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GAZETTE NORTH ISLAND

Publications Mail Agreement No. 391275

45th Year No. 31 THURS., AUGUST 4, 2011

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Pilot had Port Hardy roots Missing man sought Gazette staff Sointula resident So Huy Tran has not been seen in more than two months and cops are looking for clues to his disappearance. Port McNeill RCMP are requesting the public’s help in locating the missing 59-year-old who has not been seen or heard from in approximately 10 weeks. Tran is a salal — a leathery-leaved shrub said to have medicinal purposes — harvester by trade and had been working in the North Vancouver Island area. Police did an exhaustive search for the man before declaring him a missing person. Tran, who is Vietnamese and speaks little English, is approximately 5-ft 1, weighs about 170 lbs. and has black hair and brown eyes. Tran’s worried family — who reportedly contacted cops in early June — and the Mounties are requesting anyone with information on the whereabouts of Tran to contact the Port McNeill RCMP detachment at 250-956- 4441.

Mike D’Amour Gazette staff The pilot of a doomed helicopter that crashed in the interior killing all aboard had deep ties to the North Island. Randy Ken Lambert lived in Abbotsford, but went to school and was raised in Port Hardy. He was at the controls of a Vancouver Island Helicopters Ltd. chopper that inexplicably crashed over the weekend, said police. About 4 p.m. Sunday, the Stewart, B.C. RCMP received a report one of VIH’s 407 helicopters crashed in the Nelson Glacier area, near Meziadin Lake about 60-km northeast of Stewart. RCMP investigators flew into the crash site by air and confirmed three men onboard perished. Crews returned on Monday, but were unable to reach the deceased because of bad weather and difficult topography, however they were able to assess the terrain and determine the resources needed for another attempt. At first light Tuesday, the RCMP and Search and Rescue personnel from Smithers — whose members are trained in rock and rope rescue methods — returned to the site and recovered the bodies. Stewart RCMP also confirmed the identities of Lambert, his 40-year-old passenger Colin Dionne, from Powell River, B.C., and 32-year-old Mathieu Lefebvre-Masse, a Quebec resident who recently moved to Lund, B.C. The Transportation Safety Board and the BC Coroners Service, with help from the RCMP, continue to investigate the fatal crash. A Transportation Safety Board investigator said lambert was transporting personnel for a mining company at an altitude of more than 5,000-ft. Lambert was raised in Port Hardy and went to Avalon Adventist Academy, but left after Gr. 10 to go to school in the U.S., where he made many friends, including Jacy Nelson. “I did go to high school and college with him down here in Washington,” he said. “I’ll tell you this, we played college hockey together at Walla Walla College — our team was the Wolfpack — and Randy was always one of our stars.” Nelson said Lambert was the kind of player you’d want on your team. “He was funny, he was cool and he had this way of getting under the skin of the other teams’ players that frustrated them,” recalled Nelson. “I found it fitting he became a helicopter pilot because he loved fast cars and had a bit of a daredevil streak in him,” he said. “Personally I’m shocked at his loss because he was the guy that I would wholeheartedly have trusted to pilot me around.”

Randy Lambert, 35, was the pilot of a helicopter that crashed in a remote area of the province. Lambert, originally from Port Hardy, and his two passengers were killed in the crash. (Below) An RCMP handout shows the type of terrain rescuers faced.

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Crush a ball, Safe sleeps means safe babies lend a hand Mike D’Amour Gazette staff Ever wanted to smack the skin right off that little white ball and do something nice at the same time? Well, guess what? You’ll soon have your chance to do both at the first annual Cops For Cancer golf tourney at Seven Hills Golf Club. Hosted by our local men and women in the red serge, the event is aimed at making as much money as possible for the very worthy Cops For Cancer cause. Cpl. Ryan Netzer is the spokesman for the tourney and said he’s hoping to see 72 players in the event. For 60 bucks, players get 18 holes of golf, followed by a great dinner, prizes and a silent auction. Prizes — like two tickets to any L.A. Kings home game, courtesy Willie Mitchell, the bornand-raised Port McNeill NHL defenseman, a couple of B&B stays, a couple of days at Telegraph Cove — are starting to roll in. “We just started, but we could use more,� said Netzer, a 16 handicapper. While there are no local riders this year in the 2011 Cops For Cancer Tour de Rock bicycle tour, every dime made from the Sept. 17, four-person, best ball golf tourney is going directly to the charity. For those unfamiliar with the Tour de Rock, it works like this: every fall more than one hundred members of law enforcement and emergency services cycle up to two weeks across four areas of British Columbia to support children with cancer and their families. Donations to Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock, Tour de North, Tour de Valley and Tour de Coast are invested in life-saving childhood cancer research and caring support services including the acclaimed summer recreation program in the province’s interior, Camp Goodtimes. To donate prizes, to sign up or get more information, contact Netzer at 250-949-6335 or email ryan.netzer@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

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The B.C. Coroners Service is urging parents to educate themselves on safe sleep practices to ensure that all babies live to see their first birthday following an unexpected number of sudden infant deaths in British Columbia. The province has seen more SIDS death in the first half of 2011 than for all of 2010. The Coroners Service Child Death Review Unit (CDRU) completed a review of preliminary information on 21 sudden infant deaths that occurred between Jan. 1

and June 28, 2011. In 2010, there were 16 such deaths for the whole year. While the cause of sudden infant death remains unknown, certain sleep practices are known to increase risk to the baby. Sudden infant deaths occur when a previously healthy baby dies in sleep-related circumstances and no cause of death is found on autopsy. Factors that increase risk include placing a baby to sleep on his or her stomach or side, sleeping on soft surfaces and having soft objects

in the sleep environment, sharing a sleep surface with the baby, overheating and being exposed to cigarette smoke. Recommendations include: • Placing the baby on his or her back, in a crib, for every sleep. • Having the crib beside the caregiver’s bed for the first six months. • Using a firm, flat mattress and only a fitted sheet. • Ensuring the crib, cradle or bassinet meets Canadian safety

standards. • Ensuring baby does not sleep on a couch, adult mattress, sheepskin or waterbed. • Keeping baby’s environment smoke-free during pregnancy and after birth. • Breast feeding. • Avoiding bed-sharing (sharing a sleep surface). For more information about sudden infant death in B.C. or more tips on safe parenting practices for sleeping children, visit the Coroners Service website at: http://www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/ coroners.

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Feds give million$ to Neucel to make eco upgrades Gazette staff Neucel Specialty Cellulose Ltd. will receive more than $6 million in federal government cash to make upgrades to the mill’s evaporator plant and recovery boiler. The Port Alice mill will receive $6.46 million for the projects that are expected to improve the energy efficiency of its operations and reduce the mill’s GHG emissions by 30,300 tonnes per year. Bosses for the mill declined to comment, but the money comes from the Paper Green Transformation Program created in June 2009 for Canadian pulp and paper companies that produced black liquor. They were eligible to access $1 billion in funding to improve their energy efficiency, their capacity to generate renewable energy, and their overall environmental performance at their pulp and paper facilities. Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver,

recently announced investments totalling $53.5 million to advance the transformation and evolution of Canada’s forest industry. These investments are part of the Canadian government’s plan to improve the environmental performance and economic competitiveness of Canada’s forest industry by focusing on innovation and new product development. The feds say this will ultimately expand market opportunities for both traditional and novel Canadian wood and pulp and paper products, while protecting Canadian jobs. “We are continuing to invest in areas that will further the transformation of Canada’s forest sector,” said Oliver. “Transformation and innovation are integral to building a more prosperous future for the many communities that depend on our forest sector.” Officia l gu

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centre and online applications. “As the mayor of a town that clearly exists because of our resource industries, I am very pleased that FrontCounter BC is here,” said Port McNeill’s mayor, Gerry Furney. “The office will serve the workers and their families with information and assistance in further developing

