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Baby, it’s hot outside—a record-breaking kind of hot KATYA SLEPIAN ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

Record-breaking heat seared the Alberni Valley last weekend, with highs reaching 32.2 degrees on Sunday, June 7. According to Environment Canada statistics, that’s the

hottest it’s ever been on that date. But it’s not just that early date that’s worrying. There have only been eight Junes where temperatures reached above 30 degrees since the weather station at the Alberni Valley Regional Airport

started recording in 1992. The heating trend stretches to earlier in the year than that—May 2015 was the hottest May on record since records at the airport weather station began. With an average temperature of 23

degrees Celsius, it’s almost two degrees hotter than the previous highest average in 1995. The hot weather has streams in the Alberni Valley ranging anywhere from 21 to 23 degrees Celsius— temperatures that are poor conditions

for fish, Alberni Valley Enhancement Society’s Jake Leyenaar said. Then there’s the lack of snowpack. According to the B.C. River Forecast Centre, Vancouver Island had just three per cent of its normal snowpack on June 1.

That’s a drop of 32 per cent from 2014 and 65 per cent from 2013. That’s led to Vancouver Island— along with Haida Gwaii—having the highest drought levels in the province. While the River Forecast Centre doesn’t monitor any

rivers in the Alberni Valley, every single monitored river on Vancouver Island is below 50 per cent of median flow. The two in closest proximity, Tofino Creek near the West Coast and the Browns River near Courtenay, are at less than 20 per cent flow.


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he hottest May on record since 1993 has hit the Alberni Valley this year. With the month seeing average temperatures of 23 degrees Celsius, everyone who depends on the water is worried. Water restrictions are being instituted almost two months earlier than usual—last year, the city of Port Alberni only implemented stage 1 restrictions on August 1. This year, they started on June 8. “This is the first time we’ve implemented water restrictions in June,” said city engineer Guy Cicon. Starting water restrictions at all is unusual for the city, who’ve only implemented them a few times in Cicon’s time. The earliest they’ve been implemented in the past is mid-July. “I only recall having water restrictions twice in the past many years,” he said. “It isn’t something that we normally do.” But this year, Cicon’s been forced to institute restrictions due to the lack


Bert Casavant, CEO and plant manager for Upnit Power L.P., says he’s never had to shut down operations at Upnit so early. Low water flow forced a May closure.

of spillover from the city’s lake reservoirs. An extremely low snowpack in the surrounding mountains has thrust Vancouver Island into this position. The Island as a whole is only at three per cent of normal snowpack— that’s a 32 per cent drop from this time last year, according to the B.C. River Forecast Centre. Port Alberni has two lake reservoirs—Lizard Lake, which feeds the city’s primary water

‘This is the first time we’ve implemented water restrictions in June.’ – Guy Cicon supply of China Creek and Bainbridge Lake, where the city switches to in times of turbidity. “When the lakes stop spilling that’s when we consider restricting

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water for the city’s consumption,” Cicon said. While both Lizard Lake and Bainbridge Lake are currently full, the lack of spillover this early in the summer worries Cicon. “Typically the lakes would be spilling at this point and they’d be spilling till the beginning of July so we’re four to six weeks early.” The accelerated water restrictions are indicative of a much larger problem in the Alberni Valley than whether someone can

keep their lawn green or wash their car. The low water levels and heat are having a devastating effect on anything that relies on the Valley’s rivers and streams, such as returning salmon or run-of-river power projects. “We’ve lost two-thirds of the wild (salmon) stock that we were expecting to come down the river,” said Jake Leyenaar of the Alberni Valley Enhancement Society. When the society did its annual coho smolt count, they only saw 1,600 of the 5,500 smolt they expected at Kitsuksis Creek. “What’s happening is that we’re having a lot of low water and if we compared it to last year it’s a lot worse,” Leyenaar said. “We’re below the below.” Last year wasn’t all that good either, said Leyenaar, but with even drier conditions this spring and summer he predicted 2015 will be much worse. “It could be quite devastating to the fish living in the creeks. If they dry right out we may have a lot of places with 100 per cent kill off.” Stocks are coming back not only short but also early. Continued / XX




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City puts kibosh on commercial garbage pickup Inbrief BUSINESS TAKES OVER: | With a focus on less waste production, city backs out of commercial container garbage pickup service. KATYA SLEPIAN ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

Port Alberni is going to lose its commercial garbage pickup service. After years of debate and months of meetings, city councillors

finally voted to stop commercial service. The crux of the issue surrounded the truck the city is using to collect garbage from commercial businesses: it is starting to break down and will soon have to

be put out to pasture. Council couldn’t decide whether to buy a new replacement truck or not. After a tie vote last month, and pressure from Mayor Mike Ruttan for council to make a decision,

Coun. Chris Alemany changed his stance. “The existing vehicle, which is very old and not in very good shape could break down and cost us a tremendous amount of money to keep on the road,”

Ruttan said. The choice was made 4-2 when Alemany switched his vote and agreed to end the service. Coun. Jack McLeman did not take part in the discussion or vote due to a conflict of

interest. “The [city] engineer has indicated in his report that the city is the low-cost provider...we’re effectively keeping those rates down,” said Alemany. Continued / A7


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Harbour Quay will be getting a brand new digital entry sign valued at $50,000 this year. Parks, recreation and heritage director Scott Kenny told council that the sign would have a changeable digital display as well as being easier to clean than the current fabric sign.

Tsunami tests to change

A new didgeridoo sound will soon be part of the tsunami test that plays at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month. The ADSS Civics 11 class partnered with the Port Alberni Fire Department on the project.

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ACRD waits for approval in airport process ‘The time period will start after June 24...’


Alberni Valley voters will have 32 days to let the Alberni-Clayquot Regional District know if they disapprove of the ACRD’s plan to borrow up to $6 million dollars for a runway extension at the Alberni Valley Regional Airport. The time period will start after the June 24 board meeting when the inspector of municipalities signs off on the alternate approval process. Regional district CAO Russell Dyson was at city council on Monday night to explain the alternate approval process. The regional district board of directors approved using the

Haulers pick up slack From / A6 “But that is the same as we’ve already heard. What I’m trying to do is look at it from a different perspective. We need a decision and if we as a city are serious about reducing our waste then we need to look at ways of reducing that stream. “Maybe finding ways to do that won’t involve still buying large container trucks. Maybe that’s no longer something we should facilitate as a city.” City staff will discontinue commercial container truck service in the coming months. It is expected that the three private haulers currently in the Alberni Valley will take on the city’s 214 commercial customers.

