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BC Hydro pulls plug on projects J.R. Rardon Gazette editor Two independent renewable power production projects on the North Island appear to have escaped the first round of costsaving cuts by BC Hydro, though additional cuts are forecast as the crown corporation continues a

review of its contracts in the coming months. BC Hydro has cancelled or deferred four electricity purchase contracts with independent power producers, and the total may reach 20 by the time a review of projects is complete, Energy Minister Bill Bennett said Thursday.

Bennett said the review is part of a broader effort by BC Hydro to meet his instruction to “spend less money,” as he leads an effort to reduce costs across all government operations. BC Hydro proposed cutting power purchase contracts, identifying 20 project proponents that

were not meeting their contract obligations due to financing, regulatory or other problems. That nonperformance gives BC Hydro legal authority to terminate or delay

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Port Hardy teams square off in final of Port Alice tourney. Page 15

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Annual Toy and Rod Run returns to North Island. Page 24

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Kassandra Griffiths, above, disembarks from the bus on the first day of school at Eagle View Elementary in Port Hardy Tuesday morning. At left, Mackenzie Moore approaches the school’s entrance with a look of trepidation. At right, Kerrigan Alfred gets a parting hug from her mom, Amber, before commencing the first day of the new school year.

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Alice collects mill from the mill Gazette staff PORT ALICE— Neucel Specialty Cellulose Ltd. (“Neucel”) renewed its commitment to the Village of Port Alice last month when it presented a cheque in the amount of $1.12 million dollars to the Village for payment of annual property taxes. This payment represents one of the largest contributions to Port Alice’s operating budget and a renewal of Neucel’s promise to support the local community. Port Alice has a long history as a pulp and paper mill town. Whalen Pulp and Paper Mills originally built Port Alice in 1917. The pulp mill has operated at the current site for 96 years. “The partnership between the pulp mill in Port Alice and its residents dates back almost 100 years and

Port Alice Mayor Jan Allen accepts a $1.12m cheque for property taxes from Neucel CEO Wanli Zhao. Photo submitted

is still going strong,” Port Alice Mayor Jan Allen said. “Neucel Specialty Cellulose has embraced that relationship and is very supportive of the local community and its families. Together we are working toward

maintaining the excellent quality of life that we enjoy in Port Alice and to making this the most livable community on the Coast.” A new ownership group acquired the mill in 2005 and rebranded the opera-

tions as Neucel Specialty Cellulose Ltd. Another change in ownership in 2011 led to Neucel’s acquisition by the Fulida Group, a privately owned textile and manufacturing conglomerate.

This ownership change has breathed new life into the pulp mill and the community through increased investment. “Neucel and its shareholders believe in the importance of community and we look forward to working with local government to ensure the prosperity of the mill and the surrounding community,” said CEO Wanli Zhao. Neucel is a Canadian-based producer of high-quality specialty cellulose, with its office is located in Richmond, B.C. The company is currently conducting strategic investments initiatives to increase its production reliability, to further improve its cost competitiveness, and to enhance its specialty products in order to provide a distinct competitive advantage for its customers.

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VIHA commitment called into question Gazette staff PORT HARDY— Mayor Bev Parnham was able to impart some good news for Port Hardy’s health care at last week’s council meeting: “I’m happy to be able to tell you that a new physician has been hired for Port Hardy.” The new addition is expected to arrive on the North Island in the near future on a twoyear contract. But the good news was tempered by a growing concern over VIHA’s commitment to building a new facility in the town. Councillors saw a copy of a strongly worded letter to the VIHA board questioning its commitment to the North Island project. “We seem to be getting mired up in a lot of technicalities,” explained the mayor. “We’re planning it to death — we know what we want up here but VIHA isn’t listening.” As a result of frustration with emergency room closures in 2011, a Local Working Group formed and, over a six-month period, drafted a series of recommendations which were presented to VIHA. Among those recommendations was Mission Critical Recommendation 32, which recommended “VIHA … support the creation of two integrated Community Care Facilities in the region, starting with Port Hardy.” The response to the LWG’s report was in favour of this move: “VIHA wholeheartedly endorses this recommendation and has committed $100,000

Council Meeting Port Hardy in 2012/2013 to begin planning in earnest.” In subsequent meetings, the LWG was informed that a capital planning marker had been put in place to fund construction of the facility in 2014. But recently the mayor noted with concern a repeated suggestion from VIHA representatives that the proposed integrated healthcare model could be implemented without building a new facility. In her letter, the mayor pointed to the recently completed Oceanside Health Centre in Parksville as an example of the LWG’s vision, and underscored the importance of having all providers under one roof before noting the disparities between the progress on the two projects. “The Oceanside project managed to go from concept to design to finish within eighteen months. Port Hardy citizens are asking why it is taking so long for our facility to be built and I am asking on their behalf why our very committed but exhausted Local Working Group seems to be sent back to the drawing board time after time by VIHA regarding this project. I am also asking whether the (VIHA) Board is still committed to this project and a 2014 build date for the first facility in Port Hardy?” The letter also asks “Why should the citizens of Port Hardy and the Mt. Waddington region be satisfied

with less than the standard of care and superior health outcomes enjoyed by larger communities in the VIHA region from Campbell River south?” The VIHA board will be on the North Island some time around late September for a board meeting, and councillors looked forward to airing their concerns in person. The exact date is still to be finalized. Fire truck Council gave approval for the purchase of a light duty truck by Port Hardy Fire Rescue, though the approval comes with caveats. Fire Chief Schell Nickerson requested approval for the pur-

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“Why should the citizens of Port Hardy and the Mt. Waddington region be satisfied with less than the standard of care and superior health outcomes enjoyed by larger communities in the VIHA region from Campbell River south?” Mayor Bev Parnham

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Farmers Association’s AGM slated for Port Hardy later this month, Mary Ellen Waring, the association’s Executive Director, wrote to council asking that it agree to continue its annual sponsorship of the event. With the exception of 2008, the council has been a sponsor since 2005. Council agreed to continue its bronzelevel donation to the

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VIHA marks milestone in Port Hardy Aidan O’Toole Gazette staff PORT HARDY— Port Hardy’s Joseph Lefort attended his regular monthly appointment with Nanaimo Regional General Hospital renal specialist Dr. Anthony Booth last Tuesday, just as he has done for the past year or so. But this time he was joined by VIHA executives, IT specialists, media representatives and Port Hardy Mayor Bev Parnham. And he did it all without leaving town. Lefort’s video consultation marked the milestone 10,000th use of Telehealth in VIHA since its introduction in 2007. “It sure beats a lot of travelling,” Lefort said of the technology. “It feels the same as being in a room in Nanaimo, but a couple of hundred miles closer.” Telehealth is still an emerging technology but its development could have a major impact on how healthcare is delivered in the future — particularly for the North Island and other rural areas. With 48 participating sites across 18 communities on Vancouver Island, the system allows patients to access specialist care from their local hos-

Above: Joseph Lefort was presented with a certificate marking his participation in the 10,000th Telehealth consultation in VIHA. Left: The view from the conference room of Port Hardy Hospital where local representatives connected with doctors and VIHA executives in Nanaimo and Victoria. A O’Toole

pital. Since its inception, VIHA estimates that use of the system has saved some 50,000 hours of patient travel time.

“This is really significant,” said Mayor Parnham, a member of the Mount Waddington Health Network. “Travel (for medical

visits) can be a huge drain on families. Quite often it leads to families leaving our communities.” Through the system

a patient in Port Hardy, for example, can travel to the local hospital and be connected with a specialist in Victoria, saving a seven-hour

trip each way — and the associated costs — for what may be a 10-minute consultation. At the last public Health Network Forum in Port Hardy, the travel barrier was cited as a contributing factor to the region’s poor health statistics. Time, cost, inconvenience, access to a suitable vehicle and winter road conditions all add up to missed appointments and consultations. In turn, chronic conditions go undiagnosed and untreated. Telehealth is seen as part of the remedy to this particular malady, through bringing healthcare to the patient. While oncology was the first field to take advantage of the system when it was introduced, an increas-

ing number of other specializations have become involved in the system, as was made evident by Tuesday’s milestone. Providers in thoracics, cardiology and mental health, among others, have now joined the Telehealth program within VIHA. Complimentary technology has and continues to be developed to facilitate these consultations. In the case of cardiology for instance, a nurse can use a digital stethoscope on the patient while a specialist hundreds of miles away can hear the heartbeat and direct the placement of the stethoscope using a chest diagram and pointer. For more information on Telehealth programs see www.viha. ca/telehealth.

