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Sewing hope one square at a time Mike D’Amour Gazette staff A Coal Harbour woman hopes stitches in time, together with some North Island kindness, will help ease some suffering overseas Holly Eden said she’s wanted help people in the Somalian area of East Africa after being overwhelmed by what she saw on a television news program that reported millions of people are starving as famine spreads across the region because of war and drought. “Twenty-nine thousand children under the age of six have died in the last month and-a-half and there are 1,000 people going into the two refugee camps every week,” said Eden. “There is no sanitation, no medical supplies; there is nothing and the temperatures are 50c with no rain and apparently 50 per cent of the refugees are malnourished.” Eden is a quilter and her idea

Coal Harbour’s Helen Eden is looking for help to make quilts and other goods to be raffled to raise funds to help Somalian refugees Mike D’Amour photo

is to create “beautiful, innovative lap throws, pillows and wall hangings that could later be raffled with all the proceeds going through established aid agencies towards humanitarian efforts in East Africa. “I’ve been making squares but I‘m looking for two or three squares from anyone who can quilt,” said Eden. Eden is hoping for help with a crazy quilt as the raffle showpiece. “A crazy quilt is a specific pattern, it’s a very busy kind of pattern that used to be covered with embellishments,” she explained. “It was crazy, it came from the Victorian age when it was made from velvets and the most expensive fabrics women had back then — it was almost a show-off piece with the best fabrics.” Eden said she envisions putting together a simpler, hidden treasure design using background pieces, maybe putting appliques on top instead of embroidery.” “I want to make a piece that will be beautiful, even in a contemporary living room,” she said. Eden said it takes 70 squares to make a lap throw. “To do a big project like this on your own is huge because we also need backing and batting.” Eden has reached out for some help. “I’ve sent letters out to my friends on the mainland, but what I’d like to do is to have anyone interested in helping to phone or email me and I will get the patterns to them and any instructions they may need to make it.” If you can help, contact Eden at 250-619-0612 or at hollyeden_dawntreader@hotmail. com

Matt Mooney shows off his one-hand form in the finals of the axe throw during the Second Annual Lumberjack Competition in Port McNeill Saturday. More coverage on page 15 and online at www. nor J.R. Rardon photo

Truck rolls into harbour J.R. Rardon Gazette staff PORT McNEILL — Nobody was injured when an unoccupied pickup truck rolled from a parking lot through a four-foot chain link fence, over a rock wall splashed down in the harbour last week. “It was probably just a case of mechanical failure,” RCMP Staff Sgt. Phil Lue said. “The owner said he’d left the truck in reverse (gear), and when the truck was pulled from the water it was still in reverse. “Nobody was injured,

Boom is placed around a pickup that rolled into Port McNeill Harbour last week. Shane Field photo luckily. When you have ries.” The owner of the vehia vehicle go over an embankment that high cle, who was not named, and land on its roof was on his boat nearby. The incident was witlike that, if somebody is inside you could be nessed by several people, looking at serious inju- including tourists and a

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number of passengers who were waiting to board the Quadra Queen II at the adjacent BC Ferries dock. “It drew quite the crowd,” said Lue. Lue said two RCMP officers were just departing the ferry after its return from Sointula when the truck flipped into the water. They reached the site immediately and jumped into the water before breaking out one of the truck’s windows to determine whether anybody was inside, and found the vehicle unoccupied.

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Can you hear me now? Cell tower approved J.R. Rardon Gazette staff PORT McNEILL — Expanded cell phone coverage for North Vancouver Island received a boost when the Regional District of Mount Waddington Board of Directors voted last week to approve the installation of a communications tower by Rogers Communications, Inc. in Port McNeill. Prior to the vote, directors listened to a presentation by Chad Marlatt, senior project manager for Standard Land Company, Inc., a consultant to Rogers. The location proposed for the Port McNeill tower is off Mine Road, behind the town’s public works yard. Port McNeill council has not yet voted on approval, but the town has been in discus-

sions with Rogers and Standard Land regarding the installation. “I believe it had to go to regional district first because of the area (Rogers) had to cover,” Port McNeill councillor Shirley Ackland said. “It will likely come to us to vote on, but it hasn’t come up for approval at this point.” Rogers previously received approval from the District of Port Hardy to install a tower in Port Hardy. Currently, the region receives coverage only through Telus Communications Company. Though the site of the proposed tower is on property owned by the Town of Port McNeill, the vote of the Regional District Board during its regular meeting Aug. 16 acknowledged Standard Land

Regional District Mount Waddington Co. having completed its public consultation process, required under Industry Canada regulation. That process included notifying all residents of property within 300 metres of the tower, or three times its proposed 100metre height. “As far as we can determine, the location is ideal for (Rogers), and it’s ideal for us,” Port McNeill Mayor Gerry Furney said. “Due to the size and location of the tower and other towers Rogers is proposing, it would give a greater coverage area for everybody.” The towers proposed for Port Hardy and Port McNeill are part of a

broader, long-term plan being developed by Rogers. The details of that plan have not been finalized and remain confidential, the company said. “We are always evaluating new opportunities to expand our network and bring great wireless service to more Canadians,” Rogers communications specialist Marina Guy said in an email to the Gazette. “Vancouver Island is among several markets where we are exploring new opportunities.” Permits approved Directors approved an amendment to the regional district’s zoning bylaws that will allow the issuing of temporary use permits in the Regional District’s rural areas. The amendment

arose from the district’s efforts earlier this year to approve a one-time, temporary-use permit regulating the construction activities of a landowner in Coal Harbour. Bylaw 821 establishes conditions under which temporary use permits may be issued, and sets a maximum limit of three years on any such permit. Committee named Directors approved four members to a public/technical advisory committee for the upcoming process to update the Regional Solid Waste Management Plan. Wayne Gauthier of Alert Bay, Keir Gervais of Port Alice, Greg Fox of Port Hardy and Norm Prince, representing Area B and C, make up the committee.

We’re living longer, smoking less Island life is good. So says Dr. Richard Stanwick, chief medical health officer for the Vancouver Island Health Authority, who released his report on the Health Status of Vancouver Island Residents. “Overall, residents in our region have higher rates of physical activity and healthy eating compared to other regions,” he said. The report provides data on the health status of VIHA residents over the past decade

and captures a broad array of health indicators and socioeconomic factors, such as unemployment, that impact long-term health status. Stanwick said our region has also experienced reductions in smoking rates and premature deaths over the past decade. “Unfortunately, the global economic downturn has impacted our region’s socioeconomic conditions which can undermine long-term health status,” he said.

To help counter possible long-term effects, Stanwick highlighted the need to continue to focus on prevention programs. “For example, our premature mortality rates are higher than the provincial average,” he said. “These rates are due to suicides, motor vehicle crashes and diseases, many of which are associated with alcohol abuse and smoking which are entirely preventable.” Stanwick noted VIHA also has a higher concentration of

seniors than any other jurisdiction in Canada. “With the imminent silver tsunami, this region will experience significant pressure on our acute and residential care systems before any other area in Canada,” he said. “Keeping seniors active and healthy to avoid and/or manage chronic diseases and minimize unnecessary hospitalizations is so important.” VIHA also has higher rates of teen pregnancies compared to the provincial average.

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McNeill water project moves ahead J.R. Rardon Gazette staff PORT McNEILL — The replacement of Port McNeill’s public water infrastructure moved into its next phase when council voted during its regular meeting Aug. 15 to award the contract for Phase V of the project to Windley Contracting Ltd. The project to replace aging underground pipes started in 2010, and is expected to wrap up late this fall with a total price tag of approximately $4.2 million. Phase V, the last major phase of construction, was bid for $929,263 to Windley, which recently completed Phase IV of the pipe replacement on Campbell Way and Mine Road. Two smaller phases to

complete the project will follow. “It will change the water system for the majority of Port McNeill, which has had these pipes in the ground for close to 50 years,” Mayor Gerry Furney said. “The water quality, which is drawn from four wells, is excellent. But the old pipeline was asbestos cement and that eventually starts to break down.” Windley was one of seven contractors that submitted tenders by the July 22 deadline, and came in with the lowest bid. “Windley did a fabulous job on the work up McNeill hill, and they were so quick,” coun. Shirley Ackland said. “I’m pleased they’ve submitted the proposal for this phase.” Phase V will include work on Broughton Boulevard

Council Meeting Port McNeill and Haddington Crescent. Previous phases included work on Beach Drive, McNeill Way, Campbell Way and Mine Road, and involved the installation of both new underground pipe and new fire hydrants. “We first decided we would start converting it little by little as we could afford it,” said Furney. “But with the granting of $2.8 million from the feds and the provincial government, we’ll tackle the whole thing.” Last Wednesday, North Vancouver Island MP John Duncan visited and met with local dignitaries to review progress on the water system thus far.

Tax due date set Council approved a bylaw that fixes the due date for property taxes each year as the first working day in July and the accrual of unpaid tax penalty additions as the end of the first working day in July. The primary effect of the new bylaw is on language, rather than on the due date or penalty date. Previously, the town had to update its forms and mailers to reflect a specific day. The new language will allow the town to use the same forms, regardless of calendar changes from year to year. “This will save us the cost of printing new forms every year,” Mayor Gerry Furney said. Art in a box Council approved allowing local artist Heather

Brown to paint one of several BC Hydro power kiosks on Beach Drive with the idea of having artwork applied to additional power boxes in the future. The vote followed the approval of BC Hydro, on the condition that the town take responsibility for cleanup of any grafitti that might appear on its boxes. The town can apply for a $1,000 grant toward the painting project. Coun. Shirley Ackland, noting the artwork on BC Hydro kiosks in Port Hardy, had suggested Brown paint three or more of the kiosks in Port McNeill, and Brown submitted a series of suggested themes to council. But Coun. Shelley Downey was concerned that one artist be singled out for the project at the exclusion of other local artists.

