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Rescued dog on the mend Gazette staff Molly, a Shepherd cross found near death, is happy and recovering in a Victoria-area foster home this week after being rescued from a horrifying cruelty situation near Port Hardy. Although she was found extremely emaciated, outside, in a deplorable state of neglect, Molly

is making a good recovery in the loving care of a foster home, the B.C. branch of the Society Against Cruelty to Animals announced. The BC SPCA cruelty investigations team has forwarded recommended charges to Crown Counsel. The 18-month-old Shepherdcross dog was rescued Nov. 25 in

what the BC SPCA termed “one of the most horrific cruelty cases ever witnessed” in the province. The RCMP in Port Hardy was called out on Nov. 25 in response to a complaint of animal cruelty. They discovered the extremely emaciated dog outside on her owner’s porch. “She was in critical condition,

non-responsive and shivering, with a collar deeply embedded in her neck,” says Marcie Moriarty, the BC SPCA’s chief prevention and enforcement officer. “The constable immediately rushed Molly to a nearby veterinary hospital,

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Above, the young clown dolls perform during dress rehearsal for Portside Academy of Performing Arts’ annual Nutcracker Ballet, held last weekend in Port McNeill. At right, Mouse Queen Alison Briscoe, left, eludes the sword of Nutcracker Prince Chance McClendon during dress rehearsal Thursday. See more in North Island Life, page 16.


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Council hears dangers of invasive species Gazette staff PORT HARDY— Mike Desrochers and Mac Willing appeared as delegates before Council last week to warn of the dangers of invasive species and to inform them of a group being established to combat their spread. D e s r o c h e r s explained that he and Willing were two of around 20 forest professionals, community members and business partners involved in the formation of the North Island Invasive Species Partnership. The pair gave a presentation on inva-

sive weeds currently in or threatening the North Island, including knotweed, broom, tansy ragwort and the toxic giant hogweed. Resembling cow parsnip but on a much grander scale - 10 feet high in summer months - hogweed can cause blindness and skin burns on contact. In some cases the burns can be permanent, triggering skin photosensitivity. While hogweed may be a frightening prospect, the pair were more concerned with the rise of knot weeds on the North Island

— a group of weeds Desrochers called “probably the worst bunch of invasive plants on the planet.” The weed can grow through concrete, undermining structural stability, but the real menace is its tenacity. The pair explained that the plant grows vegetatively – cuttings from the plant can regrow fully. In knotweed’s case, as little as 10g of the plant will regrow in the right conditions. Combined with its extensive root system, this makes the weed virtually immune to being cut back — a

Council Meeting Port Hardy 2cm piece of root is enough to regrow the original plant and, if dumped, the pile of trimmings can also take root. The pair advised taking the cuttings to Seven Mile Landfill. “If you look after your piece of land and your neighbours look after their piece of land we can start to address this problem,” said Desrochers. Herbicide is the preferred method of com-

batting the plant, but the pair noted that not all chemical treatments were appropriate for use close to water. The mayor thanked the pair for their presentation. “I’m glad education is a big component (of the mandate), I’ve certainly learned a lot tonight.” NIC The mayor shared details of a meeting with North Island College President John Bowman at the meeting. “It was a real pleasure to meet with President Bowman,”


Trail Counsellors were unanimous in praising the recent opening of the Huddlestan Trails in the town. “The opening of the trail was a very special event,” said Coun. Deb Huddlestan. “Thank you to everyone.” “It was lovely the

way the sun came out, said Coun. Nikki Shaw. “It was a real pleasure to be there.” “The trail dedication for Al was excellent,” agreed Coun. Rick Marcotte. “Well done Patti (Smedley).” Island Health Mayor Parnham received a somewhat belated response to an Aug. 27 letter to Island Health. The letter reaffirmed commitment to progress in Port Hardy. “It’s basically reiterating that, ‘Yes, we are part of the plan,’” explained the mayor.

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Deadline looms for ferry feedback Gazette staff PORT HARDY— Local businesses are being encouraged to let their voices be heard on proposed ferry cuts before a Dec. 20 deadline. “Join me in letting BC Premier Christy Clark know how the proposed service and route reductions to ferry service will affect your family and your business,” reads a post

from the mayor’s blog on the District website. “Under the current plan, BC Ferries will cut 32% of the service on route 10, shortening the tourism season by seven weeks and closing route 40 - effectively eliminating the circle route to the Cariboo Chilcotin through Bella Coola.  Already, we anticipate nearly $3 million in losses to local tourism

revenue and $1.2 million to one key retailer. And that’s just the beginning. We have until Dec. 20 to let the government know how these proposed cuts will have devastating effects for rural coastal communities. BC Ferries is our highway. The government should complete a full socio-economic study before implementing the proposed route and

service reductions and should look at successful models such as Washington State Ferries.” Relevant contact information and a template letter can be found by following the link on the District’s website, Last week, Port Hardy Council heard from Economic Development

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s HealtHyt i pcorner Over nine million Canadians are living with diabetes or prediabetes in Canada. This life-threatening disease can We’ve made it to the final stretch before Christmas and it seems goodies have infiltrated every part of our lives, and lead to many complications, such as heart disease, kidney disease, eye problems and neuropathy. November is all those extra treats can add up quickly. If it seems like every time you pass that cookie tray it takes extra willpower National Diabetes Awareness Month.

to resist grabbing one, here’s news; the food environment can help make healthier choices easier.

Diabetes is a disease of blood sugar control. When we eat food, our body breaks it down into sugar (also Try some of these tips is toused createasafuel foodfor environment that supports your choice to be this holiday season: called glucose) which our muscles. Insulin, a hormone, helps thehealthier sugar being transported in our•blood to get into the cells of our body. When someone has diabetes, or prediabetes, their body is having At the office: As the cookies, loaves and other treats make their way to the office, try bringing some healthier difficulty handling the sugar properly and often there is too much sugar in their blood stream.

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Port McNeill, ICET launch plan Gazette staff PORT McNEILL— With the aid of financial assistance from Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET), the town of Port McNeill is embarking on a $50,000 strategic economic development plan beginning in early 2014. “Adapting to a changing economy is never easy, but with smart planning and focused efforts, Port McNeill will be positioned to thrive and take advantage of new opportunities,” ICET Chair Phil Kent said during announcement of the project last Thursday in Courtenay. “Our Economic Development

Readiness program is the right match for this project, and I’m looking forward to seeing the positive outcome for the community.” With a total budget of $50,000 being costshared 50/50 by the Town and the Island Coastal Economic Trust, an economic development strategy will be developed early in the new year with input from the community and stakeholders. While traditional resource industries like forestry, mining, fishing and aquaculture still play a significant role in the economy of the North Island, the community of Port McNeill is looking towards the future, and

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that means building a strategic economic development plan. “Port McNeill is a resource-industry town and forestry, mining, fishing and aquaculture will always be important, but we can’t rely on those industries as our only source of jobs,” said Mayor Gerry Furney. “We’ve already seen how tour-

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Gazette publisher Sandy Grenier (centre-right) shows the entries as Connie Brown, Muffy Jones and Anika Kelly flash the cash from this year’s Gazette pet contest. Below, Jennifer Lok, left, accepts a donation on behalf of the Cat’s A. O’Toole, Lisa Harrison Meow Society.

