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Program to help teacher hopefuls Aboriginal students will now be able to dip into a $2-million fund to help them pursue careers as educators. The Teacher Education Award program is for Aboriginal students enrolled in a teacher-education program in B.C. and is part of the province’s strategy to reduce financial barriers for our future educators. “We need more Aboriginal teachers,” said Minister of Advanced Education Naomi Yamamoto. “They serve as positive role models and can make a difference in an Aboriginal student’s success in K-12, making it more likely they will go

Lace up for someone you love The 80-year-old Ruskin dam and powerhouse is getting an upgrade expected to cost up to $850 million. B.C.’s auditor general has criticized BC Hydro for deferring debt for projects such as the Fraser Valley dam, and then reporting a profit. Photo courtesy BC Hydro

Tom Fletcher Black Press The B.C. Utilities Commission has approved an extra 2.5 per cent interim increase in BC Hydro rates, which means a seven per cent increase in electricity bills starting April 1. The commission’s decision is a setback for the B.C. government, which conducted a cost-cutting review of BC Hydro last year that cut 700 jobs to bring the 2012 rate increase down below four per cent. The decision is still an interim rate increase. BC Hydro can argue for a reduction, which would result in a rebate on electricity bills if it is granted by the commission later this year. The commission ruled that the latest 2.5 per cent increase, about $5 a month on the average residential bill, is needed to pay down BC Hydro’s ballooning deferred debt, which was identified in October by B.C. Auditor General John Doyle. Doyle reviewed BC Hydro’s books and found that as of March 2011, $2.2 billion of the utility’s debt was placed in deferral accounts. Deferred expenses were forecast to grow

to $5 billion by 2017. Doyle said deferral accounts for major capital costs are an acceptable practice to smooth out rate increases, but BC Hydro’s use of it runs ahead of other Canadian utilities. The practice can “mask the true cost of doing business, creating the appearance of profitability where none actually exists, and place undue burdens on future taxpayers,” he said.

Doyle’s conclusion that “there does not appear to be a plan to reduce the balance of these accounts” is supported by the utilities commission decision. NDP energy critic John Horgan said the auditor’s report showed the B.C. Liberal government was using BC Hydro as an “ATM machine,” collecting $463 million in revenue last year and forcing the utility to pile up debt to do it.

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It’s down to the wire, will Hardy Buoys win? Mike D’Amour Gazette staff With only a few days left before it happens, the Big Event is shaping up to be the larger than anyone believed possible. “I hope this is the biggest event ever on the North Island,” said Carol Dirom who, along with her husband, Bruce, owns Hardy Buoys Smoked Fish. “Not just for our sake, I just feel this is so needed on the North Island,” Carol said. “I think it’s become apparent everyone is just ready to let off steam.” The Big Event happens Sunday at the Civic Centre and will, in large part, determine whether Hardy Buoys gets a rejuvenating jump start from Arlene Dickinson, one of the celebrities on CBC’s new show, the Big Decision.

and there are even rumours someone is trying to concoct salmon and chocolate truffles. The response to the cooking contest has also been incredible, Dirom said. “We set out to get teams for the pizza creation contest and I wondered who would want to do this because you never know with the North Island, either they’re on it or they’re not,” she said. “Turns out we had 22 diverse teams register and teams aren’t just from Port hardy, they’re from all over. Carol told CBC producers she didn’t know who to cut because Signs of support for Hardy Buoys owner’s attempts to save she loved them all. their business through a television reality show are popping “At the end of the day they’re up all over Port Hardy. making a TV show and couldn’t Photos by Desiree Conway, photo illustration by Marlene Parkin accommodate that many teams,” she said. four episodes and will each feature said. “So on Saturday, there will be a How well the day’s event comes two companies. preliminary round where all off could dictate whether Hardy “We’re on the last one, we’re the the teams will send a repre- Buoys will get the help it needs. finale,” Dirom said. sentative with their ingredi“I’ve been told by the CBC “Arlene may come in, but we ents to create their pizza.” don’t know what she’ll want,” that all the verdicts are in, except From there the 22 teams Dirom said. Hardy Buoys and we wrap up will be whittled down to “Is she going to want a percent- Monday. more manageable number. The Big Event happens Feb. 26 age of the company? Will she want aged to audition. “We don’t know how many a percentage of profits down the and winning ticket holders must In fact, after a high- teams will advance to the be in attendance to claim their road? We just don’t know.” ly-rated All-Student playoffs on Sunday,” Dirom The show will be airing only prizes. 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. TRC Community Hearing – Port Hardy, BC All interested entrepreneurs should be In preparation for the TRC Regional Event in April 2012, prepared to pitch their the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) business in under five will be in minutes.

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 criteria is met. In Carol’s case, that was to organize and host a community event that draws attention to the North Island. So far, she said the response has been fantastic. “People are just coming forward,” said Dirom. “We recently received two tickets to see Madonna live in concert, donated by Paul Tupper, from Port Hardy Bulldozing.” Carol said offers of gifts and even baked goods keep rolling in. For example, Seto’s restaurant is featuring a different Hardy Buoys’ product every night of the week

Striking while the CBC iron is hot Tri-port entrepreneurs are reminded they can have their five minutes of possible fame if they pitch their product or service to Dragon’s Den folk who will be in town to look for North Islanders who want to pitch their products and possibly wind up on the popular CBC show. Producers of Dragon’s Den hit the road earlier this month for a crossCanada 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 encour-

Sunday’s Big Event Prize list (so far) • A pair of tickets to see Madonna. • 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 customfish processing. • Telegraph Cove: Weekend getaway 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!

Port Hardy, BC February 27-28, 9am-5pm Location: The Big House - U’Gwamalis Hall 99 Tsakis Way This Hearing will provide an opportunity for Residential School Survivors to share with the Commission and Canada the unique experiences of children who attended Residential School. This is also an opportunity for all Canadians, both Aboriginal and nonAboriginal, to learn more about and bear witness to the legacy of the Residential School system. Health Support Workers are available on site. For a complete listing of TRC Hearings, visit For more information please call: Stephanie Scott, TRC Toll free 1-888-872-5554 or Email: Join us for the TRC Regional Event in Victoria April 13-14, 2012 at the Victoria Conference Centre and Fairmont Empress.

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Reluctant hero to receive life saving award Mike D’Amour Gazette staff Larry Sandberg is a reluctant hero who may soon be embarrassed by provincial accolades. The Port Hardy man who was vital in the sea rescue of a pair of fishermen a few months back is about to be honoured with a lieutenant governor’s award, despite the fact he says he’s no hero. Sandberg said he received a registered letter informing him of the honour, just after he got phone call a week previous to receiving the registered letter. “They said on the phone that I had been

nominated by someone to receive a medal,” said Sandberg, who works as the health and safety and first aid worker at Neucel Specialty Cellulose in Port Alice. “They asked some questions and said they contacted the coast guard, the police and it went to a nominating committee which decided I deserved the medal,” he said. On Sept. 11, Sandberg and his wife waited out a dense fog before they put their boat in the water to try and hook some fish out front of Cluxewe Resort. But the fog rolled

back in, forcing the couple to beach their boat. That’s when Sandberg heard a faint, “help” from somewhere out in the fog-shrouded water. “It wasn’t panicked, but the voice said: “Help, we’re both in the water,” Sandberg said in a September interview. Sandberg said he earlier noted a boat with two young men in it, headed for the vast kelp bed off the shore of the resort. “I could only see out there about 150-ft, but I got a bearing on the sound and headed out,” he recalled.

Sandberg spotted the silhouettes of the men about 100-ft into the kelp bed, turned his 12-ft. boat to the bed then shut off his motor to paddle the rest of the distance. “I saw the back end of the boat upside down and the motor kind of sticking in the air for maybe 15 seconds before the whole thing went under., he recalled. One man, from Sointula, was on the boat, and his male fishing companion was about 12-feet away. “I told the guy who was chest high in the water standing on the submerged boat to wait

until I transferred my weight to the other side of the boat and you roll in.” That done, the other man in the water threw a line to Sandberg. By that time a couple of Zodiacs appeared to help out. The rescue was incredible, said witness Randy Ball. “Out of the fog came Mr. Sandberg’s boat with the two rescued men aboard, towing the upside-down boat behind them” he said.