“I didn’t know an individual councillor was going around asking artists to do this,” said Downey. “If I had known, I might have asked some artists, too.” After discussion, council agreed to allow Brown to paint the first kiosk, then see if other artists come forward. The artists will not be paid for the work, but council did agree to pay for specialized materials necessary for the outdoor painting projects. “We’re looking for good volunteers,” Furney said. Tour de Rock prizes Council voted to approve one boat launch pass and one harbour parking pass as prize donations for the Cops for Cancer Golf Tournament Sept. 17 at Seven Hills Golf and Country Club.

Hardy fighter abandons ring comeback attempt Mike D’Amour Gazette staff After listening to advice from those closest to him — including his doctor — 46-yearold Ben Perlini has decided to abandon his quest to win another boxing title. “I am now leery to get back in the ring after speaking to my

family, best friends and family physician,” the former Canadian heavyweight champ told the Gazette. Perlini, who held the championship belt in the late 1990s for six months — rather than the four that was reported — said despite the fact he feels he’s in great shape, the wis-

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est move right now is to concentrate on other things, like motivating others to achieve their goals and writing children’s books. To say Perlini’s in shape is a bit of an understatement — he won the light-heavyweight strongman contest at the recent Filomi Days in Port Hardy

on just a few minutes notice. “I was still wet from the shower when they called me to come out to it,” he said. “I did that just to see if this old man had the strength and the eye of the tiger to compete in a young man’s competitive sport.” However, Perlini prob-

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Thank You We would like to send a Very Special Thank You to the Prestwich family for loaning some of their museum collection (previously Sunny Sanctuary) to the Port Hardy & District Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Centre for the summer of 2011. We had tremendous success with the display; the wolf is the most photographed animal in our office. Come and see the collection with your own eyes – it is beautiful. The collection includes: One year-old black bear cub Young adult cougar Adult wolf Elk antler with mink, Steller’s Jay & Kingfisher Adult bald eagle Snowy owl, Saw Whet owl & mouse All the Canadian animals/ birds are accidental death from Northern Vancouver Island. Dog Wash Fundraiser The floors in our Chamber offices are in big despair; and need to be fixed very

badly. Our summer student Robyn came with a fun idea to raise money for it by doing a Dog Wash & Hot Dog Roast. Grab your pooch and join us this Saturday August 27th, from 10-2 at the Visitor Centre parking lot You won’t get any growls from us! Goodbye to our summer students I have heard nothing but praise from all our visitors. The students were well prepared to handle over 10,000 visitors in just two short months. Everyone felt that you did a superb job. Robyn Johansson, Leah Holmes, Caitlyn Renfors and Eddie Hunt - You did a fantastic job of keeping the visitors informed. Kari and I will miss your humour and dedication to our Visitor Centre. Ideas? Got something to say? We’re listening! Send us your ideas and comments to phcc@

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Former Port Hardy man looking for support Mike D’Amour Gazette staff A former Port Hardy man is looking to his North Island friends and neighbours to help him get the life-saving surgery he needs, but says he is being denied. Bruce Melan, who now lives in Langley, B.C., was turned down by BC Healthcare for surgery in Seattle, WA., his sister told the Gazette. “He was advised that there are doctors in BC that can do his surgery, but no doctors in Vancouver will take his case,� Lennie Trapp said. Melan, said his worried sister, has a deadly infection and needs immediate surgery. “We are afraid he will not survive on IV antibiotics for the long term,� she said. “He has already suffered from renal failure and is now being treated with antibiotics that are flushed through his liver — he is running out of options and hope.� Melan is a 50-year-old former commercial fisherman who broke his tailbone in 2000. He ballooned to 550-lbs, but has since lost much of that weight, said his sister, who added despite the weight loss her brother is still morbidly obese. Now, he’s contracted a deadly infection, an umbilical hernia and large pannus — a flap of skin and flesh that forms an abdominal apron that hangs below Melan’s knees — that continues to breed the infections. “He was put forward to BC Healthcare for bariatric surgery for morbid obesity in Seattle, Wash., but the doctors said the bar-

iatric surgery isn’t what’s required now, he requires immediate surgery to remove the pannus and repair the umbilical hernia that contains the infection,� said Trapp. “The doctors that he consulted in Seattle, in conjunction with his doctors in Langley and Surrey, agree that this is the course of action that needs to be addressed.� Trapp said when her brother’s Langley doctor attempted to get Melan transferred to Vancouver General Hospital, no doctors there would take a consultation with him. Stephen May, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, said they are sympathetic to Melan’s plight. “We recognize the stress they’re going through and the challenges this case presents,� he said. We want folks to know MSP (medical services plan) is working with Mr. Melan’s specialist and physician on this case.� Bruce Melan with sons (l to r) Chad and Mark, and niece Janelle. Melan May said panniculectomies — the surneeds life-saving surgery, that the province won’t pay for, said his sister. gery to remove part of the abdominal apron photo supplied — and hernia operations are procedures regularly performed in B.C. and are not subject for out-of-country procedures. “It’s up to the patient’s doctor and surgeon to set the urgency in timing for any surgery.� May added a Fraser Health medical director will contact Melan to determine the best Take notice that BC Timber Sales, Seaward (tlasta) Business Area in Port McNeill course of action. advertises that the successful bidder for timber sale license TSL A80078 will make “And that’s where we are at application to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, North this point,� May said Monday.

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Victimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name will live on Lindsay Chung Black Press COURTENAYâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The 16-yearold suspect charged with firstdegree murder in the stabbing death of 19-year-old James Denton will make his next court appearance Oct. 6. Comox Valley lawyer Robert Yeo acted as agent for Victoriabased defence lawyer Michael Mulligan last week and asked the case be adjourned for more than a month to receive full disclosure from the Crown. Denton, who spent a better part of his youth in Port Hardy, was stabbed about 11:30 p.m. July 23 near the entrance to G.P. Vanier Secondary School as a crowd dispersed from the Rhythm on the Rock festival at the nearby Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds. He later died in Comox at St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s General Hospital. The 16-year-old suspect cannot be named due to provisions in the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Friends and family gathered Thursday on the lawn of the Courtenay courthouse, holding signs and sporting Justice for James T-shirts before filling the gallery of the courtroom. The suspect will make his next appearance by video. Meanwhile, the victimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grieving family is making sure Dentonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name will live on with the establishment of a bursary in his name. His parents and younger brother have set up the James Denton Memorial Bursary â&#x20AC;&#x201D; administered through School District 71 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to honour him and to help a needy student pay for a post-secondary education. It will be presented annually to a student graduating from Highland Secondary School who is going into college or university and is interested in the trades.

The accused killer of James Denton will make his next court apearance in October. Meanwhile, a bursary has been set up in the victimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name.

Jamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father David would like to see the bursary help someone who is from a lowerincome family who needs some help getting a post-secondary education. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an opportunity for someone who would never have that opportunity,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are lots of kids thinking, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I really canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford that.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; When it comes to going to school, it costs a lot of money,â&#x20AC;? said Denton, who added his deceased son would would have liked his family to help others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;James was going to be very successful,â&#x20AC;? said his dad. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know if he was successful, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be helping his buds out whenever he could.â&#x20AC;? Jamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s younger brother, Shane, agrees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He wanted everybody else to do as good as he was doing,â&#x20AC;? he said. Family friend Brian Norman says James was a real role model. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was a great example for all his friends,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was the coolest part about

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James â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he lived his life as an example. He didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell people what to do, he just showed them.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was well liked, never missed a day and never showed up late,â&#x20AC;? said David. The Denton family is very grateful to their friends and family and to the community for supporting them at such a hard time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their support has been amazing,â&#x20AC;? said Jamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother, Brenda. Those who want to contribute to the bursary can mail a cheque to the James Denton Memorial Bursary, care of School District No. 71, Comox Valley, 607 Cumberland Rd., Courtenay, B.C., V9N 7G5. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully we can pick one person out each year who will get something out of it, and it might change their life,â&#x20AC;? sad David. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know (James) would be happy weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re helping someone somewhere,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just want his name to live on and people to know what he stood for.â&#x20AC;?

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COMMENTARY Comments? Box 458, Port Hardy, B.C. V0N 2P0 250-949-6225 Fax 250-949-7655 or email us at

Going, going, gone ... A barber shop, a grocery store, a pub and a funeral home are all things most one stoplight towns possess. The North Island is bigger and better than any jerkwater out there, yet we can’t even hang onto our one funeral parlour (re: Aug.18 Gazette; Port Hardy funeral home shut down). Yep, it was the owner’s decision to ignore the rules, which forced the province to revoke his licence and the guy can do what he likes with his own company. And funeral homes rarely come up in conversation, unless of course we need one. Still, no one would argue businesses that are making money tend to stick around. Our North Island community contains about 11,500 residents (according to the latest 2006 census figures which are inaccurate by now) and one would assume we die off with some regularity. Natural occurrences that would require the services of a funeral home. We can only assume we are not dying at a rate high enough to sustain the home, or there are other reasons? We may never know, but the truth is the home seems to be part of an exodus out of the area. A quick glance around shows “for rent” signs in store fronts and a general lessening of members in our combined business community. It’s at times like this we look to our elected leaders, not so much for answers, but for solutions. Does our future lie in somehow attracting more industry to the area, bending over backwards to accommodate what they might need? Or do we focus on the natural beauty of our surroundings and decide the road ahead is not only paved, but bumper-to-bumper with out-of-province licence plates? Whatever our officials decide, they’s better do it quickly while we still have the barbers and the pubs.

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Is public drunkenness a problem in Port Hardy?

Yes 98%

No 1% Total votes received for this question:65 Voting deadline is Monday at 3 p.m.

The crowds for logger sports at OrcaFest overflowed the stands, proving once again the popularity of the sport on the North Island.

It seems more and more people just can’t hit the public trash cans. C’mon folks, littering went out with granny glasses and lava lamps.

