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Flu vaccine still available Gazette staff The Mount Waddington region has escaped the flu vaccine shortage that struck parts of British Columbia and Vancouver Island following the H1N1 flu scare earli-

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er this month, and vaccine remains available on the North Island, Island Health reported last week. “There have been some communities where (supplies) had gotten thin, but we encouraged people to

call around, because we were not entirely out of the vaccine,” said Charmaine Enns, medical health officer for the North Island.” Island Health also received additional doses of vaccine last

Thursday, easing the need across the Island. Most residents will receive the

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Mom was expecting; hospital was not J.R. Rardon Gazette staff PORT HARDY—On Jan. 6, Bev Grant was in Courtenay, eagerly awaiting the birth of her newest grandchild. But the new arrival never arrived. Instead, Amber Wright gave birth to her second child right around the corner from her home, at Port Hardy Hospital. “We went into (Port Hardy) hospital at 7:30 a.m. and they were going to ambulance me to Comox,” Wright said. “But when they checked me right before I was about to leave, I had progressed a lot faster then they expected. They told me there was no time to take me anywhere.” So Camryn Boguski-Grant entered the world at 1:08 p.m., in Port Hardy, with father Kadeem, 18-month-brother Karder and grandma Erin Wright in attendance. All the family, that is, but her other grandmother. “She was pretty bummed out that she missed it,” Amber said. Port Hardy Hospital is not equipped with a birthing unit. To be prepared against possible complications, most expectant mothers on the North Island travel south to give birth where properly trained staff and equipment are


At left, Nicole Wigard holds one of the guests of honour during Port Hardy Rotary’s annual Crustacean Appreciation event at Scotia Bay Resort Sunday. Above, Brian McCart and Diane Masales load freshly cooked and cleaned crab legs into a tray for lunch guests. Sandy Grenier

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Trustees inspect amended budget ing budget, without cutting core services. Martin said pressure on the District’s fund balance will be relieved by other costcutting measures in the short and long term, including attrition. “We’ve taken steps to do some cost-control,” said Martin. “As posi-

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Wishart returned to chair Martin called the meeting to order and opened with election of the board chair. Port Hardy trustee Leightan Wishart was returned to the chair by accli-

tions become available through attrition, we’ve been able to find some monies to reduce costs; that includes non-replacement or partial replacement of jobs.” The amended budget

mation and took the gavel for the remainder of the meeting. Jeff Field, also of Port Hardy, was returned as vice-chair

by acclimation. Several committeeships were distributed and others will be filled in the coming weeks.



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More than meets the eye at Lighthouse Centre Gazette staff PORT HARDY— The Salvation Army’s Michael Winter appeared before council last week to discuss current programming at the Lighthouse Resource Centre. Winter, the centre’s Community Ministries Supervisor, explained some of the resources that the centre offers on a regular basis. The centre serves between 80 and 200 people every day, providing approximately 100 hot meals daily. It offers access to a fax, three AA meetings and two legal aid consultations each week, as well as access to nurses. In addition, the centre offers emergency assistance with food,

shelter and clothing, a place where hygiene needs can be met, a host of client services, and safety. Winter said that staff were noticing an increase in the number and types of people using their services. “It’s not only the marginalized we’re seeing now; there’s a trend where we’re seeing young people, seniors — it’s the current economic situation.” Five months of the year, the centre functions as an emergency shelter, offering overnight shelter, breakfast and dinner during the coldest months of the year. “There’s a definite need,” said Winter, “and it’s increasing.” “It’s wonderful what

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you do,” said coun. Debbie Huddlestan. “It’s amazing.” Come Back The Regional District’s Manager of Economic Development, Pat English, gave a presentation to councillors on the Come Back Home Project. The project aims to identify why the region’s youth leave the area and what can be done to retain them or draw them back. “I’ve inherited this from Neil (Smith, former Ec. Dev. Manager),” said English. “We’re trying to address the terrible demographic picture we’re facing.” The project is still in the first of its three

two workshops, one at each high school, during the school week would have much better attendance. English thanked councillors for their input.

Council Meeting Port Hardy phases, gathering information through student surveys. This will be followed by a workshop, planned for late February, then developing resources to implement the findings. English said that he planned to hold the workshop on a Saturday to maximize business involvement and would invite students to attend. He suggested Seven Hills Golf and Country Club as a potential meeting place but said that he was open to discussion. Deputy Mayor Jessie Hemphill, chairing the meeting, advised English that holding

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Smoke Control Bylaw No. 10202012, a Bylaw to Amend Open Burning and Smoke Control Bylaw No. 15-2012, was given first, second and third readings. Director Corporate Services Jeff Long explained that, “We’ve had some issues around Jensen Cove burning and this gave us an opportunity to revisit the bylaw.” As part of the visit, the District has taken the original map and broken it down into

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Gazette staff PORT HARDY—The Port Hardy Return-it Centre delivered an early Christmas present to customers last month when it completed a contract with Brewers Distributor Ltd. that boosted refund values for empty beer bottles and cans. “Before, I had to pay for the transportation and handling costs to send them out,” said Rod Inglis, owner of the Return-it Centre, located behind Port Hardy Courthouse in the upper mall. The operating agreement, signed Dec. 18, makes the Return-it Centre an exclusive BDL licensee and means customers can receive full refund value on all their returnable containers in a single stop. Previously, only partial refunds were available on

Princess, Mariko and Bruce Bowles sort their returnable containers at the Port Hardy Return-it Centre last week. J.R. Rardon

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the customer the full refund and BDL pays me a handling fee. People can bring unlimited quantities and they don’t need to be washed.” Inglis said he had been working on getting a BDL license for the past 14 years, when the business was known as the Kinsmen Return-it Centre. “They don’t just give these (licenses) out to just anybody,” he said. “It’s a service I had to get with a lot of lobbying.” The Return-it Centre is a 3-star facility serving a wide geographical area, including Bella Bella, logging camps and West Coast communities. It collects from bottle drives throughout the region, and Inglis said it increased its total returns last year by one million containers.

