GAZETTE NORTH ISLAND
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46th Year No. 07 THURS., FEBRUARY 16, 2012
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Fields going, more businesses gone Mike Dâ€™Amour Gazette staff Fields added to the body count of dead or dying stores on the North Island when it recently announced the closure of all its Canadian stores, including its Port McNeill and Port Hardy locations. A company spokeswoman couldnâ€™t confirm the dates when the cash registers stop ringing at the Triport stores, but did say they will be closed by autumn. She also would not say how many North Island Fieldsâ€™ employees will soon find themselves out of work. â€œAs a private company we do not disclose associate numbers,â€? Tiffany BourrĂŠ told the Gazette in an email. â€œFields was proud to serve the many communities across Canada where our stores were located and would like to thank of all our customers for their loyalty,â€? she said. â€œHudsonâ€™s Bay Company would like to thank all
Fields Associates for their dedicated service.â€? While rumours of the closure had been circulating for weeks, Fields joined a growing list of North Island businesses that recently closed their doors for good, or are planning to shut down. At least seven businesses â€” including a video rental store, candy shop, printer, flower shop, and a convenience store â€” from Sointula to Port Hardy have ceased operations and, said the areaâ€™s MLA, something must be done to help those still standing and to encourage new business. â€œThere are huge problems facing the North Island, I think everyone is aware of that,â€? said Claire Trevena (North Island-NDP). â€œWhen you talk about big stores, like Fields, pulling out itâ€™s really beyond our control and problematic,â€? she said. â€œWeâ€™ve got to find a way to encourage people to move to the North Island, and set up those businesses and to
Shaen and Debbie Malone have no takers so far to purchase their successful business. Mike Dâ€™Amour photo
ensure other small businesses have the opportunity to survive.â€? Dennis McGill opened Web World on Market Street nearly two years ago, but said he will be leaving the location at the end of the month. â€œThereâ€™s really no one to blame,â€? said the computer repairman who also provides tech and networking services. â€œThe economyâ€™s bad and people just arenâ€™t spending money to fix their computers,â€? he said. â€œThe average householder is, in my opinion, more concerned with putting potatoes on the table and when it comes down to it whatâ€™s more important? Having clothes for your kids or having something to play on your computer?â€? McGill has one full-time employee, who will be let go, and plans to run a scaled-down model of his business from his home. Restaurant owners Shaen and Debbie Malone are in a bit of a different boat; they have a successful business no one seems interested to purchase. â€œWeâ€™re closing our doors here at the end of May, when our lease runs out,â€? said Debbie, who added the couple is only leaving to be closer to family on the southern part of the island. The couple said they canâ€™t understand why they havenâ€™t had more offers on the iconic Port Hardy eatery, which is on the market for $120,000, $75,000 less than the original asking price. â€œThe last year here has probably been one of our
Dennis McGill is about to close his Market Street business, a victim, he says, of a poor economy. Mike Dâ€™Amour photo
best years here and weâ€™re coming off one of our best months,â€? said Shaen. â€œIf we stripped this place down, it would cost new owners about $500,000 to replace everything.â€? But still, no takers so far. The Malones said if they donâ€™t manage to sell before the end of the month, theyâ€™re still leaving the North Island. And itâ€™s stories like that which concern Trevena.
â€œThe scary thing is the more people that leave, the less attractive it will be here for people to come and to stay,â€? she said. â€œWe need to be able to attract businesses, we need to be able to attract families.â€? Trevena said sheâ€™s in favour of an attempt â€” led by Port Hardy Mayor Bev Parnham â€” to bring back the Northern Living Allowance.
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â€œThereâ€™s a huge justification for it, no question,â€? she said. â€œIt would be a big attraction for people to stay in the community and to come to the community if they knew they were going to get that â€” I would hope (Conservative MP for Vancouver Island North) John Duncan is listening very carefully to people when they are calling for it.â€?
