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Couple rescued after boat capsizes

J.R. Rardon Gazette editor A pair of boaters stranded in the water when their vessel capsized en route to Alert Bay were rescued and, after a brief medical checkup, taken on their way by a Port McNeill water taxi operator Friday night. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Victoria received a mayday call around 9 p.m. Friday from a boat that had capsized in Weynton Passage, a JRCC spokesman said. “The boat had gone down with two aboard,” he said. “It didn’t sink, but went down and was left with its bow up, drifting, with two people in the water.” JRRC dispatched the rescue vessel Cape Sutil from the Coast Guard base in Port Hardy and a Cormorant helicopter from 19 Wing Comox, but the incident was over before either arrived, thanks to the response of multiple vessels already nearby, including the BC Ferries’ Quadra Queen II. James Willson of Silver King

Ten-month-old Peter Hobbs of Port Hardy attempts to taste the microphone when offered a chance to make a comment while having his head shaved during the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock stop at Port Hardy Civic Centre. Peter is held by his father, Port Hardy RCMP member Evan Hobbs. See more in North Island Life, pages A O’Toole 12-13, and online at

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North Island opts in for recycling J.R. Rardon Gazette editor Curbside recycling is coming to North Vancouver Island next spring. How it will be implemented — and how non-compliance will be enforced — is still a work in progress. Most regions within the Regional District of Mount

Waddington, beginning in May of 2014, will fall under a controversial recycling compliance regime of Multi-Material B.C. (MMBC), which has been tasked by the province with ensuring at least 75 per cent of all recyclable materials are removed from the solid waste stream entering

British Columbia landfills. The District of Port Hardy, the Town of Port McNeill and the RDMW all responded to MMBC by its Sept. 16 deadline, indicating they would sign on to the program, which makes them eligible for funding for recycling through their existing sol-

id-waste contracts with Fox Disposal, Ltd. But commitment to the MMBC program is just the first step in the process. Before the work is contracted, details will need to be worked out between MMBC and the province’s varied municipalities, ranging from Vancouver

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McNeill Council approves facility requests Gazette staff PORT McNEILL— The local Girl Guides chapter, the Junior Canadian Rangers, the Rotary Club and a local church each received approval on requests from council during a brief meeting held prior to last week’s Union of B.C. Municipalities Conference in Vancouver. The Sept. 11 meeting was moved up from its originally scheduled

Sept. 16 date to avoid conflict with the annual UBCM gathering. Port McNeill’s Girl Guides requested permission to re-vegetate areas along the creek that runs behind the Guide/Scout Hall. The request noted the Guides are in consultation with Strategic Environmental Management on a plan to identify appropriate species and locations for plantings.

Council approved the request, contingent on Strategic’s oversight of the project. “I love the idea,” coun. Gaby Wickstrom said. “But there is an issue of following DFO (Fisheries and Oceans Canada) regulations along the stream. I think partnering with Strategic is a good way to ensure they’re in compliance.” Council next approved the in-kind donation of

Hospital checkup

Gazette staff PORT HARDY—A delegation from the North Island Hospitals Project toured local communities last week to give presentations on the upcoming build of two new hospitals to serve North Islanders, one in Campbell River and another in Comox. Tom Sparrow, the Project Manager, spoke in Port Hardy and explained that his team wanted to visit each North Island community to give an overview of the project. “It’s $600 million (being spent on the project) — that’s a lot of money. We want to make sure we get it right.” The project is still

in its planning stages and Sparrow said that the series of presentations were an effort to make sure all potential users of the facilities were engaged and had an opportunity to give feedback before construction begins. “Our goal is to make this a place where you feel welcome,” he said. Some in attendance questioned how the new facility would benefit true North Islanders and asked specifically whether the new hospitals would have equipment like a dialysis machine available for outpatients. Sparrow explained that, while those involved in the proj-

ect had limited input as to the equipment, the inquiries were “not falling on deaf ears.” He and his team collected issues raised at their consultations and forwarded them to the Ministry of Health. Initially, the Campbell River facility will not have outpatient dialysis but the infrastructure is planned to make a future addition as straightforward as possible. In addition the project leaders were investigating ways to improve access to the facility and were seeking partnerships with organizations such as Jeneece Place to provide additional services.

Council Meeting Port McNeill use of the Community Hall by Port McNeill Full Gospel Church for its 30-year reunion gathering, scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 11-13. The town will waive the normal rental fee for the facility, while the church will pay the janitorial and clean-up costs. Port McNeill Rotary

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grown evergreen bush and plant new vegetation in consultation with municipal staff; and replace the deteriorating log seating with new benches. Rotary’s proposal was for a jointly funded effort, with the town paying for demolition and removal of the existing concrete facility and Rotary funding construction of a new pad, as well as new seating.

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Quick response aids rescue

Port Hardy’s E m m a Walkus prepares for her on-air segment with Global meteorologist Kristi Gordon as locals look on.

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was a man overboard.” us we had a lot of pow- to Port McNeill, they from page 1 Willson immedi- erful sodium vapour re-boarded Rainbow Ventures water taxi service, also a member of ately left alone in lights, and I was able Chaser and Willson Port McNeill’s Royal the Rainbow Chaser. to see the capsized boat carried them on to Canadian Marine Arriving on site a short and two people in the Alert Bay. “They were going to Search and Rescue time later, he teamed water. “I went in and a funeral there the next Unit 50, received the with two other rescue vessels to pull a man scooped them out, then day,” he said. “I was page from JRRC. “Unit 50 is stood and a woman from took them to Telegraph heading past there anyway, I figured I would down right now, Johnstone Strait, where Cove.” An EMT crew was drop them off.” because there are not they had spent about a The couple was waiting at Telegraph enough people around,” half-hour. “When I showed up, Cove to transport the reportedly en route said Willson. “I tried calling the others to say the Valerie and the pair to hospital, but from New Vancouver, I was on the water taxi, Native Joy were there after being treated for a small Da’naxda’xw was “good,” but wasn’t just as the Coast Guard as well,” said Willson. mild hypothermia and First Nation village on sure she would make called and said there “Between the three of declining transport Harbledown Island. a career of it. When asked if she would District of Port Hardy like to read the weather when she grew up Walkus said, “Maybe. I’m not sure; maybe I Pursuant to the Local Government Act and the Community Charter, notice is hereby given that want to be a teacher or unless the taxes owing are paid, the following properties will be sold by public auction at a tax sale a construction worker.” to be held on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 10:00 am in the Council Chambers at the Municipal The series continHall, 7360 Columbia Street, Port Hardy, BC. ued this week with ROLL NUMBER CIVIC ADDRESS Lot # Plan # UPSET PRICE the team visiting a dif4614010 5900 Steel Road 6 33502 4,606.90 ferent Island location 5010010 5920 Beaver Harbour Road 6 28213 11,157.78 each night. From Port 8008082 7500 Glacier Crescent East 42 25013 5,872.74 Hardy, the team headed 9502550 319 Camelot Road 11 810A 801.16 to Comox, Parksville, 10003020 9439 Chancellor Heights 2 349SP 3,184.81 Duncan and are set to 10006072 9512 Carnarvon Place 37 31987 1,715.15 finish the tour in Tofino 10007180 7063 Highland Drive 3 VIS6750 5,568.63 on Friday.

Hardy goes Global Gazette staff PORT HARDY— Hundreds of locals got a behind-the-scenes look at Global News this week as the News Hour broadcast live from Port Hardy as part of the show’s On The Road series. After setting up in Carrot Park Monday morning, the show went live at six from the waterfront with anchor Chris Gailus, sports broadcaster Squire Barnes and meteorologist Kristi Gordon delivering the stories in front of a

local crowd. Between segments, the news personalities posed for pictures and signed autographs as a boom camera broadcast shots of the assembled crowd. Port Hardy created a celebrity of its own when seven-year-old Emma Walkus joined Gordon on air to give the weather forecast. Walkus won judges over with her audition tape for the role and seemed perfectly at home in the limelight. Walkus said she thought the experience

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Recycling program to begin in May from page 1 now until May we’ll work out those details, and those will need to be worked out before (MMBC) sends back the contract.” MMBC is a coalition of commercial producers and wholesalers, whose businesses will charge a fee on packaging materials purchased by retail customers and then use that money to pay for the mandated recycling program. The program has drawn mixed responses across the province. Regional districts and municipal governments critical of the MMBC program say it supersedes already effective programs in those areas, that it fails to provide adequate compensation to local contractors to provide the recycling service, or that its punitive fees for contaminated recyclables will cost governments — meaning

residents — in the long run. For the RDMW, which already collects and ships recyclable material from Seven Mile Landfill, the program makes sense, said Patrick Donaghy, RDMW operations manager. “It costs about $50 a ton to transport our recyclables downIsland,” said Donaghy, who noted the RD can gain a measure of savings by utilizing trucks that arrive on the North Island full but are otherwise scheduled to return empty. “But in some cases we’re not even getting paid $50 a ton for the material, so our transportation costs are sometimes more than we’re getting paid. “All I know is that, with MMBC we’re not paying to get the material off-Island.” Based on initial response to MMBC, North Islanders will