Power export plan isn’t dead yet VICTORIA—He would never quite admit it, but former premier Gordon Campbell’s push for selfsufficiency in clean electricity has always looked like a long-term strategy to export hydroelectric power. But the recent review of BC Hydro operations discusses how the prospects for exports have changed since Campbell’s 2007 energy plan. The government instructed BC Hydro to wean itself off power imports by 2016, even in drought years, and obtain new capacity mostly from outside sources with net zero greenhouse gas emissions. Nuclear plants were formally ruled out. The review of BC Hydro by three top bureaucrats acknowledged government directions have “placed pressure on BC Hydro to increase their energy supply through increased longterm agreements with independent power producers (IPPs).”

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The report puts the average price paid for IPP power at $63.85. Compare that with the projected cost of $87 to $95 for power from Site C, the proposed third dam on the Peace River that will be BC Hydro owned and operated. The $124 figure includes other costs, notably extending the electricity grid to connect IPPs. (Further evidence that current NDP energy policy is nonsense: MLA John Horgan opposes

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tion of the state’s proposed changes to its greenhouse gas reporting and cap and trade rules. California wants to prevent suppliers from engaging in “resource shuffling,” where a supplier such as B.C. might import coal power from Alberta for its own use, while selling supposedly clean power for export. Considering that restriction, B.C.’s self-sufficiency rule starts to make more sense. If B.C. is not importing power, its supply must be clean. Also, a meta-analysis on climate effects came out last week in the journal Science, detailing worldwide species migration due to warming. Clean energy sales to California are a way off, but it would be a mistake to reject the possibility. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews. com tfletcher@blackpress. ca

Site C based on an assumption of little or no growth in mines, mills or other industries such as liquefied natural gas, which an NDP government would be a good bet to deliver. He’s against smart meters for the same reason he’s against the HST — because it looks like a popular pose right now.) When it comes to electricity exports, the important point is not what power sells for today, but what it will be worth a decade from now. Conventional wisdom right now is that carbon taxes and cap and trade programs are, if not dead, at least dormant in North America. Climate change has fallen off the front page as the U.S. and Europe grapple with economic troubles. So I was surprised to find that this month Powerex, BC Hydro’s electricity trading company, wrote to the California Air Resources Board asking for clarificaA member of

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Fighter should turn effort to new project Dear editor, I just skimmed through the last issue of our Gazette and re-read your editorial dissuading Ben Perlini from making another attempt for fame and fortune and I couldn’t agree more with your advice. It is understandable that a man who has savoured the taste of fame and fortune can feel frustrated in not

getting anywhere while racing towards old age. Ben, remember our Biblical exhortation: What shall it benefit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his soul. By all means translate that also into “and if he loses his self-respect, health, honour", the reader likes to add. There are many challenges a man/woman can take

on to find his niche in life. Right now I am comparing the area of Germany I left, Upper Franconia, (Oberfranken) with about 7000 square kilometres in geographic extent with one million people inhabiting that area and its people doing very well. This area compares to our area of North Vancouver, from about Woss to Holberg.

Small cities and villages are interspersed with farms and forests and I see in this a pattern for future development when I notice the ever-increasing native population that appears in Port Hardy, emerging from their forest villages on the coast. Ben, apply for a government grant. Seek a challenge with a group that looks into future economic

development, so all these young people growing up in our area do not have to apply to emigrate to China to find employment! A 46 year old needs to be reminded that his health is much more important than a temporary relief from boredom and feeling underappreciated. That sport, in my opinion, should be outlawed and I

know the medical people have made several attempts over the years to do that. I have never been in favour of a sport where one man has to dash in the head of another to entertain people. My respect for human beings, created in the image of God, is too real to ever forget that. Wilhelm Waldstein Port Hardy

Layton legacy is secure Dear editor: Many political strategists will judge Jack Layton’s achievements by the number of seats he won for his party over the years, but behind those electoral victories was a leader who remained steadfastly committed to his principles above all. I met Jack Layton shortly after his arrival in Ottawa as leader of the NDP, and watched him in the years that followed as he became a good friend of the peace movement. He spoke up for diplomatic efforts and dialogue with insurgents to end the war in Afghanistan, years before it became a fashionable position. At the time, he

was derided by his critics, taunted and called names by Conservative Party members, and even had his patriotism questioned. But today, Layton’s vision is shared widely in capitals around the world as the only workable solution in that strife-torn region. There are many other stories like this where Jack endured shameful attacks from his political opponents while he stood by his principles. I am certain that Jack Layton will be remembered as second only to Tommy Douglas himself: one of Canada’s greatest Canadians. Steven Staples Rideau Institute, Ottawa

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Charlie Cup celebrates 30 years of checkers Dear editor: It seems hard to believe that I have been doing the championship for the Charlie Cup or North Island Schools Checker Championship now for year 30 coming up this autumn. It will be the usual free entry to North Island school students from preschool to grade 12. What students need to remember is that it will begin at the Port Alice

Labour Day events and run until Father’s Day evening. The school with the most points will be declared the winners of the Charlie Cup and that school will have the Most Valuable Player and Most Inspirational Player and the Best Sport will be a student chosen from one of the other schools that didn’t win the cup. Students can only enter just once during the cham-

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pionship. If a student manages to win five out of five games without either losing or tying one they pick up a school point plus a small prize and keeper picture of them receiving their prize. The usual prize is either an old used mystery book or homemade CD, likely my friend’s special music such as the piano or harp. Since this is the 30th annual championship I

have decided to commemorate this with a good used laptop and desktop computer, and a spare working mid-1920’s classical era radio. The Most Valuable Player gets to choose first then the Most Inspirational Player next and the Best Sport gets the last remaining big prize. Smaller prizes may be given if certain students should merit one at the end

of the championship. Students will get their chance to play during community events, longer ferry trips that I am on board with the board set up for entries, and many schools have me set up during noon-hour sessions. Students who wish to play should let their school teachers staff and principal know so we can make sure they get their chance before Father’s Day 2012 comes

and goes. Lastly, the Charlie Cup has been relocated will be updated. We will try to have it at some of the bigger events so students know what it looks like and how the MVP annually gets recognized on the plate on it. If anyone has any questions they can request their school to contact me to help them out. David Lyon Sointula

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Hahn noted that vehicle travel to the south because they can buy a lot more fuel for a lot less money down in the U.S. is up across Canada, and airport figures are showing the same trend. States.” In 2001, a vehicle with two passengers Passengers to Vancouver airport peaked cost about $50 to travel from the B.C. in 2008 with more than 17 million pasmainland to Vancouver Island. That’s sengers, but have not recovered comup to about $75 today, with proportion- pletely from the U.S.-led economic crially larger increases on smaller routes. sis, even in the Olympic year of 2010. Hahn said BC Ferries’ fuel costs have tripled to $120 million a year since was appointed CEO in 2003. Foot traffic on the ferries is up as travellers occasionally find sailing waits for walk-on passengers. Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom put a cap on ferry fare increases this spring, one of several moves billed as part of Premier Drop in to our office today Christy Clark’s “families first” to fill out an application. agenda. Fare increases of up to eight per cent on northern and smaller routes were capped at 4.15 per cent while the B.C. Ferry Call Julie at 250-949-6225 Commissioner reviews rates and for more information makes recommendations to the government by early 2012.

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Const. Rochelle Carr and auxiliary officer Bill Peppy from Oceanside RCMP in Parksville will ride up to 150 kilometres per day, starting on Sept. 24, as they complete a 1,000-km bike journey across the Island to raise money for pediatric cancer research.

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for the trip. Carr, Peppy and the rest of the 22-member team of law enforcement, media and military personnel will ride as much as 150 km a day, on top of scheduled public events in communities from Port Hardy to Victoria.

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Kids’ course sets sail Mike D’Amour Gazette Staff SOINTULA—A small group of Malcolm Island kids are a little wiser about the ways of the sea after they participated in an inaugural sailing course hosted by a former Calgary cop. “I originally thought about getting together with other sailors to have a fun sailing day with the kids,” said Skipper Jim MacDougall, who, as a youngster, spent countless hours sailing with his father on the Great Lakes. “Then I thought, ‘Why not have a sailing camp?’” MacDougall did just that and Saturday the four kids in the five-day course attended a graduation barbecue at MacDougall’s sea shore home he shares with wife, Ivana, and Portuguese water dog, Bailey. Skipper Jim spent 26-years as a Calgary police officer, retiring a few years ago with the rank of detective. He moved to the island and chartered on the west coast where he completed cruising and navigation courses through the Canadian Yachting Association. The class he offered the kids is his way of sharing his love for the sea and his two male and two female students spent much of their time aboard Skipper Jim’s fully restored, 1971 Pearson 39 sloop, the Sea Jays, which he charters through his company, Islay Mist Sailing Charters. “I put together the course that really focuses a lot on boat safety,” said Skipper Jim, who noted all his students were well-versed in things like where the safety equipment is, how to use it, safe and proper anchoring and man overboard recovery situations. The kids also learned about rights of ways, collision avoidance, leaving and entering a harbour safely, working a windlass and things like learning to read tide and current tables. “Those things are very important up here, but most important was to have fun” said the skipper, who also noted every student got plenty of time at the helm of the Sea Jays. “Most of these kids have grown up on the water, motorboating and fishing, but most have never been on a sailboat,” said Skipper Jim. “The sailing part was the most fun,” said Skipper Jim student, 13-year-old Bessy Prevost. “I really liked learning different parts of the sail and I’d like to do it again.” She may get her wish because Skipper Jim said he’s looking to expanding the course next year. “This was a start-up year, but I’d like to do a Level II course for the kids who graduated Level 1,” he said. For more information, log onto

It was sails ho for a group of Sointula teens who learned the basics of sailing in a new course last week. Top photo (left to right) Twelve-year-old Dexter Lash-Burrows takes a turn at the helm of the Sea Jays while Molly Lash-Burrows, also 12, and the 13-yearolds Bessy Prevost and Robert Burgess-Griffith, await their turns. (Left) The Sea Jays under full sail. Photos courtesy Jim MacDougall

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New guidelines to help against flooding VICTORIA—New guidelines have been released to help B.C.’s coastal communities update floodplain area maps and adapt to rising sea levels. The Coastal Floodplain Mapping Guidelines and Specifications recommends standards for topographic mapping and identifies engineering requirements for establishing building elevations in coastal areas.

