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To Brian: One step at a time — love, dad Mike D’Amour Gazette staff Bill Ray wants to raise $50,000 to make children’s wishes come true — and he plans to do it one step at a time. The 49-year-old Maple Ridge man began a 650km journey last week that began in Port Hardy and is scheduled to finish in Burnaby at the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada “I’m hoping I can get a dollar from every working person between here and Burnaby so I can reach my goal,” said Ray, who lost his son, Brian, 15 years ago to cancer. “He died when he was just nine-years-old,” said the dad, whose eyes become red with emotion while talking about his boy. The Children’s Wish Foundation made it possible for Brian to visit Disneyland before he died. “It meant everything to him,” Ray said. “He got to play with the dolphins and do other things during his week there.” Ray said he never forgot that kindness weeks before his son passed away and

wants to do something for the foundation that helped Brian realize his dream. “It’s just something I gotta do to give back,” said Ray. “I’m doing it in Brian’s honour and of course to honour the children who are still fighting to beat their cancers.” It’s fitting, perhaps, that he is starting his trek at the beginning of March, which has been designated as Children’s Wish month. “This is a very personal healing thing for him, as well as supporting the Children’s’ Wish Foundation,” said Kim Antiffaef, fundraising coordinator for the foundation. Each year, thousands of Canadian children between the ages of three and 17 are diagnosed with a life threatening illness. This year the Children’s Wish Foundation expects to grant 1,000 new wishes. While the foundation is proud of the fact it never once turned down a child, it can use donations. “We definitely are in need and have kids waiting for wishes all the time,” said Antiffaef. With only a knapsack filled with clothing and an

Bill Ray is walking about 650-km in memory of his son and to raise funds and awareness for the Children’s Wish Foundation. Mike D’Amour photo “But I want to raise aware- learn more about it — can He’ll make his way to extra pair of New Balance runners, Ray started his Victoria, then to the ferry ness about the Children’s do so securely online by trek south from Port Hardy before he walks the last leg Wish Foundation and raise logging on at, and then clickfunds for it.” Thursday and plans to get of his journey to Burnaby. Those wishing to donate ing on Brian’s Walk for “I’ve never done anything on the old Island Highway to Ray’s cause — and to Wishes. like this,” said Ray. from Campbell River.

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Scarlet fever not a concern Mike D’Amour Gazette staff There have been a few diagnosed cases of scarlet fever in the Triport area, but it’s nothing to get too excited about, said the North Island’s top doc. “I do know earlier (last) month we received a couple of indications there may be scarlet fever in the community,” said Dr. Paul Hasselback, medical health officer for the North Island. “There are physician diagnosed cases of scarlet fever that have occurred in the community and the number that was shared with me was not many, five to 10 ... it’s not too concerning from what my staff are seeing.” The Gazette received several calls from concerned parents and other family members who believed the disease was epidemic, but “that’s simply not the case,” said Hasselback. “There are people who believe it’s going on and the perception is a legitimate concern,” he said, from his Nanaimo office. “There’s more anxiety from people who haven’t had this disease.” Scarlet fever is typically associated with children, but doctors

What is it? Scarlet fever is a term used for strep throat with a rash and is most common in children ages two to 10, but it can affect people of any age. Scarlet fever is caused by streptococcal (strep) bacteria, the same bacteria that cause strep throat. There are many different strains of strep bacteria, some of which cause more serious illness than others. The most noticeable symptom of scarlet fever is a rough, red rash that feels like fine sandpaper. Other

symptoms are the same as strep throat — except for the rash — and include: • Fever of 38.5°C —101°F — or higher. • Sore throat and difficulty swallowing. • White or yellow spots or coating on the throat and tonsils. • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck. Other symptoms that appear before the rash, especially in children, may include general body aches, headache, stomach ache, nausea, vomiting, or listlessness. —HealthLinkBC

“There are people who believe it’s going on and the perception is a legitimate concern.” — Dr. Paul Hasselback don’t see it as often as in the past because of antibiotics and good hygiene, said Hasselback. Indeed, while scarlet fever is contagious, it doesn’t spread very well. “It’s not like every student can come down with this,” said Hasselback. And for these who

get exposed, not many of them will actually get sick. The challenge, said the doctor, is everyone who comes down with a rash does not seek out medical attention. “This is not a disease that is reportable,” he said. “If a student is off school or away they

need not tell the school why they’re ill, they need not tell us.” Another problem is there are lots of myths and misinformation about scarlet fever. “Many, many decades ago, it used to be associated with all sorts of problems,” said Hasselback. “There are 100 or so different types of strep and only a few cause a rash and occasionally when strep goes untreated it can cause other problems as well — kidney and heart specifically — but we rarely see that sort of problem anymore.” Scarlet fever has been called strep throat, but with a rash. “That’s a very simplified way of putting it, but not far off the mark,” said Hasselback. “Not all strep is the same and most of the strep throat we see don’t result in the rash that goes with scarlet fever.” The best protection against any respiratory illnesses is good solid hygiene, said Hasselback . “So when you cough, you cough into (the crook) of your elbow and you wash your hands frequently whether you’re sick or not.”

