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Fields going, more businesses gone Mike D’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 couldn’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 Fields’ employees will soon find themselves out of work. “As a private company we do not disclose associate numbers,â€? Tiffany BourrĂŠ told the Gazette in an email. “Fields 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. “Hudson’s Bay Company would like to thank all

Fields Associates for their dedicated service.� 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 — including a video rental store, candy shop, printer, flower shop, and a convenience store — from Sointula to Port Hardy have ceased operations and, said the area’s MLA, something must be done to help those still standing and to encourage new business. “There are huge problems facing the North Island, I think everyone is aware of that,� said Claire Trevena (North Island-NDP). “When you talk about big stores, like Fields, pulling out it’s really beyond our control and problematic,� she said. “We’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 D’Amour photo

ensure other small businesses have the opportunity to survive.� 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. “There’s really no one to blame,� said the computer repairman who also provides tech and networking services. “The economy’s bad and people just aren’t spending money to fix their computers,� he said. “The average householder is, in my opinion, more concerned with putting potatoes on the table and when it comes down to it what’s more important? Having clothes for your kids or having something to play on your computer?� 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. “We’re closing our doors here at the end of May, when our lease runs out,� 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 can’t understand why they haven’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. “The 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 D’Amour photo

best years here and we’re coming off one of our best months,� said Shaen. “If we stripped this place down, it would cost new owners about $500,000 to replace everything.� But still, no takers so far. The Malones said if they don’t manage to sell before the end of the month, they’re still leaving the North Island. And it’s stories like that which concern Trevena.

“The scary thing is the more people that leave, the less attractive it will be here for people to come and to stay,� she said. “We need to be able to attract businesses, we need to be able to attract families.� Trevena said she’s in favour of an attempt — led by Port Hardy Mayor Bev Parnham — to bring back the Northern Living Allowance.

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“There’s a huge justification for it, no question,� she said. “It 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 — I would hope (Conservative MP for Vancouver Island North) John Duncan is listening very carefully to people when they are calling for it.�

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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

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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 what’s going on with the North Island’s community forest. “People were generally interested in things like where is the community forest (CF) located and who owns it?� 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 “owned� 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. “We are still in our first year of operation, but are hoping to see

some activity on the CF lands sometime soon,� 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. “There is a set annual cut, but there is no restriction on the size that a community forest tenure can be.� 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

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 D’Amour

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Here we grow again, well, a little Gazette staff The North Island’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 Columbia’s population increased 7 per cent, compared with a 5.3 per cent increase between

2001 and 2006. Here’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 — 485 in 2006 to 537 five years later — but a drop in village numbers; 456 in 2006 to 445 in 2011.

Protect yourself, don’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 year’s scams list is: “What’s Old is New Again.â€? “When it comes to scams, we really haven’t seen anything all that new, in many, many years,â€? says Rosalind Scott, executive director of BBB Vancouver Island. “While 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. “Scammers make a living taking advantage of peoples’ 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. • The Computer Virus Fixing

Scam: is one going around the North Island right now, with several people saying they’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 “fixâ€? 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. Don’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 • 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 – 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.

That’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 McNEILL—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 week’s council meeting. “I 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,� said Joanne Lacasse, president of Port McNeill Rotary. “If this is approved, we will keep council apprised the entire way. We are not looking for money; this is a funding project we’ll do on our own.� 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 Scragg’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. “He’s been to Port McNeill and seen the waterfront,� Lacasse said of Scragg, who has built log homes, tree houses and sprawling play structures that flow along the lines of the bentwood. “He’s gotten wood from the Port Hardy area to do some of his projects, so he’s familiar with the area.� 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. “If that’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.� 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. “We think you’re getting more than a picnic table,� she said. “We’re looking at it more as a piece of art, a focal point. But, no, it’s not cheap.� 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 children’s play and family gathering structure in an open area along the town’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. “He has been a member of the Hyde Creek Fire Department and the Port McNeill Fire Department until 2007, and recently rejoined,� said Coun. Gaby Wickstrom. “He also has some rescue training through Orca Sand and Gravel, he’s a longtime member of the community, he has the time and has the desire. I’d like to put his name forward.�

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Balcke will work with Lok, and will require additional training to reach full qualification for the emergency coordinator position. “I think there’s quite a bit of training involved,� Coun. Grant Anderson said. “After 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.� 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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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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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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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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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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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

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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

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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 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 Society’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 Cat’s Meow Society’s Beer & Burger night. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Quarterdeck Pub. $10 per ticket.

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hillip Vannini has been fascinated with the coastal ferries ever since his first trip to Vancouver Island a dozen years ago. Since then the ethnographer and Gabriola Island resident has travelled to every small community serviced by ferry on the coast, clocked 250 ferry rides and conducted some 400 interviews with ferry users on their relationship with the system. Vannini, a Royal Roads University professor, has formalized his interest in ferry travel with a new book called Ferry Tales: Mobility, Place and Time on Canada’s West Coast. Through his research Vannini discovered the ferry is a mode of communication that allows the emergence of unique rituals and fosters “a sense of place that’s really distinct.� “Everyone says that we have a love/hate relationship with the ferries. What I try to do in my book is really explain what the love is and where it comes from and is all about, and where the hate comes from and is all about,� Vannini said, adding media attention usually focuses on the negative without acknowledging the positive part of the equation. One of the things he found is that similar but different practices exist in relation to ferry travel throughout the islands — rituals that mean everything to locals but that outsiders

