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By Kathy O’Reilly-Taylor Editor At their regular meeting May 12, District of Port Hardy council approved a request from Valerie McPherson for a letter supporting her family’s bid to get a service dog. McPherson explained in a letter to council, that her two-year-old son Ben was diagnosed with Autism a few months ago and the family is applying to receive a dog through National Service Dogs (NSD) based in Cambridge, Ontario. Since 1996, NSD has been training Labrador and Golden Retrievers to assist children and families living with Autism and is the first school in the world to provide this service. Over the last 18 years, NSD has placed almost 300 dogs across Canada, and helped ■ ■ ■ ■

various training schools around the world develop their own Autism programs. The dogs are valued at $30,000 over their eight to 10-year working life; however, each dog is provided free of charge to approved clients. NSD receives no government funding and relies entirely on donations from the general public, corporate sponsors, fund-raising events, and community supporters. The direct cost to the family is an application fee of $50, an equipment fee of $250, and the cost of travel, accommodations and food for a week of training in Cambridge. After they receive a dog, all food and veterinary costs are borne by the family. “These specially-bred and trained dogs are matched with each Autistic child to aid them

with their individual special needs, like keeping them safe from traffic, water and other dangerous situations,” McPherson wrote. “They can offer comfort and ease when simple noises and rapid action can be overwhelming for the child, and so much more. For Ben to have one of these dogs would benefit him and our family immensely.” One of the things required in the application process are reference letters and McPherson felt a letter from council would have a significant impact on the weight of their application and that the dog would be welcomed and a happy and positive member of the community. “It’s actually quite challenging to get one (a dog),” said Councillor Jessie Hemphill. The request was unanimously approved.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Kwakiutl community celebrates new doctor By Kathy O’Reilly-Taylor Editor Kwakiutl Band members got together to celebrate mothers and a returning daughter on May 1. The daughter was Sarah Hunt, who received her Bachelor of Arts and Master’s degrees from the University of Victoria and most recently her Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University. Dr. Hunt has joined the First Nations and Indigenous Studies program at the University of British Columbia as assistant professor of Critical Indigenous Geographies. Prior to starting her position at UBC, she was Scholar-inResidence at Vancouver Island University and postdoctoral fellow at the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health. “We’re celebrating Sarah’s accomplishments in her education,� said Band Councillor Davina Hunt. Dr. Hunt was a keynote speaker

at the event (that was attended by elders, community members and youth) talking about education and inspiring the students at Wagalus and Eke Me-Xi schools to pursue further education, said Hunt. Dr. Hunt is a shining example of how “Aboriginal people can be successful in post-secondary education,� said Hunt. “I’m so happy. It’s so good to be proud of her accomplishments and for lifting our community up,� Hunt said, adding that Dr. Hunt is now working on Vancouver Island “so close to home�. “It’s such an honour and a privilege to welcome you,� said Elder Violet Bracic. “We hope that the youth will continue with their education.� “A person’s accomplishments are a testament to their family and their community,� said Band Land and Resource Manager Tom Child, adding that “we have to find space for all opportunities for

Kathy O’Reilly-Taylor photo Kwakiutl Band members celebrated the return of Dr. Sarah Hunt May 1. From left to right are, Kwakiutl Band Councillor Davina Hunt, Wendy Sahaydak (Dr. Hunt’s mom), Dr. Sarah Hunt, and Band Education Administrator Marion Hunt.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sacrificing farmland VICTORIA – It was 2008 when word first surfaced that B.C. farmland was being bought up to grow trees as a European carbon offset. Reckitt Benckiser Inc., a British-based global manufacturer of household products such as Lysol spray and Calgon laundry soap, bought 1,500 hectares east of Vanderhoof and planted aspen. For comparison, that’s about the size of downtown Vancouver from 16th and Oak to Stanley Park. Since tree growing is permitted in the Agricultural Land Reserve, a use intended for fruit, ornamental or nursery trees, no permission was needed. And to meet the carbon offset rules of the UN’s International Panel on Climate Change, a 100-year restrictive covenant against harvesting trees was issued by B.C.’s land titles office. Goodbye farmland. After that deal, the B.C. government changed legislation in 2011 to require permission from the Agricultural Land Commission to make these covenants valid. Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick says he is waiting for that process to be tested. It likely will be soon. Reckitt has bought another 7,000 hectares of cleared farmland from Prince George down through the Cariboo to Quesnel. NDP agriculture critic Lana Popham has been tracking these acquisitions, and she says there are more deals in the works. Last fall, the Bulkley Nechako Regional District wrote to Victoria Wood, Reckitt Benckiser’s “global head of sustainability,” telling her that “the planting of trees on centrallylocated and productive agricultural lands is not appropriate” and would weaken local farm economies. Wood responded that the RB Trees project targets only “marginally productive” land such as pasture, abandoned farms or those that have been up for sale for long periods. Former Cariboo North MLA Bob Simpson raised the issue in the legislature in 2008, noting that Crown land near Vanderhoof had been sold for farming, bought by a numbered company and then “flipped” for around $1 million to RB Trees. Now mayor of Quesnel, Simpson takes issue with the company’s claims with his usual shyness. “It’s bull----,” he told me. “This isn’t marginal land.” He said it includes prime alfalfa fields and historical ranch and forage crop lands. In one case, neighbours found out about the new use when they saw a helicopter spraying herbicide to prepare the area for tree seedlings. In the Cariboo, as in other rural B.C. areas, aging farmers want to retire and young people keen to work seven days a week are in short supply. So naturally there is pressure to sell. Perhaps Letnick is right, and the ALC will stop productive farmland from being turned back into forest. While we’re waiting for that, here are a couple of other questions. What happens when these forests burn? The first big forest fire of 2015 grew out of control near Prince George last week. And since aspen doesn’t last 100 years, what is its real carbon offset value? How’s that European carbon trading market doing? It’s a mess, with the cost of emitting a tonne of carbon dioxide fallen far below what’s needed to be effective, and Interpol investigating various schemes to game the system. Remember B.C’s own Pacific Carbon Trust? This Gordon Campbell brainchild to sell carbon offsets was quietly greenhouse gassed after the Auditor General revealed its first two big projects were of questionable value to say the least. Finally, does anyone really think that returning B.C.’s scarce farmland to forest is a good way to change the weather? Would it offset the loss of local production and trucking in farm produce from elsewhere? And where are B.C.’s tireless food security advocates on this dubious scheme? (Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @tomfletcherbc Email: tfletcher@blackpress.ca)

