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Gazette Staff The K’awat’si Economic Development General Partner Corporation (KEDC), a company founded to grow opportunities for the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations (GNN), has announced two major projects, and the investment of millions of dollars, in Port Hardy. GNN has purchased the Port Hardy Inn and plans to transform it into the region’s premier First Nations-owned, operated and themed four-star destination hotel, offering high-end amenities and services for North Island visitors and residents. GNN will also be opening a new cold storage facility for fish and seafood will be constructed this Spring to serve the growing need on the North Island, led by the K’awat’si Economic Development General Partner Corporation (KEDC), a company founded to grow opportunities for the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations (GNN). The 2.2 million pound capacity facility, to be located at Port Hardy’s old mall site, will be built by the k’awat’si Construction Company and is set to begin operations in time for the summer sport fishing season. The new facility will meet the North Island’s growing demand for cold storage, which is currently 10 million pounds short of meeting capacity needs.

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Luxury hotel and storage facility Continued from Page 1 It will also serve as a processing facility, with the potential to add specialty processing or shellfish deprivation as services on site. Deprivation is when shellfish are placed in clean water to flush out their systems. “Our council is very proud of what KEDC has begun to accomplish in terms of new opportunities for our community in such a short time, this project is just one of many exciting initiatives we will be announcing this year,” said Gwa’sala’Nakwaxda’xw Chief Paddy Walkus. “We hope that this will continue as those in BC and across the country begin to catch on to the momentum building here on the North Island.” KEDC Chief Executive Officer Conrad Browne agrees this project is an exciting step forward for the community. “As KEDC, our commitment is to building a strong, growth-focused community by undertaking innovative ventures that demonstrate that the GNN are serious about doing business. “This venture is just one stage in a multistage approach that will see us participate in every step of the fishing cycle, in a sustainable way, something that is critically important to our community,” said Brown. “We are looking forward to working collaboratively with Hardy Buoys Smoked Fish Inc. at the site on fish processing and continuing to work with Coast Opportunity Funds and CIBC, who helped ensure we were ready to undertake this new initiative,” he said.

KEDC has created an agreement with successful local fish processors Hardy Buoys Smoked Fish Inc. to provide key seafood services under lease at the site. “This project has been three years in the making and we’re very excited to see the project become a reality. The facility will be impactful, creating opportunities for the Gwa’salaNakwaxda’xw community and providing much-needed services to the North Island,” said Bruce Dirom, President and CEO of Hardy Buoys Smoked Fish Inc. Keltic Seafoods has committed to being one of the new facility’s first committed customers. “This was a natural Submitted photo fit for us in terms of a mutuallybeneficial venture that will not k’awat’si Economic Development General Partonly assist us in expanding our ner Corporation (KEDC) CEO Conrad Browne, own capacity, but will help posi- right, shakes hands with Bruce Dirom, presition the northern coastal com- dent and CEO of Hardy Buoys Smoked Fish munities to be able to capitalize Inc. in front of the future location of the new on future growth,” said Mickey cold storage facility led by KEDC in Port Hardy at the old mall site. Construction will begin this Flanagan, Keltic’s chief execu- spring with operations expected in time for the tive officer. summer fishing season. “We are pleased to see the contemplated for the site that could see an Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw taking a greater role in leading the way in pro- additional more than two million pounds viding, reliable, knowledgeable and local of storage realized in the coming years. More information about these projects seafood services and we are proud to be a and other KEDC initiatives, is available part of this journey,” Flanagan said. A second phase of development is being on the KEDC website at

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HBS staff purchase 50 per cent By Kathy O’Reilly-Taylor Editor Port Hardy Builders’ Supply has a new owner, in fact, five new owners. According to contract salesman Mike Christianson, the store’s employees have been given the opportunity to purchase 50 per cent of the operation. The current owners, Bruce Kehler and Tom Worth, will retain 50 per cent ownership of the business. “There are five employees that are involved in the purchase” who will each own 10 per cent of the 50 per cent share available, said Christianson. “By the time it is done, we will all be equal partners,” he said. “All the employees were very excited” about the opportunity, Christianson said. “We’re excited to get into it and it’s going to be great as the years go by as we learn to be owners and adapt to the market to meet everyone’s needs as best we can,” he said. The sale will go through at the end of this fiscal year and will include a name change to Hardy Builders. The news was announced at the Port Hardy Chamber’s annual general meeting and 43rd annual Business Excellence Awards at the Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre April 1.

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Local trails make top 100 list By Kathy O’Reilly-Taylor Editor The Municipal District of Mount Waddington has 18 of the top 100 trails on Vancouver Island. According to Pat English, manager of economic development, Tourism Vancouver Island is currently identifying the top 100 trails. “They are going to develop an interactive website and market the top 100 trails to their clientele,” English said. “They were soliciting submissions from the regions and we put together a list of 49 (trails),” English said. “Their preliminary listing includes 18 of the 49,” he said. “We do have some of the best trails on the Island.” The crown of these are the West Coast and Scott trails. English said a Vancouver Island Spine Trail involving a 700-kilometre hike from Victoria to Cape Scott is being proposed by the Vancouver Island Spine Trail Association and will involve a link from Port Hardy. The Municipal District of Mount Waddington’s Strategic Sectors Study identified experiential tourism as being a key for attracting tourists, and hiking

and the use of trails have been identified as one of the most often used activities for tourists. “What I want to do is use the trails to increase the attractiveness of the area to tourists and have a real world-class trail system throughout the North Island that links wilderness areas, viewscapes, cultural features and towns so that we can market that to attract and increase tourist visits,” said English. One of the things that needs to be done is to increase the amount of information that is available by creating a better database of the trails that exist on the North Island. The last report on trails in the area was done in 2009, said English. The new database would include information about any maintenance issues that need to be addressed and what level of hiker each trail is suitable for. It would also identify where the trails cross traditional territories and First Nations would need to be consulted “to ensure that they are in agreement with our priorities for the trails across their territories so that we can maintain a respectful partnership with them,” English said. All this information would be placed in an online directory.


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Sections 890 and 892 of the Local Government Act that a Public Hearing will be held at the Regional District of Mount Waddington Board Room at 2044 McNeill Road in Port McNeill on April 21, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. for the purpose of hearing representations concerning a proposed amendment of the RDMW Zoning Bylaw No. 21, Amendment Bylaw No. 882, to rezone an existing tourist resort development located on the northern shoreline of Little Nimmo Bay on District Lots 403 and 404, Range 1, Coast District, as well as adjacent Crown land areas, from Rural (A-1) to Recreational and Tourist Commercial (C-2RT).

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TAKE NOTICE that the proposed Amendment Bylaw No. 882 and related information can be obtained at the RDMW office, 2044 McNeill Road, Port McNeill, B.C., between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays, from March 30, 2015 until April 20, 2015. Anyone who believes the proposed RDMW Zoning Bylaw amendment will affect their interests shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard in person, by a representative, or by written submission at the above-noted time and place. If you are unable to attend the Public Hearing, written comments may be mailed, facsimiled, emailed or hand-delivered to the Regional District of Mount Waddington by 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 20, 2015. Legally, the Regional District of Mount Waddington cannot consider any representations made after the close of the Public Hearing. Enquiries and written comments/submissions should be directed to: Jonas Velaniskis, Manager of Planning Regional District of Mount Waddington PO Box 729, 2044 McNeill Road, Port McNeill, B.C. V0N 2R0 Telephone: 250-956-3301 ext. 222, Facsimile: 250-956-3232, Email:


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Port pet peeves So I had another photo of my car, this time parked in front of the Gazette office, texted to me last Thursday. This time, my brother had surprised me by showing up in Port Hardy. It was great to tour around with him. I was working Friday, so I sent him to Coal Harbour. Then Saturday we went to Port McNeill where I took a photo of the Whytes’ house. They have upside down trees covered in moss that they decorate depending on the season. This week, they were covered in Easter bunnies and coloured eggs. We chatted with them for quite a while about their unique and attractive front yard that included two flower beds one with driftwood trees and a carving of a seal, the other framed with core samples, with a whale bone and fossil inside. Another amazing feature is their fence that is decorated with strung shells and driftwood, fish and simulated seaweed, and various nautical items. I am always amazed by people’s creativity. After Port McNeill, we drove to Port Alice. No we did not see whales, but we did see fresh snow on the trees. Then we walked around the campground at Marble River. We were both shocked to see empty beer cans, coffee cups and various other garbage in by many of the sites. Kathy Jim said when he used to go O’Reilly-Taylor camping he would bring a rake so that he could clean his site before and after. I told him I to am someone who follows the “If you pack it in, pack it out” philosophy. We realize these remains were probably from partiers, but can a person not throw their cans and garbage in a bag and toss it into their trunk or the back of their truck to take home? How much effort does that take? One of just two pet peeves I have about the North Island, is that people throw garbage out their window onto the side of the road (be it highway or forestry) and there is lots of dog crap everywhere. My other pet peeve is the empty storefronts on Market Street in Port Hardy. My brother who had never visited before told me he loves it up here. Port Hardy has great bones, a fabulous sea walk, nice parks and some awesome garden beds, however he said Market Street make it look like the town is bankrupt. My children who were here the week before felt the same way. Their impression was that Port Hardy has a depressed economy because of Market Street. This is what strangers feel when they come here, but they won’t tell anyone, they just won’t come back. I have heard there have been people trying to fill the empty storefronts up with local artwork. How awesome would that be? When I lived in Pincher Creek, they had a tourism guru come to town and he said the only way a downtown can be successful is if it gives people a reason to get out of their vehicles and meander. The town also provided financial grants for business that wanted to upgrade or beautify their storefronts or properties. There was a huge buy-in and the downtown soon began to look like a new place. Gwasala-‘Nakwax’dw First Nation plans for the Port Hardy Inn and a new cold storage facility are going to have a huge impact on tourism in the North Island. We need to be ready to put our best face forward when people come to visit. (Okay another pet peeve, why can’t people go to a little store in the Tri-port and buy fresh or fresh frozen fish?)

