with save with two scoreless ing right fielder Patrick turned a 6-5 nail-biter Knighton and sec- into a comfortable win scoring single in the a pitch. A walk, an RBI innings of relief. in Sunday’s loser-out Martyn was solid on ond baseman Jordan third off Hillbilly start- single by Stewart and game. er Jason West drew the another hit batter cut the mound for the Cubs, Campbell. the lead to 4-3 and striking out 10 while Galeazzi reversed Cubs to 3-2. Hillbillys 6, Cubs 3 scattering six hits in a loaded the bases for course again and sprintBalcke started the In Saturday’s second Hyde Creek fourth with Ryan Rushton, the third complete game effort. ed for second, and the game Curtis Carmen a single, and went to Hyde Creek pitcher of But a single fat pitch throw from right field put on a pitching clinic to Hall and some tough went wild, allowing for six innings to give third on a one-out sin- the game. Heslop greeted luck in the sixth inning Galeazzi to move up to the Hillbillys a 6-0 lead gle by Mike Scott. He third and Hall to sec- into the seventh inning. then scored on the back Rushton with the hard did him in. The Hillbillys’ ond. After Martyn got a end of a double steal drive to the oppoCubs 18, Rangers 4 to push the Hillbillys’ site field, but Balcke Taylor Galeazzi drew strikeout for the second Lamothe blasted a stopped the ball and a leadoff walk in the out, Balcke chopped a lead to 4-3. sixth and, one out later, high-bouncing ball to two-run homer to key a The Cubs came right the rally. was running hard for shortstop. Lamothe was five-run first inning and “It was a good hit,” back against Hyde Creek reliever Rob Balcke said. “It scores second base when Hall able to field the ball, but the Cubs were never lofted a fly ball into had to wait for it to come threatened in the openCessford in the fifth. two if it gets by.” Rushton then got a shallow right field. As as Galeazzi crossed the ing game between the Cessford, who entered No. 2 and No. 3 seeds. the game to pitch a strikeout to end the Galeazzi turned to race plate and Balcke beat More at www.northis1-2-3 fourth inning, inning, and Hall came back to first, the ball Lamothe’s throw to started the fifth by hit- on to nail down the fell between onrush- first. Hall never slowed


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Sean Pineda of Port McNeill performs to Kung Fu Fighting during the dancing portion of Friday's World Cup Soccer Camp jamboree. Below, Xaydan Peterson of Alert Bay kicks a shot past the defence of Port Hardy's Tim Olesen. Bottom, Lexie Derksen hoists the Team Canada flag.

Gazette staff PORT HARDY— Captain Hardy's is hosting the first James Denton Memorial fishing derby Aug. 11-12. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Captain Hardy's Restaurant.

Final weigh-in is 4 p.m. Sunday, followed by an awards barbecue and wrap-up at Quatse River Campground. Prizes will be awarded in four categories. "All the money taken in goes back in prizes," said Jeremy Sandeman.

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Campers kick up their heels Gazette staff PORT McNEILL— With two-time Canadian National champion Steph Steiner spinning the platters, the annual World Cup Soccer camp wrapped up Friday as part soccer jamboree, part dance-off for nearly 100 North Island youth players at NISS track. Teams of 12 players competed under the flags of eight different countries, with each squad divided into lineups of “junior” players from 6-10 and “seniors” from 11-16. The jamboree featured a round-robin session of mini games, whose duration was determined by the length of the songs Steiner played from a table set up on the track alongside the pitch. He also awarded bonus “goals” to teams whose bench players displayed the best dance moves. After a break for snacks, T-shirts and autographs, a final playoff was held, which fittingly came down to a golden goal. Tye Morash gave Team Germany a 2-0 lead while the juniors did battle, but Sweden rallied behind its seniors, who got goals from Kacie Brittain and Jaylon Grenier to tie the match. Then, with both goalies pulled for the tiebreaker, Sweden’s Natasha Estlin rifled a shot just out of the

