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Fire scorches restaurant J.R. Rardon Gazette editor PORT McNEILL—A local business landmark was badly damaged in an early morning blaze Saturday that may have had suspicious origins.

Sportsman’s Restaurant and several offices attached to the building at the waterfront on Beach Drive were left with fire, water and/ or smoke damage after flames leaped from a nearby storage building to race

up a section of wall near the rear of the two-storey building. Along the way, the fire melted vinyl siding and scorched wood beneath before it reached the roof and spread. “The roof of the origi-

nal building is completely destroyed,” Port McNeill Volunteer Fire Department chief Chris Walker said. “We managed to contain the fire to the roof, but it still makes for a lot of water damage. The build-

ing itself had a fire-suppression (sprinkler) system, and that’s where a lot of the water came from.” RCMP stepped in to

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Dyllan Dixon of Port McNeill gets a jump on the competition at the start of the annual Lioness Easter egg hunt at Cheslakees School in Port McNeill Sunday. See more Easter images from the region in North J.R. Rardon Island Life, page 11.

RDMW chair Huddlestan dies J.R. Rardon Gazette editor PORT HARDY—The North Island lost a vigorous champion last week when Al Huddlestan, chairman of the Regional District Board of Directors and former Port

Hardy mayor, died Mar. 26 following a extended battle with pancreatic cancer. “I have no hesitation in saying (Huddlestan) was probably the best chair the regional district ever had,” Port McNeill Mayor Gerry

Furney said. “And I say that having served as chair myself.” Huddlestan, 62, continued working on behalf of the North Island right up until he entered a palliative care facility in Nanaimo.

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Alert bay braces for ferry dock closure J.R. Rardon Gazette editor PORT McNEILL— Residents of Alert Bay will be able to drive their automobiles on Cormorant Island or on Vancouver Island throughout the month of April. But it’s an either-or proposition. As part of a series of major terminal upgrades throughout its coastal ferry system, BC Ferries will close the Alert Bay ferry dock April 8, the Regional District of Mount Waddington’s transportation advisory committee was told last week by Marnie Crowe, co-chair of the local Tri-Island Ferry Commission. Cormorant Island will then be served by a combination of water taxi and barge until the dock is reopened April 28. “The big debate is where people are going to leave their cars,� said Jo Mrozewski, the commission’s other co-chair and a resident of Cormorant Island. “We’ve been telling people that Sunday, April 7, at 8:20 p.m., is the last time we’re going to see the (ferry) Quadra Queen II until April 28. If you want to take your car over to Port McNeill, that’s the last chance.� Two parking areas in Port McNeill — one on Beach Drive across the street from the harbour lot, below Rona/Shoprite, and one between Port McNeill Post Office and the CIBC branch on McNeill Avenue — have been set aside for Alert Bay motorists who choose to leave their vehicles on the big island, and for those traveling by water taxi from Port McNeill to Alert Bay. Parking is free for those who qualify, but passes must be picked up at the BC Ferries ticket booth at the Port McNeill ferry dock. The ferry dock upgrades in Alert Bay

“As you can imagine, there have been a lot of rumours and misinformation... I think we’re as prepared as we can get.� Jo Mrozewski

are the first in a series scheduled at each of the Tri-Island ferries ports, with Port McNeill scheduled for construction in 2014 and Sointula in 2015. “For three straight Aprils we’re going to see these dock closures on the North Island,� said Mrozewski. “The construction actually lasts for months, but BC Ferries needs the docks completely shut down for three weeks.� Sailings of the ferry Quadra Queen II between Port McNeill and Sointula will continue as normally scheduled during the Alert Bay dock closure. Construction on the Alert Bay ferry dock began in January and is scheduled for completion in June. Foot passengers traveling between Alert Bay and Port McNeill during the closure will

be served by the M/V Lukwa, a 45-passenger vessel, with support as needed by the 25-passenger Tenacious III. Sailings will be at the regular BC Ferries scheduled sailing times between the communities, though in cases of overload delays may be encountered for passengers awaiting a return sailing by the Lukwa or supplementary sailing by Tenacious III. Shipping of large and volume goods by truck, including suppliers like ShopRite and Island Foods, will be done by barge, but the barge will not be available for personal passenger vehicles, Mrozewski said. “As you can imagine, there have been a lot of rumours and misinformation,� she said. “BC Ferries has been doing their best to answer everyone’s questions. (The Tri-

Correction The wrong title was given to the Hon. Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, in last week’s Gazette editorial (This is spill response? March 28). The Hon. Denis Lebel is the federal Transport Minister. The Gazette regrets this error.

Island commission) had our first meeting on this issue in October, and another meeting in January. “I think we’re as prepared as we can get.� Bus anniversary A big bash, including a visit by the head of BC Transit, is on tap this summer as Mount Waddington Transit celebrates the five-year anniversary of the start of its local bus service. North Island Community Services Society, which administers the local transit service, has scheduled the anniversary party for July 2 at Port McNeill’s Gate House Community Theatre. “I think it’s going to be a great day,� said Mary Mavis of NICSS. “I’m looking forward to it. And I know the youth are.� A short film will be made of the event for BC Transit TV, and its marketing department has contributed funds to offset the cost of printing posters and bus placards promoting the anniversary celebration, Mavis said. “We have a $5,000 marketing budget that we can only access through BC Transit,� Patterson said. “We’ve never maxed it out yet.�

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Former Hardy doc disciplined for ethics breach Gazette staff Dr. Andre Jacob de Wit, the former Port Hardy physician, has been reprimanded by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia after he admitted to engaging in unprofessional conduct during his time in the town. The doctor will face a litany of disciplinary actions after he admitted entering into a personal and sexual relationship with a patient with whom he had a professional