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BC’s labour market goes global VICTORIA – The labour situation in B.C. is showing increased signs of strain, even before a long-promised boom in heavy construction gets set to ramp up this summer. Jobs Minister Shirley Bond announced last week that B.C. is suspending its “provincial nomination” program for 90 days. This program allows the province to recommend people for federal immigration, based on skills in demand in B.C. The B.C. provincial nomination program saw its number of applications triple to 1,200 for the month of December, as the federal government cracked down on the temporary foreign worker program. Thousands of temporary foreign workers who have hit the four-year deadline are being sent home, with many of them turning to the provincial nomination track. Bond has been pleading with Ottawa to raise B.C.’s annual provincial nomination quota from 5,000 to 7,000 or more. The three-month pause is so her ministry can add staff and speed up processing time. Backlogged applicants will still be considered, and exemptions for health care workers and a northeast pilot program are being maintained. Even with the current slump in energy prices and before anticipated pipeline and liquefied natural gas projects start, the labour shortage in the northeast is near crisis. The last time I was in Dawson Creek, radio ads were offering signing bonuses for qualified truck drivers. In Fort St. John, grocery and hardware retailers have come to depend on foreign workers to keep going. While supposedly educated young people work part-time and refuse to leave the comforts of southern city life, this is the reality up north, and it’s only going to get worse. This summer, work is scheduled to start on the Site C dam on the Peace River, the most costly construction project in B.C. history. And a union vs. non-union battle reminiscent of the old Expo 86 labour wars is underway. The B.C. and Yukon Building Trades (BCYT) are demandThe 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.

ing a project agreement that requires all workers on Site C to be paid their rates, and are warning of chaos on the huge project if they don’t get their way. BC Hydro CEO Jessica McDonald told me that’s not all they want. They are also seeking quotas for members of their unions on a project that will be a small city of 1,700 people at peak construction. BCYT executive director Tom Sigurdson says that while all sides acknowledge the need for foreign workers for Site C, he wants to control that too, working with their affiliated unions in the United States. There will be non-union construction firms, some of them owned by aboriginal communities in the north. There will be contractors affiliated with the Christian Labour Association of Canada. The BCYT hopes to set wages and conditions for them all, and influence Ottawa’s temporary foreign worker program to boot. McDonald and Premier Christy Clark have politely told them to pound sand. Their formula would add millions in costs to the project, driving up BC Hydro rates even more than they are already rising. BC Hydro has already done dam upgrade projects using a “managed open site” model and it’s not inclined to return to the era of W.A.C. Bennett as Sigurdson demands. Sigurdson makes a valid point that when two concrete masons compare paycheques on the Site C project and one sees he’s making $5 an hour less, he won’t be happy. He will want the higher rate, and the BCYT is taking BC Hydro to court to ensure they can recruit new members on the site. It looks like a hot summer ahead. (Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @tomfletcherbc Email: tfletcher@ A member of

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Decision forces Port McNeill Chamber changes Dear Editor, I would prefer on this eve of the Easter long weekend to be writing about more positive news. At the same time it is important to inform you of developments between the Chamber and the Town of Port McNeill. As you know for the past several years the Chamber of Commerce has undertaken a contract from the Town to manage and run the Visitor Centre in Port McNeill. Though not without numerous contractual challenges along the way, the Visitor Centre, under the management of the Chamber, has developed into a very well run centre that effectively serves over 15,000 visitors a year, while at the same time linking them with many of our Port McNeill businesses. The Town has benefited, businesses have benefited and most importantly visitors have benefited from Visitor Centre staff’s warm and knowledgeable approach. Running a visitor centre does require knowledgeable and dedicated staff. No finer example of that exists in its current manager, Cheryl Jorgenson. Not only is Cheryl the face of the Visitor Centre, she has single-handedly trained dozens of Port McNeill’s youth to present the same knowledgeable and welcoming approach to North Island visitors that she presents. The Chamber of Commerce’s relationship with the Visitor Centre is coming to an end. For reasons, that don’t appear to be all that well researched, the Town has decided that they will take over the operation of the Visitor Centre, starting on May 8, 2015. Right at the outset of what will very likely be one of the busiest summers on the North Island. The Town has recently hired a Harbour Manager and it is their decision to have that person manage both the busy Port McNeill harbour and the Visitor Centre. The Chamber wishes Mr. French well in this undertaking. We believe that this gentleman is very well-prepared to take on the many challenges that exist in our local harbour, which itself would be a full-time responsibility in most

Down-island transport and ferry arrivals don’t jive Dear Editor Re: a comment in the Thursday, March 19 article ‘Funding sought for lift van’; “Communities like Sointula show low numbers of people making outof-region (medical) trips” with the Regional District attributing this to people in these communities simply “choosing not to go”. The last I heard from my patients is that the down island transport departs Port McNeill before the first ferry for the day arrives from Sointula, (Malcolm Island). This means a room for the night in Port McNeill, in order to catch this low-cost transportation. See the problem! For some, the choosing might be between food on the table or an ever-so-brief meeting with a specialist. (Let’s bring on that Tele-Health!) Perhaps exposing this issue in the local paper will encourage consideration of a time schedule adjustment to accommodate this reality. Or maybe it’s already in the works. For the sake of healthy communities, let’s hope so. Thanks, Dr. Teresa L. Crowe TLC Health Care Sointula. BC

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other communities, particularly for someone new to the community. The Visitor Centre is a different animal altogether. The road traffic through our community far outstrips the marine traffic. Local knowledge is absolutely key to managing a Visitor Centre on the North Island. We hope the Town is able to continue to meet the very high standard of support given to visitors by the Chamber over the past several years. Public Meeting On April 20, 2015 there will be a public meeting of Port McNeill Council at which time the Town’s Five Year Financial Plan will be discussed. The decision for the Town to take over the Visitor Centre and to end its partnership with the Chamber of Commerce is contained in the Five Year Financial Plan. Chamber members are urged to attend this meeting to hear about the plan, and to voice any concerns they may have about the changes that the plan contains. The plan is labeled as “staying the course” which of course is not the case with respect to the Town and Chamber partnership. Future of the Chamber The Chamber will be moving from its current location on May 7. A new location has not yet been identified. More importantly, the Chamber Board and its members need to rethink the role and activities of the organization. A general meeting of members will be called shortly to talk about new directions. A complete ‚“renewal plan.” We have had great support from our membership over the years and now is the time we need members to come to the table and contribute their ideas and actions to creating this renewal strategy. OrcaFest It always surprises me to hear someone say they thought that OrcaFest is a Town of Port McNeill event. OrcaFest is FOR the Town of Port McNeill citizens and businesses, but it is organized and managed by the Chamber of Commerce. It’s a big undertaking for our one staff member and dedicated member volunteers. The Chamber fund-raises several thousands of dollars and puts in lots of hours to ensure that the event is an annual success. OrcaFest is something the Chamber needs to think about

going forward. There is always a financial risk in putting on such an event on and in its new form, whatever that will look like, the Chamber cannot afford any financial losses. We believe OrcaFest is a great event for this community and its businesses. As a Chamber, we just need to know that it is financially sustainable for a small voluntary group to manage. I wish everyone the best on this Easter weekend. Speaking on behalf of the Board we look forward to meeting with you, to hear your ideas and to work with you to build a better than ever business network in Port McNeill. Sincerely, David Mitchell President Port McNeill & District Chamber of Commerce

Henschel Smoke Break painting beautiful Dear Editor, I have to comment on Gordon Henschel’s painting in your march 26 Gazette - it is so very right and beautifulthe manly figure also presenting an attitude of humility or respect towards the giant spruce he has just felled, and which higher than his waist lies at his feet as he takes a smoke break...while the soft giving greens of the young forest filling in behind his saw placed upon the great spruce before him are like a grace note - all of it adding up to a masterpiece of feeling and skill. It is a shame his other paintings on this subject hanging in the Port McNeill Royal Bank were lost to its fire and then denied inclusion in its insurance claim. Bravo and cheers to our North Island’s premier Artist! Sincerely, Mary Russell, Port Hardy

Puppies in Port-A-Pottie wasn’t necessary says rescue society Dear Editor, Not knowing the circumstances, it is an absolute shame that someone dumped four puppies in a Port-A-Pottie, here on the on the North Island. Were they alive? Were they still born? Where is the mom? The questions remain unanswered. To all of us who care about animals, did you know that in the past year 4-Paws Rescue Society has helped spay/neuter over 40 dogs and rescued over 100

puppies from the Tri-Port Area. Not one of these dogs was rehomed without being spayed/ neutered first. In just one year a female dog can produce two litters of up to six to 10 puppies. That means 20 more dogs each year from just one female dog. Five pregnant dogs can produce 50 dogs twice a year. The bigger picture is outstanding for just our area. Are we ready to have another 100 dogs each year in our community?

Spaying and neutering is so important to not only reduce the numbers of unwanted pets, but for your pet’s health. If you know of someone who is need of help, please let them know that 4-Paws is actively working in the Tri-Port-area. Call 250-230-PAWS for more information. No matter what the breed, these puppies deserved a chance for a forever home or a proper burial. 4-Paws Rescue Society Port Hardy, B.C.

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Port Hardy Chamber NEWS Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce Chamber Update April 8th AGM & 43RD ANNUAL “BEST OF PORT HARDY” BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS

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Thank you to the members and guests of the Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce that attended our AGM & 43rd Annual Business Excellence Awards held at the Quatse Salmon Centre April 1st. The event was a success, highlighting communication of important Chamber issues and initiatives, and funds being raised for the PHSS Scholarship Fund.


Documents pertaining to the 2014 Chamber operations are available in the Chamber Office, please feel free to engage with the chamber on the operations, accomplishments and issues that matter to you. We look forward to another year of serving our business community.

VISITOR CENTRE UPGRADES North Island Home Improvements has completed phase 1 of the Visitor Centre Upgrades, and staff are continuing to work towards completion of this vital community project with completion slated for April 10th. We thank the public for the patience and understanding during this time of upgrades and change!

MW JOB AND CAREER EXPO Don’t forget that the Mount Waddington Job and Career Expo is fast approaching! April 14, 2015 sees the Port Hardy Area playing host to over 40 business participants representing all industries on the North Island. Register now at

TELUS OUTREACH AND CONSULTATION April 21, 7:00pm at Seven Hills Golf Course. Join the Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Port McNeil Chamber and the RDMW in entering dialogue with Telus Representatives about the upgraded Fiber Optic Line serving the North Island.