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Bushcats top Blue Sox for Filomi wood-bat title Gazette staff B E A V E R HARBOUR—The wooden bats created a whole different ball game for the players at the Filomi Days softball tourney held at Storeys Beach. Without the extra pop from aluminum or composite bats no player was able to clear the fence all tourney, meaning most of the games were tight, low-scoring displays of fielding. As a case in point, in the first game of the tourney the Bush Rats beat the Generals 1-0, with the lead-off batter in the first inning the only player to reach home plate. The B final was a more open affair, with the solid hitting of Andrew Smith of the Bushcats fires the ball back from left field High Vis beating out during the 'A' final of the Filomi Days wooden bat tourney. the Bush Rats by 10 Aidan O'Toole

Local pro advances Gazette staff Kevin Black, head pro and club manager at Seven Hills Golf and Country Club, couldn’t build on a fast start in last week’s Titleist/ Footjoy PGA of BC Championship tournament. But Black did earn a trip to the 2012 PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada, to be held in Florida in November, and snared one of four coveted spots on the Team B.C. squad that will battle other provincial club pros for the tourney’s Interzone team matches. “It’s a fun thing,” said Black, who will be making his second appearance as a B.C. head pro after qualifying four times as an assistant pro in Alberta. “I’ve been able to win it before, with Alberta, and it’s fun to cheer on your teammates. Golf is such an individual game, usually you’re pulling for your fellow golfers to all do poorly.” There was nothing poor about Black’s

runs to 5. A strong start in the first inning saw High Vis bring home four runs after subjecting the Bush Rats to three straight outs. The next four innings were a lot more evenly matched with High Vis just maintaining their lead until their strong 3-run sixth inning put them effectively out of reach. A single inning made all the difference in the A final too, when the Bushcats beat out the Blue Sox. A fantastic, and at times spectacular, fielding display from both teams kept the game scoreless until the decisive fourth inning. The Bushcats had a runner on first when a fielding error in right field stretched what would have been a single to

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an RBI and a runner on second. From there the floodgates seemed to open and the Bushcats came home four more times. The Blue Sox managed one in reply but the Bushcats got one more to regain their five run buffer and held this lead to win the game. Organizer David Deans called it a great event and said that the next tourneys would be in September, with an all-girl event and an

Results: ‘A’ division Semi-finals: Blue Sox mercy The Rez Bushcats 4-2 Ballerz Final: Bushcats 6-1 Blue Sox MVPs: Aaron Miller- Blue Sox, Kristian Knutson- Bushcats ‘B’ Division Semi-finals: Bush Rats 1-0 Generals High Vis 3-2 Bandits Final; High Vis 10-5 Bush Rats MVPs: Kelly Jones- High Vis, Shiloh McCulley- Bush Rats

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first-round showing at last week’s PGA-BC championships, held at Courtenay’s Crown Isle Resort. He shot a fourunder-par 68 to share third place going into the second round of the 54-hole tourney before struggling home with 74 and 76 over the final two rounds and finishing in a 13th-place tie at two-over. “I started out quite well,” said Black, “but I’ve got some issues to work out. I didn’t finish as well as I’d have liked to, but making the (B.C.) team was one of

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Eagles find a fitting home Gazette staff PORT HARDY— Everyone who attended the Filomi Days celebration at Carrot Park will have seen chainsaw carver Clinton Bleaney creating his latest sculpture. For both days of the annual celebration the former Port Hardy resident was hard at work beside the erstwhile dive shop, transforming a chunk of old-growth cedar into a spectacular pair of eagles swooping over rocks and salmon. Bleaney completed the work on Wednesday and was on hand on Thursday to help oversee delivery of the piece to its new home in Port Hardy’s arena. The exact resting place within the arena has not yet been decided, with several options still being weighed, but, wherever the 800lb. piece finally ends up, it’s sure to be a spectacular and eyecatching addition to the recreational facility. Bleaney, who has been carving for a little over four years, was recently laid off from his job as a faller in Powell River and decided to create a piece for his home town. “When I think of Port Hardy I think of eagles,” he said about his choice of subject matter, “plus there’s the Triport rep hockey team, they’re the Eagles too.” Fitting then, that the sculpture has found a home in one of the venues the Eagles call home. Once the sculpture has found its permanent home, conditions within the arena should be perfect to house the piece as it will be kept dry and cool, discouraging warping. “It’s a great spot for it,” said Bleaney, “it’s used all year ‘round with the hockey, ballhockey in the summer, dances; it’ll definitely get seen in here.” Once Bleaney decided to craft the piece he told his father, a shake blocking company owner, who in turn

reached out to family friend Owen Cotter who then donated the block that the carver transformed. Bleaney also said that the Regional District were a fantastic help in bringing the project to fruition, transporting the huge piece to their yard to get its finishing touches and then on to its new home in the arena. When Bleaney returns to Powell River he will begin work on his next project— a 30 foot high, 5 foot diameter, commissioned piece depicting predators of the West Coast.

