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J.R. Rardon Gazette editor PORT McNEILL—Port McNeill’s Marine Search and Rescue Society is $121,000 richer, courtesy of a provincial gaming grant. But the society won’t have the money for long. The fundraising arm of Royal

Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Unit 50, the society is putting its funding to use for the purchase of a new fast-response rescue boat. Next, it will go after its other pressing need — more members. “We’re hoping for delivery by the end of March (2014),” RCMSAR 50 skipper Aaron Frost said.

“We’re really hoping the new boat will help us with our recruitment effort.” The nine-metre, rigid-hull inflatable is designed specifically for RCM-SAR use and built by Victoria-based Liquid Metal. The estimated cost is $139,000, but Frost noted that will provide RCMSAR Unit 50 a fully loaded search

and rescue craft, with RADAR, GPS, AIS, double radios, lights and a shock-absorbing cab that seats five members with a pulldown jump seat. “It runs twin 250 (horsepower

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Youth collared in McNeill break-ins Gazette staff PORT McNEILL—A single youth suspect was expected to be charged with multiple break, enter and theft charges following a series of residential break and enters in a Port McNeill apartment complex on Dec. 2. Port McNeill RCMP received multiple reports of residential break and enters (B&E) in the Kaleva Garden townhouse complex on Broughton Boulevard in Port McNeill Dec. 2. In total, six B&E’s occurred, with police suspecting another six were attempted but unsuccessful. The ensuing investigation resulted in local officers quickly identifying a lone youth suspect, and the recovery of multiple items stolen during the B&E’s. Investigators met with the youth on December 4, and he is expected to face charges of break, enter and theft in the coming weeks, said Sgt. Craig Blanchard, Port McNeill’s Detachment Commander. “As a result of some quick work by our local officers, we were able to identify a suspect and recover much of the stolen property”, Blanchard said. In keeping with the requirement of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, no additional information will be released that may identify the youth suspect in this case.

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Ella Waring leads the “Genies” in one of the choreography numbers performed during the Celtic Christmas show at Port Hardy Secondary School last weekend. See more in A. O’Toole North Island Life, page 26.

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Port Hardy firefighters prepare to connect a hose to a nearby hydrant while battling a fire on Hardy Bay Road Tuesday morning. The cause of the fire, which apparently started in the shop leased by Coral Refrigeration, was still being investigated as the Gazette went to press Tuesday. J.R. Rardon

from page 1 engines),” said Frost. “We’ll do 40-plus knots at cruising speed, and it has a range of 250 nautical miles at top speed.” Best of all, the new boat will be owned outright by the local society. The current rigid-hull inflatable used by the local unit is on loan from RCM-SAR, formerly known as the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary before being commissioned as an “unpaid professional” adjunct to coastal search and rescue. Frost said the hull of Unit 50’s current, open-air boat is structurally sound, but its air tubes need repairs at a cost of up to $22,000. “We just can’t afford it, and the gaming grant won’t cover it,” he said. “A lot of grants won’t cover that because it’s considered maintenance.” Since the Marine Search and Rescue Society was formed to support RCMSAR 50, it has garnered three gaming grants totalling $321,00. The unit, which is called out to aid the Coast Guard in marine

Port McNeill’s Marine Search and Rescue Society is purchasing this type of rigid inflatable boat for use by the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Unit 50. Ryan Woodward; Relative Motion Photography

search and rescue missions, has had more than 20 responses in the last two years, ranging as far as East Cracroft Island. Its range covers 2,694 square kilometres and encompasses 2,900 kilometres of coastline. But it operates with a limited membership, and Frost would like to see those numbers boosted.

“Right now we have basically 10 members,” he said. “We’re lean, and you need a minimum of three in the boat to go out on a call.” Frost said part of the difficulty is that all but one of the current members have regular day jobs, creating potential conflicts when the same members repeatedly ask for time off.

Among the benefits of membership is free training, potentially up to the coxswain level, through RCMSAR in Victoria. Those interested in volunteering, either for the RCMSAR unit or the Search and Rescue Society, may contact Frost at 250-956-2260, ext. 205, or by emailing

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Gazette staff Report card season is not always the most popular time of year but SD85 can proudly pin its own on the fridge. School District Superintendent Scott Benwell revealed a strong showing in his Report on Achievement, including “In some cases, we see the best ever results for the District.” The report uses results from FSA testing to measure performance in key academic areas like numeracy and literacy, broken down by other factors such as age. These results are then gauged in light of previous years’ numbers, provincial aver-

ages and past results. Trustees welcomed the report and pointed to other positive trends. Trustee Danita Schmidt noted that the positive trends could be found not just generally but also within specific groups. By following the results from a specific cohort over time - literacy levels in nonaboriginal students as they move from Grade 4 to Grade 7 for example - the results show continued improvement. “It bodes well for those students achieving those results and is a credit to our teachers and assistants,” said Benwell. “The trend of

improvement is very nice to see,” said Trustee Werner Manke. “Students in our system here on the North Island can get an education on par with anywhere else in the province.” Benwell agreed. “I’d invite anyone to do their research and compare us to our neighbours to the north or south.”

Project Bylaw In an unusual move, the Board gave three readings to Capital Project Bylaw 116932 approving the purchase of two new school buses. Unanimous approval

of ministry officials and approval was belatedly given for the move which was ratified by the Board of Education Monday.

School Board was required to allow the three readings to be given on the same night, but trustees had no objections to the move. The accelerated process was borne out of necessity after a clerical mix up left the District out of an approved list from the ministry. “We were somewhat shocked when we got the announcement and we weren’t in it,” said Treasurer/Secretary John Martin. The oversight was drawn to the attention

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Mainstream changes name

It’s a wrap!

Barb O’Connor gathered nearly a dozen friends for a Gazette Christmas Hamper present-wrapping party Sunday in Port Sandy Grenier Hardy.

Black Press Mainstream Canada, which operates fish farms off Vancouver Island, announced this week it will focus solely on fish farming and will be using Cermaq as the name for its fish farming operations.

“We are excited about this change. We have always been proud to be part of the Cermaq group, which has an excellent reputation worldwide for transparency and sustainability,” says Fernando Villarroel, managing director of

Don Smyth of Smyth & Company, Chartered Accountant is pleased to announce the sale of his practice to Dan Foster who will continue to operate as Foster & Company, Chartered Accountant. Don and the current staff are remaining with the firm and are looking forward to working with Dan. Don wishes to thank his clients for their business over the past thirty years.

Mainstream Canada. “Adopting the Cermaq name will unite us as a fish farming group.” The Mainstream name will continue as a brand for now. The changes will be implemented in the near future. “Cermaq is a well-

established name, and a common name will strengthen our global operations,” says Cermaq CEO Jon Hindar. Following the sale of the feed division EWOS, Cermaq will focus on fish farming only.