“This is a huge undertaking. We realize it’s not going to happen overnight.” Patrick Donaghy

have different recycling options, based on their location. The District of Port Hardy and the Town of Port McNeill would both have curbside pickup of recyclables, while other, more remote, North Island communities — including Woss, Sointula and Winter Harbour will use depots to dropping off

recyclables, which will be expanded to include glass, styrofoam and plastic film. “The Regional District’s role right now is to our unincorporated communities,” said Patrick Donaghy, the RDMW operations manager who oversees Seven Mile Landfill. “We’re going to enter into discussions with MMBC on the final

contract. We’re hopefully looking at curtsied recycling and multi-family collection in Coal Harbour, and depot collection in the other communities.” Not everyone, however, would necessarily be covered. The unincorporated areas of Hyde Creek and Nimpkish Heights would have neither curbside pickup nor a


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works in each community, recyclables will have to be removed from the solid waste stream sooner than later. With penalties accruing to residents who exceed the 25 per cent allowable amount of recyclable material in their garbage, the time may come when the garbage truck bypasses offending cans without picking them up. “The RD is realistic about this,” Donaghy said. “We’re not going to be draconian, but over time we’re going to have to step up enforcement of how much material is in the waste stream. “This is a huge undertaking; we realize it’s not going to happen overnight.”

local depot site under current waste-disposal contract, and would have to continue to travel either to Port McNeill or Seven Mile Landfill with recyclable materials. While curbside recycling in Port McNeill and Port Hardy is an extension of current contracts with Fox Disposal, no such contract exists in Hyde Creek and Nimpkish Heights. “Greg (Fox) could talk to his subscribers in those areas,” said Donaghy. “Potentially, he could say, ‘This is a model I could do in Hyde Creek.’ He could take that proposal to MMBC, but it would be as a private contractor.” Regardless of how it


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Well done, North Island The grizzled veterans who serve as support crew for the riders of the Tour de Rock have seen it all before. But perhaps the best measure of the North Island’s influence on the Cops for Cancer fundraising ride could be seen in the faces of the riders themselves, many of whom visited our communities for the first time last weekend. In more than one case, those faces were streaked with tears. Sure, the cynic might chalk it up to a release of emotion after finally hitting the road after nearly a year of grueling training. The crass might chalk it up to saddle sores. But the 22 law enforcement and media riders seemed almost shell-shocked when they walked into the packed, steamy Canadian Legion Hall in Port Alice Saturday night to a standing ovation. As the launching point for the annual ride, started in 1998 to benefit childhood cancer victims and research, the North Island is uniquely positioned to leave a first impression on the riders before they embark on their 1,000-kilometre jaunt to Victoria. Port Alice certainly left its mark, with a dinner and auction of 82 donated items that drew more than $13,500. This, from a community of 800. Port Hardy and Port McNeill did their share as well, with head shaves and other activities raising thousands more. The riders’ last act before hitting the highway south was to swing by Sunset Elementary School and collect another $1,000 raised by its students. Now that’s what we call leaving an impression. Well done, as usual, folks.

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Reading on smart meters VICTORIA – Despite efforts to keep the smart meter “controversy” alive through imaginary health claims, the end is near. Energy Minister Bill Bennett has made what sounds like a final offer to holdouts. You want to keep your old mechanical meter, fill your boots. It’ll cost you an extra $35 a month, starting in December. For a “radio off” wireless meter, there will be a setup fee of $100 and a monthly fee of $20 to have someone collect the readings. These charges are to be reviewed by the B.C. Utilities Commission, the independent panel that smart meter opponents want to review BC Hydro’s whole smart grid project. As it happens, the BCUC recently did just that for an application by FortisBC to install wireless meters for its Okanagan and Kootenay customers. The meters were approved, and the findings are instructive.

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One of the experts retained by FortisBC was Dr. Yakov Shkolnikov, an electrical engineer with advanced degrees from Princeton and Cornell Universities. His testimony was not challenged by any of the lineup of opponents. A sample of his findings illustrates the absurdity of this whole discussion. Shkolnikov calculated that a cell phone in use generates radio signals that reach 10 per cent of the international safety code limit. A micro-

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wave oven generates 2.3 per cent of the safe limit. A cordless phone: 1.25 per cent. A wi-fi signal: 0.0045 per cent. A bank of smart meters, not separated by a wall, registers 0.0019 per cent. The natural background RF level is 0.013 per cent. Note the decimal place. The level in the middle of a wilderness is more than 10 times that received from a bank of meters. BCUC staff added, for comparison, the radio signal level emitted by a human body. It’s 0.018 per cent. What this means is your spouse snoring beside you is a stronger source of RF than a whole wall of smart meters. Experts put up by opponents didn’t fare so well. One was Curtis Bennett, who described himself as “chief science officer” for a company called Thermoguy. He spoke on behalf of West Kootenay Concerned Citizens. In 2012 Bennett A member of

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Supertankers sell us short Hydro offer not too appealing

Dear editor, An open letter to Stephen Harper: Is Supernatural B.C. destined to become a supertankers terminal for Alberta? This summer, while visiting Haida Gwaii, I attended a potlatch to celebrate 20 years of collaboration between the Haida Nation and Parks Canada for the protection of Gwaii Haanas Park. Gwaii Haanas is 5,000 acres of pristine wilderness protected from the top of the mountains to the bottom of the oceans — one of the only truly protected areas in the world! Being there has made me more aware of what we stand to lose if supertankers are allowed in B.C. waters. And if even only one of them has a spill... Imagine the deadly consequences to Gwaii Haanas and the rest of B.C.’s coast. After reading further about Canada’s future plans for oil

production, I have some serious questions to ask you Mr. Harper. You say these plans are for the National interests, but whose national interests? I agree with a quote from The Star: ”The rapid extraction and export of raw bitumen without domestic upgrades and refining does not enhance Canada’s productive capacity - it shrinks it!" Plus the amount of shipping, pipelines, etc. needed to get this unrefined bitumen to Asian markets, in my mind, does not add up to a sensible business plan. In fact it puts Canada’s “supernatural” qualities at great risk for very little monetary return to our nation. The bitumen now being extracted in our Tar Sands project needs to be mixed with diluents to make it flow through the pipelines; however, Canada does not produce diluents, and must import them from the Middle East. So this means: first the supertankers will be arriving

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with this hazardous material for diluents, piping it north to the Tar Sands; then the dilbit (bitumen plus diluents) will be piped back to the port and loaded unto the supertankers for shipping to the Asian markets. This plan involves twice the risk to our environment for what kind of a monetary gain to us? I’m not a big fan of oil refineries...but I certainly would choose them over the current plan for B.C.’s coastline. In a business sense, the refineries would bring value-added jobs to Canada...and we all know that means a brighter economic future for us all — and future generations. As someone once said: "Foreign countries understand this - that’s why they want our unprocessed bitumen”. Why are you selling us short? Dawne Cressman Mayne Island

Dear editor, My wife and I recently received our ‘time sensitive’ letter from BC Hydro suggesting we need to make a decision by Dec. 1. You know, the “limited number of coins minted” type of letter. They even suggest that the government created this Choices Program and, gee, I guess they have to go along with it. Well, as I understand things, any kind of new Hydro charges have to be approved by the Utilities Commission after a proper hearing with public input, or will this be another example of our government bypassing regulatory hearings in order to ‘fast-track’ them and bypass the Utilities Commission? We made a choice to keep our analog meter which works perfectly. But now Hydro wants us to pay $35 a month above our regular

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Why are local interest stories in the "Down Island" Midweek? I would like to know why I have to read the Midweek to get important (or at least interesting) local news. For example, the native totem pole (Sept. 12) and the Kokish Fish Hatchery (Sept. 19), to name two. I think items like this should at least get a mention in the Gazette. Yes, the Midweek is supposed to be all-inclusive, but it is definitely “Down Island” with respect to its advertisements, want ads, etc. Lois Kollman Port McNeill Editor's note: Staffs of the Gazette, the Campbell River Mirror and the Comox Valley Record all contribute to the editorial content of MidWeek. The Gazette endeavors to let readers know of potential stories of interest with a front page photo and description of that week's local Midweek story.

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September 27 Stepping Stones Child Care Centre hosts its annual AGM dinner and auction, 6 p.m. All-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner, live entertainment, door prizes. Openings available on the board of directors. September 28 North Island Farmer's Market hosts its final market event of the 2013 season, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Hyde Creek Petro Canada station. Locally grown produce, handmade crafts, baking and more. $5 per table Info, North Island Farmer's Market on Facebook. September 28 Joey Clarkson hosts a musical theatre workshop for youth ages 13-over, 1-5 p.m., Gate House Community Theatre, Port McNeill. Spend the afternoon learning Glee-style music, fun and performance, then join Clarkson onstage that evening for the Gate House Open Mic night, before a theatre audience. Workshop fee $40; to register email joeyclarksonmusicaltheatre@ or call 1-250-334-2208.


• 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 Saturday and Sunday from 1:00-2:00 pm Sept.-June, daily July-August. FMI • 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.

September 28 Gate House Community Association’s open mic series continues, 7 p.m. at Gate House Theatre in Port McNeill. Bring your voice, instrument and talent for a turn on stage, or just pop by for a free evening of entertainment. Performers to include Courtenay-based singer-songwriter Joey Clarkson. Info, September 29 Annual B.C. Rivers Day celebration at Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre. Family fun run 10 a.m.; registration 9:30 a.m. at the pavilion. Run is followed by crafts and activities, marine displays, kids photo ops and hot dog sale. $10 entry for fun run/$20 families up to four people. Regular admission applies in the interpretive centre. Info, Linda at 250-902-0336 or email September 30- October 2 The B.C. Breast Screening Mammography Program comes to the Port Hardy Hospital. To book an appointment time call 1-800-663-9203. September 30 Port Alice Learning presents Osteofit course with instructor Sharon Whitehead, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Larry Pepper Room in the Community Centre. $7.50 course cost, to register or for info, call Maggie at 250-2843591; Edith at 250-284-0106 or Corrine at 250-2843594.