North Island Community Services Society would like to invite you to our

35th Annual General Meeting Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 Time: 6:00 pm Place: Old School - Seniors Room - Port McNeill Cost: $1.00 - one year membership in Society, fee must be paid to be eligible to vote Financial Review Society Report Election of Directors The meeting is open to the public

Port Alice Seafood Dinner & Auction ~ Saturday, September 21st Famous annual seafood dinner, auction & meet the Tour de Rock riders. 6pm at the Port Alice Legion. Tickets available at the legion.

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Kokish project on track from page 1 contracts. The four contracts cancelled or deferred last week were not named by BC Hydro or the Ministry of Energy and Mines, citing legal constraints. Two major powerproducing projects are expected to come online on the North Island in the coming months — the Cape Scott Wind Farm on the northern tip of Vancouver Island is scheduled to commence test transmissions this month, and the Kokish River Hydroelectric Project near Beaver Cove is scheduled to come online early next year. “I haven’t heard anything about our project being cancelled, and I think I’d have heard by now,” said Chief Bill Cranmer of the ‘Namgis First Nation, which is partnering with Brookfield Energy on the Kokish River project in a joint venture called the Kwagis Power Limited

Pa r t n e r s h i p . flow both to “We have a [more-online and from the m u l t i - y e a r northislandgazette.com North Island contract with and opening BC Hydro. We’ll be the door for Cape Scott delivering power by Wind Farm to share its January or February, renewable energy with and we’re right on the island and the provschedule. We’re pretty ince. excited about it nearing The Wilderness competition.” Committee applaudBC Hydro has con- ed the announcement tracts with 81 operating of the cancelled or projects, mostly run-of- deferred projects, but river hydroelectric, and called for Bennett another 47 are under to name the projects construction or seeking affected while conpermits after receiving tinuing to cut costs by “cancelling many more purchase contracts. One of those is the unneeded contracts Cape Scott Wind Farm, with private hydrowhich is nearing com- power producers.” Joe Foy, the pletion and scheduled to begin contributing W i l d e r n e s s energy to the grid in Committee’s national campaign director, October. Brian Arsenault, singled out the Kokish project manager for River project on a short the Cape Scott Wind list of private power Farm, could not be projects the organizareached for comment. tion opposes on enviBut BC Hydro earlier ronmental and finanthis year expanded the cial grounds. “The Kokish River carrying capacity of its North Island trans- on Vancouver Island, mission lines, add- the Upper Lillooet ing infrastructure that north of Pemberton will allow power to and Kwoiek Creek

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in the Fraser Canyon are three examples of major private power projects in the works that risk great environmental and financial damage to our province,” Foy said Friday in a written release. “These contracts need to be rejected and the projects stopped dead.” BC Hydro released its latest draft resource plan last week, which estimates the province has enough electricity supply to meet growing demand for the next 10 years. Bennett said he is skeptical about that forecast, with population growth and industrial demand from new mines and natural gas development in northern B.C., but it gives the utility some breathing room. “I’m a real fan of the clean energy industry, but obviously we don’t want to be agreeing to buy more power than what we need,” Bennett said. With files from Tom Fletcher, Black Press.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL Malcolm Island Economic Development Strategic Plan The Regional District of Mount Waddington proposes to engage the services of a consulting firm to undertake an Economic Development Strategic Plan for Malcolm Island. Project Description Sointula/Malcolm Island is experiencing a declining population and is at risk of losing vital business and community infrastructure that threaten its long term viability for investment, enterprise and working families. While the Official Community Plan (OCP) provides helpful guidance to react to development interests, many feel a more proactive approach is needed to generate development within those guidelines. There is an opportunity to guide the efforts of the Malcolm Island Grassroots Development Forum (MIGDF) through the development of integrated community economic development objectives within a strategic plan and associated community SWOT analysis. This plan and analysis will be the principal foundation in the building of the Forum’s capacity to affect change, in concert with local organizations, government and other interests. Contacts and Proposals Project Details and clarification of terms and conditions of the proposal process shall be directed to: Pat English, Manager of Economic Development Regional District of Mount Waddington Phone 250-956-3161 E-mail penglish@rdmw.bc.ca An electronic copy of the proposal marked Malcolm Island Economic Development Strategic Plan, addressed to Pat English, Manager of Economic Development, penglish@rdmw.bc.ca must be received by 4:30 p.m., Friday Sept 20, 2013. Submissions received after this time will be returned to the sender.

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Fair marks new season

Well, apparently summer has wrapped up on North Vancouver Island. You’ve just shipped your kids back off to school (was that cheering or wailing we heard from down the street?). This weekend, the many volunteers, entertainers, judges and vendors of the Mount Waddington Regional Fall Fair will take over Chilton Regional Arena in Port McNeill. But lets be real. It may be called the “Fall” Fair, but the calendar says we’re still a couple of weeks from the first day of fall. And the local fair is, in reality, a celebration of summer. Those displays of vegetables, herbs, fruits, cut flowers and potted plants? All grown, harvested and displayed in summer. Preserves? Canned salmon? Ditto. Thanks to a first-time collaboration between the Fall Fair and the North Island Farmer’s Market, these displays are not only for viewing — many of the home-grown foods and preserves and handmade crafts you see on display at the fair will be available to take home from the market. It’s a great way to recognize, honour and relive the best days of a summer that, frankly, has been among the most pleasant in recent memory. Yes, it’s been a great season of growing, preserving, fishing, camping and travel. With the kids in school and the gardens winding down, however, we all know a change of the seasons is in the offing. And, as Canadians, we know fully well the season next up on the calendar: Hockey season, of course.

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Back to school labour disputes VICTORIA – Another school year dawns in B.C., with the prospect of disruptive labour disputes. First up are 27,000 support staff, in a legal strike position. These are the teacher aides, custodians, bus drivers and crossing guards. Most are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, with a few Teamsters and other locals scattered around the 60 school districts. Public discussion about these disputes usually focuses on wage increases, which CUPE members in schools haven’t seen for four years. Their current deals expired more than a year ago, after they were subject to the same two-year wage freeze imposed on the rest of government. The B.C. government moved from the post-recession wage freeze to a system they call “co-operative gains,” where raises must be financed by savings in other areas of the opera-

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tion. Only two provincial employee groups have yet to do this: school support staff and teachers. Let’s look at a few provisions CUPE doesn’t talk about, on behalf of those self-employed taxpayers who have no paid holidays, no employer pension or benefits and no paid overtime, but are expected to help pay all of the above to government workers. The 60 contracts have many variations, but core elements are the same.

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OK, parents, you’ve survived the summer with the kids under foot every day. Take a moment for yourself with school back in.

Sorry, kids. Break time is over. Hope the vacation went well, but it’s time to crack the books and get back to class once again.