It also includes a sample floodplain map showing potential floodplain areas to the year 2100, along with an engineering design brief. This information will help urban planners and local government officials incorporate rising sea levels into flood-hazard area landdevelopment decisions, such as official community plans, zoning, subdivisions and building permits.

The work has been made possible by a $60,000 contribution from the Province and Natural Resources Canada’s Regional Adaptation Collaborative Program, which facilitates climate change adaptation planning and decisionmaking at the regional level. The new guidelines complement a report released last May on how rising sea levels will affect coastal B.C.

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Just for You THANK YOU The North Vancouver Island Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada raised $3,050 at our Port McNeill Scotiabank MS Walk on May 15th. Proceeds will be used to provide local programs and services to people affected by MS and allow us to make a donation to national research to find a cure for MS.

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Port Hardy Youth Soccer Association would like to thank the following for making our 2011 soccer season successful Brett Meredith of Quatse Ventures Overwaitea Foods District of Port Hardy (Gloria & Rick) SD #85 Blair Marshall Welding PH Youth Soccer Coaches

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without your help & support, soccer would not happen in Port Hardy!! Soccer is a positive, healthy activity for the youth of port hardy, so please continue to support the young people by helping out where you can!

We would like to say THANK-YOU to all who donated cash and prizes for our 6th Annual Quatsino Sound Fishing Derby; Blackstone Custom Fly Rods Marine Harvest Quatsino Eco Tours Neucel Kogoagh Resort Mount Waddington Regional District Quatsino Sound Marine Transport Mohammad Family Rumble Beach Fishing Charters Scandia West Fishing Club Peterson Family Redden Net Aircab Charter Flights C.A.B. Industrial Automotive Supplies Aqua-Sea Industries Quatsino First Nations Timberland Sport Centre Turella Family Graphics West Designers & Printers Royal Canadian Legion #180 (Port Alice)

Al Whittaker Corp. Michelle Lebrun K&K Electric FP Foods Hardy Buoys Smoked Fish Quatsino Lodge/First Light Charters Port Alice Petroleum Watson Ventures Zeitgeist: Victoria Teagan & Johan Dillon Your Dollar Store And More Peoples Drug Mart Voda Point Retreat Macandales Chevron/Town Pantry True Value Hardware Overwaitea Foods Jim’s Hardy Sport Super Valu PG Enterprise Port Hardy Museum And Gifts Port Hardy Chamber Of Commerce The Cabinet Shop

Café Guido The Source The Shed Black Bear Resort Lieutenant Carol Chambers Diane Dillon – BC Human Rights Coalition – Standing Tall Independent Media:Quatsino Victoria Steak House Odyssey Kayaking Napa Auto Parts North Island Gazette Malones Oceanside Bistro A&W Restaurants Hyde Creek Esso Rona Kal Tire (Campbell River) Hardy Builders’ Supply Windsor Plywood The Derby Dolls Dave Landon Motors Deb McNabb Coastal Community Credit Union

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Tell us about items of interest to the sports community. August 27-28 Drag racing North Island Timing Association hosts Rumble on the Runway III points series drags at Port McNeill Airport. 10 a.m. time trials, 1 p.m. heat races each day. Concession, pit passes available. Info, Maureen, 250-2302005. September 2-4 Slo-pitch Labour Day Slo-pitch Tournament in Port Alice. Game times tba. September 3-4 Motor sports Stock car racing at Tri-Port Speedway, 7 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday. Sunday is second round of Dust Bowl trophy series. Tickets $5 adult, $3 youth, $2 children. September 3-4 Motocross Tri-Port Motorbike and ATV Club hosts Vancouver Island Motocross fall series racing at 7 Mile Track. 10 a.m. start both days. September 6-18 Hockey North Island Eagles rep tryouts at Chilton Regional Arena. Time schedule tba. Info, Tanya, 250-956-4836. September 10 Dragonboating Triport Dragonboat Society regatta, Rotary Park, Port Hardy 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dragon boat races, vendors, entertainment, beer garden. Info, Cora at corabella.nelson@ September 16-18 Softball Port Hardy Slopitch Indian Summer Tournament at Beaver Harbour Park. Orthodox format men’s tourney; women’s slo-pitch division if sufficient interest. For info or to register a team, call David at 250-949-7221.

Angus Brown leaps from a log after losing his balance in the novice obstacle pole competition. Below, Brad Delosa takes a cut in the springboard event. J.R. Rardon photos

J.R. Rardon Gazette staff PORT McNEILL — Even with a head start, the other competitors in the second annual OrcaFest Lumberjack Competition couldn’t catch Brad Delosa. The Australian won his second straight male logger title Saturday at the exhibition grounds off Broughton Boulevard, including besting a field of eight competitors in the crowd-pleasing handicap underhand chop. The event uses each competitor’s finish time in the open and novice events, completed earlier in the day, and gives the slower choppers a head start. Starting 41 seconds after the first logger, Delosa nonetheless churned through his log first, moments before the other competitors began to finish their own logs, just seconds apart. “It’s an event they do in Australia,” said Nick Russell, co-organizer of Saturday’s event hosted by the Port McNeill Logger Sports Society. “You see the same guys winning every competition, and this gives everyone a chance.” Delosa, who also won the open underhand chop and who claimed the Canadian championship in the open springboard chop, agreed. “In Australia, we do a lot of handicap events,” he said. “It gives the younger guys and newer guys a chance to compete with the pros.” While the open competition was held in heats of three choppers at a time, the handicap chop saw the entire field lined up in front of the large crowd that spilled beyond the bleachers set up at the waterfront site. While Delosa waited patiently at one end of the line, each of his rivals started chopping one by one as event announcer Paul Mackenzie counted up to 41 and he could start in. Delosa was asked whether seeing his opponents get a head start created any nerves or extra rush of adrenaline. “I just focus on the job at hand,” he said. “If I make my cuts and don’t make any mistakes, the competition will take care of itself.” Delosa finished with 22 points in the Canadian Loggers

(Canlog) sanctioned event. A trio of challengers, Derek Pouchnik, Bobby Dowling and Dave McLeod, tied for second with 19 points each. Anita Jezowski was the top female logger with 12 points, one better than runner-up Brenda Pouchnik.

Aleta Rushton competes in single buck sawing.

[more-online In the novice division, a new addition to the Port McNeill Lumberjack Games this year, Brian Gagne totaled 11 points to edge Brad Laviolette (10) and Phil Howe (9). Local loggers had their share of success in the event, which was recorded by camera crews for the second year for airing on TSN’s Lumberjacks series. Port McNeill’s Roger Briscoe won the Grand Prairie Accuracy Cut and Russell was first in the choker race. Aleta Rushton of Port McNeill teamed with Dowling to win the Jack-andJill double-buck sawing event. “This is a good, little competition, and very well-run,” Delosa said after his second appearance in Port McNeill. “And it’s a good tuneup for the Stihl U.S. National Championships next week in Salem (Oregon).” Results appear in Scoreboard, page 16.


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Sports & Recreation

Drivers fit to be tied in Dust Bowl J.R. Rardon Gazette staff PORT HARDY — Daniel Hovey was running on only six of his eight cylinders when he took the track for the main event Saturday evening at TriPort Speedway. By the end of the night, none of them were working. Still, Hovey got just enough from his stock car to pick up the victory in the 10-lap main event and split a series of two-lap “grudge match” races with fellow driver Donnie Lawrence on opening night of the TriPort Motor Sports Club’s Dust Bowl weekend. “I don’t know, it seemed like I was dropping (cylinders) the whole time,” said Hovey, whose car finally died in the pits as he was preparing to join driver Brock Shore in a tire burn-

Daniel Hovey (7) recovers from a slide in turn 3 as Glen Day and Donnie Lawrence give chase Saturday in the first round of the Dust Bowl at Tri-Port J.R. Rardon photo Speedway. out against the wall front- to install it, if necessary. Saturday’s racing drew a ing the track’s main grand- Sunday’s second Dust Bowl small field of drivers and stand. “I think it’s done session was rained out, one of the smallest crowds and will be run at Tri-Port of the season at the track. now. It won’t start.” “We’re not closing the Then Hovey turned away Speedway Sunday, Sept. 4 book on the Dust Bowl with a shrug. “I’ve got at 1 p.m. The split event could yet,” organizer Theresa Lee another motor.” Hovey will have time work out for the better, as said. “The guys want to run

Sports Scoreboard SLO-PITCH 12th Annual OrcaFest Tournament Aug. 18-21 Port McNeill A Division Final: Load ‘em Up 19, Woss Brewers 7. Third place: Adrenaline Rush. Fourth: Politically Incorrect. Male most sportsmanlike: Bubba Nelson, Load ‘em Up. Female: Tanya Munroe, Adrenaline Rush. B Division Final: Dustmen 10, Canadian Eh’s 7. Third: Fort Rupert Generals. Fourth: Bandits. Male most sportsmanlike: Jeffery Tam, Bandits; Female: Leigh Deans, Canadian Eh’s. C Division Final: Woodchuckers 17, Fanny Bay T&B 13. Third: Sportsmen. Fourth: Comtech Crushers. Male most sportsmanlike: Craig Smith, Comtech Crushers; Female: Debbie Balcke, Sportsmen. D Division Final: Port Alice def. Hi Vis (no score available). Third: Rez. Fourth: B.C. Buds. Male most sportsmanlike: Kelly Jones, Hi Vis; Female: Jen Nelson, Rez. E Division Final: Timberland 23, Ballerz 8. Third: Slippery Kittens. Fourth: Team Awesome. Male most sportsmanlike: John Friman, Timberland; Female: Bree Healey, Slippery Kittens. F Division Final: Loose Change 17, Brew Crew 16 Male most sportsmanlike: Vince Norris, Loose Change; Female: Ashley Relkie, Brew Crew. Most sportsmanlike team: Fanny Bay T&B STOCK CARS 2011 Dust Bowl - Day 1 Saturday, Aug. 20 Trophy dash: 1. Donnie Lawrence; 2. Glen Day; 3. Brock Shore; 4. Daniel Hovey. Heat 1: 1. Lawrence; 2. Day; 3. Hovey; 4. Shore.

