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Home gutted in latest Hardy fire A O’Toole Gazette staff PORT HARDY — The Volunteer Fire Department responded to the latest in what has become a spate of fires in Port Hardy this year. Firefighters received the call to a home on Rupert Street in Waddington Gardens at around 6:05 p.m. Sunday. While the family were able to get out safely, the blaze effectively gutted the unit, causing an estimated $120,000 of damage. Port Hardy has now had seven structure fires this year, resulting in upwards of $800,000 total damage, a disproportionately high number considering the population. For comparison, Comox Fire Department have tackled a pair of chimney fires to date this year. Port Hardy Fire Chief Schell Nickerson said there was no trend to the fires, having a
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RD lobbies for fixed halibut sportfish season Gazette staff PORT McNEILL—A contentious motion to support a fixed halibut sportfishing season prompted spirited discussion between Regional District of Mount Waddington directors before being approved 5-4 during the board’s monthly meeting in February. The motion, brought by Area B representative Phil Wainwright, the board’s representative on the North Island Sportfishing Advisory Board, will ask the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC) to request the Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans ensure the recreational and sport halibut fishery “is set prior to the end of February and that the closing date to be no earlier than mid-September, subject to living within the recreational fishing quota, to enable maximum benefit to be derived from this fishery.” Fisheries notice No. 87, released by DFO last month, specified Canada’s overall allocation of Pacific halibut at 7.04 million pounds, with the recreational fishery allocation set at 1.08 million pounds. On paper, the recreational season runs from Mar. 15 “until further notice”, which historically has been until the allocation has been met, bringing an abrupt end to the sportfishing season at random times of the year. “It’s the wish of the Sportfish Advisory Board to have a halibut season assured, so tourists and people who come to the North Island to fish have an expectation of going halibut fishing during the recreational season,” said Wainwright. The motion, approved only after board chair Al Huddlestan was forced to cast a tie-breaking vote, does not address quota distribution. And, as a letter of recommendation, it carries no statutory weight. But it drew fire from members on the board who saw it as either ignoring sus-
tainability of the halibut fishery or taking sides in what had been an uneasy truce between commercial and sportfishing interests in the region. “Halibut fishing, both sport and commercial, is important to Sointula,” said Heidi Soltau, Area A director from Malcolm Island. “Of course we support the sport fishery and we want our North Island businesses to do well. But not at the expense or our commercial fishermen.” Wainwright pointed out the motion seeks only to provide assurance to one sector of the North Island economy that relies on tourism and visiting clients, without asking that quota be transferred from another sector.
Regional District Mount Waddington “It’s not my intent to change the allocation or do anything with the commercial side of things,” he said. “It’s to work within the allocation that measures be put in place to have a defined season. I don’t want to see them close the season (early), because it detracts from the experience.” The original motion proposed did not address allocation, and was amended to include the clause “subject to living within the recreational fishing quota” before going forward to a vote. But the entire process left a sour taste with its critics.
“Usually there are things upon which (the RD Board) agrees to disagree,” said Soltau. “Because this was such an odd motion to put forward and because it got watered down, all it did was foster bad feelings.” The next AVICC meeting is set for April, so even if its board agrees to forward a fixed-season request to DFO, it could not take effect before 2014. New meeting time Beginning in February, the RD board meetings have been moved from a 4 p.m. start to 2 p.m. while incorporating the economic development report, which previously had been presented in a separate meeting. The change was effected through acclimation,
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Four arrested following attack, vandalism Gazette staff PORT HARDY—A Port Hardy man has been sentenced to eight months in jail for assault with a weapon, 60 days for breach of
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Council continue to seek COS resolution Gazette staff PORT HARDY— Council responded to the latest in a series of correspondence between Port Alice Council and the Hon. Terry Lake, Minister of Environment, on the impact of the reduction in Conservation Officer positions on the North Island. Lake had penned a letter addressing concerns from the village, assuring the council that the decision was not taken lightly and was open to reevaluation should the move degrade service levels. Port Alice Mayor Jan Allen replied to the minister, pointing out that human/wildlife interactions are common in the region. Therefore, when local residents contact the service it is usually because there is an urgent public safety situation.
