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Grey‘t’ news for Port McNeill

By Jeff Peters Reporter Residents of Port McNeill will have the opportunity to travel about the North Island easier now that the town has seen the addition of a Greyhound bus terminal. Owner, Paige Quansah, who also operates the Waivin’ Flags taxi company says that the response she received has vindicated her efforts to put Port McNeill back on the route list for Greyhound service. “I posted an ad on Facebook just to let the community know that we are up and running and I got over 100 likes. “There has been very positive feedback, and everybody is elated to have the depot open,” said Quansah. Residents of Port McNeill will now be able to receive packages as well through the terminal allowing them not to have to make the trek to Port Hardy. “Getting up and down the North Island people are very limited. Having to go to Port Hardy just to pick up their packages (for) the last couple of years, has been an issue and inconvenience for locals. I feel that parcel pick up and drop off will be a very good thing for the community,” said Quansah. Quansah and her husband Sa’id, recently transplanted their lives, immigrating to Port McNeill from their home in Bouira, Algeria. Quansah says they are excited by the opportunity to become ingrained in the community, and provide these much-needed services.

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Continued from front “It’s always wonderful to see a business come back to town. “It is great that this service is available again. It has been a particular hardship for many seniors and people on low or fixed incomes because it is a necessity,” Mayor Ackland said. In regards to Quansah, the woman who made this a reality again in Port McNeill, the mayor had this to say. “Good on her! I think it is marvellous that she recognized the need in our community particularly for those in Port McNeill. The Greyhound bus terminal is located at 311-5 Hemlock St. in Port McNeill. The terminal will run six days a week.

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First Nations relations, recreation council priorities

Jeff Peters photo Paige Quansah, operator of the Port McNeill Greyhound bus terminal, located at 311-5 Hemlock Street, stands in front of one of the passenger buses that drives the route.

Timber block sale approved By Kathy O’Reilly-Taylor Editor The District of Port Hardy will be proceeding with the sale of a timber block within the Port Hardy Community Watershed near the Tsulquate River. The Tsulquate River is the source of drinking water for the community of Port Hardy. Steve Legge and Kathleen Crowhurst presented information on a cutblock area they wish to develop under the Port McNeill Time Sales Office (BC Timber Sales Seaward Business Area) to the Operational Services Committee at their meeting Feb. 19. The development BC Timber Sales is proposing would include an estimated 15 hectares of forest harvesting and an estimated 1.5 kilometres of road construction within the Port Hardy watershed. The Seaward Forest Stewardship Plan requires that operations conform to government objectives that include ensuring that quantity and quality of water are not affected. According to Legge and Crowhurst, the block has been carefully researched and developed for sale and would be managed under watershed regulations in the Forest and Range Practices Act. Council approved the sale at their regular meeting Feb. 24. “Has a study been done on the block? Is there any impact on the watershed?” asked Councillor Fred Robertson. “BC Timber Sales has done that,” said Councillor Rick Marcotte. “I would like to make sure that we followed the intent of what was in the Watershed Management Plan before the letter is sent,” said Councillor Dennis Dugas.

By Kathy O’Reilly-Taylor Editor First Nations relations and parks and recreation are two priorities for the Municipal District of Port Hardy. “We’re going to be working hard on our First Nations relations,” and “our parks and recreation services,” said Mayor Hank Bood at council’s regular meeting Feb. 10. “These are our two focuses right now,” Bood said. The First Nations Relations Committee is currently working on terms of reference. Councillor Jessie Hemphill, who chairs the committee, updated council on the group’s efforts. The focus of the committee, Hemphill said, is to work on education and building relationships with each of the local First Nations bands (Gwa’Sala-’Nakwaxda’xw, Kwakiutl, and Quatsino) the band councils, and “involving the three bands in that discussion.” The committee felt key words in their work should be “inclusive, respectful, open and flexible.” They also discussed potential projects and initiatives such as the Reconciliation Canada Tool Kit, declaration and protocol agreements, dual language on signs, street lights from Seaview Trail to Park Drive, and cultural orientation. The committee hopes to “open up dialogue between our council and their councils,” she said, and has received a small grant to do that work. Parks and recreation is another priority. “The District’s parks, playgrounds and trail facilities are very important to the quality of life in our community,” said Bood. “They impact the quality of life for our young families and seniors,” Bood said. Councillor John Tidbury gave a report on the Parks and Recreation Review Committee’s work which included a round-table discussion with councillors and some staff members on “many aspects of recreation” and completing an inventory of parks and recreation amenities. The group discussed programs such as Communities in Bloom, energy projects for facilities, mountain bike trails, and First Nations’ participation in recreation services. They also discussed topics like the pool, arena (ladies’ washrooms, showers, and locker rooms) skateboard parks and ballfields, Tidbury said. They also reviewed past studies such as the Port Hardy Swimming Pool Conditions and Options Report conducted in 2004 and the Port Hardy Parks and Recreation Master Plan from February of 1998. The committee plans to get user groups around the table to see “what they require from council to do business,” Tidbury said.

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Members of the Port Hardy Fire and Rescue meet every Thursday to practise their skill set, rain or shine. The 30-person strong unit had 25 members out Thursday, Feb. 26. Deputy Fire Chief Brent Borg said that it was a fairly typical showing of members, given what he describes as his department’s dedication to their responsibility to stay trained and ready.

Myers receives 2014 citizen award council Meeting alert bay By David Faren The most recent Village of Alert Bay council meeting featured some awards. Each year the Village takes nominations from the public for the citizen of the year and the youth citizen of the year. Donna Myers, longtime Village employee and community volunteer took the award for 2014. Myers, who recently retired from her position in the Village office, is well-known in the community for her work as Ladies Auxiliary President at the Royal Canadian Legion. Many Remembrance Day buffets, funeral services, and food service during the weekly Lion’s Club Bingo were due to Myers’ dedication to the community of Alert Bay. There was no youth citizen award because they had no nominations this year. “I’m

IF YOU WERE AN OWNER OF A VESSEL THAT WAS ISSUED A CATEGORY L COMMERCIAL HALIBUT FISHING LICENSE BETWEEN 2001 AND 2006 YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS COULD BE AFFECTED BY A CLASS ACTION Background A class action has been certified that alleges that a Department of Fisheries and Oceans scheme to divert individual vessel quota (IVQ) representing 10% of the Total Allowable Catch to the Pacific Halibut Management Association (“PHMA”) for resale back to individual commercial halibut license holders was unlawful and seeks restitution on behalf of members of the Class and Subclass for additional amounts paid by them for the diverted IVQ. The Class Action A class action lawsuit, Burnell v. Canada (Attorney General) (British Columbia Supreme Court Action No. S077807) (the “Class Action”) was brought against the Attorney General of Canada (the “Defendant”) alleging that the conduct of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans with respect to the fisheries management program it implemented through PHMA was unlawful and enriched the federal government unlawfully at the expense of the Class and Subclass members. The Class Action was certified by the Court on February 18, 2014 (amended on June 13, 2014) on behalf of a Class, represented by Barry Jim Burnell, consisting of: All owners of fishing vessels with a Category L Commercial Halibut License to fish for halibut issued by the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (“Licensed Vessels”) at any time between 2001 and 2006 inclusive who purchased quota from PHMA, except for the following: (i) the holder of license L-437; (ii) First Nations fishers holding Category FL Commercial Halibut Fishing licenses; and, (iii) members of the subclass. Individuals who meet this definition qualify as Class Members and are represented by the law firms of Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman and Ellis Business Lawyers (“Class Counsel”). In addition, on June 13, 2014, the action was certified on behalf of a Subclass, represented by Lorne Nels David Iverson, consisting of: All owners of fishing vessels with a Category L Commercial Halibut License to fish for halibut issued by the Minster of Fisheries and Oceans (“Licensed Vessels”) between 2001 and 2006 inclusive (the “Material Time”) for which quota was purchased from PHMA and: (a) who at any time during the Material Time: i. were directors of PHMA; or, ii. were corporations in which a PHMA director owned more than 50% of the shares; or (b) who claim that they were in a partnership with a PHMA director in relation to a Licensed Vessel and the purchase of quota from PHMA at any time during the Material Time. Individuals who meet this definition qualify as Subclass Members and are represented by the law firm of Underhill, Boies Parker (“Subclass Counsel”). The claims of the representative plaintiffs (Barry Burnell and Lorne Iverson) will be used to determine the legal responsibility of the Defendant to compensate the Class and Subclass members for the alleged losses suffered.