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Prepare to relax — finally Sometimes, this season of peace and giving feels more like a season of fast-paced grinding. In addition to what can be a frenzy of shopping — and don’t even get us started on “Black Friday” — it seems everybody is squeezing in a last-ditch event, activity or performance in the weeks leading up to Christmas day. Between the craft fairs, toy drives, holiday plays, dance recitals, workplace parties and various benefits, it can be hard for families to keep up with the seasonal calendar. But while a cynic can only Grinch and bear it, most of us know there is a string of lights at the end of the tunnel. Over the next two weeks, the pace of activity should gradually slow. Scattered families should coalesce. Acquiring and giving goodies should transition into sharing of what our loved ones really want: ourselves. In the larger scheme of things, the commerce of the holiday season is a big driver for the local economy. And it benefits individual crafters and artisans as well. We’re not going to bah-humbug a long-term benefit to our communities. Likewise, the entertainment selections are all offered with the best of intentions and the most enthusiastic participation — particularly from the kids. Finally, we especially appreciate the North Island’s uncanny ability to pull through for the Gazette Hamper Fund, which helps their needy neighbours. But now, we implore you to give it a rest. As soon as possible. You’ve earned it.

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Ottawa puts on pipeline push VICTORIA – The federal government stepped up its sales pitch for new pipelines to the B.C. coast last week, as it prepares for the imminent release of the federal review panel’s report on the feasibility of the Enbridge Northern Gateway project. Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver arrived in Vancouver to release an expert panel’s report on the current state of tanker safety on the West Coast. It was the first of two reports that tell the Stephen Harper government in blunt terms how steep a hill it must climb to enable energy exports to Asia. The panel was chaired by Gordon Houston, a former Prince Rupert harbourmaster and CEO of Port Metro Vancouver. Its report details the littlenoticed fact that coastal waters around Victoria and Vancouver are already congested with shipping traffic, including Alaska oil tank-

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ers, and are at “very high risk” of an incident. Of course that “very high risk” should be seen in the B.C. context, where there has never been a serious oil spill at sea in a century of continuous petroleum shipping. The report calls for potential polluters to show they are prepared for a “worst case” discharge like the 1989 Exxon Valdez grounding in Alaska. It tells Ottawa the Canadian Coast Guard must be properly

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Tiny birds are getting a big hand up from North Islanders, with both a pygmy owl and a hooded oriole getting comfort from locals.

Just as with our rural volunteer fire departments, the Port McNeill Search and Rescue Society is in need of more bodies.

funded to serve as incident command. Oliver recounted efforts made so far, including annual tanker inspections, increased aerial surveillance and marine markers. And he reminded his audience that Canada’s only energy export customer, the U.S., is about to surpass Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest petroleum producer. The second federal report was from Doug Eyford, a lawyer who has been meeting for months with aboriginal communities in northern B.C. and Alberta. He found, as Enbridge has reported, that many aboriginal communities are working with energy producers to get the economic activity they so desperately need. Eyford’s report is no whitewash either. It reminds Ottawa that B.C.’s unresolved aboriginal title and a general lack of trust of both the energy industry and the federal government A member of

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are key obstacles to the largest economic opportunity in the world today, the rise of Asia. Politics and protesters aside, the prosperous provinces in Canada today are Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland, based mainly on energy development. The rest are struggling. It’s a key moment in Canadian history. This is where we see if we can go beyond our status as a client state of the U.S. This year’s B.C. election, where pandering to urban protest backfired on the NDP, suggests a new seriousness in the public mood. More people understand today that our comfortable modern society with freeaccess health care is a fragile thing. We have it better than most of the world, for now. Tom Fletcher is B.C. legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press.

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Cuts injure Bella Coola medical patients Dear editor, About 100 women per year will lose mammography screening services in their community, when BC Ferries Route 40, from Bella Coola to Port Hardy, is cancelled in April, 2014. Currently, Bella Coola residents can get mammograms through the Mobile Screening Mammography Program of BC. BC Ferries carries the mammography van, with the equipment, into the community. Losing the ferry service means losing the visits, as the only road — from Williams Lake to Bella Coola — is too bumpy to safely transport the medical equipment by van. The United Church Health

Services Society (UCHSS), which governs Bella Coola General Hospital and medical clinic, has deep concerns about the impact of BC Ferries “service adjustments” on the health of the region. The loss of incommunity mammography services means the hospital must ask government to find another $50,000 for transportation, so women can access mammograms elsewhere. Because of the ferries cut, we believe fewer women will get screened for breast cancer, as they’ll need to travel to do so. The immediate health consequences of losing the Bella CoolaPort Hardy route are jarring. One of Canada’s great

Blitz results disappointing With the holiday season upon us, RCMP officers from across the British Columbia took part in a Counter Attack impaired driving blitz to help reduce the impact of impaired driving on our roadways — and were disappointed by the results. On December 7, officers from 97 detachments in British Columbia checked 32,877 vehicles across the province. Despite the publicity of the event, and education of the dangers of impaired driving, too many drivers still chose to get behind the wheel of their vehicle after consuming drugs or alcoholic beverages.   Across the province, preliminary results from the blitz included: • Five impaired driving charges under the Criminal Code of Canada; • 104 90-days immediate roadside prohibitions with 30 vehicles impounded; • 94 warn results with either 3, 7, or 30-day immediate roadside prohi-

bitions; and •17 roadside suspensions for drugs. Impaired driving accidents are 100 per cent preventable. All people have to do is to plan ahead before consuming alcohol. It’s not hard — if you drink, don’t drive. Driving while impaired is simply not acceptable, and it is not worth hurting innocent people or yourself. Plan ahead, arrive home safely and everyone will be able to have a happy holiday season with friends and family. The RCMP in British Columbia will be out in force during the holidays targeting impaired drivers. We want everyone to enjoy the festive season, and to police themselves when it comes to consuming alcohol, but if they can’t the police will be there to do it for them. Cpl Robert McDonald “E” Division RCMP Traffic Services Langley

Letters to the editor

"The immediate health consequences of losing the Bella Coola-Port Hardy route are jarring." successes has been providing excellent health care in rural and remote settings. We are recognized, international leaders in this. The medical staff and administration at The United Church Health Services Society are distressed that health delivery and health outcomes were not consid-

erations in cancelling this route.   In addition to losing the mammogram program, the UCHSS is gravely concerned that the loss of the ferry will mean loss of tourism for Bella Coola. As logging and fishing have declined over the past several decades, tourism has

become the region’s primary economic driver, and it was growing. While it’s unusual for a health agency to speak out about tourism, in Bella Coola it’s a core employer. For many families, tourism has become an opportunity to grow a small business. We know that income and health are inextricably linked. Less employment here ultimately will mean poorer health in this community. Finally, UCHSS anticipates that the loss of the ferry service will significantly impede efforts to

recruit and retain health care professionals for Bella Coola. Recruitment is already a challenge in BC’s small communities. The administration at UCHSS is hopeful that BC Ferries and the Ministry of Transportation will recognize the importance of Route 40 to the health of Bella Coola residents, and reinstate ferry service to this community. Lynn Nelson, UCHSS board chair Mary Jean Morrison, UCHSS CEO Dr. Peter Newbery, UCHSS Medical Director

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Kudos to Port McNeill tree helpers Merry Christmas everyone! My hat is off to those who selected and decorated the Port McNeill Christmas tree. It is wonderful! Those involved did a marvelous job of choosing a lovely tree and tastefully applying the lights.  It is a tree of which the town can be proud.  Many thanks.   Ruby House Port McNeill