– Russell Dyson

approximately $1,800 process instead of going to referendum at a cost of $9,000$13,000. Dyson broke down the costs for all proposed airport upgrades. “It’s $5.9M for the runway extension, $1.5M for the mediumintensity lighting and $350,000 for the GPS approach,” said Dyson. The runway is currently 3,952 feet long by 75 feet wide and the ACRD is looking to extend it to 5,000 by 100 feet

to allow the handling of bigger, heavier aircraft. Dyson cited the Coulson Group’s C-130s as aircraft that would require the extended runway when fully loaded. “Some of the reasons for the cost of this is that not only do we have to establish the runway itself and do the groundwork for that but it’s realizing the approaches.” Realizing the approaches will involve moving more than 20,000 dump truck loads of dirt as well as removing trees and other vegetation from not only the runway area itself but the surrounding space. Plans are to extend the runway at the

southeast end. Dyson said that even though the ACRD is applying to be able to borrow up to the whole $6M needed for the extension, it’s applied for three grants to ease the burden on the taxpayers. If the ACRD foots the whole amount, the average home in the Alberni Valley will pay an extra $23 in property tax each year for the next 30 years. The average home is calculated at $200,000, Dyson said. The grants being applied for are the Build Canada Fund, the Gas Tax Priorities fund and the B.C. Air Access Program. While the Build Canada Fund application was

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Publisher: Teresa Bird Editor: Susan Quinn


Are we holding onto our water? Hazarding a guess beyond our borders The City of Port Alberni has already instituted water restrictions, and we are still two weeks away from official summer. We’ve already experienced recordbreaking heat and have been warned by weather experts that this trend will continue through August. The situation is so dire in the Alberni Valley that the city has warned we might have to go to Stage 2 water restrictions. Only they don’t know what those restrictions are, because they’ve never faced this level of concern. Provincially, we have already reached Level 3 drought conditions on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and Haida Gwaii, and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources released a bulletin urging people to conserve water. Level 3 means everyone is asked to reduce consumption by 20 per cent. British Columbians use more than the Canadian average of 270 litres of water per day, according to provincial government statistics. The state of our water—and water usage—is getting serious, and we need to start paying attention. We all need to do our part to conserve water, whether it’s taking shorter showers, not watering grass (that means the city too) or not letting a tap run. Water conservation is everyone’s responsibility. Water restrictions should be a regular occurrence—not just on an emergency basis—beginning with the May long weekend, as many people observe it as the unofficial start of summer. We need to rethink the way we use water. Otherwise, we will wake up one day and there will be none left. — Alberni Valley News



When it comes to celebrating team spirit, few countries are more adept at it than Canada. We play hard and we boast hard, to show the rest of the known universe we’re world-class. The trouble is, when it comes to such spirit—and the often-accompanying lack of humility—there’s not much ‘class’ to brag about. Take reactions in recent days to the clip from the U.S. TV game show Jeopardy! that’s sweeping the Internet. Hosted by Sudburyborn Alex Trebek, the popular quiz show is otherwise all-American. In Tuesday’s broadcast —a clip replayed on Canadian news networks and across the Internet —we got to see three contestants go out of their way to avoid one category. The elusive topic?

Canadian cities were tough on American Jeopardy contestants last week—or were we too hard on them?

‘Canadian Cities.’ Regular viewers will know just how rare it is to leave all five clues in an entire category until the end. And the poor American soldier who led off the guesswork, as each clue in turn was answered incorrectly—or not answered at all—is being used to show just how little our neighbours know about us. First up, “An intersection in this provincial capital is the original western terminus of the TransCanada Highway.” The silence was revealing, “Victoria” be

damned. The ‘Daily Double’? “The swan is a symbol of this Ontario city. Each year, white and black swans are released into the Avon River.” The soldier responded “Edmonton”, dropping $5,400 dollars and missing Stratford by many of his miles and a few of our provinces. “This Alberta resort was the first municipality to be incorporated within a Canadian national park.” His answer, “Whistler”; ours, “Banff”. “In 1992, this city’s velodrome, once used in the Olympic games, was transformed into an

TO COMMENT … We welcome your original comments on editorials, columns, on topics in the Alberni Valley News or any subjects important to you. Only letters that include name, address, and day and evening phone numbers and that are verified by the Alberni Valley News can be considered for publication. Letters to the editor and articles submitted to the Alberni Valley News may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms. The Alberni Valley News is a member of the B.C. Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, P.O. Box 1356, Ladysmith, B.C., V9G 1A9. For information phone 888-687-2213 or go to

environmental bio-dome.” Not one of the three contestants ventured “Montreal”. And finally, “Residents of this Saskatchewan city are called Moose Javians.” The soldier guessed “Winnipeg”, rather than “Moose Jaw”. Dumb, right? You’d think so, by the hundreds of Canadian comments popping up online. But I’m not so sure. Then again, turns out I’m not sure on much about the rest of the world. Take North America. Ask your closest friends how much they know about our continent. I would hazard a guess that most could identify several U.S. state capitals on a map; but could they list Mexico’s states? I certainly couldn’t, not beyond Baja California; and I’m guessing many would think me beyond ignorant. Do any of us really know much about the rest of the world, past our borders? Not our national borders, but closer to home. The borders of our interests.

Continued / A9

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QUESTION of the week


Laws in place to protect lake To the Editor,

Do you agree with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations?

Yes – 52%

No – 48%

This week’s question: Will you adhere to the City of Port Alberni’s water restrictions?

Vote at: See us also on Re: Five-Acre Shaker duo wants to shake again: Kelly McFarlane: Another example of those who can suppressing any kind of growth. Kari Chase McNabb: I believe it is a needed and valued event, and I would love to see more events like it! A9 A9

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Wynita Jaworski: Fully support these types of events. We want growth in our community we need to allow it to happen. The organizers are doing right by asking for permission.

There has been much talk and controversy over wake surfing on Sproat Lake, with large wakes damaging docks, boats and property. With this fairly new sport, the boats are ballasted with water for extra weight along with drop down gates to create a wake large enough to surf on. This activity has created larger and more powerful waves than Sproat Lake has ever seen. The topic of wake surfing has been brought up several times in the past at our Sproat Lake Community Association meetings. There is a law in place that states “ A boat’s wake can damage other vessels, docks and the shoreline. “It can also be a

risk for swimmers, divers and people on small boats that might capsize. “Be aware of how your boat’s wake might effect others when choosing your speed. You will be responsible for any damages or harm you cause.” Transport Canada’s “On The Water Safe Boating Guide” has this information and much more. This law has never been enforced on Sproat Lake as it falls under Federal jurisdiction. But the law is there to pursue if wake surfing is causing damage to one’s property. Although the waterways are federal jurisdiction, the law is to be enforced by local RCMP. Sproat Lake is a great place for water sports but there is a time and place for wake surfing as to not anger residents or

other people out to enjoy the lake. I encourage lake residents, wake surfers and anyone with concerns to attend our community association meetings and voice their opinions. A simple solution could be designated wake surfing areas. I look forward to input and ideas to come up with a solution to this problem on our lake.

Stan Kujala, president, Sproat Lake Community Association

Directions just as important To the Editor, Re: What’s in a name?, Pac Rim Active, News Advertiser, June 2. I really love reading your paper but I find it lacks any information on where the places that are written about are.

This last story about the Somass Estuary was very interesting but for someone not knowing where places are, your stories lack concise directions. This also goes with all the hiking trails. Teresa Cahill, Port Alberni Editor’s note: The Pac Rim Active column in the April 7 Alberni Valley NewsAdvertiser featured many resources where one can find directions to all the trails in and around the Alberni Valley.

Paddles up on Sproat Lake To the Editor,

Paddles Up The water is calm in the bay as we climb aboard one by one Firm hands to wrists, gentle shifting from dock to boat. Paddles up The team stills, paddles at the ready

conversations pause awaiting the command. Take it away We begin paddling. The boat glides gaining momentum. And faster still. Paddles reaching, pulling as one. The boat throbs in time with the paddles. A gasp, a giggle, and murmured apology. Someone was splashed with icy lake water. Let it ride Paddles come up out of the water, quiet conversations drifting as we rest letting the boat slow Paddles up Take it away.

Barbara Olstad, Port Alberni

Editor’s note: Barbara Olstad is a new paddler on the Ladies of the Lake Dragon Boat Team, and was inspired by her experience to write a poem about it.