Judgment on the common issues for the Class and Subclass whether favourable or not will bind all Class Members and Subclass Members who do not opt out of the proceeding. You will be bound by the result of the Class Action whether the lawsuit is successful or unsuccessful and will not be able to start or pursue your own legal claim against the Defendant. The common issues can be found at active-litigation/commercial-halibut-fishing/ or by request from Class Counsel or Subclass Counsel. If the Class Action is successful in obtaining recovery from the Defendant on behalf of the Class Members and Subclass Members, then they will be entitled to share in the recovery. If you opt out of the Class Action, you do not have this right. Class Members or Subclass Members who opt out of the Class Action may start their own lawsuits, but will not be able to claim any recovery in this Class Action whether through judgment or settlement. Residents of British Columbia If you are a resident of British Columbia and qualify as a Class Member or Subclass Member and you wish to participate in the Class Action, you do not have to do anything. You will automatically be included in the Class. If you do not wish to participate in the class action you must opt-out by completing and mailing the opt-out form to Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman, 4th Floor, 856 Homer Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2W5 postmarked by no later than May 4, 2015. The opt-out form can be found at: or can be requested by contacting Lise Carmichael at 604-689-7555. If you do not opt-out by the deadline you will automatically be included in the Class Action. Non-residents of British Columbia If you are a non-resident of British Columbia, qualify as a Class Member or Subclass Member, and you wish to participate in the Class Action, then you must opt-in by completing and mailing the opt-in form to: Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman, 4th Floor, 856 Homer St., Vancouver, B.C., V6B 2W5 postmarked by no later than May 4, 2015. The opt-in form can be found at: or can be requested by contacting Lise Carmichael at 604-689-7555. Class Counsel and Subclass Counsel The law firms of Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman (604-6897555) and Ellis Business Lawyers (604-688-7374) represent the Class Members. Underhill, Boies Parker (604-696-9828) represents the Subclass Members. Firm websites are found online at www.cfmlawyers. ca; and If you are uncertain whether you belong to the Class or the Subclass, you may contact either of the firms above and they will assist you accordingly. Class Counsel and Subclass Counsel will together be seeking fees up to a maximum of one third of the value of any settlement or judgment plus disbursements and applicable taxes as a first charge on any recovery, to be approved by the British Columbia Supreme Court. The fee agreement is subject to court approval and the approved fee may be less than the maximum. This notice has been approved by the British Columbia Supreme Court.

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David Faren photo Alert Bay Mayor Michael Berry presents community volunteer and village employee Donna Myers with the award for 2014 Citizen of the Year.

sure it isn’t because there isn’t a deserving youth on the island,” said Mayor Michael Berry when asked why there was no youth award for 2014, “but there were no nominations.” The council also awarded the best decorated house and business at this meeting. Norman and Heather

Wadhams took the best decorated house award for 2014. The Alert Bay Drugstore won for best decorated business. Other business at the meeting included the first reading of a tree cutting bylaw amendment that will offer better defined and practical guidelines for tree cutting.

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Pay down that student loan VICTORIA – In a recent speech, Premier Christy Clark quipped that while teenagers tend to be lazy, there is a limit. If your kid is still on the couch after age 30, she said, he’s not a teenager any more. “He’s a New Democrat.” Clark’s ‘get off the couch and get a job’ message is now being translated into government policy. Student debt collection is a long-standing problem for the province, with about $185 million currently on the books as defaulted and unpaid. Students naturally move around after completing their studies, and once the six-month grace period for beginning to repay student loans expires, finding those who aren’t paying becomes a costly effort. Historically governments sent defaulted debt to collection agencies. Last year $17.3 million was collected. How big is student debt these days? The subject was discussed briefly in the legislature last week. In question period, NDP leader John Horgan reminded the government that tuition fees have doubled over the past decade, and cited a Bank of Montreal estimate that the average university student emerges from a four-year program owing $35,000 in student loans. With his usual modesty b.c. Views and tact, Advanced Education with Tom Fletcher Minister Andrew Wilkinson dismissed Horgan’s accusation that he is indifferent to the plight of students. Wilkinson noted that the Bank of Montreal surveyed 602 students across Canada, and only 78 of them were in B.C. “To clarify this, and to address the cackling chickens on the other side, we have 430,000 students in our system,” Wilkinson said. “Some of them are part-time; some of them are on short courses. We have 180,000 students who are in the system full-time and eligible for student aid. “Of those 180,000 students, 45,000 turn to the province for financial aid – meaning that 75 per cent of students, more than what was quoted on the CBC yesterday, go through their education without incurring debt through the provincial student aid program.” Whatever the amount owing is for an individual, it’s a debt that will be more difficult to avoid paying. The province has long used the withholding of driving privileges to collect unpaid provincial court fines, and that was recently extended to those who are 90 days in arrears on $25 or more worth of Lower Mainland bridge tolls. This student debt collection move follows efforts to match up post-secondary funding to areas of employment demand. In an era where misguided university professors use their positions to organize violent protests against job-creating projects, the messages are similar. Variations of this productivity theme are being heard from governments across North America. The baby boomers are retiring. We are bringing in temporary foreign workers, not because of some right-wing plot, but because too many people growing up in our society refuse to do an increasing range of jobs. We have an education system – and media – that encourages people to complain and make demands to get what they want. And we are seeing the results of all of this. There was a U.S. president once who said, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” (Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @tomfletcherbc Email: tfletcher@

Rising ferry fares questioned The week in the Legislature was primarily taken up with increase in money going to these private establishments. Our Question Periods were wide ranging this week. I chaldebate about the BC Liberal budget. lenged the Transport Minister about the fact that rising It is, in the main, a budget that gives to ferry fares have pushed ridership on BC Ferries to its the rich through tax cuts, and takes away lowest levels for a quarter of a century. from everyone else through increases in The annual excuses they come up with for the falling fees. numbers are risible – the government shifts blame from The top two per cent of income earnbad weather to very bad weather, from too few tourists ers receive a tax break, which will cost to improvements in the Internet. But the real reason, the province $230 million. A millionaire exorbitant fares, are never mentioned. will have $17,000 extra a year to play with. And yet most people will see no We challenged the government on post-secondary relief. Instead they are faced with ever institutions having to pay lobbyists to gain access to BC increasing hydro bills (another six per Liberal cabinet ministers – which led to a victory as the cent planned for this year), with neverMinister of Advanced Education changed the rules. Mla update ending ferry fare hikes (another four per We also questioned some appalling decisions about with Claire Trevena cent planned for this year), and with MSP the care of children by the Ministry of Children and fees that are going up again, just like they Family Development and raised concerns about the do year after year. exceedingly long wait by some patients for colonoscopies. In my response to the budget, I questioned why BC conWith a six-month shutdown just starting at Neucel, I organtinues to charge MSP to pay for our healthcare. The flat tax, ised a meeting between the Minister of Forests and the union which costs the same whether you earn $50,000 or $150,000, representing workers at Port Alice specialty cellulose mill to brings in more than $2 billion a year to the public coffers and try to explore ways for the mill to be able to reopen soon. I is one of the main sources of revenue for the government. No will be following up with the Minister regularly to ensure the wonder it does not want to do what other provinces have done community’s needs are met. for years and roll it into the progressive income tax structure. This weekend sees me back in the constituency and I I also noted that student fees will bring in more than $1.3 return to Victoria for another Monday morning start. I can billion. This is an extraordinary amount. To add to their dif- be reached wherever I am on email: Claire.trevena.mla@leg. ficulties, BC is the only province without a grant system to assist the students. My phone numbers are 250-287-5100 in Campbell River I once again questioned the increased funding to private and 250 949 9473 in Port Hardy. The toll free number is 866 education. It is wrong that parents have to fund-raise at public 387 5100. You can also friend me on Facebook, follow me on schools for textbooks or equipment while public money goes Twitter or check out my web page www. into elite, private schools. Yet this budget saw a 33-per cent The North Island Gazette is published Thursdays at Port Hardy, B.C. by Black Press Ltd. Canadian Publications Mail Agreement #391275. We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