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It takes a village The Gazette Hamper Fund topped $24,000 in donations early this week and is ticking ever closer to our ultimate goal of $30,000. And that’s in addition to the thousands of pounds of food and toys that have been donated to assist needy local families this Christmas season. But a benefit like the Gazette Hamper Fund, now in its 34th year, does not happen automatically. It takes everybody pulling together. Witness the long-running Hamper Fund campaign in Campbell River, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and helping families in that community for more than 40 years. In last week’s edition of the Courier-Islander newspaper, a photo showed a KoC organizer in a huge warehouse room startlingly devoid of toys or food. Less than two weeks before hampers were due to be delivered to residents, the Knights said only about 15 per cent of needed donation had arrived. Part of the problem appears to have stemmed from a rival food collection benefit, and residents might not have realized the two collections are unrelated. We’re not patting our own back for the success of the Gazette Hamper Fund. Sure, we have the benefit of our own media to share the word. But all of you, our North Island neighbours, have responded to that word. And for that, we offer our thanks. Well done.

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Premier looks back on 2013 After a whirlwind year that started with a comefrom-behind election win, Premier Christy Clark sat down with me for the traditional year-end interview in her Victoria office. Here are excerpts from that discussion. A longer version with video can be found under the Opinion tab of this newspaper’s website. TF: Premier, you surprised a few people this year. What surprised you the most about 2013? PCC: I guess it was the disconnect between the pollsters and the pundits, and the public. I did have a sense all the time that the citizens were thinking something different in the run-up to the election campaign. I wondered, am I missing something here, or are they missing something? And I guess it turned out that it wasn’t me that was missing something.

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gas export project is going to use a lot of natural gas, especially in the early years. Will B.C.’s greenhouse gas reduction targets [20 per cent reduction by 2020, 80 per cent by 2050] have to be changed? PCC: I don’t have a clear answer on that yet. We are working with the companies on exactly how we are going to structure their environmental commitments and costs, and their electricity costs versus using gas, the total royalty tax regime.

TF: The liquefied natural

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We’re looking at that as one package. However that turns out, though, this opportunity to export natural gas to Asia is the single biggest opportunity we have ever had as a province to reduce greenhouse gas emissions around the world. In shipping this to China, we are going to help them wean themselves off some of the dirtiest coal anybody’s burning anywhere in the world. TF: If B.C. is going to get credit for displacing coal use in Asia, shouldn’t B.C.’s coal exports, even though it’s metallurgical coal, count in our greenhouse gas total as well? PCC: I know that the academics and pundits are going to get all mired in competing sets of numbers and studies. For me, we have a chance to do good for the world, and we’re going to take it. TF: There’s a perception

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out there, fuelled by the opposition, that you campaigned against oil pipelines and now you’re turning the tanker around, as it were, to be in support of them. What do you say to that? PCC: It’s typical of the other guys to reinterpret and misquote. That’s what they do. They’re in opposition. What I said was, we have five conditions that must be met in order for heavy oil to be considered to go ahead in British Columbia. That has not changed. The five conditions remain in place. As of today, none of them have been met. The only thing that is different today, from before the election, is that now I no longer stand alone in supporting the five conditions. I have one other premier supporting me, and that’s Alison Redford.

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Healthcare and conservation on MLA's agenda The Agriculture Minister allegedly using his position to influence a decision by the Agricultural Land Commission (which he wants to disband); the Premier saying that meeting greenhouse gas reduction targets is far less important than exploiting and exporting liquefied natural gas; millions of dollars misspent on child welfare; the continued massive mismanagement of BC Hydro: these are just some of the reasons the government decided they did not want to be held accountable and have the Legislature sitting this autumn. There are of course many other reasons the BC Liberals want to avoid scrutiny but these alone should be enough to humble a government, if not bring it to its knees. Sadly,

in B.C., the arrogance of the BC Liberals knows no bounds. My time outside of the Legislature is being split between constituency work and a focus on my critic responsibilities. I spent a week in Washington State looking at that jurisdictions ferry system (constitutionally and politically accepted as part of the highway system) and will be issuing a report on my findings shortly. Health care continues to dominate much of my work in the constituency. I was very pleased when doctors at Campbell River Hospital came out to voice their concerns publically about capacity at the existing – and particularly at the new – facility. I have followed up with the Minister of Health, asking for common sense to prevail and

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will be able to that the new answer. hospital be I have had built to the some interestfuture needs of a growing ing discuspopulation. sions with BC I am also Ambulance expecting to service staff in have a meeting different North in with Island Island comHealth’s munities about MLA Update new Chief expanding E x e c u t i v e with Claire Trevena their role into Officer, Dr that of comBrendan Carr, munity parato discuss this issue as medics rather than excluwell as health delivery sively being emergency questions across the con- paramedics. This would stituency. There is huge allow much more support frustration in Port Hardy for people at home and in because of delays which their communities rather are plaguing the build- than having to rely on hosing of the primary health pital or clinic care. clinic, promised two years After meeting with peoago. And there are ongoing ple in the north part of questions about health care the constituency I have delivery in our rural com- written to the Minister of munities – from Cortes to Environment urging supTahsis – which I hope he port for the conservation

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Round of a-paws Rave-Rave-Rave: The totals have just come in ... BC SPCA raised around the one million dollar mark with their Paws for a Cause campaign. Scotiabanks in B.C. accounted for $56,000 of that and Scotiabank Port Hardy raised close to $2,000. Jessica Pool organized some great fundraisers here locally to raise these funds. We are so proud to think our efforts have helped Molly. Leigh Deans Port Hardy

Not too bright Here’s my rant for this week: People walking — it is winter and it is dark early, you are very hard to see in your dark clothing! If you are out walking at night please wear something light coloured or a hi-vis type vest.   And if you are walking your dog in the dark they are invisible too, lighten up their leash or collar. Even in parking lots running from your car to the store remember that your dark coat and jeans blends in. We are in the middle of the darkest and rainiest days of the year and everyone needs to be safe. Nadine Gough Port Hardy

service. I was told there have been an extraordinary number of cougar sightings, close to trails, schools and homes, in the last several weeks. The default answer I always receive is that we are well covered by the Black Creek office. I think a lesson in Island geography is in order! A couple of weeks ago I attended the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance meeting in Nanaimo, which brings together business people, economic development officers, tourism associations and elected officials from across the island to discuss economic development. I sat in on some interesting sessions about the needs of our forest industry, potential developments in tourism, the possibilities for the film sector and, of course, on transportation.

I was pleased to see many people from all parts of the constituency in attendance which provided the possibility for a very broadbased discussion. As I mentioned the coming weeks will see me both around the constituency as well as around the province working on ferries’ and other transportation issues. I can however always be reached by email at or by phone on 250-287-5100 in Campbell River, 250-9499473 in Port Hardy or toll free at 1-866-387-5100. And feel free to friend me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter @clairetrevena. Best regards Claire Trevena MLA

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December 19 Avalon’s annual Christmas Program, 7 p.m., all welcome. 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 19 Port Alice Lions Club hosts a sleigh ride with Santa to benefit the Gazette Hamper Fund and the food bank. Ride will begin at 6:30 p.m.; keep an eye out for the sleigh in your neighbourhood and consider donating a non-perishable food item for a chance to climb aboard. December 20 Rotary Christmas carolling in Port Hardy. 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 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.