How many Canadians could pass an international trivia contest? From / A8

I know a thing or two about a number of subjects—those that specifically fascinate me—but if you were to ask me to identify any champions of

lacrosse (our national sport) I would come up short. I know little about chemistry, and nothing about classic ballroom dancing. And I certainly couldn’t name all

five French “mother sauces” in cooking, despite being a fan of eating every day; or, without first being told back in college, the difference between “jealousy”

and “envy”, despite English being my first language. I remember in grade school when we learned basic skills. Inevitably there were kids who made fun

of those that hadn’t yet mastered basic multiplication. But none of us did… until it was explained. So Americans know little about Canada? I question whether

most Canadians— with so many today lacking interest in world affairs—could fare much better in an international-trivia game. Indeed, by

definition, the questions asked by Trebek involved trivial knowledge. Not much to boast about. Lance Peverley is the editor of Peace Arch News.

Letters Mail: Letters, Alberni Valley News, 4656 Margaret St., Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 6H2 Fax: 250-723-6395 E-mail: Letters should be no longer than 300 words and will be edited. Include your address and phone number (although those won’t be published) and a first name or two initials. We won’t publish anonymous letters, or letters to third parties. We regret that, due to the volume of letters we receive, not all will be printed.

What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

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The Wenatchee Wild from central Washington State will join the B.C. Hockey League as its 17th franchise starting with the 2015-16 season, the team and league announced last week. “The BCHL is gaining a strong franchise in the Wenatchee Wild and we value the passion and professionalism they bring to our league,” said BCHL commissioner John Grisdale. As a U.S.-based club, the Wild will be allowed to roster a maximum of four Canadian players.

Port Alberni’s waterfront will be booming with stand-up paddleboarders this weekend as the pros come from all around the province to compete in the Alberni Canal Downwind Challenge on June 13. “Competitive racers from all over the province start from China Creek [marina] and they race to Canal Beach,” said organizer Sandra Gentleman. But don’t worry if you’re not so steady on a paddleboard, Gentleman adds. “At the same time that’s going on we’re


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Sunday’s men’s club event drew the largest turnout so far this year to the Alberni Golf Club. It was good to see: everywhere you looked foursome could be seen playing for the big prizes. Thanks to Will Pulford and his staff at Pacific Chevrolet for their generous donation to our event. Preben Rasmussen has been doing an excellent job of dispersing the prize money. Out of 60 players the top 20 were in the money. There are too many to list so here are the top 10. In first place was Jack Sparks followed by Clarke Crowe, Cal Davies, Ron Clark, Jim Rhodes, Sam Parhar Bill Bjornson, Colin

Hamilton, Ned Stewart and Bob Matlock. The closest to the pins were recorded by Steve Acland on No. 2, Cory Nielson on No. 4, Fred Fredrickson on No. 13 and Steve Acland on No. 17. The charity closest to the pin on No. 7 was Cory Nielson, taking home $42 for his effort. The final prize was the Westwind gift certificate won by Eivend Dohlen. Next week is an open day with the usual net and gross prizes up for grabs as well as the closest to the pins and money pot. There will be a slight twist next week as far as the format goes: Those wanting to play from the blue tees will sign up for the blue and play for gross prizes only. This will give the guys who are playing in the West Coast Amateur June 20–21 at

the Alberni Golf Club a chance to tune up their game from the blue tees. Those wanting to play from the white tees sign up for the white and play for net prizes only. The charity closest to the pin will stay as it is. The closest to the pin will be as follows: Nos. 2 and 4 are for the white tees, with Nos. 13 and 17 for the blue tees. Entry fee remains the same at $10 per player. As for the money pot there will be a separate one for that day only. There were no money pot winners this week as all par 3’s were halved. Please sign up in the pro shop in your own group or as a single and they will place you in a group of fine gentlemen to play with. Tee times start at 7 a.m.

ACDC organizers Crystal-Anne Smith, Alicia La Rue and Sandra Gentleman rock out on their standup paddleboards at Canal Beach on May 19.

having a fun relay race here at Canal Beach.” The goal of the event is two-fold; not only does Gentleman want to highlight the Alberni Inlet as a water sports tourist destination but she also wants to encourage more locals to get out on a

paddleboard. “We want people to form teams, said Gentleman. “Different teams are getting organized. The ER nurses against the OR nurses and different teams like that.” Canal Beach will be bustling with food

vendors and demos on Saturday, allowing people to try out a board. Fellow paddleboarder Alicia La Rue is excited. “There’ll be people rocking out on the paddleboard!”

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“Right now all the stocks are coming back early because of the warm water,” Leyenaar. The problems caused by warm water are amplified in nonenhanced, or wild, creeks. “When we incubate [in Kitsuksis Creek] we end up getting 85-90 per cent of the eggs out of the females that turn up,” said Leyenaar. “When it’s done in wild streams its under 30 per cent so a wild stream is impacted a lot more.” Hupacasath First Nations fisheries manager Graham Murrell is equally concerned. “It’s quite tough for the fish right now,” said Murrell. “Our river temperatures are getting up to 23 degrees.” That’s bad news for

salmon in local rivers. “Fish stop moving around 23, 24, 25 [degrees Celsius],” he said. “Last year the fish powered through at higher temperatures but if the trends continue, there will be obvious concerns.” The high temperatures are made worse by lower river levels. “With our river levels we’re looking like it’s at the end of July,” he said. “It will be concerning as the summer goes on. The lack of snowpack up there is not going to help things.” Cicon’s water restrictions aren’t the only thing that’s coming on earlier than ever. The Upnit Power Corporation ceased operations at its China Creek hydroelectric dam on May 20—more than three weeks

‘Right now all the stocks are coming back early because of the warm water.’

2005. “Last year we thought it was a little bit early [to be closing] and that was June 13,” said Casavant. “Usually we shut down at the beginning of July.” Upnit’s early shutdown was caused by the same factor as the water restrictions and the salmon concerns. “There’s no snowpack. We usually

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to about 500 kilowatts and the water levels are still low that’s telling me we need to shut down,” said Casavant. “It’s just too much with the wear and tear on the machines.” While Upnit might be done for the summer, just over 20 kilometres away at Lizard Lake Cicon worries about what he’ll be faced with as the summer continues.

“We’ll monitor the lake levels, we’ll monitor the city’s water consumption and the weather to determine if we’ll have to go to further stages of water restrictions,” said Cicon. If he does, it will be the first year that Cicon will have made that decision. “There’s a possibility we’d go to stage 2... a stronger possibility than ever before.”

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Innovation is key People and businesses find new ways to increase economy ‘The mayor is fond of saying we need to lead the way.’


Pat Deakin has no trouble rattling off a long list of innovative people and companies in the Alberni Valley. Forestry remains the dominant sector of the economy, reveals a report prepared by Deakin, economic development manager for the City of Port Alberni. In descending order, health care, education and tourism are the other sectors employing the most people. Intriguingly, aerospace and agriculture have the potential to create employment locally. In the former, Deakin cites the Coulson Group for modifying Hercules C-130 military aircraft to fight fires. In an interview at city hall, Deakin refers to “military aircraft that are not required for the duties they were built for. “There are several countries and several companies looking for firefighting capabilities.” Meanwhile, the AlberniClayoquot Regional District contracted out the implementation of a series of recommendations made in the

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Port Alberni’s economic development manager Pat Deakin says innovation is driving a new economy in the city.