Heat 2: 1. Hovey; 2. Lawrence; 3. Shore; 4. Day. Main event: 1. Hovey; 2. Lawrence; 3. Shore. LOGGER SPORTS 2nd annual OrcaFest Lumberjack Competition Saturday, Aug. 20 Overall Male Logger 1. Brad Delosa, 22 points; 2 (tie). Derek Pouchnik, Bobby Dowling and Dave MacLeod, 19. Overall Female Logger 1. Anita Jezowski, 12; 2. Brenda Pouchnik, 11; 3. Sarah Mooney, 8. Overall Novice Logger 1. Brian Gagne, 11; 2. Brad Laviolette, 10; 3. Phil Howe, 9. Individual event results Ladies Axe Throw 1. Sarah Mooney, 12 points; 2. Brenda Pouchnik, 11; 3. Anita Jezowski, 9; 4. Sarah Russell, 7. Men’s Axe Throw 1. Derek Pouchnik, 15; 2. Brad Delosa, 13; 3. Dave MacLeod, 12; 4. Matt Mooney, 12. Novice Axe Throw 1. Brian Gagne, 12; 2. Phil Howe, 11. Choker Race 1. Nick Russell, 15.84 seconds; 2. Dennis Yarjau, 17.09; 3. Dave MacLeod, 17.435; 4. Brad Laviolette, 20.18. Men’s Double-buck 1. Derek Pouchnik-Bobby Dowling, 6.88; 2. Roger BriscoeDave MacLeod, 9.515; 3. Nick Russell-Doug Folkins, 9.980; 4. Brad Delosa-Matt Mooney, 11.29; 5. Kevin Steward-Anita Jezowski, 19.065; 6. Troy Lambert-Brian Gagne, 21.9. Novice Double-buck 1. Jordan Mulherin-Pete Wright, 16.285; 2. Phil HoweBrad Laviolette, 22.06; 3. Aleta Rushton-Chantelle Ryan, 22.875; 4. Angus Brown-Micky Brown, 25.31; 5. Robert Gagnon-Alfred Gagnon, 25.985; 6. Craig Bordeleau-Derik Hutchison, 28.615. Jack & Jill Double-buck 1. Aleta Rushton-Bobby Dowling, 10.325; 2. Brenda PouchnikDerek Pouchnik, 10.48; 3. Anita Jezowski-Dave MacLeod,

11.365; 4. Sarah Mooney-Matt Mooney, 12.15; 5. Sarah RussellNick Russell, 14.89; 6. Heather Laviolette-Troy Lambert, 17.125. Grand Prairie Accuracy Cut 1. Roger Briscoe, 18.07; 2. Eddie Braun, Jr., 26.445; 3. Dave MacLeod, 38.17. Hot Saw 1. Brad Delosa, 9.760; 2. Dave MacLeod, 11.335; 3. Kevin Steward, 12.87; 4. Angus Brown, 29.095; 5. Nick Russell, 31.14. Obstacle Pole - Open 1. Dave MacLeod, 14.84; 2. Doug Folkins, 18.99; 3. Nick Russell, 19.13; 4. Eddie Braun, 22.67; 5. Kevin Steward, 27.3. Obstacle Pole - Novice 1. Brad Laviolette, 16.155; 2. Brian Gagne, 19.165; 3. Phil Howe, 25.580; 4. Bobby Dowling, 49.77. Single Buck - Ladies 1. Brenda Pouchnik, 21.56; 2. Anita Jezowski, 23.3; 3. Sarah Mooney, 26.775; 4. Aleta Rushton, 40.29; 5. Sarah Russell, 47.39; 6. Chantelle Ryan, 1:51.835. Single Buck - Men 1. Bobby Dowling, 13.845; 2. Brad Delosa, 14.76; 3. Matt Mooney, 19.46; 4. Nick Russell, 20.07; 5. Dave MacLeod, 22.455; 6. Troy Lambert, 23.485. Springboard 1. Brad Delosa, 1:05.53; 2. Derek Pouchnik, 1:30.98; 3. Bobby Dowling, 1:37.725; 4. Nick Russell, 1:48.19; 5. Dennis Yarjau, 2:12.69; 6. Dave MacLeod, 2:15.52. Echo Challenge Stock Saw Ladies 1. Anita Jezowski, 10.25; 2. Brenda Pouchnik, no time. Echo Challenge Stock Saw - Men 1. Brad Delosa, 8.78; 2. Derek Pouchnik, 9.66; 3. Bobby Dowling, 11.725. Underhand Chop - Novice 1. Angus Brown, 31.345; 2. Brian Gagne, 40.97; 3. Brad Laviolette, 49.41; 4. Phil Howe, 1:02.2; 5. Jordan Mulherin, 1:05.09; 6. Eddie Braun, Jr., 1:23.59. Underhand Chop - Handicap 1. Brad Delosa, 58.94; 2. Derek Pouchnik, 1:03.06; 3. Dennis Yarjau, 1:03.25; 4. Bobby Dowling, 1:04.25; 5. Nick Russell, 1:07.71; 6. Dave MacLeod, 1:10.89.

the second day of races, and we had a rain makeup date available on (Sept.) fourth.” Several of the club’s regular drivers were missing Saturday due to travel or broken cars. But Lee said all of them are expected to return in early September to vie for the Dust Bowl perpetual trophy, other keeper trophies and prizes. The drivers will be chasing Hovey and Lawrence, who finished Saturday tied in Dust Bowl points. Lawrence, appearing on the track for the first time since piloting Robbie Robbins’s car to the main event win on opening day this spring, claimed the opening trophy dash and the first heat race, with Glen Day placing second in each race. But as the two resumed their duel in the second heat,

Lawrence suffered a flat and spun in front of Day coming out of turn two. The front left edge of his bumper punctured Day’s grill, pushing the radiator into the fan blade and opening a gash that quickly led to Day overheating and missing out on the main event. Hovey took advantage, holding off Lawrence and Shore after a restart to win the second heat. Hovey then passed Lawrence early in the main event and nursed his sputtering engine to the checkered flag, despite a competition yellow flag that allowed Lawrence a restart with three laps to go. “When Glen hit me I bent the A-arm about three inches,” Lawrence said of his left front steering assembly. “After that, it handled like a tank. Otherwise, I felt pretty good about today. The car felt strong.”

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LOAD ‘EM UP The Port Hardy slo-pitch team cruised to the A division title in the 12th annual OrcaFest Slo-pitch tournament with a 19-7 win over the Woss Brewers Sunday in Port McNeill. J.R. Rardon photo

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Load 'em Up a trophy J.R. Rardon Gazette staff PORT McNEILL — After the show Load ‘em Up put on to reach the A final of the 12th annual OrcaFest Slopitch Tournament, the championship game was somewhat anticlimactic. The Port Hardy club pounded five home runs in the first three innings and rolled to a 19-7 win over the Woss Brewers to clinch the tourney trophy in a game shortened to five innings by the 10-run “mercy” rule. Sunday’s title win came a year after Load ‘em Up fell one run short in a loss to Adrenaline Rush of Campbell River in the A final. This time, the two teams met in the semifinals, with Load ‘em Up eliminating the three-time defending champs with a 15-4 win that also invoked the mercy rule. “Redemption,” Load ‘em Up manager Stephen Clair said. “That was a sweet victory.” Catcher Ruth Jacobson agreed. “That was the most important game,” she said. As impressive as the two playoff bracket wins were, Load ‘em Up would not even have reached the A Division had it not parlayed a four-run rally in the bottom

Motocross club invites youth riders Gazette staff PORT McNEILL — The Triport Motorbike and ATV Club is offering youngsters and local trail riders a chance to take part in its next big race at Seven Mile Motocross Track Sept. 3-4. The Triport club will host the 3rd and 4th races in the Vancouver Island Motocross Association fall season at the 1.9-kilometre track between Port Hardy and Port McNeill, with racing beginning at 10 a.m. each day. Club president Mark Ellis said a Sports special clinic and Briefs exhibition race will be offered during the lunch break both days for 50cc peewee riders and for 70cc and 80cc youth riders who want to get a taste of the action on the jumps, hills and berms of the track. “We’ve got some excellent riders on the North Island, and some guys who are ready to take the next step (in competition),” said Ellis. “But we’re hoping to recruit some younger riders. Boys and girls are welcome.” The cost for the clinic and track ride is $10 per rider. The Triport club is also seeking flaggers to assist on both race days, and will pay for the service. To sign up for flagging duty or for more information, call Ellis at 250-956-9873. To pre-register for the youth ride, call Ellis or, in Port Hardy, call Martin and Marnie Northey at 250-949-9951.

Greg Fox of the Dustmen lunges to tag a sliding Raymond Clair of the Canadian Eh's in the B Final of the annual OrcaFest Slo-pitch Tournament in Port McNeill Sunday. Below, Alison Gurney of the Woss Brewers reaches for the ball as Load 'em Up baserunner J.R. Rardon photos Brian Texmo slides into second in a spray of mud in the A Final. of the seventh inning into a 14-13 win over Politically Incorrect of Duncan in what was likely the game of the tourney. In its final roundrobin game Saturday, Load ‘em Up trailed 13-10 heading into the bottom of the final inning and had already reached its per-game limit of five home runs for the contest. But the team rallied with a station-to-station inning the third-base coach’s ond, and Bubba Nelson and drove in a pair, that ended on an RBI box and implored his hit a two-run blast with Arlene Clair had two hit by Brian Texmo. players to save their five nobody out in the third RBI on a single and a “That was quite an home runs for a similar to put the team at its sacrifice fly, and Tony intense game,” said late-game charge. Knighton had two hits limit. Clair. Nelson’s shot gave and two runs scored. But Texmo launched Load ‘em Up entered a two-run shot in a the team a 12-2 lead, “It was a good effort the A playoff bracket five-run first inning, which was more than by everyone,” Stephen as the second-seed- Mitchell Blackmore enough. Clair said of the weeked team. As the final and Jim Johnson added Colborne finished end. “Our girls were against the top-seeded solo shots and Jake with three hits, three real strong. It was a Brewers began, Clair Colborne hit a three- RBI and four runs, great tournament. This took up his station in run bomb in the sec- Jacobson had three hits was our year.”