Tempers flare at Legislature Tempers frayed more than usual at the Legislature this week. Outside Question Period two important pieces of legislation were discussed: debate took place on Bill 20, the Election Amendment Act and the Education Statutes Amendment Act entered committee stage. The focus in the media on Bill 20 has largely been about privacy and clauses that expand political parties’ ability to find out who voted, although obviously not who they voted for. While this is of concern, we have proposed an amendment that should tighten that up and protect individuals from prying. But I believe what is of greater concern is that the bill allows no limit on pre-election spending. As I said when I spoke on the bill, this is very dangerous to our democracy, allowing big spenders to buy as much air time as they want and pushing those who have little money literally out of the picture. It will lead to the Americanization of our electoral system. We already see the BC Liberals using public money to promote its partisan activities. This proposed Act would allow those parties that have money to, in effect, try to buy the election through advertising. I also raised concerns about the BC Liberal’s decision not to extend voter registration to 16 and 17 year olds, even though this was the Chief Electoral Officer’s top priority in his report which sparked the bill. We also discussed the education bill for several days because of our concern that it will put more control of education into the hands of the Minister, restricting the autonomy of locally-elected school boards. We voted against the bill. This was the same week that we asked questions about the increasing number of school boards that simply cannot afford to run free school buses because of cuts in funding. Another critical part of our social infrastructure – our public healthcare – was under scrutiny for much of the week as well as we went through the budget estimates of the Ministry of Health. I was able to ask a couple of questions. I wanted to know The North Island Gazette is published Thursdays at 7305 Market Street in 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.

whether, when our new hospital in Campbell River opens, there will be enough staff to keep the operating theatres and other facilities operating to their full capability. This is of particular concern since Island Health has put out a request for proposals from private practices to provide day surgeries for the public system. I also asked about the commitment to public MLA Update health – the recommendation is with Claire Trevena that six per cent of the budget be spent on public health, but the amount committed is less than half that. I also spent some time in the estimates debate with the Minister of Justice, trying to unravel a problem faced by a select – and unfortunate – few. If you happen to have a similar name and or birthdate as a convicted sex offender you are likely to need a criminal record check to verify that you are who you say you are. If you work with children or vulnerable people, you have to pay to get your fingerprints checked. This seems to discriminate in two ways – firstly the reverse onus in that you have to prove you are not someone else (which is counter to innocent until proven guilty) and secondly the fact that you have to pay for it. The Minister seems to see no problem with this and, in a rather crass approach, argued that her government was making life easier for people. We are back in our constituencies for the week after Victoria Day. Following that there is only one week left in the spring session of the Legislature. I can always be reached by email Claire.trevena.mla@leg.bc.ca, by phone in Campbell River at 250-287-5100, in Port Hardy at 250-949-9473 or 1-866-387-5100 toll free. Feel free to friend me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter @clairetrevena. A member of

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

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Fletcher, take your head out of the Liberal mire Dear Editor, Once again, Mr. Fletcher has brought his vitriolic attitude toward teachers into your newspaper. One wonders if he ever thought to thank the teachers who educated him enough to attain his position. His unceasing attacks on teachers is a disgrace to the journalistic profession who owe their abilities to teachers. And lest he forget, teachers are the BCTF, it is not some top-down model of autocracy as he would seem to suggest. So to his latest diatribe. Let me point out a few of his inaccuracies. The ‘disastrous strike’ was anything but. Teachers all recognize and lament the

fact that a strike had to happen, but such is the case when negotiating with an employer (BC Government) that wants to strip away Collective Agreements. The strike was successful in providing four more years of labour peace in the education sector. I’m sure even Mr. Fletcher has to recognize that. The ‘bizarre trial court decision’ was a just decision by a reasonable judge. He glosses over the fact that Bill 28, the original attack on teachers, is still considered unconstitutional. The courts still agree that stripping contracts the way the Liberals did it is illegal. And, he glosses over the fact that it was the

Liberal government who chose to appeal the decision in the first place costing the citizens of BC millions of dollars. Mr. Fletcher seems to think teachers caused this fiscal nightmare. In fact we pay all our legal fees from our salaries, not taxpayer money. If not for the actions of this Liberal government and their clear disdain for public education and the needs of students in this province, Mr. Iker would not have to ‘drone on’ about chronic underfunding. Mr. Fletcher forgets that it was not teachers who started this battle, but it is teachers who will pay to fight it in order to protect our kids. Mr. Fletcher, it is high time you took your

head out of the Liberal mire that it is stuck in and look at the big picture. If the education system is to flourish, and students in BC are to continue getting a ‘world class education,’ as Minister Fassbender likes to describe it, then the government must stop the cuts and stop the unconstitutional attacks on teachers. A failure to do so will see private interests and for-profit organizations take hold of our education system and Americanize it. That would be disastrous for our kids. Shawn Gough Vancouver Island North Teachers’ Association Local President

A safer route is needed in Port Hardy Dear Editor, I was remembering 14 years ago today May 8, 2001 about a disability access presentation that I did. It’s because of Rick Hansen and Terry Fox who are heroes for helping so many people that I went on the trek (that was supported by Medi Chair, Shop Rider, Lions Club TEL C&M Delivery and people in the community at large) from Port Hardy to Victoria in order to beautify our community and make it safer and accessible for all. If you ride a scooter, a specialty type of wheelchair, bicycle or tricycle please join me at the district meeting May 26 to point out some of these issues or send me an email lagrosse@telus.net, message me

on Facebook Eddy Lagrosse or call me at 250-902-9620. We need to point out many people use a scooter, a specialty type of wheelchair, a bicycle or tricycle a double stroller and that a safer route is needed. The Band bought 25 scooters for the elders and disable citizens. We have many people in the community at large that have never had a licence and don’t know the rules of the road. It would be wise for the District and RCMP to work together (I would be happy to help) and give training as they do for kids and adults on bicycles. This would help many people to be safer as would having a desig-

nated area for scooters, specialty types of wheelchairs, a bicycle or tricycle. This area would keep scooters and the many others that need a safe path off the road. Sorry to the many families for bringing up painful memories in my next sentence. While they have been real accidents, we also had some ignorant drivers that have injured some and some fatal accidents on the stretch from Market Street to Park Drive and Granville Street. In 2007/2008 Donna Gault was our 2010 Olympic girl and a committee was formed - the 2010 Accessibility Committee. I was one of the people that sat on this