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, 250284-3927. Feb. 21-22 Port McNeill Figure Skating Club hosts its biennial Ice Carnival at Chilton Regional Arena. Shows at 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. Dates are tentative; updates will be published in the Gazette as they become available. March 22 North Island Concert Society presents the WolackDonnelly Duo, 7:30 p.m., Port Hardy Civic Centre. One piano, one clarinet and a unique and sometimes humorous take on classical music. Tickets $25, 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. April 12 North Island Concert Society presents John Wort Hannam, 7:30 p.m., Port Hardy Civic Centre. Opening act: singer-songwriter Erin Junkala of Coal Harbour. Tickets $25, 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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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,

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Making tracks I don’t believe there is anything more beautiful than waking up to find your world covered with a blanket of fresh snow, especially if it’s the first of the season. I know, I know; you have to shovel the stuff off your driveway and sweep it off your car. But forget the fact that you have to use a little elbow grease and take a good look around you. Every place you gaze is a picture postcard that begs for a camera. Even that pile of litter that you meant to clean up this fall has become a statuesque work of art. In addition to all the beauty that has been created overnight, the list of activities that this new development has made possible is endless. Snowmen, snowball fights (and the snow forts that must be built to protect oneself against these deadly missiles), tobogganing, sledding and skiing. Not to mention snow angels

A Brush with Henschel with Gordon Henschel (remember those?). To make them you lie down on your back in an area of untouched snow and wave your arms up and down in a flying motion parallel to your sides and voila; you have created angels with wings in the fresh snow. Simply wonderful! If you’re lucky enough to live near a trail in the woods, as I do (an old logging road), it becomes a magic highway with every fresh snow. In the woods, where there is less wind, every tree becomes a Christmas tree with its own frosting accentuated by the dark forest behind it. If the snowfall hasn’t been too heavy, I like to take my car out for a spin (sometimes literally!) down one of our many logging roads to

see what new images present themselves for painting. We are lucky on North Island to have a moderate temperature along with our snowfalls, so the snow often sticks to the trees and grass creating a veritable winter wonderland. I did the painting (above, right) on a logging road that comes out of Beaver Cove and runs to Nimpkish Lake. Driving it was pure fun since the snow was neither too deep nor too heavy. The trees were snow laden on both sides of the road the entire way. Being the first to “break trail” on this snowy morning gave me a sense of adventure that no city driver could ever experience. I felt oh so lucky to be able to live and do this in an area of the world as yet untrammeled and uncrowded. Gordon Henschel owns an art gallery in Nimpkish Heights.

“Reisepartner gesucht” – Traveling Companion Wanted My 83rd year was in a sense my happiest year in Canada. I had two different parties from my home area visiting me, a couple from the Erzgebirge and four people from just next door, from one of the nearest villages, from Weissdorf. This man has a sawmill, employing 12 people, two of which are his sons. His mill goes back to the Thirty Year War (1618/48) when Germany had to be rebuilt. Across the mountain range, the Waldsteingebirge (888 Meter – the villages are at a 600 meter level – in Weissenstadt you find the sawmill, employing 80 people, consuming 200,000 cu meter per year. Are you a far-reaching ambitious young person who could envision we could (you, not I!) develop such a mill here in our area where employment is so badly needed and all we do is export round logs. One hour by plane to Vancouver and ten hours from Vancouver to Frankfurth, and then on the Autobahn, going east 240 km to Wagner city Bayreuth. (You leave the underground parking lot and you are on Autobahn (cities: Aschaffenburg/Wuerzbug/Schweinsfurth Bamberg – interchanges, always keep Berlin in mind and not Munich or Koeln) and then stay on it (there are rest areas) until Bayreuth. After Bayreuth, after 20 or 25 km look for sign, leave either at Berneck (and see the huge Quarries) or Gefrees. From the latter four km on old and very winding road through dense forests you find my village, and six km further Weissenstadt. (Gelo management is always willing to show strangers around their supermodern mill, in existence since 1898.) Once you discover the “Fichtelgebirge, you will wish to visit again. The Kornbach tavern Gasthaus has very modest prices. If you wish to spoil yourself, Weissenstadt has a health resort. Or if you are really the young person who will thrive on the Classics, visit the performances in Bayreuth. Coming from Gefrees, the Gasthaus is the first house in the village. Then across the street, the third house belongs to Robert Seibel, who took over my job in 1951 and held it for 39 years with the Bavarian Forest Service, never u.e. P.S., why go to Trinidad or Aruba, the Waldstein Tavern on that legendary mountain with the old castle and towering rock boulders with a mixture of deciduous and coniferous forest, the Baerenfang etc. (the last bear caught in 1754) would be a lovely setting for a wedding party.)

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See Santa’s sleigh tonight in Port Alice Gazette staff PORT ALICE— Local residents are asked to keep an eye — and an ear — out tonight for Santa’s sleigh. No, the big guy is not delivering early this year. But the Port Alice Lions club is hosting a sleigh ride in town to benefit the Gazette Hamper Fund and local food bank. The ride will begin at 6:30 p.m. and wind its way through the town’s streets. Keep watch for your chance to clamber aboard, and the Lions encourage the donation of a non-perishable food item as your ticket. Horses for hampers The Reinforest Riders had a nice evening ride and enjoyed enthusiastic community response last week in their second annual Hamper Fund Toy Ride in Port McNeill. Residents gathered in front of their homes with toys to donate as 15 brightly decorated horses — and one Shetland pony-powered buggy — toured the streets. A pair of trucks followed the riders to collect the toys (and any wayward deposits left by the horses). The club filled four large boxes with toys and also gathered a cash donation. “I was really pleased when I saw the amount of riders we had out and the number of people standing out on the street waiting for us,” organizer Leanne Jones said.

Gazette publisher Sandy Grenier, left, accepts a $1,000 donation for the Gazette Hamper Fund from David Mitchell of Community Futures. A. O’Toole

and arrange pickup of your holly, call Helen at 250-956-3673. Hockey handouts The North Island Eagles hockey program continued to deliver for the Hamper Fund last weekend. Already having gathered impressive amounts of food, toys and money through their annual alumni game and other league contests this month, the Eagles atom development club and the peewee team both added to the haul during their games in Port McNeill and Port Alice, respectively. Credit also goes to the visiting players from Saanich and from Cowichan Valley, who contributed to the fund on their trip.

efit the Hamper Fund. Staff are each creating a different themed wreath which will be displayed in the branch and then raffled off, with proceeds going to the fund.

Holly is here Port McNeill resiREDUCED PRICE! dent and green thumb Wreath raffle Helen Scott is offerCoastal Community ing fresh holiday holly sprigs from her large Credit Union’s Port branch is bush, in return for a Hardy Byngits RdChristmas renewing donation to the Hamper 4520 wreath raffle to benFund. To get directions $257,000

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Robert Short and Sheri Wenman, left, join Brenda Fleeton and Melody Wilson, at right, with Gazette Hamper Fund donations from the NICC employees last week at the MOF office in Port McNeill. J.R. Rardon

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 Returnit Centre had already received nearly $1,600 in donations.

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Tell us about items of interest to the sports community. December 20 Men’s hockey Mustangs at Islanders, 8 p.m., Port Alice; Bulls vs. Warriors, 9:15 p.m., Port Hardy.

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. January 17-19 Minor hockey Port McNeill Minor Hockey midget tournament, Chilton Regional Arena. Concession, raffles, 50/50, more. Info, pmmhctournament@ Curling Broughton Curling Club’s Ladies Open bonspiel. Draw/ matchup times to be determined. Dinner, prizes, concession; lounge open throughout. Info, Keith at 250-902-8197 or Broughton Curling Club on Facebook. January 18 Rep hockey North Island Eagles bantams host Peninsula, 2:30 p.m., Port Hardy; Eagles peewees host Alberni Valley, 4 p.m., Port Alice. January 19 Rep hockey North Island Eagles peewees host Alberni Valley, 9 a.m., Port Hardy; Eagles atom development hosts Comox, 11:15 a.m., Port Hardy.