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By Kathy O’Reilly-Taylor Editor It was a full house for a tourism workshop held last week. Destination British Columbia held a one-day workshop, designed for communities in the early stages of tourism development, at the Community Futures Mount Waddington office in Port McNeill March 31. “We had a great turn-out. We had 31 people” with representation from the entire region, said Vancouver Island North Tourism Coordinator Joli White. The workshop was facilitated by Susan Rybar of Vardo Creative Inc. Vardo is a senior business professional who brings more than 20 years of marketing, strategy development and business management experience, including 10 years of direct experience working with the tourism industry in British Columbia. She previously held the positions of Assistant Deputy Minister, Tourism Partnerships




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for the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation and Vice President, Visitor Experience for Tourism British Columbia where she has held responsibility for 56 employees and $20 million budget administration. The workshop included a brief overview of Destination British Columbia and the Community Tourism Foundations program, including the role of Tourism Vancouver Island; a review of opportunities to work with Tourism Vancouver Island as an agent of Destination BC; a review of current market trends, including characteristics of existing visitor markets, and the local tourism planning context in Vancouver Island North; discussion of roles and responsibilities for tourism activities within the community; a review of existing local tourism planning materials and initiatives and their potential to be used as a framework for moving forward; identifying strengths and opportunities within the tourism industry in Vancouver Island North and areas of concern; defining tourism objectives and opportunities for the next year; and, determining appropriate next steps in Vancouver Island North’s tourism development. “The whole goal was to come up with planning priorities for regional tourism,” said White, looking specifically at the next two years. Rybar will take all

Carrie Davis photo Jody Young, industry & community services manager with Tourism Vancouver Island, left, with Susan Rybar, principal of Vardo Creative, facilitator of the tourism session held last week, contracted by Destination British Columbia.

of the information that they gathered and put together a report which will be released in about six weeks, said White. There will be an opportunity to provide feedback or make changes. Then a final document will be released that “we can work with for the next couple of years,” said White. “The consultant appeared to be focused primarily on creating a plan that promotes our region to the organized travel trade market through the avenues of Tourism Vancouver Island, Destination BC, and the Canadian Tourism Commission, said Port Hardy Chamber Interim Executive Director Angela Smith. These organizations are the primary producers and distributors of print media promoting British Columbia. Currently, 62 per cent of the marketing budget controlled by Vancouver Island North Tourism is

expended on print media and 18 per cent of VINT’s budget goes towards online marketing, Smith said. “We support local newspapers, however in the formulation of any new plans, the Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Centre is extremely interested in seeing an increase in online marketing over print media marketing expenditures. The Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce applauds any increased engagement in the online sector, for both the progressive nature of the initiative and the documented return on investment for all businesses involved, Smith said. “We continue to note the excellent work from Joli White in the promotion of the North Island in the traditional travel trade market, and feel that our regional marketing representative is doing an excellent job within the current structure,” said Smith.

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Gazette staff The District of Port Hardy has been featured in the April/May 2015 issue of Pacific Coastal Airlines Soar magazine. The article, penned by writer Alyn Edwards, features the west coast fishery. The article focuses on Keltic Seafoods, Hardy Buoys Smoked Fish products and Marine Harvest and the impact they have on the

local economy and employment. The three fish-processing companies provide full-time employment for 500 Port Hardy residents, with more people employed seasonally. Value-added businesses provide payrolls in the millions and over $125 million in supplies and services are purchased each year. Make sure to pick up a copy or read the entire story on line at

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Orca Show

Orcas came into the inlet in Port Alice Friday. It was a small pod with two adults and a juvenile. They had a sea lion trapped at one point and were pursuing it. The sea lion made a couple of leaps out of the water in an attempt to escape. The Orcas played around in the area for about 20 minutes before moving along. See our Facebook page for more.


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Expedia expands into area By Kathy O’Reilly-Taylor Editor Expedia is expanding its reach into the North Island. At the Regional District of Mount Waddington meeting March 17, Tourism Coordinator Joli White told council two representatives from travel giant Expedia attended the Port Hardy and District Chamber of Commerce meeting Feb. 18. Monita Sidhu is the associate market manager serving Vancouver Island.

“She is our area representative. “They’ve been fairly active on the North Island.” “Expedia is such a huge network. It’s really interesting that they’ve made an investment to have a representative in this area,” White said. “They’re starting with the accommodation side,” she said. “We already have a number of new properties that are listed on there now,” she said. Expedia is an online travel company originally launched in October of 1996 by Microsoft.

By Kathy O’Reilly-Taylor Editor The Regional District of Mount Waddington will be renewing its contract with Tervita for five years. According to Manager of Operations Patrick Donaghy, Seven Mile Landfill has a deficit of soil for covering garbage over its lifetime and accepting material from Tervita keeps a source of soil coming in. “If we don’t have soils coming in, eventually we’ll have to truck it in” a process that is very expensive, Donaghy said. Tervita pays the RDMW $7 per tonne or $14 per tonne if the soil needs to be held and set aside before being placed with the stockpiles. “Usually this is because the soil has excess hydrocarbons which usually takes about a year to be released,” said Donaghy. “We can only take contaminated soils, not hazardous ones.” Contaminated soils are soils with heightened levels of metals or hydrocarbons, but not so high as to be considered hazardous waste. Limiting the contaminated soils brought to the landfill to one com-

not me’. It’s a high degree of protection for us,” he said. Tervita provides the Regional District with information on where the soil comes from and laboratory reports. RDMW policy is that Seven Mile will always accept contaminated soil coming from within the regional district boundaries. Seven Mile will consider taking soil from outside of the


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The April 2nd issue of the Gazette contained two errors. On page seven the photo states that Erika Chamberland was walking her dog Bruce. The woman is, in fact, Guylaine Longpre. On page five of the same issue Rotary Park is incorrectly identified as Carrot Park. The Gazette apologies for the errors.

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Grant sought for lift-van

Gazette staff The Regional District of Mount Waddington is submitting a grant application to the Strategic Priorities Fund for an additional lift-van to support the Volunteer Transportation Network, which is an integral part of the regional transit system. North Island Community Services Society operates both Mount Waddington Transit and the Volunteer Transportation Network (VTN). VTN provides service to those who require extra assistance not available on regular transit to get to med-

ical-related appointments. North Island Community Services Society also provides lift-van service when able, in partnership with regional organizations and seniors groups to assist seniors throughout the region to participate in community and social activities recognizing this both reduces isolation and enables seniors to live independently longer. It is through the VTN that the Regional District proposes to expand its current wheelchair-accessible capacity by acquiring a lift-van to provide service for Mount

Funds for film group By Kathy O’Reilly-Taylor Editor The Municipal District of Mount Waddington has committed $500 to the North Vancouver Island Film Commission. Representatives, including Film Commissioner Joan Miller, from the North Vancouver Island Film Commission gave a presentation on their organization to the Regional District of Mount Waddington board at their regular meeting Feb. 17. The Commission, which has been around about 20 years, provides liaison and location scouting services to film, television, commercial and new media industry representatives interested in filming on northern Vancouver

Island, from Nanaimo to Cape Scott, including the Powell River Regional District. Their region covers 22,000 square miles. The organization attends numerous trade shows, international cineposiums and federal trade missions. They develop and maintain an online location library database accessible to production companies world-wide. The database includes a huge collection of photographs of locations from all of Northern Vancouver Island. The group had asked for $7,500. “I had $500 available in my current budget,” said Regional District Manager of Economic Development Pat English. Council agreed to give the $500 and revisit the request for funding next year.

Waddington residents who need to travel out-of-region to doctors and other specialists’ appointments. This lift-van will also support community members’ access to medical appointments within the Mount Waddington region on the days that it is not providing out-ofregion service. The priority, however, is on increased access for Mount Waddington residents for out-of-region medical/specialists appointments. The RDMW put out a call for letters of support last week. The Strategic Priorities Fund is an application-based program available to local governments and other recipients outside of the Greater Vancouver Regional District to support infrastructure and capacity building projects that are either larger in scale, regional in impact or innovative, and align with the program objectives of productivity and economic growth, a clean environment and strong cities and communities. Under the Fund’s Renewed Gas Tax Agreement, eligible project categories have been expanded to include public transit; local roads and bridges; community energy systems; drinking water; wastewater; solid waste; disaster mitigation; recreational infrastructure; cultural infrastructure; tourism infrastructure; sport infrastructure; local and regional airports; short-line rail; short-sea shipping; broadband connectivity; highways; brownfield redevelopment and capacity building.

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Controversial salmon catch

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The Port Alice Community Centre hosted an Easter picnic on Saturday. Craft tables were set up where the kids could decorate eggs, make baskets or a bunny hat, or paint a hatching chick. They also got to make some delicious Easter chocolates, which got gobbled up fast. Above, Arianna Stewart works on her hat.

Vancouver — Amid ongoing controversy over mismanagement of the commercial herring fishery, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is facing fresh criticism for proposing to increase the catch of endangered salmon. The Watershed Watch Salmon Society calls the proposals in the draft 2015 Integrated Fisheries Management Plan “unnecessary concessions to a small group of narrow commercial interests.” “The Department is not honouring its own Wild Salmon Policy, which prioritizes the conservation of wild salmon, not fishing companies,” said Aaron Hill, Executive Director at Watershed Watch. “The commercial fleet is already allowed plenty of fishing opportunities, and these changes just go too far.” Under the proposed changes for 2015, fishermen would increase their take of sockeye returning to the Skeena and Fraser Rivers, as well as endangered Interior Fraser River coho. The Fraser

and Skeena sockeye runs include several endangered stocks that swim alongside identical-looking fish from larger, healthier runs. The endangered coho are caught incidentally in fisheries targeting other species like sockeye, pink, and chinook salmon. The proposals to increase salmon catches come as a large and unprecedented warming event unfolds in the North Pacific Ocean, causing mass die-offs of marine animals. Moreover, several parts of B.C. are facing record low snow-packs. It all adds up to create serious challenges for wild salmon. “It’s one thing to fish hard when environmental conditions are favourable for the fish,” said Hill, “but looking at these conditions is like looking down the barrel of a loaded gun. This is not the time to be increasing the level of risk for our salmon.” Conservation groups, recreational anglers, and several First Nations trying to rebuild at-risk salmon stocks in their territo-

ries have voiced opposition to the proposals. For years many of these groups have been urging the Department to increase fishing opportunities in areas where large, healthy salmon runs can be targeted without impacting endangered runs. “We could sustainably harvest more salmon from the runs that come back strong by using the right gear in the right places,” said Greg Taylor, a fisheries consultant and former fishing company executive, “but DFO is proposing to allow more fishing using the wrong gear in the wrong places. The result will be more pressure on endangered runs and another year of lost opportunities to create a truly sustainable salmon fishing industry here in B.C.” “We’re inviting British Columbians to join with us by voicing their own comments and support for wild salmon,” concluded Hill. The deadline for public comments is April 13.