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December 12 Reinforest Riders hold their second annual Christmas Toy Ride in Port McNeill. Ride starts from the Lion’s Club hall at 6:30 p.m. goes to Gate House Community Theatre, where hot chocolate will be served at approximately 7:30 p.m. Support vehicles will follow the seasonally decorated horses and their riders to collect gifts for the Gazette Hamper Fund. December 12 Poetry Slam and Art Night hosted by North Island Secondary School, 7-9 p.m. Doors open 6:30 p.m., admission by donation. Art works by students will be available for sale. Coffee, snacks and raffle. December 13 Nightmare Before Christmas customer appreciation

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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 December hours: Tues.- Sat. open 10am to noon, 1 to 5pm. Temporary exhibit: Girls' Night Out. • 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. • The Port Hardy Hospital Auxiliary Society meets the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Everyone welcome.

night in Port Hardy, 5-10 p.m. Merchants throughout Port Hardy will open their doors after-hours to offer specials. December 13-14 Portside Academy of Performing Arts host its annual production of The Nutcracker, 7 p.m. both nights, Sunset Elementary School, Port McNeill. Tickets $10, available at the door or in advance at Portside Studio, Cedar St. Raffle baskets, baked goods. December 14 It’s a wrap! If you’ve got two left hands or not enough time, let us wrap your Christmas gifts for you. 10 a.m.4 p.m. at St. John Gualbert Church (corner of Cedar & Haddington), December 14 & 21, Cost is by donation, for more information contact Karen at 250-956-2912. December 14 Breakfast with Santa, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Port Alice Community Centre. Breakfast, photos with Santa, magic show by Kevin Ogren, followed by Skate with Santa at the arena. Info, Danielle, 250-284-3912. December 17 Gate House Community Theatre in Port McNeill resumes Classic Christmas Tuesdays with a Christmas theme. A Christmas Story plays at 7 p.m.; doors open 6:30 p.m. $5; Concession open. December 19 Avalon’s annual Christmas Program, 7 p.m., all welcome.

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December 19 Seniors Christmas Potluck, 5-8:30 p.m., Port Alice Community Centre. All 50+ welcome. Turkey provided, please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Call the centre at 250-284-3912 to sign up and let us know what you will be bringing. December 20 Rotary Christmas carolling in Port Hardy, 6 p.m. start at North Island College. December 21 It’s a wrap! If you’ve got two left hands or not enough time, let us wrap your Christmas gifts for you. St. John Gualbert Church (corner of Cedar & Haddington), 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Cost is by donation, for more information contact Karen at 250-956-2912. December 22 Second annual gingerbread house building event, Thunderbird Mall, Port Hardy. Hosted by Jim's Hardy Sports. December 25 St. John Gualbert Church hosts a free community Christmas dinner, 4 p.m., Port McNeill. For info or to sign up, call Christina Hinton, 250-956-4400 or Pat Boyd, 250-956-4204, or register at the A-Frame Bookstore. January 1 Annual Polar Bear Jump, noon, Seagate Wharf, Port Hardy. Hosted by Port Hardy Lions Club. Registration at dock 11:30 a.m.-noon. February 22 North Island Concert Society presents Ken Lavigne, original Canadian Tenor, in its annual dinner show, Port Hardy Civic Centre. Doors open 5:30 p.m., dinner 6 p.m., music at 7:30. Additional dinner music provided by North Island Community Band. Tickets $45, available in advance at Cafe Guido and Port Hardy Museum in Port Hardy, at The Flower Shoppe in Port McNeill and in Port Alice by calling Gail Neely, 250-284-3927.


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Legion gets go-ahead to plot new cenotaph J.R. Rardon Gazette editor PORT McNEILL— Council approved in principal a request by Royal Canadian Legion Branch 281 to replace the town’s aging cenotaph, contingent on engineering approval. John Beddows, who serves as sergeant-at-arms for the branch during its Remembrance Day ceremonies, led a three-member delegation that shared diagrams and a proposal for a 16-foot cenotaph that would dwarf the current structure on the triangular corner lot between Campbell Way and McNeill Road

But there are concerns over the ability of the land to support the seven-foot square concrete base that would bear the cenotaph. Mayor Gerry Furney said the land was originally a low valley that was filled in large part with stumps and organic fill before being seeded as a grassy park. The town’s water main also runs under a portion of the property. Council wanted assurances an engineering study would allow for the new construction before approving a motion, but the legion needed council’s approval in order to apply for grants

that would fund final construction Council the project, approval. Meeting leaving the parIf the work Port McNeill is eventually ties in a bit of a approved and Catch-22. “Our ambition is to go construction completed, it full-gear, right now, once would actually result in two the town gives permission,” civic improvement projects. The existing cenotaph said Grant Anderson, who doubles as Legion Branch would not be demolished, 281 president and Port but would be moved intact McNeill councillor. “But to the Legion Hall on Mine before we proceed, we need Road to become the centerto know whether we can use piece of a new garden and the land.” lawn display in front of the Council finally agreed hall. on the contingent approval, Meanwhile, the new cenoallowing the Legion to pro- taph construction would be ceed with funding requests accompanied by grounds and a structural study of improvements that would the property, but reserving provide a level parade

ground for Remembrance Day participants, who currently must stand on steeply sloped ground for the duration of the ceremony. “When you’re standing on a seven-degree grade for an hour, with one leg lower than the other, it’s not the ideal situation,” said Beddows. Borrowing bylaws OK’d Council approved first, second and third readings for a pair of bylaws that will allow the Town to borrow operating capital against project revenues. Pending final approval, Bylaw No. 646, 2013 will

authorize the Town to borrow from the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce an amount not to exceed $600,000. Bylaw No. 647, 2013 would allow the loan of an additional maximum of $1.3 million from the Municipal Finance Authority. The total allowable authorization of $1.9 million represents 75 per cent of the taxes levied for all purposes in 2014. Help for ‘Trackshoes’ Council approved $200 each for up to three local participants in the annual Operations Trackshoes games and festival in 2014.

Treasurer boasts small-town sensibility

J.R. Rardon Gazette editor PORT McNEILL— With its Town treasurer finally having retired after more than 30 years in the community, the Town of Port McNeill turned for his replacement to another retiree. OK, to be accurate, incoming treasurer Mark Wiber, 57, attempted an early retirement before discovering he was not ready for a life of leisure. “I retired at age 55, but I got bored,” admitted Wiber, who started work last month following the retirement

of longtime treasurer Albert Sweet. “I was working as a volunteer driver for a food bank, and it was fulfilling. But I knew there was more I wanted to do.” Wiber hails from Edmonton and has a home in Calgary. And, at the time he responded to Port McNeill’s ad for a treasurer, he was on a two-year consulting contract with the City of Red Deer. But it would be a mistake to see Wiber as a big-city guy parachuting into an alien, smalltown environment. “For eight of the previous 10 years I worked

Mark Wiber in Hay River and Inuvik, in the Northwest Territories,” said Wiber. “I like the lifestyle of living in a town like this. In a big office, an accountant is just an

accountant. I really prefer the job variety and lifestyle available here.” Wiber earned a bachelor’s degree in finance at the University of Calgary and has his CNA certification in accounting. He served as director of finance and controller during his years in the Northwest Territories, learning the values of small-town life. But Port McNeill has already offered something he never found there — and something that might surprise even long-time local residents. “One thing that really

impressed me with Port McNeill is I’ve found people very helpful,” Wiber said. “And I’ve never lived in a town so clean.” Wiber has two adult children working as master mechanic and journeyman welder, respectively, in Alberta.