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They may be two small words, however for the many children with diabetes, they carry the weight of recognizing the tremendous impact your support means to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). We cared enough to raise the much needed funds to continue with the mission...to find the cure for diabetes. I am truly grateful to you and the many members who joined our effort. The day was totally “Port Hardy weather” - and we’ve accomplished so much!!! We raised over 1200.00!! I would love to personally thank our supporters of the second annual BBQ fundraiser for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on May 27/11!! Special Thanks and appreciation to: Our members of Coastal Community Credit Union Busy Bee’s Distributing Lynn Davey Sean Mercer Keltic Seafods Limited Quarterdeck Pub Ltd/ Robert Pickwick Port Hardy Lions Club Joe Richard Kaleb Child And last but not least the Port Hardy staff of Coastal Community Credit Union and Coastal Community Insurance Services!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart Alison Mercer Branch Investment Specialist Coastal Community Credit Union

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technicians, and other skilled trades workers on Vancouver Island. By investing in skills development now, employers and students can get ahead of BC’s labour shortage and position themselves for better economic times ahead. With the arrival of Carpentry Access, a new 10-month trades program starting at North Island College in Port Hardy on October 3, you can get started in trades this fall. Combining upgrading with trades, Carpentry Access is designed to give students a strong start in trades math and study skills, plus the foundation training needed to become a carpenter apprentice. For more information about funding, costs, and how to get started, call or drop by the Mount Waddington Regional campus today. Register: 250-949-7912 www.nic.bc.ca/trades

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Cooking families needed Gazette staff The family that cuddles together, coddles together. At least that’s the hope of some television producers who are looking for families to be on a new, made in B.C. show for the Food Network, Family Cook Off. “Essentially, we’re looking for real, dynamic families who love preparing meals together,� said Jennifer Anka, a writer & story producer for Force Four Entertainment, the production company behind the new show. The competition is open to all Canadian families who — according to the producers — have special recipes that can be whipped up under pressure, work as a

team in the kitchen and have a fun and competitive ‘Family Feud’ spirit? The producers say each team should consist of four family members that comprise any combination of parents, siblings, kids, cousins, aunts, uncles, or grandparents who enjoy cooking together at home and would like to share their family’s enthusiasm in a fun environ-

ment. If people from the North Island are interested, there’s not much time to apply. Families are asked to submit their entry via email to cookoff@forcefour. com with a family photo, recipe suggestions, and a short paragraph about why they think their team is the next great Canadian Family Cooks. Or, if you have video footage of you and your family cooking together, email that. Families must be available and able to travel to Vancouver between Aug. 27 to September 4. Travel and accommodation will be provided.

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PORT MCNEILL—It may still be fairly new, but the Coast Guard Auxiliary is already making its presence felt with the introduction of a program aimed at keeping kids safe in and around the water. “We started July 22 with six children’s life-jackets — up to 90-lbs — and basically they’re free life-jackets for people to sign out and take, whether they’re doing dock walking or going out in a boat,� said Aaron Frost, of the auxiliary project in Port McNeill. Everything so far points to the program, called Kids Don’t Float, becoming a success. “Over that weekend I visited a few times and there were two or three life jackets missing at all times,� Frost said.

“On Sunday night when I went down to the municipal dock I saw they’d all been returned and someone donated two more life-jackets.� The auxiliary team — Unit 50 — has been around for just about a year now. “We haven’t started any rescues yet — we’re still in training — but we’re hoping to be up and running in November.� “The Kids Don’t Float program has 15 lifejackets, but could use more, said Frost. “We’re always looking for more — if we could expand this program so we have 30 lifejackets, that would be great.� Frost said he’ll keep an eye on the program this year, with a notion to expand it. “If the program becomes successful and we have a lot of lifejackets, I’d like to institute the program in Port Hardy as well,� he said.

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Logger sports belong here Before it became a mainstream powerhouse, the U.S. sports network ESPN — and a few years later its Canadian counterpart, TSN — filled the time between its signature highlights and news programs with what were considered in the early 1980s as “fringe” sports. Australian Rules football. Cricket. Rugby. Endurance auto racing. Logger sports. Of course, there is nothing fringe about logging on North Vancouver Island, and the Port McNeill Logger Sports Society has stepped up for the second straight year to host its lumberjack competition on the town’s waterfront during the upcoming OrcaFest celebration. In much the same way rodeo grew out of an internal competition among cowboys to show off their skill and knowledge, logger sports was devised as a fun and challenging way for loggers to hone and display their abilities. Over the years, competition has been held throughout small North Island communities. Among the most wellknown was Jeune Landing Logger Sports, held for 32 years at the Port Alice logging division before it was closed by Western Forest Products after the 2009 games. The Port McNeill Logger Sports Society stepped up last year with a competition in conjunction with Port McNeill’s one-year stint as the Forest Capital of B.C. Kudos to the society for not resting on its laurels. Logger sports have a place in our communities, and this month’s lumberjack competition will be a welcome addition to the schedule. Oh, yes. And TSN agrees. The network will be back in town and through this event will showcase Port McNeill to an international audience. That’s the kind of fringe we can all live on.

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Twitter, to much ridicule. Apparently she believes that using a computer connected by a wire keeps her free from the radio waves that surround us all. They are generated not only by computers, cell phones and smart meters but all sources of light, including the infrared light that accompanies body heat. May then cited the muchhyped revelation that the World Health Organization has listed radio-frequency waves as a possible car-

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fixing damaged power lines is a monumental task. A smart grid (much more than just digital meters) is not only self-assessing, it can be made self-healing, rerouting power to blackedout areas when weather, transformer failure or vehicle accidents cut power. BC Hydro says four to six transmissions from a smart meter to a local hub each day amount to about a minute in total. Radio wave exposure is equivalent to a half-hour cell phone call every 20 years. The British National Cancer Institute just published an extensive study of children with brain tumours and exposure to cell phones. Like previous studies, it found no correlation. Somebody should send a postcard to the Green Party and tell them about it. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter for Black Press. tfletcher@blackpress.ca twitter.com/tomfletcherbc

cinogen. Radio waves such as those generated by cell phones and wireless routers were moved to a classification called 2B, which also includes such volatile substances as pickled vegetables. With May alongside, Sterk called a news conference last week to demand a halt to BC Hydro’s smart meter program. The first question from a reporter was, why are you reversing the BC Greens’ 2009 election platform, which called for installation of smart meters by 2012, followed by imposition of time-ofuse electricity pricing to reduce consumption? Sterk expressed surprise, apparently having forgotten her own position from only two years ago. Why is BC Hydro putting in smart meters? First, mechanical meters are obsolete and soon won’t be available. Second, B.C. is about twice as big as Germany. Finding, let alone A member of

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Time running out on HST vote Dear editor: It is critically important that all British Columbians are fully informed about the new deadline to submit their HST referendum ballots. We wrote to B.C.’s Chief Electoral Officer to ask for a two-week extension to the July 22 deadline because of the mail delays

caused by the Canada Post lockout, and Elections B.C. agreed that an extension was necessary. The new deadline to return HST ballots is Friday, Aug. 5 at 4:30pm. However, this deadline is for ballots to arrive at Elections B.C., not to simply be postmarked by then, as one might expect.

For this reason, we would encourage anyone who has not yet exercised their right to participate in this important decision for the future of B.C. to do so right away. We would also encourage people in rural communities to make use of the Service B.C. drop-off centres if possible. There

are 60 locations throughout the province (www.servicebc.gov.bc.ca/locations) and dropping your ballot off reduces the risk it will not be delivered in time or get lost in the mail. It can take up to seven business days for mail to reach its destination within B.C. Together with our New

Democrat colleagues, we have traveled around the province and met with countless people who think the HST is an unfair tax that was poorly implemented, and must be scrapped by voting ‘Yes.’ When we hear of the Liberals doling out hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to their

friends and insiders to help them sell the tax in a $7 million effort to save their political hides, we know British Columbians deserve better. Adrian Dix, Leader; Bruce Ralston, Finance Critic New Democrat Official Opposition

Why is Help clean up U.S. energy Miller muzzled? Dear editor, I would lke to ask our MP, John Duncan, why his government is muzzling Kristi Miller. Ms. Miller may have an answer to why the west coast salmon fisheries are crashing. Doesn’t Mr. Duncan know this industry is vital to the people of the West Coast? Yet the government Mr. Duncan represents will not allow Ms. Miller to be interviewed or her findings to be released. Doesn’t Mr. Duncan know he represents the people of Vancouver Island and the West Coast, not some bureaucrat in the PMO’s office? Mr. Duncan should demand this report be released and Ms. Miller given a platform to speak from. Mike Simpson Port Alice, B.C.