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A Sointula man says the bright light in his photo is a UFO that hovered over a beach for more than 15 minutes before it vanished. Jim Davis photo

Eerie light a puzzler Mike D’Amour Gazette staff Jim Davis knows some may think he’s crazy, but he knows what he witnessed. “I saw a UFO,” said the retired fisherman, who calls Sointula home. Davis said he was at the top end of Crease Island last summer, at the mouth of Knight Inlet, looking east, when he saw a bright light hovering over the beach. “I didn’t know what the hell it was,” the 68-year-old said of the

daytime apparition. “But it was right there on the edge of the beach, about 400-ft from me.” Davis said he stood transfixed for close to 15 minutes before reaching for an old disposable film camera to snap a shot through the windshield of his 38-ft trawler, the Cedar Isle. “It was about four or five times brighter than what’s in the picture and there seemed to be a steam cloud around it,” he recalled. Davis snapped a single shot before he

turned his head for a moment. “When I looked back, it was gone,” he said. The object made no sound when it disappeared into the afternoon skies. Davis, who’s been on the water since he started fishing with his dad at the age of 10, said he’s never seen anything like it before. “I’ve never seen a UFO before that day,” he said. Davis said he only came forward

after recently receiving the photo he sent to be developed some time ago. Even now he said he’s scratching his head at what he saw. “I can’t say for sure one way or the other what that was,” he said. Have you seen or photographed something eerie, odd or otherworldly? Send your story and/or pics to

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B.C. cancels generic drug purchase deal By Tom Fletcher Black Press VICTORIA â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The B.C. government is terminating its generic drug purchase agreement with provincial pharmacy groups after savings to the Pharmacare program fell short of expectations. Health Minister Mike de Jong said the three-year agreement with the B.C. Pharmacy Association and the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores will end April 1, a year early. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We negotiated an agreement on a certain set of expectations, savings to be sure, to Pharmacare and to the purchasers of drugs in B.C., and they have not been realized,â&#x20AC;? de Jong told reporters at the legislature Wednesday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of the roughly $69 or $70 million in savings the parties had agreed would be realized over the first two years, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re about $36 million short.â&#x20AC;? De Jong said legislation will be presented soon to end the agreement, in which Pharmacare bought generic equivalent drugs in bulk on behalf of insured patients for a fraction of the cost of the

original brand-name medicines. The agreement called for the price of generic drugs to decline to 40 per cent of the original patented medicines by this year. De Jong said generic drug manufacturers have insisted on many more exceptions to the price cap than the health ministry expected, eroding the savings from Pharmacare purchases. Pharmacare buys more than $300 million worth of generic drugs a year, and seniors and other patients buy another $500 million worth directly or through their medical coverage. De Jong declined to comment on B.C. following the lead of Ontario to end the practice of pharmaceutical companies paying rebates to drug stores to stock their brands of generic drugs. The health ministry conducted market tests and found it could buy equivalent drugs from other suppliers for less than those offered under the agreement. It began delisting the more expensive drugs for a year and then decided to end the agreement.

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A numbers game It’s tough to decide which side of the teacher v. province argument to fall on. We want our teachers to be happy when they go to work educating our children, no question about that. We also want the province to show a willingness to deal with the issues. No question there. But it’s the bickering and creative use of numbers that’s throwing us at the moment. Here’s an example: not too long ago, the BC Teachers’ Federation stated our educators are the ninth best-paid in the country. The government fired back that teachers were, in fact, the fourth best paid. That, of course, is when benefits are factored in. The teachers’ union countered with this: “BCTF uses current salary figures — 2011-12 — for Category 5 — five years of university and Category 6 — master’s degree — from salary grids in teacher collective agreements across Canada. The maximum salary for a B.C. teacher with Category 5 qualifications ranks 9th in Canada, including the provinces and territories. Based on provinces only, the rank shifts to 6th among the (10) provinces.” Nobody loves the serve and volley of semantics more than we who toil in the news industry. However, we say to both sides: it’s time to quit nit-picking and manipulating facts to serve selfish purposes and get back to the job of educating our kids.

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Should the province legislate the teachers’ contract?

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No 51% Total votes received for this question: 66 Voting deadline is Monday at 3 p.m.

There’s a pleasant mood on the North Island right now. Not sure if it’s a hold over from last week’s hoopla, but we like it.

We really tried, but it’s been a great week with no complaints, so no Thumbs Down from us today, which is always a good thing.

BCTF indoctrinating our kids Perhaps the single most ridiculous stunt in the leadup to this week’s teachers’ strike was at an elementary school here in the capital when a Grade 1 teacher gave her class an assignment: write to Education Minister George Abbott, demanding he stop bullying their teacher and address class size and composition. This North Korea-style political indoctrination of six-year-olds was a mistake, says the local teachers’ union boss, who vaguely indicated the unnamed teacher would apologize to parents. Students across B.C. were skipping class in solidarity with their teachers, led by budding campus radicals suddenly conversant with B.C. Teachers’ Federation talking points about “Bill 22.” This left-wing groupthink pervades the education system from public schools through taxpayer-supported colleges and universities. After a couple of generations of this indoctrination,

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almost everyone “knows” that government under-funding is at the heart of every school problem, standardized testing is an assault on the fragile self-esteem of students, and reducing class size is the top priority for improving educational outcomes. B.C. Teachers’ Federation president Susan Lambert announced the strike on live TV with a remarkable string of rhetoric about the “Orwellian” legislation that will soon put an end to this

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and Benito Mussolini, to illustrate a multiple-choice question about “fascism.” In Vancouver, a protesting teacher got big media play, holding up a sign proclaiming that “it’s not about a wage increase, it’s about classroom conditions.” This too is a lie. The BCTF trotted out its standard “children first” rhetoric, then tabled its breathtakingly outof-touch benefit demands. For his part, Abbott started out pretty keen about students and parents heading down to occupy their local school and replace striking teachers with volunteers for a couple of days. But he changed his tune after the support staff union started grumbling about parents colouring too close to their craft lines. One fight at a time, I guess. The next one will be teacher performance assessment and the choke-hold of union seniority on school jobs.

teacher tantrum. The government needs to negotiate “clearly, rationally and respectfully,” said the boss of union representatives who have spent the last year insulting the taxpayers’ negotiators by telling them to “go back to your masters” and get a couple of billion more. Clearly? It was the BCTF that announced its work-torule plan for the fall and then took the summer off. It was the BCTF that didn’t even present its outrageous 16-percent wage demand until January, a full 10 months after formal negotiations began, and accompanied it with a false costing. Orwellian? At a sparsely attended rally on the legislature lawn, local teachers’ unions marched out their most strident tame trustee to demand the government “come to the table” with billions. One teacher in the crowd held up a large sign adorned with three mug shots: Premier Christy Clark, ex-premier Gordon Campbell