NOTICE OF TEMPORARY USE PERMIT NOTICE OF TEMPORARY USE PERMIT NOTICE IS IS HEREBY HEREBY GIVEN GIVEN pursuant pursuant to ActAct that the NOTICE to section Section921 921ofofthe theLocal LocalGovernment Government Board of the Regional District of Mount Waddington (RDMW) will consider adopting a that the Board of the Regional District of Mount Waddington (RDMW) will consider resolution to approve the issuance of Temporary Use Permit TUP-01-2013 at its meeting on adopting a resolution to approve the issuance of Temporary Use Permit TUP-01Tuesday, December 17, 2012 to be conducted in the boardroom of the RDMW 2013 at its meeting on Tuesday, 2013, toofbePort conducted in the administrative office located at 2044 December McNeill Road17, in the Town McNeill, commencing boardroom of the RDMW administrative office located at 2044 McNeill Road in the at 2:00 pm. Town of Port the McNeill, commencing at 2:00 p.m.allow, subject to conditions, a temporary If approved, Temporary Use Permit would dwelling to be the located on 4040Use Cougar Crescent, (Lot 19, D, Section If approved, Temporary Permit wouldWoss, allow,BC subject to Block conditions, a 21, Rupert Township). The dwelling would be in the form of Woss, a travelBC trailer temporary dwelling totemporary be located on 4040 Cougar Crescent, (Lotthat 19,would allow the residents21, of Rupert the property to reside it for dwelling one year.would A copy Block D, Section Township). The within temporary be of in proposed the Temporary Use Permit and related information can be inspected at the RDMW administrative form of a travel trailer that would allow the residents of the property to reside office located at 2044 McNeill Road, Port McNeill, B.C., between the office hours of 8:30 A.M. within it for up to two years. A copy of from proposed Temporary Useuntil Permit and related and 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday, November 25, 2013 December 17, 2013. information can be inspected at the RDMW administrative office located 2044 Written submissions regarding this proposal can be sent by email, facsimile, at mail or hand McNeill Portcontact McNeill, B.C., between thesubmissions office hoursmust of 8:30 a.m. and deliveredRoad, using the information below. All be received no4:30 later than 4:30 pm on Monday, December 2013. p.m., Monday through Friday, 16, from November 25, 2013 until December 17, 2013. Jonas Velaniskis, Manager of Planning, Regionalcan District of Mount Waddington Written submissions regarding this proposal be sent by email, facsimile, mail PO Box 729, 2044 McNeill Road, Port McNeill, B.C. V0N 2R0 or hand delivered using the contact information below. All submissions must be Telephone: Facsimile: 250-956-3232 received no250-956-3301 later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, December Email: 16, 2013.

Jonas Velaniskis, Manager of Planning, Regional District of Mount Waddington PO Box 729, 2044 McNeill Road, Port McNeill, B.C. V0N 2R0 Phone: 250-956-3301 Facsimile: 250-956-3232 Email:

He looks forward to continue settling in as a North Islander and contributing to Port McNeill’s development. But don’t expect his arrival to signal high drama in civic finance. “I realize I’m replacing a gentleman who has been here for 32

years or so,” Wiber said with a nod to his predecessor. “I’m not here to shake things up. But I have a background working in municipalities of this size, and perhaps I can bring a little different perspective. “We’ll see what happens.”

Keep Calm & Shop Local! Start Now! Start Here! CHRISTMAS BEGINS AT HOME… Please visit your local Merchants this holiday season. Merry Christmas and best wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year from the Port McNeill & District Chamber of Commerce! Enjoy “every” moment and explore “all” possibilities!

Proudly supporting “local shopping” this holiday season!

Thursday, December 12, 2013


Linking up for literacy Robert Gagnon and president Meagan Cadwallader of Port Hardy Rotary, left, and Dave Nelson of Port McNeill Rotary, right, present a $10,000 cheque to Davina Hunt, centre, and Carole Ford of the Kwakiutl Band. The two clubs teamed up for the contribution to a new library and learning centre in Fort Rupert. Sandy Grenier

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A light in the dark

Robin and Natalee Hunt hold a candle at a vigil marking the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. A O’Toole

Gazette staff PORT HARDY—A group of around 20 came out to Robert Scott School Saturday night to light a candle and pay tribute to the memory of the victims of the 1989 Montreal Massacre. The annual event, hosted by the North Island Crisis and Counselling Centre, marked the 24th anniversary of the atrocity and serves as an opportunity to highlight the continuing problem of violence against women. Fourteen women were slain and a further fourteen people were injured in the attack at

l’Ecole Polytechnique, targeted because of their gender. In commemoration, Dec. 6 is recognized as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women. In the Port Hardy event the group gathered for an opening prayer and held a moment of silence after naming the fourteen women. Speakers discussed the continued problem of violence against women — disproportionately prevalent for Aboriginal women — and lit candles in memory of the victims.

Port McNeill Medical Clinic Holiday Closure Notice

20 December 2013 to 5 January 2014 inclusive During this time there will be Emergency coverage only. Kindly ensure that non-urgent matters such as prescription refills are attended to prior to the holidays.


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Chamber Update

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Port Hardy & District Chamber of Commerce •

Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce will be launching it’s new website and logo! The new site will have a full member data base, events calendar, North Island news updates, grant and funding updates, BC Chamber news releases and so much more! Launch is January.1,2014!

The Port Hardy Chamber continues to lobby against BC Ferries and the purposed cuts. Please watch your email for our questionnaire in regards to the impacts to your business so we can compile information on the socio-economic impacts of these cuts.

We support and will be participating in the Nightmare Before Christmas shopping local event on Dec.13th. Stop by and see some of our holiday merchandise and what your Visitor Centre and Chamber can do for you!

We’d like to thank everyone who attended our Membership Appreciation Holiday event on December 11th. We appreciate your support and input and look forward to working together in the New Year. The Visitor Centre will be closed from Dec.16-20th for repairs and maintenance; the Chamber office be available by phone and email. Dec. 23 – Jan.5th both offices are closed, returning Jan.6th Mon-Fri 8-4pm.

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TRANSFER STATION WILL BE CLOSED December 24, 25, 26, 29, 31, January 1 and 5.

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December 25 and January 1 curbside will be done December 24 and 31 at the same time as usual.

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“Nightmare Before Christmas” Local merchants are opening late, putting on great deals, Christmas cheer. All around town there will be music, lights, food, shopping, gift wrapping, carolling and more... From the Glen Lyon to Hardy Buoys, the mall and downtown core will be open.

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Tell us about items of interest to the sports community. December 13 Men’s hockey Warriors at Islanders, 8 p.m., Port Alice; Mustangs at Bulls, 9:15 p.m., Port Hardy.

December 14 Rep hockey North Island Eagles peewees host Cowichan Valley, 1:45 p.m., Port Alice; Eagles midgets host Juan de Fuca, 2:30 p.m., Port Hardy; Eagles atom development hosts Saanich, 4:30 p.m., Port McNeill. December 15 Rep hockey North Island Eagles midgets host Juan de Fuca, 9 a.m., Port Hardy; Eagles atom development hosts Saanich, 9 a.m., Port McNeill. December 20 Men’s hockey Mustangs at Islanders, 8 p.m., Port Alice; Bulls vs. Warriors, 9:15 p.m., Port Hardy. December 20 Turkey shoot Fort Rupert Curling Club, meet upstairs at 7 p.m., shoot starts at 8 p.m. $10 per person, each player gets two tries at each challenge. Please bring an appy to share. December 21 Men’s hockey Warriors vs. Bulls, 4:45 p.m., Port Hardy. January 10-12 Minor Hockey Port Hardy Minor Hockey peewee tournament, Don Cruickshank Memorial Arena. Concession, raffle, 50/50 draws and more. January 11 Rep hockey North Island Eagles midgets host Saanich, 4 p.m., Port Alice.