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Island last October and November, and Enns noted most residents should already have gotten vaccinated as the flu season is now in its third month. She added preventative strategies remain a key to limiting the spread of flu and other seasonal viruses, including regular handwashing. “And if you’re suffering from fever, sneezing or coughing, please stay home,” Enns said. “Don’t share the joy.”



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Wonderful west-coast winter Most British Columbians live here because of an infinite love for the land. Either we were born here and the sea and the mountains are so much part of our being that it would be inconceivable to live anywhere else, or we immigrated here, drawn by the incredible beauty and diversity of the place; and of course, by the climate. I can remember my dad’s comment when he first visited B.C., coming from Manitoba during the winter. “This is God’s country; we’ve got to move here!” As North Islanders, we enjoy the added benefit of a free, relatively unpopulated landscape filled with the wild things so many of us love. Here are forest paths, silent and almost unreal; beaches that beg to be walked upon; and little gems of lakes that you can call your very own! Here, too, is the mild winter climate. The climate — ah, yes, the climate. Not everyone thinks it so mild. Witness the mass migration of “snow birds” to the southern U.S. and Mexico each winter. However, if you have any doubts

The author’s “Sunset Stroll” portrays a winter sunset during a family hike of a North Island beach. Gordon Henschel

about its mildness, you need to head east, not south. Our family belongs to the list of immigrants to this fair province. We came from Manitoba some thirtynine years ago, leaving family and friends for an adventure on the West Coast. Occasionally we make forays back there to visit everyone. Last year we decided to go there for the Christmas Holidays. We chose Dec. 16 to fly there, plenty of time for Christmas dinner at my brother-in-law’s house in Winnipeg. We now know why they

A Brush with Henschel with Gordon Henschel call it “Winterpeg”. Thirty-nine years of West Coast winters is plenty of time to become acclimatized (or should I say “spoiled”) so that we think it’s cold here, with Mexico looking better all the time! On

this trip we were in for a re-introduction to “cold”. Our pilot told us that Vancouver on Christmas Day, under cloudy skies was plus five degrees Celsius. Three hours later in Winnipeg, under clear skies, it was a breathtaking minus thirtyeight degrees. During the next three weeks the temperature never went above minus twenty, yet everywhere people were enjoying the outdoors. Kids were playing hockey in makeshift outdoor rinks, folks were out using snow blowers, while power toboggans dominated

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Camryn Boguski-Grant, Port Hardy’s first baby of 2014, is looked over by father Kadeem and mother, Amber Wright following her birth at Port Hardy Hospital. Kimberley Kufaas Photography

Early arrival from page 1 available to deal with contingencies. That had been the plan for Amber as well, and it might have worked had Camryn waited 24 hours to make her appearance. “I was supposed to go down-Island Jan. 7 because we knew she was coming early,” said Amber, who was originally given a Jan. 27 due date. “She’s my second, and she came a lot faster than my first.”

Camryn was born at 37 weeks, weighing five pounds, eight ounces. Thankfully for her and her family, there were no complications and no postnatal trip to Comox was needed. “It was nice to avoid the Island Highway altogether this time of year,” said Amber. “It was about a five-second drive home because we live on Thunderbird Way (across Granville St. from the hospital).”

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the small rural town where we stayed. In fact, the town had a by-law allowing them street access. Often we spied them driving alongside us beside the highway at one hundred km an hour. On Jan. 11, our holiday over, we landed in Vancouver to what felt like Hawaiian temperatures. In shirtsleeves, I retrieved our van from the parking lot, a re-invigorated British Columbian. Home again and finally returning to painting, I celebrated the event by doing a watercolour I named Sunset Stroll. It is presented here: a family of three walking, with their dog, on a Vancouver Island beach at sunset in the winter. Without a power toboggan! Gordon Henschel owns an art gallery in Nimpkish Heights. • 250-949-7231

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Muddying the waters Divers from around the world are drawn to the waters off North Vancouver Island, which are renowned for their abundance of marine life and for their remarkable clarity. Would that the federal government exhibited the same level of transparency. A moratorium on applications for new or expanded salmon farms, trumpeted at the time it was established in 2011, was lifted with a whisper late last year by the Fisheries and Oceans. That decision was shared with the farmed salmon industry, but not with the public. Then, earlier this month, DFO did deign to share this news with several First Nations — but not until the cat was set to escaped the bag with the printing of legal notices of applications to the crown. Critics are understandably miffed, citing sections of the Cohen Commission’s 2012 report on the 2009 Fraser River sockeye collapse to back their assertion the net-pen farms harm migrating wild salmon. One area specifically targeted by Cohen, the Discovery Islands, remains off-limits to the farms. But the rest of the coast is fair game, and thus far the government has received 13 applications for new or existing facilities, which would dramatically expand production. To be fair, three notices of application from Cermaq (formerly Mainstream) appeared in the Jan. 9 edition of the Gazette. On the other hand, following the web site link provided in the legal notices takes us to a page called “Not Found.” Just to be clear.