Dear editor, With so much wet, rainy weather and rivers overflowing in British Columbia this spring and summer, it’s too bad we don’t have enough hydroelectric generating capacity in place to take advantage of it

and export clean, renewable electricity to the USA. They’ve been experiencing record-breaking heat waves in the USA this summer, and the air conditioners keeping them cool are most likely being powered by burning massive

amounts of dirty coal. Just the thought of hot, burning coal makes me want to find an air conditioner. Wouldn’t it be better for everyone if all those air conditioners south of the border were powered by cleanly gen-

erated electricity instead of by burning coal? We could help make that happen with the renewable energy resources we have in this province. What’s stopping us? Donald Leung Burnaby, B.C.

More wind, less coal please Dear editor, I was pleased to discover, and quite recently, that BC now gets some of its electricity from BC wind farms. BC was the last province in the country to get wind farms despite having some of the best locations for wind energy in the country. However, I was not nearly as pleased to find out how much electricity is

flowing into our homes from coal fired generators in the United States and Alberta. I do understand that buying cheap coal power from outside BC at night, when demand is low and the supply is high, helps to keep our BC electricity rates low (coal burning plants are apparently difficult to shut down once they are at operating tem-

perature, so they keep them running all the time). But if we’re purchasing coal power just because it’s cheap and available aren’t we just as guilty of polluting the air as those who burned the coal? Energy from the wind is clean and free, and it’s not going to leave a big environmental problem for our kids and grandkids to sort

out. The same cannot be said for the energy from burning coal. That should make it obvious which energy path we should be pursuing. Wind energy seems like an ideal energy source for BC and we’re fortunate to have it as one of our clean energy options. Marney Hogan Langley

Referendum dangerous way to set tax policy As I write this, we are in the final days of the HST referendum campaign. To many it must seem to have been going on forever; the outcome is anticipated by everyone. I was very public in my support for the tax to be rescinded. My ‘yes’ vote was not only because the HST is an unfair tax, or that it takes away provincial control over our tax system, or that those that benefit most from it are the corporations not consumers. Beyond those reasons, I voted in favour

MLA Update with Claire Trevena of getting rid of the tax was because of the way it was brought in without consultation after the Liberals were deceitful about it during the last provincial election and because of

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the continued manipulation of the playing field by the Liberal government. We’ve now all heard of the untendered contracts to sell the people of BC on the tax. We’ve seen months of taxpayerfunded commercials telling us that it is good for us. Further, we’ve even been offered a bribe – the promised reduction in the rate by 2014 – a promise made without any details being provided. But this is not the way tax policy should be developed or implemented. We should not

be having a referendum on a significant revenue stream. We should look towards California to be aware of the dangers of setting tax policy through initiatives and referenda: a state which is broke and cannot provide basic public services. If there is anything positive to come from the exercise we have gone through in the last two years is the realization that we need an honest and open discussion about fair taxation and other revenue available to a government to provide the services our

society needs to function and to thrive. Many people gripe about taxes, but without them, and without money coming to the government through stumpage, crown leases, and resource rents we would not have any infrastructure – whether that be roads, hospitals, teachers or conservation officers: all paid for by the public purse. Unfortunately, for the last ten years we have seen taxes go down while fees and bills for public services rise. So while a per-

son’s tax bill may be lower each April, other costs to each of us are much greater. But we need to ensure society’s infrastructure is secure – and we have to pay for it. As MLA I take these issues on and argue with the government for a cut of the pie for the North Island: but the philosophy I am faced with is that there is no money and so if the service is going to be provided it will likely come from the private sector. Frankly that is not good enough. We have a communal and com-

munity responsibility to ensure that services are there so our children have an excellent education, essential health services are accessible to all, everyone has a basic standard of living, and so there is a safety net in place for the vulnerable. I will be taking a couple of weeks off in August, but apart from that can be found through email at Claire.trevena.mla@ leg.bc.ca, by phone at 250 287 5100, or toll free 1 866 387 5100. Best regards, Claire

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August 10 Logger Sports Demonstration Night, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m., Broughton Blvd. Waterfront Logger Sports Event Site in Port McNeill. Veteran logger sports competitors will host a demonstration night on August 10 to offer everyone interested a chance to test the equipment and get familiar with the events. The Port McNeill Logger Sports Society is introducing a noviceclass competition for the 2011 Logger Sports event and are offering the demonstration night

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to encourage all North Islanders to come out and join in the contest. No axe? No problem! All necessary logger sports equipment will be provided for novice-class competitors. Noviceclass competitors are encouraged to enter early as space may be limited. Entry forms and additional information can be found online at: www. vancouverislandnorth.ca/loggersports

August 20 Basking Shark presentation, 7 p.m., Whale Interpretive Centre in Telegraph Cove. Free, open to all ages. Learn about the second-largest August 8-12 Stepping Stones Summer Camp: “Forest fish in the world from DFO expert Romney Explorers”, 3-5 years 9:30-11:30 a.m., 5-9 years McPhie. Info, 250-928-2129. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Registration $50, 250-949-3031 August 20 or niecds@telus.net Port McNeill Logger Sports Logger Sports competition returns to Vancouver August 13 Sointula Farmer’s Market, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., rain Island North on Orcafest weekend for 2011. Port McNeill will host competitors in a full or shine. Follow the signs to #25 2nd Street. Artisans, bakers, gardeners, more. Info, Sally at slate of events including Axe Throw, Choker Race, Springboard and Hot Saw to name a few. 250-973-6593. There will be mens and ladies categories as well as a mixed Jack & Jill event. There will also be a August 15-19 Stepping Stones Summer Camp: “Crazy focus on novice competitors for this year’s event Science”, 3-5 years 9:30-11:30 a.m., 5-9 years and first timers are encouraged to get involved. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Registration $50, 250-949-3031 This is an exciting spectator event with competitors racing against the clock and each other. or niecds@telus.net For more information and registration information, go to www.vancouverislandnorth.ca/logAugust 20 Orcafest in Port McNeill; theme: “Scales and gersports Serving the North Island for all your real estate needs.

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Fresh off the boat — when cultures meet Robin Quirk For the Gazette ALERT BAY—Alert Bay was blessed with an incredible group of Maori exchange students recently thanks to organizer Massoud Moslehi and Jamie Hunt. The students from New Zealand’s James Cook School arrived on the 6 p.m. July 23 ferry when the Namgis First Nation welcomed the Maori at the ferry with dance, drumming and song while dressed in colourful West Coast traditional regalia. The ferry dock instantly became an open air stage for two nations meeting. The males from the Maori troupe literally moved off the Quadra Queen carrying spears and other traditional Maori weapons. Their movements were slow, shifting and respectful as the warriors moved off the ferry onto Namgis land. Their dance was one of clearing spirits and communicating to spirit guardians that they are here. Their sounds were animistic and guttural “whoops� and “squawks.� The Namgis responded to the Maori greeting with Ernest Alfred dancing the Hamt’sa to demonstrate the Namgis have a strong spiritual being to greet the Maori. The combined dance troupes, the T’sasala and Gwawina, did the welcome dance in response. Two men, Chief Bill Cranmer and cultural teacher George Pomana slowly and respectfully approached each other with welcoming words and then shook hands. John Brandon, principle of the James Cook School also spoke at this time and shook hands with Cranmer. The full troupe of Maori women and men sang together. Their well-trained voices were powerful. It was a wonderful sound and a heartfelt