can easily get wrong. He gives the example of islanders leaving specific gaps in roadside parking at the Gabriola terminal, which allows people to access driveways or avoid a particularly steep stretch. Woe to the person who inadvertently “fills the gap� by parking there instead of joining the back of the line. “But on Bowen, that’s totally okay,� he observed. Ferries play a part in other island rituals, such as Hornby’s wave-off of the tourists, celebrated with a big party at the dock every Labour Day. Ferry captains have been known to join in by doing “donuts� in the water. At Sointula, islanders had a Halloween tradition of pelting the ferry with eggs, to which the crew responds by hosing down the local kids with freezing cold water — all in good fun. The idea of “island time� and what that means to various communities is also something Vannini explores. He was interested to see the difference a late arrival time makes to different users: 10 or 15 minutes late on one of the major route ferries tends to outrage travellers, while being hours or even days late on a northern route is met with equanimity. On the route leaving the pro-

tected waters of Prince Rupert, it is the practice for captains to wait until the strait is safe enough to cross, without returning to port. Vannini experienced a 19-hour wait at sea on his first crossing — legend has it the wait has gone as long as three days. “But no one gets upset because they’re used to it,� he said. For islanders who might feel the romance of ferry travel has been lost, Vannini promises it is latent and can return. A recurring motif in his research is the ferry as the gateway to home, especially if someone is returning to a small community after an absence. Ferries seem to play a critical part in maintaining island culture, providing a passage but also a barrier to the world at large that most residents have left behind on purpose. “The typical islander has four jobs, a very eclectic sense of fashion, a politically and

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Concert fans say amen! to gospel trio A review by J.R. Rardon PORT HARDY—If the purpose of gospel music is to uplift, then the Sojourners succeeded wildly in Saturday’s North Island Concert Society Event at the Civic Centre. The vocal trio and their backup band certainly lifted the audience out of its collective seats. Drawing from a wide-ranging catalogue of traditional spirituals, Civil Rightsera anthems and accessible hits from popular artists, Marcus Mosely, Will Sanders and Khari McClelland drew the annual dinner show crowd into their revival tent and left it shouting ‘Amen!’ by the end. The Sojourners were in top vocal form throughout Saturday’s show, whether in a tight, well-honed, three-part harmony, individual solos or solos backed by the other two members. A large part of the group’s appeal to this audience was its engaging manner and the sheer joy the singers brought to the stage. Quite simply, these guys were having fun. The trio, formed in 2006 to provide backing vocals for Jim Byrnes’ Juno-winning CD House of Refuge, was capably backed by the veteran rhythm section of drummer Geoff Hicks and bassist Bill Runge.


On occasion, NICS concerts provide unexpected — and welcome — surprises for the patrons. This was one of those shows, as the Sojourners also hired on blues/rockabilly/ swing guitarist Paul Pigat as part of their accompaniment for the evening. Though he spent the night seated, sometimes leaning back cross-legged as casually as if plucking on his sofa at home, Pigat — frontman for the rockabilly trio Cousin Harley — made his presence known by the end of the show. The concert was essentially divided into two sections. Kicked off by the traditional spirituals Brother Moses Smote the Water, Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around and Children Go Where I Send Thee, the first set focused on the Sojourners’ vocal chops. The set began to expand when McClelland, who replaced founding member Ron Small last year, took the lead on the somber Rev. Gary Davis song Death Don’t Have No Mercy and on the soulful ballad Lead Me Guide Me, a song covered by Elvis Presley. The group then shifted to a cappella

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The Sojourners — Marcus Mosely, Khari McClelland and Will Sanders — were a big hit in the North Island Concert Society’s annual dinner show Saturday at the Civic Centre. J.R. Rardon photo thrust forward sonically in the second set, a blues compendium that ranged from the Mississippi Sheiks’ Sweet Maggie and the down-and-dirty Frost Texas Tornado Blues to the Los Lobos blues-rocker Peace in the Neighborhood, to a punched-up version of Great Day interlaced with Pigat’s signature rockabilly licks. In the middle of it all, the Sojourners slipped in a well-received take Though he remained of Curtis Mayfield’s for Clean Up What I soul group Motherlode Messed Up, a song by followed, and the seated in the back- People Get Ready, a song the Canton Spirituals Sojourners closed the ground, Pigat was reincarnated as a hit for that the Sojourners per- set with a hint of what formed backed only by was to come, with Hicks’s funky groove Pigat’s blistering intro kicking off a blueson drums. The pop hit When I funk version of Strange Die by the Canadian Man.

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Certified Coaches Inspire at the BC Games Black Press oaches can sometimes be the unsung heroes of athletic success. The images we see in the media are of goldmedal-winning athletes standing on podiums with their coach nowhere to be seen. But almost without fail, athletes will credit their coach for their success ahead of anyone else. Coaches lead and inspire athletes from community programs to the Olympic and Paralympic podiums. At the BC Games, coach education and training is a priority with all coaches at the Games requiring certification from the National Coaching Certification Program. Coaches BC is the provincial organization responsible for coaching education programs and the ongoing support and development of coaches. “A coach’s preparation for the BC Games, or any other competitive environment, is just as important as an athlete’s preparation,” says Coaches BC Executive Director Gord May. “Every successful athlete has been trained by someone who has taken the time to learn about the technical aspects of their sport and how to prepare their athletes both mentally and physically. Excellence will come about when you have the right tools and use them the right way.” The Provincial Sport Organizations involved in the BC Winter and BC Summer Games have demonstrated that they are committed to coach development throughout the province. Many sports utilize the BC Games as a unique opportunity for coach mentorship and training. Karate BC developed a junior coach mentorship program as part of the BC Winter Games where youth coaches have the opportunity to work with a certified adult coach. Six coaches ranging in age from 15 to 18 years old will be part of the program at the 2012 BC Winter Games. “The BC Games is an ideal way of furthering (development of) our young athletes into future coaches,” says Fernando Correia, the Duncan-based Provincial Advisor for Karate BC. “I am excited about our new program and I know that our junior coaches are looking forward to attending the BC Winter Games and having the opportunity to develop new skills under the tutelage of some of Karate BC’s best coaches.” Another successful mentorship program developed by the BC Games Society, Coaches BC and Promotion Plus, supports the education of female coaches. For Laura Watson, Technical Director with Coaches BC and ringette coach, this has been a terrific opportunity for both her and her apprentice coach. “As I started out in coaching I wish that I had had an opportunity to study from a seasoned coach. It would have