RCMP seeks leads Gazette staff PORT McNEILL— The local RCMP detachment is seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect or suspects involved in a pair of home break-ins and thefts that occurred early last week. The break-ins were discovered Tuesday, March 26, but may have occurred a day or two earlier, Port McNeill RCMP sergeant Craig Blanchard said. A variety of jewelry, gold and other valuable small items was taken from the homes, which were unoccupied at the time. “It was unusual for here,” said Blanchard. “They were two empty houses whose owners were away on holiday.” Blanchard asked that anyone with information on the crimes contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or the Port McNeill RCMP detachment at 250956-4441. “If anyone sees somebody with jewelry they shouldn’t have, we’d like to hear from them.”

patient-physician relationship. Dr. de Wit informed the College of these events and acknowledged that the conduct should be penalized. The patient involved did not wish to proceed with a formal complaint or to participate in a disciplinary hearing or any other College process. Following the issuance of a disciplinary citation, Dr. de Wit consented to the following disposition by the College: • A transfer from the

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psychologist(s) chosen and approved by the College, with written reports; • attendance at an interview at the College for the purpose of discussing his conduct and his current understanding of and insight into ethical and professional issues, the assessment(s)/counselling conducted, and to allow the College to further assess and determine the limits and conditions of his registration; • use of a chaperone

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Problem dog owners to be put on short leash Aidan O’Toole Gazette staff PORT ALICE— Council took steps last week to put problem pet owners on a short leash after a series of complaints. Administrator Madeline McDonald told councillors the Village had received four complaints relating to at least three individual dogs running loose, the issue coming to a head with the injury of a family pet. Currently, the Village’s bylaws lack the teeth to adequately deal with the problem. Public works employees pick up the animals and return them to their homes, and the

Village Office notifies the owner. But with some owners apparently unable or unwilling to rein in their dogs, complaints are on the rise. “This is an emerging problem,” said McDonald. “We’re seeing the number of complaints increasing and we have no good mechanism to deal with repeat offender dogs.” The existing dog control bylaw has a provision to designate a “pound keeper” but, without a pound in which to place the animals, there are minimal consequences for dog owners who allow their animals to roam free. McDonald suggested

Council Meeting Port Alice three amendments to policy to counter the problem. The first recommendation was for staff to prepare a new dog control bylaw to be brought forward for council’s consideration. “Our animal control bylaw is quite antiquated and needs updated,” explained McDonald. Secondly, she suggested staff bring forward a municipal ticketing bylaw to allow peace officers to issue fines to repeat offenders. It is hoped the introduction of fines would serve

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Huddlestan remembered as advocate from page 1 of Transportation and Infrastructure Mary Polak on coastal ferry issues. “Al was a tireless advocate, and he worked right up to the last minute,” said Greg Fletcher, RDMW administrator. “He basically went right to the hospital from that meeting.” Huddlestan’s passing leaves a void on both RDMW board of directors and on Port Hardy Council, from which he served as regional district representative and chair since his election in 2008. Port Hardy Mayor Bev Parnham said Huddlestan’s replacement to the RDMW

board would likely be appointed during council’s next meeting on April 9. At that time, she said, Port Hardy would likely establish a date for a by-election to fill his spot for the remaining 18 months of a three-year term. “We’re really going to miss him,” said Parnham. “He was a very good friend for over 30 years, and always gave a lot to the North Island over the number of years he served as either mayor or councillor and on the RD.” Dave Rushton, Area D director and vicechair of the RDMW board, will serve as chair until Port Hardy appoints Huddlestan’s

replacement, said Fletcher. The board will then vote to select a chair and vice-chair, perhaps as soon as its next regular meeting April 16. Huddlestan, born in Victoria in 1950, moved to Port Hardy in 1978 and remained, splitting his time between public service and private enterprise. He first served as Port Hardy Councillor for one term in the mid-1980s, then served two terms as mayor from 1986-1993. After returning to council in 2008, he was appointed again the RDMW board and held the office of chair until his passing. He was diagnosed

with cancer in late 2011 and began undergoing treatment down-Island, while continuing to attend council and RD board meetings when he was back home. “I was amazed at his ability to fight through this whole thing and carry on at the level he did,” said Rushton. “He really amazed me; it’s a testament to his tenacity. And he’ll be missed; there’s no doubt about it.” Huddlestan served during some trying times on the North Island, including as Port Hardy mayor at the time the Utah copper mine began phasing out its operations. “Al did a lot of good negotiating with the

Cause unknown in blaze from page 1 investigate the origin of the fire, which started in a building with no electrical power or other obvious causes for ignition. “The investigation is ongoing,” Port McNeill RCMP sergeant Craig Blanchard said Tuesday. “We have nothing to go on so far, no cause of origin or suspects. “We have security at the scene and we have an investigator coming to look at it later this week.” The fire was called in at 3:40 a.m. Saturday, and trucks from Port Hardy Fire Rescue and from Hyde Creek Fire Department arrived to assist through a mutual aid agreement between the departments. “We had great cooperation between all three departments,” said Walker. “It was all very professional. I would work with either department again.” Walker toured the site Monday along with an insurance adjustor, and a security guard watched the premises around the clock. The main dining area of the Sportsman’s, a single-storey addition on the waterfront side of the main building, was untouched by the flames. But it was inundated by water, and atop the original,

two-storey building blackened sections of trusses, some draped with melted shingles, pointed toward the sky.

The RCMP asks anyone who might have seen unusual activity in the area late Friday or early Saturday, or who has any informa-

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mine to make sure the town would be OK in the transition,” said Parnham. “He was incredibly diplomatic. He could look at things from different perspectives, and always had a way of getting things to happen.” In recent years, Huddlestan was instru-

mental as board chair in overseeing establishment of a regional heritage bylaw and securing steam locomotive 113, and the Hornsby steam crawler tractor from a private collector who had taken it from Vancouver Island in 2005. Huddlestan also

served as president of the North Island Trail Association when it completed the North Coast Trail in 2008. “Al was a guy who was absolutely full of life,” said Parnham. “He cared about his community, about Port Hardy and about the North Island.”