moment for all present. This marked the beginning of friendship and student exchange. The purpose of the Maori exchange - The Maori call this exchange “hikoiâ€? translated means “walk.â€? This exchange is a journey of growth and development. There were 37 students and 13 chaperones made up of parents and teachers. They had two main performances and presentations; one at the Music Fest on the Bay and the second at the Big House. They performed at the Music Fest dressed in their native regalia. The big house was jam-packed with family and friends. The evening began with a superb pot-luck supper followed by Namgis traditional dancing, drumming and singing. When the James Cook School students were given the floor their principle John Brandon and cultural teacher George Pomana thanked the Namgis for their generosity in English and then in the Maori native tongue. Then the Maori performed various dances and the melodic vocals filled the Big House. After both nations finished it was time for gift-giving. The James Cook School presented Chief Bill Cranmer with traditional Maori weapons. The Namgis gave the Maori a special canoe paddle by Fort Rupert artist Ross Hunt and 100 T-shirts designed by William Wasden Jr. that Maori exchange students put on a show as they get off the Alert had the following wording: Maya’xalapa – “to Bay ferry. exchange respectâ€? in Maori – ‘Namgis culRobin Quirk photo tural exchange 2011.â€? The Maori warmed many a heart while they were in Alert Bay and the Namgis warmed many OrcaFest August 20 a Maori heart. A few students expressed their appreciation for the Namgis and they truly did not want to go home. While in Alert Bay they visited the submitted by Chamber Manager U’mista Cultural Centre. Cheryl Jorgenson They were open to meet and greet 3UNDAY!UGUST /RCA&EST)NVITATIONAL3LO everyone they might happen to bump 0ITCH0LAYOFFS into. 4HE0ORT-C.EILL$ISTRICT#HAMBEROF Many hands came together to bil- Saturday August 20 #OMMERCEISPLEASEDTOSUPPORTTHERESIDENTS OF0ORT-C.EILLANDLOCALBUSINESSESWITH let, feed and care for them while Theme: Scales & Tales‌And Other Fish THEDEVELOPMENTANDPRODUCTIONOFTHE on island. The Maori youth left Stories! ANNUALh/RCA&ESTvEVENT4HE-ISSIONOF Alert Bay July 26 while the Namgis s/RCA&EST0ARADEREGISTRATIONFORMSCANBE THE0ORT-C.EILLAND$ISTRICT#HAMBEROF FOUNDATTHE0ORT-C.EILL#HAMBER/FlCE drummed and sang special songs of EMAILEDORFAXEDTOYOU #OMMERCEISTOSUPPORTANDENHANCELOCAL friendship and goodbye. BUSINESS WHICHCONTRIBUTESTOTHEQUALITYOF s/RCA&EST-ARKETISOPENFORBUSINESSAND The Maori reciprocated with cer- REGISTRATIONCANBEPICKEDUPATTHE#HAMBER LIVINGIN0ORT-C.EILLANDAREA4HISISALSO THEPURPOSEOFh/RCA&ESTv4HATANDHAVEA /FlCE0RE REGISTRATIONFEE LATE emonious farewell and gift-giving. TERRIlCTIMEOFITTOO REGISTRATIONFEE  As they departed three male warUpcoming Chamber Meetings s/RCA&EST#OMMITTEEGRATEFULLYACCEPTS riors danced and moved back onto ANYINPUTANDPARTICIPATIONFROM#HAMBER %XECUTIVE-EETING   THE the ferry as skillfully and meaningful -EMBERSHIPANDTHE#OMMUNITYOF0ORT 3PORTSMAN2ESTAURANT 'ENERAL-EETINGS0OSTPONEDUNTIL as when they arrived. -C.EILLATLARGE

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Covering up at the Cove Gazette staff TELEGRAPH COVE — The annual Telegraph Cove Craft Fair traditionally draws hundreds of visitors and vendors to the boardwalk running between the historic buildings. On Saturday, it drew mostly rain. A heavy downpour throughout much of the day depressed turnout at the fair, among both vendors and visitors. By mid-afternoon, some vendors, faced with an empty boardwalk and continuing precipitation, called it a day and packed their wares. “In the last 20 years I can’t remember a day this bad for our craft fair,” Telegraph Cove’s Marilyn Graham said. Conditions were much better for the second day of the Cove’s signature weekend, as dozens of anglers took to the water for the annual Telegraph Cove Fishing Derby. Though some early arriving participants said the action was quiet in the morning, by mid-afternoon the fish were streaming in and making

for some lively action at the scale beside the main lodge. At one point, a large tour bus arrived and disgorged passengers who streamed to the scale to admire and take photos of the fish. The winner for largest salmon was Klause Gretzmacher, who landed a 25-pound spring. Largest bottom fish went to Rhett Sullivan’s 38-pound halibut, and the top catch among

youth was a 24-pound spring caught by 15-year-old Tyler Gellatly, which was good enough for second place overall. The derby wrapped up Sunday evening with a pot luck dinner and awards ceremony at the adjacent campground. Proceeds from the derby went to benefit the Kokish River Hatchery salmonid enhancement program.

Clockwise from top left: Sisters Willow and Skye Wilkes of Wyoming, 11 and 7, show off their fish to mother, Misty, and Cathy Denham during the 2011 Fishing Derby at Telegraph Cove Sunday; Lyla Meinhold wields an umbrella at Saturday’s 2011 Craft Fair; The Broeksma family packs up their tent as the craft fair wraps up; rain gear was mandatory as visitors check out Gilbert’s Unique Woodworks. Elena Rardon photos

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Businesses come together to help fish Ed Bennett of the Port McNeill Chinook Club holds a ceremonial cheque during a presentation by five North Island businesses Friday at the Kokish River Hatchery near Port McNeill. Submitted photo REGIONAL DISTRICT OF MOUNT WADDINGTON NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to sections 890 and 892 of the Local Government Act that a Public Hearing will be held in the board room of the Regional District of Mount Waddington administrative office, 2044 McNeill Road, Port McNeill, B.C. on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 3:45pm for the purpose of hearing representations concerning “Regional District of Mount Waddington Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 821, 2011” which proposes to amend “Zoning Bylaw No. 21, 1972” to include provisions, in accordance with the Local Government Act, that would allow the Board of the Regional District of Mount Waddington to issue Temporary Use Permits in the area of the Regional District to which Zoning Bylaw No. 21 applies.

Gazette staff The Kokish River Hatchery received a $10,000 boost toward its salmon enhancement efforts Friday, thanks to the efforts of a coalition of North Island businesses. The companies teamed to commit more than $10,000 in both direct funding and in-kind support to the hatchery’s program to recover salmon stocks in the river. “This is a really tre-

mendous partnership between Vancouver Island businesses and dedicated volunteers, all in support of fish and fish habitat,” said Ken Kollman, program coordinator for the hatchery. “We are very pleased that the facility will be able continue to operate as an important part of salmon conservation on the North Island.” The companies supporting the Kokish River Hatchery

include Timber West Forest Corp., Strategic Group, Marine Harvest Canada, Kwagis Power LP, and Western Forest Products. All five have operations on Northern Vancouver Island and value the contribution the Kokish River Hatchery makes to salmon conservation in the area. The hatchery is operated by the Port McNeill Chinook Club and is dedicated to salmon enhance-

ment in the Kokish River. The Kokish River Hatchery is a Department of Fisheries and Oceans licensed facility that has released over five million salmon into the Kokish River over the last 25 years. The mission of the Kokish River Hatchery is to recover salmon stocks to a healthy, self-sustaining level. The program operates entirely thanks to a host of dedicated volunteers.