Left: Devin White of the North Island Eagles peewees breaks away in front of a pair of Cowichan Valley rivals en route to scoring the tying goal in Saturday's Vancouver Island Hockey League game in Port Alice. Right: North Island Eagles peewee Ryan Patterson (7) flings a shot at the net during Saturday's game against Cowichan Valley. J.R. Rardon

Peewees hold league juggernauts to draw J.R. Rardon Gazette editor PORT ALICE— Noted fable-meister Aesop is credited with penning the observation that “familiarity breeds contempt.” In the case of the North Island Eagles and Cowichan Valley Capitals peewee hockey teams, familiarity apparently breeds parity. A shorthanded, breakaway goal by Devin White with 4:58 remaining lifted the Eagles to a 4-4 tie with the Capitals in Vancouver Island Division 3 play Saturday at the local arena. But it was a tie that felt more like a win, producing the first blemish on the league record of an undefeated Capitals club that had outscored the North Islanders 24-9 while winning all three previous meetings between the teams. “We worked all week preparing for that game,” peewee coach Marty Gage said. “We knew it would take everything we have to

North Island Eagles peewee Benton Browne, right, celebrates the tying goal by Devin White (bottom) against Cowichan.

win — and we were playing to win it.” That has proven a tall order for opponents of Cowichan Valley, a Tier 2 program placed into Division 3 for the current season. The Capitals entered the game atop the league standings and with a spotless record after outscoring its opponents 41-9. The Eagles sit at 4-21, tied with Alberni in second place with a

game in hand against the Bulldogs and a key matchup between the sides on the final weekend of the regular season, in late January. But the North Islanders actually took early charge of Saturday’s contest against the Cowichan juggernaut, jumping to leads of 1-0 and 2-1 on goals by Clayton Bono and Carson Strang in the opening period.

Cowichan responded each time with shorthanded goals to tie the contest, then eased in front 4-2 with two more goals in the early portion of the second period. But just when it seemed the Capitals were poised to extend their dominance in league play, Eagles goalie Michael McLaughlin and the rest of the peewees slammed the door and

tilted the ice. McLaughlin, with some help from a vigorous defence, posted a shutout the rest of the way and earned the hard hat that accompanies the team’s “digger” award for effort. At 4:32 of the third period, the Eagles drew to 4-3 on a fluke goal credited to Bono. He sent a shot on net that Cowichan goalie Matt Simpson stopped. But as the rebound dropped between Simpson’s knees and members of both teams charged to the crease, it was deflected into the net by another Capital. “Thanks!” Strang said with a laugh to Cowichan forward Matt Baird as he turned to joint the handshake line at the bench. The tying goal came with the Capitals on the eighth of their nine power plays in the game. White, a forward positioned at the point inside his own blue line, blocked a shot and the puck bounded into the neutral zone. With a pair of Caps

giving chase, White raced ahead to gather the puck and break in alone on Simpson, faking a shot in the low slot before slipping a backhand home for the game-tying goal. “We played most of the last half of the game shorthanded,” Gage noted. “But all across the bench, we had great effort. That competitive level and battle, that’s what tied the game.” Notably, the Eagles held the visitors to an 0-for-9 showing on the power play and got White’s tying goal while down a skater, although they did give up their own two shorthanded goals. Gage said he would still like to see his oftpenalized team spend less time in the box, but was taking nothing away from Saturday’s showing. “It was an accumulation of a lot of hard work,” Gage said. “The kids knew this (Cowichan) team was a measuring stick, and they raised their own bar. I’m proud of them.”

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Quick-fire strikes from midgets sink JdF Gazette staff PORT HARDY—A three-minute spell late in the second made all the difference as the North Island Eagles midgets overwhelmed visiting Juan de Fuca at Don Cruickshank Memorial Arena Sunday. It would have been a bad time to beat the rush for a hot dog as the Eagles transformed a slender 1-0 lead into a 5-1 domination in Division 3 league play. The Eagles carried the advantage courtesy of a Darryl Coon strike in the first period, when Thomas Symons doubled their lead and sparked a goal frenzy with 4:45 left in the second. What had been a relatively staid return to

the ice since the midgame cleaning exploded as Symons’ goal jolted the game to life. Straight from the puck drop, Tyren Dustin surged forward down the left of the slot, catching the visitors on their heels, and lifted the puck high into the net to extend the Eagles’ lead to 3-1. Forty seconds later, Juan de Fuca pulled one back on a power play, a deflection off a crisp shot from the blue line finding its way past Eagles’ goalie Drake Baron, the first blemish on a strong performance. The comeback was snuffed out with 1:32 in the period, Malcolm Browne carving left to right and besting the Juan de Fuca netmind-

Thomas Coon picks up the puck for the Eagles during Sunday's game against Juan de Fuca in Port Hardy. A O'Toole

er. Just five seconds later they did it again. Riley Heemels burst forward from the restart and did well to steer

home from the right of the slot with defenders diving in front. The visitors got a consolation early in the third but never looked

like staging a serious comeback, the home side oozing confidence with between-the-legs moves and crisp passing. With the score all

Atoms crush visiting Saanich

J.R. Rardon Gazette editor PORT McNEILL— Ethan Bono wrapped up Sunday’s hockey game against visiting Saanich with a hat trick. Asked afterward what was the best goal of the game, he didn’t hesitate. “Evan’s,” said Bono, whose drop pass provided an assist as his cousin, Evan Manke, scored his first Eagles goal in the team’s 10-1 romp over the Braves at Chilton Regional Arena. Manke originally played for the Eagles as an affiliated player from the Port McNeill Minor Hockey program before joining the Eagles full-time more recently. “We came down 2-on-1, and I cut in front of the (Saanich) defenseman,” said Bono. “I sent it over to Evan, and he shot it in. It felt good.” The exhibition win capped a one-sided weekend of play, which included a 9-2 romp over the Braves Saturday in Vancouver Island Hockey League Division 3 play at Chilton Regional Arena.

North Island Eagles atom Tyler Roper is knocked to the ice by an unidentified Saanich opponent during Sunday's hockey game at Chilton Regional Arena in Port McNeill. J.R. Rardon

After racing to a 6-0 lead in the opening period, the Eagles came out with an emphasis on passing and trying to involve some players who don’t get into the scoresheet as often. While the score might have been far more lopsided, the Eagles mixed up their lines and their top scorers spent the final two periods trying to set up their lessexperienced teammates for goals. Saanich goalie Jack Markarewich, under the gun throughout the game, also earned kudos for his play. Even when the Eagles first-liners backed off, he still faced a steady flurry of shots through-

out the game and kept the score down while allowing only two goals over the second half. Ethan Bono finished with three goals and four assists and Tynan Klein-Beekman and Keenan Saunders scored two goals each in Sunday’s one-sided win. But the game pointed out the vagaries of Vancouver Island Hockey’s tiering system, which places teams in competitive divisions based on preseason results against an arbitrary series of opponents. The Eagles atoms, made up of a sizeable group of firstyear players, struggled

in the tiering round against a group of toprated ‘A’ teams from larger associations and were placed in Division 4 for the regular season. But they wound up matched against several weaker, ‘B’ teams that have not been up to their level in the first half of the season. The Eagles are alone atop the division with a 6-0 record and have outscored opponents 54-15. Saanich is 0-5 and has allowed a league-high 48 goals. As a result, the Eagles coaching staff tried to use last weekend’s series as an educational opportunity. “We switched up

our lines to try to get some of the kids who don’t score as much an chance,” atoms coach Ray Bono said. “Tyler Roper sacrificed a number of chances trying to get his teammates the puck. I’m proud of all of the kids for doing their part to help the team.” Joey Grant and Cole Klughart also scored for the atoms, who will take time off over the holiday break before resuming league play in January. Numerous players found the scoring column with assists, including Klughart (4), Manke (3) and Grant of Port McNeill, Koen Harwood of Port Hardy, Roper of Port Alice and Daunte McKinney of Alert Bay. Eagles 9, Saanich 2 In Saturday’s league contest, Klughart scored a hat trick, Roper had two goals and an assist, Ethan Bono had a goal and four assists and Peyton Dugas registered three helpers to lead the Eagles’ assault. Daunte McKinney added a goal and an assist, Klein-Beekman and Saunders scored goals and Manke added an assist.

but out of sight, tempers began to flare on the ice and the remainder was punctuated by big hits and penalty calls. “I thought our guys actually played a really good game of hockey; they moved the puck about well,” said coach D’Arcy Deacon. “We showed some good discipline too, not engaging too much after the whistle. Other teams go a goal or two down and get frustrated. Our guys showed some discipline today.” The goal-laden second period was a world away from Saturday’s exhibition where the two sides played out a tight, tit-for-tat 2-2 draw. “Yesterday there was a lot of individual play,” said Deacon.