“There was no way they could have righted the boat.” Sandberg said he didn’t want to be made out as “some kind” of hero. “I’m just glad I was able to help out,” he said. As of yet, it’s unclear what medal Sandberg will receive. “They stated I was receiving a rescue award March 10, but there are different categories and I don’t know which one I’m

receiving,” he said. “There is one for merit, bravery and a gold one that is chosen by the lieutenant governor, but I have no idea which one I am getting.” Sandberg will be honoured at the annual Life Saving Society ceremony at the Hotel Vancouver in the Pacific Ballroom More details will be printed as the become known.

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Good with the bad We’ve taken a little flack over last week’s front page where we highlighted the fact many businesses on the North Island are closing their doors, and it doesn’t seem many are starting up in our Tri-port community. Some asked why we’d print that story in the same paper where we described in detail Hardy Buoys partnership with the CBC on a reality show that could save the Port Hardy smoked fish business. Well, bad news stinks, there’s no getting around that fact. But it has to be told, especially given we’re the only local paper here and the de facto newspaper of record for the North Island. But while we will continue to tell the not-sogreat stories, we’ll also continue to throw the full weight of the Gazette behind the positive stories as well. The Hardy Buoys story is a good case in point. No one at the Gazette can recall the last time we gave so much ink to a local story. It’s a good one that might save the company, at least 35 jobs and the national exposure can only be good for the North Island. We’ve devoted three weeks to the story, and there will be more because it’s important we do. Just as important as the bad stories we must also cover.

We Asked You Question:

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Yes 62%

No 38% Total votes received for this question: 31 Voting deadline is Monday at 3 p.m.

North Island schools observe Anti-bullying Day next week and we think it’s a day everyone should acknowledge.

To the few naysayers not on board with Hardy Buoy’s efforts to win on the television show, the Big Decision.

Last stand in B.C. beetle battle As MLAs resumed their raucous legislature arguments over a municipal auditor-general, the B.C. government’s watchdog cut through the noise with a devastating audit of the state of Crown forests. A team of forest ministry experts is examining the situation at Burns Lake, to see if the Babine Lake Forest Products sawmill can be rebuilt, after a tragic explosion and fire on Jan. 20. Babine was one of a string of high-volume mills along Hwy. 16 in northwestern B.C. that have been working their way through the enormous stock of decaying pine that surrounds them. The “shelf life” of these trees is estimated to extend to 2019, but that’s a best-case scenario. The B.C. government touts its “Forests for Tomorrow” program that started in 2005 with a boost of federal funds to restock B.C.’s burned and beetlekilled forests. More than 14 million seedlings are to be planted this year and up to

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21.5 million next year. Total planting is about 200 million trees this year. Is it enough, in this era of climate shift, massive die-off and fires? Auditor General John Doyle says no. “We noted a significant gap between the total area replanted by the ministry and the total area suitable for replanting,” he writes. “The ministry has not indicated how this low level of silviculture investment reconciles with its legislated

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tricts, including the Burns Lake district, the ministry still can’t say if there are enough logs available to rebuild Babine. Simpson says the industry knows the answer. Two of the world’s highest-capacity sawmills are at Houston and Vanderhoof, on either side of Burns Lake, and their huge salvage log supply is degrading and running out. A political intervention to “save” the Burns Lake mill would only take shifts away from others. An alternative would be to make Burns Lake a proving ground for bioenergy, to deal with the huge mass of trees that will never make lumber. Finally, a bright note for Burns Lake. The people and the economy are adapting. A job fair in the village offered entry-level as well as skilled positions at the Houston and Vanderhoof mills. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and

mandate to achieve long-term timber benefits and to maintain or enhance future timber supply.” Cariboo North MLA Bob Simpson has watched pine, fir and spruce beetles chew through his region, march east through the Kootenays and now the north and west. He says the Burns Lake situation brings into focus the biggest problem identified by the auditor: the poor state of B.C.’s forest inventory. As much as three quarters of it is out of date, some by decades. Much of it is based on aerial photographs rather than on-the-ground assessment by foresters. Species have shifted. And at a time when climate factors have caused the most rapid changes in the 100-year history of the B.C. Forest Service, budget cuts and reorganization into a natural resources ministry have taken their toll. Even with the most recent appraisals completed last summer for four forest disA member of

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Diamond Dinner If it sounds too good to be true ... rock solid fun Dear editor: I’d like to say a big Thank You to the Masonic Rainbow Lodge 180 for putting on the first Diamond Dinner event on the North Island. The men — dressed in tuxes — took very good care of us. A bus, driven by Bud Masales was also provided to ensure the women a safe ride home. The entertainment was fun, the food delicious, and who wouldn’t mind men dressed in their tuxes bringing our desserts, water etc. Sixty prizes were handed out, with the last being a beautiful $2000 diamond ring! A good number of us have reserved tickets for next year’s event. It’s the best $100 I’ve spent in a while! Thanks again fellas. Anita Harvie Port Hardy

Dear editor: I always shake my head when someone claims renewably-generated electricity supplied by independent producers is more expensive than electricity produced by BC Hydro. I ask myself: How can people be so easily fooled by a claim that is so obviously wrong and illogical? The only way anyone can support the claim that BC Hydro can produce electricity more cheaply than the private sector is if they are comparing BC Hydro facilities built decades ago — and fully paid for — to newly built energy projects that have current construction costs associated with them; costs that need to be included in the energy cost calculations.

By the same token, if you compare a newly built electricity generating facility built by BC Hydro to a newly built generating facility built by the private sector, the truth becomes very easy to see, namely, the cost of electricity generated by ANY new energy generating project — public or private — is going to cost more than electricity from a facility that was built and paid for decades ago. The real question people need to be asking is who can build new electricity generating facilities more costeffectively and supply the new electricity the people of BC need at the lowest cost? And on that count, with the possible exception of major megaprojects like

the Site C Dam, the private sector has shown that it is the best equipped to deliver the product with the greatest cost-effectiveness. As a famous saying goes: If you can find it in the Yellow Pages, government probably shouldn't be doing it. So if the private sector is able to supply the new electricity we need with the greatest cost-effectiveness, then that’s how we should be going about things. And as with so many other things in life, mythical claims of unbelievably cheap “public power” that sound way too good to be true probably are. Mike Taylor Port Moody

Vision needed in PM Dear editor: Is that all we have to offer? As a young resident who moved to Port McNeill in 2007, I was disappointed on Feb. 9 to hear Mayor Gerry Furney being interviewed on CBC about the towns decreasing population — 4.5 per cent; the highest on Vancouver Island — and continually referring to the town as “a logging camp.” There is no denying Port McNeill’s economy is industry based, and this is the main reason new workers are drawn here. However, as I have seen over the years with an overwhelming number of friends and co-workers, there is no reason to stay. Furney also blamed the decreasing population on the radical anti-forestry and anti-mining campaigns, none of

which have been very prevalent on the North Island. The real reason is we have an out of touch mayor and a town that has no vision and absolutely no draw for new, younger residents. Mayor Furney and the older residents of Port McNeill who continually vote him in and don’t want change should realize that without change this town’s population will continue to decrease, predominantly in new and young residents, no matter how the industry is doing. Promoting Port McNeill and the North Island in a in a new light is key, and not referring to your town as a “logging camp” on a national radio interview would be a good start. Ben McGibbon Port McNeill

Environmentaly, we're on the hook Dear editor: How much longer is B.C. going to rely on imported coal energy from Alberta and Washington to top-up our provincial energy supply? I’m really starting to wonder. Importing dirty coal energy is not something we should be doing when we live in a province that is so exceptionally well suited to producing clean hydroelectricity, from big hydro dams and from smaller run-of-river projects. Relying on imported coal energy not only places B.C. at the mercy of future energy cost fluctuations, it also gives us the false impression that our provincial energy supply is cleaner than it really is.