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We’re going to show Canada how we do it Mike D’Amour Gazette staff PORT HARDY—Music, food, entertainment, terrific prizes and more will be the highlights of a day set aside to celebrate the North Island and try to save a Port Hardy business. Later this month, Hardy Buoys Smoked Fish Inc., a Port Hardy business to be featured on CBC’s new reality show, The Big Decision, will host a day at the Civic Centre that will be long on
fun, and short on cash. In fact, organizers are telling people to leave their wallets at home. “It should turn out to be one great day,” said Carol Dirom who, along with her husband, Bruce, owns Hardy Buoys. The Big Decision uses two stars from its hit show, The Dragon’s Den, to work with struggling, but established Canadian businesses to offer advice and maybe even investment cash — if certain cri-
“It should turn out to be one great day.”
Carol Dirom teria is met. One of those is Carol’s challenge to organize a community event that draws attention to
Big Event schedule Prize list (so far) • Autographed item from Clayton Stoner of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. • Autographed item from Willie Mitchell of the NHL’s LA Kings. • Four Canucks Jerseys — each one signed by every player on the team • Codfathers Charters — (Ken & Diane Jenkins) FULL DAY fishing charter & custom fish processing. • Tides and Tales Charters — (Mike Kelly) a half-day fishing charter and custom
fish processing. • Telegraph Cove: Weekend gataway that includes dinner and overnight stay. • BC Ferries – Inside Passage sailing. Two Canucks getaway packages: • Coastwide Fishing Charters (Chad Calder) – set of Canucks tickets • Pacific Coastal — return airfare and accommodation for two to go see the Canucks game FREE ACTIVITIES • Swim 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
• Skate 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. • Face painting — Overwaitea. LIVE ENTERTAINMENT • Live band - Jam Shack Araknids • Kwakiutl First nations welcome & dancers. • Clifton Murray — Top 10 Canadian Idol and one of the Four Canadian Tenors. FREE FOOD & BEVERAGES • Marine Harvest: salmon barbecue • Hardy Buoys Smoked Fish: Smoked & candied salmon.
• Overwaitea: a ton of hot dogs, bottled water and bags of chips. • Quarterdeck Inn/ Pub & Resort: 2000 hot dogs. • Peoples Drug Mart: Hot chocolate. • Busy B’s Distributing Lynea & Brent Borg: beverages, slushies, coffee and other food items. • Kelley’s Chocolates (Kelley Geisler). • Pepsi: 800 cans of pop. And don’t forget the Big Flavour Face Off pizza creation contest!
the North Island. For you cave-dwellers out there, that happens Feb. 26. “This event is so heart-warming,” said Carol. “I can’t even explain the outpouring of support we’re getting, people are calling all the time to donate or volunteer, it really is overwhelming — what an awesome piece of Canada we live in. ”To give a little back, Carol asked anyone planning to attend
the event at the Civic Centre bring along a non-perishable food item to help the Food Bank and the North Island’s less fortunate. “The CBC wanted to see community spirit,” said Carol. “Well, we have the opportunity to show tthe rest of Canada how our little piece of the country lives, works and plays.” The Big Event takes place most of the day Feb. 26 and offers free food, entertainment and prizes.