TAKE NOTICE that proposed Regional District of Mount Waddington Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 821, 2011 and related information that may be considered by the Board can be obtained at the Regional District of Mount Waddington administrative office, 2044 McNeill Road, Port McNeill, B.C., between the hours of 8:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays, from August 4, 2011 until August 16, 2011. Anyone who believes proposed Regional District of Mount Waddington Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 821, 2011 will affect their interests shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard in person or by a representative or by written submission at the above-noted time and place. If you are unable to attend the Public Hearing, written comments may be mailed, facsimiled, emailed or hand-delivered to the Regional District of Mount Waddington by 2:00pm, Tuesday, August 16, 2011. Legally, the Regional District of Mount Waddington cannot consider any representations made after the close of the Public Hearing. Enquiries and written comments/submissions should be directed to: Jeff Long, Manager of Planning Regional District of Mount Waddington PO Box 729, 2044 McNeill Road, Port McNeill, B.C. V0N 2R0 Telephone: 250-956-3301 Ext. 222 Facsimile: 250-956-3232

District of Port Hardy Notice of Public Hearing Per section 892 (1) of the Local Government Act, the District of Port Hardy hereby gives notice of a Public Hearing to be held on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at 7360 Columbia Street, Port Hardy, B.C. V0N 2P0 to seek public input on Bylaw 08-2011, a bylaw to amend the District of Port Hardy Zoning Bylaw No. 10-2006. This amendment proposes to change the zoning of Lot A, Sec. 22, Tp. 6, Rupert Dist., Plan VIP85579 from Mobile Home Park Residential: R-3 to Single Family Residential: R-1. The street address of this parcel is 5056 Peel Street, Port Hardy, B.C.

Workers needed in the future The province is predicting a worker’s market in just a few years. A provincial government report predicts the number of skilled workers will exceed the supply of available workers by 2016. The second annual Labour Market Outlook report anticipates the northeast part of the province will have the highest annual growth in demand for workers, followed by the Mainland/Southwest, and North Coast and

Nechako. “This report is a strong signal that B.C. will be entering a period of strong job growth and increasing prosperity. Families in all regions of B.C., including our rural areas, will benefit from this growth,” said Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Pat Bell. One million job openings are expected in B.C. by 2020. One-third of the jobs available will result from the province’s

economic growth, while two-thirds are spurred on by retirements and the aging workforce. The largest numbers of job openings are anticipated in the areas of: sales and service, business and trades and equipment operators. The health occupation group is expected to have the largest percentage increase in demand growth. Approximately 78 per cent of job openings over the next

decade will require some post-secondary education and training or a university degree. B.C. is investing more than $470 million in jobs training and skills development programs this year to meet the anticipated demand. The government has also developed Skills for Growth, a labour market strategy to ensure that workforce skills in British Columbia match and meet the economic needs of the Province.

Per section 892(1) of the Local Government Act, the District of Port Hardy hereby gives notice of a Public Hearing to be held in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Office located at 7360 Columbia Street, Port Hardy, BC on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. to seek public input on Bylaw 13-2011, a bylaw to amend the District of Port Hardy Zoning Bylaw 10-2006. This amendment proposes to change the zoning of Lot 2, Section 24, Township 9, Rupert District, Plan 42801 from General Commercial to Commercial Animal Services. The civic address of this parcel is 5040 Pioneer Place, Port Hardy, BC. A copy of the proposed bylaws and relevant background documents may be inspected at the Municipal Office on any business day between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday inclusive, except Statutory Holidays, to August 9, 2011 or on the District website at www. porthardy.ca.

Comment wanted on report The province is inviting public comments on a new report that recommends short- and long-term actions to protect B.C.’s species at risk. Developed by an independent, 10-member task force, the report was recently released by Environment

Minister Terry Lake. “The task force has done a remarkable job of balancing diverse perspectives, reaching consensus and setting out a vision,” said Lake. “The issues around species at risk are critically important and also highly complex, and

that’s why the province is inviting public comments and reviewing the recommendations to help determine future steps.” British Columbians are encouraged to read and comment on the task force report through the Ministry of Environment website.

As government formulates its plan, all feedback received will be valued and the implications on all interests will be fully considered. Comment on the task force report and recommendations at: http://www.env.gov. bc.ca/sartaskforce/.

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All persons who deem their interest in property to be affected by the proposed bylaw shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard in person, by attorney or by petition on all matters contained in the proposal. Signed, written submissions should be sent to Gloria Le Gal, District of Port Hardy, PO Box 68, 7360 Columbia Street, Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0 or by email to glegal@porthardy.ca. Please note that legal considerations prevent Council from hearing any representation made after the time of the Public Hearing. Gloria Le Gal Director of Corporate Services


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on deck Tell us about items of interest to the sports community. August 6-7 Motor sports Tri-Port Motor Sports Club stock car racing at Tri-Port Speedway. Racing begins at 7 p.m. Saturday and at 1 p.m. Sunday. Concession, kids play area, door prizes. Info, Theresa, 250-949-7273. August 10 Logger sports Logger sports demonstration and novice training, 7 p.m., Broughton Blvd. Waterfront, Por t McNeill. Spectators welcome and newcomers interested in taking part in 2011 Logger Sports novice class are invited to participate. Early registration encouraged, as space may be limited. To register and for info, visit www. vancouverislandnorth. ca/loggersports August 19-21 Slo-pitch Annual OrcaFest SloPitch Tournament in Port McNeill. Game times tba; locations at Centennial Field, Mantic Field, Hyde Creek Ballpark. Info, Orma at 250-9563345.

Logger sports back in McNeill Gazette staff The sawdust and wood chips will once again be flying on the North Island as Port McNeill prepares to welcome some of the best competitors in the world for the second annual Port McNeill Logger Sports Society Lumberjack Competition to be held during OrcaFest. TSN will once again be on site filming the excitement for their internationally syndicated Lumberjacks television series. This year, Port McNeill will host the Canadian national championship events for Open Springboard and Novice Underhand Chop. This is an excellent family-oriented event and a great chance to see nationally-ranked athletes vie for great prizes and bragging rights. “This is a wonderful opportunity to again showcase our North Island com-

Nick Russell of Port McNeill send the chips flying during last year's logger sports comPhoto submitted petition in Port McNeill.

munities and our own home-grown athletes”, reflected Port McNeill Mayor Gerry Furney. Coun. Shirley Ackland confirmed her

attendance at the event after commenting forestry work is a mainstay of our communities and supported her family for many years.

The Port McNeill Logger Sports Society is also very excited to introduce a noviceclass competition and is encouraging all North

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August 20 Logger Sports Second annual Port McNeill Logger Sports Society lumberjack competition, on the Port McNeill waterfront. Pros, locals, new novice division. National championship Open Springboard competition. Time tba. Info, www. vancouverislandnorth. ca/loggersports. August 20-21 Motor sports Tri-Port Motor Sports Club hosts the 2011 Dust Bowl stock-car racing event, 7 p.m. Saturday at Tri-Port Speedway. Racing resumes Sunday at 1 p.m. Concession, kids play area, door prizes. Info, Theresa, 250949-7273.

“It is exciting and rewarding to see our local loggers compete and be recognized for their hard work, talents and skills”, she said.

Islanders to come out and join in the contest and for some good natured fun. No axe? No problem — all necessary logger sports equipment will be provided for noviceclass competitors. For those who need an introduction or a refresher course, veteran logger sports competitor Nick Russell will be host a demonstration night to allow everyone interested a chance to test the equipment and get familiar with the events. Interested participants who want to give it a shot are invited to the Logger Sports event site across from the Port McNeill Community Centre Aug. 10, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Novice-class competitors are encouraged to enter early as space may be limited and entry forms can be found online at www. vancouverislandnorth. ca/loggersports.