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Special Thanks to the businesses who participated in the Great Numata Treasure Hunt: C&N Backpackers NI Gazette Supreme Convenience Canada Post OK Tire Macandales Cove Apparel CIBC TRU Hardware Port Hardy Museum Café Guido Dunlop’s Home Hardware Rexall Drugs People’s Drugs Mart The Dollar Store Overwaitea Foods A&W West Coast Community Crafts The Hobby Nook Chamber of Commerce THANK YOU to the homestay families and the Twinning Society members who worked so hard to make this visit a great success.

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Deer more useful as source of protein I remember when Mom and Dad moved the family to a threeacre waterfront property near Sooke. Many spring mornings were spent watching does with their young come into the backyard to graze. They’d pause, stare up at the dining room window, as if checking for an audience. There’d be a collective “ahhhh, aren’t they cute?” Mom was usually putting together breakfast in the kitchen on the other side of the house and missed this. The deer would graze their way through the flower garden, buzz cut the aubrietia, prune the tulips, then lay down on the missing crocuses to nibble on the new shoots on the laurel. When my Mom walked in carrying my Dad’s coffee or something, there would be carnage. Mom would toss the coffee aside, head out the side door, grabbing for something heavy to throw at the deer, yelling words that sounded like “oooooh, nooooo, not my ooohbreeee-shaw!” Over the years this became a more sedate performance. She would grab a rake, stored by the door, and march outside, muttering something like, “Venison is a good, healthy protein”. As I became involved in gardening I realized how heartbreaking the deer damage was for Mom. She had dug up areas to plant drifts of bulbs among flowering shrubs and borders of montbretia. The bank leading down to the beach was planted with grape hyacinth, crocus, and narcissi. Her vegetable bed was dug over in early April, compost added where needed, and trellises restrung ready for the peas and beans. Everything in place for the growing season, which began right after the last tulip was eaten. We did get a dog which was the size of a large deer. His bark, along with my mom’s vigilance, was effective. Within three years

of getting Morticai we noticed the deer weren’t doing their breakfast raids on the gardens, cats moved away, birds stopped singing and my Mom’s aubrietia flourished. Fast forward to 1997; my husband and I just moved to Hyde Creek. We have a bit of acreage. Have you heard the term “a river runs through it”? In our case “deer run through it” is more accurate. It is a deer thoroughfare. I tried every trick known to man, and a few learned from my Mother. Our dog was no help; I’d be running after the deer waving my rake, he’d be nipping at my heels. I have a photo of him lifting his leg on the hawthorn tree, while three deer are browsing the lower branches. I thought it was a huge house cat clawing up things; it was a deer cleaning its antlers. I will not get into the flowering plants that have been decimated, suffice to say I am now muttering “Venison is a good healthy protein”. This year my husband and I feel like we are finally getting a handle on the deer problem. I have noticed that

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there is one plant that they haven’t touched in the last 15 years, the Hellebore fetoidus, Stinking Hellebore. The clue for why they steer away is the “stinking” as a first name. The plant has a “skunk cabbage” smell that becomes more pronounced when the plant is disturbed. A lot of commercial deer deterrents are based on the “smell” factor. There is Cougar Urine (don’t ask), which many fellow gardeners swear by. There is the Egg Formula, Deer Off, etc, etc. They all work when first applied (usually by spraying) but need to be re-applied after every rain. There is a homemade concoction that uses eggs and Tabasco sauce, thinned with water, which is sprayed