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Old man take a look at your facts VICTORIA – Neil Young’s anti-oil sands concert tour was the perfect distillation of the American enviro-assault on its dependent northern neighbour that’s been going on for a decade or more. After touring Fort McMurray in his electric car with actor-turned-protester Daryl Hannah, the 68-year-old Young covered all the big propaganda hits and added his own fantasy facts. It looks like a war zone up there! Hiroshima! If it keeps going it will be like the Moon! There’s no reclamation! Tar sands oil is all going to China, and that’s why their air is so bad! All of those statements are false. And then Young dropped his own nuclear bomb, claiming cancer rates in Fort Chipewyan are 30 per cent higher than, well, somewhere else. Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation has

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cited a discredited study by former community doctor John O’Connor to press the same claim. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta reviewed O’Connor’s claims in 2009. It concluded that “Dr. O’Connor made a number of inaccurate or untruthful claims” about cancer patients, and then refused to provide patient information after his claims made international news. When you peel back the propaganda and journalistic

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North Island customers can now get full value in return for all cans and bottles, thanks to the Return-it Centre’s license with BDL.

Some in Comox decry the drive they’ll need to make to Campbell River to visit the new office of MP John Duncan. Boo hoo.

hype, these studies mainly reveal that such toxins are on the rise, but are found in much higher concentrations around large cities where fuel is consumed. The cancer claims were then debunked by a Royal Society of Canada expert panel in 2010. This cancer scare is the most damaging and dishonest part of the selective attack on Alberta. The oil industry, politicians and most of the media seem unwilling to examine it critically. As for moonscapes, Young could have driven his famous electric Lincoln from his Redwood City mansion on a hill to nearby Bakersfield, to view the greasy expanses of closely packed pumpjacks reaching to the horizon, still expanding due to hydraulic fracturing. Young could have visited North Dakota, where the second shale oil train explosion luckily didn’t kill A member of

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Dear editor, The Canadian Cancer Society is excited to announce that after two years away, the North Island Relay For Life is returning to Port McNeill for 2014. Relay For Life is an inspirational, non-competitive, 12-hour overnight fundraising event that brings the community together to celebrate life and fight cancer. The event symbolizes and honours a cancer patient’s journey. At Relay For Life, each step we take is our way of showing them that they are not alone. As the sun rises and Relay draws to a close, we commit to continuing the fight for life. We are recruiting a committee of volunteers to

share ideas and get creative with this year’s event. We focus on developing flexible volunteer opportunities which meet the needs of our volunteers. Whatever the skills you are hoping to share or further develop are, we can work with you to create a role on the committee that fits your goals. The time commitment is flexible and there are a wide variety of ways to get involved in areas of the event such as entertainment, activities, and team recruitment. We also offer an optional, free Workforce Leadership Program, a training program open to all volunteers and staff, with modules on Collaboration, Conflict Resolution and more. We are starting from

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scratch on the event this year, and without the support of volunteers and the broader community, this event would not happen! If you are interested in volunteering your time and talent to the fight against cancer, please call or email the Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, Anna Glenny, at 1-800-663-7892 ext. 226 or You can also register to volunteer, or register a team to participate in the event, at, by using the community locator to find your event. We look forward to hearing from you! Anna Glenny Canadian Cancer Society

Dear editor, Re: last month’s recommendation of federal approval for Northern Gateway pipeline. Building a pipeline provides temporary employment, but an alternative exists that offers fewer environmental risks, fewer carbon emissions, and more long-term work

Dear editor, The redistribution of federal constituencies on Vancouver Island, effective in 2015, will mean that the Vancouver Island N o r t h - C o m o x - P ow e l l River Riding will not include the current location of my MP office in Courtenay. As the office lease in

Winter wonderland? Rave: It's been so nice to see the beautiful sunrises and the warmer weather for January! And everyone out enjoying it! Lisa Harrison Port Hardy

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Courtenay is up for renewal and as Campbell River is central to the new Northern Riding on the Island (including Powell River), I have chosen to relocate my office. This is effective January 21, 2014 and the new office is at 1250F Cedar Street in Campbell River (adjacent to Island Coach Lines/

Greyhound bus depot). I will retain all of my current staff and we look forward to continuing to serve constituents from the new location.  Sincerely,  John Duncan, MP Vancouver Island North

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January 23 NISS drama department presents The Wizard of Oz, 7 p.m. in the school’s little theatre. Admission by donation. January 23 Speaker’s Corner series returns, 7 p.m., St. John Gualbert (A-Frame) Church, Port McNeill. Guest speaker Randy Bell will speak on Sacred Salmon following a showing of the documentary film Salmon Confidential. No admission fee; donations welcome. January 24- March 28 Tumble, Play and Mother Goose on the Go program. Every Friday at the Port Hardy Civic Centre, Mother Goose: 10:45- 11:15 a.m., Tumble and Play: 11:15 a.m.- 12 p.m. Program designed for pre-schoolers 2- 5 years. $30 for 10 sessions. Moms or Dads can stop in to get their child comfortable then go to Aqua Yoga 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. This program offers activities where children can build a solid background in motor coordination and balance through play. Mother Goose on the Go Program promotes literacy through story, rhyme and song. January 25 Third annual Victor’s Secret Fashion Show and dance, 7 p.m., Port McNeill Community Hall. Fundraising benefit featuring entries from The Flower Shoppe’s 2013 Bras for a Cause and local male models. Doors open 6:30. Adults only; semi-formal; tickets have already sold out; check Victor’s Secret Facebook event page for availability.