Port Hardy Minor Hockey Registration

Tour de Rock golf tourney Players of any skill level are invited to golf for a cause in the first North Island Cops for Cancer benefit golf tournament Sept. 17 beginning at 10 a.m. at Seven Hills Golf and Country Club. The registration fee of $60 per person includes 18 holes of play in a 4-person best-ball format, followed by dinner, prizes, and a silent auction to benefit Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock. To register or for more info, contact Cpl. Ryan Netzer 250-949-6335 or ryan.netzer@

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All fees that are still outstanding must be cleared up before child can play this year. I will also leave registration forms at Jim’s Hardy Sports, please see Nita for those. Any questions and concerns please feel free to contact me. Melanie Gage ~ PHMH Registrar Home. 250-949-8661 or Email We are also looking for coaches and managers. Please contact Graham at 250.949.9588.



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Paws and Claws Film Festival looking for entries North Island wildlife film and videographers are invited to submit their work to The Paws and Claws Film Festival, a new film festival showcasing local wildlife-inspired short films and documentaries. “We are really excited about the launch of this first ever annual film festival,” said Gina Bugslag, BC SPCA events coordinator for Vancouver Island. “The purpose of the festival is to promote awareness, knowledge and understanding of wildlife, habitat, people and nature, through excellence in film, television, and other

media,” she said. “We’re inviting all Western Canadian filmmakers — first timers, amateurs or pros — of any age to submit their take on the diversity of wildlife in this part of the world and the challenges they face.” Film categories are: Youth Wildlife Education; Urban Wildlife; Wild Settings. Entry fee is $10; films made in any style or genre after 2009 are eligible. Deadline is Oct. 15. Nominated films will be screened during the Oct. 31 to Nov. 5 Victoria festival, with a screening Nov. 3 when

the public will be able to vote for their favourites. Online viewing and voting will run from Oct. 31 to Nov. 5. Viewing and voting is by donation (suggested donation $10). Prizes will be awarded for the top three films and winning films will be featured in BC SPCA promotional materials. Films can portray Western Canadian wildlife at play, engaging in interesting behaviour, at home in their natural habitat or adapting to life in an urban environment. “Wildlife” encompasses free-living birds, Officia

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of off-trail, cross-country travel, the method of travel will depend upon the area, circumstances and size and skill of your group. When traveling cross-country with a group, spread out in an attempt to avoid trampling to reduce the impact on vegetation and reduce potential for erosion. This will be less likely to leave a discernable trail for others to follow. Your ethics and attitudes play a major role in the preservation of the wilderness, there will always be those that don’t give a hoot, they will go about their business, education is for those who are willing to learn. Over the years I’ve found the ratio gap is narrowing as more and more folks are attempting to reconnect with their heritage. The problem is, they have removed themselves from the equation, indulging in video and computer games, far removed from the real world of the wilderness. Even with their best intentions they are destroying the wilderness. Lawrence Woodall is a longtime naturalist who lives in Port McNeill.

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Bob passed away in his sleep surrounded by family. He was predeceased by his baby brother Frank, father George and mother Hannah. Bob was born in Kaslo. When he ďŹ nished school, Bob tried banking for a year but he needed the outdoors. He cruised timber for Reid Collins and M&B but it was his love of airplanes that was his true calling. In 1968 Bob began ďŹ&#x201A;ying and in 1973 he got his ďŹ rst job as a pilot in Pelican Narrows, Sask and from there it was a cross country trek to Alert Bay, Port Hardy, back to Lynn Lake, Manitoba and ďŹ nally settling back in Port Hardy to ďŹ&#x201A;y for Gulf Air. In 1977 he started with Whonock Industries (later Interfor) until he retired from ďŹ&#x201A;ying. After leaving Interfor, he went into business for himself milling timber. He is survived by Susan, his wife of 44 years, daughters Jennifer (Vince) Case, Rhonda, son Gerald (Shawna), grandchildren Tiernan, Sarah and Robert, brother Cecil (Glenda) and many cousins, aunts, nieces and nephews.

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May 1919-August 18, 18, 2011 2011 May 11, 11, 1919-August It is with sadness that we announce that George It is with sadness that we announce George Humeston, passed away suddenly at the that Jubilee hospital Humeston, away at the Jubilee hospital on Augustpassed the 18th. Hesuddenly is survived by his loving wife on August the 18th. He is survived by his loving wife Gwen, who shared with him 64 years wonderful years. Gwen, who shared with him 64 years wonderful years. Except for his military service in Europe, Dad spend his Except for his military service in Europe, Dad spend life on Vancouver Island. George was born in Victoria his life on Vancover Island. George was born in Victoria at the Jubilee on May 11th, 1919. He was raised on a at the Jubilee on May 11th, 1919. He was raised on a farm in Gordon Head and from hearing stories was quite farm in Gordon Head and from hearing stories was quite mischievous in his youth. He was a second WW Veteran mischievous in his youth. He was a second WW Veteran serving Canada in Italy. Dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studies in opera singing serving Canada in Italy. Dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studies in opera singing in Seattle, Wash., were interrupted when he returned to in Seattle, Wash., were interrupted when he returned to Canada to enlist in the PPCLI. Canada to enlist in the PPCLI. Dad met Mum in Eastbourne, England during the war Dad met Mum in Eastbourne, England during the war where they became engaged. After the war, Mum came to where they became engaged. After the war, Mum came to Canada settling with Dad in Victoria where they raised Canada settling with Dad in Victoria where they raised four children. In the early sixties Dad began a career in four children. In the early sixties Dad began a career in the moving his his family family to to the the North North of of the logging logging industry industry moving Vancouver to start start aa new new adventure, adventure, residing residing in in Vancouver Island, Island, to Port Hardy and Port McNeill. Port Hardy and Port McNeill. Dad his brother brother Martin, Martin, sister sister Dorothy, Dorothy, Dad is is predeceased predeceased by by his and George is is survived survived by by Gwen, Gwen, their their and daughter, daughter, Linda. Linda. George children, Wendy (Ralph), (Ralph), and and Kenneth Kenneth children, Lorraine Lorraine (David), (David), Wendy (Tannis), Tanya (Todd), (Todd), Carlyle Carlyle (April), (April), (Tannis), grandchildren grandchildren Tanya Grant Shaun and and Jordan Jordan and and greatgreatGrant (Jessica), (Jessica), Jennifer, Jennifer, Shaun grandchildren, Bryce, Alexander, Alexander, Halle, Halle, grandchildren, Bryce, Breena, and Cassie. Cassie. Breena, and Dad, smile and and charming charming personality personality Dad, your your beautiful beautiful smile will by all all your your family, family, dear dear friends, friends, will be be sadly sadly missed missed by and workers at at the the West West Shore Shore Lodge, Lodge, and wonderful wonderful care care workers Alexander and Selkirk Selkirk Place. Place. We We wish wish to to Alexander Mackie Mackie Lodge, Lodge, and also the caring caring Handy Handy Dart Dart staff. staff. also thank thank the A at First First Memorial Memorial Services, Services, 4725 4725 A service service will will be be held held at Falaise B.C. ,, on on Saturday, Saturday, August August 27th, 27th, Falaise Drive, Drive, in in Victoria, Victoria, B.C. at 10:00 10:00 a.m. a.m. at




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We would like to thank Dan Carter, Pat Rollinson and life long friend Morris McNally for their help and support this past year and Dr. Lee, Dr. Douglas, Michelle and the staff at Port Hardy Hospital. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Port Hardy Royal Canadian Legion on Saturday, August 27th from 1:30-3:30pm.



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Robert Wilson - R.C.N.V.R. Bob passed away peacefully on August 4th at St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital in Comox. Born in 1913 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Bob moved to Vancouver Island in the late 1940â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, settling in the Sayward / Kelsey Bay area. A skilled machinist by trade, Bob worked for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mac-Bloâ&#x20AC;? for many years, and was a tireless steward and safety man for the International Woodworkers of America. Bob served in the Navy during WWII, his mechanical expertise keeping shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s engines in top shape. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, craftsman, and champion cribbage player. He loved railroad travel, and had a keen interest in locomotives of the steam era. Bob always attributed his long life to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clean Living and Clean Thinkingâ&#x20AC;? and refused to die â&#x20AC;&#x153;to save funeral expensesâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a true Scot. Phrases such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;You burn your arse, you sit on the blisterâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like my gate, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t swing on itâ&#x20AC;? wove their way through his conversations many times. In accordance with Bobâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wishes, there is no visitation, and cremation has taken place. To Bobâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friends and acquaintances, a request: Thank a Veteran; Play a game of cribbage with a friend; Hold a door open for a stranger, and take your hat off in a restaurant or place of business. Bob always did. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Prentice family.

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MARINE MECHANIC required. Specialized in Honda or Yamaha outboards. $25 to $30 per hour plus benefits. Apply in person to Colleen Cox or e-mail resume to Port Hardy

FULL-TIME CERTIFIED Heavy Duty Mechanic required by Bailey Western Star & Freightliner. Experience in service & repair of trucks, trailers & equipment. Fax resume to 250-286-0753 or email:


N.I. SPORTSMAN in Port McNeill. Now hiring servers. Please apply in person & ask for Arta or Yannis.