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Parnham street renaming in final stages Gazette staff Mayor Bev Parnham will soon have a street named in her honour. At their regular meeting Feb. 24, District of Port Hardy council gave three readings to a bylaw which will rename a portion of Thunderbird Way south of Granville Street “Beverley Parnham Way”. Before making the change official, council wanted to give property owners that will be affected some notice. The motion will be brought back to council for adoption. Parnham moved to Port Hardy in 1978 and was first elected to District of Port Hardy

Council in 1989. She was elected Mayor in the fall of 2009. She was completing her second term when she passed away. To say that Parnham was a tireless advocate for her community would be an understatement. Mayor Parnham played a key leadership role in both internal and external committees, including the Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Economic Development Committee and the Downtown Revitalization Committee. She was on the Regional District of

Mount Waddington Board of Directors, Regional Hospital Board, BC Ferries Northern Advisory, Island Coastal Economic Trust, Scott Islands Advisory, Primary Health Care Local Working Group, and Vancouver Island Regional Library. She was also an active member of the local Rotary club. During her tenure as mayor, Parnham achieved many significant advances in economic development and sustainability, including the introduction of a new official community plan and zoning bylaw review. She assisted in

attracting the first green energy initiative to Port Hardy with the construction of the Cape Scott Windfarm, increased access to health care and physicians for Port Hardy residents through her work on the Mount Waddington Local Working Group and through the establishment of the new Medical Health Centre. Parnham forged relationships with local service organizations and First Nations to increase collaboration, lobbied against reductions in BC Ferries services, laid the groundwork for establishing a tri-community forest partnership with Port McNeill

and Port Alice, worked with council to attract new residents and businesses; the District was the only community in the Regional District of Mount Waddington to grow in population (five per cent realized) as per the 2011 census. During her tenure, $9 million in harbour upgrades were completed over the last seven years, making Port Hardy the busiest harbour for fish landings in all of British Columbia. Parnham worked tirelessly to position Port Hardy as a transportation hub for the North Island and Central Coast and helped Port Hardy

Sampson elected to 911 board

By Jeff Peters Reporter The Board of Directors of the North Island 911 Corporation has elected Larry Samson as their new president and re-elected Joe Stanhope as vice president for the emergency communications oversight group. The corporation was established in January of 1995 and manages 911 services for the Comox Valley Regional District, Strathcona Regional District, Regional District of Mount Waddington, Alberni-Clayoquot, as well as a School District No. 69 a portion of the Nanaimo Regional District. The group’s area of operations sees as many as 70,000 911 calls a year. Most recently the corporation green lit a contract for the initial point of answering to E-comm, which is the first point of contact for those in need of emergency assistance. E-comm determines the type of emergency response required and transfers calls accordingly. “When you dial 911 that call immediately goes to E-Comm in Vancouver and from there they will ask you police, fire, or ambulance. If you say police it goes to Courtenay RCMP dispatch. If you say fire it goes to Campbell River fire dispatch and if you say ambulance it goes to Victoria ambulance dispatch. So what the North Island 911 is responsible for is ensuring dispatching on the North Island meets the recognized international standards for answering and dispatching,” Samson said. Samson, who was elected at the corporation’s Feb. 6 inaugural meeting, replacing John Ambler, says he is humbled by the results of the unanimous election. “There are about 65,000 - 70,000 emergen-

cy calls that come out of this area that this Corporation oversees, so its quite an important component. Because nothing is more important that when someone needs assistance the system works. We are very proud of our system because it does work,” Samson said. Samson currently divides his time between city council in Campbell River, the Strathcona Regional District, Committee of the Whole, and the Municipal Services Committee. Samson was nominated for the position by the Director of the Regional District of Nanaimo Joe Stanhope. Stanhope represents electoral area G of the Nanaimo Regional District of which he is board chair. “I was nominated by the director from the Regional District of Nanaimo and it was unanimous, so I was quite pleased and humbled by it and thank the directors,” said Samson. Samson says he looks forward to serving the corporation and the residents that it represents with enthusiasm, and tackling the ever-changing challenges that the mountainous region faces, including the move towards alternative methods of accessing emergency response through text messaging and internet-based communication devices. “You will be able to do it through text messaging. You will also be able to do it over the internet with your computer. As you can probably imagine the technology is changing rapidly,” said Samson. Another push for the corporation will be the potential inclusion of Lasqueti Island under their watch. Lasqueti Island is off the east coast of Vancouver Island in the Strait of Georgia, and is part of the Powell River Regional District. Powell River itself was made a part of the group in 1999.

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Missing women remembered by David Faren An annual event since 2007, the Stolen Sisters Awareness Walk took place in Alert Bay on Monday, Feb. 16. The walk began at the ferry terminal and proceeded along Front Street to the front of St. Michael’s Residential School. Approximately 60 women, men and children carried placards and photos of missing women while drumming and singing. The walk is held to raise awareness of the disproportionate number of missing and murdered Métis, Inuit, Non-status, and First Nations women in Canada. According to a press release from the local event organizers, Tanis Dawson and Sharon Leas, “Indigenous women aged 25-44 are five times more likely than other Canadian women to die of violence.” This awareness walk is part of a larger effort to research and raise awareness by the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), who, in 2004 launched Sisters in Spirit whose mandate includes maintaining a database of missing and murdered aboriginal women and raising awareness of the problem.

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Please visit Paige Quansah at our new location or call for more information 250-956-2355. Daily Business Hours: 9:00am - 11:00am and 3:30pm - 5:30pm We look forward to serving the community’s travel and shipping needs from our new location!

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By Jeff Peters Reporter With the new Port hardy Primary Health Care Centre opening March 9, what can residents expect from this long-awaited facility? With a $2.6 million price tag, officials from North Island Health Authority (NIHA) and

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the local government alike, have promised a new “patient-centred” facility providing “easily-accessible care”, easing strain on the Port Hardy Hospital emergency department. The project is toted as an aspect of the Mount Waddington Health Services Stabilization Working Group - later renamed the Mountain Waddington Working Group’s (CWG) - along with the NIHA, push to develop “a community-led plan to stabilized health services in the Mount Waddington region” and build a sustainable health care system for both rural and

town dwellers alike. “Health care isn’t really the primary function of the municipal government, but it is a primary issue with the people of Port Hardy so we always have a stake there,” said District of Port Hardy Mayor Hank Bood. “This was a poster child for former mayor Bev Parnham she did a lot of work in actual getting it here. We’ve been waiting a long time,” Bood said. The facility is slated to feature an integrated care team, which includes physicians, nurse practitioners, as well as care co-ordina-

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Military exercise in Port Hardy

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Inaugural Ducks banquet goes swimmingly

Ducks Unlimited held their first annual banquet at the Port Hardy Civic Centre Feb. 28. The event was organized by the recently-revived Ducks Unlimited North Island Chapter. The event, featured both silent and live auctions for everything from rifles to airfare and Vancouver Canucks tickets. Committee Chairperson Nita Klatt said healthy wetlands impact everyone. “We help preserve wetlands so that ducks can survive. It also keeps the water clean so the water is filtered, so when water goes into our lakes and rivers it keeps our fish healthy and clean. It’s really all trickle down from there,” said Klatt.