There be Dragons It’s beginning to look like a CBC love-in on the North Island. In addition to shooting a segment of its new show, The Big Decision, in Port Hardy, producers of the hit show, Dragon’s Den, will be in town looking for entrepreneurs to pitch their products. Producers of Dragon’s Den hit the road Feb. 10 for cross-Canada audition tour, with more than 40 stops along the way. The show offers entrepreneurs from across the country a chance to face the Dragons in a bid to score some high-powered financial backing. Open auditions are in Port Hardy Feb. 23
from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Quarterdeck Inn & Marina Resort, 6555 Hardy Bay Rd. No experience is necessary and participants of all ages are encouraged to audition. In fact, after a highly-rated All-Student special in Season Six, Dragon’s Den continues to seek young entrepreneurs who think they have the money-making chops to take on the savviest business tycoons in the country. All interested entrepreneurs should be prepared to pitch their business in under five minutes. If they can convince Dragon’s Den producers they are ready for the limelight,
they could be invited to face the Dragons when the upcoming season is filmed in Toronto. Candidates are asked to apply online and bring a completed application form to the audition. As well, Dragon’s Den and Shell Canada partnered for a special Future Now energy innovation episode airing June 3. Finalists will pitch their energy innovations to the Dragons, and the winning pitch will receive $100,000 from Shell Canada to help make their idea a reality. For more details, including a full list of audition tour cities and dates, visit cbc.ca/dragonsden.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Community forest alive and well on the NI Gazette staff A steady flow of people showed at the District of Port Hardy offices to see whatâ€™s going on with the North Islandâ€™s community forest. â€œPeople were generally interested in things like where is the community forest (CF) located and who owns it?â€? said Ione Brown, one of nine community forest directors. In answer, the CF is located in three patches near Alice Lake, near Marble River and close to Quatse Lake. The CF is â€œownedâ€? by the towns of Port Alice, Port Hardy and Port McNeill equally and the corporation of the North Island Community Forest Limited Partnership is set up to run the business of the CF on behalf of the towns. The directors are volunteer and represent the three communities and various professions and interests. â€œWe are still in our first year of operation, but are hoping to see
some activity on the CF lands sometime soon,â€? said Brown. There are 39 CFs in the province with more being applied for and primarily the species found in the CF are hemlock, Douglas-fir and western red cedar Some of the North Island CFs will be logged, but directors are giving consideration to other values such as education and recreation for the community, said Brown. â€œThere is a set annual cut, but there is no restriction on the size that a community forest tenure can be.â€? The Community Forest Agreement is almost the same as a Tree Farm Licence tenure in that all the responsibilities of management rest with the licence holder. For more information, visit the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Community Forest Program at http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hth/timber-tenures/community/index.htm.
Ione Brown, of North Island Community Forest explains the plan to Rick Sjostrom during an open house last weekend. The community forest is located in three patches near Alice Lake, near Marble River and close to Quatse Lake. Mike Dâ€™Amour
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Here we grow again, well, a little Gazette staff The North Islandâ€™s population grew by a whopping 145 people in six years, according to recently released census figures. Statistics Canada results show the population within the
Regional District of Mount Waddington went from 11,506 in 2006 to 11,651 in 2011. Provincially, British Columbiaâ€™s population increased 7 per cent, compared with a 5.3 per cent increase between
2001 and 2006. Hereâ€™s how it breaks down on the North Island: Port Alice dropped from 821 in 2006 to 805 in 2011. Port McNeill saw a similar drop in numbers and went from
2,623 in 2006, to 2,505 in 2011. Alert Bay saw a rise in population on the Indian Reserve â€” 485 in 2006 to 537 five years later â€” but a drop in village numbers; 456 in 2006 to 445 in 2011.