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January 25 Annual Robbie Burns Dinner, 6 p.m., Port McNeill Canadian Legion Branch 281 Hall. Highland dancing, roast beef dinner and haggis, served by the Ladies Auxiliary. Tickets $15 by calling Debbie Anderson at 250-956-3682 or call the Legion at 250-956-4551. January 25 Open mic, 7 p.m., Gate House Community Theatre, Port McNeill. Open to singers, musicians, poets and more; no cost to perform or attend as spectator. January 25 Port Alice Learning presents Zumba (2 sessions), 2-4 p.m., Larry Pepper Room. Sherri Whitehead, a trained Zumba Instructor, can adapt techniques so all ages and skill levels can enjoy this activity. A second, follow-up session will be held Jan. 25. Cut-off date for registration is Jan. 11. A $7.50 registration fee covers both sessions – you only pay once. Please register with an executive member - Maggie 284-3591, Edith 2840106, Corrine 284-3594 or Ken 284-0178. January 26 Cabin fever concert featuring The Great Plains; Saskia and Darrel, 3 p.m., Gate House Community Theatre in Port McNeill. Check out these popular purveyors of folk, Celtic and bluegrass. Tickets $10 in advance at Timberland Sports, or $12 at the door. Info, Gate House Theatre at 250-949-0160 or email


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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 closed January for maintenance. FMI 250-949-8143. • Quatsino Museum & Archives is open Saturday and Sunday from 1:00-2:00 pm Sept.-June, daily July-August. FMI • Games Day first Sunday of each month, 3-5 p.m., Coal Harbour Activity Centre. 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.

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Tell us about items of interest to the sports community. January 24 Men’s hockey A League: Bulls at Islanders, 8 p.m., Port Alice; Mustangs at Warriors, 9:15 p.m., Port Hardy. January 24-26 Curling Fort Rupert Curling Club’s Mixed Open bonspiel. Draw/ matchup times to be determined. Dinner, prizes, concession; lounge open throughout. Teams, or individuals looking for a team, may call John at 250-902-8151 or visit Fort Rupert Curling Club on Facebook. January 25 Rep hockey North Island Eagles atom development hosts Juan de Fuca, 4:30 p.m., Port Hardy. Men’s hockey B League: Whalers vs. Chiefs, 1:30 p.m.; Mainline vs. Smokers, 9:15 p.m., Port Hardy. January 26 Rep hockey North Island Eagles atom development hosts Juan de Fuca, 9 a.m., Port Hardy. Men’s hockey A League: Bulls at Mustangs, 5:30 p.m., Port McNeill. B League: Rookies vs. Whalers, 8:45 p.m., Port Hardy. January 31 Men’s hockey A League: Mustangs at Islanders, 8 p.m., Port Alice; Bulls vs. Warriors, 9:15 p.m., Port Hardy. Jan. 31-Feb. 2 Minor hockey Port Hardy Minor Hockey bantam tourney, Cruickshank Memorial Arena. Concession, raffles, 50/50, more. Info, porthardytourneys@ Curling Port Alice Curling Club mixed open bonspiel. Info, visit Port Alice Curling Club on Facebook.

Left: Denise Blid of the bovine Manke rink watches the sweepers guide in her rock during the 'B' final of the Broughton Curling Club Ladies Open Bonspiel against the Balcke rink. Right: Tricia Ewen and Jennifer Holland of the Noel rink sweep during the 'A' final. A O'Toole

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Gazette staff PORT McNEILL— Jennie-Lynn Noel’s rink were the first to confess they weren’t in the habit of winning. So there was some speculation as to whether the foursome’s nun outfits inspired a minor miracle when they won the 'A' final of the Broughton Curling Club’s Ladies Bonspiel last weekend. Noel’s nuns faced off against Meagan

Cadwallader’s rink as cows, pandas and referees dotted the other sheets in keeping with this year’s black-andwhite theme. After playing a regular format round-robin Friday and Saturday, the lineup was decided for Sunday’s six-end, skins format finals. To claim an end, the rinks had to either steal one or hold two, with blank ends rolling over. Organizer Keith

Balcke explained that Broughton Curling Club this year decided to offer cash instead of a prize table, so each end had a purse for the winners, with later ends worth more. In the final, the Noel rink claimed the first end before tying the second; neither side able to claim the point. Cadwallader took the next two in succession but Noel rallied for the fifth.

The final end came down to the final stone. Cadwallader skip Ann Gray had the hammer and a tough shot after Noel drew to the button behind a high guard. Gray’s shot to remove her stone and tie the end couldn’t have been much closer but just didn’t turn in enough to make contact. The steal gave Noel the end and the game, capping an undefeated weekend for the rink.

“Wow, we never win,” said Noel. Asked if their outfits may have curried favour from above, the rink of Noel, Tricia Ewen, Jennifer Holland and Heather Jack laughed. “You don’t understand,” said Holland. “We’re here every Tuesday and we’ve never had to clean the ice.” “Divine inspiration,” yelled a member of the Russell rink.

In the ‘B’ final, Deb Balke’s rink took ends one, two, five and six to claim victory over Stephanie Manke. The ‘C’ final saw the Bronwyn Coyne rink rally to take the last two ends after Brenda Drummond took the first four in succession. On the ‘D’ final Sarah Russell and Marcia Soper tied three ends but Russell took the end in the first, third and sixth for victory.

Eagles atoms cruise past Chiefs, 12-2 Gazette staff PORT HARDY—It was business as usual for the North Island Eagles atom development side last weekend as the side romped to a 12-2 rout of Comox Valley Sunday at Don Cruickshank Memorial Arena. Sunday’s win followed a 5-0 exhibition victory over the Chiefs Saturday. The local side sits nine points clear of its closest rival atop Division 4 with a perfect record for the season. So when Comox opened the scoring Sunday with only a minute gone in the first period, the visitors seemed as surprised as anyone. The blip was only temporary however, and normal service was soon resumed when Tyler Roper latched on to a Tynan Klein-Beekman pass and burst through to go

Tyler Roper brings the puck into the Comox zone as the Eagles go on the attack in Port Hardy. A O'Toole

one-on-one with the goalie, Roper pulling the puck to the right post and lifting it over the sprawling Comox keeper.

From then on the floodgates opened. A pair of strikes from Joey Grant rounded out the period and the side added seven more

in a goal-rich second period. The Eagles mixed up their lines in the final period and added two more, the visitors claiming a consolation.