SALMON Hatchery Technician. Quatse River Hatchery, Port Hardy. Full time position, Aquaculture & Fisheries Technology diploma or equivalant facility experience, Assets include Swift water rescue, First Aid, species identification, valid drivers licence, swim enumeration experience, public tours, good physical health. Reply to Ken Fuller, Manager, NVISEA, 250-949-9022,, fax 250-9495195 Closes September 12

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LAND ACT: Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land Take notice that Mill & Timber Products Ltd., of Port Hardy, BC, intends to make application to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNR), North Island – Central Coast Resource District for a Temporary Permit – Log Handling – File 1413637, situated on Provincial Crown land located at Nugent Sound. For a copy of the application or to make written comments, please contact Jennifer Barolet, Ministry of FLNRO, North Island – Central Coast Resource District, PO Box 7000 Port McNeill BC, V0N 2R0 or email to The public review period will extend for 30



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

ST. COLUMBA ANGLICAN UNITED 9190 Granville St. Port Hardy Phone 250-949-6247 11:00 a.m. Sunday School and Service Wed., 12:00 noon Bible Study 11:00 am Midweek Eucharist Everyone welcome Meeting rooms available Rev. Rob Hutchison 11/11

FULL GOSPEL CHURCH 2540 Catala Place Port McNeill (across from Firehall) Sunday 10:30 am - Morning Worship Church Office 250-956-4741 Pastor Stan Rukin Youth Pastor: Steve Taylor Cell: 250-527-0144 Office hours: 10am-4pm Mon-Thurs Visitors always welcome 11/11

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days from August 25, 2011, ending on September 26, 2011. Ministry of Natural Resource Operations may not be able to consider comments received after this date. Comments can also be posted at: Please be sure to cite the Applicant’s name, Àle number and the location of the proposed activity for reference. Be advised that any response to this advertisement will be considered part of the public record. For information, contact the Freedom of Information Advisor at the FLNRO ofÀce.



NORTH ISLAND CATHOLIC CHURCHES Sunday Masses St. Mary’s Port McNeill: 9am St. Bonaventure Port Hardy: 11am St. Theresa’s Port Alice: 1st, 2nd & 5th Sundays 9am 3rd & 4th Sundays 1:30pm Alert Bay: 2nd & 4th Sundays 10am Father Roger Poblete 250-956-3909 11/11

PORT MCNEILL BAPTIST CHURCH 2501 Mine Road Sunday 9:45 am (Sept-June) - Sunday School 11:00 am - Worship Service 7:00 pm - Evening Fellowship Youth Group Wed - 7:00 pm Children’s Programs & Adult Bible Studies are scheduled throughout the year. For information contact 0ASTOR$AVE0URDYs   11/11


ABUNDANT LIFE FELLOWSHIP “A non-traditional connecting point for North Island Christians” - Monthly “large group” gatherings - Food, Fellowship & Encouragement - Home-Group gatherings and studies now underway! Go to or phone Pastor Rick Ivens at 250-230-5555 for more info. Time for a change in your life? Everyone is welcome! 11/11


North Island Church Services SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH 4680 Byng Rd. Port Hardy Pastor George Hilton 250-949-8925 or 250-949-8826 “Everyone welcome” Saturday Services 9:30am - Bible Study groups 10:45am - Worship/Praise service Wednesday @ 7pm - Prayer meeting Avalon Adventist Jr. Academy Offering Christian Education 250-949-8243


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

PORT ALICE ANGLICANUNITED FELLOWSHIP Sunday Services - 4pm Reverend Rob Hutchison 1-250-949-6247 Box 159, Port Alice You are extended a special invitation to share in our Services 11/11

ST. JOHN GUALBERT UNITED ANGLICAN CHURCH 250-956-3533 Email: Summer hours Sunday Worship - 10:00am except August 28th - 9:00 All Welcome 175 Cedar Street Port McNeill 11/11

GWA’SALA-’NAKWAXDA’XW SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH at entrance to Tsulquate Village (8898 Park Dr) Saturday/Sabbath 10:00 am-Sabbath School 11:15 am-Worship Service Pastor Randy Elliott 250-230-1885 cell 11/11



The Lemare Group is currently seeking a heavy duty mechanic for the North Vancouver Island area. Full time, union wages. Email resume to or fax to: 250-956-4888.

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WFP is currently seeking a fully qualified Hooktender to join our Holberg Forest Operation. This is a perm. USW hourly union position required on a full time basis. If you believe that you have the skills and qualifications that we are looking for, please reply in confidence: Marty Gage - General Foreman Facsimile: 250.288.2764 Email: mgage@ For more info. Visit: www.western

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Ministry of Children Children and and Family Development Development Cherise WALLACE, Marlon Marlon James James Cherise Dawn Shireen WALLACE, WADHAMS William HUMCHITT, HUMCHITT, WADHAMS and Murray William this that at at 9:30 9:30 a.m. a.m. on on this is your official notice that August Hardy Courthouse, Courthouse, 9300 9300 August 31, 2011 in Port Hardy Trustee Road, Port Hardy, British Trustee British Columbia, Columbia, the Director of Child, Family the Family and and Community Community Service will apply to the court for Service for aa Three-month Three-month Temporary Transfer of Custody Temporary Custody to to Other, Other, pursuant to Section 41(1)(b) of pursuant of the the Child, Child, Family Family Community Service Act, connection with andand Community Service Act, in in connection with your your children: S.M.W., born January 20, 2008; children: S.M.W., born January 20, 2008; D.W., D.W., born September 18, 2009, and; B.Z.H., born September 18, 2009, and; B.Z.H., born bornNovember 2010. November 9, 9, 2010. You have have the right to be present You present in in court court and and to tobe be represented by by legal legal counsel. represented counsel. Cherise Cherise Dawn Dawn Shireen Shireen WALLACE, Marlon Marlon James WALLACE, James WADHAMS WADHAMS and and Murray William William HUMCHITT HUMCHITT or Murray or anyone anyone knowing knowing their whereabouts, whereabouts, please their please contact contact Leah Leah Brunet, Brunet, Social Worker, Worker, Ministry Ministry of Social of Children Children and and Family Family Development, 8755 8755 Gray Development, Gray Street, Street, Port Port Hardy, Hardy, British Columbia. British Columbia. Telephone: 250-949-8011 | Fax: 250-949-8936 4ELEPHONE  s&AX   LEGALS


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Land and Water Act: Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land Take notice that International Forest Products Ltd. of Campbell River, BC, intends to make application to Ministry of Natural Resource Operations (FLNR), North Island-Central Coast Resource District for a Licence of Occupation – Industrial Log Handing – File Number 1413511 situated on Provincial Crown land located at Mereworth Sound. For a copy of the application or to make written comments, please contact: Jennifer Barolet, RPF - North Island-Central Coast Resource District - PO Box 7000 Port McNeill BC, V0N 2R0 email OR Tifany Wyatt, RFT – 1250A Ironwood Street, Campbell River, BC, V9W 6H5 email The application will be available for review and comment for 30 days from August 17, 2011. Comments will be received until September 17, 2011. FLNR office may not be able to consider comments received after this date. Comments can also be posted at: jsp?PrimaryStatus=pending Please be sure to cite the Applicant’s name and the location of the proposed activity and File Number for reference. Be advised that any response to this advertisement will be considered part of the public record. For information, contact the Freedom of Information Advisor at FLNR office.



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ASSISTANT PRODUCTION ADMINISTRATOR THE POSITION: WFP is currently seeking, for a one-year-term, a forestry professional to join our Timberlands Team. QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS: Reporting to the Production Administrator, the Assistant Production Administrator will be responsible for providing vacation and overflow coverage for WFP’s LIMS log scale processing functions at Western's various Vancouver Island operations. Primarily based in Port McNeill, British Columbia, the position will require extensive travel, chiefly in the Northern Vancouver Island area. The ideal candidate will have: • A strong background in processing scale data; • Experience with the LIMS application would be ideal but is not mandatory; • Proficiency in PC & MS Office skills, in addition to related business applications are compulsory. THE COMPANY: Western Forest Products Inc. is an integrated Canadian forest products company located on Vancouver Island that is committed to the safety of our employees, the culture of performance and the discipline to achieve results. WFP offers a competitive salary, a comprehensive benefit package and the potential to achieve annual performance rewards. If you believe that you have the skills and qualifications that we are looking for, please reply in confidence: Human Resource Department Facsimile: 250.748.3177 Email: Application Deadline: Monday, August 29, 2011 Reference Code: Ass’t PA, Forestry










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MERCHANDISE FOR SALE FUEL/FIREWOOD SEASONED FIREWOOD Vancouver Island’s largest firewood producer offers firewood legally obtained during forest restoration, large cords, fast delivery. Help restore your forest, or 1877-902-WOOD. WANTED: Fire wood. Coal Harbour 250-949-7479

LOST SOMETHING? Call 310.3535

GARAGE SALE #8-8805 Central St., near RCMP-Port Hardy. 10-1pm. Early birds pay double!

HEAVY DUTY MACHINERY SAWMILLS FROM only $3997. Make money & save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info & DVD: 1-800-5666899 Ext:400OT.

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE CAN’T GET Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift! Call 1-866-9815991. DO-IT-YOURSELF STEEL buildings Priced to Clear Make an Offer! Ask About Free Delivery, most areas! Call for Quick Quote and Free Brochure - 1-800-668-5111 ext. 170.

FOR SALE: •Trailer hitch (class 3) for Ford Ranger/Mazda truck, 8 months old. $200. •Grade 80, 20’ tow chain with hooks (new) $80. Call 250-949-8928

Did you know… My business is to help you grow your business. To find out how I can help you increase sales, give me a call at


250-949-6225 or 250-230-2007 or email me at:



of the week. Dawn Briscoe and Tessa Russell of Port McNeill watched as their parents competed in the logger sports competition. J.R. Rardon photo


MISCELLANEOUS WANTED WANTED- 4 burner and oven propane stove for ski cabin. In good working condition. Reasonably priced(cash basis). Call Bob at 250-956-4516.