She reemphasized the importance of locally stationed Conservation Officers to deal with urgent issues on the North Island. Port Hardy Mayor Bev Parnham noted that the issues echoed Port Hardy’s own concerns. “We’re pursuing the same thing here, and, as well, the Regional District is looking into the situation,” she remarked. Artists’ Co-op The council heard that a group of local artists have formed a cooperative with plans to create a downtown venue for artists to work, display and sell their work. An agreement had been made to lease a property rent-free for six months to help launch the project, and Gladys Latty, representing the group, sought a donation
to help renovate the property to make the space suitable for the artists’ purpose. Councillors felt that the request fell outside their remit however. “Because this is a business, it would be something outside our area to contribute financially,” said Mayor Parnham. Coun. Jessie Hemphill asked that the council include a letter of support with their decision to show that the council is in favour of the arts project, a sentiment quickly echoed around the table. “It’s a great project, we wish them every success,” said the
Council Meeting Port Hardy Mayor. Better at Home The councillors were unanimous in praise of United Way’s Better at Home program after a meeting held two weeks ago in Port Hardy. The program aims to assist seniors to live at home by enlisting volunteers to provide non-medical assistance — cutting grass, helping with laundry and groceries and so on. Coun. John Tidbury told council the North
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Help District help you First off, kudos to the District of Port Hardy for its prompt and vigorous response to the area’s tsunami warning that followed last October’s earthquake off Haida Gwaii. Anyone tempted to dismiss a complete rewrite of the local emergency plan as overreaction was certainly silenced when a second tsunami warning followed another large temblor off the coast of Southeast Alaska just after New Year’s. The District continues to be proactive in readying itself for the next disaster. And whether it comes in 60 days or 60 years, as Mayor Bev Parnham has noted, it will come. This wonderful but wild land we call home is, after all, situated firmly astride the fault-riddled “Ring of Fire” that runs the length of coastlines on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. But our safety is not dependent solely upon a dozen elected, appointed or volunteer officials who gather around a conference table each month. In an emergency planning committee meeting held here last week, the subject of how to deal with nonambulatory residents or those needing physical assistance was addressed. It quickly became apparent that the District and its first responders could not be responsible for the safety of every individual in the region, for myriad reasons of liability, confidentiality and manpower. No, we all have to take a share of responsibility for our own readiness to ride out a natural disaster, starting with assembling an emergency kit and a personal emergency plan. If you do require assistance, now is the best time to canvas family, friends, social services workers, healthcare professionals or others you see on a regular basis to get the information you need.
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Joe Oliver on oil, gas and coal Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver attended last week’s international conference in Vancouver on liquefied natural gas development. I spoke with him about Canada’s energy exports and emissions. Here are excerpts from that discussion: TF: Your party ran ads targeting NDP leader Thomas Mulcair and equating cap and trade with a carbon tax. They’re not the same, are they? JO: The end result is that taxes increase because of how we handle carbon. It hasn’t been successful in Europe at all. Anyway, it’s not part of our thinking. We are making significant progress on greenhouse gas emissions. Our recent regulations regarding heavyduty vehicles, the previous rules regarding cars and light trucks, which are identical to the U.S., are going to be helpful. And also the rules relating to coal-fired electric-
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ity. It’s our objective to see all those coal plants closed, and in that regard we’re certainly ahead of the U.S. Coal is contributing 40 times the greenhouse gas emissions of the oil sands. And actually the oil sands are less than half the emissions from coal-fired electricity in the state of Illinois. We’re moving with the U.S. on the over-arching objective of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent from 2005 to
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2020, but we’re also doing other things that the U.S. hasn’t yet decided to do. TF: You’re comfortable with the idea that exporting LNG that replaces coal is an appropriate step at this time, one that’s doable as opposed to these Kyototype gestures? JO: It is doable. And on a global basis, this would be a very significant development. If China, for example, could significantly move from coal to gas, that would have a huge impact. Canada’s small. We’re about two per cent of global emissions. We have to do our part, that’s the responsible thing to do, but it’s the big emitters that are going to make the difference to global emissions. TF: International Energy Agency talks about self-sufficiency in the U.S., oil and gas, by 2035. What does that mean for the Canadian economy? JO: Firstly, I don’t think they’re going to be self-sufA member of
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ficient in oil. North America will be self-sufficient in gas and oil. What it means is, for gas we’re going to have to find new markets, and for oil we’re going to have to find markets to sustain the growth in supply. The United States will still be a big buyer of Canadian oil. We’re shipping about two and a half million barrels a day, of which a million comes from the oil sands. Right now we’re losing about $50 million a day because of the crude oil bottleneck in the U.S. midwest, compared to international prices. We absolutely must find new markets, which is why our government in principle is supporting the transport of oil and gas to the west, to the east, continuing to the south and possibly even the north. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press. tfletcher@ blackpress.ca