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Attachment focus of workshop Submitted Working with troubled children can be a big challenge, even for the most experienced teacher, childcare provider, foster parent, counsellor, and grandparent. In small North Island communities, there are few resources to turn to get training and support. So the North Island Early Child Development Society has been organizing workshops with one of the world’s foremost experts on children. Kim Barthel is a neuroscientist, an occupational therapist, author and world-renowned teacher and presenter. This will be Barthel’s sixth year coming to Port Hardy to provide an engaging two-day workshop for people who care for children.

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This year Barthel will be focussing on ‘Secondary Attachment’ and the workshop is geared towards those who care for children when their parents are experiencing problems that prevent them from giving the level and quality of care a child needs. This bond is healing and can actually change the child’s brain, allowing them to be more settled and secure. Barthel will offer the latest research on the importance of this relationship and how we all can nurture children in need. Barthel’s workshop, which will be held on May 15 and

16 at North Island College, has been made possible by the generous support of several North Island organizations and businesses: the Royal Bank of Canada Foundation, Orca Sand and Gravel, Keltic Seafoods, and the Port Hardy Rotary Club. Last year’s event was attended by 80 people from all over British Columbia. Organizers are expecting over 100 this year. For more information on the Secondary A t t a c h m e n t Workshop, please contact Kate at 250230-7424 or Sandra at 250-949-3031 or e-mail niecds@telus. nep

Submitted photo Kate Pinsonneault, NIECDS Executive Director, receives a cheque and mug from Frank MacLean, president of the Port Hardy Rotary Club.

Neucel nixes fire review cost By Jeff Peters Reporter The Neucel Specialty Cellulose has declined a request from the Village of Port Alice to share the cost for a third party consultant to review service levels of the Port Alice Fire Volunteer Fire Department. A letter received by the village coun-

cil on March 25 from Neucel stated that initiating discussions with the Port Alice Fire Department “to improve our capabilities” and engaging a consultant is “premature”. The letter goes on to state that “based on the current situation, Neucel is not willing to share the cost of the consultant”.

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Harry Sarah Kowalenko, Island Health’s George Hunt Sr., Waddington, Kwakiutl Kwakiutl Chief rural health, Mount Councillor director Jeff Beselt, Mitchell, senior manager for Quatsino Band Health medical Alison Don Hubbard, and From left: Island Centre last Thursday, axda’xw bands, Health board chair Gwa’sala-’Nakw new Primary Health J.R. Rardon Hank Bood, Island Webber of the on Port Hardy’s Port Hardy Mayor front, cut the ribbon For more photos, see page 12. Chief Thomas Wilson, Cynthia Dickey, the audience. with help from James Nelson, at left, welcomes Chief George Hunt, Jan. 22. Below,

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together concerned The group brought Mount Waddington the community members, Nations, the Regional First Island Health Network, J.R. Rardon Waddington and a District of Mount which submitted Gazette staff a flurry of eagle Health Representatives, that included the PORT HARDY—With the snip of scissors and Port report and recommendations care facilities in down, a blessing song Hardy Primary Health Port creation of integrated public on ribbon, the new its doors to the Hardy and Port McNeill. late last year, the Port Care Centre opened Following a renovation recently re-opened services in a Thursday morning. Clinic in a cool, biting some community McNeill Medical and the opening Under a large canopyIsland Health, local health care and centre, care integrated from facility patient- as an the single location. breeze, dignitaries new Port Hardy services in a First Nations extolled to this spring of the “By providing completion of that government and area access we’re helping reduce mark the successful offers in increased centered primary setting, Hospital’s emergency will promise the centre Hardy for health care. Port recommendation. work of on options and care,” the creation and expanded of where we’re demands offering easily accessible attend Bev A driving force in not “This is really indicative with the health department and group was then-Mayor Terry Lake, who did the local working going, as far as partnerships of the Gwa’sala- Health Minister in a written release. who died last May. Wilson health Parnham, of Port Hardy she a the ceremony, said the in authority,” said Dean of leader a as “We’re construction Clinic. “She knew The concept and with all communities more than ’Nakwaxda’xw Healthwere 10, 15 years ago.” from the formation we needed to collaborate I want to pay her some the centre resulted different place than the completion of of the Mount Waddington on the North Island, so working The ceremony marked metre facility, which three years ago Stabilization local See page 2 staffing $2.6 million, 482-squareConstruction of Port Health Services to address chronic group, which hoped was built by Norkanof local subcontractors. room closures ‘Parnham recognized’ rolling emergency McNeill with the help operational, but will be shortages and The clinic is not yet primary in Port Hardy. this spring to offer officially opened


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standards of training required for fire services personnel in B.C. “We have been advised by the province as of late last year that every municipality is to establish what service level is, so the best way for us to do that is with a third party consultant so we make sure we get that right,” said Port Alice Chief Administrative Officer Madeline McDonald. The purpose of the audit is to make sure “there isn’t an unrealistic expectation of the fire department.” Port Alice has approached Firewise Consulting to assist the village’s Fire Chief Don Rethmeier with determining service levels in the community. The contract was initially anticipated to cost $3,000, however Firewise quoted a cost of $15,000. The village returned with a proposal of $6,000 instead, with half being covered from the 2015 Fire Department budget and the remaining amount from the village.

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Chamber offers packages By Kathy O’Reilly-Taylor Editor In order to support its annual scholarship program, the Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce is auctioning off two packages. The first is a “See, Feel, Taste package and the second is a Cultural Experience package. The ‘see’ portion of the first package is a Glicee art print of beautiful Storey’s Beach by Alf B Images. The ‘feel’ portion is a trip for two with Stubbs Island Whale Watching. The ‘eat’ portion is a $50 gift certificate to any restaurant in Port Hardy. The Cultural

Experience Package includes a trip for two to Yukusam Island with SeaWolf Adventures and an art print of the winner’s choice from Yukusam Island on canvas or brushed aluminium. Yukusam Island is situated in the Johnstone Strait at the south-west gateway to the Great Bear Rainforest and is a place that is rich with life. This island is a living museum and the culturally shaped trees tell the story of Kwakwaka’wakw traditional forestry methods that allowed the forest to thrive and provide for generations to follow. Each year, the Chamber gives a $500 scholarship to a Port

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George Buat 250-862-2444 Regional Manager Manulife Financial Kathy O’Reilly-Taylor photo This beautiful Storey’s Beach art print by Alf B Images is included in one of two packages being auctioned off by The Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce to raise money for their annual Port Hardy Secondary School scholarship.

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101st Squadron auction begins by Kathy O’Reilly-Taylor Editor The 101st (North Island) Squadron Annual Silent Auction to raise funds for the Port Hardy Airport Memorial Project, scholarships and Air Cadets, will be held at the Thunderbird Mall starting April 9. The auction will be open starting April 9, Thursdays and Fridays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. “The airport authority is preparing to build a

Bella Bella book up for award Vancouver — The West Coast Book Prize Society has announced the names of the finalists vying for recognition in seven categories at the 31st Annual BC Book Prizes. Ian McAllister, from Bella Bella, is a finalist in the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize which recognizes the author(s) of a book that contributes most to the enjoyment and understanding of British Columbia. McAllister’s book is entitled ‘Great Bear Wild: Dispatches from a Northern Rainforest’. The winners in seven categories will be announced at the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala on Saturday, April 25 at the Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel. British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Judith Guichon, will be in attendance.

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new terminal and has asked us for a commemorative plaque at the Port Hardy Airport recognizing its Royal Canadian Airforce history,” said Russ Hellberg, vice president of the 101st Squadron. “It just so happens that after finishing our series on military crash sites in our area we have started on building memorials to all the RCAF stations so we chose to do the memorial to RCAF Station Port Hardy this year,” Hellberg said. “We did RCAF Station Shearwater two years ago and have seven sites in total to do,” he said. For the memorial the 101st Squadron needs about $2,000. The organization also donates $600 in scholarships, plus another $1,000 for military charity causes such as the Boomer Legacy which directly assists women and children affected by poverty and war in Afghanistan; and the Wounded Warriors Run. “We used to a fish and chips wagon at all the fairs to raise money for our causes, then switched to the silent auction in 2011,” Hellberg said. “We give two scholarships each year to both NISS (North Island Secondary School) and PHSS (Port Hardy Secondary School) to a student who shows leadership qualities, academic excellence and is continuing studies at a recognized postsecondary institution,” he said. 101 Squadron is part of 888 Wing (Comox) Royal Canadian Air Force Association. Its mandate is to preserve the military and civilian aviation history of the North Island; to erect cairns commemorating military aviation occurrences that happened on the North Island and to support Air Cadets. (Story on new terminal in our next issue)

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Speeches the toast of the Toastmasters By Jeff Peters Reporter The Port Hardy Toastmasters held their annual speech competition on March 18 at North Island College. Both speeches brought an interested hush to the room when presented. Port Hardy Toastmaster’s President Brian Scott said the event is a highlight for the club, whose members meet weekly to build both public speaking as well as leadership skills. Scott is not only the president of the Port Hardy Toastermasters club, he is also the Area 14 Governor, which means he oversees five other clubs.

Jeff Peters photo Garth Holden, left, and Natasha Dickinson, right, receive their awards from Vice President of Education Sharlotte Mellstorm, centre, after the Port Hardy Chapter of Toastmasters International’s annual speech competition held March 18.

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The website, www., is a one-stop shop for employer registrations, sponsorships and event information. David Mitchell, manager of Community Futures Mount Waddington and planning committee mem-

ber said, “events like the Mount Waddington Jobs and Career Expo are a great opportunity to showcase your business, the jobs you create and to connect with prospective employees from the North Island.” In a recent Op-Ed Shirley Bond, min-

ister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, wrote “a recent survey showed that 59 per cent of young adults in this province simply don’t know how to get started. They don’t have the right information on what it’s like to work in skilled trades and tech-

Courtenay, B.C. “I worked on it for about three weeks. My speech was more of a performance piece. I didn’t write it down on paper. I rehearsed it a number of times with an egg timer. I then ran through it a bunch of times to see what

skills to those who attend,” said Scott. The two speeches presented were lively and diverse, one telling of a person’s journey to realizing they had seen one of the loves of their life and seen pass away, and the other about the saucy history of wine and society. The Toastmasters speech format involves a five to seven-minute-long speech, with marks earned for clarity, audience engagement and storytelling. Toastmaster Garth Holden’s speech called, ‘Being in Love with Pat’ won the competition, and will allow him to compete at the next level of competition in

portions I could keep in, what portions I had to take out.” Holden said he doesn’t compete for anything other than to improve his public speaking abilities, although he will attend the March 21 competition in Courtenay.