Your Community, Your Classifieds.

Call: 1-250-616-9053

MORTGAGES Mortgage Help! Beat bank rates for purchases and refinances, immediate debt consolidation, foreclosure relief, and equity loans. Free, fast, friendly, private consultations. Call 1888-685-6181


REAL ESTATE ACREAGE 82.8 ACRES, 300’ lakefront, S Cariboo. Beautiful, pastoral, private, rural setting. Borders crown land. Adjacent 80+ acre parcel available. view/lonebutte/ann/

OLDER HOME in Port McNeill, on 2 lots with ocean view, over 3100 sq ft, must be seen, please phone 250-9563546 for viewing.

STOP into our office to pick up your detailed catalogue of all listed properties on the North Island. We can show you any listed property regardless of the listing agent!! Let’s make it at your convenience! 250-949-7231


WESTERN FOREST PRODUCTS INC. NOOTKA FOREST OPERATION Western Forest Products Inc is an integrated Canadian forest products company located on Vancouver Island delivering unique, quality products to our customers in a safe, sustainable environment. We are currently seeking fully experienced: H.D. Mechanic, Hooktender, Grapple Yarder Operator, Chaser, Hydraulic Log Loader Operator, Stacker Operator, Front End Log Loader Operator, Bandit Operator, Boom Man. Please forward resumes to: Operations Administrator, PO Box 220 Gold River, BC, V0P 1G0, Fax: 250-283-7222. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.



OPEN HOUSE Sat Aug 27th & Sun Aug 28th 1 - 3pm 4693B Cruickshank Ave. Beautiful East Courtenay duplex, close to Costco & Aquatic Centre. View photos Call Lloyd 250-703-0890 Asking price $249,900

RARE OPPORTUNITY: waterfront property on beautiful Jim Lake, 0.83-acre with 360 sq ft insulated cabin, located near Green Lake/Watch Lake. Rare privacy, only three lots on the lake, good fishing for rainbows to 10 lbs, nice swimming, surrounded by crown land. Great trails for hiking, ATV and snowmobile. Seasonal 10-km back road access in 4x4 or pick-up. FSBO. $230,000. 250-395-0599. (Please see



Situated on quiet cul-de-sac in Hyde Creek, Pt McNeill. 3 bdrm, 2 bath double wide w/full addition & solarium sunroom. 2239 sq ft on 2 acres. W/shop & outbuildings. $230,000 Call 250-923-9414


WFP is currently seeking a Shift Maintenance Supervisor (afternoons) to join our Mid Island Forest Operation in Campbell River, British Columbia. We require an individual with heavy duty mechanical experience, a comprehensive knowledge of air and hydraulic systems and an appreciation for the timely repair and turnaround of mobile equipment. You are considered to be a good leader with excellent communication skills and shift work is not a problem for you. A detailed job posting can be viewed at WFP offers a competitive salary, a comprehensive beneÀt package and the potential to achieve annual performance rewards. If you believe that you have the skills and qualiÀcations that we are looking for, please reply in conÀdence to:

Call 310-3535

STEEL BUILDING sale... “”Rock bottom prices”” 25x40x12 $7350. 30x60x15 $12,700. 35x70x16 $15,990. 40x80x16 $20,990. 47x100x18 $25,800. 60x140x20 $50,600. End walls included, doors optional. Pioneer Steel Manufacturers Direct 1-800-668-5422.


As only short listed candidates will be contacted, WFP thanks you in advance for your interest. Please visit about other opportunities with our Company

Carrie Stone Sales Rep

RED ENVELOPE- Unique & Personalized Gifts for All Your Friends & Family! Starting at $19.95. Visit for an extra 20% off or Call 1-888-473-5407

Damaged House? Pretty House? Moving? Divorcing? Estate Sale? We will Buy your House Quick Cash & Private. Mortgage Too High and House won’t sell? Can’t make payments? We will Lease Your House, Make your Payments and Buy it Later!

Human Resource Department Facsimile: 250.748.3177 Email: Application Deadline: Wed., August 31, 2011 Reference Code: Shift Maintenance Supervisor, MIFO

2 Bdrm apts., Furnished available Sept. 1. Clean, quiet, renovated & upgraded. Rural setting, overlooking harbour. $500./mo., References req’d. 1-250-949-8855 or email: HADDINGTON COURT APARTMENTS PORT MCNEILL Newly renovated apartments for rent. Clean & quiet building. Free cable. Furnished suites available. Call Ron & Linda 250-956-3365 KINGCOME MANOR

THIS HOME HAS IT ALL! This 16 year old custom built 3600 sqft, 3 storey home features 4 bdrms, 4 baths, fabulous kitchen, roomy living room, natural gas fireplace, master bdrm with 4 pce ensuite. Great rec room (31x14) in finished basement. Completely finished 40x57 deluxe shop with separate bath. Property is 2.26 gorgeous, well kept acres. Visit for more information on this “one of a kind” property. Asking $649,000 RE/MAX Mid Island Realty Port Alberni, B.C. John Stilinovic 250-724-4725 Toll Free 1-877-723-5660

BUYING - RENTINGSELLING Call us today to place your classified ad Call 310.3535

PORT MCNEILL NEWLY RENOVATED Bach, 1 or 2 bedrooms. Newly furnished available. Please call for availability & inclusions. Includes free cable. Phone Ron and Linda 250-956-3365

PORT MCNEILL APARTMENTS Well managed 1 & 2Bdrm suites. Gym & sauna on site. Call for availability.

Phone Rick 250-956-4555 PORT HARDY 2 bdrm apt, Airport Rd. Pets? N/S, ref. req. $525. Call 250-949-6319. PORT MCNEILL: 2 bdrm apt in quiet 4-plex. New laminate flooring, stove and electric F/P Fresh paint throughout. Inclds hydro, satellite TV, W/D. $800./mo. (250)956-2324.

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North Island Gazette Thu, Aug 25, 2011 RENTALS APARTMENT/CONDO PORT MCNEILL MCCLURE APT’S. 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom apartments, furnished or non-furnished. Clean & quiet. Hot water & cable included.

Call 250-956-3526, 250-230-0079. References a must. SEAHAVEN APARTMENTS 7070 Shorncliffe St. P.O. Box 222 Port Hardy, BC 2 bedroom unit available. Fridge, stove, balcony, blinds, laundry on premises. Quiet, adult building, non smoking, no pets. References required. Inquiries contact Janet 250-949-8501 Fax 250-902-0690 SEAWIND ESTATES Port Hardy, 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths $800/mo. Completely renovated townhouse in gated community. N/P, Ref. required. Call 250-949-9723. SENIORS ONLY - Cubbon Apartments and Wetherby Apartments for Seniors - 55+ only please. We currently have a selection of 1 and 2 bedroom suites in our seniors only rental buildings in Victoria, B.C. Rents range from $800 for a 1 bedroom to $1100 and up for a 2 bedroom. Please call the following staff for information: Cubbon- 1035 North Park Street - 250-383-1162 and/or Wetherby Apartments - 3205 Wetherby Road - 250-598-1650

WEST PARK MANOR & LINDSAY MANOR in Port Hardy Large one & two bedroom suites, some with a great view, all clean and in excellent condition. Also elegantly furnished executive suites available. Well maintained secure & quiet buildings. Close to shopping. 2 year rental history and credit check required. Friendly onsite resident managers. Linda & Bruce. Call 250-949-9030 or email for info & pictures: wpark_lindsay@ A23





PORT HARDY Furnished elegantly or unfurnished executive style, 1 or 2 bedroom suites. Quiet, clean, excellent views. Call 250-949-9698

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

AUTO FINANCING FREE CASH back with $0 down at Auto Credit Fast. Need a vehicle? Good or Bad credit call Stephanie 1-877-792-0599 DLN 30309. Free Delivery.

SUITES, UPPER PORT HARDY- 3 bdrm suite beside Avalon School. $550. (250)288-3652.

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL TOWNHOUSES PORT ALICE SHOPPING CENTRE Business is Great! We have a number of units of various sizes for lease. 300 sq. ft. & up. Contact Steve Edwards at Colyvan Pacific 604-683-8399


PORT HARDY: Central, like new, 2 bdrm, $675. Avail. Immed. (604)418-3626 or email: PORT HARDY: Central, like new, in gated comm., 3 bdrm, $800. Avail. Immed. (604)4183626 email

INSTANT AUTO credit We can finance your auto loan in minutes, you Drive Home Now or we deliver to BC & Alberta WANT A vehicle but stressed about your credit? Christmas in August, $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. 1-888-593-6095.

SPORTS & IMPORTS OKANAGAN’S Largest Used Car Super Store. Always open online at: w w w. b c m o t o r p r o d u c t s. c o m 250-545-2206



UNIQUE Rental Opportunity in Maple Bay - Flawless 2 bedroom 2 bathroom ground floor suite - fully renovated - beautifully decorated high end fittings and appliances. 1750 sq. ft. - views of ocean and garden. $1850/mo. - NS, Pets neg. WC accessable. Avail. Sept. 1. Phone 250-715-7590.

PORT HARDY Nurse seeking rental accommodations. Starting Sept. 15. Must be fully furnished. Need phone, cable, internet. Will consider apartment, suite, mobile home, r.v. or room. Please call 250-9020911.





can take you places!

PORT MCNEILL Mobile Home Park Short walk to town. Pads for rent. Water, sewer and garbage included. $258.00/ month Call 250-956-2355

TRUCKS & VANS 2004 CHEV 1500 4x4. Std. 6cyl. S/box. Red. Exc. Cond. 34,000km. $10,000 Call 250956-2175.

Your Community

HOMES FOR RENT HYDE CREEK/Port McNeill, 2 bdrm trailer on acreage, available immediately, pets ok. $800/mo. Call 250-230-1493. NICE 3 bedroom, 2 bath home at 9485 Mayors Way, Port Hardy for rent. Professional couples, NS, No Pets. $900/mo plus utilities. Available mid September. Call 289 876-9513 or email

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