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Gone before his time Canada’s media has focused much of its attention in the past week on the passing of former Alberta premier Ralph Klein, who died Friday at the age of 70. Klein departs with his legacy secure as a largerthan-life public figure, the “King of Alberta,” whose reach extended well beyond the province. Port Hardy’s Al Huddlestan never achieved that reach — though he did run for the federal Liberal Party’s nomination in the early 1990s — but his death just days before Klein’s is a greater blow for North Islanders. Huddlestan, 62, was still in the prime of his career, still building a legacy for himself and the North Island when his life was cut short. He was ideally suited for his position as chair of the Regional District of Mount Waddington Board of Directors. A physically imposing figure, he relished the rough-and-tumble of public life. But a withering glare was merely a shield used periodically in the political arena; he preferred to wield charm and diplomacy as his weapons. Possessed of a stiletto-sharp and droll wit, Huddlestan more than once defused escalating conflict around the RDMW board table with a wellplaced barb or anecdote that stopped the bickering in its tracks. Cancer ravaged Huddlestan’s body, but it couldn’t break the essential Al inside. We thank him for his service, and offer our condolences to his loved ones and friends.

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Greenhouse gas leaks from trust VICTORIA – The Pacific Carbon Trust orchestrated a months-long campaign of calls and letters to discredit a report from B.C.’s Auditor General on its first two big carbon offset projects, before it could be released. Just as the audit report was about to be made public, the trust, a Crown corporation created at taxpayer expense, participated in the leaking of selected critical letters to media outlets. Then the Speaker of the B.C. legislature, Bill Barisoff, made a final, clumsy effort to delay the release of the report. As soon as it was out, Environment Minister Terry Lake tried to discredit it, by blustering about all the highly paid experts who swore up and down that a forest reserve near Kootenay Lake, and a gas flaring reduction project near Fort Nelson, were bona fide carbon offsets worth $6 million of taxpay-

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ers’ money. The Pacific Carbon Trust was set up in 2008 as part of former premier Gordon Campbell’s climate change program. To make the B.C. government’s operations “carbon neutral,” the government and all of its agencies were required to pay the trust $25 per tonne for their carbon dioxide emissions from fuel use. The 55,000-hectare forest reserve is known as Darkwoods. The audit shows that the Nature

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Conservancy of Canada decided in 2006 to buy it, using $25 million of federal taxpayers’ money. From 2008 to 2010, the trust bought 450,000 tonnes of carbon offset, based on independent evaluations that all rested on the assumption that Darkwoods would be clear-cut logged. Since the forest was already owned by Canada’s leading conservancy, this assumption makes no sense. Was the conservancy going to log it, or flip it to someone who would, after accepting $25 million in tax money to acquire it? Legally, it could not. The audit found a similar case against EnCana’s flare reduction program, which the company used on many wells before the trust started offering money. EnCana was saving money as well as reducing emissions without collecting offsets. Therefore, the audit concluded, neither of these projects was a credible A member of

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Refinery project a boon for all of B.C. The Kitimat Refinery Project. I first heard of this concept from David Black a number of years ago. At the time I was skeptical of its chances. My initially negative attitude was based mainly on my experience of 10 years service on the board of directors of Imperial Oil. Since I was accustomed to the discussion of petroleum economics centered in Calgary, I saw no need for a refinery in Kitimat. That attitude was based on the fact that there had not been a new refinery built in North America in many years. And any needed increase in petroleum production was achieved by expansion of existing refineries throughout North America. But after my service with Imperial Oil, I went on to serve 4 years at Canfor which led to my nine visits to China in search of lumber markets. My exposure to the phenomenal expansion of China’s economy opened my eyes to the true merit of the Kitimat refinery concept. It made me realize that it would not be just another refinery relying on the North America market but rather a refinery that would supply the vast appetite of

China for petroleum products. The challenge will be to draw the attention of Asian investors who would see the value to this investment. It appears that David Black, after many years of effort, is nearing an agreement that could provide the vast capital infusion needed to make this refinery initiative a reality. The appetite for oil products for all Asia will continue to grow and the Kitimat refinery is ideally situated to take advantage. Asian countries, especially China, are very interested in securing a sustainable supply of resources that will flow freely without undue trade barriers like surprises with taxes, regulations or tariffs. Canada has a good reputation as a free trade country that can be relied on as a dependable source of supply. Now is a very opportune time to attract the vast investment needed to make the Kitimat refinery go ahead. David Black, with his years of diligence, deserves our appreciation for displaying the foresight and courage to invest his time, money and reputation to help bring along this huge initiative. The positive merits of

Shelter season Dear editor, I have been designated under the Assistance to Shelter Act as the Community Representative for the Mt. Waddington Region (Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Port Alice, Alert Bay), British Columbia. On November 1, 2012 I issued an Extreme Weather Alert and requested RCMP “E” HQ OCC sent it to the detachment responsible for policing the of the Mt. Waddington Region. As of April 1, 2013 there is no longer a need for the EWA to remain in effect

and, as such, I am issuing a cancellation of the EWA. This cancellation of an EWA is being issued due to improved weather conditions and forecast as well as an end to the Extreme Weather Shelter season. We would like to thank all of our community partners and staff for providing a warm and safe EWS. We could not have done this without you. Sean Junglas Community Ministries Director, Lighthouse Resource Centre

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the Kitimat refinery are so profound that this project is really beyond any political persuasion. Any and all supporters of NDP, Liberal, Conservative or even Green should see the tremendous benefits that would come to B.C. with this project. This initiative will involve the investment of many billions of dollars. That’s for sure. It’s hard for any of us to visualize a million let alone a billion of any thing. So lets look at the “on the ground” facts of such an undertaking for all of us in B.C. Lets start with the big picture. When it comes to the benefits of a petroleum cycle, from well exploration to the gas station, the jurisdiction that hosts the

refining process enjoys a huge portion of the value addition to the raw material. For the KRC Project that would mean several thousand mostly trade union jobs for the multi-year term of the construction phase. It would also mean the creation of over 3,000 permanent jobs for the operation and supply support of the refinery when running. This refinery would be processing 175 million barrels per year, which means the tax revenue that could go toward healthcare, education, vital services for the disabled and elderly would be immense. But job creation and tax revenue is not the only desirable feature of the KRC.