Protect yourself, donâ€™t be a victim Each year the Better Business Bureau of Vancouver Island compiles a list of the scams and complaints that have most significantly impacted consumers in our region. The theme of this yearâ€™s scams list is: â€œWhatâ€™s Old is New Again.â€? â€œWhen it comes to scams, we really havenâ€™t seen anything all that new, in many, many years,â€? says Rosalind Scott, executive director of BBB Vancouver Island. â€œWhile many scams of today are cloaked in modern technology, the basic elements or principles of every scam have been the same for the past 50 to 100 years,â€? she said. â€œScammers make a living taking advantage of peoplesâ€™ desire for fame or fortune, using false pretenses, posing as credible businesses and organizations, and luring people into giving out private, personal and financial information.â€? Here is a brief summary of the top scams from 2011 and simple tips to help you avoid becoming a victim of fraud in 2012. â€˘ The Computer Virus Fixing
Scam: is one going around the North Island right now, with several people saying theyâ€™ve received these phone calls. In this scam a person claiming to be a representative of a business such as Microsoft, Windows or Online PC Care telephones homeowners. The aggressive caller claims the home computer has been infected with a nasty virus that will cause permanent harm. In order to â€œfixâ€? the problem, the victim is directed to a website, asked to provide their credit card information as payment, and told to download an anti-virus program. The caller is, of course, a con. Hang up. Donâ€™t provide any personal information to avoid identity theft. Never provide credit or debit card information for payment. Report any fraudulent activity to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1 (888) 495-8501 or at www.antifraudcentre.ca. â€˘ Brand Spoofing: Brand spoofing (aka phishing) is a general term for fraudulent email, text messages and
websites designed to look like they come from well-known and trusted businesses, organizations, banks or government agencies. Scammers typically lure victims into giving out personal or financial information, or downloading viruses or spyware onto their computers or mobile devices. The best way to protect yourself is to be aware of the basic components of phishing spoofs. In most cases they will be generically worded, and require you to update or provide personal information such as account numbers, PINs, passwords, birthdates or Social Insurance Numbers â€“ information that is unnecessary or should already be on file. They often require you to click on a hyperlink to an outside web page or to download a suspicious attachment. If you receive these messages just delete them and do not click on any links. If you are a victim of ID theft, call your financial institutions to have them cancel your cards and re-issue new ones.
Thatâ€™s a total of 941 and 982 respectively. Port Hardy also saw an increase in numbers, from 3,822 to 4,008.
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McNeill Rotary looking to create family area
J.R. Rardon Gazette staff PORT McNEILLâ€”Hoping to make a visionary and family friendly play area a centrepiece of the local waterfront, representatives of the Port McNeill Rotary Club requested the use of a plot of land and the support of council during last weekâ€™s council meeting. â€œI see this was an area for people to sit with their kids, for play, for families to picnic and handicap accessible for all people to visit the waterfront,â€? said Joanne Lacasse, president of Port McNeill Rotary. â€œIf this is approved, we will keep council apprised the entire way. We are not looking for money; this is a funding project weâ€™ll do on our own.â€? Lacasse has been in contact with B.C. artist/builder Eric Scragg, whose structures of bentwood and other natural materials have been erected at Whistler Village and in Japan. She shared with council Scraggâ€™s website and a current plan he has drafted for placement in the Kootenay region as an example of the type of structure that might be expected to be built at the waterfront. â€œHeâ€™s been to Port McNeill and seen the waterfront,â€? Lacasse said of Scragg, who has built log homes, tree houses and sprawling play structures that flow along the lines of the bentwood. â€œHeâ€™s gotten wood from the Port Hardy area to do some of his projects, so heâ€™s familiar with the area.â€? Lacasse said Rotary hoped such a structure on the waterfront would be just the first phase in an ongoing project, which could come to include benches, picnic tables and perhaps a tidal pool. Mayor Gerry Furney said his primary concern was the potential cost of the project, noting a $4,200 price tag for one handmade picnic table. â€œIf thatâ€™s a signal of what the rest of it is going to cost in proportional amounts, I wonder whether we, the Rotary, the Town, or anybody else here can afford that level. That seems like an extremely high price.â€? Lacasse said Rotary was prepared to work with the builder to customize an affordable installation, and that some grant money might be available to it. â€œWe think youâ€™re getting more than a picnic table,â€? she said. â€œWeâ€™re looking at it more as a piece of art, a focal point. But, no, itâ€™s not cheap.â€? No decision was made at the meeting. Councillors thanked Lacasse and the rest of her delegation for the
Port McNeill Rotary Club hopes to build a childrenâ€™s play and family gathering structure in an open area along the townâ€™s waterfront. J.R. Rardon photo
presentation. Emergency post filled Council filled its Emergency Program Coordinator position, which had been vacant more than three months, by approving the nomination of Keith Balcke for the post. Balcke will represent Port McNeill in the regionwide emergency program system. He succeeds Chuck Lok, who held both the Port McNeill and regionwide Emergency Program Coordinator posts before stepping down last fall. â€œHe has been a member of the Hyde Creek Fire Department and the Port McNeill Fire Department until 2007, and recently rejoined,â€? said Coun. Gaby Wickstrom. â€œHe also has some rescue training through Orca Sand and Gravel, heâ€™s a longtime member of the community, he has the time and has the desire. Iâ€™d like to put his name forward.â€?