Todd Servatius of Port McNeill shows off his winning 83-pound halibut in the Quatsino Fishing Derby Sunday. Photo submitted

Gwen Hansen For the Gazette The sixth Annual Quatsino Sound Fishing Derby started with liquid sunshine but ended up with the real stuff as local and visiting anglers competed for more than $5,000 in awards and ticket draw prizes. From dawn Saturday to 1 p.m. Sunday, boats of all sizes worked the waters around Quatsino Sound. One young teen, Kathleen Nelson, spent six hours in her open boat, in the rain and all alone before bringing in the first of her three entries. That’s what we call true North Island determination and perseverance. Stories of monster spring salmon lost, forgotten dipnets and spectacular whale sightings were shared throughout the day. The final 12:45 p.m. weigh-in flurry Sunday brought out derby entrants and spectators alike to cheer on the

last fishers before trooping up to Quatsino School for the volunteer fire brigade’s much-applauded hot lunch concession. At end of the day volunteers at the weigh-in station had recorded 206 fish, from 83-lbs down to .2-lbs (a wiggly perch caught by 3 ½ year old Stella Hardy). Hats off to Ray Logan for pointing out a computer error at the awards presentation which named him grand prize winner. The corrected results acknowledged Cathy Moore as the true winner of $1,000 for her 25.6 lb. spring and many were won over by Ray’s honesty. This was the first year cash prizes were presented for the three top weight catches by a derby kid (12 yrs. & under). It took the younger winners a little while to realize the prize envelopes were full of cash, and then smiles were shining everywhere, from kids

and parents alike. Grand Prize Winners: 25.6-lb spring – Cathy Moore: $1,000 (Port Hardy) 10.6-lb coho – Joshua Williamson: $500 (Port Hardy) 83-lb halibut – Todd Servatius: $500 (Port McNeill) 29.6-lb other (Ling Cod) – Henry Lacourse: $500.00 Second Prize Winners: 24.6-lb spring – Brian Kenny 10.2-lb coho (tie) – Fred McLauglin and Randy Peterson 71-lb halibut – David McLauglin 28.8-lb other (ling cod) – Larry Maharaj Third Prize Winners: 24.4-lb spring – Mike Lind 9.8-lb coho – Fred McLauglin 69-lb halibut – Mike Lecourse 24.2-lb other – Jeff Mitton Top Derby Kids (12 yrs & under): (1) 10.6-lb coho – Joshua Williamson@ $150.00 (2) 6.6-lb other (cod) – Jamie Peterson @ $100.00 (3) 6.4-lb coho/halibut/halibut (threeway tie) – Hailey Tiberghien, Bradon Peterson and Jamie Peterson @ $100.00 Hidden Weight Winners: Mike Magnusson (19.2-lb spring), Viola Sharpe (5.4-lb coho), Jim McLean (24.2 lb halibut), Tricia Hodkinson (5.2 lb other), Virginia Larin (13.4 lb spring), Jim Vining (3.8 lb coho), Allison Johnston (1.7 lb other).


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Day rules night at races Gazette staff PORT HARDY — Glen Day was the evening’s big winner, but Justin Reusch maintained his overall points lead in the Tri-Port Motor Sports Club’s most recent stock car racing session at Tri-

Port Speedway. Day outdueled runnerup Kevin Doucette and reigning track champion Daniel Hovey to claim the checkered flag in the main event Saturday, July 23. He also won the second heat race, with

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Is now accepting coaching applications for Midgets for the 2011/2012 hockey season. Without a Midget coach the Midget division will not run. Please express interest to Vadim Stavrakov at 250-956-4836 or vs4836@telus.net

Reusch placing second and Doucette third. Hovey got off to a fast start, claiming both the trophy dash and the first heat race. Reusch, who was runnerup in the first heat, ran his season point total to 466,

while Day moved up in second place with 405. Hovey (265 points) and Doucette (255) are locked in a close duel for third. Racing returns this weekend with shows Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m.

THE NORTH ISLAND EAGLES is now accepting registration forms for rep tryouts! Past member’s registrations will be mailed to your home. Contact Tanya Kellar 250-956-4836 or registrar.northislandeagles@yahoo.ca There will be no registrations taken the day of tryouts. Registrations must be completed in advance.

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PORT HARDY BAPTIST CHURCH Corner of Trustee & Highland Morning Service 11:00 am Plus regular family activities Office: 250-949-6844 www.porthardybaptistchurch.ca 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 columbac@uniserve.com 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 www.portmcneillfullgospel.org 11/11

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

Are you looking for a quality academic education for your children with high social and moral standards? Please call Clifford at Avalon Adventist Junior Academy: 250-949-8243, email: wagonwoody2003@yahoo.ca or check our website: www.aaja.ca COMING EVENTS

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 11/11

NORTH ISLAND CATHOLIC CHURCHES Sunday Masses St. Mary’s Port McNeill: 9am St. Bonaventure Port Hardy: 11am St. Theresa’s Port Alice: 1st & 2nd Sundays 9am 3rd, 4th, & 5th Sunday 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

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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 www.MyNewChurch.ca or phone Pastor Rick Ivens at 250-230-5555 for more info. Time for a change in your life? Everyone is welcome! 11/11

COMING EVENTS

LIGHTHOUSE RESOURCE CENTRE s#HAPLAIN3ERVICES s"IBLE3TUDIES s3PIRITUAL#OUNSELLING s7EEKLY!!'ROUPS (8635 Granville St. Port Hardy) 250-949-8125

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 E-Mail:pastorgeorge@providenceplace.ca 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: gualbert@uniserve.com 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

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HELP WANTED

HELP WANTED

CAMPGROUND MANAGER Quatse River Campground. Duties include facility maintenance, reservations, reception, fee collections. Year round accommodations provided. Ideal for retired or semi-retired couple. Send resumes to: NVISEA, Box 1409 Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0 By fax: 250-949-5195 or by email: nvisea@island.net. ECOTRUST CANADA is seeking a highly-motivated PROGRAM MANAGER, with proven experience in FISHERIES monitoring and program management, for the Area A Crab Monitoring Program in Prince Rupert, BC. Full Time 1 year (with possible renewal); competitive rates; healthy benefits package. DETAILS: www.ecotrust.ca/about/jobs APPLY BY: August 20, 2011

HELP WANTED

Cotter’s Home Inspiration Society is looking for a home-support worker for 2 mentally challenged adults. This is a permanent/part-time position for Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4pm-9am. Applicants must be female and have a valid driver’s license. An on call/casual position is also available. Applicant must be female and have a valid drivers license. For particulars of position contact Deb McNabb by phone: 250-949-6135 or by email: debmcn@uniserve.com.

GUS’S PUB in Port McNeill is looking for 2 full time cooks. Please drop by with resume and see Tasos.

HELP WANTED

HELP WANTED

Holbrook Dyson Logging Ltd Has vacancies in the following jobs: 1)Heavy Duty Mechanic. 2)Processor Operator. Fax resumes to 250-287-9259 We are still hiring - Dozer & excavator operators required by a busy Alberta oilfield construction company. We require operators that are experienced and preference will be given to operators that have constructed oilfield roads and drilling locations. You will be provided with motels and restaurant meals. Competitive wages, bonus and transportation daily to and from job sites. Our work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Call 780-723-5051. N.I. SPORTSMAN in Port McNeill. Now hiring servers. Please apply in person & ask for Arta or Yannis.

HELP WANTED

HELP WANTED

Quatsino First Nation Economic Development Corporation

LEMARE GROUP EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT The Lemare Group is currently seeking an Executive Administrative Assistant for their Port McNeill Office, which is located on Northern Vancouver Island. Responsibilities: •Managing Calendars •Coordinating Travel Arrangement •Process correspondence, reports and other documents •Maintain confidential records and office files Qualifications: •Previous executive/administrative experience •Excellent oral & written skills •Microsoft Office fluency is mandatory This position is a full time permanent position with a competitive compensation package based on experience. Lemare will accept resumes by email or fax. Please fax your response to: 250-9564888 or to: office@lemare.ca.

HELP WANTED

HELP WANTED

HOLISTIC HEALTH

North Island Community Services Society is now accepting applications for the following Huckleberry House positions. •Daycare Supervisor •Daycare Assistant Supervisor •Woss Strong Start Qualifications: Valid provincial ECE/ECE assistant certificate, First Aid Certificate and minimum of two years experience working with children 3-5 years of age. Closing date: August 19, 2011, please forward application on or before 5:00pm to: North Island Community Services Society PO Box 1028 Port McNeill, BC V0N 2R0 Email: nicsbc@telus.net Only short listed applicants will be contacted.