“Today was a lot more of a team effort.” Blueliners Browne and Coltton Slater provided the goals in Saturday’s tie, with assists going to David Shaw and Tyson Cadwallader. The side now has a break from league play, and will skate in a tournament in Comox Jan. 3-5 before returning Jan. 11 for a home game against Saanich. But Deacon said that the players would still work on their performance during the down-time. “We’re having some fun skates over the next couple of days and doing some team-building off the ice to get ready for the tournament in Comox in the New Year,” he said.

ATHLETE of the Week EVAN MANKE The Port McNeill forward, a recent addition to the North Island Eagles atom program, scored his first goal in Sunday’s win over Saanich. J.R. Rardon photo

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

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A magic night Gazette staff PORT McNEILL— Candy canes, snowflakes and giant mice came to life and danced away the evening last weekend as Portside Academy of Performing Arts hosted its annual presentation of the Nutcracker ballet at Sunset

Elementary School. It was the seventh annual show, directed and choreographed by Alana Collins and featuring local youth performers in all roles in performances Friday and Saturday evenings. Here are a few images we managed to capture ...

Clockwise from left: Harlinquinade dolls Hannah Leonard, foreground, and Meghan Griffith leap during Portside Academy of Performing Arts’ Nutcracker ballet performance Saturday at Sunset Elementary School; Angel Bethany Waines offers to help Sugar Fairy Maria Downey off stage following their dance; Sugarplum Fairy Aija Nelson gets a hand from Nutcracker Prince Chance McClendon; Olivia Wilson and Connor Hamling perform the Chinese dance for the Nutcracker Prince and Clara in the Land of Sweets; Clara (Karmen Sawyer) flings “snow” into the air following dress rehearsal; Angels Willow Baker, left, and Bethany Waines perform during the annual Nutcracker ballet; Dancing snowflakes Aija Nelson and Peri Donaghy look on as the Nutcracker Prince (Chance McClendon) guides Clara (Karmen Sawyer) through the magical Snowflake Forest. J.R. Rardon

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Position: Wagalus Language/Cultural Teacher Location: Wagalus School and Kwigwis Daycare Hours of Work: 20 hours per week Reporting to: Teacher in Charge Under the supervision of the Teacher in Charge, the Language/ Cultural Teacher is responsible for the planning and delivery of the program including: Duties include: • Develops, prepares and presents a variety of appropriate culture and language learning opportunities for infants to Grade 7 • Promotes understanding and appreciation of Kwak’wala and Kwakiutl culture, traditions, history and other contemporary themes. • Promotes and exposes students to the use of Kwak’wala in the school • Coordinates elders and resource people for cultural presentations in school or community. • Evaluate student progress and write term report cards • Supervise and manage classroom • Interact and communicate with parents when necessary • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Teacher in Charge Qualifications and Experience • Demonstrating fluency/semi-fluency and a good understanding of Kwak’wala • Knowledge and understanding of Kwakiutl culture and traditional practices • Some post secondary education would be an asset • Experience working with First Nations elementary students  • Willingness to work in cooperation with the other members of the teaching team • Ability to work together with teachers to create cultural relevant events for students • Ability to teach small split grade classes • Ability to maintain good working relationships with students, parents, families, communities, and staff   • First Aid Certificate or willing to obtain Preference for this position will be given to a Kwak’wala speaking registered member of the Kwakiutl Band. A Criminal Record Check, Medical Certificate, and two references are required. Deadline for applications: Dec 20, 2013 by 4:00 pm Position to commence: January 13, 2014 Please direct your resume, references, and cover letter to: Kwakiutl Band Karen Aoki, Teacher in Charge 99 Tsakis Way P.O. Box 1440, Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0 Phone/Fax: 250-949-6019 Email: We thank those submitting resumes, but only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.



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20 www.northislandgazette.comThursday, December 19, 2013

International affair

Staff, tutors and students from North Island College came together for a multicultural Christmas celebration last week at the North Island College English as a Second Language Christmas Dinner. Students prepared dishes from their home countries to share, with eleven nationalities represented at the get-together. A O’Toole

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Christmas Greetings 2013

1st Place Winner: Ages 0-5 Arlene Paul

1st Place Winner: Ages 6-8 Talia Child

1st Place Winner: Ages 9-12 Leanne Wilson

1st Place Winner: Ages 13+ Ashley Thornton

Christmas stories and colouring from our talented North Island youth.

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A big thank you to the hundreds of entrants who took the time to enter the Gazette’s annual colouring and writing contests. The wall of our office is currently a kaleidoscope of colour as we have all 383 of the colouring entries on display. Well done to all the North Island schoolchildren who entered; you’ve certainly brightened our days and gave our judges some difficult decisions this week. Well done too to all the creative writers who took our lead and crafted it into a Christmas tale. If the entries are anything to go by, the North Island has a wealth of imaginative, talented writers honing their craft at our schools. And a special congratulations to the winners. While we loved each and every entry, our judges had the unenviable task of picking their favourite. We loved hearing their laughter as they read each entry aloud. The winners can be found over the next pages, and these winners can come by the Gazette office to claim their cash prize. With the pictures on the wall, snow in the forecast and the Hamper delivery coming this weekend, Christmas has certainly arrived in our office. From all of us at the Gazette, we wish you and yours the very best this holiday season and New Year, and hope 2014 is your best year yet. Merry Christmas, Sandy Grenier, publisher

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It was the first snowfall of the year and the school was cancelled. Jill and Michael wrapped up warm, got their sleighs and headed out to the hill. They had just turned the corner when out hopped a little puppy, oh!! Isn’t she cute, said Jill, she’s as white as the snow said Michael, they ran home to tell their parents. When they got there, Jill yelled out there’s a puppy!! A puppy said their Mom? Yes a little white puppy, as white as the snow said Michael. Can we keep it please!! They both said at the same time. No, said their mom, it could belong to someone else. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t said Jill. It had no collar said Michael. And it was in the middle of nowhere out in the snow, said Jill. Still, said their mom, it could be someone else’s and we don’t want a dog, remember we wanted a hamster. Ok, said Michael but Jill still didn’t give up. They brought the puppy to the pet store and went home. The next day Jill woke up mom! She said can we go to the pet store. Why? said mom. Umm, just to go look at the hamsters. Ok said mom, yippee!! I said lets go. But as soon as we got there I ran up to that little white puppy we saw. Mom I said, can we please get the puppy! Please!!! I beg her to get the puppy when finally she said, fine! We will get the puppy but you have to take good care of it. Ok Ok! I will I said so we brought it home, this was the best time of Jill’s life and she was so happy she finally got to get what she wanted. Merry Christmas!!

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Delivering wishes merry and bright to all of our friends and neighbours at Christmastime! With sincere thanks for your loyal support, we wish you and yours a very merry Christmas! From all the staff and management at Port Hardy Esso! 8945 Granville

Wishing you a very good year! Here’s Hoping your year is simply golden! For all your visits this year, we are sincerely grateful and we welcome the opportunity to serve you again in the year ahead.