Grant topped the scoring with five goals, Roper added four, Ethan Bono had two and Daunte McKinney had one. Grant and Keenan Saunders had two assists each, with Roper, KleinBeekman, Bono, Mannie Browne, Peyton Dugas, Koen Harwood, and Evan Manke adding one apiece. Kayden Jones and Griffin Handley shared duties in net. Unlike the other rep sides, the atoms regular season still has a ways to go, wrapping up in late February. After racking up road tours in the early season, the Eagles are at home until the playoffs. Next weekend they host back-to-back games against Juan de Fuca in Port Hardy and close out the season three weeks later in Port McNeill against second-place Victoria Racquet Club.


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Eagles peewees rally to tie with late goal Gazette staff PORT HARDY—The North Island Eagles peewees faced off against the Port Alberni Bulldogs last weekend in the last game of the regular season. The locals played like it was their last game, period. A last-minute strike from Ryan Patterson made it 6-6 as the Eagles fought back from 5-3 down to earn a point. After doing the hard part and making it 5-5 with 3:43 left to play, the Eagles made the mistake of holding the puck too long in their own zone. A quick challenge from the visitors and a smart pass later the Eagles were behind again with less than three minutes on the clock. Having chased since the start of the second

the Eagles came back onto the ice with a vengeance, chasing the puck and pressuring every possession. It took five minutes for the reward to come, but when it did it came in style. On an extended Eagles forecheck Benton Browne kept the puck inside the blue line on the left. The defenseman faked a shot and skated past his man, then rounded three more opponents on his way to the right Left: Eagles captain Clayton Bono celebrates Ryan Patterson's late equalizer against post before backhandPort Alberni in the peewees' final game of the regular season. Right: Benton Browne ing high to complete a A O'Toole stunning solo effort. protects goalie Michael McLaughlin as he drops on the puck. A Bulldogs goal early period, the home side and earned the equal- scoring in the first off a Devin White pass. in the third left the period, Luke Gage con- The visitors got their was not about to go izer. Eagles facing an uphill This time, the Eagles verting a Bono assist. buffer back just ahead down without a fight. task at 5-3 down. At Eagles captain Clayton kept the pressure on The visitors tied it up of the ice-cleaning 5:22, White and Collins Bono’s pass from the in search of a winner just before the break break, a solo strike combined again to pull right found Patterson but were happy to take and struck twice in from Carter Elder one back for the home on the near post. His the tie when the buzzer the second to make it giving his side a 4-2 3-1 before the Eagles advantage to take into tenacity under pressure sounded. The home side had clawed one back, Avory the locker room. found a way through In the second half the Alberni blockade actually opened the Collins finding the net

side, White in the scoring column this time. With just 3:43 left the Eagles squared it up, Carson Strang firing home off a Patterson assist before the late see-saw scoring. The game was a preview of the opening round of the Tier 3 Vancouver Island North Division playoffs. The peewees travel to Port Alberni Feb. 2 to open the round-robin series against the Bulldogs, then return home to face Campbell River Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. in Port McNeill. The top two finishers from the north will then face the top two from the South Island in the Tier 3 finals, which determine the Island’s representative to the provincial championships.

Penalties cost bantams J.R. Rardon Gazette editor PORT HARDY— The North Island Eagles bantam hockey team on Saturday learned a valuable lesson to take with it into the upcoming Tier 3 Vancouver Island playoffs: they’ll want to have five skaters on the ice as much as possible. Visiting Peninsula took advantage of a penalty-filled second period to turn a one-goal lead into a rout and wrapped up the Division 3 regular season with an 8-1 win over the Bantams at Don Cruickshank Memorial Arena. The Eagles, who played a penalty-free first period, drew to 2-1 when Sean Pineda

converted the rebound of a Tanner Roberts shot at 1:04 of the second period. That score held until the middle of the period, at which point the wheels fell off. Four minor penalties and a five-minute major, later, and the visitors were sitting atop a 7-1 advantage. Three of the goals were officially logged as power-play tallies and a fourth came two seconds after a penalty elapsed, before the Eagle’s fifth skater had joined the play. “We played better skating 5-on-5,” bantam head coach Boni Sharpe said. “They’ve showed, as a group, they can play at full strength. But 4-on5 or 3-on-5, it’s not

Eagles bantam forward Kaisha Laird (11) is crowded by Peninsula defender Jodie Coward while getting off a pass. J.R. Rardon

gonna work.” With the penalties out of their system, the

bantams allowed just a single goal the rest of the way, on a break-

away that followed a defenseman gambling — and losing — on a contested puck in the neutral zone. But the frustration boiled over at the final horn, when a hard hit along the boards resulted in a series of late hits and game misconduct penalties for three players — one from Peninsula and two for the hosts. Combined with the earlier ejection on the checking major, the Eagles will be short three players when they open the playoffs Feb. 1 at Juan de Fuca. The bantams host Alberni Valley in their second playoff game of the North Island round-robin session at 2 p.m. Sat., Feb. 8, in Port Hardy.

Midgets fall in season finale Gazette staff The North Island Eagles midget rep team wrapped up the regular season quietly Sunday, absorbing a 5-0 Division 3 loss to the Nanaimo Clippers in Nanaimo.

The Eagles wrap up the regular season with a 5-4-3 record and a fourth-place showing, right in the middle of the seven-team division. Following a week off to regroup, the midgets will

open the Tier 3 playoffs with a pair of road games as the calendar turns to February. The Eagles will travel to face Juan de Fuca Saturday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m., then stop in the Cowichan Valley the follow-

ing day for a noon tilt with the Capitals at Fuller Lake Arena. They will play their two home games in the roundrobin playoffs Feb. 8-9 in Port Alice and Port Hardy, respectively.