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How about some whine with that halibut? Dear editor: I think the public is getting sick and tired of the whining from the recreational sector regarding halibut allocations. They claim the Minister of Fisheries has let them down. This is nonsense considering the 25 per cent increase they just received in their total allowable catch. The only people here who were let down are the commercial fishermen, and the people they feed. Fishermen are a lot like farmers, who produce beef, poultry, fruit and vegetables. Fishermen harvest salmon, crab, prawns, halibut, etc. Without these farmers and fishermen, there would be no food on the shelf of your local grocery store, nor anything on the menu at your favourite restaurant. Like with agricultural land, which should stay in the hands of the farmers, the vast majority of the fish should be kept in the hands of commercial fishermen. After all, the 85 per cent of halibut harvested by the commercial fishermen is for the masses, not for the fishermen themselves. If commercial fishermen want halibut they have to buy it like everyone else. The recreational sector has an estimated 100,000 anglers who fish halibut. It is a small, elite group who are fishing to fill their own freezers, especially compared to the 30 million other Canadians who have no other choice but to purchase halibut from the store or at a restaurant. That fish is provided by the commercial sector. As for the anglers who claim to be the original conservationists, they have obviously lost their way considering they have gone over their total allowable catch for five years running by a total of 1.3 million pounds — 270,000 pounds last year alone.

This is a conservation issue. With the lack of enforcement there is wide range poaching and irresponsible fishing practises with no accountability within the recreational sector. Six or seven years ago the Department of Fisheries told commercial fishermen unless they cleaned up their act there would be no more commercial halibut fishery. They succeeded with lots of sacrifices. Now with 100 percent monitoring they never exceed their total allowable catch, are accountable for all species of by-catch and have achieved a sustainable fishery. Perhaps the same measures need to be taken by the recreational sector. This is the 21st century and accountability and conservation come first. The days and practices of the wild west fishery are over and no longer acceptable. This continuing argument of unfairness and push for more quota is an ill-conceived scheme by the powerful for-profit charter and lodge industry. The unfair part is that the lodge industry harvests 70 per cent of the recreational quota while dragging the everyday recreational angler into the fight to line their own pockets. The other unfair part is that this for-profit lodge industry is fighting to take quota from the commercial industry without compensating them, when the commercial fishermen have made huge investments in the industry. What is wrong with one halibut a day? If you’re still hungry you can take 200 prawns, six crab, four salmon, three ling cod, three rock fish and a bucket of clams as well. Maybe you need a bigger boat. Let’s hope Ottawa stops treating the recreational sector like a bad parent treats an unruly child- they gave in once to the complaining but it’s time to say: No more. Skye Johnston Courtenay B.C.

Games to continue Dear editor: Since it looks like some sort of school disruptions may occur between now and the end of the Charlie Cup (checkers) Championship, I wish to make one thing clear (to) students who really want to play. I (am) planning to set up at events such as school fun fairs, community events such as Rumblefest, Sointula seniors' annual plant sale on Mother’s Day, Sointula annual May long weekend baseball tournament, Alert Bay

June sports, and other events taking place. If community clubs or recreation clubs have events coming up before Father’s Day and I would be welcome or allowed to set up to offer students new entries, could you please let me know either by phone 250-9736932 or send me an email chkrking@ I will work on school noon hour times as best I can as long as the labour dispute doesn’t prevent that.

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tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. In terms of cost-effectiveness and well-proven technology, wind energy ranks right alongside run-of-river energy as one of the most cost-effective renewable energy sources available with one of the smallest environmental footprints of any form of energy generation. Moreover, wind energy and run-ofriver energy complement each other perfectly because wind energy peaks in the stormy winter months when hydro resources are typically at their low point. And neither energy technology

most inspirational player, and from a non winning school the best sport. The MVP gets first choice then the MIP then the best sport takes the remaining item available. Other smaller prizes will be available at the end for those who deserve something, but didn’t get in on the special prizes. The bottom line is, students if you want to enter you will get your chance strike or no strike. David Lyon Sointula, B.C.

Thanks, older generation Dear editor: It is scary to think I was barely four years old the last time a major hydroelectric dam was built in this province. That was 28 years ago, back in 1984, when the Revelstoke dam was built on the Columbia River system. And nothing of significance has been added since then. There were fewer than three million people living in B.C. in 1984 and more than enough power for them all. Now, B.C.’s population is over 4.6 million and new uses for electricity pop up every day.

Wind farms complement RORs Dear editor: For most in B.C., February 16, was just another day. But in the annals of B.C.’s energy sector it was an historic day marked by the official completion of the Dokie wind farm project near Chetwynd. The Dokie wind farm is now B.C.’s largest wind farm, supplying enough cost-effective renewable green energy annually to power nearly 30,000 average B.C. households. If that same amount of energy had been generated by burning coal it would have resulted in close to 300,000 metric

Non public schools are always welcome to contact me for arrangements to have me visit either their school or their public or recreational event for new entries to get the chance to play. Entry is always free. Since there are several excellent special prizes students who play, (they) will have a chance to possibly win one of them. (From) the winning school there will be both the MVP and MIP,

harms salmon as traditional hydro dams have in the past. If it was not for B.C.’s incredibly abundant hydro resources, we would probably have tapped B.C.’s equally abundant wind energy and other renewable green energy resources much sooner than now. The fact that we are now doing so, and diversifying B.C.’s renewable energy portfolio, deserves not only acknowledgement but a hearty two thumbs up. David Field, B.C. Citizens for Green Energy Burnaby, B.C.