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Wellness Centre planned for Port Hardy Gazette staff PORT HARDY— Local residents will be offered a chance to learn a personal healing art next weekend when Randy Zonnis arrives for a two-day instruction clinic of Quantum Touch. But local minister Wade Allen plans for the effects to last much longer. Allen, the local Anglican/United pastor since June of 2012, hopes to address a community need by establishing a “Wellness Centre”, based on holistic, hands-on care, in available space in the basement of St. Columba Church in Port Hardy beginning in January. The Quantum Touch clinic, sched-

uled for Oct. 5-6 at St. Columba, will be the second hosted by Zonnis, a Victoriabased practitioner of the healing art, this year in Port Hardy. “We had 10 people take the Quantum Touch clinic when Randy was here in the spring,” said Allen. “More will take it next week and, from then until the end of January, it will be practice, practice, practice. “After January, it will be opened up to the public.” Allen envisions local residents, trained in the practice, sharing the benefits of Quantum Touch healing with local residents interested in taking advantage of the opportunity. And that is only the

beginning. “As this is established, we’ll be looking at massage therapy, acupressure, Reiki (a Japanese palm-healing technique),” said Allen, who sees his ministerial call as extending well beyond spreading the word of God as found in the Bible. He has also been instrumental in helping establish the Wild Heart Music Program for Port McNeill’s children — with hopes to open the program to Port Hardy’s youth in the near future — and has worked with

church members to create a “Speakeasy” speaker’s corner series at St. John Gualbert (A-Frame) Church in Port McNeill. Allen, who describes himself as “spiritual, not religious,” more closely resembles an eastern mystic than a Biblepounding, fire-andbrimstone preacher. These various programs are in keeping with what he describes as the level 1 mantra of Quantum Touch: My intention is pure. God’s love is powerful. “The first part is about me getting out of the way,” Allen said.

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that people interested in healing touch are those who care about wellness in the wider view.” The proposed Wellness Centre at St. Columba will be free to all visitors. Those wishing to benefit from the treatment are strictly self-selected — there are no registration requirements or restrictions on participation. And those who wish to take part as practitioners may pass out business cards and recruit future clients, but they can’t charge a fee during Wellness Centre sessions.

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“The second part is opening up space for God to come in.” In other words, the Wellness Centre — like the other church programs — are not about dictating to or haranguing a passive audience. They’re about opening doors to those in need, and letting the visitors determine their need. “The thing about Quantum Touch is, you’re the healer, not me,” Allen said. “If you ever hear somebody practicing Quantum Touch say they can heal you, run. “And I’m assuming, rightly or wrongly,


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SEPTEMBER is There is no safe amount of alcohol, no safe type of alcohol and no safe time to drink during pregnancy.

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) affects an estimated nine in every 1,000 infants. And because the wide-ranging symptoms are not always visibly apparent, it is sometimes called an invisible disability. Yet those who live with FASD face life-long challenges that most of us don’t ever have to worry about. ➢ They often have difficulty finishing high school, building strong and long-lasting relationships or holding down a job. ➢ They can be overwhelmed by day-to-day life challenges. ➢ They often need help integrating into society. FASD has no preferred ethnicity, gender or social class, and it exists in communities throughout the world, including yours. That’s why it’s so important that we, as a province, come together to support women to be healthy and have healthy pregnancies, and to recognize those who live with FASD every day of their lives.

distributed to parent support agencies and other health and women’s organizations throughout the province. Government and community partnerships help ensure FASD supports are available throughout B.C. for affected children and families. These include assessment and diagnosis for children; personalized assistance and information for families; information for teachers and school district staff to help address the needs of students with FASD; prenatal and postpartum support for expectant mothers; support for at-risk mothers to promote healthy pregnancies; and a Personalized Supports Initiative that gives adults with FASD access to services.

To mark FASD Prevention and Support Month, awareness brochures and posters are featured in all 195 BC Liquor Stores throughout the province as a poignant reminder that it’s everyone’s responsibility to ensure babies are given a healthy start in life. Materials are available year-round in BC Liquor stores and online and are widely

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Above, Darian Murgatroyd, Kacie Brittain and Natasha Estlin of North Island Secondary School try their hand at cedar weaving during School District 85’s Cultural Sharing Program at Cluxewe Resort Monday. At Right, Kaleb Child (centre) and other staff and student volunteers prepare salmon for a traditional Kwakwaka’wakw barbecue. J.R. Rardon

Students get taste of culture Gazette staff CLUXEWE RESORT—Students from Port Hardy and North Island secondary schools escaped their classrooms for a day at the beach Monday. But that doesn’t mean they avoided the day’s lessons. School District 85 hosted grade 8 students and others from both schools in the inaugural Cluxewe Cultural Sharing Project at the local campground and estuary. Students, staff and chaperones in attendance were split into groups that rotated through four workshop stations to learn about the history, culture and ecology of the area, an ancient Kwakiutl village and fishery site. The four workshop themes were ecology, history, culture and harvesting, which included fishing for pink and coho salmon from both the beach and from the banks of the estuary. The various stations were staffed by First Nations elders and volunteers, as well as educators, who guided students through Kwakwaka’wakw

history and culture. Through nature trail hikes of the estuary and surrounding forest, students learned of both the ecology and the business and management side of Cluxewe Resort by Tommy Child, resort manager Mike Child, Jenette Child and Davis Henderson. The history workshop included lessons on plants, medicines, coming of age and storytelling, led by Hazel Wilson, Wata Christine Twance, Betty Walkus, Shannon Alfred and Alice Svanvik. The culture workshop allowed participants to engage in traditional games, weaving skills, technology and bracelet making. These activities were overseen by Verna Chartrand, Maria Patskovski, Stephanie Nelson, Ross Hunt Jr., Donna Cranmer and Anthony Hunt. The fishing was overseen by NISS teacher Frank Purdon. A barbecue lunch was provided by Cluxewe staff and volunteers, and SD85 principal Kaleb Child and Ross Hunt Jr. led a demonstration of a traditional aboriginal salmon barbecue over an open cedar fire.

Above, students from PHSS and NISS create friendship bracelets during the school district’s Cultural Sharing Project at Cluxewe Resort Monday. At left, Meghan Harris of North Island Secondary School tries her hand at angling during the harvesting workshop.

Final Farmer’s Market, open mic night on tap Gazette staff HYDE CREEK—The North Island Farmer’s Market will pitch its canopies and roll out its goods one last time Saturday alongside the Hyde Creek Petro Canada station. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and fea-

tures home-grown produce, hand-made crafts, baking, books and more. The event is the sixth and final market of the 2013 season, the second held at the Hyde Creek location. Table rental is $5 per space; vendors must provide their own canopy or

awning, if desired. For information or to prebook a space, visit North Island Farmer’s Market on Facebook. Clarkson back at theatre Courtenay-based performance artist and teacher Joey Clarkson returns to

Gate House Community Theatre Saturday to lead a “Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance” workshop for interested performers 13-over. From noon to 5 p.m. Clarkson will work with students on song and dance routines, then return to the theatre at 7 p.m. to give

them a chance to perform what they’ve learned before a live audience. “This is going to be a blast,” said Clarkson, who hosted a similar workshop and performance at the theatre this summer. “You don’t have to have any experience at all, the point

is to get out there and give it a try.” To sign up or for more info, call 250-334-2208 or email Anyone interested in performing in the open mic may arrive before 7 p.m. to sign up at the theatre.

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North Island Life

Bikes, barbecues and baldness

Clockwise from right: RCMP officer Rob Brennan gets a trim from Liz Kufaas as Port Hardy detachment members go under the razor for charity; Dr. Michael Paul feels the breeze as S/Sgt, Gord Brownridge looks on; Rider Missy Dmytar, whose 2-year-old son is in remission from cancer, gets a hug from survivor Florence Roper in Port Alice; The riders arrive in Port Hardy; Evan Hobbs passes the hat round to fund the trimming of colleague Chris Bezaire’s ‘tache; Sarah Case gets to grips with her new close cut. The Port Hardy teen raised over $2,000 with her head shave and the hair donated to Locks for Love; Riley Vose of Port McNeill splashes through puddles while awaiting the riders Sunday; the riders line up for introductions in front of the student body at Sunset Elementary Monday morning; the team pedals down Campbell Way to Sunday’s barbecue and party at the Black Bear Resort in Port McNeill; Riders line up for introductions at the Legion Hall in Port Alice Saturday; Jay Dixon of Port McNeill Rotary hams it up with a steak while ride support volunteer Marc Julian waits to be served at the Black Bear Resort; Sarah Case gets a first look at her new ‘do on a rider’s cellphone; Torianne Payne pedals back to Sunset after she and schoolmates escorted riders to Campbell Way on their ride out of Port McNeill Monday; dozens of Sunset Elementary students join the tour on a ride out of the school parking lot Monday; Angela Hagen, left, and Elisse Hagen bang thunder sticks together to signal another winning bid in the Tour de Rock auction at the Port Alice Legion Hall Saturday night; Black Press rider Arnold Lim looks on as Will Mitchell prepares to have his head shaved by stylist Linzi Jorgenson in Port McNeill; Ten-month-old Peter Hobbs joins dad Evan in the chair for a trim; Sunset Elementary students and tour riders face off at the school on Ride A O’Toole, J.R. Rardon Your Bike to School day Monday in Port McNeill.