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NIC Scholarship season By Jeff Peters Reporter With over $250,000 available in scholarships and bursaries North Island College looks to inject growth into the community. The application season for these scholarships started March 31. Students can apply online through a single application process, something that allows the college to reach the greatest amount of applicants, said Susan Auchterlonie, executive director of the North Island College Foundation. With individual scholarships ranging up to $2,500, students both young and old, are being urged by the college to take advantage of these opportunities. Through the North Island Foundation NIC is able to provide assistance to over 300 students a year. The scholarships and bursaries can mean the difference in a student being able to attend

post-secondary school or not. The scholarships are “absolutely essential to the students attending North Island College who have one of the highest rates of having to take out student loans in the province,” said Auchterlonie. Last year, 330 students received a total of $260,000 in support, covering such costs as tuition, books, and living expenses. In the past 10 years, the NIC Foundation has provided $1.95 million to nearly 3,000 carpenters, electricians, cooks, welders, accountants, nurses, educational assistants, small business owners, artists, and tourism providers. As the “core providers” of post-secondary education on the island, NIC Vice President of Strategic Initiatives Randall Heidt says, “we know our students represent potential in our communities. An investment in their future strengthens us all.” “(Providing education) comes with a great deal of responsibil-

ity,” said Auchterlonie “We want to be responsive. We want to provide relevant education and we want to provide access to students on the North Island.” What’s unique about the NIC Foundation scholarships and bursaries is that they are funded purely from the private sector. This year marks the 40th anniversary of North Island College. Over the years, NIC has been innovative in its approach to providing educational opportunities to students. For instance, in 1981, NIC purchased a ‘tutor ship’, a 160-foot ex-whale catcher, the Samarinda. The refitted ship transported tutors to coastal communities on the North Island allowing for increased exposure to educational opportunities. Those interested in applying for scholarships and bursaries must do so before April 30, 2015 and can fill in the required application form at www.nic.


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pects.” The Mount Waddington Jobs and Career Expo April 14 at the Port Hardy arena makes it clear that there are good jobs and careers right here in the North Island communities. For more information about your opportunity to get involved call 250-956-2220 or go to www.mwjobexpo. com.







Port Hardy—Event organizers say that registrations for table and booth displays are rapidly filling up. With the Mount Waddington Jobs and Career Expo just weeks away, interested employers are encouraged to reserve their space now.

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Sunset students science fair By Chelsea Noel, Marilyn May Grade 6 students, Sunset Elementary We recently held our annual Science Fair at Sunset School. There were 112 entries which made for hard decisions for the

judges. The projects ranged from Left Handed Theories to What Fuels Your Body. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and the Honourable Mentions will advance to the Regional Science Fair at North Island Secondary School on Thursday, April 9. This is the first time that the Honourable Mentions get to go to the Regional Science Fair. This is the list of the Sunset winners: Grade 2: Connor Green, Shayla Mardell Grade 3/4 Study: Cleo Furney-1st, Issac Koel-2nd, Brooke Biggs-3rd, TeeJay Aman - Honourable Mention (H.M.) Grade 3/4 Experiment: William Grant-1st, Garrett Beek-2nd, Adel Blid-3rd Grade 5/6 Study: Karin Clausen-1st, Joey Grant and Conner Van Will-1st, Kayla Brady-2nd, Merrick Brown-2nd, Torianne Payne-3rd, Mya Servatius-3rd, Marilyn May (H.M.), Madison Woo (H.M.), Brody Radsma (H.M.) Grade 5/6 Experiment: Owen Johnson-1st, Evan Wighton1st, Ella Barrett-2nd, Ethan Bono-2nd, Keenan Jack-3rd, Evan Manke-3rd, Laci MacGregor-3rd, Tristan Mardell-3rd, Xander Rutherford (H.M.), Sam Holland (H.M.) Grade 7 Experiment: Cole Matson and Nick Barrett-1st, Erik Sunset Elementary School Grade 5 student Justin Hilts Bernardsen-2nd, Callista Stuckless-3rd Congratulations to all of the participants! Good luck to all of shows off his windmill project at the school’s annual Science the winners! fair held April 1 in Port McNeill.

Ongoing Free drop in dart games at the Port Hardy Legion on Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. All adults are welcome. April 9 Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Thunderbird Mall near the Lotto booth, 101 Squadron Annual Silent Auction to raise funds for the Port Hardy Airport Memorial Project, scholarships and Air Cadets. The location will be open, starting April 9, Thursdays, Fridays 1-3 and Saturdays 12-2. April 9 Relay for Life Kickoff Party, Thursday, April 9, Providence Place; Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Come have some appies and meet other teams, pick up your Team packages, find out what’s happening at Relay and some great fund-raising tips. April 9 Keys to Literacy, a free three-hour workshop for parents and child care providers interested in helping children grow into literate young adults at the Port Hardy Public Library, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Pre-registration required, call 250949-6661. April 9 At 7 p.m. the Gate House Theatre will have a live music performance by Matthew Benedict. He will be playing

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April 16 5 Reasons We Need Healthy Working Oceans, a marine education talk presented by Living Oceans Society April 16, 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. at Port Hardy Public Library. April 16 Rainbow Loom after school for kids! Bring your Rainbow rubber bands or we’ll provide them - and new ideas for your Rainbow band creations. Thurs., April 15, 3:15 - 4 p.m., Port Alice Public Library. Drop in. April 16 Noodle night, St. Columba’s Anglican/United Church, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 23 “Focus on Children & Youth Health Forum. Mount Waddington Health Network Forum on health outcomes for children & youth. What programs & services are available in our region? What is working? What are the gaps? Hear from regional service providers, share your ideas, and exchange information. 9:30 a.m., Lions Hall, Port McNeill. April 23 Chronic Pain Self-Management Program, 1:39 p.m. - 4 p.m. Mental Health and Addiction Services 7-7- Shorncliffe Avenue, Port Hardy. The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program is a six-week workshop that helps people with chronic pain to better manage their symptoms and their daily lives. For more information call 1-866-902-3767. April 25 Port Hardy Museum ‘Medical Care on the North Island & Central Coast’ temporary exhibit opening Saturday, April 25, 1 to 4 p.m. Refreshments. Everyone welcome. April 25 Body Mind & Spirit Wellness Fair, Port Hardy Civic Centre, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come see the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life at the Wellness Fair. Find out more info about the Relay, sign up your team and pick up some healthy living pamphlets. Relay For Life is an inspirational, non-competitive fund-raising event that brings you and your community together to celebrate life and fight cancer.

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on deck Tell us about items of interest to the sports community. Ongoing Basketball Community pickup basketball games in Port McNeill Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. Located at the North Island Secondary School gym. It’s free! Ongoing Darts Free drop in dart games at the Port Hardy Legion on Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. All adults are welcome. April 9 Relay for Life Kickoff Party, Thursday, April 9, Providence Place; Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 10 Soccer April 10 is the final day for soccer registration in Port Hardy. A late registration fee of $25 is in effect. April 18 The Richard Inglis Memorial Dodgeball Game will be held in the Port Alice Community Centre gym on Saturday, April 18 at 4 p.m. April 19 Golf Seven Hills Golf and Country Club AGM tournament. May 10 Scotiabank MS Walk Port Alice. Check in is from 9 a.m. - 9:45 am. Walk begins at 10 am. Barbecue lunch to follow. June 20-21 Golf Seven Hills Golf and Country Club Loggers’ tournament. September 12-13 Golf Seven Hills Golf and Country Club Men’s Open.

Regatta added to Van Isle 360 event By Tamara Cunningham Black Press The first-ever GIN regatta will fire up during this year’s 10th Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race. Vancouver Island’s marathon yachting race will mark its 10th edition with a record number of competitors and the inaugural Gulf Islands Nanaimo (GIN) Regatta, set to sail this June. Van Isle 360 happens once every two years and has become “the race” to sail in on the west coast of North America, says owner Jeffrey Motley. Boats from as far as California and New Mexico will be seen at this year’s event, including one once owned by American’s Cup competitor Dennis Conner. The race got its start in 1999 with the Ambassador’s Edition, with 14 yachts looping the Island. Between June 6-20, there will be a record 52 boats and around 500 sailors participating in the 10-leg contest which starts and ends in Nanaimo. Racers will make stops on the Island along the way spanning French Creek to Port Hardy, Ucluelet and Victoria. “The race is just one of those amazing events that is on the bucket list of everybody,” said Motley, who attributes the success to host communities and volunteers. The event kicks off in the Harbour City with an anticipated 1,000 people and a Salvation Army pancake breakfast at the M.E. Mills Landing pier. The public can see the racers off and follow their journey on Van Isle 360’s online race tracker (

Submitted photo The first-ever GIN regatta will fire up during this year’s 10th Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race.

It’s an “exceptionally challenging” competition, says Motley, who sees it test the preparation of boats and crew communications and relations. Racers go from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. day after day. “It’s a real marathon of competition,” he said, adding sailors also face currents along the inside passage and it’s not uncommon to have galeforce winds on the outside. New to the event this year is the participation of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, which will host sailors and launch the regatta for the first time

Grumpy Old Men wrap 25th Black Press The 25th installment of the Grumpy Old Men tournament has come and gone, leaving smiles on the faces of most of the players, with the odd grimace and limp thrown into the mix. Twenty-four teams were spread across six divisions, playing for bragging rights during the three-day tournament. The Parksville Panters won the Bob Gold (55+) division, beating the Comox Valley Hustlers by a final of 6-0. In the Don Curry (45+) division, the Gold River Grey Hawks won in a shootout, beating the Pylons 4-3. The Fred McEachern (45+) division saw another shootout finale, with Campbell River beating the Port McNeill Pirates 5-4. The Nanaimo Strangers took on the

Black Press photo The Port McNeill Ice Devils faced off against the Nanaimo Strangers in the 45+ category of the 25th Grumpy Old Men tournament.

Port McNeill Ice Devils in the MacIsaac & Company (45+) final, with the Strangers win-

ning by a score of 2-1. “It’s always a good time,” Jim Ethier said. “The guys love the tour-

nament and keep coming back for more every year. “It’s great.”

this year. More than 200 sailors are expected to make the dash from Victoria to Nanaimo in the inaugural GIN Regatta June 19-20. Motley said the international race limits participants and it can be hard for some skippers to get a hall pass. “This new event allows them to finish with the fleet. GIN will happen every year, alternating as part of Van Isle 360 and a standalone race.