Unfortunately, you can only stretch an elastic band so far before it snaps which sums up the state of B.C.’s aging hydroelectric system. Yes, my generation —i.e., today’s 30-somethings — has enjoyed low electricity rates for most of our adulthood courtesy of the previous generations in this province who built and paid for B.C.’s hydroelectric infrastructure. It’s been the equivalent of having had a mortgage-free house handed to us. However, that mortgagefree, low cost electricity production is rapidly coming face-to-face with the cost reality of major upgrades needed to keep this vital energy infrastructure safe and operational. The John Hart dam and generating station in Campbell River is a prime example. The facility dates from 1947. Its generators are now old

and in poor condition while the dam itself is a seismic risk. Modernizing the facility is going to cost at least $1.35 billion and that cost is going to have to be reflected in the electricity rates we pay. The same goes for the $718 to $857 million being spent on the 80 year old Ruskin dam built in the 1930’s. I’m certainly not complaining about the major investment our generation now needs to make in our province’s vitally important hydroelectric infrastructure. However, I’m definitely realizing what an incredible debt of gratitude we owe to the previous generations in this province for the investments they made, investments we’ve all benefitted from greatly and for such an incredibly long time. Jesse McClinton Victoria, B.C.

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March 10 North Island Concert Society presents legendary West Coast folk/rocker Barney Bentall with multi-instrumentalist 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 250-902-2228 for more information. March 11 Dinner and a movie at Port Hardy Baptist Church. Two showings: 3:30 p.m. (doors open at 3 p.m.) and 6:00 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.) Dinner is served between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Cost is $4 per person and max. $15 per family.

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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 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. April 2 North Island Youth Soccer Association AGM at 6 p.m. at NISS. NIYSA coordinates the soccer league for tots through grade 12 for all North Island communities. Please come out and help organize. FMI call Kim at 250-949-1477 April 8 Alert Bay Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary hosts Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Info, Donna, 250-974-2909. April 8 Alert Bay Lion’s Club hosts its annual Easter egg hunt, 1-2 p.m. Info, Casey Chapman, 250-974-2235. April 14 North Island Concert Society presents Infinitus, a classical string trio with a fresh, modern and sometimes humorous approach to the genre. 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 nicon- or call 250-902-2228 for more information. April 15 Relay for Life Committee, our committee would like to invite the Survivors and Team Captains to a Relay Tea at 2 p.m. in Malone’s Banquet room. Please call Debbie at 250-949-3050 or Sabrina at 250-949-3431 to let us know you’ll be attending. April 28 101 Squadron Silent Auction at the Thunderbird Mall across from the Lotto Booth 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Previewing and bidding Thursdays 1-3 p.m. and Saturdays noon-2 p.m. Proceeds go to 101 Sqn. Cairn projects, scholarships and North Island RCAF history projects. April 28 Float Camp Life exhibit opening at Port Hardy Museum 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Refreshments May 13 Alert Bay Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary hosts its annual Mother’s Day Tea, 1-4 p.m. Info, Donna, 250-974-2909. May 26-27 Relay for Life 2012. 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Port Hardy High School track. Standard registration $20 until May 7, late registration $25 May 8 to May 25, youth $15 until May 25. For more information contact Sabrina Dent at 250949-3431 (w) or 250-949-8485 (h).

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Wagalus classroom transformed into art gallery Paige Aoki Special to the Gazette black-draped art gallery temporarily took the place of an everyday classroom at Wagalus School of the Kwakiutl Band in Fort Rupert. The public was invited to a student art display at the school, hosted by teachers Jacqueline Hunt and Karen Aoki. More than 70 people attended the Feb. 28 event, including students, parents, and members of the community. The general reaction to the transformation of the school and the artwork on display was positive. “It was beyond our expectations,” said hosting teacher Karen Aoki. The classroom-becomeart-gallery was packed, the refreshments disappeared almost as soon art-goers came in the door. “I love it. I wasn’t sure what to expect… I’m blown away,” said one attendee. The display was centered on student artwork taught to the school’s Kindergarten to Grade 7 students by First Nations Canadian artist, George Littlechild. A Plains Cree born in Alberta, Littlechild is known for his work in mixed media using imaginative images and bright, bold colours. Also on display at the show was student artwork in the style of three masters; Van Gogh — post-impressionism; Wassily Kandinsky — modern abstract— and George Seurat, known for pointillism. Before the show, students participated in a three-day workshop with Littlechild — thanks to Artist in Education funding and money from


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First Nations Schools Association: Parent and Community Engagement — when they created selfportraits that focused on respect, confidence, and optimistic self-description. Each student traced an outline of their body onto a large sheet of paper and set the outline against colourful, imaginative backgrounds of places or activities, such as “Swimming with Mermaids” and “Center of the Earth.” The children also took part in activities where groups of students made positive comments about each other, which they then incorporated into their selfportraits by describing words pasted into the outlines of their bodies. Littlechild was at the school three years ago, and Wagalus hopes to have him visit again, to provide future students the same opportunity.

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Professional foresters express concerns By Tom Fletcher Black Press Professional foresters holding their annual convention in Victoria have added their voices to concerns raised by B.C.’s auditor general about the state of the province’s forests. The Association of B.C. Forest Professionals released their latest report on forest inventory and concurred with Auditor General John Doyle’s recent report that knowledge of forest conditions has fallen behind in an era of rapid change. “In recent years, the mountain pine beetle epidemic, as well as several severe fire seasons, has had tremendous impact on the forests,” said Sharon Glover, CEO of the foresters’ association.

“Yet due to cutbacks, the scale of the provincial inventory program has been reduced.” The association’s report says 42 per cent of the province is represented by inventories completed prior to 1990, and 30 per cent of forest records date back to before 1980. The report’s top recommendation is “stable and adequate funding” for inventory work, which it estimates at $15 million per year. The report says the budget for forest inventory research was $13.3 million four years ago, and has declined to $8.4 million for the fiscal year ending this March. Forester staff positions have gone from 40 full-time equivalents in 2006 to 27 in 2011.