Just because the pollution and carbon emissions from imported coal energy are generated beyond our provincial borders doesn’t mean we are off the hook for the environmental impacts of burning coal. Importing dirty coal energy defeats important environmental objectives we have as a society and it goes against the clean hydroelectric tradition of our province. To my mind, if we want our conscience to be clean on the environment, then we should make every effort to ensure that our energy supply is clean too. Sandra Robinson Maple Ridge

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B.C., one great, green place to live and ready for the future Dear editor: How often do people stop and think about the incredibly sustainable province we live in? Virtually all of B.C.’s electricity comes from clean, renewable hydroelectric sources, and we have enough untapped hydro potential to do the same again several times over — particularly if we make use of a distributed network of low impact run of

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river projects. We also have vast, renewable forests that suck up carbon like a vacuum cleaner and store it for long periods of time, if not indefinitely as wooden objects, furniture and other structures. I can’t think of another place on earth that can make the same sustainability claims we can here in B.C. Add in the renewable wind energy, biomass, geothermal,

wave and tidal energy B.C. is capable of generating, plus the strong commitment to the environment shown by the people of B.C., and it’s clear that B.C. is well-positioned to meet the challenges of the 21st century sustainably as well as renewably and prosperously. Marney Hogan Langley, B.C.

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February 24-25 Port McNeill Figure Skating Club presents Under the Big Top, its 2012 Ice Carnival, at Chilton Regional Arena in Port McNeill. Shows 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. Raffle table, concession. Info, Elizabeth 250956-3995.

February 25 Canada's official selection for the 2012 Oscars, Monsieur Lazahar —a film by Philippe Falardeau — will be shown at PHSS. Doors open at 7 p.m.,film starts 7:30 p.m.Tickets $8-50 at Guidos or $10 at door. Film is in French with English subtitles.

talist Eric Reid, 7:30 p.m., Port Hardy Civic Centre. Single tickets $25 on sale in Port Hardy at Cafe Guido, PH Museum, Hobby Nook; in Port McNeill at The Flower Shoppe; in Port Alice by calling Gail Neely at 250-284-3927. Visit or call 902-2228 for more information.

February 25 Stepping Stones Centre Parent Swap Meet and Bake Sale. 10 a.m.-3 p.m at Eagle View Elementary. Tables are only $15 if booked by Feb. 17 and $20 if booked later. Call 250-949-3031 or or drop donations of goods and bake sale items off at Stepping Stones Centre.

March 3 Come out and help support the fight against Breast Cancer. Men will be modelling the bras that were made for the Flower Shoppe's Bras for a Cause contest in a men's version of Victoria Secret's Fashion Show. Beer and wine will be available. No minors. Get your tickets ($15) at Timberland Sport Centre, Dalewood Beer and Wine and Port McNeill Flower Shoppe. Limited tickets and they will not be sold at the door.

March 11 Spring Fling and Auction with a French twist. Avalon School from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Many exciting and enjoyable events. Concession will be serving quality food.


March 10 North Island Concert Society presents legendary West Coast folk/rocker Barney Bentall with multi-instrumen-

• 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. • Quatsino Museum & Archives is open Friday to Sunday from 1:00pm-2:00pm. Open daily July & August. FMI • The German Edelweiss Cultural Club meets Thurs. at 7pm in PH Inn Pub. FMI 250-230-1376. • Lions Bingo every Thurs. @ Civic Centre. Doors open at 5:30pm. • PH Lions Mtgs: 1st & 3rd Tues every month @ Lions Den - Civic Centre 7:30pm. Everyone welcome. • Every other Tuesday: Footcare clinic at Hardy Bay Seniors 9-5pm. FMI 1-888-334-8531.

March 31 Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Awards and Social Gala. 6:30 p.m. at Port Hardy Civic Centre. Country and Western theme. $35 per cowpoke includes grub and live music. Silent Auction and Cash Saloon. Tickets now on sale at the Chamber office, the Hobby Nook and the Museum.

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Highland flings earns medals for local dancers

submitted photo Xandryn Frost of Port McNeill (far left) and Emily Walker of Port Hardy (far right) dancing at Vancouver Island University at the NHDA competition.

number of highland dancers from the North Island participated at a recent competition hosted at Vancouver Island University by the Nanaimo Highland Dancing Association. The competition had very large classes and tough competition for the dancers. Emma Walkus competed in the Primary 4 & 5 group. Abigail McCorquodale placed 3rd out of 41 competitors in the special event all ages fling. She also competed in the Beginner 7 & Under class and placed first in the Sword, Seann Truibhas, Strathspey and Highland Reel, Lilt and Flora. Abigail won the aggregate trophy for her class. Emma Barrett and Shelby Keen competed in the Beginner 8 & 9 class. Shelby placed 5th in the Lilt. Mollie Johnson competed in the Beginner 10 & over


class. Catherine Symons and Emma Jensen competed in the Novice 11 & under class. Catherine placed 4th in the Strathspey and Highland Reel, 5th in the Sword, and 6th in the Flora. Emma placed first in the Sword, Seann Truibhas, Strathspey and Highland Reel, Lilt and won the aggregate trophy for her class. Emma beat out 26 dancers to win the all ages special event fling for the Novice division. Heather MacKenzie competed in the Novice 12 & over class and placed 4th in the Sword and 2nd in the Flora. In the Intermediate special event Fling, Georgia Walkus placed 3rd and Xandryn Frost placed 5th. In the Intermediate 12 & under class Georgia placed first in the Sword and Seann Truibhas and won the aggregate trophy for the class. Xandryn placed 2nd in the Seann Truibhas and 3rd in the Sailor’s Hornpipe. Emily Walker placed 5th in the Seann Truibhas and the Hornpipe and 4th in “Wilt thou go to the Barracks Johnny?” Ella Waring placed 5th in the under 16 Premier special event Fling. Ella also placed 5th in the Seann Truibhas, Johnny and Village Maid. Laina Southgate placed 6th in the 16 & over Premier special event Fling and competed in the 16 & over Premier class. In another competition in Langley hosted by the Fraser Valley Highland Dancing Association Jan. 14, two local dancers competed. Abigail McCorquodale competed in the Beginner 7 & under group and placed 3rd in the Fling, 2nd in the Sword, 3rd in the Lilt, 2nd in the Flora. Abigail won the aggregate trophy for the highest points in her class. Ella Waring competed in the Premier 15 group and placed 4th in the Seann Truibhas and 6th in the Irish Jig.

A group of dancers from the Team Charlton Highland Dancers are currently preparing to attend Championships this spring, and will also be competing in the Scotdance Canada annual Canadian event which is being held in Edmonton in July.

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Proposed Scott Islands Marine National Wildlife Area

Réserve nationale de faune proposée en milieu marin pour les îles Scott

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Environment Canada’s Canadian Wildlife Service invites you to participate in a consultation session concerning the proposed Scott Islands marine National Wildlife Area.

Le Service canadien de la faune d’Environnement Canada vous invite à participer à une séance de consultation sur la réserve nationale de faune proposée en milieu marin pour les îles Scott.

This session will take place on Monday, February 27, 2012, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Port Hardy Civic Centre. For more information on the consultation session, please contact: Angela Stadel Canadian Wildlife Service Environment Canada Phone: 604-940-4692 Email: Inquiry Centre 1-800-668-6767 TTY: 819-994-0736 For more information on the proposed Scott Islands marine National Wildlife Area, search Scott Islands at

Cette séance aura lieu le lundi 27 février 2012, de 18 h 30 à 21 h, au centre municipal de Port Hardy. Pour plus d’information sur la séance de consultation, veuillez communiquer avec : Angela Stadel Service canadien de la faune Environnement Canada Tél. : 604-940-4692 Courriel : Informathèque 1-800-668-6767 ATS : 819-994-0736 Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements sur la réserve nationale de faune proposée en milieu marin pour les Îles Scott, visitez et effectuez une recherche avec « îles Scott ».