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It also would provide much lower risk to the marine environment. The shipments out of the refinery would be finished product like aviation fuel, gasoline and diesel. These products, if ever spilt, would be much less impactful on the marine environment. They would also be transported in smaller ships. I know there are those on both sides of the political aisle that address this as a political issue. And I would disagree with both. This is a project that can be attractive to all political stripes. Trade unions would see a significant increase in jobs and memberships. Hospitals and schools across the province would see an improvement in government funding.

Business activity, especially in the challenged northwest B.C., would be very positively impacted. And those with a concern for the threat of marine spills would see a significantly reduced exposure for the environment. Based on the huge positive impact this initiative could have on B.C., I think the question should not be if we want it, but rather, how can we help make sure that the petroleum world sees this as an attractive way to invest billions of shareholder capital. Jim Shepard Retired President of Finning and Canfor, former Director of Imperial Oil

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NORTH ISLAND April 4 Bring Back Play Funmobile at Robinson Park in Port McNeill after school. The Bring Back Play Funmobile tour is back after a successful inaugural tour in the fall of 2012! Brought to you by ParticipACTION and Healthy Families BC, the Funmobile tour brings a truck full of

MEETINGS & ONGOING EVENTS • Port Hardy Museum open Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 am to noon, 1:00 to 5:00 pm. • Quatsino Museum & Archives is open Friday to Sunday from 1:00pm-2:00pm. 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. • 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. • 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. • 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. • Toastmasters Club every Wednesday, 7-8 p.m. at North Island College in Port Hardy: Toastmasters Club, info Sandra Boyd 250-902-0523.

CRIBBAGE TOURNAMENT Saturday, April 6 Port Hardy Civic Centre

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fun games, activities and giveaways to parks, events and schools in B.C. communities. April 5-6-7 Gate House Community Association presents The Coffee Clutch, and original play by local author Terry Ruth Eissfeldt, 7 p.m. each night at Gate House Theatre, Port McNeill. Tickets $10; seniors and students $7. For advance tickets and info, call 250-949-0160. April 6 Bring Back Play Funmobile at the Rec. Centre in Port Hardy, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. April 9 Port Hardy Minor Hockey AGM and awards presentation, 5:30 p.m., Civic Centre. April 9-14 West Coast Amusements makes its annual carnival stop on the North Island. Tues-Wed in Port McNeill at the arena parking lot; Fri-Sun in Port Hardy at Thunderbird Mall. Rides, games, prizes, food. Pre-sale wristbands in Port Hardy only, $25 each cash only. Available at Port Hardy Chamber, The Hobby Nook and Vaso's. Cut off is April 11th. April 13 The Hardy Bay Seniors will host a spring bake sale at the Seniors’ Centre, 9150 Granville Street, Port Hardy, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Preserves will also be available. Come out and support the seniors.

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April 13 Reel North Island Film Festival presents The Sapphires, doors 7:15 p.m., show 7:30 p.m., Port Hardy Secondary School theatre. Tickets $6.99 in advance at Cafe Guido; $10 day of show. Made possible by the sponsorship of the Rotary Club of Port Hardy. April 14 Port McNeill Lioness host annual garage sale, 1-3 p.m. at Lions Hall. $5 for table or space, prepaid. Free admission, door prize, lunch concession. To reserve table/ space or for info, call Helen at 250-956-3673. April 16-18 The B.C. Breast Screening Mammography Program comes to the Port Hardy Hospital. To schedule an appointment time call 1-800-663-9203. April 20 Port Hardy Museum’s Changing times in Holberg exhibit opening 1- 4p.m. Everyone welcome. Refreshments will be served. April 20 Eagle View School grade 7 Camp Homewood fundraiser. The grade 7 students of Eagle View will be cleaning up the community in conjunction with Earth Day to raise funds for their trip to Camp Homewood, Also hosting a hotdog sale and scrap metal bin in front of Overwaitea.



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Da’naxda’xw receive green power funding Gazette staff The Da’naxda’xw (Awaetlala) First Nation of Knight Inlet is among 11 nations that will share in $291,030 through the First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund (FNCEBF) to pursue clean-power projects. The Da’naxda’xw have

been approved for $40,000 to support a feasibility study for an integrated wind/diesel/battery Hybrid Energy System that would increase efficiency, enhance reliability, and significantly reduce diesel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The FNCEBF provides

money to build capacity in First Nations communities and to invest in cleanenergy infrastructure. The fund helps to generate jobs for families and provides opportunities that benefit First Nations and non-First Nations’ communities alike. It also helps to foster economic independence

Nations have taken a strong role in B.C.’s clean-energy sector, and this latest round of funding will support new opportunities in communities across the province.” Since 2011, the provincial government has invested more than $3.5 million to support cleanenergy opportunities in 72

for First Nations. “As part of the BC Jobs Plan, we are firmly committed to supporting opportunities for First Nations to benefit from and participate in resource activities within their traditional territory,” said Ida Chong, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation. “First

Aboriginal communities throughout B.C., including wind energy, biomass and run-of-river hydroelectric power. Applications to the fund are reviewed and decisions made based on the strength of each application and its viability relative to other applications.

New fishing regulations synopsis coming soon Gazette staff The B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Black Press have teamed to produce the 2013-2015 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis. The Synopsis is printed every two years as a resource for local and visiting fishers to have on hand as they enjoy B.C.’s lakes and rivers. An electronic version will also be updated periodically if regulations change. In addition, the synopsis will also be featured in a flip book format on the websites of all Black Press newspapers in B.C. Inside, in addition to the most current freshwater fishing regulations, readers will find details about the popular Family Fishing Weekend, an annual event scheduled for Father’s Day weekend. Timed to coincide with the licence-free weekends offered by both the federal and provincial governments, weekend events are organized in nearly 50 communities with help from the Family Fishing Society of BC. As well as encouraging youngsters to try their hand at fishing, the events are an excellent opportunity to share the importance of fish and their fragile habitat. Other Synopsis features include a handy photo chart from the province, the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. and the Habitat Conservation

Trust Foundation that will help fishers more easily identify the fish on their lines. And because many of B.C.’s favourite fishing holes are found outside towns, readers will also find essential safety tips

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North Island Life Egg hunts no yolk Gazette staff The Easter bunny hit the North Island in style last weekend, bringing countless chocolate treats to local youngsters on a memorably sun-drenched weekend. Several communities played host to Easter egg hunts to mark

the occasion, sponsored by local branches of the Lions, Lionesses and Rotary. We managed to capture a few moments from the day between basking in the unseasonable sunshine and tucking into our own Easter goodies...