Strategic study presented By Kathy O’Reilly-Taylor Editor The Regional District of Mount Waddington board was given a presentation on a new Strategic Sectors Study Feb. 17. The purpose of the study, presented by Pat English, manager of economic development, is to provide a foundation on which the RDMW can develop policies and actions to support the local economy over the next five years. “I joined the office here in 2013. At that time, the last strategic study had been done quite a few years ago,” said English. While the plan had been updated, “there had not been a detailed look at where the opportunities lay for the local economy.” It was suggested that “I should take a look at doing an (updated) economic development strategy piece for the region,” he said. In the fall of 2013, English submitted an application for funding to the Island Coastal Economic Trust, and $12,500 was approved. The Regional District of Mount Waddington contributed $10,000 and an additional $2,500 was received from Community Futures. In early 2014, a consultant - Ecoplan International - was hired as the consultant on the project and a steering committee was formed, English said. At least 70 people, representing 55 groups or companies, provided input. In May and June, the project team held a community forum, three focus groups, and made numerous phone interviews to gather information. English explained five main sectors were selected based on their current size, growth potential, diversification, jobs, and degree of local control. “Each sector has number of action ideas on it,” English said. “My work plan is to take those action items and incorporate them into my daily work plan. The opportunities that are identified are really going to shape my work plan for the next five years.” The study identified forestry as the largest sector with 46 per cent of the region’s workforce being directly, or indirectly, impacted by it. Aquaculture was the second strategic sector identified, said English. It employs “400 person years” of employment with potential for 10 per cent annual growth in

world-wide markets. English explained this “400 person years” term was used because of the seasonal nature of the industry. There are issues in the industry related to environmental controls and science, English said, but “if they can be overcome, addressed suitably‚“ aquaculture is “something that should be pursued.” English said shellfish aquaculture development should also be supported including the development of registered processing facilities. Small business was third. English told council there are 968 businesses in the regional district. Ninety-five of them have fewer than 10 employees and 45 per cent provide employment for the owner. The region needs to do what it can “to prevent leakage” of dollars down island, English said, through things like local hiring and purchasing. “We have to do everything we can to bring that money back into the North Island.” Fourth was the learning sector that, he explained, promotes knowledge and learning-type activities. These types of activities are “gaining more and more currency worldwide,” he said. The learning sector offers potential for growth in jobs, increased skills and competitiveness, and attracting new residents to the area. The final sector was cultural and adventure tourism that is the primary driver for visitor growth in the region. English said the study calls for training for everyone who comes into contact with a tourist. One of the ways to support tourism is to encourage reasonable visual buffers in and around the key features that people come to the area to see, said Manager of Planning Jonas Velaniskis. Trail management and signage initiatives were also discussed. Other opportunities for growth in the regional district include green power and mining. Actions that would benefit all sectors would be supporting the development of broadband linkages, and working with stakeholders and lobbying for the establishment of cellular coverage across the region. The lack of high-speed internet “has been a major constraint,” said Velaniskis. The plan also calls for supporting the development of agriculture in the region by incorporating it into land use policies and zoning bylaws.

Gazette staff Residents of the District of Port Hardy, and surrounding area had a front row seat this week, to a threeday long Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX), courtesy of the Royal Canadian Airforce’s (RCAF) 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron from 19 Wing Comox. During the exercise residents were able to see a number of yellow search and rescue (SAR) aircraft, including twin propellor de Havilland Canada DHC-5 Buffalo airplanes, and AgustaWestland CH-149 Cormorant helicopters. The exercise featured SAR parajumpers, mock aviation accidents at the Port Hardy airport, water rescue and more. Local emergency responders also took part in the SAREX in an effort to increase

inter-operability with their RCAF colleagues. Look to the next issue

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Carmen, left, and Courtney Coburn were busy Saturday, Feb. 21 outside the Overwaitea Foods store in Port Hardy selling tasty treats for National Cupcake Day a fund-raiser for SPCAs and Humane Societies held across Canada.

By David Faren Representatives from the Village of Alert Bay, the ‘Namgis First Nation, and Vancity gathered in the Learning Centre last Wednesday for a ceremonial inking of a Memorandum of Understanding between the three parties that entails the creation of a physical presence on Comorant Island. An exact location has not been determined, but an announcement on that is expected soon. Once that presence is established, the community-based banking institution states in a press release they will be able to offer “in-person, basic banking services, cash handling for business operations and onsite support for more complex transactions such as investments, mortgages, loans and account signatories.” The agreement was announced to the public the following evening at Cormorant Island’s Economic David Faren photo Development Strategy meeting. Stewart Anderson, a From left to right, Alert Bay Mayor Michael Berry, Tamara Vancity representative, was there to let the community Vrooman, president and CEO of Vancity and Chief Debra know they were committed to creating a physical pres- Hanuse sign a memorandum of understanding. comes at a perfect time as we begin the implementation phase ence and building relationships on the island. Anderson also announced a job opening for a customer service repre- of that plan.” Vancity was one of several institutions the two local govsentative at the meeting. Over the past year the Village and the Band have been working with a consultant on an eco- ernments looked at to replace the loss of Coastal Community nomic strategy to help chart a course for the local economy. Credit Union who left the community last year. Although the Alert Bay’s Mayor Michael Berry, stated “the presence of a CCCU still offer services in Port McNeill, businesses and resforward-thinking financial institution is a critical part of the idents found the loss a significant inconvenience. According joint Alert Bay/’Namgis Economic Development Strategy to the Vancity press release nearly half the residents are “disthat is being developed for our island and this announcement satisfied with the access they have to banking services.”


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Fear and mythology thrive in absence of knowledge The Kraken?! Devilfish?! Scary?! Dangerous?! Alien?! Suggest such things about a Giant Pacific Octopus to any scuba diver respectful of marine life who has had an encounter with one of these gentle giants, and there is going to be a very strong response shattering such mythology. Marine detective As it always goes, fear and with Jackie mythology thrive where there is Hildering absence of knowledge. Any negative encounters between divers and Giant Pacific Octopuses that I am aware of, result from divers manhandling them ‘insisting’ on an encounter or involve individuals that are habituated to being fed by humans. We, as divers, are so fortunate to come across Giant Pacific Octopuses in their world where they are invertebrate royalty. We are able to meet them on their turf, and thereby know how inquisitive and intelligent they are. We know they are mighty, highlyadaptable predators. And, we know, too, when we look into their eyes, that observation and assessment is being reciprocated. That preamble was necessary before sharing what happened today. This did . . . . I had been taking photographs of Lingcod males guarding their egg masses and noted that my dive buddy Natasha Dickinson was signalling me with her light, indicating that she had found something of particular interest. I took a few more shots and then swam towards her and found . . . my dive buddy with a Giant Pacific Octopus completely covering her face. Sorry that I missed that shot. I was so in awe of what I saw. Natasha is an incredibly skilled and experienced diver with a deep respect for marine life. She was clearly not afraid, nor was the octopus. Natasha had taken the precaution of putting her hand over the regulator in her mouth in case the octopus took an interest in that but otherwise, allowed her to explore. I would learn later that, while waiting for me she had been watching the Copper Rockfish that you will see in all but one of the photos in my blog. This rockfish stuck very near the octopus. A buddy? That I don’t know, but escorting a Giant Pacific Octopus on the hunt is a really good strategy. As the octopus flushes out animals from under rocks with his/her arms, the rockfish can grab the

prey that do not end up under the octopus’ mantle. While observing the rockfish, the Giant Pacific Octopus had slowly advanced toward Natasha and she remained where she was, intrigued at what would happened and having a contingency plan. When I started to take photos the Giant Pacific Octopus gradually backed away but had taken a particular interest in a clasp at the end of a bungee cord on Natasha’s gear. You can see how her arm was entwined around the cord and how there was some flashing of white in the One time use ©Jackie Hildering skin. You can also see the Copper Rockfish! Natasha Dickinson gets up close and personal with a Giant Pacific Octopus. I believe this octopus When Natasha circled back, the octopus flashed a bit of was a female, thanks to feedback I received from selfwhite as you can see in the image online. Recognition? admitted Cephalopod Geek supreme, Keely Langford of We both found ourselves waving goodbye when we, the Vancouver Aquarium. Octopus males have a “hectoregretfully, had to return to our terrestrial world. cotylus arm”. So what to do when you find a Giant Pacific Octopus In Giant Pacific Octopuses, it is the third arm on on your dive buddy’s head? Observe, marvel, take some their right. The hectocotylus stores the spermatophores photos, share and maybe it can help dispel some of the “packets of sex cells, two of which are handed over to a mythology and vilification about these fabulous marine receptive female who stores them until ready to fertilize neighbours. her eggs. Having the good fortune to get photos of the Please note, I have shared our experience to reduce the right side of this octopus, allowed me to see that the top misunderstanding and demonification of octopus NOT to of third arm on the right is not differentiated and that stimulate diver attempts at interactions. It was an unsotherefore, this was a female. licited gift experienced by those with a very high level of Back to recounting our adventure . . . . dive experience; knowledge of octopus (and dive buddy) After about a minute or two of gently tugging on the behaviour; and solid safety protocols. bungee cord, Ms. Giant Pacific Octopus let go. (Jackie Hildering is a biologist, avid scuba diver and Natasha swam a bit further off, allowing me a few marine educator living in Port McNeill. See www.theminutes to marvel and photograph this beauty “the Giant Pacific Octopus and the Copper Rockfish.