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Hardy Bay land scam helped build community I would like to thank everyone dubious newspaper — the Hardy for their very positive response to Bay News — in 1913/1914. It contained many world events the history articles published in the Gazette. I receive a lot of feedback interspersed with tidbits of local and it seems that many other North news, including a story of a local Islanders share my interest and pas- woman who fell 20-ft from a dock sion in our local history. I was asked onto the rocky shore, but miracuif I could focus the next article on the lously sustained no injuries. Many families spent their savings “Hardy Bay Lands Company,” with this being the 100th anniversary of to purchase a lot, and then booked the Port Hardy land scam. These passage on a steamer to Port Hardy activities created great hardship with what livestock and farm equipand sorrow while also helping to ment they could bring with them further establish the community that with the intent of starting a new life eventually became the Port Hardy full of opportunity. Unfortunately when that we know today. they arrived they found -----------a small community with ntil the early little more than a hotel 1900s, Hardy and a store, and a great Bay existed vast forest wilderness. as a small community Some of the “properon the east side of the ties” were actually locatBay, opposite the current ed under water in the townsite. ocean. The population was By 1914 the compamore or less stable with ny disappeared, along a few families that operated a small hotel and a The Forgotten with its assets. No one Coast ever successfully sued couple of stores. the Hardy Bay Lands In the late 1800s and early 1900s the government was Company. Many of the settlers who arrived trying to encourage settlement on the coast, pre-emptions were offered took one look at the town and decidto homesteaders who agreed to ed to turn around and catch the make improvements, which usually next steamer back to Vancouver or included clearing a portion of the Victoria. Many had to sell livestock to Alexander Lyon for money to pay land and building a house. Many locations around the north for their passage back. A number of families stayed and coast of the island, from Hardy Bay around to Quatsino, were settled by some obtained crown preemptions and cleared land to farm, a number homesteaders in this period. Much immigration to Canada was moving to the area around Kains taking place at this time, and it was Lake. The families of Alfred Moon and not uncommon for families to pick Peter Sandcock arrived in the spring up and move to a new community. In early 1912 the Hardy Bay of 1913, and after finding the land Lands Company Ltd. was incor- purchased from the Hardy Bay porated in Victoria. The company Lands Company was nonexistent, reported it had 1000 shares and secured 156 acres at the mouth of the Tsulquate River. The horses they $100,000 capital. Its purpose was to promote the brought for the farming purposes sale of land in Hardy Bay, across ended up packing freight and mail Canada, and even throughout the over the trail to Coal Harbour and United Kingdom through advertise- Quatsino Sound. The Port Hardy family history ments, brochures and billboards. Unfortunately, the advertising book, A Dream Come True, noted used to lure unsuspecting settlers a widow, Mrs. Fenton, arrived as into purchasing land in Hardy Bay a part of the land scam with her children. was fraudulent and unscrupulous. The family stayed, but unfortuThe advertising materials showed rolling farmland, established nately was beset with tragedy: one orchards, a rail line and a sea termi- son was killed in a logging accident, nal — a far cry from reality in the another was lost at sea during a trip to Seymour Inlet, one was drinking rugged outpost community. People who purchased lots and fell off his boat at Rivers Inlet believed they were buying land in a and drowned, and yet another died of a heart attack. busy commercial centre. The Hardy Bay lands scam did Lots were advertised between $125 and $145 and were available have the effect of contributing to for $40 down. Land was said to an increase in the population of the be “The finest area of farm land town. By 1919 there were approxion Vancouver Island, especially for mately 23 families and a number of single men living in the comdairy purposes.” Prospective buyers were told the munity. Brenda McCorquodale lives in Port announced construction of a new railway to the north end of the Hardy and is a North Island history island was imminent, and land val- enthusiast. If you have any stories or ues would rise significantly in a North Island information that you’d like to share, please e-mail Brenda at short period of time. The company even published a


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Role models Alert Bay’s Mayor Mike Berry congratulates the village’s Citizen Of the Year, David Leslie (l), for his 20 years of helping others. Youth Citizen of the year: Michael Forbister was honoured as the Junior recipient of the award. The cheerful and thoughtful 13-year-old is always looking for ways to help people and volunteer his services. Heather Nelson-Smith photos

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

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It started in September 2007, when two in 2010, 30,000 helped the teens at a Nova Scotia high school stood effort. Last year, 46,000 T-Shirts were sold up for a younger student. David Shepherd and Travis Price, both in and this year we Grade 12, heard about a Grade 9 student hope to sell 60,000. at their school who had been bullied and Tuckwell and others threatened for wearing a pink polo shirt emphasize that the pink shirt is secondon his first day of school. They decided they should do something ary to raising awareness about it and went to a discount store, where ‘It isn’t just a rite of passage. about b u l l ythey bought 50 pink and shirts and tank tops to It doesn’t have to happen.’ ing getting peowear to school the next Battle bullying ple involved. day. They also went onNet proceeds benefit the CKNW Oron Pink Shirt Day B.C. is no stranger to phans’ Fund in support of the Boys & line to round up supFebruary 29 tragedy related to bul- Girls Clubs of South Coast BC. Boys & port for their anti-bullying. From Surrey’s Girls Clubs of South Coast BC: BGC prolying cause, which they 14-year-old Hamed Nastoh, who jumped grams foster self-esteem, social engagedubbed a “sea of pink.” It worked. The next day, dozens of stu- off the Patullo Bridge and killed himself ment, academic success, inclusion, acdents were outfitted with the discount after leaving a note behind blaming the ceptance, respect for self and others, and shirts, but even better – hundreds of stu- constant bullying he endured at school, connection to community – all of which dents showed up wearing their own pink to Mission’s Dawn-Marie Wesley, 14, are key elements of bullying prevention. who committed suicide by hanging her- CKNW Orphans’ Fund: The CKNW Orclothes, some from head to toe. The bullies were reportedly never heard self after relentless bullying, there are phans’ Fund is committed to enhanccountless told and untold stories that ing the lives of children with physical, from again. This year, Feb. 29 is Pink Shirt Day in B.C. remain horrific. mental and social challenges living in and other parts of Canada, an annual The provincial government has taken BC communities. The fund includes chilanti-bullying event that started after the steps to address bullying in recent dren who are bullied under the scope of now-famous 2007 “sea of pink” cam- years, including a Ministry of Education the funds work, because these children resource brochure for parents in 14 lanpaign. will need extra support for their developThe need for awareness and action guages that can be found online at ment. against bullying remains as strong as ever, say those involved in the pink event, including local radio station CKNW, N Has trouble sleeping or has frequent Possible warning signs that a child Black Press, the Boys and Girls Clubs of bad dreams is being bullied include: Greater Vancouver, and London Drugs, N Experiences a loss of appetite where people can buy the official ‘BullyN Appears anxious and suffers from low N Comes home with torn, damaged, or missing ing Stops Here’ pink shirts for 2012. self-esteem pieces of clothing, books or other belongings “Awareness of what bullying is and unN Has unexplained cuts, bruises and scratches Possible warning signs that a child may derstanding that it hurts is important,” N Has few, if any friends, with whom he or she be a bully include: says Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Vanspends time N Positive views towards violence couver president and CEO Carolyn TuckN Seems afraid of going to school, walking N Often aggressive towards adults – including well. to and from school, riding the school bus or teachers or parents “It isn’t just a rite of passage. It doesn’t taking part in organized activities with peers N Marked need to control and dominate others have to happen. And it’s relevant to ev(such as clubs) and situations eryone, whether in school, after school N Takes a long, “illogical” route when walking N Boy bullies tend to be physically stronger or in the workplace.” to or from school than their peers According to, as N Has lost interest in school work or suddenly N Hot-tempered, impulsive, easily frustrated many as 25 per cent of children in Grades begins to do poorly in school N Often test limits or break rules 4 to 6 have been bullied and approxiN Appears sad, moody, teary or depressed N Good at talking their way out of difficult mately one in 10 children have bullied when he or she comes home situations others, while a 2004 study published in N Complains frequently of headaches, N Show little sympathy toward others who are the Medical Journal of Pediatrics found stomachaches or other physical ailments bullied that about one in seven Canadian children aged 11 to 16 are victims of bullying. For more information and resources on bullying: It is important to recognize what bullying is, and that it happens in many forms – verbally, socially, physically and online (cyber bullying), says Tuckwell. “By wearing pink, people show they’re making that commitment, to not let lying happen,” she says. In 2009, 20,000 pink shirts were sold and



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Mount Cain: back country beauty T ing into today’s excelhe average lent varieties. There snow fall on are two T-bars and one Mt. Cain is beginner’s handle tow 1500-cm. or 35-ft.! to get you as high as This is average — 1768-m — or 5800-ft can you believe it? — — from a base level of with some of the best 1311-m. — 4301-ft. powder on the coast. A jolly good drop of No wonder it’s get457-m. /1500 ft.! ting more and more A Brush with During the last few popular — it has been Henschel years, I have actually discovered! with Gordon graduated from my I have been paintHenschel beloved bowl to loftier ing this snow nirvana heights with my for almost as long favourite spots as the dreams of ‘There are, in being beyond Julius Kapitany and the upper levels others at Woss Lake fact, 21 trails looking at Abel made it become in the park for Mountain and possible. every kind of the out of bounds Julius used to areas. love the bowl and skill level.’ This painting called it his “catheis from that area dral.” and was done last At first I also became enchanted with the bowl spring after a winter of extreme which lies to the north of the pres- snowpack. Hope you like it enough to ent runs; still extremely popular make a trip up to Mt. Cain. today with cross country skiers. If you’ve never been up there, There are, in fact, 21 trails in the park for every kind of skill you’re missing a great experience! level. The lodge offers great food and With the help of Canadian Forest Products, who had pushed accommodation. Check it out. roads into the area, the ski runs gradually became a reality, evolv-

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Bill McLennan photo Left: The artist Doug Cranmer and, above, one of his works: a non-figurative painting, 1976, mahogany, plywood, and acrylic paint.