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provided me with the opportunity to see how an effective coach really operates,” she says. “The BC Games experience that we have for our apprentice coach is absolutely the best experience that we could ever offer someone.” The dedication and commitment of coaches around the province strengthens the overall sport system and contributes to communities and social development. For many, coaching is a way of life. Gary Ricks, a Level 3 certified coach at Key City Gymnastics in Cranbrook, reflects on the impact of coaching on his life. “Coaching helps you take stock of where you are now in all aspects of your life and how that compares to where you would like to be,” he says. Over his 31-year coaching career, Ricks has been no stranger to the BC Winter Games having attended over 12

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submitted photo times. It will be a family affair this year at the BC Winter Games in Vernon as Ricks coaches the Kootenays Zone 1 team; his wife Michelle is the Provincial Advisor for Gymnastics and his niece Madysen will be a competing athlete. The BC Games is an important step in the life of a coach, just as it is for the life of an athlete. These Games are a major springboard for coaches looking to move on up to the Canada Games and what they learn in this multi-sport environment will prepare them for future opportunities. One hundred twenty-two head coaches and 110 assistant coaches will lead 1,148 athletes at the 2012 BC Winter Games, which run Feb, 23-26 in Greater Vernon. For more information about the BC Games visit www.

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Bantams advance despite stumble J.R. Rardon Gazette staff PORT HARDY—In Saturday’s playoff game against Powell River, the North Island Eagles bantam rep hockey team played perhaps its best half of the season. To keep the season going beyond this weekend, the bantams will need that kind of showing over the full 55 minutes. Leading 2-0 at midgame and still ahead 2-1 entering the third period, the Eagles suffered a combined physical and mental meltdown that allowed Powell River five unanswered goals as the Kings ran away with a 6-2 win at Don Cruickshank Memorial Arena. “I think we just got tired, and then we fell apart,” bantam coach Bruce Murray said. “We pretty much lost our legs, and after that the boys were sitting back and watching (the Kings) play their game.” The loss might have been a season-ender, but the Eagles were bailed out the following day when Powell River romped to a 6-1 home win over Campbell River. That left the bantams, 1-1 in the three-team Vancouver Island North playoff series, with the No. 2 seed in the North. The Eagles will travel this weekend to face the South’s top seed, Kerry Park, in one of two Tier 3 semifinal

Powell River's Colby Shelton is tripped up as North Island Eagles bantam Thomas Symons passes the puck during Saturday's Vancouver Island Hockey League Tier 3 J.R. Rardon photo playoff game at Don Cruickshank Memorial Arena.

North Island Eagles bantam Riley Heemels shoulders Powell River's Angus Labree to the ice during Saturday's Tier 3 playoff game at Don Cruickshank Memorial Arena. J.R. Rardon photo

games. Sooke visits Powell River, and the two semifinal winners will play a three-game

series to determine the Island’s representative to the Tier 3 Provincial Championships.

To earn a return trip to provincials, the defending Island champs will want to show off

the kind of play they dropped on Powell River for the first 30 minutes Saturday. Darryl Coon, one of a small handful of returners from last year’s provincial qualifiers, gave the bantams a 1-0 lead on a first-period goal assisted by Kale White and Alex Scott. Thomas Symons made it 2-0 when he took a pass from behind the net from Scott and chipped it in from pointblank range at 2:38 of the second period. Coon very nearly made it 3-0 a few minutes later, but his slap shot from the slot hit the crossbar and fell just in front of the goal line before being cleared by the Kings. Coon’s

near-miss came during a penalty kill, and at that point in the game the Powell River squad was bickering and in apparent disarray. “This is a power play?” the Powell River coach called out to his team while the Eagles penalty-killers controlled the puck in the Kings’ end. It was a particularly surprising development considering Powell River finished Division 2 league play with a 7-1-2 record, just a point behind league winner Saanich, while the Eagles went 0-10 and finished last in the same league. “I think the team just put the season behind them,” said Murray. “They realized this is the playoffs, and if you want to keep playing hockey, you better come to play.” Powell River drew to 2-1 on a point-blank rebound score at 13:34 of the second period as the game levelled off. In the third, the Eagles’ patiently crafted lead evaporated in a hurry. The Kings punched home four goals in a span of less than four minutes. Two came on the power play and two more came when defensive breakdowns led to breakaways on Eagles goalie Riley Mathieson. The bantams finally stopped the bleeding over the last 11 minutes, but could generate no offence against the rejuvenated visitors.