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MLA unimpressed with legislature Dear editor, The purpose of government – whether an MLA or a cabinet minister – is to work on behalf of all the people of the province: not a select minority, not just the people who voted for you, but everyone. That’s why we cannot conduct any political activity at constituency offices. I am an Opposition politician but as MLA I am working on behalf of all North Island residents. And that should be the case for all 85 MLAs, in government and opposition. But it is sadly not surprising that people lose faith in politics and politicians when the best interest of the public is not being served because arrogant governments abuse their power. The latest revelations that the BC Liberals were blatantly using the Ministry of Multiculturalism to try to gain support from ethnic communities ahead of the election is just another sign that they have no respect for the citizens they are supposed to serve. This brazen abuse of the system was easily traced to the Premier’s office. The Premier’s Deputy Chief of Staff wrote a plan that called on publicly funded government resources to be
used for BC Liberal party partisan purpose, to court the ethnic vote. In Question Period, the Minister responsible for Multiculturalism had no answers. Eventually, under intense pressure, the Premier issued a sort of apology. It is like the continued spending of public money on partisan advertisements trying to sell a tired and corrupt government. The latest round of commercials on TV and radio, which started this week, are intended to convince people that the budget is not bogus. This when we hear that in a desperate effort to appear to balance the books, the Finance Ministry is not only selling off buildings and land, it is also liquidating its financial instruments - the government’s investments in bonds, promissory notes and derivatives. The incompetence of the government on financial matters continues to be exposed as its mandate near its end. This week we passed the legislation that will allow for the reintroduction of the PST in April. The government was so reluctant to admit the massive blunder of the HST and move back to the PST that it delayed bringing the
Rocks make for rough ride Dear editor, I am writing to you about Highway 19, from outside Port Hardy to the Sayward Junction gas station. After traveling down-Island late in February, I found the rock that gets dumped on the road — instead of salt and sand — and continues to build up, is again destroying our (vehicle) paint, windshields, canopies, etc. I happened to notice that beyond Sayward Junction to Victoria, the rock dumped on this end of the Island is not used on roads in their areas. Is this why we pay higher insurance for our vehicles than Campbell River? Also, the holes and cracks in the road continue to expand. Maybe we should start using this excess rock for filling in the holes in the road. Tami Kernachan Port Hardy
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legislation forward until little more than a month before the change is to take place. While some businesses say they have been assisted through the transition, many I have heard from say the consultation and guidance from the government has been incompetent and incomplete. For much of the week, debate focussed on the budget, with government members desperately trying to show that it adds up and that there aren’t really any cuts. Unfortunately there are many cuts and it
is inevitable to ponder that the $17-million being spent on partisan advertisements would have been much better spent on the real needs of our communities. For instance literacy programmes across the province were cut. With minimal resources - $127,000 for the whole of the North Island – the impact is huge. But instead of the BC Liberal “Great Goal” of 2006 – a pledge BC will become the most literate jurisdiction in North America – we see the BC Liberals abandon the
people for whom they are supposed to be working. We raised these cuts in Question Period and I was able to show the impact by talking about how successful the literacy work was in the North Island. I had the pleasure of introducing constituents visiting Victoria this week– some who had come for meetings and others for the pleasure of witnessing our work in the Legislature. I am back in the constituency this weekend: Friday sees me at meetings with Adrian Dix, the leader
of the Opposition. And on Saturday I am looking forward to the Fashion Inferno, the Firefighters’ Burns Fund annual fundraiser before heading back to Victoria on Sunday. You can always reach me at claire.trevena.mla@leg. bc.ca, by phone at 250287-5100 in Campbell River or 250-949-9473 in Port Hardy, or friend me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter @clairetrevena. Best regards Claire Trevena North Island MLA
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Good Samaritan I want to say thank you to “Tom”, the young man who came to my rescue when I was struggling to get some very heavy boxes into the post office. He kindly took over and lifted the boxes into the counter
for me. It is so nice to see manners and courteous behaviour still alive in today’s world. He said his grandmother had taught him these attributes. With gratitude, Kari Watkins Port Hardy
Worth a thousand The last remnant of the original Hudson’s Bay Company establishment at Fort Rupert is now reduced to a bit of rubble. Our most recent photograph of the chimney was
taken in 2004. Does anyone have a more recent one? If so, the museum would appreciate a copy. Jane Hutton, Curator and Director Port Hardy Museum
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NORTH ISLAND March 8 A Healing Workshop hosted by St. John Gualbert church. 7-10 p.m. at the A-frame church, 175 Cedar Street, Port McNeill. Session led by Randy Zonnis BS/ RSW/RRP and certified Quantum Touch Instructor. FMI call 250-956-3533.