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Cranmer’s work on display Special to the Gazette He was a talented Alert Bay carver and painter who inspired generations of Native artists, but Doug Cranmer’s considerable contributions are largely unrecognized. That’s about to change. The works of Cranmer, who died in 2006 just one year shy of turning 80, is about to be put on display at the University of British Columbia’s Audain Gallery Museum of Anthropology in an exhibit titled: Kesu’: The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer. Northwest Coast Kwakwaka’wakw art is renowned for its flamboyant, energetic, and colorful carving and painting and Cranmer — an early player in the global commercial art market, and one of the first Native artists in British Columbia to own his own gallery — was among the leading practitioners. Experts have described his style as understated, elegant, and fresh, and his work quickly found an international following in the 1960s. The eldest of nine children, Cranmer was born to Daniel and Agnes Cranmer in Alert Bay, BC, but also spent time along the ‘Namgis (Nimpkish) river and in T’salqwadi, the Port Hardy reserve, with his maternal grandmother Abaya Sarah Smith (Hunt) and her husband, Mungo Martin At 10 months of age, he received his everyday name, Kesu’ — which means “Wealth being carved” — and later, like most men of his generation, he began his working life as a fisherman and, later, a logger. Cranmer credited Mungo Martin with providing his only artistic educational experiences, although he never formally apprenticed with anyone. Between 1958 and 1961, Cranmer worked with Bill Reid on the replication of six totem poles, one monumental carving, and two Haida-style houses for the Museum of Anthropology. It was at this time that the Alert Bay native decided to be a full-time carver. From 1962 to 1967, he had his own gallery,

The Talking Stick, in Vancouver and by the early 1960s, he was well established as an independent artist and was producing major sculptural works for both a local and international clientele. His totem poles — measuring from 20- to 45-ft in height — model house fronts and canoes are in public and private collections in Canada, Spain, Germany, England, New Zealand, Japan and the United States. In the mid-1970s, Cranmer launched a series of 48 abstract paintings on mahogany plywood that challenged the most daring innovations attempted by his traditional and contemporary mentors. In the mid 1970s, Cranmer returned home to Alert Bay to teach local Kwakwaka’wakw youth to design and carve so they could participate in the construction of the U’mista Cultural Centre, which opened Nov. 1, 1980. Doug continued to work with students on such major commissions as replicating and restoring the Wa’kas pole and house front for the Canadian Museum of Civilization’s Grand Hall in 1989, and creating the wooden structures for the Folklife pavilion at Expo ’86 in Vancouver. In 1986 and 1993, he was hired as artistic designer for the set and props of the theatrical performances “Spirit Lodge” at Expo ’86, and “Mystery Lodge” at Knotts Berry Farm theme park in California. In 1999, Cranmer oversaw the reconstruction of the Alert Bay Big House and selected the appropriate logs for the massive beams to carve replica house posts, and design the house front. Institutions that hold his artwork include the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Royal Ontario Museum, Glenbow Museum, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Chicago Field Museum, Royal British Columbia Museum and the UBC Museum of Anthropology. The exhibit — that captures the artist’s personality, his paradoxes, his range of work, and his profound influence on generations of Northwest Coast artists — opens March 16 and runs until mid-September.

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on deck Tell us about items of interest to the sports community. February 24 Commercial hockey Islanders at Bulls, 9:15 p.m., Port Hardy February 24-25 Figure skating Port McNeill Figure Skating Club 2012 Ice Carnival at Chilton Regional Arena, 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. Raffle table, concession. Info, Elizabeth 250-9563995. February 24-26 Minor hockey Port Hardy midget tournament at Don Cruickshank Memorial Arena. Concession, raffle table, 50/50 draws. Game schedule tba. February 26 Minor hockey Exhibition - Triport peewee girls She-devils vs. atom development Eagles, 2:30 p.m., Chilton Regional Arena, Port McNeill. March 1-4 Curling Annual Hugh Fraser Memorial Men’s Open Bonspiel at Fort Rupert Curling Club, Port Hardy. Concession, lounge open. Game times tba. Info on Fort Rupert Curling Club Facebook page. March 2 Commercial hockey Islanders at Warriors, 9:15 p.m., Port Hardy. March 3 Minor hockey Port Hardy peewees vs. Gold River, 1:15 p.m., Port McNeill; Port McNeill peewees vs. Gold River, 4:45 p.m., Port McNeill. March 4 Hockey Port McNeill peewees vs. Gold River, 10 a.m.; Port McNeill peewees vs. RCMP exhibition, 2:30 p.m., Port McNeill. March 9 Commercial hockey Bulls at Islanders, 8 p.m., Port Alice; Mustangs at Warriors, 9:15 p.m., Port Hardy.

Bantams advance to finals Gazette staff Matthew Cahill scored a hat trick, including the game-winner and one of his team’s two shorthanded goals, as the North Island Eagles bantam rep hockey team continued its surprising run through the Vancouver Island Hockey League Tier 3 playoffs Saturday with an 8-6 semifinal win at Kerry Park. Tyren Dustin added two goals and two assists for the Eagles, who charged from behind after trailing

3-0 against the top-seeded team from Vancouver Island South in the sudden-death, single-game playoff. The bantams will now go on to a best-of-three finals series against fellow Vancouver Island North nemesis Powell River, which defeated Sooke 3-1 in last week’s other semifinal. The Eagles will host Game 1 Sunday at 11 a.m. at Chilton Regional Arena in Port McNeill, the team's final home game of the season. Game 2 and, if necessary,

a deciding Game 3 would be played the following week in Powell River. The winner of the series will represent Vancouver Island in the Provincial Tier 3 Championships Mar. 18-23 in Burnaby. Riley Heemels, Darryl Coon and Kale White added goals and Riley Mathieson earned the win in goal as the bantams enjoyed their highest scoring output since the preseason. Cahill and Dustin both had shorthanded goals as the Eagles rallied from

the early 3-0 deficit despite being whistled for 16 penalty minutes to eight minutes for the hosts. Coon, White and Matt Lingl each had assists in the win. The Eagles are the defending Island champions, but return only four players from last year’s provincial-qualifying squad — Mathieson, Coon, Cahill and Dustin. Cahill played “up” as a second-year peewee last season. Dustin rejoined the program at midseason after starting

the 2011-12 campaign with the Port McNeill Minor Hockey house bantams. After a successful preseason, the team was moved up to Division 2 for league play, where it finished 0-10 and scored more than two goals only once. But the Eagles notched a 5-2 road win over Campbell River to start the Vancouver Island North playoffs and led eventual top seed Powell River 2-0 before a late-game collapse led to a home loss in Port Hardy Feb. 10.