In the Central Okanagan school district, the starting CUPE wage rate is $17.37 an hour. The top rate is $26.59, or $28.78 for workers who qualify for a “trades adjustment.” All contracts have rigid seniority and “bumping” clauses to ensure that new employees absorb any reductions in working hours. From a taxpayer’s perspective, this leads to the maximum number of employees making the highest wages. Overtime in Central Okanagan is time and a half for the first two hours, and double time after that. Contracts also include the provision that unscheduled overtime is subject to a fourhour minimum. It’s amazing how often an unexpected hour of work can arise when it’s paid at quadruple time. Then there are paid sick days. The Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation reports that the average B.C. private sector worker took 7.4 sick days last year. The A member of

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public sector average was 12. The Surrey contract details the windfall of unused sick days that must be paid out to employees who retire as early as age 55. The maximum is 150 days, for a lavish perk only available to employees hired before July 1, 1996. Even so, we’ll be paying these bonuses out for years to come. It goes on and on. Six weeks’ paid vacation after 20 years, with an extra day per year after that. There are many little things, such as a $60 “swimsuit allowance” for teacher aides who take part in swimming instruction. This is not to devalue the work done by these people. It is to suggest that given the growing gap between public and private employment benefits, finding savings is reasonable. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press. tfletcher@ blackpress.ca

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Celebrating a North Island life

Dear editor, Our heartfelt thanks and praise to everyone who pulled together for a Celebration of Life for our precious sister, Mary Sherlock. Mary called Port Hardy home and we are so happy she found one. Meeting the people in this community, the family, friends, and coworkers who have stood by us and helped, and hearing the words spoken at her celebration make it easy for us to understand why Mary found her home here. We will be bringing that love we felt back to our homes and will carry it with us

always. Thank you to Mayor Bev Parnham for acknowledging Mary’s contribution to what she saw as her civic duty — to make the world a better place for everyone. Thank you to North Island Community Services for acknowledging that Mary went above and beyond in her work with NICS and her ability to think outside the box – and sometimes push the boundaries to make things the best they could be for the people she was supporting. Thank you to everyone from SD85 for acknowl-

Dear editor, While the Conservatives have spent the summer talking about their forthcoming First Nations Education Act, they continue to ignore the elephant in the room: the federal government dramatically underfunds First Nations students’ education. For a country like Canada, it’s shocking that only a third of high school students on reserve graduate each year. And while the reasons are complex, one stands out: the federal government, which is solely responsible for financing First Nations education, only funds First Nations students two-thirds of the average funding per student that the provinces provide to other schools. This financing gap contributes to lower test scores, stunning drop-out rates and a failure to equip students with the tools they need to compete and succeed in the modern workforce. It’s a big problem, especially since more than a quarter of the Aboriginal People in Canada are under 14. This is a huge loss for our economy. Canada is coping with a lack of highly skilled people in the workforce, a problem which is

projected to worsen. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and other business leaders say higher investments in Aboriginal education are needed to employ this generation. One study found that by increasing Aboriginal education rates to the same level as non-Aboriginal Canadians could add $160 billion to the economy over the next seven years alone. Sadly, nothing is being done, government spin notwithstanding. Despite the Conservatives being in power for almost eight years, the Auditor General found the government cannot demonstrate any progress in closing the First Nations education gap. Their record of neglect is shameful. And they continue to deny there is even a problem. Giving all children a high-quality, relevant education and an equal opportunity to succeed is a core Canadian value. It is the right thing to do, and it’s also good for economic growth. It’s high time we closed the gap. Yours sincerely, Carolyn Bennett, MP Liberal Party of Canada Aboriginal Affairs Critic

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"Mary called Port Hardy home and we are so happy she found one."

edging Mary’s commitment and sheer joy in working with the kids at PHSS and her delight in being involved in every event – especially if there was a costume involved! Thank you to North Island College for acknowledging Mary’s love of learning, her commitment to her personal

goals, and the camaraderie she nurtured with fellow students, faculty and staff. Thank you to North Island Crisis and Counselling Centre Society for acknowledging Mary’s involvement with the Crisis Line and her continued commitment to the work you do. Thank you to the

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Lighthouse Resource Centre for acknowledging Mary’s volunteering as bell ringer for the Christmas Hamper Fund; we can see her standing there in her Santa hat smiling and chatting with everyone. Thank you so much for sharing some of the words on the card for Mary from the folks at the Centre and for letting us imagine the lineup of people to sign that card and share a thought of Mary. Thank you to Mary’s fellow students, friends, coworkers and community members who came in to share the day. All the speakers shared “a Mary

story” that came from the heart. Thank you to Providence Place for facilitating the venue that was so warm to host the celebration of Mary’s life. Many hands make light work; special kudos to the organizers: Bob Cadwell, Nikki Shaw and family, Joan Holm, and baking from Mary’s coworkers from NICS. Thank you/Gi’lakasla Port Hardy for giving our sister a place to call home. We’ll be back! Tom Sherlock, Surrey Susan Sherlock, Pottstown, Pennsylvania

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September 5 Sointula’s Vancouver Island Regional Library branch hosts parents/grandparents and kids craft and story time, 3-4 p.m. Info, 250-973-6493. September 7 Port Hardy Library branch hosts children’s story time and crafts, 10:30-11:30 a.m., featuring stories by author Melanie Watt. Info, 250-949-6661. September 7-8 Mount Waddington Regional Fall Fair at Chilton Regional Arena, Port McNeill. Enter or view locally produced arts & crafts; baking, preserves and beverages; flowers, herbs, vegetables and fruits; art and photography, and much more. Entertainment, concession, more. To volunteer or for more info, call Brenda at 250-9497778 or email fleeton@telus.net. September 11 Port McNeill Scouts and Girl Guides host an open house, 6-8 p.m. at the Scout/Guide Hall, 420 Shelley Cres. For more info, Jed Jackson, 250-956-3808 (Scouts) or Cathy Griffith, 250-956-3749 (Guides). Online registration under way at www.girlguides.ca. September 11 The North Island Community Services Society AGM, 6 p.m. in the Seniors Room, Old School, Port McNeill. The meeting is open to the public but a $1 annual society membership is required to vote. September 12 Port Alice Library branch hosts a book discussion with Fran Guenette, 7-8 p.m. Info, 250-284-3554.

September 14 Port McNeill Lions Club hosts its second annual North Island Night, 7-9 p.m. at the Lions Hall. Featuring art show and sale presented in cooperation with North Vancouver Island Artists’ Society, along with wine samplings and cheese tasting. Tickets $15 per person at the door; for info call 250-956-4296. September 15 Annual Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Port Hardy Secondary School track. Registration at 9:30 a.m.; refreshments provided. Pledge forms available at Port Hardy Recreation Centre. Info, Melinda, 250-949-6686 days. September 15 Port Hardy Baptist Church hosts dinner and familyfriendly movie night, with two showings, 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Doors open at 3, dinner served between 5-6 p.m. $2 per person includes movie and popcorn, addition concession available. www.porthardybaptistchurch.ca. September 15 Hardy Bay Seniors host hamburger/hot dog barbecue, by donation, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 9150 Granville. September 18 Port Alice Community Centre Club Night and Learning Centre open house, 7-9 p.m. Register for local clubs and organizations in the gym; in the computer room, meet the executive, explore new learning centre offerings and bring your questions or suggestions for future courses Port Hardy

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• Are you interested in being part of the team? Join the PH Fire Dept. drop-in meeting every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the fire halls. • Port Hardy Museum & Gift Shop open Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 am to noon, 1:00 to 5:00 pm. • Quatsino Museum & Archives is open Friday to Sunday from 1:00-2:00 pm. Open daily July & August. FMI quatsino.museum@recn.ca • Every 1st & 3rd Saturday at 7pm: Coal Harbour Activity Centre Game Night. Bring a friend. Free. FMI 250-949-0575. • PH Lions Club Bingo every Thursday. Doors open at 5:30pm. • The German Edelweiss Cultural Club meets Thurs. at 7pm in PH Inn Pub. FMI 250-2301376.

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or improvements. Courses starting in September include digital photography, fitness, cooking, gardening, arts & crafts and more. Info, 250-284-3912. September 18 Port McNeill branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library hosts a back-to-school homework help session, 6-7 p.m. Info, 250-956-3669. September 19 Sointula branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library hosts a museum conference kickoff with Dr. Ed Dutton, University of Oulu, Finland, 7-8 p.m. Info, 250-9736493. September 20 Community Futures Mount Waddington hosts its annual Open House and barbecue fund-raiser to benefit the Gazette Hamper Fund, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 14-311 Hemlock St., Port McNeill. Come meet the staff and enjoy a salmon burger or hamburger, by donation. Info, 250-956-2220. September 21 Mount Waddington Highland Dance Association hosts its annual Highland dance competition, 9:30 a.m., North Island Secondary School. Features competition across multiple skill and age levels, as well as team and individual choreography classifications and the hornpipe challenge. Vendors, concession. September 21 Port Hardy branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library hosts an Introduction to VIRL for parents of home-schooled children, 10-11 a.m. Info, 250-949-6661. September 21-23 Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock kicks off its 2013 ride on the North Island. Kickoff Saturday night in Port Alice with dinner at 5:30 p.m. followed by auction at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 180; tickets $20; Sunday begins tour with ride to Port Hardy’s Carrot Park and on to Port McNeill. Monday, it’s off to Woss before finishing up that evening in Sayward. More event details to follow. Info, www.tourderock.ca.