Committee. When it was all over and done, the Committee had goals for the grant money such as the Arena, swimming pool shower and many other little projects. One of the major ones was that Granville Street would have a bike lane going from the highway and Granville all the way to around Mayor’s Way; and from Mayor’s Way down to Granville they would have a wider bike lane so the scooters would be able to have a safe place without being on the road. Then we had the big flood and many lives were disturbed and thanks to Port Hardy Bull Dozing and Public Works and their man for getting us on track.

We spent $8 million plus on our storm drain system. Why are we still having issues? Why are we planting grass when it has been predicted this will be the hottest summer? How long before someone pull over on that grass to answer their phone? When someone does pullover to answer their phone on Granville Street, how does one negotiates their way through traffic? What if the person is riding a scooter or tricycle or has Autism or is physically disabled or a new student in high school. What do they do? Eddie Lagrosse Port Hardy

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Dear Editor, On May 23, over 120 people will be walking in the Relay for Life at the Port Hardy Secondary School track. They are walking to raise funds for Cancer research. As a multiple Cancer survivor, I can assure you that the funds raised really do make a difference. Many treatments and procedures were

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not even imagined in 1994 when I was first diagnosed. Research and new treatments have increased survival and cure rates and given new hope to newly diagnosed patients. If you are a survivor, please come out for the opening ceremonies and the victory walk (even if you can’t walk that far). By being there you show others that

there is hope. For those who don’t believe they have to worry, a few statistics. Over 267,000 new cancer patients were diagnosed last year and 76,000 died from the disease. Two of every five Canadians will develop cancer and one in four will die from it. The good news is 63 per cent of those

diagnosed will survive at least five years. Today over 800,000 people are living with cancer diagnosed over 10 years ago. I am one of them. Please, if you are a Cancer survivor, come to the Relay. There is no registration cost, and being there brings hope to others. Bob Tucker Port Hardy

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

RDMW needs to be at table

Mounties focus on impaired On May 16th Port Hardy and Port Alice RCMP took part in National RCMP Impaired Driving Enforcement Day. Local Police Officers were out in full force targeting impaired drivers by actively patrolling our roads and highways. Drivers found under the influence of drugs or alcohol face penalties including Criminal Code charges, Immediate Roadside Prohibitions, Vehicle Impoundments, and fines. “The number of impaired drivers removed from our streets is alarming. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious safety concern and a tragedy waiting to happen,” states Staff Sergeant Gord Brownridge, detachment commander of the Port Hardy RCMP. “Road safety is a priority for our detachment and the RCMP will continue enforcement efforts to ensure our roadways are safe for all users.” If you are planning on drinking, do not drive, have a plan, choose a designated driver or spend the night. Police encourage the public to call 9-1-1 if they see an impaired driver. If possible, record the license plate, vehicle description and direction of travel. These details assist officers in locating the vehicle, and apprehending the driver.

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Daring Dip Stephanie Boal, a teacher from Sea View Elementary School, takes the plunge off the Port Alice pier May 13. During this year’s fund-raising for Jump Rope for Heart, Boal told the students that if they raised more then $500 she would jump into the ocean. They surpassed that, raising $1,300. A deal’s a deal, so she took the plunge, twice.

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much it will cost to retrofit the airport wastewater treatment plant. Stantec will be evaluating the plant and conducting an engineering study to determine the condition of the infrastructure, establish priorities for upgrades and come up with a budget

for the necessary work. The existing plant was built about 43 years ago. Stantec’s study will include short, medium and long term plans for replacement and upgrades. The study will cost $31,666.72.

By Kathy O’Reilly-Taylor Editor The development of marine protected areas in the North Island is something that will affect us so we need to be at the table, says Area ‘B’ Director Phil Wainwright. A marine protected area is a clearly-defined geographical space, recognized, dedicated, and managed, through legal or other effective means, to achieve the long-term conservation of nature with associated ecosystem services and cultural values. In 2010, the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity set a global target that “by 2020, at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, especially areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services, are conserved through effectively and equitably-managed, ecologically representative and well-connected systems of protected areas and other effective areabased conservation measures, and integrated into the wider landscape and seascapes”. Canada currently protects one per cent of its oceans and Great Lakes, well below most other countries’ protection levels. “I think BC in particular is starting out the right way,” Wainwright said. In 2011, the Marine Planning Partnership was established which is coled by First Nations and the Province of BC. The aim is to develop comprehensive marine plans that will ensure that oceans are used sustainably and establish the basis for a coast-wide network of marine protected areas. “It’s critical for our communities to be to be involved in this,” said Wainwright. “It concerns me, because every time we set something aside, it affects us. We need to be at the meetings so that we know what the impacts are going to be. Those questions need to be answered,” he said. “We need to take a proactive stand.” The positive side to protected areas, said Wainwright, is that they enhance fish stocks.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Coastal communities close to Suzuki’s heart

David Suzuki will visit 12 B.C. communities, from Smithers in the north to Nanaimo in the south, between June 1 and 13 this year. The Celebrating Coastal Connections events will draw on the long history of work, activism and friendship that David Suzuki and the David Suzuki Foundation have with B.C.’s coastal communities. “These communities are close to my heart, and I’m looking forward to honouring our shared past and building a future together that is both ecologically sustainable and economically vibrant,� Suzuki said. Recent events such as shellfish die-offs on Vancouver Island, low snow packs, pine beetle devastation and altered growing seasons highlight the need for creative and quick responses from coastal communities to climate change and other environmental challenges. The tour will feature a film about climate