Merritt "settles" for bonspiel title J.R. Rardon Gazette staff PORT McNEILL— Matthew Merritt and and Michelle Beaulieu were excited at the prospect of competing for the A title in last weekend’s Broughton Curling Club mixed open bonspiel. Almost too excited. “Once we got these two settled down after the second game, they did great,” veteran Port McNeill curler Don Riehl said of his rinkmates. Merritt was great enough to claim his first bonspiel title as a skip, outdueling Mike McCulley of Port Hardy’s Fort Rupert Curling Club 7-3 in the title match Sunday. “It was nice to play our best game in the final,” Merritt said. “We definitely saved our best game for last.” Merritt, Beaulieu, Riehl and lead Melody Wilson were just good enough in the early going to reach the A semifinals, where they outdueled Keith Balcke’s rink to reach the championship. The loss prevented the opportunity for a Balcke family sweep in the finals of the 19-team bonspiel. Keith’s father Mike claimed the B title over Clint Fiske, while sister Jen curled with Lee and Kathy Mitchell’s

nailbiter. That turned out to be the last hurrah for Bjornson, as the Mitchells picked up three points in the sixth and then stole the seventh end to earn handshakes. The bonspiel wrapped up Broughton Curling Club’s 201112 bonspiel season. Fort Rupert Curling Club will host its annual Hugh Fraser Memorial Men’s Open the weekend of Mar. 2-4. Info is available on Fort Rupert Curling’s Facebook page. 2012 Broughton Curling Club Mixed Open Bonspiel Feb. 17-19

Michelle Beaulieu and Melody Wilson sweep a shot by skip Matthew Merritt during the semifinals of the annual Broughton Curling Club mixed open bonspiel Saturday in Port McNeill. Merritt went on to won the A final Sunday. J.R. Rardon photo

winning squad in the C final. For Merritt, Sunday’s A victory was some time in the making — at least in his mind. “He’s been talking about this for a month; ‘Oh, if we could only win’,” Beaulieu said. “Well, we haven’t won anything all year,” Merritt responded. McCulley, curling with Laina Hunko, Dave Schmidt and Roselyn Jennison, picked up the first two points in the opening end. But Merritt won the next four ends, picking up a pair in

"We definitely saved our best game for last." Matthew Merritt

the fifth for a 5-2 lead. McCulley snared a single point in the sixth, but gambled on a multi-stone pickup in the seventh and lost, with Merritt winning the end and drawing handshakes. The B Final pit longtime friends and neighbours Mike Balcke and

Clint Fiske in the unofficial Hyde Creek championship match. That final seemed headed to an early finish as well, with Balke, wife Deb and rinkmates Ron and Shelley Downey riding a series of multiple-point ends to build a 7-2 lead through five. But Fiske, curling with wife Cindy, Bill Cessford and his daughter Maggie Cessford, struck for two in the sixth and three more in the seventh to tie it entering the final end. By the time Balke lined up his final skip’s

rock, Fiske was showing three counting stones, with shot rock perched at the edge of the four-foot ring. Balcke, with the Downey’s sweeping, then parked his last rock on the back half of the button to claim an 8-7 win. The Mitchells, with Jen Balcke and Dick Wheeldon, scored in the first four ends of their C final against Fort Rupert’s Dave Bjornson. But each end was just a single-point pickup, and Bjornson struck for three in the fifth to make it a 4-3

A Final: Merritt d. McCulley, 7-3 A Bracket Paterson d. Mitchell; Forsberg d. Russell; Baker d. M. Balcke; Gaudet d. Waddell; McCulley d. Fiske; Bjornson d. RudRamnarine; K. Balcke d. Goodman; Merritt d. Anderson; Maday d. Bramham; Forsberg d. Baker; McCulley d. Gaudet; K. Balcke d. Bjornson; Merritt d. Maday. Semifinals: McCulley d. Forsberg; Merritt d. K. Balcke. B Final: M. Balcke d. Fiske, 8-7 B Bracket Anderson d. Bramham; RudRamnarine d. Goodman; M. Balcke d. Russell; Fiske d. Waddell; Symons d. Mitchell; Rud-Ramnarine d. Anderson. Semifinals: M. Balcke d. RudRamnarine; Fiske d. Symons. C Final: Mitchell d. Bjornson, 8-3 C Bracket Paterson d. Bramham; Maday d. Russell; Mitchell d. Gaudet; Bjornson d. Waddell; Baker d. Goodman; Paterson d. Maday. Semifinals: Mitchell d. Paterson; Bjornson d. Baker.


Sports & Recreation

Thursday, February 23, 2012

New rivalry + new competition = new pals J.R. Rardon Gazette staff PORT McNEILL—Perhaps you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But an old-timers hockey team in Port McNeill kicked off a new rivalry last weekend against the visiting Gold River Grey Hawks. The Port McNeill Ice Devils won 4-2 Saturday evening, then rolled to an 8-2 win over the visitors in a Sunday morning rematch. But these games were less about the result than about a chance to create some new competition and cama-

raderie. “We usually spend the season playing (Port Hardy’s) World War I and the (Port McNeill) Pioneers,” said Dr. David Baird of the Ice Devils 45-over team, who worked with Gold River’s Bruce Evans to set up the series. “It was good to see someone we don’t get a chance to play often. And they’re a good group of guys.” Evans, a former Port Hardy resident and player who now lives and plays in Gold River, contacted Baird in December about the possibility of a

John Prachnau of the Port McNeill Ice Devils tries to slow up Darryl Wall of the Gold River Grey Hawks during the teams' old-timers hockey exhibition game Saturday at Chilton Regional Arena in Port McNeill. J.R. Rardon photo

series, and it was set up after the cancellation of the Port McNeill Downpour women’s hockey tournament last weekend created available ice at Chilton Regional Arena. “We parlayed back and forth about it for a while,” said Baird. “Eventually we got a team together and got the ice.” With some regular skaters on both teams unavailable — Ice Devils Ron Downey and Clint Fiske were taking part in the mixed curling bonspiel next door — the teams relaxed the 45-year-old age requirement. Indeed, some of the players are still in their 30s, though Baird said both clubs gave consideration to competitive levels when filling spots. The Ice Devils program is made up of two teams — the 45-over group sometimes jokingly referred to as the “Old Devils”, and a 44-under squad which plays in the North Island Commercial Hockey League as the Mustangs. There was substantial crossover during last weekend’s games, with Mustangs Al and Bill Rushton, Glenn Moore and John Prachnau playing both days and John Murgatroyd skating in Sunday’s finale. It made for a busy weekend for those players and goal-

Bill Rushton of the Port McNeill Ice Devils reaches for the puck from his knees against Jason Fiddler of the Gold River Grey Hawks during their teams' old-timers exhibition hockey game Saturday in Port McNeill. J.R. Rardon photo

ie Aaron Hinton, who also skated for the Mustangs in commercial league games Friday night in Port Alice and Sunday in Port McNeill. Evans and Baird both hope the event can become and annual home-and-home series with each team traveling to visit the other’s home rink. Because of scheduling conflicts and the short time remaining in the season, the Ice Devils probably won’t make it to Gold River this season. But Baird and the rest of the Devils are looking forward to a reciprocal visit next season. “It would be fun to do it next season in Gold River,” Baird said. “It’s good to make that connection.”

Mustangs remain unbeaten Gazette staff PORT McNEILL—Reed Allen scored on a point-blank rebound with 16.5 seconds remaining Sunday as the Port McNeill Mustangs forged a 4-4 tie with the Port Hardy Bulls to remain unbeaten in North Island Commercial Hockey League play. It was the second straight home draw with the Bulls for The Mustangs (11-0-3), who were skating 6-on-5 when Allen scored after pulling goalie Aaron Hinton with 1:14 to play. The Bulls (3-13-2) took a 3-2 intermission lead behind consecutive goals by Curtis Martyn, and extended it to 4-2 at 2:51 of the final period when Steve Verbrugge converted off a crossing pass from Chad Mackenzie. The Mustangs kept up pressure in the Bulls’ zone throughout the period but ran into stiff defence and goaltending. John Murgatroyd finally got the rally going when he walked the puck through the slot and wristed a shot home from the right circle to cut the

Bulls lead to 3-2 with 6:45 remaining. It was the second goal of the game for Murgatroyd, who tallied on a first-period breakaway to give the Mustangs a brief 2-1 lead before Martyn’s back-to-back scores. Al Rushton punched in his own rebound on the first possession of the game to give the Mustangs a quick 1-0 advantage. But the visitors, playing with just one spare line and a single blueliner on the bench, effectively repelled the Mustangs’ attack thereafter. The Mustangs kicked off the weekend with a victory over the Neucel Islanders in Port Alice. No details were available. Warriors 14, Bulls 3 Shelby Cockell scored six goals as the Warriors (9-8-1) broke open a close game in the second half Friday in Port Hardy. Jared Breitkreitz, Jake Colbourne and Corey Swain added two goals each, with Swain contributing seven assists.