Clockwise from left: Enola Tenney hugs a large stuffed lion offered as a prize after she found a specially marked egg during the Port McNeill Lioness Easter egg hunt at Cheslakees School; Kids at Tsulquate Park in Port Hardy race to collect chocolates at the Easter event hosted by the Lions Club; Brooklyn Cox shows off her find in the annual Easter egg hunt in Port McNeill; youngsters and parents queue for the start of the egg hunt at Tsulquate Park; Brydon Logan-Dorward leads grandfather Dale Dorward off the beaten track searching for Easter goodies at the Rotary-hosted event at the Quatse campground; Kira Lacasse sets a brisk pace in Port McNeill; Port McNeill Lioness Anne Dumonceaux offers a bag of chocolate eggs in exchange for the plastic egg held by Mason Cunningham of Edmonton at Cheslakees. Cunningham voiced his preference for the plastic egg; Emersyn Stanley holds the prize stuffed bear she won during the Lioness Easter egg hunt in Port McNeill. J.R. Rardon, A O’Toole, Sandy Grenier


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Local students to get hands-on with science Gazette staff PORT ALICE— Science class at school is about to get an upgrade. Through the Scientists and Innovators in the Schools program administered by Science World, students have the opportunity to learn from real-world scientists and their first-hand knowledge of science and technology. The program invites scientists, engineers, technologists and tech-

nicians to volunteer their time and share their expertise with science classes around the province on topics such as health, biotechnology, computing and the environment. Megan Hanacek, who has a background in forestry, will visit Sea View Elementary School on Apr. 11. “Schools from all over the province are benefitting greatly from our SIS program,” said Friderike Möller, Science World Program Coordinator.

“We hear back from teachers all the time about how much more engaged with science their students are when they actually get to hear from someone who does scientific work every day. It inspires us to really want this program to grow.” Since its inception in 1989, over one million students have benefited from the SIS program. Using hands-on activities and career-related information, its volunteers are knowledge-

able role models who work with teachers to present a different approach to the discovery of science in the classroom. “The SIS program is definitely an unsung hero when it comes to science education in BC,” said Bryan Tisdall, President and CEO of Science World. “It encapsulates everything Science World’s mission is all about: making science fun and accessible and working with members of our community to

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Bear awareness urged Gazette staff Spring weather has come to the North Island. The bears won’t be far behind. “We are approaching that time of year again where our coastal black bears will be coming out of hibernation,” said Tanner Beck, the region’s Conservation Officer. “The

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on deck Tell us about items of interest to the sports community. April 6 Soccer North Island Youth Soccer Association hosts free referee clinic, Sunset Elementary School, Port McNeill. Mini level (ages 12+) 9 a.m.-noon; Divisional level 1-4 p.m. Classroom and on-f ield sessions; please bring cleats. Info, Scott Harris at 250-949-7959. April 9 Minor hockey Port Hardy Minor Hockey AGM and catered dinner, 5:30 p.m., Civic Centre. Election of officers for 2013-14 season, player, referee and volunteer awards. All new volunteers welcome to join. April 21 Golf Seven Hill Golf and Country Club AGM Tournament, noon golf, followed by annual general meeting at 3 p.m. Info, 250-9499818. April 27 Baseball North Vancouver Island Baseball League season opener, 5 p.m., Hyde Creek Ballpark. Team matchups tba. May 3-5 Youth soccer Annual Mud Bowl tournament, Port McNeill. NISS, Sunset Elementary and Cheslakees fields. Age group from tots to U18; divisional playoffs Sunday. Concession and snacks. Times tba. Slo-pitch Umpires Ice-breaker tournament, Beaver Harbour Ballpark. Co-ed, skins format. To sign up or for info, call 250-949-7221. June 14-16 Soccer Annual June Sports tournament, Alert Bay. Parade and pageant, men’s, women’s and youth tournaments, craft and food booths.

'Hockey Night' to visit Port Alice Gazette staff PORT ALICE—This small village on North Vancouver Island may seem a bit off the beaten path, but the hockey world keeps beating a path to its door. The beat goes on today at 4:30 p.m. when a CBC camera crew visits the local arena to tape young members of the Port Alice Minor Hockey club in a promo for CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada. “The kids are pretty excited,” said Doug Bondue, a coach, referee and director with the association. “We were trying to keep it pretty low-key until we found out for sure.” The Mud Sharks, comprised of noviceand peanut-level players, were nominated for the Scotiabank Hockey Tonight Kids program by association secretary-treasurer Holly Aldis. Their selection was announced shortly after the team’s last

Port Alice Minor Hockey players join former Vancouver Canuck great Trevor Linden for a skate at Chilton Regional Arena in 2010. The club will tape an introduction today in Kristen Douglas file photo Port Alice for a future Hockey Night in Canada broadcast. feted with other pro- Its players were treated with a laugh. practice. Because the ice has The recognition is vincial winners by the to an off-ice event with the lasted in a series Hockey Hall of Fame Trevor Linden followed gone out at Port Alice by an on-ice skate with Arena, Bondue said of honours for the in Toronto. Two years later, Port the former Vancouver the visiting camera hockey club in recent crew may have to get years. In 2008, Bondue Alice Minor Hockey Canuck standout. “We keep telling a bit creative. He said was nominated and was one of 10 programs selected as RBC’s in Canada selected in people, there are ben- they may tape images B.C. hockey volunteer the Scotiabank NHL efits to living in Port in a locker room, and of the year and was Alumni Skills Contest. Alice,” Bondue said possibly on-ice using

creative angles. The players will be in full uniform, with helmets and gloves, he said. The team will introduce an NHL game on the pre-game show, Scotiabank Hockey Tonight, at 3:30 p.m. prior to the start of the game on April 20. “The ‘Scotiabank Hockey Tonight Kids’ program was an absolute hit with the kids the past four years and we’re thrilled to be back ‘calling up’ even more teams from our Community Hockey Sponsorship Program this season,” said Michelle Tovstigo, Branch Manager, Scotiabank. “Scotiabank has always been proud to support minor hockey in Canada and we hope this program gives kids a once-in-alifetime opportunity to feel the excitement of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada and what it’s like to be part of the big leagues.”