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Steam Crawler to be registered By Kathy O’Reilly-Taylor Editor The Regional District of Mount Waddington has approved including the Hornsby Steam Crawler in the Regional Heritage Registry. A community heritage registry is an official list of historic places, which have been identified by the local government as having heritage value or heritage character. For some sites, addition to a local government community heritage register is the first critical step toward the sought-after national historic site designation. As part of adding a historical site to the heritage registry, each site must The Regional District of Mount have a statement of sig- Crawler in the Regional Heritage nificance (SOS). The SOS is a required document for placing heritage sites on the BC Registry of Historic Places and the Canadian Register of Historic Places. Located in Coal Harbour, the Hornsby Steam Crawler was used by the forest industry in the Port Alice and Holberg areas before falling into disrepair at Apple Bay. The machine is the only surviving example of the Roberts-

Waddington has approved including the Hornsby Steam Registry.

Hornsby “chain track” steam crawler in North America. It was a pre-World War One forerunner to the army tank. In 2013, after nearly a decade of difficulties concerning the final fate of the artifact due to its condition and known significance, the Regional District of Mount Waddington moved the Hornsby Steam Crawler to a piece of public land in Coal Harbour.

Diamond to shine in Tri-Port British Columbia’s own Charlotte Diamond returns to Port Hardy and Port McNeill to celebrate Family Fun Day with special concerts in both communities. Diamond will perform March 7 at 2 p.m. at Cheslakees Elementary School in Port McNeill and March 8 at 2 p.m. at

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submitted photo British Columbia’s Charlotte Diamond will be performing in Port Hardy and Port McNeill March 7 and 8.

French and Spanish, Charlotte performs her award-winning music at concerts and conferences throughout Canada and the United States. Charlotte’s concerts appeal to people of all ages from preschoolers to the young at heart, and she will have everyone singing

and dancing to her upbeat melodies. She inspires families to enjoy singing and playing musically with their children. “The song is just the beginning of creative fun.” Charlotte is joined by her son, Matt Diamond, on electric guitar and harmonies.

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The last Samson Samson stood wavering in his favourite summertime meadow in the realm of sheer towering rock and pure white snow, peering at the world below, he wondered where the local herds had Our Backyard gone, for he hadn’t with Lawrence spotted one of his Woodall own in two years. He was losing his strength steadily, but at the ripe old age of 12 his teeth were worn down to the gumline and could no longer feed his once powerful body. Samson was the last of the Pleistocene Mountain Goats on Vancouver Island that became extinct over 10,000 years ago, most likely during the early Holocene warming which temperatures were warmer than they are today. Evidence of Mountain Goats have been discovered in a number of Northern Vancouver Island caves, skeletal remains dating 10,000 and 16,000 years old, their bones within the size range of modern specimens. I took the liberty of using the name Samson, a super-sized mountain goat in the range of over 300 pounds in the Selkirk Mountain range, for several years local mountaineers had described chance encounters, and two years ago I was lucky enough to spend several hours with him

near Snow Cap Glacier at 2,700 metres. This is Samson’s 12th year, and chances are he may no longer be with us. It is a magnificent region with several glaciers, where Mountain Goats, and grizzly still roam the high peaks in good numbers, a region only reached by foot, and not tampered with by the ignorance and greed of man. Constant aggressive behaviour is a feature of every day life, as goat society is organized as a dominance hierarchy, in which individuals relative rank is determined by its ability to defend and assert a mobile personal space. There is never a shortage of posturing of head to butt, horns back and smacking each other in the back side, their backsides have thick skin to prevent injuries, yet Samson fed amongst the bands without challenge, unlike the pre-adults. It’s a constant sparring match preparing for the heavy weight match, and make no mistake they can be lethal, as goats are on record of goring grizzlies to death, and humans who don’t respect their space. Spending so much time with grizzlies in the high country it became second nature to observe goats over the last 20 years. You come to realize they have a great capacity for curiosity, frustration, companionship, and joy. It was an animal that many believed was protected by man’s greed, because they lived in the tip top of the world in the clouds and snow, unlike the grizzly population that was being devastated by development in the valleys. That may have been true at one time, but

Lawrence Woodall photo Samson is a Mountain Goat living in the Selkirk Mountain range.

with a provincial government bent on mining BC on a scale never seen before, even the elusive Mountain Goats are being impacted by mining. In 1961 there were approximately 100,000 in BC, today the number varies between 20,000 and 60,000. If you divided the province in half, in the remote northern regions the population decline is very slight, but in southern BC the population has been devastated due to road access and mining development. There are several studies showing the impact of mining, using a couple of examples; the Denarchi/Sumanik study found one group went from 163 to three animals in five years after high slopes were opened by coal

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250-284-3912 for more information. March 13 Tall Tales Storytelling, and after school club for kids nine to 12 years old. Much enjoyed, send your children for some puppetry fun from 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. at the Port Hardy Public library. March 18 North Island Toastmasters is hosting their annual International Speech Competition Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the North Island College. Everyone welcome. No charge. North Island Toastmasters meets every Wednesday at North Island College except the fourth Wednesday when they meet at Sunset Elementary School in Port McNeill. March 18 Your local public libraries are hosting fun for kids at selected times during Spring Break for kids: “Lego Land” at the Port Hardy, Port Alice and Woss at the libraries. “Movie Afternoon” at the Sointula Public Library, and a “Family Drop-in Afternoon” at the Port McNeill public library. March 31 7 p.m. Health Touch healing service at St. Columba Anglican United Church. All welcome.

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Sointula - A place of harmony Malcolm Island has been utilized as a seasonal harvesting location by the Kwakwaka’wakw for thousands of years, but in more recent history it was settled by nonindigenous colonists in the late 1800s. In 1895, the Christian Temperance Society, under the leadership of Joseph Spencer, made an attempt to settle at Rough Bay, however within a year they had given up and the Island reverted to a timber lease for forestry.

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a look back with Brenda McCorquodale Around the same time a group of Finnish miners at Nanaimo were growing frustrated with their working conditions, and formed a temperance society which was a socio-political group that allowed them the freedom to discuss their frustrations and aspirations in Canada. The miners decided that they aspired to a better life, with more freedom and equality, and toward that end they wrote to Matti Kurikka, a political philosopher, playwright, writer, and organizer, asking him

to come to Vancouver Island. Kurikka had been in Australia trying to establish a utopian community, but agreed to come. Kurikka arrived and the Finns established the Kalevan Kansan Colonization Company. Kaleva is a reference to the Finnish mythological hero which plays a significant role in the early Finnish literature epic the “Kalevala.” The company started a newspaper highlighting their efforts to start a communal colony founded on the virtues of respect and equality. They sold shares, while recruiting other Finns from all over the world to join their movement, and negotiating with the government for a land grant. On Nov. 1, 1901 the company signed an agreement. They would be granted the rights to Malcolm Island in seven years

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if they could settle 350 people, make improvements including developing farms, roads, and wharves, and educate their children in English. The word was sent out to prospective colonists and the first advance group left to begin the task of constructing a settlement. From the beginning the effort seemed cursed. A gun accidentally discharged in the boat while the group was transiting Seymour Narrows, striking a man in the arm. By December 1901 the group had arrived at Rough Bay, and by March 1902 there were 14 settlers. In June the steamer Capilano brought in a load of settlers and materials. The group voted to name their village Sointula, or “place of harmony.” Although the colonists built a number of communal dwellings, they were not able to construct adequate housing for all of the new arrivals, and many had to stay in tents as the winter storms set in. Some colonists arrived with farm implements and cattle, which they had to sell

submitted photo The colony band in Sointula.