Dump truck

Gazette staff The District of Port Hardy will be buying a dump truck from the Village of Alert Bay. The 2011 Freightliner and related accessories will cost $85,000 plus tax. The district will be funding the purchase through the Municipal Financing Authority over five years. Director of Financial Services Allison McCarrick advised council the financed purchase price will be about $98,911 with payments of $1,650 per month. The district’s old truck was involved in an accident and the ICBC payout is about $17,200. Council approved the purchase at their meeting May 12.

change in B.C. by Ian Mauro, an awardwinning communitybased researcher and filmmaker. Mauro’s documentaries include Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change and Climate Change in Atlantic Canada. The David Suzuki Foundation has supported Mauro in documenting climate change’s impacts on the West Coast. “We’re hoping to celebrate, motivate and connect coastal communities, First Nations and partners around our shared respect and admiration for the coastal waters that make British Columbia such an amazing place to live,� said David Suzuki Foundation Western Canada director Jay Ritchlin. “We want to hear about the challenges facing our coastal communities, successes in overcoming those challenges and visions for a healthy future.� Tour stops will include Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Comox, Campbell River, Alert Bay, Port Hardy, Bella Bella, Smithers, Kitimat, Prince Rupert, Masset and Skidegate. Schools will participate through art projects about students’ connections to their coastal homes.

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The Port Alice Volunteer Department had some new recruits out May 13 although it appeared they did not have the right size equipment on hand to accommodate them. From left to right, Sea View Preschoolers Desi Masters, Opi Pang, and Olivia Rydalch try on some gear.

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By Kathy O’Reilly-Taylor Editor The Village of Port Alice and Quatsino First Nation councils will be getting together. Mayor Jan Allen and councillors Christine Martin and Doug Worthington met with representatives from Quatsino First Nation on April 2. At that time an invitation was extended to the village to have a joint meeting so members could meet each other and talk about areas of mutual interest. “This is their territory, this is their land, so we like to work with the First Nations on anything that we do,� said Mayor Jan Allen. “They have a new council and we have not met with them, so this is a good avenue for the council and the mayor to meet with chief and council,� Allen said.

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Vancouver Island gets 16.9 per cent of BC’s market share, she said. Young said according to 2010 statistics, there are 17,943 tourism-related businesses in British Columbia, 77 per cent of them have fewer than 20 employees, and 26 are located in rural regions. She explained there is a multi-level approach to promoting tourism in Canada. The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) markets Canada to 12 key long-haul markets such as Australia, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, China and the United Kingdom. Destination British Columbia supports the CTC in growing emerging markets. Tourism Vancouver Island focuses on close-in markets such as Washington, the mainland and Alberta. Without the industry stakeholders, however, “there would not be a tourism industry.� While there are already “some great partnerships going on�, Young said more needs to be done to develop cooperative marketing programs and build collaborations “so we’re all singing the same song.� Industry stakeholders need to work

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together in order to achieve and sustain growth and provide remarkable visitor experiences. Tourism is a highlycompetitive market and she encouraged the audience to partner for the best success. “It goes beyond selling your own attraction,� she said, adding that stakeholders need to use a media mix in order to get the word out about their business and not just rely on one platform, such as Facebook. Young said the number one reason people

come to the North Island is for the scenic beauty of the area. However, the North Island has some other distinct advantages. It is considered Canada’s Asia/Pacific gateway, it offers diverse landscapes and experiences, it has friendly people and great hospitality. She encouraged the crowd to “be a tourism advocate. Get involved and advocate for tourism where you can� and educate others about the positive impacts of tourism. “Most of us are tourists first.�

World Oceans Day activities set for Carrot Park June 8 Gazette staff A request to use Carrot Park as the base for World Oceans Day activities received a wave of support from Port Hardy council. The Port Hardy & District Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre asked council if they could use the park for the 6th annual event, June 8, because of its central location and easy access. World Oceans Day events, being held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., are geared towards educating children on the role of the ocean and what they can do to keep it clean. All Port Hardy schools and daycares have been invited to the event

along with residents and visitors. The past five years have been a huge success with over 500 people attending shore walks, exploring touch tanks and participating in ocean-related activities. Most activities will take place on the beach and in the park around the Visitor Centre. One water tank, filled with living sea creatures, will be placed close to the centre and supervised by trained marine biologists from Pacificus Biological. After the event, the creatures will be released back into the ocean. Marine biologists from Pacificus will take people on

20-minute shore walks from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. From 12 (noon) to 1 p.m. there will be a 20-minute community beach and shore cleanup. Other participants in the event confirmed as of last week include Archipelago Marine, Ministry of Forests, Living Oceans Society, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Mother Goose Literacy Bus, Quatse Salmon Centre, Environment Canada, CETUS, a non-profit, marine conservation society which operates in the waters around Victoria and Alert Bay, and the Marine Educations & Research Society also from Alert Bay.


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Peoples helping People Peoples Drug Mart co-owner Adam Ireton presents a cheque for $1,000 to Lana Gavin of the North Island Community Services Society (NICSS) as part of the Healthy Communities Fund (HCF) at Peoples Drug Mart. NICSS supports 22 adults living with various disabilities with a support team of eight support workers, and employment counsellor, and the program coordinator. NICSS aims to participate in two major out-of-town events annually: Operation Trackshoes and Special Woodstock. The Peoples Drug Mart Healthy Communities Fund is a community support program that is funded by the owner/operators of Peoples Drug Mart and from the proceeds of Peoples Drug Mart corporate fund-raising. Peoples Drug Mart is committed to helping people live better lives by providing support for local communities.

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By Kathy O’Reilly-Taylor Editor “Our town is in pretty decent shape,” said District of Port Hardy Mayor Hank Bood at the May 12 regular council meeting. The district has “over $3 million in the bank and improved its financial position by $1.5 million in 2014, Bood said. This is good news because the district “needs to do some really big improvements on our recreational facilities,” he said. Bood was referring to information in the district’s audited consolidated financial statements for 2014. According to the statements, the district had net financial assets of $3.32 million up from $1.86 million at the end of 2013.