on the leaves. I have heard plenty of success stories with that recipe. One would be remiss if they didn’t mention the Irish Spring Cure, and the Hair Ball Thing. Apparently deer do not like Irish Spring; the odour is a bit too strong. Simply place shavings of Irish Spring in a net bag, and tie to a branch of a tree or shrub. The more the merrier. It needs replenished after a few rain showers. The Hair Ball Thing works on the theory that deer don’t like the smell of human hair. Curious, but apparently true. Place clumps of human hair in net bags and hang about the garden. Make friends with the local hair dresser and you will be set for life. I personally don’t like the visuals of hair balls hanging about the garden, and Irish Spring makes me sneeze but whatever works, eh? Bone meal and especially blood meal have a fetid odour that deer don’t like. A ½-cup around young trees will keep deer away from the base of the tree. The unfortunate part of this cure is that dogs love the smell of bone

and looked like a short healthy hedge. I think this worked because of the smell of the fish emulsion. It ain’t no bed of roses. Heather Mary Brown is a seasoned North Island gardener. Email questions to hmbrown@

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and blood meal. I came across one deer deterrent accidently. I was looking at some badly damaged laurels that had been eaten back to the stalk, then thrashed and shredded. I pruned off the broken branches and noticed buds developing around the

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Jean (Powell River, River, Jean isis survived survived by by her brother Ted Lloyd (Powell B.C.), River, B.C.), B.C.), B.C.), sisters-in-law sisters-in-law Ina Lloyd (Powell River, Doraine Vaughan (New (New Doraine (Campbell (Campbell River, B.C.), June Vaughan Westminster, (Brackendale, Westminster, B.C.) B.C.) and and Astrid Karawatski (Brackendale, B.C.) great friends. friends. B.C.) as as well well as as many many nieces/nephews and great Jean Force. She She Jean was was aa veteran veteran of the Canadian Air Force. cherished granddaughters. cherished time time with with family, especially her granddaughters. Her forever in in our our Her quick quick wit wit and and gentle gentle nature will remain forever hearts. Jean was was aa hearts. Her Her sense sense of of humour was apparent, as Jean Canuck discussion, Canuck fan. fan. She She was was always positive, open to discussion, and need. and extremely extremely willing to assist anyone in need. We caring nature, nature, We thank thank Judy, Judy, Janie Janie and Betty for their caring compassion, the journey journey compassion, wisdom wisdom and kindness. You made the bearable. Nelson and and bearable. We We would would also like to thank Dr. Nelson the Evangeline, the nurses nurses on on the the 3rd 3rd Floor North; Shauna, Evangeline, Joemelin, Your care, care, Joemelin, Richanne, Richanne, Katy, Gill and Deb. Your compassion Also, thank thank compassion and and professionalism professionalism were evident. Also, you her house. house. you to to Bev Bev for for assisting assisting with Mom’s need at her In Campbell In lieu lieu of of owers owers please please make a donation to Campbell River Hospital River United United Church Church or the Campbell River Hospital Foundation. A celebration of Jean’s life life waswill heldbeSaturday, Foundation. A celebration of Jean’s held July 28th,July 2012 at 14:00 Campbell River United Saturday, 28th, 2012 at at the 14:00 at the Campbell River Church – 415 Pinecrest Road, United Church – 415 Pinecrest Road, Campbell Campbell River, B.C. This will be be This beautiful beautiful intelligent, intelligent, kind, poetic lady will sorrowfully privilege of of sorrowfully missed missed by all those who had the privilege her acquaintance. Arrangements Services, Arrangements entrusted entrusted to Island Funeral Services, Campbell Campbell River, B.C. 250-287-3366. 250-287-3366.

KOWALSKI, Ted: Born July 14, 1922 at Tarnpol, Poland. Passed away peacefully at Cerwydden Care in Duncan, BC with his family be his side. Ted was predeceased by his wife Betty in 2008 and 4 of his brothers. He will be fondly remembered by his son Tony (Penny) of Australia, grandchildren Shevaun and Daniel and great granddaughter Holly, nephew Martin (Margaret) Iseppi, sister-in-law Josie and her children Edmund and Theresa and their families and many friends and colleagues. Ted will be remembered as a proud Veteran of WWII in the RAF, for the love of his garden and his deep devotion to his church. He always enjoyed conversation and had an insatiable curiosity. Thanks go to the nurses and staff at Cerwydden for your care of Ted. A service was held to honour Ted on Thursday, August 2 at St. Edwards Catholic Church, Duncan BC. Teds remains will be placed beside Betty’s in St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery, Duncan, at a later date. FIRST MEMORIAL FUNERAL SERVICES Duncan, B.C. Condolences may be shared online at