when they realized that there would be no pasture or crops for some time. On Jan. 23, 1903 at 8 p.m., as many women and children were sleeping in one of the wooden buildings, and a meeting was taking place on the third floor, a fire broke out when one of the flues overheated. Eleven people perished in the fire, eight children and two adults. Some people, devastated and heartbroken, blamed the company and Kurikka. By the spring of 1903 the population of the colony was 238. The men of the col-

ony tried their hand at logging and fishing, but they had a difficult time bringing in money sufficient to pay back their loans. After a series of bad business decisions, including a low bid by the colony to build a bridge over the Capilano River in Vancouver, the banks seized some of the colony’s assets. The company, now bankrupt, was dissolved. In May 1905 the colony was forced to give up their land grant to pay their debts. Many of the original settlers decided to stay and retained their

values of communal work. Sointula fishermen were instrumental in forming many of the powerful fishing unions on the coast, and many business initiatives on the island have been operated as cooperatives. ( B r e n d a McCorquodale is a Port Hardy resident and North Island history enthusiast. If you have any stories or local lore you’d like to share, email her at storeysbeach@gmail. com. A collection of her past articles is available on her blog at

Library board officers elected Gazette staff Bruce Jolliffe, who represents the Comox Valley Regional District, was re-elected by acclamation as Board Chair of the Board of Trustees for Vancouver Island Regional Library during its recent annual general meeting and officer elections in Nanaimo. Brenda Leigh of the Strathcona Regional District Board was re-elected by acclamation as vice-chair. Dave Rushton (Mount Waddington Regional District) was one of nine members at large elected to serve on the VIRL board’s executive committee. The Vancouver Island Regional Library Board of Trustees, which is comprised of elected representatives from 28 member municipalities and 10 regional districts, administers a budget of over $20 million. Joining Kerr on the executive committee are: Steve Arnett (Town of Ladysmith), Barry Avis (Town of Qualicum Beach), Bill Beldessi (Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District), Diane Brennan (City of Nanaimo), Penny Cote (Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District), Tom Duncan (City of Duncan), Campbell River councillor Ron Kerr, and Gordon Waterman (Village of Gold River).

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submitted photo The North Island Eagles peewee club became the Island League Tier 3 champions this weekend beating Sooke 7-6 in overtime.

Peewees bring home the banner By Kathy O’Reilly-Taylor Editor The North Island Eagles brought home the banner after beating the Sooke Thunderbirds 7-6 on the road Saturday. “After playing one of, if not their best game of the year last weekend in (Port) Alice to take a one to nothing lead in the best-of-three Island finals; we kind of forgot to show up to start game two in Sooke,” said Coach Marty Gage. “Sooke came out flying. We took penalties and they started to impose their will on us. This was not the plan, but set the script for the most dramatic game anyone could imagine,” Gage said. Sooke took a commanding 4 - 0 lead in the first period. “I knew we needed to get one before the end of the first and we did,” he said. “We went to dressing room down 4-1 and not

very happy with our effort, but we were starting to get chances and that first goal gave us some hope,” Gage said. It was 5-1 when the Eagles went to the room after two periods. “We came together as a team in the room and decided we believed we could come back,” he said. The Eagles fought hard and got within a goal, 5-4. Then Sooke scored to make it 6-4. The Eagles refused to give up and came back and tied it again, 6-6. “We went to overtime and talk about a nervewracking experience. We hit the crossbar on the first shift and I thought oh boy, if we lose, that crossbar will haunt me,” said Gage. “A couple minutes later, we jammed the net and put that puck in the back of the net. The crowd went crazy, players went nuts and we

were ecstatic,” said the coach. Next stop provincials in Kitimat March 15-18. Luke Gage got the Eagles only goal in the first period assisted by Mathew Sanders. Early in the second, Saunders scored an unassisted goal. The Eagles went on a scoring spree in the third. Rhys Dutcyvich opened things up for the Eagles assisted by Braden Walkus and Liem Wadhams. Saunders scored next with the assists going to Payton Laming and Ryan Patterson. Dutcyvich scored the Eagles fourth goal assisted by Saunders. Gage scored to tie the game 6-6. Assisting on the tying goal was Saunders and Dutcyvich. In overtime, Saunders put one into the back of the net to give his team the victory, and himself the hat trick. Assisting on the goal was Dutcyvich.

Basketball tournament fosters friendship By Jeff Peters Reporter In the spirit of friendship and inclusion, Port Hardy Secondary School (PHSS) will be hosting an inter-school basketball tournament March 6. Dubbed the North Island Friendship Intermediate Basketball Tournament, the event will feature two courts of action with a concession stand organized by the graduating class of 2015 from PHSS. Organizer Sean Barfoot, a physical education teacher from Eagle View Elementary in Port Hardy, says the purpose of the event is to grow friendship and camaraderie amongst the eight schools in attendance.

“It’s a friendship tournament, the goal being to build friendships and connect all the North Island schools,” said Barfoot. The coed tournament will feature Grade 6 and 7 students from all around the region including Fort Rupert Elementary, Eagle View Elementary, Gwasala’-Nakwaxda’xw Elementary, Sunset Elementary, K’ak’ot’lats’i Elementary, AJ Elliot Elementary, and Alert Bay Elementary. During halftime, students will be treated to a unique spectacle of seeing their older PHSS peers compete against teachers from PHSS, who many will be taught by in the coming years. “There is a halftime show with teachers versus the high school students, which is just to

showcase to the younger kids that down the road you could be playing in this little game, too,” said Barfoot. “Some of these kids will be going to PHSS, so it is just a fun game to see more developed players play and the younger students really like that part,” Barfoot said. Although the event is not entirely open to the public, the tournament is an ideal representation of the spirit of togetherness through organized sport. However friends and family of students are encourage to come out and cheer the players on. The first game begins at 9:15 a.m. and the final wraps up at 1:55 p.m.


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Fun and fund-raising on the Rod Watson agenda by Jeff Peters Reporter Another year and another Rod Watson Memorial Hockey game, however this year was not like others. The event, held Feb. 28 in the Village of Port Alice, has never been about dropped gloves, dirty dangles, or the scoreboard, although this year’s 8-7 final tally in favour of the white shirts, certainly made it an exciting game. The memorial game is held in recognition of Rod Watson who was a bedrock supporter of minor hockey in Port Alice. Watson loved the game of hockey to his very last breath having passed away from a heart attack at an oldtimers match in Powell River in February of 1991. The Rod Watson Memorial Hockey Game is, and always has been, about community, which is undoubtably how Watson would have wanted it. This year’s game saw not only a valued tradition carried on, it took a moment to remember Chris Bryce, a Port Alice resident that passed away nearly three years ago. Doug Bondue describes Bryce as an absolute gem, an athlete, artist, academic, sibling, and beloved son. This is why there is a new hallmark

on display nailed to the melon-green walls of the Port Alice hockey arena ramp as you approach the double doors leading to the rink. The display features a shadow box with a uniform and logo that was designed by Bryce when he was just a minor leaguer himself. “When he was a young kid he (Bryce) designed a logo for the Port Alice minor hockey after winning a contest. So I got a hold of one of his jerseys and we put it in a shadow box and had his mom and dad here tonight and we presented that to them and so it was a double deal tonight,” said Bondue. Although as of press time no dollar figure was available, Bondue said at least $500 will be put aside for a scholarship fund for a Port Alice student with dreams of higher education. Something Russell Murray knows first-hand having been the recipient of the fund before his venture into post-secondary education attending the University of Victoria for a business degree. “It was really fortunate for me to get help financially going through school and to continue on that tradition by helping other young Port Alice people to further their education and help them out is awesome,” Russell said.