According to Director of Financial Services Allison McCarrick, those assets represent funds and reserves for specific capital expenditures. The financial statements are the responsibility of management and are prepared in accordance with generally-accepted accounting principles for British Columbia municipalities, said McCarrick. Management maintains a system of internal accounting controls to provide reasonable assurance that assets are safeguarded and that transactions are authorized, recorded and reported properly. The external auditors, MNP LLP, examined the 2014 District Financial Statements and gave them the stamp of approval.

VICTORIA–BC Ferries has announced the ‘Size up the Savings’ promotion is back this year, just in time for summer vacation planning. On select sailings from June 17 through Sept. 13, customers with vehicles longer than 20 feet will pay only $2 per foot additional length charge (regularly $6.35) on the Tsawwassen/ Swartz Bay and the Tsawwassen /Duke Point routes. The promotion applies to Wednesday and Saturday sailings starting at 4 p.m. and Sunday sailings before 9 a.m. for both routes, departing from either terminal. “The Size up the Savings promotion provides customers with extra length vehicles an opportunity to save on select sailings this summer,” said Janet Carson, BC Ferries’ Vice President of Marketing and Travel Services. “This discount promotion is designed to shift traffic from busier sailings between Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island and reward customers for

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Wayne Beckett addressed Village of Port Alice Council May 13 to share his experience of being honoured at the British Columbia Community Achievement Awards held at Victoria’s Government House on April 24. Beckett met Minister Coralee Oakes and Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon. Beckett shared a gold medal awarded to him as well as a photo. He was also given a pen and a letter from the Premier. “We are very proud of you Wayne,� said Port Alice Mayor Jan Allen.

Concern Over Potential Logging A letter from Port Alice residents Edith and Robin Chemago was discussed pertaining to concerns the Chemagos have over the possibility of logging being carried out above their property by Western Forest Products. The Chemagos say that they are confused because they received a letter from the Village in the past year explaining that they live in a region that is classified as unstable and they should not further develop their property without Village approval. They go onto say that they feel the new possibility of Western Forest Products logging in this

area could potentially contribute to dangerous land slides. The letter ends with the question of whether or not the Village of Port Alice would be legally responsible if a slide did occur post-logging. Council said that a consultant is still reviewing the situation and that they will have more information soon. Council also said that it is important to understand that when it comes to Crown Land, they have no authority, even if the land in question lies within the municipality; authority lies with the Ministry of Forests. Council has shared this letter with the Ministry of Forests. In response to the question in the Chemagos’ letter about liability, the courts would have to decide who was legally responsible should an action ever take place. Council finished by re-stating that they are currently letting qualified professionals gather more information on the matter.

Fire Protection Council reviewed a request from Richard and Louise Watson for service from the Port Alice Fire Department if a fire were ever to occur at their Neroutsos Inlet property. Council explained that when a property is outside of their fire protection area, a contract can be entered into. Without an agreement, if the fire department leaves the fire protection

area then there is no insurance (i.e. WCB.) Council agreed to start framing a draft agreement, and will seek advice from the Fire Department. The request was received and filed and will be brought back up again in the summer.

2014 Draft Financial Statements The 2014 Draft Financial Statements audited by BDO were reviewed. In 2014, the Village of Port Alice signed a new Gas Tax Agreement. Auditors recommended that the Village’s unspent gas tax funds be moved from deferred revenue and recognized as revenue for 2014, and then be moved into a reserve account. The recommendations reviewed at the meeting were that Council approve the Draft Village of Port Alice Financial Statements for the year ended Dec. 31, 2014, and that Council approve a transfer of the Gas Tax Funds in the amount of $300,914 into a reserve. Both recommendations were passed. Council further explained that the Village of Port Alice receives a certain amount of federal money from gas tax collection. This money that comes back to Port Alice can only be used for specific purposes and the Village reports on the spending each year. Past uses for the funds have included expanding water and sewage systems.


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North Coast Trail Hostel a hub for explorers By Hannah Griffin Reporter “That was not part of my plans, to be involved in running a hostel,” says Anne Salter from behind a display case full of treasures from the ocean and natural world. Salter is speaking from the Port Hardy office of the North Coast Trail Hostel, the hub for explorers, adventurers and travellers alike who make their way to the end of the road here on Vancouver Island. Anne, who runs the hostel with her husband Rob Salter, explains on this quiet Monday afternoon that the most rewarding part of her job is meeting the different people from all kinds of backgrounds and origins who enter this sprawling structure. Between them, Anne and Rob have six children, and a love of travelling has trickled down through the clan. A 20-year-old daughter is presently working so that she can go travelling. Salter leads the way up the stairwell to the main room of the hostel, an enormous space that in

its past life was a dance hall and a dojo. Today the room is open and bright, encouraging socializing and inviting guests to relax alongside murals of bears, coast guard boats battling stormy weather, and eagles flying through the clouds around a sun, painted by local artist Mehran “Raz” Razmpoosh. Bright rooms line a hallway that leads back out to the social room and a packed bookshelf housing five rows of DVDs, the one on highest rotation at the moment being “Blood Diamond.” Walking back down the stairwell, Anne encounters a man she counts as one of her most interesting guests, Boulder, Colorado resident Ed Sejud. Sejud, tall and charismatic with a head of white hair, is working his way towards the impressive goal of kayaking from the North Island to Glacier Bay, Alaska. The journey was planned for this spring, but Sejud has faced a few setbacks, including damage to his kayak sustained in a rocky cove. “Right now I’m working my

May 21 4PAWS Rescue Society, Burger and a Beer fundraiser, 4 p.m. Sportys Bar & Grill. May 22-23 Relay for Life Port Hardy on Saturday, May 23rd at Port Hardy Secondary School from 6 p.m. to midnight. The theme is “Super Hero”. Sign up your team at www.relayforlife.ca or call Lisa Harrison at 250-949-0409. Come join the fun for a great cause. May 22/23 Quantum Touch course offered at St. Columba Anglican/United Church. Instructor Randy Zannis. Call 250-230-6044. May 23 Mother Goose to Go. Free rhymes and song for Preschoolers, Toddlers and Babies. Always fun and a great bonding experience for child and caregiver. Port McNeill Public Library, Saturday morning,

way to a boat repair in Victoria,” he jokes. After some tweaking of his plans, Sejud intends to return later in the season to embark on his Alaska adventure. Sejud echoes Anne’s point that many of the guests who pass through the doors of the North Coast Trail Hostel are fascinating individuals, as he recounts the number of biologists and scientists he has met, as well as a cartographer he chatted with just the previous evening. Anne mentions that an anthropologist will be checking in later today. Sejud continues on with his preparations, and Anne walks out to some additional hostel housing beside the main building. At the moment a group of divers occupies the spacious building. Anne says that although she loves her job, one of the challenges can be the hours. During the summer the ferry schedule calls for long days for the hostel owners, as the lengthy ferry ride to Prince Rupert requires guests to depart very early in the morning