Finance Minister Kevin Falcon released recovery in beetle-affected stands. Forests Minister Steve Thomson says an austerity budget Tuesday. It shows total spending for the recently $6 million has been allocated to improve consolidated Ministry of Forests, Lands B.C.’s forest inventory, with emphasis and Natural Resource Operations is to on regions affected by beetle kill and rise from $590 million in the current fis- wildfires. cal year to $602 million in 2012-13, STORES FLYERS DEALS COUPONS BROCHURES CATALOGUES CONTESTS then drop again to $555 million in PRODUCTS STORES FLYERS DEALS COUPONS BROCHURES CATALOGUES CONTESTS PRODUCTS STORES FLYERS DEALS COUPONS BROCHURES 2013-14. CATALOGUES CONTESTS PRODUCTS STORES FLYERS DEALS COUPONS BROCHURES CATALOGUES CONTESTS PRODUCTS STORES FLYERS DEALS The foresters’ report notes that new technology is being developed to check the state of B.C.’s vast forests, which cover three quarters Whether or not you get a of the province. return, Satellite imagery has been used to measure the extent of mountain can help you keep money pine beetle-affected forests, and a in your wallet. low-elevation digital camera sysFind coupons, tem is also being used to identify deals, flyers and more!


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Bentall still brings it J.R. Rardon Gazette staff In 1989, Barney Bentall & The Legendary Hearts won the Juno Award for Most Promising Group of the Year. More than 20 years may have passed since the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s acclaimed debut album, but Bentall is still delivering on that promise. And local fans can hear for themselves when Bentall appears Saturday night at the Civic Centre in the fourth event on the North Island Concert Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 201112 season schedule. Bentall, who will be accompanied by multiinstrumentalist Eric Reid for Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intimate show, is best known for his decade-plus-long run of hitmaking with the Legendary Hearts. But he has not gone silent in the ensuing years. He has recorded two solo CDs, 2007â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gift Horse and 2008â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Inside Passage, and helped form the Grand Cariboo Opry, which

Barney Bentall will appear with Eric Reid Saturday at Port Hardy Civic Centre. brings together some of gold or platinum status Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most notable â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to the more introspecroots and country musi- tive and evocative roots/ cians for touring shows Canadiana of his recent of music, storytelling solo work. Bentallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s songwriting and humour. Members of the Legendary Hearts, is infused with a catchy who regrouped to tour in pop sensibility, whether on ballads like A Man 2008, often take part. Concert-goers can Is or Dream of a Day probably expect a mix from Gift Horse or the of material, ranging Legendary Hearts rockfrom Bentallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best- ers Something to Live known Legendary Hearts For and Do Ya. Reid, who has previhits â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all five of the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s albums reached ously appeared at the

Civic Centre as a member of Tillerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Folly, will provide a morethan-capable support for Bentallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guitar and harmonica work. Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show continues one of the North Island Concert Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most diverse seasons. After opening in November with an appearance by multiple Juno-winning balladeer David Francey, NICS presented Afro-Cuban star Adonis Puentes and the gospel trio The Sojourners. The season will wrap up next month with a visit from the contemporary string trio Infinitus. Tickets for Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show are $25 and are available in Port Hardy at The Hobby Nook, Cafe Guido and Port Hardy Museum; in Port McNeill at The Flower Shoppe; and in Port Alice by calling Gail Neely at 250-284-3927. Tickets may also be purchased at the door, depending on availability.

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on deck Tell us about items of interest to the sports community. March 8-11 Hockey 32nd Annual Oscar Hickes Memorial Tournament, Port Alice Arena. Competitive, commercial, recreational/ oldtimers divisions. Play begins 6:30 p.m. Thursday; nonstop hockey from 5:30 p.m. Friday to 11:30 p.m Saturday. Finals begin 11 a.m. Sunday. Full concession, 50/50 draws, more. March 10 Minor hockey Port McNeill peanut jamboree at Chilton Regional Arena. Concession, raffle table, 50/50 draws. Game schedule tba. March 17 Skiing Kids Fest slalom and obstacle course races, games and snowsculpting at Mount Cain Ski Area. Registration beginning 9 a.m., races to follow, awards in lodge. Info, www. March 18 Commercial hockey Islanders at Mustangs, 5:30 p.m., Port McNeill. March 23-25 Bowling Vancouver Island 5-pin championships, North Island Lanes, Port Hardy. Mens and ladies single and mens, ladies and mixed team events featuring teams from across Vancouver Island. Friday 8:30 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.5 p.m. Banquet, party and awards follows at the Civic Centre. Info, Carla, 250-949-6544 or Sonya at 250-9496307. March 27 Youth soccer Deadline for registration for North Island Youth Soccer’s 2012 season. Forms in Port McNeill at Timberland Sports Centre. Info, Tammy, 250-956-4518.

Local lanes host bowling championships Gazette staff PORT HARDY—North Island Lanes will make bowling history Mar. 23-25 when it hosts the Vancouver Island 5-pin Bowling Championships for the first time since the event was created in 1986. The championships brings

together bowling teams from lanes in Sydney, Duncan, Nanaimo, Parksville, Port Alberni and the North Island for three days of competition and camaraderie, culminating in a wrap-up banquet, party and awards ceremony at the Civic Centre Sunday

afternoon. Competition will be held in men’s and ladie’s singles and in men’s, ladie’s and mixed team events. The championships begin Friday at 8 p.m. with the ladies singles. Bowling continues throughout Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.,

including the men’s singles and preliminaries in all of the mixed divisions. Opening ceremonies will be held at 11:10 a.m. The competition wraps up with a full session Sunday, featuring the ladies, mens and mixed team finals. The awards

banquet and party at the Civic Centre follows beginning at 5 p.m., followed by a dance. The public is invited to watch and cheer on the bowlers. For info or to volunteer, call Carla at 250-949-6544 or Sonya at 250-949-6307.