Above: North Island Eagles midget players pound the glass in salute as the Port McNeill peanuts take the ice for an intermission exhibition during the alumni Hamper Fund benefit game at Chilton Regional Arena Sunday. Right: North Island Eagles midget Tyson Cadwallader finds his path to the puck impeded by the defence of alumnus John Murgatroyd during the alumni Hamper Fund benefit game. J.R. Rardon

Alumni skate for Hamper benefit

Gazette staff PORT McNEILL— No gloves were dropped Sunday night at Chilton Regional Arena. But plenty of food, toys and cash were dropped off as the North Island Eagles midget hockey team faced off against the Eagles alumni in the third annual Gazette Hamper Fund benefit game. Organized by Eagles head coach Andrew Laming with a cadre of parent and Eagles bantams volunteers, the contest drew a large audience of all ages. The game itself contained little suspense — the alumni jumped to a 5-0 lead and went on to a comfortable 14-4 victory. Mitchell Walker, who a year ago was on the losing side as a member of the midgets, notched a hat trick to lead the alumni’s assault. But the primary emphasis was on fun and entertainment, and both teams delivered in a contest that annually pits fathers against sons, brothers against brothers and coaches against their own players.

Above: North Island Eagles midget Zach Cameron, right, slips a shot past alumni goalie Stevyn Ruel as Jordan Campbell looks on. Below: Kyle Rushton of Port McNeill's peanut hockey program clears a rebound in front of North Island Eagles alumni goalie Stevyn Ruel during the peanuts' halftime exhibition.

At one point, current midget Tyson Cadwallader deliv-

ered a playful hit well after the whistle on his dad, Clint. Later, Clint

Cadwallader dove to undercut a breakaway attempt by midget Brett

Walker — Mitchell’s brother — and Brett scored on the ensuing penalty shot. Players and spectators were asked to bring an admission donation of a non-perishable food item or new toy for the Hamper Fund, and most did just that as two, eight-foot tables were covered with donated items. Money for the fund, which distributes Christmas hampers to needy North Island families, was also raised through donations and through a paper airplane toss, similar to the traditional puck toss, held during intermission. The single, midgame intermission also provided a showcase for some of tomorrow’s Eagles to shine. Members of the Port McNeill Minor Hockey peanut (initiation) program played a brief halftime scrimmage while midget Drake Baron and alumnus Stevyn Ruel served as goaltenders. After running out to their early fivegoal lead, the alumni appeared to tire late in the first half, as the

midgets closed within 5-2 on goals by Darryl Coon and George Walkus. If that was the case, the “old-timers” were clearly invigorated by the break and came out flying after intermission with five more unanswered goals to close out the second period and a sixth to start the third. Again, however, the midgets finally found their footing, with Riley Heemels following Brett Walker’s penalty shot with another goal. Laming and John Murgatroyd each had two goals for the alumni, and Marty Gage, Chris Dutcyvich, Dennis Foster, Chad McKenzie, Ty Brittain, Robbie Brittain and Al Rushton tallied single goals. Dutcyvich had a pair of assists and Clint Cadwallader got on the scoresheet with a helper. Zach Cameron and Tyren Dustin had assists for the midgets, who return to league play this weekend with a pair of games in Port Hardy against Juan de Fuca.

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Above: The Eagles' Cameron Grant follows the puck into the net after being tripped in the slot by the Sooke goalie Sunday. Right: Jake Grinnell slots in a pass during the Eagles bantam league game against the Sooke Thunderbirds. A O'Toole

Bantams maintain league win streak

Gazette staff PORT HARDY— The North Island Eagles bantam side continued their winning ways with a 4-2 victory over the Sooke Thunderbirds Sunday at Don Cruickshank Memorial Arena. It was quite the turnaround from Saturday’s exhibition, which saw the visitors coast to a one-sided, 9-0 demolition of the home team, the Eagles racking up 39 penalty minutes to Sooke’s 14.

Sunday saw a much more disciplined bantam team take the ice. A strong defensive display from both teams held the game scoreless until the third period, when the Eagles erupted with a four-goal flurry. The Eagles took advantage of a power play early in the period when Kenton Browne opened the scoring with a shot from the circle off a Josh Walkus assist. Sooke pressed forward in response but the Eagles soaked up

the pressure, Nyck Ruel impressive between the posts for the home side. The added Sooke pressure left the Thunderbirds vulnerable to a counter, and on 13:55 Cameron Grant took advantage in spectacular fashion. After cutting out a pass, Grant burst out of his zone with nothing but ice between him and the visitor’s goal. Sooke goalie Shawn Parkinson was quick off his line but tripped Grant when the two met in the

high slot. Grant’s deft touch to round the goalie was on-target, however, and he slid into the Sooke net half a yard behind the puck. With a five-on-three advantage, the Eagles made it 3-0 with 10:01 to play when Nathan Sandeman found Tanner Roberts unmarked in the slot and he fired home. The home side rubbed a little salt in the Thunderbirds’ wounds five minutes later, scoring on a Sooke power play.

Browne capitalized on some slack passing from the visitors to steal the puck and break away, checking his run in the slot and firing past Parkinson. The Thunderbirds got a reply soon after the restart, and added a second two minutes later. The visitors pulled their goalie for the final minute and a half and went six-on-three after the Eagles gave up a pair of penalties, but couldn’t close the gap any further. The bantams hit

Quick hat trick helps net win Gazette staff A rapid-fire Corey Swain hat trick helped push the Kwixasa’las Memorial side to a comfortable victory in the final of the Memorial Co-ed Indoor Soccer Tournament, held last weekend at Wakas Hall. Kwixasa’las earned a berth against Marie Memorial after Saturday’s round-robin and Sunday’s playoffs in the eight-team Futsal rules soccer tourney. After grabbing an early strike, the Kwixasa’las went from 1-0 to 4-0 in the space of a minute and a half courtesy of Swain’s fancy footwork.

Marie were able to respond quickly with a goal of their own, but some neat interplay from the Kwixasa’las side helped them add another three goals over the next four minutes, effectively putting them out of reach. As both sides settled into the game the scoring slowed and despite some late pressure from Marie, Kwixasa’las ran out comfortable 8-2 victors. In the consolation final Girly-Grace Memorial overcame a two-goal Ninogads Memorial lead to take third place. Ninogads had got the best of the opening minutes and ran out to a 3-1 lead.

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Power play goals help midgets to victory J.R. Rardon Gazette editor PORT ALICE—The visitors from the Peninsula rep hockey program saw it as one-sided officiating. The North Island Eagles chalked it up to disciplined behaviour on the ice. Back-to-back power-play goals by Zach Cameron and Darryl Coon snapped a 1-1 tie and the Eagles midgets went on to a 4-2 victory Saturday in Vancouver Island Hockey League Division 3 play. Peninsula was whistled for nine minor penalties to four for the hosts. But the resulting frustration also led to three, 10-minute misconduct calls and one fourminute double minor for a check to the head. While the parade to the penalty box disrupted the flow of the game, particularly in the second period, it never knocked the Eagles off their game. “Our team was very welldisciplined,” assistant coach D’arcy Deacon said. “We push hard for our kids to make smart choices, and today they did a good job.