Gazette staff The weather may have left something to be desired this weekend, but even the bleakest of skies couldn’t put a damper on spirits as the Tour de Rock kicked off its 2013 ride. The annual event starts in Port Alice and makes its way through Port Hardy and Port McNeill before continuing south on a two-week, 1,000 km bicycle ride to Victoria. The riders are predom-

inantly serving RCMP officers who take time away to train and participate in the ride which raises money for the Canadian Cancer Society. Since 1998 the event has raised in excess of $18 million for the charity, supporting pediatric cancer research and associated programs like Camp Good Times. This year the team is made up of 17 police officers, one guest and four media riders.

The team had its traditional send-off dinner at the Port Alice Legion Friday night before hitting the road Saturday morning bound for Port Hardy. There they were me at the Civic Centre where the riders took a wellearned break as ten locals took part in the annual head shaves. Along with local detachment members, local teen Sarah Case went under the razor,

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raising over $2,000 for the cause and donating her hair to Locks for Love. The team them made its way to Port McNeill where they were welcomed at the Black bear Resort. After spending the night the riders got a send off from the kids of Sunset Elementary , who took part in a bike rodeo after escorting the riders on the first portion of their journey.

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North Island Life

Bikes, barbecues and baldness

Clockwise from right: RCMP officer Rob Brennan gets a trim from Liz Kufaas as Port Hardy detachment members go under the razor for charity; Dr. Michael Paul feels the breeze as S/Sgt, Gord Brownridge looks on; Rider Missy Dmytar, whose 2-year-old son is in remission from cancer, gets a hug from survivor Florence Roper in Port Alice; The riders arrive in Port Hardy; Evan Hobbs passes the hat round to fund the trimming of colleague Chris Bezaire’s ‘tache; Sarah Case gets to grips with her new close cut. The Port Hardy teen raised over $2,000 with her head shave and the hair donated to Locks for Love; Riley Vose of Port McNeill splashes through puddles while awaiting the riders Sunday; the riders line up for introductions in front of the student body at Sunset Elementary Monday morning; the team pedals down Campbell Way to Sunday’s barbecue and party at the Black Bear Resort in Port McNeill; Riders line up for introductions at the Legion Hall in Port Alice Saturday; Jay Dixon of Port McNeill Rotary hams it up with a steak while ride support volunteer Marc Julian waits to be served at the Black Bear Resort; Sarah Case gets a first look at her new ‘do on a rider’s cellphone; Torianne Payne pedals back to Sunset after she and schoolmates escorted riders to Campbell Way on their ride out of Port McNeill Monday; dozens of Sunset Elementary students join the tour on a ride out of the school parking lot Monday; Angela Hagen, left, and Elisse Hagen bang thunder sticks together to signal another winning bid in the Tour de Rock auction at the Port Alice Legion Hall Saturday night; Black Press rider Arnold Lim looks on as Will Mitchell prepares to have his head shaved by stylist Linzi Jorgenson in Port McNeill; Ten-month-old Peter Hobbs joins dad Evan in the chair for a trim; Sunset Elementary students and tour riders face off at the school on Ride A O’Toole, J.R. Rardon Your Bike to School day Monday in Port McNeill.

Gazette staff The weather may have left something to be desired this weekend, but even the bleakest of skies couldn’t put a damper on spirits as the Tour de Rock kicked off its 2013 ride. The annual event starts in Port Alice and makes its way through Port Hardy and Port McNeill before continuing south on a two-week, 1,000 km bicycle ride to Victoria. The riders are predom-

inantly serving RCMP officers who take time away to train and participate in the ride which raises money for the Canadian Cancer Society. Since 1998 the event has raised in excess of $18 million for the charity, supporting pediatric cancer research and associated programs like Camp Good Times. This year the team is made up of 17 police officers, one guest and four media riders.

The team had its traditional send-off dinner at the Port Alice Legion Friday night before hitting the road Saturday morning bound for Port Hardy. There they were me at the Civic Centre where the riders took a wellearned break as ten locals took part in the annual head shaves. Along with local detachment members, local teen Sarah Case went under the razor,

Come and play with us! The Playful Pacific White Sided Dolphin

raising over $2,000 for the cause and donating her hair to Locks for Love. The team them made its way to Port McNeill where they were welcomed at the Black bear Resort. After spending the night the riders got a send off from the kids of Sunset Elementary , who took part in a bike rodeo after escorting the riders on the first portion of their journey.

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Clockwise from left, Morgan Parohl of Port Hardy leaps while competing in the Pas de Basques and High Cuts at the primary level during the Mount Waddington Highland Dance competition in Port McNeill Saturday; Paisley Barolet of Port McNeill, left, shows off her medal collection to Ashlynn Walker following the primary award ceremony; and Mollie Johnson of Port Hardy leaps in the novice 12-over sword dance. Below, Elenah Hunchuck of Port Hardy, Kaia Mackay of Port McNeill and Barolet dance the J.R. Rardon Pas de Basques.


Highland dancers claim cash and prizes Gazette staff PORT McNEILL—To the blare of the bagpipes and the applause of the audience, young Highland Dancers from Vancouver Island and beyond displayed their skill Saturday in the fifth annual Mount Waddington Highland Dance competition at North Island Secondary School. From five- and six-yearold primary beginners to world-championship caliber performers, the dancers competed across a range of dances for medals, trophies, cash prizes and bursaries. A special choreography classification was presented between morning and afternoon session. In the choreography, held for both individuals and groups, competitors were able to swap their kilts and vests for interpretive costumes, and some added elements

of ballet and even country swing into routines. Aggregate point titles were awarded in all competition categories from beginner to premier, and

other trophies were given for combined points. The Pat Prestwich trophy for novice confined Mount Waddington high points was awarded to Kimberly

Kufaas of Port Hardy. The Sandra Gunson intermediate confined Mount Waddington high points trophy went to Eileah Cotter of Port Hardy.

Other top winners were: Kate Findlay of Nanaimo, aggregate winner in the Beginner 9-under class; Danielle Wigard of Port Hardy, aggregate winner

in the Beginner 10-over class; Trinity LaRose of Nanaimo, aggregate winner in the Novice 11-under class; Kufaas, in the Novice 12-over class; Freya Mooseburger of Comox, aggregate winner in the Intermediate class; Cameron Kearns of Courtenay, aggregate winner in the Premier 8-13 class; Melissa Carnegie of Calgary, aggregate winner in the Premier 14-15 class; and Samantha Beach of Nanaimo, aggregate winner in the Premier 16-over class. Carnegie was runner-up in the world championships at the junior level this year, and Ross Armour of Vancouver, another former world championship placewinner, also returned to compete in the event. Additional competition results appear in Scoreboard, page 16.

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Tell us about items of interest to the sports community. September 28 Rep hockey North Island Eagles peewees host Sooke, 1:45 p.m., Port McNeill; Eagles midgets host Cowichan Valley, 4 p.m., Port McNeill.

September 29 Rep hockey North Island Eagles peewees host Alberni Valley, 11:15 a.m., Port McNeill. October 5 Golf/curling Fort Rupert Curling Club hosts third annual Fall Funkin’ 9-hole golf scramble and curling event. 9:30 a.m. registration and 10 a.m. tee-off at Seven Hills Golf & Country Club; event then moves to Fort Rupert Curling Club for lunch and fourend curling matches. Registration $40 per person, includes greens fees, curling, lunch and prizes. Curling equipment provided for those who need it. Register as team or individual or get more info by calling Naomi, 250949-2311. Space is limited. Rep hockey North Island Eagles bantams host Cowichan Valley, 1:45 p.m., Port McNeill; Eagles midgets host Victoria, 2:30 p.m., Port Hardy. October 6 Rep hockey North Island Eagles midgets host Nanaimo, 11:15 a.m., Port Hardy; Eagles bantams host Comox, 11:15 a.m., Port McNeill. Stock cars Tri-Port Motor Sports Club hosts is track points season finale, 6 p.m., Tri-Port Speedway. Concession, kids play area. $5 adults, $3 teens, $2 kids and seniors.

