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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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Thursday, February 23, 2012
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 trc.ca For more information please call: Stephanie Scott, TRC Toll free 1-888-872-5554 or Email: email@example.com Join us for the TRC Regional Event in Victoria April 13-14, 2012 at the Victoria Conference Centre and Fairmont Empress.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
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.
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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 BCLocalnews.com
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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Thursday, February 23, 2012
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 niconcert.ca 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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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 email@example.com • 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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