Above: North Island Eagles midget David Shaw prepares to unload a shot from the slot during the Eagles' Division 3 game against Peninsula at Port Alice Arena. Right: North Island Eagles midget Malcolm Browne celebrates J.R. Rardon his first-period goal with teammate Coltton Slater (23).

This could have come out a lot different.” So could the score. The Eagles kept almost constant pressure on Peninsula goalie Chris Ferguson, putting 35 shots on net and another 20-plus that sailed just off the mark. Brett Walker had a potential goal waived off for being in the crease, and

Riley Heemels sent a shot that caromed off the crossbar before sailing harmlessly away. “You’ve got to give their goalie credit for playing well,” Deacon said. “But our team discipline was key. Not being in the (penalty) box was a huge factor.” Despite the one-sidedness

of the play, the North Island squad led just 3-2 until Heemels finally locked it up with an empty-net goal with 1:09 left. Drake Baron picked up the win in net. “Our first half was better than the second,” Eagles head coach Dan Slater said. “We slowed down a bit,

but the guys held onto their lead and played strong at the end.” Malcolm Browne got the Eagles on the board at 5:04 of the opening period blasting a slap shot from the point after Tyson Cadwallader’s centring pass from behind the net eluded everyone in the slot and landed instead

on his stick. Roshan Rikhi got Peninsula even just 30 seconds later with his own blast from the top of the circle, but Cameron and Coon gave the Eagles the lead for good later in the period as the hosts took advantage of their early power-play opportunities.

Atoms take 5-1 win with late goal flurry J.R. Rardon Gazette editor PORT ALICE—The North Island Eagles and their Campbell River counterparts combined for just a single goal through nearly two and a half periods of their Vancouver Island Hockey League atom development game Saturday. That was little indication of what was to come over the final 11 minutes. Eagles defenseman Joey Grant rifled home back-to-back goals to kick off a late-game outburst as the hosts pulled away for a 5-1 victory at the local arena. Ethan Bono and Cole Klughart also sandwiched goals around Campbell River’s lone tally, a breakaway score by Brady Estabrook, as the teams combined for five goals in 10 minutes. “We started slow, but came out hard in the second and third period and stuck to the game

Left: North Island Eagles atom Cole Klughart splits the defence of Campbell River's Aiden Watson, left, and Owen Lagos during their league game in Port Alice Saturday. Right: North Island Eagles atom goalie Kayden Jones blocks an incoming puck during his team's J.R. Rardon 5-1 win over Campbell River. “They were kind of end. Thanks to solid on the board at 11:19 the net to make it 2-0. ed only 11 seconds to plan,” Eagles coach defence of the second period by Four minutes later, he restore the three-goal Ray Bono said. “The falling into that trap of positional coaching staff was thinking they deserve and the goaltending converting a crossing snuck an almost identi- lead by rushing the proud of them today; to win; that the other of Kayden Jones, the pass from Ethan Bono cal shot just inside the Campbell River zone upper corner of the post and firing home a shot we’re getting them to team will just roll over. Eagles kept the visitors from the right circle. That slender 1-0 for a 3-0 lead. do what we want them We’re trying to teach off the board until the at speed. them they need to come offence began to assert edge held up until Campbell River to do.” Klughart capped the when scoring with 1:51 left A week earlier, on out and win every itself and tilt the ice the 10:36 remained. That’s responded other way in the second when Grant carried Estabrook broke in when he won a footrace a road trip south, the shift.” In the early going period. the puck into the Tyee alone and decked Jones to the puck on a dumpatoms swept a pair of Campbell River goal- zone, turned to elude a to the ice before skat- in and tapped home an league games, but Bono Saturday, it was the said the team played visiting Tyees control- ie Cameron Vaughan defender at the top of ing around the downed easy backhand after just well enough to win ling much of the play was Jones’ equal until the circle, and lifted a goalie for a short fore- Vaughan missed on an — rather than playing with a solid forecheck hometown skater Tyler wrist shot from the high hand score at 14:03. attempted poke-check in the North Islanders’ Roper put the Eagles slot into the back of But Ethan Bono need- away from the net. their best every shift.

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Above left: Bulls goalie Colin Hunko turns away a shot as the Warriors pile on the pressure during the two sides' matchup in Port Hardy Saturday. Above right: Warrior Shelby Cockell brings up the puck under pressure from the Bulls' Yvan Noel. A O'Toole

Last-minute strike ties Bulls, Warriors Gazette staff PORT HARDY—A tenacious final ten minutes earned the Port Hardy Bulls a draw against the Port Hardy Warriors Saturday, fighting back from 3-1 down to tie it up in the final minute. Bulls goalie Colin Hunko had a superb closing period between

the sticks, time and again turning aside the Warriors’ attempts to find a winner as both teams launched all-out attacks. The Bulls left it late to find the equalizer, Curtis Martyn firing home with just 40.6 seconds left to play. The Bulls had opened the scoring

with six minutes left in the first period, Yvan Noel’s backhander from the left finding the net. The Warriors were quick to respond however, and piled on the pressure for the remainder of the period. They were rewarded with a goal a minute and a half

later when defenseman Mitchell Walker found Shelby Cockell skating into the slot and Cockell rifled home. Cockell turned provider with 1:28 on the clock, Brett Demoe on hand to give the Warriors the lead going into the break. The Warriors kept their upper hand at the

Local peewees face off Gazette staff PORT McNEILL— Even with eight teams playing a series of games over three days, the Port McNeill and Port Hardy peewee hockey teams found themselves playing familiar opponents Sunday morning. Each other.

Cody Walkus snapped a tie with back-to-back goals in the third period as Port Hardy snuck away with a 4-2 victory over their North Island rivals in the seventh-place game of the annual Port McNeill Minor Hockey peewee tour-

nament at Chilton Regional Arena. Reece Lloyd had just tied the game 2-2 when his long slap shot from the top of the circle rippled the back of the net for the Redneck Legends. But Walkus answered less than a minute later to restore Port

Hardy’s lead for good. The tourney was won by Oceanside, which downed Cowichan Valley in the championship final. Nanaimo topped Campbell River for third place and Port Alberni outdueled Gold River to claim fifth.

Clockwise from left: Port Hardy peewee goalie Avary Miller stretches for a glove save; Kenneth Jolliffe of the Port McNeill peewees tries to elude Port Hardy's Michael MacDonald and an unidentified teammate; Port McNeill goalie Alan Townsend eyes an incoming shot from Port Hardy's Cody Walkus; Port McNeill's Skylar Driscoll (30) disrupts a wraparound attempt by Port Hardy's Eli Heller. J.R. Rardon

start of the second and looked to be cruising when Cockell found the net again to double his tally and give his side a buffer. The Bulls refused to go down without a fight, however, and mounted a spell of pressure of their own. They got their breakthrough with 10:56 to

play. Brad Zealand found space to the left of the crease and reacted quickly to turn in a rebound and spark a frantic final ten minutes, the game going end-to-end as both teams went all-out to score. Hunko’s fine series of stops kept the Bulls within sight and

Martyn’s goal crowned a fine comeback in a game either side could have ran away with at times. League play resumes Friday with the Warriors facing the Neucel Islanders in Port Alice at 8 p.m. and the Bulls hosting the Port McNeill Mustangs at 9:15 p.m.