Midgets win but playoff run ends Gazette staff Captain Robbie Heavenor had his first two-goal game, including the game-winner, as the North Island Eagles midget rep hockey team kept its playoff hopes alive with a 5-3 win at Kerry Park Saturday. Unfortunately for the midgets, those hopes were dashed the following day when Kerry Park rebounded for a 7-4 victory at Juan

de Fuca. That left all three teams in the round-robin, Vancouver Island North tourney with 1-1 records. The Eagles finished third in a goal-differential tiebreaker, while Juan de Fuca and Kerry Park earned the two berths into the Vancouver Island Hockey League Tier 3 semifinals. They will meet with Sooke and Victoria, the top two teams from the South play-

Hockey playoffs off, in the semifinals this weekend. All three North division playoff games were won by the visiting team. Malcolm Richards and Chad Bell scored the first two goals for the midgets Saturday before Heavenor, normally a stay-at-home

defenseman, rifled home back-to-back scores. Robert Cahill added an empty-net score to provide the final margin. Stevyn Ruel claimed the win in goal for the midgets, who faced a must-win situation after dropping their playoff opener 10-3 to Juan de Fuca one week earlier. Eric Kennelly, Mitchell Walker, Bell and Cahill each added assists in Saturday’s

win. Peewees ousted The Eagles peewee squad bowed out of the playoff Saturday, but showed solid improvement despite an 11-0 loss at Powell River. The previous week, the peewees dropped a 20-1 decision to Kerry Park. The team will continue to practice in preparation for a Spring Break tournament in Sooke.


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Medal wins earn championship berths Sports Scoreboard Gazette staff Port Hardy Secondary School wrestlers Graeme Wiggins, Dusty Cadwallader and Quinton Wamiss each earned silver medals and provincial championship berths during the Vancouver Island High School Wrestling Championships, held last week at Dover Bay Secondary in Nanaimo. The three were among seven PHSS grapplers who competed in the Island tournament. Cadwallader, Wamiss and Wiggins will travel to compete in the Feb. 23-25 B.C. High School Championships in Penticton. “All the wrestlers wrestled great,” PHSS coach Joe Humphrey said. “Some of the weight classes were more difficult than others, but it was a good tournament.” Wiggins, seeded third at 78-kg, reached the finals before falling to defending champ and likely provincial favourite Colin Hines of Alberni Valley. Cadwallader, seeded second at 90-kg, also made it to the championship match and lost by decision to top-seeded Gobind Singh-Sall of Cowichan. “Dusty’s match was much closer than most people anticipated,” said Humphrey. “He almost upset the No. 1 seed.” Wamiss, a Grade 9 student in just his second year of wrestling, reached the 110-over kg final and took silver to qualify for provincials as a junior. Also competing at the Island Championships were David Darnell in the 63-kg class, and Mitchell Walker, Jack Van Graven and Liam Scott, all at 66-kg. “That was probably the toughest weight class,” Humphrey said of the 66-kg bracket.

PHSS wrestler Quinton Wamiss tries to escape a head-and-shoulder hold by teammate Dusty Cadwallader as the two practice Monday for next week's Provincial Championships. J.R. Rardon photo

“There were more than 16 wrestlers competing for four (provincial) spots, and all three of our guys are in their first year of wrestling.” It’s been a busy past month for the PHSS program. Three weeks ago, the team traveled to the Campbell River Invitational, where Wamiss won gold, Wiggins claimed silver and Cadwallader and Van Graven each won bronze medals. The following week the team traveled to the Alberni

Valley Invitational, a high-calibre meet Humphrey described as a virtual provincial preview. Wamiss won bronze and Cadwallader and Wiggins both earned podium spots with top-6 finishes.

Fast times at Mount Cain hills Gazette staff Steve Blacklock and Erika Jaubert posted the fastest men’s and women’s times as Mount Cain Alpine Society hosted its annual Cain Cup races at Mount Cain Ski Area in late January. Blacklock clocked a time of 32.84 seconds to lead a tightly packed group of men’s skiing competitors. Blacklock was the only skier to crack the 33-second barrier, but was closely followed by a group of skiers within one second, including Kenneth Hallberg (33.05), Todd Fogarty (33.16), Mark Hutchinson (33.37), Jake Colbourne (33.55) and Dave Brown (33.85). Jaubert, on the other hand, finished more than two seconds ahead of her nearest challenger in the women’s ski race, with a time of 35.60. Teen Kelly Davidson was second at 37.79 and Darcy Turenne third overall in 27.92. Linsey Carter was the fastest women’s

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Skaters medal; Big Top carnival up next Gazette staff Alyssa Busch won a gold medal in the Junior Silver Ladies freeskate and Lexie Murgatroyd, Natasha Grafton and Saiya Gachter added top finishes to highlight the efforts of the Port McNeill Figure Skating Club in the final Lynn Hetherington Memorial Figure Skating Competition in Nanaimo. Murgatroyd placed first in the pre-preliminary ladies competition, while Grafton and Gachter each claimed gold in their respective performance groups. The competition, held Jan. 27-29, was the club’s final performance in preparation for its bi-annual figure skating carnival, scheduled for Feb. 24-25 at Chilton Regional Arena in Port McNeill. The carnival theme this year is Under the Big Top. Shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

said the final Barbara Rasmussen competition will feature a reception and dessert party Saturday, Mar. 10 at the Crown Isle Resort, and that all of Rasmussen’s former North Island students and former executives of North Island figure skating clubs are invited to attend. Among the attendees expected are Rasmussen’s parents, who will travel from Winnipeg for the event. Lynn Hetherington Memorial Figure Skating Competition at Nanaimo: Members of the Port McNeill Figure Skating Club competed in the recent Lynn Hetherington Memorial Competition in Nanaimo. From left: Rebecca Griffith, Saiya Gachter, Tyanna Laming, Kaitlyn Lasota, Carley Bobb, Kierra Shambrook, Lexie Murgatroyd, Whitney Murgatroyd, Sidney Hamilton, Karlie Shambrook, Darian Murgatroyd and Natasha Grafton. Not pictured: Alyssa Busch, Brenna Jardine. J.R. Rardon photo

Saturday, Feb. 25. Tickets are $10 per show and are available in advance at The Flower Shoppe in Port McNeill. Two weeks after carnival, the skaters return to competition in the