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It’s A Wonderful Life… with friends like you! To all our neighbours and friends, we wish the merriest and brightest holiday season ever! Thanks for lighting up our year with all your visits. Happy Holidays! — From Mayor, Council and Staff Town of Port McNeill

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2nd PlaceAge 0-5 Tyrone Poynter Grade K Eagle View Elementary

The Racoon It was the first snowfall of the year and school was cancelled. Jill and Michael wrapped up warm, got their sleighs and headed out to the hill. They had just turned the corner when they saw a racoon. Michael tried to scare it away but it was too busy eating the garbage at the bottom of the hill. How did it get there, it used to be on the corner hill Michael said 2nd placeto Jill. Jill wasn’t listening; she was day dreaming about a bear pawing at the garbage. Grade K-3 Michael went to get the bells their mom gave them, he rang them, and the racoon ran away. Kirsten Strussi It was just getting dark so they thought they should go home. As they were heading inside Grade 3 Jill saw Santa. She yelled to Michael, but Michael wasn’t there. He had already gone inside Eagle View and was now brushing his teeth. So she just sat there watching Santa. Soon she got tired Elementary so she went in inside, when she went to look back Santa wasn’t there. The only thing she seen was the racoon they saw earlier. So she hopped into bed, was the racoon really Santa she thought. Soon She was fast asleep. When she woke up and saw her brother opening presents. In the Fireplace she saw little racoon prints……… MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Seasons Greetings from the staff at Rexall Come see us for all your last minute Christmas shopping!

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Santa’s Broken Sleigh It was the first snowfall of the year and school was cancelled. Jill and Michael wrapped up warm, got their sleighs and headed to the hills. They had just turned the corner when they saw a broken down sleigh. “It’s Santa’s sleigh” said Michael. There was a red rope, we think it was the reindeers harness. We saw footprints; they were really big and we followed them. They lead into the forest. We travelled with our wooden sleighs for twenty minutes. We found a little wooden cottage. We knocked on the door. We heard Ho, Ho, Ho in a very deep voice. Santa answered the door. He asked us if we were lost. We said “no”. He invited us in for a cup of hot cocoa. Inside the cottage there were all the nice reindeers eating carrots. We asked about his broken down sleigh. He said the machine broke down inside the sleigh. Returning to the sled we found out what was wrong. We ran back home, grabbed the tools and headed back. We were able to fix the sleigh. It was a good thing since it was Christmas Eve. Santa said thank you and he asked if we want to go for a ride around town. We said “yes”. We went back and got the reindeer. They were not there. Someone left the door open. We went behind the cottage, we didn’t see anything except tracks. We followed the tracks, they lead us to a berry bush. We found all of them. We brought them to the sled and put the harness on. We were all ready for a sleigh ride. We went for a nice long ride around the clear skies. Santa brought each of us home and said “Have a Merry Christmas”. The End

1st PlaceGrade 4-7 Kayley Clair Grade 5 Eagle View Elementary

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North Island Lanes 7210 Market, Port Hardy 250-949-6307


Christmas 2013

Thursday,December 19, 2013

3rd PlaceAge 6-8 Emma Watson Grade 3 Fort Rupert Elementary

CHANGES IN CURBSIDE SERVICE OVER THE HOLIDAYS Wishing you and your family peace and joy this holiday season!

Port Hardy:

December 25 and January 1 curbside will be done December 24 and 31 at the same time as usual. TRANSFER STATION WILL BE CLOSED December 24, 25, 26, 29, 31, January 1 and 5.

Port McNeill:

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

Claire Trevena, MLA (North Island)

Coal Harbour and Sointula: No service disruptions.


Room 7, Robert Scott School PO Box 2479 Port Hardy, V0N 2P0 Phone: 240-949-9473 or 866-387-5100 Email:

Service for December 24 will be done on December 23 at the regular time and service for December 31 will be as usual.

Merry Christmas

& All the Best in the New Year

To all our customers on the North Island, Central Coast & surrounding areas As we put yet another year out to pasture, we'd like to wish all of you a very joyous and satisfying holiday season. Working with great people like you has been udderly fantastic for us. Thanks!

Island Foods 250-956-3328

Monty & Staff 250-949-7771

Thursday, December 19, 2013 B7

SHOP LOCAL EAT LOCAL SPEND LOCAL ENJOY LOCAL Come to North Star Cycle & Sports for your

Christmas gifts. • bikes • hockey gear • baseball gear & more

Need the perfect

stocking stuffer?

We’ve got it!

Come to Thorpe’s Ticket Wicket lotto booth in the mall and get our Scratch & Win Christmas trees or bows. Make everyone’s stocking fun.


#2-7210 Market St • Port Hardy 250-949-7221

Ticket Wicket Lotto Booth

Come see us today at the Thunderbird Mall

Even SANTA takes time off to play! Do You?

check out

The Shed for all your gifts this Christmas.

Gift Certificates Wide selection of Snow gear Boots | Jackets | Rain gear ....We’re more than just bikes! #3C-311 Hemlock Street, Port McNeill (behind Subway) 250-956-2686 Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm & Sat 10am-5pm

Shop & Win over $500 in gift certificates from local merchants!

Support the local businesses who support the area where you live, work & play!

Thursday, December 19, 2013



“The Dub”

You pick the amount, the perfect stocking stuffer!

Come in to MarketPlace IGA for all your Christmas foods, treats & more! Pick up our Japanese oranges

8am-9pm daily 1705 Campbell Way, Port McNeill 250-956-4404



Planning a Christmas Party? Need a nice night out? Or come watch a Canucks game throughout the season!

Come to Rexall Drug Store for the largest selection of Christmas shopping in town.

Come to the

Glen Lyon Restaurant & Lounge 6435 Hardy Bay Rd (250) 949-7135

December Special:

Turkey Club Panini turkey, bacon, avacado, tomato, cheese & roasted garlic aioli

COUPLE DAYS LEFT TO CHRISTMAS. Come to Rexall for all your needs. Christmas starts at home. 8925 Granville Port Hardy | 250-949-6552

Want to make your shopping easy?

Lots of workwear, rain gear and work boots available at Macandales.

Come to Creative Edge Salon.

ICATEthSin!g! F I T R E C GIFTe one who has every

... for th

Gas Powered Wood Splitters NOW available!

We have a large selection of pre-made gift baskets for you to choose from. We also have a large selection in great hair product, nail polish, curling irons. Don’t forget Gift Certificates for your Stockings! Make sure you come to Creative Edge on Friday Dec.13th "Nightmare Before Christmas" shopping night. We will be having hourly specials and yummy treats.

Hurry in and get your last minute gifts or gift certificates today!

Serving the Coast Since 1978 8640 Wollason Street 250-949-8442


7035 Market, Port Hardy


Thursday, December 19, 2013 B9

SHOP LOCAL The Source is the PLACE TO GO for all your Electronics.

Happy Holidays we will be closed December 25&26 but join us Friday 27th for HUGE SAVINGS on our

DAY AFTER BOXING DAY SALE! AY We will be open SUND -4! DECEMBER 22 from12 7145 B Market St, Port Hardy 250-949-7553

Peoples Drug Mart Port Hardy

WILL PAY E TAX! TH on all Giftware ON ALL GIFTWARE for the entire month of December!

Come in and let our friendly staff help you get the perfect Electronic Gifts. Cell Phones, Stereos, Tablets, computers and so much more. Make Christmas a big HIT.....

8945 Granville St, Port Hardy (250) 949-7771

OVERWAITEA FOODS HOLIDAY STORE HOURS Dec 24th 8am - 6pm Dec 25th - closed Dec 26th 10am - 6pm Dec 31st 8am - 6pm Jan 1st 10am - 6pm

WINTER HOURS {starting Jan 2nd, 2014}

8am - 8pm

Hurry in and get your last minute gifts, chocolate's, cosmetics, jewellery, toys, gift cards and more. There is something for everyone! LET OUR FRIENDLY STAFF HELP YOU TODAY! HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE STAFF & MANAGEMENT OF PEOPLES.