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Monument funding approved for Bella Bella Gazette staff SH E A RWAT E R — The federal government last week announced up to $50,000 for a new project in Shearwater, which recognizes the importance of the former Bella Bella Air Force Base, now known as the community of Shearwater, during the Second World War. The monument will honour all of the military force members involved in the war effort in the

area. The funding, provided through the Community War Memorial Program and announced by Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs Aug. 29, will support the construction of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Station Bella Bella War Memorial. “Monuments and cenotaphs serve an important role in our remembrance,

because they are permanent symbols of the pride and gratitude Canadians share for our nation’s truest heroes,” said Minister Fantino. “It is important that we erect sacred edifices such as the RCAF Station Bella Bella War Memorial, and in doing so, inspire a renewed sense of remembrance within the community. This is why our Government continues to provide support for the building of ceno-

Slow down for school zones

Back to school! Time to learn about waiting your turn, lining up nicely, being courteous to others and following the rules. No, I’m not talking about students, I’m talking about the adults, because many of the traffic problems found in school zones are caused by parents driving their children to school. Even the occasional teacher might bend the rules if they are late for work. We all know that school zones are in effect on regular school days. Until recently, these days were determined at the provincial level and were uniform across B.C. Today, the school calendar

is determined by each school district, so there could actually be a difference from one district to another. For safety’s sake, it’s probably best to slow to the posted 30 km/h limit throughout the school year unless it is a statutory holiday. Let’s change the viewpoint from go to stop now. Parking around schools may create its own hazards by limiting visibility and proper movement. You probably don’t need me to remind you that children act on the spur of the moment without thinking their actions through. This makes them a significant hazard as they pop up in unexpected and inappro-

priate places. You increase the problem when you park or drive in places that you are not supposed to. Confusion is a bad thing in traffic. I’ve investigated child pedestrian deaths and I can assure you that it is not something you want to be involved in, even remotely. Take a few seconds extra around school zones. It won’t cost you much more out of your day; in fact, the savings could be substantial. Tim Schewe is a retired constable with many years of traffic law enforcement experience. To comment or learn more, please visit www.drivesmartbc. ca.

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taphs and monuments in communities across the country.” The Denny Island Community Development Association erected an obelisk monument commemorating all service men and women involved in the war effort in the area. It is co-located with a totem pole which was erected to commemorate First Nation Veterans. Commemorative

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plaques and a storyboard were installed as well as a flagpole and an RCAF flag. The plaques commemorate the crash of ‘Canso 9789’ in 1943, which resulted in the loss of one airman, as well as the loss of the vessel ‘BC Star’, which departed Bella Bella on July 24, 1943, and disappeared in Hecate Strait with the loss of all 15 seamen on board. The names of the First Nation

Veterans were added to a plaque installed at the base of the totem pole. The storyboard tells the history of the former base during the war. The Community War Memorial Program allows the government to partner with community groups and local organizations to build new cenotaphs and monuments to commemorate the sacrifices of veterans and men and women in

NISS principal Jay Dixon and Sea View Elementary principal D’arcy Deacon man the grill Wednesday during the annual School District 85 staff barbecue in Port Hardy. The lunch came during a two-day conference at the district office for staff J.R. Rardon and school administrators.

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uniform. Applications to the Community War Memorial Program can be submitted at any time during the year and are reviewed on a quarterly basis. Interested non-profit groups and other organizations may be eligible for funding to build new memorials or to make major additions to existing ones. For more information, please visit www.veterans.gc.ca.

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Humpback whale BCY0291, nicknamed “K.C.”, shows propeller injuries to his dorsal fin in a photo taken in August off the coast of Vancouver Island. Christy McMillan/MERS

Boat collision injures young humpback

Gazette staff The young humpback whale known as “KC” is portrayed leaping joyfully in a full breach on the cover of the current Vancouver Island North Visitors’ Guide. But he was laid low when he was struck by a boat off the coast of Vancouver Island in late August. “While, fortunately, KC’s injuries seem superficial (at least for now), this incident is not an isolated one and serves to illustrate the growing problem of vessel strikes on the B.C. coast,” Caitlin Birdsall wrote on the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network blog Wild Whales. KC, officially identified as BCY0291, came away from the encounter with what appears to be propeller scarring on his dorsal fin. Otherwise, he appeared to be in good condition when photographed following the incident by Jackie Hildering of the Marine Education and Research Society (MERS). Details of the strike

K.C., as he appears on the cover of the current Vancouver Island North visitors’ guide. Jackie Hildering

are unknown, as it was not reported. But KC’s boat encounter is just the latest in a series of near-misses — and one notable whale-boat collision — this year in B.C.’s coastal waters. In May, Ray Boyd of Campbell River required facial surgery after a whale breached in front of his boat and collided with it near Kelsey Bay.

That whale was not spotted in the immediate aftermath of the strike and its ultimate fate is unknown. The incident prompted whale researchers to renew their call for heightened awareness on the part of boaters, with increasing numbers of humpback whales plying local waters over the past decade. Adult hump-

backs range from 13 to 14 metres long and can weigh up to 40 tonnes, said Christy McMillan, president of MERS, and their behaviour in the water can be highly unpredictable. “Baleen whales surface unpredictably, much different from how boat operators are conditioned to expect as their experience is most often with killer whales,” Hildering said. “Humpbacks are new back to the coast and are in unpredictable locations.” Humpback whales have returned to the straits off Vancouver Island’s east coast in substantial numbers after several decades of infrequent sightings, the result of commercial whaling in the 20th century. Their return requires a new level of awareness on the part of both tour operators and private vessel owners, both MERS and the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network caution. To help avoid collisions and protect the health of both humans

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A group of canoe paddlers takes advantage of a recent pleasant day to try some fishing off the breakwater in Port McNeill harbour.

and whales: • Be on the lookout for blows at all times. Large whale blows can often be seen from a long distance; • Be aware that humpbacks may surface unpredictably, sometimes after 5-10 minutes underwater; • Use extra caution

Mammal Incident Reporting hotline at 1-800-465-4336. • If you spot the distinctive whale flag, an orange-yellow-andblack circular image bearing a humpback fluke, on a nearby vessel, it means whales are in the area. Slow down and watch for blows.

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Vote Online Oct. 10 via Facebook Think your pet has what it takes to be crowned the cutest? Enter our Cutest Critter Photo Contest, and your pet could win!

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$100 Cash MORE PRIZES TO BE ANNOUNCED These pets are so doggone cute, we need everyone’s help picking a winner! Cast Your Vote for the Cutest Pet on Facebook page Oct. 10

Email photos to reporter@northislandgazette.com or drop them off in person at the Gazette office on Market Street in Port Hardy.

Only $5* per photo *Entry fee must be paid by deadline to ensure entry.

Deadline for entries is Oct. 1. Winners will be announced in the issue of the Gazette Oct. 24

If emailing, photos should be as large as possible in .jpg format and don’t forget to include contact info.

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when travelling at high speed; • Ask marinas where humpbacks have been sighted frequently and reduce speed in these areas; • If you know of a collision or see boats driving recklessly around whales, call the DFO’s Marine

*The $5 entry will go back to the North Island Animal Shelters & the Cats Meow Society


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Mount Waddington Regional

Fall Fair 2013 Port McNeill Sept. 7 & 8 Chilton Regional Arena Saturday 10am - 5pm Sunday 10am - 4pm

“Sew it, grow it, show it!”