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get to Woss. The river’s course changes at different times of the year and the foliage along its banks is always a surprise. On the day I did this oil painting, the winter freshets that feed the river had it struggling to stay within its usual boundaries and the cliche, raging river, came to mind as I marvelled at the cottonwoods beginning to show their brilliant greens. The most frequent stops for me on this day, as always, came a kilometre or two before arriving at the lake. Here the vistas of Mt. Schoen are breathtaking and intriguing as the winding road takes you nearer to this rocky spectacle. As many

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Banking on Burgers From left to right, Michelle Jensen, Leigh Deans, Katie Fyvie, and Michelle Tovstigo were busy May 8 flipping burgers and hotdogs at the Port Hardy Scotiabank. Funds raised at the event are donated to the BC Children’s Hospital where they are used to purchase urgentlyneeded equipment and to fund research and education programs.

Funds earmarked for garden By Kathy O’Reilly-Taylor Editor The Port Hardy Twinning Society has received $1,000. “It was from the Port Hardy Lions Club,” said President Leslie Driemel. The funds will be used to spruce up the Twinning garden located in Carrot Park. “It’s overgrown and we’re look-

ing at redesigning it and improving it,” Driemel said. “Anybody who is willing to help may contact me at 250-949-2315,” she said, adding the society is always looking for new members and volunteers. The District of Port Hardy has been twinned with Numata, Japan, a town located north of Sapporo on Hokkaido Island, since 1994.

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North Island Gazette Essay Contest 2015 Here are the three finalists in the North Island Gazette’s 2015 Scholarship Essay Contest. This year’s question was: What do you think prompts people to litter all over the North Island and How should we address this issue?

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Laziness and ignorance prompts littering

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What honestly prompts people to litter all over our beautiful north island is pure laziness. Laziness and ignorance. People are too lazy to wait until they get home and carry their garbage inside, and not willing to walk to the nearest garbage can. Most people do not understand the effects that littering has on our environment, and the conse-

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quences that come along with it. There are many ways we could go about addressing this issue. The main thing that needs to be done is to raise awareness on the negative effects trash has on our environment. We should use social media to make people aware of how we are harming our environment, and place signs around that let people know that littering in illegal, and that if you are caught, there is a huge fine you

will have to pay. When we throw our garbage around, we are polluting all of our waterways, therefore hurting our marine life. Birds end up digesting garbage, like chewed gum and wrappers, and it kills them. Besides all that, trash is just not very appealing to look at. We live in a beautiful place, so why are we trying to change that? The issue of littering is not taken seriously

enough, and it may come as a surprise to many people that there are actual laws against it. The North Island is a very beautiful place, but in order to keep it that way, we need to protect it from things that us as humans can control, such as littering. We need to place more garbage cans around, raise awareness of the fees you pay for littering, and really just learn to not be so lazy.

Littering has devastating consequences

Littering is a devastating human impact on the environment and is a serious environmental issue in many countries. Although for some reason, there seems to be a certain severity of this global problem on the North Island. Luckily I had an upbringing with the knowledge of the environmental impact of littering and traditionally avoided the habit. But unfortunately, some people were not brought up with the same principles as I. The root of why this crime against nature plagues the North Island and how it shall be dealt with is often a big question. Many people wonder why littering is a big problem on the North Island, and I believe it can be explained in a couple of reasons. For the most part, it comes down to blunt laziness and disregard for the environment. People see the lit-

ter already on the ground, they assume someone else will pick it up, or they just feel it’s the most convenient way to dispose of their trash. I suppose people just feel an utter lack of consequences for their actions; but it really shows no sense of ownership for the beautiful environment that we should feel so lucky to live in. Not to mention, excessive amounts of litter leads to more pests and animals lurking in polluted areas. But there are many countermeasures to excessive littering that we can use to benefit the environment we live in considerably. Society sometimes seems to be oblivious to the overall impact littering has on our environment and the world in general. Thousands of both land and sea wildlife are killed and injured every year due to littering. Rivers, streams, beaches, and lakes around the globe are affected by littering, where it not only harms the wildlife of the environ-

ment, but also the ecosystem that the bodies of water are within. Excessive littering then attracts unwanted vermin, and even more litter which immortalizes the bad habit because “there was already litter on the ground.” Because of the extensive impact littering has on nature and wildlife, the problem especially applies to the Northern Vancouver Island region. The sad irony of the whole situation is that it all ultimately must be resolved by us, just as it was inflicted; while we use our time and money to improve the environment due to littering. The way in which we approach resolution to this global problem is critical to its efficiency. The lift-lid garbage cans we already have grown used to on the North Island seem to be efficient in pest prevention, but also unconsciously discourages it use due to its occasional lack of hygiene. Part of the problem must then be solved by acquiring gar-

bage cans engineered to prevent animal intervention while still being more approachable and easy-to-use. Signage, community clean-up events, and antilittering campaigns can also do well to distinguish further littering problems. All that we citizens of the North Island must do is to simply take the first step towards being a litter-free environment by contributing. As much as people like to say they don’t litter, many do and fail to see the impact it takes upon the environment of the North Island. Thousands of land and sea animals are injured and killed every year, and lakes and rivers are harmed by pollution. It will be a very extensive task, but we must be very meticulous if we ever expect to achieve a litter-free environment on the North Island. The first step may always be the hardest, but together it’s a goal that can be accomplished.