36th annual Barbara Rasmussen Memorial in Courtenay. The Barbara Rasmussen Memorial, hosted a year ago by the Port McNeill Figure Skating Club, is in its final year as Vancouver

Island’s governing body for figure skating is restructuring its competition schedule. The Lynn Hetherington Memorial will also be replaced on the schedule. PMFSC coach Elizabeth Kines

Port McNeill Figure Skating Club results Performance Group 5: 2. Brenna Jardine. Performance Group 9: 1. Natasha Grafton. Performance Group 10: 1. Saiya Gachter; 2. Rebecca Griffith. Pre-preliminary ladies — Group 4: 1. Lexie Murgatroyd; 2. Tyanna Laming. Preliminary ladies — Group 2: 4. Karlie Shambrook. Group 3: 2. Darian Murgatroyd; 9. Kierra Shambrook. Junior bronze ladies (13-over): 4. Sidney Hamilton; 5. Whitney Murgatroyd; 14. Kaitlyn Lasota; 15. Carley Bobb. Junior silver ladies: 1. Alyssa Busch.

Eagles drop last game, but should be proud Gazette staff PORT McNEILL—The North Island Eagles atom development team wrapped up its regular league season Saturday with a well-played game that ended in a 4-1 loss to the Cowichan Valley Capitals at Chilton Regional Arena. Clayton Bono scored the Eagles’ lone goal on a rebound of a point shot by Braden Walkus in the third period. The atoms were coming off a successful showing one week earlier in a tournament in Campbell River. In that tourney, the team reached the championship final before falling 2-1 in a shootout to host Campbell River. The teams played to a 1-1 draw through regulation and a scoreless, 4-on-4 overtime before the Tyees potted two penalty shots to one for the Eagles. “(Goalie) Michael McLaughlin was phenomenal in net; if it wasn’t for him we wouldn’t have had the weekend we did,” said head coach Marty Gage, who was without the services of second goalie, Avary Miller, due to illness. The rivals are as evenly matched as two hockey teams can be. The atoms skated to a 6-6 tie with Campbell River earlier in the tournament, and the teams previously tied on

Squeaker on ice Gazette staff PORT HARDY—With less than six minutes left in Friday's 'A' League game, the Port Hardy Warriors enjoyed a comfortable 5-1 lead over the Neucel Islander of Port Alice. Before the final horn sounded, things got decidedly uncomfortable. A seemingly meaningless insurance goal by Jared Breitkreitz became the critical game-winner for the Warriors after the Islanders unleashed a four-goal flurry over the final five minutes, 23 seconds before bowing, 6-5. Wayne Magnusson capped a hat trick with a goal with 25 seconds to play to bring the Islanders within one, and Warriors goalie Cole Morton had to withstand one final flurry before the buzzer sounded. Jordan Nicholson and Quinn Mellow scored two goals each for the Warriors (8-8-1), who snapped a modest two-game losing streak to the Islanders (7-8) and prevented the Port Alice squad from moving ahead of them in the standings.

two other occasions this season in league and exhibition play. The Eagles followed the tournament-opening tie with a 4-1 win over Comox, then perhaps the most exciting game of the season in a round-robin matchup with Saanich. The Braves raced to a 4-0 lead over the Eagles giving little indication of what was to come. “What happened next was an incredible experience I will never forget,” said Gage. “We have a flair for the dramatic, to say the least.” The Eagles chipped away at the Saanich lead to creep within 4-3. With a minute-and-a-half to play, Gage pulled his goalie, and Tianna Walkus struck for the tying goal. Then, with just six seconds to play, Walkus, a blueliner, scored her second goal to give the atoms a 5-4 win. Walkus was named to the tournament all-star team on defence. Riding the momentum from that win, the Eagles stunned Cowichan Valley 4-1 in the semifinals to earn a championship rematch with Campbell River. “The team played their best hockey of the year,” said Gage. “And it was a coming-out party for Tianna Walkus. The coaches and the players represented the North Island very well and should all be proud of themselves.”

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North Island Eagles atom Devin White carries the puck between a pair of Cowichan Valley defenders while working behind the net during their game at Chilton Regional Arena in Port McNeill Saturday. J.R. Rardon photo

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NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The Annual General Meeting of The Ownersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, Strata Plan No. 349, Cedar Heights Mobile Home Park, will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 4:00pm at the Quarterdeck Inn (Conference Room). 6555 Hardy Bay Road, Port Hardy, B.C.

CRISIS LINE 250-949-6033 or 250-974-5326

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WAREHOUSE LIEN ACT Whereas, Lyle Wilson of Box 2008, Port Hardy, is indebted for shop rent and yard storage at Unit 3A, Hardy Bay Industrial Site, 5985 Hardy Bay Road for $11,550. Notice is hereby given that on February 16, 2012 or thereafter, items stored will be sold. For more information contact North Island Rockpro 250-949-9233.

PERSONALS ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Port Hardy meets every Wednesday & Saturday at the Upper Island Public Health Unit on Gray Street at 8pm. Sundays at the Salvation Army Lighthouse, 8635 Granville St., at 7pm. DATING SERVICE. LongTerm/Short-Term Relationships, free to try!!! 1-877-2979883. Live intimate conversation, Call: #7878 or 1-888-5346984. Live adult 1on1. Call: 1866-311-9640 or #5015. Meet Local Single Ladies. 1-877804-5381. (18+). NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Port Hardy meets on Mondays at 7:30pm & Fridays at 8pm. Located at Upper Island Public Health Unit on Gray St. (rear entrance), Port Hardy, B.C. For more information call 1877-379-6652.

LOST AND FOUND LOST: KEYS found on Hunt Street. Marine keys and a waterproof keychain holder. Pickup at the Gazette ofďŹ ce.