Alberni Valley Agricultural Plan. Of 7,700 hectares in the Valley in the Agricultural Land Reserve, only 40 per cent are being actively farmed, Deakin notes in his report. Port Alberni entrepreneur Archie Cardinal, whom Deakin calls a “one-man unstoppable machine,” has a local company called DBA Silencing Ltd. that is “making mufflers for some

of the world’s largest mining machines and tugboats, and a variety of other things.” In a section of his report titled New Startups of Note, Deakin includes: • The Coulson Group’s Ice Blaster with applications in a variety of situations from nuclear power plants to paint removal; • Rev-Air getting orders from across North America

for its Dynamic Air Diffuser, a bolt-on to HVAC systems that greatly improves heating and cooling while requiring no power; • Cantimber Biotech, a biochar manufacturer that will employ 30 people, starting operations this summer. The company will use residual wood (currently burned each fall) from logging operations and produce activated carbon for water filtration, hospital procedures and agricultural fertilizer. • Agog Labs, the developer of a revolutionary new programming language for video games, receiving an enormous amount of attention from the high-tech world. As many as 500 game developers from around the world are testing Agog software. Port Alberni has competition attracting innovative people because,

as Deakin says, “Every community on Vancouver Island is trying to do that.” The Alberni Valley’s advantages include some of the most affordable commercial and residential property on the Island, Deakin notes. “Another advantage the Alberni Valley has is that for the next 16 months we have the most advanced hard-wire and wireless capabilities that Telus offers.” Telus is investing $3 million to upgrade hard-wire and wireless infrastructure locally, making it the most advanced on Vancouver Island. The report contains many more examples of economic activity in the Alberni Valley, too many to list here. Deakin says the City of Port Alberni is doing what it can to encourage innovation locally. “The mayor is fond of saying we need to lead the way, so he is going to be applying a donation from the Coulson Group.” To that end, council decided an innovative, attractive product using western red cedar will adorn the exterior of Port Alberni City Hall later this year.

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When Port Alberni was ranked dead last several years’ running in MoneySense magazine’s annual ranking of cities, one man’s innovative outrage benefited the Alberni Valley. Ben West saw red when MoneySense magazine’s controversial ratings of Canada’s best places in which to live buried Port Alberni in 201st place of 201 cities in its ninth annual list last year. “It really incensed me because I love Alberni and my family loves Alberni and we have friends and family that live and work there,” said West. “It was just mean-spirited journalism.” West, a Vancouver resident who owns two technology companies, spends a lot of time in the Alberni Valley and has deep West Coast roots. His family and his wife’s family have lived on the coast for seven generations. A great grandfather is even said to haunt the lighthouse at Kains Island

near Quatsino in the Port Hardy area. Reacting to the MoneySense article, West created a Facebook page sarcastically titled Worst Place to Live showing “beautiful imagery of mountains and rivers and local business success stories” involving the Alberni Valley. The anonymously created page was an immediate smash hit. In one month, West said, more than a half-million people were engaged on the page. It certainly got a lot of traction with local residents, recalls Pat Deakin, the City of Port Alberni’s economic development manager. “People used it to vent their sarcasm

and their sense of humour,” Deakin says. The response was so great that West didn’t have the time to administer the page properly. As a result of a contest on the page, he chose Alberni residents Tashia Potter and Kama Money to promote the Alberni Valley through technology. They earned entry into a social media course at UBC and guidance to establish a business in Port Alberni. Working with Deakin and the City of Port Alberni’s economic development office, the Worst Place to Live page prompted a response page called the Heart of Vancouver Island, which

promotes the Alberni Valley. West ran the brand presented by the page past about 20 of his extremely accomplished marketing contacts including people from BBH, which handles branding for Audi and Heineken. West funded it for the first couple of months, and a new social media management company they created called Great Central managed the campaign. More than 100,000 people visited the site, newly branded as Heart of Vancouver Island. Thanks to the campaign, West says, “People are now travelling there (Alberni Valley) who weren’t planning to travel there. We’ve even got some people who are moving to Alberni.” Deakin says the Heart of Vancouver Island might be part of a larger campaign. “Council approved a rebranding … repositioning— something other than ‘Bear Tracks and Lumberjacks’, something other than ‘Worst Place to Live’, something addressing image issues we have.”

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We’re not the ‘Worst Place to Live’ anymore KATYA SLEPIAN


Port Alberni’s not the Worst Place to Live in Canada anymore—but does it matter? “You know, I think it hasn’t really changed my opinion of the report,” said Coun. Chris Alemany of Port

Alberni’s flight from the bottom of Money Sense magazine’s 2015 edition of the Best Places to Live list. Despite going down several spots, the city is now third from the bottom, beating out New Glasgow and Truro, both in Nova Scotia.

“If you look at the top one (Boucherville, Quebec), it’s a suburb of Montreal. Kind of makes you wonder if this list has any validity to it,” Alemany said. If what they’re looking for is encompassed in a suburb of one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country

then I don’t think Port Alberni’s ever going to be that city. We’re just not geographically there.” City of Port Alberni economic development manager Pat Deakin echoes Alemany’s comments. “I don’t agree with the criteria that they’re

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Deakin’s also suspicious of a few categories. “One is days above 24 degrees. Are you kidding?” Port Alberni scored 0.56. “They’re certainly off by at least one decimal point if not two,” he said.




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The other category Deakin’s not sure about is the number of people employed in healthcare—3.5 per cent. “Our labour force is 9,000 people and VIHA alone has more than 700 people between the hospital, the [care] homes and the nurses,” he said. “So 700/9000 and that’s just one organization.” That puts Port Alberni at almost eight per cent—more than double MoneySense’s calculations. But all in all, neither Deakin nor Alemany are too concerned. “It kind of makes me think that I shouldn’t worry too much,” said Alemany.

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GOING MOBILE: | Alberni Valley Visitors’ Centre hits the road with mobile version. MARK ALLAN SPECIAL TO THE NEWS


The Alberni Valley Visitors’ Centre cannot wait for tourists to visit its high-profile location at the entrance to Port Alberni. So they bring tourism opportunities to visitors. This is the second year for a used van that acts as a mobile visitors’ centre. “It’s mostly local,” explains Bill Collette, Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce executive director, “but we have gone over what we call The Hump here and got into Qualicum and places like that. “We look at it two ways: One is … the visitor who comes to Port Alberni,” he says. “Even though we get lots of numbers here at our building, we miss most people, so we like

to go to the high points where we think we can trip over a lot more people. “What we also like to do is leverage the van for a little bit of external marketing in nearby communities.” The van is insured year-round, although Collette admits it wasn’t on the roads much in the first quarter of the year. “Right now our challenge is staffing it, really,” Collette comments. “I’d like to see it on the road every day, certainly in the high season.” The visitor centre has fanned out volunteers in hardto-miss bright yellow jackets for the past few years in its innovative Ambassadors’ Program. Alberni Valley ambassadors frequent Cathedral Grove and


The Mobile Visitor Centre and ambassadors participate in the 2014 Canada Day parade.

the MV Frances Barkley daily from early June to mid-September to answer visitors’ questions, direct them to the visitors’ centre in Port Alberni and encourage them to spend time in the area. Collette is trying to staff the van more

regularly. “It was probably mostly paid staff last year, but we weren’t on the road every day, which was a little disappointing.” Collette has applied for funding to hire more students. He hopes that will lead to the van

being on the road more. “In a perfect world, I’m going to have the thing leaving this parking lot every day.” The Alberni District Co-Op “basically fuelled the van last year,” and Collette hopes it will similarly support the program again this year.

McLean Mill National Historic Site donated the 1989 van. Collette appreciates the support, although he says the van needs some “sprucing up.” Reaction from visitors depends on whether the van happens to find a good number of them.

“Where we’ve hit the right spot, which is more often than not, it’s done really well,” Collette says. “We take it to the Sunset Market that we’re a partner in every Wednesday night in the summer. There’s lots of people coming through that market who are travelling to Tofino or just moved here, visiting friends or family here.” Ambassadors, whom Collette says are passionate about Port Alberni, frequented the steam train at McLean Mill last year as well as Cathedral Grove and the Frances Barkley. Special projects this year will include the Sproat Lake Regatta, Thunder in the Valley drag racing, Port Alberni Salmon Festival and Alberni District Fall Fair. If you’re interested in promoting the Alberni Valley to tourists, phone the visitor centre at 250-724-6535.