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Balcke will work with Lok, and will require additional training to reach full qualification for the emergency coordinator position. â€œI think thereâ€™s quite a bit of training involved,â€? Coun. Grant Anderson said. â€œAfter talking to Chuck, it could be up to $5,000 out of our pocket, eventually, to get him up to the speed. But that would be over a certain amount of time.â€? Pact extended Council agreed unanimously to renew an emergency management agreement encompassing five municipalities and eight First Nations bands on the North Island. The agreement, formed in 2006, commits the municipalities and bands to mutual aid in the event of an emergency. The original five-year agreement expired Dec. 31, 2011. The new agreement will run through Dec. 2016.
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Thursday, February 16, 2012
Oh Buoy — smoked salmon!
Appetite’s Delight with Kellie Dukes This recipe is in honour of Hardy Buoys’ BIG Community Event that they are putting on for the entire North Island February 26, 2012. I have always loved that company’s smoked salmon and truth be told I really only ever want to eat theirs and no one else’s. They have the perfect meld of sweet and smoke on their original smoked salmon. The fish is always lovely and moist but never mushy. When making their flavoured smoked salmon they have perfected the ratio of flavour to salmon, meaning the flavour does not
overpower the salmon but helps to enhance it. My mouth is watering just writing about the stuff! So I present to you the following recipe that can be used in a number of different ways. It seems to have a split personality and doesn’t know what it wants to be when it grows up. First, as is on good multigrain crackers, second as a spread on a bagel with roasted capers and sprouts or third as an addition to a cream sauce for pasta. The sky really is the limit on this — let your creative side swim with the fishes. Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Ball/ Spread 1 8 oz block of cream cheese 6 ounces of your favourite flavour of Hardy Buoys smoked fish – broken up 1 green onion, minced 1 tsp capers, minced 1 tsp fresh lemon juice (please don’t use Real Lemon, you’ll just
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Chamber Update submitted by Cheryl Jorgenson P Port McNeill & District Chamber of Commerce Manager Submissions to Update: Fax: 250-956-3131 or email email@example.com P t Port McNeill M N ill Chamber Ch Executive and Board of Director 2012 Nominations! Why Should Director?
If you are interested in supporting business in Port McNeill, if you care about community values and stability, if you want to see things get done, then you should be a Director. If you have energy and ideals, you should be a Director. If you see a problem that needs a solution or an issue that needs attention, there is sure to be a place for you on the Chamber Board. Your input and participation in this process is very important. Nominations can be submitted at the Chamber Office. If you are interested in participating in the Chamber of Commerce in this capacity please contact the Office. Please see attached 2012 Nomination form. Deadline for nominations Friday, February17. Nominations should be returned to the Chamber Office no later
ruin beautiful smoked salmon) Putting it all together: In the bowl of a mixer, place the cream cheese, capers, green onion and lemon juice. Mix together until fully combined and smooth. Add the smoked salmon and mix to your desired consistency. The longer you mix
it, the smaller the pieces of that luscious smoked salmon will be. Form into a ball and refrigerate up to an hour before serving. Serve as mentioned above or whichever way strikes your fancy. Kellie Dukes is a chef who lives in Port Hardy. Look for her as a celebrity judge at the North Island Flavour Faceoff on Feb. 26.
than February 16. Port McNeill & District Chamber of Commerce 2012 Annual General Meeting Tuesday February 21 @ 7:00 PM Black Bear Resort As Port McNeill and District Chamber of Commerce Members you are cordially invited to attend and participate in this annual meeting. Venture Connect: Sell Business. Buy a Business.