Above: Tanner Roberts, left, fights for the puck midice Saturday as the Bantam Eagles face the Victoria Icehawks. Right: Mathew Saunders wheels away after opening the scoring for the North Island Eagles peewees against the Comox Valley Chiefs. A O'Toole

Peewees, bantams start strong Gazette staff PORT HARDY— The peewee North Island Eagles got their season off to a great start Saturday as they comprehensively beat the Comox Valley Chiefs 6-2 at home. The Eagles took a little time to settle in an evenly matched first period, but gradually took command of the play as the period progressed. The increasing pressure paid off when the home side struck first, Mathew Saunders slotting in the puck from a putback on the crease to open the season’s account for the locals with just under four minutes remaining. Two minutes later Carson Strang doubled the Eagles’ advantage off a Rhys Dutcyvich assist. The Eagles continued the onslaught in the second and were rewarded when Devin White put Ryan Patterson through on goal early in the period and Patterson’s

conversion left the home side three up and coasting into the break. The Eagles took their foot off the gas a little when they returned to the ice and the Comox side pressed the advantage and were rewarded with a goal with 1:44 left in the second. The Eagles retook their three-goal buffer a minute and a half into the third when a probing run down the left by Clayton Bono drew the visitors’ defence to the boards. Bono centred the puck to Strang in front of the goal, and he controlled the puck before slotting it home. The goal fired a response from Comox, which mounted pressure on the Eagles’ defence for a spell, but the visitors seemed to lack a decisive touch in the final period. The Chiefs got their breakthrough at 11:28, a medium-range shot finding its way through traffic and past

Eagles goalie Michael McLaughlin, who had a strong showing between the posts. Any thoughts of a Comox comeback were quickly extinguished by the host club, which found an extra gear and stepped up the tempo again. A driving move down the right by Saunders left the back door open for Payton Laming to take up a spot on the back post, and when Saunders’ speculative shot was deflected Laming was in the perfect spot to pounce on the rebound and take the Eagles to 5-2. As the clock wound down Saunders struck again, guiding the puck around the goalie’s outstretched stick to squeeze home a putback and underline an impressive start to the season. The bantams were next up in action, facing the Victoria Ice Hawks, a bantam A side, in a tiering placement game. The

Eagles held their own against a strong outfit and were unlucky not to take the win, settling for a 1-1 draw after a last-ditch equalizer from the visitors. The two sides made a blistering start to the game, going endto-end and trading chances. The Eagles thought they had taken the initiative when Tanner Roberts arrived at the back post to slot the puck home but the referees ruled that the whistle had blown a fraction of a second previous and disallowed the strike. The visitors then found their rhythm, forcing the Eagles on to the back foot to soak up the pressure and try to hit on the counter. The Eagles looked dangerous going forward, Mercedes Trevor and Charlie David in particular seeming to find extra space on the break time and again. The patience paid off and the Eagles got their reward midway through the sec-

ond period when Jake Grinnell found Trevor parked on the back post and she turned the puck into the net. The visitors surged forward to press for a quick equalizer but Eagles goalie Nyck Ruel was a rock between the posts in the first half. Nigel Walkus took up the mantle of home goalie in the second half and proved a worthy replacement. Walkus was immediately in action as the Victoria outfit desperately sought to score but the Eagles were strong defensively and quick on the counter. The home side looked to be running out the clock for an impressive win when the visitors scored with just one minute left on the clock to earn the tie. Midgets sweep The Eagles midgets got their tiering round off to a rousing start on the road last weekend, posting a 4-2 win over Juan de Fuca in

Victoria Saturday before blasting Comox B 9-2 Sunday. No scoring details were available. The midgets play their home opener Saturday in Port McNeill when they host Cowichan Valley at 4 p.m. In other games this weekend, the peewees remain on the North Island for a pair of tiering games in Port McNeill. They will host Sooke Saturday at 1:45 p.m. and return to Chilton Regional Arena Sunday for an 11:15 a.m. matchup with Alberni Valley. The bantams hit the road for a pair of contests on the south end of the Island, Saturday against Victoria Racquet Club and Sunday at Peninsula. The Eagles’ atom development team opens its season on the road this weekend, playing at Nanaimo Saturday at 11 a.m. and against Oceanside in Parksville Sunday at 10:15 a.m.

Power skating clinic on tap for coaches Gazette staff PORT HARDY—Port Hardy Minor Hockey will host a Power Skating Course for all current and potential minor hockey coaches this

Saturday, Sept. 28. The clinic will be run by Heath Dennison and is scheduled to go from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Don Cruikshank Memorial Arena.

The morning session will focus on aspects of skating forwards, with and without pucks. The group will break for lunch around noon with

pizza provided by Graham Richards and return to the ice around 1 p.m. for the afternoon session where Dennison will deal with skating backwards.

For more information on the course contact Richards at 250-949-9588. More on Dennison can be found on his website: www.


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sports & Recreation

Rookie cracks top 12 in Tour de Victoria Gazette staff V I C TO R I A — R o n Mollinga is a neophyte at competitive road cycling, but you wouldn’t know it from his showing in Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria event Saturday. Competing in his first group cycling event, Mollinga, 51, placed 12th overall out of 302 finishers in the 100-kilometre ride, one of three distances available to riders on the day. “Wow, what a blast,” said Mollinga, an elementary school teacher in Port McNeill. “It was such an adrenaline rush. I’ve never experienced so many people side by side.” Mollinga may seem

Ron Mollinga of Port McNeill, shown powering up a hill on a training run on the North Island, placed 12th Saturday in the Tour de J.R. Rardon Victoria 100km bike ride.

old for a first-time rider. But until last year, he was not able to take long training rides on the highway,

to compete or even to ride with large groups of cyclists, due to his risk of epileptic seizure.

But, since brain surgery in January, 2012, to remove a pair of vascular malformations, he has been sei-

zure free. He can now commonly be seen alongside Highway 19, riding between the communities of Port McNeill, Port Hardy and Port Alice on his training rides. “The (Tour de Victoria) route had up-and-down hills that make the Port Alice route look like a Sunday stroll,” Mollinga joked after returning home Sunday. “I can’t believe I came in 12th position overall. I’m tickled pink, as I even had a couple of slowups due to mechanical gearing problems.” Mollinga finished the 100-km course in three hours, 37 minutes and 49 seconds. The first cyclist across the line

was Andreas Hestler, in 3:08:55. The Tour de Victoria

included three ride distances: 50km, 100km and 140km.

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Holm wins 15K run Gazette staff Steve Holm of Port Hardy was the overall winner in the inaugural Frogger 15K road run, held Saturday in Campbell River. Holm, 48, topped a field of 72 finishers with a time of 58 minutes, 59 seconds. He was the only finisher to break one hour in the event, which raised more than $3,000 to help complete the Greenways Look around Campbell River. Another Port Steve Holm of Port Hardy crosses the fin- Hardy runner, Katlyn ish line first in the Frogger 15K run, held in Johnstone, placed 19th Teresa Gates overall in a time of Campbell River Saturday.

1:18:00. His finish was good for second place

among runners in the men’s 24-29 age group.

Correction The North Island Eagles hockey advance story in last week’s Gazette (Rep hockey under way, Sept. 19), misidentified one member of the bantam girls team who is transitioning to the local bantam rep program. Randi Ward of Port McNeill is a member of the bantam team. Tiffany Watson has moved from the area and is no longer in the program. The Gazette regrets this error.

AThleTe of the Week ATHLETE the Week MercedesofTrevor TheCONNOR bantam Eagle was a stand-out SCOTT performer in Saturday’s game against The Port McNeill midget skater the Victoria Icehawks, scoring her and side’s atom assistant coach was named Player lone goal in the 1-1 tie. of the Year during Port McNeill Minor A O’Toole Hockey’s annual awards night.

Sports Scoreboard HIGHLAND DANCE 5th Annual Mount Waddington Highland Dance Association competition Sept. 21 Primary Pas de Basques: 1. Paisley Barolet, Port McNeill. Pas de Basques and High Cuts: 1. Barolet. Fling: 1. Mecca Humphrey, Port Hardy. Sword: Kaia Mackay, Port McNeill. Beginner 9-under Fling: 1. Emma Harrison, Port Hardy. Sword: 1. Kate Findlay, Nanaimo. Seann Truibhas: 1. Findlay. Lilt: 1. Hannah Purtle, Nanaimo. Flora: 1. Findlay. Aggregate: Findlay. Beginner 10-over

Fling: 1. Abigail Robinson, Courtenay. Sword: 1. Danielle Wigard, Port Hardy. Seann Truibhas: 1. Caitlyn Tack, Comox. Lilt: 1. Wigard. Flora: 1. Wigard. Aggregate: Wigard. Novice 11-under Fling: 1. Trinity LaRose, Nanaimo. Sword: 1. LaRose. Seann Truibhas: 1. LaRose. Lilt: 1. Timeranda Draper, Courtenay. Flora: 1. Draper. Aggregate: LaRose Novice 12-over Fling: 1. Kimberley Kufaas, Port Hardy. Sword: 1. Mollie Johnson, Port Hardy. Seann Truibhas: 1. Robyn Kufaas, Port Hardy. Lilt: 1. K. Kufaas. Flora: 1. Johnson. Aggregate: K. Kufaas. Choreography Group: Hillbilly Highland, Team Charlton.

Individual: Anissa Jahromi, Nanaimo. Intermediate Fling: 1. Eileah Cotter, Port Hardy. Sword: 1. Freya Mooseburger, Comox. Seann Truibhas: 1. Mooseburger. Laddie: 1. Mooseburger. Lilt: 1. Mooseburger. Aggregate: Mooseburger. Premier 8-13 All events: 1. Cameron Kearns, Cour tenay. Aggregate: Kearns. Premier 14-15 Fling: 1. Melissa Carnegie, Calgary. Sword: 1. Anissa Jahromi, Nanaimo. Seann Truibhas, Blue Bonnets, Village Maid, Aggregate: Carnegie.

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NIC offers series of biz workshops Gazette staff PORT HARDY— North Island College will kick off a fivepart Public Attraction Workshop for local businesses Saturday, Oct. 5, at its campus in Port Hardy. David Leverton, executive director of Campbell River Museum, will lead the workshop series, which runs until March of 2014.

The sessions include: • Introduction to Public Attraction — Oct. 5, 1-4 p.m., $45+GST; • Introduction to Strategic Planning — Nov. 2, 1-4 p.m., $95+GST; • Business and Operational Planning — Nov. 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $95+GST; • Customer Survey Techniques — Feb. 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $95+GST;

and • Marketing and Social Media — Mar. 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $95+GST. Participants may attend single workshops or the series. For more information, call Naida Brotchie at 250-9497912 or email naida. Online registration is available at www.nic.