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Coulson Group takes leading tech role DIVERSITY: | Three generations of Coulsons use innovation as a way to keep their group of companies diverse, relevant and on the cutting edge. MARK ALLAN SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

The Coulson family is into its third generation of innovative, entrepreneurial business. Judging from its current projects and international scope, the Port Alberni-based Coulson Group of Companies shows no signs of complacency. Chief executive officer Wayne Coulson started with the company, which his father Cliff launched in 1960, in 1978. Wayne has run the company since 1982. Still only in their 20s, Wayne’s sons Britt and Foster occupy key roles in the company, which employs about 25 people—half now employed outside the Alberni Valley. One of the first companies to do helilogging, Coulson has diversified way beyond

its forestry roots. “We’ve been one of those companies that has changed and evolved,” Wayne understates during an interview at company headquarters in the Chances Casino building. Yet, it hasn’t abandoned what put it on the map. Coulson Manufacturing operates a primary lumber manufacturing facility and two remanufacturing facilities in Port Alberni, focusing on old-growth western red cedar lumber products. “Lumber manufacturing has been a challenge and we’ve come up with some creative ideas on the value-added side,” Wayne continues. “The idea was trying to take the highestquality lumber we have on the B.C. coast and extending its life.”

Wayne Coulson, far left, displays a piece of the value-added cedar Coulson Manufacturing has started producing for building projects like this residential unit, left. Coulson has also used innovation with its Ice Blast product, as well as in its firefighting technology. MARK ALLAN AND SUPPLIED PHOTOS, SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

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own.” Coulson bought Universal Ice Blast in 2012, rebranding the redesigned and refined technology as Coulson Ice Blast. Ice blasting reduces waste produced during industrial cleaning applications by up to 95 per cent. The non-abrasive, dustless process uses tap water, compressed air and electricity to produce crystalline ice particles. After blasting away its target, the ice melts and flushes away debris. Traditional sandblasting is costly, Coulson notes, because you have to buy sand and dispose of it later. Operating Martin Mars water bombers and being a leader in aerial firefighting is perhaps the

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thing for which the Coulson Group is most renowned internationally. When the water bombers were in service, the company developed computer technology that maximized the accuracy and rate of water from the aircraft’s tanking system to quell blazes. Coulson’s aerial firefighting aircraft, which include S-61 Sikorsky helicopters, have fought fires all over the world, especially North America and Australia. The Martin Mars waterbombers, based at Sproat Lake northwest of Port Alberni, were capable of making a drop every 15 minutes. When the two of them were working in tandem, they could

drop 7,200 U.S. gallons (27,276 litres) every seven minutes and cover up to four acres (1.6 hectares). Although the Martin Mars waterbombers have been retired for a couple of years, Coulson continues with other facets of his aerial firefighting business. Wayne says the Coulson Group is also the longest-running operator in the world of S-61 Sikorsky helicopters, starting in 1986. Demand really took off when the U.S. State Department wanted S-61s employed in Afghanistan. “We were the biggest supplier of parts into that world,” says Coulson, whose company also supplied pilots, engineers and other crews halfway around the world. “At the hangar, we built sand filters for them because we were operating in violent conditions.” A new client operating in the African nation of Niger visited Coulson in Port Alberni last month to inspect sand-filtering kits the company is building.

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NIC students innovate for industry Industrial Automation students at North Island College have created a oneof-a-kind bottling process for a Hornby Island winery that could revolutionize the way sparkling wine is manufactured. Industrial Automation students were challenged to tackle two year-end projects: an experimental wine bottling technology and an IKEA-style garden bench kit. For Hornby Island Estate Winery and Farm owner John Grayson, it was an opportunity to bring NIC students a unique challenge—find an absolutely motionless solution to his super-fine sparkling wine bubbles. He needed an automated bottling process that could fill bottles without shaking them. Any vibration in the patent-pending process could disrupt bubbles in the winery’s sparkling wines and beverages. “No one else the world does what I do,” said Grayson. “I couldn’t go to industry for help but NIC students have helped me

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develop my idea—we’ve gone through the learning curve together.” Grayson worked with students Douglas Chesini,

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Borders program. After trying different nozzles, hoses, and filling methods, they developed a process to handle wines and

beverages that results in tiny bubbles so stable they won’t dissipate if left in open air for five days. The process also eliminates bottle shock, a by-product of traditional bottling methods that causes off-putting odors and requires valuable time for wine to recover. Grayson is hoping to work with the students this summer to refine the process and automate production. The second student project is designed to cut, compile and assemble “buildyour-own” garden bench kits for retail distribution with the help of robotics, automated controls and instrumentation. It took a few tries to get the system working as planned but student project manager James Renfrow says brainstorming before family,

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Couple’s dream lands in Port Alberni MARINE TOURISM: | Ontario husband and wife ‘swept away’ by beauty of the Alberni Valley, so they open their floating B&B on the waterfront. MARK ALLAN SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

Daniel Savard and his wife Bouchra Zouhou want people to be swept away by a venture that is making their dream come true. An extensively renovated tugboat called the Swept Away Inn is the culmination of an interesting tale in which a Canadian man and his Moroccan spouse travel from Peterborough, Ont., to the West Coast to fulfill their desire to run a floating bed and breakfast. Things didn’t go exactly as planned. “Our plan was never to be in Port Alberni,” recalls Savard. “Our plan was to be in Tofino.” They sailed into Port Alberni in July 2013, docking at Fisherman’s Harbour to renovate the MV Songhee, intending to launch a bed-andbreakfast business in Tofino. One of the men helping to convert the boat suggested they winter in Port Alberni, Savard recalls. “We were here about three weeks in Port Alberni and we fell in love with the people, all the people we started meeting,” recalls Savard. “We decided we really liked Port Alberni, and maybe we could make a go of it here.”


The MV Songhee, aka Swept Away Inn, graces the Port Alberni waterfront from its permanent berth at Centennial Pier.

The City of Port Alberni was extremely supportive and thenmayor John Douglas lobbied the pair to stay. “We started getting a lot of people in Port Alberni, the shakers and movers, and everybody was very encouraging,” Savard adds. The Port Alberni Port Authority, unused to dealing with such a small venture, eventually came onside. After serving meals for friends at Fisherman’s Harbour, Savard and Zouhou opened the bed and breakfast in September. The 100-foot boat is moored at Centennial Pier at Harbour


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restaurant; our intention was to be a bed and breakfast, but we wanted to serve breakfast to our guests if they wanted it,” Savard recalls. These days, an increasing number of people are demanding mouth-watering delicacies from Zouhou’s Moroccan heritage. She learned how to cook from her mother and grandmother. “It’s food that will take your palate to a completely different world,” she begins. “Combining sweetness with savoury, with bitterness, all mixed together and your palate goes, ‘Like, wow!’ ” she laughs. “Flavour, flavour, flavour,” she continues. “It’s made with a length of time and care for the ingredients,” Savard adds. “We try to use the best ingredients we can get our hands on, as much local as possible, organic.” Customers so far have been about 80 per cent local and 20 per cent per tourists. Savard said they want to become known as a tourist destination. “We’re trying to be catalysts for change in Port Alberni,” Savard states. They prefer to serve 12 to 14 people at a time, although using the deck during summer months could double the number of customers. Breakfasts are restricted to B&B guests, but the couple served their first Mother’s Day brunch recently. “People were singing on their way out of the door,” Savard says. “It was so moving,” Zouhou adds. “Each time I came outside, I asked people how the food was. You could see in their eyes … the love and the gratitude.” To reserve for the restaurant or to book for the B&B, phone 250-918-8298 or visit the Swept Away Inn on Facebook.