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Booth Participants Pizza Express

Wild Heart Music

North Island Forests

More Than a Rock

Gadgets and More

Wild Harvest Tea

Vancouver Island Regional Library

Strokes of Jade Massage

Port Hardy Return-It Centre Mind’s Eye View Studio Mt. Waddington Community Foods Project St. John Gualbert Book Store Port McNeill Lioness Ice Cream Treats Scentsy Products St. John Gualbert Church Chili Lunches North Island Concert Society Visions Learning Centre & Salon North Island Crisis & Counselling NVIAS Regional District of Mount Waddington Dragontalz Art North Island Employment

Mary Kay Canada Port Hardy Baptist Church

Get your Fall Fair Raffle Tickets (at the fair) for a chance to win… ✦ (2) Return trip pass for Lower Mainland route on BC Ferries

Tocara Jewelry Dogs Do Smile

Entertainment Schedule Saturday - Sept. 7 Dessert Contest

12:00pm

Official Fair Opening

12:15pm

Wild Heart Music Children’s Choir

1:00pm

North Island Community Band

1:45pm

Mr. Magic - Kevin Ogren

2:30pm

Erin Junkala

3:15pm

Contest for Best Dessert based on “North Island Roots & Rubber Boots”

4:00pm

Zumba demonstration with Kendra Parnham

3:15pm Saturday Make any dessert in the theme of the fair (North Island Roots & Rubber Boots). Enter on Friday before 6pm or bring to the contest on Saturday.

First Choice Fitness

✦ One night accommodation at Telegraph Cove Resort

Robert Scott Yoga Studio

✦ 26” Mens’ Raleigh Bike

Port McNeill Marine Rescue Society

✦ $100 RONA gift card 11:00am

Portside Dance Academy

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue

& More!

Thank you to our prize donors!

11:45am

Team Charlton Highland Dancers

12:30pm

Coal Harbour Ceilidh Band

1:15pm

2nd Annual Children’s Dog Show with Alex Shore

3:00pm

Closing Awards Ceremony

Leanna Epicure Weight Watchers Canada North Island Quilters Guild Cat’s Meow Society - PH Tami’s Northern Garden & Specialties Carmen Mitchell Crafts Tri-Port Dragonboat Society

Sunday - Sept. 8

Children’s Dog Show 1:15pm Sunday Bring your dog to show off! Get entry forms at elementary schools, veterinarian offices & pet stores.

Forms, brochures, exhibit entry forms and other info is available at: http://www.mountwaddingtonfallfair.ca/

Port McNeill Minor Hockey Equipment Swap Hyde Creek Farmers Market is at the fair on Saturday. Featuring SCARECROW making for children 1-3pm

is upstairs at the arena 10am-3pm Sat & 10am-1pm Sun (no charge)

Enter Exhibits: Thursday, Sept. 5 from 6-9pm & Friday, Sept. 6 from 10am-6pm Proud sponsor of the 2013 Fall Fair Welcome everyone!

Come see our new line-up for the 2013-2014 season at the Fall Fair!

FREE North Island Children’s Youth Choir

Best wishes for a fabulous Fall Fair

ages 6-18

Starting Sept. 18

Practice every Wednesday at the A-Frame Church in Port McNeill.

Claire Trevena M.L.A. North Island

North Island Concert Society

Encorp Return-It Centre

1979 Nimpkish Cres. Port McNeill

250-956-3328

Email: claire.trevena.mla@leg.bc.ca www.clairetrevena.ca

See our booth at the Fall Fair For more info & to register call Deborah @ 250-956-3257

Welcome to the 2013 Fall Fair. Have a wonderful weekend.


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Booth Participants Pizza Express

Wild Heart Music

North Island Forests

More Than a Rock

Gadgets and More

Wild Harvest Tea

Vancouver Island Regional Library

Strokes of Jade Massage

Port Hardy Return-It Centre Mind’s Eye View Studio Mt. Waddington Community Foods Project St. John Gualbert Book Store Port McNeill Lioness Ice Cream Treats Scentsy Products St. John Gualbert Church Chili Lunches North Island Concert Society Visions Learning Centre & Salon North Island Crisis & Counselling NVIAS Regional District of Mount Waddington Dragontalz Art North Island Employment

Mary Kay Canada Port Hardy Baptist Church

Get your Fall Fair Raffle Tickets (at the fair) for a chance to win… ✦ (2) Return trip pass for Lower Mainland route on BC Ferries

Tocara Jewelry Dogs Do Smile

Entertainment Schedule Saturday - Sept. 7 Dessert Contest

12:00pm

Official Fair Opening

12:15pm

Wild Heart Music Children’s Choir

1:00pm

North Island Community Band

1:45pm

Mr. Magic - Kevin Ogren

2:30pm

Erin Junkala

3:15pm

Contest for Best Dessert based on “North Island Roots & Rubber Boots”

4:00pm

Zumba demonstration with Kendra Parnham

3:15pm Saturday Make any dessert in the theme of the fair (North Island Roots & Rubber Boots). Enter on Friday before 6pm or bring to the contest on Saturday.

First Choice Fitness

✦ One night accommodation at Telegraph Cove Resort

Robert Scott Yoga Studio

✦ 26” Mens’ Raleigh Bike

Port McNeill Marine Rescue Society

✦ $100 RONA gift card 11:00am

Portside Dance Academy

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue

& More!

Thank you to our prize donors!

11:45am

Team Charlton Highland Dancers

12:30pm

Coal Harbour Ceilidh Band

1:15pm

2nd Annual Children’s Dog Show with Alex Shore

3:00pm

Closing Awards Ceremony

Leanna Epicure Weight Watchers Canada North Island Quilters Guild Cat’s Meow Society - PH Tami’s Northern Garden & Specialties Carmen Mitchell Crafts Tri-Port Dragonboat Society

Sunday - Sept. 8

Children’s Dog Show 1:15pm Sunday Bring your dog to show off! Get entry forms at elementary schools, veterinarian offices & pet stores.

Forms, brochures, exhibit entry forms and other info is available at: http://www.mountwaddingtonfallfair.ca/

Port McNeill Minor Hockey Equipment Swap Hyde Creek Farmers Market is at the fair on Saturday. Featuring SCARECROW making for children 1-3pm

is upstairs at the arena 10am-3pm Sat & 10am-1pm Sun (no charge)

Enter Exhibits: Thursday, Sept. 5 from 6-9pm & Friday, Sept. 6 from 10am-6pm Proud sponsor of the 2013 Fall Fair Welcome everyone!

Come see our new line-up for the 2013-2014 season at the Fall Fair!

FREE North Island Children’s Youth Choir

Best wishes for a fabulous Fall Fair

ages 6-18

Starting Sept. 18

Practice every Wednesday at the A-Frame Church in Port McNeill.

Claire Trevena M.L.A. North Island

North Island Concert Society

Encorp Return-It Centre

1979 Nimpkish Cres. Port McNeill

250-956-3328

Email: claire.trevena.mla@leg.bc.ca www.clairetrevena.ca

See our booth at the Fall Fair For more info & to register call Deborah @ 250-956-3257

Welcome to the 2013 Fall Fair. Have a wonderful weekend.


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Trophies to be awarded Community Involvement Award

WIN

School Participation Award Best Booth Award

Ribbons, Trophies or Cash Prizes!

Grand Entry Award Perpetual Palette Award Best Photography Best Photographer Trophies for each age class Best Gardener Trophy Best of Kitchen Trophy Best Crafter Awards for each age class

Exhibit Cash Prizes:

Grand Aggregate Awards for each age class

$3 for 1st Prize

Admission Prices

$2 for 2nd Prize $1 for 3rd Prize

Cops for Cancer Childrens’ Activity Centre

Exhibit Entry Fees: Adults: 25¢

Fun & games!

Seniors/Teens/Children: Free

(per day)

Family Pass (max 6 members): $7 Adults: $3 Seniors (by donation) Children (6-23): $1 Under 5: Free

Thanks to the Committee Chair: Gord Glover Treasurer: Malcolm Fleeton Secretary: Pat Boyd

Judging: Brenda Fleeton Advertising: Kathy Howard & Brenda Fleeton

Booth Rentals: Christina Hinton & Brenda Fleeton

Decorating: Jessica Garrick

Entertainment: Brian Hicks & Marne Svennes

Planning/Set-up: Gordon Wolden

Web Master: Mark Jones

For more details see www.mountwaddingtonfallfair.ca BAAAA!