ATHLETE of the Week RYAN PATTERSON The pewee’s last minute strike earned a point as the Eagles rallied to tie with Port Alberni in the last game of the regular season. A O’Toole photo

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Bill Gottwald It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bill Gottwald on January 08, 2014 at the age of 85. This unassuming â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;give you the shirt of his backâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; kind of man was a rare human being that managed to squeeze 10 lifetimes in to one. Born Vilem Gottwald on June 09, 1928 in Czechoslovakia, Bill was a highly intelligent young man, already in college to become an engineer by the time he was a teenager. By age 20, Bill was working at an orphanage in West Germany, helping the nuns with the many orphans from the war. One of the responsibilities he enjoyed the most was teaching math. He then worked at an American base for some time running their bar and restaurant before making his way to the coast. Bill boarded a boat that was sailing to Canada and to new adventures. He settled in Ontario and went through many incarnations. Bill raced cars, raced motorcycles, and became a highly skilled tool and die maker, a mechanic, as well as owning several resorts and restaurants over the years. Seeking a new adventure, Bill went to Alaska and the Yukon, working for some time as a bush pilot. He went exploring, fishing, and panning down the west coast of BC, including Vancouver Island. Bill returned to Ontario and ran a very successful marina for many years, but the West Coast was now in his blood and kept calling. Yearly vacations were just not enough. He returned to BC with his wife Lizzi and adopted son David, living on the Sunshine Coast for a time. They moved to Sicamous and turned a rundown old motel in to a very successful motel and restaurant. As was the norm, people would come from miles around for one of Billâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meals. Bill and Lizzi fell in love with Quatsino and chose to retire there. They lived in wild and wonderful Quatsino for many years enjoying fishing, growing their own food, and picking mushrooms, while Bill perfected his blackberry wine. Health reasons forced them to reluctantly move. They lived for some years in Sayward, in Woss, and finally in Oyster River. Bill leaves behind Lizzi, his wife of 33 years, his adopted son David Gottwald, his stepdaughter Nina Andersen, his niece Dana in Czechoslovakia, and his many grandchildren and great grandchildren. There is to be no service at Billâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Campbell River Hospital Foundation or the BC Cancer Society. Arrangements entrusted to Island Funeral Services/Elk Falls Crematorium, Campbell River, 250-387-3366

The Final Flight

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t grieve for me, for now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m free, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m following the path God laid for me. I took his hand when I heard his call, I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day, To laugh, to love, to work, to play.  Tasks left undone must stay that way, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve found that peace at the end of the day.  If my parting has left a void, Then fill it with remembered joy.  A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, Ah, yes, these things too I will miss.  Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.  My Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been full, I savoured much; Good friends, good times, a loved oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s touch.  Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your heart and share with me, God wanted me now, He set me free.


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John Brian Alfred April 21, 1956 January 15, 2014 The family of John Brian Alfred, of Port Hardy, BC is deeply saddened to announce his passing after a valiant battle with cancer. John is survived by his wife of 33 years, Laurel, and his 2 sons, Andrew and Michael. He was lovingly called Pappa John by his grandsons Nathan and Ryan, and his adoptive granddaughter Peighten. Also surviving are his beloved mother Lily Alfred of Alert Bay, brother Byron (Diane) Alfred, sisters Elizabeth Karpes, Beverly (James) Dawson, Patricia Alfred, and Marina (Ernest) Speck, and numerous, much-loved nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his father, Benjamin E. Alfred, and his older brother Benjamin N. Alfred. John was born and raised in Alert Bay, BC, and was well loved and respected by all who knew him. He began his working life early, fishing with his father and uncles as a child and teenager. He turned to the mining industry in his late teens, and was hired by Syncrude Canada Ltd in Fort McMurray in 1977. He worked there until he retired in 2011, gaining the respect and admiration of his co-workers for his work ethic, his dedication to his job, and his sense of humor. He put his family first, spending as much time as he could with them doing the things they loved - fishing, camping, and boating. His grandchildren and sons were the light of his life, and nothing made him happier than spending time with them. John and Laurie retired to Port Hardy, so they could be close to family, friends, and his other true love the ocean. His presence will be missed. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When they said the final goodbye to us, this would be where they must be - amongst the stars, shining bright.â&#x20AC;?

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HELP WANTED NORTHERN VANCOUVER island scaling company is seeking Coastal Log Scalers for camp/local positions. KLM Inventory Ltd. is based out of Port McNeill, BC. KLM will accept candidates who have just recently acquired their scaling license; the company will provide training. Competitive wages, plus full benefits. Please send resumes by fax to 250956-4888 or If you require any additional information please call Jamie MacGregor at 250-230-0025. SETOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S WOK & GRILL is looking for a P/T Server and a F/T short order cook. Apply in person.


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HELP WANTED PART-TIME, Class 5 driver required immediately. Min. 5 years driving experience, clean abstract, physically fit. 25-35 hrs/week. Fax resume to 250-949-6381 or email to:

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HELP WANTED PINHEADS Bowling on Silver Star Mountain is looking for a mechanically minded individual to work with us during the winter season as well as June and July. This is a part time position with great pay and benefits, training provided. This could be a great job for a retired mechanic or trades person, or a younger person who wants to live and work in a vibrant ski resort. This position is available immediately. Please email Heather at



The successful candidate(s) will work up to five days a week in the Recycling Program covering regular staff during vacations and sick leaves by supporting recycling program/landfill maintenance efforts. The term of this temporary posting will conclude by March 10, 2014. Successful candidates must also have the following: â&#x20AC;˘ reliable transportation to and from work â&#x20AC;˘ reliable means of communication during non-work hours â&#x20AC;˘ the ability to operate machinery safely â&#x20AC;˘ the ability to perform physically demanding labour Please forward your resume to the RDMW office, 2044 McNeill, Box 729, Port McNeill, BC, V0N 2R0, addressed to the Operations Manager. No submissions will be retained after March 10, 2014. PLACES OF WORSHIP