MEETINGS & ONGOING EVENTS â€˘ Port Hardy Museum & Gift Shop reduced hours until March 31. Open 10 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Friday & Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Tues-Thurs; closed Sun-Mon. â€˘ Quatsino Museum & Archives is open Friday to Sunday from 1:00pm-2:00pm. FMI email@example.com â€˘ The German Edelweiss Cultural Club meets Thurs. at 7pm in PH Inn Pub. FMI 250-230-1376. â€˘ Lions Bingo every Thurs. @ Civic Centre. Doors open at 5:30pm. â€˘ Wild Heart Music Program for children and youth practices each Wednesday, 4-7 p.m., St. John Gualbert Church in Port McNeill. Free; all kids welcome. â€˘ Every other Tuesday: Footcare clinic at Hardy Bay Seniors 9-5pm. FMI 1-888-334-8531. â€˘ 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. â€˘ The Port Hardy Seniors' Housing Board is looking for volunteers to become a board member. We manage the Rotary Seniors' Centre on Rupert St. Evening mtgs held approx. once a month. FMI Jo-Anne Beek 250-949-6435 or Robert Fyles 250-949-2360. â€˘ Toastmasters Club every Wednesday, 7-8 p.m. at North Island College in Port Hardy: Toastmasters Club, info Sandra Boyd 250-902-0523.
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March 8 Team Believe hosts a penny drive, Scotia Bank 2-5 p.m. Team Believe is working hard to raise money for the 2013 MS Walk. If you would like to donate your pennies earlier please contact Karen 250-949-9891. March 8 Gate House Theatre in Port McNeill presents Les Miserables, 7 p.m. Tickets $5; concession. Info, gatehouseca.org. March 8 Sunset Elementary School Fun Fair, 5-8 p.m., Port McNeill. Games, snacks, prizes, photo booth, more. March 9 Free art class at the Gate House Theatre in Port McNeill. No experience needed. Ages 10-15 from 1:15 - 2 p.m. Only 10 students per session, must sign up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. March 9 North Island Concert Society presents the Woody Holler Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., Port Hardy Civic Centre. â€œJazz in the Saddleâ€? featuring old-timey country swing, cowboy classics and yodeling. Tickets $25, available in advance at Cafe Guido, Port Hardy Museum and For Scrap Sake in Port Hardy, at the Flower Shoppe in Port McNeill, or by calling Gail Neely at 250-284-3927 in Port Alice. Tickets also available at the door. More info, www.niconcert.ca. March 11-15 Team Believe hosts a penny drive. A box will be placed
at the North Island Gazette and First Choice Fitness in Port Hardy. Team Believe is working hard to raise money for the 2013 MS Walk. If you would like to donate your pennies earlier please contact Karen 250-949-9891. March 12 Food security and community garden information meeting featuring VIHA dietician Kimberley Black, 10:15 a.m., Black Bear Resort in Port McNeill. Open to anyone interested in sharing their knowledge of community gardens and broader food security issues. Lunch will be provided; please RSVP at email@example.com or 1-250-850-2146. March 13 Toastmasters hosts its inaugural Speech Competition at the North Island College, 7 p.m. FMI contact Sandra at 250-902-0523. March 15 Gate House Theatre in Port McNeill presents Parental Guidance, 7 p.m. Tickets $5; concession; info gatehouseca.org. March 16 Port McNeill Lions Club hosts bingo night at the local hall. Doors open at 6 p.m., play begins 7 p.m. March 17 Broughton Sports Club hosts St. Patrickâ€™s Day trap shoot and barbecue, noon, at the shooting range south of Port McNeill (entrance across from Telegraph Cove turnoff).
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