Even a small gum wrapper has an impact #3

It is estimated that 1.9 billion tonnes of garbage ends up in the ocean every year. Since the North Island is surrounded by the ocean, we as residents have an important responsibility to decrease that amount. Sadly, the ocean isn’t the only place that is collecting garbage. Garbage can be found in parks, back roads, even the sidewalks downtown. Why are people around the North Island throwing their waste everywhere? The possible reason for that could be because our generation has become remiss due to our modern conveniences. However, there are many solutions to this problem. The time that we live in now filled with many new modern conveniences. One of the biggest conveniences that our era has is technology, more specifically cell phones.

Cell phones have developed so much over the years, that they now have functions useful for everyday life. Cell phones can be used to turn off the lights in your house, as a flashlight, a remote and much more. Our cell phones help us a great deal now a days, but people have become very reliant on them. It’s possible that because we are so reliant on conveniences such as cell phones, that this behaviour has carried on into our day to day lives. Maybe this is the reason why some people are unable to throw away a piece of garbage into the can a few feet away. But what if the garbage can was closer? If the reason that people leave garbage everywhere is because they’re too remiss to place it in a can, then one solution could be to have more garbage cans that are conveniently placed. Disneyland has a garbage system in which garbage cans are placed exactly

25 steps away from any place vending food. This is because research has shown that it takes exactly 25 steps before a person wants to throw away a piece of garbage. If a garbage can is too close, people will walk past it before wanting to throw away any garbage. If a garbage can is too far, people usually don’t want to go that far to throw trash. This system that Disneyland uses is very effective, but not many people are aware that it exists. Over time, this could be one of the solutions that helps make some garbage around the North Island clear up. Using strategically-placed garbage cans is one of many methods that can help clean up garbage around the North Island. Luckily, there are many more solutions to this problem. Living near the water, chances are that most residents of the North Island have participated in a beach clean up at one point

of their life. These types of cleanups are extremely effective, and have a very good impact on the environment. Instead of having cleanups once or twice a year, making them more frequent could decrease the amount of waste that builds up over time. Getting kids more involved in these activities is important as well. Kids soak up information like a sponge, and teaching them about what we can do to help the environment is something that will stay in their minds as they grow older. By having more people with the motivation to help the environment they live in, over time the amount of waste will decrease. If everyone does their part to help, the waste can decrease by a significant amount. Even something as small as picking up a gum wrapper found on the ground has an impact. The North Island is a beautiful place, and its important that we keep it that way.


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SPORTS & RECREATION Submit results to 250-949-6225 Fax 250-949-7655 or email us at sports@northislandgazette.com • Deadline 10 am Monday

on deck Tell us about items of interest to the sports community. May 22-23 Relay for Life Port Hardy on Saturday May 23rd at Port Hardy Secondary School from 6 p.m. to midnight. The theme is “SuperHero”. Sign up your team at www. relayforlife. ca or call Lisa Harrison at 250949-0409. Come join the fun for a great cause. May 29-31 Soccer Port Hardy ‘Aftershock’ soccer tournament from tots to U18. June 7 T r i - P o r t S p e e d w a y Association race June 7 at 1 p.m. June 20-21 Golf Seven Hills Golf and Country Club Loggers’ tournament. June 21 T r i - P o r t S p e e d w a y Association race June 21 at 1 p.m. July 11 T r i - P o r t S p e e d w a y Association race July 11 at 6 p.m. July 12 5th Annual North Island Cops for Cancer Open Golf Tournament Sunday, July 12 at 10 a.m. Seven Hills Golf & Country Club. September 12-13 Golf Seven Hills Golf and Country Club Men’s Open.

Port Hardy man masters marathon

By Hannah Griffin Reporter “I hated it my whole life. I literally got detentions in high school for refusing to run.” These days, Steve Holm is hooked on running, and the chatty, energetic Port Hardy resident needs little motivation to pound the pavement. After beginning to run in 2009 with his Golden Doodle, Dickens, Holm just completed the Island Runner Elk/Beaver Ultras in Victoria, running 100 kilometres in 10 hours and nine minutes. Weeks shy of his 50th birthday, the Canon field technician shows no sign of slowing his pace and displays an excitement for running long distances that many could never imagine. “I’ve been told I’m crazy,” he says with a laugh. In the early hours of May 9, Holm began race day with a big bowl of oatmeal before his 6 a.m. start time. His goal for the race was around nine hours. However, the unusually hot Victoria weather made the race especially tough, even causing some racers to drop out before the finish line. Holm was on track for his goal until the heat set in, but he believes that adjusting goals mid-race is a healthy approach to the sport. “If you set one solid, concrete goal, obviously there’s so many variables that you may miss it and then you’re all depressed,” he says, before explaining that he enters races with a best case scenario, a secondary goal, and a goal simply to finish. After finishing the race in ten hours and nine minutes, Holm celebrated with his favourite post-run drink, chocolate milk, and later that evening a big New York striploin steak. Just six years ago, Holm entered his first halfmarathon after a friend who was training for the 2009 Victoria Half Marathon saw Holm’s logged runs and told him that if he kept that training up, he too would have to enter. Holm did end up completing that year’s Victoria Half Marathon, and

the following year ran the full Victoria Marathon. He has since run the Victoria Marathon four times, each time posting a fast enough time to qualify for the Boston Marathon. He has also participated in many other island races, including those in Comox and Merville. Holm also finished a triathlon in 2011 which he did quite well in, however he was not especially keen on the swimming leg. As impressive as these race accomplishments is that in 2014, Holm had a running streak of 1-2 miles each day, culminating in an average of 10km run each day for the entire year. A unique nuance to Holm’s story is that about a year before he began running, he realized that Submitted photo he had an alcohol problem and quit drinking. He Steve Holm lifts his arms in celebration after completing a believes that one of the 100-kilometre race. reasons why he generally he does now. In addition to the clear physical bendoes not struggle to convince himself to get outside and run is because he efits, running also serves the dual purpose of giving has swapped addictions. “It’s not really that I need him time to think through problems and meditate. motivation, because running has become an addic- Now that he is a 100km race finisher, Holm is not even close to being ready to stop. His short term tion.” Holm feels markedly better now, finding that run- goal is the Courtenay Country Roads Marathon on ning causes him to crave healthy food, and even says June 14. As for this running machine’s long term that in photos from 12 years ago, he looks older than goals? Multi-day races.