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


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


CHRIST CHURCH ANGLICAN Alert Bay Sunday Services - 10 am Reverend Lincoln Mckoen 1-250-974-5844 Warden Flora Cook 250-974-5945 Warden Joan Stone 250-974-2234 11/14

SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH 4680 Byng Rd. Port Hardy Pastor George Hilton 250-949-8925 or 250-949-8826 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone welcomeâ&#x20AC;? Saturday Services 9:30am - Bible Study groups 10:45am - Worship/Praise service Wednesday @ 7pm - Prayer meeting Avalon Adventist Jr. Academy Offering Christian Education 250-949-8243


School District No. 85 requires the following positions: REGULAR Posting #2: Special Education Assistant I, Alert Bay Elem. $24.17 per hour, 25 hours per week, while school is in session Posting #4: Noon Hour Supervisor, PHSS - $19.35 per hour, 4.5 hours per week, while school is in session

TEMPORARY Posting #3: Special Education Assistant I, PHSS. - $24.17 per hour, 28 hours per week, until June 20, 2014 or return of the incumbent

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


Posting #5: Special Education Assistant I, Sunset Elem. $24.17 per hour, 10 hours per week, while school is in session

The Regional District of Mount Waddington (RDMW) is seeking applications for the following position at 7 Mile Landfill and Recycling Center:



Further information regarding Position Duties and QualiďŹ cations can be found on our website at under â&#x20AC;&#x153;Career Opportunitiesâ&#x20AC;?. 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, January 29, 2014.




THE LEMARE GROUP is accepting resumes for the following positions: â&#x20AC;˘Heavy Duty Mechanics â&#x20AC;˘Feller Buncher â&#x20AC;˘Coastal Log Scalers â&#x20AC;˘Grapple Yarder Operators â&#x20AC;˘Off Highway Logging Truck Drivers â&#x20AC;˘Processor Operators â&#x20AC;˘Hand Buckers â&#x20AC;˘Coastal Certified Hand Fallers Fulltime camp with union rates/benefits. Please send resumes by fax to 250-956-4888 or email to

JOURNEYMAN HEAVY DUTY MECHANICS Fort McMurray & Leduc Alberta Gladiator Equipment Ltd. has immediate positions for Journeyman Heavy Duty, off road Certified Mechanics for work in Fort McMurray and Leduc, Alberta. Excellent wages and benefits. fax 1-780-986-7051.

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WE ARE looking for young enthusiastic carriers to expand our current paper routes in PORT HARDY, PORT MCNEILL, HYDE CREEK and PORT ALICE. A great way to gain experience with your first job and to earn a little extra spending money! Call the office at 250-949-6225 and ask for Circulation.

Primary duties include maint. troubleshooting & repair of diesel & gas marine engines. Knowledgeable in vessel electrical systems. Must have own tools and a valid drivers license. Compensation Based On Experience. Please forward resume to vancouveroutboard@


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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



Office/Inventory Coordinator Port Hardy, British Columbia Vestas Americas â&#x20AC;&#x153;Experience the Windâ&#x20AC;? Service - USÂ & Canada



North Island Church Services NORTH ISLAND CATHOLIC CHURCHES Sunday Masses St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Port McNeill: 9am St. Bonaventure Port Hardy: 11am St. Theresaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Port Alice: Saturdays 5:00pm Alert Bay: 2nd & 4th Saturdays 10am Father Scott Whittemore 250-956-3909


PORT MCNEILL BAPTIST CHURCH 2501 Mine Road Sunday 9:45 am (Sept-June) - Sunday School 11:00 am - Worship Service 7:00 pm - Evening Fellowship Youth Group Wed - 7:00 pm Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Programs & Adult Bible Studies are scheduled throughout the year. For information contact Pastor Dave Purdy â&#x20AC;˘ 250-956-4737 11/14

LIGHTHOUSE RESOURCE CENTRE â&#x20AC;˘ Chaplain Services â&#x20AC;˘ Bible Studies â&#x20AC;˘ Spiritual Counselling â&#x20AC;˘ Weekly AA Groups (8635 Granville St. Port Hardy) 250-949-8125

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


ST. JOHN GUALBERT UNITED ANGLICAN CHURCH 250-956-3533 Email: Sunday Worship - 9:00am Reverend Wade Allen All Welcome 175 Cedar Street Port McNeill 11/14

GWAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;SALA-â&#x20AC;&#x2122;NAKWAXDAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;XW SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH at entrance to Tsulquate Village (8898 Park Dr) Saturday/Sabbath 10:00 am-Sabbath School 11:15 am-Worship Service Pastor Randy Elliott 250-230-1885 cell 11/14


PORT HARDY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP at Providence Place, 7050 Rupert St Sunday Worship 10:30 am & 7 pm Tuesday Prayer 7:30 pm Midweek Biblestudies - Call the church for time and place 250-949-6466 Pastor George & Karen Ewald (home) 250-949-9674 11/14