Stuck On Designs is seeking a full time designer to work in our shop in Prince Rupert. Proficiency in Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign is a must. Progressive shop with lots of opportunity. stuckon@citytel.net or fax 250-624-6160. Please - no freelancers.

Healing Touch for relief of pain and symptoms of stress. Port Hardy and Port Alice Call Sharon: 250-230-4562

PARTS COUNTER PERSON Experienced parts counter person required for North Island Ford Store. We pay competitive wages and offer benefits package. Email resume to: dlsales@telus.net

HELP WANTED

Economic Development Manager

HELP WANTED

Looking for an exciting challenge? The Quatsino First Nation Economic Development Corporation is looking for a personable, highly motivated and experienced Economic Development Manager to head a diverse range of businesses as well as to pursue and develop other opportunities for the Quatsino First Nation.

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TRADES, TECHNICAL FULL-TIME CABINET BUILDER / INSTALLER Req. immediately for a busy Surrey / Port Kells location. The ideal candidate will be energetic with 5+ yrs. exp. Benefits after 3 months. Please E-mail resume: rose@continentalsfg.com or Fax: (1)604-882-3561

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LEGALS

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Attn: Dale Blackburn, Chair Quatsino First Nation Economic Development Corporation 322 Quattishe Road Coal Harbour BC V0N 1K0 Email: admin@qfnedc.ca

We are currently seeking a marine mechanic. Specializing in Honda and Yamaha is an asset. Full time position with benefits. Wages dependant on credentials and experience. Apply in person to Colleen or e-mail resume to: macandal@telus.net.

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Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, the ideal candidate will have a minimum 5 years experience in business management, economic development or other related profession with a proven successful track record. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing and improving where necessary, day-to-day activities of the existing operations including human resources and especially finances, developing and fostering new and existing business relationships and partnerships and developing new ventures where it meets with the Quatsino’s Strategic plans. Communications with the Board, Council and Quatsino membership is key to success and the manager will excel in this area.

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FINANCIAL SERVICES

HELP WANTED

DENIED CANADA Pension plan disability benefits? The Disability Claims Advocacy Clinic can help. Call Allison Schmidt at 1-877-793-3222. www.dcac.ca GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420. www.pioneerwest.com

HELP WANTED

The Corporation of the Village of Alert Bay Chief Administrative/Financial Officer Position The Village of Alert Bay has an immediate opening for the position of a Chief Administrative/Financial Officer. The successful candidate will bring proven and effective experience in local government and financial administration to work effectively with Council and Staff as a team. Advanced computer skills in financial accounting systems an asset. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and prior experience. Resume and covering letter to be sent to: Mayor Michael Berry, Village of Alert Bay Bag Service 2800, Alert Bay, BC V0N 1A0 Email: alby@cablerocket.com Further information is available on the Civicinfo BC website http://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/161. asp?jobpostingid=14317. Deadline for applications is 4:00 pm August 30, 2011.

DEVELOPMENT OF A PEST MANAGEMENT PLAN Pest Management Plan # 3 – Western Forest Products Inc. Holberg Forest Operation Western Forest Products Inc.’s (WFP) Holberg Forest Operation (HFO) is renewing a Pest Management Plan (PMP), which includes a description of proposed Integrated Pest Management practices for managing problem brush, including the use of pesticides within the PMP area. The PMP will apply to forest lands managed by HFO within Tree Farm Licence 6, Forest License A19240, Forest Licence A19244 and WFP’s private lands. The PMP covers an area generally located north of Quatsino Sound to south of Cape Scott and extends eastward to near Nahwitti Lake. The communities of Holberg, Winter Harbour and Quatsino are located within this geographical area. The pesticides proposed for use under the PMP are glyphosate (trade names Vision, Vision Max and Vantage) and triclopyr (trade name Release). Proposed application methods are ground based foliar spray, stem injection, and cut stump treatment. The proposed term of the PMP is from October 2011 to October 2016. A copy of the PMP may be examined in detail during regular business hours at WFP’s Holberg office. Information can also be provided by email. A person wishing to contribute information or inquiries relevant to the development of the Pest Management Plan, may contact the applicant at the address above within 30 days of the publication of this notice.

David Poilievre, RPF Mike Pitre, RPF Western Forest Products Inc. Holberg Forest Operation #1 Main Street, Holberg, B.C. V0N 1Z0 Telephone: 288-3233; Fax: 288-3764 email: dpoilievre@westernforest.com or mpitre@westernforest.com

SHIFT MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR (afternoons)

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 http://www.westernforest.com/careers/current_openings.php 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: Human Resource Department Facsimile: 250.748.3177 Email: resumes@westernforest.com Application Deadline: Wed., August 31, 2011 Reference Code: Shift Maintenance Supervisor, MIFO

A&W Port Hardy is seeking a

COOK

This is a full-time permanent position. Duties include: cooking, food ordering, kitchen cleaning and participation in A&W’s training program. Must be mature, responsible and able to work flexible hours. Wage starts at $9.35/hour. Please apply in person with resume at A&W Port Hardy, Thunderbird Mall


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REAL ESTATE

REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE SERVICES

FINANCIAL SERVICES

FOR SALE BY OWNER

MOBILE HOMES & PARKS

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PORT HARDY 7550 W. Glacier Cres. Renovated 3 bdrms up, 2 bdrms down, 1.5 baths, deck (up & down). All appliances, oil furnace, inspected woodstove. 2 flat driveways, shed big enough for 17’ boat on trailer. Large wood shed. Ready to move in. Must see! $190,000. Call 250-902-8208 or 250-902-8202 to view.

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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, Burndrywood.com or 1877-902-WOOD.

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE A FREE Telephone service Get your first month free. bad credit, don’t sweat it. No deposits. no credit checks. Call Freedom Phone Lines today Toll-Free 1-866-884-7464. DO-IT-YOURSELF steel buildings priced to clear - Make an offer! Ask about free delivery, most areas! Call for quick quote and free brochure - 1800-668-5111 ext. 170. **HOME PHONE Reconnect** Call 1-866-287-1348. Prepaid Long Distance Specials! Feature Package Specials! Referral Program! Don’t be without a home phone! Call to Connect! 1-866-287-1348 HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/newspaper? SAWMILLS FROM only $3997 - Make money & save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free Info & DVD: www.NorwoodSawmills.com/ 400OT 1-800-566-6899 Ext:400OT. STEEL BUILDING Sale... Specials from $5 to $12/sq. ft. Great pricing on absolutely every model, width and length. Example: 30’W x 50’L x 16’H. Now $11,900. End walls included, doors optional. Pioneer Steel Manufacturers 1800-668-5422.

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LOTS COAL HARBOUR, large serviced ocean view lot, near Port Hardy, $120,000. Call 250949-1223. VICTORIA CITY level lot, 50’x120’, multi-family zoned on nice tree lined dead end street. $550,000. 1-604-5054957. No Realtors please.

REAL ESTATE SERVICES

3 BDRM, 1 bath, 2 additions, great street for kids, drive by 2550 Cassiar Place. Call to view at 250-230-0276. $129,000 obo.

RECREATIONAL PROPERTY

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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 bchomesforsale.com/70mile/frank.)

REAL ESTATE SERVICES

RENTALS

QUATSINO, 7 6 lots. 3.75 to 21.7 acres, $100,000-125,000 plus HST. courtesy to Realtors www.quatsinolots.com Call: 250-245-7357.

ACREAGE

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REAL ESTATE SERVICES

82.8 ACRES, 300’ lakefront, S Cariboo. Beautiful, pastoral, private, rural setting. Borders crown land. Adjacent 80+ acre parcel available. www.bchomesforsale.com/ view/lonebutte/ann/ MALCOLM ISLAND: 2 ten acre lots starting at $159,000. Well treed, picturesque. Contact 250-702-7252 or malcolmisland@gmail.com.