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Port Authority floats food truck concept ‘With Harbour Quay being a focal point for the community and residents having ownership of the area...’


Dave McCormick, director of public relations and business development for the Port Alberni Port Authority, is floating an idea for foodies this summer. McCormick would like to see food truck service offered on Centennial Pier, on the city’s waterfront. If enough mobile food trucks join in, they’ll call it Fl’Eat Street. “The floating part is in there, the emphasis is on eating and the sound of Fl’Eat sounds like the commercial fishing fleet. That’s why Centennial Pier was installed in the first place was to provide a breakwater for the commercial fishing fleet,” he said. Centennial Pier is 500 feet long and 25,000 square feet, and the port authority wants to

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Dave McCormick from the port authority envisions food trucks lining Centennial Pier, on a rotating basis or during events. It’s a concept he’s hoping has wheels.

utilize as much of it as it can, says McCormick. The port authority’s mandate is to facilitate economic development in maritime trade, and with all that space

available PAPA has looked at different opportunities. “It is a blank canvas,” McCormick said. “With Harbour Quay being a focal point

for the community and residents having ownership of the area... as well as directing visitors here, when you look at some of the great community centres they

also appeal to visitors. “They’re also a great place to eat and shop. Harbour Quay is a foundation of that.” Cities such as Portland, Oregon and

even Vancouver have welcomed the mobile food truck movement, says McCormick. Portland loves its food trucks, which are set up in parking lots, on sidewalks and in parks, solo or in “pods”. There is even a website, foodcartsportland. com, and a map of all 500 food cart locations. Vancouver hosts a food cart fest every Sunday in the summer at Olympic Village near the Stanley Park Seawall (foodcartfest. com) and you can check

online at streetfoodapp. com/vancouver to see which food carts are open at any given time. Street food vending is fiercely competitive in Vancouver; in 2013 there were only 15 successful applications for licences. The whole street food movement has spawned more than one reality television show, both on the Food Network and other stations. There are blogs like where people can locate or book food trucks. Port Alberni has an ideal place in Centennial Pier to feed this particular phenomenon, says McCormick. The community has adopted the pier. The number of people who use it as part of their regular walking routine has grown, and it’s a destination for visitors too, he said.

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Uchucklesaht building rises

In July 2013 the Uchucklesaht First Nation purchased the former Somass Hotel, which had stood on the corner of Kingsway Avenue and Argyle Street for more than a century. The original intent was to retrofit the historic building as an administration building for the nation. As renovations began,

Part of the revitalization happening around South Port Alberni and the Kingsway Crossing area (Kingsway and Argyle Street) is the building of the Uchucklesaht First Nation administration building. Construction has been ongoing for a few weeks at the site of the former Somass Hotel, across from the train station. SUSAN QUINN ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

crews realized it would be easier to tear down the building and start fresh. So demolition began, and plans were revised for a new building. When complete, the building will include offices, a cultural centre, retail space and more. Construction on the new building will continue through the summer.

‘It’s not about making the pie pieces smaller, but growing...the pie’ From / B9

With West Coast Aquatic planning to build its interpretive centre in the space vacated by Clock Tower Gallery last year, the quay is strengthening its position as a tourist draw, he said Adding food trucks would draw even more people to Harbour Quay, which McCormick said would

benefit existing permanent businesses. “The philosophy is increasing the number of businesses will increase the number of people that are drawn to an area. It’s not about making the pie pieces smaller, but growing the size of the pie. “Fl’Eat Street could add to that just as Granville Island [in Vancouver] has evolved,” he said.

“Vancouver Island has a growing food culture. The access to fresh ingredients is right on our doorstep. Mobile food vending has evolved to take advantage of those opportunities. Mobile kitchens can really streamline or focus on what they’re (chefs) interested in, so you get diversity.” They are also flexible: a food truck can re-orient

itself so the service window faces whatever direction is optimal for conditions. This will be a benefit on Centennial Pier, where food trucks would ideally line up on the leeward side—the same side of the pier as Swept Away Inn. Wind coming up the Alberni Inlet will be a challenge, but McCormick said the port authority is

examining ways to protect the pier walkway from the wind. So far, Fl’Eat Street is just a concept, although McCormick said he is negotiating with a couple of food trucks to make an appearance at the pier this summer. “We’re looking to get the word out there. We’re creative. We’re flexible. We’d

like to see if this concept has wheels.” He would love to see a food truck festival on the pier in 2016. “If this concept catches on, the great thing about Port Alberni’s summer is September is awesome. Perhaps as one last seasonal hurrah, we could come and do something here in September.”

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Archie Cardinal, left, —who owns, among other businesses in town, d.B.A. Silencing—watches fabricator Jeff Forsyth mould metal to create a specialized muffler for a customer.

Entrepreneurial spirit alive and well in the city The tale of how he became a manufacturer and international exporter of high-quality specialized exhaust mufflers is a long one, warns Archie Cardinal. The loquacious Port Alberni entrepreneur is not exaggerating. Running a small contracting business a few years ago, he bought Handy Andy Rentals, an equipment rental yard supplying general contractors. Getting out of the contracting business to avoid a conflict of interest, Cardinal expanded Handy Andy after buying a building on Burde Street. “You can only grow a certain size in Port Alberni,” notes Cardinal, who was itching to diversify. “There’s only so many customers.” A big fan of research, he sought a special niche with a demand that wasn’t being met. Identifying a need for a muffler shop in the Alberni Valley, Cardinal bought a Nanaimo muffler operation and moved it to unused space at the Handy

Andy location. He subsequently opened muffler shops in Nanaimo and Campbell River. Cardinal also became aware of a need on Central Vancouver Island to supply mufflers for boats. He tracked down an expert metal spinner— like a wood turner—on Annacis Island in Delta who manufactured mufflers for boats and heavy-duty trucks. About this time, he was contacted by the Ministry of Highways, which was having trouble keeping snowplows on the road because their mufflers kept getting damaged in wet conditions. Cardinal bought hundreds of hardy mufflers from the man on Annacis that satisfied the Ministry of Highways. The manufacturer, whose company was called d.B.A Silencing, balked at continuing to make so many mufflers for Cardinal because it was distracting him from his core business of making Acorn freestanding fireplaces. “What do I do about it?” Cardinal asked him. “Can I get the rights to

it?” The man told him that since he expanded his business with the help of a loan from the Federal Business Development Bank, a large client had reneged on payments. That left the mufflermaker without the funds to make his next large FBDB payment. In exchange for Cardinal helping him to avoid defaulting on his payment, the man agreed to sell Cardinal inventory and train one of Cardinal’s men to make specialized mufflers. Cardinal ended up buying d.B.A Silencing, opening up a whole new world of customers who had nowhere else to turn for their specialized needs. Since d.B.A made mufflers for locomotives and tugboats, that allowed Cardinal to service clients in other fields. According to its website, d.B.A is an industry leader in custom industrial exhaust, air intake and coolant systems for the mining, logging and marine industries. It manufactures and customizes most systems.

The company, whose name stands for decibel acoustics silencing, supplies customers all over the world. Cardinal has travelled around the globe on business and has exotic souvenirs of his travels.