Description Work as office/inventory coordinator in both Port Hardy and wind turbine site to coordinate office duties and inventory. Technician duties may be added. Responsibilities â&#x20AC;˘ Oversees onsite inventory storage. â&#x20AC;˘ Tracks inventory use, and maintains consumption reports. â&#x20AC;˘ Forecasts inventory needs for the site, proactively ensures necessary parts are available for maintenance and repairs. â&#x20AC;˘ Orders supplies as needed through local vendors or through the corporate office. â&#x20AC;˘ Enters data from service reports, tracks for accounting purposes. â&#x20AC;˘ Coordination of office systems; computer, phone, filing, office inventory, procurement of supplies Qualifications â&#x20AC;˘ High School Diploma, with excellent written, computer, and oral communication skills. â&#x20AC;˘ 5 years of inventory or warehouse experience. â&#x20AC;˘ Familiarity with inventory, SAP, and office administration processes. â&#x20AC;˘ Clear drivers abstract, including ability to use a forklift. â&#x20AC;˘ Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. â&#x20AC;˘ First Aid, CRP and WHIMIS. â&#x20AC;˘ Ability to work alone, under pressure, within deadlines. â&#x20AC;˘ Strong organizational skills. What we offer As a member of the Vestas team, we offer a competitive salary and one of the most comprehensive benefits plans in the industry. Among the many amenities we offer: fully funded healthcare; dental; vision; vacation and sick time; tuition assistance; and much more. It is the policy of Vestas to afford equal employment opportunity without regard to age, race, religion, color, gender, or national origin, and to afford equal opportunity to veterans, and individuals with a disability, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, provincial, or First Nation law. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application and/or interview process should notify the Cape Scott Site Manager, Applications may be mailed, delivered by hand, or received online, to: Mr. David Durrant Cape Scott Site Manager, 8000 Goodspeed Road, Port Hardy, BC, VON 2PO Deliver by hand, 6:30am Monday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Friday, to above address Submit online to: Application deadline: January 29, 2014, 7pm Candidates are to submit a hand writing sample, along with their application and covering letter.

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MERCHANDISE FOR SALE GARAGE SALES MOVING SALE 6060 Stories Beach Rd (Gildersleeveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) Jan 26 & 27 8-4 Furniture, electronics, kitchen items/canning supplies, art supplies/frames, board games, outdoor/recreational items,tools,health care items, books, dvds. Everything must go.


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REAL ESTATE DUPLEX/4-PLEX FOR SALE BY OWNER Side by side Duplex, 3bdrms, 2 brs, carport, deck, ocean view. Needs renos. $179,000 2201 Quatsino Cr. Port McNeill. For more info please call 250-956-2747

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OCEANVIEW COTTAGES for rent in Port Hardy

PORT HARDY: Seawind Estates, gated community, like new 3 bdrm, $800. (604)4183626,

Includes satellite TV, internet, jacuzzi bath, No pets. (250)949-7939 TOWNHOUSE FOR Sale. #2-2697 Mine Road, Port McNeill. Quiet strata complex, convenient to schools and hospital. 3-bdrm, 1.5 bath home, approx. 1250 sq.ft. Open plan main floor. Kitchen with built-in dishwasher, fridge, stove. Upper level has master bedroom with walk-in closet, storage room, laundry alcove with full-sized washer/dryer. Electric baseboard heat. Single attached garage with remote controlled door opener. Tidy, fenced back yard with patio, greenhouse and tool shed. $149,000. Quick occupancy. Phone 250-956-9875 or email: for appointment to view.



NEWLY RENOVATED Bach, 1 or 2 bedrooms. Newly furnished available. Free sat tv, over 300 channels. Phone Ron and Linda 250-956-3365 MARINA VIEW APTS & Townhouses. Professional building. 3 bdrm & 2 bdrm available. 250-949-0192. Port Hardy, BC West Park Manor & Lindsay Manor 1/2 month free for selected suites! Large one & two bedroom suites, some with a great view, all clean and in excellent condition. Also elegantly furnished executive suites available. Well maintained secure & quiet buildings. Close to shopping. Friendly onsite resident managers. Call Renee toll free 1-877-227-7888 or email for info: PORT MCNEILL3 Bdrm townhouse. Call 250-9563440. www.portmcneilltown


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SEAHAVEN APARTMENTS 7070 Shorncliffe St. Oceanview 2 bdrm suite. Fridge/stove, balcony, blinds, private parking stall, locker, laundry on premises. Quiet, adult building, non smoking, no pets. References required. Inquiries contact 250-230-1462. TELEGRAPH COVE Studiofurnished, Top quality building, sits over marina. King bed. $995/mo includes water, sewer, hydro & satellite TV. Lease. Call 1-808-283-8660.


Large fully furnished 2 bdrm Apartments include stove, fridge, washer, dryer & micro. Clean, comfy, quiet & upgraded. Rural setting overlooking harbour. Satellite TV channels included ($90 value). Available Nov 1. $850 inclds hydro or $650+ hydro with a 1 year lease. Pets considered. Call 1250-949-8855.

APARTMENTS FURNISHED PORT HARDY Highland Manor •Bachelor •1bdrm furnished •1 bdrm suites References Call Jason 250-949-0192

MOBILE HOMES & PADS PORT MCNEILL Mobile Home Park Pads for rent. Short walk to shopping, school & ocean. $286.00/ month Call 250-956-2355



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

SUITES, LOWER PORT HARDY Ground level entry 2 bedroom suite, 6 appliances, Beaver Harbour Rd. Avail immediately. $750/mo. N/S, N/P. 250-902-1236.

SUITES, UPPER STOREY’S BEACH 1 bdrm, 1 bath basement suite. Hydo, heat included. Shared laundry. $650/month Contact Marty 250-230-2520.

PORT HARDY: Seawind Estates, gated community, like new 2 bdrm, $675. (604)4183626, trojan12@shaw. ca

WANTED TO RENT WANTED TO RENT 2 or 3 bdrm house/duplex in the Port Hardy area for mature couple starting in April or May. Must be dog friendly. Call 250-230-1070.

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LOT FOR SALE Lot 79, Full Serviced In Cedar Heights Trailer Park, Port Hardy, BC Asking $23,000 Call 250-956-4344


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smile... of the week. Isaac Russell of Port McNeill, 8 months, offers a tiny thumbs-up for the ladies curling bonspiel. J.R. Rardon

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Contact: Pat Horgan - Better at Home Coordinator Office Line: (250) 949-8333 Email: 7095 Thunderbird Rd. Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0

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