The Staff & Management would like to wish our customers a Happy and Safe Holiday Season Locally owned and operated.

8950 Granville, Port Hardy Locally owned and operated.

Port Hardy - Thunderbird Mall • 250-949-9522

Port McNeill - 1584 Broughton Blvd • 250-956-3126

Come to

We would like to thank our customers for their continued support! Happy holidays REMEMBER We Offer the Price Match Guarantee.

8775 Granville St., Port Hardy 250-949-8223 1595 Broughton Blvd., Port McNeill 250-956-3568

FP Foods

in Port Alice and check out our weekly in store specials and sales. Stock up on your Christmas items now!

The Port Hardy & District Chamber of Commerce wishes you & your loved ones a happy and safe holiday season.



FP Foods

1071 Marine Drive, Port Alice


Thursday, December 19, 2013


SHOP LOCAL We will be open from 6:30am till 3pm on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, 9am till 3pm New Year's Day & closed Christmas Day

Steak and prawns 15.95 Fridays and 1/2 price burgers



Selection of CHRISTMAS stock is at the Dollar Store.


AJAC Winner, 2014 • No Charge Oil change for 2 years • $3500 rebate • Interest rates as low as 1.99%

Stay tuned for our deals happening on Fri Dec.13th "Nightmare Before Christmas" night.

Captain Hardys 7145 Market, Port Hardy (250) 949-7133

157 8950 Granville Street • 250-902-0488

DEALER #7983


Just Announced!

9045 Granville Street


Come see us today at EJ Klassen GM or check us out online at

From all of us at


Check out our fantastic lunch and dinner specials this Holiday Season. We are now back Open 7 Days a Week!!

Wishing you and yours A Very Merry Christmas! Don’t forget ~ we’ve got Gift Cards - the gift that fits everyone’s stockings! Happy New Year! 7135 Market, Port Hardy 250-949-9808

5685 Hardy Bay Rd., Port Hardy (250) 949-6544 7800 Market St, Port Hardy (250) 949-7811

Enjoy our Daily Drink & Food specials. Would you like a nice night out with your friends and family during the holiday season? Then come down to the Quarterdeck Pub and enjoy the newly renovated pub and our new Executive Chef.

Quarterdeck Pub 6555 Hardy Bay Road, Port Hardy 250-949-6922

Standard Horizon, NC Version GPS Chart Plotter/ Fish Finder Model #CPF390iNC

lists at $1,29500 Dec & Jan special Furuno FM4000 VHF with DSC lists at $79500 special



Holiday Essentials Maxwell House Coffee 925g – $6.99 Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce – $1.99 Campbell’s Broth 900ml – $1.99 Utitlity Turkeys – .99lb NO MIN PURCHASE (while supplies last)

Stryker Electronics Ltd 6710 Hardy Bay, Port Hardy (250) 949-8022

#2-311 Hemlock Street • Port McNeill, B.C. V0N 2R0 • Phone 250-956-2881

Christmas 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013 B11

Jill and Michael Save Christmas It was the first snowfall of the year school was cancelled. Jill and Michael wrapped up warm got there sleds and headed out to the hill. They just turned the corner when… They saw something gleaming collapse into the side of the hill. “What the heck was that Jill?” asked Michael. Let’s go see! Yelled Jill dashing to see what fell into the hill. “Wait for me! Yelled Michael dashing after her. When they got there they saw a sleigh painted silver and gold. It looked so elegant and delicate. Jill noticfed 9 reindeer a tiny ways down the hill in gold reins. Michael found the driver. The driver was a man in a red suit and cap, with a long beard. When Jill seen the driver she yelled “Santa Claus!” “Oww!” Santa moans. “He has a bump on his head.” Examines Jill “Let’s take him home and give him an ice pack.? Suggested Michael. “Oww! Santa moans again. “let’s let the reindeer pull the sleigh home.” Jill said. “Great idea Jill.” Michael replies. Michael got home they put Santa on the couch and Michael said, “Santa do you remember anything before you crashed. Santa replied, “Who are you two, where am I, wait who am I?” “Oh no Santa doesn’t remember anything, how will he deliver all the presents on Christmas Eve?” Jill said heartbroken. “It’s ok Jill we will help him remember and save Christmas.” Michael said. Jill and Michael planned while they feed the reindeer vegetables. Jill and Michael went a little like this they would watch Christmas movies, eat gingerbread cookies, and drink hot chocolate with marshmallows. They tried explaining that he was Santa Claus and on Christmas Eve night he delivers presents to every boy and girl in the world. But it wasn’t working. They showed Santa the 9 reindeer. He remembered all their names. Jill and Michael showed Santa more Christmas movies. He would remember something after each movie. Until Santa remembered everything about Christmas. After Jill and Michael helped Santa fill the sleigh he was off like a lightning bolt. When Jill and Michael woke up on Christmas morning there was a gargantuan mountain of present under the tree. Jill and Michael found everything on their Christmas lists. Jill and Michael were overjoyed with all the gifts. After they opened all the presents Jill and Michael watched Christmas movies, drank hot chocolate. Before they went to bed they saw something gleaming in the sky outside the window. Jill and Michael knew what it was. Santa.

2nd PlaceGrade 4-7 Julie Morozoss Grade 5 Eagle View Elementary

A Note of Thanks at the Holidays We’re more thankful than words can express, As we send you glad tidings for a merry Christmas; For your goodwill and friendship, too… We’re deeply indebted to each one of you!

Dave Landon Motors 7150 Market Street, Port Hardy 250-949-6393 |

HO HO HO MERRY XMAS The Staff of the North Island Gazette would like to Wish everyone a

Even SANTA takes time off to play! Do You?

VERY Merry Christmas and a

Safe Happy New Year

Check Out THE SHED for your last minute gifts Gift Certificates Available wide selection of Snow Gear Rain Gear, Boots, Jackets...go Pro

...We’re more than just bikes! #3C-311 Hemlock Street, Port McNeill (behind Subway) 250-956-2686 Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm Sat 10am-5pm

We look forward to serving the North Island in 2014. NORTH ISLAND


~ Thank you ~

Christmas 2013


It was the first snowfall of the year and school was cancelled. Jill and Michael, wrapped up warm, got their sleighs and headed out to the hill. They had just turned the corner when… They heard something close nearby them and wondered what is that sound? Jill said Michael it sounds like music. Ya it really does, maybe it is because it’s close to Christmas anyways let’s go and find out. Michael I found a hurt reindeer, what should we do with it? We can just leave it here. First let’s clean it up and feed it some carrots. It must be hungry said Jill, maybe it fell behind with the others. Hey Michael let’s go home and figure something out. I think I’ve got an idea, Jill why don’t we ring Rudolph shiny big bell so Santa can hear us. And come pickup Rudolph should we? Yes, that sounds great said Michael. So Jill and Michael heard another strange sound and was a little louder. We turned around all we could see was this bright big loud sound that sounded like Jingle Bells. Then something red came out of a big sleigh with brown fur and big antlers. It was Santa and his reindeer. Oh my, was I ever impressed Santa said did you find a reindeer with a red nose, yes he’s right here. Rudolph is it really you said Santa. Yes responded Rudolph. Would you like to go for a ride said Santa? To Jill and Michael, well sure. Get on and you’ll go for a ride. Weeee said both of them as they got off. Rudolph was very cold so Santa said get up there. Rudolph said good bye and away they went. Jill and Michael said loudly, bye Santa and Rudolph I’ll always remember you forever and ever they both said together. As they walked home it got darker and darker finally they got home. Mom and Dad said what did you two do out there, you obviously had fun. Jill and Michael kept that a secret then told their parents we just had fun together. And then that was it for the night.