REAL ESTATE SERVICES

JEFFREY JONES & COMPANY SOLICITOR PROPERTY SALES PORT MCNEILL 1885 Chelan Cres - $98,900 1944 Kathleen Cres - $105,000 - SOLD! 905 Lanqvist Road - $199,000 2141 Camosun Cres - $209,000 2651 Cardena Cres - $247,000 - NEW LISTING! 2634 Cardena Cres - $255,000 2525 Cardena Cres - $325,000 906 Lanqvist Road, Hyde Creek - $348,000 2848 Woodland Dr - $399,000 2850 Woodland Dr - $450,000

SOINTULA Lot 1, 1st Street - 10 Acres - $260,000 Lot 2, 1st Street - 25 Acres - $450,000

ALERT BAY 110 Skana Place - $199,000 114 Skana Place - $55,000 View these properties for sale at www.jjones-lawoffice.com or by contacting us a Jeffrey Jones & Company, (250) 956-3358. If you are interested in listing your property for sale with us, our fee is 4% on the first $100,000 and 2% on any amount above that sale price. This includes all filing fees, legal fees and appraisal fees.

Call our office today for an appointment to list your house.

FOR SALE BY OWNER HOUSE IN COAL HARBOUR. SEMI-WATER FRONT, GREAT VIEW. 3 BDR. 2 1/2 BATH, LARGE SUNDECK. APRX. 1800 SQUARE FEET. 2 WOOD STOVES, ELEC. HEAT, 2 GARAGES TALL ENOUGH FOR MOTOR HOME, PAVED DRIVEWAY. PHONE 250-949-9515. $265,000 O.BO.

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OLDER HOME in Port McNeill, on 2 lots with ocean view, over 3100 sq ft, must be seen, please phone 250-9563546 for viewing. PORT MCNEILL Ocean view 3 bdrms, 1 1/2 baths, 5 appl. Bright kitchen, dining & living area with laminate flooring. Hot tub & lots of parking. $169,000. Call 250-956-3417.

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 www.hardyrealty.ca www.realtor.ca hardyltd@telus.net

PROPERTIES FOR SALE

REAL ESTATE FOR SALE BY OWNER

PORT HARDY TRAILER FOR SALE 1680sq ft, 4 bdrms , lrg yard Highview Trailer Park #68. $20,000 needs TLC. (250)949-8568.

MORTGAGES

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RENTALS

RENTALS

RENTALS

APARTMENT/CONDO

APARTMENT/CONDO

MOBILE HOMES & PADS

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

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

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

KINGCOME MANOR

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 HARDY For rent or for sale. 2 bedroom condo. Seawind Estates. Electric heat, refrigerator, w/d, Gated Security. $675/mo. & $337.50 damage deposit. Available Aug. 1. Call Bill @ 250-902-2605 or 250230-1585. PORT MCNEILL3 Bdrm townhouse, close to schools & hospital. Sept 1. 250-956-3440 www.portmcneilltown houses.yolasite.com

TRANSPORTATION AUTO FINANCING

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

Call 250-956-3526, 250-230-0079. References a must.

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL

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.

STORAGE

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1, 2 & 3 Bedroom apartments, furnished or non-furnished. Clean & quiet. Hot water & cable included.

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of the week. Shreya Narayan of Port Hardy was among the many local youngsters who took part in the World Cup Soccer Camp. Sandy Grenier photo

Six-year-old Abby McCorquodale was just one of several children entertained at Port Hardy’s library by Glenn Kachmar’s science show, which he recently toured through North Island librairies. Marc Grenier photo

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The Hero In You® education program offers a series of FREE curriculum-linked lesson plans (grades 4-7) aimed to motivate children to find the champion within themselves. In addition, teachers can request a FREE classroom presentation delivered in-person by a Hall of Fame athlete!

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If you are a principal, teacher or parent and would like to book a presentation for your classroom, call Michael Markowsky (604) 647-7449 or visit www.heroinyou.ca to download lesson plans.

IMPORTANT NOTICE For Port Alice Residents The Port Alice Health Centre is implementing an afterhours NURSE FIRST CALL PAGER SYSTEM effective August 1, 2011. Residents who require medical assistance after 4:30 p.m. can page the nurse at 250-284-3555 ext 2. At the prompt, residents can enter their 10-digit telephone number. The nurse will return your call as soon as possible. A physician will be available to provide consultations as required. Residents should continue to call the Port Alice Health Centre at 250-284-3555 during daytime hours 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 7 days a week. Individuals who are experiencing a life or limbthreatening medical emergency should call 9-1-1


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The Tour de Rock demands total commitment from its riders – both on and off their bikes Sam Van Schie Black Press

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hen the 22-person Tour de Rock cycling team rides across Vancouver Island this fall, they need to do more than just pump out 1,000 kilometres in two weeks. After a grueling day in the saddle, they still have school children to talk to and fundraisers to attend. “We need to get to the point where cycling 100 kilometres feels easy, so Special we don’t just feature want to go to bed after a Black Press ride,” said Island newspapers on District RCMP Vancouver Island Const. Manon will publish this Chouinard who, special feature before qualifying page spotlighting for this year’s police officers team, had never taking part ridden a road in this year’s bike. Canadian Cancer Since March Society riders have spent Cops for Cancer about eight Tour de Rock. hours per week on their bike with three mandatory weekly training sessions focusing on hills, speed and distance. If anyone misses a ride, they have to make it up on their own. “You don’t want to fall behind. Every week we’re building on what we did the week before,” Chouinard said. A recent hill-training included powering up Mount Washington, a steep 20-kilometre climb. When the training gets tough, West Shore RCMP Const. Rod Fraser said he just thinks about the reason he volunteered for the tour. “It’s all for the kids with cancer. We’re doing this by choice, but they don’t get an option to be sick or not,” said

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Island District RCMP Const. Sandi Swanson, left, West Shore RCMP Const. Rod Fraser and Island District RCMP Const. Manon Chouinard are representing Victoria-area Mounties on this year’s Tour de Rock. Fraser, who as a teenager lost his father to cancer. Money raised by the Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock goes to pediatric cancer research. Since it started in 1998, the annual ride has raised more then $15 million. Riders set their own fundraising target and organize events to bring in donations. Island District RCMP Const. Sandi Swanson has fundraisers planned almost every weekend to meet her goal to raise $12,000. “I’m either at a fundraiser or planning a fundraiser,” Swanson said. Many of her fundraising ideas,

from barbecues to garage sales, come from colleagues who did the ride in previous years. The ride has a roster of business sponsors who give in-kind donations to aid fundraisers. “We get nothing but support at every turn,” Swanson said. “Being a cop, we work long hours and see a lot of hard things. Seeing the other side, the generosity, and being able to give back, it’s an amazing opportunity.” Officers are only allowed to participate in Tour de Rock once in their career, which is extra incentive to give it their all. Fraser is hoping to raise $15,000 and Chouinard is aiming for

$20,000. In the next two months, there will be many fundraisers throughout the region with proceeds going to Tour de Rock. Swanson is holding drop-in jazzercise at the Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence in Saanich, Aug. 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. Fraser has a pancake breakfast and garage sale at the West Shore RCMP station in Langford, Aug. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Chouinard hopes to see 400 people attend her “Tank-top, Flip-flop Hop,” a beach-theme dance party for all ages, at the Bay Street Armoury in Victoria, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.

ON TOUR: This year’s Tour de Rock begins in Port Alice on Saturday, Sept. 24 and ends Friday, Oct. 7 in Victoria. Tour de Rock raises funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research and programs.

HELP OUT: Donations to Tour de Rock can be made at www.copsforcancer.ca.

FIND OUT: To catch up on all the Tour de Rock news, including rider profiles, please go online to:

www.tourderock.ca


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