“Our systems are in pretty well every large mine in the world … South America, China, India, Europe.” His staff of only a couple of dozen people is trained at multiple tasks so they can cover

for each other. “We’re lean and mean,” states Cardinal. “With what we do, there’s no lost time.” Cardinal’s Alberni Valley empire has grown to include Slammer’s Gym, and he recently

purchased the nearby Port Alberni Italian Hall on Sixth Avenue. After installing a high-quality sound system and lighting at the hall, Cardinal plans to operate it as a live performance venue.

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Technology helps patients stay at home longer VANCOUVER ISLAND — Island Health is collaborating with the University of Victoria’s CanAssist program and Centre on Aging on a project aimed at improving safety and supporting independence for home and community care clients. Innovative technology has already helped an Islander in his 80s remain living at home despite his occasional inclination to wander at night due to dementia. The effectiveness of the Wandering Deterrent System is being evaluated for possible use by other clients with similar needs. “This is an innovative use of technology to support independence and safety for people living with dementia,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “It supports our mandate to provide accessible and responsive care focused on the needs of


Cheryl Beach, Project Director of Community Care Initiatives for Continuing Health Services at Island Health and CanAssist Software Developer Nathanael Kuipers demonstrate the tablet used in the Wandering Deterrent System.

patients.” “We have a lot of people with dementia on the Island and wandering is a problem for a lot of them. Wandering is a behavior that puts the client at risk of harm and causes caregiver stress,” said Cheryl Beach, Project Director of Community Care Initiatives at Island Health. Approximately 40 per

cent of Island Health’s Home and Community Care clients have a diagnosis of dementia. The proportion is among the highest in Canada. “We are looking for ways to better support families and caregivers,” Beach said. The Wandering Deterrent System is designed so that if someone is confused

about the time and prepares to go out in the middle of the night, a motion detector is triggered as the client approaches the door. This signals a computer tablet mounted by the door to flash the message: “Stop. It’s night time. Go back to bed!” Messages can be customized to make the communication more effective.


CanAssist Director of Operations Mike Shannon demonstrates how a message is displayed when a Home and Community Care client approaches a door and risks wandering at night.

The tablet also has the ability to play a video of the client’s family member providing the client re-direction such as “Hi, Dad. It’s 11 o’clock at night. All your family and friends are asleep. Please go back to bed. “The video

system has not been implemented yet, but Island Health is looking for new clients to trial this with. If the client did leave the home, there was the additional safeguard of an alert sent to his son who lived nearby. The

Wandering Deterrent System provides a cost-effective option to having a care worker stay overnight in the home or having the client move to a care facility. CanAssist Engineering Manager Leo Spalteholz said the system uses readily accessible technology that is adapted with software programs to suit the unique circumstances of the individual. “It’s so rewarding that we can apply technology that fits into the specific needs of individuals and allows them to go on with their lives independently,” Spalteholz said. “This technology has the potential to help many people facing similar challenges.” One of the adaptations available on the tablet is to use a 24-hour or 12-hour clock whichever is most relevant to the client. Continued / B15


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Sarita Bay, near the mouth of Alberni Inlet, could be the site of a liquid natural gas facility in partnership between the Huu-ah-ayt First Nation and Steelhead LNG.

Partnerships driving LNG prospects NATURAL RESOURCES: | Huu-ay-aht First Nation takes proactive approach to resource extraction with Steelhead LNG partnership.

Two things needed to happen before the Huuay-aht people would embark on a journey to build a $30-billion

liquid natural gas (LNG) plant. Signing the landmark Maa-Nulth Treaty in 2011 was essential because it freed the Huu-ay-aht from the archaic Indian Act and

gave them control of the resources on their land. “We started a visioning process around what were our core assets, what were our core capabilities and how we could best

use those,” recalls band executive director James Edwards. Identified assets include good access to Asia-Pacific markets and 8,300 hectares of treaty settlement land as well as good sites for several deep-water ports. “There are very few greenfield (undeveloped) sites (in B.C.) that allow the development of a deepwater port,” Edwards elaborates. Working with the Port Alberni Port Authority about this possibility led to contact with Steelhead LNG, which had been looking for suitable sites on the B.C. coast.


Interested parties tour Sarita Bay and learn about a proposed LNG project.

“We found there was a relationship match, a values match between our respective organizations,” Edwards says of the 730-member Huu-ay-aht and the Vancouver-based LNG

development company. Huu-ay-aht leaders liked what they heard, and took an active interest in the massive project right from the start. The second reason


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for committing to the LNG project was how Steelhead consulted the Huu-ay-aht right at the start of the lengthy process. “One of the things that hasn’t been done well in resource development is engagement with First Nations in the beginning,” Edwards states. “This is exactly what Steelhead did. They came in and said, ‘You know what? We don’t have a plan; we have an idea.’ ” Edwards says the band and company have developed a “very positive working relationship.” He praises the foresight of the Huu-ay-aht in the treaty process and the band’s leadership “to realize the opportunity … of having a willing partner to engage with at the beginning.”

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‘It couldn’t have happened before the Maa-nulth Treaty.’ From / B14

It couldn’t have happened before the Maa-Nulth Treaty. “The treaty brought to the table powers and authorities of ownership of land and resources, and self-government,” explains Coun. John Jack, interviewed in Parksville at the same time Edwards was. “Many of the opportunities presented by the treaty have to do with our ability to use our own resources and lands as we see fit,” continues Jack, whose duties as a member of Huu-ay-aht elected council include

economic development. of Bamfield. “Coming into the “The treaty creates treaty era, we’ve opportunities for always wanted partnerships,” to make sure we adds Jack, who create and be is also the band’s directly involved representative to in economic the LNG Project development Development opportunities Panel. taking place in “As Coun. Jack JAMES and around our mentioned, the EDWARDS lands because treaty is really an it is a central plank on economic development how we are going to treaty,” chimes in rebuild our nation.” Edwards. A prosperous future Various levels of that the Huu-ay-aht government have leadership envisions expressed varying would include an LNG degrees of support so plant in Sarita Bay near far, indicates Jack. the band’s ancestral That includes the City village of Anacla north of Port Alberni and the


Sarita Bay sits at the mouth of Alberni Inlet, near the Broken Group Islands.

more cautious AlberniClayoquot Regional District. “Certainly the provincial government is supportive of any LNG project,” adds Jack, “considering how

Premier [Christy] Clark and her government have doubled down on the whole idea.” The federal government, he says, has expressed “quiet support.”

Jack admits not all the approximately 750 Huuay-aht members—85 per cent of whom live off-reserve—are sold on the project. He estimates current support at 60 per cent.

“There is a broad enough base of support to continue exploring the project. We have to … answer questions to the best of our ability.” Good relations with fellow native bands are a high priority, Jack stresses. “We understand, respect and appreciate the needs and wants of First Nations, our neighbours, our family members in a lot of cases.” The Huu-ay-aht are already working with the neighbouring Ditidaht to connect Bamfield and Anacla to Port Alberni and the Cowichan Valley.

Technology keeps dementia patients from wandering From / B12

The innovative technology played an important role in enabling Home and Community Care to support one client to remain in his home for

an extended period of time. “We were able to extend his ability to stay at home and reduce the number of overnight stays required by a care worker,” said Penny

Clare, Case Manager for Home and Community Care in Ladysmith. Beach said the system proved to be effective both for the Central Island client and his family members who

were uncomfortable with the risk of him being alone at night. “It’s really exciting. We’re using multifaceted technology including innovation and off-the-shelf

products to support our clients to stay at home,” Beach said. “The goal is to provide our clients with the choice to remain in their homes as safe as possible for as long as possible.”

Development of the Wandering Deterrent System was made possible through CanStayHome, which has enabled CanAssist to create innovative technologies for each

of the province’s five regional health authorities. Since 2011, the Province has provided $10.5 million to the University of Victoria to support CanAssist.