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Communities in final push for Hamper Fund Gazette staff PORT McNEILL— Hockey, holly and horses lend a helping hand as the Gazette Hamper Fund makes its final push before Christmas hampers are delivered across the North Island on Dec. 21. More than 500 hamper application have been received from communities from Port Hardy to Woss, including Kingcome Inlet, Guilford and Zeballos. Much of the food and many of the toys to be distributed have come from donations gathered by local organizations and individuals. The remainder, including Christmas turkeys and hams, are purchased through local businesses.





Gazette Hamper Fund will resume their trip up Pioneer Hill to Chelohsin, Cassiar and back to the Lions Hall. Club members will be handing out candy along the way and will have support vehicles following to collect donations along the way. “We hope you can come out, support this cause and help us put a smile on someone’s face on Christmas morning!” said Jones.

Horses for hampers Tonight in Port Holly is here McNeill, the North Port McNeill resiIsland’s Reinforest dent and green thumb Riders equestrian club Helen Scott is offerwill hold a Christmas ing fresh holiday holly Toy Ride to benefit the sprigs from her large Hamper Fund. bush, in return for a Riders will assemble donation to the Hamper in the Lions Club park- Fund. To get directions ing lot to ride out at and arrange pickup of 6:30 p.m. The group your holly, call Helen will be riding through at 250-956-3673. town collecting donations of toys, non-perHockey handouts ishable food and cash The North Island for the Hamper Fund. Eagles hockey program The route will tra- got its Hamper Fund verse Woodland, involvement in high Haddington, Quatsino gear this week, with Cres., Bayview, the atom development Cypress, Cedar St. program collecting by the A-Frame food during its game Church and Broughton Saturday in Port Alice; Blvd. before arriv- the bantams gathering ing at the Gate House food and toys during a Community Theatre pair of games Saturday about 7:30 p.m. and Sunday in Port “Hot chocolate will Hardy; and the midgbe served at the the- ets raising $162 to go atre for anyone who with two tables full of would like to come food and toys through down and joinREDUCED us, drop their PRICE! annual Hamper off a donation or just Fund game against the check out our season- Eagles alumni Sunday ally decorated horses,” in Port McNeill. organizer Leanne Jones said. 4520 Byng CashRd for cans At approximateThe Port Hardy $257,000 ly 8 p.m. the riders

Return-it Centre is once again offering North Islanders an opportunity to contribute to the Hamper Fund by donating their can and bottle returns to the fund. Just inform staff at the time of your return that you wish to donate part or all of the amount to the Hamper Fund. Through last weekend, the Return-it Centre had already received nearly $1,600 in donations. It’s a wrap Many of the toys destined for deliver this Christmas were gift-wrapped Sunday as Port Hardy’s Barb O’Connor hosted her second annual wrapping party. Nine friends responded to her invitation, each of whom brought a gift to contribute and spent three

hours wrapping hamper gifts. On the day, the 11 participants — including O’Connor’s son, Parker — filled a oneton van with wrapped gifts. Festival of Wreaths The North Island Eagles midget hockey team gathers with some Port Hardy’s Coastal of the food, toys and cash brought in for the annual alumni benCommunity Credit J.R. Rardon efit hockey game in Port McNeill Sunday night. Union will once again be raffling off Christmas Wreaths to benefit the Hamper Fund. Purchase & donate a toy to the This year, the branch Hamper Fund at these retailers. has 14 different wreaths up for grabs — from a PORT HARDY dog bone to a fishing wreath and even a marSmyth’s tini wreath! Dunlop’s The wreaths were made by staff and every penny goes to the cause. Entries will be acceptPORT MCNEILL ed from now until just before Christmas, so pop in and give it your support.

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A hooded oriole, which normally winters on the Baja peninsula of Mexico, has taken up residence in Port McNeill this winter. Jackie Hildering

Guess who’s coming to town? Port Hardy Baptist Church held a performance Sunday of a play, Christmas with Aunt Trudy. Above: Ezra Braun gets landed with Aunt Trudy’s (Rachel Pohl) luggage when she pays an unexpected Christmas visit. Below: The family gets to grips with Trudy’s old-fashioned view of the church. L-r, Kayley Nikkel, Mallory Martineau, Kirsten Strussi and Rachel Pohl. A O’Toole

Oriole makes its winter home in Port McNeill Gazette staff PORT McNEILL— The Marine Detective is apparently branching out. Perhaps we can call her the Avian Sleuth. Jackie Hildering of Port McNeill, best know for her research on humpback whales and other marine biology preservation efforts, made waves with B.C.’s birding community this month when she shared a photo of a hooded ori-

ole that appears to have taken up residence in the community for the winter. The oriole, with distinctive bright yellow plumage on its head and breast, typically breeds along the Pacific Coast as far north as Oregon, but usually winters on the Baja Peninsula of California and Mexico. Hildering posted her photo of the adult male bird, taken Dec. 5, on

the B.C. Bird Alert weblog of Russell Cannings, causing a bit of a stir among the province’s birding community. Directions were posted and links to DriveBC webcams for those interested in making the trip to Port McNeill to view it. And little wonder. It is just the third occasion on which the hooded oriole has attempted to winter in B.C. In 1998, on of the

small birds survived through a winter in Terrace. Through a bit of research, Hildering determined another spent a winter in Prince Rupert in 2007. The bird alert blog indicates feeders have been placed out in Port McNeill and appear to be visited regularly. The oriole was photographed again Dec. 9, leading to the belief it will be sticking around for the season.

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Sec 4(a): An owner or occupier of real property shall: i) remove snow or ice from a sidewalk or footpath bordering his real property by 10:00 a.m. each day; and ii) remove rubbish from a pedestrian facility bordering his real property by 10:00 a.m. each day. Sec 4(b): An owner or occupier of real property shall remove snow, ice and rubbish from any roof or other part of any structure thereon adjacent to any portion of any highway or sidewalk if the snow, ice and rubbish constitute a hazard to person or property. In doing the above, no person shall use corrosive material or willfully damage any District property. The full bylaw is available on the District website: District of Port Hardy: (tel) 250-949-6665 (fax) 250-949-7433 email:

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School District No. 85 requires the following REGULAR positions: Posting #40: Secretary, First Nations Programs, School Board Office - $21.88 per hour, 14 hours per week, 10 months per year. Posting #41: Secretary, Eke Me-Xi Learning Centre - $23.93 per hour, 20 hours per week, 10 months per year. Further information regarding Position Duties and QualiďŹ cations can be found on our website at: under “Career Opportunitiesâ€?. Please complete a CUPE Application Form which is available at our website and quote the appropriate posting number. Closing date for applications is 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 18th, 2013. SD85 thanks all applicants for their interest, however, only short- listed candidates will be contacted. These are CUPE Local 401 positions. Apply to: Mr. John Martin, Secretary-Treasurer School District No. 85, Box 90, Port Hardy, B.C. V0N 2P0