Visitors take 'spiel trophy — again J.R. Rardon Gazette staff PORT HARDY—To get an idea of the regard in which the Hugh Fraser Memorial Bonspiel is held, consider the view of Courtenay skip Craig Bernes. "It just gets better and better," said Bernes, a longtime participant who returned the the annual Fort Rupert Curling Club men's open spiel after a couple years away. "This was better than the last one I came to, and that was pretty darn good." And these comments came after Bernes was swept away by Port McNeill's Mike Balcke in the D Final Sunday. The hospitality that so impressed Bernes brought no fewer than 10 rinks from down-Island to the 24-team bonspiel, the largest on the North Island. One of those visitors, Ray Michell of the Campell River Curling Club, claimed his second straight Hugh Fraser Memorial title by outdueling Port McNeill's Rob Conley in Sunday's A final. A year ago, Michell

Port McNeill skip Rob Conley delivers a shot during the A final of the Hugh Fraser Open men's bonspiel at Fort Rupert Curling Club in Port Hardy Sunday. J.R. Rardon photo Hugh Fraser Memorial Men’s Open Bonspiel Mar. 2-4 At Fort Rupert Curling A Bracket Thomas d. McCorquodale; Conley d. Schmuland; Green d. Bood; Balcke d. Veary; Michell d. Evans; Cowles d. Maday; Janusz d. Tanaka; McCulley d. Thurber; Forsberg d. Thomas; Green d. P. Walker; Michell d. Bernes; Zealand d. Janusz; Conley d. Campbell; Bjornson d. Balcke; Cowles d. Cadwallader; McCulley d. Klassen; Conley d. Forsberg; Bjornson d. Green; Michell d.

battled three-time champion Brad Zealand of Port Hardy down to the wire for his first win, and had to get past Zealand again in an epic semifinal match to earn a spot

Cowles; Zealand d. McCulley. Semifinals: Conley d. Bjornson; Michell d. Zealand. Final: Michell 5, Conley 2 B Bracket Bernes d. Walker; McCorquodale d. Tanaka; Evans d. Bood; Campbell d. Klassen; Balcke d. Cadwallader; Schmuland d. Thurber; Veary d. Maday; Janusz d. Thomas; McCorquodale d. Bernes; Evans d. Campbell; Schmuland d. Balcke; Veary d. Janusz. Semifinals: McCorquodale d. Evans; Veary d. Schmuland. Final: McCorquodale 6, Veary 4

opposite Conley. "I love coming up for this one," said Michell. "It's a great spiel, and Doug (McCorquodale) puts in a lot of work." Conley's fun ran out

C Bracket Maday d. Tanaka; Walker d. Thomas; Cadwallader d. Klassen; Thurber d. Bood; Cowles d. Maday; Forsberg d. Walker; Green d. Cadwallader; Thurber d. McCulley. Semifinals: Cowles d. Forsberg; Green d. Thurber. Final: Cowles 6, Green 1 D Bracket Balcke d. Campbell; Bood d. Tanaka; Thomas d. Klassen; Bernes d. Janusz. Semifinals: Balcke d. Bood; Bernes d. Thomas. Final: Balcke 10, Bernes 2

Sunday afternoon after he and regular rinkmates Marlo Leblanc, Bill Geisler and Mike Gossen rolled through the competition all weekend. The A final was a

closely contested affair, which produced two blank ends and five of the remaining six ends offering just a single point. But Michell grabbed a three-stone pickup in the

fourth end, and that provided the difference as Conley ran out of rocks trailing 5-2 in the eighth and final end. Once he had his lead Michell was content to play conservatively, clearing stones from the house to prevent a big pickup by Conley. "That three-point end was the key," Conley admitted. "Otherwise, it was a close match." The B final was even closer, with Port Hardy's McCorquodale surviving a narrow miss-hit by Campbell River's Tom Veary on the final skip's stone for a 6-4 win. After overcoming a 4-1 deficit through four ends and taking a 5-4 lead by stealing a point in the seventh, McCorquodale had shot rock guarded by a Veary stone, leaving the veteran skip with a double-tap for a takeout. But Veary's deflection narrowly missed McCorquodale's stone and spared him a tiebreaking extra end. The C final pitted two visiting teams, with Rick Cowles topping fellow Courtenay skip Tom Green.

Bantams bow out; atoms roll past Comox Gazette staff The North Island Eagles rep hockey program’s last hope for a provincial tournament qualifier ended Saturday when the Eagles bantams dropped an 8-1 decision at top-seeded Powell River in the Vancouver Island Tier 3 playoffs. The loss gave Powell River the Island’s lone berth into the Mar. 18-23 provincial championships in Burnaby and ended a surprising late-season run by the North Islanders.

After going 0-10 in Division 2 league play the Eagles notched a road playoff win over Campbell River to place second in the Vancouver Island-North playoff. They then shocked the No. 1 seed on the South Island, Kerry Park, with another road win that lifted them into the best-of 3 finals series against Powell River. But the Kings proved to be an insurmountable obstacle this season. Powell River

swept the teams’ regularseason series, then beat the Eagles three straight times in the playoffs. The 8-1 finale mirrored the score in the first meeting of the season in Powell River, though the Eagles put up a much stronger fight in the other three meetings, falling 1-0 in Port Alice and leading the Kings 2-1 midway through both of the next two games before running out of steam. Eagles Atoms 9, Comox 5

Jackson Cole scored a hat trick and the Eagles dominated defensively in an exhibition victory Saturday in Comox, setting up this weekend’s Atom Development Division 4 championship rematch with the Chiefs in Comox. “As the coach, it was one of the most gratifying games to watch this year,” Eagles coach Marty Gage said. “I believe in a defence-first approach to the game, and our defence is definitely one of

our strong points.” Gage was also pleased to see scoring across the lineup, with the team’s third line scoring five of the nine goals and the second line contributing a pair. He also noted strong games from defenseman Mandy Foldy and forward Carson Strang, particularly with his back-checking work. Avary Miller picked up the win in goal while contributing some key saves for the atoms.


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Silver medalists Avalon Adventist Academy recently placed second in the Federation of Christian Athletes junior league volleyball Photo submitted tourney in Abbotsford.