Come see our visiting herd of sheep!

The Regional District of Mount Waddington hopes to see you at the 2013 Fall Fair. Please check out our tables for more information on: · Recycling and Solid Waste Operations · Emergency Services and Preparation · Vancouver Island Tourism and · Mount Waddington Transit


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September 4-15 Hockey North Island Eagles rep hockey program hosts tryouts at Don Cruickshank Memorial Arena, Port Hardy. Sessions on alternate evenings and Saturdays for atom development, peewee, bantam and midget teams. Check schedule in this week’s edition, page 16. September 6-8 Slo-pitch Port Hardy Slopitch hosts its annual Indian Summer ball tournaments at Beaver Harbour Park. Men’s fast pitch and women’s slo-pitch tournaments. Concession available. Info, Dave at 250-9497221. September 7 Stock cars Tri-Port Motor Sports Club hosts points series racing at Tri-Port Speedway, 6 p.m. Concession, kids play area. $5 adults, $3 teens, $2 under 12 and seniors. September 7-8 Golf Seven Hills Golf & Country Club Men’s Open championship, 9 a.m. each day. 36 holes of stroke play with hole-in-one and other prizes. Info, call Seven Hills at 250-949-9818. September 21 Stock cars Tri-Port Motor Sports Club hosts points series racing at Tri-Port Speedway, 6 p.m. Concession, kids play area. $5 adults, $3 teens, $2 under 12 and seniors. September 21-22 Motocross Vancouver Island Motocross season points series races at Seven Mile Track. October 6 Stock cars Tri-Port Speedway rain day, if necessary.

Ryan Handley snags the catch ahead of Blue Sox teammate Jason Harrison during Sunday's A Division final in Port Alice.

Load 'Em Up tops Port Alice tourney Gazette staff PORT ALICE— Load ‘Em Up took the top spot in the fifth annual Fred Donaldson Memorial Slo-pitch Tournament last weekend after a hard-fought comeback against the Blue Sox. A field of ten teams went through a roundrobin stage Friday night and Saturday to determine the standings for Sunday’s playoffs. Load ‘Em up took out the Generals early Sunday to earn their final berth after coming through the round-robin stages unbeaten, while the Blue Sox, also unbeaten before the final, dispatched the Woodchuckers in the other semifinal to claim their spot. After a single base hit between the teams in the first inning left the game scoreless, Cody Diotte hit an RBI double to right field in the second to open the scoring for the Blue Sox. Load ‘Em Up, true to their name, got the bases loaded in response but were unable to open

Above: Arlene Clair of Load 'Em Up at bat. Right: Load 'Em Up's Mitch Nelson moves in for the catch as Raylene Clair provides cover during the A Division final against the Blue Sox. A O'Toole

their account. A left field, twoRBI double from Ryan Handley extended the Sox’s lead in the inning. With one out in the third, Load ‘Em Up got on the board with an RBI of their own before a superb second-to-first double play from the Blue Sox dented their momentum. A series of fielding errors in the top of the fourth allowed the Blue Sox to go 6-1

up before Load ‘Em Up’s Tony Knighton smashed a home run with a runner aboard to bring the score to 6-3. A solo homer from Handley to open the fifth added to the Sox’s tally before Load ‘Em Up turned the game on its head. Three catches in a row put paid to the rest of the Sox’s order and sent Load ‘Em Up to bat four runs behind the competition.

A base hit to open was followed by a tworun homer from Mitch Nelson. Two ground outs could have blunted the momentum but instead the side got a third base hit followed by back-to-back RBIs. Another base hit was followed by a tworun homer before the Sox got their third out via a force play and found themselves trailing 7-9 going into the sixth. As in the fifth, three

catches in a row by Load ‘Em Up made for a quick turnaround and, on bat, the side had found its groove. A two-run double from Jim Clair was followed by an RBI from Knighton to stretch the lead to 12-7 and leave the Sox in a tough position going into the final inning. The Sox got two on base after a strikeout and a catch in deep centre field, but the target was too much

to ask and a swing for the fences at left field was caught by Knighton to give the title to Load ‘Em Up. In the B Division, the Fire Ballers put paid to Playing Hard and the Ballerz dispatched the Aces to make the final, the Fire Ballers taking the title. The C Division saw Multiple Scoregasms beating out Storm for the win.


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Golfers back in the swing Gazette staff SEVEN HILLS— Some of the top golfers on Vancouver Island will join local players this weekend when Seven Hills Golf & Country Club hosts its annual Men's Open Tournament. The 36-hole, stroke play tourney will run all day Saturday and Sunday, with hole-inone prizes, low-gross and low-net titles and a pro division. Players will be treated to a brunch Saturday and full dinner Sunday prior to the awards ceremony. For info, call the clubhouse at 250-9499818. Slo-pitch gets fast Port Hardy Slo-pitch will hold its final tournament of the season beginning tonight at Beaver Harbour Park in Storey's Beach. It will be a split affair, with a men's fastpitch tourney and a separate women's slo-pitch tourney held concurrently. Games will be played at 6 p.m. tonight and Friday, all day Saturday, with finals scheduled for Sunday afternoon. The women's slopitch final is set for 12:30 p.m. Sunday, with the men's fastpitch final scheduled for 2 p.m. For info, call David at 250-949-7221. Back on track Coming off their biggest weekend of the season to date, the drivers of the Tri-Port Motor Sports Club take to the dirt oval of Tri-Port Speedway Saturday for their next round of stock car points racing. Gates open at 5:30 and time-in is set for 6 p.m. A full concession is available, along with a children's play area. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for youth, and $2 for children and seniors. Checker Cup kickoff The 32nd annu-

Sports Briefs al Charlie Checker Cup for North Island schoolchildren begins this weekend during the Mount Waddington Regional Fall Fair in Port McNeill. Contest host David Lyon of Sointula will have his board set up and welcomes challenges from all students for the contest, which runs through Father's Day weekend next June. The championship will go to the school with the most cumulative points. Individual awards are given to MVP and best sport.

Maintenance foreman Gord Wolden strolls past pallets of used plexiglass and boards auctioned off at Don Cruickshank Memorial Arena in Port Hardy last month. Ice went back in for the coming season this week with new plexiglass and aluminum-supported boards JR Rardon replacing the old wood-framed boards.

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Fairway repairmen are back on course J.R. Rardon Gazette editor SEVEN HILLS— As members of Seven Hills Golf & Country Club, Dale Dorward and Rick Milligan can often be found strolling the greens and fairways of the nine-hole course. But this summer you’re more likely to catch them driving a truck or quad than a golf cart. And more likely to be swinging shovels than golf clubs. Two years after undertaking a volunteer rebuild of part of the ninth fairway, the Port Hardy men are spearheading a similar — but much larger — repair of the first fairway. The work, on a hilly section of the fairway beginning just below the tee box, is meant to remove a series of deep moguls and turn the grade into a smooth slope. “(Fairway) nine was an experiment, to find out how the ground is here,” Dorward said last week while clearing rocks from the exposed soil on the site. “We weren’t even sure it would work, but we found out the ground here is in good shape.” Dorward said the numerous moguls that plague the slope shared by the first and ninth fairways result from patches of hardpan interspersed with areas of mostly organic fill. Over time, that organic layer simply rots away, allowing the sod to sink in those spaces between the firmer bedrock. “Given enough time, it will happen again,” he said. “Hopefully we can get another 30 years out of this first.” The “patch” on the ninth fairway, completed in 2012, involved a rectangle of turf roughly the size of a football field. Rather than take on the steep part of the slope leading up to the ninth green, volunteers repaired an area of flat to gently sloping ground just below the hill. The current area