Jonsson wins Hardy bonspiel Black Press Kim Jonsson skipped her team from Campbell River to be the North Island Champions in the BC Club Challenge held in Port Hardy on March 20-22. Her team of Lonnie Schopp third, Cynthia Lu second and Gayle Barnowski lead came out on top with a steal in the extra end against the Schultz team from the Comox Valley. Kim and Lonnie are no strangers to this competition, having won seven of 11 appearances with the majority representing the Comox Valley Curling Club and now this one from the Campbell River club. The champions from each of the six regional BC Club Challenge Championships compete at the 16th Annual Pacific International Cup, which now doubles as The Travellers Curling Club Championship - British Columbia. The competition is at the Richmond Curling Centre from April 15-19. The highest placing B.C. men’s and women’s teams from the event go on to represent British Columbia at The Travellers Curling Club Championships - a national event to be held at the Mayflower Curling Club in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Nov. 24-29, 2015.

Join the fight against Thursday, April 2, 2015 MS at the Port Alice Scotiabank MS Walk on Sunday, May 10th at 10 am. The MS Walk is the Multiple Join theSociety fight against Sclerosis of MS at the Alice Canada’s largestPort nationScotiabankwith MSmore Walk al fund-raiser on 160 Sunday, 10th han walksMay across at 10 am. The MS Canada. Walk out is the Multiple Come to experiSclerosis Society ence a morning full of of Canada’s largest nationexcitement and hope al fund-raiser with more hat one day we will live than 160 walks across n a world without MS, andCanada. leave knowing that out to conexperiyou Come are a valuable Submitted photo ence atomorning ributor making full it a of excitement andWalk hopeBarbara Rickard from Port McNeill is the top fund-raiser at the local MS eality. The MS that oneand dayend we at will will start theliveWalk every year – in 2014 raising $3,344 on her own. in a world without MS, to raise pledges prior Walks stay with the MS research to treat MS Port Alice Community and leave knowing Centre and the walkthat to the walk. Raise a MS Society of Canada, and find a cure - $16,853 youwill are be a valuable con- minimum of $125 in North Vancouver Island in 2014. We serve comtself along the Submitted photo tributor to making Port Alice Sea Walkit a pledges and receive a Chapter allowing us to munities from Bowser Barbara Rickard from Port McNeill is the top fund-raiser at the local MS reality. participants The MS Walk offering a walk t-shirt and day of provide local programs to Port Hardy, includWalk every year – in 2014 raising $3,344 on her own. will start and end at the afe, scenic route with event barbecue lunch. and services to people ing Gold River, Tahsis Alicelengths Community research to treat Walksbystay with asthe andMSthe to raise prior affected woPortwalk to Raise northern GulfMS MS such $250pledges or more Centrefrom and- the and findLast a cure - $16,853 MS Society of Canada, Islands. the walk. Raise a information, choose five walk or andto receive year, Port support, additional be along in 2014. We serveMS comNorth Vancouver Island Hardy minimum rewards of $125or in advocacy 10itself km - will or turn aroundthe fund-raising Scotiabank and referral Port Alice Sea for Walk join munities from raised Bowser Chaptertheallowing us to Walk pledges and receive whenever you want participants Equipment the Mission First a services, offering participants to Port Hardy, includprovide local programs $9,195! walkand t-shirtreceive and daya of Provision a shorter walk! Dogs on a Club Program, safe, scenic route with taxevent Goldneed River,more Tahsis services to people Ifing you barbecue eash are welcome. Special Assistance receipt for 10 lunch. per theand two walk lengths to and the northern Gulf affected by MS such as Raise $250 or more Register in advance at cent of the pledges you Program and the Comox information please choose from five or Islands. Last year, Port information, support, and receive additional or by raise. Proceeds from the Clinic. Our Chapter email cherie.kamenz@ 10 km or turn around Hardy Scotiabank advocacy and referral fund-raising rewards or calling toll free 1-877- Port Alice and Comox also makes a significant or callMS whenever Register you wantasfor Valley Walk participants raised services, the Equipment join Scotiabank the MissionMS First annual 339-0819. contribution to 1-877-339-0819. a shorter walk! Dogs on $9,195! Provision Program, Club and receive a an individual or connect leash are welcome. If you need more tax receipt for 10 per the Special Assistance with friends, family and Registerand in advance please co-workers start a at cent of the pledges you Program and the Comox information or by raise. Proceeds from the Clinic. Our Chapter email cherie.kamenz@ eam. A team should toll free 1-877- Port Alice and Comox also makes a significant or call be calling comprised of four 339-0819. Register or more participants, as Valley Scotiabank MS annual contribution to 1-877-339-0819. an individual or connect ncluding a team capwith friends, family ain. TeamMS perksand co-workers andphoto, start a nclude a team team. A team should eam captain support, be comprised of four and public recognition more ororyour teamparticipants, and, if includingthea company team capapplicable, On behalf of the TeamMSyour perks or tain. local business include a team photo, North Island Peewee Eagles eam represents. team captain Registered walksupport, parwe would like to thank the and public icipants receiverecognition a pledge following people and businesses for your and, package andteam access to if for their generous support during applicable, the company online fund-raising tools our fundraising to get to the or local business your team represents. Provincials in Terrace, BC. Registered walk participants receive a pledge package and access to online fund-raising tools