ATHLETES A TH T HLE ETES TES off the h W Weekk MERRITT RINK Don Riehl, Melody Wilson, Michelle Beaulieu and skip Matthew Merritt claimed the A title in the annual Broughton Curling Club mixed bonspiel in Port McNeill Sunday. J.R. Rardon photo

Strait Shooter Photography Sports & Event Photo Specialists Curtis Martyn of the Port Hardy Bulls reaches in to break up a rush by John Murgatroyd of the Port McNeill Mustangs in commercial league play in Port McNeill Sunday. J.R. Rardon photo

Shawn Patterson, Richard Burgess and Justin Reusch scored for the Bulls, who were within 3-1 at the end of the first period. B League Albert Charlie scored six goals Saturday as the Smokers topped the Soggy Bottom

Boys 14-10 in Port Hardy. The Smokers overcame the biggest scoring output to date by the Soggy Bottom Boys, the newest entry into the recreational league. One week earlier, the Stars defeated the Soggy Bottom Boys 15-1.

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One spot left in Oscar Hickes tourney field

Belt bash Black-belt candidate Kevin Villiers lines up a kick against sparring partner Ken Thomas during Bushido Shotokan Karate Dojo's belt testing session Sunday at Port Hardy Civic Centre. In all, 25 students took part in testing at levels from yellow to black belt.

Gazette staff PORT ALICE—The North Island’s largest hockey tournament still has space for one more team as the Mar. 8 puck drop looms. The 32nd annual Oscar Hickes Memorial Tournament will be played at Port Alice Arena from Mar. 8-11, with divisions for competitive, commercial and recreational/oldtimers teams. Tourney organizer Russell Murray announced this week the tourney has filled 15 of its 16 allow-

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first “international” Oscar Hickes tourney. The tournament will include a dance on Saturday night featuring the North Island band Jam Shack Araknids. It also serves as a fundraiser for several groups, including Port Alice Minor Hockey and the North Island Secondary School dry grad, with full concession, 50/50 draws and other prizes available throughout the weekend. To register a team or for other info, contact Murray at 250-209-0756 or

able slots, but would welcome one more team in the recreational/oldtimers ‘C’ Division. The registration cost is $600 per team, with an additional insurance fee. The teams entered to date represent Port Alice, Port Hardy, Port McNeill and at least one team made up of former local skaters who are returning from their current homes down island to take part. In addition, Team United of Seattle, Wash., will compete in the commercial division, making this the

PHSS grapplers bound for provincial tourney Gazette staff PORT HARDY— For the second straight season, Port Hardy Secondary School wrestlers Dusty Cadwallader, Graeme Wiggins and Quinton Wamiss have qualified for the B.C. Provincial High School Championships. This time, they’re all making the trip. The trio departed yesterday for the trip to Penticton for the twoday championships, which will wrap up Saturday afternoon. A year ago, with the provincial-qualifying Vancouver Island Championships hosted by PHSS, the three grapplers each qualified to advance. But Wamiss was a Grade 8 student in his first year of wrestling and qualified in a small

weight class without winning a match at the Islands. Wiggins, on the other hand, suffered a ruptured ear drum in practice two days before the provincial tourney. Both were left home for the weekend. This season, all three wrestlers earned their way into championship finals at last week’s Island championships, at Nanaimo’s Dover Bay Secondary, and all three claimed silver medals. Fifth-year coach Joe Humphrey notes Cadwallader is the one wrestler in the Whalers’ program who has been with him since Humphrey arrived to help resurrect a program that had been dormant for a couple of seasons. Cadwallader, who will compete at 90 kilograms, and Wiggins


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Port Hardy Secondary School wrestlers Quinton Wamiss, Graeme Wiggins and Dusty Cadwallader will carry coach Joe Humphrey to the B.C. High School Championships this weekend. J.R. Rardon photo (78 kg) are the team’s Europe with members and a stop at the 2012 co-captains. of the Alberni Valley Summer Olympics in Cadwallader and Secondary School London to watch the Wiggins will also Program. The trip will world’s top grapplers travel this summer to include both wrestling in action.

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Humphrey referred to as “hell week”, by teammates Jack Van Graven, Liam Scott and David Darnell, who stuck around for workouts despite being eliminated from provincial consideration at the Island tourney. The Whalers will join wrestlers from Alberni Valley — Humphrey’s alma mater — on a charter bus that will take the ferry to the mainland and on to the Okanagan for the meet. Following competition, the wrestlers will all go out together for a meal and drive through the evening to catch the ferry back and, eventually, return to Port Hardy Sunday. “It’ll be a long five days,” Humphrey said.

Wamiss may well be the team’s most improved wrestler. Often competing against much older rivals in the 110+ kilogram (heavyweight) class, Wamiss has taken strides this year that include a gold medal in the Campbell River Invitational Tournament and bronze at the highcalibre Alberni Valley Invitational. “He still has a way to go,” Humphrey said of Wamiss. “But he’s been in the (practice) room every day and done all the work. He deserves to make the trip.” The three were helped in practice over the past week and a half, a stretch

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Cold thieves bested by warm-hearted cops Mike D’Amour Gazette staff The cold-hearted theft from Port McNeill youngsters was offset by the actions of some big-hearted Mounties who replaced most of what crooks swiped. Port McNeill Scouts and Guides recently conducted a bottle drive late last month that raised about $150 in empty containers, said Port McNeill RCMP Sgt. Phil Lue.

gating the were done they locked “We felt it was the incident, they the bottles in a shed went a step behind the Scout Hall.” least we could do.” further. Sometime later a crook, An envelope or crooks, smashed was passed open the padlock to the throughout shed and took nearly the office and by the time the every single bottle. “It’s disheartening for the young whip-around was finished, the people who raised the money,” nine member and two civilian employees had raised $115. said Lue. “We felt it was the least we While police, led by Const. Andrew Bachman, are investi- could do,” said Lue.

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“There’s a lot of the stuff we deal with, day-to-day, that as police we can’t do much, but we saw this as something we could help with.” Anyone with any information about the theft is asked to call the Port McNeill detachment at 250956-4441. Or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477. The call is anonymous and a tip that leads to an arrest could earn a cash reward.


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British Columbia has traditionally been synonymous with forestry and today this industry is still one of the cornerstones of our economy, especially in many rural communities which strongly value and support timber harvesting. With over two-thirds (60 million hectares) of the provincial land mass covered in forest we can count on a healthy industry for many more years. B.C. has more than 110 lumber mills, over 70 with a capacity of more than 40 million board feet per year; 27 veneer, plywood and OSB (oriented strand board) mills, eight pellet mills, 18 pulp mills (six of which are also paper mills) and over 80 other primary processing mills such as chips, shake and shingle, pole, and log manufacturers. The forestry sector has a deep pool of skilled professionals and a highly trained workforce. Altogether the industry employs well over 50,000 well paid employees, often the life-blood of small towns. B.C.’s forest sector is definitely starting to recover from the last decade’s downturn. Since 2009, over two dozen mills have announced they are reopening or adding shifts. The importance of this industry to B.C. is demonstrated by the fact that 40% of the province’s regional economies are based on forestry activities, in more than 7,000 businesses. Western Forest Products include timber harvesting, reforestation, sawmilling logs into lumber and wood chips, and value-added remanufacturing in their product line. The company’s 3,000 employees are an integral part of WFP. They are known for their knowledge of the fibre base, skills in product manufacturing and dedication to customer service as well as their commitment to safety, community and environmental values. It was good news for Ladysmith when the company reopened the mill. 100% of the product generated will be shipped to China. One reason for growth in the industry is the Asian market. International buyers know that B.C. is a stable supplier of high-quality wood products; we can provide timber supply security. This secure supply, coupled with the fact our spruce, pine, fir, hemlock and balsam fibre baskets are among the richest in the world makes B.C. extremely attractive. The B.C. brand of wood products is well estab-

lished globally with market-leading shares in key countries such as China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. B.C. is also looking to be the first major country that deals in softwood lumber to establish its products in the India marketplace. Working with the federal government and industry, the Province has strengthened and diversified the B.C. forest sector by increasing market demand for softwood lumber throughout Asia. The global demand for bio-products from the forest is predicted to reach $200 billion a year. Renewable fuels, plastics, and chemicals for the pharmaceutical and food industries can potentially be manufactured by running wood fibre and residues through bio-refinery. B.C. has taken steps to make it easier for the non-lumber sector to source supplies of lower quality fibre. This includes fibre supply licences to cut to use logging debris that is left behind on landings and roadsides. Taking care of this natural abundance is critical. An amazing statistic is the fact B.C. has planted more than six billion trees since reforestation programs began in the 1930’s, and is on track to plant its seven billionth tree in 2013/14. We plant an average of 200 million trees each year. B.C. produces more wood products certified to environmental standards than any other region in the world and has 53 million hectares certified to one of three internationally recognized sustainable forest management certification standards. Growth now and in the future requires a solid foundation. B.C. created the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations to deal with increasing demands and pressures on the land base by taking a more integrated approach to managing B.C.’s natural resources. BC Hydro launched a two-phase Bioenergy Call for Power. Phase one has helped advance bioenergy development in Kamloops, Castlegar and Prince George, while phase two has done the same for Chetwynd, Fort St. James, Fraser Lake and Merritt. B.C. has also passed the Wood First Act to promote and encourage a cultural shift that will make wood the first choice for construction in the commercial and institutional sectors as well as residential. The future looks very bright for this most iconic of British Columbia industries.