Chamber General Meeting Tuesday February 28, 2012 The Port McNeill and District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to have the Venture Connect Team join us for a General Meeting! This “Venture Connect” fills the gap between business owners looking to transition out of the work force and entrepreneurs looking for a select opportunity. Are you a business owner? Venture Connect can help you create a smooth, rewarding
transition that is tailored to meet your needs and budget. The Venture Connect Vision: To link potential business buyers to small business owners who are in the process of exiting their business by providing leadership, options and support. Chamber of Commerce 2012 Membership & Renewals For all Chamber Members your 2012 Membership & Renewal are now due. For any questions or for further information please contact your particular Chamber Office. If you are not yet a Member and would like to know more about the benefits of being a member of the Port McNeill & District Chamber of Commerce please contact the Chamber office for more information. Membership packages are available upon request or visit the Chamber Website at www.portmcneill. net. Sointula and Alert Bay businesses welcomed. this message is sponsored by the
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Thursday, February 16, 2012
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You ain’t seen nothing The rest of Canada will soon be looking at us through the CBC television show, The Big Decision. Viewers will, through B-roll footage, see the natural beauty of the North Island, our waters, forests and streams. By the time the show is over, the rest of the country will know the name Hardy Buoys Smoked Fish Inc. However, there’s something else the viewers will notice when they tune in this spring to watch the show — they’ll see the way the North Islanders pulls together to help one of their own. The premise of the Big Decision is, ostensibly, to help jump start Canadian businesses that are experiencing tough times. Participants, such as Hardy Buoys, have a shot at getting investment bucks and expert advice. But there are some hoops that must be vaulted through, such as that reality show mainstay: The Challenge. Hardy Buoys has a couple, but the big one happens Feb. 26 when the community is invited to Port Hardy’s Civic Centre for a day built around showcasing Hardy Buoys’ products. The CBC told the owners they want to see what kind of community spirit lives on the North Island. Hardy Buoys owner’s say they’re overwhelmed by the outpouring of support. We say: You ain’t seen nothing yet.
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I will post a note asking BC Hydro to not install a smart meter on my property.
www.northislandgazette.com Total votes received for this question: 42 Voting deadline is Monday at 3 p.m.
The way the entire North Island community seems to be rallying around Hardy Buoys Smoked Fish is truly inspirational.
While the community fights to save one business, several more have failed or are on the brink of locking their doors.
Floating on a sea of gas Premier Christy Clark’s recent fanfare about developing a natural gas export industry in northern B.C. included a major change in electricity policy. Last year Clark’s government forced BC Hydro to trim its operations and keep its next two annual rate increases below four per cent. Part of the savings will come from redefining former premier Gordon Campbell’s climate strategy, which required BC Hydro to be self-sufficient in even low-water years, with no net electricity imports. The target is now selfsufficiency in average-water years, limiting expansion of independent power projects. It also means B.C. will import more gas-fired electricity in the coming years, and burn some of its own abundant gas to generate new power up north. North America finds itself floating on a sea of shale gas. Campbell’s plan entailed using B.C.’s big dams to stabilize and store power from
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new intermittent sources of hydro and wind, building the Site C dam on the Peace River and exporting clean energy at a premium in a carbon-priced North American market. Both the carbon market and the export market have evaporated. While B.C. was developing run-of-river to sell to California, the U.S. west coast built new capacity, much of it gas fired, after an electricity crisis that caused brownouts more than a decade ago.
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expected to be in business before Site C could be built. That powerhouse will likely be built by the LNG developers, and used to back up new intermittent sources of offshore and land-based wind and any river or geothermal sites available along a new northwest power line. B.C. will likely have a second gas-fired power plant in the northeast corner, to supply the Horn River shale gas development and processing plant now underway. Coleman says that plant should be able to capture carbon dioxide and sequester it deep underground. Fort Nelson and points north will remain off the BC Hydro grid. Even with carbon capture in the northeast, Campbell’s greenhouse gas targets look to be the next part of his legacy to be abandoned.