Lori passed away at Port McNeill Hospital on July 28, 2012. A memorial service will be held August 5th at the Civic Centre in Port Hardy at 2pm. The family invites you for open viewing from 1pm-1:45pm. In lieu of owers, donations can be made to ADRA Canada. 1-888-274-ADRA

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Highland dancers net trophy haul

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Gazette staff Six members of the Team Charlton Highland Dancers from Northern Vancouver Island traveled brought home aggregate trophies in July from the Scotdance Canada Championship Series 2012, the annual pinnacle event for highland dancing in Canada and the largest annual highland dance event in the world. The event featured more than 800 dancers dancing at the Ice Palace in West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, AB. Randi Ward of Port McNeill and Emma Jensen of Port Hardy each won two aggregate trophies, awarded to the top overall point-scorer in a class on a specific day of competition. Kacie Brittain of Port McNeill and Abigail McCorquodale of Port Hardy also took home aggregate trophies in

and Highland reel; 3. Seann Truibhas; 1. Aggregate points. Novice 11-12: Heather MacKenzie — 2. Seann Truibhas; 5. Fling; 6. Strathspey and Highland reel. Intermediate 10-11: Jenna Brown — 5. Fling; 6. Sword dance. Intermediate 12-13: Emma Jensen — 1. Seann Truibhas; 1. Strathspey and Highland reel; 6. Sword; 1. Aggregate points. Restricted premier 14: Kacie Brittain — 6. Strathspey and Half-Tullouch.

Highland dancers perform before a large audience at the West Edmonton Mall during last month’s Scotdance Canada Championship Series. Brenda McCorquodale

their classifications, and Ward also claimed the Trophy Highland Fling on her final day of dancing. “The dedication and hard work of our North Island dancers paid off this week,� said Teresa Charlton, head of the dance school.

“Everyone danced very well in extremely competitive classes.� Team Charlton results from the weeklong competition: July 12 Primary 6: Jerzie Cheetham — 1. Pas de Basques and high cuts; 6. Highland fling. Emma Walkus, competitor.

Novice 6-8: Abigail McCorquodale — 1. Fling; 1. Seann Truibhas. Intermediate 8-under 10: Camryn Stanley, competitor. Restricted premiere under 10: Xandryn Frost — 2. Seann Truibhas; 4. Fling; 5. Strathspey and Half-Tullouch. Restricted premier 11: Georgia Walkus — 5. Jig. Beginner 12-over: Randi Ward — 1. Highland fling; 2. Sword dance; 2. Strathspey

July 14 Primary 6: Jerzie Cheetham — 4. Pas de Basques and high cuts; 6. Fling. Novice 6-8: Abigail McCorquodale — 1. Lilt; 3. Flora; 1. Aggregate points. Restricted premiere under 10: Emily Walker — 3. Blue bonnets; 4. Sailor’s hornpipe; 5. Irish jig. Xandryn Frost — 5. Lilt; 5. Sailor’s hornpipe. Beginner 12-over: Randi Ward — 1. Trophy Highland fling; 1. Scottish lilt; 1. Flora MacDonald’s Fancy; 1. Aggregate points. Novice 11-12: Mollie Johnson — 5. Lilt. Intermediate 10-11: Jenna Brown — 5. Sailor’s hornpipe. Intermediate 12-13: Emma Jensen — 1. Highland laddie; 1. Wilt thou go to the barracks Johnnie; 1. Aggregate points. Restricted premier 14: Kacie

Brittain — 1. Sailor’s hornpipe; 1. Aggregate points. Premier 16: Ella Waring, competitor.

July 15 Prechampionship Restricted premiere under 10: Emily Walker — 5. Highland fling.


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North Island Gazette, August 02, 2012  

August 02, 2012 edition of the North Island Gazette

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