KwaKiutl Band CounCil New coat

From left, Lennox Brown, Will Mitchell and Zack Jackson of Port McNeill's summer public works crew paint the railing along the Beach Drive waterJ.R. Rardon front sidewalk near the end of summer.

eleCtion for one Chief CounCillor and three CounCillor positions

CUPE reaches agreement

Nominations will be held at the Kwakiutl Band Office Friday 18th day of October 2013, between 4:00pm and 8:00pm.

Gazette staff V I C TO R I A — T h e provincial bargaining committee working with the British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) and the unions representing education support staff have reached a provincial framework agreement under the 2012 Cooperative Gains Mandate. The framework pro-

Final Election Poll will be held on Friday 08th day of November 2013 between 8:00am and 8:00pm at the Kwakiutl Band Office.

vides for modest wage increases of 3.5 per cent over two years, funded from savings found within existing school district budgets, as required under the 2012 Cooperative Gains Mandate. Following local bargaining within the districts, ratification by union members and the BCPSEA board will be required to finalize the agreements. This

framework agreement covers 33,000 support staff represented by 69 bargaining units, most of which are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Settlements under the 2012 mandate are differentiated and unique across sectors and also among employers within sectors. The settlements vary based on the willingness and

ability of employers and unions to fund the agreement through savings within existing budgets and/or collective agreements. Almost three-quarters of the people working in B.C.’s public sector now have tentative or ratified agreements settled under the 2012 Cooperative Gains Mandate. This represents half of all agreements.

Haida Gwaii gets funds

Gazette staff HAIDA GWAII - A partnership of local governments and First Nations has been awarded $139,000 over two years to establish a tsunami debris management and cleanup program on Haida Gwaii. The successful proposal was made by the Haida Gwaii Tsunami Debris Committee (HGTDC) comprising the communities of Queen Charlotte, Skidegate, Old Masset, Masset and Port Clements. The committee also works with the following: • BC Parks; • Gwaii Haanas National Park; • Haida Fisheries

Program; • Haida Gwaii Marine Stewardship Group; • School District 50; and, • Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District. The HGTDC is a locally formed working group that has taken an active role since early 2012 in addressing tsunami debris arriving on the shores of Haida Gwaii. The funds will be used to establish at least four accessible and four remote access cleanup sites, promote education and volunteer cleanup activities, monitor tsunami debris accumulation and develop a protocol for

managing the debris. Reusing and recycling will be emphasized over disposal. The Village of Queen Charlotte will administer the award on behalf of the committee. The funding is available through the one-time grant the Government of Japan presented to the Government of Canada earlier this year, for approximately $1 million, to help cleanup tsunami debris resulting from the tragic 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan on March 11, 2011. Funding will be available for the next two fiscal years to help with shoreline cleanup efforts and disposal

of debris. Regional, collaborative applications with affected coastal First Nations and local governments are encouraged. More information on the application process can be found at: All funding decisions will be made by the federal-provincial Tsunami Debris Coordinating Committee (TDCC). “The spirit of volunteerism on Haida Gwaii is amazing and I look forward to seeing these funds go to good use by expanding the islands’ collective effort in cleaning up tsunami debris,” said Mary Polack, Minister of the Environment.

Advance Poll will be held at the Kwakiutl Band Office on Friday 1st day of November 2013 between 4:00pm and 8:00pm.

Port Hardy Minor Hockey is hosting a

Power Skating Course for ALL Minor Hockey coaches and wanna be coaches.

This is a terrific opportunity to learn the techniques for developing skating skills.

We are delighted to have Heath Dennison ( conduct the sessions.

Saturday 9:00am - 3:30pm with a lunch break (lunch will be provided). Please contact Graham at 250.949.9588 The Village of Alert Bay Notice of Tax Sale 2013 Take notice that the tax collector for the Village of Alert Bay shall offer for sale the following parcels of real property on which taxes are delinquent. Address

Legal Description


Upset Price

327 Fir Street

Lot A, Plan 3097



Owners of the aforementioned parcels of real property have until 10:00 am, September 30th, 2013 to pay the delinquent taxes plus interest to remove their land and/or improvements from the Tax Sale. Parcels with delinquent taxes outstanding will be sold by public auction at the Council Chambers of the Village of Alert Bay Municipal Office located at 15 Maple Road, Alert Bay, BC at 10:00am on Monday September 30th, 2013. The upset price is the lowest amount for which the Village may lawfully sell each parcel. Payments must be made in cash, by certified cheque, by money order, or by a combination of the three at the time of sale. Uncertified personal cheques will not be accepted. Heather Nelson-Smith Tax Collector Village of Alert Bay

18 www.northislandgazette.comThursday, September 26, 2013

VILLAGE OF PORT ALICE NOTICE OF 2013 ANNUAL PROPERTY TAX SALE Village of Port alice Pursuant to the provisions of the Local Government Act (Section #405) public ProPerty notice is hereby given, that Notice of 2013 aNNual tax sale

Port Alice has class Gazette staff PORT ALICE—The newly formed Port Alice Learning kicked off its classes last week with the first of a twopart Introduction to Digital Photography course. With the mandate of “Never too old or too

unless the outstanding taxes are sooner paid, the following property in Port Alice will be offered for Pursuant to theauction. provisions the will Local Act (Section #405)30, public notice is hereby given, that unless the outstanding sale at a public Theofsale beGovernment held on Monday, September 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in taxes are sooner paid,Council the following property in Port Alice will be Port offered for sale at a public auction. The sale will be held on Monday, the Municipal Office Chambers at 1061 Marine Drive, Alice, BC. (250) 284-3391. September 30, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in the Municipal Office Council Chambers at 1061 Marine Drive, Port Alice, BC. 250-284-3391.

Sessions are short (typically two to three hours) and informative and enjoy the support of the Village Office. Check Page 8 in the Gazette for more information on upcoming courses or contact Maggie Flostrand at 250-248-3591.

young to learn,” the group plans to offer two or three courses a month in the Village. Courses will span a variety of subjects and are open to participants of any age from any of the North Island communities although preregistration is required.


STREET ADDRESS 4 Dogwood Lane Port Alice, BC

LEGAL DESCRIPTION Lot 4, Plan VIS2, DL 2137 Rupert Land District



403-1083 Maquinna Ave. Port Alice, BC

Lot 3, Plan VIS6313, DL 2137 Rupert Land District



404-1083 Maquinna Ave. Port Alice, BC

Lot 4, Plan VIS6313, DL 2137 Rupert Land District


District of Port Hardy


Lot 1, Plan VIS6765, DL 2137 Rupert Land District


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1-1261 Marine Drive Port Alice, BC


2-1261 Marine Drive Port Alice, BC

Lot 2, Plan VIS6765, DL 2137 Rupert Land District



3-1261 Marine Drive Port Alice, BC

Lot 3, Plan VIS6765, DL 2137 Rupert Land District



4-1261 Marine Drive Port Alice, BC

Lot 4, Plan VIS6765, DL 2137 Rupert Land District



5-1261 Marine Drive Port Alice, BC

Lot 5, Plan VIS6765, DL 2137 Rupert Land District



Pursuant to Section 224 of the Community Charter, Council may by bylaw exempt land or improvements or both from taxation. The Council of the District of Port Hardy will give consideration for a proposed Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw at their Council Meeting, on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Municipal Office, 7360 Columbia Street for the following property for the 2013 taxation year. The amount of general municipal taxes that would be imposed on the property if it was not exempt for the year in which the proposed bylaw is to take effect is provided for the Public’s information. 2014




6-1261 Marine Drive Port Alice, BC

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7-1261 Marine Drive Port Alice, BC

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7095 Thunderbird Way




Lot 9, Plan VIS6765, DL 2137 Rupert Land District


North Island Crisis & Counselling Centre Society

9 Copper Crescent Port Alice, BC


7250 Market Street




Lot 10, Plan VIS6765, DL 2137 Rupert Land District


PH Chamber of Commerce

10 Copper Crescent Port Alice, BC

PH Heritage Society

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PH Hospital Auxiliary

11 Copper Crescent Port Alice, BC

PH Seniors Housing

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Rainbow Country Day Care

12 Copper Crescent Port Alice, BC

Royal Canadian Legion

4965 Beaver Harbour Road





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13 Copper Crescent Port Alice, BC

Lot 13, Plan VIS6765, DL 2137 Rupert Land District


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14 Copper Crescent Port Alice, BC

Lot 14, Plan VIS6765, DL 2137 Rupert Land District




15 Copper Crescent Port Alice, BC

Lot 15, Plan VIS6765, DL 2137 Rupert Land District



16 Copper Crescent Port Alice, BC

Lot 16, Plan VIS6765, DL 2137 Rupert Land District


17 Copper Crescent Port Alice, BC

Lot 17, Plan VIS6765, DL 2137 Rupert Land District


18 Copper Crescent Port Alice, BC

Lot 18, Plan VIS6765, DL 2137 Rupert Land District



19 Copper Crescent Port Alice, BC

Lot 19, Plan VIS6765, DL 2137 Rupert Land District



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7-1191 Marine Drive Port Alice, BC

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Coal lured industrialist to North Island North Islanders might not be aware that one of the richest and most well-known industrialists in the history of Vancouver Island was lured to Fort Rupert from Scotland, when he was hired by the Hudsons Bay Company (HBC) to mine coal. Robert Dunsmuir was born in 1825. His grandfather had success buying up coal mines in Scotland at the time of the advent of the steam engine and for a short while the family prospered, until most of Dunsmuir’s immediate family died in 1832, most likely of cholera. Dunsmuir became a ward of his aunt in his youth, and went to school to train to carry on in the family occupation of coal mining. In 1850 Dunsmuir was newly married when his uncle, Boyd Gilmour, signed on with the HBC to manage mining operations at Fort Rupert. When a number of the original miners backed out of their contracts following communication from Fort Rupert about the poor working conditions and hostile First Nations, Dunsmuir signed on at the last minute. He