Kingcome claims Totem tournament title Gazette staff The Kingcome Wolves men’s soccer club struck again on the South Island, claiming the championship of the Totem Invitational Tournament in Victoria over Easter Weekend. A team with highly skilled players took to the pitch on this past weekend to show their pride and prestige for Kingcome Inlet, a small remote community located east of Port Hardy on the mainland. The tourney was also dedicated to the memory of longtime fan Elsie “Auda” Willie, a mother, grandmother, and aunty to a lot of the players on the team who recently passed away. “We played very hard for her,” said Mateo Kostering, the

The Kingcome Wolves dedicated last weekend's tournament appearance to the memory of superfan Elsie "Auda" Willie, pictured (above) at a recent JuneSports tournament in Alert Bay. At right, the Wolves with medals and trophies after their win.

tournament’s Most Valuable Player. “She was the backbone of our team, always cheering from the sidelines. Every time we won, she would hug the whole team and tell us how proud she was.”

Kingcome was hit hard with a flood in 2010 when most of the homes were damage by the deluge. It is uplifting to the community when their football team wins. The Wolves played three games to get into

the final, posting wins over the Alert Bay Reds, Chehalis, and the Saanich Braves. In the final, the Wolves were pit against the Campbell River Goldenwings and the Wolves came out on top with a score

of 3-0. Wolves veteran Randy Bell received Most Valuable Defense. Henry Nelson and Corey Swain received All Star awards. Blaze Roberts received Most Offensive Player. The Kingcome

Wolves would like to thank the all communities for their support, and are already looking forward to the next soccer tournament Mother’s Day weekend in Duncan. With files from Mike Willie.


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Bowlers 4th in Islands Gazette staff Thanks in part to posting the high score in their sixth and final game, the ladies team from North Island Lanes placed fourth overall in the 27th annual Vancouver Island 5-pin Bowling Championship, held Mar. 22-23 at Brechin Lanes in Nanaimo. The squad, made up of Carla Reusch, Kathy Turgeon, Sonya Gullacher and Rejeanne Larue, finished with a six-game total of 4,666 pins. That included an 852 total that led all houses in the final round. “We all bowled well over our averages, which was nice to do,� said Reusch. Duncan Lanes romped to a lopsided win in the men’s team competition, but Sunset Lanes of Parksville turned the tables in the mixed event to take the top spot. Clockwise from top: Skating instructor Patrick O'Brien with Whitney Murgatroyd; Carley Bobb twirls with O'Brien; Cole Klughart and Lexie Murgatroyd take a practice spin as O'Brien points the way.

Skaters hold last waltz Gazette staff PORT McNEILL— For the second straight year, the Port McNeill Figure Skating Club closed out its season with a series of pairs dance testing last week at Chilton Regional Arena. The club, whose members compete only in individual events throughout the course of the season, were guided through the compulsory steps by veteran instructor Patrick O’Brien, who recently relocated to the Okanagan Valley after years on Vancouver Island. After a brief runthrough of their routine, the skaters were paired with O’Brien for a

series of dances ranging from waltz, foxtrot and swing to latin, swing and tango, depending on skill level. The club’s one male skater, Cole Klughart, was paired with fellow club member Lexie Murgatroyd as O’Brien directed their practice from centre ice. It was the last skating in the arena until July, as the ice was melted for the season immediately after testing. Figure skating returns with the annual Canskate clinic the first two weeks of July. Registration for the summer camp will be announced in June, PMFSC coach Elizabeth Kines said.

Duncan Lanes, thanks to its overwhelming win in men’s play, claimed the aggregate trophy as the top bowling house on Vancouver Island for the year. Reusch, who qualified to represent the Island Zone team in the B.C. championships last weekend at Brechin Lanes, led the way for the North Island Lanes ladies with a 214 per-game average that included the tourney’s secondhighest score, a 297. The ladies team traveled with only four players, including newcomer Rejeanne Larue, so had no alternate available. Each of the four had to bowl every game in singles, ladies team and mixed team competition.

“We had some newbies,� said Reusch. “Richard Mose for the guys and Rejeanne Larue were both first time bowlers at the Islands. They did quite well.� The men’s squad struggled to a lastplace finish with five bowlers, including Danny Turgeon, Mike Coburn, Richard Mose, Ken Hutton and Nils Nelson. The men had their best showing in the second game with a 900-pin total, led by Coburn’s 269 score. Mose later rolled a team-best 275 in the fifth game. Reusch again led the way in the mixed team competition, posting highs of 251 for a single game and an average of 217.


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The Port Hardy bowler rolled a 297 game to lead the North Island Ladies team at last week’s Vancouver Island 5-pin championships, and also earned a spot on the Island Zone team for the B.C. championships in Nanaimo.

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Highland dancers score medal haul Gazette staff Beginners Kalina Cotter and Jerzie Cheetham of Port Hardy each earned aggregate championships in their respective divisions to highlight North Island finishes by Team Charlton Highland Dancers at competitions in Campbell River and Courtenay in March. Cotter won the Sean Truibhas and was second in three other dances to win the aggregate point title in the Beginner-11 class in Campbell River Mar. 9 The following day in Courtenay, Cheetham won the Beginner 8-under aggregate crown after placing first in fling, sword and reel and placing second in flora in the class.