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By Jeff Peters Reporter Eyes glued to the ice pad and boisterous conversation abounding, it’s no wonder why folks say it’s the best way to spend a drizzly North Island weekend. With a record 26 teams in attendance, including one bearing the name of Port Hardy’s mayor Hank Bood, the annual Hugh Fraser Memorial Men’s Open Bonspiel brings men to compete and celebrate a true Canadian pastime. From as far away as Victoria, B.C. the event, held at the Fort Rupert Curling Club, is certainly not strictly a Port Hardy affair. According to Port Hardy Curling Club President, Doug McCorquodale, the event grew by eight teams this year, and membership numbers for the club itself have also grown by 30 per cent. Despite the strong local numbers, the annual men’s bonspiel relies heavily on the out-of-town teams. “This club survives on events like this. Our locals support this so well, but we really rely on out-of-town teams, and for them to come up, it’s just such a huge, huge boost for us and they support us every year and it’s just great,” McCorquodale

Jeff Peters Photo Shaun Johnson of Team Johnson, eyes a carefully made throw at the Hugh Fraser Memorial bonspiel Sunday, Mar. 1 2015. The event featured some of the best in North Island curling.

said. However, this weekend bonspiel isn’t merely a pleasure cruise. At times it means real business. With a selection of prizes fit for any man cave including numerous power tools, appliances, and even round-trip tickets to Vancouver, up for grabs, the more than two dozen teams locked in sub-zero mortal combat over the three-day-long event gripping the seaside enclave in suspense. The A event final started cautiously, with both teams trading shots before the Balcke rink scored a single point. Although early

in the game, the pivotal end was the second in which Evans was forced to make a tough hit and roll which happened to slide right by the intended target and allowed Balke to steal three and take a commanding 4-0 lead. It was a gutsy and aggressive match with the lead changing six times before the victor would emerge. “I understand why he did it. I would have done the same as he did for the win. He could have gone the other route, gone for a draw for a single point for a tie and force it to an extra end, but he went for the win and I totally understand ‘cause

I would have done the same thing,” said Balcke. The final score was 9 - 7. The final standings were as follows: Division ‘A’ - 1st Balcke Rink which included Mike Balcke, Lee Mitchell, John Branham; and Ray Abdai. 2nd Evans Rink, 3rd Schmeland Rink, 4th Coté Rink. Division ‘B’ - 1st Maday Rink, 2nd Cowles Rink, 3rd Zealand Rink. Division ‘C’ - 1st Johnson Rink, 2nd Bood Rink, 3rd May Rink Division ‘D’ - 1st Walker Rink, 2nd Gaudet Rink, 3rd Wright Rink.

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By Jeff Peters Reporter Soccer in the Tri-Port is a vibrant, happening sport for youth, ages six to 18 looking to spend their spare time on the pitch, however it is often the number of coaches and volunteer turnout that falls short. Port Hardy Youth Soccer Association President, Alisa Moore, who has held the position for a few short weeks, says it was the lack of volunteers that motivated her to take action. “I just want to see parents get involved and I’m just doing what I can do to make sure soccer happens. There is always a need for volunteers and coaches, and while registration is currently going on, it always comes down to ‘are we going

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to have enough coaches, because if we don’t have coaches, we don’t have soccer,” Moore said. The youth leagues in the Tri-Port area regularly visit one another for exhibition games, culminating with inter-town tournaments called the Mud Bowl taking place in April, and Sports Days in Port Hardy, and Alert Bay taking place in June respectively. “Once the season starts we usually alternate games between Port Hardy and Port McNeill, with Alert Bay being involved as well. We kind of switch it up a bit so the kids play different teams,” said Moore. In the Tri-port region soccer outweighs many other spring sports in terms of interest from youth with nearly 300 taking part in the Port Hardy league alone. For Port McNeill the story is very much the same, says Port McNeill


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Gymnasts soar at zone qualifiers By Jeff Peters Reporter Rings, ribbons and accolades were all on display for Port McNeill North Island Secondary School’s Gymnastics team during provincial zone qualifiers Feb. 15 and 16 in Comox, B.C. Ten out of the 11 members who competed placed. Of the 11, Miranda Estlin took first in the girls’ junior level and fellow team member Aija Nelson placed second. “For our zone, four of our girls in level one juniors placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. “When we had the Mid Island zone competing with us (we) actually ended up placing 1st,

2nd, and 4th,” said coach Joy Zwicker. The team’s next competition will take place at the BC Secondary School Gymnastics championships at Sutherland Secondary in Vancouver B.C. taking place from March 5 to 7. Estlin said, that despite placing highly in their most recent competition, the team will have their work cut out for them at this event, given that they will be competing against much large schools. However, she is confident of their potential to place highly again. “It’s a good accomplishment for our school, because we are such a small town. However, I feel we are only getting stronger,” said Estlin.

Jeff Peters photo Miranda Estlin practises her beam footwork during North Island Secondary School’s gymnastics team practice. The team was successful at their recent competition and looks forward to more success at their next competition in North Vancouver, at the Annual B.C. Secondary School Gymnastics Championship hosted by Sutherland Secondary.

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By Jeff Peters Reporter Big hearts and hot dogs were at the top of the menu for the Community Links Program which started their spring fund-raising push last Wednesday with a by-donation barbecue in front of the Overwaitea Foods store in Port Hardy. The group, which falls under the North Island Community Services Society, helps adults suffering from developmental, brain injury and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (F.A.S.D) live productive and inclusive lives. “Transparency is everything in this job. We get our clients out in the public eye more and more, that way people won’t shy away from them,” said Mark Bennett, the group’s lead Adult Resource Worker. The group’s current fund-raising campaign is earmarked towards bringing clients from the TriPort area to the 45th annual Operation Trackshoes, a non-competitive sporting event held in Victoria, this June. Operation Trackshoes is a weekend-long provin-

cial sports festival for people with developmental disabilities. The festival includes a full-length competitive track and field meet, events for people in wheelchairs, and fun and recreational events as well. The result of these types of events are invaluable for his clients, says Bennett, and allows them an opportunity to feel included and be active. The Community Links Program helps its members take care of life’s little details that can seem simple to those not suffering from brain injury or developmental problems. “We help them out with life skills like banking, grocery shopping, budgeting, and how to cook at home for the ones who live on their own,” said Bennett. In the coming months, Community Links will alternate their barbecue fund-raising efforts between Overwaitea Foods in Port Hardy and the Super Valu Grocery Store in Port McNeill. The barbecues will be held the last Wednesday of every month. Over 20 members are expected to attend the Operation Trackshoes event. www.northislandgazette.comA17 17

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The next regular School Board Meeting of the Board of Education of School District No. 85 (Vancouver Island North) will be held on

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Oct. 28, 1931 - Feb 22, 2015 Passed away unexpectedly but peacefully with her daughters by her side and her family in her thoughts. Sue was raised in the Fraser Valley where she met the love of her life Fred. Making family homes and raising 3 daughters throughout coastal B.C., Sue was the heart & soul of her family and communiĆ&#x;es. Following their reĆ&#x;rement Fred and Sue set upon new adventures exploring Canada and the U.S.A. Sue’s love of square dancing sent them to Arizona for the winter returning to Port McNeill in the spring for the summer boaĆ&#x;ng season on the Sue Bear. She is survived by her 2 daughters Pamela (David) Deborah (Jude) 7 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and 2 more due in the spring. Sue was predeceased by her loving husband Fred, daughter Lila and 2 brothers ,enry and MaĆŠhew. ,er loyal companion ÍžShastaÍ&#x; will be making her new home with her daughter Pamela and her pack.


Land Act: Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land Take notice that Cliffe Point Property Owners Society has applied to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO), West Coast Region for an Application for a License of Occupation for the Purpose of a Residential Group Moorage in the Rupert District situated on Provincial Crown land located at Cliffe Point, Quatsino Sound. The Lands File Number that has been established for this application is File #1414257. Written comments concerning this application should be directed to the Section Head, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations at 142-2080 Labieux Rd, Nanaimo, BC, V9T 6J9, or emailed to: AuthorizingAgenc Comments will be received by MFLNRO until April 23, 2015. MFLNRO may not be able to consider comments received after this date. Please visit our website: for more information. Be advised that any response to this advertisement will be considered part of the public record. For information, contact the Freedom of Information Advisor at the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operation’s office in Nanaimo.