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

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TRADES, TECHNICAL 2 POSITIONS available for Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanics. In town and camp. Please email resume to: or fax to 250-248-5410. 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.

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Quinsam Communications is looking for a qualified two way radio technician. Candidates will be considered with IT experience. Wage to be determined by experience. Email: or Fax: 250-287-4511

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Woods Foreman, Yarding & Loading 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 m³ annually.

Thank you for your interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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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.

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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 first-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 benefit package and the potential to achieve annual performance rewards. If you believe that you have the skills and qualifications that we are looking for, please reply in confidence: Human Resource Department Facsimile: 866.840.9611 Application Deadline: Monday, February 27th, 2012 Email: Reference Code: Woods Foreman, EFO As only short listed candidates will be contacted, WFP thanks you in advance for your interest in our Company. Please visit

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Thursday, February 23, 2012 REAL ESTATE HOUSES FOR SALE 21 RENTALS






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

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SEAHAVEN APARTMENTS 7070 Shorncliffe St. P.O. Box 222 Port Hardy, BC 2 bdr unit avail new kitchen and flooring includes Fridge/stove, blinds, private parking stall, locker, laundry on premises. Quiet, adult building, non smoking, no pets. References required. Inquiries contact Janet 250-230-1462 Appointment to view.


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@



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

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.

Auto Financing 1.800.910.6402

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

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

HOMES FOR RENT 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.


INSTANT AUTO credit we can finance your auto loan in minutes, you Drive Home Now, or we can deliver to you. w w w. D r i v e H o m e N o w. c o m . 877-758-7311 or 250-7515205. 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.

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SCRAP CAR REMOVAL TOWNHOUSES PORT HARDY: Central, Seawind Estates, gated comm., like new, 2bdrm, W/D on suite, $700. Avail. immed. (604)4183626.

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.

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


of the week.

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

Phone Rick 250-956-4555 PORT HARDY- 2 bdrm apt in Beaver Harbour area, in suite laundry. Available March 1. N/S. $700. 250-949-6084. 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.

Rayah Dustin of Port McNeill, 6, shows you don’t need a full set of teeth to show off a great smile. J.R. Rardon photo


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Teachers call for indy mediator

All decked out Robert Gagnon from North Island Home Improvements holds a board while Ozzieland owner Ozzie Vezina inspects about $1,500 in damage caused by a vandal late last month. Police are aware of the incident, but no charges have been laid as of yet. Shirley Scott photo

The BC Teachers’ Federation is calling for an independent mediator to be designated under the Labour Relations Board to try to bring both sides together and seek a resolution to the current impasse at the bargaining table. “Everybody knows the two parties are far apart, so what we really need now is an independent process to help us work together and arrive at an agreement signed at the bargaining table, not one imposed by the legislature in Victoria,” said BCTF President Susan Lambert. Last week Labour Minister Margaret MacDiarmid appointed Trevor Hughes, her assistant deputy minister of industrial

‘This is no way to build quality public education’

—Susan Lambert relations, and charged him with answering the question: “Can the two parties come to a voluntary settlement?” His deadline is February 23. BCTF leaders have had three meetings with Hughes, during which they have outlined teachers’ bargaining objectives. “Unfortunately Hughes’ role has been defined as simply providing a yes or no answer to the

simplistic question of whether the parties can come to a voluntary settlement. He has made it clear to us that he’s only been asked to describe the status quo, not to seek a way forward,” Lambert said. “We need an independent mediator to do the more nuanced and challenging work of finding common ground, pushing needed compromise and bringing us closer together,” Lambert said. “I certainly hope Education Minister George Abbott will hear this call, and join us in a serious attempt to break the toxic pattern of fruitless negotiations brought to an end by the legislative hammer. This is no way to build quality public education in our province.”

Hefty fishing fine set aside, new trial ordered



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Justice Loryl Russell allowed Dalum’s appeal and ordered a new trial. In a written decision, the Justice Russell found Judge Saunderson’s decision confusing. “…there is nothing in the reasons to indicate to me why the trial judge preferred the facts as

asserted by the Crown over that of the defence,” she wrote. “I find that I cannot make a proper determination on whether an error has occurred without truly understanding what the trial judge has decided and why.” It’s unknown if the Crown will try Dalum a second time.

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states that, ‘Fishers will be individually accountable for their catch.’ That is a clear warning that non-compliance with the fisheries regulations will result in sanctions.” The judge fined the veteran commercial fisherman $120,000, but last week B.C. Supreme Court


sonal quota. As an alternative, he thought he could purchase the extra quota from SM Products, a fish buying company, something he had done in the past. The company did buy the fish, but did not sell Dalum the extra quota. As a result, Dalum was later charged with nine violations following an investigation by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Five of those charges were dropped by the Crown, but Dalum was found guilty on four counts by Judge Brian Saunderson. “In short, Mr. Dalum took a calculated risk in purchasing insufficient quota,” the judge said in a written decision. “One of the guiding principles of the Plan


A new trial has been ordered for a commercial fisherman who was fined $120,000 for unlawfully possessing halibut and rockfish. Gerald Dalum, 67, received the hefty fine last June in Campbell River provincial court after being found guilty on four fisheries charges. At trial, the Crown contended that Dalum was carrying approximately 31,000 pounds of halibut over his quota as well an excess of various rockfish, when he docked in Port Hardy in March 2007. Dalum’s lawyer had argued that his client had intended to buy extra quota from two other fishermen prior to heading out to sea, but they backed out of the deal. By that time, Dalum was already fishing and had exceeded his per-

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Map of: Pierce Bay Foreshore, Dryland Sort & Shop (shown in bold black) Scale: 1:50,000 Area: 7.3 Hectares


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Land Act: Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land Take notice that British Columbia Timber Sales- Seaward Business Office of Port McNeill, British Columbia, intends to make application to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNR), North Island-Central Coast District Office for a Licence of Occupation – Industrial Log Handling, File Number 1413667, situated on Provincial Crown land located at Pierce Bay, Rivers Inlet. For a copy of the application or to make written comments, please contact: Cyndy Grant, Land Officer, 2217 Mine Rd, Box 7000, Port McNeill, BC V0N 2R0 OR Shiloh McCulley, BCTS, 2217 Mine Road, Box 7000, Port McNeill, BC V0N 2R0, The application will be available for review and comment for 30 days from February 9, 2012. Comments will be received until March 12, 2012. FLNR office may not be able to consider comments received after this date. Comments can also be posted at: Please be sure to cite the Applicant’s name and the location of the proposed activity and File Number for reference. Be advised that any response to this advertisement will be considered part of the public record. For information, contact the Freedom of Information Advisor at FLNR office.

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Film fest is back

The Reel Film Festival continues Saturday with a showing of Monsieur Lazahar, Canada’s official selection for the 2012 Oscars. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Under the Big Top

Carly Bobb, above, the Canskate ‘Lions’ and Sidney Hamilton, top right, rehearse Monday for the Port McNeill Figure Skating Club’s bi-annual Ice Carnival, Under the Big Top. Shows will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday at Port McNeill’s Chilton Regional Arena. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.





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at the PHSS theatre; film starts 7:30 p.m. Tickets $8 at Guidos or $10 at door for ages 16-over. Film is in French with English subtitles.



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