Other wins on the weekend were earned by Kylie McDonald of Port Hardy (Beginner-11), Emily Walker of Port Hardy (Premier-14) and Georgia Walkus of Port Hardy (Premier 11-under). Highland Dance results by Team Charlton Highland Dancers at Campbell River Primary dancers — Paisley Barolet, Kaia MacKay, Sarah Tupper, Mecca Humphrey. Beginner-9 — Sword: 1. Jerzie Cheetham. Seann Truibhas: 6. Cheetham. Beginner-11 — Fling: 1. Kylie McDonald; 2. Kalina Cotter. Sword: 1. McDonald; 2. Cotter. Seann Triubhas: 1. Cotter; 3. McDonald. Lilt: 2. Cotter. Aggregate winner: Cotter. Beginner 11-over — Fling: 3. Danielle Wigard. Sword: 4. Wigard. Seann Triubhas: 4. Shreya Narayan; 6. Wigard. Lilt: 4. Narayan. Novice-12 — Sword: 2. Eileah Cotter. Seann Triubhas: 3. Cotter. Lilt: 2. Cotter. Flora: 2. Cotter.

Premier-14 — Fling: 4. Emily Walker. Sword: 1. Walker. Highland Laddie: 4. Walker. Village Maid: 3. Walker. Blue Bonnets: 4. Walker.

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at Courtenay Primary — Pas de Basques: 6. Sarah Tupper. Beginner 8-under — Fling: 1. Cheetham; 6. Emma Harrison. Sword: 1. Cheetham. Reel: 1. Cheetham. Lilt: 6. Emma Walkus. Flora: 2. Cheetham. Aggregate winner: Cheetham. Beginner 10-under — Fling: 3. McDonald. Sword: 5. McDonald. Lilt: 1. McDonald. Flora: 2. McDonald. Beginner 11-over — Sword: 5. Wigard. Lilt: 4. Wigard. Flora: 5. Wigard. Novice 11 — Sword: 2. K. Cotter. Flora: 3. K. Cotter. Intermediate 11-under — Fling: 4. E. Cotter. Seann Truibhas: 4. E. Cotter. HalfTulloch: 3. E. Cotter. Johnny: 4. E. Cotter. Hornpipe: 6. E. Cotter. Intermediate 12-over — Seann Truibhas: 5. Catherine Symons. Premier 11-under — Fling: 3. Georgia Walkus; 4. Walker; 5. Xandryn Frost. Seann Triubhas: 1. G. Walkus; 4. Frost; 5. Walker. Full Tulloch: 3. G. Walkus. Earl of Errol: 3. Jenna Brown; 4. Frost. Hornpipe: 3. Frost; 4. Brown; 5. G. Walkus.



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The forest spirits giveth and taketh away I truly believe sometimes that there are contrary spirits that dwell deep in the forests, the type that switch things up just as you get too comfortable, thinking you know what’s going to happen next. Since last July, almost every foray into the forest has been rewarded with sightings of Roosevelt elk, from herds of more than 30 animals to singular massive bulls. Three weeks ago, on one of my favourite elk trails, I ran into two large bull elk and three black bears all inhabiting the same glade. There was poor light but I took some photos just for the record and, thank the powers for digital cameras, didn’t have to waste a penny

Our Backyard with Lawrence Woodall on developing lousy photos. I recently read an article about the relocation of Roosevelt elk into traditional territory in B.C., where they have gone the way of the dodo bird due to man’s progress. We have a reasonably healthy population but, of the six subspecies of red elk in North America, two have become extinct

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in the last 100 years — the Eastern and the Merriam Elk — with the Tule Elk pushed to the brink of extinction. When you consider that both the Rocky Mountain and Roosevelt elk dwell in less than 30 percent of their traditional territory, and there are transplants underway to re-establish populations, what’s the time frame before man’s progress destroys the wilderness that supports these elk? Putting two days aside to capture some fresh photos of elk, I could only smile after the first day: no sightings and no fresh signs — the forest spirits were playing games. The second day was the same, all signs

A golden eagle photographed by the author on a recent outing. Lawrence Woodall

dried up drier than the Gobi desert. Oh there were a few bears, some deer, but none of the big guys. Late afternoon on the second day out, a large meaty splash caught my attention, followed by raucous water fowl and more splashing. Arriving at the marsh I saw an immature bald eagle swimming towards shore in my direction. It wasn’t until it was completely

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out of the water with its fine feathered meal, did it become aware of my presence. Keeping an eye on me, it hopped onto a lower branch where it spread its soaked wings to sunbath, basically absorbing solar radiation to thermoregulate its metabolic rate. It was at this point the 1972 campaign of ”Is it live or is it Memorex” came to mind, because young bald eagles are

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rate this process or I could have dealt with a pack of pesky sisters. The golden eagle made my day. In the interior and along the front range of the Rockies where they ride the thermals they are the norm, but they aren’t generally a wetland bird. They may hunt in a marsh as this one did, but it was most likely migrating through or wintering on the North Island. As for the elk, they’ll just have to wait for another day, or perhaps the forest spirits were foreshadowing the elk’s future due to man’s ‘minimal impact’ progress. Lawrence Woodall is a longtime naturalist who has spent much of his life in the outdoors.

very similar to golden eagles, and there are specific traits that distinguish the two. What caught my attention was the tawny nape and head, which can range from pale tawny to dark orange. From there I looked to the legs, which were covered with feathers all the way to the base of the toes, unlike a bald eagle who’s lower legs are unfettered. The final clue was the marbling of the tail feathers found in golden eagles. It’s not just physical traits, behavioural traits also distinguish golden and bald eagles. Estimates are that up to 80 percent of second born golden chicks are killed and eaten by the first born. Too bad humans don’t incorpo-

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In the 19th century, there was no control over the sale of “patented” medicines and many contained addictive substances like laudanum, which contains tincture of opium. It made addicts out of many people. An example was Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup. Many babies died because they were breastfed by mothers taking the nostrum and the child’s immature metabolic system couldn’t handle the narcotic and died from it. There is much more control and safety today.