Clockwise from above: Port Hardy's Tyrone Wallas slots a pass between Gold River goalie Aidan Leighton and an unidentified defender Saturday; Port McNeill peewee Cameron Grant has his pass chipped into the air in an exhibition against the RCMP; Kerrigan Sharpe of the Triport She-devils girls peewees flips a backhand at the Gold River goal.

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McNeill hosts peewee palooza Gazette staff PORT McNEILL—The North Island's peewee-level hockey players kept busy last weekend, playing a threegame series against visiting Gold River and an exhibition against a squad of RCMP members and friends. Port McNeill's Emma Mitchell took a centering pass from teammate Randi Ward Saturday and buried it for the

game-winner as the Triport peewee girls She-devils edged Gold River 6-5 in the most suspenseful contest of the series. Mitchell's second goal of the game came with 10:07 remaining and capped a Shedevils comeback from a 3-2 deficit to start the third period. Kerrigan Sharpe also scored twice and Tiffany Watson and

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Mercedes Trevor added goals. Ward had two assists and Sarah Case earned the winning goal. The Port McNeill Storm also downed the Hawks, 9-7, but the score was deceptive. Behind a four-goal outburst from Kaisha Laird, the Storm built an 8-2 lead through two periods and led 9-3 before the Hawks closed the game with four goals in the final 15 min-

utes. Kris Joliffe and Cameron Grant scored twice each and Christopher Speck added a goal in the win. Lucas Blount was the winning goalie. Riley Nelson and Tyrone Wallas scored goals for the Port Hardy Roadrunners in Saturday's series opener, but it was not enough as the Hawks claimed an 8-2 win. Trey Morash and Jack Lavallee added assists for Port Hardy.

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North Island Life Chris Stewart, wearing the “Treasure Chest,” is escorted to the runway by showgirls Julie Tait and Alyssa McAstocker during the Bras for a Cause Fashion Show Saturday at the Port McNeill Community Hall. Below, from left to right: Tim Walton sports a double-barreled bouquet; Vjeko Zima strikes a pose under the Welcome to Las Vegas sign; and Bradley Varkonja dances the Macarena during a finale featuring all the male models.

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‘Cause’ cups runneth over Gazette staff PORT McNEILL—In a blizzard of pink feathers and laughter, the inaugural Bras for a Cause Fashion Show succeeded beyond organizers’ wildest dreams Saturday before a soldout crowd of 150 at the local Community Hall. With male models strutting a pink runway in the crazily decorated bras, originally displayed last summer at the Port

McNeill Flower Shoppe, the audience whooped and donated purchased tokens. “When we first put this together, I was hoping we’d sell 50 tickets,” said Cheryl Verbrugge, who organized the event after it was suggested by her father, Les Beech. “I am completely overwhelmed.” The event brought in more than $5,000 for breast cancer research and treatment.


Thursday, March 8, 2012 The new data dashboard — — is an interactive data visualization tool that features five years of provincial, regional and local court statistics, displayed on a map and broken down into easily accessible and user-friendly graphs and pie charts.

VICTORIA—British Columbians can now access court statistics, supporting a better understanding of B.C.’s justice system, increasing transparency and assisting citizens in participating in the recently announced justice reform initiative.

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The statistics available on the dashboard include: new court cases, scheduled court appearances and concluded Provincial Court cases. More stats, including those from police and corrections, are expected to be added. “By making these data sets publicly available through

a user-friendly, dashboard format, we continue to promote transparency and help create a broader understanding of the challenges B.C.’s justice system is facing,” said Minister of Justice and Attorney General Shirley Bond. The statistics included on

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Water Operator 1 EPCOR Water Services has an opportunity as a fulltime permanent Water Operator 1 in beautiful Port Hardy, BC. We are seeking candidates with a strong service orientation, excellent work ethic, and a proven ability to work co-operatively within a team environment. Water Operator 1 duties are varied and involve the operation of facilities and infrastructure in Port Hardy’s water and wastewater utilities. For more information and to apply, please visit www., and refer to IRC24745.

EUROPEAN MASONRY HEATERS AVAILABLE IN CANADA Please visit: www.gilmoremasonry 306-630-9116 Also other masonry work



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


The deadline to apply is March 15, 2012.


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

Call: 1-250-616-9053

PORT HARDY BAPTIST CHURCH Corner of Trustee & Highland Morning Service 11:00 am Plus regular family activities Office: 250-949-6844 Pastor: Kevin Martineau 11/12

ST. COLUMBA ANGLICAN UNITED 9190 Granville St. Port Hardy Phone 250-949-6247 11:00 a.m. Sunday School and Service Wed., 1:00 pm Bible Study Everyone welcome Meeting rooms available 11/12

FULL GOSPEL CHURCH 2540 Catala Place Port McNeill (across from Firehall) Sunday 10:30 am - Morning Worship Church Office 250-956-4741 Pastor Stan Rukin Youth Pastor: Steve Taylor Cell: 250-527-0144 Office hours: 10am-4pm Mon-Thurs Visitors always welcome 11/12

CHRIST CHURCH ANGLICAN Alert Bay Sunday Services - 10 am Reverend Lincoln Mckoen 1-250-974-5844 Warden Flora Cook 250-974-5945 Warden Joan Stone 250-974-2234 11/12

SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH 4680 Byng Rd. Port Hardy Pastor George Hilton 250-949-8925 or 250-949-8826 “Everyone welcome” Saturday Services 9:30am - Bible Study groups 10:45am - Worship/Praise service Wednesday @ 7pm - Prayer meeting Avalon Adventist Jr. Academy Offering Christian Education 250-949-8243 11/12

North Island Church Services NORTH ISLAND CATHOLIC CHURCHES Sunday Masses St. Mary’s Port McNeill: 9am St. Bonaventure Port Hardy: 11am St. Theresa’s Port Alice: Saturdays 5:00pm Alert Bay: 1st & 3rd Saturdays 10am Father Roger Poblete 250-956-3909