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CRC'S 80TH ANNIVERSARY Faced with rising wholesale fuel prices from multinational companies, a small group of Saskatchewan farmers scraped together $32,000 and brought a modest skimming plant to life on May 27, 1935. From a few hundred barrels a day of fuel for their farms, the Co-op Refinery Complex (CRC) has become a multi-billion-dollar business that provides fuel for customers across Western Canada. “It’s an incredible story that’s typical of the Saskatchewan spirit,” said Federated Co-operatives Limited CEO Scott Banda. “In the depths of the Depression when many were still using horses, farmers risked their own money and land to build a made-in-Saskatchewan solution for their fuel needs. It was a brave and risky move that set us on the path to success.” Celebrations begin internally this week to commemorate the refinery’s 80th anniversary and to thank current and former employees, members of the Co-operative Retailing System, and friends from the community for their support throughout the refinery’s history. CRC’s initial output in 1935 was around 500 barrels per day with 20 employees by year’s end. The refinery has expanded steadily over the years and now employs over 1,000 people and produces over 130,000 barrels per day. To put that into perspective, if 130,000 barrels were placed end to end, they would stretch the nearly 150 kilometres from Regina to Davidson. “Our 80 years of success is really the story of our people and the retail owners who have always believed in their refinery and supported it through investments and buying supply,” said Gil LeDressay, Vice-President of Refinery Operations. “Generations of employees have built the refinery and dedicated their careers to its operation. We have never forgotten our grassroots. We have lived that story of what people can accomplish when they work together.” In 2014, CRC paid out over $124 million in salary, and invested over $201 million in capital expenditures and over $107 million in repairs and maintenance. It is committed to reducing its environmental impact – a $200-million Wastewater Improvement Project is near completion – and investing in community initiatives such as the United Way, Coats4Kids, and Regina Fire Fighters Burn Fund.


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See Valley Social media gains importance in business from unique perspective MARK ALLAN


Video from a flying drone is one of the most intriguing aspects to a Facebook page Ben West launched to showcase the Alberni Valley. “We do a lot of videos with the drone,” West said of his two technology companies. “The reason we do that is because it provides highly viral, spectacular footage.” When the Heart of Vancouver Island Facebook page was launched on Canada Day last year, it contained a two-minute, 38-second video of the tallest tree in Cathedral Grove from the base to the top. “I always wondered what the top looks like,” West said in a recent telephone interview

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from a San Francisco airport while he waited to fly home to Vancouver. “That worked out really well and since then it’s gone on to shoot other videos throughout the Alberni Valley.” Future videos are expected to include Mount Arrowsmith. The battery-powered, propeller-driven drone weighs a few pounds and can fly about a kilometre high, West said. He ordered the machine, which comes equipped with a camera, online from a company in Vancouver. To see the tallest tree in Cathedral Grove, visit heartofvancouverisland/ videos/.

Some storefront and home-based businesses alike in Port Alberni are using social media to get their message out. Anita Sutherland and Christina Kailer are two Port Alberni residents who spearheaded the practice. As early as 2008, Sutherland began to use Facebook to publicize Em Salon and Spa as well as the Walk the Coast footwear store. “That where I started … learning how to post more frequently to get your name out there and get the message out there.” The response was exceptional, Sutherland recalled. “All of the pages that I started have done very well in capturing an audience,” she said. Although she no longer helps Em with its online presence, she believes the business


Christina Kailer has managed several successful businesses using social media as her base.

still uses its Facebook page to publicize promotions and to offer beauty and health hints. “For Walk the Coast, it’s been wonderful. They have quite a huge audience now, and not just from Port Alberni; they have people from outside of town as well. When they travel through Port Alberni, they like to know what’s happening with Walk the Coast, and they’ll

stop and visit.” Reaching people outside Port Alberni is a key component of social media, Sutherland stressed. “It’s an easy way to do it, and it’s a media (from which) people want to receive their information. “So we’re not really pushing the information —they’ve essentially liked our page; they’re accepting to see the

information.” The medium has evolved, Sutherland noted, from a text-based approach when she started using it to where it includes photos and videos. “Often when we’re looking through Facebook, I think a lot of people are going past the words. They’re looking for that instant hit of information—a picture says a thousand words. “When you’re selling product like Walk the Coast, you’re getting lots of great hits and comments … and so it becomes more of a conversation, which is what you want your social media to do.” Sutherland, who no longer administers the Walk the Coast page, is the office manager at Valley Vision Optometry, which has a website (www. valleyvisionoptometry. ca) and a Facebook page.

Kailer, who previously used social media to promote Christina’s Consignment, also promotes another home-based business, Christina’s Purses, online, as well as ThirtyOne. She originated Port Alberni Online Garage Sale too. “There are a lot of ideas I’ve got to boost your Facebook page,” she said. “People love freebies, and if you hold contests and give away gift certificates … that would get people to like the page, share the page.” The stay-at-home mom is able to pick up her two daughters from school and attend to personal matters while her husband works in a camp. “I can work around my hours and make my own hours,” she said. “If I’m really busy one day, I don’t have to run the home business; I can take a day off.”

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A small steering committee comprised of younger people in the demographic the city wants to attract is working with Deakin. “We’re educating ourselves about what it means to rebrand … what are the drivers, where would we go with it?” Deakin expects the committee will amass ammunition to dispel the image that Port Alberni is predominantly an industrial community. “I think this is a great place to live and we have all kinds of attributes,” Deakin summarizes. “We just have to get the word out. Heart of Vancouver Island has been part of that.”

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Dry cleaners gets eco-friendly KATYA SLEPIAN ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

For a process that gets clothing so clean, dry cleaning used to be a dirty business. “It’s always been PERC (perchloroethylene), which is not safe. It’s a dangerous substance,” said Angela Vanderlee, owner of Eco Dry Cleaners at 10th Avenue Plaza in Port Alberni Vanderlee has owned the drycleaners— formerly known as Plaza One-Hour Drycleaning—since 1997. Last year she invested in some new environmentallyfriendly technology that has turned her business into a cleaner, greener alternative. Vanderlee was honoured with the 2015 Green Award at the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce’s community excellence awards in April for the changes she has made to her business. “I was always looking for something else but there hasn’t been anything.” That is, until now.

‘The vapours are not unhealthy. It’s water soluble and biodegradeable...’

– Angela Vanderlee “This new system is quite a bit better, it’s a very new product that started in Germany.” That system is called SOLVONK4 and Vanderlee wasted no time in switching out her equipment for the new system. She’s been using the new system since September 2014. “The vapours are not unhealthy. It’s water soluble and biodegradeable,” said Vanderlee. Because of that, there’s no specialized waste disposal process like there is with traditional dry cleaning chemicals. “We don’t have to dispose of the waste in any special way,” she said. “The other stuff was determined to be so dangerous it couldn’t

get into the water table. People were well aware of the problems but there just wasn’t any solution.” A few other options have presented themselves over the years, Vanderlee said, but they just weren’t effective enough to warrant the switch. “They couldn’t clean properly or they would spill. They really weren’t any difference.” There’s no difference in effectiveness with the new system, she assures. “When there’s garments that have care labels on them, you treat them the same way. It’s just a different solvent but what you did with the other one you can do with this one.” While the SOLVONK4 system is more prevalent in Germany, it’s yet to be adopted industry-wide in Canada. “There’s only a few in B.C.” Switching over costs between $78,00080,000, sometimes more—a cost Vanderlee said was well worth it. “It’s obvious that it’s a lot healthier.”


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