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Counting down to break November flew by at Port Hardy Secondary. The month was packed with events, starting with an amazing performance by a musical group called, “Wheat in The Barley.” Offering an eclectic mix of toe-tapping folk and traditional music, this accomplished group also provided stories and insights into a variety of instruments, including the fiddle, the flute, and the pennywhistle. On a more solemn note we had our M.A.D.D. assembly, a presentation reminding all of us of the dangers of impaired driving, with motivational speakers whose own firsthand understanding of the consequences were sobering to us all. The Junior Rangers,

PHSS News Alexandra Southgate and Alisha MacDonald with

along with our Students’ Council, hosted our annual Remembrance Day ceremony. Mr. George Kearey, a veteran of WWII, was our guest speaker. He brought many interesting wartime items to share with us, including dogtags and photographs, which he shared with interested students at the end of the ceremo-

ny. November wound down with a career fair, where students in grades 10 through 12 had a chance to learn more about options for work and school after high school. Universities and colleges came from all over the Island and the Lower Mainland to share program and campus information with students. Our grads were also busily baking for their Cookies by the Pound fundraiser, held at Thunderbird Mall. It was successful and well attended; we thank everyone who made a contribution to the grads. Students’ Council helped everyone relax, as we headed into December, by having a Pajama Day

during which fuzzy clothing and Ugg comfort ruled the day. We wrapped up November with an indoor lockdown practice. For many students, it was an eye-opener as we locked doors and closed the shutters, and spoke in hushed tones as we awaited the “all clear” announcement. Now we start the countdown to the much-anticipated winter break, a countdown that begins with senior students going on a college and university look-about downIsland. We hope the promise of clear skies and sunshine continues for this journey. Alexandra Southgate and Alisha MacDonald are Grade 12 students at Port Hardy Secondary School.

Sayward scores senior grant S AY WA R D — T h e local Seniors Centre is among twenty-six beneficiaries province wide of 2014 agefriendly B.C. grants, awarded to support a variety of projects designed to help older adults stay mobile, physically active and healthy, Health Minister Terry Lake announced Monday. “This year communities were encouraged to consider projects that

complemented three provincial priorities for seniors: elder abuse prevention, dementia care and non-medical home support,” said Lake. “Each approved project reflects the vision of an age-friendly British Columbia, in which older people are supported to live active, socially engaged and independent lives. Sayward will receive $20,000 in grant funding for a Seniors’ Drop-

School District No. 85 requires the following positions: REGULAR Posting #42: Special Needs Noon Hour Supervisor, Eagle View Elem. - $20.52 per hour, 5 hours per week, while school is in session. TEMPORARY Posting #43: First Nations In-School Support Worker, Eagle View Elem. - $22.56 per hour, 25 hours per week, until January 23, 2015. Posting #44: Noon Hour Supervisor, Eagle View Elem. - $19.16 per hour, 5 hours per week, until January 23, 2015. Further information regarding Position Duties and Qualifications can be found on our website at under “Career Opportunities”. Please complete a CUPE Application Form which is available at our website and quote the appropriate posting number. Closing date for applications is 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 18, 2013. SD85 thanks all applicants for their interest, however, only short- listed candidates will be contacted. These are CUPE Local 401 positions. Apply to: Mr. John Martin, Secretary-Treasurer School District No. 85, Box 90, Port Hardy, B.C. V0N 2P0

In Activity Centre Health and Wellness program. The money is part of nearly $500,000 being distributed across the province. Other examples of approved 2014 Age-friendly BC grants include: elder abuse and “train the trainer” workshops in Tumbler Ridge to raise awareness about how to recognize and respond to elder abuse; Pemberton’s “Seniors Interacting Through Art” program aimed at assisting seniors to communicate and express themselves more fully; and Invermere’s companion program designed to match seniors with volunteers who will assist with everyday living activities such as shovelling the sidewalk and grocery delivery. “Seniors helped build our province and are the cornerstone of families and communities,” said Linda Larson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health for Seniors. “The Agefriendly Community Planning and Project Grant program reflects our work with local governments, Union of British Columbia

Municipalities and other partners to achieve a vision where people of all ages and abilities feel included and valued in their communities.” Applications for the 2014 round of age-friendly grants were reviewed by a committee of staff from the Union of British Columbia Municipalities and the Ministry of Health. Sixteen out of the 26 communities approved to receive a grant had not received funding under the program between 2009 and 2013. “The approved applications are from rural and urban communities throughout the province,” said Rhona Martin, president of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities. “We are pleased to see so many new recipients in the current round of funding.” The Age-friendly Community Planning and Project Grant program is a partnership between the Government of British Columbia and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities.


Thursday, December 12, 2013

North Island Life

Xmas fling

Gazette staff The dancers of Team Charlton performed in Port Hardy and Port McNeill last weekend in the 9th annual Celtic Christmas. The recitals showcase the talents of local highland dancers in traditional

and dancer-choreographed routines. This year, the local stars were joined by special guests Ross Armour and Mellisa Carnegie — world-class dancers — and renowned piper Alan Walters.

Clockwise from left: Emma Jensen of Port Hardy dances out from behind a large Christmas tree during the Celtic Christmas performance in Port McNeill Sunday; Heather Mackenzie, Ella Waring and Kacie Brittain catch some air while performing the Earl of Errol; Abby McCorquodale performs A Sailor’s Not A Sailor Anymore Saturday; Emma Harrison and Jessica Daffurn (rear) perform as robots; Georgia Walkus performs a leap during the Saturday’s performance; Robots take the stage in Port Hardy; Emily Walker and Eileah Cotter twostep to Hillbilly Highland; Mellisa Carnegie of Calgary and Ross Armour of Vancouver perform J.R. Rardon, A O’Toole the Irish jig.

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Little owl gets big hand from volunteers Gazette staff PORT HARDY—A pint-sized raptor was successfully released last weekend in Port Hardy after being rescued from the attentions of crows. Vet Valerie Drolet of the North Island Veterinary Hospital returned the pygmy owl — named Gizmo after the Gremlins character — to his natural habitat after the bird was inspected by staff at the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society. Gizmo had been found the week previous by residents of Tsulquate Reserve. “He was being picked on by some crows,” said Drolet. “That happens sometimes because they’re so small.” The family rescued the owl and called the veterinary office to enquire what they should feed him. Technicians advised the callers to bring the bird in for professional attention. Drolet said that when Gizmo came in he seemed in relatively good health, and staff rehydrated the raptor. She then got in touch with the experts at MARS, who requested that the owl be brought down for inspection. Late last week Gizmo got the all-clear and was returned to Port Hardy with instructions that the bird be released as close to where he was found as possible. Saturday morning, Drolet brought the bird to the woods behind the Gwa’sala’Nakwaxda’xw School for release. She explained that, as the species was diurnal — active both day and night — she wanted to release him in the

Above left: Gizmo, the rescued pygmy owl is given fluids to rehydrate. Above right: Valerie Drolet opens the carry container and the Steve Fines pygmy owl bursts to freedom. Below: Gizmo takes a few moments to reorient himself after Saturday’s release. A O’Toole



“He was being picked on by some crows.” Valerie Drolet

early morning to give the bird the maximum amount of daylight to find its bearings. Once the carrying container was opened, Gizmo had the best possible reaction: flying straight up into the branches. The pygmy owl then took a few moments to orient itself to the new surroundings before taking wing again. As the name suggests, pygmy owl are small, with a length around 7 inches and weighing in around 2 oz.


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