Today, Washington state producers are actually paying BC Hydro to take their excess power because they need to move it into the grid, and B.C. is the only place that can store it using dam capacity. NDP energy critic John Horgan is celebrating this change in BC Hydro policy. He says the government made a multi-billion-dollar miscalculation by assuming California’s electricity shortage would continue indefinitely, and surplus power would be profitable. Energy Minister Rich Coleman told me no contracts will be cancelled, and he rejected my suggestion that BC Hydro could end up with too much power in the wrong places and at the wrong time of year. BC Hydro can move power around as well as store it, and that ability will improve when the smart grid is completed. Coleman confirmed at least one modern gas-fired power plant will be needed to develop LNG, which is
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Thursday, February 16, 2012
Real democracy needed
Dear editor: Thanks for including our school spelling bee winners in the Gazette. To let you know, we were informed Feb. 8 three students from North Island schools made it to the top 60 on the island. Dexter Lash-Burrows from A. J. Elliott, Katlynn Soper and Karrah Parke, both from Sunset will be competing at the regional Bee on Feb. 25 in Victoria. Considering these are all Grade 6 students and the competition included Grade 8 — most of the finalists are from middle schools — this is an exciting result for us. Again, thanks for your involvement in showcasing success in our schools! Drew Neilson, principal A. J. Elliott School
Dear editor: A study published in January by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives demonstrates the Canada’s Elite 100 CEOs pocketed an average $8.38 million, which is 189 times more than Canadians earning the average wage. And this difference kept increasing over the last two decades. As an example, the highest paid 100 Canadian CEOs in 1998 earned 105 times more than the average
Fletcher distorts the facts
existing transmission lines. The best thing about developing B.C.’s wind energy resources, and run-of-river projects too, is the fact that they are typically located in places that have been logged and mined extensively over the past century. That gives us an opportunity to fix the environmental damage that was done in previous decades when environmental standards were not as high as they are today. So no matter how you look at it, developing B.C.’s green energy resources is a huge environmental win for B.C. because it prepares us for the future while building on the present and repairing the past. Lesley Bates Courtenay, B.C.
Dear editor: Re: Questioning U.S. ‘environmentalists’, B.C. Views, Jan. 26. The article written by Tom Fletcher, in regards to the environmental movement, is so full of distortions, misinformation and misrepresentations that I hardly know where to start.
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Perhaps the headline of the story points to its inherent bias, in that the single quotation marks surrounding the word ‘environmentalist’ obviously imply the contempt with which the author holds those of the ‘green’ movement. When one begins from this premise, it is certain
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that very little of value, in furthering the debate, will follow. It is unfortunate Fletcher continues to use discredited sources for his stories, but then how else to get the desired conclusion? His use of the”research” to validate the facts about foreign contributions to var-
ing tabling a reduced package. B.C. teachers have made concessions. B.C. teachers remain committed to improving public education. BCPSEA continues to refuse to engage in any meaningful negotiation because they are tied to a government mandate that is inflexible and designed to strip more collective bargaining rights from teachers. The employer claims to want more flexibility and choice in the
ious environmental advocacy groups, may or may not contain some element of truth, though I think wildly exaggerated. Unfortunately her position as a former director of corporate development and public relations for the largest foreign-owned fish farm corporation in the world,
education system, yet they do not allow for any flexibility in bargaining. What wonderful hypocrisy! Unless BCPSEA gets a new mandate from the government, B.C. teachers will face no other choice but to stop banging our heads and walk away from the wall. Shawn Gough Sunset Elementary School teacher Local Representative to the BCTF
Nutreco, does not fill me with confidence about her concern for my environment. It is so important we all look with a critical eye at the true cost of these massive intrusions into our backyards. J. LeGrow Nanaimo