A Look Back with Brenda McCorquodale took his wife and two young daughters with him on the voyage by ship around Cape Horn (the tip of South America), landing at Fort Rupert in August, 1851. Along the way a son had been born at Fort Vancouver along the Columbia River, who was named James Dunsmuir. At this time miners were indentured to their employer for the cost of their passage, which meant that they were not free to leave employment with the HBC until their contract was complete. The miners’ contracts were a combination of basic wages, and bonuses based on the amount of coal produced. A previous group of miners, largely members of John Muir’s extended family, had previously staged a strike at Fort Rupert, deserted, were recap-

tured, and held in the bastion of the Fort after they complained about their working conditions. They said they were unable to find any viable coal worth mining. When the new Scottish employees arrived, they didn’t find much better prospects. Aside from the challenges of mining coal, being the first white woman and children in the Fort excited much curiosity. One afternoon Dunsmuir’s wife Joan had put her son James to sleep, and was at the baking oven with her two older children. When she returned, the baby was gone. He was found being gently passed around among a group of interested Kwakiutl women at a campfire. They were fascinated with the baby’s blond hair, and offered to buy him, thinking that he could one day make a great chief. Joan convinced them to return the child, but the story became a part of the Dunsmuir family folklore. By 1852, the HBC had started mining more lucrative coal deposits in Nanaimo. Gilmour, Dunsmuir and their families moved down Island.

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Dunsmuir fulfilled his contract with the HBC, and then started working for private coal companies. Eventually he discovered some new seams of coal and, with private investors, started his own coal mining company: Dunsmuir, Diggle, & Co. It eventually became Robert Dunsmuir and Sons. Dunsmuir was a shrewd businessman, and his empire grew rapidly. He built the Island’s E&N Railway, through which he negotiated a land grant which included the rights to 800,000 hect-

Expressions of interest are to be returned to the Village Office located at 15 Maple Road Alert Bay BC by Fax 250-974-5470, email to or mail to Bag Service 2800 Alert Bay, BC V0N 1A0 no later than 4:00pm Friday October 4, 2013

ares: most of Southern Vancouver Island. He fought vigorously against unions, and

was accused of operating with unsafe working conditions in his mines. Dunsmuir built

Pursuant to the provision Sec. 254 of the Community Charter and Part 11 Sec. 403 of the Local Government Act, public is hereby given notice that unless the taxes owing are paid, the following properties in Port McNeill will be sold by Public Tax Sale to be held on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in the Council Chambers of the Town Office, 1775 Grenville Place, Port McNeill, BC.

Street Address

Legal Description

Roll Number

Upset Price

2634 Cardena Crescent

Lot 49, Bl 7, Pl 30679



1949 Chelan Crescent

Lot 64, Pl VIS 1182



Pursuant to Section 420 of the Local Government Act, prospective purchasers of tax sale property are reminded that a tax sale property is subject to taxation under the PROPERTY TRANSFER TAX ACT on the fair market value of the property (to be paid at the end of the redemption period when title is transferred to purchaser). F. Albert Sweet Collector Village of

The Corporation of the Village of Zeballos ZEBALLOS

Full proposals may be obtained by calling the Village Office 250-974-5213 or visiting our web site

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recreation incentive Village of Alert Bay The Village of Alert Bay is seeking expressions of interest to provide the following activities in the Alert Bay Community Hall. Yoga, Pilates, Martial Arts, Fitness classes including aerobics, strength training and personal training Requirements: Each instructor must provide the Village with the following: · Certificate of instruction from the institute of training. · Minimum Level 1 first Aid. · For activities involving Fitness training BCRPA Certification is required, both fitness & theory. · For youth programs- Criminal Record Check.

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Craigdarroch castle in Victoria, and eventually sat as a member of the provincial parliament. His son James sat as Premier of B.C. from 1900 to 1902 and as Lieutenant Governor from 1906 to 1909. B r e n d a McCorquodale is a Port Hardy resident and North Island history enthusiast. If you have any stories or local lore you’d like to share, email her at storeysbeach@gmail. com. A collection of her past articles is available on her blog at undiscoveredcoast.

Notice of tax Sale

Public Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the Local Government Act and the Community Charter, that unless the taxes owing are paid, the following properties in Zeballos will be sold by Public Auction at a Tax Sale to be held Monday September 30, 2013 commencing at 10:00 am at the Village Office, 157 Maquinna Avenue, Zeballos, BC Roll NumbeR


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Prospective purchasers of tax sale property are reminded that a tax sale property is subject to taxation under the Property Purchase Act on fair market value of the property to be paid at the end of the redemption period when the title is transferred to the purchaser. Prospective purchasers of tax sale property are advised that payment must be by cash or certified cheque by 3:00 pm on the day of sale. Failure to complete the transaction will result in the auction being reconvened the following day. E. Lovestrom Collector

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IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH ALCOHOL WE CAN HELP Port McNeill-Mon and Fri 8pm Room 3 at the old school. 375 Shelly Crescent. Call Greg 250-949-0153 or Rick 250-230-4555. SointulaThur 7:30pm at the Sointula Medical Centre. 25 2nd St. Call Annie 604-250-7085.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS In Port Alice-Tues at 7:30 pm in room 101 of the community center. NA welcome. Call Deb or Bob at 250-284-3558 for more info.

ALL CASH drink/snack vending business route. Complete training. Small invest. req’d. 1888-979-VEND (8363).

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Port Hardy meets on Mondays & Fridays at 8pm. Located at Upper Island Public Health Unit on Gray St. (rear entrance), Port Hardy, B.C. For more information call 1-877379-6652.


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TRAVEL LOCAL CRISIS LINE 24/7 Port Hardy (250)949-6033 Alert Bay/Kingcome (250)974-5326

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING EVENTS GROW MARIJUANA commercially. Canadian Commercial Production Licensing Convention October 26th & 27th. Toronto Airport, Marriott Hotel. Tickets: 1-855-860-8611 or 250-870-1882.

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PERSONALS ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Port Hardy meets every Wednesday & Saturday at the Upper Island Public Health Unit on Gray Street at 8pm. Sundays at the Salvation Army Lighthouse, 8635 Granville St., at 7pm.


Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land Take notice that British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. of Victoria, BC has applied to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO), West Coast Region, for a License of Occupation for Rock Anchors situated on Provincial Crown land located at McLoughlin Bay ferry terminal. The Lands File Number that has been established for this application is File #5406901. Written comments concerning this application should be directed to the Section Head, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations at 142 – 2080 Labieux Rd, Nanaimo, BC, V9T 6J9 or emailed to: Comments will be received by MFLNRO until October 25, 2013. MFLNRO may not be able to consider comments received after this date. Please visit our Denny I.R. No. 1 website: Island ApplicationPosting/index.jsp Bella Bella for more information.

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Weston Bakeries is looking for an independent distributor for the Campbell River and Port Hardy regions. Must be physically fit with prior business experience. Contact Cory for more details, 1-250-580-0135 Asking price $99,500.

HELP WANTED An Alberta Oilfield Company is hiring dozer and excavator operators, Lodging and meals provided. Drug testing required. Call (780)723-5051 Edson,Alta.

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It is hard to believe that a year has passed since we held your hand for the last time. Your love, friendship, wisdom and generosity will live on in the hearts and souls of all the people you have touched. We will watch for you in the waves that wash upon the shores, in the winds that pass through the trees, in the rain drops that descend from the sky, in the stillness of the snow that blankets the ground and in the smiles of your grandchildren. Fly high in the tranquility of your freedom and know you are deeply missed by your loving family. If you wish to share stories or photos of Glen please go to Sands Funeral Chapel Services web site: (Nanaimo)

FULL LENGTH CRINOLINE FOR RENT! Weddings, grad, etc. Only $35, deposit required. Call 250-949-8928

PORT HARDY BAPTIST CHURCH Corner of Trustee & Highland Morning Service 11:00 am Plus regular family activities Office: 250-949-6844 Pastor: Kevin Martineau 11/13

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


FULL GOSPEL CHURCH 2540 Catala Place Port McNeill (across from Firehall) Sunday 10:30 am - Morning Worship Church Office 250-956-4741 Pastor Stan Rukin Youth Pastor: Steve Taylor Cell: 250-527-0144 Office hours: 10am-4pm Mon-Thurs Visitors always welcome


CHRIST CHURCH ANGLICAN Alert Bay Sunday Services - 10 am Reverend Lincoln Mckoen 1-250-974-5844 Warden Flora Cook 250-974-5945 Warden Joan Stone 250-974-2234 11/13

SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH 4680 Byng Rd. Port Hardy Pastor George Hilton 250-949-8925 or 250-949-8826 “Everyone welcome” Saturday Services 9:30am - Bible Study groups 10:45am - Worship/Praise service Wednesday @ 7pm - Prayer meeting Avalon Adventist Jr. Academy Offering Christian Education 250-949-8243


PORT HARDY CHEVRON is hiring 2 F/T, Pmt, Gas Bar Cashiers for 8905 Granville St, Port Hardy, BC, VON 2P0. $10.30/hr. Rotating shifts: day, night, weekends, Stat holidays. Duties: Greet customers, identify price of goods and receive payments. Wrap or place merchandise in bags and any other duty as instructed by the Manager. Apply in person or email to:

experienced SERVERS needed at Northern Lights Rest. Located at the Haida Way Inn in Port McNeill. Apply in person or call 250-9563263. HAIDA WAY HOTEL is looking for a receptionist/beer and wine cashier. Drop off your resume at the front desk or see Christine in the office after 2pm.