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PORT HARDY BAPTIST PORT HARDY CHURCH BAPTIST CHURCH Corner of Trustee & Highland Morning Service am Corner of Trustee & 11:00 Highland Plus regular family activities Morning Service 11:00am PlusOffice: regular250-949-6844 family activities Office: 250-949-6844 Pastor: Kevin Martineau 11/14 Pastor: Kevin Martineau 11/14

NORTH ISLAND CATHOLIC NORTH ISLAND CHURCHES CATHOLIC CHURCHES Father Scott Whittemore 250-956Father Scott Whittemore 3909 250-956-3909 Sunday SundayMasses Masses St. Mary’s 430 Chapel St.,PortSt., McNeill: St. Mary’s 430 Chapel 9am 9:00am Port McNeill: St.Bonaventure Bonaventure4750 4750Byng ByngRd., Rd., St. Port Hardy: 11am Port Hardy: 11:00am St. St.Theresa’s Theresa’scorner cornerofofNigei NigeiSt. St.and Marine Dr., Port Saturdays and Marine Dr.,Alice: Port Alice: 5:00pm Saturdays 5:00pm Alert Bay: Bay:65 65Hemlock HemlockSt., St.,2nd 2nd&&4th: 4th: Alert Saturdays 10am Saturdays 10:00am 11/14 11/14

ST. COLUMBA ANGLICAN ST. COLUMBA UNITED ANGLICAN UNITED Reverend Wade Allen Wade 9190Reverend Granville St. Allen Port Hardy 9190 Phone Granville St. Port Hardy 250-949-6247 Phone 250-949-6247 1:00 p.m. Sunday School and Service 10:00am Sunday School andStudy Service Tues., 1:00 pm Bible Wednesday 1:00pm Bible Study Everyone welcome Meeting rooms available Healing service, first Sunday of the month, 7:00pm 11/14 Everyone welcome Meeting rooms available FULL GOSPEL CHURCH 2540 Catala Place Port McNeill11/14 (across from Firehall) FULL GOSPEL CHURCH Sunday 10:30 am -Place Morning 2540 Catala Port Worship McNeill Church Office (across from250-956-4741 Firehall) Pastor Stan RukinWorship Sunday 10:30am - Morning Visitors always welcome Church Office 250-956-4741 Pastor Stan Rukin 11/14 Cell: 250-527-0144 Visitors always welcome 11/14

CHRIST CHURCH ANGLICAN CHRIST Alert CHURCH Bay ANGLICAN Bay - 10 am SundayAlert Services Reverend Lincoln Mckoen Sunday Services - 10:00am 1-250-974-5844 Reverend Lincoln Mckoen Warden Flora Cook 1-250-974-5844 250-974-5945 Warden Flora Cook Warden Joan Stone 250-974-5945 250-974-2234 Warden Joan Stone 11/14 250-974-2234

SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST11/14 CHURCH SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST 4680 Byng Rd. Port Hardy CHURCH Pastor Okumu “Charlesâ€? Lomudak 4680 Byng Rd. Port Hardy 250-949-8925 or 250-949-8826 Pastor George Hilton “Everyone welcomeâ€? 250-949-8925 250-949-8826 SaturdayorServices “Everyone 9:30am - BibleWelcomeâ€? Study groups Services service 10:45amSaturday - Worship/Praise 9:30am -@Bible groups Wednesday 7pmStudy - Prayer meeting 10:45am - Worship/Praise service Avalon Adventist Jr. Academy Wednesday @ Christian 7:00pm - Prayer meeting Offering Education 250-949-8243 Avalon Adventist Jr. Academy Offering Christian Education 11/14 250-949-8243 PORT MCNEILL 11/14 BAPTIST CHURCH 2501 Mine Road PORT MCNEILL Sunday BAPTIST CHURCH 9:45 am (Sept-June) Sunday School 2501 Mine-Road 11:00 Sunday am - Worship 9:45amService 7:00 pm - Evening Fellowship (Sept-June) - Sunday School Youth Group Wed - Service 7:00 pm 11:00am - Worship Children’s Programs & Adult Bible 7:00pm Evening Fellowship Studies are -scheduled throughout the Youth Groupyear. Wed - 7:00pm Children’s Programs & Adult Bible For information contact Studies scheduled the year. PastorareDave Purdythroughout • 250-956-4737 For information contact 11/14 Pastor Dave Purdy • 250-956-4737 LIGHTHOUSE RESOURCE11/14 CENTRE • LIGHTHOUSE Chaplain Services RESOURCE CENTRE • Bible Studies • ChaplainCounselling Services • Spiritual ••Weekly AA Groups Bible Studies (8635 •Granville St. Port Hardy) Spiritual Counselling 250-949-8125 • Weekly AA Groups (8635 Granville St. Port Hardy) 11/14 250-949-8125

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PORT HARDY PORTFELLOWSHIP HARDY CHRISTIAN CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP at Providence Place, 7050 Rupert St at Sunday Providence Place, 7050 Worship 10:30 am Rupert & 7 pm St. Sunday Worship 10:30am 7:00pm Tuesday Prayer 7:30&pm Prayer- 7:30pm MidweekTuesday Biblestudies Call the church Midweek for timeBiblestudies and place Call the church for time and place 250-949-6466 250-949-6466 Pastor George & Karen Ewald (home) 250-949-9674 Pastor George & Karen Ewald (home)E-Mail: 250-949-9674 E-Mail: pastorgeorge@providenceplace.ca11/14 11/14

PORT ALICE ANGLICANUNITED FELLOWSHIP PORT ALICE Reverend Wade Allen ANGLICANUNITED Sunday Services - 4pm FELLOWSHIP 1-250-949-6247 Reverend Wade Allen Box 159, Port -Alice Sunday Services 4:00pm You are extended a special invitation to 1-250-949-6247 share ourPort Services Box in 159, Alice 11/14 You are extended a special invitation to share in our Services ST. JOHN GUALBERT UNITED11/14 ANGLICAN CHURCH 250-956-3533 ST. JOHN GUALBERT Email: UNITED ANGLICAN Please callCHURCH for worship times Reverend Wade Allen 250-956-3533 All Welcome Email: Street times Please175 callCedar for worship Reverend Wade Allen Port McNeill 11/14 All Welcome 175 Cedar Street GWA’SALA-’NAKWAXDA’XW Port McNeill SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST 11/14 CHURCH GWA’SALA-’NAKWAXDA’XW at entrance to Tsulquate Village SEVENTH-DAY (8898 ParkADVENTIST Dr) CHURCH Saturday/Sabbath at10:00 entrance to Tsulquate Village am-Sabbath School (8898 Park Dr) 11:15 am-Worship Service Saturday/Sabbath Pastor Randy Elliott 10:00am-Sabbath School 250-230-1885 cell 11:15am-Worship Service 11/14 Pastor Randy Elliott 250-230-1885 cell

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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:

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DUPLEXES/4PLEXES PORT HARDY- 3 bedrm, 1 1/2 bath duplex avail. March 1st. Newer flooring, paint etc, F/S dishwasher. Great condition, quiet central location. Can be available furnished if required. N/S, small pets negotiable. Refs Req’d. 250- 230-1416. PORT MCNEILL-3 bdrm 1/2 duplex, 2 bath, all app. included. Great view. Showing by appt only. Leave msg at 250-230-2111. NS/NP. Ref required. Available April 1.



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POSITION AVAILABLE FOR THE GWA’SALA-’NAKWAXDA’XW BAND POSITION AVAILABLE: Executive Assistant/Chief and Council Secretary JOB SUMMARY: Reporting to the Band Manager the Executive Assistant provides executive level support and assistance to both Council and the Band Manager. As a member of the senior management team this position also provides policy advice to enhance the overall management of the Gwa’sala’Nakwaxda’xw Nations and its various departments and programs. It is also responsible for dissemination of sensitive information, development of new or improved office systems and procedures, and taking minutes for Chief and Council and other meetings as required. RESPONSIBILITIES: • Receives and screens information, visitors and phone calls. • Provides information and refers requests to the appropriate individual. • Files and retrieves corporate documents, records and reports. • Manages the correspondence control system for the band manger’s office by ensuring documents/calls/requests received are tracked, processed, action taken, or delegated to appropriate managers. • Produces sensitive material relating to managerial decisions within the band manager’s office. • Prepares office correspondence, briefing packages and presentations and ensures quality control of all documents and materials. • Maintains schedules; coordinates meetings and makes travel arrangements for Chief and Council. • Maintains office equipment and office supplies. • Maintains website. REQUIREMENTS: • Minimum 2 years’ experience working with and supporting senior staff. • Ability to exercise sound judgment in setting priorities and dealing with confidential and sensitive information. • Minimum grade 12 with a certificate in Office Administration or other relevant certificate or degree. • Initiative and time-management skills to work with minimal supervision. • Ability to work in a fast paced environment and interact with administration staff and Council. • Excellent interpersonal skills, professionalism and integrity. • Excellent MS office computer skills, PC operating system, Power Point and Excel. • Demonstrated leadership skills. Please forward cover letter and resume to no later than Friday, March 20, 2015.


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