TRAVEL GETAWAYS LONG BEACH - Ucluelet Deluxe waterfront cabin, sleeps 6, BBQ.Storm watchers 2 nights $239 / 3 nights $299. Pets Okay. Rick 604-306-0891

TIMESHARE CANCEL YOUR Timeshare. No Risk Program. Stop mortgage & maintenance payments today. 100% Money back guarantee. Free Consultation. Call us now. We can help! 1-888-356-5248.

TRAVEL BRING THE family! Sizzling specials at Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best beach! New Smyrna Beach, Florida. See it all at: www.nsbďŹ&#x201A; or call 1-800-214-0166.





PORT HARDY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP at Providence Place, 7050 Rupert St Sunday Worship 10:30 am & 7 pm Tuesday Prayer 7:30 pm Midweek Biblestudies - Call the church for time and place 250-949-6466 Pastor George & Karen Ewald (home) 250-949-9674 11/12

We are pleased to announce our Kindergarten Open House on Thursday, March 8 between 10:00 and 11:30 am. We are also 640 Byng Road available by arrangement with staff to meet with other prospective students at other times for both kindergarten and grades one to ten. Enjoy: Small classes, a family atmosphere, quality Christian education, excellent and caring staff, a choice of full or half days, and free tuition. Please come and check us out and join us for hot lunch. Please contact the office when you make your plans to attend. Phone: Clifford or Jenny at 250 949 8243 or e-mail:


Thursday, February 16, 2012




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EXPERIENCED DRILLERS, Derrickhands, Motorhands and Floorhands. Seeking full rig crews. Paying higher than industry rates and winter bonus. Send resume c/w valid tickets. Fax 780-955-2008; Phone 780-955-5537.




BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS to Every Hunter in BC! Advertise in The BC Hunting Regulations Synopsis 2012-2014 publication. Increased circulation 250,000 copies! Tremendous Reach, Two Year Edition! Contact Annemarie at 1 800 661 6335 or Be Your Own Boss! Attention Locals! People req. to work from home online. Earn $500$4500+ P/T or F/T. Toll Free 1.877.880.8843 leave mess.

WFP is currently seeking a full experienced Woods Foreman to join our Englewood Forest Operation located in Woss; approximately 45 minutes south of Port McNeill or 90 minutes north of Campbell River. Reporting to the General Foreman, the Woods Foreman is responsible for leading company logging crews and ensuring that the highest standards of safety, quality, production, and environmental protection are maintained. The Englewood Forest Operation harvests approximately 800,000 mÂł annually. QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS You are a highly motivated individual who recognizes the value of a team orientated approach in the performance of this challenging position. You bring to the job an excellent safety record, a good working knowledge of applicable occupational health & safety regulations and a willingness to work with Western Forest Products in reaching its safety, quality, environmental and production objectives. You have ďŹ rst-hand knowledge in a unionized environment and amongst your peers you are known for your strong leadership and communication skills. Supervisory experience of both mechanical and cable logging methods will be considered an asset. Western offers a competitive salary, a comprehensive beneďŹ t package and the potential to achieve annual performance rewards. If you believe that you have the skills and qualiďŹ cations that we are looking for, please reply in conďŹ dence: Human Resource Department Facsimile: 866.840.9611 Application Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 Email: Reference Code: Woods Foreman, EFO

EDUCATION/TRADE SCHOOLS AIRLINES ARE Hiring- Train for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualiďŹ ed- Housing available. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance (877)818-0783.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES EXCLUSIVE FINNING/Caterpillar Mechanic Training. GPRC Fairview Campus. $1000. entrance scholarship. Paid practicum with Finning. High school diploma and mechanical aptitude. Write apprenticeship exams. 1-888999-7882; September 2012.

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PUBLIC WORKS LABOURER Join a great team! The Municipality of the Village of Zeballos is recruiting a selfmotivated, hard-working, responsible team player for our Public Works Department. Located 42 km from Hwy 19, on Vancouver Island, this picturesque village is a perfect lifestyle choice for the sports ďŹ sherman and outdoor enthusiast. Located at the head of the Zeballos Inlet, residents enjoy kayaking, hiking, sport ďŹ shing, wildlife and photography. Amenities include school, health clinic, library, high speed internet and satellite TV. The successful applicant will participate in the operation and maintenance of the municipal infrastructure including water system (untreated well water), sewer system with lift stations and septic ďŹ eld, roads, parks, landďŹ ll site, trails, dykes, buildings, ďŹ&#x201A;eet maintenance and cemetery. The village has service contracts with the neighboring First Nation communities for water, sewer, ďŹ re protection and solid waste collection. You will possess the ability to work alone with minimal supervision in a safe and efďŹ cient manner and be expected to perform routine assignments independently following standard practice. This work is primarily performed outdoors in all kinds of weather conditions. QUALIFICATIONS: s 'RADEEDUCATIONOREQUIVALENT s %/#03MALL7ATER3YSTEMSCERTIlCATIONORWILLINGNESSTOTRAIN s %/#07ASTE7ATER#OLLECTIONCERTIlCATIONORWILLINGNESSTOTRAIN s #ONlNEDSPACEEXPERIENCEWOULDBEANASSET s -USTPOSSESSAVALID"RITISH#OLUMBIA$RIVERS,ICENSEANDPROVIDEACLEAN DRIVERSABSTRACT #ONTACTTHEOFlCEORVISITOURWEBSITEWWWZEBALLOSCOM FORACOPYOFTHE detailed requirements for this opportunity. Please apply with cover letter and resume including references to: #!/ 6ILLAGEOF:EBALLOS "OX :EBALLOS "#60! "Y&AX  ORE MAILTO:EBALLOS RECNCA Closing date for this competition is noon February 24th , 2012

An earthmoving company based in Edson Alberta requires a full time Heavy Duty Mechanic for ďŹ eld and shop work. We require Cat Dozer/Deere excavator experience. You will work a set schedule for days on and off. Call Lloyd @ 780723-5051

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For an interview call our salon manager at 250-949-5905.