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


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


ST. JOHN GUALBERT UNITED ANGLICAN CHURCH 250-956-3533 Email: Sunday Worship - 9:00am Reverend Wade Allen All Welcome 175 Cedar Street Port McNeill 11/13

GWA’SALA-’NAKWAXDA’XW SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH at entrance to Tsulquate Village (8898 Park Dr) Saturday/Sabbath 10:00 am-Sabbath School 11:15 am-Worship Service Pastor Randy Elliott 250-230-1885 cell 11/13


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 11/13

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Alterra Power Corp. is a leading global renewable energy company. Alterra manages seven power plants totaling 616 MW of capacity, including two geothermal facilities in Iceland, a geothermal plant in Nevada, a solar facility in Ontario, and British Columbia’s largest run-of-river hydro facility and largest wind farm. The company’s 302 MW share of production capacity generates approximately 1,400 GWh of clean power annually. Alterra also has an extensive portfolio of exploration and development projects, a skilled international team of developers, explorers, builders and operators to support its growth plans. Operations Technician Alterra’s 40% owned Toba Montrose General Partnership (TMGP) is operating the East Toba River and Montrose Creek run of river hydroelectric plants north of Powell River. TMGP is seeking a qualified individual to join our current team of Operations Technicians who are responsible for the operation of the East Toba and Montrose facilities. An emphasis will be placed on hiring a qualified local resident and/or a First Nations partner.

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for sale by owner TOWNHOUSE FOR Sale. #2-2697 Mine Road, Port McNeill. Quiet strata complex, convenient to schools and hospital. 3-bdrm, 1.5 bath home, approx. 1250 sq.ft. Open plan main floor. Kitchen with built-in dishwasher, fridge, stove. Upper level has master bedroom with walk-in closet, storage room, laundry alcove with full-sized washer/dryer. Electric baseboard heat. Single attached garage with remote controlled door opener. Tidy, fenced back yard with patio, greenhouse and tool shed. $149,000. Quick occupancy. Phone 250-956-9875 or email: for appointment to view.




FOR RENT Port Hardy, 2 bedroom condo 5 appliances, NS, NP. Ref req. $650. Call 250949-7702 MARINA VIEW APTS & Townhouses. Professional building. 3 bdrm & 2 bdrm available. 250-949-0192. PORT HARDY Renovated 3 bdrm condo, secure building & caretaker on site. N/P, N/S. Avail. immediately. Heat & hot water incl. $750/mo. Ref. req. 250-949-7085 leave message. PORT MCNEILL 3 Bdrm townhouse. Ocean view. Call 250-956-3440. www.portmcneilltown


SEAHAVEN APARTMENTS 7070 Shorncliffe St. Oceanview 2 bdrm suite. Fridge/stove, balcony, blinds, private parking stall, locker, laundry on premises. Quiet, adult building, non smoking, no pets. References required. Inquiries contact 250-230-1462.


Large fully furnished 2 bdrm Apartments include F/S, W/D, pots and pans, towels and linens. Clean, comfy, quiet, reno’d, repainted and upgraded. Rural setting overlooking harbour. Satellite TV channels included ($90 value). Available Sept 1. $850 inclds hydro or $650 + hydro with a 1 year lease. 1-250-949-8855. More info at





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of the week. Adele Blid, Sidney Cote and Pheora Waddell of Port Alexis Slack ready for McNeill, fourare months, the Tourthe de Farmer’s Rock’s arrival at enjoyed Sunset Elementary Monday. Market during the Mount Waddington FallJ.R. FairRardon Saturday.


edDuty Millwright Nanaimo Heavy Mechanic Planning Administrative Assistant Grapple Yarder Hooktender Gold River (North Island) Port Alberni Heavy Duty Mechanic North Island Manager, Strategic Planning Heavy Duty Mechanic (Campbell River)Gold River Log Loader Operator North Island Road Foreman Optimization Road Supervisor Foreman Port Alberni (Woss) Property Manager Vancouver Woss

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Thursday, September 26, 2013 Thu, Sept 26, 2013, North Island Gazette RENTALS MOBILE HOMES & PADS PORT MCNEILL Mobile Home Park Pads for rent. Short walk to shopping, school & ocean. $283.00/ month Call 250-956-2355



Spots available at Great Rates. Daily, weekly, monthly. Pool, Hot tub, exercise room, laundry, putting green, hiking, fishing, Pickle Ball Court. Free coffee in one of the best clubhouses on the island. Nanaimo area. 250-754-1975 or

TOWNHOUSES SEAWIND ESTATES town home. 3 bdrms, 1.5 bath. W/D, large yard. Ref. req. Avail Sept 30. $825/mth. Call 250-9497079 before 7pm.


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In memory of the few Gazette staff Members of the 101 Squadron, 888 (Komox) Wing and Canadian Rangers were among those who came out to Carrot Park Sunday to commemorate the Battle of Britain. The event rounded out a busy weekend for the 101, who performed a final dedication at a memorial cairn in Haida Gwaii Saturday before returning that night for the annual President’s Appreciation Dinner

Clockwise from left: Russ Hellberg of the 101 Squadron stands to attention at the Battle of Britain commemoration Sunday at Carrot Park; A pair of Pacific Coastal aircraft perform an in-formation flyby over the commemoration; Junior Canadian Ranger Sarah Case smiles ahead of shedding her locks for charity at the annual Tour de Rock headshaves; The aircraft perform a second pass over the cenotaph.

to celebrate 15 years of achievements and being named ‘Wing of the Year’ by the Air Force Association of Canada. The annual Battle of Britain parade pays tribute to those involved in the aerial battle. The conflict saw the RAF repel the advances of the Luftwaffe over Britain, and the pilots involved were the ‘few’ in Churchill’s famous words: “Never...was so much owed by so many to so few.”

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Port Hardy landmark to close doors J.R. Rardon Gazette editor PORT HARDY—For more than 20 years, Jim Henschke and Nita Klatt have repeatedly expanded their shop space and product offerings at Jim’s Hardy Sports. Now, it’s time to downsize. Henschke and Klatt have Port Hardy’s landmark sporting goods store on the market, and hope to be able to sell the 3,000-square foot business located in Thunderbird Mall. Whether it sells or not, however, their ownership will end when 2013 ends. “We’re staying on the North Island,” said Klatt. “But either someone else buys it, we run out of stock, or we lock the door on Dec. 31.” The couple plans to open, beginning next spring, a seasonal bait and tackle shop across Hardy Bay, at the boat launch on prop-

erty owned by the District of Port Hardy. Henschke will continue to operate his fishing charter business, Castle Point Charters. “We’re just going to start over again,” said Klatt. “We’re pretty excited.” Henschke and Klatt got their start in sporting goods in 1991, when they purchase the small store located on Market Street in the location currently occupied by Masterman’s Appliances. Originally a 500-square foot store, it was doubled to 1,000 square feet three years later when the dry cleaning business located behind their space closed and they moved into that space. Two years later, in 1996 they spread into another, adjacent space in the building to create a 1,500-square foot store and, in 2000, moved into the mall and their current, 3,000-sf space. “When we bought the store neither one of us had

After 20-plus years of growing Jim’s Hardy Sports, Jim Henschke and Nita Klatt are planning to close the business if they are unable to find a buyer by J.R. Rardon year’s end. ever owned a business,” and we said, ‘Why don’t said Henschke. “They had we buy that and grow it?’” a small sports shop in town The growth was not lin-

ear. Two years after they opened, the Utah Copper mine that had sustained much of Port Hardy’s economic development closed. One year later, a week after Henschke invested $40,000 in coho salmon fishing gear, Fisheries and Oceans Canada closed down the coho fishery due to declining stocks. “We thought life had ended,” Henschke said. “But we just hung in there. The whole town stuck together, we supported each other, and we got through it.” Not everybody got through it, of course. Businesses have come and gone at Thunderbird Mall, which still has several vacancies. And Port Hardy’s other mall is virtually devoid of retail sales outlets, with the courthouse, North Island College and the Returnit Centre as tenants along with Hardy Buoys Smoked Seafood, a commercial fish

processor with a small onsite storefront. But Henschke’s and Klatt’s decision to sell now is not based on a lack of business. While there have been the highs and lows common to any small-town business, Henschke notes “sales have been good for the past several years,” with timber and tourism making comebacks since the economic crash of 2008. “We have people from all over the world come in here that are amazed how much we have,” said Henschke. The couple says they’re even willing to stay on and manage the store initially for a new owner — “It’s negotiable,” says Henschke — but they’re firm on their decision that the time is right to move along. “We’re hoping somebody will take it over,” he said. “We’ve had some interest, but we haven’t gotten the right people yet.”








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Buns for funds

Left: Lawrie Garrett, Donna Kollman and David Mitchell of Community Futures Mount Waddington join Joli White, right, in welcoming more guests to the annual CFMW Hamper Fund barbecue in Port McNeill Friday. Right: Community Futures staff chat with guests at the third annual event. J.R. Rardon

North Island Gazette, September 26, 2013  
North Island Gazette, September 26, 2013  

September 26, 2013 edition of the North Island Gazette