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EĹ˝Ç&#x20AC;Ä&#x17E;ĹľÄ?Ä&#x17E;Ć&#x152;Ď°Í&#x2022;ϭϾϯώÍ´DÄ&#x201A;Ć&#x152;Ä?Ĺ&#x161;ĎŽĎľÍ&#x2022;ĎŽĎŹĎ­Ďą The death of Betty Cortes, wife of the late Roy Cortes of Port Hardy, BC and formerly dĹ&#x161;Ä&#x17E; Ä&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x161;Ĺ&#x161; Ä&#x17E;ĆŠÇ&#x2021; suddenly Ĺ˝Ć&#x152;Ć&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ć?Í&#x2022; Ç Ĺ?ĨÄ&#x17E; ŽĨ of Derby, NB,ŽĨ occurred on Sunday, Ć&#x161;Ĺ&#x161;Ä&#x17E; ĹŻÄ&#x201A;Ć&#x161;Ä&#x17E; Ĺ˝Ć&#x152;Ć&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ć? ŽĨHardy WĹ˝Ć&#x152;Ć&#x161; ,Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x152;Ä&#x161;Ç&#x2021;Í&#x2022; March 29,ZĹ˝Ç&#x2021; 2015 in Port at the  age of Ä&#x201A;ĹśÄ&#x161;Born ĨŽĆ&#x152;ĹľÄ&#x17E;Ć&#x152;ĹŻÇ&#x2021; ŽĨ Ä&#x17E;Ć&#x152;Ä?Ç&#x2021;Í&#x2022; EÍ&#x2022; in Ĺ˝Ä?Ä?ĆľĆ&#x152;Ć&#x152;Ä&#x17E;Ä&#x161; 82. November 4, 1932 Blackriver, Ć?ĆľÄ&#x161;Ä&#x161;Ä&#x17E;ŜůÇ&#x2021; ŽŜ ^ƾŜÄ&#x161;Ä&#x201A;Ç&#x2021;Í&#x2022; DÄ&#x201A;Ć&#x152;Ä?Ĺ&#x161; ĎŽĎľÍ&#x2022; ĎŽĎŹĎ­Ďą NB. Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x161; WĹ˝Ć&#x152;Ć&#x161; ,Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x152;Ä&#x161;Ç&#x2021; Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x161; Ć&#x161;Ĺ&#x161;Ä&#x17E; Ä&#x201A;Ĺ?Ä&#x17E; ŽĨ Ď´ĎŽÍ&#x2DC; Ĺ˝Ć&#x152;Ĺś She was the daughter of the late Arthur EĹ˝Ç&#x20AC;Ä&#x17E;ĹľÄ?Ä&#x17E;Ć&#x152;Ď°Í&#x2022;ϭϾϯώĹ?ŜůÄ&#x201A;Ä?ĹŹĆ&#x152;Ĺ?Ç&#x20AC;Ä&#x17E;Ć&#x152;Í&#x2022;EÍ&#x2022;Ć?Ĺ&#x161;Ä&#x17E; and Hannah MacDonald. Betty is survived Ç Ä&#x201A;Ć?Ć&#x161;Ĺ&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ä&#x161;Ä&#x201A;ĆľĹ?Ĺ&#x161;Ć&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ć&#x152;ŽĨĆ&#x161;Ĺ&#x161;Ä&#x17E;ĹŻÄ&#x201A;Ć&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ć&#x152;Ć&#x161;Ĺ&#x161;ĆľĆ&#x152;Ä&#x201A;ĹśÄ&#x161; by two sons: Calvin (Lisa) (Lisa) of ,Ä&#x201A;ŜŜÄ&#x201A;Ĺ&#x161; DÄ&#x201A;Ä?ŽŜÄ&#x201A;ĹŻÄ&#x161;Í&#x2DC; Ä&#x17E;ĆŠÇ&#x2021;Glenn Ĺ?Ć? Ć?ĆľĆ&#x152;Ç&#x20AC;Ĺ?Ç&#x20AC;Ä&#x17E;Ä&#x161; Vancouver, BC, two daughters: Daphne Ä?Ç&#x2021;Ć&#x161;Ç Ĺ˝Ć?ŽŜĆ?Í&#x2014;Ä&#x201A;ĹŻÇ&#x20AC;Ĺ?Ŝ͞>Ĺ?Ć?Ä&#x201A;Íż'ĹŻÄ&#x17E;ŜŜÍž>Ĺ?Ć?Ä&#x201A;ÍżŽĨ Cortes of Langley BC, Donna Russell (Bruce) sÄ&#x201A;ĹśÄ?ŽƾÇ&#x20AC;Ä&#x17E;Ć&#x152;Í&#x2022;Í&#x2022;Ć&#x161;Ç Ĺ˝Ä&#x161;Ä&#x201A;ĆľĹ?Ĺ&#x161;Ć&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ć&#x152;Ć?Í&#x2014;Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x2030;Ĺ&#x161;ĹśÄ&#x17E; of Williamstown, sister, Helen Ĺ˝Ć&#x152;Ć&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ć? ŽĨ >Ä&#x201A;ĹśĹ?ĹŻÄ&#x17E;Ç&#x2021;NB. Í&#x2022; One ŽŜŜÄ&#x201A; ZĆľĆ?Ć?Ä&#x17E;ĹŻĹŻ Somers (Bubrow) of Blackriver, 12 grand ÍžĆ&#x152;ĆľÄ?Ä&#x17E;ÍżŽĨtĹ?ĹŻĹŻĹ?Ä&#x201A;ĹľĆ?Ć&#x161;Ĺ˝Ç ĹśÍ&#x2022;EÍ&#x2DC;KĹśÄ&#x17E;Ć?Ĺ?Ć?Ć&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ć&#x152;Í&#x2022; children: Jennifer, Amy, ŽĨ Heather, Lezlie, ,Ä&#x17E;ĹŻÄ&#x17E;Ĺś ^ŽžÄ&#x17E;Ć&#x152;Ć? ͞ƾÄ?Ć&#x152;Ĺ˝Ç Íż ĹŻÄ&#x201A;Ä?ĹŹĆ&#x152;Ĺ?Ç&#x20AC;Ä&#x17E;Ć&#x152;Í&#x2022; Jenna, Kristopher, Kirissa, Rachel,ĹľÇ&#x2021;Í&#x2022; Crystal, Ď­ĎŽ Ĺ?Ć&#x152;Ä&#x201A;ĹśÄ&#x161; Ä?Ĺ&#x161;Ĺ?ĹŻÄ&#x161;Ć&#x152;Ä&#x17E;ĹśÍ&#x2014; :Ä&#x17E;ŜŜĹ?ĨÄ&#x17E;Ć&#x152;Í&#x2022; Justin, Kyla >Ä&#x17E;Ç&#x152;ĹŻĹ?Ä&#x17E;Í&#x2022; & Mallory. 9 greatĹ&#x161;Ć&#x152;Ĺ?Ć?Ć&#x161;Ĺ˝Ć&#x2030;Ĺ&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ć&#x152;Í&#x2022; grandchildren, ,Ä&#x17E;Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x161;Ĺ&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ć&#x152;Í&#x2022; :Ä&#x17E;ŜŜÄ&#x201A;Í&#x2022; nieces, nephewsĆ&#x152;Ç&#x2021;Ć?Ć&#x161;Ä&#x201A;ĹŻÍ&#x2022; and cousins. Betty <Ĺ?Ć&#x152;Ĺ?Ć?Ć?Ä&#x201A;Í&#x2022; ZÄ&#x201A;Ä?Ĺ&#x161;Ä&#x17E;ĹŻÍ&#x2022; :ĆľĆ?Ć&#x;ĹśÍ&#x2022; <Ç&#x2021;ĹŻÄ&#x201A; Î&#x2DC; is predeceased by: husband Roy, her sister Dot DÄ&#x201A;ĹŻĹŻĹ˝Ć&#x152;Ç&#x2021;Í&#x2DC;ĎľĹ?Ć&#x152;Ä&#x17E;Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x161;Ĺ?Ć&#x152;Ä&#x201A;ĹśÄ&#x161;Ä?Ĺ&#x161;Ĺ?ĹŻÄ&#x161;Ć&#x152;Ä&#x17E;ĹśÍ&#x2022;ĹśĹ?Ä&#x17E;Ä?Ä&#x17E;Ć?Í&#x2022; MacDonald and brother Allison MacDonald. ĹśÄ&#x17E;Ć&#x2030;Ĺ&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ç Ć? Ä&#x201A;ĹśÄ&#x161; Ä?ŽƾĆ?Ĺ?ĹśĆ?Í&#x2DC; Ä&#x17E;Ć?Ĺ?Ä&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ć? Ĺ&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ć&#x152; Ć&#x2030;Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x152;Ä&#x17E;ĹśĆ&#x161;Ć?Í&#x2022;Ä&#x17E;ĆŠÇ&#x2021;Ĺ?Ć?Ć&#x2030;Ć&#x152;Ä&#x17E;Ä&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ä?Ä&#x17E;Ä&#x201A;Ć?Ä&#x17E;Ä&#x161;Ä?Ç&#x2021;Í&#x2014;Ć?Ĺ?Ć?Ć&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ć&#x152; A service was held at Port Hardy Seniorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Ĺ˝Ć&#x161; DÄ&#x201A;Ä?ŽŜÄ&#x201A;ĹŻÄ&#x161; Ä&#x201A;ĹśÄ&#x161;April Ä?Ć&#x152;Ĺ˝Ć&#x161;Ĺ&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ć&#x152; ĹŻĹŻĹ?Ć?ŽŜ Centre on Saturday, 4, 2015 and a DÄ&#x201A;Ä?ŽŜÄ&#x201A;ĹŻÄ&#x161;Í&#x2DC;Ć?Ä&#x17E;Ć&#x152;Ç&#x20AC;Ĺ?Ä?Ä&#x17E;Ç Ä&#x201A;Ć?Ĺ&#x161;Ä&#x17E;ĹŻÄ&#x161;Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x161;WĹ˝Ć&#x152;Ć&#x161; committal service was held Easter Sunday ,Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x152;Ä&#x161;Ç&#x2021;^Ä&#x17E;ĹśĹ?Ĺ˝Ć&#x152;Ć?Í&#x203A;Ä&#x17E;ĹśĆ&#x161;Ć&#x152;Ä&#x17E;ŽŜ^Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x161;ĆľĆ&#x152;Ä&#x161;Ä&#x201A;Ç&#x2021;Í&#x2022;Ć&#x2030;Ć&#x152;Ĺ?ĹŻ as per Bettyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wishes. Ď°Í&#x2022;ĎŽĎŹĎ­ĎąÍ&#x2DC; In lieu of flowers, donations were made to /ŜůĹ?Ä&#x17E;ĆľŽĨĹ&#x2021;Ĺ˝Ç Ä&#x17E;Ć&#x152;Ć?Í&#x2022;Ä&#x161;ŽŜÄ&#x201A;Ć&#x;ŽŜĆ?Ç Ä&#x17E;Ć&#x152;Ä&#x17E;ĹľÄ&#x201A;Ä&#x161;Ä&#x17E; Port Hardy Seniorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Centre. Ć&#x161;Ĺ˝WĹ˝Ć&#x152;Ć&#x161;,Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x152;Ä&#x161;Ç&#x2021;^Ä&#x17E;ĹśĹ?Ĺ˝Ć&#x152;Ć?Í&#x203A;Ä&#x17E;ĹśĆ&#x161;Ć&#x152;Ä&#x17E;Í&#x2DC; The family of Betty Cortes would like to dĹ&#x161;Ä&#x17E;ĨÄ&#x201A;ĹľĹ?ĹŻÇ&#x2021;ŽĨÄ&#x17E;ĆŠÇ&#x2021;Ĺ˝Ć&#x152;Ć&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ć?Ç Ĺ˝ĆľĹŻÄ&#x161;ĹŻĹ?ĹŹÄ&#x17E;Ć&#x161;Ĺ˝ thank everyone for their support, help and Ć&#x161;Ĺ&#x161;Ä&#x201A;ŜŏÄ&#x17E;Ç&#x20AC;Ä&#x17E;Ć&#x152;Ç&#x2021;ŽŜÄ&#x17E;ĨŽĆ&#x152;Ć&#x161;Ĺ&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ĺ?Ć&#x152;Ć?ĆľĆ&#x2030;Ć&#x2030;Ĺ˝Ć&#x152;Ć&#x161;Í&#x2022;Ĺ&#x161;Ä&#x17E;ĹŻĆ&#x2030; kindness as per bettys wishes Ä&#x201A;ĹśÄ&#x161;ĹŹĹ?ĹśÄ&#x161;ĹśÄ&#x17E;Ć?Ć?Í&#x2DC;

:Ä&#x201A;ŜƾÄ&#x201A;Ć&#x152;Ç&#x2021;Ď´Í&#x2022;ϭϾϯϭÍ´:ƾŜÄ&#x17E;Ď­Í&#x2022;ĎŽĎŹĎ­ĎŽ The death of Roy Cortes, husband of the late Betty (MacDonald) Cortes of Port Hardy, BC and formerly dĹ&#x161;Ä&#x17E; Ä&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x161;Ĺ&#x161; NB, ŽĨ occurred ZĹ˝Ç&#x2021; Ĺ˝Ć&#x152;Ć&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ć?Í&#x2022; Ĺ&#x161;ĆľĆ?Ä?Ä&#x201A;ĹśÄ&#x161; Ä&#x17E;ĆŠÇ&#x2021; of Derby, on Friday, June 1,ŽĨ2012 at ÍžDÄ&#x201A;Ä?ŽŜÄ&#x201A;ĹŻÄ&#x161;ͿŽĆ&#x152;Ć&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ć?ŽĨWĹ˝Ć&#x152;Ć&#x161;,Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x152;Ä&#x161;Ç&#x2021;Í&#x2022;Ä&#x201A;ĹśÄ&#x161;ĨŽĆ&#x152;ĹľÄ&#x17E;Ć&#x152;ĹŻÇ&#x2021;ŽĨ the Port Hardy General Hospital at the age of 81. Ä&#x17E;Ć&#x152;Ä?Ç&#x2021;Í&#x2022;EÍ&#x2022;Ĺ˝Ä?Ä?ĆľĆ&#x152;Ć&#x152;Ä&#x17E;Ä&#x161;ŽŜ&Ć&#x152;Ĺ?Ä&#x161;Ä&#x201A;Ç&#x2021;Í&#x2022;:ƾŜÄ&#x17E;Ď­Í&#x2022;ĎŽĎŹĎ­ĎŽÄ&#x201A;Ć&#x161;Ć&#x161;Ĺ&#x161;Ä&#x17E;WĹ˝Ć&#x152;Ć&#x161; Born January 8, 1931 in Williamstown, NB, he was ,Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x152;Ä&#x161;Ç&#x2021;'Ä&#x17E;ĹśÄ&#x17E;Ć&#x152;Ä&#x201A;ĹŻ,Ĺ˝Ć?Ć&#x2030;Ĺ?Ć&#x161;Ä&#x201A;ĹŻÄ&#x201A;Ć&#x161;Ć&#x161;Ĺ&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ä&#x201A;Ĺ?Ä&#x17E;ŽĨĎ´Ď­Í&#x2DC;Ĺ˝Ć&#x152;Ĺś:Ä&#x201A;ŜƾÄ&#x201A;Ć&#x152;Ç&#x2021; the son of late Wilson Cortes and Ruby (Pleadwell) Ď´Í&#x2022;ϭϾϯϭĹ?ĹśtĹ?ĹŻĹŻĹ?Ä&#x201A;ĹľĆ?Ć&#x161;Ĺ˝Ç ĹśÍ&#x2022;EÍ&#x2022;Ĺ&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ç Ä&#x201A;Ć?Ć&#x161;Ĺ&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ć?ŽŜŽĨĹŻÄ&#x201A;Ć&#x161;Ä&#x17E; Cortes Matchett. tĹ?ĹŻĆ?ŽŜĹ˝Ć&#x152;Ć&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ć?Ä&#x201A;ĹśÄ&#x161;ZĆľÄ?Ç&#x2021;ÍžWĹŻÄ&#x17E;Ä&#x201A;Ä&#x161;Ç Ä&#x17E;ůůͿŽĆ&#x152;Ć&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ć?DÄ&#x201A;Ć&#x161;Ä?Ĺ&#x161;Ä&#x17E;ĆŠÍ&#x2DC; With the passing of his wife Betty, Roy is survived Ä&#x17E;Ć?Ĺ?Ä&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ć? Ĺ&#x161;Ĺ?Ć? Ç Ĺ?ĨÄ&#x17E; ZĹ˝Ç&#x2021; Ĺ?Ć? 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Take notice that Ivan De Bagheera of Denny Island, British Columbia, has applied to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO), Port McNeill for a Commercial Use; situated on Provincial Crown land located in the Coast District. The Lands File Number that has been established for this application is File #1414267. 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: AuthorizingAgency.Nanaimo@gov. Comments will be received by MFLNRO until April 11th, 2015. MFLNRO may not be able to consider comments received after this date. Please visit our website: ApplicationPosting/index.jsp 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 1DWXUDO5HVRXUFH2SHUDWLRQ¡VRIĂ&#x20AC;FHLQ1DQDLPR