under repair is more than twice as large as the ninth hole fix, and has both down- and cross-slopes. “It’s way bigger, and more complex,” Dorward said. “The drainage is a lot more involved.” And resources are thin. The project was approved by the club’s executive board, in consultation with course manager Kevin Black. Black admitted the volunteers’ success with the previous fairway rebuild helped them sell this latest project, but added there is always some trepidation when undertaking a job this large on a strictly volunteer basis. “It’s scary because of the size of it, and every time they do something we need to see what’s there,” said Black. “But when you get two guys like that who want to so something, you don’t want to turn them away.” The club is contributing a bit of funding to the project, but Dorward and Milligan have cajoled friends and North Island businesses for donations of equipment and expertise, as needed. If that limited budget runs out before the fairway is completed, the volunteers will be on their own. The work began earlier this year with the sod being removed from the fairway. The ground was then scraped with a minibulldozer blade to level the moguls and churn up rocks. The rocks were piled in rows before finally being picked up during a work party arranged by Dorward and Milligan last week. “We can finally see some daylight, now that the rocks are out of there,” Black said. “If they get the equipment they need, and the weather stays good, hopefully it will all go well.” Black noted the work done in 2011-12 on the ninth fairway taught the club some valuable lessons that have been

applied to the current project. “We’ll probably skip a couple of steps,” he said. “I think we’ll be more efficient with this one.” After last week’s rock-picking party, Dorward returned with a large screen, which he planned to drag over the soil to churn and level it in preparation for seeding. “If the weather cooperates, we’ll get some grass down in the next couple of weeks,” Dorward said. When work began, the tee box on the 354yard, par-4 hole was moved forward substantially and slightly to the uphill side of the fairway, leaving a 150yard, par-3 hole that is expected to remain for up to a year while the new grass is allowed to establish a solid root system. Meanwhile, though the main fairway remains unusable, players at least have a par-3 to start their round. “And it’s a good par-3,” Dorward said, bending to his work.

With the Seven Hills Golf & Country Club Men’s Open Tournament set to tee off this weekend, the first hole will be played as a temporary par-3 while volunteers repair its fairway. Left, club member Dale Dorward shovels a rock onto a small flatbed trailer on the fairway last week. J.R. Rardon

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Farmer’s market added to Fall Fair lineup Gazette staff PORT McNEILL— If you’ve ever perused the produce exhibits at the Mount Waddington Regional Fall Fair and wished you could take home some of the food, this weekend may provide that opportunity. The North Island Farmer’s Market will take advantage of a temporary new location and expanded hours Saturday when it teams up with the Fall Fair to offer produce and other items to fair-goers, residents and visitors. The farmer’s market, traditionally held through the summer months next to the Hyde Creek Petro Canada station, will get a spot in the parking lot of Chilton Regional Arena, near the main entrance to this weekend’s Fall Fair. The market will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with vendor set-up starting at 10 a.m. The previous farmer’s market, held Aug. 24 in Hyde Creek, proved to be the largest of the season to date, with more garden produce on offer and several new vendors. In addition to its normal selection of home-grown and -baked food, handmade crafts and other items, the North Island Farmer’s Market will

Left: David Thompson prepares a display of garden produce at his family’s stand prior to the opening of the last North Island Farmer’s Market at Hyde Creek Petro Canada. Right: Shannon Shepley of Port McNeill, left, is ready for business with her baked goods while other vendors prepare their tables prior to the start of the fourth North Island Farmer’s Market of the season. J.R. Rardon

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

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PORT MCNEILL BAPTIST CHURCH 2501 Mine Road Sunday 9:45 am (Sept-June) - Sunday School 11:00 am - Worship Service 7:00 pm - Evening Fellowship Youth Group Wed - 7:00 pm Children’s Programs & Adult Bible Studies are scheduled throughout the year. For information contact Pastor Dave Purdy • 250-956-4737 11/13

LIGHTHOUSE RESOURCE CENTRE • Chaplain Services • Bible Studies • Spiritual Counselling • Weekly AA Groups (8635 Granville St. Port Hardy) 250-949-8125

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

PORT HARDY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP at Providence Place, 7050 Rupert St Sunday Worship 10:30 am & 7 pm Tuesday Prayer 7:30 pm Midweek Biblestudies - Call the church for time and place 250-949-6466 Pastor George & Karen Ewald (home) 250-949-9674 E-Mail:pastorgeorge@providenceplace.ca 11/13

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS NOTICE is hereby given that Creditors and others having claims against the Estate of John Terrance Mallory also known as John Terry Mallory and Terry J. Mallory, deceased, who died on April 21, 2013, at Campbell River, BC, are hereby required to send them to the undersigned Administrator, c/o Shook Wickham Bishop & Field, Barristers and Solicitors, 906 Island Highway, Campbell River, British Columbia, V9W 2C3, before the 7th day of October, 2013, after which date the Administrator will distribute the said Estate among the parties entitled thereto, having regard to the claims of which it has notice. Patricia Gail Booth, Administrator, c/o Shook Wickham Bishop & Field, Barristers and Solicitors, 906 Island Highway, Campbell River, BC, V9W 2C3.

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ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY The ‘Namgis First Nation has an exciting opportunity for an Accounts Receivable Coordinator to join the team in Alert Bay (Northern Vancouver Island), BC. In this role, your main responsibility will be to facilitate and administer the monthly accounts receivable cycle for the accounting department. Reporting to the Assistant Comptroller and Comptroller, you will oversee: • Processing receivables (invoicing, housing, utilities, travel reimbursements, contracts, etc.); • Maintaining the backup documentation and filing system for our accounts receivable system; • Invoicing, collecting and performing maintenance of all receivables; • Customer sales receipting/deposits and deposit/receipt reconciliation; and • Payment processing. We invite you to submit your application if you have formal post-secondary accounting training and an accounting/bookkeeping certificate; however, candidates with at least 2 years of solid accounting experience and an exemplary attitude will still be considered. You qualify for the role if you have previous experience in accounts receivable, accounts reconciliation, and bank deposits. Intermediate Excel skills are crucial to your success on the job, and Adagio accounting software knowledge will be considered an asset. Lastly, in order to be a good fit with our organization, we are searching for a dedicated professional with superior communication and people skills. You have a keen interest in ongoing learning and are enthusiastic about taking on professional development opportunities. Closing date for applications: 12:00 noon on, September 27, 2013 Please Send resumes to: Namgis First Nation, PO Box 210, Alert Bay B.C. V0N 1A0 Fax 250-974-5900 or apply online at: namgis.bc.ca We thank all applicants, however only those chosen for an interview will be contacted. Namgis First Nation invites applications from qualified candidates for the following position: POSITION: ACCOUNTANT; FINANCIAL ASSISTANT ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION The ‘Namgis First Nation is one of the most economically developed First Nations communities in British Columbia. Located in Alert Bay on Northern Vancouver Island, the ‘Namgis First Nation oversees and governs the education, social services, environmental management, and treaty issues of the local area, ensuring the resources therein continue to play a vital role in the ‘Namgis culture and social life.  ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY Working in accordance to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), you will be responsible for the financial accounting, budget preparation and various reporting for the ‘Namgis First Nation (NFN) and other active entities operating under the legal auspices of the NFN. Specifically, you will: • Oversee the daily financial operations; • Provide financial management and reporting; • Provide budget and operational plan processes; • Ensure financial systems and internal controls are followed; • Provide direction to accounting staff and ensure the accounting department is running smoothly; • Liaise with the   various committee members, senior administrators, department heads, staff and the general NFN membership if required. ‘Namgis First Nation (NFN) is seeking a candidate with a CA or CMA designation and several years accounting experience, preferably in a First Nation Organization. Sound supervisory skills are essential as is a commitment to developing and supporting a culture of trust, respect and empowerment. The ideal candidate will have strong computer skills including a high level of expertise with MS Office Programs.  You will have exceptional attention to detail along with top-notch problem solving, decision making, organizational and planning skills.  We’re on the look out for a quick learner who has the analytical skills to succeed in this role and deliver results on time. For more information on the position and benefits please see our website at namgis.bc.ca. Closing date for applications: 12:00 noon on, September 30, 2013 Please Send resumes to: Namgis First Nation, Po Box 210, Alert Bay B.C. V0N 1A0 Fax 250-974-5900 or apply online at: namgis.bc.ca We thank all applicants, however only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