Orca Sand & Gravel LP is currently accepting resumes/applications to ďŹ ll the folllowing positions:

C&E ROAD Builders is accepting resumes for hoe operators. Minimum 5 years experience. Please fax resume 250-956-4888 or email

C&E ROAD Builders is seeking an experienced driller blaster. Minimum 5 years experience. Please fax resume 250-956-4888 or email DIRECT SALES REPRESENTATIVES. Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premiere home automation and Security Company is NOW hiring AprilAugust. No experience necessary. Travel Required. E-mail resume: Visit: HOUSEKEEPER 2-3 HRS per week for retired couple. Ref. reqâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d. Box 883 Port Hardy, V0N 2P0.

(2) HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATORS: 980 Loader, D8 Dozer, 637 Scraper experience would be an asset. (2) MINE ENTRY POSITIONS: This position will include various duties that range from general clean up, greasing the plant, assisting with screen changes, assisting with ship moorage, gathering and processing lab samples and other duties as required. Based in Port McNeill on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Orca Sand & Gravel is an Aggregaate producing company supplying aggregates to California, Hawaii and Vancouver. Orca Sand & Gravel is proud to have numerous accolages and Safety Awards and operates on a Mining Permit issued by the Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia. Essential skills: safety conscious, good oral communication, ability to work well in a team environment. Resumes can be sent to: email: Fax: 604-628-3354 OfďŹ ce phone: 604-628-3353


LEMARE LAKE is accepting resumes for the following positions: â&#x20AC;˘ Processor Operator â&#x20AC;˘ Line Machine Operator â&#x20AC;˘ Heavy Duty Mechanics â&#x20AC;˘ Welders â&#x20AC;˘ Machinists Full time permanent, union wages and camp positions. Please fax resume to 250956-4888 or email ofďŹ

INCOME OPPORTUNITY HOME BASED Business. We need serious and motivated people for expanding health & wellness industry. High speed internet and phone essential. Free online training.



We have openings for a few very special, highly professional stylists & a colourist at our salon & spa. Clientele not required. Talent & enthusiasm are.


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TRAIN TO be an Apartment/Condominium Manager at home! We have jobs across Canada. Thousands of graduates working. 31 years of success! Government certiďŹ ed. or 1-800-6658339, 604-681-5456.


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Become a Psychiatric Nurse - train locally via distance education, local and/or regional clinical placements and some regional classroom delivery. Wages start at $30.79/hr to $40.42/hr. This 23 month program is recognized by the CRPNBC. Govâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t funding may be available. Toll-free 1-87-STENBERG


Woods Foreman, Yarding & Loading

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES SERVICE MANAGER - Hanna Chrysler Ltd. (Hanna, Alberta). Opportunity in a perfect family environment. Strong team, competitive wages, beneďŹ ts, growth potential. Fax resume: 403-854-2845. Email:

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

JOURNEYMAN HEAVY duty mechanic â&#x20AC;&#x201C; required at HMI Industries, a growing metal recycling company based in Red Deer. Please fax resumes to 403.346.3953, or email:

Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic Required F/T for a metal recycling facility in Burnaby. Must have inter-provincial Red Seal.

THE LEMARE GROUP has an opening for an Administrative Assistant/Receptionist. This is a permanent fulltime position located in Port McNeill. The position requires organization, accuracy and multitasking. Must be friendly, energetic and proďŹ cient with switchboards/computers. Full beneďŹ t package. Fax resumes to 250-9564888 or email: ofďŹ

THE LEMARE GROUP is seeking Forestry Engineers to assist in road and cutback design. For those that display the qualities we desire we will provide remuneration that is above industry standard. Send resumes to the Planning Manager at (250)956-4888 or email LOGGING TRUCK DRIVERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NEEDED IMMEDIATELY for Interior and Vancouver Island for well established Company (Kurt Leroy Trucking Ltd). Full time for 12 months. Please fax resume and drivers abstract to 250-287-9914. NO PHONE CALLS!!!!

WANTED: Trained Hairdressers, Male or Female for Salons in Grand Prairie, Alberta & area. 780-933-1236 HAIR 4 U

â&#x20AC;˘ Competitive Wage â&#x20AC;˘ Excellent BeneďŹ ts Package â&#x20AC;˘ Pension Plan â&#x20AC;˘ Life Insurance â&#x20AC;˘ ProďŹ t Sharing & More Please e-mail: recruiting

PERSONAL SERVICES HEALTH PRODUCTS FAST RELIEF the First Night!! Restless Leg Syndrome and Leg Cramps Gone. Sleep Soundly, Safe with Medication, Proven Results. 1-800-765-8660. HERBAL MAGIC - With Herbal Magic lose up to 20 pounds in just 8 weeks and keep it off. Results Guaranteed! Start today call 1-800854-5176.

EDUCATION/TUTORING ATTENTION - Painters, Printers and Potters. Register for Visual Arts Diploma program. Multi-use workshop, painting, drawing, sculpture studios. No portfolio required. Grande Prairie Regional College. University transferable. 1-780539-2909 or

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GAIN ENTRY Level Skills in ATV, Snowmobile, Watercraft Technology. GPRC Fairview Campus, Alberta. Learn to repair small engines, recreational vehicles. Apprenticeship opportunity. On-campus residences. 1-888-999-7882;

CAN’T GET Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift! Call 1-866-9815991

PORT HARDY- 2 bdrm apt in Beaver Harbour area, in suite laundry. Available March 1. N/S. $700. 250-949-6084.


MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 SAWMILLS FROM only $3997 - Make money & Save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free Info & DVD: 1-800-5666899 Ext:400OT. STEEL BUILDINGS for all uses! Spring Deals! Make an offer on sell-off models at factory and save thousands now! Call for free Brochure - 1-800-6685111 ext. 170.

DROWNING IN debts? Helping Canadians 25 years. Lower payments by 30%, or cut debts 70% thru Settlements. Avoid bankruptcy! Free consultation. or Toll Free 1 877-556-3500 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. IF YOU own a home or real estate, Alpine Credits can lend you money: It’s That Simple. Your Credit / Age / Income is not an issue. 1.800.587.2161. M O N E Y P ROV I D E R . C O M $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877-776-1660.



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

Call: 1-250-616-9053



DENIED CANADA Pension plan disability benefits? The Disability Claims Advocacy Clinic can help. Call Allison Schmidt at 1-877-793-3222.

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE AUCTIONS Auction Water/Wine Bottling Line, Bottling Line, s/s tanks, filtration system, restaurant equipment & more. Feb 25, 11AM, West Kelowna, BC, View photos at (Special Auction) 1-866-545-3259

FUEL/FIREWOOD SEASONED FIREWOOD Vancouver Island’s largest firewood producer offers firewood legally obtained during forest restoration, large cords. Help restore your forest, 1-877-902-WOOD.

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

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 MARINA VIEW APTS Clean, quiet professional buildings. Beautiful ocean view. 2 bdr $700/mn. 3 bdr town home $900/mn. 250-949-0192.

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

Phone Rick 250-956-4555

TOWNHOUSES PORT HARDY Newly renovated 2 bdrms in Seawind Est. Avail. immed. $650/mo. Ref. Req. N/S, N/P. Call Darlene @ 250-949-8928.






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

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


BOOKKEEPING PLUS Speciailizing with self-employeds & small businesses. Reasonable rates. Port Hardy & area. 250-902-3124 anytime.

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


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Guaranteed Record Removal since 1989. Confidential, Fast, & Affordable. Our A+BBB Rating assures EMPLOYMENT & TRAVEL FREEDOM. Call for FREE INFO. BOOKLET


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

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


PORT MCNEILL3 Bdrm townhouse, close to schools & hospital. Avail now. 250-9563440 www.portmcneilltown

STEEL OF a deal - Building sale! 20X24 $4798. 25X30 $5998. 30X42 $8458. 32X58 $12,960. 40X60 $15,915. 47X80 $20,645. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800668-5422.

LEGAL SERVICES CRIMINAL RECORD? Don’t let it block employment, travel, education, professional, certification, adoption property rental opportunities. For peace of mind & a free consultation call 1-800-347-2540.

PORT HARDY Large 3 bdrm condo, secure building & caretaker on site. W/D in unit. N/P, N/S. Avail imm. Heat & hot water included. $725/mo. Ref. req. Lease options. Call 250-949-7085 after 5pm.

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

PORT HARDY Highland Manor •Bachelor •1 bdrm •1 bdrm furnished Move in incentive on approval References Call Jason 250-949-0192

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

COTTAGES COAL HARBOUR One bedroom cottage, fully furnished. Available March 1, 2012. $500. Call 250-949-9982.

MOBILE HOMES & PADS PORT HARDY Cedar Heights newest trailer. 2 bdrms, vaulted ceilings, huge cedar deck, heated secure outdoor storage, covered carport, skylights & electric heat. W/D. Avail Mar 1. $800/mo 250-949-1668

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

DreamCatcher Auto Loans “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals

1-800-910-6402 FREE CASH back with $0 down at Auto Credit Fast. Need a vehicle? Good or Bad credit call Stephanie 1-877-792-0599 DLN 30309. Free Delivery. NEED A vehicle? Easy finance!! Low Payments! $99 Delivers 24 Hour Approval. We Deliver! 3,000 Vehicles to choose. Call Now! Marty 1800-916-1737 Big Discounts! WANT A vehicle but stressed about your credit? Christmas in February, $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. 1-888-593-6095.

CARS 2007 CUSTOM Chev HHR. Excellent condition. Loaded. White. 119,000 km, mostly hwy driven. On-Star. $11,900 firm. 250-755-5191.

SCRAP CAR REMOVAL SCRAP BATTERIES Wanted We buy scrap batteries from cars, trucks & heavy equip. $4.00 & up each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Minimum 10. Toll Free 1.877.334.2288.

TRUCKS & VANS 1999 FORD F350 4x4 Crew cab. In need of repairs - as is/whereis. Best offer. 250949-8147.




of the week. Say hello to Aurellia Nelson, the Gazette’s newest paper carrier. The youngster will be delivering in the Storey’s Beach area. Mike D’Amour photo

SOINTULA 315 KLAVAR RDOcean side 1 bath, 1 bdr + loft bdr. New bath, propane gas stove and heat. View of ocean, Very private. W/D, fridge and stove.$650/mth. Call(360)4246974. SOINTULA, (N. Island) ocean front/view suites/all inclusive. Weekly, monthly, $200 week. (250)230-6722

with a classified ad Call 310.3535


Thursday, February 16, 2012



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8950 Granville St, Port Hardy

February 24 & 25 Friday 10am - 5:30pm Saturday 10am - 5:30pm

BRING YOUR TREASURES FOR CA$H Expert Evaluations On Site Say “cheese” Alfons Bauer explains the finer points of photography during his presentation at a recent Rotary Club luncheon.

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February 16, 2012  

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February 16, 2012  

full edition