Honourable MentionGrade 4-7 Emily Jeffrey Grade 6 Sunset Elementary

Thursday, December 19, 2013

3rd PlaceGrade 4-7 Aliya Therrien Grade 5 Eagle View Elementary

It was the first snowfall of the year and school was cancelled. Jill and Michael wrapped up warm, got their sleighs and headed out to the hill. They had just turned the corner when Jill noticed a sharp movement in a nearby bush. She nudged Michael’s arm and cried. “Hey! Did you see that? Something moved in that bush!” “C’mon! Let’s go check it out.” He replied. They walked a few steps closer to the plant. Jill nodded her head and on a count to three Michael tore apart the bush to reveal the middle section. They both looked flabbergastedly at each other. They noticed that in the snow were 4 hoof marks, just like a deer’s. “It was just a deer.” Said Michael with dissapointment on his face. “Well, let’s go. I want to sled down that hill.” When Jill and Michael reached the top highest point of the hill, Michael was just about to take off when he thought he saw a small flash of red in the distance. He looked puzzeldly over at Jill and grabbed her arm and raced back down the hill. “Where are we going?” asked Jill angrily, trying to squirm out of his fierce grip. He didn’t answer and instead he kept on following the small hoof-prints. Finally he saw a small brown creature dash for a little shrub. Again he separated the plant, and instead of seeing just tracks, they found who’d they’d belonged to! It was one of Santa’s reigndeer! But not just Dasher or Vixen. It was Rudolph, big red glowing nose shining with power! “Oh my goodness!” Jill whispered, trying not to scare the animal. And before she could continue her speech their came big ol’ jolly Santa Clause himself! “So I see you’ve met Rudolph.” He said, handing Jill and Michael their gifts. “Try not to open them until tomorrow morining.” And he was off again to prepare for Christmas eve. Jill and Michael were too astonished to talk. That’s the day they learned that Santa was real.

From all of us at

Strait Shooter Photography Thank for another great year! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a picture-perfect New Year

We’re proud to serve you! We’re displaying our holiday best to let you know just how much we appreciate your business and how proud we are to be at your service. Have a great holiday and please stop by and visit us soon.

Strait Shooter Photography 250-949-0528

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas 2013 B13

2nd PlaceAge 9-12 Kiara Child Grade 6 Fort Rupert Elementary

Wishing everyone a very Sending everyone Merry Christmas a very andMerry a Christmas a Happy Newand Year! Happy New Year

Stryker Marine Electronics&Ltd. Electronics Marine Electronics Supplies & Supplies Stryker Ltd. 6710 Hardy BayElectronics Road, 6710Hardy, Hardy Bay Road Port Hardy, B.C. Port B.C. ph: 250-949-8022



PORT HARDY INN * 9040 GRANVILLE ST. * 250-949-8381 250


Christmas 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

3rd PlaceAge 9-12 Cassie Carlson Grade 6 Sunset Elementary

From the Staff & Management of the Quarterdeck Pub, Beer & Wine, Marina and Hotel. We would like to send out our warmest holiday wishes.

Quarterdeck Pub

Have a safe & Happy New year. We look forward to serving you in 2014.

6555 Hardy Bay Road, Port Hardy 250-949-6922

From Our Family to Yours...

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Best Wishes for a Safe and Happy Holiday Season

With best wishes to our neighbours, friends and clients at this joyous time of year. For your trust in us, we are deeply grateful.

W. Paul grier

Barrister and solicitor, notary Public 6990 Market st. Port Hardy Ph: 250-949-6777

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas 2013 B15

2nd PlaceAge 13+ Kate Gough Grade 9 Port Hardy Secondary


Illuminating Ideas to Make Christmas Bright In the true spirit of Christmas, we present a few simple ways to help make the season more meaningful for you, your family and others.

1 Bring a home cooked meal to an elderly or

8 Teach a small child about the true meaning

2 Help to spread some cheer by visiting residents of a local hospital, orphanage or nursing home

9 Put a song in your heart - go caroling in the

3 Donate your time, money or organizational

10 Visit your House of Worship and give

housebound neighbour, relative or friend

skills to your favourite charity

4 Telephone an old friend or invite a new friend to your home for dinner

5 Adopt a pet at your local shelter 6 Get creative! Make decorations and cards from

of Christmas streets

thanks for your blessings

from the tre eturn It Cen R y d r a H t r Po

recycled material

7 Clean out your closet, attic or garage and donate your unwanted clothing, toys and furniture to a family in need

In the spirit of the season we have made a donation in lieu of cards to our clients. Thank you for your business and have a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

As another holiday season gets into full swing, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to display our best wishes, and deliver our gratitude to all of those who have visited us this year. For your friendship, we feel truly blessed and look forward to serving you again, soon. Scarlet Point Seafoods Ltd.

Dave, Judy & Kathy



6710 Hardy Bay Road PO Box 308 Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0 Canada

Terry Kueber Cell: 250-949-1117 E-mail:

Tel: 250-949-6630 Fax: 250-949-6313

Christmas 2013


Thursday,December 19, 2013

A big thank you goes out to the following hard-working and dedicated carriers and drivers: Thomas Henderson Helen McLennan Keenan Saunders Joshua Williamson Nigel Walkus Kirsten & Jorden Strussi Chasity Walkus Joshua Walkus Freddie Williamson Jaylon Grenier Jasmine Crawford Kora Crawford Edan Oickle Mady Harris Charlie Walkus

Thank you to our judges: Sharon Smith Sherri Carew Shirley Dougall Pat Prestwich

Alexis Derksen Daniel Jones Tyanna Masterman Brilynne Bell Tyler Brown Daniel Jones Cole Matson Jarred Jones Morgan Saysell Clayton Harder Kimberly & Tenleigh Chabot Ken Hutton Andre Morin Bruce Lloyd Lidia (Bruce’s sub) Harmony Courier Marty Whitehead Darryl with Gypsy Wagon Courier Comox Pacific Express Pacific Coastal Airlines We would also like to acknowledge all the businesses on the North Island who promote and sell the North Island Gazette every week! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to one and all!!

There’s no place like home for holidays, especially when there are people like you for neighbours! Merry Christmas and many thanks.

District of Port Hardy


Monday, December 23rd Family Swim 11:00-12:00 (Sponsored by Macandales) Pubic Swim 1:15-2:45 (Sponsored by Fox’s Disposal) Friday, December 27th Family Swim 11:00-12:00 (Sponsored by CIBC) Public Swim 1:15-2:45 (Sponsored by Keltic Seafoods) Monday, December 30th Family Swim 11:00-12:00 (Sponsored by North Island Gazette) Public Swim 1:15-2:45 (Sponsored by Port Hardy Lions Club) Thursday January 2nd Family Swim 11:00-12:00 (Sponsored by CUPE 401) Public Swim 1:15-2:45 (Sponsored by Paul Grier)

The Pool and the Skating Arena will be CLOSED December 24,25,26th and December 31st & January 1st Happy New Year!

FREE SPONSORED SKATE: Monday, December 23rd Family Skate 4:45-6:15pm (Sponsored by Coastal Community Credit Union) Public Skate 8:15-9:45pm (Sponsored by Fox’s Disposal) Friday, December 27th Family Skate 4:45-6:15pm Public Skate 8:15-9:45pm (Sponsored by Port Hardy Lions Club) Monday, December 30th Family Skate 4:45-6:15pm Public Skate 8:15pm Thursday, January 2nd Family Skate 4:45-6:15pm Public Skate 8:15pm Friday, January 3rd Family Skate 4:45-6:15pm Public Skate 8:15pm

North Island Gazette, December 19, 2013  

December 19, 2013 edition of the North Island Gazette

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