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Land Act: It is with great sadness that that we we announce announce the the passing of Allan Sheridan Sheridan Huddlestan Huddlestan on on March 26th, 2013 in Nanaimo, Nanaimo, B.C. B.C. Fondly known as “Grampie�, “Grampie�, “Big “Big Al, Al, the the Kiddies Kiddies Pal�, “Huggy Bear�, “The Worst�, Worst�, “Albert�, “Albert�, “Stone� “Stone� and “Poppa� - Al was born on on July July 2nd, 2nd, 1950 1950 in in Victoria, BC the eldest eldest son son of of Jack and Margaret Margaret Huddlestan. Huddlestan. Survived by his loving wife wife Debbie, Debbie, daughters daughters Katrina Huddlestan, Erin (Denny) (Denny) Seto, Seto, Lindsay Lindsay (Cory) Stephenson, Heather Heather Smith, Smith, Katherine Katherine Smith and his adoring grandchildren grandchildren Mina Mina and and Kaiya Seto and Ethan and and Quinn Quinn Stephenson. Stephenson.

Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land Take notice that Marc Kevin Grenier of Port Hardy, British Columbia, intends to make application to Ministry Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO), West Coast Service Centre, for a Crown Grant, Residential situated on Provincial Crown land located at Cedar Heights Trailer Park-Port Hardy, British Columbia.

Known for his love of life, life, Al Al spread spread laughter laughter and fun wherever he went. went. His His greatest greatest joy joy and and proudest moments were being being with with his his girls, girls, his his grandchildren, family and friends. friends. He He always always had had Nerds in one pocket for the the kids kids and and treats treats in in the the other for the neighbourhood neighbourhood dogs. dogs. A Celebration of Life will be be held held in in Al’s Al’s honour honour at at the Civic Centre in Port Port Hardy Hardy on on Saturday, May 4th, 2013 2013 at at 2:00pm. 2:00pm.

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Al grew up in Oliver, then Victoria, Victoria, moving moving with with his young family to Port Hardy Hardy in in 1978 1978 to to work work for for BC Tel. He spent the remainder remainder of of his his years years in in Port Port Hardy and, in addition to his his 38 38 years years of of service service to BC Tel/Telus, was an entrepreneur, entrepreneur, community community servant and politician. politician.

Al fought a hard battle against against cancer cancer and and passed passed away surrounded by all who who loved loved him. him. The The family family would like to thank the nurses nurses at at Port Port Hardy Hardy hospital and Nanaimo Palliative Palliative Care Care for for their their compassion and great care of of Al Al in in his his last last days. days.


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Al also leaves behind his sister sister Janet Janet (Goldie) (Goldie) Kirkpatrick, brother John, John, many many nephews nephews and and nieces, a large extended extended family family close friends. friends. and many close

Al served as District of Port Port Hardy Hardy Councillor Councillor from 1984 - 1986 and from from 2008 2008 -- 2013 2013 and and as as Mayor from 1986 - 1993. Al Al also also served served as as Chair Chair of Board ofthe theRegional RegionalDistrict District of of Mt. Mt. Waddington Waddigton Board from 2008 until his passing. passing. Al Al was was known known for for his diplomacy, compassion and and love love of of the the “True� “True� North Island. He served as an an elected elected member member of of UBCM and was a candidate for for the the Federal Federal Liberal Liberal Party for the North Island Riding Riding in in 1993. 1993. He He was was instrumental in the development development of of the the North North Coast Coast Trail and was always an advocate advocate and and champion champion for for and region. region. his community and

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

U’mista to receive Arts Council windfall Gazette staff Alert Bay’s U’mista Cultural Society will receive more than $81,000 from the latest round of BC Arts Council grants, Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Bill Bennett announced Monday. The funding is part of $16.8 million provided by the B.C. government to the BC Arts Council

for fiscal year 201213. Approved grants will provide essential operating support for local museums and art galleries, as well as media arts organizations in many British Columbia communities. Council enlists input from B.C.’s arts community to evaluate grant applications through an independent peer review pro-

cess. The U’mista Cultural Society will receive $54,050 for operations at its museum, the U’mista Cultural Centre, and an additional $27,500 for special projects, capacity and sustainability. “I’m very proud of the BC Arts Council’s strong commitment to deliver effective resources in a fair

and timely manner on behalf of the B.C. government to help the province’s talented artists and dynamic cultural organizations,” said Stan Hamilton, BC Arts Council chair. “I commend council’s board, staff and supporters for working together with the arts community to ensure that arts and culture continue to develop

Columbia’s creative industries continue to grow. Established in 1995, the BC Arts Council serves as the B.C. government’s key development and funding agency for the arts. Council consults with

and thrive in British Columbia.” B.C. government funding for the BC Arts Council in 201314 will reach a record high $24 million, including support for BC Creative Futures, a strategy to help British

the arts and culture community to develop policies, programs and strategic priorities for the sector. Last year, council approved more than 1,000 grants in more than 200 communities in every region of the province.

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The Rotary Club Corner Leading up to 100 years of Rotary in BC, these spots highlight member profiles of the Rotary Club of Port Hardy Si Since I joined the Club in 2005, I have made lots of great friends and met lots of interesting people. an But most importantly, I have been B given the opportunity to help my gi community and get involved in co worthwhile local and international w projects. pr

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I moved to the North Island over 30 years ago. I am proud to have been a member of the Rotary Club of Port Hardy for over 19 years and am still amazed at how many good things we have done as a Club in Port Hardy and the North Island. I think our strongest achievements are the community service projects we have completed: the Storey’s Beach Pavilion, one of our biggest, along with the ever popular kids playground at Rotary Park, as well as our Youth Exchange program that has us send out and host inbound students to/from all parts of the world.

Rotary is a club combined of business people, managers and professionals that want to serve the local and International communities. If this interests you, contact Sandra Masales at 250-949-7338.

Guess this week’s Rotary Trivia question and you are eligible to win a round of golf from Seven Hills Golf & Country Club. Submit your answer to by Monday 5pm. Question: What weekend is the Rotary Radio Auction held every year in Port Hardy?

North Island Gazette, April 04, 2013  

April 04, 2013 edition of the North Island Gazette