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Dear editor: At what point does banging your head against a brick wall become less an exercise in attempted communication and more about personal harm? After 73 sessions of bargaining in good faith with the BC Public School Employers’ A s s o c i a t i o n (BCPSEA) with a total lack of progress, that time is rapidly approaching. B.C. teachers have steadfastly attempted negotiation, includ-
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countless number of men, women and children to suffering, disease and death. A democracy diverted from its aim by its rich dominating class is not a democracy. A real democracy would slowly but most certainly conduct us towards wealth and power sharing and thus towards an egalitarian society. Bruno Marquis Gatineau, QC
Teachers may be forced to walk
Welcoming the wind Dear editor: It’s encouraging to see wind energy projects finally making inroads in B.C. The green, renewable energy that wind farms provide is a welcome addition to the hydro energy we’ve long enjoyed in this province. Interestingly, B.C.’s incredible hydro resources actually slowed the development of B.C.’s equally incredible wind energy resources: B.C. was the very last province in Canada to tap into wind energy. However, unlike other parts of the country where wind farms are often located near to where people live, in B.C. the best wind energy resources tend to be located far away from populated areas, but still relatively close to
wage. This must be put in parallel with the $5.4 billion gift the conservative government gave to the rich companies in tax reduction Jan. 1 and with the $11.2 billion gift it will give them in one year. It should thus put under the projectors the last austerity budgets imposed on non-rich Canadians, the scheduled destruction of our public health care systems, and the freeze on foreign aid, which condemns a
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February 16 Chief Clarence Louie is doing a presentation for the Quatsino First Nation members at the Quattishe Hall at 7 p.m. For more information contact Irene Paterson at 250-949-8147 or cell 250-230-4304. February 17 Tickets for the March 31 Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce Business Awards & Gala are now on sale at the Chamber office, the Hobby Nook and the Museum. Cost is $35 per cowpoke â€“ includes grub and entertainment. February 18 Ladiesâ€™ Diamond Dinner at Seven Hills Golf Course. Tickets $100. Entertainment and booths. For tickets and info call Chris at 250-956-2912.
MEETINGS & ONGOING EVENTS â€˘ Port Hardy Museum & Gift Shop open Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 am to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Swiss Army Knives exhibit until March 31. â€˘ Quatsino Museum & Archives is open Friday to Sunday from 1:00pm-2:00pm. Open daily July & August. FMI email@example.com â€˘ The German Edelweiss Cultural Club meets Thurs. at 7pm in PH Inn Pub. FMI 250-230-1376. â€˘ Lions Bingo every Thurs. @ Civic Centre. Doors open at 5:30pm. â€˘ PH Lions Mtgs: 1st & 3rd Tues every month @ Lions Den - Civic Centre 7:30pm. Everyone welcome. â€˘ Every other Tuesday: Footcare clinic at Hardy Bay Seniors 9-5pm. FMI 1-888-334-8531.
February 19 Hardy Bay Seniors will be holding a hamburger/hotdog day at the Seniors Centre. 9150 Granville Street. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. By donation. February 19 Dinner and a Movie: The Muppets. Two showings at Port Hardy Baptist Church. 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dinner served between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. $4 per person. Max. $15 per family. February 20 TriPort Dragonboat Societyâ€™s Annual General Meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Black Bear Lodge in Port McNeill. Please feel free to bring new paddlers as this is the best opportunity for questions to be asked and answered. There will be four raffles for 25 per cent off membership fees. February 21 Catâ€™s Meow Societyâ€™s Beer & Burger night. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Quarterdeck Pub. $10 per ticket.
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Jan â€” 250-902-0372 â€” or Lauren at 250-230-0083 for tickets. February 21 Gwaâ€™sala-Nakwaxdaâ€™xw School Annual Fun Fair, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Everyone welcome. February 21 Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Columba Church in Port Hardy. February 22 Raising the Roof, a roots music fundraiser for St. John Gualbert Church, 7 p.m., Gate House Theatre in Port McNeill. Featuring the folk guitar and vocals of Steven Palmer and silent auction. Tickets $15, available in advance from East of Java gift shop and A-Frame Bookstore.
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