PORT MCNEILL BAPTIST CHURCH 2501 Mine Road Sunday 9:45 am (Sept-June) - Sunday School 11:00 am - Worship Service 7:00 pm - Evening Fellowship Youth Group Wed - 7:00 pm Children’s Programs & Adult Bible Studies are scheduled throughout the year. For information contact 0ASTOR$AVE0URDYs   11/12


PORT ALICE ANGLICANUNITED FELLOWSHIP Sunday Services - 4pm 1-250-949-6247 Box 159, Port Alice You are extended a special invitation to share in our Services


ST. JOHN GUALBERT UNITED ANGLICAN CHURCH 250-956-3533 Email: Sunday Worship - 9:00am All Welcome 175 Cedar Street Port McNeill 11/12

GWA’SALA-’NAKWAXDA’XW SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH at entrance to Tsulquate Village (8898 Park Dr) Saturday/Sabbath 10:00 am-Sabbath School 11:15 am-Worship Service Pastor Randy Elliott 250-230-1885 cell 11/12


Foundation Logging Skills Training Western Forest Products Inc. is currently developing an innovative program to train individuals interested in a career in the logging industry. The Company is seeking expressions of interest from individuals who would like to be considered for the two available Instructor positions required for the Program. Utilizing the WorkSafe BC “Cable Yarding Systems” and “Grapple Yarder and Supersnorkel” Handbooks as a guide, the Program is designed to provide entry level logging skills. Using a combination of classroom instruction and hands on training at an instructional logging site, the Instructors will teach the students the entry level prerequisites necessary to be successful in both Highlead Tower and Grapple Yarding settings. Topics covered in the program will include worker safety, environmental awareness and position skills training. The Program will be taught at the Company’s Englewood Forest Operation, located 1.5 hours north of Campbell River and 1 hour south of Port McNeill. The Instructors will be responsible to assist with finalizing the Program’s curriculum and delivery of the program. We anticipate running three, seven-week programs between May and October, 2012. Individuals interested in this opportunity must have extensive knowledge and experience on the operational side of the logging industry and ideally have worked as a Hooktender or Machine Operator during that time. Strong communication skills, patience and a demonstrated ability to teach are all necessary requirements for these positions.


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

Compensation for these contract positions is based upon the candidates’ skill, knowledge and experience. Western Forest Products Inc. is an integrated Canadian forest products company located on Vancouver Island that is committed to the safety of our employees, the culture of performance and the discipline to achieve results. If you believe that you have the skills and qualifications that we are looking for, please reply in confidence: Human Resource Department Facsimile: 1.866.840.9611 Email: Application Deadline: Friday, March 16, 2012 Reference Code: Instructor, Foundation Logging Skills

RENTALS APARTMENT/CONDO COURTENAY Condo at Puntledge Terrace 2 bdrm, 2BR, available immediately. $800/month ph 780 467 2744 or

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

PORT MCNEILL NEWLY RENOVATED Bach, 1 or 2 bedrooms. Newly furnished available. Please call for availability & inclusions. Includes free cable. Phone Ron and Linda 250-956-3365 MARINA VIEW APTS Clean, quiet professional buildings. Beautiful ocean view. 2 bdr $700/mn. 3 bdr town home $900/mn. 250-949-0192.

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

Phone Rick 250-956-4555 PORT HARDY Updated 3 bdrm condo, secure building & caretaker on site. N/P, N/S. Avail. April 1. Heat & hot water incl. $725/mo. Ref. req. Call 250-949-7085 leave message. PORT MCNEILL3 Bdrm townhouse, close to schools & hospital. Avail now. 250-9563440 www.portmcneilltown

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PORT MCNEILL MCCLURE APT’S. 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom apartments, furnished or non-furnished. Clean & quiet. Hot water & cable included.

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

PORT MCNEILL MCCLURE APT’S. 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom apartments, furnished or non-furnished. Clean & quiet. Hot water & cable included.

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

PORT MCNEILL Mobile Home Park Short walk to town. Pads for rent. Water, sewer and garbage included. $280.00/ 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.

STORAGE RENT TODAY! Fully Renovated Apartments Well Managed Building 2 Bdrm & 1 Bdrm Available Ask for the Move-in Special & the Seniors Discount! Quality Building for Quality Tenants!! Contact Us Today Tel:1-250-902-0351 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. SEAWIND ESTATES-2 bdr. condo for rent. Includes w/d. $700/mth. Avail. March 1st. Call 778-875-9840 or email TOWN PARK APARTMENTS 9200 Granville St New management. Bach/1 bdr/2bdr Starting at $400/mth Call 250-902-0677 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@

APARTMENTS FURNISHED PORT HARDY Highland Manor •Bachelor •1 & 2 bdrm •1 bdrm furnished Move in incentive on approval References Call Jason 250-949-0192

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

COTTAGES COAL HARBOUR One bedroom cottage, fully furnished. Available now. $500. Call 250949-9982.

BUYING - RENTINGSELLING Call us today to place your classified ad Call 310.3535





WANT A Vehicle but stressed about your credit? Christmas in March, $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. 1-888-593-6095

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.

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






SHIPPING CONTAINERS 20’ or 40’. Buy or Rent. Safe and secure. Easymove Container Services. Serving Vancouver Island. 1-(888)331-3279

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

1-800-910-6402 DL# 7557 FREE CASH Back with $0 down at Auto Credit Fast. Need a vehicle? Good or bad credit call Stephanie 1-877792-0599 DLN 30309. Free delivery

ON YOUR GARAGE SALE Planning a garage sale? Boost your profits with an ad in the Classifieds. It’s an easy and affordable way to bring more business to your door!

Come in and place your garage sale with us and you will get balloons and signs to put up around the community. For as little as $6.21 + HST 7305 Market St. Port Hardy NORTH ISLAND



of the week. Sisters Callista and Luca Stuckless of Port McNeill enjoyed the finals of the men’s curling bonspiel at Fort Rupert Curling Club Sunday. J.R. Rardon photo


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