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THIS IS a notice to Gerard Traverse that his personal property, left at 5980 Hardy Bay Road, is considered abandoned and will be sold or disposed of. Maria Krekovic, PO Box 525 Port Hardy, BC.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Port Hardy meets every Wednesday & Saturday at the Upper Island Public Health Unit on Gray Street at 8pm. Sundays at the Salvation Army Lighthouse, 8635 Granville St., at 7pm. Contact Ed at 250902-0310 or 250-949-9655

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY IN PORT HARDY. Newly renovated, fully furnished 3800 sq.ft. turnkey restaurant available immediately for lease. For further info call 250-949-0556



Land Act: Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land

Take notice that Lions Gate Forest Products Ltd. of Port McNeill, BC, acting on behalf of Gwaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Nak Resources Ltd., intends to make application to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNR), North Island Central Coast District Office for a Licence of Occupation â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Industrial Log Handling, File Number 1414275, situated on Provincial Crown land located at Klaskish Inlet. For a more information or to make written comments, please contact: Josh Hiebert, 3341 Mine Road, Port McNeill, BC, Email OR Jennifer Barolet, MoFLNR, Email . The review and comment period will last 30 days from March 26, 2015. Comments will be received until April 26, 2015. FLNR office may not be able to consider comments received after this date. Comments can also be posted at: maryStatus=pending Please be sure to cite the Applicantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name and the location of the proposed activity and File Number for reference. 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 FLNR office.

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

NORTH ISLAND CATHOLIC CHURCHES Sunday Masses St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 430 Chapel St., Port McNeill: 9:00am St. Bonaventure 4750 Byng Rd., Port Hardy: 11:00am St. Theresaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s corner of Nigei St. and Marine Dr., Port Alice: Saturdays 5:00pm Alert Bay: 65 Hemlock St., 2nd & 4th: Saturdays 10:00am 11/14

ST. COLUMBA ANGLICAN UNITED Reverend Wade Allen 9190 Granville St. Port Hardy Phone 250-949-6247 10:00am Sunday School and Service Tuesday 1:00pm Bible Study Healing service, last Tuesday of the month, 7:00pm Everyone welcome Meeting rooms available 11/14

FULL GOSPEL CHURCH 2540 Catala Place Port McNeill (across from Firehall) Sunday 10:30am - Morning Worship Church Office 250-956-4741 Pastor Stan Rukin Cell: 250-527-0144 Visitors always welcome 11/14

CHRIST CHURCH ANGLICAN Alert Bay Sunday Services - 10:00am 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 @ 7:00pm - Prayer meeting Avalon Adventist Jr. Academy Offering Christian Education 250-949-8243

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

PORT ALICE ANGLICAN- UNITED FELLOWSHIP Sunday Services - 4:00pm 1-250-949-6247 Box 159, Port Alice You are extended a special invitation to share in our Services 11/14


PORT MCNEILL BAPTIST CHURCH 2501 Mine Road Sunday 9:45am (Sept-June) - Sunday School 11:00am - Worship Service 7:00pm - Evening Fellowship Youth Group Wed - 7:00pm 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 11/14






PORT HARDY - Part time experienced Class 1 or 3 driver required for in town, night shift work. Clean abstract required. 20-24hrs/week, May-Sept. Competitive wage. Email/fax resume to: 250-949-6381.

HIGH CASH producing vending machines. $1.00 vend = .70 profit. All on location in your area. Selling due to illness. Call 1-866-668-6629 for details.

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ST. JOHN GUALBERT UNITED ANGLICAN CHURCH 250-956-3533 Email: Please call for worship times All Welcome 175 Cedar Street Port McNeill

SEAWIND ESTATES; 2 bdrms, 1 bath in great cond. W/D, Deck. Ref. req. Avail April 1. $700/mth. Call 250949-7079 before 7pm. WHOLE DUPLEX for sale1280sq ft per side, 3.5 bdrms, 1.5 bath. 9498 McDougall Rd, Port Hardy, BC. $215,000. Call (250)334-8474. h t t p : / / c o m o x v a l l e y. c r a i g

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MERCHANDISE FOR SALE MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE Are you moving? Do you have an art project? We have roll ends!!! Various prices for various sizes at the North Island Gazette. Come see us! SAWMILLS FROM only $4,397 - Make money & save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free info & DVD: www.NorwoodSaw 1-800-5666899 Ext:400OT.


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HADDINGTON COURT APARTMENTS PORT MCNEILL Newly renovated apartments for rent. Clean & quiet building. Free satellite. Furnished suites available. Call Ron & Linda 250-956-3365


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NEWLY RENOVATED Bach, 1 or 2 bedrooms. Newly furnished available. Free sat tv, over 300 channels. Phone Ron and Linda 250-956-3365

MOBILE HOMES & PADS PORT MCNEILL Mobile Home Park Pads for rent. Short walk to shopping, school & ocean. $300/ month Call 250-758-4454

MARINA VIEW APTS & Townhouses. Professional building. 2 and 3 bdrm available, small dogs allowed. Call 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:


COAL HARBOUR rent or rent to own- 3 bedroom ocean front house, very quiet area. $850/mo. Call 250-830-7123.


PORT HARDY: Seawind Estates, gated community, like new 2 bdrm, in suite full size washer/dryer, $700. (604)4183626, trojan12@shaw. ca

PORT MCNEILL3 Bdrm townhouse. Call 250-9563440. www.portmcneilltown

STEEL BUILDINGS. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spring sales with hot savings!â&#x20AC;? All steel building models and sizes are now on sale. Get your building deal while itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hot. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422

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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

Monday, April 13th 6:00pm Monday, November 10, at 2014 6:00pm North Island Secondary, Port McNeill School Board Office, Port Hardy

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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 10:00am-Sabbath School 11:15am-Worship Service Pastor Randy Elliott 250-230-1885 cell 11/14


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James O’Reilly photo This patch of horsetails was captured by the waterfront in Port Hardy. Horsetails are a “living fossil” as they are the only living genus of the entire class Equisetopsida, which, for over 100 million years, dominated the understory of late Paleozoic forests. The Paleozoic (or Palaeozoic) Era is the earliest of three geologic eras of the Phanerozoic Eon, spanning from roughly 541 to 252.17 million years ago.

James O’Reilly photo This Bald Eagle was photographed feeding on discarded salmon by the waterfront in Port McNeill.

Zachary Taylor photo

Kathy O’Reilly-Taylor photo This Pink Fawn Lily was photographed in the Quatse River Campground Sunday. Pink Fawn Lily is usually found in open, moist woodland areas, near riversides or meadows and in lower elevations. It is considered a perennial herb.

One might wonder how such a beautiful plant received such an odious name - Skunk Cabbage. The plant is called Skunk Cabbage because of the distinctive “skunky” odour that it emits when it blooms. This odour will permeate the area where the plant grows, and can be detected even in old, dried specimens. Stink Creek in Port Hardy is named for the Skunk Cabbage that used to grow there. Skunk Cabbage is a plant found in swamps and wet woods, along streams and in other wet areas.

Kelsea Taylor photo Salmonberry is a shrub that grows between one and four metres tall, with perennial, not biennial woody stems. It was highly esteemed by Coastal Natives for its medicinal and food value. The first sight of the nodding, cupped flowers on the Salmonberry bushes signals the return of the Rufous hummingbird.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Best of the best businesses honoured in Port Hardy By Kathy O’Reilly-Taylor Editor The best of the best were recognized April 1. On that date, the Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce held its annual general meeting and 43rd annual Business Excellence Awards at the Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre. According to Interim Executive Director Angela Smith 67 people responded to the survey that went out asking for nominations in eight categories. “A lot of businesses were represented,” Smith said. The Best Food in Port Hardy award went to The Sporty Bar & Grill. The Best Home-Based Business award went to Coastal Soul Healing. The Best Non-Profit Business award went to the Salvation Army Lighthouse Resource Centre. The Best Customer Service Business award went to Peoples Drug Mart. The Best Place to Work in Port Hardy award went to Peoples Drug Mart. The Best New Business of the Year Award went to Get Growing. The Best Business of the Year award went to Peoples Drug Mart. The Don Cruickshank Community Spirit Award went to Donna Gault.

Peoples Drug Mart, owned by Adam and Kristen Ireton, was the winner of three awards Best Customer Service Business, Best Place to Work in Port Hardy and Best Business of the Year. Above, Adam Ireton, left, receives his awards from President Todd Landon.

Jenn Richardson owner of Coastal Soul Healing, accepts her Best Home-based Business award from President Todd Landon.

Photos by Kathy O’Reilly-Taylor

The Don Cruickshank Community Spirit Award went to Donna Gault and was presented by President Todd Landon.

The Best Food in Port Hardy award went to The Sporty Bar & Grill under the leadership of Chef Chris Purvis, right. Presenting the award was President Todd Landon.

Michael Winter accepted the Best Non-Profit Business award that was won by the Salvation Army Lighthouse Resource Centre. Presenting the award was President Todd Landon.

Chamber President Todd Landon presents the Best New Business award to Get Growing owner Laurie Gergely.

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North Island Gazette, April 09, 2015  

April 09, 2015 edition of the North Island Gazette