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The Special Services Worker will work and support children and families to increase living skills, parenting skills, behaviour management and communication choices. The position may include routine crisis intervention. The majority of this service takes place in the client’s home. Preference will be given to applicants with post-secondary credentials and/or related human services experience. Previous work experience is an asset. This position is 31.5 hours a week. A valid driver’s license and a reliable vehicle is necessary as travel will be required. A criminal record check will be required. Only short listed candidates will be contacted. Please forward resume with cover letter by September 13, 2013 to: North Island Community Services Society PO Box 1028, Port McNeill, BC V0N 2R0 nicsbc@telus.net

LANDS AND RESOURCE MANAGER The Quatsino First Nation, located on northern Vancouver Island, is seeking applications for a Lands Manager. The primary purpose of the position is to ensure meaningful engagement of the Quatsino First nation in all decisions surrounding Resource Development and land use within the Quatsino Traditional Territory, with the objective of balancing sustainable economic diversiďŹ cation and environmental health, and in keeping with the values of our ancestors and history, and for the beneďŹ t of present and future generations of QFN members. Responsibilities: • Monitoring and compliance of all traditional territories, including environmental issues, competing interests, land condition, and most importantly, identiďŹ cation of cultural and traditional use areas • Assist in the development of a Quatsino Land Use Plan (long term) • Coordinate the QFNs participation in referrals, mediation and litigation matters and provide recommendations to Chief and Council. • Participation and attendance at negotiation and mediation meetings, preparation of reports, and furtherance of legal decisions by the leadership. • Maintain records of all QFN traditional territories including surveys and mapping products • Conduct ďŹ eld inspections, as required • Conduct and participate in formal meetings and negotiations • Develop agreements with Government Departments and the private sector to ensure consistency of formal communication on issues relating to land management • Participate in discussion with government departments and other levels of government on lands management issues relating to legislation • Prepares proposals as required • Solicits funds for special projects as required • Responsible for custody and care of all project ďŹ les • Ensure proper monitoring of permits and other lands-related documents • Monitors the lands program and provides advice to staff and the leadership via reports • Oversees the carrying out of remedial measures to ensure compliance by conducting physical site inspections or by reviewing reports • Other responsibilities as assigned Preferred QualiďŹ cations: • Undergraduate degree in a Natural Resource or Business Administration program of studies, and/or a combination of education and work experience • Knowledge of First Nation issues within British Columbia • Strong communication and writing skills • Computer knowledge (including GIS) Rate of Pay: Depending on experience Please submit resume including a covering letter by 3 p.m. September 17, 2013 to: Ralph Wallas Quatsino Lands and Resources OfďŹ ce 305 Quattishe Road Coal Harbour, B.C. V0N 1K0 Email: rwallas@quatsinofn.ca Fax: 250-949-6249

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Few reasons are more compelling to grab a spot on the 2013 Tour de Rock team than to help give your own son and other children a fighting chance to beat cancer. Const. Misty Dmytar, 39, is relatively new to the Nanaimo RCMP detachment, but she and her two-year-old son, Griffyn, are well known in the Comox Valley where she served until recently, and to Tour de Rock teams from the last couple of years. She is one of two riders from the Nanaimo area, joining Const. Ed de Jong, who is based at the detachment on Gabriola Island. When Griffyn was just four days old he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of infant cancer that presents about 50-70 cases a year in Canada. Dmytar and her partner had to get Griffyn into treatment immediately. “Griffyn was the youngest they’d ever seen that had come in with neuroblastoma,” Dmytar said. Surgeons took a tumour the size of a baseball, weighing 230 grams, off of his right adrenal gland. They took the gland too. Initial treatment produced positive results, but an ultrasound taken a few months later revealed a tumour on Griffyn’s other adrenal gland and spots on his liver. Five months of chemotherapy treatment halted the disease. The tumour shrunk to half its size and the spots on his liver are still there, but the disease has been effectively dormant since 2010. For now and hopefully forever, Griffyn has

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Tour de Rock riders Misty Dmytar, left, with her son Griffyn, a cancer survivor; Ed de Jong; and Jesse Foreman are all motivated to participate in Cops for Cancer by different experiences, but they’re hoping their efforts pay off in improving the lives for children and families who are going through cancer. beaten cancer. He returns for more tests this month. In the meantime, Dmytar is training for the tour, which starts Sept. 21. Combined with fundraising, it’s a big commitment for a mother of two who works 12-hour shifts. Const. Ed de Jong, 43, is a recent arrival to the central Island region. He moved to Gabriola with his family in January after serving in Terrace, B.C. His reason for getting in the saddle for the 2013 Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock is simply to offer something back to the community in which he works. “For me, being in the position I’m in as an RCMP member, the ability to give back to the community is a big thing for me and just the fact that this event supports kids with cancer makes it such an easy decision to do,” de Jong said. With two children – a son, 11,

and daughter, 14 – who are healthy, de Jong counts his blessings. His father-in-law is a cancer survivor. Living on Gabriola Island means catching a ferry to Nanaimo to meet up with other team members for training rides out of Parksville and Nanaimo. The time and transportation restrictions have translated into de Jong doing most of his training alone on Gabriola roads. A 90-kilometre ride means three laps around the island. Oceanside RCMP’s Tour de Rock rider Cpl. Jesse Foreman said he was inspired to get involved by “looking at my own healthy kids and when I saw some who weren’t healthy I wanted to do something.” His boys are currently seven and nine, making their understanding and support important to Foreman as he squeezes training between his family and full-time job at the Oceanside detachment where he’s in charge of community policing.

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Like his fellow riders, he’s been touched by cancer in his family with a grandfather, aunt and uncle all dealing with the disease on some level. He is also inspired by five-yearold Lucas, the junior rider he’s been teamed up with. The local kid was in and out of the hospital for eight months and lost his kidney to cancer, but is now in remission. Foreman said that other than having to go back to Children’s Hospital every four months for tests until he’s 18, “you can’t tell him apart from any other kid.” For these three riders, they say it’s the least they can do to support these kids. “The more money we raise through Tour de Rock, the more chance these kids have and the better the treatments that will come out,” Dmytar said. photos@nanaimobulletin.com writer@pqbnews.com

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Keno the dog turns to look over his stuffed Teddy bear while waiting for the J.R. Rardon start of the annual Toy and Rod Run in Port McNeill Saturday

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Gazette staff PORT McNEILL—With the throaty roar of a 1,200cc engine and a tap of the gearshift, fuzzy pink bunnies and a stuffed Christmas polar bear rolled away from the local Community Centre on the annual Toy and Rod Run to Port Hardy Saturday. Of course, these and the many other toys taking part in the ride brought their leather-clad chauffeurs. On the same day thousands of Harley-Davidson riders descended on Milwaukee, Wisc., for the company’s 110th anniversary, a smaller but hardy group of riders — Top: Marilyn Niemeyer of Campbell River waves and she and dozens of other riders make their way up the hill from Carrot Park en route to Port McNeill during Saturday’s ride. Above: Riders motor up Campbell Way in Port McNeill. Right: The pig roasting crew carries the main course to the cutting table in Hyde Creek. Far right: Dawn Harilstad drops her gift off at Gus’s Bar and Grill.

most of them astride Harleys — made their presence known on North Vancouver Island. The annual Toy and Rod Run, hosted by Port McNeill riders Dawn Harilstad and Annie Leblanc, drew participants from across Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and as far as Alberta to the east and Salem, Ore., to the south. Carrying toys and childrens’ fishing rods, the bikes toured to Port Hardy for a stop along Market Street in front of Carrot Park, then returned to Port McNeill for the traditional piling of the

presents on the pool table at Gus’s Bar and Grill. The toys are given to the local Lions Club for eventual distribution with the Gazette Hamper Fund Christmas Hampers. Later Saturday, the riders and local residents mingled in Hyde Creek for the eighth annual Pig Roast and Stomp at the home of Darcy and Annie Leblanc. Featuring a buffet style dinner, complete with pit-roasted pig, cash bar and live music from Steelhead, the event raised additional funds that will be donated to needy local causes.

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