Port Alice residents walk with their Doc

Gazette staff A group of 67 people followed their doctor on a five-kilometre hike around Port Alice May 13. Dr. Ian Mackenzie led the group, which included the entire Sea View Elementary School, on the hike, which started at the clinic, as part of the annual Walk With Your Doc event. Walk With Your Doc, which started in 2010, aims to spread the word to British Columbians about the health benefits of daily walking. Each year, during the week of May 10, doctors across BC host walking events for their patients and often for their community, too. Dr. Mackenzie actually holds a Walk with the Doc every Wednesday in Port Alice at 9:30 a.m. when he is at his clinic, which is typically two weeks of every month. BC doctors prescribe walking to patients as a preventive measure against chronic illness and because it’s the best prescription for health they can give. According to the Walk With Your Doc website, walking can have the same health benefits of running. Walking is a simple and fun way for

Emma Twamley photo Port Alice residents walked with Doctor Ian MacKenzie.

people of all ages and abilities to feel good and be fit. By adding just 30 minutes of brisk walking to their daily routine, people can: Lose weight. A 30-minute brisk walk can burn about 150 extra calories a day. The more you walk and the quicker your pace, the more calories you’ll burn. Boost their immune system. Walking has the power to lower the risk of getting high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Look and feel younger. By walking every day your quality of

sleep will improve. You will feel more energized and feel less stress. Become smarter. Our brains naturally shrink as we get older, but some studies show that walking can stop that trend. Regular exercise preserves the memory and learning part of your brain by increasing blood flow that nourishes tissue. A regularly active adult takes around 10,000 steps from morning until night. Participating in Walk With Your Doc means an additional 2,000 - 3,000 steps. Walk With Your Doc

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By Kathy O’Reilly-Taylor Editor The Port Hardy Slo Pitch League kicked off its season with the annual Ice Breaker Tournament May 8 to May 10 at Storey’s Beach. “This tournament was a skins format on Sunday for playoffs. Each inning was worth money and to win the inning you had to get more runs than the other team and to win the game you had to win a minimum of four skins,” said Organizer Leigh Deans. This year, there are 18 teams in the mixed slo pitch league, Deans said. Teams are mainly from Port Hardy with a few from Quatsino and Fort Rupert.

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MSP Female - Chantel Nelson, All about that base MSP Male - Riley Nelson, Koskimo D Division 1st - Boozers 2nd - Alkes MSP Female - Lisa Nelson, Boozers MSP Male - Gord Walsh Alkes All teams were from Port Hardy except: High Vis - Port McNeill Koskimo - Youth team from Quatsino First Nations Boozers - Quatsino First Nation All about that Base - Quatsino First Nation Load Em Up - Quatsino First Nation


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By Hannah Griffin Reporter Vancouver Island motocross enthusiasts were out in full force at the Tri-Port motocross track all weekend, enjoying fun, music, barbecue, and a whirlwind of racing excitement.. The Tri-Port Motorbike and ATV Club hosted the double-header weekend motocross event on May 16 and 17 at the Tri-Port track between Port Hardy and Port McNeill. The race was round 5 and round 6 of the Vancouver Island Motocross Association’s 10 round Championship Series. Riders circling the track and spraying waves of dirt ranged in age from four to 50. The Tri-Port Motorbike and ATV Club is part of the Vancouver Island Motocross Association, and the club will be hosting another event at the end of the summer. Angie Clance, one of the event organizers, explained that there were families and racers from all over Vancouver Island present at the event. “It’s fun for us to be able to host this event here,” said Clance. The Tri-Port Motorbike and ATV Club has about 20 members. The next event of this series, round 7, will take place in Port Alberni on May 23 and 24. It was clear from the turnout at the event that this motocross community is a family affair, as many brothers, sisters, relatives and even pets came out for the event. There is even a father and son duo in the Tri-Port club who both race, and league wide there are additional competing families. Results were not available at press time.

Hannah Griffin Photo Riders in the seven and eight-year-old category line up at the start gate on Sunday morning.

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ST. COLUMBA ANGLICAN UNITED Reverend Wade Allen 9190 Granville St. Port Hardy Phone 250-949-6247 10:30am Sunday School and Service Tuesday 1:00pm Bible Study Healing service, last Tuesday of the month, 7:00pm Everyone welcome Meeting rooms available columbac@uniserve.com 11/14

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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 www.ptmcfullgospel.org 11/14

SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH 4680 Byng Rd. Port Hardy Pastor Okumu Lomudak 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: pastorgeorge@providenceplace.ca 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

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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

ST. JOHN GUALBERT UNITED ANGLICAN CHURCH 250-956-3533 Email: gualbert@uniserve.com Please call for worship times All Welcome 175 Cedar Street Port McNeill 11/14

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


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HAIRSTYLIST required for busy well established salon in Invermere BC. Excellent opportunity for a motivated stylist. Easy to build clientele during busy summer months, lots of walk in trafďŹ c. Leave message at 250-342-9863

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TRADES, TECHNICAL LICENSED LOG Scaler required. A well-established whole log chipping facility located in beautiful Kamloops, BC requires a full time certiďŹ ed log scaler to complement our log yard staff. We offer competitive wages and a beneďŹ ts package. Applicants applying for this Position must have a Scalerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Licence. Please email resumes: rcf2007@telus.net or fax to 250-374-9506.

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3 BDRM APTS for rent in Harbourview. $750-$800/mth. No pets/ smoking/ partying. Credit check/refâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reqâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d. Free grocery card/half month rent free with lease. Call Mike 250-230-3375 HADDINGTON COURT APARTMENTS PORT MCNEILL Newly renovated apartments for rent. Clean & quiet building. Free satellite. Furnished suites available. Call Ron & Linda 250-956-3365

PORT HARDY: Well maintained 6-plex. Great investment $385,000. Call Noreen 250-949-6319 or email to: imagine.it@cablerocket.com

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

HOMES FOR RENT

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PORT HARDY- Bright spacious 3 bdrm upstairs suite in duplex next to Avalon School. Byng Rd. Shared laundry room downstairs. Good carpets, NS, NP, Avail June lst. $700/mob. 250-230-1236.

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

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